Spitta has announced his latest nation wide tour, The Drive In Theatre. It kicks off July 8th in Dallas, but only half of the dates have been announced so far. Check them out after the jump.
Frank Ocean’s ties to Odd Future just became a bit odder. Yesterday (June 25th), reports surfaced that Ocean had cut ties with Odd Future management team 4Strikes Management and Life or Death PR.
Ocean, along with the other members of Odd Future, has been managed by 4Strikes Management since 2010. According to reports, Ocean informed 4Strikes that he would be leaving the management team earlier this Spring.
Ocean also fired his PR team, Life or Death PR and has now joined Hollywood agency, ID PR. In an statement exclusively obtained by XXL, a representative of Life or Death PR stated they are “relieved” Ocean is no longer their client.
Dame Dash does not want to bring back Roc-a-Fella Records, but he would not mind making some more money off of its history. Yesterday (June 25th), Dame Dash hinted that he would be willing to work with his old friend Jay Z for the 20th anniversary of Reasonable Doubt.
Jay Z’s debut album was released on June 25th, 1996 and the ownership of the album’s masters were split between Dash, Jay Z and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. On the 18th anniversary, Dash went to his personal Instagram account to voice his interest in working with Jay Z on the 20th anniversary in 2016:
Me and jay still own this together we might have to do a reasonable tour…maybe for the 20th anniversary…that way we could all make some money… I don’t see why he wouldn’t…might have to holla #freebiggs
While Dame claims that he owns the rights to Reasonable Doubt with Jay Z that will soon change. When Jay Z became President of Def Jam in 2004, a 10 year hold on his masters was placed that will expire at the end of this year. Jay Z will retain full ownership of his masters and publishing rights. Last year signed a deal with Warner/Chappelle Music to have them help administer the copyrights for Jay Z and other Roc Nation artists.
Check out Dame Dash’s Instagram message below:
As of today (June 26th), Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson is the only relative of from the original N.W.A. group to have a starring role in the upcoming biopic, Straight Outta Compton. According to Dr. Dre’s son, not only did he try out for the role but his father was one of the people who decided against his son acting in the movie.
Dr. Dre’s son, Curtis Young recently appeared in the film My Trip To The Dark Side and will be appearing in a new film entitled Blame It On The Hustle. While Young’s acting career is burgeoning, he informed XXL that his biological father felt it was not enough to portray him in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic:
I actually tried out for the role, ’cause the casting company called me. But my father wanted somebody with more acting experience, and I haven’t been acting for a long time, so I’m happy for the guy that got the role. It’s one of those things where we want what’s best for the movie and for the film. I had a lot of fans that were upset about it, but whatever’s best for the film, that presents it in that light, then I’m for it.
Young was born on December 15, 1981 and first met Dre after a DNA test proved Dre to be Curtis’ biological father. Curtis currently has an album out on iTunes entitled Doctor’s Note and an upcoming album Product Of My DNA that he has been working on since 2010:
It’s a story based on my life, what I’ve been through, and me finding out who my father was in a DNA test. Feel good music at the same time, but it’s gonna be more story tracks, more all-around talking about the struggles and me overcoming them. Really more personal, things I have to get off my chest. Let people understand who I am and know me for Curtis Young and not just as the son of Dr. Dre.
Over the past year BitTorrent has transformed the way Hip Hop artists presented their music and brand to the public. After working with Curren$y & Jet Life, De La Soul, and Public Enemy, the file sharing service has now linked up with Cam’ron for a new bundle package.
Cam’s First Of The Month interactive EP will include a web series, music videos, film, art, and more. The first bundle will be available for download on July 1 through BitTorrent. A new package will then drop the first of every month.
The company has referred to its innovative approach to delivering artist’s content as “Mixtape 2.0 Culture.” The goal of BitTorrent Bundles is to allow the performer to connect directly and instantly with fans by sharing more than just music.
“Our long-term vision is not to be a content store or another walled garden. Our vision is to create the technology that puts the store into the content and to let the artist decide what the exchange should be,” said Matt Mason, Vice President of Marketing for BitTorrent. “They know best what the value of a fan is and can judge that better than we can. Our job is to create the best possible tools for creative people, and then get out-of-the-way of them and their fans.”
Going by BitTorrent’s track record, Cam’ron’s decision to team with BT could be a very lucrative venture. The partnership between BitTorrent and Jet Life has been a success. The label’s “Jet Life BitTorrent Bundle” featuring the Red Eye mixtape was downloaded over 4 million times, growth of Jet Life apparel on their website increased by 500%, and advanced tickets sales for their tour jumped 30%.
Watch the trailer for Cam’ron’s First Of The Month EP and the video for “Funeral” below.
This Saturday (June 28th) Bedstuy may be the answer to the question “Where’s Brooklyn At?” Today (June 26th), it’s announced that Spike Lee will hold a block party to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Do The Right Thing.
Spike Lee’s seminal film was originally released on June 30th, 1989 and yesterday (June 25th) Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams declared that day as “Do the Right Thing Day”. To commemorate the first ever Do The Right Thing Day, Lee will hold a free block party on Stuyvesant Ave between Lexington and Quincy this where the film was mostly shot.
Three weeks ago Spike Lee prematurely announced on his personal Instagram that the film had a Brooklyn street named after it.
The block party will take place this Saturday between 12:00 pm and 6:00pm
Veteran music journalist Brian Coleman provided Hip Hop fans an intimate history for 36 of the culture’s artistic works in his 2007 book Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. Coleman has decided to revisit some more classic rap albums in a forthcoming sequel.
Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies is set to hit retailers this October. The new edition will have 25 chapters and include over 350 pictures. More than 80 individuals were interviewed for the book including Ice Cube, Raekwon, Naughty By Nature, Lord Finesse, MF Doom, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), and Talib Kweli.
Mos and Kweli’s Black Star is one of the albums featured in CTT 2. Coleman also presents never-before-told, behind-the-scenes details about other projects like Ice Cube’sAmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted & Kill At Will, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo’s Wanted: Dead Or Alive, and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. A total of 325 Hip Hop songs are explained by the artists who made them.
“This third edition of my Check the Technique/Rakim Told Me series is the one that I am proudest of, by far,” states Coleman. “The interviews are deeper than ever before, the chapters are longer and more in-depth, and I have spent months gathering the 350-plus images that are included in the pages which really bring the stories of these amazing albums to life.”
Coleman previously authored Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight From the Original Artists. He has also contributed to XXL, Scratch, the Boston Herald, and other publications.
Check the Technique Volume 2: is available for pre-sale for a limited time atwww.GetOnDown.com. Consumers who pre-order now get an autographed copy of the book and an exclusive 7-inch of Smif-N-Wessun’s “Home Sweet Home.”
Two weeks ago, R. Kelly’s 13 year old child Jaya Kelly revealed in a Q+A on Ask.fm that while she was born a female she identified as a boy. Today (June 27th) reports surface that R. Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly believes the legendary singer has not yet accepted his child’s transgender lifestyle.
During the Q+A session, Jaya Kelly revealed that she now refers to herself as Jay and has identified as a since she was ““six or seven” and was hesitant to reveal tell her father. Jaya informed her mother of her and according to reports from TMZ, Andrea Kelly says her father still refers to her as his daughter. Andrea even goes as far as stating “That’s like calling him a background singer, not the king of R&B.”
Jay has stated in the Q+A that he desires to have “surgery and the medication to help me (be) who I was supposed to be”. According to her mother, Jay has yet to have that surgery.
Bobby Womack beat cancer, but today (June 27th) he has left the fight. Earlier today, reports surfaced that Bobby Womack had passed away at the age of 70.
While the causes of his death are unknown, Womack battled with suspected colon cancer since early 2012. On May 23rd, 2014, Womack underwent surgery to remove a tumor, which was revealed to be cancer-free. In January of 2013, it was revealed that Womack was suffering from early stage Alzheimer’s disease.
Womack’s last performance was at Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN on June 14th. Womack was scheduled to begin touring in Europe starting July 19th at Paradiso Grote Zaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
AllHipHop will update the story as more details emerge.
After addressing one another through diss tracks and interviews, The Game and Lil Durk finally met face-to-face this weekend. Both rappers were at the same party in Los Angeles, and the two men and their entourages exchanged words.
Going by video captured of the incident there did not appear to be a physical altercation, but the L.A. resident and the Chicago native can clearly be seen addressing each other.
The issues between Game and Durk stemmed from Tyga’s song “Chiraq To LA.” The cut featured a verse from Game that including a few verbal shots aimed at Durk. The Coke Boys member alleged that Tyga paid Game to jump on the song and also referred to “Game’s wife” when asked what woman he would most like to have a conversation with.
Game later revealed on Twitter that the two sides have settled their beef.
It was just two weeks ago that Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman was named as the leading lady in an upcoming Aaliyah movie on Lifetime. The actress/singer is now no longer participating in the production.
“Because it’s someone that I honor and I respect so much, it has to be 128 percent, especially for all her fans, including myself,” said Zendaya at the BET Awards. “I didn’t feel like it was all the way there, so I didn’t want to do that. And when the time comes when it’s done right and it’s 100 percent, by all means, I will be the first person there ready to go.”
Aaliyah’s family has expressed their dissatisfaction with the One In A Million performer’s life being depicted in a television movie. Her cousin and president of Blackground Records recently said he felt Aaliyah deserved a major motion picture to be made about her.
The Lifetime network confirmed Zendaya’s departure from the biopic via Twitter.
How the f**k you in the game like ten years strong? Y’all b***hes still can’t write your on damn song?” rapped a pre-famous Nicki Minaj on a The Come UpDVD freestyle back in 2008. The Young Money member reminded the world last night that she’s still not feeling rappers that have ghostwriters.
During her acceptance speech at the BET Awards, Nicki took time to make it clear that she is the only person that writes her lyrics and took a swipe at some of her peers at the same time. After winning for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, the “Pills N Potions” performer told the audience, “When you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.”
While Nicki went on to claim that her statement included “no shade,” it did seem to be directed toward fellow nominee Iggy Azalea. Nicki added, “I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity.”
Earlier this month Nicki took issue with a Forbes magazine feature about Iggy. The original title of the piece was “Hip Hop Is Run By A White, Blonde, Australian Woman.” Negative feedback led to the headline being changed, but Minaj still told Power 105′s The Breakfast Club, “Listen, all Forbes needs to worry about is my finances and when I’m going to be selling Myx Fusion for $250 million. That’s all they need to worry about.”
It appears the BET Awards weekend ended in violence. TMZ reports the Los Angeles night spot Supperclub was hosting a party attended by Hip Hop stars Meek Mill, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, and The Game.
Apparently around 2:30 am local time, someone fired a gun outside the location. No one is reported to be hurt. The shooter is still at large.
Meek Mill went to his twitter to say this: #wasntme y'all gotta chill wit my name in everything! http://meekgr.am/6Xd
Meek sent out a tweet this morning including the hashtag “wasntme.” It is not clear if the tweet was addressing the supposed incident at Supperclub, other reports that his show at another location erupted into a riot, or rumors that his chain was snatched over the weekend.
Suppercllub is the same locale where Game and T.I. were involved in an incident with police last month. AllHipHop.com will update this story as more information becomes available.
Watch footage reportedly from the scene below.
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