Florida rapper Plies has reached platinum status as the chart-topping ringtone for his debut single, "Shawty" Featuring T-Pain, has sold over one million ringtones to date. "Shawty" has also been at the top of Billboard's Hot Mastertone chart for the past several weeks. The rapper has also launched BidLong.com, an online community blog for fans to express concerns regarding the prison system in this country, as well as share personal stories and feelings about incarceration. Plies recently released a viral music video for his song "100 Years," in which he addresses the injustices that people are being faced with in courtrooms on a daily basis. "I feel like the song is well needed," Plies said of "100 Years." "There hasn't been a record that I can remember over the course of the last 10 years that has touched on the system like this song."
Chart topping rapper Common is auditioning for a role in the upcoming big budget picture based around the cartoon series The Justice League of America. According to reports, director George Miller was in Los Angeles for a casting session that started on Sunday (October 14). Miller is auditioning 40 actors who hope to land parts as Superman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and others. Other actors/actresses who are auditioning for parts in the Warner Bros. film include Adam Brody (The O.C.), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Grindhouse), Max Thieriot (Jumper) and others. The actors have been selected for their age, so they can grow into their roles over the course of several films.
Controversial UK rapper Lethal Bizzle will perform his first show in Ireland during Dublin's Rap Ireland Bank Holiday Party. The event takes place on October 28th at Radio City where the rapper will perform singles like his latest titled "Bizzle Bizzle" and his controversial song "Pow," which was banned from numerous radio stations in the UK in 2004. The rapper is also preparing material for his new group, Fire Camp. "Lethal B is one of the most energetic and exciting 'club' rappers out there at the moment," a Rap Ireland representative said. "We've seen him play in London and we were blown away. The bank holiday parties here in Dublin are always something special but having a headliner like Lethal will take things to another level." Rappers like 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Sean "Diddy" Combs have made appearances at the Rap Ireland Bank Party. Other celebrities expected to attend the performance include FM104's Frank Jez, DJ Ahmed of Pulse FM and MTV Base fame, Maverick Sabre and Tim Dogg.