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by Jay Alexander posted Feb 15 2013 1:37PM

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

Posted: 02/15/2013 01:37 PM EST
Eve, Britney Spears
 
 

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

 

 

 
 
 

(Photo: G.O.O.D. Music)

 

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, spitting "My records ain’t got to sell n----a/ (Woo!) Go diamond off of my cell n----a."

 

Refusing to breathe the same air as those in a lower income bracket, Pusha highlights the hierarchy on "Doesn’t Matter." Notoriously drowsy with his hooks, French Montana manages to pull off yet another catchy chorus even with his demeanor on the track channeling that of a panhandler crooning for loose change. Pusha’s sentiments of superiority are clearly voiced on opening bars, "There’s a meaning to the kissing of the ring / The gods don’t mingle with the mortals, the peasants ain’t sitting with the king / Goliath ain’t worried ‘bout your sling / and Cassius ain’t bothered by your swing." The Clipse MC comfortably navigates The Renegades beat like a lord who never worries, equipped with an arrogance that will have you rooting for him like a charismatic movie villain.

 

Producer Harry Fraud’s stock continues to rise on "Road Runner." The track casts Neighborhood Push back into his alleged transporter days alongside New York’s next up, Troy Ave, who harmonizes a dope boy’s prayer between trips. Pusha’s dope boy recollections pitched with Troy’s humanizing vocals equate to one of WOC’s most memorable cuts. Meanwhile, "Only You Can Tell It" featuring Wale also stands out, but does so in the ugly duckling sense. A throwback to the high-pitched samples popularized in The Diplomats’ heyday, the chipmunk hook and gloomy piano keys sound like a relic best left in the time capsule when played next to the rest of the mixtape. Sans a clever quip about the volume of his weed, Wale delivers unimpressive filler raps that only add to the disappointment of the tapes second collab with MMG.

 

Coming to a close, Pusha saves some of the best for last with the Jake One-produced "Take My Life." The Caribbean-inspired number revisits Push’s own "started from the bottom" origins with bars like, "Where was you when I was bleeding / disappointed and battling my demons?" As with much of WOC, the triumphant MC doesn’t hesitate to remind us here that even after a storied rap career, his ties to the streets remain well intact.

 

Running just over the half-hour mark, Wrath Of Caine serves as a solid course to precede Pusha’s forthcoming entrée, My Name Is My Name. While the rapper’s world almost never ceases to have the same "white girl" as his ball-and-chain, his ability to be tyrannical one moment and humble in another allows for WOC to avoid conceptual droughts. And so to answer the questions Pusha poses on "Millions," no, the mixtape doesn’t quite sound like it was authored by a deity, but yes, plenty of Caine does cook up hard

 

by Jay Alexander posted Feb 15 2013 8:33AM

The rapper was detained then released from a Maryland jail.

Posted: 02/15/2013 08:33 AM EST
Filed Under2 Chainz
 
2 Chainz
 
 

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."

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Location : EastonMaryland
People : HahaTauheed Epps
by Jay Alexander posted Feb 14 2013 7:40PM

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

 

Posted: 02/14/2013 07:40 PM EST
Tim Dog
 
 

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?!

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