Frank Ocean Busted for Marijuana Possession, Driver’s License Confiscated

Frank Ocean’s new year didn’t exactly get off to a great start. The Grammy-nominated singer was cited for marijuana possession...

Rihanna and Chris Brown Cruise to Convenience Store

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Lil Wayne Gets ‘Baked’ Forehead Tattoo

Lil Wayne’s love for skateboarding is no joke

J. Cole Pushes Back ‘Born Sinner’

J. Cole fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on his sophomore album Born Sinner.

Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian Perform ‘Battle Scars’ on ‘Fallon’

Lupe Fiasco kicked off his new year by hitting up “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rick Ross Talks 85-Pound Weight Loss on ‘GMA’

Rick Ross

The Bawse woke up bright and early for a visit to “Good Morning America” on Thursday. The hip-hop heavyweight sat down with “GMA” correspondent Sara Haines and shared how his CrossFit RossFit training program helped him shed a whopping 85 lbs.

He decided to make a change to his lifestyle after he suffered two seizures two years ago. “I woke up from that and I was like, ‘Wow, I really need to re-evaluate what I’m doing,’” said Rozay, whose second album this year, Hood Billionaire, debuted at No. 6.

As part of his new diet, he traded alcohol and soda for pears (“Shout out to the pear”) and has been getting more sleep.

Some of the ladies miss the overweight Rozay, but he knows the change is for the better. “I feel I’m fat boy forever. I’m going to always be a fat boy. But it most definitely was just something I had to do,” he said.

One thing that hasn’t changed is his music. “My music comes from the heart, that comes from my mindset,” he said. “After I sit down and absorb this great interview, it’s something that’s gonna come to me that I can put into a record.”

Watch a much slimmer Rozay open up about his dramatic weight loss.

Rick Ross


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nicki Minaj Gets Emotional Over Breakup with Safaree Samuels

SB and Nicki

Love hurts. Nicki Minaj has managed to keep her personal life private. But she got emotional while discussing her breakup with her boyfriend of 12 years, Safaree “ScaffBeezy” Samuels.

During her interview with Angie Martinez on Power 105.1, Nicki reflected on her relationship and revealed that she still has love for her ex.

“My relationship was based off of love,” she said. “And there still is nothing but love there. This is not some person I picked up off the street. This is somebody I grew up with. Like I don’t even know how I’m gonna function without that person in my life. I’ve never lived my life as a famous person without him.”

She confides in her girlfriends, but sometimes misses having SB around. “I tell my girlfriends, my best friends, but sometimes I still wanna tell him stuff and get his opinion.”

She broke down in tears as she spoke. “I don’t think people realize it’s not just a relationship or breakup. That was a humongous part of my life,” she told Angie. “It is something that I am dealing with publicly and it’s not easy. I’m also not gonna joke about it or try to disrespect him and try to act like he didn’t mean the world to me and still doesn’t mean the world to. I’m just figuring it out.”

She admitted that her career and the music industry drove them apart. “If I wasn’t a rapper, we would have children, be married, and be living happily every after. And that’s what we’re both sad about because we know that this shit is what did it.”

While she raps about love and heartbreak on The Pinkprint, most of the tracks including “Bed of Lies” were written while she was still dating SB. “I wasn’t broken up when I was writing a lot of these songs,” she revealed.

There have been rumors that she has found a new man in Meek Mill, but she denied that they are dating. “We’re friends. He’s dope. Shout out to him,” she told Big Boy on Power 106.

Safaree also took to Twitter to address their breakup.

Listen to Nicki’s full interview below.


Rap-Up TV: Ty Dolla $ign Taps Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly for New Album

Ty Dolla $ign has had an incredible year, and he’s looking forward to an even bigger 2015. The “Paranoid” hitmaker is planning a March/April release for his long-awaited debut Free TC. But the project, named after his brother who is behind bars, represents more than just an album.

“It’s for a purpose,” the Taylor Gang member told Rap-Up TV. “He’s locked up for something that he didn’t do. It’s many people out here that get injustice, as you’ve seen Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, everything that’s happening on the news right now. It has a purpose. It’s gonna be the biggest album of 2015.”

The Diplo and DJ Dahi-produced first single “Stand For” is already gaining spins, and he’s assembled an all-star roster of talent including Jagged Edge, YG, Wiz Khalifa, and R. Kelly, who appears on a record called “Actress.”

“It’s definitely a jam and I can’t wait to see what it does out here in these streets,” he said.

His fellow Cali native Kendrick Lamar also guests on the aptly-titled “L.A.” “It’s like an anthem for L.A. It’s gonna be crazy,” he said. “Kendrick is the homie and I hope I can get on his new project.”

Following the album’s release, Ty plans to embark on his “Free TC” tour.

Plus, find out how he plans to spend Christmas and his New Year’s resolution.


New Music: Gunplay f/ Rick Ross – ‘Scuffed Timbs’

Scuffed Timbs

Bang bang. Gunplay will kick off 2015 with the release of his debut album Living Legend. The Florida rapper teams with the Bawse himself, Rick Ross, on his brand new single “Scuffed Timbs.” The MMG labelmates keep it G as they trade bossy verses over the Timbaland production.

Tune in to “Good Morning America” on Thursday for an interview with Rozay.


YG Reacts to Grammy Snub, Calls Out ‘Wack’ Albums


Despite releasing one of the most acclaimed rap albums of 2014, YG was not nominated for any Grammys. The Compton rapper spoke out about his snub during an interview on Power 106.

His debut My Krazy Life was excluded from all the rap categories including Best Rap Album.

The nominees included Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic, Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, Common’s Nobody’s Smiling, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood, and ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron.

While promoting his new album Blame It On the Streets on “Big Boy’s Neighborhood,” YG didn’t hold back.

“Some of them albums is wack,” he said. “My album is better than them albums. I already knew I wasn’t gon’ win a Grammy, they not gon’ give me a Grammy, but they gon’ nominate me for sure. When I seen some of the albums on there, I ain’t really get it. I really feel some type of way and I know it got something to do with me being from the streets and representing what I represent.”

He continued, “But I feel like the Grammy people gotta know, I’m the people’s champ. I’m the people’s people. They really rockin’ with me.”

However, he didn’t knock his fellow nominees. “I came up with Iggy,” he said. “I know Iggy, ScHoolboy, all them. I’m rockin’ with them. I already knew they was gonna be nominated.”

“It’s just some albums that my album is for sure better than. I feel like that’s a slap in the face, like, ‘You ni**a.’”

He blamed it on “politics mixed with all that bulls**t.”

But he doesn’t need Grammy voters to tell him that he had the best album. “I really had the best rap album of 2014… All these rappers gon’ tell you that.”


Bobby Shmurda Arrested in Drug Case

Bobby Shmurda

Bobby Shmurda is catching more heat. The “Hot Boy” and other members of his GS9 crew were arrested in New York City on Tuesday night.

According to TMZ, the 20-year-old, born Ackquille Pollard, was taken into custody during a sting involving gang-related shootings and drug trafficking.

While the indictment is sealed and specific charges have not been revealed, his arrest is part of a long-term investigation conducted by the NYPD and a special narcotics prosecutor.

“These arrests were the result of a long-term investigation,” Kati Cornell, director for NYC’s special narcotics prosecutor, told Wondering Sound. “The investigation did involve a number of violent incidents as well as narcotics trafficking.”

Shmurda was under surveillance by police and was arrested after leaving a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

This is not Shmurda’s first run-in with the law. In October, he was arrested for smoking a joint while double parked in Brooklyn and again in June for possession of a weapon.

He and Migos recently announced plans for a collaborative mixtape under the name Shmigo Gang. His debut EP, Shmurda She Wrote, was released in November and spawned the top 10 hit “Hot Ni**a.”


J. Cole Scores Biggest Hip-Hop Debut of 2014

J. Cole

Cole world. J. Cole rules the Billboard 200 this week as his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive enters at No. 1.

The North Carolina rapper takes the top spot from Taylor Swift’s 1989 by selling 371,000 copies in his first week. 2014 Forest Hills Drive marks Cole’s biggest opening week and the highest-selling debut of any hip-hop album in 2014, beating Rick Ross’ Mastermind (179,000).

His 2013 album Born Sinner debuted at No. 2 in June 2013 with 297,000 copies.

Cole announced the album less than a month before release and without any singles and little promotion. It was streamed 15.7 million times in one week on Spotify, setting an all-time record in the U.S.

His Roc Nation boss Jay Z also celebrated the victory. “New rules, new results,” he wrote on his website Life+Times.

A few spots down from Cole is K. Michelle, who debuts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the R&B chart with her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, which sold 84,000 copies and had a consumption number of 87,000.

Her 2013 debut Rebellious Soul bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in August 2013, selling 72,000 copies.

Next week, look for debuts from Nicki Minaj, whose third album The Pinkprint is expected to sell 155-165,000, and D’Angelo’s surprise album Black Messiah (95-100,000).


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