Hip-hop news round-up!

New Music: Nas – ‘Another Black Girl Lost’ + Thoughts on Travyon Martin murder

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Nas speaks to the ladies on “Another Black Girl Lost,” the empowering sequel to “Black Girl Lost” off his 1996 album It Was Written. The Queens rapper cautions young women to not let men dictate their lives as he raps over the clanging beat produced by Hit-Boy.

“Ladies, I believe in you. We gotta stop this craziness out here though. We gotta get right ’cause when we both get right, we both take flight. Us real men need you, for real,” says Nas.

In a recent interview with Angie Martinez, he said that the track will be featured on his first solo album in four years, Life Is Good, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Sorry, I couldn't help myself!


Queens MC Nas expanded his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin shooting during a media conference held earlier today.

Taking a moment from discussing his upcoming album, Life is Good, Esco said that Trayvon represented Hip Hop and Hip Hop should be willing to represent him as well.

This has been going on since the beginning of America. So it's just amazing that this young man's life has become something to pull us all together to try to protest against racism. It's sad that someone this young had to come to that kind of cowardice violence, you know what I'm saying. Does Hip Hop have a responsibility [to speak out]? Of course. Hip Hop has many responsibilities. Does Hip Hop as a whole? No. There's too much going on for Hip Hop as a whole to focus on one thing, but yeah. Trayvon was Hip Hop. He was one of us. So of course we have a responsibility to do something.

Last week, the Illmatic artist expressed his disgust with the Martin killing.

"You never wanna hear that kind of news. When it happens, you remember how many Trayvon incidents happen every day all over the world and have been happening. It doesn't seem like the race problem will ever get solved. There's a sickness that needs healing that this guy [George] Zimmerman is dealing with. And all the Zimmermans around the world, they're dealing with hatred, ignorance, sickness, and they're living in fear so I'm rocking my hoodie for my man." (Hot 97)

Mystikal Violates Probation, Returning To Prison For Three Months On May 14

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After being a free man since 2010, Cash Money rapper and Louisana native Mystikal will be returning to jail for three months on May 14 due to a violation of his probation.

Mystikal, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was released in 2010 after serving a six-year prison term for sexual battery and extortion.

As reported by The Advocate, “State District Judge Tony Marabella added the extra time as a condition of the 41-year-old Tyler’s five-year probation in the extortion case because he was arrested in February on a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse battery in Ascension Parish. Prosecutor Sue Bernie said Tyler stipulated to being in violation of his probation, which called for him to remain arrest- and conviction-free.

“Tyler’s attorney, Roy Maughan Jr., said Marabella ordered Tyler to spend another 90 days in jail but is giving him credit for the nine days he was detained after his Feb. 22 arrest.

“Tyler pleaded guilty in 2003 to forcing his hairstylist to perform what a judge called “continuous sex acts.’’ The victim in that case accused Tyler and two bodyguards of making her perform oral sex after accusing her of stealing $80,000 worth of his checks. The woman denied stealing any money.”

Mystikal, who is currently still set to headline an upcoming concert at S.O.B.’s in New York City on May 1 and perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, will be returning to jail on May 14 to begin serving his three-month sentence.


Cam’ron ft. Sen City – Titty Attack & Tears

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Cam’ron kicks off his #UNLostFiles series with the first track ‘Titty Attack & Tears’.


Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller Announce Joint Influence of Music Tour
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Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller announced today (April 17) that they are joining forces this summer for the Under The Influence of Music Tour. Along with special guests Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q and Chevy Woods, the fellow Rostrum Records MCs will kick off the tour July 26 in Cincinnati.

The tour will bring together two of the most loyal fan bases in hip-hop, putting Mac’s Most Dope followers side-by-side with Wiz’s Taylor Gang. The Pittsburgh MCs (Mac and Wiz both attended Taylor Allerdice High School) will return to their hometown on August 4 at First Niagra Pavilion.

Neither MC is a stranger to the road. Wiz has performed over 350 shows since the beginning of 2010, including headlining last summer’s 45-stop Rolling Papers tour. Miller is not far behind, with 200 shows in 2011 alone including The Incredibly Dope Tour and stops at multiple festivals and universities. Miller is currently wrapping up the first leg of his Macadelic tour.

Special guests Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Chevy Woods aren’t new the stage either. Chevy rode shotgun for Wiz’s Taylor Gang Tour earlier this year and Kendrick and Schoolboy both shutdown SXSW earlier this month with memorable performances.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 4:20 pm on April 20 on Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com. Starting this Thursday (April 19) Facebook fans can RSVP to gain access to re-sale tickets at www.facebook.com/livenation . Citi cardmembers can buy presale tickets starting today at 10 am local time. —Calvin Stovall (@CalvinStovall)


Fabolous: Got That Work (Music Video)

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Fabolous hits fans with yet another new visual off his 2011 mixtape, There Is No Competition: Death Comes In 3's. For his latest, he gives "Got That Work" the visual treatment.

In the Aristotle-directed clip, Fab's mind is racing at 1am, so he pulls out the iPhone and flips through his longlist of ladies on deck, recalling each one and why he should call them. Vixen/model Tahiry even makes a cameo.

If you haven't yet, download There Is No Competition 3 now, over at DatPiff.com.


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