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Watch: Lil Wayne and Mac Miller Release Mountain Dew Ad (Video)

It seems like the hip hop world is infiltrating advertisements everywhere these days.

While Nicki Minaj popped up in Brooklyn for the Jeremy Scott x Adidas shoot and Jay-Z repped for his hood with Rocawear, Lil Wayne and Mac Miller star in the new campaign for lime green soda beverage Mountain Dew.

The two rappers also bring along a roundup of athletes and entertainers including Jason Aldean, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Rodriguez Jr., Theotis Beasley and Danny Davis.

Lil Wayne promotes individualism as he works the crowd during a performance, saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, if you learn anything from me, it’s to find your thing and do you because we all know its not what you do, it’s how you do and this is how we Dew.”

Daps to: Rap Radar

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Slaughterhouse Rocks Best Buy Theatre Hours After Joe Budden’s Arrest

Slaughterhouse tore through the sold-out Best Buy Theatre Thursday night in preparation for the spring release of their highly anticipated album “Welcome To Our House.”

“If there was ever any doubt that it wouldn’t happen,” Detroit member Royce Da 5’9″ said. “It’s happening, baby.”

But with good news came a little bad. Joell Ortiz, the Brooklyn-native Puerto Rican of the group, wasted no time in announcing that an hour and a half before the show, Joe Budden was arrested by the NYPD for driving with a suspended license in 2007.

The predominantly-male crowd erupted into a unison of boos (a habit that had formed with the opening acts of the show) but the remaining ‘House members: Crooked I, Royce and Ortiz did a sufficient job in keeping the spirit of Joe Breezy throughout their set.

The hip-hop heads were treated to a showcase of raw bars and impressive flows. Their hardcore renditions of “Sound Off” and “Microphone” were instant crowdpleasers. The BET cypher lacked steam with Eminem, Budden and Crooked’s contributions dismissed. Crooked, the quieter of the three with the loudest set of blinding chains, saved his verse for an acapella freestyle, which was the highlight of each of their individual sets. Soon as the music stopped, their solo freestyles lit up the stage.

Given their unique endeavors into music, the rap team of underdog elite let their personalities take center stage while still sizing each other up. Ortiz, the obvious funnyman of the group, would clown on Royce’s whirlwind verses even throwing some at his absent team member. “Budden probably tweeting from his prison cell,” Ortiz said. “On some bullshit.” The Detroit native Royce let New York know where he was from with a cover of the nowhere-to-be-found Eminem’s “8 Mile.” Ortiz bumped Biggie’s “Hypnotize” for Brooklyn while the members of Naughty By Nature stopped by to help rep on Budden’s behalf for Jersey.

Even if Jump Off Joey was rocking in his cell, Slaughterhouse broke in between songs to remember him, evoking “Free Joe Budden” chants and a couple of “F**k the police” screams throughout the night. The DJ dropped “Bump It Up” in honor of the Jersey boy much to the nostalgic pleasure of those in attendance.

The venue came to roaring life when the Shady boys danced off in their live version of “Hammer Time.” The two-step “piece in my pants” anthem was performed not once, not twice but three times, in “Watch The Throne” fashion as the crowd ate it up each time. No doubt that Slaughterhouse still slayed even if handicapped.

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Watch: Drake Pays Homage To Degrassi with “Wheelchair Jimmy” [Video]

While in California for the Club Paradise tour, Drake gave fans a bit of Degrassi nostalgia in his live performance of “The Motto.” Drizzy let his body do the talking, breaking out into the “Wheelchair Jimmy” dance in memory of his TV show character. Long live Jimmy!

Daps to: Miss Info

 

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Drake and Nicki Minaj Cover GQ and Allure Magazines

Weezy’s proteges not only dominate headlines but take covers left and right.

A multicolored Nicki shows that she’s more than a collection of wigs in her newest interview with Allure…

while Drizzy suits up for Gentlemen’s Quarterly.

Young Money never looked this good.

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Listen: Wiz Khalifa “Taylor Allderdice” Mixtape

The Taylor gang was in for a Tuesday treat with the anticipated release of Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Allderdice mixtape. When the “Black and Yellow” rapper tweeted the link around 9 p.m., fans had a hard time downloading the tape, which crashed mixtape haven DatPiff.

Timelines have been flooded with nothing but praise for Taylor, which features contributions from Cam’Ron, Rick Ross, Juicy J and his wife-to-be Amber Rose. Since his 2011 freebie Cabin Fever, Wiz has returned to the mellow flow of his earlier work circa Kush and Orange Juice, shedding the mainstream mold that his debut Rolling Papers shaped him into. The tree-loving gang leader is prepping his second studio album.

Get high or die here.

Daps to: DatPiff

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Iggy Azalea Speaks Up Against Azealia Banks, T.I. Stands By Her

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Since Harlem femcee Azealia Banks fired Twitter shots at Aussie rapstress Iggy Azalea, the social media beefing continues to dominate timelines.

In a recent interview on Atlanta’s Hot 107.9, T.I., Iggy and the Grand Hustle gang stopped by and addressed the situation.

“This is my day and my achievement,” the Ignorant artist said. “You have to work to have your own achievements with all due respect. Instead of worrying about who else is on there, you should just be happy that I’m on there as a woman.”

Tip wasted no time in defending the first lady of his Hustle crew.

“Strategically if she really cares about a freshmen cover maybe she could hope that she’ll suck enough to get shelved and then next year when the freshmen cover comes back around, maybe she’ll still be a freshman. If you spend half of your day getting money and the other half of your day counting money, you ain’t got no time in your day to worry about nobody else.”

Banks soon went on a Twitter tirade against the ATL native: “Come on T.I…. N*ggas is not scared of u and whatever shit u got to say on some radio show. @tip you corny for that one.”

“Everybody got something slick to say, but no one got an explanation,” she added.

In a genre where talented female rap hopefuls are hard to come by, shouldn’t they dead the tweef and support one another or can only one be on their A-game? Let me know!

Daps to: Miss Info

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Rush Limbaugh Defends Lord’s Resistance Army

Rush Limbaugh’s ignorance is no Fluke. In another display of unfiltered dialogue, the controversial radio host defends the Lord’s Resistance Army from an anti-Obama, “religious” perspective.

“Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians.  It means God.  I was only kidding.  Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan.

And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them.

That’s what the lingo means, “to help regional forces remove from the battlefield,” meaning capture or kill.

So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding.  Jacob Tapper just reported it.

Now, are we gonna help the Egyptians wipe out the Christians? Wouldn’t you say that we are? I mean the Coptic Christians are being wiped out, but it wasn’t just Obama that supported that.

The conservative intelligentsia thought it was an outbreak of democracy. Now they’ve done a 180 on that, but they forgot that they supported it in the first place. Now they’re criticizing it.”

And to think, he’s a conservative.

Daps to: Global Grind

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Rumor Mill: Posthumous Aaliyah Album To Be Released

Since the untimely death of one of R&B’s first ladies in 2001, Aaliyah continues to be spoken of, whether in a confession of love from her close friend/producer Timbaland or body art tattooed on Drake’s body.

A tweet from producer Jeffrey “J. Dub” Walker of the Hitmen hinted at a possible new album from the “One In A Million” singer. “Just got great news today; the smash unreleased song called “Steady Ground” I produced on #Aaliyah is gonna be on her upcoming album:)” The post was later deleted.

Her label, Background Records, have not yet issued a statement confirming or denying the project, but the buzz has the music industry hoping the rumors are true.

Since 2002’s I Care 4 U and 2005’s Utlimate Aaliyah, this would be the first non-compilation album released after her death.

Daps to: MTV RapFix

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The Relative Issues Behind Rush Limbaugh’s “Slut” Remarks [Via VIBE Vixen]

Rush Limbaugh’s mouth has landed him in trouble once again. The controversial conservative and well-known radio host recently made headlines after calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for testifying in Congress last week on behalf of her Jesuit college to cover birth control costs.

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke going before a Congressional committee and essentially saying she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut right?” Limbaugh asked on his live broadcast Wednesday.

The next day, he called out the “Feminazis,” claiming that if taxpayers were to shell out for female contraceptives, they would want to see the videos of their sexual activity posted online “so taxpayers can see what we’re getting for our money.”

Although the political tastemakers have attempted to frame the verbal attack as a battle between right versus left, the ethical consequences of Limbaugh’s remarks ultimately make it a case of right against wrong. Limbaugh’s actions created such an uproar in the female community that his sponsors–including AOL, ProFlowers, Legal Zoom and Citrix Systems–have severed ties with the show.

The personal attack on Fluke also put the spotlight on female name-calling as well as the double standard that continues to exist today. Some commentary makes it seem like it’s okay for men to tuck dollars into an exotic dancer’s underwear and pay prostitutes for recreational pleasure, but once a woman steps to Congress for reimbursement on contraception, she’s deemed a slut? Although Limbaugh’s public apology (issued a handful of days after the initial remark) came with some hint of remorse, it suggests that he didn’t realize the direct effect of his words.

But is it also the women’s fault that such words have been overused and exploited to the point where even a derogatory curse word has become a common expression?

There has been heated debate about female slander forever, not just in politics but the entertainment industry, as well. While reality television divas are quick to throw a punch or slap the cheek of any chick who dare calls her a “bitch,” rappers–both female and male alike–top the charts with tracks that glorify being the “baddest bitch” in the game.

Fluke appeared on ABC’s The View, saying that his apology falls on deaf ears. And she was right. If anything, hip-hop artists continue to call women bitches and hoes while other males in the public eye are now referring to women as sluts. Limbaugh’s outburst has simply exacerbated the problem.

There is meaning to every title. Fluke, is first and foremost, a daughter, a potential mother, a could-be-lawyer and a woman with enough sense to demand protection so that she could prevent a pregnancy she is not yet prepared for. Her testimony before Congress was not an open plea to open her legs more. She was made to be the victim in a political tirade, but in the end it was Limbaugh’s words that cost him.

Daps to: VIBE Vixen

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XXL Unveils the 2012 Freshmen Class

XXL magazine has released their Freshmen issue, a coveted spot among the unknown and soon-to-be-heard of. The 2012 class includes Roscoe Dash, Iggy Azalea, Danny Brown, Machine Gun Kelly, Future, French Montana and others.

Daps to: XXL

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