The deluxe edition of Ne-Yo's new album, "R.E.D.," will feature a collaboration with Fabolous and Diddy, titled "Should Be You." The song was produced by Salaam Remi. You can pre-order a physical copy of the deluxe edition on Amazon.com and a digital copy on Amazon.com and iTunes.
The last time that I mentioned anything about i SQUARE as a group, it was in July of 2011, when group member Destiny revealed that their album was near completion.
Since then, there has been no news and it is clear from the Twitter profiles of the individual members of the group that they are now focused on their solo efforts.
Destiny is now recording and releasing music as Donna Glytch. Her Twitter profile says that she "belonged to Interscope's i SQUARE... now solo." Meanwhile, Briddy, 10beats and Mike Jay have all been working on various independent projects.
I sent a couple of Twitter messages to group members, asking them if i SQUARE was on hiatus or if the group was no more and I did not receive a reply. At the very least, it appears that the group is on the back burner. But, given Glytch's bio remarking that she formerly belonged to the group, it may be more than that.
in line with this, I will be concluding the coverage of i SQUARE here on Bad Boy Blog. If anything changes that is related to Bad Boy, we'll have an update.
On Twitter, Los announced that his "Becoming King" mixtape will be released on November 29.
"Becoming King" will feature collaborations with Diddy, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, Fabolous, Twista, Juicy J, Problem, Jeremih, Lola Monroe, Trae Tha Truth, Red Cafe, Cory Gunz, Joe Budden, Paypa and more.
Philadelphia radio station Power99 hosted Powerhouse 2012 last weekend. French Montana and Machine Gun Kelly performed. During his set, Big Sean brought Montana out for "Mula," which was featured on his "Detroit" mixtape. Montana released the clip below via his YouTube channel.
For Halloween this year, Diddy dressed as iconic singer Prince. Meanwhile, sons Justin Combs and Quincy Brown went as Prince Jr. and Waldo Eazy, respectively. You can view a picture from Quincy's Instagram.
"Sean Combs sustained multiple injuries in yesterdayís car accident including to his neck, ribs and collarbone. He is currently receiving treatment for these injuries from his physicians and would like to thank all of his fans for the outpouring of support that he has received since the accident."
According to the RIAA's searchable database, the song was certified on October 22 for 500,000 units sold in the United States. This marks the second time in as many months that Bad Boy has had a single certified gold by the trade group. Machine Gun Kelly's "Wild Boy" earned the distinction on September 13.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today. It has the second week positions for Machine Gun Kelly's "Lace Up" album. Meanwhile, French Montana's "Pop That" holds firm, reaching a new high on the Hot 100 with a one spot gain.
TMZ is reporting that Diddy was involved in a serious car accident earlier today. According to law enforcement sources, Diddy, his driver and the other party all complained of pain, but no one was sent to the hospital. As of this moment, Diddy's last tweet was 4 hours ago, which would have been prior to the accident.
Earlier this month, Los announced that he would soon be releasing a new single, "Turn Up," featuring T-Pain. He included a single cover and an altered version of that cover is currently his avatar on Twitter.
In the clip below, released on the rappers YouTube channel, Los previewed a new song which the video description refers to as "Dope." In addition, the description mentioned his upcoming mixtape, "Becoming King."
On schedule, Machine Gun Kelly has released part one of his "Lace Up - The Documentary," taking you behind the scenes on his journey to his first album. As you can expect, the clip is not suitable for all audiences. It was directed by Spordy19XX. Watch below.
In the clip below, released last week, Machine Gun Kelly makes in-store appearances to promote his album on release day. What follows is a bunch of memorable interactions with fans mixed with video of fans expressing their appreciation for the rapper.
It's been a long time since Bad Boy released any information regarding Ness. Since I've covered them, Bad Boy has never done a good job of communicating comings and goings at the label.
But, here at Bad Boy Blog, I tend to maintain coverage until we receive some sort of confirmation. When all parties are silent, I try to maintain coverage because, even if there is a long period of silence, it's not for me to say who is and isn't affiliated with the label.
Recently, Ness participated in a freestyle battle and some of the coverage referred to him as a former Bad Boy artist. So, I thought that it might be a good time to revisit this again, especially since the rapper is active on Twitter again.
I reached out to him today and he confirmed that he has been officially released from Bad Boy. Best of luck to Ness in his future endeavors.
According to Machine Gun Kelly, part 1 of his "Lace Up - The Documentary" video feature will be released on October 23. It promises to take you behind the scenes during the making of the rapper's debut album, which was released on October 9.
According to a tweet sent by Diddy and Bad Boy-affiliated talent manager James Cruz, and retweeted by French Montana, the rapper's single "Pop That" has gone gold.
When someone says that an artist has gone gold, they are usually indicating one of two things: that the song or album has sold at least 500,000 units or that it has been certified gold by the RIAA, signifying 500,000 copies solid in the United States through tracked retail outlets. The song has not yet been added to the RIAA's searchable database, but that often happens after the artists themselves have been informed. The Daddy's House Recording Studios Facebook page labeled it as "gold certified." Once it is added to the RIAA database, we'll have an update.
In August, DJ Khaled released his new album, "Kiss the Ring." The album featured "I Did it For My Dawgz," a collaboration with French Montana that also had guest spots from Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Jadakiss. According to DJ Khaled, a visual has been shot. No word on when it might be released.
Here are Bad Boy's positions on the most recent Billboard U.S. album and single charts, released today, featuring the debut positions for Machine Gun Kelly's new album, "Lace Up." Meanwhile, French Montana's "Pop That" holds firm, maintaining a #1 on the Rap Airplay chart.
Billboard reports that Machine Gun Kelly's debut album, "Lace Up," will debut on the Billboard 200 at #4, having sold 51,000 copies in retail outlets tracked by Nielsen SoundScan.
On Twitter, MGK compared the debut to where "Wild Boy" debuted (and peaked) on the Hot 100 singles chart, at #98. But, a slightly more apt comparison might be where his EP album, "Half Naked & Almost Famous," debuted. It came in at #46 with 8,519 copies sold.
In a new interview with HipHopDX, he says that he apologized to Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, over those remarks.
DX: I asked if you wanted to retract at all those statements to Semtex because I know recently you felt compelled to withdraw your previous statements about hating ďInvincible.Ē I understand you actually called [Interscope Records CEO] Jimmy Iovine and basically apologized for saying that?
MGK: No, no, I had seen him in person and did that. Iím more of like an in-person type guy. ...
DX: I got a feeling you never apologized to your manager at Fuddruckers. [Laughs]
MGK: No, no Ö. That was my only [boss I've apologized to]. You know why that was my only one? Because, genuinely he is a musician. So itís like, regardless, Jimmy Iovine is a musician. That was something I had got to know. When I was in his office before Ė which is a rare thing for an artist to be Ė I was just like [in awe]. I mean, heís been around since f*****í Lennon, man. [Anybody] that was f*****í with John Lennon you canít really question that type of s***. I mean, you can, Ďcause obviously I did. But, you definitely know when not to bite the hand that is willing to feed you.
I think thatís the biggest part of being a soldier is that. Iím not trying to be one of those guys that just blames the label for mishaps in my career. At the end of the day, like I said, I started this shit organically and Iím gonna continue that. So if I fuck up itís on me.
Bad Boy is now servicing DJs and online outlets with a new cut of the remix, coming in at 4:17, that features Diddy's verse as the opener, followed by Ross, followed by a verse from 2 Chainz that was on the original.
Machine Gun Kelly, voice fatigued from performances, appearances and interviews, appeared on this evening's 106 & Park on BET. He performed "See My Tears" before a short interview. He said that a lot of people are enjoying "D3mons," his collaboration with DMX and that he feels that "Lace Up" may be the type of album that is appreciated more in the years to come.
In an interview with Complex, French Montana said beef was bad for business and referenced the 50 Cent/Rick Ross disputes as an example.
How did you get all these people? You seem to be able to secure a lot of relationships.
Iím the underdog and everybody wants the underdog to win. I feel like people have seen where I come from. When you come around me, itís not fake, itís the real. I guess a lot of people you be around, itís not really them. Itís their man thatís sitting next to them, whispering in his ear every two minutes, telling him what to do.
You know if you follow our history youíll know itís like, from when we started until now, weíve been good. Weíre not the hottest, weíre not number one, but guess what? Everyday that goes by, we getting bigger and bigger. So I would rather do that, then come in and have a short run. Iíd rather have a Cash Money run. Not to say that in a bad way, but 50 Cent could have been a lot bigger.
Of course. I feel like beef hurt him. I feel like it helped Ross unite people. Thatís why Maybach Music is one of the biggest labels. It just makes sense.
Do you think Ross will have a longer run than 50 did?
Of course, Ross is on his fifth album. And like I said, heís only getting bigger. This is going to be Rossí first platinum album. He never went platinum. So when 50 came up, 50 sold 10 million. Then after his first album he just kept on going down. You think 50 could come out and sell 10 million now?
French Montana recently revealed that Mac Miller and Curren$y would appear on his upcoming album, "Excuse My French."
According to a message he posted on Twitter, a collaboration with the two rappers appeared online. He says it was leaked and that it wasn't the real mix. So, he provided a link to Trap TV, where you can download it. Listen and download below.
In an interview with Complex, French Montana revealed some more details about his upcoming album, "Excuse My French."
Previously, he had said that Lana Del Ray and Wiz Khalifa would be on the album. Not only that, but now we know they will be on the same song. You can add Mac Miller, Curren$y, Mase (which he hinted at), Movado and Fabolous to the list.
Specifically he mentioned a song with Diddy, Jeremiah (perhaps Jeremih?) and Fabolous and another song with Lil' Wayne and Ross, "Marble Floors." On the production end, Rico Love and Harry Fraud.
The winners for the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012 have been announced and Diddy did not come away with the Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse award. He had been nominated for his verse on Future's "Same Damn Time (Remix)." But, 2 Chainz won the award for his contribution to G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy."
French Montana's biggest hit to date, "Pop That" samples a 2 Live Crew single "I Wanna Rock," specifically vocals from Uncle Luke. When he heard it, he says he knew it was a hit. He then joked about getting paid for the sample and said he'd talk to Diddy after the performance. Watch below.
Future began his set with "Turn Off the Lights" before transitioning to "Same Damn Time." But, it wasn't the album cut, it was the remix. Diddy rose from beneath the stage, spotlight shining, to recite his verse with Los and Future serving as hype men.
After he finished, Machine Gun Kelly floated down from the rafters for "Wild Boy," working from the stage and climbing up into an area where people were seating. All while everyone was rocking to the song.
The final song was French Montana's "Pop That." Uncle Luke, who is sampled on the hit's chorus, came out for his part and Montana emerged. As he performed his opening verse, everyone was on stage: Diddy, Los, MGK, Luke, Montana and Future. The set concluded with an explosion of fire. Diddy, throughout the set, proclaimed that Bad Boy was back.
"Lace Up," the major label debut LP from Machine Gun Kelly, was released today. The 13 song album (17 for the deluxe edition) features collaborations with Avenged Sevenfold members M. Shadows and Synyster Gates, Bun B, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil' Jon, DMX, Tech N9ne, Twista, Young Jeezy, Cassie and more.
When Bad Boy has in town for the BET Hip-Hop Awards, Diddy, Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana and Los stopped by Atlanta's V-103 to talk with Greg Street. During the interview, Los did his freestyle challenge thing. Watch below.
Rick Ross has released his new mixtape, "The Black Bar Mitzvah." According to the track list on the back cover included in the download, "Birthday" is supposed to feature Diddy. Unfortunately, it doesn't.
On October 9, Best Buy will be offering an exclusive bundle of Machine Gun Kelly's "Lace Up." With the deluxe edition of the CD, the bundle will include a t-shirt and temporary tattoo. You can view a picture of the shirt and order online.
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In an interview with HotNewHipHop, Machine Gun Kelly was asked who he'd like to collaborate with on his next project, that he wasn't able to work with on "Lace Up." He mentioned Eminem, Radiohead and Christina Aguilera. Other topics include the dangers of partying too much, the sound of his album and more.
In the clip below, shot at the Bad Boy dinner prior to the BET Hip-Hop Awards, Diddy presents Machine Gun Kelly with a gold plaque for "Wild Boy." The single was certified gold by the RIAA in mid-September. The look on MGK's face, when he realizes it is his single, is priceless.
Earlier this week, Machine Gun Kelly released the trailer for the "Lace Up" documentary, which will document the making of his album. Check out a clip from the documentary below, where Machine Gun Kelly and DMX meet and collaborate for "D3mons," a cut from the album.
Machine Gun Kelly appeared on MTV's RapFix Live on Wednesday for a really solid interview with Sway.
They talked about MGK being "more positive" and evolving as a person, what he saw at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, what happened at the Microsoft store and more. He also talked politics with Ryan Leslie, offered advice to Red Pill and performed a verse from the album. Watch all of the clips below.
Notorious gossip site MediaTakeOut.com is reporting that Diddy and 50 Cent engaged in a verbal altercation that almost turned physical, after the pair were making jokes aimed at one another.
I normally wouldn't mention a story reported by MTO, but Los addressed it on Twitter today, so I wanted to highlight that. Los said that the story was "false" and that he was there and "so was our camera man." He had posted an image from MTO on Instagram. That Instagram post has since been deleted, but the tweet remains.
Machine Gun Kelly has released the trailer for a documentary centered around the making of his "Lace Up" album, which will be released on October 9. According to Complex, part one of the documentary should be out later this week. For now, the trailer is below.