Video: J. Cole Speaks At Harvard University

 |  February 27, 2013
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J. Cole stopped by Harvard University today to drop some knowledge on a lecture hall full of Ivy Leaguers.  In somewhat of an open forum lecture, entitled “The Next Move: A Conversation with J. Cole,” the Roc Nation artist discussed his influences, his family’s support of his rap career, and how he rocked his first show at the age of 14.  This piece definitely gives us some insight on J. Cole, but it can really compare to the brilliance of Lil B’s NYU lecture.  Hit the jump for the full video.

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Pitbull Disses Lil Wayne On New Track

 |  February 25, 2013
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Pitbull isn’t particularly known for being lyrically complex, but he has recently been the center of attention for throwing jabs at Lindsay Lohan on his hit “Give Me Everything.”  Now Pitbull, who is a proud Miami resident, is taking aim at Lil Wayne for dissing the Miami Heat with his new track, “Welcome 2 Dade County” on which he goes in over Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” Read More

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Lil Wayne isn’t the only rapper that’s being thrust into the spotlight for causing a commotion at an NBA game.  During a Wizards-Raptors game on Tuesday, commentator Matt Devlin said sarcastically, “Wale is inspiring” after the cameras cuaght the MMG rapper sitting court side.  Devlin then added, “I‘m sure someone on Twitter could tell me if they’ve exactly ever heard of Wale.  He’s not Drake, that’s for sure.” Moments later, Wale tweeted, “@MattDevlinRaps watch ur mouth” and was seen approaching the announcer’s table.   Read More

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Everyone expected Lil Wayne to catch some flack for outright dissing the star players of the Miami Heat, but no one was expecting Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell to air out Tunechi in his Miami New Times blog. Read More

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Last week, Lil Wayne was allegedly ejected from a Miami Heat game while cheering for the Laker’s Kobe Byrant.  The claim was made via Weezy’s Twitter account although a representative for the Heat denied these accusations, claiming that Wayne made the decision to leave the game on his own.  Now, Wayne is making headlines for badmouthing the team during an All-Star Weekend event, even going as far as making personal attacks against Chris Bosh and other team members. Read More

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J. Cole may have taken a brief hiatus from the public eye after the success of 2011′s The Sideline Story, but as of late he’s proved that he never really left.  Already releasing a FreeEp this week, Cole followed up today, as promised, with the first single from his forthcoming album, Born Sinner. Read More

The Countdown Is Off: DMX Arrested Again

 |  February 13, 2013
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This probably won’t surprise anyone, but DMX was arrested this morning.  After going nearly two whole years without a legal issue, the rapper legally known as Earl Simmons, was caught driving without a license in the early hours of the morning.  This seems to be pattern for Mr. X who was last arrested for driving recklessly with, you guessed it, a suspended license.  I seriously wonder if people were placing bets on this in Vegas. Read More

FreeEp Download: J. Cole “Truly Yours”

 |  February 12, 2013
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After delivering an appreciation letter to his fans via his blog, J. Cole dropped the new FreeEp, Truly Yours, today. Even though the release of Truly Yours was truly unexpected, there’s no way anyone could be mad at some new (let alone free) material from the Prince of the Roc. The whole release sounds like vintage J. Cole, so if you’re a fan you definitely won’t be disappointed with this short listen. Read More

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Is Callius Moon a disturbed individual with a comedic side or does he just have a penchant for hip-hop that defies logic?  In one of the most bizarre courtroom defenses ever caught on camera, Moon, a Detroit resident accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend, took the stand to show off his impressive off-the-dome vernacular.  Surprised by what he heard, District Judge John Chmura told Moon “that’s good” and actually admitted to being impressed before asking Moon if he will require a court-appointed attorney. Family members of Moon, who also faces charges ranging from destruction of police property to disturbing the peace, claim that he suffers from mental illness.  HIt the jump for the outrageous video of what happened in court last week. Read More

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KRNDN, formerly Krondon, of Strong Arm Steady lets lose his first solo studio album, Everything’s Nothing, for Free99.  Despite being the same person, KRNDN’s spelling change has also brought forth a change in sound.  The mood of this Free LP varies greatly from what we’ve come to except from KNRND; there’s an absence of the West Coast boom-bap sound that SAS has become known for, as the instrumentals tend to be a little more futuristic on this release.  Everything’s Nothing features production from the likes Cardo, DJ Khalil, 321 and DJ Dahi.  Hit the jump for the track list, previews and the download link. Read More

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Following the release of Jet World Order 2, Curren$y wasted no time gathering the crew together for the mixtape, New Jet City.  New Jet City finds Curren$y in the driver’s seat as he navigates a plethora of smooth instrumentals with guests such as Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Jadakiss, Styles P, French Montana, Trinidad James, Young Roddy, Trademark Da Skydiver, Juvenile and more.  Hit the jump to check out the track list and preview a few cuts from the ‘tape.

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Photos: Trinidad James @ SOB’s, NYC

 |  February 1, 2013
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On January 31, 2013, Atlanta sensation Trinidad James headlined Hot 97′s Who’s Next Live at New York’s SOB’s. The show was hosted by Peter Rosenberg and Shani Kulture and also included performances from Vinny Cha$e, Danse, and SNL (Shaq N Livin). All photos by Bernard Smalls.

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