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Mac Dre's Thizz Entertainment Erroneously Reported in DEA Drug Bust PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Saturday, 28 April 2012 05:52

This is a press release from Jay King, spokesperson for Thizz Entertainment:

On April 25th, 2012 a grave error was made by law enforcement and news reporting agencies. I was quite disappointed and alarmed by what I have read and heard reported by many involved in the investigation of an alleged drug ring, which included the name of a company I represent as spokesperson.

Thizz Entertainment was erroneously named as part of a four-year undercover drug investigation and a person arrested was erroneously named as the C.E.O of Thizz entertainment ( see http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20481644/mac-dres-mother-distances-her-sons-label-thizz ) . These errors have harmed the name, reputation and possible business relationship of our legitimate business enterprise "Thizz Entertainment."

I am asking that from today forward, everyone involved in this investigation and the reporting of this investigation and these arrests do so professionally and responsibly.

Today you have involved a continual grieving family, innocent company and reputation as part of an investigation of criminal, illicit and illegal acts and elements that are untrue and unfounded as it relates to Thizz Entertainment. You have also named Andre Hicks aka Mac Dre as "at the core" of this drug trafficking ring even though it is common knowledge that he has been deceased for eight years now.

His family, friends and loved ones are now made to relive the pain of his death and fight to keep his name from being associated with a negative element once again for something he hasn't done nor is remotely involved in or responsible for and it must stop today.

It is important to know Thizz Nation and Thizz Entertainment are two separate companies ran by two different business entities and have no ties whatsoever.

We in no way want to stand in the way of law enforcement doing its job, but we do not want it to come at the cost of our good business name.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 22:50
Tupac's mom 'thrilled' with hologram performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:49

Tupac Shakur's mother has applauded Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre for including her late son in their showstopping Coachella festival finale in California on Sunday.

The rap heavyweights wowed fans during their headlining slot by sharing the stage with a hologram of the slain hip-hop hero -- and like many fans, Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur was more than a little impressed as she watched the concert footage live online.

A rep for Afeni tells TMZ.com she gave Dre and Snoop permission to incorporate her son and his music in their live set and the rap producer agreed to donate a substantial sum to the charity she set up in her son's name in return.

The rep says, "She was absolutely positively thrilled with Tupac's virtual performance."

Dick Clark, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager,’ Dies at 82 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:17

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with “American Bandstand,” and whose trademark “Rockin’ Eve” became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died today at the age of 82.

Clark’s agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died this morning following a “massive heart attack.”

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 1929, Richard Wagstaff Clark began his lifelong career in show business began before he was even out of high school. He started working in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in upstate New York run by his father and uncle. It wasn’t long before the teenager was on the air, filling in for the weatherman and the announcer.

Clark pursued his passion at Syracuse University, working as a disc jockey at the student-run radio station while studying for his degree in business. After graduating in 1951, Clark went back to his family’s radio station, but within a year, a bigger city and bigger shows were calling.

Clark landed a gig as a DJ at WFIL in Philadelphia in 1952, spinning records for a show he called “Dick Clark’s Caravan of Music.” There he broke into the big time, hosting Bandstand, an afternoon dance show for teenagers.

Blazing a New Trail in Pop Music

“American Bandstand’s” formula was simple. Clean-cut boys and girls danced to the hottest hits and the newest singles. In between, Clark chatted with the teens, who helped “rate-a-record,” turning songs into sensations. Everyone showed up on “American Bandstand,” from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry to Chubby Checker.

When Dick Clark moved to Hollywood in 1963, “American Bandstand” moved with him. He started Dick Clark Productions, and began cranking out one hit show after another; his name became synonymous with everything from the $25,000 “Pyramid” to “TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes” to the “American Music Awards.” In 1972, Dick Clark became synonymous with one of the biggest nights of the year.

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC became a Dec. 31 tradition, with Clark hosting the festivities for more than three decades, introducing the entertainment acts and, of course, counting down to midnight as the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square.

But the traditional celebration saw a temporary stop in 2004, when Clark suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and struggling to speak. Regis Philbin stepped in. But by the next New Year’s Eve, Dick Clark was back, his speech still impaired. In halting words, he told the audience, “I had to teach myself how to walk and talk again. It’s been a long, hard fight. My speech is not perfect but I’m getting there.”

But that didn’t stop him: he returned each year, and recently he was joined by Ryan Seacrest.

Virtual Tupac Shakur To Go On Tour? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Buzz Media   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:15

Many media outlets and artists thought Tupac Shakur's virtual resurrection at Coachella on Sunday was pretty much the coolest thing ever. The Los Angeles Times, however, called the stunt "a red herring, unnecessary and ill advised." Whichever side of the fence you're on, the projection of the deceased rapper may not be a onetime deal, given the amount of coverage the event has received. And according to one report, Shakur's comrades Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, who staged the so-called hologram (it was actually a 2-D image, not a 3-D one, which constitutes holograms) during their set, could take virtual Tupac out on tour this year.

An insider has revealed to the Wall Street Journal that representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss logistics for a tour involving the rappers and the virtual Shakur, which was created by San Diego-based company Digital Domain:

"One option would be a tour in stadiums, involving other hip-hop stars, including Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. Alternately, they could stage a more limited tour, featuring only Dre, Snoop Dogg and the virtual Tupac, in smaller arenas."

"To create a completely synthetic human being is the most complicated thing that can be done, Digital Domain's chief creative officer, Ed Ulbrich, said in an interview with WSJ.  This is not found footage. This is not archival footage. This is an illusion. This is just the beginning. Dre has a massive vision for this."

That said, the publication points out the following, via their source:

"A tour with the virtual Tupac is likely but not guaranteed, said the person familiar with the situation. The nascent plans could fall apart for any number of reasons. If the tour were to proceed, it would take many months of creative and technical planning, this person added."

The Coachella performance was definitely a jaw-dropping moment, and one that may well eclipse anything that happens at the fest this coming weekend. (Even Shakur's scheduled return to the festival.) But will taking a projected image of a person who's been dead since 1996 to perform on tour be crossing a line?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:16
Does Anybody Love Anymore..? PDF Print E-mail
Written by FAME   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:50


Does anybody love Anymore…?


I can remember when I was a young boy my grandfather would say to me, “you have to know where you come from in order to know where you are going.” Admittedly, as a young child I had no clue what he might be saying. Was he saying perhaps I needed to understand my parents more? Maybe he was suggesting that I get more intimately involved with my town and the people from which I came. Who knows what could have gone through my simple mind at the time. One thing I know is that I was not raised in a world where it was okay to harm another human without cause.


As I sat watching the news about the Trayvon Martin, I thought about what my grandfather said about knowing where we are going. One point I think my grandfather was trying to make is that if we forget about everything that got us here we might also forget the lessons learned along the way. In the Trayvon Martin situation my only question is “Where is the Love”? (Shout out to Black Eye Peas)


If I can borrow a quote from their song, “What’s wrong with the world mama, people living like they ain’t got no mama”?


Yes, I said it and so that we don’t beat a dead horse, I would like to respectfully thank the Martin family for allowing the world to share in their tragedy. If I might add they showed the world what humility and love for family and justice really looks like. No matter what adversities we may face in the future, its times like these that make me proud to be American. As I come to understand the stand your ground law, I would like to believe that the parties involved in the creation of this destructive law really had good intentions. Since we are always going through the effort of creating laws, why not ensure that the laws are not destructive to the very people they should be protecting.


As a fan of hip hop and music in general, I really like music that poses timely questions. I just love songs that make you think about the moment and the part you are playing. I heard a song by an Artist name Translee entitled “Does anybody love anymore” it made me literally start singing!! First off I cannot sing, so you know what kind of song it has to be to make me forget that. The artist started the song by saying “They hate the Government, They hate the President, and they don’t even know why but that’s irrelevant”. I was like Wow, that’s where we are right now!!! Great Song Translee!! OK, so where is the love? I see all this back and forth on cable news about race and where we are as a nation but I do not see the commentator ask this simple question.


If you were only born 10 years ago like my son, you would think you were back in the 1960 or something. To turn on the television and see things like people spitting on black congressmen and racial conversations on repeat every day. I know partly it is because we currently have an African American President and some are not trusting in his style of leadership. Seriously thinking about what has gone on in America the last ten years the kids are presented with a world full of terror; war and racial divide. What remains so amazing about our kids today is that you can still see the love in them.


As an African American father of two boys I am faced with the challenges of protecting and teaching them how the real world works. Often times I find myself telling them one thing and then following it up with reality. I am often forced to think about how it affects all kids when they see you can get gunned down because your hat is twisted or you choose to wear a hoodie. What lasting impressions are there when they see the judge throw the book at the innocent while the guilty walks away free with all of their rights? You ask does it STILL matters the color of your SKIN. YES!


So without question I’m asking this as a parent, where is the love? Parents if we love our kids we need to take a stand for something. We need to ensure that our kids understand exactly what we stand for and even empower them to let their voices be heard. I for one as a parent would like to always be able to say yes to the question of does anybody love anymore. I don’t just love my kids I love America’s kids and I believe that they are truly our future. Just as my grandfather passed on the lessons of his past to me, I believe it is our duty to continue that tradition. I think if our kids are armed with knowledge and a true understanding of history we would never have to worry about where America is headed.

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