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Journalist Who Appeared On Pop Smoke’s Album Sues Record Label

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Ever since Brooklyn rap sensation Pop Smoke was tragically murdered, his Shoot For the Stars, Aim For The Moon debut album has taken over the radio waves and topped charts unlike any other artist of the era. On the album, a journalist’s interview made the album’s cut, but it was used without her permission and she is now suing the label for damages.

Victoria Inoyo, the journalist’s interview that appeared on the outro of Pop Smoke’s LP, is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages, a percentage of the album’s royalties and her writer’s credit on the album. The label reportedly offered Inoyo $1 compensation to use her interview on the album, but she declined and an agreement was never reached. Her voice made the album anyway and now, the lawsuit is pending.

Inoyo’s lawyer gave a statement saying, “The label knew that it did not have Ms. Inoyo’s permission to use the interview; yet, rather than negotiate with Ms. Inoyo in good-faith in order to obtain her permission to use the interview, the label inexcusably and unjustifiably used the interview and released the album and the song for commercial distribution in violation of, among other things, Ms. Inoyo’s copyrights and her intellectual property.”

TheSource.com will bring more updates to this story as it develops.

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Today in Hip-Hop History: The Pharcyde Drops Their Debut LP ‘Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde’ 28 Years Ago

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On this date in 1992, J-Swift, Fatlip, Imani, Bootie Brown, and Slimkid3 took the world on a ride on the “Pharcyde” with their first LP, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. Released on the Cali based Delicious Vinyl label and produced by former group member J-Swift, Bizarre Ride introduced Hip Hop fans to an alternative to the gangsta rap that was so prevalent and expected from the West Coast.

The 16-track album produced tracks that their core followers may be familiar with, however, none of the songs were as popular as the kaleidoscopic “Passin Me By”. All three emcees brought their own tragic comedies of “the one that got away”; love lives gone awry. The eccentric classic was so popular, it appeared on the soundtrack to the 1999 Adam Sandler silver screen gem Big Daddy.

This certified gold classic broke many boundaries for the West Coast and Hip Hop in general as we all were shaken from the stereotype of the type of music that was bred on the “left” coast. Salute to the entire Pharcyde crew for bringing Hip Hop this timeless masterpiece!

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Today in Hip-Hop History: RZA Released His Debut Solo LP ‘Bobby Digital In Stereo’ 22 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip Hop history in 1998, the leader of the world-renowned Wu-Tang Clan released his first solo album Bobby Digital In Stereo.

This project came late in RZA’s career after the success of the Wu-Tang Clan had been plentiful. Serving as a soundtrack to an unreleased blaxploitation martial arts film by RZA titled Bobby Digital: The Digital Bullet, the project featured a new experimental sound that was not like the usual edgy street vibe that Wu-Tang solidified in the game.

The album went gold, selling 500,000 copies by 1999, and received mixed reviews from music critics. For this album, RZA utilized a different production and vocal style. Instead of the sample-heavy beats that made his production popular throughout the 90s on fellow Wu-Tang Clan members’ projects, this project was composed of mostly keyboard-driven sounds which Bob Digi eloquently called the “Digital Orchestra”.

The inspiration for this album came from RZA’s love for comic books and yearning to live out his childhood dream of becoming a superhero in the projects. The lyrics of the project follow a loose storyline of RZA’s endeavors as Bobby Digital. His goal as Bobby Digital was to enlighten the people of the project to the poisons of the hood that surrounded them every day.

He created Bobby Digital to personify his wild and crazy life before his musical success because, during the growth of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA became a musical hermit and spent the majority of his time perfecting his craft and not out enjoying the spoils of his lifestyle. Bobby Digital served as a sort of cathartic alter ego through whom RZA could unleash a side of himself that had laid dormant during his rise to fame and search for enlightenment.

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‘Coming 2 America’ Sequel Set To Premiere On Amazon Prime March 2021

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According to several confirmed reports, the long-awaited Coming 2 America sequel that was slated for release December 2020, will premiere on Amazon Prime in March 2021.

All of the original Coming 2 America cast from Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, and Paul Bates will be a part of this film as well as other special guests including Wesley Snipes, KiKi Layne, Rick Ross, Leslie Jones, and Jermaine Fowler.

This news comes on the heels of Mr. Murphy receiving his first Emmy Award in September for his landmark roles on Saturday Night Live and his first nomination in over two decades.

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Quality Control Appoints Christopher Hicks To Chief Innovation Officer Of QC Media Holdings

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QC Media Holdings, the parent company to Quality Control Music (Lil Baby, Migos and others), QC Sports and Quality Control Music Publishing has appointed Christopher Hicks Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). In an equity based deal, Hicks will focus on identifying, developing, and launching new partnerships and services across Film, TV, Digital, Music Master, Music Publishing and Technology verticals. 

A highly respected entrepreneur and executive, Hicks has pushed boundaries in the areas of production, publishing and management over a 20 year career. Hicks co-founded Noontime Music, home to over 35 #1 Billboard Records. He has served as the manager of the careers of Grammy Award winning writers Bryan-Michael Cox and Johnta Austin and has also worked as a creative consultant to Usher, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah and Letoya. As Senior Vice President for Warner Chappell Publishing, Hicks signed and worked with Grammy award-winning writers such as TI, Lil Wayne, The-Dream and more. As the Executive Vice President of Island Def Jam, Hicks played a pivotal role in the signing and launch of Justin Bieber as well as the signing and comeback of Jennifer Lopez producing albums on both. Most recently Hicks has focused his sights on the film and television space after serving as the Director of the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment. 

Hicks will put significant focus on the building out of Quality Control’s new Music Publishing ventures. Hicks, along with the company’s principals Pierre “P” Thomas and Kevin “Coach K” Lee, intends to leverage the company’s unique ability to develop market share against the company’s standing in popular culture to position the company as a pivotal player in both the development and acquisitions spaces.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Nas’ Dropped His Fourth Album ‘Nastradamus’ 21 Years Ago

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On this date in 1999, Queensbridge King Nas released his fourth full length studio LP entitled Nastradamus on the Ill Will/Columbia imprint. The 15 track album was due to be released as a follow up to his previous I Am LP, but due to bootlegging, Nas added additional recorded songs specifically for this project.

With singles such as “Project Windows” featuring the legendary Ron Isley and the crossover single “You Owe Me” featuring Ginuwine, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA within a month of its release.Production from the likes of Timbaland, Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Premier and Dame Grease, this album appealed to the streets and the charts.

Salute to Nas for this valuable piece of Hip Hop history!

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Dr. Dre Denies Estranged Wife’s Claim She Owns Rights To His Name

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In exclusive court documents obtained by TheBlast, Dr. Dre has filed a court motion to stop Nicole Young’s lawsuit over the trademark to his name as well as the title of his most coveted project, The Chronic.

Back in August, Nicole filed a suit claiming co-ownership of the trademarks of The Chronic and his moniker Dr. Dre, while she accused Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, of transferring the rights to the trademarks into a brand-new company in which he is the sole proprietor. 

Sources close to the couple say that since they were married in 1996 and The Chronic album dropped in 1992, it isn’t possible for her name to be on the trademarks, however, Nicole Young claims that Dre didn’t file for the trademarks until 1997. 

In the new court docs, the Dr. doesn’t pull any punches when talking about his estranged wife’s recent legal actions. His lawyer wrote, “Plaintiff Nicole Young, after commencing divorce proceedings against Defendant Andre Young, seeking over $400 Million, then stealing almost $400,000.00 from an LLC that funds Defendant Young’s recording studio, draining its entire bank account, Plaintiff has decided that $400,400,000.00 and one lawsuit are not enough. She is now suing Defendant Young and another LLC in a separate lawsuit, having the temerity to claim that trademarks to Defendant Young’s performing name, “Dr. Dre,” and to his first solo album, entitled “The Chronic,” have been unlawfully transferred from Defendant Young to his wholly-owned LLC.”

The motion filed by Dre also says, Dr. Dre” is a trade name that Defendant Young had used for over ten years before he even met Plaintiff, as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, then as a member of NWA, and then as a solo performer. “The Chronic” was a multi-platinum and Grammy-winning album that was released four years before his marriage to Plaintiff.”

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Snoop Dogg Drops Debut Album ‘Doggystyle’ 27 Years Ago

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On this date in 1993, Calvin Broadus Jr. aka Snoop Doggy Dogg released his highly anticipated first album Doggystyle on Death Row Records. This was the label’s first full-length project by a solo artist, which was piggybacking on the success of Death Row’s last release, The Chronic, the Dr. Dre album where many had just heard Snoop for the first time.

Doggystyle, which was produced exclusively by Snoop’s mentor, Dr. Dre, huddled around the concept of the “dogg”, with the animated cover and cartoon insert of a street-wise hound that wanted by the opps and the “bitches” for his “doggystyle”, which of course, is a famous sex position.

Some of the album’s leading tracks include the x-rated “It Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)” featuring childhood friend Nate Dogg and then recently formed Dogg Pound, Daz and Kurupt, the Slick Rick ode “Lodi Dodi” and the world-famous alcoholic anthem “Gin And Juice”.

Even with a four mic rating, Source staff writer Reginald Dennis said that the album escaped the coveted Five Mic rating because he felt like it was “rushed”, but nonetheless, with the introduction of such a monumental artist coupled with the authenticity of the gang-ridden West Coast streets, this album is by far one of the most pivotal albums of the 90s, even before the East Coast/West Coast rivalry, which came at least two years later. Salute to Snoop, Dre, the Dogg Pound, The Lady Of Rage, RBX, Suge and the rest of the legendary Death Row for putting together this classic album!

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[LISTEN] Quando Rondo Addresses King Von’s Death On ‘End of Story’

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After the shooting death of King Von in Atlanta earlier this month, there have been several reactions and responses from those close to him such as his manager and ex-girlfriend Asian Doll, but now the other side has reacted and there’s no sign of remorse or condolences for the fallen rapper.

Quando Rondo, who was in a physical altercation just moments before King Von’s death, released a new track entitled “End Of Story” about the shooting death of Von in which he claims self-defense and even shows support for his friend Timothy Leeks, who is being charged with Von’s murder.

On the track, Rondo rapped, “Blood on your brother on the ground, gon’ pick your mans up/Damn right we scrеaming self-defense, he shouldn’t have never put his hands on me/Look at the footage, that’s all the evidence, see them p**** n***** shouldn’t have ran up on me..”

Quando is not under investigation in relation to King Von’s killing, but Leeks has been formally charged with the murder and is awaiting trial.

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Today in Hip Hop History: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘The W’ Album Turns 20 Years Old!

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On this day in Hip Hop history Wu Tang Clan releases their third studio LP The W. As the follow up to the immensely successful Wu Tang Forever, this album fell a little short of its predecessors success but continued in growing the Wu’s legacy as a whole.

At the time of the album’s production and release, Wu Tang member ODB was facing a legal-saga with seemingly no end. Although that may have stopped Dirt Dog’s ability to grace the album more than once, it did not however derail the Clan’s creative process and ability to execute. Much to the tone of their past work, The W once again proved that Wu-Tang is lyrically the strongest rap collective of all time. As far as production however, RZA toned down the intricate instrumentation used on Forever and went back to the 36 Chambers style of soulful samples coupled with melancholic  drum patterns. This back to basic model allowed the Clan to stand out lyrically as they once did.

Commercially, the album was an international success. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 as well as #1 in the UK and Ireland. The album won numerous Album of the Year awards from esteemed publications and is herald as one of Hip Hop’s greater albums.

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