1998 was a great year for Hip Hop, there's was so much balance as far as what type of records were coming out and all coasts (West, East, South) were all represented in some form, It was also the year we got the groundbreaking solo album from Lauryn Hill "The Miseducation..." It was a dope album that gave us not only hit records to bang in the clubs and on the radio but there was substance. There's been alot of speculation over the last few years as to if The Fugees would ever reunite, when it looked like it could happen back in 2005, all plans fell thru and Wyclef Jean, Pras, and Lauryn Hill went there seperate ways again. Although Wyclef has had hits on the radio since, nothing could compare to the group as a whole. Well we may not get a full Fugees reunion but it looks like Lauryn Hill is wrapping production on her new album properly titled "The Return" With Nicki Minaj holding it down pretty tough for female MC's, one has to wonder if the public is still checking for Lauryn. Nonetheless "The Return" is slated for a late 2012 release and she is planning to have a huge listening party for the album sometime next month. Obviously alot has changed in the last 14 years, but I would hope that people haven't forgot and the long awaited sophomore project won't go overlooked!
Rock The Bells is setting sail! Check out this years line up featuring NAS, Lauren Hill, Cypress Hill and more.
Rock The Bells 2011 – Tour Dates, Cities & Venues: Los Angeles - August 20, San Manuel Amphitheater San Francisco - August 27, Shoreline Amphitheater New York- September 3, Governor's Island Boston - September 10, Comcast Center
Rock The Bells Official Website (for venue info & tickets) – http://www.rockthebells.net
Hip Hop songbird Lauen Hill gave birth to her sixth child this past Saturday (July 23).
The 36 year old announced her pregnacy while on tour.
According to Allhiphop.com It remains unclear if Rohan Marley, the father of her five other kids, is the child of the newborn.
Hill is still slated to appear as a highlight of the Rock the Bells Festival next month.
According to Allhiphop.com, Soul music legend Syl Johnson lost a round in court this week, when a long-running lawsuit against rap group Cypress Hill was officially dismissed.
Syl Johnson sued Cypress Hill in 2003 for copyright infringement, claiming the group illegally sampled his song "It it Because I'm Black," which was featured on the track "Interlude" on the group's hit album Black Sunday.
Cypress Hill originally won a judgment for lawyer fees and court costs in 2008, after a judge ruled that Syl Johnson's original recording was not protected under law, because it was recorded three years before the Federal Copyright Act was passed in 1972.
Johnson appealed the original 2008 judgment in favor of Cypress Hill, but the appeal was dismissed on Wednesday (June 1st).
Syl Johnson recorded "Is It Because I'm Black in 1968 and in 1969 his record label, Twinight Records released a version of the song on 45 RPM.
In 1972, Johnson re-recorded the song, but it was never released in the United States.
Johnson didn't apply for copyright registration for the re-recording until 1997, when he realized it wasn't being protected by a valid Federal copyright.
Rapper/singer Lauryn Hill has announced that she is pregnant with her sixth child.
Lauryn Hill made the announcement during a show at Chene Park in Detroit on Saturday (June 4th).
Hill's unexpected announcement calmed the crowd, who had grown a bit irritable, because she was over an hour and a half late for the show.
Lauryn Hill has five other children with reggae singer Rohan Marley.