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Is Kendrick Lamar set to drop a bomb? As fans eagerly await the release of Lamar’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, news about a new record possibly off the LP was revealed online. Scott Vener, Music Supervisor for HBO series such as Entourage and How To Make It In America took to Twitter on Wednesday night to speak on an impromptu listening session of some new Kendrick records.

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YMCMB’s Rich Gang collective of Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan stopped by HOT 97’s Funk Flex Show on Monday night. During their conversation, Flex and Birdman got straight into the recent issues in the YMCMB camp, specifically Tyga’s problems with the label, and T-Raww’s comments directed at Drake in a recent interview.

According to the Cash Money Records CEO, he did not see the recent drama coming and still hasn’t got down to the bottom of it. Praising Tyga and calling him his “little bro,” Birdman states the two are different artists with Drake in a different league of his own. “My intake is, I’m family orientated….either you’re in or you’re out. If you’re out, you’re an outcast,” says Birdman, who also confirms Tyga is still signed to Young Money Records.

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Before hitting the stage in Los Angeles on Thursday night to celebrate his newly released Paperwork album, T.I. took a break to catch up with Rap-Up. Along with speaking on his “Private Show” collaboration with Chris Brown, the Atlanta veteran opened up about his relationship with Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave, and adding him to the Hustle Gang family.

“Never mind the paperwork, I can’t really speak for the deals or the solidification of a professional relationship, but personally he’s definitely Hustle Gang. That’s something that I feel comfortable saying. He’s a solid cat. He has something that New York has been missing for quite some time and he’s not afraid to be a New Yorker. I salute him for that early on.”

You can hear Hustle Gang’s remix of Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” by clicking here.

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In early January, 2014, multi-platinum pop star Kesha (“Tik Tok”, “Animal”, “C’mon”, “Die Young,” etc) entered herself into a treatment center to deal with her anorexia and bulimia. At the time, Kesha via her outspoken mother Pebe Sebert, blamed Kesha’s body image problems on criticism from her label head/producer Dr. Luke. After spending 2 months in rehab (with mom Pebe checking in as well to be with her daughter and get treatment for “post-traumatic stress”), Kesha was released and posted online that she’s back to making music. But today, she dropped a bombshell lawsuit, accusing Dr. Luke of nearly 10 years of abuse, ranging from sexual assault to forced drug use to battery. Much more serious than the original fat-shaming claims.

Update: Dr. Luke has responded with his own lawsuit…charging Kesha with extortion.
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The worst kept secret currently in the entertainment world is now confirmed. Ariana Grande has officially confirmed that she is currently in a relationship with rapper Big Sean.

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All is not well with Tyga. The Young Money rapper took to Twitter on Friday afternoon, venting frustrations towards label Cash Money/Young Money Records over the release status of his upcoming third major-label LP The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty.

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It has been well-known for years that hip-hop isn’t given its just due by the GRAMMYs. Drake decided to take things into his own hands early Sunday morning with the first-ever “Hood Grammys.” Awarded via his Instagram account, the Toronto rapper gave ‘hood trophies in five categories: Best Vocal Performance of the Year, Best Performance by a Duo or Group, Best All Around Turn Up, Best Latin Club Anthem, and Mixtape of the Year.

Check out the winners for this year’s “Hood Grammys,” awarded by Drake, who won his first Grammy back in 2013 for Best Rap Album (Take Care).

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August Alsina got a surprise visit from a new friend on Monday. Nicki Minaj stopped by to check-in on the R&B star, who is currently hospitalized after suffering multiple seizure attacks last week during a concert in New York City. “August, u know, I’m here to save u. still praying for my lil bro. He’s doing better,” posted Nicki on Instagram, with a photo alongside her “No Love” collaborator bedside.

“Aug, u know Im here to save you.” She has to be the sweetest girl I know. #ASisterThatPrays,” August posted on his own Instagram account with a more cheerful photo, removing his nose tubes and throwing on a hat. Late last week in his first statement after collapsing, Alsina informed fans he was recovering well after bring in a coma for three days. There’s currently no word when the 22-year-old will be released from hospital.

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August Alsina is slowly getting back to full health, after collapsing on stage during a concert in New York City on Monday night. The R&B singer took to Instagram, posting a photo from bed side, giving fans an update for the first-time after suffering multiple seizures. “Your life can be gone in a split second,” said the New Orleans-native. “I’m recovering well and thankyou for all of your prayers & concerns,” he ended the message off with, also revealing he was in a coma for three days.

TMZ reported earlier this week that Alsina as rushed to the ICU of a NYC hospital, receiving treatment for the seizures after he fell off stage during his “Testimony Live” tour stop at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza. A rep states doctors did not find any drugs aside from marijuana in his system, believing August collapsing was due to exhaustion and dehydration.

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Bun B took to the baseball mound on Tuesday night, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians matchup at Minute Maid Park. The rapper-writer-professor was on hand to promote and debut his collaborative set of hats with New Era. The Port Arthur-native and New Era teamed up for a limited run of hats, featuring a blend of the Astros classic retro colors and a new design that represents the pride of Houstonians. The Trill OG’s logo is also featured on the side of the baseball cap.

“The Astros star and specifically the old school color scheme with the white, orange and red is what most people recognize Houston by, and we’re happy to represent it,” said Bun B. “I love it, I’m happy the team went back to it and we understand what that means not just to Houston, but to baseball fans in general. It’s good to see the team representing that and the organization being proud to go back to those days of glory.”

Fat Joe was also in attendance on Tuesday night to support Bun B, covering the event for MTV2’s Off the Bat. Available now, the caps can be purchased at the Houston Astros Team Store, Academy Sports + Outdoors and online at www.academy.com.

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