Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year - LGB faithful

It's 2011 LGB

Hope it brings you all you desire

Fatboy Slim - New Years Eve Mix

Fatboy Slim has put together a special New Years Eve mix for fans and ravers alike. Head over to the website to get involved.

http://fatboyslim.net

MIA releases WiliLeaks inspired mixtape

MIA has released a free 18-track mixtape inspired by the WiliLeaks saga. 'Vickileekx' is available to download now from Vickileekx.com.

The mixtape was produced by MIA herself with guest production by Diplo, Switch and Rusko

The tracklisting for 'Vickileekx' is:

'The World'
'Bamboo Go'
'Illy Girl'
'Super Tight'
'Let Me Hump You'
'WWW/Meds/Feds'
'Steppin/Up'
'Go At It'
'Vicki Intermission'
'Gen-N-E-Y'
'Bad Girls'
'Dutch Dutch'
'Marsha / Britney'
'Tamil Beat Munchi'
'Listen Up'
'MudersoundsMunchi'
'You My Love (Featuring Rosaly)'
'Get Around'

"Monster" video leaks

Kanye West's new single - "Monster" has had the almost completed official video leaked on the internet.

The video which features: West, Jay Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj had a suitably monstrous theme. To get a glimpse of the almost completed video, head over to World Star Hip Hop.

Annie Lennox for the honours list

Annie Lennox is to be awarded an OBE in this year's honours list.

The Eurythmics star is being awarded the honour for her charity work for Oxfam and Aids charities.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

T Pain off to Young Money

Rumour has it that Young Money is set to make another signing to it's ever growing roster of artists. Rapper/singer/producer - T Pain is apparently all set to make the move from Akon's label to Weezy's imprint.

Gabriel Jacobs, the official jeweler of Young Money (ridiculous I know) has posted a video of a pendant that he has just completed ready for T Pain's arrival.

Picture Moment #22

Cher Lloyd signs to Roc Nation

X Factor finalist - Cher Lloyd has been snapped up by Jay Z following a reportedly vicious bidding war. Lloyd was hot property after finishing fourth on the show and was courted by reps for both Jay Z and Will.i.am.

In the end though, Lloyd went with Hov in the hope that he could ignite her career in the right way.

Queens of the Stone Age to begin working on new album

Queens Of The Stone Age are to begin working on a new album in January 2011.

Dean Fertita said that the band are "ready to go" and have "so many ideas started already". A release date and title for the group's sixth album has not been announced as of yet.

Picture Moment #21

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Bloc Party reunite

Bloc Party have reunited over the festive period.

The band have been on a hiatus since 2009 as each member focusses on their individual projects. The band posted a picture on their twitter account which shows the band all together once again.

Kele stated earlier this year that he was unsure if the band would ever record again... Hopefully he was joking as it would be great to see them working together again.

Winehouse lyrics found in bin

Early lyrics from a young Amy Winehouse have surfaced in a bin in the north London area. The adolescent musings include a collection of lyrics, thoughts and notes handwritten in the singer's diary.

Winehouse is currently on the comeback trail with a tour planned to commence in 2011.

"The Fame Monster" biggest selling album of 2010

It has been announced that Lady Gaga's follow-up album - "The Fame Monster" is the biggest selling album of 2010 shipping 6 million. Eminem's "Recovery" came in a close second selling 5.7 million.

Gaga's next album "Born This Way" is set for release in 2011 with a special announcement about it due on New Years Eve.

"Syllables" - Dr Dre, Eminem, Jay Z, Curtis, Stat Quo and Cashis

Another clue to the "Detox" mystery.

Bernard Wilson passes away at 64

Soul singer - Bernard Wilson has sadly passed away at the age of 64. The singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes died following a stroke and heart attack he suffered on Boxing Day.

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes had a string of hits which included "If You Don't Know Me By Now" before Wilson left the band in 1977.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Picture Moment #20

Albums and tracks of 2010 - almost here

The list of the top 10 tracks and albums of 2010 is almost complete and thanks to everyone for piping up with suggestions; it is fair to say that a few of the top albums are extremely popular with the LGB readers.

Hope all the New Years plans are slotting into place.

Keep it here for 2010 lists

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Beady Eye - Four Letter Word - Official Video

Liam and the boys have posted Beady Eye's second video on their website. The song "Four Letter Word" will be the second release off "Different Gear, Still Speeding" which will be released on 28th February.

To see the video head over to the Beady Eye website where it can be streamed from the homepage.

Elbow - Lippy Kids

Elbow have released a video unveiling a new track from their upcoming album "Build a Rocket Boys!".

Hear it below.

"The Fall" iPad apps revealed

As reported, Gorillaz new album was created in it's entirety on an Apple iPad. Damon Albarn has today released the list of apps that were used when creating the new album.

Albarn used:

‘Speak It!’
‘SoundyThingie’
‘Mugician’
‘Solo Synth’
‘Synth’
‘Funk Box’
‘Gliss’
‘AmpliTube’
‘Xenon’
‘iElectribe’
‘BS-16i’
‘M3000 HD’
‘Cleartune’
‘iOrgel HD’
‘Olsynth’
‘StudioMiniXI’
‘BassLine’
‘Harmonizer’
‘Dub Siren Pro’
‘Moog Filatron’

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Picture Moment #19

Klaxons release free EP

The Klaxons are also getting in the benevolent Christmassy spirit with the release of a free EP. The EP - "Landmarks of Lunacy", consists of 5 songs that were made around 2008 whilst James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco was handling production.

You can download the EP from:

http://www.klaxons.net

Eat, drink and be merry

Gorillaz - "The Fall"

As promised, the new Gorillaz album - "The Fall" has been released today as a free download to end the band's advent calendar.

Head over to the Gorillaz website and you can stream the album for free (downloads are only available to fanclub members at the moment).

Merry Christmas one and all

Just a quick one to say Merry Christmas and thanks for making the first few LGB months a real success.

Eat, drink and be merry

P.s suggestions for 2010 top songs and albums are still welcome with us planning to finalise the list in the coming days.

Suggestions to: lasergunboutique@gmail.com

Friday, 24 December 2010

Flaming Lips in 2011

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips has told The Guardian newspaper about the band's plans for the coming year. Coyne says that the band plans to release a song each month for 2011 instead of releasing a conventional album.

The process is said to commence in late January when the band will meet with longtime producer Dave Fridmann and get the first song ready for release.

Picture Moment #17

Gorillaz preview brand new song

Gorillaz have previewed a track from the upcoming album - "The Fall". The song, "Phoner to Arizona" was released earlier today and can be seen below.

"The Fall" is set for release tomorrow as a Christmas treat.

Lauryn Hill to tour for the last time

Lauryn Hill has announced that she has planned a 17-date tour of America which is said to be the last tour the rapper/singer will ever do.

The tour will be an all American affair with Hill performing in the east, west, down south and Canada. She will be performing songs from her stint as a Fugee as well as songs off her multi-award winning "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill".

Hill is said to be excited to get the shows on the road after an extremely long hiatus of almost 10 years.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Gorillaz over?

Damon Albarn announced last night the current Gorillaz lineup are unlikely to perform as a collective ever again. The band finished their world tour last night in Auckland and an obviously emotional and sentimental Albarn told the audience that the artists including Daley and Bobby Womack may not tour again.

As announced earlier this week, a free Gorillaz album is set to be released on Christmas day as the final treat of their advent calendar.

Bez and the bare knuckle fight

Bez of the Happy Mondays has found a unique and old school way to deal with his woman trouble. Bez has apparently been involved in an organised bare knuckle fight with his ex's new boyfriend to sort the situation out.

Bez was photographed by The Sun and wasnt looking too good, hopefully all this is sorted now before either get another kick-in.

Another ridiculous anecdote in the life of the ex-Monday.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Some big signing news

1)
Yo Gotti to Young Money

After weeks of speculation about the next member of the Young Money crew, it has finally been announced. Rapper Yo Gotti is next in line for Weezy's career magic.


2)
Dead Prez turn down Roc Nation

As LGB announced about a month ago, Jay Z was seriously looking into the possibility of signing Dead Prez to his label. Rumour has it that there was an offer on the table for Prez but they flat out refused it!

Elbow - New album details

The Bury five piece band have announced details of their upcoming new album. The follow up to the Mercury Music Prize winning "The Seldom Seen Kid" will be named "Build A Rocket Boys!".

The album has been recorded in Salford with keyboard player Craig Potter once again acting as producer.

50 Cent gets robbed... of wine

Today greeted me with a rather piece of ridiculous news concerning rapper 50 Cent. The rapper's Connecticut home was visited by police early this morning after they were alerted by 50's security. The security team were suspicious as they saw a vehicle parked on the driveway that they did not recognise.

The police searched the house and found two stoners in the closet drinking the rapper's wine. The two were promptly escorted off the premises and arrested.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Gorillaz - "The Fall" - Tracklisting

Damon Albarn has released the tracklisting for the upcoming free release from Gorillaz. The album, named "The Fall", is set to be released on Christmas Day as the final treat from the Gorillaz advent calendar.

The tracklisting is as follows:

'Phoner To Arizona'
'Revolving Doors'
'HillBilly Man'
'Detroit'
'Shy-town'
'Little Pink Plastic Bags'
'The Joplin Spider'
'The Parish Of Space Dust'
'The Snake In Dallas'
'Amarillo'
'The Speak It Mountains'
'Aspen Forest'
'Bobby In Phoenix'
'California And The Slipping Of The Sun'
'Seattle Yodel'

Monday, 20 December 2010

The end is nigh

James Blake - tracklisting announced

James Blake has announced the tracklisting for his upcoming self titled debut album. Blake found out last week that he was runner-up to Jessie J for the Brits Critics' Choice Award.

The album will consist of the following:

Unluck'
'Wilhelm's Scream'
'I Never Learnt To Share'
'Lindisfarne I'
'Lindisfarne II'
'Limit To Your Love'
'Give Me My Month'
'To Care (Like You)'
'Why Don’t You Call Me'
'I Mind'
'Measurements'

Sunday, 19 December 2010

LGB singles and albums of 2010

With Christmas and New Years on the horizon, the obligatory singles and albums of 2010 will be posted in before New Years Eve.

The list is starting to come together but if you have any suggestions feel free to get involved.

Send any suggestions to the LGB email address:
lasergunboutique@gmail.com

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Six Foot, Seven Foot - Lil Wayne and Corey Gunz

The first track off "The Carter 4"

Pitchfork's albums of 2010

20 Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal
19 How to Dress Well – Love Remains
18 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
17 Caribou – Swim
16 Sleigh Bells – Treats
15 Robyn – Body Talk
14 Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
13 No Age – Everything In Between
12 Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
11 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
10 Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
09 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
08 James Blake – The Bells Sketch EP / CMYK EP / Klavierwerke EP
07 Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
06 Vampire Weekend – Contra
05 Beach House – Teen Dream
04 Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
03 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
02 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
01 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Friday, 17 December 2010

Picture Moment #15

Jessie J is Brits Critics' Choice

The title says it all really; Jessie J beat off (tee hee) stiff competition (tee hee) to take the award. James Blake took second and The Vaccines completed the top three.

Jessie will pick up the award at the ceremony in February.

Delays, delays, delays

No posts for about a week now... Computer issues and all that!

Apologies

Monday, 13 December 2010

Brits Critics' choice award 2011 - shortlist

The Brits team have also announced their picks for 2011. The award has previously been won by : Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine and Adele.

The shortlist consists of the following:

James Blake
Jessie J
The Vaccines

The winner will be revealed in 15th December ahead of the revamped ceremony that will take place in February.

More end of year music news

The BBC have named the longlist for the Sound of 2011 prize. The 15 were chosen by 161 industry insiders who were chosen to pick three acts each. Each act could not have had a UK top 20 single or album and must not have been already 'famous'.

The award has already been scooped up by a few once hidden gems such as: Adele and Corinne Bailey Rae but has also had some inexplicable years with The Bravery and Keane being alumni of the award.

The longlist consists of:

James Blake
Anna Calvi
Daley
Esben & the Witch
Jessie J
Clare Maguire
Mona
The Naked & Famous
Nero
Jai Paul
The Vaccines
Warpaint
Jamie Woon
Wretch 32
Yuck

The top 5 will be announced on the week commencing the 3rd January

Friday, 10 December 2010

Kasabian new album to be released before festival season

Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian has announced that the band plan to release their new album before the festival season of 2011.

Kasabian are set to headline RockNess and the Isle of Wight festival and plan to work the new material into their sets. Serge also told NME that there could be space in the setlist for a song or two from his work on the soundtrack for the film "London Boulevard".

"Kush" video set for release

The official video for the first single off the long awaited "Detox" is set for it's internet debut later on today (10th December).

The Dre, Snoop Dogg and Akon collaboration is set to be premiered on vevo.com and is likely to be available on youtube not long after.

Detox is coming...

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Aretha Franklin diagnosed with cancer

Aretha Franklin has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer according to reports. Frankin had recently had to cancel certain performances when she was suffering with an unspecified illness.

The soul legend is currently recuperating in hospital following surgery as fans pray for her swift recovery.

Arctic Monkeys / Super Furry Animals / Babyshambles / Libertines for supergroup album

Matt Helders, Drew McConnell, Carl Barat and Gruff Rhys have all joined forces to create a supergroup album for charity.

They will be known as The Bottletop Band and will collaborate with numerous other artists on their album "Dream Service". The album will be released on 11th April 2011 with the first single, "Fall of Rome", being released tomorrow as a free download.

"Fall of Rome" can be downloaded from http://www.thebottletopband.com tomorrow.

Basement Jaxx - "Dracula"

New Basement Jaxx for your approval

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd5NJXinhWc

Raekwon - "Butter Knives"

Some of that old Wu...

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bij4_KZDqdw

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Picture Moment #14

What's behind the 25th door?

Gorillaz have been bringing the Christmas cheer this year with their own advent calendar available on their website. Fans have been able to access exclusive pictures, videos, etc from the calendar but the question floating about is: what is behind the 25th door.

Albarn has made no secret that he is close to completing the next Gorillaz album as he has been working on it whilst they have been on their first world tour. Rumour has it that on the 25th December, behind the door will be the brand new album available for FREE to download.

If this is true... what an amazing way to end an incredible year.

Rolling Stone's top albums and singles of the year

2010's top 10 singles:

10) Kanye West (Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) – “Monster”
9) Broken Bells – “The Ghost Inside”
8) Janelle MonĂ¡e (Feat. Big Boi) – “Tightrope”
7) Vampire Weekend – “White Sky”
6) Mavis Staples -”You Are Not Alone”
5) Arcade Fire – “We Used to Wait”
4) Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
3) Sade – “Soldier of Love”
2) Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You”
1) Kanye West (Feat. Pusha T) -”Runaway”

2010's top 10 albums:

10) LCD Soundsystem – "This Is Happening"
9) Eminem – "Recovery"
8) Robert Plant – "Band Of Joy"
7) Drake – "Thank Me Later"
6) Vampire Weekend – "Contra"
5) Jamey Johnson – "The Guitar Song"
4) Arcade Fire – "The Suburbs"
3) Elton John and Leon Russell – "The Union"
2) The Black Keys – "Brothers"
1) Kanye West – "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

Redman going to Shady

Eminem has always been very open about the fact that Redman is one of his favourite rappers of all time. Well... Redman's latest album, "Reggie", is the last of his current deal with iconic rap label - Def Jam.

Rumour has it that when Redman's deal is up he is to head over to Shady and team up with Eminem and the rest of the gang.

Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Redman on the same label... dream a dream

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The Human League - "Credo" tracklisting

Following the announcement last month that The Human League were to record a new album and go on tour, the tracklisting to their 10th studio album "Credo" has be released.

The album is set to be released in March 2011 and will consist of the following:

"Never let Me Go"
"Night People"
"Sky"
"Into The Night"
"Egomaniac"
"Single Minded"
"Electric Shock"
"Get Together"
"Privilege"
"Breaking The Chains"
"When The Stars Start To Shine"

A Tribe Called Quest - documentary not happening?

Q Tip has tweeted to state that he is against the much anticipated (and very delayed) documentary about the seminal rap collective.

Q Tip said that he was not happy with Michael Rappaport's attempt at the documentary and says that it has "holes". What has sparked this sudden beef is unknown and Q has been vague about his inclusion during the whole process. However it is fair to say that a documentary about ATCQ without Q Tip would be a real shame for fans.

Susan Philipsz wins Turner Prize

Susan Philipsz has won the Turner Prize for her sound installation which consists of the artist singing three versions of a Scottish lament.

Philipsz beat stiff competition from The Otolith Group, Angela de la Cruz and Dexter Dalwood to pick up the prestigious award and the £25,000 prize money.

The artist told the BBC that the news had not yet sunk in that she was pleased for the exposure that the award will give her. The Stuckists have criticised the award stating that the Turner Prize should be awarded to a piece of art, not a conceptual piece of music. Apart from this criticism, the result has been applauded for given sound art a much needed "shot in the arm".

Gorillaz over?

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett have hinted that Gorillaz could be ending following a fantastically successful year.

The pair told The Guardian that this would be the perfect time for the group to call it a day. The band have just completed their first worldwide tour and Albarn is not convinced that they can continue at their current pace.

However, Albarn has recently said that he has almost completed the next Gorillaz album which could be out early January. The album has reportedly been created using only an Apple iPad despite the group currently endorsing Microsoft Windows.

So a new album... Atleast that's something

Kim and Kanye not having a nipper

Contrary to rumours that surfaced yesterday, Kim Kardashian is not about to carry Mr West's offspring.

A website had reported yesterday that a close friend of Kim had confirmed that she was pregnant by the rapper. However, Kim has made a statement today rubbishing these claims stating that she was not pregnant... Let alone with Kanye's kiddie.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Picture Moment #13

Beady Eye - Album details

Beady Eye have announced details of their upcoming album. The album, "Different Gear, Still Speeding", will be released on 28th February on the band's own record label.

The album was made this past summer and was produced by Steve Lilywhite at RAK studios. The tracklisting is below:

'Four Letter Word'
'Millionaire'
'The Roller'
'Beatles And Stones'
Wind Up Dream'
'Bring The Light'
'For Anyone'
'Kill For A Dream'
'Standing On The Edge Of The Noise'
'Wigwam'
'Three Ring Circus'
'The Beat Goes On'
'The Morning Son'

Friday, 3 December 2010

Silence for Christmas #1?

Artists and acts including: Pete Doherty, Billy Bragg, The Big Pink, The Kooks, Jon McClure and UNKLE are set to collaborate in a bid to top the Christmas charts.

Based on the concept of composer John Cage, the artists will record 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. The track will be released on the 13th December in the hope that they can snatch the Christmas top spot. All proceeds from the 'song' will go to charity.

Who got 5 mics?

In the December edition of The Source, Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has received the iconic 5 mic rating.

The full review will be included in the coming edition of the magazine which is due to hit the shelves on 14th December.

This is the second time this year that the coveted rating has been bestowed on an album; Bun B's "Trill OG" also had the honour in the July edition.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Grammy Nominations announced

Grammy Awards 2011 list of main nominations:

Album of the Year:
'The Suburbs' - Arcade Fire
'Recovery' - Eminem
'Need You Now' - Lady Antebellum
'The Fame Monster' - Lady Gaga
'Teenage Dream' - Katy Perry

Song of the Year:
'Beg, Steal or Borrow' - Ray LaMontagne
'Forget You' - Cee Lo Green
'The House That Built Me' - Miranda Lambert
'Love the Way You Lie' - Eminem feat. Rihanna
'Need You Know' - Lady Antebellum

Record of the Year:
'Love the Way You Lie' - Eminem feat. Rihanna
'Nothin' On You' - Bruno Mars
'Forget You' - Cee Lo
'Empire State of Mind' - Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
'Need You Now' - Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Florence and The Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Best Rap Album:
The Adventures Of Bobby Ray - B.o.B
Thank Me Later - Drake
Recovery - Eminem
The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
How I Got Over - The Roots

Best Contemporary R'n'B Album:
Graffiti - Chris Brown
Untitled - R. Kelly
Transition - Ryan Leslie
The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae
Raymond V Raymond - Usher

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
'Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)' - Glee Cast
'Misery' - Maroon 5
'The Only Exception' - Paramore
'Babyfather' - Sade
'Hey, Soul Sister (Live)' - Train

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
'Airplanes II' - B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
'Imagine' - Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
'If It Wasn't For Bad' - Elton John & Leon Russell
'Telephone' - Lady Gaga & Beyonce Knowles
'California Gurls' - Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Dance Recording:
'Rocket' - Goldfrapp
'In For The Kill' - La Roux
'Dance In The Dark' - Lady Gaga
'Only Girl (In The World)' - Rihanna
'Dancing On My Own' - Robyn

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
'Ready To Start' - Arcade Fire
'I Put A Spell On You' - Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
'Tighten Up' - The Black Keys
'Radioactive' - Kings of Leon
'Resistance' - Muse

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Kanye heads up Billboard

"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has, as expected, topped the Billboard charts after shifting almost 500,000 copies in it's first week.

Nicki's debut had a strong week moving around 375,000 to take the number 2 spot. This is the strongest debut from a female MC since Lauryn Hill.

"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" is still receiving critical acclaim from all with a current metacritic rating of 98.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Jamie Smith to rework Gil Scott Heron

Jamie Smith is currently working on his first project since the Mercury Music Prize winning xx debut.

The producer is set to remix Gil Scott Heron's comeback album "I'm New Here" and replace it with "We're New Here". Smith has been given full control and has told the Guardian that he is only working with Gil's words as he reworks each beat in turn.

The album is set for release on 21st February on XL Recordings.

NME announce their albums and tracks of the year

NME's Top Ten Albums Of 2010:

1. These New Puritans – 'Hidden'
2. Arcade Fire – 'The Suburbs'
3. Beach House – 'Teen Dream'
4. LCD Soundsystem – 'This Is Happening'
5. Laura Marling – 'I Speak Because I Can'
6. Foals – 'Total Life Forever'
7. Zola Jesus – 'Stridulum II'
8. Salem – 'King Night'
9. Liars – 'Sisterworld'
10. The Drums – 'The Drums'

NME's Top Ten Tracks Of 2010:

1. Foals – 'Spanish Sahara'
2. MIA – 'XXXO'
3. Janelle Monae – 'Tightrope'
4. Kanye West – 'Power'
5. Arcade Fire – 'We Used To Wait'
6. Gorillaz – 'Stylo'
7. Surfer Blood – 'Swim'
8. Grinderman – 'Heathen Child'
9. Zola Jesus – 'Night'
10. The Fall – 'Bury Pts 2 +4'

Khia the critic

Fancy a laugh?

Khia reviews "Pink Friday"

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Kasabian - Halfway there

Tom Meighan has announced that Kasabian are halfway through their fourth album. The frontman told the BBC that he had been in contact with Serge Pizzorno and that they had quite a few songs ready to record.

As it stands, the album is set to be recorded in January with the band looking to tour it as soon as possible.

Drake is back soon

Drizzy Drake is already looking to follow up "Thank Me Later" with a new album. The album, believed to be called "Take Care", looks set to be released sooner rather than later.

Details of "Take Care" are being protected as much as possible but a collaboration with Justin Timberlake is set to be on the cards... as well as some production from ex-Little Brother, 9th Wonder.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Illegal Filesharing: The beginning of the end?

Peter Sunde, Carl Lundstrom and Fredrik Neij have failed in their appeal against the judgement that found them guilty of facilitating illegal filesharing on their website, pirate bay.

To make matters worse, their fine has been increased by the court from $2 million to $6.5 million. However, every cloud has a silver lining as their jail terms have been decreased.

The group have vowed to take their case to the European Supreme Court but it is not looking good for the pirate bay founders. The website, that gets around 22 millions hits a month, could be set to go the same way as limewire.

Lil Kim - "Black Friday" - Full

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Kim is coming back

Lil Kim has had enough of Nicki and is putting the final touches to her diss record back at Minaj.

Below is a few snippets while we await the final copy.

Kanye rants again

Kanye doing his other true talent

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Beady Eye to tour

Liam Gallagher and co are set to tour next year as part of Beady Eye.

The band will be playing the following dates in March 2011
03 - Barrowlands, Glasgow
04 - Barrowlands, Glasgow
06 - O2 Apollo, Manchester
07 - O2 Apollo, Manchester
09 - Troxy, London
10 - Troxy, London

Monday, 22 November 2010

Kanye West - "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" - Review

The months and months of waiting are now over and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF) has finally seen the light of day. The album itself did spring a leak a couple of weeks ago but it finally received it’s official release today. The hype surrounding the release has been monumental, fuelled week after week with G.O.O.D. Friday releases but was it worth the wait...
Kanye is undoubtedly one of the most consistent artists in music. He has a unique talent of quality control and has an ability to see the bigger picture when constructing an album. Kanye is one of the few hip hop artists of present that puts real time and effort into crafting a sound that will glue the entire body of songs together. There is no magic formula... He does not put a club banger in here with a slow jam there, Kanye simply works hard on a sound until he achieves logical consistency.
What really is striking about this album is that the listener gets a real sense of the journey that has taken Kanye to this point. There are glimmers of all the previous albums on MBDTF that will please long-term fans. The overall sound is plush, epic and grandiose... This album truly is wonderful.
The production, as you may expect, is tremendous; each song slips into the other with effortless ease. “Gorgeous” which is produced by West and mentor No I.D is a tremendous piece of music; Cudi lends a hand on the hook, a hook that really sets the song alight coupled with the lyrical prowess of West and Raekwon. The album certainly has no shortage of guests; Nicki Minaj (on “Monster”), Raekwon (on “Gorgeous”) and Gil Scott Heron (on “Who Will Survive In America”) are particularly impressive with Heron closing the album with some incredibly words.
So where does MDBTF rank among the others? Hip hop purists may feel that West has not dedicated adequate attention to the lyrical side of the project. There is perhaps some truth to this claim as the album is certainly fuelled by a sound... by music. However, this album certainly fits quite nicely into an increasingly impressive body of work for the Chi Town native. Will this album have the same replay value as the others? As always, only time will tell.
Kanye West is a hip hop artist that has the ability to transcend his niche and really become one of the powerhouses in modern music. Hip hop is now in an era where hits come daily but a truly great and critically acclaimed LP is rare. For a hip hop lover, Mr West... love him or hate him... is an integral cog in the progression of the this art form.  
“I guess every Superhero needs his theme music”
9 out of 10

"Detox" to be Dre's last

Dr Dre has announced in XXL this month that the upcoming "Detox" is set to be his last album as a recording artist.

He has said that he plans to focus on bringing new artists through and although he still plans to collaborate, he will be hanging up the mic (as a solo artists) for good.

The Specials to tour

Ska legends, The Specials have confirmed that they are set to tour once again after a very successful jaunt last year. The tour will be in 2011 and the band will play the following venues:

Amsterdam Paradiso (15 September)
Copenhagen Vega (16)
Stokholm Circus (18)
Berlin Astra (19)
Munich Backstage (21)
Milan Alcatraz (22)
Cologne E Werk (24)
Hamburg Grosse Freiheit (25)
Paris Olympia (27)
Brussells Ancienne Belgique (28)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (11, 12 October)
Manchester Apollo (14)
Hull Arena (16)
Glasgow SECC (18)
Nottingham Arena (21)
Plymouth Pavilion (23)
Cheltenham Centaur (24)
Brighton Centre (25)
Bournemouth International Centre (27)
Cardiff International Arena (28)
Coventry Ricoh Arena (29)
London Alexandra Palace (3 November)

Tickets go on sale on Friday 3rd December at 9am.

Picture Moment #10

"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" - Review - Coming Tonight!

After a long wait for this album, the review for Kanye's latest album will be on the LGB by tonight!

Check here later for the review.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Serge's side hustle

The Kasabian singer/musician has been hard at work providing the score for the much anticipated film "London Boulevard". The film, which stars Ray Winstone and Colin Farrell, is directed by William Monahan who famously worked on "The Departed".

Serge is also currently working on the fourth Kasabian album which apparently represents a new direction for the band.

Human League are back

The Human League are set to release a new album. The album, "Credo", will also be accompanied by a tour that will commence in Norwich on the 29th November.

The new album is the first in almost 10 years.

If you fancy getting involved, head over to ticketmaster now!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Mixmag steal Christmas

http://www.mixmag.net/2010/11/19/get-your-fave-mixmag-cover-as-a-t-shirt/#more-23609

Get any cover from 1983-2010 on a t-shirt for only £15!

This could be an expensive month

DMX not clean anymore

X's brief stint of sobriety looks to have come to a particularly predictable end.

The rapper was arrested in Arizona for being in possession of cocaine before being formally charged with numerous other offences.

I can't really pretend I am surprised in the slightest but I was hopeful of X being able to atleast get an album out first before going back to the big house.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Picture Moment #9

Tasty Treat #5

A treat for your Friday

And the best festival is...

Bestival has won this year's "Festival of the Year" at the UK Festival Awards.

The festival also won the "Family Festival of the Year" with Biffy Clyro picking up "Performance of the Year" for their Glastonbury set.

First acts confirmed for "Detox"

It has been confirmed that Game, Jay Z and La Roux will be appearing along with Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Akon on Dr Dre's upcoming "Detox".

It is finally fair to say (after a 10 year wait), that "Detox" IS set for a release as Dre is currently planning to sort out a shoot for the first video.

As expected (and hoped by many), "Under Pressure" has been scrapped following it's early leak.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Talib Kweli prepares new album

It has been announced that the rapper is currently finishing off his latest album "Gutter Rainbows". Kweli has already been in action this year with the critically acclaimed "Revolutions Per Minute" as part of Reflection Eternal.

The album is set for a 25th January release.

Nas and Damian Marley coming to the UK

If you live in London, Manchester or Glasgow then get your ticket buying on and get down to see Nas and Damian Marley. Following rave reviews for the album "Distant Relatives" and for the live show, the pair are heading to the UK to show some love.

The show will consist of music from "Distant Relatives" as well as classics from each of the pair individually.

Head over to ticketmaster for tickets.

The Strokes fourth album done and dusted

Julian Casablancas has announced that after a mammoth recording stint, the fourth Strokes album is ready and will be released withing a few months.

The delay is set to be down to mixing and promoting the album.

Beatles on iTunes... world goes crazy

The Beatles hit iTunes yesterday and the digital world has been lapping it up ever since.

It is believed that 25 songs of the top 100 will be from the Fab Four and amazingly all 17 albums will chart in the top 50.

Kasabian - top of the bill

Kasabian are set to headline the Sunday of the Isle of Wight Festival. Following an incredibly successful past year they have been asked to end the festival following Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters who will headline n the Friday and Saturday.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow so get involved!

"Kush" to be first single

Despite saying that he did not want the first track off the long, long awaited "Detox", "Kush" is set to be the first single. Dre did not initially want the 'weed anthem' to be the first single but said that "the internet had spoken on the first single" and "that they were going to run with it".

I am starting to believe that "Detox" may actually happen with it being penciled in for a February release.

Beady Eye for 100 Club Campaign

Liam Gallagher has lent his support to the 100 Club Campaign. Liam described the place that "sorts the men from the boys" and "very rock n roll". Liam is particularly supportive of the cause as the 100 Club was where Oasis got one of their big first shows in London.

The club is set to close before Christmas due to increasing overhead costs but Liam is said to want to play there once more as part of his new band, Beady Eye.

Let's hope this happens.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Drizzy gets "Man of the Year"

Drake, along with: Jeff Bridges, James Franco and Stephen Colbert, has been named GQ's "Man of the Year".

He receives this award following a ridiculously successful year with a sell out tour and the commercially successful "Thank Me Later". There are four versions of this month's GQ in circulation (one for each winner) so pick up a copy if you fancy reading more.

"Echo" - Eminem and Royce da 5'9

You wait years for the beef to be over and then two songs come in as many days.

Dead Prez to sign....

Rumour has it that Dead Prez have re caught the attention of the Jigga man.

The talk is that Dead Prez are to follow in the footsteps of Jay Electronica and sign with Jay's label, Roc Nation.

"Blazin" - Nicki Minaj and Kanye West

Nicki and Yeezy doing their thing.

"All She Wrote" - T.I and Eminem

TIP and Em

Thoughts?

Dre covers XXL

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

"Kush" - Dr Dre, Snoop and Akon

This leaked earlier on; we are spoiling you today!

Detox's first single perhaps?

Kush - Dr Dre Feat Snoop Dogg And Akon by theproprietor

"Living Proof" - Eminem and Royce Da 5'9

Remember "Bad vs Evil"... What a track.

Anyways here is another from them, beef over.

DMX is back and is not happy with the industry or Jay Z

DMX is back releasing and is already causing a storm. In the video below, the rapper is heard barking "Fuck Jay Z".

If DMX really is sober and serious about rapping again then this is bad news; personally I would love to see them working together again instead of an ill advised beef.

"99 Problems" - Jay Z (Liam Howlett/The Prodigy) Remix

Big, big remix.

Jay-Z - 99 Problems :: The Prodigy Remix by theprodigy

"Fire Flame" Remix- Birdman feat Lil Wayne

Weezy's first post-prison verse and release.

"Bring The Light" - Beady Eye - Official Video

If Oasis being over hadn't quite sunk in yet, here is the video for "Bring The Light" that was released earlier today.

Monday, 15 November 2010

"Shiny Suit Theory" - Jay Electronica, Jay Z and The Dream

Following all the talk the past few days, it's nice to have something worth listening to.

Enjoy...

Jay Electronica ft. Jay-Z & The Dream - Shiny Suit Theory by theproprietor

"Ya'll Don't Really Know" - DMX, Busta Rhymes (prod by Swizz Beatz)

There are few things to really get excited about at the moment but with DMX and Busta on a Swizzy beat... here is one suitably exciting for your Monday

DMX & Busta Rhymes - Ya'll Don't Really Know by theproprietor

And then it was over

Diddy is now fine with the Jay Electronica following his move over to Roc Nation.

Diddy tweeted "Before we start the week off with rumors. I am not mad at Jay Z! I'm not made at anyone! Jz was not the friend I was referring to be clear"

Jay Elec tweeted back "you should be more clear than that too brother. betrayal is a serious allegation. real talk". Also "and you know im gonnabe me so I aint gonna be holding my tongue if you gon be out here emotional and wreckless with it"

Diddy ended it with "Let's start tje weel off the right way! Spread love people +++ energy! Take That! Hate is for chumps! Never hate congratulate! and tweeted at Jay Elec "I proud of you! I'm happy for you. I love you! I congratulate you Im not bad at you"

Jeez... it hurt to include all those typos and mistakes

Fair play to Jay Elec, get it out and get it sorted

Jay Electronica: Decision 2010

Brilliant

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Kanye's media trainer quits within 1 week

God bless Kanye for bringing little gems like this coming more or less every day.

Susie Arons was hired by Kanye West to coach him through the controversial "Today" interview with Matt Lauer. Arons had suggested that West should not give the interview in the first place but he was adamant that he wanted to put his side across.

During the commercial breaks Kanye sought Arons' advice on the interview and how he should address certain issues... well it seems that trying to keep West's tongue under control was too much to handle... a couple of days after the interview, Arons quit her post.

50 Cent, Akon and Lenny Kravitz for Michael Jackson's first posthumous album

Epic Records and Jackson's estate have confirmed that 50 Cent, Akon and Lenny Kravitz are to feature on the new MJ album.

The album has been in the news for other reasons this week. There had been speculation that the vocals on some of the tracks was not Jackson's. Sony have sinced denied this claim saying that they had "complete confidence" that the vocals were genuine.

The album is due out on the 14th December; the tracklisting is below:

1. Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)
2. Hollywood Tonight
3. Keep Your Head Up
4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
5. Monster (Featuring 50 Cent)
6. Best Of Joy
7. Breaking News
8. (I Can't Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
9. Behind The Mask
10. Much Too Soon

Diddy not happy with Jay Electronica

As we reported yesterday, Jay Electronica ended all the speculation about where was going to be his recording home for the foreseeable future... Roc Nation

However, it seems that Diddy is not happy with Jay Electronica's decision to join forces with Jay Z instead of taking the deal that he had offered. Diddy tweeted "Damn it hurts in a whole other way when someone you felt I mean really felt was your friend, betrays you. It hurts when breathe".

Personally, I think Electronica made the right decision to go with Roc Nation. I mean it is time that Jay Z brought through some strong hip hop acts and got fully behind them. And with all the resources and artists at his disposal... the sky is the limit for Electronica

"Chain Heavy" - Kanye West, Talib Kweli and Consequence

G.O.O.D. Friday

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Detox rumour #101913

Apparently (yes apparently), Dr Dre is gearing up to shoot the first video to accompany the first single off "Detox". We have been hearing conflicting reports the past few months about the album and whether or not it would be getting a release in 2010.

The latest seems to be that the video will be shot over the next few weeks with the album being scheduled for a pre-Christmas release.

Let's play the waiting game again then...

LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip

Following doing shows together, the two groups have recorded and released an album from Abbey Road. The album was made available after the shows had finished but is now available to buy from http://lcd-hotchiplive.sandbag.uk.com/Store/DisplayItems.html

If you couldn't be at the shows... definitely get yourself some

Kanye cancels "Today"

Following the stitch up of an interview that took place earlier this week, Kanye West has cancelled his proposed performance on the show which was set to take place on 26th November.

The interview, which Kanye described as a, "set up" basically probed about Kanye's thoughts on George Bush's comments following what West had said in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Also, and if you weren't already sick of it, the Taylor Swift situation came up again... I mean come on now... let it go.

Jay signs Jay

Jay Z has announced the signing of Jay Electronica. Fans will not be suprised by this announcement as this potential deal has be rumoured for the past few weeks.

Jay Z told the world of his latest signing at an music industry function in New York 

Friday, 12 November 2010

The Streets - "Computers and Blues" tracklisting announced

Due out on 7th February 2011, "Computers and Blues" is sadly set to be the last release under The Streets name. In other good news, the album will be toured in 2011 so at least we will be able to see them once more before they call it a day.

Here's the tracklisting:

"Outside Inside"
"Going Through Hell"
"Roof Of Your Car"
"Puzzled By People"
"Without A Blink"
"Blip On A Screen"
"Those That Don't Know"
"Soldiers"
"We Can Never Be Friends"
"ABC"
"OMG"
"Trying To Kill M.E."
"Trust Me"
"Lock The Locks"

Game wants back in G Unit

Game has been twittering in a big way today. He says that he wants himself and 50 to put the past behind them and reunite as G Unit. This would be amazing news as The Documentary, whoever wrote the majority of it, was a truly great hip hop album and it would be great to hear some more.

However, 50 has come out on his twitter saying that he has "had no communication with Game in years". Either way, I hope this happens sooner rather than later.

Also, where the hell is "The R.E.D. Album"?

Hatsune Miku

I saw this earlier today, apparently this Hatsune Miku is absolutely huge in Japan. The main thing to know about this 'artist' is that she is a hologram.

Check the crowd, they are loving it

Damon Albarn and Flea going afrobeat

Inbetween working on the new Gorillaz album, Albarn is said to be working with Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers on an afrobeat album. The album will be a collaborative effort and will feature numerous African acts that Albarn met during his African Express project.

In Gorillaz news, he has said that he is three-quarters of the way through the next album.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day and to commemorate this year, a two-minute silence is to be hitting the charts this week. The song, 2 minutes of silence, costs 99p and is available on iTunes.

The video for the song features: Thom Yorke, Plan B, Bryan Ferry, Mark Ronson and even David Cameron all observing the 2 minute tribute.

Head over to iTunes and pick it up and hopefully it charts high on Sunday

Amber Rose cheated on Kanye

According to the lyrics of "Blame Game" off Kanye's new album, Amber Rose is believed to have cheated on West during their long-term relationship. Kanye, according to the song, grabbed the model by her neck and choked her.

Well I guess that sheds some light on why Yeezy gave the model a 6 figure settlement after the breakup.

MC Hammer / Jay Z over

Thank fuck for that.

Hammer has come out and said that his beef with Hova is over. Hammer announced over his twitter that "7 days is enough. I'm accepting Jay Z at his 'word' and moving on. I made my point"

T.I. banned from pretty much everything

Following his 11 month sentence for violating the terms of his probation that he is currently serving, T.I will be very limited in what he can when trying to get his career back on track. 

T.I. is banned from leaving the United States and must remain in the Northern District of Georgia; however, he is to receive special dispensation to leave the state on matters of work. The rapper will be banned from driving, cannot test positive for drugs, cannot own or possess any firearms and must enter a rehabilitation programme.

So there you go T.I ... something to look forward. 

Pulp for Glasto 2011

Following the news that Pulp are set to reform in 2011, William Hill have slashed the odds of the Sheffield band headlining the festival. The odds have dropped from 10/1 to 5/2 following a flurry of bets that have been placed with the bookie.

Pulp have headlined the festival before when they replaced The Stones Roses in 1995. If they were to headline in 2011, this would add to their headline performance at London's Wireless Festival.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Picture Moment #8

Tasty Treat #4

A treat... and it's a goodie

"Bring The Light" - Beady Eye

Today, the new track from Liam Gallagher's post-Oasis band has been put online.

The song, "Bring The Light", is very different from the "Dig Out Your Soul" days and this is a good thing as without Liam and Noel, Oasis should not replicated. Instead the song, despite sounding familiar and retro, seems fresh with a funky edge.

Listen youself at the link below:

http://www.beadyeyemusic.co.uk/

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Gorillaz - Doncamatic (Joker Remix)

Here's a wonderful little remix courtesy of Joker with his rework of the Gorillaz track "Doncamatic"

Gorillaz - Doncamatic (Joker Remix) by theproprietor

Beady Eye first single online tomorrow

Liam Gallagher's post Oasis project, Beady Eye, have announced that the band will be releasing their first single "Bring The Light" on their website tomorrow (Wednesday 10th November).

The song is set for release next year and was recorded this summer during session work in a London studio.

The track can be downloaded from http://www.beadyeyemusic.com/ from 10am onwards.

Kanye performs on flight

During a flight between Minneapolis and New York, Kanye got on an in-flight loudspeaker and performed clean versions of his hits "Good Life" and "Gold Digger".

A video of the performance is available on http://www.hollywoodlife.com/

Wiz Khalifa arrested

The "Black and Yellow" rapper has been arrested in Greenville, North Carolina right in the middle of a show at Carolina University.

The talk seems to be that the rapper's arrest has something to do with his weed smoking habit which, he says, costs him $10,000 a month.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Picture Moment #7

"Raining Men" - Rihanna and Nicki Minaj

Rihanna said that her new album was going to be something that only she could achieve and that no other female artist to do.

I guess this song is not a great example.

"Looking For Trouble" - Kanye West, Pusha T, Cyhi The Prynce, Big Sean, J Cole

Another G.O.O.D Friday... wonderful production

Watch it here

EMA winners

It's getting a bit obvious but Lady Gaga was the big winner last night at the EMA's, taking home three awards.

Kings of Leon, Katy Perry and Rihanna all performed at the show that was held in Madrid.

Here are the winners

Best New Act: Ke$ha
Best Pop: Lady Gaga
Best Alternative: Paramore
MTV EMA Global Icon: Bon Jovi
Best Rock:  Thirty Seconds To Mars
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best Video: Katy Perry 'California Gurls'
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Free Your Mind: Shakira
Best Live: Linkin Park
Best Female: Lady Gaga
Best Song: Lady Gaga 'Bad Romance'
Best European Act: Marco Mengoni
Best Push Artist: Justin Bieber
World Stage: Tokio Hotel

Pulp to reform

Jarvis Cocker and the gang have announced that they will be reforming to play gigs in 2011. The band last played together in December 2002 but this reunion will include the entire original members whom have not performed together for 14 years.

The band will headline Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival in May and will be playing Hyde Park's Wireless Festival in July.

Brits drop Outstanding Contribution Award

The Outstanding Contribution Award that is given out at the end of the annual Brit Awards is to be scrapped. The award, that has been won by: Oasis, Tom Jones, David Bowie, Elton John, The Who and The Beatles, will be replaced by the announcement of the British Album of the Year Award.

Lil Kim goes back at Nicki

"I will erase this bitches social security number"

No song, just a few comments.

Friday, 5 November 2010

"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" alternative covers

Following all the apparent issues with the first, Yeezy has released some of the alternative covers for his latest album all designed by George Condo.


 

Swizz Beatz named "Producer in Residence"

Producer Swizz Beatz has been named as the first "Producer in Residence" at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

The producer will host group lectures, mentor and even carry out one-to-one lectures to commence in the 2011 academic year. The producer is said to be "excited" and "honoured" by this opportunity and intends to call upon the full spectrum of experience that he has acquired through a successful tenure in the industry.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Bez the fugitive

The Happy Mondays star is on the run from the police after breaking a restraining order by phoning and texting his ex-girlfriend Monica Ward.

Bez has fled his home as the Greater Manchester Police try to track him down. The police have stated that they may seek other police forces' help with the capture if they are unable to bring him in as soon as possible. Bez has only recently come out of prison following a conviction of assault on Monica Ward.

"All Of The Lights" - Kanye West et al.

Confirmed as the third single off "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy", this single has a massive crowd of artists including:
  • John Legend;
  • The Dream;
  • Ryan Leslie;
  • Tony Williams;
  • Charlie Wilson;
  • Elly Jackson;
  • Alicia Keys;
  • Fergie;
  • Kid Cud;
  • Rihanna; and
  • Elton John
Not sure if this is the final version but it's enough to whet your appetite.

Lil Wayne released from Rikers

Contrary to reports earlier on this morning, Lil Wayne has been released from Rikers following 8 months behind bars. According to reports the rapper was released around 7am this morning.

Now, according to Mack Maine, Lil Wayne will be heading to Miami for a welcome home party at a strip club.

Welcome home Weezy!

Gucci Mane - charges dropped

Following the breaking news that Gucci Mane had been arrested for numerous driving offences a judge has dropped the charges for "want of prosecution" but stated that they may be reinstated later.

Gucci is still in prison at this moment because bail was not granted for the destruction of governmental property but he is believed to be due for release soon.

"Love The Way You Lie Part II" - Rihanna and Eminem

Despite both artists originally being against the idea, "Love The Way You Lie" has been given a sequel.


Kanye and Bush go back and forth

Ex President, George Bush Jr, has come out for the first time about Kanye's comments following Hurricane Katrina. Mr West had said, live on TV, that Bush did not care about black people. This week, Bush had appeared on Today with Matt Lauer and said of the comments "He called me a racist, and I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now... It's not true".

Yesterday however, Kanye came back at these comments by saying "I really connect with him". He also said that his main issue was the lack of compassion that he saw and that Bush has not rushed down to New Orleans.

Then, rather ridiculously, Kanye compared Bush and Katrina to his own 'big' situation... with Taylor Swift. Kanye said that people had branded him racist since the Taylor Swift incident and that he had been humbled by it all and said that he regretted his comment to Bush.

Jay laughs off Hammer

Following MC Hammer's "Better Run Run" that we posted earlier this week, Jay has laughed off the video that was a response to his verse on "So Appalled".

He told DJ Semtex of 1xtra "I didn't know that [Hammer's financial issues following his success] wasn't on the table! I didn't know I was the first person ever to say it".

He also went on to say that in his book, "Decoded", has some nice things to say about Hammer and his contribution to hip hop and that Hammer will ultimately be embarrassed.

Gorillaz competition... develop new character

Microsoft have announced a competition with IE9 and Gorillaz to create a new character for the Gorillaz world. The character, "The Evangelist", can be designed by anyone and will be voted on before being redrawn by Gorillaz artist, Jamie Hewlett.

The winner will be credited on the competition page and will received a Gorillaz themed goodie bag that will include a signed and framed version of Hewlett's final design.

Head over to the Gorillaz website for more information.

Get drawing!

Jay Z has political aspirations

Like Will Smith and P Diddy before him, Jay Z has announced that he would like to run for president. The rapper said "Give me a chance. Maybe in eight years, I'll be the president".

He also jumped to the defence of Obama following a tough night in the US midterms by saying "He's a human being. He's going to need time to figure that out".

A rapper as president... I bet you didn't think you would read that today!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Weezy to be released

Following his last letter from prison, Weezy is due to come out of Rikers on Thursday.

Rumour has it that he will be straight back to work and may even appear with Drizzy on stage as early as Friday night!

Sorry for all the prison news today... I am getting sick of writing it so I assume you are getting sick of reading it!

Gucci Mane arrested - breaking news

Breaking news... and it's a goodun

Gucci Mane has been arrested following numerous traffic offences and had to be restrained with pepper spray.

The charges include: driving on the wrong side of the road, running a red light or stop sign, damage to government property, obstruction, no licence, no proof of insurance and other traffic charges.

The rapper has been taken to hospital to check if he is okay after the pepper spraying but then will be whisked over to Fulton County Jail

Gucci.... smh

T.I. goes back

T.I is now officially a prison inmate once again.

He has started his 11 month stretch in an Arkansas prison for a violation of his probation. He was arrested in September for possession of ecstasy whilst with his wife, Tiny.

T.I. will not have an easy ride this time and will be subject to the normal entry process for new inmates. It is hard to have sympathy for anyone to be so stupid whilst on probation but either way... hopefully this will give his the kick up the arse he needs!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Jasmine Mans letter to Minaj

Following the slam poem that Mans threw at Minaj, the poet has come out and stated that the poem was not a diss but a dare, a dare for Nicki to be a "PHENOMENAL WOMAN"

Here's what she had to say:

I do not want Nicki Minaj to be the next Lauryn Hill or MC Lyte, I want her to rap as if women like Assata Shakur and Toni Morrison exist.

“The Miss-Education of a Barbie" is a call to action not only for Nicki Minaj but to all women in the entertainment industry.

My poem targets Nicki Minaj because I am a long time fan and follower of her work. I recognize and applaud her lyrical abilities and the affect she has on women older and younger than myself. If we, as an audience, do not hold up a mirror to our artists, then who will?

The "Miss-Education of a Barbie" questions the message that Nicki Minaj is relaying to her listeners. If Nicki Minaj seeks to simply entertain audiences with shallow concepts then my poem can be written off as irrelevant to her and her fans alike. However, if she seeks to make a difference in musical history and in the lives of her fans around the world then my piece questions her methods of doing so.

Her "Barbie" image is an objectification of womanhood. How can we expect our male rappers to pay homage and respect to women when the voice that is representing us is tainted with sexual innuendos and “child’s play?”

Most rappers say in response to this "look, I didn’t ask to be anyone’s role model, I am just doing me like always." for Nicki, this isn’t true, she did ask to be famous. She engineered herself to be more marketable so that this could happen. Now that it happened, what will she do with that power? Will she be self-serving at the expense of her fans? Or will she be both entertaining, sexy and socially progressive for women? We don't want the Nicki we know to go away, we want the Nicki we know to be 3 Dimensional.

W.E.B. DuBois said all art is propaganda and should be used to uplift and challenge the African American community, and if art does not do such it is useless. Nicki Minaj is too powerful to be useless.

My piece is not a “diss,” it is a dare.

I dare Nicki Minaj to be a PHENOMENAL WOMAN and not a phenomenal "Barbie."

Jasmine Mans

Public Enemy's fans raise enough for new album

Chuck D and Flavor Flav has reached their target of £51,000 to record a new album. Interestingly however, the money has not been fronted by a label or investor... but instead the fans.

Through website "sellaband", fans are asked to invest money in the band in exchange for copies of the album, exclusive merchandise, etc. Despite originally coming up against some controversy when launching the campaign, Chuck declared the whole thing a success.

Public Enemy #1

"Better Run Run" Jay Z diss - MC Hammer

Smh

It seems that Lil Kim isn't the only one with dissing on her mind today. MC Hammer has made the following verse replying to the 'diss' that Jay put in his "So Appalled" verse.

I didn't want to post this as it is ridiculous but here it is

Lil Kim prepping a Nicki Minaj diss

Following some comments made on Nicki's "Roman's Revenge", rumour has it that Lil Kim is prepping a diss track to Nicki that will be released at some point today.

Just recently Kim tweeted giving some kudos to Minaj but it seems Nicki thinks it's too little too late.

Watch this space and to see what the fuss is about, see "Roman's Revenge" below.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Picture Moment #5

"Roman's Revenge" - Nicki Minaj and Eminem

This song has caused quite a stir on the internet today. Nicki channels her Roman Zolanski and Em channels his Slim Shady culminating in this track.

To say that opinions have been split on this would be a massive understatement. Swizzy provides the beat and Em/Slim goes hard as always; Nicki/Roman however isn't helped by some questionable wordplay and also takes a few shots at who I can only assume is Lil Kim.

Either way, here it is for you to make your mind up on.

Kid Cudi done with rap?

Kid Cudi has told MTV that he is "over rapping" and that he doesn't get any satisfaction from writing 16s. His new direction is all guitar based and he will be making a new album with his new rock band, The Wizards.

Cudi also told MTV that when Kanye has asked him to get on tracks in the past, he has always made an excuse or avoided it unless Mr West wanted his services for a chorus or hook.

Cudi's new album "Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr Rager" is still set for a release on 9th November but from that point on he intends to work with his new band for the foreseeable future. All I hope is that this was squared with Kanye first... I mean it's not like Cudi has dominated rap and now needs to change direction!

Either way, I thought you may be bothered

The Kinks will never reform

Guitarist Dave Davies has smashed all rumours that The Kinks are to reunite and tour once again. Rumours had been spreading since his brother, Ray Davies, had said that Dave was slowly warming to the idea of a reunion of the band.

Dave told the Daily Mail that a reunion would not be happening as he had no intention of ruining the legacy of the band and described his brother as an "arsehole".

So if you were getting excited...don't bother.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Chemical Brothers for Noel Gallagher's solo release?

Ed and Tom have expressed a desire to work with Noel on his upcoming solo release. The Chemical Brothers have already worked with Noel in the past; they worked on "Setting Sun" and "Let Forever Be" as well a remix of the Oasis track "Falling Down".

Tom said that the offer is there for Noel and that they are very interested to see what he has planned for his first post-Oasis work. Noel is said to be focusing on family life at the moment but fans can only hope that an album is quietly being worked on between changing those nappies!

Jam Master Jay - 8 years on

It's now been 8 years since the JMJ of the groundbreaking Run DMC was murdered.

Regardless of how or why this happened, we should simply just celebrate and remember the man as he should be remembered.

Play it loud...

"The Joy" - Kanye West, Pete Rock, Jay Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield and Kid Cudi

G.O.O.D. Friday!

Also, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has been mastered and is finished... roll on the 22nd November!

Friday, 29 October 2010

Jay Z decoded songs announced

In some brilliant news for anyone waiting for the Jay Z "Decoded" book, the song list has been announced so fans know what songs will be discussed and analysed.

Check the list below and see if Jay has included the songs you want the scoop on!

Public Service Announcement
American Dreamin’
Early This Morning
Coming of Age
Coming of Age (Da Sequel)
D’Evils
99 Problems
Ignorant Shit
Most Kings
Success
Renegade
Can I Live?
Fallin’
Big Pimpin’
Streets Is Watching
Operation Corporate Takeover
Moment of Clarity
Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise)
My 1st Song
Young Gifted and Black
Hell Yeah (Pimp The System)
Beware (Jay-Z Remix)
Blue Magic
This Life Forever
Meet The Parents
Where I’m From
Minority Report
Dynasty (Intro)
My President Is Black
Regrets
This Can’t Be Life
Soon You’ll Understand
Beach Chair
Lucifer
December 4th
History

Keith Richards admits to snorting father

The Rolling Stone guitarist has now opening admitted to the rumours that he snorted his father's ashes.

Richards said of that matter that he had spilled some of his fathers ashes on the table and did not have the heart to simply sweep them away... so in his infinite wisdom decided to snort the ashes. The rest were used to plant an oak tree and he concluded by saying that his father would "love him for it".

Eminem to appear on Minaj debut

Eminem is to appear on Minaj's debut album "Pink Friday". Minaj says that they put the idea of a collaboration out there with no real expectation that Slim Shady would agree.

However, after only turning one beat down, Shady found a gem of a Swizz Beatz beat and spazzed all over it apparently. The track is called "Roman's Revenge" and is believed to be more of the "Monster" Nicki rather than "Bedrock" Nicki.

"Pink Friday" is still set for a November 22nd release but we'll see if they really want it going against Kanye.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Shyne apologises

It seems that Shyne has not stood by his words regarding L.A Reid. He has issued an apology to Reid on xxlmag.com reaffirming his loyalty to "100 million sold Reid".

It's not really surprising that Shyne has eaten his words, Reid took a rapper fresh from prison and whacked him on a highly inflated deal. Hopefully this will mean that his album will not be pushed back and Shyne can start paying his fee back.

Gorillaz to release live EP

Gorillaz are to release a nine track live session EP for iTunes. The EP is also set to include an interview with members Murdoc and 3D.

The EP will feature the following:
  • "Clint Eastwood";
  • "Dirty Harry";
  • "Feel Good Inc";
  • "Kids With Guns";
  • "Stylo";
  • "Glitter Freeze";
  • "On Melancholy Hill"; and
  • "Rhinestone Eyes"

Tony Wilson gets a headstone

A memorial to Factory records boss Tony Wilson has been unveiled in The Southern Cemetary in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy. The black granite headstone was designed by colleague Peter Saville and Ben Kelly.

The legendary music executive died following a long fight with cancer and is responsible for many iconic acts such as Joy Division, The Happy Mondays and rave haven - The Hacienda

G.O.O.D. and Young Money to tour?

Rumour has it that G.O.O.D. Music and Young Money are set to embark on a joint tour. It is believed that all the usual suspects will be there but also Jay Z is rumoured to be included on some of the dates.

A big tour if this happens!

Joe Budden - "Follow My Lead" - Official Video

Off Mood Muzik 4 (see review below)

Jasmine Mans - "Nicki Minaj"

This is perhaps one of the best videos I have seen in a long while. Jasmine Mans slams Nicki Minaj on this one. The poet, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin goes hard with a passion for her work that is wonderful to see.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Joe Budden - "Mood Muzik 4 (A Turn For The Worst)" - Review



Joe Budden has been through numerous stages in his career so far. He was once the radio friendly rapper that was pumping it up but is now a very much more introspective, complete rapper. The Mood Muzik series has been a fan favourite and has regularly proved that the best work of an artist is not always on an album. The other Mood Muzik mixtapes have been favourably received by fans and critics alike. From the under-the-radar MM1, to the highly acclaimed MM2, and most recently (and to a lot of people, the mixtape of all time) MM3.
The Intro to this MM4 is quintessentially mood muzik; a sombre piano from Sean C & LV gets Budden spazzing all over it with strong lyrics that set the tone for the album. One of the most refreshing things about Budden as a rapper is his varied subject matter and that as a fan you get the impression that no subject is off limits; Joey is content to express thoughts that may well hurt his hard-underground reputation. This is apparent with the line “play the corner of the club, laughing at the wannabes, it’s ironic cause they everything I wanna be”; Joey is the king of the underground but it willing to express a desire for a wider audience.
That being said, MM4 is perhaps the most conventional of the whole series. More conventional song structures and hooks are utilised so this may well be the most palatable of the series for a wider audience.  MM4 also has some exciting guest appearances; Fabolous, Banks and Royce kill it on “Remember The Titans” with Styles P and Pusha T helping out on “Dessert 4 Thought” and Slaughterhouse buddies Crooked I and Joell Ortiz also lend a hand. Once again, Killa BH gets it on big time and is as hilarious as ever...apparently he’s taking his talents to South Beach also!
The production on the mixtape is also more polished than on the previous efforts. J Cardim is entrusted with the vast majority and is the standout producer on the whole. The beat of the album could go to one of 10 but “Black Cloud” truly is something special; a true mood muzik beat if I’ve ever heard one.
There is no doubt that Budden is one of the best active rappers in the industry right now. This Mood Muzik is certainly a fan-pleaser and it’s brilliant to hear something that is truly exciting. With a move to Shady and a new Slaughterhouse album on the way, these are exciting times my friend.  

9 out of 10
“Are you in that mood yet?!”