Hip Hop Album Sales: Anderson .Paak’s "Ventura" & Beyoncé’s Live Album Score Top 10 Debuts

South Korean boy band BTS have claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, but Hip Hop and R&B dominate the Top 10 with seven entries this week.

Anderson .Paak’s Ventura debuts at No. 4, marking a new career-high for the Aftermath Entertainment artist. Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s Homecoming: The Live Album has managed to hit No. 7 despite only being tracked for two days.

Elsewhere, Khalid’s Free Spirit slips to No. 3 following last week’s chart-topping debut. Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap also continues to perform well, remaining in the Top 5 for its third consecutive week.

Anderson .Paak Reaches Top 5 For 1st Time

Ventura has become the highest-charting album of Anderson .Paak’s career thanks to a No. 4 debut. The Grammy winner had never been in the Top 10 prior to Ventura, peaking at No. 11 with last year’s Oxnard.

In its first week, Paak’s latest album moved 55,146 total album equivalent units. 38,548 of those came from pure album sales.

Beyoncé Cracks Top 10 In Just 2 Days

Beyoncé didn’t even need a full week to attain the No. 7 spot on the Billboard 200. The R&B superstar’s Homecoming: The Live Album racked up 37,737 total album equivalent units — 14,498 of which were pure album sales — during two days of tracking activity.

Queen Bey surprised fans last Wednesday (April 17) by dropping the 40-track live album. The project was released as a companion piece to her Netflix documentary Homecoming, which premiered that same day.

Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap Maintains Chart Stronghold

The death of Nipsey Hussle has prompted a dramatic increase in his album sales and streams. For this week’s Billboard 200, Neighborhood Nip’s Victory Lap settles in at No. 5 on the chart.

Victory Lap, which was released in February 2018, re-entered the Billboard 200 earlier this month at No. 2. After slipping to No. 3 last week, it’s fallen a few more spots but remains in the Top 5 after selling 54,711 total units.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/18/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

1. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 3 — 82,312 (15,326) [86,644,946]
2. Anderson .Paak — Ventura — No. 4 — 55,146 (38,548) [20,519,110]
3. Nipsey Hussle — Victory Lap — No. 5 — 54,711 (8,534) [58,121,397]
4. Beyoncé — Homecoming: The Live Album — No. 7 — 37,737 (14,498) [28,039,828]
5. Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love — No. 8 — 34,361 (560) [51,772,382]
6. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 9 — 29,472 (1,545) [37,877,959]
7. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 10 — 28,734 (149) [42,300,311]
8. Drake — Scorpion — No. 11 — 28,210 (1,832) [34,864,959]
9. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 12 — 26,832 (5,006) [28,121,484]
10. DaBaby — Baby On Baby — No. 16 — 23,965 (292) [31,996,132]

The Real Reasons Artists Succeed on Spotify — From a Playlisting Pro

Follow these tips and win.

George Goodrich of Playlist Push has witnessed thousands of successful Spotify playlist campaigns. He partnered with Digital Music News to share the most important tips he’s learned.

(1) Write long albums with short songs.

Rappers like Drake have turned this technique into an art, with albums loaded with lots of shorter tracks. And he isn’t alone. The strategy generates far more plays, thereby ensuring a top-charting album while multiplying per-stream revenue.

For developing artists, the strategy also increases the odds of landing on big playlists — while also increasing positive metrics around songs (more on that later).

(2) Make an impact in under :30

Fact: Spotify doesn’t pay for any song that gets skipped before the 30-second mark. But this goes beyond the simple payment.

“Curators and streamers alike want to be captivated by a new song in under 30 seconds,” Goodrich told us. “Make your song flow well, but also don’t waste time during the first crucial seconds of a song.”

(3) Songs are getting shorter — so think about length.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ is just 1:53, the shortest chart-topper since 1965. And that’s hardly the exception: Lil Pump’s ‘Gucci Gang’ is just 2:04, while Kodak Black’s ‘Calling My Spirit’ is 2:32.

Songs are definitely getting shorter, and Goodrich says the reasons are simple. People are more distracted, and shorter songs grab people faster and reduce the chances of skipping.

They also result in bigger payouts for artists (see #1).

(4) Repackage to win.

This one’s genius.

Goodrich told us that clever artists are now re-releasing older tracks, with the same ISRC code and previous playcounts. “Artists that are smart are repacking singles into albums or compilations,” Goodrich said.

The repackaging pushes the ‘brand-new’ tracks with lots of plays into ‘new’ algorithm playlists like Discover Weekly, New Music Friday, and your followers’ Release Radar.  The refresh can result in a surge of new interest for an older cut.

(5) Use Spotify for Artists — correctly.

Most artists are doing Spotify for Artists wrong — and that dramatically reduces their chances of playlist inclusion.

The number one mistake: artists should be uploading tracks into Spotify for Artists at least 7 days before it hits the platform. Otherwise, the track isn’t guaranteed to hit your followers’ Release Radar playlists, which means that all of that free promotion is lost.

“A lot of artists are gunning down playlists but don’t even have access or utilize Spotify for Artists,” Goodrich said.

(6) Be nice to your distributor — you need them more than they need you.

Stop bitching at your distributor and start working to become their favorite artist.

“Most distributors have direct deals with Spotify, which means at least one person at your distributor speaks directly to someone at Spotify,” Goodrich told us. “There are always different brand deals and playlists opportunities that can pop up only your distribution company.”

(7) Own your genre — or pioneer your own.

Hip hop is huge, but other genres are also generating lots of money on Spotify. Overnight, bedroom producers are minting cash on platforms like Lo-Fi Beats, and they don’t even have to tour.

But that’s just one playlist catering to a growing class of people using music to focus better. “Thanks mainly to the startup world and people just trying to focus better at work, stripped down repetitive beats are the top choice when it comes to writing or doing detailed technical work,” Goodrich said.

Even crazier: Goodrich said playlists like Lo-Fi Beats and Yoga & Meditation are spawning an entirely new generation of artists . “There are hundreds of artists out there making thousands of dollars on these micro-niche genres across the platform,” Goodrich said. “Most of them with little-to-no fanbase outside of the platform, which they are completely fine with!”

(8) ‘Going viral’ is a fool’s errand — think long term, release lots of songs, and develop long release schedules.

Songs still go viral occasionally, but ‘going viral’ isn’t a good strategy. “In order to get noticed and get on Spotify playlists, most artists think they need a hit or just one banger to put them on,” George said.

“In reality you don’t need a hit, you need to release more records to drastically increase your chances of creating a banger. The more releases, the more chances you have to trigger the algorithms when a new release hits Spotify.”

(9) Try to establish a direct connection with a Spotify curator.

Yes, you can directly connect with Spotify curators if you’re lucky.

No, you cannot do this by spamming them constantly.

George recommended LinkedIn as a good place to start finding curators. Try starting here. Just make sure to target the right person for your genre (i.e., don’t splatter-spam). It’s time-consuming and not guaranteed, but the right connection can result in a plum playlist add. “If you do choose to go this route be polite in your messaging and don’t expect them to respond instantly,” George said.

(10) Pay attention to cover art.

Album art isn’t a lost art — even though it’s a tiny thumbnail these days. “Visual should not be an afterthought,” George said, while urging artists to imitate the artwork of releases from successful artists.

But don’t go crazy on a thumbnail — just make it high quality and fun. “Don’t spend $5,000 on a designer,” George laughed.

(11) Obey the simple rule of thumb: engagement is good, disengagement is bad.

Nobody knows Spotify’s exact algorithms for rating a track. But some basic principles apply.

Anytime a listener saves a song or adds it to a personal playlist, that’s good and shows positive engagement. Anytime they skip it or remove it, that’s bad because it indicates disengagement. Keep this basic guideline in mind.

(12) Dedicated followers = “guaranteed playlist real estate”

Artists with lots of Spotify followers are “guaranteed playlist real estate,” according to Goodrich. The reason is that anytime an artist releases new music on Spotify, it automatically populates the customized Release Radar playlist of every follower (just make sure you’re releasing properly through Spotify for Artists).

That doesn’t guarantee placement on a top playlist, but it builds a lot of momentum.

(13) Start big, end big to reduce skipping.

Artists like Kodak Black immediately hit you with the hook to grab your attention. But Goodrich is noting another trick: a lot of artists are now ending with the hook to keep listeners attentive.

Slower fade-outs and energy drops can lead to late-stage skips — which can result in negative strikes (see #11).

(14) Avoid long intros and slow builds.

More often than not, long intros kill placements. So it’s better to avoid them.

“There are long intros that work, but if you want to really crush it on Spotify, long intros aren’t the way to go,” George told us.

(15) Off-Spotify popularity helps, too.

Artists with weak Twitter and Instagram followers can have difficulty gaining traction on Spotify playlists. “It’s all relevant,” George explained, while noting that he politely guides artists with IG followers under 300 back to their SoundCloud accounts.

But beyond social networking, there’s also Google SEO to think about (SEO stands for ‘Search Engine Optimization,’ and basically refers to your Google search ranking). For example: is your song appearing in the first page of Google results, and preferably, is it one of the top, above-the-fold results?

Remember: Google owns YouTube, so a YouTube result with good track metadata and information will often bubble to the top. “If the song’s performing well, it can go into feeder playlists like Fresh Finds, and then an actual human at Spotify may listen to it,” George explained.

And another pro-tip: George also advised shouting out Spotify in tweets, IG posts, and Facebook blasts.  They just might notice.

(16) Should you get signed? A note on the power of major label representation.

It’s hard to say exactly what transpires between major labels and Spotify. Major labels oftentimes have serious sway with Spotify, but George warned us that this really depends on the specific label.

“We really don’t know what happens behind closed doors,” George said.  “Some labels have better relationships than others.”

In many cases, however, the impact can be dramatic. Beyond pulling favors and blasting Drake-style promotions, major labels are oftentimes experts in crafting streaming-friendly songs. “They know how to create and craft songs,” George said.

Hopefully these tips were helpful! Happy playlisting.

50 Cent Reacts To Teairra Mari’s New Arrest Warrant: "I’ma Need 75K Now"

At first, it was all fun and games for 50 Cent when he won a lawsuit against Teairra Mari. The Love & Hip Hop star had sued him for posting a still image from her sex tape, calling it revenge porn. Despite having solid legal representation, Teairra lost and was ordered to pay Curtis a total $30K. For months, she publicly said that she would not be paying the rapper a single cent and now, further action has been taken to make her pay up.

As reported by The Blast, a warrant has been issued for Teairra Mari’s arrest. Mari was scheduled to appear in court today but, instead, she was absent and a judge ordered her arrest. The hearing was set by 50 Cent, who has been asking the reality star for his money repeatedly. If she comes into contact with the police, she will be taken into custody. As expected, 50 Cent reacted to the news on social media but this time, he wasn’t laughing about it.

50 Cent Reacts To Teairra Mari's New Arrest Warrant: "I'ma Need 75K Now"
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“See the shit ain’t funny now, is it Funky,” wrote the entrepreneur. “You best be coming up with my money. I’m a need 75K now after they add all additional legal fees. The Law is The Law.”

Teairra was clearly serious when she said that Fiddy would never see her money. However, he took action and now, she’s in even more trouble than before.

T.I. Celebrates Easter By Posting Bail For 23 Nonviolent Inmates

DeKalb County, GA – Hours before the Easter holiday began on Sunday (April 21), 23 nonviolent inmates at DeKalb County Jail were released. Why? T.I. decided to help post bail for all of them, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. 

Anthony Gordon, who was accused of stealing a car over the weekend, heard over the intercom, “Hey, pack it up, you’re going home.”

Gordon explained, “I came back down, and I hit the little intercom and said, ‘Are y’all sure you’re calling me?’”

Gordon was one of the 23 people bailed out by the “Bail-Out” program sponsored by New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Tip and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta personality Scrapp Deleon. At the beginning of Lent, the church set a fundraising goal of $40,000 but 40 days later, had reeled in over $120,000.

Subsequently, seven women and 16 men were brought home to their families just in time for the Easter holiday.

“It’s like a whole new clean slate,” Tyron Pollard, another program recipient, said. “I was doing drugs before I got locked up … but I don’t want to do nothing but do right and strive to be a model citizen for my kids.”

In addition to the initial assistance getting out of jail, New Birth is connecting each individual with a mentor for weekly check-ins. They’re also using a portion of the donations to kickstart college funds for the children of returning citizens.

New Birth senior pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant was thrilled to see the church community take action for their fellow DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale county citizens.

“It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan – somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming,” Bryant said. “They’re appreciative to be able to press the refresh button.”

Nipsey Hussle Shooting Victim Released From Jail: Report

The tragic passing Nipsey Hussle surely left an enormous, gaping hole within the Hip Hop community. The father two was tragically shot and killed close to a month ago today. And  the numerous bystanders having witnessed Hussle’s slaying was a close friend, Kerry Lathan.

Nipsey Hussle Shooting Victim Released From Jail: Report

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Lathan was recently released from jail following the completion a 25-year sentence linked to a murder charge. The 56-year old man was placed under strict restrictions upon his release which included a ban on any gang-related affiliations. Hussle, who was a member the Crips set “Rollin 60’s”, met up with the released felon at his store “Marathon” to gift clothes in celebration  Lathan’s release from prison. It was then that the rapper was struck along with Lathan, who managed to survive the attack.

Since Nipsey’s passing, Lathan was arrested on the count breaching parole regulations and detained in a California detention center. Since then, all charges were dropped. According to Page Six, the slain rapper’s associate was released from police custody due to strong consideration that he was simply an innocent bystander. Lauren Noriega, Mr. Lathan’s lawyer, added  KABC “he wasn’t there to propose any business to Nipsey. He had no idea that Nipsey would be there.” 

Hip Hop Week In Review: Beyoncé Netflix Special Makes Huge Debut & Dave East Calls "Old Town Road" Wack

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Beyonce‘s Homecoming special made its debut on Netflix. Also, Dave East sparked some controversy and got dragged over his critical comments about Lil Nas X ‘s “Old Town Road” and lastly, Kodak Black was arrested at the United States-Canada border.

Re-watch Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance On Netflix

Beyoncé unleashed her Netflix documentary Homecoming this week, along with a live album titled Homecoming: The Live Album, where exactly 40 tracks live.

Homecoming follows Queen Bey days leading up to her electrifying performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

After the R&B superstar’s doc made its debut, reports began to circulate that Ariana Grande got paid double the amount of money for her Coachella performance.

According to The Blast, those reports were proven to be false. Sources say, Grande and the “I Been On” star both earned $4 million for each weekend.

Watch Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary on Netflix here.

Dave East Doesn’t Like “Old Town Road”

Dave East thinks Lil Nas X‘s viral Billboard hit “Old Town Road” is “wack.” He shared his criticism of the catchy, breakout tune on Instagram this week.

“I don’t know what the fuck is going on with Hip Hop; with rap [and] I ain’t no hater but that shit is wack. With a cape on it! And super wack!” East said.

The Harlem rhymer may think “Old Town Road” is wack, but Twitter seemed to share those same feelings about his music and proceeded to drag him.

The young artist responded to East with a soundbite from Joe Rogan’s podcast featuring Kevin Hart.

“What’s cool is being negative,” Hart said in the clip Lil Nas posted to his Twitter. “This is a great example…we talk about Titanic. Titanic, one of the biggest movies of all-time, fuckin’ great movie, (acting as Joe) yes it was a great movie, and one guy for no reason goes ‘I fuckin’ hated it!’”

Read more about Dave East clowning Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” here.

Kodak Black Arrested & Release From Jail

Kodak Black was arrested at the United States-Canada border this week and charged with gun and drug possession.

According to Kodak, the Cadillac Escalade’s GPS he was driving accidentally led him and his team to the Canadian border. The goal was to drive from Detroit to Boston where he was expected to perform at the House Of Blues on Tuesday (April 17) night.

Kodak was released from Niagra County Jail on Wednesday (April 18).

Read more about Kodak Black’s arrest here.

DX Reviews

– Nav — Bad Habits
– Anderson .Paak — Ventura
– Cee Kay — Blood On My Hands
– Khalid — Free Spirit

#DXCLUSIVES: 03Greedo, DJ Premiere & Russell Simmons

03 Greedo Says New LP Promotes L.A. Unity: “That’s Really Powerful For The City”

03 Greedo is serving 20 years in a Texas prison currently and he spoke with HipHopDX behind bars about what his new LP Still Summer In The Projects, executively produced by DJ Mustard, represents for the city of L.A.

“We are connecting the East/West side and that’s really powerful for the city – especially right now,” The Wolf of Grape Street rapper told DX.

Read the full 03 Greedo interview here.

DJ Premier Recalls Daring Hospital Visit To Pay Guru His Last Respects

Iconic Hip Hop talent DJ Premier shared with HipHopDX the story of him slipping into the late Guru’s hospital room undetected.

“It was risky, but like I said, I love a challenge,” Premier recalled. “I’m like, ‘I’m gonna figure this out. I’ve got to see him.’ Again, I always credit his nephew, Denzel. His nephew was the one that stressed to me.”

Read the full DJ Premier interview here.

Russell Simmons Says Sexual Assault Case Is Ploy For Fame

Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons told HipHopDX in an exclusive interview that the woman suing him for sexual assault is in vain.

“I have no intention of getting in the mud with this woman or feeding her lawyers’ interest in gaining fame, space or ground into this incredibly lucrative practice of extortion,” Simmons said. “People ask how could anonymous person seek fame. It’s the lawyer who is seeking fame and that’s why we are seeking sanctions against him.”

Read the full Russell Simmons interview here.

Ja Rule Calls 50 Cent a ‘Parasite’ and ‘Cancer to the Culture’

The saga continues in Ja Rule and 50 Cent’s ongoing feud.

Taking to Instagram on Friday (April 19), Ja Rule put his longtime rival on blast. The former Murder Inc. rapper went off on the G-Unit rapper, calling him a “parasite” and a “cancer to the culture.” His words were accompanied by a video of controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan talking about a “unity party with punks.”

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THIS is why me and 50 will NEVER co exist he’s a parasite a cancer to the culture and our ppl… he comes out with music takes shots at me Kanye etc. comes out with liquor takes shots at Diddy comes out with his show takes shots at Taraji always downing his own ppl… always running his fucking yuk mouth until the smoke gets thick then you wanna make anonymous calls to the Feds and NYPD talking about you scared for your life… lmao smh then when the minister called for both of us to sit with him for hip hop unity you gave this man your ass to kiss complete definition of a SUCKER… I’m saying all this to say I will not be engaging in any more back and forth with this goofy ass nigger Curtis Ratson!!! #BootlickingkneekissingCOON #cloutchasingclown you can have all the money in the world can’t buy class… 🤷🏾‍♂️ #Iconn 12.XII.Twelve

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“THIS is why me and 50 will NEVER co exist he’s a parasite a cancer to the culture and our ppl,” said Ja, who called out 50 for taking shots at his own people. “He comes out with music takes shots at me Kanye etc. comes out with liquor takes shots at Diddy comes out with his show takes shots at Taraji always downing his own ppl… always running his fucking yuk mouth until the smoke gets thick then you wanna make anonymous calls to the Feds and NYPD talking about you scared for your life.”

He claimed that Farrakhan tried to organize a unity meeting between him and 50, but 50 turned it down. “lmao smh then when the minister called for both of us to sit with him for hip hop unity you gave this man your ass to kiss complete definition of a SUCKER…”

But he said that this will be the last time he engages his rival. “I’m saying all this to say I will not be engaging in any more back and forth with this goofy ass ni**er Curtis Ratson!!!” said Ja, adding, “#BootlickingkneekissingCOON #cloutchasingclown you can have all the money in the world can’t buy class.”

Ja’s post comes after 50 mocked him for reportedly owing $2 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. “LOL come on I know he not that bright but damn,” 50 captioned a screenshot of the headline.

The rappers have been beefing for nearly 20 years and according to 50, the rivalry won’t end until one of them is dead. “It’s never over. We may take a break, but [it] ain’t over till one of us gone,” he wrote in an Instagram comment.

Ice-T Confirms New Body Count Album "In Progress"

Fans of Body Count were presumably thrilled when its de facto leader Ice-T tweeted out an update on the current status of the longtime metal band.

On Saturday (April 20), the seasoned Law & Order actor and bona fide Hip Hop legend confirmed the follow-up to 2017’s Bloodlust is on the way.

“Headed back to the Studio today,” Ice wrote. “New BodyCount album in progress. First two songs locked. Hard as F!! We’re going in. #Carnivore @BodyCountBand.”

Bloodlust featured the controversial yet powerful single “No Lives Matter,” which came with a provocative video.

The album also included “Black Hoodie,” a song about police brutality.

“All these people out here tripping off police brutality like this shit is something new,” Ice says at the beginning of the “Black Hoodie” video. “Give me a fucking break – I’ve been talking about this shit for over 20 years. And now you can kill a motherfucker just because of how he’s dressed. Are you fucking serious?”

The song was ultimately nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards but lost to Mastodon’s “Sultan’s Curse.”

Here’s How Hip Hop Is Celebrating 420

Hip Hop has historically turned up for the annual smokers holiday, 420, which landed on Saturday (April 20) this year.

“Weed Day,” as it’s commonly referred to in certain circles, is rumored to correspond with a numerical code for marijuana — but that’s not exactly true.

According to CNN, Chris Conrad — curator of the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland — said 420 began as a secret code among high schoolers in the early 70s.

A group of friends at San Rafael High School in Marin County — who called themselves “the Waldos — would often meet at 4:20 p.m. to smoke. Not only were they out of school, but their parents were normally still at work, allowing them the time to get high.

From there, the 4:20 time became a code for them to use in plain sight of their parents, and it gradually spread from there.

Like clockwork, the Hip Hop community found various ways to commemorate this year’s 420.

Redman celebrated his son’s graduation, Erykah Badu made a “commercial,” Bun B promoted his new album TrillStatik, Cunninlynguists’ Kno prepped for his show in Denver with Redman, Method Man and Devin The Dude and The Game shared a video clip of Nipsey Hussle wishing everyone a happy 420.

Missy Elliott, Belly, Ice Cube, Public Enemy’s DJ Lord and Freestyle Fellowship’s Myka 9 were among the many sparking up in honor of the special day.

Check out the weed-friendly posts below.

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50 Cent Shocked LeBron James Knows His Hip Hop: "Damn Boy!"

50 Cent posted a throwback photo of himself and Nas on Thursday (April 18), a day before Nasty Nas’ seminal album, Illmatic, turned 25. While the post received thousands of comments — which is typical of anything the Power exec posts — one particular comment stood out.

NBA superstar LeBron James weighed in and asked 50 to re-issue one of his favorite albums — and Fiddy seemed shocked.

“Re release ‘Power of A Dollar”! Straight flames!!!!” the L.A. Laker wrote, a reference to 50’s heavily bootlegged 2000 album, Power Of The Dollar. After all, the album never got a proper release.

50 replied, “@kingjames Damn boy you real be knowing this music shit for real.”

Power Of The Dollar was expected to be 50’s Columbia Records debut in 2000, but as Chuck D always says, “man plans, god laughs.” The Queens-bred rapper was shot nine times in April of that year, which shelved the album two months before its release.

It was, however, bootlegged and circulated throughout the Hip Hop community, clearing catching James’ attention.

The 4x-NBA MVP — who recently A&R’ed 2 Chainz’s latest album Rap Or Go To The League — is a staunch connoisseur of rap. During warm-ups, it’s not uncommon to hear him blasting Eminem, one of his favorite “White Boy Wednesdays” rappers.

Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Murderer’s Getaway Driver Still Being Investigated

Los Angeles, CA – The driver who sped off with Nipsey Hussle’s suspected killer, Eric Holder, isn’t off the hook. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources say the Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. County District Attorney are “actively investigating” the woman who was behind the wheel.

Surveillance video captured the escape and shows the shooter running down an alley to the waiting car. He stops at the car for a second and then hops inside the passenger seat while the driver floors it.

The woman was interviewed by LAPD detectives two days after the murder but wasn’t arrested. Law enforcement sources said at the time, “Sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot,” which led to the conclusion they were getting inside information from the driver. However, it’s unclear what kind of information they’re after. There were plenty of witnesses to the shooting.

Police still need to determine if the woman knew the alleged killer was intent on murdering Nipsey. At the time, she insisted she had no idea he was armed or had plans to shoot him.

Complicating things even further, when the car arrived at Marathon Clothing, Holder was driving and the woman was the passenger. He then parked in the strip mall parking lot next to the store. As she waited in the car, Nipsey and Holder had their initial conversation.

Although several reports suggested they got into an argument, there was supposedly no animosity toward the end of their encounter. Nonetheless, the man believed to be Holder returned to the scene where he unloaded at least six shots, striking two other men and killing Nipsey.

The woman, who by this time was in the driver’s seat, was waiting in the alley with the engine running. That’s when they made their getaway.

The Hip Hop community, especially in Los Angeles, is still mourning the insurmountable loss of Nipsey. Most recently, The Game got a new license plate for his blue Lamborghini that reads “RIP NIP.”

The intersection of Slauson and Crenshaw — where Nip was gunned down — was also renamed Nipsey Hussle Square. 

The Game Gets “RIP NIP” License Plate On His Blue Lamborghini

Los Angeles, CA – The Game is still reeling from Nipsey Hussle’s death but is finding new ways to honor his late friend every day. In addition to the daily Instagram posts he writes about Neighborhood Nip, Mr. L.A. Confidential’s license plate is now custom tailored with a Nipsey tribute.

In an Instagram video, he shared a clip of his blue Lamborghini with a license plate that reads “RIP NIP.”

As the entire Hip Hop community knows, Nip was gunned down on March 31 in front of his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles. Since then, the outpouring of support has continued for nearly three weeks and is showing no signs of slowing down.

For starters, the intersection of Slauson and Crenshaw — where the murder occurred — was renamed Nipsey Hussle Square and his funeral at the Staples Center on April 11 was the first service held there since Michael Jackson’s death.

Brittney Taylor Details What Led Up To Argument With Remy Ma

If these charges against Remy Ma move forward, the 38-year-old new mother could be returned to prison. Remy was released from jail back in 2014 after serving six years after being convicted on a number charges involving an alleged shooting outside a New York deli. Since that time Remy’s been focused on staying out trouble, creating music, and expanding her family, but this recently reported run-in with Brittney Taylor could get her into serious legal trouble.

Remy has yet to comment on the allegations that she punched Taylor in the face, but Taylor has been making the rounds, ready to tell her story. She first shared an image her black eye on Instagram, captioning the photo by naming Remy as her attacker. Then, yesterday a lawyer posted a photo himself with Taylor, saying people should stand by victims, and now Taylor has sat down with NY Daily News at her lawyer’s fice to give details about what allegedly happened between the two Love & Hip Hop New York co-stars.

According to Taylor, everything started during Spring Break she was with Remy’s step-daughter Dejanae. Taylor claims that she defended Dejanae from a man who was beating her up. “What happened with me and Dej in Miami is I saved her—I saved her life, and Remy] got aggressive when Britteny told her at Irving],” she said.

There are a few holes in the story, but Taylor says that on Tuesday she ran into Remy at the Irving Plaza during a concert fundraiser hosted by Remy’s “All The Way Up” collaborator Fat Joe. When Taylor apparently was describing what happened with Dejanae, Remy reportedly said, “She was like, ‘That’s not what I heard,’ and she punched me in the face.”

“I just don’t feel like it’s okay for people to put their hands on someone that’s not being malicious to them, that’s being genuine,” she added. “She’s supposed to be someone with the status and power that she can use for good or bad,” she said. “She shouldn’t be punching someone — punching someone so hard in the face to the point that here we are four days later and my eye’s only getting worse. It really hurts.”

Her lawyer Sanford Rubenstein says, “Brittney Taylor is cooperating fully with the NYPD criminal probe. We are calling on any witnesses who saw what happened or have video what happened to come forward.” Remy is reportedly still on parole, which is scheduled to end on August 1.

The real question is…what happened during Spring Break where someone was allegedly beating up Remy’s step-daughter?

Brittney Taylor Continues Her Fight Against Remy Ma, Lawyer Speaks Out

Despite accusations being a snitch, Brittney Taylor is not backing down from her accusations that Remy Ma attacked her just days ago. The rapper and Love & Hip Hop New York star made a public statement on Instagram saying that her castmate gave her a black eye. “So, here am I on my way to a very important meeting and it’s hard to even focus because what occurred last night,” she wrote. “I didn’t wanna bring it to social media because Its pretty embarrassing and not a good look tbh. I tried my best to cover it up with make up and move on but that still didn’t work. My Question is @remyma why did you really do this?”

It’s confusing that she has no idea why someone would assault her, so there’s obviously more here than we know. The “All The Way Up” rapper has yet to respond to the allegations, but there are reports that she is being investigated for the reported beat down. To fuel those rumors, an attorney who goes by the name “MarcTheLawyer” on Instagram, a man named Marc Battipaglia who states he’s a personal injury and civil rights attorney, did a post and delete, saying that he stands by Taylor because she is a victim.

“Let’s not forget that @brittneyftaylor claims she is a victim and she’s lucky to have people like @africandina to support her through this difficult time,” Marc wrote. “If people continue to attack victims then we will all deter future victims from coming forward to hold wrongdoers accountable. I stand with Brittney.”

Meanwhile, responses to Brittney’s accusations have been mixed. Tory Lanez told her, “My n*gga . Take this down.” One follower wrote, “Y’all crazy saying she dumb for going to the police let someone knock u out. You going let them get away with it. No IM CALLING THE POLICE YOU WANNA HIT ME YES JAil time!,” while another person said, “Bih a victim what?! Your own ego? Spare me. She’s mad corny for this.”

Tech N9ne Rhymes Like Crazy In "Like I Ain’t" Music Video

Los Angeles, CA – Tech N9ne is talking that crazy ish in the music video for his song “Like I Ain’t” off his recently released studio album N9NA.

In the video, Tech is confined in a psych ward and he lists off all his accomplishments with rapid fire to the non-believing mental patients surrounding him. This includes the fact that he really has a song with the late Tupac Shakur.

N9NA is a direct response to Tech’s fans asking for a project, no features — J. Cole style.

“Fans have been asking for an album centered around just Tech N9ne with minimal features, so I give them N9NA,” the most successful indie rapper in the game said in a press release. “This is me, wholeheartedly. It’s something for my die-hard fans and an introduction for all newcomers. I’m rapping like never before – like I’ve never sold a Gold or Platinum record.”

Last year, the Kansas City rhymer dropped his platinum-selling album Planet, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Rap, R&B/Hip Hop and Indie charts.

Catch Tech N9ne on his 55-city It Goes Up Tour and watch his “Like I Ain’t” video above.