Fat Joe Debuts “The Darkside 3” as He Begins Prison Sentence

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Fat Joe is headed behind bars today to begin his four-month sentence for tax evasion. But before checking in, the Bronx rapper penned a farewell note to his fans and left them with some new music.

The 43-year-old was sentenced in June for failing to pay taxes on $3 million in income between 2007-2010, totaling a tax loss of $718,038. He is scheduled to be released in late December, just in time for New Year’s.


He also dropped his album The Darkside 3 for free via Rap Radar. The 10 tracks include the Action Bronson-assisted single “Your Honor,” with production from DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, and Cool & Dre. -via RapUp


Eminem’s Seventh Studio Album – MMLP2 – On The Way

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Eminem fans can rejoice in knowing that a new album is on the way. A new Beats By Dre commercial released during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards revealed details for Eminem’s seventh studio album, reportedly titledMMLP2–suggesting “Marshall Mathers LP 2, a sequel to his sophomore album from 2000.

According to the commercial, the album will drop on November 5, 2013.

It was indicated that the effort would be executive produced by Dr. Dre, as well as Def Jam Records co-founder and acclaimed producer Rick Rubin. Rubin has been affiliated with a number of high-profile hip hop records this year. -via HipHopBlog

DJ Khaled Delays Release Date of Suffering From Success

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DJ Khaled is suffering from an album pushback. The We the Best boss has delayed the release of Suffering From Success by a month.

The album was originally due September 24, but has since been moved to October 22. Instead of competing with Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, he will now drop the same day as Katy Perry’s Prism.

“I want everybody to know, my album Suffering From Success is coming out now on October 22,” announced Khaled in a video.

He needed more time to perfect his craft. “I moved the date back because it got greater,” he continued. “I told ya’ll I’m working on the biggest masterpiece ever. I just recorded something that’s so crazy, that’s gon’ have the whole streets erupt earthquake style. Shit got even realer. This shit’s serious.”

The follow-up to 2012?s Kiss the Ring has produced two singles including “No New Friends” and “I Wanna Be With You” featuring Nicki Minaj, Future, and Rick Ross. – via RapUp




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Lady GaGa Collaborates w/ TOO $HORT ON UPCOMING ALBUM!

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Lady Gaga announced at the VMA‘s last night that her new album “ARTPOP” will be featuring rappers and she would only leak Too Short‘s name to MTV News’ Sway on the red carpet.  Sway was stoked to hear that fellow Oakland artist will be featured on her new album that is releasing on November 11nth.

Too Short confirmed the rumors today saying he knew her DJ, DJ White Shadow, got back from traveling recently and White Shadow hit him up saying, “There’s a song that Lady Gaga’s doing that possibly they would want to get you on” and Too Short’s response was, “shit I’m down with it!”.  He went on to tell MTV, ”I figure on her end it’s great to work with the classics or the legends and on my end just it’s great to work with one of the hottest artists on the planet. It’s a big fucking deal.”.

The song they are getting on is supposed to be released through a live performance that Too Short himself will be a part of.  It should be a very interesting mix and it will be good for Too Short because he hasn’t been to active lately in hip hop news.-via 24HRHipHop

Tribeca Urban Arts & Music Showcase 3.0

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Elevated Scott of X101JamZ and Steve Cornell owner of Gallery 69 are planning  the third edition to their Tribeca Urban Arts & Music Showcase series that will take place September 5th thru the 7th at Gallery 69 in TriBeCa, during New York’s Fashion Week. Each daily show will have several aspects that include fund raising for Urban Arts Partnership, break dancing competitions, street art exhibits, raffle prizes, live performances & painting, runway shows, and pop up shops for various lifestyle brands that include The House Of Marley, State Bicycle, Elevated Clothing, Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, Trendsetters Clothing, Spaceman Unlimited Ltd, Alexander Charles New York and several more brands TBA. Urban Arts Partnership; a designated 501c3 non profit organization, will be a part of the shows all three days, featuring their student artist products and performances. A portion of the event raffle proceeds will be donated to Urban Arts Partnership in addition to various brand awareness activities taking place each day. Urban Arts Partnership advances the intellectual, social and artistic development of undeserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap. For more info visit www.UrbanArts.org

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As with many grassroots cultural movements, street wear has been notoriously difficult to define. While under a constant state of evolution of style and creative direction (as with many street trends), one constant has been the types of clothing produced, commonly centered on “casual”, comfortable pieces such as jeans, t-shirts, baseball caps, and sneakers. New York’s Fashion Week is known for its high fashion designer collections, and TriBeCa is quickly becoming a major player in the fashion scene.  Tribeca Urban Arts & Music Showcase 3.0 will allow lifestyle brands to be a part of the NYC fashion Week experience, while providing many more components than just the typical “runway show”. Invites are going out to all the top fashion boutiques in the tri-state area, professional athletes, recording artists, celebrities, bloggers, entertainment industry insiders and taste-makers . 

Gallery 69 is home to both Graffiti Art New York dot com and X101Jamz.com, and over the last year the network and gallery have been featured on International-HipHop.com, Global Good Networks, SoulTrain.com, Time Out NY  and countless other blogs and media outlets. Gallery 69 houses thousands of pieces of Urban art from some of the top street artist in the world that include; Crash, Futura 2000, Quick, Blade,  COPE2, RD357, STAYHIGH 149, T-Kid , TAKI 183, CornBread, Seen,  TRACY168, KING BEE NIC 707, Duro, Sonic, LA 2, Duster and countless other street art pioneers from the early 70’s and 80’s that are documented in history books as style masters of the culture. Also be sure to check out Peter Yip’s artwork during the event and visit his website at http://www.peterwyip.com


 TriBeCa Urban Arts & Music Showcase 3.0 will be remembered in the Urban Culture history books!

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Russell Simmons introduces VEGAN BOSS Live at The Roxy

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Independet Artist Of Day: NEAF (Philadelphia, PA)

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Neaf is a young up and coming artist born to win and raise in the City of Brotherly Love. He has only been rapping for the past few years but is not an ordinary rapper; he is one that really knows how to make soul quenching music.  Growing up Jay-Z, Biggie, Nas, Lil’ Wayne and Snoop Dog are some of the rappers that gave him inspiration. Should he make it he intends to be a role model for the youth of urban neighnorhoods across the country, encouranging them to keep their heads up. Neaf is currently working on his first mixtape entitled Fre$hMan Year featuring many artists from Norristown, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, NYC and his hometown Philadelphia just to name a few.  Fre$hMan Year will be coming to stereos and headphone in time for you to bring in the New Year with a bright new artist. Given the opportinity he would love to collaborate with Kid Ink who is a phenomal rapper, but his ultimate dream is creating a track with HOV who has influenced him the most. Neaf will continue bringing new, hot, uplifting underground music while continuing on the path of getting a mainstream chance.

Beyoncé Brings Out Jay-Z in Brooklyn

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With her new tour being called The Mrs. Carter Show and tonight’s stop being Brooklyn, it was only right that Beyonce brought out her other half for the sold-out crowd at the Barclays Center. Hov performed “Tom Ford.” Watch it after the jump.



Kanye West Creates Trailer for Lindsay Lohan Film

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Kanye West continues to make an impact on pop culture. The hip-hop mogul ventures into Hollywood by scoring the trailer for The Canyons. The erotic thriller, which opens in theaters and is available on iTunes and on demand today, stars Lindsay Lohan and James Deen.

Fresh off the video for Big Sean’s “Fire,” Kanye and his multimedia company DONDA create a new version of the movie’s trailer featuring a dramatic piano soundtrack.

According to Pitchfork, Kanye worked with Nate Brown on the re-editing of the trailer, and created new music for the trailer’s soundtrack with Noah Goldstein.

Watch the Yeezus-helmed trailer below.



JAY Z “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film”

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Jay-Z is breaking some serious ground.

The Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper has officially ventured into the live art arena, currently setting up shop at Manhattan’s Pace Gallery. Jay Z to perform his new track Picasso Baby for SIX hours straight — much like The National did at the MoMa last May — Hova has taken to center stage, with cameras ready to reportedly document the entire performance and later compile it into the track’s music video! Jay totally understands the power of a live performance — particularly one that’s repeated over and over! This is genius.