Rick Ross appears on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. During his interview, Rozay touched on his controversial past as a corrections officer, which he has never formally addressed in detail.
The Teflon Don explains that he became a CO as a way to "wash my hands" after his best friend was sentenced to a decade behind bars for trafficking heroin and cocaine.
To document his upcoming "Made in America" festival, Jay-Z has enlisted Oscar-winning duo Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to direct a film about the making of the event.
According to NY Post, Hov plans on having the pair capture artists including Rick Ross, Drake, Skrillex, Run-DMC and Pearl Jam in action during the fest, taking place on September 1st and 2nd. Steve Stoute is also set to produce the film alongside Jay.
For 2012, Virgin Mobile has tapped headliners Nas and Santigold among others, for their October 6th free concert that is set to take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
In addition Nas and Santigold, acts like Skrillex, Das Racist, ZZ Top, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, Jack White and more will also hit the stage.
Snoop Dogg caused a stir recently when he decided to change his name to "Snoop Lion" after being one of Hip Hop's most internationally-recognizable names. In a recent interview with hollywoodreporter.com, 50 Cent voiced reservations about the move.
"It’s interesting,” said 50 of the change, which appears to embody a Snoop Dogg Rastafarian alter-ego. “Of course, there will be some people who connect to it and there will be some people that run from it – I don’t know how his little league team’s parents will feel about his new persona."
Tony Yayo has responded to 50 Cent's widely publicized comments that he "disabled" Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo by handling much of their promotion, thereby rendering them lazy about their careers.
Taking to Twitter, Yayo acknowledged Fif's comments but blamed the media for trying to pull G-Unit apart. "GPG 5 you fucking with the best man these other rap niggas is fantasy life and shout out to the haters keep your hate up," he wrote. "Why would I blow shots at 50 the media want see Gunit fail so bad we won to much in front of niggas everybody running with our format."
Compton, California Game is the subject of a $250,000 lawsuit, over two canceled concerts in Beirut, Lebanon. The Crystal Group filed a lawsuit against Game in Manhattan Federal Court, claiming they wired the rap star $30,000 for a July 2011 performance.
According to the lawsuit, The Crystal Group suffered massive damages when Game canceled at the last minute.
News of rapper Young Jeezy’s new Senior Vice President of A&R role at Atlantic Records may have hit the masses late last week, but according to T.I. he’s known about Jeezy’s A&R gig for quite some time now. During an interview with Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI the rapper revealed that not only did he know about Jeezy’s SVP position, but he was also approached by Atlantic Records to give his thoughts on Young Jeezy taking on such a role.
50 Cent recently said that Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo need to "get themselves together," stating that he hasn't spoken with his G-Unit crew in months. During an interview with XXLMag, Fif faults himself for closing the lines of communication, but states that he did so much for their careers that they lost the will to promote themselves.
The inaugural Made in America Festival being curated by rapper Jay-Z, has added more star power to the lineup. According to reports, Toronto, Canada rapper Drake has been added to the lineup of the festival, which takes place September 1 and 2 in Philadelphia. The Made in America Festival will also feature for performances by Jay-Z, Jill Scott, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, DJ Shadow, The Hives, The Roots and others.
But the highlight of the Made in America Festival is the reunion of legendary Hip-Hop group Run-DMC.
While in New York, Eminem and the Slaughterhouse crew spoke about their group and what fans can expect. Em also discussed how he's learned from Dr. Dre in the past and how he's using it with his own label and music.
"I think Hip Hop needs this," Em said of the new Slaughterhouse album during his recent interview with Sway in the Morning. "When people hear it, they're going to be pleasantly surprised, people who don't know what they're capable of."