Hip-Hop News Round Up! (14/05/12 - 16/05/12)

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In case you missed it; Sunday's round up

Rap-Up TV: Rye Rye Goes Hard on New Mixtape, Calls for Unity in Female Rap

“My first mixtape was all party,” said the 21-year-old, who sampled Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris” on one of the new cuts. “But this one I’m going into a vibe where it’s just straight hard. It’s just me killin’ straight hard hip-hop beats.”


New Music: T.I. – ‘Like That’


New Music: Chief Keef f/ Young Jeezy – ‘Understand Me’


Mac Miller Makes Cancer Patient’s Dream Come True

Mac Miller helped make one young fan’s wish come true recently by getting in the studio to work on some music…

Mac Miller is known as an artist that always keeps a smile on his face, and he spread some of that joy to another young man earlier this week.

Teaming with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Rostrum Records rapper got in the studio with Bobby Stewart, an 18-year-old who suffers from T-cell lymphoma, earlier this week. The two Pittsburgh area young’ns spent time at Mac’s homebase of ID Labs, the studio where he has recorded for the last few years, as they worked on some music for Stewart.

That's so sweet

Video: Dos Cadenos 2 Chainz f/ Crustacean Kreayshawn – ‘Murder’


I'm just here for 2 Chaiiiinz. DAY-UM! Vid is trash tho.

New Music: DMX – ‘The Weigh In’ [Mixtape]

DMX gets back in the ring with his new mixtape The Weigh In, which serves as a predecessor to his upcoming album Undisputed. The Ruff Ryders veteran knocks out 11 tracks, with contributions from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (“Shit Don’t Change”) and Tyrese (“That’s My Baby”). Hear him growl.


Lupe Fiasco Reveals First ‘Food & Liquor 2’ Single

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Lupe Fiasco shows his stars and stripes on the black-and-white cover of “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” the first single off his album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album. The song drops May 22, while the long-awaited sequel to his 2006 album is due later this year.


Pharrell Introduces Leah LaBelle, Maxine Ashley, & Buddy in i am OTHER Promo

Pharrell launches his label i am OTHER with a new roster of talent including Leah LaBelle, Maxine Ashley, and Buddy. The Neptunes hitmaker looks out into the night sky in the cinematic trailer as dramatic music plays in the background.

“I am different. I am weird. You’re right, I don’t fit in your world. You wanna know why? ‘Cause i am OTHER,” says the leader of the new school as he stands beside his artists.

Meet Skateboard P’s protégés.


lol did he hire someone from tumblr to do this promo?

Big Sean Takes Over High School as Principal for the Day

It was a G.O.O.D. day for students at Lincoln High School in Detroit when Big Sean showed up to take over as principal for the day. The hometown hero visited classrooms to speak to students about the importance of education as part of the Get Schooled campaign.


New Music: Rick Ross f/ Usher – ‘Touch’N You’


Jay-Z Says Jay Electronica’s Debut Album is “Really Close” to Being Completed

Fans yearning for Jay Electronica to finally drop his highly-anticipated album should have no fear. That’s because, Jay-Z, Jay Elec’s Roc Nation boss, recently told MTV News that the LP is “really close.”

“Dear Believers and Patient Supporters. Thank you for your patience and support. The Album will be turned in Tomorrow evening. The wait ends,” he tweeted.

The following month, he peppered listeners with tracks “Dear Moleskine” and “Call of Duty,” which featured Prodigy, to further whet their appetites.

Hov promises that the album is worth the wait.

“It’s exactly what it should be — it’s amazing. Him as a lyricist is almost scary. He’s scary good,” Jigga boasted of his artist proudly.
“I’m doing something to it that’s really untraditional, so we’ll see how it works.”


New Music: Rabbit f/ Wale – ‘#SOFUCKINFINE’

Wale pounces on fellow DMV artist Rabbit’s first single off her upcoming EP 3to3. The exotic dancer-turned-rapper was discovered by Rico Love and signed to his Division1 label. Listen to her flow below.


I like the beat and her flow is pretty decent

New Music: Jaden Smith – ‘Give It to ‘Em’


Killer Mike Releases “R.A.P. Music” in Collaboration with El-P

Outspoken and politically charged Atlanta rapper Killer Mike releases his sixth full length project today (May 15).

The project’s name, R.A.P. Music, is an acronym for Rebellious African People Music, and it exclusively utilizes the production talents of indie Hip-Hop legend El-P, founder of Def Jux.


J. Cole, Waka Flocka, 2 Chainz, & French Montana Play Basketball on Tour [Video]


T.I. Announces ‘Trouble Man’ Release Date

During his visit to Angie Martinez’ radio show on Tuesday, Tip revealed that the follow-up to 2010’s No Mercy will drop on September 4.


Scrilla “Whats Poppin”

Scrilla is ready to drop his first full length release on CTE World, The Demonstration, on June 19 and puts out “Whats Poppin,” first of multiple singles scheduled to lead up to the release of Scrilla’s project.


EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Henchman Comments On Trial ‘I Am The Perfect Scapegoat’

Embattled Hip-Hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has issued a statement to AllHipHop.com in regards to his federal cocaine trial, which is currently taking place in Brooklyn, New York.

Rosemond is accused of running a $10 million-a-year cocaine operation, that operated in Los Angeles and New York.

Prosecutors claim that Rosemond used recording studios to receive drugs and money and overnight shipping services, to send millions in proceed back and forth, between both coasts.

“This will be my biggest test to date. I will have to endure the constant lies of liars and the pointing of fingers of those trying to make me their ‘get out of jail free’ card,” James Rosemond told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive statement. “I am the perfect scape-goat for a case like this. I am the tailor made defendant in the eyes of the prosecutor.”

Prosecutors claim that Rosemond, who managed acts like Game, Brandy and had businesses with artists like Queen Latifah, used his legitimate companies in entertainment as a front, to launder drug money.

See the full statement at the SOURCE

Childish Gambino ft. ScHoolBoy Q “Unnecessary”

Childish Gambino spits that fire and grabs TDE’s ScHoolBoy Q for the assist on this track that’s far from “Unnecessary”…


The Roots Release Poster for Historic 5th Annual Picnic; Rakim Added to Jam-Packed Bill

Today (May 14), The Roots officially announced the full lineup for their 5th Annual Roots Picnic.

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In addition to the previously announced array of artists, The Roots unveiled a poster detailing all of the acts that will be included on the bill for the Picnic.

This year’s Roots Picnic takes place the weekend of June 2-3 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA.

Ticket deets at the SOURCE

Video Premiere: Behind The Scenes Of Nas' "Daughters"


Mystikal To Deliver New Music to Fans During 81-Day Prison Stint; “Origins” Mixtape Set For July 30th Release

Michael “Mystikal” Tyler checked into a Louisiana jail earlier this morning (May 14), according to TMZ, which is where the rapper will serve an 81-day prison sentence for a domestic abuse charge that occurred in February.

Mystikal announced that Origins will feature brand-new music to hold fans over while the MC serves his sentence. He will release the first single from Origins, titled “Bullsh*t,” later today via Twitter.


Mobb Deep’s Shook Ones Pt. II Used in NBA Playoffs Promo [Video]


That song is a CLASSIC. Go listen to it now if you've never heard it before.

Rick Ross “Cake (Remix)” [Video]



Scarface’s “Sway In the Morning” Freestyle [Video]

Scarface stops by “Sway In the Morning” on Shade 45 and delivers a little freestyle before premiering a new verse off his album…


Hip-Hop Rumors: Tupac’s Family Calls Suge Knight A Liar!

A few weeks ago, former Death Row head honcho Suge Knight did a radio interview with Howard Stern, where he claimed that Tupac did not want to work with Dr. Dre because of his alleged sexual preference. Well, Tupac’s family is speaking out against Suge Knight and has told TMZ that Suge’s claims are “totally false.”

The source inside Tupac’s estate says that the rapper was not homophobic, and points to his close relationship with the late designer Gianni Versace, who lived his life as an openly gay man. Tupac was also a huge public supporter of Versace, and even walked in one of his fashion shows in Italy back in 1996.


Video: E-40 ft. Kendrick Lamar & Droop-E – Catch A Fade


i'm liking this a lot!

Signs The World Is Coming To An End: A Fake White Drake?

Whoaaaaaaaaa! There is this boy named Logic and this kid has a nice lil’ song with “Numbers.” The only problem is this kid sounds JUST like Drake! I played it for a few friends and told them it was a new Drake song and they liked it, and they never even noticed it was a White kid from Maryland, not a bi-racial guy from Canada.

One of the number one rules in Hip-Hop…is NO BITING! What do you think about this guy and the song?


Oh sheeit! He sounds exactly like Drake! Same simp lyrics too tbh.

Hip-Hop Rumors: J.Cole Says Too Many Rappers “Fighting For Attention” On Twitter

“I’m not on Twitter no more, I’m not doing it and I’m not going to. I’m sitting and on watching all these artists who I respect — some of them are big artists — on Twitter fighting for attention. Every tweet is like, I’m looking for attention. Retweet me! It comes from this place of fear, like I don’t want people to forget about me. But really your body of work speaks for you, so it’s doing work even when you’re not knowing it. But because people ain’t talking about you on Twitter or your mixtape ain’t trending, you feel a certain kind of way. But when it’s my time, I’m gonna load up all my clips and I’m gonna empty ‘em out.”

I think J.Cole may have a point.


Santigold Rocks NYC Concert with Shy Ronnie, Pharrell

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