If you're like us, you probably wondered where Curren$y's fascination with Michael Knight, the 1980s action star of the TV show "Knight Rider," began. Not that Knight, played by David Hasselhoff, wasn't a great character, but was he hip-hop?
"David Hasselhoff played one of the coolest people I had ever seen brought to life on screen," said Curren$y, in defense of "Knight Rider." "F--king Michael Knight wore a leather jacket and drove a Trans-Am. It was hot most of the time, in a lot of the scenes he was in the desert. That Trans-Am was driving through cactus fields and this dude was wearing a leather jacket."
Despite Knight's inappropriate attire, Curren$y said that the 80s star was the man, so much so the MC's is trying to revive the Knight ideals with his music.
"I’m trying to get my Hasslehoff together ... Michael Knight was the epitome of cool," continued Curren$y. "He had a Trans-Am, it could talk, it could pick him up in sticky situations. Within 30 minutes he solved the crime, saved the world and got the girl." Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Rahman Dukes
Lil Wayne has been home for almost one month since leaving Rikers Island and he's still catching up on all of his videos released while he was incarcerated. The MC shot so many clips, he didn't remember exactly what he did in 'Steady Mobbin'.'
"The funny thing is, he forgot that he ashed his blunt inside the Grammy! So when he saw it, he was like 'Man, that guy is crazy! That guy got a lot of swag,' " DJ Scoob Doo said, with a laugh.
Scoob, Lil Wayne's personal videographer who directed and released several clips from Weezy while he was away, recently had the pleasure to finally screen the pieces for the MC.
"Soon as he came home, I started from us catching up, on a personal relationship side, I pulled out my computer and I just pulled up everything on the Internet, as far as the 'I'm Single,' 'Steady Mobbin' ' and 'Pop That' video," said Scoob. "His sentiment was that he loved all of them but his favorite video was the 'Pop That' video." Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway
On Thursday (December 2), Soulja Boy shared a few things during "RapFix Live," including his influence on the Internet and just who gets respect. During the sit-down chat, Sway asked the rapper whether he realized that his success highlighted the web as the place for MCs to build an audience and maybe even garner a lucrative record deal.
"I definitely look at it like that, I know I opened a lot of doors but there's other people that opened a lot of doors that don't get the respect that they need," said Soulja. "Like Bow Wow, I feel like he opened a lot of doors and people don't never give him the respect that he deserve. Just everyone since the beginning of hip-hop, it just keeps going and somebody new come in.
"I heard it once from a DJ in North Carolina, and he was like 'Man, when you came out with 'Crank Dat' you changed the game, you revolutionized hip-hop and now everything is digital,' " Soulja continued. Read More...
In October, Nas complained that his label Def Jam wouldn't give him a release date for his Lost Tapes 2 LP but on December 2, a new track called "Snitch Alibi" by the Illmatic MC hit the web.
"To the snitch alibi n---a I can't tell, I know you gon' tell, I know you know well," spits Nas. "On the block clocking us while we make our mail, you claim to be a gangster n---a I can't tell."
Though Nas' camp declined to comment on the song's origin, it's safe to say that producer Boola, who crafted the cut, released the gem to the Internet. On the other hand, Nas' team says they've received nothing but praise from fans regarding the unexpected cut.
"Nas is doing his thing on this and the beat has Nas name all over it. BOOLA thank you keep the music coming," wrote Jay Cash, a commenter on MissInfo.tv.
But everyone wasn't so supportive. Read More...
Happy birthday Trina!
Friday (December 3) marks the born day of the Miami-based rapper, born Katrina Laverne Taylor, who's reached 34 years old. We remember our first glimpse of Trina, it was Trick Daddy's "Nann N---a" video around 1998 and we wondered who exactly was this femcee trading bars with Florida's homegrown MC.
Fast forward more than 10 years later, and as other female MCs fall by the wayside, Ms. Taylor's remained relatively stable. With guest appearances on tracks like Yo Gotti's "5 Star Remix" and Ludacris' "My Chick Bad (Remix)," she's kept her name and lyrics in the mix of hip-hop's whirlwind.
This year, she released her Amazin' LP featuring the lead single "Million Dollar Girl" with Diddy and Keri Hilson.
In June, MTV News caught up with the Diamond Princess, and Lil Wayne ex-boo, to ask for her thoughts on the Lil' Kim vs. Nicki Minaj beef — before Kim's "Black Friday" hit the web months later. Read More...
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...
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...
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...
Many rap fans were left scratching their heads after "Huey Newton," the latest collaboration between Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa, hit the web a few weeks ago. Was the song about political struggle? Not so much.
"I didn’t name the record first off, Wiz named the record. Might I say what mind state we were in at the time; They had just pop him for having vegetation on the transportation," said Curren$y. "There’s way worse things going on, they need to just make it legal, it’s gonna boost the economy. Stop worrying about what we’re saying."
The New Orleans MC, who splits his time between the Big Easy and New York City, said that his buddy's arrest was no accident. Read More...
Like Kanye West's Graduation, DJ Premier also contributed to the Chicago MC-cum-producer My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. West's fifth LP hit shelves on November 22 and leads the first week sales tally between the G.O.O.D. Music rapper, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, according to the forecasting website Hits Daily Double.
"I actually submitted tracks that Kanye accepted and he kept updating his album, that’s just how he is ... but we never cut vocals to my track," said DJ Premier.
According to Primo, West didn't use his initial track but called the Gang Starr producer at the last minute for his special talents.
"He wanted me for a couple of tracks for the album he's doing with Jay," said Premier of Watch The Throne. "And then all of a sudden, literally the day before he turned in [My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy], I got an email from his manager Don like 'Yo,'Ye needs to holler at you' and Kanye said 'I need some scratches right now but, it has to be right now. Read More...