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New Kendrick Lamar, More Legal Troubles For Lil Wayne, J. Cole Announces Sophomore Album + MORE! [HIP-HOP HEADLINES]

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Lil Wayne
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LEGAL LOLS: Lil Wayne. It seems as though Lil Wayne’s deposition antics have worked against the Young Money rapper. According to TMZ, the rapper lost his case against Quincy Jones III for using his music without authorization. To add insult to injury, Wayne also lost the suit Jones filed against him, resulting in the rapper being required to pay Jones $2,195,000. He’ll definitely be making it rain now.


J. Cole Born Sinner
via UStream

ALBUM ANNOUNCEMENT: J. Cole — Born Sinner, January 28, 2013. On Monday night (November 5), J. Cole tweeted an invite for his fans to his UStream account, where the Roc Nation rapper announced the title for his sophomore album, accompanied by an amazing visual on his Dreamvillian website. Be sure to peep.


Action Bronson Rare Chandeliers
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ALBUM ARTWORK: Action Bronson — Rare Chandeliers. For those who aren’t aware, Action Bronson is one of the biggest up-and-coming names out of the underground rap scene as of late. The ex-Mets chef created a buzz with his 2011 album Dr. Lecter and March mixtape Blue Chips and just released the artwork to his upcoming project, which drops November 15 and will be produced solely by Alchemist. Rare Chandeliers will feature underground heavyweights Sean Price and Roc Marciano, as well as Schoolboy Q and Styles P, among others.


The Jig Is Up Kendrick Lamar
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NEW MUSIC: Kendrick Lamar — “The Jig Is Up” (produced by J.Cole and Canel Finch). Kendrick Lamar has been living a dream recently. With his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city topping the Billboard rap charts and hitting no. 2 on the digital charts, behind Taylor Swift’s latest album, it’s safe to say he’s got nothing left to prove as a newcomer. As a gift to his loyal fans for helping catapult him to the top of the charts, the California rapper blessed us with an unreleased track, produced by fellow rapper J.Cole. Take a listen to “The Jig Is Up” below. Why this didn’t make the cut for the album is beyond me.


NEW MUSIC: Chief Keef ft. Bo Deal & Uncle Murda (produced by Lex Luger). The producer behind Rick Ross’ “B.M.F,” Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “H.A.M.” and Waka Flocka’s “Round of Applause” has teamed up with rookie Chief Keef, who made a name for himself after Kanye West remixed his track “I Don’t Like.” This song is only one of a number of tracks Chief Keef has released since his radio debut. Will teaming up with one of rap’s most notorious hit-makers help the 17-year-old Chicago native outshine his first track?

Your call.


INTERVIEW: A$AP Rocky for Hard Knock TV. Up until now, the majority of the interviews we’ve seen A$AP Rocky do have been comical (unless you haven’t seen his hilarious interview with Danny Brown for FADER? Oh). The A$AP Mob frontman sits down with Hard Knock TV and discusses the influence fellow Harlem natives Dipset had on his career, living in a homeless shelter and being in interracial relationships.


The Game Holy Water

NEW MUSIC: The Game — “Holy Water”. In anticipation of The Game’s new album, Jesus Piece, the California rapper has started a weekly series called Sunday Service. This week’s installment, titled “Holy Water,” follows the controversial religious theme The Game has set. let’s hope the backlash for alleged blasphemy doesn’t hurt The Game’s chances at a return to rap music.


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