Young Jeezy, DJ Drama Reunite On The Real Is Back

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With his oft-delayed fourth solo album, TM 103, in label limbo, Young Jeezy took it back to basics and reunited with DJ Drama on his latest mixtape, The Real Is Back.

Jeezy and Drama together, that’s a clear win-win, man,” Drama told Mixtape Daily. “N—as gonna stop actin’ like we ain’t built this. You like our style, you watch our style, we still own our style.”

As self-serving as his boasts may seem, Drama and Jeezy are credited with popularizing a unique brand of trap music that has dominated Southern rap since the early 2000s. At first, the rap/DJ tandem were inseparable, starting with their 2004 tape Tha Streetz Iz Watchin’ and their 2005 classic Trap or Die. A rift then started to grow between the two, but in December 2009 Jeezy appeared on Drama’s “Gangsta Grillz Radio” show on Atlanta’s 107.9 and they buried the hatchet.

Now the duo are back to work, returning to grace on The Real Is Back. “Me and Drama had a couple of conversations. When I came through the station, we chopped it up. We was talkin’ about doin’ another tape because we had so much history as far as The Streets Is Watching, Trap or Die, the list goes on and on,” Jeezy said. “It just was time, the streets needed it. So I had to get in the studio, had to do my whole one, two thing. As usual, he was on point.”


The tape is filled with street-centered anthems like the kinetic “How U Want It.” The track features a menacing instrumental on which Jeezy employs his patented slow flow and trap-raps. “How you want it, hard or soft/ Get ‘em in, get ‘em off,” the Snowman spits.

Lil Wayne appears on “Ballin’,” while Fabolous helps out on “Rollin’.” Still, Jeezy keeps his ear to the street and also collaborates with underground ATL spitter Alley Boy as well as CTE’s new signee Freddie Gibbs on “Run DMC” and “Do It for You.” There are no attempts at big radio singles here, just hard-edged street-hop.

“We invented the wheel when it comes to that type of music and that type of tape so we just did what we did,” Jeezy said of his reunion with Drama. “I felt like I wanted to take it back to what I do. Young Jeezy, nothing else. I’m not trying to sell this to nobody, I’m trying to do what I did in the beginning: go hard.”

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Royce Da 5’9 Responds To “Lighters” Criticism

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Nickel Nine explains why him and Eminem teamed up with pop singer Bruno Mars for the Bad Meets Evil cut.

Royce Da 5’9 and Eminem team up with Bruno Mars for the track “Lighters” on their Bad Meets Evil release Hell: The Sequel EP. But after the track leaked along with the album, the two faced criticism from fans for going out of character with a track they may not have done a few years ago.

“‘Lighters,’ the song with Bruno Mars, that’s basically just us showing versatility,” Royce told Bootleg Kev. “We didn’t want to make it too one-dimensional and we didn’t realize it until towards the end of the project where we were like, let’s make one or two personal joints. We got another one called ‘Take From Me’ where it’s kind of personal, and the rest of it is just us rapping. We gave one or two songs to where we showed that’s not all that we can do, because obviously, it’s reaching a bigger audience than I ever reached.”

Nickel Nine explained that it wasn’t meant as a snub to his core fans, but it was something he needed to do. “I don’t want that audience to think that I can only do one thing. It shows versatility on my end and it was a good way to set up Slaughterhouse. My core fans, the people who’ve been following me, the bulk of the album they’re going to be into. That’s what they want to hear me do. If I got one or two songs on there, of course they’re like ‘Aw you shouldn’t have did that.’ But you can’t please everybody.”

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Wiz Khalifa Clears Beef Rumors

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It seemed as if every musician in the world was at Bonnaroo this past weekend, and none were more excited to be there than Wiz Khalifa. The Black & Yellow rapper performed on Saturday evening and rocked the crowd the entire time.

“I was feeling the energy the whole time,” says Khalifa. “I’ve been doing a lot of shows and growing as a performer and an artist, so I just wanted to build on all that,” he told MTV News following the performance. “Being a top act on such a huge stage in front of so many people, it’s a great starting point for my career, because a lot of people work their whole careers and then get here.”

Khalifa admitted that this was probably one of his biggest shows since he first broke on the scene last year. This is surprising, because he just performed at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert with the likes of Lil Wayne and Drake.

At Summer Jam last weekend, there was an incident that involved Khalifa and Waka Flocka Flame. The Taylor Gang General had this to say about the alleged incident: “Yeah, nothing happened backstage,” Khalifa said. “It’s always something; making up some rumor about something happening with me backstage during somebody’s set, but nothing happened. Me and Waka and are cool. That’s just people trying to promote negativity.”

Some wonder how true Khalifa’s story is but at this time we have to take his word for it.

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Exclusive: Lil Wayne, Birdman Hit With Third Lawsuit In One Week

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Rappers Lil Wayne and Bryan “Birdman” Willams have been hit with their third lawsuit this week, as music publishing company to Bridgeport Music filed a lawsuit against the pair yesterday (June 10th).

Bridgeport Music filed the lawsuit against Cash Money Records in the Central District of California Western division yesterday.

The copyright infringement lawsuit claims Birdman illegally sampled the song “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks,” a tune by Funkadelic off their classic 1971 album Maggot Brain.

The pair allegedly illegally used the sample on the track “Army Gunz,” taken from Birdman’s 2006 album Like Father, Like Son.

Bridgeport’s action is the third lawsuit brought against Lil Wayne, Cash Money and Young Money this week alone.


On June 9th producers Play-N-Skillz sued Lil Wayne for $1 million over unpaid royalties related to the track “Got Money” from his hit album Tha Carter III.

Last Friday (June 3rd), Lil Wayne was hit with a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit by producer David Kirkwood, who claims he’s owed unpaid royalties from Lil Wayne’s label Young Money, as well as Cash Money Records.

In March, Lil Wayne was sued for $20 million by producer Darius “Deezle” Harrison over unpaid royalties for his work while Tha Carter III.

Producer Bangladesh also sued over Tha Carter III, seeking his portion of royalties for his production work on the album.

Lil Wayne is currently preparing for the release of Tha Carter IV, which will be released in August.

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Motown Dispels Folding Rumors Started By Erykah Badu

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Motown Records has been putting out hit-after-hit since the late 50s and even when the factories stopped running in Detroit, Barry Gordy still managed to break music records in nearly every category. However, in 1988, Gordy called it quits selling Motown to MCA, Polygram and then to Universal. Some say Motown’s last great artist was Marvin Gaye so the label isn’t a huge player on the music scene anymore.

Erykah Badu must share the same sentiments tweeting the historic record label had finally disbanded after pushing out music for nearly 6 decades. “Motown Folded,” Badu tweeted on Wednesday (June 8) and within hours Twitter filled with RIPS, obituaries and memorials until Billboard released a statement shutting down the rumors.


“Although [Motown] is undergoing restructuring in the wake of Sylvia Rhone’s departure last month, it is not folding. At the time of Rhone’s departure, UMG planned to begin interviewing candidates to replace her, although what title that person will get depends on the qualifications he or she brings to the job. With Barry Weiss serving as the chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group, it is not clear that the replacement will hold the title of president.”

Rhone stepped down from her post in late May validating Badu’s claims to her 300,000 followers even though it wasn’t true. Badu later recanted her statement saying, “There must have been a better verb I could have used, ‘folded’ seems a little …I don’t know, cowardly, huh? Honest mistake.”

Badu signed to Universal in 1997 when she released her multi-platinum debut Baduizm. Motown Records might be going through a slump, but it’s certainly alive and kicking.

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Kanye West Calls Big Sean The ‘Beyonce Of Rap’

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On Tuesday night (June 7), the Hip-Hop industry gathered to get a preview of the highly anticipated Big Sean album Finally Famous. The night was filled with compliments words of advice for the rapper and of course G.O.O.D. Music.

The event was held in the Highline Room at the Standard Hotel, with many big names in the game in attendance including Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, Pusha T, Joe Budden, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West.

The event started off with Sean taking the stage and speaking to everyone about the album and about his journey. He thanked everyone from his friends and family to his fans for all their support. As he was delivering his speech he became teary-eyed.

“I’m not no bitch or nothing, man; this is a real moment,” said Sean as he collected himself.

Sean began to play Finally Famous in its entirety, occasionally rapping along with the songs. From the reviews that have been coming in since Tuesday, some songs really stand out from the rest. All and all the feedback has been mostly positive.

After the album ended, G.O.O.D Music founder Kanye West, who showed up late, gave an excuse for his tardiness. “I apologize I was a little bit late, I had a throne to watch.”

West went on to talk about Sean and his amazing journey. “I believe Sean’s story is one of the most amazing ever, because he literally got signed off a freestyle,” said Yeezy.

“To now, and I say it all the time, having the potential to be one of the biggest artists in the world. I feel like he can be like what Beyonce is to R&B, that he can be that to rap music. As far as G.O.O.D. Music go, the swag is just all the way up, this is what we do to the fullest!”

Finally Famous will be in stores on June 28 and below is the official tracklist:

Intro
“I Do It”
“My Last” (ft. Chris Brown)
“Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”
“Wait for Me” (ft. Lupe Fiasco)
“Marvin & Chardonnay” (ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash)
“Dance (A$$)”
“Get It (DT)” (ft. Pharrell)
“Memories, Part 2″ (ft. John Legend)
“High” (ft. Wiz Khalifa & Chiddy Bang)
“Live This Life” (ft. The-Dream)
“So Much More”
“What Goes Around” [Bonus]
“Celebrity” (ft. Dwele) [Bonus]
“My House” [Bonus]
“100 Keys” (ft. Rick Ross & Pusha T) [Bonus]

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