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Music News: Common Clears Up Alleged Diss Towards Drake On “Sweet”

The Chi-town rapper addresses suspicions that he insulted Drizzy on his new cut.

On his cut “Sweet“ Common takes aimless shots at “soft” rappers, rhyming, “Y’all niggas man, y’all soft motherfuckers / Singing all around me man, la la la / You ain’t motherfucking Frank Sinatra / Uh, lil’ bitch / Sweet ass motherfucker.”

While many believed this was a diss directed at Drake, Common recently spoke with V103 Atlanta’s The Frank and Wanda Morning Show where he clarified the lyrics.

“Some people have been saying that, but on that song, I’m just talking about whoever the cap fits. I’m talking about rappers out there that’s soft and doing the same thing. So if the cap fits, then that’s who it is,” he said “That’s all it is. It’s whoever the cap fits, then let ‘em wear it. I think it’s a lot of creative artists out there. I think Drake makes some good music.”

Naming Kendrick Lamaar J.Cole and Lil Wayne as contemporaries whose music he enjoys, Com said anyone who catches feelings from the cut are the ones he’s dissing. “On the song ‘Sweet’ – which we did the video for, too, in Haiti, we just put that out – a lot of rappers may feel it. And if they feel it, then that’s who I’m talking about.”


Articles: Drake Responds To Luda On Twitter.

When Ludacris dropped his new mixtape, 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time, last week, two tracks immediately got the Internet buzzing. “History Lesson (Interlude)” and “Bada Boom” seemed to be taking shots at Drake and Big Sean for their use of what’s been called “hashtag” rap, the “pause, stop” rap flow or the “supa dupa” flow. Well, over the weekend, Drake broke his silence. Sort of.

On Saturday (November 19), Drizzy took to Twitter in response to Big Sean’s Twitter handle with a fittingly subliminal response to Luda’s subliminal diss (the Atlanta rapper didn’t name any names in his songs).

“@BigSean You awlready know. I wish they’d just let young niggas live…respect always,” the Young Money rhymer tweeted.

On the song “Bada Boom,” Luda raps, “I’m the truth in this booth and you niggas all hoes… Counterfeit rappers say I’m stealing their flows, but I can’t steal what you never made up biiitch/ Y’all some duplicate rap cloning niggas/I manufacture you hoes put on your makeup biiitch.” Later, he continues, “May not like the way I used it, but you know you ain’t invent it, boy/Do your research before you make a claim so bogus that’s disrespecting pioneers in the game.”

Late last week, Big Sean responded during a radio interview with Seattle’s KUBE 93. The G.O.O.D. Music star gave a few more words on the subject than Drake did, saying, “I aint got no problems with Luda, I never did. I think he’s referring to an interview I did over a year ago. But in the interview I say he’s a legend. I respect people who are ahead of me. I respect OGs and the Gs in general. The only thing I said was they asked me about the ‘Supa Dupa’ flow. I feel like Drake make it more popular on that song ‘Forever.’ A lot of people thought Drake made that up but he was like, ‘I could trace that back to Big Sean.’ I’m pretty sure it was done before that, but I’m just saying where it come from now.”
source: xxlmag.com
Ludacris has yet to confirm that he was indeed sending shots in Drake and Big Sean’s directions.

Drake’s Take Care is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 tomorrow. —Adam Fleischer


Fashion: Drake and Roots Releases “October’s Very Own” Varsity Jackets.

Drake and Roots connect to release a limited edition “October’s Very Own” Varsity Jacket. The jacket will be released globally at fine retailers around the world, with  being the exclusive retailer in Canada. The jacket will be released on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at their Richmond Street location. Originally produced as Drake/October’s Very Own’s tour jacket for his Away From Home tour, the jacket has been updated with the current O.V.O logos and with Drake’s Take Care album title embroidered onto the jacket.


Music News: Pusha T Shuts Down Rumors Of Any Problems With Drake.

Pusha T is the rap Freddy Krueger of dream land. Today, not only did he launched his new website www.pusha-t.com, but he dropped a record called “What Dreams Are Made Of” from his Fear of God II: Let Us Pray EP coming out next month.

Hip-hop fans are still talking about the last song Pusha T put out, “Don’t Fuck With Me,” over the instrumental to Drake’s “Dreams Money Can Buy.”

Pusha didn’t call out names on that one, but he threw daggers. Lines like “Rappers on their sophomores, actin’ like they boss lords/ Fame such a funny thing for sure when niggas start believing all those encores/ I’m just the one to send you off, bonjour” had fans speculating about he was rifling off his lyrical ammo at.

One name that came up consistently on the rap blogs was Drakes. To which Drizzy answered on a recent Funkmaster Flex interview: “I listened to it and I just couldn’t pick it out,” he said referring to the alleged diss. “I couldn’t pick out where I was supposed to be offended. First of all I never really had any interaction with Pusha T so for him to diss me would be purely issues that he’s having within himself. We’ve met but we’ve been just always cordial with each other. I’m a fan of The Clipse. I say it in interviews so I never really had an issue with him but you know it’s a frustrating time for a lot of people right now. I get it, so if it was directed at me just make it a lil’ more direct next time.”

Pusha saw no problem with Drizzy’s retort.

“What he said on Flex, any self respectable man is supposed to say when you sitting on Flex with five million listeners… When you have a album coming out,” Pusha told XXL. “That’s all well and good. I don’t take that any type of way. I seen the same thing happen when Drake put out his ‘Dream’s Money Can Buy.’ His rendition. That was a freestyle over that record. Everybody was like ‘who is he talking about?’ so on and so forth. I never thought anything about it. I never felt no type of way about it. People was like [Drake] said ‘my favorite rappers lost it or they not alive no more.’ Everybody was like is he talking about Kanye, Jay-Z, Pusha, the Clipse? Man, none of that shit ever phased me. I never looked at [his rhymes] no type of way. I looked at it like that was a amazing record.”

Pusha says some fans should stop speculating and just enjoy the raps.

“I think people are putting too much on it,” Push said. “I’m a fan of [Drake’s]. I been a fan of dude. I always thought his shit was good. But when it comes to this rap, I don’t play a whole bunch of games. I just don’t. When I attack these instrumentals, I’m really feeling myself. I really am. I’m good man. When I put that record out, I never put ‘Drake Diss.” That’s what the people felt about it. I can tell you for sure, you listen to the whole first verse of the song, Drake ain’t never stole nothing from me. A lot of stuff, people are picking and choosing what they feel applies to him and so on and so forth. There are a lot of different angles and mindsets I was in when I was writing that record. But I think it is what it is and I love it.”

Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray officially arrives on November 8. —Shaheem Reid


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Music News: Drake Pushes Back Release Date

Kind of a shocker, but fans anticipating Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care will have to wait another month. The album, set to drop on his birthday of October 24 has now been pushed back to November 15 due to sample clearance issues. This comes a few days after notifying fans the album was sent to mastering, Drake explains the delay below.

The new date for Take Care is November 15th, 2011. I managed to create this album in my hometown of Toronto and the thoughts and stories I wanted to get across just became so clear. It truly felt like when I was here 3 years ago making So Far Gone. So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date. My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album they way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together. Club Paradise Tour will also be moved to when students are back from the Christmas/New Year break so that I can get to more schools. New dates will be released in the next week…see you all soon.

Drake


Music Video: Drake Adds A Visual For His “Headlines” Single.



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Article: Ghostface Killah: Top 10 Softest Rappers In The Game by rapsandhustles

10. Kid Cudi

Ayo Cudi aka Kid Cuddli at the bottom of the list right here. Ayo no offense cos the god actually dont hate this nigga or nothin…but the nigga joints is softer than cotton panties son. It aint even like the nigga wack tho. He jus soft. The nigga do be evenin his shit out from time to time tho…so he get that coveted #10 spot for that shit namsayin. The nigga did serve a nigga in the crowd at his show wit the 1 piece combo so Imma give him that credit where its due n shit namsayin. Even tho that shit probably aint leave a mark on that nigga. That shit mussa took the nigga some heart at least nahmean.

9. Big Sean

Ayo n then we got this nigga Big Sean namsayin. Ayo once again it aint like the god feel like he need to smack this nigga or nothin but the nigga whole aura jus moist son. The nigga look like a victim n shit. This niggas more Sean than Big if yall hear what a nigga sayin here. Word to Puff son. Ayo the nigga be spittin ey now n then n he gotta a couple gems n shit but that super duper shit was played the fuck out 5 minutes after this nigga birthed it g. Ayo thanks for that shit nigga.

8. Mickey Factz

Ayo this nigga Mickey at the bottom half of the list too cos the nigga actually got a couple hard joints n shit (pause). But the nigga also got a lotta wack techno nigga joints n shit that the god be disapprovin namsayin. N also for the fact that the nigga was weepin in a corner while Rae n his niggas was runnin up on Joey Buddens when that shit popped off at Rock The Bells n shit. Ayo the nigga should be ashamed of hisself son. But he aint the worst or nothin like that.

7. Asher Roth

Ayo this snow nigga Asher gets points for stayin true to his own crackerjack self n shit. But he still a marshmallow ass muthafucka. Ayo its like this nigga made out of baby powder namsayin. This nigga is human baby powder in the flesh son. If you aint under the age of 22 n dont have no vagina you basically aint got no excuses to be listenin to this dudes music. Bumpin this niggas shit in the whip wit ya windows down is broad repellant my nig. Even if a broad might like this dudes music they still aint gon find that shit attractive fam. Broads also like nylons n thongs n shit but they aint wanna see niggas rockin those nahmean. This dudes music is like thongs son….you might appreciate that shit when a broad rockin em but you dont wanna put the shit on yaself b.

6. Charles Hamilton

Ayo this nigga played hisself tryin to battle niggas in they barber shops n for pretendin he was feelin Dillas ghost inside hisself n shit. The niggas takin mad fuckin Ls left right n center son but…ya know how they be sayin a picture speaks a thousand words n shit….

5. Wale

Ayo this nigga scared of females n probably cries when he fucks. Straight up.

4. Wiz Khalifa

Ayo 1…this nigga whole style is straight baby thighs son. Straight up. He might got some songs that yall might enjoy n shit but he a straight glitter blooded nigga wit a bullshit ass rhyme book when it come down to it nahmean. The nigga got yall fooled tho so I aint gon step on the nigga toes too much n shit but if you got male genitalia n shit n you listen to this nigga music you a vic nahmean. This nigga done flashed his wand on you. Or you mighta caught a contact off that fairy dust the niggas smokin.

3. Drake

Ayo what more you gon say bout this nigga?

2. Wheelchair Jimmy

The nigga makes lambs look dangerous.

1. Drake

Ayo thats right the 3 ply softness nigga took up all the top spots nahmean. I aint even got to tell you how the god be feelin bout this nigga. But I wish the nigga success n long as he stay out a nigga way he aint gon get thrown thru no brick walls or nothin like that. Hopefully the nigga stop droppin vagina bombs on niggas n start rappin like a dude tho nahmean.
Aight peace.

SOURCE:

http://rapsandhustles.com/2011/03/03/ghostface-killah-top-10-softest-rappers-in-the-game/


ARTICLE: Big Sean Says Drake Bit His Flow…

The “My Last” rapper explains that there’s no ill will towards Drizzy, despite initial feelings.

Big Sean is credited with pioneering the one-word punch line, but many assume that his contemporary Drake was the one who came up with the flow. During an interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood, the Detroit, Michigan rapper explained that he has no ill will towards Drizzy for biting his flow – but insisting that he’s the true originator of the style.

“Drake is my homie. He gave me a lot of credit, because I came up with rhyme scheme a lot of people thought that he came up with,” he said. “I called it ‘Supa Dupa Flow,’ but he kind of made it more popular on the song ‘Forever’ with him, Wayne and Drake, it was kind of the one-word punchline. I did that on my second mixtape I released in ’09 where I was like, ‘I’m supa dupa troopa/Used to the bottom scoopa.’ I just gave them line after line after line of barcode. He kind of took that and used it on his track. A lot of people thought he did it. The thing is, he gave me credit for it like a real G.”

The G.O.O.D. Music signee watched as the rap game took the flow and turned it into a trend. “It’s crazy because the whole rap game did it, so I was sitting back,” he said. “At first, I was like, ‘Man, this crazy! Everybody doing this!’ But then I thought about it and I was like, that’s not the way to be. You gotta keep it G, man. G’s don’t get mad. G’s is like, that’s what it is. They congratulate you. I changed the game, so I’ma keep changing the game. It is what it is.”

Sean admits that he’s still cool with the Young Money rapper and that their friendship came as a surprise. “I just talked to Drake a couple days ago, he’s a good dude. He was wishing me all the best. It’s just tight that people in hip-hop can really be cool like that.”~hiphopdx


Music News: 2011 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentation Today

The 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame 41st Anniversary Awards show was a sparkling success, as SHOF Chairman/CEO Hal David and President Linda Moran recognized and celebrated some of the key songwriting legends of our time. Last night, icons such as Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay were inducted into the hall of fame. Honored with special awards were Phil Collins who was presented the Johnny Mercer Award; Taylor Swift, who received the Hal David Starlight Award; the legendary Phil Ramone received the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award; Paul Simon who was presented the Towering Song Award for “Bridge Over Troubled Water;” and Keith Mardak received the Abe Olman Publisher Award. Also honored were posthumous inductees Tom Adair and Matt Dennis, Bob Marley, Laura Nyro, Sunny Skylar and Jesse Stone.

This year (2011) the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentation is on Thursday, June 16 at the Marriott Marquis (45th & Broadway). The ceremony starts at 8pm and ends on the late side – 10:30 – 11 pm, and sometimes even later (it depends how long some award winners speak).

This year’s inductees are:

- John Bettis
- Garth Brooks
- Leon Russell
- Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly
- Allen Toussaint.

The Special Awards being given are as follow:

- Johnny Mercer Award: Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
- Hal David Starlight Award: Drake
- Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award: Chaka Khan
- Visionary Leadership Award: Hal David
- Towering Song: “It Was a Very Good Year” (Words & music by Ervin Drake)

June 16, 2011 @ Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, NY

BILLY JOEL, DWIGHT YOAKAM, BILL MEDLEY, BOZ SCAGGS, CHRISSIE HYNDE, DOMINIC CHIANESE, JIMMY JAM, NICKOLAS ASHFORD AND VALERIE SIMPSON, SAM MOORE, SKYLAR GREY, AND TRISHA YEARWOOD ANNOUNCED TO PRESENT AND/OR PERFORM AT THE 2011 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME ANNUAL INDUCTION AND AWARDS GALA PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED INDUCTEES INCLUDE JOHN BETTIS, GARTH BROOKS, LEON RUSSELL, BILLY STEINBERG & TOM KELLY AND ALLEN TOUSSAINT

New York, NY – June 7, 2011 – Billy Joel, Dwight Yoakam, Bill Medley, Boz Scaggs, Chrissie Hynde, Dominic Chianese, Jimmy Jam, Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Sam Moore, Skylar Grey and Trisha Yearwood have signed on to be either a presenter and/or performer at the 2011 Songwriters Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. This year’s dinner will be held Thursday, June 16th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC.

Inductees at the 42nd annual event include John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell, Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly and Allen Toussaint. The Johnny Mercer Award will be presented to Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and the Towering Song is “It Was A Very Good Year,” to be accepted by composer and lyricist Ervin Drake. The Hal David Starlight Award will be presented to Drake, the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award recipient will be Chaka Khan and the first-ever Visionary Leadership Award will be presented to SHOF Chairman Emeritus Hal David.

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:

The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The list includes Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Paul Williams, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Leonard Cohen among many others.

2011 INDUCTEES

John Bettis:

John Bettis has written songs that have sold more than 250 million records worldwide and have been sung by some of the most loved artists of all time including, Michael Jackson, George Strait, Celine Dion, Madonna, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Karen Carpenter and many more. His songs include: ”Human Nature,” “Heartland,” “Top Of The World,” “Yesterday Once More,” “Good-Bye To Love,” “Only Yesterday,” “Can You Stop The Rain?,” “One Moment In Time,” “Crazy For You,” and “Slow Hand.” Bettis has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, three Grammys® and three Emmys. In 1988 he received an Emmy for “One Moment In Time,” the theme song for the 1988 Olympics. He also received an Emmy for “Where Is The Hope” in 2003. His song “Human Nature” was included in the historic album of the year Thriller. His film work includes Twilight Zone: The Movie, Vision Quest, Pure Country, Cocktail, Star Trek V and The Godfather III among others. His TV themes include Growing Pains, Murphy Brown and Nurses.

Garth Brooks:

Certified by the RIAA as the #1 selling solo artist in US history, Garth Brooks has sold more than 128 million albums and is the only solo artist in RIAA history to have six albums top the 10 million mark. His most recent release The Ultimate Hits has been certified 5x platinum. His body of work includes groundbreaking albums No Fences, Ropin’ The Wind, The Hits and Double Live – all of which helped propel country music as a genre to the front pages of newspapers and magazines worldwide. Since breaking onto the charts in 1989, Brooks has brought a variety of styles including working class blues, honky tonk, bluegrass and arena rock. As a songwriter his credits include “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “Unanswered Prayers” and “We Shall Be Free” to name a few. Brooks has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist, including two Grammys®, 17 American Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, five World Music Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards, and 36 Billboard Music Awards. He was named Artist of the ‘90s at the 1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, received the Artist Achievement Award at the 1997 Billboard Music Awards, was named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1999. In 2001, in the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Brooks retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008, Brooks headlined President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. In 2009, Brooks emerged out of retirement and entered a five-year performing relationship with Las Vegas resort developer, Steve Wynn. He recently finished an astonishing nine concerts to raise $5 million for the flood relief efforts in Nashville, Tennessee.

Leon Russell:

Leon Russell is a legendary songwriter whose credits include “A Song For You,” “This Masquerade,” “ Delta Lady,” “ Tight Rope,” “Bluebird,” “ Back To The Island,” and “Hummingbird.” Joe Cocker had a hit with “Delta Lady,” B.B. King with “Hummingbird,” and The Carpenters with “Superstar,” which Leon co-wrote with Bonnie Bramlett. George Benson’s recording of “This Masquerade” won the Grammy® Award for Best Record of The Year in 1977 and was the only song with vocals on his triple Platinum album, Breezin. Russell had his own chart success with “Tight Rope” at #11 in 1972 and “Bluebird” at #14 in 1975. Russell’s song, “If It Wasn’t for Bad,” from his 2010 duet album The Union, with Elton John, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Russell was well known as a session musician in Los Angeles during the 1960’s, and played on hit records by The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, Gary Lewis and The Playboys, and many others. Russell will be honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first recipient of the Award for Musical Excellence in March 2011.

Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly:

Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly are among the most successful songwriters of the past 25 years, co-writing five #1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional,” The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame,” and Heart’s “Alone.” They began working together in 1981 and recorded an album as I-10 on Epic Records in 1983, which featured “Alone” and marked the beginning of a longtime writing partnership that resulted in some of the most memorable hits of the 80s and 90s. Steinberg & Kelly have written for artists such as Tina Turner, Roy Orbison, Pat Benatar, Belinda Carlisle, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood and The Divinyls with “I Touch Myself” among others. Many of Steinberg & Kelly’s songs have become enduring classics and continue to receive attention from many of today’s top artists. “Like A Virgin” was honored by Rolling Stone & MTV as the #4 song on its list of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs. “True Colors” was recorded by Phil Collins for his Greatest Hits album and became a major worldwide hit. “True Colors” was also featured in Kodak’s prominent television-based advertisement campaign for several years. Celine Dion scored hits with covers of “I Drove All Night” and “Alone.” These songs have also been staples for singers on American Idol. In 1993, Steinberg & Kelly began another high-profile collaboration, writing numerous songs with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. The trio wrote six songs for the group’s Last of the Independents album in 1994, which included the Top 10 hit, “I’ll Stand By You,” and the single, “Night In My Veins.”

Allen Toussaint:

Allen Toussaint; musician, songwriter and record producer, is one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Mac “Dr. John” Rebannac, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Eric Gale and countless others. His songs and productions have been featured in numerous films, and as a result of his stint as musical director for the off Broadway play Staggerlee, the production garnered the prestigious Outer Circle Critics Award. Toussaint got his shot as a solo artist with a record for RCA and two of his earliest tunes, “Java,” which became a mega-hit for trumpeter Al Hirt, and “Whipped Cream,” the Herb Alpert hit, became instrumental standards. Toussaint then went onto team up with Lee Dorsey turning out a string of hits that included “Working In The Coalmine,” “Holy Cow”, “Ride Your Pony” and many others. “Working in the Coalmine” was then recorded by co-writer Lee Dorsey, “Yes We Can” became a smash hit by The Pointer Sisters and “Sneaking Sally Thru The Alley” was recorded by both Robert Palmer and Ringo Starr; he also contributed to the music business with his arrangements on LaBelle’s hit, “Lady Marmalade.” After establishing himself as one of the greatest songwriters, accredited to him by BMI Music, Toussaint was honored with a Grammy® nomination for 1977’s Song of the Year, “Southern Night,” performed by Glen Campbell. In 1998, Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2009, was a Grammy® Trustees honoree.

SOURCE:

http://songhall.org/

http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/ceremony/C6045


MUSIC NEWS: DRAKE To Drop New Album Titled “Take Care”

“So this is my first Memorial weekend really particpating this heavily,” Drizzy said from the set of DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One” video shoot in Miami. “I just want to get out there and touch the people, slap everybody’s hand, see the women; just let them know im out here. Let them see me, because they havent seen me in a while.” It isn’t all work however.

Drake hints that will be observing the crowds and using his expirence to fine tune his album. “And I got this album coming it’s called Take Care, so I just really want to get out here and check the climate. I wanna hear the records, see how everybody’s moving, see what everybody’s lovin’, because I know I got a great body of work,” he said. “I’m ready to give it away, I’m using this weekend as study research. I’ll be getting as drunk as I can trying to fit in, doin’ it like that.”

Drake recently raised eyebrows after dropping his new “Dreams Money Can Buy” single.
“My favorite rappers either lost it or they ain’t alive,” he raps in the second verse of the song, rumored to be the intro to his new album, Take Care. Fans quickly began assuming Drizzy was taking a jab at his “Light Up” collaboration partner Jay-Z, whom he’s regarded as a mentor and one of his favorite rappers.

Drale also goes on to say that his first album was rushed which is why he decided to name this one “Take Care”
Rumor has it it will be released sometime in the fall.


Music News: NICKI MINAJ FIRES DIDDY AS HER MANAGER by Latifah Muhammad


Nicki Minaj wants to take her career to the next level and she doesn’t want any help from Sean “Diddy” Combs. Minaj was rumored to have signed a management deal with Diddy sometime last year, but it looks like she’s skipped out on the hip-hop mogul and has gone with management company Hip Hop Since 1978 instead.

XXL.com is reporting that the Queens native fired Diddy because he wasn’t “hands on enough,” and signed with the management company owned by Gee Roberson and Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua. Ironically, Roberson and Joshua once worked on Lil’ Kim’s 2005 debut, ‘The Naked Truth,’ when they were employed as A&Rs for Atlantic Records. Kim and Minaj have been engaged in a verbal beef for the last year or so, with the brunt of the blows coming from the Queen Bee, who feels that the 26-year-old jacked her style.

Past history aside, Minaj’s new representation has a pretty good track record, which includes managing Kanye West, Young Jeezy and her Young Money family members Drake and Lil Wayne. According to sources, despite her new business decision, her relationship with Diddy appears to be in tact as the two parted ways amicably.

This is the most recent shake-up in Minaj’s management team, but not the first time that she has hired and fired people on her team. The rapper was originally represented by Debra Atney, mother to Waka Flocka Flame, whom she fired in 2010.

SOURCE:

http://www.theboombox.com/2011/05/17/nicki-minaj-fires-diddy-as-her-manager/


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