Lil Wayne & Birdman Confirm New Big Tymers Album

Lil Wayne went on record earlier this year saying he was becoming bored with rap. In fact, Wayne said after Tha Carter V he would retire from rap for good. Now, in a new interview with MTV, Wayne reveals he has plenty more music on the way (or at least in the works).

Chatting with RapFix live, Lil Wayne and Birdman confirmed that they are indeed working together on a new Big Tymers release. Surprisingly, Mannie Fresh will not be part of the release, but YMCMB heartthrob Drake will. No explanation was offered for Mannie’s departure, but the duo did say that they have yet to record any verses for the release. Click here to view the interview.

Birdman, Future, Mack Maine and Nicki Minaj Release "Tapout" Video

What happens when Birdman, Future, Mack Maine and Nicki Minaj come together their hip hop powers combine to create a group the world will now know as the Rich Gang. That right, the Rich Gang.

Last night, the members of Rich Gang released a music video for their breakout single “Tapout.” It’s hard to claim a supergroup’s single is their debut hit, but in this case that is technically correct. The Hannah Lux Davis directed video features celebrity cameos, reverse use of the date rape drug, and (of course) an out of this world mansion party to help set the scene. Watch “Tapout” at the end of this post.

No word yet on when Rich Gang will release an album or mixtape, but we’ll keep an eye out for update. Until then, comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Tapout.” (more…)

Lil Wayne Speaks Out On 2 Chainz Verses, NYC

In contrast to the weird wordplay that has become the trademark of his verses, Lil Wayne has gotten used to talking fairly straight recently. When asked about his appearance on the opening track of 2 Chainz’ latest album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, Wayne admitted to MTV News, “I’m very upset at that, just so everybody knows, he put me on that. I sound wack as hell on there.” Wayne claimed that he was just fooling around in the studio without the knowledge that 2 Chainz would actually use the lines he recorded. Sorry, Lil Tunechi. Apparently whatever you say on the mic is fair game when 2 Chainz is on the boards.

During that same interview, when asked about his recent performance in New York, Wayne responded, “Flat out, I don’t like New York.” This seemingly innocuous comment immediately incited passionate responses from lovers of the Big Apple. New York emcee Donny Goines quickly took to the mic to record a scathing diss track aimed at Wayne entitled, appropriately, “Fuck Lil Wayne (Flat Out I Don’t Like You).” Even state Senator Malcolm Smith weighed in, holding a press conference in Times Square to publicly voice his disapproval of Wayne’s comments and demand an official apology. Mr. Smith offered the following response to Wayne: “If you don’t like New York, you don’t have to come to New York. You don’t have to sell your products here, and perhaps we won’t come to your concerts. I love this city.” He also asserted, oddly, “He should also know, anecdotally or not, that he has also insulted the memory of Frank Sinatra.” We doubt Ol’ Blues Eyes would take offense. Though it’s possible the crumb might have ended up with a smack in the mouth, Charley. Sadly we’ll never know. Check out the senator’s press conference below.

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Soundcheck: Chief Keef Signs To Interscope Records

Chief Keef has been causing quite the stir.

Just last month, his single, I Don’t Like shot up the charts after Kanye West added himself, Big Sean, Pusha T, and Jadakiss to the remix. Within days, a bidding war ensued and the youngster was trying to choose between his three front-runners; YMB, CME, and Atlantic among others.

Now, it looks like the new teen dream has finally chosen a home at a major label, making his announcement last week.

“I’ve been talkin’ to a lot of labels, but I just noticed that Interscope got people like 50, Eminem,” he said. “They was talkin’ like I was talkin’ and I liked that. All these other labels, I was talkin’ to ’em, but it’s time anyway for me and I’m goin’ with Interscope.”

Other interested parties put up a good fight, with heavy hitters like Birdman and T.I. clamoring to sign the sixteen-year-old Chicagoan.  Last month, Birdman sounded confident that he would sign Keef to Cash Money Records.

“I like him, he kinda reminds me of us,” he told MTV News. [He’s] out the streets, I think he’s swagged up and I’m definitely talking to his people and I’d like to see if we can make it pop, see if I can see if I can get him to be down with the team.”

Like many others in the rap game, the YMCMG CEO seemed to be impressed by Keef’s youthful outlook.


Pusha T Track "Exodus 23:1" Ignites G.O.O.D. Music/YMCMB Beef

G.O.O.D. Music. YMCMB. What do they have in common? Well, they’re both high profile hip-hop collectives, their names are both comprised of acronyms, and, as of a few days ago, they’ve got beef with each other.

The catalyst for the antagonism between the two camps is “Exodus 23:1,” a new track released by rapper Pusha T. “Exodus” is reportedly a taste of Pusha’s upcoming solo record set for release later this year. The track is certainly a diss track – the song opens up with talk of beef “best served like steak/well done” – though it fails to call out any potential target(s) by name. Whoever the object of Pusha’s anger might be, Lil Wayne took offense. The YMCMB rapper voiced his opinion about Pusha T in a tweet shortly after the song appeared online.

Since Wayne’s tweet, speculation on the meaning of the track has run rampant. SOHH highlights the curious history of antagonism between Wayne, Pusha and various members of YMCMB. Verse interpretation site Rap Genius provides an entertaining if questionable fan-generated explanation of “Exodus 23:1.” Finally, outside of the aforementioned tweet, there have been no comments on the song from either camp. G.O.O.D. boss Kanye West is in Cannes with Kim Kardashian and neither Birdman nor Drake have been reached for comment.

Check out “Exodus 23:1” below and see if you can figure out who pissed off Pusha T.

Sound and Vision: The Pop-Star Chatroom: Collision and Communion on Twitter

For a good time, call¦

On second thought, don’t.

That might have been what Justin Bieber was thinking in March when he found out he might be facing legal action for tweeting a fake phone number minus one digit to his 19 million Twitter followers, resulting in more than 1,000 phone calls being made to a man and a woman in Texas who threatened to take him to court. (The potential plaintiffs’ requests: an apology, concert tickets, free publicity and financial compensation for out-of-pocket expenses.)

It was a harmless enough prank, yes, but the next time Bieber tweets something, he might want to consider doing what so many pop stars are doing and tweeting it to someone who’s also famous”like his new BFF Carly Rae Jepsen, the recipient of several recent Bieber tweets, including one wishing a happy easter to his fellow Canadian and fellow Top 10 resident on Billboard’s Hot 100 (Bieber with Boyfriend, Jepsen with Call Me Maybe).

Who else is connecting on Twitter? I love you, you cray, Katy Perry tweeted on March 31 to Rihanna, who made news when she began following her ex Chris Brown on Twitter. Rihanna’s sometime collaborator Nicki Minaj had a brief war of words with Cher last November on Twitter over a third party’s misinterpretation of Minaj’s lyrics: “@cher did you know that b***h @NICKIMINAJ dissed you in her song DID IT ON EM.” Cher flipped. Minaj fans flipped, too, explaining that it was a “rap metaphor,” not a jab. Cher conceded defeat. Minaj offered, simply, “@Cher #stopit5.” Case closed.


Nicki M To Go BIG At Super Bowl?

Despite the recently announced delay, Nicki Minaj may be poised for a perfect 2012. Already gearing up for a world tour, Nicki has been dropping bombs on fans for weeks now”first by releasing dates and cities for her international tour, which includes stops in London, Paris and Tokyo.  The Harajuku Barbie also announced she would take the stage next month at the 2012 GRAMMY Awards and is fueling rumors of a Super Bowl showdown with Madonna.

Last week, Minaj debuted the video for Stupid Hoe the first single from her highly anticipated sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The Hype Williams-directed video features Nicki in over-the-top hair and make-up, and Williams’ signature stampede of vibrant colors and visuals, like Nicki in a cage, eye-to-eye with a leopard, and as a shrunk down doll.  The song’s lyrics hold no punches, with biting lines like I’m Angelina and you Jennifer/ C’mon bitch, you see where Brad at… The song also hints at a Super Bowl stint, with her spitting 2012, I’m at the Super Bowl. Additionally, in another video frame, there’s a bright sign that reads: 2012 Superbowl, which furthers my suspicions that Minaj will take the halftime stage alongside Madonna. This would be huge, considering the fact that the Super Bowl halftime show has been a snoozefest ever since Janet Jackson showed us her goodies in 2004.  The idea that the NFL would book a black woman as controversial and racy as Nicki would be quite shocking, considering the fall-out from Nipple-gate.  Her possible appearance may be a reason why her boss, Birdman has been so vocal about betting $5 million on the big game.

The Stupid Hoe video was enough to ease the pain of Nicki’s album delay announcement, which she confirmed after the video’s debut on January 20. She tweeted, “New Album Date: April 3rd. Pink Friday: ROMAN RELOADED¦But have no fear. Tons of surprises before then ;). Love Always, HB.” Within the first twenty-four hours of it’s release, Stupid Hoe was viewed over 4.8 million times, breaking VEVO’s record.

Now, fans are gearing up for the album’s second single, Roman In Moscow, which she calls, a teaser. “When I say it’s a teaser, it’s like a trailer to the movie, it’s like setting the stage, and I just wanted to touch the surface. It’s the wackest thing on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

Nicki will also be featured on Tyga’s upcoming release, Careless World: Rise Of The Last Kings, due out February 21. While he was a little tight-lipped on the details, he still divulged enough to pique my interest. Last week, he told XXL Magazine, The song for Nicki is called ˜Muthafucka Up,’ he said. I don’t know what they gonna call it on the radio. Maybe they might call it Up. That one is one of them going in type songs. Like how Wayne had ‘A Milli’ One of those Young Money records that people love. We got a crazy visual for that one, too. I don’t wanna give it away. I’ve been doing a lot of features for everyone.

With a slew of tour dates, a groundbreaking video, some major appearances and an album on the way, Nicki may be gearing up for her best year yet.

Soundcheck: Beach Cruisin' With Glasses Malone

It’s been a long road for Glasses Malone, the Watts, California native who began work on his debut album, Beach Cruiser in 2006. Now, the almost five-year-in-the-making, project has finally hit the streets.

Featuring verses from the likes of Akon, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Lupe Fiasco, the album is a gangster rap throwback that remi

nds us what made hip hop great.   Malone is a story-teller, and on Beach Cruiser, he depicts the gangster life to a T with his signature ganster-soul style. His single, Sun Come Up features Rick Ross, Birdman and T-Pain and is already heating up the airwaves.  An admitted former Crip, Malone is not as aggressive as hislyrics may suggest.  On the contrary, his demeanor is pleasant and friendly.

It’s been such a journey and I am so blessed, he says.  ˜Feel Good Music’ is my favorite song on the album.  It sums up my mood.   The track he’s referring to closes out thealbum on an oldies-inspired high-note; a testament to the almost five-year journey it took for him to get here.

Back in 2005, he hit the scene with his Crack Mixtape release and followed up with White Lightning¦Sticks in 2005. That year, he signed a $1.7 million deal with Sony, but was released when the label dismantled its urban division in 2007. After a label jump to Cash Money Records, and Mack 10’s HooBangin’ imprint, the album was pushed back to April 2008.  He released two singles that year, Certified featuring Akon and Haterz featuring Birdman and Lil Wayne.  Despite the strength of the first singles, they failed to gain traction on radio and the album continued to be pushed back¦and back.  In the meantime, Malone joined Slaughterhouse and Tech N9ne for their K.O.D. Tour in 2009, and made numerous guest appearances on other albums in 2010.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Soundcheck: What Weezy Wants

2011 has been quite a year for Lil Wayne. After launching two of the biggest acts in hip hop, Drake and Nicki Minaj, his Young Money legacy lasted through his eight-month prison stint, and kept fans wondering what he would do next. Weezy made some big promises, slating three releases for 2011 including the Carter IV, Like Father Like Son II and an untitled collaboration album with Drake.

To kick off the year, he released a slew of singles, including 6 Foot & Foot with Corey Gunz, blew up the smash hit Look At Me Now with Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes and tried his hand at the Drake-style singing rap with his latest release, How To Love.

Some say Wayne has been working on the fourth installment of his Carter series back in 2008. Young Money president Mack Maine planned on releasing the album on Weezy’s release day from prison. In March, on opening night of his I Am Still Music tour, he changed the drop date to May 16.

“It can come out tomorrow ’cause I’m so finished,” he said at the time. But in April, the date was again pushed back until June 21.”He’s still perfecting a few things, he’s a perfectionist … changing a few lines,” Maine told  MTV at the time. “If you calculate all of that, by the time we would’ve finished mixing, we wouldn’t have met the [original] due date to turn in the album.”

Now that the first, second and third set of release dates have come and gone, the Carter IV has been pushed back until August 29. In the meantime, Weezy has created a mixtape,Sorry For The Wait, to be released to eager fans while they wait for the full enchilada.  He likens the project to his super-successful, 2007 mixtape, No Ceilings, telling MTV, Yeah, it’s gonna be just like No Ceilings, taking the f— over a n—a’s beat. You know what it is, killin’ n—as sh–,” he said.  He’s referring to his signature style of rapping over already-successful hits, and making them-well, better. “Make a n—a pissed, mad as a mother—-er he ain’t call me to get on that mother—-er originally. Like, ‘F—, if I’d have took this n—a call this n—a’s song wouldn’t be hotter than mine!”

What does Weezy want now? He wants to retire.  According to the New Orleans-based rapper, he may be ready to hang up the mic after Carter IV’s release.  The 28-year-old father of four wants to spend more time with his kids, whose mothers include singer, Nivea, actress, Lauren London and ex-wife, Toya Carter.  Honestly, this is the real truth, Wayne continued. I honestly think it’s unfair to my kids. I’m super dedicated into what I do. Like, it’s no questions”it’s hands down, I do this. I live this. I don’t have a day out my week that I do something else. I do this every day of my life, and I’m not about to stop, ’cause that’s the only way you can succeed in this business, is to do it the way I do it.

Wonder how he’ll reconcile that sentiment with his big touring plans. He’s recently added forty more dates to  his I Am Still Music tour, extending it through September. But Weezy doesn’t want to stop there.  He told MTV in June that his touring days will last a lifetime. “I actually plan on being one of those artists, with all the music and all the work I’m putting out, I believe that later on down the line, I can do Vegas. I can be the first hip-hop artist to do Vegas every night. That’s the plan.”

Why the sudden change of heart for the once tireless emcee? Perhaps the prison time gave him time to prioritize and reflect on the downside of his fame. Fans got a glimpse of the darker days during last month’s MTV “Unplugged” special, where he prompted his performance of “Nightmare Of The Bottom” by saying, “Everybody says it’s lonely at the top. It is lonely, so I dream, though, and the only thing I dream about is being down there with the people that ain’t lonely. And that’s simply what it is: nightmares of the bottom.” The songs lyrics sum up Weezy’s fear of the fall from fame. “Sleeping at the top/ Nightmares of the bottom/ Everybody wanna be fly, until you swat ’em.”

With eight solo albums and more than 10 million records sold, he’s thinking of calling it quits.  But will he follow the same road as another famous Carter, announcing his retirement only to resurrect his career.  Is this a real possibility or a publicity ploy? Only time will tell.