T.I. Defends Tiny/Heavy D tribute ft. Big Daddy Kane Doug E. Fresh & co./Kanye,Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars leads Grammys/Common dis Drake?/Drake manages to leave/ New Mullyman & Young Jeezy

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Hip Hop News, Videos

T.I. Covers Vibe; Defends Tiny, Anti-Gays And Gives Bin Laden’s Death the Side Eye

Necole Bitchie

Vibe magazine chose The King of the South, T.I to cover their year end issue. Inside, he talks about everything from Bin Laden’s death being a hoax, Americans first amendment rights and his belief that the gay community can be sensitive at times. Tip also became a little defensive while addressing the criticism his wife Tiny received for not taking any drug charges, which he served time in prison for. Check out an excerpt below:

On The legitimacy of Osama’s death
If that really happened…. Man, I’m a conspiracy theorist by nature. You can’t experience the federal penal system and not be somewhat skeptical.

T.I. on all Americans having equal rights
Man, I will say this, the funniest joke I ever heard Tracy say during a stand-up was, ‘C’mon man, I think gay people are too sensitive. If you can take a d*ck, you can take a joke.’ [Cracks up laughing.] That sh*t was funny to me. And it’s kind of true.’ While T.I. makes clear that he supports anyone’s sexual preference, he then connects, in his opinion, a current oversensitivity among gay people with a consequential and ironic offense of the First Amendment. “They’re like,‘If you have an opinion against us, we’re gonna shut you down.’ … That’s not American. If you’re gay you should have the right to be gay in peace, and if you’re against it you should have the right to be against it in peace.’

T.I. on people criticizing Tiny for not taking the drug charge
I’ma tell you, 50 Cent and anybody else, we not gonna have no discussion about what my ole lady shoulda, woulda, coulda done for anything as it pertains to me,” begins his rant. “We ain’t gonn’a do that. I’m the only one in my family that’s gonna take a lick when it pertains to the legal system. Since me, none of my other family members have seen a jail cell. Nobody. I’m the last one. The buck stops here. I feel that a person that stands behind [his woman for a criminal charge] is a coward anyway.

I doubt she would have gotten any time
She wasn’t gonna catch it period, ’cause I’m there. That wasn’t even a consideration. Even if she asked me to I would’ve been like, “Nah, you trippin’. “

So you didn’t feel you were more valuable to your family, employees and business partners on the street?
That’s a discussion between me and another man. Not with the mother of my children. Not with the nurturer of my household.

The issue will be available everywhere December 6th.

Via Vibe

New Music: T.I. “Pyro”

Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow & More Tribute Heavy D At Soul Train Awards


During the 2011 Soul Train Awards, a group of rappers including Naughty By Nature, Big Daddy Kane, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, Goodie Mob and Kurtis Blow paid tribute to the late Heavy D with a performance of some of his hits.

The performance, which aired November 27 during the taped ceremony, saw Goodie Mob and Naughty By Nature performing “Mr. Big Stuff (Remix),” while Big Daddy Kane graced the mic for “The Overweight Lover’s in the House.” Kurtis Blow appeared at the end of the tribute to chant the chorus from “Nuttin’ But Love,” bigging up the fallen rapper.

Watch the tribute below.

via Hiphopdx.com

Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne Lead Nominations at 54th Annual Grammy Awards


Hip-hip has a lot to look forward to this year at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Rappers like Nicki Minaj, Weezy and Drake are up for multiple awards. But the leader of the pack comes from Chicago. Kanye West leads with seven nominations, including “Song of the Year” for “All of the Lights.” Adele and Bruno Mars follow up with six nominations each, while Lil’ Wayne receives five nods. Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Drake round out with four nominations each.

Check the full list of nominees here.

Album of the Year
21 – Adele
Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Wasting LightFoo Fighters
Loud – Rihanna

Record of the Year
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“Grenade” – Bruno Mars
“Holocene” – Bon Iver
“The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
“Firework” – Katy Perry

Song of the Year
“Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
“Holocene” – Bon Iver
“Grenade” – Bruno Mars
“The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, & Fergie

Best New Artist
Bon Iver
The Band Perry
Nicki Minaj
J. Cole

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Someone Like You” – Adele
“Yoü And I” – Lady Gaga
“Grenade” – Bruno Mars
“Firework” – Katy Perry
“F***in’ Perfect” – Pink

Best Pop Vocal Album
21 – Adele
The Lady Killer – Cee Lo Green
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
Loud – Rihanna

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals
“Body And Soul” – Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
“Dearest” – The Black Keys
“Paradise” – Coldplay
“Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster The People
“Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
“Airplanes II” — B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
“Imagine” — Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
“If It Wasn’t For Bad” — Elton John & Leon Russell
“Telephone” — Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
“California Gurls” — Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best R&B Performance
“Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius
“Pieces Of Me” – Ledisi
“Not My Daddy” – Kelly Price & Stokley
“Is This Love” – Corinne Bailey Rae
“You Are” – Charlie Wilson

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Sometimes I Cry” – Eric Benét
“Fool For You” – Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
“Radio Message” – R. Kelly
“Good Man” – Raphael Saadiq
“Surrender” – Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Song
“Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius
“Fool For You” – Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
“Not My Daddy” – Kelly Price
“Pieces Of Me” – Ledisi
“You Are” – Charlie Wilson

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E. – Chris Brown
Second Chance – El DeBarge
Love Letter – R. Kelly
Pieces of Me – Ledisi
Kelly – Kelly Price

Best Rap Performance
“Look At Me Now” – Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Otis” – Jay-Z & Kanye West
“The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco
“Moment 4 Life” – Nicki Minaj & Drake
“Black And Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Party” – Beyoncé & André 3000
“I’m On One” – DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
“I Need A Doctor” – Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“What’s My Name?” – Rihanna & Drake
“Motivation” – Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie

Best Rap Song
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
“Black And Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa
“I Need A Doctor” – Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey
“Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
“Otis” – Jay-Z & Kanye West
“The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco

Best Rap Album
Watch the Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West
Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne
Lasers – Lupe Fiasco
Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

via Vibe.com

Common Clarifies Alleged Alleged Diss Towards Drake On “Sweet”

by Steven J. Horowitz

On his cut “Sweet,” Common takes aimless shots at “soft” rappers, rhyming, “Y’all niggas man, y’all soft motherfuckers / Singing all around me man, la la la / You ain’t motherfucking Frank Sinatra / Uh, lil’ bitch / Sweet ass motherfucker.”

While many believed this was a diss directed at Drake, Common recently spoke with V103 Atlanta’s The Frank and Wanda Morning Show where he clarified the lyrics.

“Some people have been saying that, but on that song, I’m just talking about whoever the cap fits. I’m talking about rappers out there that’s soft and doing the same thing. So if the cap fits, then that’s who it is,” he said “That’s all it is. It’s whoever the cap fits, then let ‘em wear it. I think it’s a lot of creative artists out there. I think Drake makes some good music.”

Naming Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Lil Wayne as contemporaries whose music he enjoys, Com said anyone who catches feelings from the cut are the ones he’s dissing. “On the song ‘Sweet’ – which we did the video for, too, in Haiti, we just put that out – a lot of rappers may feel it. And if they feel it, then that’s who I’m talking about.”

Watch the full interview below.

 via Hiphopdx.com

Common “Sweet”

Drake Splits With Popular Management Company Hip Hop Since 1978

by Grouchy Greg

Toronto, Canada based rapper Drake has split with his American management team Hip Hop Since 1978, and has hired the William Morris Agency to represent him.

The rap star, who is still signed to Cash Money Records, also fired his booking agents International Creative Management due to a difference in opinion on various business matters.

A source told the New York Postthat Drake cleaned house for a number of reasons.

“Drake just felt like there were too many hands in his pockets,” the source told The Post. “He was getting pulled in too many different directions.”

Hip Hop Since 1978 is a management company comprised of some of the industry’s top managers and employs veterans like Al Branch, Cortez Bryant, Kinky “B” Ellerbee and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua and Gee Roberson.

The company manages a number of superstar rappers, including Young Jeezy, T.I., Lil Wayne, Just Blaze and Kanye West.

According to rumors, Drake and Kanye West are at odds, which could explain the Canadian rapper’s departure from the Hip Hop Since 1978 camp, although neither artist has substantiated the reports.

Via Allhiphop.com

New Music

Young Jeezy feat. Freddie Gibbs & Eminem “Talk to Me”

Mullyman ft. Jazz of Dru Hill “Beautiful”


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