Jay Z's 4:44 Album Has Officially Gone Platinum. Did I Mention That It Went Platinum In Four Days With No Physical Store Release? Well Now You Know. Jay Z Did A Digital Release And Took The Market By Storm. Now In My Opinion Some Of Those Other Artist That Are Upset With Jay Should Take Notes. Because If I'm Not Mistaken None Of Them Have Accomplished As Much As Jay Z As An Artist Or Businessman. On Top Of Going Platinum With 4:44 He's Got The Most Platinum Albums In Hip Hop. Now I'm Not Sure What The Rules Are But I'm Sure They Really Don't Apply To Jay. He's Clearly Doing Whatever He Wants And Getting It Right Even When He's Wrong! Lol From The J106Live Squad Congrats Jay!!!!!!

Kanye West has decided to leave Jay-Z’s premium streaming service Tidal over a financial dispute, TMZ reports. West’s lawyer reportedly notified Tidal in writing a month ago that they believed Tidal was in breach of their contract with the mercurial rapper, and therefore considered his contract terminated. After two weeks of negotiations failed, West’s team reiterated its position that he was no longer under contract with Tidal, Tidal reiterated their position that he was, and now their partnership has reportedly gone sailing off a waterfall without so much as a barrel. Money squabbles quickly become Byzantine once lawyers are involved, but here are the items in dispute so far, totaling more than $3 million:

  • According to West, Tidal was supposed to reimburse him for the cost of making music videos for his album The Life of Pablo, but did not.
  • According to Tidal, West was supposed to deliver more music videos to promote the album, but did not.
  • According to West, Tidal was supposed to pay him a bonus for the 1.5 million new Tidal subscribers who joined the service while The Life of Pablo was a Tidal exclusive, but did not.

100 bullets and 80 days later, rapper and 2 others surrender to Charlotte police


A Memphis-based rapper who goes by the stage name of Blac Youngsta was one of three men who surrendered to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday for their alleged involvement in a chaotic February shootout in uptown.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged Youngsta (nee Sammie Benson), 27; Frederick Black, 23; and Antavius Gardner, 20, with six counts each of discharging a weapon into occupied property and felony conspiracy.

It’s the latest turn of events in a saga that, according to hip-hop media outlets, stems from a rivalry between out-of-town rappers.


[READ MORE: Fans question if rapper Young Dolph’s lyrics led to arrest in Charlotte shooting]

First, though, here’s the official/original account of what happened on Feb. 25, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police: At about 6:30 p.m. – about 30 minutes before the final game of the CIAA tournament at the nearby Spectrum Center – several dozen rounds were fired in the 600 block of North Caldwell Street, and bullets hit multiple homes and vehicles indiscriminately. No one was hurt.

Investigators eventually recovered about 100 spent shell casings from the road, fired from various guns and a rifle. They also found two bullet-ridden SUVs on Parkwood Drive with tires blown out on both; the front and rear windows of one of them were shattered. White tissues stained with what appeared to be blood also were found outside one of the vehicles, according to court documents.

By the next morning, several national hip-hop-related websites were reporting that one of the targets was Young Dolph – another Memphis-based hip-hop artist – who was in town that night for an unofficial CIAA party/concert at Cameo Charlotte nightclub. (At the time, CIAA commissioner Jacqie McWilliams said the shootout was not connected to the tournament.)

Sensational details quickly emerged: There was rampant social-media chatter speculating the shootout stemmed from animosity between Dolph (nee Adolph Thornton Jr.), 31, and rival rapper Yo Gotti (nee Mario Mims), 35. Dolph tweeted “U loose” next to a laughing-so-hard-I’m-crying emoji less than 18 hours after the incident. And he would later boast that the black SUV he was traveling in when the shooting took place had been custom-bulletproofed at a cost of $300,000.

Videos also surfaced of Blac Youngsta (one of Yo Gotti’s artists) and others taunting and making threats against Young Dolph while brandishing firearms, apparently made prior to the shootout.

When asked by hip-hop magazine XXL in March who he thought targeted him, Dolph said, “I got no clue. I really don’t even give a damn.”

“I’ve been a target ... to people that I intimidate, know what I’m saying?” he told XXL. “So, only thing that I can do is take this s--- and keep going. ... The more I live, the bigger and greater I’m (going to) get. ... The haters and the negativity, that s--- gonna get bigger too, you know what I mean? But, at the end of the day, man, I’m good.”

Then on April 1, Dolph released a new album containing a multitude of references to Charlotte, the shooting and both his SUV’s and his own impenetrability. The title: “Bulletproof.”


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Bow Wow felt the wrath of social media Tuesday (May 9) following a failed attempt to flex on the ‘Gram. The photo he posted of a private jet was pulled from the internet, originally used by a luxury transportation service, but a Snapchat user later showed him flying commercial.

Shortly after, crafty individuals on social media created the #BowWowChallenge, showing their best attempts to mimic the lifestyles of the rich and fraudulent.

Here we present the best reactions that would make even @FakeWatchBusta giggle.

There’s no denying Cash Money Records is one of rap’s most infamous and long-running labels. CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams credits its over 20-year reign to “living in the studio,” according to Billboard. Although he’s in the midst of a highly publicized feud with one of Cash Money’s most illustrious artists, Lil Wayne, it’s still business as usual for the New Orleans native, who said, “Numbers don’t lie, and that’s all I give a fuck about: numbers, and putting them up.”

Joined by older brother and co-CEO Ronald “Slim” Williams, Birdman also explains how he stepped out of the proverbial spotlight once the Hot Boys broke up, and Juvenile and Mannie Fresh eventually jumped ship.

“Once they left, we just took it upon ourselves, and I really knew it was gonna be all about Wayne,” he said. “It wasn’t gonna be about me no more at that point. I wanted to put it all on him, let him take over and do his thing. ‘Cause he was young, and I knew he really, really had it out of all them anyway. We built him for what he’s doing and what he did. And he just took the shit and ran with it.

“Once they left, I was like, fuck ’em, I’ma do me, let them do them,” he added about the other members. “It was fun in the beginning, but it ended up being pain at the end for them. ‘Cause they ain’t last, not one of them; any nigga that left, they ain’t last at all.”

Birdman, who has posted photos of Wayne as recently as two days ago, seems to want to put the past to rest. In the interview, he once again referred to Wayne as his “son” and assured fans Tha Carter V was “coming out this year.”

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