T.I. Talks ‘Trouble Man’, No Favorites & Collaborations

T.I. on the phone

The second episode of ‘Countdown to T.I.’ captures the days leading up to the release of Tip’s new album, ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head’. The rapper talked about the meaning behind the album title, collaborations with Pharrell, Cee-Lo Green and Andre 3000, and his favorite track on the disc.

The rapper was asked what fans could expect from the new album, responding, “All of your favorite ‘Trap Muzik’ and I’m serious moments and sounds, mixed with a lot more diversified mainstream commercial sound. I’m gonna try to take ‘Trap Muzik’, ‘King’ and ‘Paper Trail’ and ball them up into ‘Trouble Man’.”

T.I. talks 'Trouble Man'On adding ‘Heavy Is The Head’ to the album title, he said, “I think one of the truest things I’ve ever heard is ‘Heavy is the head of he who wears the crown’. Considering the fact that I’m wearing the crown, I can expect my head to be heavy, you know what I’m sayin’? I did like 127 songs while recording this project.”

As for a favorite track from the album, T.I. explained, “Listen, I’ma say somethin’ to ya, I, myself, am like the father to all of these songs, and no proper parent chooses a favorite child.”

Discussing his favorite collaboration on the album, Tip responded, “All of my collaborations for this project have been extremely memorable, and I appreciate everybody’s contribution to the project. I would have to say because of how long it actually took to get this done and how long it’s been in the works, I would have to say the Andre 3000 collaboration for the record ‘Sorry’.”

Watch the webisode via YouTube below.

T.I. Pitches ‘Trouble Man’ To MTV And BET

T.I. at MTV offices

T.I. is featured in a series of webisodes called ‘Countdown to T.I.’, with the first following the rapper as he does promo for his new album ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head’. Tip is seen doing a full day of promo in New York City with stops at Atlantic Records, then BET and MTV, where T.I. plays back and discusses his new album for the staff.

“This album I’m going for vintage T.I. sound, ‘Trap Musik’ and street sh**,” T.I. explained, “with the diverse mainstream commercial records say a la ‘Paper Trail’. We are looking to find as many ways to align ourselves with you. We are open to collaborating with worthy collaborators, financiers.”

T.I. at BET officesIntroducing a track, T.I. explained, “This is called ‘Sorry’ and it features Andre 3000. Probably one of the most sophisticated, introspective jewels on the album. The best Andre 3000 verse outside of an Outkast album, ever. Ever, ever.”

As for his strategy releasing material, Tip advised, “The hit comes when you have the perfect marriage between jammin’ ass music and timing. Timing has a lot to do with everything, like if you release a certain record when it’s not time to, it won’t receive, it won’t be embraced as it should be. I just wish I could drop everything all at once and y’all pick it, tell me what to do.”

Watch the webisode via YouTube below.

T.I. On Supporting Marijuana Legalization, VH1 Reality Show

T.I. 'Go Get It'

T.I. sat down for an interview with Larry King, talking about his views on the legalization of marijuana and his decision to star with his wife in the VH1 reality show ‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle’.

Asked if marijuana should be legalized, the rapper responded, “Yes I do. I believe it should be, and also I think that if we, America, and I know this is an extremely liberal point that I’m about to make, if we taxed marijuana and sold it, and the money went back into the nation, I think that would help the deficit some. I think that would boost the economy in ways we couldn’t even imagine.”

As for why he chose to open up his life to the public with a reality show, T.I. responded, “When I was in prison, I was observing all of the speculative comments that were coming towards me, just the critical, harsh comments that were coming towards me and my wife due to the circumstances that landed me back in prison. I felt people were kind of taking snapshots at my life, and one bad decision and trying to lay a foundation that made me the man that I am. Like all I did is ride around in Maybachs, sipping on lean and doing doing u-turns all day, when that was just one day. For the rest of the 364 days of the year, I was a family man. I’m a father, I’m a husband, I’m a son, and a pillar to the community. I wanted people to be able to judge me from a place of certainty and understanding rather than speculation.”

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Tiffney Cambridge Wears Down Game Into Doing VH1 Reality Series

Rapper Game, seen here on the set of his 'Celebration' music video, talked about his 'Marrying The Game' reality series on VH1 and how fiance Tiffney Cambridge talked him into doing it

Game visited with 92 Q in Baltimore the other day to promote his new VH1 reality series ‘Marrying The Game’, where the rapper talked about how it compares to other reality shows and how his fiance Tiffney Cambridge talked him into being on the program.

“It’s her reality show. She was like, ‘I’m tired of teaching. I’ve been teaching for 10 plus years and I need to be out there like Shaunie O’Neal and Evelyn and do my thing. Would you just take the meeting with the VH1 people?’,” Game explained. “I’m like yo, I’m not a reality show type of dude you know what I mean? Finally she wore me down. Sometimes your woman, she got ways. She bought an outfit and she twerked it a little different way than she did the last week, so she got me down there and they start talking about a million dollars or something like that. Whatever we’re shooting for, a million dollars, I’m with it. So we did it and reality set it so if the wedding was on, then it was off, and the rest of it November 19th the world is gonna be able to watch.”

As for how the show differs from T.I. and Tiny, he said, “You know what, I love T.I. and Tiny’s show. It involves family, it’s a street dude and Tiny, they good. They’re like the good hood couple that made it. LaLa have coy, she’s playing it safe and Melo he’s an NBA superstar, it’s all good. Jim and Chrissy they do their New York thing, they’re doing their thing. We’re in LA, we’re ratchet fabulous. My family, my kid’s crazy man. I’m a little crazy. The only one that’s got sense on the show probably is my grandma and wifey depending on which episode you catch, but even she gets on her character a little bit and she’s all the way Christian, but we’re dealing with infidelity and clubs and chillin and getting a little crazy man, so it’s dope. Ours play out a little bit more like a movie than a reality show.”

Watch the interview via ooyala.com after the cut. (more…)

Nicki Minaj Slams Steven Tyler For “Racist” ‘American Idol’ Criticism

Nicki Minaj holds a sword, which judging by the 'American Idol' judge's reaction to Steven Tyler's comments, she may want to use on the Aerosmith frontman

Nicki Minaj blasted former ‘American Idol’ judge Steven Tyler moments ago after hearing the Aerosmith frontman said that friction between the ‘Va Va Voom’ singer and her new fellow ‘Idol’ judge Mariah Carey could be damaging to the show’s contestants. Tyler suggested that in the case of ‘Idol’ winner Phillip Phillips was the kind of artist that flourished because the judges didn’t have a contentious relationship. Minaj took the comment as racist because of their differing genres, rather than anything to do with how well she gets along with Mariah impacting the ‘Idol’ hopefuls.

“They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie’,” Tyler argued, adding, “These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they’re in New York City, they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying.”

Minaj told her Twitter followers (@nickiminaj):

Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven’t seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet!

I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven’t done anything to you. That’s a racist comment

You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? Why? Black? Rapper? What? go fu** yourself and worry about yourself babe.

When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge.

Game & Director Matt Alonzo Discuss ‘Celebration’ Music Video

Game and director Matt Alonzo on the set of his 'Celebration' music video

Game is out with behind the scenes footage from his ‘Celebration’ music video, directed by Matt Alonzo. The track is from the Los Angeles rapper’s upcoming fifth studio album ‘Jesus Piece’.

Game introduced the video saying, “You all know what it is. It’s Game. Hurricane. The song is ‘Celebration’, produced by SAP and Cool & Dre, featuring the homies Lil Weezy, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Tyga. We’re gonna be out here all day just having fun. The video is a little bit reminiscent of ‘Like A G Thang’. I wanted people to come and really be having a good time. You know, eating, playing ball, having fun, a little drank, a little smoke. Kids will be out here. Good time, man.”

Matt Alonzo described his gameplan stating, “I really wanted to show what the artists life were like away from the stage and limelight and all that stuff. That’s kind of what we captured here today. Barbeque, real life stuff… It’s a nice, relaxed day. We’ve got a nice audience here. Saturday, nice audience is here, chilling, the sun’s out. It couldn’t be better.”

After the shoot rapped up on the third day, Matt said, “Crazy, crazy video. Crazy three days of shooting. I’m done, I’m tired. It’s now time to go to the editing board and start cutting stuff up.”

Watch the footage via YouTube below.

Future Is A Studio Lab Rat

Rapper Future tattoos

Future recently visited “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and talked always being in the studio, how he’s a fan of Lady Gaga and revealed his favorite gospel song.

On staying out of trouble, the rapper said, “Studio lab rat. You’ve got to be. You’ve got to stay in the studio and just keep feeding the people.”

Asked about being a big Lady Gaga fan, he said, “It isn’t even about her, but it’s about her style. I like people who do things different.”

When asked his favorite gospel song, Future said, “It’s gotta be Kirk Franklin ‘Stomp’.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Outasight ‘Now Or Never’ Video

Outasight wearing a jean jacket

Outasight is out with the music video for his hit single ‘Now or Never’. The track is featured on the Yonkers, New York recording artist’s debut album ‘Nights Like These’, out soon on Warner Bros.

“The Now or Never video was one of those videos that was as fun to shoot as it actually looked.” Richard Andrew aka Outasight says of the filming process. “We just wanted to match the energy and positivity of the song, so a bunch of us got together and had a good time. I mean, we threw pounds of dry ice into someone’s indoor pool and chainsawed off the roof of a car. Only in videos can you get away with that!”

Watch it via YouTube below.

Nicki Minaj Raps Support For Mitt Romney, Prompting Twitter Threats

Lil Wayne 'Dedication 4' Mixtape cover

Lil Wayne and DJ Drama have joined forces on the ‘Dedication 4’ mixtape, the fourth installment of the mixtape series that is already creating political headlines thanks to some words dropped by Nicki Minaj on the track ‘Mercy’. “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy bitches are fu**ing up the economy,” the Trinidad and Tobago born, Queens raised artist raps.

Among the Tweets reacting to the Minaj lyrics, and in some cases sending threats to the artist:

Meghan McCain (@McCainBlogette): I don’t know if I could actually be more entertained by political journalists attempting to analyze Nicki Minaj’s alleged Romney endorsement

Blonde Bombshell (@MoniiNayo): No this is the last straw @NICKIMINAJ has took it too far talking about she voting for Mitt Romney, she clearly don’t want her black fans no mo

Travon Free (@Travon): I guess Nicki Minaj endorsing Romney is because her terrible album sales are Obama’s fault.

Blerdalicious (@RtRDH): I really could care less who Nicki Minaj is voting for, I just want to know why her music makes people feel dumber


TEAMREDFOXX_JAX (@TEAMREDFOXX_JAX): Somebody should punch that bitch in her fu**in’ face the same way Lil’ Mo got it-only @nickiminaj REALLY deserves it! #tiredasshooker

#F**kMittRomney (@2012IsNotUrYear): If you really vote for Mitt Romney Ima punch you in the throat @NickiMinaj

bambam (@uwnabampam): been said she must die RT @TutiDaBoss: That still made my skin crawl hearing @nickiMinaj endorse Romney

Elektra Love (@MyHotTopics): @NickiMinaj 99.9% of your fans are broke poverty living hoes and you endorsing Mitt Romney doe? Bitch eat sh** and die! You are a disgrace to music, the black population and America as a whole. Do humanity a favor and die.

Baby (@chillriley): If Romney wins, I hope you die. @NickiMinaj

Other artists featured on the mixtape include Young Jeezy, Birdman, J. Cole and Jae Millz. Check out an album stream and track listing below the cut. (more…)

Ben Burgess Releases Self-Titled Mixtape

Singer/songwriter Ben Burgess is now streaming his track ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’, featuring ‘Australian Idol’ winner and ‘X Factor’ judge Guy Sebastian. ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ is featured on Ben’s self-titled mixtape, available for free download on his official site.

Ben Burgess

‘Ben Burgess’ Track Listing:
1, What Cha Gonna Do (feat Guy) 03:38
2. Never Rains In California 03:14
3. College Girls (feat Lil C.) 03:34
4. Filthy Mouth 02:54
5. Party Like A Pornstar (feat Ty$) 03:08
6. Be My Woman (ft Natureboy Rowe) 03:59
7. Supras On Slow 03:50
8. Dear John 03:22
9. The Trouble With Wimmin 03:33
10. Strpper Pole 03:17