DRAKE – Take Care

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Take Care is an unbelievably plush album. Not only are the soundscapes on the album orchestral, ethereal, but the tone of the album is equally emotionally indulgent, Drake adopting the position of a somewhat world-weary player. The tone is set unmistakably with the opening track, Over My Dead Body, a piano-chord rich number. Drake boasts of his success, detailing a sense of disaffection in equal measure: “I was drinking at the Palms last night/ Ended up losing everything that I came with,” he raps, before adding, “Feel like I been here before, huh/ Still got ten years to go, huh.” It’s a tone that stays throughout. Even whilst he’s boasting of his lyricism, his album success, on tracks like Headlines and Crew Love, there’s a note of mournfulness, of predictability, about this game. The Weeknd’s verses on Crew Love is a particularly wistful, ethereal addition.

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GLASSES MALONE – Beach Cruiser

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To say that this album was a long time coming would be an understatement. Glasses Malone’s debut album, Beach Cruiser, was originally scheduled to come out in 2006; however numerous setbacks and label changes kept the album from seeing the day of light; until now. Finding a home at Suburban Noize Records, Malone has finally released the album to masses, who are anxious to see how it would turn out. So, was it worth the wait? Well, that’s going to depend what you’re looking for.

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Will Diddy And Jay-Z Be First Hip-Hop Billionaires? Not So, Says Birdman

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In the high stakes battle for Hip Hop superiority, it appears that the two top money earners in the rap game – ShawnJay-ZCarter and SeanDiddyCombs respectively – are in a quiet duel to become the first billionaires by way of their shared industry.

With various streams of revenue flowing for both savvy businessmen, some unrelated to music, the potential is vast for both men according to a recent analysis from Forbes magazine. However, another Hip Hop mogul believes he and his team will eclipse Jay-Z and Diddy in the money race all in due time.

CEO of Cash Money Records BrianBirdmanWilliams threw his and protégé Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint names into the billionaire sweepstakes pot, defiantly stating that the YMCMB machine is well on its way to the top. “I think Young Money Cash Money would be the first billion-dollar brand in hip-hop,” said Birdman plainly in an email to Forbes referencing his label ventures. “We strong and growing every day as a brand and fast. Within the next few years we will be billionaires.”


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According to Forbes numbers, Diddy is at the halfway mark with an estimated net worth of $500 million, much of that tied up in Diddy’s business ventures such as his Sean John and Enyce clothing lines along with his stake in Ciroc vodka. Jay-Z is right behind his rich pal with assets that include a lucrative $10 million dollar Live Nation deal, the 40/40 club chain, cosmetic company Carol’s Daughter and his partial ownership of the New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets amongst other deals. Continuing the dollar tally, only Dr. Dre and 50 Cent are within range for the coveted billionaire status.

Game Will Sign With Cash Money After Interscope

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Chuck Taylor shares that he’s been thinking about making moves to a different label.

Game has revealed that he is considering signing with Cash Money Records after his Interscope Records contract is fulfilled. With only one more album left on the plate following the August 23rd release of R.E.D. Album, the Compton, California native explains that he plans on abandoning Interscope and signing with the house that Birdman and Slim built.

“We been playing with the idea of going over to Cash Money or trying to marry that and Black Wall Street,” he told XXLMag.com. “So, we’ll figure it out before the end of the day. I definitely think that’s where I’ll probably end up. Cause they winning, they want to win and I been winning and want to continue to win.”

Game, who explained that his relationship with Birdman dates back to before he dropped his debut The Documentary, has collaborated with Cash Money’s Lil Wayne several times throughout his career. On an unreleased track from R.E.D. Album titled “All I Know,” Chuck Taylor speaks on the label proposal.

Exclusive: Lil Wayne, Birdman Hit With Third Lawsuit In One Week

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Rappers Lil Wayne and Bryan “Birdman” Willams have been hit with their third lawsuit this week, as music publishing company to Bridgeport Music filed a lawsuit against the pair yesterday (June 10th).

Bridgeport Music filed the lawsuit against Cash Money Records in the Central District of California Western division yesterday.

The copyright infringement lawsuit claims Birdman illegally sampled the song “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks,” a tune by Funkadelic off their classic 1971 album Maggot Brain.

The pair allegedly illegally used the sample on the track “Army Gunz,” taken from Birdman’s 2006 album Like Father, Like Son.

Bridgeport’s action is the third lawsuit brought against Lil Wayne, Cash Money and Young Money this week alone.


On June 9th producers Play-N-Skillz sued Lil Wayne for $1 million over unpaid royalties related to the track “Got Money” from his hit album Tha Carter III.

Last Friday (June 3rd), Lil Wayne was hit with a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit by producer David Kirkwood, who claims he’s owed unpaid royalties from Lil Wayne’s label Young Money, as well as Cash Money Records.

In March, Lil Wayne was sued for $20 million by producer Darius “Deezle” Harrison over unpaid royalties for his work while Tha Carter III.

Producer Bangladesh also sued over Tha Carter III, seeking his portion of royalties for his production work on the album.

Lil Wayne is currently preparing for the release of Tha Carter IV, which will be released in August.

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Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ Pushed Back

About a week ago, news leaked that Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated 4th studio album Tha Carter IVmight be pushed back till June.

At the time that was a just a rumor, but Young Money President Mack Maine confirmed the rumor is true. According to Maine, the album will be released on June 21st.

Neither Lil Wayne nor anyone from the Young Money camp has given a reason to the delay. In some cases, this is due to the album not being complete, but MTV had reported a month ago that Tha Carter IV was finished and heading into the mastering stages.

Maine also confirmed that the album cover for Tha Cater IVthat leaked earlier in the week would in fact be the cover that will be used for the album.

Also about a week ago, the rumored tracklist leaked for Tha Carter IV. According to the rumored listing, many YMCMB family members such as BirdmanDrake and Nicki Minaj will be on the album. Many other big names such as Jay-ZRick RossEminemKanye West, and Gucci Mane were also on the list.

No one has yet to comment on whether this is a confirmed or a tentative tracklist for Weezy’s 4th LP. The world will have to wait until June 21st when Tha Cater IV hits stores.

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