It has been a busy summer this year. As the summer commenced, hip-hop was blessed with two major releases from two of the biggest stars in all of music. Kanye West and Jay Z both released two anticipated solo albums after their group album, Watch The Throne, conquered the world two years ago. Both quickly achieved freshly-minted gold plaques while Jay Z’s latest opus landed at double platinum after two months.
You’d figure two of the biggest artists in music history releasing two major albums would have been the biggest story of the summer but a little kid named Kendrick Lamar challenged The Throne for the biggest story of the summer. Kendrick’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control” was the talk of the town after it’s release in mid-August, dominating headlines for weeks.
Of course, there were other moments that made headlines this season. Kanye had a kid, Meek Mill was forced to take etiquette classes, 2 Chainz was arrested on serious drug and gun charges and Drake unexpectedly brought out potential rival, Kanye, at OVO Fest this year. Meanwhile, Eminem announced that he was releasing his first new album in early November.
A lot happened this summer. This was the most important.
1. Justin Bieber’s Security Says Tyler, The Creator Was Behind The Wheel Of The Singer’s Ferrari While It Was Being Driven Recklessly
On June 1, Tyler The Creator admitted fault of recklessly driving Bieber’s car.
2. 2 Chainz Gets Robbed, Arrested And Booked All In The Same Week
2 Chainz is having a rough week. First, he was robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco, which recent TMZ footage confirmed the incident. A few days later, Chainz was arrested and booked on narcotics possession, while attempting to board a plane in LAX. Thankfully, he updated us on Twitter and said he’s good: “Life gone have its ups and downs , as long as u in the middle u good. So we good yal.” Hopefully, things are better next week for Tit.
3. 10 Things We Learned From Kanye West’s ‘New York Times’ Interview
Kanye West gave a compelling interview with the New York Times on his forthcoming album, music career, early inspirations, style regrets and plenty more. We complied the ten best quotes from the piece in cased you missed it. You can read the rest of the article here.
4. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Welcome Baby Girl
Kanye West’s girlfriend Kim Kardashian gave birth to the couple’s baby girl on Saturday at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, according to a report by TMZ. The celebrity couple wants to still keep things a security, though, as they have yet to reveal her name.
5. Jay-Z Announces New Album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’
Jay-Z has partnered with Samsung for this unorthodox album rollout, and the first million Samsung Galaxy owners to download the Magna Carta app will get the album for free. Less than a month ago, we all gushed over the launch of Kanye West’s Yeezus marketing campaign. Looks like Big Brother has some tricks up his sleeve as well.
6. SoundScan Won’t Count Samsung’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Pre-Sales
Billboard will be playing by their own rules. The magazine doesn’t count bulk sales like Samsung’s. Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the Recording Industry Association of America told MTV that albums only become eligible for certification a month after their release. Between that and Billboard’s policy, it’s safe to say that Magna Carta Holy Grail isn’t Platinum just yet.
7. Kanye And Kim’s Daughter Is Actually Named North West
After days of speculation, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have named their baby daughter North West. Back in March, Kim appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to thwart any talks of naming the baby North. “[North is] not one of the names on our list,” she said. “I do like Easton — Easton West.”
8. Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Officially Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200
West’s Yeezus officially debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking his sixth No. 1 album in his career.
9. Meek Mill Ordered By Judge To Take Etiquette Classes
The MMG rapper was recently ordered to take etiquette classes partly as a result of some of his fans sending threatening tweets to his probation officer, according to a report by NBC Philadelphia.
Lauryn Hill has had troubles in the past for not paying her taxes. She skipped out on paying nearly $2 million in taxes between 2005 and 2007. She pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion, and was later sentenced to jail time. Earlier this week, Ms. Lauryn Hill started her three-month prison bid at the Federal Correction Facility in Danbury, Conn. She will be released sometime in the fall.