When Kid Cudi announced he was leaving Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music roster in 2013, some wondered if the split was amicable or if there was tension between the two performers.
At the time, Cudi said, “everything is peace with everybody on the label,” but it appears the Cleveland native does question some of his former boss’ decisions as it relates to his recordings since they parted ways.
Rick Ross, Kurupt, David Banner and Slim Thug are among the actors featured in the forthcoming major motion picture Days Of Wrath - Director’s Cut. The film, which is slated to be released later this year, is set in Los Angeles and focuses on the intersecting lives of gang members, a teacher and a television news crew.
Although Days Of Wrath - Director’s Cut director-co-writer-producer Celia Fox wanted to have rappers in the film, she wanted them to be able to carry their weight on screen.
Music industry veteran and advertising executive Steve Stoute has been involved in Hip Hop for over two decades. The former manager of Nas and Mary J. Blige is also the author of The Tanning of America. The book examines Hip Hop culture’s role in shaping consumerism in the modern world.
With his expertise in business and music, Stoute was recently asked by Hot 97′s Angie Martinez to name the five most influential people in Hip Hop. He lists Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Kanye West as the four main individuals who have an effect on changing culture.
The relationship between the Grammys and Hip Hop has often times been a strained one. The fact that a lot of the top artists in the genre have never won a gilded gramophone has some fans scratching their heads.
One of those legendary rap acts that has never made it to the podium to accept a Grammy award is Nas. The New York emcee spoke about the fact that after 13 nominations he has never won during VH1′s The Tanning of America panel.
Some of the young stars of rap music will be apart of the soundtrack for the young adult sci-fi film Divergent. The collection will feature several collaborations that include contributions from Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and Chance The Rapper.
K. Dot will team with Tame Impala for an interpretation of the Australian rock group’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” The new version featuring vocals from Kendrick is called “Backwards.”
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards took place last night in Pasadena, CA and aired live on the cable network TVOne. The event's website describes the award show’s aims as a celebration of “the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts...as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors."
Taylor Gang rapper Ty Dolla $ign is reportedly working on his next project, which may be his debut album.
Recently sitting down with The Lesbakeradio Show, the Los Angeles native dished out some details regarding the project and its make-up.
Since 2010, Eminem’s biggest hits (“Love The Way You Lie” and “The Monster”) have featured Rihanna and the two are taking that chemistry on the road. Eminem reveals in the upcoming March issue of XXL Magazine that him and Rihanna will be embarking on a three city “The Monster Tour”.
Eminem says the pair will hit “New York, L.A. and Detroit coming in August.”
50 Cent probably became the biggest independent Hip Hop artist with his new deal at Caroline/Capitol/UMG and is following in the footsteps of another great independent businessman. For the first time since he announced his departure from Interscope Records, 50 Cent discusses details of his new deal and how it was supposed to happen.
According to his recent interview with Forbes, 50 Cent says that his deal at Caroline/Capitol/UMG is similar to Birdman’s Cash Money Records deal with Universal Music Group. Birdman’s Cash Money Records gives only “7% of wholesale per album to Universal in exchange for distribution and support” according to the article.
Recently, tracklistings and announcements regarding the fifth edition of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter series have been floating around the Internet waiting for some sort of confirmation. YMCMB president Mack Maine hit up Twitter yesterday to poke a hole in what fans may or may not have been excited for these past few weeks.
"Fake Carter V tracklist floating around huh??" Mack tweeted. "The anticipation's building...#nice."