Mere months after releasing an undisputed AOTY contender for 2020 with Burden Of Proof and making his theatrical acting debut with Conflicted, Benny The Butcher is now undeniably a star. Upon its release, Burden Of Proof was an immediate smash, a fan and critic favorite, and his most commercially successful project to date; #1 at iTunes, #4 at Apple Music and Spotify, and highlighted by Rolling Stone on its Breakthrough top 25 Chart.
Today, Benny & Harry are back with the visual for “Overall,” featuring Chinx (RIP!), which you can view below.
This CD is one of those that you don’t get often. It had incredible and intensely clever wordplay, and was great for the culture because of the positive support it showed for hip hop. Back then everyone thought hip-hop was rap music and rap music was gangsta. It made people think twice before making an assumption like that. Any hip-hop purist who enjoys freestyles and great rhymes that make you think then this is the album for you.
According to a report from Business Insider, a Canada-based online brokerage company that is backed by hometown rap hero Drake is reportedly valued at $4 billion.
Wealthsimple, the company that has other famous Canadian investors including Michael J. Fox and former pro-baseball player Dwight Powell, received over $600 million during its last funding season. According to the report, the app for the company will be the Canadian version of Robinhood.
“More than two million Canadians use Wealthsimple to grow their money, file their taxes, pay their friends, and make their financial lives better,” said CEO Mike Katchen. “This investment will fuel our growth so we can reach millions more and ensure that everyone has access to the simplest, most powerful financial products and services, no matter who they are or where they are in their financial lives.”
According to several reports from posts on social media, Brooklyn rapper Jeezy Mula has been sentenced to 24 months \in prison following an investigation into his ties to the “Real Ryte” crew, a street organization with alleged ties to the Bloods gang along with his two-year-long federal fraud case.
Prior to the arrest, Mula, whose real name is DeJahn McBean, was seen driving a red Bentley truck and illegally gambling with thousands of dollars on social media alongside funnyman Fatboy SSE. These activities among others are what led to the investigation, arrest, and conviction in his federal fraud case.
It was also said that Mula may not have to do the entire two years and with good time, could be released as early as 15 months. After that, Mula could be eligible for bail on any other pending charges he faces.
Nothing beats a classic rap record and a few MCs were dropping them on the regular quite like legendary ’90s rap duo Gang Starr. The group, consisting of Guru holding things down on the mic and DJ Premier handling the head-bumping production, dropped six albums in their career before calling it quits in 2003.
While a reunion album was reportedly planned, unfortunately, Guru passed away on April 19, 2010, before the project could be completed or properly executed overall. While the Hip-Hop community definitely took a blow due to the loss, the work they did create while recording together influenced the genre in ways that we’re still seeing today. One LP that specifically represents Gang Starr’s influential legacy is their third album Daily Operation, which celebrates its 29th anniversary today.
Comprised of jazz-tinged samples and lyrics that illustrated life in the streets of New York City during the early ’90s, Daily Operation saw Gang Starr striding smoothly towards the legendary status that we now place the group in today. The project is East Coast-inspired through and through, from recording the LP entirely at the dearly missed D&D Studios on West 37th Street in Midtown Manhattan all the way to lamenting about Brooklyn on the opening track “The Place We Dwell.” Other standout cuts include “I’m The Man,” featuring the solely credited cameos by Group Home member Lil Dap and Jeru the Damaja, “B.Y.S.” — cleverly abbreviated for “Bust Yo’ Shit” — and the lead single “Ex Girl to Next Girl” that gave us one of the most 90s-looking music videos ever created.
The key to Gang Starr is that, while none of their albums ever crossed Top 5 status on the Billboard 200 — their highest placement happened in 1998 when Moment of Truth hit #6 — sales were never the thing that represented their effect on the game; the music always came first and foremost. Daily Operation received all sorts of critical acclaim nonetheless, and we even included it on our “100 Best Rap Albums” list for The Source’s 100th issue (January 1998). So, while it only reached #65 on the Billboard 200 and faired slightly better on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #14, those numbers mean nothing when compared to the slick verses, smooth-yet-rugged instrumentals, and thought-provoking bars that still makes this album a certified classic almost three decades after its original release.
According to a report from CBS’ Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV, confined Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci sinks deeper into legal trouble as he’s named as one among a dozen other people in a 105-count racketeering indictment, focusing on sets of the Universal Blood Nation in Atlanta and around Georgia.
Lucci, whose real name is Rashawn Bennett, is already facing multiple charges in Fulton County, including murder and the state’s prosecutors are making it clear that regardless of his star status, they’re actively seeking more convictions.
Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said the racketeering indictment “sends a significant message, a profound message that regardless of your status that the City of Atlanta and Fulton County in partnership is coming after you if you violate the crimes in our county, in our city.”
Lucci’s lawyer, Drew Findling, continues to steadfastly declare his client’s innocence, saying, “He’s not a gang member. What he is is an internationally recognized musical artist that is a triple platinum winner, that has performed all over the United States and all over the world.”
TheSource.com will update this story as it develops.
Many artists who worked with DMX have paid their respects since his untimely passing and former Cash Money Records standout Lil Wayne paid tribute to the Ruff Ryder legend during this past weekend’s Trillerfest in Miami.
Tunechi told the capacity crowd about his early days with Cash Money and their joint tour with the Ruff Ryders in 2000, saying, “You see, when I was a younger kid we used to be on tour a lot, like six months out the year and we used to go on tour with another record label because we used to have so many artists. We didn’t have to have no opening acts because we just needed another record label and it was just us and them. So back then, we went on this tour called the ‘Cash Money Ruff Ryders tour. See, being from New Orleans, it’s so far away from New York and Cali and shit like that we didn’t know if it was real when we seen it on TV, the New York guys, the LA people. So when we saw DMX, we all fell in love.”
Wayne added, “But when I got on tour with him, now you in the hotel lobby, you in the backstage, you run across the nigga and he actually say something to you. And when you see this nigga talk like how he rap and you see this nigga is what he is, and you see this nigga got a zillion dogs with him, then a zillion dogs with him, it’s impossible not to be obsessed, infatuated, motherfucking impressed, whatever. Ladies and gentlemen, please make some noise for the late great DMX!”
Not long before his death, DMX revealed that Wayne had laid down a verse for his new album.
Moneybagg Yo secured his first career No. 1 album placement on the Billboard 200 chart with the release of his new full-length offering, A Gangsta’s Pain. The Memphis native’s album moved over 110K units during the first week of its release, resulting in one of the biggest Hip Hop debuts of the year to date.
Additionally, the Memphis native’s project was No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, Top Rap Albums Chart, and #1 on Apple Music’s All Genre and Hip Hop chart the entire week of release. Listen to A Gangsta’s Pain on all digital retailers via CMG/N-less Entertainment/Interscope Records HERE.
Continuing his takeover, Moneybagg recently made his late-night television debut with an impressive medley of “Time Today” and “Hard For The Next” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which you can watch HERE.
A GANGSTA’S PAIN TRACKLIST: 1. Memphganistan (Ft. Kaash Paige) 2. Just Say Det 3. GO! (With BIG30) 4. Wockesha 5. Shottas (Lala) 6. Hard For The Next (With Future) 7. If Pain Was A Person 8. I Believe U (Ft. TripStar) 9. Time Today 10. Interlude 11. Free Promo (Ft. Polo G & Lil Durk) 12. Hate It Here 13. Love It Here 14. Clear Da Air 15. Projects 16. One Of Dem Nights (Ft. Jhené Aiko) 17. FR 18. Certified Neptunes (Ft. Pharrell) 19. Change Da Subject 20. Least Ian Lie 21. Bipolar Virgo 22. A Gangsta’s Pain
It has been nine years since the passing of Beastie Boys founding member Adam Yauch aka MCA, but his legacy stands as a testament to why he should be recognized.
This year will mark the ninth anniversary of the passing of the Beastie Boys co-founder, who passed on May 4th, 2012 after a three year battle with cancer at the age of 47. Just weeks prior to his death, the inventive style he and the crew became known for was immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Yauch was only 22 when the Beastie Boys released their debut album Licensed To Ill and he directed many of the videos for it. After the Beastie Boys found success in all levels of music, from Hip Hop to punk and metal fans alike, Adam took on many projects in the creative spectrum: first building state of the art recording studio in New York City and establishing an independent film company, thus directing several acclaimed movies. Yauch founded Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film production and distribution company based in New York City.
In an exclusive interview on the Where’s Wallo podcast, Cash Money Records CEO Bryan “Baby” Williams discussed many different aspects of his life and career, including the importance of owning your own masters.
Birdman says that many of his musical predecessors “got f***ed” in the music industry for not owning their masters, which he says is the primary reason for continuing his independent grind.
When asked by Wallo how he makes money off the masters, Baby replied, “It’s a gang of ways you can make money with your masters. We generate 20-30 million a year just off our masters.”