Busta Rhymes Bounces Back With New Album

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Busta Rhymes is back with a new album and mindset adding on to his multi-platinum career. The Brooklyn emcee wouldn’t reveal the name of the album, but said it would be along the lines of When Disaster Strikes, The Coming, Extinction Level Event, Anarchy and Genesis.

Scoffing at the notion of retirement, Busta had a breakout year doing features, most notably Jay-Z and Kanye West’s H.A.M and Nicki Minaj’s Roman’s Revenge.

“I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.” Busta remarked whenever someone mentions him retiring. The 39-year-old rapper has seen and done it all since entering the game in 1991:

Death Row Record’s dominance over the industry; how Biggie, Nas and Wu-Tang Clan revived New York; the untimely deaths of Biggie and Tupac; the South’s dominance; the rise of underground artists like Wiz Khalifa. Through it all Busta still remained relevant releasing hit-after-hit, selling millions of records and collaborating with the biggest names in the industry.

He promises to give fans some new flavor as well as some of the old rapid-fire-flow Busta is known for. “I’m really taking my time with this one,” Busta says of his new, untitled release. “I’m going into this one different than the last album. I don’t want to start talking about producers and album titles just yet because I don’t want to spoil anything. But you know I’m going to come out with that good sh*t . I promise you that. I’ve been in the business for a minute and I still have a hunger for it. I’m not going to stop until the people tell me to.”

Meanwhile, he’s enjoying his #1 single Look At Me Now featuring Chris Brown and Lil Wayne and the growing buzz from Welcome To My Hood with DJ Khaled. Both tracks will appear on his new album, which he says is 90% done.

Busta isn’t going anywhere anytime soon let alone retiring. “This is my sh*t. I am back in a space where I can talk about the things I love to talk about and touch on things people are a little uncomfortable talking about and really expose the truths, and do it in a way where it’s so extremely entertaining. I feel supreme right now,” stated Busta Rhymes.

His album is slated to be released in September.

Wiz Khalifa Strikes Gold; Launches 40 City Tour With Big Sean, Chevy Woods

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa has announced the 40-city “Rolling Papers Tour,” which will kick off June 11th at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

The “Rolling Papers Tour” will also feature rappers Big Sean, Chevy Woods and DJ Bonics.

The news of the “Rolling Papers Tour” comes on the heels of Wiz’ official second single “Roll Up” receiving a gold certification by the RIAA, for moving over 500,000 units.

The rapper will be on the road until August 5th when the “Rolling Papers Tour” winds down in Pontiac, Michigan at the Phoenix Amphitheater.

The full itinerary for the “Rolling Papers Tour” is listed below.

JUNE
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11 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival
12 St. Louis, MO Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
13 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
14 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
15 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
16 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze Plaza
18 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
21 Lake Tahoe, NV Montbleau Casino
22 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Center
23 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
25 Anaheim, CA The Honda Center
27 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
28 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
29 Tucson, AZ Ava Amphitheater
30 Albuquerque, NM Convention Center


JULY
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2 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
3 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
5 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
6 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
7 New Orleans, LA Kiefer Uno Lakefront Arena
8 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
9 Mariasville, NY Camp Bisco Festival
10 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
15 Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove
16 Orlando, FL Firestone Lot
17 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater
18 Myrtle Beach , SC House of Blues
20 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheater
21 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheater
22 Portsmouth, VA Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
23 Charlottesville, VA Charlottesville Pavilion
24 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
25 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
27 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
28 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
29 West Long Branch, NJ Mac at Mamouth Universal
30 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
31 Burlington, VT Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo

AUGUST
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2 Indianapolis, IN Lawn at White River State Park
3 Rochester, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
4 Lewiston, NY Earl W. Brydges Artpark
5 Pontiac, MI Phoenix Amphitheater

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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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Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg Movie Shoot Shut Down

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The shooting for Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s High School movie was canceled after day two of a three days shooting.

The movie was being filmed at Mira Costa High School in California and officials from the school decided to shut down production of the film. They claim the reason for the shut down is because they were unaware of the subject matter of the film.

Pictures were posted on Facebook of some students and the Vice Principle of the school posing with Snoop during the shoot. There was also a YouTube video of Snoop singing about a less than studious subject.

School district officials said they received a facility use application several weeks ago for the filming of a movie that was billed as a comedy about the typical life of a high school student. The application was approved for three days of filming, and the cost of filming would be $3,000 per day.

“After permission was granted to film, the project transitioned to another firm that is unfamiliar to the district,” Principal Ben Dale wrote in an email to the school staff on Tuesday. “The production team did not inform the district that the project had changed.”

Assistant Superintendent Steve Romines said once the district learned the true subject matter of the movie, they immediately canceled the contract.

To add insult to injury, the school demanded that the footage from the first two days of filming not be used.

No news about re-shoots have been announced.

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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