Drake was in the headlines (no pun) again yesterday after some confusion with Rolling Stone after a few angry Tweets Aubrey took to the OVO blog to write a letter apologizing for his words.
With today being the 5th anniversary of So Far Gone I figured it’s fitting to return to it’s place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed.
The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated.
I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment. I am still the same person. Today I was forced out of my character and felt the need to react swiftly.
These days are the worst ones. Waking up after a great night in the studio and it’s your day to be picked apart. After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.
On April 15th, 2014, Nas will be releasing a special 20th Anniversary Edition, titled Illmatic XX. The album will include the remastered version of his debut album, alongside several rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles. Also, Nas will be touring the U.S. and performing Illmatic from front to back to celebrate the release. Talk about great news. In addition, fans can now pre-order the 2CD set on iTunes and both the 2CD set and 1LP vinyl via Amazon.com. Also stream the “It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Stink Mix)” here.
The tour is set to kick off in the spring beginning at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
“With Illmatic, I didn’t think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I’m a man from that past and I’m supremely grateful. There’s a Nigerian proverb ‘What is past is prologue’. I’m here today because of Illmatic.” – Nas
Back in June, there were rumors surrounding upcoming music from a brand new Jodeci album in the works, with all original members, K-Ci & JoJo, DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin. It’s been revealed that the legendary r&b group has recorded 200 songs so far for the album. Fast forward until 2014, Timbaland has revealed that he’s been working on the comeback album from Jodeci. Last month Timbaland went viral on his Hang With app to discuss details from the often delayed album. Around the 3:19 mark, he states he’s not to reveal that information, but for the fans he did it anyway. Check out the full interaction with his fans after the jump.
Y’all ready for this.
This is great news. Rapper Big Pooh has signed a two project deal with Mello Music Group for 2014. The first project is a joint album with producer Nottz and it will be released this Summer on MMG. In other great news, Rapper Big Pooh will release a second project which will be an extended EP produced by Mello Music Group beat-makers (Apollo Brown, Quelle Chris, Oddisee etc).
Are you excited for this!
Out of nowhere, J. Cole releases a brand new project. Some songs we’ve heard before, but anything with J. Cole on it. We’re co-signing. Features includes Bas, Omen, and more. The project includes the original version of “Crooked Smile”. Make sure you download this now. Stream and download the project after the jump. Happy birthday J. Cole.
J. Cole and his Dreamville imprint has signed a partnership with Interscope Records. Great news!
First and foremost, this was a great album. I’ve always been a fan of Ye’s work, so this is some exciting news. Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak album will be getting remastered and re-released next month. The scheduled release date is February so hopefully right around Valentine’s Day is when the album will be released. The album will be released in digital retailers, and also in stores.
Universal Music has announced that some of the major, Hip-Hop albums will be re-mastered and re-issued which will be a part of their Respect The Classics campaign. Leading the charge will be 50 Cent’s Diamond debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ which will receive a 10-year anniversary platinum vinyl edition on November 12th. Other albums include Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP, Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter and more. According to the label, the aim is to highlight “spotlight iconic, genre-defining albums” from the back catalogs of Def Jam, Interscope, Priority and Virgin Records imprints.
Wow. The Purple One will always be a Gawd to music lovers like myself, but we gotta remember we gotta support the music culture. According to SPIN, Prince is suing 22 for $22 Million over live recordings and posting tracks online. He doesn’t even know the identity of all the defendants, but he’s demanding each pay $1 million in damages. 22 defendants equals $22 million. Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on copyrights and he also wants them to forfeit any money they may have made from his music. With interest. Sheesh.
According to the 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco (viaAntiquiet), the defendants “engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.” The lawsuit targets Dan Chodera, Karina Jindrova, and 20 anonymous defendants. Chodera and Jindrova allegedly operated a no-longer-online Facebook account that posted a bunch of bootleg Prince videos.
The other defendants — “Does” 1 through 20 — are accused of similar infractions, such as pointing to a 1983 Chicago set from WorldofBootleg.blogspot.com. Hey, we’d like to hear that one.
Prince asks for a jury trial, which, though highly unlikely, would have to make for some fascinating courtroom drama. In addition to the $22 million total in damages, Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on his copyrights. He also wants them to forfeit any money they may have made from his music — with interest — and to return any “unlawful materials” to their rightful Purple custody. Oh, and they’d better cover his lawyers’ fees, too.
Two of my favorite rock groups Fall Out Boy & Paramore have announced an upcoming tour called, MONUMENTOUR. The tour will kick off on June 19 in Hartford, CT, and ending in Concord, CA on August 17. They will traveling through cities such as North Carolina, Chicago, Nashville, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas, and more! Tickets go on sale Friday. Purchase them, here and here.
Check out after the jump for the tour dates.