Despite a tour bus accident, cancelled shows, and almost daily headlines about one of his rants, Kanye West first solo tour in five years came in at number two on Billboard‘s Hot Tours ranking. The Yeezus Tour ticket sales brought in $25.2 million, placing Ye behind only Paul McCartney’s $40,699,470 haul for his Out There! Tour.
Kanye’s North American trek sold 283,241 tickets during its run. The top money-making stop was Madison Square Garden. The Yeezus Tour made over $3 million from its two dates at the New York City venue. Kanye recently ended the tour in Toronto where he brought out Drake to perform two songs for his hometown crowd.
A suspect has been arrested in the death of 22-year-old rapper Doe B.
The Grand Hustle rapper was slain in his native Montgomery, Alabama early morning Saturday but a gunman.
That gunman has been arrested.
Jason McWilliams of Montgomery has been charged with capital murder and voluntarily turned himself into local police detectives Sunday. Many in the area had already indicated that they knew that the 25-year-old killed Doe B.
The rapper's mother Debra Antney and brother Waka Flocka Flame confirm that Kayo Redd has passed away.
Waka Flocka Flame's brother Kayo Redd has reportedly passed away.
Few details have emerged regarding the rapper's death, which reportedly took place yesterday (December 29). However, family members and business associates have confirmed the passing via social media sites.
Kayo's mother, Debra Antney, confirmed reports of a passing in her family via Twitter, though she offered no further information.
Waka Flocka Flame confirmed reports of his passing with an "R.I.P." tribute made via Flipagram.
Be100 Radio, the radio station that Debra Antney and Waka Flocka Flame own, offered condolences to Kayo Redd's family.
Dayne Dash, who was responsible for Redd's booking and features, according to Kayo's Twitter profile, also wrote about the rapper's passing on Instagram. Dash's caption for an image featuring Kayo can be seen below.
You had my back and I had yours, @whiteboytommy was never more than 2 steps away. "I love you brodie" is what you told me EVERY TIME we parted ways or got off the phone ever since Dunk passed. I'm not going to say the "rest ...." Phrase, because anyone that knows you knows that you never liked or wanted to say that. It was always "LONG LIVE". The only word that can explain my feeling right now is disbelief.
In December 2011, Waka Flocka Flame's friend and affiliate Slim Dunkin was murdered.
"My dog ain't pass," Waka Flocka Flame said during an MTV interview months after Dunkin's death. "I ain't accepting that. You know that shit is gonna carry with me, though, because he's me and I'm him. Together we're Brick Squad."
Kayo's Twitter name was "#LLDunkin #YNS."
HipHopDX would like to extend condolences to Kayo Redd's family, friends, fans and associates.
The "Love & Hip Hop" star was reportedly involved in an altercation that warranted a hospital visit for the victim.
According to a report released today (December 29) by TMZ, “Love & Hip Hop” cast member Chrissy Lampkin was arrested early in the morning stemming from an altercation with another woman in a New Jersey bar.
Lampkin, who is well-known in part due to her publicized engagement to Harlem rapper Jim Jones, was featured as a main character on “Love & Hip Hop” throughout the series’ first two seasons. A spin-off series chronicling the lives of the couple, titled “Chrissy & Mr. Jones,” was launched in September of 2012. The second season of “Chrissy & Mr. Jones” premiered in October of this year and concluded with a season finale earlier this month.
TMZ cites a police department source from Edgewater, New Jersey, the locale in which the incident occurred, as providing the news that Lampkin was taken into custody shortly before three in the morning. The same source told TMZ that the injuries sustained by the victim were severe enough to warrant a visit to a nearby hospital as she required stitches above one eye.
TMZ describes the altercation as beginning when the victim “accidentally bumped into someone” while sitting on the same sofa as the “Love & Hip Hop” cast member.
Lampkin was released on bail shortly after being detained. According to TMZ, Chrissy’s fiance, Jim Jones, provided bail.
The arrest comes as the second in recent months for the “Chrissy & Mr. Jones” couple. As reported by HipHopDX in October, Jim Jones was arrested for driving under the influence after being pulled over in New York. Jones refused a breathalyzer at the police station and the rapper was reportedly booked for driving under the influence of drugs.
That DUI arrest was only the most recent legal trouble Jones faced in 2013. Even earlier this year, in February, Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct after failing to cooperate with police officers near his home in New Jersey. According to an article released by the Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch, Jones "got out of line" with the officer, denying the warrants' existence, and refusing to travel to the police headquarters to settle the warrants. As a result, the Dipset emcee was taken into police custody.
Fabolous: "No matter what you say about [Drake], he can rap."
Fabolous, who released The Soul Tape 3 this month, recently spoke about Drake's lyrics and how one rhyme inspired him to call his grandmother. In the interview, Fab also spoke regarding the importance of various styles in Rap.
"I love listening to what's going on in the club," Fabolous says in an interview with Sway's Universe. "But sometimes I need something that's gonna push me in a different direction, like 'Yo, that guy said something that touched me.' I told Drake. Drake is one of those guys who's from this generation, but he can rap. No matter what you say about the kid, he can rap."
Fabolous then says that one particular track by Drake, "The Resistance," moved him. On the selection, which was released through Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records/Universal Motown, Fab says he was inspired by the following Drake lyrics.
"I heard they just moved my grandmother to a nursing home," Drake raps on the track, which appears on his 2010 album, Thank Me Later. "And I be actin' like I don't know how to work a phone / But hit redial and you'll see that I just called / Some chick I met at the mall that I barely know at all."
"[That] hit me so hard," Fabolous says, "because I looked at it and said, 'Damn, when was the last time I called my grandmoms, man?' It just hit me. I had to stop the song and call my grandma. Rap used to do that for people. It used to make you live in what is going on. I told him that was my favorite shit he ever said. That touched me."
Karrine Steffans says she wrote "How To Make Love To A Martian" after hearing about Lil Wayne's health issues.
In addition to securing the title of author thanks to the release of a handful of books including “Confessions Of A Video Vixen” and the Lil Wayne-centered “How To Make Love To A Martian,” Karrine Steffans is now hoping to add the title of television show creator to her resume.
During an interview with 106 KMEL’s Shay Diddy, the former video model revealed that she’s in the process of creating a scripted television series for Fox.
“‘Confessions’ has been optioned by Fox Television Studios for scripted television series,” Steffans said. “So, we’re now in pre-production for that. So, we just brought our writer on. I’m gonna check him out in the new year and see if I like him. And if so, we’ll go ahead and move forward with our pilot and start production for that this year…I don’t want to be in front of the camera. That’s not where the money is…There’s no power in it. It’s someone else’s words. It’s someone else’s direction. Everything is someone else’s. And I hated not being my kind of [creative].”
Steffans also spoke on her last book, “How To Make Love To A Martian,” during her interview with Shay Diddy. Released this year via Steffans Publishing, the book was created after the video model-turned-author says she found herself in a catatonic state for 10 days. According to Steffans, it was upon hearing about Lil Wayne's recent health issues that she found herself no longer in a catatonic state and instead beginning to write “How To Make Love To A Martian.”
“I had a catatonic experience last year where I remember not being able to speak for like 10 days,” Steffans said. “For those 10 days I literally could not speak…At that time Wayne started getting sick. And I started getting calls and text messages [that] he wasn’t well. And it just scared me to death. It scared me that there was maybe a chance that I would lose this person in my life…He would always pick me up and somehow whether he knew he was doing it or not. And all of a sudden I couldn’t keep the words in anymore. They just started pouring out because I felt desperate.”
Although the exact nature of the relationship between Steffans and Lil Wayne is unknown, Steffans did refer to the relationship between the two as “indestructible” during a 2012 interview with Vibe Vixen.
“We are indestructible and I find it fascinating,” she said. “I'm in constant contact with this person every day, every other day. He is a part of my being. I'm not me without him. He makes me very happy.”
Master P owes California for unpaid taxes in 1999 and 2000.
Master P has joined the ever-growing list of emcees to owe back taxes.
TMZ reports that P has been hit with liens for unpaid California taxes in 1999 and 2000, according to documents filed by the state tax board.
The documents indicate Master P owes $237,027.41.
Master P built his estimated $350 million net worth through his No Limit Records, a label that was extremely popular in the late '90s. The label featured artists such as Mystikal, Mia X, Silkk the Shocker and C-Murder, and was the first label home for Snoop Dogg post-Death Row Records. The company filed for bankruptcy in December 2003, after which point Master P sold its catalogue.
Master P also dabbled in film and television, sports representation (notably negotiating a disastrous rookie NFL contract for running back Ricky Williams), and various other business investments.
Other artists to have been in tax trouble in recent years include Method Man, Lil Wayne, Bow Wow, Beanie Sigel, R. Kelly, Nas, Sean Garrett, Yougn Buck, Dame Dash, and Swizz Beatz, among others.
Exclusive: DJ Paul's publicist confirms Lord Infamous' death after Gangsta Boo tweets about the Three 6 Mafia member's passing.
According to DJ Paul's and Da Mafia 6ix publicist Dove Clark, Three 6 Mafia member Lord Infamous passed away last night (December 20) at his mother's home in Memphis.
"He did pass away at his mothers house last night in Memphis," Clark said during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "The cause of death is unknown. We're actually trying to figure out how he died and that is all the information we currently have."
Three 6 groupmate Gangsta Boo also tweeted about the matter, calling the death a "tragedy."
"Rest in Peace Lord Infamous," she said via the social media site. "Please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy."
Raider Klan headman SpaceGhostPurrp, who appeared on Three 6 Mafia offshoot group, Da Mafia Six's latest release, 6ix Commandments, relayed his thoughts over Twitter about Infamous' death.
"R.I.P. Uncle Lord Infamous," Purrp said. "Y'all stay blessed man #RIPUncleScarecrow."
Lord Infamous was one of the founding members of Three 6 Mafia. Along with Juicy J and DJ Paul, Infamous appeared on all of the group's early releases and would release his debut solo effort, Lord Of Terror, in 1994, which preceded the group's breakthrough independent release, 1995's Mystic Stylez. He was the younger half-brother of DJ Paul and also participated in creating 6ix Commandments, which was released last month.
NFL owners turn down the multi-million dollar price tag performances of Eminem and Kanye West for their annual NFL Owners Party.
A $2 million price tag is apparently too much for NFL owners, as they declined both Eminem and Kanye West's counter offers to perform for them at their annual NFL Owners Party.
According to TMZ, Eminem requested upwards of $2 million for a performance at the event. Kanye West agreed to do the performance as well, however his bill was over $1 million, plus numerous other requests that would undoubtedly cost more money.
After turning down the price tags of both rap superstars, the owners called Janelle Monae, who only requested $150,000 for her performance and thus was selected to be the party's musical entertainment.
The NFL Owners Party is held every year prior to the Super Bowl. Approximately 1,500 people are reported attend the party annually.
This is odd. But, the word on the street is that Yo Gotti and LA Reid are involved in some beef, which is really rooted in business. I didn’t know this, but Yo Gotti has a label called CMG Records. And LA Reid runs Epic Records, which distributes Yo Gotti’s label. I’m assuming Yo Gotti is the main act on CMG. Well, for whatever reason HSK is reporting that there aren’t enough sales for Epic to continue to push CMG out to the people. This relationship just started earlier this year! This is what the source says: “Gotti should have stayed Indy because it’s hard for a major label like Epic Records to brand him. CMG record sales are weak and L.A. Reid is going to drop him.”
Yo Gotti was just on Arsenio. He’ll be fine.
Drake has no issues with Kendrick Lamar and yet, he’s absolutely comfortable with the prospect of never seeing his Compton counterpart ever again as long as they live.
The pair were friends but after Kendrick’s now-famous “Control” verse their relationship has been noticeably strained.
“There’s no real issue. It’s tough because the people wanna see us tear each other down; I don’t wanna give them that. There’s no point. I have no ill feelings toward that guy. It’s just like, it’s there for me if I wanna fall for it. I’m just too smart for that,” he told VIBE. “Hopefully it’s the last time I gotta talk about this, ’cause every time I open my mouth up about it, they take this piece and take this piece. And he’s hungry, so he’s going to do what he has to do like the BET [cypher]. But again, it’s not enough for me to go. We haven’t seen each other [since the BET cypher,] but I’m sure we’ll see each other and it’ll be cool. And if it’s not, then I guess that’s how our story unfolds.”
He said the Control verse and subsequent BET Cypher verse were ill-timed for his plan, as he was about to roll out his hit album Nothing Was The Same.
He wasn’t willing to take the bait and be lured into a rap battle.
Continuing, he said, “The sentiment he was putting forth is what he should have. Of course you wanna be the best. Where it became an issue is that I was rolling out an album while that verse was still bubbling, so my album rollout became about this thing. What am I supposed to say? Nah, we’ll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, I never once said he’s a bad guy [or] I don’t like him. I think he’s a f*cking genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should. And with that came another step, which then I have to realize I’m being baited and I’m not gonna fall. Jordan doesn’t have to play pickup to prove that he could play ball, no offense. But I’m not gonna give you the chance to shake me necessarily, ’cause I feel great.”
The interview appears in a special issue on race from VIBE
Lil Boosie's prison sentence to come to an end on August 18, 2014, will remain under supervision until 2018.
According to a recent news report from New Orleans’ The Times-Picayune, it appears that Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie will be released from prison on August 18, 2014. News of an official end to Boosie’s prison sentence comes amidst a number of rumors about the rapper’s impending release.
Complex.com reports that rapper Rick Ross previously revealed in a radio interview that Boosie, whose incarceration spurred a #FreeBoosie campaign on social media, would be released from prison in November, while lawyers for the incarcerated emcee stated that he could see a release in early 2014.
News of Boosie’s August 18, 2014 release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary (commonly known as Angola) comes directly from information obtained from the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections on behalf of The Times-Picayune. It is also reported that the Louisiana rapper will be under supervision until June 17, 2018.
Incarcerated since 2009, Boosie was initially sent to prison on probation violation and marijuana possession charges, but was later hit with an extended sentence after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle in narcotics.
Additionally, in 2012 Lil Boosie was found not guilty of the murder of Terry Boyd, a 35-year-old man who was shot to death outside of his home in 2009. If Boosie was found guilty in Boyd's murder, he could have possibly faced the death penalty.
"Yeezus" & "Nothing Was The Same" Named Rolling Stone's Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013.
Rolling Stone has named its “20 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013.” Kanye West’s Yeezus earned the #1 spot, while Drake’s Nothing Was The Same landed at #2.
"Kanye's electro masterpiece is his most extreme album ever, which is saying something,” Rolling Stone says in its Yeezus blurb. "No wonder the late, great Lou Reed embraced Yeezus, since it's basically the Metal Machine Music concept translated into futuristic Hip Hop, all industrial overload and hypertense egomania and hostile vibes.”
The article compares Yeezus to Nothing Was The Same. "With Kanye breathing fire in rarified air, Drake is the people's rapper, a smart kid conflicted about his fame, heart, family, everything except his mic potency,” Rolling Stone says. "But what makes his lonely fantastic voyage matter is its emotional weight, which gets crucial amplification from Noah ’40' Shebib's whirlpool beats.”
Danny Brown’s Old album was the #3 album on the list, while Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 landed at #4. Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap earned the #5 spot. "The second mixtape from this 20-year-old Chicago MC is the ultimate in psychedelic Hip Hop,” Rolling Stone says. "Chance spins Lil Wayne-meets-Hendrix language swirls punctuated by the real-life observations of a kid who grew up in a world where 'it's dark a lot . . . easier to find a gun than it is to find a fucking parking spot.”
Rolling Stone's “20 Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2013” is as follows:
1. Yeezus, Kanye West
2. Nothing Was The Same, Drake
3. Old, Danny Brown
4. The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem
5. Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper
6. My Name Is My Name, Pusha T
7. Born Sinner, J. Cole
8. Doris, Earl Sweatshirt
9. Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg
10. Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay Z
11. B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, 2 Chainz
12. Long.Live.A$AP, A$AP Rocky
13. The Luca Brasi Story, Kevin Gates
14. Run The Jewels, Run The Jewels
15. Wolf, Tyler, the Creator
16. I Am, Yo Gotti
17. The Night’s Gambit, Ka
18. Excuse My French, French Montana
19. Watching Movies With the Sound Off, Mac Miller
20. Self Made Vol. 3, Maybach Music Group
"The Breakfast Club," DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God, will have their radio show broadcast live on REVOLT.
"The Breakfast Club," the morning show of New York Radio Station Power 105.1, a Clear Channel radio station, will have its show broadcast live on REVOLT TV weekdays starting March 3.
“We are proud of this new partnership with Clear Channel,” REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales said in a statement. “Adding radio as a medium to REVOLT['s] arsenal will help push the traditional boundaries of music television and expand our reach even further with millions of new listeners and viewers which is incredible for a fledgling network.”
"The Breakfast Club" is set to air on REVOLT from 6 am-10 am.
"The Breakfast Club" often features interviews with rappers. Among the acts who have appeared on the program this year are Kanye West, Pusha T, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Trinidad Jame$, Bun B and Nelly.
West’s interview in November featured Charlamagne Tha God calling the Chicago rapper-producer a “walking contradiction.”
Charlamagne Tha God said that West calls out major corporations and then later asks for their help. West responded by saying that he’s more so critical of the people who run the corporations and not the corporations themselves.
“It ain’t that I feel like a slave,” West said. “We are mentally enslaved. We enslaved to brands. We enslaved to like a Benz symbol. We enslaved to chains. A woman is enslaved to the concept of diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Like girls in London don’t even wear engagement rings. That’s all been programmed into us. When we born, we born artists, we born free, and then we held down by society’s perception of us. We just don’t want to be embarrassed…I’m not denouncing the corporations. I’m denouncing the people that have the job at the corporations at that time…I ain’t going at Nike as a corporation. I’m going at the people that’s running the corporation and I’m saying ‘I’mma hit you in the chest until you listen to me.’”
In November, West did the same in New York, New York, as per vibe.com.
West has spoken about the importance of fashion in his life. He has also discussed design in various interviews. During a recent talk at Harvard University, West elaborated on his belief in the power of design.
"I really do believe that the world can be saved through design and everything needs to actually be architected," West said. "And this is the reason why even some of the first DONDA employees were architects that started designing T-shirts instead of buildings."
Ok, not ver batim…but something along those lines.
Peter Gunz understands that there are some stark similarities between he and Stevie J, but the comparisons are starting to become a bit O.D. so he wants to set the record straight about their differences. He told Vh1 that they’re two different types of people and insinuated that his women are finer and more refined.
It bothers me a little bit because they say I’m trying to be Stevie J. I understand the comparison – two women, he’s with the side chick, you know, it bothers me a little bit because I never watched Love & Hip Hop Atlanta but I knew immediately that my story line was along the lines of his because I had producers and everyone around me saying ‘Oh, we’ve got another Stevie J-Joseline-Mimi thing.” But no, me and Stevie J are two completely different characters. He’s more on the funny character side while my situation is very real and it’s just a different pedigree of people. Sorry, no disrespect, it’s just a different pedigree of women and situation. I think that’s why I catch so much heat and Stevie gets away with it. He was hated for a little while but then beloved because it’s almost like, funny and he’s a character, he has the faces and the pregnancy test in his back pocket. This situation is serious and Tara doesn’t seem like a person who would tolerate nothing like that, she’s extremely intelligent, master’s degree, well-versed. Amina: beautiful, extremely talented. Why are these two beautiful women taking this from this old one hit wonder?
Rumors say that Stevie J and Benzino have been going around telling people that Peter has been trying to mimic Stevie. But according to Gunz, that’s all fairytales and he’s definitely not trying to be like Stevie J.
Big Sean wifed a chick. And now J. Cole? This is interesting. These young men are seemingly willing to lock it in early. Maybe they are taking cues from their idols. But the likes of Jay and Nas didn’t turn it in until much later. But, this is cool and its nice to see that a rapper can get a “regular” chick as a soul mate. LOL! But, BallerAlert reports that the St. John’s University alumni sent their congratulation via Twitter. Here is a bit of a history via image. CONGRATS!
Beyoncé’s monster roll out of her new self-titled album went practically flawless. The so-far digital only LP broke an iTunes record for biggest first week sales and the singer topped her own personal best in opening sales as well. Despite that success, the BEYONCÉ project may have finally hit a snag. Billboard reports that retail giant Target will not being stocking the album.
Apparently, the store has decided not to sell BEYONCÉ because it was released exclusively online before it was available for sale in CD form. Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski told Billboard:
While there are many aspects that contribute to our approach and we have appreciated partnering with Beyonce in the past, we are primarily focused on offering CDs that will be available in a physical format at the same time as all other formats. At this time, Target will not be carrying Beyonce’s new self-titled album Beyoncé.
This seems to be a new policy for Target considering their customers are able to buy albums like Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Thronewhich was also released exclusively through iTunes before physical copies were available for sale.
Beyoncé and Target have partnered together in the past. Bey’s 2011 album 4 was released with an exclusive Target version that included bonus tracks.
BEYONCÉ will be available at other music retailers like Walmart on December 20th.
A South Florida Walmart employee is in trouble with the law after shooting up a co-worker’s car for earning the title of Employee of the Month.
According to Fox News, Willie Mitchell pulled up to the unoccupied car in Walmart’s parking lot, rolled down his window, fired a single shot and sped off.
“She was announced as the employee of the month which you would think that would be something good, people would be happy for her,” Broward County Sherriff’s Office Spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright reportedly said. “But there was one employee who wasn’t happy.”
The shooting reportedly came just hours after the victim had been bestowed the title. Police say Mitchell argued with the victim over their respective workloads and told her repeatedly, “I’m gonna show you.”
Reports say Mitchell knew the victim was not in the car when he fired the shot, having asked someone in the parking lot if she was already at work just before the incident took place.
Mitchell no longer works for the company. It should also be noted that Employee of the Month is just a title. There is no other benefit besides recognition and resume props.
I’m willing to bet that there’s a boat load of reasons Mitchell wasn’t named but let’s start with his mental stability…or lack thereof.
Cash Money boss Birdman called into Shade 45 to speak with DJ Whoo Kid recently. During the Q&A, Baby talks about how his roster of YMCMB artists like Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga are family, not just business partners.
Speaking specifically about Drake and his relationship with Cash Money, Birdman make it clears any rumors that the “Started From The Bottom” rapper is planning to break loose from the team are false.
“Drake is my little brother. I love him to death, and he family,” says Birdman. “I know y’all hear all kind of crazy s**t. You can’t read none of that s**t. Drake down with the team for life. He made that commitment when we did another situation.”
The 20 year veteran of the music business also speaks on how Cash Money has been able to maintain its relevancy in the industry while other labels have fallen of.
“I study the game everyday. I watch what these labels do. They teach me how not to be.” says Birdman. “It’s a business for them. It’s corporate and they don’t really care. This my team. This my family. I care.”
Birdman goes on to say, “I’m looking at the business now. It’s no more love. It’s corporate now so you is what you is. Either you’re making numbers or you’re a nobody. I don’t feel that. I don’t think that’s cool.”
During a recent interview with DJ Vlad, Waka Flocka was asked about fellow Atlanta-based rapper Trinidad James’ comments that the South runs New York. Waka feels that southern acts are not just running NYC Hip Hop, but all of music.
“The south runs music period. They don’t just run one region, one state, one genre,” says Waka. “Kendrick Lamar made the bar look West, but the South’s still winning. It’s friendly competition. Some people just get carried away.”
The “O Let’s Do It” performer also discusses the death of his brother and his tour.
In early February of 2002, Chicago Sun Times music journalist Jim DeRogatis received the infamous videotape of R. Kelly having sexual intercourse with an underage woman and on June 18th, 2008, he was acquitted of all charges. Over five years since R. Kelly’s acquittal, DeRogatis had an extensive interview with The Village Voiceand revealed a vast array of unreported information regarding R. Kelly’s sexual assault case.
According to DeRogatis, there were “numerous videotapes” of what appeared to be R. Kelly having sexual intercourse with dozens of underaged girls. DeRogatis even maintains that the first video he received was not the infamous “29-minute, 36-second videotape” but one of another unidentified young woman:
There was one tape, but the police could not determine the girls age. The forensic experts they had looking at it said judging by the soles of her feet, they could tell she was thirteen or fourteen at the time this tape was made, but we can’t identify who the woman is.
Prior to Kelly being initially sued in the late 90′s, Kelly and Aaliyah were accused of having an illegal marriage when the singer was only 15 after Vibe Magazine released analleged marriage certificate between the two. DeRogatis reveals that Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton tearfully informed him that her daughter’s relationship with R. Kelly had an adverse affect on the precocious singer:
I had Aaliyah’s mother cry on my shoulder and say her daughter’s life was ruined, Aaliyah’s life was never the same after that. That’s not an experience you’ve had. I’m not expecting you to feel the same way I do.
All the speculation, sales projections and rumors can cease as the final numbers for Beyonce’s fifth studio album Beyonce‘s 1st week sales are tabulated. According to Billboard, Beyonce sold 617,000 downloads over the weekend.
After surprisingly releasing the album before midnight EST on Thursday night (December 12th), the album quickly sold over 80,000 downloads in the first three hours. This is the second highest digital debut of an album sales-wise behind Lady Gaga’s 2011 album Born This Way selling 662,000 digital downloads its first week. However, Beyonce‘s first week sales are only accounting for three full days of release as opposed to Gaga’s Born This Way which amassed its first week sales after a full sales week.
The album is set to top the Billboard album charts and marks Beyonce’s biggest first week sales ever, topping the 541,000 copies sold in the first week of the release of her 2006 album B’ Day.
Beyonce recently announced that the first two singles released from Beyonce will be the Jay Z-assisted “Drunk In Love” and “Blow”.
We’ve been going back and forth about this in the media for months, so there’s no telling if this report is legit this time.Radar Online is saying that Khloe Kardashian is expected to file divorce papers as early as Friday.
Khloe allegedly gave up on salvaging the turbulent relationship after a video of Odom surfaced last month, with the NBA free agent rapping in reference to his alleged philandering, “When Khloe’s out of town/ I guess I still be on the DL.”
Kardashian wasn’t seen wearing her wedding ring following the release of the clip, and the final straw was said to be Odom’s refusal to enter rehab after the embarrassing incident.
“Surprisingly, Khloe wasn’t upset about the cheating confession, but the video which proved to her that Lamar is continually abusing drugs and alcohol. He was obviously wasted when the video was recorded,” a source told Radar. “After she saw the video, Khloe demanded Lamar go to rehab… but he refused. Lamar admitted being under the influence when the video was shot, but insisted to his wife that he was once again sober.
And let’s not forget that multiple women have claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Lamar. This is way too much drama for a four-year marriage.
Chief Keef and Migos. It may be the pointless beef of the year. But, this is 2013 and this is what it is. Apparently…these guys are beefing. Remember, Chief Keef said something on twitter and then Migos said something back on Twitter. Now, Migos have a new song where they claim not to be sneak dissing, but its reallllllllllly reeks of sneak dissing. Their new song, “Jealousy,” doesn’t name check Keef by name but it definitely infers him. And in a new interview with MTV, its pretty clear.
It all became public on December 5 when Keef sent out a tweet that read, “Heard Migos sneak dissin No Talkin.” Migos member Offset responded with a now-deleted tweet that read “Will b in Chiraq Next Week Pull Up @ChiefKeef.”The ATL group responsible for 2013 rap favorites like “Versace” and “Hannah Montana” sparked tons of speculation when they dropped “Jealously” this week, with lyrics including, “Ain’t never did a sneak diss/ ‘Cause my hitman quick to put you on that hit list.”"Honestly, it caught us by surprise,” Offset said of Keef’s original tweet.Migos mostly downplayed any notion of beef, echoing the song’s hook and refusing to get into a subliminal back and forth. “You know, people gonna take it however they gonna take it and put it however they wanna put it,” Takeoff added. “If you listen to the song, it’s self-explanatory. If [I'mma] do one, [I'mma] say ya name to keep it 100. Ain’t no need for me to be sneak-dissin’.”"We don’t do no sneak-dissin’,” Quavo concluded. “We make music, we get money.”
Well…I don’t know if this matters, but lets chalk it up to Friday the 13th
R. Kelly’s new album Black Panties is headed to a top ten debut on the Billboard album chart with sales predicted to be close to 100,000 units. That’s good news for Kells, because the R&B singer reportedly owes his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, about one dollar for every one of those albums sold.
R. Kelly is said to be behind on $114,900 in child support payments to the star of VH1′s reality show Hollywood Exes. Project Child Support is providing information to Andrea Kelly’s lawyers to help collect the unpaid funds. PCS conducted an investigative report to determine Robert “R.” Kelly’s income and assets.
“We will provide Mrs. Kelly’s attorney with the terms and conditions we provided in other cases where the Court granted enforcement orders to enable the collection of arrears for our clients,” says Virginia M. Rucinski, president of the Custodial Support Foundation and Project Child Support initiative.
The Project Child Support initiative includes investigative, collection and apprehension services provided by Bounty Alert and legal services provided by Custodial Support Foundation.
Robert and Andrea were married for 13 years before getting divorced in 2009. They have three children together.
UPDATE: R. Kelly’s representative Kristen Foster issued the following statement, “The Custodial Support Foundation should check their facts. Mr. Kelly is current on his child support payments.”
There are successful people, then there is Beyonce and then there is Beyonce. Last night (December 13th), Beyonce released her fifth studio album on iTunes with no prior warning and is already a lock for the #1 spot in Billboard.
According to Billboard, Beyonce’s new album Beyonce sold over 80,000 copies in its first three hours of release. Since Beyonce release her album Thursday evening/Friday morning Beyonce will only have three full days in the sales tracking week for the December 18th Billboard Top 200 charts. However, with over 80,000 sold in the first three hours, Beyonce is already more than half way to the project amount of 150,000 -160,000 units of Garth Brooks’ box set Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences who was originally predicted to top the charts.
Compared to her other albums, Beyonce is on pace to be her highest selling debut. Beyonce’s highest debut week goes to her 2006 album B’ Day, which sold 541,000.
During his interview with Vlad TV, Waka mentioned Kendrick Lamar and revealed that while the Compton rapper did warrant some attention for the West Coast, in his opinion the South is still at the top musically.
“The South run music period,” said Waka. “They don’t just run one region, one state, one genre, the South run music. That’s just what it is. You know what I mean? Kendrick Lamar made the [bar] look West, but the South still winning. Like that’s what it is. It’s friendly competition. Some people just get carried away.”
Waka followed up his comments about the South’s dominance in music with a few boastful words about his past tour with Steve Aoki. The Riverdale, Georgia rapper referred to his tour with Aoki as “the number one tour” he’s been on since the start of his career and commented on the camaraderie between artists.
“This tour, it’s the best I ever been on in my life, ever,” said Waka. “Any collab I ever did. It’s the number one tour by a long shot. Like it’s making every tour I’ve ever been on go in the garbage. This and Europe, best tour in my life…Niggas ain’t competing onstage. Niggas was real friends back there, man. We going [paintballing]. We doing crazy shit. Skydiving back here, man. We living life.”
Comments Waka made in regard to James’ remarks about the South and New York rap, come one month after the “All Gold Everything” rapper let loose his thoughts on music during a performance at the Converse Rubber Tracks show in New York City.
In the middle of his performance, the rapper proclaimed that the South runs New York rap as he informed attendees, “I remember when New York ran this shit, dog…And us in the South, us bammas, we was like ‘what the fuck’ and we just did our own thing. But now we run y’all musically.”
In the months since James’ shared his critique of New York rap, the Atlanta wordsmith has received criticism from a number of New York City-based artists including N.O.R.E. and Maino. Maino remained the most vocal in his criticism of James’ comments and even demanded an apology from the rapper during a recorded phone call between the two artists last month.
Gucci Mane's lawyer says Brick Squad Monopoly is still signed to the rapper, says Gucci is willing to consider offers for the label.
Added details in the lawsuit against rapper Waka Flocka Flame and his mother Debra Antney, filed on behalf of fellow associate Gucci Mane, have been revealed this week. Gucci Mane’s lawyer, Thomas Reynolds, spoke exclusively with XXL magazine and shared the specifics of the currently incarcerated rapper’s civil suit against Waka and Antney.
According to Reynolds, who believes the Atlanta rapper hasn’t been fully paid for money owed, Gucci could possibly seek millions due to the lawsuit, which claims that neither Waka nor Antney had the legal rights to oversee his money and transactions. Additionally, the lawsuit states that songs including OJ Da Juiceman’s “Make The Trap Say Aye” were stolen from Gucci while he was in prison.
“Ultimately, if he’s not been paid the funds that he’s due, he’s got a right to be reimbursed for any amounts that have been withheld from him,” said Reynolds. “There’s people that were taking funds that they weren’t entitled to, and obviously he’d need to be recouped for that as well…It’s unfortunately not uncommon for an artist to be screwed out of funds. It happens on a routine basis in the music industry, and I just think it’s important when there are questions about these things that people are held accountable and they have to show where the funds have gone.”
Reynolds also cleared up any rumors concerning Gucci’s ownership of 1017 Brick Squad Records and Brick Squad Monopoly.
“As far as Gucci’s concerned those labels are still signed to him, and Brick Squad Monopoly is still a subsidiary of 1017,” said Reynolds. “As of right now, that’s the way it stands. Now if somebody wants to make an offer to buy it, or to release themselves from a contract, obviously he’ll entertain that and we’ll move forward at that time. But there’s been no serious offers.”
Although Gucci has filed suit against his former associates, the rapper is currently in prison on federal gun charges that could result in the 1017 helmsman being sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Beyonce explains the thought process behind her self-titled visual album.
Beyonce released a self-titled album today (December 13) with no publicized release date prior to its arrival. Hours after the project dropped, she also released a video explaining her decision to unveil an unexpected visual project.
"I see music," Beyonce says. "It's more than just what I hear. When I'm connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dream or my fantasies. They're all connected to the music. That's one of the reasons why I wanted to do a visual album. I wanted people to hear the songs with the story that's in my head. That's what makes it mine."
Beyonce also discusses how the release is meant to help fans experience an album as opposed to a single and its "hype."
"People experience music differently," Bey says. "Now people only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods. They don't really invest on a whole album. It's all about the single and the hype. There's so much that gets between the music and the artist and the fans. I felt like, I don't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready from me to my fans."
Jay Z was very blatant when he called out fellow sports agent Scott Boras after signing his former client Robinson Cano earlier this year. On his song “Crown”, the Brooklyn emcee announced “Scott Boras you over baby.” Jay may have referred to the long-time agent by name on the Magna Carta Holy Grail track, but Boris took a more veiled swipe back at the rapper this week.
When asked about the $240 million, 10 year contract Roc Nation Sports/CAA secured for Cano with the Seattle Mariners, Boras suggested it was the former Yankees’ talent that made the deal possible not his affiliation with Jay.
“It’s very different to be the creator of the umbrella versus those who stand under it,”stated Boras at the baseball winter meetings. “When you’re bringing the prettiest girl to the prom, you don’t really pay attention to who he’s dancing with, unless it’s a very unusual step.”
While Boras downplayed Jay Z’s role in the final outcome, critics casted Jay as the problem when it appeared the deal was in jeopardy. Once the second baseman signed the third biggest contract in baseball history, some in the media still criticized Jay for taking Cano out of New York.
Whether Jay was the goat or the G.O.A.T. in the Cano/Mariners negotiations is still being debated. What is clear is Roc Nation Sports has the sports world paying attention, and one of the company’s other big clients, NFL star Victor Cruz, seems to be pleased with the direction the Roc is headed.
In a move that would make even Netflix jealous, Beyonce releases her new album, entitled Beyonceon iTunes tonight (December 12).
The album features 14 songs and a video for each of the 14 songs along with three extra ones which include the video for “Grown Woman”, “‘Yonce” and “Credits”. The album features appearances from Frank Ocean, Drake, Jay Z and her daughter Blue Ivy on the song “Blue”.
That's because "Money" is a fast-talking, business savvy boxer who knows exactly what he needs to say to keep the media and fans mesmerized.
That's why he's the highest paid boxer ever, and will likely retire as the highest paid athlete in sports history when it's all said and done.
So what does that have to do with anything?
Well, ever since Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) suffered a devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs) has refused to entertain talks about a potential super-fight between the two. Even when Pacquiao's dominant performance against Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 reenergized talks about the highly-anticipated super-fight, Mayweather and his handlers simply brushed it aside.
"My focus is May 3rd. I don't know who my opponent will be," Mayweather said. "If it's Pacquiao, it's Pacquiao. If it's Amir Khan, it's Amir Khan. For 17 years they've been putting guys in front of me, and I've been beating them. Come May they'll put a guy in front of me, I'll go to training camp, work hard, and the results will be the same."
That's the first time Mayweather has acknowledged Pacquiao as a potential opponent in quite some time.
It also comes at a time when the WBC recently listed Pacquiao as the number one challenger to Floyd's welterweight title. Manny won't become the mandatory challenger until after Mayweather's next fight, and only if he doesn't reclaim the WBO welterweight title from Timothy Bradley before then.
Given the history of failed negotiations between the two camps, there are still a lot of obstacles in the way of the super-fight. However, it is worth nothing that Mayweather's renewed openness to fighting Pacquiao, and the Filipino congressman's tax troubles might just create the perfect conditions for successful negotiations.
Pacquiao is accused of owning over $50 million in back taxes in his native Philippines, and, according to TMZ, the United States' Internal Revenue Service is now claiming "Pacman" owes over $18 million stateside.
Clearly, a super-fight against Floyd Mayweather might just be Pacquiao's only way out of his current financial predicament.
That should make Pac and Arum a lot more reasonable during the next round of negotiations, so, as long as he's willing to undergo Olympic style drug testing and pretty much say "how high?" anytime Money says "jump," a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao super-fight remains a possibility.
We may have finally found out the reason Dr. Dre has been stalling the release of Detox for over 10 years. In a recent feature with Esquire, Dr. Dre talks outlawing his own music in his house, reincarnation and how 5 seconds resulted in one of the most infectious Hip Hop choruses ever.
Dr. Dre’s third (and presumably final) album Detox has been anticipated, scrapped, finished and non-existent since the mid-00′s and Dre may have shed light as to its stalled released. After admitting that he believes not only in reincarnation but that he himself has “lived quite a few lives”, Dre says a meeting with an anonymous psychic at a party made him rethink his career:
She did past-life regression. She started telling me things that I really believe. She’s telling me that I’ve been back several times before. ‘This is the last time you have to come back. You don’t have to come back anymore if you don’t want to.’ I was taking it as entertainment. But something inside me was saying, Hmmm.
Two years ago, Snoop Dogg informed NME Magazine that Detox was “almost finished” around the time Dre’s Eminem and Skylar Grey-assisted single “I Need A Doctor” had became the first Dr. Dre song to surpass 2 million digital downloads. However, no release date for the mysterious album has surfaced.
Also in the feature is the man who says he’s spent “seventy-nine hours without sleep” to work on music admitting that one of his biggest hits, Eminem’s “My Name Is” was started rather quickly:
I put the track on, we had a little bit of idle chitchat, I put on the beat, and maybe five seconds in—I swear to God—he goes, “Hi, my name is.” That was it. And it’s still clicking. There’s something about our thing that’s just magical.
Kanye West says out of his 21 Grammy awards, he didn't receive any of them when faced against a white artist.
After last week’s announcement of the nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Chicago rapper Kanye West took it upon himself to share his thoughts on the list of nominees during his "Yeezus Tour" stop in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday (December 10).
Clad in his signature Margiela mask, Kanye seemed less than pleased with his two Grammy nominations, which included nods for Best Rap Album (Yeezus) and Best Rap Song (“New Slaves”). He also drew attention to the fact that he has a total of 21 Grammys to his name, but has never won a Grammy when faced against a white artist.
“They try to trivialize my words and try to make it seem like my importance as a musician is less important than what it is,” 'Ye said. “I mean, we can even take a look at some recent nominations that came out. Now I’m 36-years-old and I have 21 Grammys. That’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old. Out of all those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist.”
Following comparisons to Michael Jackson and the late singer’s struggle to break into the mainstream, Kanye said, “fuck those nominations,” in regards to his Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song nominations.
“So, when the Grammy nominations come out and Yeezus is the Top 1 or 2 albums on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys,” said the rapper. “What are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice? Do they think that some way that I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment…People come to me and they congratulate me on those two nominations. Fuck those nominations.”
Joining Kanye in the Best Rap Album category are Drake (Nothing Was The Same), Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city), Jay Z (Magna Carta Holy Grail) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (The Heist). In addition to Kanye’s “New Slaves,” other songs nominated for Best Rap Song include A$AP Rocky's "F***in' Problems,” Jay-Z's “Holy Grail,” Drake's “Started From The Bottom” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Thrift Shop.”
Kanye is currently in the process of winding down his "Yeezus Tour," which is scheduled to make stops in Anaheim, California; Detroit; Chicago; and other cities before the end of the year.
Day26 is set to return with a 30-city tour including all of its original members.
Day26, a group formed by Diddy on MTV's "Making The Band," has announced that it is reuniting.
The band, which came together in 2007, is planning a 30-city reunion tour set to start Spring 2014, according to tmz.com.
The reunion is slated to feature all of Day26's members.
The band disbanded more than once, most recently in 2012.
Diddy is not set to be a part of the reunion, but tmz.com reports that Day26 has his blessing.
In 2012, Day26 attempted a reunion without all of its members. Day's Brian Angel spoke about the time off in an interview with Vibe that year.
"We basically hit the ground running," Brian said. "You know, to recording the first album, to touring, to doing various shows and we had no down time. So we pretty much took this time off to lay back, enjoy our families and really get the direction we’re supposed to go in with this album and things like that. Other than that, we’ve just been working."
Danity Kane, another "Making The Band" group, recently reunited without all of its original members.
The whispers have been confirmed. Evelyn Lozada is pregnant by baseball player Carl Crawford. The 37-year-old Basketball Wives star confirmed the identity of her 142 million dollar boo in a pre-taped interview with OMG Insider!, that is scheduled to air today.
She also said that she’s open to getting married again.
“I definitely would get married again. I still believe in love,” she told OMG!’s Nina Parker. “I’m not one of those people that’s like, ‘We need to get engaged, we need to get married.’ No, absolutely not. I feel like that’s going to come, just like with the baby, let it come. I’m not forcing anything, so if it happens, it happens.”
I’m hoping and praying that Obama didn’t do this at the damn funeral of former South African president and revolutionary Nelson Mandela. I peeped over athttp://smokingsection.uproxx.com and they are saying that the president of the United States was taking selfless at the services. He and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and Prime Minister David Cameron thought it was a good idea to do this on some power trio ish.
Peep the pics and let us know what you think.
The first lady looks mad as hell like “what the devil are they taking selfies at a funeral for?”
Even presidents can get exiled from the bedroom by their wives.
Even presidents can get exiled from the bedroom by their wives.
MTV has named Miley Cyrus its "Artist of the Year."
Miley Cyrus was named MTV's "Artist of the Year."
MTV also said that Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" performance from the MTV VMAs was its most watched video on its sites. The MTV artist site dedicated to Cyrus' career also received the most visits of any artist, according to billboard.com.
Amy Doyle, who is the head of MTV's music and talent programming strategy, discussed MTV's decision.
"She dominated the music charts and critics' best-of lists while creating some of the year's most memorable moments," Doyle said, as per billboard.com.
The "Artist of the Year" selection is made by MTV executives, as per billboard.com. 2012's "Artist of the Year" was an honor bestowed upon One Direction and Katy Perry took the crown in 2011.
This year, Miley Cyrus began rapping. Her work was celebrated by some and criticized by others. Producer Mike WiLL Made-It defended Cyrus' raps following her rhyming appearance on his song "23."
"I look at her like how I do music," Mike WiLL Made-It said in an interview with Complex. "She is a fan of all music, just like I am. A lot of times, older people don’t get the new generation. The new generation will listen to a Pop song, a hard-ass hood song, and come back and listen to another Pop song. '23' is a representation of that and for those people. But, for the people that are stuck in only the Hip Hop box or only the Pop box, that song wasn’t for them. Or it’s there to break them out of their box. The fact that anybody would say anything to her about rapping, the only reason they would say that is because she’s White. And I never knew you had to be Black, White, Asian, or whatever to rap, I thought you had to just be talented. With rapping, that’s just another form of expressing your music. Whether you’re going to rap, you’re going to sing, it’s whatever you want. She still sings on that song, so it’s just another way to express it. It’s just a good song. As long as it’s good, nothing matters. She does her thing. As far as rapping goes, as long as you are telling the truth and you have a good flow, then you win."
Although Cyrus was defended and praised by Mike WiLL and others, Danny Brown criticized the singer and said her supporters within the Hip Hop community are disingenuous.
"I think anybody doing that just trying to eat," Brown said in an interview with Rolling Stone. "Ain't no nigga worried about their own music worried about her. Kendrick Lamar is not trying to do no song with Miley Cyrus. It's just like this, man. It's like the little White girl in the hood that might get you a plug on some pills or some shit. You gonna be nice to her to get your plug or whatever you need to get. They trying to eat."
MTV's year-end list also features Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at #2, Kanye West at #4 and Drake at #7.
Apparently, that memo is still lost on a lot of people. Authorities in Mexico reported that a 17-year-old girl in Puerta Vallarta had lacerations on her genitals that she said were caused by her addiction to Krokodil.
“The young woman who used this drug had an infection that had rotted her genitals. It wasn’t sexually transmitted. She said she’d been using krokodil for the last two months,” Hernandez said, according to a Huffington Post translation of Mexican newspaper El Periodico Correo.
The woman told authorities that the drug was readily available on street corners. Hernandez added that the drug has also been reported in Mexico City.
Krokodil is a street drug with effects similar to heroin that is made by cooking crushed codeine pills with household chemicals. It is significantly cheaper than heroin, and reportedly ten times as potent. However, the impurities in the drug damage vascular tissue, which causes the flesh to rot.
Reports of Krokodil have been spreading rapidly since September but authorities still haven’t confirmed that the drug has officially surfaced in the United States (*side eye). Skeptcis maintain that instances of intravenous drug users with sores and rotting flesh could have been caused by other infections. Krokodil was first reported in Russia and the pandemic there peaked in 2011.
MC Hammer's financial woes continue, as the feds seek back taxes.
MC Hammer allegedly owes the federal government nearly $800,000 in back taxes.
TMZ reports that the feds have sued Hammer and his wife, alleging that they failed to pay $798,033.48 in taxes in 1996 and 1997.
This isn't the rapper's first sign of legal trouble, as Hammer originally filed for bankruptcy in 1996 after accruing $13 million in debt. His well-publicized financial troubles culminated in the sale of his mansion for a significantly reduced price. He admitted using most of his $20 million fortune in 1997. Hammer also faced obstruction charges in California earlier this year, but they were dropped.
Best R&B Performance: "Love And War" — Tamar Braxton "Best Of Me" — Anthony Hamilton "Nakamarra" — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip "How Many Drinks?" — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar "Something" — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
Best Urban Contemporary Album: "Love And War" — Tamar Braxton "Side Effects Of You" — Fantasia "One: In The Chamber" — Salaam Remi "Unapologetic" — Rihanna "New York: A Love Story" — Mack Wilds
Best R&B Album: R&B Divas — Faith Evans Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys Love In The Future — John Legend Better — Chrisette MicheleThree Kings — TGT
Best Traditional R&B Performance "Please Come Home -- Gary Clark Jr. "Get It Right" -- Fantasia "Quiet Fire" -- Maysa "Hey Laura" -- Gregory Porter "Yesterday" -- Ryan Shaw
Best R&B Song (A Songwriters Award) "Best Of Me" -- Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton) "Love And War" -- Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton) "Only One" -- PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder) "Pusher Love Girl" -- James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake) "Without Me" -- Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)
Best Rap Performance: "Started From The Bottom" — Drake "Berzerk" — Eminem "Tom Ford" — Jay Z "Swimming Pools (Drank)" — Kendrick Lamar "Thrift Shop" — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Power Trip" — J.Cole Featuring Miguel "Part II (On The Run)" — Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé "Holy Grail" — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake "Now Or Never" — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige "Remember You" — Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album: Nothing Was The Same — Drake Magna Carta…Holy Grail — Jay Z Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Yeezus — Kanye West
Best Rap Song "F***in' Problems" -- Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) "Holy Grail" -- Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake) "New Slaves" -- Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West) "Started From The Bottom" -- W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake) "Thrift Shop" -- Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)
Waka Flocka Flame says he doesn't have "time for nobody," including his former boss, Gucci Mane.
Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane's run together came to an end last year and the two have been asked about one other frequently since.
Recently sitting down with Vlad TV, Waka was asked about his thoughts on Gucci Mane and replied that he was unaware of who that was.
"Who is that? He don't exist to me," Waka Flocka Flame said. "I don't got time for nobody, my watch stopped on me man."
The Atlanta, Georgia native was also asked about the recent management split between French Montana and Waka's mother, Debra Antney.
"That's my brother," Waka replied when asked about whether it had an affect on his relationship with the Coke Boys artist. "That's my brother, happy birthday, belated birthday, that's my brother. Business is business, personal is personal, ain't no one crossing personal boundaries, that was just business. A lot of stuff you've got to respect it as business."
"I feel like it’s a gimmick," Waka said. "Ain’t nothing crazy about him... Man, I been got out of a contract with Gucci…Me and him fell out 2012, but we kept it in house. He the person that spilled the beans."
Gucci Mane recently made headlines regarding legal issues. The former Atlantic Records signee has been charged in federal court with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon, leaving the rapper facing major jail time. The charges, which stem from two September incidents during which the rapper showed a gun and threatened police, could land Gucci in jail for 20 years.
Kanye West is planning on giving more with less. During his interview at Art Basel in Miami, Kanye explained the reasoning behind planning to make an 8-track album, how he tricked the world to think he was a rapper and more.
As part of Surface Magazine’s Design Dialogues talk series, Kanye explained that his hightened ambitions to be apart of the high-end design world as his reasoning for making bothYeezus and his upcoming new album relatively short:
It’s just reducing down the amount of information that you need. People say a design is the point where you can’t take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn’t made Yeezus, I wouldn’t be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here.
Kanye has said on numerous occasions that Rick Rubin’s involvement in the making of Yeezus was instrumental due to his skills of reduction. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Rubin explained how and why he reduced Yeezus:
Initially, he thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album. But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, ‘Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half,’ to which Kanye excitedly said, ‘That’s what I came here today to hear! It could be 10 songs!’
The next single from Yeezus is set to be “Blood on the Leaves”.
Young Money recording artist Drake is giving back to a local Philadelphia high school by promising to build a brand new recording studio for students aspiring to becoming performers. The “Started From The Bottom” rapper surprised kids at Strawberry Mansion High School with the announcement during a taping of an ABC News special.
“In the next few months I’m building a recording studio inside your school,” Drake told the students. “This about you. This about your principal. This about your future. I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.”
Strawberry Mansion was featured on a World News with Diane Sawyer special report in May. The “Hidden America” segment covered the school’s principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman, faculty, and students in a what was dubbed “one of the most dangerous high schools in America.” Sawyer returned to SMHS to do an update on the school’s progress and brought Drake along to speak with the students.
Nelson Mandela, the consummate South African freedom fighter, has died at the age of 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement on Thursday.
Mandela pushed South African from the dregs of apartheid in to democracy that was inclusive of all races. His struggles have been well documented as he endured almost three decades of imprisonment by the White majority. Somehow, he was able to simultaneously prevent a South African Civil War and evolve into an international symbol of peace.
He would go on to become South Africa’s first Black president.
“The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” he said in his acceptance speech in 1994. “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.”
Mandela has amassed innumerable awards and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, one of his many accolades. AllHipHop will continue to commemorate the life and times of Nelson Mandela.
The Hip-Hop community was no exception to the mourning felt for the icon and many used social media to express their feelings.
According to the report, the movie will star Hart as “a man who lives in the shadow of his NBA superstar brother (James), but gets a chance to prove himself when he and some pals attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami.”
Production is reportedly going to start next summer during the NBA offseason. It is an interesting casting choice, considering Hart is 5 foot 3 and James is 6 foot 8.
James did star in a documentary called “More than a Game,” which featured four of his high school basketball teammates from Akron, Ohio.
On the court this season, James is averaging 26 points, 6.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds and shooting nearly 60 percent.
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James has been looking to make his feature starring debut in this film for a couple of years, but it has taken time to get this project off the ground.
For all intents and purposes, R. Kelly is going back to the trap. After televising the first 33 chapters of R. Kelly’s intricate musical dramedy “Trapped In The Closet”, television network IFC has announced today (December 3rd) that they will debut more chapters in 2014.
In addition to the new chapters next year, IFC is scheduling a marathon of all 33 current “Trapped In The Closet” chapters this Saturday (Dec 7) at 5:15 p.m. EST on IFC.
In 2007, Matt Singer of IFC TV interviewed R. Kelly as apart of the premiere of Trapped In The Closet: The Complete Saga on IFC. During the interview, Singer recounts that Kelly fully understood and intended for the absurdity in “Trapped In The Closet” and even gave a hilarious idea of the source of his inspiration:
I had no idea what to expect from our interview. I was very relieved he did not take the project too seriously. When I asked him where these insane ideas came from, he replied something to the effect of ‘From the aliens.’
R. Kelly’s “Trapped In The Closet” premiered in 2005. Every episode of “Trapped In The Closet” can be viewed on the IFC website.
Eminem's "MMLP2" falls to #2, Hopsin's "Knock Madness" cracks the Top 100 and the AMAs appear to impact the charts.
This week on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 lands at #2, this time losing the #1 spot to One Direction. Additionally, Hopsin's Knock Madness breaks into the Top 100 and the American Music Awards appear to impact the charts.
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Lands At #2
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold approximately 199,000 units this week. That wasn't enough to top Midnight Memories, One Direction's new album, which sold approximately 547,000 units in its first week. To date, Eminem has sold about 1,323,000 copies of his most recent project. Mathers helped promote The Marshall Mathers 2 last week by unveiling a music video for "Rap God." He is reportedly also prepping a music video for "The Monster," a single of his that features Rihanna. For the first time in several weeks, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was the only Eminem album in the Top 200. In the first week of MMLP2's release, Eminem had eight albums make the list. "Rap God" can be viewed below.
Hopsin's Knock Madness Breaks Into Top 100
Panorama City, California representative Hopsin's Knock Madness landed at #76. The Funk Volume release sold approximately 12,260 units this week. In total, the album has moved more than 16,000 copies. The #76 placement is an improvement from last week's placement at #132.
Fellow Funk Volume emcee SwizZz recently spoke with HipHopDX about Hopsin's Knock Madnessand why he feels it's a significant release. "Knock Madness is an important album for a lot of reasons," SwizZz said. "Knock Madness really has the potential to take Hop's career to a new height. From a Hip Hop perspective, Knock Madness is important because it truly provides a fresh breath of air to today's Rap game. Hopsin's creativity and artistry can't be denied. He's the consummate artist, for real. Critics might not like his image, or preferred style, but no one can refute that he can rap his ass off."
The American Music Awards (AMAs) appeared to have an influence on the charts this week. Pitbull, the host of this year's program, for instance, went from having no projects in the Top 200 last week to having two in the Top 100 this week. Pitbull appeared on the charts this week with Global Warming (#93) and Meltdown (#95). Pitbull sold approximately 10,000 copies of each project. Rihanna, who took home an AMA Icon award, also experienced an increase in sales. Her Unapologetic collection went from #178 to #116 selling approximately 8,700 units for the week. The AMA's Favorite Rap-Hip Hop Artist winners, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, also found a jump in sales. Their album, The Heist, which also earned the duo an AMA for Favorite Rap-Hip Hop Album, went from #52 to #30 this week. This year's Favorite Male Artist at the AMAs, Justin Timberlake, also saw his 20/20 Experience Complete collection go from #22 to #11. The 20/20 Experience's first installment also jumped from #88 to #36.
Rihanna's AMA performance of "Diamonds" can be viewed below.
Jordan has announced that Drake is now a member of Team Jordan.
The brand made the announcement via Twitter.
Drake also posted images of Jordan shoes on Instagram. Some of the pairs he posted include the OVO logo on the bottom of the sneakers. His captions appear to note that the shoes are part of the OVO Stingray Pack, to be released via Jordan.
Nevertheless, details regarding Drake's involvement with Jordan have not been revealed.
Drake's involvement with Jordan coincides with the announcement of Kanye West's involvement with adidas. West, who has worked with NIKE in the past, has been confirmed as a part of the adidas family by the company, though details surrounding how West will be involved with the brand have also not been reported.
Duarte says he has sued Chris Brown for pain, suffering, distress, medical expenses and inconvenience.
Frank Ocean's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte has filed a lawsuit for more than $3 million against Chris Brown stemming from a January altercation outside of a West Hollywood recording studio, according to tmz.com.
Duarte reportedly claims that members of Brown's entourage hurt him during the fight.
According to tmz.com, Duarte itemized the damages as listed below.
Daft Punk, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Drake and Big Sean are among the artists whose material made "Rolling Stone's" 100 Best Songs Of 2013.
Rolling Stone has named its “100 Best Songs Of 2013,” which includes selections from Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Drake and Big Sean, among others.
Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which features Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, was named the #1 song of the year.
The highest-ranked Rap song was Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” which was #3. “The anthem that announced the Yeezus LP was full-bent on wrecking shit is a collab with Daft Punk – 'Ye rapping rabid over an industrial glitter-rock stomp pumped with heavy breathing and Tarzan screams,” Rolling Stone wrote of “Black Skinhead.” “Next time someone says America is post-race, play 'em this, and watch their head explode.”
The rapper-producer’s “Blood on The Leaves” was #20 and his “I Am A God” was #65. All three of the Chicago artist’s songs appeared on his Yeezus album, which was named the #2 album of the year in Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums Of 2013,” which was released Monday (December 2).
Other songs of note in the Top 20 included Lorde’s “Royals” at #2, Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” at #7, Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” at #9, Big Sean featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica’s “Control” at #13, Eminem’s “Rap God” at #15 and Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby” at #19.
Several other Rap songs were included on Rolling Stone’s list. Among them were J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile,” which landed at #37. “Over piano chords straight out of Kanye's College Dropout, the North Carolina rapper opens up about his own insecurities and reassures fans about theirs,” Rolling Stone wrote. “It's lush soul rap that's uplifting but never boring – making self-affirmation sound like a hot night at a velvet-rope club.”
Other songs on the list included Kevin Gates’ “Whylin’” at #40; Young Thug’s “Picachu” at #45; Robin Thick featuring T.I. and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” at #50; Migos featuring Drake’s “Versace (Remix)” at #69; Chance the Rapper featuring Nate Fox and Lili K’s “Pusha Man” at #74; Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga and Mystic’s “Bubble Butt” at #76; Jay Z’s “Tom Ford” at #77; Mystikal’s “Hit Me” at #80; 2 Chainz featuring Pharrell’s “Feds Watching” at #81; and Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu’s “Q.U.E.E.N.” at #84.
"Reasonable Doubt" tops Jay Z's list, but what does Hov think of the rest of his projects?
On his 44th birthday (December 4), Jay Z has decided to reveal his own opinion on what his best—and worst—albums are.
On his lifeandtimes.com website, Hov posted an image of all of his projects, in cassette form, stacked on top of each other. The order had the album he felt was best, Reasonable Doubt, on top, and the album he liked least, Kingdom Come, on the bottom:
Jay also wrote a brief take on each project beneath the image:
"1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…fuck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)
8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone…)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many songs. Fucking Guru and Hip Hop, ha)
12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)"
While Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint are generally regarded as his top releases, Jay reiterated his long-held criticism of his In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 album, released in 1997. Even in 1998, Jay Z admitted he didn't enjoy recording the project as much. "The album to me — this album wasn't fun to me like Reasonable Doubt, because it was like, it seemed really slow to me, and I didn't set out to do that, just looking back now and listening to it now."
Jay Z's Vol. 2, which he ranks as his fourth-best album, was the Brooklyn emcee's breakthrough album, selling 4 million units and making Hov a household name. Meanwhile, Jay admitted that Blueprint 2, his 2002 sequel to one of his best-regarded album, was bloated, as the project was a double album. Jay also made special mention of Pimp C, referring to the late UGK rapper's verse on "Big Pimpin'" from his album, Vol. 3...The Life and Times of Shawn Carter. Incidentally, Hov just released "Tom Ford (Remix)," which features Pimp C.
Word on the street is Erica Mena had to make some major shake ups in her personal story line in order to stay on the current season of Love & Hip-Hop New York so she went the lesbian route. In previous seasons she mentioned that she “smashes” women but these days she’s allegedly in a relationship with the previously straight Cyn Santana.
Whispers are saying that the relationship was fabricated to created tension with Rich. Who better to put in the middle of a love triangle with two women? Cyn Santana has also been trying to get her Instagram modeling career off the ground so why not go for it, right?
Sounds plausible. Maybe it will by Erica another season on the show.
A court has ruled that the embattled city of Detroit can now file for bankruptcy, a landmark decision.
This represents the largest bankruptcy filing in the history of the United States.
The city now has protection from its creditors and will submit a plan to restructure its $18 billion in debt, according to a new report from the BBC.
A judge said that the city had made a good faith effort to pay creditors, but was unable because of the vast extent of the debt. The ruling will also protect the pension pay out of the elderly.
The report also said that roughly 40% of Detroit’s streetlights don’t work and there are about 150,000 vacant lots and buildings in the city.
Right now, the city’s population is about 700,000, a dramatic decline from the 1950 peak of 1.8 million.
Detroit still offers a vibrant music scene that touts a number of notable Hip-Hop acts.
Kanye West also compares himself to Prince, Lauryn Hill, OutKast's Andre 3000, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and Miles Davis.
During a recent Kanye West interview, the producer-rapper-designer spoke about the instrumentals for tracks in The Notorious B.I.G.'s catalog while discussing Hip Hop's changes over the years.
"Everything goes in phases and cycles and stuff," Kanye West said during an interview with Atlanta radio station V103. "You got Run-DMC and then you started going into Rakim and then Rakim and KRS-One. That opened a little gate, a door for [A] Tribe [Called Quest] to come in. And then you had on the other side N.W.A. and then Snoop [Dogg] came through and then that opened up the door for what [Dr.] Dre was doing. Then you had Biggie come back and Biggie used to actually like the Tribe sound more, the [DJ Premier] sound. Puff was the one who was like - of course, you know the story - Puff was like 'You gotta rap on "Juicy." You gotta rap on this.' Biggie was so cold. We the geminis. I'm just like Biggie.
"Man that 'Juicy' beat, I don’t like that beat man, and I don’t like the beat for ['Big Poppa']," West continued. "I don’t like the Dr. Dre worm noise on the chorus at all, to this day when they play it. And I don't imagine Biggie liked it that much either. But Biggie was so cold, that he could make you like anything."
Kanye West Compares Himself To Prince, Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur
During the interview, West also compared himself to The Notorious B.I.G. and several other artists.
"People just saw me perform for 80 percent of the show without seeing my face," West said. "They was like, 'We paid all this money to see him and he didn't show his face for 80 percent of it and we still cool with that.' That's some gemini shit right there. That's some Prince, Lauryn Hill, [Andre] 3000, 'Pac, Biggie Smalls, Miles Davis, Kanye West gemini shit. Biggie Smalls made you think that that 'Big Poppa' beat was cold. It was not a cold beat."
Kanye West Discusses Screaming In Interview With Sway Calloway
"It was so funny," West said. "With 'The Breakfast Club,' I'm so prepped for anything. But with Sway, it was like...I think it was more my fault to get turnt up. But I get frustrated with dumb-ass questions. How could you give me an example of how you failed at something and you gon' tell me how I'm gonna succeed at something?"
Ashanti says she still has love for Irv Gotti despite his past comments about her.
Following an interview in which Irv Gotti, founder of The Inc, may have alluded to former the Inc artist Ashanti being disloyal, the Long Island songstress has come forward to share her side of the story.
Before sharing her thoughts on the matter during an interview with Hot 97 this week, Ashanti first revealed that there is no beef between herself and Irv Gotti and she only wants to “set the record straight.”
“Me and Irv we are—there’s no beef,” said Ashanti. “There’s definitely no beef. But for me again, just me talking about my movement and being brave and Braveheart and kinda just revealing a little bit more of myself at this point in my career. I feel like Irv kinda paints a picture of what happened with me and Murder Inc, very one-sided. You know, I hear him a lot talk about ‘Oh, she’s disloyal. Oh, she didn’t throw up the M’s. Oh, she didn’t do this and that.’ And I feel like it’s time to kinda set the record straight on what it really is.”
The singer went on to explain that she stayed silent when Irv Gotti spoke out against her because of all the ill occurrences surrounding both Gotti and The Inc, including an investigation by the Feds and a feud with Queens rapper 50 Cent.
“Regardless, I’mma always have love for Irv, regardless. We’ve made history together,” she said. “Our chemistry together in the studio is amazing, but I’m not gonna sit here and let the picture be painted one-side anymore. You know what I mean? Cause I feel like, I’m like ‘Alright, I’m cool.’ Irv was hurt through a lot of the situations because there was a lot of things that happened and a lot of things that went on, so I kinda just stayed silent. But now I just feel like when I hear the interviews and he’s going on about being disloyal. I gotta just make it duly noted that’s not what it was.”
Ashanti recalled one particular incident where Gotti informed her to not come to the studio and instead record with Nelly, a rapper the singer has dated on and off for nearly a decade.
“I remember specifically him being like ‘Well, maybe you shouldn’t come to the studio. You over there with Nelly…Go record over there,’” said Ashanti. “You know what I mean? So, for him to put out there like ‘Oh, I’m just so disloyal and I didn’t throw up the M’s and I didn’t hold it down.’ That’s not what happened at all…It was just tough after that dialogue. It was like ‘What do you mean? So, what am I supposed to do?’ It’s causing friction and it all comes out of we were in a great space. Everyone was making records and making money and traveling and then the Feds and 50 and this whole black cloud. And everyone—it just made it really complicated for everyone.”
“The bottom line with Ashanti is I love Ashanti,” said Irv Gotti during his interview in September. “You know what I’m saying? And so, when you love somebody when they do things that you may not agree with, you react differently. But it’s only because I love that girl. We did something…We over here throwing those M’s up til we die. You know what I’m saying? I don’t know if she wants to do that.”
Gucci Mane faces a maximum of 10 years each for two federal gun charges.
Gucci Mane has been charged in federal court with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon, leaving the rapper facing major jail time.
CNN reported the charges, which stem from two September incidents during which the rapper showed a gun and threatened police, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia.
At the time of his arrest on September 14, a friend had flagged down police, stating that he was concerned about Gucci's behavior.
Police say the rapper became "increasingly agitated" and threatened the officers. He was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, marijuana possession, and carrying a handgun.
The federal prosecutor provided a news release. "On September 12, 2013, Davis, who was a felon at the time, was found in possession of a firearm," the release said. "Then, just two days later, on September 14th, he again possessed a firearm different from the earlier gun. On both occasions, Davis displayed the loaded firearm, acted erratically, and made threats to individuals, including police and his attorney."
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner applauded the arrest. "We cannot tolerate convicted felons ignoring the law by carrying firearms and endangering our citizens."
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates also spoke on the matter. "This is how people get hurt, and we are committed to ensuring that convicted felons not have guns," she said.
A federal grand jury indicted Gucci on November 19. Each charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
In March, Gucci was arrested for hitting a man over the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta nightclub.
It has been seven years since the public has been able to purchase a project released by OutKast, and it’s been 13 years since a full length album featuring both members trading bars on a majority of the tracks. Rumors of tension between the duo have constantly popped up over the past decade, but with Big Boi and Andre 3000 set to reunite for a tour in 2014 the ATLiens took to social media to show they are currently hanging tough.
While there is no guarantee that the creators of classics like Aquemini and Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik are back in the studio making more music together, the upcoming tour and the pics do provide hope that 2006′s Idlewild may not be the last time Kast fans gets to hear a record from Sir Lucious Left Foot and 3 Stacks.
Rolling Stone names Kanye West's "Yeezus," Drake's "Nothing Was The Same" and Danny Brown's "Old" in its Top 20 in the Best Albums of 2013.
Rolling Stone has named its "50 Best Albums of 2013."
Kanye West had the highest ranked Rap album on the list with Yeezus. Rolling Stone wrote about the project, which was #2 on the list, and how it ranks in West's discography.
"Kanye's electro masterpiece is his most extreme album ever, which is saying something," Rolling Stone writes regarding Yeezus. "No wonder the late, great Lou Reed embraced Yeezus, since it's basically the Metal Machine Music concept translated into futuristic Hip Hop, all industrial overload and hyper-tense egomania and hostile vibes."
During a September interview with BBC Radio One, Kanye West spoke about Yeezus' sound.
“I was able to start making exactly what was in my mind again,” Kanye said, speaking about Yeezus. “Not having to speak the textures of the time. Cause you know Cruel Summer is definitely Kanye West…If you look at it 200 years from now it’s not gonna stand out in the way that 808s or Yeezusstands out. And can completely push or redefine or make people say ‘Hey, I completely hate that’ or ‘I completely love that.’”