• Tyler, The Creator Explains Mountain Dew Commercials In-Depth
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    Yesterday Tyler, The Creator took to Twitter to say a few words in capslock about Mountain Dew pulling his commercials. We also heard from Tyler's manager, Christian Clancy, by way of his Tumblr page. Today both the rapper and manager have spoken to Billboard for a more in-depth interview about the Mountain Dew commercials. Tyler's manager spoke on how the Mountain Dew partnership came about,...
  • Talib Kweli Says Kanye West Used To Interrupt His Shows
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    Although Kanye West's infamous interruption of Taylor Swift may have seemed like a one-off moment from the rapper, or a a side effect of his huge ego, it turns out, 'Ye has always been one to interrupt a show. In a recent interview with Talib Kweli, the rapper revealed that Yeezy used to interrupt his own shows, back when they toured together, pre-College Dropout. While talking to Paul Cantor,...
  • Nas' Lawyer Asks Judge To Throw Out $10 Million Lawsuit From Concert Promoter [Update: More Details Emerge]
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    Nas is still feeling the effects of a missed show last year in Angola. As we reported in Septemeber, Nas had missed a concert in Angola for a New Years Eve performance in 2011. The concert promoter from Allgood Entertainment, Patrick Allocco, ended up being kidnapped in Angola, alongside his son, because Nas failed to show up. Although Nas eventually returned the $300,000 from the...
  • Chris Brown Confirms Break-Up With Rihanna, Provides Explanation
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    Chris Brown and Rihanna finally re-emerged as a couple publicly quite recently. After an 'appropriate' period of time apart following the infamous beating, as well as a relationship or two for either party, the pop star and r'n'b singer finally got back together in the past few months. However, Chris Brown confirmed in a new interview that the two star-crossed lovers have once more split ways....
  • Video Surfaces Of Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly Hours Before His Death
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    Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of Kris Kross passed away last week at the age of 34. It was revealed a few days ago that the rapper's death was likely caused by a lethal combination of cocaine and heroin. TMZ has now obtained personal footage taken of the rapper, allegedly only a few hours before his untimely death. The video was reportedly taken at 7 AM on May 1st, a short time...
  • Sean Kingston Speaks On Keeping His Music In The "Urban" Genre, "Back 2 Life"
    Sean Kingston returned this year with "Beat It", a big single, with some even bigger features. The release marked his first musical output since his near-death experience in a Jet Ski accident in 2011. Kingston spoke about the accident with the Breakfast club, as well as his upcoming album Back 2 Life, and the importance of keeping his singles within the "Urban" genre. Sean explained the title...
  • Layzie Bone Arrested, Released On Bail
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    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Layzie Bone had a run-in with the cops this morning that quickly escalated to his arrest. According to TMZ the rapper "encountered" police at a hotel, and was found to have two outstanding warrants for traffic violations when his name was run through the system.  Apparently Bone did not appear in court for the charges, and was thus driving on a suspended license....
  • Snoop Dogg Talks On His Pimping Past
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    Snoop Dogg has often referenced pimps, dressed up as though he was a pimp, and called himself a pimp back in 2003...but who knew the rapper actually was a pimp at one point in his life? Well, it turns out he was. The rapper revealed the news, which may or may not come as a surprise, to RollingStone. Although the rapper is now a Rastafrian, touting peace and love, he doesn't deny his gangster...
  • Timbaland Invests In Mobile App "Hang w/"
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    Timbaland has a pretty big year so far, he rejoined singer Justin Timberlake in the studio and produced his highly successful new album, he's been working with Jay-Z, plus, he's locked a few business ventures under his belt. The producer signed a deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation, and with 50 Cent to help assist in promoting and designing his SMS Audio line. Timbaland is now beginning...
  • 50 Cent Says He'll "Never Sell 13 Million Records Again"
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    50 Cent celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin' a few months back. The album made a huge impact on the charts, elling over 13 Million copies, making it one of the best selling records of the decade. As the music industry has slowed since then, 50 has yet to come close to his initial sales, and in a recent interview spoke about his acceptance that he will never...
  • T.I. Speaks On Being "Mindful" Of Endorsements, Staying Independent
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    T.I. seems to be becoming more business conscious than ever. The ATL rapper is currently independent, and seeking out a major label deal, but is looking to collect at least 8 figures for the signing. In a recent interview, Tip talked about both his ambitious deal plans, and his caution with endorsements after Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have been dropped. "Endorsements come from corporations and...
  • Yo Momma: Rappers & Their Moms
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    Even the grittiest of gangster rappers have their mothers to thank for much of their success, and they don't always get the credit or respect they deserve. As such, and in celebration of Mother's Day, we've compiled a gallery of 25 photos of emcees with their moms, from Tupac Shakur to Kanye West.  Even if you won't be seeing your mother today, make sure you let her know what she means to you,...
  • Charts Don't Lie: May 12
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    Last week we questioned the grip of Will.i.am's influence on the mainstream, with his solo effort, #willpower, moving less than 30k opening week. We could also blame this on the ever-waning sales of albums in general. This week, we get LL Cool J's Authentic album as a new entry in Charts Don't Lie. The old school rapper only moved around 13k, and so we gotta ask, what factors played into his...
  • Chief Keef Previews Headphones From His Beats By Keef Line
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    Chief Keef, who signed to Interscope less than a year ago, announced some big news this past week, having joined Gucci Mane's Bricksquad. The rapper has hinted at more big news earlier today, with photos he posted on his Instagram. Chief Keef's original deal with Interscope reportedly included a Beats By Keef headphone line, of which nothing had materialized until now. The Chicago native...
  • Sha Money XL Leaves Def Jam, Named EVP Of Urban A&R For Epic
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    Michael "Sha Money XL" Clervoix, who once served as president of G-Unit Records, and has recently represented 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T. as SVP of A&R for Island Def Jam, has now been named EVP of Urban A&R for Epic Records. Chairman and CEO of Epic, L.A. Reid had some kind words for Sha. "Sha Money has time and again proven to be a cultural leader and has my complete support in ushering...
  • Solange Launches Her Own Record Label "Saint Records"
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    Solange, Beyonce's sister, has made quite a few moves over the past 24 hours. She dropped a new single with none other than Kendrick Lamar late last night, today her cover of Complex magazine's June/July issue was revealed, plus, she announced the start of her own record label, Saint Records. The singer tweeted the news today, revealing the label will be distributed by Sony. "Super...
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