In an interview with
the August 16 issue of Newsweek, Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid confirmed that Def Jam
was close to buying out the partners of Roc-A-Fella Records and negotiating deals
to keep them within the Def Jam system. Reid also said he will sign more diverse
acts to the label.
The Beastie Boys
latest album To the 5 Boroughs is almost at platinum status, with 792,000
copies sold. The album shipped over 1 million units. The group has sold a total
of 22 million records throughout their career. In related record sales news,
Juvenile’s latest Juve the Great, has been certified platinum
powered by the strength of the massive hit “Slow Motion” featured
the late Soulja Slim.
D12 is working
on two movies, one a horror flick named “Devil’s Night” and
another called “Runyon Cash,” named after a street members of the
group grew up on. The movie will be executive produce by their managers, Jeremy
Geffen and Max Gousse. Gousse was also executive producer of the movie “You
Jones will release “Beef II,” the follow up to the platinum selling
“Beef” DVD. The DVD reveals details behind some of the biggest feuds
in the Hip-Hop industry. DMX, K-Solo, 50 Cent, Fredro Starr, Stick Fingaz, Afeni
Shakur, Angie Martinez, Canibus, Nelly and KRS-One are among the artists featured.
“Beef II” hits stores August 31.