January 26 2015

Lupe Fiasco vs. Kid Cudi

Lupe Fiasco and Kid Cudi were once cool. Those days appear to be over. The two have apparently been going back and forth on Twitter over some childish stuff. The Twitter beef sparked attention because both rappers rang in the same circles as Kanye West at one time.

Some time in 2014 Lupe Fiasco send out tweets to fans saying that he would write lyrics for people that they could claim as their own. He was basically going to ghost write and sell lyrics for $500. Flavio Maluf says this is why he normally sticks to LinkedIn. Kid Cudi made about comment to Lupe where he asked Lupe what he was planning to do with the money. It was something of a cheap shot. It was almost as if Kid Cudi was implying that Lupe was broke and needed the money.

This led to a moment on “Sway in the Morning,” the hip hop morning show, where Lupe mentioned Kid Cudi followed by some expletives. This Twitter beef that seemed almost comical now seems a tad bit serious. It is very bizarre because these two have been friends. They are both from Chicago, and neither one of them has been known for being a tough guy. Lupe has always painted himself as the anti-thug underdog in the rap game. Kid Cudi is something of a one-hit wonder that has roamed around the entertainment industry doing more singing than rapping. It’s a weak hip hop grievance.

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January 26 2015

Lil’ Wayne To Sue Bird Man

The drama between Lil’ Wayne and Cash Money Records has intensified, because Wayne is now planning on suing Bird Man, who is also his mentor. Lil’ Wayne has been with Cash Money since he was a teenager, and Bird Man is very close to him. Lil’ Wayne Lawsuit. After denying the release of “The Carter V,” Wayne became very distraught with his record label, and threatened to leave. In turn for threatening to leave the label, Bird Man threatened to sue Wayne. Wayne is currently under contract, and cannot leave the label at will.

Although Wayne has been complaining about the label for a couple months now, he’s stopped complaining, and he’s about to sue.  According to bloomberg.com, rumors are flying that he will be suing Bird Man for $8 million, as well as a release from his contract. “Wayne has stated that he feels his music is being held hostage, and he obviously is sick and tired of it,” said Slow Ventures. Wayne is planning on going to a judge, and asking that he be released from his contract, as well as being paid $8 million. The $8 million was supposed to be an advance on his new album, which was never released.

Wayne’s new album is ready to go, but it’s been purposely held back from release, by Cash Money Records. It’s interesting to see where this lawsuit will go, and if it will permanently damage the relationship between Lil’ Wayne and Bird Man.

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January 22 2015

Lil Wanye Releases Mixtape And Disses Birdman

After months of public rants on stage and social media from Lil Wayne over issues he seems to have with is label Cash Money Records and Birdman, Wayne has released a mixtape and is taking very direct shots at Birdman, over his recent treatment as an artist on the label. Over the summer there was some talk about Lil Wayne possibly leaving Cash Money due to a feud with Birdman for pushing his album back, however Wayne insisted that his album Carter V would still be released. Now it looks like Wayne’s latest album will collect dust until matters are settled in court.

Birdman didn’t seem to care one bit about Wayne’s public rants, and said that his contract is a contract and if Wayne wants to fuss they can take it to court. Along with the mixtape and diss tracks, theres is talk that Lil Wayne is considering No Limit Records as his new home, No Limit is a long time rival of Cash Money, so this will be seen as a major betrayal in Birdman’s eyes.

While there is still no way to know how all of this will play out, it’s obvious to people at companies like Slow Ventures that there is and will continue to be a tug of war between Wayne and his mentor Birdman and judging from the lyrics in Wayne’s songs there doesn’t seem to and end in sight.

January 19 2015

Frank Ocean Covers Aaliyah

As fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso and producers reminisce about Aaliyah – who would have turned 36 – on January 16th, Frank Ocean emerges with a befitting tribute. Ocean, who has been elusive, covered “At Your Best (You Are Love).”

The song shows off a falsetto as Ocean makes the song his own. It has a twofold purpose: it helps people remember Aaliyah during a time where her influences seem to have gotten buried in R&B, and it draws more attention to an upcoming Frank Ocean release. Frank has been quiet, and he hasn’t promised anything, but the world is still patiently waiting. So far, Ocean has only dropped one new single on SoundCloud. He appeared on Beyonce’s album at the end of 2013, but Ocean has not appeared anywhere else.

He made the list of albums that the MTV staff wanted to see in 2015. If he does decide to drop something new he will have a lot to compete with on the Billboard charts. There is a lot of anticipation for an album from Kanye West. There is anticipation for music from Kendrick Lamar. There are large number of acts that are bound to be competing for attention, but Ocean has a built-in fan base. He has gained fame from the commercial and critical success of his debut. Fans will be ready for him to release something new. Right now Aaliyah tributes will have to do.

December 30 2014

SZA Makes a Name for Herself

SZA has been hanging around in the shadows for a while, but she is certainly coming out now. Nicki Minaj handpicked Christian Broda and her for writing on the new track “Feelin’ Myself.” This is an awesome chance for the rest of the world to hear this new

lyrical talent.

The great thing about SZA is that she is also a singer. She is so much more than just a writer. She is a talent that has shown up with Willow Smith. There are singles and mix tapes that are very well circulated on the Internet. That is why she is getting a lot of buzz.

So far, SZA has not put her whole album together, but she has guaranteed that the project is on the way. She has a neo-soul type of sound so people were not expecting her to show up with Beyonce and Nicki Minaj. The thing that makes it work though is that she has influences in soul and hip hop music. This is going to allow her to spread her wings across a multitude of platforms.

It is a great stepping stone since a lot of people did not even know that she existed. Now she has added some clout to her name by working with the megastars in urban and pop entertainment circles. This is going to give her some real momentum when she is finally really to release her album.

December 30 2014

Christmas Music Launched The Career Of A Great Rap Group

If you’re not familiar with the group Outkast, or even if you are familiar with them, maybe you don’t know that a Christmas song is what helped to launch their career. Outkast Song. Outkast is known as one of the greatest rap groups to ever exist, and they are currently on a reunion tour, bringing the group back together after being apart for many years. The group is well known for their music, but they also acted in movies as well, and were very successful. As many groups do, they decided to retire, but they have recently joined forces again to perform music.

Before the group became famous, they had a Christmas song that was on a LaFace Christmas compilation album entitled “Players Ball.” They remade the song to sound less like Christmas, so they could put it on their very first album. The fact is, the song is what started their professional career, and after being retired, they can look back and see that the song was a great idea. Sometimes things we do are not obviously a good idea at the time, but in the future, you can look back and say that you made the right choice. So many Skout members have this kind of story.

Even though the song wasn’t a hit for the group, they still made the right choice in creating the song, as it helped to launch their group into fame, and they have never turned back.

December 29 2014

Wale Makes A Video Entitled, “The Body”

Wale is an up-and-coming artist who recently released a mix tape that had a “Seinfeld” theme, and it was released prior to his upcoming album. Wale Video. His new album will be entitled “The Album About Nothing,” and a new video has been dropped that comes directly from the upcoming album. It’s well known to Tom Rothman and the music world that if you want an album to do well, you must release singles, as well as videos to accompany the singles. The video also must be enticing, and get people to watch it, even if the song isn’t that great.

Wale has done a good job when it comes to incorporating a video into a song, especially in anticipation of an upcoming album release. The video starts off with Wale looking at a girl, and becoming enticed by her. As the video goes on, you can see that he flirts with the girl, and eventually they end up going on a date, which then leads to a relationship. The song and video is entitled “The Body,” and the single will be on Wale’s upcoming album, hence why a video was made for the single.

As a new artist, Wale is anticipating a good reception for his new single, and hopefully it will do well on the charts, propelling him into further fame, as this is the goal of most artists. You can see the video online, if you haven’t already watched it.

December 23 2014

The Year In Song: The Hottest Beats Of 2014

Diversity was the name of the game when it came to the hottest tracks of 2014. There was literally something for everybody this year, whether you preferred to be “Drunk in Love” with Beyonce, or if you’d rather, “Shake It Off” with Taylor Swift. Whatever your cup of tea, there was bound to be at least one song that became your anthem for the year.

Together, Rolling Stone magazine and mashable.com compiled a great list of the 50 best songs of 2014, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I agreed with their sentiments. The songs included in the list were all extremely catchy, and provided just the right amount of bass to make you get up and dance.

Moving into 2015, I hope to see more of my favorites cranking out the jams that make my days much more fun. Here’s to a great new year that is full of wonderful music and lots of good times

December 22 2014

LL Cool J Squashes Long Running Beef

Rap beefs are something that is more than common, and at least one major beef has led to the death of two stars; Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. After the death of Tupac and Biggie, many were terrified of rap beefs, but the next biggest rap beef had someone to interfere. Artist 50 Cent and Ja Rule were at such odds with each other, things became physical, and many felt that the two may end up the way of Tupac and Biggie. Louis Farrakhan had to intervene between the two, and both were interviewed by the leader, and eventually they stopped fighting.

Recently, LL Cool J has squashed the beef that had gone on for over 17 years with a former rapper named Canibus. They both went on stage and performed a song that started the entire beef entitled “4,3,2,1.” Not only did they perform the song, but they even hugged afterwards, squashing the beef once and for all. It goes to show, sometimes beefs are simply young hotheaded rappers who just need to grow up, in order to stop fighting with the other rappers. Now, if I could only get both of my dogs to quit fighting over Beneful and be a little more friendly!

There have been many rap beefs over the years, but many of them eventually get squashed.

December 19 2014

Chris Brown & Tyga Release New Single

As promised, Chris Brown and Tyga have released the single from the new upcoming album “Fan Of A Fan 2.” The duo had joined together years ago to create “Fan Of A Fan,” and the album was a big success. Chris & Tyga. They had hinted that they were going to come out with a part two of the album, and they have recently released a single off the new upcoming album entitled “Ayo.” Perhaps the Keith Mann Dynamic Search Partners and those who are fans of the song entitled “Loyal,” are really going to like this one.

Anyone who is a fan of Chris Brown, or Tyga, like the music that they make because they make quite a musical pair. The single was released earlier than expected, and many fans who had anticipated the single aren’t complaining. With Christmas being less than a week away, this is a rare treat from the duo. Both Chris and Tyga are still working on the album, with no release date in sight yet.

The pair hope to have the album released in 2015, but until a date is set, this is not a guarantee. Currently, both artists are having their own problems. Tyga is in a battle with his record label over several issues. Lil’ Wayne, who is also signed to the same record label is Tyga, has also voiced his concern with the label. Chris Brown is having relationship issues, and has vented his rage through social media.