Former Cash Money Artist Papa Reu Reunites With Lil Wayne, Exclusive Candid Interview

Trinidad & Tobago born and Houston,TX based entertainer Papa Reu is a musical tour de force. He is innovative and true to his art. His style is distinctive and trendsetting. His music is realistic yet cutting edge. Papa Reu has been paving his musical lane since 1994. His first claim to fame was being featured on 8Ball and MJG’s 1994 album “On the Outside Looking In.” The former cash money records artist sat down with us for a candid interview to bring people up to speed about his movements.

The Source: You started off with the Rap/sung style that was later adopted by such artists as Akon. Describe that style in more detail.

Papa Reu: I am originally from Trinidad & Tobago. I was one of the first artists to bring the Caribbean/Hip Hop sound to the South. My style is universal and it represents “uniqueness.” My music reminds me of ‘Gumbo.’ For example, the main ingredient for gumbo is “Rue.” Different assorted meats, veggies, and rice are added to complete the “unique” taste of gumbo. And that’s how I would describe my music. It’s flavorful. I was the first Mr. International. And my sound is still very relevant and current. With all due respect, I was “Akon” before “Akon” was on the scene. And the reason why I say that is that we were both international artists with in the underground Hip Hop music lane.

Source: Many know you as being part of the original Hot Boys camp. Recently you attended the Hot Boys reunion during Weezyana Fest . What was that like?

PR: It was an incredible experience. It was nostalgic. I was originally featured on The Hot Boys’ “Shoot First,” The Big Tymers’ “Lick Them Up Shots,” Juvenile’s “Rich Ni**az,” “Lil Wayne’s “Not Like Me,” and more. I hadn’t seen some of my Hot Boys brethren in a while. The vibe and energy was great. Juvenile, Turk, Mannie Fresh and most of the whole crew were there. Everyone was ecstatic to see me. In fact, while Lil Wayne was on stage performing, I was on the stage enjoying the set on the side. Wayne came over to where I was standing and Mack Maine alerted him that I was standing there. When he saw me, Lil Wayne briefly stopped performing and fell to the ground and then got up and gave me a bear hug like embrace. That’s love. There’s a possibility that you may see a remix of one of my new singles featuring Wayne in the future. Things are moving. Anything is possible.

Source: What is your relationship like with Baby of Cash Money now?

PR: We haven’t spoken in a while but it’s cool. If we bumped into each other today then we would just sit down and have some drinks. I respect what Baby and his brother accomplished but I had to move on and create my own zone. I’m all about growing and expanding. I started my own record label called Reu Muzik, Inc. Also I built a full-fledged studio in Houston, Texas and added a production company called Reuster House Productions.

Source: You are back with a vengeance. One of your big records was with Rick Ross on “Put It In The Air.” Remind the people about some other major collaborations you did.

PR: Well the truth is I never left. Over the years, I have collaborated with hundreds of artists like Bun B and Elephant Man on “Big Shottas,” I was featured on the H-Town track “Buss One”, Solange Knowles’ track “Don’t Fight the Feeling,” The 504 Boyz‘ track “Tight Whips” also featuring Slay Sean, 5th Ward Weebie, and Lil’ Romeo.. I also worked with artists like YZ & Gemini on “Hold on,” Lil Keke on “Diamond and Pearls” and as you mentioned Rick Ross on “Put It in the Air,” which was my record.

Source: You appear on the new Scarface album “Deeply Rooted ,” which is getting critical acclaim? Tell us about that.

PR: First off Scarface is a legend. And he has created a masterpiece with his new album. I am featured on two songs. I am on the songs “Rooted,”which is the title track and “Dope Man Pushin.” Make sure you go out and support quality music from a classic artist such as my big bro Facemob.

Source: Your new movement is called Born2Win. What is the philosophy behind that?

PR: The philosophy involves “Principle” and “Integrity.” It is all about creating music that has a message with positivity and motivation that listeners will enjoy and feel a connection to. My new video is called “Born2Win.” I talk about my trials, tribulations and then my triumphs. Positive people view other people’s success as inspiration. There is a winner in each of us. You just have to harness the champion within you. Respect the grind and join the movement. Check out my website www.reumuzik.net.

 

 

Here are the nominations for the BET Hip Hop Awards: Drake leads with 12 nominations

Well it’s no surprise that Drake leads the nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards with 12 nominations. Big Sean follows with 10 nominations, while Nicki Minaj has nine nods. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole earn eight nominations each.

See a full list of nominees below.

BET HIP-HOP AWARDS 2015 NOMINATIONS

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign – “Play No Games”
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”

BEST COLLABO, DUO OR GROUP
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Fetty Wap feat. Monty – “My Way”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

BEST LIVE PERFORMER
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland

MVP OF THE YEAR
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

TRACK OF THE YEAR
“Alright” – Produced by Pharrell Williams and Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blessings” – Produced by Boi-1da and Vinylz (Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West)
“Commas” – Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside (Future)
“IDFWU” – Produced by Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane (Big Sean feat. E-40)
“Trap Queen” – Produced by Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing

WHO BLEW UP AWARD
Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink

HUSTLER OF THE YEAR
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

MADE-YOU-LOOK AWARD (BEST HIP-HOP STYLE)
A$AP Rocky
DeJ Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

BEST CLUB BANGER
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU” (Produced by Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – “Try Me” (Produced by Dds)
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen” (Produced by Tony Fadd)
Future – “Commas” (Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” (Produced by DJ Spinz and Nitti Beatz)

BEST MIXTAPE
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

SWEET 16: BEST FEATURED VERSE
Drake – “Blessings” (Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West)
Drake – “My Way (Remix)” (Fetty Wap feat. Drake)
E-40 – “IDFWU” (Big Sean feat. E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – “Classic Man (Remix)” (Jidenna feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter” (Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne)

IMPACT TRACK
Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”
Common and John Legend – “Glory” (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – “Apparently”
J. Cole – “Be Free”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

PEOPLE’S CHAMP AWARD
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Future – “Commas”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Rae Sremmurd – “No Type”
Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)”

The show will be hosted by Snoop Dogg and taped Oct. 9 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, it will air on October 13th.

Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.

Lil Wayne Recreates Classic Sports Calls On ESPN’s SportsCenter

Lil Wayne‘s love of sports is no secret to fans of Hip-Hop and sports. Being one of the most vocal entertainers who is a sports fanatic, Weezy can often been seen court side at NBA games, NCAA games, even walking Floyd Mayweather to the ring during championship bouts. ESPN began capitalizing on this years ago when they’ve had the New Orleans rapper giving his commentary on their flagship show SportsCenter and arguing with Stephen A. Smith & Skip Bayless on First Take.

Fresh off of his appearance on First Take 2 weeks ago, Lil Wayne makes another appearance on SportsCenter, this time recreating the narration of famous sports moments throughout history. “Down Goes Frazier,” “Havlicek Stole The Ball,” & “The Band Is On The Field” all get a Weezy remix. Press the Play button above to view video.

Watch A Teaser Of Lil Wayne’s “God Bless Amerika” Visual

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YMCMB’s Lil Wayne has released a 30 second teaser for his new single, “God Bless Amerika” from his new album I Am Not a Human Being II.

The New Orleans native takes it back to his hometown of Hollygrove, where he performs in front of an American flag, rapping for those in the hood whose views of America are a lot different than most.

“In most people eyes including my own who were raised in that environment, the Hood is the only America they know and the only America I knew growing up,” he said via Facebook.

As you recall, this is the same single that stirred controversy when Tunechi was seen stomping on the American flag, a U.S Flag Code violation, which he called unintentional.

“I didn’t step on the flag on purpose! It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform,” tweeted the 30-year-old rapper to his 12 million plus followers. “It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America.”

The Eif Rivera directed visual is set to be released tomorrow.

Currently, you can catch Lil’Wayne along with Future and 2Chainz on the “America’s Most Wanted.”

-Chika Dunu

Businessweek Takes A Page From Forbes & Jay-Z To Calculate Net Worth

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How much are they really worth?

Inspired by Versus, Jay-Z’s boastful interlude on Magna Carta Holy Grail, Businessweek released a digital graph detailing rap’s highest paid artists and the fortunes they claim against their real net worth and annual earnings. Featuring names such as Nicki Minaj, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, and Diddy, the chart interactively displays a lyric mentioning a certain amount of money that an artist claims to have or spend. The graph then highlights where they actually stand on estimated net worth calculations provided by Forbes.

It seems that Jay-Z was hinting at something on Versus as he spit a dime of a bar: “The truth in my verses, versus, your metaphors about what your net worth is.” Followed by his brave and presumptuous laugh, Hov hits the nail on the coffin with this one. Rappers’ fortunes have been a sought out topic for a while now, as Jay-Z separates himself from the field alongside Diddy and Dr. Dre the trickle down is in affect.

Check out the full chart here.

Virgilio Mendez
@REGULARGUYV

Ace Hood Delivers “We Outchea” Video Featuring Lil Wayne

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‘Trials & Tribulations” – July 16th

Ace Hood’s turn is almost up and the We The Best rapper has just released the music video for his new single “We Outchea” featuring Lil Wayne. The second single for ‘Trials & Tribulations’ comes after the widely successful single “Bugatti.”

‘Trials & Tribulations” coming at you July 16th.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QpBcExjWYrw

Rev. Al Sharpton & Cash Money Have A Business Deal?

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You have to admit, Cash Money keeps us entertained

It’s no secret that Cash Money and Al Sharpton have had a troubled relationship, especially when it came to Young Money leader Lil Wayne and the Reverend. Who could forget that moment when Wayne took time to address Al Sharpton on ‘Tha Carter III’ and let everyone know his distaste for the minister?

Now it seems that the two parties have moved past any animosity and formed a business deal. Rev. Al Sharpton is the latest to be added to Cash Money’s empire and has signed on for what will be the first book deal for the label. Titled ‘The Reject Stone,’ Al Sharpton will document his “personal evolution” and share his thoughts on many rappers, including Weezy himself.

What do you think of this bizarre pairing?

‘The Reject Stone’ will be released October 8th.

And for old times sake, here is that long winded rant about Rev. Al Sharpton courtesy of Wayne.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=khBECeit2xc

The Source Presents: The Top 25 Songs Of 2013 (Thus Far)

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The best of the best.

It is halftime. We are halfway through the year and it has been a remarkable and exhilarating first half. Hip-Hop music has owned the first two quarters with the ladder part of six months to go. With all of the music we’ve been supplied with, it is no easy task rating the top 25. From club hits to trap anthems and album singles to radio glory, there is an encyclopedia of tracks that have made this year memorable. There are many components that go in to a great song. Ranging from lyrical cadence to its reception amongst avid listeners, its ability to capture the time and space we are living in, and the all important “can I play this song on repeat?” test. What is great about music is that it bestows memories, playing like a soundtrack to all of our lives. All of the songs that landed on this list (via a very tempestuous Source deliberation) gave us our very own memorable moments so far this year. They might have done the same for you too. Dive in.

*In our debates, we discarded unofficial remixes, songs featured on any late 2012 projects, and any material officially released after June 24th.

Virgilio Mendez (@REGULARGUYV)
Roger Krastz (@WaLLDoE)

Big Sean Releases New Single “Beware” With Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko

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“Beware of a woman with a broken heart”

Fresh off the announcement that Big Sean would be releasing his second studio album ‘Hall of Fame’ on August 27th, the G.O.O.D Music rapper has released a brand new single “Beware.” Big Sean brought in Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko for the assist. The single which features production from Key Wane and Mike Dean is available on iTunes.

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