ONTC got a chance to catch up with Interscope/Allido's Wale in Austin to talk for a few on a couple of topics. He starts by revealing his favorite old-school wrestlers and his favorite moves, then goes on to speak about a couple up-and-coming DC artists that he is currently working with, Fat Trel & Black Cobain. Before he leaves, we ask him a question that we talked to him about weeks prior: to pick his favorite out of two of the biggest streetwear brands, Bape and Supreme.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
So word on the tweet, is Drake's first single off his highly anticipated debut, "Thank Me Later", is dropping this Monday (March 1st, 2010). The song is called "Over" and is produced by Boi-1-Da, who also produced "Best I Ever Had", "Uptown" and "Forever".
Friday, February 26, 2010
Chase N. Cashe & Hit-boy of Surf Club, take you behind the scenes to show how they constructed Lil Wayne's "Drop the World" Featuring Eminem.
*Sidenote* I remember when everyone use to hate on FL Studio, but now some of the best tracks have been produced using it; "Best I Ever Had", "How Low", "Beamer, Benz or Bentley" etc. *Kanye Shrug*
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Flyingwithdafishes.com recently caught up with one this years XXL freshman, Wiz Khalifa, in Detroit. We chopped it about the success of his latest album "Deal Or No Deal", why he prefers "paper planes" over blunts, The "How Fly" Movie he is working on with Curren$y, how producers can send him beats and his plans for the future.
Previously FlyingWithDaFishes x Curren$y Interview
In anticipation of the arrival of his debut studio album, Toronto up-and-comer JD Era has cooked up a brand new prelude mixtape entitled Th1rt3en. Hosted by Canada’s Mixtape King, DJ Dax, the project features 13 fresh, previously-unreleased tracks from the “Prince of the North,” backed by the boardwork of high-profile producers like Boi-1da, Don Cannon and Northern Profit. Guest contributors include T-dot heavyweight Drake (”Rock N Roll”), along with such buzzmaking emcees as Freddie Gibbs, Saukrates and Q Da Kid (to name a few). If JD Era’s trademark blend of underground and mainstream has you hooked, keep it locked for release details on his yet-untitled freshman full-length, scheduled to hit stores and online retailers sometime this year via Black Market Music.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Saturday 3/20 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA
Wednesday 4/07 - House of Blues - Boston, MA - (w/B.o.B)
Friday 4/09 - House of Blues (Atlantic City) - Atlantic City, NJ - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 4/10 - The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza - New York, NY - (w/B.o.B)
Tuesday 4/13 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC - (w/B.o.B)
Wednesday 4/14 - Royal Oak Theatre - Detroit, MI - (w/B.o.B)
Friday 4/16 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 4/17 - Lund Arena (Gustavus Adolphus College) - St. Peter, MN
Sunday 4/18 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO
Tuesday 4/20 - Peoria Civic Center Theatre - Peoria, IL - (w/B.o.B)
Thursday 4/22 - East Tennessee State University Center - Johnson City, TN
Friday 4/23 - UNC – Charlotte - Charlotte, NC - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 4/24 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA
Monday 4/26 - House of Blues - Houston, TX - (w/B.o.B)
Tuesday 4/27 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX - (w/B.o.B)
Thursday 4/29 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO - (w/B.o.B)
Saturday 5/01 - House of Blues (Las Vegas) - Las Vegas, NV - (w/B.o.B)
Sunday 5/02 - House of Blues (Sunset) - Los Angeles, CA - (w/B.o.B)
Wednesday 5/05 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA - (w/B.o.B)
Friday 5/07 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA - (w/B.o.B)
The first visual to support Ross' upcoming album: "Teflon Don" produced by The Olympicks. Peep the scene from his upcoming movie of the same name at the end.
Here is part 1 of a brief interview that we had with Drizzy, who performed atthe Sprite Step Off Show in Atlanta this weekend. We spoke to him on his
upcoming debut, Thank Me Later and what we can expect. The significance of the
video is when he references a certain legend in Hip Hop that he studied for the
album. Also we would like to thank the lovely ladies Danielle and Becky Billions
as well as the homie Adam for your assistance. And if you’re wondering, that’s
Ludacris who he is shaking hands with.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Obviously, with Bleek and Jay, their relationship is based on more than music.
Bleek said he thought Beanie Sigel and Jay had that same bond. Just like many
fans, Memph said he was shocked that Beans came out dissing him and Jay. Just
this week, during a live show in Philadelphia, Beans spit his flames at Jay and
Bleek again, rapping, "Memph Bleek pee the sheets/ Leave the bed all wetty."
"My thing is, what's the purpose?" Bleek said about Sigel's outburst.
"You said all you had to say. You said you wasn't gonna say no more until Jay
called you. He ain't call. Everything you said ain't adding up. It becomes a
point, what are you doing it for? Are you doing it to get you a deal? Are you
doing it to get you hot, doing it to get you back on the radio? That's all I
wanna know. Anybody knows if you come at Hov, you're not stopping his movement.
C'mon, it's stupid. We been there before. We seen this movie. I hate to
elaborate on it, because it's like I'm breathing life on a situation that really
don't need no life to it."
Bleek said he spoke to Beans the night before the Powerhouse show in Philadelphia last year, and the Broad Street Bully gave him no indication that there was any ill will.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Laws, the Brazilian-born, Florida-based up-and-comer who introduced himself to the Booth as “Your Future Favorite Rapper,” is back with a brand new street album, 4:57 PM. Hosted by heavyweight producer/DJ Don Cannon, the 17-track mixtape sees Laws taking listeners on a tour of his life since signing with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League/Asylum/Warner Bros. Along for the ride are guest collaborators like Jay Rock, Jason Caesar and Calvin Harris (to name a few). In addition to production by Laws’ label bosses, Grammy-winning trio The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, the project features instrumentals from 9th Wonder, M-Phazes, DJ Khalil, and more.
spotted @ Nahright Via The Qside
The Second of XXL Magazine's confirmed 2010 freshman, spits a few bars... Be on the lookout for FlyingWithDaFishes x Wiz Khalifa interview coming up later this week!!
Previously Pill's Freshman Freestyle
Monday, February 15, 2010
The wait is almost over. Drake has selected the first single from his highly-anticipated debut album.
The first offering from Thank Me Later will be called “Over.” Drizzy exclusively tells Rap-Up.com that the track was produced by fellow Canadian Boi-1da, who is responsible for two of his biggest hits, “Best I Ever Had” and “Forever.”
The Young Money signee went through a painstaking process before choosing the right single. “Before I start working a single, I need to get about 10, 15, 20 songs done so I can pick from a batch of music as opposed to just committing to something right now,” he told Rap-Up.com in November. “It takes a lot for me to put a song onto that list. It’s gotta be a real great song. It’s gotta be something that I feel is timeless and is better than anything that I’ve ever done.”
The album, due this spring, is expected to feature collaborations with Jay-Z (“Light Up”), Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, and The-Dream (“Shut It Down”), as well as production from Kanye West, Noah “40” Shebib, and Tone Mason.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Last month, 10 up-and-coming MCs started getting fresh like it was their first day of school. They had to be camera-ready to shoot the annual "Freshman 10" issue of XXL magazine. The special edition of the publication has become a hip-hop tradition, as they give the nod to 10 mic masters they feel will be the next big stars.
In 2008, names like Saigon, Lil Boosie and Plies made the cut, while last year, B.o.B, Charles Hamilton, Wale and Asher Roth graced the cover. Other members of the '09 class were Kid Cudi, Ace Hood, Curren$y, Blu, Mickey Factz and Cory Gunz.
XXL Editor in Chief Vanessa Satten said the editorial staff started deciding the 2010 class two months ago. Besides their own research, they also took recommendations from the magazine's editors at large and freelance writers.
"It's always interesting to assemble the guys, because you don't know what kind of vibe you're gonna get," Satten said about the photo shoot. "The first [class in 2008], they were kinda brooding. They were kind of boring on the actual shoot. The second one, they were exciting. This year, we didn't know what to expect from them, because the first two [classes] were so opposite of each other. You never know what you can expect when you get those 10 rappers together. It could be pretty much anything.
"You're not dealing with divas like you normally do with a bigger cover," she added. "But at the same time, you're dealing with people who've got these insecurities, who are not used to the situation and not as recognizable. You gotta get them to be a bit more animated and be a little bit more interesting so the photos could be spectacular. It's a little different when you put a bigger star on the cover."
Ozone: How did you become so business savvy?
Birdman: I was just born with that shit, brah. When you have a business you need to know to budget, spend, and manage. I think those are the three hardest things to do in business. If you don’t do those things, your business is gonna go under. I was just blessed to know how to do those things [as well as] hustle. Honestly, you gotta hustle and know how to flip money. And to flip money, you’ve got to always get new money. Niggas be trying to hold on to old money and they don’t spend it, but you’ve gotta keep flipping that shit.
Ozone: What’s the worst business investment you’ve made throughout your career?
Birdman: Probably the worst investment I did was fuckin’ with R. Kelly. That was a waste of my time. I could’ve made money if I wasn’t fuckin’ with that clown-ass nigga.
Ozone: How has your music been able to evolve so well over the years?
Birdman: I’m talented. I stay around talent, and I’m able to adjust to the time. You got niggas who still think its ’98, man. It’s not ’98, it’s 2009! I did the “Bling Bling” era, but that shit is over, and you’ve gotta let that go. I think niggas be caught up in the past and then you’ve got older niggas who are still trying to rap, still trying to make hits, and can’t. You’ve got to be able to change. I was fortunate enough to know to let my son go, and to just fuck with him. It’s his world. I’m gonna rock with him and these young niggas, support what they’re trying to do, and make them more successful.
Ozone: Speaking of working with new, young artists, what did you see in Drake early on, and what made him sign to Cash Money?
Birdman: Man, that nigga Drake is cold as a motherfucker! That boy’s bad, man. That young nigga’s got some wordplay. He’s gonna be around for a long time. I was more than impressed, I wished I would’ve been knew [about him]. My son been knew, but I didn’t. Drake’s a bad motherfucker. That nigga can rap his ass off, and he can sing. He’s not just an artist; he’s like Wayne, he’s all around with it and what I love about him more than anything is [that] he understands the leadership. He know who’s the Kobe, who’s the Phil Jackson, ya heard me. And we’ve got everything on our team.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind the rest of the world that Texas is still doing it big when it comes to music. Every artist on the song with me has independent hustle and strength in the streets. It’s an All Star song so what better place to shoot the video than All Star Weekend, right here in our own backyard.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Part 2 of 3: J. Cole reveals the lineup for his debut album and speaks on recording with Pharrell. Plus, will his Roc Nation boss Jay-Z appear on the album?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
On the classic “Dear Summer,” Jay-Z clearly stated, “It’s like when niggas make
subliminal records/If it ain’t directed directly at me, I don’t respect it.” He
may not respect it, but as our list of Hov’s sneakiest dis lines showed, he’ll
definitely address it. The man we crowned as “The King of Subliminal Shots” has
thrown hidden darts at everyone from Nas and Mase to 50 Cent and recent Complex cover boys, Clipse, but he’s far from a bully or overly-sensitive. How could he
be when he’s taken more shots than LMFAO over the years? It’s like gettin’ at
Hov has become a rite of passage for rappers new and old over the past decade.
You may know him from his heavily-downloaded mixtape The Warm Up or his feature on “A Star Is Born” from Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3. Now one of the year’s most-buzzed-about hip-hop newcomers, North Carolina native J. Cole, sits down with Rap-Up TV for an exclusive interview about his humble beginnings as a bill collector to becoming the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. Check back for the rest of our three-part interview.
Monday, February 8, 2010
HBO is providing an in depth look at their new show How to Make It in America by letting you watch the first episode online for free! Streaming above (on youtube) is the season premiere that will air this Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10PM ET. Unfortunately the free stream is only for US residents so the rest of you will have to wait for Sunday’s premiere.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Sit back and relax and watch Bryan Greenberg and Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi talk about HBO's new comedy series, "How To Make It In America." This series is premiering Sunday, February 14 at 10pm only on HBO. For more information, log onto HBO.com.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
"I think it's amazing what's been done for Haiti, but I also think it's amazing what HASN"T been done for New Orleans." -Lil Wayne
Mr. X just liberated this alternate verse for Drake "Overdose On Life" Produced by Omen. Apparently Drizzy's Verse For "Stunt Hard" was originally intended for this.
In an exclusive interview with DJBooth.net, YelaWolf steps into the Booth to discuss his feelings on the inevitable Eminem comparisons, the unfortunate state of his Chevy and just how excited he is to perform alongside OutKast DJ Cutmaster Swift at this year’s SXSW festival. Plus behind-the-scenes info from the "Pop The Trunk" video shoot, the Columbia record deal that fell through and how one decision changed his life.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
For a decade, Lil Wayne has been hip-hop’s great unstoppable force, a
24-hour-a-day recording machine without an off button. But on February 9th, Lil
Wayne will have to stop — for 12 months, when he reports to prison to serve a
sentence for gun possession stemming from a 2007 arrest in New York City.
Rolling Stone stays up all night with Weezy as he prepares to get locked down in
our new issue, which is on sale at newsstands today.
“I don’t like to stop,” Wayne tells RS‘ Chris Norris. “I believe you stop when you die.” So in the weeks before he reports to Rikers Island, Wayne is keeping busy — recording tracks bound for Tha Carter IV (the album Cash Money staffers call “C4″ because it’ll be the bomb), shooting videos with his Young Money protégés, spending time with his growing family, and deliberately not asking anyone for advice about life on the inside. “This is Lil Wayne going to jail. Nobody I can talk to can tell me what that’s like,” he says. “I just say I’m looking forward to it.”
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Here what Dot Had to say about the track:
"This must be the realest s**t ever. We did this track like 3-4 yrs ago during the grind, trying to get s**t moving. Just knowing what he was dealing with during this time period makes this record more than just a song". -Dot Da Genius
Monday, February 1, 2010
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Yesterday was the Mike Posner meet-and-greet at Leaders in Chicago with
Vita-Morte, where I chopped it up with the man himself about graduating early
from Duke, resembling Kriss Kross, and making straight hits with his good friend
Benny Blanco and what to expect from his debut album.