Summer Jam was last night and took over your social media streams if you weren't out in NYC seeing Hot 97's 20th installment of the festival. Here is a quick-hitting summary of some of the highlights, beginning with 2 Chainz premiering his new single "Feds Watching" above and performs with Nicki Minaj here.
What did you guys think of Summer Jam XX? Did it live up to the hype? And is Summer Jam in the pantheon of hip hop's biggest concerts/tours this year?
Fabolous brought out Lil Kim:
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Mariah Carey joined Miguel for "#Beautiful":
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French Montana brought out Lil Wayne:
Kendrick Lamar & TDE's full set:
A$AP Rocky's full set:
And the talk of Twitter (somehow), Papoose's seemingly surprise performance after Kendrick/TDE (more details in a new post coming...)
Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne are photoshopped to illustrate a typical male/female conversation
Let's begin this morning on a wacky note to continue the wackiness that was last night. Meaning that you may have noticed the site was down last night. Our server was temporarily down last night and as a result, we were inactive with the night's new music updates. We should be back up and running and so here's a quick rundown of what we missed!
First off, let's start with the wonderful couple above. I don't mean that romantically, but I do mean it in a business sense as Paris Hilton has signed a deal with Cash Money to release her second album. First off, WUT? Secondly, she has a first album? Third, ugh. I think I'll just move on.
Two big releases for May 21st with the more universal Daft PunkRandom Access Memories and French Montana's debut album Excuse My French. The first-week projections are in: Daft Punk slated for 300-325K and French with 45-50K. Solid numbers for Daft Punk. I think people may have expected more for French, but that sounds about right to me. (via HDD)
Geno Smith, rookie QB for the New York Jets, has signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports.
We also have new songs and videos comin' up on those respective pages from TDE, Usher, Melanie Fiona, and more, after leaving off with Joey Bada$$ announcing a new EP coming June 12th. Be sure to keep it locked for all the new music and updates today.. and beyond!
T.I. drops the new single for with Lil Wayne called "Wit Me". This one was admittedly off to a rocky start when Wayne begun the song with the line, "put my dick in your face" (yup, seriously), but his verse got better as it went on and T.I.'s verse was a pretty analytical one as well. I think longtime fans of both will enjoy this record and it's a borderline *Tibs Fav. for me. Come back tonight when the music video will premiere!
Here is a dope new weekend roundup of a variety of news and tidbits that happened amongst all the #YeezySeason mania that is going on, hah!
First off, up above, De La Soul performed live with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon. Above is the feel-good "A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturdays" and "Jenifa Taught Me" can be viewed here. De La's got a new album coming out (!) entitled You're Welcome, slated for this Fall.
An intriguing upcoming collab was announced — Mario & Nicki Minaj! Mario revealed the single on the way, produced by Polow Da Don, via a handwritten note from the heart (seen below). May 21st, you can expect to hear this.
The day before (i.e. tomorrow), T.I. will release his new single with Lil Wayne "Wit Me". You can catch the teaser trailer from last Friday here and peep the new single art below.
And below that, you'll notice the tracklist to Ludacris' upcoming mixtape, IDGAF. There's plenty of big-name features on the 10-track opus, set to be released May 24th. Whew! How bout that for some quick-hit news?!
Wait, one late addition: Action Bronson tweeted a collab project with Harry Fraud called Saab Stories will be impacting early June.
From Mario himself: "Somebody Else" f/ Nicki Minaj drops Tuesday, May 21st
T.I. "Wit Me" f/ Lil Wayne single and music video drops tomorrow, May 20th!
Ludacris 'IDGAF' mixtape dropping May 24th (front cover here)
Yesterday, Mannie Fresh addressed the news that Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Drake are coming together for a new Big Tymers album. A lot of people were interested to hear what he had to say since he was not a part of the project. Welp, as you may have expected...
“It’s kinda like doing a Jackson 5 album with Boyz II Men. Two different eras, great artists, but Boyz II Men is not the Jackson 5. I don’t bash Cash Money, Birdman, or none of them. It’s really on, I’m just striving on just getting what I deserve, you know, what I put in. Honestly I think Drake is a great artist, I think Wayne is a great artist, but they not the Big Tymers.”
I’m too old to be making dis songs. I’m too wise to be making shots at anybody, but my thing is I’m a business man at the end of it. You can call it whatever you want to call it, but you can’t call it a Big Tymers album.”
I agree with Mannie... they're not the original group; they should call themselves something else. We'll see if the album even materializes as well... your thoughts?? (Below, Mannie reflects on his milestones as a Big Tymer).