Where Can Drake Go After ‘Certified Lover Boy’?

  Most young kings get their heads cut off; Drake just got a new haircut. After 11 years in music, Drake’s crown seems to be so firmly established that he has time to relish some of the visual conceits that come with being a chameleonic rapper living out his megastar aspirations. The much- discussed Valentine’s-inspired design he’s been sporting for the rollout of his overachieving new album, Certified Lover Boy, is something like a half-moon part — that thugged-out barber’s chair staple, à la Raekwon — for the set who serenades by candlelight.   Drake’s…

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NICKI MINAJ’S HOME TEAM CLAIMS SHE INVENTED ‘QUEEN OF RAP’ TITLE

Debates in Hip Hop are a common occurrence. People argue about who’s the greatest of all time, who’s the better lyricist, which album is the best and so much more that Hip Hop culture may never have a consensus on anything.  One of those debates is the “Queen of Rap,” which has been going on for years. Women from all different eras have been considered the greatest, such as MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim and more. According to Young Money Entertainment, though, the “Queen of Rap” title wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for…

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R. Kelly’s Publishing Catalog Is for Sale, But What’s It Worth?

As R. Kelly faces a trial in New York on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges, with another trial for similar charges to follow in Chicago, the singer’s lawyer says that he’s running out of money. “His funds are depleted,” said attorney Deveraux Cannick at an Aug. 3 court hearing, requesting free trial transcripts for his client. In jail since July 2019, Kelly hasn’t been able to tour or release new music. His existing recordings still generate plenty of revenue that flows to former label RCA Records — about $1.7 million in the United…

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FAT JOE SNITCHED SAYS EX-TERROR SQUAD RAPPER CUBAN LINK + ALLEGED PAPERWORK

 Fat Joe and former Terror Squad rapper Cuban Link have a long and ugly history with each other. The two do not get along, and they’ve traded several shots with each other over the years. After criticizing Fat Joe for missing Big Pun’s street naming ceremony in April 2021, Cuban Link is back with serious allegations against the Bronx legend. On Wednesday (August 25), Cuban Link took to his Instagram with a pair of posts regarding Fat Joe — real name Joseph Antonio Cartegena — talking to police back when he was hustling in the Bronx. The…

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Cardi B Unveils Latest Collection With Reebok,

  Cardi B is stepping back into the fashion ring with fresh clothing and footwear in collaboration with Reebok. The rapper’s new capsule, “Let Me Be…In My World,” launches August 27th and delivers street-ready sneakers and athleisure- style pieces inspired by the vibe and hustle of Cardi’s hometown of New York City.   With inclusive clothing sizes from 2XS to 4X and sneakers in both kids and women’s sizes, the new capsule will be available for purchase on Reebok’s website.     Following the success of the “Summertime Fine Collection,” Cardi’s debut clothing line…

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17-YEAR-OLD RAPPER YNT JUAN SHOT DEAD IN CONNECTICUT

HARTFORD, CT – Another rapper’s life has been drastically cut short by gun violence. According to The Courant, 17-year-old Juan Bautista Garcia, who went by the rap moniker YNY Juan, was found dead inside a parked car in a Hartford, Connecticut neighborhood on Sunday night (August 8).   With over 25,000 Instagram followers and nearly 4,000 YouTube subscribers, Garcia was just beginning to take steps toward a promising rap career. His most recent video, “Power Remix,” was released last week.   “He was only 17 years old,” a childhood friend of Garcia said. “He…

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The Mob Museum to host 25th anniversary event on murder of Tupac Shakur

The Mob Museum will host a special program marking 25 years since the murder of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas.   The special program, “One Night in Las Vegas: The 25th Anniversary of the Tupac Shakur Murder,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.   Shakur was shot on Koval Lane near the Las Vegas Strip after he attended a fight between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon on Sept. 7, 1996. He died at a hospital six days later, and the case is still considered unsolved.   The Mob Museum…

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Hear George Clinton Tell the Whole Story of Parliament-Funkadelic on Our New Podcast

  To celebrate his 80th birthday, Parliament- Funkadelic founder George Clinton recently sat down with Rolling Stone for a career-spanning interview, where he dug deep into the real origins of P-Funk’s sound, explained why he chooses weed over hard drugs, and reflected on his legacy.   The whole conversation, where Clinton also talked about why he didn’t mind the transformation of “Atomic Dog” into Snoop Dogg’s “What’s My Name,” among many other subjects, is featured in the new episode of our weekly podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now. To hear the entire episode, press play above, or…

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RZA PROVIDES ‘WU-TANG CLAN: AN AMERICAN SAGA’ SEASON 2 UPDATE

EXCLUSIVE – RZA and the rest of his Wu-Tang Clan brethren took their story to Hulu in 2019 whenWu-Tang: An American Sagapremiered on the streaming platform. Executive produced by RZA, Method Man, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Alex Tse, the series portrayed a fictionalized version of the legendary Hip Hop collective. During a recent interview with sources, RZA revealed filming for Season 2 of the celebrated show is finally wrapping up. “American Saga will start airing in September,” he told sources by phone. “That story will be complete for the season. Then I’m looking…

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THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. & JAM MASTER JAY’S DAUGHTERS OPEN NEW YORK-STYLE PIZZERIA IN L.A.

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Notorious B.I.G. and Jam Master Jay are two of Hip Hop’s most celebrated legends. Although they are no longer with us in the physical form, their legacies firmly live on. On Saturday (June 12), Biggie’s daughter T’yanna Wallace and Jam Master Jay’s daughter Tyra Myricks held the grand opening of their new New York-style pizzeria in Los Angeles. Dubbed Juicy Pizza, an obvious nod to Biggie’s 1994 classic “Juicy,” the restaurant was born out of necessity. Tyra Myricks, who’d relocated to Los Angeles from New York City, realized the city was lacking in…

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