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Welcome to Urban Laced, I have made this website for all the people who are interested in the stars of urban music production. This website is made in conjunction with darkchild.50megs.com. I know when I have looked around the internet I have tried to find discographies on some of the biggest producers and been unsuccessful. So I have put together discographies & short profiles of a few producers. So far there are profiles on Rodney & Fred Jerkins, Kandi Burrus, Robert Smith & The Underdogs. The tracks you see on these lists are correct to the best of my knowledge. If you think any of them are incorrect or I have missed any E-mail me (address at bottom of this page) and I will get it changed for you. I will eventually build this up and get more profiles on more producers. I have not been able to find a website like this online and I think that it is needed, I have also decided to keep people updated with Urban music in general. I want to make this site huge! I want this to be the place where people pay respect to all the producers in the business rather than the artists as a lot of time with urban music they are the ones who are responsible for the good music. Feel free to post in the forum to discuss urban music.


8th April 2004

Just tolet you know Robert Smith in currently in the studio with up and coming singer Ebony Burks.


7th April 2004

Janet Jackson And Jermaine Dupri Getting Married?

Singer Janet Jackson has been making the rounds this week promoting her
new album, Damita Jo, which was released on Tuesday, March 30th, and the
star has been sporting a diamond ring on her ring finger. Last week her
boyfriend Jermaine Dupri caused quite a stir when he announced that he
would like to marry Jackson and spend the rest of his life with her on
Ryan Seacrest's radio show.
When questioned by Entertainment Tonight during an interview this week,
Jackson said, "I've truly found it. Jermaine is the guy, but I don't want
to comment on it further. I'd like to keep some of it close to me. But the
most important thing is the happiness."
If Jackson and Dupri do decide to tie the knot secretly it will not be the
first time that Jackson has kept her nuptials a secret. She secretly
married Rene Elizondo in 1991 and it wasn't until the pair filed for
divorce in 2000 that it became public that they had been married. Jackson
was also previously married to singer James DeBarge.


6th April 2004


Solange Knowles Pregnant?

Singer and actress Solange Knowles, who married Daniel Smith, a college
football player from her native Houston in the Bahamas last month, may be
pregnant. The New York Daily News reports that when Knowles was asked if
she was pregnant during a recent press stop for her new movie, Johnson
Family Vacation, the singer didn't deny it but refused to answer the
Knowles said, "You know what, I don't talk about my marriage and I don't
talk about my family. That's one thing that we all sat down and discussed
-- I know everyone has tried to get the Jay-Z question out of my sister
(Beyonce) but what's part of my family is part of our family."
The singer added, "As much as people try to find negative things, God is
my only judge and that's the only person I have to stand before at the end
of the day. He can give me strength to make it through."
Citing an inside source, the paper said that Solange's manager dad, Mathew
Knowles, has been trying to hide his 17-year-old daughter's pregnancy
until after the release of her new movie, Johnson Family Vacation, which
opens on April 7th. The film also stars Bow Wow, Cedric The Entertainer,
and Vanessa L. Williams.

Usher Says He's Not A Baby's Daddy

Is Usher the Orson Welles of R&B?
Many moons ago, the legendary actor/director got on the radio with the
fictional work "War of the Worlds" and had half his listeners thinking
Earth was being invaded by aliens. Now Usher has sung the title track of
his latest LP, Confess
ions, with so much fervor, word going around the
rumor mill is that he's actually a baby's daddy.
Newspaper gossip columns are reporting that the love child is the reason
TLC's Chilli left Usher, fans have been calling in to radio stations
taking sides, and you can guess what they're saying in Internet chat
On Tuesday afternoon, after a rehearsal for "TRL," Usher said he never
anticipated people would be talking this much about the record. But there
is one thing that has been lost in the sauce of the chatter: He's nobody's
"The rumors started shortly after we did a few listening parties [for my
album]," Usher said in the "TRL" studios. "The word kinda got out that I
had a baby. I did a song, 'Confessions Part II', about a gentleman, a cat
that has to confess to his girl that he's got a baby and he hopes she
gives him another chance. But I don't have a child [in real life]."
It's easy to see how people could've gotten confused. The singer told MTV
News in December: "It wasn't a specific situation that happened in my life
right now. In other words, I wasn't in a relationship and got another girl
pregnant  right now. But it is something I can relate to and it's
something that has happened to me in the past. As I said, I have a few
deep, dark ones that I've kept stowed away in a closet for a minute".
Usher now says he was inspired to write the record by seeing his friends
go through similar situations.
"I can't say it happened to me in my most recent relationship," he added.
"I have experienced situations like that that have allowed me to pull from
my own experience to write the record with Jermaine [Dupri]. But it's just
something that I collectively got energy from everybody around me that had
been through it."
Still, Usher's real talk caught his longtime friend and collaborator Dupri
off guard while they were making the song.
"At first JD was kinda shocked, like, 'Really?' " Usher remembered. "I
said, 'Yeah, man, I think that's hot. I think that's hot for us to give
something to the fellas.' I always have stuff for the ladies, but this is
something that the men. I think they're gonna understand. Especially if
they went through it or are going through it. Furthermore, it's great
Mr. Entertainment has his sights on having the world talk about more of
his music before all is said and done. Outside of working his own album,
Usher wants to do more with Beyonce. Beyonce and me have been talking about doing a record together," he
explained about dancing in B's "Naughty Girl" video. "She reached out to
me and said she had an idea and really wanted me to be the lead in her
video," the slim singer continued.
"I was like, 'Well let me hear the idea.' It sounded like something
totally different than what had been on TV. It kind of paid homage to the
past ultimate entertainers: dancers, singers, actors. I felt it opened
interest for us to do a movie together or something. We will work together
in the future. I think it will be magic. I think it will be the biggest
sh-- to ever happen in R&B and pop. F--- pop, I think it will be the
biggest thing to happen in music."

Ginuwine Turning Early Days With Missy, Timbaland Into Film

Up till now we've just seen Missy Elliott and her good friend Ginuwine in
bit parts or cameos on the big screen. Now the opportunity may have come
for them to expand their screen time and bring along other members of
their clique.
"I'm working on a movie called 'The Basement' about me, Missy and
Timbaland and what all of us went through," Ginuwine said of a film he's
spearheading that centers around him and his crew when they were starving
artists in the early '90s. He hasn't yet talked to his friends about
starring as themselves in the film.
Even if they shy away from the project, though, he said, "I do want to get
their OK to use certain things and portray them in certain ways. It's
definitely going to be us involved in it. I definitely want to be in it
also. Hopefully that will work. I'm trying to work on it as we speak."
He said he's already had a lot of interest from movie studios. "The people
who want to do it are anxious to get it started. They've got writers and
everything ready right now," he said. "Say we do it in June or July or
something like that which is pushing it, it will probably come out
January, February or March."
Even if Ginuwine isn't able to hook up with Timbaland for their Hollywood
biopic, he still wants some beats from the Virginia producer. The cut-up
crooner is getting ready to start his next solo LP, which he'll either
title Back to the Basics or The Sixth Man.
"Oh yeah, we working on that, either in a month or two," the pop-locking
singer said. "We gotta get things straight at the label. I gotta feel like
I'm being done right, they gotta feel like they're being done right. It's
a little negotiation thing going on right now. Nothing that we can't
handle as business people. Hopefully everything will get resolved and
everything moves forward. Hopefully I'll come out by Christmas."
Besides his solo joint, Ginuwine is still very much committed to recording
a duet album with LL Cool J.
"Right now I'm trying to dig in the crates, and it's gotta have a plot
because The Best of Both Worlds, they already said that. I gotta make
something else up [for the title]. It's gotta make sense for LL and
myself. I gotta pretty much go with a lot of what LL wants because I came
to him with it. He's been in the business way longer than I have. I just
want to make sure everything's right for him as well as for me. Once I'm
done [coming up with a title], I'm bringing [LL] at least half the tracks
and hooks so he can just take that album and do whatever he's gotta do
with it. I'll leave the spaces so he can just add in."

Beyonce Knowles Has Warm Reunion With Ex-Destinys Child Member

A bit of Destiny's Child's ruffled past was recently smoothed over,
according to Beyonce Knowles. She said she had a chance meeting with
original member LeToya Luckett -- who was fired from the group in 2000 --
at a Houston restaurant, and that the two had a friendly encounter: "We've
all grown up so much, and it's wonderful to see someone you hadn't seen in
so long. And we, we did hug, and it was like seeing an old sister, you
know, that you hadn't seen in a long time. So it's great, and I'm happy
for her that she's doing well, and we each are on a different chapter in
our lives, and it was good to see her and know that there are nothing but
positive feelings for each other."]
Luckett wasn't feeling so positive when she and LaTavia Roberson were
dismissed by Destiny's Child founder and manager Matthew Knowles, who is
Beyonce's father. The two were booted after they turned 18 and informed
Knowles they were terminating their management contract with him. They
sued him in March 2000, after their dismissal, and the case was settled
out of court.
Luckett and Roberson went on to form the group Angel.
The two were replaced in Destiny's Child by Michelle Williams and Farrah
Franklin. Franklin was dismissed five months later.


11th March 2004

Well it appears Kanye West is the man of the moment. Not only did he produce tracks for Janet Jackson's long anticipated album "Damita Jo", but now it appears he will have the lead single from Brandy's new album called "Talk about out love". For a while now it appeared as if Timbaland would be producing the entire album tentatively titled "B Rocka". There have been many rumours of Atlantic Records not feeling the tracks recorded with him, it is rumoured to have a lot less tracks by him than first anticipated. Kanye West is also enjoying success with Twista's "Slow Jamz" and his own track "Through The Wire". It looks like it's going to be the year for Kanye West....

10th March 2004

It turns out Kandi will also have another track on Dina Rea's new album. She also wrote the track Round here. The track is produced by Scott Scorch who is having outstanding success at the moment with arists such as Beyonce, Pink, Mys & Chrsitina Aquilera.

4th March 2004

Just to let you guys know, Underdogs have been working with Toni Braxton along with Static and Babyface so keep your eyes out for that which is looking to have an end of year release.

12th February 2004

The site and forum will officially be launched 19th February so keep checking back everyone.

8th February 2004

Rodney Jerkins has been hard at work with famous model Tyra Banks, to launch here career. They have recorded a track called "Shake Ya Body" which will be lead single from her up and coming album."Shake Ya Body" will be hitting radio stations soon.

2nd February 2004

If you have listened to Eminem's most recent album you might be familiar with the girl who sings on "Superman". The name of the girl is Dina Rae, who is about to blow up. Our girl Kandi Burrus has wrote one of the tracks, "I Can't Even See it", she also appears on the intro to "And" the lead single of the album. Check it out at www.dinarae.net

25th January 2004

Janet Jackson is spreading her wings and using other producers other than Jam & Lewis this time around for her up and coming new album due out spring. She has been rumoured to have been working with a few different producers, but she has confirmed 4 songs that will be making the cut are produced by Dallas Austin and are said to be about sex. Apparently they are not going to be sensual as Janet's usually are, but about about hard hitting sex.

22nd January 2004

Timbaland has been hard at work on a lot of projects recently, but the one most talked about is the Brandy project. The album is to be titled "B Rocka" (a name given to her by Rodney Jerkins), the tracks that have surfaced which are most likely to be on the album so far are, "If I (I'll do anything for you), Turn It Up, Focus, Who is she to you, Aphrodesiac & Finally (I walked away).





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