Nas has announced he will be releasing a 20th anniversary edition of his 1994 debut album Illmatic, entitled illmaticXX, April 15.
The anniversary edition is set to include 10 original tracks from Illmatic, unreleased remixes to original songs from the album and unreleased versions of “I’m a Villain” and Nas’ appearance on “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show On WKCR October 28, 1993.”
Pre-order illmaticXX on iTunes here.
1. “I’m A Villain” (Unreleased)
2. “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993″ (Unreleased Freestyle)
3. “Halftime” (Butcher Remix)
4. “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” (Remix)
5. “One Love” (LG Main Mix)
6. “Life’s A Bitch” (Arsenal Mix)
7. “One Love” (One L Main Mix)
8. “The World Is Yours” (Tip Mix)
9. “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” (The Stink Mix)
10. “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” (The Laidback Remix)
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ICE CUBE CONFIRMS FRIDAY IS COMING BACK!
Just a few weeks after we reported rumors about a fourth installment of the Friday franchise, Ice Cube recently confirmed to TMZ that the film is a go. In addition, the upcoming flick will include the original cast…and yes, Chris Tucker has agreed to reprise his role as “Smokey.” A rep for Cube Vision Productions said in a statement, “[Ice Cube] is very excited about this and has every intention to make it happen.” No word on when the comedy will hit the big screen, we’ll keep you posted.
RICK ROSS PREPS JAY-Z COLLABORATION
During an interview with MTV Sucker Free’s DJ Envy, Rick Ross shed new light on his upcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t. Rozay says the project will definitely include guest verses from Jay-Z and stated, “You know, whenever me and the homie come together to collaborate, we gotta make it something special for Hip Hop,” he said. “We always make sure we have fun with it, but this record right here, this is our biggest collaboration ever.” The disc is slated to drop early 2012.
· Ross also addressed his recent health scare and explained, “I’m a grinder, I’m a hustler. That’s the next order of business. You’re so used to moving at 80 miles per hour. I gotta get rest now. Well, I’m supposed to. I try to. That’s what it was. I’m blessed, man. I went in and had my MRI and everything came back straight. It was just a case of me being overly exhausted.”
JAGGED EDGE FACING LAWSUIT FOR MISSING WEDDING
According to TMZ, Jagged Edge was recently accused of failing to show up for a scheduled performance. But not just any showcase, the R&B group missed someone’s wedding! After allegedly being paid 10-thousand dollars for the gig, a man named Victor Diaz tells the site he’s looking to file a lawsuit even though the band says they knew nothing about the ceremony. He claims, “They humiliated me and cost my wife her dream.” A rep for the band stated, “They are very heartbroken and sad that [Victor's] wedding got destroyed due someone using our name without permission.”
WATCH THE THRONE LYRICS TURNED INTO IFC FILM
Jay-Z and Kanye West are expected to appear in an upcoming movie from IFC Films…well, kinda. The lyrics from their GRAMMY-nominated album, Watch the Throne, have been turned into a three-minute mini-movie. According to PopDust.com, the clip is described as a skit “structured to resemble a conversation between three female twenty-something roommates about partying and general lifestyle discrepancies.” You have to view the short film to fully understand:
MARY J BLIGE WILL WAIT TO SHOOT VIDEO FOR BEYONCE DUET
From the moment we first heard Mary J. Blige’s “Love A Woman” featuring Beyonce, we though this will make an amazing video! While promoting latest album, My Life II: The Journey Continues, the “Mr Wrong” singer said she’d love to shoot the visual but will wait until Jay-Z’s pregnant wife finds time in her busy schedule. The track marks the first time the singers have collaborated together. In related news, fans can now purchase My Life II: The Journey Continues online and in stores now.
· MJB recently performed “Need Someone” on X Factor USA.
PITBULL, CHRIS BROWN ISSUES NEW VIDEO
Before Pitbull released his video for “International Love” he spoke to Rap-Up.com about that the visual represents. The rapper stated, “It’s all about the music being global, the music being the universal language and it goes to show you no matter what language you may speak and or not speak, you speak music.” The Chris Brown-assisted club anthem is lifted from his latest album Planet Pit. You can check out the David Rousseau-directed clip via Pitbull’s official website now.
LL COOL J REACTS TO NOT BEING INDUCTED… YET
After coming on the scene back in 1984, LL Cool J’s contributions to hip hop changed and gave new life to the genre. Put simply, the rapper, who has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, is a living legend. However, he is still waiting to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. On April 14th, the Beastie Boys will join Guns N Roses and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in the music museum in Cleveland.
· Do you think LL will eventually make it?
JAY-Z HINTS AT MORE JOINT ALBUMS WITH KANYE WEST
If you can’t stop playing Watch The Throne, we’re happy to report that Jay-Z told MTV News that there might be another joint project with Kanye West. Hova explained, “We — I say ‘we’ because I’m in Throne mode — we’re in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year. You know, we’re really in a great place creatively. We really found our zone.” We’ll keep you posted with further updates. In related news, here are the rap moguls remaining stops for their Watch The Throne tour:
12-12 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
12-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
PLIES FACING 10 MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT!
According to AllHipHop.com, Plies is currently wrapped up in a 10-million dollar lawsuit stemming from a 2006 shooting inside a nightclub in Gainesville, Florida. In the suit, five victims were injured following a shooting that occurred before Pies was scheduled to perform at the venue. After learning about the hefty lawsuit, his lawyer Robert A. Rush said in a statement, “The plaintiffs’ claims against my client continue to be without merit, we look forward to having this resolved in a court of justice.” We’ll keep you posted.
THE NEXT SINGLE OFF DRAKE’S TAKE CARE WILL BE…
According to HipHop-N-More.com, Drake has announced that his next single off his Take Care LP will be “The Motto.” In addition to shooing a visual for the Lil Wayne-assisted track, the record will officially impact radio on January 10th. Up next, the title track with Rihanna is expected to run as the promo single for the album.
NAS REMEMBERS AMY WINEHOUSE
We all know Nas had a great friendship with the late Amy Winehouse, but the rapper has spilled new details about what he misses most about the soul singer. In a interview posted on Vimeo.com, the rapper said of Amy, “It’s a bittersweet feeling to do something with her now that she’s not here. I’m happy. The sweet part is that fans have new music from her, new because they’ve never heard it. The bitter part is that she’s no longer her to really give it to us and deliver her music and for us to see her smile and hear her voice.” Nas is featured on Winehouse’s latest disc, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which is available now.
PHARRELL TO HELP SCORE 2012 ACADEMY AWARDS
According to Deadline.com, Pharrell Williams has reportedly agreed to serve as a musical consultant for the 2012 Academy Awards. The Neptunes producer will work alongside Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer for the highly anticipated ceremony. This marks their first time being the musical supervisors for the event which is scheduled to take place on February 26th, 2012 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California.
NEW DETAILS ON NWA MOVIE!
A biopic about West Coast rap group N.W.A. has been in the works for some time and now, Ice Cube has been named as one of the producers along with John Singleton, who might direct the film. In an interview with The Playlist, Singleton said that he has been in contact with Cube and added that the script is “really really good.” No further details are known at this time.
· Do you think the movie will be a success?
SOULJA BOY READIES NEW DOCUMENTARY
XXLMag.com reports Soulja Boy’s documentary is coming out next month. The flick, titled Soulja Boy: The Movie, follows the “Crank That” rapper as he goes from an unknown rapper to a platinum-selling talent. Fans can expect the movie to be released on October 18th through Image Entertainment.
DJ DRAMA ISSUES TRACKLISTING
According to his official website, DJ Drama has unleashed the tracklisting for his upcoming third studio album, Third Power. Led by “Oh My” featuring Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Roscoe Dash, the disc will be available on October 11th. Here’s who made the cut:
1. Oh My Ft. Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa & Roscoe Dash
2. Rough Ft. Freddie Gibbs & Young Jeezy
3. Hand Of God Ft. Maino
4. Oh Baby Ft. Cam’Ron, Vado & Jaz
5. Never See You Again Ft. Wale & Talia Coles
6. Lay Low Ft. Meek Mill, Young Chris & Freeway
7. Ain’t No Way Around It Ft. Future
8. Undercover Ft. J. Cole & Chris Brown
9. Everything That Glitters Ft. Pusha T & French Montana
10. Me And My Money Ft. Gucci Mane
11. So Paid Ft. Red Cafe & 2 Chainz
12. Take My City Ft. B.o.B. & Crooked I
13. Lockdown Ft. Ya Boy & Akon
14. Oh My (Remix) Ft. Trey Songz, 2 Chainz & Big Sean
B.O.B PREVIEWS “STRANGE CLOUDS”
B.o.B has released a preview of his upcoming single, “Strange Clouds,” which debuts on October 3rd. The track features Lil Wayne and will appear on Bobby Ray’s upcoming sophomore album.
50 CENT TALKS PLAYGROUND BOOK
HipHop-N-More.com reports 50 Cent is speaking up on why he wanted to release his second book, Playground, which tells the story of a boy struggling with bullies. 50 stated, “This book would have been very helpful for me growing up and now that I have a teenage son, it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers.” The semi-autobiographical novel is available for pre-order on Amazon.com now. It hits bookstores on November 1st.
· The rapper’s other literary efforts include From Pieces to Weight and The 50th Law.
PHARRELL WORKING ON FRANK OCEAN’S DEBUT
During an interview with Vibe.com, Pharrell Williams revealed that he’s been working on Frank Ocean’s upcoming debut album. The hitmaker said of the Odd Future member, “He’s super talented. To me he’s like the black James Taylor. He’s lyrical—he’s got a great perspective and super sick melodies. I haven’t seen anybody bob and weave through chords with such catchy melodies in a long time—that’s why I liked working with him.” No word on when the project will hit stores.
UPDATE ON DR DRE’S DETOX
According to HipHopDX.com, Kendrick Lamar has spilled new details on where Dr Dre is at with his long-awaited Detox LP. The rap rookie stated, “Detox is getting mixed. That’s all I can say. It’s getting mixed. I could say anything about Detox, nobody would ever believe me.” Kendrick, who contributed to the set, added, “The creative process is so crazy as far as going in there and narrowing down all these songs. Thousands of songs [to pick from].” A launch date is not known at this time.
ROBIN THICKE REUNITES WITH LIL WAYNE
While working on his upcoming album, Love After War, Robin Thicke revealed that he’s teamed up with Lil Wayne on a song called “Pretty Little Heart.” In addition, the disc will include collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Faith Evans, Usher and Maxwell. As previously mentioned, the follow-up to 2009′s Sex Therapy lands on November 18th.
· Robin and Wayne previously worked together on “Tie My Hands,” “All Night Long” and “Shooter.”
JUVENILE, MANNIE FRESH WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM
According to XXLMag.com Juvenile is back in the studio and working with Mannie Fresh on a new album titled Rejuvination. Juve told XXL, “Mannie Fresh doing most of the beats on this album. We trying to get the mix straight on the single.” While details are sparse, the LP will have features from Drake, Lloyd and Rick Ross.
· Mannie Fresh and Juvenile haven’t worked together in a decade.
JOHN LEGEND PRODUCES NEW FAMILY SHOW
According to Deadline.com, John Legend’s executive produced family sitcom has been picked up by NBC. The show, Mixed Blessings, reportedly follows “a prominent, black, street-bred hip-hop artist enjoying his single life who discovers that he has a teenage son and decides to connect with him and his white suburban family.” This is the singer’s first venture into television.
· Here are further details on the series: “The show explores the culture clash and the complicated journey of a father and son beginning their relationship as the dad soon discovers that fame, talent, and wealth get you nowhere when it comes to parenting.”
COMMON: “NAS IS THE BEST RAPPER ALVE”
During a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Common had nothing but high praise for Nas. The rapper, who was promoting his new book, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, stated, “Nas is so poetic with it and I feel like his lyrics, you can write ‘em down on paper and they will last for time. It would be like literature that we read.” In related news, Common’s upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer, is due out on November 22nd.
LADY GAGA CALLS FOR MEETING WITH OBAMA
Lady Gaga has reached out to President Obama to try to set up a meeting to discuss hate crimes following the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer last weekend. Gaga wants Obama to enact laws making bullying a hate crime. Rodemeyer, who had posted an “It Gets Better” video in May about his long struggle with bullying at school, took his life on Sunday after what his parents said was years of taunting over his sexuality. In his video, Rodemeyer cited Gaga as an inspiration and on Wednesday, Gaga expressed her sadness over Rodemeyer’s death via Twitter, writing: “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life.” She added that bullying “must become illegal. It is a hate crime.”
· MTV’s ongoing A Thin Line project provides stories and resources for anyone who believes they are being cyberbullied or who are looking for ways to stop harassment by digital means.
BEYONCE GOES GOLD WITH 4
Beyonce is in a league of her own. After four weeks on the chart, her latest album, 4, has achieved gold status. The disc claims the number four spot on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold over 550-thousnad copies so far. She recently told Reuters that her project “was a labor of love. It was not about singles.” Be sure to grab your copy today!
· Beyonce has won 16 GRAMMY Awards.
THE ROOTS WORKING ON THEIR 13TH ALBUM
Questlove announced on his Twitter page that The Roots have already begun working on a new studio album titled Undone. The follow-up to last year’s Wake Up! marks the legendary band’s thirteenth effort. Head over to the drummer’s account to watch a live studio session of the band at work.
· Wake Up! Was a joint project with John Legend. The LP debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 63-thousand copies in its first week.
JEEZY’S SINGLE FEATURES JAY-Z, DRAKE, ANDRE 3000
According to a press release issued by Def Jam, Young Jeezy’s upcoming album, Thug Motivation 103, will include two versions of a song called “I Do.” On one side, Jay-Z and Drake contribute guest vocals while Andre 3000 is featured on the other version. In addition, the first official single off TM103 is “Shake Life,” which will be released on Monday. Be sure to look out for the rapper’s long-awaited project when it lands on September 20th.
· Visit Jeezy’s official website for a list of dates for his upcoming tour.
KELLY ROWLAND EXCITED FOR CHRIS BROWN TOUR
While promoting her latest album, Here I Am, Kelly Rowland couldn’t believe that we knew about her upcoming tour with Chris Brown. Before she could tell us about the outing, we revealed that Breezy beat her to it and tweeted about the trek. Details surrounding the tour are yet to be released, but Brown wrote, “Me and Kelly Rowland along with other incredible artists are going on tour!!!! I’ll let u know who else is on later! Lol.”
· Here I Am is in stores now.
DJ KHALED LANDS IN TOP FIVE ON BILLBOARD 200
DJ Khaled is probably out celebrating the solid debut of his latest album, We The Best Forever. Led by his smash single, “I’m On One,” the disc opened at the number five spot on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 53-thousand units in seven days. The project includes guest spots from Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Drake and B.o.B.
· This is Khaled’s first major label debut via Cash Money/Universal Motown Records.
NAS GIVES BACK TO UNICEF ORGANIZATION
AllHipHop.com reports Nas is taking part in the “Month of Giving” along with other artists to help support children in Africa. He joins late Beatles member George Harrison and wife Olivia Harrison to give back to the UNICEF organization.
· UNICEF is immediately releasing one-million dollars for the relief effort to benefit more than two-million children who are malnourished and are at risk from death.
· 50 Cent recently tweeted that he wants to feed one-billion people in Africa.
MIGUEL ISSUES “QUICKIE” VIDEO
Miguel has just issued the visual for his new single, “Quickie.” The singer told Rap-Up.com that he handled everything from coming up with the treatment to casting the numerous models in the black-and-white video. Look for the racy clip via the singer’s official website now.
· Be sure to pick up his debut album, All I Want Is You, in stores and online now.
NICKI MINAJ DISSES LIL KIM IN JAMAICA
During her performance at the Reggae Sumfest 2011, Nicki Minaj took her first jab at Lil Kim when she spoke to the crowd in Montego Bay. The fem-cee, who has pretty much ignored Queen B’s diss records, stated, “Every time there’s a bad chick you gotta hate her/ Make some noise if you gotta ugly busted broke down hater right now tonight/ Make some noise if they mad they stuff ain’t as good as yours/ You’re lucky they told me I can’t curse.” You can look for the video online now.
TYLER, THE CREATOR’S GOBLIN ALMOST AT 100K
Tyler, The Creator’s debut album, Goblin, is nearing to the 100-thousand copies sold mark. The Odd Future leader has managed to sell over 94-thousand units since releasing his first studio effort back in May. In related news, he’s up for Best New Artist and Video Of The Year for “Yonkers” at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
SNOOP REMEMBERS WHEN HE FIRST GOT HIGH
During an interview with Esquire.com, Snoop Dogg recalls the first time he ever smoked weed. The infamous smoker stated, “I got high off marijuana was in the seventies, with one of my uncles.” After one of his uncles offered to smoke a marijuana cigarette, he stated, “‘Yeah.’ He put it on the roach clip for me and lit it up, and I hit that motherf**ker. I was about eight or nine years old.” Visit the site to read the full interview now.
TUPAC’S GREATEST HITS GOES DIAMOND
We’ve just learned Tupac’s Greatest Hits album has officially reached Diamond status on the Billboard charts. The two-disc collection, which was released back in 1998, has reportedly sold over ten-million copies. This marks the late rapper’s first and only album to achieve this feat.
· The news comes a few weeks after Pac’s mother hosted and celebrated the anniversary of what would have been his 40th birthday.
RIHANNA STARS IN BATTLESHIP TRAILER
A lengthy trailer for Rihanna’s film debut, Battleship, has surfaced online. The singer stars alongside Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch in the action flick, which hits theaters on May 18th, 2012.
RIHANNA’S A ROLE MODEL ON THE COVER OF GLAMOUR
Rihanna recently told Glamour magazine that she thinks being a role model for fans takes the fun out of her superstar lifestyle. The “S&M” singer will appear on the cover of Glamour’s September issue, which will include her full interview. The issue hits newsstands August 9th.
EVE FINALLY SELLS HER HOLLYWOOD HOME
According to the Los Angeles Times, Eve has finally sold her home in Hollywood for 1.3-million dollars. The rapper took quite a hit after purchasing the house for over 1.7-million back in 2005. She initially tried to sell her residence for 2.2-million. In related news, the rapper is reportedly in the studio working on her first album since 2002’s Eve-Olution.
BRANDY AND RAY J DROP FAMILY ALBUM
In case you didn’t know, Brandy and Ray J recently released their first joint album together, titled Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business. On the disc, fans will be able to check out a collection of duets, which includes their parents. Brandy recently told SingersRoom.com, “My family has always been involved in my career. Family is truly everything. This project is the beginning of many more family ventures.” Look for the project in stores and online now!
AMY WINEHOUSE SALES FIGURES
Amy Winehouse’s 2006 album Back To Black sold over 37-thousand copies this week and 36-thousand of them were digital downloads. Her debut album, Frank, sold over 76-hundred copies and over seven-thousand were digital downloads. Over 95 percent of all Winehouse’s album sold in the wake of her death were downloaded digitally, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
PITBULL MAKES PEOPLE’S “SONGS OF SUMMER” LIST
Pitbull’s summer smasher “Give Me Everything” featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, is featured on People magazine’s annual “Songs of Summer” list. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over two-million copies. See the full story in the August 8th issue of People.
· Other songs on People’s “Songs of Summer” list include Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go,” Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had” and Lil Wayne’s “How to Love.”
JORDAN SPARKS IN TIMES SQUARE
Jordan Sparks will perform in Times Square in New York City today (7/28). The Vh1 Save The Music ambassador will take to the stage at 11:30 AM Eastern between 42nd and 43rd street in the heart of Times Square for the Energizer Now That’s Positivenergy Campaign to benefit Vh1’s Save The Music.
· If you can’t make it to the performance, “Like” the Energizer Bunny page on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/qo1zvw. From now until August 12th, every “Like” will trigger a one dollar donation from Energizer to Vh1’s Save The Music.