Not Good For Hip Hop

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This week has not been good for Meek Mill. After internal issues within his MMG label, Philadelphia’s FOX 29 reports the hometown rapper has been sentenced to serve jail time.

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YouTube may have provided Internet sensations like Lil B and RiFF RaFF with a home to flourish, but the web giant will soon be laying down the law and shutting down indie artists who don’t sign up to their new paid streaming service.

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I’m going to be honest, I had no idea this show “Sing Your Face Off” even existed. But apparently, ABC has been airing this monstrosity for weeks…featuring a motley crew of sad C-list stars (Sebastian Bach, Jon Lovitz, Lisa Rinna, etc) who have agreed to impersonate various singers onstage.

I can’t quite figure out what blackmail plot or pot of gold, these poor souls have been sold to make them embarrass themselves on national television like this….but for Toronto Raptors’ Landry Fields, I hope it was worth it. The NBA player dressed in a wig and bodysuit that was more Priscilla, Queen of the Desert than Barb, and “sang” Nicki Minaj’s “Starships.” *shivers*

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(Cali Swag District’s Smoove Da General, Yung, & JayAre)

Tragedy has struck rap group Cali Swag District for a second time. Member JayAre passed away, losing a battle with sickle cell anemia. Born Cheron Childs, the rapper was admitted to a hospital on Thursday night for unknown reasons, later falling into cardiac arrest and died according to MTV News.

Fellow members Smoove Da General and Yung took to Twitter and confirmed the tragic news. “RIP @Jayare_CSD 4rm #CALISWAGDISTRICT,” tweeted YG on Friday night. This is the second time the group has lost a member due to death, back in May of 2011 Montae “M-Bone” Talbert was killed in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, CA. Cali Swag District are best know for their 2010 hit-single “Teach Me How to Dougie,” which became a dance phenomenon in pop and sports culture. Shortly after, they released their debut album The Kickback in 2011 via Sony/RED.

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We’re sad to report that DJ EZ Rock passed away yesterday. He was 46-years-old. A rep for Rob Base — DJ EZ Rock’s friend and collaborator — confirmed the news with Rolling Stone, although the cause of death has yet to be revealed.

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Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

Another seemingly perfect, beautiful, successful, supportive Hollywood supercouple hath bitten the dust. Robin Thicke and his actress-wife Paula Patton have separated. The couple, who met when Robin was 14 years old, have been married for 9 years, and have a four-year-old son named Julian Fuego.

While the Patton-Thicke’s publicly expressed their love on every occasion, do you think that the past year’s series of award show “happiness” on the part of Paula, and award show “raunchiness” on the part of Robin contributed to their marriage problems?

Read Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s statement…
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Sad news this Saturday morning. According to Rap-Up, Hustle Gang rapper Doe B, real name Glenn Thomas, was shot and killed in Alabama in the early hours of this morning (Dec. 28). He was 22 years old. The fatal shooting, which reportedly injured others, occurred at Centennial Hill Bar and Grill (formerly Rose Supper Club) in Thomas’ hometown of Montgomery.

Doe B made standout appearances on Hustle Gang’s G.D.O.D. compilation and built a strong buzz from his Baby Jesus mixtape over the summer. A rep from Doe B’s management confirmed his death and issued the following statement:

UPDATE: New details have emerged via AP. One other person was killed in the shooting and six were wounded. Doe B was rushed to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead. Even more tragic, the rapper had two young children and a third on the way.

T.I., Drake, Juicy J, Trae Tha Truth and more react to Doe B’s death…


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Lord Infamous has passed away. He was 40 years old. According to DJ Paul and Da Mafia 6ix’s publicist Dove Clark (via HHDX), Infamous passed away at his mother’s home in Memphis Friday night (Dec. 20). While the cause of death has yet to be confirmed, it is believed he died from a heart attack. Infamous was a founding member of the legendary Memphis rap collective Three 6 Mafia and released his debut solo album, Lord of Terror, in 1994.

Many Memphis rap figures including Juicy J, Gangsta Boo and his half-brother DJ Paul have reacted to Infamous’ death on Twitter.

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Leave Wale off your end-of-year list, and receive an angry phone call full of threats. That’s what Complex Magazine discovered on Wednesday afternoon as the MMG rapper phoned Associate Editor Insanul Ahmed and expressed his outrage that The Gifted wasn’t included on their list of 50 Best Albums of 2013. Folarin’s emotions escalated over the three-minute call as he accused Complex of holding a personal bias and favoring albums like Juicy J’s Stay Trippy over his, before threatening physical violence.

I swear to God I’ll come to that office and start knocking n****s the f*ck out. Alright. I’ll see y’all tomorrow. Get the security ready.

We’re not going to sit here and pretend like this kind of thing hasn’t been happening since the dawn of hip-hop journalism, but threatening a publication and its staff for not giving your music love is no laughing matter. Come on, Wale.

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The ongoing war between Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame has entered another bitter chapter. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gucci is suing Waka, as well as Waka’s mother Debra Antney, OJ Da Juiceman, Zaytoven and Khia Stone, for fraud, racketeering, theft and breach of contract.

The lawsuit accuses Antney of taking control of Gucci’s 1017 Records, LLC in 2009 — during which time he was incarcerated — and establishing at least three separate companies without his consent. She also allegedly stole jewelry from Gucci, failed to report tax information on her income and withheld payments and records on 1017 Records from the rapper.

But that isn’t all: Big Guwop is also accusing his former manager of fraudulently inflating the costs of some record label expenses and then using the excess for her personal spending.

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