IAA NEW MUSIC: DJ KHALED F/ NAS, SCARFACE, AND DJ PREMIER – ‘HIP HOP’
Aug 2012 10

 

DJ Khaled links up with Nas and Scarface, to express their love for hip hop in the track ‘Hip Hop’ This hot single is from his upcoming album ‘Kiss The Ring’ Check out the track below

MY MIC SOUNDS NICE: I STILL DREAM ABOUT HER TOO
Jan 2012 20

 

“I write to you, my fellow hip-hop heads, stating that although we face the difficulties of having a male-dominated industry, I still dream about HER too. It is a dream deeply rooted in my love for all MCs, specifically the females

I have a dream that one day hip-hop will rise up and realize that the sex of a rapper does not determine his or her talent. We were told more than once: ‘Only female in my crew, and I kick sh*t like a n***a do, pull a trigga too! F**k you!’

I have a dream that one day rappers who are females will successfully move beyond First Lady status, launching solo careers, by their own right and not have to be given a stamp of approval by an all male crew.

I have a dream that one day on the home pages of blogs, online magazines, and other music publications that male MCs and female MCs will be able to share the same space without the words ‘female rappers’ to state the obvious.

I have a dream that one day even when we discuss the talent, skills, and lyrics of the greatest rappers of all time, or even simply the ones we like, we won’t talk about how good she is… ‘for a girl’

I have a dream that one day men will apply the same critique and lend the same ear to female rappers as they do males, by not saying ‘I don’t listen to female rappers, I just can’t get into ‘em’ and also realize when they do listen that there’s more to female rappers than, getting into them – they spit more than explicit.

I have a dream that up and coming rappers will one day be successful in an industry where they will not be judged or limited by their biology, but by their content of their lyrics and song quality.

I have a dream today.”

You’re 30+ years old, Hip-hop what do you still dream about?

 

Bye Elle Tee

JAY-Z TO BE THE FIRST SOLO HIP HOP ACT TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL
Dec 2011 09

Yesterday (December 8th) rap mogul Jay-Z announced that he will be performing at Carnegie Hall in February to raise money for the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. XXLMag.com reported that the two night stand will be on February 6th and 7th, 2012 — and will be the first time a solo hip hop act has ever headlined at Carnegie.

  • He said in a statement, It’s every artists dream to play a venue as legendary as Carnegie Hall. The fact that I can use the arts and my talent to benefit the education of the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs, and great thinkers makes for a legendary night. I’m proud to be a part of the continuing work of United Way of New York City and expanding the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.”

‘WATCH THE THRONE’ LAND ON TIME & ROLLING STONE’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2011 LIST

Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s hip hop masterpiece Watch The Throne has landed on both TIME and Rolling Stone‘s Best albums of 2011 list. The album came in number three on TIME’s Top 10 albums of 2011 and at number two on Rolling Stones Best Albums of 2011

Tickets for Jay-Z’s Carnegie hall show will be sold privately on Monday, December 12th (expect them to start at $2,500), while public tickets go on sale January 30th, 2012. Those ticket prices, says Jay’s camp, will be “what you’d expect for a Jay-Z concert.”

‘LOVE & HIP HOP STAR’ KIMBELLA TALKS ABOUT FIGHT WITH CHRISSY
Nov 2011 01

According to an interview with the Jasmine Brand, Kimbella , the latest addition to the Love & Hip Hop cast shares some details about her life.  She discusses her fight with Chrissy, her relationship with Fab, and her current relationship with Juelz Santana.

The fight with Chrissy Lampkin wasn’t necessarily a fair fight (Chrissy acted as if she was getting “fresh air” and surprisingly attacked Kimbella): 

“That’s exactly what happened and (of course) I’m going to confirm it because I’m going to stand and hold my own…because that’s what people need to understand…I hope it’s shown in the show….that’s what people need to understand. I need to get it across that I’m not a bitch coming out to tell Emily like ‘yo listen, this is what I did, and what!” No, never. I would never be like that to anybody.”

 

She learned that rapper Fabolous, was dating Emily, by watching the first season of “Love & Hip-Hop”: “I didn’t know anything about Emily until the first season of ‘Love & Hip Hop.’ I knew he had a son but I didn’t know that they were together. I didn’t know of her at all…..Oh, God do we hafta talk about that (LOL)…Fab is such a non-factor in my life. He’s cool, that’s what attracted me to him…..Right now, I’m in a relationship where I love a man that is everything to me and I never want to talk about my past with another man….”

 

Her good friend, rapper Lil Kim gave her Reality TV advice: “Me and Lil Kim are good friends. She’s the God-mother to my youngest son. The first thing she told me when she found out I was doing the show was to watch out for the editing. And I said ‘I’m just gonna do what I do, I can’t really help what they edit.’ She just told me to understand that I’m going in blind-sighted, basically. She said ‘reality TV can be really good, or it can do really bad for you. Just be yourself and I got your back for whatever goes down.’”

Read more:at thejasminebrand.com

QUEEN LATIFAH IS NOT IMPRESSED WITH TODAY’S HIP HOP
Oct 2011 05

Hip-hop icon, actress and entrepreneur Queen Latifah is not impressed with today’s hip-hop. Latifah feels like the rap game is too male dominated. She told Parade Magazine, “We can’t just have one rapper (female). And to tell to you just how terrible the industry has gotten in that sense by not supporting and making sure that our voices are heard. It just became so male dominated. How much money can you throw at a strip club? How much weed can you smoke? How many girls can you have sex with? Can we have a new record? Can you make this interesting?”

She added, “The reason I think it started becoming like that is because there were no women’s voices out there giving you a different take on life. To me, hip hop will never be right until female rappers have a stronger voice in it.”

  • Speaking of hip-hop, Latifah said that being a rapper was her proudest professional achievement. She said, “I’m proud of everything I do, but I think I’m the most happy about becoming a rapper. It was my entrance into everything. That helped me get into acting. That’s a tough business for anyone to crack into, but having some marquee value already as a hip-hop artist helped me get into acting.”
  • She continued, “For my first job, I was basically hired by Spike Lee for Jungle Fever because I was a female rapper.”

QUEEN LATIFAH SPEAKS ON PAVING THE WAY FOR NICKI MINAJ

Queen Latifah also spoke on paving the way for rappers like Nicki Minaj. She said, “I know that I’ve had something to do with it. People paved the way for me and you pave the way for others. You have to expand the game as much as you can for the ladies. I’ve always kind of been a champion for the ladies in that sense. Even if we don’t like each other necessarily, I appreciate that each of us has our own voice and we can express ourselves the way we see fit.”

She added, “Not that Nicki is like me per se, but I think many female rappers have been inspired by me as I have been inspired by others.”

  • Queen also revealed who she thinks is the best onscreen kisser. She has kissed actors like LL Cool J, Djimon Hounsou and Common on screen. She said, “Me! There are a couple of that are neck and neck though!”
  • Queen Latifah has a new fashion line with HSN

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