A$AP Calls Up The Legends, Iconic Record Label Relaunches, Juvenile Reunites W/ Birdman & Lil Wayne?
Throwback Tuesday. It feels like a throwback day today so why not start things off with A$AP Ferg calling up some rap group veterans. Speaking of veterans, is the label responsible for setting N.W.A. ablaze in the music industry relaunching? With the idea of old things becoming new still in your head, is Cash Money welcoming Juvenile back? All this coming up in SOHH Whatcha Think.
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1. Oldie But Goodie
Is A$AP Ferg trying to do a Vh1: Hip-Hop Honors concert? You would think so considering he is working with the likes of New York rap veterans Onyx and Cleveland’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. MTV has the inside:
Originally, A$AP Ferg planned for Trap Lord to be a free online mixtape, but after putting in so much work, the up-and-coming Harlem, New York, rap star decided to put a price tag on his very first project. Those old-school features have to cost a pretty penny, right?
“I got some of the best of the best on there. It just got serious and more serious because my features are like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. I got Onyx on the same song as B-Real,” Ferg told us last week. “It’s a kind of legendary piece of work, it’s like art. You can’t really give good art away for nothing.” (MTV)
How refreshing would it be to hear some iconic crews like Onyx and Bone Thugs rapping with the new school? There’s so much emphasis on the new rappers today but seeing these types of mash-ups helps unite the old and the new. #SOHHWhatchaThink?
2. Priority First
Is the music industry thriving again? With the recenet surge in album sales from Jay-Z, Wale, J. Cole, Kanye West and more, could the music industry be thriving once again? It looks like the label most known for helping launch the careers of groups like N.W.A. is back. Complex is all over this:
Priority Records, the ’80s and ’90s rap label once home to N.W.A. and Snoop Dogg, is returning in conjunction with Capitol Music Group and Insurgency Music Group. The relaunch officially begins with a single from Just Blaze and Baauer, featuring Jay Z (whose former hyphen has been left out of the process entirely) called “Higher.”
The new direction of Priority is supposed to be “producer-driven,” with a focus on “electronic and progressive urban music.” Feel free to interpret that as you will, but from the sound of it, the new Priority may not resemble its titular predecessor very much.
Michael Cohen, who is set to be the executive of the imprint, said the following about the move:
“I don’t come from the hip-hop world, but the genesis of that label was really about supporting the indie level; it broke the mold in terms of working outside the system to bring street-level music to the mainstream without any compromise. And the producer—who has always played a strong role in hip-hop—has become the focal point coming out of the global electronic music space. It’s heralded a paradigm shift in the way music is created, discovered and spread. Our first single ‘Higher’ epitomizes everything we’re trying to do with Priority.” (Complex)
The indie grind is very much alive and the relaunch of Priority Records seems pretty promising. Could other labels follow close behind like Loud/Rawkus? Only time will tell but this is a great sign. #SOHHWhatchaThink?
3. Why Can’t We Be Friends
Is Juvenile finally coming back to Cash Money? With artists like Torion Sellers trying to get off Young Money and Lil Twist more interested in hanging out with Justin Bieber than Lil Wayne, the Young Money/Cash Money team could use some veteran leadership in the form of Juvenile. Real Talk NY has footage of Juvie and Weezy hooking up:
Last night I attended Cash Money’s, “Rich Gang,” album release party in NYC. The compilation album featuring, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Future, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Ace Hood, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes and more is on sale today. Check the slideshow for pictures from the party. (Real Talk NY)
A picture is worth a thousand words and this could all be nothing. One thing is for certain and it’s that Juvenile does not have the same issues with Cash Money as former artists like Mannie Fresh. Is it worth holding out to see if Juvie is really back with his old pals? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
That about wraps it up for today. This is SOHH On The Spot giving you the morning scoop from your favorite gossip sites.