Friday, 27 May 2011

Young Jeezy Mixtape Released Today!

Whilst the release date for Young Jeezy's latest album is still unknown, he has reunited with DJ Drama for a new mixtape called 'The Real Is Back,' due out tomday at 1:03pm (GMT-5).

The mixtape will serve as an appetizer for Jeezy's long-delayed fourth album, which is now scheduled to hit stores sometime this summer, according to the Snowman. Although July 26 had been reported to be the album's proper release date, Def Jam representatives shot down those assertions.

Back around 2004, Drama had a hand in Jeezy's rise to rap prominence, after he featured the Snowman on his Gangsta Grillz series of mixtapes, including 'Trap or Die' and 'Can't Ban the Snowman.' The two had a falling out for a period of time but are now back on good terms.

'The Real Is Back' features 21 tracks and contributions from longtime CTE roster member Slick Pulla and latest signee Freddie Gibbs. Other notable guests include Fabolous on 'Rollin',' Yo Gotti on 'Flexin'' and Lil Wayne on Jeezy's current single 'Ballin'.

Friday, 20 May 2011

R.E.D. Album

A year of delays later, California rapper Game has revealed that  'R.E.D. Album' has finally received a confirmed release date from Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine.

The album was initially scheduled for a December 2009 release, but was pushed back time and time again, undergoing a variety of unexplained setbacks, lawsuits and delays, along with an ever-changing list of rumored guest stars, a banned music video and Game's recent detention at the Canadian border for alleged gang affiliations.

"I had a meeting with [Interscope head] Jimmy Iovine last week, and he told me the album was slated for the end of the summer, and it will not be pushed back any more than that. So we're looking towards late August," Game told Billboard earlier this month, and though fans had heard such promises from the Compton MC in the past, it now appears official.

"Just got off a conference call with Jimmy Iovine & @interscope. Aug 23rd is the release date & it's like a FAT GIRL...It won't move !" Game tweeted. "#Alliwantis for my fans to know that the R.E.D. album will be in-stores AUGUST 23rd !!! Thanks for the continuous love & support."

Game's controversial video for his Lil-Wayne-assisted single 'Red Nation,' was banned from MTV and BET earlier this month, quickly receiving over 2 million views on YouTube. It is an absolutely dope tune though, have a listen below:

Monday, 16 May 2011

Rock City Split from Konvict Muzik.

Caribbean singing and rapping duo R. City aka Rock City has announced that they have finally parted ways with Akon's record label, Konvict Muzik.

The brothers  signed with Akon back in 2007, after writing 'The Rain' on his platinum-selling 2006 album 'Konvicted.'

The group has since released eight mixtapes and written songs for virtually every major R&B artist, including Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and R. Kelly, yet their frustrations steadily began to mount because of the conflict with Akon's label, which caused them to delay the release of their debut album 'Free at Last,' since 2008.

In 2010, R. City attempted to force their release from Konvict via their 'PTFAO (Put The F---ing Album Out)' campaign, which prompted a sit-down with Akon back in March, who finally released them from their contract. 'Free at Last' is now scheduled to drop later this summer, on their own imprint, Rebelution Records.

The album's catchy first single, 'We On,' was released in April. "With its unmistakable bounce, expect the song to make its way to every club deejay's playlist nationwide within weeks," a rep for the group explained. 

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Gucci Mane Wiggles out of Jail

Fake-ass rapper Gucci Mane, currently doing time for probation violation, is reportedly set to hit the streets once again as early as next month.

According to reports, Gucci will avoid a recommended 17-month stay in an Atlanta jail. Rumour has it that Gucci Mane will be out of jail by the end of June -- 15 months earlier than anyone expected. Gucci appeared in a Fulton County jail Monday afternoon and in less than an hour, he got the best news of his life. The Atlanta-based star, who has been on probation since October 2005, will end his probation by the end of June and he'll be out of jail, says his attorney Mike Issa. It had been recommended that he serve 17 months in prison for the probation violation, but his attorneys were able to convince the judge to set him free after just 45 days. 

Personally, I think the longer they can keep his wack ass in prison for, the better. It's rappers like Gucci who give a bad name to modern hip-hop. He just keeps getting into trouble and gets no punishment - he needs some real time to set his ass straight. Wonder how much be bribed the judge?

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Skylar Grey EP

So it's a bit of a departure from the usual genre of music I usually cover, but I think I've fallen in love with Skylar Grey. Best known for co-writing some of the biggest hits of 2010, including "Love The Way You Lie" and "Coming Home", she's even received a Grammy nomination for best songwriter of the year.

Having just listened to her 2010 "EP O'Dark: Thirty", I thoroughly recommend others take the time to go through the track list. I lack the writing skills (/cba) to compose a detailed and interesting album review. It is interesting to compare this EP to her previous album "Like Blood Like Honey" (made under the name Holly Brook). Whereas previously she was directly unfluenced by artists like Sarah McLachlan, this EP represents a departure from this and more of a move towards hip-hop - P. Diddy even produced the main single from the EP!

Anyways, enough of my waffle; I'll let the music do the talking!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

J. Cole Finishes Debut Album

Two years since joining up with Jay-Z, J Cole has finally finished his long awaited album. The North Carolina-born rapper revealed the news to fans - who he acknowledged had been very patient in waiting for the release. "All singles done. Album ridiculous. Title Perfect. Music incredible," he wrote. "Thank you for your patience. Let's change the game."

Cole also released the new track 'Disgusting,' to tide listeners over until his first official single drops. "Hov say we got the 1, 2 punch ready. I say it's a even bigger combo than that!!"

Just as his 'Friday Night Lights' mixtape won critical acclaim upon it's release last yearl, fans clamored to get their copy of his latest album, causing Usershare to crash.  'Disgusting' received more than 35,000 downloads on the site in one day.

In a previous interview, the rapper stated that despite pressure from his label, the one person that he wants to appease with his debut release is himself. "I don't worry about what the world wants me to do," he explained. "I'm worrying about meeting my expectations."

Since dropping his first mixtape in 2007, Cole has had a meteoric rise - now touring with the likes of Drake earlier this year, and Rihanna next month. Although there is no official release date or title for his album, it is arguably one of the most anticipated debuts of the year.


Thanks for the support to everyone who has followed me!

I wish I had something prepared to celebrate the occasion, but a lack of planning on my part means I don't. Still, I'll do my best to keep the hip-hop news coming out - some big stuff being released soon, so keep an eye out for it!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Released Date for "Hell: The Sequel" Confirmed.

Eminem announced the EP's official title on Twitter, Monday night (May 2) with two brief messages. "At midnight I'm announcing the EP title," he tweeted. The title, 'Hell: The Sequel' simply followed.

Royce Da 5'9- began to collaborate with Eminem as Bad Meets Evil over a decade ago, but never released a completed body of work, despite having popular singles. Producers on the upcoming EP will include DJ Khalil, Mobb Deep's Havoc and D12 member Denaun Porter.

Porter revealed how the album idea got off the ground: "The idea for a Bad Meets Evil EP first came about while Porter and Royce were working on Royce's solo album," Porter explained. "We had one song and it turned into, 'Yo, what do you think about getting Em on this record?'"

Eminem and Royce's first single was 1999's 'Nothin' to Do' and this year, they have teamed up to release the new tracks 'Writer's Block' and 'Echo.'

'Hell: The Sequel' is currently set for a June 14 release.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's ridiculously excited about this. From the snippets I've heard of tracks, this is much more like the old Eminem - which is only a good thing! Relapse was a massive disappointment, and while Recovery was better, it still had nothing on his first few works.

One of the recently leaked songs off the album: