MUSIC NEWS// Nas Talks “Daughters” and Parenting on CNN, Diamond Talks New LP & Kanye West L.A. House BurglarizedPublished by Blair Bedford on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 9:50 am.
1. Nas Talks Daughters and Parenting on CNN
Nas proclaims that Life Is Good on his new album due in July, but “good” isn’t the same thing as “easy.” In an interview on CNN yesterday morning with Soledad O’Brien and Roland Martin, Nas talked about his revealing new single “Daughters” and some of the difficulties he’s faced balancing his responsibilities as both a rapper and the father of a teenage girl.
“Because of the relationship I had with my daughter’s mother and being in this business, it kinda took me away from her and took me away from being that parent that was there all the time,” he said. [MORE]
2. Diamond Taps Missy Elliott and Eve for New LP
The last couple of years have seen a new wellspring of female talent invade hip hop’s male-dominated inner circles. You’ve got Nicki Minaj reaching pop superstar status — with all the huge contracts and pointed criticism that entails. Then there are upstarts like Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks, who’ve had the hype machine buzzing with their viral videos and new record deals over the past year.
But somewhere in between is Diamond. Though just 24, she’s a veteran — her former crew Crime Mob’s hit “Knuck If You Buck” came out eight years ago. With long-bolted-shut doors finally opening up for female rappers, the Atlanta native, who’s up for Best Female Rapper at the BET Awards 2012, is set to make good on that spitfire potential she’s showed since she was a teen. First up? Her new mixtape, Street Life, which is slated to hit on July 4. Diamond says she’s lined up some big songs and big guests to live up to the fireworks of her release date. [MORE]
3. Burglars Strike Kanye West’s L.A. Home
All of the lights must not have been on in Kanye West’s home in L.A. last night, as TMZ reports the rap superstar has been hit by burglars.
LAPD were reportedly called to the home by a member of Kanye’s entourage. ‘Ye himself wasn’t at the scene, as he’s currently abroad for the Watch the Throne European tour. [MORE]