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Hip Hop News 6/1

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have announced they are expecting another child.


Ye also lectured at LA Trade Tech College for their graduation.

Young Thug  honored his idol Gucci Mane by getting the same ice cream face tattoo.  (Read More)


A music video shoot with French Montana, Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule ended in arrests this weekend. (Read More)

Iggy Azalea  canceled her first headlining tour. (Read More)

Action Bronson‘s NXNE performance was pulled amid complaints over his “consensual rape” song. (Read More)


Joe Budden is a wanted man after missing court. (Read More)

Suge Knight is getting his trial delayed with help from Michael Jackson‘s former attorney. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 2/26

Michael Jackson‘s son, Prince,  listened to Kendrick Lamar‘s new music and says it’s “on another level.” (Read More)


Every song from Drake‘s new mixtape is charting on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.   He has 21 songs on the chart total. (Read More) 

Will Smith confirms he’s recorded 7 to 8 songs with Kanye West during their studio session.  (Read More)

Bobby Shmurda  called into Hot 97  from Rikers Island this morning. (Read More)

Rich Homie Quan is stepping away from Rich Gang to focus on his solo career. (Read More)

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 33

Did you know?

330. Childish Gambino is a big fan of Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph.

(3:16 mark)


329. Scott Storch co-produced “Hola Hovito” with Timbaland.1


328. Eminem owns the rare comic “Amazing Fantasy #15,” marking Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s first appearance.2


327. KRS-One is afraid of flying and took a four week boat trip when he visited Australia.3 


326. Lupe Fiasco shot a gun for the first time at 4 years old.4


325. LL Cool J wrote a children’s book called And the Winner Is…5 

andthewinneris ______________________________________________________________________________

324. Killer Mike’s Run the Jewels was highly influenced by Quentin Tarantino – especially his movie Reservoir Dogs.6


323. Ab-Soul visited Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch as a kid.7


322. Tupac’s dying words were, “Fuck you,” in response to a Las Vegas police officer asking who shot him. 8

_______________________________________________________________________________ 321. Chris Rock came up with to hook to Jay Z’s “99 Problems.” 9

_______________________________________________________________________________ References:

1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/scott-storch-interview]
2. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1628589/eminems-comic-book-collection-is-otherworldly-shady-exec-says/]
3. [http://www.bet.com/celebrities/photos/2014/03/celebrities-afraid-of-flying.html#!021612-shows-106-park-dj-premiere-krs-one]
4. [http://www.djbooth.net/index/interviews/entry/lupe-fiasco-interview-0102081/]
5. [http://www.amazon.com/Winner-%C2%BF-Ll-Cool-J/dp/0439389119]
6. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2178/title.killer-mike-talks-ghostwriting-corporate-rap-why-scarface-is-the-g-o-a-t-]
7. [Interview on All Out Show with Rude Jude & Lord Sear. Aired 6/23 on Shade 45.]
8. [http://us.cnn.com/2014/05/23/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/tupac-last-words-rs/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter]
9. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/03/chris-rock-came-jay-zs-99-problems-hook/]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 29

Did you know?

290. Lil Bs favorite fruit is mango. 1
289. Some of Nas favorite albums include I Want You by Marvin Gaye, Shaved Fish, by John Lennon, EPMD’s Unfinished Business and The Great Adventures of Slick Rick2

288. A lot of Missy Elliotts dancers on the set of “She’s a Bitch” kept slipping on the wet platform and suffered from asthma attacks because they had to be underwater.  Many also broke out from the makeup. 3


287. Fat Joe was once kicked out of an all-you-can-eat crab restaurant in Miami for overindulging. 4

286. The first album Jay Dilla ever owned was The Wiz soundtrack at age 3.
(10:15 mark)


285. Common enjoys going to church on New Year’s Eve to spend time with God. 5

284. According to Just Blaze, a song called “Looking at my S Dots” was pulled from Jay Zs The Black Album to make room for “PSA” instead. 6

283. Questlove (of The Roots) always purchases 20 copies of his albums the day they are released. 7

282. Cee-Lo recorded “Crazy” in one take. 8


281. KRS-Ones favorite cartoon character is Bugs Bunny. 9

1. [https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD/status/466630925938225152]
2. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2011/10/hey-young-world-tyler-the-creator-interviews-nas-pt-1-excerpt-from-the-november-2011-issue/2/]
3. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/5923011/ladies-first-31-female-rappers-who-changed-hip-hop?page=0%2C11]
4. [All Out Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear interview – 5/13/14]
5. [http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Common-Rapper-Interview-When-to-Speak-Up]
6. [http://www.thefader.com/2013/11/14/moment-of-clarity-an-oral-history-of-jay-zs-the-black-album/]
7. [https://twitter.com/questlove/status/468766637307731968]
8. [http://pitchfork.com/features/interviews/6318-gnarls-barkley/]
9. [http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/krsone_int.htm]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 22

Did you know?

220. Outkast wanted their stage name to originally be “2 Shades Deep” or “Misfits” before deciding on the phonetic spelling of synonym “outcast.” 1


219. Drake asked Kadir Nelson to do his Nothing Was the Same album cover artwork after admiring his paintings of Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye on the wall of LA studio Marvin’s Room.

(4:19 mark)


218. Chance the Rapper’s “Everybody’s Something” is inspired by a bad LSD trip.  “I was kind of having a meltdown. We started talking about health care, and then we got into individuality – like how everybody is alone.” 2


217. Jay Electronica had a shrink when he was 8 because he had delusions of grandeur. “It was always that I was just living unrealistic in my head,” he elaborates. 3


216. Devin the Dude used to be a security guard. “I’d get high and write rhymes at the job. With a gun on my side,” he says laughing. 4


215. Childish Gambino enjoys cooking and considers Osso bucco (veal shanks with vegetables) his best dish.  His favorite part is the marrow. 5


214. Spike Jonze directed the video for the Notorious B.I.G’s “Sky’s the Limit” and Pharcyde’s “Drop.” 6

Notorious B.I.G. – “Sky’s the Limit”

Pharcyde – “Drop”


213. Action Bronson’s favorite track off of his Blue Chips 2 album is “Amadu Diablo.” 7


212. The unofficial video for Grandmaster Melle Mel’s “White Lines” video starred Lawrence Fishburne and was directed by then NYU Film student Spike Lee. 8


211. Future is the cousin of producer of Rico Wade from the Dungeon Family. 9



1. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/25-things-you-didnt-know-about-outkast/two-names-before-settling-on-outkast ]

2. [Rolling Stone Magazinhttp://www.danhymanwrites.com/uploads/1/6/1/0/16109102/chance_the_rapper.pdf]

3. [http://rapradar.com/2010/12/17/respect-jay-electronica-story/]

4. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.1505/title.devin-the-dude-the-last-laugh]

5. [http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2012/06/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-childish-gambino/8/]

6. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Jonze]

7. [http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2013/11/action-bronson-interview/]

8. [http://www.egotripland.com/gallery/liquid-liquid-cavern-music-video/grandmaster-melle-mel-white-lines-dont-dont-do-it-unofficial-music-video-1983/]

9. [http://hiphopwired.com/2012/08/20/future-talks-dungeon-family-ties-credits-cousin-rico-wade-with-success-video/]

LA Hip Hop Landmarks

Update: Will now be adding landmarks on a national scale as time permits.

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Random Hip Hop Facts Pt 2

Did you know?…
20.  Busta Rhymes’ glow in the dark paint in his “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” video was inspired by the gang in Batman Forever. (1:51 mark) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1vdj9_busta-rhymes-put-your-hands-where-m_music#.UO9lQG81ns4
(3:05 mark)

19.  One of Pharrell’s favorite movies is National Lampoon’s Vacation.  “My favorite comedy of all time. Clark’s remarks under his breath were amazing, ” he says. 1 _______________________________________________________________________________ 18.  Tyler, the Creator’s favorite song off of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange is “Crack Rock.”  He reasons, “I was there when [Frank] recorded it so I just seen the whole shit get built, it’s like a really cool song. I fucks with that the most.” 2 _______________________________________________________________________________ 17.  Alicia Keys played one of Rudy’s friends, Maria, on the “Slumber Party” episode of The Cosby Show in 1985. 3 (2:42 mark)

_______________________________________________________________________________ 16.  Angel Haze originally went to school to major in Neurological Science and minor in Psychology. 4 _______________________________________________________________________________
15.  Destiny’s Child’s “Girl” was produced by 9th Wonder. 5

_______________________________________________________________________________ 14.  Hit-Boy – who produced “*iggas in Paris” in 15 minutes – only uses FruityLoops (FL Studio) to produce.  He has been using the program since he was 15 and is most comfortable with it. 6

_______________________________________________________________________________ 13.  Dr. Dre and Eminem’s “Forgot About Dre” samples No Doubt‘s “The Climb.”
Dr. Dre feat. Eminem – “Forgot About Dre” (Starts at 2:39 mark)
No Doubt – “The Climb” (Starts at 00:1 mark)
12.  Michael Jackson‘s “Butterflies” was written by Marsha Ambrosius of duo Floetry. 7
11.  Sara Stokes from Making the Band 2 can be seen in the final scenes at The Shelter in 8 Mile. 8
_______________________________________________________________________________ References:

1. [ https://web.archive.org/web/20101127061235/http://www.i-donline.com/i-list/3465/3463] 2. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1698474/frank-ocean-channel-orange-odd-future-favorite-tracks-grammys-2013.jhtml] 3. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0547066/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv] 4. [NY Times http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/talking-to-angel-haze/?_r=0] 5. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_(Destiny’s_Child_song)] 6. [http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2012/05/hit_boy_people_2012.php] 7. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterflies_(Michael_Jackson_song)] 8. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1312543/]