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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.”

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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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Listen: Raekwon Remixes Lorde’s ‘Royals’


By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Raekwon has decided to remix one of the hottest songs on the charts right now, Lorde’s “Royals.” The Wu-Tang legend jumps on Lorde’s song and adds his own verses about the good life. Miss Info debuted the track and shares that it’s a teaser until the Chef’s F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) album drops.

“Royals” is one of the year’s hottest songs and earlier this year, The Weeknd added his own spin to the track as did Troy Ave.

Lorde has garnered other hip-hop fans including none other than Kanye West. The New Zealand beauty told Rolling Stone that she met the superstar producer/rapper overseas in London. “He said he liked the messages [in my songs], which was cool… I was saying to myself, ‘Keep cool. This is normal.’” Lorde said that Ye was very friendly,”He’s a really mellow dude – super relaxed” and she had to compose herself to not groupie out.

Billboard magazine recently dubbed Lorde as “The New Queen Of Alternative.”

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Lupe Previews Girls-Only Song ‘Drizzy’s Law’

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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

All the ladies to the front. During the Tetsuo and Youth tour in Atlanta this weekend, Lupe Fiasco previewed a new song that’s strictly for the women called “Drizzy’s Law.” Before jumping into the emo number, which sounds like something a certain rapper from Toronto would make, Lupe asked all the ladies to come to the front of the stage.

The track apparently worked. Female fans reportedly in attendance applauded Lupe for making them a slow jam. “Thank you @LupeFiasco for making the n—-s move to the back at the show. #DrizzysLaw” said Peachtree Girl.

Unknown for sure, but it seems that Lupe may be taking a dig at Drake in the song title. This wouldn’t be the first time. Earlier this year, Lupe mentioned the Nothing Was the Same rapper on his “Peace Of Paper/Cup Of Jayzus.”

His line, “What would be really funny if I blew up after Drizzy/And started from the bottomless back to the topless like a watcher of Strips,” is clearly a response to the Toronto rapper’s reference, “My weight up, I refuse to wait up, I started a new race/It’s funny when you think a n— blew up after Lupe” from “5am in Toronto.”

Lupe also seemingly got his subtle jabs in on “Pound Of Flesh (Paris, Tokyo 2)” Freestyle in which he raps over Drake’s “Pound Cake” beat.

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Angel Haze Opens Up About Her ‘Pansexuality,’ Being A Virgin

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Always one to be honest, Angel Haze spoke candidly on her sexual identity during an appearance on Fusion TV. The rapper was asked if she identified with pansexuals or people “who love across a spectrum.” “It exactly is…If I had to identify, that is the term I’d use to describe how I feel,” said Haze.

The rapper maintained that she doesn’t like labels on sexuality and classifies herself moreso for other people. She further explained that her sexual identity has little to do with actual sex and she’s still a virgin. “I see people for who they are…I don’t base all of my relationships off of sex. I’m still a virgin… I care about connecting with people on a deeper level…I want something that’s deep-rooted.”

Earlier this year, Haze addressed critics on Twitter who questioned her preferences. “No. Lol. i am whatever i am when i am it” she said to someone who asked if she was gay.

Her music has also touched upon her sexuality and even her sexual abuse. 2012′s Classick Mixtape was applauded for its openness, especially on the song “Cleanin’ Out My Closet.” “This is one of the most honest songs I have ever done in my entire life, and I was extremely nervous to put it out because of that. I’m anxious, because I don’t know what the response is going to be. I don’t know how crazy it’s going to sound. I literally bared my soul there. So it’s a giant step for me, and hopefully it helps a lot of people,” Haze told the NY Times.

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