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Jay-Z Bringing Made In America Festival to LA

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

After two years in Philly, Jay Z is bringing the Budweiser sponsored Made In America Festival to the city of Los Angeles this Summer. But don’t worry Philadelphia, you’re still getting your two day event as well. The Festival will take place in both cities simultaneously over Labor Day weekend, and performances from both locations will be live streamed on the internet. Jay, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and executives from Budweiser and Live Nation announced the expansion of the event at a press conference earlier today. Additional details and lineups will be announced in the near future. A portion of the proceeds from the events will be used by event partner United Way to benefit educational, housing and job development programs in LA, Pennsylvania and South Jersey.

Previously: Jay-Z Covers New York Magazine

Styles P Addressed The Alleged Aaliyah Diss

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

This past weekend, the guys over at the Coli message board reignited one of Rap’s most persistent conspiracy theories: that Styles dissed Aaliyah with a particularly nasty line back during the D-Block/Roc-A-Fella conflict.

Supposedly, the diss went something like this:

“Rock the boat rock the boat/That’s one less bitch in a Roc-A-Wear coat”

For years, people have been swearing up and down that they had heard the verse with their own ears at one time or another, but nobody has ever been able to produce any audio. That is, until this past week when a Coli member produced an extremly low quality rip that was purported to be audio of SP spitting the line during a live performance. But if you read through the rest of the Coli thread, you’d see that another member had later commented that he and his boy created the audio themselves as a prank 10 years ago:

ok, so everyone who has ever claimed to have heard this song or any variation of it other than what i posted here is full of shyt because it never exsisted. how do I know? I started the muthafukking rumor over 10 years ago. Thats right. the same song you here in this thread is the same song I personally posted on the roc-a-fella and the ruff ryders fan forums back in the days. me and my friend did the shyt initially to piss off some roc-a-fella fans. i did the voice of both jada and styles and my friend mixed it to sound authentic. we used three different crowds, not looped but chopped and layered over each other. we was suprised they actually thought it was real but we took it down not long after we put it up. we had it hosted on a webpage so folks could listen but not download, it could have been geocities or something. my homie handled that part. so yeah after we took it down we saw all these posts about the song pop up on other forums and we used to laugh our asses off. we watched as it changed from what it was to somehow being over “jigga my nikka” (which is at least another swizz beat), to being a dj clue exclusive over “jigga that nikka” on a mixtape that was only available on casette. people started quoting it and changing up the lyrics and shyt. but its not real. none of it. styles never dissed aaliyah. you know how every rumor has an origin, well this is how this one started. it was a joke that people took for real and just kept growing. i watched this shyt unfold and yeah i felt kinda bad about it but people insisted that they heard it

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UPDATED: Kanye Says the adidas Yeezys Drop in June

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Speaking at the adidas Global Brand conference in Germany, Kanye just announced that we can expect to see the new iteration of the Yeezy sneaker this June. Obviously he’s going to have to rework the silhouette to differentiate them from the wildy popular Nike models, anybody care to speculate on what they will look like?

UPDATED: So apparently the new sneaker will be called the YEEZi. Continue below for Ye’s full speech from the conference.

UPDATED: Highsnobiety spoke to an “internal source” at adidas who told them that the June date quoted by Ye is more of a deadline for him and his team to submit the collection to the company and suggests that we probably won’t see merchandise hitting retail until 2015. (via Miss Info)

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RZA Says He Got a $5 Million Offer for That Wu-Tang Album

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

During a new interview with Billboard, RZA claims that they’ve already received separate offers of $2 million and $5 million for that single copy Wu-Tang album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin that they announced last week.

He tells them:

“Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday,” he said via phone from Los Angeles Tuesday, during a break from promotion work on “Brick Mansions,” his forthcoming film with the late Paul Walker, and “Gang Related,” his Fox show launching next month. “I’ve been getting a lot of emails — some from people I know, some from people I don’t know, and they’re also emailing other members of my organization.”

“So far, $5 million is the biggest number,” he continued. “I don’t know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we’re doing is being understood by some. And there are some good peers of mine also, who are very high-ranking in the film business and the music business, sending me a lot of good will. It’s been real positive.”

So if that’s true, they’ve gotta take that offer right? I can’t imagine that anybody would be willing to pay more than that. It’s one thing to send “good will”, it’s another thing entirely to wire $5 million for a CD.

Spotted: Miss Info

Previously: Wu-Tang to Release 1 High Priced Copy of New LP

A New Michael Jackson Album is Dropping in May

Monday, March 31st, 2014

On May 13th a new Michael Jackson album will be unveiled to the world. The LP will feature 8 previously unreleased songs by the late legend and it takes it’s name from a once popular 90′s R&B group. No, I’m kidding, it actually takes its name from one of the songs on the album, as has been customary with all of Michael’s releases since Thriller.

The 8 new songs were all produced using existing vocals tracks laid by Michael before his passing in 2009 but have been updated for 2014 under the watchful eye of executive producer L.A. Reid and lead producer Timbaland. Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain also contributed their talents. A deluxe edition of Xscape will include the original untouched recordings as they sounded before those guys got their hands on them, so that’s pretty cool.

Previously: Timbaland to Produce New Michael Jackson Album

adidas Announces Partnership with Pharrell

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

It looks like Kanye is going to have even more competition over at adidas. Pharrell has reportedly entered into an agreement with the iconic sportswear company to produce a line of apparel and sneakers built on his Bionic Yarn brand of eco-friendly fabrics.

P said in a statement:

“Working with an iconic brand like adidas is such an incredible opportunity. From the classic track suit, to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and for Bionic Yarn”

Pharrell joins a growing roster of well respected fashion scions who have creative partnerships with the company including Bathing Ape founder Nigo, designers Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott and Mark McNairy and of course Kanye. The line is expected to debut this Summer.

via Complex

Previously: Pharrell Covers GQ

Our Rules

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


Rules are made to be broken. We all know the adage. Hip-Hop was pretty much built on this reasoning. For too long the music industry has been operating under a set of arbitrary rules and codes designed to make a small group of people rich. These rules have been in place for decades and they have only recently begun to be challenged in any signifigant way. During the marketing campaign for Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z introduced the #newrules hashtag and philosophy to the greater Hip-Hop community. By cutting a pre-release deal with a major corporate sponsor, he helped introduce a new business model to the music industry. He wasn’t the first artist in history to release a sponsored LP, but he was by far the most important, and so headlines were written and props were bestowed.

Jay’s Samsung play was a boss move. A game changer even. But it’s that #newrules mantra that is the most important takeaway from that deal if you ask me. Your favorite Tumblr rapper isn’t getting a check from Samsung. He’ll be lucky to get a check from Metro PCS. Those types of opportunities are reserved for the cream of the crop. The unit movers. The 1% of the Rap industry if you will. But it’s no secret that talent is bubbling up from every corner of the globe these days. Every day some kid is firing up a Mac Book and potentially making tomorrow’s big hit. And it’s overwhelming sometimes. You could certainly argue that there’s too much music in the world these days. But then every few months or so, somebody rises above the fray and connects with the masses in a meaningful way.

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Video: Dame Dash Calls Out The NY Daily News

Monday, March 17th, 2014

As he was leaving court last week following a hearing related to a lawsuit filed against him by his son’s mother, Dame took the opportunity to call out the gaggle of reporters who were on hand to document his appearance. Now, the Daily News certainly has it’s fuck-boy moments, and there’s no debating the fact that they are a scurrilous tabloid, but when I think “racist Republican paper”, I feel like The Post is the undisputed holder of that title over any of the other New York City rags. This note on Instagram suggests he’s not a big fan of either publication, and it’s not hard to imagine why. Either way, it’s always fun to see the media called on their bullshit.

Spotted: Miss Info

Previously: Jim Jones & Dame Dash Talk Dipset Reunion at the McNairy Show

Drake Announces Houston Appreciation Weekend

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Any Drake fan knows that the city of Houston holds a special place in the Toronto native’s heart, and now he has announced plans to celebrate the city and his H-Town fans with a special Houston Appreciation Weekend concert series. He announced the event with a post on Instagram earlier today with a promise that dates will be forthcoming.

Previously: YG ft. Drake – Who Do You Love (Video)

Kanye’s DONDA Partners with Roc Nation

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Today, Kanye West’s creative agency DONDA announced a new partnership with Roc Nation that will see the Jay-Z founded company providing music management services for the DONDA camp.

According to the press release, the partnership will focus on Kanye’s recording brand and worldwide touring initiatives. Hit the jump for the press announcement.

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