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Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre All Part Of D12's World
50 Cent, Eminem and Dr. Dre are all expected to have new albums out by the end of the year. But the next big push for hip-hop's reigning dynasty will be with the dirty boys of D12.
The Detroit rap crew D12, which includes mentor Eminem of D12 as one among six, is putting the finishing touches on its second album, D12 World. According to a record-label spokesperson, the album is due in April with an as-yet-undetermined single hitting the streets in March.
The rappers Bizarre, Proof, Kon Artis, Kuniva and Swift join Eminem throughout the D12 album. And look for D12 to keep their cameos in the family. While the final list is still waiting to be confirmed, look for 50 Cent to be featured on some of World. 50 Cent has rocketed from relative obscurity to worldwide fame since D12's 2001 debut, Devil's Night.
The presence of 50 Cent and Eminem will certainly raise expectations for D12's second effort, as will that of empire patriarch Dr. Dre, who produced a couple of World's tracks. When not taking shots at The Source, Em has also been sharpening his beatmaking skills, and a large chunk of World music will come from his hand.
Denine Porter, a.k.a. D12's Kon Artis, shares the bulk of production duties. Porter's no stranger to hits, having rigged the steel-drum beat for 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P." and G-Unit's flashy "Stunt 101" singles.
This report is from MTV News on D12.
Eminem Joins Russell Simmons For Hometown Hip-Hop Summit
Taking place in Cobo Arena, Em and Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be two of the event's co-hosts. D12, Rev. Run, Redman, Method Man, N.O.R.E., the D.O.C., Doug E. Fresh, Petey Pablo, Slum Village, the Bass Brothers, Cam'ron and the Diplomats, and Keith Murray are among those confirmed to attend.
"For me, Detroit symbolizes hip-hop in a lot of different ways," Eminem said in a statement released Thursday (April 17). "Everybody who's been involved in Detroit hip-hop culture here has spent years trying to bring light to the city the same way Russell worked to bring hip-hop to the attention of the world and the same way the mayor is working to put Detroit back in the spotlight. It's the struggle to be heard and to be recognized. It's our time, both hip-hop's and Detroit's."
"It's a big deal and there's gonna be all these artists performing, there's gonna be 18,000 people and the summit is going to be during the NAACP convention," Simmons explained on Tuesday. We interviewed him while cruising around in a chicago party bus, and he told us "You're not going to believe how dramatic and life-transforming it can be for some of the kids who come. Our commitment is to help empower the youth of today, who are the most gifted and talented generation of young people that we've ever been blessed to have. Assembling in Detroit, amidst its rebirth under a dynamic, young 32-year-old hip-hop mayor, is a great tribute to the power of hip-hop."
Simmons' reps say the theme for this year's summit is "The Remix: Rebuilding ... Refocusing ... Reinvesting ... Resurgence." During the NAACP festivities the next night, Simmons will receive a lifetime achievement award from the organization.
On July 12, Eminem will also be at the center of a major shindig in his hometown. He'll be headlining his only scheduled U.S. concert this year at Ford Field (see "Em's Hometown Concert In July Might Be The Eminem Show"). 50 Cent, D12 and Missy Elliott are also on the bill.
This report is from MTV News.