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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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