Wale’s third album The Gifted arrives on June 25 and above is what you can expect to see on the shelves in just over a month. During his appearance on “RapFix Live” in March, the moody MMG rapper had this to say about the project: “I’m giving you music, I’m giving you what the people need. I’m tired of y’all rappers like, ‘I got four joints for the ladies, I got two for the club, I got three inspirational,’ … Nah, paint a picture, show me wassup.” Word.
By Maurice Bobb
Who’s bad? Michael Jackson, if famed choreographer Wade Robson is to be believed. Robson, who has helped music’s biggest acts choreograph their music video and live performances and has appeared on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” is suing the King of Pop’s estate for “childhood sexual abuse” four years after the late icon’s death and eight years after testifying in Jackson’s molestation trial that the Thriller singer never touched him inappropriately. Omarion has some thoughts on the matter.
TMZ caught up with Omarion, who considers MJ a hero, and asked for his thoughts on the matter. “He’s suing Mike? The person that’s dead? The legend? That’s messed up, man,” Maybach O said. “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe he would sue a dead man. That’s unbelievable. I don’t like it.”
Back in 2005, Jackson was found not guilty of multiple counts of abusing a 13-year old cancer survivor. Despite a housekeeper’s testimony that she saw Jackson showering with Robson, the 30-year old dancer testified under oath that he was never molested by Jackson while he stayed at the Neverland Ranch as a kid. In fact, when he was questioned by Jackson’s attorney Thomas A. Mesereau Jr. about whether or not he’d be molested, he replied “absolutely not” and “I think it’s ridiculous.”
Robson has since recanted his testimony, according to legal documents, claiming that his “repressed memory” kept him from filing any claims against MJ initially. Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Jackson Estate, shot down the choreographer’s claims as “outrageous and pathetic.”
In light of that, the MMG crooner thinks Robson’s lawsuit is a desperate money grab. “Maybe he’s in a position like he’s needing some extra change or something like that. I don’t know,” he said. “But I just think it’s whack.”
By Maurice Bobb
Rick Ross just has a knack for staying ahead of the game. In his latest move, Rozay has named Kendell “Young Sav” Freeman (of “Best of Both Offices”) the new Vice President of Maybach Music Group.
“Feels great calling one of the hardest workers and few people I consider a close friend the new VP of MMG,” the God Forgives, I Don’t MC said of Freeman’s appointment Thursday (April 18), which is effective immediately.
The former Def Jam Mixshow Manager won’t be taking his talents to South Beach, though. He’ll remain in New York to oversee all areas of MMG with a specific focus on growing the success of existing signings and developing new talent. Additionally, Freeman will continue his relationship with his former employer to collaborate on Ross’ future solo projects.
“I am extremely excited to embark on this new path in my career,” Freeman said. “I appreciate Ross for noticing my grind, work ethic and giving me a major opportunity to not only be a part of this label, but also help execute his vision.”
Prior to joining MMG, Freeman thrived for almost a decade on the label that Russell Simmons built. During his time there, he was instrumental in the success of projects from hip-hop heavyweights such as Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Trinidad Jame$, Jadakiss, Juelz Santana, Jay-Z and, of course, his new Bawse.
“Kendell a.k.a Young Sav’s talent and knowledge helped redefine the lifestyle approach to marketing and promoting some of the biggest names in hip-hop,” said Shawn “Pecas” Costner, SVP Def Jam Records “he’s one of a kind.” Earlier in his career, Freeman played a pivotal role at TVT Records in breaking music for the label’s urban acts, which included the Ying Yang Twins, Pitbull and Lil Jon & Eastside Boyz.
“It’s going to be a privilege to work with the brand and assist in taking it to the next tier,” Freeman said. “All of the artists on the roster are amazing. I’m ready to get to work.”
via Sway##Q##s Universe
By Muhammad Abdulhafith
When Rick Ross dropped “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” it moved a lot of people and he had almost every rap fan shouting that they were either Big Meech or Larry Hoover. While some took the shout-out of the notorious gangsters as an act of disrespect, B.M.F. leader Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory was delighted with the name-drop and B.M.F. crew member Bleu DaVinci isn’t sweating it either.
“I didn’t have no issue with it. I don’t feel like anybody else should of had an issue with that,” DaVinci said during a visit to Shade 45’s “Sway in the Morning” radio show on Friday (March 15), when the popular radio and television host broadcasted live from SXSW in Austin, Texas. “Whoever can latch onto something we did or we doing and can better themselves from it, make some money, feed their kids, I’m with that.”
The respect from Big Meech seemed mutual, though the love didn##Q##t seem to spread, which quintessentially caused an uproar. Bleu spoke on Rick Ross##Q## 2010 single which he feels paid homage to street legends Larry Hoover and Big Meech, although it wasn##Q##t made clear by Ross he felt the record was a testament of how they wanted to be viewed not as thugs, but business men.
Even Big Meech##Q##s mother spoke publicly about the record, stating that her son wasn##Q##t put in a bad light. According to Bleu, B.M.F. sees no problem with people using their name as long as they aren##Q##t disgracing it. However members of the Gangster Disciples, a street organization founded by Larry Hoover, felt the rapper was taking advantage of Hoover’s legacy. Members of the organization sent a string of YouTube threats asking the MMG rapper to rectify the situation.
During his interview with Sway, DaVinci recalled when he first met Meech and in Gardenia, California after he shot a film called “3 Strikes.” Meech wanted to legitimize his street business at that time and saw working with Bleu, who was making his name as a rapper, as a path onto the straight and narrow.
By Maurice Bobb
It’s no coincidence that the rappers ranked on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” list are firing off new material with the kind of competitive fire one that would expect from a Top 10 spitter. Meek Mill, who nabbed this year’s #10 spot on the list after besting French Montana and Pusha T, is prepping the third installment of Dreamchasers, the mixtape series that made him a star long before he signed with Rick Ross, the #3 lyricist on the Hottest MCs list.
DC3 is slated to drop on May 6, but for those that can’t wait to hear bars from the MMG capo; he just dropped his own version of Drake’s “Started From the Bottom.” On the two-minute track, the energetic rhyme slayer shouts out Drizzy and his hometown Toronto and rattles off 16##Q##s: “Started from the bottom, now we here/we was selling things, pullin##Q## strings, puppeteer/ started with a dollar now, I##Q##m jumping out the Lear/ all my ni–as behind me, you can find me in the air.”
There##Q##s no debating that the Philly MC “Started From the Bottom,” so fans will likely embrace the young gunner##Q##s latest freestyle. As for the mixtape, Meek took to Instagram to release the tracklist for the project last week. Oddly enough, his MMG cohorts like Wale, Stalley and Rozay, aren’t listed on the 16-track release. But, there are interesting features to look forward to, like Fozzie Bear, Jadakiss, Trina, Waka Flocka and the #9 emcee on the Hottest MC list, Future.
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Rick Ross the rapper may have gotten his stage name from “Freeway” Rick Ross, but it##Q##s Nick Cannon who will play the real-life gangster in an upcoming movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cannon will star in the movie rumored to be penned by Nick Cassavetes (“Alpha Dog,” “Blow.”)
Nick and Rick Ross even appeared in a video announcing the role. “I##Q##ve been wanting him to play my role since ##Q##96,” the former drug kingpin said of Cannon in the video. “We got hooked up, I met him … I loved his personality.” The “Wildi N##Q## Out” star added, “This is history in the making right here. We family now. We gonna get this thing right however long it take. The story gotta be told: the real Rick Ross.”
The rapper Rick and the real-life Rick have had their issues in the past, as “Freeway” Rick Ross feels that the MMG honcho stole his name and style. In 2012, he even took Rozay to court. In an interview, “Freeway” Ricky Ross explained, “We##Q##re still going to be doing depositions for the next couple weeks. The judge ruled that she##Q##s going to make this a public trial. As soon as she makes the final ruling, I##Q##ll be releasing William Roberts##Q## [aka Rick Ross] deposition publicly.” He then threw in, “I can##Q##t wait, so everyone can see what a clown he is. The way he clowned me. He shook all the white people##Q##s hand in the room and totally disrespected me in the room. When they get to see some of the things he says on camera … I couldn##Q##t believe some of the things he said on camera. Let the world see it.
The rapper Rick eventually won the legal battle and was able to keep his stage moniker.
Last year Meek Mill pulled in at the #7 spot on the Hottest MCs list, but this year the MMG rapper landed at #10, after battling it out with French Montana and Pusha T. As to be expected, fans had plenty to say about that vote. Future made his first appearance on the list at #9. See the reactions below.
“Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” kicks off Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on MTV2##Q##s ##Q##Week In Jams##Q## and concludes with a special on Thursday, March 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV Jams. Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #HottestMC @MTVRapFix.
Many felt that Meek deserved more love:
@Jefe_Jimmy: Must be a joke/Meek Mill is #10, Future is #9 on MTV##Q##s “Hottest MCs in the Game VIII” List
@KINGxDC_ Smh: MTV put Future over Meek Mill on the hottest MC this already lookin like a bad top 10
@DoseofTeaspoon: List doesn##Q##t look promising
Some fans couldn##Q##t believe Future made the list above Meek, while others felt he deserved to be much higher.
@slangdini: ppl gotta remember the Future wave didn##Q##t really catch steam til late summer. buggati, turn off, love em, lovee song is late ##Q##12
@J_man329: list null in void now… future shoulda been top 3
@JujuGotLifted: How is future hotter than pusha t, meek , and French?
@bnease: Still No. 1 in our hearts
@CallMeMillaK: Y##Q##all bugging he##Q##s top 3 right now.
@TracyRepsMusic: Surprised he##Q##s there at all…