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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.
Yesterday the Grand Jury made the decision not to bring charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner. Now the Justice Department says that an investigation will be launched on a federal level through a statement that was released by U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Loretta Lynch says.. “Since the death of Eric Garner in July, our office has monitored this case carefully. At the outset, informed by prior experience and in keeping with the standard practice in these types of cases in New York, the local investigation proceeded first. As the Attorney General explained earlier tonight, because the local investigation has come to a close, the Justice Department will now move forward with its own independent inquiry to determine whether federal civil rights laws have been violated. The investigation will be conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The investigation will be fair and thorough, and it will be conducted as expeditiously as possible.”
North Carolina’s own J. Cole has some lyrics on his new album “2014 Forrest Hills Drive” that have people talking. On a track called “Fire Squad” Cole somewhat calls out Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Macklemore and Justin Timberlake for possibly being culture vultures in Hip Hop. The rapper spit on the track .. “History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes / Same way that these rappers always bite each other’s flows/ Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with rock ‘n’ roll / Justin Timberlake, Eminem and then Macklemore.” “While silly nigga argue over who gon’ snatch the crown / Look around my nigga, White people have snatched the sound / This year I’ll be probably go to the awards dappered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile/I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit / Same rope you climb up on. They’ll hang you with.” How do those lyrics make you feel?
Last night after the Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner many celebrities and artists took to social media to express themselves. One of those artists was Azealia Banks. Azealia made a few hot and fiery points while saying a few things on people’s minds. The rappers was quoted saying .. “The media is trying to scare black people into believing that our lives are worthless.” “I need to sit down with the NAACP and talk about how we’re going to fix this sh*t we call “Black America” cause it’s a f*cking mess.” “First reform needs to be public school texts books… The indoctrination of the young black mind begins in those school books.” “its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t huh?” “If you’re down to ride with us b*tch you gotta RIDE ALL THE WAY. ” Banks then sent a warning to T.I. who is always chiming in trying to fix Iggy’s problems. “AND I DARE THAT SHOE-SHINING COON T.I TO SAY SOMETHING.” -Banks Does Azealia Banks have a point or is she just talking?