On Superstar Jay’s Shade45 talk show, Dipset capo Cam’Ron reminisced about his golden past in the Hip Hop game, especially during a time when the East Coast and the West Coast couldn’t just get along.
Cam tells the story about a clash he had with Death Row Records CEO Marion “Suge” Knight and how Suge’s threats didn’t move the Harlemite at all. Cam claims that the confrontation started over a Tupac beat owned by Death Row, however, Cam says that Daz Dillinger brought the beat to the studio.
“Not the D.O.C., but similar to them letters ’cause no one can do it better..” -Jay-Z “P.S.A.”
Even with the accolades from Hip Hop’s next generational leaders, Dallas-born emcee/songwriter Tracy Curry aka The D.O.C. has virtually faded out of the realm of recognition when it comes to his decades-long contribution to the culture. From co-writing N.W.A.’s pivotal Straight Outta Compton album to his 1989 No One Can Do It Better solo LP, D.O.C. is undoubtedly one of the most underrated figures of Hip Hop’s Golden Era.
Six months after the release of his solo album, Curry was involved in a horrific car crash in California that left his voice box and larynx crushed, making his voice virtually inaudible. Curry’s unwavering spirit kept him in the game, appearing on Dr. Dre’s iconic The Chronic album with his unmistakeable overtly-raspy tone.
In an exclusive two-part interview on The David Banner Podcast, D.O.C. unveils some of the intimate happenings inside of the N.W.A. camp, but more importantly, some never before heard details about the car accident that almost took his life.
In a recent interview with Nick Cannon, Yonkers, NY rap vet and D-Block general Jadakiss was very candid in one of his “back in the days” stories about DMX. The Romeo Must Die co-star and infamous dog lover allegedly was a serial armed robber and used his canine companion “Boomer”(RIP) as his weapon of choice.
Listen to Jada reveal X’s penchant for “gimme da loot” schemes and how his four legged friend was his main accomplice in his now publicized “dog robberies”.
Actor Jason Mitchell, who was fired from his management company, The Chi series and the Netflix series Desperados because of the sexual misconduct accusations made against him, speaks about the controversy in his interview with The Breakfast Club yesterday.
Mitchell, who lost two acting gigs due to allegations made against him, gave his version of what happened in Mexico City during the incident in question in his interview on Power 105.
“To be honest I’m not 100 percent sure what the allegations themselves were, but I can tell you what happened. We were in pre-production and I went out with a co-worker of mine and she got drunk. Being the person that I am, I felt responsible to make sure she got home…we’re in Mexico City and we’re in a foreign land and we should stick together. This isn’t where I leave her. I made sure she got home and the next day it kind of all slapped me in my face,” Mitchell said.
“I felt like I was doing the right thing. The next day, they said they needed to talk to me about this activity and I told them my side of the story but it felt as if there is something that I missed,” continued the Superfly co-star.
When it comes to his firing from The Chi, Mitchell contrasts the story told by the show’s creator, Lena Waithe and Season 2 showrunner, Ayanna Floyd Davis.
According to reports, Mitchell’s girlfriend on The Chi, Tiffany Boone is one of several actresses who made complaints about the actor who played Eazy-E on Straight Outta Compton. Sources say Waithe didn’t do enough to protect her female cast members, but she vehemently states she yielded all the power she could to rectify the situation.
“Tiffany Boone left the show because she got a better job. She put in two seasons with us and she went on to get a better job. Anybody who knows Tiffany Boone knows that she is the epitome of a Black woman…if you try her, she will get you together, right then and there. I encourage people to be more like that. Had me and Tiffany ever had a situation in which she felt sexually harassed, she would have told me about myself in that moment,” said Mitchell.
The self-proclaimed King Of The South has always had a lot to say.
During his visit to NYC and Power 105’s The Breakfast Club, T.I. discussed his new “Expeditiously” podcast, Kanye West’s new gospel album, his heavily criticized top 50 list as well as the reason why he deemed his former protegé Iggy Azalea as the biggest “blunder” of his career.
Mr. Harris said that Azalea started moving as if she didn’t need a Black fanbase after finding out that she had white fans. Check out the full interview below.
O’Shea Jackson, better known to the world as Ice Cube, mad a lot of people mad when he was fed with the bs and released this scathing album, appropriately entitled Death Certificate 27 years ago on this date.
The album cover itself speaks volumes. A Caucasian corpse with a toe tag that reads “Uncle Sam” draped with the stars and stripes with the recently self made solo artist pledging allegiance is as anti-establishment as you can get. Not only had Ice Cube been freed from his situation with the legendary Niggaz Wit Attitudes, but he had also been released into a sea of information that would make his metamorphosis from a mere emcee and rhyme writer of a “gangsta” rap group to an unparalleled entertainer unlike anyone else. The LP’s insert is just as powerful as the cover, with Ice Cube and his Lench Mob crew doing the knowledge to the Nation Of Islam’s Final Call newspaper.
The album features melodic, yet truthful messages from the late Dr. Khalid Abdul Muhammad throughout the duration of the album. Songs like “I Wanna Kill Sam” and “Horny Little Devil” echo NOI sentiments, but that doesn’t take away from the surgical lyricism from the former NWA frontman coupled with production from Sir Jinx, the Boogiemen and Cube himself. Timeless gems like “Black Korea” and “A Bird In A Hand” tackles real life issues in the urban community and the scenarios he addressed still ail our society today, yet are significantly ignored by today’s artists.
One of the most memorable tracks from Death Certificate is of course the infamous “No Vaseline” aimed at Eazy-E ,Dr. Dre, Ren Yella, and their financial arm Jerry Heller. In the song, Cube spits darts like, “..lookin like straight bozos/ I saw it comin’ that’s why I went solo/ and kept on stompin’/ while y’all motherfuckers moved straight outta Compton..” and went straight at Heller’s neck with rhymes like, “..it’s a case of divide and conquer/ ’cause you let a Jew break up my crew/ house nigga gotta run and hide/ yellin’ Compton, but you moved to Riverside..”. N.W.A. never recovered from Cube’s blow, which made this record the ultimate diss record of all time. Ice Cube’s continued success which is still evident today, is just the icing on the cake of how he “dropped four niggas, now he’s makin’ all the dough”.
The Source sends a supreme shout out to Cube, the Lench Mob(you too Kam), Dr. Khalid(RIP) and everyone else involved with this timeless classic!
More accusers are coming out against the disgraced R&B legend.
Lanita Carter, formerly one of the anonymous accusers of R. Kelly’s alleged mass sexual assaults, has come forward in an exclusive interview with with CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan. Carter, who before was only recognized as “L.C.”. said she got a call on Feb. 18th, 2003 to do his hair and that’s when he tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.
Kelly is currently out on bond and facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse and some of the cases against the “Trapped In The Closet” singer were minors.
2 Chainz, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning MC and “One of the Very Best Rappers Alive” (Noisey), confirms his highly anticipated fifth studio album, Rap Or Go To The League, which is A&R’d by LeBron James, is set for a March 1st release on the Def Jam imprint.
The countdown to March 1st is officially on, as Apple Music rolls out the first two trailers for 2 Chainz x LeBron James Rap Or Go To The League, an exclusive in-depth conversation between two of the biggest titans in their respective fields. As long time friends and fans of one another, 2 Chainz and LeBron represent the true intersection of music and sports.
That’s what boxing champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather asked TMZ Sports before he was about to embark on an opulent spending spree in the Gucci store in Beverly Hills last night.
After several celebrities including T.I. and Spike Lee called for a boycott of the iconic brand after the Italy-based company promoted a sweater that resembled a Blackface image, prompting a backlash towards the high-end clothier in the Black community.
Appearing to just purposely go against the grain, Mayweather came out of the Rodeo Drive establishment flaunting several bags of the signature green and red brand.
He added following his stop and shop, “We all know racism still exists but that’s not gonna stop my drive. I’ve got friends from all walks of life and to me of course, black lives matter first … but my thing is this, I’m gonna continue to go out there live life and be happy and positive.”
See the video of his reaction to the boycott below.
According to Roc-A-Fella producer Choke No Joke, the Roc Dynasty came tumbling down due to issues over women and to let Choke tell the story, it all started with Aaliyah.
To be fair, none of this has proven to be factual, but the pictures of Jay-Z with late songstress Aaliyah Haughton before she linked up with Roc-A-Fella exec Dame Dash is worth a thousand words. Similar to how the demise of the label played out in the Roc parody flick Death Of A Dynasty, art was merely imitating life in the case of Roc-A-Fella Records.
In an interview with Star, Choke claims that there were several riffs between Hov and Dame over women and he went as far as to say that Dash actually stole Aaliyah from the Roc-A-fella prez, which eventually led to the demise of the legendary Roc imprint. The former Roc producer also told Star that Dame tried the same thing with Beyoncé, but the future Mrs. Carter wasn’t having any of Dame’s shenanigans.