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Boxie Leaves The Inc/Mpire Records

Boxie who Ja Rule considered the next big thing in the RnB scene has turned his back on Ja and the rest of the label. his excuse for leaving the label is in my opinion not a valid rason to quote him "things just wasnt moving!" the kidd clearly doesnt understand the industry and I belive he will live to regret this decision as Ja said himself Boxie was scheduled to drop either at the end of this year or the first quater next year. Below is what Boxie had to say on his myspace.

Hey yall,
just want to keep all my peoples who really support me and wanna know about boxie, informed that i have officially left the bad blood between us...actaully Ja is still my was strickly Business..and though i always wanted to be in I.N.C...things just wasnt moving! i now am in works with J records for a release as close as january! i will keep all my people updated! in the mean time! keep showin some love on my music page aight!! thanks yall,


published on September 22 nd, 2006

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Ashanti Settles Case With Ex-Producer

NEW YORK -- Ashanti and her first producer, Genard Parker, dropped all litigation Tuesday in a contract dispute, ending a trial that began a day earlier.

If any money changed hands, their lawyers refused to talk about it, saying only that everyone was pleased that the bitter battle was over.

Outside court, Alan Kaminsky, a lawyer for Ashanti, called the decision by both sides to drop all litigation "an excellent result."

"I'm very pleased the plaintiff has voluntarily dismissed the case against us," Ashanti said outside court, where she had been scheduled to continue her testimony.

The lawsuits were time-consuming, the 25-year-old singer said, and "I'd rather be in the studio writing."

Parker, the producer who had helped Ashanti record some demo tapes of several songs at his apartment when she was 16, said outside court that he was "happy it's over."

Last year, another jury concluded that Ashanti broke a contract with Parker and owed him $630,000. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff rejected all but $50,000 of the award on the grounds that the jurors did not have adequate facts to determine damages so they were left to speculate.

The judge's decision led to the new trial, where Parker had been seeking $2.3 million.

On Monday, Kaminsky told the jury that Ashanti should not have to pay Parker anything because he had no role in her career after he released her from his contract so she could sign with another company.

Although the release called for Parker to receive money from the company for her first three albums, the company eventually rejected Ashanti and no records were made.

Later, she met Irv Gotti and worked with Murder Inc. to produce music for three records that sold 6 million copies, Ashanti testified.

"Ashanti," her debut album, won a Grammy Award for best contemporary R&B album.

The singer, whose full name is Ashanti Douglas, recently played a cheerleader in the film "John Tucker Must Die."

published on September 19 th, 2006

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Ashanti Testifies In Contract Dispute

Ashanti told a New York courtroom yesterday (Sept. 18) that she was a teenager trying to follow her dream when she worked a decade ago with a producer who wants more than $2 million for helping start her career.

The singer, now 25, was the first witness at a trial in federal court in Manhattan to determine how much she owes Genard Parker after another jury last year concluded she broke a contract with him.

Latif Doman, representing Parker, now of Ellenwood, Ga., told the jury that contracts Ashanti signed with Parker in 1996 will prove she owes $2.3 million, a percentage of the six million copies she sold of her first three records.

Doman said even fired employees get their last paychecks. "Not only did he not get his last paycheck, he did not even get a thank-you," Doman said.

Ashanti said she and her mother went to Parker's home in 1996 to work on songs that could launch her career. Her attorney, Alan Cominsky, said Parker "couldn't deliver for her" and eventually signed a release that permitted her to go to another record company.

Although Ashanti signed a deal that called for Parker to receive some money from the sales of her first three records with her next record label, that company ultimately rejected her, so she owed Parker nothing from that arrangement, her lawyer said.

Ashanti said she met Parker at a time when she wanted only "to follow my dream. I wanted to be a singer." Cominsky said Parker should receive no more than the $50,000 a judge has already concluded he must be paid.

published on September 19 th, 2006

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MIOnline DJ Kurupt Interview

Relent of MIOnline recently caught up DJ Kurupt who has a close relationship with The Inc Records and has hosted a number of mixtapes for the label including the latest release MI:3 Mixtape. Kurupt talked about his work with artists including Caddilac Tah and Ashanti. He also expects to be involved with Ashanit's upcoming album by producing atleast one track for her so watch out for that. Leave your comments on the interview on our forum. : First off, for the people that aren’t familiar with you, give us a little introduction, and tell us about yourself and how you began your career.
DJ KURUPT: I started out from DJ’ing at house parties on the block I lived back in the 90’s. I wasn’t really sure yet if I was going to be the DJ Kurupt I am today. It eventually all came together after doing so many house parties weekly. I got in the mixtape game in like 95’ and went from house parties, to clubs, to major sold out concerts. I met artists and started networking, which allowed me to see the game first hand. I looked at everything I had done and went in with that. When radio came into play, I started producing records, doing blend tapes and everything else. I felt it was the right thing to do in order to keep my fan base happy. DJ’ing is an essential element of hip hop, but with all the bootlegging going on these days, is it hard for a man like yourself to make a profit on the mixtape circuit?
DJ Kurupt: At this point in the mixtape game, mixtapes are not for profit they are a tool that you can you can use to promote talent and bring in new artists. Bootlegging just adds on to that promotion, so it’s all good. What’s your relationship with murder inc. records, have they offered you a spot on their label as an in-house DJ?
DJ KURUPT: Me and Murder Inc are almost like a family situation. I have been offered a situation with Ja Rule, but haven’t inked it yet. I’m still waiting on that one-on-one with Irv Gotti the boss, to let me know what it really is. 'Murder Was The Case', 'Change 'Gon Come', 'Live From New York', and now 'Mpire Presents MI3'. Which of these releases did you find most enjoyable to work on, and will we see you on any new Inc releases to come?

DJ KURUPT: This is a hard question. They were all hot and were all my favorites. I feel that “Murder Was The Case” stood out the most because it was a mixtape responding to beef already established with a prior artist. “Live from NY” I put in a lot of work in getting all the INC artists on it, so I mean they all meant a lot to me. As far as having any other production coming out, I’m pushing for the Ashanti album. There's another tape which you’ve done called 'Soldiers Story' by Caddillac Tah. Why have you decided to hold the mixtape back, is caddy re-doing it?

DJ KURUPT: Sort of. We were going to make a few adjustments to the tape. We’re just waiting on production. We’re waiting on Caddy to do some new tracks then we’ll be done. With the south dominating hip hop at the moment (mainstream wise), New York has been labeled the mixtape state. Major NY veterans record sales have been maligned, and young MCs like Papoose, Jae Millz, Newz and Maino have serious talent, but no major label backing to speak of. What’s your response to people saying New York has been limited only to mixtapes?
DJ KURUPT: I wouldn’t say that the South is dominating, but they are definitely having their time right now just like the West and East Coasts had their times. Not to say that good music doesn’t come from all the different areas, but as far as mixtapes that’s more of a NY thing. There are definitely more mixtapes being pushed out here. If these cats like Papoose and Maino keep making good music and working hard, their time will definitely come. Who are you feeling right now, anyone we should be on the lookout for or you just like to work with?
DJ KURUPT: Yeah you should be on the look out for my album “DJ Kurupt” coming soon to a hood near you. I like to work with hot artists. Right now I am working with an artist by the name of Opium Black from CT. I will be producing the album so be on the look out for that too. Again I am working real hard on that Ashanti album coming out at the beginning of the year. What are you currently working on and what are your plans for the future?
DJ KURUPT: As I said right now I am finishing up tracks for my first album that’s coming out ASAP with the movie. In the future I am not ready to let the world know about it, simply because there are biters out there reading this interview, so I will keep the future plans quiet until the time is right. People will see it when it comes out on [URL=""][/URL] The turmoil caused by rap beefs over the past couple of years have put a lot of strain on DJs. You often here stories about a certain DJ being confronted by various crews because he or she put out a record by the enemy crew. Where do you stand in terms of playing diss records or supporting an artist who’s currently having a feud with some other MC?
DJ KURUPT: I’ve never had that problem so I wouldn’t know how to answer that question. I play what’s hot. I don’t have any signed contracts so I play what I want. Mixtapes are made from a DJ’s creativity and that’s the way it should be. You have a project with DJ Khaled out, is there any chance of a team of well known DJs like you two, plus others such as Envy, Clue, Kay Slay etc for example, coming together for one big project? It would sure help unify hip hop a lot more, especially in NY.
DJ KURUPT: I mean it’s possible, but at the same time there are too many DJs ego tripping. Finally, thanks for doing the interview Kurupt, anything you want to say to the people?
DJ KURUPT: Just want to say thank you to all my peeps, my fam, and my fans for sticking with me and supporting me through the years. I just want you all to know the kid is here, so stay tuned to the website. [URL=""][/URL]

published on September 15 th, 2006

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Ashanti Hopes Her Bloody 'Buffy' Background Helps Her In 'Resident Evil 3'

When last we saw "Resident Evil" heroine Alice, things weren't looking too rosy.

She had died in a crash, been resurrected by scientists in a lab and appeared to be turning into some sort of mutant/robot quite possibly an evil one

R&B songstress Ashanti agreed that it was a little odd when series overseer Paul W.S. Anderson approached the sci-fi rookie with "Resident Evil: Extinction," the upcoming third movie in the series.

"It was very funny," she said. "But I had done a 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' [episode], which was somewhat similar in the sense that I played a demon and I had to stab someone. There was blood and everything!"

"Blood and everything" would seem to be the operative words in these video game-based movies, which have so far terrified fans with undead dogs, the 9-foot-tall bio-weapon Nemesis and enough zombies to suck the brains out of a Mensa meeting. The 25-year-old Ashanti, whose movie career was helped along this year by the comedy "John Tucker Must Die" (see "Ashanti Insists Film About Killing Her Ex Is Actually 'Light' And 'Fun' "), will be joined by returning stars Milla Jovovich and Mike Epps.

"Milla is totally different from all of us," Ashanti said of the action-loving co-star who has brought Alice to life. "She's way more skilled [during the action scenes]. She knows what she's up against, and she's the vet. It's not too intimidating, because you expect it and you're like, 'OK, she has that covered.' "

"Extinction" picks up with Alice and smartass cabdriver L.J. (Epps) riding a pimped-out school bus across the wasteland once known as the United States. Desperate for help anywhere they can get it, the duo recruit no-nonsense tough girl Claire Redfield (Ali Larter) and Ashanti's character, a firepowered Florence Nightingale named Nurse Betty.
"Betty drives a really cool ambulance with these huge spiked-out razorblades on the tires to keep all the undead monsters away," the singer/actress said. "Basically she tries to nurse up whoever gets bit."

Ashanti said she got to perform some pretty intense stunts on the Mexico sets, but contrary to rumor, her character does not pilot the high-powered helicopter linked to one of the film's most high-concept action sequences. "No, I'm actually not flying the chopper," she said. "I drive the ambulance. But there's a couple of stunts going back and forth with the bus."

Nurse Betty also gets to wield some weaponry. "I would have to say [the best part] was being able to shoot the 9-millimeter," she grinned. "That was something so liberating to me I'd never done anything like that before. At first I was a little bit leery, and I was like, 'OK, I've got to be really careful.'

"Although it had blank bullets, the gun was heavy and it made a loud noise," she continued. "But I got into it really quick, I must say. The trainer was like, 'All right, Ashanti, you got it,' and I was like, 'Pop! Pop! Pop!' "

The ammo wasn't the only thing creating sparks: Between action sequences, Nurse Betty gets to play doctor with Epps' comic-relief cabby. "She and Mike Epps kind of develop a rapport, a little relationship," she revealed. "There's a lot of care going on between the two."

With all the zombie-munching that goes on throughout the "Resident Evil" flicks, Nurse Betty's ability to bring back the undead should introduce a unique twist and a very welcome one for Epps' apparently imperiled bite victim. But does Nurse Betty become a patient herself?

Ashanti stopped short of revealing her fate, but she admits that when she received the horror script, she couldn't help but pray that her character would get a great death scene.

"You want the most screen time, but you also want the most challenging role to get a chance to demonstrate your skills and your talents," she said. "So if that involves a death scene, it's like, 'How can I go out in victory?' If you don't die, you obviously want to stay on the screen as long as possible. So it's a combination of both."

Live or die, at the end of "Extinction," things probably won't be much better off for Alice, her still-living friends or the world around them. Anderson has expressed a desire to make the series into a tetralogy, and a fourth "Resident Evil" film would have a whole universe of apocalyptic video games, graphic novels and fan fiction to inspire it.

"We are the minority, the survivors," Ashanti explained of the ongoing saga in the third film and beyond. "We're looking for survivors, and we're trying to get to Alaska because we hear that's where the survivors go. The world is covered in zombies, we're running out of food, there's no water and there's a lot of people dying. It's all about just surviving."

published on September 6 th, 2006

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Rest In Peace D.O. Cannon

Its a sad day on MIO today is the third anniversary of the death of Murder Inc's fallen soldier D.O Cannon. D.O is best remembered for his vereses on Ja Rule's Blood In My Eye Album with lines such as this verse from "Things Gon Change" as below. Make sure you leave your message to D.O on our forum.

You better watch you mouth, fo' I rip yo face off

And everybody you with gonna jet the fuck off
You's ain't gansta, you sweet as ducksauce
D' plays no games, pop the fuck off
O' you want war, everybody gonna get clipped the fuck off
everybody know you block is buzzed off
We got big ball's, pay off ten fo' walk with the fifth ball
Bangin on Crenshaw

published on September 5 th, 2006

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Ja Rule rules eve concert

The Sheraton Addis annual Ethiopian New Year's Eve party, with its usual mix of international stars, brings another big name from the United States this year. Rapper Ja Rule (Jeffrey Atkins), one of the most famous faces in Hip Hop for the past decade, will usher in the last year of the Ethiopian second millennium in Addis Ababa.

Born on 29 February 1976 in New York City the artist, who has six albums, including the 'Last Temptation', 'Blood in My Eye' and most recently 'Exodus', is a multitalented celebrity. In addition to rapping, he acts, composes and writes music. He is also famous for his duets with artists like Jennifer Lopez ('I'm Real' and 'Ain't It Funny') and stars like Ashanti and Bobby Brown.


Ja Rule, who is still in an on-going feud with rappers 50 Cent and Eminem performs in a Washington D.C club run by Sheik Mohammed Al- Amoudi, owner of the Sheraton Addis Hotel. The Sheraton has brought Shaggy, Sean Paul, Joe, Wycleff, John Boney and others to Ethiopia in the past.

The event also hosts national music giant Mohammoud Ahmed and other Ethiopian artists like Aster Awoke, Ephrem Tamiru and Hamelmal Abate, who all of them released new albums in the past year.

Tickets will be selling for 1250 Ethiopian birr for the main event and 1600 with admission to the Gas Light Club fiesta. The annual fireworks ceremony, which has illuminated the skies of Addis Ababa over the past few New Year's Eves will be held at midnight.     

published on September 4 th, 2006

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Irv Gotti Ready to sign with universal


Irving Lorenzo, a k a Irv Gotti, is expected to sign a deal with Universal.

Published: August 22, 2006

 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 In December, Irving Lorenzo had reason to think that the tumult that had sidetracked his wildly successful career as a rap entrepreneur had finally passed.

“It’s like a rebirth,” said Irving Lorenzo, right, about his expected deal with Universal. Mr. Lorenzo’s cigar buddy is the rapper Ja Rule.

After a three-year federal inquiry, a jury acquitted Mr. Lorenzo of charges that he used his rap label, Murder Inc., to launder money for a convicted drug kingpin. Now Mr. Lorenzo, known professionally as Irv Gotti, was free to produce hits for any company in the business.

Almost nine months later, however, Mr. Lorenzo, 36, has found the road back full of twists, none more unexpected than his choice of partners: the same record conglomerate that severed its ties with him during the investigation and, as Mr. Lorenzo said at the time, “made a decision to destroy me.”

He was expected to sign a deal early this week that would put him back in business with Universal Music Group, the world’s biggest record corporation, which had financed Murder Inc. and distributed its recordings. The deal would make him the chief of a new profit-sharing venture with the company’s Universal/Motown label.

“It feels exhilarating,” Mr. Lorenzo said in an interview. “It’s like a rebirth. It feels like God put me through hell, showed me a lot of things, showed me who the good people and bad people are around me, and lined me up to do what I’m put here to do.”

Under the three-year deal Universal will commit roughly $10 million to Mr. Lorenzo in an advance against future profits and payments to cover overhead, said people briefed on the arrangement, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The deal also includes a provision that could allow Mr. Lorenzo to buy ownership of Murder Inc.’s master recordings, these people said.

Mr. Lorenzo returns with a roster that includes Murder Inc.’s signature acts: the rapper Ja Rule and the R&B singer Ashanti. He has also been working to resolve a contract dispute with another R&B vocalist, Lloyd. Mr. Lorenzo has been eyeing artists in other genres, and has been in talks to sign the pop-oriented singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton, who had a hit in 2002 on another Universal label.

Even with the new pact, it may prove difficult for Mr. Lorenzo to return to the platinum-selling pinnacles he reached a few years ago. Ja Rule and Ashanti have had lackluster sales with their last few albums, although Mr. Lorenzo said that was largely because of an overall decline in the music market.

While unaccustomed to the role of underdog, he said he was not concerned about competition.

“I embrace competition, because I get busy,” he said. “Certain of my peers in the business, I know that they don’t want me to succeed. They prayed for me to go to jail.”

In the early days of 2003 that seemed a distinct possibility. Federal agents raided Murder Inc.’s offices and seized bank accounts connected to the label. Investigators alleged that Mr. Lorenzo had used the label to launder drug money for a convicted dealer, Kenneth McGriff, whose gang dominated the crack trade in Jamaica, Queens, in the 1980’s.

Mr. Lorenzo denied that he had laundered money for Mr. McGriff. Instead, he said, he had legally negotiated a deal for Def Jam to put up $500,000 to co-produce a soundtrack for “Crime Partners,” a McGriff-produced film.

But even as Mr. Lorenzo proclaimed his innocence, Universal began turning a cold shoulder, he said. Universal pressed Murder Inc. to vacate its Manhattan offices, citing complaints from other tenants in the building, and certain high-ranking executives would no longer take his calls, Mr. Lorenzo said.

After Mr. Lorenzo and his brother, Christopher, were indicted in early 2005, the relationship with Universal foundered. Universal tightened its purse strings, and within months it moved to end its partnership with Mr. Lorenzo.

But then, he had his day in court and won.

Within days of his acquittal, he was meeting with prospective partners that could help finance his label’s revival. Many expected him to sign with Warner Music Group, whose executive ranks are filled with Mr. Lorenzo’s former associates from Def Jam, the Universal label that marketed and promoted Murder Inc. releases.

 Mr. Lorenzo said he and Lyor Cohen, who heads Warner’s American arm and previously ran Def Jam, had discussed the possibility of Mr. Lorenzo switching to the Warner fold even before Mr. Lorenzo’s indictment. “I made that man a lot of money,” Mr. Lorenzo said of Mr. Cohen. But Warner’s offer, Mr. Lorenzo said, was so low that he found it “extremely disrespectful.”

Around the same time Universal’s chairman, Doug Morris, decided he was not ready to let Mr. Lorenzo leave the fold. For their part Universal executives said the legal proceedings enveloping Mr. Lorenzo had forced their hand when they parted ways with Murder Inc.

Mr. Lorenzo, still resentful of the company’s treatment, was skeptical. But, he said, he was persuaded by Universal’s president, Zach Horowitz (the only senior executive who had kept in touch with him), to attend a lunch with him and Mr. Morris. Mr. Lorenzo and his business lawyer, Ron Sweeney, met with them at a restaurant in Santa Monica, and each side vented. Mr. Morris noted that Universal’s move to break from Murder Inc. arose from Mr. Lorenzo’s decisions to conduct business with Mr. McGriff. And Mr. Lorenzo said certain executives should have been more supportive personally even if Universal had to distance itself.

Mr. Morris said Mr. Lorenzo “really felt betrayed, and I don’t blame him.” But Mr. Morris said: “I never had any bad feelings toward him. It wasn’t anything to do about him. He’s one of the most talented people in the industry.”

Mr. Lorenzo’s representatives had been seeking outside investors who could help him start a label on his own, allowing him to keep the profits instead of sharing them with a big music company. Within weeks of his acquittal, he was introduced to Larry Goldfarb, a hedge fund investor from the San Francisco area, who expressed interest in such an arrangement. Mr. Goldfarb accompanied Mr. Lorenzo on the Grammy party circuit in February.

Soon the two worked out a deal in which Mr. Goldfarb had agreed to invest as much as $30 million to finance Mr. Lorenzo’s label, one of the biggest such investments in years. But weeks later Mr. Goldfarb, apparently uncertain about his potential return, abruptly bailed out of the arrangement.

Mr. Lorenzo had to start from scratch, working out a revised agreement with Universal. While the new structure means he will have to share more of the profits than if he owned the label himself, he said he was content to be back in business without a legal cloud overhead. Still, he acknowledged that it would not be so simple to rule the charts after his legal woes kept him “on ice for three years.”

But he added: “Our story is not finished yet. After this next three years, if I don’t win, and I’m not successful, that was the right ending to the story. But what happens if I win? I like my chances.”

published on August 22 nd, 2006

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New Gift Tracks

MPire's finest The gift has recently put two new tracks onto his myspace. The first is a remix of 2Pac's "Smile" Gift adds his touch to the track. The second we here at MIOnline feel is the record of the year , its called "Junie's Song" and its about a kid that is autistic and Gift is speaking for him in the track its a very deep and touching track. So make sure you give them both a listen and show our boy Gift some love on his myspace page. Leave your opinions on our  forum.

published on August 14 th, 2006

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Ja Rule to Sue Former Freind gets Sued by Korean Fans

Rapper Ja Rule has sued Fred "Nickels" Moore and Nickleplated Inc., claiming Moore and company illegally signed a performance contract of before of Ja Rule. The lawsuit, which was filed in New York County Court, claims that Moore misrepresented himself and signed a performance contract on behalf of Ja Rule for a performance in Korea. Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, seeks $125,000 in damages.

New York rapper Ja Rule's Korean fans are suing him for not showing up for a concert in South Korea in March, the New York Post said.

The rapper at first said he was not paid his full fees by promoters, which is why he did not perform, the Post reported.

However, Ja Rule's lawyer later said promoters allegedly paid one of Ja Rule's entourage, Fred "Nickels" Moore, who then allegedly failed to forward the money to Ja Rule.

Now, the rapper's Korean fans are suing him for nearly $500,000, and Ja Rule is suing Moore for more than $125,000.

The Post said Ja Rule has attempted to reach out to the Korean promotion company, Xtremedia, to arrange for another concert date. However, the rapper's lawyer said the company would rather settle the matter in court.

published on August 14 th, 2006

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