Rihanna tops charts yet again
Rihanna’s controversial track, "S&M," has become the hottest single in the country. Island Def Jam has announced that the song has hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
This the third single from Loud to get to #1 on the chart. "S&M" also marks RiRi’s 10th chart-topping song.
Chamillionaire drops major mixtape
Chamillionaire hasn’t come out with an official release since 2007, but he’s been working hard in the studio and his latest creation is ready! The Houston rapper has just dropped a 19-track mixtape titled Major Pain 1.5.
Chamillionaire is mainly solo on the studio project, but there are few collaborators, such as Nipsey Hussle. You can download the rapper’s latest work here.
Swizz Beatz composes for cartoon
Producer Swizz Beatz has thrown a theme song together for a reincarnated cartoon, "Voltron Force." The cartoon tune, "Let’s Voltron," is less electronic than old-school "Voltron" fans might expect. Although it does use auto tune, the vocals are supported by a heavy rock instrumental with a slight hip-hop swag.
Lisen to the track Swizz recorded for the series when it debuts June 16 on Nicktoons.
Gucci Mane pleads not guilty
Gucci Mane’s lawyer, Ashton Joshi, pleaded not guilty to accusations that the rapper shoved a woman from a moving Hummer on January 28.
Prosecutors said Gucci, who is still being held on bail for the resulting misdemeanor charge, showed a "willful disregard for a woman’s personal safety."
"We obviously believe the charges are false," Ashuton told the Macon Telegraph. "We don’t agree with them and we look forward to having the opportunity to fight the charges in court."
Three-6 Mafia cooks up munchies
DJ Paul and Juicy "J" are set to star in a new series for VH1, tentatively titled "Famous Food."
The pair will try to open their own restaurant on the show, which is slated to run for 10 hour-long episodes starting this fall. They’ll be joined by Heidi Montag of "The Hills" and Danielle Staub of Bravo’s "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
Lil Wayne has released the cover for his upcoming The Carter IV LP.
The image shows Weezy as a child, dressed in a green cap and gown and dark bow tie. The charm on the tassel reads “87.”
Reportedly, it’s an honest-to-goodness image of Weezy when he graduated second grade, with the addition of a few tattoos and piercings that weren’t there back in the ‘80s.
The album is slated for a June release.
Dr. Dre wins court battle
Famed West Coast producer Dr. Dre won a recent court battle. The decision prohibits the new Death Row Records from selling Dre’s The Chronic album digitally.
As a result, Dre will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from online digital sales, Billboard.com reports.
“For years, Death Row Records forgot about Dre when they continued to distribute his music digitally and combined his hits with weaker Death Row tracks,” attorney Howard King wrote in a statement. “We are gratified that the federal court has unambiguously declared that Death Row has no right to engage in such tactics.”
Dre co-founded Death Row in 1991, but left the company in 1995.
Warren G remembers Nate Dogg
Warren G is planning to release a song for Nate Dogg titled, “This is Dedicated to You.”
“These albums we drop will never be the same without your voice on ‘em,” Warren rhymes on the track.
Hear a snippet here.
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