Raekwon still open to Nas collaboration

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAy7JvXFl7I/AAAAAAAABBo/RQDmCUBWf_c/s1600/Raekwon.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAy7JvXFl7I/AAAAAAAABBo/RQDmCUBWf_c/s320/Raekwon.jpg” //a/divThe relationship between Nas and Raekwon has been on shaky ground for the past few months. Last year, Raekwon was preparing for the release of iOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx, Pt. II/i and he lined up guest appearances. Among the guest named for the album was Nas. But, when the album was released, Nas was nowhere to be found on it.br /br /Following the release of the album, Raekwon said he had planned for a collaboration with Nas. For unknown reasons, Nas stood him up on the album. Rae said their collaboration could have been legendary. Nas spoke on the album and said it, along with Jay-Z’s instant classic, iThe Blueprint 3/i, were his favorite albums on the year.br /br /Obviously disappointed, Raekwon said Nas should have let him know he did not want to be on the album. After hearing about his disappointment on various websites, Nas opened up on the situation. He said he did not intentionally leave Raekwon hanging. Instead, Nas was so swamped working with Damian Marley on their iDistant Relatives/i project and the situation with Kelis. With everything going on, he decided to simply take a break.br /br /Before being abandoned by Nas, Raekwon considered the Queens rapper to be one of his best friends in the game. Even though Nas left no warning about not recording for the album, Raekwon did not let it bother their personal relationship. However, their professional relationship took quite a hit. But, with Nas explaining himself, Raekwon easily forgave him on a professional level. Now, working on his next album, iShaolin vs. Wu Tang/i, Raekwon is open to having Nas featured on the album. Nas admitted he missed out on a golden opportunity on the last Raekwon album and promised to show up if he had a second chance.div class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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Game talks about 50 Cent

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAr2SPSuTLI/AAAAAAAABAI/zcNuaQh8psE/s1600/Game.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAr2SPSuTLI/AAAAAAAABAI/zcNuaQh8psE/s320/Game.jpg” //a/divFinally having everything back the way he wanted it, Game has decided to be calm about the movements of 50 Cent. Late last year, 50 Cent responded to all of the disses Game left for him. For a while, the feud was nothing more than Game dissing 50 Cent. But, returning to his hardcore roots, 50 Cent aired Game out on his last album.br /br /Declaring himself free of Dr. Dre and the 50 Cent beef, Game had originally planned to upgrade to a feud with Jay-Z. These plans changed after 50 Cent started a feud with Jay-Z. Game chose the lesser of two evils and sided with Jay-Z. Then, in October, he reunited with Dr. Dre.br /br /In March, Dr. Dre introduced Game to Pharrell and their relationship has been solidified. Out of respect to Pharrell, Game decided to leave the issue with Jay-Z alone. Feeling he has the best album of his career to put together, Game has decided to leave all beef alone for his upcoming record.br /br /Recently, 50 Cent has been in the headlines after he lost a considerable amount of weight. For his role in the new film, iThings Fall Apart/i, 50 Cent has gotten extremely skinny. With his new album on the way, everyone wants to know what Game has to say about 50 Cent. Responding to the questions about 50 Cent, Game said all he saw was a man who lost weight for a role in a film. Game said 50 Cent is working hard to win an award. Game is actually happy for 50 Cent and his movie role.br /br /There is no set date for the release of his fourth studio album, iThe R.E.D. Album./idiv class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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50 Cent goes R&B on “Black Magic”

50 Cent (1)When Eminem was still promoting Relapse, he had plans to releasing another album on the heels of the album. Now, months later, his album has been changed from Relapse 2 to Recovery. During the same time, 50 Cent announced his plans to emulate Eminem. He also wanted to release two albums on the heels of each other. Last summer, he said his next album would be Black Magic.

After another album flop and a label change, 50 Cent has been working on the album during his downtime. Since finding a new home at Def Jam, 50 has entered the home stretch with his new album. Following the release of Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent invested all of his time in finishing up the album. His goal was to have the album out before the start of summer.

Clearly, 50 Cent has missed that mark as he has changed the focus of the album. Initially, 50 spoke of recording a techno album, but after hearing Drake’s album, 50 Cent wants to do a hybrid album. His album will consist of elements of rap and R&B, much like Drake’s album. 50 Cent said he has channelled Marvin Gaye and other soul artists for his new album. Expect Black Magic sometime later this year.

The album will be released on G-Unit Records and Def Jam.

Drake not worried about Album Leak

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAhCkYCw63I/AAAAAAAAA9Y/EAEFOhdIYYE/s1600/Drake+II.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAhCkYCw63I/AAAAAAAAA9Y/EAEFOhdIYYE/s320/Drake+II.jpg” //a/divIt has become common for rappers to experience their entire albums leaking to the entire internet weeks before the actual release. The most-notable leaks have been with Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Lil Wayne. Out of all of the albums leaked, 50 Cent is the only one to every cry foul about the leaks. Jay-Z still went platinum, as did Wayne.br /br /Right now, the most popular rapper in the game is Drake. His debut album has been talked about for over a year. For the past few months, the album has been kept under wraps. However, recently, the album leaked to the internet. Many people expected the news to badly upset Drake because the music was out.br /br /Exactly the opposite, Drake feels the leak will boost his album sales becuase the people know what they are getting. He has built his career off of giving away his music for free. Although the aim is to make money while perusing his dream, Drake does not mind his music being given away for free, either.br /br /Currently, Drake’s album is available for free download across the internet, but it will hit stores in two weeks on June 15, 2010.div class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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Ja Rule pushes "Venni Vetti Vecci 2010" back

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAhArpsXyqI/AAAAAAAAA9I/gqMVHjpqyPg/s1600/Ja+Rule.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAhArpsXyqI/AAAAAAAAA9I/gqMVHjpqyPg/s320/Ja+Rule.jpg” //a/divNo rapper has a bigger chip on their shoulder than Ja Rule, he feels robbed of what was his. On the verge of being a legend, he was sideswiped by 50 Cent. All of his thunder was stolen and he has been fighting to get it back. It does not matter how hard he tries, Ja Rule cannot seem to win. He hopes all of this will soon change.br /br /Putting the past behind him, Rule plans to make the most-historic comeback in hip hop history. This comeback has been in the plans for the past two years. After iThe Mirror/i was shelved, Ja Rule began recording for a new album. Last summer, he announced this album to be named iVenni Vetti Vecci 2010/i. He wanted the album to be released early in 2010.br /br /However, him trying to build his Mpire Records and Irv Gotti’s negotiations with Atlantic Records taking longer than expected, the project was held up. Earlier this year, Irv Gotti officially landed a deal with Atlantic Records and Ja Rule is at the center of the deal. Back with the people who helped make him into a star with Def Jam, Rule planned to release iVenni Vetti Vecci 2010/i before the end of this month. But, with no promotion and no popular music, he has continued to record.br /br /Initially set for a June release date, Ja Rule has decided to wait until August, at least, to release his eighth studio album. The album will come as a release off of Mpire Records, Murder Inc. Records, and Atlantic Records.div class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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Game explains ending feud with Jay-Z

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAg9wP2BA5I/AAAAAAAAA9A/kEeeEySTDwY/s1600/Game+II.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAg9wP2BA5I/AAAAAAAAA9A/kEeeEySTDwY/s320/Game+II.jpg” //a/divLong before he ever released his debut album, Game has had an issue with former Def Jam CEO, Jay-Z. Their feud stems from an issue Game had with Memphis Bleek. Before signing to a major record label, Game recorded for Get Low Recordz in California. He was the flagship artist for the label. Meanwhile, Bleek started Get Low Records in 1997.br /br /The two rappers began feuding in 2001, but Jay-Z was soon brought into the feud. Bleek had to step away to be with his family, so he could not go back and forth with Game. Over the years, a deep animosity has built between Game and Jay-Z. In 2005, Game released his debut album and it was filled with Jay-Z disses.br /br /Multiple times, Game has called truces with Jay-Z. The most-recent one came when he took Jay-Z’s side over 50 Cent. Late last year, right up until early this year, 50 Cent started a feud with Jay-Z. Game sided with Jay-Z and said there was no way 50 Cent could beat Jay. Later, he admitted he, too, could not last against Jay-Z.br /br /Even after making those statements, Game began dissing Jay-Z again. However, he was soon forced to stop because of his new business arrangements. In February, Game joined forces with Pharrell, who has a great relationship with Jay-Z. Because of the history he shares with Jay-Z, Pharrell said Game could not be on his team disrespecting Jay-Z. P said Game does not have to like Jay, but if he wants to continue to work with him, he will not be dissing Jay-Z.br /br /Due to the chemistry he has with Pharrell, Game quickly obliged. Recently, he announced his feud with Jay-Z is officially over and he does not have plans of restarting it. From the beginning, he has been completely ignored by Jay-Z. On the opening track of iThe Blueprint 3/i, Jay-Z told Game he would never be baited into a feud with him.div class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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Nicki Minaj ignores all Haters

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAg6l_8knbI/AAAAAAAAA84/_XWV3q1379Y/s1600/Nicki+Minaj.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAg6l_8knbI/AAAAAAAAA84/_XWV3q1379Y/s320/Nicki+Minaj.jpg” //a/divOnce it became clear, Nicki Minaj was going to be a major part of the future of hip hop, everybody has had something to say about her. For the most part, most people seem to like her. The style she projects is unlike anything ever seen in hip hop before. Because of this, the fans have gravitated towards her.br /br /Almost completely by herself, Nicki Minaj has revived the female rap game. Back in 2007, Eve had plans of doing this herself. But, her label pushed her album back multiple times until she left the label. Trina has held the female rap game down, but she has never had a large following.br /br /Because Nicki Minaj has such a following and a large fan base, a lot of female rappers have grown upset with her. She has yet to release an album and she has accomplished more than some veterans. In a short period of time, Minaj has been dissed by Eve, Lil’ Kim, and Khia. The women who have dissed her are looking for a response.br /br /Much like the rest of Young Money, Nicki Minaj wants her detractors to keep on looking. She is not interested in beefing with other rappers. Ever since 50 Cent came into the game through beef, artists realize this is a great way to sell records. If Minaj responded to any of these disses, she would immediately thrust part of her fame onto her rival. She would rather these people find other ways to get their names back out there instead of coming at her.div class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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50 Cent says Shyne should give it up

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAg22nueQOI/AAAAAAAAA8o/eU-aO3K38mw/s1600/50+Cent.jpeg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAg22nueQOI/AAAAAAAAA8o/eU-aO3K38mw/s320/50+Cent.jpeg” //a/divAfter finally sorting his messes out, Shyne has returned to claim the rap game that should have been his years ago. In 1999, only months after the release of his debut album, Shyne opened fire in a New York City nightclub. Immediately, he was brought under charges and sentenced in 2001.br /br /Due to good behavior, Shyne was released on October 6 of last year. He wanted to jump right back into rap music, but could not because he was deported. After receiving multiple visits from various rappers, Shyne got his stuff together. Soon, he would land a deal with Def Jam.br /br /Once he found a recording home, Shyne introduced people to his new style. Along with the new style, he dissed 50 Cent. The diss was laughed off by Lloyd Banks. Nearly two months later, 50 Cent gets his say in the matter. He said Shyne’s material was too bad to warrant a response.br /br /50 Cent is now signed to Def Jam and finds himself a higher priority than Shyne on the label. Knowing 50, he will use this to his advantage as he puts together his fifth studio album, iBlack Magic/i. But, he will not take a feud with Shyne seriously until he improves upon his lyrical skill. Six years ago, Shyne, with the help of Fat Joe, Ja Rule, The Game, Jadakiss, and Nas were a bit too much for 50 Cent to handle. Many credit his downfall to that feud.div class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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Kanye West’s "Power" is a Fan Favorite

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAgj9tNXfeI/AAAAAAAAA8g/6-JQz1O1xuQ/s1600/Kanye+West+III.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_wmqtdXIw5cE/TAgj9tNXfeI/AAAAAAAAA8g/6-JQz1O1xuQ/s320/Kanye+West+III.jpg” //a/divFor the past few months, Kanye West has been a media scapegoat and he has been out of the spotlight. After his outburst at the VMAs, last year, West disappeared immediately. During his time away, the media did not let up on him until the Tiger Woods story broke. Ever since he was given the break, Kanye West has been inching back into the game.br /br /Before the end of last year, West began plotting his return. While overseas, West began recording his fifth studio album. For the album, he has worked with many producers. Among the people who had heard his new music were Soulja Boy and Mr Hudson. Both said the album was shaping up very well.br /br /Towards the start of spring, Kanye West made his official “I’m back” statement. West promised to deliver a new album before the end of next year. Then, some of the producers on the album said it would not come until sometime next year. Right as that story had taken flight, Kanye West announced the album to come in September.br /br /The first single from his latest effort, iGood Ass Job/i, is “Power.” The song takes a hit at all of the people who have criticized him during his time off. Kanye West has hit back at his critics and his longtime fans are happy with his response. Because of his new, agressive, tone, the fans have jumped right back on the Kanye bandwagon and “Power” has been a great comeback single for him. The album, iGood Ass Job/i, should follow in September.div class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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Lil’ Kim takes shots at Nicki Minaj?

Lil' Kim (1)The female rap game has been in shambles ever since the release of Lil’ Kim’s The Naked Truth. Since the release of her album, no other female rapper has come with new music. Last year, however, Lil Wayne would sign New York femcee, Nicki Minaj to his Young Money label. Unlike other crews, Wayne sought to find misfits to sign to his label. Before the addition of Minaj, he had signed Drake to the label.

For most of last year, Lil Wayne held the spotlight and after the summer, he focused on turning the spotlight over to Drake. Early this year, Wayne went to prison and he made Drake into the leader. It has since been his job to introduce Nicki Minaj to the game. She has been quite successful as Ludacris and Usher called on her for a rap verse. Quickly, Nicki has become the focal point of the rap game.

Last year, Lil’ Kim was supposed to stage her comeback, but those plans fell through. Her single, “Download,” was expected to become a hit, but it would be a flop. Because of this, the attention quickly left Lil’ Kim and would be inherited by Nicki Minaj. From the start, Nicki Minaj pointed to the likes of Kim and Foxy Brown as her inspiration. She got a lot of her sexy outfits from the outfits they wore during the 1990s. Minaj went as far as to say she wanted to have relations with Foxy Brown.

Because of her unique style, Nicki Minaj has found herself as the target of a lot of female rappers who do not have nice things to say. Nearly every major femcee has had something negative to say about Nicki Minaj, but she has yet to respond. Lil’ Kim has now become the latest female rapper to go at the Young Money rising superstar. Recently, she was performing in Queens and she made fun of the trademark blond wig worn by Minaj.