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NewestHipHop Radio Christmas Schedule

December 16th, 2013 | By

newesthiphopxmasTired of hearing those same old Christmas songs? You are in luck! Beginning Wednesday, December 18th we will be offering you some unique Christmas programming on NewestHipHop Radio. We will be running our Christmas programming until December 26th. Tune in starting at 5am Wednesday!

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December 16th, 2013 | By

newesthiphoplogoWe are on the air! is proud to announce the start of NewestHipHop Radio! We are on the air 24/7 as of Sunday, December 15th.

Many new shows and features will be added in the New Year… until then, enjoy the jams!

Lil Wayne opens up about prison life

January 19th, 2011 | By

During his eight-month stint at Rikers Island, rapper Lil Wayne worked as an SPA (suicide prevention aide), listened to a lot of music on the radio and played Uno with his cellmates in the Protective Custody division, he tells Rolling Stone in an n-word-filled interview.

“I’d bust a (n-word) at Uno,” he told writer Josh Eells. “We gamble for phone time. I’d take (his) commissary: Lemme get them cookies, lemme get them chips, get that soup.”

In addition to playing games, he read books, including biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Joan Jett, Vince Lombardi and Anthony Kiedis. “I also read the Bible for the first time. It was deep! I liked the parts where some character was once this, but he ended up being that. Like he’d be dissing Jesus, and then he ends up being a saint. That was cool.”

He also mentions that he was upset when he sat courtside at a recent Miami Heat/New Orleans Hornets game, and Lebron James and Dwayne Wade never came over to talk to him. “Them (n-words) never speak to a (n-word),” he says.

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Fiddy blasts Diddy over Biggie

July 11th, 2010 | By

Finally, 50 Cent has associated himself with a cause we can believe in, lobbying Diddy to stop exploiting the memory of Notorious BIG. The perpetually beefing rapper has launched a petition asking Diddy to “let BIG rest in peace”.

Now that Fiddy’s feuds with the Game and Rick Ross have mostly wound down, the hip-hop star has decided to get Diddy or die tryin’. Speaking on Eminem’s radio station, Shade 45, 50 Cent didn’t pull any punches: “Puffy is a bitch … You know how an ugly bitch surrounds herself with pretty girls? Well, he is the pretty bitch with the other girls around him. He will suck the life out of everyone he is around.”

50 Cent claims Diddy is profiting from the memory of his late friend. “Enough is enough,” he declared in his Twitter petition, dubbed RIP BIG. “Biggie’s name should never have become Diddy’s Black Card … When was the last time Diddy really was biggin up his brother, not biggin up his bank?”

In the 13 years since Notorious BIG’s death, Diddy has certainly made a cottage industry out of euologising his late collaborator. Besides the Police-sampling tribute I’ll Be Missing You, a hit in 1997, Diddy’s Bad Boy Records has issued two posthumous Biggie albums, with you-know-who rapping on each. Diddy has a frequent habit of dropping references to Notorious BIG – or his weeping mother – into his own songs, and the savvy businessman sampled Biggie as recently as last year, on his Angels single. And we shouldn’t forget the Biggie biopic, Notorious, produced by … er, you get the picture.

But the track that finally sent 50 Cent over the edge is not even by Diddy. Instead, Ghost of Christopher Wallace is a single by rapper Jay Electronica, to which Diddy contributes a cameo. “This is just getting disrespectful,” 50 Cent said. “This [song] doesn’t really remind me of Biggie in any way, except for having the Puffy background-dancing and ad libs/intro that almost destroy a good song. Remember less than a month ago when [Diddy] said: ‘[That’s] something I’m not going to talk about any more?'”

One day into the Fiddy v Diddy sweepstakes, the petition has gathered about 900 signatures.


Interview: Common – Hip-Hop’s Leading Renaissance Man

June 23rd, 2010 | By

Over the past decade, Common has slowly evolved into a modern-day Renaissance man. As one of hip-hop’s few credible actors, he has graced the “silver screen” – in the midst of his GRAMMY-winning career – with several memorable performances: Date Night (2010), as Detective Collins; Wanted (2008), as the Gunsmith; and Smokin’ Aces (2007), as Sir Ivy. With Just Wright, however, Common transitions into the role of film headliner — showcasing a sensitive, loving side, as Scott McKnight, alongside fellow hip-hop laureate Queen Latifah.

In the midst of a promotional campaign for Just Wright, Common managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on lessons in love, the film’s historical significance, and his growth as an actor.

With the release of Just Wright, you and Queen Latifah made history, as the co-stars of the first major studio film headlined by two prominent members of the hip-hop generation. What does this particular historical moment hold for you?

You know, when somebody first brought it to my attention, it kind of touched me, because they had just seen the preview for Just Wright at the movie theatre. Can you believe it? Two hip-hop artists starring in a movie? Who would have known? [laughing] It’s a blessing, because I look at myself not only as a hip-hop artist, but as an actor also. I didn’t think about it that way, but there’s a blessing that comes from that – coming from hip-hop and being able to take it to new levels.

When you first read the script, what compelled you to attach yourself to the project? And in what ways do you think you most identified with your character, Scott McKnight?

Well, the script had a lot of heart, and it was well written, and I really liked the story. I really enjoyed reading it and I found myself looking forward to what was going to happen. And then playing an NBA player – which was a dream of mine as a kid – was also fun to do. So those were some of the things that sold me on the project. And then, it was great to play a leading man, especially in a romantic way. Just Wright really gave me the opportunity to show the diverse aspects of me as an actor.

Since Just Wright is branded as a romantic comedy, I want to focus on its two central elements: “romance” and “comedy.” Starting with “romance,” what lessons about love do you think the film taught you?

Well, I pulled a lot of things from the film. But I think the central message about love is that it is something that comes from the inside. You love a person because of who they are and not what they look like. And you may be attracted to what somebody looks like, but you’ve got to love them from the inside. And I think that is something that I need to be reminded of and we all need to be reminded of at times. Like you have to love from the inside out. And beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. That was another theme of the movie. In life, I have learned that you also have to first be able to love yourself, in order to love the person you’re with.

And focusing on the “comedy” aspect, what was the most hilarious behind-the-scenes moment that you shared with Queen Latifah?

Oh, she was always joking and calling me “the most interesting man alive”! [laughing] Have you ever seen that commercial? It’s a Dos Equis commercial about the most interesting man alive! [laughing continues] And she always would call me that, because this guy’s real. You have to see the commercial to get the joke, but it was something that she always did. And we would also play cards and drink a little red wine. So we had fun times – playing ball and stuff.

When you look at your previous film experiences along your eight-year acting journey, in what ways do you think you have grown the most as an actor?

Well, this time, I realized that being a lead has a lot of responsibilities attached to the position. You have to be on, every day. It’s like being a starter in a basketball game. You start the game, and you’ve got to start the game playing well. It also means that there won’t really be too many stars that can come in after you. You are the leading person, so you have to lead and work on your skills every day. You also have to be able to be natural and go with the flow of things.

As you were filming, is there a particular scene where you felt or recognized a new level of confidence in your acting?

Man, probably not until the end of the movie. That scene with Theo Scott, when I was conducting an interview. That was one of the last days, and I felt that. I also felt confident during certain moments of the movie, but you know, as an artist, you always are trying to go up, you know?

As part of the online promotional campaign for the film, two mixtapes were released. Although you do not have any tracks on Volume 1 and Volume 2, what song from your catalog do you think would be a perfect fit?

I think I have several songs that could fit in with the film’s theme, because you know I do love songs! [laughing] So, I think “The Light.” On Volume 3, I have a new song called “Next Time” – featuring Queen Latifah. We also put the “Come Close” remix on there.

How did the idea of a mixtape promotion come about?

That was something I thought would be very cool, especially at the grass roots level. I felt it would be a good way of promoting the film and getting people to talk about the movement and getting them aware of the release. I thought it would be a good idea, so I approached the team, and then I approached Twilite Tone, and I submitted some songs, and he would submit songs, and then we just decided on the songs we thought would be the best. After that, he put the mix together. And that was that.

Several years ago, you made your acting debut in Brown Sugar, a film for which you won your first GRAMMY: “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop) – featuring Erykah Badu. Stealing the infamous question from Sidney, Sanaa Lathan’s character: When did you first fall in love with hip-hop?

I think I really fell in love with hip-hop when Run-D.M.C. hit the scene in ’83. That’s when I really fell in love with it. It was around the same time that LL came out, too. So that was a crazy time for hip-hop. And I want to say, I knew I wanted to be a hip-hop artist when I heard Rakim.

Very briefly, I would also like to discuss your 2002 album, Electric Circus, which has been credited from expanding the hip hop template. What hopes and visions do you have for the future of hip-hop?

I would like to see hip-hop keep growing, obviously. But I would like to see more artists doing different types of music and getting mainstream opportunities. I know that mainstream is a different thing now, because you’ve got the Internet. But it would be nice to hear some creative songs on the radio and some quality Mos Def songs. That is not to say that no one is being creative, but it would be good to hear from them on the radio and see their videos, wherever videos are being played. One of the things I’ve always loved about hip-hip is that we had these different images and characters. You had Big Daddy Kane. You had Biz Markie. You had EPMD. All of them had their themes and characters. I think hip-hop is open for diversity and diverse themes.

On Like Water for Chocolate, you recorded a song entitled “Time Travelin’ (A Tribute To Fela).” And with the recent Tony nominations garnered by his biographical Broadway musical, what reflections do you have on Fela’s influence on your career?

Well, Fela was one of the biggest influences on my career because of what he reflected in his music – the struggle for freedom. His soul pour throughout his work, and it is just incredible to think about all the things he achieved. But I first got introduced to his music through Black Thought. I learned at that point: music is so revolutionary, not just in concept and ideas, but in its mentality. Fela recorded songs that lasted fourteen minutes. And for me, small acts like that mean a big deal to me. His artistry just opened me up to music more, in ways like John Coltrane did.


Dr. Dre’s Lawsuit Against Death Row Records Gets Scrapped

June 13th, 2010 | By

Dr. Dre’s lawsuit against Death Row Records hit a major wall this week, when the judge threw out most of his claim against the company. The suit focused on the reissue of “The Chronic,” Dre’s breakout hit of the early 1990s. U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said that the artist can only sue for unpaid royalties, and that his claims of false advertising and copyright infringement were without merit.

In the suit, Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, sued the company that brought Death Row out of bankruptcy. The new firm’s name is WIDEawake Death Row Entertainment LLC, who was set to release “The Chronic Re-Lit & From the Vault,” in addition to a greatest hits CD.

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Cops enlist rappers to fight violence

May 25th, 2010 | By

Rap music videos are often filled with angry young men waving guns and spitting rhymes about how much they despise police.

And nobody would be too surprised these days to tune into the nightly news and see yet another hip-hop artist facing drug, gun, or even murder charges.

So, the thought of cops and rappers working together to make the city safer is sure to raise some eyebrows.

But Toronto Police are hopeful this unlikely pairing is what’s needed to get young people’s attention. They’ve enlisted the help of seven local rappers for public service announcements as part of this summer’s TAVIS initiative.

“The only way we’re going to stop someone from getting shot is by convincing the person holding the gun to put it down,” said Const. Scott Mills, the force’s social media relations officer. “These guys are definitely pieces to that puzzle.”

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Sean Combs – Combs Opens Up About Wayne Jail Visit

May 20th, 2010 | By

SEAN COMBS has opened up about his jail visit to see incarcerated rapper LIL WAYNE – insisting the star “is doing great” behind bars.

Combs was approved by officials to meet with the Lollipop hitmaker – who was caged in March (10) after pleading guilty to gun possession charges – for an hour last month (Apr10).

The hip-hop star visited Wayne at Rikers Island prison in New York, and admits he urged the rapper to use his time in prison to make himself a “better person”.

Combs tells MTV News, “Wayne is a trooper. Wayne is doing great. It was a personal visit, so I don’t want to get into the details of that. We’re just counting down the days of him getting out. He’s somebody that has been there for me over the years numerous times.

“I live in New York. It wouldn’t have been right if I didn’t go see him and check on his health and well-being. But the status of where that’s at, that’s his personal business. I think we gonna miss a certain energy that Wayne has.

“The beauty about it is, he’ll be back, and hopefully he’ll come back a better person. Whenever we get in trouble, we’re in the public spotlight. So hopefully there’s a lot of kids out there who could learn from any mistakes that we may have put ourselves in, even if we’re not guilty of the crime sometimes.”

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