Following the release of the "RagePack" CD/DVD this fall, Machine Gun Kelly will release a "Half Naked and Almost Famous" DVD. This will come before he releases his debut album. He announced this on his Facebook this evening.
Diddy and Jimmy Iovine will both serve as Executive Editors on "Culo," the upcoming book of photos and artwork from Raphael Mazzucco, which pays tribute to the female bottom. According to the book's website, culo, in Italian, translates to "Buttocks, bottom." The book is set for a November 22 release and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.
Below, check out the cover and a video preview (which is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 18).
This evening, former Bad Boy A&R Daniel "Skid" Mitchell shared a screen capture of his iTunes player on Twitter, showing that he was listening to Aasim's upcoming mixtape, "The Money Pit, Pt. 3."
"This is the definition of hip-hop at it's best," he said. "39 minutes of quality."
In the capture, a listing of tracks, which or may or may not be final, is included as well as a couple of featured guests. Here is what we can make out:
1. "The Notorious Intro"
2. "The Message"
3. "Ghetto Black Music"
4. "I Don't Know"
5. "Fell in Love" featuring Anthony Hamilton
6. "DMX Interlude"
7. "Southside Dreamin'"
8. "Comin from Where I'm From" featuring...
9. "I Wanna Be With U" featuring Antho... (which might be Anthony Hamilton)
10. "Walk On By"
12. "Fly Together" featuring Ryan Leslie and... (probably The Notorious B.I.G.)
On August 26, Aasim released his latest mixtape, "We Invented the Remix," which is hosted by DJ Far. It features three unreleased tracks - a freestyle over DJ Khaled's "I'm On One" and the rapper's takes on Drake's "Marvin's Room" and Swizz Beatz's "Everyday (Coolin')."
According to Capricorn Clark, Machine Gun Kelly is shooting a video today with Colin Tilley, who directed Mary J. Blige's "Someone to Love Me (Naked)" and Dirty Money's "Yesterday and "Your Love." Video Static reports that the song is "Stereo."
Red Cafe's new single, "Fly Together," has just premiered on the rapper's official SoundCloud profile. The song, which was produced by Ryan Leslie, features Leslie and Rick Ross. Listen below and check out the single cover, as well.
Last week, Machine Gun Kelly was arrested following a flash mob that he led SouthPark Shopping Mall in Strongsville, OH. According to police, he refused their order to step down from a table in the mall's food court.
Palmer quotes Detective Lt. John Janowski as saying that MGK can simply pay his fine. He has the option to appear in court and pay it, or contest the charge, if he so chooses. On Twitter, the rapper has already shared his decision, saying that he will not appear.
According to a press release, Mario Winans will be among those honored at the BMI Awards on August 26.
They will be honoring all songwriters who had a song reach #1 on the Billboard R&B, Hip-Hop and Rap charts. "Can't Be Friends" by Trey Songz, which Winans co-wrote and produced, hit #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
According to a report by Global Grind, clothing label Supreme will be release a Biggie influenced t-shirt as part of their new Autumn/Winter 2011 line.
They have a picture of the shirt, which is black with the photo featured front and center. According to the Supreme website, the Autumn/Winter 2011 line will be available in their New York and Los Angeles stores on August 27, their Japan store on August 27 and September 22 at their new London store.
In addition, their online shop will re-open on September 1.
In March, 18 year old Keithroy Yearwood stepped forward and revealed himself as the baby gracing the cover of The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album.
On Saturday, Machine Gun Kelly led a flash mob at the SouthPark Shopping Mall in Strongsville, OH. Subsequently, he and members of his crew, were arrested for disorderly conduct. Reuters reports that, in a statement, police said he was arrested after he failed to step down from a table he was standing on. He was released from prison the same day.
Via his YouTube page, he released a video accounting of the episode. Watch below.
This September, the first annual Ohio Hip-Hop Awards will be held in Columbus, Ohio. The nominees have been announced and Machine Gun Kelly received nods in 5 categories.
MGK is nominated for Best Mixtape Artist, Best Mixtape ("Lace Up"), Best Male Artist, Single of the Year ("Cleveland" featuring Dubo) and Best Live Performance. You can vote once per day on their website.
The record is getting a second part, thanks to the brand new "Gettin' Money Part II," which keeps some of Diddy's vocals, but adds new verses from Fred The Godson, Meek Mill and Cory Gunz and new production from Prinzly of Street Fabulous.
Apparel company Young & Reckless has released a pair of Machine Gun Kelly/Lace Up t-shirts, priced at $24 each. Lace Up Baseball, inspired by the look of the Lace Up baseball jersey that MGK has been wearing, is currently sold out. But, more are on the way, according to the product page.
Last week, Machine Gun Kelly performed at the Red Bulletin/X GAMES Athlete After Party. Before the show, he was given a Lace Up baseball jersey by skateboarder Ryan Sheckler. Check out the clips below.
He makes an interesting point in saying that, when New York was on top, rappers were being produced. There were great producers producing albums. Now, those producers made money and can command more money and they don't want to work with the new acts as much. Of course, they now have other opportunities and may no longer be able to producer albums due to other endeavors. Diddy being a great example of this.
YouKnowIGotSoul has an interview with Bad Boy producer Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson, discussing some of his previous works and how he came to be represented by Bad Boy.
YKIGS: Talk to me about the Hitmen since you’re a current member with Bad Boy. We’ve had a chance to actually interview a bunch of the original members like Chucky Thompson, Stevie J., J-Dub and others. Tell us your story about you originally became a part of the crew.
Amadeus: When I started, I actually got a chance to meet Deric “D-Dot” Angelette who was one of the original Hitmen and we bonded immediately. He obviously saw something special in me as a producer and kinda mentored me. He always wanted to hear my tracks and what I was doing so he could critique them and give me whatever I needed to know in order to improve what I was doing and what I was creating. So I always had an in. One thing about me is I knew the importance of relationships and I knew the importance and the power of knowing people that are connected. I was always in label meetings and finding ways to find contacts and I wasn’t scared or ashamed to reach out to people and let people know what I did and try to meet up with them. I got into Bad Boy with D-Dot and got a chance to meet Harve Pierre back in the day and Conrad who was the A&R and got to hang around Puff for a little bit. Not too close, but I was in the mix. Everybody was pretty much familiar with who I was since I had always submitted music to them and I was always on their radar. When an opportunity presented itself in regard to me needing producer management, we all sat down and figured it out and everybody was comfortable and happy with it. So I signed on the dotted line and became a Bad Boy Hitmen. So it was just history after that.
ThisIs50 has an interview with Machine Gun Kelly, focusing on his upcoming releases and his signing with Bad Boy. In the clip, he reveals that the deal is worth over a million dollars.
Interesting, he talks about the belief that Diddy has mistreated artists and says that Diddy told him that his legacy is "in a f***** up place right now." Would he try to change MGK? "I never told The Lox to put on the shiny suits," he apparently said.
In an interview with DJBooth, Machine Gun Kelly revealed that, this fall, he plans to release a CD/DVD package called "RagePack." The CD will include 5-8 songs while the DVD will be titled "Half Naked and Almost Famous." In addition, he said that his album is 98% done.
In an interview with TheMaskedGorilla, Machine Gun Kelly revealed some of the collaborations on his upcoming debut album. He has been in the studio with punk rock band Good Charlotte, singer Mike Posner and rapper Lil' B.
He described the Good Charlotte record as "electro, kind of dubstep," and also talked about his background and the label bidding war for his services. The clip, which you can watch below, appears to have been recorded before he officially signed with Bad Boy.
Jay-Z took the top spot with $37 million, having earned $68 million on the 2010 list. Following Diddy are Kanye West with $16 million, Lil' Wayne and Birdman with $15 million and Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre with $14 million. 50 Cent earned $6 million.
While some artists have fluctuated, Diddy and Jay-Z have been the model of consistency, when it comes to how they have ranked on the Forbes Cash Kings list, now in it's fifth year. Here are the top 5 artists from each year:
In an interview with DJ Cosmic Kev, of Philadelphia's Power99, Rick Ross and Meek Mill hinted that Diddy may appear on the remix to Meek Mill's "I'm a Boss," alongside Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz and Birdman. Ross also referenced a music video that was to be shot on July 30, directed by Benny Boom. Watch below.
Aasim has released the trailer for his upcoming "The Money Pit, Pt. 3" mixtape. According to the clip, which you can watch below, the mixtape was produced and mixed by Aasim. No release date has been given.
XXLmag.com asked Machine Gun Kelly about usage of the N word and whether or not it'd ever come out of his mouth. The question was asked specifically in reference to V-Nasty, a white female rapper who is affiliated with Kreayshawn, who does use the word and has defended her use of it.
"It's a wrap on me using that word," he said. "Not where I'm from. F*** that. I love my hood stripes. I wear my hood stripes proud. I don't want them taken from me. Only N word I’m using is ninja. Ninjas and ... napalm... and nasal spray... and narcissist... nipples. Those are the only N words I’m using. Nipple is my favorite N word."
"Good question," he continued. "That's a very good question. That's a constroversial question. That's such a sketchy question. I feel odd even saying the word, 'the N word,' on camera. 'Cause it's so f****** touchy. That's crazy. F*** that. I mean, my daughter's black, too. My whole team, with the exception of my manager, or one of my managers, is black. It's a subject you just kinda grow up and respect. I wouldn't really touch it. You know, I can joke all I want to. I wouldn't touch that s***, though.”
In the interviews, the rapper shares details about how he's reached this point in his career, including his various label deals and solo and group undertakings. I found this passage from the Vibe interview interesting:
Was it a no-brainer to sign with Puff?
Yeah, definitely, because I'm a different kind of guy from his other artists. People are always like you shouldn't f*** with him, like don't do it, don't do it, like don't go in that door Jack.
Honestly did you hear a lot of that?
Hell yeah. C'mon. I know you hear it. It's not no bulls***. People have their perceptions of people but they don't know them. They just know what other people say and another person's situation, but you don't really know that other person's situation because he ain't telling you everything. There are other people that might approach their situation different when it comes to something like this. I don't think they maximize every opportunity Puff gave to them. Puff gave these motherf****** platinum albums, hit records, and I just don't think these motherf****** were ready to be their own men. They just wanted to be Puff's little men. That's where the problem was. They weren't prepared to take the wheel and drive and it's like "Nah I'm cool in the backseat or the shotgun seat. I'll let him drive." If they give you the opportunity and usher you to the front, go, go, go, you got to go. His knees might be hurting. I can get you here, but now it's your time.
Diddy is among the group of fashion experts and designers who will provide tips through 30 second clips featured on Macy's Backstage Pass.
These clips are accessed through the scanning of QR codes, most commonly through a mobile device. Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Rachel Roy, Jessica Simpson and Martha Stewart will also be participating in the campaign. QR codes will be featured in Macy's stores, print campaigns and online.
In the clips below, check out a promo spot for Backstage Pass and a Sean John flavored tip from Diddy.
Red Cafe's official site has pictures from the set of the music video shoot for "The Realest" featuring Fabolous. The original cut also featured Lloyd Banks, but there are no pictures that include Banks.
Buzzine has an interview with Big Boi. Once of the questions he's asked pertains to discovering Janelle Monae. In his answer, he also discusses the type of artist Monae is and predicts that she's "gonna be here for a long time."
SG: You just shot the new video for “Be Still” with Janelle Monae. Janelle is obviously signed to your label as well, on the album. How did the two of your first connect?
BB: Janelle was singing background for an artist I had signed named Scar, and she used to be around, stank on the edges, a cute little school girl, and I caught her at open mic night at Justin’s – P. Diddy’s soul food restaurant in Atlanta – and I heard her singing and I told her I had to have her. I brought her in and just really vibed with her for some years, until it was time for her to come out. She’s one of those artists that you don’t have to lead the way on; you don’t have to hold their hand, they’ve always got input. I like artists with vision. She’s definitely one of those, and she’s gonna be here for a long time.
In the accompanying video from the interview, this comes up at the 1:50 mark.
Last month, Diddy and Dirty Money performed at the Wembley Arena in London at the Orange RockCorps event. Orange RockCorps gives volunteers tickets to music concerts in exchange for time dedicated to serving the community. In the clip below, follow Diddy and the group behind the scenes as they arrive, perform and exit.
In it, he discusses his upbringing, being in jail with rapper Cormega and the earlier stages of his career, before he ended up with Konvict or Bad Boy.
VIBE: Honestly, we’re starting simple. How did you get the name Red Café?
Red Café: Red is a name that I grew up with. My pops name was Red—my hair is red. When my hair used to be long; I had long braids. I was more like Little Red. That was a name I grew up with. Even my moms doesn’t call me by my government name, ever. Nobody really knows me as my real name, except in school, but even in school. You know how that goes. Café was a name that I acquired in the streets. That was my stamp. I was in the streets doing a lot of different things as far as supplying different…
Diddy taped a quick interview from Spain, where he is on a party tour promoting Ciroc. He called MGK "one of the best live performers to come out in a minute" and spoke about how he believes in artists more than he used to and part of that is letting them have some space. "Whether they succeed or fail, I think it's important to support the artist," he said."
"He will not be changing for Bad Boy," Diddy added. "He's gonna be him and true to his self."
MGK came on for a live, in person interview in the studio with Sway Calloway. He spit a short verse in honor of the day and talked about his journey. He revealed that his deal with Bad Boy is a 2 album deal and that the first album will come in the first quarter of 2012.
Diddy: "MGK is a breath of fresh air. He's not just a star, he's a movement."
Pierre: "MGK is a great addition to the Bad Boy team. He speaks for a generation of kids who are just like him. Fans relate immediately to his lyrics, his flow and his energetic live performances."
MGK: "The moment we started the EST 19XX movement during the recording of the 'Lace Up' mixtape, I made a pledge to my fans to protect our brand and become the honest voice of our generation. We represent the underdogs, the outcast, the uncool. We are a true cult with a loud voice."
"We decided to partner with Bad Boy/Interscope because they understood our idea and the importance of keeping our integrity. They want to give us their resources to help share our vision with the rest of the world. This is not about mainstream success. EST 19XX represents a cultural shift, a worldwide revolution. Lace the F*@* Up!"
Following months of speculation, Machine Gun Kelly has now confirmed that he is signed to Bad Boy Records.
The deal appears to create a sublabel, EST 19XX, under Bad Boy/Interscope. "For those who haven't heard: my entire team (EST 19XX) has signed as a LABEL to Bad Boy/Interscope," he said on Twitter.
In the clip below, where MGK made the announcement and gives a little bit of a back story on his journey thus far, there is a picture of him and his crew, taken in 2008, outside of the Bad Boy offices.
YouKnowIGotSoul has an interview with producer Jeffrey "J-Dub" Walker. Their first question relates to Walker's signing with The Hitmen, Bad Boy's in-house production team.
Back in 1995, I came down here straight out of school. My homeboy was doing music in Detroit, he hooked up with some cats down in Atlanta and he was like “Come on man, let’s go down here and do this album,” so I came down and did the album. And then I hooked up with Noontime who had a group called Absolute (signed to Def Soul). I did their demo. Noontime shopped that demo to everybody: Def Jam, Sony and of course Bad Boy. When Diddy heard the demo, he immediately flew to Atlanta on a Friday and that Sunday I was in New York, and like Monday or Tuesday I was signed. So my career took off literally overnight, like I was sleeping on floors and doing demos to producing everybody’s music from Biggie to Total. The rest is history.
You can listen to the audio from the interview below.
YKIGS: What about “Thought You Said” by Brandy and Diddy?
MW: Oh man that song. That track is a very special track to me. I was working on it in New York and it had kind of had a techno different type of feel to it. Brandy came in and it was a perfect fit for her. That was pretty much it, that song moved on really good. She’s phenomenal in the way she came in with her vocals and how unique the lyrics were to the record and she just nailed it.
"I had been living a little differently than what my purpose is and that is really just to humbly serve others, to pray for others and to really be a good person and live the way I believe," he said. "From that, I was inspired to title my album that because those changes were going on in my life while I was working on the album."