Fam-Lay is working on his next mixtape, Dirty Music. The first track we’ve heard is called “War Music.” (Check out his myspace site)” ‘War Music’ is actually a sample from a song called ‘Fever’ that’s on the ‘Last King Of Scotland’ [soundtrack],” Fam said. “My man Shay [Haley] from N¤E¤R¤D used to play it all the time, and me and him would just be vibing off it. The beat is so crazy. I was like, ‘I’mma off of that joint,’ and I did a freestyle on it called ‘War Music,’ which is coming out on my mixtape Dirty Music. [The tape] is a collection of afro-funk, afro-beats. It was something funny to do. I’m doing the whole mixtape like that.”
The Clipse’s Re-Up Gang LP is done. August 5 is the release date. Nobody’s sitting on their hands, though. Pusha T says he and brother Malice are working with a gang of producers on their third duo LP. Kanye West is a name the brothers have their eyes on. Of course, Pharrell Williams has already been in the lab with the group. “We’re recording the Clipse album right now,” Pusha told us last week in New York on the set of N¤E¤R¤D’s “Everybody Nose” Remix video. Kanye and Lupe Fiasco were also present. “[We’re] working on ‘Till The Casket Drops, the third album. That drops this winter.
“For everybody who don’t know, we’re putting out The Clipse Presents: The Re-Up Gang through Koch [Records]. That’s the Re-Up Gang album, of course,” Pusha added. “You’ll love it, enjoy it. First single off there is ‘Fast Life.’ ‘Fast Life’ is just a celebration of the high life. A congratulations to all those who are still making it and living life to the fullest in this hard world that we’re living in.” His older brother, the lyrical menace Malice, simply described the record as “summertime fun with Scott Storch.” Scotty produced the song.
Skateboard P is running behind on his interviews. Posted up in New York’s Four Seasons hotel, the ProducerMC/Singer/Fashion Icon is promoting his latest venture with Converse – one that according to him is strictly creative. The recent genius of Pharrell Williams is one that has manifested itself in everything from N¤E¤R¤D and The Glow In The Dark Tour to his collabs with Madonna, Common, and the completely hushed Child Rebel Soldier (CRS) project. When Pharrell does emerge in the hotel room, he is clad in a buttoned down cardigan with a red baseball cap and shades – like an upgraded member of Boyz II Men. Pha-Real is appropriately sporting some studded Chuck Taylors and his diamond-encrusted wrist displays one of his G-Shock originals with his signature dude Milo displayed on the back. But Pharrell isn’t style over substance in the least.
Sure, he kicks back on the hotel sofa and waxes philosophical on everything from eating messy foods with a knife (caramel apples, corn on the cob, and ribs) to ducking any questions about his project with ‘Ye and them. The night before Pharrell finished filming the “Everyone Nose” Remix video and now after a long press day looks a bit tired. However, he is moved with energy when speaking about the fans, his army. That is one of the many aspects of Pharrell that separates him from other veterans in the Hip-Hop game. He’s 100% devoted to making music for the people. His animation and his smile when he speaks about his live shows let you know that no matter how many watches, sneakers, or fancy hotels with candy apples cross his path, his loyalty remains with his “army.” As for the rest, well, that’s interesting…
With all the recent news about Rick Ross used to be a prison guard, MTV News asked a few MCs if this created a rift between Ross and his fans that can’t be patched up? “I think real n—as won’t think so,” the Clipse’s Malice said when asked if this episode will hurt Ross’ credibility. “That don’t mean what he’s talking about [in his rhymes] ain’t true. The thing I wish is he came clean, if in fact that is him [in the photos]. ‘Cause you ain’t gotta make no excuses for whatever you did. You might have thought differently at one point in time. I don’t think that should discredit that man.” “I’m not even going to go that far into it,” said Mal’s brother, Pusha T. “I don’t know what it’s gonna do to him, what it can or what it should do to him. I know the hip-hop community has given passes for much [worse].”
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