Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
Review: The Game's "Documentary 2"
The Game is a man of contradictions. His long-awaited follow-up to 2005's The Documentary begins with the Compton rapper hopping out of his car to bust some heads, and ends with a cheery hook sung by will.i.am and Fergie that sounds like it belongs in a Mary Kate & Ashley movie set in Los Angeles. In between, he's all over the place, sometimes slipping up with his lyrics, collab choices, or subject matter, but more often than not giving us some of his best material in years.
Top Tracks: September 28 - October 4
10) The Game feat. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris In his search for another hit, The Game is an equal opportunity employer. The decidedly West Coast rapper is even willing to reach out to the figurehead of the label that was once at the forefront of the East Coast sound -- though he only grants him a speaking role. "Standing On Ferraris" didn't budge in its second week on the charts, holding strong at #10.
French Montana's "Mac & Cheese 4" Dropping In November, Will Feature Kanye West And will.i.am
This year, French Montana has seemed to focus more on mentoring younger artists like Chinx and Lil Durk than on his own music, but that's soon to change. Speaking with MTV yesterday while standing next to Durk, Montana revealed that his next album, Mac & Cheese 4, is scheduled for release in November.
Pharrell & will.i.am Reportedly Settle Lawsuit Over "i am OTHER"
Pharrell and will.i.am have been in the midst of possibly the silliest legal battle of all time over the last year or so. The disagreement began with will.i.am's claim that Pharrell's "i am OTHER" title was "confusingly similar" to his own artist name. Pharrell responded cleverly to the Black Eyed Peas frontman's claims in the following statement.
Tyler, The Creator Calls Out Will.i.am, Says He's Making "Butt Shit [Music] To Make Bread"
Tyler, The Creator is often venting through Twitter with whatever is on his mind (often in all caps), whether it be about the YouTube Music Video Awards, like last week, or, like last night, about Will.i.am.
Pharrell Files Lawsuit Against Will.i.am Over "I Am" Beef [Update: Will.i.am Countersues]
Will.i.am and Pharrell have been beefing legally over Pharrell's i am OTHER brand being too similar to Will's copyrighted "I AM" phrase. There was a misunderstanding at first that Will was actually suing Pharrell over the matter, when he had just filed a notice of opposition-- but now someone is indeed suing, and it's not Will.i.am, it's Pharrell.
Will.i.am Takes Legal Action Against Pharrell's "i am OTHER" [Update: Will.i.am's Lawyers Responds]
Well, this is strange, but typical in the music industry. Will.i.am has filed a notice of opposition against Pharrell's "i am OTHER" brand for utilizing "I AM," a phrase he says he has copyrighted, and on top of this, Pharrell's logo is "confusingly similar," according to court documents.
Charts Don’t Lie: May 5
The new entries keep coming in on Charts Don't Lie. Recent weeks have seen quite a few releases that are within the hip-hop realm, as is often the case, because rappers like to release projects on the same day. This week, however, the new-comers to the charts don't come in as strong as you might think. Pop-friendly rapper Will.i.am moved under 30k for opening week with his solo album #willpower. This is suprising when you think the target market for Will.i.am is definitely the mainstream and thus the numbers should reflect that.
Projections For First Week Sales Of Snoop Dogg's "Reincarnated" & Will.i.am's "#willpower"
Snoop Dogg and Will.i.am's respective albums were released this past week, and both the OG rapper and mainstream artist are not looking like they'll be selling vast amounts in their first week.
Will.i.am Admits To Stealing Beat On "#willpower" Album
Will.i.am's new album, #willpower, officially dropped five days ago, but the rapper is already in trouble over some of his production credits, or lack-there-of.
Full Album Stream For Will.i.am's "#willpower"
Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.i.am is building up anticipation for his new solo album, #willpower, which arrives on May 23rd.
Cover Art Revealed For Will.i.am's "#willpower" Album [Update: Official Tracklist Revealed]
Will.i.am reveals the official cover art for his upcoming album, #willpower, today.
Will.i.am Lists Features On "#willpower" Album
Black Eyed Peas' rapper Will.i.am is prepping his #willpower album for release, having already released two big singles with big features. However, you'll see even more features on the LP, which is slated for release on April 23rd, formerly April 9th.
Release Date & Cover Art Revealed For Will.i.am's "#Willpower"
Will.i.am is currently prepping his fourth solo album, #willpower, and recently released the huge remix of his single "Scream & Shout," adding Diddy, Lil Wayne, Waka Flocka