Hip-Hop News Round Up! (07/05/12 -- 09/05/12)

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Video: Mary J. Blige f/ Rick Ross – ‘Why’

I was kinda hoping for a full length version of her infamous Chicken Wraps song but this will do I guess...
Jokes aside, I love this. Love her voice.


Future Announces ‘Pluto’ Tour with Special Guest Pusha T

Future is giving his fans an out-of-this-world experience with his “Pluto” tour. The Atlanta rapper will hit the road on his first headlining tour later this month with special guest Pusha T.

The 45-date trek kicks off May 23 in San Antonio, before heading to New Orleans, New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Miami, wrapping July 14 in Phoenix. Future will perform material from his Epic Records debut, which entered at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.


Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and L.A. Reid SHOW OUT For Erica Reid's Book Launch

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Did Dipset Diss Azealia Banks?

Newcomer Azealia Banks knows how to keep herself in the news, doesn’t she? First, she was beefing with T.I. and Iggy Azalea, then earlier this week she was running her mouth about how Lil’ Kim doesn’t write her own rhymes, and now, she’s revealing that she was dissed by Dame Dash and Juelz Santana during an audition for the crew a few years ago. Check out what she told VIBE Magazine in a recent interview:

“I was prepared to spit for Dame Dash, but he kind of just went ‘Nah!’ and walked away. Womp,” recalls the now-20-year-old, cocoa-toned rascal, choking with laughter. “Juelz looked at me like, ‘Whose little sister is here? Please get her the f*ck out.’”

But what about Azealia’s back talking attitude? Banks told VIBE, “Everyone thinks I’m this arrogant little twat, but I’m actually very levelheaded and real.”

Sorry, Azealia, “we don’t believe you, you need more people.”
You can check out VIBE full interview with Azealia Banks here.


Video: Swizz Cheeze Swizz Beatz f/ A$AP Rocky – ‘Street Knock’


Who keeps letting Swizz Cheeze in the booth? This dude has no business rapping.

M.I.A. Designs Beck’s Beer Bottle Label, Talks New Album ‘Matangi’

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M.I.A. has been in the headlines for her Super Bowl stunt and controversial comments, but she’s turning the spotlight back on her art by designing a limited edition label for Beck’s Beer.

“I guess I’m most known for creating a lot of controversy,” said the “Bad Girls” rapper. “But I don’t want to be defined by that. I’m here to shift it back to the art.”

The 36-year-old is putting the finishing touches on Matangi, the follow-up to her 2010 album /\/\/\Y/\. “I’ve been working on the songs by myself for awhile, and towards the end I got [producer] Switch to sort of bring it together and contribute new songs for it as well,” she said. “But I’m trying to work with tons of people, I don’t really wanna say any names because I haven’t actually chosen what songs are going on it yet.”


Meek Mill Receives a Range Rover from Rick Ross for His 25th Birthday

Expect big gifts when you roll with the Bawse. Rick Ross handed his protégé Meek Mill the keys to a 2012 Range Rover Sport on the red carpet at his 25th birthday, which took place on a yacht over the weekend.


Rick Ross, Meek Mill Headlining Charity Concert In Atlantic City

Miami Hip-Hop star Rick Ross will showcase his charitable side, during a benefit concert taking place this Friday (May 11) in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In addition to Rick Ross, the charity concert will feature performances by Meek Mill, French Montana, Future, Travis Porter and newcomer Miss “Ghetto Elevator” Rae of WhosThisBitch.com.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Team Hope, a charity originally created by NJ State Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly, to help impoverished families in New Jersey.


Video: Machine Gun Kelly – ‘Chasing Pavements’


After Nearly Six-Year Absence, DMX To Mark Official Return With “The Weigh In EP”

On May 15, a little over a month before DMX delivers his seventh studio album, Undisputed, the rapper will release a 10-track EP titled The Weigh In.

The Weigh In EP has features from artists such as Snoop Dogg and Tyrese and also includes an interlude featuring Lil Wayne.

At press time, confirmed production on the project comes from Fredwreck Moog, Rich Kidd, and X’s longtime collaborator, Dame Grease.


Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Take Baby Egypt to Knicks Game

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Snoop Dogg To Headline “Powerhouse 2012″

Not to be outdone by the recent lineup announcement for Hot 97′s Summer Jam 2012 concert set to take place this June in New Jersey, West Coast radio station Power 106 has announced their respective lineup for Los Angeles’ “Powerhouse 2012″ event.

The L.A. concert will be headlined by “Tha Doggfather” himself, Snoop Dogg, who is at the top of a bill that also includes T.I., Tyga, Young Jeezy, Kid Ink, YG, Wale, and Kendrick Lamar. Tickets for Power 106′s Powerhouse 2012 concert, which will take place on June 23, can be purchased on May 10 at 10 a.m. on Power106.com.


Video: Tyga f/ Drake – ‘Still Got It’


Like the throwback vibe, that's it. AUBREY IS NOT IN THE VIDEO BTW

Lil Boosie’s Alleged Hired Hitman Denies Murder Under Oath

...Louding said on the witness stand Monday that he never even told law enforcement that he shot Boyd, adding that he was at Boosie’s house the night of the murder, according to KSLA in Louisiana. In addition, he testified that Boosie and Adrienne Pittman, who’s accused of being the getaway driver, never left the home that night.

Prosecutors, though, maintain that Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch paid Louding $2,800 to kill Boyd.


G. Dep Gets 15 Years For Murder

Former Bad Boy G. Dep was sentenced to 15 years in jail for a 1993 shooting that he confessed to in order to clear his conscience.
He’d later find that the victim of the shooting died after confessing to police in Harlem in 2010.


Azealia Banks Purrs at Prada Party

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Azealia Banks was a fierce feline at Prada’s Met Gala after-party on Monday. After attending the ball as a guest of designer Alexander Wang, the “212″ rapper changed into a cat mask with matching Prada cat purse and performed at the fashionable affair at New York’s Standard hotel.

“This is the best night of my life,” tweeted Banks, who met Beyoncé earlier in the evening.

“I just met Beyonce and immediately burst into tears. … I’m so embarrassed,” she tweeted. “I had to walk away and gather myself then comeback and tell her I love her.”

The sassy star plans to release a new song called “Jumanji” this week from her upcoming EP 1991.


She better keep her flop ass wig away from my Queen...

Busta Rhymes to Headline 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; “And Friends” Announcements to Follow

After a successful 2011 festival in which fans were surprised by the appearances of A-listers such as Kanye West, Brooklyn Bodega has announced that Busta Rhymes will headline their 8th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF).

Cash Money signee and 20+ year rap veteran Busta Rhymes is no stranger to the BHF, having made a cameo appearance as part of the star-studded “Friends” lineup to support his longtime pal, Q-Tip.


Ab-Soul ft. Kendrick Lamar – ILLuminate

Another one from Control System dropping 5/11.


Meek Mill Breaks The Internet?

OK, maybe not, but his new mixtape (why are they still called “tapes” anyway?) was shutting down sites that offered it for stream or download. Dreamchasers 2 is what they call it and it did its thing. A number of very big and credible sites came to a grinding halt because they were unable to handle the bandwidth that Meek was generating.From what I have been told, the boy had over three million downloads that were accounted for in under 24 hours!


Troy Ave ft. Avon Blocksdale – Cokeamania


Beat goes haaard

Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones Are One of the Most Stolen Items in New York City

Move over iPhones, Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones might take the top spot very soon as the most stolen item in New York City.

According to an article that appeared in the New York Post on Monday (May 7), Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are the second-most popular gagdets for thieves to steal in the Big Apple. The reason? The pricey devices are seen as a “status symbol,” a police source tells the paper.

“If you are wearing those headphones, you might as well wear a sign that says, ‘Come and rob me,’” an investigator said.


Lupe Fiasco’s “Food and Liquor 2″ to Be Double Album; First Single Expected On May 22nd

Grammy Award-winning artist Lupe Fiasco has announced that his next album, the highly-anticipated sequel to his 2006 debut Food & Liquor, Food & Liquor 2, will also be a double album release.


Slum Village ft. Focus & Vice – God Sent / Hunger

Directed By Kent Willard & Kyle Messina for Depth of Sound. Off the “Dirty Slums” project which is out now on iTunes.


Common Defends Nas’s “Daughters” Record

“I think in music, you should be able to be very personal,” Com asserts. “I know it’s tough on the people that may be in the experience with you. I’ve definitely had the mother of my child be like, ‘Yo, why you keep puttin’ our business out there.’ Like, when I did ‘Retrospect for Life’ about abortion. It’s necessary sometimes and honestly, not only is it a way for me to express myself, but it may inspire somebody else to do something good.

“I’ve had people come to me because of those type of songs and say it changed their life or somebody be like, ‘Man, that song made me decide to have my child instead of having an abortion,” he continued. “Something that Nas said in that song may inspire somebody to be a better father so I think it’s worth it.”


Black Rob “Authentic” (Prod. Erick Sermon)

Black Rob keeps it “Authentic” in his latest joint, which was produced by Erick Sermon…


EXCLUSIVE: Beastie Boys Sued Over Tracks On “Licensed To Ill,” “Paul’s Boutique”

The Beastie Boys have been hit with lawsuit over four tracks, two on their landmark debut album Licensed To Ill and two from their follow-up, Paul’s Boutique.

HipHop/R&B label Tuf America filed the lawsuit against all members of the Beastie Boys on May 3, just one day before member Adam “MCA” Yauch died from cancer on May 4.

Tuf America filed the lawsuit in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The lawsuit claims that the Beastie’s illegally sampled Trouble Funk’s songs “Say What” and “Drop The Bomb.”

The group is accused of using portions of Trouble Funk’s 1982 song “Drop The Bomb” on Licensed To Ill and Paul’s Boutique.

Tuf America claims the group used portions of the song on their classic 1986 song “Hold It Now Hit It,” as well as “The New Style,” both on Licensed To Ill.


Talib Kweli ft. Mr. E “So Disgusting” [Video]

Talib Kweli and Mr. E hit the road and splice in some live show footage for this new video for their song “So Disgusting”…



Did Dr. Dre Put A Restraining Order on Suge Knight?

Suge Knight was a guest on the Howard Stern radio show recently and went in on Dr. Dre, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him. The Death Row honcho accused Dr. Dre of going to his parole officer and trying to get a restraining order on him. Check out what he said below:

“Just recently Dre went to my P.O. and tried to get me violated and he snitched on me. I haven’t even seen the guy since I’ve been home. Anyway, he went to my P.O. and they made a special case in my parole conditions…. he basically put a restraining order on me,” said Suge Knight.

Suge then went on a rampage, saying that 95% of rappers are closet homosexuals and calling Dr. Dre out as a bisexual man. Suge also told a story of an alleged argument that took place at Death Row’s infamous “Red Room,” where Tupac allegedly confronted Dr. Dre about being gay and said that he did not want to be on a song with him because of his sexual preference.

“Tupac stood up and said, ‘I’m tired of this, Dre’s you’s a f*aggot…I don’t want be doing songs with a guy whose pounding another guy in the butt,’” said Suge Knight.

According to Suge, Dre then stood up and said, “I’m not a homosexual, I’m bisexual…”

This is a lot of information to process.

Snippet of the interview @ the SOURCE

WTF is Suge on?

Happy Birthday, Ghostface Killah! <3

Happy Birthday to Ghostface Killah! The New York-native turns 42 today (May 9).


Fave Ghostface tracks ONTD?