Posted by , Apr 1, 2015 at 08:02am
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 Announces Album Title

Kanye West had a busy month. His new album So Help Me God has received a title and artwork for the single "All Day." We continue to wait anxiously on the rest! 

The One Copy Wu-Tang Album Won't Be Heard By The Public For At Least 88 Years

The album won’t be commercially accessible for 88 years. They also released an official statement on the release.

Big Sean, J. Cole, Atmosphere Head Up 2015 Soundset Festival Lineup

Atmosphere headlines and J. Cole, Big Sean, Ice Cube, and more provide support for the eighth annual Soundest Festival.

Chicago Rapper Hollywood Holt Signs With Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music

Hollywood Holt, or just Holt, announced via Twitter and Instagram that he is all G.O.O.D.

Curren$y Announces "Pilot Talk 3" Tour

To coincide with his upcoming album Pilot Talk 3, Curren$y has just announced that he will be embarking on a tour to promote the album.

Cam'ron Says "Purple Haze 2" Will Drop In December

We still have a while to wait…will it be worth it?

Six People Were Stabbed At A Migos Concert

In Albany, NY, a Migos concert ended violently. Reports say that a total of six people were stabbed. According to TMZ, the Albany PD first arrived at the scene at 12:50 AM and found two wounded victims, who were immediately rushed to the hospital.  They also have their debut album due June 16.

Maino Cleared Of Sexual Assault Charges

Mellanie Monroe, or Ms. Hennigan (the porn star's real name), said Maino hit her over the head with a champagne bottle and claimed he kicked her. Maino was cleared of the charges.

Tyler, The Creator Announces Massive International Tour

Tyler, The Creator is known for many things, but one of his strongest suits has always been the live performance aspect.

Snoop Dogg Reveals Cover Art and Release Date For "BUSH"

The upcoming Snoop Dogg album, BUSH, is set to be executive produced by Pharrell. May 12th.

Rocko Reportedly Arrested For Drag Racing In A Rolls-Royce

Lifestyles of the rich and famous…

Diddy Is Producing New Music 

It looks like the original Bad Boy is getting back to his first love, production. Taking to Instagram, Diddy revealed that he’s stepping back behind the boards and producing new music for the likes of Kanye West The Weeknd, etc.

Lil Wayne's ‘Miami Mansion’ Prank Call

Some jokester reported gun shots were fired at Weezy’s Miami palace.

Ty Dolla $ign & Wiz Khalifa Reveal "Talk About It In The Morning" Cover Art

Two of Taylor Gang's biggest artists, Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa, are joining forces for a joint EP called Talk About It In The Morning. Heads up: this actually dropped yesterday.

Migos Announce Debut Album Release Date

Migos will roll out their debut album, YRN: Tha Album, on June 16th.

50 Cent to Stand Trial For Posting Rick Ross' Baby Mama's Sex Tape On YouTube

50 Cent will stand trial in June to determine whether he unlawfully posted a sex tape featuring Rick Ross' ex-girlfriend and baby mama to YouTube in 2009. Lastonia Leviston, the woman who appears in the sex tape, sued 50 for emotional damages.

Common & Oprah Penciled In For Season Two Of "Empire"

"Empire" is one of the most-watched first seasons of any TV show ever -- nearly 15 million viewers tuned in for the most recent episode -- and the show-runners are already reloading for season two. 

The Weeknd Wins Artist Of The Year At The 2015 Juno Awards

The annual Juno Awards, which is more or less the Canadian Grammys, gave The Weeknd some well-earned respect. In related news, he premiered a new song while at SXSW.

Nicki Minaj Announces First Leg Of "The Pinkprint" Tour

Tinashe, Rae Sremmurd, DeJ Loaf and Meek Mill are all slated to join her on the road.

Kanye West Will Reportedly Make A Cameo In "Zoolander 2"

But will he tackle ‘Blue Steel’?

Drake Announces OVO Fest

Drake will be joined by Big Sean, J. Cole and more at his annual OVO Fest. More performers to be announced in the coming months.

Young Thug Confirms His Next Project Is Called "Carter 6”

Ridiculous or nah?

Game Announces New Release Date For "The Documentary 2"

Game will release the effort on June 30th.

Yelawolf Releases "Love Story" Tracklist & Tour Schedule

Tracks like "Til It's Gone" and "Whiskey In a Bottle" have got us hyped for Yelawolf's next album, Love Story, which is scheduled to be out April 21st.

ASAP Yams’ Cause Of Death Is Revealed

The cause of his death was unknown at the time, but this past month we received some new (and perhaps unsurprising) details.

Lil Twist Charged With Six Felonies

Perhaps the biggest news to circulate on Lil Twist, in the span of his rap career, is the fact that he was charged with six felonies. 

Juicy J To Set Out On "The Hustle Continues" Tour

Juicy J's second wind has not only been prolific in the musical sense, but also in performance.

Kendrick Lamar Earns His First #1 Album

To Pimp A Butterfly moved 318,988 copies opening week.

A$AP Rocky's Full Album Title Revealed

We got a little teaser verse from A$AP Rocky's highly anticipated sophomore effort, A.L.L.A. (At.Long.Last.A$AP).

Dame Dash Confirms He And Kanye West Are Buying Karmaloop

Karmaloop may have found a way out of their imminent bankruptcy. However, according to the online distributor, the purchase has yet to be finalized.

A$AP Mob Sued For Injuring Fan While Crowd Surfing

A$AP Mob are now facing a lawsuit for an incident that stems back to 2013. While performing at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood two years ago, the A$AP Mob started crowd surfing, and allegedly, injured a fan.

Jay Z Announces Artist-Owned TIDAL Streaming Service

Once again Hov is bringing his #NewRules into play, with the launch of a music subscription service that is artist-owned.

Upcoming April Releases:

Waka Flocka- Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5 - April 1st 2015

Curren$y - Pilot Talk III - April 4th 2015

MGK - Coast 2 Coast 208 - April 7th 2015

Shlohmo - Dark Red - April 7th 2015

Flo Rida - My House - April 7th 2015

Project Pat - Mista Don't Play 2: Everythangs Money - April 14th 2015

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music 2 - April 14th 2015

Black Rob - Genuine Article - April 21st 2015

Gangrene - The Alchemist & Oh No Present: Welcome To Los Santos - April 21st 2015

Yelawolf - Love Story - April 21st 2015

Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost) - April 28th 2015

Fab 5ive - Clear Soul Forces Fab 5ive - April 28th 2015

Raekwon - F.I.L.A. - April 28th 2015

Rap Industry Recap: March

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 Announces Album Title

Kanye West had a busy month. His new album So Help Me God has received a title and artwork for the single "All Day." We continue to wait anxiously on the rest! 

The One Copy Wu-Tang Album Won't Be Heard By The Public For At Least 88 Years

The album won’t be commercially accessible for 88 years. They also released an official statement on the release.

Big Sean, J. Cole, Atmosphere Head Up 2015 Soundset Festival Lineup

Atmosphere headlines and J. Cole, Big Sean, Ice Cube, and more provide support for the eighth annual Soundest Festival.

Chicago Rapper Hollywood Holt Signs With Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music

Hollywood Holt, or just Holt, announced via Twitter and Instagram that he is all G.O.O.D.

Curren$y Announces "Pilot Talk 3" Tour

To coincide with his upcoming album Pilot Talk 3, Curren$y has just announced that he will be embarking on a tour to promote the album.

Cam'ron Says "Purple Haze 2" Will Drop In December

We still have a while to wait…will it be worth it?

Six People Were Stabbed At A Migos Concert

In Albany, NY, a Migos concert ended violently. Reports say that a total of six people were stabbed. According to TMZ, the Albany PD first arrived at the scene at 12:50 AM and found two wounded victims, who were immediately rushed to the hospital.  They also have their debut album due June 16.

Maino Cleared Of Sexual Assault Charges

Mellanie Monroe, or Ms. Hennigan (the porn star's real name), said Maino hit her over the head with a champagne bottle and claimed he kicked her. Maino was cleared of the charges.

Tyler, The Creator Announces Massive International Tour

Tyler, The Creator is known for many things, but one of his strongest suits has always been the live performance aspect.

Snoop Dogg Reveals Cover Art and Release Date For "BUSH"

The upcoming Snoop Dogg album, BUSH, is set to be executive produced by Pharrell. May 12th.

Rocko Reportedly Arrested For Drag Racing In A Rolls-Royce

Lifestyles of the rich and famous…

Diddy Is Producing New Music 

It looks like the original Bad Boy is getting back to his first love, production. Taking to Instagram, Diddy revealed that he’s stepping back behind the boards and producing new music for the likes of Kanye West The Weeknd, etc.

Lil Wayne's ‘Miami Mansion’ Prank Call

Some jokester reported gun shots were fired at Weezy’s Miami palace.

Ty Dolla $ign & Wiz Khalifa Reveal "Talk About It In The Morning" Cover Art

Two of Taylor Gang's biggest artists, Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa, are joining forces for a joint EP called Talk About It In The Morning. Heads up: this actually dropped yesterday.

Migos Announce Debut Album Release Date

Migos will roll out their debut album, YRN: Tha Album, on June 16th.

50 Cent to Stand Trial For Posting Rick Ross' Baby Mama's Sex Tape On YouTube

50 Cent will stand trial in June to determine whether he unlawfully posted a sex tape featuring Rick Ross' ex-girlfriend and baby mama to YouTube in 2009. Lastonia Leviston, the woman who appears in the sex tape, sued 50 for emotional damages.

Common & Oprah Penciled In For Season Two Of "Empire"

"Empire" is one of the most-watched first seasons of any TV show ever -- nearly 15 million viewers tuned in for the most recent episode -- and the show-runners are already reloading for season two. 

The Weeknd Wins Artist Of The Year At The 2015 Juno Awards

The annual Juno Awards, which is more or less the Canadian Grammys, gave The Weeknd some well-earned respect. In related news, he premiered a new song while at SXSW.

Nicki Minaj Announces First Leg Of "The Pinkprint" Tour

Tinashe, Rae Sremmurd, DeJ Loaf and Meek Mill are all slated to join her on the road.

Kanye West Will Reportedly Make A Cameo In "Zoolander 2"

But will he tackle ‘Blue Steel’?

Drake Announces OVO Fest

Drake will be joined by Big Sean, J. Cole and more at his annual OVO Fest. More performers to be announced in the coming months.

Young Thug Confirms His Next Project Is Called "Carter 6”

Ridiculous or nah?

Game Announces New Release Date For "The Documentary 2"

Game will release the effort on June 30th.

Yelawolf Releases "Love Story" Tracklist & Tour Schedule

Tracks like "Til It's Gone" and "Whiskey In a Bottle" have got us hyped for Yelawolf's next album, Love Story, which is scheduled to be out April 21st.

ASAP Yams’ Cause Of Death Is Revealed

The cause of his death was unknown at the time, but this past month we received some new (and perhaps unsurprising) details.

Lil Twist Charged With Six Felonies

Perhaps the biggest news to circulate on Lil Twist, in the span of his rap career, is the fact that he was charged with six felonies. 

Juicy J To Set Out On "The Hustle Continues" Tour

Juicy J's second wind has not only been prolific in the musical sense, but also in performance.

Kendrick Lamar Earns His First #1 Album

To Pimp A Butterfly moved 318,988 copies opening week.

A$AP Rocky's Full Album Title Revealed

We got a little teaser verse from A$AP Rocky's highly anticipated sophomore effort, A.L.L.A. (At.Long.Last.A$AP).

Dame Dash Confirms He And Kanye West Are Buying Karmaloop

Karmaloop may have found a way out of their imminent bankruptcy. However, according to the online distributor, the purchase has yet to be finalized.

A$AP Mob Sued For Injuring Fan While Crowd Surfing

A$AP Mob are now facing a lawsuit for an incident that stems back to 2013. While performing at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood two years ago, the A$AP Mob started crowd surfing, and allegedly, injured a fan.

Jay Z Announces Artist-Owned TIDAL Streaming Service

Once again Hov is bringing his #NewRules into play, with the launch of a music subscription service that is artist-owned.

Upcoming April Releases:

Waka Flocka- Salute Me Or Shoot Me 5 - April 1st 2015

Curren$y - Pilot Talk III - April 4th 2015

MGK - Coast 2 Coast 208 - April 7th 2015

Shlohmo - Dark Red - April 7th 2015

Flo Rida - My House - April 7th 2015

Project Pat - Mista Don't Play 2: Everythangs Money - April 14th 2015

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music 2 - April 14th 2015

Black Rob - Genuine Article - April 21st 2015

Gangrene - The Alchemist & Oh No Present: Welcome To Los Santos - April 21st 2015

Yelawolf - Love Story - April 21st 2015

Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost) - April 28th 2015

Fab 5ive - Clear Soul Forces Fab 5ive - April 28th 2015

Raekwon - F.I.L.A. - April 28th 2015

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