Monthly Archives: August 2011

New Label: Pusha T Signs Deal With Def Jam Records As A Solo Artist

G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Pusha T recently signed a solo deal with Def Jam Records, according to prominent Hip-Hop blogger Karen Civil.

Solidifying my first solo venture, G.O.O.D Music/DefJam is my home. That machine with my creativity is gonna make for satisfied hiphop fans,” said Pusha.

Pusha’s upcoming EP Fear of God 2: Let Us Pray is scheduled to drop this Fall, his solo LP does not have a release date.

Source: Karen Civil

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Sneaker Me Dope: Fabolous Rocking Air Jordan XIII Varsity Red-Black-White

Rapper Fabolous was spotted wearing a pair of Air Jordan XIII in the White/Black-Varsity Red colorway; during his performance at WinterBeatz Festival at Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia, on Wednesday (Aug. 17). The Air Jordan XIII were released back in 1998. This sneaker features a tumbled white leather and red suede upper, complete with black rubber pods and outsole below. Loso new album, Loso’s Way 2: Rise To Power will be in stores and online this September.

Pictures via MyFabolousLife.com

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Getting Money On You Lames: From The Ceil To VH1, T.I. Lands New Reality Show

Earlier I reported that T.I. was released from prison, after serving an 11-month sentence for a parole violation after an L.A. drug arrest. The King of the South hasn’t been home for an entire day yet, and he already landed a new TV gig. VH1 has announced plans for a new show; which would follow the Hip-Hop mega super star as he re-adjusts to life as a free man, husband and father as he reunite with Tiny and his children. The show will also focus on T.I. in the studio working on his new album.

As of press, the doc-series is still “untitled” and will debut on December 5 at 10pm. Read a statement from VH1 top executives Jeff Olde below:

“Viewers have always connected with T.I. and we are definitely thrilled to show the next chapter of this incredible artist’s riveting life with this new series,” said Jeff Olde, EVP, Original Programming and Production VH1. “T.I. is such a multi- talented artist and actor, and though he has had some setbacks, there is no doubt he will use his considerable talents to get back on top of both the music and film business.”

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A Star Is Born: Should Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith Be Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Baby’s Godfather?

Over this past weekend, the Interweb went crazy, even setting a world record on social networking site Twitter, when it was announced that Jay-Z’s wife Beyoncé gave birth to the billionaire music couple first baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter. There are a few good people who will be a great godfather to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s baby such as Kanye West, Memphis Bleek, OG Juan, Steve Stoute and even Diddy himself. After carefully thinking about who would be the best godfather for The Carters baby, I came up with Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith.

Ty-Ty is Jay-Z ‘s childhood friend and road manager. When Jay-Z was the President of Def Jam Recording, Ty Ty served as Vice President. He also was the A&R of a few of Rihanna’s albums including Music Of The Sun, A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Going Bad, and Rated R. Since Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z have been shouting out Ty Ty.

Can’t stop I, from drinkin Mai Tais, with Ty Ty/Down in Nevada, ha ha, poppa, word life” – “Dead Presidents II” from Reasonable Doubt.

And they was havin a lil’ trouble with the pool…You and Ty Ty was laughin’…Emory was there, what up Emory? What up Ty?” – “My 1st Song” from The Black Album.

And I brought my boys with me, say what up to Ty Ty/Still sippin’ Mai Tais, sitting courtside/Knicks and Nets give me high fives…” – “Empire State of Mind” from The Blueprint 3.

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BREAKING NEWS: Welcome Home @TIP (T.I. Sends Out Tweets After Being Released)

As I previous reported, rapper T.I. was scheduled to be released from prison today Wednesday (August 31). It’s official, Tip was released in the early hours of the morning. He was serving an 11-month sentence for a parole violation after an L.A. drug arrest. It’s being reported that Tip was sent to a Halfway in Georgia. This is good news for Tip, because he was originally to be freed on September 29th.

Today, Tip took to his official Twitter account @Tip and sent out the tweets below:

Feels great to be back where I belong…Back in the arms of those who need me the most.”

The storm is over & da sun back out. IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!

Tip’s wife Tiny even took to her official Twitter accounted @TinyMajorMama and tweeted “In the M still trying to prepare for the King with my sis @Shamrastar & @thatshekinah Feeling great right now 😉 & thx 4 all my msgs!

Tiny’s good friend/sister @ShamraStar tweeted, “My lil Bro @tip is FREE!!!!!! Game over!!!!!

Tiny’s hair stylist @ThatShekinah tweeted, “@TinyMajorMama I am soo happy for her, her husband back they are happy they both or happy an in love

Grand Hustle general manager @MsHannahKang sent out a tweet last night Tuesday (August 30), saying Tip tour bus have departed. “ATTENTION: @TIP tour buses have DEPARTED. HE WILL BE BACK ON ATL SOIL tomorrow! #IBOOKEDTHETOURBUS

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Congratulations: Rapper The Game’s ‘R.E.D. Album’ Debuts At #1

According to HitsDailyDouble, Compton rapper Game’s fourth solo effort, The R.E.D. Album debuted at #1 on the Billboard top 200 this week. The disc moved 96,000 in the first week; knocking Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne from the top spot. This is Game’s third album to debut at #1. The Documentary and Doctor’s Advocate both took the top spot on Billboard 200, while L.A.X. debuted at #2.

Source: HitsDailyDouble

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Interview: Drake Speaks On His Upcoming LP, Collab’d Album With Rick Ross & ‘Watch The Throne’

On October 24, YMCMB rapper Drake will be releasing his new sophomore album Take Care. The deadline to submit tracks for the final album version is approaching. Entertainment Weekly, caught up with Drizzy. During the interview, he spoke about his upcoming LP, Jay-Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne, doing a collab’d album with Rick Ross and much more.

In what ways are you challenging yourself this album?
I push myself in a lot of aspects when I write a song. I write a piece and where most people would stop and say “Oh, that’s the hook right there,” I’ll move that to the first four bars of the verse and do a new hook. That makes the song easy to learn and catchy. That’s how I like to challenge myself. I’ll write something and everyone that’s around might be like “Oh that’s that hook right there.” And then I’ll write something better than that.

How many tracks are you shooting for here?
Obviously, I can only fit so many songs on a CD. So what I’m doing is there will be a Take Care physical edition in stores that’ll hopefully have 15 to 17 songs on it. Then I know a lot of people do deluxe editions. But since October 24 is a special day for me, I got, like, a Take Care birthday edition that I’m going to put on iTunes that will have extra songs. I really want to encourage people to be excited about the album releasing. I remember how excited a lot of artists used to make me. I used to want to buy the physical copy to see the artwork. And if there were any bonus tracks, I’d go find them. I’m definitely trying to cause some of that excitement. I hope people go get the songs off the birthday edition. It’s going to be great, man. I’ve got a wide array of music this time. I’m very excited.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Game Theory: Rapper Game Covers LA Weekly; With Three Nude Women

Compton rapper Game is gracing the cover of the latest issue of LA Weekly; with three nude women. Last week, the Compton native released his latest LP, titled The R.E.D. Album. The 21-track disc has collaborations from Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy and more. This is the follow-up to Game’s 2006 LP L.A.X., which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 238,382 copies in the first week.

I don’t promote shit — the label does. That’s how you got here. All I do is rap,” says the 31-year-old, who was born Jayceon Taylor.

Fuck radio,” he then added, “I don’t give a fuck if radio plays my shit once. I’ve never been a radio artist. Everyone on the radio flops. I don’t want to be in that category. I want to go platinum” Read the entire cover story here.

Source: LA Weekly

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Sneaker Me Dope: Wale Wearing Nike LeBron 8 “Miami Nights”

Yesterday Monday (August 29), Maybach Music Group rapper Wale performed at Roc Nation x Heineken Red Star Access in Chicago, IL. During his segment, Wale was wearing a pair of Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low “Miami Nights.” These kicks are scheduled to hit shelves on September 2.

Wale will be dropping his sophomore album, titled Ambition on November 1. Last week, I reported that Wale and Kid Cudi are rebuilding their friendship and Cudi will appear on Wale’s new album, on a track, titled “Focused.”

In a recent interview with XXLMag.com, Wale spoke on his upcoming disc and compared it to Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt album.

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Styling On Them Lames: Don C Wearing A Givenchy Tee-Shirt & An $400 Just Don Chicago Bulls Snakeskin Snapback

Kanye West’s business partner Don C was spotted styling on them lames at JL Sunday nights for the special VMA party. Don C was wearing a tan Givenchy printed tee-shirt from the Fall 2011 Collection with a matching $400 Just Don Chicago Bulls snakeskin snapback cap.

In the beginning of this month, the Just Don Mitchell & Ness snakeskin snapback caps were available and retailing for $400. They were sold at RSVP Gallery, but all nine teams/colorways sold out in minutes. These one of a kind snapbacks are made of genuine python skin sewn on premium lamb skin detailed with a gold buckle strap.

Pictures via J. Lorenzo’s blog

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