Busta Rhymes Decides To Leave Cash Money

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After spending almost three years with Cash Money Records, Busta Rhymes has decided to become a free agent and test the market.

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busta rhymes insinuates that rap is weak now

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In a new interview, Busta Rhymes explains how he believes there is a lack of “balance” in modern hip hop.

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Ice T Premieres ‘Art Of Rap’ Documentary In New York

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Ice T premiered his anticipated documentary “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap” at Lincoln Center, in New York City on Wednesday night, hosting guests like Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled and MTV New correspondent, Sway Calloway. Ice introduced the film by giving some background on his vision, explaining the importance of the ‘craft’ of hip-hop and telling the crowd, “Sorry if I’m talking too much, this is like the most exciting night of my life.” Ice continued celebrating his directorial debut with an afterparty at Highline Ballroom, with performances from Rakim, Chuck D. More about the film after the jump.

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Say It Ain’t So, Chris Brown on Rhianna’s New Song

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Date: Friday – February 17, 2012



Rihanna and Chris Brown are reuniting for the Bajan beauty’s ‘Talk That Talk’ track ‘Birthday Cake,’ co-produced by Da Internz, and the news is sure to upset one-sided fans, Brown’s girlfriend Karrueche Tran and critics.

Earlier this week, the producers of the song hinted to MTV News that “the feature on [the remix] is gonna shock the world.” Now, MissInfo.tv reports that Chris Brown is indeed on thenew version of ‘Birthday Cake’ and is even in the accompanying video, which was revealed to her by two unnamed sources. The ‘Fortune’ creator supplied two verses for the song: one where he’s singing and another where he’s rapping in the spirit of his Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne-assisted hit ‘Look at Me Now.’

Earlier this week, the two attended the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, where they both performed. The event was the first time Brown and Rihanna made an appearance at the prestigious ceremony following the highly publicized 2009 domestic violence assault, which resulted in the latter being beaten by the ‘Turn Up the Music’ crooner.

Reports surfaced that Brown also showed up at Rihanna’s early birthday party — she celebrates her actual born day on Feb. 20 — at the Hearst mansion in Beverly Hills. The 22-year-old singer arrived with Rihanna, 23, according to MissInfo.tv. He stayed throughout the night and apparently, the two were more than platonic.

TECH N9NE ANNOUNCES DATES FOR RECORD-BREAKING “HOSTILE TAKEOVER 2012” TOUR

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Date: Wednesday – February 8, 2012



Following an outstanding 2011, premier independent hip-hop artist Tech N9ne is starting off the New Year with an ambitious start.  The Strange Music recording artist is gearing up to embark on  his “Hostile Takeover 2012” tour with Bad Boy/Interscope Records rapper, and MTV’s 2011 “Hottest Breakthrough MC,” Machine Gun Kelly.  The tour will kick off on March 24th in Tech N9ne’s hometown of Kansas City and continue through July.

A trailer announcing the tour and featuring some of Strange Music’s brightest acts such as Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak and Stevie Stone, who will be joining Tech N9ne on the “Hostile Takeover Tour,” was released in mid-January and can be viewed HERE.

With over 90 performances scheduled in just 99 days, the “Hostile Takeover 2012” tour will be the longest consecutive tour in rap history and the only time this year fans will be able to see the enigmatic Tech N9ne perform his one-of-a-kind stage show.

Over the last decade, the Kansas City recording artist has continued to build his Strange Music brand by developing a fervent following of devoted fans captivated by his uncanny energy and relentless touring schedule.  By the mid-2000s, Tech N9ne was performing over 200 shows a year in high-octane sets that have earned high-profile endorsements from the likes of Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and many others.

In 2011, the rapper released his critically acclaimed twelfth studio album, All 6’s & 7’s, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Independent and Hip-Hop/R&B charts, and No. 4 overall on the Top 200.  Tech N9ne also delivered a show-stopping, stand-out feature on Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter IV, which sold nearly 1 million units in its first week of release last summer.

“Hostile Takeover 2012” tour dates are below.  For a complete listing, set-times and tickets, please visit http://www.strangevip.com.

March 24 – The Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO

March 25 – Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS

March 26 – Cains Ballroom – Tulsa, OK

March 28 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

March 29 – Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX

March 30 – Juanita’s Café and Bar – Little Rock, AR

March 31 – The Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge

April 1 – House of Blues – Houston, TX

April 3 – Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX

April 5 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX

April 6 – Wreckers – Lubbock, TX

April 7 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX

April 10 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

April 11 – The Top Deck – Farmington, NM

April 12 – Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park – Coconino, AZ

April 13 – The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

April 14 – Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

April 15 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

April 16 – The Observatory Orange County – Santa Ana, CA

April 17 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

April 18 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

April 19 – The Majestic Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA

April 20 – TBD – TBD

April 21 – Pozo Saloon – Pozo, CA

April 22 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

April 23 – Cal Neva Resort Frank Sinatra Ballroom – Crystal Bay, NV

April 24 – The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA

April 25 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA

April 26 – Fat Cat Music House & Lounge – Modesto, CA

April 27 – The Senator Theater – Chico, CA

April 28 – Arcata Community Center – Arcata, CA

May 1 – TBD – TBD

May 2 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR

May 3 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

May 4 – TBD – TBD

May 5 – The SHowbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

May 6 – The Capital Theatre – Yakima, WA

May 8 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA

May 10 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, IS

May 11 – TBD – TBD

May 12 – Saltair – Magna, UT

May 13 – Mesa Theater & Club – Grand Junction

May 15 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs

May 16 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs

May 17 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO

May 18 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO

May 19 – The Venue – Casper, WY

May 21 – Al Bedoo Shrine Auditorium – Billings, MT

May 22 – Rushmore Hall – Rapid City, SD

May 23 – All Seasons Arena – Minot, SD

May 24– Fargo Civic Center – Fargo, ND

May 25 – Ramkota Exhibit Hall – Sioux Falls, SD

May 26 – Cabooze Music Club – Minneapolis, MN

May 27 – The Omaha Civic Auditorium Mancuso Hall – Omaha, NE

May 29 – 7 Flags Event Center – Clive, IA

May 30 – The River Center – Davenport, IA

May 31 – The Orpheum – Madison, WI

June 1 – The Rave / Eagles Club – Milwaukee, WI

June 2 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL

June 3 – The Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN

June 4 – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL

June 5 – IPFW Rhinehart Auer Hall – Fort Wayne, IN

June 6 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

June 7 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI

June 8 – Headliners – Toledo, OH

June 9 – The Agora – Cleveland, OH

June 10 – The Rostraver Ice Garden – Belle Vernon, PA

June 11 – The Silo Nightclub – Reading, PA

June 12 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY

June 13 – The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY

June 14 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

June 15 – The Worcester Palladium – Worcester, MA

June 16 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

June 17 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

June 19 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

June 20 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA

June 21 – Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

June 22 – TBD – TBD

June 23 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

June 24 – House Of Blues – Orlando, FL

June 26 – Club Cinema – Pompano Beach, FL

June 27 – Green Iguana Bar & Grill – Tampa, FL

June 28 – Plush – Jacksonville, FL

June 29 – Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex – Birmingham, AL

June 30 – Whiskey – Jackson, MS

July 1 – Orpheum Theater – Memphis, TN

July 3 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

July 4 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY

July 5 – Pops – Sauget, IL

July 6 – TBD – TBD

Tech N9ne Gears Up For Record-Shattering “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour (VIDEO)

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Date: Friday, January 20, 2012



The No. 1 Independent Rapper In The World Announces Tour With Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Krizz Kaliko And Others Scheduled For 90 Shows In 99 Days, Making It The Longest Rap Tour Of All Time.

Independent rap superstar Tech N9ne is scheduled to make history and shatter records in 2012. The Strange Music maven is slated to headline the “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour, which will launch in March and includes 90 shows in 99 days, making it the longest tour in rap history. It will make stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Denver and Seattle, among other cities.

“I started planting the seeds for this music thing to expand more than 10 years ago and to see it be recognized globally like this is a beautiful thing,” says Tech N9ne, who will be joined on “Hostile Takeover 2012” Tour by Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak and Stevie Stone. “We started Strange Music so we could make the music we wanted to make and tour like we wanted to tour. Now, to be able to make history like this is a wonderful accomplishment.” The Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour will be the only domestic tour of 2012 where fans can see Tech N9ne perform.

During the last decade, Tech N9ne has built a rock-solid fanbase by touring relentlessly. By the mid-2000s, Tech N9ne was performing in excess of 200 shows a year. His professional performances and polished routines have earned the endorsement of such platinum superstar rappers as Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Wayne, E-40 and Twista, among many others.

“A decade ago, we encountered so many obstacles when we first began touring,” says Travis O’Guin, Strange Music’s CEO and Tech’s business partner in the label. “Now we’re getting ready to set a new benchmark for rap music. It’s been a remarkable and rewarding journey.”

Tech N9ne is coming off of an incredible year. In 2011 the rapper released his album All 6’s & 7’s to much acclaim, debuting as Billboard’s No. 1 Indie, No. 1 Rap, No. 1 Hip-Hop and R&B and No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, overall. Tech was also featured on Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter IV last summer, which sold nearly 1 million units in its first week of release.

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