(AllHipHop News) Kanye West has signed another high profile artist to his G.O.O.D. Music label. The Chicago producer/rapper has inked a deal with Mos Def.
Mos confirmed the news in the October issue of XXL with Kanye on the cover, just weeks after a high profile collaboration between the pair on the song “Lord, Lord, Lord.”
The track, which also features Swizz Beatz, Raekwon and Charlie Wilson, was featured as part of Kanye’s G.O.O.D Friday’s a series of songs released every Friday for fans.
Mos Def’s last album, The Ecstatic, was released on indie label Downtown Records in 2009 and featured production from J Dilla, Mr. Flash, Madlib, Oh No, Preservation and The Neptune and Mos Def himself.
The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 39,000 copies in its first week.
The Ecstatic also earned Mos a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album of 2009.
Mos Def has collaborated with West in the past, contributing verses on College Dropout, on the song “Two Words,” and on “Drunk and Hot Girls” on the Graduation album.
Pusha T is another artist Kanye has signed to his G.O.O.D. Music label, which also features acts like Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Consequence and others.
According to reports, the 12 jurors could not reach a verdict after four days of deliberating Buju Banton’s guilty, prompting U.S. District Judge James Moody declare a mistrial.
The reggae singer, born Mark Myrie, was arrested in December of 2009, after surveillance camera allegedly caught the singer and associates making a drug transaction with an undercover officer.
Buju allegedly inspected the shipment, resulting in multiple charges, including conspiracy to posses and intent to distribute in addition to possession of a firearm during the course of illegal activity.
Buju Banton’s lawyers claims the government entrapped the singer because they used a government informant who pressured him to purchase the cocaine.
Lawyers for Buju Banton are attempting to have the reggae star bonded out of a federal prison in Tampa, where was transferred after his initial arrest in Miami.
Buju Banton is facing life in prison if he is convicted of the charges, which include conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine, as well as possession of a firearm during the course of a felony.
I think I may have underestimated the genius that is Ron Artest. Whether we know it or not, it would seem that he has a master plan for everything. For him, the championship was a means of securing his re-entry into Hip-Hop and opportunity to promote his shrink. Now for next act, he plans on raising money to benefit mental institutions by hocking his championship ring without having ever putting it on. After working for his entire career to earn that precious metal, he’s generously decided to put it up for sale in a selfless effort to help hundreds of aspiring psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists attend school.
“Artest plans to soon announce details of what he hopes will become a worldwide auction, and he takes possession of the jewelry in an Oct. 26 pre-game ceremony before the Lakers open against the Rockets. It’s an incredible gesture. But it’s even more meaningful as a statement.
“You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself,” he said. “What’s better than that? For me, this is very important.” [NBA]
Apparently, Ron Ron’s come to terms with the fact that he’s a complete and utter nutcase and he’s willing to invest any amount of money into his future, hoping that a future quack will discover the cure to his lunacy. One would imagine that donating a percentage of “Champions” iTunes sales would have been a sizable donation, but I guess in this waning music industry, that might not amount to much.
Either way, good plan Ron.
drey cant help but see this as the nba’s version of the patriot act – COMPLAINTS AGAINST WHAT THE AUTHORITY DOES IS OUTLAWED – ANTI-NBA!!! NBA mirrors american life ?? wtf??
the league unveiled their new guidelines for calling technical fouls last week at the annual referee meeting:
• Players making aggressive gestures, such as air punches, anywhere on the court.
• Demonstrative disagreement, such as when a player incredulously raises his hands, or smacks his own arm to demonstrate how he was fouled.
• Running directly at an official to complain about a call.
• Excessive inquiries about a call, even in a civilized tone.
In addition, referees have been instructed to consider calling technicals on players who use body language to question or demonstrate displeasure. They can also consider technicals for players who “take the long path to the official”, walking across the court to make their case.