Jay-Z Signs Jay Electronica To Roc Nation

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Posted: Sunday – November 14, 2010

Jay-Z signed Jay Electronica to Roc Nation tonight at an exclusive music industry function tonight in New York City.

The signing ended years of speculation as to where Jay Electronica would call his recording home.

“We’re trying to reintroduce magic to Hip-Hop,” Jay-Z said from the stage at a club called The Bar.

The event was set as a magic with several oddities performing, including a man deemed “The Human Slinky” and magicians.

Jay Electronica performed for the crowd and the DJ later played his song with Jay-Z.

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Wiz Khalifa Arrested For Drug Possession – [VIDEO]

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Posted: Tuesday – November 9, 2010

Wiz Khalifa was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Monday night (November 8). The Pittsburgh-based rapper had just finished performing at East Carolina University and was detained after police searched his tour bus and found narcotics and other drug-related items.

He was charged with a felony count of trafficking in marijuana, a felony count of maintaining a dwelling/vehicle/place for sale or storage of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor. Nine others in his entourage were also arrested and according to reports, are still in police custody. The MC was released Tuesday morning though after posting $300,000 bail said a spokesperson for the Pitts County Detention Center to MTV News.

Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, is known for his love of weed. He once boasted during an interview that the drug habit cost him about $10,000 a month and in October he launched his own brand of rolling papers.

So far no one from Wiz’s camp or Atlantic Records, which recently signed him to a multi-album deal, has responded to the incident and nor has ECU. But fellow rapper Curren$y has released a video that seemingly shows the police searching Khalifa’s tour bus and arresting him and several others.

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Lil Wayne Gets Love From New Orleans Rap Artists

Posted: Saturday – November 6, 2010

Before he was conquering the mainstream music world, Lil Wayne was engrossed in the local New Orleans hip-hop scene, and making a name for himself as a member of the then bourgeoning Cash Money army. Today, Weezy is hip-hop phenomenon, pushing units and influencing culture with his peerless swagger. Despite his outsize fame, local hip-hop stars recall that Wayne still shows love to the artists of his hometown where it all began.

Just days after Weezy’s release from prison, MTV News trekked to New Orleans and caught up with local duo Partners-N-Crime, who stayed on the hip-hop grind with Wayne and onetime battle MC, Mack Maine, now president of Young Money. The rappers recall knowing Wayne as artists on a rival hip-hop roster.

“When we was coming up in the game, Wayne was a little bit younger than us. We was on a label by the name of Big Boy Records, at the time, and he was with Cash Money Records. And really, to be honest with you, both of the labels kinda had a little rivalry thing going on” Kango Slim said. The label, which was once home to fellow New Orleans hip-hop veteran Mystikal, maintained a competitive relationship with the Cash Money camp.

“At one time, we all never did look eye-to-eye to each other ’cause it was kinda like a problem between both of the labels,” he said. “But as we grew older, things [began] to change, we began to gel with each other more and become more of a friendship.”

Mr. Meanor said that after Cash Money, which began to dominate the hip-hop charts with bass-heavy offerings from spitters like Juvenile and B.G., hit big, the drama between the labels calmed down and Wayne reached out the Partners to team up on a track.

“Once Wayne got kinda on, we did a song with Wayne called ‘We Do What We Want To,’ which was on our last album, called We Are Legends, [2009]” he said. The MC recalled the track hinted at the rock and roll vibe Wayne would champion in his later music.

“We call it rock-hop ’cause it’s a hip-hop song with a rock twist to it and Wayne did it. It was kinda right before he started doing the Rebirth and that kind of music, pretty much,” he added. “He did that song with us and the relationship been good pretty much from that point. Much love for Wayne, [we're] happy he home.”

The MCs are glad to see Wayne as free man today, but they were also amped a few years ago when Wayne looked out for his hometown homies.

Wayne came back after he had done blew off with the Cash Money thing, reached back to us and told us, ‘If y’all had a song for me to do … I’m a do it,’ ” Kango Slim said. “He did just what he said, and from then on we’ve just been friends ever since and making things happen.”

The MCs also reflected on one of the perks of being down with Wayne: a hometown discount.

“At that time, that’s when Wayne was charging $30,000 for a feature,” Mr. Meanor added. “Big shouts out to Wayne for the love on that because he saved us 30 grand and gave us a hot feature.”

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Cee Lo Inks New Management Deal To Prepare For ‘The Lady Killer’

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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cee Lo Green has inked a new management deal to prepare for the release of his highly anticipated upcoming album The Lady Killer, which has already spawned the #1 hit single “Fuck You.”

The Atlanta rapper has inked a deal with New York City-based Family Tree/Primary Wave Talent Management that will see veteran manager Michael “Blue” Williams take charge of Cee Lo’s career.

Williams has handled the careers of a variety of stars, including Outkast, Monica, Macy Gray, Donnell Jones and others.

“Finally a firm with foresight! Fearless and focused, fighting on the front lines for the fundamentals of franchise. In short – I like these guys!” Cee Lo said.

The announcement comes as Cee Lo adjusts to the massive success of “Fuck You,” which has garnered over 13 million plays on YouTube in less then a month, forcing Cee Lo’s label, Atlantic Records, to move up the release date of the album several months, to November 9th.

Cee Lo Green is an incredibly talented artist, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent him,” says Williams. “Cee Lo and I have known each other for over 15 years and over that time I’ve seen him grow monumentally as a performer. From the first time I saw him perform through today, I’m still utterly amazed each and every time I see him or listen to his music, and I’m so ecstatic to help bring his talent to the world.”

In addition to Cee Lo, Family Tree/Primary Wave Talent Management handles the careers of Big Sean (G.O.O.D. Music), Cody Simpson, the Trio Lords and Lady.

The Lady Killer is due in stores November 9th.

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T.I. Back In Prison

Posted: Tuesday – November 2, 2010

T.I. officially started his 11-month bid in an Arkansas prison.

The rapper entered in the facility this afternoon, according to sources.

T.I., real name Clifford Harris, was forced back to jail after he was found in violation of his probation in September. He was then arrested in Los Angeles with the drug ecstasy on his person.

A spokesperson told TMZ that the rapper will go through a normal entry process, including a prison photo, bunk assignment an will have a “community shower situation.”

T.I. has roughly 300 hours of phone time per month.

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Will.I.Am To Join Cast Of “Sesame Street”

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Posted: Tuesday – September 21, 2010

Sesame Street just became a little cooler as rapper/producer Will.I.Am will make his debut appearance on the 41st season premiere of the kid classic show on September 27.

After fans questioned his decision on wearing black face paint during his MTV VMA performance with Nicki Minaj, Will.I.Am will make a speedy career recovery performing a new song created for the show entitled What I Am.

While wearing matching glasses with Bert, as in Bert and Ernie, Will.I.Am sings of self appreciation and perseverance surrounded by dancing puppets. Usually known for his high energy performances, Will shows us his laid back persona while delivering lyrics such as, “If what I am is what’s in me, then I’ll stay strong that’s who I’ll be, and I will always be the best me that I can be”.

What I Am teaches children to be themselves no matter what they are, be-it a gigantic bird or a futuristic Rap/Pop star with a gumby.

Since its inception in 1969, Sesame Street has been a learning staple for children through the incorporation of music and fun in their lessons. Will.I.Am is joining an elite group of entertainers to be featured with classic puppets like Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster. Other entertainers to join in on the G-rated fun throughout the years are Wyclef Jean, India.Arie, Bill Cosby, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys.

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