This week, The Roots released their new album undun, which HipHopDX bestowed with a perfect rating. Jay-Z held a press conference where he announced two charity concerts at Carnegie Hall for 2012, and irked Fred Hampton, Jr. with a line from “Murder to Excellence.” Young Jeezy revealed the tracklists for his upcoming album TM103: Hustlerz Ambition, while 50 Cent dropped his new mixtape The Big 10 and signed female rapper Paris to his G-Unit imprint. Additionally, Shawn Pen spoke with DX about the infamous 1994 Tupac Shakur shooting at Quad Studios and on his relationship with Notorious B.I.G.
The Roots Score Perfect Rating For “undun,” Celebrate Release In NYC
This week, The Roots released their thirteenth album undun, proving to be one of their best LPs to date. In honor of the group knocking out a perfect concept record, HipHopDX bestowed the album with a perfect rating. “undun is not an album for the faint of heart, nor is it an album for the one-dimensional Hip Hop aficionado,” writes Kathy Iandoli, Music Editor at DX. To celebrate the album’s release, the Philly crew hit Highline Ballroom in New York City, New York where they were joined by Big K.R.I.T. to perform the single “Make My.”
Jay-Z Announces Carnegie Hall Concerts, Irks Fred Hampton, Jr.
On the cut “Murder to Excellence,” Jay-Z raps, “I arrived on the day Fred Hampton died / Uh, real niggas just multiply.” The line rubbed Hampton’s son Fred Hampton, Jr. the wrong way, prompting him to call the rapper “Slave-Z” and explain his gripe. “Fred Hampton didn’t die; he was assassinated,” said Hampton Jr. “Saying Fred Hampton died is like the school teacher telling students that Christopher Columbus discovered America.” Outside of the controversy, Hov announced two charity concerts at New York City, New York’s Carnegie Hall for 2012, and hinted that another Watch the Throne album could be in the works.
Young Jeezy Preps “TM 103,” Says It’s Last In The Series
Young Jeezy is currently prepping for the release of his oft-delayed album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition, dropping December 20th. This week, the Snowman premiered his documentary in Atlanta, Georgia, where we were on hand to catch it all go down. Later in the week, he released the third trailer for the flick, and revealed the standard and deluxe tracklists for the LP. He also touched the controversy with “OJ,” and said that his upcoming album will be the last in the “Thug Motivation” series.
50 Cent Drops New Mixtape “The Big 10,” Shares Advice For Dr. Dre
50 Cent dropped his highly anticipated new mixtape The Big 10 yesterday, introducing listeners to his newest G-Unit signee Paris and tiding them over until his fifth album arrives. Fif also revealed that he’s got a workout book slated for January 2013, and further spoke on shifts in music marketing and his SMS Audio venture. Aside from his own ventures, the G-Unit general revealed his advice for Dr. Dre for Detox, and how it’s impacted his own career.
Shawn Pen Speaks On Quad Studios Attack On Tupac Shakur
Shawn Pen, formerly known as Little Shawn, spoke with HipHopDX this week, reflecting on meeting and working with Notorious B.I.G. and being tied to the infamous 1994 Tupac Shakur shooting at Quad Studios. In his candid interview, Shawn said that he’s unaware of who Dexter Isaac is and that he was originally included on a demo version of “Against All Odds.” He also touched on meeting and working with Notorious B.I.G. and witnessing him freestyle.
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