It’s no secret, I’ve been mentally ‘over’ Nicki Minaj since her ‘Roman’-Grammy performance. Although nothing has changed since then, I decided to give her the benefit of doubt and listen to “Roman Reloaded” featuring Lil Wayne. The song isn’t half bad, but when you start from a negative number, it’s hard to get a positive review…
I absolutely love Rita Ora, so when I heard that Jay-Z took her on a New York radio run yesterday, I was more than ecstatic because I knew it was ‘her time’. Here’s Rita’s new song “Party + Bullsh*t”, her first single from her debut Roc Nation project. It’s a pop track that samples a Biggie line, and definitely has summer jam potential.
This may very well be one of the most obscure yet intelligent signings I’ve seen the Young Money-Cash Money brand make. Just the other day they signed Christina Millian, but to support Weezy’s rock ventures, the label inked papers with infamous rockers, Limp Bizkit. Lil Wayne called into New York’s 98.7 Kiss FM to announce the news. Lil Wayne: “As far as Cash Money, they’re always listening and looking at acts, so honestly, it’s like every other day I hear about somebody new just signed to Cash Money… The other day I just found out Limp Bizkit signed to Cash Money. So they’re signing everybody and everybody’s getting a chance.” Note that Limp Bizkit’s new affiliation with Cash Money does not mean he’s affiliated with Young Money, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a rock collaboration to be expected in the near future. Sidebar: Lil Wayne also…
A lot of people don’t really appreciate Kid Cudi x Dot Da Genius’ metallic venture, I on the other hand love it! They’ve officially finished their collaborative WZRD album, and are slated to release it on the 28th. I can’t wait to hear the whole project, but for now, hear their single “Love Hard”.
YMCMB’s head honcho, Birdman, graces the cover of the latest issue of RESPECT Magazine. Now I’ve never been one to question the mag, because typically their a-linear cover selection ‘makes sense’ to me, but I’m just not ‘getting’ Birdman…. Dah well. The issue drops March 6th, support print media. via RR
J. Cole is not taking the fact he was snubbed on MTV’s Hottest MCs list to heart… As a matter of fact, he’s paying the snub no mind. To celebrate surpassing the 2 million follower mark on twitter, Jermaine sampled one of my favorite David Ruffin tracks, “Double Cross”, and serves up a new song, “Grew Up Fast”.It’s that time. This for yall. DoubleDoubleCrossed.I like Cole over soul beats. Keep ’em coming. Download: Grew Up Fast by J. Cole via DreamVillain
Jhene Aiko is our second featured artist performing at Unrefined Hype: Extended Play Showcase. You may remember Jhene as the young Epic/TUG Records-signee who made appearances on songs & in videos of R&B super-group, B2K. Others may remember her from more recent works including her Sailing Soul(s) mixtape, and guest features on records by Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. We know her as Def Jam‘s lastest-signee who inked an unfathomable deal with legendary producer No I.D… Witness Jhene‘s premier SXSW experience as she performs exclusively at the Unrefined Hype: Extended Play Showcase, during SXSW on Thursday, March 15th from 11am to 6pm. [R.S.V.P Here]