Since then, the two have been hanging out a lot together. Rick Ross is a native of Miami and Diddy has frequently visited the place ever since the late 1990s. Their love for Miami and the similarities between Ross and B.I.G. have united them. Had it not been for Rick Ross nearly fighting with Floyd Mayweather, none of this may have ever happened.
Rick Ross was featured on the remix to Diddy’s single, “Angels,” with Dirty Money and Diddy signed on to produce a few tracks on Teflon Don. The two have become strangely close and there were rumors that Ross could bolt from Def Jam. He admitted the only place that he would leave Def Jam for would be Bad Boy Records. Rick Ross could easily revive Bad Boy South.
While it remains to be seen if Rick Ross will sign with Diddy, he has named the mogul as his new manager. Some people looked at the move and said that it was a mistake on the behalf of Ross. However, Ross argues that it was the wisest move of his career. Given the time that Diddy has put in, he has connections everywhere. Because of that, Rick Ross hired Diddy as his manager.
Following the release of L.A.X., Game solidified his position among the top of the rap game and he said he would never mention Dr. Dre again. Game announced that he had signed with Interscope Records, but he was not working with Dr. Dre. The second half of 2009 consisted of him recording The R.E.D. Album. A considerable amount of buzz was building around Game and the album and Dr. Dre soon stepped in.
Through Snoop Dogg, the two were able to reunite. Their collaboration on Detox led to Dr. Dre signing him back to Aftermath Entertainment. Because Game was again on his label, Dre became the executive producer of The R.E.D. Album. Dr. Dre promised Game that he would handle the production on the album. This led to Game scrapping what he had in favor of recording an entirely new album.
However, as Dr. Dre soon found himself involved in other projects, he brought Pharrell in to help produce the album. Game grew so fond of Pharrell that he got the Star Trak logo tattooed on the top of his head. With that, Game announced that he was now signed to Pharrell’s label. He said that Dr. Dre and Pharrell would both serve as executive producers on the album. In the time since then, not much information has been given about the album.
For the first time in months, Game has decided to speak on The R.E.D. Album and he has confirmed Pharrell as an executive producer on the album. Despite previously naming Dr. Dre as the other executive producer, Game says that he does not know what Dr. Dre’s role on the album will be. Still, Game is signed to Aftermath Entertainment and he has acknowledged that Dre is involved with the album.
The R.E.D. Album is set for release on June 15, 2010 on Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.
Last September, 50 Cent revealed that Mobb Deep was no longer on G-Unit Records. Because he was trying to leave Interscope Records, 50 Cent allowed them to leave. In the time since they have left G-Unit, there have been many rumors circulating. Among those rumors is that they have reunited with Nas. Dating back to 50 Cent’s 2002 album, he has had issues with Nas.
When Mobb Deep had signed with G-Unit, some hip hop heads were anticipating a collaboration between Eminem and Mobb Deep. Despite working right on top of each other, the duo never had a chance to work with Eminem. Seeing how 50 Cent is, it appeared that a chance of them uniting would never happen. But, with 50 Cent moving on with his career, a union has come.
Eminem has finally reached a place in his career where he does not take on the battles of his friends. All in the name of creativity, he aligned himself with Lil Wayne, a known foe of his protégé. Now, with his album set for release this year, Eminem has sought the production work of Havoc of Mobb Deep. Never before has he worked with Havoc and he thought it was time.
Recovery should see its release sometime this summer on Shady Records and Interscope Records.
Rick Ross credits Jay-Z for a lot of his current success. Often, he says that if it had not been for Jay-Z taking a chance on him that he would still be in Miami. Because the two rappers are so close, they have a strong chemistry. They often display this when they collaborate on each other’s music. Their first collaboration was a remix to Ross’ “Hustlin’.”
However, their first true collaboration came on Rick Ross’ sophomore album. Their Trilla collaboration was “Maybach Music.” It was that track that earned Rick Ross respect outside of the South as a real lyricist. The song also proved to doubters that Jay-Z was still capable of being one of the top rappers without even trying.
Now a major star in his own right, Rick Ross no longer depends on Jay-Z to help sell his records, so when they collaborate now, they are equals. On Teflon Don, Rick Ross comes in as the top priority of Def Jam. He is currently the biggest rapper in the game outside of Drake and the rest of the Young Money movement. To bask in his success, Ross called upon Jay-Z.
Recently, Rick Ross spoke of his collaboration with Jay-Z. Even before he announced their collaboration, Ross said that this album would go down in history. He said that this album will be the best album of 2010 and the best of his career. Not only is he promising that this album will go down as the best, but he also promises that this album will sell millions of records.
When speaking of his Jay-Z collaboration, Rick Ross said that having Jay by his side led to the best lyrical effort of his career. Given the competitive nature of Jay-Z, he stepped his game up when Ross stepped up. Describing the incredible lyrics and the overall sound, Ross said that the two created an atomic bomb.
Earlier this year, 50 Cent announced that he had officially taken G-Unit Records off of Interscope Records. Back in 2002, he had signed a four-album deal with the label. Last fall, 50 released his fourth album with Interscope, Before I Self Destruct. Because the album was hardly promoted, it hardly sold. 50 Cent, already upset with the label, had allowed Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks to leave Interscope. Once he released the album, he left too.
Recently, there have been rumors of 50 Cent possibly moving over to Def Jam. The label has been struggling as all of their marquee artists have one foot out of the door. Last year, during the height of his feud with Rick Ross, 50 Cent joked about signing with them. Rick Ross recently responded to Lloyd Banks speaking about G-Unit possibly moving over to Def Jam. Ross laughed and said that would probably never happen.
In response, Lloyd Banks laid out the facts of the matter. Even though Rick Ross has chart-topping singles, he does not sell records. Meanwhile, Banks’ singles are hardly ever hits, but he still sells records. He said that those facts, alone, would make Def Jam want to sign a deal for the entire G-Unit label. Because of the friction, Banks said that Rick Ross would be forced to relocate back to Miami.
Now, the old president of G-Unit, Sha Money XL, has landed an executive role with Def Jam and the news comes as a bit of a surprise. This comes as a surprise because of the things that have been said about Def Jam by 50 Cent and the fact that Rick Ross is there. It is said that the primary mission of Sha Money XL is to land G-Unit on Def Jam.
Drake was one of the first rappers to join Young Money and he is now a bigger star than Wayne. Now, when most people speak of the future of hip hop, they speak of Drake. His debut album, Thank Me Later, is right around the corner. Drake has made it because his lyrics are now quoted.
When fans start quoting rapper's lyrics, the hip hop heads jump in and read the lyrics. Drake's single, "Over," has become the first hit of the summer. Now, the lyrics have been analyzed. It turns out that a few of the lyrics in the hit have been sampled.
The line "one thing 'bout music, when it hits you, you feel no pain" is a direct quote from Dead Prez off of their 2000 hit, "Bigger Than Hip Hop."
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For this album, Ja Rule said that he has expanded his musical sound. The producers have come from both established veterans and newcomers. Ja Rule said that this album will have a consistent flow from song to song. Most albums lack that in their music. As revealed on last year's "Hollywood," Ja Rule wants a new sound.
Initially, the album was going to be a triple disc and was going to feature three versions of Ja Rule. But, with an upcoming battle with the law, Ja had to downsize. This album will instead feature a new sound from Ja Rule. He has been experimenting for some time now.
Ja Rule plans to release his album sometime during the summer. While he has refused to give an exact date, he has promised that his album will come out before the end of 2010.
Dating back to early 2009, Jeezy has been working on a new album. Last summer, it was revealed to be Thug Motivation 103. Jeezy had wanted to promote the album last year, but Def Jam was hesitant after his last album did not do very well. He felt that releasing a new single would rebuild his buzz. Jeezy was never given a chance and was forced to wait until this year.
This year, Jeezy has been pushed around by Def Jam. But, after releasing a single and making waves, he earned a release date. Jeezy was placed one week after the releases from Game and Drake on June 22. However, because he has yet to dominate the radio the way that he used to, Def Jam has given him a little more time to get things right. Thug Motivation 103 is currently slated to be released sometime in July of this year.
As many fans of the slain rapper already know, he has recorded music to last until the end of time. Right after his death, many people questioned if he was still alive. Tupac was dedicated to his work and he was always writing and recording. A lot of people find it hard to believe that he worked that hard, so they felt he was still living.
However, after fourteen years, it has become clear that Tupac is not going to come back. The only way that fans get to hear any new music is through releases of old material. Tupac Shakur is dead and has been dead since 1996. However, his first album in four years will be released sometime in the second half of 2010.
Last year, B.o.B. landed a deal with T.I.'s Grand Hustle label and they have him set up with Atlantic Records. Because of T.I. being behind bars for most of last year, B.o.B. did not get a chance to release his album. However, now that T.I. is out, he is looking to rebuild his empire.
Led by his chart-topping hit, "Nothin' on You," B.o.B. released his debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, yesterday. Because his debut single has been such a hit, the album was pushed up. Now recognizable around the nation, B.o.B. is looking poised to have a run among the top players in the game.
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In 2004, Shyne attempted to re-launch his career from behind bars. He released the single, "Jimmy Choo" featuring Ashanti and his album Godfather Buried Alive. The quality of the album was poor and few people purchased the album. For the next five years, Shyne paitently waited for his comeback.
Free from the cells, Shyne has sought to change his style. Hardcore Shyne fans were very disappointed in his new style and he was taunted by Lloyd Banks. Along with his return to the game comes a renewal of the feud Shyne had with 50 Cent around the release of his last album.
Finally, Shyne has responded to the critics. He said that he does not care how many copies his next album sells, he is sticking to the reinvention. Shyne said that he expected the people to be happy when they heard his new style. The reason he felt that way was because his new lyrics were coming from the heart. He went on to say that he was comfortable with the change in his style and that he cannot give the fans the Shyne of old because he has changed.
Usually, when Eve is talking about her career, she finds herself defending what has happened. Before the planned release of Here I Am, she signed with Aftermath and Dr. Dre had to stop working with her. She also signed with Geffen Records and they did little to help. Meanwhile, she remained with Ruff Ryders/Interscope.
Eve has been friendly about speaking on the issues, but she has now admitted that the labels lied to her. She said that they made bad business deals and tried to cover them up. Eve said that Interscope intentionally placed a hold on her music career. After eleven years on the label and them starting to lie to her, Eve demanded to get off.
Despite what he had planned, Jimmy Iovine felt that he should hold off on releasing another album. He felt that recording an all-new album would be better for Eminem. To please the fans, Em released part of the album through Relapse: Refill. What was to come this year was Relapse 2, instead he will release Recovery.
With a new theme for his new album, Eminem plans on releasing this new album sometime this summer. Em has already promised the first single from the album in the coming days. To prepare the fans for the single that prepares them for the album, he has released a warm-up freestyle.
Yesterday, DMX filed a lawsuit against Rich Kid Entertainment, claiming that the company has been ripping him off for years. The company was hired by X to collect his royalties. DMX claims that the company allowed other record labels to reproduce his recordings without his consent.
Due to his numerous arrests, DMX was only able to discover what happened rather recently. He remains behind bars in Phoenix over some probation violations. DMX is seeking over $1 million in damages that date back to his 1998 debut. Neither party has issued an official statement.
During this time, Murder Inc. had just landed their deal with Universal Motown and Jay-Z had just taken over at Def Jam. Irv Gotti said that he had sat down with Rick Ross and he told him what it would be like with either label. He said that he told Ross if he wanted to sell records he needs to come and join him.
Four years after the release of Port of Miami, Irv Gotti said that Ross would be selling 2 million albums on every release. He said that this would happen even through these harsh economic times. But, he chose to sign with Def Jam. Currently, he is the hottest rapper outside of the Young Money crew.
Despite his popularity, Rick Ross does not sell many records. Usually, his albums sell around 800,000 copies, but the RIAA usually certifies his albums as platinum.
T.I. admitted that he lost ground, but he has been one of the most talked about rappers since his return. Earlier this year, he released his comeback single. Officially announcing his return to the game, T.I. informed the public that he was back. His album was properly titled "I'm Back."
When the song was released, T.I. said that it was a non-album single. However, as the song has become a minor hit, T.I. has made it his lead single. Ever since last year, the Atlanta rapper has been working on his latest opus, King Unleashed. It will be the final album of his trilogy that started in 2007.
The album was initially set for an August release, but anticipation and his fast recording has led to the album being pushed up.
For the first time, publicly, Paul Wall has decided to address the reason behind this. According to Wall, had he been from Detroit, or any of the other northern cities, he would have been written off as just another white rapper. But, the fact that he is from the South is what saved him from that title. There is a certain swagger that Southern rappers have.
It was that swagger that kept him from being labeled as the new Eminem in the rap game. Paul Wall said that he never carried himself as a white person. Instead, he came as simply a rapper. Eminem, on the other hand, has straddled the fence throughout his career. At times, he seems to be black and at others, he is the nerdy white rapper.
Before his album comes out, Game wants to release The Red Room, the mixtape prequel to his actual album. Teaming with DJ Skee, Game is focused on making great music. Initially, he had teamed up with DJ Drama, but a dispute over G-Unit led to him going elsewhere for the mixtape. Game said that he did not plan on dissing G-Unit, but that was his call.
Among the many guests for the DJ Skee-hosted mixtape, Game features Diddy, Fabolous, Jim Jones, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Birdman, and Jadakiss. These are some of the hottest names in hip hop and Game knows them personally. He feels that he is great by himself and he can prove that better by rapping alongside such renowned lyricists as Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne.
However, the Def Jam deal quickly fell apart. Dupri did not get what he wanted out of the deal. Def Jam came up empty, too, so both parties felt that it was best to move on. Now that he is back in his element, though, Jermaine Dupri wants to get back to business. Virtually, no relevant artists are on his label, so 2010 will be spent re-establishing the brand. He hopes to sign 10 new acts to the label before the end of this year.
Jermaine Dupri also hopes to put out a compilation album featuring some of his acts, new and old, before the end of the year. If lucky, one artist may stick out and he could finally have someone to build off of, long-term, for the future of his label.
Recently, Lloyd Banks spoke on his next label situation, saying that Interscope Records wants a second chance. Initially, 50 Cent said that the crew was returning to the independent circuit. But, Banks said that G-Unit Records has been in talks with Def Jam about a new deal. When Banks spoke of the possibility of joining Def Jam, Rick Ross boasted that it would never happen.
With the declining roster on the label, Rick Ross has become the flagship star. Lloyd Banks is confident, however, that if G-Unit was on the label that they would become the focal point. Banks said that Rick Ross could no longer handle his business in Def Jam. Instead, he would have to return to the offices in Florida because they would not allow him to enter. Banks said that when it comes down to it, he is a bigger artist than Rick Ross and Def Jam would shift their focus from his movement to the G-Unit movement.
One of the leaders of this new movement is Jay Rock, a native of Los Angeles. He took offense to the new title of Ice Cube's album and was willing to feud with Cube. The response that Cube gave him was not what Jay Rock expected and he began dissing the legend. Game soon stepped into the fray. Glasses Malone has now jumped in.
For the past week, Malone has had some choice words for both Game and Ice Cube. Recently, he spoke and he said that he is ready for war with Ice Cube. Glasses said that he respects the history that comes with Ice Cube, but that Ice Cube has to respect that people like him are a part of the future. Right now, he has no diss record for Cube, he simply wants Ice Cube to stop with all of the disses when he grew up admiring him.
Despite how he grew up, Glasses Malone is willing to fight to solidify his position in the rap game. If that means going against a legend, Glasses will go against a legend. He said that what Ice Cube is doing is not for the West Coast and it is not for hip hop. Instead, he said that Cube is on a Hollywood promotional run that will only benefit himself. He said that a feud with Ice Cube would not be person. Acknowledging that the original hip hop beefs were only for fun and in the spirit of competition, he could never have any personal problems with Ice Cube.
Before he returns with a solo album, Nas wants to come through with his promise of an album with Damian Marley. The duo have talked about a collaboration album for three years. However, it was not until last year that they became serious about recording togehter. As the year went on, more and more tracks came.
Now, with the album around the corner, Nas and Damian Marley are hitting the road. Right when they are getting things underway, there are police officers that are prepared to protest their show. It is not just Nas and Damian Marley that are being protested. Instead, the Palm Beach police are protesting the entire Spring Fest taking place.
Despite not going at Nas directly, this has the potential to be a major blow for the rapper who has been on a steady decline since "Ether."
Ever since late 2008, Game has been one of Shyne's biggest supporters. Originally, Game said that he had signed him to his label when the bidding wars started. When Shyne was deported to Belize, Game was one of the first rappers to visit him. He said that Shyne advised him to stay away from beefs. Ironically, when he regained his footing, Shyne began feuding.
Game is no stranger to hip hop feuds, but his most-notorious one is with 50 Cent. Any time any rapper has an issue with 50 Cent, Game is the first one to speak out with support. Last year, he aided Rick Ross and this year, he is riding with Shyne over 50 Cent. Game said that he is going to sit back and let Shyne handle most of the disses. However, he may step in for one or two records against 50 Cent. It appears that a tag-team is in the books for the rappers.
The recent Shyne comeback has been panned by fans and critics alike. Game has warned against people being so quick to write him off. He compared Shyne's slow return to the possibility of Kobe Bryant retiring and coming back. Right now, Bryant is one of the best players in the NBA, but if he were to retire for a few years and come back, his shot may be a little off. Game said that right now, Shyne's shot is a little off, but in a few months, he will be back at full strength.
Ever since September 2009, J. Cole has been hard at work on his debut album. His album will be the second release on Roc Nation with the first being The Blueprint 3. The people who have heard parts of J. Cole's album say that it will be a good album. Drake sat down and heard a bit of the album. After hearing the album, he said that J. Cole could easily be the next Nas.
J. Cole said that those predictions came a bit too early, but his album would be a classic. Now, Cole is in the final stretch of the album and he said that it is going to be one of the best albums of 2010. He said that he is aware that there will be a lot of great albums to come out this year, but he remains confident that his will be among the top of the list. Because of the fact that he is not satisfied, Cole feels that he is making the album better each time he goes in.
Earlier this year, Rick Ross and Diddy went from being simply friends to close friends. It all started at Diddy's birthday bash late last year when Ross and Floyd Mayweather almost fought. After breaking up the fight, he and Diddy began exchanging messages. Soon, Diddy was able to broker a truce between the rapper and the boxer.
In the time since the truce, Diddy has compared Rick Ross to his late friend. Rick Ross is set to appear on Diddy's new album and there were rumors that Ross was preparing to sign to Bad Boy Records. Those rumors have yet to come into reality, but it remains a strong possibility based on the fact that Rick Ross has just appointed Diddy as his new manager. Aside from announcing the new manager, he said that his Teflon Don album will be released on June 29, 2010.
Despite Scarface vowing to never return to the rap game, there have been rumors of a comeback album. In 2008, however, he would return with another "final" album. A two-year hiatus would take place. Those two years have been filled with comeback rumors.
Later this year, Scarface hopes to deliver to the world his twelfth album, Under Oath. He said that this album will change the game forever. The theme has been described as originally beautiful. It will be led by a mixtape, Dopeman Music, both releases will come off of his own label.
Scarface has planned to dominate the airwaves during the summer of 2010.
During his first post-feud interview, Jones spoke in third person saying that he had heard that two rappers had put aside their differences. Jimmy said that their reconciliation was good for rap. He explained that they both have money and they will come together for a new album.
Jim Jones said that he was excited and can hardly wait for a new single or a press release. Their truce came after Jim issued an apology to Cam'ron. Obviously, he accepted.
Months after the release of his self-titled debut album, Shyne was sent off to prison. For the past eight years, he has been an inmate in New York. Because of good behavior, he was let out early. At the start of 2009, it was announced that he would come out on October 6.
Shyne had planned to jump right back into the music, but he found himself deported. Once he got his stuff straight, Shyne went back to recording music. For the past ten years, Shyne has had the same flow. Now that he is out, he wants to capture attention and change his flow.
Because of everything that he has gone through, Shyne has decided to change his style. He said that the man he was on his previous two albums will not be returning. With a new style, Shyne hopes to finally rid himself of the jailbird image. Many people associate Shyne and his old style with his prison sentence. The new Shyne style has received mostly negative reviews. Following his diss aimed at 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks went on to tease the new style that Shyne is trying to promote.
Shyne feels that this new style will make him more marketable and he can finally move past his Bad Boy and prison image.
Over the course of the past few months, Drake has become one of the most popular rappers in the game. Meanwhile, such rappers as Game have become afterthoughts. Ever since last fall, Game has been trying to release The R.E.D. Album. As fate would have it, the album will not come until June.
Ironically, Game's album will be released on the same day as the debut album from Drake. Many people believe that Thank Me Later has the ability to outsell Game. Despite being away from the game for a little while, Game is not worried about competiton from Drake.
Game recently spoke on the so-called challenge from Drake and said that there was "no competition" between the two rappers. He is confident that his album will sell more copies than Thank Me Later.
While the people against rap often speak out against the lyrics, no rapper ever has. Fat Joe has been around for a long time, but many people say that he has never made history. Until his recent blog posting that was the case. With his latest blog post, Fat Joe became the first rapper to ever challenge the authencity of his own raps.
Many times, when rappers begin feuding with each other, they deny the truth in their rhymes. But, with everything going on, Fat Joe has decided to speak on his own lyrics. He said that the fans should not read much into the things that he raps about. Fat Joe said that a lot of his rhymes are not real. He said that rappers are writing these hardcore lyrics while sitting in their mansions.
Fat Joe also explained what a rapping gangster would have to do in his daily life. According to Joe, that is virtually impossible. Fat Joe said that rappers are not gangsters, instead they are poets and authors and they are allowed to say whatever they want to say. He feels that it does not matter what a rapper raps about, even if he did not live it. The only thing that matters is that his or her rhymes are hot.
On his previous album, Rick Ross gave the fans a walkthrough as he recorded the album. In the end, the album sold moderately well and was met with positive reviews. Rick Ross plans to do a lot more than duplicate those results with this album. Instead of telling everything about this album, Ross will keep things to himself.
For Teflon Don, Rick Ross said that the fans should expect a lot of surprises. The first single, "Super High," with Ne-Yo has been released and Ross has promised a Jay-Z collaboration. Ross said that the album has a nice lineup of guests and more surprises are on the way. But, he has decided to leave it at that.
Upon his return to the game, last spring, Cam'ron expressed interest in reuniting Dipset. He said that he had talked with Jim Jones and they had a nice conversation. After Cam'ron made that statement, Jim Jones would later come out and deny it. Once Cam raised cain, Jones admitted that they did talk.
As 2009 came to a close, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana expressed interest in reuniting with Cam'ron. Earlier in the year, Cam had attempted to patch things up and Jones turned him down. With the shoe on the other foot, Cam'ron proclaimed that Dipset was over. Jim Jones responded by saying that the movement cannot be ended because it is a movement. Ever since those statements, all talk of Dipset has died down, but recently talk of a reunion has increased. Now, all of this talk has resulted in an unlikely reunion between the two men.
With their recent reconciliation, Cam'ron said that he and Jim Jones will definitely reunite, along with the rest of Dipset before the end of the year.
Not only had 50 Cent taken Ja Rule's place at the top of the rap game, but he had also taken Irv Gotti's place at the top of the music industry. G-Unit Records was going full speed ahead and 50 Cent wanted to land a coup. Despite being behind bars, Shyne fought his way off of Bad Boy Records.
After being released from Bad Boy, Shyne prepared to record a new album. 50 Cent realized the following that Shyne had and he wanted to sign him to G-Unit. The plan was to have Shyne record with all of the G-Unit producers. When approached by the Unit, Shyne turned them down.
50 Cent felt slighted by what Shyne had done, but he had no interest in feuding with him. In the end, Shyne would sign a one-album deal with Def Jam. Because no one was willing to openly work with Shyne, Irv Gotti reached out to him. Ja Rule helped him to write a bulk of his songs and Gotti helped to produce a few tracks off of his album. 50 Cent felt that anyone who worked with Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, or Ashanti were against him and his movement. This led to 50 Cent dissing Shyne and they have gone back and forth ever since.
Following the feuds between Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Nas, and The Game, 50 Cent would soon leave Shyne alone, but the feelings are still bitter. Fresh off of his release from prison, Shyne has dissed 50 Cent. His new track is called "There Will Be Blood" and it takes on the entire G-Unit crew. Following the release of the diss record, Lloyd Banks stepped in to defend G-Unit. Shyne said that his main focus is to put an official end to the reign of G-Unit. Since his release, Shyne has worked with Game and has realigned with Murder Inc.
However, once the spotlight was off of the crew, the feud went public. In 2005, Mack 10 let it be known exactly how he felt about Ice Cube. Ice Cube would respond to his disses and the feud was set in motion. Not only did Westside Connection effectively end following this, but Mack 10's solo career also took a hit.
Until last year, he had not released an album since the 2005 fallout with Ice Cube. Now, with the New Year already four months old, Mack 10 is reclaiming his career. He has a new solo album set for release this year, but his primary focus is his album with Glasses Malone. Malone is one of the many newer artists from the West that have an issue with Ice Cube. Specualtion points to this being the main reason that Mack 10 united with Malone.
Their new album is titled Money Muzik and the first single, "Girls Everywhere," was released earlier today. The new album will be coming out sometime before the end of this year. All of these albums will be released on his Hoo Bangin' Records imprint.
Unlike the other changes that Kid Cudi has made for this album, this time the actual theme has been changed. All of the material that he had recorded for the album has been scrapped. Because he wants the album to have a dark tone, Cudi feels that it is best to change the title of the album. No longer titled Cudder, the album is now a sequel.
After being on tour, Kid Cudi realized that the type of material from his debut album is what has made him successful. In an effort to keep this streak going, Kid Cudi feels that he needs to continue that type of music. He plans to continue to pour his life into his music. With that comes the change in album titles from Cudder to Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.
The production on the album will be coming from RATATAT, Kanye West and Swizz Beatz with others to be named in the near future. Initially, Kid Cudi recorded two songs with Snoop Dogg, one for his More Malice album, and another for the Cudder album. With the recent change of heart from Kid Cudi, it is unclear if this song will make the album. But, it is likely that Snoop Dogg will appear on the album. The only confirmed guest on the album is Chip Tha Ripper.
Most of this passion comes from the death of his friend and partner, Philant. His death is what feuled a lot of the material on T.I. vs. T.I.P. and Paper Trail. Now, with the release of his next album, King Unleashed, around the corner, T.I. is opening up. He said this album will complete the series.
T.I. has compared this album to Tupac's 1996 classic, All Eyez on Me. He said that his story started in 2007 and it is set to end with this album. Following the release of this album, he begins the next phase of his career.
The hard feelings between Banks and the label over his sophomore album have yet to die down. Because the label is in need of hits, they are willing to let the old squad back on the label. While it would be a good look for G-Unit to return to Interscope, it is not likely to happen with Lloyd Banks.
Before he returns to Interscope Records, Banks said that they have to apologize. Not just to him, but also to 50 Cent. He said that the executives at the label have to promise to never doubt G-Unit again. He said that right now, the label is only talking with 50 Cent and that nothing has been solidified.
Finally, the record came out las week, but it was not met with the acclaim of his original song. In the song, he sends more disses to G-Unit and he seems to take on Ice Cube's war. For the past few months, Ice Cube has been feuding with newcomer Jay Rock.
Now that the song is out, the people are responding to it. One of the first people, aside from Jay Rock, to mention the song was Alchemist. Alchemist said that the song was long and boring through Twitter. He advised Game that less is actually more in the case of this song.
After reading his response, Game responded to Alchemist, saying that he does not want to get his teeth knocked out. He responded to Alchemist calling the song a snooze, saying that he can make him snooze for real.