By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway
As the Lil' Kim vs. Nicki Minaj battle rages on, Joe Budden is taking steps to squash his beef.
The New Jersey MC stopped by "RapFix Live" on Thursday (December 16) and spoke on his past dust-up with rapper Saigon. Budden even agreed to collaborate with the Yardfather on his new song "Bring Me Down."
"Absolutely," Joe said. "Anytime. 'Bring Me Down,' I love that record."
An unfinished copy of the "Bring Me Down" is currently floating around the web, but producer Just Blaze, who's long championed Sai, is in the process of remixing the track. And Joey's verse will no doubt add fuel to the fire. MTV News caught up with Saigon moments after Joe made his announcement. Read More...
It's finally time!
Joe Budden is live on our "RapFix Live" couch to chat with MTV News' Sway beginning at 4 p.m. ET right here on RapFix.mtv.com and MTV.com. Are you ready?
The mixtape MC recently released the latest installment of his mixtape series, Mood Muzik 4 and you can ask the JoeBudden.TV host whatever you like.
Why decide to release so many mixtapes? Who's he dating right now? What's the secret to his lyrical talents — not to mention his flare for dating beautiful women like model Esther Baxter. As for his most recent Mood Muzik 4, Joe ran into friction with producer, and one-time collaborator, Just Blaze and the MC clarified the situation with MTV News' Mixtape Daily team. Read More...
It looks like Lil' Kim is taking her "Black Friday" movement aimed at Nicki Minaj a bit further.
On Thursday (December 16), footage of the Queen B appeared online, where she looks to be filming a clip for the dis song, now entitled "Clap Clap/Black Friday." The track's violent lyrics are aimed at Nicki Minaj and is a response to Barbie's "Roman's Revenge," which features Eminem, where Nicki rhymes "the f--- I look like getting back to a hasbeen?" "Black Friday" initially hit the web on November 26.
The YouTube clip begins with an image of Kim, slickly dressed posing in front of a sports car before showing the words "Lil' Kim Video Shoot Brooklyn, N.Y. December 16th 3 AM" across the screen as the introduction of "Black Friday" plays in the background. Then, through the camera's canted angle, Kim appears standing next to a gentlemen sporting an t-shirt emblazoned with "IRS" along with the Queen B's logo.
"We're live! IRS International rockstars, you already know," Kim said. "Kimmy Blanco p---as." Read More...
By D.L. Chandler
The city of Cleveland certainly knows how to hold a grudge.
Following basketball superstar Lebron James' decision that he'd be "taking his talents" to South Beach and the Miami Heat, in what many Cavalier fans thought was a classless maneuver, a Cleveland radio station decided to take their gripe one step further.
On Jay-Z’s ubiquitous hit "Empire State Of Mind," Ohio's 96.5 KISS FM radio station took aim at the burly now-Miami Heat power forward by editing his name from Jigga's track. The line, "[if] Jeezy’s paying LeBron, I’m paying Dwayne Wade" is now missing the Akron, Ohio native’s famous first name. Host Joel "Java" Murphy curiously explained the rationale behind the decision with Cleveland sports blog WFNY by saying that Lebron’s name is damaging to Cleveland's ears. Read More...
By D.L. Chandler
2010 has been riddled with stories of rappers and jail and the final month is no exception. Lil Wayne, in an interview with DJ Drama on Shade 45 on Tuesday (December 14), expressed sorrowful concern for embattled rapper Ja Rule.
"That’s super crazy and very disappointing," Weezy said.
The "Holla Holla" MC was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday (December 13), stemming from a gun bust in July 2007, when both Ja and Lil Wayne were arrested separately following a concert performance. The Murder Inc. star pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony in the second degree.
"Me and Ja, we was kinda locked up together," Lil Wayne said. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Rahman Dukes, Sway Calloway, Shaheem Reid, Steven Roberts and Paul Cantor
This year, RapFix not only enjoyed our Top Mixtapes, hosted and mixed by the Top DJs — and maybe featuring our Fire Starter — we also relished the underground lyrics that are often too brash for the radio. Instead these MCs are relegated to the streets, which is where we found our Top Mixtape MCs of the Year.
Check out MTVNews.com for the official list as well as the video at the top of this post. Below, we present a round up of what each rapper was thinking when he crafted his standout work this year. Reminisce with us.
Vado on working with Cam'Ron and encouraging the Diplomats reunion:
I was one of the people that influenced him on the Dipset reunion. I told Cam, 'Let’s take over. Yeah my buzz is crazy and yeah we can do this on our own, but at the same time, we want an empire. People love movements and people empires. Let’s build that.' I say 'Ya’ll already capable of doing what ya’ll do, making hits and just going crazy with the trends and everything. So you bring a new member to the table, which does the same, that smell like a takeover to me. Don’t it?' Read More...