A Huge Loss For Hip Hop: RIP Chris Lighty

Chris Lighty

One of the most influential executives in hip hop, Chris Lighty, was found dead in an apparent suicide Thursday.  Lighty, founder of Violator – a successful record label and marketing group, started his career when he used to carry crates of records for DJ Red Alert.  He joinded Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen’s Rush Artist Management afterwards and then formed Violator while also holding executive positions at Def Jam and other recording labels.

Known for his visionary moves, Lighty paved the way for today’s hip hop artists in expanding their brands in various industries, starting off with LL Cool J’s GAP commercial which essentially broke down hip hop’s exclusivity and making the genre more mainstream.

Aside from LL Cool J, Lighty also managed huge stars like Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Sean “Diddy” Combs and also Ja Rule.

The hip hop world grieves and many notable artists expressed their sadness via Twitter.  Mary J Blige tweeted “U never know what can send a person over the edge or make them want 2 keep living” while Nicki Minaj said “Another tragic & inconceivable loss for the culture.”  A little bit ironic to what Lighty said to Billboard last July: “We’re constantly trying to move the culture forward,” as he referred to hip hop’s foray into the mainstream business world, using its artists and music.

The HipHopPress family would like to extend our deepest condolences to Lighty’s family and friends.  May he rest in peace.

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Curren$y Reveals Sophomore Album Title as “Immaculary”


In a recent interview with AllHipHop, Curren$y dished out some details on his upcoming solo album under Warner Music.

With a bit of generosity in mind, Spitta Andretti said that his sophomore album will be entitled “Immaculary” and it will closely resemble “The Stoned Immaculate” but not to the point that it will be a copy and paste album, saying that “it’ll be like The Stoned Immaculate, but it won’t be Stoned Immaculate.” Furthermore, Curren$y said that “it’s Immaculary [and] it’s gonna be tight.”

With a number of projects already lined up for the future, Curren$y also addressed the fact that his schedule won’t be a problem for his fans. He also said that his favorite rapper – Max B also had the same mindset before the Harlem rapper was sentenced to 75 years in prison after his involvement in a robbery-turned-homicide case in 2009.

“No [I don’t feel I’m over-saturating the market] because Max B was my favorite, and Max B had so much music and I never was like, sad ‘cus there was a [new] Max B record on the Internet,” he said. “[I was never like,] ‘I don’t want to download another one’ – I would always do it. I feel like for people that are into my shit, it must be pretty tight for me to keep doing that. I like weed; it’d be tight if the weed man came to my house and was like, ‘I know I just brought you an ounce, but here’s another one’ – ‘Nah dawg, please I don’t want all of this.’ I’m gonna use it eventually; they gonna listen to this shit, so it’s no problem.”

Brooklyn Nets Owner Promises to Rap at Jay-Z’s Concert


“Yes, I will rap at this concert,”

This was the brave and bold answer of Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov via an email sent by Crain. Prokhorov is reportedly to have been “in rehearsals 10 hours a day and plan to demand joint billing” when minority owner and rapper Jay-Z is set to open the $1 billion Barclay’s Center in downtown Brooklyn where the rapper is set to hold a series of sold-out concerts come this fall.

In a surprising feat, the Nets owner seems to be comfortable with his rapping repertoire and was even generous enough to shed his own beats:

“Mr. Jay-Z, this is the first presentation/Of real rap music from Russian Federation”

“Mr. Jay-Z, you are not alone/Mikhail Prokhorov on the microphone.”

Sure enough, Prokhorov knows how to handle his own rhymes and fans of the basketball team and Jay-Z himself will be in for a treat once the shows start to roll.

Lil Jon’s Rise and Fall (Infographic)

Jonathan Mortimer Smith a.k.a. Lil Jon has done it all. But has he really? The 40-year-old has been a pizza hustler, Donald Trump’s apprentice and also a multi-platinum “King of Crunk”. He entered celebhood with strange props, waving his pimp cup and wearing his outrageous jewelry… and became a household name.

The question remains: How did he shoot to the top as quickly as his downfall to reality TV and selling pizza?

Get to know Lil Jon better as you take a peek through his life below:


Odd Future’s Frank Ocean Receives Support from his Peers for Coming Out

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On Wednesday, Frank Ocean shared a letter on Tumblr describing his first love – a man he met four years ago when he was 19-years-old. The touching and poignant letter was actually written awhile ago when Ocean decided to post a screenshot of it on Wednesday morning.

Here are some snippets from the “Novacane” singer’s letter:

Whoever you are, wherever you are..I’m starting to think we’re a lot alike. Human beings spinning on blackness. All wanting to be seen, touched, paid attention to…4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realised I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with.

To my mother. You raised me strong. I know I’m only brave because you were first. So thank you. All of you. For everything good. I feel like a free man.

Tyler, the Creator showed his support of his friend and collaborator via Twitter:

My big brother finally f—ing did that. Proud of that n—a cause I know that sh– is difficult or whatever. Anyway. I’m a toilet.

Russel Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam records, also praised Ocean:

I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.

Rep Ja Clothing Line is Back with Their Summer Collection!

Caribbean Lifestyle streetwear brand RepJA is back with their hot new summer collection. “inspired by the gritty streets of Jamaica, this line salutes Jamaica’s 50 year independence and 50 years of strength within the Island culture. With their eye catching phrases and edgy designs, the slick imagery narrates an inner city story. Sure to cause a scorcher with their new line, RepJA continues to be a force to be reckoned with.

Some past and present celebrities to wear their clothing includes:
Wiz Khalifah,Serani, Mavado, DJ Green Lantern, Verse Simmonds, Kardinal Offishall, Chi-Ching Ching, That Kid Daytona, Miss Jamaica Cindy Wright, BET’s Buttahman, Max Glazer & Kenny Meez (federation sound)**

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Stereo Boyz – Snatcheese (Free Mp3)

About Stereo Boyz:

The Stereo Boyz consist of members Mixo (aka Applauze Beetz) and Mic Audio (aka Perfect Hell). Before becoming the super group Stereo Boyz, they were a part of the “Rhyme Asylum” (1999 – 2008), a group that claimed a reputation of being one of Detroit’s most hardcore underground rap groups. Performing since a young age, the two MCs have created an undeniable stage presence; they master the ceremony, and in countless freestyle competitions The Stereo Boyz have earned the respect of every emcee they came across.

With Mixo coming from Detroit and Mic Audio from Chicago they have created a perfect fusion of the Midwest. Combining strong lyrics with catchy hooks, their sound merges the best of both worlds: clever rhymes and beats that any hip hop fan will nod their head or move their feet to.The mixtape Sound Check Vol 1 was their first group effort and has earned praises from rap fans worldwide, as well as Mic Audios following solo project Biblical Fearical. The Stereo Boyz dropped their EP “Live from the Ghettoblaster” on January 22nd, and their highly anticipated debut album Radio Heads was set to be released last summer. Constantly in the studio recording and working on new beats and rhymes, the group has several mixtapes from all group members coming out, making it impossible to be slept on.

The Stereo Boyz represent the past, present, & future of Detroit Hip-Hop. Their combination of Detroit Motown and Chicago’s House & Electro Pop sound has created a midwest masterpiece. Now it’s time to share that masterpiece with the world.

About the Song:

The Stereo Boyz love Music. It’s what they do 24/7, with a passion and drive that is rare in an industry where many artists expect opportunities to be handed to them. These two Detroit MCs are on a daily grind, and while recording their new album “Carz, Clubz and Theaterz”, putting together new show sets, booking overseas tours and performing, somehow they find time to make tracks like “Snatcheese”, which was produced, written, recorded and released in just one night. “It’s for the fans”, they explain: “We just want to give them great music”. To make the wait for “Carz, Clubz and Theaterz” seem a little bit shorter, here’s the freeby “Snatcheese”:

Stream / Download: http://soundcloud.com/thestereoboyz/stereo-boyz-snatcheese

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Links: www.StereoBoyz.com



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Atlanta, GA—July 2, 2012—Bambi, the Lipstick Gang Boss, releases her sophmore mixtape, “Shimmer” July 4th 2012 at livemixtapes.com. Shimmer has a bi-coastal vibe, with lot’s of different styles; it consists of features only by underground Artists from the Dirty South, to the Midwest and of course the West Coast, she’ll always represent Compton which is where she’s from. You will hear features from up and coming Indie Artists’ such as Fly Tye, Joseph Foreal, Luey V, Nina Blanka, Tez Banga, T Husstle, Levi Leer and more.

Upon releasing her first mixtape Bamlanta, the reviews were quite impressive for a debut release. She’s had hundreds of downloads and thousands of views and she has released countless viral videos which helped her secure paid shows and appearances in various markets throughout the U.S.  In addition, she won the top spot on Hot 107.9’s Battleground Radio seven days in a row with her single Look at yo Body ft. Cap Richie of the Duffle Bag Boyz.

Being a female Artist doesn’t come with ease, but Bambi’s progress is rapid and is soon to be a legacy in the Rap arena.  Keep your eyes and ears open, she’s the next to blow.

For booking please contact: BambiBooking@gmail.com

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Jay-Z Pulls a Kanye on…Kanye

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At the BET awards, it was announced that the Best Video of the Year award went to Kanye West and Jay-Z for the duo’s track “Otis”. Before the pair made their way to the stage to accept their award, they hugged their respective dates: Kim Kardashian and Beyonce.

Kanye clutched the award, approached the mic and began “I want to thank BET…” at which point Jay-Z stepped up and cut him off with ‘Excuse me Kanye I am going to let you continue…’

The joke was a flashback from the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when Kanye, with a little help from Hennessy, jumped on stage and grabbed the mic from Taylor Swift, who was accepting her Best Female Award for “You Belong to Me”, and said ‘Yo Taylor. I’m really happy for you, I’m going to let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.’

There was a huge uproar from seemingly everyone and even elicited a response from President Obama who called him a “jackass”. After time, an apology on Kanye’s blog, and way too many parodies, Kanye’s reputation seemed to heal.

Jay-Z’s good-natured joke on his friend was taken well by Kanye who in response said “‘I am trying to defend your girl man!” Although it’s rumored that the two don’t get along anymore, Jay-Z shared a laugh and a hug with a slightly embarrassed Kanye while Beyonce giggled in her seat.

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