News: Ludacris Gets Political and Gets Denounced, Jay-z Dismisses Timbaland Album Rumor

31 07 2008

Ludacris drops “Politics (Obama is Here)”

Earlier this week, Ludacris dropped his highly-anticipated Gangsta Grillz Mixtape titled “The Preview” (check The Stash to get your copy). On there is a freestyle over Young Buck’s “Get Buck” titled “Politics”; an ode to presidential candidate Barack Obama. Luda (who as announced as a Barack supporter in 2006) shows support for Barack and his campaign, but apparently, not all support is good support. Politicians feel Ludacris’ lyrics about Hilary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Sen. McCain, and Bush were offensive. Here’s some lines he drops:

“Said I handled his biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that b**ch is irrelevant
Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
if you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut!
and all you other politicians trying to hate on my man,
watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man
you can’t stop what’s bout to happen, we bout to make history
the first black president is destined and it’s meant to be
the threats ain’t fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
so get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote!
paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ’em terrified
McCain don’t belong in ANY chair unless he’s paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and I throw em like candy wrap
cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents
get out and vote or the end will be near
the world is ready for change because Obama is here!”

The Obama support from hip hop is great, but I can see why this would give off the wrong impression. I can definitely see oppressors using this against Barack. Barack Obama’s camp has denounced this song and said Ludacris should be ashamed of these lyrics. I find it funny that politicians are listenin to Gangsta Grillz mixtapes.

Jay-z Denies Rumor of a Fully-Produced Timbaland Album

Recently Timbaland spoke about thoroughly producing an album for Jay-z with an “international” sound and how he’s even using bagpipes in the production. The rumor generated some hype since Jay and Timbo showed some good chemistry with tracks like “Big Pimpin”, “The Bounce” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulders”. Jay denied the rumors about the project saying “You know I love Timbaland, he is like a brother to me, but until the music is done it’s premature,” Jay told Rolling Stone. “I’m a person that works off music.” Jay-z also talked about how he decides how production will be handled based off who brings the best music. He stated “If Timbaland makes 10 great tracks then he produces the album,”. “If Kanye West makes 10 great tracks then he produces the album; if he makes three, I’ll take three. I let the music dictate the direction.”
I was a little skeptical on the project myself. Three to four tracks per album is always good, but I don’t know if those two possess the same chemistry that JT and Missy share with Timbaland to make a fully hot album. The two are masters at what they do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work.

Seeing is Believing 7/30: New Big Boi Video

31 07 2008

Big Boi feat. Mary J. Blige – Somethin’s Gotta Give

The second single off Sir Luscious Left Foot, Big Boi’s solo album due out in the Fall. A substansial follow up to “Royal Flush”.

Dope or Nope 7/29: New Young Jeezy Put On Remix

30 07 2008

It’s been a slow day in hip hop. Wasn’t shit shakin but LA (if you’re out in SoCal you definitely felt that random ass earthquake). The remix to Put On, Young Jeezy’s first single off of The Recession has hit the net. It features none other than Jay-z and you know ya boy Hov kills it. Im feelin this one, click the link below to peep it. The Recession due out September 2nd.

Vote For the Best Hip Hop Video for the VMA’s!

29 07 2008

The MTV VMA’s are coming up in Sept. (hopefully I’ll be in attendance again this year), and the nominees for best Hip Hop video are up at MTV is leavin it up to the fans to pick who deserves the award. Here’s the current top 10:

1. Lil Wayne – Lollipop (by a landslide)
2. Flo Rida – Low
3. Soulja Boy – Crank Dat
4. Ray J – Sexy Can I
5. Soulja Boy – Yaaah!
6. Snoop Dogg – Sexual Seduction
7. Wyclef – Sweetest Girl
8. Lupe Fiasco – Superstar
9. Plies – Bust It Baby 2
10. Missy – Ching-a-ling

My personal pick would be Superstar, but I think Lollipop is up for the win. *Now that the show is done, you can’t say I didn’t call it!

Click here to vote!

Seeing is Believing 7/28: New Lil’ Wayne & Snoop Dogg Vids

28 07 2008

Lil’ Wayne feat. T. Pain & Mack Maine – Got Money

Third single off of the approaching double platinum Carter III. The vid reminds me of “Inside Man”. The album verson just features Weezy and T-Pain who also have an album dropping together titled He Rap He Sing. The album is due out later this year or early ’09.

Snoop Dogg – Those Girlz

One of my favorite tracks off of Ego Trippin’. The chicks in the video are bangin!

Mixtape Madness: Ludacris – The Preview

28 07 2008

The higly anticipated Gangsta Grillz mixtape from Ludacris is finally here! Even if you ain’t up on the mixtape scene, you know Gangsta Grillz mixtapes usually bring out the best of rap artists. I haven’t had a chance to peep it yet but I guarentee its hot. His new album Theatre of the Mind is due out Oct. 21st. Click the link below to download the mixtape. Read the rest of this entry »

Girls, Girls, Girls: Chick of the Week – 7/28: Cassie

28 07 2008

The chick of the week goes to Cassie. Last week rumors spread about her engagement to Diddy, but supposedly they’re false. Aside from the rumors, my main reason for choosing her is because she’s hot. I came across a blog site recently and people were gettin on her for havin no ass, but Cassie’s got a fine face and a nice set of lips to make up for it. Not to mention her sexy petite body. I’d definitely wife her.
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NextUp: Asher Roth

27 07 2008

For years image has always been important with rap artists. Whether they have a hood image like Jeezy or Wayne, a “backpacker” image like Kweli or Mos Def, or they’re just themselves like Andre 3000 or Kanye; it tends to define their music and audience they attract. Then there’s Asher Roth who possess the complete opposite image of the typical rapper.

Click the full story to continue reading, peep vids, and download Asher Roth’s Gangster Grillz Mixtape!
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CNN’s Black In America

26 07 2008

I’m glad I was able to find the full video @ World Star HipHop (major props for that). So I’m uppin’ it here in case you missed it.
On Wednesday and Thursday, CNN aired a special documentary titled “Black In America”. The 4 hour documentary examines the lives of African American’s and shows the struggles we experience with family, the school system, getting good jobs, and our portrayal in the media. I recommend that all my people check it out and read my thoughts at the bottom.

Day 1: The Black Woman & Family pt. 1

pt. 2

Day 2: The Black Man

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Takin’ Em Back! – 7/25

25 07 2008

Check the Friday edition of Takin Em Back! After a long week of work, this is the type of joints u put on.

Ice Cube – Friday

Classic Ice Cube!

*Bonus video
Johnny Kemp – Just Got Paid

Don’t front like this shit didn’t go!