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Single of the Week: "Criminal," Mic Skills
Wire To Wire
Foxy Brown, recently an indirect victim of the 50 Cent/Rick Ross shenanigans, told 50 Cent he had better retract previous statements about her lest he be handled "Brooklyn-style." Someone must've wrote her about the comments, seeing as how she's deaf and all.
KRS-One says Barack Obama is inconsequential and, surprisingly, his argument has a bit of validity to it.
Eve has a new album coming out. We tried to tie that into a joke about that sex tape that got leaked a while back, but we just couldn't see the connection. Sorry. We're officially disappointed in ourselves.
First, let us say that we would like to wholeheartedly apologize to 50 Cent for any and all snide or pithy remarks we have ever made about him. Second, we'd like congratulate him on earning $150 million last year. Basically, that means he gets one million dollars every 52 hours. That's bonkers, yo.
Q-Tip is going to play a drug dealer in an upcoming movie. We're kinda sad to admit this, but the first thing we thought about when we read this was how there was a clip in Prison Song where you could totally see his dong. God, we're lame.
Hip-hop is on its deathbed because the role that DJs play nowadays, says Diddy. Shockingly, DJs disagree.
The Kanye has a book coming out. Is there a way for a book to be Auto-tuned?
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We were never big, big fans of Jay Electronica, but when we read that he was the father of Erykah Badu's new baby - the one that she blogged about while in labor, mind you - he became immensely cooler. We saw Badu in concert once, and it remains to be the best vocal performance we have ever seen. EVER.
And because we're listening to it again, here's a link to Jay Electronica's super great mixtape.
Houston Rap Video of the Week
Because you either missed it or forgot about it.
Fifth Ward Boyz, "Situations"