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BN: French Montana Signs With Bad Boy But MMG Was A Close Second

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“It’s different with me because it wasn’t just one label that offered me [a] deal,” French Montana told The Juice. “I had offers from everybody so when I made the choice, I made the choice I was [most] comfortable with. I don’t judge a person from what people say about them. I judge a person by my own relationship with them.” “The deal [with Diddy] just felt right and it felt like it was the right thing to do,” he said. “I felt like I can make a change with this for the music culture that I came from.”The Bronx transplant admits that if he hadn’t gone with Bad Boy, he would have signed with the Bawse, which influenced his decision to enlist his longtime friend and mentor as his debut’s executive producer.

“I love MMG. If I wasn’t going with Bad Boy, I definitely would have gone with MMG,” the Bronx transplant said. “That’s why I had to make Ross executive producer on my album. Me and him  got the same vibe. He’s definitely been involved with everything I’ve been…

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December 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

BN: TI DroPs Album Title w/ Single

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“A lot of times I’m taking myself out of my element, ” Tip continued to say of “Trouble Man.” “This is the first project where I’m talking about things that I’ve experienced before that I’m not necessarily experiencing now cause I’m not doing a whole lot of partying. I do a little bit but not alot… nothing like when I was in that life.”
As soon as T.I. hits play on his iTunes, B. Kang, one half of the production duo Two Band Geeks, began to shake his head. “We sat down, while high off Capri Suns, and focused on making a record or Tip,”said Two Band Geeks, consisting of Stroud and B. Kang. “It’s a beat that matches his flow and a style that’s ATL but could go anywhere.”  
 “That same night, he went in the booth, recorded, and finished the song,” Two Band Geeks said.     
Judging off only five of the  45 songs he has in the vault, Tip is surely on the right track. The King of the South     aims to please his fans who have been patiently waiting by giving them what they want: a mix of the old T.I. (circa ’06, “King”) and somewhat new (two steps ahead of “Paper Trail” (2008)). There’s something for the…

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November 21, 2011 at 4:39 PM

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NOTEABLE READ: Russell Simmons Sits w/ Billboard.biz

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Billboard.biz: You’ve obviously been very active and supportive of the Occupy Wall Street protest. Yet you’re part of the 1%. So why do you feel compelled to speak out in support of the 99%?

Russell Simmons: I’m not part of the 1%. I’m part of the 100%. Why should I be separated from the people who are protesting? It’s crazy. Is it okay to run a charity and give to the least fortunate people in the world, to promote well being and health for them, but then not be able to identify with their suffering or to not show solidarity with them? Why does anybody care? Why did Ali help stop the war [in Vietnam]? Why did Harry Belafonte help Dr. King? In every struggle, somebody who has some resources adds to the people who are doing the hard work.

I’m there because I believe in what they’re doing, and I believe what they’re doing is educating America on why economic inequality exists the way it does. And it’s kind of disingenuous when the media keeps saying they don’t know what they want. The number one thing they want is to control their government. When they elect an official, they want that official to work for them and not for corporations. So when we occupy Washington and we occupy Wall Street and we make the statements we make, it’s crystal clear that we need politicians to write legislation and probably a Constitutional amendment banning the kind of lobbying that we have.

If you’re a major company, of course you have to have a dialogue with government officials so they don’t legislate around you and ruin your business. They have to understand your business, but you can’t send them a check. You can’t be like…

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November 18, 2011 at 4:23 AM

NOTEABLE READ: ConquerorS of the Mixtape

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On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted.

Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who’d spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape “So Far Gone.” He did so on his website, October’s Very Own, which quickly went into bandwidth overdrive. Reportedly, to date, there have been millions of downloads.

Drake — whose platinum debut, “Thank Me Later” (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic), bowed atop the Billboard 200 the following year (July 3, 2010) — had redefined the mixtape model for the digital era. (He released three free songs through October’s Very Own as recently as last week, with second album “Take Care” due Oct. 24.) Far from its adolescent iteration, the mixtape-a compilation of music generally distributed outside of label purview-had evolved from a mere display of DJ skills to a promotional tool packed with exclusive freestyles to an actual album-before-the-album, one that could spawn chart-topping singles like “Best I Ever Had,” without labels at the helm.

In hip-hop today, free, original mixtapes have become standard. They’re offered on websites like DatPiff.com and LiveMixtapes.com, which have erased CD-peddling bootleggers from city street corners. DJs — like Doo Wop and DJ Clue — who once shouted over tracks on popular tapes like ’95 Live and Springtime Stickup, have been almost entirely weeded from the equation. And where MCs once hijacked beats from others to serve as the sonic quilt for their release, mixtapes have become a creative survival of the fittest. Rappers who dropped freestyle mixtapes can no longer show-and-prove through lyrics alone-original beat selection, artwork and overall artistry determine worthiness. The original mixtape approach has…

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November 16, 2011 at 1:32 AM

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BN: Watch The Throne reaches Platinum Status…

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May not sold 1Million in the first week; but The Throne now has 1million reasons to celebrate.

Approximately one-fourth of the way throught their “Watch the Throne” tour, Jay-Z and Kanye West landed in the New York area over the weekend for four shows: two at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ and two at Madison Square Garden. What better time for a platinum-plus sales award than Monday night’s sold-out show at Madison Square Garden? Here we see Island Def Jam Group President & COO Steve Bartels and Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Chairman & CEO Barry Weiss presenting the duo with a plaque for the multi-platinum worldwide success of “Watch the Throne.”

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November 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM