*The goings on at New York’s No. 1 radio station 97.1 WQHT will be seen in a new VH1 half-hour reality series, titled “This Is Hot 97.”
In addition to the personalities in the cast — Ebro, Angie Martinez, Funkmaster Flex, Rosenberg — the show will feature cameos from some music acts who stop by for interviews, like Macklemore, Wale, Rick Ross, and Kanye West.
“This Is Hot 97” will premiere March 31 at 10:30 p.m. Watch the trailer below:
*Folks are already calling August 12, 2013 – the day hip hop boldly returned to its roots.
Monday night saw the release of Big Sean’s single “Control,” a leftover track originally recorded for his upcoming album “Hall of Fame.” But the headlines on Tuesday focused on a verse of the song delivered by guest rapper Kendrick Lamar that fires warning shots against his rap peers…including Big Sean.
“I’m usually homeboys with the same n—-s i’m rhymin with/ But this is hip-hop and them n—-s should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n—-s/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s/ They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n—as,” K-Dot rapped with an extra grit to his already gravelly voice. [BTW, Jay Electronica is also features on “Control.”]
Big Sean told Rap-Up.com of the track: “Of course Kendrick spazzed on it, of course Jay Elec spazzed on it,” said Sean. “I feel like we all added our own flavors to it. I knew what it was for hip-hop culture. I knew how important it was.”
Rap artists from all over have since been flooding Twitter weighing in with their own reactions since the track debuted on New York DJ Funk Master Flex’s Hot 97 radio show. “I never really tweet about music. But good lord.. @kendricklamar just like.. Bodied everyones entire year’s worth of raps lol,” Just Blaze wrote in awe.
“I hear u loud and clear my n—a… @kendricklamar,” Pusha T tweeted right after the song was released.
Veteran hip-hop producer Pete Rock crowned the performance “illest verse of the year,” while Missy Elliott took to the social networking site to thank the good kid for forcing rap artists “2 be Lyrical and have substance again.”
Bun B also applauded the young MC. “Every rapper is supposed to feel like Kendrick feels as far as wanting to murder n—as on the mic. That’s why I wrote my ‘Murder’ verse,” he wrote referencing his 1996 track with fallen UGK partner Pimp C.
Not everyone was a fan however, in particular Lupe Fiasco. “Y’all know y’all easily impressed. Bar so low you need a shovel to get at it,” he wrote from his private account before he humorously ghost wrote rap responses for MCs like Drake, Jay Z and Rick Ross.
Joe Budden questioned the pride of Big Apple MCs. “A Cali n—a just said he’s the King of NY & u n—as so f—ing worried about your relationships, y’all make me sick,” he messaged. “Where’s old NY !???!”
So who will be the first to lyrically respond to Kendrick’s call-out? Fabolous seems to already be on the case. “Any studios open yet?,” he tweeted early Tuesday morning.
“Control” didn’t make Hall of Fame because of a sample clearance issue, but Sean is trying to make it available on the digital version of the album, due August 27. “We’re trying to work out something where it could at least work digitally. I really fought for that too, man.”
As for reaction to the song, “I haven’t seen a hip-hop song stir up this much excitement in years really,” said Sean. … “I think that name dropping really took it over the top for sure.”
According to a press release for the network, “The series will share the lives of seven women who supported their former husbands/boyfriends before the fame and wealth made them the men they are today.
They devoted their time, money, and support to the men they loved. Now, these women are working on moving forward and starting over on their own, with a new focus on creating a path in life that will give themselves and their children the security and success they know they deserve.”
Josie Harris, the ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and mother of his three children
The ex-wife of New York DJ Funkmaster Flex and rapper Maino also star in the series.
Filming is slated to start later this month for a premiere date in early 2013.
Four hour-long episodes have been ordered, and are being produced by NOLA.
The full cast is listed below:
· Zakia Baum: Ex-girlfriend of Jermaine “Maino” Coleman; mother of his son.
· Cheryl Caruso: Ex-wife of mobster Phillip Caruso, and mother of his 2 daughters.
· Josie Harris: Ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather; mother of his three children.
· Monica Joseph-Taylor: soon to be ex-wife of Aston “Funkmaster Flex” Taylor; mother to his two children.
· Liza Morales: Ex-girlfriend of Lamar Odom; mother of his three children.
· Tashera Simmons: Ex-wife of Earl “DMX” Simmons; mother of four of his children.
· Shaniqua Tompkins: Ex-girlfriend of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and mother of his son.
Somehow, rumors, like all of them, started somewhere in the deep, dark abyss of Lie-dom that she was killed while locked away in her prison cell. The rumor became so widely spread that her Wikipedia page had an entry about her death for a moment.
The 31-year-old spoke to Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex about the tall tale, saying that the rumors reached the prison causing a bit of a disturbance.
“I heard I was dead and all types of craziness. People are crazy. They have nothing to do with their lives sometimes and they just say things and it gets out of control and other people say it and I don’t know,” she said. “I just know they were looking for me crazy all throughout the prison and I was happy I wasn’t out-of-pocket.”
Remy is currently serving 8 years after being placed behind bars in connection to a shooting in 2008.
*Nicki Minaj called in to New York City’s Hot 97 on Monday night to address her beef with the station’s DJ that caused her to pull out of its annual Summer Jam concert in New Jersey.
According to MTV, she demanded that her phone conversation with DJ Funkmaster Flex be aired uncut and unedited. [Scroll down to listen.]
As previously reported, Lil Wayne sent out a brief tweet that read, “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” Word had gotten back to Weezy that Hot 97 personality Peter Rosenberg had disrespected Minaj, calling her single “Starships” “wack” and panning it for not being “real hip-hop.”
To fans who were not at the show or watching the Summer Jam live stream, the first indication that things had gone sour were a series of tweets from Minaj’s account such as, “Wow. U ni–az just f—ed up history. But the President has spoken. #YMCMB.”
During their heated discussion, which opened with Flex admitting that they’d already been arguing for an hour, Nicki Minaj was adamant in insisting that Rosenberg chose the wrong time and place to voice his negative opinions. “It’s not about his opinion, because I have opinions about DJs on Hot 97 and I have opinions on Hot 97,” she said. “But when it’s about us uniting people [for] your show, I wouldn’t dare come on your stage and say something negative about Hot 97, leading up to that concert.”
“My fans at Summer Jam didn’t appreciate his comments, nor did my fans who were watching the live stream appreciate his comments,” she added. “This is streaming to the world. Nicki Minaj opened up that stream to show to kids in London and Paris. It was hosted on my website and those requests came from your station. I posted the links.”
Flex countered that Nicki was overreacting when she listened to Lil Wayne and pulled out of the show, and he accused her of riling up fans on Twitter before dealing with the issue internally. But Minaj wasn’t having any of it, maintaining that what Weezy says goes.
“I don’t go against the president of my label. Before I had New York radio, I had Wayne,” she said emphatically. “I will never go against Wayne. I can’t believe after all these years, he’s still teaching me. After a man goes onstage and disrespects me and tries to rile people up, I still was going on that stage, and shame on me. Lil Wayne gave me a valuable lesson in self-worth. He tweeted before he called me, and when I spoke to him he said, ‘Nick, we ain’t doing that show.’ ”
Minaj explained that the attack felt extra-vindictive since she was the only woman on the roster (but not because she was the only woman on the roster), and plenty of yelling and screaming took place, sometimes punctuated by Minaj repeating Flex’s name slowly, in an effort to calm him down.
One final issue that she needed to address was Flex’s earlier radio rant, when he defended Rosenberg and Hot 97 and made questionable remarks about her music sales. “When you give stats to the world, people listen to you, and it’s important that people know Nicki Minaj is actually out here selling records, singles and making money for Universal,” she said, rattling off the sales numbers she’s raked in with “Pink Friday” and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” topping it off with, “I get money.”
It wouldn’t be completely accurate to say that things ended on a positive note, but it seems like Minaj had the upper hand here. Flex admitted that Rosenberg could’ve picked a better time to criticize her, and she still stuck by Wayne’s decision to pull her out of the show, reiterating, “This is my hometown. I wanted to come onstage for my fans, my Barbz, my babies.”
When Flex made one final joking attempt to get an apology out of her, you can probably guess the tone of her response. “Excuse me?” No radio station that allowed someone to disrespect me is getting an apology.”
*Nicki recently sat down with Funk Flexwhile on set of MTV 2?s Full Throttle to talk about one of her greatest ass-ets.
Hip hop car man Funkmaster Flex had the chance recently to get with Nicki Minaj. And guess what whasm on his mind? Probably the same thing you think about when see her hauling that big ol’ toosh of hers.
Flex asked if she gets annoyed with the constant questions and rumors regarding its ‘authenticity’.