Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
iHeart Radio Music Festival Taps Kanye West, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne & More
iHeart Radio's Music Festival is taking place in Las Vegas this year, at the MGM Grand Arena on September 18th and 19th. They've tapped a variety of artists for the line-up, covering all their bases from pop to rap to r'n'b to rock. This year's headliner will be Kanye West, and this will serve as Ye's first time performing in the festival. Alongside Kanye, you can expect performances from The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, Janet Jackson, Disclosure and more. Check out the full line-up for iHeart Radio Music Festival below.
The 5 Most Confusing Things Birdman Said In His Angie Martinez Interview
The majority of the information we've gotten from the Lil Wayne / Birdman beef that began last December has come from Weezy's camp. He was the one who started things by tweeting that Cash Money was refusing to release Tha Carter V, and since then, lawsuits, diss tracks and onstage insults have followed, all of which have gone unanswered by Stunna. Yesterday, though, the Cash Money CEO sat down with Angie Martinez for an interview that was supposed to set the record straight.
David Banner Sues Young Money Over Alleged Unpaid Royalties
Cash Money doesn't exactly have the best reputation with paying its artists, and generally, producers get an even stiffer deal. From Mannie Fresh to Bangladesh, we've seen many beatmakers express frustration with collecting what they're owed from the label, and today, David Banner has joined the club.
Fetty Wap The First Male Rapper To Have Two Top 10 Singles Since Lil Wayne
Fetty Wap clocked on the Billboard charts this week with "Trap Queen"at No. 6 and "My Way" feat. Monty at No. 7, making him the first male rapper to hold down two concurrent Top 10 singles since Lil Wayne accomplished the feat in 2011 with "She Will" & "How To Love." "Trap Queen" is now in its 27th week in the Top 100, while "My Way" skyrocketed from No. 87 to the No. 7 spot this week.
Birdman Denies Involvement In Lil Wayne Murder Plot
The ongoing Birdman vs. Lil Wayne beef took an ugly turn a few weeks ago, when police documents linked Stunna and Young Thug to a shooting of Wayne's tour bus that occurred on April 26th.
Lil Wayne Kicked Off Private Jet For Smoking Weed
Getting blazed at 30,000 feet sounds like a pretty amazing time, and for Lil Wayne, the temptation of doing so was enough for him to ignore the warnings of a pilot whose plane he had chartered. Him and his crew lit up shortly after takeoff from Ft. Lauderdale, and the pilot promptly turned the plane around and landed it back in Florida.
A Complete Timeline Of Lil Wayne & Birdman's Beef
Even as little as nine months ago, no one would have really expected Birdman and Lil Wayne to beef. The two Cash Money titans had a bond that seemed more powerful than your run-of-the-mill rapper/CEO relationship, with their father/son dynamic even birthing an album of its own earlier in the 2000s, and a sense of loyalty that seemed out-of-character for Birdman, at least when you considered his relationships with other Cash Money artists.
Lil Wayne & Rich Homie Quan Have Been In The Studio Together
It's been one hell of a week in Cash Money/Rich Gang news. From Birdman allegedly throwing a drink at Lil Wayne during a performance, to accusations of a murder plot, things got a whole lot crazier after it seemed we had already reached the brink.To make things stranger, a snapchat has surfaced of Rich Homie Quan and Wayne in the studio together. On a surface level, this is just great news in terms of potential music, but we can't help but think about the dynamic of the collaboration, as Quan recently parted ways with Rich Gang himself.
T.I. Has Changed The Title Of His Upcoming Album
A few months back, T.I. revealed the title of his upcoming LP to be Trap's Open, an album he described as the "unapologetically gangsta" sequel to Paperwork, and the second installment in a planned trilogy. While interviewing for his upcoming role in Ant Man, Tip quietly revealed a change in the title of the album, which will now be called The Dime Trap.
Eminem Says Hip Hop "In A Good Place Right Now"
In a new interview with the New York Times, Eminem stated his belief that hip hop is in a good place in 2015. The interview mostly addressed Eminem's role and experience working on the soundtrack for the upcoming 50 Cent-produced film Southpaw, but also took the time to share his opinion on the state of the genre. Here's what he had to say:
Best Freestyles Of 2015 (So Far)
2015 has truly been a landmark year for hip-hop. There have been countless quality album releases from rappers all over, impressive music videos, and the emergence of a new crop of rappers. The ambition and attention to detail on this year’s releases, exemplified by their authoring emcees is indicative of a current renaissance in hip-hop.
Birdman Is Now Suing TIDAL Over "Free Weezy Album"
Yeeesh. This Birdman/Lil Wayne beef is getting confusing, and is definitely far from over. We've heard Lil Wayne going at his Cash Money counterparts on his recent project FWA, and recently the two reportedly clashed while at the same Miami nightclub.
Young Thug & Birdman Reportedly Named In Indictment In Lil Wayne's Tour Bus Shooting
Atlanta reporter Mike Petchenik, of WSBTV news station, just made some major allegations Wednesday night that will definitely shake up the on-going beef between Birdman, Young Thug and Lil Wayne. According to Petchenik, Young Thug and Birdman were named in an indictment that alleges the two’s involvement in a conspiracy to kill Lil Wayne back in April.
6 Ls Birdman Took In 2015
Since the defection and lawsuit of former right-hand man Lil Wayne at the top of 2015, Birdman has been taking one L after another. He has few if any reputed allies left, and evidence strongly suggests that neither Nicki Minaj nor Drake will be returning to Cash Money once their contracts expire. Let's look back at the first half of 2015 through the lens of Birdman-related fiascos.
Birdman Reportedly Pissed That Tyga Dropped His Album On Spotify
Tyga dropped his latest album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty out of nowhere, opting to first make it available via a free Spotify stream. Later that same week the album became available on iTunes, but the first week sales failed to really impress, at a reported 2,200 copies.
Birdman & Entourage Reportedly Heckled Lil Wayne At Club LIV
Club LIV, in Miami, is a well-known spot for celebrities to hang, and, it's an equally famous spot for beef to go down. From Diddy slapping Drake outside of the venue last year, to
Weezy Be Like: FWA's Sickest Similes
While the response to Lil Wayne’s Free Weezy Album has been polarizing, detractors and fans of the album alike have no problem admitting that Tunechi’s ability to artfully string together some sick verbiage is still intact. With or without auto-tune, the New Orleans emcee is a master of the simile, always dependable when it comes to dropping bars that drop our jaws. Whether you can get down to FWA or not, the TIDAL exclusive’s silver lining is the fact that Lil Wayne’s lyrics usually still deliver.
Lil Wayne Releases "FWA" Bonus Track "Street Chains" On TIDAL
After dropping Free Weezy Album on the Fourth of July, Lil Wayne shares an album bonus track that didn't make the original cut called "Street Chains." Like the rest of the album, the track is a TIDAL exclusive.
Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd Headline First Ever Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival
Billboard have long been successful in their recording sales through their many charts, and today they've decided to expand their brand with the announcement of the first Hot 100 music festival. Named after their most famous chart, the lineup is made up of many big names, but is not exclusive to those who perform well by Billboard's standards.