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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.

Killer Mike Weighs In On Baltimore & Freddie Gray

Killer Mike is one of most politfcally-minded figures in hip hop. Now he’s written an editorial about Freddie Gray's murder and the situation in Baltimore.

De La Soul Raise Over $600K On Kickstarter

The people want their De La! The New York rap trio has raised over half a million dollars so that they can get to work on their next LP.

Beyonce Signs 3 Teenagers For $1.5 Million

In 2008, Beyonce founded her own company Parkwood Entertainment. Since its creation, Parkwood has been involved in everything Beyonce, from her albums to her music videos. She welcomed a few young guns to the team this month.

Nicki Minaj Will Join Ice Cube & Eve In "Barbershop 3"

Ice Cube, Eve, and now Nicki Minaj are amongst the stars slated to appear in the third Barbershop movie.

Trinidad James To Make At Least $50,000 From "Uptown Funk" Royalties

Bruno Mars will have to split some of his dough with Trinidad James. “Don’t believe me just watch” was a really great thing to say.

Migos' Offset Receives Additional Charges

As Offset's bond was denied last month due to prior felony convictions, things already weren't looking good for the Migos member, and now they look even worse. The 23-year-old rapper has apparently been charged with inciting a riot and battery.

Jay Z Plans "40/40 Live" Talk Show With Skylar Diggins

TIDAL might be the subject of much conversation, but Jay Z continues to move forward with his business. The hip hop mogul is set to launch a new interview series out of his 40/40 club in Manhattan.

Young Thug and The Game's Had Beef

But they squashed it…

Kehlani Signs With Atlantic

Lani Tsunami has a major deal, plus a deal for her imprint Tsunami Mob

Wiz Khalifa Details PARTYNEXTDOOR Collaboration, Mixtape With Curren$y and Sequel To "Rolling Papers" Album

Lots of big moves on the horizon for Mr. Khalifa. We look forward to new music from the Taylor Gang kingpin.

Chris Brown Returned Home From Las Vegas To Find Naked Woman In His Bed

This is a pretty bizarre story. There are worse things you can come home too though…

Bow Wow & DJ Khaled Are No Longer With Cash Money

Birdman and Lil Wayne’s drama is affecting the entire label as a couple artists move on.

Migos Delay "YRN: Tha Album"

With Offset currently sitting in jail, it's unsurprising the trio delayed their debut album until July 31st.

Kanye Receives His Honorary Doctorate From SAIC

We always knew Mr. West was a genius!

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Are Going On An "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" 20th Anniversary Tour

Raekwon and Ghostface will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their very classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx with a special tour around America.

Young Thug Is Making A Whole Album About His Fiancée

In case you missed it, Young Thug is going to tie the knot with Jerrika Karlae. He’s going to make an album about her too, apparently. In more controversial Thug news, he alleged that the next mixtape he'll drop will be called Carter V...

Diddy Announces Release Date For "MMM"

On June 29 Diddy will release a new album. Called MMM, this follows 2010’s The Last Train To Paris.

Rich Homie Quan’s Controversial Lyrics

You gotta be careful what you say on the track, Quan!

OG Maco Says He Signed A Major Label Deal

We wish him nothing but a long and prosperous career.

Dom Kennedy Announces New Self-Titled Album

And it’s supposed to drop tomorrow.

Chinx Murdered In Queens

Rapper Lionel "Chinx" Pickens was reportedly shot at 4am in the passenger's seat of his car. RIP.

Drake & Diddy Reportedly Squash Beef

Can Young Thug and Lil Wayne do the same?

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Share "12 Reasons To Die II" Tracklist

The Wu-Tang Veteran can’t stop putting out solid music. After Sour Soul and 36 Seasons, Ghost still can’t slow down.

Check Out The Full Winners List From The Billboard Music Awards

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards went down this month, and we have the list of winners-- although since, there's been a petition to take away Iggy Azalea's award for Best Rap Song.

New Film "7Dayz" To Focus On The Last Week Of Tupac's Life

You can view the trailer by clicking the headline above.

Lil Wayne & Wiz Khalifa Are Now Available For DJ Performances

The two are looking to expand their bank accounts by performing on the wheels of steel. 

The Top 10 Hip-Hop Performances On David Letterman

Cole, The Roots, and Kanye West are amongst those who made the list.

Ginuwine Working On New Album With Timbaland

The R&B artist recently revealed he's taking a cue from his debut album (which housed the hit "Pony"), and titling his new album Bachelor Again But Wiser. Timbaland is also attached to this new album, so we're excited to see how this pans out.

Fabolous Announces "Friday Night Freestyles" Mixtape

Over the past couple months, Fabolous has been treating our Friday nights with vicious freestyles over some classic 90s instrumentals. Looking to capitalize off all its success, Fab has decided to compile all of his recent freestyles into a nice little package for us.

Eminem To Executive Produce "Southpaw" Soundtrack

CEO Paul Rosenberg said, "We’ve assembled a great soundtrack to accompany what’s sure to be one of the finest boxing films ever.”

Juicy J Rushed To Hospital In San Francisco

Wish him a speedy recovery!

Drake Says He's Expanding OVO Fest To Another City

What cities would you like to see OVO Fest in?

First Week Sales Projections For A$AP Rocky & Boosie Badazz Arrive

As we await the official numbers later this week, we get a look at the projections: 125-135,000 for Rocky's A.L.L.A. and 45-55,000 for Boosie's Touchdown 2 Cause Hell.

Kendrick Lamar Scores First Number One Record

Teaming up with Taylor Swift might be the absolute safest way to get a number one on the Hot 100, and when it's paired with the hype for the "Bad Blood" video, it's pretty much a guarantee. Not so surprisingly, Kendrick Lamar and Swift's remix of "Bad Blood" hit #1. 

Kanye West Settles Lawsuit Over "Bound 2" Sample

If you remember back in 2013, Kanye West was sued by former soul singer Ricky Spicer, of The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, for using vocals of his all throughout the Yeezus song “Bound 2.”

Kid Cudi Says There Will Be No Features On "Speedin' Bullet To Heaven"

For his next album, Cudi will be handling all the vocals himself.

New Release Date For Jeremih's "Late Nights: The Album" Surfaces

After months of anticipation, Jeremih's long awaited Late Nights: The Album may finally have a release date (July 17th).

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Drop "SURF" For Free

The crew gave fans the album they'd been fiending for, for free and packed with features.

Five People Arrested At French Montana Video Shoot

Reports say that undercover cops arrested five people during a French video shoot in Brooklyn at the end of May. Among the police discoveries: four pistols, cocaine, marijuana, and molly.

A$AP Rocky Is Finishing A$AP Yams' Album

In a recent interview with BBC 1xtra, A$AP Rocky said that he's finishing the album A$AP Yams began.

Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Are Expecting Their Second Child

The follow up to North is expected to drop early next year.

Upcoming Music Releases:

Jamie xx – In Colour - June 1

Major Lazer – Peace Is The Mission - June 1

Riff Raff – Purple Panther - June 1

Dom Kennedy – By Dom Kennedy - June 2

Lil Durk – Remember My Name - June 2

Troy Ave – Major Without A Label - June 5

Denzel Curry32ZEL/PLANETSHROOMS - June 9

Hudson Mohawke – Lantern - June 15

araabMUZIK – Dream World - June 16

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth - June 22

Pete Rock – Petestrumentals 2 - June 23

Diddy- MMM - June 29

Miguel – Wildheart - June 30

The Game – The Documentary 2 - June 30

Bilal - In Another Life - June 30

Vince Staples – Summertime ’06 - June 30

Rap Industry Recap: May

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.

Killer Mike Weighs In On Baltimore & Freddie Gray

Killer Mike is one of most politfcally-minded figures in hip hop. Now he’s written an editorial about Freddie Gray's murder and the situation in Baltimore.

De La Soul Raise Over $600K On Kickstarter

The people want their De La! The New York rap trio has raised over half a million dollars so that they can get to work on their next LP.

Beyonce Signs 3 Teenagers For $1.5 Million

In 2008, Beyonce founded her own company Parkwood Entertainment. Since its creation, Parkwood has been involved in everything Beyonce, from her albums to her music videos. She welcomed a few young guns to the team this month.

Nicki Minaj Will Join Ice Cube & Eve In "Barbershop 3"

Ice Cube, Eve, and now Nicki Minaj are amongst the stars slated to appear in the third Barbershop movie.

Trinidad James To Make At Least $50,000 From "Uptown Funk" Royalties

Bruno Mars will have to split some of his dough with Trinidad James. “Don’t believe me just watch” was a really great thing to say.

Migos' Offset Receives Additional Charges

As Offset's bond was denied last month due to prior felony convictions, things already weren't looking good for the Migos member, and now they look even worse. The 23-year-old rapper has apparently been charged with inciting a riot and battery.

Jay Z Plans "40/40 Live" Talk Show With Skylar Diggins

TIDAL might be the subject of much conversation, but Jay Z continues to move forward with his business. The hip hop mogul is set to launch a new interview series out of his 40/40 club in Manhattan.

Young Thug and The Game's Had Beef

But they squashed it…

Kehlani Signs With Atlantic

Lani Tsunami has a major deal, plus a deal for her imprint Tsunami Mob

Wiz Khalifa Details PARTYNEXTDOOR Collaboration, Mixtape With Curren$y and Sequel To "Rolling Papers" Album

Lots of big moves on the horizon for Mr. Khalifa. We look forward to new music from the Taylor Gang kingpin.

Chris Brown Returned Home From Las Vegas To Find Naked Woman In His Bed

This is a pretty bizarre story. There are worse things you can come home too though…

Bow Wow & DJ Khaled Are No Longer With Cash Money

Birdman and Lil Wayne’s drama is affecting the entire label as a couple artists move on.

Migos Delay "YRN: Tha Album"

With Offset currently sitting in jail, it's unsurprising the trio delayed their debut album until July 31st.

Kanye Receives His Honorary Doctorate From SAIC

We always knew Mr. West was a genius!

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Are Going On An "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" 20th Anniversary Tour

Raekwon and Ghostface will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their very classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx with a special tour around America.

Young Thug Is Making A Whole Album About His Fiancée

In case you missed it, Young Thug is going to tie the knot with Jerrika Karlae. He’s going to make an album about her too, apparently. In more controversial Thug news, he alleged that the next mixtape he'll drop will be called Carter V...

Diddy Announces Release Date For "MMM"

On June 29 Diddy will release a new album. Called MMM, this follows 2010’s The Last Train To Paris.

Rich Homie Quan’s Controversial Lyrics

You gotta be careful what you say on the track, Quan!

OG Maco Says He Signed A Major Label Deal

We wish him nothing but a long and prosperous career.

Dom Kennedy Announces New Self-Titled Album

And it’s supposed to drop tomorrow.

Chinx Murdered In Queens

Rapper Lionel "Chinx" Pickens was reportedly shot at 4am in the passenger's seat of his car. RIP.

Drake & Diddy Reportedly Squash Beef

Can Young Thug and Lil Wayne do the same?

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge Share "12 Reasons To Die II" Tracklist

The Wu-Tang Veteran can’t stop putting out solid music. After Sour Soul and 36 Seasons, Ghost still can’t slow down.

Check Out The Full Winners List From The Billboard Music Awards

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards went down this month, and we have the list of winners-- although since, there's been a petition to take away Iggy Azalea's award for Best Rap Song.

New Film "7Dayz" To Focus On The Last Week Of Tupac's Life

You can view the trailer by clicking the headline above.

Lil Wayne & Wiz Khalifa Are Now Available For DJ Performances

The two are looking to expand their bank accounts by performing on the wheels of steel. 

The Top 10 Hip-Hop Performances On David Letterman

Cole, The Roots, and Kanye West are amongst those who made the list.

Ginuwine Working On New Album With Timbaland

The R&B artist recently revealed he's taking a cue from his debut album (which housed the hit "Pony"), and titling his new album Bachelor Again But Wiser. Timbaland is also attached to this new album, so we're excited to see how this pans out.

Fabolous Announces "Friday Night Freestyles" Mixtape

Over the past couple months, Fabolous has been treating our Friday nights with vicious freestyles over some classic 90s instrumentals. Looking to capitalize off all its success, Fab has decided to compile all of his recent freestyles into a nice little package for us.

Eminem To Executive Produce "Southpaw" Soundtrack

CEO Paul Rosenberg said, "We’ve assembled a great soundtrack to accompany what’s sure to be one of the finest boxing films ever.”

Juicy J Rushed To Hospital In San Francisco

Wish him a speedy recovery!

Drake Says He's Expanding OVO Fest To Another City

What cities would you like to see OVO Fest in?

First Week Sales Projections For A$AP Rocky & Boosie Badazz Arrive

As we await the official numbers later this week, we get a look at the projections: 125-135,000 for Rocky's A.L.L.A. and 45-55,000 for Boosie's Touchdown 2 Cause Hell.

Kendrick Lamar Scores First Number One Record

Teaming up with Taylor Swift might be the absolute safest way to get a number one on the Hot 100, and when it's paired with the hype for the "Bad Blood" video, it's pretty much a guarantee. Not so surprisingly, Kendrick Lamar and Swift's remix of "Bad Blood" hit #1. 

Kanye West Settles Lawsuit Over "Bound 2" Sample

If you remember back in 2013, Kanye West was sued by former soul singer Ricky Spicer, of The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, for using vocals of his all throughout the Yeezus song “Bound 2.”

Kid Cudi Says There Will Be No Features On "Speedin' Bullet To Heaven"

For his next album, Cudi will be handling all the vocals himself.

New Release Date For Jeremih's "Late Nights: The Album" Surfaces

After months of anticipation, Jeremih's long awaited Late Nights: The Album may finally have a release date (July 17th).

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Drop "SURF" For Free

The crew gave fans the album they'd been fiending for, for free and packed with features.

Five People Arrested At French Montana Video Shoot

Reports say that undercover cops arrested five people during a French video shoot in Brooklyn at the end of May. Among the police discoveries: four pistols, cocaine, marijuana, and molly.

A$AP Rocky Is Finishing A$AP Yams' Album

In a recent interview with BBC 1xtra, A$AP Rocky said that he's finishing the album A$AP Yams began.

Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Are Expecting Their Second Child

The follow up to North is expected to drop early next year.

Upcoming Music Releases:

Jamie xx – In Colour - June 1

Major Lazer – Peace Is The Mission - June 1

Riff Raff – Purple Panther - June 1

Dom Kennedy – By Dom Kennedy - June 2

Lil Durk – Remember My Name - June 2

Troy Ave – Major Without A Label - June 5

Denzel Curry32ZEL/PLANETSHROOMS - June 9

Hudson Mohawke – Lantern - June 15

araabMUZIK – Dream World - June 16

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth - June 22

Pete Rock – Petestrumentals 2 - June 23

Diddy- MMM - June 29

Miguel – Wildheart - June 30

The Game – The Documentary 2 - June 30

Bilal - In Another Life - June 30

Vince Staples – Summertime ’06 - June 30

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