HipHopDX Interviews Chamillionaire

HipHopDX shot the shit with Chamillionaire about his decision to leave Universal Records and his take on the competition.

The average rapper is always late for interviews. Always.

But Chamillionaire is not your average rapper.

Cham called five minutes before his scheduled telephone interview with HipHopDX was to begin. Clearly, the saying “bout my business” is an understatement when it comes to one of Hip Hop’s consummate grinders.

Unfortunately, even with his above average work ethic one of the pillars of the Houston Hip Hop scene found himself over the last few years staring face-to-face with the same indifferent industry types that don’t care whether you succeed with hard work or just dumb luck. And so once Koopa’s sophomore solo effort, 2007’s Ultimate Victory, failed to match the nearly double-platinum success of his breakthrough debut, 2005’s The Sound of Revenge, and there were no more Grammy Awards and millions of dollars being made in ringtone sales like Cham netted for his now ubiquitous sing-a-long song about police harassment, “Ridin’,” his label, Universal Records, went into stereotypical panic mode. The rapid-fire rhymer and hypnotic hook crafter was subsequently pushed to make increasingly more Pop fare (ala his Tom Petty-sampling single “Good Morning” in 2009) and even at one point had the pen pulled from his own hand, finding himself in a room with the same electric-guitar playing mountain climbers GZA bemoaned 20 years ago attempting to write a song for one of Hip Hop’s most impressive songwriters.

And so, tired of the tactics of his desperate-for-a-hit recording home, Chamillionaire chucked the deuce to the major-label system and is now out to show the entire industry what revenge really sounds like by proving that projects like his just-released Ammunition EP can be sold directly from artist to fan without the interference of stubbornly single-driven record companies.

During his must-read discussion with DX for any aspiring artist, Cham elaborated on his “test” to see just how far an artist can go without a label (or even iTunes and Amazon). The “Tech Conference Tourist,” as he bills himself on his Twitter page, additionally revealed what “the biggest lie ever told” to artists by record company staffers actually is, and what lies artists themselves tell to fool you the consumer.

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Beyonce Post-Baby Body Brings Problems

The controversy over whether or not Beyonce Knowles’ pregnancy was falsified rages on as she continues to baffle folks with her post-childbirth body. She appears to be just as shapely and toned as ever, a mystery to many in the public who have been keeping a close eye on Jay-Z’s wife. Check out an excerpt and pictures from an article posted on Popular Critic:

Beyonce Knowles’ post-baby body is looking as good and as toned prior toBlue Ivy Carter’s arrival two months ago sparking further questions about the legitimacy of Bey’s pregnancy.

The “Halo “ singer made her smoking body debut a month after bringing she and Jay-Z’s little girl home in a red snatched dress, but her outing in Manhattan yesterday had the blogosphere asking how did she get her pre-Blue Ivy body back so soon, enticing rumors (again) that a surrogate was used to actually carry the Carter’s child.

Young Jeezy Speaks Out On Trayvon Martin

According to XXL reports, Young Jeezy got political as he addressed the controversial case of unjustly slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

“I feel very deeply as a community leader and as a product of my culture,” Jeezy told MTV News. “I feel like we all got to get together and stop this, ’cause I have a son his age and I just feel like that could’ve been either of our children.

“This is real, I understand that there are a lot of things goin’ on in the world and times are hard for everybody right now, but when you start having adults kill children for any reason, then we’re on our way to something we don’t want to be at,” the Snowman continued. “The minute we accept that, we stand for nothing.”

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Nas Shares Fresh Insight On New Album

XXL reports Nas has offered new details about his upcoming LP, {Life Is Good}.

“A lot of the tracks have [come from ideas] where I would take an idea from one of the guys that I’m working with and try to put it together with a different sound that I had in my head, or with someone else,” Nas recently told MTV News. “[I] just try to get people to collaborate who are not really used to working together and to get something different from me.”

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Katy Perry & Rihanna Up To Something?

Katy Perry and RiRi have had their eye on each other for quite some time according to reports from CNN’s informative blog “The Marquee”.

It looks like Katy Perry has a bit of a musical crush.

The “Last Friday Night” singer told MTV she’s eying a duet with Rihanna.

“I’ve always wanted to [collaborate with her] and she’s always wanted to and that’s very genuine,” Perry said during “MTV First: Katy Perry,” which aired on the network on Wednesday. “We’re not just shooting the sh–. We’re not, like, just kind of beating around the bush. But really we want to.”

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