50 Cent Calls His Relationship With Jay-Z Strictly ‘Business’

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Last year around this time, the ever controversial machine known to the masses as 50 Cent was busy sending disrespectful rhymes in the direction pointed at fellow New York rap superstar Jay-Z. For the past months the Queens native had been baiting the god MC on wax with the assistance of former Roc-A-Fella artist Beanie Sigel.

Following Jay And Eminem’s opening night of their “Home And Home” tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Fif and Jay-Z deaded their beef backstage after the two ran into each other.

“We got a chance to kick it for a minute,” 50 told MTV News. “I know people were interested in what that conversation was like. But they can ask Jay-Z. I take people’s actions as if it’s genuinely how they feel. I can only use what I saw you do as if that’s what you meant. I can’t understand what your motivation was prior to that.”

As things appeared to have taken a more peaceful route following the union, the G-Unit general may have just re-opened that can of worms. In a recent interview with MTV UK, Fif calls his relationship with Jay-Z “business” and says he uses it as leverage for his own interests.

“We don’t have those kinds of relationships” 50 declared. “These people are people I associate with. We are in the same business. We are not necessarily friends. We don’t call each other for no reason.”

“It’s not like we have something against each other to make us enemies,” Fiddy continued. “Me and Jay[-Z] will use each other. Repeatedly. For energy.

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REVIEW: CAM’RON & VADO – Gunz N’ Butta

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Harlem, New York rappers Cam’ron and Vado recently dropped the studio album Gunz N’ Butta this month. For the past year, the duo released a few mixtapes to showcase the new rap crew, U. N., including the successful Boss Of All Bosses mixtape. Their official debut U.N. album was entitled Cam’ron & The U.N. Presents: Heat In Here, Vol. 1 and released in May 2010.

The chemistry between Cam and Vado make for a dope duo, the wordplay from each rapper is on point and the gutter, street sound is prevalent within the album’s production. Cam’ron is in his true form, effortlessly cocky and witty. His young protege Vado is just as boastful and braggadocios. On the track I Luv U, each rapper takes turns dropping bars over a classic “boom-boom-bap” beat. Don’t let the track title fool you, this track is definitely hardcore.

Cam’ron is usually the first voice we hear on each track, but on the party song We All Up In Here, Vado gets to spit first and is fabulously arrogant about his lush life and swagger. The track Monster Muzik gives us the classic sound of the original Dipset rap crew with a beat that represents New York’s grit. A part of me would have liked to have heard Juelz Santana bless this track, just once, for old time’s sake.

Mixtapes almost always sound better than the actual studio album. On this album, the duo managed to keep most of their street integrity while providing radio friendly tracks. I think that Gunz N’ Butta is just a tip off the iceberg of what’s to come. This album serves as a preview of what we can expect on upcoming solo projects from the U.N. artists. This album was a good effort and definitely deserves a listen.

Standout Songs: “I Luv U”, “We All Up In Here”, “Monster Muzik”

Tracklisting:

1. Killa
2. American Greed
3. Heat In Here
4. Face Off
5. I Luv U
6. Put A Bird Up
7. Monster Muzik
8. Breathe
9. Fuck A Freestyle
10. Lights, Camera, Action (Feat. Skylnn)
11. Stop It 5
12. Speaking In Tungs
13. Hey Muma
14. We All Up In Here
15. They Don’t Like You
16. Be With Me

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REVIEW: MYA – K.I.S.S.

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard something new from this R&B songstress, but Mya is back with her new album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple). This upbeat record is full of goodies for the ears and has a variety of sounds for any listener. From the heart pounding beat bumping tracks to the sweet ballads, it will make it seem like Mya had never left.

The album begins with the title track K.I.S.S., immediately it draws you in with its catchy hook and sets the tone for the rest of the album. It is followed up by Rear View Mirror, which features Sean Paul, who provides his Reggae flair to this track that talks about moving on and not looking back.

The album has a lot of dance tracks that include Fabulous Life, Evolve, and Alive that almost put you in a carefree mood. These fun tracks with a techno beat will definitely have you ready to grab your friends and dance the night away. Mya blends these tracks with a couple of mid-tempo songs such as Before You Say Goodbye and Fugitive Of Love and add a nice balance between her up-tempo tracks and her ballads.

Speaking of ballads, the ones on this album remind us why we fell in love with Mya’s distinctive voice in the first place. Mr. Incredible, Love Comes and Love Goes, and Love Me Some You, which features Marques Houston, slow the album down a bit and is a nice break to hear her voice singing those high notes. The album ends with the Dawty Remix version of Fabulous Life, which basically sums up the album.

Overall, it’s a high energy party record with beautiful ballads that will undoubtedly give every listener just what they are looking for. This is very good album for Mya to come back on because it’s giving all of her fans exactly what they’ve have been waiting for.

Standout Songs: “Fabulous Life”, “Fugitive Of Love”, “Mr. Incredible”

Tracklisting:

1. K.I.S.S.
2. Rear View Mirror ft. Sean Paul
3. Fabulous Life
4. Mess Up My Hair
5. Fugitive of Love
6. Love Me Some You ft. Marques Houston
7. Mr. Incredible
8. Problem + Solution
9. Runnin’ Back ft. IYAZ
10. Before You Say Goodbye
11. Sorry
12. Love Comes Love Goes
13. Evolve
14. Alive
15. Fabulous Life (Dawty Remix)

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Shawnna Releases New Single ‘Big Booty Judy’; Preps New Album

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M.O.E. recording artist and formerly signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace label, Shawnna is back at it with the release of her official single Big Booty Judy, which has received an overwhelming response from DJs and industry insiders.

Inspired by her lovely figure, Shawnna gives her fans new and old, a song to love. Currently on a Midwest tour and getting ready for the Female Hip Honors Award out in LA, Shawnna is showing the world she is not ready to throw in the towel.

To have her career based on a solid foundation, the raptress founded her own label M.O.E., which stands for Money Over Everything. She is currently in the studio recording for her new album, which will be available in stores later in 2011.

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Miami Rapper/Producer Mase Breaks Out With Brand New Single ‘Like This’

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Miami rapper/producer Mase just released his new single Like This, which marks a new chapter in his music career. This ace music producer and head honcho of DMS Entertainment reluctantly started his stint as a recording artist via the single entitled We Miss You, a tribute song to his late father. Taking cue from the overwhelming responses he got from his growing number of fans, Mase has finally stepped-up to show the side of him that’s truly passionate about Hip-Hop music. Yes, Mase is a true-blue Hip-Hop fan and has a fun, easy going vibe about him. Thus, he breaks out of his shell and comes up with a Hip-Hop/R&B ditty entitled Like This.

Mase has taken the Hip-Hop party route with Like This and is taking his music to the party and club scenes this time around. Heavily influenced by Hip-Hop great Snoop Dogg, Mase is a master craftsman of grooves and beats. Like This is just the perfect soundtrack for b-boys breaking on the dance floor or Hip-Hop honeys chilling-out at the coolest clubs in town. But whether one is partying out or just blasting sounds from the bedroom stereo, Like This is undeniably mind-blowing and infectious. No wonder, Like This was easily picked-up by radio stations all across the nation and is fast-gaining airplay.

This is just the beginning of more Hip-Hop music ventures for Mase as a recording artist; a full album is definitely in the works. As head of DMS Entertainment, Mase is continuously developing his stable of talents and will soon launch a solo recording project for R&B sensation Sonja.

Like This is now available for digital download via iTunes and other online music portals.

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Stephen Marley Plans Hip-Hop Inspired Two-Part Album

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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Stephen Marley is preparing to release his third solo album, titled Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life.

The 14-track album contains a number of message songs from Marley, who writes about a variety of subjects on the album, ranging from love to slavery.

According to Marley, The Root of Life will be followed by another conceptual album titled Revelation Pt 2: The Fruit of Life, which will be released in the Fall of 2011.

The Fruit of Life will feature a number of genre’s that have been influenced by Reggae music.

“Reggae music has influenced hip hop and so many other kinds of music,” Stephen Marley told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “The Fruit of Life will be [a] more open, eclectic kind of record. There will be songs for the club, dancehall reggae will be there, love songs in there, but it will remain conscious good music that you can always take something positive from.”

An exclusive, limited-edition version of The Fruit of Life will also be released on vinyl in the Fall.

Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life is due in stores on May 24th, via Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic.

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