french montana mac and cheese appetizer

Before his sophomore album is served, French Montana whets our appetites with this new EP, Mac & Cheese: The Appetizer. Teaming up with longtime producer Harry Fraud, the Bronx bomber treats us to seven new songs, including a spoken intro from Max B called “Haaaaan.” In other words, you’ve got no excuse not to dig in.

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miss info kiesza

Miss Info recently teamed up with Reebok and The FADER for their #CoastToCoast series to take a mini tour of NYC with rising artist Kiesza. Despite hailing from Calgary, the “Hideaway” singer knows her way around the city as she shows Info her favorite park, lunch spot and vintage clothes store. Forget what that dude said, those dungarees are fire!

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The rap version of the Grinch has to come to town to spread misery and heartbreak to children all over town. And, we can blame it all on Funny or Die. The comedy brigade brought out Fabolous’ Scrooge side and convinced him to write the most evil X-Mas song of all time. Coal in your socks for all.

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On Wednesday night, HOT97 hosted a special VIP lounge with Nicki Minaj, a few industry heads and select group of fans. With Ebro leading the conversation The PinkPrint’s author, she discussed her break up with Safari, how the she feels about the being scrutinized more than her male counterparts, her career and more.

When it comes to her rumored romantic relationship with Meek Mill, Onika shut the gossip pretty fast.

“No, I’m just chillen’. There is no one in my life right now. I’m enjoying getting to know Onika. I haven’t even gotten to know myself — without — I’ve been in a relationship so long, I don’t even know how to live in the world without being in a relationship. Do you now how crazy that is? To be in a relationship since you were 16 years old. I’m taking it one day at a time.”

Nicki didn’t elaborate much further, but did say that she still “communicates” with her ex and is content with being single (for now).

“I’m used to feeling like I need someone, but I don’t, I’m okay,” Nicki continues.

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“Make me a beat that sounds like Trap Kill Bill,” is exactly what Elle Varner told producers Pop & Oak what she wanted before recording “Cold Case.” The layered break-up song details the consequences of when love goes astray and emotions get the best of us.

Elle is currently working on her 4 Letter Word LP for an early 2015 release.

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There’s some trouble brewing between Colorado and some of its neighboring states, according to the Denver Post. Apparently, Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit directly with the Supreme court on Thursday that claims “the State of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system.”

“Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining Plaintiff States’ own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems,” the lawsuit alleges.

However, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said in a statement that he will defend the state’s legalization of marijuana.” He says the lawsuit is “without merit.”

“Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action,” Suthers said. “However, it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado.”

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King Louie pays homage to Chicago OG’s Do or Die with “Tony Po Pimpin.” Meshing his rhymes with the vocoder, the master of Drill speaks about his dealings with the opposite sex.

Drilluminati 3 is on the way.

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hip hop hall of fame

From being properly recognized by the Grammys to getting played on FM radio and MTV, hip-hop has always had to fight to get it dues. And as we approach its fourth decade in existence, the genre is finally receiving its own Hall of Fame.

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(Bobby Shmurda leaving the precinct after his arrest on Weds. night)

Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Pollard) has pled not guilty to gun and drug trafficking charges.

During a press conference today at Manhattan’s One Police Plaza, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, Police Commissioner William Bratton and others displayed a table covered with 21 different guns and updated the media on their task force investigation into Brooklyn’s G-Stone Crips (GS9) gang activity which culminated in the arrest of 15 members, including rising rap stars Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel.

The statements included charges of crack sales, use of crack revenue to fuel gang activity, as well as serious accusations of violence.

At one point, the prosecutor alleged that Rowdy Rebel was involved in a shooting and then went to the Barclay Center and got onstage wearing the same clothes. (See photos from that night)

As of now, Bobby Shmurda and his crew are still in custody and Shmurda’s bail has been set at $2million dollars, a clear sign of the severity of the indictment…but his lawyer Howard Greenberg says bail will be posted. Earlier this year, Bobby was arrested for weed possession and then gun possession.

Here is a screenshot of Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel’s charges…it’s significant to note that Bobby’s conspiracy charges reportedly include “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree murder” and “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree assault.”:

bobby charges

Explanation: According to one legal website, “Conspiracy to commit murder” means that you “aided” one or more persons’ plan to murder, and it could even just mean that you knew about the plan and didn’t do anything to stop it from happening.

Quotes and photos from local reporters in the room after the jump…


miguel nwa hollywood dreams coffee

Miguel has been pretty quiet since releasing his stunning 2012 album, Kaleidoscope Dream, but he’s got the perfect early Christmas present for his fans this fine Friday. Taking a page out of Drake’s book, the singer took to SoundCloud in the wee hours of the morning to bless the world with three brand new songs. There’s the west coast-meets-country western “NWA” featuring Kurupt, the riff-heavy “Hollywood Dreams” and the morning sex anthem “Coffee,” which he previewed on Instagram a few months ago. If these are any indication of what his new album sounds like, then 2015 can’t come soon enough.

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