Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Suge Knight Calls Out Rick Ross

Posted by in Word On The Street on April 21, 2012

Former Death Row Records owner Suge Knight had some less than flattering words for rap star Rick Ross this week when he called out the "Boss" for using an ex-drug kingpin's alias for his hip-hop moniker.
Asked for his opinion on Ricky Rozay's "Tupac Back" record, Knight unleashed a fury on the Miami native.

"I can't sit up here and say I'm bitter to Rick Ross, 'cus like anybody else, we don't know Rick Ross," Suge said. "That's a guy who uses somebody else's name. This guy comes from being a correctional officer. I don't got nothing negative [against him] personally, I just feel like he do do good music, and you can't take that from him. That boy got bars, he's gonna the same time, I feel like there's a line you cross, and Rick Ross crossed that line. If you're gonna be with guy [Diddy] who killed Tupac, you can't go turn around and do a record [called] 'Tupac Back'...Rick Ross is a grown a** n*gga. I'll beat the dog sh*t out of Rick Ross for manipulating these people out here." (93.5 KDay)

Last month, the platinum-selling rapper won a legal battle against Freeway Ricky Ross.

Rapper Rick Ross can keep his name, thanks to an L.A. County Superior Court judge who shut down a bid from former drug dealer "Freeway" Rick Ross who tried to hoard the name. "Freeway" Rick Ross had filed suit against the rapper, claiming ownership of the name. In fact, the rapper has strongly intimated in his songs his name was inspired by the drug dude. In the song "Hustlin" for example, Ross makes several references to large-scale drug dealing -- despite what Freeway says ... the rapper never dealt drugs in his life. But the judge today ruled "Freeway" Rick has no case, and threw the lawsuit out. (TMZ)

No stranger to getting dissed, ex-Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne previously went at Ross.

"The difference between me and everybody else, I was talking to Fat Joe the other day when he was like, 'Yo, it's entertainment,' and I was like, 'That's the difference between me and a former correction officer or any of these other dudes.' It's not entertainment for me. You dig? Whatever I give you, is me...[I'm definitely talking about] Rick Ross. Absolutely. He's the only officer I know that's a rapper. I don't know anybody else that used to be a cop that raps...Hip-Hop comes from the gutter, it's from the struggle, from the dudes that's in prison so for a dude that used to lock dudes in, for the dude that used to be like, 'Yo, on the wake up! You got a visit,' for that dude to turn into the biggest gangsta rapper is like shocking to me. I don't even understand that. That makes no sense to me..." (Superstar Radio)

Knight has remained in the headlines as of late through a publicized relationship with Atlanta's Waka Flocka Flame.

"I ain't sign no partnership with Suge Knight ever in my life," the Bricksquad Monopoly general said. "Suge to me, he was just an OG in the game. If a guy go [and] express his feelings towards me and tell me what he like of me or the mistakes he made so I don't make the mistakes, why not listen to him? You feel what I'm saying? Just because you talk, holla at a person or eat a burger with a person, hang with a person for a day, don't mean they handling all of your business. They scared of that sh*t, though, so they gonna throw it in the media. They don't want it with a n*gga like Suge." (XXL Mag)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chuck Brown "Godfather of Go-Go" Gone (RIP)

Written by: (ABC7)

Chuck Brown, 75, the legendary musician who is known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," passed away Wednesday, his daughter confirmed to ABC7's Sam Ford.

Brown's passing comes about a week after the Washington Post confirmed that the musician, considered the pioneer of Go-Go music, had been hospitalized with pneumonia.

Brown's 1970 hit, "Bustin' Loose," hit #1 on the MCA charts. The song was later sampled in the 2002 Nelly song, "Hot in Herre."

He had recently postponed numerous shows due to his failing health.

This is a developing story. More to come.

Friday, May 11, 2012


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Monday, May 7, 2012

Learn About Film Crews: Grips

Grips. Though they have a strange name, grips form the backbone of almost any video or film crew. Grips are responsible for tasks such as assembling and operating dollies and cranes, and they also work with the Director of Photography to create and modify the lighting for scenes.

Confusingly enough, grips do not actually touch the lights; that responsibility falls to the electrical department (though on smaller productions, the two departments may overlap). Grips do, however, modify the light through the placement of diffusers or gobos (gobos are anything that’s placed around or in front of a light to modify it).  Grips can increase the light on a subject by bouncing light off an object onto them; a common example is bouncing sunlight off a board or mirror. Conversely, grips can reduce the amount of light by using a flag or other barrier.

Grips are also responsible for setting up ladders and rigging for themselves and other members of the crew to move around on. This means grips have a large role in ensuring safety on a set.

Professional grips often belong to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. When it comes to specific productions, the grip department is broken down into several types of grips:

Key Grip: The Key Grip leads the grip department. He works most closely with the Director of Photography to set the lighting of a scene.  Once lighting is decided on, the Key Grip tells the other grips what to do.

Best Boy Grip: If the Key Grip is the head coach, the Best Boy is the general manager of the grip department. They take care of hiring and scheduling, as well as equipment management. Equipment management is a very important job, as lost or broken gear could result in lost hours or days. The Best Boy Grip may need to keep track of hundreds of pieces of gear on larger sets, and even smaller productions implement a daunting amount of gear.

Construction Grip: These grips are responsible for assembling and maintaining major set pieces, such as walls. They also take care of rigging on the set.

Dolly Grips: Like construction grips, dolly grips have a straightforward name. They put together and operate dollies. Dollies create movements like push-ins or pull-outs, a different effect than zooms. (Zooms are created by camera lenses and look less natural: human eyes can’t zoom). Dolly grips also operate cranes, which are needed for vertical camera movement.

3rd or company grip: These are the footsoldiers of the grip department. They perform general grip duties as directed by the Key Grip.

No matter their title, grips need a wide array of tools. Wrenches, screwdrivers and Allen wrenches are key parts of any grip’s arsenal. A multitool can cover many needs, and adjustable tools help save space and weight. A work knife or box cutter is useful, as are a level, clamps and a flashlight.

Grips also need gaffer’s tape, markers, and work gloves. A product called Dual Lock—it’s Velcro on one side and an adhesive on the other—can be used for mounting objects to a surface without damaging it.

It’s not quite clear where grips got their name—one theory is that it refers to their tool bags, while another claims that it came from the days when several men had to hold on to crank-powered cameras. Regardless, having a good team of grips makes any production go more smoothly.