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  • Cover of Sales Projections Are Here For Rick Ross, Eminem, Beyonce & Iggy Azalea
    This week has seen a few big albums drop, all to coincide with the shopping frenzy that will occur on Black Friday.
  • Cover of Rick Ross Is "Disappointed" That Timbaland Leaked Tink's Version Of "Movin Bass"
    Timbaland caused a stir last week when he leaked out what he called the "original version" of the Rick Ross and Jay Z track he had recently produced, "Movin Bass." Apparently, Rick Ross wasn't happy about the way he handled the situation.
  • Cover of Mike WiLL Made It's "Ransom" Mixtape Gets A Release Date
    We've been waiting on a release date for Mike WiLL Made It's Ransom mixtape for at least one minute now.
  • Cover of J. Cole Covers Complex, Talks Business & New Album
    We've already seen two new covers from Complex magazine for their December/January issue, but they're not capping it off there. They've got yet another cover star this month, recruiting J. Cole to appear on the third magazine cover.
  • Cover of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Defend Bill Cosby Following Rape Allegations, Say He "Gets A Pass"
    You may know J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League for their many production credits on Rick Ross' albums, including his "Maybach Music" series. The trio of beatmakers have a very good reputation for making luxurious instrumentals filled with live instrumentation, but as of last night, they may have trouble getting work for a while.
  • Cover of Mac Miller Speaks On Signing With Major Label, Confirms He's Working On New Album
    Mac Miller surprised us when it was announced the once independent MC had taken his talents and his imprint to a major label. In fact, he signed a deal reportedly worth $10 million with Warner Bros. He made a brief statement at the time the deal was announced, giving us the following reason: "They have Prince." 
  • Cover of 10 Essential Flume Tracks
    Flume is one of the most exciting figures in dance-music culture, and it isn't even because he wants to be there. The Australian producer has carved his niche in the beat scene by making tunes big enough to get main stage approval. Not an easy task inn 2014. 
  • Cover of Mary J. Blige Covers Billboard Magazine
    Billboard magazine is giving us a preview of their second cover for December/January, and they've chosen another strong female artist to grace it, Mary J. Blige. The other artist we saw take over their cover was Nicki Minaj, discussing her upcoming album The Pinkprint.
  • Cover of Billboard Albums Chart To Begin Counting Digital Streams
    Although some may argue that Billboard's methods of charting hit songs and album sales will always be obsolete in the age of illegal downloading, free mixtapes and streaming services, the company's actually made quite a few changes over the past few years to modernize itself. Now, a few years after adding a separa
  • Cover of J. Cole Shows Up At A Fan's House In Dallas To Play Her "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
    J. Cole is currently bringing his album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, to different cities across the country, hosting listening sessions. If that weren't enough, he's personally inviting fans to listen to his album at his childhood home in North Carolina.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica"
    Late last week, we heard that Big K.R.I.T.'s newly-released album Cadillactica was on pace to sell 35,000 to 40,000 copies in its first week, which isn't bad in 2014. Well, the official numbers are in now, and Krizzle's surpassed those expectations by a hair.
  • Cover of Review: Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica"
    A weird thing happens when an artist gets signed to a major label. It seems, no matter how talented they are, no matter how much their fans are willing to support, debut albums almost always come up short. There have been exceptions, of course.
  • Cover of J. Cole Launches Contest For "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Listening Party In His Childhood Home
    J. Cole surprised fans this weekend when he announced his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive would be available as soon as December 9th. This wasn't the only unexpected news from the rapper, who explained that the title of the record is actually the address of his childhood home, which he recently bought back. 
  • Cover of Stream Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire"
    When Rick Ross announced his second album of 2014, Hood Billionaire, just nine weeks ago, he had many people wondering whether he'd be able to rush out a project so quickly during a year that's seen more than its fair share of album delays and push-backs.
  • Cover of J. Cole Announces "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Album, Releases Artwork
    There was some speculation made earlier today that J. Cole would be releasing a new album before the year was out. Those predictions have been confirmed.
  • Cover of Is There A J. Cole Album Coming In December? Fans Seem To Think So
    J. Cole may be taking the increasingly popular surprise (or alternatively, "Beyonce style!") approach to releasing his new album, at least according to the impressive internet sleuths (but also known trolls) at KanyeToThe.
  • Cover of Classic Rotation: Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill"
    Rap’s early origins, if we are being historically correct, were partially nurtured by punk and new wave, coming out of rebellious Manhattan kids (and those influenced by the music coming out of the area).
  • Cover of Ghostface Killah Announces New Album "36 Seasons" With Tracklist [Update: Listen To Album Snippets]
    Wu-Tang Clan have finally locked in a release date for A Better Tomorrow, all the while Ghostface Killah has been silently working on a solo album of his own. Ghostface just announced the new album today, which he'll be dropping in close proximity to A Better Tomorrow.
  • Cover of #TBT: Nas' Portrait Albums
    Nas' first four albums famously wore portraits of the MC in a different light. He was a kid on Illmatic. He was an adult on It Was Written. He was a pharaoh on I Am... He was Nostradamus on Nastradamus.
  • Cover of Sales Projections For Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica"
    Big K.R.I.T.'s new album Cadillactica hit shelves on November 10th, and three days removed from the album's release we have the expected first week sales for the album.
  • Cover of Big Bank Hank Of The Sugarhill Gang Passes Away At 57
    We are sad to report that Big Bank Hank (born Henry Jackson), founding member of seminal hip hop group The Sugar Hill Gang has died. Reports indicate that Hank lost his battle with cancer around 2AM this morning in the greater NYC area.
  • Cover of Rick Ross Announces New Track With Jay Z, "Movin' Bass" [Update: Artwork Revealed; Single Expected To Drop Later Tonight]
    Having released two tracks, "Elvis Presley BLVD" and "Keep Doin' That (Rich Bitch)," from his upcoming album Hood Billionaire (out November 24th), Rick Ross is back in full-on album promo mode.
  • Cover of Classic Rotation: Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers"
    In the late 80s, a few cousins got together to form a little rap crew in Brooklyn, New York. Robert Diggs, Gary Grice and Russel Jones, better known as Rza, Gza and Ol' Dirty Bastard respectively, had no idea what kind of world-changing journey they were about to embark on.
  • Cover of BTS Photos: Rick Ross And K. Michelle's "If They Knew" Video
    The day before Halloween, Rick Ross let loose a track from his forthcoming album Hood Billionaire called "If They Knew." Also featuring K. Michelle, the song saw Rozay slowing things down for a bit of relationship talk. Now, a video's on the way.
  • Cover of Nicki Minaj Covers Billboard Magazine, Says "The Pinkprint" Will Be "Important To Hip-Hop"
    Nicki Minaj has been racking in the magazine covers as of late. Shortly after the December issue of V magazine was revealed, with the Queen of the Barbz on the front, we receive another December issue featuring Minaj from Billboard magazine.
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