On Thursday (December 2), Soulja Boy Tell'em will stop by "RapFix Live" to talk about his third album, The DeAndre Way. The show will stream live here on RapFix as well as MTV.com at 4 p.m. ET.
This will be the Atlanta rapper's second appearance on the "RapFix Live" couch and the sit down chat with MTV News' Sway follows Soulja's November XXL cover with friend and mentor, 50 Cent.
"When I talk to dudes like 50 Cent, when we working on songs or other business outside of the music industry, there's always things that you can learn," he told MTV News. "You always think that you know it all, but you don't. When I'm around 50, he just likes to ramble. He can go on and talk. He can talk and talk and talk. And it's so good for me, because I just listen and I soak it all up. And I take it and I put my own twist on it." Read More...
By Chris Yuscavage
Have you read the good news yet? Probably not if you're like most rap fans out there with their heads still stuck in Jay-Z's new book, "Decoded."
The book came in at no. 3 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover, non-fiction books — right behind George W. Bush's memoir, "Decision Points." Not a bad look for Hov, whose decision to talk to everyone from Howard Stern to Hot 97 when his book dropped clearly paid off in a big way.
And just like just about everything Jay does, expect this to start a trend. Last week Chicago rapper Common announced that he will also be releasing a memoir, "One Day It'll All Make Sense," sometime next spring. The Roots drummer Questlove is reportedly working on a book set to drop in 2011 called "Mommy, What's A Questlove?" And another book about Jay-Z's life, "Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office," is already slated to hit stores next March.
But here at RapFix, we'd like to point out that, if you just finished reading "Decoded," there are also plenty of other rap memoirs that are also worth your time. If you loved Hov's book, try throwing one of these selections onto your Christmas list. You won't be disappointed.
The Book: "The Way I Am"
The Author: Eminem (with Sacha Jenkins)
Why You'll Love It: There's plenty of stories to read here, but there's also a handful of things in Slim Shady's book that make it more of a coffee table book than a memoir. From the never-before-seen flicks to the rap lyric sheets to a collection of personal drawings, "The Way I Am" showcases the way one of hip-hop's favorite MCs really is: complicated. Read More...
Missed Nicki Minaj's "My Time Now" documentary on MTV on Sunday (November 28)? Don't worry, RapFix has you covered. We've got the entire show right here in this post for you, Barbies — and those simply curious — to watch as many times as you like.
Produced by much of the same team behind Minaj's Young Money labelmate Drake's June documentary, "Better Than Good Enough," the film follows the bewigged mic-ripper as she crafts her hotly anticipated album, which dropped on Monday. The curtains are pulled back on the "Right Thru Me" lyricist's hectic lifestyle as she closes in on the November 22 drop date, giving fans a rare glimpse of the Trinidadian-born, Queens MC born Onika Miraj as she grapples with her past and faces her promising future. Read More...
Nicki Minaj and Lil' Kim's war of words has risen another notch. On Friday (November 26), Kim released "Black Friday," her response to Minaj's interview on New York's Hot 97 radio station.
"It'll be a murder scene, I'm turning Pink Friday to 'Friday the 13th,' " spits Kim over Pharoahe Monch's "Simon Says" beat. "I hate you Lil' Kim clone/clown, all this buffonery, the sh-- stops now ... We all know your last name is what got you your job, you's a put together gimmick, something like a collage."
On November 19, Nicki, who'd previously skirted her beef with the Brooklyn MC—aside from releasing "Roman's Revenge," a cut featuring Eminem where Barbie spits "The f--- I look like getting back to a has been?"—didn't hold back.
“She just really jumped out the window,” Nicki said during the Hot 97 interview, regarding Kim's jabs. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
On Tuesday (November 23), Kanye West took the stage at New York's Bowery Ballroom in support of his latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The LP hit shelves on Monday (November 22) along with Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday, Lloyd Banks' Hunger For More 2 and Jay-Z's The Hits Collection Vol. 1.
After running through tracks like "Gorgeous," "Power," "Devil in a Blue Dress" featuring guest Rick Ross and "Monster" with Ms. Minaj, West decided to give thanks.
"As you know, it's been an extremely hard year for me," he began. "But getting back to music, G.O.O.D. Fridays, and the album ... I never thought I'd say this, I wanna thank the magazines for perfect scores across the board. I always felt like I could do anything ... To do 100,000 digitally," Ye continued, Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Matt Elias
When Lloyd Banks stopped by "RapFix Live" a few weeks ago, he mentioned something many rap fans wanted to hear—Kanye West and 50 Cent would most likely collaborate. However, when MTV News caught up with Fif on the set of "Down on Me," his song with Jeremih, the G-Unit general had his own news to share.
"Lloyd Banks' next single 'I Don't Deserve You,' " said 50 Cent. "It's serious."
The female-friendly track features Jeremih who called the song something "to cruise to."
Banks shared several tracks from his new LP, HFM2 (Hunger For More 2), which hit shelves on Monday (November 22), during his "RapFix Live" chat with Sway. After introducing "Take Em To War" featuring Tony Yayo and "Sooner Or Later (Die 1 Day)" featuring Raekwon, Sway convinced the MC to debut another cut, "Father Time," right here on RapFix. According to 50, this Banks album is a flag in the ground for the MC in some ways. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway
Does the lyric ‘It’s going down, basement’ sound familiar? How about ‘I shut ‘em down, Onyx’? Those two lines are from Nicki Minaj and Drake respectively, but the Toronto MC credited to style of the rhyme to G.O.O.D. Music’s Detroit native.
"To be honest, that flow, you can trace it back to like … I trace it back to Big Sean," Drake told Allhiphop earlier this year. "That’s the first guy I heard utilize that flow throughout the duration of a verse. I’ll give him that credit. I think Kanye got it from him."
MTV News' Sway asked the Sean about Drake's nod during "RapFix Live" on Thursday (November 18) with Pusha T and CyHi The Prynce.
"I think I was the first person to use it in that context," said Big Sean. "Drake gave me the credit for it, which he didn't have to do, he gets the real g award for that one. " Read More...
Before Rick Ross, Trick Daddy held the title of the King of Miami.
Now the rapper, born Maurice Young, will release a memoir, entitled "Magic City: Trials Of A Native Son," detailing his life growing up steps away from South Florida's most popular strip. With the help of author Peter Bailey, the book hit shelves on November 16 and Trick's given RapFix an exclusive excerpt from the third chapter, "Bang Bang Bang."
"Scoop didn’t take a liking to being interrupted, but when the first gunshot cracked the night air, everything
went silent. A random gunshot on a Saturday in Liberty City was not out of the ordinary, but tonight, the sound ricocheted in our psyche.
On the weekend, kids in the Beans were up to all kinds of mischief. Who really cared that someone took to blowing someone’s head off on a Saturday in our neck of the woods? Still, it was too early to be hanging on the corner of Sixty-second Street and Twelfth Parkway to pelt the customers with bottles as they drove in for the product. We usually did that when the sun went down. Back then, the only white people we saw were the ones who cruised the parkway on weekends to cop some weed or blow before heading back to the suburbs in southwest Miami-Dade and anywhere else they felt was as far away as possible from Negroes.
When another shot rang out everyone spilled outside. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway
This afternoon, we're live with G.O.O.D. Music's MC Pusha T on "RapFix Live," hosted by the one and only MTV News veteran, Sway. The show goes live at 4 p.m. ET right here on RapFix and MTV.com. Did you send in your questions?
We're taking questions for Pusha from fans, just like you, via Twitter at @MTVRapFix as well as video inquiries uploaded to Your.MTV.com. This is your chance to ask the Virginia native, and whomever else may appear—no, we're still not outwardly spilling the beans—whatever you'd like about working with Kanye West, recording in a lavish Hawaiian studio and whether 'Ye supplies all of those suits.
Thursday will be Push's first appearance on "RapFix Live" with Sway. He follows Lloyd Banks, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Fat Joe and Wiz Khalifa who were also guests.
Just after the VMAs in Los Angeles, MTV News caught up with Push about his label home. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway
Happy birthday Fabolous!
Born on November 18, today is Fab's 33rd birthday. Who knew, considering the MC, born John David Jackson, looks just like he did when his single "Can't Deny It" featuring Nate Dogg dropped in 2001. Now, Fab's all grown up and one of the few rappers who've mastered the delicate balance between street and mainstream records as well as albums and mixtapes. He's also a monster in terms of social networking, so much so the MC stopped by "RapFix Live" and shared that he's preparing a book ... of his tweets.
"Did you know that Twitter talked to me about doing a coffee table book of all my trending topics?" Loso asked before expressing his hesitation. "I'm just not sure about it because some of them were like joking on other people and I don't know if they want that brought back to the light like that." Read More...