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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A Year In The Slammer For Rapper Gucci Mane

Posted: Friday – November 13, 2009

Gucci Mane was sentenced to 12 months in jail for probation violation during a scheduled court appearance yesterday, and according to his lawyer began serving his time immediately. According to MTV, in line with the terms of his sentence Gucci may be released from jail in six months.

Gucci was just released from jail earlier this year in March after serving more than 6 months on a one year sentence stemming from his failure to fulfill his court-ordered 600 hours of community service from an assault case from 2005. Since then though, the rapper has arguably become one of the hottest MCs in hip-hop. With a feature on tracks from Omarion, Mario, and 50 Cent he not only conquered the underground with his mixtapes, but brought his sound to mainstream radio as well.

His aptly-titled album, The State vs. Radric Davis, will be his second studio release is set to hit stores on December 8th. The first single from the album, Wasted featuring Plies, is Gucci’s most successful single to date and is his first top 40 hit. The album will feature collaborations with Cam’ron, Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka, Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, and many more.

Hell Rell Accuses Jim Jones Of Stealing Royalties In Lawsuit

Posted: Wednesday – September 9, 2009

The beef between former Dipset members Hell Rell and Jim Jones has landed in court in a new lawsuit against Jim Jones and a number of record labels.

Hell Rell, born Durell Mohammed, was a member of Cam’ron’s Diplomats crew, which at one point featured Cam, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Hell Rell, Max B and others.

The lawsuit, which was filed in New York County Court, claims that Jim Jones, Koch, Tycoon Entertainment Babygrande Records and E1 cheated him out of royalties.

Hell Rell signed with Koch/E1 in 2007 and released one album for the label, Hell Up in Harlem.

That album was followed with 2008′s Black Mask, Black Gloves, which was released via the mom & pop label, Babygrande Records.

Hell Rell recently expressed his grievances with his former group members, claiming that Jim Jones and Juelz Santana ruined The Diplomats.

Santana has defended himself and Jones against any wrong doing, claiming Hell Rell needed a Diplomat reunion for financial reasons.

Hell Rell recently inked a deal with Money Maker Entertainment/EMI to release his third official album, Live From Hell.

Live From Hell is due in stores October 6.

Source: Allhiphop.com



Tru Life's Brother at Center of Shooting/Stabbing

Posted: Wednesday – June 17, 2009

New York police are alleging that a dispute between Tru Life’s brother and several other individuals may have killed a teen and left another man seriously injured.

According to investigators, early yesterday morning (June 16), five gang members ambushed two men at a Manhattan apartment complex, to retaliate against the earlier shooting of a man named Michael Slater.

The man authorities say is a suspected drug dealer was shot in the abdomen outside nightclub Pacha, and is listed in critical condition.

The gang-inspired apartment ambush resulted in the two individuals being stabbed repeatedly in the chest and face.

One man, 30 year old Jason Black, survived the assault and is listed in critical condition.

The other, an 18-year old teen whose name has not been released, died on the operating table.

While details are still being revealed police believe the shooting and fatal stabbing are the result of an ongoing feud between Jason Black and Tru Life’s brother.

The brother, whose name has also not been disclosed, was first introduced to Hip-Hop fans in 2007 courtesy of the punching incident between then rivals Tru Life and Cam’Ron.

According to various reports, the brother joined Tru Life in confronting Cam’Ron outside of Club Stereo.

After an escalation of words and some reports alleging the brother even threatened to shoot up the venue, Tru Life assaulted the Dip Set founder with a single punch to the face.

At press time, Tru Life could not be reached for comment.

Source: Allhiphop.com

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