Lee Scratch Perry speaks on tragic studio fire

Dub legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry has opened up about a recent incident which saw his studio burn down. The Jamaican music producer informed fans earlier this month that his secret laboratory (aka Blue Ark) studio in Switzerland had burned down in a fire, after he left a candle lit in it. "My whole secret laboratory burned out," Perry wrote on Facebook at the time. Now Perry has spoken to Red Bull Music Academy for a new interview in which he explained: "I was doing a song and then another song come into my mind, so I go down to the studio again. I go to bed at about six o'clock in the morning, and when I come up from downstairs I forget to blow out the candle - it was on top of a bible. Sometimes, Mireille [Perry's wife] always come and say, 'Look, the candle,' and me never r

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Kanye West requests that no one ask him for anything as he finishes his new album

Kanye West has requested complete solitude while he finishes off his new album 'SWISH'. West took to Twitter to announce that he is finishing his album and his next clothing collection. He followed it with, "no offense to anyone… I'm asking everyone DON'T ASK ME FOR ANYTHING TILL AFTER I'M FINISHED WITH MY ALBUM". Currently, there is no release date set for West's seventh album, but Travis Scott said on his Beats 1 show: "That Ye album is nothing to sleep on. That Ye album is coming soon. It's lit." Scott made comments about the upcoming album earlier this year as well. "His album is amazing," he said in June. He's on his producing shit. He's on his God-level rapping shit. It's that Kanye everybody wants. It's some ultimate shit." Most recently, Wes

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Krizz Kaliko: The RAPstation Interview - Part One

When Krizz Kaliko hits the stage, his charismatic presence freezes the crowd for a split second before it erupts into a frenzy of excitement. Along with Tech N9ne, the Kansas City, Missouri rapper has built an impenetrable empire under the imprint Strange Music, Inc. Their lives shows are some of the best in the business. Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko's performance at 2008's Rock the Bells had the crowed going nuts, screaming for more. It's this work ethic that has made them two of the most successful independent hip-hop artists in the world. Krizz Kaliko released his debut solo album in 2008. Titled Vitiligo, the album was like an open diary written about who Krizz Kaliko is and what shaped him into the man he is today. Fast-forward to 2015 and Krizz Kaliko is still murdering the mi

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Nicki Minaj defends her emcee abilities

Bossip, a site that describes itself as "the premier destination for African-American pop culture and entertainment", was having a debate about female rappers on its Twitter account, where they retweeted comments about Minaj. Nicki Minaj herself posted several tweets in response, saying: "I've gone toe to toe w/ everyone of your favourite male MCs. To undermine my skill and diversity as an MC is actually comical at this point. I saw Bossip RTing ignorance, so I thought I'd put that out there. lol. The greats give me respect. The great journalists as well." She continues: "If a male rapper was on tracks w/ Wayne, Jay, Eminem, Kanye etc. going round for round, he'd be hailed as a great as well. Jealousy is a disease. Not giving me my props doesn't stop me from being great.

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President Obama picks Kendrick Lamar for favorite song of 2015

President Barack Obama has named Kendrick Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost" as his favorite song of 2015. The song itself features a hook from James Fauntleroy and cameo by the Isley Brothers' Ronald Isley, and is known as the emotional centerpiece on To Pimp A Butterfly. "It's a true story," Lamar told MTV News. "These are moments in my life deeper than just handing somebody a dollar. These are actually moments of integrity, actually being able to talk to somebody. Me talking to (this homeless man) was simply a thank you from God. And I felt God speaking through him to get at me." TMZ later caught up with Lamar to get his thoughts on Obama naming his song as favorite for the year, to which Lamar replied: "Man, that's great, man." The TMZ reporter followe

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Hotline Bling by Drake was not submitted for 2016 Grammy Awards

Due to a mix up by Drake's record company, his latest single "Hotline Bling" was reportedly not submitted for next year’s Grammy Awards. Drake is currently up for five nominations at the upcoming ceremony including Best Rap Performance for 'Back to Back', and Best Rap Song for 'Energy'. But Drake's 'Hotline Bling' was reportedly overlooked by his record label, Cash Money. The song was not submitted due to a clerical error and would have been up for multiple awards, including Record Of The Year. Even Adele expressed admiration for the song and offered to collaborate on the track with him. She said: "I really want us to do an official remix. I love Drake. I love Drake so much. I even got the coat that's in the ('Hotline Bling') video - I got it delivered the other day, I ordered

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