Jay-Z Shuts Down Kanye West Feud Rumors

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Watch the Throne is still a week away from being released on iTunes, and there are already reports of infighting between Jay-Z and Kanye West.

On Monday morning (August 1), the New York Post’s Page Six reported that Hov and Yeezy are “barely speaking to each other,” feuding over the particulars of their upcoming tour. Unnamed sources told the Post that Kanye wanted to spend upward of $400,000 per show on a flashy set during the duo’s upcoming Watch the Throne jaunt and the more frugal Jay-Z was against it.

Well, Hov swung through New York City’s Hot 97 later Monday and told radio host Angie Martinez that things weren’t as they seemed.

“I kinda want to spend a gazillion dollars. They got it backwards, but it’s all good,” Hov said with his trademark laugh during the interview. “I know that we’re doing something right now. When I woke up to all that, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, we must be really hot right now.’ ”


Jay made it clear that Kanye is his “brother,” and that relationship does come with some brotherly tension.

“Yes, we get on each other’s nerves, but that’s part of pushing each other. We push each other. The people who have a problem with Kanye or myself are the people that are complacent in life,” he said. “People don’t like to be pushed. It’s, like, annoying. It’s a thing when people are pushing you to be greater, and we push each other to be greater. So of course there are times when we’re in the studio, we’re yelling, but that’s about it.”

Aside from the occasional argument, Jay dispelled any notion of things getting physical — and if they did, he said the world would never know.

“I would never disrespect that man. I have so much respect for him. Put my hands on him?” Jay questioned rhetorically. “And if I did, it would be like the backyard, like brothers, and you would never hear about it.”

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Jay-Z & Kanye To Take ‘The Throne’ On Tour

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The music world has been buzzing over Jay-Z and Kanye West’s highly anticipated album Watch The Throne.

Last week, the duo released the second single Otis, which was warmly accepted by the Hip-Hop community. The song featured a looped sample of Otis Redding with a hard drum line to carry the song’s tempo.

They also finally announced the release date of the album. The project will be released digitally on August 1 and the physical CD will be released at the end of that week on August 5.

If that news wasn’t enough, Jay and Ye announced yesterday (July 25) that they will be going on tour together this fall all across the U.S. The tour will be called The Throne and it will begin on September 22 in Detroit, MI and the tour will wind down in Boston, MA.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale July 28 at 10 a.m. EST. You can RSVP to gig you wish to attend to get early access to the pre-sale password. General tickets go on sale on August 8. Individuals who purchase pre-sale tickets at Livenation.com will also receive a free digital copy of the album.

Below are the dates for the tour:

9/22/11 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
9/24/11 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
9/25/11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
9/27/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
9/28/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
9/29/11 Washington DC Verizon Center
10/4/11 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
10/6/11 Chicago, IL United Center
10/7/11 Chicago, IL United Center
10/8/11 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
10/10/11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
10/13/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
10/14/11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
10/16/11 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
10/17/11 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion
10/19/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
10/20/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
10/21/11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/25/11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
10/26/11 Houston, TX Toyota Center
10/29/11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
10/30/11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
11/1/11 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
11/3/11 Boston, MA TD Garden

REVIEW: BIG SEAN – Finally Famous: The Album

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Big Sean maybe new to a lot of people, but he has actually been around for a cool minute. Sean met Kanye West at a radio station in 2005 and left him his demo tape. Dropping mixtapes and remixes paid off as Kanye signed the Detroit native to his G.O.O.D Music record label in 2007. Four years later, the 23 year old dropped his debut album Finally Famous: The Album.

There are two things that can sum up the project: One, is the over packed guest appearances. Features from Chris Brown to Lupe Fiasco to Kanye West to Wiz Khalifa to Rick Ross is a little much. And the second being, he is in the Drake/Wiz Khalifa catalogue…a rapper singing. Not that it is a bad thing. But at times, it’s easy to forget who you are listening to.

But there’s no need to worry because the album has a lot to offer. From fresh beats to clever lyrics, the album is fitting for the summer. The lead single My Last, featuring Chris Brown, could be the song the people will recognize but there are plenty of other good ones as well. Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay, featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash, is one that will bang in the clubs for sure. Memories (Part II), featuring John Legend, is a cool track that has Sean reminisce about his past. While Livin This Dream has Sean talking about his flashy life with some assistance from The-Dream. Celebrity, featuring Dwele, might be the smoothest track of them all. This in part has to do with Chicago producer No I.D. as he is responsible for producing half of the album. Others include The Neptunes, The Legendary Traxters, Mike Dean, Tricky Stewart, Boi-1da, and Exile just to name a few. Needless to say, there are plenty of beats to choose from. This alone makes the album a great listen.

However, there are some negative spots on the album as well. Songs like I Do It, Dance(A$$), and High are either forced or flat out corny. But thankfully, it’s only a small list. With a boost from top beatmakers and a major league guest lineup, the album is solid. It’s rare that a new artist gets this much for his debut album. But Sean takes advantage of it and delivers. Only question now is: What will be in stores for his next album? But being in a roster like G.O.O.D Music, there’s no need to worry.

Standout Tracks: “My Last”, “Livin This Life”, “Celebrity”

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]

BET Awards Nominations Announced

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This year’s BET Awards will feature many old faces returning to glory and a plethora of new faces to come onto the scene.

Making a return is Chris Brown, who released his album F.A.M.E. this year. Brown leads the field with 6 nominations including Viewers Choice, Best Collaboration, and Best Actor.

In the category of Viewers Choice and Best Collaboration, Brown’s songs Look At Me Now and Deuces will be going head to head with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and her collaboration with Drake on What’s My Name.

Rihanna will also be among heavy competition in the best female R&B category. Other nominees include Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, and Marsha Ambrosius.


Just days after the death of their member M. Bone, Cali Swag District was nominated for Best Group alongside Diddy’s Dirty Money, N.E.R.D., New Boyz, and Travis Porter.

This year’s Best Male Hip-Hop Artist will be an extremely tough category with all of the contenders having an opportunity to take the crown. The nominees are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, B.o.B., and Drake.

The Best New Artist category is also shaping up to be a battle pitting Bruno Mars against the likes of J. Cole, Willow Smith, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa.

The show airs live on June 26th from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.

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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)

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