Well this is kind of surprising. Mister Cee is apparently resigning from Hot 97 and today will be his last day. Flex announced it via Instagram earlier this afternoon, and Cee seemingly confirmed it with post you see below. There has been no word on why the NYC radio icon is leaving the station, but as I’m sure you recall he almost left back in September 2013 after a couple of arrests involving transgender prostitutes came to light. He was eventually convinced to stay and has remained relatively drama free since. We’ll update when we know more, or if he or the station releases a statement. Continue reading this post…
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After solidifying his spot with the well received My Krazy Life LP, YG looks to close out the year strong with his just announced Blame It On The Streets short film and accompanying soundtrack. The album is due on December 15th and will feature a number of new tracks plus a remix of “Me & My Bitch” by The Neighbourhood and an update to “Bicken Back Being Bool” featuring Big Wy, Mack 10 & DJ Quik. The film sounds like it’s gonna be your typical “rapper plays himself before the fame” type of deal and it will also be arriving next month.
Full tracklist below.
A brazen shooter took a couple of shots at the boy Gibbs in Brooklyn last night. Our hero walked away uninjured, but two unidentified people caught some strays. Both are reportedly in stable condition at Bellevue. The shooting occured in Williamsburg following a Gibbs performance at Rough Trade. According to the NY Post, which first broke the story, police have located several images of the shooter on surveillance cameras and they told Gibbs that whoever it was had been following him and his crew around for much of the night. After being shown a picture of the assailant, he unsurprisingly told them that he had no idea who it may have been or what their motive could possibly be. “They tried to kill Tupac. They tried to kill me. I’m still alive,” he told the paper, in what will surely become the definitive Freddie Gibbs quote.
It’s been two years since Kendrick Lamar fucked the game up with goood kid, m.A.A.d city and while we know he’s been working on his follow up album, he’s not the type of artist who goes on the radio and tries to hype up his next single or really, reveal anything at all about the music that he has on deck. We see artists do this all the time, but then the song drops and it ends up being super underwhelming. The TDE strategy is the opposite of this approach, they like to put the music out and let it speak for itself, which I think we can all agree makes for more impactful releases.
So when Scott Vener, former music supervisor for Entourage and How To Make It In America, took to Twitter last night to talk about a new K.Dot track that he recently heard, he certainly got alot of people’s attention. Vener recently joined Kendrick in the studio, where he was working with Pharrell, and was bestowed with the rare honor of hearing a new Lamar track before it made it’s way to the masses. The track is apparently called “King Kunta” and well, I’ll let Scott tell it:
I been dying to talk about this…
— scott vener (@brokemogul) October 30, 2014
Today DJ Premier announces the launch of the Gangtarr online webshop, which features a bunch of items from the official merch line of one of the greatest Rap duos in history. Click here to peruse the stock. In honor of the launch, he put together The True Heads Merch Mix, a collection of Gangstarr standouts and rarities assembled by the very man who laid the tracks.
Speaking to Rob Markman for MTV News at last week’s Def Jam 30th anniversary show in Brooklyn, Ja Rule spoke on one of the most legendary false starts in modern Rap history: the trio of himself, Jay-Z and DMX under the Murder Inc moniker. In June 1999, the three MCs graced the cover of XXL magazine in what turned out to be a cruel tease for unwitting Hip-Hop fans as the group would eventually fall apart before it ever had a chance to get started. This was going to be Rap’s most visible supergroup to date, with each of the three principals at (or nearing) the peaks of their respective careers. I distinctly remember wondering why in the world X and Jay want to be in a group with Ja Rule of all people, but that’s neither here nor there.
Of course it never happened, and all three of these guys ended up on vastly divergent roads in the decade that followed. Even though we never got a proper Murder Inc album from Jay, X and Rule, we did get a couple of tracks: “Mudergram” and “It’s Murda”, both of which stand as underground classics and fine examples of what could have been. But it appears that may not be the end of the story. At the end of the video clip above, Rob asks Ja if there is any unreleased music from the trio that may be stashed away somewhere. His reply? “I think there might be one or two joints that are still out there that ya’ll haven’t heard”. Hold up, what?! Somebody (I’m looking at you Irv) needs to come up off that shit post haste.
In related news, Jay-Z Recorded a Verse for Kanye’s “Guilt Trip”.
Previously: Ja Rule & Irv Gotti on Juan Epstein
This morning Billboard broke the news that some of the most powerful music managers in the world, including reps for Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell and Alicia Keys, are forming like Voltron to launch a new venture called Maverick. Lead by Guy Oseary, who has guided the careers of superstars like Madonna, U2 and Keys, the new company is a partnership with concert behemoth Live Nation. Maverick will look to take advantage of the resurgence in popularity of live events and new technological advancements to create business opportunities for their clients and change the direction of the music industry.
Waka Flocka was arrested this morning when he tried to board a plane with a loaded firearm at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. According to reports, the pistol was discovered during a routine scan of his carry-on bag. He did not have a permit for the weapon. How high or oblivious do you have to be to, not only show up at a U.S. airport with a loaded gun, but have it in your carry-on bag which you know you have to submit for a security check? Pretty fucking high I would imagine. Waka was taken to Clayton County jail and is apparently still in custody.
UPDATED: Waka’s mom and representative Debra Antney offered the following explanation to TMZ:
Waka’s rep, Debra Antney, tells TMZ … it was all a big mistake … he accidentally grabbed his fiance’s bag — which contained the gun. She explains … they’re in the process of moving and all their stuff got mixed up in the move … which is how the gun ended up in the bag.
Previously: Waka Flocka – Fuck You (Remix)
It’s YEEZY ALBUM SEASON and Kanye is being as Kanye as he can possibly be about the new project, revealing very little and letting the speculation machine do his marketing for him. There is a small group of human beings (VIPs if you will) spread across the globe (I’m assuming) that have heard a preliminary version of the album, but nobody is really talking about it. And so the internet is left to disect passing comments and tidbits from people in the know, because that’s just what the internet does.
Longtime collaborator, G.O.O.D. Music co-architect and ‘Ye muse Malik Yusef recently offered some insight into the new album to Rolling Stone. He likened to a pair of boots:
“This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ‘hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherfucker. We’ve been all around the world [recording].”
He went on to say that although he and Kanye didn’t exactly see eye to eye on the creative direction of Yeezus, they’re getting along swimmingly during these new sessions and confirmed that ‘Ye does have about 20 songs finished.
Previously: Kanye Played His New Album in Paris Last Night