April 2011

Chicago

Kanye & Jay’s New Single To Feature Beyonce & Bruno Mars

After “H.A.M.” was met with a lukewarm reception (I still like stand by liking the record), Kanye and Jay have regrouped and gone back to work on their collaborative EP Watch The Throne.  Last I’d heard, the project was on hiatus until further notice due to label issues and internal drama (rumors!), but after the duo were spotted en route to a lab in Paris, those rumors went to bed.  Lights out…

Today, Jeff Bhasker – who produced the second single ,”Lift Off”, which is to feature both Beyonce and Bruno Mars, took to Twitter to talk about the record:

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for this album and everything, but I’m still waiting for a sign on this new Common album.

Complex

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Chicago

How You Gon Say I Ain’t No Lo Head?

If you follow me on Twitter, then I’m sure you’ve either seen me shouting out or conversating with DJ CottonHere, my mella from Tennessee, whose YouTube page is the hottest thing smokin’  if you’re into throwback hip-hop clips from BET, MTV and elsewhere.  Cotton’s page has brought back a lot of forgotten memories and serves as a hip-hop time capsule from 1996-2006, when he was heavily taping some of your favorite episodes of Rap City and the like.  It’s definitely worth a stroll scroll through if you have the time.  In fact, Cotton dropped that  Baby and Weezy kissing clip a few weeks back that set the internets ablaze, so you know his library is deep (and not with just man-kisses!)

Cotton’s going to be upping some lost and forgotten Chicago content over the next few weeks, and today he unleashed a couple from MTV’s Diary of Kanye West, which ran all of the way back in 2004, right after The College Dropout dropped and didn’t flop.  I mean, this was something I’d completely forgotten existed.  The clips follow Yeezy (with Don C in tow) around Chicago as he visits students and later the Polo Mansion on Michigan Ave., where he’s helped by the lady who still works there now.  Job security!

Related: Do or Die & Johnny P on Yo! MTV Raps in 1996

More vintage Ye after the jump…
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