Saturday, February 26, 2011

0 Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers (Album Artwork)

Here is the official cover to Wiz Khalifa's major label debut album "Rolling Papers", dropping March 29th. Honestly, I can't say I was expecting anything else...

0 New Music: J. Cole - “Nothing Like It” (Prod. By Kanye West)

Here is a brand new freestyle from J.Cole over an unreleased Kanye West production, as promised during his u stream session last night. Nothing like some new J. Cole to start off your morning.

Friday, February 25, 2011

1 Flying With Da Fishes Interviews Malice (of The Clipse)

|Photo Courtesy of Gary C. Knapp (Virginian Plot)|

I recently got the chance to catch-up with Malice (of The Clipse) we got to discuss a plethora of things including his new book "Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked" and why he chose to self publish it, religion vs. music, his managers 32 year prison sentence, what the future holds for Clipse and Malice also offers some advice for aspiring hustlers. You can order order you copy of Malice's new book by Clicking Here and you can also listen to the raw audio for this interview by Clicking Here.
FWDF: What’s going man? Thanks for taking the taking the time out to talk to us. How is everything?
Malice: Everything’s cool. I ain’t complaining.
FWDF: Okay, you just released your first book entitled “Wretched, Pitiful, Poor Blind, and Naked” yet you avoided the typical rapper turned author cliches; you didn’t hire a ghost writer, or use your rap career as the books main selling point and you also published it independently what made you approach this book so differently from other authors?
Malice: Wow! I appreciate you recognizing that first off. I really appreciate that. Basically, I have a story to tell, which you know is in the book WPPBAN and I guess with my rap career, one of the things my brother and [I] have learned is to go ahead, do it and get it done. We have waited for labels to get things popping and then they drag they feet & this that and the third. I reached out to a couple of major publishers and they loved the book, actually, they just wanted to put their insight in it, [but] that’s not genuine and it wasn’t coming from me, the things that they wanted done. I think my fans will appreciate getting to really know what I have to say without it being polished or fabricated and glossed all up. [So] I just went ahead; I started my own publishing company (Thor10 Publishing) and I said let me go ahead and fund it myself and I did it.
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FWDF: In “Wretched” you mention feeling like as a group, Clipse is constantly trying to reclaim its past glory, but then you also say you’re not really motivated to work hard. Do you think this is a possible feat since ‘glory’ and ‘hard work’ usually go hand-in-hand?
Malice: Well, I think it depends on how you work and what the content of your work consists of. I think that if there is no substance to what you’re doing, then it’s like chasing the wind and you will work hard all day and there will be no glory in anything your doing. However, if there is something that has meaning to it, something that’s going to help humanity, teach somebody something, uplift somebody’s spirit etc. I don’t think you have to work as hard to do that, but I think otherwise, it can become chasing the wind. You can make a million dollars and you can spend a million dollars and you ain’t got nowhere. 
FWDF: Also, throughout the book you talk about losing your way and growing closer to God throughout your career. How has your relationship with God affected you musically? Do you feel more inclined to rap about certain things and less about others?
Malice: As far as my relationship with God, I do have a very personal relationship with God and I don’t have to attribute that to my music. I don’t want to be preachy to anyone as far as what I believe. I take a firm stand in my faith will let anyone know about my faith as I have always done from the beginning. In all of our Clipse albums, I have always made reference to my faith, always. Any Clipse fan will tell you that… I do happen to love to make music, I love hip-hop and I do love to rap, [but] it doesn’t necessarily mean that your going to see me on gospel tracks or become a Christian rapper and nothing is wrong with that I’m just saying that I don’t think I would do those avenues a good service, that’s not what I’m known for...My relationship with God is first and foremost in my life and really, I don’t have to coincide it with music at all.

FWDF: You have revealed plans to release a “Wretched, Pitiful” Movie. How is that going to differ from the book and do you have a projected release date?
Malice: No I don’t. I don’t want to give away a release date that is something that we have been working on and are currently working on. It’s going to really go hand-in-hand with the book. I think when you add visuals to it, people can really get more of a feel [for the story]. I tried to paint the best picture I could as far as writing the book. Visuals always just add a little bit more because you don’t have to think as much and its right there before you.
FWDF: You’re also planning on releasing another book entitled “32”; could you give us a brief synopsis on that?
Malice: 32 is basically the life of my good friend and manager Antony Gonzalez, who is currently serving a 32 year sentence right now. We talk daily and he feels compelled to tell his story and open up a lot of eyes as far as the youth. We don’t think anyone has done it better than we’ve done it as far as hustling and you always hear ‘you gon’ either end up dead or in jail’. I always heard that and believed it, but I just never believed that anything would happen to my friends or people that I knew. I don’t know why, that was just foolish. When it went down, I was in a whole different world it was all surreal to me. I think it was a wake-up to everyone around us friends, family our community and if we could stop someone from going that same route… cause it was fun, games and giggles until it went down and If you had to ask Anthony right know if it was all worth it I know that he would give you a resounding ‘no’.
FWDF: Given, that you survived your own days in the game and have successfully launched a clothing line, record label, film and Book Company, what tips would you give to aspiring hustlers looking to venture into similar avenues?
Malice: It’s about having direction. It’s about having purpose. It’s about not running on that treadmill, just running but getting nowhere. I personally believe, and these are MY personal beliefs, that #1 you have to have God first in anything in order to have a guideline for you rules and regulations and your own personal do’s and don’ts. [Also], when you make money and you’re being prosperous, I think you should help someone who’s trying, if you can [and you are] blessed enough. I think those kinds of things don’t go unnoticed. I think it brings a whole bunch of good to you and you will flourish more when you give more.
FWDF: What does the future hold for Clipse as a group, since you and Pusha-T seem to be establishing yourselves in different aspects of entertainment?
Malice: I think that’s always been the great thing about the Clipse. I think that what the fans know us for; Pusha [has] the more showy, kind of brash, kind of swaggerific style. I think in my verses, my perspective is deep. I guess me having a family and kids, I always think deep and I always speak about things that I think matter. I like to say Pusha gives you want, I give you what you need.
FWDF: Malice, thanks for taking the time to chop it up with us. Do you have any last words?
Malice: Thanks for all the support on the book and I thank your site as well for taking a interest in the interview. I hope sharing my life with you, inspired you in some kind of way and if not, it’s cool. Like I said, I’m not trying to make anyone think like I think. I’m just telling my story. -

Thursday, February 24, 2011

0 Dr. Dre Ft. Eminem & Skylar Grey - “I Need A Doctor” (Music Video)

I'm really feeling the artistic direction of this video, it's hard to believe that the release of the once mythological "Detox" is almost finally upon us.

0 Rick Ross "God Forgives, I Don’t" Blog #1 (Video)

In this first of what I am sure will be many blogs in support of Rocky's 5th Lp "God Forgives, I Don’t". Ross and DJ Toomp discuss Ross' new music whilst in the studio

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

0 Young Scolla Meets SMKA - "I Gotta Have It" [Trailer]

This is the first of 3 "Day In The Life" Trailers intended to give people a sneak peek into the music and overall "Young Scolla Meets SMKA" project. The trailers were shot in one day while Dustin Chambers followed Young Scolla around Atlanta.

The video features the instrumental for "What I Need" as well as a snippet of the song "I Gotta Have It" both produced by 808 Blake of SMKA. You can donate to Young Scolla's Kickstarter Campaign By Clicking Here

0 New Music: Fat Joe Feat. Raekwon - "Pushing Keys" (Prod. By Mark Henry)

The big homey YN decided to put on his DJ cap and break this record. I must say it is a hot one! Lol @ the "Laughing at the Cavilers Losing 24'" line, I guess you New York boys get Melo and start talking all kinds of reckless.

Props RapRadar

Monday, February 21, 2011

0 New Music: Nas Feat. Swizz Beatz – "Top Down" (Original)

For this weeks #MusicMonday, Swizzy decided to release this song in its original version. I think Nas has since used these bars on different songs, but this track goes nonetheless.

0 2011 XXL Freshman Class (Cover)

The official 2011 XXL Freshman list has arrived a bit early this year due to leakers. Can't front I'm not really too impressed with this list. Who do y'all think should have made it, but wasn't selected? Who was selected that shouldn't have made it?

1. Big K.R.I.T
2. CyHi Da Prynce
3. Diggy Simmons
5. Kendrick Lamar
6. Lil Twist
7. Mac Miller
8. Meek Mill
9. Yelawolf
11. Lil B

0 B.o.B & J. Cole In The Studio (Video)

I knew J. Cole could produce, but I didn't know he could play the keys as well! Looking forward to hearing the finished version of this if and when it drops.

0 Yung La Tattoos A Duck On His Face

Looks like large facial tattoos are becoming a new trend in Atlanta as Grand Hustle recording artist Yung LA, becomes the latest to to add some ink to his face. Now this is cool, if your Birdman and your gonna be paid for a lifetime, but if you've been in the game since 2006 and have yet to release an album, this might just be a #FAIL.

0 New Music: 50 Cent - "Run Up On Me" (Freestyle)

With this latest barrage of freestyles and new music, 50 Cent has been in a zone and seems very hungry to recapture his spot as one of the top artists in rap music. If he keeps dropping tracks like his, he'll be back there in no time.

Sidebar: If you haven't noticed, 50 has been able to tone his lyrics, generate buzz and promote his Sleek Audio headphones through these releases. Pretty smart from a marketing standpoint.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

0 Kanye West Feat. Rihanna, Kid Cudi - "All Of The Lights" (Music Video)

The video for one of my favorite joints off of Kanye's MBDTF has finally arrived after a bit of delay. The video features cameos from Kid Cudi and Rihanna. Hype Williams on the direction.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

0 Wiz Khalifa - "Cabin Fever" (Mixtape)

Wiz must have been feeling pretty generous today because he decided to drop his follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Kush and Orange Juice" Mixtape out the blue via his Twitter. "Cabin Fever" features the likes of Chevy Woods, Trae Tha Truth, Juicy J, and Big Sean.

0 New Music: Lupe Fiasco - "H.A.M" (Freestyle)

Lupe Fiasco recently stopped by Tim Westwood's radio station, during which he decided to kick a few bars over Jay-Z and Kanye West's "H.A.M".

0 Lex Luger Responds To Beat Criticism

Complex recently caught up with the budding producer to discuss working with Kanye West, dealing with music industry politics , his mixtape with Juicy J and how he feels about people saying all his beats sound the same. You can read a snippet of the interview below:

Complex: On the criticism that all his beats sound the same
Lex Luger: “It is [true], in a way. But every interview I do, I try to tell them that it’s a lot more than that [‘B.M.F.’ sound]. When I’m sending out 40 beats a day to one artist, out of those 40 he might pick two just because they sound like ‘B.M.F.’ or ‘Hard In The Paint,’ and he feels like that’s his hit. I think that’s a big problem in music right now. Everybody is like, ‘Oh, he’s hot right now. I’m going to try and get something that sounds like him.’ And that’s what I feel like a lot of artists did to me because Waka was really the biggest thing at one time. So they wanted that ‘Hard In The Paint’ sound. And I was just the man behind that, so they reached out to me. So when I sent them other types of music, they were like ‘What is this?’ I want ‘B.M.F.’ or ‘Hard In The Paint. Don’t send me this.’ So what I try to do now is, I try and hold the ‘B.M.F.’ and ‘Hard In The Paint’ sound to myself. I won’t send that out. I’ll send the pop music or the R&B out to the major artists so they have to do it.”

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

0 Wiz Khalifa "Green Carpet" Tour Dates

After Wiz's major label debut, "Rolling Papers" drops March 29th, The Pittsburgh emcee will embark on a 17 day "Green Carpet" Tour during the month of April. No word yet as to who will join him. You can view the tour dates below:

1 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Amphitheater
2 Harrisonburg, VA James Madison Univ./Convocation Center
3 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech Univ./Burruss Auditorium
4 Ypsilanti, MI Eastern Michigan Univ./Convocation Center
6 Bloomsburg, PA Bloomsburg Univ./Nelson Fieldhouse
7 Kingston, RI Univ. of Rhode Island/Ryan Center
8 Durham, NH Univ. of New Hampshire/Whittemore Center
13 Dekalb, IL Northern Illinois Univ./Convocation Center
14 West Lafayette, IN Purdue Univ./Sigma Nu Lawn
15 Bloomington, IN Indiana Univ./Sigma Alpha Mu/ZBT Lot
16 Champaign, IL Univ. of Illinois/Assembly Hall
19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Nova Southereastern Univ./Area at Don Taft U
20 Orlando, FL Univ. of Central Florida/UCF Arena
21 Tallahassee, FL Florida State Univ./Leon County Civic Center
22 Auburn, AL Auburn Univ./Lambda Chi Alpha Lawn
26 State College, PA Penn State Univ./Bryce Jordan Center

0 Rick Ross Covers RESPECT Magazine

The big homie YN felt it was time Rick Ross got some well deserved recognition as he will grace the cover of this months issue of RESPECT Magazine. Available on newsstands everywhere March 1st.

0 Wale - "No Days Off" (Documentary)

RoyalxRae and Maybach Music Group latest acqusition, recently documented their trip to Clark Atlanta University for a show. Follow along as Wale grinds hard to build buzz for an under-promoted show, gets tatted and denied his own performance #NoDaysOff

0 New Music: Katy Perry Feat. Kanye West "E.T. (Remix)"

Katy Perry recruits Kanye West for the official "E.T" remix. good to see she no longer hates him

Monday, February 14, 2011

0 J. Cole Feat. Drake - "In The Morning" (Music Video)

It's just a few minutes past midnight after Valentines day and just in time, J. Cole and Drake release to official music video which ponders the question on the mind of most men right about now....."Can I Hit It In the Morning?"

0 Kendrick Lamar Interview w/ Thisis50 (Video)

Thisis50 & Jack Thriller recently sat down with Kendrick Lamar.

He talks about the difference between East Coast And West Coast Hip-Hop, growing up in Compton, how he was discovered, rapping at 13 years old, being inspired by Tupac, working closely with Dr. Dre, his ultimate goal, being on the "Detox" album & much more!

0 Kevin McCall - "Un-invited Guest" (Mixtape)

The man behind the hit "Deuces" and arguably, the subsequent revival of Chris Brown's career, is back with a brand new mixtape just in time for Valentines Day. "Un-invited Guest" is hosted by DJ Drama and Dj Ill Will and features the likes of Chris Brown,The Game, Swizz Beatz, Ludacris, Gucci Mane, Omarion and more. Don't Sleep!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

0 New Music: Pusha T – "My God" (Prod. By Hit-Boy)

Here is the first offering from Pusha's upcoming "Fear Of God" mixtape. My God this is Fire, too bad Cons wasn't feeling it.....

0 Flying With Da Fishes Presents: Devin Miles - #MrMilesMondays (Compilation)

The R.L.E.S. Society's own Devin Miles & us here at are proud to present: #MrMilesMondays: The Compilation. This project is a collection of the music released during the #MrMilesMondays series including new unreleased music. The project is being release in preparation for Devin's Debut EP entitled 'Finding My Own' which is sponsored by & TakeOff Clothing. Here is the official download link.

Friday, February 11, 2011

0 Dr. Dre Surprises Fans At Kendrick Lamar Show In LA (Video)

Last night was a big night for Kendrick Lamar. Aside from having emcees like Dj Quick Murs, J. Cole & Big Sean there to personally offer their support and cosigns, the big homey Dr. Dre also came through for a super-rare appearance to officially put his stamp on the up and coming West-Coast Emcee.

Props XXL

0 VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" (Trailer)

Here is a sneak peak at VH1's newest show premiering March 14th. You can read the show's synopsis below:

VH1's new docu-soap series "Love & Hip Hop" follows four women who share one common bond: their connection to the hip-hop world...through their men and their careers. This 8-part series captures the struggles of Chrissy and Emily, who both date rappers and must navigate their relationships while still maintaining a sense of self. Somaya and Olivia are both recording artists trying to break through in the male-dominated hip-hop industry. These four women struggle against shifting loyalties, family drama and the pressures of trying to make it in the hip hop game.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

0 New Music: Young Scolla - "Terrorize" (Prod. SMKA)

Here is the second official leak from Young Scolla and SMKA's joint project dropping March 12th. You can click here for more info on the project and to make a donation to Scolla's Kickstarter campaign.

Young Scolla - "Terrorize" (Prod. SMKA)

0 New Music: Mac Miller – "Donald Trump" (Prod. Sap)

Mac Miller is dropping a new mixtape entitled "Best Day Ever" on March 11th. Here is the first leak off the project. Also, an inside source has basically confirmed that Mac will be a part of this years XXL Freshman. Congrats!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

0 Snoop Dogg Offers Business Advice For New Producers (Video)

Taj Mahal caught up with Snoop Dogg as recalled his early days at Death Row and how they often did up-n-coming producers dirty. He drops some good game in this, so pay attention.

"I love giving [new producers] a chance by rapping on they beats...I'm just saying when I do that, don't rob me, rob the next n*gga. Cuz I'm the n**** you tell people, 'yeah Snoop gave me $20,000 for the beat'. Nah I aint gave you s***, but you tell a n*gga I gave you $20,000, that's how you leverage the game." - Snoop Dogg

0 Drake Scraps RnB Mixtape To Focus On Sophmore LP

Drake recently took to his blog over at OVO to announce that he is scrapping his rnb mixtape in order to fully focus on his sophmore effort "Take Care". Oh well.. I guess it really is "never enough". You can read what Drake had to say below:

I am truly enjoying my life right now. Its been so long since I have wrote anything on here because I feel like for a while I was trying to digest it all and save it for the music. But its finally set in that I am living my dreams and doing with all my closest friends from Toronto. I wake up and never know what to expect from any given day but good or bad I always learn something from it. I have decided that I am going to push "It's Never Enough" and focus completely on delivering Take Care to you all. I feel like my mind is truly ready to make this next album NOW and I don't want that feeling to escape me. My mother is doing well for all who have been asking. She went to her first swimming class the other day and won gold...not really but you know what I mean. OVO gang is all smiles and 40 is making some of the best music I have heard in my entire career. I am in the airport right now headed to LA to meet up with Boi 1da tonight. Its all feeling right. Its truly been a pleasure to speak again. Thank you for all your energy. Soon. Guidance.

A luxury once enjoyed becomes a necessity. I need it to last until I'm part of the past. - Drake

0 Governor Feat. 50 Cent - “Here We Go Again” (Music Video)

0 Waka Flocka To Become New Face of PETA

Story Via XXL:

"Waka Flocka Flame has a lot of love for his furry friends. In fact the Atlanta bad boy revealed to that his passion for animal rights inspired him to be involved in the new PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaign.

Launching on February 22, Waka will be joining PETA’s “Ink Not Mink” campaign in Los Angeles, CA alongside Lady Gaga, Pink, and Mariah Carey, Flame’s publicist, Kali Bowyer said.

When commenting on his involvement with PETA, the 1017 Brick Squad rep told XXL, “Animals should be treated the same as you would a kid. Would you want someone just to walk up and skin your kid? Hell no!” —Amber McKynzie

Monday, February 7, 2011

0 New Music: Big Sean Feat. Chris Brown - "My Last" (Prod. By No I.D)

According to B. Dot, this is the first single off of Big Sean's debut album: "Finally Famous" which is set to be released next month, after years of delay. I'm not sure if that date will stick given the fact that I haven't really seen any promotion from Def jam.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

0 New Music: Wiz Khalifa Feat. Chevy Woods – "Taylor Gang" (Prod. by Lex Luger)

Oh you thought the Steelers taking an L was going to stop Wiz's movement? Think again, Wiz is keeping it rolling on this this Lex Luger produced track. No pun intended.

0 Wale – "The Break Up Song" (Music Video)

Here is the official full visual to one of my favorite joints from Maybach Music Group's newest signee off his "More About Nothing" Mixtape.

Friday, February 4, 2011

0 Wiz Khalifa Returns To Pittsburgh (Video)

In this episode of DayToday, Wiz khalifa and The Taylor Gang return home to Pittsburgh for Wiz's AFC championship performance.

0 Chris Brown – ‘Up To You’ (Music Video) [Trailer]

To show some fan appreciation, Breezy decided to give his supporters a taste of F.A.M.E with this snippet off the album dropping March 22nd.

0 New Music: Travis Porter Feat. Big Sean - "Dem Girls"

Here is one the joints off of Travis Porter's banging ass mixtape, "Music, Money, Magnums" hosted by Dj Drama, Dj Teknik, and Dj Scream. You can download the mixtape by Clicking Here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

0 Mike Posner & Lil Wayne Collab On The Way

Mike Posner is getting ready to release the 3rd single off of his debut album, "31 Minutes to take off". Apparently, "Bow Chicka Wow Wow" will get a slight makeover with a verse and video cameo from Lil Wayne as confirmed by Posner's tweets and subsequent release of the video you see above.