(AllHipHop News) Tech N9ne is one of the most respected rappers in the game. That is proven by the fact the indie artist can secure features from some of the top stars of the culture like Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, T.I., and Busta Rhymes.
"Look at me though. Jay Z, if he sees this [picture of me] - I mean what is he going to say? He's going to say, 'That's Tech N9ne? That ain't the guy I remember back when we went on tour. He's worse now,'" stated Tech. "What is Jay Z going to do with that? So it has to be music driven."
He added, "Rihanna looks at that, [and she'll say,] 'Uh, what the f*ck is that, dude?'" Then they hear my music, and it's like, 'Oh, that's that guy. This n*gga looks like he's about to say, 'Hail Satan, see you in hell.'"
Tech went on to explain the photograph of him with what may be mistaken as a satanic symbol on his head actually stands for "worldly angel." The creator of Strangeulation Vol. II insists his talent speaks for itself and he is never changing his image.
(AllHipHop News) Atlanta-based rap stars Big Boi, Killer Mike, and T.I. are defending a Mississippi high school student's First Amendment rights. The trio is among a host of concerned citizens that filed a brief to the United States Supreme Court on why rap music is an art form protected by the Constitution.
Killer Mike, T.I., and Big Boi were also joined by Pharoahe Monch and Jasiri X in adding their names to the brief filed on behalf of Bell. Erik Nielson of the University of Richmond, Charis E. Kubrin of the University of California-Irvine, and Travis L. Gosa of Cornell University are among the main authors. Professors from several universities including USC, Columbia, Georgetown, Northwestern, and UCLA also signed on as friends of the court supporting Bell.
The brief references the artistic value of several Hip Hop acts including Afrika Bambaataa, Jay Z, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, and more.
Hip hop-a cultural movement comprised of performance arts such as MCing ("rapping"), DJing ("spinning"), breakdancing ("b-boying"), and graffiti ("writing")-began as a response to these dire conditions. Pioneers like Afrika Bambaataa (once a gang leader himself) used spiritual and political consciousness ("knowledge of self") to develop hip hop as a tool for ending gang violence by providing an outlet that transformed the inherent competitiveness and territoriality of gang life into something artistic and productive. Dance competitions, rap battles, and other competitive performances replaced actual fighting, and rap in particular eventually became an alternative, legal source of income for blacks and Latinos otherwise cut off from labor market opportunities.
In his memoir, Decoded, Jay-Z-one of the best-selling artists in history-recounts being following around New York City by the same "hip hop cop" for seven years and, at one point, being arrested for no reason other than so police could "paint the picture of me as a menace to society." JAYZ, DECODED 162 (2011). Jay-Z explains why rappers, as opposed to artists in other genres, receive such treatment: "The difference is obvious, of course: 11 Rappers are young black men telling stories that the police, among others, don't want to hear."
Perhaps recognizing the transformative power of hip hop, both in the U.S. and abroad, the Vatican included the song Changes by Tupac Shakur (a rapper well known for using violent rhetoric to attack institutions of power) on its official MySpace playlist in 2009. Jo Piazza, Tupac Song Selected for Vatican Playlist, CNN (Dec. 4, 2009). The song includes lyrics like "Give the crack to the kids, who the hell cares, one less hungry mouth on the welfare" and "My stomach hurts, so I'm looking for a purse to snatch." The Vatican- unlike the Disciplinary Committee and Fifth Circuit-apparently recognized the difference between artistic expression and literal truth.
Like Tupac Shakur, Taylor Bell was using his music to effect changes. In the final portion of the video for his song PSK da Truth, Bell says that in rapping about sexual misconduct at his high school, he is trying to raise awareness about similar injustices around the world: "It's something that's been going on, you know, worldwide for a long time that I just felt like, you know, I needed to address."
Songs like Ether reveal some of the most basic characteristics of rap as a creative form. Not only is the genre imbued with an inherent sense of competitiveness, it also is "a complex linguistic art where words are constantly in flux, changing meanings and intentions, texture and sound." ADAM BRADLEY, BOOK OF RHYMES: THE POETICS OF HIP HOP 89 (2009).
The decision by the court of appeals punishes a student for his art-and perpetuates unfair and inaccurate stereotypes-by mischaracterizing often used rap music phrases as "threats." The decision either failed to understand, or failed to acknowledge, Taylor Bell's rap song as artistic expression. As a result, Bell's petition for certiorari should be granted.
(AllHipHop News) Who would have thought Raven-Symoné is a Hip Hop head? Turns out The View panelist leans more toward lyrical rap than Trap anthems. AllHipHop.com caught up with Raven on the Growing Up Hip Hop premiere red carpet in New York City. The Cosby Show star let it be known she can turn up on occasion but just easily drop bars from one of Jay Z's album cuts.
Jay Z and Beyonce end the year off with a court victory over a Hungarian singer that claimed the couple used her voice on their song "Drunk In Love."
Mitsou, the singer, said that her song was used without permission and is a "constitutionally protected work of art."
She claims her singing was digitally manipulated and then sampled without her permission in a Manhattan court.
Mitsou, real name Mónika Juhász Miczur, dropped "Gypsy Life on the Road" in the US in 1997 and the song can be heard in the beginning of "Drunk In Love."
Even though use of her voice was not in dispute, Mitsou still lost the case over a very specific provision.
Judge Cynthia Kern threw the case out because Mitsou went after Jay and Beyonce under the Civil Rights Law, which protects a "name, portrait, picture or voice used for advertising or trade purposes without written consent."
Judge Kern said her grievance doesn't apply in cases like this, according to the New York Post.
"It is undisputed that the 'Drunk in Love' song and video are works of artistic expression and, pursuant to well-established law, they are therefore exempted from the Civil Rights Law," Kern said.
Mitsou also argued that the Civil Rights Law applied to her, because the song was used in ads and an HBO television special.
(AllHipHop News) According to multiple reports, Rita Ora has filed a lawsuit against her record label Roc Nation. The British singer is seeking to be let out of her contract, claiming the agreement with Jay Z's company violates California law.
"When Rita signed, Roc Nation and its senior executives were very involved with her as an artist," the suit states. "As Roc Nation's interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives. Rita's remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company."
In addition, Ora claims Roc Nation's transition from being distributed by Sony to being distributed by Universal has caused issues for her career. The suit also refers to Roc Nation as a "diminished" label with "only a handful of admittedly worthy heritage superstar artists."
Ora is looking to use California's "seven year rule" law which allows artists to break from their contracts after that time period. However, previous cases have ended with the record companies being given the ability to sue the artist for "lost profits" on uncompleted albums.
The 25-year-old "R.I.P." performer's deal reportedly requires her to release up to five albums with a "pay or play" provision. She has only released one album while at Roc Nation, 2012's Ora.
The rest of Roc Nation's current label division roster includes Jay Z, J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Rihanna, Willow Smith, Vic Mensa, DJ Mustard, and others. Since its launch in 2008, only Jay and Cole have released more than one album through the company. Meanwhile, Rita Ora has already been pulled from the list of label acts on the Roc Nation website.
Recently, HBO announced that J. Cole's hometown concert would be produced as a documentary, titled Homecoming, in honor of the success of the Carolina rapper's The film promises to showcase not only the concert itself, but also footage behind the scenes. There also seems to be appearances from Drake and Jay Z as well. Homecoming will air on HBO January 9th and will also be available on HBO NOW or HBO GO.
(AllHipHop News) J. Cole is set to launch 2016 off with a special presentation on HBO. The North Carolina bred emcee's Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming will air on the cable network on Saturday, January 9.
After his performance piece debuts on HBO in January, Cole's fans can then possibly expect another big reveal the following month. The Dreamville leader hinted on his recent release "Black Friday" that another project could be arriving in February.
J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming was directed by Scott Lazer. Subscribers can watch the show on HBO, HBO GO, and HBO NOW.
(AllHipHop News) Most Hip Hop followers are extremely likely to mention Run-DMC among the greatest Hip Hop groups of all time. But who would make Run-DMC member Rev Run's list of Top 5 rappers today? The legendary artist shared his choices with Sway In The Morning.
[ALSO READ: DMC Discusses His New Comic Book Series & Possibility Of A Run-DMC Biopic (VIDEO)] "Rappers that I like, that I think are really good - obviously Drake is really good. I hope I don't get in trouble for that," said Run. "Obviously, Nas is fire. Obviously, Rakim is amazing. I love Jay Z. I think he's a dope rapper. And I think this guy is a producer, but he's really good. Kanye is dope on the mic to me."
The star of the upcoming Rev Runs Around The World series made it clear his picks were not in any particular order. Run also added a female spitter as the sixth rapper to be included on his list of the best right now.
"I think when she's going ill, Nicki Minaj gets busy to me," stated Run. "I hope I don't get in trouble. It's not no official list."
Rev Runs Around The World premieres tonight (December 2) at 10 PM/9 C on the Travel Channel.
(AllHipHop News) Rick Ross returns with his 8th studio album Black Market on Friday (December 4). The LP features appearances by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Nas, Future, and more. However, none of Rozay's Maybach Music Group artists show up on the project. The Miami native discussed MMG's absence from Black Market with Hot 97.
The interview also included Ross speaking about writing for other rappers. In particular, he touched on penning lyrics for Dr. Dre during a studio session with the legendary producer for Rozay's God Forgives, I Don't album.
"I was in the studio when me, Dr. Dre, and Jay Z did '3 Kings.' I was in the studio with Dre. I actually did five records with Dre in maybe two hours," Ross revealed. "I was like, 'Dre, this is the beat I want for me right here.' I went over into another room, wrote my verse, wrote Dre's verse, and sent what I had maybe an hour later to Jay Z. Jay always do his thing."
(AllHipHop News) Sometimes artists are able to live up to giving their album a name that defines greatness (see Jay Z's The Blueprint). Other times rappers fall short of the expectation an album title creates (see Iggy Azalea's The New Classic). Newcomer Post Malone appeared to make a bold statement by announcing his debut studio LP would be called Album Of The Year.
[ALSO READ: Post Malone Talks Working With Kanye West On "Fade" (VIDEO)] The "White Iverson" performer sent out a message to his 125,000 Twitter followers overnight that read, "my album is called 'Album of the Year.'" Malone returned to the social media site this morning to clear up that he was joking about the name of his forthcoming project. See Post Malone's tweets below.
It has been the stuff of folklore: Big Pun and Jay Z had a confrontation at a club.
However, Liza Rios, the widow of the late Big Pun, says the urban tale isn't what people think it is. Recently, Nore conducted an interview, which verified that Pun hit Jay Z with a bottle at a night club.
Liza Rios shoots the whole thing down. Check out the interview with Doggie Diamonds.
Rumor has it Pharrell and Jay Z recently got into it over Pharrell allegedly backing out of a deal with Tidal. Allegedly they got into it so bad, that Pharrell now has a black eye. Pharrell showed up to A&E's 'Shining A Light' concert with a very noticeable black eye. Who punched P? Was it Hov? Allegedly Pharrell told his family and friends that the cause of his black eye is from a spatula. He claims he and his wife were just playing around in the kitchen and a spatula flipped up and hit him right in the eye. Domestic violence? Accident? Are you buying this story?
What happened? Funkmaster Flex is on a rampage. He went off for about 30 min. He went at several other DJs and radio stations. But he didn't stop there. He dissed Drake "The Canadian" and then kinda took it back. I don't know. You just gotta hear it for yourself.
3:15 - Drake diss (then says he loves "The Canadian")
6:20 - Disses Clear Channel and their DJ's
11:40 - Expresses True Love For Jadakiss And Yonkers
21:00 - Goes At New DJ's
23:30 - Talks Beef With Jay, Nas, Drake and even...Bow Wow.
Blue Ivy is getting a head start on her music career. The three-year-old will be a guest feature on Coldplay's new album A Head Full Of Dreams, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Coldplay's Chris Martin revealed that Bey and Jay's daughter will be singing as apart of a choir with his two children.
"The 'choir' started with my two kids coming in after school and recording," Martin said. "We recorded Blue Ivy Carter in New York when her mom Beyoncé was in the studio."
The British rock collective also has a track with Blue Ivy's mom titled "Hymn for the Weekend," which Martin said was inspired for by DJ Snake and Lil' Jon's "Turn Down For What?"
"The original kernel was that I was listening to Flo Rida or something, and I thought, it's such a shame that Coldplay could never have one of those late-night club songs, like 'Turn Down for What," Martin said. "What would we call it if we had one? I thought I'd like to have a song called 'Drinks on Me' where you sit on the side of a club and buy everyone drinks because you're so fucking cool. I was chuckling about that, when this melody came - 'drinks on me, drinks on me' - then the rest of the song came out. I presented it to the rest of the band and they said, 'We love this song, but there's no way you can sing 'drinks on me.' So that changed into 'drink from me' and the idea of having an angelic person in your life. Then that turned into asking Beyoncé to sing on it."
Blue Ivy has appeared on past albums from both her parents on the tracks "Blue" by Beyonce and Jay Z's "Glory."