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What Happened To NY Hip-Hop? New Documentary Attempts To Answer Controversial Question

By Rob Markman

With so much attention on New York City and it’s positioning in the rap game, it seems like the perfect time for DJ S. Whit’s upcoming documentary “The New York Rap Revival.” Whit, who is a DJ and on-air personality for SIRIUSXM’s Hip-Hop Nation, recently launched a Kickstarter for the film which analyzes the Big Apple’s current role in hip-hop.

The independent film features commentary from MTV News correspondent and Shade 45 host Sway Calloway, Rap Radar content director Brian “B.Dot” Miller as well as NYC rapper’s Troy Ave, Emilio Rojas, Vinny Chase and veteran spitter AZ.

The doc comes at an interesting time. On Tuesday, Atlanta rapper Trinidad James riled the city up after he made expressed his views on the NY Hip-Hop. “I remember when New York rap was the sh– and us ‘bamas,’ us from the South was like, ‘What the f—?’ And we just did our own thing, but now we run y’all musically. That’s crazy,” he said, much to the crowd’s shock.
Since then, a number of New York MC have spoken out against James, most notably Maino, who went on Hot 97 and demanded an apology from Trinidad on behalf of the city.

On Wednesday Bun B came up to “RapFix Live” and downplayed all of the drama. “Hip-hop and the actual art of rapping started here in New York, so if you’re an MC by due product you’re already trying to be like New York. So it don’t make no sense for nobody to act like New York trying to be like them,” he reasoned.

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Eminem Breaks Down Connection Between MMLP2 And Original LP

When Eminem decided to title his latest album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, he knew that it must bear some deep lyrical connections to his original 2000 album, and he explained to MTV News the opening track “Bad Guy,” was intended to immediately show those ties. Hear Em break it down in the video above.

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Watch A$AP Rocky, Swizz Beatz And Vic Mensa On ‘RapFix Live’

Catch A$ AP Rocky, Swizz Beatz And Vic Mensa on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on MTV Jams and on Be sure to join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive. Send your questions for the artists to @MTVRapFix!

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Rap Genius And Other Lyrics Sites May Get Shut Down


Rap Genius and other lyrics sites are a favorite of fans and artists alike–where else can you find every word to every song—but they may be on the brink of shut down. Billboard shares that the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) is trying to take down 50 lyrics sites including the beloved Rap Genius as it believes that the sites don’t have the licenses to publish song lyrics.

The so-called takedown notices reportedly demand that the sites obtain licenses or remove copyrighted lyrics immediately.

Rap Genius Co-Founder Ilan Zechory told Billboard that he hasn’t heard from the NMPA and isn’t worried. “We can’t wait to have a conversation with them about how all writers can participate in and benefit from the Rap Genius knowledge project,” he said. In his mind, “Rap Genius is so much more than a lyrics site! The lyrics sites the NMPA refers to simply display song lyrics, while Rap Genius has crowdsourced annotations that give context to all the lyrics line by line, and tens of thousands of verified annotations directly from writers and performers.”

He adds, “Music is only a small part of what we do. Rap Genius is an interactive encyclopedia for annotation of all texts – anyone can upload and annotate texts relating to music, news, literature, religion, science, their personal lives, or anything else they want.”
Rappers like Nas have supported Rap Genius by providing such annotations to their own songs. He was the site’s first “Verified Rapper.”

Additional sites being targeted include:

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Drake’s ‘Worst Behavior’ Video: His Father, Juicy J And More Cameos

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

After teasing us for weeks with photos from the set, Drake goes big in his new video for “Worst Behavior.” In step with the anthemic track from Nothing Was the Same , the X-directed visual takes it back to the people who loved the Toronto rapper from the start with features from Drizzy’s family and friends. In case you missed it, these are the best guest appearances in “Worst Behavior.”

Dennis Graham: Drake no doubt gets his musical talent from his father’s side of the family. His Dad, Dennis Graham, shows off his vocal chops at the start of the video by performing in the famed Memphis studio of Al Green. For those who don’t know, the legendary Willie Mitchell (also pictured in the video) was Drake’s uncle and collaborated with the likes of Al Green, Syl Johnson and O.V. Wright.

Juicy J and Project Pat: Who knew Juicy J and Project Pat were really comedians? The Three 6 Mafia rappers have a little sketch comedy moment with two of Drake’s friends, OVO Ryan and OB O’Brien. “Shut the f— up!” Juicy says at one point, a throw to his famous ad-lib. Project Pat tries to keep a straight face when he’s called “Paddy Cakes.” Hilarious.

OVO Boys: It wouldn’t be a video without Drake’s friends flying down from Toronto. OVO (October’s Very Own) crew members OB O’Brien and OVO Ryan appear alongside Juicy J in the aforementioned comedy routine. If these guys look familiar, it’s because both were also seen in visuals for “HYFR” and “Started from the Bottom.” In addition to being the crew’s resident funny man, OB has become an OVO team mascot of sorts with his new owl costume.

Crew Love: Never one to forget his boys, Drake has other OVO members like Oliver (his manager) and CJ appear in the video as well. Peep the last scene, in which the rapper and his huge entourage of friends are walking around town. Now you know why Drake needs “No New Friends.”

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Watch Eminem Vs. Sway In 2004 Rap Battle

With Eminem’s eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, out this week and already setting records on SoundScan, #TBTMTV takes a look back at the year 2004, when Em was riding high off the multi-platinum success of his fifth solo set, Encore and, to his own admission, prescription drugs. The Detroit spitter took a few L’s that year — he lost the Best Rap Album Grammy to Kanye West’s Late Registration — but when it came to battling MTV’s own Sway Calloway in a freestyle rap battle, the blond-haired rap technician emerged victorious. Watch Sway take on Eminem in the video above.

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Tyler, The Creator Shares Thoughts On Obama And The ‘N-Word’ With Arsenio Hall

By Maurice Bobb

If you thought it seemed odd that Tyler, the Creator was a guest on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Thursday (November 7) night, you weren’t alone. The confusion was short lived, though, after Arsenio revealed that his 14-year old son was a big fan of the Odd Future frontman. Tyler went on to share some very interesting thoughts on why he abstains from drugs and alchol, in addition to his thoughts on the YouTube Awards, President Barack Obama and Quincy Jones.

“Some things aren’t for everyone,” said Tyler of his choice to live drug and alcohol free. “We live in a society where a lot of people are followers and they can’t make their set opinions. I have friends going to college for stuff their parents want them to go for and they’re not happy or anything. I just try to tell people to think for themselves and they’ll be way happier in the long run.”

By this time, the rapper/producer/designer/director had gotten pretty comfy on Arsenio’s sofa, putting his feet up and stretching out as he waxed poetic about various topics, “This couch is comfortable, they like black people on this network, this is crazy.”

Even though he was a performer for the inaugural YouTube Awards, Tyler still had some mixed feelings about how the show’s format.

“You would think that they would use that platform to give creative people who’s not on the Top 20 Billboards a chance to actually get recognition for being creative and innovative,” he said. “Instead, they did the same thing that the VMAs or the Billboard Pop Awards did with the Katy Perrys and the Justin Biebers. It’s actually a group of people who don’t listen to the radio and are sick of seeing the same weak stuff every day.”

For the rest of the interview, Arsenio fired off topics and the Wolf MC answered in his usual off-kilter way.

The N-word: “That’s just a word, you can take the power out of that word. Anybody can be that (n-word). I called the white dude in the back an N-word earlier. He got nervous.”

Obama: “I realized that he’s a n-word that figured it out.”

Quincy Jones: “Dude Quincy Jones is sick! I love fusion jazz and all that stuff and he has a song called ‘You Put A Move On My Heart’ with Tamia and the chords in there are so awesome I stole ‘em like a bunch of times. And ‘Body Heat’ is one of my favorite records. And! and and and, contrary to popular belief, Off The Wall is amazing.”

Odd Future’s carnival, Camp Flog Gnaw: “I’m actually throwing a carnival Saturday cuz I like carnivals and I’m in a position to do awesome stuff like that, so if you’re not weird or nothing, come to the carnival Saturday. It’s at the L.A. Coliseum and I’m gonna be onstage yelling for a hour and probably doing other weird stuff.”

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Azad Right Faces Industry Pressures And Dreams Big On ‘Now I Know’


By Jason Brendler

Azad Right debuted the video for his song “Showtime” on RapFix back in March, spotlighting LA, but he went in a different direction with his latest track “Now I Know.”

On the first verse the Los Angeles-based rapper and producer explains the pressure he constantly feels to put out new music and release a debut record and it sounds like he’s gotten a harsh dose of reality in the music industry with lines like, “That’s when you realize these people they are not your friends, ‘Till your records buzzin’ and you hot again.”

The next verse, lyrically, is a bit more uplifting as he describes an interaction with a girl he met at a club. She knew his music, liked the way he rapped, and let’s just say he was in there like swimwear.

The final verse brings his thoughts to the present, explaining how he’s new to the game but can see himself taking off right now. “We just started man, we ain’t even gettin’ guap, imagine whats gon’ happen when we hit the top,” is the lyric that brings the song full circle; from pressure coming up, to finally scoring, and now looking ahead.

“I’m grateful for everyone that I’ve got to meet along the journey so far,” Azad shared with fans via his site. “You’ve all inspired me to grow in one way or another. It’s been a long time coming and I truly appreciate your patience. This shit hasn’t gone as planned but I have the opportunity to do what I love for a living and that’s all that I can ask for.”

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Nardwuar Takes On Earl Sweatshirt & Syd Tha Kyd

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Kanye West Makes A Point With Confederate Flag At Barneys

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Kanye West just might be sending Barneys a message with his latest outfit. The always fashion-forward superstar was spotted leaving the fashion retailer in Beverly Hills wearing a jacket emblazoned with the Confederate flag on his sleeve, reports US Weekly.

Ye rocked the controversial jacket with ripped up jeans and his Visvim shoes, which he’s worn a lot as of late.

Barneys has come under fire recently for allegations of racial profiling and Ye himself blasted the luxury store during a Yeezus show rant in New Mexico. “That’s that racial profiling outside Barneys and s—, talking about ‘Did you steal that?’” he screamed about companies discriminating against him.

No word on what, if anything, Ye bought at Barneys. Jay Z recently addressed the controversy surrounding his partnership with the company and later got an apology from the CEO.

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