Monthly Archives: November 2011

Preferred Versace: Designer Donatella Versace Speaks On Biggie Smalls Being At Her Shows & His Influence On The Brand

As we all know, if the late great Biggie Smalls wasn’t Coogi downed to the socks, he was looking all dapper in Versace. In an interview done by Nicki Minaj for Interview Magazine’s December/January issue, successful fashion designer and Vice President Donatella Versace spoke on seeing Biggie at her shows and his love for the brand. Below are some excerpts:

On Biggie coming to her shows in Paris.

“I think Biggie was amazing. He came to my shows in Paris many times, and we’d see each other often,” said Versace. “I loved what he was doing and how he was giving people a way to know about Versace.”

On Biggie’s influence on the brand.

“I do think he was giving people a way to know about Versace–I do think a lot of people started to know about Versace because of him.”

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The Truth: T.I. Talks Signing Meek Mill & Why It Didn’t Go Through

Philly’s emcee Meek Mill is one of the hottest new rappers in the music industry. Before he signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, he was linked to T.I. and his Grand Hustle imprint. In an interview with Billboard.com, T.I. Talked about signing Meek Mill. Below are some excerpts:

T.I. on Meek’s style.

“His style and his skills speak for themselves. On top of that, you can YouTube Meek Mill and you’ll see him holding his own in street battles, holding his own on the radio. I think the streets of Philly are behind him.”

T.I. on why the deal with Meek didn’t go through.

“After my two hiatuses I was put in a position where I couldn’t really make moves on Meek as quick as he may have wanted to,” T.I. told Billboard.com’s The Juice. “I never been one want to hold anyone back or to slow down the success of anybody. I’m the first to try to enhance what you have and if I can’t make it better than I shouldn’t be a part of it.”

T.I. continued by congratulating Meek for his success.

“I love what he’s done and I love the fact that what I felt he was able to do, people now see. The potential that I saw in him and the things that I thought he was capable of doing it’s been proven to be true.”

Source: Billboard

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She’s A Female Hustla: Amber Rose Talks Her Upcoming Pop Album & Smirnoff Ads

Socialite and female hustla Amber Rose is now on a promo tour promoting her upcoming pop album and new line of Smirnoff vodka. In the past, I reported that Amber Rose was working on an album and recorded a collaboration with her boyfriend Wiz Khalifa. Popular music site HipHopWired interviewed Rose, while on the red carpet for the Soul Train Music Awards. Rose talked about her pop album and Smirnoff ads. Below are some excerpts:

Amber Rose on her upcoming pop album.

“It’s pop, it’s gonna be popular. It’s house music, it’s gonna be fun, dance music,” said Rose.

“It’s just real, it’s everything that I feel that I’m putting into music.[…] I have a few people in mind but that’s gonna be a surprise.”

Amber Rose on her Smirnoff ads for the company’s ‘Fluffed Marshmallow’ and ‘Whipped Cream’ vodka flavors.

“I’m doing a campaign for fluffed marshmallow and whipped cream. The fluffed marshmallow is when you want to be a good girl or a good boy and the whipped is when you want to feel a little bad. And I’m both of those things, sometimes I’m a good girl and sometimes I’m a bad girl, I like them both.”

Source: HipHopWired

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He’s planning a BIG 2010: Waka Flocka Readies New Album; Hopes For A DMX Collaboration

Last fall, rapper Waka Flocka released his debut album entitled, Flockavelli. The disc debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200. A little over a year later, Gucci Mane’s protegé is working on his sophomore album, entitled Triple F Life, and calling the shots for his imprint, Brick Squad Monopoly. Billboard recently caught up with this ATL native. Below are some excerpts:

Flocka on his inspiration for his upcoming album.

“Friends, Fans and Family.” “You see how evil people act for money [so] I’m doing this for friends, fans, and family,” he said. “It felt like a rushed project. I’m going to do it first quarter (2012) because I need to put my all into it,” Waka Flocka continued on his recently pushed back album, “Triple F Life.” “I felt like I was trying to please the label and not the people that really listen to the music.”

Waka on having Drake on the album’s lead single, “Round Of Applause.”

“I said, ‘Who do I need on the song to get some ladies into it?’ Let me call Drake! I met him through the engineer, we put that track together, and that was it.”

Flocka also hinted that he’s trying to get DMX on his new album.

“I’m trying to put a song together with DMX; he needs to get back on the scene!”

Flocka also plans on being the #1 artist next year.

“I’m gonna be the No. 1 artist of the year. That’s not a prediction, that’s a fact!” he proclaimed.

Source: Billboard

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Celebs Style: Rappers Wearing Camo Pants [WHO ROCKED IT THE BEST]?

Music mogul and successful business man Jay-Z was spotted in Paris, France, wearing a green pair of camo cargo pants. Jay was also rocking a  G-Star Slim “Taylor” Denim Jacket, Persol 649 sunglasses with a pair of Adidas Originals Superstar sneakers. Watch The Throne is now platinum. The album’s second single “Ni**as in Paris” recently reached No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. According to Billboard, “Ni**as in Paris” is Jay-Z and Kanye West’s first No. 1. “Watch the Throne’s” lead single, “Otis,” peaked at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in September.

YMCMB rap sensation Drake was spotted wearing a pair of camouflage pants, grey army crewneck sweatshirt and a pair of Tom Ford Bachardy sunglasses. Drizzy was also rocking a pair of Nike Air Jordan retro 6 white/varsity red sneakers. Drizzy’s latest LP Take Care debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 659,000 copies in the first week. Take Care features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, André 3000, Rick Ross, and more.

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Conflict Diamonds: Big Sean’s New Jesus Pieces

Little is known of Sierra Leone, and how it connects to the diamonds we own.”-Kanye West

Rapper Big Sean recently took to his official Twitter page @BigSean and tweeted a picture of his new Jesus pieces. The diamonds are nice but I am NOT a fan of diamonds.

Conflict diamonds are diamonds that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council.

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Tyler, The Creator Speaks On Odd Future Being Compared To Wu Tang Clan, “No we’re not! I don’t even fucking listen to Wu-Tang.”

Last monthSpin magazine caught up with Controversial rapper Tyler, the Creator for an over the phone interview, while he was touring across the Pacific Northwest with his group-mates Odd Future. As always, this 20-year-old kid interview turned into jokes, dirty language, and copious clowning on everyone on the bus. During his interview, Tyler, the Creator talked about journalists writing positive and negative stories on him, staying grounded and Odd Future being compared to 90’s Hip-Hop group Wu Tang Clan and more. Below are a few excerpts:

A lot of people writing both good and bad things about you are, like, thirtysomething white men.
Sometimes it could be weird, ’cause they’re journalists, but I don’t know. I read an article on the Pitchfork Fest my manager showed me where he was just talking down on me. I had a cast on, the writer was like, “It’s just like any other wack show. Let’s be honest. They just jump in the crowd and kids go crazy, it’s nothing that you guys are missing.”

But it’s age that makes a big difference. Like fresh out of high school. Those kids relate to me because I’m just like them. He doesn’t relate to me because he’s not like us. So it’s a whole different mindset. He doesn’t have the audacity to call anything stupid because I mean something to someone. Like the kid that got OF tatted on him, from the SF show. Some people might call him stupid as fuck, but to him, that shit actually means something to him. You never know, he might have listened to my music and his fucking mom died and shit, and he got that just to remind him that my music got him fucking through. So it weirds me out when there’s people like that, who can’t relate under any circumstances, writing. But then again, some [writers] just like it, so I’m kinda 50/50 on shit like that.

How do you feel like you stay grounded?
I bring Lucas, we hang out at home, we skate around and shit. I watch TV, play Xbox, do shit that I did already. Fuck with people, I like fucking with people so much. I’m running a business. I’m on tour, I got a family I got to look out for. I got a fucking book coming out, I gotta work on my next album, still touring off my last album, I still have to design the next batch of merch. I just have so much and I’m 20 years old, when most people have to worry about their next term paper. It’s a lot to fuckin’ handle. I wrote “Tron Cat” on my birthday when I turned 19 last March. And it’s just weird to know that now I can stop the end of a verse and hear the whole crowd singing it? As much as I hate performing “Yonkers,” when there’s kids there and I hear the whole crowd go crazy? I look at Clancy and see the smile on his face and it’s the greatest feeling. ‘Cause I made that beat as a joke, like shitty New York ’90s something. I don’t really listen to rap, I just like to rap. So people were saying OF is like the new Wu-Tang. No we’re not! I don’t even fucking listen to Wu-Tang. I want be compared to shit I listen to. So fuck, I’ll just make a New York beat to show them. Come to find out that was the hit song so far.

Source: Spin

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Sneaker Me Dope: @ReebokClassics Blast By Meek Mill

Popular brand Reebok is bringing back their popular Blast model line of sneakers. They’re the 2012 version to former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Nick Van Exel’s footwear of choice during the 1995-1996 season. These model of the Blast retains the flared heel design that gives the shoe its name, but now sits atop Hexalite cushioning and tooling similar to that of the Kamikaze III. The new Reebok Blast will be available in Black/White/Excellent Red/Salty Grey this December. These sneakers are dope. I need a few pairs.

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The King Is Giving Credit: T.I. Salutes Eminem & Gives Dap To Shady Records

Since being released from prison this past September, Atlanta’s rapper T.I. (The King of the South) have been busy recording tracks for his upcoming album Trouble Man, which will be released February 2012. T.I.’s first post prison released single “I’m Flexin’” proved that he is indeed back. So far, T.I. already recorded 45 tracks for his eighth studio album. Some of those tracks include the recently surfaced club banger “Pyro,” and the title track, which features a sample of Marvin Gaye‘s 1972 Motown hit “Trouble Man.” Below are some excerpts from Part 2 of T.I.’s interview with Billboard.com The Juice:

On Eminem being an enormous supporter.

I haven’t had a chance to speak to Em since I’ve been home,” T.I. said. “I heard that while I was down, he was trying to get in contact with me, but I don’t know if the dots just didn’t connect. [Eminem] overcoming his own adversities, winning the battle against his own demons and continuing to break the mold and re-set the standard of what it means to be the most successful hip-hop artist in the game … I salute that to no end.”

 Giving dap to Em’s Shady Records.

I love what he’s doing with Slaughterhouse. I love the move that he made to sign Yelawolf. And the record with him and Royce da 5’9″… that record is going h.a.m. He killed that BET Hip-Hop Awards cypher. I’ve been peeping the move[ment].”

Billboard.com The Juice

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Do You Really Know How He Feels? Drake Speaks On His Legacy, Staying Consistent, Females, Rihanna & Nicki Minaj

A few weeks ago, while on his promo tour, rapper Drake did an interview with Google Music. During his sit down, Drake talked about his legacy, staying consistent and females. Drizzy also revealed that he believes international pop star Rihanna is the most iconic female out right now, next to platinum-selling femcee Nicki Minaj. Below are a few excerpts:

On being consistent and making quality music

I’m not the guy that would ever be able to make surface music with no substance. I think all my projects, hopefully, I’m working through some form of emotion because I think that’s what music is about. It’s about connecting and people being able to relate.

In five years, I like people to view “Take Care” at that point as another point of consistency. Another over delivery on something people thought I was going to drop the ball on. I think every time I say I’m about to do something people are waiting for me to fumble. That’s probably one of the biggest motivations behind a lot my raps is the amount of people that want me to fall or whatever. I think that should be the motivation for most rappers. The further you climb towards the top, the more hands you have on your pants leg dragging you to the bottom. I wear really strong pants.

On collaborating with Rihanna with the title track “Take Care”
I think my goal was something that moves. I really wanted to bring her into our world but still allow her to be herself. I think she really shines bright. She comes from a place that’s so rich in culture, so rich in music, but being what I feel like, the most iconic female period right now—next to Nicki Minaj, of course… [Nicki is] just doing incredible, she’s my favorite person.

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