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Rap Phenom Tech N9ne Discusses His Roots And New Metal-Edged EP “Therapy”

Rap Phenom Tech N9ne Discusses His Roots And New Metal-Edged EP “Therapy”

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Since first bursting on to the scene in 1990, TECH N9NE has risen through the ranks to become the most successful independent rapper. With well over two million records, garnered universal critical acclaim, scored a gold record for the single ‘Caribou Lou’, this self-made creative force has been sought out for collaborations by everybody from Lil Wayne to Five Finger Death Punch, and continues to pack venues worldwide. His latest studio album, “Something Else,” debuted #4 on Billboard 200 this past August. To top off a tremendous 2013, this rap mogul was recently named in Forbes’ “Hip-Hop Cash Kings” alongside Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z.

With so many amazing achievements already under his belt, Tech N9ne is taking a moment for a little “Therapy”. Therapy means something different to everybody. For some, it involves sitting in an overpriced shrink’s office and lamenting life’s trials and tribulations for an hour. For others, it’s as simple as swinging a golf club or hitting a punching bag. As with everything, TECH N9NE possesses his own perception of therapy, and that’s codified in his new metal-tinged, aggressive 11-track 2013 EP which hits stores November 5th via Strange Music. “Therapy” is produced by legendary rock producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) to achieve a hard-hitting, instrument-driven sound unlike anything else he’d previously done over the course of thirteen full-length studio albums. Top-notch musicians such as Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit and Glassjaw’s Sammy Siegler built the sonic foundation for many of the tracks alongside longtime producer Seven’s beats. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Tech N9ne to discuss his musical roots, his “Therapy” session with legendary producer Ross Robinson and much more!

You have spent years making a name for yourself and taking the world by storm. Going back to the beginning, how did music first come into your life and what inspired you early on?

Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne

I was a young guy living in the Wayne Miner projects around the time I was four years old. I remember hearing my neighbors playing rap music right next door. My aunties and uncles, my mother and everyone who stayed at my grandmother’s place played gospel music every morning. They were really religious people. There was Shirley Caesar every morning! There was a mixture of all types of music in my life. My uncles played rock ‘n’ roll back then and introduced me to Elton John, Led Zeppelin and stuff like that. I had very eclectic music tastes when I was a young kid in the ghetto. It is a beautiful thing and I use everything they taught me. It started as simply as beating on the table at breakfast time. Everybody was beating on cups and bowls making rhythms. I would watch them and see everyone smiling and enjoying each other. It really captivated me. My family taught me rhythm at an early age and now it is my weapon of choice. It puts me in a league of my own. That is the narcissist in me talking but that is what I feel like! [laughs] It started early on at four or five. Everything I grew up listening to, whether it be Falco’s “Amadeus” or whatever else we sampled through the years came from the songs I grew up listening to. I grew up listening and studying these songs. Thank God for my families teaching me harmonies, octaves and exposing me to the choir and The Little Sunshine Band when I was very young. I want to thank them for exposing me to all of that because I use all of it to this very day; the rhythm, the harmoies, the rhythm, the rock ‘n’ roll, the hip hop and the gospel! It is all in my music. It is really wonderful to think about! We just did a gospel song on Stevie Stone’s new album, “Two Birds, One Stone.” The song is called “Baptism.” I have another song called “Holier Than Thou” and it is so awesome we can do that, man! All of those elements are still there inside of me!

Those earlier influences helped to fuel your amazing career. Did you always know music was going to be your career path?

Actually, I wanted to be a psychiatrist before I started rapping! I really wanted to study people and their thoughts. Oddly enough, I became a psychiatrist and therapist to my fans. Many of them say I get them through. Some of them say I made them not commit suicide or got them through Afghanistan. They say I have helped people when they are on their death bed, you know what I mean? I have managed to make music that soothes people. I got both of my wishes — my rap world wish and my psychiatrist wish. I laugh about it all of the time! I think “Wow! I am my fan’s psychiatrist!” I wanted to be there! I wanted to be a psychiatrist before I rapped and it was the road I was going to take.

That leads us to your latest release. The album is titled “Therapy.” When you first started to plot the course for this album, what goals did you hope to achieve?

Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne

I had no idea what I was going to accomplish because it was a different atmosphere and a different place. It was so out of my comfortable. I did have my producer, Seven, there which was comfortable to have but I had no idea what was going to come forth. I had no idea what Ross Robinson was going to do with the beats when he brought people in, what was going to happen or even if it would work at all. My God, it worked! I brought so many more things out of me on Venice Beach that I don’t think that would have come out of me at home, which is my comfort zone. This was totally out of my comfort zone and rightly so. It was my own therapy session and I am typically my own therapist. It was going to feel funny when Ross Robinson was having you drain these ideas from inside and you have to spit it out in front of Wes Borland, the engineer, DJ Starscream of Slipknot and everyone else who was there listening. Usually, I keep it to myself and put it in my recorder but this time I had to tell everybody, even if it was stupid. It was uncomfortable but it was therapeutic at the same time. It really broke the nervous seal that I had the first couple of days. It turned into a family. It was really great to have a great therapist like Ross Robinson.

You touched on it a bit but how did approaching this record affect the way you typically write your songs?

I actually sat on the beach, in the sand and looked at the water, man. What do you, a song named “Stop The Sailor” came out! The first day we were working, Wes Borland was there playing guitar and Sammy Siegler was on the drums. Ross had me, Seven, Sammy and Wes in the same room and I was recording while they’re playing “Stop The Sailor.” Ross asked “What made you write this song?” Wes Borland said “Because the water is right there!” [laughs] It was really funny! I was like “Yeah, he’s right! Know what I’m saying?”

How would you describe this project sonically in a few words?

It is there on this EP, man. It is divine, dark, confused, frustrating, cocky and it is human.

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As you said, this was a therapy session for you. What did you learn about yourself in the process?

I learned I need to keep some things in when it comes to my past loved ones. Ross brings everything out of you, so I might have said some stuff that I shouldn’t have said on some songs. I learned I should muffle myself a little bit more but I am not good at that! [laughs] I am just not good at muffling. If the beat moves me to say something personal, I might have to say it! I learned that I am totally transparent, dog. I am truly see-through, man. I am an open book. This process solidified that for me. It was being down there for a two week therapy session. It had to broken up in the release of something else, so I would have to leave the studio to do press and support the release. That would totally take me to another world and then I would go back to the beach and get back into my creative mode. I had to block everything out. There are a lot of stresses of this new world that I am in, the radio world; They want to play my music now after all of these years! This new world is kinda weird! Ya know what I’m sayin’? I couldn’t wait to get back down there to Ross’ studio to see what was going to come out. I really had no idea! The beats moved me, so I was just as excited as the next person, like “What is he going to say?”

You have been doing music for years and have established yourself as an underground icon. How are you adjusting to your newfound mainstream fame?

Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne

It is weird but I know it is needed if I want to achieve world domination. I go because my goal has always been world domination. It is out of my comfort zone and I don’t like it as much. I mean, I like my comfort zone but sometimes you have to get out of it. My comfort zone is right here where I am right now — on tour or in the studio. All the stuff you have to do in support of it, I have never been a fan of, like going and talking at the radio stations and everything. I have never really been a fan of it but I know it is needed, man. I just want everybody to hear my music, so whatever device they have to get it to the people, I have to get it on there, whether it be TV or radio, That is one thing we have done all this without! I am thinking that if I have those two elements, which we never had in the past, it is possible to take over the world and win everybody’s heart. It is just so different. It’s like they own you for the moment and everybody is swinging.

Do you feel there are any misconceptions out there about yourself at this point in your career?

Oh yeah, totally! Some of my fans feel like because my music is on the radio that I have sold out. Oh no, no, no! I told them a long time ago that Tech won’t go mainstream, mainstream will go Tech. That is what is happening. When I wrote the song “Fragile” about certain journalists, I didn’t plan for that to be on the radio but people want to play it. It is not a radio formatted song, it is the fact that it is that good that people want to play it. I think that is the natural way — if you like it, play it. I didn’t have to conform or do anything to get on the radio. I did music I felt or people I felt to do it with. There are people who want to keep me to themselves and I understand that too. There are some fans who don’t want me to be on TV or radio because they might feel like I am their best kept secret but this music needs to spread to the rest of the world! Share me because I am taking this everywhere!

Musical exploration has always been a huge part of what you do. Where do you see your music heading in the future?

I think it will be better and more intricate. It is going to become harder for me because it will become more intricate than it is now — intricate overload, man! I don’t know! I am such a shell. It is my brain and my spirit that will take me to where I am going to go. I don’t know what to expect. “Therapy” is a great example of that because it is something unexpected that came out of me. I have no idea where I have to go next but I do know it will have to be even bigger and better. I have to do that every time, that is all I know!

Looking back on your life and career, what is the best lesson that you have learned along the way?

Tech N9ne

Tech N9ne

The best lesson I could have ever could have received was from Quincy Jones. It was back in 1997 at his home in Bel Air, right under the Michael Jackson “Thriller” plaque that says 50 million sold. I was sitting right below that on the couch. He said to me, “Tech, rap what you know and people will forever feel you.” I didn’t think about it then but as I started getting into this and started rapping what I knew from my life, I started connecting with people. When I say those two words, “Do you.” it means so much. DO YOU! These are another person like you somewhere who can connect in a similar way. Quincy Jones telling me to rap what I know was so real, man. I was so glad I was able to tap into it. I was like “Oh yeah, I will write me life.” I don’t mean that in a conceited way, like “Oh, I am the shit! I am this, I am that…” I just wrote about my life and what I was going through and people connected. He was so right. I have fans because he told me what to do back in 1997!

We are just scratching the surface with you here today, Tech. Where are the best places for people to learn more about you and your story online?

You can catch me on Twitter at @TechN9ne. I am on Instagram at instragram.com/therealtechn9ne. If you want to know anything about Tech Nine, you can visit www.therealtechn9ne.com. Everything is on there from tour dates to merchandise and everything in between. It is all there! That is me — Tech N9ne and that’s the game!

Mark your calendar’s and pick up Tech N9ne’s “Therapy” EP which hits stores November 5th via Strange Music.

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Limp Bizkit Drops New Video “Ready To Go” Featuring Lil’ Wayne

Limp Bizkit Drops New Video “Ready To Go” Featuring Lil’ Wayne

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Following in the footsteps of our nation’s greatest icons like President Obama and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch NailsFred Durst, ringleader of Grammy-nominated band Limp Bizkit, took to the  interwebs last night for his Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA), where he dropped his new video with Lil’ Wayne for their single “Ready to Go” and responded to his fan’s most burning questions.

Below are some highlights of Fred Durst’s epic Reddit AMA session:

On his upcoming record Stampede of the Disco Elephants on Cash Money Records:

After months shrouded in mystery, Durst unveiled when we can expect to hear his upcoming Cash Money full-length: “You will probably never SEE a Stampede of the Disco Elephants but you will hear Stampede of the Disco Elephants (#SOTDE) in its entirety, the first quarter of 2014.”<

On choosing the band name Limp Bizkit:  

 Naturally a fan asked what we’ve always wondered – where did the name Limp Bizkit even come from? The truth is, Durst and the other band members wanted a name that was simultaneously bizarre and easy to remember. Seems like they picked a winner – especially considering they also came up with possible band names Blood Fart, Gimp Disco and Bitch Piglet! “The name Limp Bizkit came out in a riff session when deciding what to call the band. I wanted it to have the same roll off of the tongue as Led Zeppelin, but be so odd that you would have a hard time forgetting it. We never really took our name or purpose very serious considering the chances of succeeding were slim to none at that point.” 
On Eminem: 
 
When asked about his relationship with Detroit rapper Slim Shady, Fred expressed that he remains a loyal fan of Eminem’s music: “I choose to remember the good times we shared. He is definitely one of the very few best rappers of all time.”
On a possible Three Dollar Bill,Yall$ Reunion Tour:
Durst clarifies: “That’s a false rumor.”
On the true meaning of a “chocolate starfish”:
You’ll just have to check Fred Durst’s Reddit AMA Session to find out yourself.
Although rock bands and rap artists have collaborated since the early ‘80s, there’s nothing old-school about what you’re about to hear on Limp Bizkit’s new single “Ready To Go” featuring  Lil Wayne. The multi Grammy-Award-Winning New Orleans rapper showed his rock n’ roll streak on guitar-infused album Rebirth (2010), so it makes sense that the legendary American rock band Limp Bizkit, world-renowned for heated hard rock classics like “Nookie” and “3 Dollar Bill, Yall$”, would team up with the heralded rapper and Cash Money labelmate. “Ready To Go” marks the first single off Limp Bizkit’s forthcoming full-length release Stampede of the Disco Elephants, out Fall 2013 onCash Money Records.
The single offers up a taste of what’s to come from the rock titans-Fred Durst [vocals], Wes Borland [guitars], Sam Rivers [bass], and John Otto [drums].  Boasting production from Polow da Don [Chris Brown, Pitbull], the cut is a brutal, mosh-worthy riffage and fierce scratching ensues alongside funked up bass and frenetic drumming.  Paired with Lil Wayne’s rapidfire mic wrecking, “Ready To Go” strikes the ideal balance between scorching hip-hop and bombastic hard rock.
“Ready To Go” smashed iTunes charts the first week of its April 16th release, snagging #4 on the iTunes Rock Song & Rock Album Chart and peaking at #1 on the iTunes Rock Song Chart. 
About “Ready To Go,” Durst comments, “We felt like it was a monster. This is a new chapter for us, and it’s exciting. We always knew we wanted Wayne on there, and he killed it. The track really represents a lot of the elements that make up Limp Bizkit and always have…We still wild out in our own way.”
Besides being packed with exciting collabos, hypnotic, disorienting lyricism, and party-driven, speaker-shattering rock production, Limp Bizkit’s forthcoming album signifies the first rock band to join a label roster packed with legendary acts including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, and Busta Rhymes. Limp Bizkit said it best themselves when they tweeted, “The [rap] game is missing danger, electricity & rock n’ roll!!! Cash Money Limp Bizkit.”
 
Get ready to remove the chain because this #$*%^ is off it. Limp Bizkit wants to know: Are you “Ready To Go?”

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Porcelain Black Lil Wayne Tour Webisode Featuring Lloyd

Porcelain Black Lil Wayne Tour Webisode Featuring Lloyd

Porcelain Black has just unveiled the final webisode from on the road during her recent tour with Lil Wayne. The video follows the hard partying, hard working pop singer as the tour crosses the tightly patrolled Arizona border, and features interviews with Porcelain, her band, and R&B singer Lloyd.

Porcelain’s latest single, “Naughty Naughty,” is available now on iTunes, as well as a brand new set of remixes by R3hab, DJ Kue, and Mr. Mig Elektro-Fi. You can check out R3hab’s version on Soundcloud, and head to www.porcelainblack.net for the latest news.

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Porcelain Black Unveils Lil Wayne Tour Webisode #3

Porcelain Black Unveils Lil Wayne Tour Webisode #3

Porcelain Black has just unveiled the latest webisode from on the road. The third installment of the series follows the edgy Detroit singer across Pennsylvania and Western New York. “it was cool to be able to go to a rest stop and talk to some random dude and see what his story is,” says Porcelain on travelling through America. Previous webisodes documented stops in New York City and Pittsburgh.

Porcelain’s hard clubbing single, “Naughty Naughty,” is available now on iTunes, with a brand new set of remixes coming February 21st. You can stream Dutch house DJ R3hab’s remix of “Naughty Naughty” now on Soundcloud, and head to www.porcelainblack.net for the latest news.

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Porcelain Black Debuts “Naughty Naughty” R3hab Remix

Porcelain Black Debuts “Naughty Naughty” R3hab Remix

Dutch house DJ R3hab has taken the opportunity to put his own spin on Porcelain Black’s latest single “Naughty Naughty,” which climbs the Billboard Dance/Club chart this week to #13. R3hab’s ‘Pacha NYC 6AM’ mix takes Porcelain’s naughty, heavy club track and cranks the volume to high.

R3hab, who has provided remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, LMFAO, and Rihanna, often gets spins by DJs as notable as David Guetta, Tiesto, and Swedish House Mafia. His “Naughty Naughty” remix is streaming now on his official Soundcloud.

Be sure to grab the original “Naughty Naughty” now on iTunes, and visit Porcelain Black’s official siteFacebook and Twitter.

Porcelain Black – Naughty (R3hab’s Pacha NYC 6AM Remix) by R3HAB

More about Porcelain Black 

Emerging from a long studio session, Porcelain Black dodges the sun by shifting between shadows. The radiant and dour seem to follow the singer wherever she goes, and she loves it. “Everything that I do is a mix of light and dark,” she says. “The contrast represents my music, my hair, my personality.”

Fusing hard-hitting rock roots with the sticky, pulsating beats of 2101 label head and producer RedOne (Usher, U2, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Lady Gaga), Black has created a sound she likens to the would-be offspring of Marilyn Manson and Britney Spears. “It’s industrial, dark, danceable pop,” she says. “Bad ass and positive.”

While visiting RedOne’s studio in November 2009 Black’s vibe and epic vocals made an instant impact. “I wanted to sign her on the spot,” RedOne recalls. “She reminded me of Joan Jett. She’s got it all: the attitude, the talent, the look. She can scream and do things with her voice that nobody can do. She is uncompromising in pursuing her own creative vision. She’s taking everything that’s old and making it futuristic and bringing rock and roll back in her own way.”

Now, signed to 2101 Records via a joint venture with Universal Republic Records, Black is gearing up to release her second single, “Naughty Naughty,” which will be available on iTunes December 13th. The song follows her successful first single “This Is What Rock N Roll Looks Like” Feat. Lil Wayne. Both tracks fuse roaring guitars with thunderous dance-pop, a vibe maintained throughout most of her daring, not-yet-titled debut. “Rock and roll is about attitude,” says the heavily tattooed singer, who was once asked by Courtney Love to sing backup when the alt rocker found her on MySpace under Porcelain and the Tramps. “We’re the kids that belong to the night, but just because you’re a bad ass doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. Rock and roll is about embracing people.”

Recorded in Madrid, Sweden, N.Y. and L.A., Black’s album engages sinners on the striking “Living In Sin.” “People who point fingers and judge are hypocrites,” she explains. “So you just have to blow a kiss and wink with your middle finger.” On “How Do You Love Someone” she unmasks a layer of vulnerability when addressing her adolescence. “Momma never taught me how to love, Daddy never taught me how to feel,” she sings. But, she contests, “My dad was really loving. This is about my stepdad.”

Following her parent’s separation when she was 6, Black’s mother remarried into a cookie cutter lifestyle in Rochester, Mich. “My mom really wanted me to fit into that,” she recalls. “It made me feel corrupt.” Growing up on the gritty streets of Detroit’s 8 Mile, “Makes you have tough skin,” she adds. “I’m proud of that.”

Coming from humble beginnings – “we were really poor” – Black recalls hopping from the Magic Stick to catch rock shows to City Club for goth acts while donning Chuck Taylor’s, “with duck tape around the torn-to-bits toe because they were the only shoes that I had.”

Determined to broaden her horizons, Black found inspiration in the success of fellow Michigan natives Madonna and Bob Segar. But, declares the singer, who has Detroit’s moniker ‘ROCK CITY’ inked across her knuckles, “I’m continuing the Iggy & The Stooges and Motor City 5 Detroit rock tradition.”

At 15, Black discovered her father had cancer and was kicked out of two high schools in three months. “I never fit in,” she says. “My dad was dying of cancer and people were treating me like shit. I was a loner.” At age 16 her father died, but not before leaving a lasting musical mark on his daughter. “My first concert was ACDC with my dad,” she remembers. “We’d listen to Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix.”

A hairstylist who occasionally worked for Vogue, Black’s father took his daughter backstage at fashion shows and along to photo shoots. “He owned his own salon and while his clients’ hair would set he’d turn on a Marshal amp and put on his Kurt Cobain wig and jam out to Nirvana on his guitar. It was rad.”

Also inspired by dancing, Black took jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballet. “I was training to go on Broadway or come out to L.A. and be a backup dancer,” says the singer, who used to buy vintage clothes and re-sell them to make ends meet. “But I was wasting my time. I knew I wanted to do music.”

Invited by pal Lil Wayne to join the “I Am Music II” tour alongside Nicki Minaj, Travis Barker and Rick Ross, Black rocks in killer platform heels and continues to revel in road tripping with artists she loves.

A fierce female with one hell of a wail, Black has no apologies. “Embrace the fact that you’re different,” she avows. “I want people to feel empowered. When somebody pisses me off, that’s when I’m really inspired. Rock and roll is about attitude, what you say and how you say it.”

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Korn’s Jonathan Davis Offers Up Sample of New Solo Tracks

Korn’s Jonathan Davis Offers Up Sample of New Solo Tracks

KORN singer Jonathan Davis has uploaded three solo tracks — “Final Days”“Happiness” and “Medicate” — to his official Soundcloud account. Check out the tracks below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts!

Davis has been working on his debut solo album for the past couple of years. He told The Pulse of Radio in a 2009 interview that he had high hopes for his first solo effort. “I want the record to be the most amazing record I could possibly put out,” he said. “I want all songs to be amazing and different. I want it to be really a very artistic, crazy album that no one’s ever heard before. ‘Cause it’s very world music-y and dark, heavy, PETER GABRIEL-esque type music and I want all the songs to be different, and nothing like KORN.”

Davis in September 2008 posted a new song called “Got Money” at his personal web site. The track will reportedly appear on his upcoming solo album and was a cover of the rap hit originally done by T-Pain and Lil WayneDavis‘ version featured guest appearances from SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root and KORN drummer Ray Luzier.

Final Days by JonathanDavisKorn

Happiness by JonathanDavisKorn

Medicate by JonathanDavisKorn

Source: Blabbermouth.net

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Lil Wayne Announces Dates For ‘I Am Music II’ Tour

Lil Wayne Announces Dates For ‘I Am Music II’ Tour

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Iconic rapper and label owner, Lil Wayne, in the midst of a high charting radio single “6 Foot 7 Foot” and his recently released 9th studio album I Am Not a Human Being, has announced details and dates for his 2011 North American tour, the I Am Music II tour.

The Multi-platinum and Grammy award winning recording artist, who has sold over 10 million records and whose multi-platinum 2008 album, The Carter III, shattered records by selling over one million copies in its first week of release, will be joined by protégé Nicki Minaj, a top selling rapper signed to his Young Money imprint, whose critically acclaimed debut album Pink Friday has since gone Platinum. In addition to main support act Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne will also be joined by hip hop heavyweight Rick Ross, whose latest effort, Teflon Don, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified Gold. Rounding out the stellar line up are Travis Barker and Mixmaster Mike, will open all dates with a DJ/Drummer set on the Live Nation / Haymon Ventures produced tour.  Travis Barker will release his album Give the Drummer Some on March 15th, with the first single dropping on February 1st.

Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II tour, produced by Live Nation/Haymon Ventures, will make stops at arenas throughout North America this March and April, beginning with a show in Buffalo, NY on March 18, 2011 at the HSBC Arena, concluding on April 29, 2011 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver with additional dates being announced soon. Tickets for the I AM Music II Tour will be available through Live Nation.com starting the weekend of February 4th, 2011.

Independently of the I Am Music II tour, Lil Wayne will also headline the Bamboozle Festival at Meadowlands Arena Complex in East Rutherford, NJ on May 1, 2011.

A dynamic performer celebrated for his endless energy and high voltage live show, Lil Wayne’s I Am Music II tour promises to be his strongest to date.  The I Am Music II tour follows Lil Wayne’s unparalleled touring success in the 2008 – 2009 year during which Lil Wayne performed 78 headline shows across domestic arenas and amphitheatres in 9 months, grossing over $40 million USD, making him hip hop’s most profitable touring artist.

Lil Wayne recently released “6 Foot 7 Foot”, the first single off his heavily anticipated The Carter IV album, slated for a Spring 2011 release via Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown. Produced by Shondrae ‘Bangladesh’ Crawford and featuring a verse from Young Money newcomer Cory Gunz, “6 Foot, 7 Foot” is a dynamic exercise in word play and flow in which Lil Wayne rhymes over a sample of Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day-O).”

I Am Music II Tour Dates:

Date City/State Venue
3/18/11   Buffalo, NY   HSBC Arena
3/19/11 3/20/11   Columbus, OH Baltimore, MD   Nationwide Arena First Mariner Arena
3/23/11   Hampton, VA   Hampton Coliseum
3/24/11   Cleveland, OH   Quicken Loans Arena
3/26/11   Philadelphia, PA   Wells Fargo Center
3/27/11   Long Island, NY   Nassau Coliseum
3/30/11   University Park, PA   Bryce Jordan Center
4/1/11   Chicago, IL   United Center
4/2/11   Detroit, MI   The Palace of Auburn Hills
4/3/11   Washington, D.C.   Verizon Center
4/6/11   Miami, FL   Bank Atlantic Center
4/8/11   Greensboro, NC   Greensboro Coliseum
4/9/11   Atlanta, GA   Philips Arena
4/10/11   St. Louis, MO   Scottrade Center
4/14/11 4/15/11   New Orleans, LA Dallas, TX   New Orleans Arena American Airlines Arena
4/16/11   Houston, TX   Toyota Center
4/19/11   Phoenix, AZ   US Airways Arena
4/23/11   Anaheim, CA   Honda Center
4/24/11   Oakland, CA   Oracle Arena
4/26/11   Sacramento, CA   ARCO Arena
4/28/11   Edmonton, Canada   Rexall Place
4/29/11   Vancouver, Canada   Rogers Arena
*5/01/11   *East Rutherford, NJ   *Bamboozle Festival @ Meadowlands Arena


*Independent of tour

For up to date, confirmed album announcements and live concert appearances, please visit Lil Wayne’s official websites, www.weareyoungmoney.com and www.weezythanxyou.com . Fans can tweet Lil Wayne at www.twitter.com/liltunechi

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Dr. Dre To Release Long Awaited ‘Detox’ Album On 420?

Dr. Dre To Release Long Awaited ‘Detox’ Album On 420?

Dr. Dre

Could the wait for one of the most long-awaited followups in music history (well, at least since Guns N’ Roses ‘Chinese Democracy’) soon be over? Definitely maybe! Dr. Dre has hinted that he is set to release his much-anticipated new album ‘Detox’ on April 20. In a video message posted by producer Just Blaze on Twitter, the rapper and producer can be seen revealing the date to camera. “4/20 baby. 4/20, I’m coming,” Dr Dre tells viewers. If confirmed, the release date means ‘Detox’ would arrive on the same day as the world’s most recognized counterculture holiday.

The legendary rapper recently released the video for “Kush,” the first single from the forthcoming album. The track features the vocal talents of Snoop Dogg and Akon. ‘Detox’ certainly doesn’t lack star power as it is to feature guest appearances from the likes of Eminem, La Roux, Snoop Dogg, The Game and Akon.

Dr. Dre recently made it clear that after the album’s release in February he will focus on finding new undiscovered talent, leaving the rap game to the young stars.

”As far as me going into the mic booth, that s*it is over. I’m getting older… I’m always going to talent-scout and try to find new artists to work with. But, yeah, that’s it, new artists… [can] say some of the things I won’t say. It’s been a little tussle in that area also, just because of age and being able to identify with the younger audience.” he told XXL magazine.

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Dr. Dre’s Premieres “Kush” Video From Upcoming ‘Detox’ Album

Dr. Dre’s Premieres “Kush” Video From Upcoming ‘Detox’ Album

Dr. Dre

The legendary Dr. Dre has released the video for “Kush,” the first single from his long delayed/forthcoming album ‘Detox’. The track features the vocal talents of Snoop Dogg and Akon. Check out the video below and weigh in with your thoughts!

‘Detox’ will be released early next year and features the likes of Eminem, La Roux, Snoop Dogg, The Game and Akon.

Dr. Dre recently made it clear that after the album’s release in February he will focus on finding new undiscovered talent, leaving the rap game to the young stars.

”As far as me going into the mic booth, that s*it is over. I’m getting older… I’m always going to talent-scout and try to find new artists to work with. But, yeah, that’s it, new artists… [can] say some of the things I won’t say. It’s been a little tussle in that area also, just because of age and being able to identify with the younger audience.” he told XXL magazine.

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Travis Barker Premieres “Carry It” Video From Upcoming Album ‘Give The Drummer Some’

Travis Barker Premieres “Carry It” Video From Upcoming Album ‘Give The Drummer Some’

Last week Travis Barker gave fans a behind the scenes look at the creation of the “Carry It” music video off of his highly anticipated debut album, Give The Drummer Some.

Now the hip-hop punk rock drummer has premiered the official music video and he does not fail to deliver. “Carry It” features high energy performances from Wu-Tang Clan members, RZA and Raekwon, along with Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello. To watch the official music video for “Carry It” visit Vevo.com.

Give The Drummer Some, is slated for for a Feburary 2011 release and will feature a star studded line-up including Rick Ross, Ludacris, E-40, The Cool Kids, Yelawolf, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, Clipse, Game, Bun B, Lil Wayne, and more.

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