• Cam'ron Hilariously Calls Out Nick Cannon On Instagram [Update: Nick Responds, So Does Cam]
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    Nick Cannon is known to be a bit corny at times, although he always manages to take it to new levels and surprise us. Case-in-point: he's got an album coming out called White People Party Music, he actually donned White Face in promotion of it, and he released a song called "Pajama Pants." More recently, he decided to dye his hair all-over cheetah print, and was booed at during a Knicks &...
  • Diddy To Give Commencement Speech & Receive Degree At Howard University
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     Even though Puff Daddy never officially graduated from Howard University when he was a student there back in 1989, the Revolt TV executive will be delivering the 2014 commencement speech at his alma mater this Spring. Howard University confirmed Diddy’s involvement from their official website Monday afternoon. While some have praised Howard for giving the hip hop mogul...
  • "Forbes Five" Lists Hip-Hop's Wealthiest Artists
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    Once again, Forbes comes through with that information we're all dying to know: just how rich are these hip-hop industry moguls? Names you might expect top the five-spot list, including Diddy, Jay Z and 50 Cent. The "Forbes Five" gives us the five wealthiest men in the rap industry with break downs of where they're getting their profit from. Last year's 2013 list saw Diddy holding down the #1...
  • Pusha T Covers Acclaim Magazine, Talks Working With Kanye West & "King Push"
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    While he just dropped his debut album just last year, Pusha T is already preparing the follow up. King Push will reunite Pusha with The Neptunes, who soundtracked Clipse's official debut album Lord Willin'. In a new cover story for Acclaim Mag, Pusha speaks on the title of the project, his working relationship with Kanye West, and the much-discussed possibility of a Clipse reunion. (As...
  • Teen Turns Down $98K For His Signed Red October Yeezys
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    Remember the kid who went to see Kanye perform and was lucky enough to have his Red Octobers signed by 'Ye himself? Well, according to a write-up in the New York Times, he turned down a $98,000 offer for the kicks. At the Manhattan event last month, one young vendor turned away $98,000 in cash for his Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” sneakers, designed by Kanye West and signed by the...
  • RZA Responds To Wu-Tang Affiliate's Suicide Attempt
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    Earlier this week, we reported the disturbing story of Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper Andre Johnson (AKA Christ Bearer) cutting off his own penis and jumping from a second story balcony in an apparent suicide attempt. Now, XXL has caught up with the crew's de facto leader, RZA, to ask him about his thoughts on the incident.  RZA, who produced Christ Bearer's group Northstar's 2003 debut...
  • Christ Bearer May Have Been High On PCP When He Mutilated His Genitals
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    A strange and disturbing incident, which found Wu-Tang affiliated rapper Christ Bearer cutting off his penis and jumping from a second story balcony, left many (including RZA) looking for answers last week. According to witnesses interviewed at the scene of the gruesome incident, Christ Bearer, real name Andre Johnson was not under the influence of any drugs when he mutilated his genitals. The...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: April 20
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    This week on the charts we see a new entry with Top Dawg's lady SZA, who made a strong debut considering it's her first release on the label/first release for sale. Similar to Isaiah Rashad's Cilvia Demo, which debuted at #40, SZA's Z debuted at #39 by moving 7,000 units. This proves the strength of the TDE fan base and the support they have for the label, no matter the artist and style...
  • Happy 4/20: Hip-Hop's Weed Connection
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    In the 90s and early 2000s, smoking marijuana was largely unaccepted and taboo. There was talk that weed was "dangerous," and despite debates and research showing that it was actually safe, and had possible healing properties, it remained banned in every US state. In recent years, more states have come to realize the medical benefits of marijuana, and it has become legal (for medical use only) in...
  • Chris Brown's Bodyguard Found Guilty Of Assault
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    Chris Brown's bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, began trial last week for the Washington, D.C. assault case. Hollosy had confessed to punching a man, Parker Adams, in the face outside the W Hotel in D.C. when the man attempted to photo bomb. D.C. Judge Patricia Wynn said that Hollosy was not justified in hitting Adams, and there was no evidence that Adams was attempting to advance upon Brown....
  • Freddie Gibbs & Doughboyz Cashout Exchange Jabs On Twitter
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    It's no secret that Freddie Gibbs and Young Jeezy have beef, but it appears the bad blood has extended into artists from Jeezy's label as well.  HBK, a member of Doughboyz Cashout, who are currently signed to Jeezy's CTE imprint, decided to take an offhand shot at Freddie Gibbs yesterday. Responding to a question from another Twitter user, the rapper called Gibbs "a bum", which did not go...
  • Raptors GM Shouts "F*** Brooklyn" At Pep Rally
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    Prior to the Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors game on Saturday afternoon, Raptors GM, Masai Ujiri, took the stage at a rally intended to pump up the crowd. And what better way to pump up a crowd than by shouting "F*** Brooklyn"?  Ujiri nervously screamed the battle cry at the mob gathered outside of the Air Canada Centre and promptly jetted off stage, in case any Brooklynites were standing...
  • Review: Future's "Honest"
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    Future is lightyears ahead of his time. Since touching down in 2012 with his Epic Records debut album Pluto, the Freeband Gang founder has continued hustling as an artist. The sloppy, melodic flow Future introduced on Pluto has been used by virtually every trapper who’s poppin’ today, and U.O.E.N.O. it. Throughout the past twelve months, Future has kept the spotlight on him by hosting...
  • Hit-Boy Announces New HS87 Album, "We The Plug" [Update: Release Date Revealed]
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    It didn't take long for Hit-Boy to affirm his status as a super-producer, and he's now looking to cement a place for himself in his crew in the rap game. The HS87 imprint released their All I've Ever Dreamed Of compilation mixtape around this time last year, and it appears that they now have a retail album in the works. Hit-Boy tweeted today that the crew will be releasing a project titled...
  • Drake Videotaped Doing Drake Things Courtside At Raptors Game
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    The Canadian Spike Lee was wildly enthusiastic last night as he watched his Toronto Raptors even up the series with the Brooklyn Nets. Wildly enthusiastic about keeping his pants lint-free. If you watched the game, you'd have noticed Drake jumping up and down on the sidelines for nearly ever play, talking trash with KG, and servicing his pants. Drake, who previously criticized Jay Z for being...
  • Is Macklemore The Next To Sign With Jordan Brand?
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    Last year, Drake performed at the Jordan Brand Classic, like Macklemore did this year. The following December, Drake officially signed with Jordan and has since released signature sneakers, and hinted at future releases.  Macklemore, who took the stage at the Jordan Brand Classic last week, showed off a custom "Northwest King Salmon" Jordan Melo M10, and received praise from the Jordan...
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