Charts Don't Lie: August 22
This was Straight Outta Compton's week, and the sales reflect it. Dr. Dre's long-awaited third studio album made an impressive number one debut, becoming the third best rap sales week of 2015 behind Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Meanwhile, Future is still profiting from the support of the #FutureHive, sticking at 7, while Drake and Meek are still pretty neck and neck, despite the public's perception of things, placing at number 10 and number 13 respectively.
Apple Officially Announces Purchase Of Beats Electronics
It's official. After plenty of reports a few weeks back about Apple purchasing Beats Electronics, the news has been confirmed and officially announced in a press release today.
Apple To Reportedly Shut Down Beats Music Streaming Service
Last week, we learned that Dr. Dre's veritable unicorn of an album, previously thought to be titled Detox, will probably arrive under another title, and today comes the news that you may not be able to stream said album on Dre's own streaming service.
Dr. Dre Threatens Lawsuit Over Michel'le Biopic That Portrays Him As An Abusive Boyfriend
A TV movie called Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le is set to air next week, but Dr. Dre is reportedly attempting to have it shut down. According to TMZ, Dre sent a cease and desist letter to Sony Pictures, contesting the film's depiction of him as an abusive boyfriend, and threatening a lawsuit if the film airs as-is.
Rick Ross' "Mafia Music III" Instrumental Was Originally Intended For Dr. Dre's "Detox"
Yesterday evening, Rick Ross sent out a revelatory tweet concerning a cut from his new album Mastermind: "'Mafia Music III' track was originally for Detox which @DrDre gave me for #Mastermind in a session."
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.
Suge Knight Claims Dr. Dre Hired Hitman To Kill Him In $300 Million Lawsuit
Earlier this year, Suge Knight and his lawyer alleged that Dr. Dre was responsible for the 2014 nightclub shooting that left Knight with several gunshot wounds. According to TMZ, Knight has now filed a massive lawsuit against Dre, alleging that he is entitled to $300 million from the sale of Beats by Dre to Apple in 2014.
Forgot About Dre: Tracking Dr. Dre's Last Five Years
"How nigga? My last album was The Chronic." Sure, it took Dre almost seven years to follow up his classic debut with another album, but along the way, he became one of the industry's biggest moguls. He discovered Slim Shady and built an empire around him with Aftermath (and Shady) Records.
Snoop Dogg Has Never Listened To "Doggystyle"
Snoop Dogg's classic debut album, Doggystyle celebrates its 20th anniversary today, and while this date will be an invitation to many to revisit the project, Snoop himself will likely not be among them-- considering he's never once listened to it through!
Dee Barnes Pens Essay Addressing The Exclusion Of Her Assault From "Straight Outta Compton"
If you've followed Dr. Dre's career, you probably know something about his assault of hip-hop artist and Pump It Up! host Dee Barnes, but as these things tend to get buried, you probably don't know the whole story.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
Director X Explains Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta" Music Video
Toronto's Director X is now one of the most successful music video directors around. He's directed multiple Drake videos, as well as recent videos for T.I., Iggy Azalea, and Wiz Khalifa. His latest vid is Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta", and its some of his best work yet.
Dr. Dre's "Compton" & The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" Go Gold
Album sales don't move as fast as they used to, but the biggest releases do manage to hit gold within a year, with a very select few making it to platinum status. The two most recent 2015 releases to get gold certification from the RIAA (which is measured on a different scale than Nielsen Soundscan, and doesn't include streams) are Dr. Dre's Compton and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness.
7 Artists We Discovered On "Compton"
Dr. Dre's Compton has hit most hip hop-lovers speakers by this point, and one of the most defining characteristics of the album are the largely unknown artists that make up the features.
Top Tracks: September 28 - October 4
10) The Game feat. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris In his search for another hit, The Game is an equal opportunity employer. The decidedly West Coast rapper is even willing to reach out to the figurehead of the label that was once at the forefront of the East Coast sound -- though he only grants him a speaking role. "Standing On Ferraris" didn't budge in its second week on the charts, holding strong at #10.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nas & More Perform At Beats By Dre Grammy Party
Beats Music just launched last week, and they celebrated the occasion (as well as the upcoming Grammy awards) last night at the Belasco Theater in LA. It was a star-studded event to say the least, with Dre seemingly calling in just about all his connectiosn to perform at the event.
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.
Diddy Tops Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List Again, Jay Z Comes In Second
It's that time of the year again. Forbes is back with their annual Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and for the second year in a row, we're finding Diddy sitting comfy at the top of the list. Dr.
Dr. Dre Hints At New Music Coming Today
Dr. Dre already gave us a full album this year -- something most of us thought was a complete impossibility at this point. Today, we may be getting even more music from the legendary producer/rapper, though it's not clear how old or new the selection might be.Dre has promised some "unreleased" music will be premiered on his Beats 1 Radio show The Pharmacy today, and while we know he must have a huge bank of music from multiple eras -- so it's hard to predict exactly what we'll be hearing tonight.
The Greatest Album That Never Was: A Eulogy For "Detox"
This room has been silent for sixteen years. For sixteen years, this hip-hop fan has waited for this hallowed space to be filled with the sounds of a classic that was promised-- Detox. The ultimate follow up to Dr. Dre’s only other solo albums, The Chronic, and its sequel, 2001. Instead, it’s a summer night in 2015 and Compton is being blasted through my Beats speakers.