Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Drake speaks on "Take Care" conception, "Watch the Throne," and Possible Projects with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Time is winding down for Drake and his sophomore album, Take Care. Recently, the Young Money rapper discussed his upcoming project with Entertainment Weekly. During the interview, Drake discussed how weird it is that fans want a new project only one year after his debut.

Giving the fans what they want, Drake said he is drawing inspiration from his experiences since his debut album released. Among the people Drake is working with on his album is Stevie Wonder. This, obviously, is the biggest collaboration of his career. Working with the legend will only show Drake's growth.

Aside from his own album, Drake admitted he did enjoy Watch the Throne, despite his verse on "It's Good." When asked about the marketing of Watch the Throne, Drake said he does not think Jay-Z would have allowed a digital release of his own solo album. Nor does Drake believe Jay-Z would have allowed listeners for his own solo album.

Excited about his own project, Drake has been working very closely with Lil Wayne. Last year, the duo announced they would be putting together a collaborative album. Before they had the chance to record, though, Jay-Z and Kanye West announced Watch the Throne. Drake sent light jabs towards the duo, before showing love. Even though a year has passed, Drake said the project with Lil Wayne is still on the way.

Drake also said he will likely join Rick Ross in the studio for their own collaborative project. This year, the two have recorded several songs together. Last year, Drake and Rick Ross teamed up for "Aston Martin Music." Earlier this year, the two collaborated on "Made Men." The chemistry between the two, from a musical standpoint, is there and Drake said he would not mind doing music with him.


Killer Mike interviews with CNN, talks "Burn" video

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Back in June, Killer Mike released his single, "Burn," and the official video. While the video was quickly posted to several hip hop websites, BET banned the video. The content of the song and the video was too controversial for BET to broadcast.

Nearly three months later, Killer Mike has decided to address the situation. The Grand Hustle rapper explained why he recorded the song. Killer Mike said he has always admired radical activists, because they are not afraid to tell the truth.

Killer Mike gave an exclusive interview with CNN, where he discussed the entire situation. During his interview, Killer Mike said the activists have influenced his music. Speaking on the black church, Killer Mike said it has figurative cancer.

Despite how it may sound, Killer Mike said it is his duty to tell the truth, regardless.

Watch Killer Mike's "Burn" video below:


Slim Thug - "Thug Show"


Game de-thrones Jay-Z and Kanye West, "R.E.D." takes Top Spot

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Throughout his career, Game has been taking shots at Jay-Z. His reasons for going at Jay-Z usually vary. However, Game has been more focused than ever to top Jay-Z. Recently, Game admitted he was a big fan of Jay-Z, but not fond of his attitude.

Jay-Z made a quick return to the rap game, when he and Kanye West teamed up for Watch the Throne. Early this month, the much-discussed album was released. As expected, Watch the Throne topped the charts and became a major success.

Now, in its third week, sales have slowed down a bit. At the same time, Game's long-awaited fourth studio album, The R.E.D. Album, was released. The album recently replaced Watch the Throne as the number one album on Billboard. This is Game's first number one album since his debut, The Documentary, released in 2005.

Game needs a miracle to stay on top of the charts, as Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV is expected to sell between 700,000 and 850,000 copies in its first week. The R.E.D. Album has sold a little over 97,000 copies in its first week.


Hottie of the Week: Baybiie

By Lady Killa
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

One of the brightest new faces in the entertainment industry is Baybiie. She is among the most talented young women in the entertainment industry and she has veteran experience. Ever since she was a little girl, she has been doing ballet. Her passion for ballet led her into other forms of entertainment.

Among her many different talents is modeling. Baybiie has done shows all around the country. In addition to her shows, she has also brushed shoulders with many heavy hitters in the game. Despite her success, she remains focused on the overall goal. The rising talent has been signed to First Amendment Entertainment and is working hard.

Recently, Hip Hop Vibe reached out to Baybiie for an exclusive interview.

Read the entire interview below:

Because you are a multi-talent, do you find it easier to land gigs?
Now it is. Before it was a lil difficult until I started getting some fan base.

How did you link up with First Amendment Entertainment?
Oliva she came to the club I was performing at 1 night and was tracked me down (laughs).

Can you tell us a little bit about your history as a ballerina?
Ballet is my foudation as a dancer. I was three when, I say, a picture of my first ballerina on pointe. I said to my grandmother, "Granny, I wanna do that!" She put me in classes and I fell in love.

Has living in Charlottle helped your career advance forward?
Yes and no. Because I am living in Charlotte I was able to start a fan base and learn new thing to advance into the best artist I can be. But, at the same time, my carrer would have taken off sooner if I were in a bigger city.

How do you feel about being in the entertainment industry?
I love being an entertainer. I love to knowing that my performaces speak to people open them up to new things and make them smile.

Do you feel as though you have a passion for what you do?
Yes, my passion is what inspires me to push forward, to try new things, and to express myself to the fullest. My heart goes into every move I make.

Being so talented, how do you stop the praise from going to your head?
For the most part, I pay it no mind because I'm doing something I love to do. Also. I remember there are so many dancers out there that are just as good, if not better. Last, I'm nothing without my fan base they give me postive feedback that helps feed my passion.

Can you talk about your time as an exocitic dancer?
My time as an exocitic dancer was and is a learning and growing experience. It forcde me to find myself. as a person and grown woman.

How has that experience helped to mold your career?
Most of my fan base was gained frm working as and Exocitic dancer. Most of my pole skills were developed during the two years. It also helped with my tech and connect better with my audience.

Going forward, what projects are you working on?
Well, I will be doing a battle Labor Day week for Atlanta Pride 2011. Aside from Atlanta Pride, I will also be at All-Star Weekend 2012, LA Pride 2012, NYC Pride 2012, just to name a few...

How successful do you see yourself being in the long-term?
Very. I intend to climb to the top choerographing music videos, movies, and concerts. I also, one day like to open a dance studio.


Pusha T signs with Def Jam

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last summer, Pusha T announced he was going to focus more on his solo ventures. For eight years, the public had known him as one half of the brotherly duo, The Clipse. Pusha T knew this and was focused on building his own name. With this, he signed with G.O.O.D. Music, the label owned by Kanye West.

With G.O.O.D., Pusha T dominated the mixtape scene. He was even able to record with Kanye West. Pusha T appeared on two tracks from West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Kanye West even chose Pusha T over Consequence in their battle. This decision still has Consequence shook.

This summer, Kanye West signed a new deal with Def Jam. For his entire career, Kanye West has been signed to Def Jam. He has also been the head of the G.O.O.D. label for this period of time. The artists signed to the label have been spread across different distribution deals. However, Kanye West re-signed his own deal with Def Jam and he added G.O.O.D. Music to the deal.

Despite Kanye West already moving G.O.O.D. Music under the Def Jam umbrella, Pusha T, a signed artist to G.O.O.D., has signed a solo deal with the label. Now, Pusha T is a G.O.O.D./Def Jam artist in its truest form. Before the end of 2012, he plans to release his long-awaited solo debut album.


Travis Porter ft. Jose Guapo - "Tony Montana (freestyle)"


No I.D. says Jay-Z is working on New Music

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Def Jam's newest executive, No I.D. is back with some news about the label's former CEO, Jay-Z. A few weeks ago, Jay-Z released the much-discussed Watch the Throne project with Kanye West. Jay-Z has been all over the headlines, due to his new music and fatherhood.

Despite Watch the Throne coming out only a few weeks ago, No I.D. says Jay-Z already has new music planned. While he is working on new music, it has not been confirmed that it is a new album. After Jay-Z made his return in 2006, he said he would record when he felt like it.

No I.D. said Jay-Z has started again and he played some tracks for him. The Def Jam executive vice president said he had given Jay-Z some tracks during his time recording Watch the Throne. However, the creative process was so brutal the album was worked several times over. The collaborative album with Kanye West went through several release dates before actually being released.


Raekwon - "The Heater"

Wu-Tang rapper, Raekwon is back with a new track. His latest features Kaimbr and Hassaan Mackey. The song is called "The Heater."

Listen to "The Heater" by Raekwon below:


First Amendment Entertainment presents "Say What You Wanna Say" at Club Elite in Winston-Salem, NC

By The Event Planner
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

On September 11, 2011, First Amendment Entertainment will be live and in effect at Club Elite in Winston-Salem, NC. The company will be hosting "Say What You Wanna Say" at Club Elite. Being the first, of many, F.A.E. events at Club Elite, everyone gets in free.

The event takes place starting at 8:00 pm Sunday evening and the party does not stop until 2:00 am. With free entry for the entire night, several of Winston-Salem's finest will be in the building. F.A.E. will be providing several forms of entertainment.

Hosted by model, Candace The Hairstylist, performances will be provided by Hookariffic, performing hip hop. The R&B performance will be coming from Venus Coleman. Wali The Truth will be providing street poetry. Aspect will be making a guest performance at the event.

This all takes place on Sunday, starting at 8:00 pm in Winston-Salem, NC.


Knycoe - "I'm On the Edge"


J. Valentine ft. Pleasure P and Chris Brown - "Up (R&B remix)"

J. Valentine teams up with two of R&B's biggest names in Pleasure P and Chris Brown for the R&B remix of "Up."

Listen to "Up (R&B remix)" by J. Valentine ft. Pleasure P and Chris Brown below:


50 Cent makes major Business Move

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Towards the start of the year, 50 Cent landed a major endorsement with Sleek Electronics. 50 Cent soon had his own headphone line under Sleek called The Sleek by 50. Soon after the launch of the line, 50 Cent claimed Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine were upset. Dr. Dre denied this.

However, in the midst of the back-and-forth between 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, The Sleek by 50 was suddenly discontinued. Not only did 50 Cent land an endorsement deal, he also purchased a significant stake in the parent company. In February, 50 Cent was named a board member of H&H Imports.

It turned out 50 Cent decided to discontinue the headphone line in an effort to restructure the company. Now the head of Sleek Electronics, the former bad boy rapper 50 Cent is now buying out the competition. Recently, 50 Cent used SMS Audio to purchase KonoAudio. This now adds three different types of headphones under 50 Cent's company.

The headphones will be available sometime this fall.


Lil Wayne fan gets Tackled On Stage [VIDEO]


40 Cal. - "Welcome to da Hustle (Welcome to da Jungle)"

Back in the studio, 40 Cal recently came out with "Welcome to da Hustle (Welcome to da Jungle)."

Listen to "Welcome to da Hustle (Welcome to da Jungle)" by 40 Cal below:


J. Cole previews "Cole World: The Sideline Story"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In a little less than a month, J. Cole will release his long-awaited debut album. While the fans are excited, no one is as excited as J. Cole. With his album coming shortly, J. Cole decided to preview his album to the fans.

Recently, J. Cole sat down with HipHopCanada to talk about his upcoming album. J. Cole said the album will have a myraid of topics, among them, emotion. He said his song, "Lost Ones," is a tear-jerker.

Despite the serious tone of the album, J. Cole said there will be plenty of upbeat songs on the album too. Aside from the serious songs, J. Cole does have party records. Among the party records is his Trey Songz-assisted, "Can't Get Enough."


Young Buck - "Home Run"


Obie Trice - "New Day (remix)"

Working on new material, Obie Trice promised he would reunite with Eminem on his latest album. Among his new material is "New Day," another sample from Watch the Throne.
Listen to "New Day (remix)" by Obie Trice below:


T.I. released from Prison Earlier Today

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Earlier this week, there were reports of T.I. coming home earlier than expected. Yesterday, the story was retracted, saying Tip would not come back home until September. In an odd turn of events, T.I. has already been released from prison.

Now a free man, T.I. has been released either to home confinement or a halfway house. It was reported that T.I. was released from prison at 7:29 am this morning. In addition to the statement, T.I. also tweeted about his prison release.

T.I. promised his friends, fans, and family he would never take them down this road again. Since becoming famous, T.I. has had three stints in prison. Initially, T.I. planned a major comeback, but his second sentence held this back.


Hard Hittaz and Future at Echelon 3000


Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Code Red"


Grafh ft. Bun B - "Don't Stop"

North meets South on Grafh's latest track. The newest track from the New York rapper is called "Don't Stop."

Listen to "Don't Stop" by Grafh ft. Bun B below:


Tupac Shakur's family denies The Outlawz smoking his ashes

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last week, The Outlawz made a shocking confession. Ever since the death of Tupac Shakur, there have been rumors of the rapper being alive. Fifteen years after his death, there are still questions about him being alive. If anyone would know, The Outlawz would, as they were his group.

The Outlawz were asked about Tupac Shakur's death. During the interview they said he was dead for sure. It is common knowledge that Tupac was cremated. The Outlawz told Vlad TV they smoked his ahses. Their statement was controversial and picked up by several hip hop outlets.

Now, Tupac Shakur's family is speaking out. Afeni Shakur, the mother of Tupac Shakur, spoke out against this. She was not happy with the claims. Shakur also said she would never allow, or participate in the smoking of her son. It was also said if The Outlawz even attempted to steal the ashes, they would have to fight through several channels of security.


Young Buck - "I'm Ready Now"


Soulja Boy - "The Last Crown (Intro)"

The latest from Soulja Boy is called "The Last Crown (Intro)."

Listen to "The Last Crown (Intro)" by Soulja Boy below:


Album Preview: Nappy Roots and Organized Noize - "Nappy Dot Org"

By The Voice
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Things have not been the same for Nappy Roots, since their commercial success, in 2002. However, the group has continued to make good music. Recently, the group teamed up with Organized Noize, the production arm of the Dungeon Family.

Nappy Roots and Organized Noize recently completed their collaborative album. For some time, both groups have been out of the limelight. Their hope is the new music can help return them to the forefront of the game.

Track listing

  1. "Legends Live On"
  2. "Return of the Country Boyz"
  3. "Ea$y Money"
  4. "Hey Love" ft. Samuel Christian
  5. "Pete Rose" ft. Kujho Goodie (of Dungeon Family)
  6. "Good & Evil"
  7. "Karma"
  8. "Y'all Party"
  9. "Give Me a Sign"
10. "Nappy U Here"
11. "Congratulations"


LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and other NBA stars in Goodman League vs. Melo League


Cyhi da Prynce - "Teach Her"

Another new track from Cyhi da Prynce has leaked. This one is called "Teach Her."

Listen to "Teach Her" by Cyhi da Prynce below:


Why Jay-Z will not Respond to Lil Wayne

By The Voice
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The last time Jay-Z openly feuded was 2001, when he fired shots at Nas and Prodigy. Jay-Z's feud with Nas was viewed as one of the best in hip hop. At the end of the day, no blood was shed and hip hop now has a powerful duo. But, since that time, Jay-Z has not called anyone else out.

Two years following the epic Jay-Z vs. Nas feud, Jay-Z was offered the CEO position at Def Jam. At this point, he officially became the president of rap. While he helped build the Roc-A-Fella Records camp, he was taking over an already-established company.

Jay-Z only stepped down from his Def Jam position to take on another position with Live Nation. Through his deal with the promotions company, Jay-Z was granted Roc Nation. It has only been a three year run with Roc Nation and many of the biggest artists in the game are either signed to, or managed by the company.

Now, with a large stake in the overall entertainment industry, Jay-Z only raps for fun. Lil Wayne attempted to diss Jay-Z a few years ago, also. In 2006, Jay-Z claimed he returned to the rap game to save it. Wayne felt the rap game did not need saving and if it did, he would be the one. Teaming up with Jim Jones and Dipset, one of Jay-Z's biggest rivals, Lil Wayne created an anti-Jay-Z wave. As beef was brewing, Jay-Z shockingly invited Lil Wayne to provide the hook and a verse on "Hello Brooklyn 2.0" off American Gangster.

Lil Wayne returned the favor and invited Jay-Z on "Mr. Carter." On the song, Jay-Z passed the torch down to Lil Wayne. Despite mending the fences, Birdman continued to take shots at Jay-Z. When he released his comeback, The Blueprint 3, Birdman said the album was not as good as Tha Carter III. Birdman said the album did not deserve the acclaim it received. It did not stop there, as Birdman called Jay-Z out over money, claiming to have more.

Each time Birdman mentioned Jay-Z, in 2010, he claimed to have more money than him. Jay-Z, having had corporate money for nearly a decade, laughed this off and mentioned "baby money" in "H.A.M." Nearly seven months later, Lil Wayne took the response upon himself and called Jay-Z out. His verse took aim at both Jay-Z and mother-to-be, Beyonce. The timing could not have been much worse, as Beyonce revealed her pregnancy the next day.

There are a number of reasons why Jay-Z will not even entertain Lil Wayne's latest diss. First off, Jay-Z is the head of one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world. Jay-Z left his gangster phase in the 1990s and has not appeared even slightly "urban" since his 2003 "retirement." As the head of several other companies, with stakes in others, Jay-Z now entertains for royalty and he would not jeopardize his good standing for a petty rap war.

The most important reason Jay-Z will not step into a battle with Lil Wayne is because of the child recently announced to the world. While Lil Wayne has several children, he is a young father. At an older age, Jay-Z is expecting his first child and he holds himself in a different manner because of this fact.


JerzBoiV (Jersey Boy V) - "Too Many Rappers"


Mistah Fab - "Ima Boss (freestyle)"

The latest track from Mistah Fab is a freestyle, which he titled "Ima Boss."

Listen to "Ima Boss (freestyle)" by Mistah Fab below:


The Impact Steve Jobs left on Hip Hop

By Insightful Guru
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The name 'Steve Jobs' is not too familiar within the hip hop circle, but his products are. Steve Jobs single-handedly changed the hip hop game. Jay-Z rapped about him on his Kingdom Come album, but the album was considered a flop by most.

Among the products Steve Jobs created was the ever-successful iPod. Due to his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer, Jobs recently gave up with CEO role with Apple. The company was founded by Steve Jobs in 1976.

Apple is currently seen as the alternative to Windows, but it has provided so much more. Rappers who decide to record on their own usually decide to purchase a Mac over a PC. The Mac computer was also an invention from Steve Jobs.

It was during Steve Jobs' most-recent stint as the head of Apple when things really took off and his company became a major competitor. While already competing, the influx of products helped boost Apple and landed them much media attention. Most people who hold a position of importance have an iPhone. Again, Jay-Z rapped about this and Rick Ross raps of "sellin' dope straight through the iPhone."

With Steve Jobs stepping down from his role as the CEO of Apple, due to his bout with cancer, remember all of the products he has brought to hip hop. The list is ongoing, as Steve Jobs has become one of the biggest names in hip hop, despite not being directly known by most.


"A Day in Ladera" with Odd Future


Young Chris ft. Peedi Crakk - "Niggas in North"

Former Roc-A-Fella artists, Young Chris and Peedi Crakk, also formerly of State Property Records, are the latest to freestyle over "Niggas In Paris." The song is originally by Jay-Z and Kanye West from Watch the Throne.

Listen to "Niggas In Paris" by Young Chris ft. Peedi Crakk below:


Lil Wayne's Facebook manager discusses Online Publicity Tactics

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

The internet has become the great equalizer for anyone who wants a career in media. Anyone can create a quality website for well under $100 and the major companies have taken advantage. Hip hop has greatly benefited from the internet. Established stars have gained new advantages, while new stars have emerged.

Lil Wayne has been on top of the hip hop game for some time now and his online team revealed his secret. Before going to prison, Wayne filmed several music videos. Aside from the videos, he scheduled the release of his new singles. All of this helped him remain relevant.

But, Facebook is what truly kept Lil Wayne on top of the game, according to his team. Lil Wayne's Facebook manager, Mazy Kazerooni, used Facebook to help with merchandising and to reach out to his millions of fans. Because of Kazerooni's input, Lil Wayne holds the record for most Facebook "likes" in one day.

Not only did he use Facebook to sell Lil Wayne products, Mazy Kazerooni also used the social networking site to interact with fans. Kazerooni would post fan letters to Lil Wayne and then post Wayne's written response to the fans. Early in Wayne's prison sentence, not many people on the Young Money team even knew what Facebook was. However, Mazy Kazerooni's quick thinking helped Lil Wayne to utilize the social network until he was once again a free man.


Benzino talks The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West), Royce da 5'9, and free Ja Rule [VIDEO]


Cyhi da Prynce - "Historian"

Continuing his push, Cyhi da Prynce is back with another new joint. The latest song from Cyhi da Prynce is called "Historian."

Listen to "Historian" by Cyhi da Prynce below:


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DJ Khaled speaks on Unity in Hip Hop

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

DJ Khaled is known for bringing several artists together on the same track. In 2007, DJ Khaled was involved in a minor feud with Young Buck. At the time, Buck was still in good graces with 50 Cent. When he tried to diss DJ Khaled, Khaled said he was about unity instead of beef.

Throughout his career, DJ Khaled has tried to stop beefs from happening. In 2008, he helped end the "cold war" between his partner, Fat Joe, and Jay-Z. With Khaled's help, the two rappers took the stage together. However, not all of Khaled's efforts have been successful.

Recently, Lil Wayne, a frequent Khaled collaborator, decided to diss Jay-Z. Rick Ross and Young Jeezy re-ignited their feud after DJ Khaled promised it had ended. Just yesterday, Jim Jones, a frequent collaborator of Lil Wayne's, decided to diss him. Still, DJ Khaled is focused on mending fences in the game.

At the 2011 BMI Awards, DJ Khaled said it was very important for artists to stick together. Khaled said unity is what helps artists last longer in the game. Aside from lasting longer, it also brings a positive message to the overall community. At the end of the day, DJ Khaled said entertainers should remember there are people from all walks of life who look up to them.


Game covers "L.A. Weekly" [PHOTO]


Soulja Boy - "Let's Be Real"


Yung LA ft. Humble G - "Bank Roll"

Former Grand Hustle rapper, Yung LA is back with a new song, "Bank Roll." The track features Humble G.

Listen to "Bank Roll" by Yung LA ft. Humble G below:


Drake talks "Take Care," Stevie Wonder, and Growth as an Artist

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In an effort to complete his Take Care album, Drake has taken time away from his numerous collaborations. Drake is putting just as much effort into his own album as he has into his collaborations. Recently, the Toronto rapper landed a feature from the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Stevie Wonder will be featured on Take Care. The name of their collaboration is called "Doing it Wrong." During the song, Drake reveals Stevie Wonder has a solo. Drake said his second album will be heavily R&B influenced. In searching for more R&B tracks, he reached out to Stevie Wonder.

Drake also addressed the criticism of his music since the release of his breakthrough mixtape, So Far Gone. Surprisingly, Drake agrees with those critics. The Young Money emcee says he has gone through a tremendous growth since he released his 2009 mixtape. While he aims to please his fans, Drake said he could not remain stuck in 2009, he has to grow.


Glasses Malone ft. Ya Boy - "Rich 'N Thuggin"


Roscoe Dash - "Good F*cking Night"

On his latest track, Roscoe Dash gets very aggressive. The new song is titled "Good Fucking Night."

Listen to "Good Fucking Night" by Roscoe Dash below:


Tech N9ne speaks on Collaborations with Lil Wayne and Eminem

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

There have been numerous parrallels between Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, the media has been trying to make Lil Wayne into the second coming. At the peak of his career, in 2001, Jay-Z featured Eminem on his The Blueprint album on the lone collaboration, "Renegade." It was after this song when people said Eminem dominated Jay-Z on his own song.

Ten years later, Lil Wayne is at the peak of his career. Wayne recently released Tha Carter IV and featured Tech N9ne on his song, "Interlude." With the album being released, critics are saying the focal point of the song, Wayne, was outdone by Tecn N9ne. This also comes nearly a week after Lil Wayne disses Jay-Z. It was during Lil Wayne's prison sentence when the two teamed up.

Last September, Tech N9ne revealed he had visited Lil Wayne and they decided to feature Tech on Tha Carter IV. Now, following his brilliant performance, Tech N9ne is afraid he will not land many more collaborations. Artists, obviously, do not like to be outshined by artists they feature on their albums. The meeting took place right after Lil Wayne conduced an interview with Funkmaster Flex, of Hot97, while behind bars. During his interview, Lil Wayne mentioned how he would love to work with "his man" Tech N9ne.

After landing the Lil Wayne collaboration, Tech N9ne was hopeful he would land Eminem. However, Em has not been very receptive. Many think this is because Eminem is afraid of being outshined on his own record. However, Tech N9ne does not feel this way because he says Eminem is "damn near the best rapper out there." Seeing Eminem as one of the top lyricists in the game, Tech N9ne said he does not think he is afraid to go against any other rapper in the game.


Wale ft. Jeremih and Rick Ross - "That Way"


Mistah Fab - "All of the Lights (freestyle)"

West Coast legend, Mistah Fab, is the latest rapper to freestyle over Kanye West's hit, "All of the Lights."

Listen to "All of the Lights (freestyle)" by Mistah Fab below:


Rick Ross, not Lil Wayne, is the New Jay-Z

By The Voice
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

During the 1990s, Jay-Z built the dynasty, Roc-A-Fella Records. In the span of five years, he went from being a street hustler to being the focal point of the game. More than anything, Jay-Z wanted to mold someone in his image. Lil Wayne admitted he aspired to be like Jay-Z, but he is not.

While Lil Wayne is the biggest rapper on the planet, there are not people trying to be like him. Lil Wayne is respected for his unique style, but most men are not emulating him. Rick Ross has been accused of biting styles, but his style is often imitated. Not comparing lyrical ability and style, Rick Ross is the new Jay-Z.

Rick Ross is showing people how to do businesses, once again. In the time since Jay-Z went corporate, hip hop has not had anyone to look up to. With his frequent additions to Maybach Music, Rick Ross has provided this outlet. To many, Rick Ross has become the hustler people look up to, much like Jay-Z during his time.

Early in his career, Jay-Z helped Rick Ross get signed to Def Jam and he even executive-produced his debut album, Port of Miami. It was then when Rick Ross released his first hit, "Hustlin'," during the summer of 2006. Jay-Z provided a verse on the official remix of the single. Rick Ross' persona is similar to Jay-Z's in a number of ways, as both rap about their time on the streets. For those who truly are street hustlers, the music is inspiring.

Aside from this, Rick Ross has introduced people to his Maybach Music crew, which is not exclusive to the city of Miami. After Jay-Z solidified himself, he expanded his Roc-A-Fella crew, and it was not simply an outlet for other New York rappers. Rick Ross' focus is much bigger than rap and hip hop, as his goals are to take the corporate world by storm. With Jay-Z now spending most of his time in the office, Rick Ross has become the voice of the street, providing fans with the anthems.

Not comparing lyrical styles and places of origin, Rick Ross has filled the shoes Jay-Z left in the game.


Snoop Dogg ft. Uncle Chucc - "Wonder What it Do"


Yung Berg ft. K. Smith - "Bout Dat Life"

Releasing another street joint, Yung Berg teams up with K. Smith. The new collaboration is called "Bout Dat Life."

Listen to "Bout Dat Life" by Yung Berg ft. K. Smith below:


French Montana said he was contacted by Maybach Music

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Nearly one year ago, Rick Ross was very close to signing underground sensation, Wiz Khalifa to Maybach Music. In the end, the Pittsburgh rapper decided to sign with Atlantic Records. During this time, Rick Ross was already dominating the rap game. Soon, his focus shifted to his label.

Rick Ross soon signed Wale, Pill, Meek Mill, and many others to his growing label. Following the release of Self Made, Vol. 1, Rick Ross revealed the expansion was fueled by Wiz Khalifa. After turning down the offer from Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa blew up. Rick Ross was determined to have similar success.

With New York searching for a new leader, French Montana is hoping to step up to the plate. Despite considering his own movement, French Montana did reveal another offer. The Bronx rapper admitted he had been contacted by Rick Ross. According to French Montana, he has a spot on the roster of Maybach Music, if he wants it.


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Skyzoo - "Rocket Science"

Skyzoo is back with a new track. His latest track is called "Rocket Science."

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Prodigy reflects on Recording "The Infamous"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, the Rock the Bells 2011 concert took place and Mobb Deep performed their classic album, The Infamous. The album was originally released in 1995. During his interview with Reebok, Prodigy revealed the album was inspired by his grandfather's jazz collection.

Prodigy said his grandfather was Budd Johnson, a famous jazz musician. When his grandfather died, he left his jazz collection to Prodigy. Prodigy revealed both The Infamous and their debut album, Juvenile Hell, were inspired by the jazz collection.

While working on those albums, both Havoc and Prodigy made beats. However, as time went on, Havoc focused more on the beats and Prodigy took over the rhymes. Havoc was already a good rapper, so Prodigy focused on getting his game up, too.


Cam Newton - "Live Ink"


Smoke DZA ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Ball Game"

On his latest track, Smoke DZA teamed up with the West Coast's newest star, Kendrick Lamar. The new track is called "Ball Game."

Listen to "Ball Game" by Smoke DZA ft. Kendrick Lamar below:


T.I. will not be released from prison This Week

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Yesterday, several media outlets reported T.I. would be coming out of prison this week. After serving eleven months behind bars, T.I. was ready to come out. Fresh out of his prior prison release, T.I. was caught with drugs in Los Angeles.

The story of T.I. being released early from prison and into a halfway house was reported by several sites. Those reports turned out be false. T.I.'s lawyer spoke with and cleared up the rumors.

T.I.'s lawyer said information about prison releases are not released until the last minute. Even when the information is released, it is never given to T.I.'s lawyer. Tip's lawyer said not even the judge has control of a prisoner's release to know.


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Soulja Boy - "Soulja"

Soulja Boy is back with another new song. The latest Soulja Boy track is named after himself, "Soulja."

Listen to "Soulja" by Soulja Boy below:


Tyler, the Creator lands in Hot Water after VMA antics

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

This year, Tyler, the Creator has introduced himself to the world and has proven to be a different type of person. While rap music is known as offensive, he takes things to a higher level. Tyler, the Creator is known for making homophobic statements. When asked why he does such things, Tyler says it is for shock value.

Bruno Mars has been one of Tyler, the Creator's biggest targets since he has made it big. During each of his times in front of the camera at the VMAs, Tyler had a negative statement for Bruno Mars. Each time he was in front of the camera, Tyler made a homophobic statement. It was great for shock value, but now it has consequences.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a statement against Tyler, the Creator and MTV. During the ceremony, Tyler was awarded as 'Best New Artist.' Because of his conduct during the show, GLAAD feels Tyler, the Creator should not have been given an award. Instead, GLAAD feels MTV should be educating their young viewers on homophobia and look for more deserving artists.


50 Cent ft. Mobb Deep - "Outta Control"


G5 The Jett - "She a Killa"

Bay Area rapper, G5 The Jett, is back with his new single, "She a Killa."

Listen to "She a Killa" by G5 The Jett below:


Montana Tripp da Boss talks Current Hip Hop, His Record Label, and Reality Show

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

One of the biggest underground artists in the game is Montana Tripp da Boss. Now the head of his own company, DS Trini Ent., Montana has new projects in the works. From the background, he has been watching the game unfold.

Montana Tripp da Boss is now ready to move to the forefront of the game. He has watched long enough and now he wants his turn. Not only his turn, but it also his crew's turn. Montana is on the hip hop takeover movement.

Recently, Montana Tripp da Boss teamed up with one of the biggest DJs in the South, Justin Kase and he is now making major moves. Montana Tripp da Boss is a Brooklyn, New York native, but he is receiving plenty of Dirty South love. Now, Montana is working on several projects, including a surprise and Hip Hop Vibe had the chance to talk with him about the projects.

What was it like growing up in Brooklyn?
It was great, had fun, rolling with crews. We repped hard and had fun.

Before living in Brooklyn, you were in Trinidad?
Yeah. Basically, it's an island, like Jamaica and others. It is a great island. Just like any other island, it was lovely and nice, it's home, the hood. There was no better place for me to grow up. Rude boys and dons.

How has the Trinidad influence helped mold your music?
It influenced it because Trinidad is in me. I started off doing Reggae in Calypso. There will always be a bit of Trinidad in my music because I was born on that island. It is also home to one of my relatives, who is the legendary Scrunter de Hunter Calypso King, so the talent is in the family. We're brining that island seasoning into hip hop for the people to enjoy.

Growing up, with rappers inspried you?
Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Eazy-E (the NWA family), Jay-Z, KRS-One, everyone in hip hop who actually paved the way for me to enter the game as the great artist I am today. If it wasn't for them, hip hop may have been over a long time ago. Now, I will become one of the people who helped save hip hop and kept it going.

Speaking of saving hip hop, how do you feel about the current state of it?
I feel, right now, hip hop is in a state of emergency. Right now, they need a doctor to perform emergency surgery and I feel I have the talent to do just that. Back in the days, artists would get together and hip hop was about something. Now, hip hop is only about the money, hip hop just isn't the same anymore. The good artists are irrelevant and the ones who would have been irrelevant are. But, I'm here to take it back over.

The month of August has been good for hip hop, though, with releases from Jay-Z, Kanye West, Game, and Lil Wayne, how do you feel about their releases?
Really, I've not been paying much attention. My focus has been on my projects. I have heard songs from them I like, when I listen to other music. But, for the most part, hip hop will need more than just those artists and now I'm focused on bringing things back. Those four artists, alone, cannot bring hip hop back, because hip hop is about everyone getting the treatment they deserve. As far as them, I have nothing but love for them, they have done incredible things for the game.

Tell us a little bit about your DS Trini Ent. movement.
DS Trini is a label, named after my home country, I made to represent me and what I came from. I started this label a long time ago, over ten years ago. The label was created to represent me, my team, and what we have going on. Now, the company is out there and the people have heard about us. We have artists and producers, distribution, the full team and we're in the studio, now, griding.

Expand on your Hip Hop Takeover statement.
Hip Hop Takeover is self-explanatory. We're coming as a team to take over hip hop, because it is in a state of emergency. The people who are running hip hop are the reason hip hop is in this current state. I have people in the streets, people in the industry, and we're coming together to save hip hop because it is dying fast.

So, you have projects going with Brick Squad?
Yeah, my homie Murder Baby hit me up. I was on one of his DJs' radio station playing my song with Juelz Santana. Murder Baby gave me a song, which became "My Block," I did my verse and we shot the video, which we are still waiting on to come out.

What was it like working with Juelz Santana?
It was great, everybody knows him as a superstar and it was a great chance for me to showcase my talents alongside a bonafide superstar. It was an opportunity to introduce myself to people who have never heard of Montana Tripp da Boss. All of those who didn't know me, know me now.

Aside from working with Dipset, you have also worked with Wu-Tang?
Correct. The first record I did was with Dungeon Masta, called "Put You Up on Game." We did the song and the people began liking it. From there, I worked with former Wu-Tang, G Tee Shoutta, and our song is called "Hold On." The song also features Dana Dane's artist Eleven. I grew up listening to these dudes and I was honored to work with Wu-Tang. God gave me the blessing to reach out to those guys. It was a great opportunity for me.

Outside of music, what other projects do you have going on?
I'm actually co-starring in this movie called Throw Away Pistol. I am doing business ventures, I am teaming up with Hip Hop Vibe and we have major things coming out. We even have a reality show coming out and I am working on a book. I am working on a movie of my life and getting into the film scene, spending time with my family and kids, loving life.

Can you tell us more about your book?
The book is about my life, a biography, how I came from a family of six, moving from Trinidad to America and getting into the music. At the same time, I was in love with the streets and it held me back from showing my talents to the world. But, I can't give it all away because I want the people to check the book out. The book will be called My Life, however. The story of how Montana Tripp da Boss went from negative to positive.

How did you get invovled in the Throw Away Pistol movie?
I always had a passion for acting, that is one of my secrets. My life is like a movie, so it was not a stretch for me to position myself for a movie role. I hired photographers and got professional pictures made and I linked up with agents. I ran into some old friends working on a movie, I auditioned and landed the role of a man from Trinidad.

So, will all of this be detailed in your reality show?
Yeah, everything should be. We have so much going on and everything the company feels will bring a positive shine will make the reality show, but I can't tell you what will be on there, scene-by-scene. What I do know is that you will like the reality show, because it is history in the making. Viewers get to se my personal rise to the top.

How did you link up with Hip Hop Vibe?
Actually, me and the homie we were Facebook friends and I thought he was Webbie's brother. Shout out to the Savage Life team. I thought he was Webbie's brother, but he wasn't, but we had similar goals and now we are giving the world a Montana Tripp da Boss reality show through Hip Hop Vibe. The rest is history.

Anyone you would like to shout out?
Everybody out there who supports my movement. My family, fans, thank God for waking me up every day and allowing me to stay relevant and keeping me grounded. Shout out to all the artists I have done songs with Lauryn Hill, Calico Jonez, Dungeon Masta, Juelz Santana, Eleven, Justin Kase, Team BGM, shout out to the kids, and everybody, free my cousin Head, Brick Squad, Murder Baby, and the list goes on. Everybody who shows me love from all over the world, I want to shout you out.


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Young Buck ft. Masspike Miles - "Millionaire"

Young Buck is back with his Masspike Miles-assisted "Millionaire."

Listen to "Millionaire" by Young Buck ft. Masspike Miles below:


"Tha Carter IV" expected to sell 700,000 copies in its First Week

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

With the most-anticipated album of the past two years, Tha Carter IV, finally coming, fans are eager to compare. Three years ago, after forcing fans to wait, Lil Wayne delivered Tha Carter III. The album sold 1.1 million copies in its first week, along with receiving positive reviews.

Three years later, Tha Carter IV is here and the comparisons have already started. From a critical standpoint, Tha Carter IV is much better than Tha Carter III. Commercially, however, the album may not be able to touch its predecessor. Earlier today, Mack Maine discussed the sales of Tha Carter IV and said they were not worried about sales.

Lil Wayne's latest opus is predicted to sell between 700,000-850,000 copies in its first week.


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Lil Wayne ft. Birdman - "I Got Some Money on Me"

Father and son reunite on this new track. Likely a track left off Tha Carter IV, the new track is called "I Got Some Money on Me."

Listen to "I Got Some Money on Me" by Lil Wayne ft. Birdman below:


DJ Pauly D and 50 Cent prepare New Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

"Jersey Shore" star, DJ Pauly D, was the latest talent to sign to G-Unit Records. 50 Cent is determined to bring his label back to the forefront. Following a rough situation with Interscope Records, 50 Cent is now independent.

DJ Pauly D recently revealed he signed a three-album deal with G-Unit Records. Already, Pauly D is working on the first of those three albums. His first G-Unit album will be a collaborative with 50 Cent. Focused on his own comeback, 50 Cent is trying to reach new listeners.

When describing the album, DJ Pauly D said they are drawing from DJ Khaled and David Guetta. Despite the inspiration, DJ Pauly D announced it would all be his own style.


YG ft. Reem Riches - "Otis (freestyle)"


DMX - "I Don't Want 2 Die"

Sort of a different tone from DMX, as he provides a rap verse to Mark Morrison, on his "I Don't Want 2 Die."

Listen to "I Don't Want 2 Die" by Mark Morrison ft. DMX below:


Glasses Malone breaks silence on Dr. Dre and "Beach Cruiser" debut album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For years, Glasses Malone has been one of the top rappers on the underground scene. Malone has had offers from several majors, over the years. Despite these offers, he has recorded several mixtapes.

Glasses Malone was affiliated with Game's imprint label, Black Wall Street, and Cash Money Records. Currently, Glasses Malone is signed to Mack 10's label, Hoo-Bangin Records.

It was a meeting with Dr. Dre that prompted Glasses Malone to go ahead and release a debut album. When he met Dr. Dre for the first time, Glasses Malone said the doctor told him he was dope. Given his successful track record, working with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, among others, Glasses Malone said that was all the inspiration he needed.

Today, his Beach Cruiser debut album was released. Glasses Malone said he has never worked so hard on anything in his entire life. Having never been a loser in his life, Glasses Malone was glad to finally have the album released.


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Timbo King - "High Ranking"


Smoke DZA - "Live Life"

The latest track from Smoke DZA is called "Live Life."

Listen to "Live Life" by Smoke DZA below:


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