Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
The 10 Best Hip Hop Protest Songs Since The Trayvon Martin Shooting
It feels as though the never-ending cycle of violence in the United States is threatening to swallow the country whole. The unconscionable combination of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings within a 24-hour window this week has already sparked several protest songs in the realm of hip hop.
Scott Storch Reunites With Dr. Dre
The recent comeback of production legend Scott Storch has been an inspiring story. His hit streak in the early and mid-'00s came to an end due to his struggles with addiction, which eventually caused his financial ruin. After declaring bankruptcy last summer, Storch vowed to get sober, and a few months later, he managed to score a big placement on Rick Ross' Black Market single "Sorry," featuring Chris Brown.
Producer Claims Dr. Dre & 50 Cent Deliberately Cut Him Out Of "P.I.M.P." Money
50 Cent and Dr. Dre are now being sued over "P.I.M.P," one of a handful of classic tracks off 50's Get Rich or Die Tryin', released via Aftermath Entertainment. The "P.I.M.P." production credits go to Mr. Porter and Brandon Parrott, the latter whom apparently never got paid for the now-Gold certified track.
The 11 Greatest O.J. Simpson References In Rap History
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of O.J. Simpson's white Bronco police chase. O.J. is locked up now at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for committing armed robbery. Even from behind bars, O.J. is still able to capture America's imagination's like few else. He was recently the subject of the FX show, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"; he is currently the subject of ESPN's stunning 5-part documentary "O.J. Simpson: Made in America."
Kanye West & Dr. Dre To Appear On DMX's Next Album
It seems that there has been a renewed interest in the career of DMX after two of his classic songs were sampled on Drake's "U With Me?", a standout track off VIEWS. X released a new track last month, so it was thought that he might be prepping a full project.
Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre Perform At Anderson .Paak's Coachella Set
Anderson .Paak is taking full advantage of his newfound status as the critical and popular darling of R&B. He was the MVP of SXSW, performing over a dozen shows in four days, and his name appears on just about every festival billing this summer.
Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre Perform During Ice Cube's Coachella Set
Ice Cube's set from Coachella weekend 1 was full of surprise appearances, but there was one notable absence that night. While the rest of N.W.A. came out to perform "Fuck The Police" and Straight Outta Compton," Dr. Dre was nowhere to be found. While we were initially disappointed that Dre wasn't able to complete the reunion of surviving members, we should've known that Cube was leaving something to be desired weekend 2.
Suge Knight's Lawyer Alleges 2014 Shooting Was A Hit By Dr. Dre
Suge Knight may be struggling in jail right now, but that’s still better than being in a coffin, something that almost came to pass back in 2014. As a refresher, Suge Knight was shot during a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown in Los Angeles. Suge survived, and now his new lawyer has file documents that make some interesting allegations about the circumstances of that almost-deadly night.
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Behind The Beat: DJ Dahi
2015 sometimes felt like one long coronation of Metro Boomin as hip hop's new production king. In the midst of all the (well-deserved!) Metro hullabaloo, DJ Dahi was quietly putting together a career year for himself. If Metro was a colossus who ravaged and reshaped the hip hop landscape with his rolling hi-hats and catalysmic 808s, Dahi was a chameleon who perambulated unseen through the underbrush. He covered an incredible amount of territory last year, with appearances on albums by Travis Scott, Lupe Fiasco, Jazmine Sullivan, Dr.
Royce Da 5'9" Once Turned Down A $250,000 Deal With Dr. Dre
Royce Da 5’9” is gearing up to release Layers in April, and sat down for a quick interview with Complex to discuss his past and where’s at in his career. The Detroit rappers speaks on his sobriety, his friendship with Eminem, and more. We’ve broken down the highlights for y’all below.
Quiz: Compton Hip-Hop History
Compton has long been a creative hub for rap music, from late 80s and early 90s acts like N.W.A. and DJ Quik repping the region, to more recent exports like The Game, YG, and Kendrick Lamar. All artists mentioned play a key role in the history of Compton, and if you've been paying attention to their work and that of their peers, you should have no problem with this quiz on Compton hip-hop.Answer the 10 questions below, and let us know how you score in the comments. Did you know as much about Compton's music scene as you thought you did?
Snoop Dogg Says Tour With Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, & Eminem "Could Become Reality"
During an interview on DJ Whoo Kid’s “The Whoolywood Shuffle” radio show, Snoop Dogg spoke on the rumored tour that would take him across Europe with Dr. Dre, Eminem, & Kendrick Lamar.
Dr. Dre To Reportedly Star In Upcoming Apple TV Series
In its constant effort to stay inventive and fresh, Apple has announced their first-ever original series, which will feature one of their very own, Dr. Dre.
Dr. Dre Announces Anderson .Paak's Signing To Aftermath
For many, Anderson .Paak's consistent presence on Dr. Dre's comeback album, Compton, was an introduction to the multi-talented songwriter, so it's no surprise that .Paak has decided to sign with Dre's Aftermath imprint. Dre and Anderson delivered the news through a video on .Paak's Twitter today. "What's up to the new Aftermath representative," said Dre as he shook hands with the excited singer. "Anderson .Paak, baby". Anderson captioned the clip as "Aftermath gets the last laugh".
Meet Anderson .Paak: The Most Exciting New Voice In R&B
In 2014, Anderson .Paak ditched his old moniker Breezy Lovejoy for his current nom de guerre, which is a play on his given name, Brandon Paak Anderson. The thing about the name Breezy Lovejoy is that it is actually a perfect summary of .Paak's entire musical aesthetic -- his jubilant, raspy voice, lyrical warmth and spontaneity, and a free-spiritedness also evident in his septum piercing and his Twitter name: Andy.
Top Tracks: January 11 - January 17
Another week, and the rap game ain't slowing down. TDE proved its youngest member is one of its most prized assets, Tyga finally dropped his mixtape, Mike Will seriously upped the expectations for Ransom 2, and a random Thugger leak managed to crack the Top 5. And that was before the weekend...
Ice Cube Teases N.W.A. & Westside Connection Coachella Reunions
Ice Cube appeared on ‘The Talk’ Friday and snuck in some details about a possible NWA reunion. Ice Cube should probably be playing coy with this information, but from the look on his face O’Shea Jackson was doing everything he could to not spill all the details outright.