At one point MC Hammer was one of the biggest music stars on the planet. His 1990 album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em spawned the megahit "U Can't Touch This," and the LP has gone nearly double diamond. A quarter century later, Hammer is now just as famous for his financial collapse as he is for his oversized pants and typewriter dance.
Hammer filed for bankruptcy in 1996, and it seemed the Oakland native's problems with the IRS were settled in 2007 when he paid off a $1.4 million debt to the government. But reports began to circulate in late 2013 that Hammer still owed $798,033 in back taxes, and TMZ is now reporting Uncle Sam is still looking for even more funds from Hammer.
According to the site, the IRS is seeking $1.4 million from Hammer for penalties and interest on the '96 tax delinquency. Hammer has apparently filed legal documents asking a judge to block the IRS' attempt to collect the money.
Comcast is currently fighting tooth and nail to get approval for its purchase of Time Warner Cable, but another monopoly could be brewing in Hip Hop this summer. Reports that surfaced today suggest that Hip Hop's power couple, Beyonce and Jay Z are rumored to be touring this summer.
After completing individual tours recently, New York Daily News' Page Six reports that sources have informed them that the Carters are planning on a 20 stadium tour this June.
Interestingly enough, the tour would debut a year after Jay Z denied ever doing a Best Of Both Worlds project with Beyonce during an interview with Angie Martinez on Hot 97. When asked about the possibility, Jay flatly answered "No way. You saw how that one ended."
Cam'ron posts a Nick Cannon meme. Nick Cannon posts an image of Cam'ron wearing pink fur. Cam responds.
Cam'ron and Nick Cannon traded barbs on Instagram recently.
On April 8, Cam'ron posted an image of Nick Cannon that featured a message about an "emergency" Black people meeting in order to discuss "removing Nick Cannon." The following day, Cannon responded the following day with an image of Cam wearing pink fur. Under the image, Cannon wrote "#SuperFresh."
On April 13, Cam'ron responded with the most recent Instagram post in their back-and-forth interaction, a post that featured himself in pink fur performing a duet with Cannon's wife, Mariah Carey. His caption: "Thx nick!! I'm glad da whole family digs my aura.. Lol"
The footage of Mimi's sextape has been released, since then these memes has surfaced. LAHH star and nemesis, Joseline, sent a pretty disrespectful tweet her way. Joseline called her sextape "Granny Porn", this is about to get nasty.
Meek was arrested on October 31, 2012 when police officers claimed they smelled marijuana in his car. No illegal drugs were found at that time, but he was still held in custody for nine hours.
According to Meek, the stop prevented him from catching a plane to Atlanta where he was scheduled for a promotional appearance. Meek contends he lost $22,000 on the cancelled flight and another $39,000 for missing his event.
Meek's suit also states that the ordeal forced him to settle a deal with shoe company Puma for only $650,000 when it was originally being negotiated for $2 million. Apparently, the negative attention from the arrest affected the final agreement.
Meek Mill filed a civil rights violations, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and civil conspiracy lawsuit against the Philadelphia police department in 2013.
Just weeks after being sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams, reports have surfaced that dancehall artist Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer provided information to police in hopes of reducing his sentence.
According to the Jamaica Observer, police sources confirm Kartel helped authorities capture several wanted individuals and recover 17 illegal firearms.
Kartel supposedly approached the police about cooperating when the investigation into the death of Williams was coming to a close and it appeared he was going to be tied to the murder.
"He wanted to meet with the commissioner who assigned a member of the high command to meet him. During the meeting he offered information on wanted men in Portmore and also coughed up a number of illegal firearms," said the JO source. "He was trying to broker a deal to get the charges dropped."
Police are also looking into the disappearance of funeral director Jennifer Edwards. Edwards went missing in January and officers claim to have evidence that she was killed to cover-up what happened to Williams' body.
"We believe she was killed because she was the weak link and she knew too much, but we are still investigating," added the police source.
Kartel and a funeral director also allegedly met with a police officer to discuss whether Williams was cremated.
Kartel was convicted of Williams' murder in March and sentenced to 35 years in prison. André St John, "Shawn Storm" Campbell, and Kahira Jones were all convicted as well. All four have appealed their convictions.
50 Cent maintains that he is still on good terms with former members of G-Unit, but his recent commentary on their history and character says different. During a recent interview on CGMofficialTV, 50 spoke on his perception of his former group mates as well as a G-Unit/ Snoop Dogg partnership that never came to fruition.
50 Cent has been quoted as saying "Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Lloyd Banks are all the same person to me" and his sentiment seems to be consistent. During his interview, he took the descriptions a bit further and explained how Buck and Yayo particularly never adapted to true artistic independence:
They're babies. At different points they throw the tantrums and stuff like that and I just watch them. Just watch them do what they're doing. It's not like their responsibilities is gonna change. They're grown. They're adults. They behave like babies at points. They have to. They have to do it. It won't be long before you see some different things from them.
A collaboration album between G-Unit, Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger DPG-Unit was supposed to be released years ago, however complications with scheduling prevented it from being released.
I'm not sure if it's actually gonna happen now because with Snoop and him moving around so much," he said. "He's touring now. So he's out. But you always see me do things with Snoop because prior to Get Rich Or Die Tryin', Doggystyle was the largest debuting Hip Hop album. Rightfully so, that album was a classic.
In a move that will keep Flavor Flav out of jail, the 55 year old hip hop hypeman turned reality TV show fixture has plead guilty to a Las Vegas domestic violence charge.
Today (April 14th) pled guilty in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, NV to reduced misdemeanor charges of attempted battery in connection to an October 2012 argument with his girlfriend's 17 year old son.
Flav's fiancee, Liz Trujillo accused the rapper of threatening her son with a "20 inch butcher knife" and throwing her around when she attempted to prevent him from harming her son.
Flav's was originally facing felony assault and child endangerment with a weapon charges with a possible jail bid of 12 years. The next court date for Flav is August 18th
Ol' Dirty Bastard, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg are also among the acts deemed "The Funniest Rappers Of All Time."
Green Label has compiled a Top 10 list of "They've Got Jokes: The Funniest Rappers Of All Time."
"Hip Hop has had a long history of humor, dating all the way back to the Sugarhill Gang in 1979," the Green Label article says. "Since then, some of the most memorable emcees to come onto the scene were the ones that made our sides split with clever rhymes and silly punch lines."
Eminem, Redman, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Action Bronson and Biz Markie are among the rappers named on the list.
"Biz Markie is one of Hip Hop's earliest examples of how humor can translate well in Rap," the story says. "His most well-known single is 'Just a Friend,' a hilarious, not-so-romantic love ballad that's accompanied by an equally funny music video, which features Biz in a wig that is reminiscent of Mozart's."
To see the entire list of "They've Got Jokes: The Funniest Rappers Of All Time," visit Green Label.
Game's fiancee, Tiffney Cambridge, says in legal documents that the rapper broke her nose during a March 16 altercation, according to TMZ.
In the documents, Cambridge claims that the rapper told her to, "Move the fuck out the way" and called her a bitch. She also claims that he repeatedly hit her in the torso with his closed fist and tore her clothing.
Cambridge says that Game also said, "I will end it all," during the confrontation.
Game has denied all allegations, which also include his saying that their children could not call the police because he and their mother would be taken to jail.
According to reports from TMZ earlier this month, Cambridge filed a report saying the rapper attacked her during an argument on March 19.
The publication's law enforcement sources say officials photographed Cambridge after the alleged assault.
L.A. County Sheriff's Department has launched a criminal investigation, according to TMZ.
Cambridge gained notoriety due to her and her fiancee's involvement in Marrying The Game, a reality television program about their relationship.
In December 2013, Game said he and Cambridge have "the best relationship in the world."
"We got two kids and we love the shit out of each other and it ain't nothin' cooler [or] better than that," he said at the time. "She's amazing. She's an amazing woman [and] mother and I appreciate her. My loyalty lies within her and my children and their livelihood."
The National Museum of African American Music is scheduled to honor musicians from the Tennessee city and elsewhere.
Nashville is planning to build a National Museum of African American Music, according to Rolling Stone.
The museum is set to honor the city's musicians, which include Frank Howard, Jimmy Church and Marion James, as well as such iconic artists as Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.
Although construction on the museum has yet to begin, the museum's representatives have already started community outreach programs. The museum has an emerging concert series and is teaching Nashville students about instruments.
The National Museum of African American Music was also set to receive proceeds from an OutKast tribute concert yesterday (April 10) that was scheduled to honor the Atlanta duo.
Renown for country music, Nashville's Jefferson Street was home to live music venues at which Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Little Richard and others performed, the Rolling Stone article says.
In less than a day, Big Sean and Naya Rivera went from adorable couple to vile rivals. Today (April 10th), TMZ reports that prior to Rivera and Sean ending their engagement, the pair attempted to fix their relationship by attending marriage counseling.
While the announcement of the dissolution of their engagement came yesterday, reports claim that the engagement was off for the past two weeks. Sources tell TMZ that the Glee star was controlling to the point she threatened to ruin Big Sean's career "If you don't listen to what I say."
The couple attended counseling to resolve their problems and the results of that counseling was Sean ending the engagement.
The Game is having a trying week and according to a recent Instagram post, it may have got a lot worse. Earlier this evening, Game returned to his personal Instagram account to claim that he has had his children taken away from him and has been denied visitation.
Game claims that he has not been able to see his children because of an anonymous persons' vindictive ways "because I've decided to move on with my life" according to the post. Game also expands on the ramifications of these recent actions and how they have affected his son Harlem Taylor:
But it's funny how someone you've done so much for can be so ugly & cruel as to keep my children away from me vindictively because I've decided to move on with my life. I love all 3 of my kids more than life itself & it's one thing to keep me away from them.. & them away from me but [Harlem Taylor] hasn't seen his younger brother or sister in a month & just texted me "Dad, how come Justice can't come to my house" & I have to lie to him because he's to young to understand the real reason why.
While Game does not name his fiancee Tiffney Cambridge as the individual keeping him from his children, as the mother of the children, she would be the only one who would seem to be able to legally. Game goes on to state he is being barred from seeing his children in order for him to not be able to see his six year old son Justice Taylor on his birthday which is in two weeks on April 25th
All of this just so you can keep me away from Justice on his birthday. What lie y'all gone tell em' when his Daddy ain't there ? Like I have been the past 6 birthdays ? The past 6 Christmas's ? The past 6 years of a sons life whom got his name from a father that patiently awaited his arrival here into this world ???
Less than a week ago, reports surfaced that Game and his fiancee got into a physical altercation on March 19th which resulted in her sustaining a broken nose and filing a police report. Game claimed he "never laid a hand on Tiffney."
Drake's choice to host the annual ESPYS this year may have come as a surprise to some, but the rapper says it's been a longstanding dream, at least in part thanks to actor-singer-comedian-host Jamie Foxx.
"It's been a dream of mine for a long time," Drake says in an interview with ESPN. "I watched a guy that I look up to in every aspect of life, Jamie Foxx, do it. I always say, if I can follow in his footsteps, that'll be a great career for me. So, I was blessed with the opportunity to do it. SNL gave me the confidence to do it and here I am."
The Toronto emcee also says he has plans for an ESPYS to remember.
"The key is to be memorable, of course, especially in this age with everything going viral," Drake says.
In yesterday's announcement of the hosting duty, Drake also expressed his excitement for the event.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions—sports and performing," Drake said in a press release.
Big Sean and Naya Rivera, engaged in October 2013, have called off plans for a wedding, according to Billboard.
"After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off," Big Sean's camp says in a statement. "The recent rumors and accusations reported by so-called or fake sources are simply untrue. Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter."
The couple met through social media, according to Rivera, an actress and singer.
"I had followed him [on Twitter], and he sent me a little message like, 'I'm a fan,'" Rivera said to Access Hollywood in September 2013. "We went to dinner and the rest is history."
In June 2013, Sean spoke with MTV about his relationship with Rivera. "Me and Naya is a great thing," Sean said. "She's awesome. She takes care of me...That's my homey, more than anything. That's my girl."
Big Sean rapped about his relationship with Rivera on Drake's "All Me," referencing her acting role in "Glee."
"My new girl is on Glee and shit," Sean raps on the song. "Probably making more money than me and shit / I swear to God, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one / I got 99 problems, getting rich ain't one."
After serving time in solitary confinement at a Los Angeles County jail, Chris Brown is now in general population at a Virginia jail.
In the past month, Virginia crooner Chris Brown has made his way from a Malibu, California rehab center to a Los Angeles County jail, and now to Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia.
According to TMZ, Brown made his way to the Virginia jail this week after a five-day long trip from California.
TMZ also reports that the singer, who spent a portion of his time at the Los Angeles County jail in solitary confinement, was placed in limited general population with no restrictions at the Virginia facility.
Due to the lack of restrictions in limited general population, Brown can use the facility's telephones, television, and library, and can also take daily showers and meals in the cafeteria.
He will remain at Northern Neck Regional Jail until he appears in court on April 23 in Washington, D.C. Brown's upcoming court appearance stems from an assault case he was struck with while in D.C. late last year.
Brown's altercation in Washington D.C. and his current jail sentence serves as just one of a number of legal maladies the singer has faced over the past couple of years. His probation was revoked last December due to his D.C. incident and in February of this year, Brown was sued by a man he allegedly assaulted during a basketball game.
"Honored to be this year's @ESPYS host @espn 7.16.2014 #ESPYS #NWTS," Drake said in a Twitter post today (April 9).
This year's ESPYS are set to take place July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, according to ESPN. The ceremony is scheduled to be televised live at 9pm EST on ESPN.
The event raises more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, a charitable organization created to promote cancer research. The V Foundation was founded by Jim Valvano, a basketball coach who passed away from cancer in 1993.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions—sports and performing," Drake says in a press release.
Connor Schell, vice president, ESPN Films and Original Entertainment, also addresses Drake's role in the ESPYS.
"Drake is an unbelievably talented entertainer who truly has a passion for sports. We are thrilled to have him to host this year's show," Schell says.
Master P's wife denied emergency custody, must wait for court hearing in July.
Months after Master P's ex-wife Sonya Miller filed for divorce, P's estranged wife is now claiming that the rapper/entrepreneur has abducted three of their children. According to TMZ, Miller has requested emergency custody as a result of the alleged abductions.
Miller says that in February and then March of this year, Master P picked up two of their kids, 13-year-old Hercy and nine-year-old Mercy, from school and has yet to return them.
In addition to Hercy and Mercy, Master P's 17-year-old daughter Tytyana reportedly ran off to live with her father and does not want to leave. One child, the couple's 14-year-old daughter, remains at home with Miller.
As part of Miller's emergency custody order, which was denied until a court hearing in July, she has asked for full physical custody. At this time, there are currently no court orders regarding custody or visitation.
TMZ is reporting some heavy stuff on The Game. The rapper, known for his tender heart and giving ways, is now being accused of laying hands on his wife. Seems like the police are all on it right now and the allegations are heavy. Felony domestic violence charges? This could be something that leads up to the show or something that cancels it. Peep the report.
The Game is now the suspect in a felony domestic violence investigation … after allegedly beating up his fiancee, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
According to our sources, Game's fiancee Tiffney Cambridge, filed a police report last weekend … following a March 19th incident during which she claims Game attacked her. Cambridge told police the couple was having an argument and Game turned violent.
Sources close to Tiffney tell us, Game hit Tiffney repeatedly in the face, injuring her eye socket and breaking her nose. Law enforcement sources say police took photos of her face.
We're told the L.A. County Sheriff's Department has launched a criminal investigation.
Both Game and Tiffney appear on his reality show, "Marrying The Game."
Sources connected with Game tell TMZ, he acknowledges there was an incident … but the rapper insists he never laid a finger on her.
Court documents show Ma$e filed for divorce from wife Twyla Betha despite a successful series of marriage counseling books.
Regardless of their back-and-forth public status, Ma$e and wife Twyla Betha have filed for divorce according to a recent article from TMZ. After an initial filing in January, Ma$e later dropped the case before refiling after his wife filed for legal separation in San Diego.
TMZ reports that Ma$e's divorce documents cite a separation dating back to May of 2012 despite the couple's successful series of marriage counseling books apparently released in the same time period. The couple has released at least two books in a series called "What Do You Do After I Do?" Both sides are reportedly filing for physical custody of their children and Twyla is apparently seeking spousal and child support as well.
The news is only the latest in a string of stories that position Ma$e between his duties as pastor and founder of El Elyon International Church and Mason Betha Ministries and his role as a rapper. Late in March, TMZ reported that some of his church's attendees have complained about their pastor's return to Hip Hop, specifically citing his appearance on the Remo The Hitmaker song "Tricky Situation." On the song, Ma$e raps, "I get the honeymoon, you marry her" and "Too bad I never keep my word."
Earlier this year, Ma$e appeared on radio station 107.5 FM in Detroit and addressed his possible rift with rapper J. Cole. "I like J. Cole too, when he's not taking shots at me," he said when asked about newer artists he enjoys. "I saw him one day, I was going to hit him, but I was too grown to be knocking light-skinned people out. But I really like him as an artist. When I saw him I was like, 'Oh he a kid, he don't get it [laughs]."
Diddy, backed by billionaire businessman Ron Burkle, had reportedly offered $200 million for Fuse. Apparently, NuvoTV's offering price was slightly higher. The final selling price is still unknown at the moment.
"This is a real blow to Diddy and Revolt," said Eric Sherman former Fuse president. "Fuse was such a perfect fit for them. But having worked with Jennifer on [American Idol] I'm not surprised she and her team prevailed."
Lopez's manager Benny Medina was asked if he thought the former couple competing for the same network was just a coincidence. While he stated that he did not believe their past history together played a part, he is not surprised Diddy and J. Lo went after the same prize.
"I don't think it's a coincidence," said Medina. "In many ways, Jennifer and Sean are cut from the same cloth."
NuvoTV is an English-language cable channel marketed toward American Latinos. Lopez became a minority owner in 2012. The network reaches 34 million households.
Jay Electronica is one of the most elusive emcees in the history of the culture. He pops his head up to drop verses like on the Jay Z assisted "We Made It" or Big Sean's "Control," but for the most part he remains in the shadows.
The Roc Nation rapper has reemerged again. This time on Twitter. Jay Elect went on a self-described "rant" this morning on the social networking site calling out everyone from "so-called thugs" to bloggers to the CIA.
He was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, as well as driving with a suspended license.
Trick Daddy was released on $6,100 bond, the story says.
He was stopped by the Broward County Drug Task Force on what is called a "sniff warrant," according to nbcmiami.com. The Task Force had a warrant to search his home and stopped Trick Daddy outside his house as he was getting into his car.
Trick Daddy has a history of drug and gun-related arrests.
In February 2003, the Florida rapper was arrested on gun charges following an argument at a basketball game. He was arrested in September 2003 when he was found to be carrying cocaine and marijuana.
In 1991, Trick Daddy was convicted of cocaine possession, carrying a concealed weapon and violating probation, the Billboard article says.
The gap-toothed comic, a favorite of Johnny Carson, will hang up his Top Ten list and Stupid Pet Tricks in 2015, he shared with the audience at the taping of tonight's "Late Show."
Letterman said his first call was to CBS chief, Les Moonves.
"He and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance. And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring,'" said Letterman.
"I just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much. What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married."
Letterman added, "We don't have the timetable for this precisely down - I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up," he added, to a standing ovation from the audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Mike Mills, bassist for tonight's musical guest REM, broke the news on Twitter.
Letterman is the longest-serving late-night host in TV history, last year surpassing his friend and mentor Johnny Carson at the 31-year mark. His verion of NBC's "Late Show" debuted in 1982.
It appears Wu-Tang Clan's strategy of only releasing one copy of their Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album to the highest bidder is working. RZA tellsBillboard the group has already received seven-figure offers for the project.
"Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday," said RZA. "I've been getting a lot of emails: some from people I know, some from people I don't know, and they're also emailing other members of my organization."
The 31-track album was produced by Wu affiliate Tarik "Cilvaringz" Azzougarh. All the members of the Wu-Tang contributed to the double disc LP.
"I don't know how to measure it, but it gives us an idea that what we're doing is being understood by some," added RZA. "And there are some good peers of mine also, who are very high-ranking in the film business and the music business, sending me a lot of good will. It's been real positive."
"I'm a producer on a Mac Dre biopic," Chaney revealed on DMV Spotlight with Mr. Peter Parker. "It's a two picture film deal about Mac Dre, his life, his music, how he affected the culture of Hip Hop and some of the artists."
Chaney will also star as Dre's friend Curtis "Kilo Curt" Nelson, and he says four cast members from The Wire are part of the production as well. While Chaney could not give up who those particular actors are, he does add that Mac Dre's mother, Wanda Salvatto, has endorsed the project.
Mac Dre (born Andre Hicks) was killed in 2004. He was 34 years old.
We may have heard the last of the legendary singer Vybz Kartel. Today (April 3rd), Kartel was sentence to life in prison for the murder of his former associate Clive "Lizard" Williams.
This was the longest murder trial in Jamaica's history and prosecutors say Williams was murdered after a failed business deal. Vybz Kartel, who was convicted of the murder last month was also prevented from having parole for 35 years as apart of his life sentence handed down by Supreme Court Justice Lennox Campbell.
Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were also given life sentences in connection to Williams' murder. Williams body was never found and the jury voted 10-1 to convict the four people. The one juror who voted against the decision has since been charged with attempting to bribe other jurors into changing their decisions.
Clive Williams was murdered in August of 2011, the same month Vybz Kartel released Kingston Story.
Tupac was a poet who articulated the plight of the downtrodden, intelligently expressed his anger and he liked to curse a lot. Yesterday (April 1st) Best New Ticket did a study of the frequency of profanity in rap albums from 1985-2013 and 2Pac's All EyeZ On Me was #1.
The study only took into account 2,296 rap albums from 1985-2013, which were chosen based on "Total sales, artist name recognition, and album hit density" as well as Best New Ticket's opinion of what is "popular". According to the study, Tupac's first album on Death Row, 1996′s double disc All Eyez On Me contained 901 instances of cursing at a rate of 33.52 curse words per songs. The most frequent curse word was the N-word appearing 404 times (over 44% of the curses on the album).
While All Eyez On Me being a double disc album with 27 songs could explain its high volume of profanity, the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 double disc album Life After Death contained 23 songs and only 615 instances of cursing at a rate of 26.73 curses per song.
Other interesting finds from this study is that 2001 is apparently the most profane year since 1985, averaging over 20 curse words per year among the Top 5 most "influential rap albums" as determined by Best New Ticket.
Check out the detailed breakdown of every curse word from every song of the 2,296 rap albums from 1985-2013 surveyed here
Pharrell Williams' "G I R L" rises to #5, YG's "My Krazy Life" drops to #7, and Rick Ross' "Mastermind" falls out of the Top 10.
Following appearances by three Hip Hop/R&B albums on last weeks' Billboard 200 chart, Pharrell Williams' G I R L and YG's My Krazy Life were the only two Hip Hop/R&B projects in the Top 10 on the chart this week. Rick Ross' Mastermind, an album executive produced by Puff Daddy, dropped out of the Top 10 to the #11 spot, while ScHoolboy Q's third studio album, Oxymoron, dropped even further this week. Q's album found itself at the #33 spot on this week's Billboard 200 chart. And with its third week on the chart, Aloe Blacc'sLift Your Spirit remains at the #19 spot with a little over 14,000 copies sold this week.
Pharrell Williams' G I R L Climbs To #5
After falling to the #6 spot following the entrance of Compton rapper YG's album, My Krazy Life, Pharrell's G I R L has once again found itself in a Top 5 position on the Billboard 200 chart. The self-produced album from Pharrell sold 25,000 copies this week and managed to work its way to the #5 spot despite selling nearly 9,000 less copies than last week. With singles including "Happy" and "Marilyn Monroe," G I R L is described in a HipHopDX review as boasting songs that are "very safe, barely scratching the surface of anything deep, personal or revealing." The album received a 3.5 out of 5 in a HipHopDX review posted in early March.
YG's My Krazy Life Falls To #7
Following a debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart last week with 61,000 copies solid in its first week, YG's My Krazy Life has fallen to the #7 spot. With 23,000 copies sold this week, YG's album moved nearly a third of what it sold during its first week of release.
Described by DJ Mustard as this generation's The Chronic, My Krazy Life received a 3 out of 5 rating in its HipHopDX review and was referred to as "a well sequenced and cohesive package." The album serves as YG's debut studio album and includes guest appearances from a number of Hip Hop notables including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and CTE World founder Jeezy.
Aloe Blacc Maintains #19 Spot, Rick Ross Falls Out Of The Top 10
With its fourth week on the Billboard 200 chart, Rick Ross' Mastermind has fallen out of the Top 10 for the first time. The album sold 19,000 copies this week and as a result dropped to #11 on the chart. Last week, Mastermind clenched the #7 spot on the Billboard 200, a spot that's now taken by YG's My Krazy Life. In total, Rick Ross' sixth studio album has sold approximately 275,000 copies.
One artist who managed to maintain their positioning on the Billboard 200 chart was Emanon wordsmith Aloe Blacc with his album, Lift Your Spirit. The rapper fell to the #19 spot on the chart last week and remains at #19 with 14,000 copies of Lift Your Spirit sold this week. A HipHopDX review from last month, in which the album received a 3 out of 5 rating states that Aloe Blacc's Lift Your Spirit "showcases a wide range of influences," but also "feels impersonal at times."
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 3/30/2014
#5. Pharrell Williams – G I R L – 25,000 (217,000)
The plot thickens. Today (March 31st), a day after Benzino was allegedly shot by his nephew Gai Scott during Benzino's mother's funeral procession, Gai Scott appeared in court and rendered a not guilty plea while claiming self-defense.
Gai Scott appeared in Plymouth District Court earlier today and faced a charged of armed assault with the intent to murder. Scott's attorney Jon Ciraulo rendered the verdict of not guilty on his client's behalf and informed The Boston Globe that Scott's actions were in self-defense:
When the dust settles, this case will be shown to be self-defense
Benzino's attorney Martin K. Leppo responded to Gai Scott's self defense claims by stating that Gai Scott shooting six shots into Benzino's car and then chasing him down the highway "doesn't sound like self-defense to me.'
The cause of the shooting has been reportedly linked to family issues over the management of Bezino's mother's land. Maureen Scott, Benzino's sister and Gai Scott's mother, had her attorney Christopher B. Coughlin relay her disapproval of Benzino's actions and makes accusations of ulterior promotional motives for Benzino:
My client and his family, including Maureen [Scott] vehemently deny any accusations that Benzino is making. I would suggest that he [the uncle] has an agenda in utilizing and self-promoting at this time.
Wrestling is fake. Twitter is realistic. Earlier tonight (March 31st), Wale allegedly got into an altercation with an audience member at the WWE Raw event in Washington, D.C. over a few disparaging tweets.
The two men were in attendance at the Verizon Center for the WWE's Monday Night Raw and engaged in a short back-and-forth on Twitter. The audience member threatened to deliver one of the most well known wrestling moves of the last 15 years on the Maybach Music Group rapper:
According to multiple accounts from attendees at the Verizon Center, Wale soon after approached the heckler and shoved him. WWE security detained both men and escorted them out of the crowd before allowing them to return shortly thereafter:
Wale himself seemed to be in good spirits following the altercation. Wale addressed the physical altercation by implying that that was the best course of action given the fan's threats:
The "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star revealed that he was grazed in the back and shot in the arm during the shooting, but is currently doing "alright." He says that as a result of the shooting he'll be required to take part in physical therapy for his hand.
According to reports, Benzino was shot numerous times by his nephew Gai Scott. It's been reported that the shooting was the result of growing family tension involving Benzino, Scott, and other family members. Zino didn't speak in-depth on the shooting or Scott, but did state that "Money brings the worst out of people" while addressing the incident.
"I can't talk too much about that only because of course it's an investigation still going on…Only thing I wanna say about that as far as live on camera is that my mother was a beautiful, beautiful woman," Benzino said. "And what's transpired with her over the last 10 years was just really unfortunate. As far as her—I would have wanted her to retire. And be somewhere on the island and stuff, but things happened. Things happened that was out of my control. I'm in Atlanta and she's up here. And she has other daughters and nephews and stuff. It's just—it's unfortunate. Money brings the worst out of people."
As a result of the shooting and his mother's death, Benzino says he has become a colder person.
"With my mother not here probably—I just start losing faith in human beings. I just start—because when I grew up it wasn't like this," he said. "You know what I'm saying? When I grew up…Just society on a whole. It just, it wasn't like this. People had genuine love for each other. We live in an age of social media now and it's no genuine love because you really don't even know who you talking to half the time…I think with my mom passing and with the things that transpired it's definitely made me a little bit colder. But then there could be something that happens next week that makes my heart happy again."
Later in the interview, Benzino criticized the city of Boston for its lack of support for Hip Hop artists. He also referred to The Source magazine as being "garbage" and says the magazine went downhill once he and Dave Mays left.
"Boston's been hard on me…It's funny because people don't understand really that Boston kinda suppresses Hip Hop," Benzino said. "I mean, it really does. And it's been doing that—I mean, we went through hell just trying to get our groups popping…There's no real radio station up here representing Hip Hop. There's no real clubs up here that people can go and get their stuff played. It's just the vibe here is just, it's just a weird vibe. And I don't want people of Boston to get mad when I say that, but it's not their fault. You know what I'm saying? It's the people that run this city.
"I would give props where props is due, the magazine is garbage, man," he added. "At first it was sad now it's just funny…At one point they was putting nothing but independent artists and that's cool, but you're not gonna sell magazines like that. You know what I'm saying? You gotta have some star power in there. And the people who running it—People have said what they want about Benzino and Dave about The Source or whatever, but some of the greatest magazines and some of the issues came from us, period."
Towards the end of the interview he was asked about the authenticity of the VH1 reality show, "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta." After comparing the show to The Hunger Games, he revealed that it's "definitely not fake," but they do "manipulate your reality."
It's currently unclear when Benzino is expected to leave the hospital. His nephew, Gai Scott, was reportedly taken into custody and was charged with assault with intent to murder, according to 7 News reporter Adam Harding.
Fellow residents of a gated community in Louisiana where Lil Boosie rents a house complained about noise and parking violations over the weekend.
Released from prison just over three weeks ago, rapper Lil Boosie is reportedly facing complaints from fellow residents of a gated community in Louisiana.
According to WGNO News, a party Lil Boosie held for his mother's 60th birthday spawned complaints in the English Turn neighborhood in which he rents a house previously owned by Birdman. Speaking with Boosie's mother, Connie Hatch, WGNO asked about the party. "It was just a small family gathering," she said. "We're in this neighborhood just like everybody else, you understand. Just like everybody else have parties, we have parties too." She later said, "I just feel like we were being singled out, and we have to be fair."
WGNO also reports that the "complaints stem from minor parking violations and noise" according to the station's reporter Darian Trotter. Reacting to the news that the neighborhood association would issue a warning prior to any filed notices, Hatch said, "Well if that's what they want to do that's fine, but let be fair. Let's be fair, you know."
Following his release on March 5, Lil Boosie spoke in his first post-prison public appearance in an Angela Yee hosted press conference on March 10. During the appearance, the rapper said "I just feel I stand alone in the music industry." "As for the rap game, I feel like the music I got, the rap game wide open for me to take over," he said. "I feel like what I been hearing these last three, four days on the radio and stuff is different from my music. Like I said, it's different from my music. And different brings greatness. So, I just feel I stand alone in the music industry to tell you the truth."
More recently, the prospect of the rapper's performing out-of-state for a string of upcoming concerts has come into question with Louisiana state prison officials confirming that the rapper has not been cleared to leave the state on Friday according to the Sun Herald. Nonetheless, the same article reports that Ticketmaster is currently listing April concert tickets for Lil Boosie performances in both Birmingham and Nashville.
"The blanket answer is he's a recent release," Darryl Campbell, an executive officer with the department said of Boosie's possibly being cleared to travel. "He has to prove himself over time and follow procedure to make a request through his officer. I'm not saying it wouldn't be approved later, it's just not likely at this point," he said. "It depends on how compliant someone is to their supervision."