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Mike D Rules Out DJ Restaurant Role


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Mike D has ruled out becoming a ''wine and vinyl guy''.

The 51-year-old former Beastie Boys artist - also known as Michael Diamond - will be choosing the wine at choosing the wine at new Hollywood hotspot, Hearth & Hound, alongside sommelier Taylor Parsons but he has ruled out becoming a DJ for the venue too.

Although owner Ken Friedman has joked that he wants Mike to be the venue's ''wine and vinyl guy,'' Mike told Bloomberg: ''I'm going to make some record donations, I'm sure other people will make some vinyl donations, too, that reflects all of our history. That is actually fun.

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DJ Peanut Butter Wolf set up independent LA label Stones Throw Records in 1996 and it has since released a string of critically acclaimed artists that have helped to shape the music industry. Current artists include the likes of 7 Days of Funk, Arabian Prince, The Stepkids and Madlib, while previous years have seen Mayer Hawthorne and Aloe Blacc as label artists. These artists may not be mainstream chart gold, but they have captured the imaginations of hip-hop, soul and R&B lovers everywhere since its inception. 

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The Beastie Boys Aren't Suing GoldieBlox After All, But Goldieblox Are Still Suing The Beasties


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GoldieBlox may have shot themselves in the foot if they wanted to appear as the victims in the ongoing saga surrounding their online advertising campaign that features the Beastie Boys song 'Girls.' After claiming that they are being sued by the surviving members of the rap group for copyright infringement, the company counter-sued, saying they had never infringed on any copyright. Now Mike D and Ad-Rock have hit back, saying they never sued anyone, but they're still facing a lawsuit.

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Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock all agreed that they would never allow their work to be used on advertising

As intially reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the two remaining Beasties have penned an open letter to the company, in which they commend the advert and the company for their creativity, before stating that they agreed years ago to never allow their music to be used for advertising and finally saying that they had only ever enquired how the video was used without their permission, insisting that they had not taken the issue to the courts. Goldieblox on the other hand have taken the band to court, filing a complaint stating they never infringed on any copyright laws.

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Fade To Black Review


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In 2003, Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z (a.k.a. Shawn Carter) called it quits after an eight-year career. Compared to most rap artists, he ruled the charts and the airwaves for an eternity. His final album, "The Black Album" (2003) was meant to be a farewell to his fans, and now this feature film documents his final concert, a huge, sold-out affair in Madison Square Garden.

"Fade to Black" presents the show itself -- with guest appearances by Beyonce (Jay-Z's highly publicized girlfriend), Mary J. Blige, Ghostface Killah (from the Wu-Tang Clan) and Missy Elliot -- as well as behind-the-scenes footage during the making of the album.

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