Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
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.
VH1 Announces Premiere Date For The Game's Dating Show "She's Got Game"
The Game's reality dating show "She's Got Game" is fast approaching, with VH1 setting the premiere for Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. According to VH1, the show's premise is as follows:
The 10 Best Diss Tracks Of The 2010s
Of the many things that old heads will insist "were better back in the day," diss tracks are among the few that most younger rap fans can also agree upon. Even if you didn't live through them, the 2Pac / Biggie, Eazy-E / Dr. Dre and Jay Z / Nas beefs all produced shot-firing tracks that still loom large today-- Notorious' "Who Shot Ya" is still referenced by rappers all of the time, and Nas' "Ether" is now so baked into the foundation of rap that its title is now synonymous with a devastating diss.
The Game Decided To Record Part Of "The Documentary 2" On The Toilet
As if there weren't "shittin' on 'em" puns in the rap world, The Game has truly taken on-record bathroom humor to the next level, recording a verse for his new album, The Documentary 2, on the toilet.
A Complete Timeline Of Lil Wayne & Birdman's Beef
Even as little as nine months ago, no one would have really expected Birdman and Lil Wayne to beef. The two Cash Money titans had a bond that seemed more powerful than your run-of-the-mill rapper/CEO relationship, with their father/son dynamic even birthing an album of its own earlier in the 2000s, and a sense of loyalty that seemed out-of-character for Birdman, at least when you considered his relationships with other Cash Money artists.
Top Tracks: July 6 - July 12
As much as everyone loves to hate Young Thug, all that does his push towards the very top of our Top 100 chart. This week Thugger snatches up the first spot, but before we get to that, let’s see what the rest of the top 10 is looking like. 10) Majid Jordan ft. Drake - My Love
The Game Says Dr. Dre Called "The Documentary 2" The Best Rap Album In 5 Years
While The Game has been promising The Documentary 2 for a while, it seems that it's actually on its way for an August release, and the rapper hasn't stopped boasting about on Instagram over the last few days.Most recently, he posted an onslaught of Dr. Dre content, proving he's got the co-sign from the Compton legend. In one clip, Dre excitedly tells the camera "right now, Compton is hip-hop!", while another post quoted super-producer as calling Doc 2 the best hip-hop album in some time.
The Game Facing Felony And Misdemeanor Charges For Punching Off-Duty Cop
The Game appeared in court Monday to face charges related to an incident in which he punched an off-duty cop in a pick-up basketball game; Page Six reports that he was charged with one felony count of making criminal threats and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.
The Game Ordered To Pay Nanny $200K
The Game has a history of going off on someone in the heat of the moment, and it often results into full-fledged or semi-fledged beefs.
The Game Says "Documentary 2" Is Coming In August, Reveals Huge Producers Involved
It's difficult to do release a worthwhile sequel to a classic album 10 years removed, but it has been done. Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 is one of the few projects of it's kind to live up to the title, but Game's Documentary 2 seems poised to do the same.
5 Things We Want From The Game's "Documentary 2"
In the past few weeks, we've been stoking our curiosity about rappers' new albums by coming up with wish lists of the various things we'd think would ensure dopeness. We've already dreamed up idealized versions of Childish Gambino's upcoming project and Lil Wayne's quickly approaching Free Weezy Album, and now it's time to tackle a long in-the-works sequel to one of Cali's most celebrated albums of the 2000s.
Wrath Of The Based God: A History Of Lil B's Disses & Curses
Never before has a rapper been as inextricably linked to the NBA playoffs as Lil B has been in 2015. Dishing out warnings, curses and pardons like he's a 14th century pope, the Based God's been central to the conversation around the games, interacting with rappers on Twitter, attending games to strengthen his magic and even popping up on ESPN to clarify just who's on his shit list.
Drake & The Game Shoot New Music Video For "100" In Compton
Drake has been a busy man these past few days. The OVO crooner not only held a massive celebrity-filled party at his L.A. mansion over the weekend, which featured guests Kanye West, Amber Rose, Travis Scott, the Game, French Montana, and more, but he also apparently shot a new music video with the Game for an upcoming song called “100”.
Off-Duty Cop Is Suing The Game For $12 Million
Although The Game turned himself in over the punch he threw at an off-duty cop during a March basketball game, it looks like things are far from over. The West Coast rapper was booked earlier this week and already posted his bail of $50,000-- but the cop he punched wants him to shell out a lot more.
The Game Turns Himself In For Basketball Fight Charges
Last week, we reported that The Game had been charged with a felony for "making criminal threats" to an off-duty cop during an incident at a Pro-Am basketball game in March. Yesterday, he was arrested.
Skeme Announces New Album "Ingleworld 2," Shares Tracklist
We've got exciting news for all of you Skeme fans out there today: the L.A. rapper's announced his new album, Ingleworld 2, and shared the star-studded tracklist. Check out the front and back artwork in the gallery above, and take a peek at the tracklist below.
The Game Charged With Felony For Basketball Fight
Back in March, we reported that The Game was involved in a brawl during a Pro-Am basketball game in L.A., allegedly punching an off-duty LAPD officer in the face and threatening to kill him. Now, he's being charged with a felony offense for the incident.
The Game Makes Fun Of Plies On Instagram
We're not sure what started this, but The Game decided to go in on Plies' forehead with an Instagram post late last night. Plies is known for his hilarious Instagram videos, where he takes 15 seconds to rant on random topics (most recently was girls not wearing underwear in the club), and Game assured us he's a fan of those too, but he still couldn't resist making a slew of jokes about Plies' (apparently massive) forehead. Is this why Plies always wears a fitted?
Young Thug Apologizes To The Game, He Responds
While we heard that The Game and Young Thug had put their beef to rest yesterday, most of the news actually came from a third party. Global Gangsters' JoJo Capone played mediator in the official squashing, and supplied most of the information on the negotiations. Meanwhile, Game name-checked Capone, seemingly confirming the end of the feud, but Thugger was strangely silent.
The Game & Young Thug Beef Appears To Be Squashed
With every great rap beef, a mediator is generally needed to cool things down. Usually, T.I. is the man for the job, but either he wasn't available, or there's a new peacemaker in the rap business -- by the name of JoJo Capone. Capone, who is a member of Global Gangsters (and appears to be affiliated with Rich Gang), was able to get both Game and Young Thug on the phone, and apparently defused the heated situation. He's now done an interview with Forbez DVD detailing how exactly he convinced the two rappers to step down from the feud.