Murder Inc. may be one of the most successful record labels in hip hop, but it hasn’t always been an easy ride. In fact, it’s great material for a TV series.
Established in 1992 by brothers Chris and Irv Gotti, the label was somewhat of a gift from Def Jam Recordings co-founder, Russell Simmons, for assisting in the success of DMX and Ja Rule. The “Always on Time” rapper became one of Murder Inc.’s top-selling artists, with his 1999 album, Venni Vetti Vecci, being the first released by the label. Ashanti, Christina Millian, and Lloyd were other musicians on the Murder Inc. books.
Following 15 relatively successful years, the label hit a major stumbling block when artists began to leave and an investigation by the IRS regarding allegations of laundering drug money left a shadow from which it never truly recovered.
Lucky for us, all this is now going to be the subject of a new television show. Irv Gotti first teased the possibility in January last year, stating on Instagram: “Murder Inc!! Everything will be told. The good. The bad. Everything. With my Murder Inc TV Series. I’m taking my time. Cause it has to be perfect. But for sure. It’s coming!!”
The 49-year-old is no stranger to television production. He created the BET series, Tales, inspired by famous hip hop song titles, in 2017 and the show is currently filming its third season. Gotti has now offered an update regarding the Murder Inc. series which makes it seem as if we’ll be seeing it rather soon.
“Y’all Ready!!! I promise to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me GOD,” he wrote on IG. “The rise. The fall. The feds. The beefs. The love. The hate. The wins. The loses. Everything will be told. And it’s a TV Series. Cause I’m telling the whole entire story. The beginnings with nothing. To the Glory Years. To times that was like A LIVING HELL. Y’all Ready for it? A HIP HOP STORY!!”
So what can we look forward to when it does finally hit our screens? Well, don’t forget Gotti’s relationship with Ashanti, the infamous IRS investigation, and the feud with 50 Cent.
We can’t wait.
Meek Mill Declares The Death Of Wack Music In 2020
Meek Mill has some great music plans for his fans this year.
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill‘s Dream Chasers record label has been a success so far with talents like Yung Ro doing so well. Meek has also been working on his own music which he promises will have more substance. Just this month, Meek Mill released a new song with Justin Timberlake called “Believe.” The inspiring new track is an uplifting anthem that comes from a genuine place rather than that of vanity which has become more frequent in hip-hop music.
Meek Mill himself has been guilty of talking about his foreign cars, icy jewelry and luxury bachelor pads himself but the rapper says he is done with music that has no meaning. Meek took to Twitter to proclaim the end of trash music for 2020. “This year wack music will perish,” he tweeted.
After a social media trolling feud with his ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj, it seems Meek was headed down the wrong path for a minute there but it looks like rapper knows what he’s about. Meek Mill has a lot to look forward to this year with his label producing some pretty great artists as he releases his own material as well. The Philly rapper also has a baby on the way with his partner Milano, CEO of Milano De Rouge and Philadelphia native as well.
The social media era has made music much more accessible for fans and much more marketable for artists. That being said, it’s great that Meek Mill has found purpose to promoting the right messages through song. We can’t wait to hear what else he has planned for 2020.
This year wack music will perish ??
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 24, 2020
Drake Reference Track Leaks From Dr. Dre’s Unreleased Album
While Drake’s songwriting abilities have been questioned in the past, we continue to see more proof that he is an extremely skilled lyricist.
It seems a reference track written by Drake and intended for Dr. Dre’s unreleased album, Detox, has leaked. The location of the leaked track is unclear, but reports have surfaced claiming that the song is floating around the web along with the reference track for PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Don’t Run”.
The timeline of Dr. Dre’s Detox suggests that the track written by Drake was likely created in the early 2000s. Dre enjoyed incredible success in those years after establishing Aftermath Entertainment and debuting Eminem’s first album, The Slim Shady LP. Dre’s second solo album, 2001, brought us some of the most memorable songs of the time period, including, “Still D.R.E.”, “The Next Episode”, and “Xxxplosive”. Shorty after all this recognition, Dre announced his third studio album, which he often referred to as his intended final album.
According to reports, Dre spent the next decade working on tracks with more than twenty rappers, singers, and producers including Eminem, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Kendrick Lamar, T.I., Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and Mary J. Blige. Dre seemed to go back and forth on whether to release the album before deciding that the project would never see the light of day.
The concept of Dre hiring writers for his expertly produced tracks is nothing new, considering the hip-hop legend has always described himself as more of a producer than a rapper. Despite claims that Drake hired a ghostwriter for several of his tracks on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake has actually been credited with several songwriting accolades, even recently being recognized by Snoop Dogg for his songwriting on an old Alicia Keys track.
Fans aren’t sure what to make of this new information regarding Detox, but we can only hope talks of releasing the album will be ignited once again.
Kendrick Lamar And The Weeknd Sued Over Black Panther Hit Track ‘Pray for Me’
One of Kendrick Lamar’s biggest hits is now at the center of a heated lawsuit.
The Brooklyn band Yeasayer is accusing Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd of copyright infringement for their 2018 track, “Pray For Me.” Yeasayer claims the mega-stars stole vocals from them to enhance the chorus for their hit track for Black Panther.
The now-defunct experimental, rock band, Yeasayer, is suing mega-stars Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd for copyright infringement for their collaboration on the 2018 Black Panther soundtrack “Pray for Me.” In the suit, Yeasayer claims the song infringes on the band’s 2007 track, “Sunrise.”
According to TMZ, the legal documents state that “Pray For Me” contains an unaccredited sample of “Sunrise.” The portion in question is described in the lawsuit as a “distinctive choral performance… comprised of male voices singing in their highest registers, with animated, pulsing vibrato.” According to the band, which split-up in December (2019), says the sample appeared in the Black Panther track in as many as eight different places.
The band alleges that the Weeknd, Lamar and the rest of the creative team behind “Pray for Me” took the snippet of “Sunrise,” reworked the vocals and then used the material in a “substantial portion” of “Pray for Me.” Along with Lamar and the Weekend, Yeasayer’s suit names “Pray for Me,” producers Doc McKinney and Frank Dukes as defendants.
While many fans may have thought the echoing high-pitched howl stemmed from the Weeknd, Yeasayer claims the vocals are their own.
Yeasayer wants all sales to stop and for the record to be taken off the shelves. The band members are also seeking licensing rights of the song, and an undisclosed amount in damages and the profits from “Pray for Me.”
TMZ reached out to both Kendrick and The Weeknd’s teams for comment but received no response.
XXXTentacion’s Mom Cleopatra Gets Restraining Order Against Relentless Stalker
Cleopatra Bernard, the mother of XXXTentacion, finally gets a restraining order against a relentless stalker.
The mother of late rapper XXXTentacion, Cleopatra Bernard, has been granted a restraining order against an alleged stalker who has been lurking around her home in Florida, even trying to break in on several occasions. According to The Blast, the suspect, a 24-year-old man named Donavon Banton, claims that he is being contacted by the deceased rapper and forced to reach out to Cleopatra. Banton says that XXXTentacion is sending him “sadistic messages” and that the only way to stop them is to get to his mother. He also claims that Cleopatra “possessed him by the use of witchcraft and is using witchcraft to spiritually attack him.”
Banton has allegedly shown up at Bernard’s residence at least three times, one time arriving armed with a brick and smashing windows of the house and nearby vehicles. During his last attempt, Banton was found outside the home, holding a small ax, pry bar, and two pairs of gloves.
Banton was arrested and booked on charges of felony burglary, possession of burglary tools with intent to use, stalking, and criminal mischief. He is currently being held while awaiting a hearing. Meanwhile, Cleopatra is hoping an order of protection against stalking violence will be enough to keep the seemingly deranged man away once he is released.
XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, was gunned down during a robbery at the age of twenty in 2018. Onfroy was born to Jamaican parents but mostly raised by his grandmother due to personal issues his mother struggled with when he was a child. Since his death, his former girlfriend has come forward to claim that he fathered her child, which a paternity test has since confirmed. Despite being resistant to the claims at first, Cleopatra is now very involved in her grandchild’s life. Hopefully, she will be able to enjoy some peace in her life going forward.
Young M.A. Says Music Scene Need More R&B For Balance
Young M.A. says music lacks balance right now because there is not enough R&B.
R&B as a genre began in the 1940s in the United States, but the music has evolved considerably over the past eight decades. While new artists such as Alicia Keys, John Legend, Rihanna, and others have kept the beat alive over the past decade with millions of albums sold, the current crop of R&B artistes might not be living up to the same standard. According to Young M.A., the airwaves lacking R&B right now and a lot of fans agree with her statement.
Young M.A may be a rapper, but she has some thoughts when it comes to Rhythm and Blues… “Music don’t feel the same because we barely have R&B, … R&B brung that balance to music.. now everything is leanin one way smh so it gets played out quick! We need R&B for the balance no kap,” the “PettyWap 2” artist wrote on Twitter.
Music don’t feel the same because we barely have R&B, … R&B brung that balance to music.. now everything is leanin one way smh so it gets played out quick! We need R&B for the balance no kap!
— Young M.A (@YoungMAMusic) February 24, 2020
The comments were, no doubt, controversial and left the Twitterverse divided. Some agreed with the 27-year-old. They claimed that the 90s and 00s had R&B singers front and center and that the music scene was better off during those decades. Others, however, felt that Young M.A should check herself as she was oblivious to the artists of today who are hustling to make good music like Summer Walker, Kehlani, Ari Lennox, and Jhene Aiko. Not to mention those like Drake, Post Malone, and even Future, who are regarded as hybrid artists for incorporating R&B hooks into their raps.
Despite the Brooklyn rapper’s views, R&B/Hip Hop was still regarded as the most popular musical genre in the US in 2019, according to Neilsen’s ratings. Young M.A. put out her debut album, “Herstory in the Making,” in September, which had a distinctly R&B sound to it. As worried as Young M.A might be, we reckon the future of the genre is in good hands.
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