By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway
Soulja Boy Tell'em stopped by "RapFix Live" on December 2 and opened up to Sway about his scuffle with the hip-hop groupie Kat Stacks, as well as the rumor that the MC used cocaine.
"That's like not nothing serious at all," said Soulja Boy, of the incident. "It's just like, the joke's on you. I just look at it like fun publicity."
Earlier this year, the 20 year-old rapper was featured in a much-talked-about piece of Internet video where famed hip-hop groupie Kat Stacks taped herself in a hotel room she claimed was Soulja Boy's. On a table in the room was white powder she alleged was cocaine belonging to the young MC. Soulja Boy denied those claims. Read More...
By Alvin Blanco
The Recording Academy’s favorite rapper must be Eminem. The Detroit MC received ten Grammy nominations for Recovery, his seventh album, including Album of the Year. Slim Shady nabbed the most Grammy nods amidst a field of artists like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga who also garnered multiple nominations, which is no small feat.
"Of course Eminem deserves these ten nominations," says Chuck Creekmur, co-founder of AllHipHop.com. "The new album is a return to Eminem's old The Marshall Mathers LP glory. Personally, I felt Eminem gave fans a perfect balance, it wasn't too pop that hip-hop couldn't dig it. See 'Almost Famous' and 'Cold Wind Blow' if you need an example."
Still, there are those who believe that Eminem is receiving major props for an album that isn't his best work.
"[Eminem] is one of my favorite artists but I don't like Recovery, an album I sincerely tried to like, so I'm conflicted," said journalist Insanul Ahmed (Complex, Vibe). "If he does win album of the year (which is still unlikely) it'll suck to know he's winning for a record most his fans wouldn't consider his magnum opus. But its legend would grow and people might start thinking Recovery was as good as The Marshall Mathers LP or The Slim Shady LP. It is not.” Read More...
It's finally time! Soulja Boy Tell'em hits the "RapFix Live" couch today (December 2) to talk about his third album, The DeAndre Way and maybe a bit of how he initially began working with 50 Cent. The show will stream live here on RapFix as well as MTV.com at 4 p.m. ET.
The pair recently released the official clip for "Mean Mug," shot in an abandoned mental hospital. In the video, the two trade bars while menacing the camera. "F--k your mean mug!" the pair scream on the chorus. SB also filmed the clip for another single from The DeAndre Way, entitled "Speakers Going Hammer."
"I've just been watching a lot of rappers, learning, taking notes," Soulja told MTV News on the video set for the album's third single, "Speakers Going Hammer." "I've really been in the studio working on my production as producer, because I was rapping and jumping on so many different songs that I forgot that I produced the #1 song in the world. I really just sat and got back on my production. I worked on my lyrics and really I just made a good album, and I'm ready for my fans to hear it."
This will be the Atlanta rapper's second appearance on the "RapFix Live" couch. The "Crank Dat" rapper's first stop on "RapFix Live" came in August and he talked about crafting his DeAndre album, which hit shelves on Tuesday (November 29). Read More...
By Vanessa Denis
From the basketball Court to the wedding Court, Carmelo Anthony shares what his reality show, "Lala’s Full Court Wedding," meant to his new wife and how he needed a bit of convincing.
"I was against the whole idea at first, the whole reality show space. But I sat down with Cris Abrego from 51Minds and we figured it out," said Carmelo. "I think it was something special for La, just for everybody to see her in a different light, rather than hosting and doing all that stuff, you know, when she is being a VJ."
The Denver Nugget also shared the importance of the show and how it depicted an often unseen side of his betrothed.
"[It shows what] she goes through on a day-to-day basis to the big day and I was just happy to jump on board just to make a couple appearances," said Carmelo of playing the background and allowing LaLa to take the spotlight. Read More...
By Chris Yuscavage
Last week, England's Prince Harry announced that he was interested in hiring Snoop Dogg to perform at his brother Prince William's bachelor party. At the time, Snoop hadn't been formally invited to hit the stage, but he was reportedly "really interested" in helping the royal groom-to-be celebrate his final days as a single man.
Fast forward less than a week and it sounds like Snoop is just the man for the job.
On Tuesday (November 30), the California icon released "Wet," a song that's scheduled to appear on his forthcoming album, Doggumentary Music — and the song that he's planning to perform for Prince William's bachelor party. And while we're pretty sure the princess-to-be Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II won't be adding the Autotuned track to their iPod playlists anytime soon, it definitely sounds like the sort of thing that would warrant a couple of spins at a last stop to a ball & chain shindig. "Be my head coach, so you can put me in," he sings, "and never take me out, until you can taste the win."
If Snoop's smart, he'll parlay the success of his latest endeavor into a new gig where he creates special soundtracks for different events happening all over the globe. Thanks to his ability to rap and sing (at least, with a little help from his producers) and the fact that so many people of all ages, races and nationalities are familiar with his work, Snoop could make a pretty penny recording songs tailored to special events featuring fellow celebrities. To give him a headstart, RapFix came up with a list of events Snoop can soundtrack once he's done working on Prince William's bachelor party. What do you say, Dogg?
The Event: The 60th annual NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles
The Date: February 19, 2011
Why He'd Make the Perfect Soundtrack: The game is located in Snoop's city during a banner year for the NBA. Why wouldn't they want to go all out by inviting one of the L.A. Lakers' biggest celebrity fans to create a song to capture the moment? Ballllllin'! Read More...
Hip-Hop may be having the best year ever.
In addition to Jay-Z and Eminem's Home And Home Tour, Lil Wayne's return home, Nicki Minaj's ascent into the stratosphere, Drake's super stardom and Rick Ross ruling the streets, the genre's also taken over the 2011 Grammy nominations.
"I'm really more amazed that with the exception of Lady Antebellum ALL the songs in Record of the Year are from artists in the hip-hop field," tweeted ?uestlove, of The Roots. "That is monumental."
And he's right. The Record of the Year nominees are B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" featuring Bruno Mars, Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna, Cee Lo Green's "F--- You," Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now."
Elsewhere, The Roots garnered six nominations, five for their duet album with John Legend entitled Wake Up!, including Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance as well as one for Best Rap Album for their own How I Got Over LP.
But instead of waiting by his laptop for the nominations, Quest decided have a slightly dangerous dinner. Read More...
By Jayson Rodriguez
Nicki Minaj is nice with numbers this week like she's a CPA.
The theatrical MC debuted at number two on the Billboard Albums chart with her Pink Friday LP, the highest first week sales total for a new female rapper since Lauryn Hill in 1998. And her "My Time Now" doc that aired on MTV last Sunday (November 28) — which you can still watch right here on RapFix — bested her good buddy Drake's "Better Than Good Enough," which aired earlier this year, in ratings.
We know how she responded to her chart success. But how does the Queens native feel about her life was portrayed on the small screen?
"To be honest, that documentary, I was looking forward to it just as much as I was looking forward to the album," she told us in a phone call on Wednesday (December 1). "I thought the producers did an amazing job. It's like they captured every facet of me, every facet of the business, and it was done in such a classy truthful way. Read More...