#1 Comes Easy For Tech N9ne With ‘Klusterfuk’ EP

Tech N9ne 'Who Do I Catch'

Tech N9ne spoke with HipHop DX about the surprise success of his ‘Klusterfuk’ EP that hit #1 on Billboard’s Independent chart without his label Strange Music spending anything marketing the release, while the artist himself only took four days to create the album.

“We put no promotion out or nothing. It was just on our website and on iTunes. Then the motherfu**er came out the first week and it was #1 [Independent] record in the country,” the 40-year-old said. “We had no idea. No promotion whatsoever. Nothing. Just our fans and boom, Klusterfuk is coming. We did nothing. We did nothing in the magazines how we usually do.”

STORi ‘Jealousy’ Video

Introducing the latest music video from Newark, NJ songstress STORi. After dropping her buzz worthy ‘Just Another Day’, she’s back again, sharing a visual to her new banger ‘Jealousy’, where she flips Canibus’s hidden gem ‘How We Roll’ into a brand new record.

STORi is signed to NextDay/Motown/Universal. NextDay also manages celebrity songwriter Taj Jackson as well as working closely with #1 hit producers Stargate. The video at YouTube has since been removed.

Jaecyn Bayne Debut Album ‘Audio Therapy’ Out April 24th

Jaecyn Bayne 'Audio Therapy'

After wrapping up a 25-city US tour with Canibus this past year, as well as appearing alongside Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, & Killah Priest on the Headhunters ‘Platinum’ album and Kurupt’s ‘The Academy’ compilation, South Carolina native/Indianapolis transplant Jaecyn Bayne is ready to release his debut album ‘Audio Therapy’.

Signed to renowned Jazz label Owl Studios, Bayne’s ‘Audio Therapy’ is slated for an April 24th release date and will feature guest appearances from Styles P, Fred the Godson, Canibus & Keith Murray alongside production from Streetrunner and Bronze Nazareth among others.

Jaecyn said of the debut project:

It’s not easy being a new contender in such a vast arena. I’m thankful for the amazing strides I have been able to make in such a short period of time and look forward to what the future holds in terms of growth and progress. ‘Audio Therapy’ represents my way of coping with the struggles of being an artist on the brink of success, though held back by own my devices. I believe the album is going to provide the cure for a lot of like-minded people who are going through a lot of the same struggles I’ve endured; and currently endure to this day while trying to plant my feet as a breakout artist.

In addition, to the release of his debut LP, Bayne will also be releasing a free mixtape and the first ‘Audio Therapy’ video ‘Family Thing’, which is expected to debut later this month. Bayne will be embarking on a U.S. tour with the likes of Canibus, Planet Asia and Rusty Redenbacher (ATFU).

Tracklisting and credits for Jaecyn Bayne’s ‘Audio Therapy’:
1. Mic Check (produced by Seany D)
2. Live & Direct (produced by J. French)
3. Family Thang (produced by Seany D)
4. Crack Music ft. Fred the Godson & Bronze Nazareth (produced by Streetrunner)
5. Breathing ft. Kassim Norris (produced by Kassim Norris)
6. Hunger (produced by Bronze Nazareth)
7. Body Down ft. Styles P & Kojoe (produced by Marlon Price of Terminal 3 Productions)
8. Good In Goodbye (produced by MIZBEATZ)
9. Heat Stroke ft. Keith Murray (produced by Soul Cinematik)
10. Phases ft. Kassim Norris (produced by Kassim Norris)
11. Smoke In The Wind (produced by J. French)
12. Bis And Bayne ft. Canibus (produced by MIZBEATZ)
13. Stateside (produced by Seany D)
14. Ain’t All Bad (produced by Seany D)

Mayday ‘Take Me To Your Leader’ Album Cover Art

Mayday 'Take Me To Your Leader' album cover art

Miami band Mayday are set to release their debut album ‘Take Me To You Leader’, in stores March 26th via Strange Music. The 19-track release features guest appearances from Tech N9ne, Dead Prez, Ace Hood, Liz Suwandi, Krizz Kaliko and more.

Mayday ‘Take Me To Your Leader’ Track Listing:
1. Badlands (feat. Tech N9ne)
2. Death March
3. Roaches
4. Highs & Lows (feat. Ace Hood)
5. R.E.M.
6. Lando’s Jam
7. Due in June
8. Dig It Out
9. Imprint (feat. Liz Suwandi)
10. TNT (feat. Dead Prez)
11. Hardcore Bitches
12. Last Days (feat. Krizz Kaliko)
13. Everything’s Everything
14. Devil On My Mind (feat. Liz Suwandi)
15. 20/20
16. Keep Em On
17. Take Me to Your Leader
18. June
19. Last Minute Trip

Rap Artists React To Whitney Houston’s Death

Several rap artists are sharing their thoughts on Twitter following the news that Whitney Houston had been found unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon and declared dead after paramedics were unsuccessful performing CPR on the singing legend. Houston was 48. Among the Tweets:

Jibbs (@therealjibbs): R.i.P Whitney Houston

Lil Jon (@LilJon): RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON

will.i.am (@iamwill) I’m so sad…Whitney Houston was so kind, sweet, wonderful, amazing, talented, and a true gift to the world…#iwillalwaysloveyou

Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah): Ms. Whitney Houston….Beautiful soul may you Rest Peacefully Sister!

Lady Sovereign (@ladysov): RIP Whitney Houston . x I remember when “it’s not right but it’s ok” came out and me and my friends went to some any singing comp in the ends and sung it and won £5

NickCannon (@NickCannon): “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” RIP to Whitney Houston a true queen.
Tell our loved ones how much we love them while they’re still here. I wish I could’ve told Whitney how great she was one last time

BowWow (@BowWow): Everytime Ms Whitney saw me she would go “Ruff Ruff Ruff” all the time… She lived right around the corner from me. #TrueLegendrighthereboy

Eve (@TheRealEve): Wow R.I.P Whitney Houston. So sad. My prayers go out to family,friends,fans…

Timbaland (@Timbaland): rip 2 a Legendary Diva, Icon, Mother & Friend Whitney Houston. 1 of the greatest voices ever. u will be truly missed. R.I.P Whitney Houston
weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning Psalm 30:5b. keep the family &her love 1’s n our prayers R.I.P Whitney Houston
after my pastor’s death i learned that sum people endure so much pain on earth & us wishing they remain on earth longer is only hurting them more. so God takes them to heal the agony. Their journey is now complete & as u mourn, crying out the words “I will always love you – Whitney Houston” don’t 4get to smile & say these words “Job well done.”

Lloyd Banks (@Lloydbanks): R.I.P Whitney Houston

Diggy Simmons (@diggy_simmons): RIP to the legendary Whitney Houston.. Voice is unmatched.

TonyYayo (@Tony Yayo): Rip Whitney Houston a legend I always loved her in bodyguard

BabyBash (@BabyBash): WOW, REST IN PEACE WHITNEY HOUSTON! I had the privilege to meet and WRITE for her! Damn! No matter wut she was a TALENT!

Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ): Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.

Pittsburgh Slim (@PittsburghSlim): RIP Whitney :(

Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott): This is such a sad moment! I’m speechless I have no words of what I’m feeling right now. Rest in Peace Whitney Houston I love u.

Scarface (@BrotherMob): Whitney?????? Wow!!! I’m done
I’m devastated……Whitney 48????? Wow I’m finished can’t talk…. Loss for words…

Soulja Boy (@souljaboy): R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Spose (@spizzyspose): I remember my mom blasting Whitney In the cavalier as my earliest music memory. Will always love Whitney; what a sad day!
Whitney Houston deserved another shot at glory; what a bummer. Unashamed fan of Whitney Houston. #RIP
I remember my mom blasting Whitney In the cavalier as my earliest music memory. Will always love Whitney; what a sad day!

Drake (@Drake): RIP Whitney Houston.

CALiPH ‘Invincible’ Ft. DL Incognito

CALiPH 'The Resignation'

Toronto up-and-comer CALiPH released his debut LP, ‘The Resignation’, in January and since has received tremendous radio-play in Canada. ‘The Resignation’ features production from Rich Kidd (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Fashawn, Colin Munroe, Chase N. Ca$he, Tona) and M-Phazes (Slaughterhouse, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Emilio Rojas, Sean Price, Royce 5’9, Elzhi, Redman, Amerie, Skyzoo).

The first leak from the project is ‘Invincible’, featuring DL Incognito (produced by M-Phazes) which you can find at limelinx.com (since removed). Pick up ‘The Resignation’ at iTunes.

Ja Rule ‘PIL2’ Out February 28th

Ja Rule 'PIL2'

Ja Rule is set to release his seventh studio album ‘PIL2’ (Also known as ‘Pain Is Love 2’) on February 28th via his Mpire Music Group label. ‘PIL2’ is the sequel to his 2001 album ‘Pain Is Love’ and is the 35-year-old rapper’s first album release since 2004’s ‘R.U.L.E.’. Producer 7 Aurelius called ‘PIL2’ “most provocative and his most personal album to date.” The track listing is as follows:

1. “Fame” (Intro) (featuring Leah Siegel)
2. “Real Life Fantasy” (featuring Anita Louise)
3. “Parachute” (featuring Leah Siegel)
4. “Superstar” (Intro)
5. “Superstar”
6. “Black Vodka”
7. “Drown” (featuring Somong & Kenny Dark)
8. “Never Had Time” (featuring Jon Doe)
9. “Strange Days” (featuring 700 & Ramzo)
10. “To the Top” (featuring Kalenna Harper of Dirty Money)
11. “Pray 4 the Day” (featuring Leah Siegel)
12. “Believe”
13. “Spun a Web” (featuring AminA)

Twitter Beef With Deadly Consequences Leaves Young Jeezy Reeling

Rapper Young Jeezy

Young Jeezy spoke with DJ Vlad about how Twitter beefs can have deadly consequences, which he experienced in November with the death of Kevin James Scott, a close friend from Atlanta who was killed in an alleged dispute that occured on the micro blogging service. “They can’t be fu**in’ killing each other over words,” Jeezy said, according to HipHop DX. “It’s just crazy to see what these kids are doing today over some internet sh**. It almost made me not want to be on Twitter no more and that’s probably why I haven’t really just been on it because I’m just like ‘Damn, what the fu** is going on?'”

Spose Celebrates End Of NBA Lockout

Spose

Spose checked in with his Twitter followers (@spizzyspose) on Saturday (November 26) after learning the NBA lockout had come to an end with the players and owners reaching a deal to start the season on Christmas Day. The Wells, Maine rapper and Boston Celtics fan writes:

NBA is back! Ahhhh! It’s Christmas!

I would like to thank Jesus, Santa, and Rajon Rondo for this miraculous victory!! I finally don’t have to watch another hockey game!!

Lemme throw out some preseason hatred toward the players all @celtics fans should despise:

Fu** D-Wade for that cheap sh** he did to Rondo last year in the playoffs, nearly broke his arm, fu** you D-Wade!

Fu** Lebron for his arrogant existence and ringless fingers

Fu** Kobe, Derrick Fisher, and whoever else is still on the Lakers for being on the Lakers!

Fu** Joakim Noah for being a yeti with a vagina for a face that’s always crying

Fu** Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony and all present and former members of the New York Knicks (and the Jets and Yankees)

Mannie Fresh Cool With Drake Despite Cash Money Issues

Mannie Fresh

Mannie Fresh spoke with The Boombox about his decision to allow Drake to use his reworking of Juvenile’s ‘Back That Azz Up’ on Drake’s track ‘Practice’, featured on the rapper’s new ‘Take Care’ album. Despite Drake being on Cash Money and Mannie leaving the label under bad circumstances related to money, he didn’t hold it against Drake.

“Drake called and made sure to say, ‘Get in touch with Mannie, give him whatever he wants and make sure the business is straight.’ That’s all I’ve ever asked for,” Mannie explained. “I never had a problem with Cash Money. I just had a problem with the way they did business. I feel like Drake is a different artist. I know he is signed to Cash Money, but I would not put him in the middle of my business with them.”

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