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Otis Redding’s Daughter On “Otis”

July 25, 2011

When did you first hear about “Otis”?


We first heard about the song in early July, end of June. Concord Music Group has the masters and Bill Belmont and Michele Smith from Concord brought it to us. There was a back and forth about whether the name of the song would be “Otis” or “Otis Redding.” And we just wanted to make sure lyrics and references in the song worked with the legacy of my father. To have two current, legendary artists use the legendary music of Otis Redding-we were quite honored.

Late June to now — that’s a pretty quick turnaround, isn’t it?


It was pretty fast and all came together really quick. With these talented musicians they have so many songs. It’s not until it comes time to pull together a project and they know what songs are going to be on the album that they look to get all the clearances before the song leaks. They brought it to us first and we really appreciate that respect.

Did you ever meet with Jay-Z or West during the process?


No, we never met with them. It all went through the record companies. That’s the nature of the business and it’s probably better that way. [If we met with them], we would probably bring more personal considerations into it. But this is a wonderful opportunity. We really like the song and the swagger elements that are in the song. It speaks to the star that Otis was in his day.

Teyana Taylor Talks Working With Kanye West

November 28, 2010

She speaks on added last minute vocals to “Dark Fantasy” & “Hell Of A Life”

 

“He loved it. I’m just so happy that he believed in me to give me that opportunity to open up his album. That’s a big deal. I clearly did something right because just the next day me and ‘Ye was back in the studio. He brought all my hard work to life. I thank Kanye every single day.”

Eminem Rolling Stone Interview Excerpt

November 8, 2010

Below is an excerpt from the article:

Do you think it’s hard for you to trust women?
I have trust issues. With women, friends, whatever. You always wonder what their real motives are. I’ve got a small circle of friends, and it’s a lot of the same friends I’ve known forever. Right now, that works for me. I came out of some difficult things these past couple of years. I kind of feel like I’m just now finding my footing. So I want to make sure that’s secure before I go out and do anything else. I need to keep working on myself for a while.

What about your love life? Do you date?
Not really. As far as going out, like dinner and a movie—I just can’t. Going out in public is just too crazy. I mean, I’d like to be in a relationship again someday. Who doesn’t? It’s just hard to meet new people, in my position.

The issue hits newsstands Friday.

 

Excerpts From Jay-Z’s Book "Decoded"

November 4, 2010

The NY Post has a couple of excerpts from Jay’s book DECODED.

* His First Arrest
Jay-Z’s first arrest came at age 16. He was dealing in Trenton, because his friend “Hill” had a supplier there. Hill had enrolled in the local high school, and one day when Jay-Z went to meet him, he got caught with crack in his pockets on the campus. Since he had no prior arrests, the police let him go, but they confiscated his supply. In order to make up the cash to the supplier, Jay-Z had to go back to Marcy and deal crack 60 hours straight — three days in a row, he writes. He kept awake by “eating cookies and writing rhymes on the back of brown paper bags.”

had A1 credit, got more crack
from the first to the fifth, gave it all back
if, I’m not a hustler what you call that?
This is before rap, this is all fact

After the jump, the “99 Problems” incident and Jay vs. Lance Un Rivera.

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Excerpts From Jay-Z’s Book “Decoded”

November 4, 2010

The NY Post has a couple of excerpts from Jay’s book DECODED.

* His First Arrest
Jay-Z’s first arrest came at age 16. He was dealing in Trenton, because his friend “Hill” had a supplier there. Hill had enrolled in the local high school, and one day when Jay-Z went to meet him, he got caught with crack in his pockets on the campus. Since he had no prior arrests, the police let him go, but they confiscated his supply. In order to make up the cash to the supplier, Jay-Z had to go back to Marcy and deal crack 60 hours straight — three days in a row, he writes. He kept awake by “eating cookies and writing rhymes on the back of brown paper bags.”

had A1 credit, got more crack
from the first to the fifth, gave it all back
if, I’m not a hustler what you call that?
This is before rap, this is all fact

After the jump, the “99 Problems” incident and Jay vs. Lance Un Rivera.

(more…)

R. Kelly: “‘Best Of Both Worlds’ Was For Me & Tupac At First”

October 30, 2010

I wish it would have happened…You can read the rest in XXL’s November Issue.

“Well ‘I Wish’ was basically about Tupac at first. I met Tupac in L.A.- the [Hotel Nikko], and he was rolling by in his drop-top whatever hot car. I seen him, and I yelled out, “‘Pac! ‘Pac!” He was driving by, rolling by himself. I’m like, ‘This nigga got a lot of balls to be rolling by hisself!” So we kicked it for a minute, I said “Dude, we need to do an album.” See, The Best Of Both Worlds was for me and Pac at first. “I Wish” was gonna be the first song we were gonna do.”

"Mase Is A Bitch" – Big L's Brother

October 28, 2010

Big L’s brother speaks with Vibe about his brother, Jay-Z, & how much of a bitch Betha is

Mase and Cam both went onto to find mainstream success. Did L remain close with them after their group Children of the Corn disbanded?

Well, L was the first one out, but his career didn’t take off first. Then Mase got that deal with Puff, he started acting stupid. I had to run Mase off the block because his head got way too big for his body. You see, all these guys looked up to Lamont.

What happened with Mase?

Mase is a bitch, a straight bitch. I couldn’t believe some of the shit he was saying on the radio. I have no type of respect for that dude. And I would love to speak to him face to face. I actually reached out to him and he told me I need to find God. He’s fake, man. He ain’t into the religion for real. That dude has always been running. He’s scared. Basically, his head got too big for his damn body. I was the one to run him out of 140th street. He was talking so much shit and talking down to people. He must have forgot who he was around. Well, one day he started talking crazy when I was right there on the block and told him I was going to punch him in the mouth and of course he ran, called his boys. And then he went over to Lamont and L told me to chill, saying Mase was aight. But I told L he can’t come back to the block, so that’s when Mase started hanging on Lenox.

 

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