Archive for February 9, 2012
Mayback Music’s Rick Ross and drug lord Freeway Rick appeared in court last week to dispute over the rights of the name “Rick Ross,” reports AllHipHop.com. Both men gave depositions in a Miami court to continue an ongoing battle for the trademark of the famous moniker.
In May of 2010, Freeway Rick Ross filed a $10 million lawsuit against Rick Ross accusing him of profiting off of his name illegally. As a result, the judge ruled that he couldn’t sue because his criminal acts in the past had destroyed “any possibility that he has any valid trademark rights in his name, that have been violated by defendants.” The case was dismissed in Federal Court in November of 2010.
Freeway Rick appealed the decision in a state court and the case is now ongoing. In an interview with The Huffington Post last week, Freeway Rick says, “[He] treated me as if I had done something to him.” He claims that the rapper Rick Ross shot dirty looks his way when they saw each other in person. Freeway goes on to say, “When he first came to me, he didn’t know what position I was going to take, if I was going to send a word out to those young cats out in L.A. or not. That put a little fear in his heart.
“Now that he knows I’m not carrying it like that, he’s a little more courageous right now,” he added. “[He] has my name tattooed on his hand.”
Here’s the lastest from Grizzly City’s own Omar Aura who bring’s you his latest visual inspired by his hoop dreams growing up. ”Balla” produced by New York’s own ATG, has a soulful beat that let’s you reminisce about pastimes growing up. Auradon Session’s “The American Don” the album is produced entirely by ATG and will be released March 6th. DL: Omar Aura – Balla
New leak off Le$’s upcoming mixtape “Menace” coming soon.
Doing My Thang
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne may be in contention for Best Rap Album at the Grammys, but Dion “No I.D.” Wilson—who produced one of the disc’s bonus cuts, “Primetime”—initially wasn’t too impressed with the blockbuster collaborative LP.
“I kinda didn’t agree with the direction that Watch the Throne was going because I felt like, ‘Y’all were two of the best that did it as far advancing, pushing the bar, the envelope of what hip-hop can do and is,’” Wilson told XXLMag.com. “And I felt like some of the songs were copping out a little to me.”
Months after his first listen, Wilson was fortunate enough to hear the final WTT version while in New York for Big Sean’s Finally Famous listening session. Again, Jay and ‘Ye’s frequent collaborator wasn’t thrilled. Something was missing. Yeezy had been working closely with RZA, Q-Tip, The Neptunes and Hit Boy, just to name a few, but he hadn’t produced a record on his own as he did on his previous records.
“I get the co-productions, but how you gon do an album and you don’t go to the machine and do one beat by yourself?” No I.D. explained. “We have always sparked this challenge in each other and it bled into the world, so I just wanted to hit him in the stomach real quick. This is what you got? He was like, ‘No, that’s cool. I’m bout to do something.’”
No I.D.’s challenge resulted in Yeezy chopping up Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” for The Throne’s smash hit, “Otis.” The song was added to WTT at the 11th hour and became the LP’s second single. It’s now nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the Grammys.
“I remember even at the time at the label they was like, ‘What the hell? No I.D. just came in and messed up our release schedule,’” he recalled. “We all amongst ourselves really are battling each other each and every minute of life, but it’s all in the spirit of advancement and the pursuit of dopeness is what I call it.”
Here is the official behind the scenes for Waka Flocka and Drake’s new video ‘Round Of Applause’, directed by Mr. Boomtown.