By Steven Roberts
On Tuesday (November 9) Kid Cudi hosted an album signing at New York's Bape store, celebrating the release of his sophomore LP Man On The Moon II : The Legend Of Mr Rager. *puts on the trendiest sweat shirt in our RapFix closet* Last week, the MC-cum-singer announced via Twitter that he, rapper Cage and Shia LaBeouf—yes, the "Transformers" actor—are planning to release a short film for Cudi’s single “Maniac.” That news got us thinking; what other albums and/or songs would work as short films?
Kanye’s “Runaway” was visually and sonically stunning, and it definitely set the standard for what's to come in the next few years from others in hip-hop. We'd say there’s enough creative know how in Cudi, Cage and Shia to expect nothing less than the 'that was pretty good' as a evaluation of their forth-coming project. But what other efforts could work as short films? RapFix came up with a few ideas ... Read More...
File this post under "Things that aren't overtly hip-hop, but still ... are hip-hop."
Katherine Jackson, mother of the late Michael Jackson, talked with Oprah Winfrey on Monday (November 8 ) for a frank discussion about her son and grandchildren. Here are a few highlights from the chat about one of hip-hop's fallen icons.
"I don't think I will ever be healed," Katherine said when asked if she believes that time will make accepting her son's death easier. "It will get better, but some days it's like it just happened. ... It hurts. It really hurts."
During the in-depth talk, Oprah also spoke to Joe Jackson, and asked about how he disciplined his Jackson brood. Jackson was apprehensive about saying that he "beat" his children but Mrs. Jackson finally made him come out with it. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway
On Monday (November 8), Wiz Khalifa was arrested in North Carolina for marijuana trafficking. The rapper posted $300,000 bail and departed the Pitt Country Detention Center around 8 a.m. but around 7 a.m. one of our RapFix readers sent us news from the scene itself.
@Sun_Devil90 tweeted @MTVRapFix footage of the Wiz himself being arrested for possession of a controlled substance, along with comments from the fans, the Taylors. Their words drew inspiration from Dr. Dre's hit "Tha Next Episode" which definitely made the sad situation bright. Thank you @Sun_Devil90, thank you.
In July, Wiz stopped by "RapFix Live" to celebrate winning our "Hottest Breakthrough MC" award, voted on by the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust, and spoke to Sway about his ... bakery.
"It's the place where all the goods are made, well, that's where they're stashed," said Wiz, with a smile. "You just come through and smell the aroma from down the street. "
And according to the Pittsburgh MC, the baking runs in the family. Read More...
What a lovely way to wake up.
In the late hours of Monday (November 8), Lil Wayne followed up his last tweet from New Orleans with a Facebook video.
"What's poppin' to all my Facebook friends? I think there's like 14 million of y'all," Wayne says in the clip, sporting a black beanie and square shaped sunglasses with a dangling tag. "Just know that I send 14 million thank-yous to y'all—thanx-yous to y'all. I couldn't have did it without you, I won't do it without you. Love Young Moulah, Baby."
What's interesting about this recent message is the MC's use of Facebook instead of Twitter. During his incarceration, Lil Wayne stayed in contact with fans during through his fan site WeezyThnxYou.com, however Facebook messages ran as mostly a compliment to the letters and tweets. Now, with the MC out, perhaps we'll see more videos on the social network popular enough to get a movie in it's namesake? Read More...
By Bridget Bland
You can bet Cee-Lo Green never saw this one coming.
William Shatner appeared on the George Lopez late-night talk show, “Lopez Tonight” recently displayed his love for the Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley veteran. The "Star Trek" actor took the stage and re-worked the singer-songwriter and MC’s infectious single “F--- You.”
Backed by three vocalists—one of which wore a Starfleet uniform—the iconic actor, who played Captain James T. Kirk, gave an entertaining run at the heartbreak song reminiscent of a spoken word set. The audience members enjoyed his rendition, clapping and laughing along through the entire two minute performance. Read More...
By Vanessa Denis, with reporting by Sway Calloway
During "Rapfix Live" on November 4, Young Money President Mack Maine told MTV News' Sway about the most abstract request Lil Wayne received while he was in Rikers Island. Think Outkast's "International Players Anthem."
“The most interesting to me was from a female that was a model in 'Lollipop' video," said Maine. "She wrote him and asked Wayne to propose to her boyfriend for her. [It] was really interesting and he did it on the site [WeezyThnxYou.com].”
How sweet is it to see fans turning to Wayne for such a major life decisions? And how did the boyfriend of the former “Lollipop” model respond to the non-traditional proposal? Read More...
By Chris Yuscavage
Lil Wayne may be home, but that doesn't mean Young Money's golden boy Drake is taking his foot off the gas anytime soon.
Now that Drizzy's debut, Thank Me Later, has been certified platinum, the Toronto MC is turning his attention toward his as-yet-untitled sophomore album, which should hit stores sometime in 2011. Most recently, he revealed that he's interested in getting into the studio with Justin Timberlake sometime soon.
"[Justin] always has great things to say, amidst the funny moments," he explained to Sway on early Sunday morning (November 7). "The best thing about Justin, he reinforces the fact, like, 'You're doing the right thing. The way you are now, just be that guy.'
But why stop at working with Justin? With all of the success Drake's enjoyed over the course of the last year, we're sure there are a handful of other pop stars who'd be more than open to recording with him in the near future. To help him out, RapFix came up with a list of 10 pop stars Drake should target for his next project. Don't worry, Drizzy—you can thank us later.
Drake x Beyoncé
And this hasn't happened yet, because ... ? Tell Jay-Z to stop holding out on you, Drake. Or, better yet, pen B another handwritten letter and make this happen. Now. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway
On Monday (November 8), Nicki Minaj tweeted an exclusive image of her in the studio. The Queens-bred MC, dressed in a simple t-shirt and pink wig, is depicted possibly recording a bit of her highly-anticipated debut LP Pink Friday. The album hits shelves on November 22 and will feature one of RapFix's favorite songs of 2010 "Roman's Revenge," boasting a verse from Eminem.
So, what's the photo from, you ask? Well, we can't tell you but we can say that we're excited about #ll2810. What's that mean? Well, we can't tell you that either ... but it's going to be big!
Minaj spoke to MTV News on Sunday (November 7) at the 'Welcome Home, Tunechi' party about the Young Money camp's ability to carry on despite the absence of their leader. No martian. Read More...
While Lil Wayne was partying at Miami's King of Diamonds, which used to be a Cosco supermarket—yes, we're still trying to fathom a strip club that big—Kanye West flew to Spain to perform a few bars of "Power" alongside rock group, 30 Seconds To Mars.
"I'm in that 21st century, doing something mean to it," the MC rhymed as the Madrid crowd screamed at the tops of their lungs.
Sporting a white T-shirt that read "Jesus Is Lord," dark pants and ropes of gold chains, his favored jewelry as of late—he wore the piece at the New York premiere of his short film "Runaway"—West burst onto the stage near the close of his 30STM collabo "Hurricane" and began spitting. Read More...
By Paul Cantor
In 2008, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III went platinum during its first week in stores, providing hip-hop with a much needed sales jolt. Mr. Carter’s yet to duplicate that success with his successive releases—Rebirth and I Am Not A Human Being, respectively—but with his release from Rikers last week, one can’t help but wonder what his return means for hip-hop’s bottom line.
“Whatever anyone thinks about record sales these days, they matter,” said Desiree Williams, an independent music retailer who's worked with sales managers and marketing reps from all the major labels for the last 14 years. “There are some artists left that, from a business perspective, understand the opportunities that come along with selling units. I would put Dwayne Carter ‘the business man’ in that category. With Tha Carter IV, there is an expectation for Wayne to do big first week numbers. I also think his fans will support him.”
Clinton Sparks, DJ/television personality-cum-recording artist, doesn’t think the onus is on Wayne to sell records as much as it is to release music.
“Once you become iconic like a Lil Wayne, sales do not matter to the fans,” he said. “Obviously, the label feels differently but people just want to hear from you and what you have to say.”
For Wayne, that might not be a difficult thing to do. Read More...