Friday Rap-Up: DMX, VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, Forbes Hip-Hop Cash List

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DMX gets a reality show Even though DMX is sitting in a Miami jail waiting to answer to a variety of charges including drug possession, weapons possessions and animal cruelty, some television producers think his life would make for some great entertainment. The show DMX: This Life of Mine is being produced by Phoenix, Arizon-based After Platinum Entertainment, and is currently looking for a home on a TV network.

"In many ways, my life has been an open book," DMX told AllHipHop.com in a statement. "[But] I haven't always been the one writing the story. With this show; however, people will get to see and hear with their own eyes and ears what really goes on in my life and I think they'll come to understand me a little bit better with each episode."

The show will feature the rapper living his life through the legal dramas he's been facing and the attempt to rehabilitate himself. The production company says that some networks are interested, but there is yet a deal to be made.

VH1 Announces Hip-Hop Honors Honorees It's funny that the most genuine hip-hop program on television can be found on VH1. The network's lauded annual Hip-Hop Honors will go down on October 7 and will honor Too Short, Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature and Slick Rick.

"VH1 Hip Hop Honors has come to represent the pinnacle of innovation and achievement in Hip-Hop music," said Tom Calderone, Executive Vice President and General Manager of VH1. "This year's five honorees are no different and are being recognized for their significant contributions to Hip-Hop culture and for helping to elevate hip hop into a truly global phenomenon."

The show will once again be hosted by Tracy Morgan. Performers and presenters have yet to be announced.

50 Cent, Jay-Z once again top Forbes' 'Hip-Hop Cash List'

Last year, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Diddy topped Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash List. This year, the top three remain the same but the order has been switched. 50 Cent now sits at #1 raking in a whopping $150 million last year, which included the sale of his stake in Vitamin Water, G-Unit clothing line and label, his movie projects, video game and the Curtis album. Jay-Z came in at #2 with $82 million, stemming from the American Gangster album, his multi-million dollar deal with Live Nation, and his sold out tour with Mary J. Blige. Diddy is once again at third pulling in $35 million from Sean John, Bad Boy, Ciroc vodka and his reality shows. Kanye West is at #4 with $30 million, Timbaland is at #5 with $22 million, Pharrell Williams is next at $20 million and he's followed by Swizz Beats at #7 with $17 million. Snoop Dogg is at #8 with $16 million and Dr. Dre is at #9 with $15 million, all made from royalties. The rest of the list includes Ludacris (#10, $14 million), T.I. and Lil Wayne (#11, $13 million), Eminem, Common and Akon (#12, $12 million), Jermaine Dupri and Lil Jon (#13, $11 million) and Outkast, Game and Chamillionaire (#14, $10 million). Tupac made $15 million last year as well.


Ice Cube Raw Footage Anyone hoping that Cube would ever resurrect that energy and angst he had on his first few albums nowadays will always be disappointed. That still doesn't mean Cube can't make a good song or two. While his new album has some of the trend-following production on there, songs like "It Takes a Nation," "Tomorrow," "Hood Mentality", and "Cold Places", has that revolutionary but gangsta tone that we've come to love Ice Cube for. The album isn't a new classic, but it does have a few gems scattered throughout.

GZA Pro Tools GZA made headlines this summer after leaking "Paper Plate", a RZA-produced diss towards 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew. The song is featured on the album, but luckily it's not the only gem. Songs like "Alphabets", "Pencil" and "Groundbreaking" pay homage to the mid-90's sound of the Wu-Tang, but for the rest of the album, it's more experimental. Some may dig the different production from Black Milk, Mathematics, True Master and bronze Nazareth, but other may be turned off. Regardless, GZA is still a beats on the mic.

Onyx Cold Case Files Hip-hop group Onyx, who had a string of hits in the 90's, recently got back together with hopes of regaining some of their glory. This album, however, is a collection of unreleased tracks, remixes, and other goodies that were not found on the group's commercially released albums. One hard to find gem is the "Evil Streets" remix feat. Method Man. As whole, the collection is a nice add to any fan who is feeling nostalgic for 90's hip-hop.

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