50 Cent’s new album Before I Self Destruct, set for a December 9th release, will be accompanied by a movie by the same name that will be directed and produced by 50.  The movie will not be autobiographical, but will aim to illustrate what he is referring to as “urban life” in a new light.  Tracks from the album will not be included in the movie.  Instead, he penned a separate score for the film and had unsigned artists record the vocals.

Additional Reporting by Rashaan Meador

New Charles Hamilton Mixtape

 |  September 16, 2008
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About a week ago, I posted a new mixtape from rapper/blogger extraordinaire Charles Hamilton. As I stated, his Hamiltonization Process is in full swing and that means he’s dropping mixtape after mixtape on frequented blog sites. His latest is J. Dilla inspired, and is fittingly titled And Then They Played Dilla. 

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I have to admit, it’s nice to see some respect paid for Dilla by Charles – and he even goes in on Jay Dee’s short instrumentals and makes his own. Pretty interesting. I still don’t know if I’m a fan – but I’m getting there. Download below and enjoy.

Charles Hamilton – And Then They Played Dilla Mixtape

Charles Hamilton has been making waves recently after dropping several mixtapes and getting signed by Interscope Records. The young rapper is multi-talented – he song-writes, produces and raps, and is heavily influenced by gaming.

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In recent news, Hamilton has announced a planned Virtual Tour over the next months, that doesn’t include any physical venues. Confused? Well – Hamilton will team up with sites like OnSmash.com, OkayPlayer.com and NahRight.com, where new music from Hamilton will be streamed for two weeks. Users can also embed the music through their own Imeem accounts.

Hamilton is planning to reach over 2 million new listeners. Let us know what you think, and if it will actually work. Maybe this is the new formula for artist’s to get rich. Hmm…

…surprise surprise LAX. The tape called LAX Touchdown from the three uniteers is supposed to drop August 26th, just to stir up a little more controversy between the Queens collective and Game.  But just when is this Banks tape going to drop, we have been hearing music from it now for what seems like months but still no tape…and now this. Word on the street…again is that Banks is looking to get off G Unit but word from the camp is that that is nothing but a rumor and Banks is staying loyal. g unit

Just a few years ago, Slim Thug was on the tip of a lot of tongues, and hip-hop fans from all over patiently anticipated his debut album alongside producer and singer extraordinare Pharrell Williams. At the time, Pharrell signed Slim Thug to his Star Trak imprint, under Interscope, and Slim prepped a feature heavy album with several tracks produced by Skateboard P. The album, entitled Already Platinum, did pretty well, and convinced hip-hop fans that Slim Thug was here to stay. However, two years and a pretty steep fall from fame later, Slim Thug is prepping his new album, entitled Boss of All Bosses. The album will be distributed by independent label Koch, instead of Slim Thug’s former home – Star Trak Records. Look for the album, which is due out in October, to see if Slim can stay a boss without Pharrell’s trusty production. 697567_356x237.jpg

BUSTA SIGNED TO THE INC??

 |  August 3, 2008
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Not quite sure if this is for real or not, but word is that Irvbusta Gotti has snatched up Busta after supposedly working out a deal with Dr. Dre to let Bussa Bus out of his contract over at Aftermath/Interscope. The deal between Busta and Irv is a distribution deal which will take Flipmode through to 2014. Do people even look that far into the future today?

Shwayze’s Buzzin

 |  July 25, 2008
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Finally! An artist has his own show on MTV and he doesn’t suck! If you guys didn’t catch the series premiere for “Buzzin” the other day on MTV, you just might be missing out on an actually good show on the Music Television Network. If you’re unfamiliar with Shwayze, he was bred in the mean streets of Malibu and is currently signed to Suretone Records/Geffen Records. Shwayze is the epitome of laid-back rap and is very visibly a product of his environment. His songs are slow, catchy, and very bouncy; much like the beautiful beaches of Cali. Shwayze’s group consists of Cisco Adler on guitar/vocals, who’s the former frontman of WhiteStarr and son of famed producer Lou Adler; DJ Skeet Skeet on the 1′s and 2′s; and Shwayze. With singles “Buzzin” and “Corona and Lime” getting heavy rotation on MTV and on several radio stations, Shwayze and his cohorts are definitely making some feel-good summer music for the boys and girls. Check out his debut, due to be released August 19th. For now, download “Buzzin” below…

“Buzzin” by Shwayze

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It’s been a few years since Young Chris and Neef made hip-hop music that was actually relevant. Though the Philly-bred boys debut single, “Cant Stop Won’t Stop” showed some promise, they never quite lived up to the hype. Years later, and with one less Neef in the picture, Young Chris is still going hard. He’s teamed up with witty wordsmith Wale for two tracks now, “Whole Time” and “Large.” The duo is surprisingly solid, and expect the Young Gunna to make an appearance on Wale’s debut album, due out whenever Interscope gets their ish together.

Download “Whole Time” here and “Large” here.

With Flesh-N-Bone finally released from prison after serving close to 10 years it looks like BT&H fans will be happy to hear another album from the Cleveland collective is in the works. The five will be releasing their project through Full Surface, Swizz Beat’s Interscope imprint and are said to be already hard at work having being reunited after years of issues and sentencing kept them apart. BT&H

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