DJ Drama stopped by MTV Rapfix Live to promote his new video for his single featuring Travis Porter and Kirko Bangz, “Real Ni**as In The Building” and also co-hosted alongside Sway. Drama confirmed that he’s been working on his next album Quality Street Music Part 2 and he went on to say that he’s a couple tracks into it and that he’s got a “very big record coming.” He mentions that we may possibly hear it this weekend…
Well, this happened today…
[MTV] Paris Hilton has found a new home, and some of her roommates include Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj. The heiress/singer/”Bling Ring” actress has reportedly signed with Cash Money Records.
Hilton broke the news to Showbiz 411, adding that she hopes to have her follow-up to 2006′s self-titled debut out by summer. She added it will feature a number of hip-hop acts, including Weezy, and production from EDM superstar Afrojack. “This is a lot different than my first album,” Paris told the site. “It’s really going to be house music.”
Reps for Cash Money confirmed that Hilton is onboard with the label, while Hilton’s rep said nothing is set in stone: “Paris Hilton is in talks with a number of record labels right now but we can’t confirm anything. When a deal is finalized we will make an official announcement.”
Hilton has been rolling with the Cash Money crew for a while now. Last year, she released a song with Wayne, “Last Night,” and he was even on hand at her birthday bash back in March. In May, she was also recruited to cameo in the Rich Gang’s video for “Tapout,” alongside Cash Money all-stars Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine and Nicki Minaj.
For the ninth annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, Adam “MCA” Yauch of The Beasties Boys will be honored by a moment of silence and a tribute.
Headliners for the festival, which goes from July 10 to 13, include Pusha T, EPMD, and Redman, whom will play on the last day. Held at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Wes Jackson, the festival’s executive director, and Brooklyn Bodega DJ Rawbeatz, will be handling the tribute. Brooklyn Bodega also wants to release a mix of Beastie songs that will have remixes of key tracks throughout their careers.
Jackson says in a statement: “We couldn’t go another year without taking time out to honor what MCA did for our culture and our music.”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to bring their “Thrift Shop” to the Billboard Music Awards, while Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne will perform their “High School” collab at the annual show.
Young Money Titan’s Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne are just two of the acts scheduled to perform at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards when the annual awards show airs on May 19. With a strong emphasis on collaborations at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, the pair will appear onstage together for a performance of Nicki’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded—The Re-Up record “High School.”
Other collaborative performances set for the awards show include ones featuring Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull as well as will.i.am and Justin Bieber.
The show will also see solo performances from the likes of Miguel who will perform his Kaleidoscope Dream single “Adorn.” Fellow crooners Bruno Mars and Chris Brown are expected to grace the stage for solo routines as well.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who recently scored a spot on the list of nominees for the 2013 BET Awards, will make their Billboard Music Awards debut as they perform their chart-topping single, “Thrift Shop.”
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on May 19 and will be hosted by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan.
(AllHipHop News) Super-producer Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and influential music executive Jimmy Iovine are using parts of their substantial fortunes to help cultivate the next generation of music business moguls. It was announced that the pair is giving the University of Southern California $70 million to create a new music academy.
“The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media,” said USC President C.L. Max Nikias in a statement.
The four-year program will teach undergraduates the necessary skills to be successful in the music industry. Courses focusing on engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business, and leadership training will be taught by members of USC’s Thorton School of Music, Roski School of Fine Arts, Marshall School of Business, and Viterbi School of Engineering.
According to a statement issued by USC, “industry icons and innovators as visiting faculty and guest speakers” will also take part in the program. It will also provide one-on-one mentoring by professors.
“Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity,” said Erica Muhl, the first director of the new academy, in a statement.
USC’s Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation is set to open in the fall of 2014 with an initial class of 25 students.
by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
PHOTO: NY TIMES
Hip-hop heads rejoice. The annual Rock The Bells festival has arrived. This year, it will be taking over four cities—San Bernardino, Calif., Mountain View, Calif., Washington D.C., Rutherfold, N.J.—and will bring a slew of surprises for its ten-year anniversary.
After seeing the late Tupac Shakur resurrected through a hologram, many fans are waiting to see their favorites come back to life. Rock The Bells have deemed two “Original Virtual Performances” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E. That should be sight to see.
Here’s the current lineup below. More artists are expected to be announced.
- September 7-8 in San Bernardino, Calif.
- September 14-15 in Mountain View, Calif.
- September 28-29 in Washington, D.C.
- October 4-5 in Rutherford, N.J.
UPDATE: Rock The Bells founder Chang Weisberg explains exactly what fans are expected. Contrary to former headlines, Rock The Bells will not have hologram performances by ODB and Eazy.
“It’s an original virtual performance, not a hologram. I never used the word hologram. There are a number of multimedia visual effects that will be applied that will definitely at the very least make the performances look like a hologram. People’s minds will be blown.”
[via Miss Info]