Here is some great news to kick the week off. Dom Kennedy is ready to give us new music as he announces that his third solo album is on the way soon, June 2nd to be exact. We have been waiting to get something new from Dom as he took a step back after Get Home Safely to focus on pushing his OpM brand a little more. Now he is ready to step back to the mic for the self-titled album, Dom Kennedy, which couldn’t be more excited for.
After revealing that his upcoming album would be released on March 23rd, Kendrick Lamar finally lets us know the title along with a look at the cover art. To Pimp A Butterfly is the official title for the album (maybe a take on To Kill A Mockingbird?) and in the artwork we see a takeover of the White House front lawn. Pre-order the album now or wait until its March 23rd release date.
The Migos sit down with FADER to reveal that they will be releasing their debut album YRN on June 16th after having a huge amount of success in the mixtape game already. The trio also let it be known that there are contributions on the project from Meek Mill, Chris Brown, DJ Mustard, Metro Boomin, TM88 and more. Mark your calendars for June 16th.
After the call last week ended rather abruptly, Bobby Shmurda has the opportunity once again to call into the radio station this morning and he’s got Rowdy Rebel with him. The two spoke more about their legal troubles and Bobby’s label situation, in which Bobby says he wants 50 Cent to manage him. Peep it below.
Last week Bobby Shmurda got bad news that his $2 million bail was withdrawn and since his December arrest for charges that could potentially send him away for 25 years the Brooklyn rapper has stayed rather quiet. Over the weekend Billboard had the opportunity to speak with the GS9 rapper about life on the inside, the possibilities of making the $2 million bail, rumors and more.
There are so many rumors, like, that you got stabbed.
It’s nothing but rumors, man. I’m good. Everybody knows I’m good. I’m chilling. We over here — we over here thugging it out, man. [Laughs.]
Your mother and your lawyer are working hard to get you out on bail. Are you hopeful about that?
Uhhh… We’re trying, but right now I think the DA and the judge and everyone in the court is being biased. It’s so crazy. The favoritism, yeah. They don’t have no evidence, no nothing on me for the bill to be so high. I haven’t been out for a year, I haven’t been around for a year. So I didn’t make two million dollars! [Laughs] They gave me a bill they know I can’t pay. We can pay the 10 percent. And we tried to pay the 10 percent and they told us collateral. And every time we go for bail, it’s something new. [Note: The Special Prosecutor's Office said last week that the suretor (the person putting up collateral for Shmurda) had withdrawn. Shmurda's lawyer, Kenneth Montgomery, says the defense is now working on a more viable bail package.]
Your last hearing was Jan. 29. What were you thinking in court?
When I see the judge and the DA, I just see a bunch of people [who are] trying to take my life away for being blessed. That’s what I look at when I look at them. It looks like a bunch of haters.
See the full interview and article over at Billboard.
Since it seems we won’t be getting Tha Carter V anytime soon due to the problems with Cash Money, Lil Wayne takes matter into his own hands and announces a new project entitled The Free Weezy Album that will be arriving very soon for our listening pleasure. As if Sorry 4 The Wait 2 wasn’t enough to make up for the album delay, Weezy is ready to dish out more music while we wait to see what happens with the label situation. At least he is still putting out music for the fans.
The Free Weezy Album…komin soon#FWA
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) February 5, 2015
Despite reports that Shmurda may be out on bail this week, The NY Times reports that the $2 million bail application posted on Friday was denied today so Bobby will remain locked up. Shmurda’s lawyer has said that they are in the process of figuring out a new bond application and hope to get it done within the next week.
We are sure everyone is aware of the ongoing feud between Lil Wayne and Birdman/Cash Money. After revealing that the label owed him $8 million for his delayed album Tha Carter V, Wayne kept his promise and is taking it to the courts but the grand total he is going after is a total of $51 million.
According to the lawsuit, besides the money Weezy also wants to end the contract with Cash Money and take Young Money with him, which includes artists Drake and Nicki Minaj. It seems C5 may only be released if Birdman antes up. This could whole situation could get very interesting.
With the success of his hit single “IDFWU”, Big Sean is finally ready to release the follow up to his 2013 sophomore album Hall Of Fame. This one will be titled Dark Sky Paradise and Sean has enlisted the help from the likes of Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Jhené Aiko, Travi$ Scott, PARTYNEXTDOOR, E-40, DJ Mustard, DJ Dahi, DJ Khaled and more to get the project complete. No release date is known yet but let’s keep our fingers crossed that it drops sooner than later.
Bobby Shmurda who has had a incredible year so far with his breakout single “Hot Nigga” and signing the major record deal seems to be ending it on a very bad note as he has been arrested. The NYPD reportedly arrested Bobby Shmurda and several of his associates last night in New York City on a number of as yet unspecified charges. A spokesperson for the city’s special narcotics prosecutor confirmed the arrests to Wondering Sound, stating that the sweep was the result of a “long term investigation” that includes a sealed indictment. The charges will become public tomorrow when Shmurda and the other defendants are arraigned. Stay tuned for more details as they arise. Free Shmurda!