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)
99 Problems
Ignorant Shit
Most Kings
Can I Live?
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
This Can’t Be Life
Soon You’ll Understand
Beach Chair
December 4th

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 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?!”

Joe Budden - "Mood Muzik 4" - Review

Just a quick one to let you all know that the "Mood Muzik 4" review is going to go up today!

Just giving it another full listen and going to finish the review.

"You in that mood yet?!"

LimeWire shut down for good

The file sharing website LimeWire has been officially shut down following a permanent injunction from the federal court in New York. At it's most popular, LimeWire had been one of the biggest peer-to-peer filesharing websites with 50 million monthly users.

Judge Kimba Wood ruled that the company had caused "irreparable harm" to the record industry and closed the website after a four year intense legal battle. RIAA figures suggest that the rise in websites such as LimeWire caused the record sale figures to almost half between 1999 and 2009.

This is not the only bad new for LimeWire, in January they will be back in court to assess the appropriate level of damages to compensate the record companies for their losses.

RIP LimeWire

Crystal Castles and Robert Smith (The Cure) - "Not In Love"

Something more accessible and perhaps even catchy from Crystal Castles with Robert Smith lending a hand on the vocals.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Picture Moment #4

More Tron fun

Here's a new preview for Tron. The video includes the Daft Punk boys and elaborates on the 20 second trailer that was released a couple of weeks ago!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Gregory Isaacs passes away

Gregory Isaacs of "Night Nurse" fame has passed away aged 59. The reggae musician died in his London home after a fight with lung cancer.

Gregory's wife Linda said "Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed".

Sad, sad news but enjoy the treat below in tribute.

Tasty Treat #3

Nicki Minaj - "Blow Your Mind"

Another one from the Minaj... Bonkers beat

Elton John and Gaga for next Disney abortion

Elton John and Lady Gaga have recorded "Hello, Hello" for the new Disney creation, "Gnomeo and Juliet" (yes, you read right).

The pair performed together at the Grammys and both expressed a desire to work together in the future... and chose clearly paid an enormous sum to attach it to gnome themed Shakespeare.

MTV Top 10 Hottest MC List

1. Eminem
2. Jay-Z
3. Kanye West
4. Drake
5. Rick Ross
Nicki Minaj
7. Lil Wayne
8. Waka Flocka
9. B.o.B
10. Ludacris

Not a particularly surprising list this year. You can watch all the videos of the decision process on and in particular the arguments about Jay or Em for #1 and who should be higher... Drake or Kanye

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Bez loses appeal

Bez (Happy Mondays) has lost his appeal against his conviction of assault. Bez was convicted of assault following an altercation with the mother of his child and was in court following a four week stint inside.

The appeal was unsuccessful and Bez was ordered to pay £500 costs. It could have easily been worse with Bez branding the decision "a joke" and being threatened by Judge Roger Dutton with another stint in prison.

"Runaway" in full

If you have a spare chunk of your day hit the link to see Ye's vision in full.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

"Runaway" Preview

Here's the preview for Ye's "Runaway"... and yes it is Nicki Minaj doing the questionable English accent!

Joe Budden - "Mood Muzik 4"

"Mood Muzik 4 (A Turn For The Worst)" got a release today. For a free download head over to

Check here over the next few days for a full review of the highly anticipated mixtape.

"Dont Look Down" - Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def & Big Sean

Another G.O.O.D. Friday track.

Great to hear Ye and Lupe back together on a track.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Kanye's cover not banned?

A couple of days ago, news was going around that Kanye's cover for his new album had been banned. However, rumour has it that this is not the case.

The story goes that Kanye gave the cover to his label and although they did object to it, they said that if Kanye was adamant he wanted it, they would support him nonetheless.

The LA Times believe that the 'ban' was actually a bit of free publicity for the album. Who knows who is telling the truth in this but who really cares as long as the album has a cover!

Game and Pharrell - "The Bounce"

Here's a snippet from the new Neptunes produced Game track.

A bit of exciting production from Chad and Pharrell is welcome while we still wait on The R.E.D. Album.

"Come Around Sundown" to be fastest selling album of 2010

According to the midweek chart the Kings Of Leon album is set to go straight in at #1 and is currently out-selling Eminem's "Recovery".

Caleb Followill has told The Sun that they are scared of being outsold by Susan Boyle. However, this does not seem likely with the final figures to be announced this Sunday.

Ari Up of The Slits passes away

Ari Up, frontwoman of The Slits, has passed away at 48.

The announcement was made through her stepfather's (John Lydon) website. She passed away on 20th October after a "serious illness".

No bun in the oven?

Apparently Beyonce is not pregnant.

Be's mother went on Ellen to clear the rumours up by saying that Be is not pregnant yet but that she can't wait when it actually happens.

MOBO Winners list

Best Newcomer - Tinie Tempah

Best UK R&B / Soul Act - Plan B

Best UK Hip Hop / Grime Act - Professor Green

Best International Act - Eminem

Best Reggae Act - Gyptian

Best Album - JLS, 'JLS'

Best Video in association with MTV Base - Tinie Tempah ft Labrinth - Frisky

Best UK Act in association with Lebara Mobile - JLS

Best Song in association with PRSforMusic - NDubz FEAT. Mr Hudson ' Playing with Fire

Best African Act - K'Naan

Best Jazz Act - Empirical

Best Gospel Act - Guvna B

Lifetime Achievement - Billy Ocean

BeMOBO - Merseyside Dance Initiative

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

MOBO's currently taking place

For anyone in the UK. The MOBO's are taking place tonight in Liverpool.

Head on over to BBC3 to get involved and there will be a breakdown of the winners up on here tomorrow.

NME Cool List 2010

The Cool List was announced this morning in the current edition of NME. This list gives an indication of what NME wants to be cool this year and will no doubt be rammed down reader's throats.

Here's a few of the best entries....right or wrong

70) Soulja Boy - really?
66) Cher Lloyd - ibid
59) Cee Lo Green - ibid
56) Gucci Maine - are you kidding me?
50) Lady Gaga
49) Katy B
48) Plan B
42) Nicki Minaj - it's the crazy faces what dunit
29) Skream
26) Giggs
21) Jay Z
15) Robyn
9) Carl Barat - Really... The Libertines ended ages ago!
6) Paul Weller
3) Kanye West
2) Janelle Monae - Diddy's Gaga
1) Laura Marling - NME wants folk/country to be big this's official

Mothafar Assar - The last Gaza rapper

Click below to see an article on the last rapper on in Gaza.

There has been a clampdown on rappers in the area and Assar's inaugural show was broken up Hamas security forces. The article interviews the rapper as he discusses his views on the current political climate.

Beyonce expecting?

In a gossip related post it has been rumoured that Beyonce is up the duff. The singer is apparently thrilled with the news as her and Jay Z are expecting their first little 'un.

New video from The Streets

Mike Skinner has posted a new video of himself working on the next (and last) album under the name of The Streets. The clip called "Comfortable" features numerous messages rolling across the screen as Skinner plays an instrumental in the background.

The album is to be called "Computers and Blues" and is still yet without a release date.

To check the video out head over to:

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Chili Peppers halfway through new album

Chad Smith has spoken to about the band's 10th studio album. As of yet it seems that it will not be a double album like 2006's "Stadium Arcadium" but that they are in the process of cutting down the songs.

Its nice to see that suing Diana Vickers isn't all their focussing on.

Kate and Jamie not married

still not bothered... no me either

"All Of The Lights" confirmed as third single and to feature 11 artists!

Mr West has confirmed that the third single off "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" will be "All Of The Lights" and is set to feature the following:
  • Rihanna;
  • Alicia Keys;
  • Elton John;
  • Fergie;
  • John Legend;
  • The Dream;
  • Tony Williams;
  • Kid Cudi;
  • Charlie Wilson;
  • Ryan Leslie; and
  • Elly Jackson (La Roux)
He described the collaboration as "completely seamless and completely ghetto as fuck"... we'll see.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Tony McCarroll tell-all book to shake the Oasis story

The ex-Oasis drummer is set to release his tell-all book about his time in the band leading up to his sacking. He says he is "going up against a global brand" by challenging the iconic band, but that a lot of issues needed clearing up.

The book will document the drummer's version of events and will discuss his time in the band.

He and Noel are said to still be on bad terms so don't expect too many kind words! It is due for release on 20th November 2010.

Adam Yauch getting better?

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys is reportedly doing a lot better following treatment for cancer. Mike D's missus wrote on her blog that her husband was back mixing the album and that Yauch was doing much better.

It has also since been rumoured that "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1" may come out next year... regardless of when the album will come out, this is awesome news.

Kanye gets banned

It seems that Mr West's problems regarding pictures seem to be never ending this week. He tweeted that the cover for his new album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has been banned.

I think the label can't see it fitting in with the Tesco decor.

Back to the drawing board I guess...

"No Idea" - Joe Budden - MM4

Another one off the upcoming Mood Muzik 4!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

T.I gets those 11 months

As reported earlier this week, T.I. has been sentenced to 11 more months for violating his probation.

Weezy coming out and T.I. going back in... sort it out!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Jay-Z greatest hits Vol 1 coming soon

Hova is set to release Volume 1 of his greatest hits.

You will be able to buy either the standard or deluxe version. The tracklisting is very much focused on the singles he has released but the deluxe copy will have a few more of the fans favourites.

Here's the tracklisting:

"Public Service Announcement (Interlude)"
"Run This Town (Featuring Rihanna & Kanye West)"
''03 Bonnie & Clyde (Featuring Beyoncé)"
"I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
"D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)"
"99 Problems"
"Empire State Of Mind (Featuring Alicia Keys)"
"Dirt Off Your Shoulder"
"Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"
Show Me What You Got"
"Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)"
"Big Pimpin (Featuring U.G.K)''

Disc: 2 (only with the deluxe version)"Young Gifted And Black"
"Pump It Up (Freestyle)"
"My President Is Black (Remix)"
"Go Hard Remix (Jay-Z, Kanye West & T-Pain)"
"Most Kings (Featuring Green Lantern)"

For me personally, too many omissions

"Take One For The Team" - Kanye West, Pusha T, Keri Hilson, Cyhi The Prynce

Forgetting all that photo business...G.O.O.D Friday.

Will Butler (Arcade Fire) to lecture at university

Will Butler of Arcade Fire fame is to give a lecture at Northwestern University about how he has blended a music career with social activism. Butler was a poetry major at the university before the band took off and is said to be relishing the chance to go back.

There are rumours that a performance may happen as well but Butler was quoted as saying "nothing is planned yet".

Friday, 15 October 2010

T.I gets 11 more months

It seems saving someone's life just isn't enough.

After being caught with the missus in possession of weed whilst on probation is not something that will just slide. He is to serve 11 months for this... news that he and his fans will not want to hear.

Oh well...that's the album pushed back again

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince (The Kills) married

Yeah married secretly in August apparently....

bothered?... No me either

Pictures of Kanye West naked doing the rounds

This will obviously be an uncomfortable read for Yeezy with pictures that "leave little to the imagination" circulating the web.

He apparently sent them to numerous women through Myspace and now, unsuprisingly, they have leaked.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Major Lazer announce new album details.

Diplo and Switch have given some details about the new Major Lazer album. They have said that it will be a pretty random affair and will feature:
  • Vybz Kartel
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Lykke Li
  • Santigold
  • Lee Perry
  • Junior Mervin
If it's anything like the first album, it will be awesome.

Irv and Lighty to Def Jam?

Could this happen?

Rumour has it that Chris Lighty and Irv Gotti are being lined up to head Def Jam. The plan is for both to work together in order to return Def Jam to it's hip hop roots.

This is potentially awesome news but whether these egos will be able to work together is still a mystery.

T.I saves a life

T.I has saved a listening parole officer?

The story goes that T.I heard a radio show where a person was on the top of the building threatening to jump. He rang the show to ask if there was anything he could do and was told he should come down and try to help.

He recorded a video for the man and the police played it for him. After viewing the video he agreed to step down from the ledge.

T.I then met the bloke in the lobby and they had a little chat.

Good work but I don't think this will keep you out of prison mate

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Foreign Exchange video

In the lead up to the highly anticipated "Authenticity", this Sandrine Orabona and Anke Thommen directed film is something to whet your appetite.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Twitter - Be a sheep....follow


"Erase Me" - Kid Cudi and Kanye West - Official video

This video got it's release today and features McLovin in a cameo appearance.

Cudi is on a Hendrix vibe for this one, probably something to do with issues he has had this month

Monday, 11 October 2010

"Tron" soundtrack pushed back

The Daft Punk arranged soundtrack to "Tron" has had it's release date pushed back to 7th December. It's not clear if this is to avoid coming out the same week as Kanye but that week is certainly a more commercially viable option

To hear a snippet from the soundtrack head here

Fiddy asked to adopt a rhino

Yeah you read that right.

A South African charity has asked 50 Cent to adopt a rhino that has been shot 9 times. The charity feel as if 50 will be able to relate to the rhino following his own shooting session.

Sorry about writing about this "news"... The image of a rapper with a rhino was too hard to resist.

Lupe gets a release date

After making his peace with Atlantic records, Lupe's new album has been scheduled for a release on 8th March. The album "Lasers" was causing a lot of issues over at Atlantic with Fiasco followers planning a protest on the offices of the label to demand a release date.

Lupe will release the lead track of the album on 26th October via

"Start It Up" - Lloyd Banks, Kanye West, Swizz Beats, Fabolous

Off the long awaited "Hunger For More II"

"Child Rebel Soldier" - Kanye West, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco - G.O.O.D. Friday

Release date is getting closer...another G.O.O.D. Friday

Friday, 8 October 2010

Guess who beat the Beatles Billboard record?


That's right, the show that is barely into it's second series in the US has supassed the The Beatles record of the most songs in the top 100 by a non-solo act.

The Beatles held the record with an amazing 71 but the Glee cast have surpassed this by 4 making the new record 75!

This is bizarre

Trouble for Weezer campaigner

James Burns who has hilariously set up the $10,000,000 for Weezer to quit campaign has ridiculously received numerous death threats from die hard Weezers fans.

He is quoted as saying that one such threat said that they wished he contracted the Aids virus.

Can this story get any more ridiculous?

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Chiddy Bang feat. Q-Tip - Here We Go

Chiddy Bang feat. Q-Tip - Here We Go by theproprietor

Kanye showcases "Runaway" in London

Kanye West has been in London to do an official screening for his new (40 minute) music video "Runaway".

Starring his new missus (apparently), Selita Ebanks, the plot is basically that a phoenix falls to earth and becomes Griffin's girlfriend (played by Mr West) and then numerous weird and wonderful dreamlike skits occur.

After the screening (that was invite only), Mr West held a 2 hour question and answer session.

The following has been leaked from the Q&A:
  • Nicki Minaj narrates a British accent;
  • It was shot in Prague;
  • It was inspired by "Thriller" and "Purple Rain";
  • Bon Iver will feature on 9 tracks on the new album; and
  • The video features numerous other songs from the album

Stones Throw celebrate 10 years

On the 10/10/10 there is set to be an almighty celebration for the 10 years anniversary of the west coast music label.

10 DJs will perform for 10 hours in an epic night to celebrate the label that gave the world Madvillain, Quasimoto and Madlib.

Madlib and Danny Holloway are two of the DJ's on offer...enough said

If your going...your a lucky bastard

LL Cool J set to be confirmed?

There is a strong rumour going around that LL Cool J is set to be confirmed as an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This is great news for the rap veteran and hopefully The Beastie Boys will be joining him into this prestigous club of artists

Weezer will quit for $20,000,000

Following the campaign set up by James Burns, Weezer's drummer Patrick Wilson has jokingly replied that they will do the "deluxe breakup for $20,000,000".

The campaign is still up and running so if you wish to part of the fall of Weezer head on over to

Why "Lost Tapes II" is not getting a release

Below is a leaked email from Nas to some top Def Jam execs discussing the potential release of Lost Tapes II

From: Nas
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks

Peace to all,

With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.

I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation

This isn’t the 90′s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a fuck about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me.

Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handlely built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment.

You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!


Whilst I agree with what is being said, I can only seeing this being a publicity stunt or even a fake

What do you think?

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Daft Punk Tron cameo?

Snippets from the Disney film show the electro duo not only scoring the movie but also with a cameo appearance in the film.

The talk is that, musically, this film is going to be immense.

Die Antwoord - "Evil Boy" - Official Video

Below is the official video for "Evil Boy" and it is suitably disturbing.

Lots of penis shaped objects, homophobia and fucked up costumes but would you expect any less?

Gorillaz - "Doncamatic (All Played Out)" featuring Daley

A post-summer Gorillaz chunk of funk

$10,000,000 for Weezer to quit

This perhaps the most hilarious idea I have read in a long time. Anti-fan James Burns has set up a pledge account in order to try and raise $10,000,000 that will be offered to Weezer on the condition that they do not release an album ever again!

Brilliant albeit harsh

If you would like to show your support use the link below

Hynotize U - N.E.R.D. (Produced by Daft Punk)

When two superproducers collide...

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Kanye names new album

Kanye's new effort will be called "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

He announced it through his twitter and it is due for a 22 November release.

Major Lazer - "Percumajor" - Video

This is an old track and favourite of Diplo that has been given the Lazer treatment. Featuring Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Stephen Hawking this is a star studded definitely not cartoon video

Monday, 4 October 2010

U2 to be confirmed as Glasto headliners??

After having to pull out of their appearance last year, U2 have given a strong indication that they will be occupying one of the headline slots for the 2011 festival.

Fans were encouraged to buy tickets to the event and the manager of the band was quoted as saying that they were "excited about plans for next year" and "watch this space" 

Kanye on SNL

Mr West performed on SNL this week.

Below is the performance of "Power"

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Dipset reunion sneak peek

araabMUZIK was a spectator at the B.E.T. awards and has released this sneak peek preview of the boys doing "Salute"

Here's the link so you can see it yourself but I cannot wait to see this in full!

White Sky - Vampire Weekend (Basement Jaxx Remix)

Another remix from Basement Jaxx as they give the rework to "White Sky".

White Sky (Basement Jaxx Remix) by theproprietor

B.E.T awards

The B.E.T awards were last night and are due to be televised on October 12th. The long awaited Dipset reunion took place and, by all accounts, did not disappoint one bit!

Nicki Minaj was the big winner of the night picking up 3 awards including the "Favourite by Fans" award...amazing what a twitter following can do eh...

Christian Dior Denim Flow - Artwork

Glastonbury sells out

Despite problems with the website, Glastonbury 2011 sold out this morning within 4 hours.

If you still want a ticket you will have a chance on the resale date when unwanted tickets will go back on sale for the iconic festival

Friday, 1 October 2010

Detox update

Dr Dre and LeBron James attended a press conference to promote their new venture "Power Beats" headphones. During the interview Dre announced that "Detox" may be out by Christmas; but, the way I see it now, until I have a copy in my hands I will not believe it!

Affion Crockett is in the ad for the headphone (below) and is as hilarious as usual. He pokes fun at Dre's work ethic regarding Detox and that James should never do a press conference ever again (after the whole Decision 2010 fiasco) and that he has never won a Championship.

Here's the ad

Beats by Dr. Dre Tour High-Resolution In-Ear Headphones from Monster

Glasto 2011

With registration for tickets closing this morning and tickets going on sale on Sunday, Mr Eavis has announced that he will confirm the headliners for the 2011 festival when the tickets have sold out.

Many believe U2 will play this year after having to pull out of their appearance last year due to Bono's back problem which was caused by having to hold the weight of his ego and massive head.

Good luck Sunday if your getting tickets and here's hoping to a strong LGB presence there

Dr Dre and Dipset

Another great photo today...

Dr Dre working on the Dipset reunion!

Dre...isn't there something else you should be working on?

Diddy in a kilt


This photo was taken at the Glasgow show and shows Diddy getting right in the mix with things. The show got a bit of a slatting by the critics but the people actually there loved it.

Good work for getting involved Diddy!