• Samples Of The Week: January 29 (Lupe Fiasco Edition)
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    In weeks past, we've chosen to dedicate editions of Samples Of The Week to new albums by J. Cole, Fabolous and Joey Bada$$, which were all chock full of beats that utilized samples. This week, it's Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth that gets the nod, thanks to three particularly noticeable samples/interpolations. Read on to see where Lupe found the sounds to make his dope new...
  • Rihanna Covers i-D Magazine
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    Rihanna, forever on the cover of some magazine or another, adds another cover to her collection today with the new issue of i-D magazine. The pop sensation is currently prepping her new studio album, dubbed R8, and with new music on the way she aptly covers the music issue of i-D. Rih Rih just dropped off a new record with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, "FourFiveSeconds", which the three...
  • Kanye West Says He Doesn't Have An Album Title Yet
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    Kanye West sat down for an interview with Ellen today, as we learned earlier in the week. The rapper did not reveal the title of his forthcoming album, and that's because he doesn't have one yet. However, he did give Ellen the first look on his "Only One" music video, directed by Spike Jonze and starring his daughter North West. After premiering the music video for his lead single, Ye spoke with...
  • Rihanna, Kanye West, & Paul McCartney To Reportedly Perform "FourFive Seconds" At Grammys
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    We haven’t heard much from Rihanna since 2012’s Unapologetic album, but after dropping off “FourFive Seconds” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney last weekend, Rih Rih is getting back to business. To make her comeback official, Rih Rih will be reportedly taking the stage at this year’s Grammy’s and performing her new single alongside Kanye West and Paul McCartney, according to a close...
  • Stream Doomtree's New Album "All Hands"
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    In December, Rhymesayers hip-hop collective Doomtree began rolling out their new album with the single "Gray Duck." Today, the full project, entitled All Hands, has arrived, and you can stream it below, via Bandcamp. Consisting of Cecil Otter, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, Paper Tiger and Sims, the group have now released three official albums, with All...
  • Future's DJ, Esco, Spent 56 Days In A Dubai Jail For Marijuana Possession
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    Even in more conservative American states, getting caught with marijuana for personal use usually only gets you a misdemeanor offense. In Dubai, it's a different story entirely. Freebandz's DJ Esco (Future's official DJ), recently learned that the hard way when he took the rap for some weed found in a bag at the city's airport, an event that led to him spending 56 days in jail. Having been...
  • A$AP Rocky Speaks On His Role In The New Film "Dope"
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    By now, you probably know that A$AP Rocky has a role in the independent film "Dope," and that the film sold for $7 million following a successful showing at Sundance Film Festival. Now, Rocky has spoken on his role in the film, as well as his desire to keep acting, in a new interview with The New York Times. Read excerpts from the interview below.  NYT: You were really good in...
  • Bobby Shmurda Gets A Gun Charge Dismissed [Update: Charge Will Still Count Against Him]
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    Finally, some good news for Bobby Shmurda. After the Brooklyn native and 12 other members of his crew were arrested and indicted in a high-profile incident last December, Shmurda's attorney is now saying that one of the five charges against Shmurda will be dropped. In an interview with Revolt, Howard Greenberg said that the “Brooklyn D.A. office announced that the gun case in Brooklyn will...
  • Lil Wayne Sues Birdman's Cash Money For $51 Million
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    Lil Wayne kept to his word, and his filed a lawsuit against Birdman/Cash Money in an effort to get out of his contract. The other week when we initially reported on Weezy's plan to sue his father, it was thought that he'd sue for the sum of $8 million, plus freedom from the label. As it turns out, Wayne is seeking a bit more than just $8 million. The lawsuit has been obtained by TMZ (duh),...
  • Nicki Minaj's Ex, Safaree Samuels, Admits He Didn't Ghostwrite For Her
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    Towards the end of last year, we all learned of Nicki Minaj's breakup with her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels via their very public fallout. One of the most attention-grabbing aspects of that breakup was Samuels' claim that he had previously written some of Nicki's rhymes, which clearly didn't sit well with the Pinkprint rapper. Now, in a new series of tweets, Samuels goes back...
  • Sprite Slam Dunk Contestants Announced
    While the dunk contest has failed to produce the entertaining material that we grew accustomed to during the Vince Carter and Jason Richardson era of the early 2000's, it is still the must see event of the NBA's All-Star weekend. Although, this year's 3-Point Competition is loaded with the very best shooters and could be the best contest of the weekend. The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest will take...
  • Benzino Tried To Bring A Loaded Gun Through Airport Security
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    We don't report on the former Love & Hip-Hop star Benzino much, and when we do, it's usually because he's in trouble with the law. This is the case again, as Benzino attempted to go through airport security with a loaded gun. Law enforcement sources say that Benzino was going through airport security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Tuesday. He put his carry-on bag...
  • Migos Criticized For Donating $1000 To Atlanta High School
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    Usually, donating some money to a charitable cause isn't something you can criticize, but in Migos' case, people found a way to hate on their choice to give $1000 to an Atlanta high school. Yesterday, the trio posted a picture on their Instagram (below) of them and some other Quality Control artists holding a giant check made out to Booker T. Washington high school, and since posting it, they've...
  • Tyga & Chris Brown Reveal Cover Art & Release Date For "Fan Of A Fan" Album [Update: Complete Tracklist Added]
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    Recently we saw some behind-the-scenes photos for Chris Brown and Tyga's lead single from Fan of a Fan 2 The Album, and while we wait on the official music video to arrive, the two have revealed the cover art for the upcoming album plus a release date. It's coming pretty soon, unlike Tyga's The Gold Album which just got delayed. We saw a few publicity shots of Breezy and Tyga for Fan...
  • Top-10 Carolina Inspired Retro Jordans
    J. Cole turns 30 years old today, January 28th. He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. What that means: This is an opportunity to compile a list of the best North Carolina-inspired Js and say something crafty like, 'In honor of J. Cole's birthday...' But, lets call a spade a spade, this is a list of the best Carolina-inspired retro Jordans and it just also happens to be J. Cole's birthday....
  • Always Strive And Prosper: A$AP Yams' Quotes To Live By
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    On Sunday January 18, 2015, the hip-hop community lost yet another young genius. Steven Rodriguez, better known as A$AP Yams, died suddenly at the age of 26.  Yams leaves behind an unparalleled passion and business savvy. He was the type of person who used his success to help make others successful. He believed that everyone should Always Strive And Prosper. He lived by those words. He also...
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