DMX is not a fan of the episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life that he starred in this weekend. According to the Yonkers rapper, the show was set up under false pretenses and only hurt his image. On the episode, life coach Iyanla Vanzant traveled to Yonkers to meet with the rapper. At the start of the show it is revealed that DMX was seeking help to deal with his constant womanizing. However, the season premiere episode of the OWN network program focused on his substance abuse problems and his relationship with his family, particularly with his estranged wife and their son. A press representative for the “Get At Me Dog” rapper issued the following statement:
“DMX agreed to be a guest on “Iyanla: Fix My Life” with the understanding that she would be helping his relationships with his ten children. When he arrived for the taping, most of the content was focused on his struggles with drugs and poor parenting. Iyanla did not “fix” DMX’s life just made his image worse, and does not have DMX’s personal written consent to use the footage.”
The representative went on to reveal that Dark Man X is working on a new album which will include contributions from Swizz Beatz along with hopes of all working with Timbaland, Dr. Dre, and Kanye West. Recently, X hit the stage as a surprise guest during an Alicia Keys concert in New York City. Also, DMX will be appearing in a film called Blame It On The Hustle featuring Mekhi Phifer and Ving Rhames.
Waka Flocka Flame is known for his high-energy sound. Now, we might just get a EDM-rap hybrid from Flocka soon. Earlier today, Flocka told HipHopDX that an EDM album is “already in motion.” “Club jumpin’ like I’m Skrillex, get ‘em Diplo…” The King of Rap EDM is me. I’ve been there. Punk Rap, that’s EDM. People didn’t understand what I was saying, now they do. I see a lot of my students, I’m like the principal, I’m here to talk. Are you going to do an EDM-based album then? Waka Flocka Flame: Yes. Yes. It’s already in the motion. Flosstradamus, Diplo, Skrillex. Some underground people, too. I want to create a name. I’ve been doing it in hip-hop so long. Flocka hasn’t set anything in stone for a release date. However, he does have his upcoming album Flockaveli 2, which should features collaborations with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and more. We’re also not surprised about Waka experimenting with EDM. After all, he did express his interest in working with Miley Cyrus. We can only imagine that track would be pretty heavily dance-influenced.
Lately, photos have been popping up of Jay-Z in the studio with various A-list rap names and producers. The question most people immediately ask: “Is Jay-Z working on album.” The short answer: “Duh.” Most recently, Hova was snapped in the studio with Rick Ross, Timbaland and DJ Khaled. Previously, he’s also been spotted in the lab with Swizz Beatz and Mike Will Made It. The common denominator in the pics so far is Timbaland, who recently signed up with Roc Nation. But no one has said a word about what, if any, songs were actually being recorded. However, the truth is Jay-Z has been working on a new album since before the release of his collaborative Watch The Throne project with Kanye West in 2011. He said so, when the writer of this story got an early preview of said album along with select outlets. At the time, Jay-Z relayed that he reached out to Frank Ocean to record a tune for a solo album, and was so pleased that he wanted the Odd Future crooner to contribute to WTT (“No Church In The Wild,” “Made In America”). For now, the best confirmation that an actual release is near, besides Jay-Z granting a media outlet an interview and saying, “Yes, my new album will drop on…,” will be when the “On To The New One” rapper is seen about town rocking a nappy afro. Last time that happened, when he was again rocking a crispy Caesar it signaled the completion of the WTT album. Hova probably dropping a new album in 2013 brings us to another stark reality. Jay Electronica, who Jigga signed to Roc Nation back 2010, has yet to release his debut album, Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn).
Basketball publication Slam and Hip-Hop publication XXL have collaborated to create a special one-off magazine called Kings of the Game. The cover subjects of the new issue are Allen Iverson, Rick Ross and Tyga. It’s not a coincidence that the A.I., Rozay and T-Raww cover the mag since they all have ties to Reebok, the brand that sponsored the issue.
While you might not think that SLAM and XXL have much to do with one another, rap and basketball has always interacted with a mutual love and respect – as seen at weeklong events like the NBA All-Star Weekend – and spill over into one another when it comes to fashion. Hip-hop fans love to look fresh with clean kicks just as much as basketball fans and players do.
To celebrate looking good and embracing fashion and footwear in both hip-hop and ball, XXL and SLAM have joined forced to create (for the first time ever) a custom Kings of the Game issue, featuring Mr. Rack City Tyga, Miami boss Rick Ross, and all-time NBA great Allen Iverson – all brought to you by the storied Reebok brand.
The collector’s edition mag will be in stores in NYC this week and nationwide next week. Maybe Swizz Beatz will be on the next one?
Old school sneaker connoisseurs will be happy to hear of plans to retro the Reebok Shaq Attaq in its original colorway. The news came courtesy of Swizz Beatz, who hosted a press conference at PROJECT Las Vegas yesterday to unveil the shoe. Shaquille O’Neal himself came through in support of the release, and discussed the widely heralded sneaker, his illustrious basketball career, his history with the Reebok brand, and even his brief stint as a rapper. Rapper and Brand Ambassador Tyga, who’s known to sport a pair of retro kicks, also made a cameo appearance during the festivities. The Young Money star was in town to debut his T-RAWW Reebok snearker, plus to meet fans. Another popular shoe in the Reebok Shaq signature line, the Shaqnosis, was also highlighted during the press conference, but no word was given on its proper release date. Since assuming a consultative role at Reebok, Swizz Beatz has undoubtedly made a large impact on the brand. This includes facilitating an endorsement deal with MMG’s Rick Ross and re-releasing Allen Iverson‘s iconic shoe, the Reebok Question, in highly sought colorways. The Shaq Attaq will hit select retailers April 19, including Jimmy Jazz, Shiekh, Villa, City Gear, DTLR, Shoe Palace, and on Reebok.com, and will retail for $160.
While Alicia Keys was negotiating the terms of her role as BlackBerry’s global creative director, her husband Swizz Beatz was busy making his own moves in the tech world. News broke today that the producer has purchased a “co-ownership” stake in Monster and will join the company’s advisory board. After providing the audio guts of the Beats by Dre line, it looks as if Monster founder and CEO is looking for a new platinum producer to take the brand to new heights. “The products that we have planned are revolutionary in technology, sound, and style,” said Lee. “We need the talents and reach of Swizz to help bring these products to life in the eyes of the consumer.” For Swizzy, the move marks the latest in a string of business deals with companies like Lotus cars and Reebook. According to Monster, Swizz will “play an integral role in designing the company’s strategy and planning, expanding the Monster brand with partnerships across the globe.”
The One-Man-Band Man said of his new role with Monster:
“Monster has always been a go-to name for music electronics as well as a big part of music culture. Under the leadership of Noel Lee, who is a true genius, the company has literally been changing the way people listen to music for over 30 years. They built an empire, and my job will be to push the envelope – turn the lights of the castle up really bright and help Monster take its next big step forward. There will be some very exciting things happening in the year ahead, so stay tuned!”