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Double-Up: Red Café Announces ‘Bedrock Boyz’ Group Project With Fabolous & Speaks On His New Single “Fly Together” Ft. Ryan Leslie & Rick Ross

In an interview with Vibe.com, Bad Boy recording artist Red Cafe revealed that he’s gearing up to release his solo album and the first single should be out soon. Red plans to drop the album early fall and the first single is titled “Fly Together” Ft. Ryan Leslie and Rick Ross.

The first single will be out in 2-3 weeks. It’s produced by Ryan Leslie and features him and Rick Ross, called “Fly Together.” Café told VIBE.”

Red also speaks on a project that he and Fabolous are working on

Me and Fab have some records coming out, so we’ll use that as a little spark. We have this group we’re working on called the Bedrock Boyz and we’re trying to get this project out now, like the Fall,” revealed Red Cafe. “That’s a name we call Brooklyn, we call BK Bedrock.” “It’s really just me and Fab but there’s some guys we like you’lll hear. We did about 8-records to far. You can definitely look for that project soon.”

Look out for Red Café’s exclusive first in-depth interview with VIBE.com.

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There’s Still Some Animosity: DMX Speaks On His Past Issues With Jay-Z, Plus An Exclusive Video Of Their Battle

New York’s rapper DMX is expected to be released from prison early next month. In an exclusive interview with Vibe magazine, DMX talked about his past issues with Jay-Z. X and Jay were good friends at one time. Also, DMX tells the reason why he is Jay-Z had a falling out.  Below are some excerpts from X interview with Vibe:

So what really went wrong there?
I have a few inside people who confirmed my suspicions that they were trying to make me leave. Like ‘Yeah they just wanna get you out of there. ‘ That way they can do what they wanna do and this , that, and the other. If you remember, Jay quit. He retired from rapping. But he became president of Def Jam.  He gave me the call, he called me personally. So I’m like ‘yeah that’s wassup! My mans is in a position now, he’s the president of the label I’m on, we good! Next thing you know, he’s out of retirement and I’m off the label. What a coincidence.

Damn. Have you even been able to have a conversation with Jay after that? I remember when it happened.
I’ve not talked to him yet, since. But I had a show November 18th, before I got locked up–No November 12th I had the show. And somebody in the crowd was like ‘What’s up with Jay-Z’ and I was like ‘Fuck Jay-Z’. And it ended up all over the place. So he called Swizz, Swizz called me, and he tells Swizz ‘Yoo, why your man dissin me? I was gonna do a song with him’—Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Fucking bullshit. I don’t wanna hear that shit. And like ‘Yo, can you just get him to say he ain’t mean it’—NO! I’m not saying that. What I did say is if he wanna talk to me, I’m man enough to let him know why it’s ‘Fuck You’, but it’s still ‘Fuck You’! That’s what it is. I’ll let you know why, I can do that. It ain’t like you gotta worry about me running up on you shooting you. It ain’t that serious. You don’t owe me nothing. But if you want an explanation as to why it’s ‘Fuck You’, I’ll be more than happy to tell you why.

You can read the full interview over at Vibe.com.

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Lil’ Mama Says Nicki Minaj Copied Her Style, “I’m Flattered Because She Imitated Me”

Femcee/MTV‘s America’s Best Dance Crew host Lil Mama has been silent on the music scenes; since her 2009 MTV stage crash. A few weeks ago, some critics were criticizing Mama for channeling Nicki Minaj because of her blond cut wig and high heels. Vibe recently spoke to Mama. During the interview, the Brooklyn native said Nicki Minaj copied her style, discussed on why you should stop hating on her style, her next music moves, influences and unity in female Hip Hop. Below are some excerpts from Mama’s interview with Vibe:

Interesting thing is that leftfield style is actually becoming more of the norm. How do you react to folks saying your biting Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga?
Come on, let’s be real okay. You have all these people wearing different colored hair. At the end of the day I’m a bombshell, so I’m going to do me. If I want to go platinum, I’m going platinum. Let’s not forget that we have had people doing these things way before the people who are doing it now and let’s also not forget that the black community sometimes we really hang ourselves because every time another black female gets up there and does something that may be current, we criticize each other and try to put each other down, but when Katy Perry and Lady Gaga do it, they all eat. But I’m not going to be a part of that. I’m going to do me, regardless.

Very valid point… I think the biggest style criticism was thrown at you this past MTV Movie Awards. Bunch of people thought you jacked Nicki’s haircut.
But my cut is blunt and futuristic and Nicki Minaj started wearing that bob on her head after she came to my show, so at the end of the day I know what I do and I know what I possess and I know who I am. I’m a trendsetter. The biggest form of flattery is imitation so I’m flattered. I understand the universal law. I’m not confused, I don’t feel like a follower. I started so many things that new artists are doing now anyway –my style, the way I’m aggressive on a track, the way I come through, the way my beat bangs. There are so many things that were borrowed, that I influenced that’s happening in music right, so I’m far from discouraged.

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Amber Rose Covers Vibe & Admits She Still Loves Kanye: “Let Me say This: I Still Love Kanye. I Will Always Love Him As A Person”

Socialite/Model Amber Rose is gracing the other cover of Vibe’s June/July “Sexy Issue.” Rick Ross is covering Vibe’s June’July “Sexy Issue” too. In the cover story, Rose talked about her love for Kanye West, her past relationship with NFL player Reggie Bush & being each other rebound and being iconic. Read some excerpts below:

On Life Post-Kanye
What am I supposed to do? Crawl up in a corner and die ‘cause I’m not with Kanye anymore? Am I supposed to go back to the strip club and not take these opportunities that I have?

On still loving Kanye West

People think me and Kanye are enemies, and we are not enemies. He wants the best for me, still. Let me say this: I still love Kanye. I will always love him as a person. I will always love him for what he’s done for me. I still always have that soft spot in my heart for him. I am not in love with him. I do not look at him in a sexual way anymore. I’m in love with someone else. I still love him as a person and want him to find happiness like I did. Everyone deserves that.

On her relationship with Reggie Bush
Me and Reggie [Bush] dated very briefly after Kanye…We were both each other’s rebound and we both knew that and were cool with that.

On why her story is relatable
I don’t have rich parents and it’s a struggle. I can’t just call my dad and be like, ‘Dad, my money is a little messed up. Can you buy me a car or a house? It’s not like that for me. I feel like more people will relate to my story than the Kardashians or the Hiltons.

On being iconic
Kanye would always tell be how beautiful I was and that I was going to be iconic. He always said that, ‘Baby, you are iconic. You don’t understand what you have. I didn’t. I didn’t understand it.

Vibe’s June/July “Sexy Issue” hits newsstand June 6.

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Teyana Taylor Fashion Spread With Vibe Magazine

The talented Teyana Taylor recently did a fashion spread with Vibe magazine. Teyana was wearing African-, Lebanese- and Indian-inspired prints. I love what Teyana does; she’s so talented. I wish her the best of success and will like to see her at the top. In my opinion, “Teyana is our modern-day Grace Jones.”

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50 Cent Covers Vibe Magazine’s International Issue

Mogul 50 Cent is covering the first issue of Vibe international issue. In the cover story, 50 talked about Dr. Dre’s reaction to his Sleek headphones, the Grammy Awards, rappers with face tattoos and much more. Read 50 excerpts below:

I have a strong personality, a strong character. And I can be difficult to deal with at certain points because I’m vocal. If you upset Em, he’s just gonna not talk to you. You’re not going to get him in the next room you wanna get him in. With Dre, the same. He’s not comfortable with friction. That is, “Hey look, I’m here. Is everybody still paying attention?” So they go, “Why he say that? Why he say we mad?” Then the meeting happens.”

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Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa & B.o.B. Are Gracing The Cover Of Vibe

Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa and B.o.B. are gracing the February/March issue of Vibe magazine. Also, T.I. wife Tiny, Raekwon, Ja Rule and Martin Lawrence are featured in this issue. Read some quotes from their interview below.


Potheads and hippies, we flock. We’re peaceful as hell. You don’t hear about my concerts getting shot up or people getting beat up because they was too high and turned into a weed monster.


I’m a fan of young Elvis. And I’m a fan of the story, how he freaked out white America by doing this Black rock’n’roll. He would go onstage shaking his hips, and people were freaking out. They said, “You can’t film him from the waist down.” To me, that’s fucking awesome.


My loyalty is not to any corporation, my loyalty is to the music. That doesn’t mean that I don’t work with corporations, it doesn’t mean that I don’t sell music–it just means that first I’m an artist regardless of anything.

The February/March issue of Vibe will be on news stands Feb 22nd

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Nicki Minaj’s Ex-Manager/Waka Flocka’s Mother Deb Antney Reviews ‘Pink Friday’: “It’s Terrible…”

In a recent interview with Vibe magazine, Nicki Minaj’s ex-manager/Waka Flocka’s mother Deb Antney shared her thoughts on Pink Friday and spoke about the Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim beef. Read what Aunt Deb had to say below.

It’s terrible. I like some stuff, but she went too left. I don’t think people were ready for her to come [out with pop]. When I had Nicki, I really wanted her to sing. That’s why I took her for training cause Nicki loves singing, but she kept saying to me, ‘Deb, I can’t do it yet because people won’t understand.’ And that’s why the [rap] mixture was done to introduce them to all of Nicki. I think [Pink Friday] was very disappointing to a lot of her fans. She didn’t need a lot of [the] features. That was one of the biggest things like… you gave people so many features, give them you now. Nicki could be so much better because—outside of anything that people say—she’s very multi-talented. I really wish that she would learn to be more of an artist.

I didn’t particularly care for [“Roman’s Revenge”], but when Eminem came in I liked it. He made the song. [Nicki] didn’t have to go there with [Lil’ Kim]. My views on that is that she came too far to go back that route. And Kim does not even have to go there. There are no comparisons to them. Some things are best left unsaid. The whole things is stupid. I’m very disappointed that she would go that route. ‘Cause I know all that she was taught. She don’t have to go there with anybody. That was the stuff we always discussed. People had to learn to love Nicki— that’s how the door opened up. It wasn’t about Kim or Foxy or any of the rest of them. So I was just a little disappointed [by her album], but If she likes it, I love it. —as told to Tracy Garraud

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Nicki Minaj Covers The Summer Issue Of Vibe Magazine

Young Money femcee Nicki Minaj covers the summer issue of Vibe magazine. The issue hit news stands June 15th.

Below are some excerpt from the interview she did with Vibe.

“People don’t get when you’re off, or you’re having a bad day,” she says, obliquely referring to the photograph that bounced around the blogs of her hand- in-hand with Diddy, looking especially miserable. The speculation was inevitable: Had she been crying? Was she just tired? Are they doing it?

“When I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly,” she says. “The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot . . . and I thought that to have the success they got, I would have to represent the same thing. When in fact I didn’t have to represent the same thing.”

“I’m not abandoning the funny voices. I just did a crazy tribute to ODB’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya,’” she says, perfectly impersonating the late Wu-Clansman. “But it’s coming up more with the album. I had a teacher in elementary who would stand on her table and whisper. We’d all turn around like, ‘What is this lunatic doing?’ But she would achieve what she wanted. She wanted us to stop talking and listen. I feel like I need to mellow it down so people can hear what I have to say.”

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