Friday, 29 June 2012

Dr Dre Wins Top Award For Tupac Hologram

Rap mogul DR. Dre has been honoured in France for bringing Tupac Shakur back from the grave to 'perform' at the Coachella music festival in California earlier this year (12).

The California Love hitmaker, who was murdered in 1996, was brought back to life in the form of a hologram by his longtime friend and collaborator Dre, who had Shakur's likeness beamed onto the stage for renditions of Ain't Nothin' Like A Gangsta Party and Hail Mary.

The eerie virtual appearance wowed fans and critics alike, and now Dre and experts at Digital Domain Media Group, the entertainment company behind the stunt, have been honoured for their stellar efforts.

They were awarded the prestigious Titanium and Integrated Lions Award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which is linked to the Cannes International Film Festival, and celebrates achievements in advertising and digital production.

Company executive Ed Ulbrich says, "When Dr. Dre came to us with his vision we knew that the world had never seen anything like this and that the response was going to be huge.

"Having ‘virtual 2Pac’ and the idea of virtual performers recognised with a Cannes Lion Titanium Award is beyond exciting."

The success of the Shakur hologram has earned Digital Domain bosses the chance to breathe life back into another late superstar - Elvis Presley. They have teamed up with the owners of the Presley brand, Core Media Group, to develop a series of holograms of The King to appear in film, TV and multi-platform productions.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Big Hutch Files Lawsuit Against Dre, Aftermath, Interscope, Ruff Ryders and EVE

West Coast pioneer Big Hutch is suing multi-platinum West Coast producer Dr. Dre., his Aftermath Records, Interscope Records, Ruff Ryders and and multi-platinum Philly femcee Eve over the 1999 single, “Love Is Blind", claiming deception and theft.

Hutch stated the song was stripped of some of its original components and released in September 1999 on the album, Let There Be EVE… Ruff Ryders’ First Lady. The album which sold 213,000 copies in the first week, and eventually went on to sell over two million copies according to Soundscan, is certified double platinum. In 2000, “Love Is Blind” was nominated for “Best Rap Video”, and the album received “Best R&B/Soul Female Solo Album of the Year.”

Big Hutch, says that in December 1997, he was introduced and hired to produce an up and coming artist known as EVE, at the time. Hutch says, Aftermath A&R Mike Lynn, introduced him to the EVE project, and that later it would be just him and EVE in the studio producing an array of tracks.

Hutch asserts that he co-wrote and produced “Love Is Blind,” and that when EVE made the transition from Aftermath to the Ruff Ryders, all parties failed to give Hutch credit.

In addition, Hutch claims that between 2000 and 2001, while serving as the VP to Death Row during Suge Knight’s incarceration, Hutch approached Aftermath to assist him with retaining compensation for his involvement, but was told, ‘We can’t help you. You have no proof'.

Hutch continued on with his own music career while battling Aftermath, but was incarcerated from July 2004 to August 2007. Prior to his incarceration Hutch says he, “stored and warehoused all his musical catalog, and it wasn’t until this year 2012 that he finally stumbled across his ‘proof’, for the original”. He continued, “I’m not trying to take away from what EVE has done, but I was a key in helping EVE create a hit record”.

Currently there has been to statment released from any of the parties name in the suit.

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Friday, 22 June 2012

50 Cent Shares Why He Thinks Dre Delayed Detox For So Long

50 Cent also shares some advice he gave to Dr. Dre about the elusive project.
Dr. Dre has kept fans patiently waiting for the follow up to 1999’s The Chronic 2001, and has given false hope by dropping some singles over the past few years. During an interview with WGCI’s The Morning Riot (via FSD), 50 Cent explained why he thinks Detox is still not in stores and how it relates to Dre’s wavering love of music.

“He been working on that project for so long that he falls in love with music, and then he falls out of love with it. He’s got a lot of good stuff playing in the studio and it comes in and out, plus that.”
Fif shared some advice that he gave to Dre about the elusive project. The G-Unit general told him that he doesn’t have to keep changing the LP, because if it’s even remotely similar to The Chronic, then fans will be satisfied.

“You know what I said to him? I said, you don’t have to change anything. Because the period of time you haven’t put out.. Like Sade, it reminds me of the record that I’d like from him. And I’m like, yeah, play that, that’s the new one. And it feels like the last one. So Dre, he doesn’t have to create a formula because he was gone so long that if he gives us something that feels like The Chronic, we’d be absolutely happy.”

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Kendrick Lamar Describes Working With Dre, Updates On Debut Album

Kendrick Lamar explains what it's like to work with Dr. Dre and gives an update on his debut album.
Ever since Kendrick Lamar announced that he and his TDE crew had signed with Aftermath, fans have been clamoring for his debut album Good Kid in a Mad City. Now, in a recent interview with Hot 93.7's Jenny Boom-Boom, K. Dot discussed his much-anticipated debut project.

Kendrick explained that while his first commercial project doesn't have a specific release date, that doesn't mean it's trapped in commercial limbo. He said that he's been factor behind its delay so that he can ensure that he's completely satisfied with the quality of product before he unleashes it.

"I can't give out no date right now, I just know I'm pressed for time," he joked. "[Aftermath] want[s] what I been doing. That's a good space to be in. You can get in a lot situations where your people actually don't understand your vision, but I've got a good backing and good following and a good team behind me, they understand me and it's all on me, so I'm gonna deliver. I've got the music; I'm just real, real sensitive on the touch ups as far as the structure [of the LP]."

K. Dot also spoke on his working relationship with Aftermath head and musical mentor Dr. Dre. Although he said there is some pressure in collaborating with Dre, he looked to many of the same producers from his 2011 smash Section.80 for production on his impending debut.

"It's definitely intense [working with Dr. Dre], but the best thing about it the creative process," he said. "That's the fun thing because he's a genius at his work, and for me to be in the same studio [as him] says a lot about my craft and how far we're going with it, so I love it…I've use[d] my own in-house cast for the majority of the music I did [for Good Kid in a Bad City] - Soundwave, Tae Beast, Willie B, Digi+Phonics - all the people I came up with, they [produced] the majority of the album. When I turned it in to Dre all the way back at the end of the year, then we did new material and see what cuts through."

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Check out the full interview below.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Kendrick Lamar brings some California Love To The Recipe Video

The lead single from Kendrick Lamar's major-label debut, "The Recipe," includes a feature from his mentor Dr. Dre. And when the video for the Good Kid in a Mad City track drops, the Compton native will be giving the world a taste of his own brand of "California Love."

Kendrick filmed his video for "The Recipe" at a mansion in the Los Angeles last month, and after performing the single at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee last week, he explained his vision behind the clip.

"I felt like there hasn't been that 'California Love'-type feel since the '90s, and I really wanted to display that and represent where I'm from," he told MTV News. "So I had a whole bunch of beautiful women, good weather — it was like 85 degrees and breezy — and we had [ScHoolboy] Q up in there stealing some of Snoop's weed, him and Ab-Soul, and we had fun."

If Kendrick is hoping to tap into the nostalgia of Tupac's infamous 1995 track "California Love," it helps that he's got two of the original California legends in his corner: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. "The Recipe" will boast his most extravagant visuals to date, and the 25-year-old rap prodigy is ready to take his career to another level.

"We're here to spread this music all across the world," he said. "It started in my backyard, in Compton, and now I'm fittin' to take it to the next level and take it worldwide because I feel like the world needs to hear this. I've been ready for a long time."

Fun fact: When the song debuted, Dr. Dre revealed that it once had a more straightforward title, telling Big Boy on L.A.'s Power 106 morning show, "The original title was 'Women, Weed and Weather.' That's what represents L.A."

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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Q-Tip Recalls "Competing" With Dr. Dre On "Low End Theory"

Q-Tip explains how Dr. Dre was the benchmark for A Tribe Called Quest's recording of "The Low End Theory."

Over the course of several years, Dr. Dre and Q-Tip have, in several interviews, provided a timeline of back-and-forth inspiration beginning in the late '80s.

Q-Tip has stated that NWA's 1988 release Straight Outta Compton was a direct influence on A Tribe Called Quest's 1991 album The Low End Theory. In turn, Dre revealed that Tribe's project greatly inspired the Compton rapper/producer's 1992 classic, The Chronic.

In a recent interview on Shade 45's "All Out Show," Q-Tip spoke to Rude Jude and Lord Sear about the nature of his drawing inspiration from Dre for The Low End Theory. "Everybody deals with shit in a competitive way. But not in like an egregious way, how shit looks a little bit today," explained Tip. "But more like one-upsmanship in the music. Tryin' to stay fresh...just keeping your eye on that dude. And for me, personally, when I went in, that dude was Dre."

"The group was NWA, and to me, that was the benchmark. And of course I was listening to everything else around..."

"The bar was set very high," continued the ATCQ member. "Musically, my main thing was Dre. That was like, trying to make something he would like and appreciate in a way. Musically."

Listen to the interview below:

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Dr. Dre Talks About Performing At Rough L.A. Club ('Art Of Rap' Documentary Clip)

In support of Ice-T's forthcoming documentary film, Something From Nothing: Art Of Rap, the hip-hop legend goes behind the scenes and into the minds of other legends.

An exclusive freestyle from Eminem for the doc was recently leaked, and now, here's a short clip of Ice reminiscing with the great Dr. Dre. Both vets, recalling an evening at the beginning of their careers when the producer performed at a rough Los Angeles club and a brawl broke out.

In addition to Em and Dre, the doc features the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Chuck D, Chino XL, Doug E. Fresh, Ice Cube, Kool Keith, Nas, Redman, Xzibit, Rev. Run, Salt (Salt-n-Pepa), and the list goes on.

Something From Nothing: Art Of Rap hits theaters June 15th. For more info, visit

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Dr Dre says Peter Rosenberg & Nicki Minaj are both wrong

Dr. Dre had no sympathy for either side in the Hot 97 Summer Jam dispute

Dr. Dre, noted headphone magnate and occasional rapper, was paying attention to the biggest public brawl in recent hip hop history this weekend when Nicki Minaj and Peter Rosenberg went head to head, with Rosenberg calling her single "Starships" "bulls**t" and Minaj pulling out of the radio station's annual festival. And you know who Dr. Dre thought was right? Neither of them!

According to Gigwise, in a recent interview, Dre said, "First of all, Nicki Minaj was the only one who ruined 55,000 fans' expectations of the night. It has nothing to do with Rosenberg. You go out there and you perform for your fans."

He wasn't finished. About Rosenberg, he said, "We have too many what I call 'semi-super experts' who always try to redefine hip hop from its infancy. She's an artist whether I like her or I don't like her. My daughter loves her and thinks that she's the world."

So it looks like the doctor is giving a strict prescription of "relax and be professional" to both sides. So what do you think? Should Rosenberg have kept his opinion to himself? Should Nicki Minaj have bucked up and performed? Let us know in the comments!

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The Recipe video due in 3 weeks - Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar discusses the new video for his single “The Recipe,” and also gives some info on his next single…

Back in April, Kendrick Lamar released his breezy Dr. Dre-assisted single “The Recipe.” In the months since, it’s been steadily gaining momentum, earning spins on radio and hitting No. 51 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Now, the song is about to get another boost, as K. Dot and Dre just wrapped up shooting the new video for the Scoop Deville produced cut.

“It’s exactly what the song was talkin’ about,” the Compton native said of the upcoming visuals last night (June 4), shortly before playing to a packed crowd at a free event in New York City put on by HTC and VEVO. “Me and Dre was just wanting to have fun, really. Some beautiful women, some beautiful views of the city, skyline. A few of the homies—you know you gotta have Top Dawg. Just having fun and bringing that whole feel of L.A. love back.”

The 2011 XXL Freshman said that the video is in the editing process, and fans can expect it in two to three weeks.

Even with the success of the song, though, Kendrick promises that it’s just an appetizer for what’s to come. “I look at it as one of them introduction singles, not like a single-single,” he continued. “I didn’t wanna jump out there with one of them big, over the top, crossover joints like that. I wanted to stick with what I’ve been doing. That song is not far from ‘P&P,’ ‘A.D.H.D.’ It’s still got that feel. I just wanted to warm it up. It’s exceeding expectations, which is a good thing, just to build up for the next record.”

As for that next record—which he said will likely drop next month—the Interscope signee hinted that it would be more grandiose sounding than some of his other stuff, but he’ll still remain true to his core. Not crossover being not from what I usually do, but just a big, big song. Still be me. That’s the best part. I found that balance and that fine line of still doing what I love to do.”—Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)

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Saturday, 2 June 2012

Model Emily Sears describes her 1st video vixen experience for 'The Recipe' music video

I befriended a stunning girl named Irene who is Dutch and Filipino and Playmate of the year in Holland. She just arrived here two weeks ago, so we bonded over our mutual foreign-ness and as video newbies we learned quickly that on music videos there are long work days with lots of waiting around. Thankfully all the girls were super sweet and one little hottie named Miranda even helped me perfect my L.A. hand sign and double-checked to see if I was throwing my W up the right way. I know I am no L.A. native, but I feel like if there was ever a moment that qualified me as an honorary L.A. girl, throwing up a W in a pool on a Dr. Dre video was pretty much it. are certain things in life that I've always wanted to do. Usually these things have involved being surrounded by a multitude of attractive girls, but after ticking off the Playboy mansion from my to-do list more than once, I have been yearning for something else. Coming from Australia I went to primary school (elementary) long before "I like big butts and I cannot lie" was being pumped out of any Sony walkmans, it was all Kylie Minogue "Locomotion," and as a kid I would be teased on the playground for what has now blossomed into my bootylicious booty. The kids would chant "na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na BUTT GIRL" to the tune of Batman and I would run home crying every afternoon.

Like most awkward childhood features my bum has now come to be one of my best ass-ets. Yes, I just used that pun. I personally don't see the big fuss about it but I have received enough compliments about it to embrace it, even though I still wish I could have that slim tall supermodel frame, I know it will never happen.
My friends back home have always told me that I would have what it takes to shake my booty in a hip-hop music video and I must admit I have been known to practice my booty popping skills in the mirror when I'm home alone (admit it, so do you). So when I received a casting for "The Recipe" video by Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar I had to answer the call...
The casting was held over two days and they saw me on the first day. I actually have no clue where I am going in Los Angeles on any given day because despite being here for almost a year, I am still lost without my navigation for directions, and being a granny driver driving on the wrong side of the road in the wrong side of the car, I rely on Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz blasting in my crappy Honda stereo to put me in a mood that's bad ass enough to attempt changing lanes on the 101. So it was to my surprise when I pulled up to the casting at Interscope records. After a few awkward and not so glamorous casting locations I have been sent on during my time in L.A. thus far (run-down office next to rows of dumpsters, really?) this was definitely one of the cooler locations!

I had no idea what to expect, but as soon as I got there I was beyond intimidated, there was every mix and flavor of exotic beautiful girl you could imagine, and being L.A. naturally the general vibe you get at a casting is competitive and intimidating! I recognized a few faces of seasoned dancers and Playmates that I am a fan of, so I was very nervous. However, feeling awkward and self-conscious I gave it a go. Mustering up my best mirror moves, I sang my current hustling theme song 2 Chainz "Spend It" in my head - not out loud of course because in my Aussie accent I would have reeeeally embarrassed myself - did my best badass sexy faces at the camera and hoped for the best.

The following day, my boy Michael Warren who is signed to Interscope and so talented that it actually annoys me at times, called to invite me to watch J.Lo perform his first major writing placement ("Goin' In") on American Idol. So when I got the call to tell me I was in the yes-pile for the role of a "Dre's girl," I told the casting director that they could tell me in person as I was down the corridor in Studio 1. I'm certain they wondered if I ever even left the building from the day before and probably considered calling security on me, but nonetheless I was so excited to be on my way to fulfilling my hip-hop video dreams!

When I arrived on set at 6 am Monday morning in Malibu, my tiredness was quickly replaced with a sense of panic as I realized that I am in fact a true blue Aussie and am pretty much the antithesis of anything remotely "gangsta." I was also the only blonde girl on set and was stunned by all these exotic goddesses whose complexions were so perfect even before getting their makeup done. I realized my place as the token blonde and had a giggle to myself, and no, not a cloud of green-induced giggle - to my surprise, I didn't smell a whiff of that the whole two days I was shooting?!

Needless to say, meeting Dr. Dre was beyond surreal, even to a white blonde Aussie dorky girl like me he is a music legend and I was surprised by how approachable he was to everyone on the crew.
Kendrick Lamar was also super cool and chatted with everyone - not just the bikini-clad babes, which I though was really friendly and awesome.

As for the details of the shoot, you will have to wait and see when the video comes out. I don't want to be "that girl" and ruin it, but expect nothing less than awesomeness and West Coast everything. If I make the final cut and you see a white bum or a flash of token blonde hair in there that's me, a long way from home!