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  • Cover of Ice Cube Explains Lil Eazy-E's Absence In The N.W.A Biopic, Casts MC Ren And DJ Yella Roles
    Earlier this month, Lil Eazy-E, son of the deceased former member of N.W.A, made quite a fuss about not being selected to play his father in the upcoming N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" (and then later redacted his statement).
  • Cover of Iggy Azalea Cast To Appear In "Fast & Furious 7"
    Iggy Azalea is quickly becoming a mega success. The Australian-bred rapper has topped the charts with "Fancy" and her feature on Ariana Grande's "Problems", while her debut album The New Classic has been equally successful on the Billboard 200.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: July 27
    This week we find the master of all parodies, Weird Al Yankovic, take over Billboard's #1 spot with his new album Mandatory Fun. There's not much new on here in the way of r'n'b and rap, as we await the debut numbers for Common's new release, Nobody's Smiling.
  • Cover of Iggy Azalea To Host Return Of MTV Show "House Of Style"
    Australian rap beauty Iggy Azalea is blowing up, and there's no stopping it. MTV is keeping the momentum going, but tapping the chart-topping rapper to host the re-launch of their TV show "House of Style."
  • Cover of Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Says Hip-Hop Has "Spread Its Wings"
    Questlove is a man who knows hip-hop music (he even published a book on the subject), so when the legendary Roots drummer speaks, his opinions tend to be held in the highest regard--even when they're not the most popular.
  • Cover of T.I. Addresses Iggy Azalea Ghostwriting Rumors
    Rumors have been speculating for quite some time that Australian emcee Iggy Azalea has been relying on ghostwriters--namely her former label head T.I.--to pen her major hits. Well, now we can put that particular story to rest.
  • Cover of Kendrick Lamar Covers Complex, Speaks On New Album
    While GQ nabbed Kanye West for their new issue, Complex has taken on West's "Yeezus" tour partner, Kendrick Lamar, as their lead for the August/September issue.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: July 20
    This week we see Trey Songz maintain a spot within the Billboard 200's top 10, although he fell from the grace of #1. We're also seeing just how quickly Robin Thicke's Paula is going to fall off, as it already finds itself nearing the edge of the top 50.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 18)
    There was no simmering MMG beef to light up the hip-hop conversation this week and unfortunately Meek Mill is still in jail. But life still goes on in this week's 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week.
  • Cover of Clear Channel's "On The Verge" Strategy Helped Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" Top Charts
    Clear Channel Communications is a mass media company that owns over 800 radio stations in the United States, so when they push a song, it gets heard.
  • Cover of Mila J Enlists Iggy Azalea, B.o.B & Problem On "M.I.LA" EP
    Mila J is a face we're becoming more and more familiar with. Her single "Smoke, Drink, Break-Up" continues to receive new remixes, and with a feature on B.o.B's recent mixtape No Genre 2, she's quickly making a name for herself outside of being Jhene Aiko's older sister. 
  • Cover of Azealia Banks Released From Universal Music Group
    Azealia Banks' career has been stagnating lately, as she hasn't released any new music since last October and often seems more focused on starting Twitter beef than working on albums.
  • Cover of Ty Dolla $ign Reveals Upcoming Collaborations With T.I. And Brandy
    After releasing his phenomenal Beach House EP in January, Ty Dolla $ign has been enjoying a very successful 2014, thanks in part to charting singles "Paranoid" and "Or Nah." Back in February, he announced plans for a debut album, which he then said would feature YG and Kendrick Lamar, and now he's given us sl
  • Cover of Charts Don't Lie: July 6
    Last week we saw r'n'b/pop take over the Billboard 200, and this week we finally see the return of rap to some of the top spots within the Billboard 200. Impressively, G-Eazy's third studio album comes in highest this week nabbing the #3 spot.
  • Cover of YG Calls Out Producers Of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" For "Jocking" DJ Mustard's Sound
    DJ Mustard has certainly established himself as a hitmaker this year, but unfortunately it comes as a price. As much as DJ Mustard's sound has penetrated the charts, it's being replicated at a high rate.
  • Cover of Lil Eazy E Disappointed He Will Not Appear In NWA Biopic [Update: Lil Eazy E Is Coaching The Actor Playing His Father]
    Man, it's difficult to make a rap music biopic. Just a few days after Lifetime's upcoming Aaliyah project was almost sunk by their lead actress dropping out and the singer's family refusing to offer music rights, now we have yet another biopic controversy--although admittedly a less threatening one.
  • Cover of Nicki Minaj Addresses Controversy Around Her BET Awards Acceptance Speech [Update: Iggy Azalea Responds]
    At Sunday night's BET Awards, Nicki Minaj took home the "Best Female Rap Artist" award for the fifth consecutive year, beating out Iggy Azalea, among others, in the category.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Ab-Soul, G-Eazy & Riff Raff Are Here
    Several independent rap releases made their way on to the Billboard charts this past week, with Ab-Soul, RiFF RaFF and G-Eazy all dropping new albums in recent times. The debut numbers for each artist have arrived today, and G-Eazy's These Things Happen LP managed to come out on top of the others. Surprised or nah?
  • Cover of Iggy Azalea Is Third Artist Ever To Replace Herself On The Top Of The Charts
    Mariah Carey, OutKast, and... Iggy Azalea? Now that Ariana Grande and Iggy's song "Prolem" has replaced Charli XCX and Iggy's "Fancy" at the top of the charts, that's the list of the only artists in history to replace themselves with number one songs.
  • Cover of Ariana Grande Announces New Album Featuring Big Sean & Iggy Azalea
    Ariana Grande's currently riding high off the success of her single 'Problem" with Iggy Azalea, and yesterday she announced that the single would soon find its home on her sophomore album.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: June 29
    This week J. Lo returns to the Billboard 200, although her opening week numbers are not as strong as previous releases from the pop star. Back in the 2000s when J.
  • Cover of Angel Haze On Relationship With Ireland Baldwin: "We Fuck And Friends Don't Fuck"
    Angel Haze has been dating Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland for several months now, and though the'res been no shortage of press photographing them together, she thinks that the media is misjudging their relationship.
  • Cover of Rihanna Covers Harper's Bazaar Arabia
    The queen of magazine covers, Rihanna, strikes again with yet another foreign magazine cover. We all know Rih Rih dominates pop music in the United States, but she's also been dominating across the map, from the U.K. to Arabia.
  • Cover of Iggy Azalea To Re-Release "The New Classic" With New Records
    Iggy Azalea's debut album may have just dropped in April, but she's already planning a re-release for the Fall. For whatever reason, Iggy announced that she'll be dropping another version of The New Classic with some additional records. 
  • Cover of August Alsina, Mack Wilds & Ed Sheeran Cover VIBE Magazine
    We've seen plenty of break out R&B artists over the last few years, from Frank Ocean to Miguel, but VIBE has three new artists pegged as the next big thing in the genre. August Alsina, Mack Wilds, and Ed Sheeran appear on the cover of the newest issue, with the three singers described as "the future of R&B
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