On the heels of his hard-knocking True to Form EP with Vanderslice, Nico the Beast debuts a live rendition of his new street single "Dead Planet" off his soon-coming H.O.M.E. album. Alongside Rec Raw with no hook, the two emcees loom over the murky, hyponotic track like thunder and lightning.
Video: Turk's Girlfriend Discusses His Incarceration
http://VladTV.com - The girlfriend of former Hot Boy member Turk, who's been locked up since 2005, discusses how she's handled his incarceration. She says that at first, it was really hard, but as the years have gone by both her and Turk have learned a lot and grown. She also says that other former Hot Boy members have been very supportive and helpful in dealing with the situation.
Video: Rick Ross' Red Balenciaga Sneakers Don't Match
Courtesy Steve Raze.
While backstage at 106 & Park, we followed Rick Ross for The Next 48 Hours With Rick Ross series for his release of God Forgives, I Don't. Ross shows off his exclusive Balenciaga sneakers which didn't match his outfit, and Ross could care less!
Chris Brown and Drake Battle It Out for Best Male Video Best Electronic Dance Music Video Category Added Best New Artist: The Boy Bands vs. Carly Rae Jepsen, fun. and Frank Ocean
New York, NY (July 31, 2012) – MTV kicked off its annual countdown to the biggest night in music by officially announcing the nominees for the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards” and unveiling the first two VMA performers. Set to rock this year’s show, airing LIVE on September 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, is four-time VMA Award-winner, Alicia Keys, who will premiere a brand new song from her upcoming album, and the British boy band phenoms, One Direction, who are first-time VMA performers and nominees.
"Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special. I debuted "No One" at the VMAs— it was the first time anyone in the world heard “No One,” says Keys. “It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy. It’s the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!”
Rihanna and Drake lead the charge with an impressive five VMA nominations each, including the coveted, “Video of the Year” for her hit “We Found Love” as well as their joint smash, “Take Care.” While Drake received additional nods for “Best Hip Hop Video,” “Best Male Video,” “Best Art Direction” and “Best Cinematography,” Rihanna racked up additional nods for “Best Female Video,” “Best Choreography,” “Best Visual Effects” and “Best Pop Video.” Katy Perry follows as a close second with four VMA nods. Additionally, with the worldwide explosion of EDM, a new category for “Best Electronic Dance Music Video” has been added. Other notable VMA nominees this year include Kanye West, Gotye, Black Keys, Beyoncé, Skrillex, Frank Ocean, fun., Watch The Throne, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Lana Del Ray, Avicii, One Direction, Childish Gambino, Usher and more. MTV will announce additional performers and presenters at a later date.
Beginning Tuesday, July 31st at 6:00 a.m. ET, viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” and more by visiting vma.mtv.com online or m.mtv.com on their mobile phone. In addition, “Best New Artist” is available for voting via all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 22444 or by visiting MTV’s official Facebook page. Voting for all VMA categories, except “Best New Artist,” will end on August 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Voting for “Best New Artist” continues through the show, live on September 6. Verizon subscribers can vote on all categories via SMS by texting VMA to 22444 (standard message rates apply.) In addition voters that text VMA to 22444 are automatically entered into a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2013 Video Music Awards.
Alicia Keys can be described as a modern-day Renaissance woman. She is a 14-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy and in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. Since the 2001 release of her monumental debut album, songs in A minor, Keys has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments with more than 30 million albums sold worldwide. Keys is currently completing her highly anticipated fifth studio album which will be released this fall.
The five U.K. lads of One Direction – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – met as solo artists on “The X Factor 2010,” where they were turned into a group by the show’s judges. After quickly becoming a sensation in their native land, they invaded the U.S. in late 2011. The group’s debut album, Up All Night, entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 1, making music history as the first U.K. group to enter the charts at No. 1 with a debut album in the U.S. Up All Night is currently the top selling debut album of 2012.
Since the first MTV “Video Music Awards” aired in 1984, the VMAs instantly earned its reputation for delivering the most popular bands and artists to create the loudest, most influential and at times, the most controversial, annual live celebration of music in the world. No other award show has been responsible for creating more memorable or bigger musical moments in pop culture history than the MTV “Video Music Awards.” From Madonna, Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses, Eminem and Nirvana to Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Beyoncé and Florence and the Machine, an appearance on the VMA stage can forever change the trajectory of an artist’s career in a single night.
The 2012 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world. Ratings for the 2011 VMAs were up +30% YOY internationally, and the show was one of MTV’s top performers in key markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards.” Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are Co-Executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.
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For those who haven't seen the article, let me briefly summarize the main points of contention, and you can read Devo's blog if you want for the intricate details. About two years ago, Prince Markie Dee's manager posted online that he was available to do 16 bars for a song for a fee. Some of you may know him from his time in the Fat Boys, others from his solo career that followed. Either way Spice inquired about the price, found out it was a relatively reasonable $500, and both parties agreed he could pay the fee in advance and collect on the 16 when he had a track ready to go.
Things started to go awry when Spice needed the bars by the middle of March 2011 in time to release his album Gnome Sane? by April. This is where both the manager and the artist in question starting making excuses and promises, the former being unverifiable and the latter being unfulfilled. The deadline was missed, but Spice still had what was essentially a contract for services which he intended to keep - after all those 16 bars could be used in any project down the road. He set the end of April 2012 as a VERY reasonable due date, no bars were delivered, he asked for a refund.
Management suddenly clammed up and refused to answer any more e-mails on the subject. Spice took the matter to small claims court, Markie Dee's management failed to show up, Spice presented his side of the case to the judge, and the judge ruled in Spice's favor for the full amount of $500 + $22 for court costs. As you might suspect though, if they weren't about to give him a refund for not delivering on the contract, they weren't about to pay the summary judgment against them either. Spice is out the $500 and the court costs for 16 bars he paid for and never got.
On his July 29th podcast, Spice finally made the entire situation public, outlining everything written above and referred to in his LiveJournal blog. At this point Markie Dee's manager IMPLIED MALICIOUS INTENT ON TWITTER. You don't have to take my word for it though - read the LiveJournal blog and decide for yourself. On top of that several Twitter accounts said manager controls minutes later tweeted that @DevoSpice was a racist, including @EricBandRakim. The tweets were later deleted.
Now having known this man for 20 years plus going back to the 1990's, I can not only vouch for him but personally state for the record beyond a shadow of a doubt the following facts.
1.) Devo Spice is in NO WAY a racist. He's a rap artist who does parodies of popular songs and original material of his own for a chuckle or two. He loves the art and culture of hip-hop. He's collaborated with many different artists of all races, colors and creeds who appreciate his comedy. 2.) In real life he's a father, a 9 to 5 man, and a tireless promoter for himself and others who aspire to do music outside the mainstream norms. This guy is too BUSY to be a racist. When would he find the time to hate on anybody anyway? 3.) I don't think asking for a refund for something you paid for but didn't get is a racist act. I think it's an entirely reasonable act. It's more questionable that the manager would throw out the race card rather than simply refunding Spice the money.
With no pun intended, are the Fat Boys (or what's still left of them in 2012) too big to pay back a small amount of money like $500? This should have been a non-issue. Considering their debut album was just given a deluxe re-release, I don't think anybody involved should be hurting for cash right now. Pay Spice back his money and stop making false and slanderous claims about what kind of man he is. He's a decent man, and Devo Spice is no racist.
Video: Diamond on Soulja Boy Crying at Whitney Houston Tribute
http://VladTV.com - The former Crime Mob rapper shares details about her current relationship with Soulja Boy, praising him for his intelligence and willingness to take risks. She also explains why the rapper became so emotional at the BET Awards' tribute to Whitney Houston.
"Ever since the early 1990's and possibly before, hip-hop fans and pundits have speculated on which unidentified mystery man was the "gay rapper" keeping his secret in the closet. In hindsight that's actually pretty silly, because if there are thousands of rappers in the music business, there ought to at a minimum DOZENS of homosexual male and female artists. That's just statistics and averages. What did people actually expect to do if they figured out who the "gay rapper" was anyway? Encourage him to come out? Stone him for not conforming to stereotypical norms of rap masculinity? Both? I really don't know. In a hip-hop collective (OFWGKTA) often lambasted by critics for its homophobic lyrics (particularly those of founder Tyler, the Creator) Frank Ocean is a very square peg surrounded by nothing but the roundest of holes. After all these years of searching for the mythical "gay rapper" a rapper/singer from the Odd Future clique came out and said "I'm the guy you're looking for," even though at 24 years old he wouldn't have been in the business at the height of this fevered hunt. He certainly would have read about it in magazines like XXL and The Source though, and seen articles about it online as the internet's scope grew. For a young man trying to figure out his sexuality as he came of age, what could the effect of all the hyper-masculinity in hip-hop be on his psyche? And how would a crew who tosses the word "faggot" around like a Brit asking for his cigarettes react to his revelation?
"I'd call them "France's best kept secret" but the Alterbeats collective has been visible for a while now. They've made their name providing beats for some of the most grimy artists on the East coast, ranging from M.O.P. to Termanology, and having made their bones working for everybody else it's time to get a little of the spotlight for themselves. "The French Revolution" is a bit of a misnomer though, since France has had a vibrant hip-hop scene for decades. At first it might have simply followed in the cutting edge footsteps of its New York counterparts, but as the music became a global commodity French artists stepped up and made hip-hop their own in all of its various arts. The only "Revolution" would be in giving these talented individuals their long overdue credit. An easy route to Alterbeats getting that acclaim would have been to seek out the best known names of American hip-hop for their major label debut - doing tracks with Lil Wayne, Nas, Jay-Z and Tyler the Creator among others. Instead Alterbeats took the more daring route of linking up with underground rappers and providing them with a healthy dose of boom bap that could turn the heads of Primo and Alchemist. Don't get it twisted - French artists like Lion of Bordeaux still get in the mix on songs like "Alter Ego," but they do so linking up with A.G. of D.I.T.C. and famed Brand Nubian emcee Sadat X. Most tracks are the underground's underground though. "
Fat Boys :: Fat Boys :: Tin Pan Apple as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace
"Before Biggie, Rick Ross, Heavy D, Big Pun, Chubb Rock or any other chunky phenoms in hip-hop, there were the Fat Boys. If you wanted to look at the Brooklyn-bred trio as a husky man's version of Run- D.M.C., I'd wholeheartedly agree with you. While immortalized first by Chris Rock in the movie "Boomerang" and subsequently in a famous lyric by Jay-Z, the Fat Boys are largely overlooked in the pantheon of hip-hop legends. For anyone who might've missed it, the Fat Boys were the first to record beatboxing on wax, part of the first corporate-sponsored rap concert, had a appearance in "Krush Groove," garnered video rotation on MTV and were one of the first rap groups to tour in Europe. The story of The Disco 3's meteoric rise to stardom is an interesting one. Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock Ski and Buff Love the Human Beatbox met during their childhood in the eastern section of Brooklyn. Inspired by "Rapper's Delight," the guys decided that they would form their own rap group. There were originally three other members in the crew and they billed themselves as The Hypnotize Five featuring DJ Doc Nice (aka Buff Love). The group would become the Disco 3 after it became evident that the other three weren't as dedicated to the mission at hand. The 3 began performing at talent shows in the area and soon enough, the 3 found themselves entering WBLS' Tin Pan Apple Dance & Rap Contest. "
"We last heard from Batsauce almost a year ago on the album "Bat Meets Blaine," but for those who missed the review or don't remember who he is, let me offer you this brief introduction. With no cape or cowl, Batsauce is the dark knight of hip-hop production, lacing Beantown emcees like Mr. Lif and Akrobatik with dope beats. Interesting given that he hails from Jacksonville, Florida. Actually he's worked with a lot of people ranging from Bahamadia to George Clinton, but as producers go he's generally one I associate with the East coast emcees, because that's where you generally find his name in the liner notes. For "Starcrossed" Batsauce has decided to venture out on his own, going down the instrumental album path that feels increasingly familiar these days. I find myself taking a moment in the middle of this review to ponder why we don't see instrumental albums from DJ Premier and Kanye West, and then it occurs to me that anything good enough for such an album would be good enough for a top emcee or more in your rare music industry win/win where they both bank bucks off the units sold. I considered leaving that out though because it would appear I'm slighting Batsauce by saying Jay-Z wouldn't want to rap over his tracks. "
Meyhem Lauren :: Respect the Fly Shit :: L.R.G./Greedhead as reviewed by Patrick Taylor
"Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren has been around since 2004. He's done a lot of work with J-Love, including a 2007 album "Acknowledge Greatness." He's part of the Outdoorsmen with Action Bronson and Jay Steele. A solo album is allegedly in the works, as well as several other mixtapes. In between working on those projects, he found time to record this album in a hotel room in Austin in two days during this year's South By Southwest festival. Meyhem Lauren is part of the new breed of underground New York rappers who are revitalizing hip-hop in the city where rap was born. He draws from classic 90s rappers like Ghostface Killah, but with a modern sensibility. He's accompanied on the mic by many of the other rappers helping to put NYC back on the map: Action Bronson, Heems, Sean Price, Smoke DZA, AG Da Coroner and Roc Marciano. He gets it started off right with "Fingerless Gloves. Over a menacing beat, he spits nonstop for two minutes. He starts off with "I ain't bringing shit back New York we never left/My flow is dangerous/Spit a banger that could sever flesh," and doesn't slow down until the 90 second mark. He gets romantic on "Let's Hold Hands," his first love song."
Progress Report (Eddie Logix & D. Allie) :: Summer School (The Remix Album) :: Progress Report Music as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"D. Allie and Eddie Logix are Progress Report, a Detroit underground collaboration of rapper and producer into one group, although it would be a mistake to say Eddie doesn't flex on the mic too. Now I must confess it feels a bit out of place to review this album, because although I'm familiar with D. Allie this is the first Progress Report album we've covered, AND it's a remix album to boot. I suspect I'd be better prepared had I heard the original versions of these songs, but I'll just have to roll with it. "Summer School (The Remix Album)" falls into that range of being too long to be called an EP, but feeling a little short for a full album, unless that album is "Dead Serious" by Das EFX. As for the producers providing remixes for the crew, it's a cornucopia of names that are undoubtedly friends with either or both members of PR: Mork Choklad, Doc Illingsworth, SKRAPZ, Semi-Tone and even British Knights - I can only assume no relation to the sneakers. There's an advantage to not having heard the originals after all - I can be completely objective about the work of these men."
"It's not just that Reks is pondering the problems and perils of life on "Sit/Think/Drink," it's that his impeccable flow is paired with the beautiful ivory melodies and softly strummed snares Statik selected, all with a cut and scratched hook of Common saying "I sit and think with a drink about how I'm gonna win." THIS is hip-hop. Whatever you're doing right now, if you haven't heard this song, scroll back up to the video and press play THEN continue this review. I implore you to not miss out on this song. Actually I implore you not to miss out on this album. "Straight, No Chaser" is 48 minutes of Reks that goes by too fast - and I'm not talking about the "Power Lines" featuring Ea$y Money seems to pick up tempo gradually from start to finish. It's probably my ears playing tricks on me though, or just the fact I get amped up listening. Guest appearances are kept to a minimum though, and only figure in where appropriate - such as Action Bronson on the buddy flick "Riggs & Murtaugh," Alias on "Sins" and Slaine on the title track. He's keeping things very East and very Boston, which is fine by me, because a Reks album wouldn't sound right any other way. "
Wordsworth :: The Photo Album :: Wordwide Communication as reviewed by Zach 'Goose' Gase
"When Wordsworth came onto the scene back in the late 90s (appearing on tracks with Black Star and A Tribe Called Quest), his aggressive flow and rhyme scheme was among the sharpest in underground hip hop. It's 2012 and not much has changed for the veteran wordsmith. It's been eight years since his last solo opus, "Mirror Music" and the Brooklyn emcee is back again with "The Photo Album," which is packed with both heavy weight lyricism and touching personal stories. Wordsworth is lyrically as sharp as they come, and he has not lost a step since "Mirror Music." His aggressive flow and intricate rhyme schemes are apparent on tracks like opener, "Destiny." Hip hop heads will come for the wordplay, but the album also consists of some pretty deep and moving subject matter. On the Are produced "Coloring Book," Wordsworth uses brilliant imagery, describing the colors of his neighborhood. On "The Oldest" he talks about being the man of the house, after losing his father. Lyrically, you're going to have a hard time finding many albums that match "The Photo Album," verse for verse. But similarly to his debut, Wordsworth's shortcomings taint what would be a great album, making it only a good, albeit a very good album."
Download: Montage One f. Ras Kass, Guilty Simpson, "Beat2Def"
From Dunn Deal PR.
Cali emcee Montage One premieres brand new single "Beat2Def", featuring Ras Kass and Guilty Simpson. Producer Jlisted combines organs, cuts by DJ Revolution and even what sounds like a very brief sample of Mobb Deep's "Quiet Storm". "Beat2Def" will be found on Montage One’s forthcoming album 10.6.3 OGX, set for release on September 11, featuring guest appearances from Aloe Blacc, Evidence and more.