With Jay-Z and Kanye West setting the bar with Watch the Throne, it seems as if collab projects between mainstream superstars is the future trend. Although Drake and Lil Wayne scrapped their idea, Drake and Rick Ross are planning to release Y.O.L.O. and now Clifford and Bobby Ray are throwing around the idea of doing one themselves. While nothing is set in stone, B.o.B reveals to MTV that the idea seems to be taking form. The joint album, it actually started as a joke. Tip would always refer to me as the Martian, and in one of his lyrics, he said, ‘It’s the man and the Martian,’ and we said, ‘Man that could be an album title.’ We kinda just played around with it. But it seems to be taking form in a very organic way.
Obviously if this were to happen, it would have to be after Trouble Man and Strange Clouds both had their run, so I don’t see this in the near future. Either way, could be pretty sweet IMO.
Rahim Shaddai, born Joseph Andre Morno in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was brought up to love and appreciate music from a very early age. He learned to play the piano and the violin in elementary school, then began to write lyrics at the mere age of 13. In 2009, Rahim began recording his music at Rebel Kutcha Studios, a South Florida based studio. Influences in Hip-Hop include: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Tupac,Biggie Smalls, Big L, the list goes on. A student of the game, Rahim hopes to one day become a well known and respected musician,not only for his craft but also for his uncommon personality. He is currently working on his first project, titled City of Sovereignty, which is slated to go viral digitally early 2012.
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Hip hop superproducer Mannie Fresh discussed in detail an incident that led to some of the ill will between he and his former label, Cash Money Records. According to Mannie, he was very close to working out a deal with Def Jam several years ago that Cash Money blocked at the last minute. “I got this deal with Def Jam through Jay-Z,” Fresh said. “Jay-Z reached out, he was like, ‘I’ll do a deal with you. You come to Def Jam and you do your thing. And I’m over there and I talk to Lil Wayne. I’m like, ‘Hey dude, I got a deal with Def Jam and they pretty much are going to give me my situation, do what I want to do.’ They were like, ‘Just deliver a big song.’ So I go to Lil Wayne, he does the song with me and soon as I get ready to put it out, Cash Money shuts it down.”
“They were just like, ‘Nah, you didn’t get permission from us to do that,'” he reveals. “And I’m like, ‘Wow, it’s really that serious? That’s kinda ugly of y’all to do that.’ And I’m like, ‘Wayne agreed to do the song.’ And they were like, ‘Well, Wayne can’t speak for Wayne. We speak for Wayne.’ … So that was a learning lesson for me and it kind of gave Def Jam a salty taste too because they was just like, ‘Every time we do something, if it’s going to get shutdown, we really don’t want to do this with you.'”
Rap superstar 50 Cent is commemorating the 10 year anniversary of his mixtape “50 Cent Is the Future” by releasing a new project called “Big 10.” The new mixtape will feature 10 tracks and celebrates ten years since the rapper’s Internet breakthrough.
â??Its been 10 years since I put out ’50 Cent is the Future,’â? 50 Cent tweeted. ??So Iâ??m putting out the ??BIG 10 next week 10 smoking hot tracks #SK.â?
50 also revealed an ambitious video approach for the mixtape, as well. ??Iâ??m shooting videos for every song on the tape. The BIG 10 I got something for a haters ass it called hits lol #SK, â? 50 Cent tweeted.
Harlemite A-Mafia had some harsh criticism for the New York City hip hop scene. The rhymer says that hip hop’s birthplace hasn’t done anything to restore its place in the game over the last few years. He says that not being true to itself is what has killed rap in the Big Apple. “Weak, weak, weak, weak, weak, weak, weak,” Mafia told SOHH. “W-e-a-k. NYC is weak right now. Period. I don’t care who I offend, man. You know why New York is weak right now? They’re not doing what they want to do. They’re doing what they’re dictated to do and when you do stuff like that, it makes your craft weak. Listen man, [they need to] be [themselves] and represent the people that put them in the place they’re at in the first place. A lot of these rappers, they neglect the people that put them in the position in the first place. That’s when you lose. If the streets put you in position, it’s all right to make big records and represent other places and other people, but you gotta always show love to the people that put you in position. You can never neglect the people that put you in position and a lot of these big rappers, that’s what they do. They neglect the people that put them in position and then when they fall off, they try to always go back. The big rapper will always try to go back to the people that put them in position but it’s too late. That’s why I do this for the streets, man.”
Maybach Music’s Wale revealed that he turned to Jay-Z for advice following his unceremonious release from his former label, Interscope Records. He explained to Billboard magazine how Jay gave him pointers as to how he could make his sophomore release a better outing than his debut. ??Jay-Z, essentially, is my business adviser,” Wale says. “Him, [my manager] Rich [Kleinman] and [Roc Nation’s] John Meneilly. I know Jay has a personal place in his heart for Ambition. I remember one time I was on the phone with Jay, asking him, ‘What did I do [wrong]? What can I do differently?’ He was like, ‘Maybe you just didn’t come with that single. You made a solid first album. But you didn’t come up with that single.’ That just added fuel to my fire.”
“[Rappers] used to take pride in being the best or becoming the best. Now they just talk about who has the most swag. But who wants to be the best?” he said. “Come to the table with your albums. I nailed it this time. I’ll keep busting my ass until . . . you’re going to have to respect me. I love hip-hop so much, and I’m really a humble dude. We’re all cocky inside our records-because that’s how rap is.
Young rapper Machine Gun Kelly shared his experience working in the studio with veteran rapper DMX. X made a strong impression on MGK, who discussed their time together in a recent interview. “Yeah, DMX is the realest person I’ve ever met in my life. He’s exactly what he says he is,” MGK said about meeting DMX. “Yeah, he actually came in when I was on top of a table rapping one of his songs, so it was like an awkwardly good moment. [What does Drake mean to hip-hop?] It’s f*king cool. It’s tight. You know, I learned from that. I learn from him when he speaks how he does, when he acts how he does towards other artists. It definitely makes me mature as a young artist, it makes me be like, ‘Okay, maybe shunning people is not the route.’ Not that I do that, per se, but I definitely do have a lot of competitiveness in my blood, where I’ll be like, ‘Sh*t, muthaf*cker, I want that number one spot.’ But when you see Drake who has the number one spot so willingly give it all, it’s cool.”
CrossOva is a artist that reflects the art and history of real hip-hop. Based out of the city of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the hip hop group has been doing music since the year of 2002. Versatile and intelligent, the music is well rounded with a background consisting of many different genres consisting of R&B, Hip Hop, Rap and Soul.
The groups founding member is Reece Cross (Cross). The 21 year old son of Mark and Cynthia Stephens began doing music after he was introduced to it by his uncle Ron Pearson. His mother works at Jefferson Regional Medical Center as a buyer. He is also an associate minister at Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Cross has a younger brother (Aaron Cross 18) and a younger sister (Kennedi Stephens 7). He began learning a lot at a young age about sound engineering when his uncle gave him a mixerboard. From there it seemed he was destined to take his love for music to the next level and beyond. He began writing raps in the 8th grade, but felt he was not good enough after experiencing critism from other kids who were at the time better. This is around the time he met his soon to be dj Tyler Euseppi (Lil E). There was a bond shared between the two musically that would help out both in the future He continued learning under his uncle who was an inspiration to his music. After his senior year of high school, he decided to take his rap group to the mainstream. He produced their first album entitled CrossOva: Chapter 1 The Beginning. This would be around the time that local friend Michael Hampton (Mike Hamp) would join the group and help in the production of the cd with his quick witted personality and lyrical repertoire The album consisted of an all around array of different genres that the state of Arkansas were not used to. The state has always been known to have a sound that was somewhat behind and CrossOva was determined to prove all the critics wrong. The group performed throughout the summer opening up for certain artists such as B-Hamp, Lil Speedy and T-Real. The album was a well rounded success, but the tension between some members of the group showed how a little bit of success can run to ones head. The group became distant, however Cross, Mike Hamp and Lil E continued on with a new look and a different outlook on the future of CrossOva.
Cross majors in Business Marketing at the University of Arkansas-Monticello after transferring from University of Central Arkansas. He plays college baseball and is a pitcher. He also has tons of experience as a sound technician engineer. Mike Hamp is currently majoring in Psychology after currently transferring to University of Central Arkansas. He is helping to take care of his younger sister and brother with his mother. Cross and Hamp are currently finishing up there debut mixtape entitled “Revenge of the Hustla”. They are well determined college students that are looking for that one opportunity to prove they have what it takes to do something amazing.
New leak off a new Double R compilation that reunites old Ruff Ryder squad members with some of their newest signees including Shelia and Murda Mook. Me? I’m just happy to hear some new LOX material. You can support and cop Past, Present and Future on iTunes now. Peace to X.
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