Kid Sister spoke with Spinner about straddling the fence between rap and pop and her reluctance to record pop music, most notably a pop track on her 2009 record ‘Ultraviolet’ which her record label pushed her to make. “It was supposed to be my pop smash and I was like, ‘I told you guys, I don’t want to do this. I’m not Britney Spears – it’s just not me,'” the 31-year-old explained.
But don’t lump her in with other female rappers, suggesting the few involved are either party girls or lesbians. “There’s two roads in life [as a female rapper]: drinking or having sex with women,” she explained. “I’m neither – I’m a tomboy who happens to really like nails. I’m like a grandma.”
Drake is set to release his second studio album ‘Take Care’ on November 15th via Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal Republic Records. The Canadian rapper talked with MTV about the motivation behind the album cover. “I used to stare at this world through a glass window and, like, two to three years later, I became king in that world,” Drake explained. “That’s who’s sitting on that album cover, that kid that’s just somehow gone from his mom’s basement in Toronto to becoming a king. That’s what the album cover is about and there is a lot of deep thought involved in that ’cause you can go crazy doing this.”
T.I. spoke with Billboard about how he’s feeling after he was released from an Atlanta halfway house, which followed an 11-month sentence in federal prison for a parole violation. “It feels great to be home,” the 31-year-old said. “The little things, the small things feel great. Making music, performing, putting out records, and doing all those other things, they’re just the icing on the cake. Sleeping in my bed, opening my refrigerator, being with my kids – all those things are primary. Making music and performing and getting back into my professional life, that’s all significant, but it takes a backseat to my primary appreciations.”
Torae will be releasing his debut LP ‘For The Record’ on November 1st, featuring production from DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Marco Polo, !llmind, Pete Rock, Diamond D, Buckwild, Nottz, Large Professor, Fatin (and Torae as well). Audio of the track ‘That Raw’, the 6th track from ‘For The Record’, has since been removed at hulkshare.com.
Trina lashed out at Sandra Rose on her Twitter account (@TRINArockstarr) this evening, apparently over a post on SandraRose.com, where some snide remarks were made about Trina filming her ‘Red Bottoms’ music video. Sandra wondered how Trina’s people would claim she’s ballin’ since she hasn’t had a hit since the late 1970s. Trina writes:
Why you mad.. #trust if I am it would NEVER be with you #sitthefu**down @SandraRose: But isn’t @Trinarockstarr a lesbian, @lala?
@SandraRose Fu** you and your whack ass blogs!! You can start because bitch I will finish!
@SandraRose Why are you even blogging about me! I don’t give a fu** about your lame ass blog! You disgusting ass ugly fucking peasant!!!!
Sandra Tweeted (@SandraRose) in response:
Hey @Trinarockstarr, at this point @Beyonce’s folding baby bump is more relevant than you are! You’re a non muthafu**in factor trick!
@Trinarockstarr are you still chasing after married men because you’re not woman enough to keep a man of your own?
@TRINArockstarr Yet your publicist BEGGED me to feature your music video pics on my blog last week, right?
@TRINArockstarr You’re just mad because I told him you haven’t had a hit since the late 1970s. Remind me again: when was your last hit?
Bow Wow checked in with fans on his official blog at Blogspot.com on Tuesday (September 20), talking about dealing with media and internet generated rumors, including an obviously untrue report about his passing. The rapper and actor writes:
It’s so irrelevant to me because I don’t read news, I just make the news and they report it. See my thing is.. I know it comes with the game so I look it at different. Everybody got bills to pay, if lying on me or assassinate my character has to help you feed “YOUR” family then do yo thing. See a lot of these artist get tight and get mad about what the media types about them. I know the real from the fake though. How you know my life better than me? I’m the one living it.
Queens, New York rap duo Mobb Deep inked a label deal with national distribution company RED Distribution (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) for their imprint Infamous Records. The New York based label will be run and managed by Mobb Deep, which has appeared on records totaling more than 40 million in sales, with the assistance of executives and industry veterans.
Under the new deal, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and Havoc will release their self-titled ninth album along with upcoming solo projects and music from a new class of emerging artists and established acts.
“After almost twenty years in this industry, it was inevitable for us to take matters into our own hands. We feel that RED is the perfect home for our brand,” says Prodigy. “We’re ready to work and build our own structure.”
“We know who our fans are and what they want from Mobb Deep,” says Havoc. “We’re excited to take a new step in our career.”
Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin of Chiddy Bang spoke with The Daily Texan in a Q&A, where he talked about the alternative hip-hip duo’s love for Austin, what fans can expect from their live show, releasing their first studio album ‘Breakfast’ later this year, recording the project in London, how he and bandmate Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege, and more.
“You can expect the usual oddball samples, but you can expect them to be deeper and a little bit unknown,” Jones said about ‘Breakfast’. “The sampling choice is going to be a lot less obvious, and the sound is going to be a little bit more polished. Like a lot of songs from artists, we’re adding background to the songs. Things that make the songs sick and rich, so compared to our earlier stuff, which is ‘laptop in the bedroom’ kind of sound.”
On Tuesday (September 13), Cole Haan and New York-based MC Theophilus London will release the limited edition Cole Haan Theophilus Blue Suede Buck exclusively at the Cole Haan store in SoHo. The collaboration will be accompanied by a 10″ vinyl cover version of Nat King Cole’s classic ‘Calypso Blues’, performed by the artist.
“Theophilus embodies individual American style. He’s part of a new generation that understands iconic classics from a modern perspective,” said Cole Haan VP of Design, Phil Russo. “For over a century we’ve challenged ourselves to disrupt, evolve and re-define tradition. Partnerships with creatives, like Theophilus, further inspire us.”
The collaboration began as a conversation between Theophilus and Russo while shooting the brand’s Spring 2011 campaign, in which he was featured. Theophilus recalls, “We were talking about Cole Haan’s history and tradition, then came the idea to create a special version of a Cole Haan classic. On my second tour for “A Mixtape”, I fell in love with the buck, so I suggested we work on one together. This was my first time working on a product collaboration and it was very exciting.”
Listen to ‘Calypso Blues’ below.
TMZ caught up with Rich Rick, where the rapper briefly discussed his lawsuit with Lil Wayne over ‘How To Love’, the lead single off ‘The Carter IV’. The song originally belonged to Rich Rick and he’s now suing Weezy and the Young Money camp so he can be compensated for his work. Rich Rick also talked about his upcoming music and projects he’ll be releasing in the future.
“I ain’t got no beef with Lil Wayne or nothing like that,” Rich Rick said. “Everybody trying to blow it up like I have beef with him, but it ain’t even like that. We’re pretty much have a track that’s owned and produced by my label, so a lot of people are just talking about it.”
Video at TMZ.com has since been removed.