Formerly known as Mos Def, Yasiin Bey explains why he moved to Cape Town last year.
Yasiin Bey has been living in Cape Town, South Africa since May 2013, according to an article in Mail & Guardian.
"Last year May, I came [to Cape Town] and I said I'm not leaving,” the rapper formerly known as Mos Def says. "I'm staying. It's a beautiful place. It has the ocean, mountain, botanical gardens and beautiful people.”
Bey first visited Cape Town in 2009 and decided to move because of his dislike for certain aspects of the United States.
"For a guy like me, with five or six generations from the same town in America, to leave America, things gotta be not so good with America,” he says. "There are some beautiful places in America. I love Brooklyn. New York City needs to thank Brooklyn every day just for existing. That's how I feel about it. It was a hard thing to leave home. But I'm glad I did.”
Bey says that he is working on a tribute album to Gil Scott-Heron and that still loves Hip Hop culture.
"I love its vitality and the way it speaks to young people, the way it spoke to me," he says. "It told me don't cry, don't despair. I got something for you to do…
Hustle Gang is slated to release a mixtape next month, Soulja Boy announces a sequel to his "King Soulja" mixtape.
A few more release dates were announced this past week. Check out what's new below.
Atlanta collective Hustle Gang is planning to release the third edition of their Rise And Hustle mixtape series. Rise And Hustle 3 is set to hit the Internet on April 20.
Harlem native Smoke DZA announced he's coming out with a new mixtape next month. Dream.ZONE.Achieve is set to be available for download April 1 and is slated to be a 21-song mixtape featuring tracks with Cam’ron, Joey Bada$$ and Ab-Soul, among others.…
Lil Boosie recalls his last moments spent in prison, says he was told a false release date.
In May 2012, Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper Lil Boosie was found not guilty of the murder of Terry Boyd and according to Boosie, who was incarcerated at the time the verdict was announced, his time at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola became harder following the not guilty verdict.
Prior to today’s press conference, a newly-released Boosie spoke exclusively with XXL magazine about the moments just before his release, his treatment at Angola following the announcement of the not guilty verdict, and more.
Boosie admitted that hearing the verdict did take a big burden off his back, but ultimately led to harsher treatment from security during his stay at Angola.
“At that point, the security got like hateful towards me,” Boosie said. “So, any little minor thing that had my name in it or any small thing, they would take good time from me. So, it kinda got harder after that part. Having people be so hateful towards you because of the verdict. So, people probably thought when I won that it was easy. It was a big burden off my back, but it’s harder when you trying to go home and people keep messing with you. And I was feeding into it sometimes too. Cause I don’t like people to talk to me any kind of way and do me any kind of way, but at a certain point I had to just say ‘I can’t do nothing about it. I’m just gonna not say nothing.’”
The rapper also recalled the moments leading up to his release from prison last week. Boosie says he was expecting a…
The singer says the pair "want to reestablish [their] own lanes first and then do something amazing together."
In a recently released segment of an interview with Complex, R&B singer Ashanti explained showing portions of her album Braveheart to Ja Rule prior to its release and spoke about their plans to link up in the studio in the future.
Referencing an Instagram post from August of 2013 in which the frequent collaborators were pictured together following his release from prison, Ashanti explained giving Ja Rule a chance to hear the music she had been working on. “Either that night or a few weeks later,” she said, “I played him records from the album, he was super excited for me. We’re definitely gonna do something. Right now, we’re kind of like on our paths of—you know we haven’t put music out in a long time, so we kind of want to reestablish our own lanes first and then do something amazing together. Because the thing about it is, our chemistry is just so organic, it really doesn’t take a lot. If we get in the studio, we’re good, you know what I mean? So, we’re both really, really excited and happy for each other.”
Ja Rule and Ashanti worked together extensively as labelmates over the years including their 2001 collaboration "Always on Time," 2002's…
During their panel discussion, Nasty Nas credited Horowitz for having a serious impact on his life.
The unlikely duo of Nas and Ben Horowitz served as a reminder on stage Sunday at SXSW that successful people flourish in part thanks to their ability to connect and learn from those they might appear to have little in common with. "Thank you both as a listener and a writer for your honesty. It's completely changed my life," Horowtiz said to Nas. "You changed my life too, man," Nas said. "We have so many conversations about life. [I've] been at your home, your beautiful family. The beautiful group of people that I've been meeting with you. It's opened up my head to a lot of different things, investing and things like that." (The Washington Post)
Nasir Jones also gave Ben props for schooling him with literature.
Nas eagerly described reading Horowitz's book, "The Hard Thing About Hard Things": "As I'm reading the book I'm having heart palpitations. He talks about throwing 20 billion and stuff like it's 20 dollars!" The pair spoke of their shared interest in Toussaint…
According to the Big Apple native, rap veterans Nas and Rakim heavily influenced the upcoming release.
"When I fell in love with hip-hop it was more important that you had your own style than you being able to master a version of Rakim or a version of another artist's style," he says alluding to artist he has publicly called his idol. "Nobody does that better than [Rakim]. Even with new content that flow is still his flow. Nas is [also] one of those guys...he has his own. Even if some people make comparisons that was just Queensbridge, man. That period for me...Mobb Deep, Prodigy is in his own class in my mind." (VIBE)
Curtis Jackson also admitted the delayed solo offering may not appeal to all listeners.
50 even admits that his hardboiled view of the world won't be for everyone. "It's going to be really interesting because some of [Animal Ambition] is written from a slightly warped perspective," he muses. "But it's all about prosperity." (VIBE)
While details are scarce, Fif recently revealed music producer Dr. Dre…
Instagram photos and growing speculation on their marital statuses have intensified since the weekend.
Nicki and her "unconfirmed" boyfriend, Safaree "Scaff Beezy" Samuels, appear to have made it through a decade of love based on her latest barrage of Instagram pics. This weekend, the pound cake-thick provocateur took to Instagram to chronicle her celebratory get away to the beaches of Cabo, Mexico along with her Pink Friday familia. We're not sure if this rendezvous in paradise was Nicki's gift to Scaff, or if it was his treat, but either way, it's all the same young money, right? (Bossip)
A photo posted onto Breezy's Instagram page last month showed him donning Nicki's face on his chest.
Nicki Minaj's rumored boyfriend Safaree Samuels has not only one tattoo of her, but three. He showed his love for the rapper in a very public way this past weekend on Instagram. Samuels, also known as Scaff Beezy, posted a photo of himself shirtless, revealing two new tattoos of the curvy vixen. On the right side of his chest, he got a face tattoo of Minaj, and on the left, he got her…
According to a tweet posted onto his Twitter account, multiple Gucci-related projects are slated to arrive beginning next month.
"Young Thugga Mane LaFlare & The Brick Factory vol 1 both droppin April 1st. Tomorrow 2 exclusives will drop ya'll get ready #Burrr," a tweet posted March 9 reads. (Gucci Mane's Twitter)
Recently, R&B singer Trey Songz dished out some advice for Gucci.
"Nah," Songz laughingly said when asked about if it's safe to take advice from a fellow inmate. "I mean, the thing about Gucci is he's a gangsta. He'll figure it out either way. But Gucci's done been locked up so many times, the next time he's done for sure. Gucci, I love you to death, you my [pal], I love you, you can't keep getting locked up. That's not rich n*gga sh*t. That's not rich n*gga. Rich n*ggas don't keep getting locked up. That's trap n*gga sh*t. You can't be a trap n*gga forever. That's all it comes down to. You feel me?" (TMZ)
Back in December, Gucci received bad news in court after being indicted on felony charges.
Rapper Gucci Mane was charged in…
Details of Puff Daddy's hefty bid have started to scatter across the Internet.
Sean Combs wants to light a fuse under his new cable network Revolt. The hip-hop mogul is said to have made a bid to buy Fuse, a music channel owned by Madison Square Garden Co. The bid comes after Combs launched his own music cable network Revolt TV last year. If Combs is successful in his efforts to acquire Fuse, he would most likely replace it with Revolt. Fuse is in over 70 million homes, while Revolt, which only launched last fall, is in a fraction of that. The rap star offered $200 million for Fuse, according to Bloomberg News. That is far less than the more than $300 million that New York-based MSG sought when it put the music cable channel up for a possible sale last year, a former Fuse executive said. (Los Angeles Times)
Reports also claim Puff tried to get his hands on Fuse in recent years.
This is not the first time Combs has made a run at Fuse. He was part of a group of potential buyers that made an offer a few years ago, the former Fuse staffer said. A representative for Revolt TV declined to comment. An MSG spokesman said, "as we have…
RondoNumbaNine, who has collaborated with Lupe Fiasco, Lil Durk, and Fredo Santan in recent months, has been charged with murder in connection to a February shooting.
A Chicago Tribune article reports that 17-year old Chicago, Illinois rapper RondoNumbaNine has been arrested and charged with murder. The Tribune reports that Rondo, whose given name is Clint Massey, is currently being held on a $2 million bail as of today (March 9) at Cook County Bond Court.
The murder charge stems from an incident on February 22 in which Massey, along with another unnamed gunmen, fired into the passenger side of a vehicle that held 28-year old Javan Boyd. Boyd, who was a driver for a local dispatch service according to the Tribune’s article, was waiting for a customer before he was shot seven times early in the morning.
Assistant State Attorney Robert Mack reports that some of the incident was captured on video and that the rapper’s fingerprints were found on the victim’s vehicle.
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