Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

He’s Not From Houston But He Rap-A-Lot: A$AP Rocky Speaks On Being Introduced To Houston Rap, Dipset, Big L & Doing An Album With Schoolboy Q

I remember last summer when I was inside the barber shop in Harlem, over on 123rd and Lexington, I first heard A$AP Rocky’s single “Purple Swag.” He didn’t even have a deal at that time but he was already buzzing in the streets of NYC, thanks to the Interweb. Rocky does not sound like the average New York rapper. His sound was heavily influenced by the South (Houston). Exclaim! sat down with Rocky for an interview. He talked about when he first was introduced to Houston rap, Dipset, Big L, doing a collabo album with Schoolboy Q and much more. Below are some excerpts:

You grew up in Harlem. What were you listening to as an uptown kid?
Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, that’s about it.

How did you get introduced to Houston rap?
It was mostly through [crew member/business manager] A$AP Yams, it hit the scene pretty hard in 2003 until 2006. It stuck onto me. When I joined A$AP, they were into the whole Houston culture, sipping lean, all that other shit, so it was just natural.

What about the Houston sound and culture clicked for you?
Because nobody else was doing it no more. I really love it, I enjoy it. I spoke to a wise man not too long ago, he said he didn’t make up the “Fo shizzle nizzle my dizzle”, but he said it was a rapper in the Bay [Area] by the name of E-40. But he said that he created it, and people kinda said he was the creator of [that slang]. And that’s all I’m doing right now. You couldn’t tell the Wu-Tang Clan that they weren’t influenced by the Shaolin Temple. They never been there before, they probably didn’t even know any Asian people! But they went hard with that. That’s how it is with A$AP and Houston. Same thing.

Source: Exclaim

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Love & Hip-Hop: Mona Scott Young Speaks On Her Relationship With Chrissy, Somaya Calling Her A Bitch, Who Is Really Pregnant & More

Season 2 of VH1‘s reality show Love & Hip-Hop is over, but the drama doesn’t stop there. New York’s Power 105.1 FM on air personality Cherry Martinez recently interviewed the show’s executive producer Mona Scott Young. The ladies conversed about the end of season 2 and the not very reunion-like “reunion” show. Young also dishes on her relationship with Chrissy, Somaya calling her a  b***h, who is really pregnant and the future of the show. Love & Hip-Hop is expanding to Atlanta. Be sure to listen to Cherry Martinez Sunday-Thursday 10pm-2am, on Power 105.1. Watch the video below:

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This Is A Don Bleek Exclusive: Kanye West Is Filming A Fashion Reality Show

According to industry source and popular music site AllHipHop, rapper and fashion designer “Kanye West is putting together a reality show based on the launch of his new fashion label, KW. Yeezy is currently working on the new women’s clothing line and has a camera crew following him around to document his new fashion creations.” The show is based on Kanye West’s new fashion line. Last October, Kanye West debuted his “KW” by Kanye West womenswear collection during Paris Fashion Week. Back in December, Yeezy moved Overseas to focus more on his fashion career.

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Winter 2012 Footwear: Reebok “Dibello Mid Stud”

The Dibello Mid Stud is a new style that Reebok developed for 2012. This sneaker features a more dressy silhouette than what you might expect from Reebok Classics. The high top sneaker with double Velcro strap closures adorned with black studs, and has hits of suede at the collar and toe with a white cup sole.

Swizz Beatz is a big fan of the style. Philly’s own/MMG rapper Meek Mill rocked the kicks in black at a recent concert in DC.  The style will also make a cameo on Roscoe Dash’s new mixtape.

Special Thanks: Mark Tanno

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Priceless: Birdman Cops Himself & Lil Wayne Matching Bentleys & Treats Mack Maine To A Roll Royce [With Video]

Over at YMCMB they’re getting a lot of money and sure do know how to spend it. Birdman brought himself and Lil Wayne matching Bentleys and treated Mack Maine to a Roll Royce Phantom. Birdman is a true hustla and professional businessman. In the late 90′s, he secured a $30 million distribution deal with Universal for his Cash Money label. In my opinion, Birdman is one of the greatest visionaries in music history. He and his YMCMB label outlasted Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella, Diddy and Bad Boy Entertainment, Master P and No Limit and Suge Knight and Death Row Records. YMCMB is set to drop 16 projects in first half of 2012 including albums from Tyga, Birdman, Bow Wow, Lil Twist, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Watch the video below:

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All Glammed-Up In Christian Louboutin Pumps: Ashanti Walking The Red Carpet At “Safe House” New York Premiere

Last night Tuesday (February 7), singer and actress Ashanti attended the New York premiere of Denzel Washington’s movie Safe House, at the School of Visual Arts Theatre. The film co-stars Ryan Reynolds. Ashanti was all glammed-up on the red carpet in a one shoulder dark rose-colored embellished dress and light nude Christian Louboutin pumps. Ashanti was released from Murder Inc Records a few years ago and formed her own label, Written Entertainment. Ashanti has been in the studio working on her new album with Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne and Game. Her last album, The Declaration came out back in 2008 and sold 89k in the first week. Ashanti’s new single “The Woman You Love” Ft. Busta Rhymes is burning up on radio stations across the country.

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The Harlem Survival Kit: Vado Speaks On “Slime Flu 2,” Fashion, One Night Stand & More [With Video]

Karma Loop recently interviewed Harlem’s rapper Vado. The Most Hated representer talked about his Slime Flu 2 mixtape, first one-night stand, TV crushes, Kelly Bundy, Jordan sneakers, the official Harlem survival kit, the New York Knicks, and more. Last year, Vado released his latest mixtape, Slime Flu 2. The 18 tracks disc has collaborations with Fabolous, Young Chris, Raekwon and more. Vado also signed a deal with Interscope Records and it is rumored that he is in the process of signing with Kevin Liles Management. Peep the video below:

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Styling On Them Lames: Kanye West In $545 Balenciaga Sneakers & Black Leather Pants

Music artist and fashion designer Kanye West was spotted out in London, attending a dinner hosted by designer Mark Fast at the Corinthia Hotel, Tuesday evening (February 7). Yeezy was styling on them lames in a pair of $545 Black Arena Hightop Balenciaga sneakers. He paired his sneakers with leather pants and a tuxedo jacket. Balenciaga was founded in 1914 by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer, born in the Basque Country, Spain (Source). Since then Balenciaga became one of the fastest growing brands worldwide. The upscale brand is now owned by Gucci. Kanye is nominated for seven Grammy Awards at this weekend’s show, but he has not announced plans to attend.

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Styling On Them Hoes One-Month After Giving Birth: Beyonce In A Black Dress, Gucci Pumps & Carrying A Chanel Purse

Last night Tuesday (February 7), new mother Beyoncé was spotted making her way to her husband’s Jay-Z concert at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. Beyoncé body is already back to great, just one month after giving birth. Bey was styling on them hoes in a sparkling Monique Lhuillier dress. She paired the dress with Gucci pumps and a Chanel muff purse. Bey was also wearing her new signature blue nails and blue ring.

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