Nearly 20 years after its release, Raekwon and Masta Killa speak on the importance of "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)."
Although to some it may seem like it’s only been a handful of years since Wu-Tang’s 1993 album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was released the album is now nearing its 20th anniversary. Despite having been released nearly two decades ago Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) remains one of Hip Hop’s most praised albums.
Good Mourning Hip Hop gives Raekwon and Masta Killa this moment to speak on the significance of Wu-Tang’s iconic debut album.
“I think that album has been so much defined as a great album because of the experience we all went through at that time of making it, you know. Like I said you dealing with eight legends that was legends even in the street as far as the way that they lived, the way that they had they respect in the neighborhood, and of course they craft on being writers and emcee’s,” Raekwon explained. “So when we made that album we broke the mold. We came, we brung a new sound to the table. We inspired so many different people to change they lives in a great way to be self-preserved as a man or as a woman out in this big world. We just showed everybody that dreams can come true. They can start from the bottom up. And that album was just the beginning of greatness.”
Masta Killa echoed Raekwon’s sentiment in regards to the importance of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by adding that their debut album played a major role in bringing the energy back to Hip Hop at that particular time.
“I think that album is a classic. I think that album right there put a mark in Hip Hop that was missing. It’s always about filling a void,” said Masta Killa. “Whenever you can fill the void it’s gonna be special. Well, Hip Hop it needed a kick start and I think we was a part of that kick start. That kind of brung the energy back up. Because I know for me, for a minute, in Hip Hop I had stopped listening to it. I went reggae because it still had that vintage vibe of rawness. Until my brothers came and we brung back that vintage raw vibe that came from the streets.”
On November 21,2011 at Santos Party House in New York City, iconic rap duo, M.O.P., put on a star-studded concert to celebrate the release of their new album Sparta. Running through hit after hit, the show, which was billed as “featuring surprise guests,” soared to new heights with each “surprise.”
Not only did the night include a short but special set by DJ Premier himself on the 1′s and 2′s before the Mash Out Posse took the stage, once they touched down, they brought out some amazing guests including Black Sheep’s Dres, Pharoahe Monch, Styles P., and more to rock their own hits alongside the M.O.P. boys, Billy Danze and Lil Fame.
Good Mourning Hip Hop and AllHipHop.com was on hand at the show and captured some footage for your viewing pleasure. Check it out below:
Also, In this video, the legendary M.O.P. talks about how rappers need to step up their bars. Billy Danze and Little Fame also discuss their upcoming collabo with the Snowgoons, "Sparta," and the meaning behind the title. The group also performs "Ante Up" at the exclusive CMJ showcase at the Red Bull Space, NYC.
JillianBeth began taking her music seriously around the age of 10 performing in any local event available to her. For a while Jae did all her music a capella to maintain her originality. At that young age she knew that listening to the radio may impact her originality. “I knew it was time to lock myself in. I stopped listening to the radio for a while and just wrote as many songs as I could. Good Mourning Hip Hop caught up with her just to see whats going on.
Tell us about you we need to why you write the songs you do?
Well I go by my real name JillianBeth I started singing when I was seven worked with several producers including some local and some out of state i was signed to next plateau ent. my single "in your eyes" is an over seas sensation & all of my songs are inspired by events that I've witness, personal relations, and mostly so that my audience can relate.....
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Where do you see your self in 5 Years?
On stage doing what I love & successful ,... I do this because I love it!!!
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Who inspires you in Hip Hop?
There's no person individually I enjoy hip hop in general and I believe everyone is talented and for every artist there's an audience
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How long have you been doing music?
Since I was 7 and in elementary school
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Where have you performed?
several places plenty of local clubs, The Expo Center in Hartford CT, clubs out in New York. All my performances range from private events to stages with audience of about 5000-10000 people
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Can you tell us what do you think men find attractive about you and your music?
Lol men find various things attractive about me but once they hear my music they fall in love with my voice. My music varies so every guy has a different feel for it
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Where can people find your music or Book you for shows?
On www.youtube.com/msjillianbeth & for all inquires I can be reached by email Msjillianbeth@gmail.com or they can simply follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/msjillianbeth
Video: President Obama, Jay-Z & Diddy Pay Tribute To Heavy D
NY1 was in attendence to cover the funeral of rapper Heavy D November 18,2011 which took place at Grace Baptist Church in the artists hometown of Mt. Vernon, NY. Many big names from the Hip-Hop world were there to pay their respects to Hev, including Jay-Z, Diddy, Andre Harrell, Queen Latifah and Will Smith. The Rev. Al Sharpton was among the speakers at the funeral, reading a letter of condolence from President Barack Obama. Rest In Peace Heavy D.
THE HIT CARTEL - Video production, Music production, Artist development, Duplication, Independent Record Label and so much more.
THE HIT CARTEL WAS FOUNDED BY ONLY BUSINESS IN LATE 2006. HE RELEASES GRIMEY SEASON EPISODES WEEKLY AND WILL NO DOUBT BE A HEAVY HITTER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. WITH ONLY BUSINESS DROPPING CONSISTANT MIXTAPES, PRODUCING NOT ONLY MUSIC BUT VIDEO, AS WELL AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCING FOR OTHER ARTISTS, THE HIT CARTEL HAS FOUND NUMEROUS OUTLETS IN THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT THAT EXTEND FAR BEYOND MUSIC.
Greig Divine Session was born in 1987 in New Haven, CT, USA. Raised in Queens, New York and New Haven, CT, he accredits New Haven and Queens to the ideas and concepts applied to his music. O.B., now 22 years old, got to witness the music industry from a front row seat watching and learning from music legends like LL cool J and Cut Creator. He began composing and performing his own musical works in 1996, at the age of 9. Than for the next 9 years he applied all his life experiences to paper and eventually buying his own home recording studio and working on a demo. In 2004, he had a one on one listening session with LL cool J and decided with positive feedback from LL cool J to pursue a career in music. Setting up his own production company, paying for his own studio time and studio equipment paid off , and in 2005, at age 18 O.B. purchased his first vehicle a 3 series BMW and had his eyes on the prize. Linking up with his fathers lifelong friend LL cool J, O.B. found himself going on tour with LL in the summer of 2006. Good Mourning Hip Hip talks with O.B. from the hit Cartel.
Good Mourning Hip Hop What do you do with your spare time when you're not involved with your music?
A: I run a record Label "THE HIT CARTEL" that takes up most of my free time. I like skiing, playin Basketball, traveling, watchin movies, playing Call of Duty, shooting videos and getting into deep conversations that most people are scared to discuss
Good Mourning Hip Hop Do you have any upcoming shows?
O.B. I'm working on a setting up a Few shows now. I used to do them for free and now I have a asking price because I know I can draw a crowd if given the right platform and time to promote. My Company also does club promotion so I know the game pretty well. I have turned down like 8 shows over the past 2 months because the money or the situation isn't right. I want to do some out of state shows to be honest. I like New york, they give me good energy.
Good Mourning Hip Hop Do you have a girlfriend?
O.B. No I don't.
Good Mourning Hip Hop What type of message do you think your music is spreading to the ears of other individuals?
O.B. Some songs show my struggle and what I've been through. Others may be motivational. I want people to know there's more than just the over night celebrity. There are people like me who came from nothing and prefer to do everything independently. There was a time I was lookin for a record deal and wanted to get signed so I didn't have to pay for studio time and all the little things that most independent artists go broke doing. Now I'm about to sign a few artists to my own label. I have unreleased material that has a deeper and more direct message. I can't wait to have a wide enough fanbase to release those tracks.
Good Mourning Hip Hop Besides music, do you see yourself pursuing other careers and branch out such as acting down the line like some artists?
O.B. I want to not only pursue acting but direct and produce my own movies.
Good Mourning Hip Hop Do you like fast tempos or slow tempos in beats?
O.B. I like both.
Good Mourning Hip Hop How do u feel about rappers who rap about "the streets" but never experienced that life or rap about "the luxury life" without having it (the car, the money, jewelry, etc..)?
O.B. I think its like robbing yourself. Everyone has a struggle and I think that plays an important part in having a "real career." If you don't talk about your real life you robbing yourself of real respect and that gets you more money and respect. The ones who don't, Those are the worst type of artists because they're stearing their fans in the wrong direction like the blind leading the blind. if you rap about the streets you should be giving insight on why you are or where there, how your trying to get out, and what things you picked up along the way that kept you alive. Just keep it real and be you!
Good Mourning Hip Hop Do you think image has some importance in regards to a successful career?
O.B. Of course. You have to dress for the job.
Good Mourning Hip Hop Do you like rapping about love?
O.B. Yeah at times. Its a subject that can never get old.
Good Mourning Hip Hop If you could only pick fortune or fame, what would you pick and why?
O.B. I would pick fortune. Fame makes you a smaller person in many cases your life is under a microscope. I like my privacy and being able to go where I want without being bum rushed. It comes with my profession unFORTUNATELY.
Good Mourning Hip Hop When you write, do you base it off by what's on u your mind at the time or you piece it together little by little at other times?
O.B. I do both. It depends on the beat or how bored I am. If I get a beat I like, as soon as I hear it I start writing. Sometimes I'll be in the car and get like 8 bars and put them in my phone or memorize them. When i get to the studio I might write 8 more and have a full 16 and lay it down or hold onto the verse and put it on a song it might fit with.
Good Mourning Hip Hop Why remain at your current location in Connecticut? Wouldn't New York provide you with better opportunities?
O.B. I have a lot of connections in New York but I've built a foundation here. New York has been good to me. People make it big and move to Connecticut. I take frequent visits and business trips all over.
Good Mourning Hip Hop who or what motivates you?
O.B. Making better music is my motivation... N I'm actually my own motivation. I want every project to be better than my last. I want to leave my self room for improvement so I'm not a artist haunted by how good I once was. Lol I want people to be able to see and hear my evolution. I also want my Family to live life with no restraints. I want my mother to not have to ever think about working but still have a job because she wants too. That's my motivation.
Good Mourning Hip Hop If you could collaborate with a current celebrity artist, who would it be?
O.B. Rhianna because I have a song I wrote and the hook fits her perfectly!
Good Mourning Hip Hop Outside of your own circle,who would be in your top 5 artists that you've worked with in CT?
O.B. That's a great question, I've worked with a lot of people from Ct, I've been blessed to have worked with a bunch of great musicians. Outside of my circle I cant say. There's no top 5
Good Mourning Hip Hop What made you want to start rapping?
O.B. I remember when I wrote my first rap. My father was building a studio in our basement. In my head I was gonna run rap with that studio and 1 rap. I was 9 and I spit it to my father and all his friends from New York. They loved it and from that 1 rap I made a mixtape off of voice recorder with bea$ts in the background. My family loved it.
Mobb Deep To Debut New Music During “Black Cocaine” Release Party
Veteran hip-hop duo Mobb Deep will celebrate the release of their new EP Black Cocaine with a star-studded release party in New York next week.
The group will perform new material from Black Cocaine at B.B. Kings in Times Square, on November 22 during the party, which will feature Mister Cee on the turntables.
Mobb Deep will also debut new, previously unheard material from their upcoming album, which is due in 2012.
The performance marks the first time in over five years that Mobb Deep has performed new material together.
The group was sidelined from January of 2008 until March of 2011, as Prodigy finished a three-year federal prison sentence for weapons possession.
“For the first time in five years, we are going to hit the stage with some new music. We never performed tracks from the new EP Black Cocaine before” Prodigy told AllHipHop.com. “New York is home, this is our foundation. There’s no better place to present our new live show.”
Mobb Deep has teamed with AllHipHop.com to stream the Black Cocaine release party so fans around the world who cannot attend the event in New York, can still enjoy the show.
“It’s always great to perform in New York” added Havoc. “Presenting new music in New York makes it even more of a special event for us.”
Mobb Deep release party for Black Cocaine, will also feature several surprise performances, takes place on November 22 at B.B. King’s.
Brooklyn, New York rapper Lil’ Kim has announced that she is working on a brand-new book and a documentary.
According to Lil Kim, the untitled release may come as a package, which will focus on her life, as well as her “comeback,” after serving a year in federal prison.
During an interview with Kay Slay’s Street Sweeper Radio on Shade 45, Lil Kim revealed details about the book/documentary.
“It’s going to be released with my book ‘The Price of Loyalty’,” Lil Kim revealed. “I am not sure if I’m going to separate that documentary from that book. That’s what we’re trying to figure out right now.”
Lil Kim served a year in a Philadelphia federal prison, for lying to a grand jury about her knowledge of a broad daylight shootout.
The violent incident took place in front of Hot 97, during an altercation with Foxy Brown’s crew and members of Capone and Noreaga’s entourage.
The release will detail the rapper’s life after the incident and the trials and tribulations she faced while going through her various legal issues.
“I’ve been independent, you know I left my record company two years ago. I was in another situation and that’s going to be in the documentary as well and why it took so long,” Lil Kim said. “I’ve been doing everything myself and quite frankly, for me to not have the backing, or the budget that I used to have, for me to be able to still move the way I move and be relevant the way I am, I feel blessed.”
This is not Lil Kim’s first attempt at writing a book.
In 2008, Lil Kim was sued by Simon & Schuster for failing to deliver her memoirs to the book publisher.
Now that all of her legal issues are behind her, Lil Kim is looking forward to releasing the new memoirs, which may come in as many as four installments.
“When I did my [first] book deal they were basically like ‘we want the Kim life story.’ But my lawyers were like ‘no, no, that’s like four different checks.” ‘Cause [my story is] to be continued, to be continued, to be continued.”
A release date for Lil Kim’s untitled book/documentary “The Price of Loyalty” was not available as of press time.
Is Chris Webby Holding Down The CT Hip Hop area Alone? Is there anyone who can do more in Hip Hop from CT then Him?
If you don’t know who Chris Webby is, well than it’s time to get familiar with the 23 year-old , Norwalk, Connecticut native who has been selling out shows across the country for the past couple of years. Webby, who helped usher in a new school Hip-Hop movement and mentality several years ago, has been steadily building upon the grassroots foundation he created while simultaneously honing his skills. Having worked with artists like: Freeway, Mac Miller, Joell Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T., and more, Webby has shown and proven his worth time and time again.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop got a chance to speak to Webby as he prepares for the release of his first commercial project, There Goes the Neighborhood, which will drop later this month. Webby spoke on his come-up, his thoughts on other white rappers, his work ethic, and most importantly, what’s next for the “Suburban Commando.”
Introducing, the newest addition to the Breeding Ground, Chris Webby…
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Who is Chris Webby?
Chris Webby: I started rapping in 6th grade, so I’ve been rapping now for 12, going on 13 years, so more than half my life which, I think, speaks volumes about at least my lyrical capacity because there’s a lot of dudes who just see rappers blowing up nowadays and they think they can do it by putting a couple of songs on YouTube, and on occasion some of them do do it. You know, the Internet is a great thing. It’s made artists like me possible but it’s also made a ton of sh*tty artists possible too. I have been doing it for a very long time though. I grew up ciphering, and freestyling has always been a huge part of my forte. I grew up doing that and battling back in the day and the music has come over time and it’s just been a crazy experience. All of the grassroots growth, from the bottom to where it’s at now, which definitely isn’t the top but we’re getting there.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Would you say that going back a few years, that you always wanted to rap and you used the outlets of parties and school functions at college to show your skills, or were you just messing around and realized that you could make a career out of rapping?
Chris Webby: Definitely the first option. I’ve always wanted to do this and I used all those parties as like my first audiences, you know, freestyling at keg parties. I mean drunk people are easy to entertain, everybody knows that, so you throw out a couple punch lines and get all the sorority girls going crazy, get with them later that night. Battling used to also be a huge part of what I did, but I barely do it anymore. There’s nothing more gratifying then just lyrically slaughtering someone in front of a crowd, like some modern day gladiator’s.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: So did you end up graduating college?
Chris Webby: Not even close. I got kicked out of Hofstra [University] sophomore year when my buddies robbed a drug dealer and I drove the car like a dumb*ss of course and then got ratted out and went through a real nice legal situation which sucked *ss. In retrospect though, the reason that I am where I am is because if I was trying to balance classes and this, it just wouldn’t work.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Sounds like a major blessing in disguise.
Chris Webby: It absolutely was.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: So since you just mentioned the robbery, I have to ask if you have heard anything or have any thoughts on the supposed shot that Mac Miller took on his Blue Slide Park song “One Last Night” where he raps “A million people in the world, I don’t hate one, even them dummies robbin people with some fake guns, make mistakes young boy”?
Chris Webby: Yeah, I heard about that and checked it out cause I have to stay on top of what people are saying. I don’t think he would take a shot at me, I really don’t, the last time I checked me and Mac were cool, it’s not like we talk everyday but you know. I don’t see any reason why he would. We’re not like buddy-buddy on the phone all the time but it’s not cause we’re not cool, we’re just busy doing our own sh*t. I see him around every once in awhile; it’s good, you know, it’s love.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Well it’s just interesting because it’s coming on the heels of the whole Machine Gun Kelly and Yelawolf “beef” that the Internet ran away with recently. We don’t need all these dope white rappers going at each other, what’s the deal?
Chris Webby: Exactly, exactly. As far as I know, Me and Mac are cool. I met Yelawolf in Atlanta the other day, I saw Machine Gun Kelly at a XXL showcase last week, I try to keep it pretty cool with everybody. I’m not a fan of Sam Adams, but those that are my fans know about that.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop Well since we’re on the topic of white rappers, what are your thoughts on these artists individually starting with Yelawolf?
Chris Webby: He is very dope. I really, really like his music. That new Kid Rock song he just released, “Let’s Roll,” is sick. He’s got Shady Records behind him, that guy is about to make things happen, he’s not going anywhere.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop What about Eminem?
Chris Webby: Eminem is my favorite rapper of all time. In my opinion, he’s the greatest rapper of all time; I know everybody has their opinions but I mean, to not have him in your Top 5 is ludicrous if you ask me.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop And Machine Gun Kelly?
Chris Webby: MGK is cool too. I know a little bit less about him, cause he kind of popped up recently. He’s got the Diddy backing which is interesting, and it’ll be interesting to see how that whole situations pans out. But yeah, he’s cool, he’s got a dope flow. The comparison I hear the most is between me and Mac though because we have a fan base that overlaps so much. But you’d be an idiot to say that we sound anything alike; our styles are so different. It’s really skin color, that’s the only thing in common there.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop Well you have to know that everyone is going to go to that first anyway, that’s just a part of the whole game.
Chris Webby: Of course, of course. I understand how people think.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop You actually got to perform at a CMJ showcase in October with Machine Gun Kelly. What was the whole New York music festival scene like?
Chris Webby: It’s an interesting vibe because it was at Highline Ballroom, which I’ve personally sold out as my own headlining show, so there was definitely a big Webby following there but there were also people who were like “get this f*cking white boy off the stage,” just because people are very quick to judge. I feel like a lot of people who don’t like me, really haven’t given me a chance or they’ve been hearing the wrong songs, because it’s not just about smoking weed or f*cking b*tches, I mean I do talk about that, I like to do that sh*t, but there’s a lot more to it then that.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop What does it mean to you when you look at yourself in the mirror and can say “holy sh*t, I’ve sold out Highline Ballroom by myself and I don’t even have a deal”?
Chris Webby: That sh*t is mad gratifying and I really think it’s the best way to do it ‘cause you can just look back at your accomplishments and know that you f*cking did it yourself. I would say, between me and my manager Dana, the two of us, we really linked up last year around July and that’s sort of how everyone… I kind of already had a little fan base put together but before that we were kind of just spinning the wheels and then in the past year we’ve taken it to a lot of new levels. Me and Dana are just tag-team independent and just been going at it. We have other people obviously who assist and help and sh*t, other boys who drive and sh*t, I’m just here chilling, playing Call of Duty with my DJ right now.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: So you’ve pretty much done the whole independent hustler thing on your own for a few years with great success. What is it about the work ethics of new, emerging artists that has worked so well for you guys?
Chris Webby: Well, I mean, I definitely have to attribute a lot of it to the internet; most of it, cause it’s just a new outlet to get your shit up there, like anybody can put something up on YouTube and you could blow up because of it nowadays, you really can. So, I mean, how many times have we been seeing that happen over the past couple of years, you know?
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: More like in the past couple months.
Chris Webby: Yeah, exactly. It’s very interesting and like I said, it’s a double-edged sword. I think it’s great cause it lets a lot of artists who might not be able to get out there, get out there. Kids like me who didn’t have connections growing up. We don’t know the President of Universal Records, we don’t really have a shot without the internet, so I mean that’s great but it also allows a lot of f*cking sh*tty artists to get out there too, but what are you gonna do?
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Are you personally looking for a major deal or would you prefer to stay grinding on the independent, hustler route that you’ve been on?
Chris Webby: Honestly, one of the dudes I look up to most, especially business wise is Tech N9ne, I think that guy is a f*cking genius.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: That’s interesting.
Chris Webby: He makes a sh*tload of money, he works his *ss off, but honestly, as lazy as I may be, I never stop working for Rap. This is the one thing that I really do love and for me it’s not work. I’ll be up in the studio till four in the morning and that’s not work, that’s fun. We had a 20-stop tour in July; it beat the sh*t out of me, it was tough you know, we had to get up, we drove from New York to Cali and back, like that was no walk in the park but it was fun. That hour and fifiteen minutes on stage each night makes everything worth it.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Are you currently still touring or did you just wrap one up?
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: I had a West Coast tour booked for this month that we rescheduled for when the EP drops, so we’ve got a lot of new music. The EP, There Goes the Neighborhood, is really going to be the best product that I’ve put out thus far. It’ll be the first one on iTunes, so it’ll be the first time I actually see money off of my music, and I want to wait for that to drop before we go out on that tour and then I’ll probably hop on a big-*ss tour after that that’ll make like 30 or 40 stops, something like that.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: I got you. You’ve released something like five or six mixtapes in your career; for someone who is about to discover Chris Webby, which is thee mixtape that you want a potential fan to hear?
Chris Webby: I would say the last two tapes for different reasons. Webster’s Laboratory is the most recent, and that is in like the classic mixtape form, there’s some industry beats, there’s some original sh*t, but it’s got a real mixtape feel to it, and then I would say that after you hear that, go check out Best of the Burbs which is the one before that. That has a much more album feel to it because everything is original on that one and the songs are a lot more album driven. So I would say those two, and then you’ll get a good understanding of what I do and what I’m all about.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: In terms of production and guest verses on your projects, do you tend to keep it mostly in-house with your crew or do you accept a lot of stuff from other people?
Chris Webby: I mean, I’m open to working with whoever, especially when it comes to producers. I’ve worked with some awesome producers like Statik Selektah. A hot beat is a hot beat though, so it really doesn’t matter who makes it. When it comes to artists, I’m still working on getting myself up. I’m not really in a position to be helping out upcoming dudes right now, like throwing verses to people. So I’m working with whoever really wants to work with me. Without a label backing, it’s all hard to get sometimes because they might not know who you are, your managers asking, it’s not like you’ve got some super powerful dudes asking but for people that want to really look, they see the hustle and they can’t help but to respect what I’ve done whether they like the music or not.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Absolutely. Well that’s the perfect segue-way into talking about the EP, There Goes the Neighborhood, which will be your first commercial release. What can you tell me about the project?
Chris Webby: It’s going to be on a level above anything that I’ve produced thus far. The sound quality, to the songs, the beats, you know, it’s going to pretty f*cking crazy. I mean, we have a Statik beat on there, we have a couple of Sap beats, that’s the dude who made “Donald Trump” for Mac, and he’s a cool dude, I’ve been f*cking with him. I’ve got more beats from a bunch of people, it’s just going to be a dope release, I’m excited for it and to see how it does.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: What about in terms of features? You’ve been on tracks with the likes of Freeway, Joell Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T, and many more. Did you call in any favors for the EP?
Chris Webby: Actually, a bunch of the features are going to be last minute, we’re working on them now. You’re just going to have to wait to see and hear it, but yes, there will be some big features on the EP.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Let me get something exclusive…
Chris Webby: Well, one that I know for sure that is definitely going to be on there is the track that I recorded with Statik down at his spot, and that is going to be with Slaine, who’s an underground legend from Boston. I love underground Hip-Hop, so as much as my fan base may not have been ready to hear the same kind of music, cause they’re a lot younger and sh*t, that for me was dope and the track with Slaine is f*cking crazy. That one’s going to be real tight. And the others, I don’t want to say anything without everything being finalized before I have an actual verse in my computer.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: You said you listen to a lot of underground Hip-Hop, do you mean artists like Necro and Ill Bill?
Chris Webby: Yeah man, Ill Bill, Jedi Mind Tricks, Apathy, who is actually a close friend at this point because we both rep Connecticut; that’s my dude and it was really cool for him to extend his hand to me.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Well he is someone who is been around for awhile on both ends of the spectrum both as the artist and as the businessman so that’s definitely a great person to have in your corner.
Chris Webby: Of course, of course. I listened to him when I was in middle school, like that’s pretty sick you know what I mean? That’s one of the coolest things; getting to meet and work with other people that I grew up listening to. It’s really a crazy concept.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: I can only imagine. Who are some other artists that you’re feeling right now? Is there anyone that you’re listening to more of now than you were before?
Chris Webby: I love J. Cole; his new album is crazy. I can’t wait to hear Yelawolf’s album. I just discovered this dude Hopsin recently, someone told me download his album, and I checked it out and that dude is f*cking nice. I just like dudes who are very lyrical ‘cause that’s what I grew up listening to; it’s kind of like the East Coast thing. Punchlines have always been a huge part of what I do.
GOod Mourning Hip Hop: Who is Chris Webby in three words?
Chris Webby: Motivated. Lyrical. Goofy.
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Juelz Locked up for Making Terrorist Threats Wow
Juelz Santana was arrested this past Thursday (November 10) in New Jersey on suspicion of making terrorist threats, TMZ is reporting.
The celebrity gossip and news website is also reporting that in addition to the terrorist threats, Juelz, born LaRon James, was also taken in for disorderly conduct.
Police told TMZ that the rapper refused to let officers search his vehicle, which was later impounded by cops.
After posting a bail of $46,500, Juelz was released hours later.
Shortly after the ordeal, Juelz took to his Twitter to comment on the situation.
“A! How many mugshots they gonna take of me smfh!!!,” Juelz tweeted. “46k bail. A! Police impounded my Bentley, so I guess I gotta bring the rose out! Fuck they thought that was my only car lol #Whooooaaaaaa. A! Yea gotta stun on em u know the police be on twitter lol. ! My car was parked and they asked to search it and I said no. So they locked me up an said will get a judge search warrant smh wow.- Chris Hudworks
Kid Capri & Amber Rose Talk 'Master Of The Mix 2' Reality Show, Their Judging Critiques & More
Smirnoff's success reality TV series, "Master of the Mix", is back with its second installment, "Master of the Mix: Season 2" on BET. On it, DJ in six select cities battle it out for "the chance to audition for their place in music history," says a rep for the show.
The series has a panel of celebrity judges which includes Vikter Duplaix ... and the two others we were able to mix it up with -- legendary DJ/producer Kid Capri and model Amber Rose.
The show debuted earlier this month, and is hosted by super-producer Just Blaze. Capri and Rose give us a run-down of what to expect if you've yet to catch the show.
Chris Hudworks: Kid Capri, how excited are you to be back?
Kid Capri: It's a beautiful thing. What we did last season -- I couldn't see the show be out there and for me [not to be a part of it.] It was the door opener for a lot of what DJs do. It was definitely something that I wanted to be a part of
Chris Hudworks: For those are not too familiar with the show, explain the concept.
Kid Capri: Well it's a DJ reality competition show that is worth $250,000 that Smirnoff put up. The first season, we took seven known DJs and took them around the country. We made them do different challenges and DJ Scratch won. So this year, we switched it up a little bit -- we switched judges.
I was the master judge on the last show and Just Blaze [was and still is] super producer. This time we have myself, Vikter Duplaix and we added Amber Rose to the judging panel. This time around, we have 11 unknown DJs.
Chris Hudworks: What do you bring to the table?
Kid Capri: What I bring to the table pretty much is everything. I'm the last "say so" of what's going on. And, my reputation of what I've done in my career speaks for the people that run "Master of the Mix." I don't give favoritism, I don't say what's not the truth, and I don't compromise integrity.
Amber Rose: I definitely know when the party just stops or when the DJ plays the wrong songs and people don't what to dance anymore, so I felt it was a great opportunity for me. Plus, I really like music.
Chris Hudworks: What do you look for when you judge?
Kid Capri: What I'm looking for is someone that makes me want to go and DJ, and makes me want to get up and start performing. I'm looking for a person that is a master. I'm not looking for someone that is just good or great. A master is someone that knows how to make people feel good in their worse situation. A master is somebody that just all around knows how to satisfy anybody that pays a ticket to come to see them and just know the music and know what they are doing.
Amber Rose: I definitely look for someone that is not just playing like top 40 hits all the time. Someone that has a very eclectic view on music -- they can mix hip-hop, and house and heavy metal all in one set and can keep the party going.
Chris Hudworks: I don't believe there is a DJ competition show currently on TV; do you feel this is something that we've overlooked until now?
Amber Rose: Oh absolutely. DJ'ing is such an art. It's not easy. You are playing a song, but you're actually listening to one another's songs in your headphones [and] you have to mix it in perfectly in order for it to sound good. I think it's a great opportunity for DJs to make people happy. People go to the club and they have parties to celebrate events in their lives or go out to have a good time and to feel good. I think it's awesome. I think it is about time someone came up with a DJ competition.
Chris Hudworks: Can you give us any hints as to the DJs we should be paying closer attention to?
Amber Rose: I want you guys to watch the show and I want everyone to have their own opinion on the DJs and how they spin. I don't want to say anyone's name in particular, but there's a lot of talent and it's going to be an amazing show.
Eric Sermon from EMPD has heart Attack
New York rap vet Erick Sermon suffered a heart attack sometime on Saturday (November 12), but is ok.
The news broke on Twitter, following a tweet from longtime EPMD producer DJ Scratch who revealed the news.
"Erick Sermon had a heart attack today," Scratch wrote (@DJScratch). "He's ok, but still send your prayers. He is not on Twitter."
Details regarding the 42-year-old's condition was unknown, so was his current condition.
However, Scratch's Twitter update suggests Sermon's heart attack is not life-threatening.
Erick Sermon, also known as "The Green-Eyed Bandit", is best known as one-half of the rap duo EPMD alongside partner PMD, real name Parrish Smith.
The duo rose to fame in the late 1980s with their debut album, Strictly Business, which featured the underground hit "Strictly Business," based on a sample of Eric Clapton's version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff."
EPMD later split, with Sermon pursing a solo career. He went on to release six solo project, his last being 2004's Chilltown, New York.
The duo later reunited and dropped their seventh album together, titled We Mean Business, in 2008.
Heavy To Be Laid to Rest
The family of deceased rapper heavy D have released details about the funeral.
A viewing for the family and friends of Heavy will take place on Thursday (November 17) from 12:00 PM until 6 PM, in the rapper’s hometown of Mount Vernon, New York.
A private funeral for Heavy’s close family and friends will be held the following day (November 18) at Grace Baptist Church, also in Mount Vernon.
Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson will be on hand deliver the eulogy during the service.
As the family and friends of Heavy D wait for the autopsy results, sources told AllHipHop.com that the rapper died on Tuesday (November 8), due to complications from a respiratory illness, after returning home from a recent trip to London.
Also, the 44-year-old rapper was overweight, weighing 344 pounds just before he died.
Friends of Heavy D. said that he was conscious of his weight gain, and in recent months had undergone a serious training regimen, to shed the pounds.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the Heavy D and Xea Myers Fund below:
C/O JP Morgan Chase
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Music Industry Icon, Andre Harrell, just launched a global talent search, accepting Auditions via Blazetrak starting Tuesday, October 11, 2011. The search will result in a record deal (single) through Harrell Records and/or a production/publishing deal through Harrell Music.
From October 11 through November 30, 2011 artists and aspiring producer/songwriters are invited to submit their best original music and/or performance of a cover (via audio or video) to Mr. Harrell through the Blazetrak platform. Mr. Harrell will personally review each and every submission during the month of December, and all entrants are guaranteed a video response directly from Mr. Harrell, including his expert critique of the submission. More info can to found at www.blazetrak.com/andreharrell
THE RETURN OF HIP-HOP HONORS?
Have you thought of Hip-Hop Honors? I have. I have long thought and heard that Hip-Hip Honors was quietly phased out after it began to seemingly lose steam. But the series was one of the mainstream main stays that paid homage to Hip-Hop’s legends. Well, I have some rumors for you here. I am hearing rumors that they are now bringing Hip-Hop Honors back in the year 2012. Here is the catch. My sources are telling me that this indeed will be the LAST Hip-Hop Honors! So, for all you rappers that feel they deserve honoring…get Fab 5 Freddy and them on the line FAST!
Do you even remember Hip-Hop Honors?