Pharrell made less than $3,000 from 43 million Pandora streams of “Happy”

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  This week, The Recording Academy announced its nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards. Among those up for Best Pop Solo Performance are”Happy (Live)” by Pharrell Williams… And “All of Me” by John Legend. Through the first three months of 2014, “Happy” was streamed 43 million times on Pandora, while “All Of Me” was played 55 million times on the service. But... Read More

Nicki Minaj Gets Emotional Over Breakup with Safaree Samuels

Nicki Minaj Gets Emotional Over Breakup with Safaree Samuels

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.... Read More

Bobby Shmurda and the GS9 Crew Were Reportedly Arrested at Quad Studios Last Night

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Bobby Shmurda might be facing some serious legal trouble, after he and members of his GS9 were reportedly arrested in New York City early on Wednesday morning (Dec. 17). KarenCivil.com reports that the Brooklyn rapper, born Ackquille Pollard, was arrested at Quad Studios near Times Square, and numerous unspecified weapons were seized by police as he was taken into custody. Members... Read More

Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Song On “The Colbert Report”

Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Song On "The Colbert Report"

Kendrick Lamar had the honor of being the final musical guest on “The Colbert Report” Tuesday night where he took to the stage to perform a never before heard record for the audience. With Terrace Martin & Thundercat backing up K.Dot on the sax and bass, Lamar rocked his braids and performed a brand new Astronote-produced record that will presumably live on his... Read More

Pharrell Asked ” Why Aren’t Talking About Micheal Brown’s Bullying”

Pharrell Asked " Why Aren't Talking About Micheal Brown's Bullying"

Pharrell Williams, one of the biggest black figures in the music industry, has spoken out about the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, saying he is ‘troubled’ a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer responsible. But the ‘Happy’ singer also sparked heated debate by calling Brown’s behavior leading up to his August 9 death ‘bully-ish’. Before... Read More

Nicki Minaj Ft Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown – Only

Nicki Minaj Ft Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown – Only

Next week Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint will be in stores, but in the middle of last night she dropped the video for her Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown assisted single “Only.” In a dark and sexy video, Minaj leads a group of dominatrix Barbz who not only tease men with what they can’t have but also give them a little torture. Drizzy and Weezy flank the sides of Nicki, while... Read More

Open Letter from kNERO Lapaé Inspiring Statement Regarding Diddy and Drake’s Brawl

Open Letter from kNERO Lapaé Inspiring Statement Regarding Diddy and Drake Brawl

Liberian artist kNERO Lapaé has always been exhibiting an awareness of Africa and Black Pride in his music. Being socially conscious via instagram and twitter he has released an open letter. Now he’ll like to inspire Diddy, Drake and the Hip hop culture to “Do better”. “Entertainment is a foundation we, as African-Americans have taken by storm through centuries.... Read More

Jay Electronica Blasts President Obama On Twitter

Jay Electronica Blasts President Obama On Twitter

Roc Nation rapper Jay Electronica felt the need to get some thoughts off his chest yesterday, so the New Orleans native used his Twitter timeline to chastise the powers that be – specifically, the media, gun manufacturers, and President Barack Obama. [ALSO READ: Jay Electronica Mentions Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Wale & 50 Cent In Cryptic Tweets] The “Exhibit C” emcee sent... Read More

Dake Hospitalized After Brawl With Diddy

Dake Hospitalized After Brawl With Diddy

    Miami was filled with celebrities who were winding down Art Basel celebrations over the weekend, but it sounds like things turned sour at club LIV on Sunday night, when Diddy and Drake crossed paths, at a birthday party for DJ Khaled. MTV News was able to confirm the fight with a source who witnessed the incident, while Rick Ross’ DJ, Sam Sneaker, gave a detailed... Read More

Beanie Sigel in Critical Condition After Shooting

Beanie Sigel in Critical Condition After Shooting

  Beanie Sigel is in critical condition after the rapper was shot in the stomach outside his home in Pleasantville, New Jersey on December 5th. Sigel remains sedated following surgery at an Atlantic City, New Jersey hospital and has been unable to speak with investigators due to the severity of his injuries, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports. No arrests have been made in the shooting. According... Read More

Yasiin Bey Speaks Profoundly on Eric Garner and Ferguson Decisions

Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) Denied To Re-Enter America

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has always had a finger on the pulse of the community and played an active role in activism. Bey has proven time and time again to be socially conscious and it’s expected that we hear what he has to say about the current climate of race relations in America. Yasiin Bey spoke for over 13 minutes on the duty that human beings have to defend... Read More

First Week Sales For “Shady XV” & “Hood Billionaire”

First Week Sales For "Shady XV" & "Hood Billionaire"

  Both Eminem and Rick Ross had big opening weeks for their respective albums, “Shady XV” and “Hood Billionaire.” Last week, the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2013 and the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2014 (thus far) dropped new albums. Though somewhat hampered by Shady XV’s status as a partial “greatest hits”... Read More

J. Cole Takes Shots At Iggy Azalea, Eminem & Macklemore On “2014 Forest Hills Drive” Leak

J. Cole Takes Shots At Iggy Azalea, Eminem & Macklemore On "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Leak

J. Cole is going a unique route with his upcoming album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. He’s shying away from traditional promo and album campaign, instead getting the fans directly involved by hosting a listening session at his childhood home (which the LP is named after) and inviting fans to come through. He’s also not dropping any singles leading up to the December 9th... Read More

Rapper Cool C Set To Die In January For The Murder Of Philadelphia Female Officer

Rapper Cool C Set To Die In January For The Murder Of Philadelphia Female Officer

Rapper Cool C, who tried to live up to his “Glamorous Life” single by robbing a Philadelphia bank and gunning down a cop, had his death warrant signed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. Christopher Roney, aka Cool C, was convicted of first-degree murder after shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird, 43, a nine-year veteran who responded to a 1996 heist at... Read More