Fuck Harvey Levin and anybody that loves his celebrity news website. First you prematurely pronounce the impending death of Lil Wayne (Weezy Forgives. We Don't.) and then you try to link the horrific actions of one of the Boston Marathon culprits to our culture? "DEAD BOMBING SUSPECT: HEAVY INTO HIP HOP" You don't say? It's 2013 and most kids are into rap music. We've been penetrated pop culture, you cock suckers. "What's interesting... hip-hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women." So our music is at fault in this tragedy? Let's be clear the only bombs my culture cosigns is DJ Funkmaster Flex's sound effects. Thirty Mile Zone is prone to post anything to get traffic. Fuck dude and his coffee cup. Get you a Rap Radar cup and drink with us in the winner's circle.
You Played Yourself
Yo Mister Cee, the people feel threatened! Soliciting prostitutes is illegal and this is the second time your private affairs have been publicized. Get some help...and a room! —B.Dot
Tuesday, August 18 2009 8:43 PM EST | Posted by: YN | Posted in: Live Show
Before the canceled Canadian dates (wait now Weezy’s claiming the sniffles?), AMW rolled through Concord Cali Saturday night. Jeezy continued to get his Ed Sullivan on and brought out the ambassador with the colorful language. It was only right. Fo’ shizzle.
Sidebar: Two men were arrested outside the concert that night. Oops.
Tuesday, August 18 2009 8:38 PM EST | Posted by: B.Dot | Posted in: R&B
Last night me and a gang of media folks paid a visit to R.Kelly’s pad on the outskirts of Chicago. As Miss Info stated, Kellz’s crib looks more like a fortress than a humble abode. Camera’s and cell phones weren’t permitted inside (how’d ya do it Minya?!) but as you enter his his living room, there’s a stage adjacent to his music awards.
After several minutes, Kelly emerged and encouraged us to make ourselves at home. Once dinner and drinks were served, he premiered his new video with Keri Hilson. Before playing the album, he jumped on his coffee table and proposed a toast. With a cigar in his left hand, he hoisted a glass of his concoction “Sex In The Kitchen” and said “May the best part of our past, be the worst part of our future”. Right on cue, Untitled began.
Sonically, the album is more rump shakin’ than baby makin’. Kellz means well with cuts like “Elsewhere”, “Echo”, and “Be My Number 2″, but falls short elsewhere with Auto-Tune (“Crazy Night”) and sluggish songwriting, (“Text Me”). Don’t expect “Bangin’ The Headboard” to wake up the neighbors.
Once the LP was complete, I confronted him about the direction of the album. I can’t front, I was a lil’ disappointed. He snickered and admitted to making his kids to his own songs. He said that he felt like [Muhammad] Ali and that this album was just “a jab”. He promised me that his follow up, Zodiac would be a reversion of 12 Play and TP2.com *crosses fingers*
Before our depature, he gave us a tour of his in-house studio. With platinum plaques lining its corridor, he talked about working with Michael Jackson and his creative process. In case you ain’t no so, Kellz writes with the hand that don’t write too. In parting, he said that on Untitled he really did his homework. Where’s a hungry dog when you need one.
Tuesday, August 18 2009 8:21 PM EST | Posted by: YN | Posted in: Clutch
As if 60 Minutes wasn’t enough, Russell Rush got M.V. to cry out to the Black folks who don’t watch the television news magazine. Grab your hanky, here he goes again.
“Sitting in a prison cell didn’t make me feel remorse. It was meeting so many animal lovers, speaking with them and looking them in their eyes. Staring at them. Looking so deep into their eyes that I began to feel their pain. Allowing that pain to enter into my body is when I started to understand how bad it really was. I have been trying hard to connect with people who feel this pain,because for my whole life I was disconnected from the suffering of animals. And you might say, “come on Mike, how could you do those things to those dogs?” And you’re right…I ask myself those questions every day. What kind of person does this? How does a human-being treat dogs or any animal with such pain and cruelty? And the hard part for me is the answer to these questions. Because the answer is ME.”
Tuesday, August 18 2009 8:17 PM EST | Posted by: YN | Posted in: True Story
All of a sudden, the Pied Piper is everywhere. Here’s the R. Keri video. Plus the final official tracklisting. And fuck it, get your tickets to the fall tour. Not to mention the flossy festivities that went down last night in the Chi where all the Internet and magazine kings and queens were stripped of their phones and flip cams and invited into Kells’ mansion to hear the new album. Hopefully B.Dot won’t be too jet lagged to share his thoughts.
Still, not everyone’s feelin’ warm and fuzzy about my man Toure’s finest interview.
Be That As It May: Miss Info shares her experience.
Tuesday, August 18 2009 7:58 PM EST | Posted by: YN | Posted in: Focus
In the latest segment of Drizzy’s sitdown with Sway, he discusses all his famous friends who have urged him to sit his half-Jewish ass down and how he finally made peace with his hometown. Show Drake some respect when you see him, you T-Dot chumps.
Tuesday, August 18 2009 7:49 PM EST | Posted by: YN | Posted in: True Story
Guess Poppa Joe finally wasn’t lying for once. MJ will indeed be laid to rest on August 29th at the famous burial site, Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Pretty crazy that it’s taken this long. Thankfully, his brain will be included.
Tuesday, August 18 2009 7:45 PM EST | Posted by: YN | Posted in: True Story
Vh1 has resurrected their popular series, Behind The Music and have thankfully added a lil hip-hop flavor. Lil Wayne gets the superstar treatment on Sept 10 and the following month, 50 Cent is honored on Oct 13. There are rumors Before I Self Destruct will be released around that time to coincide. YN was interviewed for both these joints, we’ll see if I make the final cut, with all the crazy hateful shit I spewed. Ha! Just playin’.
Tuesday, August 18 2009 7:39 PM EST | Posted by: YN | Posted in: Focus
The latest in D-Nice‘s excellent series features the lead MC of Cypress Hill breakin’ down their breakthrough hit, “How I Could Just Kill A Man”. Didn’t know the lyrics were originally from 3 different songs merged into one. B-Real also breaks down Latinos fight for respect in rap, the enduring power of hip-hop and the current status of his crew. Keep doin’ ya thing, Derrick.