Currently, the music industry has a policy of not insuring artists on their record label. Medicaid and other programs such as those providing Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus offer insurance only to very low-income people. For instance, if you make $10,000 a year as a single adult you are not eligible for any of the above health plans.
Former front man for the Lost Boyz, Mr. Cheeks, is scheduled to kick off a month long tour featuring Pete Rock and Truth Hurts on August, 3rd in New York City. The tour, which hits 17 different cities along the way will promote Mr. Cheek’s third solo album, ‘Ladies and Ghettomen’ which will be released on September 14th. To find more information about the cities on Mr. Cheek’s tour or his upcoming album, visit mrcheeksonline.com.
Former member of the now dismembered Lost Boyz, Mr. Cheeks is preparing to release a new album independently after leaving Universal Records in September 2003. Also, is holding a contest for one lucky fan and guest to appear in his next video. The full article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed or relocated.
AllHipHop.com caught up with Mr. Cheeks and asked the rapper what the situation was with the Lost Boyz, and whether fans can expect a reunion. “At the time Tah passed away, n*ggas went their separate ways and did things,” Mr. Cheeks said. “But, as far as LB we still here, we got this album we trying to work on dropping in June on my label and we looking for someone to distribute it, but that’s how it’s been since Tah passed. I do this solo sh** to make sure I keep the LB name known.”
Rapbasement.com recently chatted with Mr. Cheeks and asked the rapper if the white rapper influence has hindered black rappers. “Not really man,” he responded. “I mean if people going to buy that really people going to buy music. I don’t know. I mean it’s like whatever if you got talent, you got talent. You can’t hate on talent you know?” He continued, “Yeah, it don’t matter if your a black rapper or a white rapper, you got to have talent. Man you gotta want to go hard. You know, I’m comfortable with what I’m doing. You know what I’m saying? You know, I don’t wanna argue about, yo man my sh** ain’t platinum, I got told by my label about that. I ain’t gotta do with no other artist. you know what I mean?”
HipOnline.com caught up with Mr. Cheeks and asked him about the new album he’s had done since last summer. The rapper gave out advice for the kids aspiring to be like him saying, “Just be original with it. Don’t try to sound like anyone else. There aren’t a lot of A likes, but there are a lot of B alikes. A bunch of ni**ers come out with their crews and they all sound just alike. They talk about how they are ill and they just talk. They just need to bring it.”
Several rap acts are making appearances on talk television this week. On Tuesday, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs will be guest co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly. Later, look for Mr. Cheeks to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live. On Wednesday, Sen Dog & B-Real from Cypress Hill stop by Kimmel’s show, while Killer Mike & Big Boi make an appearance on Thursday. Wrapping up the week is The Streets on Last Call with Carson Daly.
Mr. Cheeks was on this weekend’s edition of Soul Train and the website has a chat they had with the former Lost Boyz rapper online. Cheeks talked about who he wants to work with in the future saying, “There’s a few people I want to work with. But I’m just continue to do my joint, you know what I’m sayin’? Whoever will want to work with me will work. But you know how the industry go – they be acting real funny.”
SOHH.com chatted with Mr. Cheeks who commented on his solo efforts and how he’s handled the death of his partner, Freaky Tah. The quick radio success of ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ was unexpected. The rapper admitted, “I didn’t really know it was gonna hit them like that. It’s definitely a blessing, you know what I mean. Word up, I didn’t know it was gonna jump off like that, but you know what I mean, Jah blessed me, so I’m good right now.”
Christina Fuoco of LiveDaily.com spoke with Mr. Cheeks about his collaboration with business partner Stephen Marley, son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, saying of their ‘Till We Meet Again’ duet, “It’s just a blessing, you know? His talents and everything, and being a part of his world, and him being a part of my world, too. We’re just making music together and the connection is ill, you know what I mean? He taught me a lot.”