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*News* Wiz Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow” Reaches #1 on Billboard Hot 100

The Steelers may have lost the Super Bowl, but Pittsburgh still has a reason to celebrate. After 18 weeks on the charts, “Black & Yellow” has finally secured the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Thats always a huge accomplisment, but its especially impressive seeing that Wiz is so new to the game. Congrats to Wiz Khalifa and the rest of the Taylor Gang!

Via: Rap Radar

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*News* Drake Named One of GQ’s Men Of The Year

That’s right, GQ has named Drake of of it’s Men of the Year. Specifically he received the “Breakout of the Year” award. The other winners are Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Colbert, James Franco and Jeff Bridges. Look for Drake’s cover, as well as the other ones, on the December issue of GQ Magazine.

*Bonus* Drake ft. Lil Wayne- Man of the Year

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Via: Rap Radar

*News* Jay Electronica Signs With Roc Nation

That’s right, Jay Electronica has been signed to Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation. Jay-Z dropped this bomb on an unsuspecting crowd during his secret show right before introducing the man himself. This is a good day for Roc Nation: they get one of the best lyricists in the game, and J. Cole drops the mixtape of the year. Looks like Christmas came early this year, can you imagine the collaborations we can look forward to? Just imagine Jay-Z and Jay Electronica going verse for verse on a track.

Via: Rap Radar

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*News* Ludacris named MTV’s #10 Hottest MC

Every year the “brain trust” at MTV sits down and names the 10 Hottest MC’s in the game. Ludacris is a great artist but already MTV has screwed up this list. No disrespect to one of ATL’s finest but Bun B, Fabolous or Wiz Khalifa should be somewhere on the list, if not the 10 spot. First Bun B had Trill O.G. receive a “5 Mic” award from The Source Magazine which created a huge media buzz especially on the internet, and then you have Wiz Khalifa and Fabolous dropping two of the biggest mixtapes of the year (Kush & Orange Juice and There Is No Competition 2 respectively). To leave guys like this off the list, and if the rumors are true, put Waka Flaka Flame on the list, is insulting to what an MC is supposed to be. Check back as the list continues for more proof that MTV knows nothing about hip-hop, and possibly music in general.

Via: MTV

*News* T.I. Gets 11 Months For Probation Violation

As much as I hate to say this, get used to seeing that picture of T.I. Today the reigning King of the South was sentenced to 11 months in jail for violating his probation. For those of you who don’t know or remember, T.I. and Tiny were arrested in early September in L.A. after making an illegal U-Turn on Sunset Boulevard. When the car was searched, police found ecstasy pills and later both T.I. and Tiny tested positive for opiates. This is a sad turn of events, I think we all wanted to believe that T.I. was a changed man and had learned from his last incarceration. Old habits die hard I guess. Lets hope the King learns from being caged this time.

Via: Rap Radar

*News* Nas Calls Out Def Jam Executives

Rumors have been floating around that Nas recently sent an e-mail to Def Jam Executives. Well a transcript of the alleged e-mail has surfaced and here’s what Nas had to say:

From: Nas
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Peace to all,

With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you. I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation”

This isn’t the 90′s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a fuck about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me.

Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handlely built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment.

You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money! – - N.Jones

Talk about speaking your mind. Nas is right, artists shouldn’t pimped out by their labels. Hopefully the people at Def Jam (as well as the ones at Atlantic: I want that Lupe Album!) get the message and start to let their MC’s live freely and release material when they want, not on someone else’s schedule.

Via: Hit Hip Hop

*Album Release Date* Kanye West

Uhh, what? Kanye don’t play around with us! First the still untitled album was supposed to come out November 16th, then it got pushed back to November 22nd, now the man himself says “It’s done, I just don’t know when to release it.” How does now sound to everyone? Talk about an all-time ‘G.O.O.D. Friday,’ imagine if Kanye releases his album in a few days, surprising everyone. Hey it never hurts to dream…

Via: Rap Radar

*Mag Cover* Kid Cudi on Complex Magazine

Kid Cudi grabbed the October/November cover of Complex Magazine and talked about his past drug use, his upcoming album, and even throws a shot at Wale.

…Speaking of Wale, when you hit that fan at your show last December, he came out with a line about it ["Throwin' 'round wallets like the dude that Kid Cudi hit," from "Thank You Freestyle"].
Kid Cudi: It wasn’t a shot, it’s just a simple-ass rhyme by a simple-ass rapper. You can’t let that shit faze you. That’s one of those raps that just shows the world that you wack. Why would you even use that as a metaphor? Everybody think they Hov. Niggas ain’t got the magic like they think they do; there’s only a couple of wizards in this game. I’m a wizard and I know it.

Beef alert, Wale has already fired back at Cudi.

Via: Rap Radar

*News* Birdman Buys A $2.5 Million Bugatti

Really? $2,500,000 on a car? Yeah it can reach speeds of 267 MPH, but where are you going to drive that fast? Even if you get it going that fast, you’ll run out of gas in 12 minutes and the tires will disintegrate in 15 minutes. Oh and it costs $300,000 a year just for maintenance. I get it, you’ve got a ton of money. But I’m positive Birdman could have found a better use for all those bills. Like Katrina or Haiti relief efforts. Message to all rappers: Money isn’t everything, try being a role model every now and then.

Source: Rap Radar

*News* Bun B’s Trill O.G. Receives 5 Mic Rating From The Source

For those of you who don’t know, if The Source (Yes, The Source is still around) gives an album a 5 Mic rating, that means they consider it “A Hip-Hop Classic.” The magazine recently gave Bun B’s Trill O.G. that honor and a lot of people are questioning it. Trill O.G. is a great album and I love Bun B, but I don’t think its a classic album. The last few albums to receive a 5 Mic rating were Lil Kim’s The Naked Truth, Scarface’s The Fix, Nas’s Stillmatic, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint and Outkast’s Aquemini. Other than Lil Kim’s album, because lets be honest, that wasn’t even her best work, Trill O.G. just can’t compare with those classics. Lyrically Bun B is at is best and the production is pretty good, but you can’t listen to this album without skipping over a few tracks (Countin’ Money All Day and Sext Me specifically.)

So why did The Source give the album such a high rating? Publicity? Am I wrong in my critique? I think it was partly publicity, and a way to make up for the magazines past oversights. Bun B is one of the games vets at 20 years strong. His work with the late Pimp C as U.G.K. helped give the South and identity and I feel that Underground Kingz should have gotten the recognition as a classic album. Giving Trill O.G. the 5 Mic was almost an apology to Bun B for not realizing how great of an MC he really is sooner. Plus it reminded everyone that The Source is still around, even if its not as relevant.

Is Bun B’s latest his greatest? Should everyone have a copy of it? Yes and Yes. Is it a classic? Not quite. My rating: 4.5/5