Drama Pon Di Gaza: Is Vybz Kartel becoming the 50 Cent of the Dancehall World?

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Following the end of the infamous Gully/Gaza conflict between Vybz Kartel and Mavado, once again it’s all drama over at the Portmore Empire, which is steadily diminishing with the recent departure of Blak Ryno. The deejay is the latest to join the mass exodus from the Gaza camp. The situation in Vybz Kartel’s Dancehall powerhouse bears a striking resemblance to the drama that has surrounded 50 Cent’s popular G-Unit crew within the Hip-Hop scene…

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Ludacris – Battle of the Sexes

In a recent MTV interview, Ludacris explained the reasoning behind his collaborative concept for his latest offering Battle of the Sexes. He mentioned how he felt that women in the industry needed more of an opportunity to get their music heard in the game today.

‘It’s such a male-dominated industry that I feel like females need more of a voice, so we wanted to hear more of what the hell they had to say,’ he explained. ‘With that being said, I went out and got women from the past, the present and the future – everyone from Lil Kim, Eve, Trina, Nicki Minaj. I got records where I’m talking about women and where women are talking back to me.’

The full tracklisting for the album is as follows:

1. Intro
2. How Low
3. My Chick Bad (feat. Nicki Minaj)
4. Everybody Drunk (feat. Lil Scrappy)
5. I Do It All Night
6. Sex Room (feat. Trey Songz)
7. I Know You Got a Man (feat. Flo Rida)
8. Hey Ho (feat. Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Fate)
9. Party No Mo’ (feat. Gucci Mane)
10. B.O.T.S. Radio (feat. I-20)
11. Can’t Live With You (feat. Monica)
12. Feelin’ So Sexy
13. Tell Me a Secret (feat. Ne-Yo)
14. My Chick Bad Remix (feat. Diamond, Trina, and Eve)

Luda excitedly announed via his Twitter page earlier this week that the lead single from the project ‘How Low’ had already reached platinum status, writing ‘Just got handed my platinum plaque from def jam.’ 2010 marks the rapper’s tenth year with Def Jam; his major label debut Back for the First Time was released by the label in October 2000. Battle of the Sexes is scheduled for release on March 9th 2010 on DTP/Def Jam after being pushed up a week ‘due to the anticipation.’

Let the battle commence!

50 Cent to release Tany Yayo & Lloyd Banks’ albums independently

Tony Yayo has announced that he and fellow G-Unit member Lloyd Banks will both be releasing projects independently this summer. 50 Cent’s right-hand men are no longer signed to their major label deal with Interscope, but remain part of G-Unit.

‘Everybody all knows, me and Banks are not on Interscope anymore. We’re not on a major anymore. Me and Banks are dropping two albums in the summer independently, through a deal that 50 is conjuring up for us. It feels good to know that I have no red tape put on anything,’ Yayo explained in a recent interview. ‘If I had to deal with Interscope, I’d have to deal with the label and they’d have to sign off. Now I can do what I want. It’s exciting to work with new guys. Some of these kids shooting video are [teenagers]. It’s new energy. A lot of these labels need new energy – people who are willing to bust they butt, go in and do what they’ve got to do.’

He also recently explained to DJ Green Lantern that if he were still with Interscope, then he would have to wait due to the ‘long process’ of putting his material out there through a major label. ‘I felt it’s time for me to go somewhere where it’s not biased and I get a fair shot,’ clarified the Queens rapper, whose real name is Marvin Bernard. It seems that even successful artists within Hip Hop often tend to get overlooked or under-promoted by major labels in favour of their more cross-over friendly counterparts.

Tony Yayo’s latest solo effort Gunpowder Guru, a digital album which was released at the beginning of the month, is currently available for download on iTunes and Amazon. Yayo, who is of Haitian origin, has also recently been involved in the aid efforts following the earthquake that struck the country last month.

C-Murder Speaks out on Appeal & Prison Life

Currently incarcerated after being found guilty of second degree murder last August, rapper C-Murder reached out to my colleagues over at allhiphop.com to give an insight into prison life. In his letter, he explained that he was currently working on his appeal and stressed the importance of education and making the right decisions in life.

His letter to AHH, reads:

What’s up AllHipHop?

This ya boy C-Murder reaching out to yall and my many loyal fans that gives a damn. I’m in the process of my appeals right now, so keep me in your prayers.

And I want to send my thanks to those of you the support and believe in me and my innocence. I’m holding up pretty good here at Angola.

I work out regularly and participate in all sports leagues. Kitchen duty is my job and 5:30 AM is wake up time.

Of course I hate it, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Life is short and the time you waste in jail can never be replaced.

That’s why I’m asking you guys to take heed to my situation and better yourselves to live a positive and productive life.

Education and discipline is most important.

If you feel alone in making important decisions don’t. Parents, priests, counselors or relatives are always available.

I wish you the best until next time.

Your’s Truly,

Corey Miller

WASP – Cry Fi Haiti

Dancehall deejay Wasp has re-recorded his single ‘Cry Di Dem’ as a tribute to the Haiti Earthquake victims. The Double EME nominated artist was inspired to rework the track after seeing the scenes of Haiti following the disaster that occurred last week (Jan 12. 2010).

Wasp released a statement with his thoughts on the disaster, explaining, “when I watched the news and saw the gruesome scenes, I was really touched and decided I had to do my part to help, the song will be used throughout various campaigns aimed at soliciting aid for the people of Haiti.”

The track is a fitting anthem for the many affected by the 7.0 earthquake and hopefully will only continue to raise awareness for their plight.

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Eve ‘Lip Lock’ Album Latest 2010

Eve in her Ruff Ryders days

Eve has ended speculation that she is going to quit her recording career by resparking discussions of her forthcoming release. The rapper-turned-actress, who has yet to release an album since her 2002 offering Eve-Olution, stated via her Twitter page that she was ‘not letting this year pass wit out an ALBUM!’ She also described herself as a ‘free agent’ following her departure from Interscope. Ruff Ryders artist Drag-On had also confirmed recently that his former labelmate was currently working on the project, which Eve suggests will now be called Lip Lock and will contain ‘Tamborine’ and ‘Give It To You’ as bonus tracks.

Ruff Ryders CEO Waah Dean discussed Eve’s label situation in a recent interview, stating, ‘Eve is pretty much in the process of being released from the Interscope deal right now.’ He then contined, ‘We’re in negotiations of helping her get in control of her situation, we’re supporting her’. Dean then described Interscope as a ‘great label’ and highlighted their part alongside Universal and Def Jam in the success of his own Ruff Ryders venture. He then explained that Interscope ‘didn’t do what they was supposed to do on some level but she’s getting released and we’re gonna be here to support her in whatever direction she want to go.’

The exact release date for Lip Lock, which was originally due to be released in 2007 as Here I Am, remains unconfirmed at this point. The project is expected to drop later in 2010.

Rapper Jimmy O Dies in Haiti Earthquake

R.I.P Jimmy O

It has now been confirmed that Haitian rapper Jean ‘Jimmy O’ Jimmy Alexandre has died in the Haitian Earthquake. The body of the 35 year old Kreyol rapper, who was in the Haitian capital to work on a mixtape, was discovered yesterday and identified by his passport. Sadly, like many others that perished during the disaster, he was crushed by rubble that was dislodged during the 7.0 earthquake.

Jimmy O was well-respected in the local rap scene, helping to mentor young artists and contributing to the Yele Haiti Foundation. On Tuesday, shortly after the massive quake hit his homeland, rapper and humanitarian Wyclef Jean announced on CNN that he was in the process of trying to search for his friend and colleague, stating “I urge everyone who’s listening right now that knows how great this kid is in Haiti — I need y’all to verify this information. It would be a terrible loss for us.”

Rest in Peace Jimmy O
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So far, Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake appeal has raised a total of $2 million and the money will be reportedly be allocated to emergency relief, food and other much-needed help for the people of Port-au-Prince that were affected by the earthquake.

Wyclef on Ground in Haiti (FOX NEWS)
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Kanye West’s The College Dropout – Album of the Decade

The College Dropout

After months of facing less than favourable press, Kanye West has been recognised by Entertainment Weekly for having the ‘Album of the Decade.’ The publication honoured his 2004 debut The College Dropout above significant Hip Hop releases such as 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Kanye reacted to the honour by expressing his gratitude, stating ‘Wow, this is really flattering. I’ve had some ups and downs this year, well actually this decade. Just seeing this cover takes me back to that time of my life.’ He then recalled ‘how much pain and love went into this album.’

Touching on the project’s impact on the Hip Hop scene, he explained ‘No one saw it coming. This project wasn’t about me, it was about a time in people’s lives where people force opinions on you and you have to make choices for yourself.’ He then continued to highlight how the record stood out at the time, stating ‘We loved 50 Cent but we wanted to be the yang. We wanted to wear pink polos and rap about being hurt on this album everyday.’

After rising to fame following the success of the Grammy-winning album, West has continued to trangress the boundaries of the genre with his albums and in doing so has enjoyed considerable commercial success. Whether or not you agree that The College Dropout was the Album of the 2000s, it must be said that it is certainly a strong contender and a great contribution to the Hip Hop world.

50 Cent and Susan Boyle Collaboration?

Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson

It would be difficult to find two artists more different than rapper 50 Cent and Britain’s Got Talent singer Susan Boyle; the two are seemingly total polar opposites, in terms of both style and fan base! That being said, in a recent interview, Fiddy expressed his desire to collaborate with the Scottish songstress.

The Queens rapper stated, ‘Susan Boyle is hot right now,’ before adding, ‘I got to get her on a track, for real. We’d make a hit.’ He explained that ‘everybody is talking about’ the 48-year-old singer and that he thought she was ‘cool.’ Fiddy also joked that he would like to ‘take her clubbing,’ then added ‘she’d have a great time.’

Britain's Got Talent Star Susan Boyle

Whilst they may come from completely different backgrounds – with 50 Cent having grown up on the streets of Jamaica, Queens and Boyle hailing from Scotland – both initially faced difficulties getting their music heard in an industry still very much concerned with image.

It remains to be seen whether or not the collaboration will ever come into fruition, although if it does then 50 Cent should certainly be recognised for his creativity and originality. An intriguing combination to say the least, any collaboration between the pair should make for extremely interesting listening.

Lil Wayne Rebirth Tracklist

The anticipated tracklist for Lil Wayne’s Rebirth album has today surfaced online. A full features list for the project, which will reportedly showcase several rock artists alongside Wayne, is yet to be disclosed. It has, however, reportedly been confirmed that artists like Drake, Lenny Kravitz, Travis Barker and Fall Out Boy. Interestingly, Weezy will also apparently play guitar on a number of the tracks.

The reported tracklisting for Rebirth is as follows:

1. American Star
2. Prom Queen
3. Ground Zero
4. Da Da Da
5. Paradise
6. Get A Life
7. On Fire
8. Drop The World
9. Runnin
10. One Way Trip
11. Knockout
12. The Price Is Wrong

Rebirth, which will be packaged with the Young Money camp’s We Are Young Money album, is supposedly due to hit shelves next month on December 22nd. Although many remain skeptical about the given date, as Lil Wayne is particularly notorious for his album delays.

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