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

The rap industry moves quick, and September was no exception. We saw the hip hop culture bleed into New York's Fashion Week, most notably when Kanye West debuted some new music at his Yeezy Season 2 show. We also got surprise releases by the likes of T.I., Drake and Future, and long-awaited releases by Travis $cott, Young Thug, and Mac Miller. Chris Brown and Rick Ross continued to get weighed down by legal troubles, but DMX was released from jail. Check out the full low-down below.

Powerhouse 2015 Line-Up Includes Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Future & More

You won’t want to miss this star-studded lineup if you’re in the tri-state area. It all goes down on October 22nd, so be sure to get your tickets if you haven’t already.

Chris Brown Is Being Sued By A Fan Who Was Injured At His Show

Chris Brown never seems to get out from under his legal troubles. Lawsuits are thrown his direction every other day. This month it was from a fan who was injured during a show earlier this year.

Teyana Taylor & Iman Shumpert Are Expecting

The G.O.O.D. singer and her basketball-playing boyfriend announced their expecting a baby girl-- Teyana is already five months pregnant, in fact.

Tinashe Announces Sophomore Album

Tinashe revealed the title of her sophomore effort, JOYRIDE, which was quickly followed by the first single, "Party Favors" with Young Thug. It's looking like a Fall release for JOYRIDE.

J Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Goes Platinum

Shout outs to J. Cole for selling a million copies of his latest album.

Rick Ross Dropped His "Black Dollar" Mixtape

With little advance notice, Ricky Rozay dropped off Black Dollar just as September was getting started. The fans approved.

Gucci Mane To Release Autobiography "Within The Next Year"

At 35 years old, Gucci might seem a little young for an autobiography, but he's lived quite the life over those years.

Migos Dropped Their "Back To The Bando" Mixtape

The follow-up to Yung Rich Nation arrived sooner than we expected. Not only that, but Migos later announced their departure from 300-- a claim which Lyor Cohen has since refuted. The plot thickens.

Lil Herb Signs Deal With Cinematic Music Group

Cinematic has scooped up the rising Lil Herb, under the rule that he will still operate primarily out of his 150 Dream Team imprint.

The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" First Week Sales Are In

The Weeknd has had a great year, and the success hasn't stopped yet, with BBTM moving 415,267 copies opening week, including streams. Not to mention, the album held on to Billboard's #1 spot for three weeks in a row.

Logic Is Prepping A Sophomore Album

Logic revealed his upcoming album, to follow-up Under Pressure, is titled The Incredible True Story.

Post Malone Apologizes For Using The N-Word

The White Iverson was caught up in some controversy this month when a video surfaced of him using the N-Word in a casual light. He’s apologized and everyone has seemingly moved on.

Detroit Rapper Dex Osama Shot & Killed

Senseless violence continues to plague the rap world when another rapper is shot and killed.

Daz Dillinger Has Announced The Cast Of His Dogg Pound Biopic

After the success of "Straight Outta Compton," there have been a ton of movies in the rumor mill. Apparently Daz Dillinger’s Dogg Pound biopic is more than just a rumor, though.

Juicy J Dropped A New Mixtape “100% Juice”

Surprise release from the prolific Juicy J.

Joe Budden Reveals Album Cover & Tracklist For “All Love Lost”

The Slaughterhouse member keeps busy with another album, coming out soon.

50 Cent Sued For $200 Million By Writer Over "Power"

Larry Johnson, a writer, is suing Curtis Jackson, claiming that he stole the idea for Starz TV show "Power" from one of his manuscripts.

DMX's Son Is Selling His Platinum Plaques On eBay Without Permission

Maybe DMX will catch a break in 2016?...Read more headlines below to find out...

Raury Announces Debut Album "All We Need," Shares Tracklist & Release Date

Atlanta’s flower child has a proper debut LP on the way.

Ty Dolla $ign Announces "Free TC" Release Date

It’s looking like Ty has finally settled on a release date that we hope will stick; November 13th. The L.A. native also dropped off the cover art for Free TC.

T.I. Dropped New EP "Da Nic"

Surprise, surprise (sorta)! New T.I. via T.I.P.!

Machine Gun Kelly Reveals Album Cover & Tracklist For "General Admission"

With his mixtape Fuck It still in rotation, Machine Gun Kelly is shifting focus onto his sophomore album General Admission. The album is available for pre-order.

Chris Brown Wins Joint Custody Of His Daughter

Breezy was battling it out in court with his baby mama Nia Guzman, and finally came out with W, winning joint custody of their daughter Royalty. Not only that, the judge denied Guzman's attempt to hike up monthly payments from $2,500 to $15,000.

Tyler, The Creator Announces Lineup For 4th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

Tons of great acts are playing this one, from Snoop Dogg to A$AP Rocky to Odd Future to thrashing punks Trash Talk.

Travi$ Scott's First Week Sales For "Rodeo"

What did you think about Rodeo? The album may have been divisive, but it pulled in numbers with 90,940 copies sold, including streams.

RZA To Direct Upcoming Action-Thriller "Breakout"

Revered Wu-Tang producer has another upcoming on-screen project. The action-thriller titled "Breakout" will begin filming in early 2016.

Jay Rock's First Week Sales For "90059"

Jay Rock's latest 90059 sold 16,012 copies opening week.

Lil Wayne Loses Private Jet Lawsuit; Owes $2 Million

Trouble in paradise. And on a sort-of related note, reports circulated that Tunechi and Christina Milian are no more earlier in the month.

Kanye West Debuts New Music At Yeezy Season 2 Show

The new track samples Chicago house and features Ty Dolla $ign & Post Malone. 

Looks Like There's Actually A Tupac Biopic Coming

Add this one to the list of upcoming hip hop movies we want to see.

Young Thug's "Slime Season" Mixtape Dropped

After bailing on the July 4th release date, Young Thug dropped his Slime Season mixtape.

Nas To Release "The Lost Tapes 2" In 2016

Back in 2002, Nas put out The Lost Tapes. Fourteen years later, part 2 is coming.

T.I. No Longer With Columbia Records

Who needs a major label in 2015 anyways? Tip released his new EP Da Nic through independent distributor Empire.

Rick Ross Gets Engaged To Lira Mercer

Here’s some good news for Ross’ personal life amidst a sea of negativity.

Drake & Future Released A Joint Mixtape-Album

The biggest news in the rap world was the mammoth collaboration of Drake and Future, two of the game’s most current killers. What a time to be alive.

Jeezy Announces Title Of Upcoming Album

Who’s diggin’ the new Jeezy material? Look out for Church In These Streets to drop November 13th.

O.T. Genasis Released "Rhythm & Bricks"

The “CoCo” artist delivered a new mixtape this month.

Rick Ross & Affiliate Sued For Allegedly Raping A Woman

And he responded.

Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings List Includes Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, & More

Diddy holds down the top spot with the same $60 million he raked in last year. He can thank Ciroc for his financial success, (sorry 50).

Snoop Dogg Launches Weed Encyclopedia & Content Platform "Merry Jane"

MerryJane.com, a lifestyle website, will be an information center for all things cannabis. They will also produce weed-centric video and editorial content. It was only a matter of time.

The Game Announces That "The Documentary 2" Is A Double Album With 38 Songs

So not only do we have new music from The Game on the way, we have a LOT of it.

Yelawolf Announces New Album

Yela revealed the title of his third studio album is Trail By Fire.

New J Dilla Album "Dillatronic" Announced; To Include 40 Rare Instrumentals

The single they released is thumpin’!

Young Thug Cancelled A Bunch Of Tour Dates With No Warning

We wonder what happened?

Madlib, Blu, & MED Announce New Album "Bad Neighbor"

Epic collaboration for a hip hop head.

Boosie Badazz Announces "No Juice" Tour

Buckle up, everybody. Boosie Badazz is going on tour. Boosie's "No Juice" tour will hit 16 cities, culminating in a 2-day Boosie Birthday Bash in mid-November.

50 Cent To Drop Mixtape Before "Street King Immortal"

Finally some new music out of Curtis Jackson, not that we don’t love the vodka promotion and all.

Rich Homie Quan Being Investigated By Child Protective Services For Smoking In Front Of His Baby Boy

Ya can’t do that, Quan. The rapper later apologized, for what it's worth.

Jay Z Will Appear On T.I.'s Next Album

T.I. just dropped one of the best EPs of 2015, and his new album should stack up, what with the Jay Z feature and all.

First Week Sales For Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive", Mac Miller's "GO:OD AM"

Who says you can’t sell records in 2015?

Bow Wow Signs To Diddy & Bad Boy

After leaving Cash Money Records, Bow Wow has inked a management deal with Bad Boy.

DMX Is Released From Prison; Further Hearings Await

The silver-lining in DMX’s year!

Kid Cudi Says "Speedin' Bullet To Heaven" Will Be Double Disc

Following The Game announcing his own double disc LP, Cudder said he has one in the works too.

Killer Mike & El-P Drop Off Their "Meow The Jewels" Remix Album

It features remix from the likes of Just Blaze, Alchemist, and many more. 

Lil Herb Finally Dropped "Ballin Like I'm Kobe"

Right as the month was coming to a close, the Chicago rapper came through with his anticipated mixtape.

Fetty Wap Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident 

He’s expected to recover, thankfully.

Kanye West To Perform At Democratic National Committee Fundraiser

Kanye West is apparently running for president, but first he will try and raise some funds for the left wingers.

October's Rap Releases:

Chuck Inglish - Everybody's Big Brother - Oct 2

Bryson Tiller - TRAPSOUL - Oct 2

A3C Volume 5 - Oct 2

Janet Jackson - Unbreakable - Oct 2

Azizi Gibson - preHISTORIC Till Death - Oct 5

The Game - Documentary 2 - Oct 9

Joe Budden - All Love Lost - Oct 16

Raury - All We Need - Oct 16

MGK - General Admission - Oct 16

Kirk Knight - Late Knight Special - Oct 30

J Dilla - Dillatronic - Oct 30

French Montana - Mac & Cheese: The Album - Oct 30

M.E.D., Blue, and Madlib - Bad Neighbor - Oct 30

Rap Industry Recap: September 2015

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


The rap industry moves quick, and September was no exception. We saw the hip hop culture bleed into New York's Fashion Week, most notably when Kanye West debuted some new music at his Yeezy Season 2 show. We also got surprise releases by the likes of T.I., Drake and Future, and long-awaited releases by Travis $cott, Young Thug, and Mac Miller. Chris Brown and Rick Ross continued to get weighed down by legal troubles, but DMX was released from jail. Check out the full low-down below.

Powerhouse 2015 Line-Up Includes Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Future & More

You won’t want to miss this star-studded lineup if you’re in the tri-state area. It all goes down on October 22nd, so be sure to get your tickets if you haven’t already.

Chris Brown Is Being Sued By A Fan Who Was Injured At His Show

Chris Brown never seems to get out from under his legal troubles. Lawsuits are thrown his direction every other day. This month it was from a fan who was injured during a show earlier this year.

Teyana Taylor & Iman Shumpert Are Expecting

The G.O.O.D. singer and her basketball-playing boyfriend announced their expecting a baby girl-- Teyana is already five months pregnant, in fact.

Tinashe Announces Sophomore Album

Tinashe revealed the title of her sophomore effort, JOYRIDE, which was quickly followed by the first single, "Party Favors" with Young Thug. It's looking like a Fall release for JOYRIDE.

J Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Goes Platinum

Shout outs to J. Cole for selling a million copies of his latest album.

Rick Ross Dropped His "Black Dollar" Mixtape

With little advance notice, Ricky Rozay dropped off Black Dollar just as September was getting started. The fans approved.

Gucci Mane To Release Autobiography "Within The Next Year"

At 35 years old, Gucci might seem a little young for an autobiography, but he's lived quite the life over those years.

Migos Dropped Their "Back To The Bando" Mixtape

The follow-up to Yung Rich Nation arrived sooner than we expected. Not only that, but Migos later announced their departure from 300-- a claim which Lyor Cohen has since refuted. The plot thickens.

Lil Herb Signs Deal With Cinematic Music Group

Cinematic has scooped up the rising Lil Herb, under the rule that he will still operate primarily out of his 150 Dream Team imprint.

The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" First Week Sales Are In

The Weeknd has had a great year, and the success hasn't stopped yet, with BBTM moving 415,267 copies opening week, including streams. Not to mention, the album held on to Billboard's #1 spot for three weeks in a row.

Logic Is Prepping A Sophomore Album

Logic revealed his upcoming album, to follow-up Under Pressure, is titled The Incredible True Story.

Post Malone Apologizes For Using The N-Word

The White Iverson was caught up in some controversy this month when a video surfaced of him using the N-Word in a casual light. He’s apologized and everyone has seemingly moved on.

Detroit Rapper Dex Osama Shot & Killed

Senseless violence continues to plague the rap world when another rapper is shot and killed.

Daz Dillinger Has Announced The Cast Of His Dogg Pound Biopic

After the success of "Straight Outta Compton," there have been a ton of movies in the rumor mill. Apparently Daz Dillinger’s Dogg Pound biopic is more than just a rumor, though.

Juicy J Dropped A New Mixtape “100% Juice”

Surprise release from the prolific Juicy J.

Joe Budden Reveals Album Cover & Tracklist For “All Love Lost”

The Slaughterhouse member keeps busy with another album, coming out soon.

50 Cent Sued For $200 Million By Writer Over "Power"

Larry Johnson, a writer, is suing Curtis Jackson, claiming that he stole the idea for Starz TV show "Power" from one of his manuscripts.

DMX's Son Is Selling His Platinum Plaques On eBay Without Permission

Maybe DMX will catch a break in 2016?...Read more headlines below to find out...

Raury Announces Debut Album "All We Need," Shares Tracklist & Release Date

Atlanta’s flower child has a proper debut LP on the way.

Ty Dolla $ign Announces "Free TC" Release Date

It’s looking like Ty has finally settled on a release date that we hope will stick; November 13th. The L.A. native also dropped off the cover art for Free TC.

T.I. Dropped New EP "Da Nic"

Surprise, surprise (sorta)! New T.I. via T.I.P.!

Machine Gun Kelly Reveals Album Cover & Tracklist For "General Admission"

With his mixtape Fuck It still in rotation, Machine Gun Kelly is shifting focus onto his sophomore album General Admission. The album is available for pre-order.

Chris Brown Wins Joint Custody Of His Daughter

Breezy was battling it out in court with his baby mama Nia Guzman, and finally came out with W, winning joint custody of their daughter Royalty. Not only that, the judge denied Guzman's attempt to hike up monthly payments from $2,500 to $15,000.

Tyler, The Creator Announces Lineup For 4th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

Tons of great acts are playing this one, from Snoop Dogg to A$AP Rocky to Odd Future to thrashing punks Trash Talk.

Travi$ Scott's First Week Sales For "Rodeo"

What did you think about Rodeo? The album may have been divisive, but it pulled in numbers with 90,940 copies sold, including streams.

RZA To Direct Upcoming Action-Thriller "Breakout"

Revered Wu-Tang producer has another upcoming on-screen project. The action-thriller titled "Breakout" will begin filming in early 2016.

Jay Rock's First Week Sales For "90059"

Jay Rock's latest 90059 sold 16,012 copies opening week.

Lil Wayne Loses Private Jet Lawsuit; Owes $2 Million

Trouble in paradise. And on a sort-of related note, reports circulated that Tunechi and Christina Milian are no more earlier in the month.

Kanye West Debuts New Music At Yeezy Season 2 Show

The new track samples Chicago house and features Ty Dolla $ign & Post Malone. 

Looks Like There's Actually A Tupac Biopic Coming

Add this one to the list of upcoming hip hop movies we want to see.

Young Thug's "Slime Season" Mixtape Dropped

After bailing on the July 4th release date, Young Thug dropped his Slime Season mixtape.

Nas To Release "The Lost Tapes 2" In 2016

Back in 2002, Nas put out The Lost Tapes. Fourteen years later, part 2 is coming.

T.I. No Longer With Columbia Records

Who needs a major label in 2015 anyways? Tip released his new EP Da Nic through independent distributor Empire.

Rick Ross Gets Engaged To Lira Mercer

Here’s some good news for Ross’ personal life amidst a sea of negativity.

Drake & Future Released A Joint Mixtape-Album

The biggest news in the rap world was the mammoth collaboration of Drake and Future, two of the game’s most current killers. What a time to be alive.

Jeezy Announces Title Of Upcoming Album

Who’s diggin’ the new Jeezy material? Look out for Church In These Streets to drop November 13th.

O.T. Genasis Released "Rhythm & Bricks"

The “CoCo” artist delivered a new mixtape this month.

Rick Ross & Affiliate Sued For Allegedly Raping A Woman

And he responded.

Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings List Includes Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, & More

Diddy holds down the top spot with the same $60 million he raked in last year. He can thank Ciroc for his financial success, (sorry 50).

Snoop Dogg Launches Weed Encyclopedia & Content Platform "Merry Jane"

MerryJane.com, a lifestyle website, will be an information center for all things cannabis. They will also produce weed-centric video and editorial content. It was only a matter of time.

The Game Announces That "The Documentary 2" Is A Double Album With 38 Songs

So not only do we have new music from The Game on the way, we have a LOT of it.

Yelawolf Announces New Album

Yela revealed the title of his third studio album is Trail By Fire.

New J Dilla Album "Dillatronic" Announced; To Include 40 Rare Instrumentals

The single they released is thumpin’!

Young Thug Cancelled A Bunch Of Tour Dates With No Warning

We wonder what happened?

Madlib, Blu, & MED Announce New Album "Bad Neighbor"

Epic collaboration for a hip hop head.

Boosie Badazz Announces "No Juice" Tour

Buckle up, everybody. Boosie Badazz is going on tour. Boosie's "No Juice" tour will hit 16 cities, culminating in a 2-day Boosie Birthday Bash in mid-November.

50 Cent To Drop Mixtape Before "Street King Immortal"

Finally some new music out of Curtis Jackson, not that we don’t love the vodka promotion and all.

Rich Homie Quan Being Investigated By Child Protective Services For Smoking In Front Of His Baby Boy

Ya can’t do that, Quan. The rapper later apologized, for what it's worth.

Jay Z Will Appear On T.I.'s Next Album

T.I. just dropped one of the best EPs of 2015, and his new album should stack up, what with the Jay Z feature and all.

First Week Sales For Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive", Mac Miller's "GO:OD AM"

Who says you can’t sell records in 2015?

Bow Wow Signs To Diddy & Bad Boy

After leaving Cash Money Records, Bow Wow has inked a management deal with Bad Boy.

DMX Is Released From Prison; Further Hearings Await

The silver-lining in DMX’s year!

Kid Cudi Says "Speedin' Bullet To Heaven" Will Be Double Disc

Following The Game announcing his own double disc LP, Cudder said he has one in the works too.

Killer Mike & El-P Drop Off Their "Meow The Jewels" Remix Album

It features remix from the likes of Just Blaze, Alchemist, and many more. 

Lil Herb Finally Dropped "Ballin Like I'm Kobe"

Right as the month was coming to a close, the Chicago rapper came through with his anticipated mixtape.

Fetty Wap Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident 

He’s expected to recover, thankfully.

Kanye West To Perform At Democratic National Committee Fundraiser

Kanye West is apparently running for president, but first he will try and raise some funds for the left wingers.

October's Rap Releases:

Chuck Inglish - Everybody's Big Brother - Oct 2

Bryson Tiller - TRAPSOUL - Oct 2

A3C Volume 5 - Oct 2

Janet Jackson - Unbreakable - Oct 2

Azizi Gibson - preHISTORIC Till Death - Oct 5

The Game - Documentary 2 - Oct 9

Joe Budden - All Love Lost - Oct 16

Raury - All We Need - Oct 16

MGK - General Admission - Oct 16

Kirk Knight - Late Knight Special - Oct 30

J Dilla - Dillatronic - Oct 30

French Montana - Mac & Cheese: The Album - Oct 30

M.E.D., Blue, and Madlib - Bad Neighbor - Oct 30

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