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XXL Mag announced this morning that Blu is currently recording a track with The Roots for their new album, How I Got Over, due out in June.

I had no idea The Roots had an album coming out again so soon. Funny how that gets shuffled to the back when there’s so much music to download daily.

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Drake and Just Blaze hinted yesterday on Twitter at a collabo between him and Jay-Z, and on Angie Martinez’s show today, Drake confirmed he’s “working with New York’s finest.”

Thanks to Rap Radar for the audio.

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In a press release that was literally just sent out, Raekwon announced that he has just inked a deal with EMI that will release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2. With how exciting the press release was, I thought we would see a release date, but there still isn’t one.

Is it really big news that an album has a label anymore?

…News enough for me to post it… and for me to care…

Press Release:

(NEW YORK – April 15, 2009) – Ready to give his worldwide following what they’ve been waiting for, the Wu-Tang Clan’s rhyme slinger extraordinaire Raekwon is set to return this summer with Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2.

Raekwon, whose 1995 platinum classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was universally hailed as a rap classic and has sold more than 1.1 million units in the US, according to Nielsen Soundscan, has signed a distribution deal with EMI Label Services for his ICEH20 Records label to release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 in the US and Canada later this summer. EMI Label Services will also provide Raekwon with additional radio promotion support and licensing and synchronization services.

“The wait is finally over,” Raekwon says. “Words cannot describe how extremely happy I am to work with EMI Music to put out my album.”

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The other day, it was announced that Nas and Junior Gong were going to be releasing an album together, and are on the bill together for this summer’s Rock the Bells tour, and here the two talk about it.

Nas also revealed today that he’ll be fielding a little contest to name his baby with Kelis.

“I’ve been thinking about kinda putting something online: ‘Choose his name,’ ” the Queens legend added with a smile. “You get a couple stacks for that. We take care of you for that. You win something real. But we’re thinking now.”
-MTV News

He’s joking. (durr thanks Mark)

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Wow. Planet Asia sure knows how to pick producers and get full albums out of them. First DJ Muggs, and now Pete Rock. According to the video above, the album, Planet Rock, will drop later this year and is 100% produced by Pete Rock and contains verses from Soul Brotha #1 too.

I’ll have more info as it comes in.

via 2DopeBoyz

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If you’ve been following Jim Jones on Twitter, you’d see that every night, Capo tweets a little segment he calls “What’s Ghetto.” Now he’s giving you a chance to make your own “What’s Ghetto,” and the best one wins a prize.

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Even though the roster for Rock the Bells 2009 hit the internets yesterday, announcing your line-up by freestyle is pretty cool. Too bad this video hit the net after the line-up did.

Hit the jump for the official flier/list of the line-up.

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Due out June 23. The two will also tour the world in support of the album, titled Distant Relatives.

According to the LA Times blog, the two have been working on this album together for several months in “an undisclosed studio” in LA.

I like this, a lot.

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Rap Radar has confirmed DJ Vlad’s initial report that Bishop Lamont had been dropped from Aftermath. No word on whether he was dropped or left, but the story YN is telling is that Bishop Lamont is no longer on the Aftermath/Interscope roster.

First Joell, now Bishop Lamont. That label is gonna do everything to get these three Dre, Em and 50 records out, huh?

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That’s the latest word out of Fresh Selects. St Louis rapper/producer Black Spade is claiming he produced the beat on Charles Hamilton’s track “Shinin,” and that Charles stole it from him. It came to Spade’s attention after a performance at SXSW, where he confronted Charles about it… and Charles denied it. Black Spade went fishing in his archives for proof and he sent the following email to Fresh Selects:

“Yo!
So this is the beat Charles Hamilton CLAIMS he created. In short, when I was in Austin to perform and check out SxSW, I caught his set. He performed one of his tracks, ‘Shinin,’ which I thought was dope. However, come to find out the instrumental that he used for that track is a beat I produced a while back. After he was done performing, I let him know that I produced the beat and asked him where he got it from. In the back of my mind I know that the only place he really could have gotten it from was off my MySpace page. When I told him I produced the track and liked his lyrics, he still continued to say that HE produced the track with some dude….FALSE. He said he cleared the sample and that he is the one singing ‘Shinin’ in the background and also that his homeboy was playing the keys on the track.

Now mind you, the background ‘Shinin’ vocals that he claims he laid were not laid in the studio at all. I know this because I sampled them by singing directly into the MPC.

Basically, the Frankie Beverly & Maze sample at the beginning is from when I put the beat up on MySpace. The whole point of putting that part in the track was to show that I was about to produce, from that part, my own version of the sample. So, if you don’t hear the Frankie Beverly & Maze sample in the MP3 I am sending you, that is why.

Peace,
Black Spade aka Stoney Rock”

If you’re interested, Fresh Selects has a side-by-side comparison of the song and Black Spades’ beat. Charles responded to the accusations and said he has the Pro Tools session to back him up, and Fresh Selects updated everyone on the situation, but we’ve still seen no real proof from Charles end…

Spotted all the drama at Rap Radar.

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