T.I. made his first post-prison interview when visiting Atlanta’s V-103 to premiere his new single. During the 17-min interview, TIP (with son Major by his side) speaks on his return home, going back to his street roots for his new album, his VH1 documentary and new book, being labelled a “bad guy”, debating between two titles for his upcoming album, sending his yet-to-be-released “N****s In Paris (Remix)” to Kanye in France for his blessing, Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Rick Ross being the only faces in rap currently, and Atlanta’s Hip-Hop scene being quiet.
This afternoon, Miss Info hosted an epic Q&A session with The Diplomats for The Red Bull Music Academy’s Five Out of Five concert series. The big four from Harlem, Killa Cam, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey closed out the week of RBMA events with an incredibly candid story-telling session about the making of their 2003 classic, Diplomatic Immunity. They shared everything from who really created the name The Diplomats, Juelz’s awkward audition, and of course, all the complicated relationships between the Roc-A-Fella family and the Dipset crew….
Mikey: Dipset fans, this 2-hours long session was f*ckin incredible. All the little side stories of how Cam’s was mad as hell when he first met Juelz…all the drama surrounding the “I Really Mean It” video…their experience at Roc-A-Fella’s Baseline Studios…and of course, the build up of tension with Jay-Z. I can’t even begin to explain how epic Cam’s Hov impersonation was!! Video can’t even give you the full scope of it. But check out this clip of the guys explaining why they ended up beefing with Jay-z during Cam’ron’s time as a Roc artist. We’ll make sure to bring you more footage of the hilarious Dipset stories. (Props to Nigel D for the footage)
MissInfo: Un-friggin-believable. Honestly, I’m dead tired because I stayed up all night checking album credits and watching Dipset youtubes in preparation for today. So I’m in no mental state to break down all the hilarious gems from today. But we will edit some clips soon. I got great feedback from all the Dipset fans who were there, and I hope that the upcoming footage provides you guys with clarity and entertainment.
(PS: I know that traditionally, the Red Bull Music Academy sessions focus more on the nuts and bolts of music production, from samples to engineering, to lyric analysis. That’s not what Dipset does. But Just Blaze, Young Guru, Heatmakerz, Opera Steve, Lenny S, Skitzo, Duke Da God are great resources for that. Meanwhile, if certain folks can’t appreciate how Cam, Jim, Juelz and Zeke re-live their creative process with anecdotes, rather than through liner notes….then you’re missing the forest for the trees. #message)
Miss Info asks Cam’ron about Mariah Carey’s trip to Harlem during the “Oh Boy” days….
and Juelz remembers a visit to Destiny’s Child’s dressing room…
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Elle Varner, a new singer-songwriter signed to MBK Entertainment/RCA Records, gets colorful on set of her video for the J. Cole-assisted single “Only Wanna Give It To You.” The song will appear on her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect coming this Fall. Catch some photos from the Orson Whales-directed shoot until the full video drops on Tuesday, October 4.
Tyrese and co-star Ludacris take it to the club in the official video for “Too Easy.” The Matt Alonzo-directed video is in support of Tyrese’s Rhythmic single off Open Invitation due November 1. Expect the full video to debut in the coming weeks.
Catch the album cover to Open Invitation after the jump……
Kanye West is set to reveal his ready-to-wear womenswear collection this weekend at Paris Fashion Week. Details on the spring/summer line have been kept under wraps as the brand’s name is still unknown. What is known is Kanye has recruited graduates from the Central Saint Martins College to assist with designing, meanwhile invites were sent out to an exclusive list of 100 influencers set to appear along the fashion runway for tomorrow’s unveling. If you notice, the invite includes a stamp with the letters “Dw,” possibly a clue that the collection will be named (or dedicated) to his late mother, Donda West.
Kanye West’s womenswear line will debut Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m
Last night, Odd Future’s live show made a stop in their hometown at Hollywood’s Palladium. The OFWGKTA collective delivered their trademark high energy chaotic stage show which featured appearances from Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator’s live debut of his alter-ego Young N***a, and Game, who returns the favor above performing “Goblins vs. Martians.”
Red Bull Music Academy’s Five Out Of Five 2011 concert series wraps up tonight at NYC’s Best Buy Theatre with The Diplomats performing their debut Diplomatic Immunity LP in full. Our own Miss Info served as host for the group’s live Q&A session at the Harlem School of the Arts earlier this afternoon. Earlier this week, the Staten Island stop featured Wu-Tang Clan as he group performed their 36 Chambers LP in it’s entirety. Watch some footage from Wednesday night above.