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by Jay Alexander posted May 15 2015 10:35PM

The cover art from Tink's forthcoming #ThinkTINK album has been released, according to allhiphop.

The Timbaland protege said earlier this month that her album has distinctive sonics.

"The sound is very next-level," she said during an interview with NY Mag. "The message is still the same. I can never change that up. But the production and the overall sound, that's very well put together now."

Tink is signed to Timbaland's Mosley Music Group, is slated to feature Missy Elliott on #ThinkTINKand has released the singles "Ratchet Commandments" and "Around the Clock."

The #ThinkTINK cover art is as follows:




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by Jay Alexander posted May 2 2015 10:10AM

Paul McCartney compares Kanye West to John Lennon.

Paul McCartney compared Kanye West's writing style to that of his songwriting partner in The Beatles, John Lennon, in an article published to Mirror today (May 1).

"When I wrote with John, he would sit down with a guitar," McCartney told Mirror. "I would sit down. We'd ping-pong till we had a song. It was like that."

Paul McCartney and Kanye West told a number of stories until something hit. "We sat around and talked an awful lot just to break the ice," McCartney said. "One of the stories I told him was about how I happened to have written 'Let It Be'...

"I told Kanye this and he said, 'I'm going to write a song with my mum.' So then I sat down at the piano."

McCartney was initially hesitant to work with the "controversial" star. "He is amazingly talented but controversial and can make eccentric moves," he says. "I realized if it didn't work out, we'd just say so and shake hands and leave."

The two released their inaugural cut, "Only One," on New Year's Eve last year. The visualssubsequently came out January 29.

They brought Rihanna in for their second collab, "FourFiveSeconds."

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by Jay Alexander posted May 2 2015 10:06AM

Dame Dash has been blasting his former wife, Rachel Roy, on Instagram.

Today (May 1), Dame posted a photo of "Tally hearts Ava," spelled out in rose petals.

"Miss my babies @ava_dash and Tallulah I'll be able to be a father again soon #hustleforyourlastnamenotyourfirst some goofball piece of shit lawyer is going to legally pay for separating a good dad from his children just to make money in legal fees...a bad lawyer is the worst piece of shit on the earth they can't have a soul...weak people will violate all principles and morals even hurt children for money after I make them pay karma is really gonna do a number on them #dashkarma #dontgetscared #coward #donnellsuarezisanerd," Dame Dash wrote on the post.

Next, Dash posted a photo of him posing for the camera, while pushing his daughter on a bike. The accompanying message read:

"What kind of mother would separate her kids from a good father who protects them and takes care of them in every way and would try to put them in jail over money...what kind of man would do that to a child for money...take there protector away so they can feed their kids#donnellsuarezisanerd lawyers and emotional women are a dangerous thing for good dads and good children and must be stopped... I'm gonna fight for mine they need me...but what kind of person does that #badtaste #corny"

He lost custody of his two kids to Roy on April 21. Three days later, he filed a $2.5 million lawsuit again her, claiming that she breached contracts.

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by Jay Alexander posted May 2 2015 10:03AM

50 Cent was supportive of boxing champ Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. when he stopped by ESPN First Taketoday (May 1).

50 and Floyd have apparently reunited The Money Teamand now 50 believes Floyd (47-0) will remain undefeated and defeat Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2) tomorrow (May 2).

"The energy surrounding this one is big," 50 says. "He needs to hear me say that also, that he's going to win to put that into his actual head. Floyd doesn't know how to lose."

Fif explained to hosts Cari Champion, Skip Bayless, and Stephen A. Smith that his "beef" with Floyd was more like a family feud.

"Brothers and sisters argue with each other," he says. "If you're younger brother is the biggest fighter in the world, who tells him what to do?"

Later in the interview 50 riled the live audience in Las Vegas when he said Pacquioa "might get that Marquez."

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:20PM

Waka Flocka Flame says Atlantic Records is holding "Flockaveli 2" back.

Waka Flocka Flame said yesterday (April 27) that he wants out of his recording contract.

"LET ME BUYOUT MY CONTRACT ASAP #AtlanticRecords," he tweeted.

Flocka also tweeted that his record label is "holding #Flockaveli2 BACK...!!!!!"

The rapper has discussing the album since at least 2013.

 

 

 

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:18PM

Billboard recently spoke with music executive J. Erving. The son of basketball legend Julius "Dr. J" Erving has found his own path as the co-president of Atom Factory. 

Since last year, Erving has also managed Hip Hop starNelly. During his interview with the publication, Erving explained that his client [Nelly] is prepping a country music EP.

"He's a free agent on the label side now, and is working on a country-based Heartland EP, which should be really interesting,"Erving mentions. "He may be one of the first Hip Hop artists to jump into that space in an authentic way with Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw, so we think he has an opportunity to grow that base even more."

Erving is referring to Nelly's previous country collaborations, which have each been successful. In 2012, the "Country Grammar" rapper teamed up with Florida Georgia Line on the "Cruise" remix. The song has sold over 7 million copies and has been certified 9x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Nelly's 2004 hit "Over and Over" featuring Tim McGraw peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:16PM

While it's still unclear exactly how Freddie Gray died, there seems to be no denying that Baltimore Police Department officers caused his death. Gray, 25, died on April 19 due to still-unknown spinal injuries that he seems to have sustained by the hands of police following his arrest a week earlier. Even, or maybe especially, without all the answers to questions surrounding his passing, Gray's death is especially conspicuous in a year that has already churned out a string of high-profile killings of Black men by police.

Over the last several days protests in Baltimore have invited comparison to the fervor and outcry felt in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown. In that case as well as far too many others before and since, members of the Hip Hop community have had reason to take to social media as a show of support, protest, and meditation.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:14PM

During Part 1 of A$AP Rocky’s CRWN interview with Elliott Wilson, the A$AP Mob frontman shed light on a variety of subjects including, among others, what artists he takes inspiration from today.

“I want y’all to inspire me,” he said in front of a live audience at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21. “I saw Earl Sweatshirt video and I felt inspired. I saw Joey Bada$$ video [and] I felt inspired, man. I wanna feel inspired. Kendrick [Lamar’s] album inspired me. J. Cole’s success inspired me. I wanna feel inspired. We gotta keep raising the bar. Everyday I get inspired. I get inspired by normal people walking up and down the block.”

Later in the conversation, Rocky spoke on his upcoming sophomore studio albumAt.Long.Last.A$AP, which is scheduled to be released on May 12.

“People wanna hear bars, they wanna hear some music, they wanna hear me rapping,” A$AP Rocky says. “I was fortunate enough to be named after one of the greatest emcees of all time. That’s like being named Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson to me, you get what I’m saying? Or Kobe Bryant or something like that. I was named after [Rakim]. I was intimidated because those shoes are too big to fulfil or walk in. I got to a point where I felt like I was 26 [and] I felt Rap was shit. I just hated Rap [in] 2014. I’m getting a headache thinking about it. I got to a point where I just was like, ‘I need to do something about this shit.’ This is the return of the God emcee, I’m talking some lord shit on this next album, At.Long.Last.A$APA-L-L-A. It’s lit.”

During the interview, the Harlem, New York artist also likened Rap to wrestling.

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:12PM

On Sunday (April 26) Jay Z unexpectedly took to Twitter to share a series of #TidalFacts. The rare move may have been directly in response to several of TIDAL's rivals interfering with its progress.

According to Page Six, numerous music industry sources have come forward alleging that Apple is indeed tampering with TIDAL.

The celebrity news site states one of the reasons TIDAL may have fallen out of the iPhone top 700 apps is because Apple "deliberately took a long time to approve TIDAL iOS app updates. TIDAL had a new app. on Adroid on April 15, but still hasn't received approval for Apple's iOS app store."

iTunes executives such as Robert Kondrk (Vice President of iTunes Content) has reportedly emphasized that artists who choose to premiere content on TIDAL will not be highlighted on iTunes.

“Robert told execs at Universal Music Group that Rihanna and other TIDAL artists’ music would not be promoted as featured artists on iTunes if they put exclusive music out on Tidal," a source said.

Another source confirmed ­Kondrk’s statement and clarified that the procedure is "normal."

"If an artist chooses to market content exclusively with another rival retailer, no company is going to market or push content from that artist that hard," the source said.

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:11PM

The art of freestyling isn't as honored as it once was. Many artists have been guilty of pulling out the BlackBerry or spitting "off the dome" rhymes that just happen to end up on a future single. However, most rappers are, at least, careful about repeating on-camera freestyles. Unfortunately, The Game must not be aware of the existence of YouTube, or Reddit, where a particularly resourceful user on the hip-hop thread found five clips of The Game spitting nearly the exact same verse. 

The Game recently exhausted the verse on "Breakfast Bars" on The Cruz Show, but the same lyrics can be heard all the way back in 2011. 

Safe to say The Game has been caught red-handed. Watch each of the freestyles below, and tell us if these findings tarnish Game's career. 

Honestly, is this verse hot enough to stick around for four years? 

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