FUSE presents a Tupac Takeover all-day on Monday, April 12th

FUSE presents a Tupac Takeover all-day on Monday, April 12th

FUSE presents a Tupac Takeover all-day on Monday, April 12th beginning at 11AM/10C. The Tupac Takeover will feature a myriad of programming highlighting the life and music of rap legend Tupac Shakur, as well as a feature presentation of the classic cultural film “Juice.” Included in the Tupac Takeover will be the “The 2Pac Chronicles” and “Loaded: 2Pac,” both highlighting Tupac’s classic music video releases and exposing the riveting back story to each.

Viewers will be able to dig into the psyche of the icon with “Tupac Vs.” which paints a in depth portrait of Tupac’s life featuring never-before-seen interviews including an exclusive insight from his former manager, rare footage and on-screen commentaries by biographer Michael Eric Dyson. Also included will be the cutting documentary “Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake,” an intensive documentary that highlights and chronicles the last year of Tupac’s life. Binding the many facets of Tupac’s artistic depth, the Takeover will also air “Juice,” the classic 90’s movie highlighting the lives of 4 inner-city teens that get caught up in the pursuit of “power and happiness” in which Tupac had a starring role.

SNOOP DOGG, TUPAC SHAKUR, & DR.DRE GIVE THE Ultimate Death Row Fan Something TO CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SNOOP DOGG, TUPAC SHAKUR, & DR.DRE in the biggest unreleased box set of 2009

SNOOP DOGG, TUPAC SHAKUR, & DR.DRE GIVE THE Ultimate Death Row Fan Something TO CELEBRATE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SNOOP DOGG, TUPAC SHAKUR, & DR.DRE in the biggest unreleased box set of 2009

The late Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Dr. Dre join 50-Cent and Alicia Keys with the high profile releases scheduled to hit shelves on November 24, 2009. Today, Death Row Records confirmed the release of the “Ultimate Death Row Collection” in preparation for this holiday season. The ultimate collector’s edition is a collaboration of platinum selling hits from legendary Death Row artists Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre and more. The 3 discs set features 60 tracks from Death Row artist packaged with a DVD of popular music videos, unreleased footage, and a limited addition Death Row T-Shirt. The box set boasts 20 unreleased tracks from Snoop Dogg, Danny Boy, Kurupt, Dogg Pound, OFTB, The Lady of Rage, Crooked I and more. Legendary hits from the nineties such as “How do you want it”, “California Love”, and “Nuttin but a G-Thing”, show up amongst other Billboard topping tracks. This release follows this years highly anticipated albums The Chronic Re-Lit and Snoop Dogg’s Lost Sessions Vol.1. “I’m very proud of this collection. We’ve re-mastered a mix of classic tracks recently discovered in our vault. This is authentic Death Row.” commented WIDEawake / Death Row SR. VP John Payne

Tracklisting:

DISCS 01

1. California Love – 2pac/Dr. Dre
2. Nuthin But A G Thang – Dr. Dre
3. Gin and Juice – Snoop Doggy Dogg
4. How Do You Want It – 2pac
5. Dre Day – Dr. Dre
6. Who Am I – Snoop Doggy Dogg
7. Regulate – Warren G
8. I Ain’t Mad At Cha – 2pac
9. Let Me Ride – Dr. Dre
10. Doggy Dogg World – Snoop Doggy Dogg
11. 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted – 2pac / Snoop Doggy Dogg
12. To Live and Die In LA – Makaveli
13. Murder Was The Case – Snoop Doggy Dogg
14. New York, New York – Tha Dogg Pound
15. Afro Puffs – Lady of Rage

DISCS 02

1. 6 Shooter – The LBC Crew
2. Everybody Needs To Slow Down – Kurupt
3. With Me Tonight – Jewell, Storm
4. Sticky Situation – J.Flexx
5. Rock, Roll, & Bounce – Danny Boy
6. Consider Me – Sixx Feet Deep
7. That Was Then This Is Now – OFTB, Kurupt, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Big Pimpin’
8. All Eyez On Me – 2pac
9. I Dont Care What The People Say – Tha Dogg Pound
10. These Reasons – Kurupt
11. Aint Got No Time – OFTB
12. Doggystyle 1996 – The LBC Crew, Warren G, Snoop Doggy Dogg
13. Sunday – Big Pimpin’
14. Super Ho – Lil C-Style, Snoop Doggy Dogg
15. Never Had A Friend Like Me – 2pac

DISCS 03

1. Do It Again – Crooked I
2. All We Do – Swoop G
3. So In Love – Danny Boy
4. “Spit Game” by Petey Pablo
5. Natural Born Killaz – Dr. Dre, Ice Cube
6. 187 – Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre
7. Black Diamond – Jewell
8. It Might Sound Crazy (Remix) – Daz Dillinger, Too Short
9. Big Pimpin’ – Tha Dogg Pound
10. Caught Up In The Game – Doobie, Danny Boy
11. Midnite Hour – Lady of Rage
12. Aint No Trippin – Soopafly
13. Aint No Fun – Snoop Doggy Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Kurupt
14. Real Thugs – Crooked I
15. This Type Of Flow – Soopafly

Obie Trice – Krazy video featuring Tuki

Obie Trice – Krazy video featuring Tuki

In a remembrance of the classic from 2 Pac, Obie Trice felt Pac’s vibe so much just having a conversation in the studio with his homeboy Tuki (who sounds like Pac), that Obie decided to put it on a record. With all respect due to the realest whoever done it, Tupac Shakur, here is Obie Trice featuring Tuki on the hook, in “Krazy”

Directed by Junebug The Decipher.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY AMARU ENTERTAINMENT REGARDING THE MORGAN CREEK LAWSUIT

OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY AMARU ENTERTAINMENT REGARDING THE MORGAN CREEK LAWSUIT

Lawsuit Against AMARU “has no merit”

In recent days there have been reports on news channels and various web sites about a lawsuit filed against Amaru Entertainment over the rights to the movie biography of iconic hip hop figure, entertainer and activist Tupac Shakur (2Pac).

Amaru Entertainment has released a statement to clarify this situation. Official Statement by Amaru Entertainment Regarding the Morgan Creek Lawsuit:

We at Amaru Entertainment would like to clarify some of the recent media reports concerning a lawsuit filed by Morgan Creek Productions. This lawsuit has no merit. We felt it was important to bring the story of Tupac Shakur (2Pac), one of music’s most remarkable icons, to life onscreen and, in realizing this vision, we sought to find the best partner who would be true to Tupac’s vision and bring his unique story to life on the big screen.

In doing so, we have taken every step to ensure that our partner in this process is committed to the integrity of Tupac Shakur’s legacy and, more importantly, that they are the right people. To that end, we have been in discussions and negotiations with several major studios and production companies, including Morgan Creek Productions. However, at no time did we have an agreement with Morgan Creek.

Sadly, Morgan Creek decided to take advantage of this situation and attempt to frustrate our project by interfering with our business relationships. We will not be frightened by Morgan Creek’s tactics and we are absolutely confident that the movie will be produced and released. Tupac’s story is what Hollywood legends are made of – and we want to make sure that the movie tells Tupac’s story like it should be told and lives up to everyone’s expectations.

“Tupac touched so many people in his brief life and it makes me feel honored in keeping his message alive. And I want to do so with integrity – in the right way with the right people,” says Afeni Shakur. “That’s what Tupac would have wanted.”

*Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur helped produce the widely acclaimed documentary, “Tupac: Resurrection” in 2003.

This statement has been posted to Tupac Shakur’s official websites:
www.2paclegacy.com and www.wasf.org . Please visit and support these sites. They are the only “OFFICIAL” Pac sites on the net.

This post can also be found at:
http://www.thuglifearmy.com/news/?id=4622

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Our friend Binky Mack is back from vacation. Check out his latest Hood Report

Hip Hop Notable Binky Mack: ‘Binky’s Hood’ – Week 12

Hip Hop Notable Binky Mack: IN BINKY’S HOOD (new & improved) 2/24/09 Sunday at 2:02pm watching the Celtics kill the Suns…

Off for 3 weeks and now I am back. Been reading a few websites including this one. I have also been listening to a few talk radio shows and doing more listening than writing.

Where are we headed in these days of change ? I noticed that someone from the inside (LAPD I guess) has sold a picture of Rhianna to TMZ. Only for $62,000 dollars. Why not $200,000 dollars? Can anything be bought for a price?

Xzibit mentioned going to a gay club with Superhead that Diddy dragged them too after another party. Superhead already mentioned it in her book a while ago. Why is Xzibit just now speaking on it? I do believe Xzibit but where does that leave Tigga if Superhead is 100% truth? lol… I just read this, so I am not gossiping. Just passing on info.

Everything about Chris and Rhianna, I have been fast forwarding. It get’s boring after a while. IF Chris did what they said he did, of course he needs a fade by somebody his size. But he don’t have to worry about Jay Z doing anything. Jay spoke on it, but real people move in silence Jigga Man.

Lovin that new Dr Dre, T.I. and Nas song “Topless”. Don’t know who cd it is on, but it is bangin…Also diggin the new Camron song “I Hate My Job”… That song is dope & funny. That one should automatically go platinum.

Who cares about the Oscars. We know who isn’t going to win this year! Is that negative ?

Keesha Rowe cd is very close to being finished with no name artist on it. I promise noise will be made. We will be doing a FULL interview on her with new photos and music here at www.thuglifearmy.com 1st !

The stimulus package is more confusing than Tom and John’s religious belief. Oooops…. I trust Obama knows what he is doing as I continue to read upon it.

The music industry continues to suffer. Artist are now their own bosses and have to act as if you are the label. Continued hustle is what it will take to succeed. Use everything available to you to get out there. Don’t give up and ignore the haters. You should do just fine.

I promised the interview with Rashad “Big Rush” Coes who was part of the production team that put together Ice Cube’s Death Certificate album. Maybe the best rap cd EVER ! That will be coming soon as I promised.

Read something lovely on a bumper sticker the other day. It said: MY WIFE GIVES ME SOUND ADVICE. 99% SOUND & 1% ADVICE. That was funny. I am sure there are people who can relate. Ooook……..

Big Suge been getting into it lately. He helped build a legacy with Death Row Records. I would say kick back & relax on the hangin out. Let them youngsters do that. Build another label quietly and have some imposter corporate people being the everyday face & make hitz…. U knoooow…..

Congradz to Mary Mary on cleaning up on all them awards from different places like the Grammys… To me, the best over all cd for 2008. Gospel or secular. Now what ??? I have that ear…

I have to get out & see that new movie Madea Goes To Jail. I heard it was very good.

NY Post cartoon ? I would just say some folks need firing (Sean Delonas). And like the modern day converted Jew, we need to react & boycott !!! From what I see, that’s exactly what we are doing. Power to the people !

Grammy-nominated singer, Keyshia Cole, summons 2Pac for the 1st single off her new album, A Different Me, in stores December 16th

Grammy-nominated singer, Keyshia Cole, summons 2Pac for the 1st single off her new album, A Different Me, in stores December 16th

Playa Cardz Right” – Keyshia Cole featuring 2Pac

Keyshia’s third studio album, A Different Me, will be released on December 16, 2008. The lead single “Playa Cardz Right” features the late rapper 2Pac. Cole is currently filming the third season of her BET reality series, The Way It Is, which she confirmed is set to premiere in November of 2008. Cole cites singers Mary J. Blige, Allure and Brandy as her biggest influences.

Global Music Group, a Tennessee-based independent label, has acquired Death Row Records and could release a new Tupac Shakur album this year

Global Music Group Acquires Death Row Assets

Global Music Group, a Tennessee-based independent label, has acquired Death Row Records and could release a new Tupac Shakur album this year.

Susan Berg, the label’s owner, purchased the historic hip-hop label for $25 million yesterday (June 25), beating out companies like Warner Music Group and EverGreen Copyrights.

“Everybody’s excited,” a spokesperson for Global Music Group tells Billboard.com.

Marion “Suge” Knight founded Death Row Records in 1991 and soon reached a blistering peak with releases by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. However after years of financial mismanagement, Death Row was put into receivership when Knight filed bankruptcy in the wake of a $107 million judgment he was ordered to pay to label co-founder Lydia Harris.

As a result, Death Row was available for auction starting Tuesday.

In February, Billboard.com reported that the majority of the company’s assets appeared to be those of Shakur — both master recordings and compositions — including previously unreleased recordings. However, sorting through the assets to determine what rights Death Row holds in masters and publishing may be a challenge, as approval rights for future uses of Shakur’s works still must go through EverGreen and Shakur’s heir.

“If they’re smart they’d be calling me soon,” says David Schulhof, EverGreen’s co-CEO. “We approve all uses. They can’t do anything with the catalog without us.”

Schulhof says EverGreen did not purchase Death Row because it’s a hornet’s nest of unpaid bills, including claims by countless songwriters who never received royalties.

“Honestly, it became too expensive,” says Schulhof. “Whether Death Row still has to pay those songwriters or not as a function of law or whether the court wiped that out is not clear. Global Music Group may wake up and have a nasty surprise.”

However, Schulhof says Global now owns at least several albums worth of Shakur music and it’s not implausible for the independent to release a posthumous album this year.

Source: Billboard

Grassroots record label Thug Life Army Records is set to re-arrange the urban hip hop landscape with the release of their highly anticipated hip hop project In The Shadow of an Icon’

After much anticipation ‘In The Shadow of an Icon’ From Thug Life Army Records Will Be In Stores Tuesday January 15th.

Grassroots record label Thug Life Army Records is set to re-arrange the urban hip hop landscape with the release of their highly anticipated hip hop project ‘In The Shadow of an Icon’.

In stores January 15th nationwide, ‘In The Shadow of an Icon’ is a unique project putting artists from all across the nation together for a meaningful message filled CD, built on the ‘thought process’ of the late hip hop and rap icon Tupac Shakur (2Pac). The project contains no music by Tupac (2Pac), but it does reveal artists who grew out of the ‘shadow’ of the hip hop Icon

As we see the urban hip hop musical landscape infiltrated by corporate hip hop and what seems to be so much music with out a meaning, this unique project focuses on the ‘real’ things going on in the streets and in the lives of many in hip hop culture.

Hip hop icon Tupac Shakur was more than a rap artist. He was also a poet, an activist, a reporter and yes a teacher. The artists put forth on this unique project have all learned and have crafted their skills out of the ‘shadow’ of the teacher Tupac Shakur; they too have re-taken the place of ‘street reporter’ to enlighten, spread the news and/or deliver true street messages in their rhymes.

This project, from Thug Life Army Records, distributed by Fontana/Universal/AMG, was released to all the major digital download sites in mid December and is available now for online download also.

Here is the track list for ‘In the Shadow of an Icon’

Track list for ‘In the Shadow of an Icon’
Disc One
1.) Boo Kapone – KNOWLEDGE
2.) Concrete Souljahs – Walk wit me
3.) allfrumtha i – Everywhere I Go (good and evil)
4.) SUPe – The System
5.) Hustle Creed – We Live and We Die
6.) Purple Lounge “H.O.P.E”
7.) Nolan – PEOPLE
8.) 1223 – Wish I Knew
9.) Jasiri X and Franchise – 2 Pacs More
Producer: Paradise Gray (X Clan) and GM3
10.) Page 1 – Fallen
11.) Ebony Burks – Choice
12.) G Luv – Revelation
13.) FAME – Next 2 Kin
14.) U.N.D feat. Teeka – Understand
15.) binky mack – Conflict Of Interest

Disc Two
1.) Kemo the Blaxican – Breathe
2.) Celly Cel – No Tomorrow
3.) Dolo – So Much Drama
4.) Qwiccshott – Never
5.) Sammy B feat Big Dee – No Half Steppin
6.) 3RDegree – Broken Home
7.) allfrumtha i – Me & My Dawg
8.) K – Loron – Speed of Life
9.) Concrete Souljahs – Related to the Undergroud
10.) Tommy Danger – Run for Cover
11.) Wize-Fool – DANGEROUS FREE THINKER
12.) binky mack – Taken Over
13.) Malign20 – Hopes and Dreams
14.) Queen Josie – Young Men of Today (Spoken Word)

The project has been endorsed by many including the Hip Hop Association, The Hip Hop Congress, The Black Coffee Channel, and many others.

Tupac – The Best Of 2PAC (Double Disc) – In Stores 12/4 – Amaru / Universal

Tupac – The Best Of 2PAC (Double Disc) – In Stores 12/4 – Amaru / Universal

– Part 1: Thug and THE BEST OF 2PAC – Part 2: Life, the 2 CDs are retrospective collections showing the complex creativity of this lyrical genius. 2PAC is the top-selling rap artist of all time. His force was evident during the height of his popularity in the Nineties, but his influence as the voice of the streets continues to echo today throughout urban culture. He has become an eternal icon of youthful brilliance and rebellion with an immeasurable impact on each new generation.

These two separate CDs also show us why anyone listening to the breadth of his work knows that behind the laconic delivery lies a vision. 2PAC’s uncanny ability enabled him to represent the disenfranchised he hoped to galvanize with his philosophy of T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. (which stood for “The Hatred U Give Lil Infants F***s Everybody”). “I didn’t create the thug life. I diagnosed it,” Tupac stated.

Each album contains one previously unreleased recording and one new remix along with nine classic tracks. Each album is available in edited and explicit versions. The collections were assembled with the assistance of his mother, Afeni Shakur, who is also the executive producer of the albums. The CDs represent different key phases of 2PAC’s evolution and shows how his talent hit a high note right from the start and never wavered.

THE BEST OF 2PAC – Part 1: Thug features the previously unreleased “Resist the Temptation” and a fresh mix of “Dear Mama,” featuring Anthony Hamilton, whose original Grammy-nominated version went Platinum and charted Top 10 Pop and #1 Rap. Also included are “Trapped” (2PAC’s debut single), the Grammy-nominated “California Love” (with Dr. Dre), the double Platinum, #1 Pop/#1 Rap, Grammy-nominated “How Do U Want It” with K-CI & JoJo, and Top 10 Rap “So Many Tears.” The remaining tracks are “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” “I Ain’t Mad At Cha,” “Hail Mary,” “Changes,” and “Unconditional Love.”

THE BEST OF 2PAC – Part 2: Life highlights the previously unreleased recording of “Dopefiend’s Diner” featuring 2PAC using a vocal sample of the melody line of “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega in addition to the acoustic remix of “Thugz Mansion” featuring all three verses by 2PAC. The album also brings together the Top 5 Rap “Brenda’s Got a Baby” and Gold, Top 15 Pop/#2 Rap “Keep Ya Head Up.” The tracklisting adds “Definition of a Thug Nigga,” “When I Get Free,” “Until the End of Time” (RP Remix), “Never Call You Bitch Again,” “They Don’t Give a Fuck About Us,” “Still Ballin” (Nitty Remix) and “Ghetto Gospel.”