If one Nicki Minaj isn't enough for you, then you'll love her new clip for "Check It Out" featuring will.i.am. Our #6 Hottest MC in the Game dropped the piece last night (October 25) and we admit, it also reminds us of Ciara's latest clip for "Gimme Dat," featuring five CiCi clones dancing a mean streak. All of this begs the question: are multiple personalities — or bodies — in style? We're not sure, but if we see a third video like these, we're calling it a trend.
"Check It Out," which was produced by will.i.am and samples the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," features the Nickster and will.i.am along with their clones.
"We're doing an ode almost to Japanese anime," Minaj told MTV News last month while on the Los Angeles set of the video. "I'm obviously a big fan, and I've joined forces with the only boy that I know that's able to capture that culture."
With its highly stylized visuals, including Korean words and multiple dancing will.i.ams, Nicki kept her promise. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley with reporting by Rahman Dukes
Last week, RapFix journeyed to Miami—we know, hard work— to watch rapper and music mogul Jay-Z introduce his partnership with the Microsoft search engine Bing in support of his upcoming memoir "Decoded."
“We just took these pages and we just threw them out to the world, almost like a sampling," said Jay-Z. And just in case anyone thought these were dummy excerpts, the business man clarified by saying "You know, these are the real pages, you’re getting to read some of the book."
The event complimenting the "Decoded" scavenger hunt was held at the plush Delano Hotel and attracted press, a few Miami Dolphins and Jay's wife Beyoncé. Naturally, the hotel housed a clue from the partnership, boasting the lyrics to Hov's hit "Big Pimpin' " featuring U.G.K. laid out across the hotel's back pool area. Read More...
By Alvin Blanco
Kanye West finally revealed his film, “Runaway,” last Saturday (October 23) on MTV, VH1 and BET simultaneously. While the Chicago rapper-producer had screened the project to music industry insiders and press in Europe, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, it was the first time a national audience saw the flick with their own eyes. As with anything Kanye-related, opinions were mixed, though highly favorable. While some claimed that the 35 minute clip was further evidence of Kanye’s genius, others felt it was hackneyed.
“ ‘Runaway’ is pure art,” says Erika Ramirez, Managing Editor of Honey Mag. “ ‘Ye is brave to open himself up to criticism [and] misunderstanding all for the opportunity to share his genius with us. It’s a 35 minute peak into the way his mind works. Each sequence is entrancing and strengthens the music.”
One of the biggest factors in the hype surrounding “Runaway” was the film's soundtrack featuring new music from Kanye’s upcoming album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy . The piece begins with the track “Dark Fantasy,” produced by Wu-Tang's RZA featuring co-production by No ID and Kanye West, playing in the background. The mix of movie and music was generally considered a positive. Read More...
Not only is Nicki Minaj our #6 Hottest MC in the Game for 2010, she's also got a new video for her single "Right Thru Me" on the way. *screams* After we checked in with Drake up top on why Nicki deserves her slot on Hottest MCs, we spoke to Drew Money, the producer behind her hit single, "Right Thru Me."
"She was working in L.A. and I work in Miami, with our busy schedules it's kinda hard to be in the studio together," admitted Drew Money as he explained that the track came together via email. "Basically, I just wanted to make something for her that was pop but still rap and a fusion of everything. That's kinda how my sound is, it's a fusion of rock and pop, with the guitars, and with the synthesizers and the 808s, that's a good sound for her."
Drew, who also worked on "Hello Brooklyn" for Jay-Z, says that he wasn't a huge Barbie fan before "Right Thru Me" but game recognizes game.
"I'm just a fan of music in general and Nicki is really hot right and I want to work with the best artist out there right now and she's definitely one of them," says Drew. Read More...
On Saturday night (October 23), Kanye West sat down with our own Sway and answered questions from you, the fans, via Twitter following the television premiere of his "Runaway" film.
One fan, @CrazyJoyC, tweeted and asked "Every scene has a different color, what's the significance and how did you choose the color for each scene?"
The MC replied in much more detail than CrazyJoyC no doubt expected.
"Colors are really important to me," said Kanye West, as he twisted his pinky ring. "I remember I used to get cyber bullied for knowing the word mauve or taupe or salmon which are some of my favorite colors, the off tones. Red probably is my absolute color but as you see, the teals and the grays, and the creams and the off whites, the way all of these balance with each other or just even the set-up of the table [scene].
"I want to approach this. Because this is America and it came from slavery, there's a lot of things that people think are racially charged when they're not at all," he continued. "They're completely based off of color palettes. Vanessa Beecroft, the art director who's a white woman by the way, art directed the entire dinner scene. See, that's whats so funny to me. That's what makes it so funny, you're just smiling in America's face like 'Hey, I didn't even design that right there.' Read More...
By Bridget Bland
It looks like Diddy’s getting chummy with another popular rap newcomer. Most recently, the Bad Boy himself has been hanging with Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, but late last week Puff turned up at Wiz Khalifa’s Hollywood show.
Now, the Kush and Orange Juice rapper is spilling the beans on the two men collaborating on some new music and possible business ventures, as well.
In a recent interview, the Pittsburgh native, born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, said that he’d first spoken to Diddy the first few times via phone but now the two are now becoming buddies.
“That was my first time meeting him face-to-face,” Wiz Khalifa told Hardknock TV. “I had actually had a few phone calls with him just choppin’ it up and just being cool he came out to f--- with me and he came out on stage. So that was awesome for me.” Read More...
By Chris Yuscavage
Jay-Z's busy schedule might be getting a whole lot busier.
According to a report in today's New York Post, U.S. President Barack Obama may consider making a move that would see Mr. S. Carter replace current National Economic Council Director Larry Summers when he begins campaigning for his 2012 Presidential push. Thanks to all of the success Obama enjoyed after an endorsement from Hov during his 2008 campaign, Deputy White House Press Secretary William Burton went on the record recently to announce that the Prez would definitely be open to working with him again in an official capacity when the time is right.
Here at RapFix, we can't say we're particularly surprised. Jay's endorsement prior to the '08 election did play a huge part in Obama getting elected President. But lest Obama forgets, he wasn't the only rapper to lend his name to the cause—so why is he the only one being considered? To help him make his final decision, we came up with a list of 10 other rappers who should be in the running. Vote wisely, Obama.
The Rapper: Young Jeezy
The Official Title He Could Hold: Presidential Music Coordinator
The Job Requirements: We're still a little surprised Obama didn't embrace "My President Is Black" back when Young Jeezy and Nas recorded it in 2008. Nonetheless, Jeezy's official duties as PMC would include recording "My President Is Black 2," carefully selecting Obama's soundtrack for the campaign trail, and throwing more than just Jay-Z, Nas and Lil Wayne onto the Prez's iPod. We already know you can motivate the thugs, Jeezy, now motivate the President.
The Rapper: Diddy
The Official Title He Could Hold: Campaign Slogan Creator
The Job Requirements: Come up with a clever slogan that'll appear on the front of hundreds of thousands of T-shirts that'll undoubtedly show up at flea markets and swap meets across the country. "Vote or Die"? Eh, not so much. What else ya got? Read More...
Kanye West showed more bravery than most MCs possess — or can afford — by premiering his 35 minute film "Runaway" last Saturday (October 23). After airing the avant garde piece concurrently on MTV, MTV2, BET and MTV.com, we hosted an exclusive Q&A with the MC where he answered Twitter questions from you, the fans.
Sway kicked off the interview by asking the MC about his favorite clip in "Runaway."
"My single favorite scene I think is when the ballerinas just go still," Kanye West told Sway. "And that crane shot just goes above them, and all these like crazy angles and how long they have to just hold. It's like difficult for them to hold those positions like that." Read More...
By Alvin Blanco
Eminem is numero uno. On our Hottest MC's in the Game list, that is. The Detroit MC claimed the pole position this weekend on MTV's annual hip-hop heat check and the blogger cognoscenti all had opinions.
"Today, MTV released the final five for its Hottest MC’s list and deservingly so Eminem claims the number one spot for 2010," wrote MissInfo.tv. "His comeback to the music scene this year was one to remember with the success of his Recovery LP, the historic Detroit/NY concert series with Jay-Z and high profile features on tracks with Drake, B.o.B and Lil’ Wayne."
"Drum roll please. This year’s Hottest MC In The Game is none other than Eminem," posted RapRadar. "Can’t front, Fire Marshall has been a sizzling for nearly the entire year."
RapRadar EIC and founder Elliott Wilson tweeted, "Went to #1 from not mentioned at all. Oochie Wally Wally. Congrats, Em. Peace to Paul R. Stands for Redemption. Ha!" The "Paul R" a reference to Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg, also a partner in the growing blog site. Read More...
"Let's have a toast for the ..." Yes, it's Monday and it's still Kanye West at every turn. He told you he wanted to be the greatest rapper of all time and on Sunday morning (October 24) Ye made a run for the title with a surprise performance at the third anniversary party for Fool's Gold records at New York's Brooklyn Bowl. West's DJ A-Trak and DJ Nick Catchdubs run the boutique label that houses acts like Kid Sister and Treasure Fingers among others. Click the image above for a photo gallery of Kanye's performance!
Before 'Ye surprised the crowd in the wee hours, The Suzan and rapper Donnis rocked the crowd as well. Since we were in the house, here's a rundown of tweets by yours truly.
2:12 AM @atrak present & now @ is about to perform...
2:15 AM Think I like ya'll boy @
2:19 AM 'Heroes eventually die'... never mad at an MC quoting Outkast for @
2:25 AM "I got a lot of treats for ya'll ..." says @ on the music he's got coming soon. Do I smell at @djholiday mixtape? Read More...