Riff Raff is a real human being. I only know this because I walked by him at SXSW. He, of G's and Gents Fame, is being portrayed by James Franco in the Selena Gomez movie Spring Breakers. I feel like there is a lot of wrong in that preceding sentence. James Franco in a Selena Gomez movie, for example. TMZ says that Riff Raff turned down the role of himself because he's too busy. See, that guy raps. He's also signed to Soulja Boy's record label Stacks on Deck Money Gang (or SOGMG). I'm not sure why anyone would want to sign to someone's label whose bankrupt, but hey, it all makes sense, doesn't it? Spotted at TMZ
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Yeah, you didn't read that wrong. Lil B will be lecturing at NYU, a school that I applied to and wasn't accepted to, so that makes me pause. For the record, if anyone cares, I applied to the Business School, and we all know that I certainly didn't finish my BA in Business. One accounting class, and I knew that shit wasn't for me. Here's what he says via his digital publicist, AKA twitter: LIL B GOING TO LECTURE AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY AND SPEAK APRIL 11th THIS WILL BE HISTORICAL AND TRULY LIFE CHANGING, HISTORY STARTS. MY LECTURE AT NYU WILL SPARK THE GENERATION AND MINDS OF THE WORLD THIS IS GOING TO BE #RARE AND HISTORICAL SHOUTS OUT TO NYU! THIS IS GROUNDBREAKING LIL B SPEAKING AT NYU, GOD BLESS ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SEE THE WORLD PROGRESS IN A POSITIVE MANNER. THE ONLY WAY TO GET RESPECT LIKE LIL B AND MAKE HISTORY AND PROB BE THE FIRST #HISTORICAL RAP ARTIST TO SPEAK NYU IS TO BE POSITIVE. the reason why i am having my first rare lecture at NYU university is because i specialize in the progression of human race. congrats to everyone who was lucky enough to get a ticket to my first lecture at NY UNIVERSITY !! THIS IS HISTORICAL AND POSITIVE
Rihanna was in London for a photocall and press conference about her new movie Battlestar, when some breezy had the audacity to ask her about Ashton Kutcher (TMZ was on the scene, of course, when she arrived around midnight with her crew at his place and didn't leave for a while, although I can't find said TMZ article anywhere...). Poor girl. You can see the disappointment in her face as she listens to that question. I would imagine that she's super excited to be talking about her first movie, and the reporter asks her about that hag? C'mon son.
So, Nas owes the government $6 million in unpaid taxes, and since we all know how greedy and impatient Uncle Sam is, they've filed paperwork in Georgia to garner his wages through the music publishing organizations BMI and ASCAP. Ouch. I can't really imagine making enough money where I would owe that much in taxes. Anyway, I was thinking about the one lone panel I watched while I was in Austin for SXSW, and it was Steve Stoute interviewing Nas (as depicted in that picture from Steve Stoute's website). Near the beginning of that panel, they were talking about legacies, and about how they wanted to be remembered. There was some type of question posted from those topics, and Nas said that he wasn't sure how he wanted to be remembered yet, which is fair. However, I feel like all I hear about Nas these days is how he was fighting his ex-wifey over child support, by extension making him being a deadbeat dad (?) and how he doesn't pay his taxes. Two of those are obviously true. Sadly, those are the first things that come to mind when I think of him, but that's just me. Hopefully, for Nas' sake, all the younger kids don't remember him that way. TMZ | Image source
Okayplayer had a pretty thorough interview with Diplo and Chief Boima, but the most interesting part of it (to me) was the following quote I enclosed. STATS: Diplo, of all these different scenes that you have championed and taken inspiration from–you said Brazil was a big moment for you, a turning point, but there’s been tons of others, kuduro etc.–that you have taken inspiration from and tried to a shine light on. How do you look at that in practical terms? DIPLO: The most important thing for me in my career right now, to help these other genres that I’m promoting, is to stay relevant. On a level where I can produce artists in America like Usher and Chris Brown, that’s what makes people even interested in what I’m doing on a mainstream level. And if I can do that, I can do other things on the side–like run Mad Decent, which is pretty much a money pit. I don’t know if you know any of my indie labels, but we put in probably $40,000 a year just in the artists I want to promote. But I can take a couple gigs in the week and then put that into Mad Decent. For me it’s more important to have this label running, because without it, I’m just another DJ doing anything. It’s like a dime a dozen out there. Sometimes I make records I don’t even like. I’m working on some pop artists, like I’m not even that excited about the Beyoncé record. I didn’t have full control of those records, but this is stuff that helps me parlay into different things. I’m on a path that I want to take advantage of, so I can also go this direction if I want ...
Yesterday, I laughed about as hard as I did when watching Drake premiere the Wheelchair Jimmy dance, after seeing that Bangladesh had signed a song deal with Cash Money. If you recall, Bangladesh produced "A Milli" off Tha Carter III, and later publicly called out Cash Money after not receiving any compensation for it. I guess that they got that squared away, because Bangladesh did the "6 Foot 7 Foot" beat on Tha Carter IV that gave me many false promises of hope for that record. Since history repeats itself, Bangladesh was, again, not compensated for his work. What's that saying? Fool me once, shame on you, but fool me twice, shame on me? I just googled it, and I guess that's correct, but I thought it would be catchier. On the deal, Bangladesh says: Everybody respects each other, and real recognizes real. At the end of the day, the work is solid, so everybody wants to be in business with each other. It boggles my mind that people work without contracts. Regardless, Bangladesh has produced for Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kesha (disapprove), Rihanna, Gucci Mane, Ludacris, and Nicki Minaj, so I'm not sure why he feels like he needs to sign with these clowns. The way that the XXL article read implied that he didn't require payment upfront for the beats, in exchange for a Lil Wayne verse on his album that has yet to be released. At this point, Wayne might not even be hot by the time Bangladesh's album comes out. I guess he's technically hot still, but not to me. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. In related news, EMI is suing Cash Money for late payments. Good luck, Bangladesh. You're still one of my favorite producers.
Wheelchair Jimmy paying homage to the days when he was Wheelchair Jimmy...OMG. Drake's dancing was always more than slightly amusing to me (see the beginning of the video?) but his Wheelchair Jimmy dance made me laugh so hard. It looks like some weirdo calisthenics move that my trainer would make me do, except I would nix that shit. I'm not trying to look like Drake in the middle of the weight room! Sadly, Drizzy and his Wheelchair Jimmy dance aren't coming to Seattle any time soon, so I'll just have to watch this video over and over. And rock this dance in the club this weekend, of course. Spotted at HHU
It looks like the mystic unicorn of a record--of course I'm talking about the urban legend that is Dr. Dre's Detox record--might be pushed back even further. Dr. Dre has signed on as producer of an upcoming horror flick titled “Thaw.” According to Variety, Dr. Dre and partner Daniel Schnider will produce the horror film for their company, Crucial Films. The movie centers around an ancient evil spirit that’s unleashed as ice thaws in the Yukon. The script for “Thaw” is being written by Vik Weet, while New Line Cinema will handle the distribution of the film. Soooo....Detox anyone? Although, I guess it's sort of a moot point if it's being ghostwritten. I just like making fun of it, and by extension, kind of hope that it never comes out. It would probably suck, and then what would I make fun of? Variety via AllHipHop
AKA it's very likely that I'll be blogging even less than usual! Two flight delays couldn't keep me away, so I'm gonna go cause some trouble.
And that "In Paris" song is still haunting me. But hey, at least he's in Paris now? Yeezy debuted his DW Kanye West line in Paris last week, with people like Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Cassie, Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Guiseppe Zanotti, Ricardo Tisci, Azzedine Alaia and one of my least favorite "celebrities" ever, Kim Kardashian in attendance. The main things I noticed were fur and leather, and the leather pants that the models are wearing seem to resemble those that he wore under his muumuu shirt and kilt on the Watch The Throne Tour when he looked like a bag lady. What was that campaign in Zoolander? Derelict? I know y'all know what I'm talking about. So, despite the fact that the last model looks like she's wearing the hind quarters of my orange cat Dante (seriously, slightly uncomfortable I'm feeling) on the whole, I'm in favor of fur. Here's the collaboration shoe that Kanye made with Giuseppe Zanotti that can be yours for a mere $5,800. Don't buy me these and force me to wear them...so I know it's real. AllHipHop.com | SandraRose.com
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