Sources tell The New York Daily News that legendary producer John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez is holding Sony up from releasing a potentially lucrative album by late rapper Big Pun “because he didn’t think of it himself.” An industry insider said, “Sony owns Big Pun as an artist, but Jellybean owns the publishing rights to many of the songs. Sony wants to do another album, but [Benitez] hasn’t returned calls. He’s playing the game.”
Top fan site Xzibit.ws recently spoke with Xzibit in a 15+ minute audio interview where he talks about the upcoming album Man vs Machine, the DVD Restless Xposed, his thoughts on the recent terrorists attacks, the Golden State project, his thoughts on beefs, the Still Smokin’ tour and more. The exclusive and uncensored interview at xzibit.ws has since been removed.
Overture.com has a list of the top Big Pun searches for the month of December up. The rapper born Christopher Lee Rios, who died February 7, 2000, of a heart attack, had 8,463 searches for the month for ‘Big Pun’ while his full rap name of ‘Big Punisher’ had 2,166. His song ‘I’m Not A Player’ was the most popular in searches, while many searched for his pal Fat Joe along with Pun.
A documentary on the life of the late Big Punisher will be released next month. To be titled “Still Not A Player,” the film is directed by Marcos Antonio Miranda and will feature Terror Squad members as well as RZA, Raekwon, Nas and Cuban Link. Big Punisher died of a heart attack and respiratory failure just over two years ago (February 7th) at the early age of 28 years old.
Cuban Link offers a heartfelt tribute to buddy and former Terror Squad mate Big Pun in his new video ‘Letter To Pun’. Watch it via Blastro below.
The New York Daily News reports MTV and Ashton Kutcher spent big bucks and months planning to punk Lil Jon, but the rapper quickly caught on to their plot. Lil Jon was supposed to be on a private plane to Las Vegas, but customs agents claimed he and his entourage were boarding a plane bound for Ecuador. Within minute, the rapper recognized some of the actors posing as security, yelling for Ashton to come out from the back of the plane, and said, “Come on, you can’t punk the motherfu**ing King of Crunk!”
Jermaine Dupri, often not fully recognized for his phenomenal talents as a produer, is a proven hit-maker for artists such as: Usher, Da Brat, Kriss Kross, Lil Jon, Young Bloodz, Xscape, Lil Bow Wow, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Toni Braxton and countless others. His extensive catalogue that screams talented, remarkable, and revolutionary has just gotten another name: MIKKEY. He always pushes the bar, where no other producer dares to go. He continues to create new sounds that compliment the artist and send trendsetting ripples throughout the music industry. As he has recently been appointed President of Virgin Records Urban Music, a new division at the label, Jermaine Dupri has made the most brilliant decision by signing Chicago’s finest Mikkey. Music insiders are regarding this as a remarkable genuis move as other labels are betting on their marketing power to attract fans, Jermaine Dupri seems to be betting on music’s fans ability to recognize good and real music. Mikkey is expected to give Virgin Records the foundation that it needs for it’s Hip Hop division.
AllHipHop.com has an article about an argument between Fat Joe and Big Pun’s widow Liza Rios that aired on the radio. Fat Joe accuses her of sleeping with Big Pun’s brother and she reveals that the documentary she released shows footage of Pun hitting her with a gun and pulling her hair.
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