Archive for April 4th, 2012

April 4, 2012

Jay-Z: I shot my brother when I was 12

In a recent interview with Weekend magazine, Jay Z talks for the first time about when he shot his brother at the age of 12.

His childhood was dark and he was raised in a Brooklyn housing project, now the rapper and business man is worth an estimated $450m. The reason for shooting his brother, he had stolen his ring. He explains to the magazine his feelings afterwards, “I thought my life was over. I thought I’d go to jail for ever.” His brother who was addicted to crack did not press charges and apologised to Jay Z when he visited him in hospital.

Jay Z describes the episode in the song You Must Love Me. “Saw the devil in your eyes, high off more than weed, confused, I just closed my young eyes and squeezed.”

He went on to describe the area he was brought up in. “Guns were everywhere. You didn’t have to go far to get one. Just everywhere,” he said. In a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, shootouts were commonplace: “[Guns] were around every day. There were shootouts, but I never shot anyone else. Most people in shootouts don’t get shot.”

April 4, 2012

GZA Says Wu-Tang Clan Hasn’t “Been On The Same Page In Years,” Talks “Dark Matter” LP

GZA is preparing for the release of his album this year Dark Matter which is inspired by quantum physics. In an interview with Rolling Stone Wu Tang Clan member says the inspiration behind his album was a visit to MIT and the album is a “beautiful story” about “planets, black holes, comets.”

“I had several different ideas and concepts in my head. It’s just a journey of the universe. Dark matter, dark energy,” he said. “The thing at MIT didn’t really have anything to do with it. This was just something that added to it. I mean, I never went to a university and linked up with, you know, quantum and astrophysicists and things of that nature. But it’s not like this is what sparked the idea for me to want to do this album.”

He also spoke on other upcoming projects such as writing pilots and scripts. GZA also said if there wasn’t any more Wu Tang records, he was happy with what they had already accomplished.

“We haven’t been on the same page in years,” he said, noting that he has no hard feelings about that. “Nah. It is what it is. Sometimes that match burns out. So, no, I don’t feel bad about it. It’s good. I’m grateful for everything we have done throughout our careers and if there’s nothing else to put out, then there’s nothing to put out. I’m constantly writing and working. It doesn’t stop there.”

April 4, 2012

Nas Discusses Friendship With Tupac, “Life Is Good”

Nas discusses his relationship with Tupac during a discussion moderated by Steve Stoute at SXSW in Houston, Texas. Nas was one of many New York Mc’s Tupac had beef with.

“Pac’s one of my favorite artists,” began Nas. “We saw each other…really got to the bottom of it. What he said to me is, ‘Me and you are brothers. Me and you are never supposed to go at it. But I heard you were dissing me on this new Akinyele album.

“Greater heads prevailed…and we both knew we were supposed to continue that conversation,” he continued. “I was scheduled to meet him in Vegas…and you and Jimmy Iovine called me at about four in the morning, and told me that he might not make it.”

Nas then went on to talk about his upcoming album Life Is Good with the singles The Don and Nasty on it…

“[The album has] the eras that I like,” he explained. “‘Nasty’ was a ’90s kind of vibe. That’s woven in there.

“Some personal stuff, life stuff in there. I tried to put that out there, get that off my chest,” he added.

April 4, 2012

Curren$y Feat. Wale – What It Look Like

New Orleans rapper Curren$y drops What It Look Like featuring MMG’s Wale. The track will be the lead single from Curren$y’s The Stoned Immaculate album due June 5.

April 4, 2012

Game ft. Pharrell – It Must Be Tough

The Game drops It Must Be Tough a few days before his upcoming mixtape is released on thursday California Republic. Pharrell’s verse at the end definitely adds to the track. California Republic will have features from Drake, Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, Wale, and more.

April 4, 2012

Rita Ora ft. Tinie Tempah – R.I.P.

The Albanian, London raised Roc Nation signee Rita Ora releases the video to R.I.P., the lead single off her debut LP which will be out this summer. Set in an abandoned warehouse with colourful vintage cars where Tinie joins Rita for his verse.