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Prodigy – H.N.I.C. (Book Cover)

P’s second book is due out July 16th.


Previously: Realm Reality ft. Prodigy – The Realness (Video) | Prodigy – Dough Pildin (Prod. by Alchemist)

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Video: Eddie Huang on Cam’ron, Food, New Book

Eddie Huang is a boss, this much we know. You might run into him at his popular downtown grub spot Baohaus, or you might catch him cruising around Miami on the Bang Bus with Jada Stevens while she gets her guts rearranged. You just never know. Here he is speaking to Mass Appeal for their “Tha Wall” segment about his new book Fresh Off The Boat, Cam’ron being “hands down” his favorite rapper, the joys of 4Loko, favorite NYC food spots (Mamoun’s!) and much more.

Previously: Dipset Rehearses for the 2003 Source Awards (Vintage Video)

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[Music Video] Twista – Book Of Rhymes Freestyle

Off his upcoming mixtape ReLoaded



Malice Hits the Road for Audio Book Tour (Vlog Pt.1)

Follow Malice as he tours to promote the audio book version for Wretched, Pitiful, Poor Blind and Naked. . He hits the 700 Club, 106 & Park, and does an interview with Karmaloop TV at the Good Wood factory. Special guest appearances by MAC Miller, Roxy, & Terrence J.

Related: Malice Opens Up About Becoming a Man of God

more from Malice after the jump…

Related: Malice Drops ‘Pray,’ New Vignette For His Audio Book (Video)
Clipse Talk About Growing and Maturing, Being ‘Cut From A Different Cloth’
News: Malice is Changing His Name
Exclusive: Malice “97 Octane” (Vignette #6)
Exclusive: Pusha T says his brother Malice inspired his Fear of God
Exclusive: Malice “97 Octane” (Vignette #6)
Malice talks new book, his feelings on Pusha T joining G.O.O.D. Music and more
Exclusive: “They said Malice was a good rapper, until…” (Vignette #5)
Exclusive: Malice “Brother’s Keeper” (Vignette #3)
Exclusive: Malice, the Skateboarder? (Vignette #4)



Holiday Wish List: Jordan 11 Concord, Frank Ocean Tees, Malice’s Book

2011 was another big year for Jordan retros. I have a couple pair of 3s sitting in my room as I type this. The White/Cement joints are probably my favorite of all time, but his Christmas Eve will bring another classic Jordan. Retailers in the States will finally be getting the Jordan 11 Concord on the day before X-mas. MJ first wore them during the ‘95 playoffs, after his brief retirement. Nike has only retro-ed these once before in 2000, so don’t sleep it! Online orders will be taken at certain shops, such as Premier.  (via CtotheJL)

after the jump, you can find details and ordering information on Frank Ocean tour tees and Malice’s Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked book.

These tees may be Frank Ocean stanery at its finest but I still want one. To the tell you the truth, I’m not even sure what the Japanese characters say but this reminds of me something I would have waited in line for at age 21. Available at Reed Space.

Related: Frank Ocean Performs First New York City Concert (Video)

Malice’s first book has been out for a while now but is still some essential reading for any Clipse fan. It’s a not secret that Malice has turned to religion to help guide his new lifestyle. Wretched, Pitiful, Poor Blind, & Naked documents exactly what made Malice look at life in a while other light. E-book available on Amazon / Purchase Hardcopy

Related: Malice Opens Up About Becoming a Man of God

Check our boy Chris’ site CtotheJL.com for similar gift items.



Max B The Wavy Baby Book Cover

Even behind bars, Max B will tell his story. He’s about to add author to his resume with his upcoming memoir and has unveiled its cover. Blu-ray also coming soon.

Max Biggaveli is currently serving a 75 year sentence for orchestrating a murder and robbery back in 2006. In March of 2010, the rapper was granted an appeal in the murder case. So wavy baby.

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50 Cent Releasing Fitness Book

50 is back to hitting the books. Curtis is preparing his next publication, Formula 50: A 6-Week Total Body Transformation Plan which will focus on metabolic resistance training (MRT) and will include a nutrition guide.

Last month, the rapper just released Playground focusing on bullying and tackled the keys tosuccess on The 50th Law in 2009. Formula 50 is scheduled for a January 2013 release. Get fit or die tryin’.


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Unreleased Excerpts from Jay-Z’s ‘Decoded’ Book

NYMag and RapRadar scored some unreleased excerpts from the paperback/expanded version of Jay-Z’s Decoded book. This version hits stores on November 1st.

Let me go back to the beginning: I sat in my studio one night at the start of the process of writing this book, trying to decide which songs to include. Throughout the night, different people came through the studio, including some of the people I’ve worked with closest throughout my career—my engineer, Young Guru; Memphis Bleek; Pharrell; Steve Stoute; dream hampton; and others. I was taking a break from finishing up the Blueprint 3 album, and hung out there for hours while people came and went, playing songs and telling stories, some of which made it into this book.

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Memphis Bleek told his side of the story of how we worked together on “Coming of Age,” Young Guru remembered that moving moment when Scarface rewrote his verses for “This Can’t Be Life,” Steve told us about how young corporate guys he knew were psyching themselves up for business meetings by listening to “Public Service Announcement” (and dream remembered the Dave Chappelle “When ‘Keeping It Real’ Goes Wrong” bit where a character did the same thing and got fired).

(read more at RapRadar)

About Jay-Z’s “Lost Ones”:

// My nephew died in the car I bought [4] / So I’m under the belief it’s partly my fault / Close my eyes and squeeze, try to block that thought / Place any burden on me, but please, not that lord / Time don’t go back, it go forward [5] / Can’t run from the pain, go towards it [6] / Some things can’t be explained, what caused it? / Such a beautiful soul, so pure, shit / Gonna see you again, I’m sure of it / Until that time, little man I’m nauseous / Your girlfriend’s pregnant, the lord’s gift / Almost lost my faith, that restored it [7] / It’s like having your life restarted / Can’t wait for your child’s life, to be a part of it / So now I’m childlike, waiting for a gift / To return, when I lost you, I lost it // Lose one, let go to get one / Left one, lose some to win some [Colleek, I lost one] / Sorry I’m a champion, Colleek, you’re a champion / I lost one /

4 My nephew Colleek died in a car accident while driving the car I bought him for his high school graduation.

5 This echoes the sentiment in another song mourning a loved one lost in a car crash. In “Lucifer” my fantasy is to reverse the crash / reverse the blast / reverse the day / and there you are. Here I force myself to avoid that fantasy and come to grips with the truth, that time only moves forward, no matter how painful it is.

6 The only way through such searing pain is to “go towards it,” to allow ourselves to feel it, to reckon with it, and, eventually, to let it go.

(read more at NYMag)

Previously: Video: Jay-Z Decoded Conversation at New York Public Library with Dr. Cornell West
Jay-Z unveils Decoded book in Miami



Steve Stoute on Searching for Nas in QB Projects, Jay-Z, and his New Book

(Purchase Stoute’s new book Tanning of America)

Complex ran a pretty in-depth interview with hip-hop mogul Steve Stoute. The businessman has a lengthy history in music and has worked with the likes of both Nas and Jay-Z, and 50 Cent, early in their careers. In this clip he recalls going to QB in search of Nas, after hearing Illmatic.

Steve: “I had to go to the Queensbridge projects and ask around for Nas. I had a beige Lexus and I was just driving around just cold asking people. Some other projects had beef with Nas or his guys so when I pulled up on Jungle [and his boys], they pulled out guns on me!” (read more here)

There was an interview where Dame Dash talked about the breakup of Roc-A-Fella. He said one of the reasons why was because you and Jay had gotten real close and his influence waned.

If your relationship with somebody’s falling apart, don’t blame it on the third party cause we’ve gotten close. Jay-Z and Dame Dash obviously grew far apart. Dame felt like they grew apart because Jay and I grew closer as friends. The truth is that Jay is a loyal guy, so that wouldn’t have made a difference either way had their relationship been where it should’ve been.

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I have this theory, don’t blame the bat, blame the player swinging the bat. I had nothing to do with it. If your relationship with somebody’s falling apart, don’t blame it on the third party cause we’ve gotten close. You’ve grown apart.

They obviously grew far apart and he felt like they grew apart because Jay and I grew closer as friends. The truth is that Jay is a loyal guy, so that wouldn’t have made a difference either way had their relationship been where it should’ve been. Because there had been a period where all three of us had been friends. So, my response to that is that’s not true.

I’m sure now if you were to ask him Dame would say that his and Jay’s relationship fell apart and it had nothing to do with me. They had all kinds of issues, who owns the Roc-A-Fella name, this, that, and the third. It was all over the place.

(Read the full interview at Complex)



Bill Adler Speaks On Def Jam Book

A few days ago, we had the pleasure of chopping it up with Def Jam’s founding publicist, Bill Adler. Along with Cey Adams and Dan Charnas the triumvirate released their new tome, Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years Of The Last Great Record Label.

The book beautifully chronicles Def Jam’s rise with features interviews from founders Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons and label executives Lyor Cohen, Juile Greenwald, Kevin Liles, Chris Lighty, and others.

From his Midtown pad, Bill discusses the process behind the project and the future of the storied label. Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years Of The Last Great Record Label is available now.

Sidebar: Russell & Rick At NY Public Library

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