In this week’s roundup of the top headlines, we’ve listed eight news stories that were just too big to ignore from the past seven days. Below, check out the latest on Killer Mike, the Mobb Deep reunion, Yelawolf’s contribution on Juicy J’s “Gun and a Mask” and more. Come back next week when we gathered another set of links to keep you in the loop.
1. Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience Could Sell Between 950,000 and 975,000 Copies
Billboard recently reported that Justin Timberlake is on track to sell close to million copies of his new album in the first week. The last artist to hold this record was Lil Wayne, who sold 964,000 copies for Tha Carter IV. While our story was written when the forecast was 750,000 units, it’s impressive how a six-year hiatus can project a huge leap in numbers.
2. Mobb Deep Explains Fallout and 20-year Anniversary Tour
Mobb Deep’s public break-up was disheartening for a lot of fans in 2012. But, it seems like they have worked out their differences—at least from their recent interview with MTV News. Here, they explained how Mobb Deep are “like brothers” that go through some things. They also discussed their reconciliation and plans for their tour in May.
3. Gucci Mane Wanted in Alleged Assault at a Atlanta Club
Gucci Mane—real name is Radric Davis—is wanted by Atlanta police for assaulting a fan over the weekend. An arrest warrant was issued when a man claimed he suffered a gash in the head after he was hit with a champagne bottle. Currently, Gucci Mane has not come forward to confirm if he really did the crime. The “Wasted” rapper has yet to be apprehended by authorities.
4. Killer Mike Announces I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind IV
Earlier this week, Killer Mike stopped by the XXL headquarters to reveal the next installment in his I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind album series. Just like his previous entries, it carries similar motivational themes: “The Pledge series has always been about setting goals; it’s been about dope music, but they’ve become almost like research papers with thesis statements.” While that is expected to drop in 2014 (contributors include El-P and Harry Fraud), the Atlanta MC continued with details on his tentatively titled R.A.P. Music II. 2013 is shaping up to be a good year for hip-hop.
5. Danny Brown Signs Management Deal With Goliath Artists
Danny Brown is the latest artist to join Paul Rosenberg’s Goliath Artists management firm. Rosenberg, who is known as manager to Eminem and Action Bronson, made the announcement over Twitter. The pair will most likely work on Brown’s upcoming album, Old, which is scheduled to release later this year.
6. Yelawolf On Working With Juicy J for Stay Trippy
Yelawolf shared with us his experience on working with the Three 6 Mafia member for “Gun And a Mask.” We won’t say too much about the record, but just keep in mind that it is supposed to be appear on Juicy’s Stay Trippy, releasing through Taylor Gang Records.
7. Lil Wayne Goes Back to Work
After numerous reports of Lil Wayne’s hospitalization after suffering a series of seizures, the YMCMB leader is back. To prove everything is all good, Tune hopped on camera to thank his fans for all their love and support. Then, he plugged his upcoming album I Am Not a Human Being II and announced his “America Most’s Wanted” tour. He’ll be hitting the road with T.I. and Future, with more information on dates and tickets to be release next week.
8. Music Video Used As Evidence In Armed Robbery Conviction
In a most recent article in The New York Times, aspiring rapper BillBoard Biggs’ own music is used as evidence in a string of armed robbery convictions. The video, which uses Kanye West’s instrumental “The Joy” that originally appeared on Watch the Throne’s set of bonus tracks, features Biggs and his four accomplices re-enacting crimes they have reportedly committed over the past two years. The most recent conviction in the case was last Tuesday (March 19), where Biggs and his crew were convicted and may face life in prison.
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