50 Cent to Headline Emo Rock Event


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

Lil Wayne Partners with AT&T to Release “Prom Queen”


via HipHopPress

AT&T Will Also Offer Ringtone Exclusively Through February 2

January 26, ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lil Wayne is teaming up with AT&T to release a new song via social media for the first time. Fans can catch the live world debut performance of his hotly anticipated new single, “Prom Queen,” from his upcoming new album Rebirth on two AT&T Facebook pages at 9:40 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 27 (12:40 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 28).

Lil Wayne is the most popular musical artist on Facebook. AT&T reports more of its customers downloaded Lil Wayne ringtones in 2008 than any other artist.

Lil Wayne will perform the single for the first time during a concert in San Diego. The performance will be streamed live to AT&T’s FREEdom of Choice page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/ATT-FREEdom-of-Choice) and also on AT&T’s Mobile Music page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mobilemusic).

Following the show, a ringtone will be available to AT&T customers exclusively through Monday, Feb. 2. Fans can buy the tone by texting “Wayne” to 7317 or by purchasing it through the AT&T MEdia Mall from their handsets or online (www.att.com/mediamall). Lil Wayne ringtones were the most downloaded ringtones in 2008, according to AT&T sales records.

AT&T customers who want to download the full track can text “Wayne” to 7299 following the performance.

“I’m honored that AT&T selected me as the first artist to be a part of this historic live event, say Lil Wayne.