The P.I.M.P. himself 50 Cent has chosen February 15 as the release date for his sophomore album The Valentine's Day Massacre. The Queens native said some songs will target artists who have lyrically attacked him and his G Unit crew in the past year. "I got something for everybody talking. It's gonna be entertaining,” 50 said at the Vibe Awards. “It's gonna be interesting...these are not warning shots." 50’s fellow G Unit members Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks are also in the studio working on their next albums. Banks expects a late 2005 release and has completed about 15 tracks.
Lil Jon has been tapped to produce for socialite Paris Hilton’s debut album scheduled for a February release. Though Jon has been busy with the East Side Boyz project and Hilton got bogged down filming her movie "Pledge This!" the two still plan to hook up. Before Hilton left to film in Miami, Jon gave her four tracks to listen to. Hilton, under pressure to complete her album, said she’s chosen her favorite, a club song titled "That's Hot." According to Jon, the song is not his classic crunk. Still, Hilton reportedly told the Atlanta-based rapper to soften the track to fit her musical style.
British singer/rapper Ms. Dynamite, 23, will reportedly return to a police station today (Nov. 25) to face questioning regarding assault allegations last month, British authorities said. Dynamite, born Niomi McLean-Daley, allegedly slapped a woman at a Chinese restaurant in London, according to police. The U.K. artist was arrested and released on bail after willingly turning herself in following the incident.
A California beer garden Little Switzerland is facing a fine after the raunchy rap group 2 Live Crew paid a visit to the eatery for a concert on Nov. 18. Undercover agents from the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control attended the concert, which allegedly featured lap dancing and simulated sex acts, the Associated Press reported. A show scheduled two days later in a nearby town was canceled following the incident. When 2 Live Crew released its debut album in 1986, a Florida record store owner, later acquitted, was charged with obscenity for selling the record to a 14-year-old girl. Then in 1990, a Florida state court legally banned 2 Live Crew’s third album As Nasty As They Wanna Be, though the ruling was later reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.