DJ Premier Set To Score VH1’s Upcoming Original Film On The Hip-Hop Industry ‘The Breaks’


DJ Premier is locked in to provide a score and take the reigns as executive music producer on VH1’s freshly announced original film The Breaks. Inspired by the music biz text book The Big Payback (penned by foundational hip-hop journalist and record executive Dan Charnas) the film will follow three young hip-hop professionals in 1990 NYC, where the culture was coming into its own full-bloom and despite the massive success and popularity of its sound, still found both racial and cultural obstacles standing in the way of its proliferation. For you aspiring underlings who have found yourself putting in your resumé at every label, firm, agency, etc. that you could find, you should find Charnas’ guide to the subterranean lows and heavenly highs of hip-hop’s corner of the music industry as required reading. And if you have yet to indulge, I can’t recommend it strong enough. The Breaks will begin principal photography this June, eying the Fall for the official premiere, with Seith Mann (of The Wire, Homeland, The Walking Dead and more) at the helm as writer, director and executive producer. Stay tuned as more info rolls out in the weeks and months to come.

Keke Palmer Stars in ‘Brotherly Love’ now playing in selected Theaters


The 21-year-old actress/singer stars in the film, which is set on the backdrop of Philadelphia’s famed Overbrook High School.

It follows the lives of the nations number one high school basketball player Sergio Taylor as he deals with the early pressures of hood fame.

Brotherly Love is now playing in selected Theaters

Vic Mensa Signs To Jay Z’s Roc Nation


21-year-old Vic Mensa can now look at his haters and say, with impunity: “Oh u mad, huh?” He just signed with Roc Nation Records, the label owned by Jay Z, and that’s a big deal for a guy who only has a mixtape and EP to his name (or any guy, really). He’ll join J. Cole. Rita Ora, Jay Electronica, Willow Smith, DJ Mustard and Rihanna on the record label.

Jay-Z announced the news via Twitter today.

Diddy Announces That Kanye West Is Newest Member of Hitmen


Diddy has been pretty adamant about bringing back his old moniker, so much so, the Bad Boy mogul claimed he would not only revive his infamous alias – but he would also go back to producing for a limited time – one year to be exact.

With the Ciroc honcho putting the final touches on his long awaited LP, “Money Making Mitch,” he took time out of his busy schedule to announce that he’s added a new member to his Hitmen production team: Kanye West.

The Hitmen, consisting of Love and Hip Hop’s Stevie J, singer/producer Mario Winans, Chucky Thompson and Deric D-Dot Angelettie (aka the Madd Rapper), were solely responsible for a heap of Bad Boy hit singles in the early to late 90’s, most notably for Biggie and Mase’s magnum opuses, as well as Puff’s own classic project “No Way Out.”

Over the years, Diddy has somehow found his way back to his first passion, with contributions to Jay Z’s conceptual “American Gangster” project, along with board-work on French Montana’s debut album “Excuse My French.” Now, inspired by the flick “Paid in Full,” Puff is bringing out the big guns for old times’ sake on his new album, and Ye will certainly be his team’s newest home-run hitter.

Nonetheless, this should be interesting. What do you think about the addition of Ye? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

Black Rob formely of Bad Boy Records Had a Stroke and Tearfully Breaks Down Why + Talks New Music


Former Bad Boy Records signee Black Rob is set to return with a new album later this month, entitled Geniuine Article.

In support of the new project, the rap vet stopped by Sway In The Morning, where he emotionally opened up about his health, dispelling rumors of drug use and confirming that he suffered a stroke.

Watch The Full Interview Below: