In a Q & A interview with The Urban Daily, Shyne was asked about his upcoming albums, which led to talks about LA Reid and Def Jam. Here’s what he had to say….

I understand you have two albums dropping this year. Is that correct?

Not this year. I’m not coming out until first quarter, like March.

One will be under Def Jam and the other under Cash Money?

Right now I don’t know what I’m doing with Def Jam. It’s a new chairman over at Univesral Music Group, so I don’t know what’s happening over there.

You’re talking about Lucian Grainge who replaced Doug Morris?

Yeah, and I know LA Reid ain’t gonna be there no more. I don’t know what’s happening over there. It all depends on who takes over and his commitment to hip-hop music. I think that’s why…. It’s really tricky. I don’t like to judge nobody or throw anyone under the bus, but I don’t think there was a strong commitment to hip-hop from LA Reid. I was on my way out the door a few times and he begged me to stay. Now that he’s leaving, that’s definitely the door opening for me to spin off myself, you dig. I don’t know the direction they’re going in. I don’t know if they’re gonna put another guy in there that don’t care about hip-hop music. You understand? We need people like Russell [Simmons] and Lyor [Cohen] and Jimmy Iovine, people that bled and got their hands dirty and were in the trenches. We need the Eisenhowers that are gonna be there on the warfield with us to keep this going, and L.A. Reid wasn’t that. I’m interested to see who they’re gonna put in there. If anything, I might do everything through Cash Money or somebody else, but it’s a real question mark with Def Jam right now.

Looks like Nas wasn’t the only one to write a letter to Def Jam. Shyne also wrote one titled “Def Jam Is Dying”. Check out more about the letter and full interview at The Urban Daily

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Mood Muzik Mondays continue with this track featuring Crooked I. Mood Muzik 4 is due out October 26 via internet, and in stores November 6

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Video: DJ Premier Calls Out Nas

While in Africa, DJ Premier took time to shout out Nas for a collabo album. Hopefully Nas responds and Hip Hop heads will be one step closer to a dream come true. *crosses fingers*

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N.E.R.D- “Nothing” (Artwork + Tracklist)

New album from N.E.R.D drops on November 2nd. Here is what you can expect…

1. “Party People” feat. T.I.
2. “Hypnotize U”
3. “Help Me”
4. “Victory”
5. “Perfect Defect”
6. “I’ve Seen the Light” / “Inside of Clouds” (Interlude)
7. “God Bless Us All”
8. “Life as a Fish”
9. “Nothing on You”
10. “Hot-N-Fun” feat. Nelly Furtado

Deluxe Edition
11. “It’s in the Air”
12. “Sacred Temple”
13. “I Wanna Jam”
14. “The Man”


Video: Eminem On 60 Minutes (Sneek Peek)

Eminem will appear on 60 Minutes on Sunday night. In the preview clip above, he talks about there being no profanity in his household. Check out the other preview clip after the jump where he tells Anderson Cooper how he’d create a rhyme with the word “orange.”




Hosted by DJ Superstar Jay, the tape will include never heard before songs. With production from Swizz Beatz, Needlez, Sonario, and more. The mixtape is set to drop on Stack’s Birthday, October 21st. Squad Up!!


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Looks like there’s no need for Lupe fans to protest anymore. Yesterday after meeting with Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records finally gave Lupe a release date of March 8, 2011 for his third album, Lasers. Now…let’s see if this date holds up.


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Video: Busta Talks Battle Against Jay-Z

During Busta’s MTV RapFix Live session, he spoke about when him and Jay attended the same high school in Brooklyn, where he once battled Jay-Z in the school’s cafeteria.

“One day, somebody came up to me and was like, ‘Yo, Hov is in the cafeteria. They weren’t calling him Hov at the time; they were calling him Jay. ‘Do you want to step to him on some rhyme sh–?’ So I go. At the time, when we were rhyming, it was speed rap. That was the thing to do. I knew how to freak it, and he knew how to freak it. And at the time, he was so ill, ’cause of the people he was with at the time, Jaz-O and them, it was their thing [that style]. He kind of got the best of the situation. I got to give it up. He was so ill and his arsenal was so long that he had more than what I did. I spit my one rap, and my tank was empty real fast. He came with two or three after that, and I was like, ‘Here we go.’ But I gave it my best. That was probably the fist time that I lost a battle that mattered. [Jay-Z] always exemplified greatness as an MC. He was a scientist with it.”

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