Despite previously suggesting Drake’s involvement, Wiz Khalifa enlists Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne for his “Work Hard Play Hard” remix. The original, featuring production by Stargate and Benny Blanco, will be included on O.N.I.F.C., Khalifa’s second studio album. To his surprise, fans accused the September release’s artwork of excessively drawing influence from Jimi Hendrix. The Taylor Gang star promptly responded to the controversy, stating, “It doesn’t mean I’m trying to be Jimi. Yeah, I love Jimi, but that’s not really exactly who I’m trying to be.” Download the remix below.
“Work Hard Play Hard (Remix)” Download
Earlier this morning, Harlem hip-hop collective A$AP Mob released Lord$ Never Worry, a mixtape available for free download via Live Mixtapes. Leader A$AP Rocky is joined by Twelvyy, Da$h, Ant, Ferg, and Nast on their debut project. With guest appearances ranging from Raekwon to Jim Jones, the release easily achieved viral status. Meanwhile, anticipation builds for Rocky’s October 30th release of his first album, LongLiveA$AP, with Polo Grounds/RCA. Look below to find the mixtape download link and the group’s website.
Download Lords Never Worry
A$AP Mob Website
As Fall approaches, suspense for G.O.O.D. Music’s collaborative release, Cruel Summer, continues to escalate. Signees to rapper-producer Kanye West’s label, such as Big Sean, Pusha T, KiD CuDi, Mos Def, Hit-Boy and Teyana Taylor, will likely be the highlights of the album. Nonetheless, Def Jam’s 2 Chainz received a verse on the massive single, “Mercy”, and a Tweet by Harlem emcee Azealia Banks suggested her involvement as well. This last Friday, West spontaneously previewed tracks off the album at Dream Downtown’s PH-D, an exclusive club located in downtown Manhattan. The set allegedly included “My Perfect Bitch”, the tentatively-titled ode to Kim Kardashian, West’s socialite girlfriend. In an interview with MTV Hive, Pusha T claimed the album, the artwork of which is pictured above, is “in its final final final stages”. The Clipse member and G.O.O.D. label mate Hit-Boy have both announced plans to travel to Hawaii, where they’ll join Kanye in adding the finishing touches. Provided below are a number of links regarding Cruel Summer.
“Mercy” Music Video on Vevo
“New God Flow” Review by Rolling Stone Magazine
Pusha T Cruel Summer Interview by MTV
Coverage of West’s Nightclub Performance by The New York Post
Coverage of Azealia Banks’ Cruel Summer Tweet by All Hip Hop
I don’t like New York”
- Lil Wayne —
Two days after Young Money boss declared his dislike for the Empire State to MTV, the media still dwells on the bold comment. While XXL Magazine drafted a timeline of Tunechi’s relationship with the “Big Apple”, MTV has recorded Birdman’s support for the wild statement. State politician Malcolm Smith and his supporters have still not received the public apology requested from the New Orleans spitter. I’ve attached the links essential for a comprehensive analysis of the situation.
“Lil Wayne & New York: A Timeline of Young Money Boss’ Relationship with the Rotten Apple” - XXL Magazine
“Birdman Backs Lil Wayne’s ‘New York’ Comment” - MTV News
“Snub to City by Little Wayne Outrages an Official” - The New York Times
Building upon the hype of the highly controversial “Bitch Bad” video premiere, Lupe Fiasco has finally released the album artwork of Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. The simple black image explores the boundaries of creativity, while leaving fans even more anxious for the September 25th release. Pre-orders of the new CD, which also features single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”, are available through the Warner Music Group website. I’ve attached that link below, as well as MTV’s recent interview with the Chicago rapper.
Pre-Order Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
Lupe Fiasco Discusses “Bad Bitch” Video with MTV
AB with Nik Wallenda, holder of 6 Guinness World Records and best known for walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls!