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It’s around 5 pm. The LOF boys and myself are waiting in the Violator conference room. Jokes are flying and the anticipation is building. As we slowly realize that the meeting we are waiting to end is running late, we begin to get comfortable. Not for long. Suddenly the man of the hour walks in. Chris Lighty. He looks as if he’s studying the room, almost trying to intimidate us. He probably doesn’t mean too, but he’s an extremely serious guy. I try to get the small talk going by saying “Busy day, huh?”. His response? “Always”.

It probably is always busy around these parts. Violator Management has a client roster that includes 50 Cent, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Soulja Boy, and more. With big time talent, comes big time business moves. Lighty is looking for ways to expand the brands of his artists. The talk of the week has been the possibility of seeing a 50 Cent workout supplement. This is just one of the many things that comes across his desk on a daily basis. To him, this is the record business. Major labels should probably take notice.

In part 1 of our interview, we discuss his beginnings with The Jungle Brothers, and making the transition to Rush Management. He tells us about working with Lyor and Russell, and even gives you up and comers some tips. Finally, we talk about the end of Rush Management, and having to pick through the artist roster to create Violator.

Via Al Lindstrom.

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J-Live’s new album S.P.T.A. will be out in August. This is the B-side of his first single No Time To Waste.

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More footage from Westwood’s extensive coverage of Wu-Tang’s recent visit to London. This time we bring you his 2-part interview with Ghostface, and Method Man’s, U-God’s & Masta Killa’s feature on his radio show.
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Crazy skills shown by these two.

Via The Cut.

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Pacewon & Mr. Green give the visual treatment to their new single Ever Since off their 2nd LP as a duo. The Only Number That Matters Is Won has no release date yet, but is expected to be released later this summer with guest appearances made by Masta Ace, Snoop Dogg & a few surprises.

Via KN.

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New Statik’s mixtape, tracklist and download after the jump.

Via YHTN.

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Jill’s new album The Light In The Sub is now available for streaming here.

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Nas talks about changing the name for his upcoming album Life is Good.

Listen to his first single Nasty.

Via Nah Right.

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In the final part of HipHopSite.Com’s interview with Dres of Black Sheep, he talks about The Choice is Yours used in KIA commercial and more.

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View Royce’ essential records here.

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