Archive for December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone from Yo Gotti and the CMG camp! As you may know from Yo Gotti‘s Twitter and Facebook this week, it is now confirmed that Live From the Kitchen will be dropping officially on January 10, 2012.
Accordingly, Yo Gotti has decided to release his previously announced holiday mixtape in honor of the album, giving it the title January 10th. In a partnership with LiveMixtapes.com, the exclusive mixtape will be available for free download at YoGottiMusic.com this week, just in time to exit 2011 in style!
Due to the short promotional period for LFTK, the mixtape naming contest will be postponed. Stay tuned for details on that. Thank you sincerely for all of your great ideas and understanding in this matter. Yo Gotti looks forward to kicking off a new contest for you in the new year!
For now, please check out the “Single” video on WorldStarHipHop.com, which will also be coming to Yo Gotti’s YouTube channel soon. Following that will be the official video for “Harder” featuring Rick Ross.
Additionally, you can look out for Zed Zilla‘s Rent’s Due 2, slated for release over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in January, along with more videos from The Landlord!
You can currently pre-order Yo Gotti’s Live From the Kitchen at Best Buy, Target (online only), Walmart (edited), Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iTunes, CD Universe and other outlets!
02. Harder (Feat. Rick Ross)
04. Red, White & Blue (Feat. Jadakiss)
06. Second Chance
07. Cases (Feat. 2 Chainz)
09. Go Girl (Feat. Big K.R.I.T., Big Sean, Wale & Wiz Khalifa)
10. We Can Get It On
11. 5 Star (Remix) (Feat. Gucci Mane, Trina & Nicki Minaj)
Recognized by many as the Godfather of Chicago hip-hop, No I.D. has had an illustrious career that spans 20 years—and like fine wine, he’s only gotten better with age.
Breaking into the industry in the early ’90s as Common’s in-house producer, No I.D. ascended from underground crate-digger to A-list hitmaker, crafting lush soundscapes for the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Rihanna. His talents have taken him in many directions, including a brief career as a rapper, and now as executive vice president of Def Jam.
Before he was known to the world as “Kanye’s mentor,” No I.D. was quietly building his own extensive catalog, lacing beats for everybody from G-Unit and Ghostface Killah to Bow Wow—inlcuding many you may not know he produced.
The end of 2011 finds No I.D. reuniting with Common for The Dreamer, The Believer, which he produced in its entirety. On the eve of one of the year’s most anticipated releases, Complex caught up with No I.D. These are the stories behind the best beats by Dion.
Killer Mike f/ T.I. “Ready Set Go” (2011)
Label: Grind Time/SMC/Grand Hustle
No I.D.: “Killer is one of my friends. I worked with him on the Pledge II album, so I made this beat for him. T.I. jumped on it, and that was me and Tip’s introduction to one another—now I’m working with him too. I didn’t even charge for that record. The beat was made in a whole other style that I’d never put out in the world. It didn’t sound like a typical No I.D. beat”
Big Sean f/ Chris Brown “My Last” (2011)
Album: Finally Famous
Label: Def Jam
No I.D.: “That record was actually made for J. Cole during one of his sessions. I told Cole it was going to be a single and he said ‘Nah, I don’t know about that one.’ So I passed it for Sean while he was working on his album, and told him this would be the one, and he said ‘I don’t know about that.’ He thought it sounded too commercial or whatever.
“I told him we needed someone to get on the chorus—maybe get Drake or Kanye on the chorus. But then Sean had a relationship with Chris Brown, and once Chris got on it I knew it was gone. Sean always tells the story about how he fronted on the record, but then when he’s performing the record in front of thousands of people with their hands up in the air, he says ‘Damn, No I.D. was really right about this one.’ [Laughs.]
Read the full article: No I.D. Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records
The third in a series of 10 videos making up the “LES IS MORE” visual album.
Special thanks to my team for riding with me to make this video out of a three day trip to Vegas. Had the whips shipped in from Cali and moved into the corner Penthouse at the Cosmopolitan. Real life. Real rap. Getm Jaf (@GetmJaf ), Alex Bittan (@dockyardp), Fernando Vallecillo
Enjoy this holiday mini movie starring DJ Smallz aka Mr. Southern Smoke, a Christmas tree, two rabbits, a deer and an ax.