A representative from Def Jam Records confirmed with XXLMag.com that Kanye West’s third album, Graduation, has indeed been pushed up to an August release date. The album was originally intended for release in September. In addition, a new Kanye mixtape, Can’t Tell Me Nothing, recently leaked on the Internet and features ‘Ye’s first single, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” which was co-produced by DJ Toomp.
Boot Camp Clik MC, Sean Price, will perform at the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on June 23. “I’m exuberantly thrilled to put my incredible god given talents on display for all of Brooklyn to see,” Sean P. says. “I will get busy. With the success of my latest album, Jesus Price Supastar, I’m not the brokest rapper you know anymore but with the Festival being in BK, I’m just a $2 metro card away. If you see me on the train you know my name — Sean P.” Sean Price will join Ghostface Killah, Skillz, Consequence, Dres of Black Sheep and Large Professor on stage at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. In addition, the Heltah Skeltah member will also release a new mixtape this summer entitled, Master P.
Jermaine Dupri has signed a new artist to Island Urban Music, Jason Fox. The 21-year-old Harlem MC is the creator of the new song, “Aunt Jackie,” which is currently bubbling in New York City clubs. The old-school flavored track is already building a buzz online, gaining over 150,000 plays on MySpace and 275,000 views on YouTube. “I think we’re seeing the life of hip-hop coming back with songs like ‘Aunt Jackie,’” Jermaine Dupri says. “It’s the kids acting like kids used to act when I was growing up and I love it because, to me, hip-hop has been too cool for school lately. It’s time for a change.” While the homemade video for “Aunt Jackie” has gotten a good response, JD plans to shoot a professional video for the song and release it as a commercial single.