Fetty Wap makes history on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart: Fetty Wap is the first artist in 26 years to chart his first four entries in the top 10, simultaneously. He arrives at No. 8 with “Again,” and is also at No. 2 with “Trap Queen,” No. 3 with “My Way” featuring Monty, and No. 5 with ”679” featuring the Remy Boyz. The only others to come close to this feat are 50 Cent (2005) and T.I. (2009). This achievement surpasses Drake, Nicki Minaj and Jay Z, and if you thought Wap was a one hit wonder, his new album releases September 25. He’s just getting started.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are movin’ on up: The Beatzs sold their massive Englewood, NJ estate for a larger pad to house their growing art collection, which features work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Ernie Barnes and Keith Haring. Swizz called the 25,000 sq. ft home they purchased from Eddie Murphy in 2013, “Eight Acres of Showtime.” The art collectors are building their new digs as we speak, from the ground up.
Scarface breaks up with band mates, again: Scarface, one third of the legendary Geto Boys trio went on Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club and actually said that there will not be another Geto Boys album. “That’s Over,” said Face. Then he went on to discuss the release of his album, Deeply Rooted, which will release on September 1 – maybe.
Fat Joe had a birthday on August 19: The South Bronx native has amassed more than twenty years of music industry experience with ten albums and five film appearances under his belt. He brought out the Terror Squad in 1999 – comprised of himself, Big Pun, Cuban Link, Triple Seis, Prospect, Armageddon and later, Remy Ma. The squad commandeered radio waves in the 2000s with hits like “Lean Back” and “What’s Luv” featuring Ashanti. If you haven’t already, wish him a belated Happy Birthday at twitter.com/fatjoe.
Dr. Dre and Ice Cube want out of the Terry Carter Lawsuit filed by Carter’s grieving wife: following their box office success, raking in a cool $60 million opening weekend, Straight Outta Compton producers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube have been slapped with a wrongful death lawsuit by Terry Carter’s wife, who says they are to blame for Marion “Suge” Knight striking Carter with his SUV earlier this year, and killing him. Carter (who was part of the security team) was charged with the task of directing Shug to leave the film set, which angered him and escalated to the incident that led to Carter’s death. Dre and Cube filed a motion to be excused from the suit, and deny responsibility for Carter’s death, arguing that permitting him to stay posed a potential threat to cast and staffers, and that his actions that led to Carter’s death weren’t foreseeable. The attorney for Dre and Cube argue that public policy and common sense can’t possibly demand “tolerating the presence of a dangerous and violent criminal with a grudge.”
As well, Dr. Dre received negative press for whitewashing his history of domestic violence. Critics argued Straight Outta Compton‘s narrative just didn’t support the facts.
While both Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill unleashed some cryptic tweets this week– fueling breakup rumors – Meek Mill seems to have come to terms with the fact he’s on his “girl’s tour” and not a “world tour”: on Thursday, Mill shared a video to Instagram from “The Pinkprint” tour with Minaj. The Philadelphia rapper captioned the video: “Last night on the #pinkprinttour #aka #mygirltour Edmonton Canada! Glad 2 b apart of it.” The lyrics featured on Drake’s “Back to Back” diss track earlier this month suggest Mill was riding the coattails of his girl, or possibly – soon to be ex-girl.
Ja Rule launches new shoe line: congratulations are in order for Mr. Rule, who has collaborated with Steve Madden for an affordable, stylish line of dress shoes and motorcycle-style footwear in soft nappa, nubuck leather and suede designs. The line will be available in September in Steve Madden stores and at SteveMadden.com.
The Snoop Dog and Tupac Shakur biopic is underway: actors playing Snoop and Pac make brief appearances toward the end of blockbuster film, Straight Outta Compton. Their appearances will be followed up by a film now in the works with Director John Singleton, and will focus on the careers of Pac, Snoop and other Dogg Pound members – including Kurupt, Nate Dogg and Warren G. Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Marion “Suge” Knight will also make appearances. The film will be titled, Dogg Pound 4 Life.