Monday, August 31, 2009
In Case you missed the quote:
“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Shouts To OVO
The Hip Hop mogul dropped by when he was in the UK and gave us these words of wisdom about what got him started in 'the game'. If you ever wanted to know more about the Rockefeller kingpin, sit down with us and Jay-Z.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Drake calls in to DJ Drama's radio show to discuss how the "Forever" song came about,the status of his knee injury, his initial doubts with releasing "So Far Gone" and "Best I Ever Had". Drake also explains his reasons behind re-releasing "So Far Gone", reveals some details behind "Thank Me Later, says he's working with Timbaland and more...good interview
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Highly sought after Aftermath producer, DJ Khalil breaks down how he created the Clipse single, "Kinda Like A Big Deal"
Spotted @ RR
Drake Ft. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem - Forever
Tie Between Drake and Eminem For Best Verse
Artwork Courtesy of HustleGRL
ON CRITICISM OF “D.O.A.”
“I’m not hating on young people. Like, when people say that, I’m like, What are you talking about? It’s just stupid. I’m not hating on young people… I’m not Bill Russell, [saying] Michael Jordan ain’t shit. I’m saying Lil Wayne and Kanye are like LeBron and Kobe. My job as someone at the forefront of the game is to leave it in a better position than when I came in. Same way that Russell [Simmons] left it to me. ’Cause this thing saved my life. Literally. So I have a responsibility to it karmically. And after that it’s on you. I did my part. I made ‘D.O.A.’ I said it. I made the statement. I made the push. Here, y’all take it from here.”
ON HIS LEGACY AS FORMER DEF JAM RECORDS PRESIDENT
“So if you ask me to grade my performance as the president, I’d say A-plus. No one can bat a 100. It’s impossible. I mean, everyone is looking at my shit. But if we really looked under the hood [of] every single [record exec] and the acts they put out in that time, I’d be comparable to anyone.”
ON HIS STANDING IN THE GAME
“But when I say I’m the best, I don’t say that outta my ass. I say that with all my stats behind me. I put that against anybody. I mean anybody. I really believe that… I believe in a lot of things. I believe that ‘SportsCenter’ is the best thing on TV. I shouldn’t have to prove it. But I do have these stats to prove it. I’m talking about real run. I’m not talking about years off. I’m talking about straight—boom, boom, boom—back to back. We’re not talking about heritage acts either. We’re not talking about respect what I’ve done. I’m talking No. 1 [albums] 10 times. The Beatles is the only one [to have more No. 1 albums]. They got 19, and if I get a surge of creativity, I could make nine albums next year.”
Mike Waxx catches up with Donnis outside Crack Distributors Radio to talk the 10.Deep assisted ‘Diary Of An ATL Brave’ mixtape, working with Just Blaze and Bun B, favorite pudding choices and more.
I MAY post ONE more BP3 track if it leaks, but after that, yall just gonna have to buy the album on September 11th....
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Story Via Karen Civil:
"At this point in his career, there isn’t much Lil’ Wayne hasn’t seen or accomplished. Well, except for one thing, record a song with Eminem. By all accounts, that streak may soon be over. Their first collaboration, entitled “Forever”, will be on the soundtrack to the highly anticipated documentary,”More Than A Game”[Lebron James' High School Team Documentary. Aside from Wayne and Em, the Boi-1da produced record will also feature two of today’s most talked about artists, Kanye West and Drake.
While Friday has been the speculated date for its release, the record will indeed surface sometime this week. One thing that is set in stone, however, is the quality.
“The record was mastered this past weekend and honestly it sounds better than ever,” said Young Money President Mack Maine".
I'm glad Wayne and Eminem are finally gonna be on a track together, so everybody can finally see that Lil Wayne is kold, but he's not messing with Eminem, lyrically.
Pic Courtesy of RTNY
Drake & Trey Songz take you behind the scenes of the music video for their latest collaborative effort: "Successful" off of Drake's "So Far Gone" mixtape and Trey's "Ready" Album. The two also discuss the making of the record and the concept for the video.
Spotted @ ATF
2.One 4 the Money --
3.I'm Dat Nigga
4.In My City --
6.On My Mind
7.Love Struck --
8.Come Smoke With Me
9.Sock It 2 Me
10.This My House
12.Do I Love Her feat Khleo
14.I'm Too Good feat DJ Jus
15.You Know I'm Nasty
16.I'm Goin In feat DJ Jus
17.I Know I'm the Shit -- 18.All I Got
20.All My Life feat Jermaine Dupri
21.Go Harder --
22.Belt 2 Match
23.So You Mad feat DJ Jus
- 24.I Love Cash Money
Bow Wow - Greenlight (Mixtape)
The good folks over at Complex recently compiled a list of their top 5 in house producers to watch for. Of those featured are FWDF affiliates and G.O.O.D Music producers, Wrightrax (Congrats). Noticeably absent: 40 (Drakes producer), Surf Club and Nard & B. Did I miss anyone???
Monday, August 24, 2009
Nipsey Hussle talks about when police raided his studio, home and store. He was losing everything and then someone heard his mixtapes and that changed everything. He also talks LA Gangs and who he is as a person!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
As you may already know, Drake is planning to re-release his now classic mixtape, "So Far Gone" to retail. (Click Here For More Info) However, many fans were left scratching their heads after a leak of the album revealed that the retail version would only contain 7 tracks, 2 of which being "Im Goin In" Ft Lil Wayne and "Fear" a previously unreleased track, neither of which appeared on the original "So Far Gone". In the midst of all the confusion, Drake took to his blog to explain why he felt "So Far Gone" needed to be re-released:
"People often ask me the craziest part about becoming "famous" and I've never had an answer until yesterday.
"You'll spend half of your time defending yourself and the other half trying to stay sane resulting in you being forced to find time to be creative"
I often wonder in a time where new artists exist in a impersonal cyber world of instantaneous information, if we will ever have another rap legend that can manage to maintain the image that our idols had prior to this method of promotion. I am not suggesting that this person should be me, I am just urging a generation to understand that in order to have anyone of any significance in our lives that we can look up to there will be things that we must look past. There are people that buy sell and trade evil on a daily basis...when u believe in their brand is when they win" - Drake
Thursday, August 20, 2009
SoulCulture Caught Up with Wale during his recent trip to London. Highlighted last winter by XXL magazine as one of the "Class of 2009" to watch out for, Wale discusses the initial title of his upcoming album before it was called Attention Deficit, his Nigerian pride and heritage,being true to self & the subject matter of his Collaboration with Chrisette Michele
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Mack Maine just announced via his Twitter that RnB singer Omarion has been dropped from The Young Money roster. Damn That was quick. He was only signed for a few weeks.
BTW Holla @ Me on my twitter: http://twitter.com/FlyingWDFishes
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
1. In My Dreams (Cudder Anthem)
2. Soundtrack 2 My Life
3. Simple As…
ACT 2: RISE OF THE NIGHT TERRORS
4. Mr. Solo Dolo (Nightmare)
5. Heart of a Lion (KiD CuDi Theme Music)
6. My World ft. Billy Cravens
ACT 3: TAKING A TRIP
7. Day N Nite (Nightmare)
8. Sky Might Fall
9. Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part 1)
ACT 4: STUCK
10. Alive (Nightmare) ft. RATATAT
11. CuDi Zone
12. Make Her Say ft. Kanye West & Common
13. Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare) ft. MGMT & RATATAT
ACT 5: A NEW BEGINNING
14. Hyyerrr ft. Chip Tha Ripper
15. Up, Up & Away (The Wake & Bake Song)
I wasn't even expecting Jay-Z to make a cameo in this, but he need to come out with a Kanye West"Thank You and Your Welcome" -Esque book or maybe a business book, because he is a smart dude with a lot of influence.......
Slaughterhouse perform at their album release party in NYC, with assistance from Graph and VIC who were the opening acts.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
“Built from the foundation of Rockstar’s widely-acclaimed original web version of Beaterator, Beaterator for PSP system and PlayStation Network puts a world-class mixer at yourfingertips – enabling easy, powerful and innovative creation. Featuring original music and a sound-kit which includes thousands of loops and sounds produced by Rockstar andmulti-platinum producer and entertainer Timbaland exclusively for Beaterator.
Spotted @ Miss Info's
01. Grind Flu (Feat. Montana Da Mac)[Prod. By Darryl "Cheeze" McCorkell]
02. Might As Well [Prod. By K.Rock]
03. Universal Language (Feat. Shawty Lo And Young Vett)[Prod. By Unknown And Malcolm Tariq Smith]
04. Drinks Up (Feat. Bobby Valentino, Gucci Mane, And Nitti) [Prod. By Chadron "Nitti" Moore]
05. Don't Be Scared (Feat. Ebony Love, Ricky G, And Donte’) [Prod. By James "Nesia" Lightfoot]
06. 500 Horses (Feat. Yung Ralph And Big A) [Prod. By Young Sears]
07. My Niggas [Prod. by James "Nesia" Lightfoot]
08. Posted At the Store (Feat. Gucci Mane And Yung Ralph)[Prod. by Trackslayerz Vakseen, LLC]
09. Wham (Feat. Slim Of 112)[Prod. By Nitti And Blaze Burna]
10. Grind Flu Skit (Feat. Roc)
11. Over (Feat. Cupid, Polo, The Game, And Carlito) [Prod. By Jay-T]
12. Birds (Feat. Gucci Mane, Nikki Minaj, And OJ Da Juiceman)[Prod. By Drumma Boy]
13. Make A Movie (Feat. DJ Khaled) [Prod. By Drumma Boy]
14. So (Feat. Mia X)[Prod. By James "Nesia" Lightfoot]
15. Counterfeit (Feat. Tuck)[Prod. By K-Rock]
16. Check (Feat. Montana Da Mac And SS)[Prod. By James "Nesia" Lightfoot]
17. Choose Me (Feat. Chris Brown And Pleasure P)[Prod. By Infinity]
18. Winner (Feat. Masspike Miles)[Prod. By Twice As Nice]
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Via XXL Mag:
According to Billboard, Motown reps have requested that Drake’s chart entries be credited to Motown, not Universal Republic. As XXLMag.com previously reported, Drake told Fader magazine, “I went through Universal Republic because I don’t fuck with Motown, at all.”
There are conflicting reports from Drake’s and Motown’s camp. A source close to the Toronto rapper says Drake is indeed signed to Republic, while Motown is distributing the album. The source adds that president Sylvia Rhone seeks to take “credit for anything involving Drake.”
On the other end, Universal’s source tells Billboard that Drake’s deal with Republic was never finalized, and alerting the media was premature. While the source says the move to Motown was last minute, he or she does not know what prompted the switch but suggested Motown may have first choice on Young Money and Cash Money artists despite artist preference, for contractual reasons.
*****Hmmmm with all this confusion I expect a blog post from Drake any day now to clear things up.......
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
02. Pop Off (Feat. Vado)
03. Drama (Feat. Vado)
04. La Bomba (Feat. Vado)
05. Rick Flair (Feat. Vado)
06. Hustle (Feat. Rick Ross & Vado)
07. Get It (Feat. Ma$e & Vado)
08. Can ‘t say goodbye (Feat. Vado)
10. Land Of The Dealers (Feat. Vado)
11. Fed Story (Vado Solo)
12. We In This Thing (Feat. Yung La & Vado)
13. Blow My High (Feat. Vado & Darnell)
15. Different Cloth (Feat. Vado)
16. Professional (Feat. Byrd Lady & Vado)
17. Ride Wit Me (Feat. Vado)
18. The Baddest (Feat. Vado & Darnell)
20. Lenox Ave (Feat. Vado & 40 Cal)
21. Arab Music (Feat. Vado & Byrd Lady)
23. Soul Plane (Feat. Vado)
24. Stop (Charlie Clips Solo)
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Bonus: Footage Of Slaughterhouse Royce Da 5'9 Confronting Raekwon's Camp
03.) The Beat Bang (feat. Quest M.C.O.D.Y) (Produced By Jay Edgar)
04.) Stylin On 'Em (Produced By Black Milk)
05.) About You (Remix) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
06.) Set It (feat. Moe Dirdee) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
07.) Let The Beat Play (feat. B.Stormz) (Produced By Doc Illingsworth)
08.) DJ Graffiti Interlude
09.) Ask Around (Produced By Koyto)
10.) Chips (feat. Fred Knuxx) (Produced By by Sean Ross)
11.) Crash Course (feat. Street Justice) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
12.) Stylin On 'Em (Remix) (feat. Kopelli, Kanglosta, ONPoint & Young
Scolla) (Produced By Black Bethoven)
13.) The Matic Track (Produced By Lou Matic)
14.) Ain't I (Produced By B. Franks)
15.) Tag Surfin' (Produced By K.E.)
16.) Courtesy Of Ambition (Produced By Black Milk)
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Okay, so this phone conversation took place BEFORE the Joe Budden beef. But I did speak with him to get his thoughts on Slaughterhouse - and it's interesting hearing his answer before one of his people punched Joe in the face at the Rock the Bells concert in California. He also speaks on the new album, and the difficulties of having a classic album so early on in his career.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
While I not sure the purpose of the occasion, Mr. Carter himself was recently spotted in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn with non other than billionaire and TV personality, Oprah Winfrey. Jay-Z was on site holding a copy of Eckhart Tolle's book: "Awakening Your Life's Purpose". Hmmmm....I wonder if Oprah is starting to warm up to rappers now....Only time will tell....
**Update** So Word is Jay-Z will be one of the few rappers to appear on The Oprah Show to promote his new album "The Blueprint" 3.
Spotted @ RapRadar
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Story Via XXL:
Drake has spoken out about his personal beef with Sylvia Rhone the president of Motown Records and the executive vice president of Universal Records – the parent label to mentor Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint - on record before. On “Say What’s Real,” a track from his critically-acclaimed mixtape So Far Gone he spit: “I’ve always been something that these labels can’t buy/especially if they trying to take a piece of my soul/and Sylvia be telling Tez/Damn, Drake fly/and he just be like, ’silly motherfucka I know‘”
Now some light has been shed on their relationship. According to the article, during Drake’s bidding war, Rhone threatened the rapper with legal action if he went elsewhere.
At the end Drizzy says the Young Money logo will appear on his CD but he explains he is doing so out of respect not because of contractual obligations. ”I respect the fact that Wayne put me in this position,” he said. “But as an artist I have to do my own thing at this point. I’m not sure if that’s gonna be a struggle in the next couple of month, to set myself apart. I don’t want it to feel like a disrespectful thing, but I know it’s a bridge that I’m going to cross as far as becoming my own person.”
Highly respected in the world of skateboarding and BMX, Brooklyn Machine Works and Pharrell Williams hook up for a special collaboration alongside Element.
In an exclusive interview with DJBooth.net, Cassidy steps into the Booth to discuss the reasons he chose to align himself with a relatively unknown entity in the music business, his current personal and professional relationship with longtime mentor Swizz Beatz, and which of his musical personae will be taking center stage on his latest full-length.