Archive for July 22, 2011
If everything goes according to schedule, September 27 will be a big day for hip-hop, and specifically former XXL Freshmen: Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf and J. Cole, who all have all have their major label debut albums dropping on the same day. XXLMag.com recently spoke with Krizzle about what that particular Tuesday will mean for him.
“It’s a dope thing for hip-hop, because we all got our own fan bases, and then our fan bases together enjoy all of our music,” he said. “I’m excited, man.”
As for that album, K.R.I.T. says that he’s hard at work so that he can finish by the required date. The record’s title, Live From The Underground, he says, is a promise to his fans.
“These lines mean a lot more than just a lyric in a song,” he said, in reference to a line from “Return of 4Eva,” the opening track from April 2010′s K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, on which he spits, “It’s the Return of 4Eva hoe/Li-live from the, live from the underground.”
“I can sum up my ideas, or entire project, off of this one line,” he continued. “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here was kind of saying we bringing something back, in terms of Southern hip-hop, or reintroducing it to the newer generation. Return of 4Eva is something I can explain in an interview or on stage. It kind of just sums up the entire movement. And then going to [my upcoming] album, it’s me promising people that I’m not going to change because I signed a deal or my life is changing.”
Prosecutors have accused rapper Lil Boosie of paying $15,000 to have rival rapper Christopher “Nussie” Jackson murdered.
Prosecutors played a videotaped statement from Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding in court this week.
Louding confessed to detectives that Lil Boosie wanted Nussie killed, after the rapper was allegedly disrespectful to one of Lil Boosie’s associates during an altercation.
According to The Advocate, Lil Boosie hired Louding and another associated named Michael “Ghost” Judson to murder Nussie, as well as another man named Terry Boyd.
Only Michael Louding is on trial for the murder of Christopher “Nussie” Jackson, because Judson is dead.
Louding’s trial for murdering Nussie is just the start, as he has been charged with five other murders between 2009 and 2010.
Rapper Lil Boosie, born Torrence Hatch, is also charged with first-degree murder in one of the killings.
Prosecutors claim to have evidence that Lil Boosie hired Louding to shoot a man named Terry Boyd in October of 2009.
Lil Boosie, 28, was not charged in the death of Christopher “Nussie” Jackson, because he did not have direct contact with Michael Louding prior to Nussie’s murder.
Earlier this week, Lil Boosie was accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into a second state prison in Louisiana.
The rapper was indicted for trying to smuggle codeine into Angola State Prison, as well as the Dixon Correctional Institute at Jackson, where he was previously incarcerated, while serving a 10-year sentence for possession of marijuana.
Prosecutors are still debating if they are going to seek the death penalty against Lil Boosie.
“I hate singles,” Drake says. It’s a funny thing to hear from the rapper behind hits like “Best I Ever Had” and “Find Your Love,” but he says he’s always felt this way – now more than ever, as he puts the finishing touches on his second full-length LP, Take Care (due October 24th). “With this album, I want to tell a whole story,” he adds. “I don’t want people to just hear a piece and judge the album on that.”
Drake is home in Toronto, recording at his longtime producer Noah “40″ Shebib’s studio. The vibe is industrial yet cozy: exposed brick, low lighting, plenty of high-grade weed and virtually no decoration aside from a vinyl copy of U.K. dubstep crooner James Blake’s debut on a windowsill. “This is home,” says Drake, wearing a T-shirt, black jeans and work boots. “If I’m in a big expensive studio, it starts messing with my head about what kind of music I should be making.”
To a degree, that’s what happened with his 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, which sold 1.4 million copies and transformed Drake from mixtape phenom to platinum-certified star. “In no way am I not proud of it,” he says, “but I think I got caught up in making it seem big and first-album-ish. I was a bit numb, a bit disconnected from myself. I wasn’t able to slow down and realize what was going on around me.”