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News Bits: The Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Recovers, Quincy Jones Returns To Hip Hop

DX News Bits: The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Recovers, Quincy Jones Returns To Hip Hop

Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys reportedly doing much better, Quincy Jones to release an album featuring some of Hip Hop’s biggest names.

It appears that The Beastie Boys may be back to their old tricks again now that Adam “MCA” Yauch is reportedly recovering from his battle with cancer. Billboard.com reports that since Yauch is doing much better the group may have resumed working on their album entitled Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1.

News of Yauch’s health came from Tamra Davis, the wife of Beastie Boys member Michael “Mike D” Diamond, who posted somewhat of an update on her blog.

“Mike is back mixing his record, which means Adam Y is feeling better,” said Davis in her entry.

The group was forced to cease working on Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1 when it was announced July of last year that Yauch had been diagnosed with cancer.

In others news, iconic music man Quincy Jones is preparing for the upcoming November 9 release of his latest project entitled Q: Soul Bossa Nostra. The album will feature appearances from a number of noteworthy Hip Hop artists including Talib Kweli, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, and more.

The tracklisting for Q: Soul Bossa Nostra is as follows:

1. Ironside (feat. Talib Kweli)

2. Strawberry Letter 23 (feat. Akon)

3. Soul Bossa Nostra (feat. Ludacris, Naturally 7 & Rudy Currence)

4. Give Me The Night (feat. Jamie Foxx)

5. Tomorrow (feat. John Legend)

6. You Put A Move On My Heart (feat. Jennifer Hudson)

7. Get The Funk Out Of My Face (feat. Snoop Dogg)

8. Secret Garden (feat. Usher, LL Cool J, Robin Thicke, Tyrese, BarrWhite & Tevin Campbell)

9. Betcha Wouldn’t Hurt Me (feat. Mary J. Blige, Q-Tip & Alfredo Rodriguez)

10. Everything Must Change (feat. BeBe Winans)

11. Many Rains Ago (Oluwa) (feat. Wyclef Jean)

12. PYT (feat. T-Pain & Robin Thicke)

13. It’s My Party (feat. Amy Winehouse)

14. Hikky-Burr (feat. Three 6 Mafia & David Banner)

15. Sanford & Son (feat. T.I., B.o.B., Prince Charlez & Mohombi)

Excerpt from HipHopDx.com


Vado Wants Justin Bieber For “Speaking In Tungs” Remix

Vado Wants Justin Bieber For

Harlem diddy-bop meets Canadian kiddie pop, as Vado seeks “Shawty Maine” for an official remix.

Pop singer Justin Bieber made his way into Hip Hop courtesy of a “Baby” remix with Ludacris as well as a “Runaway Love”  remix with Raekwon and Kanye West. Bieber has since logged studio time with Dr. Dre and been endorsed by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Drake. And now, UN member and Dipset affiliate Vado would like to use the 16-year-old crooner to boost his mainstream profile. A video of Bieber rhyming over Vado and Cam’ron’s “Speaking in Tungs” has Vado eyeing an official collaboration.

“We need to keep his verse for the remix!” Vado told the New York Daily News. “We might finish the remix this weekend, and let Justin go first. I’m definitely going to contact him.”

Vado hasn’t ruled out returning the favor by unofficially remixing one of Bieber’s tracks—so far Bieber has three singles within the top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 this year. Bieber’s “Speaking in Tungs” viral video has amassed over 300,000 views since being posted on Twitter yesterday.

“I was shocked!” Vado added. “He killed it! He sounded like [Notorious] B.I.G. When I seen it on Twitter, I didn’t believe it.”

Excerpt from HipHopDx.com


Snoop Dogg Drops “Gin & Juice”-Themed Shirts With Upper Playground

Snoop Dogg Drops

The D-O-double-G calls back to his 1993 hockey jersey look with a new run of threads with respected Upper Playground.

Dating back to the early ’90s, Long Beach, California Rap superstar Snoop Dogg has been a fashion icon. From his unique braids and trademark Converse Chuck Taylors, the emcee has long been an ambassador of west coast street culture to the global mainstream. Now, 17 years after his first solo video, “Gin & Juice,” Snoop Dogg teams up with clothing company Upper Playground to call back to one of his early trends.

In the 1993 video to the Dr. Dre-produced song from the multi-platinum Doggystyle, then-Snoop Doggy Dogg was portrayed sitting on the handlebars to a bicycle, pedaled by cousin and Dogg Pound co-founder Daz Dillinger. In that sequence, Snoop wore an early 1990s away-team jersey for the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey club. Later in the video, Snoop is seen wearing a Homestead Grays hoodie, another Pittsburgh-based franchise in baseball’s Negro Leagues, before the closing drive-in/house party sequence finds him in another hockey jersey, this one belonging to a minor league team, Springfield, Indians.

Fans of both nostalgia and Hip Hop, Upper Playground has released three hockey jersey-inspired t-shirts with Snoop Dogg. The three looks, according to TheBoomBox, are “You Don’t Love Me,” “I Love New York,” and “Chronic Life.”

The collaborations are available on Snoop Dogg’s website, Upper Playground’s website, and wherever Upper Playground is sold.

In related news, Snoop Dogg has said that he’s working on a sequel to Doggystyle, where “Gin & Juice” and its video comes from.

Excerpt from HipHopDx.com


Swizz Beatz Teams Up With Automaker Aston Martin

Swizz Beatz Teams Up With Automaker Aston Martin

Swizzy and Aston Martin slowly reveal details about doing something, at some point, with a car.

Last month Swizz Beatz took to Twitter to announce an upcoming partnership with legendary car company Aston Martin. The tweet said, “@astonmartin & therealswizz is about to put something on the streets you can’t deny! Coming soon follow @astonmartin.” Now the super-producer is unveiling some more information.

In a recent tweet Swizzy revealed a shot of himself looking over some photos and a model of what looks to be an all new Aston Martin. Details about how involved Swizz Beatz was with the design and creation of the car are still unclear but from the looks of the photo he seems very dedicated.

Beyond his work with Aston Martin 2010 has been one of Bronx producer-rapper’s busiest yet. Earlier this year he married superstar Alicia Keys and the couple are expecting their first child this fall. In addition to that, “Haute Living” Beatz’s sophomore release is still set to drop this year.

Excerpt from HipHopDx.com


Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not A Human Being” CD Projected To Sell 90K In First Week

Lil Wayne's

The physical release of Lil Wayne’s newest release is poised to take the top spot on the charts, according to first-day projections.

Despite still being in prison, it appears as though Lil Wayne’s star has yet to fade.

The rapper’s latest release, I Am Not a Human Being, now on CD is poised to sell 90,000 units in its first week according to first-day estimates, reports hitsdailydouble.com. In the last two weeks, the digital version of the release has sold approximately 133,000 copies. Those figures included a Top 5 debut last month.

The physical version has 13 tracks, as opposed to the digital one, which had 10.

If the release stays true to the projections, it will likely find itself on top of the charts.

As previously reported, I Am Not a Human Being is currently being bundeled with the video game “Def Jam Rapstar.”

Excerpt from HipHopDx.com


News Bits: Jasiri X, K’wan, Import/Export at CMJ

DX News Bits: Jasiri X, K'wan, Import/Export at CMJ

A Pittsburgh emcee signs up north, a New York author returns to the “Hood”, and rappers from across the globe invade NYC.

– Jasiri X, a fixture of the Pittsburgh Hip Hop scene, has signed with Canada’s just established Wandering Worx Music label. The Steel Town emcee has a single, That Funk, all ready to go and will reveal it this Friday, October 15th, on his Bandcamp page. 2011 will see the release of Jasiri’s first full length for the Vancouver based label, Ascension. Previously, Jasiri X’s independent work has been highly decorated in his home city where he’s won multiple Pittsburgh Hip Hop awards. Rodney Davidson, co-founder of Wandering Worx Music, had this to say about his recent signing, “Jasiri X has raw talent and his thought provoking lyrics are a refreshing change from the usual boasting about cars and money that permeates some of the popular hip hop out there today.”

– K’wan, author of thirteen books including “Street Dreams, “Gangsta”, and “Road Dawgz”, is set to release his newest work, “Welfare’s Wifey,” through publisher St. Martin’s Press/Griffin. Subtitled “A Hood Rat Novel” the book tells the story of the drama fraught lives of reoccurring K’wan characters such as Gucci, Animal, and Don B as they navigate their way through the streets of New York. K’wan is giving away a free, autographed copy of “Welfare Wifey’s” to the first 100 people to send their email address details to blackdawnbooks@yahoo.com.

– Promoters Digiwaxx, The Bloom Effect, and artist Miz Metro are set to put on the Import/Export showcase at this year’s CMJ Festival in New York City. Import/Export will be the only show at the festival to feature Hip Hop from across the globe. Bloom Effect CEO Fiona Bloom explains why the organizers’ motivation, “CMJ is a perfect place for a global Hip Hop event like this… I’m still baffled that we’re the only showcase of its kind [at this year’s CMJ.]” Import/Export will be hosted by Canadian up and comer Eternia and is scheduled to be held October 21st at 92YTribeca and features a lineup that includes Emmanuel Jal of the Sudan, LidoLido from Norway, Sagol 59 from Isreal and others. M    ore show details can be found here.

Excerpt from HipHopDx.com