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Chile over the weekend Nelly was arrested on charges of felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Trooper Michael Loftis pulled over a coach bus that was carrying Nelly and five others around 9:20am on Saturday because it failed to display the stickers mandated by the U.S. DOT and International Fuel Tax Association. The trooper smelled marijuana and felt it was appropriate to conduct a probable cause search of the bus. A plastic bag containing five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for meth, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Multiple guns were also discovered such as a gold plated 50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45 caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson. Nelly was taken to jail. Developing!
Seems like that artists who exclusively release music on Tidal, which happens to be the new streaming service headed by Jay Z, just might suffer on the charts. Even though the service has said to pay the highest royalty percentage to these artists, this is still something to consider. According to a study and report from Billboard, if an artist puts out a song on Tidal the song will chart lower on Billboard’s Hot 100 since the service isn’t as popular as other platforms like iTunes and Spotify. Of course Billboard came up with these chart positions by assuming a song released on Tidal would possibly suffer 95% decline in streams compared to being on other on-demand music services. Lets see what happens with Tidal!
Kanye West did a surprise show in Armenia which is Kim Kardashian’s homeland. Yeezy opened the show with a few popular hits and the whole city surrounded Swan Lake, in center city. Kanye took things a bit far and jumped in the lake while performing. The crowd followed Kanye to the lake and the police called off the rest of the performance. The West’s are leaving Armenia and headed for Israel. Wonder what’s going to happen next .. 🙂
Jay Z’s classic debut album is no longer available on Spotify but it now can be streamed on the new Tidal platform. Jay says that one of the reasons he and other musicians joined for Tidal was because other streaming services had an unbalanced profit sharing system with the artists. Taylor Swift pulled all of her music from Spotify in 2014 and now her catalog is included on Tidal. Tidal is separating itself from other streaming services by providing exclusive content like new songs. Rihanna and Beyonce have released new music exclusively through Tidal already.
“You guys may have seen some of the stats like, Aloe Blacc had a song that was streamed 168 million times and he got paid $4,000,” said Jay. “For us, it’s not us standing here saying we’re poor musicians. If you provide a service, you should be compensated for it. And not just artists — just think about the writers and the producers.”
Tinashe was supposed to hit the road with Iggy Azeala on Iggy’s “The Great Escape Tour” but when the tour was pushed back the singer lined up with Nicki Minaj for “The Pinkprint Tour”.” Tinashe also says that she did a song with Iggy but when Iggy started receiving backlash during the height of the “cultural appropriation” criticism she fell back from social media for a few days because she’s not used to that level of backlash. In an interview Tinashe was asked who’s music she preferred more between Nicki and Iggy. Due to her full discography Tinashe said she would go with Nicki. Check out the interview!
Kanye West has called himself a God more than a couple times. He even has called Jesus his role model saying that he grew up wanting to be “like Christ.” Now there is The Book Of Yeezus! In the book God’s name is replaced with Kanye or Yeezus and now the book is on the market. The book is only The Genesis chapter of the old testament, so expect a quick read. The book is only $20 dollars and the authors of the book said ..
“What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society? What would it look like? …In a sense, Kanye’s awesome and orchestrated spectacle is truly a religious experience.”
Yeezy season is here! One small problem, Kanye’s laptop was just stolen. Malik Yusef of G.O.O.D. music took to twitter to make it known Yeezy is without his beloved laptop. No word yet on if all of the music has been stolen but Malik Yusef made it clear “private firms” were investigating. We’ll see where this story goes…
Kendrick Lamar’s album title is called “To Pimp A Butterfly” check out the cover art below.
What do you think of this photo? #ToPimpAButterfly.
Marvin Gaye’s children were awarded nearly $7.4 million dollars on Tuesday after determining that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied music to create Blurred Lines. Blurred Lines was the biggest hit song of 2013. The song Got To Give It Up by Marvin Gaye sounded a little too similar to Blurred Lines. Pharrell Williams told jurors that Gaye’s music was part of the soundtrack of his youth. However Williams said that he did not use any of it to create Blurred Lines. Marvin Gaye died in April 1984 leaving his children copyrights to his music.
Suge Knight might be facing problems but one thing is for sure, Diddy is still dancing and all on the records. Word is that Diddy is producing new music for Kanye West, Pusha T, and a few other artists. Making his announcement on his Instagram account Diddy said…
“Yes the rumors are true. It’s been a long time since I had been really focused on producing music. My first love. Is the type of love that Will never go away! So I’ve come back for 12 months only ! So I’m working on Kanye West LOS GIZZLE THE LOX @kingpush @asapferg @cassie @abelxo and many more announcements to come! I’m back behind this BOARD B!!!!!!!!! Real niggas and real music are back in style! #MMM”
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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!