Last month, it was reported that Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, had been sold for “millions.” Bloomberg has revealed the buyer’s identity: Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli. Shkreli is the former hedge fund manager (and Collect Records associate) who made headlines this year for increasing the price of Daraprim—a drug used to treat AIDS and cancer patients—from $13.50 to $750. He reportedly paid $2 million for the album.
Now in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Shkreli revealed that he’s planning to bail out incarcerated Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda while also firing off some shots at RZA and the rap industry. Read more after the jump!
In a recent interview with People magazine, President Obama said Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost”—from this year’s awesome To Pimp a Butterfly album—was his favorite song of 2015. Conversely, First Lady Michelle Obama’s favorite song was Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”. In case you ever doubted Obama’s cool, et it be immediately dispelled with this news. Read the rest of the interview after the jump, via People.
This morning, the nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Kendrick Lamar is nominated 11 times in nine categories. Right behind him is The Weeknd whose up for seven Grammys, Drake with five, Alabama Shakes and Florence and the Machine are up for four, and Kanye West, D’Angelo, and Diplo are up for three. Check out the full list of nominations after the jump.
Pusha’s keeping awfully busy. On top of juggling presidential duties over at Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, prepping the release of his highly-anticipated album King Push, he’s also looking to drop Darkest Before Dawn — the album before the album. That’s right, Pusha Ton is reportedly releasing an album before King Push, and it’s coming sooner than you think. According to Noisey, Pusha says that Darkest will be out December 18th and features production from Kanye West, Puff Daddy, Timbaland, Baauer, Q-Tip, and Nashiem Myrick. Read what he has to say about the forthcoming project after the jump.
After recently being named the heir apparent to the G.O.O.D. Music thrown — by Kanye West himself — Pusha T is sharing the lyrics to “Untouchables”, the first publicly announced track from his forthcoming (and highly, highly-anticipated) new album, King Push.
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New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne–who is set to release his forthcoming No Ceilings 2 mixtape–appears to be in some hot water after his home in Miami Beach was raided by police reportedly on judge’s orders to seize assets, Billboard reports.
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French Montana and Fetty Wap are bringing their respective East Coast sensibilities to their Coke Zoo — a collaborative mixtape due out October 27th. French Montana is coming off his Casino Life 2 mixtape, as well as hit single ”Off the Rip”, while Fetty Wap is still basking in the success of hit singles ”Trap Queen”, ”679”, ”My Way”, and ”Again”. In addition to his chart-topping singles, Fetty recently released his self-titled debut album, which topped the Billboard Hot 200 for first week album sales. Nevertheless, this seemingly unlikely pairing of French and Fetty are uniting the East Coast with Coke Zoo, a thirteen track mixtape — with five tracks featuring both rappers — that has some star-studded features along the way. That’s the tracklist above, but you may also find ”First Time”, the tape’s first offering (featuring Puff Daddy talking smack), after the jump.
It’s CMJ time and you know what that means. The Official CMJ Takeover is back for the 8th year in a row; this time at Santos Party House featuring a rare performance from Jay Electronica…and it’s free! Hit the jump for all of the details. Read More
Straight from Illadelph, the fifth single from A3C Volume 5 comes from the emerging rapper/producer Famey. Famey, who is a protege of the legendary Jerry Wonda, is quickly building a reputation as a prolific songwriter and producer. The video for his new single “Worth It” was filmed by Ed Kelly at Famey’s private studio inside New York City’s Platinum Sounds studios and gives listeners a glimpse into his creative space. Also today, iHipHop Distribution and A3C revealed the track list for A3C Volume 5. Hit the jump to check out the new video by Famey as well as the full track list. Read More
Big Boi is teaming up with a group simply known as Phantogram, who Boi allegedly discovered on a pop-up ad. Interesting. The trio of Big Boi and Phantogram (Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel) is slated to release their debut project, an EP, entitled Big Grams. The track list is short, as expected with an EP, but it features two huge acts: Run the Jewels and Skrillex. Polarizing features, I know. But you’ll be giving this a shot once it drops on September 25th via Epic. Check out the track listing after the jump, folks.
It’s literally days before Rodeo. Travi$ Scott’s long-awaited debut album, Rodeo, will be out September 4th. And now he’s sharing the official tracklist for the album, and it features Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Future, and more. That’s the art above. Check out the tracklist for Rodeo after the jump.