Jas Prince Settles With Cash Money Over Drake Royalties
Earlier this month, it was reported that Jas Prince, the son of Rap-A-Lot CEO James Prince, and the man who introduced Drake to Lil Wayne, was demanding that Cash Money Records pay him $11 million in royalties earned off the "Hotline Bling" star.
Birdman Wishes Drake Happy Birthday
Yesterday (Oct. 24) was Drake's birthday, and he was spotted partying in Vegas with Big Sean and rising Chicago rapper 600Breezy. He also happened to receive a birthday wish from one of his early career mentors, Birdman, with whom his relationship has perhaps since soured.
Earl Sweatshirt Responds To Drake's Kodak Black Cosign
Yesterday we reported on an Instagram clip of Drake dancing to Kodak Black's "SKRT." Drake had also played the song during episode 6 of OVO Sound Radio, the occasion on which he dropped What a Time to Be Alive. Of course, a cosign from a superstar like Drake can lead to obvious gains in the short-term.
Metro Boomin On The Sound Drake & Future Created For "WATTBA": "It's Their Own World"
What A Time To Be Alive is billed as a Drake and Future album, but it could just as easily be credited to Drake, Future and Metro Boomin. The Atlanta producer executive-produced the project, as well as providing 7 of its 11 instrumentals, largely shaping the overall sound of the project. As Complex points out, Metro talked a bit about the genesis of WATTBA on Rap Radar's latest podcast.
Drake Dances To Kodak Black On Instagram
Drake is fairly generous when it comes to cosigns. The result of the Drizzy stamp of approval can be an OVO record deal, a remix, or, in the case of the Sauce Twinz, absolutely nothing. The latest young artist Drake has been bumping is 18-year-old Kodak Black from Pompano Beach, Florida. And for good reason -- the kid's got insane talent. The 6 God just posted a video of himself jamming out to Kodak's "SKRT" on his private plane.
Meek Mill's Instagram Has Been Flooded With Drake Birthday Wishes
If you've been on social media today, you may have been alerted to the fact that it's Drake's 29th birthday. If you're Meek Mill, there's absolutely no way you missed it. Fan hives tend to go to war in the Instagram comments of rival artists, and Drake's stanbase has been hard at work on their favorite rapper's bday, flooding Meek Mill's comment section with birthday wishes. It's been going on all day, but things have only ramped up since news broke that Meek had some comments for the 6 God last night.
Meek Mill Takes Shots At Drake During Powerhouse Philly
Meek Mill was fairly quiet after taking what most have deemed an L from Drake, but over the last few days he's started speaking out once again, referencing What A Time To Be Alive on Instagram, getting involved in an Instagram beef with Wale, and -- as of last night -- dissing Drake on stage.
Is Meek Mill Making A "Back To Back" Remix?
A clip obtained by the Shade Room clearly depicts Meek Mill throwing down bars over the Noah "40" Shebib-produced "Back to Back" instrumental. Although his intentions are unclear, it's unlikely that he was just casually freestyling over a diss track directly at him. Is a "Back to Back " remix in the works? Would it be a rebuttal diss track, or simply a straightforward remix?
Charts Don't Lie: October 21st
Last week belonged to The Game, who released The Documentary 2, the long-awaited sequel to his beloved debut, and the first of two new projects. Game's numbers weren't big enough to surpass Selena Gomez' Revival, but with The Documentary 2.5 releasing on Friday, he's doing alright for himself. Elsewhere on the charts, The Weeknd has continued to pull in big numbers, while J. Cole has proven his longevity, outlasting competitors like Nicki Minaj to be the only 2014 release within the top 40.Check out the full stats below.
Drake Seemingly Addresses The Link Between "Hotline Bling" & D.R.A.M.'s "Cha Cha"
Drake's "Hotline Bling" video has inspired a flurry of memes since it dropped last night, but it's also inspired a lot of discussion around the song's speculated link to D.R.A.M.'s "Cha Cha".
The Internet Celebrates Drake's Dance Moves With #DrakeAlwaysOnBeat
The internet was abuzz last night after Drake dropped his much-anticipated "Hotline Bling" video. Specifically it was abuzz about the fact that the video was basically Drake dancing inside a neon cube for five minutes. Not usually known for his dance moves, Drake put on a absolute clinic. Not that his dance moves were particularly good, but he danced with such conviction, his moves were hard to deny.
Drake's "Hotline Bling" Video: The Best Memes & Twitter Reactions
Drake is at a point where all of his video HAVE to be events or their deemed as failures, but at the same time, he's also at a point where he can make a video of himself doing weird dance moves for 4 minutes and it WILL be an event.That's exactly what happened with "Hotline Bling," which seems perfectly designed to be preserved as a GIF collection rather than a music video. Like clockwork, the clip was cut into small moments and memes by Twitter within minutes of it dropping.
D.R.A.M. On Drake’s “Hotline Bling”: “I Feel I Got Jacked For My Record”
Drake’s “Hotline Bling” has seen nothing but success since it was first released back in July on the OVO Beats Radio.
The Weeknd Shuts Drake's "Hotline Bling" Out Of The No. 1 Spot For Another Week
Drake talks a lot about his accomplishments (though he'll claim otherwise), and while he has a Grammy and a hundred Hot 100 placements to his name, he's still not able to brag about topping the Billboard singles charts -- because he never has. "Hotline Bling" is the closest Drizzy has come to claiming the top spot (as a lead artist) since "Best I Ever Had" in 2009, and -- as he shared on Instagram recently -- he's hoping that this is the one to go all the way.
Vote For Your Favorite "Hotline Bling" Remix
Drake's "Hotline Bling" has been a staple of late night chill sessions from Toronto to Tahiti ever since he premiered in July on the second episode of OVO Sound Radio.
Drake's "Hotline Bling" Video Arrives Tomorrow, October 19
At the beginning of the month, Drake revealed that the "Hotline Bling" video was on its way, and, today, he's confirmed via Instagram that said video will arrive tomorrow, on October 19. He first posted a picture showing the date "October 19" written in the same "1-800-Hotline-Bling" font as on the single's cover art. In his next post, he verified that October 19 will be the date that he releases the video to his biggest hit of the year.
Meek Mill References "WATTBA" On Instagram
Meek Mill just posted an Instagram that's got us like...huh?? The Dreamchasers rapper posted a picture of two new sparkling diamond rings on adjacent fingers and wrote, "What a time...."
Listen To OVO Sound Radio Episode 8 Featuring Illangelo & Nineteen85
The new episode of OVO Radio aired Saturday, and while it was hard to live up to the previous two shows (which debuted new music from Drake x Future and PartyNextDoor respectively), there were still some great moments. The biggest drop came with the Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez collaboration, "Strong," which gives us hope that Drizzy will show up somewhere on the upcoming Biebs project. "Hotline Bling" producer Nineteen85 put together a varied mix of material, including a K-CI and JoJo version of Drake and J.
Drake Wants To Start Acting Again
If Drake's "Hotline Bling" goes No. 1, as he's hoping for, one would imagine that he'll have accomplished most everything he's dreamed of in the music realm. That's not to say he'll slow down anytime soon, but perhaps Drizzy is ready to start exploring new ventures -- or, rather, get back into old ones.
28 Grams: Hip Hop Instagram Recap (Oct 10-16)
There is much we can learn from rap Instagram, much to read between the lines as rappers attempt to craft their image without pesky publicists looking over their shoulder. Take a look at some of the best hip hop Instagram posts of the week after the jump.