Eminem To Release EP With Rapper Royce Da 5’9″

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Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ are back recording together more than a decade after the Detroit rappers first joined forces.

The pair, who met at a concert in their home city in 1997 and worked together under the name Bad Meets Evil, announced Monday that they’re coming out with an EP of new material in June.

One of the songs they recorded in the late 1990s, called “Bad Meets Evil,” appeared on Eminem’s major label debut, “The Slim Shady LP.”

According to a news release distributed Monday by Interscope Records, the rappers pursued solo careers after their initial work together and became embroiled in a feud.

In the years since, Eminem’s career has reached superstar levels with tens of millions of records sold and Grammy and Academy Award wins. Royce da 5’9″ also has seen success, but on a much smaller scale, with three of his albums charting in the R&B/hip-hop category.

The two mended fences, however, following the shooting death of their mutual friend and fellow rapper Proof in 2006.


Royce and I started hanging out again and inevitably that led us back into the studio,” Eminem said in a statement. “At first we were just seeing where it went without any real goal in mind, but the songs started to come together crazy, so here we are.”

Royce da 5’9″ said he was “excited to see this project come to fruition considering the long lapse in time between when we worked before and now.”

The new material will be released June 14 on Shady/Interscope Records. Mr. Porter, who is a member of Eminem’s rap group D12, was a producer on the EP.

Interscope said its title will be unveiled “soon.”

And, for the record, Royce da 5’9″ is the Bad half of the duo, and Eminem is the Evil.

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REVIEW: GLASSES MALONE & MACK 10 – Money Music

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Two of the West Coast’s biggest players get together for what’s suppose to be a dream come true for many West Coast fans. Underrated MC Glasses Malone and veteran O.G. Mack 10 come together to release the collabo Money Music.

The opening track Everybody Gotta Go finds Glasses in an intense situation as he plays the role as a gangsta. This is a great intro and looks to be a sign of good things to come. Unfortunately, the rest of the album is a bunch of fill in songs with no concepts and awkward Dirty South beats that have no business being there.

The lead single on the album Money Drunk, featuring Red Cafe and Jah Free, is one for the streets. Glasses uses his husk raspy voice to prove he’s boss, Red Cafe spits some cleaver words to make the track more entertaining. Mack 10 shows off his solo skills on Extra Extra. The track also features singer/rapper Boobie Soprano.

Got It Like That is a nice effort. But Dear DEA, featuring Richie Rich, is a smooth filled track that will qualify as cruising music. The duo try to switch things up by showing some diversity on Girls Everywhere. The song is definitely for the clubs. But ultimately it fails due to the fact that it just didn’t match. West Coast artist’s on a Dirty South beat usually don’t go well. Other tracks like Back II Bizness, Clint Eastwood, and Love Letter just don’t blend well. It seems as if they hand picked some tracks to fill the album.

Simply put, the album is a let down. But for Mack 10 who has been in the game for almost 20 years, this won’t stop him. And for Malone who is still considered “new” by many fans, he’ll have to come harder on his next attempt to get the recognition he badly deserves.

Standout Songs: “Everybody Gotta Go”, “Money Drunk”, “Dear DEA”

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CHROME BOSS – Spaceship Status

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Dallas, Texas native Chrome Boss is from out of this universe, literally. While he reps D-Town to the fullest, his sound and style are totally from a planet somewhere far from this universe. The youngster finds a common spirit in DJ White Chocolate. Together they combine to present Spaceship Status. The 16 track mixtape highlights Chrome’s intricate, spaced out flow, over similarly out of this world production.

The tapes intro Can You Feel Me gives you everything that you need to know about the Texas newcomer. While his peers rhyme about money, hoes and clothes, he takes us through the mind of a young man who’s preoccupied with a little bit more than that. Riding a bouncy southern type track produced by Snizzy, he drops lines like, “Maybe I should rap about cars, girls and money/ Cause if I rap about Jesus you might look at me funny/ So here I go/ This is my soul” giving you a glimpse of that extraterrestrial mind.

Similarly Spaceship Status takes us back into space with bars like, “Rims shining so hard that they’ll hurt your eyes/ Ray Charles status now he feeling blind/ I press on the gas and my car flies by/ Spaceship status, I’m on the moon high.” The track sounds like it was delivered straight from Mars, replete with a bouncy drum pattern and sound effects to match.

Chrome switches up subject matter for Fly Away where you find him opening up about his earth bound love. He describes their love as, “We in different state of minds/ We both up there/ Two hippie lovers you should breathe our air…hippy love you can say we’re both groovy.”

After the first 6 tracks you get the theme of the mixtape. Chrome Boss is in another zone from other emcees and reminds people that while he make look like them, his mind and style are from another time zone.

Time Machine is a testament to that. On this track we find Chrome Boss taking a look at his life from 30,000 feet in the air. He talks about his mother raising him without a man in the house with lines like, “Now, I’m higher than Aladdin and the carpet that he had/ Thinking bout how my mom raised a son without a dad/ Hold up, I’m getting carried away/ They don’t want to hear the real so they stick with the fake.” Produced by Ryan Hunt, he gives Chrome a different sound from the bulk of the rest of the album that’s produced by Snizzy.

His freestyle to the Kanye West Power showcases his lyrical ability. “I’m telling down worry I’ll help you find the way. I tell them don’t worry ‘cause I’ll help them find the way/ Somewhere out of space heading to another universe/ These niggas watching me like they got U-verse/ They don’t want us to have all that power/ But keep stacking money/ Counting seconds minutes even hours/ But we’re gonna keep fighting ‘cause we say the worlds ours.” Spitting about gangs fighting over territory, and natural disasters, Chrome spits like he’s looking at our world from a perspective 100 years into the future.

Overall, the D-Town youngster makes a great attempt at standing out in the game. His futuristic speech and persona doesn’t go over anyone’s head and his lyrics won’t blow you away, but you can hear potential in his style. Maybe a few more years down here on earth will ground him enough to make his music really out of this world.

Standout Tracks: “Spaceship Status”, “Time Machine”, “Power”, “Can You Feel Me”, “Trippy”

Tracklisting:

1. Can You Feel Me (Prod. By Snizzy)
2. Drops For Spaceship Status Mixtape
3. Spaceship Status
4. Fly Away (Prod. By Snizzy)
5. Alien Eyes Feat: K.I.A (Bouns Track)
6. Voices (Prod. By Snizzy)
7. Alien Predator (Prod. By Lil Dino) Bonus Track
8. I Go
9. Time Machine (Prod. By Ryan Hunt)
10. Crazy (Prod. By Snizzy)
11. Cant Come Down (Prod. By Arjae Knox)
12. Already Gone (Prod. By Snizzy)
13. Trippy (Kid Cudi/ ChromeO’Zone Version)
14. Power ( ChromeO’Zone Version)
15. Cry No More (Prod. By Demo)
16. Cant Stay feat: Abstrakt (Prod. By Johnny Juliano)

The Kanye West Foundation Officially Shut Down

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The Kanye West Foundation has officially closed its curtains and is no longer. The charity was set up four years ago to combat the number of youths who drop out of school and to encourage them to stay in school by way of arts and music.

Former Executive Director Joseph Collins notified associates via e-mail informing them that he is looking for work as the charity is now closed and the phone has been disconnected.

“I am reaching out to let you know that the Kanye West Foundation (kanyewestfoundation.org) has officially closed it doors after a successful 4+ years of programming and events,” Collins wrote.

“It has been an incredible experience working with Kanye and the board to realize his mother’s vision and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the Foundation,” he continued.

The e-mail was passed on to The New York Times by two non profit group executives who previously worked with the charity.

Collins himself has not given any details about why the charity is no more. The Times points out a few possibilities in the newspaper’s story: The Kanye West Foundation raised a total of $492,000 over the four years but only paid out $18,080 over the 2007, 2008 and 2009 with a sum of $563 in 2010. The charity also appeared not to be funded by West but filed tax claims under the guise of being a private foundation.

Kanye and his camp have not released and statement yet and are refusing to comment.

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Game’s Alleged Gang Ties Raises Red Flag For Customs

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Some days ago, West Coast rapper Game (born Charles Louboutin) was detained in Canada for several hours until he was deported back to the U.S.

Apparently Game’s love for the street gang Bloods raised a red flag for Canadian Customs. The Hate It Or Love It rapper definitely reps red to the fullest. In fact, his new moniker is inspired by the Red Bottom Man himself, Christian Louboutin.

According to TMZ, a rep from the promotion company behind the tour, Substance Entertainment Group, stated that the tour promoter got a call from Canadian Customs while the Red Nation rapper was on the plane.

The rep went on to explain that customs informed the promoter that Game would be denied entry upon arrival ”due to new information received that Game is affiliated with organized crime and is an active member of the Bloods street gang.”


The Canadian promoter claims that they were hit unexpectedly with this news because concert organizers had secured all permits and received approval a week prior to his arrival.

Apparently, Game is not the only rapper try to cut through red tape to resolve legal issues with customs. In December 2010, Cam’ron and protege Vado was denied entry into Montreal, Canada because of prior felony convictions.

Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ Pushed Back

About a week ago, news leaked that Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated 4th studio album Tha Carter IVmight be pushed back till June.

At the time that was a just a rumor, but Young Money President Mack Maine confirmed the rumor is true. According to Maine, the album will be released on June 21st.

Neither Lil Wayne nor anyone from the Young Money camp has given a reason to the delay. In some cases, this is due to the album not being complete, but MTV had reported a month ago that Tha Carter IV was finished and heading into the mastering stages.

Maine also confirmed that the album cover for Tha Cater IVthat leaked earlier in the week would in fact be the cover that will be used for the album.

Also about a week ago, the rumored tracklist leaked for Tha Carter IV. According to the rumored listing, many YMCMB family members such as BirdmanDrake and Nicki Minaj will be on the album. Many other big names such as Jay-ZRick RossEminemKanye West, and Gucci Mane were also on the list.

No one has yet to comment on whether this is a confirmed or a tentative tracklist for Weezy’s 4th LP. The world will have to wait until June 21st when Tha Cater IV hits stores.

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