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Jay-Z Hopes To ‘Push The Culture Foward’ With Philly Festival

By Rob Markman

PHILADELPHIA — Jay-Z once bragged in song that he beat his assault charges “like Rocky.” Well, it’s been more than a decade since, and Hov — the multiplatinum mogul who remains atop music’s food chain — has done more than simply beat the charge.

On Monday morning (May 14), rap’s most magnetic man drew a crowd of reporters and media types to the very steps that the fictional boxer Rocky has made famous. Standing triumphantly at the peak of the staircase of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hov and Philly Mayor Michael Nutter announced yet another prolific Jay-venture: Budweiser Made in America, a two-day music festival in Philadelphia, this Labor Day weekend.

“Everyone knows my love affair with Philly from the amazing, talented artists I’ve signed from here,” Jay said, prompting State Property MC Freeway to jump onstage beside him.

Jay-Z will not only headline the festival, he will also curate the three-stage concert, which will feature close to 30 different acts. Still, for the God MC, there are a few things to consider before pulling off stunts such as these.

“Whenever I enter into a project, I try to hit on some touch points. The first thing is: Is it great?” Jay asked rhetorically, addressing the crowd, which braved some clouds and drizzle. “The second one is: Is it gonna push the culture forward?”

Forward progress is a safe bet: A press release for the upcoming event promises eclectic acts in multiple genres like rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance music, but the official roster won’t be announced until May 21.

The third item Jay considers is the philanthropic opportunities, so once again, he is partnering with United Way. Together, they put on Jigga’s February Carnegie Hall concert in New York, and this time out, they aim to support local charities in both Philly and South New Jersey.

The show will be held September 1 and September 2 on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Tickets for Made in America will go on sale May 23 through Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. (mtv.com)

Lil Wayne Settle $1.5 Million Lawsuit With “Love Me or Hate Me” Producer

Just last month, Lil Wayne settled a lawsuit with the disgruntled producer of his Grammy Award-winning single, “Lollipop.”

Over this past weekend, TMZ reported that Weezy settled yet another lawsuit, this time for $1.5 million over his track, “Love Me or Hate Me.”

According to the celebrity news website, producer David Kirkwood sued Weezy, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment last year, claiming they owed him royalties on “Love Me or Hate Me” off Wayne’s Tha Carter III album.

Although Weezy initially fought back in asking a judge to dismiss he case, he eventually decided to settle the lawsuit with Kirkwood out of court.

This news comes after TMZ broke the story of Wayne settling with producer Darius Harrison’s $20 million lawsuit for unpaid work on several records on Tha Carter III, including “Lollipop.”

Like with Kirkwood, Wayne initially tried to get a judge to dismiss the case with Harrison, before eventually settling out of court with him with what TMZ called a “confidential agreement.”

The success of “Lollipop” as the lead single off Tha Carter III paved the way for the album taking off as a huge smash hit with rap fans back in 2008. Hit singles such as “A Milli,” “Got Money” and “Mrs. Officer” all followed as the next string of singles the LP spawned.

Weezy would follow that album with Tha Carter IV album, which he released last August. That LP would boast a host of singles including “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “John,” “How to Love,” “She Will” and “It’s Good.”—Jakinder Singh (xxlmag.com)

Opening Statements Begin In Jimmy Henchman Cocaine Case

The trial of Hip-Hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond began today (May 14) in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Rosemond, who at one point managed artists like Game, Brandy, Akon and others, is accused of being the head of a $10 million-year-cocaine ring.

Authorities accuse Rosemond, who appeared in a court today in a crisp, pin-stripped suit, of organizing a conspiracy to distribute cocaine imported from Los Angeles, to New York.

Prosecutors claim Rosemond used FedEx and other overnight shipping companies, to send cocaine from Los Angeles to New York, where the drugs were distributed, in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and other boroughs.

The Prosecution

A multiracial jury made up of eight women and six men listened to opening statements from prosecutors early this afternoon.

Prosecutors said Rosemond headed up the cocaine empire from 2007 until 2011.

“The whole system ran like clockwork,” Assistant Prosecutor Una Dean said. “For a time business was good. He [Rosemond] had a lot of money and lived a life of luxury. But he didn’t just have money, he had cash, so he could continue to build his drug empire.”

Prosecutors accused Rosemond of using his management company, Czar Entertainment, as a front, to launder his drug proceeds.

The Assistant D.A. said that on three separate occasions, police intercepted massive amounts of cash in bundles of $400,000 $600,000 and $800,000, respectively.

Prosecutors claimed that Rosemond created hundreds of front companies, and used thousands of money orders to pay for various luxury items

He even used the money orders to pay one lawyer $300,000 in attorney fees.

When Rosemond began to suspect authorities had infiltrated his drug empire, he started using other methods of sending the drugs back and forth between California and New York.

Police said that after Rosemond stopped using FedEx, he began shipping cocaine in music crates, to various recording studios in New York and sending the drug proceeds back to Los Angeles.

After some of those shipments were seized, Rosemond started shipping luxury cars stuffed with drugs, to New York and Los Angeles.

The Defense

Gerald Shargel said that there were four major flaws with the government’s case against Rosemond.

He said the government witnesses were liars, questioned their motives, said the evidence seized was flawed and that Rosemond’s reputation was strategically damaged by journalist Chuck Philips.

“I’m going to make a bold statement. The prosecution’s case against Jimmy Rosemond can’t be trusted,” Gerald Shargel told the jury. “The witnesses they are relying on want to be paid with the price of freedom. These witnesses have an eloquent history of lying. I don’t mean simply insignificant lies, I mean lies that hit to the heart of this case.”

Gerald Shargel said that most prosecution witnesses had a motive to lie, since that was the only way to have their federal sentences reduced, under federal guidelines.

Some of the witnesses testifying against Rosemond face sentences ranging from 10 years, up to life in prison for drug dealing and other crimes.

Shargel said that he would also question the evidence in the case, as well as the corroboration of the evidence the government is present.

Shargel said that Rosemond was the manager of several popular Hip-Hop artists, including Game, Akon, Mario Winans and others.

According to Shargel’s opening statements, Rosemond’s duties as a manager accounted for the large amounts of cash he frequently possessed.

Prosecutors began to object when Gerald Shargel laid out the final point of Rosemond’s defense, which was his reputation.

Gerald Shargel pointed to an infamous article published in the Los Angeles Times by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Chuck Philips.

The article claimed that Rosemond was behind the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur, at Quad Recording Studios in Manhattan.

When the article was found to be fabricated, the Los Angeles Times was forced to publish a retraction, fire Chuck Philips and settle a defamation of character lawsuit with Jimmy Rosemond for $250,000.

A man named Dexter Isaac eventually confessed to be being the trigger man in the 1994 Quad shooting, on orders of Rosemond.

“This motivated people to go along with the government’s story,” Gerald Shargel told the jury. “When they cooperate, the mandatory minimum no longer exists. You will find that plays an important role, because the article motivated people to testify against Jimmy Rosemond,bwho was labeled a snitch.”

According to Gerald Shargel, the former Hip-Hop mogul attempted to cooperate with the government seven different times, but they were not satisfied with the information he provided to them.

“What about Game? You got any dirt on Sean Combs, or anything on 50 Cent? Who killed Tupac Shakur?’ Those were some of the questions the government wanted Rosemond to answer,” Gerald Shargel said.

Testimony continues in the trial all this week. (hiphopdx.com)

The Truth About Freeway’s Appearance At Jay-Z’sPhilly Press Conference

Twitter can be a rapper’s best friend or worst enemy. Case in point: Freeway’s appearance at Jay-Z’s “Made In America” press conference in Philadelphia, earlier today (May. 14).

Shortly after the brief press event, photos surfaced of what appeared to be Hov ushering Freeway off to the side, so he could take photos solo, with Philly mayor Michael Nutter and other local politicians.

A fire storm of slanderous tweets and internet comments followed with mentions of the Philly rapper crashing the stage without an invite from Jay.

However, the former Roc-A-Fella rapper’s cameo was fully initiated by Jay-Z. Sources tell VIBE, Hov personally invited Freeway to appear at the press conference with him and that the two spoke both before and after the event. The speculation of stage crashing is totally false.

From the jump, Free was fully aware he would not be taking press photos with Jay and Philly’s politicians. The rapper’s past drug felony drug charge is the sole reason for this.

According to a source, Jay-Z and Freeway remain close friends to this day. (vibe.com)

Mystikal Check Back Into Jail Follwoing Probation Violation

Mystikal just checked into a Louisiana jail this morning (May 14) to serve an 81-day sentence for domestic abuse.

Back in February, TMZ first reported that the rapper was arrested in Baton Rouge on a domestic abuse charge back in February and a judge ruled it was a violation of his probation stemming from a five-year probation following a six-year prison stint for sexual battery and extortion.

Talking to XXLMag.com late last month, Baby vowed that that Cash Money would stand by Mystikal’s side and support him through his latest brush with the law.

“Them little 80 days, them ain’t about nothing,” Birdman told XXL. “We’ll be on his next single as he comes home. From the concrete, straight to the concrete. Ya heard me.”

Hearing that, Mystikal told XXL how appreciative he is of Baby and the entire YMCMB family, but knows it’s up to him to right his wrongs once he’s released.

“[Birdman’s] being supportive, but he’s hurt behind this shit and it’s on me,” Mystikal revealed earlier in the month.

“When a lot of good things come, it seems like that fall gotta come. I gotta make this good and ya’ll know I am.

“I’m just stoked about the opportunity to come home and still have that opportunity [to record music],” he added. “Even during a mishap, they’re still supporting me 100 percent. Get ready for the music. I can tell you that’s it’s gonna be well worth the wait. Well worth the wait. Especially that album.”

Originally, Mystikal’s sentence was supposed to be 90 days, but the rhymeslinger was credited nine days served while detained following his February arrest, edging the sentence to 81 days.

His album, although there’s no timetable on it as of press time, is supposed to be titled, Original. Before reporting to jail today, Mystikal tweeted to tell fans that his upcoming mixtape, Origins, will drop July 30.—Mark Lelinwalla (xxlmag.com)

NEW MUSIC

Azealia Banks – Jumanji

Fred the Godson ft. DJ Drama

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Juice 20th Anniversary – The Music Videos

By Alvin Aqua Blanco

Twenty years ago today, the film Juice debuted in theaters. Starring Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur, the Ernest R. Dickerson directed film has become a cult classic among Hip-Hop heads. The film followed four friends who were coming of age in Harlem; their lives quickly spiraling from high-school hi-jinks to the very real world of robbery and guns. Many a DJ got his inspiration from watching Q (Epps) while many a hard rock found their idol in Bishop (Shakur). Juice’s Original Soundtrack was also crucial to it appeal.

Just like the film, the watching the videos of the soundtrack’s singles (Eric B & Rakim’s “Juice (Know the Ledge),” Aaron Hall’s “Don’t Be Afraid,” Naughty by Nature’s “Uptown Anthem,” and Teddy Riley & Tammy Lucas’ “Is It Good To You” as well as Big Daddy Kane’s “Nuff Respect”) today quickly remind you of that late 80s, early 90s era, if you are old enough to remember. These song, and their respective visuals, are classics in their own right. Via hiphopwired.com

Eric B & Rakim – Juice (Know the Ledge)

 

Aaron Hall – Don’t Be Afraid (Juice Soundtrack)

 

Naughty By Nature – Uptown Anthem

 

Teddy Riley & Tammy Lucas – Is It Good To You

 

Big Daddy Kane – Nuff Respect

Skillz 2011 Rap up!!!!

Posted: January 2, 2012 in 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
Skrillex

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”

Pete Rock Reflects On Heavy D’s Death, Says They Recently Recorded A Song Together

by Steven J. Horowitz

Following the unexpected death of Heavy D, his first cousin Pete Rock spoke to Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds about hearing that his relative passed away.

“A couple of SKYY vodkas last night, just trying to fathom the thought of all of this. It’s very hurtful. This man, he gave me everything, you know?” he said. “It’s unbelievable. I didn’t expect this to happen so fast. I was just with him, two weeks ago at his house. I spent the night. He didn’t even want me to leave, he didn’t want me to go. I laughed at him, it was crazy.”

PR said that while visiting him in Los Angeles, California, Heavy D was interested in getting back to his Hip Hop roots and they recorded a song together.

“We did something. I finished something with him like two weeks ago, finished. When people call you that don’t call you and then your phone is just blowing up with those kind of calls, my stomach got kind of weak. DJ Scratch called me first because that’s my homie, and he let me know,” he continued. “I felt like he was my guider, the person who put me in place. He was my number one believer.”  via  HipHopDX.com

Pete Rock Radio Interview

Heavy D Knew Something Was Wrong Before He Died

GlobalGrind Staff

According to the New York Daily News, Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, Ed Winter said:

“He had gone to the doctor the day before; he had what appeared to be like flu-like symptoms. He was taking medication, so we want to see what the levels were.”

Investigators completed an autopsy Wednesday morning, but declined to release a preliminary cause of death, saying that toxicology tests must first be performed. The tests could take up to six weeks to complete.

Heavy D’s cousin Ruddy Phillips said:

According to the New York Daily News, Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, Ed Winter said:

“He had gone to the doctor the day before; he had what appeared to be like flu-like symptoms. He was taking medication, so we want to see what the levels were.”

Investigators completed an autopsy Wednesday morning, but declined to release a preliminary cause of death, saying that toxicology tests must first be performed. The tests could take up to six weeks to complete.

Heavy D’s cousin Ruddy Phillips said:

“He said he had a touch of pneumonia, maybe from traveling. He just got back from England.”

Heavy D, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, was taken by ambulance to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Tuesday morning where he died 90 minutes later.

His death came as a shock to the hip-hop generation when the news broke of his passing. He will truly be missed.

Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/heavy-d-knew-something-was-wrong-he-died-details#ixzz1dNHS1l2L

 Trina No Longer Affiliated With Slip-N-Slide, Now Works With Rick Ross

by Andres Vasquez

During a recent sit-down interview, Trina announced that she is no longer affiliated with Slip-n-Slide and fueled rumors that she would join Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. Miami’s Trina shared that she still has love for Slip-n-Slide, where she has spent her whole career, but that it’s time for a change.

“I’m no longer considered to be affiliated with Slip-n-Slide,” Trina told MTV’ Rap Fix. “Slip-n-Slide is like my family. I grew up with those guys, and it’s been a long journey. I love them dearly, but it’s time, in my career, for me to move forward, and I’m excited about taking the next step and seeing what’s there for me.”

“I’m not the kid on Slip-n-Slide’s roster anymore,” she continued. “I’ve spent my whole career with Slip-n-Slide — five albums — and I’m really excited about going forward without them, but I still look at them as family, no matter what.”

When Trina discussed working with Rick Ross, speculation began to build about a possible move to Ross’ MMG. Trina did not confirm or deny a move to MMG, but will be working with Ross on her next album.

“Ross has been a mentor in my career from the start,” she said. “Even before the world got a chance to see him, he was a part of my team. For him to come out and be very successful and do his thing and for me to still have him in my life, it’s a blessing. For me to work with him on my sixth album and have him there to guide it, understand what I want and see my vision, that means everything to me.”

Trina fueled similar rumors in July, where she said her new label situation is a “secret.” The more recent interview with Trina can be seen below, via Rap Fix.

http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/709651/rick-ross-to-provide-structure-and-leadership-for-trinas-new-album.jhtml#id=1674019

Introducing, DJ AK-47

VIBE.com

Alicia Keys have a discovered a new love. Don’t worry, Swizzy has nothing to worry about. In fact, he’s helping champion A.Keys’ new calling. This past Friday, at the Yotel hotel in NYC, DJ AK-47 made her introduction to the world.

Kanye, Jay-Z, & Nicki Minaj Rock The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Runway

Kanye & Jay-Z aka The Throne along with Nicki Minaj performed at the 2011 Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Check out the behind-the-scenes pics on theybf.com.

Steve Stoute and Jay-Z Part 2

Jay-Z recently sat down with Steve Stoute for an interview as part of The Tanning Effect, reflecting on his headlining slot at the Glastonbury festival in 2008 and the controversy it drew from critics. During the interview, he said that it was

“It was just another one of those checkpoints. It felt like the DMX ‘Hard Knock Life’ conversation all over again, to have that conversation of, ‘No, rappers, we can tour together. We don’t have to have an outside R&B act or anything like that.’ Done,” he said. “People listen to music differently now. That was the old guard holding onto something they thought was dear. ‘We can’t let any other type of music infiltrate this rock festival.’ But people don’t listen to music like that no more. Globally, anywhere. Everyone’s iPod is a list of all eclectic things. You have some rock, some blues, some jazz – all types of things, whatever you like. They try to keep this thing segmented.”

He continued by emphasizing the importance of words and how a slight oversight or misunderstanding can completely misconstrue what he’s actually saying.

“It’s like a misconception of anything. I can have a misconception of anything I hear one or two words from. If you hear buzz words coming from Hip Hop or anything like that, you say that’s what it’s all about. It’s very difficult to fairly analyze something in a 30-second blip. If I analyze even a Maya Angelou in a 30-second blip, I can misjudge who she is as a person and she happens to be the most incredible poet of our time.”

Watch the full interview below, where he also touches on his single “Change Clothes” featuring Pharrell Williams (via HHNM).

http://www.5min.com/Video/The-Tanning-Effect—Jay-Z-Part-Two-517191572

Kanye has “Yeezy Moment” at DC Concert

At Friday’s Watch The Throne tour in DC, Kanye almost had a “Yeezy Moment” on the lighting man for not having all of the lights on a song that literally calls for all of the lights. Kanye had to restart the “All of the Lights” three times before the lighting man finally got it right and illuminated the stage to ‘Ye’s satisfaction. According to others who attended tour shows in other cities this moment never happened so we have to believe that the Kanye’s anger was genuine and not a scripted part of the show.

Via KYSDC.com

 

Young Jeezy Confirms Eminem, Andre-3000, Jay-Z and more for “TM 103”

Allen Jacobs

During an interview with DJ Whoo Kid’s Shade 45 show, Atlanta, Georgia star rapper Young Jeezy confirmed that Eminem will be among the guests on his December release, TM 103 (Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition). This will be the first collaboration between the heads of CTE and Shady Records respectively.

According to HipHop-N-More.com, who ripped the interview’s audio, other guests on TM 103 will include Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Jadakiss, Fabolous, Plies, Devin The Dude and Snoop Dogg, among others.

At present, Young Jeezy’s TM 103 is scheduled to release on December 20, 2011.

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Michael Eric Dyson Talks About Teaching Hov 101

Slava Kuperstein

As Hip Hop continues to expand, its reach finds its way into undergraduate classrooms.

One such classroom is Professor Michael Eric Dyson’s Georgetown course, SOCI-124-01 or “Sociology of Hip-Hop – Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z.”

“This class is about the politics, the culture, the racial dimensions, the class dimensions, the economic dimensions of Hip Hop culture seen through a figure like Jay-Z.” said Dyson an an interview with The Washington Post.

“This is not a class meant to sit around and go, ‘Oh man, those lyrics were dope,’ ” explains Dyson, who penned the book Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip-Hop, which features an introduction from Jay-Z and an afterword from Nas. “We’re dealing with everything that’s important in a sociology class: race, gender, ethnicity, class, economic inequality, social injustice…. His body of work has proved to be powerful, effective and influential. And it’s time to wrestle with it.”

“I’m a tweener, man! I couldn’t march with Dr. King and them. And I’m too old to be a Hip Hopper,” added Dyson, who sees his role as bridging the gap between generations of music listeners that often don’t see eye-to-eye. “But I’ve been granted honorary status in each generation…. I see my tongue as a bridge over which ideas can travel back and forth.”

As Hip Hop continues to expand, its reach finds its way into undergraduate classrooms.

One such classroom is Professor Michael Eric Dyson’s Georgetown course, SOCI-124-01 or “Sociology of Hip-Hop – Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z.”

“This class is about the politics, the culture, the racial dimensions, the class dimensions, the economic dimensions of Hip Hop culture seen through a figure like Jay-Z.” said Dyson an an interview with The Washington Post.

“This is not a class meant to sit around and go, ‘Oh man, those lyrics were dope,’ ” explains Dyson, who penned the book Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip-Hop, which features an introduction from Jay-Z and an afterword from Nas. “We’re dealing with everything that’s important in a sociology class: race, gender, ethnicity, class, economic inequality, social injustice…. His body of work has proved to be powerful, effective and influential. And it’s time to wrestle with it.”

“I’m a tweener, man! I couldn’t march with Dr. King and them. And I’m too old to be a Hip Hopper,” added Dyson, who sees his role as bridging the gap between generations of music listeners that often don’t see eye-to-eye. “But I’ve been granted honorary status in each generation…. I see my tongue as a bridge over which ideas can travel back and forth.”

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Consequence Takes Credit For Getting Q-Tip on Watch The Throne

DamnAnthony

Just when we thought it was all G.O.O.D., Consequence has once again shed some light on his situation with fellow rapper, and cousin, Q-Tip. In a recent interview with Street Disciplez Radio, Cons discusses how his affiliation with Q-Tip got him placed on Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne album:

“Q-Tip knows what time is it with me. He knows I been thorough from the day he brought me around his situation. I been thorough and ain’t nothing change about me. And I’m a positive energy person. That’s why Q-Tip has three records on Watch the Throne. And you can tweet that. Tweet that and say I said it.”

When asked if he resolved his problems with the rest of G.O.O.D. Music, he said the only person he squashed his issues with was Kanye West.

“I ain’t never do nothing with nobody,” he added. “Only person I squashed things with was Kanye West.

What are your thoughts on Consequence’s statement? Should Q-Tip respond? Listen to the full interview below:

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