Friday Rap-Up: Rie-Rie, Remy Ma, Suge Knight, Lil Kim, Lil Cease

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Rie-Rie is one of the very few female rappers in the Colorado hip-hop scene and among even fewer who consistently puts out albums. In 2008, Rie Rie is trying to do it even bigger by releasing two albums at the same time. One of them, Ms. 5280, is a straight up solo project that features production from old Rie Rie favorites like Playalitical and established beat makers like Rocwilder. The other album, Rie Rie Presents: Tha Effect 2 Affect, is more of a collaborative with a bevy of guests. Colorado rappers like F.O.E., Chill, MDz, Dez, Julox, Swift and a host of other make appearances on the album.

“Honestly, I was able to really take my time on these projects,” Rie Rie said. “It’s my first works out of my own studio without punching a clock and rushing the process. It has been crucial to my development and my lyrical growth, presence, subject matter and overall quality of the new music.”

Some of that growth has also come with her work in Los Angeles. For some of the songs on the album, she connected with L.A.-based producer Soleternity of STTS (Streets to the Suites) and the Hustle House Entertainment group. The exposure to the new collaborations permeated her projects.

“Although, I'm typically thought of as ‘hard’ or ‘gangsta’, I spit uplifting, heartfelt lyrics too,” she said. “Check out songs like ‘Why I Cry’ and ‘100 Years Later’ on Ms. 5280 or my new single ‘Legacy’.”

While there are other female rappers in the scene doing their thing, ladies like SIsta D, Naijar, Ms. Solo, Joy C. Thompson, Rukus and a few others, none of them hustle harder than “Rie to the Rie.”

Rapper Remy Ma gets eight years behind bars

This week rapper Remy Ma was sentenced to eight years in prison for first degree assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion in the shooting of her friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph in July 2007. The incident was spurred by the fact that Remy was missing $3,000 and accusing Barnes-Joseph of stealing it. After the sentence was announced Remy’s fiance’, rapper Papoose, yelled at the judge and the victim while getting in a shoving match with court officers. (LINK: http://www.sohh.com/articles/article.php/15082) The day after the sentencing, Barnes-Joseph and Remy Ma called into New York radio station to give their side of the story. Take a listen to the calls here: http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhwKef1266gWlc3m9z

Suge Knight gets knocked out at L.A. club Oh how the mighty have fallen. The infamous gossipy website, TMZ.com, was at the Shag nightclub in Hollywood last week, where they witnessed a brawl involving none other than hulking former CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight. A TMZ witness said they saw Suge talking with a man in the club, which ended with the big man yelling, “I want my money.” All hell broke loose with Suge and his crew jumped the guy. People outside of the club broke up the fight, but as the victim got up he clocked Suge in the chin, knocking him out cold for three minutes. No one knows who the guy was or what the two were arguing about. Naturally, Suge refuses to talk to the cops about it. http://www.tmz.com/2008/05/11/bloody-saturday-for-suge/ and http://www.tmz.com/2008/05/12/the-pics-suge-would-kill-for/)

Lil Kim wins $500K from Lil Cease in Lawsuit While Lil Kim was doing time in the clink, her former homie Lil Cease released a DVD called The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Part II: Reloaded. To promote the DVD, Cease used Kim’s “image and likeness” without giving her any kickback. Lil Kim initially filed a $6 million lawsuit in 2005, but the judge only awarded her a cool $500,000, agreeing that Cease and his company Ground Zero Entertainment was out of line. The DVD is no longer for sale, but if it does become available, expect Kim to get a piece of the profit. (LINK: http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2008/05/15/19865015.aspx) New Releases

Kidz in the Hall The In Crowd The Kidz in the Hall continue to be a breath of fresh air within the crowded hip-hop world. Naledge and Double-O, now with Duck Down Records, bring a style that both old school heads and new jacks could come to enjoy. Whether it’s the bass-thumping Masta Ace-inspired “Drivin’ Down the Block” or the tongue-in-cheek “Snob Hop” featuring Camp Lo, The In Crowd is definitely one of the better releases this year. Foxy Brown Brooklyn’s Don Diva You would think that after spending more than half a year behind bars that maybe your outlook in life might change. Not for Foxy Brown. Her new album boasts some of the same tired gun-toting, Prada wearing rhymes that she was spitting before she got busted. The high anticipation for Foxy’s comeback album was all for naught.

8Ball & MJG We Are the South: Greatest Hits In the 1990s after the Geto Boys had their moment and before No Limit Records had theirs, 8Ball and MJG were reppin’ Southern hip-hop like none other. If you missed that period of the ‘90s when the duo and Suavehouse were making moves, this collection of classics will catch you up quick. The album features underground hits “Space Age Pimpin,” “Pimp In My Own Rhyme,” “Put Your Hands Up,” and other pimpin’ classics.

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