Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rick Ross cancels show with Busta Rhymes in Los Angeles

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Over the weekend, Rick Ross had two seizures, which shook the hip hop community. Rick Ross has been touring and was scheduled to do some high-profile shows. His seizures led to him cancelling his performances in Greensboro and Atlanta.

Rick Ross fans in Los Angeles were expecting him to perform with Busta Rhymes. But, his health scare has slowed him down. It began with Rick Ross boarding a flight to Memphis. After the first seizure, Ross wanted to keep moving.

However, in the wake of the public reaction and even 50 Cent giving him advice, Rick Ross has decided to chill out. Now, he has cancelled his fourth show in a row. In the end, Rick Ross is confident he will come out stronger.

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T.I. talks New Atlanta rappers [VIDEO]

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Styles P ft. Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes - "Harsh"

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Wale - "What More Can I Say (freestyle)"

Wale freestyles over his manager, Jay-Z's critically-acclaimed single, "What More Can I Say."

Listen to "What More Can I Say (freestyle)" by Wale below:

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T.I. calls out Def Jam over Young Jeezy album delays

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Since coming out of prison, T.I. has had several projects coming at once. Among his most surprising activities is his literary workings. T.I. is currently promoting his book, which is called Power & Beauty.

While T.I. has had legal issues, fans know to expect a T.I. album every year. At one point, Young Jeezy fans were to expect the same thing. But, three years have passed since a new album came from Young Jeezy.

Most recently, his TM103 album was given a new release date of December 20. T.I., who is featured on Young Jeezy's new single, "F.A.M.E.," spoke on this. With Young Jeezy trying to put together the right album, T.I. blames Def Jam.

T.I. said the situation could be out of Young Jeezy's hands as the people do not know what goes on in the offices of Def Jam.

Watch T.I.'s interview with Power 105.1 below:

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

DJ Drama and Fred the Godson - "City of God" official trailer [VIDEO]

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Fat Joe ft. Chris Brown - "Another Round"

Fat Joe recruits Chris Brown for his latest single, "Another Round."

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Raekwon reflects on Wu-Tang history [VIDEO]

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Kanye West preparing G.O.O.D. Music compilation

By The Hip Hop Writer
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The year of 2011 has been a revival for a number of things. Among the revivals have been rap crews. Maybach Music has emerged as one of the top crews in the game. Since 2009, Young Money had been the only real crew in the game.

Now, several rapper-led record labels are forming crews. Kanye West hinted towards joining this frenzy. Recently, on Twitter, West announced a new album. The album is to be a G.O.O.D. Music compilation album.

On Twitter, Kanye West said to expect a G.O.O.D. Music compilation album in 2012.

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Drake says he cannot Return to "So Far Gone" style [VIDEO]

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T.I. and Red Cafe on MTV's "RapFix" [VIDEO]

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Chris Brown ft. T-Pain - "Niggas in Paris"

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T.I. - "Sway in the Morning Freestyle" [VIDEO]

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Statik Selektah ft. Sean Price and Termanology - "Population Control"

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T.I. settles problems with Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 [VIDEO]

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Wale performing "That Way" in Chicago [VIDEO]

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Soulja Boy speaks on His Arrest [VIDEO]

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Rick Ross cancels Performance at Georgia State University

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

After having his first seizure, Rick Ross still wanted to continue his tour of performances. But, after having another seizure and the reaction from his fans and friends, Rick Ross cancelled a few of his shows. Rick Ross has now decided to cancel additional shows.

Rick Ross was scheduled to continue his tour, going to Georgia State University. But, Ross has decided to take additional time off to heal himself. A representative for GSU said they were disappointed by Ross being unable to appear, but they understood.

A number of people have expressed concern about Rick Ross health, including his Maybach Music team and DJ Khaled. Even 50 Cent, a longtime Rick Ross foe, offered advice. When he returns to form, however, Rick Ross said he will take the game over.

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B.o.B. ft. Playboy Tre and Meek Mill - "Epic"

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Vado ft. Fabolous - "Okay Y'all"

Vado and Fabolous team up for their latest track, which they call "Okay Y'all."

Listen to "Okay Y'all" by Vado ft. Fabolous below:

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Young Jeey - "TM103: Hustlerz Ambition" PSA [VIDEO]


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Lil Wayne discusses Drake's "Take Care"

By The Hip Hop Writer
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With Tha Carter IV finally being released, Lil Wayne is now on his mogul status. Currently, Young Money is focused on the release of Take Care, the second album from Drake. Until the album comes out, Drake is keeping things under wraps.

Among the people who have had the chance to hear the new music from Drake is Lil Wayne. Obviously, as the boss of the label Drake records for, Lil Wayne would hear his new music. It was last year when Wayne revealed he did not hear Drake's debut album.

Lil Wayne is in on the ground floor for Drake's second album and he is impressed with the album. However, Wayne admitted he has not heard the entire album. But, of what he heard of the new album, Lil Wayne did enjoy it.

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T.I. talks Title of Next Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
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In the time since T.I. has been out of prison, he has been releasing music non-stop. Unlike his previous prison release, T.I. seems to be hungrier. While his next album will not come until next year, T.I. is still releasing singles. His big comeback single was the Big K.R.I.T.-assisted, "I'm Flexin."

The song did enough to re-establish T.I., who has recorded tracks with several artists. T.I. also helped give Future a boost when DJ Drama helped him get on the "Magic (remix)." In an effort to get his name back out there, T.I. revealed he may release a mixtape this year.

During an interview with Rolling Stone, T.I. discussed the name of his next album. Currently, Tip is debating between two titles. It is going to be a tough decision, said T.I. T.I. said his album may be titled Kill the King, because the object of Chess is to kill the king. A long time ago, T.I. revealed he was the king of the South. With his recent trouble, T.I. said his next album could also be called Trouble.

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Lloyd Banks - "The Cold Corner 2" official cover [PHOTO]

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Jay-Z talks "Lost One" in "Decoded" paperback edition























One of Jay-Z's most introspective songs was "Lost One." The song deals with a number of issues, including the death of his nephew, Coleek.

Jay-Z decodes the verse below:

[7]/ It’s like having your life restarted / Can’t wait for your child’s life, to be a part of it / So now I’m childlike, waiting for a gift / To return, when I lost you, I lost it // Lose one, let go to get one / Left one, lose some to win some [Colleek, I lost one] / Sorry I’m a champion, Colleek, you’re a champion / I lost one /


7 Just when you’re on the verge of giving up hope and losing faith, the universe reveals unexpected consolations. My nephew’s girlfriend was just a couple months pregnant when he died, which none of us knew, maybe not even him. But the son she gave birth to looked just like his father, like Colleek reborn. The last verse is the most powerful example of the paradox of the song’s chorus, that even the greatest loss holds the possibility of redemption.

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Asher Roth - "In the Kitchen"


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Chris Brown talks Newfound Career in Rap [VIDEO]

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Lil Twist - "Godzilla"

While Lil Twist's debut album, Don't Get it Twisted, is still a few months away from being released, he is still dropping new songs. The most-recent track is a freestyle Lil Twist calls "Godzilla."

Listen to "Godzilla" by Lil Twist below:

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Wale talks Kid Cudi and Rick Ross' health

By The Hip Hop Writer
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With his album, Ambition, coming soon, Wale has been all over the news. But, to be fair, Wale has been in the news ever since he confirmed his deal with Maybach Music. Rick Ross boasted about probably signing Wale. Then, three months later, Wale signed to his label.

During this period of time, Wale was feuding with Kid Cudi. The two rappers had actually been good friends. But, following the release of their respective debut albums, a beef emerged. Recently, the two ended their feud and reunited. Their reunion was official when they collaborated on their upcoming albums.

Wale recently broke his silence on his Kid Cudi collaboration. The song is called "Focused" and it was released last week. Wale said that track is simply a celebration of their success. Not only is it a celebration of their success, but also a celebration of their renewed friendship. Wale said he has managed to maintain his style since signing to Maybach Music.

Speaking of Maybach Music, everyone immediately wanted to discuss Rick Ross. This past weekend was very rough on the boss. Rick Ross suffered from two seizures this weekend, but Wale said he is doing 100% better.

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Dorrough Music - "Here Comes Sleeper"

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T.I. ft. Pharrell - "Hear Ye, Hear Ye"

Ten years ago, when T.I. first entered the game, he entered with the help of Pharrell. It was only right for T.I. to recruit Pharrell for his 2011 comeback. The newest track from T.I. is called "Hear Ye, Hear Ye."

Listen to "Hear Ye, Hear Ye" by T.I. ft. Pharrell below:

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Slim the Mobster talks "War Music" and meeting Eminem

By The Hip Hop Writer
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In 2009, Dr. Dre re-invested in the West Coast, as he signed the emerging Los Angeles rapper, Slim the Mobster. At the time, Slim was also signed to G-Unit Records. Before the end of 2010, G-Unit dropped Slim, but Dr. Dre kept him on Aftermath.

Two years later, Slim the Mobster is working on his first high-profile mixtape. For the release, Slim has recruited Kendrick Lamar, Prodigy, and Snoop Dogg. With War Music being his first official release, Slim the Mobster said he was very excited.

On War Music, Slim the Mobster said he had to keep the music hardcore. The mixtape contains such tracks as "Fuck You," along with many others. Everything has come together for Slim the Mobster, except for one thing.

Being signed to Aftermath means Slim the Mobster has had the chance to meet Eminem. However, Slim has yet to have the chance to record with him. Growing up, Slim the Mobster listened to Eminem and has always wanted to work with him.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Will Smith buys stake in Philadelphia 76ers

By The Hip Hop Writer
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While the NBA does not seem to have reached any agreement, business moves are still being made. When the NBA does return, one of the league's oldest franchises will have new owners. The Philadelphia 76ers, a charter franchise of the NBA, recently gained a couple of new part-owners.

The Philadelphia 76ers were up for sale, last season. Multimillionaire, Joshua Harris, led an investment team, which included Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Being from Philadelphia, Will Smith grew up being a fan of the Sixers. Now, things have come full circle for him, as he is now an owner of the team.

Ever since Willow Smith signed to Roc Nation, Will Smith has been working with Jay-Z. Already known for his business acumen, Smith has followed in Jay-Z's footsteps. Jay-Z has been a minority owner of the relocating New Jersey Nets for nearly seven years. Now, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will own an undisclosed percentage of the Sixers.

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Taylor Swift is a Major Fan of T.I. [VIDEO]

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Freddie Gibbs performing "187 Proof" at A3C Hip Hop Festival [VIDEO]

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Wale - "Ambition Tour Recap" part 1 [VIDEO]

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Young Jeezy releasing album with USDA in November

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Since Young Jeezy cannot land a secure release date for his long-awaited TM103, he has decided to go back into the studio with USDA. Four years ago, Young Jeezy released an album with his group. But, in the time since then, Jeezy has focused on his solo career.

Things have drastically changed for Young Jeezy, over the past four years. When he released the first USDA album, Jeezy was the focal point of the new Def Jam South. In 2009, Rick Ross took this title and advanced his career. Now, Young Jeezy finds himself in a middle of a feud with Rick Ross.

No one has confirmation, Rick Ross hinted at being behind the delays to Young Jeezy's album. For two years, Young Jeezy has been trying to release TM103. There were to be no more delays in 2011, but the album was pushed back, once again. Now, Young Jeezy is teaming up with his team to release a new album.

"Outta Here" is the street single and "Look At The Club" is the first official single. The album is said to have been completed and it will be released on November 15. The life is called The After Party and it will be released on SMC.

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Styles P announces Next Album, "World's Hardest MC" [VIDEO]

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T.I. discusses Prison Stints on "The View" [VIDEO]

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Pill talks Rick Ross recovery [VIDEO]

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Prodigy discusses "The Black Cocaine" EP [VIDEO]

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B.o.B. lands Andre 3000 and T.I. for "Strange Clouds" track

By The Hip Hop Writer
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For months, B.o.B. was out of the spotlight until he announced his work for his second album. Last month, B.o.B. announced his single with Lil Wayne, "Strange Clouds." Soon, B.o.B. announced his album would share the same name.

B.o.B. promised to have a number of high-profile collaborationso n his second release. Being T.I.'s artist, B.o.B. can have T.I. on any of his albums. Bobby Ray used this to his advantage and landed Tip for his new album.

In recent years, Andre 3000 has been one of the most-elusive artists in the game. Recently, B.o.B. was able to get Andre 3000 on his latest album. T.I.'s contribution will be a sample from Drake's 2010 track, "Fancy."

T.I.'s line "She play niggas like B.o.B. play the guitar," will make the hook of the song, as B.oB. actually plays the guitar. The new track is called "Play the Guitar."

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DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. Ayah - "Forgive Me Love"

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Diggy Simmons ft. Jeremih - "Do It Like You"

Diggy Simmons recruits Jeremih for the follow-up to his "Copy & Paste" single. The latest track is called "Do It Like You" and it will hit iTunes on October 24.

Listen to "Do It Like You" by Diggy Simmons ft. Jeremih below:

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Scram Jones - "Know What I Know"

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Young Chris - "D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival)"

Young Chris is keeping the mixtape scene hot. For nearly four years, Young Chris has been releasing mixtapes. "D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival)" is the latest track and is a part of his The Revival mixtape.

Listen to "D.O.A. (Dead on Arrival)" by Young Chris below:

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Pill ft. Twista - "Parking Lot"

Pill continues to flood the internet with new music. His latest song is called "Parking Lot" and it features Twista.

Listen to "Parking Lot" by Pill ft. Twista below:

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Wiz Khalifa on CNN [VIDEO]

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Maino - "That Could Be Us"

With his album due in a little over a month, Maino has released a song for the ladies. His latest single is called "That Could Be Us."

Listen to "That Could Be Us" by Maino below:

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Slim the Mobster - "South Central Blues" [VIDEO]

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Grafh is a fan of Rick Ross' Maybach Music [VIDEO]

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Future hailed as the "Future" of Hip Hop [VIDEO]

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Pac Div - "Shadowboxin' (freestyle)"

Pac Div freestyles over GZA's classic hit.

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Big Sean speaks on New Album and Mixtape with Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Currently, Big Sean is touring the world since he finally released his debut album, Finally Famous: The Album. While it took two years for Big Sean to gain a release date, it was well worth the wait. In the eyes of many, Big Sean is the biggest new star in the game. His music has grown very popular with fans.

Big Sean is taking advantage of this opportunity, already recording a new album. Before the end of 2012, Big Sean plans to release his second album. Not only does Big Sean want to have his album out before the end of 2012, he wants to have the album released early in the year.

Discussing the recording process, Big Sean said it has been hard trying to record the album. Big Sean said he has been touring and he has gotten sick a few times. Still, none of this will stop him from the task at hand, getting his new music out to the fans. Before he releases his next album, Big Sean will release his mixtape with Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y.

Big Sean said the trio has recorded several songs, which will be used for the mixtape. However, he did not reveal when the mixtape was coming or what to expect.

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Ya Boy - "Bread Winners"

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Talib Kweli ft. Big K.R.I.T. - "Beautiful"

Talib Kweli joins Big K.R.I.T. for a worthy cause. Their new single, "Beautiful," will donate their proceeds to The American Cancer Society.

Listen to "Beautiful" by Talib Kweli ft. Big K.R.I.T. below:

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Jadakiss and Styles P - "Running Through the Jungle"

Once again, Watch the Throne has a track being freestyled over. The latest track is "Welcome to the Jungle." Jadakiss and Styles P have renamed the track "Running Through the Jungle."

Listen to "Running Through the Jungle" by Jadakiss and Styles P below:

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Nicki Minaj's Public Service Announcement [VIDEO]

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Hottie of the Week: Sparrow

By Lady Killa
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Life is too short to not pursue your dreams. If one person realizes this, Sparrow does. She has not been modeling terribly long, but she has been making major moves. While she enjoys being at home, Sparrow also loves traveling the world.

Sparrow is also honest about her ambitions. Yes, she does love modeling, but she is looking forward to the payoff. The goal of most people in the entertainment industry is to eventually become rich from their craft. Sparrow is no different, she is simply honest enough to admit it.

There are very few people with the ambition and the drive of Sparrow, who models for Servin' These Streeets. Being a rising brand, within herself, and working with a rising brand has helped Sparrow become a well-known figure in select areas. While the local stardom is nice, Sparrow is hoping for international fame, wating to grace pages in several magazines. At the rate she is going, she will soon be featured on several print magazines.

Read the entire interview with Sparrow below:

What attracted you to modeling?

The money that could be made attracted me to modeling.

Do you draw inspiration from famous models?
I learn lessons and techniques from the top models in the game right now, but I'm inspired by all ethnic models who are working!


When did you link up with Servin' These Streets?
I've been with Servin' These Streets for two years now; since 2009 until! I love the STS team.


How many events have you been a part of?
Since I started modeling in 2009 Ive done over 20 events and parties.


Where has your work shown up at?
I'm a rookie to the game. I haven't been in any major printwork, however I am looking forward to gracing all the publications out there.


What do you see for yourself in the future?
I see myself financially unstable. I refuse to die trying to get rich so I see myself RICH, happy, and healthy God willing!


Has your modeling allowed you to meet any celebrities yet?
Yes, I have met a handful of celebs.

What do you enjoy doing outside of modeling?
Outside of modeling, I am a homebody. I enjoy being naked, watching good ganster movies, fine wine and candles.
Do you have a favorite place you like to visit?
My favorite place in the world is Morocco I LOVE GOING THERE!!

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Fans wish Eminem a Happy Birthday [VIDEO]


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Ron Browz - "The Christening"

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Album Review: Nappy Roots - "Nappy Dot Org"

By Hardcore Critic
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

On their latest album, Nappy Roots returned as if they never left. Nearly a decade has passed since their original run on the top of the charts. On their latest album, Nappy Roots continued the "country boy" theme they originated in 2002.

However, on Nappy Dot Org, Nappy Roots was not alone. They recruited Organized Noize to be a part of their album. Together, all the artists recorded eleven unforgettable tracks. Those who are searching for lyrical hip hop will be a bit disappointed.

While lyrical ability is not a selling point for Nappy Dot Org, creativity is. Organized Noize has long been one of the most-creative figures in hip hop. Their creativity paired with Nappy Roots' unforgettable "country boy" sound created one of 2011's most-memorable albums. Nappy Roots delivered "real rap" on their latest album, which makes it a must-listen.

Hip Hop Vibe's Rating: 7/10

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Drake talks "Take Care" conception [VIDEO]

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Ja Rule pushes "Pain is Love 2" back to 2012

By The Hip Hop Writer
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For four years, Ja Rule has been on the comeback trail. In 2007, Murder Inc. Records made a strong comeback. The label established a deal with Universal Records and Irv Gotti accepted an executive role with the label. Ja Rule was to be the top priority of Universal Records.

Irv Gotti recently discussed what happened at Universal, revealing he and Ja Rule pulled the plug. Ja Rule was making daily appearances on BET and MTV as if it were 2004. But, this ended when his album was continiously delayed. Ja Rule announced his own independent move in 2009.

While Ja Rule has become independent, he said he will always be a part of Murder Inc. This summer, Ja Rule had hoped to release his album. Despite being in prison, Rule intended to release his album on October 11. The official video for "Spun a Web" was released, but nothing further came from Ja Rule.

Now, Ja Rule revealed his Pain is Love 2 album will be released in 2012. Next month, Ja Rule will release both "Real Life Fantasy" and "Superstar" to iTunes and radio. Around the time of the album's release, Rule will release his "Black Vodka" single.

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Ludacris - "1.21 Gigawatts" official cover [PHOTO]

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J. Cole playing Golf [VIDEO]

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Chip tha Ripper ft. Wale - "25 Wives"

Chip tha Ripper and Wale come together for a song, which describes the life some men dream of. The new track is called "25 Wives."

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Lloyd finally responds to Irv Gotti

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Until a few weeks ago, Irv Gotti had been out of the headlines for two years. The last time Irv Gotti made news was when Lloyd was trying to leave Murder Inc. Lloyd announced he had left the label and Irv Gotti said it was not true. Eventually, Lloyd did leave the label and signed with Interscope Records.

During Irv Gotti's interview, he addressed Lloyd, saying he was one person he had no love for. Irv Gotti re-hashed the wounds of 2009 and pointed out Lloyd's frequent G-Unit collaborations. It was apparent, Irv Gotti was highly upset with Lloyd. Ja Rule, however, has performed with Lloyd in the time since then.

Lloyd was well aware of the comments Irv Gotti made about him and he took the time to respond. During an interview on Shade 45 with Sway, Lloyd said he was cool with Irv Gotti's family. He said he does not want to have problems with anyone in the game. Lloyd went on to say he was glad Irv's opinions do not impact his career and that his feelings about him do not impact his life.

Despite all the things Irv Gotti said, Lloyd said he wishes him the best. He said working with 50 Cent was a personal achievement and also said he was thankful for what Irv Gotti did for him, earlier in his career.

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Lil Wayne and Birdman shout out Odd Future [VIDEO]

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This comes after Tyler, the Creator said "fuck Lil Wayne."

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Terrace Martin - "Locke High 2 Intro"

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Pill - "Throw it on Ya"

Atlanta's Pill has been staying in the studio. Recently, he came back with a new track called "Throw it on Ya."

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Lil Wayne begins sequels for "I Am Not a Human Being" and "Rebirth"

By The Hip Hop Writer
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While the world waited on Lil Wayne to release Tha Carter IV, he delivered several other albums. In 2010, Lil Wayne gave fans two releases. Before he went to prison, Lil Wayne released his other long-awaited album, Rebirth. Towards the end of his prison stint, Lil Wayne released I Am Not a Human Being.

Upon getting out of prison, Lil Wayne began promoting the album fans truly wanted. When Tha Carter IV released, Lil Wayne rose to the top of the game one more time. Lil Wayne has immediately jumped back in the studio, since his buzz is high. A few weeks ago, he announced he would be recording more albums.

Lil Wayne said sequels for his 2010 albums and the Young Money album were on the way. For the I Am Not a Human Being album, Lil Wayne was said to be twelve tracks deep. But, the primary series of albums Mack Maine wants fans to watch out for are Tha Carter and Rebirth. He said those sets of albums showcase the different sides of Lil Wayne's style.

On the I Am Not a Human Being series, Lil Wayne is showcasing his full range of talents.

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Freeway and Kendrick Lamar in Philadelphia [VIDEO]

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Rick Ross is headed Back Home with DJ Khaled

By The Hip Hop Writer
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This past weekend was very tough on Rick Ross, as he suffered two seizures. The Carol City rapper had a weekend full of performances lined up. While traveling to Memphis for his first performance, Ross shocked the hip hop world with his first seizure. Rick Ross would have one more and ended up cancelling his shows.

Due to all the seizures, Rick Ross eventually ended up in Alabama, nursing himself back to help at a Birmingham hospital. Last night, a picture of Rick Ross, post seizures, leaked online. He was with his longtime friend, DJ Khaled. Now, he and Khaled are on their way to their property in Atlanta.

Wale, of Maybach Music, revealed he had met with Rick Ross and confirmed he was doing much better. Rick Ross, with all health scares over for the moment, is now re-focused on his album. Since 2008, he has released a new album ever year. For 2011, Rick Ross is providing fans his God Forgives, I Don't album, which will be coming in December.

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Smoke DZA - "He Has Risen"


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Ace Hood - "We Fly (freestyle)"

A little over two months have passed since Ace Hood released his third album, Blood, Sweat, & Tears. Already, Ace Hood is returning with a new mixtape, The Statement Volume 2. His new track, "We Fly," a freestyle over Red Cafe's "Together We Fly," with Rick Ross will be included.

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Yealwolf gets Kid Rock for Debut Album

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Recently, Yelawolf decided to push his debut album back until 2012. Many were looking forward to hearing the first official album from Yealwolf. When he delayed the album, his fans were disappointed. But, this delay has given Yealwolf the time to add more guest appearances.

For Radioactive, Yelawolf already has Eminem, Gangsta Boo, and Lil Jon. Now, Yealwolf can add Kid Rock to the list. Kid Rock was initially one of the first white rappers to enter the game. But, when he shifted to rock music, his throne was eventually taken by Eminem.

Yelawolf has been dubbed the "Eminem of the South" by many fans and critics. The comparisons come from their sound, as opposed to lyrical content. It was ironic when Em added Yelawolf to the Shady Records roster. Even more ironic is Kid Rock joining the track listing of his upcoming debut album.

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Juicy J - "I Don't Play with Guns"

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J-Slimmm - "Wartime"

Baton Rouge's own, J-Slimmm, is back with another new track. With the fall season in full swing, J-Slimmm is trying to release as much music as possible. "Wartime" is among the new tracks J-Slimmm has recorded.

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Russell Simmons supports Irv Gotti's bid for Def Jam presidency

By The Hip Hop Writer
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Def Jam has been in ruins for years. Recently, Irv Gotti returned to the spotlight to discuss a number of topics. Among the topics Irv Gotti spoke on were Def Jam. Since Jay-Z's departure from the label, Gotti said there is no one over there who cares. Irv Gotti then made a public plea to allow him to take over the label.

Given his run-ins with the federal government, Irv Gotti said he would understand if Def Jam did not want him. Regardless of who it was, Irv said it had be someone who cared. Desite his near decade-long beef with Chris Lighty, Irv Gotti said he would be a good choice. But, it had to be someone in hip hop who cared about hip hop.

No I.D. was recently hired as the Vice President of A&R at Def Jam and he stayed away from the situation. Russell Simmons, the founder of the label, recently spoke on Irv Gotti's comments. Simmons said he thinks Irv Gotti would be a good choice, he also likes how he is lobbying for the job. Aside from Gotti, he also said he likes DJ Khaled or Chris Lighty for the job.

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Dr. Cornel West arrested during Supreme Court protest [VIDEO]

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Snoop Dogg stopped in Norway for having Too Much Money

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

This summer, Lil Wayne rapped "too much money ain't enough money," apparently he was not in Norway. Long before the world knew who Lil Wayne was, Snoop Dogg was one of the biggest rap stars on the planet. After twenty years in the game, Snoop Dogg is still one of the biggest international rap stars of all-time.

Snoop Dogg has also established himself as one of the more-credible businessmen in hip hop. There have been many people in the game to come and make money. Among those who have hit it big, only a few have managed to keep it. Not only has Snoop Dogg kept his money, he has found ways to multiply it.

Recently, Snoop Dogg had to go to Norway for an autograph-signing at an Addidas store. However, as he arrived into the country, the immigration stopped him. Through Twitter, Snoop Dogg informed his fans they had him stopped because of his money and he said that was not right. Snoop Dogg also complained about the tiff with immigration delaying his schedule.

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Attic Boyz ft. Alley Boy - "Talm Bout"

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Shawty Skriptkeeper ft. Montana Tripp da Boss - "Da Boss"

Ds Trini is live and in full efeect on Shawty Skriptkeeper's latest track, "Da Boss," which features Montana Tripp da Boss.

Listen to "Da Boss" by Shawty Skriptkeeper ft. Montana Tripp da Boss below:

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MC ft. Masart - "All In a Day's Work"

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Raaddrr Van sets the Record Straight [VIDEO]

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Zaytoven - "Ain't Enough"

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Behind the Scenes: Future ft. Drake - "Tony Montana"

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V!RTU - "I Work Harder Than You!"























Download I Work Harder Than You! by V!RTU below:
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Can Diddy save New York hip hop?

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Hip hop originated in New York City, but was losing its grip on the hip hop game by the late 1980s. By the early 1990s, the West Coast had completely taken over the game. When New York needed new life breathed into them, it was Diddy, then known as Puff Daddy, who assmebled the team, which brought them back.

Def Jam is known as the mecca of hip hop. While there were hip hop record labels before Def Jam, they were run by older people, who did not quite understand hip hop. By the early 1990s, Def Jam did not quite understand current hip hop. In the end, Bad Boy Records revived the hip hop scene in New York.

With New York hip hop in ruins, once again, Def Jam is still not the label the people are turning to. Two of the biggest buzzing rappers from the City of New York are Red Cafe and French Montana. Two years ago, Diddy announced his re-focus on Bad Boy Records and announced he signed Red Cafe to the label, intending on making him the new flagship artist of the label.

Red Cafe is currently gearing up for his debut album and he is pounding the mixtape scene with a number of new releases. Along with the releases are coming music videos, which also showcase Red Cafe's artists who are signed to his Shakedown label. Diddy also managed to sign the entire Shakedown roster to his Bad Boy imprint, which is distributed by Interscope Records. For years, Diddy has been focused on his other business ventures, but his re-focus on his original business is doing wonders for hip hop.

Diddy is also negotiating with one of New York's hottest underground rappers, French Montana. Much like current Bad Boy artist, Red Cafe, French Montana is the head of his own label, Cocaine City. The roster boasts several other artists. If Diddy does end up signing French Montana, the entire Cocaine City roster will be included in the deal. Bad Boy Records has been compared to Def Jam, which distributed several sub-labels during their heyday, including Roc-A-Fella and Murder Inc.

With the new deal at Interscope Records, Diddy can establish the same sort of deal and distribute several labels in the New York area. The talent in New York remains there, but the exposure is what was lacking until recent years. Instead of waiting on the major label deals and the cameras, New York artists began creating their own labels, again, and turned on their own cameras. Now, they are catching the attention of the power-players, can Diddy be the man to put these people out?

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Hottie of the Week: EyeCandi

By Lady Killa
Hip Hio Vibe Staff Writer

Being in the spotlight is something EyeCandi is used to. The Raleigh native is used to working the hip hop's elite. When she is not in the spotlight, EyeCandi is raising her two children. The jet-setting lifestyle is something EyeCandi did not envision, but it is something she has grown to love.

Growing up, many people often told EyeCandi she should model, so she took advantage. Due to the market, working hand-in-hand with hip hop came with the territory. EyeCandi has used this to her advantage, also becoming a promoter, of sorts. Many people know her face, as she has hosted countless events.

EyeCandi's face is one the world will be seeing more of, as she continues to make major moves. She has appeared in a number of music videos and she has also been nominated for an award. The overall goal EyeCandi has in mind is to eventually run her own business. EyeCandi definitely has the connections to easily create a business in entertainment.

Recently, EyeCandi agreed to an interview with Hip Hop Vibe.

Read the entire interview below:

Can you explain what a day in your life is like?
Wow. (Laughs). A day in my life is hectic, I have two children so mommy duties a 9-5 and then come home to mommy duties and grinding for my modeling. It's crazy schedule, but I am not complaining because I see the bigger picture.


Did you see this type of lifestyle in your future?
No. I never would have imagined that my life would be taking this direction but loving it.

What led you to doing modeling?
I was always told I should model, so the opportunity presented itself and it went from there.

Are you hoping to become an actress one day?
Ummmm. I am thinking about it, but we will see.

How many events have you hosted?
(Laughs). Umm, I have actually lost count, but still counting. Thank God.

What was your favorite photoshoot?
My favorite, I would have to say. Ummm ,I don't know I love all of my shoots so far.

Where is your favorite location to work?
I love to work outside versus a studio. Working outside is more real to me.

Do you enjoy being in music videos?
I love being in music videos. I always have a lot of fun.

What did it feel like, when you were nominated for a Carolina Music Award?
It felt great, like another accomplishment under the belt, even though I didn't win, it's all good.

In the near future, what do you see for yourself?
Being a businesswoman, running my own business.

See additional pictures of EyeCandi below:



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