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11.30.99  Public Enemy Returns To Europe
(from BringtheNoise website)
After wowing fans across the U.S. (tour reviews) Public Enemy returns to Europe for Part II of the European "There's A Poison Goin On" Tour.

Here are the dates:

December 2nd / France Rennes / Les Transmusicales
December 3rd / Italy Rome / Palacisalfa
December 4th / Italy Milan / Leon Cavallo
December 5th / Switzerland Zurich / Xtra Limattshaus
December 6th / Switzerland Geneva / Usine
December 7th / Austria Dornbirn / Conrad Sohm
December 8th / Slovenia Llubjiana / Gr Hala A
December 9th / Norway Bergen / Kvarteret
December 10th / Norway Oslo / Cosmopolitie
December 11th / Sweden Lund / Olypen
December 12th / Finland Helsinki / Vanha
December 13th / Norway Trondheim / Samfumdet
December 14th / Sweden Stockholm / Arena
December 15th / Denmark Copenhagen / Vega

Head over to www.publicenemy.com for your chance to win a free ticket to one of the shows.


11.29.99  Flav Finally Comes with Solo Flavor
(from Blaze website) by Kenji Jasper

After more than a decade Public Enemy's Flavor Flav has finally fulfilled his promise to fans by releasing a solo album. Appropriately titled It's About Time, the album is set to be released on January 11th. Flav attributes the album's 8 year delay to his former record label, Def Jam records. "Russell [Simmons] and Lyor [Cohen] held me back for a long time,' he told Launch. Produced by Flav himself, the album already features a remake of Chicago's "Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is." Flav is also planning to record a song called "Pass The Torch," which he hopes will feature Bushwick Bill, Busta Rhymes and ODB. You can check out a special limited download of the album's first single, "Flava2K" at www.flavorflav.com.


11.20.99  Flav Says "Don't Believe The Hype"
(from Manhunt website)

"Iím doing very well," Flav said. "Fuck all the dirty info y'all getting, cause just like we made the record "Donít Believe The Hype" donít believe everything you read. Donít believe everything you hear. Come to the horseís mouth and get the true story."

No, Flav hasn't lost his touch! Flavor Flav fans may have given up hope for a solo album from the Public Enemy hype man years ago, but he's baacccckkk this time for real and as his album title suggests "It's About Time."

Flav should have released an album eight years ago. He blames his former record label, Def Jam Records for the delay. "Russell [Simmons] and Lyor [Cohen] held me back for a long time," Flav told LAUNCH. "Now that Iím finally off of Def Jam, I hooked up with Mystic Music."

The albumís production, primarily handled by Flav, is diverse, though Flavís wired and choppy rap style is still in place. The most surprising song is Flavís collaboration with Chicago, whose lead singer, Robert Lamm is also signed to Mystic Music. "I think the song I did with Chicago is gonna be one of the biggest crossover records since Run-DMC and Aerosmith," Flav says of his remake of Chicagoís "Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is."

Flav hopes to get another equally exciting collaboration in the works. He plans to record a song called "Pass The Torch" that would feature Bushwick Bill, Busta Rhymes, and Olí Dirty Bastard, the three rappers he feels most embody his superior hype-man qualities. "I spoke to Busta and Bushwick, but I havenít spoken to ODB. But once I talk to ODB, we can put this whole thing into perspective."

Flava Flav and the ODB on a cut together, if that all goes through the joint would be crazy. The original Flava Flav and the 90's version of Flav (ODB) what a combination!

Well Flav Fans will get what they want since his solo debut "Itís About Time" is set for release on January 18th.


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1.8.99 4:00 pm est  RealNetworks Launches New Player, Inks Content Deals
(from Billboard website) by Julie Taraska

It has been quite a day for RealNetworks. Today, the Web media delivery service launched an updated audio-visual player, RealPlayer 7; created a daily entertainment and news aggregate, Take5; and inked content deals with Chuck D's hip-hop site Rapstation.com, music download directory Listen.com, and interactive Web companies WireBreak Entertainment and AtomFilms.

RealPlayer 7, which is available for free download at www.real.com, builds upon the software's earlier version. The update includes a faster start-up time and new user interface with enhanced navigation features. In addition, the player offers a message service notifying users of breaking news and one-button access to programming from Real.com's new daily information and entertainment service, Take5, as well as from more than 200 radio stations and music channels.

To provide content for the new RealPlayer, RealNetworks has signed syndication deals with several Web sites. Providing hip-hop news is Chuck D's Rapstation.com, founded by the Public Enemy front man and Internet enthusiast. Listen.com contributes its digital download song directory, which features original reviews of tens of thousands of artists and links to music legally available on the Web.

WireBreak Entertainment (www.wirebreak.com) offers its "WireBreak Shortz," a series of short pictures by young film students and digital moviemakers, while AtomFilms (www.atomfilms.com) supplies more original short movies and animation.

Founded in 1995, RealNetworks is one of the leaders in streaming media. As of October 1999, there were more than 85 million unique users of RealPlayer and more than 85% of all streaming media Web pages on the Internet used RealNetworks applications RealAudio, RealVideo, RealFlash, RealText, or RealPix.


11.4.99 12:15 est  Public Enemy, Nas, Others Set To Help Launch Rock Hall's Hip-Hop Exhibit
(from MTV website) by John Gill
Next week sees the official launch of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's long-awaited hip-hop exhibit, "Roots, Rhymes & Rage: The Hip-Hop Story."

To celebrate, the Cleveland-based Rock Hall is throwing a gala affair on Wednesday, November 10, in honor of the launch. The event will feature performances by Public Enemy, Nas, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Flash, Outkast, and Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

"Roots, Rhymes & Rage" will be installed on three floors of the Rock Hall's museum and will be organized into five sections: "The Block Party," "The Roots," "The Golden Era," "Controversy, Outrage & The Rise Of Gangsta Rap," and "Pop Goes The Culture." The show begins with a look at four primary elements of hip-hop: DJing, MCing, graffiti writing, and dancing, and it ends with an examination of the genre's current pop and mainstream success. The exhibit will open to the public on November 11 and is scheduled to remain up through August 2000.

Some of the artifacts gathered for the exhibit include a hat, sunglasses, and Adidas sneakers donated by Run-DMC; the Beastie Boys' outfits worn in the video for "Intergalactic;" a jacket worn in the video for Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It;" the Grammy Award statuette presented to Will Smith for "Parents Just Don't Understand" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (the first Grammy Award presented in a rap category); and a letter, dated August 1, 1989, from the FBI to Priority Records expressing the organization's concerns about the group NWA.

Various other items represent artists such as Ice-T, The Notorious B.I.G., Public Enemy, Tupac Shakur, Arrested Development, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Mase, and Missy Elliott.

Back in September, the Rock Hall, in conjunction with Cleveland State University's Black Studies Program and Levi's, set the stage for the hip-hop exhibit with a three-day conference called "Hip-Hop: A Cultural Expression" which featured keynote addresses by KRS-One and Chuck D as well as appearances, lectures, and symposia by Prince Paul, Kool G Rap, Biz Markie, and others (see "KRS-One, Chuck D, Big Daddy Kane To Appear At Hip-Hop Conference").

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