Monday, January 31, 2011

Game reaches out to 50 Cent again

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

At one point in time, Game was a part of the G-Unit crew. This period of time did not last for long. Soon, Game replaced Ja Rule as the biggest rival of G-Unit. Due to Game's inability to get along with the G-Unit crew, he soon found himself off Dr. Dre's Aftermath label.

From 2005 until 2009, Game recorded multiple diss records aimed at both 50 Cent and the crew. 50 Cent initially responded to the disses from Game, but he has since started to ignore them. In 2009, the feud appeared to be over when Game decided to officially end the feud. 50 Cent took advantage of this and dissed Game.

Upon hearing "So Disrespectful," Game re-ignited his beef with 50 Cent and offered to side with Jay-Z if he replied to 50. But, their feud never materialized and Game went on his way. Game often speaks about what G-Unit could have been had they remained together. But, when he last spoke about his upcoming The R.E.D. Album, he said the album could feature anyone except Jay-Z and 50 Cent.

However, Game decided to reach out to 50 Cent for the second time in two months. He has offered for 50 to get on the album, since it is produced by Dr. Dre, who has served as a mentor to both rappers.

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Eminem makes $1 million off Super Bowl ad

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year was incredible for Eminem, as he proved to all of his doubters that he could still dominate. The Detroit rapper scored two number one hits and three anthems after releasing only three singles. Initially, he fought with his label over the concept of his album, in the end they both won.

Eminem sold over 2 million copies of Recovery and dominated the year of 2010. Early in the New Year, Eminem is still one of the most popular rappers in the game. It is currently unclear if he will be releasing a new album, but he has expanded the roster of his label.

Recently, Eminem landed a new business venture that will pay him $1 million. Eminem will be helping Lipton Tea during the Super Bowl. The company has paid Eminem $1 million to star in their ad, which will air during the Super Bowl next week. Eminem will be playing the role of a claymation figure and he will be providing his voice.

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DJ Kool Herc has been Hospitalized and in Need of Financial Help

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Things are not looking too good for one of the men who helped establish hip hop. Ever since the 1970s, DJ Kool Herc has been making hip hop music. However, at the time, hip hop artists were not getting paid by the millions.

In the 1990s, DJ Premier rose to become one of the top DJs in the hip hop industry. One of Premo's main influences was Kool Herc. When he grew older, DJ Premier became friends with him. Recently, he informed fans that things are not looking good.

DJ Kool Herc has been hospitalized and he does not have any health insurance. With no insurance and the bills getting higher and higher, something has to give. DJ Premier has reminded the fans of all Herc has contributed to the hip hop game.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fabolus says Ne-Yo album is On The Way

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

When Fabolous first signed with Desert Storm, he was joined by a new R&B artist, Mike Shorey. DJ Clue tried his hardest to make the two into the next rap/R&B duo. The two created a few hits, but they never did break into the mainstream.

DJ Clue has been trying to build Desert Storm for years, but the label has not grown outside of Fabolous. Because of this, Clue has focused solely on Fabolous. When he made the move to Def Jam it was to make it easier for Fabolous to work with his associates.

The first move made was pairing Fabolous and Ne-Yo. At the start, the two made a hit with "Make Me Better." Fabolous made his first performance at the BET Awards with the song. He promised more music in the future with Ne-Yo.

In 2008, the two recorded with Jamie Foxx for his hit, "She Got Her Own" and their popularity soared because of the hit. Fabolous then announced he and Ne-Yo were going to unite for a best of both worlds-type collaboration album. Their album was supposed to come out sometime following the release of the solo album from Fabolous. The album has yet to surface and Fabolous is preparing for the release of his next solo album.

For the fans who have been following the news about the album, Fabolous said it is still in the workings. He plans to have the album ready for release sometime before the end of this year.

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Cory Gunz' first choice was Shady Records

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since the days of Tha Carter III, Cory Gunz has been working closely with Lil Wayne. Last year, their partership became more solid when Cory Gunz signed with Young Money. Many artists before him have made that move.

Cory Gunz is now a part of the hottest crew in hip hop, but landing there was not his first choice. Instead of Young Money, Cory Gunz hoped he could land with Shady Records. While Young Money is hot now, Shady Records has a history of making hits.

Even if he had signed with Shady Records, Cory Gunz would have still worked closely with Lil Wayne. Cory Gunz had dreams of signing with Shady because he has always respected Eminem. But, he is in a great position and would not trade it for anything.

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Will Jay-Z release a New Album in 2011?

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In recent years, Jay-Z has been spending more time running his businesses than making music. Despite being considered one of the best rappers of all-time, Jay-Z said he was a businessman. Coming from the Brooklyn projects, Jay-Z had one of two ways to make a better life for himself.

Jay-Z spent most of his early adult years trying one way to build the life he always wanted. After spending eight years in the "crack game," he decided to enter the rap game. Lucky for Jay-Z, the fans fell in love with him. Many people looked towards Jay-Z for inspiration, as he pulled himself to the top.

From 1996 until 2003, Jay-Z released an album each year. Along the way, he made other stars through Roc-A-Fella Records. During this time, Jay-Z also branched out into clothing and film ventures. Even though he was the biggest face of the entire company, Jay-Z ran things behind the scenes the best that he knew how. But, following the release of his 2003 album, Jay-Z decided to hang the mic up for good.

In 2006, Jay-Z returned to the rap game and it was almost as if he had never left. His flow was a little different and he boasted more about his cash than usual. With the economy heading down in a fast motion, many fans were turned off by some of Jay-Z's lyrics. He would turn things around one year later with the release of American Gangster. After watching the Denzel Washington film, Jay-Z was inspired to record an album based upon his own life in the streets.

Following the release of his critically-acclaimed album, Jay-Z took some time off to reorganize his business ventures. In 2009, he returned with another critically-acclaimed album, The Blueprint 3. Last year, Jay-Z experienced all kinds of success. Jay-Z is mostly behind the scenes with most of his work. Roc Nation is his new company and the label manages and promotes some of the biggest names. Willow Smith, Rihanna, and J. Cole all released music for the label in 2010.

While Roc Nation has been doing well and Rocawear has been a steady brand for years, Jay-Z returns to check in on the rap game every now and again. This year, Jay-Z is already in the studio as he and Kanye West are recording Watch the Throne. Even after reaching the top of the mountain, Jay-Z still feels as if he has something to prove to the people who thinks he has nothing left in the tank.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

New Video of the Day: Nicki Minaj ft. Drake - "Moment 4 Life"


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Video of the Day: Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"

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Game admits RZA sued him over "Heartbreaker" song

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Game has returned to the spotlight over the past few days. Last week, he released his mixtape, Purp & Patron, which has become a success. The first single, "The Kill," has been accepted by Nas. Also, Game's mixtape has been co-signed by Funkmaster Flex.

Aside from "The Kill," one of the most popular songs on the mixtape has been "Heartbreaker." The song has been very popular with fans, critics, and other rappers. But, RZA was more familiar with the song than anyone else.

RZA filed an injuncion over the "Heartbreaker" song and forced Game to remove it from the mixtape. Game spoke about the situation, saying he found it crazy that RZA sued him. He said RZA sent him the beat and gave him his blessing to use it.

Initially, the song was going to be a part of The R.E.D. Album, but the sample was unclearable. Because of that, Game made it a part of the Purp & Patron mixtape. While Game was upset that RZA sued him over the beat, Game said there are no hard feelings. He has nothing but love for the entire Wu-Tang Clan, having worked with Raekwon on 2008's L.A.X.

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Nicki Minaj launches "Pink Friday" app

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Since bursting into the game, Nicki Minaj has maintained her focus on expansion. Currently, the Young Money rapper is celebrating the platinum success of her Pink Friday debut. For almost a year straight, Nicki Minaj has been dominating the game.

But, it has not been all smooth for Nicki Minaj. Last summer, veteran rapper, Lil' Kim began dissing her. After six months of being a verbal punching bag, Nicki Minaj responded. Now, Lil' Kim is recording a full mixtape of disses aimed at Nicki.

In response to Lil' Kim's news, Nicki Minaj has striken a deal with iTunes. She will be launching a new app called "My Pink Friday." The app will keep fans updated on everything Nicki Minaj. It will also include a dictionary that includes definitions of Nicki's words.

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Raekwon explains RZA's Absence on "Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Yesterday, Raekwon shocked fans when he announced his longtime group-mate, RZA, would not be a part of his new album. But, he explained there were many reasons why he was not going to be a part of the new album. Despite the two not working together, there is no beef.

Raekwon has taken a new direction for Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang and RZA was not a major fan. He does not like to work with anything going against Wu-Tang. Still, RZA was willing to help out with the album, but it did not happen. Raekwon promised the album would still have the Wu-Tang sound.

The main reason RZA will not be working with Raekwon is because of his schedule. The two could not find a time when they were both free to work on the album. Because of this and the fact that RZA was not very inspired, the two decided not to work together on this album. But, on his next album, which is also due this year, Raekwon hopes to work with RZA.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Eric B & Rakim - "Paid in Full"

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The D.O.C. ends affiliation with Dr. Dre

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

There have been many changes in Dr. Dre's career. His professional career began with Eazy-E on Ruthless Records. It was here where his production skills were discovered and made famous. Dr. Dre would also meet The D.O.C. during his time at Ruthless.

When Dr. Dre split from Ruthless Records, he and The D.O.C. teamed up with Suge Knight to launch Death Row Records. D.O.C. was responsible for most of Dre's lyrics on The Chronic. Dr. Dre has counted on The D.O.C. most of his career.

The D.O.C. began helping Dr. Dre with Detox when Dre announced he was completing the album. Now, with the album set to come out in a few months, The D.O.C. is shocked. Most of the material he has worked on will not be on the album.

Feeling dissed, The D.O.C. has gone public about their relationship. He said Dr. Dre must feel as if he cannot trust him anymore. Because of the apparent trust issue and all of his work removed from the album, D.O.C. decided not to do any more work for Detox. Not only is he done with Detox, but The D.O.C. is also done working with Dr. Dre.

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Lil Twist preparing Young Money debut

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Right after Lil Wayne announced he is close to completing his long-awaited Carter IV album, Lil Twist announced he is preparing his debut album. The album was initially supposed to be released last year, but Drake and Nicki Minaj's promotion made that nearly impossible.

Lil Twist officially signed with Young Money in March 2010 and has been recording. He has secured collaborations on the album with label-mates, Drake and Nicki Minaj. Outside of the camp, Lil Twist will also be working with Khalil of Def Jam and Justin Bieber. The title of the album will be Don't Get It Twisted.

After waiting for almost a year, Lil Twist said he was happy his album is finally coming out. The album will be headlined by a few collaborations with Lil Wayne. While work for Don't Get It Twisted is underway, there is no set release date for the album. Lil Twist is working on a video for his popular new single, "Love Affair."

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A-Thug discusses Upcoming Projects

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Harlem's underground king recently sat down for an interview, and he opened up about his ventures as the year is moving into full swing. Despite barely being a month into the New Year, A-Thug is already focused on the summer market. He is at a point in his career where he feels as if he should be on top of the game, and he reached out to many of the big-names in the game.

For eight years, A-Thug has been running his business independently and has built solid buzz. But, he is trying to break into the spotlight this year. Not only does he plan to have his content featured on many of the top websites, but he also plans to open more business ventures. A-Thug already owns a film production company, record label, and a clothing line.

But, A-Thug is now focusing on maximizing the profits of each venture and expanding. In an effort to help the expansion, Black Rolling Stones is hiring and willing to allow anyone to be on the team. A-Thug has a few surprises for the people this year with one of his ventures. He sat down for a video interview and Hip Hop Vibe has obtained the footage.

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Game says "The R.E.D. Album" could feature anyone except 50 Cent and Jay-Z

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Six years ago, Game was the hottest new artist in the game and he was waving the G-Unit flag high. But, behind the scenes, beef was brewing between Game and 50 Cent. Soon, the two rappers made their feud known and the gloves came off.

Game has spent most of his career dissing 50 Cent. Outside of his feud with 50 Cent, Game has also had issues with Jay-Z. Even on his debut album, which featured production from Kanye West, Game was challenging Jay-Z.

There have been many times in his career when Game has offered truces to 50 Cent and Jay-Z. When 50 Cent decided to re-start his feud, Game offered to take Jay-Z's side. But, the feud never materialized, and Game returned to his beef.

With his long-awaited The R.E.D. Album, on the way, Game has worked with some of everyone. Game said to expect to hear from almost anyone in the game. But, there is an exception of the artists he will be working with. Game said not to expect a collaboration from either 50 Cent or Jay-Z. Late last year, Game offered to reunite with G-Unit, but Tony Yayo laughed him off.

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Mack Maine says "Tha Carter IV" is Complete

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For nearly three years, Lil Wayne has been talking about releasing Tha Carter IV. Following the success of 2008's Tha Carter III, rumors suggested the next Carter album would be released in October 2008. Instead, the announcement for 2010's Rebirth came.

In 2009, Lil Wayne planned to release Rebirth early in the year and Tha Carter IV later in the year. But, due to delays from the head label, Universal, Lil Wayne decided to release We Are Young Money in 2009. Early in 2010, Rebirth was finally released.

Later in 2010, Lil Wayne released I Am Not A Human Being from behind bars. Immediately following Wayne's release from prison, he began working on Tha Carter IV. Promotion of his rising single, "Right Above It," ended and all of the focus was on the new album. Finally, after over two years of discussion, Tha Carter IV is on the way, according to Mack Maine.

Mack Maine said David Banner is coming in to help Lil Wayne complete two more tracks and the album will be ready to go.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic

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"Scarface: Origins of a Hip Hop Classic" part 1

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Timbaland's "Timbo Thursdays" in Trouble

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

During the holiday season, Timbaland announced he would be releasing new music each Thursday. Not wanting to disappoint fans, he did not give the release date. But, one Thursday, he released a new song for "Timbo Thursdays."

Barely in action for a month and Timbaland has already landed in hot water. The last song he released, "Round The Way Tim," has offended some people. In the song, he brags about his riches. He says Timmy T is nothing but a black guy with an island.

The website service he is using has not allowed Timbaland to access his site. Timbaland has yet to receive a reason for being blocked, but he feels it has something to do with his latest song and he is upset. Timbaland apologized to the fans for not releasing a new song today.

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Game says "The R.E.D. Album" won't come out until He Says So

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Game had originally planned to release The R.E.D. Album during the summer of 2009. Each time Game prepared to release an album, he always said Dr. Dre was going to produce on the album. But, after receiving no reply from Dre in 2008, Game moved on with his career.

Snoop Dogg, a close associate of both, was working with Dr. Dre on Detox and invited Game to join him. Immediately, Dr. Dre welcomed Game back into the Aftermath fold. Dre listened to a part of The R.E.D. Album and began reworking it. But, due to his schedule, he had to stop working on it, delaying the album.

In the time since, Game has worked with Pharrell, DJ Premier, and many other big names. With the album 95% done, Game said he is going to wait to release it. He said this album is more special than his other releases, so he is trying to find the perfect single to introduce to the fans. Game will not be giving a release date for the album and the album will not be released until he says so.

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Video of the Day: Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg - "Black & Yellow (remix)"

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Fabolous says New Mixtape will not be DJ-hosted

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After finally releasing There Is No Competition 2, Fabolous is now focusing on his next mixtape. Always setting trends, Fab has decided not to have a DJ host his next mixtape. DJs usually host all mixtapes, but Fabolous is tired of them talking over his songs.

Initially, Fabolous had planned to release his last mixtape around Christmas of 2009. But, the weather and his personal life delayed the release. Fabolous set multiple release dates and the mixtape never came. But, in March, he finally released the new music.

This time around, Fabolous did not make any announcements about a mixtape. Instead, he recorded the mixtape and did not mention it until he was close to completing it. Fabolous asked fans to help him title the new mixtape. He has considered making it a part of the There Is No Competition series, but eventually decided to name the new mixtape The S.O.U.L. Tape.

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Drake is going Reggae?

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, Drake had a lot of interaction with Jamaica. The rapper filmed the video to "Find Your Love" on the island and made a sizable donation of $25,000 for a learning center. While in Jamaica, Drake admitted he liked the atmosphere. He vowed to return.

Now on the European part of his tour, Drake is preparing the return to Jamaica. While on tour, he will stop in Jamaica to record and he wants to soak in some of the nation's music. The Canadian rapper is currently wrapping up his second album, Take Care.

Drake has announced he will be making Reggae music, but it is not clear what the music will be placed on. Previously, Drake said his new album would feature many old school acts. There is no guarantee that his Reggae work will make the upcoming album.

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Kid Cudi preps Rock Album for Summer Release

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In November 2010, Kid Cudi revealed he had grown bored with rap music and was moving on. He no longer saw a challenge with the genre and he is always up for a challenge. Kid Cudi admitted he did not care for much rap music, outside of his own work. Instead, Cudi was a fan of rock.

Not only is Kid Cudi a rock fan, but he also announced his plans to become a rock artist. He teamed up with a few other rock artists and created a new rock group. Kid Cudi announced most of his energy would go into making music with the new group. The Cleveland rapper said to expect an album soon.

Two months after Kid Cudi dumped rap, he has announced the upcoming album with his group, The Wizards. Following his return to social networking site, Twitter, Kid Cudi opened up on the upcoming album from his group. Without giving a specific release date, Kid Cudi announced the album from The Wizards will be coming sometime during the summer.

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Lil' Kim prepares "Black Friday" mixtape

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

With no album release date in sight, Lil' Kim has set her sights on the mixtape game. Over the past few weeks, Lil' Kim has become a punching bag. Ever since Christmas, Foxy Brown, her old rival, has been throwing shots at her. Last week, Jacki-O, entered the beef with her own diss for the queen.

Before any of the other ladies stepped into the battle, Lil' Kim had set her sights on Nicki Minaj. After Nicki's 2010 takeover, many critics and fans compared her to Lil' Kim. Nicki Minaj said she was a big fan of Lil' Kim and she was a major influence. Lil' Kim later said she dissed her for not paying homage.

Following months of dissing Nicki Minaj with no response, Lil' Kim said she was ending the beef. Weeks later, Nicki Minaj released a song for Halloween called "Roman's Revenge." The song took open shots at Lil' Kim, but Nicki Minaj denied the song was dissing anyone. Soon, though, she admitted her verse was a diss to Lil' Kim and she dissed her again on Kanye West's "Monster."

Lil' Kim waited until after the release of Pink Friday to really begin dissing Nicki Minaj. In time for the holiday season, Lil' Kim released "Black Friday" and filmed a video for the song. With "Monster" steadily gaining more radio play, more people are hearing Nicki's verse. Lil' Kim has decided to up her arsenal with an entire mixtape dedicated to dissing Nicki Minaj. The "Black Friday" single will now serve as the lead single to the Black Friday mixtape. Lil' Kim's new mixtape will be released on February 14.

Via Twitter, Lil' Kim told Nicki Minaj "happy Valentines Day bitch."

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50 Cent talks Dr. Dre and "Detox"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Dr. Dre first announced Detox when 50 Cent was still in Queens, considering becoming a rapper. With the release of the album right around the corner, 50 Cent has been a rap heavyweight and now a media personality. Through it all, 50 Cent has been one of the most-successful Dr. Dre proteges.

In 2009, there were rumors of a 50 Cent/Dr. Dre feud. 50 Cent was waiting to release Before I Self Destruct and Dr. Dre had not finished his tracks. While 50 was waiting, Dre had helped Eminem with his entire album. When the album was finally released, 50 Cent called out his mentor for signing his rival, Game, back to the label.

One year ago, around this time, it looked as if things were going to get ugly between the two. But, Dr. Dre said he and 50 Cent have no problems and will be working together. Despite 50 Cent being in the process of leaving Shady Records, having left Aftermath in 2009, he will still be working with Dr. Dre as he finishes Detox.

It is unclear if 50 Cent will appear on the album, as Game is also heavily involved. Still, 50 Cent reminded fans not to count Dr. Dre out. Right when it appeared as if 50 Cent's career may not take off, his Dre-produced single, "In da Club," would top the charts from January well into the summer. 50 Cent said if Dr. Dre was able to do that for him, imagine what he would be able to do with his own material.

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Rakim, The Forgotten Legend

By The Voice
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

When discussing the best rappers of all-time, most hip hop fans mention The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, and sometimes Jay-Z. In recent years, the fans of Lil Wayne have been pushing to add him to the discussion. For many reasons, many rappers could be considered one of the best, but Rakim is usually left out of the equation.

Rakim has been in the game since 1986, but most fans do not remember him until 2002. The rapper's most famous rhymes of the 21st century came on Truth Hurts' 2002 song, "Addictive." A number of fans of the song assumed he was a new rapper. But, for those who know their history, they know Rakim has been around for years.

In 1987, Rakim released his debut album with Eric B, as a part of the duo Eric B & Rakim. Eric B was the producer and Rakim was the lyricist. While LL Cool J was riding the top of the charts and winning the hearts of girls all over the world, Rakim was putting together some of the wittiest lyrics of all-time. His first album, Paid in Full, was a critical success, but it was not very popular with fans. Even with the strong lyrical content, the album did not sell like records from Run-DMC and the superstar, LL Cool J.

During the 1990s, gangsta rap took over the air-waves. Hip hop was more interested in hearing NWA and social rapper, Tupac Shakur, at this time. Rakim disappeared during the 1990s, as The Notorious B.I.G. emerged and brought New York hip hop back to its prominence. Also, Tupac Shakur signed with Death Row and emerged as the toughest gangsta rapper of them all. Not only was Tupac the most-popular rapper in the game, he was also critically-acclaimed. Each of his albums were met with positive reviews, despite his switch from social rap to gangsta rap.

Unlike Biggie, who often rapped Mafioso stories, Rakim was able to change his style up and still make people think if they actually took the time to listen. Rakim was not a gangsta rapper by any means, but he did rap what he felt at the time. There are not many rappers who are as versatile as Rakim. LL Cool J is credited for reinventing himself several times in order to still be appealing. Rakim has been able to switch his flow, but still be the same style of rapper. Despite most fans forgetting about Rakim, most rappers do credit him as their inspiration.

When 50 Cent signed to Interscope Records, in 2002, he was immediately compared to Tupac Shakur, but he denied the similarities. Even in some of his lyrics, he quoted the late legend, but when he was asked who his favorite rapper was, 50 Cent said Rakim was who really made him love rap music. Many other rappers, who are considered legends by today's standards have hailed Rakim as one of their favorite rappers. But, fans do not know much about him because he never had much mainstream success. In 2009, he was in the news after he finally released The Seventh Seal.

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Yung Gwap ft. Sound Cartagena - "Main Attraction"

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wiz Khalifa announces "Rolling Papers" release date

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Wiz Khalifa has been on the underground hip hop scene for almost five years. In those five years, Wiz built a cult following, but he had his eyes set on something bigger. Last fall, Wiz Khalifa released "Black & Yellow" and the song changed his life.

The song served as an anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the promotional single for his "Waken Baken Tour." Wiz ended the year of 2010 a major star, having started the year basically a no-name. Despite the hit single, Wiz Khalifa had not started recording his album.

In December, Wiz Khalifa began working on his debut album and he is currently finishing it up. The rapper has become good friends with Snoop Dogg and is excited about the album. Paying homage to one of his most favorite activites, Wiz Khalifa is naming his album, Rolling Papers. The album is going to be released through Atlantic Records on March 29.

The next single from Wiz Khalifa will be "Roll Up," produced by Pharrell.

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50 Cent discusses past Cam'ron feud

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Three years ago, 50 Cent was preparing to release Curtis, his third album. After watching his first two albums go 5x platinum, 50 Cent felt untouchable. He bragged about his sales to Hot97 and even dissed independent label, Koch Records. 50 Cent said the label was a "graveyard" for washed up artists.

Cam'ron was signed to the label, at the time. Not only was he signed, but Koch Records distributed the entire Diplomat imprint. It came as no surprise when Cam took offense to the statement made by 50 Cent. Cam'ron called into the station and he and 50 Cent had a heated argument.

Following the phone conversation, both rappers began preparing their diss records. Despite there being no clear winner, 50 Cent boasted of his victory during his feud with Rick Ross. In 2009, the rappers ended their feud, as the members of Dipset, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, pubicly sided with 50. The other day, Cam'ron commented on the feud, saying it was good for hip hop.

Today, 50 Cent also chimed in about the beef. 50 Cent said the issues between him and Cam'ron were only on wax. On a personal level, 50 said he had no issues with him because he really did not know him. He went on to say the feud was nothing more than competition. Battling is a part of the core of hip hop and 50 Cent has mastered it. 50 Cent said he does not wake up feeling like he hates Cam'ron. The G-Unit general went on to say he thinks that Cam'ron is actually a good guy.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lupe Fiasco prepares "Fiasco Fridays II" for "Lasers" promotion

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After missing four years of action, Lupe Fiasco is doing all he can to promote his third album, Lasers. Many fans were turned off from Lupe Fiasco because of his subjecy matter. But, on the other hand, hip hop heads have been in love with Lupe since he first released Food & Liquor.

In recent months, Lupe Fiasco has been in the headlines for various reasons. Last fall, he was dissed by teen sensation, Soulja Boy. Throughout his career, Soulja Boy has been accused of not being a real rapper. In defense to his lyrical style, he said he is nothing like Lupe Fiasco who is too lyrical.

Not long after replying to Soulja Boy, Lupe Fiasco began promoting his new album. Lupe has had release dates for the album since 2008. Finally set with a secure release date, Lupe Fiasco officially started the promotion for his album. With the album right around the corner, Lupe has joined the rappers who release weekly music.

Until the official release date of Lasers, Lupe Fiasco will release a new track each Friday, called "Fiasco Fridays II."

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WorldStarHipHop.com back up and Running

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Yesterday, 50 Cent boasted of his power, saying he had shut down WorldStarHipHop.com. The site has grown immensely popular over the past two years, becoming the top hip hop site. 50 Cent has a hip hop site, ThisIs50.com, competing directly with it.

In 2009, as WorldStarHipHop.com was becoming popular, 50 Cent said he would bring them down. It appeared as if he had made good on that promise when the site randomly shut down. 50 Cent said he had gotten them for copyright infringement.

Stories reported said the Department of Homeland Security even got into the situation. The site was reportedly seized by the government. Despite claims by 50 Cent, the site was up and running with no problem today. The owner of the site, Q, recently spoke about on the situation.

During an interview with Hot97, Q said the site shutting down had nothing do with 50 Cent. He said the server on the site shut down, which caused the site to shut down. Without boasting, Q said he has to constantly add more servers because the site is gaining more popularity by the day. He went on to deny the claims by 50 Cent saying this was not the first time the site was shut down. In 2007, WSHH.com was shut down after being hacked and it was also hacked in 2010.

After refuting 50 Cent's claims, Q thanked him for the free promotion. He admitted the two have been feuding for a few years and it has nothing to do with the rival websites.

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Sound Cartagena talks Style and Background [Interview]

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Hip hop is forever evolving and Sound Cartagena is representing this change with his music. The rapper comes from hip hop's birthplace, New York City. Carrying the swagger of the empire city with him, Sound Cartagena is focused on changing the game.

Sound Cartagena was born in hip hop, so he has a natural love for the music. But, his style is different because his father often played Salsa music, which is in him. For over a decade, Sound Cartagena has been rapping and producing.

Outside of hip hop, Sound Cartagena is also a drummer for a rock band based in New York. He is from the melting pot and he represents the blending of the cultures in his lifestyle. Being exposed to so much has led Sound Cartagena to become the artist he is.

Read the interview between Sound Cartagena and Hip Hop Vibe below.

How long have you been rapping?
Almost all my life, I have been performing for as long as I can remember, true story.

How long have you been recording music?
My 1st recorded record was in 1989 Salsa Kid Group

Do you feel any pressure from being a New York rapper?
Not At ALL!

Are you doing anything to separate yourself from other Spanish rappers in the game?
Yes, I am representing who I am, a bi-lingual artist (Spanglish Rapper) and mixing my Salsa roots with todays hip hop.

Have you ever received any comparisons to Fat Joe?
All the time because we have the same last name. I never met my cousins and they all live in The Bronx. There is a strong possibility that we might be related. My grandfather's name is Don Domingo Cartagena and he still lives in the Bronx.

Are you currently signed to a label?
I've been signed before (MCA, Universal Writer Records, SimplyMusic etc.), but now I have my own label, CallejonMusic, that means: StreetMusic, and we are under Konvict Muzik/Bad Boy.

How long have you been working with Yung Gwap?
Gwap!? That is my dude! I think it's been about a year or so, maybe more. Shoutout to the G.M.B CashBoiz Denver, CO Nos FuiMOOO!!

Who else have you been working with?
I have worked with them all, Red Cafe Shakedown, Fabolous, Paul Cain and Don Dilly, StreetFam/SLK StuddaGang, Konvict Muzik, Akon, and T-Pain etc., D'Mingo Ramos and Manolo Guatauba University WhiteLion, Young Money Tour, T-Wayne Tour, oh man I can keep going and going.

When is your next mixtape coming out?
Well next mixtape is titled Today'z Salsa coming next month.

Do you plan to release an album soon?Right now, I'm working on my LIVE album with my new band, SPANGLISHCARTA Y SU ORQUESTA www.reverbnation.com/spanglishcarta.

Can you name some of the producers you have been working with?
EmpireState Reek & Sosa, DJ Pistolero, D'Mingo Ramos, ERK Trax-IT-Ryte, and that's just a few. I did music with almost all the best producers and musicians out here in NY.

What makes your movement different from other movements in hip hop?
There is no other movement like mine, I am Spanglish hip hop. I am bringing a new genre to the game mixing hip hop with what I call Sazon... CARTA!!!

What will make fans and critics accept you as one of the greatest of all-time when it is all said and done?
I'm being myself, I never imitated I always stood by what I do and who I am. Musically spiritually and lyrically ON IT!!!.. Carta! nos FuiMOOOO!!!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Killer Mike thinks there is a Conspiracy Against hip hop

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Before hip hop actually took over the music world, not too many rappers had been arrested. Many rappers had criminal record, but the charges stem to a time before their career. Tupac Shakur made headline news after each of his multiple arrests. But, arrests became a commonplace in hip hop by the late 1990s.

In recent years, rappers have been hauled off to prison right in the prime of their careers. T.I. finally rose to uberstar status in 2008 and was sentenced to a year in prison immediately afterwards. Lil Wayne has been dominating rap for years and he was sentenced to prison after releasing a successful album with Young Money.

Ja Rule, a star in the early 2000s, was launching his comeback before he was sentenced to over three years in prison. Hip hop has become more popular with such crossovers as Drake. Mike Bigga, formerly known as Killer Mike, feels it is no coincidence with all of the rappers going to prison. He feels the government thinks hip hop has become too big and now they are trying to stop the movement.

Bigga gives credit to Suge Knight, saying he did the right thing by hiring the police to be a part of his security team. Many people assume the police are targeting hip hop because it is full of young and rich black men and feel some people will never accept that. Killer Mike is among the many who feel this way, he is the first one to make his feelings public.

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50 Cent takes credit for WorldStarHipHop.com shutting down

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Today, the hip hop world has been shaken to its core with news about WorldStarHipHop.com being shut down. Ever since 2009, it has been the top website in hip hop news. The site surpassed such giants as SOHH.com and AllHipHop.com because the site only showed videos.

While the site was very popular within the hip hop community and a great tool for new artists, 50 Cent was not a fan of the site. Ironically, the G-Unit general promised to take the site down right before it rose to popularity. At the time, the owners of the site laughed off 50 Cent's threats.

50 Cent owns ThisIs50.com, a direct competitor to WorldStar and he sued them for copyright infringement. In an interview, 50 Cent said he planned to sue the site in order for ThisIs50.com to win the battle for viewership and he has finally won after two years in the background. 50 Cent said he finally got a suit against the suit after he sued them for using his image without his permission and some fans thought the site was his.

Many hip hop sites use the same practices as WorldStarHipHop.com by using videos uploaded by another site and uploading it into its own system and placing their own logo over the original logo.

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New Video of the Day: Lloyd Banks ft. Jeremih - "I Don't Deserve You"

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N.O.R.E. suffers from Personal Life

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Throughout his career, N.O.R.E. has been relatively quiet about his personal life. The rapper has been around for over a decade, but has not had much commercial success. However, N.O.R.E. is one of the more vocal rappers in the game.

N.O.R.E. has spoken on many of the rap rumors. In 2009, he said he has worked with the gay rapper in the game. Early last year, he featured DMX and Ja Rule on one of his new songs. The song was their first collaboration since their truce.

Recently, N.O.R.E. reached out to the public on a personal note. His heart is heavy following the passing of his grandfather. After his death, via Twitter, N.O.R.E. said he was crushed. One thing he could count on was the love of his grandfather.

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Saigon discusses "The Greatest Story Never Told"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After years of waiting and false hope, Saigon is finally getting ready to release his debut album. Just Blaze is still by his side after rumors of beef and blog rants. Saigon is still headlining his label, Fort Knocks Entertainment.

Six years have passed since the initial release date for the album, but Saigon feels the timing is right. Regardless of when the album actually comes out, Saigon knows it will be classic. When he first announced the album, Sai said it would be classic.

Now, the world is only months away from finally finding out. The rapper boasted, saying he thinks The Source has given him a 4.5 mic rating. Such albums as Dr. Dre's The Chronic received that high rating.

Saigon's debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, will be released in February.

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Cam'ron explains Kanye West diss

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last summer, Cam'ron attacked Kanye West with a diss over the instrumental of "Runaway." For years, Cam'ron has had beef with his mentor, Jay-Z. Their beef stems from Cam's stint at the Roc, which led to Dame Dash leaving the label.

In the middle of the feud and after Kanye West sided with Jay-Z, he featured Cam'ron on his Late Registration album. At the time, Cam'ron was still bigger than Kanye West. Kanye asked him to appear on the album to boost sales.

Fast forward to 2010 and Kanye West is now not only bigger than Cam'ron, but the biggest act in rap. Cam'ron needed a beat from Mr. West, but he didn't deliver it. Cam said he does a favor expecting one in return.

Cam'ron admitted his diss aimed at Kanye West was because he did not return his favor. The feud was quickly ended and the two have since recorded together. Despite being dissed by Cam'ron, Kanye West that hip hop needs Dipset just as much as it needs Jay-Z and his statement songs.

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Game drops New Mixtape, "Purp and Patron"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Still working on his long-awaited The R.E.D. Album, Game is giving fans a gift for being so patient. Recently, the Compton rapper recorded a new mixtape. The mixtape is titled, Purp and Patron, and will be released later today.

The mixtape is headlined by his new single, "The Kill." Cool & Dre produced the new track and premiered it on AllHipHop.com earlier today. So far, the single has had a positive response and is a nice introduction to Purp and Patron.

Game will release the mixtape today at 4:20 pm. The time is no coincidence. The title is meant to go along with the time. April 20 is the day set aside for smokers, so they enjoy the day and the time and any number that makes up 420. Game is among the fans.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Ice Cube - "It Was a Good Day"

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Kanye West announces New Album in Summer 2011

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since he returned from his hiatus, Kanye West has been working overtime. First, he released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and announced Watch the Throne with Jay-Z. With the Jay-Z album coming in a little over a month, Kanye West is making even more plans.

Following the release of Watch the Throne, Kanye West will begin filming the video for "All of the Lights." The song was released as a single off his album. Like the other songs released from the album, it has become a hit. While he is promoting "All of the Lights," it seems as if he is done working with "Monster."

The major news from Kanye West is the announcement of his sixth studio album. Kanye West announced he is already working on his next project. He plans to release the album sometime before the end of the summer of 2011. The album has not been confirmed or denied by reps from G.O.O.D. Music and the bosses at Def Jam.

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Juelz Santana's studio raided by Police

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Skull Gang rapper, Juelz Santana is back in the news, but not because of his new music. His studio was raided by the NYPD and the officers found guns and marijuana in the studio. Not only did the police discover guns and illegal drugs, but his artist, Hynief, was arrested in the middle of the mayhem.

Hynief has been in trouble with the NYPD before. Last summer, on two accounts, he sold illegal drugs to undercover officers. Hynief was in the studio when the raid took place. Also found were two fully loaded 9 mm pistols. The rapper was arrested for the guns and 17 bags of what seemed to be high-grade marijuana.

Bail has been set for the rapper at $50,000. Juelz Santana has missed performances because of the arrest. He missed a major performance alongside Twista. Juelz Santana issued an apology via Twitter for missing the performance, but he announced that Hynief did make bail.

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Lil Wayne quits on NYC

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested after performing with Ja Rule and filming their "Uh Ohhh!" video. Both rappers spent the night behind bars. Lil Wayne returned to New York City for the court ruling, and he was put on probation.

However, in 2009, Lil Wayne was sentenced to one year in prison. Realizing he was really going to prison, Wayne began promoting his Young Money crew. Before going to prison, he released his album and Drake held things down.

In March 2010, Lil Wayne began his stay in Riker's Island in the state of New York. Due to good behavior, Wayne only spent seven months behind bars. After spending seven months in New York, Lil Wayne grew tired of the place.

A free man again, Lil Wayne decided not to perform in New York City. The last time he performed in the city, he ended up behind bars and spending seven months of time in the state. From the way it looks, Lil Wayne has quit on New York City.

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Nicki Minaj's London show cancelled Due to Fight

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

While Nicki Minaj has gained national fame, she has also built a large following outside of the United States. Another place where Nicki is big is in the United Kingdom. Recently, the Young Money femcee was set to perform at London club, Runway.

Nicki Minaj was excited about her performance in London and ready to embrace her fans. While she was preparing to enter the club, she was not able to. Before she entered the building, a fight erupted and her security team kept her out of the club.

Upon not entering the club, Nicki Minaj was escorted back to her hotel room. Her fans quickly found out where she was and followed her to her room. She said she loves her passionate fans, but the hotel threatened to kick her out if she could not control them.

As she was leaving her hotel, Nicki Minaj said her London fans were giving her new energy.

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50 Cent officially leaves Interscope Records

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

When 50 Cent signed to Interscope Records, in 2002, he signed a very complex deal. The rapper was signed three labels at the same time. The deal also included Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment. Following the release of Get Rich or Die Tryin', 50 Cent created G-Unit Records.

In 2004, 50 Cent also signed to G-Unit Records and released his second album through the label. 50 Cent has served as the flagship artist for both Aftermath and Shady during Eminem's hiatus. After the deal with Interscope went bad in 2007, 50 Cent demanded to leave the label.

Over the summer, G-Unit Records landed a new distribution deal with EMI Records. While the G-Unit imprint is off the label, 50 Cent is going through a process to leave Interscope. He left Aftermath Entertainment following the release of Before I Self Destruct. But, he was still signed to the Shady Records imprint. 50 Cent left Interscope Records during the summer of 2010.

Despite leaving the label, 50 Cent is still signed to Interscope Records through his deal with Shady. 50 Cent is currently negotiating to leave the label. Eminem is prepared for 50 Cent to leave as he has finally added the supergroup, Slaughterhouse, and he has also signed Yelawolf to the label. When he finally leaves the label, 50 Cent will join his G-Unit crew over at EMI Records. He will soon be off Shady/Interscope, but he has to keep the terms of the exit off Twitter.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

A-Thug focusing on Expanding his Empire

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

For nearly eight years, A-Thug has been representing Harlem and releasing albums. He has his own record label and he runs a few other businesses outside of hip hop. A-Thug is highly successful, but there is one thing left on his list. In 2011, A-Thug wants to achieve fame.

The Harlem rapper has been putting together new ventures to make this happen. A-Thug is working on expanding his business into club promotion and he also has plans for a tour. Everything is in its early stages, but he is still doing it independently.

Recently, A-Thug launched a new site for Black Rolling Stones. The site includes all of his ventures and creating one place for everything he has going on. Despite only being up for a few days, the site is already receiving heavy traffic.

A-Thug mastered New York City years ago and now he has people breaking him in other places. He has people working for him in North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia, introducing him to their audiences. While he is being introduced to the audiences, A-Thug is soon hoping to perform in these places and he soon intends to make this happen.

The rapper made a genius move when he created the Black Rolling Stones website. His fans can receive all of their news about him and purchase the same products he has for sale in Harlem. Most importantly, he has the site set up where his fans can leave feedback for him. A-Thug will soon have the site accessible for people who want to purchase tickets to go to his shows.

The most important thing on his list is his upcoming album, The Signature, which will be released sometime during the summer.

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On the Rise: Duce Blow

By The Rap Scout
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, Hip Hop Vibe has been checking out the new movement in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. One of the hottest rappers on the scene is Duce Blow. At the age of 23, Duce Blow is well on his way.

Aside from being one of the hottest rappers in the South Florida hip hop scene, Duce is also the head of his own label, Da Darkside Ent. The rapper also has a lucrative deal with nightclub, Area7.

With all of these outlets, Duce Blow is giving the people a chance to hear him. The fans are loving Duce Blow and his crew and he recently spoke with Hip Hop Vibe, now the world has a chance to check him out.

Was there a point in your life when you realized rapping was for you?
Well, when I realized rapping was for me, I realized I was an all around entertainer and a true artist.

Before the internet, what did you do to promote yourself?
Word of mouth, performances, and loud bass in the trunk.

How do you try to stand out in a crowded rap scene?
I don't try, my appearance speaks for me, my presence is always noticeable!

Can you explain the difference between Fort Lauderdale and Miami rap?
I see no difference, it's all hot southern music.

Are you the founder of Da Darkside Ent.?
Yes I am and 100% proud of the direction it's going.

Who are the other artists signed to the label?
Da Darkside consists of these artists, myself (Duce Blow), Greg the Grim Reaper, Blow Sho, Nique Freak, Slik Bandit, J.B Smooth. Da Darkside has also joined forces with a crew of hot spitters called Dark Alliance, consisting Blak Prophet of Dark Dreamz, and a new group that I am working on forming.

How did you meet Paul Blak?
At an Area7 show.

Exactly what do you do with the club, Area7?
I host and promote shows of pure entertainment and I plan on making Area 7 a home for ALL of the best southern entertainment you could find and we get closer every show.

How did you land the job with Area7?
I was there just performing until one of the club managers offered me a night of my own.

What are your plans for 2011?
To be a leader to a new and better life also I plan to use my music to catch the attention, "If every man is created equal, why don't we live like that?"

When is your next mixtape coming out?
I have not decided on a date yet but it will be a double feature and also very soon.

When do you plan to release your first album?
I plan on dropping an album when Da DarkSide is ready to march and come to the light, because although I can I don't "STAND" alone DARKSIDE.

Have you worked with any big name artists?
Not any commercial artists.

Do you prefer the staying independent or going major?
Funny question, I plan on being a major independent artist.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Video of the Day: Fabolous - "You Be Killin Em"

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Wiz Khalifa to perform at AFC Championship Game

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

When Wiz Khalifa began recording in 2010, he wanted to create an anthem for his city, Pittsburgh. In the fall of 2010, his single, "Black & Yellow," was released and it became one of the biggest hits late in the year. In the time since its release, "Black & Yellow" has become the anthem Wiz wanted it to be.

As the Pittsburgh Steelers have played this season, the song has been their anthem. Fans of Wiz Khalifa credit the song for the Steelers' success. Wiz Khalifa said he knew he had made it when the people in his hometown truly loved his music. There have been times when people have been lukewarm, but that time is in the past.

Recently, Wiz Khalifa was booked to perform his anthem in his hometown. Before the start of the AFC Championship Game, Wiz Khalifa will perform his hit single in front of the people. He will also engage in the Terrible Towel Twirl ceremony before the start of the game. Wiz Khalifa's idea with "Black & Yellow" has paid off and then some, given the response of the music.

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DJ Whoo Kid pays homage to Jam Master Jay

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

DJ Whoo Kid was among the many people influenced by the late Jam Master Jay. Early in his career, Whoo Kid was mentored by the Run-DMC DJ. In many ways, Jam Master Jay is who DJs aspire to be like. DJ Whoo Kid gives him credit for most of his success.

With today being Jam Master Jay's 46th birthday, Whoo Kid described his relationship with him. The G-Unit DJ said he learned a lot from Jam. He has used his advice as he has gone on tours with 50 Cent and being his own person. Most DJs are only known for their crew, but Whoo Kid stands out like Jay did.

Jam Master Jay taught DJ Whoo Kid how to be a businessman and working out other ventures. Whoo Kid says they became so close that they almost knew everything about each other. Each day, DJ Whoo Kid tries to be more like his deceased mentor. He said he and Russell Simmons talk about him frequently.

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Gunplay endorses Uncle Luke for Mayor of Miami

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Throwback Video of the Day: Jay-Z "Girls, Girls, Girls"

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Big Boi discusses Def Jam and Second Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After years of being with Outkast, Big Boi tried embarking on a solo career for the second time in 2009. He tried to release his debut solo album through Jive Records, but they blocked the release. Big Boi signed a solo contract with Def Jam later in the year.

Last year, Big Boi released his debut album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The album was released through Def Jam and became one of the most acclaimed albums of 2010. After the success of the album, Big Boi has bigger plans.

Big Boi revealed he has a three-album deal with Def Jam and he plans to keep on working. He has already started working on his second studio album. While he admitted it might not be released this year, he said the album would be another classic.

With the new album, he said it will have another eccentric title. Big Boi has yet to come up with a theme, but he said to expect funk elements on this new release. In the meantime, Big Boi said he is waiting on Andre 3000 to finish his solo album so they can work on the next Outkast album too.

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G. Dep's wife Speaks Out about Murder Charge

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since he announced a murder over fifteen years ago, G. Dep has been the laughingstock of many hip hop websites. Even after achieving success with Bad Boy Records, he confessed to murdering someone. But, when he pled during the first court hearing, G. Dep pled 'Not Guilty.'

Despite the success he has experienced, G. Dep has had a problem with drugs. Not even the money and fame was enough to keep him clean. Things only got worse for G. Dep when he was being pressured by his label. The New York rapper hit rock bottom when he was dropped by Bad Boy.

G. Dep's wife, Crystal Sutton, recently spoke out about her estranged husband. She said all she could do was stare at her boys when she found out G. Dep had confessed to murder. Even though they are no longer together, Sutton still cares deeply for G. Dep. When asked if she felt G. Dep committed the 1993 murder, Crystal Sutton said her husband is not guilty.

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Gorilla Zoe to release New Album on March 22

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

When Diddy moved Bad Boy Records over to Interscope Records during the fall of 2009, Gorilla Zoe was among the artists who ended up falling to the wayside. Having spent his entire career, up to that time, with Bad Boy, Gorilla Zoe was a bit worried about his next move.

Absorbed into the mainstream Atlantic Records label, Gorilla Zoe began recording new music. Initially, the rapper intended to release his next album, King Kong, in October 2010. But, the album was repeatedly delayed and almost forgotten. Gorilla Zoe had left Atlantic for a deal with eOne, but they have a distribution deal with Atlantic.

Gorilla Zoe is hoping to gain the momentum he had with his 2009 single, "Lost," which featured Lil Wayne. The album will be his first album without help from Diddy. While Bad Boy is out of the equation, the Atlanta rapper is still signed to Block Entertainment. The new album, King Kong, will be released on March 22, 2011 through Block/eOne/Atlantic.

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Cam'ron talks about Jim Jones and Juelz Santana

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After nearly three years of feuding, The Diplomats have been reunited and they are glad about that. Cam'ron was ousted from his own group early in 2007. Early in the year, Cam'ron began feuding with 50 Cent and his group-mates sided with 50 Cent.

In the time he spent away, Cam'ron built another crew. Despite their feuds, Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, and Jim Jones all remained a part of Diplomat Records. But, they each ran their own sub-division of the label.

Last year, the trio reunited and they have been inseparable ever since. Cam'ron recently spoke about his relationship with both of his partners. Cam said he is glad to be on the same side with them again.

Cam'ron also went on to say they are pumping out tons of new music. He admitted to the people that Jim Jones and Juelz Santana are studio rats. They hardly ever take time off when they go into the studio. When it comes to recording, they spend hours at the time making their new music. Cam'ron said the next Diplomats album should be released sometime before the end of this year. After going through what they have been through, Cam'ron said to expect a classic.

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T.I.'s "No Mercy" Goes Gold

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Things did not turn out the way T.I. had hoped last year. The rapper initially had plans of celebrating his freedom. He had began working on his seventh album, King Uncaged. The album was led with his triumphant comeback single, "I'm Back."

Despite all the energy T.I. was putting in the album, the songs were not receiving much radio play. T.I.'s comeback was not going according to plans. Soon, T.I. began receiving attention, but it was for all of the wrong reasons.

T.I. was pulled over by the police in Los Angeles and ended up being searched. After being found with illegal drugs in the vehicle, T.I. found himself in a mess. It appeared as if he was going back to prison.

The entire format of his album was changed and the title soon became No Mercy. Half of the songs promoted for the King Uncaged album were dropped and T.I. recorded new songs. These new songs talked about his struggles to keep himself straight while working on rebuilding his career. The most-notable song off the No Mercy album was "Get Back Up" with Chris Brown.

Despite the confusion, the song did fairly well and the album was released before Christmas. T.I. has defied most odds and has put together an album that has certified gold.

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Lil Wayne prepares "6'7" video

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Free from prison, Lil Wayne has been all over the place. Right before he was released from prison, Wayne released I Am Not a Human Being. The New Orleans rapper celebrated a top ten hit with "Right Above It" featuring Drake.

The entire label was focused on promoting the 2010 album when they were forced to switch gears. Lil Wayne reunited with Bangladesh and recorded "6'7" with Cory Gunz. The song quickly became a hit and promotion began for Tha Carter IV.

With the gears switched, Lil Wayne is now working on making sure his next album is properly promoted. Wayne and Cory Gunz have already started filming the "6'7" video. The video will be released right before the spring, as promotion will soon be in full swing.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Plies threatens concertgoers

By Mark 'D' Thomas
Hip Hop Vibe Senior Writer


One would think that Plies learned his lesson after his entourage shot into a live crowd in 2006. Not so, it seems, as Plies threatened his crowd during a recent performance.

After the Florida rapper was hit with a cup while performing, he went on an angry tirade, threatening violence.

"I swear to God, next [person] to throw something up here, I'ma shoot this b*tch up in here right now!" promised Plies, who was greeted with cheers. "Next b*tch that throw something up here, they gonna get it, bro."


Other Plies concerts have been similarly tumultuous, with a councilman attempting to ban rap music concerts in 2009 following a stabbing at one of the rappers' shows.


Video of the incident can be seen below.

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Young Chris talks Damon Dash's influence

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Young Chris was among the many rappers upset when Jay-Z and Dame Dash split up. Over the years, the two had been a united front and they helped many people become successful. Young Chris looked to both men for inspiration. But, when it was time to choose, he chose Jay-Z.

At the time, the feud was very high profile. As a result, Dame Dash had negative things to say about the entire Roc-A-Fella camp. It still did not mean that the remaining guys did not have love for their other CEO. Even years after the split, some remains of the beef still exist.

Recently, Young Chris spoke about the way things used to be with the old crew. He compared the Roc to the 1996 Chicago Bulls because they all had rings. Chris said Jay-Z helped him in many ways, but he did not give as much, he taught more. But, Dame Dash gave a lot to Young Chris and he said that Dame influenced him more than anyone during that period of time.

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Lil Wayne recalls his time in Solitary Confinement

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Many people would love to trade lives with Lil Wayne. For the past four years, he has been the biggest rapper in the game. Each time he releases a song, it hits the top ten. Each time he releases an album, it goes platinum. But, Lil Wayne has gone through some rough times too.

Around this time last year, Lil Wayne was preparing to release his second album in just as many months. His songs were dominating the radio and he was the most-loved. Still, things could have been better for the Young Money front-man. Despite all of his success, he was heading to prison.

On the outside, there was no change. Lil Wayne's music still dominated the radio waves and his album was selling. But, it was his team enjoying the fruits of his labor. Lil Wayne was in solitary confinement in Riker's Island while fans counted the days until he was released. Now that he is out, Wayne talked about how rough it was for him spending the better part of seven months all alone.

After being caught with a watch, cell phone, MP3 player, and an iPod charger, things could have been much worse for Lil Wayne. But, he was fortunate enough to have an inmate take the wrap for him. Had he not, there would have been more prison time for Weezy. During his time behind bars, Lil Wayne read all kinds of books in order to educate himself outside of the rap world.

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