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T.I. Outlines What He Sees As The Positive Aspects Of The Crack Era (Video)

Although the crack epidemic is one of the most tragic times for addiction, poverty, and crime, it has an odd relationship with Rap music. Iconic songs and albums have used the free base form of cocaine as thematic inspiration. This ranges from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's "White Lines... Read more

Swizz Beatz Reveals The Hidden Secrets He Learned At Harvard (Video)

Less than one week ago, Swizz Beatz released his first album in more than a decade. The arrival of POISON has the hit-maker for DMX, JAY-Z, Beyoncé, T.I., and Styles P promoting the Epic Records LP. However, few interviews in Swizzy's 20-plus-year career are as engaging as his second sit-down... Read more

Teddy Riley Details Losing His Fortune & Moving Back To The Projects (Video)

In addition to his crucial role in Guy and Blackstreet, Teddy Riley may be best known for pioneering the "New Jack Swing" sound (a term coined by journalist/screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper). The 51-year-old Riley is a product of Harlem's St. Nicholas housing projects, a backdrop for the new-jack slang and... Read more

Jay Electronica Threatens Eminem For Saying Puffy Had Tupac Killed

Earlier today (September 14) Eminem sent shock waves through the Rap community with his latest MGK diss, "Killshot." The second Em offensive aimed at the Cleveland, Ohio rapper in the last three Fridays was in response to the Bad Boy Records artist's "Rap Devil," a scathing reply to Slim Shady's... Read more

Nas Has Made The Forbes Hip-Hop List For The First Time In His Career

Nas told his fans what he would do if he ruled the world. In the 22 years since his Lauryn Hill-assisted single, Nasir Jones has stacked paper in a way that has put him in a very powerful position. Like peers JAY-Z and Eminem, one of Hip-Hop's most respected MCs... Read more

Eminem Says MGK Is An Enemy & He Wants To Destroy Him (Video)

Part 2 of Eminem's intense interview with Sway Calloway premiered moments ago (September 12). After describing the frustration from Revival criticism that fueled last month's Kamikaze album, Eminem got to the nuts and bolts of two of his biggest beefs: Joe Budden and MGK (aka Machine Gun Kelly) in another... Read more

A Report Suggests Beyoncé & Kanye’s TIDAL Streaming Numbers Were Inflated (Video)

In recent weeks, several of the major streaming platforms have been under public fire for some of their hate speech policies and excessive marketing. While JAY-Z's Tidal service has avoided those headlines, an ongoing investigation into the platform raises some other questions entirely. VICE News has published a video that... Read more

Jadakiss Explains Why With The LOX It’s Never Been All About The Benjamins (Video)

Twenty years ago, on DMX's "Blackout," Jadakiss spit, "You pay 30 for the 'Kiss, a 100 for The LOX / And if we cool, then I write a hook for a drop." In 1998, Jada' was quoting prices to artists looking for those features to do, as he rapped, "boost... Read more

J. Prince Says Drake Had A Diss Response That Would Have Ended Pusha-T’s Career (Video)

J. Prince has officially intervened in the ongoing beef between Pusha-T and Drake. The owner of Rap-A-Lot Records has served as an advisor to Drake for nearly a decade. As a multi-millionaire 30-year-exec with a reputation for no-nonsense "Geto Boy" tactics and street wisdom, the man also known as Lil... Read more

Drake Demands $100K From Pusha-T For “Reviving His Career”

In the last 36 hours, there have been two songs that own the spotlight in Rap music right now. With the release of his seven-song album DAYTONA, Pusha-T closes with "Infrared." Produced by Kanye West, the track goes at Drake (who Push' has had verbal conflicts with since 2012), and... Read more

The NFL May Be Freezing Out Another Player For Protesting Police Violence

Colin Kaepernick has become a symbol of courage and protest. The former NFL quarterback knelt during the performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" ahead of each game in the 2016 season as a player for the San Francisco 49ers. His actions were a demonstration against oppression, especially the non-conviction and non-action... Read more

Dr. Dre’s Detox Was Very Real. This Newly Leaked Chronic 3 Song Is Proof (Audio)

Last week, Heads got the latest peek at some of Dr. Dre's storied Detox recordings. A medley of short snippets posted online by an anonymous user. They are believed to be some of the mogul's vaulted sessions to a third album in the Chronic trilogy. One of those songs was especially... Read more

John Witherspoon Says He & Chris Tucker Were Only Paid $5K For Friday (Video)

At present, there are discussions about the possibility of a fourth and final film in the Friday franchise, Last Friday. One year ago, Friday co-writer DJ Pooh told Drink Champs that the film script is in the works, “Me and [Ice] Cube haven’t worked together in a while, but we’re... Read more

Method Man Explains Wu-Tang Clan’s Tiered Pay Scale & The Rationale Behind It

Wu-Tang Clan is a diverse collective. In addition to an assembly of MCs from different sections of New York City, the Wu brothers signed to different labels and reached varying levels of success. The members of the Clan also split their money differently. When it comes to touring and other... Read more

RZA Responds To U-God’s Accusations Of Wu-Tang Mismanagement & Greed

Last month, Wu-Tang Clan member U-God published a memoir. With regards to the behind-the-scenes business and inner-workings of a legendary Hip-Hop group, Raw lives up to its name. After announcing a seven-figure lawsuit against RZA and Wu-Tang in late 2016 over unpaid royalties, many speculated that the artist (who followed... Read more

Nas May Earn Over $40 Million From The Sale Of A Company He Funded

Nas is regarded as one of Hip-Hop's shining examples of poetry and advanced rhyme skills. His debut album, Illmatic, was voted by Ambrosia For Heads readers in 2016 as "The Greatest Rap Album Of All Time." That release has been the subject of at least one documentary film. It also... Read more

U-God Airs Wu-Tang’s Dirty Laundry. It Was Far From Simple Back Then.

The Wu-Tang Clan are in the midst of a 25-year anniversary of their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The New York City Hip-Hop collective has made it to a silver anniversary not without tragedy, or conflict. Founding member O.D.B. died in November of 2004. Surviving members have been... Read more

Vince Staples’ CrowdFunding Campaign Is Doomed To Fail & That’s The Best Thing For Hip-Hop

The Hip-Hop industry is adapting to the times. A-list rappers release albums through cellphone carriers, cryptocurrency is accepted as a form of payment by artists, and the idea of a project being for sale is being challenged by some of the genre’s top earners. One of the tech trends that... Read more

Quincy Jones Details How Michael Jackson Stole Some Of His Best Material (Video)

Quincy Jones turns 85 years old next month. The musician, arranger, producer, and celebrity is showing a side of himself that may be new to most of the public. Q is speaking fearlessly about some of his most sacred collaborators and peers. The creator of 1989's Back On The Block... Read more

Redman Says People Who Show Money Don’t Really Have It (Video)

For more than 25 years, Redman has built his public-facing brand as a blue-collar MC. Even as a superstar with How High presumably raking in box office dollars, a handful of platinum and gold albums, and arena tours, Redman still stands as a reflection of his faithful fans' lifestyle. Beyond... Read more

50 Cent Now Denies Bagging Up On Cryptocurrency

UPDATE: In documents obtained by TMZ, 50 Cent has denied his previous claims that he profited greatly on cryptocurrency. The G-Unit head denied income from the investment in his bankruptcy filing documents. "[I have] never owned and [do] not now own, a Bitcoin account or any Bitcoins," stated the rapper... Read more

Talib Kweli Recalls A Great Story Involving Freestyle Fellowship, Neo-Soul & Rent Money (Video)

There have been several memorable Hip-Hop roommates. During the early 1990s, Gang Starr members Guru and DJ Premier lived together at several New York City residences (one was a Brooklyn home owned by Branford Marsalis). RZA and Ghostface Killah were under the same roof in the days before Enter The... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Explains Why Every Rapper Is Conscious

Kendrick Lamar is on the cover of the upcoming issue of Forbes magazine. The Compton, California superstar leads the way on the "30 Under 30" music issue. Less than six months after he celebrated his 30th trip around the sun, the TDE MC is reported by the publication to be... Read more

JAY-Z’s 4:44 Tour Is Raising Lots Of Money & Lots Of Questions

UPDATE: Following reports late last week that JAY-Z's 4:44 Tour appeared off to a slow start based on low prices for some tickets and venues with attendance that was far under capacity, new information emerges. Live Nation, who is responsible for the tour, now tells Billboard that Jay's latest campaign... Read more

Mark Cuban Tells Snoop Dogg How He Went From Sleeping On Floors To Owning Teams (Video)

People know Mark Cuban as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the apex investors on Shark Tank. However, not many realize how a working-class Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was able to purchase an NBA franchise at the age of 40. Floyd Mayweather Has A Humble Conversation With Snoop... Read more

Chuck D Speaks On The Flavor Flav Lawsuit. He Lovingly Checks His P.E. Partner

This past week, Flavor Flav sued Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D. That suit also accused P.E. management and longtime producer Gary "G-Wiz" in holding back royalties. In the suit, the Bronx, New York-born MC and reality TV star claims to have penned more than 50 Public Enemy songs and claimed... Read more

Flavor Flav Brings The Noise To Chuck D In A Lawsuit Over Public Enemy Royalties

Groups from Wu-Tang Clan to the Cash Money Millionaires have experienced internal lawsuits. In a year otherwise dedicated to their 30th anniversary of releasing Yo! Bum The Rush The Show, Public Enemy now experiences legal woes. According to TMZ, Flavor Flav is suing P.E. co-founder Chuck D, longtime producer (and... Read more

Rhyme Pays. Ice-T Offers Rare Access To His High Roller Lifestyle (Video)

Ice-T's album-making career began 30 years ago with Rhyme Pays. Even ahead of his Rap fame, Tracy Morrow had accumulated symbols of wealth from his days in the streets of Los Angeles, California. Those accounts of jewelry store heists and hustlin' gave Ice-T a spectrum of experiences to pull from... Read more

A Zulu Nation Veteran Details The Alleged Decades Of Corruption Under Afrika Bambaataa (Audio)

Following the shocking child molestation allegations surrounding Universal Zulu Nation's founder and longtime leader Afrika Bambaataa which surfaced in March of 2016, the Hip-Hop pioneer's fall from grace has left the organization's leadership and infrastructure in question without many viable answers. Recently, former high-ranking Zulu Nation member and DJ Mark... Read more

Victory. Puff Daddy Tops Forbes’ Highest Paid Entertainer List

Twenty years ago, Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Records dominated the charts, with three #1 albums. Puffy's No Way Out, The Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death, and Mase's Harlem World. Tragically, that was the same year that Biggie, Bad Boy's flagship artist, was gunned down in Los Angeles, California. In 2017,... Read more

The 2017 Forbes Rap List Shows Drake Has Passed Wayne & Has Birdman In His Sights

The 2017 rankings for the Top 5 wealthiest Hip-Hop artists have been released. Compiled through estimation and public record, Forbes and its longtime editor Zack O'Malley Greenburg take an annual look at the assets and estimated wealth surrounding some of Rap music's leading artists, producers, and some of its multi-threat... Read more

Fat Joe Airs Out Terror Squad’s Dirty Laundry & Defends His Name (Video)

Fat Joe is one of Hip-Hop's most controversial figures. The Bronx, New Yorker has roots in some of the hardest Rap music of the '90s, starting with his '93 debut, Represent. However, in the days after Big Pun's sudden 2000 death, Joe stepped forward to become a mainstream giant, making... Read more

50 Cent Pays More Than $22 Million To Close Bankruptcy 3 Years Early

In July of 2015, 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy. It was a surprising headline for many, given Curtis Jackson's meteoric 2000s rise as a rapper and businessman. Despite his stake in electronics, a Starz network series, a record label, line of spirits, and previous investment in soft drinks, 50 Cent... Read more

Bokeem Woodbine Reveals Tupac Was Fed Up With Record Labels Profiting On Beef

Tuesday's September 13th date marked 20 years since the death of Tupac Shakur. In addition to his circle that included Madonna, M.C. Hammer, and actor Mickey Rourke, The Rap superstar had many burgeoning famous people around him in the last year of his life. Keyshia Cole, Rashida Jones, and Kxng... Read more

Two Recent Studies Show Racism Doesn’t Make Dollars Or Sense

For any given campaign season, a handful of social and political issues inevitably rise above the rest and there is perhaps no more contentious issue in 2016 than racism. While climate change, campaign finance, terrorism, LGBTQ equality, and general jurisprudence issues are all present this season, they have not incited... Read more

Teaching Kids How to Plant Money Trees Just Got a Whole Lot Easier (Video)

Financial education is nearly entirely missing from primary and high-school curricula in the United States. While an overwhelming majority of students will never use lessons like the Pythagorean Theorem or measuring an isosceles triangle in daily life, most will likely need to manage a bank account. Yet the latter is... Read more

Killer Mike Was Heard. The People Are Fighting The Power With Their Money.

Last week, veteran MC Killer Mike made a strong call to action following the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers. Appearing on HOT 107 in his hometown city of Atlanta, Georgia the Run The Jewels co-founder urged his followers and those seeking institutional change to "run"... Read more

Killer Mike Says It’s Time To Take Down The System By Taking Our Money Out Of It (Video)

Killer Mike has become one of Hip-Hop's most inspiring and intelligent spokespeople, and he spoke passionately and powerfully to Atlanta's Hot 107 about the need to make real change. NOW. His words speak for themselves: - On putting our money where our mouths are, literally: “We don’t have to burn... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan’s Millionaire Album Buyer Comes Forth, Just As RZA Distances Himself.

Last month, it was reported that Wu-Tang Clan's perceived seventh album had been sold for a sum of more than $1 million. Produced by veteran Wu affiliate Cilvaringz, the work featured vocals from all members (reportedly including the late O.D.B.), largely recorded in Morocco. More interestingly, the album known as... Read more

Jerry Heller Is Still Ruthless. He Sues Dre & Cube For Straight Outta Compton Biopic Profits

2015 film blockbuster Straight Outta Compton has developed a cultural appreciation for the music, careers, and social obstacles of N.W.A., as well as its individual members. In addition to becoming the highest-grossing music biopic, several of the group's 1980s singles have charted at new highs on Billboard charts. Attention has... Read more

50 Cent Files For Bankruptcy

In May, Forbes reported that 50 Cent was worth an estimated $155 million dollars. Now, just two months later, 50 Cent has filed for bankruptcy. The Wall Street Journal reports that the founder of G-Unit Records/Clothing, SMS Audio, and a partner in Vitamin Water has filed for bankruptcy today (July... Read more

Mo Money, Mo Problems: A Woman Will Adorn New Currency, But Only Slightly (Audio)

2020 will mark the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage, and while the idea of possibly having a female president during the landmark year seems to be growing more and more plausible by the day, there are other, more certain endeavors being undertaken to acknowledge the milestone. On today's Morning Edition... Read more

Wale Goes Back To His Nike Boots Roots (Video)

It's hard to believe it was seven years ago that Wale burst on the scene with "Nike Boots." Released in 2007 and distributed in '08, the powerful moment that mixed substance and style was the ultimate vehicle that made the MC from the DMV catch the ear of Mark Ronson,... Read more

Michael Jordan Is Now A Billionaire. If Only We Could Be Like Mike…

Two hundred and ninety billionaires are reported to have joined the elite club in the last year, according to a new report from Forbes magazine. One of those tycoons is six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan. MJ made a reported $90 million alone from his Air Jordan Nike-backed brand between 2013... Read more

Dr. Dre Named Forbes’ Highest Paid Musician Of 2014 (Video)

"Either everything is workin', or you're workin' for everything." - Edo G. Dr. Dre did not release an album in 2014. In fact, Dre's Aftermath Entertainment did not release an album in 2014. However, Forbes estimates that the Compton, California 30-year Hip-Hop veteran made more money than any musician in... Read more

Dr. Dre Becomes The First Hip-Hop Artist To Create An Entire College Degree

Earlier this year, Dr. Dre was reported to become Hip-Hop's first billionaire. The Compton, California native has come a long way from selling mixtapes at L.A. swap meets like The Rodium, in the 1980s: The #1 earning Forbes Hip-Hop artist in 2014 is doing big things with his fortune. Teaming... Read more

Mac Miller Inks A Deal With Warner Bros. For 8 Figures & Drops Off A Loosie (Audio)

After a January, 2014 amicable-but-high profile exit from the Rostrum Records team that helped bring him to stardom, Mac Miller has officially made his next move. The Most Dope front man has headed to Warner Bros. Records, according to The Fader. The report states that the deal, including housing M.M.'s... Read more

Dr. Dre Estimated To Have Made More Than Next 24 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Stars, Combined

It's Dre Day, and everybody's celebratin'. Following 2013's announcement that Jay Z and Puff Daddy were the Forbes Cash Kings (top earners) of the year, they can watch the throne now. As anticipated, Dr. Dre assumes the pole position—following a year where Apple bought his Beats By Dre Electronics line... Read more

Dave Chappelle Says He Didn’t Quit, He’s Just 7 Years Late To Work (Video)

With new shows in New York City on the horizon, including several joined by The Roots, DJ Premier, and Erykah Badu, comedian/actor Dave Chappelle appears to climbing back to the spotlight after nearly a decade of public hiatus. The Ohio native appeared on "Late Show With David Letterman" last night... Read more

The game is to be told and sold. Check out the Top 8 Reasons Why Rappers Make Better Business Men.

From Digital Music News: Think hip-hop's dead?  Think again: it's the 3rd largest genre - ahead of pop, and behind rock and country.  And, it accounts for more than 1 out of every 10 dollars spent on recorded music, according to the latest S&P Media and Entertainment report (double that... Read more