DJ SCREAM & Block ENT. Presents Gorilla Zoe: I AM ATLanta [Special Edition of Heavy In The Streets]

Gorilla Zoe shook up the hip hop game with his hard hitting debut release Welcome to the Zoo. Now Zoe is plotting his return with the eagerly anticipated mixtape – I Am ATLanta. With this mixtape, Gorilla Zoe is looking to make history again, this time with fellow ATL native and the biggest name in the mixtape game – DJ Scream. Serving as the prequel to Zoe’s sophomore studio album Don’t Feed the Animals, this sure shot street classic features some of the biggest names on the Southern hip-hop scene, including Gucci Mane, Young Dro, Shawty Lo, Rocko, Sean Kingston and more. And if that isn’t enough, I Am ATLanta also features adult film star Roxy Reynolds!!! With so much star power on one mixtape, I Am ATLanta is sure to be one of 2008’s best. Don’t miss out!

Gorilla Zoe shook up the hip hop game with his hard hitting debut release Welcome to the Zoo. Now Zoe is plotting his return with the eagerly anticipated mixtape – I Am ATLanta. With this mixtape, Gorilla Zoe is looking to make history again, this time with fellow ATL native and the biggest name in the mixtape game – DJ Scream. Serving as the prequel to Zoe’s sophomore studio album Don’t Feed the Animals, this sure shot street classic features some of the biggest names on the Southern hip-hop scene, including Gucci Mane, Young Dro, Shawty Lo, Rocko, Sean Kingston and more. And if that isn’t enough, I Am ATLanta also features adult film star Roxy Reynolds!!! With so much star power on one mixtape, I Am ATLanta is sure to be one of 2008’s best. Don’t miss out!
1 Intro
2 I Am ATLanta
3 What It Is f. Kollosus
4 Money f. Gucci Mane
5 S.W.A.G.G. f. Shawty Lo & Rocko
6 I Love My City
7 Man I
8 Break It Down f. Young Dro
9 100’s 50’s 20’s 10’s f. Gucci Mane & Jody Breeze
10 Dope Boy
11 Extortion
12 I’m Dumb
13 Wells Fargo
14 Talk Back f. Roxy Reynolds
15 Lost f. Lil Wayne
16 Money, Money, Money
17 Imagine
18 So Sick
Bonus Track
19 On The Corner f. Sean Kingston

What do the people think about the Ross Rumors?

This is an interesting interview, and I’m hanging it up on this subject. Can’t beat a dead horse, and the verdict is still out on the guy’s career, so I won’t kick him when he’s down.

from sohh.com:

He professes to be “realer than the fake” but after images and documents surfaced on the net confirming his past as a correctional officer, Rick Ross’ authenticity has been challenged. While he’s repeatedly denied ever working as a C.O.; SOHH caught up with a few industry insiders in Ricky’s hometown to get Miami’s take on how the rumors will affect his career and see what his own streets are saying about the buzz. Turns out, the talk is nothing new in the MIA.

“People have been saying he was a C.O. in Miami since he came out,” said Ali Muhammad, the publisher of 21st Century Hustle magazine who also manages DJ ChipMan, a pioneering Miami street DJ. Apparently the pictures weren’t anything new either. “Everyone had knowledge of those pictures here in Miami,” said femcee Jacki-O, who has been accused of leaking the photos, which she vehemently denies. “Everyone knew of his past job or whatever.” Regardless of who knew before, the world knows now. But some don’t think it’ll have any affect on the Trill rapper’s career.

“People forgot about R. Kelly,” Muhammad pointed out. “As long as Ross keeps making hot records that people want to listen to it’s not going to matter. It’s only a core group of people who will be saying he’s not real but most will like him for his music.” Though it will inevitably matter to some, TJ Chapman – a Florida DJ who is not from Miami, but is famous for breaking Southern rap tracks with his TJ’s DJ’s record pool – said he doesn’t see why it should. “It doesn’t change the person he is,” he said. “Whether or not he was a corrections officer from ’95 to ’97 and now it’s 2008. That’s 11 years, man.”

Miami radio personality DJ Irie knows Ross personally and said anyone who does is gonna ride with him. “He shows love to the people who have been supporting him,” Irie said. “He’s not one of these dudes who thinks he’s better than anybody else.” And who’s to say Rick’s raps aren’t real, even if his was a C.O.? “It’s very easy to be a correctional officer, and you in Miami, the cocaine capital of the world and you got all these big drug dealers locked up. They need a middle man,” TJ pointed out. “They still doing business on the streets, how do you know he wasn’t the connect? How do you know he didn’t get the connects from when he was working there to become who he is?” Whether the talk is true or not, everyone SOHH spoke with agreed, the rumors aren’t about to stop Rick. “He’s had an amazing year so far,” Irie said. “As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s gonna continue to rise and be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.”

Obama says,"Luda… WTF?"

Ludacris raps for Obama (and even Obama isn’t happy)

Atlanta rapper Ludacris has thrown his support firmly behind presidential candidate Barack Obama via his latest recording, “Politics (Obama is Here)”

The problem?
The Obama camp isn’t exactly embracing the profanity laced song that also takes pokes at George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
In past interviews, Obama has stated that he likes Luda’s music.
In the song, posted on youtube.com, Ludacris raps of himself: “You never should have doubted with a slot in the prez’s iPod/I’m one of his favorite rappers.” Later in the two minute song, he adds: “You can’t stop what’s about to happen/The first black president/We going to paint the White House black/The world is ready for change because Obama is here.”
In the rap, the performer who was born Chris Bridges, calls the current president “the worst,” refers to Clinton using a less than genteel definition of a female canine and mocks McCain’s age and suggests he needs a wheelchair.
On The Politico.com, political blogger Ben Smith reports that the Obama camp is condemning the song. The site posted the following quote from Obama spokesperson Bill Burton: “As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.”
“Are you serious?!” asked Atlantan DJ Drama when we rang him about the controversy Wednesday. He has included the track on his latest mixtape project, “Gangsta Grillz: The Preview,” a collaboration with Bridges. “Well, this involves two people I highly respect. And from a position of just believing in freedom of speech, I feel [Ludacris] expressed himself in a manner he felt necessary. I also know all eyes are on Barack Obama because of the position he’s in. So before someone like Fox News attaches him to it, [Obama] had to do he what he had to. I understand. I think Luda would understand. And it doesn’t change my opinion on who I’m going to vote for.”
Press reps for Obama did not immediately return our calls Wednesday.
Q100’s Bert Show first played the song for listeners Wednesday morning. Feedback was mixed.
On Wednesday afternoon, V-103 program director Reggie Rouse was just learning about the track and was headed to youtube for a listen.
Of the song’s chances of being added to his rotation, Rouse told the AJC: “I’m going to take a listen. But anything Luda does right now is going to be considered.”
When snatches of the lyrics were read to V103 morning man Frank Ski Wednesday, he laughed and said: “Wow, that would be Luda right there. His oratory skills are out of here. He’s amazing and he gets his point across. He’s speaking his mind and sparking some controversy. But music has always spoken out against politics. Look at what Public Enemy did way back. The difference with Luda is that he’s so crossover everyone hears what he has to say.”

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