Brian ‘B. Dot’ Miller to Host New Live Hip-Hop Show on Spotify Greenroom

Following the launch of Spotify Greenroom, the live audio platform is set to debut its new weekly hip-hop show Most Necessary: Live with host Brian “B. Dot” Miller. On Tuesday (Sept. 14), B. Dot will bring Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist to life to discuss rising hip-hop artists, debate trending topics in the genre and dive deep into each week’s playlists edits with guests and fans alike. Back in March, the streaming service acquired Betty Labs and in June, relaunched the live audio app Locker Room as Spotify Greenroom — marking “the addition of live audio as…

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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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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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Aaliyah’s Estate Slams ‘Unscrupulous’ Effort to Release Her Music ‘Without Transparency’

Aaliyah‘s estate is standing firm in their effort to protect the late singer’s legacy.   Weeks before the 20th anniversary of her tragic death, Aaliyah’s estate released a statement slamming an effort by the singer’s former label to drop her music on streaming services. (On Instagram, Blackground Records 2.0 shared a website and hashtag #AaliyahIsComing earlier this week teasing the return of her music.) “Protecting Aaliyah’s legacy is, and will always be, our focus. For 20 years we have battled behind the scenes, enduring shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized…

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POLO G : 1ST BILLBOARD 200 NO. 1 ALBUM WITH ‘HALL OF FAME’

Polo G’s Hall Of Fame continues the city of Chicago rap’s run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. According to Billboard, the Chi-Town rapper’s third effort earned over 143,000 total album-equivalent units in its first week of availability, besting his previous two albums — 2019’s Die A Legend (No. 6) and 2020’s The GOAT (No. 2). Opposed to simply celebrating his first No. 1 with an album post on social media, Polo G took to Instagram on Father’s Day (June 20) to show off his reason for improving — his son. “@officialbabycap Thank you fa…

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LIL BABY & LIL DURK’S ‘THE VOICE OF THE HEROES’ ALBUM NABS NO. 1 BILLBOARD 200 CHART DEBUT

Lil Baby and Lil Durk promised a classic with their The Voice of the Heroes collaboration album and now, it’s garnered some history for both rappers. According to Billboard, the joint effort debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with an estimated 150,000 total album-equivalent units earned, most of which earned by on-demand streams. Fans racked up 197.71 million on-demand streams of the album’s 18 tracks since its release, making it one of the largest first-week streaming numbers for a Hip Hop album in 2021. The project marks Lil Baby’s second No. 1 effort…

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MONEYBAGG YO NABS 1ST BILLBOARD 200 NO. 1 WITH ‘A GANGSTA’S PAIN’ ALBUM

Moneybagg Yo has reportedly nabbed his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The Memphis native’s A Gangsta’s Pain sits at the top of the chart after its April 23 release. The album, Moneybagg’s fourth, debuted with roughly 110,000 total album-equivalent album units earned, according to Billboard. The total is the highest he’s earned for an opening week, besting his 2020 third album Time Served, which debuted at No. 3 on the chart with over 66,000 total-album equivalent units earned. After Akademiks shared a screenshot of Moneybagg’s projected first week sales, the “Said Sum” hitmaker took…

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Rapper Rod Wave Lands His First #1 Album With “SoulFly”

Rod Wave has scored the biggest sales week for any rap act in 2021 to take  SoulFly to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The new release debuts at number one with 130,000 first-week equivalent album units. SoulFly  is the hip-hop star’s first number one album. “I’m one of those artists where… I feel like everybody’s human at the end of the day. Everybody got they own problems. Everybody goes through s##t. My music is reality music, ‘cause everybody has ups and downs,” Rod Wave told AllHipHop.com in a previous…

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