Mos Def is in negotiations
to star opposite Brenden Fraser in the new thriller “Journey to the End
of the Night.” The movie centers on a man and his son, who are both trying
to better their lives through the criminal under world. Alice Braga, who starred
in “City of God” is already attached to the project. “Journey
to the End of the Night” will start production on location in Brazil beginning
Tupac has the ears of the
United Kingdom, as his song “Ghetto Gospel” has staying power, residing
at the top of the official UK Singles Chart for three weeks in a row. The song
is taken from the album Loyal to the Game. “Ghetto Gospel”
features vocals by Universal label mate Sir Elton John, with whom Em previously
collaborated with for a live version of “Stan.” “Ghetto Gospel”
held back pop diva Mariah Carey’s new single “We Belong Together,”
which landed at #2.
Ray Davis, one of the founders
of Parliament-Funkadelic, passed away last week due to respiratory complications.
Davis was a member of The Parliaments since the group was founded in the 1950’s.
The group hit big with “I Wanna Testify,” in 1967, a record that
featured a more “funk” oriented Parliaments (the record is ironically
backed by legendary Motown session band The Funk Brothers). Parliament-Funkadelic’s
body of work has been sampled countless times over the years and was the subject
of years of legal wrangling, which recently ended in a court victory for Clinton.
Slum Village has parted
ways with Capitol Recordings and the group is preparing their first release
since their major label effort Detroit Deli. Prequel to a Classic
the Mix Tape lands in stores on July 12th and is a collection of unreleased
songs. Kurupt, Dwele, The Dramatics and Frank & Dank round out appearance
on the album, which features production by B.R. Gunna, T-3, Kareem Riggins and
J. Dilla. The track listing to Prequel to a Classic the Mixtape is
2. "GET YA PAPER" (feat. Frank & Dank)
3. "CAN I BE ME"
4. "WALK WIT ME"
5. "EZ UP" (feat. Dwele)
6. "WE BE DEM" (Part II)
7. "IT’Z YOUR WORLD"
8. "IN THE LAB" Produced
9. "WHO BOY"
10. "DO OUR THING"
11. "MY LIFE" (feat. Frank & Dank)
12. "TIME TRAVEL"
13. "LET ME SEE WHAT YA GOT"
14. "WHO ARE WE"
15. "GHETTO MOVIES"
17. LET’S GO