This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Damon Dash talks Aaliyah, life without Jay Z, how he’s completely done with the music game, why he was an asshole to anyone who got in his way and why the kind of “broke” he is might be the best thing in the world. We also get some very tense moments as Just Blaze finally airs out why he didn’t eff with Dame. Ya’ll truly ain’t ready for this dynasty thing.
The Gramercy Theater was packed to the brim last night for the Roc-A-Fella Reunion Concert. Without Hov or Beans, the Young Gunz, Freeway and Memphis Bleek held things down with special guests, Mos Def, Peedi Crakk and N.O.R.E.
With Young Guru and Just Blaze on the turntables, here’s a clip of Freeway running through some of his most notable tracks. More footage to come
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After months of delays, T.I.’s highly anticipated albumTrouble Man: Heavy is the Head has finally hit record stores. Now, in a recent interview with XXL, the King of the South discusses the one collaboration that never made the final cut of his eighth solo album. According to Tip, Jay-Z was expected to be featured on one of the songs featured on Trouble Man titled “G Season.” Although Jay was unable to jump on the Cardiak-produced track, T.I. was ultimately able to secure a verse from MMG newcomer Meek Mill.
“I asked Jay to get on ['G Season'],” he said. “I sent word to Jay-Z, I asked him to get on it. I know he had a lot of shit going on, so he never got around to it. I finally ran into Meek in the club—we was at, when Kanye did that thing at the post office about five, six weeks ago. We was there together and I was like, Hey, man, I got something I want you to do. We left there, got something to eat, then we went to Just Blaze’s studio in Harlem and laid the shit down right there.”
Following Just Blaze, JD now shows off his record collection for Fuse’s Crate Diggers series. Dupri also reflects on working with Michael Jackson, Usher and buying out a record store.
Free hit up Shade 45 and premiered his Just Blaze-produced ”Early”, early! Afterwards, Neef joins him for a live edition of “Numbers“. Hear it all in CDQ when Diamond In The Ruff drops November 27.
The world was close to a collaboration between the late Aaliyah and the acclaimed producer Just Blaze and only now are we finding out about it.
Speaking with Fuse TV, Just Blaze revealed that was scheduled to work with both he and rapperFreeway though their planned collaboration never came to fruition due to the singer dying in her tragic plane crash.
“When Aaliyah died in that plane crash, she was on her way to come meet me and Freeway to do a remix for ‘More Than a Woman.’ She had left her video shoot. I guess it was in the Bahamas, I think,” he explained to Fuse. “We got a call saying, ‘She just got on a plane. She’ll be at the studio in an hour or two.’ Then, 20 minutes later, people are on the radio saying that she died. We didn’t believe because we had literally just got off the phone with her people. We got confirmation a few minutes later that it was true…Rest in peace to Aaliyah. Super sad.”
You can watch the interview in full below:
Just Blaze digs in the crates with FUSE for the latest installment of Crate Diggers. He shows off some of his collection, reveals the most he spent on a record, and says Aaliyah was en route to see him for a session when she passed.