Last Lap: Thursday’s Odds And Ends In Music News


Jay-Z And Kanye’s Friends Get To Hear Watch The Throne
Apparently tired of the false rumors surrounding their forthcoming collaboration Watch the Throne, which, it turns out, is completed, Jay-Z and Kanye West have begun previewing the record for friends in the industry, so as to correct the record without leaking the, um, record. MTV News has a roundup of who’s heard it and what they’ve said.

Vanilla Ice Joins Eight-Year-Old Youtube Rapper Matty B. To Cover “Ice Ice Baby”
In hindsight, this was inevitable. Actually, “Matty B. guest spot” is a significant upgrade from “Gathering of the Juggalos commercial.” [Vulture]

Storytime: Remember When The Band Owen Covered Oasis’s What’s The Story (Morning Glory) Front-To-Back, Unrehearsed, in 2008?
We certainly didn’t, but Norman Brannon (formerly of Texas Is the Reason), who played lead guitar that night, does, and on the occasion of Liam Gallagher’s announcement that he’d be releasing two new albums, Brannon took the opportunity to tell the story—and defend the much-maligned Oasis along the way. Key pullquote: “Sometimes, playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band means making a few enemies. Sometimes, it even means calling your brother a S—TBAG on Twitter.” [Nervous Acid]

Listen To Elliott Wilson’s Ice Cube Playlist
Rap Radar editor-in-chief Elliott Wilson selected 21 Ice Cube tracks for the playlist “Cold As Ice” (as he did for Missy last week). “Cold As Ice” is a great complement to last night’s Behind the Music episode, which, in case you missed it, is streaming in full on our site, along with bonus interviews. So what do we have to do to get Wilson to list his favorite Miranda Lambert tracks after next week’s Behind the Music? [Rap Radar]

[Jay-Z and Kanye West: Getty Images]

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