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.

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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.

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