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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.

Lupe Fiasco Unveils "Tetsuo & Youth" Tracklist & Artwork

Lupe Fiasco has had plenty of issues with Atlantic, especially when it comes to putting music out without compromises. Things started getting shaky with LASERS, an album Lupe has since expressed was "the label's record" and not his own. 

Fabolous Signs With Roc Nation 

The NY veteran announced that he's inked a management deal with Roc Nation, whose roster has been steadily growing all year long.

Kanye West Going On Tour In 2015 

It appears as though Kanye West is planning a North American tour for 2015, this, according to the Diamond Ball auction.

Xzibit Nabs A DUI On The Way Home From His Wedding

Most people choose an exotic location for their honeymoon -- The Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe -- but for Xzibit, (at least part of) his first night as a married man was spent behind bars. 

Meek Mill Is Free

While Meek Mill was ready to release his highly anticipated sophomore album in September, his release schedule was interrupted when he was arrested for a parole violation in July.

King Louie Has New Tattoos Of OVO Owl & 6 God, Possibly Signed 

Well, this is interesting. Chicago rapper King Louie may be quietly signed to Drake's OVO imprint, at least, that would be a good explanation for his latest tattoos. Otherwise he's campaigning to get signed really hard.

Hip-Hop Reacts To Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner Case

Following the recent decision of a grand jury in Ferguson not to indict police officer Darren Wilson after he killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, another verdict has been passed that's got many Americans' heads spinning.

Lil Wayne Says Cash Money Is Refusing To Release His Album

In his lengthy career, Lil Wayne has rarely (if ever) publicly said anything about Birdman, the man he often calls "daddy," so with that in mind, the tweets he just sent out are shocking. 

Nipsey Hussle Reveals Art For New Album "Mailbox Money," Hard Copies Will Be Sold For $1000

Although we haven't received an update on the long-awaited/long-delayed Victory Lap album from Nipsey Hussle, it is supposed to arrive in 2015. Whatever the case may be with that album, Nipsey is prepping another album to drop before Victory Lap, called Mailbox Money. The rapper is dropping the free mixtape (or pay $1000 for a hard copy) today.

The 2015 Grammy Nominations Arrive, Featuring Chris Brown, Jhené Aiko & More

It's that time of year again. With the 57th Grammy Awards scheduled to take place on February 8th, the organization is rolling out the list of nominees over the course of today.

Drake Opens An OVO Store In Toronto 

Drake's OVO imprint has become a brand in and of itself, as most crew/labels are warrant to do these days. OVO has done several capsule collections in the past, most recently, OVO teamed up with Capcom for a street fighter inspired line of clothing.

Pro Era's Junior B Passed Away 

Tragedy strikes the Pro Era camp today, with news that Junior B, a member of Joey Bada$$' crew has passed away.

Joey Bada$$ Unveils "B4.DA.$$" Tracklist & Cover Art

Yesterday came the tragic news that Joey Bada$$' cousin and tour manager, Junior B, had passed away. Joey has subsequently cancelled his European tour midway through, but it seems his album will be released as planned.

Drake & Diddy Got Into A Fight In Miami

Neither Diddy nor Drake seem like the physical-confrontation-type, but according to a few reports circulating the web this morning, things got physical between the two rappers last night in Miami, at club LIV.

Pharrell's "Happy" Is iTunes' Top-Selling Song Of The Year

Last week, Spotify announced, among other year-end lists, that Pharrell Williams' "Happy" was their most-streamed song of the year. Now, iTunes is saying it's their top-selling song of the year. Damn.

Migos & Chief Keef Squash Their Beef

The Atlanta group Migos and Chicago crew GBE have been beefing over the past month, where the beef stemmed from has never been clear, but its resulted in death threats from Fredo Santana and Quavo getting his chain snatched. 

Kid Ink Announces Sophomore Album Title, Release Date

Ink keeps driving in theme with his follow up to My Own Lane, Full Speed, set to drop February 3rd 2015.

Seth Rogen Says Kanye West Played Him His New Album In A Limo

Here's a random story for your Tuesday morning. Apparently comedian/actor Seth Rogen counts himself as one of the few that have heard Kanye West's new material.

Mike WiLL Made It & Future Working On Joint Mixtape "Ape Shit" 

Atlanta producer Mike WiLL Made It has more than just his Ransom mixtape in the pipeline. The producer recently spoke with XXL, and revealed he's got something in the stash with Future.

Kendrick Lamar & Reebok Officially Announce Partnership 

It appears Kendrick Lamar is the latest rapper to cash in on an endorsement deal. Tonight, it was revealed that K. Dot is the newest member of the Reebok Classics squad. 

Forbes Names Dr. Dre The Highest Paid Musician of 2014

Dr. Dre hasn't come out with any new music in quite a while (although he did co-produce Kendrick Lamar's 2013 Good Kid m.A.A.d. City and had a verse on the hit-song, "The Recipe") but that hasn't stopped him from swimming in cash.

Gunplay Says He's Officially Changing His Name On January 1st

Gunplay has been a member of the MMG camp for a years, but yet he’s still one of the remaining few to not release his solo album. He will switch his name to Don Logan come January 1st.

Cam'ron Says He's Retiring After "Purple Haze 2"

Killa Cam took to Instagram to claim his last album, Purple Haze 2, would arrive this summer.

Weapons Charges Against Jeezy Have Been Dismissed

It's been a while since we got an update on the gun possession case that Jeezy plead "not guilty" to back in September, but now, the CTE rapper case breathe easy once again. 

Migos & Bobby Shmurda Announce "Shmigo Gang" Mixtape

Migos and Bobby Shmurda both had pretty big years, with Bobby earning his big breakthrough, while Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset polished their formula, and strengthened their healthy fanbase.

Rihanna Has Been Named Puma's Creative Director

There have been some rumors floating around that Rihanna was set to release a collaborative line with Puma, but it seems her relationship with the brand is a little more official than we thought, as today she's been named the company's creative director. 

50 Cent Closes $78 Million Deal With Underwear Brand

Not that 50 really needs another business venture on his plate, but the rapper just locked down a deal with underbrand Frigo RevolutionWear for a reported $78 million. 

Bobby Shmurda & Members Of GS9 Reportedly Arrested At Quad Studios 

Add another gun-related news story to Quad Studios' already-infamous history. 

Tyga Reveals "Gold Album" Artwork

We all know that Tyga's a huge fan of Ancient Egyptian culture. Maybe it's the fact that he once dropped $20,000 on an Egyptian tomb, or his pharaoh-inspired Last Kings hats, but suffice it to say that T-Raww's an Egyptophile.

Snoop Dogg & His Son To Star In New ESPN Reality Series

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to reality television. After a couple years on Fatherhood & other various appearances on random shows, Uncle Snoop is getting back to the small screen.

Basically Out Of Nowhere, D'Angelo Drops "Black Messiah"

And it did not disappoint.

Hip Hop Hall Of Fame Coming To Harlem In 2017

How long does it take for a music genre to get its own museum? About 40 years, apparently. It's been a long time coming, but the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame will finally open its doors to the public in the year 2017.

RiFF RAFF Plans To Drop Two Albums On June 1st

World, brace yourselves. We may get not one, but two more albums from RiFF RAFF in 2015. Taking to Instagram, the cornrowed white rapper detailed plans for two projects, Peach Panther and Purple Panther, both dropping on June 1st.

Azealia Banks Plans "Broke With Expensive Taste" Book

Azealia Banks' recent appearance on Hot 97 set off a bout of internet sparring that involved Iggy Azalea, Q-Tip, Action Bronson, Tyler, The Creator, T.I. and Solange Knowles, so much of the actual interview became overshadowed by those surrounding stories.

Pusha T Says "King Push" Is Dropping Spring 2015

With the "Lunch Money" video dropping the other week, anticipation for Pusha T's King Push is building as we head into the new year. Luckily, we could get King Push as early as the spring.

Action Bronson Tweets Tracklist For "Mr. Wonderful"

It's been a crazy week for Action Bronson. Bringing the focus back to his music, Bronson took to Twitter this morning to speak on leaked tracklists for his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful.

2 Chainz Announces "Tru Jack City" Mixtape

Tity Boi plans to put on for Atlanta up and comers with his new mixtape, arriving in 2015.

Wale Announces "The Album About Nothing" Release Date

March 31, 2015.

J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Goes Gold Already, Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint" Debuts At #2

After debuting at #1 earlier in the month, Cole quickly went gold. Congrats! It's definitely a Cole Winter. On a related note, Nicki Minaj landed a #2 with The Pinkprint after moving 244,000 units.

Hopsin Announces New Album "Pound Syndrome"

After faking his retirement from rap, Hop used the promo to announce a new LP for 2015.

YG & DJ Mustard Beef On Instagram

In a rather surprising turn of events, frequent collaborators and apparent friends YG and Mustard got into some IG beef earlier this week, centered around Mustard allegedly not getting paid forMy Krazy Life. The month wouldn't be complete without some social media beef, right?

January 6th

Rae Sremmurd SremmLife

January 13th

Joe Ness Ellipsis

DMX Redemption Of The Beast

Jake Miller Lion Heart

Mark Ronson Uptown Special

January 18th 

Game The Documentary 2

January 20th 

Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo And Youth

Wu-Block Hidden Gems

J Dawg & Lil C Connected & Respected 1

Joey Bada$$ B4.Da.$$

Z-Ro Melting The Crowd

Rap Industry Recap: December

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.

Lupe Fiasco Unveils "Tetsuo & Youth" Tracklist & Artwork

Lupe Fiasco has had plenty of issues with Atlantic, especially when it comes to putting music out without compromises. Things started getting shaky with LASERS, an album Lupe has since expressed was "the label's record" and not his own. 

Fabolous Signs With Roc Nation 

The NY veteran announced that he's inked a management deal with Roc Nation, whose roster has been steadily growing all year long.

Kanye West Going On Tour In 2015 

It appears as though Kanye West is planning a North American tour for 2015, this, according to the Diamond Ball auction.

Xzibit Nabs A DUI On The Way Home From His Wedding

Most people choose an exotic location for their honeymoon -- The Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe -- but for Xzibit, (at least part of) his first night as a married man was spent behind bars. 

Meek Mill Is Free

While Meek Mill was ready to release his highly anticipated sophomore album in September, his release schedule was interrupted when he was arrested for a parole violation in July.

King Louie Has New Tattoos Of OVO Owl & 6 God, Possibly Signed 

Well, this is interesting. Chicago rapper King Louie may be quietly signed to Drake's OVO imprint, at least, that would be a good explanation for his latest tattoos. Otherwise he's campaigning to get signed really hard.

Hip-Hop Reacts To Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner Case

Following the recent decision of a grand jury in Ferguson not to indict police officer Darren Wilson after he killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, another verdict has been passed that's got many Americans' heads spinning.

Lil Wayne Says Cash Money Is Refusing To Release His Album

In his lengthy career, Lil Wayne has rarely (if ever) publicly said anything about Birdman, the man he often calls "daddy," so with that in mind, the tweets he just sent out are shocking. 

Nipsey Hussle Reveals Art For New Album "Mailbox Money," Hard Copies Will Be Sold For $1000

Although we haven't received an update on the long-awaited/long-delayed Victory Lap album from Nipsey Hussle, it is supposed to arrive in 2015. Whatever the case may be with that album, Nipsey is prepping another album to drop before Victory Lap, called Mailbox Money. The rapper is dropping the free mixtape (or pay $1000 for a hard copy) today.

The 2015 Grammy Nominations Arrive, Featuring Chris Brown, Jhené Aiko & More

It's that time of year again. With the 57th Grammy Awards scheduled to take place on February 8th, the organization is rolling out the list of nominees over the course of today.

Drake Opens An OVO Store In Toronto 

Drake's OVO imprint has become a brand in and of itself, as most crew/labels are warrant to do these days. OVO has done several capsule collections in the past, most recently, OVO teamed up with Capcom for a street fighter inspired line of clothing.

Pro Era's Junior B Passed Away 

Tragedy strikes the Pro Era camp today, with news that Junior B, a member of Joey Bada$$' crew has passed away.

Joey Bada$$ Unveils "B4.DA.$$" Tracklist & Cover Art

Yesterday came the tragic news that Joey Bada$$' cousin and tour manager, Junior B, had passed away. Joey has subsequently cancelled his European tour midway through, but it seems his album will be released as planned.

Drake & Diddy Got Into A Fight In Miami

Neither Diddy nor Drake seem like the physical-confrontation-type, but according to a few reports circulating the web this morning, things got physical between the two rappers last night in Miami, at club LIV.

Pharrell's "Happy" Is iTunes' Top-Selling Song Of The Year

Last week, Spotify announced, among other year-end lists, that Pharrell Williams' "Happy" was their most-streamed song of the year. Now, iTunes is saying it's their top-selling song of the year. Damn.

Migos & Chief Keef Squash Their Beef

The Atlanta group Migos and Chicago crew GBE have been beefing over the past month, where the beef stemmed from has never been clear, but its resulted in death threats from Fredo Santana and Quavo getting his chain snatched. 

Kid Ink Announces Sophomore Album Title, Release Date

Ink keeps driving in theme with his follow up to My Own Lane, Full Speed, set to drop February 3rd 2015.

Seth Rogen Says Kanye West Played Him His New Album In A Limo

Here's a random story for your Tuesday morning. Apparently comedian/actor Seth Rogen counts himself as one of the few that have heard Kanye West's new material.

Mike WiLL Made It & Future Working On Joint Mixtape "Ape Shit" 

Atlanta producer Mike WiLL Made It has more than just his Ransom mixtape in the pipeline. The producer recently spoke with XXL, and revealed he's got something in the stash with Future.

Kendrick Lamar & Reebok Officially Announce Partnership 

It appears Kendrick Lamar is the latest rapper to cash in on an endorsement deal. Tonight, it was revealed that K. Dot is the newest member of the Reebok Classics squad. 

Forbes Names Dr. Dre The Highest Paid Musician of 2014

Dr. Dre hasn't come out with any new music in quite a while (although he did co-produce Kendrick Lamar's 2013 Good Kid m.A.A.d. City and had a verse on the hit-song, "The Recipe") but that hasn't stopped him from swimming in cash.

Gunplay Says He's Officially Changing His Name On January 1st

Gunplay has been a member of the MMG camp for a years, but yet he’s still one of the remaining few to not release his solo album. He will switch his name to Don Logan come January 1st.

Cam'ron Says He's Retiring After "Purple Haze 2"

Killa Cam took to Instagram to claim his last album, Purple Haze 2, would arrive this summer.

Weapons Charges Against Jeezy Have Been Dismissed

It's been a while since we got an update on the gun possession case that Jeezy plead "not guilty" to back in September, but now, the CTE rapper case breathe easy once again. 

Migos & Bobby Shmurda Announce "Shmigo Gang" Mixtape

Migos and Bobby Shmurda both had pretty big years, with Bobby earning his big breakthrough, while Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset polished their formula, and strengthened their healthy fanbase.

Rihanna Has Been Named Puma's Creative Director

There have been some rumors floating around that Rihanna was set to release a collaborative line with Puma, but it seems her relationship with the brand is a little more official than we thought, as today she's been named the company's creative director. 

50 Cent Closes $78 Million Deal With Underwear Brand

Not that 50 really needs another business venture on his plate, but the rapper just locked down a deal with underbrand Frigo RevolutionWear for a reported $78 million. 

Bobby Shmurda & Members Of GS9 Reportedly Arrested At Quad Studios 

Add another gun-related news story to Quad Studios' already-infamous history. 

Tyga Reveals "Gold Album" Artwork

We all know that Tyga's a huge fan of Ancient Egyptian culture. Maybe it's the fact that he once dropped $20,000 on an Egyptian tomb, or his pharaoh-inspired Last Kings hats, but suffice it to say that T-Raww's an Egyptophile.

Snoop Dogg & His Son To Star In New ESPN Reality Series

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to reality television. After a couple years on Fatherhood & other various appearances on random shows, Uncle Snoop is getting back to the small screen.

Basically Out Of Nowhere, D'Angelo Drops "Black Messiah"

And it did not disappoint.

Hip Hop Hall Of Fame Coming To Harlem In 2017

How long does it take for a music genre to get its own museum? About 40 years, apparently. It's been a long time coming, but the Hip Hop Hall Of Fame will finally open its doors to the public in the year 2017.

RiFF RAFF Plans To Drop Two Albums On June 1st

World, brace yourselves. We may get not one, but two more albums from RiFF RAFF in 2015. Taking to Instagram, the cornrowed white rapper detailed plans for two projects, Peach Panther and Purple Panther, both dropping on June 1st.

Azealia Banks Plans "Broke With Expensive Taste" Book

Azealia Banks' recent appearance on Hot 97 set off a bout of internet sparring that involved Iggy Azalea, Q-Tip, Action Bronson, Tyler, The Creator, T.I. and Solange Knowles, so much of the actual interview became overshadowed by those surrounding stories.

Pusha T Says "King Push" Is Dropping Spring 2015

With the "Lunch Money" video dropping the other week, anticipation for Pusha T's King Push is building as we head into the new year. Luckily, we could get King Push as early as the spring.

Action Bronson Tweets Tracklist For "Mr. Wonderful"

It's been a crazy week for Action Bronson. Bringing the focus back to his music, Bronson took to Twitter this morning to speak on leaked tracklists for his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful.

2 Chainz Announces "Tru Jack City" Mixtape

Tity Boi plans to put on for Atlanta up and comers with his new mixtape, arriving in 2015.

Wale Announces "The Album About Nothing" Release Date

March 31, 2015.

J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Goes Gold Already, Nicki Minaj's "The Pinkprint" Debuts At #2

After debuting at #1 earlier in the month, Cole quickly went gold. Congrats! It's definitely a Cole Winter. On a related note, Nicki Minaj landed a #2 with The Pinkprint after moving 244,000 units.

Hopsin Announces New Album "Pound Syndrome"

After faking his retirement from rap, Hop used the promo to announce a new LP for 2015.

YG & DJ Mustard Beef On Instagram

In a rather surprising turn of events, frequent collaborators and apparent friends YG and Mustard got into some IG beef earlier this week, centered around Mustard allegedly not getting paid forMy Krazy Life. The month wouldn't be complete without some social media beef, right?

January 6th

Rae Sremmurd SremmLife

January 13th

Joe Ness Ellipsis

DMX Redemption Of The Beast

Jake Miller Lion Heart

Mark Ronson Uptown Special

January 18th 

Game The Documentary 2

January 20th 

Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo And Youth

Wu-Block Hidden Gems

J Dawg & Lil C Connected & Respected 1

Joey Bada$$ B4.Da.$$

Z-Ro Melting The Crowd

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