G-Unit Record’s DJ Pauly D drops the official theme song for his new spinoff show “The Pauly D Project”. The track is available on iTunes. WARNING: This is strictly for the fist pumpers.
Diddy doesn’t play when it comes to his home. The hip hop mogul reportedly bans any and every guest from entering his luxurious Miami mansion with shoes on. Regardless of how A-list you may be, Mr. Sean Combs’ rules are set. Diddy threw a huge Ciroc Vodka party at his mansion on Star Island during the Ultra Music Festival and everyone got to experience his house rules firsthand. Diddy reportedly made everyone wear slippers–and he didn’t make any exceptions. “There is a no-shoe rule,” an insider said. “Everyone gets slippers as they enter.”
Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys was slated to become the latest celebrity to participate in Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ “Finding Your Roots” series, which traces the ancestry of notable African Americans. But Keys pulled out of the series unexpectedly, and Dr. Gates says that her grandmother objected to the Grammy-winner participating.
Alicia Keys, who I love as a friend of mine, agreed to be in the first series, and as you know, she??s mixed. Her African-American grandmother said Baby, we send people a form, we need as much information as you can give us,” Gates said. “Like the names of your parents, where they were born, grandparents etc., whatever you can give us. It makes our job a lot simpler right? Her grandmother said Baby, you can??t be in the series. I cant tell you why, but you cant be in the series. Wow! What kind of skeletons could Grandma be hiding?
Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel has signed a new distribution deal with EMI. According to AllHipHop, the deal was spearheaded by industry executive Chris Schwartz and Sigel shared the specifics surrounding the new deal and how it will affect his music going forward.
??That??s what kind of pushed me to really do this album. I was sought out by Chris Schwartz. He had a situation at EMI and was looking for an artist,Sigel explained. ??I had just recorded a couple songs in the studio. Somebody heard a record and was like, ??You should check out Beanie; he hasn??t been doing anything. The first conversation was kind of generic it was like, ??Uhh yeah.?? I had deals on the table; Ive been approached by everybody from everywhere from E1, well to Koch first, to E1 to Asylum,” he added. “For me to sign to a major, it??s like, ??For what??? I??m too far advanced in my career to go to a 360 deal. Ive learned too much of the business to put myself in that position now
Mystikal talks with Beats TV about signing to Cash Money, new album & elevating as an artist.
Watch the interview below.
It appears that Joe Budden wasn’t able to make Slaughterhouse’s show tonight as he was arrested hours before the show. Word is the NYPD locked Budden up for an outstanding warrant on parking ticket from 2007. Will update with more details when they become available.
Complex for their “Shotcaller” interview in their 10th Anniversary Issue with Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj on the cover. He talks about how he discovered Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z’s ‘Baby Money’ line, G.O.O.D. Music, wanting to sign Rick Ross and Game, why he didn’t get involved in the Drake/Common beef, retirement, Cash Money’s future and more.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview below and read the full thing here.
How many records has Cash Money sold so far?
We sold 150 million so far. Our track record runs deep. We’ve been the most dominant force of 2011, we gonna be the most dominant force of 2012. We have 16 releases in the first six months of this year. Our goal, as a brand, is to put out 100 albums a year. So I’m trying to figure out how we gonna reach that…
100 albums a year?
We gonna do 16 in the first six months and we gonna try this year to try to put out at least 30 this year. Next year, we’ll try to put out 50. We just gonna keep growing. To have 100 active acts is a lot. It ain’t just rappers, it’s different artists in different parts of the country: rap, pop, country, gospel—its everything.
Cash Money is an army but is there any artist in the game that you see that you wish was on your team?
Wow. There’s a lot of acts I’d like to work. I got a lot of respect for Rozay and what he accomplishing with his brand and his team. DJ Khaled. I like Jeezy. I like Game. In time, I’ll be working with some of them.
Hopefully in time we’ll get a chance to do some business. I’m looking forward to it though—any of them at any time when the time is right, I’m looking forward to it.
It’s interesting that you mention Rick Ross. A few months ago there was some speculation that he would sign to Cash Money. When his next album drops that will be his 5th album for Def Jam, and his contract will end. Have you and Rick Ross ever had the discussion about him coming to Cash Money?
Nah, not at this point. Ross signed to Def Jam and you know Ross is a close friend of mine. But if the time ever came, we gonna G up and make it happen. Right now he signed to Def Jam, but when the time do come, I’m gonna be right there waiting.
To snatch him up?
If the opportunity comes through. Time will tell, we will see.
You also mentioned Game. He said that you and him had been in talks about him coming to Cash Money. Is that true?
Game is signed to Interscope—I don’t really know his situation. I don’t like to get into talks with other people who are signed to other labels because I wouldn’t want them niggas fucking with nothing that’s mine. So I show respect to whoever they with.
I know that I told Game, if the time come I would love to sign Game. I think he’s a very talented artist. But right now he’s signed with Interscope, maybe he’s got another album. But when time comes, I’m gonna be there for him too.
What other teams in the music business today impress you?
Khaled’s We the Best. Rozay’s team.
What about G.O.O.D Music?
They’re doing what they’re doing too. But I think Khaled and Rozay are doing a little more. They’re a little more active with their acts. I ain’t talking about them as a brand, but their acts. You got Kanye doing him, but what acts do they have that are active and doing a lot? I’m looking at how much your team is doing.
Jay-Z said that line about “Baby money” and you were on the radio like “Man, we’re going to keep spending this baby money.” Instead of side-stepping it, you addressed it.
I thought that was funny for a nigga to holler out “Baby money.” I was like, “Wow, fuck, what do you mean ‘Baby money’? Nigga, that ain’t no little money. We around here getting it.”
It wasn’t nothing, we ain’t trip. I was like, “Yeah, since it’s such a big deal, fuck yeah we got ‘Baby Money.’ That Bugatti and that Lauder jet comes from ‘Baby Money.’”
So when Wayne spit that line on “It’s Good” about “Kidnap your bitch, get that how much you love your lady money” what do you have to say about that?
I don’t think that’s a diss record. It wasn’t more than what he said. Niggas was G’ing up about what was said. We did that, done that, off that brother. We’re on our money train.
Rapper Rick Ross can keep his name, thanks to an L.A. County Superior Court judge who shut down a bid from former drug dealer “Freeway” Rick Ross who tried to hoard the name. “Freeway” Rick Ross had filed suit against the rapper, claiming ownership of the name. In fact, the rapper has strongly intimated in his songs his name was inspired by the drug dude. In the song “Hustlin” for example, Ross makes several references to large-scale drug dealing — despite what Freeway says … the rapper never dealt drugs in his life. But the judge today ruled “Freeway” Rick has no case, and threw the lawsuit out.
Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo revealed his admiration for superstar rapper/producer Kanye West–and his hope that the two will be able to collaborate in the near future. Speaking to SOHH, Ne-Yo explained his respect for West’s artistry and approach. “I would love to do something with Kanye West,” Ne-Yo said. “I love his artistry, I love his originality, I love the fact he takes time to make sure something is as good as it can possibly be. I love that about him. We’ve had a couple opportunities but with my schedule [and his], it just hasn’t come into fruition yet. I’m a huge fan of Drake. I love how he’s kind of carving out his own niche in this thing. I would love to do something with him.” Ne-Yo also revealed what other hip hop figures he was currently into. “Big fan of Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj,” he shared. “Big Sean is making some noise right now, I’m a fan of what he does.”