Archive for August, 2011

Wale and Kid Cudi‘s reconciliation will be certified with a new song. The Maybach Music Group rapper’s sophomore album, Ambition,is dropping November 1 and will include a song called “Focused,” which features Cudi.

While previewing his album for select media outlets, Wale dropped hints about the collaborator — a friend of his that lived in Brooklyn while he was living in SoHo — on the song he was about to play last.

“We’re 23 years old at this time, we’re trying to figure it all out,” Wale told MTV News. “We went from not having sh– to having money at our disposal, so it kind of f—ed up our friendship. He doesn’t smoke as much anymore, but his name is Scott.”

That “Scott” is Scott Mescudi, a.k.a. Kid Cudi. The two rappers started gaining notoriety in the hip-hop world almost simultaneously a few years ago, with Wale even appearing on “Is There Any Love,” a bonus track from Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day debut. However, the pair had an infamous falling-out, which, according to Wale, was rooted in a lack of communication.

“The last time me and him spoke was Governor’s Island maybe three years ago,” Wale said. “It was a weird exchange. … When you don’t talk to somebody for a long time and you see them on TV and you’re trying to figure them out through music … we bumped into each other, and we spoke, and it was just weird. It was already animosity for me, because I was like, ‘Yo, this is my guy and it’s just weird now.’ Just weird.

“I can’t say that word enough,” Wale continue. “So [later on], it was Drake’s birthday party in D.C.; he was there. I’m getting off the elevator and I see him. So he was like, ‘What’s up?’ I was like, ‘What’s up?’ And that was it. Next thing I see is the Complex interview. That was maybe like a year after that.”

After that Complex interview, many thought the two would never be friends again. Nevertheless, earlier this year, they reconciled via Twitter. Wale recalled not believing it was Cudi who called him to make up before their Twitter truce.

“The main reason why I didn’t believe it was him was because his voice was really light, and I remember it always being raspy,” Wale said. “He was like, ‘I don’t smoke weed anymore, bro. My voice is changing. I’m about to hit you on Twitter right now. This is really me. I saw it was him. I was like, ‘Sup, man, how you been?’ He said, ‘I been good, man. I just wanted to get right to it: I know I’ve been acting kind of f—ed up and weird,’ and this that and a third and all that other personal sh–. He threw that out there, and we just made amends. The next morning, he called me like, ‘I just wanted to let you know I wasn’t high or anything when I called you. I really meant it.’ ”

Wale then further extended the olive branch by saying he had a track he felt Cudi would be perfect for. “I never really thought we capitalized off what we had,” Wale said. “I sent him the beat, and we made this record I’ve been trying so hard to keep for myself for a long time.”

“Focused” features Wale rapping, with Cudi supplying a chorus in his sing-song, Mr. Solo Dolo type of delivery over a synth-loaded uptempo track.

“It’s a testament to where I am lyrically, spiritually, all of that, because this song almost never happened, as y’all know,” Wale said of “Focused.” “It feels like the record that ‘Is There Any Love’ was supposed to be. When they kept talking about me and Cudi in every magazine, this is the record I felt like they needed to hear — the one that everybody was going to get behind, and it was going to go top 40 and not be corny. This is like the best top 40 non-cheesy record that you’re ever going to hear in your life. That’s how I feel about it.”

Wale recently dropped a new mixtape called The Eleven One Eleven Theory, which temporarily crashed Hulkshare’s site upon its release. The project features a song called “Chain Music,” that will also be on Ambition.

What are you expecting from Wale and Cudi’s collabo? Let us know in the comments!

 

Meet John & Stephanie. They’re from Rhode Island and were recently married on July “23”, 2011.  But these weren’t your average, every day nuptials.  They actually went all out and did a full Jordan themed wedding equipped with Air Jordan XI’s, UNC colors, a Jumpman logo holding a bouquet among other things.  The bride, groom, and groomsman all wore 25th Anniversary XI’s as a tribute to the man himself. Ladies, would you let your man pull this off on your big day?  More wedding day pictures after the jump including their Jordan themed engagement pictures. (more…)

2 years ago Michael Vick was released from federal prison after serving time for charges stemming from an illegal dogfighting operation.  The moment he set foot on free soil, media speculation ran rampant regarding his return to the NFL and which jersey he’d be wearing the next time he threw a touchdown.  According to his agent, there were many teams interested in him and a short list of teams in which they believed he could go in and make an immediate impact. The Redskins were one of the teams in the mix.

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Following up the House of Balloons Mixtape, Toronto based R&B group The Weeknd returns with their second mixtape, Thursday. Led by lead vocalist, Haitian Abel Tesfaye, The Weeknd drop the highly anticipated mixtape which is part of a trilogy which includes House of Balloons and the final installment Echoes of Silence, to be released in autumn. You might have heard one of their singles from House of Balloons in one of the commercials for this season of Entourage “High For This” (see video below). Follow the jump for the download link.

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If you’re a fan of Big K.R.I.T. you already know what it is.  Anything that the brother drops is a must have.  The Last King 2 mixtape is the sequel to The Last King, one of K.R.I.T.’s earlier works that features some of his most slept on jams and a healthy dose of his patna Big Sant, the other half of The Alumni.

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AAU Nationals

July 22nd, Charlotte, North Carolina. It’s the final four at the AAU Nationals. The gym is standing room only. Not an empty seat in the house. Everyone is there to see the Memphis team that had dominated the tournament up until this point. They are bigger stronger and more athletic than any other team in the tournament. (That wasn’t caught cheating). And their next game seems to be no different. They are about  to play against a Greensboro team, whom they beat by 20 points just a month earlier.  The game starts and the crowd anticipates the show they are about to see from Memphis, Greensboro gets the ball makes a couple of passes their kids are visually nervous, and then all of sudden their best player who happens to be named (Kobe) stairs down his defender  drains an NBA range three. Then looks into the crowd and screams at the top of his lungs “Lets go m*therf*cka”!! (more…)

Check out the latest from DMV product Tabi Bonney & L.A. native Murs.  It’s a nice change from what’s currently dominating the airwaves. #SupportRealHipHop

Typical Hood Joint

What really defines a gold digger these days in this economy? Is it Wonkeisha from Lincoln Heights who’s trying to holla at a Redskins’ player; who is usually at any given DC Nightclub. So, she’s there in attendance at the club with her expensive weaves and butt shots, looking like a false image of her true self. All provided from her night job at the Boom Boom Room.

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