The Hip-Hop Update – February 19th, 2012


Here it is, another installment of our ongoing “Hip-Hop Update” series. This week we have alotta cool stuff for you guys to check out. We gotta hot new mixtape from Juvenile which’ll be the soundtrack to your intoxication this Fat Tuesday. We also have a new one from Planet Asia who has joined forces with Doo Wop in order to whet the appetite of those starving for Black Belt Theatre. Then we have some hot new joints from CALiPH, Serius Jones, XL, and my man Iron Solomon. And that’s not even to mention the new Planet Asia Black Belt Theatre leak we’re letting you preview. There is also a brand new music video from Copywrite who has teamed up with Tage Future for the second single off his forthcoming album entitled God Save The King. We round out this update with a few interesting new stories featuring Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, P. Diddy, and Odd Future. Hope all my hip-hop heads out there enjoy it; leave your comments letting us know what you think.


Juvenile – Mardi Gras

With New Orleans’ annual Mardi Gras coming up soon, Juvenile has released his DJ Smallz-hosted mixtape of the same title. Weeks ago, Juvenile announced the mixtape and released the title track. As promised, Juvenile has now released the official Mardi Gras mixtape just in time for you to imbue this year’s festivities with a little street ambiance. On the latest leak and title track off his street album with DJ Smallz, the New Orleans rhymesayer celebrates Fat Tuesday in hard-nosed style, dropping aggressively braggadocious rhymes over the bass-booming street production of Sinista.

The 11-track offering features cameos from Rick Ross, UTP members Skip and Wacko and Mannie Fresh, who also serves as a producer on the disc.


Planet Asia & Doo Wop – The Arrival

With the release date for his new album Black Belt Theatre rapidly approaching, West Coast hip-hop luminary Planet Asia teams up with the legendary Doo Wop for a new mixtape, The Arrival, which serves as the official prelude to Planet Asia’s long awaited solo project Black Belt Theatre; which will be released on February 28th, 2012, courtesy of Wandering Worx/Daddy Real/GreenStreets.

Named after a 1980s Saturday-afternoon TV show and inspired by Planet Asia’s favorite films, Black Belt Theatre combines the violent precision of classic kung-fu flicks with the calculated cool of classic blaxploitation movies. “I wanted to make the album like a movie, something you would see in a theater,” says Asia. “That’s why it has so many features. All the guests feel like different characters in the movie.” These guests include veterans like Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, and Strong Arm Steady, as well as newcomers like Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, and Nio Tha Gift.

“They’re basically just all people I thought were dope,” says Asia. “Both young cats I’m feeling and veterans I’ve always admired.” Unlike on his albums with Evidence and DJ Muggs, Asia also got to determine the sonic direction on Black Belt Theatre, resulting in a soul-heavy, blaxploitation-influenced sound. “It was fun because I got to reach out to guys like Oh No and Khrysis for beats, find the best tracks and put together a masterpiece,” explains Asia. “It’s some esoteric gangster shit…a full plate for the listener.”

Black Belt Theatre will be released on February 28th, 2012 and will feature appearances from Talib Kweli, Raekwon, Paul Wall, Fashawn, Mistah FAB, Chace Infinite, Camp Lo, The Jacka, Krondon, Torae, and Rass Kass.



Planet Asia – “Fuck Rappers” feat. Fashawn & Willie The Kid

Fresno’s finest unite! West Coast veteran Planet Asia and promising newcomer Fashawn are probably the two best-known MCs to emerge from Fresno, California. On Planet Asia’s new album Black Belt Theatre, the two unite with Michigan up-and-comer Willie The Kid for the posse cut “Fuck Rappers”. The blaxploitation-inspired Black Belt Theatre hits streets February 28th through Wandering Worx / Daddy Real / Greeenstreets, with appearances from the likes of Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, Strong Arm Steady, Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, Rasco, and more.

Be on the look-out for Black Belt Theatre available February 28th, 2012.


CALiPH – “Know Your Roll” feat. Ezra

Toronto up-and-comer CALiPH, released his debut LP, The Resignation, in January and since has received tremendous radio-play in the “Maple Leaf State” thanks to his versatility and the project’s diversity, as CALiPH nimbly shows his range by melding old-school soul, smooth R&B and classic boom-bap rap into one cohesive project.

The Resignation features production from Rich Kidd (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Fashawn, Colin Munroe, Chase N. Ca$he, Tona) and M-Phazes (Slaughterhouse, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Emilio Rojas, Sean Price, Royce Da 5’9, Elzhi, Redman, Amerie, Skyzoo).


Serius Jones – “What Goes Around” & XL – “Better Get Your Gun” feat. Torae

“RUN” (Raps United Nation) is the brainchild of M.O.P.’s Billy Danze, who throughout the course of his illustrious career and years of extensive international touring could not help but notice and acknowledge how many talented artists he met during his travels who simply lacked a platform to be heard. Who better than a fellow artist to spearhead the charge and give them that platform, as Billy explains, “As an artist, I understand the frustration. There are so many artists out there that possess the talent of being able to produce and record good music. They are determined; they have the drive and dedication, but feel as if no one notices. I’ve seen and heard what’s out there from an artistic level. These artists need to be heard and have a united voice. I am very passionate about giving them that opportunity and will do anything in my power to help those that really want to win.”

The music industry has undeniably changed and evolved, and artists have been forced to either adapt with it, or go the way of the dinosaur. While the Internet and the proliferation of social media platforms are viable assets for new artists desperately looking for exposure, using those mediums alone is still equivalent to trying to “catch lighting in a bottle.” Billy Danze’s ambitious plans for “RUN” are to create an army of incredible artists from all corners of the globe and to unify and raise awareness for them by creating projects which are loud enough to be heard by the masses; as Billy details “my aim is to get every talented artist a deal. Support on a globalized scale is all an artist really needs or could ask for. I have contacted all my resources, and they in return have done the same. A vital key to success in this business is alliance; and I personally have a team in every corner of the world. We can build a team of thousands and support each other.”

There is no disputing the artistic contributions Billy Danze has contributed to the culture as a member of M.O.P., yet, while still in its early infancy, his greatest contribution may still lay in front of him as the founder of “RUN,” as he eloquently states, “as a fellow artist, these projects will enable me to be a vital cog in a family of worthy artists that simply need a platform and a voice and to oversee that lends the potential to be the biggest accomplishment of my career. From a business perspective, I believe “RUN” (Raps United Nation”) is a vehicle the industry is desperately lacking. The way to find new talent is to go get it. Industry executives no longer believe in the artist, or artist development, how can the industry grow if we don’t allow new artists to showcase their talent?”



Iron Solomon – “Breathe”

This song is about the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Things we all go through no matter how young or old, rich or poor. Sometimes you just need a moment to “Breathe”. Iron Solomon presents the second single from his debut album, Monster, out March 27th on Royal/3D. “Breathe” is produced by Iron Solomon with co-production from Isaiah.

Monster is produced entirely by Iron Solomon and his in-house team of producers and musicians. The album will mesh trunk-rattling 808s with hard-hitting drums, soaring strings, lush synths and soulful horns, while remaining strongly rooted in the aggressive, witty lyricism Solomon is known for.



Copywrite – “Love” feat. Tage Future

“Love” is the appropriate word for today and a word we probably don’t communicate quite enough to our family, friends and significant others. In lieu of the spirit of the day, Copywrite picked an ever so appropriate time to unleash the latest video from his forthcoming LP God Save The King.

I will let Copy take it from here “For Copy so loves the world, I’m giving you all a video we worked really hard on. The song is called “Love”. Wu-Tang’s Bronze Nazareth did the beat, Tage Future (of MHz) and myself did the words and the imperial DJ Scratch Johnson, formerly known as DJ Drastic did the cuts. “Love” is from my third studio album, God Save The King, which drops Feb 28th and is, in my opinion, my best work to date. Much love & don’t forget to tell a stranger you love ’em today.”

Most artists lack the dexterity to make a shift such as the one Copywrite has embarked upon, but this is not an issue for him. No matter the topic, Copy stays to true his art form and offers plenty of proof that he is still one of the great wordsmiths in the industry today. God Save The King is an intimately honest record filled with deep concepts like “Talk With Jesus” and the RJD2 produced “Synesthesia.” Classic Hip-Hop tracks still abound, such as “Golden State (Of Mind)” with Evidence, Roc Marciano and Casual and “White Democrats” with Mac Lethal. Copywrite broadens his horizons on collaborations with fellow Man Bites Dog Records artist Jason Rose, who produced and sang on the pop slanted “J.O.Y” featuring Torae and the Dire Straits cover song “Yo! MTV Raps! (Money for Nothing)”; both of these tracks cast a wider net than Copywrite has aimed for in the past.

With God Save the King Copywrite delivers another brutally honest record that reaches for new creative heights. God Save The King will be released on February 28th, 2012.


Nicki Minaj Tells Jay-Z She Is Coming For His Spot

“I had a little conversation with Jay-Z at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. He said, ‘Congratulations on all your success.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m coming for you. I’m coming for your spot, Mr. Mogul.’” On March 20, check newsstands for more gorgeous pictures and the whole, revealing interview in Allure.

Young Jeezy Says Def Jam Tried To Block TM101 Intro Track

Young Jeezy recently chopped it up with Shade 45’s Statik Selektah about everything from his latest album TM103 to how he promoted his mixtape Trap Or Die by handing out 700,000 copies. During the chat, he also revealed that he had to fight to get the intro track “Thug Motivation 101″ on TM101 on the album and how his label, Def Jam, tried to block it from the LP.

“Crazy story with that shit. I was fighting to get that song on the record. The label wanted to take it off. I was like, y’all fucking crazy. It was one of those things. In the beginning, a lot of motherfuckers didn’t know where I was going with it. I had to stand on that. It was one of those win or lose things, and I feel like I won, you feel me? It was a dark time, but it was a lot of money.”

Odd Future OF Tape Vol. 2 Due March 20th

Odd Future has announced the release of its upcoming mixtape OF Tape Vol. 2, the follow up to their 2008 debut mixtape The Odd Future Tape. According to a press release, the West Coast crew’s tape will arrive on March 20th via Odd Future Records. The offering will include new songs from Tyler The Creator, Frank Ocean, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Domo Genesis, Syd the Kyd, the Internet and Mike G.

The collective will also hit the road for a 10-date U.S. tour in conjunction with the mixtape release. The tour will include a show, a screening of their Adult Swim show Loiter Squad and an Odd Future pop-up store in each city. The cover art for OF Tape Vol. 2 has been revealed, sporting a picture of OF affiliate Lucas Vercetti.

Diddy Confirms Launch of New Cable Network, “Revolt”

The rumors of Diddy creating a new music themed television network have been confirmed. Reports first indicated that the network would launch in late 2012. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hip-hop mogul turned business tycoon will indeed launch a cable network called “Revolt”.

Combs released this statement: “Revolt is the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media. We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. Combs continued, Revolt will be live, like all great moments in the television history”

Despite early reports in the New York Times which hinted that Time Warner would distribute the network, Comcast announced Tuesday that it would be the distributor of a “Combs-backed network”. Reports were also accurate about Diddy teaming up with MTV veteran Andy Schuon. The network will infuse music, news and pop culture including music videos, live performance and interviews.

Mr. Combs will now join other moguls like Oprah Winfrey and Magic Johnson with TV networks. Revolt will debut the end of the year.