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DJ Khaled officially inked a deal and joined Cash Money Records. He announced it over twitter with Cash Money co-CEO Baby aka Birdman. Check out the tweet HERE.


By now we know Kanye’s prepping to release his latest album, which is tenatatively titled Dark Twisted Fantasy (for now), but his dedication to art, fashion & self reflection has come to a head with his ‘Rosewood Movement.’ The skinny suit & skinny tie ensemble he’s been rocking lately is more than just a fashion statement…it’s a movement for G.O.O.D. He also requires his artists on his G.O.O.D. Musis Label to maintain the “sharply tailored, designer suits”  look & attitude if they’re gonna roll with him. Check out the Rosewood Movement’s meaning [via Luxist]:

“Leading by example is being taken a step even further. Rap singer and record producer, Kanye West, is apparently requiring everyone associated with his G.O.O.D. music distribution company to dress alike—something he is calling the “Rosewood Movement”. West and his posse, which at times includes fellow musician and G.O.O.D. client John Legend, are seen at events dressed in matching attire.

The Rosewood Movement is a fashion initiative in which Kanye and his group wear the same sharply tailored suits. It stems from the Rosewood Civil Rights Movement, but in this case is meant to raise the level of sophistication within the rap and hip hop worlds. Kanye is known to be a fashion trend setter, so this is meant to influence his followers to dress a bit sharper.
The current dress code is a Dior Homme Black Classic Skinny Suit (as seen on West in this photo). It is sold in Beverly Hills and New York City boutiques and retails for $2,200. It is available during every season.

West has explained in interviews that the Rosewood Movement is much more than just a fashion statement. It also includes good manners, no profanity in public, “calling your grandmother” and “taking care of your kids.”

The Rosewood Movement launched in July and other suits West’s group have worn include Lanvin and Club Monaco. Dior Homme will continue to be the suit of choice until further notice.
The classic look works well for West.”

According to Forbes; Jay-Z proved to be Hip Hop’s top earner and tops the Cash Kings list with grossing $63 million in the last 12 months. Coming in second was Diddy with $30 mil, Akon’s $21 Mil landed him at the no. 3 spot (signing Lady Gaga proved to be a GREAT move), the no. 4 spot goes to Lil’ Wayne who earned $20 Milli and rounding out the top 5 is Dr. Dre with $17 Mil.

1.Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – $63 Million

2.Sean “Diddy” Combs – $30 million

3.Aliuane “Akon” Thiam – $21 million

4.Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter – $20 million

5.Andre “Dr. Dre” Young – $17 million

6.Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges – $16 million

7.Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus – $15 million

8.Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley – $14 million

9.Pharrell Williams – $13 million

10.Kanye West – $12 million

Check out the full list of the Top 20 here.

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Tip had surprise secret show in the Big Apple last night sponsored by AXE (8/16/10) and  he brought some heavy hitters with him to deliver a impressive performance. Special guests included the Queen Mary J. Blige, Killa Cam & Vado, Maino, Keri Hilson, the newlywed Swizz Beatz and B.o.B.

Props: MissInfo (Mikey Fresh) for the footage

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Tip covers the latest issue of RESPECT. Magazine. The issuse hits the newsstands at the end of the month on August 31.

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Hov performed last night in Radio City Music Hall at the opening ceremony for the Nike World Basketball Festival. Assisted by his right-hand man Memphis Bleek sporting a new look ditching the trademark doo-rag & fitted a Kanye-esque suit & baldy. Hov rocks Radio City with his truckload of hits and opens with “Hovi Baby” – NICE!

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Check out these pair of Air Force 1’s designed by Jay-Z in a collaboration with Nike to celebrate the World Basketball Festival. There are 5 designs that Jigga & Nike created which represents the countries of USA, Brazil, China, France & Puerto Rico; all proceeds go to charity. More Info below:

“As part of the inaugural World Basketball Festival – brought together by Converse, the Jordan Brand and Nike Basketball – recording artist JAY-Z will take the stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Thursday August 12, 2010, following an on-court showcase featuring finalists for the 2010 USA Basketball World Championship Team.

In addition to his performance, JAY-Z has joined forces with Nike to create an iconic collection of Air Force Ones – the All Black Everything collection inspired by the World Basketball Festival. Nike has donated the shoes to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation who in turn have linked up with eBay on a charity auction that begins on August 12th at Only two pairs of each of the five designs will be created, one for the winning bidder and one for the man behind the design, JAY-Z.

The entire Radio City Music Hall basketball and musical performance will stream live on beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT until its conclusion.”

Props: High Snobiety

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After a few weeks of heavy speculation it now appears that Haitian-born rapper/singer Wyclef Jean will officially announce his candidacy for president of the oft-embattled caribbean nation Haiti on Thursday (Aug 5) on CNN’s Larry King Live. It’s well established that Clef reps hard for Haiti – but is he qualified? For country that has nowhere to go but up…is this is good look? Thoughts? Election Day is November 28.

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Check out the behind the scenes footage documenting the making of Kanye West’s music video for “Power” with From Civilization To Power. Video inspired by the fresco paintings of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

The “Power” video premieres tomorrow on all MTV networks at 11PM.

Nicki Minaj reveals the title of her upcoming debut album dropping November 23 – Pink Friday

“My album comes out the 23rd, which is the week of Black Friday,” she explained. “So anyway, in honor of that great tradition and being that my album comes out that week, the album comes out on Tuesday and the following Friday is Black Friday. And since I feel I have the power to change anything I want, I’ve decided I will break tradition of Black Friday. We are going to switch it up this year, in honor of the Nicki Minaj album, and call that week Pink Friday and call my album Pink Friday. I love you all very much, and it’s Barbie bitch!”