In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Busta Rhymes spoke about the significance guest spots have had on the hip hop industry. The superstar rapper shared his opinion as to why such towering figures like Nas, Eminem and Jay-Z don’t feature on as many artists‘ work as other stars.
“There’s one of two reasons to me why the same people appear on every song: one reason is either they’re just the hottest dudes, and the other reason is…” he said before pausing. “It’s interesting to me that Eminem isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. It’s interesting to me that Nas isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. It’s interesting to me that Jay-Z isn’t on a lot of people’s sh*t. A lot of the very dangerously lyrical motherf*ckers. I think there’s a fear factor that plays a role, because sometimes you really don’t know if you’re going to be happy with what you asked for – especially if you might get your a** whooped on your own f*cking record!” Busta was also asked when he realized features were becoming more and more important.
“A long time ago, especially for the artists that can’t carry a record on their own,” Busta answered. “And since the era of developing artists has died with record companies over 10 years ago, a lot of dudes had to come out here and figure out how to get hot on their own. A lot of the times, the novelty of a name that’s popping in the market is the easiest way. So the feature became more important than the record a long time ago. It’s unfortunate, but I think there’s a change happening: A lot of the new dudes aren’t doing it. They started to realize chasing down a hot motherf*cker was a sh*t-ton of work, cause when a hot motherf*cker think he’s hot, they become divas real quick.”
A third grader in Chicago may be forced to move away because the child has reportedly been receiving death threats from teenage rapper Lil Mouse. According to a FOX 32 News report, the eight-year old’s grandmother contacted authorities and stated that her grandson had been slapped and threatened by hip hop artist. “The students, the eighth graders have grouped up together…made a phone call and said he’s snitching, He need to get killed for snitching…One of the young men’s’ father threatened me outside the school. I wanna move [cause] he threatened me and I believe that he’s going to go through with it,” the woman told FOX 32 News. Lil Mouse has reportedly been charged with assault. “I wanna pack up and just go. I’ve already lost one child and I don’t want to lose another one,” the woman said. Her son was murdered in 2009.
Pioneering Hip Hop trio The Sugarhill Gang is the latest Rap act to document their frustrations with their label. Following Crooked I‘s Life After Death Row documentary about his own struggles, the trio of Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike and Master Gee are preparing the DVD release of I Want My Name Back. The documentary includes interviews with Naughty By Nature, and Grandmaster Caz.
The One Village Entertainment production will hit stores on June 11. According to a press release, the longtime Sugar Hill Records flagship artists are telling “the shocking truth about how greed and betrayal led to the band’s fall into obscurity. From chart-topping superstars to broke outcasts, band members Master Gee and Wonder Mike were left with almost nothing…not even their names. In their own words, this is the true and tragic story of the former original members of The Sugarhill Gang.”
Former Atlantic Records hip-hop star T.I. isn’t trying to hear any conversation about signing with any new label if they aren’t talking the right amount of money. During a recent radio interview, Tip made it plain that he knows his worth and only wants to discuss signing with a label that understands how many ways he generates revenue.
“I am currently a free agent. Everything’s coming out my pockets. Y’all do me all the favors you want to,” he told 94.3. “There’s nothing wrong with a helping hand. [laughs] You know what the problem is, nobody wants to pay fair market value. I done went into all the distribution houses, the Sony‘s, the Universal‘s and the Warner’s of the world and it’s across the board. The consensus is pretty much unanimous, they want to be in business, they just don’t want to pay to be in business. And so I’ma tell you like this — you might be able to catch you knows who’s out of you knows where but you ain’t gonna be able to get no ‘King’ on your roster, man or anything less than eight-figures. I’m just gonna tell everybody, let that be a message to you. I can nickel and dime myself to where I’m going.”
“You got the recording industry, publishing, you got touring, you got merch, you got film, you got television, you got fashion, you know what I’m saying?” he continued. “Technology. That’s eight areas of business, right now currently, that I’m generating streams of revenue from. If you feel like you want to participate in all eight of those things, it’s going to cost you about 50, 60 million [dollars]. But if you only want one or two of those things, then come to the table with 12 or 15 [million dollars], we can talk about that too.”
One of the most popular hip-hop groups of the 1990s may officially be over.
Naughty By Nature appeared to implode on social media last night (May 6th) after tweet from the account of group frontman Treach blasted his bandmate, Vinnie. While it is unclear what provoked the outburst, it certainly seemed to indicate that Naughty By Nature’s core was no longer going to be working together. “Vinnie from NAUGHTY BY NATURE is Officially FIRED!!” the tweet read. “Anything he does besides shows til Sept is Frugazy!! F**k him & the Ground he Walks!!” “Anybody that f**ks with that B*tch ass N***a Don’t F**k with Me!!” a second tweet said.
Treach, Vin and DJ/producer Kay Gee have been one of the hip-hop’s most popular touring veteran acts, and were hugely successful during the 1990s, with a string of hit albums and singles. There has been some speculation that the account may have been hacked, but nothing is confirmed.
Eve had a lot to prove when she broke into hip-hop in the 1990s. In an interview with VIBE, the former Ruff Ryders First Lady talked about how she was perceived as the only woman in a male-dominated crew and how much harder those perceptions made her work. ”If anything, I probably overcompensated as a woman. With dudes, you have to snatch the respect,” she said. “You earn it, gain it, snatch it. I also was adopted compared to everyone else. They’re from Harlem and Yonkers and here’s this girl from Philly, so I had to prove that I could write like them or better than them. I had to prove that I wasn’t a groupie. I did whatever I could to gain that respect and let them know I didn’t need them to carry me.”
Exclusive in-depth interview with Scarface backstage at Paid Dues. Part 3 of the interview starts with Scarface asking why white contemporary singers sell more albums than their black counterparts. Scarface proceeds to say that he heard an executive at a tv network that deals with music say that they are now going to target the network for a young white audience. Facemob is concerned that the new generation doesn’t know who Kool Herc is and soon wont know who people like KRS-One and himself are because they are being written out of Hip Hop history. “If you gave a fuck about this culture in any shape form or fashion you would not put the shit out that you put out. You would slam the door on artists that came in there with that shit!” Check out the interview for the rest of what Facemob has to say!