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Daily Digest: New Mixtapes from Eminem and M.I.A.; Streets break up

Plus: British Housing Minister attempts to save Ringo's childhood home

January 3, 2011 11:35 AM ET
Daily Digest: New Mixtapes from Eminem and M.I.A.; Streets break up
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Eminem Live Mixtape Surfaces Eminem's hometown gig at Comerica Park in Detroit has been preserved in the form of a new mixtape — though maybe it'd be better to call it a live bootleg. The set includes most of his biggest hits, plus guest appearances from 50 Cent, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. [Nah Right]

M.I.A. Releases Wikileaks-Inspired New Mixtape M.I.A. greeted the New Year with a new mixtape titled Vicki Leekx, presumably inspired by Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks site. The mix is a return to a crowd-pleasing danceable sound following a polarizing detour into abrasive, low-fi noise on her last album /\/\/\Y/\. [Vicki Leekx]

Housing Minister Steps In To Save Ringo's Birthplace Grant Shapps, the British housing minister, has intervened in plans to demolish the house in which Ringo Starr was born, inspired in part by a campaign led by a group of devoted Beatles fans. The building is presently set to be bulldozed as part of a regeneration plan for the city of Liverpool. [Guardian U.K.]

New Album from The Streets to be the Last Mike Skinner, the British rapper otherwise known as the Streets, has announced that his forthcoming fifth album, Computers and Blues, will be his last under that name. Skinner says that he is motivated to "kill" the name because the project has run its course and he has completed his record contract. [Guardian U.K.]

Watch Bangladesh Build A Beat For Lil Wayne Producer Bangladesh let a camera crew film him as he worked on Lil Wayne's new single "6'7," and the footage has been cut into an intriguing two-and-a-half-minute mini-documentary that also serves as something of a studio tutorial. [Nah Right]

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