Nobody can question Kanye West‘s acumen as a producer. Yeezy has crafted smash hits for Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Freeway, Nas, Lil Wayne and G.O.O.D. Music signee John Legend. Speaking of Legend, the smooth R&B crooner stopped by Power 105‘s The Breakfast Club morning program and chatted up the crew about working with Sade and other news. The big bombshell he dropped, however, was revealing that Kanye West has stopped banging out the beats and instead enlists others to do his some of his heavy lifting. To be fair, Legend didn’t dump on Yeezy as if he’s not involved in the music making process. The singer clarified his statements; he was careful to mention that West is still very much a producer and stating they remain close creative collaborators.
“He doesn’t really make beats anymore,” shared Legend. “But he suggests beats to write to. He has all these young producers coming through and he just curates it and just helps put the album together. He helps write songs, he curates the beat selection, all that, song selection and helps with the videos.” Legend was clear in restating the West is still hands on, after a flabbergasted Charlamagne balked at the news. Legend even added that West will still “tweak” the beats himself but he’s not involved in all stages of the track as once before. “We think of production as making beats, but production is the vision and Kanye is a producer in a classic sense, that’s how Quincy Jones was,” added Legend. John Legend‘s upcoming album Love In The Future is slated to drop June 25
In an interview with Power 105‘s “The Breakfast Club,” Young Money/Cash Money rapper Tyga revealed that he doesn’t make money from his record deal. In fact, aside from an advance, Tyga claims he’s never received a check from YMCMB.
“I never got a check from Young Money/Cash Money,” Tyga said in the interview. “But by me saying that, I’ve always treated my career like independent and everything that I got is because of myself, my own endorsements, me touring, myself. I think I got a signing bonus when I first signed but that was it.”
“At a certain time, you get your money but at the same time, they pay for your videos and all that other stuff. But I never really was dependent on the label like that,” Tyga added. “I felt if I wanted to be independent, I could do that because it would be no difference. I would still tour, put out albums and still sell out shows.”
While Trinidad James was in New York, he did morning radio with Hot 97 and Power 105.1. On Hot, Rosenberg grilled him about his origins and “All Gold Everything”. Meanwhile on the Breakfast Club, he discussed his quick ascent and headlining NY concert.
Gunplay isn’t the type of guy that you want to f-ck with, and Saigon might just get caught in his cross-hairs .
Between the Swastika tattoo, criminal record, and admitted drug history, the 33-year-old has a storied reputation, and when asked about Saigon’s comments towards Rick Ross his response was nothing nice.
During an interview with Power 105.1‘s The Breakfast Club earlier this week, Saigon was asked who he would like to punch, and named Ross and 2 Chainz, as two of the people he’d like to go after for the explicit content of their music, which he believes is being marketed to children.
In an exclusive interview with Hip-Hop Wired, Gunplay not only challenged Saigon to put hands on Ross but questioned his motive. “I got a son too, Ross got a daughter, Ross got a son. I dare you to do that sh-t.” he says. “To each his own, if that’s how he feel… try to punch him in the face.”
More than anything, Gunplay wonders how threatening violence will solve the problem. “You saying this [but] you’re tryna punch somebody in the face? I’m sayin’, what’s wrong with dog? I don’t know what’s up with that sh-t.”
When it comes to his own music, the “Drop” rapper will not only continue to spit about whatever he pleases but could care less about any critics. “I’ma say ‘I smoke crack,’ and I’ma say ‘I shoot heroin,’ and what’s up?” he says before going back to Saigon. “Why you goin’ in on Ross? Go in on everybody else. You just singling out two people ‘cuz they the hottest n-ggas in the game right now. Why you singling them out? Everybody has kids, what makes yours so special?”