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Saturday, October 8, 2011

50 Cent Happy He Made 'All Things Fall Apart' Against His Partners Wishes "All Of The Positive Feedback Makes Me Feel Like I Was Right"

50 Cent put a lot on the line when he decided to make the movie, 'All Things Fall Apart.'

The rapper/actor/businessman went against his partners wishes to make the film. He also went through a dramatic physical transformation by losing more than 54 pounds to accurately play a football player stricken with cancer.

50 spoke to his fans on twitter yesterday (October 7) about why the project meant so much to him.

"So you all know All Things Fall Apart is the kind of movie that is really hard to get studios to finance. My partners were against the idea at first then changed their minds after they saw the movie," 50 wrote. "All the positive feed back I received makes me feel like I was right. I wrote produced and financed the film. I lost someone really close to me to cancer. this film is symbol of our friendship."

The movie, which was directed by Mario Van Peebles and also stars Ray Liotta and Lynn Whitfield, is scheduled to make it's big screen debut in early 2012.

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Rihanna Breaks Madonna's Billboard Record By Reaching The Top 10 Of Hot 100 For The 20th Time

Billboard Biz reports: Rihanna roars to a 20th top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. She snags her 20th faster than any other solo artist, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, darts 16-9 in its second chart week.

Having first graced the Hot 100 the week of June 11, 2005, with the eventual No. 2-peaking "Pon De Replay," Rihanna reaches 20 top 10s in a span of just six years and four months, besting Madonna for the quickest collection of top 10s among soloists (from an artist's first Hot 100 appearance) in the chart's 53-year history. Madonna tallied her 20th top 10, "Hanky Panky," the week of July 28, 1990, for a stretch of six years and nine months after her chart introduction with "Holiday." Rihanna, thus, bests Madonna's mark by five months.

Among all acts, Rihanna's run to 20 top 10s is the second-fastest. Only the Beatles sprinted to the sum more quickly, taking just two years, seven months and one week between their chart entrance with "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Jan. 18, 1964) and "Yellow Submarine," which sailed 52-8 the week of Aug. 27, 1966. The Supremes are pushed to third-place among all artists, having collected their 20 career top 10s in a span of six years, five months and one week from 1964 to 1970.

With the vault, Rihanna becomes the 14th artist to garner as many as 20 Hot 100 top 10s and just the fifth woman to earn the honor. Among women, Madonna leads with 37 top 10s - the highest total among all artists - followed by Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson (27 each) and Whitney Houston (23).

Prior to Rihanna this week, Carey had been the last artist to reach 20 top 10s when "Thank God I Found You," featuring Joe and 98 Degrees, blasted 22-2 on the Feb. 12, 2000, chart (a week before it led the Hot 100 for one frame).

Notably, in an era where songs can scale the Hot 100's upper reaches in their debut week solely on the strength of hefty first-week digital sales, all 20 of Rihanna's top 10s have received radio support concurrent with their moves into the Hot 100's top 10. 17 of the 20, in fact, have reached the top 10 on Hot 100 Airplay, with eight bounding all the way to No. 1. And, even the three songs that missed the Hot 100 Airplay's top 10 still made the list's top 40 ("Break It Off," No. 11; "Russian Roulette," No. 35; and, "Cheers (Drink to That)," No. 13).

Below is the recap of Rihanna's 20 Billboard Hot 100 top 10s:

Year, Peak Position, Title

2005, No. 2, "Pon De Replay"
2006, No. 1 (three weeks), "SOS" 2006, No. 6, "Unfaithful"
2007, No. 9, "Break It Off" (Rihanna and Sean Paul)
2007, No. 1 (seven weeks), "Umbrella" (ft. Jay-Z)
2007, No. 7, "Hate That I Love You" (ft. Ne-Yo)
2008, No. 3, "Don't Stop the Music"
2008, No. 1 (one week), "Take a Bow"
2008, No. 1 (two weeks), "Disturbia"
2008, No. 1 (six weeks), "Live Your Life" (T.I. ft. Rihanna)
2009, No. 2, "Run This Town" (Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West)
2009, No. 9, "Russian Roulette"
2010, No. 8, "Hard" (featuring Jeezy)
2010, No. 1 (five weeks), "Rude Boy"
2010, No. 1 (seven weeks), "Love the Way You Lie" (Eminem ft. Rihanna)
2010, No. 1 (one week), "Only Girl (In the World)"
2010, No. 1 (one week), "What's My Name?" (ft. Drake)
2011, No. 1 (one week), "S&M" (ft. Britney Spears)
2011, No. 7, "Cheers (Drink to That)"
2011, No. 9 (to-date), "We Found Love" (ft. Calvin Harris)

Eazy-E's Daughter Erin Wants To Play Her Father In Biopic, Says Role Shouldn't Be A ''Given'' For Son

The long awaited biopic of NWA's founding member Eazy-E is getting set to begin casting soon, and the most important role in the film and who gets to play it ha run into a little controversy.

A week or so back, the son of Eazy (Lil Eazy) told TMZ that he would be most likely be playing the role of his legendary father in the movie being produced by Ice Cube.

Well his sister has something to say about that.

Erin Wright has fired back at her brother's claim in a press release to Black Voices :

I feel the role of my dad in a biopic should “Not” just be a “given” to my brother Lil Eazy solely on the strength that he is my father’s junior! To be honest my father has four sons total who all resemble him in their own way, just as I have an uncanny resemblance to my father and I am a girl. I think my brother should have to audition and earn the role by delivering a great read instead of just being handed the role—and I’d like to add that I feel I should have that same opportunity to audition for the role as well, and be given equal consideration based on my acting ability and not just my relation. I have dreamed of getting this role for many years now, as I have always been inspired by how Hilary Swank played a boy in “Boys Don’t Cry,” which I’ve referenced in a past interview in 2007.

Looks like Lil Eazy is facing some stiff competition.

What do you think? Do you see any problem with Eazy's role being played by a woman, even if it is his own daughter?

Check out Erin's debut single below in which she impersonates her dad and share your thoughts below!!

Skillz On BET Cyphers “I Never Thought It Was Possible To Lose That Much Respect For That Many Rappers In 1 Day. I Saw 2 Rappers That Are All Over Blogs & Radio Start Over 64 Times!"

Skillz is veteran battle rapper who is used to being in being around and hearing other gifted MC's. What he witnessed while participating in the taping of the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards cyphers has the Virginia rapper wondering where all the talent went.

Skillz told AllHipHop that he can't believe some of the rappers that he heard are actually popular.

“I never thought it was possible to lose that much respect for that many rappers in one day. These are the cats that are supposed to be hot?” Skillz asked. "None of them came there prepared. Well, I can’t say none of them, but a lot of them didn’t! Watching some of that sh*t was sad. I watched two particular rappers who are all over the blogs, mixtapes, radio, and magazines stop and start their verses over 64 times!! 64!! I stood there and counted, yo! Between the two of them, they started over 64 times!! We talking 16 bars, yo! And I don’t mean they messed up at the 14th bar and started over. You f*cked up at bar three! I mean, damn, did you write the verse??? Watching that sh*t was sad, ‘cuz let the web tell it, you’re the new hot kid on the block. But, what I saw didn’t represent that at all. I don’t know. I expected more, I guess. Like, know your verse. Come prepared. I felt bad for DJ Premier. He had to sit there through that and remain professional,”

While he didn't go as far as naming names, the awards show airs Tuesday October 11. So we won't have long to wait before we can decide for ourselves which big name rappers aren't as good as maybe we thought they were.

It would be impossible to know who Skillz is referring to before the show airs, but check out the list of MC's that participated in this year's cypher.

Slaughterhouse, Eminem, Skillz, Nitty Scott MC, Estelle, Meek Mill, Wale, Officer Ricky, Ludacris, Blind Fury, Kevin McCall, Chris Brown, Lady of Rage, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B., Yelawolf, Tech N9ne, Kendrick Lamar, Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana, XV, Wais P, Rico Staxx, Termanology, Sean Cross, Gilbere Forte, Chris Sutton and Jay Rock.

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Longtime Raiders Owner Al Davis Dies

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has died at the age of 82. The news was announced Saturday morning on the team’s web site. The team said he died at his home in Oakland on Saturday morning.

''Al Davis's passion for football and his influence on the game were extraordinary. He defined the Raiders and contributed to pro football at every level," Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday. "The respect he commanded was evident in the way that people listened carefully every time he spoke. He is a true legend of the game whose impact and legacy will forever be part of the NFL.''

Davis’ career in football dates to 1950. He served as a coach, general manager and even commissioner (in the American Football League that merged with the NFL in 1970) before becoming the Raiders’ principal owner in 1972.

Under his ownership tenure, Oakland won three Super Bowl titles. Davis also holds the record for most Hall of Fame induction speeches given with nine for players and coaches who worked under him, including John Madden and the late Gene Upshaw. Davis himself was inducted into the Hall in 1992.

Davis helped revolutionized offense in the early 1960s by implementing an aggressive passing game he referred to as the “vertical game.” Davis’ other fabled mantra was “Just win, baby!” The Raiders did that for most of Davis’ tenure, posting 34 seasons of .500 or better in his 48 years with the franchise.

With his silver-and-black athletic suits, dark sunglasses and slicked-back hair, Davis didn’t usually dress like other NFL team owners. He was known as a maverick when moving his franchise from Oakland to Los Angeles and back. Davis wasn’t afraid to fight for what he believed in and famously butted heads with former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle about the league’s direction.

''Al was a fiery individualist, an important part of pro football — the AFL and NFL — for almost 50 years," Cincinnati Bengals owner and president Mike Brown said. "His teams had times of great success, and he was heavily involved both on and off the field. I admired the achievements the Raiders attained under Al.''

That Davis was one of the most important figures in NFL history was most evident during the 1980s when he fought in court, and won, for the right to move his team from Oakland to Los Angeles. Even after he moved them back to the Bay Area in 1995, he went to court, suing for $1.2 billion to establish that he still owned the rights to the LA market.

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Davis also was a trailblazer. He hired the first black head coach of the modern era: Art Shell in 1988. He hired the first Latino coach, Tom Flores, and the first woman CEO, Amy Trask. And he was infallibly loyal to his players and officials: to be a Raider was to be a Raider for life.

''He was an icon, a legend, a pioneer. I'm honored that he chose to draft me," said Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard, Oakland's second-round pick in 2006 who played there five years. "It was a great pleasure being a part of Raider Nation, part of all the great teams and players that put on that Silver and Black. You don't know what it means to be a Raider until you are a Raider, and that was his team. He spoke to you not just as an owner but as a coach. He was very hands-on. You felt his presence, and he really cared for you and your family.''

Davis built a franchise with a hardcore fan following that remains strong today despite an eight-year streak without a playoff appearance. He also remained closely involved with the franchise despite failing health. Raiders defensive end Jarvis Moss sent a Twitter message Tuesday night about a conversation he had with Davis that day.

“Just got a humbling phone call from Mr. Davis himself!” Moss wrote. “So much respect for what he represents to the game of football.”

Moss isn’t the only one who feels that way, as will be evidenced by the forthcoming myriad of tributes in the wake of Davis’ passing.

Born in Brockton, Mass., Davis grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Erasmus Hall High, a spawning ground in the two decades after World War II for a number of ambitious young people who became renowned in sports, business and entertainment. Davis was perhaps the second most famous after Barbra Streisand.

''We had a reunion in Los Angeles and 500 people showed up, including Bah-bruh,'' he once told an interviewer in that combination of southern drawl/Brooklynese that was often parodied among his acquaintances within the league and without.

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A graduate of Syracuse University, he became an assistant coach with the Baltimore Colts at age 24, and was an assistant at The Citadel and then USC before joining the Los Angeles Chargers of the new AFL in 1960. Only three years later he was hired by the Raiders and became the youngest general manager-head coach in pro football history with a team he called ''the Raid-uhs'' in 1963.

He was a good one, 23-16-3 in three seasons with a franchise that had started its life 9-23.

Then he bought into the failing franchise, which played on a high school field adjacent to the Nimitz Freeway in Oakland, and became managing general partner, a position he held until his death.

But as the many bright young coaches he hired — from Madden, Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden to Lane Kiffin — found out, he remained the coach. He ran everything from the sidelines, often calling down with plays, or sending emissaries to the sidelines to make substitutions.

In 1966, he became commissioner of the AFL.

But even before that, he had begun to break an unwritten truce between the young league and its established rivals, which fought over draft choices but did not go after established players.

And while the NFL's New York Giants' signing of Buffalo placekicker Pete Gogolak marked the first break in that rule, it was Davis who began to go after NFL stars, pursuing quarterbacks John Brodie and Roman Gabriel as he tried to establish AFL supremacy.

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Davis' war precipitated first talks of merger, although Davis opposed it. But led by Lamar Hunt of Kansas City, the AFL owners agreed that peace was best. A common draft was established, and the first Super Bowl was played following the 1966 season — Green Bay beat Kansas City, then went on to beat Davis' Raiders the next season. By 1970, the leagues were fully merged and the league had the basic structure it retains until this day — with the NFL's Rozelle as commissioner, not Davis, who wanted the job badly.

So he went back to the Raiders, running a team that won Super Bowls after the 1976, 1980 and 1983 seasons — the last one in Los Angeles, where the franchise moved in 1982 after protracted court fights. It was a battling bunch, filled with players such as John Matuszak, Mike Haynes and Lyle Alzado, stars who didn't fill in elsewhere who combined with homegrown stars: Ken Stabler, another rebellious spirit; Upshaw; Shell, Jack Tatum, Willie Brown and dozens of others.

After lengthy lawsuits involving the move to Los Angeles, he went back to Oakland and at one point in the early years of the century was involved in suits in northern and southern California — the one seeking the Los Angeles rights and another suing Oakland for failing to deliver sellouts they promised to get the Raiders back.

But if owners and league executives branded Davis a renegade, friends and former players find him the epitome of loyalty.

When his wife, Carol, had a serious heart attack, he moved into her hospital room and lived there for more than a month. And when he heard that even a distant acquaintance was ill, he'd offer medical help without worrying about expense.

''Disease is the one thing — boy I tell you, it's tough to lick,'' he said in 2008, talking about the leg ailments that had restricted him to using a walker. ''It's tough to lick those diseases. I don't know why they can't.''

A few years earlier, he said: ''I can control most things, but I don't seem to be able to control death. Everybody seems to be going on me.''

As he aged, his teams declined.

The Raiders got to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season, losing to Tampa Bay. But for a long period after that, they had the worst record in the NFL, at one point with five coaches in six years.

Some of it was Davis' refusal to stay away from the football operation — he would take a dislike to stars and order them benched.

The most glaring example was Marcus Allen, the most valuable player in the 1984 Super Bowl, the last the Raiders won.

For reasons never made clear, Davis took a dislike to his star running back and ordered him benched for two seasons. He released him after the 1992 season, and Allen went to Kansas City.

Davis' only comment: ''He was a cancer on the team.''

The small incorporated city of Irwindale, 20 miles east of Los Angeles, learned an expensive lesson about dealing with Davis. The city gave the Raiders $10 million to show its good faith in 1988, but environmental issues, financing problems and regional opposition scuttled plans to turn a gravel pit into a $115 million, 65,000-seat stadium. The deposit was nonrefundable, and Irwindale never got a penny back.

When he fired Mike Shanahan in 1988 after 20 games as head coach, he refused to pay him the $300,000 he was owed. When he became coach of the Denver Broncos, Shanahan delighted most in beating the Raiders and Davis. And when Davis fired Kiffin ''for cause'' in 2008, withholding the rest of his contract, the usually humorless Shanahan remarked:

''I was a little disappointed, to be honest with you. When you take a look at it, I was there 582 days. Lane Kiffin was there 616 days. So, what it really means is that Al Davis liked Lane more than he liked me. I really don't think it's fair. I won three more games, yet he got 34 more days of work. That just doesn't seem right.''

But for most of his life, few people laughed at Al Davis.

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