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AHH Stray News: Swollen Members, Youngbloodz Correction, Manny Fresh, Russell Simmons

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rap group Swollen Members’ album Black Magic took home a Juno Award for

Rap Recording of the Year last night [Apr. 1] at the 36th Annual Juno Awards.

Black Magic, which is the group’s fifth album, hit stores in Sept 2006.

The acknowledgment marks the fourth time the group has won a Juno Award, which

Canada’s equivalent to a Grammy Award. Nelly Furtado hosted the event, which took

place at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Furtado won the most

Juno Awards with five, for her album Loose, which also won Album of the

Year. Furtado, who is an artist on Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group, only briefly

mentioned the producer, despite his contributions to the album.Reports

that Hip-Hop group The Youngbloodz are suing Sony BMG for $50 million because

of unpaid royalities have turned out to be the result of a mixup in group names.

While there is a $50 million dollar lawsuit against Sony BMG, the rock

group The Youngbloods brought the suit against the label. The Youngbloods are

best known for their 1969 hit record "Get Together" and have brought

the suit against Sony BMG over ringtones and downloads.Former

Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh has inked a deal with Def Jam that will

allow him to sign and produce new artists for the label. Mannie Fresh appeared

on New Orleans’ Q 93 during The Wild Wayne Show and revealed that in addition

to finding talent, he will produce for Southern acts on the Def Jam label. The

platinum-plus producer also has the freedom to continue to produce for artists

outside of the Def Jam label as well. "Dude [Jay-Z] reached out, flew me

up, we talked about it," Mannie Fresh said. "It was a nice little proposal

and that’s where I’m at now. He gets this era of Hip-Hop…What made me take the

deal was they didn’t want me to do this exclusive thing with them, they was like

you can do what ever it is you do." During the interview, incarcerated former

Hot Boy member Turk called in and revealed he has written seven albums worth of

material since being

sentenced to 10 years in prison, after being convicted of three weapons charges

stemming from a Jan. 2004 shoot-out with Memphis, TN SWAT Team members. "I’m

working on my appeal. I should be home this year," Turk said. "They

not expecting the last Hot Boy to be coming the way I’m coming."Russell

Simmons’ "Get Your Money Right" tour will hit the Max M. Fisher Music

Center on Apr. 14 in Detroit MI. The free event will feature Mike Jones, Layzie

and Krayzie Bone, Trick Trick, Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick Remy Ma and others.

The "Get Your Money Right" tour is presented by Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit

Action Network (HSAN) and is sponsored by Chrysler Financial and Anheuser-Busch,

Inc. The tour, now in its third year, educates students and community members

about the importance of financial literacy. "One of the most urgent issues

facing young adults today is the issue of having a firm financial foundation,"

emphasized Russell Simmons. "Hip-Hop is about transformation. The theme ‘Get

Your Money Right,’ is not some rhetorical gesture. This is a real issue and we

are talking about providing real solutions that attendees at the Hip-Hop Summit

can use for the rest of their lives." For more information log on: http://www.hsan.org.

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