Friday, May 27, 2011

Behind The Scenes: Meek Mill x Rick Ross “Tupac’s Back” Video Shoot

Pill Talks New Movie, Maybach Music Album & Rates Rick Ross As A CEO [Video]


Nas Announces His Tenth Solo Album

Nas Announces His Tenth Solo Album

Esco reveals he's inspired by Odd Future, Frank Ocean and Drake for his forthcoming LP.
Nas may not be putting out Lost Tapes 2, but promises to deliver with his forthcoming solo album. The Queens, New York rapper spoke with about progress to the follow-up to 2008’s Untitled, claiming that he’s in a new state of mind and is inspired by new cats in the game.
“The last record I did was, I was in a different place than I am now,” he said. “Now, I’m happy to express that different place and I’m just happy about music. I’m watching everyone do their thing, young guys, women, artists just doing they thing.”
Naming Odd Future, Lil Wayne, Drake and more as current influences, Nasty Nas said that his tenth solo LP doesn’t yet have a concept. “My new album that I’m working on is free flowing,” he said. “At this point, there’s not one concept that sums up the whole record. I’m just flowing. It’s really too early to tell who I’ll be collaborating with.”
He also acknowledged that Untitled wasn’t an entirely solid record, and that he’s learned from his mistakes. “I don’t want to look back on this record – because I can look back on my last record and I know that record, some songs didn’t belong there. I really overthought it. I don’t want it to be like that on this record,” he continued. “I want to be able to play this next record after it’s done and feel like I did it. I have to do something that’s new. It’s just in me. I have to do something that feels like it’s right right now, and it could last.”
-Steven J. Horowitz

Thursday, May 26, 2011

SWV Inks Deal With Mass Appeal Ent & E1 For New Album

It’s been over a decade since R&B has heard from the Sisters With Voices, but that is about to change soon. According to Singersroom, the veteran group is preparing to release their fourth studio album under Mass Appeal Entertainment and E1 Music.
SWV is also planning a tour as well as working on their own documentary series that will give fans an inner look to what has happened over the past thirteen years. Fans can get a more in depth look into their previous success, breakup, reunion, and return to music.
Currently there is no further information about the upcoming effort. However, they have tweeted that they are “hoping to work with [their] extended family such as Missy [Elliott], Rodney [Jerkins], Kwame, Lamb and more on this new project.” Fans can rejoice in knowing that they can expect to hear some of the ‘90s R&B in the 21st century.
“We are gonna keep it classic but also have a few surprises that will remind you of why you fell in love with SWV music,” they explained.
SWV entered the scene in the early 1990s and became one of the most successful R&B groups, with hits such as “Weak,” “Right Here (Human Nature Mix),” and “I’m So Into You.” Currently, they have show dates throughout June and July in the U.S. and Canada. —Connie T.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ryan Leslie Explains Work On Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch The Throne"

Ryan Leslie Explains Work On Jay-Z & Kanye West's
R. Les is the latest to contribute to the highly anticipated album.
Jay-Z and Kanye West have already worked with a handful of musicians and producers for Watch the Throneincluding Lex Luger, Jeff Bhasker and G.O.O.D. Music’sHit-Boy. The latest to join the project is singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie, who explained that his world tour has coincided with the international studio sessions for the forthcoming project.
“Man, that project is really coming together pretty awesomely. I’ve been touring kind of around the world everywhere where they’ve been doing it as well, so we did a week in England, we did a week in Australia, we did a week in New York City and we did a week in Paris too,” he said during an interview on BET’s “106 & Park.” “So there’s so much awesome music that’s happening on that album and I think everybody’s going to be really excited.”
The “Glory”  singer also shared what lessons he’s gleaned from working with Hov.
“I learned that if you really want to be the best, you’ve got to be better than the best. And it’s really hard to be better than Jay-Z because he really has a 24-hour-a-day schedule,” he explained. “So he’ll wake up, he’ll do a morning television show, he’ll do a bunch of lunch meetings, he’ll go do a concert with U2 and then come to the studio and be the last one out the studio. So that means I’m always in competition with him to make sure I’m the last one out of the studio after him.”

Stalley Shooting "Assassin" Film, Prepping Summer Release

Stalley Shooting
The bearded rapper elaborates on a short film to accompany the John Mayer-assisted cut off his "Lincoln Way Nights" mixtape.
Stalley isn't leaning back from his recent mixtape releaseLincoln Way Nights . The Massillon, Ohio native has revealed that he's currently shooting a 30-minute short film for its track "Assassin" featuring John Mayer, with plans to follow with another project this summer.
"I’m actually shooting a movie. It’s like a short film, 'Assassin,'" he told DWND Radio. "It’s gonna a 30-minute short film. Yeah, that’s the joint right there. It’s gonna be a video/short film, so it’s going to be an official video for it and then it’s also gonna be a short 30-minute film. It’s gonna be crazy."
The bearded MC, who was recently linked to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, also revealed that he'll be hitting the studio this month in anticipation of a summer release.
"I’m about to start actually getting back in the studio next month some time once these shows settle down and shooting these videos and stuff, but right now, my focus is still linking with Nights, promoting that, getting it to as many people as possible and just getting it heard as much as possible," he continued. "But I’ma get back to the studio in May and give people some more intelligent trunk music to ride around the summer with and kill out at barbecues and stuff like that.
The upstart also doled out some advice for up-and-coming rappers trying to make it in the biz. "My advice is just to be yourself and stay true to who you are, not to sound cliché again, but that’s really it. That’s really the formula,” he explained. “A lot of people who last long are artists who be themselves and do the music that they love and just stay true to who they are. It’s usually the people who run and catch that fame fast. The ones who try to catch that fame fast are trying to leave fast because they’re tying to get as much money as possible before people find out who they really are. As long as you be you and write music and be true to who you really are, you’ll be successful."

(RE-CAP) Roosevelt Idol 2011 Hosted by JS aka The Best

Record Producer JS aka The Best hosted the 4th annual Roosevelt Idol Competition


1. 1+1
2. I Care
3. I Miss You
4. Best Thing I Never Had
5. Party (Featuring Andre 3000)
6. Rather Die Young
7. Start Over
8. Love On Top
9. Countdown
10. End Of Time
11. I Was Here
12. Run The World (Girls)

The Making of 600Benz



Jadakiss Talks Stepping Up His Online Game, Movie Roles, Wanting To Get Down w/ Disney

As one of the few remaining MCs to find success after leaving Bad Boy Ent., Jadakiss and The Lox have established themselves as the East Coast close-out hitters of hardcore rap. With a new mixtape, I Love You, dedicated to the fans ready to hit retailers on May. 24, we made a stop to Kiss' studio to get an update on how the Yonkers-bred rapper is staying relevant. —Mikey Fresh

VIBE: I noticed your new mixtape drops just a few days before your birthday, what you do you have planned this year?
Jadakiss: I have an annual birthday bash in Miami that I do every year, so I’m a be promoting heavy down there. Maybe get on some getaway-type of shit and throw a few more birthday parties and shows in the mix. You want to get me a present? Buy the mixtape! That's how I'm promoting it. That's your present to me. Just get this mixtape. You'll love it [ahhaaaaa].
Are you planning to leak anything on your website?
Yeah, definitely in the next day or two.
When you came into the game artists didn’t have to drop a new song online everyday. How do you feel about the climate of rap now?
Times have changed. You almost have to put your whole shit out for them to buy it. You see that with Kanye, with everybody. You got to leak shitthat's the new shit. If they like it, they'll buy it anyway. But that's what it is now. You have to do that because so much shit is coming out every day, you'll get swept under the rug before you know it. You have to stay in their ears, on their computer screens, in their iPods, iPads, MacBooks. You got to be there and the only way to be there is to let it out. You have to be in it to win it.
I guess you’ve been making some trips to the Apple store then…
If you can't beat them join them. I was naïve to that shit for a while, but then I had to go to the Apple store and spend $15,000 to get ieverything.
So do you help with a lot of your own viral marketing now?
Nah, I got a staff. I do shit though. My son use my shit. They can use whatever. Whatever I can use. One of these has to be on deck at all times [points to macbook].
You're definitely getting your Twitter game up.
I'm trying to get to a million followers, and then I'm going to ask everybody for a dollar. Think it'll work? At least I'm going to get a couple hundred thousand. All I need is a dollar from everybody [ahaaa]
50 kind of did something like that; he told his followers to buy stock in his headphones line and he cashed in on it.
See, don't worry I got some shit up my sleeve.
When I spoke to you two or three years ago, you were talking about transitioning to Hollywood, if not being in movies, maybe some of the writing. Has there been any movement there?
I just did a little part in a movie in Philly over the last month, called Must Be The Music written and directed by Charles "Roc" Dutton. Black Thought is in it, Snoop from "The Wire," Kat from "The Bad Girls Club," one of the Atlanta Housewives. It should be a pretty good movie.
You got a feature role in there?
I got a nice little part. I got some dialogue with Charles. It's not like a cameo. But ain't like a Brad Pitt part either. And it ain’t where you just see me sweeping the floor.
It's going to be in theaters?
Yeah, they're going for the big theater—they're going for a feature film.
So are you trying to get into more acting roles?
I want to do more acting and I want to do voiceovers, too. I want to get in some of these animated joints; that's where the money's at. I think I got the voice. I know I can do it. I can be one of these squirrels… one of these birds, or dolphins or something, or pandas or monkeys, or seals [Laughs].
Do one of those Disney movies and you're good for the rest of your life.
Let me get in! They don't want to let me in –Madagascar, Shrek 7. Let me get in one of these shits. Please! I'm built for this.
What would be your ultimate role?
King of New York. Just replace Christopher Walken with me. Keep everything the same. It's just me. Picture me instead of Christopher Walken. That shit would be crazy. You got to redo the whole King of New York with me.
Speaking of movies, I want to get your take on Biggie's son CJ doing his acting thing.
He's coming up. He got something opposite of Will Ferrell. I'm proud of CJ for that. I'm glad.
Yup, do you stay in contact with him?
I stay in contact with Faith and check on him from time to time. I want to go see him more often, but I don't get a chance to. I always think about him though. He's very intelligent. He's special. He's the son of Biggie. He already knows that. He doesn't even have to think twice what it is. That's his pops in him. Big was smart. That's why his bars were like that. His mom's was a teacher. Big was very smart. Anything he ever could ask from me is done.
Before I forget, what's going on with this Lox album?
I was going to ask you the same thing. I don't know what's going on with it. We're trying to work it out. We're trying to get to a solid number so we can get working. There are a lot of hands in the pot. It's just about catering to all of the hands. It's so many, though; it ain't really that much money to go around, but we're going to work it out or we're going to chop some of these fucking hands off.
Musically, have y'all done anything for it yet?
We got a bunch of music. We always do music and then we get discouraged and stop and on top of that we got about an album and a half. That shit will probably just go to mixtapes. We got songs right now that if we were to leak them, it would create a buzz, but then it's like what's the buzz for? Politics going to get involved, that's why we don't let any of those shits out. We work every day. We see each other or we work a few times a week, whether it be featuring on a solo or just doing something and stashing it or freestyle together. We ain't done. We're together. We don't have to send postcards. We see each other every day.
Didn't you announce a title for your next album?
Top 5 Dead or Alive baby.
That's locked in –100%?
Nothing is 100%. The only thing guaranteed is death. That's the only thing that's 100%,that you're going to die.
One last thing with that subject, as a life-long New Yorker what do you think about Osama's death and Americans celebrating it?
I'm not personally celebrating, but if that's what the families of the loved ones and the victims who died in 9/11 needed for closure, I understand that. That's understandable. I'm ready to see what's going on with the next round of the NBA playoffs. I'm not a politician; I don't really get into that. I have family and friends that are Muslims and I'm happy for those that are happy for those that couldn't sleep and now they're able to rest and exhale and get on with their lives. May the Lord bless them. But me, I got my own problems. I'm looking for a nigga named Ben Williams that owe me some money. I'm looking for Ben Williams. He owes me $500. Leave on this note, I Love You is a must have for the summer. When you're driving home from school, you need that in your iPod, your iPad, your mp3, your cookouts, your parties, graduations, bar mitzvahs, baby showers, raccoon lodge [ahhaaaa].