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DJ Toomp Talks New Jay-Z And Kanye Albums; Taking An L To Dr. Dre

Award-winning producer, DJ Toomp, just touched down from Hawaii this past Sunday. Who'd he leave behind in the sandy state? Mr. Kanye West

The Atlanta beatmaker shared with VIBE that he recorded four tracks with West for his fifth album, Good Ass Job. “We’re putting [together] a masterpiece, it’s crazy. It’s going to be another classic,” he promises. [Kanye’s] rapping, he’s going real hard.”

Though Toomp doesn't know an exact date for the Chicago MC's anticipated release, he guesses it might show face at the top of 2011 and assures that it will be another classic. ??

Toomp also mentioned receiving requests to work on Diggy's Atlantic debut and just wrapped up a record with songwriter Rock City for Rihanna’s Rated R follow up. 

But the most exciting of all Toomp’s coming projects—Jay-Z's 12th studio album. "Guru reached out to me when I got to Hawaii. I’m bout to go back in with Jay real soon. After that tour, it’s almost like what else [is there for him] to do? “

Although Toomp lost early to Dr. Dre during the first round of VIBE's Greatest Producer Alive Tournament, he still shared his opinions on the competition.?? "That’s great to put me with Dre. I’m very privileged. Shit, yall just put me up against a champ. I don’t know what the numbers were like, but I betcha I went out swinging," he says with a laugh. ??

"We both are great producers. He might have sold more records, but my discography is longer. You can give it to Dre on that lineup. [But] I got way more joints out than a Shock Gee, more than Quik. Come on now. I will slaughter those guys careers for real. Name more than two songs David Banner produced."??

On the note of discography length, Toomp explains that in producer debates, most fans tend to focus on the amount of records sold, rather than the amount made.

"There’s a lot of producers who have done a trillion more songs than Dr. Dre, you can name five groups that Dre produced and they sold a lot of records, but if you go into somebody like Teddy Riley, its about 20 or 30 artists.” He continues, "I think it's really about who put in the most work. People look at him as an executive/producer, so you’re going to give him more props."

So minus the executive edge, who could truly take on Dre on the boards? "It’s a gang of them, I could go for days. Sometimes you have to ask yourself is this about rap or is it just about producing period? Because Rodney Jerkins is a beast. I got a list of em. It’s a long list. Definitely no disrespect [though]."

While it's safe to say that Toomp's personal pick isn't Dr. Dre, he points to OG, Rick Rubin, as the crown-holder. "That boy Rick Rubin is just incredible, he’s really that guy for real. He done showed and proved.” —Tracy Garraud

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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