J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. are literally taking their act on the road and going on tour this spring. The tour is called ‘The Campus Consciousness Tour’ and it starts on April 11th in Rhode Island, and will more than likely hit a college campus near you… Peep the tour dates after the break.
No offense to my friends who work at MTV or weighed in on this panel, but placing Jay-Z at #6 is a madd jab to credibility, especially coming off of one of the most revolutionary years of hip-hop. “If you talk about the Throne, yeah, top five, no question. But Jay himself? From January to August, what was going on?” asked Rahman Dukes, MTV News’ director of hip-hop news, pointing out Jigga’s inactivity apart from WTT. “Kanye was moving.” The truth is, outside of WTT, Hov didn’t do the kinds of things that help an MC bolster his stats. Instead, the rap mogul was focused on his many business ventures — from his Brooklyn-bound Nets to re-launching the 40/40 Club in New York. Although few could argue that when he released “Glory,” days after the birth of daughter Blue Ivy Carter, he created quite the musical moment.
Two kids, 1 Drake verse, 3 homes, $75 million dollars, and a couple infidelities later… Vanessa and Kobe Bryant might just reconcile. The picture above is of Kobe and his now divorced wife macking and hanging after the Lakers won their Valentine’s Day game vs the Atlanta Hawks. I guess ‘shooting in the gym’ wasn’t necessary after all… Best of luck to them!
…the list continues. MTV originally started this conversation with hopes to note Wiz Khalifa as the 8th hottest mc in the game, due to his buzz cooling off, he got bumped to the #9, and Big Sean moved up to the #8. After each member of MTV’s Hip-Hop Brain Trust submitted their personal Hottest MCs lists, Wiz landed the #8 spot. But then things took an interesting turn. After a heated roundtable debate and subsequent vote, Khalifa was bumped to #9 and G.O.O.D. Music upstart Big Sean snatched the #8 slot. The argument was fiery, and though most of the panelists agreed that Wiz’s success was remarkable, some contended that Rolling Papers was a critical disappointment and Khalifa had lost some steam in the past few months.
‘The World Famous’ Tony Williams is hitting us with a familial assist by enlisting the aid of Kanye West for his love single, “Another You”. The track premiered on DJ Green Lantern’s Invasion Radio last night and will soon be joining my daily song rotation. Download: Another You by Tony Williams x Kanye West
On Valentine’s Day it is only customary that men go to insurmountable lengths to outdo their everyday loving and the girlfriend’s friends’ boyfriend (try saying that 10x fast, ha!). Lil Wayne decided to go for the gold and propose to his 2011-2 girlfriend Dhea. “She said yes!” You may know Dhea as the inspiration behind hit single “How To Love”, some know her as a former server/barista, or the girl with the presumed amazing snapper from Wayne’s beach frolic… Either way, she will soon be the next Mrs. Carter. UPDATED: Lil Wayne took to his twitter to clear things up. He’s not getting married. Oh how anti-climatic. “Ohhhhhhh now I see why! I meant ‘she said yes’ to being my valentine!!!” he wrote. “Hahahahahahaha! Y’all krazy!”
Music like this reminds me why I first fell in love with Usher, and I’m absolutely kicking myself at how incredible of a producer Diplo is. With their combined efforts they created “Climax” that will appease techno/dubstep fans, but in the same right not disappoint R&B lovers. I’m hoping this wasn’t the last we’ll hear of their combined efforts…
After her Grammy performance, I’m sure VIBE may be regretful of selecting Nicki Minaj to cover their February/March issue of their magazine. I feel as though there is no better choice. Controversy sells, and to be honest, we’re all wondering what possessed her (pun intended) to put on the performance… VIBE: You’ve said before that you didn’t really have fun recording Pink Friday. Nicki Minaj: I felt like I had something to prove to everyone who said a female rapper could not make an album unless she was talking about her pussy. And so I went above and beyond to prove that I could not talk about sex and not talk about my genitalia and still have a successful album. And I proved that. And now my time for proving things to my critics is over. I don’t really need to prove anything to anyone else anymore. Is it…