AHH Stray News: Swishahouse, Snoop's $2 Million Lawsuit, DJ Hapa, Sean Paul

Houston based rap

label Swishahouse was honored Monday (Nov. 27) by the Texas Grammy Chapter in

Austin, Texas. The event was hosted by renowned actor Billy Bob Thornton and Grammy

Award winning singer Ray Benson. The label, founded by DJ Michael "5000" Watts and business partner G-Dash, was honored for its contributions to Texas music. Swishahouse has produced such

chart topping rappers as Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Mike Jones and

others. Other notables honored during the evening were ZZ Top, gospel singer Yolanda

Adams and South by Southwest festival cofounders Nick Barbaro, Roland Swenson

and Louis Black. Swishahouse recently released the compilation album The Day

Hell Broke Loose 3.Rapper

Snoop Dogg continues to make headlines, but this time he will appear in court

against former record label, Priority Records. Snoop recently filed a lawsuit

in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming Priority owes him $2 million dollars in

back royalties. "Apparently, since EMI has taken over the running of Priority

from Bryan Turner, the once somewhat artist-friendly label has decided to make

up for a downturn in the industry by failing to honor the contracts made with

its 'Hip-Hop' artists while Turner was at the helm," the lawsuit states.

The rapper released several albums under his deal with Priority including Paid

Tha Cost To Be Da Boss, Tha Last Meal and DA Game Is To Be Sold,

Not To Be Told.DJ

Hapa of the Scratch DJ Academy has become the first Hip-Hop celebrity to identify

with the disease epilepsy as the national spokesperson for the Epilepsy Therapy

Development Project (ETDP) and Epilepsy.com. The ETDP is a nonprofit aimed at

developing new treatments for the millions of people who live with epilepsy around

the world. The organization has already raised over $5 million dollars towards

raising awareness about the disease, which affects the nervous system, causing

seizures. The organization hosted an event in New York on Monday (Nov. 27) to

announce the debut of a new 30-minute documentary, Epilepsy: In Search of Effective

Therapies. Also participating in ETPD's campaign include USA Olympic Women's

ice hockey goal tender Chanda Gunn. Reggae

singer Sean Paul is preparing to take off on a tour throughout Africa and the

Middle East in December to support his already multi-platinum album The Trinity.

Sean Paul will make stops at the Cidadela Pavilion in Luanda, Angola on December

8th and the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana on December 9th. Sean

Paul will then head to the Middle East, stopping in Dubai and Don Qatar on December

15th and 16th. Earlier in the year, Sean Paul toured Europe for four weeks, performing

in Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Switzerland. He is currently preparing to release

the fourth single from The Trinity called “Never Gonna Be The Same.”