The self-proclaimed pretty motherf*cker is virtually everywhere these days. And upon gracing the cover of Complex’s forthcoming issue, the New York-based publication also caught up with Rocky to discuss his favorite albums. There are several artists and projects named that you would definitely expect, along with a gang that may leave you a little shocked. Regardless, head on over to Complex to see A$AP Rocky’s 25 favorite albums.

With Coachella and SXSW already announcing their lineups, the independent hip-hop festival known as Paid Dues is now underway with letting loose names of performers set to hit their stage this year. Scheduled for Saturday, April 7, Paid Dues has already announced that Wu-Tang Clan and Odd Future will both headline the show and a few of the named acts so far include Dipset, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik, Psycho Realm and Dilated Peoples. Additional performers are still to be announced, and tickets are available now by clicking here.

 

Shortly after it was revealed that Swizz is the CEO, the Feds shut down the cloud storage site.

Shortly after it was revealed that Swizz Beatz is CEO of Megaupload, the cloud storage site has been closed down by federal prosecutors.

According to the Associated Press, feds in Virginia have shuttered the cyberlocker site, charging its founder Kim Dotcom and others with violating piracy laws. The indictment claims that the site has costed “copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content.”

In December, Swizz helped recruit artists such as Kanye West and Diddy to appear in a video promoting the site, which was once the 13th most trafficked site in the world.

After previously speaking on the song, he Chicago, Illinois rapper comes clean and finally admits the song was about Drizzy.

Earlier today, Common said that if Drake was offended by his song “Sweet,” then he should take it as a personal diss. During an interview with Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning, he was singing a different tune, confirming that the song was written about him and that he should be prepared to be “in the ring.”

“Hey, he opened his mouth and said some things. So if he wants it, that’s what he wants, all that subliminal, you can do that too. But you might want to say that now,” he said. “I mean, the verse is about me, but when you hear some stuff on the chorus, it’s like you can’t help but think about dude, and that’s what he felt. So at the end of the day, he fit in that category. He already embraced it, so wear it.”

Com explained that his ire stemmed from comments that Drake made about being the best lyricist. He decided to go after rappers who claimed to be the best, since he considered himself to be worthy of that title.

“He’s a very successful artist, obviously. Like I said, I think he’s a talented artist. I give credit where it’s due and I try to speak the truth where I see it. In Hip Hop, there was a lot of that going on,” he said. “Beyond Drake, it’s still some artists I was hearing, some artists I didn’t even know I was hearing. But Drake fits in that category. Any artist could be a target, once you get in and start saying you this and that. When you think about it, KRS-One if you take it there, or when Nas and Jay had a battle, it was about being a doper emcee.

“It’s just about emceeing, and once you step in there, you in the ring,” he continued. “Especially if you’re going to say I’m a champ, I’m the greatest. For me, I’m on ‘Sweet’ saying I’m the greatest, da da da. But there are going to be some cats who come at me, that’s what it is.”

 http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.18035/title.common-confirms-sweet-was-originally-aimed-at-drake

 

French links up with the real-life brothers for an 18-track offering.

French Montana, Juicy J and Project Pat have revealed the cover art and tracklist for the upcoming Cocaine Mafia, releasing December 20th.

The album features 18 cuts with minimal guest features save for a cameo from Akon on “Self Made.”

Check the official tracklist and cover art below (via HHNM).

1. Cocaine Mafia Intro
2. Catch Ya Later
3. You Need Haters
4. Do It
5. All She Want is Money
6. Helicopter
7. Alright
8. Is You Kiddin Me
9. Self Made (Feat. Akon)
10. Weed & Hennessy
11. Im Gutta Brah
12. If It Come Down To It
13. Money, Weed Blow
14. Choppa Choppa Down
15. Drop That
16. Full of Everything
17. Morning Paper
18. Straight Cash (Cocaine Mafia Remix) (Bonus Track)

 

A New York Times writer reveals that the Rugged Man is penning a story about his own life.

Chaz Kangas, writer for The New York Times and Complex Magazine, has announced an R.A. the Rugged Man autobiography.

The project, which was announced on ratheruggedman.net, will be penned by R.A. with Kangas.

The Long Island emcee’s career goes back to the early 90s, and even collaborated with the Notorious B.I.G.

Other artists to recently get the autobiographical treament are Common and Prodigy.

Read the announcement below:

R.A. has lived such an unbelievable life, it reads as if every urban legend you heard as a kid not only actually happened, but all happened to the same person! If the average life story of a rapper is an up-and-down roller-coaster ride, RA’s is an entire amusement park. Considering how he’s been surrounded by death, hardships, hookers, riots, blacklisting, lawsuits and infamous industry beefs, perhaps the most shocking thing about him is how the full story has gone untold. That is, until now.
 
Beyond countless industry tales of violence, sexual harassment charges, deranged depravity and stories involving the likes of Russell Simmons, The Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious BIG, Puff Daddy, Eminem and Mobb Deep, with this autobiography we hope to also explore R.A.’s hinted-at family life. The story of the Thorburns is one of the most compelling portraits of a post-everything American family I’ve ever come across. Following his father’s stint in Vietnam (as covered in RA’s award-winning verse from the song “Uncommon Valor”) they endured disease, poverty and death, yet had a strong enough foundation to be the most stable broken home you’ll ever find. Due to his father being affected by Agent Orange during the war, R.A.’s sister Dee-Dee was born unable to both speak or walk; his brother Maxx was born paralyzed and blind. R.A’s older sister Lisa married the infamous ex-Pagan motorcycle outlaw ‘One Eye’ Jay. from the constant array of thugs, religious zealots and alleged murderers to the FEDS raiding the Thorburn’s family home, the whole truth will finally be revealed
 
There are very few books on Rap or Rap artists in the marketplace, and far too many are preoccupied with authors making a grand social statement or selling you their college thesis. With R.A.’s autobiography, I hope to accurately paint a picture of one of the most turbulent musical forces who has outlasted several generations of his peers and maintained a constant relevance in a genre whose attention span borders on non-existant. It’s the uncensored, unfiltered life of a rap artist in the rap industry who makes rap music, and it’s going to give your local bookstores a much needed dose of Ruggedness.

“R.A. has lived such an unbelievable life, it reads as if every urban legend you heard as a kid not only actually happened, but all happened to the same person! If the average life story of a rapper is an up-and-down roller-coaster ride, RA’s is an entire amusement park. Considering how he’s been surrounded by death, hardships, hookers, riots, blacklisting, lawsuits and infamous industry beefs, perhaps the most shocking thing about him is how the full story has gone untold. That is, until now.

Beyond countless industry tales of violence, sexual harassment charges, deranged depravity and stories involving the likes of Russell Simmons, The Wu-Tang Clan, Notorious BIG, Puff Daddy, Eminem and Mobb Deep, with this autobiography we hope to also explore R.A.’s hinted-at family life. The story of the Thorburns is one of the most compelling portraits of a post-everything American family I’ve ever come across. Following his father’s stint in Vietnam (as covered in RA’s award-winning verse from the song “Uncommon Valor”) they endured disease, poverty and death, yet had a strong enough foundation to be the most stable broken home you’ll ever find. Due to his father being affected by Agent Orange during the war, R.A.’s sister Dee-Dee was born unable to both speak or walk; his brother Maxx was born paralyzed and blind. R.A’s older sister Lisa married the infamous ex-Pagan motorcycle outlaw ‘One Eye’ Jay. from the constant array of thugs, religious zealots and alleged murderers to the FEDS raiding the Thorburn’s family home, the whole truth will finally be revealed

There are very few books on Rap or Rap artists in the marketplace, and far too many are preoccupied with authors making a grand social statement or selling you their college thesis. With R.A.’s autobiography, I hope to accurately paint a picture of one of the most turbulent musical forces who has outlasted several generations of his peers and maintained a constant relevance in a genre whose attention span borders on non-existant. It’s the uncensored, unfiltered life of a rap artist in the rap industry who makes rap music, and it’s going to give your local bookstores a much needed dose of Ruggedness.”

 

UPDATE: Fif also says he plans to release a video for every cut on the offering.

50 Cent has announced the release of a 10 track collection of tracks, slated to be released next week.

Fif took to Twitter to reveal the project, which will be released in honor of the 10 year anniversary of his first mixtape 50 Cent is the Future. He also said that he will be shooting a video for every track included on the collection.

The G-Unit leader last said that his oft-delayed fifth album would release in December, though the LP is currently without a release date.

Gorillaz celebrate their 10 year anniversary by releasing The Singles Collection (2001-2011) featuring a 15-track collection of the band’s singles, videos and remixes. The band has also included a visual backdrop where you can explore the band’s experiences of the last decade. Tracklist and backdrop are below. The Singles Collection (2001-2011) is available now on iTunes.

1. Tomorrow Comes Today
2. Clint Eastwood
3. 19-2000
4. Rock The House
5. Feel Good Inc
6. DARE
7. Dirty Harry
8. Kids With Guns
9. El Manana
10. Stylo
11. Superfast Jellyfish
12. On Melancholy Hill
13. Doncamatic
14. Clint Eastwood (Ed Case & Sweetie Irie Refix)
15. 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)

former Slip-N-Slide artist is joining forces with Rockwilder and X (formerly known as Little X) to judge this new reality television series. 

The three judges will search for up and coming talent in different cities and the winner will receive several prizes. Those prizes include a video shoot with X, a track produced by Rockwilder and a Universal Music distribution deal. The winner is also going to receive a photo shoot, clothing and a national tour as well as $20,000 in prize money. 

Those who register can compete in Baltimore, Raleigh, Tampa, Houston, Little Rock, Detroit, Oakland and Cleveland. There is a $200 fee to register and fans will need to stay tuned for all audition dates. According to the program’s site, “The first date will be Boston, MA on December 3rd, 2011. This will be the pilot for the television series. The pilot will be used to expand the distribution from 6 million to 20+ million and secure major sponsors. We will shop throughout the winter and release additional city dates for early spring 2012 with the finals scheduled for late spring / early summer time frame.” 

The competition is for solo acts only and the age limit is 16 years of age. For more information and to register, check www.americasnexttoprapper.net.

 

The Chi-town rapper addresses suspicions that he insulted Drizzy on his new cut.

On his cut “Sweet,”Common takes aimless shots at “soft” rappers, rhyming, “Y’all niggas man, y’all soft motherfuckers / Singing all around me man, la la la / You ain’t motherfucking Frank Sinatra / Uh, lil’ bitch / Sweet ass motherfucker.”

While many believed this was a diss directed at Drake, Common recently spoke with V103 Atlanta’s The Frank and Wanda Morning Show where he clarified the lyrics.

“Some people have been saying that, but on that song, I’m just talking about whoever the cap fits. I’m talking about rappers out there that’s soft and doing the same thing. So if the cap fits, then that’s who it is,” he said “That’s all it is. It’s whoever the cap fits, then let ‘em wear it. I think it’s a lot of creative artists out there. I think Drake makes some good music.”

Naming Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Lil Wayne as contemporaries whose music he enjoys, Com said anyone who catches feelings from the cut are the ones he’s dissing. “On the song ‘Sweet’ – which we did the video for, too, in Haiti, we just put that out – a lot of rappers may feel it. And if they feel it, then that’s who I’m talking about.”