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by yoraps.com // Friday, May 30, 2008 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

50 Cent has linked up with MTV to search for the next street-savvy business mogul. The as of yet titled show will be part of the music network's summer/fall lineup.

According to Variety, the show will center of 16 contestants, who is typical reality show fashion, share a home and compete in "challenges that relate to street savvy and business smarts."

Described by Variety as a "kind of hip-hop "Apprentice,'" the show will end each week with 50 eliminating one contestant. The last man (or woman) standing will win a full scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate business program.

Ish Entertainment's Michael Hirschom, Stella Stolper, and Chris Choun will executive produce the show along with 50 and Chris Lighty. Eight episodes have been lined up.

Accompanying Fif's new show is "Making the Rock Band," a new take on Diddy's music reality series, season two of "America's Best Dance Crew" (June 19), season five of "Run's House" July (16) and the now classic "Making the Band." Fif's fourth studio album, "Before I Self Destruct," is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

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by yoraps.com // Friday, May 30, 2008 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Ja Rule was reprimanded by a Manhattan judge on May 27 because of his failure to appear in court last month due to being on tour in Germany. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer had forewarned Ja that he must check in when he got back to the U.S. "There was no excuse in my view for your absence [last month]," she said.

Although the judge agreed to let the Holiis-bred rapper out of the country again to perform in Russia, she said that Ja must give the court five days notice on any business trips he plans to take outside of the N.Y. metropolitan area.

Stacey Richman, Ja's attorney, pushed the blame on the people who planned the tour saying that they booked the dates by mistake.

In July of 2007, police stopped Ja's car on the upper West Side. They reportedly smelled marijuana and searched the car finding loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the rear driver's-side door. Ja Rule, his road manager, Dennis Cherry and his driver Mohamed Gamal were arrested. According to bail bondsman Ira Judelson, their high bails and bonds were secured by Ja's $3.5 million house in New Jersey.

Ja Rule's eighth studio album and Universal Records debut, "The Mirror," has been pushed back with no definitive release date in sight. The album included the singles "Body" and "Uh Oh" featuring Lil Wayne.

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by yoraps.com // Friday, May 30, 2008 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Atlanta rapper T.I. will turn his legal issues into a reality series that will air on MTV in the beginning of 2009.

According to Variety, MTV will give T.I. ´s fans an up close and personal look as he performs 1,000 hours of community service and readies for a one-year prison sentence, for possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers. The network plans to air the show some time soon after T.I. goes to jail in early 2009.

MTV has already reportedly ordered eight episodes of the series, which is being produced by Ish Entertainment and co-executive produced by T.I. The reality show will begin shooting this summer and will air shortly after T.I. is sentenced.

"Hopefully the mistakes I've made will be a lesson to today's youth and they won't go down that same path," T.I. said.

"We began the conversations in the middle of deliberations over what would happen to him," Ish's Michael Hirschorn told Variety. "The original idea for the show had him staging a series of interventions in each episode with people in danger. But when we visited him under house arrest, it felt much bigger and more powerful than we anticipated."

In related news, T.I.'s highly anticipated new album "Paper Trail" is due in stores in August.

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by yoraps.com // Wednesday, May 28, 2008 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Rick Ross just released his new album "Trilla" on May 11 and it seems that the Miami rapper has already prepared to drop the follow up for it.

A new joint titled "Get Down" featuring Pharrell Williams has leaked online. It was reported that this track will be one of the songs on his upcoming third studio album titled "Deeper Than Rap". "Get Down" was produced by Pharrell's group The Neptunes. Furthermore Rick Ross revealed to MTV that he will be working with T-Pain on his new album.

There is also a big collaboration coming up. Ross was in the studio with T.I. to record some tracks for "Depper Than Rap".

"I was in the Grand Hustle studio. We sat down. [T.I.] told me he wanted to produce five records for me," Rick Ross said of his work on his next LP. "I was like, 'Wow. It's all good.' We sat down, and he played some beats for me. It was one of those special moments, 'cause I got so much respect for him as an artist, as a lyricist, as a CEO. Now he reeled me in as a producer. Real talk. I'm not saying he's gonna sell them [beats] to everybody, but he laced me."

Rick Ross´ current album "Trilla" is already gold-certified and is looking for platinum. He just premiered the music video for his third single "Here I Am" featuring Nelly.

"Deeper Than Rap" will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.

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