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As part of its celebration of the 55th anniversary of the Hot 100, Billboard magazine complied a list of the top 100 songs in the chart’s history. Each single’s placement on the list is based on performance on the Hot 100 chart. Several mainstream rap and R&B hits made the list.
Kanye West’s ode to female money lovers “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx came in at 58, Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” from the movie Dangerous Minds reached number 79, Nelly’s duet with Kelly Rowland “Dilemma” landed at the 75 spot, and Puff Daddy’s (aka Diddy) tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. “I’ll Be Missing You” was number 94.
The legal troubles for teenage rapper Chief Keef seem to keeping mounting. The latest matter is going to cost him $230,019 for damages, loss of earnings, and reputational harm for missing out on a performance.
TMZ reports that the Team Major concert promotion company sued Keef in March for not appearing at a booked show in London on December 29, 2012. This was just 2 weeks before Keef was taken into custody for parole violation on January 15, 2013. He served a 60-day sentence in a juvenile detention center for the charge.
50 Cent is to be arraigned in court today for domestic violence and vandalism charges. The G-Unit leader is being accused by the mother of his child of attacking her and destroying $7,100 worth of property. Daphne Joy claims that 50 (born Curtis Jackson) trashed her Toluca Lake, California condo and then kicked her as she tried to hide in the bathroom.
Even though it has been implied that Eminem was chosen for a role in the film Elysium over Matt Damon, Damon says that he and the Detroit rapper were not competing for the main role in the film, which is scheduled to open August 9.
Lil Wayne recently said he does not "know where Hip Hop is at," but added that he still has an appreciation for Odd Future, A$AP Ferg, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and others. He also added that he enjoys "the old stuff" and is "amazed" by new music videos.
"I listen to a lot of Odd Future," Lil Wayne said in an interview with XXL. "I’ve been listening to a lot of old stuff, though. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Bone Thugs, [E. 1999 Eternal], that album. I listen to a lot of UGK, a lot of 8Ball & MJG and that’s kind of it. As far as new, I listen to Future, to a lot of the older mixtape stuff [and] A$AP Ferg."
The death of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin and the highly-publicized trial that followed remains a much-discussed topic of conversation with many still voicing their opinion on the matter. Among those to offer their thoughts on the George Zimmerman trial was Atlanta rapper T.I. who didn’t hold back when it concerned comments he made this week.
During an interview with Power 98 FM, T.I. revealed that he would have taken justice into his own hands if he was the father of Trayvon Martin and would have instead found himself on trial.
While Kanye West may have his gripes with the paparazzi, R&B crooner Ray J seemed quite welcoming of a TMZ photographer in a video posted on the celebrity gossip site this week. The “I Hit It First” singer even went on to mock Kanye and the Yeezus rapper’s now-notorious confrontation with a paparazzo at LAX.
In the video, Ray J is approached while exiting Tru Hollywood nightclub and proceeds to engage in a spiel about higher education.
Maybach Music Group founder Rick Ross found himself swimming in controversy this year following the release of Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.,” a record which featured a notoriously controversial lyric from Ross. Following the backlash surrounding the rapper’s lyrical addition to “U.O.E.N.O.,” he was subsequently dropped from his endorsement deal with Reebok.
Despite Ross’ brash ending with Reebok, he went on to reveal that he still has “love” for the brand during an interview with The L.A. Leakers. The God Forgives, I Don’t rapper also made reference to a possible “announcement” he says will be made at the appropriate time.
DMX has filed for bankruptcy as his financial woes have climaxed.
The rapper, Earl Simmons, has long had money issues, but days after he was arrested for a suspected DUI, he made the filing.