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Uptown Bobby is a staff writer at and resides in Shreveport, LA.

Uptown’s Underground Rundown: Week Ending 11/30

What’s good, free world?  Last week we took a break to participate in the holiday festivities; we hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Welcome to the Underground Rundown; your #1 source for the news you need to know. Salaam Remi becomes new A&R for Sony Music In an exclusive from, Sony Music Entertainment is expected to name Salaam Remi as executive VP of A&R/production.  The story explains the Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter will work across all Sony labels. Remi’s resume continues to grow with current hits like Alicia Keys’ current top five R&B/hip-hop song “Girl on Fire” and Tamia’s “Beautiful Surprise’.’ Salaam Remi’s Midas’ touch has reached over 15 years of music and artists. His lists of artists include:  Amy Winehouse, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan and the Fugees as well as several film scores (“Sparkle,” “Tyson“).  Remi ‘s working relationship with Amy Winehouse was highlighted by VIBE magazine in their 2011 ‘’Juice’’ issue where Salaam revealed he and Winehouse were recording new music for a future album. congratulates Salaam Remi’s new opportunity and wishes him well in his future endeavors. G. Dep Explains His Current State Of Mind During His Prison Term In New Interview  The Underground Rundown has followed the confession and murder trial of former Bad Boy artist G-Dep closely in previous editions.  In an exclusive interview with New York Magazine, G-Dep explains that he’s at peace with his 2010 confession of murder and later conviction, explaining that living with the guilt of the murder was unbearable. “I was ... Read More »

Uptown’s Underground Rundown: Week Ending 11/16

What’s good, free world?  Welcome back to the Underground Rundown; your #1 source for the news you need to know. This week, we are bringing you news on a Cannibal Ox reunion, the death of a legend, and artists using their platform to give back so dig in and get in the know! Cannibal Ox To Reunite As Duo For First Time In Seven years For Brooklyn Performance  It’s hard to believe that Cannibal Ox’s (Vast Aire and Vordul Mega) underground classic The Cold Vein, is more than ten years old.  It is even harder to believe that the follow-up album to The Cold Vein has still never seen the light of day and the duo has been relatively quiet since dropping their 2005 live album, Return of the Ox: Live at CM. However, the two seem to be done with their sabbatical as a group and plan to reunite for a Brooklyn performance set for December 9th. Guests set to perform as well are:  C-Rayz Walz, Prop Anon, Double AB, Creature, Ireelz, J.Stylez and Original Text. The show will take place in Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory. Ticket information can be found here: . Delfonics Singer Major Harris Dies At 65 If there is one group that Hip Hop loves to sample records from, it’s definitely The Delfonics. Everyone from Three 6 Mafia to Wu-Tang has sampled their classics. With such a long tradition of producing timeless music that spans generations, it’s sad to announce the death of member Major ... Read More »

Uptown’s Underground Rundown: Week Ending 11/9

What’s good, free world?  We’re two months away from 2013 and the one-year anniversary of the Underground Rundown; your number one source for the news you need to know. Alleged Ex-Cypress Hill Member Loses $250 Million GTA: San Andreas Suit   With all of the buzz surrounding Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d City album, here’s a story that highlights an alleged member of a legendary West coast group and a piece of art that was a tribute to that era of California life.  Michael “Shagg” Washington, a supposed former vocalist for Cypress Hill, claimed to be the inspiration for the character Carl “CJ” Johnson from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The claim later became a lawsuit against Rockstar Video Games Studio, claiming that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas used his likeness as the inspiration for main character C.J. without his knowledge. “Washington sued Rockstar/ Take Two Video Games for  $250 million, but after several rulings, the California appeals court has found that Washington “failed to establish a probability of defeating Take-Two’s First Amendment-based ‘transformative use’ defense,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Washington reportedly failed to prove that his face was actually in San Andreas with a judge saying,” ” The plaintiff is relying entirely on C.J.’s physical appearance in the game; but that appearance is so generic that it necessarily includes hundreds of other black males.” Washington claimed he had a meeting in 2003 with game designers to talk about his life on the streets of California and even gave ... Read More »

Uptown’s Underground Rundown: Week Ending 10/26

What’s good, free world? Welcome to the latest edition of the Underground Rundown; your #1 source for the news you need to know. Rapper P.O.S. Forced To Postpone Tour Due To Ill Health During this year, the Rundown has reported two stories on rappers with severe health problems; California emcees Gift of Gab and Tone Loc. Now, Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. is the latest emcee forced to stop his work and focus on his health. P.O.S. has cancelled his upcoming tour this November because he’s currently on kidney dialysis. The rapper has recently taken to YouTube to address his fans and explain his current health situation. P.O.S.  tells his fans that his kidneys have been failing him since high school and after going on dialysis for the past month, he realizes he can’t travel as he continues dialysis. P.O.S. also points out that the tour is by no means canceled and that he will perform his hometown show on October 26th. KN wishes P.O.S. a speedy recovery. Questlove Starts New Gig As NYU Professor Questlove has grown from being solely The Roots drummer to his own distinct brand. With his ownership role of Okayplayer Records, to his role as actor and occasional host of ceremonies on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Questlove has become one of the busiest men in Hip Hop. He’s also a NYU professor now. Questlove and Universal Music’s Harry Weinger will be teaching a class called “Classic Albums” at the Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music at ... Read More »

Danny!: Payback

In 1991, Q-Tip dropped one of the most quoted lines in Hip Hop history on ‘’Check The Rhime’’ with, ‘’Industry rule #4080, record company people are shadyyyyy!” No artist currently active in Hip Hop can attest to the truthfulness of that line like South Carolina emcee Danny! aka Danny Swain.  Landing a deal with Interscope Records in 2011, it seemed as if Danny! would finally get the recognition he deserved. In a strange, twisted bizarre of events, his major label debut Payback (and 7th overall album) never made it to the masses. With the help of The Roots drummer and taste maker Questlove, Danny!  received another chance at glory by signing to Questlove’s OkayPlayer Records.  Now, things seem to be in Danny’s favor. Recently, he’s made his national television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and has received the ultimate co-sign from Jay-Z. But with all of the hype, frustration and delay shrouding the Payback album, was it worth the wait? Payback sees Danny! return to his  concept album roots, something that made him an internet darling back in 2006 with Charm. The story behind Payback revolves around the theme of revenge. Danny unveils a story narrated by R&B veteran and mentor Joi.  The songstress gives us the story of a young man using drastic measures during desperate times. The album opens with the James Bond –esque ‘’Overture,” which sets a wonderful, mellow tone for the beginning of the album. The horns in the background, combined with the smooth ... Read More »

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