HIPHOP NEWS (1353)

  • A$AP Rocky just dished out some details about his upcoming sophomore effort, ‘A.L.L.A’. During a chat with Billboard, Pretty Flacko revealed who filled the guest spots on the album.

    “Three years ago, I did a song with Twigs,” he said after being reluctant to talk about the features. “Also Lykke Li. Juicy J, Clams Casino. I can’t give nothing else away.”

    Juicy J will also be listed as one of the album’s executive producers alongside A$AP Yams, who passed away in January.

    As far as the album’s completion, the Harlemnite said that it’s finished.

    “I’m mastering it right now. It’s coming soon. Seriously soon.”

    With this album, the “Multiply” rapper said he dug deeper to show the fans another aspect of his artistry.

    “How diverse it is. People really don’t know the other side of me. The deeper side, the more musical side, the more intellectual side. When I first came on the scene it was more of this trendy, bourgeois, pizazz attitude. That’s still me but at the end of the day I think that kind of overshadowed the whole purpose of me doing what I do. I’m an incredibly diverse artist, I’m a universal artist. At least that’s how I see it.”

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  • The Black University of Virginia student who was brutally beaten by Alcohol Beverage Control agents this week has issued a statement.

    At a press conference, 20-year-old UVA junior Martese Johnson had his lawyer Daniel P. Watkins read his prepared statement. Johnson says he did not have a fake identification card and the discrepancy occurred when the bouncer asked him to recite the zip code on his card and he said a different one that was not on the card.

    “I’m shocked that my face was slammed into the brick pavement just across the street from where I attend school,” Watkins read.  “Three officers then pinned me to the ground, pressing their knees in my back while blood flowed freely from the gash to my head. As the officers held me down, one thought raced through my mind, ‘How could this happen?’ My head lay bloody but unbowed. I still believe in our community. I know this community will support me during this time. I trust the scars on my face and head will one day heal. But the trauma from what the ABC officers did yesterday will stay with me forever. I believe we as a community are better than this. We cannot allow the actions of a few officers to ruin the community of trust we have worked so hard to build.”

    While trying to enter popular bar Trinity Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s Day, Johnson was pulled out of the line when the bouncer thought his ID card was fake. He was then approached by the ABC agents and thrown into the pavement, which would cause the massive gash on his head that bled profusely as he was apprehended. Johnson received 10 stitches and charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice.

    The Virginia governor has ordered that this brutal arrest be investigated by the Virginia State Police, USA Today reports.

    “We owe it to both Mr. Johnson and the Virginia ABC to be painstakingly thorough in determining the facts of the situation through interviews, evidence collection and analysis, and investigative procedure,”  said Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty on Thursday. “We appreciate the public’s patience as we move through the investigative process in the coming weeks.”

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  • A missing black man from Mississippi was found hanging from a tree on Thursday (Mar. 19). Otis Byrd, 54, was found with a bed sheet tied around his neck and a skull cap on his head, CNN reports.

    The FBI is now investigating to see if this was a suicide or a homicide. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack said there are unclear circumstances around this suspicious death and  that “it is too early to say what happened and speculate.”

    Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks found Byrd’s body after conducting a search through the woods.

    His body was found 500 yards from his family’s home. Byrd had not been seen since Mar. 2nd and he was reported missing Mar. 8th.

    The Byrd family said that they believed that the body was Byrd but was not allowed near the crime scene. Local NAACP members also confirmed his identity and are pushing for a full investigation of his death.

    “Considering Mr. Byrd’s body was found hanging from a tree, we are calling on federal authorities to immediately investigate to determine whether his death is a result of a racial hate crime,” said Derrick Johnson, state president Mississippi NAACP.

    The FBI is investigating whether there were any civil rights violations as well as the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

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  • Lil’ Wayne is reportedly writing a tell-all book and revealing that Drake once betrayed him. TMZ reports that Weezy is shopping around a book proposal to different publishers. In the proposal, the Young Money general claims that Drake slept with his then girlfriend while he was serving time on Rikers Island in New York. Wayne says that Drake visited him and told him “Yeah, it’s true. Don’t f–k with her like that cause I did f–k her.”

    After hearing that his girlfriend smashed the homie, Wayne writes that he was distraught.

    “This is the type of s–t that a man never wants to find out when he’s locked up. Or, maybe so, cause only God knows what I would have done if I wasn’t locked up right now…”I woke up feeling f—d up about the f—d  up day that I had … finding out that she f—d Drake was the absolute worst thing I could’ve ever found out…”As a man, honestly, that s–t hurt … and not because it was Drake, it could have been any man. It would’ve hurt the same.”

    Wayne writes that his girlfriend said she slept with Drake the day before she met him. He said that he was so depressed that he could not leave his cell for days.

    There is no word on what else will be revealed in the book, like details on his current feud with Birdman.

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  • Now with all the cellphone upgrades there’s no need for Mp3 players anyone more. You can call your mom and hear your favorite song with the same device. We checked in with SNL star Jay Pharoah to see what he had on his Phone.

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  • The Chris Brown love child (with Nia Guzman-Amey) scandal deepens. This messy affair ended Breezy’s relationship with Karrueche, and it also ended the “model’s” marraige. Guzman-Amey’s husband Terry Amey is speaking out saying he wants to meet Brown in person. Allegedly he wants to meet with Brown “for the sake of their children. Amey told Bossip, “We’ve got to push forward so that my little girl and his little girl can grow.” Guzman-Amey obviously was still married when she had the affair with Brown. Brown has yet to comment on the paternity allegations. That’s so not like Chris to not have a social media outburst especially about his personal biz. Maybe the singer has grown up (a little late).

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  • Tim Westwood brings us Kanye West’s performance in London, England where he brings out Raekwon. Kanye West performs Jesus Walks and brings out Raekwon to perfom “C.R.E.A.M. during the show. What will Yeezy do next?

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  • Via Tyga’s Instagram @KingGoldChains

    The queen of Young Money recently called into BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Charlie Sloth Show to speak to her British Barb and Ken dolls and to clear up a few things. Nicki Minaj discussed her relationship with Meek Mill, Lil Waynes$51 million lawsuit against Birdman, and whether or not Tyga was supposed to appear on “Truffle Butter,” which is the No. 1 urban and rhythmic song in the U.S. Tyga has been ranting all over the place talking about Nicki and Drake are fake and he got removed from “Truffle Butter” when apparently he was NEVER supposed to be on the song. So it seems like not only is Tyga lying about chopping down Kylie, but he’s also lying about his involvement with the track. Peep what Nicki had to say below. 

    “Um no well the song (Truffle Butter) was on my album and you know we don’t know how but it magically ended up in Tyga’s hands and I told him that’s my song and I told him me and Drake were going to be on it. And lo and behold, it leaked with him on it after I told him not to put it out. And I thought that was a little disrespectful because I’ve always shown him love and I’ve always done stuff with him and took him on tour with me and I thought it was disrespectful, know what I mean? Because I am the Queen of Young Money.”

    Then he said some stuff that I aint feel. But he texted me after and he apologized like, you always were there for me, and I respected him for saying that. Because one thing about me, I’m a very forgiving person because I feel like people, we’re human and we make mistakes. But as long as you can come to your senses after the fact and remember who looks out for you and who was there and who supports you.

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  • Maino Beats Female Assault Charge

    Maino was accused of sexual assault and all but found guilty in the public’s collective eye. That notion has changed and the rapper was exonerated today. 

    Mellanie Monro accused the Brooklyn representative but now she has admitted to lying. 

    “Violence against women is an important issue in today’s society,” said Nicole Manini, Esq. of the Blanch Law Firm to “As a female attorney, I find it completely offensive to actual victims of domestic violence and assault that Ms. Hennigan (aka Mellanie Monroe) would make these allegations against our client knowing that they were not true. False allegations of abuse and assault diminish the severity of such crimes real victims face and increase the fear that they will not be believed should they come forward against their assailants.”

    The charges against Maino and co-defendant Richard Holt have been dropped. 

    Hennigan was seen on cellphone using the N-word towards the men and then they sprayed her with champagne.

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  • The one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin has been wrapped in secrecy and controversy. Both of those descriptions are once again connected to the LP. According to the New York Post, the album was seized by customs at JFK Airport in New York City.

    Wu member RZA and Cilvaringz, the producer of Once Upon A Time, told an audience at the MoMA PS1 the box containing the album was held for more than three hours on Sunday. They were bringing the project from Morocco.

    The carriers misplaced the key for the box and was unable to open it. Since authorities could not confirm what was inside the container, the album had to be confiscated until it was ran through TSA’s “highest-strength scanner.”

    Once Upon A Time has also sparked debate among Wu-Tang Clan members and fans. Method Man recently denouncedthe idea the album’s music will not be available for commercial use for 88 years RZA went on twitter to explain his reasoning for that move was to prevent corporations from buying and mass producing the LP for sell.

    Only one copy of Once Upon A Time was created as an art pieceThe single album is being sold to the highest bidder via Paddle8. RZA has stated someone has already offered $5 million for the project.

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  • The one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin has been wrapped in secrecy and controversy. Both of those descriptions are once again connected to the LP. According to the New York Post, the album was seized by customs at JFK Airport in New York City.

    Wu member RZA and Cilvaringz, the producer of Once Upon A Time, told an audience at the MoMA PS1 the box containing the album was held for more than three hours on Sunday. They were bringing the project from Morocco.

    The carriers misplaced the key for the box and was unable to open it. Since authorities could not confirm what was inside the container, the album had to be confiscated until it was ran through TSA’s “highest-strength scanner.”

    Once Upon A Time has also sparked debate among Wu-Tang Clan members and fans. Method Man recently denouncedthe idea the album’s music will not be available for commercial use for 88 years RZA went on twitter to explain his reasoning for that move was to prevent corporations from buying and mass producing the LP for sell.

    Only one copy of Once Upon A Time was created as an art pieceThe single album is being sold to the highest bidder via Paddle8. RZA has stated someone has already offered $5 million for the project.

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  • You know Jay Z doesn’t give a lot of energy to just anybody. I am not trying to suggest this comes from Jay Z’s camp or anything like this. But, a lot of people are thinking that Jay Z may just a come out and diss Kid Rock for his disparaging words against Beyonce. If you didn’t know here is what happened when the BeyHive attacked:Related Beyonce fans bash Kid Rock over his comments about the singer.

    Anyway…this is all speculation, but I am thinking Jay may get at him when he drops another album. We can’t let this dude get away with talking about Queen Bey! FOH, redneck! Pick a side, Yelawolf!

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  • During his Montreal tour stop, Theophilus London sat down with Montreality. While chopping it up about the usual rundown, like what kind of student he was and his favorite cartoon characters, the Brooklynite also dished on what it was like working with Kanye West.

    Ye’ actually flew the VIBES singer/rapper out to Mexico to work on his So Help Me God album and  London ended up writing a song for him.

    “I looked at Kanye and was like alright you got the wife, you got the kid but you’re still that sex symbol,” he said. “So instead of rapping about your wife and saying how you guys have sex and stuff, make it universal. Talk about what you guys do but don’t say her name so every girl can think that they are her. So I wrote a song like that.”

    The “Big Spender” rapper also sang back up on his new single, “All Day,” which was premiered last week at the 2015 BRIT Awards.

    While discussing his love for movies, the 27-year-old weighed in on Selma‘s Oscar snub.

    Selma sucked as a movie, so they should stop arguing that they’re not getting Oscars because they’re black,” he said. “It’s not about race, man. Your movie sucked.”

    Watch below.

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  • The word on the street is that Diddy is suing Empire because he thinks the show is based on his life. Ok Puffy well we have several questions. Would this mean that one of his sons is gay and that he killed BIG? Was Bad Boy founded by drug money? Who went to jail for almost two decades for him? Did he ban Quincy from appearing for more reasons than him not being the music producer? But wait wasn’t Empire loosely based on Jay-Z life? Diddy does throw some nice white parties though. We must say this is all comical.

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  • Photos by Karwal Tang/Action Press/Rex

    Will Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton be signing to Roc Nation? Well just maybe. According to The Sun, the Mercedes AMG racer is in talks with several music industry figures including Jay Z’s Roc Nation about releasing some of the tracks he’s recorded with some of the top producers in the game. It looks that it’s in the early stages, but it seems that he will be releasing some of his songs pretty soon.

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  • Ludacris got custody of his daughter recently, but the fight for Cai Bella isn’t over. 

    Tamika Fuller is looking to fully appeal a judge, a decision that gave the ATL rap maestro full custody of the child.

    On top of that Luda has requested permission to take the child on international vacation, which Fuller opposes. A court will render a decision sooner in that case. 

    Luda and wife Eudoxie recently revealed they are expecting their first child together.

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  • Ab-Soul has been quiet since releasing his last album These Days….  and then heading out on tour. To commemorate his 47-city trek, he dropped a new track fittingly titled “47 Days.” With the song’s accompanying tweet, Soulo said that this song may get him in some trouble at the TDE headquarters.

    Pro-Era rep CJ Fly jokingly replied back that the Brooklyn collective would accept him with open arms.

    Lend your ear to see what the fuss is about below.

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  • Jas Prince is still waiting to find out if and when he will be receiving payments from Cash Money Records for his role in Drake’s success. Prince filed a lawsuit against the label in 2012, and he recently presented more legal documents requesting Cash Money show exactly how much they made off of the Young Money artist.

    TMZ caught up with Prince and asked him about his situation with CMB and its founder Bryan “Birdman” Williams. The son of Rap-A-Lot Records’ J. Prince let it be known that his father’s courtesy all was the only talking that is left to be done.

    “No more calls. We do the talking one time,” said Prince.

    Jas does admit he handed the issue over to his lawyers, and he is waiting for it to play out through the legal system.

    “The lawyers are dealing with it,” explained Prince. “It takes time when you’re dealing with lawsuits, so I’m trying to be patient before we get some more courtesy calls.”

    When reminded about the fact former Cash Money artist Turk has also been attempting to get payments from Cash Money for a long time, Jas replied, “But Turk is not a Prince.”

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  • Fans may finally get the Missy Elliott comeback that they’ve been waiting for.

    After her Super Bowl XLIX halftime performance with Katy Perry, her decade-old hits like “Lose Control” and “Work It” popped into the iTunes top 10 and almost broke Spotify.  She then hopped on the remix of Diplo and Skrillex’s Kiesza-assisted track take u there and was spotted in the studio with her longtime partner Timbaland.  Now, a pic of the “Supa Dupa Fly” rapper/producer and Pharrell Williams in the studio has been floating around.There’s no word of what or whose music they have been working on, but we can only hope that it’s Missy’s.

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  • Turns out that Taraji P. Henson’s Empire character Cookie isn’t the only one inspired some of the finest in hip-hop.The show’s creator Danny Strong has revealed that Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, is based off of Jay Z.

    During a visit to Sway in the Morning, Strong and Sway addressed the negative feedback the show has gotten for the stereotypical aspects of some of the characters’ story lines, like Lucious being a drug dealer-turned-music mogul.

    “I’ve heard that, but there’s certainly some truth in that,” Strong said. “The Jay Z story, which very much inspired Lucious Lyon, certain elements of Lucious Lyon, was that story.”  He continued “So for me, I don’t think in terms of  ‘Okay we have to be careful of certain things because of certain negative stereotypes’. I view it as the entire cast is African-American [so] we’re gonna have all different types of characters and we’re gonna tell good stories. We’re not gonna sit here and play defense or think that our show is a representation as Black culture in its entirety. It’s not; it’s just this story.”

    Watch the interview below.

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