After his Miguel assisted single, “Power Trip,” reached the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100, J Cole is now revealing another superstar R&B act will also be on his upcoming album. While speaking with Charlie Sloth on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Cole revealed that he tapped 1990′s girl group TLC to add vocals to Born Sinner, but don’t expect to hear any guest verses from any other emcees.
“I got TLC on the album. T-Boz and Chilli. It’s crazy,” said Cole. “Nobody’s rapping on the album other than me.”
The Roc Nation rapper recently decided to move up the release date of Born Sinner one week to compete against Kanye West’s new album dropping the same day.
In the interview, Cole also speaks about Miguel’s infamous leg drop at the Billboard Awards and Paris Hilton signing to Cash Money Records.
“I think it’s awesome,” says Cole on the heiress joining Lil Wayne’s label. “It’s just gonna make for great jokes and great entertainment for some reason.”
When asked if he would collaborate with Hilton, Cole responded, “Never.”
Born Sinner is scheduled for release June 18th.
Listen to the J Cole interview with Charlie Sloth below.
Who says female rappers can’t get along? Two young femcees that have been making waves the last couple of years got together to remake Jay-Z and Kanye West’s 2011 hit song “Otis” off Watch The Throne.
Hustle Gang’s Iggy Azalea and Detroit native Angel Haze have been putting in work to create their buzz for their individual music, but now the only two females to ever make XXL’s Freshman Class list have decided to build together for at least one track.
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The new collaboration dropped the same day Azalea went on a Twitter rant about how the media constantly pits female rappers against each other even when there is no personal beef between the performers. Apparently, Iggy feels she was misquoted in a recent article that made it seem like she had issues with Nicki Minaj.
For much of the 1990′s if you wanted to discover the next rising African-American comedy star all you had to do was tune into Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam on HBO. That Simmons executive produced program showcased some of the biggest stand-up comedians in the business like Bernie Mac, Dave Chappelle, Adele Givens, and Cedric The Entertainer.
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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Simmons is now joining forces with HBO again. The “Godfather of Hip Hop” signed a two-year “first look” deal to create and develop new projects.
This means that HBO will get the option of reviewing any proposed projects developed by Simmons, but if the cable channel decides not to pick up the project, Simmons can then shop it to other networks.
Simmons is most well-known for co-founding the seminal Hip Hop record label Def Jam. He also produced the HBO programs Def Poetry and Brave New Voices.
On May 9th, 2013 the world lost a impassioned activist and direct link to one of the most iconic figures of the Civil Rights Movement when Malcolm X’s grandson Malcolm Shabazz was murdered in a bar fight in Mexico City, Mexico. Shabazz was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY on May 21st, two days after what would have been Malcolm X’s 88th birthday.
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NewsOne released the funeral program which detailed his burial placement and a special singing tribute to the fallen activist:
Malcolm Shabazz was laid to rest today, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 11:30 AM near his grandparents (Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz) at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY. He was surrounded by his mother Qubilah; his aunts–Attallah, Gamilah, Ilyasah, Malaak, Malikah, other family & very close friends. Surprise guest and friend, R&B recording artist, Jaheim, offered his condolences and sang acapella “I Miss You (For Moms)” from his 1st album entitled “Ghetto Love”. Malcolm and Jaheim met at a youth rally The Terrie Williams Agency hosted at a Queens Public Library many years ago.
Shabazz was allegedly beaten viciously over a $1,200 bar tab at the Palace bar on Garibaldi Plaza. Two employees at the Palace bar, David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus are suspects in the homicide.
Roc Nation Sports just added its first professional football player to its growing roster. Former West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith is now a New York Jet and a member of the ROC.
Smith will join Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and Skylar Diggs of the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock as clients of Jay-Z’s latest business venture.
Smith was selected as the 39th pick in this year’s NFL draft by the New York Jets. During his senior year at WVU (2012), the 6’3” Miami native threw for 4205 yards, 42 touchdowns, and a 71% completion rate.
He left his alma mater holding the school records for career completions, touchdown passes, passing yards, and consecutive pass completions. He also holds or shares conference and NCAA records as well.
Smith allegedly fired his previous agents after he slipped all the way to the second round in the draft even though he was expected to be a first round selection. According to his mentor, former NFL player John Thornton, Roc Nation was now the perfect fit for Smith.
“It really all came down to who he was most comfortable with,” Thornton told CBS Sports. “I was in those meetings and Jay-Z connected with him on many levels.”
The New York City Police Department’s “Stop-and-Frisk” policy is one of the most highly criticized police tactics in recent years. The New York Civil Liberties Union, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and The Bronx Defenders filed a federal class action lawsuit against the city, and as a result, a judge ordered that the NYPD stop enforcing the practice in front of private residences in The Bronx.
And now all NYC residents await the decision of a judge in another case involving the policy. Floyd v. City of New York covers a much larger scale as the constitutionality of the entire program is in question.
The Center for Constitutional Rights (part of the defense team in the case) is now trying to get the word out about the upcoming ruling by enlisting rapper/actor Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) to appear in a new public service announcement.
The 3 minute ad is called “Don’t Tread On Me” and features some staggering facts like 85% of the 5 million stops under “Stop-and-Frisk” were Black or Latino. In the video, the voice of a police officer can also be heard sharing the story of his commanding officer telling his precinct, “we’re gonna go out there, and we’re gonna violate some rights.”
For more stats about the NYPD’s “Stop-and-Frisk” visit thinkprogress.org.
Watch Yasiin Bey’s “Don’t Tread On Me” PSA below.
Busta Rhymes, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Birdman, Lil Wayne and Paris Hilton all now have something in common. They are all apart of the Cash Money Records Family.
The socialite-turned-singer has signed to the iconic label, according to Rap-Up.com.
Paris told Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 the big news.
The report says, “But the big news: this nightfly who is really a successful businesswoman is recording her second album of music right now. It will be issued by CashMoney Records and will feature many hip hop acts such as Lil Wayne. Paris told me Afrojack is producing it, and she hopes to have it out this summer.”
“This is a lot different than my first album. It’s really going to be house music,” Paris said.
The name of the album has not been announced. Her 2006 debut was Paris.
It wasn’t just sex with R&B chicks, the late great Christopher Wallace had dreams of starting his own clothing line and his offspring has made it a reality. 19 year old T’yanna Wallace has begun the “Notoriouss” clothing line.
Last March, T’yanna exclusively informed AllHipHop that she was taking over her father’s Brooklyn Mint clothing line. She is currently a freshman at Penn State and informed XXL that she is studying fashion in hopes of resurrecting the defunct clothing line.
In 2005, Notorious B.I.G.’s mother, Voletta Wallace along with B.I.G.’s former managers Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow, unsuccessfully attempted to bring the Brooklyn Mint clothing line back.
Lil Scrappy is addicted to weed. At least, that’s what the rapper claimed in court today.
According to a report by TMZ, the rapper officially failed a court-ordered urine test.
He’s now going to be entering rehab to help him get over his addiction.
TMZ spoke to Scrappy’s lawyer and he said that Scrappy will be in rehab as of June 16. The rapper didn’t contest the order.
Scrappy was temporarily jailed for violating his probation.
) Hot 97′s Summer Jam XX is 10 days away and AllHipHop spoke with Hot 97 personalities K. Foxx, DJ Cipha Sounds, DJ Spynfo and more about their favorite Summer Jam moments, what their dream Summer Jam lineup would be and which song from this year’s Summer Jam they predict will have the biggest reaction.
Fans are going to have to way to get their fix on the newest music from Fabolous, as the rapper has pushed back his upcoming album Loso’s Way 2: Rise To Power.
The BK rapper made the announcement at a tour stop in Los Angeles, where Rap-Up TV interviewed him.
He did offer details on the album, including that it would feature Future, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Ne-Yo, 2 Chainz and Trey Songz.
He was to drop on the same day as Kanye West and J. Cole, but now he’s claiming late July.
He did specify why he was moving it back.
The whole video is below.
B-boy, rapper, and producer Tony Touch is working on a new project called 50 MCs Reunion and to promote his latest album the New York hardcore Hip Hop head will be dropping 50 webisodes featuring rare footage he’s collected throughout his career. Rap fans will get to see 20 years of exclusive content each day for the next 50 days.
In the first installment, Flip Mode Squad’s Busta Rhymes and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard from the Wu-Tang Clan freestyle in a cipher. Future chapters will feature Guru, Big Pun, and other prominent stars from Hip Hop.
Tony Touch’s 50 MCs Reunion LP will be released July 9th.
Watch Busta and ODB trade verses in the video below starting at the 2:50 mark, and then check out episode 2 featuring behind the scenes footage of Guru, Inspectah Deck, and more from 1996.
In a strange turn of events, an arrest warrant has been issued for presumed dead rapper Tim Dog.
According to a new report from WREG, a judge has issued the arrest warrant after a report that there was no proof of his death existed.
Reports emerged that the controversial 90′s rapper died in February due to complications with diabetes.
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At the time of his death, Tim Dog, real name Timothy Blair, was convicted of swindling a number of women out of money to a tune of $2 million.
Hernando Prosecutor Steven Jubera said they need to verify the rapper’s death.
“I need proof,” said Jubera to WREG. “I need a death certificate showing that’s he’s dead because as far as I’m concerned, he’s alive.”
If family members can produce proof of death, the arrest warrant will be dropped.
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