It’s going to be G.O.O.D. Music versus Roc Nation on Tuesday, June 18. Kanye West and J. Cole will be dropping their new albums, Yeezus and Born Sinner, respectively, on the same day. Yeezy revealed the artwork for his new album over the weekend, all but confirming a previously cryptic tweet of “June Eighteen” as his album’s release date. Cole’s sophomore album was previously scheduled to drop on June 25. However, the project’s release has been pushed up a week. The North Carolina native explained the move via Twitter while sharing the standard and deluxe edition album cover artwork. ”Kanye West is one of the greatest artists of our generation,” he tweeted. “Which is exactly why I’m moving my release date up. Born Sinner June 18th.”
The “Power Trip” rapper’s move gives some breathing room to fellow Roc Nation family member Wale, whose new The Gifted album is out June 25. Also worth noting is that Mac Miller‘s new album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off, is in stores June 18, too. Check out both version of the Born Sinner covers in the gallery. Do you think J. Cole made the right move by basically asking fans to buy his and Yeezy’s new albums on the day? Will it aid or hurt his album sales? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Either way, it should be a great summer for Hip-Hop fans.
It seems like an alleged near death experience isn’t enough to slow down Lil Wayne’s hustle. While telling fans that he was “better than good,” the YMCMB rapper also announced the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival 2013, which besides T.I. will also feature Future as a special guest. According to Wayne himself, the AMW Music Festival will be kicking off on July 5. An official press release with specific dates for the music festival/tour, which is presented by Mountain Def, will be issued on Monday. The “How To Love” rapper will also be touring Europe starting in October, with Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller joining him on the road. Until then, Tunechi hooked up fans with a new video for “R.A.F. (Rich As F-ck),” featuring 2 Chainz. It’s been a tumultuous past couple of weeks for Wayne who at this time last Friday was in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles. Lil Wayne’s new album, I Am Not A Human Being 2, is in stores March 26. Take a look at the official admat for the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival 2013 on the next page.
Lord Finesse gives Fuse a look at his immense collection of records, talks Biggie and “Suicidal Thoughts.”
Notorious B.I.G.’s “Suicidal Thoughts” may arguably be one of the most prominent tracks on the late rapper’s debut album, Ready To Die, but according to Lord Finesse, he was a little leery of what Biggie had in store for the beat which he produced. During Fuse’s Crate Diggers segment, Lord Finesse shared the details of his interactions with Biggie and the initial shock he felt after being informed that his beat was used on Ready To Die’s closing song, “Suicidal Thoughts.” “When I heard this dude, it started with the ‘Party & Bullshit’ remix. When I had a chance to really hear this dude flow I knew he was exceptional then. Just his flow, ’cause it just bounced all over and it came back on beat. I’m playing him beats and he picks this just God-forsaken, don’t-let-me-catch-you-in-the-alley beat. I’m like, ‘What you gonna do with that?’…As a producer I don’t wanna just sell you a beat to make a dollar. I want to make sure you gonna do something incredible with it and I never heard the record until it came out. And when I heard it it was just like crazy. I just remember somebody telling me ‘Yo, your joint made the album’…It actually closes the album. I was shocked.” Later in the interview, Lord Finesse went on to speak on his collection of about 10,000 records, a collection that he says has been referred to as the “low-fat collection” due to the accuracy of his various records. Lord Finesse made headlines last year after suing rapper Mac Miller over “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza,”featured on the Rostrum Records artist’s K.I.D.S. mixtape. A settlement was reached in the lawsuit earlier this month.
In a stunning conclusion to a shocking lawsuit filed by legendary Hip Hop producer Lord Finesse back in July, Mac Miller has apparently agreed to settle the $10 million copyright infringement suit alleging that Miller’s 2010 song “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza” – which was built atop the instrumental track to Finesse’s 1995 single, “Hip 2 Da Game” – was publicly performed and distributed without Finesse’s consent. According to court records obtained by HipHopDX, a successful settlement conference for this case was conducted in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman for the Southern District of New York on December 6, 2012. A settlement conference is a mandatory mediation attempt initiated by the trial judge, which Federal District Judge Harold Baer ordered on September 21, 2012. The settlement conference process is confidential and details as to the terms of the settlement reached between the involved parties are not disclosed to anyone other than Judge Baer. Requests for comment on this apparent settlement were nonetheless submitted to Lord Finesse via email but have yet to be replied to as of press time.
In March 2011, Mac Miller and Jazzy Jeff revealed that they were eyeing a summer release for a collaborative mixtape titled ’92 Til Infinity, a project that’s been stalled ever since. But now, the tape is back on track, with the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper confirming that it will drop in early 2013.
During an interview with The Well Versed, Mac said that the project will no longer be him rapping over old beats from established producers due to his lawsuit from Lord Finesse. Instead, he will enlist original production from veteran producers and unleash the project at the top of the year.
“Yea, it’s still happening. We’ve got a date for it, It’s really dope,” he said. “The proejct is called ’92 to Infinity. It’s a play on Souls of Mischief‘s ”93 Til Infinity.’ That song, it was a great song. Basically, I just wanted to team up with someone who’s such a respected veteran. Jeff, still to this day, is one of the greatest DJs of all time, just to see him live. There’s not many people who can put on a better live show than Jazzy Jeff as a DJ.