While artsts go to the hoods around America and shoot videos off their projects, X to tha Z was out in Iraq to do the title track off his upcoming album. The West Coast legend was able to travel around the country to get some interesting shots, even venturing into one of the most dangerous parts. As for the sound of the record, he steers off with a Rock-influence. Directed by Matt Alonzo.
Q: What has inspired you to become a HipHop Artist?
Most of my family are into music some type of way so i basicly grew up around it and i just came natural ..
Q: What challenges have you faced being from a city like Baltimore that does not have much a music scene and how has it made you push harder to reach your goals?
Being from baltimore its self is a struggle regaurdless of what you are trying to accomplish but with music its like i have to stand out because everyones making muzic now days now so you have to break the burrier and get out of the box …be more all around and not so one sided i learned that with music you will reach a wider crowd being that way …
Q: What are some of the current projects your working on?
I am working on several different projects .. the one to focus on is straight money no nothing .. due to drop pretty soon no official dates available .. but we are working hard tho..
Q: Do you have any shows or events coming up that you will be attending or preforming?
Im working on a few show dates but right now im focused on this compilation ..Straight money no nothing …
Q: Where can your fans connected with you online; facebook, twitter and any other websites?
I can be reached on facebook and twitter under
Rolling Stone spent the afternoon with new cover star Rick Ross in his home city of Miami as he made his rounds the day after the release of his new LP, God Forgives, I Don’t. A diligent, focused Rozay visited radio stations WEDR-FM (99 Jamz) and WPOW-DM (Power 96), taking calls live on the air at the former, and greeting contest winners and running through a series of tapings and a mountain of drops at the latter, before wrapping the day with an album signing at a local Best Buy. In between, the rapper shared his thoughts on his first Rolling Stone cover.
Joe Conners aka Dro C, was born and raised on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin. “Growing up I listened every kind of music, but it was my older brother that introduced my to rap. I still remember he told me to play this cd (Nas, Stillmatic), I liked it so much that i recorded it on a tape and listened to it for months.” At a young age he relized that music was a powerfull tool you could use when your angry of stressed to feel better, and learn lessons from people that have been there. Influenced by Tupac, Eminem, Nas, Crooked I and so many more. At the age of 18 going through tough times he used a notebook, rhymeing words to vent his emotions, talking about life experiences hoping to help other people with his message. ” Im still really young but ive been through alot and feel like my experiences can help other people, like I can walk you threw what would happen in a certain situation with lyrics, and it is a great gift because people seem to listen to rappers more than they do their own parents” Now at the age of nineteen, on his own independant lable Supernova Ent. grinding hard with his first mixtape dropping at the end of the year on december 28th, and an EP dropping sometime next year. Truley different from the rest, “I’ve never had anyone to show me the ropes, and i never wrote in a certain format i just poured my heart on the page”. so look for this up and coming artist/producer/songwriter with his unique style and ispirational lyrics!
Sources close to VIBE have confirmed that Violator Management founder Chris Lighty has passed away.
Violator has worked with stars such as Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott, Fantasia, Mýa, Diggy Simmons, Cormega, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, LL Cool J, Nas, and more. Jeff Robinson, who was close to Lighty, confirmed the tragic news on Twitter. Jeff Robinson ?@thejeffrobinson “So very sad about Chris lighty..Great long time friend,fellow bronxite and peer…incredible businessman and person.”
Stay tuned for more on this developing story. More industry insiders have sent their condolences. Karen Ci?il ?(@KarenCivil) Devastated to hear about the loss of Chris Lighty. My prayers & thoughts are with his family. Decon (@Decon) RIP Chris Lighty. Our deepest condolences to his friends, family & team.
SCRAM JONES ?(@SCRAMJONES) R.I.P. Chris Lighty – thats just crazy – #1 Hip Hop Manager
dream hampton ?@dreamhampton So sad RT @insideplaya @clighty has passed due to suicide. RIP
isis ?@isarias Just called to confirm it. My heart goes out… They’re going too soon…. RIP @clighty. #prayersup Pill ?@Pill4180 Wow!! R.I.P Chris Lighty…. Hip-Hop Legend responsible for many careers in the music industry. Ghostface Killah ?@GhostfaceKillah Hard one to grab Yo damn…. My most humble prayers to the family of Chris Lighty!
Bernard “P.Hundred” Wooden-Lofton was born and raised in Albany, Ga. He graduated from Albany High school with a dual-seal diploma. He is currently persuing a bachelor’s degree in web design, which in plan should be completed by the end of 2013 at the Art Institute of Atlanta. He first was introduced to rapping in middle school by being apart of freestyle battles. Around the sametime, a friend and him started an underground mixtape series in which they use to record over other people beats. But as he got older, he became fascinated with the business side of the music. At present along with a partner, they created their own movement under the Konfidential Entertainment umbrella. So far, P.HUndred has digitally released two albums (Souljah Societi, Thief In Da Nite) and a host of mixtapes. He is currently working on his third album “Herbal Hallowcost” in which he plans to have this duplicated in the underground market. Overall, P.Hundred is a novice artist with supreme work ethics.
Beanie Sigel talks about why Roc-A-Fella broke up and tension between Jay-Z and Dame Dash.
Born July 12 1986 to a mother of 8 in a small project know as South Bridge in New Castle Delaware but raised in Baltimore Maryland. Nephews’ motivation and dedication towards music began during his time spent incarcerated in 2005-2006 at central booking in downtown Baltimore. When he returned home January of 2006 he accomplished the challenge of going back to school and finishing his 12th grade year. Nephew received his diploma from Mergenthaler Vocational-technical High School. Even with his diploma he was unable to find a job, so he picked up where he left off with his music. All of the challenges that he was going through and been through gave him even more passion to write. He wanted to be heard and music was the only way of expressing his feelings, thoughts and struggles to let people know that he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but yet he still survived. His hard work and dedication show each time he record and hit the stage.
Nephew started out by performing at small local clubs and lounges such as 5 Season, The Belvedere, Lava Lounge, The Black Whole, Red Square, Sistas Place, Eldorado’s, Club 347 and others. Performing at the small clubs and lounges only made Nephew want to take the next step, get onto a bigger stage take his music to another level an that’s what he did. His music became more than just for the streets, he made more music that any and everyone could feel and relate to. By doing so it gave him the opportunity to step on to a bigger stage and that was a showcase called “The Black Out” at Fredrick Douglas High School which was recorded and aired on channel 75 by deep flow studios. Nephews’ latest big event was the Elite Showcase in April 2010, given by BYGZ ent. at The Chesapeake Art Center and was awarded 3rd place winner. Later that month he opened up for rapper Jim Jones at a local VA club. As he state in his song “Doing Me” ft Lonnie Moore, “Radio then its TV” he is definitely living his words and making his dream come true, he had his 1st radio interview on 1010am and then his 1st TV recorded performance in one year time. He is on the right track and his hard work and dedication is paying off
Like we told you, Lil Wayne likes paying producers about as much he likes NYC. Two beatsmiths—DJ Infamous and Drew Correa—are suing the New Orleans rapper’s Young Money Entertainment label for unpaid royalties, reports TMZ.Two different producers – Andrews “Drew” Correa and Marcos “Infamous” Rodriguez – filed federal lawsuits this week against Wayne’s label, Young Money Entertainment. In lawsuit #1 … Correa says he inked a deal with YME in 2008 to produce music for a YME artist. He claims that music ended up on mega albums like “Carter III,” “Re-Birth,” “I’m Not a Human Being” and “Priceless.” Correa says he was paid some royalties by YME, but the payments stopped coming out of the blue. In lawsuit #2 … Rodriguez claims he signed on in 2007 to produce music for YME and claims his compositions were used on the albums “Carter III,” “Re-Birth,” “We Are Young Money,” “Carter IV” and “Priceless.” He claims YME stopped making royalty payments and refuses to cough up any more cash. One track in particular that Drew Correa and DJ Infamous produced was “Mr. Carter,” which features Jay-Z, from Tunechi’s Tha Carter III album. A couple more songs produced jointly by the pair include “Prom Queen” and “I Am Not a Human Being.” Both producers hired Singh, Singh & Trauben, LLP as counsel to try and get their money. Unfortunately this lawsuit is nothing new to the YMCMB camp who have a chronic history of not paying its producers. In 2011, producers Deezle and Bangladesh, signed separate royalties seeking payments for contributions to The Carter III. It’s not like money is too tight in the Cash Money empire. Founder Ronald “Slim” Williams just purchased the biggest mansion in South Florida for $7.15 million, via an all cash transaction.
Much has been written about Hip Hop’s changing stance on homosexuality after Frank Ocean penned an open letter about his sexuality. Now, Snoop Dogg can be counted among the emcees who believes Hip Hop is ready for an openly gay rapper. “People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they’re different,” said Snoop Dogg in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune. “When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that,” said Snoop of Ocean’s letter. “There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that’s what we were brainwashed and trained to know.” Other artists to have announced their support for Ocean include Busta Rhymes and Lil Scrappy.