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New Music: Gino The Ghost – Elevated

Some of you may already know that Linkin Park are shooting their video for their next single LOST IN THE ECHO right at this moment, and Gino is playing the lead role! When I checked out his Twitter, I saw that Gino is a musician, too! Here is his video for “Elevated”. Pretty good rap track if you ask me. Download his mixtape!

Filmed & Edited by Taylor Hone
Shot in Detroit MI, May 2012

“Elevated” is a bonus track off of Gino The Ghost’s new mixtape “Toon Up”. Produced by Sango.


Download “Toon Up” here:

The Best 50 Cent Rants

I love rapper rants! They are just incredibly hilarious and you can joke about them on Twitter for days! Complex has compiled the best rants from rapper 50 Cent. Good stuff, check it out!

50 Cent may not be your favorite rapper. He’s not the greatest actor—or the world’s best boss. But everyone agrees that 50 is the absolute best when it comes to taunting, bragging, and talking that shit. Well, everyone besides Ja Rule. And Irv Gotti. And Shyne. And Nas. And Fat Joe. And DJ Khaled. And Game. And Young Buck. And Lil’ Wayne. And Jay-Z. And Kanye. And Charli Baltimore. And Ashanti. And Cam’Ron. And Q. And Diddy. And Rick Ross. And Jimmy Iovine…. So while you wait for his new mixtape to drop—The Lost Tape’s release was just pushed back to next week—join us as It’s The Real walks that walk, Ferrari F50 talks that talk, and Complex presents The 25 Best 50 Cent Rants. Continue reading The Best 50 Cent Rants

Complex Music Interview: Mike Shinoda Talks New Linkin Park Album And Ranks His Top 5 Rappers

Photo: James Minchin

No kidding, this is one of the best interviews ever! Great questions and Shinoda namedrops so many artists that it will keep my Spotify busy for the next 6 months.

When the Cali-based “rock meets rap” outfit Linkin Park released their first album, Hybrid Theory, it beat out Britney Spears to become the best selling record of 2001. That level of success freaked them out. After releasing their second album, Meteora in 2003, they regrouped and re-emerged four years later with a completely new sound that caused an uproar amongst loyal stans.

The albums Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns bore the sonic signature of legendary producer Rick Rubin. Rubin was also behind the boards for the band’s latest studio effort, Living Things, which is set to drop June 26th.

Last Friday Complex got a chance to hear a few tracks and chat with Linkin Park co-founder and resident MC, Mike Shinoda. He’s a smart dude with an interesting take on the band’s place in music history.

The new songs have a big, modern polished sound, but with that warm, fuzzy, hard-hitting Rick Rubin feel to them. Linkin Park has evolved from MTV frat-house faves into a class act and MC Mike Shinoda makes that clear in the rap-heavy joint “Until It Breaks” off Living Things. Over a bed of big healthy drums, he confidently spits, “I’m a Banksy / You’re a Brainwash / Get the picture like that?” Yes, we get the picture.

Interview by Jeff Sanico

Do you keep abreast of rap current affairs?

I think I do. These days everything moves really fast. There’s all kinds of sub-genres so it all depends on what you’re talking about. For instance, just this morning I heard about this track. It’s a Foster The People remix for “Blue Jeans” (by Lana Del Rey) that Azealia Banks raps on. She’s dope. The guy that mixed our record was doing her record right after ours and I was like, “Dude, can I sneak in?” I’m excited to hear Azealia Banks’s stuff.

What excites you about the new Linkin Park album?

It doesn’t lose any of the creativity of the newer stuff and it brings in the energy of the older stuff. It’s kind of a comprehensive sound. I feel like we’ve been able to take all the stuff we’ve learned on the way and put it all together in each song and still keep it fresh and forward-thinking.

Whenever we get in the studio we react really badly to anything feeling like it’s a throwback or a repeat of what we’ve done—as long as it feels like we’re taking a step forward it feels good. This record echoes a lot of different random things from what we’ve learned along the way. I think every artist’s “new album” is their favorite one.

We’ve been immersed in this one for a year. It’s like we are currently in the eye of the storm. All of my focus is on getting this record perfect and presenting it to the fans in the way that I think is the perfect way. It’ll never be perfect, but we just do our best to make it the best it can be. I’m thrilled about the record, I couldn’t be more excited about people hearing it.

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Ryu (Get Busy Committee/Styles of Beyond) To Release Solo Record

Ryu announced via Twitter that he just started working on a solo album!

In case you don’t know Ryu, he spent the last years doing great songs with Hip Hop crews Get Busy Committee and Styles of Beyond. He was also heavily featured on Mike Shinoda’s solo project “Fort Minor”.
Ryu released a solo song last year called “Did it to Myself” which was extremely well received, so I’m pretty sure that his upcoming album will be great! Here are some videos with Ryu:

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New mixtape by Gilbere Forte available for download at The Hundreds! The best part is of course song #4 featuring the best rap band in the world: Get Busy Committee! You can find more information about them on Koalas and Uzis, the best GBC fansite existing (shoutout to Eva, Antigoni, etc.)!

Message by The Hundreds:

The Hundreds has partnered with rising hip-hop artist Gilbere Forte to present his newest EP entitled “Some Dreams Never Sleep” – the highly-anticipated project releases today, October 4, 2011. Beyond an apparel brand, The Hundreds is considered a lifestyle project, influenced by a spectrum of youth culture’s defining traits – with flagship stores on both the west and east coasts of the United States, drawing inspiration from hip-hop culture, and the pre-existing friendship between Forte and The Hundreds, it’s only natural for The Hundreds to join forces with the Philadelphia-based artist.

Forte, who first garnered attention from the hip hop industry with his debut album “87 Dreams” has since gained notoriety as a guest on a slew of tracks by well-known artists, including: Stromae’s “Alors On Danse” remix, also featuring Kanye West; the Yeasayer remix of Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over;” and the Diplo-produced “Up All Night” by Alex Clare. The “Some Dreams Never Sleep EP” is the third official release from Gilbere and has already created a buzz with the remix to his breakout single “Black Chukkas,” featuring Asher Roth and Bun B. The song is only a taste of what to expect from the mixtape which features production from Don Cannon, Raak and more, and appearances by Pusha T, Jim Jones, Big K.R.I.T., Casey Veggies, Tyga and others.

You can download The Hundreds Presents Gilbere Forte’s “SOME DREAMS NEVER SLEEP” HERE for FREE.

1.) BLACK SOUL feat. BIG K.R.I.T
5.) HOT (In This Bitch) feat. JIM JONES + PUSHA T
8.) I BE (On My Chill)

In addition to the mixtape, Gilbere joins the “Pledge to Rage” tour this week where he will accompany On Cue and The Dean’s List. Tour dates and locations are listed HERE.

Message by Gilbere Forte:

If yall only knew what it took to get to this point. Alot of sleepless nights, missed flights, and food fights. LOL This is all a dream come true man. What started as my idea has become our reality. And I’m only getting warmed up. There we’re times where I questioned if this music shit is really gonna work out, but I look at the people that depend on me and want to see me “do it”….and remind myself, that there’s no turning back.

Next thing you know one of my favorite brands reaches out to work with me, then I’m sitting in a studio with Sha Money and NO I.D., BET invites me to the awards, I’m in Atlanta rhyming for Swizz Beatz, then DMX pulls me aside to give me some of the realest advice. How do I not keep pushing?

Being an independent artist has its ups and downs, but the beauty of it is your connection the people. This is who I make this music for. I met a kid named Nick last night at my show, that said he recently moved to NYC from Kentucky because my music inspired him to pursue his dreams. I met a girl in the airport last week who said my songs got her thru a rough break up. And I get people all the time telling me how hard “Reflections” hits home. The list goes on, but at the end of the day its just reminder of the impact words can have on a person’s life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be heard.

I throw the word “dreams” around alot because its whats drive us in our day-to-day. They motivate us and enlighten us to the possibilities and realities of life. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something. If you can think it, you can do it.


Missy Elliott Reveals Past of Sexual Abuse

Just one week after revealing her diagnosis with the autoimmune disorder, Graves’ Disease, rapper Missy Elliott has opened up about her troubled childhood, including that she was the victim of sexual abuse. [Via AOL]

In her episode of VH1’s Behind the Music, which debuted earlier this week — and can be streamed in full below — Missy said that she was abused by her 16-year-old cousin when she was only eight years old. “Each day he wanted me to come to the house after school,” she explained. “It became sexual, which, for me at eight years old, I had no clue what that was, but I knew something was wrong.”

“Being molested … it don’t disappear,” she added. “You remember it as if it was yesterday.” She explained that the abuse took place over the course of a year, but that she had never told anyone before.

Missy, who turns 40 on July 1, also talked about witnessing her mother being abused by her father, including an incident when she was 14, in which she saw her father pull out a loaded pistol. Missy’s mother, Patricia Elliott, also appeared on the TV special. “Missy saw that the fight was just beyond measures,” Patricia said. “My husband said, ‘This is it, I’m gonna kill you. It’s over!’ I was so tired of being beaten over and over I just said, ‘Fine, just do it.'” Continue reading Missy Elliott Reveals Past of Sexual Abuse