You Thought This Was A Game? A Coincidence? No It’s A TAKEOVER

Posted in Dope! New Albums, Dope! New Music, Dope! News with tags , , , on September 10, 2008 by simplydope

Recently Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Kanye (all known by first names) announced their upcoming albums. Beyonce announced that her 3rd solo album will be released on November 17th. Two singles are already ready to impact radio on October 7th. One entitled Single Ladies and the other “If I Were A Boy” which a video is being shot for in New York.  After Beyonce has all her shine next in line is Kanye who will be releasing his album a MONTH later, December 16th to be exact. His 4th solo album will be 808’s and Heartbreak and here is the cover art for the first single:

“Love Lockdown” was premiered at the 2008 VMA’s and should be available on iTunes this week. But wait the trilogy would not be complete without Jay-Z.  Jay is completing a trilogy of his own with his next album The Blueprint 3. Of course the first single was produced by Kanye and “Jockin Jay-Z (Dope Boy Fresh)” was premiered on Kanye’s New York stop of the Glow In The Dark Tour.

The hit single “Swagga Like Us” which features and is produced by Kanye West, will be on both T.I.‘s Paper Trail and Jay’s The Blueprint 3. Sources say that Jay-Z will be releasing his album in December or January right after Kanye’s.

THIS IS A DAMN TAKEOVER!

THIS IS A POLITE WARNING:

GET WITH IT OR GET LOST!

Kanye West, Oprah, Mary J. Blige, And Forest Whitaker Speak About Barack Obama’s DNC Convention Speech

Posted in Dope! News, Dope! Pics, Simply Dopeness! with tags , , , , on September 2, 2008 by simplydope

I now see how Barack Obama is taking over the nation. After sitting out in the hot sun at a football stadium at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio waiting to hear Obama speak, I now see why he is going to be the next president, he is truly inspirational. Oprah, Kanye, MJB, and Forest Whitaker were also inspired by Barack Obama:

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And who said Oprah didn’t like rappers? Her and Kanye seem pretty close with one another.

Dope! News: Kirk Franklin At Odds With T-Pain Over ‘Silver & Gold’

Posted in Dope! News with tags , on August 29, 2008 by simplydope

It looks like Kirk Franklin had to sit down and have a talk with T-Pain about his song that leaked on the internet ‘Silver & Gold’. Kirk who originally released the song ‘Silver & Gold’ in 1993 on the album Kirk Franklin and the Family, had lyrics that spoke about God:

Silver and gold/ Silver and gold/ I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold/ No fame or fortune/ Nor riches untold/ I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold.

While T-Pain’s version focuses more on alcohol:

“You’ll be hanging, swanging, drinking two types of Patrón,” he sings. “I done mixed up silver and gold/ I done mixed up silver and gold/ I’mma tryin’ to get drunk before this party/ Somebody’s gonna have to carry me home/ I done drank the silver and gold.”

T-Pain’s version doesn’t sample the original Kirk Franklin hit, but the melody is the same which caused people to believe that he was desecrating a gospel song buy talking about alcohol instead. T-Pain talked to MTV News about how the song was just done out of “boredom” and it wasn’t considered to be on the album and how Kirk told him to change the melody:

“It was never supposed to be on my album, the record, it got leaked, then me and Kirk Franklin had to talk. He was doing most of the talking. He was saying it wasn’t no disrespect. He was saying he knows how songs get leaked. He had it happen to him before. He said he wasn’t a saint, and it wasn’t like he never did nothing wrong. It’s not like [Kirk] said I did something wrong. He said if I was gonna go with it, just change the melody. ‘You can still say silver and gold.’ He’s got a lot of people saying stuff to him: ‘How could you let T-Pain destroy a gospel song like that? How could let him talk about alcohol?’ I wasn’t even doing it for a mixtape or nothing. I was literally drinking and made a song. I was bored in the studio. There was nothing else to do. I made it into an alcoholic anthem, which wasn’t good. It spread so fast, everybody thought it was the first single. Somebody was putting it out as ‘the first single off of T-Pain’s new album Pain or Pleasure.‘ Somebody was just making up an album name just so they can put it out. That’s why my album isn’t coming out on [my] birthday no more, because I had to push it back. We had to stop that song.”

Dope New Music: Nelly Ft. Keri Hilson & St. Lunatics ‘Lie’ || Plies ‘Pant’s Hang Low’

Posted in Dope! New Music with tags , , , on August 29, 2008 by simplydope

Another track off of Nelly‘s Brass Knuckles has been leaked entitled ‘Lie’. It features Keri Hilson and The St. Lunatics who we ain’t heard from in a minute. I have heard a little bit of Murphy Lee‘s mixtape maybe he getting ready for his second album….we’ll see. I’m surprised this hasn’t been released as a single, it would have been way better than that Wadysnameisndmfdhs….disaster.

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD ‘LIE’ HERE

Plies is back? Wait did this dude ever leave? I thought that he just put out the single ‘Please Excuse My Hands’ from the Definition Of Real, right?  Well Plies said F@ck waiting til next year to release ANOTHER album, let’s do it now! That’s right  this dude is about to release another album entitled Da Realist [aint that the same ish as Defenition Of Real how many times you gonna try to change up the word ‘REAL’!] and ‘Pant’s Hang Low’ is the official first single. And guess what, the album is due in stores December 16th. I guess keep hittin em’ while your still releveant is the policy over at Slip-N-Slide Records….SMH.

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD ‘PANTS HANG LOW’ HERE

Dope! New Magazine Covers: Sanaa Lathan & Taraji P. Henson || Ne-Yo || Robin Thicke

Posted in Dope! Magazine Covers with tags , , , on August 29, 2008 by simplydope

Sanaa Lathan and Taraji P. Henson cover the new issue of Jet. The are both starring in the upcoming Tyler Perry movie ‘The Faamily That Preys’ due in theaters September 12th.

Ne-Yo is on the cover of 944 for their special VMA Award issue. Ne-Yo is also expected to perform at the 944 Magazine VMA party on September 3rd. His album The Year Of The Gentleman will be in stores September 16th.

Robin Thicke covers the newest issue of Billboard magazine. His album Something Else is expected to release September 30th and the album cover has just been released as well:

“I Got It You Got It We Got The Magic Girl”….Definitely looking forward to this album.

Dope! Music Videos: Young Jeezy ‘Vacation’ || Common Ft. Pharrell ‘Announcement’

Posted in Dope! Music Videos with tags , , on August 28, 2008 by simplydope

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The video for Young Jeezy‘s second single ‘Vacation’ from the highly anticipated album The Recession has just been released. I just finished listening to the album and it’s definitely fire, make sure you cop it on September 2nd.

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I’m telling you special effect videos are becoming more and more frequent in hip-hop videos now. Common is back with his first single ‘Announcement’ from his upcoming album Invincible Summer. Pharrell is featured on the track and The Neptunes produced the beat. Did you see Dr.Dre‘s headphones connected to the iPod in the beginning? Those will set you back $399.95!

Dope! Pics: Angela & Vanessa Simmons || Young Jeezy || Fabolous || Lil’ Kim || Chris Brown & Rihanna

Posted in Dope! Pics with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2008 by simplydope

Here go some Dope! pics of your favorite celebrities…

Angela and Vanessa Simmons were in Las Vegas for the 2008 MAGIC Convention and showed off their highly successful Pastrey line. Paul Wall was also there and Soulja Boy was there supporting his Yums shoe line…

Lil Kim and Fabolous attended Young Jeezy‘s pre-album release party in New York….

And finally Chris Breezy and Rihanna was spotted in LA hitting the streets. Supposedly they are looking for a condo together.