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  • Cover of Meek Mill Likely To Remain In Jail Until September [Update: Meek Mill Denied Parole, Will Remain In Jail Until October]
    Earlier this month, it was reported that Meek Mill had been sentenced to 3 to 6 months in county jail, following a probation violation. Rick Ross, the head of Meek Mill's label, Maybach Music Group, cleared things up shortly thereafter, suggesting that the jail time would likely consist of only a few weeks.
  • Cover of Major Money: Rappers Who Signed Million-Dollar Deals
    What most music fans don’t know is that a major record label deal is not guaranteed change in your pocket. A recording contract is essentially a legal agreement which allows the record label to exploit an artist’s work through recorded material.
  • Cover of Big K.R.I.T. Announces "Pay Attention" Tour
    Big K.R.I.T. is gearing up for Cadillactica, and announced a string of new tour dates today for his "Pay Attention" tour. This takes the same name as Krizzle's recent single "Pay Attention" with Rico Love.
  • Cover of Nas Announces "Illmatic" Tour Dates & Documentary Screening
    The people aren't done celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Nas' Illmatic just yet. The rapper is prepared to take Illmatic XX on the road for a tour, alongside a screening of his Illmatic documentary.
  • Cover of Soulja Boy & Gillie Da Kid Threaten To Slap One Another On Twitter [Update: Soulja Boy Sends More Shots]
    The other day, Gillie Da Kid posted an image to his Instagram, calling out rappers who wear fake diamonds. While the post seemed to be a fairly general casting of shade, the final hashtag in the rapper's caption pointed to one person in particular, where Gillie wrote, "N I Got 1 N I'm Lookin 4 U Niggaz!!!!
  • Cover of Gillie Da Kid Demands Apology From Soulja Boy
    The ongoing beef between Gillie Da Kid and Soulja Boy reached a boiling point yesterday afternoon when the former took to YouTube, demanding an apology from the "Crank Dat" rapper.
  • Cover of On The Come Up: Bukkweat Bill
    HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine.
  • Cover of Mac Miller Says He's Working On Nine Different "Things" Right Now
    Mac Miller has kept a relatively low-key profile this year, since giving fans a free mixtape Faces in May, we haven't heard much else from the Pittsburgh native. Nonetheless, he's got a lot on his plate at the moment, which he discusses in a new interview with Complex.
  • Cover of Common's First Week Sales For "Nobody's Smiling"
    Here goes the first week sales for Common's tenth studio album, Nobody's Smiling, which also marked his departure from G.O.O.D. Music as he joined No I.D.'s Def Jam imprint. The album was also entirely produced by No I.D.
  • Cover of Drake Surpasses Usher For Most No. 1s On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart
    Drake broke a Billboard record this week, surpassing Usher for the most no. 1 records on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts since its inception 22 years ago.
  • Cover of Mike WiLL Made It Signs Two-9 To Eardruma/Interscope Records
    Over the past few years, five piece Atlanta collective Two-9 have made a name for themselves as independent artists, and now it looks as though all the hard work has paid off. Today the group officially announced their signing to Mike WiLL Made It's new Interscope imprint, Eardruma Records.
  • Cover of Jeezy Reveals Cover Art For "Seen It All: The Autobiography" [Update: Jeezy Responds To Illuminati Controversy]
    Jeezy 'bout to have our comment section going crazy with Illuminati talk for this one. The rapper took to his Instagram today to reveal the cover art for his forthcoming album Seen It All: The Autobiography.
  • Cover of Young Thug Announces New Single With Mike WiLL Made It [Update: New Artwork Revealed]
    Two of the biggest names in Atlanta's trap scene are about to team for a big single. Very soon, Young Thug and Mike WiLL Made It will unveil their collaborative track "Take A Picture," and today they've unveiled the artwork. Check it out in the gallery above.
  • Cover of Reek Da Villain Leaves Busta Rhymes' Imprint To Sign With Birdman
    Reek Da Villain's video for "Go Off" seemed like it could be a big break for Reek Da Villain, until it magically vanished off the internet.
  • Cover of Lauryn Hill Shows Up Late For Concert, Lectures Fan
    The fans showed up for Miseducation and instead the were educated. That's the story of the recent Lauryn Hill concert portrayed in the video below.
  • Cover of Mac Miller Reveals Collaboration With Your Old Droog
    Your Old Droog made quite a splash with the release of his self-titled EP earlier this year. The rapper's well-crafted style of underground rap was enough to garner some attention, but the uncanny resemblance to Nas' voice was what got people really talking.
  • Cover of J Dilla's MPC Will Be On Display At Smithsonian Museum
    Though he passed too early, J Dilla's legacy continues to live on. The celebrated producer will be honored in the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian, where some of his musical equipment will be on display. 
  • Cover of Rick Ross Speaks On Meek Mill/Wale Conflict
    The other week things seemed precarious within Maybach Music Group, as Meek Mill publicly outed Wale for what he saw as a lack of support on his upcoming LP Dreams Worth More Than Money. Of course, Wale had his own side of the story to share, which he did via Instagram later that same day.
  • Cover of Mike WiLL Made It Announces New Mixtape "Ransom"
    Mike WiLL Made It is still prepping his debut album, but to hold fans over until that arrives, he's announced a new mixtape effort titled Ransom.
  • Cover of Top 10: Dual Threats
    After covering rappers and a producer in our first couple instalments of Top 10, we decided to combine the two for this week's. In the past decade especially, the producer credit has gotten it's fair share of the spotlight, whereas before, the role was much more in the background.
  • Cover of Jill Scott, Eve, Regina Hall To Star In A Lifetime Movie
    Lifetime has been prolifically in-touch with R&B singers as of late. On top of green-lighting (and then struggling to make) an Aaliyah biopic, the network has now officially announced a brand new original comedy starring two of hip-hop's most successful songstresses: Jill Scott and Eve.
  • Cover of Jay Electronica Brings Out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller At BK Hip Hop Festival [Update: Raekwon Brings Out Bobby Shmurda]
    The 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is going down today in Williamsburg, and so far, Jay Electronica's set was the most surprising. Jay Elec performing alone in itself is quite a rare sight, but the elusive rapper made sure to up the ante of his set with a few big name guest appearances.
  • Cover of Meek Mill Reportedly Sentenced To 3-6 Months In Jail [Update: Rick Ross Releases Official Statement]
    Meek Mill's sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, is due out in September, but the rapper may not be able to celebrate the release as a free man.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 11)
    After a short hiatus, 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week returns to some trouble in paradise. There's friction within the once untouchable MMG empire.
  • Cover of Dr. Dre Suing Chinese Beats Counterfeiters For Potential Billions Of Dollars
    According to a new lawsuit posted by TMZ on July 10th, Dr. Dre wants to stop cheap Chinese-made knockoffs of his headphone brand from jacking his company's logo and ruining its reputation.
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