In a sad bit of news, Common’s father, Lonnie “Pops” Lynn, passed away last Friday at the age of 71. The Chicago-bred MC, who’s real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., broke the news during an interview with ABC where he praised his father for the way he looked at life. “He was truly a natural poet and master of words. His personality and soul shined through his work,” said Common. “The way he said things made me look at life and the world in a new way, in a different way. They always sparked a thought in my head. His words would always make me strive to achieve higher, to write better, to be more truthful with my words.”
Our thoughts are with Common and his family during this difficult time. Rest In Paradise, Pops.
On this day, September 8, in hip-hop history…
2009: The Blueprint 3 was the final installment in Jay Z’s Blueprint trilogy that started with 2001′s instant classic The Blueprint and continued on with The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse in 2002. BP3 was Jay Z’s eleventh studio album and became his eleventh album to debut at number-one in the United States, breaking the record he had previously shared with Elvis Presley. It sold 476,000 copies in it’s first week before topping out at 1.9 million copies sold as of today.
The album is notable for featuring Jay Z’s first single to hit number one on the Billboard 200 charts. “Empire State Of Mind,” an anthemic ode to Jay’s hometown of New York, was the first single to hit that benchmark in a career that dates back to 1989. The song featured singer/songwriter Alicia Keys and name-checks many of the city’s historic landmarks. The album also produced four other singles that produced significant chart success in the months after the album’s release.
Today, The Blueprint 3 is credited as the album that helped transformed Jay Z from mere massive hip-hop star to one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. The success of “Empire State Of Mind” combined with his growing reputation as businessman and mainstream celebrity icon raised his profile significantly (even for him) in the years since the album’s release. The album was his first album to achieve three Billboard Top 10 hits and would receive positive reviews from critics.
After throwing a whole lotta verbal shots at Gillie Da Kid, Soulja Boy has pulled out of the scheduled Vegas boxing match against the Philly MC. According to a press release from Celebrity Boxing, Soulja Boy has been replaced by George “Tailormade” Weisgerber from the VH1 reality TV show, I Love NY.
Weisgerber has said that he will do the match for free and donate any proceeds towards the Hands Up Guns Down Foundation, which was founded by Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Robert Coles. “I want no money for this,” says Weisgerber. “I am a friend and fan of Soulja Boy and I think Gillie Da Kid has taken this too far. I love boxing and I would love to KO. I’m for Soulja Boy. I am bigger than Gilie in the hip-hop community anyway since I won the VH1 show.”
“[I am] very disappointed that Soulja Boy talked a great game but didn’t step up to the plate,” says Celebrity Boxing CEO Damon Feldman.
The fight will now take place Friday, Oct. 17 in a to be determined Philadelphia location.
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Meek Mill will remain in jail at least until September as the judge in his case has denied the rapper’s lawyer’s request for an emergency hearing to try to get the MMG MC freed at an earlier date, reports Philly.com. The Philadelphia rapper’s lawyers Christopher Warren and Dennis Cogan filed the petition Thursday (July 17) requesting a hearing within three days. However, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley, who sentenced the 27-year-old rapper to 3 to 6 months jail, will not be available for such a hearing until September. She also rejected the notion of another judge hearing the case. This has left Meek’s counsel frustrated. “All I’m asking for is a hearing to learn why [his jailing] is constitutional and they won’t even give me that,” Warren told reporters.
As previously reported, the Dreamchasers CEO has been jailed since July 11 when he was sentenced to 3 to 6 months in jail for a probation violation. On Monday, Warren and Cogan plan to file what is known as a writ of mandamus, a rare order that attempts to get a higher judge to force Brinkley into an emergency hearing. They contend his jailing was unconstitutional because he was not notified of his violations via written notice and Brinkley failed to hold two hearings.
When revoking his bail Brinkley said Meek, “failed to provide his probation officer with a working phone number, used his Twitter account to disparage the officer and the prosecutor assigned to the case, booked out-of-town concerts without court permission, was “combative” and “disrespectful” to probation-office staffers and posed for a picture posted on Instagram holding a gun.”
Meek Mill’s sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money is scheduled to drop September 9.
Common’s 10th studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, hits shelves July 22. The standard version of the LP contains 10 tracks including the previously released, “Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples along with assistance from Lil Herb, Cocaine 80′s, Jhene Aiko, Big Sean, Elijah Blake and others. The deluxe version features three more songs including additional tracks with Vince Staples and Cocaine 80′s. Today, we get a live stream of the heavily No I.D. influenced project that Com has labeled, “a call to action.”
Stream the entire album, HERE.
There’s finally some actual hip hop coming from VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop.” XXL Freshman August Alsina and Iggy Azalea are just two of the stars supplying tracks for the soundtrack, VH1 LOVE & HIP HOP: MUSIC FROM THE SERIES. Common, Gary Clark, Jr., Emeli Sandé, Anthony Hamilton and Trey Songz all have selections on the project as well.
Interesting to see that only two cast members, K. Michelle and Stevie J have spots on the project.
Mona Scott-Young fueled rumors of VH1′s hit reality show “Love & Hip Hop” moving to Los Angeles during a recent interview. The soundtrack releases August 19, the day after the current season finale. Check the full track list below.
VH1 LOVE & HIP HOP: MUSIC FROM THE SERIES – the soundtrack:
1. Iggy Azalea “F**k Love”
2. Trey Songz “Heart Attack”
3. K. Michelle “Can’t Raise A Man”
4. August Alsina “No Love”
5. Emeli Sande “Maybe”
6. Gary Clark Jr. “Things Are Changin’”
7. Janine and the Mixtape “Hold Me”
8. Anthony Hamilton “Sucka For You”
9. Neyo “Lazy Love”
10. Stacy Barthe “Flawed Beautiful Creatures”
11. Sebastian Mikael “Forever”
12. Matisyahu “Live Like A Warrior”
13. Common “Real” feat. Elijah Blake
14. Stevie J ft. Snoop “DNA”