After cashing on an epic deal with Epic—all pun intended—Bobby Shmurda is ready to prove that he isn’t simply a one hit wonder. Arguably the hottest rapper in New York, Bobby Shmurda has people mesmerized with his single “Hot N***a” and his Schmoney Dance. He has received co-signs from a slew of big name artists including Jay Z, Beyonce, Meek Mill and more, Now, he wants to continue to give his fans more music to bop to and enjoy. He sat down with the Village Voice and explained his desire to be the people’s champ in music.
“When I made $3000 off rap in a week doing shows. My fans show the love. I do it for the people. Last year, I ain’t really care about it at first. I kept doing for the people because they said, “We need more songs.” I be on the block and they be giving money, “Go to the studio. Go to the studio.”
Shmurda’s single will be receiving the remix treatment, as New York vet, French Montana will lend his vocals for the record.
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What many people may not know, is that Jay Z’s hit, “99 Problems,” was originally a record made by Ice-T. Another thing people may not know is that the hook to Ice-T’s record “99 Problems” wasn’t actually devised by him. In actuality, according to Ice-T, the hook was made by Brother Marquis from the 2 Live Crew. In an interview with Radio.Com, Ice-T revealed how the track came to fruition and why he wished Jay Z paid him homage for using his record.
“Brother Marquis from 2 Live Crew, he made the hook,” said T. ”We were talking about ‘Whoomp! There It Is!’ [by Tag Team] which was a big hit, and he said, ‘Man, all the days when I was in Magic City and the girls would bend over and the DJs would say, “Whoomp! There it is!” It was the phrase that pays!’ And then out of nowhere he said, ‘Man, I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one!’ I said, ‘That’s a song [title]!’ So I made the song and called him to do a verse on it. [Years later], Chris Rock heard the song, and told Rick Rubin that Jay Z should remake it. They paid for the publishing and they made the song.”
As far as his beef with Jigga for not paying him homage, Ice-T said it’s nothing personal, and that he just wanted some love from the Brooklyn rapper.
“Why Jay Z never said, ‘This is Ice-T’s song,’ and showed me some love, I don’t know,” Ice T says. “I’m friends with Jay. I met him with Big Daddy Kane. I would have handled the situation differently. If I use your music, I want to let people know. You hear my song ‘Shut Up, Be Happy,’ that’s Black Sabbath in the background. I think that being a real life player, there’s nothing you like better than to give props with other people. That’s just what you should do. But you know, that’s how I get down.”
With the crowded new media landscape artists have to find new and inventive ways to catch the public’s attention. Coolio, who’s prepping his first project since 2009, apparently has taken this challenge to heart.
The rapper is teaming up with Pornhub.com for his new music video. The file sharing site is footing the bill for Coolio’s fantastic return in exchange for the right to debut his new project. Cameras have already rolled on his music video “Take It To The Hub” which co-stars adult film luminaries such as Skin Diamond, Jessica Bangkok and Missy Martinez.
This is first release of the agreement between Coolio and the site. No word on if the twerking dinosaur will be making any future appearances.
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Common is at the top of his game. You can tell by his near-flawless performance, barely missing a beat as he flows from one song to the next. He’s not a young rapper anymore, but he’s got the performance stamina of someone half his age. Occasionally, he would put his fist in the air, as a sign of both power and unity. The Chicago rapper, who celebrated the release of his 10th studio album Nobody’s Smiling Monday night (July 21) at the Gramercy Theatre, was running through songs like it was just another day at the office. He made it look easy.
At promptly 9 p.m., Common started off his concert with “The Corner” to a packed crowd. With such a large discography, he mixed in both old and new tracks, and the audience kept up, rapping every word. “Blak Majik” blended into “Get ‘Em High,” which then quieted down for the piano line off “The Food.” He performed his pair of collaborations with young, bright talents—“Out On Bond” (Vince Staples), “Hustle Harder” (Dreezy)—back to back, a veteran giving shine to the next generation.
Common built a career on conscious raps that sparked thought and emotion. Many of those songs like “The People” and “The Light” filled the room with loud sing-alongs that showed the power in his words. The heavy dose of hip-hop continued when the DJ broke down Biggie’s “Hypnotize” on the 1s and 2s that cleverly flipped into “Speak My Piece.” Shortly after, Common picked up the energy with “Diamonds” that’s grown into a fan favorite.
While performing “Rewind That,” Common emphasized certain verses of the J. Dilla tribute by rapping them a capella. It almost doubled as a theater performance as he acted out memories of meeting Dilla, creating “The Light” and learning of his illness. To show more love to JD, whom he called “the greatest producer in music,” he brought out his Grammy as a big salute to their work together. By the time he got to “Be (Intro),” toward the end of his set, people were throwing peace signs in the air and chanting Common’s name.
After a brief intermission, Common delivered a strong encore for his devoted fans. These last few joints, classics like his verse off of Black Star’s “Respiration,” “Go” and “I Used To Love H.E.R.,” got the loudest responses. He left us with “Universal Mind Control,” a future-inspired hit that got everyone dancing. Like the other rappers in his generation (Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey, Nas), Common simply showed that age is nothing but a number. Studied this rap shit, he don’t need a mic test.—Eric Diep
According to TMZ, Ray J is in big trouble. The “Sexy Can I” singer is being pinned with 10 crimes dating back from a drunken incident he had in May. The Los Angeles County DA has aggressively smacked Ray with a handful of crimes including sexual battery.
In May Ray J was arrested outside of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for allegedly brushing up on a woman. The drunk singer was belligerent and began behaving inappropriately. After being arrested and placed in the cop car, the R&B singer kicked out the car window and spat at an officer.
Ray J explained his behavior by saying that the reason he kicked out the car window was because he’s “claustrophobic.” The DA is currently fighting against the sexual battery case because they claimed that the incident wasn’t intentional. While the DA is adamant in removing the sexual battery charge, he’s remaining steadfast with the other crimes, which consists of four counts of resisting arrests, three counts of assault, and two counts of vandalism.
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With Tha Carter V release date hopefully right around the corner, the speculation surrounding the highly-anticipated release is at revving up. While partaking in Chris Brown’s celebrity kickball game over the weekend, cameras from X17 captured Lil Wayne jamming in the parking lot to a previously unheard track (fast forward to 1:53 to hear the music).
Is the song from Tha Carter V or is Wayne just playing games and keeping people on their toes? Only time will tell.
If picking up the mic was a part of Greg Hardy’s post NFL plan reports from a recent performance might be cause to reconsider. The Carolina Panthers defensive end, known as The Krakken, took the stage at Club Label on Sunday July 20th at a party he was hosting and got a less than stellar response.
According to TMZ Fans reportedly walked away as he went through his set which was cut short during the second song forcing Hardy to leave the stage.
Hardy, who was recently sentenced to 18 months probation for domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder during an altercation, might want to concentrate on the upcoming appeal his lawyers are currently prepping.