Rap-Up.com http://www.rap-up.com Hip-Hop and R&B Music, News, Photos, Interviews, & Videos Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:29:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Lil Wayne to Launch Sports Agency with Cristiano Ronaldo as First Clienthttp://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/lil-wayne-to-launch-sports-agency-with-cristiano-ronaldo-as-first-client/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/lil-wayne-to-launch-sports-agency-with-cristiano-ronaldo-as-first-client/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:18:18 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190488
Lil Wayne and Cristiano Ronaldo

Lil Wayne is making a big business move. The Young Money mogul is reportedly starting his own sports management agency and has signed up soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo as his first client.

According to TMZ, Weezy, who is a huge sports fanatic, has been wanting to get into sports management and is friends with the Team Portugal player.

Wayne has partnered with Polaris Sports, which is affiliated with CAA and GestiFute, the company where Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes works.

Wayne’s company will handle Ronaldo’s sports management affairs in the U.S. including marketing, endorsement deals, and even modeling.

Earlier today, Ronaldo tweeted a photo of himself with the Prime Minister of Japan holding up the Young Money sign.

“My homie Christiano Ronaldo got the President of Japan throwing up Young money! He too real 4dat! Young Muulah baby!” tweeted Wayne.

He won’t be the first rap mogul to venture into the world of sports. In 2013, Jay Z teamed up with CAA to launch Roc Nation Sports, which is home to Kevin Durant, CC Sabathia, Skylar Diggins, and Victor Cruz.

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New Music: LL Cool J f/ Mavado – ‘The Hustler’http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/new-music-ll-cool-j-f-mavado-the-hustler/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/new-music-ll-cool-j-f-mavado-the-hustler/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:35:26 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190490
The Hustler

LL Cool J can’t leave rap alone. Fourteen years after releasing his chart-topping album G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time), the hip-hop veteran has announced the sequel, G.O.A.T. 2.

Instead of charming the ladies, LL takes it to the streets with the Gully Gad himself Mavado on his dark and gritty single “The Hustler,” produced by Jerry Wonda.

“These streets ain’t loyal / These snakes uncoil right there for you / Family separated like water and oil,” he raps over the ominous beat.

Listen to their tales of faded glory.

[Diva Nikki Z]

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French Montana and Khloe Kardashian Open Up About Their Relationshiphttp://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/french-montana-and-khloe-kardashian-open-up-about-their-relationship/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/french-montana-and-khloe-kardashian-open-up-about-their-relationship/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:52:29 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190479
Khloe Kardashian and French Montana

After scoring an interview with Remy Ma earlier in the week, Angie Martinez sat down with French Montana on Power 105.1 on Thursday. The “Pop That” rapper, who’s become a regular on TMZ, spoke out for the first time about his relationship with girlfriend Khloe Kardashian.

He revealed that his mentor Diddy was the one who introduced him to Kim’s younger sister. “Khloe cool as hell, man. It was Puff. Puff was the one that put us together,” said a nervous French.

Khloe’s family has embraced him. “Me and Kris Jenner best friends. We drink together,” he said of Khloe’s mother.

His girl even stopped by to visit to her man, and address the critics. “People are going to comment no matter what, like if I dated the most clean-cut, perfect guy, they’re gonna comment. That’s just the way it is,” said Khloe. “So if I’m having fun and if I like this kid, no one else should care. They’re not fuckin’ him, so why do they care?”

When asked what she likes most about her boo, she cited his sense of humor. “He is probably one of the funniest people I’ve ever met in my life. You cannot stop laughing, like crying laughing.”

While he may have a reputation for being a bad boy, there are other sides to him. “I think he also puts out there more of the tough exterior and that’s who he is, but there’s also a different side of him, which he keeps more private as he should. Not everyone should see that side of him, but he could be a softie sometimes.”

French has been refraining from alcohol and sex because of Ramadan, which Khloe says has been “so fun… That’s why he’s wearing all white. He’s so pure and holy right now. He’s virginal.”

He also dished about his new music. He is getting ready to release a new single called “Don’t Panic” and revealed that Kanye West might executive produce his album Mac & Cheese 4. He and ‘Ye did five or six tracks together including one called “Gucci Mane” featuring Rick Ross and Lil Wayne.

Plus, hear him speak about Kanye’s new single “All Day (“It’s so epic”) and his plans to pursue acting.

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Jeremih Announces New Mixtape ‘Not On My Album’http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/jeremih-announces-new-mixtape-not-on-my-album/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/jeremih-announces-new-mixtape-not-on-my-album/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:06:58 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190472
Not On My Album

A week after dropping his No More EP with Shlohmo, Jeremih has announced plans for a new mixtape Not On My Album. Due August 4, the project will consist of material that won’t appear on his upcoming album Thumpy Johnson.

The first release from N.O.M.A. is “She Know It.” The Chicago crooner documents a day in his life in the video featuring fellow Chi-town native Chi Hoover.

He has been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2010′s All About You, which has spawned the DJ Mustard-produced single “Don’t Tell ‘Em” featuring YG.

“It’s definitely for the trunk, it’s definitely for the streets,” Jeremih said of the album. “It’s a lot of thump for your trunk and just crack music for the streets.”

Watch the video for “She Know It” below.

[The FADER]

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T.I. Performs with Fall Out Boy on VH1’s ‘SoundClash’http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/ti-performs-with-fall-out-boy-on-vh1s-soundclash/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/ti-performs-with-fall-out-boy-on-vh1s-soundclash/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:29:27 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190467
Fall Out Boy, T.I., and London Grammar

The King held court with some unlikely collaborators on VH1’s new series “SoundClash.” Hosted by Diplo and executive produced by Questlove, the show brings diverse acts together on one stage to perform their current hits, covers, and collaborations.

During last night’s premiere, T.I. brought down the house with his hits including “Bring ‘Em Out,” “What You Know,” and his latest single “No Mediocre.”

For the finale, he joined Fall Out Boy and British trip-hop group London Grammar for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of “Live Your Life.”

Catch the inaugural episode below.

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New Music: M.I.A. – ‘Gold’http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/new-music-mia-gold/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/new-music-mia-gold/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:02:58 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190464
M.I.A.

Pull up the people. M.I.A. links with The Partysquad on the bombastic “Gold” off The Partysquad Summer Mixtape. Over the sound of blasting horns, the pop provocateur demands that you “show me your gold, do what you’re told.”

The mixtape also includes remixes to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” Kanye West’s “Bound 2,” and M.I.A.’s “Double Bubble Trouble.”

Listen to Matangi’s shiny new jam below.

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Video: Chance the Rapper – ‘I Am Very Very Lonely’http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/video-chance-the-rapper-i-am-very-very-lonely/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/video-chance-the-rapper-i-am-very-very-lonely/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:36:36 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190458
Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper teases his upcoming Lollapalooza gig with the short and steamy video for “I Am Very Very Lonely,” a track he released in April. A couple makes passionate love—humping, grinding, and twerking against each other—in the shadows while Chance provides the late-night soundtrack.

“It’s just me and la cucaracha / Cold piece with the hot Sriracha tonight,” sings the Acid Rap MC.

He will showcase new material during his Lollapalooza gig in Chicago on August 3. The concert will be streamed live.

Unleash the freak fest below.

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Iggy Azalea to Host MTV’s ‘House of Style’http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/iggy-azalea-to-host-mtvs-house-of-style/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/iggy-azalea-to-host-mtvs-house-of-style/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:52:02 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190455
Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea has scored a “Fancy” new gig. The Aussie rap sensation has been named host of MTV’s “House of Style.”

The revived series, which originally premiered in 1989 with host Cindy Crawford, will chronicle the connection between fashion and music and introduce viewers to designers, celebrity trendsetters, emerging trends, and more.

I-G-G-Y will take viewers to L.A.’s best vintage stores with Jeremy Scott to music video sets with Rita Ora.

The new season premieres August 4 on MTV.com and Iggy promises it will be “wild, crazy, fun, and fascinating all at the same time.”

The blonde bombshell is up for seven nominations at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year for her No. 1 hit “Fancy.”

Following the VMAs on August 24, she will appear in a “House of Style” VMA fashion special on August 26 at 7 p.m. EST.

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New Music: Lil Mama – ’0 to 100 (Freestyle)’http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/new-music-lil-mama-0-to-100-freestyle/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/new-music-lil-mama-0-to-100-freestyle/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:32:31 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190452
0 to 100 (Freestyle)

Lil Mama is back with a vengeance. After starring as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1′s TLC biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, the “Lip Gloss” MC shows that she can still get it poppin’ with her freestyle to Drake’s “0 to 100.”

“And I’m undefeated / Ain’t no contenders in my class / And you couldn’t beat it even if you Michael Jackson bad,” spits the spunky 24-year-old.

While she hasn’t released an album since 2008, she plans to put out more freestyles as part of her “Lyrical Purge” series.

Hear Mama return to the mic.

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J. Cole Brings Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar at L.A. Showhttp://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/j-cole-brings-out-drake-kendrick-lamar-at-la-show/ http://www.rap-up.com/2014/07/24/j-cole-brings-out-drake-kendrick-lamar-at-la-show/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:01:02 +0000 http://www.rap-up.com/?p=190444
J. Cole and Drake

Grand opening, grand closing. J. Cole capped off his second annual “Dollar & A Dream” tour with a bang.

Following sold-out shows in London, New York, Miami, Raleigh, and Chicago, the Roc Nation MC performed two back-to-back shows at L.A.’s Belasco Theater on Wednesday night. His Dreamvillains lined up for hours to get their hands on the coveted $1 tickets, and they got much more than they paid for.

In addition to performing his 5-year-old mixtape The Warm Up in its entirety, Cole surprised the crowd by bringing out Drake, who performed “Trophies,” “0 to 100,” and “Worst Behavior.”

“These are the only two kings in the game right now on stage,” said Drizzy as he stood alongside Cole.

During his second show, L.A.’s own Kendrick Lamar joined Cole onstage for “Poetic Justice,” “Backseat Freestyle,” and “m.A.A.d city.”

If you weren’t lucky enough to score a ticket, check out some footage below.

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