Rick Ross, move over -- J. Cole just topped your first week sales record for 2014. Rozay's Mastermind moved 179,000 units in its first week back in March, but now his tally's been handily topped by that of Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The official numbers just came in, and it looks like Cole sold a whopping 361,120 copies of his new project.
Topping early projections by almost 100,000 units, Cole has finally unseated Taylor Swift at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. This is even more impressive when you consider that we didn't even know about the album a month ago, and the fact that there was basically no marketing around 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
On Wednesday night (December 10), J. Cole, whose 2014 Forrest Hills Drive album is now in stores, promoted his latest body of work with a performance on Late Show with David Letterman. But given recent racial injustices and lack of indictments in the respective deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police, the MC found it more appropriate to perform “Be Free” rater than a song from the project.
Released back in August, the track is a passionate display of Cole’s take on how Blacks are clearly undervalued in these “United States.” That said, the Dreamville founder, while garbed in all black, ran through a live rendition of the tune, but spit an unheard closing verse that’s sure to re-ignite the conversations on prejudice in the Hip-Hop community.
2014 Forrest Hills Drive can be found on iTunes. See Cole’s performance below.
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Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, studio exec Clint Culpepper and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton had an email exchange pertaining to funny man Kevin Hart, whose steadily climbing the success ladder thanks to his string of Sony Pictures films.
Somewhere in the dialogue, it was brought to everyone’s attention that Hart was expecting an insanely amount of money for using his “social media savvy.” The asking price? Let’s just say it stepped outside the figure of $3 million.
Thanks to the Internets, a snippet of that conversation made its way to our desktop.Read more
Word around the street is that Diddy slapped Drake at Club LIV in Miami last night (Dec 7), when the two were attending DJ Khaled's birthday party. According to a few reports circulating the internet this morning, things got physical between the two rappers.
There were a few notable people on twitter claiming to have seen or at least confirm that Diddy slapped Drake , such as DJ Sam Sneak and Charlamange Tha God. MTV is also reporting on the incident.
The details as to why the two would be fighting are unclear, but Sam Sneak says on twitter
XXL Reports: DJ Paul recently visited New York City to celebrate the release of Good Wood NYC’s LordInfamous Smoke Kit. Designed and curated by Paul and Good Wood, the smoke box pays tribute to LordInfamous and his contributions to the hip-hop community.
Lord Infamous, who passed away last year in his sleep of a heart attack in Memphis, started his career in the early 1990s and helped form the legendary group Three 6 Mafia. This past Halloween, the currently-named Da Mafia 6ix (which no longer includes co-founder Juicy J) released a project titled Hear Sum Evil mixtape that featured unreleased verses from Lord Infamous.Read more
AHH Reports: This is going to get messier by the day.
Jas Prince filed suit against Cash Money Records for breach of contract, saying the company allegedly owes him $4 million in profits for rapper Drake.
Now Lil Wayne’s manager, who is also an exec Prince’s company Cortez Bryant lawyer says that his client only signed off on the documents because he was afraid for his life.Read more
Rare.us Reports: Comedian Chris Rock gave an interview with The Vulture recently where he weighed in on a number of topics, including President Obama and the latest with Ferguson, Missouri.
Notably, he talked bout racial progress in America. Continue reading hereRead more
The grand jury decision not to bring charges in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, announced Wednesday, was followed with public demonstrations in cities across the nation -- and the Internet.
Thousands of tweeters are up in arms against racial profiling and police brutality in America, issues that have been hard to ignore amid recent protests over the police killings of Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Akai Gurley and others. #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUpDontShoot have played a large role in addressing these issues on social media, but there's a new hashtag in town: #CrimingWhileWhite. Continue reading here:Read more
Here is the latest installment in our Trapology series hosted by the South's Don Chill Will!! We went in on this tape to say the least with exclusives from Chill Will, Seven Montana, Sy Ari Da Kid, Amigo Money, Yo Gotti and some of the dopest artist out!
I kinda figured B.Jay aka Bloody Jay was going to say something considering he rides that A1FBG flag high right now with Rocko. This kind of puts things into perspective for me right now regarding Gucci's tweets. So I guess we can put all the conspiracy theories to bed now because the real ATL is not treating it as such. B.Jay comes with somewhat of a laid back diss record right here too which is kinda of surprising from me already being a Jay fan. This record aint all that crazy too me but the fact that he even spent time on it lets me know Gucci in some shit right now. S/o to Bloody Jay and XclusivesZone.net for the premiere.
New music from NC heavy hitter Seven Montana. A few weeks ago he released a new track from him and Yourng Scooter Listen HERE. Today he releases his next single off of his next project entitled Front Me Produced by Legendary producer Zaytoven and Gotti Rock Solid. The production is hard-hitting and Seven talks that street lingo that only he can do but you can relate to. This will be included on his new mixtape Pay Attention HD which will consist of several records from the first one and 8 original songs hosted by Swamp Izzo, HoodRich Keem, DJ E Sudd. The reloaded project will have EXCLUSIVE production from Gotti Rock Solid and Zaytoven and with features from Young Scooter, Gucci Mane, and Project Pat this project is guaranteed to make you "Pay Attention".
Let me start this post off by saying Im probably one of the last dudes alive you would think who does this blog shit. Thats if you knew my story and the people whom I grew up with and kicked it with. My potna Shane Biggz was one of those people who helped shaped the individual that I am today and one of the main reasons we go so dumb over here at Gothaze.com. Today marks a 1 year anniversary of his death which we are going to celebrate by smoking hella blunts in my fam honor because thats just what we do. I without a shadow of a doubt know he is with that shit lol. The main focus of this blog was to simply honor a dude who kept me moving with this when everybody else laughed. To bring the light to a Street Dude who knew of better shit in the world than just the streets. When I say that I mean he knew the streets were just a stepping stone to a bigger legit picture. Alot of dudes love that bullshit in the streets and want to stay forever mainly because they are lazy as fuck. The true hustlers and go gettas dont just sell drugs they can move anything and that was Suga Shane Biggz str8 up. It didnt matter if it cost 5 racks or 30 racks he would find a way to make the play happen. He dreamed of owning his own adult care facility which he was on the way to having in 2 more years with the moves he was making. He always kept a 2 or 3 whips and maintained a job while hustling. Alot of dudes cant claim real legit "street status" but my G could. I could go on an on how my G was this and that but I wont because he wouldnt have wanted me to say this much lls. So s/o to everyone who lost a real friend in their lifetime and I appreciate yall taking the time out to read about mine. SaluteRead more
I was at this particular show and I knew that it wasnt going to go down the way the promoter were playing it. Rich Homie Quan calls into the radio station to check in with Jay Blaze and tells the full story about the no show.
Here is the second cover for VIBE’s Summer 2013 issue, which celebrates their 20 year anniversary. This one has Nas and J.Cole appearing on it. In the cover story, they talk about ‘Let Nas Down’, storytelling, state of Hip Hop and much more. Check it out here.Read more
While recently on Sway In The Morning Future says Rocko told him to sit outside instead of coming in to meet LA Reid and it was actually Shakir Stewart who introduced him. If fans remember during Rocko's press run during U.E.O.N.O's popular reign earlier this year he said numerous times that he introduced Future to L.A. Reid. Future says in this interview he wanted to clear that up and just be "Honest". Fans also know "Honest" is his latest single produced by Metro and DJ Spinz. Peep the rest of the interview below.
Looks like JAY Z & Dame Dash have reunited. Sometimes you got to let it be and move on.Read more
HHNM Reports: On Drake’s ‘Jodeci Freestyle‘, J. Cole rapped a lyric — “I’m artistic, you ni**as is autistic, retarded” which didn’t go down well with some organizations supporting the Autism community. The questionable lyrics were perceived as insensitive by some members of the society and rightly so.
But yesterday, Jermaine realized his mistake and wrote a detailed apology open letter on his site. Read below.
Recently there’s been a trend that includes rappers saying something offensive, only to be attacked for it in the media and pressured to apologize. I have to be completely honest and say there’s a part of me that resents that. I view rap similar to how I view comedy. It’s going to ruffle feathers at times. It’s going to go “too far”. I do not believe that an apology is needed every time someone is offended, especially when that apology is really only for the sake of saving an endorsement or cleaning up bad press.
With that said, this is not the case today. This letter is sincere. This apology IS necessary.
In a recent verse on the song “Jodeci Freestyle”, I said something highly offensive to people with Autism. Last week, when I first saw a comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realized right away that what I said was wrong. I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough say something so hurtful. What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better.
To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I’m moved and inspired by your passion, and I’m amazed at how strong you are as a unit. I have now read stories online from parents about their struggles and triumphs with raising an Autistic child and I admire how incredibly strong you have to be to do so. It’s touching. It also makes what I said even more embarrassing for me. I feel real shame. You have every right to be angry.
To anyone suffering from Autism, either mildly or severely, I am sorry. I’m bound to make mistakes in my life, but in my heart I just want to spread Love.
I want to educate myself more on Autism, and I’ll gladly own my mistake and serve as an example to today’s generation that there’s nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism. People with this disorder and their loved ones have to go through so much already, the last thing they need is to hear something as ignorant as what I said. I understand.
To the parents who are fighting through the frustrations that must come with raising a child with severe autism, finding strength and patience that they never knew they had; to the college student with Asperger’s Syndrome; to all those overcoming Autism. You deserve medals, not disrespect. I hope you accept my sincere apology.
With the release of his upcoming album Savage Life 4Ever set to drop September 1, Louisiana rapper Webbie is doing all of the customary state-to-state promotion that most artists would gladly trade in for a recording booth or the stage. Yet the 27-year-old, who has found himself on the airwaves again with his latest single “This Is What I Do,” says he has no complaints.
“I’ve been living, man,” a jovial Webbie told VIBE during a press run on the east coast. “I’m in New York just living up.”
By now Webbie has become a master of shaking hands and kissing babies. A veteran in the game since he joined up with Lil’ Boosie on the well-received 2003 collaboration album Ghetto Stories and enjoyed a crossover hit with the 2007 club anthem “Independent,” the rapper claims fans will hear artistic growth on his fourth installment of his Savage Life series. But more importantly, Webbie—who is signed to Trill Entertainment, an imprint that was founded by late UGK member Pimp C—points to a newfound maturity in his private life following a series of legal scrapes and arrests that included a late 2012 charge of battery and robbery.
“They can expect me—just me,” he says of Savage Life 4Ever. “The album is going to be big. It’s just me…no guest artists…just Webbie. I can make words rhyme forever, but I’m trying to master the other part of staying out of jail and all that.” As for the Savage Life title, the rapper points to his volatile past as an inspiration. “When I was young I had my share of savage life,” he says. “That was a name my uncle came up with…We are going to name this album the Savage Life. It was like I was representing Tupac…thug life…that savage life.”
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Guwop is about to f*** the game (for the second time) and release 3 new projects on the same day, Tuesday August 13th. WW3 will feature three separate projects: Mollyw/ Metro Boomin, Lean w/ Zaytoven & Gas w/ TM88. He’ll also put out a new tape from his artist Peewee Longway to round it off. This dude stay on top shit str8up.Read more