AHH Stray News: Pitbull, DJ Toomp, Jay-Z & Linkin Park, Snoop

Following Slip-N-Slide

Records’ recent court victory against TVT Records over an unreleased Pitbull

album, the Miami rapper has released a statement about the collection of previously

recorded songs. A United States District Court Magistrate Judge sided with Slip-N-Slide,

ruling that the label can release Pitbull’s Welcome to the 305. "I

want it to be clear that this is not my second album. These are some old tracks

that I recorded soon after I left Luke Records," Pitbull told AllHipHop.com

in a statement. "El Mariel will be my follow-up album to M.I.A.M.I."

The two labels squared off in a Miami court, where Slip-N-Slide owner Ted Lucas

claimed Pitbull signed over all rights to the recordings when he was granted

a release from his contract in 2003 in order to sign with TVT. TVT claimed that

Slip-N-Slide was unjustly benefiting from TVT’s involvement with Pitbull, which

helped turn the rapper into a major recording star.

Grammy-nominated

producer DJ Toomp, along with longtime friend and business associate Bernard

Parks Jr., have joined forces to launch NZone Entertainment, a new label venture.

The duo desired to start their own company after years of crafting hits for

other artists and propelling them to stardom. An Atlanta native, DJ Toomp has

churned out hits for Young Jeezy, Ludacris, 8 Ball & MJG, Stat Quo, and

Boyz N Da Hood, among others. Most recently, Toomp produced T.I.’s "24’s,"

"Motivation," and "U Don’t Know Me" off Urban Legend,

and "What U Know" from the rapper’s forthcoming album King.

Parks is credited as one of the masterminds behind Goodie Mob who contributed

to the rise of Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family. NZone, in conjunction

with DJ Toomp’s production company Zoneboy, is currently focused on launching

the careers of Jack Bona and Suga Suga. The latter artist recently released

the single, "Do It With No Hands," and is touring and working on his

debut album. "I have these eyes and ears and I know what it takes to be

successful in this business and so does Bernard," said Toomp. "We

want to discover a star…We want to win."

Jay-Z and Linkin

Park will perform together at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, taking place on

Wednesday (Feb. 8) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The two acts join previously

announced performers John Legend and Kanye West, Madonna with Gorillaz, and

others. Comedian/actor Dave Chappelle will also introduce an all-star tribute

to Sly and The Family Stone, which will include Maroon5, will.i.am of the Black

Eyed Peas, Robert Randolph, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Joss Stone,

Legend, Ciara, and others. The ceremony will be broadcasted on CBS at 8 p.m.

E.T.

Snoop Dogg will

host "The Rapper’s Challenge Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament," a one-day

event slated to take place in Miami on May 5. Snoop and a variety of celebrity

rappers, actors, and top poker players from across the country will participate

in the event, which will take place on board a Casino Ship at the Port of Miami.

Later in the evening, various rappers will compete for $25,000 in a Monday Night

FightKlub battle. The Entrance fee for the "Rapper’s Challenge" is

$15,000 and includes no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament play, access to the

pre-event Celebrity Registration Party, a Monday Night FightKlub, Uncle Reo’s

BBQ, the After-Party in South Beach, VIP admission to various clubs on South

Beach, and travel expenses (airfare and hotel). Snoop’s Uncle Reo will barbecue

on the top deck. Tickets are available for spectators as well, starting at $2,000,

with an additional $500 fee to play in the Charity Tournament.

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