Could this be the early Christmas present Jeezy promised fans? Jeezy has formed a partnership with Jay Z and Roc Nation to conduct business ventures involving CTE and the Snowman himself. The above picture of Jeezy and Jay Z was posted to Life + Times with the caption of “CTE x Roc Nation x It’s Tha World” to let everyone know that the partnership has become official. It’s Tha World Vol. 2 is set to release on the 27th.
Kendrick Lamar appears on the cover of GQ and is named "The Next King of Rap" by the publication.
Kendrick Lamar appears on the cover of GQ.
The publication has also named the Compton, California emcee "The Next King Of Rap."
In the article, Lamar speaks on a variety of topics. One of those discussion points is Drake, a rapper he has been rumored to be feuding with throughout the year.
In the issue, Lamar described his relationship with Drake as "pretty cool" following the release of his verse on Big Sean's "Control." Lamar then added: "I mean, I would be okay if we weren't."
Following the release of "Control," Drake spoke about Lamar's verse in several interviews.
"I didn't really have anything to say about it," Drake said. "It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That's all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick's not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic."
Drake also said that he lost respect for Kendrick Lamar's sentiments on the verse.
"He didn’t come in there on some wild, ‘I’m in New York, fuck everybody,’" Drake said in September. "I almost wish he had come in there on that shit because I kind of lost a little bit of respect for the sentiment of the verse. If it’s really ‘fuck everybody’ then it needs to be ‘fuck everybody’. It can’t just be halfway.”
Drake also alluded to the verse not being entirely memorable.
"He's the new guy to love and rightfully so," Drake said. "He's super talented...That verse was a moment to talk about. Are you listening to it now, at this point in time? But it was real cool for a couple weeks. But if I ask you, for example, how does that verse start? Mind you, it'll go on and Complex or Rap Radar will give it 'Verse of the Millennium' and all that shit or whatever...I remember somebody asked if Kendrick Lamar is my biggest competition in this generation. I think Kendrick has the utmost potential. I see Kendrick tomorrow, I'ma dap him. I didn't feel a way about the verse. I get it. I get the moment. And I know that verse had no malice behind it because I saw him five days later at the VMAs and it was all love."
50 Cent is reportedly not facing jail time after allegedly assaulting Daphne Joy, the mother of one of his children, according to tmz.com.
50 Cent was charged with five criminal counts following a June disagreement with Joy in Toluca Lake, California. He was charged with one count of domestic violence and four counts of
50 also reportedly caused more than $7,000 worth of damage to Joy's property.
In July, 50 Cent's lawyer, Scott Leemon, addressed these charges.
“Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him," the lawyer said in a letter that appeared on CNN. "It is important to note, Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest. We have been in contact with the L.A. City Attorney’s Office and are currently conducting our own investigation into these allegations. Out of respect for the legal process, we will not be commenting any further at this time.”
50 Cent pled not guilty to the charges in August.
50 Cent has agreed to a deal with prosecutors to have the domestic violence charge dropped, according to tmz.com. He has reportedly agreed to plea no contest to one count of misdemeanor vandalism instead.
As a result, 50 Cent has been sentenced to three years probation and 30 days community service. He has also reportedly agreed to counseling. 50 is also slated to pay Joy more than $7,000 in restitution.
DJ Quik calls Travon Lane an instigator, says Suge Knight isn't to blame for Death Row's downfall.
A number of different factors could have possibly played a role in the fall of the Suge Knight-founded Death Row Records, but for Compton rapper DJ Quik, the label’s downfall can be attributed to one man in particular. Speaking exclusively with AllHipHop.com at Gentleman Jack's Art Beats & Lyrics tour stop in Atlanta, DJ Quik blamed the fall of the label on Travon Lane, a Death Row affiliate and alleged gang member.
According to DJ Quik, on top of ultimately bringing down the label, Lane was responsible for a fight which took place between Tupac Shakur, his entourage and Orlando Anderson the night the rapper was gunned down in Las Vegas.
“It wasn’t Suge that brought down Death Row either. It was Travon Lane, bitch ass,” said DJ Quik. “Scary ass nigga got that chain took and then got Tupac in there fighting. And then that’s how Tupac got shot. Because Travon Lane—he was like the little bully. He was like an instigator. It’s always the one that don’t mean nothing that bring the whole house of cards down. Travon Lane, you ought to be real proud of yourself. You’s a bitch ass nigga. Nigga, you fucked it up for everybody.”
Anderson was reportedly a person of interest in the murder of Tupac. He was killed in a shootout, which took place well over a year after Tupac was gunned down in Vegas.
DJ Quik previously spoke on his relationship with the late Tupac during a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times. The rapper recalled the influence Tupac’s tenacious nature had on his work ethic.
“Before I met Pac, I saw his tenacity, which was insanely fierce toward the end of his life,” said Quik. “I always saw my songs one at a time, until I recorded with him and I started making 14 a day just [messing] with him. I’d been doing my thing for a long time at that point and I was like, ‘Who is this fire starter to get me to change the way I did my business?’ He really made me figure out the best usage of my available time, and got me on a wholly new personal clock directed toward constantly making music.”
DJ Quik served as an in-house producer at Death Row Records during the ‘90s and has also produced records for Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, and more.
The Carlyle Group shells out major coin to Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's company, which also buys out HTC.
Beats Electronics, home to the wildly popular Beats By Dre headphones and other myriad products, secured a $500 million investment from the Carlyle Group.
Beats is now valued at more than $1 billion, with Carlyle taking two of six seats on Beats' board.
Additionally, Beats will buy back the 25 percent stake in itself held by Taiwanese smartphone company HTC for $265 million. Beats also paid off a $150 million note held by HTC.
In addition to headphones, Beats electronics also has speakers and sound systems for Hewlett-Packard and HTC phones in its portfolio.
In 2012, Beats purchased online music streaming service Mog for more than $14 million.
“These transactions represent the evolution of the financial strength and significant growth prospects of Beats,” said Iovine in a statement.
“Carlyle is a fantastic investment partner and we look forward to building the next chapter of Beats," he added.
Upon releasing his single "In My Head," Jeezy announces that he is working on another album in new video.
There have been quite a few headlines regarding Jeezy as of late. The Atlanta rapper recently changed his name and released a new single. Yesterday, Jeezy dropped “In My Head” and now, he has announced there's more from where that came as a new album is on the way.
In a new album teaser, Jeezy is seen with numerous rappers, producers and singers talking about the new album. When speaking to the group, Jeezy says he's revealing all in the upcoming project and that "the statute of limitations is over with.”
“A lot of y’all know when I came in the game, I pretty much came in the game with my hands behind my back. 'Cause a lot of the shit I’d a like to talk about or could’ve talked about probably would have got me in a lot of trouble,” Jeezy said. “This is probably my first album where I can explain and let niggas know where I stand. In layman’s terms, the statute of limitations is over with.”
The footage features singer Usher, rappers Future and Ludacris and deejays DJ Drama and Don Cannon, among others. No release date or title has yet been revealed.
Jeezy recently changed his name to just Jeezy, removing "Young" from the beginning of it. His career has consisted of numerous platinum albums including his debut major label album, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, in 2005, considered by many as one of the best albums of the decade.
Watch the full video below containing Jeezy's album announcement :
DMX appears on Dr. Phil's talk show and explains why he is more than $1 million behind in child support payments.
Despite being arrested more than 25 times, including charges of drug possession and animal cruelty, DMX says that he is happy with the choices he’s made in his life.
“I wouldn’t redo anything ‘cause it got me right here where I’m at right now and I’m in a good place,” DMX says during an interview with Dr. Phil that aired today (September 25). “No regrets.”
Elsewhere in the interview, DMX says that he has 11 children and that he has another on the way.
“They’re well taken care of,” DMX says to Dr. Phil. “I’m a big influence in their lives. I love all of my children. I do see them and speak to them when I can. I do have [a] relationship with my children. I love my children. I would never just not be a part of my children’s lives. That doesn’t make sense.”
Dr. Phil then asks if the reports that DMX is more than $1 million behind in child support.
“Yes, I am,” DMX says. “The reason being because at a time I was making $13 million a year, so if I’m making $13 million a year, then I can pay that. I haven’t made that in about 10 years, so of course I’m behind in payments, but the children are taken care of.”
DMX also says that because of his criminal record, his driver’s license and his passport have been revoked, both of which have made it difficult for him to make money since he is not able to drive to performances and because he is unable to tour overseas. The rapper filed for bankruptcy in July and earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal's website published a story that said DMX said in court filings that his estimated monthly income is $5,000 and that he has monthly expenses of $5,221, which include $1,000 on clothing and $500 on laundry and dry cleaning
“You can get buried under these things and it’s kind of hard to get out,” DMX said to Dr. Phil. “It’s being worked out.”
An admitted long-time drug abuser, DMX also said that his reliance on drugs is diminishing.
“I don’t have to get high,” he says. “I smoke weed. I drink, yes. But that’s it. And one day, that’ll be gone. That’ll be gone because my faith is in God, man, and He’s not going to remove it all at once, but He’s taking steps and I’m taking steps every day to get better and get where I need to be.”