Friday, December 31, 2010

Rick Ross ft. Chrisette Michele and Drake - "Aston Martin Music"

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kanye West ft. Pusha T - "Runaway"

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Nicki Minaj - "Right Thru Me"

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Soulja Boy ft. 50 Cent - "Mean Mug"

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Lloyd Banks ft. Lloyd - "Any Girl"

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Soulja Boy - "Speakers Going Hammer"

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Eminem ft. Rihanna - "Love The Way You Lie"

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Nicki Minaj - "Your Love"

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Drake - "Find Your Love"

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Twista ft. Chris Brown "Make a Movie"

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Ludacris ft. Trey Songz - "Sex Room"

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Just Blaze talks "The Greatest Story Never Told"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

With Dr. Dre finally releasing Detox, Saigon finally landed a secure deal to release The Greatest Story Never Told. Over the course of five years, singles have been released and release dates have been announced. But, even with all of the hype, nothing has ever come from Saigon.

At one point, in 2007, Saigon called out Just Blaze, the executive producer of the album. Not only was Just producing the album, but he had also signed Saigon to Fort Knocks Entertainment. It was assumed he had a deal, himself, with Atlantic Records. But, after the way they mishandled Saigon, Just Blaze left.

Despite all of the ups and downs, Just Blaze and Saigon stuck together and they plan to release the album in February. With the album finally coming, Just Blaze decided to open up. He said that issues with Atlantic Records held the album up and they could not find a good enough offer from anyone else, so they held on to the album. During this time, they were able to rework the album.

Just Blaze promises people they will be able to hear Saigon's pain and hunger from the past four years come to life on the official release of The Greatest Story Never Told. The album will be released on February 15 on Fort Knocks Entertainment and Suburban Noize Records.

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Busta Rhymes launches Conglomerate Records

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For as long as he has been in the hip hop game, Busta Rhymes has held himself down. When he had his first meeting with Elektra Records, Busta Rhymes created Flipmode Records. The label was run under Elektra Records and was home to a few other artists.

Rampage and Rah Digga were among the most popular artists on the label. When Busta Rhymes left Elektra Records, so did the artists signed to Flipmode Records. But, things changed when the boss decided to join Dr. Dre's team. Busta Rhymes signed a joint-venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment in 2005.

The deal left Flipmode Records without a solid distributor, but it left Busta Rhymes a nice deal with Aftermath/Interscope. The deal only lasted for one album before it went sour. A fight broke out between Busta Rhymes and Interscope Records owner, Jimmy Iovine, in 2007. Following the fight, he allowed Busta Rhymes to sign with Universal Records.

Universal Records not only signed Busta Rhymes, but also put together a deal to distribute his Flipmode Records. Under the terms of the deal, Busta Rhymes only had to keep good music flowing. In 2009, the first release from the album came B.O.M.B. Originally, Busta had plans of releasing his "final" album, The Chemo before the end of 2009. But, he changed the concept of the album and pushed it back to 2010 and pushed the album well into 2011.

When 2011 comes, Busta Rhymes will not be releasing albums on Flipmode Records. Instead, his next releases will be coming from Conglomerate Records, his new label. The label is named after his 2009 single, "Respect My Conglomerate." Reek da Villain is the first artist signed to the label, he was also signed to the old Flipmode Records for a period of time. However, when Reek's album did not come, he decided to leave the label, but they reunited over the summer of 2010.

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Hip Hop Vibe's Bust of the Year: T.I.

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After missing out on 2009's action due to his imprisonment, T.I. was supposed to dominate 2010. In March, T.I. made his first public appearance and released "I'm Back." The song was a minor hit and the summer was set to be T.I.'s summer. But, suddenly, "I'm Back" stalled and T.I. was an afterthought.

Atlantic Records no longer thought of T.I. as a top priority with buzz building around Wiz Khalifa. Without the support of his record label, the Grand Hustle CEO began his own movement. Because of his message, the people had his back. Still, he could not score a true hit single.

Even though things were not looking good for him, T.I. still kept pressing and trying to make things happen. But, in September, he officially killed his comeback attempt. During a trip to Los Angeles, he and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, were pulled over by the police. The couple was searched and caught with drugs and T.I. was sentenced to eleven months in prison.

T.I. was hauled back off immediately and he had to change the title of his album from King Uncaged. He quickly teamed up with Chris Brown to record a new lead single. Much like T.I., Chris Brown was trying to rebound from a major mistake. The two recorded the popular song, "Get Back Up," but it was not enough to help No Mercy sell the way Paper Trail did. T.I. had promised a major comeback in 2010, but he could not get his record label to cooperate and he landed himself another prison sentence.

With all of those accomplishments, T.I. is Hip Hop Vibe's Bust of the Year for 2010.

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Q-Tip gives Drake pointers for "Take Care"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Drake represents the new era of hip hop, but he has not forgotten about those who came before him. The Canadian rapper is actually one of the first stars to reach out to the major veterans in the game. Drake has relationships with plenty of veteran rappers in the game.

Q-Tip is among the veteran rappers Drake has an affiliation with. The two met during Jay-Z and Eminem's concert at Yankee Stadium. Drake introduced himself to Q-Tip through a mutual friend and they formed their own friendship. In the time since their first meeting, Q-Tip has been giving Drake advice.

Advice is not the only thing Q-Tip is giving Drake. It is no secret that Drake is currently recording Take Care. Because the album is Drake's, it is expected to sell very well. Realizing this, Q-Tip has made a beat specifically for Drake and also has recorded a verse on it. With his second album, Drake said he wanted to have more of a veteran feel and now he has it.

Drake is also working with 9th Wonder and DJ Premier on Take Care. The album is expected to be released sometime in the spring of 2011.

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DJ Premier talks Guru's death

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Hip hop was forever changed when Guru passed away earlier this year. Guru had worked with DJ Premier for years as members of Gang Starr. During the final days of Guru's life, he became extremely close to DJ Premier.

Premo recently announced he was going to release some unseen footage of Guru. The material is from when Guru was in good health. DJ Premier revealed he did all of the video work for Gang Starr from 1989 until 1993.

After Guru's death, there were rumors of him writing a letter to his friend, DJ Premier. Following his death, DJ Premier released a statement about how he felt. But, when asked about the letter, he said it did not exist.

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Nicki Minaj plans Hollywood Takeover

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In one short year, Nicki Minaj took over hip hop and did not even have an album out. Nicki Minaj released three successful singles over the course of 2010. Outside of her own singles, she has helped veterans such as Usher and Ludacris chart hits.

Nicki Minaj's buzz was so big this year that other female rappers have been talking about her. She has received her blessing from Eve. While she has Eve's blessing, Nicki Minaj has been feuding with the rest. It has mainly been Lil' Kim and Khia who dislike Nicki.

Because she cannot do anything about the disses, Nicki Minaj can only move forward. Since she mastered the hip hop game in only a few months, Nicki has Hollywood on the brain. She is determined to star in a Tim Burton film in the near future.

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Mikey T exclusive with Rich Hil

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Kanye West ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj - "Monster"

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Willow Smith talks "Parents Just Don't Understand" remake

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In the final few months of 2010, Willow Smith turned the whole world on its ear. She is the child of Will and Jada Smith and she is making her own mark. Smith came out with the single, "Whip My Hair," and created an anthem. Now, she has to put together an album to house the anthem.

The set release date for Willow Smith's debut album is 2011 and she is making preparations. Despite her goal of topping her father's success, many believe Willow is only a one-hit-wonder. Willow wants to people to think whatever they want to about her. She has major plans.

In an effort to avoid falling into the one-hit-wonder trap, Smith has discussed remaking Will Smith's hit "Parents Just Don't Understand." When he released the song, Will Smith did not have children, now he finds himself being a parent and his own child saying he does not understand. That part may hurt, but seeing his child shine more than makes up for it.

Nothing is set in stone, but Willow Smith would like to remake the song and put it on her upcoming album. If completed, the song would likely become a single sometime in the spring or summer of 2011.

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Soulja Boy - "Blowing Me Kisses"

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Jay-Z ft. Swizz Beatz - "On to the Next One"

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T.I. ft. Chris Brown - "Get Back Up"

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Wiz Khalifa - "Black & Yellow"

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Rick Ross - "I'm Not a Star"

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Waka Flocka Flame - "Hard in Da Paint"

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Wale ft. Gucci Mane - "Pretty Girls"

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Drake - "Over"

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Jay-Z ft. Mr Hudson - "Young Forever"

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Timbaland ft. Drake - "Say Something"

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On the Rise: J. Nolan

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

J. Nolan has been putting in work for quite some time trying to build his career. He has been around most of the country. At various times in his life, J. Nolan has lived in Connecticut, California, and he currently resides in Georgia.

For twelve years, J. Nolan has been putting rhymes together. But, for the past five years, rap has become more of a passion than a hobby. In these short five years, J. Nolan has risen to become a very popular underground voice in the South.

Right now, J. Nolan feels he has the right team around him to make 2011 into a very profitable year for him. Recently, the rapper caught up with Hip Hop Vibe via Facebook for an exclusive interview.

Q. How long have you been rapping?
A. I've been rapping for about 12 years now, seriously for about 5.


Q. What was your first time in the studio like?

A. My first time in the studio was pretty cool. It was set up in a friend's house so I was able to get comfortable and develop at a natural rate.

Q. Have you received criticism because of the way you sound?

A. Not really criticism, but a lot of people have compared me to Lupe Fiasco as soon as they heard me. He's one of my favorite artists, but I think some people might have written me off as a fake version of him or something. Especially when I first started making my music available online.


Q. What seperates you from other artists in the game?

A. I think what separates me is the fact that I'm not after what most of these other current artists want. I'm doing what I genuinely love to do and I think that shows in my music. The struggles that I speak of in my songs haven't been documented in Hip-Hop in a major way since the 90's. You'd think that everyone is really making millions and living it up everyday of their lives.


Q. How do you plan to stay in the game longer than most artists?
A. I plan to stay true to myself in the long run. Of course I'm going to grow artistically and personally, but I want to always represent where I came from and tell the stories that people need to hear.


Q. Are you currently working on any new material?

A. Yeah, I'm working on 2 new projects. The Loose Files and Chaos Theory. The Loose Files is a collection of tracks that I've been working on for awhile and Chaos Theory is going to be more of a focused concept.


Q. Have you been or currently signed to a label?

A. I've never been signed, still currently unsigned.

Q. Who is your biggest influence in rap?

A. I'd have to say NaS. From the amount of messages I've gotten from his music and the various rhyme schemes I learned from him, he's got to be my biggest influence.


Q. Who is your biggest influence outside of rap?

A. Outside of rap, I can't really name any particular artists, but I'd say jazz music as a whole. It's really influenced my way of approaching records and I have a lot of jazz infused beats due to my strong interest.


Q. What led to you becoming a rapper?

A. It was a natural progression for me. My first rap ever was in 4th grade and up until 9th grade I was messing around with freestyling and other things that dealt with Hip-Hop. Once I started taking it seriously in high school I knew that I had found part of my calling here on Earth.


Q. Have you ever considered quitting the game?

A. Not once. I've questioned why I haven't been noticed by a larger audience, but never considered leaving.


Q. What keeps you going?

A. Creating music itself keeps me going. It's my strongest talent and my passion. Even when I can't stand a majority of what's coming out in the industry, I can still turn my thoughts into something real.


Q. Who was your favorite rapper growing up?
A. I had a few different favorites. First was Snoop Dogg, then 2pac, then Jay-Z. As I got older I got more into Nas, and the last rappers I could consider as favorite are Lupe Fiasco and eLZhi.


Q. Where can people hear more music from you?

A. All of my material from the past couple of years is readily available at http://jnolaniscool.bandcamp.com/ for free.


Q. Have you been featured on other websites?
A. I've been featured on numerous websites since late 2008 with my older projects up to my most recent work. It's a blessing to even be remotely noticed for my craft.

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Soulja Boy's camp blames Interscope Records for Low Album Sales

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Three years ago, 50 Cent complained that Interscope Records did not properly promote Curtis. At the time, the label was focusing their energy on Soulja Boy, who debuted a platinum album. However, as the years have gone by, the focus has shifted again.

In 2007 and 2008, Soulja Boy delivered two high-selling albums and numerous chart-topping singles. But, in the time since then, he has been away from the game. Soulja Boy has gotten fair radio play, but the response has not been the same to his songs.

As a result, Soulja Boy's songs are not going far on the charts, which leads to low sales. People within Soulja Boy's camp are blaming this mess on Interscope Records. Like 50 Cent, Soulja Boy is saying he has done all of the promotion for this new album.

Soulja Boy feels Interscope Records could have done more to promote his album. When the album was released, Boi-1da said the album was nowhere to be found. He feels Interscope Records did not send many copies out the album out to stores across the country if his store barely had the album in stock. Soulja Boy said his album was all of the way at the back of the rack and the average fan will not look that hard.

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Redman discusses State of New Jersey rap

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The New Jersey hip hop scene has been under the shadow of New York hip hop ever since the start. The few New Jersey artists who have made it, blended in with the New York rap scene. Redman has always represented New Jersey, but the casual fan would mistake him for a New York rapper.

While Red has all of the love in the world for New York hip hop, he wants his own people to show up. There are only two rappers actively holding New Jersey down. Redman is one of them and the other one is Joe Budden. While Redman is enjoying the music, he thinks they need some help.

Recently, Redman posted a "Help Wanted" sign online asking of some New Jersey rappers to step their game up. Redman said there is plenty of room for more New Jersey rappers. While there are some rappers from New Jersey, the rap market there is not taken seriously and it is often merged into New York rap. Redman wants this to change and for New Jersey to be taken seriously in its own right.

Redman wants all of the New Jersey rappers out there to go ahead and get noticed to they can help put the state on the map.

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Young Chris talks Leaving Roc-A-Fella and Rico Love deal

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Before Jay-Z left Roc-A-Fella Records, he had plans of making Young Chris the next face of the label. Chris had been signed with the Roc for four years at the time. But, he was only one half of the duo, Young Gunz. The duo had one hit, "Can't Stop/Won't Stop," and they were forgotten.

However, on the mixtape scene, Young Chris shined and Jay-Z was watching. But, in 2008, an offer was given to Jay-Z that he could not refuse. He landed the deal with Live Nation which led to the creation of Roc Nation. Following this deal, Young Chris hinted towards signing with the label.

But, after seeing how long J. Cole has been waiting to release his album, Young Chris decided to wait. Instead, he signed with Rico Love's Division1 label. Rico Love, himself, has a lucrative deal with powerhouse label, Universal Motown. Young Chris looked completely past Roc Nation and went ahead and signed with Division1.

Looking back on the move, Young Chris said it was one of the smartest moves he pulled off. He said he does not regret this deal at all. The reason Young Chris signed so easily with Rico Love was because he was so talented. Young Chris said the chemistry the two have is undeniable. With such strong chemistry, he could not waste any time putting together this deal. He already feels as if he has missed out on valuable time and he does not want to miss any more. Sometime next year, Young Chris wants to release his debut album.

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Drake heads to New York for New Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Despite being from Canada, Drake spends a lot of time in the United States. Most of his inspiration comes from within the States. His debut album, Thank Me Later, was recorded in the US and it is looking like his follow-up will be too.

One of Drake's favorite songs was "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Aside from the catchy melody, the song stuck close to Drake because he loves New York. The iconic city is where Drake hoped to land one day and he did.

In need of inspiration to put together his Take Care album, it looks like the Empire City will be seeing more of Drake. The rapper plans to spend a lot of time there thinking up new lyrics for the album. Drake and Lil Wayne both are in New York City working on their new music and they will ring in the New Year in the city.

Drake plans to release Take Care sometime in the spring of 2011.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rich Hil interview with Mikey T The Movie Star

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Foxy Brown talks Lil' Kim and Christmas no-show

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Lil' Kim's feud with Nicki Minaj has quickly made front page news and people have forgotten about Foxy Brown. Brown has feuds with both rappers. While she dislikes Nicki Minaj, Foxy's primary beef is with Lil' Kim.

Towards the end of November, Lil' Kim's feud with Nicki Minaj peaked. The two rappers have been trading jabs for a little while and things finally reached a head. In the middle of all of this, Nicki Minaj actually released her debut album and Lil' Kim released a response.

Foxy Brown had plans of doing a concert for Christmas. During this concert Foxy Brown was going to release "Christmas Massacre," a diss aimed at Lil' Kim. But, this never happened because she never showed up.

The reason Foxy Brown did not perform was because of a death to someone close to her and she offered an apology to all of her fans who expected to see her.

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Hip Hop Vibe's Comeback of the Year: Kanye West

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, Kanye West dug himself a pretty deep hole when he took the mic from Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. It was something unexpected even from the controversial rapper. Many people were turned off from Kanye West because of his immature actions. Even the president referred to West as a "jackass."

Following Kanye West's VMA outburst, the media made him into a scapegoat. With all of the negative energy surrounding him, Kanye took some time off. He did not simply go back home to Chicago, he instead went overseas. When Kanye West did return to America, he spent time in Hawaii.

Initially, Kanye West had plans of putting an album out in 2009, but those plans were obviously halted. Instead, he began working on an album for 2010 to be released. The only problem with Kanye working on new music was the fact that his fan base was shattered. After the release of Graduation, West had built a major fan base outside of hip hop that was no longer there.

With comeback on his mind, Kanye West recorded with all of the top artists in the game. He had a popular guest feature on Rick Ross' "Live Fast, Die Young" off the Teflon Don album. During his verse on the song, the Chicago rapper spoke on his struggles. Lines such as "at least he still poppin' in Japan" stick out on the record. Kanye West would release "Power" later on in the summer and take more jabs at the people who put him down. The video received major attention because it was only one minute long.

Despite an album not being out, Kanye West had the attention of the world again and he released his second single, "Runaway." On the heels of the successful single, Kanye West released another smash, "Monster," which features Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. "Monster" became the posse cut of 2010, much like the hit, "Forever," in 2009 and "Swagga Like Us" in 2008. Ironically, all of those singles featured a verse from Kanye West.

The year of 2010 could have been the year when the people finally forgot about Kanye West. Instead, 2010 was the year when Kanye West proved he could still take over the game if he wanted to. Most of the focus on a comeback was on T.I., but Kanye West ended up stealing the show. Despite waiting until late in the year to release music, Kanye West could have almost been 2010's Artist of the Year, a closely contested battle between Eminem and Rick Ross.

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Lil Wayne & Young Money - "Roger That"

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B.o.B. ft. Bruno Mars - "Nothin' on You"

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Drake ft. Lil Wayne - "Miss Me"

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T.I. - "Got Your Back"

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Nelly - "Just a Dream"

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Young Jeezy ft. Plies - "Lose My Mind"

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Soulja Boy - "Pretty Boy Swag"

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Eminem - "Not Afraid"

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Rick Ross ft. Styles P - "B.M.F."

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Lil Wayne ft. Eminem - "Drop the World"

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Bow Wow lands Film Gig

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

While Bow Wow has not made much noise this past year, he is laying the groundwork for a major 2011. In 2009, Bow Wow announced his retirement from the game. Six months later, he signed with Cash Money. This year, he announced his return.

Currently, Bow Wow is in the studio with Cash Money's finest working on his latest album. Set with collaborations from the likes of Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, Bow Wow is planning something major. The album will be called Underrated.

Going along with his album will be Madea's Big Happy Family, featuring Bow Wow. The Ohio rapper will star in Tyler Perry's latest film as an ex-con. Madea's Big Happy Family will also be coming out in 2011.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Ludacris ft. Nicki Minaj - "My Chick Bad"

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J. Cole - "Who Dat"

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Eminem ft. Lil Wayne - "No Love"

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T.I. - "I'm Back"

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Lil Wayne - "On Fire"

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Rick Ross ft. Ne-Yo - "Super High"

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Snoop Dogg ft. Soulja Boy - "Pronto"

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Birdman - "Fire Flame"

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Lloyd Banks - "Beamer, Benz, or Bentley"

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Roscoe Dash - "All The Way Turnt Up"

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J. Cole talks Nas encounter

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since he entered the game, J. Cole has received multiple comparisons to Nas. Last summer, the Roc Nation star admitted he looked up to Nas. Recently, J. Cole opened up about the first time he met his idol.

J. Cole said the comparisons to Nas never felt right to him. He feels he has to do plenty of growing before he is on that level. It was not that long ago when the two first met. J. Cole made sure to be on his best behavior during that time.

In a recent interview, J. Cole expanded on this. He said he made sure he gave Nas extra props. Cole admitted he bowed down in Nas' presence. He made it clear he was a major Nas fan. Nas also admitted he was a fan of J. Cole's.

The Fayetteville rapper also admitted that he would do a collaboration album with Nas if the Queens emcee ever wanted to do one.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

HHV's Mikey T The Movie Star exclusive with Mr. Cheeks

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Slim Thug talks Running a Successful Business and New Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In 2005, Slim Thug emerged in the game alongside Mike Jones and Paul Wall. He quickly landed a deal with Pharrell's record label, Star Trak Entertainment. During the summer of 2005, Slim released his debut album, Already Platinum. The album boasted the minor hit, "Like a Boss."

Two years later, Slim Thug was supposed to release his second album. But, label politics led to the album being held up and pushed back multiple times. Slim Thug established his own label in 2007 and established distribution with Koch Records. He released an album, Serve & Collect, through the label.

After the album was successful, Slim Thug fought to leave the major label. In 2008, he recorded his third album, Boss of all Bosses, and established himself as an independent force. Ever since he left Interscope Records for his own independent set up, Slim Thug has been more successful and he prides himself as a businessman.

If there is any advice Slim Thug can offer to anyone trying to break into the game, he wants to tell them to remain independent. They may have to do more work, but they will see more of their money at the end of the day. Recently, Slim Thug released his third independent album with The Thug Show. He discussed the content on the album and how it is relevant to the world we live in today. Most importantly, Slim Thug wanted to remind the people that he is still here and relevant.

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Redman talks Lil' Kim vs. Nicki Minaj feud

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Everyone in the hip hop game has had something to say about the simmering feud between Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj. Redman recently gave his take on the feud. The statement from Redman sounded similar to Ja Rule, who suggested the two collaborate. Despite what the men say, Lil' Kim wants to keep the beef.

Unlike other rappers, Redman sided in the feud. He said he has been friends with Lil' Kim for a while and she is his heart. Redman said he does not play when it comes to her. The way he sees things, Lil' Kim should diss Nicki Minaj if she is not paying homage. But, Redman said that Nicki has given her credit in the past.

Redman said Nicki Minaj gave her props then went on to steal the style Lil' Kim invented. He feels Kim should have come out and accepted the props. From there, he feels she should have reminded fans she originated the sexy female rapper style and then offer to work with Nicki Minaj. If things had been like that, the entire beef could have been avoided.

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Royal Gear 2011 commercial

New commercial promoting the upcoming line from Royal Gear Clothing in 2011.

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G. Dep faces 25 years Behind Bars

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For seventeen years, G. Dep was getting away with murder, silently living up to the Bad Boy name. He was known for his hit single, "Special Delivery." Once that single was released, he became very wealthy. But, on his quest for wealth, G. Dep had to kill for a living.

Despite having a nice life, G. Dep was being torn apart by the guilt, so he did the noble thing. The New York rapper decided to turn himself in for a murder he committed in 1993. Many news outlets and rappers commended him on his honesty.

Most people would have not told the truth after keeping a secret for seventeen years. G. Dep opened up and he he had to show up in court. Even though G. Dep was honest, the court had no mercy for him after he committed murder and kept it hidden for so long.

If G. Dep is found guilty of the murder charges, he will face 25 years in prison.

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LisaRaye's daughter Represents for Apple Bottoms

By Ralph Lauren of the Ghetto
Hip Hop Vibe Contributing Writer

LisaRaye has been around for years on such shows as "All of Us" on UPN. Over the years, she has become famous for her apple bottom. Despite having one of the more nicer shapes in the entertainment business, LisaRaye never worked with Nelly's popular jeans line.

Kai Monae, LisaRaye's daughter, however, has landed a deal with Apple Bottoms to be the face of the clothing line. She is a lot like her mother in the place where it matters the most. Kai continues the trend of plus-size models proving their sexiness too. Apple Bottoms was created for women with curves.

Following the photoshoot, both Kai and LisaRaye were happy with how it turned out. LisaRaye is happy her daughter has landed a consistent job. Nelly is happy that he has another pretty face to represent his famous brand.

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Waka Flocka Flame cares less about Being Lyrical

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In October, Waka Flocka Flame was listed as the number eight rapper on MTV's "Hottest MC's in the Game" list. The news came as a shock to Waka. After discovering he was included on the list, he said he thought the list was only for lyrical rappers. Multiple times, Waka Flocka said he does not want to be a rapper.

The only reason Waka Flocka Flame became a rapper was because he wanted to make money. Waka, along with many other rappers, has been famous for being a "swagger rapper." He said he would not trade his position for any other in the world. Waka said he was very blessed this year.

Later, he was asked if he wished he was more lyrical. Waka Flocka said he could really care less. He is making music in order to take care of himself and his family. As long as his fans love his music and he continues to make money, Waka Flocka Flame will continue to make this type of music. He is the first "swagger rapper" to simply come out and admit his true feelings about the rap game.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Nas ft. Will.i.am - "Hip Hop Is Dead"

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Hip Hop Vibe's Artist of the Year: Eminem

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Eminem has been dominant for years, but he has never had a year quite like 2010. Last year, Eminem returned from a five-year hiatus and went platinum, but was still written off. Critics panned his singles, "Crack a Bottle" and "We Made You." They said he waited too long to make his comeback.

As if things could not get any worse for the rapper, he had a small dispute with Interscope Records over his album title. For 2010, Em wanted to record Relapse 2. But, they did not like the idea since he was a real recovering addict. Instead, Eminem was rushed into recovery, which led to Recovery.

When the spring came, Eminem released the inspiring lead single from the album, "Not Afraid." For the first time in his career, Eminem was not angry, not sober, and serious. He promised he would get better for those who cared for him and he even admitted Relapse was not his best album. The song debuted on top of the Billboard Hot 100.

In the middle of the summer, Eminem was on top of the charts with "Not Afraid" and he released the second single from Recovery, "Love The Way You Lie." As "Not Afriad" slipped, Eminem's Rihanna-assisted follow-up rose to the top of the charts. The song still gained significant airplay well into the fall of 2010 and still receives moderate radio play as the year is coming to a close. Eminem is currently dominating the winter season with his Lil Wayne-assisted single, "No Love."

Eminem has had years in which his albums sold more records and he has been the best-selling rapper years before. But, on the hip hop scene, Eminem has usually had to fight against other heavyweights. However, this year, Eminem defeated all of his competition. Lackluster years from Lil Wayne, T.I., and Kanye West left the game in the hands of Eminem. The fans loved the fact that Eminem was able to reinvent himself and still come with his traditional style.

Because of his dominance, Eminem has been selected as Hip Hop Vibe's Artist of the Year for 2010.

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Paul Wall discusses having Gastric Bypass Surgery

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

When he came into the game, Paul Wall promised he would not let the money change him. Nearly six years in the game, he allowed the money to do just that. But, Wall says if he had not, he might not be alive right now.

Paul Wall was always one of the chubbier rappers in the game, but he put on weight during his time off. The Houston rapper gained weight while he was on tour. VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" contacted him after his show in Afghanistan.

It was then that Paul Wall took a look at himself and realized he had to get better. He knew his size was not a secret, but when he went to the doctor, he discovered he was morbidly obese. Still, he turned down the show, but decided to get better.

In an effort to quickly drop the weight, Paul Wall decided to undergo gastric sleeve surgery. After the procedure, he has lost 120 pounds. Wall now says he feels as if he has completely regained his life and feels more alive than ever before. When he gets on stage now, he has energy instead of feeling as if he could collapse at any moment. Paul Wall now has a new lease on life.

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Dead Prez turns down Roc Nation

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Jay-Z has spent most of his time since The Blueprint 3 building his Roc Nation label. He was initially promoting J. Cole, but he soon added Willow Smith to the label. Soon after landing the young Smith, she posted a hit. While she was making hits, Jay-Z was signing Jay Electronica to Roc Nation.

Ever since he left Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam to create Roc Nation, there have been rumors of many artists signing there. Initial rumors stated Beyonce, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, the entire roster of the old Roc-A-Fella Records, and Nas would end up signed to the label. This has yet to take place, but Roc Nation is growing.

Recently, there have been rumors of Dead Prez signing with the label. While they have great respect for Jay-Z and Roc Nation, the duo has no interest in joining the label. M1 said they would like to work with many of Roc Nation's artists without actually giving up their rings. Dead Prez loves the idea of working as they please on an independent basis.

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Hot Rod talks G Note Records

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, 50 Cent was back in the news as the launch of G Note Records was made public. Not only did 50 Cent announce a new record label, but he also announced the first artist. Initially, Hot Rod was signed to G-Unit Records as a hardcore rapper. But, on the new label, G Note, he is more pop.

Hot Rod recently discussed the new label and his career. Three years ago, Hot Rod signed with G-Unit Records. Immediately after his signing, 50 Cent created G Note Records. Hot Rod has been touring all over the world promoting the label. The first release from G Note was supposed to be Hot Rod's "Dance with Me" single.

In 2007, G-Unit's downfall began and 50 Cent had a heart-to-heart with the new artists on the label. He sat Hot Rod and another minor artist down and told them to build their own buzz. After 50 Cent made it clear he had to pull his own weight, Hot Rod organized his own tour and began promoting for both of the labels, G-Unit and G Note.

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Dos Dilligence helps make Royal Gear hip hop

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For years, Dos Dilligence has been on the independent hip hop market. He has had chances to sign with major labels, but they wanted to change his style. When Dos Dilligence breaks into the game, he wants to remain himself.

Had he signed with a major record label, Dos would have already been a platinum rapper. With a platinum album, things would have been coming easier for the rapper. Usually, when rappers hit it big in the majors, they land endorsement deals with all kinds of companies.

Despite Dos Dilligence not being signed to a major label, he has earned his first endorsement. Recently, he partnered with Royal Gear Clothing to help the brand break into the world of hip hop apparel. Royal Gear has been around for years, but has relaunched as a hip hop clothing line. Dos Dilligence is one of the first rappers to team up with Royal Gear Clothing in an effort to boost the brand.

Early next year, Dos Dilligence will soon be wearing Royal Gear products, such as shirts and hoodies, to some of his events. Under the terms of the deal, Dos Dilligence and Royal Gear will be exchanging promotion. Fans can go to the Royal Gear site and hear music from Dos Dilligence and soon Dos will be starring in commercials for the clothing line.

Expect the advertising campaign to begin sometime early in 2011.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lil Wayne excited by Comeback

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After spending most of 2010 behind bars, Lil Wayne has started an extravagant comeback for next year. He began his comeback with a performance with Eminem on "Saturday Night Live." From there, he will begin the promotion for his upcoming album, Tha Carter IV.

Lil Wayne will be on the cover of the first 2011 issue of Rolling Stones magazine. When he first came into the game, Lil Wayne was happy to be rich. While he was relatively famous, he never saw himself being this big. Lil Wayne did cover some hip hop magazines, but now he feels as if he has made it.

The rush he is getting from being back is undescribable. After being behind bars for seven months, doing photoshoots seems therapeutic for Wayne. His career has had many ups and downs and Lil Wayne thanked his fans for making him number one so soon after getting out of prison.

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Hip Hop Vibe's Album of the Year: Rick Ross' "Teflon Don"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, Rick Ross promised he would deliver a classic album for 2010. Classic was an understatement as Rick Ross stepped things up on his fourth album. He has established himself as one of the true bosses of the game.

The year of 2010 was transitional for hip hop as the usual suspects were missing. Jay-Z did not release an album, T.I. was in prison, and Kanye West was on hiatus. But, Eminem finally solidified his comeback and dominated radio.

While Recovery was a critical and commercial success, it lacked the anthems of Rick Ross' Teflon Don. As soon as the summer rolled around, Ross had provided fans with his Ne-Yo-assisted "Super High." In the middle of the summer, the album came and it was bumped across the nation.

The album was full of anthems and was played constantly by die hard Rick Ross fans from the summer well into the latter part of the year. Sales do not do this album justice as Rick Ross proved he deserves to be in the same conversation with the likes of T.I., Lil Wayne, and Drake. With T.I. and Lil Wayne out of commission, it was Rick Ross who held down fans of Southern hip hop.

This album helped to fill a void and solidify an artist, which is why Rick Ross' Teflon Don has been picked as Hip Hop Vibe's Album of the Year for 2010.

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New Orleans rapper, Magnolia Shorty, gunned down

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Outside of the success of Cash Money and No Limit, New Orleans hip hop is known for tragedy. In 2003, Soulja Slim was gunned down. In 2005, the entire city was torn to pieces by Hurricane Katrina. Now, another of the city's rappers has been murdered.

Magnolia Shorty was named by Soulja Slim, as they were from the same projects. Through her connection with Slim, she was introduced to Birdman who introduced her to the game. She was signed to Cash Money Records for a short period of time.

She was only the second artist signed to Cash Money Records, but she did not remain on the label long. After her Cash Money days, Magnolia Shorty returned to the streets of New Orleans. Her legacy grew despite her not going back and trying to land another label deal. She last appeared at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

Early reports say Magnolia Shorty was shot over 26 times in her old neighborhood.

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Nas partners with HIV/ADS group to Serve Christmas Dinner

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Nas has had a very successful year in 2010 and he is giving back towards the end of the year. Throughout his career, Nas has sought to raise awareness about the problems around the world. Many of his lyrical rivals have often said there are just as many problems right around the corner.

Taking heed to this, Nas has teamed up with activist Maria Davis and restauranteur, Melba Wilson. The three have come together, along with My Sisters Books/Kensington Publishing Corp. to provide the 2nd Annual Christmas Dinner. Meals will be provided by Melba's 125 Restaurant.

The dinner will be for people infected by the HIV/AIDS Virus and the event will be to raise awareness. Nas often raps about these situations so it was perfect for him to have a part in the dinner.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Hip Hop Vibe's Independent Artist of the Year: A-Thug

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

This year, A-Thug took his game to a higher level. For seven years, he had been holding things down in Harlem. But, late in the summer, his game finally went national. A-Thug also has an incredible hustle that has led to him having a small empire in Harlem.

While he has released an album each year, this year his Icon album has received higher sales than his previous releases. Much of this has to do to the connections he made this year. But, his hustle never stopped no matter what situation he was in.

The high sales of his independent album, along with the professional sound of his music has landed him this title. Outside of music, he also has his own clothing line, which is independently owned and operated. A-Thug is the only rapper with his own pantie line.

Outside of his own career, A-Thug also runs his own record label, Black Rolling Stones Entertainment and he handles each detail all on his own. A-Thug does just as much, if not more, in the run of a day as hip hop millionaires, Diddy and Jay-Z. But, unlike the other two New York legends, A-Thug has accomplished all of his feats without the backing of a major company.

There is no denying, A-Thug and his businesses as being hip hop and there is no denying his entire career is completely independent.

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Lil Wayne settles "Lollipop" dispute with Jim Jonsin

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Before the release of "Lollipop," Lil Wayne was hailed as a great lyricist with promise. At the time, he had yet to post a true radio hit. He had recorded hits with other artists, but had not gained a hit of his own. This would all change when he used Jim Jonsin's beat and created "Lollipop."

The song was released in March of 2008 and quickly rose to the top of the charts. "Lollipop"s popularity was great promotion for the accompanying album, Tha Carter III. The song propelled the album to end up going triple platinum. Even late in 2008, the song remained high on the charts.

While "Lollipop" forever changed Lil Wayne's career and established Jim Jonsin, there were problems. Jonsin was never properly paid for his work. The contract said Jim Jonsin would also receive royalties from the song. But, as the song continued to rise, Jonsin ended up being shorted and he took legal action.

Today, Jim Jonsin revealed he and Lil Wayne sat down and they made an "arrangement." He said he never had a problem with Wayne, they were just confused over the numbers. Now, everything has been settled and Cash Money Records has started paying Jim Jonsin the money he deserves.

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

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Foxy Brown prepares Christmas Diss Record for Lil' Kim

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Lil' Kim has spent the majority of this year thinking of ways to blast newcomer, Nicki Minaj. She has had more headlines this year because of Nicki than she had in 2005 with her 5 mic album. The feud with Nicki Minaj has helped revive Lil' Kim's career. But, now that she is back, so is her rival.

Foxy Brown was Lil' Kim's biggest rival throughout the 1990s and the 2000s. Despite Foxy Brown having a bit of success, she never could match Lil' Kim's popularity. Along the way, Lil' Kim also began working with members of Foxy's team. By 2003, Foxy Brown was completely forgotten and Lil' Kim was posting hits.

But, by 2006, Lil' Kim was headed to prison and soon she was also forgotten. With Lil' Kim gone, it did not take long for most of the female rappers to disappear. In 2009, Nicki Minaj released the popular mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, and helped revive the female rap game. When 2010 rolled around, she took over the rap game and made enemies out of both Foxy Brown and Lil' Kim.

While Foxy Brown and Lil' Kim can agree on their dislike for Nicki Minaj, they cannot agree on anything else. Despite their mutual feelings, Foxy Brown still has the urge to diss Lil' Kim. At one point in time, the ladies were friends. Honoring that friendship, Foxy has decided to leave Kim a Christmas present. To be more exact, she is planning a "Christmas Massacre" for her former friend.

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Timbaland gives special Christmas message

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Nicki Minaj disses Airport Security

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Initially, Nicki Minaj said she was a non-confrontational rapper, but after battling Khia and Lil' Kim, she has changed her stance. Nicki said she is going to have to be more outspoken if she wants to make it in the game. Not only has she gone after Lil' Kim, but Nicki Minaj also has beef with airport security.

Ever since 9/11, airport security has been heavily scrutinized and criticized. Many people think the security guards are lazy with their searches. Either the guards are lazy or they target the wrong people most of the time. Recently, Nicki Minaj decided to unload on this situation.

The Young Money rapper went to her Twitter to release her statement about the TSA. She called the guards out for their laziness and asked them to do better. If they could not do it for their own self-pride, Nicki Minaj asked them to at least do it for the troops fighting overseas. Being from New York, Nicki has a first-hand experience of 9/11.

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Nicki Minaj says she will Jump on Lil Wayne's "6'7"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In the middle of speculation about a sextape featuring Nicki Minaj leaking to the internet, she is staying focused. Ever since she hit it big this year, the media has been all over her. Despite what the media says, or Lil' Kim, Nicki has continued to rise in the game.

Fresh off the release of her Pink Friday debut album, Nicki is focused on maintaining her buzz. Next year, she hopes to put out another album. But, she has to keep her name in the public eye in the meantime. Nicki Minaj plans to collaborate with other artists while working on her next album.

The first post-album collaboration for Nicki Minaj will be with her boss, Lil Wayne. Recently, he released "6'7" as the first single from Tha Carter IV. Nicki Minaj announced via Twitter that she would record a verse that would be used for the remix. There is no set date of when all of this will happen, but it will be sometime in the New Year.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Westside Connection - "Gangsta Nation"

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Lakers' star, Ron Artest, launches Record Label

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ron Artest has always felt music was his calling after basketball. A few years ago, Artest attempted to release a hip hop album. But, at the time, he was in the middle of his league suspension. Artest took time off and focused on basketball.

It took Artest a few years, but he repaired his image and signed with the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. Ron Artest would win his first NBA championship with the Lakers this past summer. His image is fully repaired and now he is looking to expand.

With everything going his way, Ron Artest landed a deal with SMC Recordings to create Artest Media Group. Next year, Artest will begin adding artists to this label and making announcements. In the meantime, he will be promoting the new company.

SMC Recordings is home to the legendary Rakim and other rappers. They are thrilled to have this partnership with Ron Artest and he is thrilled to be working with them, too.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

50 Cent continues G-Unit expansion with G Note Records

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The struggles of G-Unit have been obvious over the past four years. Despite his label falling apart, 50 Cent has still been focused on expanding. After his album sales began to decline, 50 Cent lost his control over Interscope Records. Upset, he left the label for a new deal with EMI Records.

Under this new deal, 50 Cent retains full creative control of his label. For years, 50 Cent has been trying to expand G-Unit Records into a major label. He has finally taken steps in the right direction to make this happen. Recently, he created G Note Records.

Moving at a rapid pace, 50 Cent has already got an artist signed to the label. He moved Young Hot Rod from the main G-Unit label to be the flagship of G Note Records. Along with the label change will also be a change in style. Initially, Hot Rod was hardcore and now he will be more along the lines of a pop rapper.

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Jacki O denies issues with "Godmother" Griselda Blanco

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Miami rapper, Jacki O, is in the middle of a comeback so she is back on her mixtape grind. In an effort to raise publicity for her new mixtape, she chose a title which would turn heads. Jacki O named her latest mixtape after female crime boss, Griselda Blanco.

When she revealed the title of the mixtape, many hip hop outlets hinted towards a possible feud. These possibilites heightened when Jacki O received a call from the Godmother's son. But, the call was nonconfrontational according to Jacki O.

Blanco's son, Michael Corleone Blanco gave Jacki O the family blessing to use his mother's name. He offered to collaborate with her to portray her in a light that the media never did. Michael Blanco told Jacki O that his mother was big on family.

More than anything, he was honored that she chose to honor his mother. The only problem he had was the cover Jacki O chose to use. Jacki O said she will use what she learned about Ms. Blanco to help repair her image from the grave. This is not by any means an attempt from Jacki O to imitate Griselda Blanco, but she can relate to her being a female in a male-dominated field.

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G. Dep admits to Murder

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In the late 1990s, G. Dep rose to fame as an artist on Diddy's famed label, Bad Boy Records. For most of his career, G. Dep was in the shadow of Black Rob, Mase, Shyne, and Loon. Three years ago, he grew tired of waiting and left the label. G. Dep later collaborated with fellow former Bad Boy, Loon.

While G. Dep never received much attention while he was a part of the Bad Boy family, he sure will receive plenty of attention now. The rapper recently turned himself in for murder. G. Dep has a criminal history, having been arrested 25 times. He has committed burglary and got into trouble with drugs.

Seventeen years ago, however, G. Dep brutally murdered John Henkel in the middle of a routine robbery. He shot the man three times in the chest and hid the evidence. In the time since the murder, he has gone on to become a semi-successful rapper. But, recently, the guilt got to him so G. Dep decided to turn himself in. He is currently in jail and will not be released on bail.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Diddy - "Loving You No More"

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Hip Hop Vibe's Rookie of the Year: Wiz Khalifa

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

There has been a lot of talk about Wiz Khalifa over the past few years. Representing Pittsburgh, Wiz wanted to do it big for his hometown. While several famous rappers have come from the other major city in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, no successful rappers have come from Pittsburgh.

Wiz Khalifa sought to change this as he elevated from being a mixtape rapper to a major player in 2010. He first organized his national tour, Waken Baken, and got the people ready for his debut album due next year. There have been other breakthrough artists this year, but Wiz Khalifa took the cake.

Often phrase often used by true artists is that anyone could put together an album, but it takes a strong person to go out and tour. Before putting an album out, Wiz Khalifa went out and did the tour. Due to the fact that Wiz Khalifa went out and put together a successful national tour and posted a hit single with "Black and Yellow" has earned him the honor of being Hip Hop Vibe's Rookie of the Year.

Next year, Wiz Khalifa plans to release his debut album on Atlantic Records.

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LoPro discusses Feed Da Wolves and New Mixtape

By Mikey T The Movie Star
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, Hip Hop Vibe's Mikey T The Movie Star caught up with LoPro. His name has been getting buzz for quite some time and he has quickly become one of the most-popular rappers on the underground. Since signing with Bang 'Em Smurf's Feed Da Wolves Entertainment, things have only gotten better for LoPro.

In October, LoPro was featured on Hip Hop Vibe as an "On the Rise" artist. At the time, he was still thinking of a concept for his upcoming mixtape. The following month, he was featured here again after coming up with a concept. With his mixtape right around the corner, Hip Hop Vibe called LoPro to do another interview.

In this exclusive interview, LoPro discusses his relationship with Feed Da Wolves Entertainment, how he got in the game, and his new mixtape, Feeding Time.

HHV: Getting into the game ?

LP: I've been rapping for about four years, Been In the game for two. It started off just as a fun type hobby, me and a few homies used to get wavyy and just kick freestyles all day long to instrumentals. I always used to say how much I hated the radio because it's so dam commercial and always playing the same garbage over and over, so what was once just a hobby, became something alot more serious to me. I'd sit and watch all these people commercial and underground and think to myself, "I'm nicer than half of these clowns who are being put on in the industry & getting spins all day on the radio." Two years ago, I linked up with Mikey T The Movie Star through mutual homies, and I guess you can say he kinda lit a fire inside me.The rest is history. Within the two years that I've been in the game I have excelled at a rapid rate, performing at numerous venues locally and non local, and have been making multiple contacts and linking up with numerous artists that are now supporting the movement.

HHV: What projects are you currently working on?
LP: I'm currently working on a new mixtape which is due to drop in mid Janruary. The mixtape will be titled Feeding Time, which will be hosted by Bang'em Smurf, the president of Feed Da Wolves Entertainment and Mikey T. The Movie Star and it will be released through Feed Da Wolves Entertainment. The mixtape will have about 15 tracks, featuring artists such as Money Mo from FDW, Southside Sinatra and Shake-A-Vel from Drilinn Entertainment, among others.
HHV: Is There a Deeper meaning behind your mixtape name, Feeding Time, than it was behind your previous mixtapes, Shut Your Mouth & Listen and Face the Music.

LP: Feeding Time is for the hungry, determined, and motivated. People who are tired of the usual same old, same old. I'm tired of waiting and sitting by as all of these half-assed, no talent artists make it big just based on who they know in the industry. 2011 is the year of the Wolves. And it's feeding time the team is here and we will not go hungry.

HHV: What lyrics are you touching on in you music?
LP: A wide assortment of music for your listening pleasures, versatility is a must. Without that it's just the same old thing and that is not what I am. You will hear stories of past, present and future. My pain, struggles, and the journey through my life. I do not consider myself to be one of these artists who thinks hip hop is all about who says the best metaphors or punchlines. I'm raw and I keep it that way. One of the greatest rappers of all time was and still is Tupac Shakur, yet his music was not all about metaphors and slick rhyming, but more heartfelt and real.

HHV: Artists that influence you?
LP: I've always been a Pac fan, but the rap game in general is my influence. If I had to label a few I'd have to say Pac, Biggie, Big Pun, Big L, Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, all the way to the R&B side. The list of influences is long.

HHV: What impact do you want to have on the game?
LP: I don't care if I make it big in the game, I'm in it for the love of music and to give people something besides the same shit, to listen and relate to.I want to bring back that old feeling of hip-hop, not this pop shit that 90% of the industry is doing today. I want to put my state on the map, which has never been done before in hip hop.

HHV: Recent and Upcoming Work?
LP: As said before, the new mixtape labeled Feeding Time is due to be released in early to mid January. I have a new smash single out which is titled "RI 2 NY" ft. Shake-A-Vel as well as other collaborations with numerous artists. I'm currently working on numerous projects simultaneously, with artists Deadzones Profit From Miami FL, Shake-A-Vel,Myster DL from 100 Mad, and a slew of Feed Da Wolves artists..

HHV: Final Words & Shout Outs
LP: If you're heart is not in it 100% you won't make it anywhere. Stay grinding and never give up. There is always going to be sacrifices which one must make to go further with their dreams.

Hold your head high and lay down for no one.

Shoutouts to my team : Mikey T. The Movie Star, Caesar Ceelo, Ryan B Hyeeze and B.A.R.S. Ent., the whole Movie Star Management Team, Bang'em Smurf, Domination, Maybach Dice, Money Mo and the whole Feed Da Wolves movement, Shake-A-Vel and Drilinn Ent., Myster DL and 100 MAD, Triple B and all my local artists who show love and support the movement.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Nas and Damian Marley announce International Tour Dates

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The long-awaited album from Nas and Damian Marley came earlier this year. Unlike most hyped-up albums, it actually lived up to the expecations. While the album did not sell as well as many media outlets expected, it was a critical success. Nas and Damian Marley proved two talented people could come together and leave egos aside.

Since they were able to deal with each other long enough to put together an entire album, they have more plans. A cult following was created after the success of the album. Nas and Damian Marley already had fans from all across the world. Now, as a duo, they plan to travel the world and meet these people.

Beginning in February, Nas and Damian Marley will team up for the Distant Relatives tour.

02/09 – Kona Bowl (Kailua-Kona, HI)

02/12 – Centennial Park (Sydney, Australia)
02/13 – Flemington Racecourse – The Nursery (Flemington, Austrailia)
02/16 – TSB Bank Area (Wellington, New Zealand)
02/17 – Logan Campbell Centre (Auckland, New Zealand)
02/19 – Parkland Showgrounds (Gold Coast, Australia)
02/20 – Claremont Showground (Claremont, Australia)
02/23 – MP Hall (Osaka, Japan)
02/24 – Zepp (Tokyo, Japan)
02/25 – Bay Hall (Yokohama, Japan)
02/26 – Kakaako Beach Park Amphitheater (Honolulu, HI)
02/27 – Maui Arts and Cultural Center (Maui, HI)

Nas

03/22 – Circus Nightclub (Helsinki, Finland)
03/23 – Samfunnet (Bodo, Norway)
03/24 – Verkstedet (Tromso, Norway)
03/25 – Samfundet (Trondheim, Norway)
03/26 – USF Verftet (Bergen, Norway)
03/27 – Folken (Stavanger, Norway)
03/29 – Sentrum Scene (Oslo, Norway)

Distant Relatives

03/13 – Wembley Arena (London, UK)
04/01 – Glasgow O2 Academy (Glasgow, UK)
04/02 – Manchester Apollo (Manchester, UK)
04/04 – Ancienne Belgique (Brussels, Belgium)
04/05 – Zenith (Paris, France)
04/07 – Caprices Festival (Crans Montana, Switzerland)
04/08 – Komplex (Zurich, Switzerland)
04/09 – Palasharp (Milan, Italy)
04/11 – Paradiso (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
04/14 – Atlantico Pavilion (Lisbon, Portugal)

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