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Wyclef - Scratch magazine

Wyclef Speaks on Fugee Non-Reunion: Lauryn Hill’s the Problem

On one hand you hear of a new Fugee album and think, “Umm, aren’t they called the Black Eyed Peas now.” On the other you realize that BEP are like the little cousins that soaked up the Fugee formula, yet something was left in the sponge. The Fugees had the perfect blend of commercial, soul, and hip-hop that has yet to be truly duplicated. Given the right circumstances a new Fugee album would prove that and inject a welcome dose of creative spirit into hip-hop.

Lauryn Hill

Of course with Lauryn Hill looking as off-center as ever since shunning the celebrity life for babies and hard-to-grasp spiritual beliefs, that reunion might not be such a great idea. And who knows where Pras stands - although I suspect his only job would be to do just that, stand in the right spot.. thanks Pras.

Despite their problems with each other, since the surprise performance on Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, there have been talks of a Fugee reunion that’s seemingly on an on again/off again diet.

The latest being.. it’s off.

In the new issue of Scratch magazine Wyclef reveals the reason for the delays: Lauryn Hill wanting to make beats.

What’s up with the Fugees reunion, or lack thereof?

“I’m officially Paul McCartney from the Beatles now. If the Fugees wanna come back you can’t break the format. Don’t come back and be like, ‘I wanna produce a beat.’ That’s like me saying I wanna sing an R&B vocal. When we was working on the album, I was like, [to Lauryn], ‘You need to do this like this.’ [And] she says, ‘How do you know what’s relevant? I haven’t heard anything from you in the past like three, four years?’

The minute she said that I was like, I gotta go back to working [on my own.]”

So what’s ultimately holding you guys back?

“Lauryn is straight up the problem, bro. She wants to be a producer. Don’t come telling us how to chop up beats so you can get credit for it.”

What makes you think she would take the credit?

“We did a remix with Lauryn Hill for John Legend, for the record “How High.” John was saying our names. You know what she had him do? She was like, ‘Take off Wyclef and Jerry’s names.’ Because she wanted people to think that she was the one doing the beat. I’m a producer and a beatmaker with my cousin Jerry Wonder..

I’m a writer. She’s a writer, a vocalist, and a great composer. She’s great at picking out samples - she got 20 billion samples but can’t chop em up to save her life.”

So she hasn’t made any of the beats she got credit for?

“It’s real simple - if you did the beats, where are the beats?

Show us one beat that you did.

If you bring Clef in to the studio, put an MP, put an SP, .. bring a bunch of cameras and say, ‘Clef do a beat in two minutes.’ The beat’s done! Bring Lauryn Hill in the studio with the same camera - say we give you three hours. Matter fact, fuck it, we’ll give you a month - do a beat. She can’t put it together!”


Lauryn Hill Unplugged

Hmm, maybe that’s why she was strumming a guitar for 90 minutes straight on her last solo album.

Ron Isley performs at.. ?

Ron Isley Asking President Bush For Some Scooter Love

In today’s you gotta be kidding me news..

Facing a three year jail sentence for tax evasion, Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is asking President George W. Bush for some slack.

Last September he was convicted of five counts of income tax evasion.

With millions of dollars in assets, he declared bankruptcy after the IRS seized his yacht, cars and other property. Prosecutors accused him of not paying taxes in 1997, 2001 and making a partial payment in 2002. Some details of the case involved him having money in hard to find accounts and depositing his deceased brother’s royalty checks, without reporting the income, and using them to partially fund the Mr. Big lifestyle.

Ron Isley plead not guilty on all charges.

During the trial his lawyer hotly argued that two of his accountants had unfortunately died, making it difficult to get his financial records together for the years in question.

That didn’t work out from him.

Ron Isley was sentenced to three years in federal prison.

His term begins August 7th.

U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson refused to give him any less time than called for under federal guidelines, “The term serial tax avoider has been used. I think that’s appropriate,’‘ Pregerson said.

Isley’s attorney argued that he deserved probation, citing his current efforts to pay back the money he owes and health concerns. He had a stroke two years ago and his now being treated for kidney cancer.

With less than two weeks before his 25th hour, Ron Isley and Def Jam executives are hoping that President Bush will give him a presidential pardon.

Are there some funny greens being smoked in the Isley mansion?

As much love and respect I have for the Isley Brothers music..

Isley Brothers 3+3 album cover

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.. to think that President Bush is going to come out of hiding (have you seen him lately?) to give a singer a “Stay Out of Prison” card is something talked up during a smoke session.

Let me see, the last Bush pardon commutation went to his Republican pal Scooter Libby.. for all kinds of CIA leak/inside stuff.. and the next .. Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers for not paying his taxes.

The list of Bush’s 113 presidential pardons is Wiki’d. Lots of drug dealers, firearm dealers, money laundering, a food stamp fraud case (!) and yes.. some convicted tax evaders.

For Bush a Ron Isley pardon could give the black vote to the republicans next year. <

< that's a joke

Isley supporters are urging his fans to call, fax or email the White House immediately.

He's got two weeks. Do it today.

Contact the President of the United States

Call: 202-456-1414

Fax: 202-456-2461

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Contact The Congressional Black Caucus

@ congressionalblackcaucus.net - click on “meet reps” to find your representatives.

Contact your local senator or congressperson

@ congress.org - click on “take action” and you will be linked to the congressman off your area

ABC Geico Caveman

Geico Cavemen: Are They Black, Are they White or Just Very Hairy

Television critics got a sneak peek at ABC’s upcoming “Cavemen” show starring the characters from the Geico commercials. In the series the caveman are seemingly always misunderstood and upset about how they are perceived in society. They’re also great dancers, known for their athletic ability, boast about their sexual prowess and have people they look down on as well - the shavers aka the clean shaven people.

After seeing the pilot episode TV critics are saying it had racial undertones the show’s creators aren’t admitting to and asked “Just who are these characters based on?”

Before the press conference “Cavemen” producers expected to be bombarded with questions about commercialism - you know, what’s next The Geico Lizard movie and books?

Instead they found themselves fending off hostile critics.

In response to a question about the cavemen’s athletic and sexual superiority, writer Josh Grodan dryly replied, “They’re Jewish.”

“I actually didn’t know we would catch so much hell,’‘ writer Joe Lawson tossed out to the room.

Things got so uncomfortable actor Nick Kroll, who plays one of the cavemen, said, “I was told there was going to be a laugh track here,  but I guess that’s not the case.”

The critics just looked at him.

What happens now? It’s back to the editing room.

magazine clip from the Geico cavemen crib

“Unfortunately, in our society, if you pick an offensive stereotype of any kind, it’s going to bump up into some ethnic group. It’s going to happen,” said executive producer Mike Schiff. “As we are, though, we’re talking about the cavemen, we’re making them a very specific thing.”

“We’re aware that the pilot (episode) seems to lean a little bit more in that direction. But in the episodes that we’re coming up with now, it’ll become clear what the show is about.” added Grodan.

“I think it’s really a show about acclimation more than anything, and that’s something that everybody deals with, doesn’t matter whether you are a minority or not.”

The cavemen are still hanging out at the Cavemen’s Crib.

Hmm.. isn’t that black slang smile

Hot Ghetto Mess - Charlie Murphy

Put Down The Picket Signs Hot Ghetto Mess Ain’t That Bad

Well “Hot Ghetto Mess: We Got To Do Better” debuted last night and it must be said, there was nothing offensive about it. For all the petitions and outrage that made the suits leave the barbecue early, Reginald Hudlin had it right, “Watch the show first and judge for yourself.”

It was no more offensive than VH1’s video clip show “Web Junk.” In some ways the Man on the Street questions made it even better. Had it been an endless loop of true ghetto messes on parade, without pause or commentary, then I’d ask what the hell they were thinking.

What you had was a show that was actually teaching something through a little social commentary.

Ok that’s the bullshit line their publicists get paid to dish.

It’s all about laughing at how little people know and the dumb things they do.

What I liked was they gave the answers to the street questions.

Do a show about the end of slavery and there would be one person watching. Profile that one black Supreme Court judge there would be screams of, “Now the white man [Viacom] really took over.”

So you sneak in some popcorn trivia.

It’s the same thinking behind Charlie Murphy hosting the show.

If Will Smith was the host (only an example) all those “we got to do betters” would come off preachy. Instead you get Charlie Murphy with a wink and an unopened Measure of a Man delivering the sermon.

You had to love the way he closed the show. He gives the big I should be reading more books, you should do right too speech.. Then the credits are rolling and he’s reading alright..

“He removed her clothing and then he laid her on the bed and began to undo her clothes in a rapid motion. Screams were heard emitted from the room. Suddenly there was an explosion outside. It was her husband screaming, he’s coming to kill somebody.”

That’s Chappelle Show antics.

I can’t see the show lasting more than a handful of episodes though, after awhile they will just run out of clips.

For the sake of living up to their own push, “we have got to do better,” BET needs to set the mark and forget about chasing down ratings - even if it’s just in a few time slots. Get Tavis back on the air, Teen Summit, while they lacked a huge audience, sacrifice it for the good. They did better with ease, all the time.

So no need for a March on Debra Lee’s front lawn, there is nothing to be mad about except..

The Best Hot Mess Quotables

Who is Barack Obama?

“.. is he the president of the NAACP?”

“Wasn’t that the guy that was trying to run for the presidency?”

“He’s running for President. He’s Hot. I’m gonna vote for him. Is he a Democrat or a Republican?”

When did slavery end?

19.. 1926.. no..  It was so long ago I don’t remember.. 1826.. 1920. One of them.

What does the NAACP stand for?

“Uh.. black.. uhh.. blac .. national.. corpor.. ation..” (laughs)

“NWACP? .. NAACP..  Uh… ..  I . never.. actually really.. uh.. you know..  put it out dere like that.”

The National Association For the Advancement of Colored People

*DING* *DING* *DING* We have a winner.

Beyonce - On Vacation in the South of France

Beyonce on Haters, High-Heels, and Those Damn Gossip Sites

Right on the um.. heels of Beyonce’s lil tumble comes a new AP interview where she talks about how nice she is in a pair of stilettos. Funny how these things work out..

Does it ever get easy to dance on stage in high heels?

“The easiest part is dancing in the heels. I don’t even think about it anymore.. it’s just second nature.

Beyonce Falls on stage - screen capture

.. But it is difficult to dance, to sing at the same time. I have to make sure I’m in shape and I’m hydrated ... I don’t want to wear myself out.”
See.. and I was just joking about the parched throat, dizziness. Can a sister get a Fiji.

The hardest working woman in show business had something for the haters as well. *Pffft*.. that’s the dust coming off her shoulders.

“Since Destiny’s Child first came out, we’ve always had criticism ... (‘B’Day’) is nothing compared to some of the criticism that we’ve gotten. I’m pretty strong and I’m very confident in what I do.. a lot of people love the record, it was very successful. I had a lot of fans and a lot of people loved everything, the videos and the songs.. Then of course, everyone’s different, there were people who didn’t like it.

There were people who didn’t like my first album, there will be people who won’t like my next album. And that’s just human nature, I can’t expect everyone to love everything that I do.

Some of the criticisms was constructive and I listened to that and grew from it.”

Which brings us to the gossip sites.

Seems like celebrities take time from their days to click and surf around just like the rest of us. While we’re looking at them, they’re looking for what we’re saying about them.

The gossip sites are always running something about you. Do you troll them? Do you ever feel like posting an anonymous comment?

“Sometimes I’ll run across certain things, usually in the paper, because I read the paper more so than the Web. There’s one or two sites that I can go to. But if I go on the Internet and try to see what people are saying, I’ll probably want to crawl under a rock. (Laughs.)

Because I’m still human and certain things, it just hurts, so I try not to read the Internet too much.”

The reminder for the day kiddies: Words hurt.