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Will Smith Is Working on a Rap Comeback, Producer Says

Source: The Boom Box

Written By: Marina Galperina

Hollywood superstar Will Smith might be going back to his rapper roots, according to La Mar “Mars” Edwards, the prolific producer behind most of the Game‘s new LP ‘The R.E.D. Album.’

“We’re working on Tip, we’re working on the ‘High School’ movie with Snoop and Wiz Khalifa,” he tells XXL Mag. “We’re working on Will Smith, bringing him back. That’s actually him on the other line right now…”

Will Smith’s last album ‘Lost and Found’ dropped in 2005, full of the safe rap he’s favored since his days as one-half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince — no profanity, maybe a “damn” or two. Those radio-friendly rhymes helped the duo score the first ever Grammy in the Rap category in 1998, but now it’s Smith’s daughter Willow that’s strutting down the Grammy’s red carpet.

Should the breakthrough tween diva‘s daddy get back in the rap game or keep his focus on his immensely successful acting career?


Lupe Fiasco Vows to Feed 100 Chicagoans Daily Throughout August

Source: Rollingout

Written By: Nicholas Robinson

Lupe Fiasco has always been a staunch supporter of everyday people in both his lyrics and his humanitarian efforts. And now, the Food & Liquoremcee plans to help his community by providing meals to the less fortunate throughout the rest of the month of August.

According to HipHopDX, Fiasco’s Lupe Fiasco Foundation is teaming up with the Block By Block initiative to feed at least 100 people daily in honor of Ramadan, having begun their initiative on Monday, Aug. 15 and finishing up on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Fiasco and his collaborators will work in conjunction with The New Birth Christian Center and The West Englewood Methodist Church to provide meals in the Windy City’s Southside and West neighborhoods.

The “Gotta Eat” emcee recently spoke with WCGI’s The Morning Riot about the creation of his new initiative to feed the hungry and how he hopes that this new philanthropic endeavor will continue to grow.

“Well basically, it’s an extension of something that we’re trying to do every year, specifically around the month of Ramadan,” he said. “We basically go and just provide hot meals to different parts of the community around the city.”

“Basically, we just feeding 100 people every day until the end of the month. And hopefully we’ll expand it. So last year, we just did it for a day. This year, we’re doing it for 15, 20 days, and hopefully, it’s something that we keep expanding on. It’s one of the little initiatives we do as part of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation in the community. [At the] same time, too, having educational programs and different stuff like that.”

It’s good to see Fiasco continuing to use his star power to help feed his community with more than just his lyrical food and liquor.


Rapper could face criminal charges for Twitter stunt

Source: Reuters

Written By: Jake Weinraub

Los Angeles County police have opened a criminal investigation to track the source of a tweet sent from rapper the Game’s Twitter account that resulted in two hours of jammed emergency phone lines Friday night, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The tweet shared the number of the Compton sheriff’s station, telling the Game’s 580,000 followers to call the number to learn more about an internship he is offering.

The sheriff’s department told the Times Friday that calls began pouring in after 5:20 p.m., clogging phone lines and requiring extra deputies on duty to handle the steep increase in calls.

If the tweet is traced to him, the rapper could face charges for obstruction.

He denies the tweet was sent by him.

“It wasn’t me (shaggy voice),” he tweeted, pointing to a friend as the cause of the disturbance:

“@wackstar hacked my Twitter earlier….. Arrest him police… He is to blame. #TellinOnYouDemetrius.”

“This was beyond irresponsible,” Sheriff Capt. Mike Parker told the Times. “The deputies’ ability to answer the phones and dispatch personnel to help these people in danger was significantly impeded.”

Parker said he tweeted the Game at around 7 p.m., urging the rapper to call off the stunt.

In another tweet, the rapper critiqued L.A. county sheriffs for their work on the case: “Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders ! Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!! #iSpeak4ThePeople”

Representatives for the Game have not yet responded to a request for comment.


New Beastie Boys album available for stream

Below is the tracklist for Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2.

01 Tadlock’s Glasses
02 B-Boys in the Cut
03 Make Some Noise
04 Nonstop Disco Powerpack
05 OK
06 Too Many Rappers [ft. Nas]
07 Say It
08 The Bill Harper Collection
09 Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win [ft. Santigold]
10 Long Burn The Fire
11 Funky Donkey
12 Lee Majors Come Again
13 Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
14 Pop Your Balloon
15 Crazy Ass Shit
16 Here’s a Little Something For Ya

Here is the first music video off the album, chalk filled with famous cameos


Lupe Fiasco Says His Core Fans Will Be Pleased With “Food & Liquor 2”

Source: HipHop DX

The Chicago emcee says his next album will appeal to his longtime fans.

At a recent concert in Albany, New York Lupe Fiasco announced from the stage that his next project will be a sequel to his debut release entitled, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. Now the chart topping rapper has revealed some details about the direction that record will take.

Speaking with Albany radio station Jamz 96.3 Lupe declared that the project will have his core, longtime fans in mind and will be a return to the style he showcased on his early releases. “It’s a little more dedicated to the nerdy Lupe Fiasco fans, out there, who like the super double entendres and the triple metaphors and the concept songs. So you know we gonna take it back,” Lupe stated.

In the immediate future for the rapper are several video shoots. He plans to film clips for forthcoming singles “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now” and “Out of My Head,” both off his latest record Lasers.


Could Shaq have saved B.I.G.

I don’t think it’s fair to ask the question, but here is a video interview with Shaq, P. Diddy, and Lil’ Cease about the Biggie shooting. It was 14 years ago wednesday that Christopher Wallace was shot in Los Angeles while riding in a SUV.

I feel people shouldn’t put that on Shaq because the world is full of ifs and buts, but what happened, happened. For all we know Shaq could have been shot along with Biggie.

R.I.P

Christopher Wallace

May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997


What Doesn’t he do?

I’ve always been a huge Lupe fan, but since I got Lasers I’ve been youtubing and googling for songs and interviews, more or less to pass time. Thats how I learned about Food & Liquor 2 (Lupe’s half completed last album), Child Rebel Soldier (The HipHop supergroup consisting of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Pharrell Williams). And just now in a lengthy Complex.com interview I came across the fact that Lupe actually has an EP out with his new Punk Rock band “Japanese Cartoon”. The album is called “In the Jaws of the Lords of Death”.

Complex: How did the Japanese Cartoon EP come about?

Lupe Fiasco: Well, I’ve always been a fan of all music. My favorite songs aren’t hip-hop songs, they’re songs from Queen like “Somebody To Love.” Hip-hop is just something I actually know how to do. But I always had aspirations to participate in other forms of music. Once I got to create some hip-hop, it was like, “Okay, what am I going to do now?” So my artistic side was like, “Yo, let’s do some rock music.”

The true inspiration for Japanese Cartoon is the band Joy Division. You ever watch footage of Joy Division singing? [Joy Division’s lead singer] Ian Curtis is like a straight nerd. And he [doesn’t look] like the rock and roll type. But when he got on stage, he became a completely different animal, like he was having a seizure on stage. When he was performing he just threw himself into the performance, but when he came off stage he was a mild-mannered person. Japanese Cartoon is like a tribute to Joy Division and Ian Curtis.

And it actually came about quite secondhand. I was actually writing songs to hopefully present to Matthew Santos, who was working on his album at the time. It was kinda like my two cents. And it was good. It wasn’t great by any measure, and it wasn’t terrible by any measure. But it was just weird. The creative process for me to create that type of music, I had to put myself in a whole other zone. I only felt comfortable doing it in a British accent or some other kind of subdued version of my own voice. Simply because I don’t like to hear myself sing. So to get comfortable [hearing myself sing], I sang in another accent.

I still don’t know how to play any instruments. But the guy in the studio, Graham Burris, did. But we didn’t have a drum set, so he had to beat-box the drums. And he could play the bass, so he played a bassline on one song. And that’s how you get [the song] “ARMY.”

Then it went from making songs for Matthew to being its own thing. Like, “this is Japanese Cartoon.” With me singing in a fake British accent with this motley crew of guest engineers and guest studio musicians to play on this record by request. So that’s the band. And over time as we did more records, I got more comfortable hearing my own voice so the accent started to go away. On songs like, “Crowd Participation” and “You Are Here,” I’m not using the accent. Those are songs later in the recording process, [when] I’d stopped using the accent. But I felt it would have been an injustice to go back and re-sing all the songs. I felt that people should get the whole Japanese Cartoon experience as it was.

So anyway, my stepfather who is true-blue British—and this is another reason I keep throwing out the British, because I want to somehow rightfully say I can use a fake British accent since I have British family members who are white, a part of the punk scene, and working for EMI. My stepfather was a studio engineer for EMI and he knows The Ruts—or at least the surviving members—and I sent him the music with the British accent. The Ruts [are] very similar to The Clash, but mostly fixated in Europe. They’re my favorite punk rock band. I like them more than Sex Pistols. The response that came back from The Ruts was, “Why isn’t it more aggressive?” and “Can we come over and play with you guys?” So I got this acceptance from a lot of musicians and people that I looked up to. So instead of them giving me the thumbs down or, “Nah, I think you should do something else,” which is what I got from my record company, I got this motivation to do it. So once I got that, nobody couldn’t tell me nothing. It was the same reaffirmation I got when I first came into the music business—I rapped for Jay-Z, and Jay-Z was like, “You’re nice.” So I got the same reaffirmation doing Japanese Cartoon.

So without further adieu here are the songs off the LP.