Prodigy, the rapper who made up half of New York rap duo Mobb Deep, has died. He was 42.
Prodigy’s publicist confirmed his passing to MTV News on Tuesday (June 20). “It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” the statement read. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Born Albert Johnson in Hempstead, New York, Prodigy formed Mobb Deep in Queensbridge with rapper-producer Havoc in the early ’90s. The pair’s debut album, Juvenile Hell, came out in 1993 when they were both teenagers, and they would go on to release the critically acclaimed albums The Infamous and Hell on Earth. Alongside Nas and Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep were key contributors to the sound of hardcore East Coast hip-hop during the ’90s.
After a hiatus beginning in 2012, Mobb Deep regrouped and released a new album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, in 2014. They had performed this past weekend at the Art of Rap Tour in Las Vegas.
Source: Prodigy, Half Of Rap Duo Mobb Deep, Dead At 42
Though Father’s Day has already passed, Chris Cornell’s daughter, Toni Cornell, remembered her father’s heart, wisdom and love of Prince’s Purple Rain in a moving Father’s Day note posted to the late musician’s Facebook page. “You are my idol, someone I’ve always looked up to,” Toni wrote. “You were always there for me. You pushed me forward every day, and you still do.”
Toni recalled Cornell as a doting and devoted father who would fight through post-tour jet lag to spend time with his kids and comfort them when they were sick. “Every time you came home from tour you spent all your hours with us,” she wrote. “No matter how tired you were, how many time zones you traveled, you were there for us.”
She also spoke about how her “special connection” to her father was always through the arts and offered a favorite memory, when Cornell suggested they watch Prince’s Purple Rain together. “I always trusted your judgement,” Toni said. “I put it on and immediately fell in love! We then got to your favorite song, ‘The Beautiful Ones.’
“‘This song is so special it doesn’t even belong in a genre. When I was in my twenties, I saw this in the theatre and some guy started cracking up laughing at this scene and song. It got me really mad,’ you said. I fell in love with the song too and listened to it on repeat.”
In closing, Toni wrote, “I know you are still here, and the warmth I feel beneath the cold, is you. YOU ARE THE BEST FATHER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. And I know, that if this wasn’t an accident, you’d still be cuddling with me watching Purple Rain.’
Source: Chris Cornell’s Daughter Pens Poignant Father’s Day Note
The Foo Fighters will release their ninth album, Concrete and Gold, on September 15th via Roswell Records and RCA Records. The Foo Fighters previously teased Concrete and Gold with a surprise new song, “Run.” At a recent festival gig in Iceland they debuted another track, “Lah Dee Da.” The band has also announced a new set of fall tour dates as well as a massive one-day festival, Cal Jam 17, set to take place October 7th in San Bernardino, California.
Concrete and Gold is available to pre-order digitally and on CD and vinyl. A variety of merchandise bundles – some of which include Foo Fighters socks and a Russian nesting doll set *wait, what?* – are available via the band’s website.
Concrete and Gold Track List
3. “Make It Right”
4. “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
5. “La Dee Da”
6. “Dirty Water”
8. “Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)”
9. “Sunday Rain”
10. “The Line”
11. “Concrete and Gold”
Concrete and Gold follows the Foo Fighters’ 2014 album Sonic Highways and their 2015 follow-up EP, Saint Cecilia. The band recorded the new album at Hollywood’s EastWest Studios with contemporary pop stalwart Greg Kurstin, who has worked with Adele, Sia, Pink and more. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said he became a fan of Kurstin through his indie pop duo, the Bird and the Bee, and thought his pop pedigree would create an interesting challenge for the Foo Fighters.
Source: Foo Fighters Reveal Fall Tour, New Album ‘Concrete and Gold’
Anita Pallenberg, an actress and model who starred opposite Mick Jagger in Performance and had three children with his Rolling Stones bandmate, Keith Richards, has died. She was 73.
Pallenberg died Tuesday, her friend Stella Schnabel, the daughter of painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, announced on Instagram. No cause of death was revealed.
In 1968, Pallenberg appeared as The Black Queen in Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda, and as Nurse Bollock with Marlon Brando and Richard Burton in Candy. She also filmed Performance that year, but Warner Bros. did not release the violent, hallucinogenic film until 1970.
Years later, Pallenberg portrayed a character named Sin in Abel Ferrara’s Go Go Tales (2007), a Queen Elizabeth impersonator in Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely (2007) and an opium-den hostess in Stephen Frears’ Cheri (2009).
Source: Anita Pallenberg, Actress and Longtime Paramour of Keith Richards, Dies at 73
Alice Cooper has announced his new album Paranormal, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer’s first studio album since 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare . The 10-track Paranormal , produced by Cooper’s longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, features guest musicians like ZZ Top, guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover.
Paranormal is also accompanied by a bonus disc featuring two new recordings the “King of Shock Rock” made with the original Alice Cooper band, “Genuine American Girl” and “You and All of Your Friends.” Those two songs mark the first time Cooper and his former band mates recorded together since the Seventies!
On Friday, Cooper debuted Paranormal‘s first single “Paranoiac Personality” on his Nights With Alice Cooper radio show. Take a listen down below, You Freaks!
Paranormal is due out July 28th. The album is available to pre-order in a variety of formats now, with a limited run of blood-red vinyl exclusively pressed for independent record shops.
Check out the track listing down below!
Paranormal Track List
2. “Dead Flies”
4. “Paranoiac Personality”
5. “Fallen In Love”
6. “Dynamite Road”
7. “Private Public Breakdown”
8. “Holy Water”
10. “The Sound of A”
New studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band:
11. “Genuine American Girl”
12. “You And All Of Your Friends”
Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6th, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:
13. “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
14. “Under My Wheels”
15. “Billion Dollar Babies”
16. “Feed My Frankenstein”
17. “Only Women Bleed”
18. “School’s Out”
Source: Alice Cooper Announces New Album ‘Paranormal’
As the co-founder, co-lead vocalist, and guitarist for Blink-182, Tom DeLonge has already proven quite adept in the world of music, as the punk rockers sold over 50 million albums across the world before they split in 2015. But while Tom DeLonge is still involved in Angels & Airwaves, he’s now looking to broaden his creative horizons by directing his very own feature film, entitled Strange Times, from a script that he has co-written.
It’s no surprise that Tom DeLonge has taken such a hands-on approach with the project, as it is based on the trilogy of Strange Times books that he has co-written, too. The story revolves around a group of San Diego skateboarders who decide to investigate the paranormal activity that has become rife in their town. Obviously things soon go awry, and they’re eventually sent on a whirlwind adventure. Tom DeLonge has been busy getting things in order for the film, too, as he has cast Jack Samson (Zodiac) as Charlie Wilkens and Lizzie Broadway (Bones, Chicago P.D.) as Alli, picking them out of 3000 casting submissions.
Originally launched as a website that reported on “unexplained phenomena,” Strange Times has since grown exponentially across a number of different mediums, This has included the graphic novel Strange Times: The Curse Of Superstition Mountain, and a whole host of merchandise. Tom DeLonge’s Strange Times: The Ghost In The Girl, the first of a planned trilogy of sci-fi, young adult novels that he has co-written with Geoff Herbach, also hit shelves, courtesy of Simon & Schuster, last year.
Tom DeLonge isn’t just working as the Strange Times co-writer and director, though. That’s because he has already written new, original music that he will record with Angels & Airwaves for the film. Those of you who are worried Tom DeLonge might be making too big of a leap by moving into cinema can take solace in the fact that he’s already picked up an award for his efforts behind the camera. Back in 2014 Tom DeLonge co-directed the short film Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, with Edgar Martins and Sergio Martins, and it went on to win the Best Animated Film at the Toronto International Short Film Festival. Which suggests that Tom DeLonge has a knack for filmmaking.
We’re still not entirely sure of its exact release date, but since production is due to begin in the fall it will hopefully be with us towards the end of 2018, or early 2019.
Source: Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge Is Making A Movie, Here’s What We Know