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Tony Yayo blames Interscope for G-Unit downfall

26 Feb

When they first arrived in the game, no one crew was hotter than G-Unit. Led by 50 Cent, they quickly took over the rap game. Some of their success was credited to the promotion of their distributor, Interscope Records. But, later 50 Cent revealed that Interscope did nothing besides ride the wave like the fans.

In 2006, the miraculous ride for G-Unit was coming to an abrupt end. Albums from Lloyd Banks and Young Buck flopped and 50 Cent’s album did not fare much better, either. Critics point to many reasons for the decline in G-Unit’s popularity, but it all boils down to Interscope Records not putting forth an effort. When Roc-A-Fella was on its run, Def Jam did everything in their power to make sure Jay-Z went platinum each time. But, Interscope did not do that for 50 Cent.

Due to the constant delays of Curtis, 50 Cent openly stated that he would begin searching for a new label home. Following the release of his next album, 50 Cent did just that. G-Unit went from being on top of the game, hitting a peak in the 2004-2005 period, but after Game left, so did the support of Interscope Records. Tony Yayo noticed this, just like the rest of the crew. That is the main reason that he left, over two years ago.

When Tony Yayo released his debut album, Interscope did all that they could to promote it, but when it was time for his next album, they put him on the backburner. In between his album releases, G-Unit went from being on top to being an after thought. But, Yayo feels that if Interscope Records had continued to promote the G-Unit brand that it would still be recognizable. But, the fact that they quit on G-Unit led to G-Unit quitting on them.

50 Cent, the G-Unit group, and G-Unit Records are off of Interscope Records entirely and 50 is searching for distribution with an independent service. The first album to be released when a new deal is established will be the long-awaited sophomore album from Tony Yayo.

Kid Cudi avoids Fame

26 Feb

Early last year, Kid Cudi achieved international fame. To many, that is the dream of a lifetime. But, to Kid Cudi, that just is not his dream. He wants to continue to make music, but he wants to still enjoy the simple things out of life. That is one of the prices when achieving fame. Kid Cudi is passionate about his music, but he never wanted to be famous.

While Kid Cudi did not want to become famous, only months before the release of his second album, he is one of the hottest topics in entertainment. Kid Cudi often makes news because he threatens retirement every other day. If it is not that, he has beaten up someone or has been framed for crimes that he did not commit.

Unexpectedly, Kid Cudi has become one of the central figures in rap music. He has been picked by many as the future of hip hop, whether he likes it or not. Despite all of the attention and the hype that Kid Cudi receives, he never wanted any of it. Recently, he talked about his new found fame and he said that he never wanted to be a “larger than life figure.” All that Kid Cudi ever wanted was to make music.

Kid Cudi plans to release his next album later this year on GOOD Music and Universal Records.

Bun B will release “Trill OG” on Universal Records

26 Feb

For the past few years, Bun B has been releasing his music through Asylum Records. He made the move during the period in 2005-2006 when a lot of big-name rappers went independent. At the time, they said that indie was best, but Bun B is the first one to return to a major label.

After five years on the independent circuit, Bun B is joining Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Chamillionaire, and other big names at Universal Records. There is no word about Trill Ent. being included in this move. Bun B says that he will remain on good terms with Asylum and the entire WMG.

Bun B said that he simply outgrew Asylum Records. Now that he is with Universal, he does not have to focus on the promotion and distribution of his next album. Strangely enough, he boasted about the freedom of handling his own promotion and distribution when he first made this deal. Apparently, all of this ended up being too much on Bun B, so he has decided to return to a major-label deal.

The next album from Bun B, Trill OG, will be released on May 25, 2010 on Trill Ent./Universal Records.

Ja Rule will give More Details about New Album at Birthday Bash

26 Feb

After six years of waiting, there are only a few months in between Ja Rule’s new album and now. There have been many album title changes and many release dates. Now, Rule says that he is in complete control and he will make sure that he releases Venni Vetti Vecci 2010 before the end of this year.

Obviously, that is the main reason that Ja Rule decided to call the album Venni Vetti Vecci 2010. The album has been in the works since last January. While he has been in the studio for over a year, details about the album have been kept quiet. He plans to release the album with no warning.

With Ja Rule’s birthday at the end of this month, he wants to have an extravagant bash to celebrate him turning 34 years old. To mark this party, he plans to announced the full details of the album. So far, all that is known is that Rule will be working with Irv Gotti and DMX. The label situation has been speculated, but no one knows for sure how this album will be released.

Next week, at his bash, Ja Rule will let the public know everything that they want to know about Venni Vetti Vecci 2010. With this news will also come the album’s release date. An official release date has yet to be released, but Ja announced that the album would come in June. His original Venni Vetti Vecci album was released on June 1.

Juvenile caught with Marijuana

26 Feb

Fresh off the release of his ninth album, Cocky & Confident, Juvenile is back in the news. However, this time it is not for anything good. Yesterday, he and some members of his camp were caught in possession of Marijuana.

Juvenile and his assistant, Leroy Edwards, were at his home when a neighbor called the police. They smelled strong fumes of Marijuana coming from the rapper’s home. When the police arrived at Juvenile’s home, both he and his assistant met the officers at the door.

The smell of the Marijuana was still strong and it could be smelled on the body of Leroy Edwards. That, alone, gave the police officers probable cause to search the home of Juvenile. The official police report says that “the presence of marijuana was strong.”

During their search, the police officers found a small bad of marijuana in the kitchen drawer. Juvenile would tell the officers that the bag belonged to him. Both he and Leroy Edwards were charged with misdemeanor charges and sent to jail. They did not stay long, as they were able to post bail.

Jadakiss helps revive FUBU

26 Feb

In the late 1990s, FUBU rose to become one of the top brands in urban wear. The attire that the brand featured was worn by all of the top black entertainers. However, it did draw criticism for being marketed solely to blacks. It was then that the creators of the brand let it be known that it was for everyone. But, FUBU was the first black-owned clothing line made for black people.

FUBU continued its strong run into the mid-2000s before falling off. By 2004, the brand had been beaten out by competitors, such as Phat Farm and even Southpole. Before long, FUBU was no longer featured in commercials or carried in stores. It has been almost ten years since anyone has even mentioned FUBU.

The owners of the clothing company hope that Jadakiss can change their fortunes. The hip hop star already has a deal with Coogi, a rival of FUBU. But, his endorsement with Samsung, the parent company of FUBU goes right in line with his next venture. Jadakiss will soon be using his hardcore appeal to attract fans to a revived FUBU brand.

Commercials featuring Jadakiss should soon be hitting television screens.

Tony Yayo talks New Album

26 Feb

For his sophomore album, Tony Yayo is working independent. As many already know, G-Unit Records is no longer operated under Interscope Records. The only artist still signed to G-Unit/Interscope is Young Buck. With the way things are looking, he may never release another album, so he is as good as retired. Meanwhile, it has been four years since Tony Yayo last released an album.

Initially, Tony Yayo was supposed to release a new album in 2007, but that was around the time that G-Unit had their falling out with Interscope Records. Because he was the lowest-selling artist on the G-Unit label, it was Yayo’s album that ended up being pushed back. While the label was working with Interscope, they expected all of the G-Unit artists to fit into a certain niche. All of which, including Yayo, had different ideas.

Now, he is off of Interscope Records, along with the rest of G-Unit Records. Label CEO, 50 Cent is now picking the pieces back up. He has invited Sha Money XL back into the fold and he said that he is going to land the label a deal with an independent distributor. Regardless of a distribution deal, Tony Yayo wants to begin recording his new album. The recording process has already started and he has some surprises in store.

For collaborations, aside from the expected work with 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo wants to record with Twista, Bun B, and Cormega. He has relationships with all of those artists, but Interscope did not want to see him working with those types of artists. With Interscope off of his back, he now has freedom with collaborations. Tony Yayo has to wait for 50 Cent to go ahead and secure a label deal and then he can set a release date.

Tony Yayo expects to release his untitled album this summer.

50 Cent is willing to sign Knoc-Turn’ Al to G-Unit

26 Feb

All of the support that 50 Cent used to have has slowly gone out of the window. When he first came into the game, he was able to turn everyone against Ja Rule. That was an incredible feat because Ja was ruling the game. After he took out that beast and his entire crew, 50 Cent felt unstoppable. But, he crumbled from his own weight and he has had some feuds that he just could not win, like his current feud with Game.

When he declared war against Game, 50 Cent hoped that everyone would turn on him. Instead, he saw his support team of Eminem and Dr. Dre turn blind eyes, while he was accepted more by the hip hop community. Game has been able to use 50 Cent’s enemies to his advantage. Last year, Game was able to get Ja Rule and Fat Joe to join him on the remix of Rick Ross’ “Mafia Music.” 50 Cent usually gets his way, but not with Game.

Knoc-Turn’ Al feels as if he should have been in Game’s position. He said that no matter how he felt about 50 Cent that he could have stayed with him. For the most part, Knoc feels that Game is unappreciative of the opportunity that 50 Cent provided for him. Knoc is also upset that he lost his spot with Dr. Dre because of Game. His single, “The Knoc,” only received minor radio play and it did nothing to boost his profile. But, when Game came out, he blew with 50 Cent fame.

That, more than any other reason, is probably why Knoc-Turn’ Al decided to set the record straight about Game. The statement that he made led to Game issuing a challenge to Knoc. So far, he has accepted the feud, but he has not recorded a diss record. But, if he chooses to do so, 50 Cent wants to let Knoc-Turn’ Al know that he is willing to help. Although 50 Cent no longer has the support of Interscope Records, he still has plans of reviving his crew this year.

While Knoc-Turn’ Al never quite caught on, he was never given a true chance. Now that he is finally off of Interscope, 50 Cent feels like superman. 50 Cent is willing to take the time and sign the established Knoc-Turn’ Al to G-Unit West to get that movement going again. Despite things looking bad, 50 Cent does envision G-Unit taking the world by storm once again.

Birdman speaks on Drake’s success

26 Feb

A few years ago, it would have been thought of as a joke had Cash Money Records signed an artist like Drake. The image that was built behind Birdman and the rest of the crew just did not match up with Drake. But, in 2006, Birdman handed the label over to Lil Wayne and he changed the image. For years, Wayne was viewed as a “gangsta,” but he quickly evolved into a lyricist.

The evolution of Lil Wayne was key in the unique development of Young Money. When he was given the CEO title of Cash Money Records, Wayne also created a label of his own. Before he decided to develop his label, Lil Wayne established himself. He would release Tha Carter III and then he signed a plethora of artists to the label.

The most notable signing came almost one year ago, when Lil Wayne signed former “Degrassi” star, Drake. His mixtape, So Far Gone, was just beginning to generate buzz and people were just starting to see how great he was. Once it was clear that Drake was going to be big, he was also added to the lagging roster of Cash Money Records. In the time since he signed to Cash Money, Drake has become a favorite of Birdman’s.

Birdman credited the quick success of Drake on his swagger. Unlike other newcomers in the game, Drake came in knowing that he was going to be big. Even before the release of his debut album, he was able to record with such powerplayers as Eminem, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. Because of his swagger and his influence, people simply cannot turn Drake down.

Fabolous wants Shyne on New Album

25 Feb

With all of the mixtape talk surrounding Fabolous, people seem to have forgotten about the album he plans to release. The new mixtape is supposed to be the preview to his album, Loso’s Way 2. This is the album that Fabolous hopes will end up making him a household name. He said this in the past about other albums, but he wants this one to be special.

With everyone leaving Def Jam, left and right, Fabolous is one of the only remaining New York rappers on the label. Looking to rebuild what the label was created on, Def Jam went out and signed Shyne to a multi-album deal. In the past, Shyne and Fab have worked together on the mixtape scene. When Shyne was released from prison, Fabolous was one of his biggest supporters.

Now that Shyne is out of prison and is on his label, Fabolous hopes to land a high-profile collaboration for Loso’s Way 2. His album sales have dropped significantly since his debut album and he feels that working with Shyne could improve his fortunes. Even though they are on the same label, the chances of them recording together are very slim. Shyne cannot get into the U.S. or the U.K.