Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
If you’re expecting the typical sob story about a musician down on his luck, you just hit the Lotto because you won’t find that here. Born in 1983 in Elgin, Illinois, Carl ‘Roe spent his childhood in the same manner any lower middle-class kid did. Dodging bullies, cussing out the big kids, and skipping class were all staples in his awkward years of growing up. Like many of us, HipHop gave ‘Roe a sense of meaning and expression. When nothing else made sense, it didn’t matter once that beat started.
Yes, ‘Roe did experience his fair share of hard times… but who hasn’t? Credibility doesn’t exist only in a person’s struggles, and a person who doesn’t have a taste for success only takes what is given him. In 2001, his family packed up and moved to Minnesota for a better life. What the hell was ‘Roe going to do now? Music always finds a way, and he linked up with local producer Clowd 9 and performed at local venues while attending college in Mankato. In 2005 music became a dark alley for ‘Roe to the point where it lost its meaning to him. Expression was swallowed by loathsome lyrics and this disconnect prompted the need for him to start over.
In 2005, ‘Roe enlisted in the U.S. Army infantry and embarked on a journey that changed his life forever. Surviving Iraq from 2007-2008, he returned with a new goal to conquer. Exiting the service in 2009, ‘Roe has been preparing for his return to the music scene… This time with more focus and fervor than ever before.
It is 2010, and it’s time to add another spark to Hip Hop’s shine.
Screw the Lotto. If I were you, I’d put my money on Carl ‘Roe…
Get ready for the upcoming full-length album The Broken Time Machine due for release this summer 2011!
When talking about Amy Winehouse, it’s easy to sideline her music or write it off as just more samey retro, the sort that all her successors make. Those successors took many of their cues from Winehouse, of course, but their sheer numbers can clog the market. The thing is, Winehouse’s music was anchored by her voice and her songwriting, not by its backing–Mark Ronson’s a strong producer, but he can’t save everything. Part of the tragedy of Winehouse’s death was how much of a musical force was lost with it.
Big Boi’s previously unreleased remix of “Tears Dry On Their Own” gives us a glimpse of what could have been, stripping the “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” instrumental from the original and replacing it with a less triumphant, more turn-of-the-century R&B backing. That Big Boi was a Winehouse fan or friend isn’t at all surprising–singer-songwriter-legend Kate Bush is among his musical idols. What makes this remix good is how understanding it is, how the tension of the track undoes Winehouse’s self-sufficient declarations in a way that you suspect Winehouse would have, if not necessarily connected with, approved of.
Amy Winehouse - "Tears Dry on their Own" (Organized Noize Dungeon Family Remix) by Big Boi
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Nothing like a stand off in the deserts of…Los Angeles. Okay that set up didn’t pan out like I thought I would but there was a stand off in L.A last night between S.W.A.T. and former Queens of the Stone Age/current Kyuss Lives! bassist, Nick Oliveri.
TMZ.com reports that police were called to Oliveri’s home by a neighbor who was reporting a disturbance between the bassist and his girlfriend. Upon arriving, Oliveri wouldn’t let cops into his home and wouldn’t let his girlfriend leave. So a S.W.A.T. team was called and a two-hour standoff took place until eventually Oliveri let the girl go and then gave himself up. When cops entered the house, they found a fully loaded high powered rifle.
The argument between Oliveri and his girl happened because she was coming to his place to move her stuff out. A day before, she told police that Oliveri had struck her during another argument.
The bassist was taken in on felony domestic violence and has since had his bail of $100,000 posted.
Nick Oliveri is actually an amazing bassist. He added crunchiness and effects to Queens of the Stone Age that were never really replaceable upon his departure. Nevertheless, he sounds like quite a difficult individual and his girlfriend is just another on the list - along with Josh Homme and others at Queens of the Stone Age - that had trouble dealing with him.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
TEST SUBJECT NEEDED FOR TIME MACHINE
I have successfully built a working time machine and need a human test subject that is willing to be the first person to ever travel back in time.
Due to the dimensions of the machine, you must be shorter than 6’3″ and weigh less than 230 lbs. Also, you must be male. That’s not due to the dimensions of the machine, it’s just a personal thing. I think a man should be the first to time travel, just like he was the first to fly an airplane and to walk on the moon.
The pay is $3,000 and, of course, you’ll reap the benefits of being the first person to ever travel back in time (media coverage, endorsements, etc.). You will have to sign a waiver that mainly states:
1. I am not responsible for anything that happens to you when you time travel.
2. You are forbidden from interfering in matters that would disrupt the current timeline (i.e. killing Hitler, warning Hitler about D-Day, etc.).
3. You are not allowed to travel back in time for the purposes of tearing up this waiver before it’s been signed, thereby negating this waiver you’re about to sign. I built a time machine, I’m no moron.
As far as the danger of time traveling in this machine, we sent a dog into the past yesterday and it went off without a hitch. He hasn’t yet returned, but that’s just because animals don’t know how to rendezvous. We would like for you to bring him back, if at all possible.
Lastly, you will need three personal references. I can’t take a chance sending some unscrupulous druggie into the past because you’ll mess everything up for us here in the present. The references must be male. Again, it’s just a personal thing.
If you would like to participate, call me on my cell phone at 919.824.4109.
Cupcakes can solve a lot of problems and make negative feelings go away, but can they defuse protest? That seems to be what the guys of Odd Future were hoping for at Pitchfork Festival this weekend. They delivered baked goods not only to fans but to anti-violence groups that were there spreading awareness because of the imagery in their lyrics.
The controversy surrounding the hip-hop collective has been going on pretty much since they started hitting it big, with advocates, groups and other musicians talking about the references to violence, homophobia and rape within their songs.
So this weekend in Chicago, some groups took the opportunity to raise awareness about those very issues. From the video below, it seems the groups like Between Friends and Family Shelter Service were there less to silence the act and more to turn the things they talk about into a platform for discussion.
Tyler, the Creator and company delivered cupcakes to the groups and some of their fans. Judging by Tyler’s tweet and the account of one of the women from the groups, they were trying to prove they’re decent guys. Which they very well may be, but that’s an entirely separate issue from whether or not someone has a problem with their lyrics.
“They took some of the fans, too,” said Amanda Wapiennik with Family Shelter Service. “One of them said, ‘See, we’re nice.’ I said, ‘We never said you weren’t.’ … That’s exactly the kind of dialogue and exchange we’re looking for.”
Of course, the controversy around Odd Future is never really going to die, but the groups at Pitchfork seem to have taken on a productive approach to dealing with it by trying to start a conversation and turning the problematic words into something positive, instead of just trying to make them stop.
By the way - using the HTML just didn't work at all when I was trying to do this. I have no idea why. I'm using the direct link from YouTube using the Blogger interface and if you experience any problems with that, please let me know.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Fif speaks on how he approached penning material with his upcoming LP.
50 Cent has been taking his time with his untitled fifth solo album, a tactic that’s allowed him to better focus on his material. During a press conference at the Festival de Casablanca 2011, Fif explained that he was always racing to meet deadlines with previous albums, but took the Eminem and Dr. Dre approach with this LP.
“I’ve worked longer on this album than any of my other projects. I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate the things that I created initially, and go back and revamp things and change things around a bit,” he said. “Both Em and Dre have had opportunities to critique themselves, when I was always on the shot clock. So this time, I get a chance to really make sure I feel like it’s going to be the right music for this time period.”
Like with his debut Get Rich or Die Tryin', the G-Unit general is looking towards his personal life for inspiration on his next release, but realizes the stakes are high.
“My material comes from my actual experience. In a lot of ways, the things that I’m saying, it doesn’t necessarily reflect my mind state at the time, but my first album had all of the dysfunction that I was being exposed to. It went on to be the largest debuting Hip Hop album, selling 12 million records. The task of recreating that came up. So I had to figure out new ways to write things or new portions of my experience to create music based on those things. Now, this album, it’s more creative, I feel like, because I’ve’ had to find things away from those things that I’ve done continuously.”
Hometown: La Crescenta, Los Angeles.
The lineup: Kenan Bell (raps), Jason Burkhart (beats), Jon Siebels (production).
The background: What do Sting, Tom Bailey of garish 80s pop-dance trio the Thompson Twins, and new LA rapper Kenan Bell have in common? Not a lot, as it turns out. But they are all former schoolteachers. In fact, the 25-year-old Bell, who recently toured Europe with Dizzee Rascal, still is one, spending his days at a private school in Montrose where he teaches something called Language Arts to 4th, 5th and 6th grade kids. Next question: what do MGMT, Morrissey and Kraftwerk have in common? They are all Bell's friends on his MySpace. There's a good reason for this. He has remixed MGMT's Weekend Wars and created a track, titled Save Your Life, based on samples from the Smiths' eerily beautiful account of an abortion, This Night Has Opened My Eyes. We're not sure about the Kraftwerk connection, but we're looking forward to Bell's version of Morgenspaziergang.
If you're already thinking Bell is not like most rappers, there's something else that sets him apart from his peers. He hates hip-hop, and he loathes the idea that he might be seen as a rapper. "I used to pray, like, 'Please, lord, don't let me end up as a rapper,'" he has said. This perhaps explains his insistence on keeping his day job and treating recording and performing as extracurricular, after-hours activities. His distaste for most hip-hop of the last 20 years – since the so-called Golden Age of Hip-Hop, ie that period between the chart hegemony of Run DMC, Beastie Boys et al and the release of De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising and Public Enemy's Fear of a Black Planet – and desire to distance himself from the hip-hop hordes also probably explain his use of rock samples, and the references to Jim Morrison in his lyrics.
Growing up in the suburbs of LA, his friends included goths, skate-punks, indie kids and ravers. On his MySpace the labels he attaches to his music are "shoegaze" and "emotronic". He counts his students and their parents as his biggest fans. "I've sold more albums to my students than anyone else," he says. Not that he's some sort of Sesame Street hip-hopper rapping his way through the alphabet while balancing a multi-coloured puppet on his knee. On the title track of his debut EP, Good Day, he raps about sex, decadence, miscegenation, sexual and racial equality and the impending 2008 presidential elections over grinding, distorted guitars, and even though there's a message/moral halfway through - "nothing in this world comes without a consequence" – the track actually sounds more powerful than preachy. On Save Your Life he doesn't flinch from the realities of AIDS and abortion, while on Celebrity he pillories label addicts, druggies and delinquent pop tarts who think babies are fashion accessories. It's downbeat and occasionally discordant, but it's good stuff.
The buzz: "Kenan Bell's nerd-chic appearance, easy-like-Saturday-morning delivery, and smoothly blended samples make for the kind of hip hop gone missing since the early '90s."
The truth: There's something oddly appealing about this rapper who hates rappers and has a track called Enjoy on which he sounds thoroughly depressed.
Most likely to: Turn up late for lessons after a long night spearing the vain and vacuous.
Least likely to: Use an overhead projector.
What to buy: The Good Day EP is released on November 17 by Cutlass, followed by the debut album, provisionally titled Sounds Awesome, in early 2009.
File next to: KRS-One, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, De La Soul.
Tomorrow's new band: The Tough Alliance.
Friday, July 22, 2011
The A.V. Club generally has the right attitude about things, but their proclamation of “screw it, we’re doing a music festival” might be one of their most refreshingly poignant statements yet. And oh, by the way, they aren’t joking around; they really are throwing this thing.
The first edition of the aptly-named A.V. Fest will take place the weekend of September 10-11 in Chicago and will be a fairly small introductory salvo featuring just a dozen bands. So far, five of those acts have been confirmed: Archers of Loaf, The Thermals, Tokyo Police Club, Telekinesis, and Eff Barzelay of Clem Snide Plays the Music of Journey, which is sort of a self explanatory inclusion.
Hit 90s cartoon Beavis and Butt-head is set to return to our screens in October, creator Mike Judge announced yesterday.
Judge was appearing at the annual Comic-Con event in San Diego when he announced the return, and also treated fans to a sneak peek of the new show.
In the clip, the two teenagers, still wearing their much-loved AC/DC and Metallica shirts, poke fun at shows including MTV's Jersey Shore and Teen Cribs.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2017900/Beavis-Butthead-set-return-creator-Mike-Judge-jokes-television-getting-smart.html#ixzz1StwnLqwQ
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
9th Wonder’s debut solo album The Wonder Years has been in the works for almost 4 years now but was repeatedly shelved or pushed back duetoi numerous reasons. The producer today announced on AHH that it’s finally coming on September 27th this year. Guests expected to make appearance are Marsha Ambrosius, Kendrick Lamar, Warren G., Big K.R.I.T., David Banner, Erykah Badu, Murs, Mac Miller, Big Remo, Rhapsody and Phonte.
“If there was ever a better time to express how I feel about Hip-Hop music, black music, or just music in general, it would be to do it now, on this project. My career has been from the depths of the underground, to the pop charts, but it has always stayed my sound, and what I believed in to be pure. Welcome to the Wonder Years.”
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
For Tom Krell, his latest record is extremely meaningful. Krell, who records as How to Dress Well, created the EP as a tribute to a friend who died last year. It’s an orchestral reimagining of music Krell previously released, inspired by the kindred spirit he lost.
As a collection of music, How to Dress Well’s Just Once is a tragically magnificent remembrance. It’s intimate. And that intimacy makes the way the record is being released meaningful as well.
“It’s a memorial record, something very close to my heart,” Krell said to Wired.com. “I needed a label that would allow me to do it exactly my way — have it be something grand, yet intimate and not something overly commercial.”
Krell’s heartfelt EP is being released by small label Love Letters Ink, which is run by San Francisco music video blog Yours Truly. Just Once is a very small release — only 1,000 10-inch vinyl copies of the record are going up for sale — and each $14 EP will ship with a copy of a handwritten letter from Krell.
In addition to the vinyl and letter, fans get a password to view behind-the-scenes footage of the EP’s recording done in the easy-going style for which Yours Truly is known. ($1 of each sale goes to mental health organization MindFreedom, and digital versions of the record were made available through Bandcamp for $4 Tuesday.)
“Some labels put their heart into it, but at the end of the day, their goal is to sell records,” Krell said. “But with Love Letters Ink, they seemed to have a different approach. We want to sell the record, of course. But it felt like they weren’t concerned in the first place about releasing a marketable product as much as releasing a piece of art — something that they were proud of.”
It’s not a common way to release a record, but putting out an album through a popular indie music blog is a pretty smart way to hack the traditional record industry business model. Yours Truly is just the latest indie music blog to launch a label, serving up lovingly crafted offerings and using the kind of promotional savvy that traditional record companies can’t seem to muster.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Here is the link to the latest Saturday Night Sound Session:
Kendrick Lamar – “Ronald Reagan Era (His Evils)”
Pusha T ft. Tyler, The Creator – “Trouble On My Mind”
Wu-Tang Clan ft. Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, & Termanology – “Meteor Hammer”
Common ft. Nas – “Ghetto Dreams”
**INTERVIEW WITH DYME DEF, PT. 1**
Dyme Def – “Bring It In” (Local Music)
Dom Kennedy ft. Asher Roth & Mikey Rocks – “New Jeeps”
**INTERVIEW WITH DYME DEF, PT. 2**
Drake – “Dreams Money Can Buy”
Big K.R.I.T. – “King’s Blues”
Outkast – “Da Art Of Storytellin’ (Part 1)” (Throwback of the Week)
Don Trip – “Letter 2 My Son”
Co$$ ft. Shawn Jackson – “When I Feel”
**INTERVIEW WITH HELLUVASTATE, PT. 1**
Helluvastate – “Brain Champagne” (Local Music)
Freddie Gibbs – “Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away”
**INTERVIEW WITH HELLUVASTATE, PT. 2**
Consequence ft. Kid Cudi – “On My Own”
TiRon & Ayomari ft. Seinabo Sey – “Back 2 U”
The Black Opera – “Sleep Tight”
**INTERVIEW WITH NEEMA, PT. 1**
Neema ft. Sol & Lace Cadence – “Black Roses (It’s Over)” (Local Music)
Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun ft. Top Dog & Jahdan Blakkamoore – “This One”
**INTERVIEW WITH NEEMA, PT. 2**
Purple HeArts – “Know Go”
Shi Wisdom ft. KJ – “LoveSpeak”
Blood Is One is uniting alongside DJ Hyphen and Sunday Night Sound Session in order to bring his locally produced Seattle jams to a national audience. If you haven't listened to his show, which airs Sundays on Seattle's Kube 93 radio station, you should. DJ Hyphen is one of the most talented and strong DJs in modern hip-hop and has a great attitude towards mixing the underground and the mainstream.
Curren$y – “She Don’t Want A Man” Kendrick Lamar – “Hol’ Up” Rapsody ft. Raekwon – “Black Diamonds” Nas – “Take It In Blood” (Throwback of the Week) Nas – “Nasty” Elzhi – “One Love” **INTERVIEW WITH SHABAZZ PALACES, PT. 1** Helluvastate – “Make Moves” (Local Music) TiRon & Ayomari ft. Seinabo Sey – “Back 2 U” Cocaine 80’s – “Summer Madness” Casual ft. Mike Frost – “Sunday’s Best” Shabazz Palaces ft. Thee Satisfaction – “Swerve…the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)” (Local Music) **INTERVIEW WITH SHABAZZ PALACES, PT. 2** Shabazz Palaces – “Recollections of the wraith” (Local Music) **INTERVIEW WITH SHABAZZ PALACES, PT. 3** J. Cole – “Work Out” The Cool Kids ft. Mayer Hawthorne – “Swimsuits” Random Axe ft. Roc Marciano – “Chewbacca” Royce Da 5’9” – “Second Place” Apathy – “Check To Check” **INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW MATSON** Blue Scholars – “Anna Karina” (Local Music) Thurz – “Prayer” H.O.P.E. ft. Jhene Aiko – “Do Better Blues” Drake – “Marvin’s Room”
Read more: http://www.kube93.com/pages/sunday_night_sound_session_page.html#ixzz1RsOVisgx
Monday, July 11, 2011
Rapper Kidd Kidd is on the mend after suffering multiple gunshot wounds while en route to a relative's house in his New Orleans 'hood just a few weeks back. This past weekend Kidd was publicly spotted for the first time since the shooting on the set of now fellow G-Unit artist Tony Yayo's video shoot for the clip "Haters." While in between shooting takes, boss 50 Cent sat down with RapFix and spoke on the similarities between Kidd Kidd and himself.
"Columbia, when that situation took place with me, they walked away from me just because they're not familiar with the actual environment and what happens at different points," 50 recounted. "It don't make me no difference: I understand it."
During his initial record deal with Columbia Records 50 experienced another unfortunate situation when he was dropped from his deal shortly after he was shot nine times. While the move was major setback for the Queens rapper it was that drive and passion that resulted from the situation that propelled a determined 50 Cent to take over the rap game. In Kidd, 50 sees a familiar scenario.
"Them boys down in New Orleans, they're active," 50 told MTV News. "It's a lot goin' on down there, and because I experienced it, I didn't move away from it. I actually ID'd with the situation a little more. He got hit six times, he got a bag on now," 50 said as Kidd Kidd lifted his shirt to reveal a colostomy bag on the set of Tony Yayo's "Haters" video.
The New Orleans rapper made a name for himself after he was linked to Lil Wayne and most recently G-Unit affiliate Sha Money XL. FOr the most part, Kidd is more than happy to be down with the Unit.
"It's a blessing getting down with Fif. It's real, it's all love," Kidd said. "There ain't too many real people in the industry, period. I've been around a lot, and right now it's time. I never felt like this before."
We're building up towards the release of the Blood Is One: We're On Everything mixtape and Carl Roe's EP The Broken Time Machine. Alot of time has been put into both projects precisely because we want these projects to be as solid as possible.
Carl's lead single "Stuntman" has stellar production, along with vocal contributions by Seattle phenom J. Bre. I like the concept alot and it takes down the haters that try to bring down artists without getting down in the trenches with them too much.
Stuntman ft. J Bre by carlroemusic
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Overtly political pop-rap experimentalistsDas Racist, like Atlanta-based hip-hop group Tag Team, are “back again” with their, visionary cyberdelic, Black Eyed Peas-ian, epic tone-poem of a debut album, RELAX slated for release September 13th on Greedhead Music, the imprint piloted by member Himanshu Suri. Featuring from Diplo, Vampire Weekend’s ROSTAM, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder, Drake Francis Farewell , and cameos from beloved Detroit rap Danny Brown, El-P and the ever-reclusive tiny genius rapper Despot, the album is almost exactly like Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in every conceivable way. Relax, a musical experiment in , will be the first commercially available release byDas Racist. With sales projected at around 100,000 units (grossing roughly one million dollars), it would still only do 25% as well as Kanye West’s College Dropout, but at least will afford them the to pursue their many other projects.
Das Racist‘s ascent to popularity was kick-started in 2008 when they released the viral hit “Combination Pizza Hut Taco Bell”. While some hailed the song as socio-political consumer commentary and others regarded it as a humorous exercise in repetition, the critical chatter from outlets like NPR, Spin Magazine, The New York Times, New Yorker, and Rolling Stone hasn’t subsided. Suri and fellow Wesleyan alumnus Victor Vazquez (aka Kool A.D.) have delivered two free “mixtapes” thus far (Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man) andSuri’s childhood friend from Queens, Ashok Kondabolu or Dapwell, to spiritually advise and enhance the live set. They will be touring the US and other markets in support of the record throughout this autumn and fall.
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Friday, July 8, 2011
Last night in New York City, Jay-Z invited a few journalists to a SoHo hotel to preview Watch The Throne, his upcoming album with Kanye West. The articles are above in which details regarding the release are revealed, including working titles and choice information on certain tracks.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
While it’s true that Cults’ rather plain debut could have done with a little livening up, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion seem to be taking it to the extreme with plans to release a hip hop mixtape version of the album. As Brian recently told Spinner, they’re “changing all the songs up and getting up-and-coming rappers, guys like Freddie Gibbs and Lil B [to guest on them].”
“That’s going to be really exciting. We’re dealing with a lot of really bizarre managers and interesting personalities,” he added.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
50 Cent is no stranger to the headlines, and the always gregarious rap star entertained listeners this weekend on with a phone call to DJ Whoo Kid’s Shade 45 show shortly after an interview with Hip Hop twin titans Bad Meets Evil in where Eminem and Royce Da 5’9discussed a wide array of topics. However, it was 50 Cent’s revelation of working with Slim Shady on new tracks and his comments on Amber Rose’s leaked nude photos that got the most attention.
50 Cent, enjoying a holiday weekend on the cusp of his 36th birthday, spoke with Whoo Kid at length and even joked about his much ballyhooed new hairstyle – cleverly quipping that his hairdo got more attention than more pressing matters. The G-Unit general also went into great detail about his upcoming untitled fifth studio album and going back to his hardcore Hip Hop roots. Fif’s big reveal, however, was that he’ll be working alongside Eminem again – the man who gave him his big break.
“I recorded four songs in Detroit with Em,” said 50 in talking up his upcoming record. “I did two with Just Blaze, a Boi-1da joint and I did something with Alex Da Kid. I mean I got some heat.” 50 also shared that Eminem serves not only as a collaborator but a part-time A&R for the rapper, helping shape and finalize his album material. “When me and Em get together, if you look at all the collaborations, we made records that were really strong album cuts,” said 50. “We always go into it that way.”
Fif will never be accused of being a shrinking violet, especially when to commenting on the news of the day and the Queens native most certainly chimed in on the steamy nude flicks of model and Wiz Khalifa’s better half Amber Rose. Fif hum offered, “Well, at least it didn’t look bad” – and 50 continued to go in from there. “Let me tell you something, things like that don’t hurt, that’s promotion.” An observant 50 Cent remarked, “Her shoes changed in the pictures” – along with stating that Amber Rose took those photos with the intention of them being seen.
Fif continued by saying that Amber Rose’s photos were not the work of a random moment of spontaneity but rather a planned thing in where she crafted the seductive photos at her behest. 50 also said the photos may have been taken for a significant other but was certainly done under Rose’s directions.
Fans are about to go H.A.M. As speculation over the Jay-Z and Kanye West collaboration album Watch the Throne continues to grow, fans can start to put their money down as Def Jam has begun taking pre-orders Monday (July 4). As far as a release date, the ship date on customer receipts is listed as 2011-08-02.
Fans who log onto Jay-Z’s Life and Times lifetsyle site can see the Watch the Thronecover on full display on the homepage. The cover is divided into 30 panels and folks who click on any one of the panels will be taken to a page where they can pre-order the CD. Once they click to pre-order fans are re-directed to the Island Def Jam page where they can enter their credit card information.
The deluxe CD is being sold for $16.99, while the standard CD goes for $13.99. The album is also available in MP3 versions; with the deluxe copy going for $14.99 and the standard digital album priced at $11.99. Shipping costs and taxes are not included.
The album’s cover is metallic gold, with what looks to be embossed graphics. Neither Hov or West’s name appear on the cover, the project's title is also absent.
On Wednesday (June 29), Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music signee CyHi the Prynce confirmed on“RapFix Live” that they album was done, but he could not confirm a release date. "They are ready to go. Right now, all the music and everything is done," CyHi told Sway. "But you know my guy — we over here with [Kanye], so 'Ye is gonna add his last little pizzazz, and it's going to be ready for you guys soon."