Power 105.1The Breakfast Club interviews Damon Dash.
If you don’t already know, Damon Dash was the Co-Founder of Roc-A-Fella records, a record company most prominently known for discovering two of the most legendary hip-hop artists of our generation: Jay-Z and Kanye West. Dash, along with Jay-Z, went on to sell Roc-A-Fella Records to Def Jam in 2005.
Kanye West’s Yeezus turned into a christmas album by Local Business Comedy. Kreezus will bring you joy this holiday season.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Last year when Kanye West dropped Yeezus, it debuted with mixed reviews including myself whom was so-so on the entire album. I’ve since grown to love the album, every little bit of it and consider it a masterpiece misunderstood by many. However, it seems as though Local Business Comedy thought the very same thing. The managed to recreate the entire album of Yeezus with a Christmas twist. It’s called Kreezus and it’s as awesome as it sounds.
If anyone is excited for a new Kanye West album, it’s me. At first when Yeezus dropped last year, I thought it was schlock with nothing more than a dark image for the sake of being dark. After a few more listens I realized the genius behind the album and is still in my rotation of songs on my phone. Now, according to Rolling Stone, a new Kanye West album is on the cusp of being released.
Kanye West joins Bret Easton Ellis to discuss their mutual passion for film and pop culture as well as the evolving relationship between technology, entertainment and creativity. Bret also fields questions from his Twitter followers. This is part one of Bret’s two-part conversation with Kanye West.
When Yeezus speaks, the people and the press take notice.
Having remained relatively quiet since his nuptials to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West has broken his silence in a recent GQ Magazine interview on everything from the reception of 2013’s Yeezus album to his desire to be a top designer in the fashion world to the tabloid wedding of the decade. But for Hip-Hop fans, the most important piece of information divulged by Yeezy probably had to be him seemingly conceding the top spot in Hip Hop to none other than October’s Very Own, Drake. Interviewed for the July issue of GQ by Zach Baron, said exchange reportedly went as follows:
It’s no secret that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are ridiculously, filthy rich. So a wedding, for them must seem like chump change right? Well they seem to have pulled out all the stops for this union. The final total for Kim and Kanye’s elaborate wedding came out to a whopping $12 million! Now most of us are probably wondering how on earth they spent that much on a wedding. Well let’s break it down, shall we?
10 Greatest Hip-Hop BeefsIn no particular order…
Shady Aftermath vs Murder Inc
This feud started when Ja Rule saw 50 Cent hanging out with a guy who had once robbed him, so Ja took to a track to diss 50. The beef spread from there, involving entire labels. One of the more infamous aspects of this feud was when Ja Rule said Eminem’s daughter’s name on one of his tracks. It quickly spiraled from there.
Lil’ Kim vs Nicki Minaj
Lil’ Kim was great back in the day, but years went by and then Nicki Minaj came onto the scene. The entire beef was about how Lil’ Kim felt that Nicki was copying her style, and Nicki denied it. According to Nicki, she saw Kim at a Lil’ Wayne show and tried to squash the beef. That, to her face, Kim claimed that they were good. Yet on her track “Roman’s Revenge”, Nicki makes a comment about has-beens that most assumed was about Kim. Kim then called Nicki a gimmick and a wannabe. Classic.
Nas vs Jay-Z
Nas vs. Jay Z is one of the more famous of all hip-hop feuds. This beef started shortly after the East Coast/West Coast problems when Jay Z said in a line “Ask Nas, he don’t want it with Hov, No!” The beef escalated from there and lasted over 5 years before resolving in 2006. Since then, Jay Z and Nas have featured on each other’s tracks, and Jay Z even joined Nas during his stage at Coachella this year.
Kanye West vs Ray J
Everyone knows about Ray J and Kim Kardashian’s former relationship. Yet when Kim and Kanye got together, Ray J wanted to make sure that no one forgot it. Ray released a song called “Hit It First” which featured a pixelated image of Kim in a bikini on the artwork. Kanye fired back while on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’, calling Ray J “lame”. Even recently, it was reported that Ray J was going to give Kimye, as a wedding present, all of the proceeds from his sex tape with Kim.
Frank Ocean vs Chris Brown
Last year, shortly before The Grammys, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean got into a fight outside of a Los Angeles studio – allegedly over a parking space. Some say that Chris started the beef by throwing homophobic slurs at Frank, while others say that Chris tried to shake Frank’s hand and Frank started the fight because Chris was at his studio, in his parking space. Later that night Frank took to Twitter to claim that he was jumped by Chris, but we might never know how this fight was truly started.
Eazy E vs Dr Dre
Both Eazy-E and Dre were members of NWA before they disbanded. It was a nasty breakup, and the two traded diss tracks. Eazy claimed that Dre never really lived through the “harsh realities” of the hood. Eazy then rapped about Dre dressing in drag while a member of World Class Wrecking Cru’. He even put out an image of Dre in mascara and high heels.
2Pac vs Biggie
This was the beef that involved an entire country, pitting coasts against each other. It started when Tupac was shot down while in New York, ultimately blaming Biggie and Diddy for the attack. While this is undoubtedly the most notorious hip-hop beef, the one that affected the most amount of people, ended in worst ways. Both Tupac and Biggie were shot and killed within 6 months of each other.
LL Cool J vs Canibus
LL and Canibus had a lyrical feud, starting over lines that Canibus put on the track “4, 3, 2, 1″. Canibus rapped “L, is that a mic on your arm? Let me borrow that.” When LL asked Canibus to change the lyrics, Canibus agreed as long as Cool J also changed his own lyrics. The two continued to trade insults, but Canibus sold less and less records and never achieved commercial success – some say in part because of his feud with Cool J.
50 Cent vs The Game
The Game was brought onto Aftermath Records, and then shortly after joined 50 Cent’s group, G-Unit. Tensions came to a head when 50 Cent’s second album was pushed back for the release of The Game’s debut album, followed by 50 refusing to sit next to The Game during his music video for “Hate It or Love It”. 50 Cent then announced that The Game was being removed from G-Unit on air, at the same station that The Game had done an interview for earlier in the day. When The Game tried to re-enter the building, a member of his entourage was shot in the leg by a security guard. The feud has continued, despite reconciliation attempts, and even as recently as march of this year Game had dissed 50.
and my personal favorite…. Chief Keef vs Katy Perry
In May of last year, Katy Perry took to Twitter to say that Chief Keef’s song “I Hate Bein’ Sober” gave her “serious doubt for the world”. Chief Keef saw the tweet, and responded by saying he would “slap the s–t out of her” along with some other vulgar things. Katy quickly recanted by saying she was a fan of his, didn’t know it was his song, and that she mostly meant she was disappointed in “our generation’s desire to be constantly intoxicated.” This was one of the most ridiculous beefs I’d ever witnessed, but hysterical just the same.
Which beef do you think was the greatest? Who do you think won each beef? Let us know in the comments.
Generally speaking, skits are annoying. They always seem to come up on shuffle, they’re frequently gross (I’m looking at you, Big Sean… why would you ever think people would want to listen to what you put on “Freaky?”) and they aren’t usually pleasant to listen to. Unless the album is a concept album with a story that progresses because of the skits—as is the case in “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”—or if you have Tracy Morgan cracking jokes, like he does on “Wu-Massacre”—then I’d usually say they only hurt an album.
The #1 songs of this week were:
2000 – Santana – Maria Maria (17 years ago)
2005 – Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl (9 years ago)
2011 – Katy Perry ft. Kanye West – ET (3 years ago)
In 2007, The Game was arrested in Los Angeles following an altercation at a basketball game in February. It was alleged that he threatened a man with a gun. He was released the next day after posting a $50,000 bail.
In 2007, Ne-Yo was #1 with his song “Because of You”, which was his second #1 hit.
In 2008, Rapper Remy Ma is sentenced to eight years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion in conjunction with the shooting of a woman outside a Manhattan nightclub.
In 1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder team up for the song “Ebony and Ivory”. The song goes to #1 today in the US.
In 2000, Britney Spears’ second album, “Oops!… I Did It Again” sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist.
In 2004, Frankee went #1 in the UK with ‘F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back)’. The song was a “reply” to by Eamon’s #1, Fuck It, I Don’t Want You Back. This is the first time that a record and its reply have both made #1.
In 1966, Janet Jackson was born.
In 2000, ‘The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” publicly announces he will go by his name again.
In 2005, Akon was at #1 in the UK with ‘Lonely’, Gwen Stefani was #1 in the US with ‘Hollaback Girl’ and Snoop Dogg ft. Justin Timberlake was at #1 in Australia with the song ‘Signs.’
In 2012, Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, passed away.
This was a pretty slow week in music history. Check out what happened in music history last week, May 4 – May 10.
At this point I’m sure everyone has heard the news that late night host David Letterman has announced his retirement. Marvel Comics has already launched a campaign for their list of comic book characters that would make for strong replacement candidates. It’s only an entertaining fantasy as we all know, none of these fictitious characters are in line for the job, but never the less I have a more realistic approach.
Why don’t we bring something new and fresh to late night television? It will never happen but one can dream. Just what if we could spice things up a bit?
The question is what if the new host of late night was someone from the hip-hop community. Someone who would attract a younger audience and bring a vibe like never before. If a rapper was to get this job who would fit the bill?
I asked the question and now I’ll give my short list. Here is my list of MCs that would make great late night host candidates.
Well qualified is the Atlanta born MC that got his start as a radio personality under the name Chris Lover Lover. Not a bad bullet point for his resume. He has strong acting background and a personality that lights ups the room. He’s been known to crack a joke or two and we all know that the late night host must possess a strong sense of humor. He defiantly ranks high on our list of candidates.
- Snoop Dogg
With his record sales fading and popularity not what it once was, the legendary Snoop Dogg is still a household name. True the studio might be foggy and filled with smoke and this may turn away some anti marijuana viewers, but I figure we’re heading in the direction of legalizing it so why not. Everyone knows his familiar face and lingo. He’s sure to bring a charisma that will make young America tune in.
- T.I. (Tip Harris)
Another Atlanta-based MC with a strong resume and acting background. If you’ve never seen a T.I. interview, I suggest you watch one. His personality always steals the moment and he’s very comfortable in front of a camera. How could you not at least consider T.I. for the job?
I had to throw a female MC in the mix and though EVE isn’t as relevant as she once was you can’t deny her charm and resume. She spent time starring in her own sitcom and it’s sounds like the perfect time to start a new chapter in career.
- Ghostface Killah
This Wu-tang original may not have the comedy and acting background that the other candidates possess but his character is unmatched. If you’ve never listened to a Ghostface album in its entirety or seen one of his extended interviews you may be scratching your head at my choice. The quality that I look forward to is the fact that the audience will die from laughter and I don’t think Ghost will think it’s funny. I have the feeling that Ghostface is serious about his words of wisdom even though most of time he makes no sense to his listeners.
I would love to see Eminem get the job and we all know his sense of humor and charisma, but lets be honest that’s a lot curse words to bleep out. His unpredictability could be a problem for primetime television. I can only imagine his interview for the job. When asked if he could watch his mouth on air he replied with “What? Take my f$c#in% eyeballs out and turn them around”. It’s probably not going to work.
- Kanye West
I’m certain he wants the job more than any other candidate, but no network wants to be at risk for Kanye moment. I can only imagine the lawsuits and controversy he would bring to the network when he gets the urge to speak his mind. With that said I’m sure ratings would be through the roof. We would have to tune in because no one ever knows when Kanye is going to snap and give us a surprise.
Now let’s be honest with our selves no rapper is going to take over for David Letterman but it’s always fun to dream.