Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Throwback Video of the Day: 2Pac ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg - "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"

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Joell Ortiz pushes "Free Agent" back to Write for "Detox"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In 2007, New York rapper, Joell Ortiz released his debut album, The Brick (Bodega Chronicles) on Koch Records. The album caught the attention of Dr. Dre, who quickly signed him to Aftermath Entertainment. Dre had hoped to put him in the studio and have his next album out by 2008.

However, with Dr. Dre overseeing projects from Eminem, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and many other artists, Joell Ortiz grew tired of waiting. Sensing his album would be coming sometime after Detox, Joell Ortiz left Aftermath. He began working on his next album, Free Agent.

While working on the album, Joell Ortiz joined Slaughterhouse and the group signed with Shady Records. Soon, Joell Ortiz was no longer a free agent. He was signed by SRC Records and he began putting the finishing touches on his Free Agent album. The album was set for a November 29, 2010 release. But, with today here, the album is not ready.

Despite not being able to record on Dr. Dre's label, Joell Ortiz has still worked with him. The Christmas of 2007 was a great Christmas for Joell Ortiz because of Dr. Dre. Even though things did not work out, he feels as if he owes the doctor something. Ever since Dr. Dre decided to go ahead and finish Detox, Joell Ortiz decided to do some writing for the album. He has spent more time writing than he has actually working on his own album, so Ortiz decided to push his album back until January 2011 so he can finish Detox.

Joell Ortiz's sophomore album, Free Agent, is to have production work from DJ Premier and Cool & Dre. The album will have guest appearances from The L.O.X. and Fat Joe.

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Redman disses Def Jam and labels them Followers

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For as long as he has been in the game, Redman has been a part of the legendary Def Jam label. But, in recent years, that has not been much to brag about. The label has lost three label bosses in a row and the heavy-hitters are on the way out. As a label founded on rap, their biggest artists are Rihanna and Ne-Yo.

Because of this change of focus, Nas, Shyne, and even hip hop pioneer, KRS-One have had negative things to say about Def Jam. In 2006, LL Cool J, the first artist to sign to the label, publicly called out the label. He said things changed when Jay-Z took over and he made plans to leave. In the time since Jay-Z left, things have gotten worse.

Even with all of the changes, Redman has been content. He felt things would improve. But, with things getting worse, Redman broke his silence. He said Def Jam used to be the mechanics that kept hip hop running because they were trendsetting. However, now he says Def Jam only rides what is popular. Even down to the executives, Redman says the label is full of followers.

Redman said Def Jam still conducts business the old way and that is why newer labels are outselling them and he hopes they learn the new game soon and become trendsetters once again.

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Khia disses Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Earlier this year, Khia dissed Nicki Minaj because of her overall style. Despite being from New York, Khia said Nicki acts like she is from the South. She went on to criticize her for being a black Barbie when there are no Barbies in the hood. Nicki Minaj laughed the disses off and went about her business.

Seven months later, Khia is firing more rounds at Nicki Minaj because Lil' Kim is taking a break. In the time since her last jab at the femcee, Nicki Minaj has been married and taken over the female rap game. As her album, Pink Friday, was released last week, some have even titled Nicki "The King of New York."

Despite Pink Friday receiving mostly positive reviews from most websites, Khia has given it a low rating. On her blog, Khia decided to review the new album. The last time Khia dissed Nicki Minaj, most fans labeled her a hater. This time around, she wanted to make it clear that she was not a hater. Before she began her rant, Khia stated "I do not want to sound like a hater."

She frequently stated how she spent $13.99 on the "mop flop of an album." Khia said hopefully her review of the album will bring more promotion to "the blow up doll." As the review went on, Khia referred to Minaj as a bear, among other things. However, she continued to state that she was not hating on Nicki. As if ripping the album was not enough, Khia claimed that Nicki Minaj was barely making any money off her sales. She said she hopes Matel, the makers of Barbie, sue Nicki Minaj for the little bit she does make off the album.

While most of the review was dedicated to bashing Nicki Minaj, Khia also took the time to diss two other female rappers with issues with Nicki Minaj. Long before Nicki Minaj came into the picture, Lil' Kim and Foxy Brown had beef with each other. Khia taunted Foxy Brown because Lil' Kim seemingly stole all of her friends, including Jay-Z. She went on to taunt Foxy over her weight and said Lil' Kim caused it because of her snatching the record deal out of her hands.

Khia jokingly asked Nicki Minaj to give Foxy the number to her shrink and Lil' Kim the number to her plastic surgeon.

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Young Chris helps DJ Drama and Don Cannon end feud

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

A few years ago, DJ Drama and Don Cannon were business partners, responsible for putting together the Gangsta Grillz mixtapes. Young Chris, on the other hand, was predicted as the future of the Jay-Z-led Roc-A-Fella Records. But, soon DJ Drama and Don Cannon had a falling out and Jay-Z dismantled the Roc.

For a while, DJ Drama, Don Cannon, and Young Chris had no association with each other. But, with Chris needed a new place to call home, he had to fend for himself. The Young Gunz were no more, so he hit the mixtape scene. Soon, he would meet DJ Drama and Don Cannon.

Recently, Young Chris decided to do his own Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama. Drama heard some of Young Chris' work and he was very impressed. Around the same time, he had decided to make peace with Don Cannon. After Don Cannon heard Young Chris, he decided to put the beef to rest and work with DJ Drama to put together Young Chris' Gangsta Grillz release.

While the duo has united for Young Chris' project, DJ Drama said they have been communicating for a little while and decided to make things official after hearing his work. Now, Don Cannon will officially be a part of the Gangsta Grillz series again.

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Rick Ross named Man of the Year by The Source

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The year of 2010 has been great for Rick Ross, as he has dominated for most of the year. Ross had a very high-profile feud with 50 Cent last year and emerged on top. When the new year came, he released a very popular mixtape, followed by a very popular album.

Even as the year comes to a close, Teflon Don is still being played in cars all around the United States. Currently, his "Aston Martin Music" single is blowing up airwaves. Early in the year, Drake was popular and it definitely helped Rick Ross with his sales. The song has been well-received, but the source of controversy.

During the Soul Train Awards, Rick Ross refused to perform the song and many assumed it was because he did not win Rap Song of the Year. But, Ross later revealed it was because he did not have any input into how he was going to perform the song he created. Because of that, not because of any type of beef with Eminem, is why Rick Ross did not perform his song.

Through his ups and downs, 2010 has been the best year in Rick Ross' career so far. The Source magazine has taken notice and they have made him 2010's Man of the Year. As far as hip hop publications go, The Source is the most-respected publication in the history of hip hop. A few years ago, they were having trouble, but they have regained a lot of their prior respect and the issue was helmed by former XXL editor, Bonsu Thompson.

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Album Review: Lloyd Banks - "H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More)"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Four long years have passed since the last time a new album came from Lloyd Banks. Following a weak effort in 2006 with Rotten Apple, Banks had to prove himself. It was after his album release that the G-Unit movement began to fall off.

Because the Banks release signaled the end of a big moneymaker, Interscope Records never gave him a solid release date. Last year, Lloyd Banks had enough and left the label. After leaving Interscope, he returned to the mixtape scene.

Long before G-Unit made it into the mainstream, they dominated the New York mixtape scene. As a soldier for G-Unit, Lloyd Banks was one of the most popular mixtape rappers in the years before G-Unit exploded onto the charts. In need of a boost, he returned to his grind and built a following.

Early this year, Lloyd Banks recorded the mixtape single, "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley." While the song was catchy, no one expected it to become the hit it has become. The song was so popular that 50 Cent decided to have Lloyd Banks release an album. 50 Cent used the popularity of this song to market G-Unit to a new label. Throughout the summer, there were rumors of the label heading to Def Jam, but in the end, EMI agreed to distribute the next few releases from G-Unit Records.

With a solid record deal behind him, Lloyd Banks recorded an album to support his hit single. The feeling he had when he went in the studio was hunger. Six years ago, Lloyd Banks was so excited as he put together his debut album and he simply wanted more. Despite being a veteran in the game, Banks still wanted more and to take things back. This was the reason he ended up naming his album The Hunger for More 2. Not only was it a return to his rawness, but it was a return to the hunger he did not have on Rotten Apple.

As more songs were released from the album, anticipiation built for the new release. Lloyd Banks promised he would not let the fans down with this album. Banks felt as if he really had to come through for his fans because he has been overshadowed by Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. In an effort to push the creativity, he decided to feature West on the album. Unlike his other two albums, H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More) is star-studded with appearances from Ryan Leslie and Juelz Santana.

Lloyd Banks hoped to prove he could handle himself with other heavy-hitters by collaborating with so many artists. What time Banks was heard on the album, he held his own, but the album comes off as more of a compilation because more of other artists are heard instead of Lloyd Banks, himself. But, every artist on this album came with their best, including Banks. Because of this, the album is still very good, but it appears more as a compilation instead of a solo release.

The album was filled with verses from other artists, but Lloyd Banks held fans down, even after being overshadowed on his "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley" by Juelz Santana. The Hunger for More 2 is definitely a good album and worth the listen.

Hip Hop Vibe's Rating: 6/10

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Young Buck discusses Game trying to reunite G-Unit and 50 Cent

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Two years ago, Young Buck and G-Unit began a highly publicized feud. Last year, when Buck wanted to leave G-Unit Records, he played nice with 50 Cent. Despite his peaceful efforts, 50 Cent famously dissed Young Buck on "So Disrespectful."

Despite their issues earlier this year, Young Buck is past beef and he is trying to rebuild his career. Ever since leaving G-Unit, the Nashville rapper has been working with Game. For years, he was loudest anti-G-Unit rapper, but now he wants peace.

Just like Young Buck, Game was a member of G-Unit that had a falling out with 50 Cent. But, Game has put his issues aside and decided to try and reunite with G-Unit. Despite his pleas, G-Unit member Tony Yayo scoffed at him.

During an interview with Tim Westwood, Young Buck was asked about his opinion on Game trying to return to the G-Unit fold. Buck said it would be extraordinary if he were able to pull this off. While he is trying to move on with his career, Young Buck said he hopes 50 Cent will soon respond to Game. He feels it would be great for hip hop after seeing fans' reaction on Twitter.

When asked if he would like to return to G-Unit, Young Buck said he does not have issues with Game or his former boss, 50 Cent. He said he would definitely consider returning to the crew, but he would weigh out all of his options. Young Buck opened up, saying he never really had beef with 50 Cent, they just had a situation that the media turned into a beef.

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Nelly blames Universal Records for Low Record Sales

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In 1999, Nelly signed a major deal with Universal Records, which was a 50/50 partnership. The deal not only landed Nelly a major label record deal, but also created Derrty Ent. Early in his career, Nelly sold millions of records. He was one of the highest-selling artists of the 2000s.

5.0 was the first album from Nelly in the 2010s. The sales of the album have proven Nelly is definitely not in 2000. Where he sold over 1 million copies in his first week off his debut album, he only sold 63,000 copies his first week on this album. Nelly said a record deal is a 50/50 deal, but Universal did not do their half.

The top priority on Universal Records is Young Money. The debut album from Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj was also released earlier this week. Her album sold over 400,000 copies in its first week, but Nelly has barely sold records. Nelly feels as if he has been placed on the backburner for these artists and he said he thinks his records were undershipped.

Despite the high sales of his "Just a Dream" single, Nelly's album has not sold and it is his second album in a row to have this perplexity.

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Killer Mike - "Ghetto Extraordinary" (Mini-Movie)

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A-Thug - "Invisible"

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New Video of the Day: AZ - "Gimme Yours 2010"

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New Audio: Styles P - "Storm is Brewing"

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jadakiss discusses Sheek Louch's album cover

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

As Sheek Louch prepares to release his first album with Def Jam, he is running into a bit of trouble. The cover for his Donnie G album shows him as half human and half gorilla. Because of this image, there is a lot of criticism aimed at Sheek.

Sheek's L.O.X. groupmate and Def Jam label-mate, Jadakiss has jumped to his defense. Jadakiss has spent his entire career right beside Sheek Louch. But, in this situation, his support has nothing to do with their history.

Jadakiss feels there is nothing wrong with the cover because it only serves as promotion for the album. As long as Sheek Louch makes good music for Def Jam, there should be no problem with the way he covers his album.

More than anything, Jadakiss feels the album cover is good publicity.

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Nicki Minaj names her Dream Collaboration

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After only a short period of time in the game, Nicki Minaj has accomplished more than what most artists would in ten years. She has worked with hip hop's most elite already, but her list is far from complete.

Nicki Minaj boasts collaborations with Usher, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rihanna, Game, and Eminem. While she has not worked with Jay-Z, he did co-sign her. Still, Nicki Minaj feels as if her job is not done.

Yes, she has collaborated with most of the elite players in the game, but she has yet to do a record with Beyonce. Once she lands a record with Beyonce, Nicki Minaj feels as if she has accomplished something in her career.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

AZ considers retirement after "Doe or Die 2"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, AZ sat down with Hip Hop Vibe's own Mikey T The Movie Star for an interview with SOHH. For the past few months, AZ has been hard at work on his Doe or Die 2 album, which he hopes to soon release. While he plans to get back in the game, he may not stay too long.

After the release of this album, AZ may seriously decided to end his career. He said it has been fun and he enjoyed his time in the game, but he feels it is time to move on. Comparing himself to boxer, Floyd Mayweather, AZ said he had to leave the game undefeated.

AZ said he is ready to do this album because sequel albums are doing well right now. He credits releases from Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and Raekwon for his inspiration. AZ has reached out to Nas for a collaboration, but he has yet to actually secure a spot with him. Nas is going through personal issues and has been unavailable for long periods of time.

The album, Doe or Die 2, is set for an early 2011 release, but is subject to delays.

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Swizz Beatz talks DMX legal problems and dismisses Jay-Z feud

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, Swizz Beatz opened up to the public about the ongoing problems of DMX. Ever since X first made it big in the game, Swizz Beatz has been right by his side. For the past few years, things have been rough for the Yonkers rapper, but he has always been able to count on Swizz Beatz.

Swizz Beatz said he has known DMX for a long time and his lifestyle is not new. Long before he ever made it big, DMX did the things he does now. But, because he is a celebrity, his lifestyle is put in the headlines. Swizz Beatz said legal problems for DMX is nothing new.

More than anything, Swizz Beatz feels as if DMX has been asking for help. Swizz has done everything he can to help his friend and will continue to. He hopes someone else will hear his pleas and do something to help the troubled rapper. But, until that time, Swizz Beatz will continue to defend him and help him bounce back.

For the past four years, DMX has been going back and forth with Jay-Z. On numerous occasions, DMX admitted he does not like Jay-Z. Despite what X has said, Swizz Beatz says there is no feud between the former partners in rhyme. The most-recent diss was the product of a misunderstanding and Swizzy promises the beef will be handled in a silent manner and they will be back to making music in no time. He said 2010 is here and it is time to put childish beef away now.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Video of the Day: Soulja Boy - "Speakers Going Hammer"

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Game promises West Coast comeback

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Despite not landing the G-Unit reunion, Game is still going about his business. The Black Wall Street CEO recently proclaimed the West Coast will be taking over. Ever since the release of Game's last album, the West Coast has been lagging behind.

Game promises that will soon change because The R.E.D. Album will be released next spring. Aside from his releases, more West Coast projects are coming. The year 2011 will also see the release of Detox and Snoop Dogg's next project. Next year promises to be big for hip hop.

Ever since the downfall of Death Row Records, the West Coast has suffered. Game promises that, too, will be over because he is on his game. With a solid deal with Aftermath, he plans to put more California rappers on with his Black Wall Street label. But, he says early 2011 will be dominated with West Coast music and he plans to keep it up with his movement.

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Video of the Day: Wiz Khalifa - "Black and Yellow"

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Nas pushes back His Album to release His Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since the release of Distant Relatives with Damian Marley, Nas has been trying to reintroduce himself as a solo act. Two years ago, Nas was a hot topic in hip hop. The rapper made plans to name his 2008 album, Nigger. He wanted to give new meaning to the word instead of the negative one it had.

Initially, Nas had the support of Def Jam, then headed by Jay-Z, and the hip hop community. But, Def Jam's parent company did not want to promote an album with such a name. Jay-Z was willing to fight for Nas, but never had the chance. As the battle was going on, Jay-Z left Def Jam to create Roc Nation.

Nas' love affair with Def Jam ended after the Nigger debaccle, as the label stopped supporting him. In 2009, Nas agreed to join in with Damian Marley on the album, but Def Jam did nothing to promote the release. A power struggle has ensued in the months since and Nas has written a letter to express his feelings about the label. Nas wants off of Def Jam and he is working hard to make it happen.

The Queens rapper wanted to close 2010 with another Lost Tapes album. At the same time, Nas began working on his next studio album. The original plan was for Nas to release his Lost Tapes album and then return sometime in 2011 with his next album. But, the creative process has led to Nas stopping all production on his Lost Tapes album and focusing solely on the other album. As a result, Nas is farther along in the other album and plans to release it first, followed by the Lost Tapes album.

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Dr. Dre confirms "Detox" as his Final Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Eleven years ago, Dr. Dre released his long-awaited 2001 album and promised to release another album soon. When the actual year, 2001, approached, the title of the album was revealed to be Detox. The album was then set for a 2002 release date, but was pushed back for the emergence of 50 Cent.

For the past ten years, Detox has been a mythical album talked about but never heard. In 2008, there were rumors of Dr. Dre working with Lil Wayne and T.I. for the album. Rumor had it the album would come out in 2009. Late in 2009, Snoop Dogg revealed he was working on the album and Game joined in.

The result of the collaboration led to Game returning to his former home, Aftermath Entertainment. Because Game was working on an album, Dr. Dre postponed Detox to work on it. Now, Dre says the album will be released sometime next year and there will be no more push-backs. But, there is one catch... this will be Dr. Dre's final album.

Following this release, Dr. Dre is back to producing for other artists and only producing aside from running the Aftermath label.

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T.I. discusses Drug Addiction and says He's Been Treated Unfairly

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, T.I. opened up on all of his troubles. The rapper has been in the headlines for his legal woes for the past two years. With a new album on the way, most people are only concerned with his return to prison. But, T.I. plans to set the record straight on a few subjects because people have things confused.

One reason T.I. believes he fell back into the same trap is because of his upbringing. He said people need to put themselves in his position with no male role model and a single mother. His family lived off welfare, so he did what he had to do to. At an early age, a young T.I. began selling drugs and handling guns.

Despite the public being mad at him, T.I. said it does not bother him because it has happened to men greater than him. Just as he says in his "Get Back Up" song, T.I. reminded the people he is only human like them. He questioned how the people can expect him to turn his life around in only a few months. While what he did was wrong, T.I. said it was only three pills and he should have had a lighter sentence.

T.I. has had a drug addicition ever since he came out of prison and it came from him trying to better himself for the media. Upon being released from prison, T.I. had dental work done and he was placed on pain medications so he could handle the pain. But, as time went on, T.I. began to enjoy the pills and he realized he could legally use these pills. From there, the addicition truly began and T.I. has been depending on the pills ever since.

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Kanye West enters the Burger Business

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Kanye West once said he not only wanted to master the hip hop game, but also the hip hop business. For years, West was under the wing of Jay-Z. The time Kanye spent with Hov did not go to waste as Kanye West is a force in his own right and the head of multiple businesses.

Over the years, Kanye West has built his empire. The rapper is the head of G.O.O.D Music, and he is preparing to launch his own clothing line (more news on that later), and now he also owns ten Fatburger restaurants. From the start, West wanted to use music to launch his business ideas.

West has purchased the Fatburger restaurants through his new venture, KW Foods LLC. Aside from using his new company to run the restaurants, Kanye West also plans to become the new face of Fatburger. He will use his popularity to promote the restaurants that he owns. Kanye West says to expect more strategic alliances from him in the near future.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Obie Trice - "Got Some Teeth"

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Does T.I. deserve a Third Chance?

By The Angry Black Man
Hip Hop Vibe Contributor

Throughout his career, T.I. had presented himself as a gangsta rapper. T.I. began his career signed to Arista Records, but he was dropped when his album did not sell. Because he did not want to face further rejection, the Atlanta rapper created his own label, Grand Hustle Records, and began releasing mixtapes. In 2003, T.I. partnered with Atlantic Records and released his second album, Trap Muzik. This album forever changed the rapper's life.


Immediately, T.I. was a platinum rapper and the CEO of his own profitable company. But, he still only portrayed himself as a rapper. As his hits added up, more rappers from the Atlanta area wanted to be a part of Grand Hustle Records. In 2005, he signed Young Dro and quickly decided to put him in the studio. T.I. also expanded the company into Grand Hustle Films around this time. During the summer of 2006, the company came out with the box office success, ATL.

Later in the year, T.I. also founded his AKOO clothing line, but T.I. still only promoted himself as a rapper when he was so much more. By 2007, T.I. had organized his clothing line, film company, and record label under one banner, Grand Hustle Entertainment and he made himself the CEO. While T.I. was the face of the company, he was caught with guns and sentenced to one year in prison. Upon being released, T.I. presented himself as a businessman as opposed to being another rapper.


Released a free man, T.I. put together a squeaky-clean image as a hip hop entrepreneur, but it did not last long as he went back to prison. T.I. has been a man about the situation and owned up to his mistakes. He is calling upon the same people once again for forgiveness. But, the question is, does T.I. deserve what will be a third chance?

http://blackamericanreality.blogspot.com/2010/11/ti-road-to-redemption-again.html

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Throwback Video of the Day: Eminem - "Superman"

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Nicki Minaj takes Lil' Kim feud public

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last month, Nicki Minaj and Eminem collaborated on the track, "Roman's Revenge." The track was aimed at the critics both rappers have amassed since breaking into the game. But, on the final Nicki verse, it appeared as if she had finally replied to Lil' Kim, who had challenged her all summer.

When Lil' Kim called Nicki Minaj out over the diss, Nicki denied aiming it at her. But, after weeks of Lil' Kim running off at the mouth, Nicki Minaj said she did diss Kim. Now, Nicki has more to say. Usually nonconfrontational, she is much like her collaborator, not afraid, of Lil' Kim.

Recently, Nicki Minaj expressed her true feelings about Lil' Kim. She said Kim has a history of picking fights with females in and out of the game. Nicki does have a lot of respect for Lil' Kim, but she is tired of the constant disses. No longer wanting to be a victim, Nicki Minaj hit back at the legend. She also made some very strong points about Lil' Kim's history.

Nicki Minaj said something has to be wrong with a person to target someone who has nothing but respect for you. Then, she brought up Lil' Kim's feud with Foxy Brown. For years, she made headlines with her verbal spars with Foxy. But, once the people grew tired of her feud with Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim began to send disses at Eve. When Eve left rap for television, Lil' Kim began feuding with Ms. Voletta Wallace, the mother of her deceased lover, The Notorious B.I.G.

Nicki said it is funny how Lil' Kim only makes the news when she disses someone. Five years have passed since she released an album and Nicki Minaj wants to know where the music is at.

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Redman officially joins the Wu Tang Clan

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For years, Redman has associated himself with Method Man. While they made a legendary duo, Redman was a part of the Def Squad and Method Man was a part of the Wu Tang Clan. Despite two crews being involved, everyone accepted the partnership. The Def Squad has been closely affiliated with the Wu Tang Clan for years.

Recently, however, Def Squad has accepted Method Man as an official member of the crew. In return, Redman confirmed he was now an official member of the Wu Tang Clan. But, after Redman made his confirmation, several online reports denied his claims. Because of the close affiliation, Red said the Wu made things official.

However, Redman has hit back and has called the websites who denied his membership a bunch of haters. Not only is Redman saying he is in the Wu Tang Clan, but Redman said he has been a part of the Wu now for five years. Years before, he was a close associate, wearing the Wu Gear and promoting them when he did his solo projects, but he has been on for years and now plans to push things more heavily.

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DMX regrets Jay-Z diss

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, DMX took his beef with Jay-Z to a higher level when he dissed him at AZ's concert. He chanted "fuck Jay-Z" to the crowd repeatedly. Over a decade ago, DMX and Jay-Z were partners in rhyme, but X revealed they never did get along. The rappers were tied together by Irv Gotti and later Def Jam.

But, in 2006, Jay-Z, by then the CEO of Def Jam, decided to release the drug addicted X from the label. Then, DMX took his beef public and told of how Jay-Z had done him wrong. For the remainder of that year, DMX continued to diss Jay-Z and supported Cam'ron in his feud against the rapper. Jay-Z scoffed at the disses on Kingdom Come.

Last year, DMX prepared to take over as the face of Ruff Ryders once again. He decided he was going to turn over a new leaf. In the fall of last year, X reached out to longtime rival, Ja Rule. DMX also invited Rule to record on his next album. Glad to be friends with DMX again, Ja Rule also invited DMX to record on his next albums. Nostalgic fans hoped Jay-Z would reach out and Murder Inc. would reunite.

Soon after making amends with Ja Rule, DMX admitted he still did not like Jay-Z, crushing the hearts of fans who wanted the old thing back. While he and Jay-Z have never been friends and probably never will be, X did admit to taking things too far. Currently behind bars, DMX apologized to Jay-Z for his comments because they were uncalled for. Swizz Beatz, the CEO of Ruff Ryders, is a friend of both rappers and he has had them on the phone together. A truce has been worked out and DMX agreed not to publicly diss Jay-Z again.

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50 Cent takes time on New Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For the past few years, 50 Cent has been upset with Interscope Records for various reasons. But, over the summer, 50 Cent finally left the label. Now with EMI Records, 50 plans to re-establish himself as a force in the game.

When he first left the label, 50 Cent said he would release a new album every year. For most of his career, 50 Cent has released a new album every two years. However, 50 admitted he wanted to release albums more frequently. He did not complain back then because he was glad to be rich.

But, as he watched Kanye West and other rappers progess while he had to wait, 50 Cent grew frustrated. This frustration led to 50 Cent wanting off of Interscope. It appears as if all of 50 Cent's wishes have come true. 50 Cent still has the G-Unit name and he is finally off Interscope, but he does not have a new album on the way.

Ever since the release of Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent has been talking about a Black Magic album. But, now he has gone against those rumors. Now, there are no plans of putting out an album. With Dr. Dre, his former mentor, taking his time putting out Detox, 50 Cent has decided to take his time putting out his next album. But, when he does actually release his album, 50 Cent will begin to put albums out on a yearly basis.

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DJ Premier feels slighted by Kanye West

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

During his time away from the game, Kanye West reached out to DJ Premier. Their conversations led to Premo cooking up some beats of West's upcoming album. At the time, Kanye planned for the album to be named Good Ass Job. But, tired of the college-themed albums, Kanye West decided to move on.

Instead, Kanye West decided to go in an entirely different direction with the album. He named the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With this change in title, Kanye West changed the direction of the new music. Because of this, a lot of the beats DJ Premier came up with were lost. Premo said he spent a lot of time on most of those beats.

While he said he is hurt by Kanye West scrapping most of the material, DJ Premier says he cannot be upset at him. After all, Kanye West is one of the most creative people he knows and he knows how the creative process can be. When Kanye began to shape the album, the tracks with DJ Premier did not go with the concept. Despite DJ Premier's music not making it on the solo album from Kanye West, some of his stuff will be used for West's Watch the Throne album with Jay-Z.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Wiz Khalifa explains turning down Drake's tour offer

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

This year, Wiz Khalifa and Drake have been two of the biggest names to break into the game. Both rappers were acclaimed mixtape rappers who now have a place in the game. But, Drake eventually signed with a major label and uses their muscle. Wiz Khalifa, on the other hand, remained an independent artist.

Over the summer, Drake offered to make Wiz Khalifa a part of his recent Light Dreams & Nightmares tour. While he knew it would be a great opportunity for him, Wiz turned it down. He said he was willing to take the chance, but doing the tour went against his gut feeling. He is taking over rap from the outside.

Wiz Khalifa is currently focused on building his personal brand, which means if he does a tour, he will be the headliner. Wiz appreciated the offer, but he does not like things being handed to him. Currently, he is taking the independent route, while Drake has gone mainstream. Khalifa said he read that Drake made $10 million this year he said they could possibly tour when he makes $10 million in one year.

Currently, Wiz Khalifa is on his Waken Baken tour.

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T.I. gives Young Dro a Chance to Shine as the Face of Grand Hustle

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, T.I. was forced to go to prison right as he hit the peak of his career. He and his Grand Hustle team have been suffering to rebound ever since. When Lil Wayne realized he was going to prison, a few months later, he began promoting his crew.

The early favorite was Drake, so Lil Wayne put out his We Are Young Money album late in 2009 and Rebirth early in 2010. It was after this that Drake released "Over" and promised Wayne he would keep Young Money afloat. This is something T.I. had not thought of during his prison stint.

But, since he is back in prison, T.I. has made arrangements to keep his team afloat. In 2006, his popularity was high so he introduced Young Dro to the game. During the summer of 2006, his song, "Shoulder Lean," dominated radio waves. Following the success of the song and the album, Dro was a star.

There were plans to release Young Dro's sophomore album in 2007, but those plans were nixed when T.I. decided to release another album in 2007. Then, by 2008, T.I. was gearing up to release yet another album, which would become the biggest release of his career. But, following this success, T.I.'s 2007 weapons charge caught up to him and landed him in prison. With nothing set in place, Grand Hustle had no choice but to shut down until T.I. came back and reopened business.

After watching the show Young Money put on while Lil Wayne was in prison, T.I. has decided to go back to what worked a few years ago with his own team. This time around, Grand Hustle plans to continue cranking out hits while T.I. serves time. The long-delayed fourth album from Young Dro will be coming out in the near future. T.I. is trusting Young Dro to anchor the ship while he is away. Some time ago, Young Dro delivered a top ten hit, now it is his job to do this on a regular basis.

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Video of the Day: Soulja Boy ft. 50 Cent - "Mean Mug"

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Pusha T disses George W. Bush over Kanye comments

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last month, George W. Bush talked about the lowest points in his presidency. He said the lowest point, by far, was when Kanye West said he did not care about black people. After hearing what the former president said, West apologized to him. Ever since his backlash over Taylor Swift, he said he feels Bush's pain.

Through the media, George W. Bush and Kanye West have been communicating. While they could not have been friends while Bush was president, they appear to have found common ground now that he is out of office. There have been rumors of the two having a public meeting to signal their truce.

Over the summer, Kanye West added Pusha T to his G.O.O.D. Music label. In a matter of months, Pusha has become the second-biggest act, behind Kanye. Along with being the number two man, he has stepped up to defend Kanye West at every turn. When someone says something negative about West they have Pusha T to deal with.

Despite Kanye West making amends with George W. Bush, hard feelings remain with Pusha T. In an interview with SOHH, Pusha T revealed that he doesn't care what Bush's lowest point was. He said the former president should have wondered why most people agreed with what Kanye said about him. The black neighborhoods in New Orleans were left to rot, while other areas of the city were quickly repaired. In the minds of many Americans, that appears to be racist.

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Rick Ross denies Eminem beef

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Rick Ross' abrupt departure from the Soul Train Awards has made news all over the internet. There were rumors of Ross being upset because Eminem won the award for Best Hip Hop Song. He was set to perform "Aston Martin Music," but he left Chrisette Michele hanging.

Michele, Ross' label-mate at Def Jam, was highly upset following his departure. She angrily said that Rick Ross was acting very immature and that he should roll with the punches. To avoid a possible beef with Ricky, she changed her tone, but said he could have handled the issue better.

There have been many rumors about what led to Rick Ross leaving the Soul Train Awards. Most rumors pointed to Ross wanting to re-ignite the feud with Eminem. Now, Rick Ross has broken his silence, saying he was upset because he had no say in how to perform his own song. After putting together an excellent show at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Rick Ross was sure Soul Train would let him be creative.

However, when he went to rehearse, they had their own plan laid out. Because he could not change their minds, Rick Ross decided he would not perform his song for the crowd.

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Drake opens up about Being Robbed at Gunpoint

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, Drake was robbed during a visit to Toronto, his hometowm. The rapper rarely talks about it, but he mentioned it on Thank Me Later. On the album, he says he was set up by a girl he was dating at the time.

For the first time since the May 2009 robbery, Drake has opened up about what happened. He was on a date and some people came to his car and robbed him of his chain and $4,000. But, the woman he was dating had her purse out and they did not rob her.

After the robbery, Drake began to play the situation back in his head. The conclusion he came to was that he was set up by the woman he took out. Following the situation, Drake learned to stay away from the negative energy that surrounds rap.

Ironically, after almost losing his life, Drake realized he was able to handle the rap world. A month after the robbery, his career took off and things have not been the same for Drake since. He has since made the jump from mixtape rapper to a platinum rapper. Currently, as 2010 comes to an end, Drake is back in the studio working on his second album, Take Care.

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T.I. says he is Tired of Jail

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since the release of Paper Trail, things have not been going so good for T.I. The rapper hit the peak of his career in 2008 and then was sentenced to a year of prison. Before he went to prison, T.I. apologized to his fans and even put together a reality show to chronicle him before he went behind bars.

Because of good behavior, T.I. was let out after only serving seven months in prison. Upon being released from prison, T.I. spent time in a halfway house. In March, he was released from the halfway house and he reunited with his family. Quickly, T.I. began repairing his image with the media.

T.I. was better than ever with appearances on CNN. He was now portraying himself as a businessman as opposed to a rapper. But, it all came crashing down when he violated his parole in September. He narrowly avoided a drug charge in Los Angeles, but his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, did pick up a drug charge.

Back behind bars in Arkansas, T.I. said he is tired of jail and he is feeling pain like he has never felt before. It has only been two weeks since the rapper went behind bars, but it feels like an eternity to him. Despite being back in jail, T.I. is still promoting his new album, No Mercy, which will be released on December 7.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Master P - "Make Em Say Ugh"

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Trick Daddy talks New Book and "Trick Loves The Kids"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Three years ago, Trick Daddy shocked the world when he left his longtime label, Slip-N-Slide Records. Trick Daddy helped gain fame for the label and landed them the distribution deal with Atlantic Records. For years, Trick Daddy made anthems for the label.

But, after ten years with the label and the focus clearly being on new acts, Rick Ross and Plies, Trick Daddy decided it was time for him to leave. He felt if he left then he could leave on good terms with the label. Instead of signing with another label, Trick created his own Dunk Ryders label.

Trick Daddy is currently working on his second album with his new label, http://www.thug2.com/. The album is a sequel to his 1998 album, http://www.thug.com/. It was that album that transformed him from a local Miami rapper into a national sensation. Early in the 2000s, Trick Daddy was the South's most-popular rapper.

One of his most-notable hits came in 2002, "Trick Loves the Kids." The song came after criticisms of his lyrics not being suitable for children. The title of the song was met with much scrutiny and many believed he named the song to stir controversy. However, Trick Daddy revealed he comes from a big family and there are always children around. The reason Trick Daddy created a song called "Trick Loves the Kids" is because Trick does love the kids.

On this new album, Trick Daddy wants to show there is more to him than rapping about money, drugs, and sex. His personal life has led to a change of pace for the former "Take it to the House" rapper. He is the father of growing children and is a strict father. Trick Daddy says he is not a friend to his children because he has to make the rules. So, if he comes out with a classic Trick Daddy album, he is going against some of what he is trying to teach his children.

Leading by example, Trick Daddy is changing things up because he loves the kids and he loves his kids more than anything.

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Jay-Z discusses Kanye West's growth

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, Jay-Z and Kanye West decided to expand their upcoming EP into a full album. Titled Watch the Throne, this album will be the first time Kanye West records as Jay-Z's equal. West has been the most-successful protege of Jay-Z and held down the Roc when Jay retired for a brief period.

Usually, Jay-Z saves a spot on his albums to record with Kanye, but he has never recorded with him in this manner before. While he always knew Kanye West was good, Jay-Z never knew he was this good. Jay credits this skill to the growth of Kanye West as a person and an artist.

During his recent break, Kanye West finally had the chance to digest the pain of losing his mother. Ever since he released his debut album, The College Dropout, Kanye West's live has been very fast-paced. He never properly grieved for his mother and that is what triggered most of his erratic behavior, which led to his outburst on Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Jay-Z said it has been incredible to see Kanye West's growth as a rapper, but it has been even more incredible watching him grow as a producer. Initially, Kanye West was known for sampling soul beats and placing hip hop mixes over them. But, following 808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West began to use more pop, electronica, and R&B beats. Now, West is using a rare mixture of all of these beats, which inspired his summer single, "Power."

The Brooklyn rapper revealed that he and Kanye West will be traveling to Australia to finish recording the album. Currently, they have finished seven tracks for the Watch the Throne LP.

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Duce Pound prepares their movement for the Next Level

By Mikey T The Movie Star
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Maybach Music has been a popular phrase, partially because of the Rick Ross song series. But, following the first "Maybach Music" song, Rick Ross decided to create a record label with the same name. Since that time, he has slowly been building a solid roster of artists. In the near future, they aim to make a run similar to the one made by Young Money late last year well into this year.

Currently, Duce Pound (which consists of Perle and Quise) have put out a new single, "Money in the Walls," which features Rick Ross and the Young Boys. The song has become very popular and is well on its way to becoming a hit. Ever since Rick Ross became a crossover hit, Duce Pound has been holding it down for the crew on the streets as they work towards making their crossover, which is right around the corner.

Recently, they sat down with Hip Hop Vibe's Mikey T The Movie Star and they spoke about their relationship with Rick Ross and with the other members of Maybach Music. They also spoke about their rise from Carol City, Florida.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Drake talks New Album, "Take Care"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since the release of Thank Me Later, fans of Drake have been waiting on the release of his next album. Initially, there were rumors of Drake releasing a new album before the end of this year. Later, Drake announced the release of his R&B mixtape, It's Never Enough.

However, Drake later decided not to continue recording the mixtape. Tired of R&B, Drake wanted to focus solely on his new album and rap. Earlier this week, Birdman revealed Drake would be releasing his next album next spring.

With his new album on the way, Drake said he is trying to shorten his rhymes, but make them catchier. Despite the high bar he set with his debut album, Drake promises more hits from his Take Care album than what came from his debut, Thank Me Later. On his next album, Drake said he will shorten his rhymes down to sixteen bars. On his last album, Drake simply rapped as he felt best.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Video of the Day: Soulja Boy ft. 50 Cent - "Mean Mug"

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Throwback Video of the Day: Ludacris ft. Mary J. Blige - "Runaway Love"

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Nicki Minaj talks "Pink Friday" and Almost Being Kicked out of Young Money

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

With her debut album, Pink Friday, right around the corner, Nicki Minaj has decided to change things up. Because of her unique style and her body, Nicki Minaj has been one of the biggest acts this year. As her album looms closer, the anticipitation continues to build.

Nicki Minaj has had all of the attention early in her career. She now feels it is time to use her attention to help others. Pink is not only the theme of her album, it is also the theme of breast cancer awareness. Because of this, Nicki Minaj has decided to use the popularity of her album to spread awareness.

Long before Nicki Minaj was able to shift her popularity around, she was almost kicked off Young Money. Last year, she signed to the label, but it was not until December that her recordings were made public. The reason behind this is because Lil Wayne was not a very big fan of Nicki's because she was not lyrical enough.

Lil Wayne was very close to having Nicki Minaj removed from Young Money because she could not keep up with either Wayne or Drake. To Nicki, this was a personal challenge and she stepped her game up. The next time she was heard by Weezy, he was so impressed with her that he made her his to priority outside of the rising Drake. Ironically, right after Drake released Thank Me Later, Nicki Minaj was making more news than he was and now the spotlight is all hers as she prepares to release Pink Friday.

Nicki Minaj plans to release her album on November 23, the same day Kanye West and Lloyd Banks release their respective albums.

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Album Preview: T.I. - "No Mercy"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After coming out of prison, T.I. re-entered the spotlight with his single, "I'm Back." It was the lead single for his properly-titled album, King Uncaged. But, as he was uncaged, the king found himself in trouble that landed him back in jail.

Upon learning he had to return to jail, T.I. changed the name of his album to No Mercy. Since he let his fans down twice, T.I. felt as if he did not deserve any mercy. Also, to all of his haters, T.I. will not be showing any mercy.

His first album in two years, T.I. has teamed up with the stars to celebrate his return. With an album loaded with collaborations, T.I. leaves the fans with something they will remember for years to come.

Track listing

  1. "Welcome to the World" featuring Kanye West and Kid Cudi
  2. "How Life Changed" featuring Mitchelle'l and Scarface
  3. "Get Back Up" featuring Chris Brown
  4. "I Can't Help It" featuring Rocko
  5. "That's All She Wrote" featuring Eminem
  6. "No Mercy" featuring The-Dream
  7. "Big Picture"
  8. "Strip" featuring Young Dro and Trey Songz
  9. "Salute"
10. "Amazing" featuring Pharrell
11. "Everything on Me"
12. "Poppin Bottles" featuring Drake
13. "Lay Me Down"
14. "Castle Walls" featuring Christina Aguilera

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Eminem opens up about "Encore," Drug Use, and Proof's death

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Since recovering, Eminem has openly discussed his past and what led to his addiction. Before his 2009 comeback, Eminem had not released an album since 2004's Encore. Most people say that album was the worst of Em's career. In the time since, he has been doing all he can to avoid that low.

When Eminem began recording Encore, he was very focused on putting together a creative album. His initial goal was to top his acclaimed The Eminem Show. But, towards the end of the album, he lost his focus. Towards the end of the album, Eminem said he would take pills, go in the studio, and goof off.

For years, Eminem had been using pills. In 2001, he rapped about this alongside D12 in "Purple Pills." At the time, his use was minor, so he joked about it. But, after the loss of his best friend, Proof, in 2006, the drug use became a way of life. Looking back on it, Eminem realizes how selfish he was because he was not the only person who missed Proof.

During Proof's funeral, Eminem said he was so high he thought the service was about him. Em feels hatred towards himself for even thinking that. He understands that Proof left behind a wife and children who loved him dearly. Still, he had to deal with his own grief and it was taking him over. Without his rock, Eminem fell to pieces. Late in 2007, Eminem made headline news when he almost died from an overdose. At the time, he had also gained a considerable amount of weight. It was then when he decided to get clean.

The result of him cleaning up was the success of his past two albums, Relapse and Recovery. Eminem officially cleaned himself up on 4/20.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Video of the Day: Twista ft. Chris Brown - "Make a Movie"

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Bow Wow returns to Rap for Cash Money

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, Bow Wow announced he was retiring from rap following the release of New Jack City, Pt. II. However, only a few months after he released the album, Bow Wow left his longtime label, Columbia Records, and signed with Cash Money.

For years, Bow Wow has recorded music with prominent members of the label. In 2003, Birdman produced his hit single from Unleashed, "Let's Get Down." From that point on, Bow Wow has been an honorary member of the crew.

When Bow Wow announced his retirement, not too many people believed him. Over the years, many rappers have retired and come back to the game. Bow Wow promised he would really give the game up.

While he did not give up rap completely, Bow Wow has taken some time off. Towards the end of 2009, he recorded some tracks with Young Money and he has released mixtape singles. Earlier today, Birdman spoke on adding Bow Wow to the label. He said it is great to add someone who was already established to his already stacked team. Birdman says he looks forward to releasing new music from Bow Wow. The midwest rapper plans to release his next disc sometime next year.

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Throwback Video of the Day: LL Cool J - "Around the Way Girl"

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Birdman says Lil Wayne/Drake album is possible

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Lil Wayne is already back in the studio barely a week after being released from prison. While he was behind bars, he mentioned that he would be doing an album with Drake. During the summer, their collaboration, "Miss Me," hit radio stations and became a hit. Now, they are ready to create an entire album.

Birdman, the CEO of Cash Money Records, has now broken his silence on the possible album. Due to their chemistry, Birdman said an album could work between the two of them. Because they are often together, they already record a lot of material together. Birdman thinks it would be easy for them to make an album out of it.

Outside of running the label, Birdman has plans of releasing another solo album, Bigger Than Life, early next year. Following the release of his album, he and Lil Wayne will release the Father Like Son album around Father's Day next year. While he is still releasing his own solo music, Birdman wants the focus to be on his artists because they can carry things long-term.

Birdman also confirmed rumors about a second album from Drake being released next year. He said to expect the album sometime in March or April with a single coming sometime in December or January.

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Lil Wayne recording new "A Milli" ?

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Only eleven days free and Lil Wayne is already back to work on his new music. Wayne made the announcement via Twitter he said expect a 2010 version of "A Milli." Two years ago, the follow-up to "Lollipop" showed people Wayne's lyrical side and it was another hit.

Some people have credited "A Milli" as the best song released from Tha Carter III. Since that time, Wayne has stepped his lyrical game up and 2010 Weezy trumps 2008 Weezy. When he promised a 2010 "A Milli," longtime fans became very excited with the rapper.

Lil Wayne said fans can expect the song to be like his 2008 hit, but on steriods. Wayne did not say where the beat is coming from, but the initial beat came from Bangladesh. "A Milli" is what put the producer on the map.

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Jay-Z defends Kanye West on "The Howard Stern Show"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Seven years ago, Jay-Z decided to push Kanye West as a rap artist and he helped create a monster. Ever since his 2004 debut album, The College Dropout, Kanye West has been one of the most vocal men in hip hop. In some ways, he took the place of rival, 50 Cent.

Kanye West turned heads in 2005 when he publicly called out former president George W. Bush. After his poor response to the black neighborhoods in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the rapper said Bush did not care about black people. Most black people felt the same way, including Jay-Z.

On his 2006 song, "Minority Report," Jay-Z sampled West telling this to the media. The media tried to make a big deal out of what he had said, but Bush's popularity was at an all-time low. The media took their revenge out on Kanye West four years later when he told Taylor Swift she did not deserve her VMA. From that point on, it has been okay for people to dislike West.

Earlier today, Kanye West was brought up during Jay-Z's interview on "The Howard Stern Show." He said the timing of his former protege is all off. However, Jay-Z said he was right about both statements. When the former president did not properly help the people, the majority of which were black, it seemed as if he did not care. When Beyonce came out with one of the most creative videos of all-time, Jay-Z said he felt she should have won too. But, he probably would have waited until after the show to say so.

Jay-Z says Kanye West is a victim of honest emotion because his heart is always in the right place. He sought to defend his people in 2005 and he sought to defend his friend in 2009.

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Game thinks G-Unit reunion is a Good Idea

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last week, Game reached out to 50 Cent, his longtime enemy, about a G-Unit reunion. The olive branch caught the attention of many hip hop fans. Game felt as if 50 Cent would and should be willing to reunite his crew with Young Buck and himself.

However, a few hours after Game reached out to his former boss, he was shot down. 50 Cent said he has not contacted Game in five years and he has no association with him. 50 went on to say he has no desire to work with Game or Young Buck ever again.

Lloyd Banks also weighed in and he had a similar response to his former ally. Banks stated that Game had his chance with the crew. Five years ago, G-Unit was on top of the game and the rapper named Game was right there in the middle. He proudly waved his G-Unit flag until he and 50 Cent began feuding and he quickly switched sides and worked with multiple rivals of G-Unit.

But, now with his The R.E.D. Album having no buzz nor a solid release date, Game needs something in order to keep his name out there. Even after being shot down by 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks, Game feels as if he can convince them to reunite the G-Unit of old. Game said he understands that 50 Cent still does not like him and he said Lloyd Banks is actually a cool person, but he is loyal to 50 Cent. This is why Game feels he shot down a reunion with him.

When Young Buck left G-Unit in 2008, Game had predicted Lloyd Banks would be the next rapper to leave the label. There were rumors of Banks leaving the group and the label, but they did not gain much traction. In the spring of this year, Lloyd Banks put all of those rumors to rest when he released "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley," the biggest G-Unit hit since "I Get Money" from 50 Cent. Now, with G-Unit rebuilding, 50 Cent does not want any distractions, so he has turned Game away.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Album Review: Kid Cudi - "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, Kid Cudi amazed listeners and some credited his debut album for saving hip hop. Following the success of his first album, Kid Cudi began working on his second disc. Now, the people have a chance to hear what he had in store.

Recently, the Cleveland rapper admitted he was growing bored with hip hop. But, with Kanye West breathing down his neck, Cudi delivered as promised. On his latest album, Kid Cudi has a new story to tell, but following the same concept.

In recent years, there have been many attempts to blend hip hop into other genres. First, there was the collaboration between Nelly and Tim McGraw and later there was Lil Wayne's Rebirth. But, with Kid Cudi, the blend comes a little more natural. Unlike most rappers Kid Cudi sings his raps, which makes his flow more melodic than other emcees. A melody makes it a lot easier to blend into other sounds.

Track listing

  1. "Scott Mescudi vs. The World" featuring Cee-Lo
  2. "REVOFEV"
  3. "Don't Play This Song" featuring Mary J. Blige
  4. "We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up)"
  5. "Marijuana"
  6. "Mojo So Dope"
  7. "Ashin' Kusher"
  8. "Erase Me" featuring Kanye West
  9. "Wild'n Cuz I'm Young"
10. "The Mood"
11. "Maniac" featuring Cage and St. Vincent
12. "Mr. Rager"
13. "These Worries" featuring Mary J. Blige
14. "The End" featuring GLC, Chip tha Ripper, and Nicole Wray
15. "All Along"
16. "GHOST!"
17. "Trapped in my Mind"

On his latest album, Kid Cudi managed to successfully blend hip hop into other genres and not sound as if he was trying too hard. He brought in the soul with a collaboration with Nicole Wray and two tracks on the album with Mary J. Blige. Kid Cudi is definitely one of the most creative people in hip hop and he brings some of the G.O.O.D. Music family on the album too. Of course, he and Kanye West teamed up for a record, showing off their skills, but he also featured GLC and Chip tha Ripper again.

It's a shame that Kid Cudi will not be doing more hip hop albums. While he plans to stay in music for a long time, he is hanging up the mic in favor of being in a rock band. Either way, he will be bringing something new to the game with his rock career.

Hip Hop Vibe's Rating: 7/10

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Video of the Day: Sinergyst ft. Smash - "Put It"

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Video of the Day: T.I. - "Get Back Up"

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Album Preview: Soulja Boy - "The DeAndre Way"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, Soulja Boy promised he was going to step his lyrical game up. He said to expect his third album, The DeAndre Way. The wait has been a little longer than expected, but it is almost over.

Unlike on his past albums, Soulja Boy will only have ten tracks on this album. Four additional tracks will be placed on the deluxe edition. The album features collaborations from 50 Cent and Trey Songz.

Soulja Boy also has collaborations with lesser-known artists, Bei Maejor and Ester Dean. The album features his summer smash, "Pretty Boy Swag" and the new hit, "Blowing Me Kisses."

Track listing

  1. "First Day of School"
  2. "Touchdown"
  3. "Hey Cutie" (featuring Trey Songz)
  4. "Speakers Going Hammer"
  5. "Pretty Boy Swag"
  6. "30 Thousand 100 Million"
  7. "Mean Mug" (featuring 50 Cent)
  8. "Blowing Me Kisses" (featuring Bei Maejor)
  9. "Fly"
10. "Grammy" (featuring Ester Dean)

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Eminem to release New Album in 2010?

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This year, Eminem solidified himself to an audience of new hip hop fans with his comeback album, Recovery. When he initially came back last year, Em promised to return with two albums. But, his label felt he should pace himself and the waiting paid off.

Eminem only made plans to release one album this year, but the producer of "Love The Way You Lie" says another album will be released before Christmas. Alex da Kid, the British producer said new Eminem music will be coming.

Last year, to keep his promise to fans of releasing two albums, Eminem released Relapse: Refill. The album was a sequel, of sorts, to his original Relapse album. An additional seven songs were added to the original album and he may have plans of doing something similar.

There is no set release date, but Alex da Kid said the album will be released before Christmas.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone - "Ridin'"

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Lloyd Banks to broadcast making of "The Hunger for More 2" online

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Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Lloyd Banks has been credited for bringing G-Unit back from the brink this spring. He rejuvenated the label with his hit single, "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley." The interest in the song led to the people wanting to hear a full album. More than anything, the people had a hunger for more.

Six years ago, Banks entered the game and he had the same hunger. This was one reason he named his first album The Hunger for More. Six years later, Banks felt as if he was in the same situation, so he titled his album The Hunger for More 2.

The making of the album has been very interesting and Banks feels it should be televised. With the days of MTV giving long marathons to G-Unit long gone, Lloyd Banks realizes matters have to be taken into his own hands. 50 Cent realized the best way to run a business was this way and he took G-Unit's matters into his own hands as soon as 2010 arrived.

Realizing the power of the internet, on Thursday November 24, 2010, Lloyd Banks will broadcast his special, "On the Road To THM2." Banks will broadcast the special through his Ustream.tv channel, Ustream.tv/LloydBanks. The special will come two days after the release of the album, The Hunger for More 2 on G-Unit/EMI.

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Rick Ross protests Soul Train Awards over Eminem defeat

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The summer of 2010 was big for Rick Ross, he released his first gold album with Teflon Don. Aside from that big achievement, he posted a summer anthem with "B.M.F." featuring Styles P. Eminem also scored an anthem with "Love The Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna.

At the Soul Train Awards, both rappers were nominated for the "Best Hip Hop Song" award. Rick Ross was also scheduled to perform "Aston Martin Music." Ross felt he should win the award and when he did not, he left in the middle of the ceremony. Last year, Rick Ross engaged in a slight beef with Eminem.

Chrisette Michele, Ross' collaborator for "Aston Martin Music," was excited about the performance and upset when Ross walked off. She vented, but later retracted her statement about Rick Ross being immature. She said she understands what an award means to people and how much it must have hurt her "Aston Martin Music" collaborator to lose.

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Pusha T discusses Malice and Consequence

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Recently, Pusha T spoke with KarenCivil.com, giving the fans an update about his career. Pusha T debuted in 2002, alongside his brother, Malice as The Clipse. Earlier this year, the crew signed with superstar, Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.

New music is coming from the camp and Malice recently put together a freestyle called "Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked." The freestyle caught the attention of a lot of people and people want answers.

Speaking on the freestyle, Pusha T said Malice spoke from the heart about where he is at right now. He said no matter the situation, Malice is always coming from the heart no matter what. Pusha T said one reason to support Malice is because he is real.

Pusha T also spoke on the "Man Purses" song from Consequence, a diss from the G.O.O.D. Music rapper to the camp. He said he never spoke on the situation before, but he feels as if there is no real feud going on because Consequence has been on the label for a long time. Pusha T feels more than anything Cons is having a little spat with Kanye West and things will soon be back to business as usual.

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Busta Rhymes teams up with Chris Rock for "E.L.E. II"

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For his latest album, a sequel to his 1998 banger, Extinction Level Event, Busta Rhymes promised to come out with something different. In his career, Busta has been known as the rapper who comes out with the crazy material. As he has gone from being one of rap's focal points to being one of the veterans, this has not changed.

Having done almost everything else with his other albums, it would be reasonable to think Busta Rhymes would not have any new ideas. But, always thinking outside of the box, Busta has decided to have a narrator for his latest album. No, not a close friend or a family member, or another rapper.

Busta Rhymes' E.L.E. II will be narrated by Chris Rock. While this is a first for Busta Rhymes, Chris Rock has been on albums before. He appeared on Ludacris' Theater of the Mind and he is set to appear on the new Kanye West album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. But, never before has a hip hop album been narrated by a comedian, another first for Busta Rhymes.

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Kanye West cancels "Today Show" performance on Black Friday

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In preparation for his fifth album, My Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West went on NBC's "The Today Show." While he was on, he made a public apology to George W. Bush and focused on moving on with his career. In the middle of his apology, the producers showed the video clip of him taking the microphone away from Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Following the interview, Kanye West posted a rant on Twitter about the situation. West said he did not like the way Matt Lauer handled the interview. He felt as if each question was placed to try and get a rise out of him. Because of this, Kanye West said he would no longer do anything with NBC. Ironically, "The Today Show" had booked him to perform on Black Friday.

Matt Lauer responded to West and he mentioned that he would be back on "Today" for his upcoming Black Friday performance. But, Kanye West recently addressed that problem, saying he would not be returning to "The Today Show" for the concert. On Twitter, Kanye West described, more in-depth, why he would not be doing anything for "The Today Show" anymore.

"I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons. I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of “the set up”..I blatantly said I’m not performing on a tweet and to everyone around me and the next day they still announced a performance…Do you guys see what I’m saying now… this is just a small slice of the day to day bullshit that goes on that helps to precipitate….. the idea that I such an asshole…. cause when I don’t perform oh noooow I’m the one that’s crazy or a jerk!..If I hadn’t tweeted about how they set me up at the show they would have never played the extra footage that displayed how disrespectful…..I want you guys to look at that footage and start to put everything together now. It’s very simple to call someone angry or spoiled or…the one thousand names I’ve been called but it’s harder to try to take a look at what’s really behind the curtain…I’m so happy that my real fans are not as “basic” as the media makes them out to be..Did you see them try to justify playing the audio….. Did you see them try to justify playing the audio…under my interview. Yo sometimes you’re just wrong and it ain’t nothing you can say to justify it believe me I know! Right now I’m not complaining. I’m tweeting because I’m so happy you guys got to see this shit really go down!!!!! : ))))))!!!! FINALLY!!!…..And I don’t hate Matt Lauer… We don’t promote hate. That’s the whole point!!! I promote love and truth!….. we’re all products or our environments … reflections of our surroundings…You know what ….WE OFF THAT!!!… They made a mistake… they thought they could pull it but they couldn’t! That was just a small…..representation of a bigger media play that’s been going on since the beginning of time…All positive energy … all smiles. Much love to Matt and the whole Today Show. I accept ya’ll future apology in advance LOL! I’m in Dubai BTW… Bout to rip down this Abu Dhabi stage later tonight!!!"

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