Thursday, March 31, 2011

Shyne talks Lil Wayne and Rick Ross [VIDEO]

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Audra the Rapper talks Maybach Music deal

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Before Maybach Music became as big of a deal as it currently is today, Audra the Rapper was associated with Rick Ross. During the summer of 2009, Audra met Ross at a radio station. While at the station, Ross gave Audra his Twitter information and the two had some communication.

However, a few months passed before Audra the Rapper even heard from Rick Ross again. During the time away, Audra had put together her mixtape, The Miseducation of Audra. On the mixtape, she released her own version of Ross' hit, "B.M.F." Upon hearing the remix, Rick Ross called her and showed his support.

In the time since then, Rick Ross has signed several artists to his still-growing Maybach Music label. Ross has also inked a long-term distrubution deal with Warner Bros. Records. Audra the Rapper reflected on her partnership with Maybach Music and she feels she happened to be at the right place at the right time, nothing more, nothing less.

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New Video of the Day: Diddy Dirty Money ft. Drake, Trey Songz, and Rick Ross - "Your Love"

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Busta Rhymes reflects on Roc-A-Fella/Terror Squad fight at New York club

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Three of the biggest crews in hip hop during the late 1990s were from the Big Apple. Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records, Fat Joe's Terror Squad, and Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad. Busta maintained good relationships with both crews. But, there was never much love between Roc-A-Fella and Terror Squad.

For years, there have been rumors of Jay-Z and Big Pun getting into an altercation at a New York club. Rumors suggest Pun ended up hitting Jay-Z over the head with a bottle. While he has never spoken on it directly, rumors also say Jay-Z has subliminally dissed Fat Joe and Terror Squad several times.

In 2008, Jay-Z and Fat Joe officially ended their "beef" with the help of Swizz Beatz. Older and wiser, Busta Rhymes is providing insight to what happeend that night. Busta said he visited Roxy and when he got there, his "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" was playing repeatedly. It surprised Busta on how much love it received, but this surprise ended when a fight nearly broke out between the Roc and TS.

The fight was ended when Kid Kapri decided to play Busta Rhymes' hit yet another time.

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Young Dro - "Polo Down"

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Killer Mike talks Pill signing to Maybach Music

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last year, Killer Mike signed with Grand Hustle Records, the label owned by T.I. But, he has also been the head of his own label for a few years. Named Grind Time Records, the Atlanta-based record label was the initial home for Pill.

Pill recently signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music label. Unlike most CEOs in this situation, Killer Mike is actually very happy for his former artist. Mike said he had never been in the position to hold a career in his hands and not be able to pull through.

Killer Mike is happy Pill was able to link up with Rick Ross and able to land a secure deal. The happiness for Killer Mike will come when his former artist makes it big. When an artist makes it big, fans look back over the entire career.

The excitement for Killer Mike will come when people begin researching and discover Pill was originally an artist signed to Maybach Music.

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Lloyd Banks wants a Hangover

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Currently, Lloyd Banks is promoting the latest single from his comeback album, Hunger for More 2 (H.F.M.). The album has helped revive G-Unit Records. Most importantly, it has helped establish Lloyd Banks in the mainstream without the help of 50 Cent.

Following four successful singles, Banks is preparing for the release of his fifth single, "So Forgetful." Teaming up, again, with Ryan Leslie, the song touches the topic of getting drunk and waking up hungover. Lloyd Banks said the song was inspired by the 2009 comedy film, The Hangover.

Lloyd Banks feels it is good to wake up with a hangover, every now and again. The G-Unit rapper said every person needs at least one experience of a hangover. Personally, Banks thinks it is good therapy to wake up one morning wondering where you are and how you got there. While he usually does not drink, when he does, Lloyd Banks looks forward to the hangover.

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Rick Ross labels himself Unstoppable

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Despite taking several hits throughout his career, Rick Ross is still one of the most-popular rappers in the game. He has portrayed the role of a "boss" for several years. In 2008, he released his hit single, "The Boss." Following the release of that song, it was revealed Ross had prior employment as a correctional officer.

Even with the label of a cop, Rick Ross went on to become one of rap's most dominating figures. Less than a year later, Ross went head-to-head with 50 Cent and won. This came after 50 Cent took a picture with Ross' son and dated his baby's mother. In the end, Ross befriended 50's best friend, Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Looking back on all of his accomplishments, Rick Ross describes it all in one word, unstoppable. Ross has been a mainstream figure for five years. While still signed to Def Jam, a bidding war between three record labels took place over him. Rick Ross said all of this proves he is unstoppable. No matter what is said about him, his songs continue to receive radio play and his albums still sell.

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Jim Jones out of Police Custody

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Yesterday, several hip hop outlets reported of Jim Jones being arrested after a driving violations. Story updates proved Jones was caught driving with a suspended license. The Harlem rapper spent last night in police custody.

Earlier today, Jim Jones was released from jail. Unlike most rappers released from jail, Jones had nothing but positive things to say. When he got out of jail, Jones finished his "Everything Jones" video and was on a flight to Chicago.

Through Twitter, Jim Jones thanked all of his fans who showed concern. He went on to also thank the police officers who were on duty while he was being held. Jones said the officers on duty were nothing but gentlemen.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Lil Wayne - "Tha Block is Hot"

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Birdman discusses "Bigger Than Life" and Cash Money takeover

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Birdman has reached a level of success that no other hip hop executive has enjoyed. In 1992, he launched Cash Money Records and the label was very big on the local scene. But, things changed for the New Orleans-based label in 1997 when they landed a distribution deal with Universal Records.

With backing from Universal Records, Cash Money took over the entire hip hop game in the late 1990s. Soon, Birdman went from being well-off to being rich. He made the jump from local businessman to a legitimate nationally-known businessman, but the battle was not over.

The late 1990s were great for Cash Money, but the label suffered major losses from 2001 until 2003. Lil Wayne, the third fiddle behind Juvenile and B.G., was the only artist signed to the label by 2004. His album, Tha Carter did enough to keep the lights on at Cash Money. His follow-up album, Tha Carter II, however, helped re-establish Cash Money Records.

Lil Wayne hit the mixtape scene during what many felt was the peak of his career. His move seemed odd to most critics, but he worked with every artist in the game and built unity. By 2007, Lil Wayne was bigger than the biggest names, despite not having an album out, nor an album in the works. In 2008, this all changed when he released Tha Carter III and built his Young Money roster. Cash Money Records was granted a second lease on life through Lil Wayne and a third through Young Money.

This year will be the first year in which both Lil Wayne and Young Money will both be very high in popularity without riding on the other for success. Birdman has taken matters upon himself to become the flagship artist for the main Cash Money label. He is currently working on his Bigger Than Life album, which is loaded with collaborations from Young Money. There are also several big names signed to Cash Money, outside of the boss, including Bow Wow.

Effortlessly, Cash Money Records will end up dominating the year of 2011 through the roster of talent signed to the primary label and the subsidiaries.

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Video of the Day: Lil Wayne ft. Cory Gunz - "6 Foot 7 Foot"

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Lil Wayne has not heard "Thank Me Later" or "Pink Friday"

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Despite the success Drake and Nicki Minaj had while Lil Wayne was serving prison time, Wayne has not had the chance to hear their music. Ever since he returned from prison, Lil Wayne has praised them for holding Young Money down while he was out of commission. But, Lil Wayne also says he is not surprised by the way they took over the game.

Early in the summer, Drake released Thank Me Later, his long-awaited debut album. The album was met with a positive response from critics. Fans obviously loved the album, as it was close to platinum following first-week sales. Before the end of the summer, the album had been certified platinum. Drake was considered the anchor of Young Money during this time.

Nicki Minaj rose to national fame behind her high-profile collaborations with Ludacris and Usher. The popularity of her singles helped her own debut single, "Your Love." Early in the summer of 2010, "Your Love" became a major radio hit, along with Drake's hit single, "Find Your Love." In many areas, both songs received heavy radio rotation and often played back-to-back, prompting Hip Hop Vibe's summer 2010 article "Young Money has fallen in Love." Even with all of the hype and publicity, Lil Wayne was too busy to listen to their albums.

The news may come as a surprise to fans, but Drake and Nicki Minaj are not surprised. They understand how Wayne's mind works and they are sure he will get around to hearing their albums.

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Wiz Khalifa projected to sell 215,000 copies in First Week

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Last fall, Wiz Khalifa made the jump from mixtape rapper to rap superstar. The Pittsburgh rapper rose to fame behind his hit single, "Black & Yellow." His hit single became the anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans.

With the NFL season over, some assumed Wiz Khalifa may be over. But, partnerships with Snoop Dogg and co-signs from some of rap's biggest names have made this impossible. Khalifa proved fans wrong with his "Roll Up" hit.

Yesterday, Wiz Khalifa released Rolling Papers, his debut album, through Atlantic Records. Because of the huge buzz from his singles, the album has done well. Despite only being out for a few days, projected sales are at 215,000 copies.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell - "Beautiful"

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Ludacris talks New Album and Release Date

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Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In 2009, Ludacris intended to release Ludaversal, the follow-up to his 2008 album, Theater of the Mind. However, he also agreed to finally release his Battle of the Sexes album with Shawnna. In the middle of recording, Shawnna decided to leave DTP Records in favor of T-Pain's Nappy Boy label.

While Ludacris held no ill will towards Shawnna for leaving, he did remove her recordings from the album. Ludacris made the decision to release Battle of the Sexes as his next solo album. With this decision came the delay of Theater of the Mind until 2011. Ludacris had to focus to make the album his and set it up for a 2010 release.

Recently, Ludacris discussed his Ludaversal album and how it is coming along. The Atlanta rapper is again working with Pharrell and his Neptunes production team. Ludacris promised the fans his album would definitely be released before the end of this year, as he has decided to begin releasing an album a year again.

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Rick Ross talks 2009 50 Cent feud

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since 2009, Rick Ross has been one of the biggest names in hip hop. Much of this is due to his highly-publicized beef with 50 Cent, the biggest bully in hip hop. For the first time, Rick Ross has opened up on why he decided to go after 50 Cent.

Ross said he had nothing personal against 50 Cent at the time. But, 50 was dissing everyone in the game. Each of 50 Cent's disses were getting closer and closer to him. Rick Ross felt his name would be next on the list, so he decided to go after 50 first.

Last year, Rick Ross said he would not go after 50 Cent again. After trading disses for a year, he was done. Instead, Rick Ross wanted to focus on his business career and making new connections. However, the "boss" did contemplate going after Eminem.

Rick Ross compared his feud with 50 Cent to the mob. In Ross' eyes, 50 Cent had been the boss for several years. Ross has watched enough gangster films to know the boss dies in the end. The boss is usually taken out by a newcomer in the business. In the case of 50 Cent, he was taken out by Rick Ross, who has since become the boss of the game.

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Jim Jones gets arrested in New York City

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Jim Jones has been all over the news for the past few days and he has loved the publicity. Jones was loving the publicitiy when the discussion was about his new album and his girlfriend's television show. But, now the discussion is about his latest arrest.

In January, Jim Jones made news when he got into a terrible car accident. Initial reports were saying Jones' life was hanging in the balance. However, once further news broke, it was revealed that Jones only suffered from minor injuries.

Earlier today, Jim Jones was driving and was stopped by police. The stop led to him being arrested for a driving violation. There is not much news about what happened, but Hip Hop Vibe will soon deliver more reports on the developing story.

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Lil Wayne stands by Retirement Comments

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Following the release of Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne announced he would retire when he turned 35. At time time, Wayne was about to turn 26. Because he was so young, no one focused too much on what he was saying. It turned out Lil Wayne is still very serious about retiring.

Having been in the game, as a solo artist, for twelve years, Wayne has released nine albums. In May, he will release his tenth, in Tha Carter IV. Even though he has yet to release his next album, Lil Wayne is already thinking about the follow-up to his upcoming album.

Lil Wayne said he will release as much music as he can because he will be gone after his 35th birthday. Wayne has dominated the rap game for nearly three years, already. When he retires, Wayne will focus on the business side of Young Money, with Drake and Nicki Minaj running the show. Lil Wayne has stuck by what he has said, confirming he will end his career when he turns 35.

Wayne said he will be the first Young Money artist to retire from the game.

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Game says few artists still care about Hip Hop

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Much has been said over the decline in the quality of hip hop music over the past few years. Rappers have been pointing fingers at each other since Hip Hop Is Dead. Game has been viewed as one of the best rappers of the "new generation."

Game promised he would keep hip hop alive, following the release of Nas' controversial album. For the most part, Game has lived up to his promise. Each of the albums he has released have been met with positive reviews.

Positive reviews are not enough for Game, as he wants to bring hip hop back to life each time he takes the mic. Game promised fans his The R.E.D. Album would be the album to finally save hip hop. But, the album has been delayed for nearly two years.

Later this year, Game plans to finally release the album and he has talked about the content as he prepares for the release. Recently, Game discussed the state of hip hop and he agrees with the critics. Game feels he is only one of the few artists who actually care about hip hop. Many of the new rappers are in the game simply to make money, not caring about the quality of their music.

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Lil Wayne speaks on the Paparazzi

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Recently, Lil Wayne has been a hotter topic than usual when billionaire heiress, Paris Hilton, revealed she was a major fan of the rapper. This news comes after rumors of her not liking black men on any level. Hilton conducted an interview with Wayne and was excited about speaking with him.

Parts of their interview have been leaked online over the past few days. During the interview, Lil Wayne discussed how he handles the paparazzi. Because he is primarily in New Orleans or Miami, he hardly sees the paparazzi. But, when he comes to Los Angeles, they surround him.

Lil Wayne says he does his best to avoid them at all costs, but they bring their A-game. Aside from his L.A. trips, Wayne said the most he had ever had to deal with the paparazzi was when he was going back and forth to court over his gun charge. But, when he is on his primary schedule, Lil Wayne says he is never bothered by the media.

Wayne joked, saying maybe he is not that caliber of person to be bothered by the paparazzi.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Video of the Day: Snoop Dogg ft. Young Jeezy and E-40 - "My Fuckin' House"

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Video of the Day: Kanye West - "All of the Lights"

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Lil Wayne discusses Post-prison life and Retirement

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Free from prison, everyone wants to know how Lil Wayne made his time pass behind bars. News reports said Wayne got into trouble in prison for having a cell phone and an iPod. But, for the most part, Wayne was not a problem at Riker's Island.

For the next three years, Wayne is not to consume any alcohol, a term in his release. Lil Wayne said that has been the hardest part of his prison release. He joked that he would no longer need his sunglasses because he will actually be sober.

Lil Wayne says his prison experience will be a teaser for his fans with Drake and Nicki Minaj taking over. Wayne once said he would reitre at age 35. The New Orleans rapper still intends to end his career when he turns 35.

The focus of Young Money will then be on the other artists, mainly Drake and Nicki Minaj. Wayne said he expected them to blow the way they did. He also wants them to have the same longevity he has had in order to hold things down when he quits rap. While music will always be his life, Lil Wayne will handle more of the business side of Young Money when he retires from the rap game.

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Birdman drops $50,000 at the Strip Club

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

With Cash Money headlining the I Am Music II tour, Birdman has been touring with his label. Recently, the tour made a stop in New York City. Last month, Birdman bragged about winning a $1 million wager during the Super Bowl. Around the same time, he addressed Jay-Z's "baby money" diss.

It seems as if Birdman is still spending his "baby money," having purchased a $1 million car with the Super Bowl money. The head of Cash Money took a break in Queens at a strip club. Rumors suggest he pulled a Rick Ross and dropped $50,000 on the strippers at the club.

Birdman has yet to address the rumors, but he is known for showing his money off. Numerous times, Birdman has challenged mogul, Jay-Z, over money. It was his frequent money disses that led to Jay-Z's "baby money" comment on his "H.A.M." single with Kanye West.

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Big Sean's debut album delayed until June

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In June 2010, G.O.O.D. Music announced Big Sean would release his debut album in September 2010. Big Sean has been on the underground scene for the past few years. His debut album has been the center of discussion for some time.

Initially, Big Sean's debut album was delayed for Kid Cudi. Cudi, the breakout G.O.O.D. artist of 2009, was trying to recreate magic with a sequel to his debut album. In order to properly promote for Cudi, the Big Sean album was delayed.

The focus was immediately shifted to Kanye West after the release of the Kid Cudi album. West had been banished by the media and had finally returned. His single, "Power," was released late in the summer and "Runaway" was being tested.

Earlier this month, there were reports of Big Sean releasing his album, Finally Famous: The Album in the next two months, in May. However, new stories are now saying the album will be released on June 21. The album will be released on G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam.

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Foxy Brown's cruise tantrum Revealed

By The Hip Hop Writer
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This weekend, Foxy Brown has been in plenty of trouble. It was revealed the she had been a part of Tom Joyner's "Fantastic Voyage" cruise. The key word is 'had' because she ended up being kicked off the cruise because she was disruptive.

Tom Joyner revealed this on his morning radio show. The host admitted it takes a lot to be kicked off one of his party cruises. Saying this, it means Foxy Brown truly was a disturbance to everyone on the cruise.

After hearing the rumors, Foxy Brown called Tom Joyner out and dissed him. Brown said she left the cruise on her own. She had gone out to visit Shyne in Belize and to take a small vacation. When everything was over, Foxy Brown returned home.

However, other members of the cruise are telling a different story. They said problems rose when Brown had a fit when she missed a nail appointment on the ship. From then on, she was a disturbance to everyone and it led to her being kicked off the "Fantastic Voyage."

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Lil Wayne explains how he Handles the Media

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Because he is the biggest rapper on the planet, Lil Wayne often reads his name all over the place. Often, there are rumors posted on the internet about Lil Wayne. But, he does not let any of it get to him.

One reason why Lil Wayne is not bothered by what is said about him is because he does not know. Recently, Wayne revealed he does not follow the media. If he read every word written about him, Lil Wayne would go crazy.

Lil Wayne said the only time he reads about himself is when he gives an interview. Once the interview is put together, Wayne reads it to see how it turned out. But, other than that, Lil Wayne stays out of the public eye.

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Drag-On leaves Ruff Ryders

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

During the late 1990s, Ruff Ryders was one of the hottest crews in the rap game, making hit records upon hit records. DMX was considered the toughest guy in rap and Eve was the first lady of the game. Drag-On was popular as one of the tough guys in the game, mainly because of his part with the Ruff Ryders.

Things were great for Drag-On until the Ruff Ryders movement lost traction. Soon, DMX and Eve were the only Ruff Ryders receiving media attention. By 2002, they were barely receiving spins on the radio with the influx of new talent from other areas. Drag-On has been forgotten for the most part.

In 2009, Drag-On revealed he had started his own record label named after his album, Hood Environment. He said he was trying to gain his release from Ruff Ryders then. While he holds no ill will towards Swizz Beatz, Drag-On has been trying to build an image of his own, outside of the label. However, he said he would go to Ruff Ryders for his distribution deal. Now, he is speaking a different tone.

Recently, Drag-On revealed his Hood Environment label was his own movement, entirely. The rapper said he is doing everything on his own. Drag-On said they are putting out their own videos and promoting them online. Hood Environment has its own roster of artists that Drag-On is free to focus on because he has officially been dropped from Ruff Ryders. He wishes DMX and Eve the best of luck on their comeback attempts, but he is taking matters into his own hands for his career.

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Rick Ross says Wale is the next Kanye West

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Out of nowhere, Rick Ross has become one of the biggest hip hop executives. The Miami rapper has been one of the biggest rappers in the game for some time and took things to the next level. Currently, he has some of the biggest rising talent signed to his label.

When Rick Ross boasted that he might sign Wale to his label, most shrugged the comments off. However, Ross was very serious. Rick Ross silently went about his business and signed Wale. The deal came as a surprise to many and gained credibility for Ross' label.

Rick Ross has worked closely with Kanye West throughout his career. Spanning for over five years, he knows Kanye very well. Admitting there are not many artists like Kanye West, Rick Ross believes Wale has what it takes to fit the mold. Having spent adequate time with both rappers, Rick Ross says he thinks Wale has a chance to become the next Kanye West.

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Lil Wayne quits Twitter

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Lil Wayne was one of the last rappers to join the Twitter frenzy, days before he went to prison. The social networking site became very popular within the hip hop community in 2009. However, the most popular member of the hip hop community had not joined.

Ever since he has been on Twitter, Lil Wayne has been hacked several times. Many Wayne rumors have been released because of these hacks. The most recent hack led to Wayne's account sending several insults towards Soulja Boy. Lil Wayne is well aware of the hacks and he is not pleased.

The Young Money CEO said he informed the executives of Twitter that he would not be returning to the site until his account has better security. With that information being released to the public, any tweets from Lil Wayne in the near future will obviously not be accurate. Lil Wayne is done with Twitter, at least until hackers are no longer able to access his account.

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Ray Hustle - "Carmelo"

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Crooked I happy Benzino ended feud with Slaughterhouse

By The Hip Hop Writer
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It came as a surprise to many when Eminem signed Slaughterhouse to his Shady Records. The group consists of Royce da 5'9, Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, and Crooked I. Eminem had a longstanding feud with Royce, Joell Ortiz had been signed to Aftermath, but left after he said his album was mishandled by Dr. Dre, and Crooked I was an associate of Murder Inc.

Benzino has been very vocal of Eminem for nearly ten years. He has found various reasons to continue attacking Eminem. When he learned of Slaughterhouse signing with Shady, Benzino immediately blasted them. But, after listening to their music, Benzino changed his tone and gave them credit. He also extended an olive branch to Eminem and the group.

Crooked I had not heard anything about this until SOHH.com informed him about the statement. While he did not say he accepted the truce, Crooked I said he was glad Benzino has finally moved on with his life. Crooked I did say he is the type of person who likes to work out differences, however, and he would love to meet up with Benzino and officially end their feud.

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Nicki Minaj gives Lil Wayne a Lap Dance

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Ever since he came out of prison, Nicki Minaj has publically expressed her admiration for Lil Wayne several times. Nicki said she was not going to collaborate for anyone, except for Britney Spears, for two years, but she broke this for Lil Wayne. She even said she hoped her verse was good enough for the album.

Before Lil Wayne went to prison, there were rumors of him having relationships with the women of Young Money. Most of the rumors linked him to Shanell, but there were also stories of him being with Nicki Minaj. These rumors died down following the prison sentence and the emergence of Drake.

But, since Lil Wayne has been out, Nicki Minaj has been working closely with him. She joined the rapper on his I Am Music II tour and things recently got hot. Nicki Minaj was caught on camera giving Lil Wayne a lap dance in the middle of their performance. The dance was enough to make the Young Money frontman smile.

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Drake gives Soulja Boy his condolences

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Last week, Soulja Boy suffered an unspeakable tragedy when his brother died in a car accident. The Atlanta rapper informed his followers on Twitter about what happened. He said he was crying his eyes out because his younger brother was gone.

The hip hop community has put their judgments aside in order to comfort Soulja Boy. Rappers from various areas have come together to comfort the superman. Soulja Boy greatly appreciates all of the support he has gotten.

Drake recently offered his condolences to Soulja Boy. Throughout his career, Drake has been very supportive of Soulja Boy. In 2009, he said Soulja Boy was one of the most intellectual rappers in the game and has wanted to work with him for some time.

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Snoop Dogg gets Nate Dogg tattoo

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The past two weeks have been rough on Snoop Dogg. Throughout his career, he has always had Nate Dogg by his side. On March 15, this all changed when Nate passed away. Snoop Dogg took the death of his partner very hard, pouring his energy into his next album.

Snoop Dogg wants to keep Nate Dogg by his side as he continues to make moves in his career. While he knows Nate Dogg will be looking down on him, Snoop Dogg wants to see him. Because of this, he has gotten Nate Dogg on his shoulder.

Recently, Snoop Dogg had a tattoo of Nate Dogg done on his shoulder. Now, no matter where he goes, Nate Dogg will be by his side, just like during the old days. This is also Snoop Dogg's way of honoring his longtime friend.

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Foxy Brown calls out Tom Joyner

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New York femcee, Foxy Brown, has found herself back in the news over the weekend. During her time off, she has been a part of the yearly Fantastic Voyage cruise with Tom Joyner. Before actually going on the cruise, Joyner interviewed Brown for his morning talk show.

Last week, news broke of Foxy Brown being kicked off the cruise because of her attitude. Tom Joyner confirmed this news, saying a plane met the boat to take Foxy. The radio host went on to say, it takes a lot to get kicked off one of his cruises. Tom Joyner parties are known to get wild.

Foxy Brown has finally addressed the stories and she is highly upset with Tom Joyner. Brown said she had not responded to him because of his age. But, once he called her out again, Foxy Brown decided to set the record straight, saying she was meeting Shyne in Belize for a vacation. She also said Joyner lied about her being disruptive, saying it was nothing but love the entire time she was in on the boat.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Comz - "Fresh Like Me"

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Eazy-E - "Only if You Want It"

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Juelz Santana promises album before Year's End

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The last time Juelz Santana released an album was in 2005, but he has remained one of the most popular rappers in the game. For six years, he has been on the mixtape scene, but in a major way. Ever since 2006, he has been promising the release of his third album, Born to Lose, Built to Win.

However, the album was held up by Def Jam for various reasons and later delayed when Diplomat Records broke up. During this time, Santana launched his Skull Gang imprint. With the crew reuniting in 2009, Juelz Santana has been working with them on their projects.

Now, with Diplomat Records signing an exclusive distribution deal with Interscope Records, Juelz Satana is able to focus on his own music. Santana promised the fans he would release three new mixtapes this year, along with his long-awaited third studio album. Recording for his next album will begin once his studio is reopened.

Santana's next mixtape will be named Born to Lose, Built to Win, his album will likely be renamed.

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Eazy-E - "Neighborhood Sniper"

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Shyne determined to reach Jay-Z's level of success

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Early in his career, Shyne was molded in the same vein as Mase by Sean Combs. Following the death of The Notorious B.I.G., the Bad Boy label needed a new flagship artist. Mase was the first artist selected, but he gave up rap for ministry. Shyne was soon recruited to rebuild Bad Boy.

Shyne was a major star early in his career because he was with the Bad Boy label. But, following his prison sentence and his falling out with Combs and Bad Boy, Shyne was left out in the cold. Soon, he aligned with Irv Gotti, who helped him release his last album, in 2004.

While seven years have passed since his last album, Shyne intends to take over the game. Realizing he is not on the same level as Jay-Z, Shyne is inspiried by this. Shyne said he is going to work until he and Jay-Z are considered equals in the rap game. Given his change in style and the rejection of some of his newer songs, Shyne has his work cut out for him.

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Eazy-E - "We Want It Eazy"

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Foxy Brown kicked off Tom Joyner's cruise

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Ever since "Christmas Massacre," Foxy Brown has been out of the news for a while. When Lil' Kim was throwing insults at Nicki Minaj each time she had an opportunity, Foxy Brown was one of the biggest defenders of Minaj.

While Foxy Brown has been out of the spotlight, she has been trying to work with Tom Joyner. A few weeks ago, Brown called into his show, but the called abruptly ended. Joyner did not go in-depth, but he said Foxy ended the call.

She has been a part of the "Fantastic Voyage" cruise and was kicked off. Tom Joyner said a person really has to act a fool in order to be kicked out of one of his events. Foxy Brown was kicked off and a plane met her in the ocean.

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Eazy-E - "Eazy Duz It"

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Pusha T talks Malice and the Clipse

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Despite signing with G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T still maintains close contact with Malice, his brother, and the other half of the Clipse. It was time for Pusha to make a move with his own career, so he teamed up with Kanye West.

Malice has also been working on his solo career. Recently, many websites have been praising Pusha T. While he accepts the praise, he said his stuff is nothing compared to Malice. Currently, Malice is working on his own mixtape, too.

Aside from the solo projects, Pusha T admitted he and Malice would soon be back in the studio. Having not released an album since 2009, Pusha T feels hip hop is ready for another album from the Clipse.

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Eazy-E - "Eazy-er Said Than Dunn"

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Remembering Eazy-E (1963-1995)

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Dr. Dre is credited for giving gangsta rap its sound, but Eazy-E is the man who made all of this possible. Many call Eazy-E the godfather of gangsta rap. Through his Ruthless Records label, Eazy gave the world N.W.A. While the group did not stay together, they introduced the world to Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

Had it not been for the influence of Eazy-E, Death Row Records would have never been established. Even in the middle of beef, Eazy-E found ways to profit. The feud between Eazy-E and Dr. Dre was never fully resolved, but most stories report Eazy-E had a percentage of all Death Row profits.

Sadly, Eazy-E died exactly fifteen years ago on March 26, 1995 from complications from the AIDS virus. Even his enemies came to the hospital to grieve, but Eazy never knew this. Making matters worse, he did not have the chance to fully enjoy the profits that came from his years of hard work. Today, the Hip Hop Vibe team will remember Eazy-E and all that he did for the hip hop community.

Throughout today, Eazy-E videos will be posted.

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Simon Cowell says Nicki Minaj will have a "Phenominal" year

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Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Simon Cowell has been in the middle of the hip hop news because of his new show, "The X Factor." Already, the former judge on "American Idol" has made waves. L.A. Reid, the longtime executive of Def Jam, left his position to be a judge on the new show.

Rumors suggested Young Money rapstress, Nicki Minaj, would also join the show. Following days of rumors, a story broke that confirmed Nicki having discussions with Cowell. Soon, Simon came out and denied the story. Yesterday, Nicki Minaj revealed she would not be a part of "The X Factor."

While Simon Cowell will not have the chance to work directly with Nicki Minaj, he believes she will have a long career. Even if he does not have Nicki on any of his other projects, Simon Cowell believes she will have a phenominal year in 2011.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

J. Cole joins Rihanna's 'LOUD' tour

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

While he is still working on his debut album, J. Cole will have plenty of publicity. He recently joined fellow Roc Nation artist, Rihanna on her 'LOUD' tour.

J. Cole will join Cee Lo as one of the artists featured on the tour, alongside Rihanna. Rihanna chose to add J. Cole after he remixed her S&M single and she liked it.

Rihanna will be accompanyed by J. Cole on her stops in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

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New Video of the Day: Big Sean ft. Chris Brown - "My Last"

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Gucci Mane explains Ice Cream tattoo

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Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Currently promoting his street album, The Return of Mr. Zone 6, Gucci Mane stopped by Atlanta to discuss the release. Because he has a solid deal with Asylum Records, some questioned why he decided to release a street album.

Gucci Mane said he decided to put this album out in order to hold fans over until he releases his next album. He felt it was too soon to release another mixtape. Not wanting to release a mixtape, Gucci Mane put out a street album.

During the interview, he also explained his ice cream tattoo. Gucci Mane said the tattoo proved he could stay cool in the game no matter what. He said the lightning bolt was placed in the middle in order to bring attention to his tattoo.

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

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Turk to launch Record Label upon Prison Release

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Lil Wayne has been the most popular rapper in the game for nearly four years. Along the way, he has built his imprint label, Young Money, into a force. Many big-name rappers have signed with the label.

Turk was signed to Cash Money back when Juvenile was the focus of the label. He was the fourth member of the Hot Boyz, but also left due to beef. Soon, Turk found himself behind bars.

Unlike B.G. and Juvenile, he did not forgive Birdman over the contract dispute. However, rumors stated other wise and had Turk headed to Young Money. Turk decided to address these rumors upon hearing what was being said about him.

While Turk is looking forward to an official Hoy Boyz reunion, he is not close enough to want to return to his former home through Young Money. Instead, when he gets released from prison, Turk will launch his own label, YNT.

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Rick Ross signs Maybach Music's first female artist

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For months, Rick Ross has been pouring a great deal of his energy into his Maybach Music imprint. He has snagged a number of artists from major labels. Last month, the major labels took notice and offered deals to Ross for the label.

Along the way, Rick Ross' mentors, Diddy and Jay-Z, put together solid proposals for Maybach Music. Close Ross friend, Birdman, boasted of how Ross would be signing with Cash Money. Rick Ross got the last laugh when he signed with Warner Bros. Records.

Immediately following the deal, Rick Ross hit the studio with his roster of talent. Currently, Maybach Music is working on their first compilation album. A compilation album is not a true compilation without a female R&B singer.

Rick Ross was not done expanding the label and he recently signed Teedra Moses to the label. Earlier this week, she discussed possibly joining the label. In an interview with VIBE, Moses listed Maybach Music as one of the labels she was considering. Later this year, Teedra Moses will release her Complex Simplicity debut album through Maybach Music.

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Lil Wayne issues warnings to All Rappers

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In 2008, Lil Wayne said when he released the fourth installment of Tha Carter, the game would officially be over. The New Orleans rapper intended to release the album in 2009. However, other projects and a prison sentence has kept the album on the backburner.

Freed from prison in 2010, Lil Wayne quickly completed the album. Only a month after he was released from prison, Lil Wayne released "6 Foot 7 Foot," which has become a monster hit. The rest of the album is said to live up to the hype. For years, many have crowned Lil Wayne as the best.

With the album complete, Lil Wayne issued a message to all of the other rappers. Boasting about Tha Carter IV, Wayne told all of the rappers to quit their day jobs. The Young Money frontman feels as if he has officially taken the game over with his latest album. Free, Lil Wayne is at a new peak on many levels. Even from behind bars, he was one of the top five rappers in the game. Now that he is out, Lil Wayne plans to tear the game apart.

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Jim Jones gives Prodigy props

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Despite friction between their crews in the past, Jim Jones has given his props to Prodigy. Following three years in prison, Prodigy is out and ready to record new music. Not only is he working on his own solo album, but he and Havoc are putting together a new album for their Mobb Deep group.

Jim Jones is also in the middle of making major moves. Recently, his crew signed with Interscope Records. For years, they have released music through Koch Records. Jones is preparing to release his upcoming album, Capo, through the label. Following the release, he will also release music through Interscope Records.

Ironically enough, Prodigy was signed to Interscope from 2005 until late 2009. Currently searching for a label, Prodigy is recording music frequently. Jim Jones has been paying attention to Prodigy's new music and he is highly impressed. Jones said he likes the new music from Prodigy and said it is obvious he has kept his weight up over the past three years.

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Big Sean discusses Ludacris biting his style

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Last year, Ludacris landed an impressive comeback behind his hit single, "My Chick Bad." The comeback had significant help from then-relative newcomer, Nicki Minaj. Her verse was energetic paired with Ludacris' latest style.

Ludacris, like many other rappers in the game, have been dropping names in their rhymes. When describing something, they usually drop a name to go along with it. Not too many know Big Sean is the rapper who originated this style.

Drake has made this style of rap famous, but he acknowledged the first rapper doing this was Big Sean. Recently, Big Sean discussed how Ludacris has taken the style. He insisted he was not dissing the legend, but he described how things get used and confused.

Big Sean is glad Ludacris uses the flow because it shows how much he has grown as an artist.

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Nicki Minaj talks New Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Only months after the release of Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj was already discussing her second album. While no one from her record label has mentioned a new Nicki Minaj album, she has been very vocal.

Following the success of her first album, Nicki Minaj has risen to the top of the game. Earlier this year, she said she felt like recording her second album. Since making that statement, several websites have taken her at her word.

Recently, Nicki Minaj decided to address some of these rumors about her new album. She has kept all of her information about the album private. But, Nicki did state she will have new fans from all over the place when the album releases.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Video of the Day: Ace Hood - "Hustle Hard"

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Jay-Z to collaborate with Sade

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Once again, Jay-Z has pulled off the impossible. Late in 2009, Sade released her first album in a decade. Newcomer, Drake, desperately wanted to work with her. Because of his popularity, many assumed Sade would record with Drake. However, she surprised critics when she turned him down.

When asked why she turned Drake down, Sade said it was nothing personal towards him. She said she was not interested in recording with anyone, at the moment. Even if Sade did have interest in working with any artists, they would have to be an established veteran.

Fast forward a year and a half and Sade is now preparing her first collaboration in years. Jay-Z is her artist of choice and they have major plans. The song will be a remix to her Soldier of Love single, "Moon & The Sky." This remix will be a part of Sade's compilation album, The Ultimate Collection, her album will be released sometime this summer.

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Throwback Video of the Day: Ludacris - "Southern Hospitality"

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Nicki Minaj announces Surprise Collaboration

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Earlier this month, Nicki Minaj said she would not be doing collaborations for two years. The only way she would work with another artist was if it was Britney Spears. But, only weeks later, she announced she was going to be on Tha Carter IV.

Nicki Minaj will also be featured on Lil' Twist's debut album, along with new releases from Drake and Bow Wow. Aside from this, her next album is likely to be star-studded. Now, Nicki Minaj is even talking about her collaborations.

She has yet to reveal who she will be working with, but Nicki promised the collaboration would turn heads. Nicki Minaj has already worked with nearly everyone in the game. Outside of music, she may end up working with L.A. Reid.

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Gucci Mane denies ever Having Beef with Waka Flocka Flame

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Ever since he debuted Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane has found himself playing second fiddle. There were rumors of a feud sparking between the two artists. Gucci Mane admitted the two were not on speaking terms for some time, but said they never had beef.

Currently, the rappers are putting together their own collaboration album, The Ferrari Boyz. While discussing the album, Gucci Mane was asked about their past beef. Gucci said he and Waka were never 'not cool' with each other.

From there, Gucci Mane redirected the conversation to their upcoming projects. Outside of the album, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame have a reality show on the way. Gucci Mane is currently shopping the series to television networks.

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Wale talks Kid Cudi feud and Friendship

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Initially, Wale and Kid Cudi were very close friends, both hailed as the future of hip hop. Last year, however, their friendship turned into a major feud. The two spent most of 2010 trading insults through Twitter.

Earlier this year, Wale and Kid Cudi ended their feud and are back to being friends. Already, the two rappers have recorded songs together. Kid Cudi plans to feature Wale on his upcoming album and Wale will return the favor.

Wale recently addressed the newfound friendship and their past feud. He explained how close friends can really fall out when they get mad. But, it was easier for them to make up because of this friendship.

Wale went on to praise Kid Cudi for his lifestyle and his upcoming projects.

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Ja Rule lashes out at 50 Cent

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Following 50 Cent's jokes about his tax troubles, Ja Rule has lashed out at his longtime rival. Via Twitter, Ja Rule discussed the fight between the two rappers, in which he won. Rule went on to say he could "e-thug" on 50 because he has already beaten him up twice.

Obviously upset, Ja Rule took the conversation much further and spoke of his career. Before 50 Cent came into the game, Ja Rule was well on his way to legendary status. All he had to do was record with Ashanti and top the charts. But, 50 Cent made his style appear lame and Ja Rule's career was immediately over.

Ja Rule addressed this saying 50 Cent clowned him for his style, while using it at the same time. Over the years, 50 Cent has become known for his pop hits, as opposed to his gangsta hits, but no one calls him out. Ja Rule ended this rant saying 50 Cent is still a pussy.

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Lloyd Banks discusses Young Buck's situation

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Lloyd Banks has proven himself to be one of the more sympathetic members of G-Unit. When news of Young Buck hit the internet, everyone wanted to hear what 50 Cent had to say. 50 Cent said he tried to make Young Buck into a millionaire, but he blew his money on drugs.

When 50 Cent was asked if he would try to help his former artist, he said he would not. During his G-Unit days, 50 Cent gave him his own record label. Just last year, 50 Cent asked him to put together a new album, but he refused to. Because of this, he has no sympathy for Young Buck.

Lloyd Banks was much more sympathetic than 50 Cent over the situation. While he and Young Buck will never be on good terms, he did wish him luck. Banks said he never wishes these sort of problems on anyone. Financial troubles are the worst of any type of legal woes. When the government cannot bring people down on illegal charges, they usually use tax evasion.

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50 Cent thinks Drake deserved 'Best New Artist' award

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Despite making two different types of music, 50 Cent feels a connection between Drake and himself. Eight years ago, 50 Cent was in Drake's position as the hot new artist. Fortunately for 50, there was no Justin Bieber to compete with. However, he and Drake suffered a similar loss.

50 Cent dominated the game when he came out. At the Grammys, he was a shoe-in for 'Best New Artist.' However, he would lose to rock group, Evanesence. Similarly, Drake lost his Grammy to pop singer, Justin Bieber. Again, 50 Cent can sympathize with Drake over the loss.

Recently, 50 Cent discussed Drake's Grammy loss. He said he feels as if the Young Money rapper was robbed. Taking things a step farther, 50 Cent said he thinks Drake should have actually won for 'Artist of the Year.' 50 Cent went on to say, he did not think Drake would have done as well if the captain, Lil Wayne, had actually been free.

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Young Guru pushing Jay-Z and Kanye West to finish "Watch the Throne"

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Barely two months following his own comeback, Kanye West announced he and Jay-Z would release their own album. Following a week of speculation, Jay-Z confirmed Watch the Throne. Less than a week later, the first single, "H.A.M.," was released.

It seemed as if the album would definitely be on the way. The two rappers took over a Manhattan hotel room to record. A March 8 release date was announced. But, out of nowhere, the promotion for the album stopped.

Given the busy schedule of both rappers, it is difficult to have them at the same place for long. Producer, Young Guru, has been working with them on the album. Recently, he stated how he was trying to get the two rappers to hurry up and finish the album.

Guru said the world needs to hear this album because it is already a classic. Watch the Throne is set for a spring 2011 release date.

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