Drake the Great? This cat is really catching fire quick. A lot of the fans and other rappers are tapping him as the next super MC. You know what that means, right? It only makes Lil Wayne bigger. Weezy has been trying forever to build up his Young Money family, and although Drake's contractual obligations to Wayne have not been fully disclosed, we all know that Weezy F. Baby has given Drizzy his most major co-sign.
Weezy and Drake are sounding priceless together on tracks right about now. They're two of my favorite MCs to hear spar with each other on the track. "Successful" (also featuring Trey Songz) could be a hit if they push that button, and that "Ignant Sh--" freestyle (over the beat from Jay-Z's "Ignorant Sh--") is definitely still one of my favorite joints right now ("I'm so high I can vomit on a comet"). Props to the DJs for finally playing it on the mixshows. Wayne's verse is merciless: "I'll take probation/ I don't want the T.I. and Vick vacation."
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We'd like to send prayers and condolences to the entire team and staff of the Dallas Cowboys. On Saturday, a monumental storm — with winds reported as fast as 64 miles per hour — hit the beautiful Cowboys practice facility in Irving, Texas during a training session for the team's rookies. The building collapsed, injuring 12, including scouting assistant Rich Behm, who was permanently paralyzed, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Just this February, the MTV News cameras traveled to that very practice facility as part of our Dallas Week shoots. As a faithful New York Giants fan, I joked with my friends that I was going into "enemy territory." The Boys and the G-Men have one of the top rivalries of their division, and all of football, period. But when we were there, the Cowboys staff — especially Scott Agulnek in public relations — immediately made fellow Giant fan Nick Neofitidis (our camera man), Senior Producer Rahman Dukes and me feel right at home. They were gracious, forthcoming and couldn't have been more welcoming. We went to the weight room, the TV studio, the locker room and ultimately the practice field that was hit so hard by the storm. Read More...
We were definitely proud of the people contributing to Mixtape Monday as we reflected on 2008. This thing of ours we call the mixtape game thrived in 2008, even though many said it would die out.
You can count record sales, concert tickets, the spins on a single, how many diamonds your favorite rapper has in his change, but one thing you can't mathematically measure is an artist's passion for the game. That's why DJ Drama still does for the streets despite his arrest in a mixtape raid last year. That's why Rick Ross and Young Jeezy still do it, alongside their quests for multi-platinum plaques. That's why 50 Cent and the G-Unit still do it, despite all their fame and wealth. Even the legends with nothing left to prove — such as Nas and LL Cool J, who are heralded as two of the greatest rappers ever — still catered to the streets this year. It's all for the love of the game.
Our general regard for Chicago's Rhymefest extends far beyond the actual impact he made when he came out a couple of years back, even with the help of Kanye West. I mean, dude had some great stuff to say about the state of hip-hop on My Block Chicago.
Anyway, the Mixtape Monday crew got up with him last week to talk about this Michael Jackson thing he has going on now. Peep the video.
We in the Newsroom are still reeling from the National Enquirer report (if you can call it such) that Patrick Swayze has five weeks 'til he himself is Swayze (or ghost, or dead, from pancreatic cancer). THE MAN IS HIS OWN HIP-HOP SLANG WORD, how could we not be upset??
But who comes along to alleviate our sadness, for a few minutes at least? It's the Bishop Magic Don Juan, of course. He wants to save Britney Spears, and all he wants is 33-minutes of her time. The personal plea is endearing but we are crazy curious to know what he will do with that 33-minutes?!?!? He is, it seems, very serious.
On Monday, S-Dot and Rah Dukes, the boys who bring you Mixtape Monday, will have the exclusive conversation with the Bishop on his latest altruistic mission. Personally, we cannot wait.