Nov 29, 2008
While reports are still early, Kanye West's 808s and Heartbreak is expected to outsell Ludacris' Theater of the Mind by close to 300,000 units.
According to industry website HitsDailyDouble.com, Ye's fourth project should fend off all newcomers and reach No. 1 on next week's Billboard Top 200 charts. Reports are showing the Grammy winning rapper easily pulling out somewhere between the 450,000 to 500,000 albums sold mark in his first seven days in stores.
The new album will be Ye's first-ever release without a Parental Advisory sticker and aims to offer fans an alternative look by dishing out R&B sounding tracks and a majority of auto-tuned verses.
Nov 28, 2008
Although fans eagerly await confirmation announcements of Season 3 of hit Cartoon Network series The Boondocks, creator Aaron McGruder announced that he would be offering fan content this week.
Titled "BoondocksBootlegs," the comic strip-turned-TV hit is offering fan favorites in a new online medium. The sketches, starring Boondocks favorites like John "Granddad" Witherspoon, Gary Anthony "Uncle Ruckus" Williams and Carl "Thugnificent" Jones, features the same hilariously profane, yet insightful comedy that McGruder is infamous for.
"So much happens between seasons that we can't comment on because the production schedule of the show is so long," explains McGruder in a press release. "These online sketches are a lot like The Boondocks comic strip in that it allows me to be topical again, which is always a lot of fun."
BoondocksBootlegs can be viewed [click here].
T.I. was among various volunteers who dished out food to Atlanta's needy at the city's largest Thanksgiving dinner held at Turner Field yesterday (November 27).
According to The Associated Press, 22,000 people turned up for the dinner which was organized by the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless.
"It's a pleasure for me to help service those who are definitely in need of the service," T.I. told reporters at the event.
On Wednesday (November 26), the Atlanta bred rapper raised nearly $100,000 within two hours on a local radio show to support the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. Young Jeezy also helped out by donating $5,000.
"I shouldn't be but I'm amazed by their giving," said Elisabeth Omilami, the co-director of Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. "I've been doing this for 39 years but I've never seen a year like this one in terms of donations."
A Florida man was reportedly stabbed outside a local nightclub where Louisiana rapper Webbie was performing early Friday morning (November 28).
According to WPTV, police were called to Club Pulse after several shots were fired outside the venue and only found one man with a stab wound when they arrived.
The man was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Around 700 people were in the club. No other injuries were reported.
In related news, Webbie is facing various felony charges after leading Mississippi police on a high speed chase in September.
The rapper refused to come out of his car after being stopped for a traffic violation and crashed into another vehicle during the chase. Marijuana was also found in Webbie's vehicle.
After months of officially and unofficially stumping on the campaign trail, Jay-Z's endorsement of President-elect Barack Obama could be rewarded with a performance spot during January's inauguration. Numerous sources, including the New York Daily News and UK tabloid The Sun, report that Obama is in talks with the multi-platinum emcee to grace the stage on January 20, 2009.
The Sun was the first to break the news, when it cited an unnamed source close to British Pop singer Leona Lewis. Initial reports stated Lewis, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles and other A-list artists were approached for the event. For her part, Beyonce has told reporters she would be thrilled with the possibility.
"I'm there. I can't wait," Knowles said. "I feel like all of us, we're ready to do whatever we have to do. Whatever they want. If they need me to volunteer, they need me to sing, I'm there, and I'm ready."
During a heated election campaign, artists such as will.i.am, Bun B and Ludacris offered their unconditional support of Obama and got mixed reactions. If true, the performance would be a first in Hip Hop. The closest thing the inaugural stage has seen to a Hip Hop performance was the inclusion of Stevie Wonder and poet Maya Angelou at Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1997.
Nov 27, 2008
All About A Dollar, Fcuk Two Quarters,
B*tch I’ll pour Pour syrup in that vitamin water
I hope you die ugly, and tonight will be gorgeous
Feed me you organs, bitch i'm starving
Teardrops in my face like its my party
and if its my party, I can cry if i want to,
Split your fcukin body up in half, look like 1,2
Whole verse and mixtape download after the jump
All About A Dollar, Fcuk Two Quarters,
B*tch I’ll pour Pour syrup in that vitamin water
I hope you die ugly, and tonight will be gorgeous
Feed me you organs, bitch i'm starving
Teardrops in my face like its my party
and if its my party, I can cry if i want to,
Split your fcukin body up in half look like 1,2
B*tch i'm from New Orleans
But I'm going everywhere
and I have a dream
to be your worse nightmare
I'm in a King's chair
Then I cut on B.E.T.
Throw your "L" up
yeah, we taking over
and we hungry so please come with a chip on your shoulder
and we got them guns that gotta sit on your shoulder
I rock Ice But My heart colder
Hosea Thomas has been found guilty for the May 2006 murder of rap star T.I.'s close friend and assistant Philiant Johnson.
According to the Associated Press, jurors in Cincinnati yesterday (November 26) convicted Thomas for the fatal shooting of Johnson during a gunfire exchange with Tip's entourage two years ago. He is also being convicted of felonious assault in addition to illegally possessing a gun after a felony conviction.
If given the maximum penalty, Thomas could be placed behind bars for life.
As previously reported, the convicted murderer's former girlfriend, Kim Sweeten, surprisingly took the stand on November 25th claiming Thomas had left Club Ritz where a physical altercation took place between his crew and Tip's entourage but returned to their home.
Despite her testimony, Hosea's brother, Padron, who was involved in the shoot-out, recently stepped forward to testify against him last week. By doing so, Padron no longer faces prison time related to the murder of Johnson.
Tip also testified last Friday (November 21) detailing the events that took place between both camps.
Nov 26, 2008
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T.I.'s Paper Trail remains at the top of the Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' by pushing 50,500 units this week.
After 9 weeks on the charts, Paper Trail has sold a total of 1,229,000 copies.
Miami rapper Ace Hood enters the chart at No. 2 with his debut album Gutta.
The set, which features appearances from Trick Daddy, Plies and Rick Ross, scanned 24,700 copies in its opening week.
Lil Wayne holds fort No. 3. Tha Carter III moved 22,800 CDs this week. So far, the album has sold a total of 2,694,600 copies.
Debuting at No. 4 is Houston rapper South Park Mexican with his latest effort Last Chair Violinist. The album cashed out 15,300 CDs in its first spin on the charts.
Seated at No. 5 is Young Jeezy. The Recession moved 14,400 units this week, pushing its total to 629,200.
The Game stays put at No. 6. L.A.X. bagged up 29,600 units in its 14th week on the chart. So far, the album has sold a total of 580,900 copies.
Posted at No. 7 is Q-Tip. The Renaissance shelved off 8,900 discs this week. So far, the set has sold 58,000 copies.
Rap/Reggaton duo Wisin Y Yandel slip two spots to No. 8. La Ment cashed out 7,800 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 18,900.
Lil Keke debuts at No. 9 with his latest album Loved By Few, Hated By Many. The set scanned 5,800 units in its opening week.
M.I.A. wraps things up at No. 10. Kala bags up 3,800 copies this week. So far, the album has sold 389,200 units.
Ludacris celebrated his album’s release in New York City last night (11/26). One day after Theater Of The Mind hit stores, Luda took the stage at Highline Ballroom in the big apple.
The mouth of the south performed favorites like “What’s Your Fantasy,” “Southern Hospitality” and “Move Bitch” as well as songs off the new album like ”I Do It For Hip-Hop” sans Nas. Still, Luda pulled out the big guns for the right cuts.
The Atlanta lyricist brought T-Pain out for a rendition of “I’m So Hood” RMX and “One More Drink.” Luda then went back in time for “Phatty Girl” featuring LL Cool J and actually brought out the G.O.A.T. Uncle L then went into his own little set with “Headsprung” and “Rock The Bells.”
Cris then uped the ante by bringing out Jadakiss on Nas’ “Made You Look” RMX, again, without God’s son. Cris later brought the house down when he brought Jim Jones and Juelz Santana out. The Diplomats got things started with “Pop Champagne” and ”We Fligh High” before closing out their brief set with “I Really Mean It” and Dipset Anthem.”
Atlantic Records has become the first major record label to surpass CD sales by their overwhelming digital sales.
According to the New York Times, the record label responsible for rap stars like T.I., Diddy, Missy Elliot and Gnarls Barkley claims over half of their music profits stem from iTunes downloads, ring tones and other digital products.
"We're like a college basketball team on an 18-2 run," Atlantic Chairman Craig Kallman told Times.
Atlantic President Julie Greenwald admits its the company's ability to decipher today's consumer needs and available outlets to get music out.
"I think we've figured it out," Greenwald told Times. "It used to be that you could connect five dots and sell a million records. Now there are 20 dots you can connect to sell a million records."
Atlantic's success comes months after record breaking ring tone sales from their artists including Flo Rida "Get Low" and Lupe Fiasco's popular "Superstar." Despite these achievements, industry analysts are still skeptical to how much help digital sales will offer as the music industry continues to slump as a whole.
"It's not at all clear that digital economics can make up for the drop in physical," former EMI executive John Rose told Times. "The real question is how does the record industry change its rights structure so it captures a fairer percent of the value it creates in funding, marketing and managing the launch the artists."
Impressive sales like Tip's new platinum-selling album Paper Trail have helped Atlantic earn one of the highest digital revenue percentages within the record industry.
Shawty Lo’s innocent. As previously reported, members of T.I. and Lo’s crews got into an altercation during Radio One’s Fourth Annual Dirty Awards in Atlanta last night (11/25).
Early reports say the fight started when Lo taunted Grand Hustle with his own version of Yung L.A.’s “Ain’t I.” But to let the Bankhead rapper tell it, he didn’t instigate anything.
“I didn’t go and start nothing. If they rewind the cameras, they’ll see how it started,” Lo told MTV. “I’m a man. I respect every man as a man. If a man disrespects me, what am I supposed to do? T.I. needs to contain his people. We’re not standing down. I performed my music; 107.9 [one of the show's organizers] called me to perform. I didn’t come to start no beef with him. I gave Tip a shout out at the BET [Hip-Hop] Awards.”
Lo actually claims Tips’ camp started the fight. He tells MTV Alfamega and other Grand Hustle artists approached the stage and started ice grilling during his performance.
“Basically, I didn’t start saying anything about Tip,” Lo explained. “I was performing my music. During ‘Foolish,’ all of them was coming in front of the stage doing their mugging. After ‘Dunn, Dunn,’ I performed the dis record ‘Don’t I.’ That’s what made me perform the diss record. I ain’t gonna lie; they was disrespecting me. I wasn’t gonna let them disrespect me.”
Lo fittingly bumped into T.I. when his D4L crew was taken backstage minutes after the melee. The two briefly spoke in a private meeting, in which Tip apparently suggested they end their feud once and for all.
“He told me the beef was over with,” Lo told MTV. “I said, ‘If the beef was let go, me and you have to publicize it. We have to do it together.’ He agreed to do that, and we shook hands in the back room.”
Lo claims Tip then accepted an award on stage before taunting, “if somebody’s got a problem with me, do something better than me.” He then began performing “Ain’t I” with Yung L.A., sparking another altercation between the two crews. Tip wasn’t involved in any of the fights. Lo says he’s still willing to squash the beef, isn’t sure T.I.’s on the same page.
“[Me and Tip's conversation] ended on a positive note with the conversation,” Lo said. “I don’t know where he is [with the beef]. I guess he just be talking. One thing about it, Shawty Lo ain’t no punk. T.I. is just a rapper. He knows how to read a book good. Where I live is for real. I ain’t got nothing against homes. He’s got family, I got family. I’m not trying to kill him, he’s not trying to kill me. I got fans that love me. He’s not not gonna run all over me. I ain’t Lil’ Flip.”
Nov 25, 2008
Swizz Beatz recently revealed that Eminem's upcoming album Relapse will feature a sequel to the rapper's 2000 hit 'Stan".
"Stan", which was featured on Eminem’s second album The Marshall Mathers LP, told the story of a fan obsessed with the rapper who commits suicide.
Swizz divulged to MTV that "Stan Part 2" is one of five songs he has produced on Eminem’s forthcoming album and described the song as "totally genius". Swizz also revealed he crafted a song for the album which features Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
"It's different," Swizz said of Eminem's upcoming album. "Different sound, different mind frame. [Eminem's] clear. But it's the [Em] that you missed, that you loved, that you need, especially right now in the industry, going into '09. He's coming back to take the cake."
Relapse is expected to hit stores in early 2009.
A foreclosed Miami mansion owned by Wyclef Jean will reportedly be put up for auction next month.
According to The Palm Beach Post, Jean borrowed a $2 million mortgage from Home Equity Mortgage Corp. in 2004 to purchase and renovate the mansion but fell behind on payments.
Jean now owes the bank 2.4 milllion and the mansion will go up for auction on December 12th in downtown Miami.
Jean or his representatives could not be reached for comment.
Jay-Z will be serving as a special guest on Coldplay's 2009 UK stadium tour.
According to BBC, the tour will kick off in September and will hit Manchester's 'Old Trafford Cricket Ground', Glasgow's 'Hampden Park' and London's 'Wembley Stadium'.
Jay-Z and Coldplay have collaborated on each others projects.
Coldplay appeared on Jay-Z's Kingdom Come while the New York rapper appears on the rock group's latest EP titled Prospekt's March.
Tickets for the stadium tour will go on sale on Friday (November 28) at www.gigsandtours.com.
Below are scheduled dates and venues for the Coldplay/Jay-Z stadium tour:
September 12th 2009- Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground
September 16th 2009- Glasgow Hampden Park
September 19th 2009- London Wembley Stadium
In July, after a performance at Club Peso with his group mate Naledge, Double-O was attacked by five bouncers after getting into an altercation with one of the bouncer's over a bottle of vodka.
Double O would suffer a broken eye socket that had to be surgically repaired.
According to The Arizona Republic, Double O is seeking $500,000 to $1 million in damages for medical expenses and lost income.
The rapper claims he missed concerts while he was recovering and his medical expenses totaled about $70,000.
Police would charge Double-O with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after the incident but the charges were dropped after he performed community service.
The owners of Club Peso could not be reached for comment.
Dr. Dre's long overdue album Detox may had actually had a chance to drop this year if it wasn't for Eminem, says Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine.
Earlier this year, Dre divulged that he was releasing Detox by the end of 2008 but Iovine recently revealed to Billboard that the legendary producer had to stop work on his own project to help Emimem on his upcoming album Relapse.
"Eminem was always coming next year. But what happened was, I lost Dr. Dre to Eminem. Dre had to stop making his album to finish Eminem's album," explained Iovine. "Eminem hit a streak, and when a guy like Eminem gets on fire, you stop everything. That's how we lost Dre."
According to Iovine, Dre will go back to wrapping up Detox in January.
"He'll be finished with Eminem by then, and he'll finish his album,” said Iovine.
2009 will see Interscope's three rap giants (50 Cent, Eminem & Dre) dropping new projects.
Eminem's Relapse will be the Detroit rapper's first solo project in four years while 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct will the G-Unit honcho's last album on his current contract with Interscope.
Detox, which will be Dre's first solo project in ten years, will feature appearances from Lil Wayne and Jay-Z, among others.
Members of T.I.'s and Shawty Lo's camps reportedly got into a physical altercation at the third annual Dirty Awards last night (November 24).
Shawty Lo revealed to MTV that while he was performing at the event, members of T.I.'s Grand Hustle camp, most notably artist Alfamega, came out of their seats, stood in front of the stage and started "mean mugging.'"
"Basically, I didn't start saying anything about T.I.," Lo explained. "I was performing my music. During 'Foolish,' all of them was coming in front of the stage doing their mugging. After 'Dunn, Dunn,' I performed the dis record 'Don't I.' That's what made me perform the dis record. I ain't gonna lie; they was disrespecting me. I wasn't gonna let them disrespect me."
As Lo rapped the barb-riddled track some eyewitnesses said T.I.'s crew started throwing chairs onstage. While Shawty said he cannot be sure who threw the first chair, he thinks it was Big Kuntry.
A witness told MTV News that T.I.'s camp did not get hostile with Lo before "Don't I" and that Lo threw gas on the fire by calling out Grand Hustle's Yung L.A.
Shawty Lo and his D4L camp were taken to the back after the fracas and the show was temporarily suspended. Surprisingly, it resumed shortly after, and that's when things got strange. Lo said that he ran into T.I. backstage, and Tip suggested an immediate closed door meeting to which Lo agreed. They once again talked about ending their feud — "It's been squashed a few times," a source who asked not to be named said — which has been going on for over a year now.
"He told me the beef was over with," Lo recalled. "I said, 'If the beef was let go, me and you have to publicize it. We have to do it together.' He agreed to do that, and we shook hands in the back room."
But the tension was far from over. With the show back in session, Lo and his people were allowed back to their seats. T.I. got onstage to accept an award, and during his speech, a witness said the King of the South declared that "if somebody's got a problem with me, do something better than me." Soon after that comment, T.I. started performing "Ain't I" with Yung L.A. They didn't get through the entire record, because during the performance, Alfamega and others in the Grand Hustle camp got into a scuffle with Lo's D4L squadron.
While Lo said that Alfa jumped off the stage to approach Lo and his crew, a witness said that Alfa was never onstage, just standing to the side. But everyone agreed that a melee took place during "Ain't I," ending the Dirty Awards for good.
T.I. himself was never involved personally in either of the night's scuffles, and he was escorted offstage and out of the show once the mini brawl began. Lo maintained that the two parties were cut off by police before they ever came to actual blows. Police did start shooting pepper spray and the self-proclaimed King of Bankhead was hit in the eyes.
"They sprayed me in my face. I couldn't see nothing," Shawty Lo said.
David Banner was the host of the Dirty Awards, which were attended by Big Gipp, Soulja Boy Tell'em, Monica, Murphy Lee, Ludacris and Rick Ross. There are also witness reports that a member of DJ Drama's Aphilliate camp got into a fight with one of Young Jeezy's CTE camp members. Has Monday night put a black eye on the example of unity Atlanta's rappers had recently set?
"I don't know, we'll see," Lo said. "[Me and Tip's conversation] ended on a positive note with the conversation. I don't know where he is [with the beef]. I guess he just be talking. One thing about it, Shawty Lo ain't no punk. T.I. is just a rapper. He knows how to read a book good. Where I live is for real. I ain't got nothing against homes. He's got family, I got family. I'm not trying to kill him, he's not trying to kill me. I got fans that love me. He's not not gonna run all over me. I ain't Lil' Flip."
Nov 24, 2008
According to Alliphop, President George W. Bush has pardoned rapper John Forte, an affiliate of the Fugees, who has been serving prison time for smuggling drugs.
Forte was one of 14 persons that Bush has pardoned or granted commuted prison sentences.
This wave of White House pardons is Bush's latest, as he has less than two months in his presidency. A pardon cannot be overruled.
Forte was arrested at Newark International Airport in 2000 and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute. Police caught him accepting a briefcase with about $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine in it.
Forte was hit with a 14-year sentence in a federal penitentiary under minimum sentencing laws even though it was his first offense and he was a non-violent offender. He began his bid in jail in 2001 and has fought the laws vehemently.
John Forte has released two albums, Poly Sci and I, John.
While discussing how Hip Hop effects the youth, Mysonne addressed comments he made last week about another emcee making headlines for telling youth about the perils of living on the opposite side of the law.
“I got a little bit of flack based on comments I made concerning the issue going on with T.I.,” Mysonne, says. “I wasn’t telling people to indulge in crime or live the way I lived. I was just [speaking to] the children. A child hasn’t made that decision. It’s up to us to form the child’s mind. But when an adult makes a conscious decision, you have to understand what comes with that lifestyle.”
“T.I. has made a living off of the street life,” Mysonne added. “They didn’t buy him because he was corporate, well-spoken, and had this nice suit on. They bought T.I., "Tip, the trapstar" talking about how he sold crack. He made songs talking about, ‘Yeah, I sold crack. Don’t tell the police on me. I’m just trying to feed my family.’ But then, you’ll go tell someone to tell the police on a person who’s going through the same thing you went through? I understand there are exceptions to every rule, but I don’t think this is one of those exceptions. The reason he’s testifying right now is because he got caught with guns. Prior to that situation, that man refused to testify.”
“You niggas is weak, and you’re not built for this, so stop acting like you are,” Mysonne admonished. “I can make this assessment, because at a crucial time in my life, I had to make a decision. I went to jail for a crime I didn’t do, and I went to jail for seven years based on the lifestyle and the things I stand for. I could’ve very well said, ‘I didn’t do this. So-and-so did this.’ But I made a conscious decision, because it’s not my place to do the police’s job.”
When the topic turned to fellow Bronx native Remy Ma, Cuban Link and Mysonne sent their condolences, as she serves her eight year bid.
“That’s fam right there, and everybody in Hip Hop is feeling the effect from her not being on the scene,” Cuban Link says. “As a friend I’m missing her. We got really tight right before she went in. But she’s a strong woman, and I know she’s gonna stick it out and come out of that situation stronger.”
Mysonne echoed the same sentiments, as he reminisced on his first meeting with Remy, saying, “When Remy was first getting started, she came and rhymed for me at the courthouse. I was going to trial and, my man brought her to me like, ‘Yo, you gotta hear her. She can really rhyme.’ She rhymed right on the courthouse steps for me, right before I blew trial.”
Bang Bang Boogie’s latest mixtape, The X-Files: No Mercy for the Weak, is currently available for free
Kanye West won his first two American Music Awards at the annual event last night (November 23).
According to Reuters, West won the awards for 'Favorite Rap Artist ' and 'Favorite Rap Album (Graduation)'.
The Chicago bred rapper would offer his 'Favorite Rap Artist' award to Lil Wayne who was also nominated for the award.
"If it was last year, this would have been my award," West said. "This year, it's Wayne's award. We'll see what happens next year."
R&B crooner Chris Brown took home the most awards (3) which included 'Artist Of The Year' and Favorite Soul/R&B Artist'. Other multiple winners at the event included Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
In related news, West will be releasing his fourth solo album titled 808's & Heartbreak today (November 24). The album will feature appearances from Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi and Young Jeezy.
According to Forbes, the couple almost evenly pitched in to earn $162 million last year. Hov’s revenues came from his Live Nation deal and his American Gangster release. Meanwhile, Bey made $80 mill through fashion, films, publishing deals, sold out tours and endorsement deals with American Express, L’Oreal and Direct TV.
The couple easily beat out Will Smith and Jada Pinkett who came in second with $85 million. The Fresh Prince raked in $80 mill with blockbusters like The Pursuit Of Happyness, I Am Legend and Hancock while Pinkett chipped in with $5 mill via movie roles. The list also featured David and Victoria Beckham at no. 3, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at no. 4 and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at no. 5.
While his Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 album doesn't drop until March of '09, Raekwon says he has a few projects lined up in the meantime. While out on business in LA, Rae talked with LA Weekly about how he plans to hold down a demanding fan base for the next few months.
"We’re definitely making a Cuban Link bonus DVD for everyone to check out that’s worth a look," The Chef says. "At the same time, we’re doing a book called the Purple Book, which is the memoirs of everything that I’ve been through in this game and what the significance of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is."
Raekwon added that a mixtape entitled "Burning Bags" will be dropping shortly, possibly as a free Internet release. Rae also explained why he thinks the year-long delay of the album is worth the wait.
"The RZA, the legendary J Dilla, Dr Dre. and just those three elements there, that’s really dangerous, the heat is crazy," Raekwon says. "It’s an underground record. I kept each producer in the zone. You’d never know that the record had all these different producers if I didn’t tell you, because they came with gritty beats to make a gritty album. We came with a couple energy boosters to get the stadiums jumping but for the most part, it’s the same type of storytelling."
Raekwon plans to release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 on his own Ice Water Inc. label, aborting plans of what many hoped would be a Hip Hop fans dream collaboration.
"Well, me and the label, we couldn’t come to the right terms," Rae says of his hopes to join Aftermath Entertainment. "Dre had a lot of projects he was working on and you know me, knowing how important OB4CL2 was, I needed him next to me the way I wanted...but we kept a mutual respect and friendship. We both big fans of each [other], and it wasn’t a big thing. Dre is somebody who’s very busy and who works hard like me."
MC Breed was reportedly found dead at a friend's home in Ypsilanti, Michigan on November 24th.
As reported earlier, Breed (born Eric Breed) had suffered from kidney failure in September and was on life support on for two days before slightly recovering.
Breed's manager, Darryl Morris, confirmed the rapper's death to The Detroit News Saturday but did not reveal further details. Breed was 36 years old.
Breed garnered fame in the early 90's via his hit single “Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin”. He released over 13 albums and had a major influence on Detroit artists including Eminem affiliate Trick Trick .
"I salute him for everything he did," Trick Trick said. "It was good to see him break out of Flint. It gave a lot of us hope, like, 'We can do this, too.'