I'm really excited about doing things a different way this time around", says Joe Budden. This isn't a send-tracks-around, and everyone-records-in-their-own-studio type of album. Joell Ortiz said that he is happily looking forward to the process as well: "The creative being creative! Fun, fun fun!"
Royce Da 5'9" added that "everyone is in the perfect space, mentally. It feels great to be back in the studio with the guys and I think that I can speak for everyone when I say that we just wanna make an album that will stand the test of time and mean sum'n to Hip-Hop."
If Crooked I's attitude towards this project is any indication of where it's headed, prepare for an onslaught. "God of the Westcoast, I birthed these n!3@@& now I'm about to burry 'em. Bloody Axe PigFace Slaughterhouse Mafia!"
The following is an excerpt from Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Ben Greenman, out now from Grand Central Publishing.
I got a text from Prince's assistant. That's how things go in the Prince universe: You get a pre‑message saying that a phone message is coming later. But this time, the message said something different. It said that there was going to be a roller‑skating party that night, for Valentine's Day, and that I should bring some cool people.
I was puzzled. What did Prince mean by "cool," exactly? I wasn't sure if he was trusting me with the word or with the concept. I texted back: "Cool?" It turned out they meant the people who were already with me: Mos, Talib, Jill, Erykah, Common. I started to line people up in my mind and called them to give them the news. I thought they would do backflips: a party with Prince? To my amazement, most of them weren't up for it. Jill came backstage and told me that she was tired. Talib said that he needed to be in bed before midnight. I ran into Alan Leeds, who led me to Raphael's dressing room, where Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy were sitting and talking. I went to my same pitch: "Hey, guys, want to go roller‑skating with Prince?"
"Right," Alan said. "I'll be in the grave before I'm in skates."
"Right," Chris said. "Like I'm skating with these knees."
"Right," Raphael said. "I'm too old for that shit."
Hip-Hop artist Jimmy Keys Jr. and playwright Dominique Morisseau recently exchanged vows in Detroit, Michigan at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African & African-American History. As beautiful as the wedding was, the real treat came in the couple's well-choreographed first dance. Check out the video below. This is a first dance you'll never forget!