March 5, 2012


Genre Report: Hot Rapper Big K.R.I.T.'s New Mixtape & More

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Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

HIP HOP: Underground Star Releases New Mixtape
Up-and-comer Big K.R.I.T. released his new mixtape, 4evaNADay, onto the internet today. It's the Gary, IN, spitter's highly-anticipated followup to 2011's critically beloved Return of 4eva. K.R.I.T. produced every track and the tape features no guests, so you know it's a personal affair. You can download it here. [K.R.I.T.'s Twitter]

HIP HOP: Shyne and Diddy Reunite at Fashion Week
Diddy and Shyne have as troubled a history as any two rap figures, with Shyne rumored to have claimed possession of a gun that may or may not have been Diddy's (and then served nine years in jail). Now, they've reunited in person at Paris Fashion Week. Oh, and Shyne's an orthodox Jew now. That's why he's wearing this in the photo. [Diddy's Twitter]

HIP HOP: OutKast Isn't Over
The FADER interviewed Andre 3000 and got the lowdown on his status re: OutKast. Andre said, "I can’t say if or when we will [put out a new OutKast album], but I’m going to be in Outkast forever in some kind of way. I can’t really say Outkast is over so it always trips me out when these things get on the internet." So there you have it! OutKast: forever. [The FADER]

COUNTRY: Underwood Reveals Album Cover Piece by Piece
Carrie Underwood, the winner of the fourth season of American Idol and current country starlet, is revealing her album art online, piece by piece. It must be really frustrating for her fans! []

COUNTRY: Cracker Barrel Gets Hot New Release
Tennessee-bred legend Dolly Parton is a tremendous live performer, and Cracker Barrel shoppers/diners will have the chance to experience that first-hand when they buy Dolly's next CD/DVD collection, An Evening With... Dolly, at Cracker Barrel stores and on the Cracker Barrel website. The collection costs $11.99 and features Parton playing the hits at London's O2 Arena. [The Boot]

COUNTRY: Reba Descended from Slave Owner
Reba McEntire, television star and country singer, uncovered her roots on reality television during Friday night's episode of Who Do You Think You Are and found out that she's the descendant of a slave owner and an indentured servant who worked alongside slaves. She seems pretty bummed about the situation, understandably. [Country Weekly]

HARD ROCK: Guns N' Roses Guitarist Shows Off Collection
DJ Ashba, the guitarist involved in Guns N' Roses' platinum-selling 2008 effort Chinese Democracy, gave a journalist a 21-minute overview of all of the guitars, amps and effects pedals that he's using on his current tour with the band. It's worth checking out below. [Blabbermouth]