Friday, April 13, 2012

President Obama Calls Kanye West A “Talented Jackass”

It’s been nearly three years since Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, but some things are never forgotten.

President Obama called Kanye a jackass at the time and not much has changed since September 2009.

Obama repeated the same statement to David Samuels of The Atlantic during a brief interview recently when asked which rapper he preferred most, West or Jay-Z.

“Jay-Z,” Obama says. “Although I like Kanye. He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.”

When reminded that he once referred to Yeezy as a donkey’s rear end, Obama said his feelings hadn’t changed.

“He is a jackass.” Obama continued. “But he’s talented.

Beanie Sigel Sentencing Postponed

Beanie Sigel Sentencing Postponed
Rapper Beanie Sigel will have to wait an additional two months to be sentenced for failing to report income to the federal government. Sigel, born Dwight Grant, appeared in a Philadelphia court today (April 12), where his sentencing date was postponed. Sigel is accused of failing to report income to the federal government, from 2003-2005 and though the rapper claims he owes $350,000 to the IRS, the government says he owes an upwards of $750,000 in taxes.
Today, Sigel was given until April 26 to turn in financial documentation for the years in question and his legal team has to meet with IRS agents on Friday, June 15, to come to a final agreement on the owed amount.
Sigel faces up to a total of 36 months behind bars and will be sentenced Thursday, July 12 at 10:00am.

Nas – The Don (BTS Pics #2)

More behind-the-scenes flicks from the set of Nas’ next video for The Don.

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Nate Dogg To Perform At Coachella… Via Hologram

According to TMZ (… I know), Nate Dogg will be making an appearance during Snoop and Dre’s set at Coachella this weekend.
Sources tell us, Dr. Dre didn’t want to leave Nate out of his Sunday performance — so he’s incorporating his old friend using hologram technology … the same technology that broadcast Mariah Carey’s image across Europe last year … at 5 simultaneous concerts.
We’re told an image of Nate will be projected onto the Coachella stage — alongside Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Warren G, and Daz Dillinger — to make it appear as though he’s actually performing on stage.
According to sources, Nate will perform several songs.
I can only imagine how horribly wrong this is gonna be once people start abusing the technology (and you know it will happen soon enough). Pac and Big performing together at Summer Jam 2015 and shit. Smh…

Oddisee – Hustle Off

Good news.. Oddisee is gearing up to release a new album. People Hear What They See, June 12th (pre-orders available now) via Mello Music Group. And while this cut will not be featured on the LP, it sets the tone quite nicely.
This album is about influence, inspiration, perception and reality. Every song was written in an outside environment, so that I could observe the subjects that would become my subject matter. All too often in Hip Hop, reality is limited to that of the artists own, actual experiences. People Hear What They See is my attempt to liberate the MC from those constraints and allow reality to be penned other than my own. Listening to congressmen and lawyers converse on the steps of the supreme court inspired “American Greed.” Watching a couple argue over the phone in a bar inspired “Maybes.” By having a visual representation of my subject matter, my hopes are that the listener will see them through the words and melodies of my songs. – Oddisee

DOWNLOAD: Oddisee – Hustle Off

Cardiak x Studio with Cory Gunz and Fabolous

Footage of producer Cardiak in the studio playing beats for Cory Gunz and Fabolous for their albums.

2 Chainz – Angie Martinez Interview

Last night, we got the audio of 2 Chainz’s sit-down with Angie Martinez and here is the video of the interview. 2 Chainz talks about working with Kanye West, his appearance on 106 & Park, rumors of signing to G.O.O.D. Music, his verse on Nicki Minaj’s ‘Beez In The Trap’ and more.

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Juelz Santana – My Ho 2 (rmx)

Santana goes over Future.

DOWNLOAD: Juelz Santana – My Ho 2 (rmx)
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2 Chainz Discusses Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music Signing Rumors

After Kanye West appeared with 2 Chainz on BET’s 106 & Park and 2 Chainz appeared on the “G.O.O.D. Fridays” track “Mercy,” fans naturally began to wonder whether 2 Chainz followed Q-Tip to Kanye’s “G.O.O.D. Music” label.

In an interview with Angie Martinez on Hot 97, the rapper discussed the rumors.

“What happened was, I had 106 & Park this week to bring up my video, ‘Riot,’” explained the artist formerly known as Tity Boi. “I’ve been communicating with ‘Ye for a year now as far as building a relationship, and he came up to BET, and, you know…the guys from BET started coming back there. It soon became all about him,” he added.

Martinez asked 2 Chainz directly whether he was signed to G.O.O.D. Music. “I just thing it’s some things we workin’ out,” he replied coyly.

2 Chainz is currently prepping the release of his debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story, due August 14th.

Cassie celebrated her super sexy BLANK magazine cover at the Diamond Supply Co. store in Los Angeles

Cassie celebrated her super sexy BLANK magazine cover at the Diamond Supply Co. store in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. The Bad Boy hottie was hard to miss in an all-red ensemble with SUPER sunglasses, a cropped Diamond tank top baring her pierced belly button, Preen pants, and Air Jordan 3 “True Blue” sneakers. She sipped Ciroc and posed for photos with guests including Electrik Red’s Naomi. Cassie tells us that her new single will be dropping sooner than you think, so expect to see more from her.

Beats TV: Fabolous

Sitting down with BeatsTV, Loso talks about jumping into the music game, his She Did It video and more.

Q-Tip Calls Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg To Discuss G.O.O.D Music Deal

The newest member of Kanye’s conglomerate called into Hot 97′s morning radio show to speak on signing to G.O.O.D. Music, 2 Chainz, his African roots & much more.

Lil Wayne Talks 'Devol' Album

from the upcoming premiere of MTV’s Hip Hop POV, Wayne sits down with Amanda Diva Seales and speaks briefly about an album he put together called Devol (loved, backwards), an album full of “love songs” that he wrote during his time at Rikers.

Fat Joe Comments on Mobb Deep Rumors

a few nights ago Havoc started spewing all kinds of poorly spelled jibba-jabba at Prodigy on the Twitter insulting him and his manhood, only for Prodigy to respond with some ALL-CAPS barbs of his own. A few hours later both individuals claimed that it “wasn’t them” who wrote them, with Havoc using the telltale “my account was hacked” excuse and P one-upping him in the creative department by saying that it was a “fake” account (which, oddly enough, was “verified”).
Now, of course the rest of the hip-hop world has to have their own say in the matter, and when Peter Rosenberg asked Fat Joe he said it was the “9/11″ of hip hop.” I’d probably break my neck shaking my head so much at that logic. So now I ask you, the viewer: what are your thoughts on this whole fiasco? For me, I don’t care; I’m still trying to find out if Mary J Blige will come out and sing the ingredients of the new Crispy Chicken Snack Wraps at Burger King whenever I inquire about them. But perhaps I’m in the minority with this one.

Plies - We Are Trayvon [Music Video]

Though Trayvon’s killer has been brought to justice on second degree murder charges, Plies keeps his spirit alive with the music video to his tribute record for the slain teen.

This Is How We DEW: Anthem

Mountain Dew’s new TV spot featuring Lil Wayne, Mac Miller, Jason Aldean, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Rodriguez Jr., Theotis Beasley and Danny Davis. Featuring music from Lil Wayne

50 Cent, Eminem Live "In Da Club" & More - Shady 2.0 @ SXSW

50 Cent’s takeover at this year’s SXSW Music Festival with Eminem