Nicki Minaj album playlist/ Mc Lyte beef?

Posted: March 24, 2012 in Hip Hop News

Nicki Minaj Reveals Tracklisting For “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”; Hits Stores April 3

By JP DelaCuesta

Young Money’s Nicki Minaj recently revealed the tracklisting for her sophomore studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is scheduled to hit stores on April 3.

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded features 17 tracks while the deluxe edition will contain 22. Young Money founder Lil Wayne is featured on the album twice, while Drake, despite having crafted several certified hits with Nicki in the past, appears only on the highly-anticipated track “Champion” alongside Nas and Young Jeezy.

Other features on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded come from Cam’Ron, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Bobby V. and Beenie Man.

Production is said to come from the likes of Hit-Boy, Dr. Luke, Alex Da Kid, Ester Dean, Rico Beats and RedOne who produced Nicki’s current single “Starships.”

Check out a full tracklisting for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded below:

1. Roman Holiday

2. Come On A Cone

3. I Am Your Leader ft. Cam’ron & Rick Ross

4. Beez In The Trap ft. 2 Chainz

5. HOV Lane

6. Roman Reloaded ft. Lil Wayne

7. Champion ft. Nas, Drake & Young Jeezy

8. Right By My Side ft. Chris Brown

9. Sex In the Lounge ft. Lil Wayne & Bobby V.

10. Starships

11. Pound The Alarm

12. Whip It

13. Automatic

14. Beautiful Sinner

15. Marilyn Monroe

16. Young Forever

17. Fire Burns

18. Gun Shot ft. Beenie Man

19. Stupid Hoe

Deluxe Edition

20. Turn Me On

21. Va Va Voom

22. Masquerade (AllHipHop)

The Beastie Boys To Be Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame By Chuck D

By JP DelaCuesta

It was recently announced that 25 years after their Def Jam debut album Licensed To Ill was released, Brooklyn rapping trio The Beastie Boys will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fameby Chuck D of Public Enemy.

The induction ceremony, which takes place on April 14th, will air on HBO at 9 p.m. on May 5th and will include, along with The Beastie Boys, the induction of acts Small Faces, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Laura Nyro.

Throughout their career Mike D, MCA, Ad-Rock and Mix Master Mike have released eight studio albums, garnered 10 Grammy Award-nominations, three of which they won, and have been nominated for over 15 MTV Music Awards.

The group’s last release, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, which hit stores in 2011 featured the hit records “Make Some Noise” and “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” featuring Santigold.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on May 5th at 9 p.m. on HBO. (AllHipHop)

MC Lyte Responds To Tyler, The Creator’s “Dykes” Diss and Discusses Her Motivational Memoir

By Paul W. Arnold

When the legendary MC Lyte is ready to record a new full-length album hopefully she’ll consider the title “Grown & Gracious” for it, because that’s just what the foremother to every female emcee that’s stepped on the scene over the last 25 years came across as during her discussion with HipHopDX yesterday (March 21st).
In an approach foreign to most controversy courting rappers, Hip Hop’s Madame Royale respectfully responded to the recent usage of her name in what she deemed an “irresponsible” manner by Tyler, The Creator. In a refreshingly mature manner, without sonning someone young enough to be her son, Lyte addressed the Odd Future front-man’s line, “Let’s get it poppin’ like MC Lyte around some dykes,” on “Rella” (from the Loiter Squad’s just-released The OF Tape Vol. 2) and explained why “my intelligence was insulted more than my feelings were actually hurt” by Tyler’s joke-making at her expense.
In her quick Q&A with DX, the voice of the BET Awards (and the musical supervisor of a slew of the network’s recent reality programming) additionally revealed who tops her list as the female G.O.A.T., what she thinks of Nicki Minaj’s more Pop-driven sound, and what the title of her forthcoming memoir would have been if Eddie Murphy hadn’t ruined it.
And for the record, there was no question posed to Lyte about her sexuality, because that’s no one’s business but her own.

HipHopDX:One of the first Rap songs I knew the words to as a kid was “Cha Cha Cha.” I had to substitute “male” for “female” and “him” for “her,” and I never really felt comfortable as a dude saying “the voice gets wetter” – [Laughs]

MC Lyte: Ah, yeah, yeah. [Laughs]
DX: But other than that, that was my shit back in the day. Do you still get grown men coming up to you giddy to talk about “Cha Cha Cha,” “Stop, Look, Listen,” “Paper Thin”?

MC Lyte: All the time. And actually, younger men as well because they were the younger siblings of the generation that was directly affected. Yeah, that’s a beautiful thing.

DX: I just envision some like Suge Knight looking dude rollin’ up to you and starts kickin’ your rhymes. [Laughs]

MC Lyte: You know, it’s not very different from that. [Laughs]

DX: Now, you’re often cited as the greatest female emcee of all time, but I was just curious outside of yourself who do you consider to be the G.O.A.T. female in the game?

MC Lyte: Oh, goodness. Um … I would … you know, it’s a difficult question, because I respect and admire a lot of the female emcees for their unique qualities. Of course I would wanna say Lauryn Hill, but her body of work is not even so much as an emcee. I would of loved to hear more from her as an emcee – even now, I would still appreciate hearing her. She would certainly be at the top of my list.
I like to look for an emcee’s emcee. So I like Heather B, I like Bahamadia, Rah Digga. I love punchlines but I also like the substance within the bar as well. So, yeah, those would be a few I would name certainly.

DX: In most of the circles I’m in it usually comes down to Lyte and Lady Of Rage.

MC Lyte: Oh, is that right? Okay.

DX: Since she’s sadly the only female emcee currently on the charts, I have to ask MC Lyte what you think of Nicki Minaj’s more decidedly Pop direction as the sole representative of female rappers in the mainstream today?

MC Lyte: Well, I mean, it would make sense in terms of what mainstream media is not only promoting but also enveloping. It was coming. The closest we got to it back in the day was Missy [Elliott], in terms of being able to really mesmerize a Pop crowd and provide music in Dance clubs. She certainly was able to capture that.
And then, right on the heels of her was Nelly Furtado and Gwen Stefani working with Pharrell [Williams and Timbaland]. And then there was Fergie, which will.i.am – I remember I did a song called “Mash Out” with will.i.am [for his Must B 21 project in 2003]. He called me up, he said, “I need you to be on this song.” I said, “Without a doubt.” And this was before Fergie was even a part of [The Black Eyed Peas]. They were producing some songs for me when I was on Will Smith’s record label [Overbrook Records], and when I finally heard the song and I heard somebody rappin’ on it I called him like, “Dude, you can’t just put somebody on a record with me. Like, we need to be able to talk about that first.” And he was like, “Oh, you know, no disrespect, she’s just the new addition to our group.” So she was rapping first, before she even started singing, Fergie was.
But it all goes to show that it’s no surprise at all that Nicki [Minaj] would be embraced by the mainstream. I just heard yesterday that she just added another deal to her resume in terms of sponsorship and endorsement. And, you know, it just makes sense.

DX: This next question I just have to forewarn is a much, much heavier one. It’s about another relative new-jack, this one male: Tyler, The Creator from Odd Future. For the first leak from Odd Future’s new album, “Rella,” Tyler rhymes, “Let’s get it poppin’ like MC Lyte around some dykes.”

MC Lyte: Right, I heard about this.

DX: Were you personally offended by the 21-year-old’s alluding to the rumors?

MC Lyte: Yeah, I definitely was insulted. First off, it’s totally new school. [Tyler, The Creator] has yet to understand [that] although he can have quite a bit of followers and fans, it does take a moment from one’s entry in the business for them to really understand what it is that we do for other people. And how we inspire them, and how we influence them, and how we can literally make or break another human being’s day. And with all that I’ve done throughout my years in inspiring generations of people, I think it very irresponsible of him.
With saying that, we do have a generation that is quite irresponsible when it comes to what it is that they’ll say [and] their behavior. [But still], it took me by surprise. One, because I know of people who know him and kind of hold him in high esteem. [But] from that action alone, I don’t know that I feel it worthy for me to address it in any other format, outside of this. But, yeah, I thought it was very careless.

DX: Well this isn’t in Tyler’s defense but I just wanna note that Odd Future has an openly lesbian member, Syd The Kyd, and Tyler has previously stated that he’s not homophobic. So I think your name kinda just got used as the butt of a joke – that it wasn’t an attack, just tactless.

MC Lyte: Well, the point is just ‘cause words rhyme or sound alike doesn’t mean I need to be your stomping ground. So I do have to take it personally, unfortunately whether he meant it personally or not. I’m sure there was a more tactful way, if in fact skilled, you can deliver a rhyme on your own account and not involve me in the shenanigans.
And I am aware of that member of their group, and kudos to her. But … why didn’t he say her? [Laughs] Like, don’t use me! But, it is what it is. I’ve actually had worse said about me, so … my intelligence was insulted more than my feelings were actually hurt.

DX: Let’s move off of that stuff and wrap up this quick Q&A by talking about what you’re currently working on. You’re Executive Vice President of the DuBose Music Group, you’re co-host of Café Mocha Radio on XM/Sirius channel #141, you’re deejaying, you’re lecturing, but what about recording a new MC Lyte album? Do you even have time to get back in the booth for a full LP these days?

MC Lyte: You know what? I have a book that’s coming out and there will actually be a six-song CD in the back of the book. So that’s what I’m concentrating on now.
But, yeah, all of those things that you mentioned, [and] I’m actually no longer with DuBose. I did a four-year contract, and I had fun, I music supervised several shows: Monica, Trey Songz, Michael Vick, Tiny & Toya, Toya. It was a fun ride. And, I worked part of the production of Tweet’s [self-titled] record, that’s actually finished and in the can right now. I think they’re about to go through mixing and mastering, so that’ll be out.
But, I’m ready to put all of my eggs into me, and with that comes Hip Hop Sisters, the organization that I started about five or six years ago. So that’s gonna be built out and also have a foundation component to it. I’m out to really inspire some people and possibly change people’s lives.

DX: Is the book gonna be more inspirational or more memoir …?

MC Lyte: Well, there are two different books that I’m working on. One is a memoir, and it is inspirational as well. And then there’s another book that’s pretty much like a photo journey through my … through all of my existence. So it should be quite an event. I’m excited about it.

DX: You got any tentative titles for the books yet?

MC Lyte: I do, but I would rather not say ‘cause it was actually A Thousand Words until Eddie Murphy’s movie came out. [Laughs] So I’m just gonna keep it hush hush until we’re out the gate.

DX: Before I let you go, I heard that “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (Remix)” by Gods’illa and Erykah Badu featuring you, Bahamadia and Monie Love – who was spittin’ like crazy! I don’t think I’ve ever heard Monie spit like that. So is that 3 Queens super-group a possibility you think?

MC Lyte: Oh, wow. I don’t know. I mean, hey, whatever I can do to be of service in terms of putting out some lyrics of quality. (HipHopDx)

Ol’ Dirty Bastard Biopic to Star Michael Williams

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A movie based upon the life of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard titled “Dirty White Boy” is in the works. Entertainment Weekly exclusively reports that actor Michael K. Williams, most known for his roles as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire or the frightening, gunshot-toting Omar Little in The Wire, will take on the role of Russell Jones a.k.a. ODB. “Dirty White Boy is based on the final years of ODB’s life and will focus on the strange personal and professional relationship between the rapper and Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1 production assistant who eventually became ODB’s manager in the early 2000s.

The film will chronicle the beleaguered rapper’s well-known addictions. ODB died of a fatal overdose in 2004 at the age of 35.At the time, Weisfeld told MTV News, “He was the complete opposite of what people made him out to be. He was a teddy bear.”

“Dirty White Boy is being produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy (“Beginners“) and the screenplay is by Brent Hoff, who worked at VH1, where he first met ODB and his manager. The role of Weisfeld has yet to be cast.

In 2009, ODB’s relatives and Wu colleagues shared his story in the documentary “Dirty.” Directed by ODB’s cousin Raison Allah, the doc set out to answer the question: “Who was Dirty?” (MTV.com)

DMX Sued by Booking Agency for $630K

By Reggie Ugwu

DMX could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars after being sued by a concert promoter for failing to make good on contractual obligations, TMZ reports. According to a suit filed by Heavy Rotation booking, X’s myriad legal problems in 2011 killed a massive comeback tour the two parties had planned, costing the agency $749,285.
Heavy Rotation says it had an exclusive contract with the Ruff Ryders rapper to book shows all over the world. But when he was cited for a traffic violation last year and sued twice for child support disputes, the rapper was saddled with a passport lien that prevented him from traveling.
Compounding the legal troubles, according to Heavy Rotation, was DMX’s efforts to hire separate management to book shows in the U.S., even though those rights belonged to HR under their contract.
Responding to the lawsuit, X’s manager says Heavy Rotation has it all wrong — the rapper did reach out to other companies, but only after he had severed ties with HR over poor business practices.
As it stands, the company is insisting on $630,000 in lost revenue. (BET.com)

Lil Kim, Lil Cease Celebrate Release of B.I.G.’s “Life After Death” On MTV2

BLil Kim and Lil Cease will co-host an upcoming episode of MTV2′s Sucker Free Countdown that will pay tribute to Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark album Life After Death.

The former Junior M.A.F.I.A members will join regular host DJ Envy to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Life After Death on Sucker Free Presents: Life After Death – 15 Years Later.”

The album, which featured a number of iconic artists, including Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too $hort, was originally released on March 25, 1997 and has since sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

In addition to Lil Kim and Lil Cease, a variety of rappers will make appearances on the show to discuss B.I.G’s legacy and the impact of Life After Death and singles like “Hypnotize,” “Ten Crack Commandments,” “I Got A Story to Tell,” “More Money, More Problems” and others.

Newcomers like Mac Miller and Chiddy Bang will join vets like Redman, Ice Cube, Nas, DJ Premier, Style P., Pete Rock and others.

MTV2′s “Sucker Free Presents: Life After Death – 15 Years Later” is slated to air this Sunday (March 25) at 11:00PM EST. (AllHipHop)

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