Reuters reports a federal appeals court on Monday revived a lawsuit by civil rights icon Rosa Parks against the rap group OutKast over a song that uses her name for its title.
A federal judge in Detroit had dismissed Parks’ lawsuit in 1999 over the song ‘Rosa Parks,’ saying OutKast’s use of her name was protected by free speech, and the group did not need to compensate her. But a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that while OutKast’s free speech defense was valid, so was Parks’ claim that using her name could suggest the song was about her or that she was connected to the group. The panel said OutKast needed to show some artistic reason for calling the song “Rosa Parks,” and ordered the district court to conduct a hearing and rule on the issue.
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AllHipHop.com reports that Outkast and Norah Jones will team up for a song on Outkast’s soon to be released double album, ‘Outkast Presents: Big Boi and Dre’.
A two-CD OutKast set, with one disc leaning toward Big Boi’s kinetic rhymes and R&B beats, the other tilting in the direction of Dre’s funked-out freak show. “It’s our way of telling two perspectives of the story,” Big Boi tells Entertainment Weekly. “When you got this much creative juice flowing, the pot’s gonna overflow, so you have to get another pot.” The double disc drops in May. The full story at EW.com has since been removed.
Outkast won last night for Favorite Hip-Hop/R&B Band, Duo or Group at the American Music Awards. They said in acceptance, “Yo. All the way from Atlanta, Georgia, first of all. I want to you know say thank you to Dick Clark for this right here. Shout out to the man upstairs. Dre is at the house right now putting the finishing touches on our brand new album coming out in 90 days. March 11th. We want to thank Arista Records, Blue Williams, our families at the crib, kids, Ms. Benjamin, my mama, Madison Small World Financial. Party tonight. Yeah, we’re out of here. We love ya.”
Andre “Dre” Benjamin of OutKast has signed on to star in his first feature film, ‘Love Hater,’ according to the New York Post. Dre is also doing the soundtrack for the picture and will incorporate the movie tunes into his first solo album, also titled ‘Love Hater.’ Director Morgan J. Freeman said, “I’m extremely excited to work with Dre, whose message behind his solo single ‘Love Hater’ is the same as my vision of the film’s message.”
Rolling Stone magazine caught up with Beck who was asked if he listened to a lot of rap. “I like the Cee-Lo record. I love the latest OutKast album,” he responded. “I love their rhythm and flow. They are serious about hip-hop. But they also have a playfulness that I like. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do in that regard. ‘Devils Haircut’ and ‘Where It’s At’ are seven years old. It’s time for me to write some new ones.”
MTV News reports Master P, Outkast’s Dre (Andre Benjamin) and Tha Row rapper Kurupt are set to appear in the upcoming movie ‘Hollywood Homicide’ starring Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett. The flick is in its fifth week of filming with approximately nine weeks remaining, the source said. It’s expected to hit theaters in August. Read more.
Zac Crain of the Dallas Observer chatted with Clutch from Nappy Roots, who says he’s not worried about the comparisons to Goodie Mob or OutKast. “When you new and you coming out of nowhere, that’s how they relate,” he says. “I can’t think of the word I’m looking for, but, I mean, they gotta compare you to somebody. You remind them of something or somebody. But, I mean, that’s an honor, man, to be in the same sentence, the same reference as groups like OutKast and Goodie Mob. They definitely blazed the trail. Set the standard. As far as similarities, I think when people compare us to OutKast and Goodie Mob, I think it’s the soulfulness of the music. We put our heart and soul into the music, as well as those groups, so I think that’s the similarities. Plus, we coming out the South, too. So folks are gonna try to pigeonhole you.”
Nelly will be musical guest on Last Call with Carson Daly on Wednesday, while Outkast will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday. Check your local listings.
Rap acts on TV talk shows this week include Cee-Lo on Last Call with Carson Daly on Tuesday, Busta Rhymes on the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Wednesday, and Outkast on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday. Check your local listings.