DMV based Phil Adé has hooked up with DJBooth.net, Okayplayer, Sneaker Pimps, and Virginia streetwear company Cmonwealth to bring fans The Letterman, the highly-anticipated follow-up to his ‘09 mixtape debut, Starting On JV. Mixed by heavyweight DJ/radio personality Don Cannon, the project features 20 original tracks, including reader-acclaimed leaks “OMG,” “Out Your Clothes” and “My Story”.
Joining Phil throughout The Letterman are such heavyweight guests as Raekwon, Raheem Devaughn, Wale, Tabi Bonney, Skillz, KingPen Slim and Kyonte. Production comes courtesy of Mark Henry, Sunny Norway, Team Demo, AB the Pro, Judah, 1988, Dre King, Thelonious Dre and Sakwe. Hit the jump for the tracklist and download link. Read More
Sway sits down with Young Jeezy and Don Cannon to get the low down on Trap Or Die II. To start things off, Jeezy goes right into the meaning of the cover.
“I know a lot of cats are trippin’ off the cover,” Young said. “I tell ‘em like this: You had Martin Luther King, you had Malcolm X. One thing I respected about Malcolm X is that he believed in what he believed in. He died believing in it. That’s how I am. I would never compare myself to the great Malcolm, but I will die believing in what I believe in.”
Cannon chimes in and speaks on how DJ Drama was originally supposed to do the project and more. That sushi looks damn good too. Time for lunch.
With Trap Or Die II just around the corner, dropping this Friday to be exact, Don Cannon sat down with XXL and shed some light on what we can expect from Jeezy’s upcoming tape.
Cannon’s former Aphilliates partner DJ Drama, who helmed the original mixtape, was initially supposed to host Trap or Die 2. But according to Cannon—who left the Aphilliates in 2008—a scheduling conflict prevented Drama from handling the project. “I think there was time constraints,” he said. “And Jeezy wanted to have it put out pretty quickly because it’s [part] of the promo of the album.”
As to how he was brought on board, Cannon said he happened to be working on the Snowman’s upcoming album, Thug Motivation 103. “I think he needed a lil’ help picking some songs and doing a couple of things,” he shared. “So in the midst of me doing his album… he was like, ‘You know what, you might as well host this joint.’ So from there, once he said that, you know, I was down… I picked the music [and] I put the whole marketing/viral thing together for it.”
Cannon revealed a star-studded guest list for TOD2, which includes Bun B, Scarface, Trick Daddy and Birdman. But the track that he predicts will be the “sleeper of the year” is Jeezy’s song with Clipse. “Everybody’s gonna talk about [it]…that’s a big record,” he explained. “’Cause I don’t know anybody that can talk that street mentality talk other than him and them. So for them to collab on a track that’s really important.”
On the production tip, Cannon recruited longtime Jeezy associate Shawty Redd, Drumma Boy and of course he provided one of his own beats for the song “D Boys.”
He said, while there are mostly original songs on the disc, YJ dropped verses over Snoop’s “I Wanna Rock,” Trey Songz’s “Say Ahh” and Birdman’s “Play Ball.”
I personally cannot wait to hear the Jeezy and Clipse track. If that’s not the definition of audio crack, I’m not what else is.
Back in February Laws dropped his latest mixtape4:57, which was presented by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Don Cannon. This week they gave us a look at some behind the scenes footage of the final night spent working on the 4:57 project with Don Cannon, Green Lantern, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League in the studio.
In a recent #iChatsession with iluvlola.net Don Cannon identified Laws as one of his favorite new artist. I got to catch up with Don at a private listening session for Laws’s mix-tape titled “4:57PM” which is set to drop Feb. 16th 2010. I asked Don about his thoughts on Laws as a new artist, check it out.
“Here are some clips that probably wont find a home on a video anywhere but I still want to share them with you guys. Secretly Don wants to be a rapper, and you can see that in the first clip, then he confirms it in the last clip.”
More footage of Don Cannon and Chuck Inglish combine minds as “First Team All State” to produce this track titled Free Throws. Here is another look behind the scenes of the making of their Merry Christmas FreEP from The Cool Kids.