Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond Confesses To His Involvement In The Quad Studios Tupac Shooting

Although there has been much chatter about James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond’s involvement in the 1994 ambush at New York City’s Quad Studios that left rapper Tupac Shakur shot five times, up until now there has been no direct evidence linking him to the crime.

But an official transcript obtained by The Village Voice (via HHW), Rosemond’s drug trial includes statements made by a U.S. prosecutor who refers to Rosemond admitting to his involvement in the 1994 shooting.

“Now, in particular, there are some statements where the defendant [Rosemond] spoke about acts of violence…Mr. Shargel made comments about the origin of the Chuck Phillips article, which has to do with the shooting of Tupac Shakur in 1994; in particular, the defendant has made admission that he was involved in this particular shooting,” said prosecutor Soumya Dayananda in a sidebar testimony according to official transcripts.

Rosemond admitted to his part in the shooting during a “Queen For A Day” proffer session with the government last year. Rosemond’s confession allegedly came shortly after Dexter Isaac came forward as the ringleader of the attack.

Rosemond’s drug trial which began last month stems from his involvement in a drug ring involving millions of dollar’s worth of cocaine. (hiphopdx.com)

50 Cent Hospitalized After Car Crash in New York

50 Cent became the second rapper to crash his high-end vehicle this week, after he was rear-ended by a Mack truck.

50 was rushed to a Queens hospital on a stretcher to check for neck and back injuries, although a source said that the rapper was “fine.”

The accident occurred along New York’s Long Island Expressway.

50 was not driving his bullet-proof SUV at the time of the incident.

Although he has not commented or tweeted about the accident at the time of print, photos were released via ThisIs50.com showing him being rolled out on the stretcher.

This is the second time that 50 has been hospitalized in the past two months, as recently he made a trip to the hospital for a nagging stomach virus.

Yesterday, news broke that rapper Soulja Boy crashed his Bentley, after the luxury vehicle crossed a yellow line at a red light and struck a pregnant  woman driving another vehicle. (allhiphop.com)


Lupe Fiasco – Bitch Bad

Nas feat Rick Ross – Accident Murderers

Lola Monroe feat Los – Exodus Freestyle

T.I. – Go Get It



Man Claims Wrongfully Sold $30,000 Rolex To Drake

A Manhattan, New York lawyer has filed a lawsuit alleging that his $30,000 Rose-Gold Rolex Presidential with a diamond bezel went missing from a Midtown jeweler, only to later found out that the establishment sold the timepiece to Drake.

According to the New York Post, attorney James McMillan filed a lawsuit against Rafaello & Co. on West 47th Street in Midtown, Manhattan for selling his watch to Drizzy.

Sources close to Drake, however, told TMZ that the claim is total nonsense and that the Young Money rapper does own a Rose Gold Rolex—the same one he wears on the cover of his sophomore album, Take Care—but vows that he bought it directly from Rolex himself. Furthermore, the source adds that Drake never received a watch from the midtown jeweler named in the case.

Still, McMillan is sticking to his guns. He alleges that the drama started last year, when he brought his prized timepiece in for a cleaning. He claims the owner told him that he loved the watch so much that he was wearing it. McMillan went back a week later, only to allegedly be told that his watch was gone and later learn that it was allegedly sold to Drake.

“He goes back to the store and confronts them and they confirmed that the watch was sold,” McMillan’s lawyer, Claudine King, told The Post.

A lawyer for Rafaello & Co says that’s not true.

“I believe the allegations in this lawsuit will be proven to be without merit,” Mark Rosenfeld told the same newspaper.

Drake is currently on his Club Paradise Tour.—Jakinder Singh (XXLmag.com)

Jay-Z Partners With Duracell To Bring Powermat Technology to 40/40 Club

As DX reported, Jay-Z is now a spokesperson for Duracell’s Powermat technology. The Marcy emcee and the Duracell company are now announcing their “Wireless Power Nation” campaign.

Powermat is an apparatus that allows users to charge cell phones wirelessly by placing it on a mat.

Jay-Z has promised to add this device to his 40/40 Club as part of this partnership. The mats will look like coasters but they will also charge users’ cell phones.

“People will be able to charge wirelessly on embedded ‘wireless power hot spots’ in public venues where they travel and interact throughout their day,” notes Powermat CEO Ron Rabinowitz, in an interview with Mashable. “All they will need to do is put their phone on the table, same thing they normally do. The only difference is that now, their smartphones will get charged from the table.”

Aside from Jay-Z, Powermat has partnered with Chevrolet in this endeavor and Chevrolet cars will also have this technology in their new Volt vehicles. This system reportedly costs $100.(hiphopdx.com)

Waka Flocka Calls Out Rick Ross For Snagging His ‘Sound’

Waka Flocka Flame has some words for fellow rapper Rick Ross.

Waka Flocka Flame doesn’t dabble in rap politics. The outspoken Atlanta rap star hasn’t yet mastered the art of being diplomatic and he most likely never will. In his most recent interview with Complex magazine, Waka weighed in on Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rick Ross and other rappers he feels have capitalized off of his rowdy, down-bottom sound.

“What are y’all gonna say now? Jay-Z stupid as hell? My sound is wack? You gonna say that? They love the sound. They can’t run away from it. That s–t re-sparked n—as’ careers. My sound put life into a lot of people’s careers. I feel like my sound changed hip-hop. Period,” Waka told the magazine. “It’s crazy when I came out with it, everybody laughed at it, but the next year everybody’s doing it. They getting credit for the sh– you started. You be like, ‘Damn, how is this n—a a genius for doing something I started?’ ”

Flocka first emerged in 2009 with “O Let’s Do It,” a riot-starting jam fueled by a mix of sporadic horn stabs and thumping bass. His next single, the Lex Luger-produced “Hard in the Paint,” would introduce rap fans to a refreshing-yet-schizophrenic sound. By 2010, the horrific synth lines and kinetic drum patterns became rap’s hottest sound and Luger one of the most in-demand producers.

Kanye tapped Waka’s sound scientist on the Throne’s “H.A.M.” single. Rick Ross, who first collaborated with Waka on his “O Let’s Do It” remix, went on to make a number of hits with Lex, most notably “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).” In just two years, Luger has crafted tracks with Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Wale, Mac Miller and Ace Hood. Waka, who will release his new album Triple F Life on Tuesday, doesn’t mention Ross by name, but suggests that the Maybach Music boss swiped his signature sound.

“This n—a out here making 30 f—ing songs with your sound,” Flocka charged. “He watering it down, just putting words together that sounded good. Sh– would be harder if it was the truth.”

Thirty songs may be a stretch, but still Waka is not flattered by what he sees as imitation. “That sh– made me tight. N—as built labels off our sound — like, literally. You know how many n—as sound like Lex Luger and Southside?” he asked rhetorically, referencing his second in-house producer Southside. “I go in n—as’ studios, all their beats sound like my producers. I be like, What the f—?” (mtv.com)


Chris Brown feat. Snoop Dog & 2 Chainz – Oh Yeah

Lloyd Banks feat Vado – We Run This Town

French Montana feat Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne – Pop That

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James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond Found Guilty On All Charges, Faces Life In Prison

The drug conspiracy case of Hip-Hop executive and former manager of several prominent music and entertainment stars, James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, has come to an expected close today after jurors found the Czar Entertainment mogul guilty on 13 counts of drug charges. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn Federal Court built a case alleging that Rosemond headed a $10 million-per-year coke operation dubbed loosely as the “Rosemond Organization,” a multi-state drug operation that involved key players in the Hip-Hop world.

After weeks of testimony and several public admissions of drug involvement from Henchman’s camp, the Rosemond defense team was fighting an uphill battle in challenging the government’s case. An exclusive quote from AllHipHop, who has been covering the case from the start, captured the the defense’s dissatisfaction with  the verdict.

“I am very disappointed by the verdict,” Rosemond’s lawyer Gerald Shargel said to AllHipHop. “There were a lot of reasons to doubt the government’s case.”

Rosemond’s case read like a Hip-Hop crime saga with rappers such as Game and Slim Da Mobster alleged to have been indirectly involved with the operation. Other explosive details include Rosemond using Interscope Records offices to carry out drug and cash transactions, while the Czar Entertainment CEO was also accused of erecting an elaborate system of coke delivery via music crates between Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta.

Rosemond once managed the careers of Mike Tyson, Sheek Louch, Brandy, Akon and Gucci Mane among others under his Czar Entertainment management firm. Rosemond, facing life in prison, will be sentenced at an unconfirmed date.(hiphopwired.com)

Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Conspiring To Distribute Marijuana

 Kareem “Biggs” Burke, who is most famously known as one of the co-founders of Roc-A-Fella, was sentenced earlier today (June 5) to five years in prison for conspiring to distribute over 100 kilos of marijuana.

The NY Daily News is reporting that Burke, 38, “was snared in a federal drug sting called “Operation Green Venom,” which targeted a trafficking ring that controlled most of the wholesale pot market in the city.” The drug sting led to the arrests of over 50 people involved.

Reports state that Burke swore to Manhattan Federal Court Judge Loretta Swain that the two would never see each other in court again. She responded, “Nothing personal, but I’m going to keep you to that promise.”

Back in October of 2010, Burke, along with 40 others, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for their involvement with a narcotic ring at the time. Special Agent Jim Hayes told the NY Post at the time of arrest regarding the narcotics ring, “It was transported in bulk from Florida to New York. From there it was divvied up among three main cells in the NYC-area and distributed to their clients. As the investigation continues, we want to make sure that other rival networks or other co-conspirators cannot use the same tools.”

Burke, along with Dame Dash and Jay-Z, co-founded Roc-A-Fella records in 1996. The business trio went there separate ways in 2004 where Jay-Z eventually landed his own situation with his current label, RocNation, while Dash created DD172. (allhiphop.com)

50 Cent To Appear On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ From Grandmother’s House

A cornerstone of his rap career, 50 Cent has had his share of beefs over the years, but one of his more hilarious spats is finally being put to rest. Yes, the entrepreneur and G-Unit general is making peace with none other than Oprah Winfrey on an upcoming episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

The show, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Sunday, will feature the iconic host in an exclusive interview with 50 taking place at his grandmother’s house. The powwow has been years in the making as Curtis originally mocked Oprah’s lack of guest diversity back in 2006.

“I think she caters to older white women,” Jackson said at the time to Associated Press. “Oprah’s audience is my audience’s parents. So, I could care less about Oprah or her show.”

More recently, visiting “The View,” 50 said that he named his dog Oprah so he could learn to love something with her name. “It started out negative ’cause I thought Oprah didn’t like hip-hop culture,” he said earlier this year. “I got the dog and now I love Oprah.”

Even the trailer for the interview mentions “years of feuding rumors,” but we’re sure the air will be cleared when the sit-down airs this Sunday (June 10). (mtv.com)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. To Jail: Boxer’s Sentence Set To Begin At Las Vegas’ Clark County Detention Center


LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be one of the richest prizefighters ever.

But the unbeaten five-division champion who goes by the nickname “Money” is about to trade life in a posh five-bedroom Las Vegas home for almost three months in a cell about one-third the size of a small boxing ring.

Mayweather is scheduled to surrender Friday before a Las Vegas judge who sentenced him for his guilty plea to reduced domestic battery charges in a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack in September 2010 on the mother of three of his children.

Mayweather’s legal and ring advisers didn’t respond to messages Thursday about his scheduled Friday morning surrender before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa.

As a high-profile inmate, police say Mayweather, 35, probably will serve most of his time in a small solo cell. There is floor space for sit-ups and push-ups. But Mayweather’s stint in the high-rise Clark County Detention Center is expected to limit his ability to train for another fight.

At least for the first week, Mayweather will be segregated for his protection from the other 3,200 inmates in the downtown Las Vegas facility, police Officer Bill Cassell said this week.

Mayweather won’t have a TV in his cell, and Cassell said televisions in jail dining areas probably won’t carry the June 9 pay-per-view WBO welterweight fight between Mayweather rival Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden arena.

Mayweather’s lawyers, Karen Winckler and Richard Wright, have said they didn’t plan to seek another postponement or delay.

The judge sentenced Mayweather on Dec. 22, then later allowed him to remain free long enough to fight Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas.

Mayweather was accompanied into the ring by entertainers Justin Bieber and 50 Cent before winning the Cinco de Mayo weekend bout and a guaranteed $32 million. Cotto was paid $8 million.

Saragosa said when she sentenced Mayweather that she was particularly troubled that he threatened and hit ex-girlfriend Josie Harris while their two sons watched. The boys were 10 and 8 at the time. The older boy ran out a back door to fetch a security guard in the gated community.

However, the judge accepted the deal that had Mayweather plead guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery and no contest to two harassment charges. Prosecutors dropped felony and misdemeanor charges that could have gotten Mayweather 34 years in prison if he had been convicted on all counts.

Mayweather’s jail stay will be capped at 87 days, because the judge gave him credit for three days previously served. It could be reduced by several weeks for good behavior, Cassell said Thursday.

Mayweather also was ordered to complete a yearlong domestic violence counseling program, 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.

Harris and the three children now live in Southern California. Her lawyer, Charles Kelly, declined to comment Thursday.

Mayweather will be housed in a standard administrative segregation cell no larger than 7-by-12 feet, with a bunk, stainless steel toilet and sink, a steel and wood desk with a permanently bolted stool and two small vertical windows with opaque safety glass.

The cell will be a far cry from Mayweather’s nearly 12,800-square-foot, two-story mansion on a cul de sac in an exclusive guarded community several miles south of the Las Vegas Strip. Mayweather’s home has two garages, five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a swimming pool and hot tub overlooking a golf course.

Mayweather could have about an hour a day out of his cell with access to an exercise yard, Cassell said. Depending on his behavior, the boxer could later get several hours a day for exercise with other inmates also being held in protective custody.

He’ll get a standard-issue blue jail jumpsuit with the letters CCDC and orange slippers.

Mayweather will be able to deposit money into a jail account to purchase snacks, soap and personal hygiene items from the jail commissary. (huffingtonpost.com)

Nicki Minaj Upset About Fan’s Murder In Japan, Says Dancers Not Involved

Nicki Minaj performed a sold out stop on her Pink Friday tour in Japan last week, but a few hours after the concert, one of her fans was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room. After finding out about the gruesome crime, the YMCMB rapper took to Twitter to address the tragedy and deny rumors that one of her dancers was involved in the case.

“Saddened to learn one of my precious fans; found tragically murdered in Japan. My love & prayers are with the family of Nicola Furlong,” Nicki wrote on Thursday (May 31).

The 21-year-old fan, a foreign exchange student from Dublin City University in Ireland, was found dead in a Tokyo hotel room after attending Minaj’s show at Zepp Tokyo a few hours earlier.

An early report on PerezHilton.com stated that Furlong and her friend Sarah Maher linked up with Minaj’s backup dancer James Blackston and another musician, Larry Perry, after the show, heading to the men’s hotel rooms. Furlong was later found strangled to death in the room, while Maher reported that she was sexually assaulted by both men in a taxi.

After sending her condolences to the slain fan’s family, Minaj addressed rumors that her dancer was involved, tweeting directly at the celebrity gossip blogger. “My dancers had nothing to do w/this tragedy. No one in my entourage was questioned or arrested. They all flew home from Japan,” she wrote. “That person on your [site] is NOT my dancer. We do NOT know the men in custody. Too much misleading information.”

According to IrishCentral, Tokyo police have released a statement confirming that they arrested two American men in connection with the crime. James Blackston, 26, and an unidentified 19-year-old have been taken into custody. “These two men allegedly took advantage of a female unable to resist due to the fact she was in a comatose state from a highly alcoholic beverage,” the report states, adding, “As that is an indecent act, they have been charged with quasi forcible indecency.”

The police also confirm Maher’s story of being harassed in the taxi, noting, “On a taxi ride between Shibuya and Shinjuku, they took advantage of a woman by touching her body.”

Furlong’s body is expected to arrive in her hometown of Curracloe, Ireland, on Thursday, where she will be laid to rest. The 21-year-old was studying at the Takasaki City University of Economics in Takasaki, Japan. (mtv.com)

Lil Wayne Says He’s Not Wanted In Oklahoma City Thunder’s Arena, Team Responds

by Andres Vasquez

Although Lil Wayne wanted to attend NBA’s Western Conference Semi-Finals in Oklahoma City, he didn’t get a chance to purchase tickets, according to his reps. The YMCMB emcee said he was “denied by the team” but the team responded with a statement.

“Was going to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena,” Wayne tweeted.

Mack Maine, Young Money’s president, shared that a ticket broker explained the matter to him.

“He finally just let me know, they not really tryin’ to sell tickets to him,” he told MTV. “They said they’ll give him some tickets on the front row behind but they’re not really tryin’ to have him sittin’ courtside.”

Team representative Dan Mahoney denied this to AP. Mahoney explained that Oklahoma City sold out every home game they have played this season and that front row seats were not available. He also noted, “We’d love to have him at a game, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket.”

Beyond this, Maine says they weren’t providing Wayne with special parking or an escort.

“Why would you actually want to cause pandemonium? That’s gonna make it harder for your security,” he noted. “We’re not no prima donnas, but that’s just common sense, for our safety and the safety of your building. We were basically just tryin’ to take our brother to the game.” (hiphopdx.com)


Jay Z & Kanye West ft Frank Ocean – No Church In The Wild

Nas – Daughters


Meek Mill ft Rick Ross – Black Magic


Lil Wayne – Sasaraf





Gucci Mane Ordered To Pay Over $200K To Jeweler

Gucci Mane will be forced to fork over more than $270,000, after a jewelry company won a default judgment against the Atlanta rapper.

TMZ.com reports that A&A Diamonds filed a lawsuit against the rapper in Henry County, Georgia earlier this year.

According to the lawsuit, Gucci Mane borrowed a $130,000 diamond pinky ring and a bracelet and necklace valued at $110,000.

Gucci Mane had 15 days to pay for the jewelry and only put down a total of $40,000.

A&A won a default judgment of $274,523, since Gucci Mane never showed up in court.

A lien has been placed on the rapper’s property. (allhiphop.com)

DMX Announces Undisputed Tour Dates

By Carter Maness

Veteran rapper DMX is focused on a big 2012 comeback and he’s announced a set of tour dates to preview his upcoming Undisputed album. The leading Ruff Ryder will tour across the U.S. throughout June and early July, hitting everywhere from New York to Hawaii.

“We are excited to get back on the road for his ‘Undisputed: Weigh In’ promo tour this summer,” said Jason Fowler, DMX’s manager. “This project has been a long time coming and the DOG is definitely back. In all we think that this promo run will end up being between 30-40 cities across the U.S. and we’re planning a full U.S. tour this fall.”

X recently released the Weigh In EP, which he intended as a preview for the Undisputed full-length. “Everywhere I go people are like, ‘When’s the album droppin” When’s the album dropping’? I’m sitting on like three albums right now, but ya know, just what it’s gonna be like,” DMX told MTV News two weeks ago.

Check out the initial Undisputed tour dates after the jump.

June 1 – Cincinnati, OH – Inner Circle

June 2 – Minneapolis, MN – Epic Event Center

June 8 – Albany, NY – Northern Lights

June 9 – Detroit, MI – Date With Nas

June 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts

June 14 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva

June 15 – Raleigh, NC – Starbar

June 16 – Jamaica, NY – Amazura

June 21 – Hyannis, MA – Pufferbelliess

June 22 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall

June 24 – Allentown, PA – Croc Rock

June 30 – Honolulu, Hawaii – Blaisdell Hall

July 6 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live

July 8 – Orlando, FL – Firestone

July 10 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall (mtv.com)

Rico Beats Addresses Producing Exodus 23:1 For Pusha T

by Slava Kuperstein

If Pusha T meant for “Exodus 23:1” to be a diss, Rico Beats didn’t find out until the fans did.

In an interview with MTV News, the producer insists that he heard no indication that Pusha was going at Drake or Lil Wayne on the song, as has been widely speculated.

“Honestly, when we were in the room listening to that record, I didn’t hear none of these guys’ names brought up,” he said. “It was none of that. Dream got in his zone and he went in the booth. Pusha got his pen, like I didn’t hear nobody mentioned.”

Regardless of Pusha’s intentions, Lil Wayne wasted no time responding, first via Twitter, then by releasing “Goulish,” on which the Young Money general name-checks Pusha. Since then, Pusha’s brother No Malice has responded via Twitter, seemingly referring to a mid-2000s photo of Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records CEO Birdman kissing.

Rico revealed that Pusha requested something dark for the album, and found inspiration in a Notorious B.I.G. classic. “I went down to the studio and I was just listening to Biggie. I was just playin’ pure Biggie. So [“What’s Beef”] came on and once I heard [B.I.G.’s] ‘ha-ha-ha-ha’ [vocal] I was like, ‘Oh shit.'”

Rico has confirmed that he will continue to collaborate with Pusha T in the future. (hiphopdx.com)

Nike Reveals Reptilian Design for Kanye West’s Air Yezzy II Shoes

It’s no secret that Kanye West loves to be fashionably relevant. From setting clothing trends worldwide, to partaking in Fashion Week events in Paris, France, West has embraced the fashion world with open arms.

His “kicks” game is apparently no exception, as Nike revealed the intricate design for his Air Yeezy II shoes, seeking to blend classic Nike court breakthroughs with the performance and aesthetic demand of West himself.

The shoes feature skived anaconda-textured, leather quarter panels, complimented with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh.

The molded rear is sculpted with a reptilian inspired spike, while an engineered strap with scaled down spikes was developed to offer a greater sense of symmetry and lock down.

Nike sought to celebrate the iconic Nike cross-training silhouettes, with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.

Inspiration for the shoe came from the late 1980s basketball shoes and the original Nike Air Yeezy, and is built on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole.

The foot-hugging tongue and plush collar were made with comfortable and breathability in mind, while both parties sought to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to West’s foot, while lowering the collar.

Kanye and Nike’s obsessive approach to materials resulted in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon, and soft nubuck.

The shoes are completed with hieroglyphics that spells out ‘YZY’ on the forefoot strap.

Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II.’

The Nike Air Yeezy II in the Platinum and Black editions will release June 9 at select global retailers in limited numbers. (allhiphop.com)


Meek Mill Feat. Gucci Mane – Audemar




Pusha T feat The Dream – Exodus 23:1 (Video)




Juvenile Ft. Rick Ross – Power (Video)

Pusha T Fires Shots At Drake & Young Chop , Lil Wayne Reponds On Twitter

Last night, Pusha T released his new cut “Exodus 23:1” believed to be aimed at Drake and Young Chop.

Over a ghostly beat, the G.O.O.D. Music signee takes square aim at Drizzy with lines including, “Beef is when you hide behind them other niggas / But they ain’t killers, they ain’t pullin’ them triggers, fuck niggas.”

He made reference to Drake’s recording contract, most likely referring to the fact that he’s signed to Lil Wayne, who is signed to Birdman whose label is housed under Universal Music. “Contract all fucked / Explain up I guess that means you all fucked up / You signed to one nigga that signed to another nigga that’s signed to three niggas / Now that’s bad luck,” he raps.

Young Chop, on the other hand, got a one-off couplet about his issue with Kanye West remaking his beat for the remix of Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like.” “You can keep your beats, nigga / We’d much rather share your bitch, nigga, bitch nigga,” he spits.

Wayne has already outright responded to the comments. “Fuk pusha t and anybody that love em,” he tweeted.

@LilTunechi Lil Wayne WEEZY F Fuk pusha t and anybody that love em May 24 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply  (hiphopdx)

Brooklyn Residents Sign Petition to Rename Park in MCA’s Name

Residents of late Beastie Boys’ member, Adam “MCA” Yauch, want a New York City park renamed in honor of the fallen rapper. And Yauch’s hometown of Brooklyn is representing in a major way by signing a petition.

The petition, which recently went viral on Facebook, has the aim to change the name of the Squibb Park, in Brooklyn Heights, to Adam Yauch Park. The post stated that that park is in the process of being converted into a skateboarding facility and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s gateway.

MCA and the Beastie boys have had ties to the skateboarding community for a long time, being featured in many classic skate videos and having their own signature skateboard decks. In 1994, Yauch worked with director Spike Jonze, a former BMX rider and skateboarder, for the Beastie Boys’ music video, “Sabotage.”

Across from the park is Harry Chapin Playground, named after the rocker who, like Yauch, was also a native of Brooklyn Heights. Previously, XXLMag.com reported about a mural that was painted in Brooklyn in tribute of MCA.

Yauch died on May 4 after a three-year bout with cancer. He became a vegan at the recommendations of his Tibetan doctors shortly after his diagnosis. Yauch’s death sent shockwaves through the hip-hop community with the likes of Eminem, Nas and Jay-Z all sending their messages of heartfelt condolences.

The Beasties went on to win multiple Grammys and became the third hip-hop group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Yauch is survived by both his wife and daughter.—Christopher Minaya (xxlmag)

Big Fun” Showcases Early LL Cool J, Doug E Fresh

Dutch filmmaker Bram van Splunteren has re-released his rarely-seen hip-hop documentary, “Big Fun in the Big Town,” a film that was originally shot in 1986 and that captures several hip hop legends in New York City in the mid-80s. Some of the film’s most memorable moments feature LL Cool J discussing writing love raps, Doug E Fresh beatboxing in Harlem and Grandmaster Flash scratching records on his living room table.

The film was originally broadcast on Dutch Public television and now 5 Day Weekend has made the footage available worldwide commercially. The DVD was released this week.

“I discovered rap thanks to one of the first Beastie Boys 12 inches, ‘She’s On It’ [from the soundtrack of 1985 film, Krush Groove],” he explained to AllHipHop.  “And shortly after that I got an offer to direct six music documentaries. Big Fun was the first to be completed and my very first documentary for Dutch national television. In the same year, I did one about Iggy Pop. Both were filmed in the USA. And in the next year, I filmed docs on Nick Cave, John Hiatt, and Liverpool. I also documented The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first European tour in 1987 as they traveled Europe in a small van. I was the first filmmaker to make a documentary about them and I filmed them on several occasions afterwards.” (hiphopblog)


Wale & Meek Mill feat. French Montana – Actin Up

Fat Joe feat Kanye West, Miguel, Jadakiss, Mos Def, DJ Khaled, Roscoe Dash & Busta Rhymes

Kanye West,Beyonce Lead 2012 BET Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 2012 BET Awards have been announced, and it’s no surprise that Kanye West, Beyonce, Drake, Nicki Minaj and a few of the usual suspects are leading the pack. Check out the list of nominees after the jump.

Best Female R&B Artist

• Marsha Ambrosius • Beyoncé • Mary J. Blige • Melanie Fiona • Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist

• Chris Brown • Bruno Mars • Miguel • Trey Songz • Usher

Best Group

• Bad Meets Evil • Diddy-Dirty Money • Maybach Music Group • Mindless Behavior • The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration

• Beyoncé featuring J. Cole, “Party” • Big Sean featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash, “Marvin & Chardonnay” • DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, “I’m On One” • Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, “The Motto” • The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, “Otis” • Wale featuring Miguel, “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

• Big Sean • Drake • J. Cole • Lil Wayne • Rick Ross • Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

• Diamond • Nicki Minaj • Brianna Perry • Trina

Video of the Year

• Beyoncé, “Countdown” • Beyoncé, “Love On Top” • The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West), “N—as in Paris” • The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, “Otis” • Usher, “Climax”

Video Director of the Year

• Beyoncé & Alan Ferguson • Benny Boom • Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez • Kanye West • Hype Williams

Best New Artist

• A$AP Rocky • Big Sean • Diggy • Future • Meek Mill

Best Gospel

• Yolanda Adams • Kim Burrell • James Fortune & FIYA • Fred Hammond • Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Actress

• Angela Bassett • Viola Davis • Taraji P. Henson • Regina King • Zoe Saldana

Best Actor

• Don Cheadle • Common • Idris Elba • Kevin Hart • Denzel Washington

Young Stars Award

• Astro • Diggy • Jacob Latimore • Keke Palmer • Willow Smith

Best Movie

• Good Deeds • Jumping the Broom • Laugh at My Pain • Red Tails • The Help

Subway Sportswoman of the Year

• Skylar Diggins • Brittney Griner • Candace Parker • Serena Williams • Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year

• Carmelo Anthony • Kobe Bryant • Victor Cruz • Kevin Durant • LeBron James

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

• Beyoncé, “Love on Top” • Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music” • Drake featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga, “The Motto” • Mindless Behavior, “Hello” • The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) featuring Otis Redding, “Otis” • Wale featuring Miguel, “Lotus Flower Bomb”

Centric Award

• Common • Estelle • Robert Glasper • Robin Thicke • Tyrese

Best International Act: Africa

• Camp Mulla (Kenya) • Ice Prince (Nigeria) • Lira (South Africa) • Mokobe (Mali) • Sarkodie (Ghana) • Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best International Act: U.K.

• Estelle • Labrinth • Emeli Sandé • Sway • Wretch 32 (mtv.com)


Lupe Fiasco & Pete Rock Settle Differences, Plan To Collaborate

The short lived feud between Lupe Fiasco and Pete Rock is officially over. Both parties took to social media to announce that they spoke to each other and settled their differences stemming from Lupe Fiasco’s latest single, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” wholesale sampling Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” classic.

“I just got off da phone lupe, we worked out our differences and we bout to get it in,” tweeted the Chocolate Boy Wonder last night. “Gonna be epic and we gonna give Troy and hev the proper respect they deserve and make history with lupe.”

As for Fiasco, he tweeted: “Shout to the Friends&Family for bringing some internal closure to this…all g on this side Pete…Big Chuck whaddup…#MyGodFoRealListen

Yesterday, Lupe was on Chicago radio and revealed that Pete’s disdain for his track took him by surprise because he (or his people) reached out to the producer for his blessing. Now that the two have actually spoken, the prospect of the pair creating a track to honor Troy “Trouble T-Roy” Dixon and Heavy D will have the Hip-Hop world anxiously waiting to hear what these two talents cook up.

But wait, did anyone ask CL Smooth what he thinks? (hiphopwired.com)


2 Chainz Says Arrest Over Four-Finger Ring Was Am Attempt To “Assassinate My Sawg”

2 Chainz was arrested yesterday afternoon for having a four-finger ring in his carry-on case while traveling through LaGuardia Airport in New York City, New York. Shortly after his release from prison, Tity Boi hopped on the phone with MTV News to explain the situation and how it was an attempt to “assassinate my swag.”

“They tried to assassinate my character, they tried to assassinate my swag,” he said. “It was just a negative dilemma earlier with someone misconstruing a piece of jewelry for a weapon and stuff. They locked me up for it, which is an experience I haven’t had in a while. I don’t do jail things anymore.”

The Southern rapper said that the policemen took away his Louis Vuitton case that holds his jewelry. While in prison, some inmates recognized who he was, leading policemen to have a change of heart about how they were treating him.

“Yeah they took it from me, they took the Louis [Vuitton] case that I actually keep the jewelry in, they took that. I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “Me just trying to explain it was getting too frustrating, me just trying to explain my occupation and then when they finally got to the jail and everybody knew who I was then they started calling their kids and putting me on the phone with their kids. It was like a weird experience.” (hiphopdx.com)

New Music

Cash Out Ft. Akon, Young Jeezy, Fabolous & Yo Gotti – Cashin Out (Remix)


Ludacris – Jingalin’

Rick Ross Ft. Meek Mill – So Sophisticated