Nelson Mandela was made of sterner stuff than the rest of us. On this day of his passing, the New York Times looks back on his incredible life as a revolutionary, human rights activist and former President of South Africa. Rest in peace.
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After alluding to a forthcoming partnership with adidas during his interview with Angie Martinez last week, Kanye stopped just short of confirming that the deal was officially signed, sealed and delivered. Today adidas issued a statement that confirms that the deal is done and Kanye will be moving forward with his new clothing line. I would imagine that a big part of this deal is adidas giving Ye free reign over his line of product, since he’s been telling anybody who will listen for the few months how brands like Nike and Louis Vuitton stifled his creative vision.
“For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West. Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
Previously: Kanye West ft. Charlie Wilson – Bound 2
“The condition of the property post-fire presents a safety hazard that the Land Bank is responsible for removing,” Michigan Land Bank director Kim Homan said in a statement. “The goal is to demolish and clean up the site, so neighborhood safety and order can be restored.”
The Michigan Land Bank, which owned the property, had received over 120 bids on the property when it recently went on the auction block, including one from a fan who planned to turn it into a museum honoring Em.
Speaking to VIBE, Drake reveals plans to leak the studio version of “Trophies”, which he’s been previewing live during his ongoing Would You Like a Tour, the Wu-Tang Forever Remix and a couple of other records before the year is out. He says he might drop them all at one time like he did with “The Motion” and the “Versace” remix back in June.
“Not an EP, but maybe a blog thing like how I did ‘Versace,’ ‘The Motion,’ all those in one night,” Drake says of his unreleased songs. “I’ll probably do ‘Trophies’ and three or four other records.”
“['Wu-Tang Forever (Remix)'] will probably come out with all that stuff—I hope,” Drake adds. “It’s on 40. He has all the verses.”
Previously: Drake – Worst Behavior (Video)
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mike WiLL reveals that Future will be hosting his upcoming #MikeWiLLBeenTrill mixtape. According to him, the tape will feature a remix of Future’s “Shit”. That’s the new artwork up top, click here to read the RS item.
Busta took to Twitter a little while ago to announce a new mixtape project from himself and Q-Tip, The Abstract & The Dragon. The tape is due out December 12th and will serve as a precursor to Busta’s Extinction Level Event 2 which is due next year. This is pretty exciting news, but 15-year old me would have been through the roof over this concept.
Be sure to check out footage from last night’s Yeezus Tour Stop at the Barclay’s Center, where Busta joined ATCQ for “Scenario”.
After publicly expressing dissatisfaction with Def Jam, Jeezy appears to be taking CTE to Roc Nation.
CTE x Roc Nation x It’s Tha World
According to Life+Times
— Life + Times (@LifeandTimes) November 20, 2013
UPDATED: XXL has some preliminary details about the deal. It’s a partnership that will see Roc Nation taking over management of Jeezy and partnering on a new agency that will provide management for other artists.
Previously: Jeezy ft. Rocko & 2 Chainz – Benihana
TMZ reports that Gucci Mane has filed suit against his former manager Debra Antney and her son Waka Flocka. The history between this trio is long and complicated but this new suit claims that Antney collected royalties on music she improperly released, appointed herself Chief Financial Officer of Gucci’s company, stole some jewelry and overcharged him for managerial services. The suit also names producer Zaytoven and OJ Da Juiceman as defendants.
Jay updates us on the ongoing investigation into shopper profiling at Barney’s New York and says that he will move forward with the release of his collaborative holiday collection with the store, although now 100% of the profits will go to The Shawn Carter Foundation.
Read the full statement below.
According to TMZ, Kendrick and the TDE camp were not pleased with the angle GQ writer Steve Marsh took with his Men of The Year cover story. Apparently the camp boycotted the release party for the issue, saying the article was disrespectful in its portrayal of the rapper. In the story, March expressed surprise at how disciplined the young MC is in the face of fame and fortune.
They offered a couple of quotes from TDE boss Top Dawg on the label’s displeasure.
“To say he was ‘surprised at our discipline’ is completely disrespectful … Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented.”
“The racial overtones immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars [Tupac and B.I.G.] … As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party.”
UPDATED with a response from GQ’s Editor in Chief after the jump.