Production News

T.I. To Produce Tracks On Upcoming Rick Ross Album

MC turned producer T.I. has now stepped away from the mic towards the boards to do production work for Rick Ross’ upcoming album Deeper Than Rap. Rick Ross said "I was in the Grand Hustle studio. We sat down. [Tip] told me he wanted to produce five records for me," and went on to say, … Read more

Sued For Samples: Kanye West, Common, Method Man And Redman

The latest significant sample lawsuit to hit the streets is brought to us courtesy of Kanye West, Common, Method, Redman, and a bunch of folks over at the Universal Music Group.  Seems like Kanye West just can’t escape the sample clearance lawsuits lately.  This time the daughter of Jazz saxophonist Joe Farrell has sued for … Read more

Bruce Williams: The Man Behind Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre’s right hand man Bruce Williams drops some intimate details about working at Death Row, the mixing & mastering Snoop’s "Doggystyle" in 48 hours, and the truth about Suge Knight’s thuggish tendencies.  Williams also reveals that during his entire time at Death Row he received a paltry $300 weekly salary and lays to rest … Read more

Polow Da Don: BMI Songwriter of The Year

Congrats to producer Polow Da Don for being awarded Songwriter of the Year at the 56th Annual Pop Awards last night.  The highly coveted award was presented to him in recognition of his work on the Pussycat Dolls "Buttons", Fergie’s "London Bridge" & "Glamorous", and Mary J Blige’s "Runaway Love". See the BMI update for … Read more

Jermaine Dupri Blasts Billboard Then Insults Danja

So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri flips out on Billboard Magazine for allowing Danja to share the cover with Usher.  When asked if he recognized the person (Danja) on the cover, an office staffer replied "Danja… that’s that reggae artist?"  With the consensus of the office being that the cover was bought by Danja’s label, … Read more

Just Blaze Talks Saigon, Masterpiece Albums, And Music Biz Models

Hip-Hop Game presents an extensive, two-part interview with lord of the boards Just Blaze as he fully addresses the controversy and delays associated with Saigon’s upcoming release of "Greatest Story Never Told", the current state of the marketplace for Hip-Hop, relationship strains resulting from the Mobb Deep/Saigon incident, and future music business models. Make sure … Read more

FL Studio 8 Released by Image Line Software

Fruity Loops fans can rejoice over the latest release of Image Line Software’s FL Studio 8.  The folks over at FL tend to throw out updates to the software DAW fairly frequently with this particular one being right on time.   Check the promo video and FL website which covers all of the new features, fixes, … Read more

White Stripes Sued For 10 Second “Jumble Jumble” Sample

Eight years after the album was release of their album De Stijl, The White Stripes are now being sued by a Canadian talk show host for $70,000 over the use of a 10 second sample allegedly taken from her radio show. To add insult to injury, the plaintiff claims that by using the sampling voice … Read more

Pete Rock Day – NY’s Finest Promo Video

In honor the upcoming release of NYs Finest and my failed attempt to get Cubs opening day tickets, its officially Pete Rock day over here at Crate Kings! Just in case you missed it, here’s a quick promo video which was released a little while back featuring various established producers commenting on the significance of … Read more

Flavor Flav Needs A Beat – VH1 Contest

That’s right folks… Flavor Flav  is looking for the next unsigned producer to provide a track for him.  Head on over to Flavor of Love website and submit your entry before March 13th, 2008 for the chance to be flown to Los Angeles and record the song.  Site users can listen to all entries and … Read more