Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Prodigy Defends Rick Ross' Image, "I Know A Lot Of Cops & Correction Officers"

According to P, he spoke to 50 about reaching out to artists outside of his circle to strengthen the Mobb Deep brand.
"When I came home [from jail], 50 had come to see me, he had flew in from Cali to come and see me," P explained in an interview. "Before I did anything, I went straight from prison to the G-Unit office and then I came to the studio after that. When I stopped at the office, I had a talk with 50 and was telling him, 'Yo, right now, we're in a position where we gotta start doing songs with people. Mobb Deep. We gotta start doing songs with a lot of people. Different people.' Basically he was like, 'Yeah, you're right.' ... All this sh*t with n*ggas ain't doing songs with people, beefing with people, all that, we really trying to dead all that." (This Is 50)
P also defended Ross' image after he was exposed as working in law enforcement throughout the 1990's.
"Rick Ross is just one rapper out of many that we've been reaching out to," P added. "Number one, aight, he a correction officer. Aight, so what? I know a lot of cops, I know a lot of corrections officers. I know some people that's on the other side of the criminal sh*t -- and just because you got that job or whatever, whatever, that doesn't necessarily mean that you a part of the people that's trying to target us and f*ck with us. Not all of the law enforcement gets down like that. It's a select few of them that do...That doesn't bother me that he was a corrections officer. Like, so what?" (This Is 50)

Killer Mike Reveals T.I.'s Heartfelt Apology, "It Almost Brought A Tear To My Eye"

According to Mike, he reached out via e-mail and was caught off-guard by Tip's response.
"It almost brought a tear to my eye, because when Tip hit back, the only thing he could say was that he was sorry that he's not out to help promote [the PL3DGE album] and push it and [that] he loves the fact that I'm finally gettin' the look I deserve and how's [Grand Hustle artist Young] Dro," Mike revealed in an interview. "It's just like, you're in prison and you care more about how our tour is doin' and our songs than us feeling bad about you being in prison...I know the public perceives him one way, but you just don't meet human beings who are able to surpass where they are physically in their space and care more about the happenings of other people. And him feeling bad that his incarceration is adversely affecting us, he's an amazing man for that." (MTV)
Last November, Grand Hustle's Young Dro spoke on T.I.'s time behind bars for probation violation.
"I talked to T.I. a few days before he went in. We were just riding around, kickin' it in the Maybach, just going over our plans for the future. But it wasn't on no sad shit. He still in high spirits. " Dro tells VIBE. "We were talking over shrimp and oyster like bosses...I called him again the night before he went in to just reassure him and let him know I'm P$C for life. He knows I'm a winner, and I'm going to make sure everything is in order until he comes back home...T.I. is my homeboy for life. Everything I do is for Grand Hustle. He knows he made mistakes and he's manning up to all of it." (VIBE)

"If She Had Condoms In Her House, That Would Just F*ckin' Throw Me Off"

While he doesn't fancy finding a pack of Trojan's in a woman's underwear drawer, Will prefers for women to keep sanitary wipes in the bathroom.
"If she had condoms in her house, that would just f-kin' throw me off. That's just tacky," Will explained in an interview. "I just think, like, if you're into someone and you guys get to that level, then that's something you should converse about together and say, 'Hey, maybe we should get some.' ... Here's proof on why people should have baby wipes. Get some chocolate, wipe it on a wooden floor, and then try to get it up with some dry towels. You're going to get chocolate in the cracks. That's why you gotta get them baby wipes." (ELLE)

Controversial ATCQ Doc Heads To Hollywood, "I'll Be All Over The Place"

The film will premiere on July 8th in New York City and run through early August.
"I'll be all over the place wherever they want to send me," says Rapaport, a first-time director with more than 20 years of acting credits, among them True Romance, Mighty Aphrodite, and the TV series "Prison Break". The film, a Sony Pictures Classics release, will play another 32 cities as it is released to a handful of theaters at a time. "Beats, Rhymes & Life" will play San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., on its second week, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Atlanta beginning July 22. The current run ends Aug. 12 when it premieres in 10 cities, among them New Orleans, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. The film will be screened Wednesday (Apr. 27) at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Billboard)
In early March, the documentary was officially acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
"I couldn't be more excited and proud that BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST is being distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. As a first time filmmaker to have the support of SPC is like being signed by the NY Yankees. Telling this story was not only a labor of love, but also the most fulfilling accomplishment of my career," states Michael Rapaport. (Indie Wire)

50 Cent Breaks Funny Bones, "I've Put Together The Most Ignorant Comedians You Ever Seen"

As of now, the comedy shows are slated to air once a month.
The site's proper launch will take place on Thursday (April 28), and will feature the debut of 50's comedy show -- dubbed 'This Is 50 Comedy Show'. The show will be taped in front of a live audience in the Times Square Arts Center in New York City, and will be streamed live online. The show will be hosted by ThisIs50 standout Young Jack Thriller, star of ThisIs50's popular 'So Disrespectful' series, and will return on the last Thursday of each month (The Boom Box)
Although access to his website is free, there will be an admission fee to watch the shows.
Fans who wish to watch the show will need to pay $2.99 to access the new website and potential buyers should be comforted to know that their hard earned greenbacks are going towards a worthy cause. While Jack Thriller and company yuck it up on camera, This Is 50 Comedy will donate proceeds of the show's sales to help aid relief efforts in the wake of the natural disaster aftermath in Japan. (RapFix)
50 has confirmed the new venture and amped up its anticipation.
"This tour represents a new era in comedy," 50 said in a statement. "I've put together the funniest, most ignorant comedians you ever seen and we will travel the earth bringing laughter, joy, love and pain, sunshine and rain, so brace yourselves because we are coming to a city near you." (Statement)

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Soulja Boy Describes Kat Stacks Trap, "The B*tch Tried To End Me"

Admitting a brief run with Stacks last year took place, Soulja Boy said he was ultimately used as a ploy.
"I was going through some personal things in my career that I had never been through before and it was being displayed in public," he explained in an interview. "I just felt like the b*tch [Kat Stacks] tried to end me. [Laughs.] She set me up on some dirty sh*t and she tried to frame me. I felt like she swayed a lot of people's opinions and I just felt like the b*tch tried to end me. She set me up in front of the whole world. My true fans were riding with me throughout and I got through it. But it just goes to show you've got to be careful out here man. Motherf*ckers will try to end you. I'm a young, positive black male, just trying to do good. I ain't shooting people and I ain't selling drugs. I'm making good music, trying to do something good, and she comes in with some foul-a** sh*t like that. It'll just mess you up for a little bit. But you grow, you learn, and you get through it. The lesson you take from that is f*ck these b*tches. [Laughs.]" (Complex)
Last summer, Stacks accused the rapper of being a cocaine user.
"What up y'all, this Kat Stacks b*tch," Stacks said in a bathrobe recording herself. "Can't really speak loud right now because Soulja Boy's in the shower. Anyway though, I'm here at the motherf*cking hotel, at the Intercontinental Buckhead in Atlanta right across the street from Soulja Boy's condo. Anyway, I been here kicking it with this motherf*cker. Yo, this motherf*cker is a motherf*cking coke head. This motherf*cker's been doing dope all motherf*cking day. That's why n*gga can't f*ck me right. I f*cked this n*gga three times. The first two times he came in five seconds, the third time he couldn't get hard and the n*gga still came. This n*gga's a motherf*cking coke head yo. Yo, check this out yo. Look at this sh*t man, this n*gga's a motherf*cking coke head yo. It's funny as h*ll." (World Star Hip Hop)
Soulja Boy later came forward to clear the air and deny Stacks' accusations.
"Man, from the whole situation, I learned that one, you gotta watch who you associate yourself with once you become a celebrity," Soulja Boy told radio host Funkmaster Flex. "Two, everybody don't have your best interest at heart, and three, it's just crazy being a celebrity, period. A rumor or source can go crazy on your name and that's just something that's been like, 'Wow.' I've been a celebrity for like, what, three years and this was just one of the craziest things that just had my name all out in the media, so, I don't know. It's not true, at all, 100 percent. We can go ahead and put that on the radio or wherever you want to put it at. What she said is not true at all. And just to all my fans that's waiting on my album, I want to make that clear. I was set-up. I was framed. And right now, we in a good position because we moved past that and all my fans still rocking with me and they seen past it. But, for anybody that ain't seen past it, I'm making it clear right now that it was all a lie." (Hot 97)

Lil Scrappy's Mama Airs Out Diamond, "I Want To Put My Hand Around That B*tch Throat"

During a radio broadcast, Mama D wasted no time bashing his ex's image.
"OK, the b*tch done got breast implants and booty shots, the b*tch ain't real first of all," Scrappy's mother said in an interview. "Secondly, Scrappy said 'F*ck it.' Soulja Boy gonna come behind him anyway. You know what I'm saying? So at the end of the day, Scrappy is chilling. He's fine. He's the Prince of the South and he got it good. He's living good and he got it good. He ain't thinking about that b*tch. Dirty low down b*tch." (Hot 107.9)
She continued to vouch for her son and promised there is no love lost with Scrappy.
"She lied like a motherf*cker! Called Scrappy back, talking about 'I was just hanging out with him.' Whoo! I want to put my hand around that b*tch throat. I want you to go on the radio and say 'Mama D is angry because you don't mess with Mama D son.' But you know what ladies and gentlemen? Her son is doing good. The Prince of the South is still the reigning prince because he's chill like that, he's gonna keep it pimpin'. It's f'd up how she did it -- low down dirty b*tch...She gonna give it up like that, she might as well get some money for it h*e. Scrappy, Mama D, we gonna keep it G, you heard me? Let the radio know that Scrappy the Prince of the South is still the reigning Prince and he's chilling on South Beach, okay, with a beautiful lady. He ain't stunting that sh*t there, he's all good." (Hot 107.9)
Photos of Diamond and Soulja Boy embracing each other hit the Internet Monday (April 25).
According to ATL blogger, Freddy O, Soulja Boy was seen getting super comfy and cozy with the self proclaimed 32 flavors ATL rapper, Diamond, during his Dub Car Show appearance. Although both are on the brink of pure irrelevancy (they may already be there, depending on who you ask), I must admit that I HOPE Scrappy tweets/interviews about it. Anything to start a lil' blog worthy drama.... (Miss Jia)
In late 2009, Scrappy finally broke his silence on the relationship with Diamond.
"That's my best friend, man; I don't have no real friends like that," he revealed in an interview. "[She's] the only one I can talk to before I go to sleep. We don't tell people much about this joint because it's private. We have problems here and there... 'Cause too many men's be looking at her and too many woman's be looking at me and that's a problem. [Laughs] ...We fittin' to do a Mr. and Mrs. Smith package, with a mixtape coming out first then an album. A DVD might come out with the album." (XXL Mag)

Odd Future's Bidding War Fires RED, "It's About To Be Fun & Different"

The crew's manager Chris Clancy released a statement confirming their Sony move.
"It's based on getting the distribution deal we've always envisioned that allows the group to 'sign themselves' to their own company and keep their masters. They will have 100% creative control of all aspects of their music, art, and release schedule with no 3rd party participation in outside business. Freedom and ownership was the whole point. Red and Sony know that its in everyone's best interest to maintain the group's authenticity and control. They built it, they deserve it. There's no cheesy hooks or fluorescent liquor product placements in the works.. It's about to be fun.. and different.. " (Rap Radar)
Earlier this month, Odd Future's Tyler the Creator spoke on his crew's bidding war.
"I always wanted to sign to Interscope when I was a kid because it was the label of Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. I want a boat. I want a Grammy," Tyler said. "But I'd never sign a deal without 100% creative control. You lose a lot when you sign with the major labels. I'd rather be broke than have to rap over the same chord progressions as everyone else." (Los Angeles Times)

Beanie Sigel Blames Jay-Z's Bodyguard For Sparking Feud, "After That, I Never Saw Him Again"

According to Beans, an altercation during one of  Jay's 40/40 Club venue openings tore them apart.
"The sh*t stem[med] from a situation from me that happened when Jay-Z's bodyguard put his hands on me not in a manner that was harmful to me, but in a manner where he shouldn't have touched me period," Sigel explained in an interview. "On a push in the back tip and I addressed Jay about it in front of his A-List company [...] and I guess he ain't like that too much. I think that was the opening of the 40/40 Club, after that I never saw Jay again. I never talked to him again. That couple months went by or whatever, I even tried to reach out to him. It got to the point where you had to get to four different people to talk to Jay." (Forbez DVD)
Last summer, Sigel talked about regretting his past loyalty to Jay during their beef with Ruff Ryders in 2001.
"Only thing I regret about that Roc-A-Fella sh*t was going at my n*gga Kiss," Beans said in an interview referencing his 2001 beef with Jadakiss. "I did that sh*t for you n*gga 'cause you were scared. You knew Kiss would have bit that a**. I should pull off my belt and whip that a**. You better watch who you worship, man...I know all that f*ggot sh*t you poppin' and the little slurs on Drake and them's records and I'ma tell y'all little motherf*ckers something, y'all keep letting that n*gga get on records and pop sh*t. I'ma start coming at cha'll little n*ggas. I'll smack the sh*t outta Drake b*tch a**. All y'all n*ggas, f*ck all y'all. This is Broad Street Bully, B. Sig, I have no problem seeing anybody on site." (Trinity Entertainment)

Prodigy Responds To Capone's Jabs, "He Has To Take That Up W/ Himself"

According to P, he did not aim to hurt Capone's image but tell a story about Havoc's brother being testified against.
"He's probably upset because the truth of the matter came out now as far as what happened with Havoc's brother and the whole case thing," P told radio host Funkmaster Flex referring to Capone. "It's sad it went down the way it went down. We didn't ask Capone to do that, we had nothing to do with his decision making. His decision making is based upon his decisions that's in his head. Really, he has to take that up with himself at the end of the day. And it's the same thing with him. In no way, shape or form was I trying to be disrespectful or to target him or to ruin somebody's career. That wasn't my intentions at all. My intentions was to tell the story as it went down and how it is...He was a friend of ours from the neighborhood, in Queensbridge, where that whole hood respected me and Capone was one of those people that showed me love when I came in so I had love for him." (Hot 97)
Yesterday, Capone released a video responding to P's "snitch" accusations.
"I'm talking to you, p*ssy P," Capone said. "Karrine Steffans...F*ck is wrong with you? Look where I'm at. Look where I'm at. What you want me to do, walk around this b*tch? I ain't got to prove to you I'm from QB or my n*ggas hold me down in my hood, n*gga. I'll be in this b*tch dolo, n*gga, on a beach chair before anything happen to me in my motherf*cking hood n*gga. Let me tell you something. N*ggas don't rat on my side. Listen man, you a f*cking f*ggot. But at the end of the day, I ain't even gonna call you all that because we got a lot of things in store for you. This is just the beginning. Act I." (Forbez DVD)
Prodigy claims Capone previously took the stand to testify against Havoc's brother.
"I can't tell you why he did it, or why he said what he said afterwards, but all I can tell you is that really happened. I was thinking when I was writing it like, "Oh he's going to take some offense to this." But when I think about it, this is a story that really happened, so I'm not going to leave out something that's part of my life story, something of major significance that happened, just because he's going to be upset about it. Like, dude you should be upset about what you did, not that I'm telling my life story. [Laughs.] So that's why I put the shit in there, because it's just crazy that he did that. I didn't write it in my book trying to target him, or "I've got beef, f*ck him," or trying to ruin his career. It ain't nothing like that. If he feels some type of way about it, basically he needs to take that up with the man in the mirror." (Complex)
Last week, CNN's N.O.R.E. spoke out in defense of Capone.
"[Prodigy's] trying to sell his book, so he threw in a couple jabs," he explained in an interview. "Capone's a grown man. I wasn't there. But if that was the case, then why are there seven Mobb Deep and Capone-N-Noreaga records that exist. If a dude snitched on my man, I ain't hanging with him, let alone getting in the studio with him." (Power 105.1)

Flavor Flav's Ex-Fried Chicken Partner Clucks, "He Wants To Become A Millionaire Off My Dime"

According to restaurant manager Nick Cimino, Flav only wanted to profit off his ideas.
"I started this," Cimino said. "I put together everything from the menu to the color of the building to the sign. I did everything. What Flav's doing, he's a fraud. He doesn't want to be hurt with the other ventures he's doing and he wants to become a millionaire off my dime, off my ideas...I came up with the idea and now he wants to run without me? That's fine, but people got to know it wasn't Flavor Flav's idea." (Baltimore Sun)
Over the weekend, Flav broke the news of his business' closure.
Flav tells TMZ he had his attorney pull the license yesterday. He tells us, "I had a licensing agreement with Nick Cimino and that's all we had. It was his business to run from there and the business was not run right." Flav also said the food was a problem too, telling us, "Let me be straight up with you, I went up inside there on April 2 and I found potato salad that expired on February 28. And it's then when I realized I can't do business with this man and I really hope no one ate those potatoes." Us too. The experience couldn't have been all bad -- Flav is set to open up "Flavor Flav's House of Flavor" in Las Vegas next month. (TMZ)
Earlier this month, disgruntled employees said they were not paid properly.
Workers at Flavor Flav's Chicken in Clinton, Iowa, are claiming that the rap star's paychecks are bouncing. Both Kelly Butler and Kim Kostka told Iowa's WQAD television that the restaurant'sowner, Nick Cimino, owes them three weeks of pay after banks refused to accept their pay checks. "My check was only $150 and they couldn't even cash it," Butler told the station. Butler also said she was turned down at several banks before finally taking her case to Freedom bank, which holds the restaurant's account. But even they wouldn't accept the legendary hype man's check. Instead, they gave her a letter saying the funds weren't available, she told the station. (New York Daily News)
Despite the allegations, Flav later denied his employees' accusations.
Flavor Flav and the local operator of Flavor Flav's Chicken in Clinton deny that some of the restaurant's paychecks are bouncing. Flav, whose real name is William Drayton Jr., and Nick Cimino acknowledge some startup problems but deny that workers hadn't been paid properly. In response to the allegations, Flav said, "We do have money in our accounts." Cimino says he fired 15-20 workers recently for a variety of reasons and says the complaints are merely disgruntled former employees trying to get revenge. (Chicago Tribune)

Crooked I Says Lethal Threats Could Kill In-House Leaks, "Dudes W/ Pistols, Watching All Of That"

Despite recording a large portion of music in-house since Slaughterhouse recently inked with Shady Records, Crooked said you are never fully protected from leaks.
"I don't feel more secure because there's been some leaks anyway," Crooked told SOHH when asked about recording music in-house as opposed to sending tracks via e-mail. "There's some people where that's just what they do and don't realize they're hurting the artist by not realizing this song right here could be very dear to an artist and he can't wait to put it on an album and give it to the people. But then when they leak it, the artist can no longer use it. Now the artist has a choice. He can use it or not. A lot of times you don't use songs that people hacked into your computer and leaked unfinished versions of. Sometimes you do. But with that sh*t right there, I never feel secure. We are doing a lot of different [safety precautions] to try to protect the music from it all just leaking because we put our hearts and souls into this sh*t. So we're trying to bring the best quality of music to the people." (SOHH)
Crooked also suggested more physical force could be used to lessen in-house leaks.
"I remember when I produced a couple songs on Tupac's [2001] album, Until the End of Time and I remember we had an armed guard at the door," Crooked added. "So wasn't nobody getting in and out with none of that music. Now you got engineers and sh*t that are being sneaky, recording on the down low trying to get it on another flash drive or burn little CDs and sh*t to get out of there with the music. Back then, dudes with pistols was watching all of that. So we might have to go back to that." (SOHH)
Last month, Slaughterhouse's Royce Da 5'9 spoke on Eminem being cautious of hackers.
"I think he'll be the executive producer [of our Shady Records debut]. He's very good at taking a record to a whole different level after we do what we do with it. He's good at choosing beats, maybe a verse here, a hook there -- anywhere he can help, he's willing to do it. And he doesn't want us to do a lot of e-mailing (of tracks). We've had a lot of problems with hacks and leaks. So he wants us to be in one central location for the recording." (Detroit Free Press)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Game's Bloods Get Him Busted In Canada, "He's Affiliated W/ Organized Crime"

According to reports, Game's criminal activities restricted him from entering Canada.

A rep for Substance Entertainment Group -- the promotion company behind Game's tour in Canada -- tells TMZ, the tour promoter got a call from Canadian Customs while Game was on the plane on his way to Canada. We're told customs informed the promoter that Game would be denied entry "due to new information received that Game is affiliated with organized crime and is an active member of the Bloods street gang." The rep claims Game was blindsided by the last-minute red flag -- telling us, concert organizers had secured all permits and approval weeks ago to get Game into the country. (TMZ)

UPDATE: Gucci Mane Still Can't Bail His Way Outta Jail

The rapper's attorney has come forward to provide an update on his client's status.
Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane has entered a not guilty plea in a Georgia court and has been transferred to another jail to face charges of violating his probation. Gucci, aka Radric Davis, had been in jail in Dekalb County for 12 days until being bailed out Wednesday; and as RumorFix first reported he was then transferred to Fulton County to face previous charges. Gucci's attorney Ashutosh Joshi tells RumorFix exclusively, "We were aware that he would not be released, we just wanted to get him to Fulton County to move forward on his probation violation." (RumorFix)
Yesterday, reports claimed his family posted bail for Gucci.
RumorFix has learned exclusively that rapper Gucci Mane has been bailed out of Dekalb County Jail almost two weeks after he was arrested for allegedly throwing a woman out of a car. Sources tell RumorFix that although the bail was only $5,700 friends and family were sick of Gucci's troubles so no one wanted to come to his rescue. (RumorFix)
Gucci's lawyer also said his client planned to plead not guilty.
Rapper Gucci Mane's lawyer is denying accusations that the musician pushed a woman out of his Hummer as he drove down a suburban Atlanta street in January. Attorney Ashutosh Joshi said Tuesday the artist intends to plead not guilty. DeKalb County prosecutors on Tuesday announced formal charges of battery, reckless conduct and disorderly conduct against the rapper, also known as Radric Delantic Davis, 31. DeKalb Solicitor-General Sherry Boston said the rapper's conduct "shows a wilful disregard for a woman's personal safety." Joshi said he and his client look forward to having the opportunity to fight the charges in court. (Canadian Press)
Last week reports claimed Gucci was still behind bars despite having a relatively low bail set.
Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane remains in the DeKalb County jail almost a week after a woman accused him of shoving her from a moving vehicle, DeKalb police confirmed. Authorities could not confirm the amount of the rapper's bail. The musician, born Radric Davis, was jailed on misdemeanor battery charges, according to a press release from DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown. DeKalb Fugitive Squad members arrested him while he was visiting his probation officer, and took him to the DeKalb County Jail. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Lloyd Banks Says G-Unit Changed The Game, "We Took It, Flipped It & Went From Being Blackballed"

The "Punch Line King" believes the Unit's early 2000's mixtape success set a precedent for other artists.
"We changed the mixtape game. We had a movement in 2001 and 2002 that turned the mixtape into a demo. And I think we were the first people to take a mixtape serious enough to format it in song structure and be able to play our rendition behind whatever was playing. We just found the humor in older records and the aggressive content in the records that were less aggressive. So we just kind of took it and flipped it our own way, and went from being black-balled. So we had to make our own lane and force our way into the industry. I'm not going to say any names, but we didn't have a welcome mat laid out when we came into the game." (All Hip Hop)
Earlier this year, Dipset's Freekey Zekey said his team helped popularize the mixtape game.
"We started the mixtape regime," Zekey promised in an interview. "We started all of that. Everybody's got their mixtape things through the Diplomats because we actually was giving y'all free albums. A lot of times when you do a mixtape, it's called a mixtape because you're mixing the lyrics you have on a song that's already played. It's a mixture of new raps and old beats. For us, we was giving you new beats, new raps and we was killing the streets and that's how we got on and popped off so hard and 50 [Cent] followed suit and then it was a domino effect from there." (Dr. Jays)
Last year, fellow New York rapper Fabolous spoke on whether or not mixtape releases had run their course.
"The Drake [So Far Gone] mixtape of course was a huge success," Fab explained in an interview. "Lil Wayne's tape generated a lot of interest. I saw Wayne and just listening to his tape gave me kinda the feeling that people still accepted the mixtapes and wanted to hear it. I guess it's particular artists that they attach to but I had felt even with the most high-class artists, people were getting so used to getting free music that the mixtape game wasn't that influential anymore. So when I seen what [Wayne's] No Ceilings did, it let me see that there's still definitely potential there, there's still that market there. I think for me it's definitely there because my albums tend to be a little more mainstream than my mixtapes." (Real Talk NY)
West Coast rapper Game recently talked about the power behind a quality mixtape.
"A mixtape is pretty much just calling in favors from, you know, some of the biggest rap superstars who happen to be good friends of mine off the mic and them just delivering for me and me throwing it all out there. But an album, you know, I've got to take my time because that's my legacy. I can joke and I can play around with different topics and lyrics and different rhyme patterns and sounds on a mixtape, but on an album I've got to take it seriously because that's who I am, it's what defines me." (Rolling Stone)

"Rick Ross Is Trying To Build A Real Label Not A Rap Group"

Moses credits Ross' emphasis on allowing artists to be their own unique selves as a strong MMG feature.
"If they have wanted something else they wouldn't have came for me. This is not a situation like most labels. What Rick Ross is trying to do is build a real label not a rap group. He [Rick Ross] went out and got Wale. He's not trying to have Wale do something different. There's an audience that likes Wale. Stalley has an audience who likes him. Ross isn't asking us to change or do something that we don't already do. He's picking artist that people cling to and he works that." (Billboard)
Details of Moses' Maybach deal hit the Internet in late March.
I gotta say, even I didn't see this one coming. With all the rappers Ricky has been signing, it begs wondering whether a vocalist would be in the works and now, songstress Teedra Moses has joined the fold over at Maybach Music Group. Ms. Moses hinted at the deal in a recent interview with Vibe and how now officially changed her Twitter bio to "Maybach Group Soulstar". If you're not up on her music, be sure and check out her debut projectComplex Simplicity, which is one of the greatest R&B/Neo-Soul albums ever. (Y2K Daily)
Earlier the same week, Moses discussed the possibility of linking with Ross' team.
"I like the way they move, and I like the hunger over [there], and I like that it's all about work. As much as Rick talks about the glitz and glamour or whatever, he goes hard and he works hard, so I rock with that. And that's what I do. I work hard, I rock shows, I touch the people and I try to make good music. I'm not really into the hoopla." (VIBE)
Ross is currently preparing the release of his label's Maybach Music Group Self Made compilation album.
"The biggest compilation in recent time, man," Ross told radio host Bootleg Kev. "We going back to the era of the dope emcees, when Ruff Ryders was doing compilations and you just love the energy the dudes brought to the table...The new album from Maybach Music/Warner. It's gonna be big...Yeah, yeah, [Drake'll be on there], most definitely. Drake will be on the compilation and you know that's the homie so it's all love. He's embracing the movement and you know, it just feels good to rock out with your family. Shout-out to YMCMB." (Bootleg Kev)

Missy Elliott's Time Clock Winds Down, "This Could Possibly Be Her Last..."

According to Da Brat, Missy may be done with releasing full-length albums.
"I was hoping for a 'Ladies Night' reunion. I spoke to Missy and she down for it. She want to do a song because she said this could possibly be her last album," Da Brat said. "I'm definitely coming back out ASAP." (Sister 2 Sister Magazine)
Earlier this year, Missy and hitmaker Timbaland put out a record called "Take Ur Clothes Off".
Timbaland debuts his new weekly series Timbaland Thursdays with none other than his frequent collaborator Missy Elliott. The best buddies are up to their zany tricks on the club-friendly "Take Ur Clothes Off," powered by Timbo's leftfield synthesizers and snapping instrumentation. Missy holds it down on the lyrical tip, dropping smirk-worthy rhymes to lighten up the track. "Been hot before Michael Jackson wore loafers/ Been rich before you even knew about Oprah," she quips. Reunited and it feels so good. (Rap-Up)
Last fall, Missy explained her preference to work behind the scenes with artists like R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan.
"People always be like, 'Where [you] been?' but you gotta remember, I got Jazmine Sullivan out there, I had Monica 'Everything [To Me']," Missy explained in an interview. "I'm always having artists that I'm doing records on so I'm just behind the scenes right now. I did the artist thing, now I'm just writing and producing...It's been a long time coming but she gon' be around for a long time. She's gon' make people have to step up they singing...Jazmine sing from the soul. She sing from a different place. She's not just a singer, she sings from a place where you feel like she been through those things before. And she got a husky voice and we haven't heard that really in R&B in a long time so she [has] a unique voice." (MTV)
She is reportedly working on a new record called "Blow Ya Whistle."
Lately, Missy E has been busy producing records for other artists, the latest one being Jazmine Sullivan's 'Holding U Down' but here's some good news for the fans. She will be finally returning to the scene with her brand new single called 'Blow Ya Whistle'. Apparently, her album is still titled Block Party. (Hip Hop N More)

Curren$y Burns Up Hip-Hop Stereotype, "I Think The Term Weed Rapper Is Wack"

From Curren$y's perspective, the stereotype gives a negative annotation to hip-hop.
"I think the term weed rapper is wack," Curren$y said in an interview. "I think it was created by rappers who are trying to use weed as a subject matter that will get them put on in the game, in a sense. If you remember in CB4 how that group had to make themselves be gangstas just to get on. So now weed rappers are people who are faking to be high all the time so that they could get on and be popular and rap. They're not high, they don't even know good weed. They're probably just smoking regular, killin' themselves but it's just like, 'All I do is rap about being high, so I can catch the wave like Spitta and 'em.' It's bullsh--. I don't just f--kin' talk about weed so I know it's that bullsh--." (RapFix)
The rapper recently told SOHH his three favorite celebrities he would get high with.
"I would want to f*cking smoke with Cheech Marin," Curren$y told SOHH. "I would want to smoke with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I don't know if he really smokes but it would be tight. I bet he has the best stories about the NBA. The last person I'd pick is [stand-up comedienne] Sandra Bernhard. She's like Andrew Dice Clay. I don't know where she is right now but I remember once she was doing an HBO special and took her shirt off and that was pretty tight." (SOHH)
Last year, rapper Devin the Dude talked to SOHH about modifying marijuana usage punishments.
"I'm very much for, at the very least, the decriminalization of weed. I wouldn't mind it being legal, but if the powers that be could at least decriminalize the punishment [for weed possession], I think it will be a lot better. I think it will help the nation a lot more than it will hurt it. I also think you could profit off of it too, medically and financially. And especially with getting the laws changed so that people wouldn't have to miss weeks of work and mess up their whole schedule because there's weed involved or with people having police kicking in doors and doing all kinds of crazy stuff because of a type of grass." (SOHH Guest Star)
Yesterday, April 20th, marked the annual debate on the drug's legalization.
420, 4:20 and 4/20 are all pot smoker code for lighting up, and each April 20 (get it?) crowds gather in cities across the U.S. to celebrate cannabis and push for laws okaying its use. Some toke for pleasure, others for better health. But what's the truth about "medical marijuana?" On one side of the debate are those who see pot as a near-miracle drug with benefits for a wide range of ailments, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and neurological disorders. On the other are those who insist that scientific evidence to support these claims is iffy - and that the push to legalize marijuana across the country is just an excuse potheads use to keep themselves out of jail. (CBS News)

Sunday, April 24, 2011



As Tupac’s interviewer announces, ‘Tupac, this interview is not about your trial, or your court appeals it is about Tupac, the inner man, then, and now.’ Featuring an uncut and never-before-seen interview at the Clinton Correctional Facility, Tupac Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes presents a raw look into Tupac’s world, as the rapper riffs on topics ranging from his involvement with gang life to prisons in America to his relationship with his mother. What emerges is a moving self-portrait of an artist who sees himself as fundamentally misunderstood: He may have diagnosed thug life, but he didn’t invent it, and he is determined to uplift not destroy the black community. Capturing the intensity and passion of a fierce talent, Tupac Uncensored and Uncut: The Lost Prison Tapes offers a glimpse inside the mind of the enigmatic artist whose music is, in his own words, ‘all about life.’
Genre: Documentary
IMDB rating: N/A
Directed by: Ken Peters
Starring: Tupac Shakur
Release Name: Tupac.Uncencored.and.Uncut.The.Lost.Prison.Tapes.2011.DVDRip.XviD-SPRiNTER
Size: 350MB
Video Quality: XviD 798 Kbps 512×384 29.970fps
Audio Quality: MP3 128 Kbps 2 channels 48.0KHz
Runtime: 44 minutes

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Prodigy The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson Story ep

01.the one and only (prod by the alchemist) [04:57]
02.go off (prod by sid roams) [05:52] devil (prod by sid roams) [04:19]
04.twilight feat havoc (prod by sid roams) [05:17]
05.for one night only (prod by the alchemist) [05:34]
06.stronger (prod by king benny) [04:55]
07.told yall (bonus) (prod by sid roams) [05:06]

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Curren$y and Alchemist Covert Coupe Mixtape

01.currensy-bbs [02:28]
02.currensy-full metal [02:40]
03.currensy-the type (feat. prodigy) [04:59]
04.currensy-blood sweat and gears (feat. fiend) [03:21]
05.currensy-life instructions (feat. smoke dza) [02:25]
06.currensy-smoke break [02:23]
07.currensy-scottie pippens (feat. freddie gibbs) [03:07]
08.currensy-ventilation [02:18]
09.currensy-double 07 [02:09]
10.currensy-success is my cologne [02:09]

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Soulja Boy Juice Mixtape

01.juice [04:01]
02.mistress [03:27]
03.make it go [03:16]
04.soulja boy speaks (interlude) [00:43]
05.racks (freestyle) [01:37]
06.zan lean (ft. kwony cash and money) [04:07]
07.too juiced up [03:37]
08.buku [03:37]
09.soulja boy 4-20 (interlude) [00:41] hoe (ft. lil b) [03:05]
11.throwin money up (ft. calico jones) [03:23]
12.stacks (ft. roscoe dash and j money) [04:28]
13.lemme fuck [03:01]
14.kickstand (ft. tonio) [04:27]
15.body (ft. calico jonez) [02:36]
16.that right (ft. diamond) [02:59]
17.numbas (ft. j money and 2 chainz) [04:32] in a trash bag [03:54]
19.j money checks in [00:27]
20.shawty got racks [02:43]
21.soulja boy (outro) [00:58] gang anthem [05:20]
23.zan lean original (bonus) [03:13]

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Fabolous The Soul Tape mixtape

01.pain (prod by santana & p-thought) [03:09]
02.wolves in sheep clothing (ft. paul cain) [04:57]
03.really tho (prod by teddy da don) [03:47]
04.thats not love (ft. lil wayne) (prod by streetrunner) [03:26]
05.leaving you (prod by sonaro) [02:52] the morning [03:10]
07.drugs (do this to me) (ft. paul cain and broadway) [04:05]
(prod by broadway)
08.yall dont hear me tho (ft. red cafe) (prod by cardiak) [03:31] numbers [03:19] brooklyn mo harlem mo southside [05:16]
(ft. vado and lloyd banks)
11.riesling & rolling papers [03:00]
12.slow down (ft. trey songz) (prod by dj swivel) [04:08] back music (ft. freck billionaire) [03:09]
14.look at her (you be killin em pt 2) (bonus) [04:06]

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Kid Cudi Still Puff, Puff Passes On The Sticky Icky

At a recent show, Cudder detailed his motivation for cutting off his herbal fix.
"You know how some people can take a smoke and they're good, they do it for recreational purposes, sh*t like that? People that go to bars or drink at their house with their friends casually. I was the motherf*cker who was doing that sh*t all the time, recreationally, every day, wake up, needed it, all those things. While I was in that state of mind I just was missing a lot of sh*t that was going on in my circle. I just felt like I needed to just take a step back, clear my dome and focus on some real important sh*t. Like my daughter for one. My family, my business, things that are important. But you know, don't be sad, I had a good run right? We got high together a lot right?" (Necole Bitchie)
Cudi broke the news of his sobriety in a blog posting on April Fool's Day.
"I dont smoke weed anymore. I'll leave it to the kids. Im 27 with a business to run and I need to be alert and focused with my mind strong. For those who still get it on, smoke one in my memory as your favorite lonely stoner. This is not a joke. I know most of you wanna see me all drugged out and f*cked up and i know misery loves company, but im sorry those days are over. I had a good run, Amsterdam and all. Im happy being sober. Im happy being a new me. Giva f*ck who thinks of me different, you didnt care about me in the first place if you cant be proud and happy for me for growing and starting a new chapter." (Kid Cudi's Tumblr)
The rapper also encouraged others to follow his lead.
"Im not your puppet or your tap dancing drug addict here to be your miserable muse, i always made music for me to help myself find understanding. I have finally learned from the words in my songs. I love who loves me and who really cares about me. Learn from this, theres always light at the end of the tunnel. Hell does have an exit, and i found it. For those who are looking for a way out, i left the door open, and ill be waiting for whoever wants to grow with me. Peace and Love, Cudi" (Kid Cudi's Twitter)
In summer 2010, Cudi said he conquered his cocaine addiction.
"No more blow. People do drugs to camouflage emotions and run away from their problems. Now I'm going to deal with certain things as they come, prioritize sh*t--man up, so to speak. Just for the record, it bugged me out that people said it was liquid cocaine [that I got arrested for over the summer]. No, I'm just f*cking rich, and my blow comes in a jar. There was no liquid in it--that sh*t makes no sense." (Complex)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dr. Dre Wins Monster Payout, "For Years, Death Row Forgot About Dre"

Details of the ruling became public knowledge Wednesday (April 20).
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the rapper and producer has received far less money than he is due from online sales of the iconic 1992 album, which also helped launch the career of Snoop Dogg. The ruling does not call for a halt of digital sales of Dre's music, but entitles him to receive 100 percent of the proceeds of online sales. (Associated Press)
Following yesterday's ruling, Dre's attorney spoke on his client's win.
"For years, Death Row Records forgot about Dre when they continued to distribute his music digitally and combined his hits with weaker Death Row tracks in an attempt to elevate the stature of their other artists," Howard King said in a statement. "We are gratified that the federal court has unambiguously declared that Death Row has no right to engage in such tactics, and must hold all proceeds from these illicit distributions in trust for our client." (Statement)
Last year, a California judge tossed out Dre's previous claim of Death Row violating his trademark with a Chronic re-release .
On Monday, a California district court tossed his claims that Death Row's release of "The Chronic Re-Lit" violated his rights of trademark and publicity. However, the judge allowed another claim -- that he hasn't been paid royalties since splitting from Death Row in 1996 -- to be heard. In analyzing the case, California District Court Judge Christina Snyder applied the so-called "Monty Python" rule, after a 1976 case where a defendant extensively edited the TV comedy series in order to broadcast it on television. The question was whether the changes to Dr. Dre's album were more than "cosmetic." Snyder ruled the alterations were "minor and inconsequential." She also pointed out that the image used on the cover jacket is the same photograph from the original album, instead of a more current photo, which may have gone further to imply some new endorsement. (ABC News)

Game Over Across The Border, "At Least They Let Me Call Home Before They Lock A N*gga Up"

Tweeting the news, Game also told his fans he would be locked up for two weeks.
"I haven't been able to get in Canada since the Documentary dropped !!! Its been a minute mayne. See y'all in 4 hours.... Now boarding," he tweeted Wednesday (April 20).
"Been in Customs for 3 hours....... #patienceIsAvirtue"
"Customs officials just denied me entry into Canada. I'm sorry 2 ALL my fans but I was mislead by promoters & assured I would be able 2 enter"
"This just in: I'm being detained in Canada for 14 days until they process my inadmissability then I'll have a hearing heard by a judge."
"At that point the judge will decide to either deport me or give me a sentence for violating Canada's immigrant entry laws."
"F%cked up situation !!! But at least they let me call home, & tweet before they lock a n!gga up !!! Gotta turn in my property, y'all be kool"
"Gotta give up my phone & property. This some straight bullshit ! Flew all the way from LA to be denied and detained ?!?! WTF" (Game's Twitter)

Gucci Mane Brrrr-eaks Free, Released From Jail

According to reports, Gucci's family did not rush to post his bail following his arrest.
RumorFix has learned exclusively that rapper Gucci Mane has been bailed out of Dekalb County Jail almost two weeks after he was arrested for allegedly throwing a woman out of a car. Sources tell RumorFix that although the bail was only $5,700 friends and family were sick of Gucci's troubles so no one wanted to come to his rescue. (RumorFix)
An attorney for the rapper said his client plans to plead not guilty.
Rapper Gucci Mane's lawyer is denying accusations that the musician pushed a woman out of his Hummer as he drove down a suburban Atlanta street in January. Attorney Ashutosh Joshi said Tuesday the artist intends to plead not guilty. DeKalb County prosecutors on Tuesday announced formal charges of battery, reckless conduct and disorderly conduct against the rapper, also known as Radric Delantic Davis, 31. DeKalb Solicitor-General Sherry Boston said the rapper's conduct "shows a wilful disregard for a woman's personal safety." Joshi said he and his client look forward to having the opportunity to fight the charges in court. (Canadian Press)
Last week reports claimed Gucci was still behind bars despite having a relatively low bail set.
Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane remains in the DeKalb County jail almost a week after a woman accused him of shoving her from a moving vehicle, DeKalb police confirmed. Authorities could not confirm the amount of the rapper's bail. The musician, born Radric Davis, was jailed on misdemeanor battery charges, according to a press release from DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown. DeKalb Fugitive Squad members arrested him while he was visiting his probation officer, and took him to the DeKalb County Jail. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Lil Wayne Schools 'Em W/ "Tha Carter IV" Art

Drawing close comparisons to 2008's Carter III, Wayne is displayed wearing a graduation gown on the album cover.
Despite the album being pushed to June 14th, the official album artwork for the Young Money CEO Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV LP has hit the interwebs and has the net talking. Following on from the tatted up baby picture used for Tha Carter III, this installment of Tha Carter series features a slightly older version of young Weezy with his trademark tattoos added. Go Weezy. (Soul Culture)
Last week, an alleged Carter IV tracklisting hit the Internet.
An unofficial tracklist for one of the most, if not the most, anticipated hip-hop albums of 2011 landed on the internet this week. Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV is scheduled for a May 16 release date, and on Thursday, released what is a rumored album tracklisting for the Cash Money/Young Money superstar's upcoming project. The tracklist reveals Jay-Z, Eminem, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Birdman, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Game and more as speculated contributors. (Hip Hop Wired)
Following the leak, the solo effort was pushed back to mid-June.
Sigh. Surprise, surprise. Lil Wayne has pushed back the release of Tha Carter IV from May 16 to an unspecified date in June. At least, that's what has been reported by Matt at Rap Dose, who spoke with a producer who's close to Weezy. No reason has been given as to why it's been delayed (AGAIN), but it apparently has nothing to do with the rumored track list that leaked earlier this week. Let's hope everything gets clarified soon and, you know, we can actual release date. Maybe after we hear another single? (Prefix Mag)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Drake Reveals Truth Behind New, Rugged Look

While not revealing what the film's title is, Drake said he would be hitting the big screen.
Nicki Minaj then asked Drake about the beard-and-curly-hair look he's been rocking lately, and he revealed that it was for a film role. In January, it was reported that the former "Degrassi: The Next Generation" star was joining the cast of "Arbitrage," which is set to star Susan Sarandon and Al Pacino. However, Drake relayed that he has "decided to work on my album instead of doing that particular film." (MTV)
Drizzy's manager, Cortez Bryant, recently discussed the rapper's emphasis on not taking typical acting roles.
"We wanna start entertaining these movie offers," Bryant said in the summer of 2010. "Drake is looking to come out with the role no one else expects. He's not gonna be the teen heartthrob or the college kid. He wants roles where he can show his acting skills. Like a sci-fi or action picture." (VIBE)

50 Cent Gets Cashed Out, Victimized In Credit Card Scam

Arrests have already been made on two suspects from Connecticut.
Rapper 50 Cent has been targeted by credit card fraudsters who have allegedly attempted to make unauthorized purchases using his account. Two men were arrested in West Hartford, Connecticut over allegations they tried to buy two $1,000 flatscreen TVs from a local electronics store last year using the hip-hop star's American Express number. The pair were detained by cops after the store owner became suspicious and called the credit card company. (Contact Music)
Additional credit card fraud cases involving 50 have also been reported.
Our source says thieves have tried to use Amex numbers belonging to Jackson to make unauthorized purchases in at least five cities since 2007, including Farmington and Hartford in Connecticut, as well as in New York. The root of Fitty's problem may be someone who has access to his personal information, adds the source. (New York Daily News)

Kanye West Fires Amber Rose Subliminal, "I Did Anything For That Blonde Dyke"

While performing his set, Yeezy stirred speculation after changing a few choice lyrics from his "Stronger" record.
After an energetic hour long set at the Californian music festival, West and rapper Wiz Khalifa nearly came to blows in an ugly confrontation over Khalifa's current girlfriend, the model Amber Rose. West, who used to date Rose, took a dig at his ex during a performance of his hit song 'Stronger.' The original lyrics of the song includes a line which says: "I'd do anything for a blonde dyke. And she'll do anything if the time's right". Yet, with Rose standing on the side of the stage, West altered the word to: 'I did anything for that blonde dyke. And she did anything when the time's right.' (Independent Online)
Additional reporting claims a possible verbal altercation may have followed the performance.
Afterwards, sources claim, Wiz confronted West about the lyrics, explaining, "Wiz didn't want to fight, he just wanted all this catty bulls**t to end." But the source says that there was no peace made. "Kanye said something to Wiz and next thing you know security and people's entourages were everywhere pushing and shoving. It could have got real ugly." (Zimbio)
Last month, Rose discussed the possibility of reuniting with West.
"No, I don't think so. You know in every relationship you have problems and you try to work through and then sometimes things don't work out. But it was very real for me. I was very much in love. I was with him for two years. We lived together, we traveled the world together, we had a lot of fun together. A lot of really cool moments...I was the ill b*tch to a rock star." ("Foxxhole Radio")

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mobb Deep's Prodigy To Release "The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson Story EP" Today

The Infamous Prodigy wastes no time after his release and continues to work hard in 2011 by releasing a new EP for supporters titled "The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson Story EP" today.

Ever since Queens, New York emcee Prodigy was officially released from prison in early March, the Mobb Deep member has been keeping his itinerary full and he is adding to this by releasing a new EP today (April 19, 2011). Since his recent release, he's announced a book tour for My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deeb's Prodigy, he's released some tracks, including a shocking one featuring Nas, and he's been in the studio with associates since as early as the first day of his release.

Now, it seems those studio sessions are translating into more new music for fans as Prodigy has linked up with Complex Magazine to release a brand new EP. The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson Story EP will be released exclusively through Complex. It is a seven track EP featuring production from Sid Roams, King Benny and Alchemist. M-O-B-B supporters can also expect to find Havoc on a track as the lone collaborating emcee.

The tracklist for Prodigy's Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson Story EP is below.

1. The One & Only (Produced By Sid Roams)
2. Go Off (Produced By Sid Roams)
3. Black Devil (Produced By Sid Roams)
4. Twilight (Feat. Havoc) (Produced By Sid Roams)
5. For One Night Only (Produced By Alchemist)
6. Strong (Produced By King Benny)
7. Told Ya'll (Produced By Sid Roams) (Bonus)