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For Havoc, Working On “The Life Of Pablo’s” Most Controversial Track Was Just Business



Rubber bullets from Kanye West’s direction were recently fired towards Taylor Swift onThe Life of Pablo’s most talked about track, “Famous.”

The stinging hook: “I feel like me and Taylor [Swift] might still have sex…I made that bitch famous” will forever live in musical registries (Tidal and beyond). While the choice of verbiage may split public opinion of West’s behavior down to the hairline fracture, no one has yet to accuse the record’s production (get the full breakdown here) of being anything less than stellar. Kejuan Muchita, best known by his menacing rap moniker Havoc, was among the song’s handful of studio wizards that pieced in the puzzle.

HipHopDX caught up with the Mobb Deep rep several days after the unceremonious release of The Life of Pablo, to see how his involvement came into play.

Havoc recalls he “just chilling” when Kanye’s management and team reached out for him to make the trip to L.A. and he wasn’t even aware it was for an album per se.

“It was really, really creative,” he tells DX of the studio session that ultimately produced the song. “He has a lot of input and because he knows what he wants. He gets a lot of input from the producer as well. He was interesting to work with him because I’ve never really worked with him before so I didn’t know what to expect. But it was really dope because for a brief moment, I got to get inside [his head] and see how he operates as an artist and producer.”

The veteran producer also says he heard the track’s shock value in its early creation stages but didn’t know what would come of the final product. He also revealed that he and West have much more material in the vault.

West may have went on to infiltrate pop culture lure through mainstream awards, reality show matrimony and global recognition, yet inside revered Hip Hop conversations, Havoc isn’t exactly considered his unequal. As the production half and ardent rhymer of Mobb Deep, most fans consider at least two out the duo’s three mid-90s albums (The Infamous,Hell on Earth and Murda Muzik) as documented classics and Havoc has crafted a slew of outside beat work for the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Diddy and 50 Cent. When asked whether or not his intermediate group will attempt to piggyback on the evolving landscape of rap music, he didn’t rule it out but explained that being a Hip Hop legend also has its downside.

“Me and [Prodigy] are definitely open-minded to doing things different. It’s just, a lot of the times…our fans, our core audience, they hate to see us do something different,” he admitted with a chuckle. “We get kind of hated on. They throw us in such a box. So it’s kind of difficult for ‘Mobb Deep’ to do that.”

The trio of aforementioned seminal albums were indeed amongst the most influential for a time when hardcore subject matter intertwined with creative penmanship dominated the industry. However, one could easily win an argument that their approach was one-dimensional in the hardened topical flavor. Fans who were raised on Mobb Deep music only knew one way of looking through the lens so their vision was undoubtedly blurred when the Queensbridge outfit changed up their packaging. Namely on “Hey Luv (Anything),” the R&B-tinged flagship single to their 2001 album, Infamy, which also featured 112. Let Havoc tell it, the risk of alienating the core was a historic feat. The song is actually the group’s highest charting single on the Billboard 200.

“To this day, that’s still our No. 1 radio single to this,” he laughed, reflecting on all the hate he endured as they reached new plateaus. “We got mad SoundScan and Nielsen ratings off of that joint.”

Although you can’t please everybody, diehard supporters will be thrilled to know that Hell on Earth is getting its own 20th anniversary celebration, much like The Infamous did last year. Havoc promises the U.S. tour will “start in March” and the European leg will follow directly after.

They told you the Mobb was forever. Chronicle Havoc’s upcoming tour moves on his Instagram @MobbDeepHavoc.




Gov’t Sell Golden Tulip, Now Renamed Lancaster Hotel



The Golden Tulip Hotels in Accra and Kumasi will be rebranded after the Ghanaian government sold its stake in the facility to some Lebanese investors.

The four-star hotels are owned by a joint venture between the governments of Ghana and Libya (GLAHCO), with Ghana owning 60% and Libya owning 40%.

According to media reports, Ghana has completely sold its franchise to a company called Lancaster.

This means that the renowned hotels in Ghana’s capital and the Ashanti Regional capital will be known as Lancaster Accra City Hotel and Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel as of July 1st, 2022.

A letter from the General Manager with the heads of departments in copy read: “Achour Holding Limited operating as Lancaster Hotels will be the new lessee and would take effect from 1st July, 2022, with same conditions as previously communicated”.

“We urge you to support the new company to ensure a successful takeoff,” the statement added.

Another letter from the Rooms Division Manager of Golden Tulip Hotel, Lucy Ahedor said “we wish to inform you that from 1st of July, 2022, the name of the hotel will now change to Lancaster Hotel. We would also like to inform you to rest assured as this change will not affect normal operations of the hotel”.

“We are happy to also announce that the hotel under this new name will be going through refurbishment by enhancing most of the facilities,” she added.

Some hotel employees confirmed the sale and name change to Joy News, while sources say the move was spearheaded by government officials.

The Golden Tulip Hospitality Group is a hotel franchise and management company with locations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Americas.

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Feli Nuna Hints On Collaboration With Sarkodie



Feli Nuna, singer signed to Off Da Ground, has made a new revelation.

Speaking with Doreen Avio on Hitz FM’s Day Break Hitz she was questioned on when she will be having a collaboration with rapper Sarkodie.

A collaboration with the BET winner is in the works, according to the ‘Towel’ hitmaker, as she prepares for her EP. She went on to say that her EP, which is amazing and has some great features, should be out in six months.

Feli Nuna released her ‘Towel‘ song on May 11, 2022, which was produced by Shawerz Ebiem and filmed and directed by R.Dee.

Feli Nuna’s towel song is all about taking care of oneself. Self-care is defined as an individual’s, family’s, or community’s ability to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health by eating well and engaging in stress-relieving activities.
Watch below.

Feli Nuna, real name Felicia Nuna Akosua Tawiah, has performed on major stages throughout Ghana, including the Ghana Music Awards Nominees Concert, the 4styte Music Video Awards, Coke Studio Africa, the Yaws Fashion Show in Gambia, the Asia-Africa Youth Festival in China, and many more.

Connect with Flei Nuna on these handles below.

Facebook: Feli Nuna

Twitter, Instagram & TikTok: @Feli Nuna

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Ciara Signs With Republic/Uptown Records



Ciara is leveling up with a new record deal.

The R&B superstar has signed to Republic Records and Uptown Records in partnership with her independent label, Beauty Marks Entertainment, it was announced today.

“I am thrilled to partner with Uptown/Republic Records through my own label imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment,” said Ciara. “Wendy [Goldstein] and I have been in discussion to work together for some time and the enthusiasm that her and the entire team have expressed over this new project marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I am grateful to be able to continue my mission of making the world dance with a team I admire, who are at the forefront of empowering artists.”

Republic Records Co-President Wendy Goldstein added, “I’ve been a fan of Ciara forever. Working with her has been a dream, and she’s making some of the most powerful, undeniable, and innovative music of her entire career now. This is an incredible creative chapter for her, and we’re all excited to be part of it.”

Her first single in two years, “Jump” featuring Coast Contra, will be released to streaming services on July 8. A video has also been shot directed by Dave Meyers (“Lose Control”). She recently teased the dance track in a viral dance clip.

Ciara is now readying her first album in three years for release on Republic/Uptown. “I’m actually finished with my album, which I’m excited about,” she told The Associated Press last month.

Her previous album, 2019’s Beauty Marks, was released independently via her Beauty Marks label, and featured appearances from Kelly Rowland and Macklemore.

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