By Alvin Blanco
During a trek up to The Bronx, MTV News connected with Fred the Godson, one 2010’s Hottest Breakthrough MCs. While discussing his new mixtape, Armageddon, the BX spitta also revealed how he came up with the "Godson" moniker.
Turns out Fred, who suffers from asthma, got his name after convincing his doctor that, despite his condition, he was okay to perform at a show.
"I was telling her, I said listen I got a show tonight," recalls Fred. "She was telling me No, you shouldn’t do it. Your levels is bad, you got asthma. I don’t think it’s a good idea. Read More...
The 215 is definitely alive thanks to Young Chris’ latest mixtape offering, The Re-Introduction. The set puts DJ Drama and Don Cannon back together to cook up their classic Aphilliates flavoring throughout the 11-song collection. The pre-album, as the Young Gunz alum’s label head Rico Love calls is, is the first new music from the MC’s union with Division 1.
"My first passion is hip-hop and I want to give him the album that we both never had," Rico, a noted songwriter for the likes of Usher and Beyoncé told us. "This is like me living my dream vicariously through him. And just watching the process of me looking at guys I grew up idolizing and admiring and now I’m gunning for them. I want their spot."
By Alvin Blanco
Joe Budden is always amidst some controversy, often inadvertently. The New Jersey rapper just released his latest mixtape, Mood Muzik 4, and like clockwork there was some confusion that needed to be resolved.
Upon Mood Muzik 4’s release, Just Blaze took to Twitter to chastise Joe Budden about using one of his beats for the song “Stuck In The Moment”—without permission. Budden told MTV News that he was unaware that the song’s instrumental was even produced by Just Blaze.
“When we were creating the Slaughterhouse album I got a beat from Emile; real talented guy, I love him,” Joe Budden said. “I recorded to it right there on the spot. I planned on using it for The Great Escape but that didn’t happen at the time. So I said let me put this out on Mood Muzik 4. I love the record, I’d love for the fans to hear it.” Read More...
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
One lesson rap's taught us here at RapFix? Haters are everywhere, word to B.o.B.
G.O.O.D. Music MC CyHi the Prynce spoke to MTV News for Mixtape Daily and admitted that, after taking the path less traveled to stardom, he's garnered a few crazy looks. Accordingly, his song "Sideways" from his recent mixtape Royal Flush is not only one of our favorite cuts from the collection, but also demonstrates his reaction to those who don't wish him well.
"When I was making this song, I was just thinking, 'OK, with me being signed, some people look at me crazy, like they wish they were in [my] position,' " Cy explained. " 'Cause I didn't do it the traditional way. The traditional way is just get all your dope boys and dope girls, bring them to the club, throw a lot of money, get your buzz on the street."
Remind you of anything? Read More...
By Mia Moore
J. Money hit the reset button and now has a new name and new mixtape out in the streets.
J. Futuristic, as he’s now called, just released Mr. Futuristic Part 2, and the Atlanta rapper showcased his latest project for MTV’s ‘Mixtape Daily.’
“The title of the mixtape is ‘Mr. Futuristic Part 2: The Sensei’,” J. Futuristic says. “And I call myself the teacher, master, instructor because look at Atlanta, GA, look around the world at what I did. I changed the whole lingo up.”
The swagger-jacker rapper already has a buzz circulating around him in the streets. His debut single, “First Name Last Name” blazed the Atlanta radio airwaves last year, and he’s appeared alongside fellow Atlanta rapper V.I.C. on the track “Say Bow.” But now, J. Futuristic is ready to break free from his J. Money name and brand himself as a new artist with new lyrical content.
He's the Scarface for the young set, full of gruff rhymes about hardened experience coming straight outta Gary, Indiana.
Freddie Gibbs is this week's 'Mixtape Daily' main pick, with two offerings: Str8 Killa (EP); Str8 Killa No Filla (mixtape).
Both collections are full of Gibbs concrete-hard lyrics, which are stark in comparision to his collegues more emo-tinged tracks.
Hit the jump to read Gibbs breakdown three cuts from his mixtape and EP.
By Shaheem Reid
Behind the Beats: Bangladesh
Shondrae "Bangladesh" Crawford has made some of the biggest hip-hop and R&B hits of the past decade. His résumé is diverse and potent. Bang's breakthrough came in 1998, when he was introduced to Ludacris through DTP member Lil Fate, whose cousin just so happened to be Bangladesh's best friend.
Crawford crafted a bulk of Luda's independent debut, Incognegro, including what would turn out to be his breakthrough smash, "What's Your Fantasy." Since then, 'Desh has supplied beats to fellow Atlanta artists, such as Gucci Mane, Ciara, Sean Garrett and Usher. He's also branched out to the likes of Mario, Beyoncé and none other than R. Kelly.
"I got R. Kelly's first single with Luda on it called 'Tongues,' " he said. "Just to clear it up, I know Cam'ron and Vado have a song called 'Speakin' Tongues.' I've been had this song. We made this song for Usher. It could have been on Usher's album, but he didn't want it. Nobody bit. It's great ideas sometimes get and get out. Sometimes people be thinking alike. It's a dope song. It's very creative. It's on another level."
Bangladesh is also working on new music by his artist Tom Foolery. That mixtape should be landing sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Hit the jump to read Bangladesh's inside scoop on some of his biggest hits.
Tell us what you think about his stories in the comments or tweet us at @MTVRapFix!
Drake's big break arrived when the Toronto lyricist mastered balancing his Memphis-tinged rap flow with his more delicate R&B delivery. His first mixtape, Room For Improvement, only hinted at the combination and his second set, Comeback Season, pushed the process along further. We all know by know what happened with his third mixtape, So Far Gone; Drake finally fine-tuned his rap/crooning act and established himself as a major force in the hip-hop landscape.
Now, a bonafide star, Drake is tinking with the formula.
His next effort, instead of a proper follow-up to his debut, Thank Me Later, Drake announced he'll release an R&B mixtape to hold fans over til his next album.
He certainly has the singing chops to carry a chorus and he's proved adept as holding his own on duets with Lloyd and The-Dream.
But are you ready to hear him sing full time?
What do you think about an all R&B mixtape by Drake? Is that what you want or do you prefer him rapping? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @MTVRapFix!
Hit the jump to read what Drake has to say about his next mixtape.
This week's Mixtape Daily main pick comes courtesy of the Atlanta brave himself, Donnis.
The upstart MC checked in with Shaheem Reid and Rahman Dukes all the way from Japan, where he delivered the 411 on his latest mixtape, Fashionably Late.
The Tokyo trip was notable for Donnis, a 2010 Hottest Breakthrough MC candidate, because it served as a homecoming of sorts for him; Donnis is an alumnus of the U.S. Airforce and he was stationed in Japan where he tried to kick star his career.
After the jump, peep what Donnis had to say about struggling to break into hip-hop from across the Pacific Ocean and watch his Mixtape Daily segment.