When Rick Rubin met with LL Cool J for the first time, LL couldn't believe his eyes, Rubin says.
"Both LL and Russell [Simmons] couldn't believe that I was White when I met them," Rubin says in a recent interview with satellite radio station Shade 45.
Scott Boras, you over baby. Robinson Cano you coming with me. These n***as like rotary phones. It’s a new day. Hit up KD,” rapped Jay Z on the Magna Carta Holy Grail track “Crown.” Jay was essentially telling established sports agent Scott Boras and the rest of the world that his new Roc Nation Sports agency was going to be major force whether they liked it or not.
Rap music will be well represented at the 56th Annual Grammys with two of the hottest young Hip Hop acts vying for two of the night’s biggest awards. Both Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been nominated for one of the most prestigious honors in music – the Grammy for Album Of The Year.
Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city and Mack & Ryan’s The Heist will compete against Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and Taylor Swift’s Red for AOTY. The Black Hippy member and the duo from Seattle were also nominated for the Best New Artist award with James Blake, Kacey Musgraves, and Ed Sheeran.
50 Cent recently stated in an interview that he does not expect his next studio album to sell like his previous efforts. Maybe hooking up to record with hit maker Pharrell Williams could be the necessary additive to put 50 back at the top of the charts, and it appears Skateboard P is open to producing an entire LP with 5-0.
In the outtakes of Complex‘s cover story, Pharrell is asked about a suggestion offered by Pusha T that he and the Queens emcee work on an entire project together. P responded
Jay Z and fellow defendants Timbaland, EMI, Warner Music, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and more seemed to be cleared in a copyright infringement lawsuit over the 2000 hit single “Big Pimpin’,” but a judge has ruled that the case filed by the family of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdy in 2007 can move forward.
It had appeared that the statute of limitations for a legal copyright claim to the song “Khosara Khosara” had expired. The new ruling now allows the case to continue because the licensing deal between EMI and the Egyptain company Sout El Phan ended in 2006.
The tragic killing of 7-year-old Talib Pecantte has rocked the Los Angeles area. The young boy was shot in the chest while sitting in a parked car with his mother and an unidentified man. As response to the murder rapper Game is working with local members of the Crips, Bloods, and Spanish gangs to raise funds for Pecantte’s funeral.
It seems not too long ago that Pharrell was rapping “When I finger f*ck the track it caress the gift” on his 2006 Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama. Seven years later and Pharrell is working on a new solo album with one change: he won’t be rapping.
In an interview with Complex, the man with the producer’s golden touch revealed that he is indeed working on a follow up to his 2006 debut solo album In My Mind, however age has halted his desire to rap
Gucci Mane has announced the release date for his new album The State Vs Radric Davis 2: The Caged Bird Sings.
The project is set to be released December 25.
As Jay Z celebrates his 44th birthday today the Roc Nation boss took the time look back at his entire discography to create a list of his best-to-worst albums. Jigga shared his personal LP countdown on his Life+Times blog.
Not surprisingly his debut Reasonable Doubt took the top spot with his 2006 comeback album Kingdom Come landing in last. His latest project Magna Carta Holy Grail came in at number 6 right below American Gangster which he labels a 4.5 mic project. According to Jay, he has gifted the music world with four classic LPs.
Producer/entrepreneur Dr. Dre plans on taking Beats Electronics, which he founded alongside Jimmy Iovine, one step further next year with the introduction of Beats Music. Beats Music will serve as a new addition to the music streaming market and will serve as a partnership between Dre and Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor.
As opposed to other music streaming services, Beats Music will seek to introduce users to new music by “helping people re-discover the magic in the experience of listening to music.”