The Associated Press caught up with Ashanti for a Q&A and asked the singer about The Inc’s beef with 50 Cent and G-Unit, which spread from Ja Rule dissing to 50 taking lyrical shots at Ashanti. “I kind of got pulled into some of the negativity going on,” Ashanti admitted. “As far as it affecting me, obviously, as a person, I’m like, ‘What? I’m a girl! I don’t have nothing to do with this.’ But other than that, I’m like, I’m gonna do me. I held it down for my big brothers, and that was that.” Did she want to get involved in the beef? “Well, there were a FEW times, when they kind of had to (say), ‘Listen, you’re not a dude! You can’t say that and you can’t go and do nothin! You’re five feet! Shut up!’ Certain things will get under your skin especially when you know that it’s wrong, and you know that you have nothing to do with it, and you know you’re innocent.” Read more.
IGN caught up with Ludacris for a Q&A and asked the rapper if he prefers performing music live or creating it in the studio. “If you don’t create it, you can’t perform it live,” Luda said. “So goddamn it, both of those go hand-in-hand, as far as on my love list. They’re right up there with each other.” Check out the other 10 questions with Ludacris here.
BallerStatus.net caught up with Nelly for a Q&A and asked the rapper about the charge he doesn’t represent “real hip-hop.” Nelly responded, “I never said I represent real hip-hop, I never said that. I just said I don’t like it when people try to tell me what’s real hip-hop. What’s crazy is that, who are you to make this judgement? The first hip-hop song I ever heard was the Sugarhill Gang, and I met the Sugarhill Gang, and they like what I do (laugh). So if these are the first people who I ever seen do a rap record, who is somebody else down the line to tell me what my forefathers have already told me I’m good at?” Read more.
Roc-A-Fella Records boss Damon Dash was on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Tuesday night to discuss his various ventures. Damon talked about the tragic death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who signed on to the Roc last year and had pretty much completed his new album. Dash wasn’t sure if the music would get put out, and said it was up to the family. He praised ODB’s work ethic putting the album together and of course was shocked by his death. Dash also talked about Jay-Z’s tour troubles with R. Kelly, his Pro-Keds sneakers, and his new movie ‘The Woodsman’, which he was executive producer. Read on for a transcript.
Lloyd Banks hit MuchOnDemand and performed ‘I’m So Fly’. Check out an interiew transcript here.
Jay-Z stopped by ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Thursday night to promote his new movie ‘Fade To Black’. Conan asked him about bling bling in hip hop, his private romance with Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles, retiring from rap, music he listens to, idolizing Michael Jordan, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs’ birthday bash, and more — but no mention of R. Kelly. Read on for a transcript.
‘Extra’ sat down with Jay-Z for a Q&A and asked the singer why he’s so open about sharing his struggle growing up in the Brooklyn projects, dealing drugs and slinging stuff in the streets. “You know everyone has their Achilles heel, and everyone had to go through things to become who they are now,” Jay said. “You know as a kid you go through things that are just part of life, and you don’t come out of the womb perfect. We’re all imperfect. I really had my mind set on being a boss from the beginning.” Read more.
Hip Online caught up with Lil’ Wayne for a Q&A and asked the rapper if he thought hip-hop was getting watered down. “I only worry about this guy Wayne right here,” he responded. Pressed further, he added, “Cash Money and Young Money records are my main concern. I don’t know anything else that’s happening in hip-hop. Is there a thing called hip-hop? I only know Wayne.” Check out the entire interview here.
AllHipHop.com caught up with Vi for a Q&A and asked what fans could expect on his new album. “The album is called ‘Hustler Music.’ I just linked up with Terrence Dudley who did 50 Cent’s song ‘Life’s on the Line,’ Dru Hill’s song ‘Tell Me’ and most recently Usher’s ‘Confessions’ remix,” Vi explained. “He produced a song with me and Al B. Sure. When the public hears my record their gonna go nuts. I do have Killer Mike and Bone Crusher. I got Khu Joe Goodie. My publicist introduced me to him. We met and he was like ‘Let’s do something together.’ What was funny about it was he just got his leg cut off because he was in a wreck. He came to the studio on crutches on one leg and spit. We did the song over a Red Spyder track. When I saw him on one leg he made me realize my blessings so I just got up and did my thing too. As far as production I got Midi Mafia who did ’21 Questions’. My manager hooked that up. Tony Perez sent me the track and I loved it and that became the title track, which is ‘Hustler Music’. I got Swiff Man out of Outkast Camp, Poly and London and Club House who produced ‘Summertime’ for Will Smith.”
Snoop Dogg was on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday to promote his new movie ‘Soul Plane’, which hits theaters on Friday. Snoop also discussed hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’, his desire to be one of the first black, great skiers, his ‘Doggy Fizzle Televizzle’ show, coaching his son’s football team, and more. Snoop didn’t bring up the divorce though. Read on for a transcript.