Music News - Rap/Hip-Hop


aaliyah-082616.jpg Aaliyah has been tributed by a slew of hip-hop and R&B's biggest names on the fifteenth anniversary of her death. One such tribute came via Missy Elliott who took to Instagram, saying that she still thinks of Aaliyah on a daily basis. "15 years later to me feels like just yesterday," she wrote. "I can still hear your laughter, I can clearly see us dancing in the studio . . ."

whatprinceate-061016.jpg Prince's Paisley Park home in Minnesota will open to the public for tours in October. Tours will take place on the main floor that houses the recording and mixing studios where Prince made most of his biggest hits, along with tours of his video editing suite, rehearsal rooms, private NPG Music Club and personal concert hall, according to a press release.

justin-timberlake-61016.jpg Justin Timberlake has signed on as a partner and producer of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. He will serve as a Festival Producer to plan and run the event. "I couldn't be more excited about becoming part of the Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival," Timberlake says in an official statement. "Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin."

MaryJBlige-062416.jpg Mary J. Blige has offered up a new theme song for The View. The track, titled "World's Gone Crazy," was penned by writer Diane Warren and finds the recently divorced Blige ruminating on both her personal struggles and those in the world today. "The world's gone crazy," she sings. "I think there's only one thing to do / I think that we should go crazy too."

frank-ocean-062215.jpg David Bowie is credited a songwriter on Frank Ocean's new album Blonde and a press representative has clarified the situation. Bowie is credited on Blonde, alongside other big names including Kanye West, Jamie xx, the Beatles, Brian Eno, Pharrell Williams, Elliott Smith, James Blake, Yung Lean and more.

Rihanna-061616.jpg Rihanna has announced "Love On the Brain" as the newest single off of her album ANTI, the fourth single to be released off of the album. RiRi made the announcement on Instagram, sharing a live clip of her performing the track along with a caption that simply stated, "#nextsingle." "Love on the Brain" follows a trio of other hit singles from ANTI.

50-cent-070916.jpg 50 Cent makes a special appearance in a new comedic "50 Cent Store" commercial. The bit, filmed for Jimmy Kimmel Live, finds Fif hustling his own take of the "99 Cent Store" model. The MC encourages fans to stop by the shop, which is conveniently located right behind the club. "So come on by to the 50 Cent Store or you might get shot," said 50 in the video.

whatprinceate-061016.jpg The Minnesota Wild have selected Prince's classic track "Let's Go Crazy" as their new goal song. The tune will play whenever the Wild score in the upcoming season and was chosen after a lengthy fan-voting process. The team announced that their hometown hero's song will serve as the new goal song via Twitter.

justin-timberlake-61016.jpg Justin Timberlake has revealed the track listing to the forthcoming original soundtrack to Trolls. The singer served as the executive producer on the release and also contributed music to it. He shared the full track listing in a graphic for Instagram that showcased a cassette tape and an old style tape jacket.

mariahcarey-061616.jpg Mariah Carey reportedly had an episode where she threw a laptop out a window and ran away screaming after listening to a Beyoncé song, according to the Daily Mail. The 46-year-old diva apparently chucked the laptop out of a window after her 47-year-old fiancé James Packer played a song by Queen Bey.

chrisbrown-062316.jpg Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, August Alsina and Rick Ross have gotten together to shoot the music video for "Do You Mind," according to Rap-Up.com. Khaled shared a few behind-the-scenes clips of the video as previews on social media. He describes the video as "the biggest film, aka movie ever."

frank-ocean-062215.jpg Frank Ocean has released the music video for his new track, "Nikes," which is the lead single from the singer's sophomore album, Blonde. "I got two versions," is the first line uttered in the video, which makes several nods to hip-hop culture, society in general and Ocean's career. It also features a rapping Chihuahua and a nude female swimmer in a large tank of water.

Rihanna-061616.jpg Rihanna will release her first Fenty x Puma collection next month, her first clothing collection for Puma, where she has served as the Creative Director since 2014. While Rihanna announced on Twitter that the clothing line will be available beginning on September 6, Puma took to Instagram to offer a little more detail.

drake-070916.jpg Drake is clearly not a Meek Mill fan, as he blasted Mill during a performance in Mill's hometown of Philadelphia, just one day after blasting him in Washington, D.C. The "Hotline Bling" rapper changed up the lyrics to his song "Back to Back," singing "I did another one / I did another one / I even did this s**t in Philly, man, I never run."

whatprinceate-061016.jpg A new report states that counterfeit pills found at Prince's home contained the drug fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. The Guardian reports that pills found at Paisley Park were falsely mislabeled as 'Watson 385,' a stamp commonly used to identify pills containing a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocone.

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