Brooklyn rapper Papoose is back on the streets with a new mixtape that's causing quite a stir in the hip-hop community. For the title of Pap's new street album, the lyrical wizard claims the prestigious "King of New York" title once held by elite New York City rappers Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Jay-Z now sits on his mantle. Last week Pap unveiled the title that immediately triggered a trendic topic with fans angered by his suggestion.
"The reason I chose that title is because I am the king of New York," the Brooklyn MC said with confidence to Mixtape Daily. "It feels good to be the king of New York so I just wanted to celebrate myself being the king of New York, so I figured I'd make it a self-titled mixtape."
Houston rapper Killer Kyleon has come a long way since running behind H-Town rap icon Big Pokey. The former Boss Hogg Outlawz has been making strides on his own as a solo artist in his post-Slim Thug days. Recently Kyleon dropped his latest street album, Candy Paint & Texas Plates 2 with guest features from other Houston greats including Bun B. Mixtape Daily was hand with Killer to get the 411 on his new mixtape. Hit the clip for the action.
Rick Ross has been on a legendary run this year after introducing his highly touted Maybach Music empire. The Miami bawse's new squad of MCs have made a name for themselves as the next wave of lyricists to flood the game, most notably Meek Mill and Wale. Atlanta rapper Pill has plans of his own to finally break out and secure the level of success he was destined for when he first was introduced to the rap game a few years back. While Meek Mill is enjoying rave reviews thanks to his recent Dream Chasers mixtape, Pill is also keeping busy with his own street album, The Diagnosis. We caught up with Pill recently where the ATlien gave us a preview of the gem he's been shining up with MMG's latest signee, DJ Scream. The streets aren't safe anymore.
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Be sure to check out Mixtape Daily this coming Monday (March 28) as we bring you none other than Miami’s own Diamond Princess Trina and the exclusive premiere of her new mixtape Diamonds Are Forever hosted by DJ Holiday and DJ Ill Will.
Ever since breaking out in 1998 co-starring on former fellow Slip-N-Slide recording artist Trick Daddy’s smash hit “Naan,” the curvy rapper born Katrina Taylor has kept herself visible not only with music but with gracing the cover of men’s magazines in sultry photo shoots with her drop-dead looks. After releasing five studio albums over the course of her robust career Trina preps her newest project Diamonds Are Forever, which is being billed as both an EP and mixtape. Read More...
With NBA All-Star Weekend in full effect, hip hop’s favorite drummer, Travis Barker, was busy shooting a new video.
MTV News was in Hollywood, CA on set with the Blink-182 drummer, frequent hip-hop remixer and collaborator, Travis Barker’s video for “Can The Drummer Get Some.” The song features the Game, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Swizz Beatz and is the lead single for Give the Drummer Some, due in stores March 15, 2011. Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Cristopher Schafer and Samuel Rogers
Today MTV News spoke with producer Lex Luger who's behind Rick Ross' "B.M.F," Jay-Z and Kanye West's "H.A.M." and Waka Flocka's "Hard In Da Paint" as well as Fabolous' "Lights Out." The 19-year-old broke down a few of his hits for our "Mixtape Daily."
Rick Ross' "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)": "To take something that a lot of people thought was nothing and to turn it into another dimension of sound was crazy to me," Luger said. "The reaction from people that I saw was crazy to me. That's when I really knew this is what I wanted to do." Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting from Rahman Dukes and Jayson Rodriguez
On Monday (December 13), we announced our Mixtape Daily Year-End Awards picks for the Top DJs of 2010. Some mix masters were thrilled like DJ Drama and Bigga Rankin, others like Don Cannon ... not so much. Like Lil Wayne and 50 Cent before him, we respect everyone's right to their opinion.
Late Tuesday (December 14), Cannon fired off a series of tweets lamenting his name's omission from our Top DJs round up. To be fair, here are the list of the Top DJs of 2010 — in no particular order — in our humble opinion:
DJ Ill Will and DJ Rockstar
Cannon crafting Trap Or Die with Young Jeezy and Big Sean's Finally Famous 3, along with his other tapes, put the lanky DJ, frankly, as just outside the wrap up. He almost made our Top DJs list, but after we argued long and hard about each selection, he became essentially our honorable mention for this year. Like Fabolous, Lloyd Banks and Wiz Khalifa during our Hottest MCs countdown, we see you and we salute your grind. Read More...
It's Friday (December 16) and we've shared our Top Mixtapes, hosted and mixed by the Top DJs — and maybe featuring our Fire Starter — who might've guested alongside our Top Mixtape MCs. Now RapFix is ending MTV News' annual Mixtape Daily Year-End Awards with a bang and saluting the men behind the boards. These gentlemen craft the beats that make us to bob our heads, screw up our faces and enjoy standing on that couch in that club.
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 snippets from each producer and/or artist's mind, a bit of behind-the-scenes information on each track.
Pusha T on writing "Runaway" with Kanye West, produced by Kanye West:
"I'm writing a verse, and I come back to the table, and it's something that I'm feeling, and he's like, 'Naw, but I need more douche bag.' And I'm like, 'All right, man, c'mon.' So I go back, and he's like, 'Naw, more douche bag!' He's screaming at me 'more douche bag' at this point," Push said during his "RapFix Live" interview Thursday (November 18) about crafting the douche-bag-toasting standout from 'Ye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "I just really had to, like, take myself out of it a little bit and then put ... the perspective of the guy ... who thinks he can fix it, but he's not being preventative." 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...
By D.L. Chandler
Over the years, the eclectic New Orleans native — and new Roc Nation signee — Jay Electronica has mesmerized the hip-hop nation not only with sharp, if esoteric, rhymes, but also some zany acts as well. Apart from signing to Jay-Z's label recently, the MC skews to the left more often than your typical rapper and while most of the time that's a good thing, others leave fans scratching their heads. RapFix focuses on some key moments in the crazy career arc of Jay Elec-Yarmulke.
2004: Well before his name rang bells on Internet message boards and the blogs, Jay ran his own page that promoted some of his early demos. A section of the songs on this cached page from Jay’s ‘banger’ eventually were released on his 2004 Style Wars EP.
2007: Jay made a splash on the scene with heavy co-signs from Erykah Badu — the two are parents of daughter Mars — and producer Just Blaze. "Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)" was released on Jay’s now defunct MySpace page as a free download. With no drums, a series of oddly-placed vocal samples and some heavy monologues from Blaze and Badu, Jay’s otherworldly weirdness left fans rabid and critics scratching their heads.
2008: With Jay Electronica’s star growing, the MC’s official onstage debut was, to put it mildly, interesting. Billed alongside headliner Mos Def at New York's Nokia Theater in front of a sold-out audience, the MC rambled incessantly and forced the crowd into booing him to spit his verses. Random outbursts about his then-current beau’s bottom and announcing Mos Def’s nonexistent arrival further cemented the fact that Jay operates on a different scale than most — and gaining him a list of haters as long as the Nile River. Read More...