Yo Gotti Launches New Website; Planning New Material

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(AllHipHop News) Memphis, Tennessee rapper Yo Gotti is planning a series of projects to take him into the new year.

The rapper recently launched his official website, where he will drop a brand-new mixtape, which is the precursor to his full-length album Live From the Kitchen.

Fans can purchase merchandise from the website, in addition to hard-to-find music from Yo Gotti’s record label, Cocaine Muzic Group.

“I wanted a platform to connect directly with fans, because so many people can’t find songs or merchandise from me that they are asking for,” Yo Gotti told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “With the launch of this site, we’ll be able to provide a hub where the real fans can get it first. We have such loyal support from online media as well, and I feel that YoGottiMusic.com is only going to strengthen our opportunities to connect with people from every angle.”

Next up for Yo Gotti is a trip to New York next week, to film the video for “Colors” which features Juelz Santana and Gucci Mane.

Yo Gotti’s album Live From the Kitchen is due in stores in early 2012 on Polo Grounds Music/RCA.

For more information visit http://YoGottiMusic.com.

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MAG FEATURE: FRANK OCEAN NAMED GQ’S ‘ROOKIE OF THE YEAR’

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With a successful mixtape and a sold out international tour, Frank Ocean has been selected as GQ’s Rookie of the Year. The 24-year-old filmed a mini-interview with GQ’s Amos Barshad and talked everything from his hobbies, to why the color orange is favorite color, to what he has learned musically and non-musically from Kanye West and Jay-Z:

“The one non-musical thing that I learned from working with Kanye is that you should always choose your sneakers wisely.” [...] “Musical thing that I learned from Jay-Z, ‘Less takes is sometimes more.’”

See what else the singer-songwriter had to say after the jump!

Frank Ocean’s Interview w/ GQ

( Photos: NATHANIEL GOLDBERG )

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‘ROUND THE WAY: TYLER PERRY WRITES OPEN LETTER TO PENN STATE VICTIM

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In light of the Penn State sexual child abuse scandal involving the university’s head coach Jerry Sandusky, Tyler Perry has decided to write an open letter to the 11-year-old victim who brought Sandusky’s actions to light, to commend him on his courage to speak out, despite fear. The Madea actor shared his personal story and related his experience with childhood sexual abuse.

Peep Perry’s recent letter to Newsweek’s Daily Beast below. Also, Syracuse University is now under the radar for a similar case. shm. More info after the jump…

I don’t know your name, but I know your face. I don’t know your journey, but I know where you are. I am your brother!

I must tell you, what you have done is so courageous. The strength that it must have taken for your 11-year-old voice to speak out about such a horrible act is something that I didn’t have the strength or courage to do at that age.

I was a very poor young black boy in New Orleans, just a face without a name, swimming in a sea of poverty trying to survive. Forget about living, I was just trying to exist. I was enduring a lot of the same things that you’ve come forward and said happened to you, and it was awful. I felt so powerless. I knew what was happening to me, but unlike you, I couldn’t speak about it because no one saw me. I was invisible and my voice was inaudible.

So to think that you, when you were only 11 years old, spoke up—you are my hero! I’m so proud of you. You have nothing to be ashamed of. I want you to know you didn’t do anything wrong. It’s not your fault. Please know that you were chosen by a monster. You didn’t choose him. You didn’t ask for it and, most of all, you didn’t deserve it. What a huge lesson that was for me to learn. Your 11-year-old self was no match for wicked, evil tactics of this kind. You were hunted like prey. A pedophile looks for the young boys he thinks he can manipulate. The ones who have daddy or mommy issues, the ones who are broken, and the ones who are in need. But this wasn’t you.

Do you know that at the young age of 11 you had more courage than all the adults who let you down? All of the ones who didn’t go to the proper authorities, all of the ones who were worried about their careers, reputations, or livelihoods. All of the ones who didn’t want to get involved. Or even the ones who tried to convince your mother not to fight. You are stronger than them all! I wonder what they would have done if it were their own child.

I had a few of those adults in my life, too. They knew and did nothing. One of them even said to me that it was my fault, because I allowed myself to spend time with the molesters. And yes, this was someone who was in power and could have called the police, but instead this person allowed this criminal to go on molesting other young boys for many years. When I did tell a family member, I wasn’t believed. I suffered in silence. But not you, my young strong hero, you have done what many of us wish we could have done. You used your voice!

You know, now that you’re older you need to be aware that the aftermath of abuse may affect you for a very long time. But that’s OK; just know that the strength it took for you to talk about it then will help you get through it now. I often tell myself that if I made it through that experience as a child, then surely as a man I should be able to get past it. It still may take you a while, but that’s OK too. I have known people who have gone through the same things that we have, but unfortunately they were never able to admit it, and it destroyed them. They never went for help, and they let the abuse defeat them. Some of them went to prison for crimes, some are addicted to drugs, and some have even committed suicide. I know that none of these things will happen to you. You are too strong for that!

No matter what happens next, just know that the hardest part is over. I wish the coward and very sick individual who hurt you would have the courage to admit his wrong and not put you through a trial. But he will most likely profess his innocence until the bitter end. And probably, all the while, yelling at the top of his lungs about all he has done to help troubled young boys.

You may have to go through with that trial, and you may feel all alone when you’re on that witness stand, but just know that there are millions of young boys and grown men who are standing with you—including me. If every man who has ever been molested would speak up, you would see that we’re all around you. You may not know all of our faces and names, but my prayer is that you feel our strength holding you up. You will get through this; you’ve already endured the worst part at age 11. Now fight on, my young friend, fight on! We are all with you. [Source]

In related news: Syracuse University’s assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired over the weekend after 3 men came forward about being sexually molested as teenangers. What’s more disturbing is that his wife knew all along! Just sick.

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MUSIC VIDEO: BIRDMAN FT. NICKI MINAJ & LIL’ WAYNE – “Y.U. MAD”

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Cash Money/Young Money millionaires Birdman, Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Wayne finally premiere the video for Birdman’s first single, “Y.U Mad,” from his upcoming album, Bigga Than Life. The music video, which features Nicki dressed as a female Lil’ Wayne, was directed by Gil Green. Check out the MTV premiere above.

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Wiz Khalifa Recruits Juicy J to Taylor Gang?!?

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And the roster expansions keep coming! Today (November 28), it was announced that one half of duo Three 6 Mafia, would be joining Wiz’s brand as its newest member/artist. This news comes, coincidentally, on the same day Juicy J released ”Stoner’s Night Part 2,” which features the Taylor Gang head honcho himself, Wiz Khalifa.

Check the song below. Not only is Juicy’s new mixtape Blue Dream & Lean set to drop shortly, according to him, so is a Taylor Gang collaboration album. Juicy told DJ Scream, ”When you hear it, you’re gonna be like ‘wow.’”

Do you think this is a good move ???

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Maybach Getting the Axe in 2013!?! Bow Wow Gets Pushed Back! Shyne Remixes Hanukkah?!

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Mercedes Pulling the Plug On Maybach In 2013!

Don’t worry, Rick Ross’ label is still very much in tact; however, the same came not be said for Mercedes Benz’s Maybach brand which was just as much a staple in Hip-Hop as was Cristal, Rolls Royce Phantom’s, Jacob’s “iced-out” jewelry, and more. A Mercedes Benz insider said the following: “We’ve come to the conclusion that it is better to cut our losses with Maybach than to continue into an uncertain future with a brand that has failed to live up to original sales expectations.” And now, a moment of silence awesomeness for Maybach…

SURPRISE!!! Bow Wow’s “Underrated” Pushed Back to Next Year.

Not only does Cash Money rapper Bow Wow owe the IRS a reported $91,105.61, which he denies, he also just had his CM debut Underrated pushed back until early 2012, and we have to ask, is anyone really surprised? According to Bow Wow, he knows most of us aren’t, and had the following to say on his website about the album:

everyone wants to know why its delayed or why is it getting pushed back. I hear yall jokes “His sh*t aint never droppin” it is dropping. “When I Feel like its right tho” my album sounds nothing like what you’ve heard come out of the camp PERIOD so far. I know yall want this album just as much as i want to deliver it. The thing is tour just ended like 3 n half weeks ago. I left studio to tour which of course set me back. I have to mix all the records which i have just now kinda started. “Sweat” video will be out in a week or 2. Took a minute to finalize all the graphics and detail because of the CGI effects. Also dont forget im stil working on my tv sitcom with Ice Cube as well. I think people forget i got 2 jobs (Rapper/Ator) hahaha.. Record just went to radio as well. Not only that but im trying to get India Irie to sing on “Boy Or Girl” being that that sample you are hearing on that record is her. I figured it would be so meaningful and better with her apart of it live. Its taking so long because im putting my all into it. This is not just an album its my pain my life my story me in the now how im feeling. Things are different this time around ima father now to a beautiful baby girl i have so much poetry and new things to share with the world. Everything that pops up in the news that yall want to hear me touch on i talk about it. I bare it all on this album. This is my “Classic” Underrated is a classic. This is my best work. So i be damn i put it out and it aint right. Dont blame my label they have nothing to do with my decision. Birdman lets me be a boss and do what i want. He my manager so of course he wants the best for me. 2012 ull get it.

In other YMCMB news, Billboard’s Rising Star of 2011, Nicki Minaj, announced that her second album, Pink Friday 2: Roman Reloaded, will drop on Valentine’s Day of next year. She is currently in the studio working with both M.I.A. and Madonna… should definitely be interesting, to say the least.

Two Jews (Shyne and Matisyahu) Walk Into A Recording Studio…

Shyne, now an Orthodox Jew, recently collaborated on the remix which you can hear below to Matisyahu’s “Miracle.” The two have become close friends in the past year, and this song is the bi-product of that relationship…

Yeah.

Quickies:

-After debuting at #2 on the Billboard charts with his album Ambition, Wale has announced that he has already begun working on his third album, which will be his second under Rick Ross and MMG. He tweeted: “2 songs deep in my next album…#iLuvThis”

-Grandmaster Flash is set to perform a very special version of “The Message” during the Grammy Nominations special this Wednesday. He will be joined by Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Common, and LL Cool J.

-Weezy’s Tha Carter IV has been certified double platinum, which may not be surprising but is a huge feat since the album was only released three months ago.

-That A$AP Rocky directed video for Danny Brown’s “Blunt After Blunt” (see below) hit the Internet today, and despite hinting that Dave Chappelle would be in the video, he was a no-show:

-50 Cent will be releasing a 10-track EP next week titled The Big 10 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his album, 50 Cent is the Future. There will be a video for each song on the project so keep your ears and eyes peeled.

-Drake is currently shooting a video for the Lil Wayne assisted track “The Motto” off the deluxe edition of his sophomore album, Take Care.

-RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists, which stars Russell Crowe and was produced by Quentin Tarantino, has a tentative release date of August 2012.

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50 Cent to Release 10 Track Mixtape Called the “Big 10″

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(AllHipHop News) Hip-Hop Mogul and Southside Jamaica, Queens bred rapper 50 Cent is ready to release a new mixtape which he plans to call “Big 10.”

The 10 track release commemorates the 10 year anniversary of his mixtape “50 Cent is the Future” which was released in 2002 and took the internet by storm.

“Its been 10 years since I put out 50 Cent is the Future,” 50 Cent tweeted. “So I’m putting out the ‘BIG 10′ next week 10 smoking hot tracks #SK.”

The New York rapper has stayed in the media as of late, having also released the anti-bullying book “Playground” along with an appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

But the rapper is planning a media blitz for the new album, along with a bevy of videos, which will be released for every song on the release.

“I’m shooting videos for every song on the tape. The BIG 10 I got something for a haters ass it called hits lol #SK,” 50 Cent Tweeted to his followers.

50 recently released a few freestyles as part of his “Street King” series and he also put out Part 2 of his hit song “What Up Gangsta.”

50 is currently working on his 5th studio album and and will star in the drama “All Things Fall Apart,” which will debut December 3 on BET.

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B.o.B. Releases “E.P.I.C.” Mixtape as Appetizer for Sophomore Album

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(AllHipHop News) Very few artists have had the crossover appeal that rapper, singer, producer, and overall musician B.o.B. has had in his career. B.o.B. a.k.a. Bobby Ray, has only released one studio album, 2010′s The Adventures of Bobby Ray, and is preparing to release his second, Strange Clouds, early next year.

In preparation for his sophomore album’s release, the Atlanta native has created a brand new mixtape, E.P.I.C., which stands for “Every Play Is Crucial,” to help hold the fans over until Strange Clouds hits shelves in 2012. Not only does the mixtape have a very “album-like” feel to it, it also features guest verses and production from some of the biggest names in the industry. On E.P.I.C., artists like Mos Def, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, T.I., Bun B, Eminem, and more, all make appearances over production created by Jim Jonsin, Dr. Luke, The Aristocrats, Ryan Tedder, and even B.o.B. himself.

The 15-track mixtape helps set the tone for what fans can expect, come early 2012, when Strange Clouds is released to the masses via Atlantic Records. In the meantime, check out the E.P.I.C. download below.

Download “B.O.B. – E.P.I.C. (Every Play Is Crucial)” now!

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Former Geto Boy Member Big Mike Returns With New Solo Album

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(AllHipHop News) Former Geto Boys group member Big Mike is back with a new album after a three-year hiatus from the music business.

The New Orleans, Louisiana native will drop his new album Bayou Classic: Love.Faith.Honor.Loyalty. next month.

The 12-track album is Big Mike’s sixth official release and his first since 2009′s album Serious as Can Be.

Big Mike was recruited into the Geto Boys by James “J. Prince” Prince after original group member Willie D. left the group in 1992.

The following year, The Geto Boys released their fifth album, 1993′s Till Death Do Us Part.

Big Mike was kicked out of the group shortly afterwards, over a physical altercation with Scarface.

Willie D. eventually returned to the group, and Big Mike embarked upon a solo career in June of 1994, with the release Somethin’ Serious.

After several solo releases, Big Mike was sent to prison for over three years for arson, after he was convicted of torching a recording studio affiliated with his former label, Rap-A-Lot Records.

Bayou Classic: Love.Faith.Honor.Loyalty will be released at all major digital outlets and select retail locations on Tuesday December 13 2011.

For more information visit: http://www.iambigmike.com

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AHH Stray News: Dre And Snoop In Singapore, Bow Wow Tax Troubles, Younger Rappers Join Furious 5

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(AllHipHop News)Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will make an appearance together at the 2011 and the Mnet Asian Music Awards taking place tomorrow (November 29), in Singapore, Spain. The pair will appear at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, where the Mnet Asian Music Awards are being held. The event will honor a number of top K-Pop artists, along with a number of J-Pop singers. will.I.am and apl.de.ap will perform during the four-hour ceremony. Snoop Dogg has been expanding into the Asian market, through a recent collaboration with K-Pop group Blush on the the track “Undivided.” A live telecast of the Mnet Asian Music Awards will air on Channel U starting at 4:00PM.

Rapper/actor Bow Wow is the latest artist to run afoul of the IRS, TMZ.com reports. Bow Wow, born Shad Gregory Moss, owes $91,105.61 to the government for back taxes accrued in the state of Florida for the year 2006. As a result, the government filed a tax lien against Bow Wow, who is signed to Cash Money Records/Young Money Records. At press time, Bow Wow is preparing to release his Young Money/Cash Money debut, Underrated. The album was due in stores on December 6, but has since been delayed until 2012. In a new blog post, Bow Wow brushed off reports of financial trouble and explained the reason Underrated has been delayed. “I know yall want this album just as much as I want to deliver it,” Bow Wow said in a new blog
Post. “The thing is tour just ended like 3 n half weeks ago. I left studio to tour which of course set me back. I have to mix all the records which I have just now kinda started.”

A new generation of rappers will join Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five for a rendition of the group’s classic single “The Message” during “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night.” Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco and Common will hit the stage to perform “The Message” alongside Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Melle Mel and rapper Scorpio. The rappers are celebrating Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s induction into the Gramy Hall of Fame for the classic 1982 single. Other performers during the evening include Ludacris, Usher, Rihanna, Jason Aldean, Lady Gaga, Valerie Simpson, Mike Stoller, Sugarland and others, while Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry are among the presenters. The one-hour special takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The show will also air on CBS from 10-11 p.m.

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