February 2011


Just a few moments ago, the legendary Roots crew announced the lineup for their fourth-annual Roots Picnic that takes place Saturday, June 4th at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. The full day festival, curated by The Roots will include co-headliners Nas & Wiz Khalifa, along with Mac Miller, Yelawolf and 2011 Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 4th at 10am EST over at LiveNation.com, meanwhile you can catch the full lineup here.

Props to OkayPlayer

It’s been about what? four years? either way, Saigon promised that he’ll be coming with a lot of visuals for past classics and new songs off his GSNT LP. Above, watch Giddy take it to the streets for ‘The Color Purple”.

Bun B feat. Truck North, The L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Fred The Godson feat. Vado, and Juicy J feat. DOM Kennedy takeover after the jump….


In the bonus video that came with his DECODED iPhone/iPad app, Jay-Z talks in detail about his surrondings growing up in Marcy Projects and how those experiences helmed his rap style in the beginning to eventually evolving to what it’s at now.

Props to NahRight

Previously: Jay-Z & LeBron James Two Kings Charity Dinner (Video)


Swizz slows it down a bit for his latest #MonsterMondays release with Snoop Dogg & Junior Reid.

New Music: Swizz Beatz feat. Snoop Dogg & Junior Reid – “Co-Pilot”

Props to #MonsterMondays

After the jump, a roundup of today’s new music from Gucci Mane, Akon, Tyga, and Big K.R.I.T.


New Music: Raekwon Feat. Nas “Rich & Black” (prod. by Sean C & LV)

Wu fans alike have begged and begged for a “Verbal Intercourse 2” for years. Not quite what we wanted, but Nas finally getting another track with The Chef is a keeper any day.  (Props Mr. X)

Off Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, slate for release on March 8th (pre-order here),

listen to “Rich & Black” after the jump….


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(Chris Brown tweets a photo of his new hairstyle. Spotted via Vibe)

Chris Brown is a blonde…..huh?

Is this some kind of cry for help after the understandably upsetting leak of more Rihanna battery photos? Or is it an homage to Amber Rose? Some guys show that they’re man-fans of Amber by name-dropping her in songs, seating her on their lap at nightclubs, or tweeting “exes never change.” Chris…goes twinsies?
I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s actually trying to pay homage to Michael Jackson’s 90’s rap group Quo instead. (fun Quo facts: Wade Robson became Britney n Justin’s choreographer. Dewayne Turrentine married TV actress Reagan Gomez-Preston)
Are there any other guys who have been able to go blonde and not regret it?
(Update: The readers chime in…after the jump)
(Update 2: you guys are on a roll…..there’s already a song about Chris’ hair?…after the jump)

Speaking of Amber….she also made a personal style announcement….
see after the jump

New Music: Willow Smith ‘21st Century Girl’ (prod. by Twin & Alke)

I’m not sure that this single is as strong as Willow’s debut, “Whip My Hair”, but “21st Century Girl” is sure to get major burn at any club where them Snookies be hanging at, lol. Willow will be performing this song on Oprah tomorrow.

listen to the new single after the jump….


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After the mindnumbing snore-a-thon that was The Academy Awards.…be thankful that Charlie Sheen is back out in the world, and hitting up the publicity circuit to promote….his trainwreck life philosophy? This guy went to rehab in his living room, attacked his studio bosses, got his hit show “Two and a Half Men” shut down, vowed to keep going to work anyways, and on Tuesday, Sheen will be on 20/20…..with the best craziest quote ever:

“Yeah, I am on a drug…it’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available because if you try it once you’ll die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. (heh heh) Too much?”

*blankest stare*
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PS: I’d just like to point out that Sheen is so trill…even though this was a guy making $2-million per episode, he still didn’t feel the need to fix that one janky canine coke tooth. Ballsy! Elay on Twitter asked, what is a coke tooth? Look!

Watch Charlie Sheen’s amazing I am on a drug” clip, and more….
after the jump


New Mixtape: Welcome Home Prodigy – Hosted by Havoc (mixed by Peter Rosenberg)

With Prodigy of Mobb Deep just about week away from returning home from a 3 year bid for gun possession, Hot97’s Peter Rosenberg got Havoc on board for tribute mixtape dedicated to P.

download after the jump…



Last night, jazz-pianist Robert Glasper and his band The Robert Glasper Experiment along with Lupe Fiasco held a show at The Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC. During the performance both were joined by special guests Kanye West & Mos Def, who along with Lupe did a live cypher for those in attendance.

Audio: Kanye West, Mos Def & Lupe Fiasco Freestyle Cypher At Blue Note (2-27-2011)

Props to CiscoNYC for recording this and SeanTheRobot with the heads up.

UPDATE: You can catch the full 30-minute cypher session here via ItsAllTheWayLive, thanks to Nation for the added bonus.

Previously: Kanye West feat. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean – “Don’t Look Down”

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