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http://soundcloud.com/octobersveryown/drake-girls-love-beyonce-feat  NEW MUSIC: DRAKE F/ JAMES FAUNTLEROY – ‘GIRLS LOVE BEYONCÉ’

 

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Drake gives us two songs in one day. After dropping “No New Friends” with DJ Khaled, Drizzy speaks to the ladies on “Girls Love Beyoncé.” He opens up about his love life (“I’ve been avoiding commitment”) and puts the call out for a special lady on the vulnerable R&B jam, produced by Noah “40” Shebib.
“I need someone that will help me think of someone besides myself/ I need someone I leave through the front door with ’cause we don’t want to hide no more,” sings October’s Very Own.
James Fauntleroy pays homage to B by singing the lyrics to Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” on the hook.
In a recent interview, Drake revealed that the track will not appear on his upcoming album Nothing Was the Same.
Snoop Lion Talks Collaborating With Miley Cyrus: “She’s Going Through Transformation”

 

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“Is there any possibility that anyone feels like me?” Miley Cyrus sings in “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks,” her collaboration with Snoop Lion for the latter’s reggae debut Reincarnated. Critics and listeners alike were pleasantly surprised by the song featuring the former gangsta rapper alongside the former Disney Channel star, but as Lion recently said, he and Cyrus actually have more in common than most realize.
“Miley, I’ve always been a fan of hers. And you know, when she decided to go solo and do her thing, it was only right for us to connect, because we both believe in the same things,” Lion said at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. “She’s going through transformation and change right now, just like myself, so it’s only right.”
Revisit “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks,” then check out the rest of Lion‘s interview at E!.
Tyga Claims He Has Never Received A Royalty Check From Cash Money Records

 

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After three albums with Cash Money Records, Tyga told Power 105′s The Breakfast Club that all he received was a signing bonus.
Last week, Tyga released his third album through Cash Money/Young Money Records in Hotel California. Following 2012′s Careless World: Rise Of The Last Kingalbum and 2008′s independent No Introduction, the Los Angeles, California native has sold over 350,000 albums to date in the United States alone. However, the veteran artist recently stated to Power 105′s The Breakfast Club, that he’s never received a royalty from the label Birdman co-founded.
“I never got a check from Young Money/Cash Money,” Tyga said in the interview, as reported by HipHopBlog.com. “But by me saying that, I’ve always treated my career like independent and everything that I got is because of myself, my own endorsements, me touring, myself. I think I got a signing bonus when I first signed but that was it.”
Artists including Juvenile and Mannie Fresh have previously left Cash Money, citing financial disputes for their departure.
Tyga however, did not appear to be completely complaining, “At a certain time, you get your money but at the same time, they pay for your videos and all that other stuff. But I never really was dependent on the label like that.”
50 Cent Recalls Losing His Mother, Has “No Interest” In Meeting Father

 

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50 Cent remembers not understanding that his mother passed away, and says he doesn’t yearn for a connection with his father.
50 Cent doesn’t often speak on the topic of his parents. In an interview on “Larry King Now,” the Queens emcee opened up, first talking about his deceased mother.
“I don’t think I really dealt with it in the early stages,” said Fif of the loss of his mother. “I lost my mom when I was eight, so I didn’t really understand at that point.”
50 explained that as a child, he didn’t understand that he had lost his mother at first. “Later, they would consistently say, ‘She’s not coming back,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah she is.’ My grandfather would look at me like, ‘He doesn’t understand.’ Later, you grow and start to understand.”
Fif also spoke about his father, though the attitude towards him was decidedly less warm. “I never knew my father. I never actually met him. Some people have that thing where they want that parent that they haven’t had in their lives. I have no interest in it.”
“The mistakes I made early on… he could’ve been here to help me not make those mistakes,” he added.
CELEBRITIES REACT TO BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS

 

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What should have been a joyful day in Boston was shattered when explosions went off near the finish line during Monday’s marathon. The shock and horror could be felt on Twitter, where timelines were filled with prayers, sadness, and heartfelt messages.
As news of the horrific events broke, Boston native JoJo cried out for her beloved hometown, while Nicki Minaj’s heart ached for the innocent victims. Machine Gun Kelly couldn’t comprehend the senseless act of violence, and Alicia Keys was shaken by the tragedy.
Read some of the reactions from social media below.
 
Alicia Keys: Shaken… My thoughts and prayers are with the city of Boston and those affected by this tragedy.
Nicki Minaj: My heart goes out to everyone who woke up this morning to enjoy a peaceful marathon but were met w/senseless destruction. #GodBlessAmerica
Rick Ross: Prayers go to #Boston
Big Sean: Those bombs going off in Boston are devastating… The guy I was sitting next to on the plane said his friends were running in the marathon. That’s horrible that happened on a day like this, at an event like that. #prayersup
Miguel: Get well wishes to all those injured/effected by today’s marathonbombing
Ameriie: My heart hurts. #prayforboston
JoJo: Just got out of yoga and had a dozen text messages… My heart dropped. Please #PrayForBoston. My Home. My family and dearest friends.
Ciara: So Sad to hear about what has happened in Boston as I board my flight☹ this is truly unbelievable! Prayers to those lost and affected:( ♥
Lil Wayne: Prayers for Boston
Skylar Grey: Horrible news about the Boston Marathon bombings… My thoughts and prayers are with those lost and injured.
Lil’ Kim: I just heard about the bombs at the Boston Marathon. What a horrific event. My thoughts and prayers are with those effected. #prayforboston
Common: Prayers up for the people in Boston!
Bridget Kelly: Thoughts and prayers to all those in Boston who were caught in or knew folks hurt by the explosions
Justin Timberlake: My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the city of Boston and all of those affected by this terrible incident.
Karmin: Prayers with the people of Boston and all the families contributing to the Boston Marathon- cant believe this could happen. We went to see the finish every year during the 7 years we lived there.
2 Chainz: Yooo prayers go out to Boston ,,,, explosion at a marathon is the last thing u think is gonna happen
Jay Sean: Man just seein this bombing in Boston. Hope my people out there are ok. So horrible. Sick minded people out there man. Crazy.
Machine Gun Kelly: Bombs in trash cans now…we’ve truly lost control of ourselves. Why the fuck would you take the lives of innocent people?
Keri Hilson: God be with Boston.
French Montana: My prayers go out to the victims in the Boston explosion! #PrayforBoston
Chris Brown: Praying for Boston.
Pitbull: My heart goes out 2 those lost in #boston we must enjoy every minute & appreciate every one bcuz we never know que dios los bendiga
Jordin Sparks: I don’t even know what to say. My heart just hurts for those involved in what happened in Boston. Praying for everyone…
Kim Kardashian: My heart is breaking for everyone effected or injured in the explosion at the Boston Marathon. God bless you all! My prayers are with you!
Kelly Rowland: #PrayersForBoston
Azealia Banks: My heart and prayers go out to everyone in Boston right now. Life is so precious.
Bun B: Talked to my Boston people. They’re safe. But this shit is cold y’all. Lot of people hurt out there. #PrayForBoston
Shontelle: 2 explosions at Boston Marathon today. Don’t even have words. Shame on you the culprits. Innocent ppl. I don’t understand :( #PrayForBoston
Miley Cyrus: Sending peace & many blessings to Boston ❤❤❤
Ashanti: Please Pray For Boston. #BostonMarathon #PrayForBoston My heartgoes out to each & every victim.
Rihanna: Heartbreaking. #PRAY4BOSTON
Keyshia Cole: People are absolutely sick! I feel so bad this has happened! God Bless the innocent people hurt… God Bless
Marsha Ambrosius: Horrified!!! Praying for those affected by the tragedy in Boston!!!
Cassie: Too unreal, too sad #prayforboston
Brianna Perry: Lets come together as a nation and pray for everyone affected by today’s tragedy #PRAY4BOSTON

 

 

 

CIARA RENAMES ALBUM, REVEALS COVER AND TRACKLISTING

 

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Ciara assembles the troops on her self-titled fifth album (previously titled One Woman Army). The R&B diva has been teasing with track titles and lyrics, but she reveals the full tracklisting today on Instagram.
The 10 tracks feature the single “Body Party,” with production from Rodney Jerkins, The Underdogs, and Soundz. She grabs a verse from Nicki Minaj on the opening track “I’m Out” and duets with her beau Future on “Where You Go.” CiCi channels her inner rapper on “Super Turnt Up” and toasts to the good life on “Livin’ It Up,” penned by Wynter Gordon.
“She overcame a lot and through time you will tell when she puts this albumout, it’s gonna be one of those albums that you look back on,” said Future. “Today, I’m already calling it a classic before it even come out.”
Ciara arrives June 4. See the tracklisting below.

Ciara Tracklisting
1. “I’m Out” feat. Nicki Minaj
2. “Sophomore”
3. “Body Party”
4. “Keep on Lookin”
5. “Read My Lips”
6. “Where You Go” feat. Future
7. “Super Turnt Up” feat. Ciara
8. “DUI”
9. “Livin’ It Up”
10. “Overdose”
 
 
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Mary J. Blige's
FINANCIAL DISASTER
New $900k Tax Lien
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Just when you thought Mary J. Blige's financial problems couldn't get any worse ... TMZ has learned the singer has been hit with a $900,000 tax lien in the State of New Jersey.

Blige -- who was JUST sued earlier this month for allegedly defaulting on a $500k bank loan -- is now on the hook for $901,769.65 in back taxes to the Garden State, this according to official documents obtained by TMZ.

The tax lien is the latest in a string of financial woes for the Grammy winner -- just last year, Mary J. was sued for allegedly defaulting on a $2.2 million bank loan .. and before that, her charity was sued for not paying back a $250k loan.

Back in May, Blige blamed the charity's financial issues on the staff -- saying, "The problem is that I didn't have the right people in the right places doing the right things."

We reached out to Blige's camp for comment on the tax lien -- but so far, radio silence.



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Rapper Tim Dog Dead at 46

 

The "F--k Compton" MC died from a diabetes-related seizure.

 

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After a long battle with diabetes, The Source reports that Bronx rapper Tim Dog died today from a seizure related to the disease. He turned 46 last month.

Born Timothy Blair, the rapper has been a fixture on the hip hop scene for decades, releasing his first solo project, Penicillin on Wax, in 1991. That album features his best-known song, the diss record "F--k Compton," which hit hard at N.W.A. and Dr. Dre and rode—and some say caused—the wave of coastal beef that was just beginnig to sweep the industry. Tim Dog also recorded projects with The Ultramagnetic MCs and KRS-One ("I Get Wrecked"). Nas shouted him out on 2006's "Where Are They Now?"

Tim Dog was most recently in the news last year, when said he was set up for conning a woman out of more than $30,000 online, an offense to which he plead guilty. He also penned a book, not currently available for sale, titled Who Killed Hip Hop?!

 

2 Chainz Arrested for Marijuana Possession

 

The rapper was detained then released from a Maryland jail.

Posted: 02/15/2013 08:33 AM EST
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When you reach a certain level of fame people tend to treat you different. 2 Chainz of all people should know this. The "I'm Different" rapper learned an important lesson about the preferential treatment fame can afford you Thursday night in Maryland.

The Grammy-nominated hip hop star, born Tauheed Epps, was arrested by Maryland state troopers following a traffic stop in Easton, Maryland. Though there were six other people in the Ford van during the stop, 2 Chainz was the only person detained and charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

According to the local news outlet, WBOC 16, police issued a citation to 2 Chainz and released him without bond.

Ever the showman, 2 Chainz still made it to his scheduled gig at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He was the headlining act at the school’s homecoming event. Chainz posted a picture on Twitter from the stage with the caption, "Show must go on much love UMES."

He later discussed the arrest on Twitter.

"I work hard and pray even harder, we gone always b good yall…Not to mention my security said it was his and they said, he don’t smoke, how da f-k u know? Haha wut [sic] a Valentine’s day!!!" he wrote.

The rapper is expected to pay a small fine in the case.

As you can tell from the image above he was a pretty popular guest during his short stay in jail.

"Locked me up and then wanted pictures smh."

 

Eve and Britney Spears Battle Over "Scream & Shout"

 

The rapstress says Spears did not sing on the new will.i.am single.

Posted: 02/15/2013 01:37 PM EST
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Britney Spears’ appearance on will.i.am’s new single "Scream & Shout" was supposed to mark the triumphant return of the former pop music princess. But Britney’s camp is not happy with Philly MC Eve’s recent insinuation that the singer did not actually lay her vocals on the track.

 

"I heard that might not be Britney,” said Eve during an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. "That's what I heard, but you know, I don't know," continued Eve. "It could be Britney. But I heard it wasn't."

 

Spears’ publicist Jeff Raymond reportedly told TMZ that Eve’s claims are "absolute BS," stating, "Britney sang the song. will.i.am wanted her for this song and she sang on it."

 

Many have pointed out that the song, which was released in November of 2012, sounds unlike any music Spears has released in the past. TMZ quotes another source who insists that it is Britney on the track and suggests that Eve is simply jealous.

 

"Scream & Shout" was penned by will.i.am, Jef Martens and Jean Baptiste and will appear on The Black Eyed Peas frontman’s fourth solo album #willpower.


 

Mixtape Review: Pusha T, Wrath of Caine

 

 
 
 

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Years in waiting, the release of Pusha T’s solo debut album at last seems within reach. The LP, which will be titled My Name Is My Name, is slated to arrive sometime later this year. But coming off of 2012’s multi-platinum G.O.O.D. Music single "Mercy" and appearances on the crew’s Cruel Summer compilation, Ziploc P can’t just stop meeting the demand for new music while fans await his proper solo debut. His latest effort, Wrath of Caine, serves as an appetizer with several new sous chefs – many of which are seated at the production end of the table.

 

The prelude to Pusha’s forthcoming album begins with invigorated rhymes aimed at deflating the egos of "laptop hot" Internet rappers. Although his reputation precedes itself, the younger Thornton brother raps as if to remind newer MC’s of his place on hip hop’s present totem pole. Lines like "Vengeance is mine said the Lord / Throwing shots at n---- cause I’m bored" are a clear indication that Pusha thinks no more of dissing rappers than Tony Montana thinks of killing a communist.

 

The Virginia rhyme slinger then plays the pope of dope and baptizes bricks of that white in religious metaphors on "Millions." The roaring ode to drug money provides an instant rush that channels the power and paranoia that accompany suffering from success in the "snow" business. Paired with Southside and co-producer Kanye West’s musical arrangement, Push and guest Rick Ross sound at home on the booming cut. Drug dealer chic rhymes and a chorus that lives well outside the confines of the law prove effective in P’s pursuit to "restore the feeling" of flourishing in a dangerous enterprise. Deciding to break the choppas out the closet, the tape’s lead single "Millions" sees the "bricklayer" MC enforcing claims that his absence from the charts doesn’t mean that his money’s not piling high. He drives the latter point home with both conviction and panache, spitt

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:20PM

Waka Flocka Flame says Atlantic Records is holding "Flockaveli 2" back.

Waka Flocka Flame said yesterday (April 27) that he wants out of his recording contract.

"LET ME BUYOUT MY CONTRACT ASAP #AtlanticRecords," he tweeted.

Flocka also tweeted that his record label is "holding #Flockaveli2 BACK...!!!!!"

The rapper has discussing the album since at least 2013.

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:18PM

Billboard recently spoke with music executive J. Erving. The son of basketball legend Julius "Dr. J" Erving has found his own path as the co-president of Atom Factory.

Since last year, Erving has also managed Hip Hop starNelly. During his interview with the publication, Erving explained that his client [Nelly] is prepping a country music EP.

"He's a free agent on the label side now, and is working on a country-based Heartland EP, which should be really interesting,"Erving mentions. "He may be one of the first Hip Hop artists to jump into that space in an authentic way with Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw, so we think he has an opportunity to grow that base even more."

Erving is referring to Nelly's previous country collaborations, which have each been successful. In 2012, the "Country Grammar" rapper teamed up with Florida Georgia Line on the "Cruise" remix. The song has sold over 7 million copies and has been certified 9x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Nelly's 2004 hit "Over and Over" featuring Tim McGraw peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:16PM

While it's still unclear exactly how Freddie Gray died, there seems to be no denying that Baltimore Police Department officers caused his death. Gray, 25, died on April 19 due to still-unknown spinal injuries that he seems to have sustained by the hands of police following his arrest a week earlier. Even, or maybe especially, without all the answers to questions surrounding his passing, Gray's death is especially conspicuous in a year that has already churned out a string of high-profile killings of Black men by police.

Over the last several days protests in Baltimore have invited comparison to the fervor and outcry felt in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown. In that case as well as far too many others before and since, members of the Hip Hop community have had reason to take to social media as a show of support, protest, and meditation.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:14PM

During Part 1 of A$AP Rocky's CRWN interview with Elliott Wilson, the A$AP Mob frontman shed light on a variety of subjects including, among others, what artists he takes inspiration from today.

"I want y'all to inspire me," he said in front of a live audience at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21. "I saw Earl Sweatshirt video and I felt inspired. I saw Joey Bada$$ video [and] I felt inspired, man. I wanna feel inspired. Kendrick [Lamar's] album inspired me. J. Cole's success inspired me. I wanna feel inspired. We gotta keep raising the bar. Everyday I get inspired. I get inspired by normal people walking up and down the block."

Later in the conversation, Rocky spoke on his upcoming sophomore studio albumAt.Long.Last.A$AP, which is scheduled to be released on May 12.

"People wanna hear bars, they wanna hear some music, they wanna hear me rapping," A$AP Rocky says. "I was fortunate enough to be named after one of the greatest emcees of all time. That's like being named Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson to me, you get what I'm saying? Or Kobe Bryant or something like that. I was named after [Rakim]. I was intimidated because those shoes are too big to fulfil or walk in. I got to a point where I felt like I was 26 [and] I felt Rap was shit. I just hated Rap [in] 2014. I'm getting a headache thinking about it. I got to a point where I just was like, 'I need to do something about this shit.' This is the return of the God emcee, I'm talking some lord shit on this next album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. A-L-L-A. It's lit."

During the interview, the Harlem, New York artist also likened Rap to wrestling.

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:12PM

On Sunday (April 26) Jay Z unexpectedly took to Twitter to share a series of #TidalFacts. The rare move may have been directly in response to several of TIDAL's rivals interfering with its progress.

According to Page Six, numerous music industry sources have come forward alleging that Apple is indeed tampering with TIDAL.

The celebrity news site states one of the reasons TIDAL may have fallen out of the iPhone top 700 apps is because Apple "deliberately took a long time to approve TIDAL iOS app updates. TIDAL had a new app. on Adroid on April 15, but still hasn't received approval for Apple's iOS app store."

iTunes executives such as Robert Kondrk (Vice President of iTunes Content) has reportedly emphasized that artists who choose to premiere content on TIDAL will not be highlighted on iTunes.

"Robert told execs at Universal Music Group that Rihanna and other TIDAL artists' music would not be promoted as featured artists on iTunes if they put exclusive music out on Tidal," a source said.

Another source confirmed ­Kondrk's statement and clarified that the procedure is "normal."

"If an artist chooses to market content exclusively with another rival retailer, no company is going to market or push content from that artist that hard," the source said.

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 28 2015 1:11PM

The art of freestyling isn't as honored as it once was. Many artists have been guilty of pulling out the BlackBerry or spitting "off the dome" rhymes that just happen to end up on a future single. However, most rappers are, at least, careful about repeating on-camera freestyles. Unfortunately, The Game must not be aware of the existence of YouTube, or Reddit, where a particularly resourceful user on the hip-hop thread found five clips of The Game spitting nearly the exact same verse.

The Game recently exhausted the verse on "Breakfast Bars" on The Cruz Show, but the same lyrics can be heard all the way back in 2011.

Safe to say The Game has been caught red-handed. Watch each of the freestyles below, and tell us if these findings tarnish Game's career.

Honestly, is this verse hot enough to stick around for four years?

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:47AM

Roc Nation producer Deputy says that despite rumors that the lyrics to Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" were stolen, the song is original.

"It's kind of weird," Deputy says in the interview withPerez Hilton. "I don't know how you can steal the phrase 'bitch better have my money.' I have no idea where that came from."

Houston rapper Just Brittany took to Twitter after the release to say her song "Betta Have My Money" was ripped off.

"The Houston femcee included Rihanna's Twitter handle in her claims but eventually deleted the Tweets," HipHopDX reports. "Rihanna has yet to respond to Just Brittany's claims."

Deputy says he and a songwriter made the song. Once they were finished, they targeted Rihanna for the record.

"I went in the studio with the writer Bibi Bourelly just to attempt something big and dope," Deputy says. "Once we finished the record, we were like, 'This is definitely something Rihanna could sing.'"

He says the song was completed before Rihanna's performance, thus the song should not be taken as an indication that Rihanna has any payment issues.

"The song was already done, so me and Bibi did the record. There isn't any internal message coming from Rihanna," Deputy says. "It was just something we thought was dope and she thought it was dope."

Deputy says that he has heard a few of the songs on Rihanna's upcoming project.

"I would say that the few records that I did hear are major and big," Deputy says. "I'm sure her fans will be pleased."

He would not reveal too much about the upcoming album, but did say that the sounds are timeless.

"Everyone's gonna love her for the ratchet," Deputy says. "Its hard for her to ignore that. But the records I heard were definitely timeless records that people could enjoy."

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:45AM

Rick Ross stands behind Meek Mill on the latest issue ofXXL Magazine.

The Hip Hop publication crafted two separate cover stories for the Maybach Music Group members.

Rozay's story, "We Do This," examines the MMG boss' thoughts on Meek Mill's likability and what he has learned from watching Birdman, Jay Z and Puff Daddy.

Ross believes that Meek – who was imprisoned last year for five months – "represents the struggle of the Black male."

"When Meek makes his music, the streets connect on so many different levels; they know it's real, they know it's authentic, they know Meek giving them the truth," Ross says. "From being that young nigga with the nappy braids battlin' niggas on the corner to being the hottest nigga in the streets. The streets gonna give him the keys, the streets gonna give him the crown. Got the baddest bitch in the game on his shoulder."

Meek's prison bid ultimately delayed his second studio album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. The Philly native also missed out on millions of dollars.

"He lost seven figures off the road," Rozay says. "He was away from his family, his son. But Meek took it like a soldier. Every time I went to see him, he was focused. He only spoke about things he could control. And that gave me a whole new respect for the homie, on some G shit. And when he came home he wanted to give, not only to his fans who wrote him so many fuckin' letters that they thought it was mail fraud coming through, but the niggas that he was in there locked up with, messages to the fans from them...But he seen for the first time that when he got locked up he saw the ripple effect and what he really meant out in these streets."

The Hip Hop "Cash King" also compared himself to Hip Hop moguls Jay Z, Puff Daddy and Birdman.

"I'm even a bigger threat than them," Ross says. "Because all the genius moves they've been able to pull off I've been able to watch and study from the sideline. I got to see some of these dudes make the biggest electronics deals, the biggest lifestyle deals, the clothing brands, whatever it may be. I got to see that before it was actually my time and I got to prepare and do what bosses do. Plot, big time. Remain war ready. And I think right now we in a position where in two or three years there won't even be a doubt who the powerhouse is in this game."

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:44AM

Rap Genius has released its 2015 quarter one statistics.

The Hip Hop annotation site compiled a Top 10 list of rapper's whose names and music are searched for on the site.

Drake is the most viewed artist on Rap Genius in 2015. According to the site, material from Drake's surprise mixtape, If Youre Reading This Its Too Late, was viewed almost 9 million times on Genius, or 165,000 views per day, since its release.

"Know Yourself," which is included on IYRTITL was also the most viewed track in the past four months.

Kendrick Lamar received the second most-page views, as To Pimp A Butterfly material was viewed more than 6 million times.

Kanye West comes in third.

In January, Genius unveiled the most-viewed artist rankings for 2014. Drake topped that list, too.

Check out the full list of Genius' q1 2015 artists rankings below:

  1. Drake
  2. Kendrick Lamar
  3. Kanye West
  4. Nicki Minaj
  5. J. Cole
  6. Big Sean
  7. Eminem
  8. Lil Wayne
  9. Fetty Wap
  10. The Weeknd
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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:42AM

Spike debuted its Lip Sync Battle television show April 2.Yesterday (April 16), XXL looked into some of Hip Hop's more well-known acts and the times they were caught lip-syncing.

50 Cent lip-synced at the BET Awards in 2007 and Kanye West is signaled out for his 2013 Saturday Night Liveperformance, in which he lip-synced.

Producers John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant got inspiration forLip Sync Battle from a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon segment. They took the concept and flipped celebrity lip syncing into a full-length production.

LL Cool J hosts the program and Grammy-Oscar winners Common and John Legend have made appearances.

One one episode, actress Anna Kendrick and actor-producer John Krasinski faux sang to Jennifer Lopez and NSYNC.

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:40AM

Countering the claims that director and producer John Singleton made about his walking away from a plannedTupac biopic because the film wasn't respectful to the rapper's legacy, producer L.T. Hutton instead says the Boyz n the Hood director was fired.

Earlier this month Singleton wrote a lengthy post on Instagram breaking down why he left the project, starting, "The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur."

In a new interview with "The Goin Way Back Show," L.T. Hutton, an original producer on the biopic, denied Singleton's claims, saying, "[That is] one hundred percent equivocally not true. At all."

"To say that, that means that I would be disrespectful to Tupac," he added. "I wouldn't be disrespectful. How could I be? You can answer to Hollywood, that's nothing. I'm in the streets everyday."

Expanding on his reaction to Singleton's comments, Hutton hinted that the director was trying to cover up his own removal from the project.

"It was a negative comment due to the fact that, it wasn't, 'He walked off.' He was let go," Hutton said. "He hasn't been on the project in a long time. So, his timing of this was because we announced that we're moving forward and we announced our start-date of principal photography. So that was a rant. I don't know why he did it...I mean, I'm not gon' bash the guy, but just know for a fact that we fighting to protect the legacy and honor of Tupac. Some people are self-servient and egotistical. If you say, 'Only my voice can be heard in this picture,' you already a no-go."

Capping off his own comments with a note about the ongoing production process, Hutton promised that his interest is in telling Tupac's story to the fullest.

"It's not my story, it's not his story," he said. "It's not my company's story. It is the Tupac story."

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:38AM

Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" had an enormous week, tipping commercial scales in more than one arena. The track, which nabbed the #1 spot on the Hip Hop and R&B charts for a second consecutive week most recently, also broke a single-day Spotify streaming record over the same period.

Lower down the list, Flo Rida's persistent "GDFR" hit saw another boost in sales after the rapper released his latest EP, to which the single belongs, last Tuesday (April 7). Fetty Wap meanwhile has the highest charting position of his career on the chart with "Trap Queen" peaking at #4 most recently.

Wiz Khalifa Holds On At #1

Wiz Khalifa's Charlie Puth-featuring tribute to Paul Walker that appears on the Furious 7 soundtrack sold a chart-topping 464,349 copies over the last week, a number higher than the next three singles latest sales performance combined. "See You Again," which also broke a single day Spotify-streaming record with 4.2 million streams earlier this week, quickly saw its total sales count surge to 721,193 after just five weeks on the chart.

Flo Rida Climbs Back To #2

Boosted by the release of his fourth EP, My House, Flo Rida's collaborative hit with Sage The Gemini is again the longest running single to crack into the Top 10 of the R&B and Hip Hop single sales chart. "GDFR" sold another 131,436 most recently, bringing its total sales count up to nearly 1.4 million since its release more than six months ago.

Rihanna Falls To #7

Rihanna's latest single, "Bitch Better Have My Money," tumbled several spots down the chart this past week after suffering a 51% decrease in sales from the previous week's report. The single, the latest to be released from Rihanna's upcoming album, sold 65,016 units most recently, less than her longer-running hit with Kanye West and Paul McCartney which regained a spot to claim #5.

Despite the fall in sales, Rihanna's new single is on track to break Gold in the coming weeks having sold a total of 305,917 copies since its release three weeks ago.

Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales For Week Ending 04/12/2015

#1. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth - "See You Again" - 464,349 (721,193)

#2. Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini - "GDFR" - 131,436 (1,393,420)

#3. The Weeknd - "Earned It" - 117,259 (1,299,242)

#4. Fetty Wap - "Trap Queen" - 112,528 (728,771)

#5. Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney - "FourFiveSeconds" - 76,996 (1,621,042)

#6. Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih - "Somebody" - 66,834 (619,421)

#7. Rihanna - "Bitch Better Have My Money" - 65,016 (305,917)

#8. Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne - "Truffle Butter" - 46,428 (712,270)

#9. Omarion feat. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko - "Post To Be" - 35,287 (334,113)

#10. Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, Rich Homie Quan - "Ride Out" - 31,903 (105,076)

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:35AM

T.I. while on vacation in Costa Rica with his family was asked if there is aT.I.-Young Thug collaboration on the way.

Tip laughs and says, "We definitely got enough stuff to do one. I know Thugga's working on his solo project."

The two have teamed up on multiple tracks, including "About The Money," "I Need War" and "Off Set," which is on the Furious 7 soundtrack.

Though Thug hasn't released an official tracklist for the Barter 6 (formerly known as Tha Carter 6), Tip says he may be featured on the album.

"I believe we got a record on there," T.I. says.

TIP also mentions he has spoken to Thug about the title of his album and whether or not it is intended to be disrespectful towards Lil Wayne.

"I asked Thugga myself," the Grand Hustle rapper says. "I said, 'Hey brother, what you doing?'What's going on? and he basically responded. He said, 'Everybody's making it a whole lot more...I'm doing it to pay homage. That's my favorite rapper.'"

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:33AM

The CEO of Jay Z's Aspiro, the parent company of the Swedish music streaming service Tidal that was purchased by Hov last month for $56 million, has left the company, according to reports on Business Insider.

Aspiro's former CEO, Peter Tonstad, will replace Andy Chen, according to a statement made by Tidal.

Yesterday (April 17), reports began circulating on Swedish news site Breakit that approximately 25 of the organization's employees were "forced to leave."

However, such rumors were subsequently labeled as "incorrect" from a Tidal representative, according to Business Insider. Instead, they are being considered as "redundancies" and "streamlining."

Succeeding Andy Chen's departure, the streaming company issued the following statement:

"TIDAL's new interum [sic] CEO is Peter Tonstad – a former CEO of parent company Aspiro Group. He has a better understanding of the industry and a clear vision for how the company is looking to change the status quo. He's streamlining resources to ensure talent is maximized to enhance the customer experience. We've eliminated a handful of positions and refocused our company-wide talent to address departments that need support and cut redundancies. TIDAL's offices globally will remain and grow: we are already hirinig for several new positions now. We're excited about our future and what's in-store for fans who want the best listening experience."

Aspiro's new CEO Peter Tonstad released the following statement to Breakit:

"I believe in TIDAL and what the team is doing to affect the change the music industry needs," Tonstad says. "We're streamlining the company and refocusing our resources to ensure the platform continues to grow, and listeners can make a connection to their favorite artists. No one else is doing this."

Yesterday (April 17), it was reported that Jay Z has been personally calling Tidal subscribers to thank them for using the service.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:32AM

Just a month after Cle "Bone" Sloan confessed to physically assaulting Suge Knight prior to being allegedly run over by the former Death Row Records CEO's truck in late January, new audio has been released where Sloan can be heard admitting that he was angered and that he made a mistake.

"I was in a rage," Sloan said to Los Angeles Police Department officers, according to TMZ. "I fucked up. I get that 'cause a guy is dead behind this shit."

Suge Knight's attorneys are reportedly going to use the audio to mount an argument in Knight's defense.

This news comes just days after Sloan testified in court on (April 13) saying that he would not help prosecutors put the former Death Row Records CEO in prison by snitching.

On Thursday (April 16), it was reported that Suge Knight will stand trial for murder. It was also revealed that his bail has been reduced from $25 million to $10 million.

On January 30, Knight was arrested on murder charges regarding his alleged involvement in a deadly hit-and-run outside of Tam's Burgers near the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue in Los Angeles that left one man dead and two others injured.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 19 2015 8:29AM

Rockmo Entertainment is suing 2 Chainz for "$1.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages," according to HipHopWired.

Rockmo's attourney, Jerry R. Caldwell, claims that the rapper signed a contract stating that, in exchange for his $60,000 performance at Wild Bill's, he wouldn't perform over or under two weeks of May, 11, 2013.

2 Chainz allegedly went back on his contract that same night, performing at The Mansion Elan. This allegedly caused Rockmo Entertainment "extreme financial damages and irreparable harm to its professional representation."

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 13 2015 4:51PM

According to TMZ, Game's alleged attack on an off duty police officer at a basketball game last month has reportedly led to another physical altercation involving the Los Angeles, California rapper.

The website reports that a process server and a photographer on hand to record the service, visitedGame's house over the weekend to serve the musician with lawsuit papers stemming from the attack last month.

Upon being greeted by the pair, Game allegedly attacked the photographer by pushing him to the ground. Although Game left the premises after the alleged attack, police were called and a police report for battery was filed by the photographer.

During the incident last month, which was caught on videotape, Game can be seen hitting a man on the opposing team in the face. TMZ reports that in the lawsuit, the man claims that the strike to the face may have caused brain damage.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 13 2015 4:47PM

Kanye West commemorated the 100-year Anniversary of the Armenian genocide with an impromptu free concert at Swan Lake in Yerevan, Armenia yesterday (April 13).

West weaved through a number of his chart-topping hits such as "Stronger," "Power" and "Jesus Walks."

As thousands of native Armenians looked on, 'Ye decided he wanted to be closer to the crowd. So, he jumped in to Swan Lake while "The Good Life" blared through speakers.

Several other attendees jumped in to the water, as well, swarming the rapper.

"It's a problem. Can y'all see me over there?" West asked the crowd in Yerevan. "We're going to do something different, like, like, like we always do..."

The concert ended after West's aquatic stunt.

Kim Kardashian West took to her Instagram to share her thoughts on the performance: "What a crazy night! Kanye wakes me up & says he's doing a free concert in Yerevan, Armenia! I throw on sweats & we head out! Thousands of people were there! Kanye jumped in swan lake to be closer to the crowd on the other side & so many people jumped in too! It was such an exciting crazy night! So happy I got to rock out with everyone in Armenia on our last night here!!!!"

Armenian native and TMZ contributor Anna Kachikyan shared her sentiments after the show viaInstagram.

"The Kardashians and Kanye West visiting Armenia brought huge global awareness to the Armenian Genocide cause. But last night in Armenia, when Kanye West gave a free concert in the capital for thousands of young Armenians– that was not only a night to remember but a huge eye opening experience for these kids. While we live in the comfort of our great free nation, current day Armenia is still a tough place to live and thrive. Kanye's performance tonight lit up the entire capital during a very somber time."

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 13 2015 4:44PM

Cle "Bone" Sloan says he "doesn't want to be used to send [Suge Knight] to prison."

Cle "Bone" Sloan, one of the three men Suge Knight hit with his vehicle during a January 30 incident, testified in court today (April 13) that he would not help prosecutors put the former Death Row Records executive in prison by "snitching," according to TMZ.

Sloan said that he "doesn't want to be used to send this man to prison," referring to Knight.

Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder after being arrested January 30 on murder charges regarding his alleged involvement in a deadly hit-and-run outside of Tam's Burgers near the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue in Los Angeles.

Knight reportedly allegedly injured two of the men he allegedly hit with his truck and killed a third, Terry Carter.

"I screwed up and Terry's dead," Sloan said during his testimony today, TMZ says.

Sloan was in the hospital for several weeks with two torn ligaments in his knees, two fractured ankles and a shoulder injury after allegedly being struck by the vehicle Knight was driving.

Knight's bail is set at $25 million.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 13 2015 4:42PM

"Legend" merges the classic sound of what made MC Lyte popular in the beginning of her career with the sounds of the modern era.

Don't expect to find MC Lyte's forthcoming album,Legend, on any music streaming service site.

The Hip Hop pioneer plans to release her eighth studio album exclusively on vinyl, for one day only.

Digital downloads will be available to fans who purchase the album. So, the tracks could subsequently end up on Spotify, TIDAL and Beats Music, among other digital platforms.

Lyte is releasing Legend in this manner to celebrate international Record Store Day – and to urge consumers to continue to purchase physical copies of music.

During a recent visit to daytime talk show The Real, Lyte revealed that her current dream collaboration would be Kendrick Lamar.

"I would probably choose Kendrick," Lyte said. "But I would say, I have a new record coming out and I chose Lil Mama and I chose Faith Evans."

Lyte has already released a few singles off the album: "Dear John" featuring Common, "Ball" featuring Lil Mama, "Cravin" featuring Stan C. and her most recent offering, "Check."

"Legend merges the classic sound of what made her popular in the beginning together with the new, edgy, compelling sounds of the 21st century," according to mclyte.com.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 9 2015 4:18PM

Rich Homie Quan turned himself in to Miami Beach police custody yesterday (April 7), NBC reports.

The "New Atlanta" rapper (born Dequantes Lamar) is facing a battery charge that stems from his involvement in an alleged assault that took place at Club Liv on March 23 in Miami.

According to NBC's South Florida affiliate, Quan was booked into a Miami-Dade jail yesterday evening. The rapper is expected to face a misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

Quan's attorney Rick Corona spoke to reporters on his clients behalf.

"There's a civil suit that's been filed," Corona said. "It's all about monetary gain, taking advantage of a celebrity and that's the whole situation. That's why we're here and the truth will come out. The truth will come out. Our client is innocent and the truth will come out...our client did not throw any punches and the truth will come out."

If convicted, under Florida law, Quan could face up to one year in jail or 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 9 2015 4:16PM

Nicki Minaj recently announced that she will be performing at the 2015 Jordan Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The annual event enlists the nation's top high school basketball players to showcase their skills against one another. Most of the players participating will head to top NCAA D1 schools across the nation, such as Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Arizona, among others.

For the first time since the game's inception in 2002, the Jordan Classic has expanded to include the nation's top female ballers.

Minaj didn't reveal many details about her performance. She may perform during the halftime of the National game or in between matchups.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 7 2015 5:50PM

Just over two months after it was initially reported thatLil Wayne was planning a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records, it looks as the two parties may have come to a mutual understanding.

According to exclusive reports ontheJasmineBRAND.com, Lil Wayne has now dropped the $51 million lawsuit. Allegedly, the Cash Money Records CEO never responded to Wayne's allegations of being played out of tens of millions of dollars for his postponed album, Tha Carter V.

"However on April 6th, Lil Wayne filed documents in the case stating he wishes to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit against Cash Money," theJasmineBRAND article says. "He dismissed the case 'without prejudice' meaning he could re-file but it appears the rapper and his mentor Birdman may have reached a truce."

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 7 2015 5:49PM

Fox's hit show Empire may feature a few very special guests during its second season.

Television and film producer Brian Grazer stopped byGood Morning America on Tuesday (April 7) morning to promote his new book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.

In addition to speaking on his inquisitive new book, the Academy-Award winning producer shared some of his hopes and plans for season two of Empire, which his Imagine TV company produces.

"Eminem, I know, loves our show," Grazer told the morning show hosts, according to Billboard. "I produced 8 Mile. I'm going to beg him to get on our show. He and Oprah Winfrey. Somehow I'm going to get one or both of them on our show."

Grazer is hoping his previous connection – via 8 Mile – will work with landing Eminem, while Oprah has ties to Empire's executive-producer Lee Daniels (The Butler).

Last season, Empire featured quite a few guest stars, including Raven Symone, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love and Snoop Dogg.

by Jay Alexander posted Apr 7 2015 5:46PM

Rumors that Kendrick Lamar would appear on the remix to Kanye West's "All Day" anthem may have been confirmed last night when a snippet of the tracksurfaced on the Internet.

A six-second clip featuring Lamar's vocals over "All Day"seems to be enough to ensure fans that K.Dot is actually on the remix.

What's unclear, at the moment, is whether or not Kendrick's version is an official remix.

The Compton, California rapper toured with 'Ye throughout 2013 on his "Yeezus" tour and Kanye recently praised K.Dot's latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly.

"KENDRICK IS AN INSPIRATION. THANK YOU FOR THE VIBRATIONS AND THE SPIRIT. YOUR MEANING, MESSAGE AND EXECUTION ARE GIFTS TO THE WORLD." he wrote via Twitter, the same day the album surfaced on iTunes.

Kendrick is also credited as one of the songwriters on the original version of "All Day."

"Chi-Town, we play for the free base / These days don't believe what police say / DJs and the b-boys rush it," Lamar raps before the track fades out.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 7 2015 5:44PM

A Suge Knight advocate has created a campaign viaGoFundMe to help bail the Death Row Records founderout of prison.

The "Help Bail Out Suge Knight Fund" was created by KJ Simpson on January 31, two days after Knight was involved in a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another injured in Compton, California.

"Suge is in Lockup for a simple misunderstanding," the site states. "Please help put together the $202,500 to help get him out. If we fall short we will just put the money on his books. please help."

$0 of Simpson's $202,500 goal has been donated. Many of the comments on the campaign site include expletives towards Knight, and question the validity of the funding.

The monetary amount Simpson is asking for is based on the initial $2 million bail that was set for Knight. A person who is incarcerated can be released on bail if 10 percent of the bail amount is paid to a bail bondsman. The bail bondsman covers the rest of the payment. The bail bondsman is then responsible for making sure the accused appears at their court dates.

On February 2, three days after the "Help Bail Out Suge Knight Fund" was created, Knight's original attorney James E. Blatt told reporters that Knight's bail had been revoked.

In late March, Knight's bail was raised to $25 million.

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by Jay Alexander posted Apr 7 2015 5:40PM

Young Buck is slated to release his 10 Bullets mixtape tomorrow (April 7), according to an Instagram post from the Nashville, Tennessee rapper.

Young Buck's post says that 10 Bullets includes no features.

The project is set to be hosted by DJ Whoo Kid and is presented by G Unit South.

Last month, G-Unit released its The Beast Is G-Unit EP.

The project's tracklist, back cover and stream are as follows:

  1. Always Stay Strap'd
  2. Lean And Molly
  3. Not This Time
  4. Lemme See It
  5. Dope Boy
  6. Hoes And A Ounce
  7. Shooters
  8. Like I Love Her
  9. Craccin And Poppin
  10. Since Way Back

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