Jay-Z joined Kanye West on stage for a performance of ‘Encore’ at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England on Sunday (December 2). Watch several fan filmed highlight clips of the pairing at YouTube.
Snoop Dogg appeared with his 8-year-old daughter Cori on Tuesday’s ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, where Cori was asked by the host if he’s a strict father, prompting her to quickly respond that he wasn’t. Snoop then said, “You say I’m not strict. Tell Ellen how old you have to be before you can have a boyfriend.” Cori answered, “Seventy-seven.” Read more and watch a clip at People.com.
Hi-Tek is set to release his new album ‘Hi-Teknology 3: Underground’ next Tuesday (December 11) via Babygrande Records, and the Cincinnati, Ohio rapper is featuring the disc on his MySpace player before it drops. The disc features Talib Kweli, Young Buck, Ghostface, Raekwon, Little Brother, and more. Listen to the CD in full at myspace.com/hitek.
Phonte of Little Brother tells Mildred C. Fallen of Cincinnati CityBeat that dealing with life on the road while touring with his partner Big Pooh isn’t easy. “There’s no privacy, you know what I’m saying?” Phonte said. “You on a bus, 11 other niggas is there, you in a room with somebody most of the time and there’s very little alone time. That’s like the thing usually that I hate the most, because I’m really like a loner type of person.” The Durham, North Carolina hip hop duo released their third studio album ‘Getback’ on ABB Records in October. Read more.
DJ Drama is set to release his debut CD ‘Gangsta Grillz: The Album’ on Tuesday (December 4) on Grand Hustle. Ahead of that, fans can listen to the album over at the Atlanta, Georgia artist’s MySpace player. Listen to the album’s 18 tracks, plus intro and outro, at myspace.com/djdrama.
Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump sent out a message to AbsolutePunk.net regarding the deaths of Kanye West’s mother Donda and Casey Calvert of Hawthorne Heights. “Obviously Kanye is a friend of the band’s but I don’t even know him that well,” Stump writes. “I do however know him well enough to know he loves his mother dearly. As dearly as anyone’s ever loved their mother. And so it was with the weight of that knowledge that her passing hit me hard. Not to mention the shock of her young age. I called my mom that night. I’d advise anyone reading this to do the same.” Read more.
Fat Joe checked in with Real Talk NY, where the rapper talked about the story behind his new album title ‘The Elephant In The Room’, the state of the industry, being slept on, his fancy new Terror Squad chain, and spending $4-5 million on jewelry over the years. Video at YouTube.com has since been removed.
AT&T blue room spent the day with Bizarre, where the D12 rapper discussed his second studio album ‘Blue Cheese & Coney Island’, went behind the counter at Atomic Wings in New York City to chow down on all-you-can-eat hot wings and drumsticks, moving to Atlanta, going for an energetic sound on the new disc, and dealing with adversity following the death of bandmate Proof. Video at attblueroom.com has since been removed.
In a voice message to her hairdresser Charlay Thomas, Kanye West’s late mother Donda discussed having her hair done before getting cosmetic surgery from Dr. Jan Adams the day before the 58-year-old’s tragic death. “How are you? It’s Miss West,” Donda said in the message. “How’s everything going… I hope you get this message soon because it’s possible I need something from you, like, immediately! I am going to, um, go have my procedure done tomorrow and I’m getting every single thing from my neck to my knees! So, anyway, call me. I’ll tell you about that. I just decided at the last minute that it would be nice if my hair were corn-rowed [before the surgery].” The full story from Thomas is airing on ‘Inside Edition’ on Tuesday.
Pitbull is set to release his fourth album ‘The Boatlift’ on Tuesday (November 27), featuring guests Jim Jones, Lloyd, Trick Daddy, Twista, Trina & production from Lil Jon, Mr. Collipark, Play-N-Skillz and Echo. The Miami rapper is featuring the disc on his MySpace player. Listen to the CD in full at myspace.com/pitbull.