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Looks like the original Freeway Rock Ross has turned his story into a documentary. Freeway: Crack In The System will air on Al Jezeera America on Sunday, March 8th at 9pm. The documentary will center around the 1980’s drug kingpin Freeway Ross and Gary Webb. Gary Webb was the journalist that broke the story about the CIA’s alleged involvement in trafficking illegal drugs into the US. Sounds like a pretty interesting documentary. Will you be watching this one? Check out the trailer below!
Nicki Minaj has a few words and explains why she views Kanye West as “The King.” Now we all know Nicki Minaj has more bars than a jail cell. We also Nicki Minaj has more bars than a lot of male rappers. Aside from working with some of the top names in music the Queen of Rap took a moment to shout out a musical peer as music royalty.
Recently Kanye West gave Minaj praise and said that she out rapped him on his “Monster” track off of his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. Nicki responded by saying ..
“It’s sort of amazing. I keep saying that Kanye – he gave me an amazing opportunity, and because of that I feel like he outshines everyone. He puts people in a position to do better,” said Minaj. “When you are an artist and you can do that for people, then you are the king. You are the one. And that’s how I look at him.”
Minaj says she did not expect any other artist besides Lil Wayne to give her a huge platform like “Monster.” Many have said that her verse on the track was her breakout performance on a record.
Remember that verse???
Last year made the 15th anniversary of Eminem and Paul Rosenberg’s Shady Records. Complex wanted to tell the story of Eminem’s rise and the story behind the label a little more in detail. The story shows the expansion of Shady’s roaster when the gained 50 Cent and Obie Trice. It also shows Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf a couple years later. Eminem and Rosenberg reminisce on how their partnership started and how Em started as a local emcee. Check out the documentary below!
This year in 2014 no hip hop or rap project has managed to break the 200,000 mark in first week sales. J Cole might be the artist to pull the biggest one week sales for hip hop this year. The North Carolina native’s 3rd album 2014 Forrest Hills Drive is predicted to sell between 240,000 – 270,000 its first week. Which surpasses 179,000 for Rick Ross’ Mastermind album and 148,000 for Shady Records’ Shady XV.
Kendrick Lamar is the latest rapper to cash in on an endorsement deal with Reebok. In a new ad campaign by Reebok the video lets fans go through Kendrick’s hometown of Compton, California while wearing a fresh paid of Reebok Ventilators and rapping a verse. Kendrick has been a Nike supporter so it’s no surprise that KDot got the deal. Expect to see the limited addition Ventilator styles in June of 2015.
Earlier this year three of Nike’s top designers decided to leave the super brand and went to work for Adidas. Nike is now suing the trio for $10 Million dollars. Marc Dolce, Mark Miner, and Denis Dekovic are responsible for some cool sneaker designs you have seen from Nike. Nike says that the trio copied designs and business documents from their computers and claim the new Brooklyn Creative Designs Studio is a copy of their Innovation Kitchen design lab.
Last night at the AMAs Iggy Azalea took home two awards. One for Favorite Rap/HipHop Album and Favorite Artist Rap/HipHop. Iggy beat out Drakes with his Nothing Was The Same album and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. For a while now many artists as well as fans have commented that Iggy is not real Hip Hop. Last year Macklemore beat out Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap Album at the Grammy’s. Do you think we are in an era of Culture Vulture’s? Did Iggy deserve to win her two awards?
Two men from Atlanta, Georgia ran over 549 miles to Ferguson, Missouri to bring awareness to the Mike Brown shooting and racial injustice. Ray Mills and Londrelle Hall wanted to shine light on positive black men while still honoring Mike Brown. The two “Ran For Justice” to the site where Mike Brown was gunned down on August 9th 2014. The two friends decided not to run for just their problems but for the problems of the world. Londrelle and Ray trained for weeks before the 20 day journey where they ran and walked an average of 35 miles a day.
Females have some shoes to look forward to. Reports say that Rihanna will be teaming up with Puma and be an ambassador as well as an exclusive designer for the brand. The deal is said to be worth $1million dollars. Will you be snatching a lair of Puma’s off the shelves?
The team at Shady Records and Eminem have upped their efforts for the layout of their compilation double disc album, Shady XV which will be released on November 24, 2014. The album will celebrate 15 years of Shady Records. DJ Whoo Kid and Peter Rosenberg of Hot97 confirmed a 66 track mixtape which contains 3 hours of music from Eminem. The mixtape will drop before the album. If your favorite record is not on the ShadyXV best of disc, you just might hear it on this mixtape. The mixtape is being put together by DJ Whoo Kidd. Rosenberg was quoted saying “We figured since there’s gunna be so many people that are saying why didn’t this song make it, why didn’t that song make it, we’ll just do something to please everybody.” Will you be listening?
Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has come forward and claimed that Bill Cosby raped her in 1982. Janice says she went to his hotel room to discuss an audition for The Cosby Show and was given a pill and a glass of red wine by Cosby to help her with her cramps and he then raped her when she passed out. What is strange is how Janice was visiting the hotel room to discuss the audition in her pajamas. Janice was quoted saying “The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” she tells ET. “… Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.” You had a business meeting in a hotel room to discuss a television role in your pajamas? Janice is one of three women who have spoken out against Cosby in recent weeks bringing the total number to 15 women with claims that incident happened…. Back in the day.
After Kim Kardashian West broke the internet last week Ray J’s pockets got a little fatter. Sales increased for Kim K and ex boyfriend Ray J’s sex tape. Sources from Vivid Entertainment say Ray J profited $50,000 in one week when he usually makes $90,000 every 3 months. Kim K holds the record for the biggest selling sex tape of all time.