It was spring 1998. DMX was the hottest cat in hip-hop and released his SoundScan-murdering debut LP It's Dark and Hell Is Hot. That winter, X came right back with another scorcher, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood.
OK, speed up 12 years. We all know about Drake's popularity. His debut, Thank Me Later, came out this past spring, and believe it or not, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Drizzy could come right back with another album just in time for Christmas.
"Drake's crazy," Young Money president Mack Maine told MTV News last week. "He's doing a mixtape right now. He called me one night, like 2 in the morning. He has the intro done for the new album. We was discussing dates where he should come back. That'll be soon. And this mixtape, he's gonna put that out quick. His formula is crazy. He works fast. I can't give the secret away to the formula. He's a musical genius. The way he and [producer] 40 put things together is crazy."
When we asked Mack if Drake was putting out another LP before next summer, he simply said, "Real possible! What we discussed, definitely, what me and him discussed."
Such a quick turnaround between Thank Me Later and its follow-up is a simple case of supply and demand.
"It makes sense," Mack said. "Like DMX and those guys [at Def Jam]. They dropped two in one year. I think 50 [Cent] did two in one year. If it wasn't a year, it was right around that time. [Drake's] hot like that. Why not? Give them what they want."
When asked if Drizzy would have an album in the marketplace in time for it to be a stocking stuffer around the holidays, Mack Mizzle smiled and advised us to "expect the unexpected."
Regardless of when the new LP comes out, all signs point toward Drake's R&B mixtape, It's Never Enough, to come this year. There has been a smattering of Drake records popping up randomly on the Internet recently, such as "What If I Kissed You."
Miami rapper Trick Daddy is focusing on the release of his upcoming autobiography, which will be released this Fall, the rapper revealed to AllHipHop.com.
The book, tentatively titled Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, is the story of Trick Daddy's colorful life in Miami, where he was raised in Liberty City, along with 19 brothers and sisters.
The book focuses on his upbringing, his wild days on the streets hustling, his time spent incarcerated, his rise to fame as a rapper and his fight with the disease Lupus.
Trick Daddy told AllHipHop.com that he was recording his new album www.thug.com2, which will be released on his Dunk Ryder Record label.
The rapper, born Maurice Young, said that he recently "cleaned house" at the label due to some unscrupulous business practices that were taking place behind his back.
“Due to bad business practices in my name and Dunk Ryder Records I had to clean house," Trick Daddy revealed to AllHipHop.com. "To anybody that had to deal with any part of that, I want you to know that I was not informed about what was going on but when I found out I handled it. So I do as I always do, stay on the grind and leave the BS behind me.”
At press time, Trick Daddy's book Magic City: Trials of a Native Son is due in stores in November, while www.thug.com2 has no release date.
Dropping on October 5th.
1. Down 4 Mine
2. Untitled Track (feat. Lil Wayne, Bun B & Drake)
3. Fly Lady
4. Love 2 Ball
5. Since The 90’s (feat. Gator Mane & E-40)
6. Dickies (feat. Bun B & Young Jeezy)
7. Midnight Hoes (feat. Rick Ross)
8. Made Fo (feat. Too Short)
9. Believe In Me (feat. Ivory P, Cory Mo, Heezi, BankRoll Jones, Bub & The UnderDogs)
10. Hit The Parking Lot (feat. Webbie & Lil’ Boosie)
12. Get Down (feat. Devin The Dude)
13. Go To War (feat. Bun B)
While early estimates had "The Last Exorcism" edging out "Takers" at the box office this weekend, T.I. says not so fast. According to a recalculated tally on BoxOfficeMojo.com, his heist film, also starring Idris Elba and Chris Brown, came out on top, grossing $20.5 million vs. the horror movie's $20.3 million.
"It was so tight, they kinda misinformed people prematurely and gave out the wrong information," Tip said about the initial numbers. "But officially, as it stands right now, 'Takers' is the #1 movie in the country, contrary to popular belief. In my heart, I felt it would be.
"Its kinda like the Obama election," Tip continued. "Not at all as important, but you felt like it was supposed to happen ... unless it was some bullsh-- in the game, it would likely happen. I'm not in any way trying to compare the magnitude of importance [of the presidential election] to this [box-office] situation, but I'm just trying to somewhat rate my anticipation. Thanks to everyone that supported. Critics were very quick to sign up and criticize the film. I appreciate the people for showing up and judging for themselves. And tweeting and putting out the word of mouth that this really was a good film."
Tip did more than his share to promote the film this weekend. On Friday, he was in Atlanta treating his hometown fans to the flick, and then he headed to the Midwest on Sunday to do the same.
"All weekend I been out," he said. "If I went and the line was packed, I bought all the tickets. Everybody inside who had already bought the tickets, I bought the concessions — popcorn, candy, slushees, sodas. I did that in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, I was in Mount Pleasant [Michigan] with [Ludacris for a concert]. ... I went before the concert and took pictures and signed autographs for everyone who bought tickets. And after the show, I went in after the movie theater had closed. They remained open so they could show the film, man. At 11:30 or 11:55. That allowed us to have two more sold-out shows. I appreciate all the people who supported. It was really the energy. The energy surrounding the project was unmatched.
"We were in less theaters, we were in smaller theaters [than 'The Last Exorcism']," Tip said about the obstacles for "Takers." "They were in theaters that held 350 and 400. We were in theaters that held 150 and 185, 225. We had a stronger per-screen average, which means all of the screens that we were viewed on and showed on, we had more sold-out shows than they did. It was more people in line for 'Takers' than it was for that movie. It didn't matter how many more screens than us they were on. It kept it close, but they couldn't bring out the victory, simply because the people demanded it. The quality of ['Takers'] spoke volumes of what the people wanted to have in the #1 slot."
After the film's successful debut weekend, Tip was on the phone Monday morning (August 30) with the filmmakers about getting a "Takers" prequel greenlit. Musically, he's dropping a song in the next few days called "I Pledge Allegiance to the Swag."