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.
Stream Gunplay's Debut Album "Living Legend"
As many artists tend to do these days, Gunplay has released a full album stream prior to his debut album's expected release at the end of the week. The long-awaited album, Living Legend, features the lead DJ Mustard-produced single "Wuzhanindoe" with YG, as well as appearances from Rick Ross, Curren$y, Stalley and more. View the tracklist below, and hit play on the stream. Let us know your initial thoughts-- was Living Legend worth the wait? Tracklist
50 Cent Ordered To Pay $2 Million More In Sex Tape Case
A Manhattan jury ruled today that 50 Cent must pay Lastonia Leviston $2 million on top of the $5 million in punitive damages he was ordered to pay her two weeks ago as restitution for posting her sex tape online in 2009.
Stream Trae Tha Truth's New Album "Tha Truth"
Trae Tha Truth, who celebrated "Trae Day" in Houston yesterday, is following that up on Friday with the release of his new studio effort, also titled after himself, Tha Truth.
Rick Ross Takes Shots At 50 Cent On "Wing Stop (Remix)"
Rick Ross and 50 Cent have been at odds with each other for a minute. Their feud started in 2009, supposedly at the BET Awards, and things spiraled out from there. 50 went on to expose Rozay's background as a correctional officer, and got Ross' baby mama involved.
50 Cent's Sex Tape Case Will Continue Despite Bankruptcy Filing
A federal judge ruled that 50 Cent's sex tape case may continue in spite of the rapper's new chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
Trae Tha Truth Reveals "Tha Truth" Tracklist
Houston legend Trae tha Truth has been teasing us in the lead up to Tha Truth with such well-titled bangers as "Tricken Every Car I Get" feat. Future & Boosie and "I Don't Give A Fuck" feat. Rick Ross.
50 Cent Ordered To Pay Rick Ross' Baby Mama $5 Million In Emotional Damages
The Manhattan Supreme Court has ordered 50 Cent to pay Lavonia Leviston, Rick Ross' baby mama, $5 million in damages for uploading her sex tape to the internet in 2009.
Gunplay Reveals "Living Legend" Tracklist
Gunplay's debut album is finally on its way. The MMG rapper revealed the official cover art earlier in the week, and has now come through with the official tracklist. The LP is an economic 11 tracks. It has a good number of features, but not to an overwhelming degree. As we saw on previously released tracks, YG, Rick Ross, Stalley, and Curren$y make guest appearances, as do PJK, Triple Cs, Yo Gotti, and Masspike Miles.
Rick Ross Reportedly Prepping New Album "Black Dollar"
Rick Ross is free at the moment, after making his $2 million bail. The MMG boss, once a prison guard himself, was locked up after kidnapping and assaulting the caretaker of his property. Although Rozay is dealing with some heavy matters then, he's still found a way to promote himself and new music he's working on.
Meek Mill Calls Rick Ross Kidnapping Charges "Bullshit"
Meek Mill was released from jail earlier this year after spending five months behind bars, and while he's now in a great place (his new album is set to move somewhere around 200,000 copies first week), his friend and collaborator, Rick Ross, has found himself locked up.
Rick Ross Released From Jail After Posting $2 Million Bail
After spending the last week in jail for allegedly pistol-whipping his groundskeeper, Rick Ross appeared for his bail hearing this afternoon along with his bodyguard Nadrian James and was released after posting a hefty bail, according to TMZ. The conditions: Ross will put up $2 million total -- $1 million equity from the ex-Holyfield mansion he owns as well as another property, a $500,000 surety bond, and $500k in cash.
Scott Storch Confident Singles By Rick Ross & Chris Brown Will Lift Him Out Of Bankruptcy
Scott Storch was once one of the most sought-after producers in the game, but his downfall is as well-known as his success. Addictions he picked up within the industry are said to have drained the beatmaker of both his $70 million net worth, and his desire to make music, and despite returning to music on Rick Ross' Mastermind in 2014, Storch just recently filed for bankruptcy.
Rick Ross Denied Bond After Assault, Battery & Kidnapping Charges
Earlier today (June 25), we reported that Rick Ross was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and kidnapping. Ross's bodyguard was also arrested on the latter two charges.
50 Cent Clowns Rick Ross's Arrest On Instagram
Fiddy has no chill when it comes to clowning his fellow industry moguls on Instagram. After Diddy's arrest for assaulting a UCLA coach with a kettlebell, 50 Cent let loose a series of Instagram posts poking fun at his Ciroc competitor's unhinged temper.
Rick Ross Arrested After Allegedly Pistol-Whipping Groundskeeper
Rick Ross was reportedly arrested Wednesday morning in Fayette County, Georgia on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery charges.
Rick Ross Arrested For Marijuana In Georgia
It's been a minute since we've heard about a Rick Ross run-in with the police, mainly, we hear about him through various lawsuits these days. Nonetheless, the rapper was arrested this afternoon on a marijuana charge.
Top Tracks Of The Week: May 25- May 31
10) 50 Cent ft. Jeremih, 2 Chainz and T.I. – Get Low Like all of 50’s recent stabs at radio play, this single fell off fast. “Get Low” dropped eight spots from its first-week appearance at number two, landing at the bottom end of our top ten. 9) Jeezy ft. Rich Homie Quan – I Might
Who Had The Better Verse: Wale Vs. Meek Mill
Rick Ross changed the landscape of rap when he forged his indomitable empire Maybach Music Group. His new signees, Wale and Meek Mill, were unproven commodities who simply needed a chance to thrive and eclipse expectations. Under Ross' tutelage, both artists have sculpted strong careers and have expanded their fanbases exponentially. Wale’s poetic ambiance fused with Meek’s rugged and street demeanor is what makes MMG go. When they’re both on a track, you’re almost guaranteed nothing but energy and fiery bars.
50 Cent Sues Rick Ross For Allegedly Leaking His Own Baby Mama's Sex Tape
Back in March, we learned that 50 Cent was being taken to court by Lastonia Leviston (who has a child with Rick Ross) for allegedly leaking out her sex tape. Now, Fif's claiming that Rozay himself was behind the leak, and to deflect the blame, is suing the MMG bawse.