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http://soundcloud.com/octobersveryown/drake-girls-love-beyonce-feat  NEW MUSIC: DRAKE F/ JAMES FAUNTLEROY – ‘GIRLS LOVE BEYONCÉ’

 

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Drake gives us two songs in one day. After dropping “No New Friends” with DJ Khaled, Drizzy speaks to the ladies on “Girls Love Beyoncé.” He opens up about his love life (“I’ve been avoiding commitment”) and puts the call out for a special lady on the vulnerable R&B jam, produced by Noah “40” Shebib.
“I need someone that will help me think of someone besides myself/ I need someone I leave through the front door with ’cause we don’t want to hide no more,” sings October’s Very Own.
James Fauntleroy pays homage to B by singing the lyrics to Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” on the hook.
In a recent interview, Drake revealed that the track will not appear on his upcoming album Nothing Was the Same.
Snoop Lion Talks Collaborating With Miley Cyrus: “She’s Going Through Transformation”

 

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“Is there any possibility that anyone feels like me?” Miley Cyrus sings in “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks,” her collaboration with Snoop Lion for the latter’s reggae debut Reincarnated. Critics and listeners alike were pleasantly surprised by the song featuring the former gangsta rapper alongside the former Disney Channel star, but as Lion recently said, he and Cyrus actually have more in common than most realize.
“Miley, I’ve always been a fan of hers. And you know, when she decided to go solo and do her thing, it was only right for us to connect, because we both believe in the same things,” Lion said at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. “She’s going through transformation and change right now, just like myself, so it’s only right.”
Revisit “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks,” then check out the rest of Lion‘s interview at E!.
Tyga Claims He Has Never Received A Royalty Check From Cash Money Records

 

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After three albums with Cash Money Records, Tyga told Power 105′s The Breakfast Club that all he received was a signing bonus.
Last week, Tyga released his third album through Cash Money/Young Money Records in Hotel California. Following 2012′s Careless World: Rise Of The Last Kingalbum and 2008′s independent No Introduction, the Los Angeles, California native has sold over 350,000 albums to date in the United States alone. However, the veteran artist recently stated to Power 105′s The Breakfast Club, that he’s never received a royalty from the label Birdman co-founded.
“I never got a check from Young Money/Cash Money,” Tyga said in the interview, as reported by HipHopBlog.com. “But by me saying that, I’ve always treated my career like independent and everything that I got is because of myself, my own endorsements, me touring, myself. I think I got a signing bonus when I first signed but that was it.”
Artists including Juvenile and Mannie Fresh have previously left Cash Money, citing financial disputes for their departure.
Tyga however, did not appear to be completely complaining, “At a certain time, you get your money but at the same time, they pay for your videos and all that other stuff. But I never really was dependent on the label like that.”
50 Cent Recalls Losing His Mother, Has “No Interest” In Meeting Father

 

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50 Cent remembers not understanding that his mother passed away, and says he doesn’t yearn for a connection with his father.
50 Cent doesn’t often speak on the topic of his parents. In an interview on “Larry King Now,” the Queens emcee opened up, first talking about his deceased mother.
“I don’t think I really dealt with it in the early stages,” said Fif of the loss of his mother. “I lost my mom when I was eight, so I didn’t really understand at that point.”
50 explained that as a child, he didn’t understand that he had lost his mother at first. “Later, they would consistently say, ‘She’s not coming back,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah she is.’ My grandfather would look at me like, ‘He doesn’t understand.’ Later, you grow and start to understand.”
Fif also spoke about his father, though the attitude towards him was decidedly less warm. “I never knew my father. I never actually met him. Some people have that thing where they want that parent that they haven’t had in their lives. I have no interest in it.”
“The mistakes I made early on… he could’ve been here to help me not make those mistakes,” he added.
CELEBRITIES REACT TO BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

 

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What should have been a joyful day in Boston was shattered when explosions went off near the finish line during Monday’s marathon. The shock and horror could be felt on Twitter, where timelines were filled with prayers, sadness, and heartfelt messages.
As news of the horrific events broke, Boston native JoJo cried out for her beloved hometown, while Nicki Minaj’s heart ached for the innocent victims. Machine Gun Kelly couldn’t comprehend the senseless act of violence, and Alicia Keys was shaken by the tragedy.
Read some of the reactions from social media below.
 
Alicia Keys: Shaken… My thoughts and prayers are with the city of Boston and those affected by this tragedy.
Nicki Minaj: My heart goes out to everyone who woke up this morning to enjoy a peaceful marathon but were met w/senseless destruction. #GodBlessAmerica
Rick Ross: Prayers go to #Boston
Big Sean: Those bombs going off in Boston are devastating… The guy I was sitting next to on the plane said his friends were running in the marathon. That’s horrible that happened on a day like this, at an event like that. #prayersup
Miguel: Get well wishes to all those injured/effected by today’s marathonbombing
Ameriie: My heart hurts. #prayforboston
JoJo: Just got out of yoga and had a dozen text messages… My heart dropped. Please #PrayForBoston. My Home. My family and dearest friends.
Ciara: So Sad to hear about what has happened in Boston as I board my flight☹ this is truly unbelievable! Prayers to those lost and affected:( ♥
Lil Wayne: Prayers for Boston
Skylar Grey: Horrible news about the Boston Marathon bombings… My thoughts and prayers are with those lost and injured.
Lil’ Kim: I just heard about the bombs at the Boston Marathon. What a horrific event. My thoughts and prayers are with those effected. #prayforboston
Common: Prayers up for the people in Boston!
Bridget Kelly: Thoughts and prayers to all those in Boston who were caught in or knew folks hurt by the explosions
Justin Timberlake: My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the city of Boston and all of those affected by this terrible incident.
Karmin: Prayers with the people of Boston and all the families contributing to the Boston Marathon- cant believe this could happen. We went to see the finish every year during the 7 years we lived there.
2 Chainz: Yooo prayers go out to Boston ,,,, explosion at a marathon is the last thing u think is gonna happen
Jay Sean: Man just seein this bombing in Boston. Hope my people out there are ok. So horrible. Sick minded people out there man. Crazy.
Machine Gun Kelly: Bombs in trash cans now…we’ve truly lost control of ourselves. Why the fuck would you take the lives of innocent people?
Keri Hilson: God be with Boston.
French Montana: My prayers go out to the victims in the Boston explosion! #PrayforBoston
Chris Brown: Praying for Boston.
Pitbull: My heart goes out 2 those lost in #boston we must enjoy every minute & appreciate every one bcuz we never know que dios los bendiga
Jordin Sparks: I don’t even know what to say. My heart just hurts for those involved in what happened in Boston. Praying for everyone…
Kim Kardashian: My heart is breaking for everyone effected or injured in the explosion at the Boston Marathon. God bless you all! My prayers are with you!
Kelly Rowland: #PrayersForBoston
Azealia Banks: My heart and prayers go out to everyone in Boston right now. Life is so precious.
Bun B: Talked to my Boston people. They’re safe. But this shit is cold y’all. Lot of people hurt out there. #PrayForBoston
Shontelle: 2 explosions at Boston Marathon today. Don’t even have words. Shame on you the culprits. Innocent ppl. I don’t understand :( #PrayForBoston
Miley Cyrus: Sending peace & many blessings to Boston ❤❤❤
Ashanti: Please Pray For Boston. #BostonMarathon #PrayForBoston My heartgoes out to each & every victim.
Rihanna: Heartbreaking. #PRAY4BOSTON
Keyshia Cole: People are absolutely sick! I feel so bad this has happened! God Bless the innocent people hurt… God Bless
Marsha Ambrosius: Horrified!!! Praying for those affected by the tragedy in Boston!!!
Cassie: Too unreal, too sad #prayforboston
Brianna Perry: Lets come together as a nation and pray for everyone affected by today’s tragedy #PRAY4BOSTON

 

 

 

CIARA RENAMES ALBUM, REVEALS COVER AND TRACKLISTING

 

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Ciara assembles the troops on her self-titled fifth album (previously titled One Woman Army). The R&B diva has been teasing with track titles and lyrics, but she reveals the full tracklisting today on Instagram.
The 10 tracks feature the single “Body Party,” with production from Rodney Jerkins, The Underdogs, and Soundz. She grabs a verse from Nicki Minaj on the opening track “I’m Out” and duets with her beau Future on “Where You Go.” CiCi channels her inner rapper on “Super Turnt Up” and toasts to the good life on “Livin’ It Up,” penned by Wynter Gordon.
“She overcame a lot and through time you will tell when she puts this albumout, it’s gonna be one of those albums that you look back on,” said Future. “Today, I’m already calling it a classic before it even come out.”
Ciara arrives June 4. See the tracklisting below.

Ciara Tracklisting
1. “I’m Out” feat. Nicki Minaj
2. “Sophomore”
3. “Body Party”
4. “Keep on Lookin”
5. “Read My Lips”
6. “Where You Go” feat. Future
7. “Super Turnt Up” feat. Ciara
8. “DUI”
9. “Livin’ It Up”
10. “Overdose”
 
 
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Mary J. Blige's
FINANCIAL DISASTER
New $900k Tax Lien
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Just when you thought Mary J. Blige's financial problems couldn't get any worse ... TMZ has learned the singer has been hit with a $900,000 tax lien in the State of New Jersey.

Blige -- who was JUST sued earlier this month for allegedly defaulting on a $500k bank loan -- is now on the hook for $901,769.65 in back taxes to the Garden State, this according to official documents obtained by TMZ.

The tax lien is the latest in a string of financial woes for the Grammy winner -- just last year, Mary J. was sued for allegedly defaulting on a $2.2 million bank loan .. and before that, her charity was sued for not paying back a $250k loan.

Back in May, Blige blamed the charity's financial issues on the staff -- saying, "The problem is that I didn't have the right people in the right places doing the right things."

We reached out to Blige's camp for comment on the tax lien -- but so far, radio silence.



Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/02/17/mary-j-blige-900k-tax-lien/#ixzz2LALtSlOM
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Rapper Tim Dog Dead at 46

 

The "F--k Compton" MC died from a diabetes-related seizure.

 

Posted: 02/14/2013 07:40 PM EST
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After a long battle with diabetes, The Source reports that Bronx rapper Tim Dog died today from a seizure related to the disease. He turned 46 last month.

Born Timothy Blair, the rapper has been a fixture on the hip hop scene for decades, releasing his first solo project, Penicillin on Wax, in 1991. That album features his best-known song, the diss record "F--k Compton," which hit hard at N.W.A. and Dr. Dre and rode—and some say caused—the wave of coastal beef that was just beginnig to sweep the industry. Tim Dog also recorded projects with The Ultramagnetic MCs and KRS-One ("I Get Wrecked"). Nas shouted him out on 2006's "Where Are They Now?"

Tim Dog was most recently in the news last year, when said he was set up for conning a woman out of more than $30,000 online, an offense to which he plead guilty. He also penned a book, not currently available for sale, titled Who Killed Hip Hop?!

 

2 Chainz Arrested for Marijuana Possession

 

The rapper was detained then released from a Maryland jail.

Posted: 02/15/2013 08:33 AM EST
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When you reach a certain level of fame people tend to treat you different. 2 Chainz of all people should know this. The "I'm Different" rapper learned an important lesson about the preferential treatment fame can afford you Thursday night in Maryland.

The Grammy-nominated hip hop star, born Tauheed Epps, was arrested by Maryland state troopers following a traffic stop in Easton, Maryland. Though there were six other people in the Ford van during the stop, 2 Chainz was the only person detained and charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

According to the local news outlet, WBOC 16, police issued a citation to 2 Chainz and released him without bond.

Ever the showman, 2 Chainz still made it to his scheduled gig at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He was the headlining act at the school’s homecoming event. Chainz posted a picture on Twitter from the stage with the caption, "Show must go on much love UMES."

He later discussed the arrest on Twitter.

"I work hard and pray even harder, we gone always b good yall…Not to mention my security said it was his and they said, he don’t smoke, how da f-k u know? Haha wut [sic] a Valentine’s day!!!" he wrote.

The rapper is expected to pay a small fine in the case.

As you can tell from the image above he was a pretty popular guest during his short stay in jail.

"Locked me up and then wanted pictures smh."

 

Eve and Britney Spears Battle Over "Scream & Shout"

 

The rapstress says Spears did not sing on the new will.i.am single.

Posted: 02/15/2013 01:37 PM EST
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Britney Spears’ appearance on will.i.am’s new single "Scream & Shout" was supposed to mark the triumphant return of the former pop music princess. But Britney’s camp is not happy with Philly MC Eve’s recent insinuation that the singer did not actually lay her vocals on the track.

 

"I heard that might not be Britney,” said Eve during an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. "That's what I heard, but you know, I don't know," continued Eve. "It could be Britney. But I heard it wasn't."

 

Spears’ publicist Jeff Raymond reportedly told TMZ that Eve’s claims are "absolute BS," stating, "Britney sang the song. will.i.am wanted her for this song and she sang on it."

 

Many have pointed out that the song, which was released in November of 2012, sounds unlike any music Spears has released in the past. TMZ quotes another source who insists that it is Britney on the track and suggests that Eve is simply jealous.

 

"Scream & Shout" was penned by will.i.am, Jef Martens and Jean Baptiste and will appear on The Black Eyed Peas frontman’s fourth solo album #willpower.


 

Mixtape Review: Pusha T, Wrath of Caine

 

 
 
 

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Years in waiting, the release of Pusha T’s solo debut album at last seems within reach. The LP, which will be titled My Name Is My Name, is slated to arrive sometime later this year. But coming off of 2012’s multi-platinum G.O.O.D. Music single "Mercy" and appearances on the crew’s Cruel Summer compilation, Ziploc P can’t just stop meeting the demand for new music while fans await his proper solo debut. His latest effort, Wrath of Caine, serves as an appetizer with several new sous chefs – many of which are seated at the production end of the table.

 

The prelude to Pusha’s forthcoming album begins with invigorated rhymes aimed at deflating the egos of "laptop hot" Internet rappers. Although his reputation precedes itself, the younger Thornton brother raps as if to remind newer MC’s of his place on hip hop’s present totem pole. Lines like "Vengeance is mine said the Lord / Throwing shots at n---- cause I’m bored" are a clear indication that Pusha thinks no more of dissing rappers than Tony Montana thinks of killing a communist.

 

The Virginia rhyme slinger then plays the pope of dope and baptizes bricks of that white in religious metaphors on "Millions." The roaring ode to drug money provides an instant rush that channels the power and paranoia that accompany suffering from success in the "snow" business. Paired with Southside and co-producer Kanye West’s musical arrangement, Push and guest Rick Ross sound at home on the booming cut. Drug dealer chic rhymes and a chorus that lives well outside the confines of the law prove effective in P’s pursuit to "restore the feeling" of flourishing in a dangerous enterprise. Deciding to break the choppas out the closet, the tape’s lead single "Millions" sees the "bricklayer" MC enforcing claims that his absence from the charts doesn’t mean that his money’s not piling high. He drives the latter point home with both conviction and panache, spitt

Eminem Name-Drops Everyone In Hip-Hop On MMLP2: Did You Catch All 43?

by Jay Alexander posted Nov 12 2013 10:38AM

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is filled with complex, knee-slapping, controversial and overall breathtaking lyrics. For a lyricist like Em, we'd have to imagine that every rhyme has a purpose and no word or referenced was placed by accident.

Upon repeated spins of the multi-layered rap album, MTV News noticed that Slim Shady shouts out a number of hip-hop luminaries — 42 to be exact. Need help figuring out who's who? Don't sweat it we have you covered, breaking down each shout out in the order they were referenced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Rubin
The Lyric: "Follow you must, Rick Rubin my little Padawan." — "Rhyme or Reason"

 

Who: Rubin is a pioneering hip-hop producer who went on to master rock, pop and country as well. He started out producing tracks like Run DMC's "Walk This Way" and Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" and ended up logging in work with Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Adele.

Chief Keef
The Lyric: "I'm angrier than all eight of the reindeer/Put together with Chief Keef, 'cause I hate every f---ing thing, yeah." — "Rhyme or Reason"

 

Who: Keef, who hails from Chicago, is both talented and troubled. He once blasted Katy Perry on Twitter and is most known for his singles "I Don't Like" and "Hate Bein' Sober." You can see why Shady relates.

Dr. Dre
The Lyric: "I wasn't at the studio, bitch/ What'd you do, screw Dre?" — "So Much Better"

 

Who: The guy responsible for Em's career (not to mention those of Snoop and 50 Cent and Game and Kendrick Lamar).

 

Drake
The Lyric: "You fake, lying slut you never told me you knew Drake." — "So Much Better"

Who: Just turn on the radio, he's impossible to miss.

Lupe Fiasco
The Lyric: "And Lupe? You want to lose two legs?" — "So Much Better"

 

Who: Lupe is one of the game's top lyricists and according to the lyrics on "So Much Better," may have slept with Shady's girl. Ouch!

G-Unit
The Lyric: "Like G-Unit without the hyphen, I'm, hyping 'em up." — "Survival"

 

Who: 50 Cent's crew of lyrical assassins. Em knows them well considering his signed Fif in 2002 and collaborated with members Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo on repeated occasions.

Onyx
The Lyric: "Instead of tryna escape through my comics/ Why don't I just blast a little something like Onyx."— "Legacy"

 

Who: A hardcore group from Queens, noted for their bald heads, bad attitudes and #1 rap single "Slam" from their 1993 platinum debut Bacdafucup.

Phife Dawg
The Lyric: "I could be iconic in my conquest/ Word to Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest." — "Legacy"

 

Who: One-fourth of influential hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Throughout the 1990's Phife starred alongside Q-Tip on classic Tribe records like "Scenario" and "Electric Relaxation."

Asher Roth
The Lyric: "Quit acting salty I was counting on you to count me out as Asher Roth/ When he round-a-bout dissed me to shout me out." —"A--hole"

 

Who: Asher hit it big in 2009 with his platinum single "I Love College," but has been relatively quiet since. Sounds like Em may have given the Pennsylvania MC new life though.

Insane Clown Posse
The Lyric: "Thinking we have some magnetic pull/ Then scream, 'ICP in this bitch, how do f---ing magnets work? '" — "A--hole"

 

Who: The Detroit rap duo are often berated by Em. They're most known for their face paint, annual Gather of the Juggalos concert and 2009 single "Miracles," where they question the ways of the world and how magnets work.

Kendrick Lamar
The Lyric: "Bout to go ham, ya bish, shout out to Kendrick." — "Berzerk"

 

Who: Like Eminem, Kendrick Lamar released his major-label debut (good kid, m.A.A.d city) under the guidance of Dr. Dre. He also appears on MMLP 2's "Love Game" with Marshall.

MC Ren
The Lyric: "Let's bring it back to that vintage Slim, bitch/The art of MC'ing mixed with da Vinci and MC Ren." — "Berzerk"

 

Who: MC Ren was a member of 1980's gangsta pioneers N.W.A. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E may have got most of the shine, but Ren was regarded as a top lyricist in his own right.

Kid Rock
The Lyric: "So come get on this kid's rock, Bawitdaba, dang-dang." — "Berzerk"

 

Who: Kid Rock is a little bit of rock, a little bit of country and a dash of hip-hop. His 1999 single "Bawitdaba" was his first to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but his most successful track is "Picture" with Sheryl Crow.

Future
The Lyric: "I done did enough codeine to knock Future into tomorrow." — "Berzerk"

 

Who: Future is currently rap's go-to hook man and songwriter, collaborating with the likes of Rick Ross, B.o.B, DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus. His 2011 mixtape,Dirty Sprite is a nod to one of rap's most celebrated drugs and a possible reason for Em's codeine line.

Birdman
The Lyric: "I ain't called anybody baby since Birdman, unless you're a swallow." — "Berzerk"

 

Who: Birdman (a.k.a Baby) is the CEO of Cash Money Records and the man responsible for bringing us acts like Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Rakim
The Lyric: "Me, I'm a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, Tupac N./ W.A., Cube, Hey Doc, Ren, Yella, Eazy, they got slim." — "Rap God"

 

Who: Rakim is often referred to as the God, a nod to his supreme rap skills and Five-Percenter teachings, which he began infusing in his raps since he and Eric. B's 1986 debut album, Paid in Full.

Lakim Shabazz
The Lyric: "Me, I'm a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, Tupac N./ W.A., Cube, Hey Doc, Ren, Yella, Eazy, they got slim." — "Rap God"

 

Who: Lakim Shabazz was a founding member of the same Flavor Unit crew that made Queen Latifah famous.

Tupac Shakur
The Lyric: "Me, I'm a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, Tupac N./ W.A., Cube, Hey Doc, Ren, Yella, Eazy, they got slim." — "Rap God"

 

Who: Widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time, Tupac left fans with a wealth of passionate and innovative raps that have continued to be released even after his tragic death in 1996.

N.W.A.
The Lyric: "Me, I'm a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, Tupac N./ W.A., Cube, Hey Doc, Ren, Yella, Eazy, they got slim." — "Rap God"

 

Who: One of rap's most influential and celebrated groups, which consisted of a changing roster of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella and original member Arabian Prince. N.W.A. is largely credited with bringing gangsta rap to the forefront with powerful tracks like "F--- Tha Police" and "Straight Outta Compton."

Ice Cube
The Lyric: "Me, I'm a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, Tupac N./ W.A., Cube, Hey Doc, Ren, Yella, Eazy, they got slim." — "Rap God"

 

Who: Cube started as one of the standout members of N.W.A, but left the group to jump start his solo career in 1990 and has since gone on to make a successful transition into Hollywood as an actor, director and film producer.

DJ Yella
The Lyric: "Me, I'm a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, Tupac N./ W.A., Cube, Hey Doc, Ren, Yella, Eazy, they got slim." — "Rap God"

 

Who: Yella is a founding member of N.W.A. and served as the group's DJ and producer alongside Dr. Dre.

Eazy-E
The Lyric: "Me, I'm a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, Tupac N./ W.A., Cube, Hey Doc, Ren, Yella, Eazy, they got slim." — "Rap God"

 

Who: Eazy-E is often referred to as the Godfather of Gangsta Rap. Not only was he the frontman in N.W.A., he was co-owner of the Ruthless Records and put out a number of solo albums and discovered Bone Thugs N Harmony before he died of AIDS in 1995.

Run DMC
The Lyric: "They got slim/ Inspired enough to one day grow up, blow up and be in a position/ To meet Run DMC and induct them into the mother---ing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." — "Rap God"

 

Who: Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and the late Jam Master Jay, helped to take hip-hop to new heights in the 1980's when most thought the genre was just a fad. Tracks like "Sucka MCs," "King of Rock" and "Walk This Way" proved that rap could create larger-than-life superstars and some lasting tunes as well.

Pharoahe Monch
The Lyrics: "I still rap like I'm on my Pharoahe Monch grind." — "Rap God"

 

Who: As one half of the Queens, New York duo Organized Konfusion, Pharoahe captivated audiences with intricate flows and complex rhyme couplets. Monch peaked with his solo 1999 single "Simon Says," but never quite broke through rap's underground. Despite his sales history, he remains largely influential to lyrical titans like Eminem.

Fabolous
The Lyric: "I just bought a new ray gun from the future/ To just come and shoot ya like when Fabolous made Ray J mad." — "Rap God"

 

Who: Brooklyn MC Fabolous got his start rhyming on mixtapes in the late 1990's and grew to a new millennium hit maker with successful singles like "Can't Let You Go" and "Make Me Better." Then of course there was his unforgettable 2011 beef with R&B singer Ray J.

JJ Fad
The Lyric: "Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed, JJ Fad." — "Rap God"

 

Who: 1980's female rap group JJ Fad weren't the biggest thing to come out of California, but their 1987 single "Supersonic" continues to influence artists decades later. Not only does Em interpolate their flow on "Rap God," Fergie also sampled them on her 2006 single "Fergalicious."

Heavy D and the Boys
The Lyric: "Bumpin' Heavy D and the Boys, still chunky but funky." — "Rap God"

 

Who: The late Heavy D was the lead rapper in the four-man, Mount Vernon, New York group. Not only did Hev churn out dance hits like 1991's "Now That We Found Love," he also helped pave the way for other Mount Vernon notables Diddy and his cousin Pete Rock.

Kool Keith
The Lyric: "Going cuckoo and cooky as Kool Keith." — "The Monster"

 

Who: Before Slim Shady, it was Kool Keith who reigned as rap's multiple-personality king of weird. The Bronx, New York rapper started in the 1980's as a founding member of the Ultramagnetic MC's, but in the '90's found solo success using a number of aliases like Dr. Octagon and Dr. Dooom.

Ludacris
The Lyric: "F--- I gotta do to hear this new song from Luda? Be an expert at computers?" — "So Far..."

 

Who: Ludacris released his debut independent LP Incognegro in 1999, not long after Em dropped his The Slim Shady LP. And like Em Luda has found multiplatinum success by infusing some humor into his lyrics.

Yelawolf
The Lyric: "'What you bumpin'?Trunk Muzik Yelawolf's better,' f---ing bitch." — "So Far..."

 

Who: Don't let the lyrics fool you, Eminem is a fan of Yelawolf, after all he signed the Alabama MC to his Shady Records label and put out his major label debut Radioactive in 2011.

Busta Rhymes
The Lyric: "Think I might be about to Bussa Bus." — "Love Game"

 

Who: Older hip-hop heads may remember Busta Rhymes during his days as a member of Leaders of the New School. These days the Dungeon Dragon is celebrating his 20-plus year career as a soloist on Cash Money Records where he will drop his 10th solo album next year.

Lil Wayne
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: Lil Wayne may be a household name now, but the Cash Money superstar started as a little regarded rap teen in the 1990's. Those days are long gone now that he has his own Young Money label, multiplatinum plaques and his own Trukfit clothing line.

Andre 3000
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: Andre 3000 started as one-half of Atlanta duo OutKast in 1994, but has now grown into something of a hip-hop enigma only popping up to spit surprise guest verses for other artists.

Kanye West
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: Over the past nine years, Kanye West has stood as rap's most creative spirit, pushing the envelope with each platinum release.

Akon
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: It's debatable how "hip-hop" Akon is, but his 2004 hard-as-nails debut single "Locked Up" definitely caught the attention of rap fans. The Senegalese-American singer, songwriter and producer has since moved on to more worldly sounds, but still manages to get a shout out from Em.

Jay Z
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: Jay Z started out as a hustle-centric rapper from Brooklyn, but now he owns his own record company and management firm, sports agency, clothing company and string of sports bars. If you haven't heard of Hov, might we suggest you get a clue.

Lil' Jon
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: The Altanta-based rapper and producer is most known for his fun adlibs and his rambunctious 2003 single "Get Low."

Raekwon
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: Raekwon the Chef got his start 20 years ago as a member of Wu-Tang Clan and has since gone on to enjoy a notable solo career anchored by his 1995 classic LP Only Built 4 Cuban Linx....

Ma$e
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: After the Notorious B.I.G. was tragically gunned down in 1997, Harlem, New York rapper Ma$e helped to keep Diddy's Bad Boy Records at the top of the game with his debut Harlem World. M-A-Dollar Sign retired from rap to focus on religion and then came back, retired and came back again.

Polow da Don
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: You may not know Polow da Don's name, but you surely know his work. The Atlanta music producer scored a #1 hit with Fergie "London Bridge" and logged in serious work with Chris Brown ("Forever"), Nas ("Hero") and Rich Boy ("Throw Some D's").

Dante Ross
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: Dante Ross is one of hip-hop's unsung heroes. The NYC native has served as A&R for groups like De La Soul and Brand Nubian. He also was responsible for signing Ol' Dirty Bastard to his first solo deal and produced for 3rd Bass and Latin rocker Carlos Santana.

Kwame
The Lyric: "Used to be my fiancé/ 'Til you sucked Wayne, Andre and Kanye/ LeBron, Akon, Jay, Lil' Jon, Raekwon, Ma$e/ Polow the Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James Conway, Kwame?" — "Love Game"

 

Who: Musically Kwame is most-known for his 1989 single "The Rhythm," but he's also enjoyed success behind the scenes as producer, hooking up with Eminem to make the track for Lloyd Banks' 2004 gold single "On Fire." If that doesn't ring a bell, hip-hop fans may remember him as the butt of the Notorious B.I.G.'s jokes on his 1994 single "Unbelievable."

The Notorious B.I.G.
The Lyric: "F--- top five, bitch, I'm top four/ and that includes Biggie and Pac, whore." — "Evil Twin"

 

Who: Along with Tupac, the Notorious B.I.G. is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all-time. The Brooklyn native only released two LPs before he was murdered in 1997.

 

 

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