[video] The Infamous ‘Omar Epps Skirt’ Video

Based on the severe backlash he has gotten the past few days, I am going out on a limb that he won’t be pulling this stunt anymore. On the surface, let’s hope that this backlash will nip this trend in the bud, Kanye withstanding.

This colossal push to strip men of their masculinity has been popping all over pop culture the last few years and it seems like an hidden agenda has been set in motion. What is that agenda? It’s just ‘fashion’ is the sentiment provided by his childhood friend Marlon Wayans who got into a twitter war with outspoken rapper/actor Lord Jamar who took exception to his style of dress for his interview on The View.

Is this a trend you support?

EXCLUSIVE: First pics of Kanye West GURU energy drink ads

via Woooha

Kanye West x GURU Energy Drink. Back in April, Kanye West announced he was becoming an equity partner of GURU Energy Drink and would also be developing his own flavor of the drink in the coming months. Since then, news has been slow about when his drink would hit the market but WoooHa has landed the first official Kanye x GURU collaboration pics that will be used for promotional and advertising purposes. So THAT’s how he gets his beats to sound so good! GURU it up folks and be cool like Kanye.

Kanye West’s custom “Black-Out” Rolex

kanyerolex

via Woooha

Kanye West x Rolex. Although Kanye does not have an endorsement deal with Rolex (at least one that is public), he has mentioned numerous times his love for the luxury watch brand as well for the custom watch designs of company Black-Out Concept. The company designed Kanye’s custom Rolex which is literally blacked-out.

“It looks hard, it looks really cool,” Kanye explained. “It’s a new take on a classic watch.” He also likes the fact that they take a Rolex and literally “paint it black.”

The watches run anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000. Check the official website out. Here are pics of Kanye’s designs.

[video] STAR & BUC WILD: Who’s That Girl?

Star & Buc seems to always be on time with their commentary. Just this past weekend I saw Amber w/Kanye in VIP and the first thing that is indisputable about her is she sticks out like a sore thumb, well stands out would be the more appropriate word. She is an enigma: beautiful, focused & definitely working her angle but hey, this is show bizness and you gotta get it how you live.

Jadakiss Wants Kanye West, Cam’ron On ‘Who’s Real’ Remix

jadakiss-the-last-kiss-final-small

via MTV

NEW YORKJadakiss is putting his calls out. ‘Kiss wants Kanye West and Cam’ron on the remix of his current single, “Who’s Real,” and he already knows what producers’ beats he needs for his next album.

“I’m definitely going back in,” the Yonkers native said. “The D-Block album is wrapped up. I’mma make sure we finish this LOX album, and I’m coming right back at the end of the year. I think I’m gonna call it Top Five, Dead or Alive. I’m only gonna work with Primo [DJ Premier], Alchemist, Swizz Beatz, Dame Grease, sh– like that. Have a couple of South [producers], and that’s it. Wham!”

The Black Babe Ruth’s Last Kiss is far from over, though. He just shot a video for “Who’s Real” in Harlem last week, with OJ Da Juiceman and Swizz. T.I., Ja Rule, the Clipse, Grafh and Black Hand Entertainment were among the friends who came down for cameo appearances. After that, ‘Kiss is going with the single “Smoking Gun” — featuring Jazmine Sullivan — to close out the album. A video is in the works. Continue reading

[video] Rhymefest- CHICAGO (Final)

This joint was so nice we had to post it twice! Nah, this is actually the final version of a leaked edit of this explosive video from Rhymefest. Apparently it still had tweaks that needed to be done, like the Wolverine leak some weeks prior. The final hits just as hard though, good job ‘Fest. 

[video] Kanye- TWO WORDS

I remember being at Kanye’s first album listening session when this video was premiered. Mind you, this was before the car accident which spawned “Through The Wire” so this was the very first visual the media got of ‘Ye. Shout out to Coodie & Chike who shot this joint that never got the light of day. Epic Fail for DEF JAM.

Mini MPC 2000XL / SP1200 flash drives let you take a little Kanye with you

flshd21

flshd1via Enadget

We’re not usually very enthused by flash drives, though occasionally they’re cute enough to cause a flutter of interest. These, however, are hair-raisingly, insanely awesome. Designed with the modern musician in mind, these two bad boys are convincingly modeled on the AKAI MPC2000XL sampler and the EMU SP1200 drum machine. And by “convincingly modeled” we mean that they look pretty much exact to their original counterparts. They have a 4GB capacity and are going to run you $39.95 each, and you can pre-order them now. We strongly suggest that you look into doing just that. Several more shots after the break.

[Via Crate King; thanks George] Continue reading

[video] No I.D. Says Blueprint 3 is an “Instant Classic

In the same vein that J Dilla was highly regarded for his “genuis” posthumously so will it be for NO I.D.  This dude has a brilliant

ear for production, so when he makes such bold claims about the latest plate of food being cooked up by Hova the GOD then we need to pay some attention.  The weather broke, they need to leak something to set the summer off right.

BTW he’s saying it sounds something like 808’s which I hope doesn’t mean that Jay went auto-tune on us.

courtesy of RealTalkXpress

[video] UPDATE: Kanye Responds to South Park’s “Gay Fish” Parody

This is the WorldStarHipHop version

This is the “Gay Fish” response:

SOUTH PARK MURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT’S PRETTY FUNNY. IT HURTS MY FEELINGS BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM SOUTH PARK! I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY EGO THOUGH. HAVING THE CRAZY EGO IS PLAYED OUT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE AND CAREER. I USE TO USE IT TO BUILD UP MY ESTEEM WHEN NOBODY BELIEVED IN ME. NOW THAT PEOPLE DO BELIEVE AND SUPPORT MY MUSIC AND PRODUCTS THE BEST RESPONSE IS THANK YOU INSTEAD OF “I TOLD YOU SO!!!” IT’S COOL TO TALK SHIT WHEN YOU’RE RAPPING BUT NOT IN REAL LIFE. WHEN YOU MEET LITTLE WAYNE IN PERSON HE’S THE NICEST GUY FOR EXAMPLE. I JUST WANNA BE A DOPER PERSON WHICH STARTS WITH ME NOT ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE HOW DOPE I THINK I AM. I NEED TO JUST GET PAST MYSELF. DROP THE BRAVADO AND JUST MAKE DOPE PRODUCT. EVERYTHING IS NOT THAT SERIOUS. AS LONG AS PEOPLE THINK I ACT LIKE A BITCH THIS TYPE OF SHIT WILL HAPPEN TO ME. I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I’M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE DOUCHE BUT I’M UP FOR THE CHALLENGE. I’M SURE THE WRITERS AT SOUTH PARK ARE REALLY NICE PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DRAW MY CREW. THAT WAS PRETTY FUNNY ALSO!! I’M SURE THERE’S GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN THIS… THAT’S HOW YOU KNOW IT’S ME!

T.I. & Kanye named GQ’s 10 Most Stylish Men

kanye_tip

via WoooHa

T.I. & Kanye x G.Q. The way Kanye has been going these days this is just more to add to his ego. Regardless, both T.I. and Mr. West have just been announced on this year’s list of GQ’s 10 Most Stylish Men. They join a list that includes Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson and a bunch or rich old white dudes.

Aside from looking pretty (Kanye more than T.I.), both artists have gotten into fashion design as well. T.I. launched his AKOO clothing line earlier this year and Kanye is putting the finishing touches on his long awaited Pastelle clothing line…but has been distracted by “other things” lately.

50 Cent to Headline Emo Rock Event

50five

via LA Times

Today, we learned that this year’s installment of Bamboozle Left, the weekend-long blowout of Orange County mall emo in a parking lot (I’ve been!), has an unexpected headliner. Mr. Curtis Jackson, who apparently has some time to kill while waiting for his perpetually delayed “Before I Self Destruct” album to become even more relevantly titled, will head up the Saturday show opposite a gaggle of the usual suspects for these sorts of things, including P&H faves Brokencyde, who I simply must see live before the year is out. While the jokes about this pairing will come fast and easy, this seemingly absurd booking has a strong chance of actually being a pretty fantastic way to close out the weekend and a useful move for Mr. Jackson.

Here’s why: 1. Emo kids are the last genre of music fans who might take 50 seriously. After a vigorous sonning at the hands of Kanye West back in the halcyon days of the “Graduation” versus “Curtis” feud, 50’s been on something of a credibility death spiral among even Top 40 rap fans. He took hits in feuds with Cam’ron, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and even Taco Bell, for Godsakes. He’s already tried comebacks with blatant, for-the-ladies club tracks, toothless thug posturing and king-of-the-charts boasts that have fallen comically flat. So what’s the one demographic that might still find him a menacing and riveting personality? Get Up Kids fans. All he has to do is take his shirt off and reveal an actual bullet wound for those kids to go home thrilled. For one night, he gets to start over in an amber-preserved golden age of white suburbia’s appetite for gangsta rap where he’s the dangerous outsider.  If nothing else, he won’t be hurt by this more than a catcall of “Currrrtis.” Continue reading

[audio] DRAKE- Say What’s Real

drake_2

DRAKE- Say What’s Real

CLICK [HERE] for AUDIO

I been checking for dude for some time now and I’m impressed by his flow and wordplay. Don’t know if he’s suppose to be signed with Wayne or not but I’m sure we can be expecting some big things from homie in the near future. This is a remake of some song I’m sure Kanye f*cked up with the autotune, off that 808’s and Heartbreaks.

Source: Nahright

Can Kanye & 50 Save the Music Industry?

via SOHH

Record labels are approaching another financially weak year, as a minimum of 200 million albums in the last quarter is now required in order to break even with last year’s low total.

According to Variety, the music industry officially closed out with a total of 297.9 million albums sold for the third quarter making it already 12 percent less than the previous year. 2007 saw a total of 500.5 million in sales with over 30 percent of the records purchased stemming from the fourth quarter. However, this year the industry would have to up the amount to over 40 percent.

With a strong line-up of upcoming albums believed to drop before 2009 including releases from Kanye West, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and possible albums from Dr. Dre, Eminem and Andre 3000, the goal may still be attainable. Continue reading

[video] John Legend Performance at the DNC

Talk about reppin’ ya Home State! The DNC at Denver has a heavy Chi-Town factor to it, with Obama, the Illinois Senator requesting Chicago native Jennifer Hudson to personally deliver the National Anthem on Thursday, the day he delivers his historic acceptance speech.  In addition Kanye will be performing and the below clip features a performance by John Legend, another Chi Town prodigy.  Good Music is thick up in the building.

Flashing Lights? Create Your Own EL Suit

Flashing Lights
via Engadget

Good thing Halloween is months away. You’ll need that time to hone your sewing skills in the noble quest to create a Daft Punk suit of your very own. Instructables has everything you need (except the electroluminescent wire, soldering iron, heat gun, and pleather tracksuit) to build an EL suit worthy of electronic celebration. Best of all, your tutor for the course is none other than the suits’ creator for the duo’s 2007 tour. Now get moving humans, it’s time to let the robots rock the party

Kanye to Headline Nike Concert

Kanye

via SOHH

Summer 2008 will be a busy three months for platinum-selling rapper/producer Kanye West who has just been announced as the headlining act for the Nike + Human Race concert in August.
Proclaimed as the “world’s biggest one-day running event” in a press release from Nike, West will be one of many popular artists to perform in one of the 25 scheduled race cities.

“I’m hitting the stage in Los Angeles for the Nike + Human Race, Nike’s dopest 10k run ever,” he said in the statement. “This race is bringing together hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to run and listen to some great music while serving a higher cause, and I’m excited to perform in LA as part of the grand finale.”
Continue reading

WTF? Is Nas’ Complex Magazine Photoshoot Borderline Suspect?

via Nahright

Now am I being close-minded by saying the realm of metro-sexuality should be left to Common and Kanye and our in-house “Hero” Nas/Nas Escobar/Nastradamus shouldn’t allow himself to be caught in these compromising positions especially in the climate that he is immersed in, talking revolutionary about the vigors of cooning and the importance of individual expression? Now if this is truly who he is, more power comrade but if he’s just adorning some threads to become another “personality” he so often morphs into..not a good look, home-skillet! There is such a thing as trying “too-hard.” Boy, this dude loves controversy, or so it seems…LOL, LMAO, SMH

50 vs. Rocsi? Is this what it’s come to? Other Shots Heard Round the Blogosphere at 106

OK, damn what a difference a day makes. Just yesterday (May 20) Terrance and Rosci were on top of the world after hosting the premier for Indiana Jones up in Harlem (oh yeah, we peeped that joint, its a MUST SEE!!) and then this! After a tape emerged with Rocsi saying 50 was garbage during the showdown with Kanye for the number one spot on the charts Curtis Jackson proceeded to throw lil’ ol Rocsi under the bus by alluding to her sexual past with four individuals presumably in the industry (mind you that’s modest numbers in this industry) thus trying to paint her as a “ho” who uses her position of influence on 106 & Park for sexual favors. Then the blogosphere is also upset with the 106 duo for their “iced-out” styrofoam cup debacle last week with Lil Wayne. They are saying that endorsing the reckless behavior of drinking lean, popularized by Wayne was careless in lieu of the fact that their viewership consists of millions of impressionable youth who have already started sippin’ on the syrup like their much-idolized favorite rapper.

To see that Lil Wayne footage CLICK [HERE]

To hear Curtis’ response to Rocsi sh*ttin on him CLICK [HERE]

Lets she how her play boyfriend Terrence is gonna handle this…

An interesting post emerged on Davey D‘s site that analyzed the strange racial overtones associated with the Harlem debut of Indiana Jone‘s latest…CLICK [HERE] for that post

Jay-Z Caught Using Secret Handshakes?

secret society?
via Boombox

“It’s a secret society, all we ask is trust”

On May 16th, Jay-Z came through to the Barclay’s Center showroom opening in Brooklyn, New York to support his big homey Bruce Ratner. The music mogul and Ratner have been in business together ever since the rap star bought a piece of the entrepreneur’s New Jersey Nets. The pair’s currently working on a deal to transport the basketball team from Newark to Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards near Jay’s old stomping grounds.

They had some laughs and popped some bottles, but it was their oddly-gripped handshake (seen here) that sparked yet another round of Jay-related conspiracy theory.

Hova has long been rumored to be a member of the Freemasons, the fraternal organization known for their deep political ties and use of signs (gestures) and grips (handshakes). Past members allegedly include thirteen signors of the Constitution, fourteen U.S. Presidents and many of the nation’s most powerful families such as the Rockefellers (ROC, mane) and Rothschilds.
Continue reading

MTV Releases “Hottest MCs In The Game” With Few Surprises

This Is Why I\'m Hot

MTV is back at it again with their controversial “Hottest MCs In The Game” list. I’m sure people will be in an uproar about some of the top names in the game that were deleted, like well The Game, Nas, Common and some might even find offense to the exclusion of Souljah Boy. Taking top honors is Mr. Kanye West, King ‘Ye to be exact. Can’t complain too much with that one, but Lil Wayne at number THREE? Jay placed one notch in front of the self-proclaimed martian partially due to his visibility as a result of his business acumen and supposedly for the superb job he did on his critically acclaimed “American Gangster” LP. Below is the remainder of the list. Go [HERE] for a full explanation of the criteria that went into the selection process.

1. Kanye
2. Jay-Z
3. Lil Wayne
4. Rick Ross
5. Snoop Dogg
6. 50 Cent
7. Lupe Fiasco
8. Young Jeezy
9. Andre 3000
10. T.I

The World’s Smallest HD Camcorder

4-3-08-hdr-tg1.jpg

[Source: Engadget]

Wait, hold the press. Before you go over to Kanye‘s travel site to book your next trip and before you plunk down a few stacks for the fruity colored Louie luggage you got to snatch up Sony’s latest innovation; the world’s smallest HD camcorder, the HandyCam HDR-TG1. The joint got 8GB’s of memory and a 10x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens. The best part of the equation, its only $900!

CLICK HERE for the full rundown.

Super Group CRS Gets Super Tee

crs-t-shirt.jpg

[Source: Complex]

Extra, Extra! A themed t-shirt based on the supposed Super Group CRS (Child Rebel Soldiers) has just been created and it is causing pandemonium on the net. This super conceptual tee has all three icons draped in Bape wear, (Kanye rocking the strapped up Ato Matsumoto kicks) toting heavy metal. I know you’re scratching your head like, WTF? but I’m sure that just makes it more “artsy.” Fans of Kanye, Pharell, Lupe get in on the bid now! It is underway on eBay and you can bet you’re Louie Teddy Bear that this one will be a collectors item for the ages!

Kanye Launches Online Travel Agency

kanye-west-models.jpg

[via HipHopDX]

Kanye West has tried his hand at producing, rapping, fashion design and blogging. Now he will attempt to add travel agent to the list. This week marks the launch of KanyeTravel.com, a travel site which maintains partnerships with other online travel agencies to offer low-priced airfares, hotels and rental cars. The site charges no service or membership fees, and also plans to offer travel packages which include Kanye West concert tickets and officially licensed merchandise.
Continue reading

Kanye’s Favorite Artist Comes to Brooklyn Museum

murakami.jpg

For those Kanye loyalists if you wanna see more of the artist that blessed the cover of Ye’s Graduation album you should check his exhibit coming to the Brooklyn Museum in mid April. On the 15th Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will be given full honors at the museum as they display upwards to 90 pieces of his highly acclaimed work. Make sure you don’t miss this one! CLICK HERE for more info.

Jay Finally Fades to Black

president-carter.jpg

After prolonging a long pending divorce with Def Jam, Jay-Z finally called it quits and contemplates what steps to take to move on to newer and greener pastures.  While Jay is being credited for delivering successful albums by Kanye, Jeezy and Rihanna his stint as president is pretty much looked at in the same vein as G. Dub’s.  Critics are calling him a lame-duck, while his devoted constituents swear that Jay could do no wrong.  The speculators are placing bets on whether he’ll be joining Rick Rubin over at Columbia or side with Madonna over at Live Nation as they embark on a music industry revolution.  So, another chapter in the book of the “Lifetimes of Sean Carter” comes to a close while the industry awaits the next page to drop.  Where will he go?  Is he married?  How much is he worth?  If he isnt’ delivering that Blue Magic should we really care?  Well, click HERE if you want the full article.   

Editor’s Note: I find it amusing that the public can’t read between the lines.  All this hoopla about retirements, comebacks, presidency’s and all that and come to find out this negro owed Def Jam albums!  He was an employee all along with a boutique title, the same way they award Negroes with boutique labels.  Gotta give it up though, dude is a marketing genius!