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Your monthly recap of what went down in the hip-hop industry.

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.

Kanye West Executive Producing Soundtrack For Drama "Underground"

Yeezy will be at the helm of the music for Sony TV's new drama centered around the Underground Railroad.

Diddy Is Producing An Animated Series For FX

A few years back, Diddy got the honor of being portrayed on "South Park," which is a modern benchmark for any celebrity. Now, it seems like he's using that show for inspiration for a new one he's producing for FX.

Kid Cudi Announces Title Of Upcoming Album

Kid Cudi announced that his upcoming studio album will be titled: drum roll... "Speedin' Bullet To Heaven." 

Tech N9ne's "Special Effects" Tracklist Features Eminem, Lil Wayne & More

Tech N9ne is preparing his follow-up to 2013's Something Else for release this month.

Cop Punched By The Game Files Lawsuit, Says He May Have Brain Damage

The Game reportedly punched a man during a pick-up basketball game, and that man happened to be an off-duty cop. Whoops…

Frank Ocean Announces New Album Coming In July

The wait is almost over fans. Frank Ocean hinted at the possible title and release date for what most likely is his next album. In related news, he also legally changed his name to Frank Ocean.

Wale's "TAAN" Debuts At #1, Ludacris' "Ludaversal" At #2

The two release-date partners took over the top of the Billboard 200 at the beginning of the month with their respective releases.

Lil Wayne Moves His Lawsuit Against Cash Money To New Orleans

At first it appeared that Weezy had dropped his lawsuit, but nope, just moved to NOLA.

Kanye West Settles Paparazzi Assault Case, Apologizes

You may remember a time when Kanye West was incredibly bothered by paparazzi. This era of Ye came to a peak when the rapper grabbed a photographer outside of LAX in July 2013, and has just come to a close.

Rich Homie Quan Has Turned Himself In For Battery Charges

Rich Homie Quan was accused of assaulting a security guard outside of Club LIV in Miami, and turned himself in.

Tyler, The Creator Announces Golf Media App, Golf Magazine

Tyler, The Creator has found success in rap, production, design, and festival organizing, but he's about to bring the Odd Future brand to unexplored territory-- the app game.

Spike Lee Casts Kanye West & Common In Upcoming Film "Chiraq"

Kanye West and Common, as well as Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Piven, will play roles in Spike Lee’s upcoming film.

Charles Hamilton Releases Entire Discography For Free

Charles Hamilton is nothing if not an enigma, and his latest move is yet another that has surprised and thrilled. 

Lil Wayne Disses Young Thug

And incites an album title change from Carter 6 to Barter 6.

Nelly Arrested On Felony Drug Charges In Tennessee

Nelly was arrested in Tennessee on charges of felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Madonna Makes Out With Drake On Stage At Coachella

And the internet went wild!

Drake Announces "Jungle" Tour With Future

In addition to making out with Madonna, the 6 God has decided to go on a 6 (of course) date mini-tour with Future. Future will also embark on his own tour beforehand.

Audio Push Drop "The Good Vibe Tribe" Mixtape

Audio Push came through this past month, as promised, with some free jams.

Snoop Dogg Is Putting Money Into A Weed Delivery Startup

Snoop Dogg has been one of rap's most prominent stoners forever, and now the OG smoker is deciding to put some money into the blossoming industry.

Trey Songz Drops Surprise "Intermission" EP

Who doesn't want some new bedroom music from Trigga?

Suge Knight To Stand Trial For MurderFloyd Mayweather Might Pay His Bail

Suge Knight will stand trial for murder charges stemming from a January hit-and-run incident that left one dead and one injured. He still could get out on bail though, with recent reports saying Floyd Mayweather may put up the $10 million.

Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Goes Gold

Kendrick goes gold in a time where it’s not so commonplace.

Gucci Mane Announces Upcoming Album With Diplo

Gucci Mane is still behind bars, though he's releasing more music than ever. Next up: an album with DJ/producer Diplo.

Lil Durk Shares Artwork, Tracklist Release Date For "Remember My Name"

Lil Durk’s Remember My Name be out on June 2nd on Def Jam. 

Tyler, The Creator's "Cherry Bomb" Debuts At #3, Young Thug's "Barter 6" At #15 

The recent releases from Tyler and Thugga moved 56,000 units and 18,000 respectively, including streams.

Big Sean & Ariana Grande Have Reportedly Broken Up

Trouble in paradise.

Migos Arrested At Georgia Southern University

The group was arrested after a show at Georgia Southern University, then slapped with gun and drug charges. Their tour, scheduled for this summer, has since been postponed.

Chief Keef Announces "The Cozart" Album

No release date in sight, but his upcoming album is named after his government name.

araabMUZIK Announces New Album "Dream World"

Producer araabMUZIK will release the follow-up to 2014’s For Professional Use Only 2.

Bobby Shmurda & Rowdy Rebel Trial Date Set

The trial for the GS9 boys begins on June 25th.

Vic Mensa Signs With Roc Nation; Reveals Title Of Next Project

Vic Mensa is now officially the newest member of Jay Z’s Roc Nation label. We can’t wait to see the future unfold for this bright new talent.

Yelawolf Debuts At #3 On Billboard 200

Love Story moved 61,360 units, including streams.

Shady Music Publishing Signs Rapper/Producer Astray

You may have never heard of him, but apparently he has the ear of Paul Rosenberg and Eminem.

Nas Says New Album Coming This Summer

One of the GOATs will bless us with some new tunage this year.

Lil Wayne's Tour Bus Shot At In Atlanta

Following Lil Wayne's performance at Compound nightclub in Atlanta Saturday night, shots were fired towards two of his tour buses. 

Rich Homie Quan Drops Mixtape With Long Title

RHQ surprised us with a new tape, announcing it only days before it impacted.

Joey Bada$$ Announces "World Domination" Tour With Denzel Curry & Mick Jenkins

Joey Bada$$ delivered his debut solo album earlier this year, and he's now announced a headlining tour to support the project.

Chance The Rapper Says "Surf" Is Coming Out Within The Week

More good news for Chance The Rapper fans! Surf is coming!

Upcoming May Releases:

Tech N9ne - Special Effects - May 5th 2015

STS & RJD2 - STS x RJD2 - May 5th 2015

Nosaj Thing - Fated - May 5th 2015

Kool Keith - Total Orgasm - May 12th 2015

A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP - May 12th

Canibus - Time Flys, Life Dies...Phoenix Rise - May 12th 2015

Snoop Dogg - Bush - May 12th 2015

Jamie Foxx - Hollywood - May 18th 2015

MursHave A Nice Life - May 19th 2015

Twista & Do Or DieWithdrawal - May 19th 2015

Rico Love - Turn the Lights On - May 19th 2015

Troy Ave - Major Without A Deal - May 19th 2015

Camp Lo - Ragtime Hightimes - May 19th 2015

Dizzy Wright - The Growing Process - May 26th 2015

Boosie Badazz - Touch Down 2 Cause Hell - May 26th 2015

Rap Industry Recap: April

Your monthly recap of what went down in the hip-hop industry.


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.

Kanye West Executive Producing Soundtrack For Drama "Underground"

Yeezy will be at the helm of the music for Sony TV's new drama centered around the Underground Railroad.

Diddy Is Producing An Animated Series For FX

A few years back, Diddy got the honor of being portrayed on "South Park," which is a modern benchmark for any celebrity. Now, it seems like he's using that show for inspiration for a new one he's producing for FX.

Kid Cudi Announces Title Of Upcoming Album

Kid Cudi announced that his upcoming studio album will be titled: drum roll... "Speedin' Bullet To Heaven." 

Tech N9ne's "Special Effects" Tracklist Features Eminem, Lil Wayne & More

Tech N9ne is preparing his follow-up to 2013's Something Else for release this month.

Cop Punched By The Game Files Lawsuit, Says He May Have Brain Damage

The Game reportedly punched a man during a pick-up basketball game, and that man happened to be an off-duty cop. Whoops…

Frank Ocean Announces New Album Coming In July

The wait is almost over fans. Frank Ocean hinted at the possible title and release date for what most likely is his next album. In related news, he also legally changed his name to Frank Ocean.

Wale's "TAAN" Debuts At #1, Ludacris' "Ludaversal" At #2

The two release-date partners took over the top of the Billboard 200 at the beginning of the month with their respective releases.

Lil Wayne Moves His Lawsuit Against Cash Money To New Orleans

At first it appeared that Weezy had dropped his lawsuit, but nope, just moved to NOLA.

Kanye West Settles Paparazzi Assault Case, Apologizes

You may remember a time when Kanye West was incredibly bothered by paparazzi. This era of Ye came to a peak when the rapper grabbed a photographer outside of LAX in July 2013, and has just come to a close.

Rich Homie Quan Has Turned Himself In For Battery Charges

Rich Homie Quan was accused of assaulting a security guard outside of Club LIV in Miami, and turned himself in.

Tyler, The Creator Announces Golf Media App, Golf Magazine

Tyler, The Creator has found success in rap, production, design, and festival organizing, but he's about to bring the Odd Future brand to unexplored territory-- the app game.

Spike Lee Casts Kanye West & Common In Upcoming Film "Chiraq"

Kanye West and Common, as well as Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Piven, will play roles in Spike Lee’s upcoming film.

Charles Hamilton Releases Entire Discography For Free

Charles Hamilton is nothing if not an enigma, and his latest move is yet another that has surprised and thrilled. 

Lil Wayne Disses Young Thug

And incites an album title change from Carter 6 to Barter 6.

Nelly Arrested On Felony Drug Charges In Tennessee

Nelly was arrested in Tennessee on charges of felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Madonna Makes Out With Drake On Stage At Coachella

And the internet went wild!

Drake Announces "Jungle" Tour With Future

In addition to making out with Madonna, the 6 God has decided to go on a 6 (of course) date mini-tour with Future. Future will also embark on his own tour beforehand.

Audio Push Drop "The Good Vibe Tribe" Mixtape

Audio Push came through this past month, as promised, with some free jams.

Snoop Dogg Is Putting Money Into A Weed Delivery Startup

Snoop Dogg has been one of rap's most prominent stoners forever, and now the OG smoker is deciding to put some money into the blossoming industry.

Trey Songz Drops Surprise "Intermission" EP

Who doesn't want some new bedroom music from Trigga?

Suge Knight To Stand Trial For MurderFloyd Mayweather Might Pay His Bail

Suge Knight will stand trial for murder charges stemming from a January hit-and-run incident that left one dead and one injured. He still could get out on bail though, with recent reports saying Floyd Mayweather may put up the $10 million.

Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Goes Gold

Kendrick goes gold in a time where it’s not so commonplace.

Gucci Mane Announces Upcoming Album With Diplo

Gucci Mane is still behind bars, though he's releasing more music than ever. Next up: an album with DJ/producer Diplo.

Lil Durk Shares Artwork, Tracklist Release Date For "Remember My Name"

Lil Durk’s Remember My Name be out on June 2nd on Def Jam. 

Tyler, The Creator's "Cherry Bomb" Debuts At #3, Young Thug's "Barter 6" At #15 

The recent releases from Tyler and Thugga moved 56,000 units and 18,000 respectively, including streams.

Big Sean & Ariana Grande Have Reportedly Broken Up

Trouble in paradise.

Migos Arrested At Georgia Southern University

The group was arrested after a show at Georgia Southern University, then slapped with gun and drug charges. Their tour, scheduled for this summer, has since been postponed.

Chief Keef Announces "The Cozart" Album

No release date in sight, but his upcoming album is named after his government name.

araabMUZIK Announces New Album "Dream World"

Producer araabMUZIK will release the follow-up to 2014’s For Professional Use Only 2.

Bobby Shmurda & Rowdy Rebel Trial Date Set

The trial for the GS9 boys begins on June 25th.

Vic Mensa Signs With Roc Nation; Reveals Title Of Next Project

Vic Mensa is now officially the newest member of Jay Z’s Roc Nation label. We can’t wait to see the future unfold for this bright new talent.

Yelawolf Debuts At #3 On Billboard 200

Love Story moved 61,360 units, including streams.

Shady Music Publishing Signs Rapper/Producer Astray

You may have never heard of him, but apparently he has the ear of Paul Rosenberg and Eminem.

Nas Says New Album Coming This Summer

One of the GOATs will bless us with some new tunage this year.

Lil Wayne's Tour Bus Shot At In Atlanta

Following Lil Wayne's performance at Compound nightclub in Atlanta Saturday night, shots were fired towards two of his tour buses. 

Rich Homie Quan Drops Mixtape With Long Title

RHQ surprised us with a new tape, announcing it only days before it impacted.

Joey Bada$$ Announces "World Domination" Tour With Denzel Curry & Mick Jenkins

Joey Bada$$ delivered his debut solo album earlier this year, and he's now announced a headlining tour to support the project.

Chance The Rapper Says "Surf" Is Coming Out Within The Week

More good news for Chance The Rapper fans! Surf is coming!

Upcoming May Releases:

Tech N9ne - Special Effects - May 5th 2015

STS & RJD2 - STS x RJD2 - May 5th 2015

Nosaj Thing - Fated - May 5th 2015

Kool Keith - Total Orgasm - May 12th 2015

A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP - May 12th

Canibus - Time Flys, Life Dies...Phoenix Rise - May 12th 2015

Snoop Dogg - Bush - May 12th 2015

Jamie Foxx - Hollywood - May 18th 2015

MursHave A Nice Life - May 19th 2015

Twista & Do Or DieWithdrawal - May 19th 2015

Rico Love - Turn the Lights On - May 19th 2015

Troy Ave - Major Without A Deal - May 19th 2015

Camp Lo - Ragtime Hightimes - May 19th 2015

Dizzy Wright - The Growing Process - May 26th 2015

Boosie Badazz - Touch Down 2 Cause Hell - May 26th 2015

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