The Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed after an encounter with police, has sent shockwaves across the world. Many of those whom have ties to the hip-hop community were extremely upset and took to the internet to share their grievances, questioning when justice will be served. Everyone from T.I. to El-P to Lord Jamar sounded off, letting their voice be heard. Azealia Banks was perhaps the most controversial in her remarks regarding the Ferguson grand jury decision, lambasting the decision by writing “I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep !!” in addition to other inflammatory statements. Check out what rappers had to say on the Ferguson grand jury after the jump.
It's official; the sixth annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival compilation, A3C Volume 6, hits stores worldwide a week from today. With just 7 days to go, A3C and iHipHop Distribution have just released the third single by Mcevoy & SD, and also revealed the track list, plus announced a Statik Selektah remix album!
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.