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Jay-Z On MC Hammer: “I Didn’t Know I Was The First Person To Say That.”

Posted by J. Tinsley on November 3, 2010

Funny how @MCHammer is dissing Jay-Z, meanwhile, Hov bigs him up in his book, Decoded.B. Dot

For those that don’t know, Rap Radar’s own B. Dot recently cross the burning sands and became the newest member of the Illuminati. While that previous statement was a joke, he did call it damn near verbatim. Jay-Z sat down with Semtex for an interview on a list of topics. The number one surrounding Hov at the moment involves MC Hammer and his “diss” video, if you want to call it that.

The following audio clip is Shawn’s take on the entire nonsense.

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Grade A: The News Drop 10.18.10

Posted by T. Adeyemi on October 18, 2010

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No need for an introduction this week. We think the news links we’ll speak for themselves. It seems like there’s always a lot of drama, news, and craziness during this part of the year. Do people really SHOCK you anymore? Click the links to see if you’ve lost your fear factor.

Sade Says She’s Denied Jay-Z For A Collaboration [BallerStatus]

E-Cycle: The 5 Best Ways To Get Rid of Your Old Gadgets [Complex]

Should We Lower the Federal Minimum Wage? GOPers Say ‘Yes!’ [BlackVoices] Read the rest of this entry »

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Grade A: The News Drop 10.11.10

Posted by T. Adeyemi on October 11, 2010

Is Charlotte's own Tasha Michelle Grade A Material? - Twitter:@_TashaMichelle

Let’s toast to another week of news, information, and shocking events. Watching the news in many ways can be full enough entertainment to satisfy a lot of people’s needs. But nonetheless, we at #GradeA continue to keep you in the know. So click the jumplink to see what you need to know for school, work, or just general convo for the rest of the week.

Top 10 Cities For African-Americans To Live [HipHopWired]

Google is testing cars that drive themselves [Mashable]

Top 25 Smooth Fall Fashion Trends [Complex]

The Mean Girls of Morehouse [VIBE] Read the rest of this entry »

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When Trevor Battled Shawn…

Posted by J. Tinsley on October 8, 2010

I love Hip-Hop folklore.

Then again, I’m just a sucker for a good story, regardless of the topic. To this day, my grandmother will tell me stories of what life was like in the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement. And each time I still find myself in amazement. It’s the same way with music and probably explains the reason why I watch that damn Jackson movie every time it comes on VH1. With that in mind, Hip-Hop has more than its fair share of back stories. The Welcome To Death Row DVD has tons of them if you find yourself interested. However, one of the dopest involves Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z and the George Westinghouse Technical & Vocational High School cafeteria.

I’ve known for years now these two and Biggie all attended school at the Read the rest of this entry »

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MC Hammer Is Appalled By Jay-Z

Posted by J. Tinsley on September 27, 2010

From the moment it leaked, talk of who had the best verse on “So Appalled” rang loud. Some say Pusha. Others petitioned for CyHi. Myself, I was on the Hov bandwagon. There’s not many artists better in the history of rap music than an angry and sharp Shawn Carter. When he’s in such a zone, lyrical casualties are normally the result and this time was no different. To the chagrin of no one, the man who made parachute pants poppin’ – MC Hammer – fell for the bait in the form of the said bars.

And Hammer went broke so you know I’m more focused
I lost 30 mil so I spent another 30
Cause unlike Hammer 30 million can’t hurt me
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Hammer then took to his near two million Twitter follower audience to let folks know he was none too pleased with the shot. On one hand, being called out sucks. On the other, everyone and their publicist knows Hammer is known as the antagonist for money management. So while it may be a diss, there’s also a lot of truth in Jay’s allusion as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Grade A: The News Drop 9.13.10

Posted by T. Adeyemi on September 13, 2010

Is Columbia, South Carolina bred Ms. Sophisticate Grade A Material?

Here comes the brand new flava in ya ear, time for new flava in ya ear. Well, maybe not brand new, but fresh nonetheless. Another week has passed as we have begun our national transition from the dog days of summer to the school days of fall. No matter the weather news never stops and we our continuing our tradition of providing you with a few key links that will keep you updated on what’s happening in the world around you. Your Welcome…Now hit the jumplink. 

Why Albums Are Released On Tuesdays In The U.S. [NPRMusic] 

Death of R&B Groups [SingersRoom]      

New G2 Phone Cometh, & Hopefully T-Mobile Won’t Taketh Away [TatsTechTalk]      

With NBA well dry, Iverson considering China [ESPN] Read the rest of this entry »

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Grade A: The News Drop 8.30.10

Posted by T. Adeyemi on August 30, 2010

Is Atlanta's own Jasmine Trammell Grade A Material? Contact - Twitter.com/jazmyn_mychelle

Here we bring you a few note worthy news links that are sure to provide you with a wide spectrum of what’s happening in the world around you. Thank us later for bringing all that’s important in Entertainment, Sports, and News together seamlessly for your viewing pleasure. Clicking the links will be repayment enough. Cheers to the wide world of information.

Our Top 11 Movie Soundtracks [SingersRoom]

Florida Man Caught Posing As Middle School Student To Play In Youth Football League [HipHopWired]

10 red flags and other dating secrets women must know [Today]

Reality TV Recap: Ochocinco Chooses Final Two, TO Lands Movie Role [VIBE]

Cee Lo’s YouTube hit you won’t hear on radio [CNN] Read the rest of this entry »

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REMIX THIS: Kanye West Feat. Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz – “Power”

Posted by T. Adeyemi on August 20, 2010

To borrow from Diddy’s famous intro, “THIS IS THE REMIX!” Nothing can stall the momentum of a hit single more than a remix without power to tackle the original. One thing is for sure Jay and Kanye have had more than few powerful remixes over the years, including one Diamond studded 2nd edition. And with this latest installment to their remix collection they leave nothing to chance.

As should the main artist from the original song Kanye lays down several new verses, the last of which he completely goes foolish on. You may even need to pull up BabelFish for a few of the lines in the last verse. Yeezy channels those who pray to the East for a few lines in Islam before Swizz Beatz adds in his two sense with a change of pace on the beat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hold on, Slaughterhouse Did What?

Posted by J. Tinsley on August 5, 2010

I love clips like this. The ones that expose info about the inner workings of the industry that you otherwise would have no clue about. Slaughterhouse recently sat down for an interview to talk about music. Except this time, it focused on music they passed on. Interesting, to say the least. Here’s my breakdown on what the four lyricists missed opportunities. (Keep reading…)

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When Rick Ross Met Jay-Z In St. Louis

Posted by J. Tinsley on July 12, 2010

I lie to you not, over the past two days I’ve seen countless tweets and received quite a few text messages regarding this song (“Free Mason”). Truthfully, I haven’t listened to anything from Teflon Don past “B.M.F.” and don’t plan to until I can listen to the entire album at one time. Ok, “Live Fast, Die Young,” but I only listened to that once. But it’s this song which has everyone losing their minds.

Some call it one of Jay’s best verses ever, while one person even told me it’s his best verse. Period. (Keep reading…)

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