With one leaked album, this week became the Eminem show. On Wednesday, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 leaked on to the internet, a little less than a week before it’s schedule release date on Tuesday, November 5. Fans rushed to the shadier parts of the web to find a copy, picked it a part and debated the merits of Em’s new album. Meanwhile in other news in the hip-hop world, Kanye West was forced to postpone his tour for the foreseeable future, Jay Z launched a new cologne, DJ Quik talked retirement and Chris Brown is facing fresh assault charges.
These are the top hip-hop headlines of the week.
Eminem’s new album leaked on the internet this week. Be sure to check back next week for XXL‘s official review of the album along with further coverage.
After truck crash in Vancouver caused major damage to customized video equipment, Kanye West was forced to postpone several dates on The Yeezus Tour until the gear can be replaced.
Chris Brown was arrested in D.C. on assault charges after allegedly punching a fan outside of the W Hotel in the city. If convicted, Brown is facing a major probation violation and could potentially land himself in prison for four years if found guilty. Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that undercover officers from the Secret Service could exonerate the R&B singer after allegedly witnessing the events.
Despite boycotts calling for Jay Z to end his involvement with Barneys New York, Hov launched a new cologne, Gold, as part of his in-store collection with the luxury department store on Friday.
On Monday, rumors swirled that DJ Quik was planning on retiring from rap music after he took to Twitter to announce he was selling his production equipment. XXL spoke with Quik this week and learned while Quik is not retiring from rap, the Compton rapper/producer does have major issues with the rap game.
During a visit to On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, Kanye West revealed that his new fiancé, Kim Kardashian, he was planning on taking West’s last name. Meanwhile, ‘Ye caused national attention when he threw shade in the direction of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, when he claimed his fiancé was a more relevant choice to grace the cover of Vanity Fair than Mrs. Obama was.