May 28 1999
IN THIS ISSUE OF THE FNV NEWSLETTER 5-28-99 *Ice Cube Starts Filming 'Next Friday' *Treach is Making Movie Moves *Layzie Bone Gets Arrested On A Weed Warrant *West Oakland Rap Group jacked By The Popo? *Who Should Be In The Hip Hop Hall Of Fame *Red Alert Sets Up Website *Hip Hop Writer Lee Hubbard Voted Outstanding Journalist Of The Year *San Jose Is Cracking Down On Graf Writers Send comments, questions and concerns to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org The FNV Newsletter written by Davey D c1999 All Rights Reserved
Ice Cube is getting ready to film another movie. It'll be the sequel to his hit comedy 'Friday'. The new flick will be called 'Next Friday'. In this movie, Cube's family moves from South Central out into the suburbs. Comedian Don 'DC' Curry will play the role of Cube's Uncle Elroy. Everybody is still waiting for the release of his album 'Peace' which is scheduled to drop this summer. Let's hope it winds up being the bomb with the old Cube back in effect.
Speaking of movies, Treach of Naughty By nature is rapidly becoming an on screen heart throb. He just completed a filming a flick called 'Book Of Love' which is described as being a male version of 'Waiting To Exhale'. Treach is also getting set to start filming a new movie called 'Boriqua's Bond'. From the title, it sounds like a flick you would expect to find Fat Joe and Big Pun featured in.
Bad news for Layzie Bone of Bones Thugs & Harmony. He was arrested the other day in Ohio for a 2 year old warrant that was issued in Detroit. I had no idea they could do that, especially since the warrant was for weed possession. I'm not a weed smoker or anything like that, but damn they went across state lines to get this kid for weed possession? Four marshalls came into his house and placed him under arrest. He was released after posting bail. Layzie joins the increasingly long list of rap stars who have wound up in handcuffs.
Bad News for members of the West Oakland based rap group Steady Mobbin'. Y'all may because they were down with Master P's label No Limit. At the time of this writing, details are sketchy, but the word is they were jacked up by Oakland police earlier this week. The ironic thing about this incident was that it was caught on film as the group was making a video at the time. The group intends on including the footage into the video. Not all the details have been relayed as to what exactly happened. We'll keep you posted on this as things unfold.
On a different note, Master P was in the Bay earlier this week. He kept true to his word and opened up a No Limit office. He noted a while back that he was gonna return to the Bay and set up shop. We'll he now has an office situated out in East Oakland. I don't think P himself will be permanently relocating. However, his new record Hottie Hoo' is getting ready to blow up big time as all sorts of djs from the straight ahead Hip Hop lovers to thug types are starting to rock this joint.
In about two weeks I'm going to open up another section on my website that pays tribute to Hip Hop's Founding Fathers and Mothers. It will be a virtual Hip Hop Hall Of Fame. If all goes well it should coincide with the release of my book 'The Hip Hop Chronicles'. Anyway, this new section will be generated by you and your response or lack of response. So here's the question. If there were 5 people you could vote into the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame who would they be? They don't have to be rappers. They could be anyone who represents the culture. Hit me off with your the 5 who absolutely should have a plague in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. Was it graf artists like Taki or Dondi? Was it djs like Grand Wizard Theodore or Master Don? Was it breakers like Crazy Legs or Mr Freeze? Was it record executives like Russell Simmons or Suge Knight? Or was it emcees like Rakim or Mele-Mel? Hit me off with 5 people who best represent Hip Hop. A sentence or two explaining why would be nice, because I would like to include testimonies. mailto:email@example.com
Props to my man and hopefully future Hall of Famer Dj Red Alert. He is now the latest addition to the Hip Hop online community. He has just set up his website http://www.koolDJRedAlert.com. For those who don't know, Red has been spinning Hip Hop on radio for over 15 years. Prior to that he was out there in the very beginning, putting in work and helping lay down the foundation for Hip Hop culture. With DJ Red Alert coming into the digital age you can expect him to have a big impact. His influence is tremendous as he is known and admired all around the world. In addition the amount of people he can reach everyday when he spins on Hot 97 in New York is incredible. Somebody better get smart and let that man start doing some advertisements. Have you noticed a lot of these computer companies have not really been breaking bread with the Hip Hop community? Shame on them, it's gonna be their loss after some of these guys start blowing up their sites. If you can get a bunch of kids from the inner city influencing the entire world with this Hip Hop stuff, imagine what will happen when they start influencing people about the internet. Grand Master Flash, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Naughty By Nature, Heiro, Trick Daddy, Ice T and The Roots all got some major stuff jumping off on this world wide web. And they are just the beginning. Wait until some of their projects kick in. If I heard correctly Jesse Jackson is supposed to be gathering up a bunch of Hip Hoppers for a big convention in August. This whole Digital Divide thing has been his main issue as of lateŠ so I can only imagine that there will be some connection made.
Congratulations to Hip Hop writer Lee Hubbard who some of you all may be familiar with because he frequently contributes both to the FNV Newsletter as well as Davey D's Hip Hop Corner http://www.daveyd.com . Lee has also been featured in publications like Rap pages, The Source, SF Examiner and of course the SF Bayview Newspaper which is his regular gig. Last night he was named Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year by the New California Media who held a one day Expo here in San Francisco for California's burgeoning ethnic media outlets. Several thousand people attended. Lee was awarded this honor from a committee of his journalism peers who respect his provocative writing and keen insight on today's social issues. We're proud of him because he comes out of the Hip Hop arena. Folks, Hip Hop kids is coming up in this world. We're doing more then just rapping, we're making moves. :)
On a side note, aspiring artist trying to get seen and heard in this industry, keep in mind that there are hundreds of community based media outlets. Don't be so quick to go straight to the big magazines and radio stations who don't always show love. You can do some major damage by hitting up these 'smaller' mediums. One of the things they kept bringing up was how so many mainstream outlets are losing readers and listeners to ethnic based media outlets. Folks are growing tired of the lack of coverage and respect the mainstream media often shows. I suggest you take some of that star power you have and blow up some of these places. Try buying a couple of ads in your local community paper as opposed to shelling out a few thousand dollars for some big ass magazine. Also don't limit yourself. For example, lets say you have a tape your trying to promote-try buying a couple of ads in the local Black paper and then head on over and buy some ads in the local Asian or Latino paper that hits those communities. You'll save money and may even make some big impact. They're likely to even do a story on you because you're local. My boy Lee used to and still does this. He gave quite few up and coming acts some love in these community papers. Folks don't realize, more people are reading these things then you think. It's an investment that will help you later down the road , because as these publications blow up, you will have established a strong relationship with them. Remember a lot of times, people are reading certain newspapers or listening to certain radio stations because of you and your music. Flip the script and start redirecting traffic. Don't bring all your resources and talent to big commercial outlets that ain't checking for you.
I recall a few years back, Death Row CEO Suge Knight gave a small Bay Area Magazine an interview. They were the only media outlet he spoke to at a time when everyone was trying to get at him. I mean newspapers, tv stations, radio-all of them were trying to hollar at Suge, but he gave only this small time magazine the love. Afterwards, all sorts of people who would never read the magazine were clamoring to pick up the magazine just to read about Suge. The brother knew he had star power, so he used it by redirecting traffic to an outlet that was down for him. In fact he even told the magazine, he wanted folks to spend money on their publication and not some other media outlet. Smart artist know their star power and will strategically position themselves to blow up and establish relationships with media outlets. Anyway that's my tip for the day.
Graf writers in the city of San Jose are about to feel the heat as Mayor Ron Gonzales announced his plans to crack down on folks. Entitled 'Tag You Lose', Gonzales noted that law enforcement from 15 cities in the South Bay and Santa Clara County will be aggressively going after taggers. Penalties will include kids losing their license and made to clean up heavily graffited areas and keep them clean for an entire year. Their parents will be held responsible and may also be fined. More the 350 thousand dollars has been put into to this new anti-graffiti program.
Gonzales when asked if he was unfairly tagging graf writers, said 'No' as he pointed out that Santa Clara county has an array of extensive art programs where kids can hone their crafts. Over the past couple of years, San Jose has hosted a number of graf exhibitions including one recently held by Scape One.
This new crack down on graf writers comes at the heels of proposed legislation before the California State Senate which will make 400 dollars worth of graffiti damage a felony. This crack down was exceberated by a tagger who was just recently arrested. The gentleman in question has been accused of 86 buildings including the city's anti-graffiti building. We'll keep you posted as this develops.
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