By Erika Ramirez
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived.
On Tuesday (December 14), Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex premiered Young Money president, Lil Wayne’s new track, "6 Foot 7 Foot." For "6 Foot 7 Foot" Weezy recruits one of his Young Money soldiers, Cory Gunz, and reunites with "A Milli" producer, Bangladesh. Who can go wrong? Lil Wayne jumped on Shade 45 a few hours before to confirm "6 Foot 7 Foot" as the first single off Tha Carter IV.
The word on Twitter is that "6 Foot 7 Foot" " is reminiscent of one of Weezy’s best, also mentioned above, "A Milli." After seeing such commentary, RapFix turned to a few experts for their thoughts on Lil Wayne’s first single.
"When I first heard all the talk about Mack Maine saying ' '6 Foot 7 Foot' ' is like 'A Milli' on steroids, I was quick to dismiss it as hyperbole," Alvin Blanco, music journalist for AOL, VIBE, XXL, and others, said. "Only time will tell if that distinction is worthy but judging by how many times I've hit 'repeat' while listening to the song, Maine wasn't all that off." Read More...
From Paris to New York, with love.
On Tuesday (December 14), as Diddy combs the promotional road with Dirty Money in support of their debut LP Last Train To Paris, MTV News' Sway is hanging with the trio. Beginning with New York's Hot 97 radio show to "The View," Diddy, Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper executed their performances of "Coming Home" flawlessly as Sheri Sheppard looked on — right after media veteran Barbara Walters spoke words we never thought we'd hear from the vet. "... With his hit 'All About The Benjamins,' welcome Sean 'Diddy' Combs," said Walters on her morning talk show. Even Ms. Goldberg laughed.
Now, after meeting the Bad Boy camp at their Times Square offices in New York City's brightest district, RapFix is checking in with Sway and the team. Make sure you check back with RapFix for the most up-to-date info on Diddy-Dirty Money!
8:05 It's official, I couldn't give you all the juice. My day with Diddy-Dirty Money must come to an end. The reason? Diddy has to tend to private business. However, Kalenna and Dawn are still getting ready for the UStream party tonight at 10 p.m. Don't forget to get all your computers, laptops, iPads, iPhones,or whatever electronic device you use ready for this extravaganza. The life of a CEO/Artist is not an easy one, but from the offices, to the streets, to the studio with Justin Bieber and finally back to the offices and on to the UStream party; no one does better than @IamDiddy!!! Last Train To Paris in stores and on iTunes now! @RealSway signing out
7:50 Diddy is back on the phones doing radio interviews and prepping for the live UStream party tonight at 10pm! Man, based on how he’s described what's going to taking place in that web party, you want to make sure you have popcorn. This party is going to be serious. Turn off your cell phones, house phones and have plenty of ice to cool off!
By D.L. Chandler
Don’t call it a comeback, Weezy was only gone one year.
But Lil Wayne's newest song "6 Foot 7 Foot" — the first single from his upcoming Tha Carter IV opus — is a strong reintroduction from one of the best in the game. The rapper himself called the track "a very tall record" but here are five reasons RapFix thinks "6 Foot 7 Foot" is the perfect song for the Wayne to release right now.
1. It’s a Quiet Fourth Quarter
While everybody’s winding down from the Nicki Minaj-Kanye West LP whirlwind and crafting year-end lists, no MC is really releasing anything outside of Soulja Boy's The DeAndre Way, T.I.'s No Mercy and Diddy’s Last Train To Paris — which we're live-blogging. This is a perfect wake-up call to let the world know that Weezy is back.
2. Reuniting with "A Milli" Producer Bangladesh
Bangladesh gave Wayne one of his most coveted (and remixed) tracks with "A Milli." After his success with Lil Wayne, Bangladesh made hits for pop stars like Beyoncé ("Diva") but it's great to see Bang back in the studio with Weezy. Not to mention the track blends perfectly with Weezy and Young Money signee Cory Gunz's blistering rhymes. Read More...
By Paul Cantor
The losses just keep piling up for Ja Rule.
One day after being sentenced to two years in prison following a 2007 gun charge, Rule’s Twitter account was hacked early Tuesday (December 14). At about 11a.m., suspicious messages began appearing on Rule’s account.
"@50cent, Listen man, I was thinking, I'm sorry I slapped you, I wanna apologize for everything," admitted the account. The messages continued, "@50cent man why you had to go in on my career like that tho? You f---ed my money up, I get it, you're smarter, better rapper ... "
And the tweets kept on coming. Here are some highlights:
"F--- @irvgotti that n---a ruined my career, all the drugs, rapin' me on royalties, now I'm going to jail for two years ..." Read More...
By Kathy Iandoli
Few interviews begin with the question: "What’s up with your ass?"
However, leave it to late night "Chelsea Lately" television host Chelsea Handler to do the honors while chatting with Nicki Minaj on Monday (December 13).
"Nothing … what’s up with yo’ ass?" Minaj responded, settling into her chair with a smile.
As Minaj's fame escalates, as a result of her highly-successful debut album Pink Friday, the MC's interviews grow more and more candid. Last night, Barbie met her match in Handler and the two engaged in an entertaining and comical catfight-turned-girl talk.
"I had a beat from Swizz Beatz for a very long time before I started working on the album even," Nicki explained of her single "Roman's Revenge" featuring Eminem. "I loved the beat and knew I had to get crazy on the beat. Who better to get crazy with than Eminem? I knew with Roman, my alter-ego, I wanted Eminem to bring that Slim Shady alter-ego. So on a whim we asked him." Read More...
Tuesday (December 14) isn't just a Tuesday, it's also a day rife with Twitter hacking, claiming Lil Wayne as a victim.
During a call with the Shade 45 morning show with DJ Drama and Karen Civil, Lil Wayne said that he will tape a performance alongside Nicki Minaj for the "Last Call With Carson Daly" on Thursday (December 16), however someone broke into his @liltunechi account and announced that he'd be doing a live show in New York City.
"I was just mad that somebody went on my Twitter, like that’s my personal Twitter," the MC said.
Rap fans know that following his arrest in the Big Apple in 2007, which later landed him in Rikers Island for eight months, Lil Wayne vowed not to perform in New York anytime soon. But the rumor wasn't the only thing that upset the MC. Read More...
By Chris Yuscavage
Despite the international pop success he enjoyed during his lifetime, Michael Jackson was never afraid to jump on a song with a rapper.
He called Jay-Z to appear on "You Rock My World," the first single from his 2001 album, Invincible. He lent his backup vocals to Hov's single, "Girls, Girls, Girls" from 2001's The Blueprint and joined him on stage at Hot 97's Summer Jam in June 2001. And as far back as 1995, he embraced hip-hop by asking Notorious B.I.G. to drop a verse on "This Time Around" for his ninth studio album, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1.
So it's no surprise that, in spite of his untimely death, the King of Pop's first official posthumous album, Michael, features a collaboration with rapper 50 Cent on "Monster" — a song that 50 loftily describes as "the 2010 version of Thriller." Though the two never actually got to meet, Fif recently explained that MJ reached out to him to talk about the two doing work together shortly before passing away. "I didn't have the opportunity to physically be in the Michael Jackson's presence," he told MTV News. "But my DJ, Whoo Kid, he had the opportunity to actually meet Mike, because he was interested in working with me and he said that he had something he wanted me to actually hear, a song he created. He thought it would be perfect for us to collaborate on." Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
This year, RapFix screamed "Big Meech" while going "Hard In Da Paint" and grooving to "Kid Frankie" as we drove a "Beamer, Benz or Bentley" — OK, maybe not that last part but — frankly, we couldn't have been happier.
Now, after careful consideration, a bit of arguing and a lot of shrewd choices, the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust presents our Mixtape Daily Year-End Awards for the Top Mixtape DJs of 2010. Check out MTVNews.com for the official list as well as the video at the top of this post.
RapFix is celebrating the awards with a behind-the-scenes interview with comeback kid DJ Drama about getting back into the groove — both he and the mixtape game in general — in 2010.
"Naw, I can definitely feel that in a way. It may've started like mid-last year," Drama said of people who said the DJ reign reignited recently and the tide began. "I remember even coming into 2010, the two first tapes I dropped were Cam's Boss of All Bosses 2 and I think the Yo Gotti. I remember a blog had done post like 'Gangsta Grillz is back, DJ Drama is back.' I kinda felt [like] I didn't know I went anywhere but I understand from the outside looking in." Read More...