Hip Hop Herald 11.16.11: Dr. Dre's Break, Eric Sermon's Heart Attack, Jay-Z's T-shirt Scandal, More
Posted by Bill Wannop on 11.16.2011
News and thoughts on Dr. Dre taking a break from music, Eric Sermon being hospitalized after a heart attack, Jay-Z yanking his "Occupy Wall Street" t-shirt an exclusive interview with M.O.P. and more!
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I am sure by now everyone is aware of the passing of Heavy D last week. Heavy D was a pioneer for hip hop and really had a style all his own. We would like to honor Heavy D this week in the music intro, with some old school classic hip hop.
Well it appears as though Dre may be taking a leave of absence from the music business as after 27 years of making beats and occasionally rapping Dre is ready for a break.
Dr. Dre explained that when he's done working with Kendrick Lamar and Slim Da Mobster he'll be ready for a break which will consist of spending more time with his family.
"These are the next two artists I'm working on, Slim Da Mobster and Kendrick Lamar. I think that's when I'm gonna just wrap it up for a minute because I've been working on music for 27 years now and the longest I've ever been out of the studio in 27 years has been two weeks," Dr. Dre explained. "So yea I feel like I'm gonna take a little bit of a break. I'm never gonna stop music, it's like air to me. So I'mma take a little bit of a break. Enjoy some time with the family til I get that itch to get back in."
Aside from working on music Dr. Dre has contributed heavily to the Beats By Dre line of headphones and says they won't stop until they've become second only to Apple.
"I'm shocked myself as to how well they're doing. We're gonna keep new and exciting product coming. We're trying to eventually be second to Apple. And I don't think that's a bad position," said Dr. Dre. "We're really trying to take over everything with a speaker. And also microphones. We're gonna get involved in that also."
It is fair to say that Dre may be burnt out with constantly working on music and no one can really blame him. He has been the go-to hit maker for almost 3 decades and likely the break will allow him to refresh and come back better than ever. In the interview there was no mention of Detox, so whether or not that album is going to be released before his break of whether it will never be released is anyone's guess.
Eric Sermon Recovering From Heart Attack
It seems as though everyone in hip hop is having health scares. First Rick Ross, then Heavy D, now Eric Sermon is said to be recovering from a heart attack. Eric Sermon is probably best known for his work as part of the group EPMD. Sermon stated himself that he is doing well and recovering from the attack:
"I'm good! I got two more tests on Monday and Tuesday then I'm home hopefully on Wednesday," said the EPMD emcee in a statement to GlobalGrind.com.
DJ Scratch announced on Saturday (November 12) via Twitter that Sermon suffered a heart attack but was doing "ok."Scratch was a longtime producer and deejay for EPMD.
Jay Z Tries To Profit Off Occupy Campaigns
Jay-Z and Rocawear received a fair share of criticism after unveiling their "Occupy All Streets" line of t-shirts, a play on words of the "Occupy Wall Street" slogan. However as quickly as it was unveiled it seems to have mysteriously disappeared. TMZ.com was able to speak with Grim, one of the leaders of the Occupy movement.
"Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum. To attempt to profit off of the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet."
You have to somewhat agree that Jay Z or Rocawear was trying to benefit and profit off of this campaign. You have to think that the company is smart to try and strike while the iron is hot, however they missed out on one key point which would have allowed them to save face and possibly get positive publicity out of all this. All they would have had to do is simply donate a certain percentage of the profits from each shirt sold to the campaign. That would have made everyone happy as well as given them good publicity which would have helped them to sell more shirts.
While Jay-Z is on top of the hip hop world riding the wave of the Watch the Throne album and tour, he is constantly getting dragged through the dirt with his business ventures. Whether it be his restaurant or his clothing line, bad things seem to happen to Hov outside of the hip hop world.
I had the change to interview Billy Danze of the group M.O.P. recently in anticipation of their upcoming release Sparta which is going to be completely produced by the Snowgoons. In the interview Danze talks about working with the Snowgoons, giving back to fans, keeping it real, helping young artists, as well as future M.O.P. releases including solo albums for himself and Lil Fame. It is a great interview and Danze really goes the extra mile regarding fan interaction as well as trying to help unsigned artists.
I also had the chance to listen to an advance copy of Sparta and must say it is a great album, giving you that classic MOP sound. Fans of the group both old and new will not be disappointed so look for the review to be posted on the site next week.
No new additions to the album release schedule. Chino Xl stated on his twitter that his new albumRICANstruction would be released independently on November 17, 2011. This is very strange as November 17 is a Thursday and there has been ZERO information or promotion for this album. He stated that a tracklist would be available Monday but as of now nothing more has been shared regarding the project. Now I am a Chino XL, but I am starting to get a little annoyed as it seems like his album has been coming out at the end of the month for the past 5 years now. I really don't understand how an artist can be so gifted lyrically but have no business or music industry sense.
T-Pain released the tracklisting to his latest album rEVOLEr which is slated for a December 6 release. The album contains the typical guest spots you would expect in Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Chris Brown. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the latest single "5 O'Clock", so I am somewhat interested in this release.
1. "Bang Bang Pow Pow" feat. Lil Wayne
2. "Bottlez" feat. Detail
3. "It's Not You (It's Me) T-Pain vs. Chucky" feat. Pitbull
4. "Default Picture"
5. "5 O'Clock" feat. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
6. "Sho-time (Pleasure Thang)"
7. "Rock Bottom"
8. "Look at Her Go" feat. Chris Brown
9. "Mix'd Girl"
10. "I Don't Give a Fuk"
11. "Drowning Again" feat. One Chance
12. "When I Come Home"
13. "Best Love Song" feat. Chris Brown
14. "Turn All the Lights On" feat. Ne-Yo
15. "Center of the Stage" feat. R. Kelly & Bei Maejor
16. "Regular Girl" feat. Joey Galaxy
17. "Nuthin'" feat. Detail & E-40
The rest of the dates can be seen below (new updates are underlined, while anticipated releases are highlighted in RED)
Tech N9ne Collabos – Welcome To Strangeland
Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park
Celph Titled & Buckwild – Nineteen Ninety More
Pusha T – Fear of God Part 2: Let Us Pray
Pac Div – The DiV
Eligh and AmpLive – Therapy at 3
Drake – Take Care
Naughty By Nature – Anthem Inc.
Young Jeezy & USDA – The After Party
Chino XL – RICANstruction
Yelawolf – Radioactive
Kids In The Hall – Occasion
Michael Jackson – Immortal
Rihanna – Talk That Talk
Action Bronson & Statik Selektah – Well Done
Maino – The Day After Tomorrow
Snowgoons & MOP – Sparta Krazie Bone – Under the Influence
Mobb Deep – Black Cocaine EP
December 6 Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Bow Wow – Underrated
The Roots – UNDUN
T-Pain – Revolver
Roc C – Stoned Genius
Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don't
Tha Joker – The Phenom
Young Jeezy – Thug Motivation 103 Common – The Dreamer, The Believer
Ja Rule – Pain Is Love 2 Necro – The Murder Murder Kill EP
Swizz Beatz - Haute Living 
Fabolous – Loso's Way 2 
Big K.R.I.T. - Live From the Underground [January 2012]
Pusha T - Fear Of God 2: Let Us Pray
Other Recent Announcements
Xzibit – Restless 2 [TBA 2011]
The HRSMN – TBD [TBA 2011]
Masta Ace & Doom – MADOOM [November TBA]
Kool G Rap & Necro – The Godfathers [Q4 2011]
Akon – Stadium [TBA]
Mad Child – Dope Sick [Feb 28]
Planet Asia – Black Belt Theatre [Feb 28]
B.o.B. – Strange Clouds [March 2012]
These weeks music outro comes from Slaughterhouse who continue to enjoy an increase in popularity thanks to their Shady 2.0 cypher. The latest track is called "The Illest" and has the group once again dropping classic lines. Joe Budden recently spoke about their album being 90% finished and that the first official single should be released before the end of the year.