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Cipha Sounds Leaves Hot 97

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015


After 17 years, Ciph decides to leave Hot 97.

Official statement below:

Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. Cipha Sounds said, “After 17 years, I’m leaving Hot 97. I’m changing my relationship status from ‘it’s complicated’ to ‘single’. It’s been an amazing ride – from intern to weekends to morning show host to fill Angie’s seat in afternoons. Many years of incredible, life-changing experiences and enough amazing memories to last five lifetimes. The next move is already underway and I promise it’s going to be huge.”

Best wishes to the homie Ciph but I think he’ll be ok. I still need my “weekly” Juan Epstein fix from him & Peter though.

Fashawn – Guess Who’s Back

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015


Today Fashawn shares the second single from his highly anticipated album The Ecology and reveals the February 24th release date. Check out “Guess Who’s Back”, produced by Beewirks below, and hit the jump for the full tracklist and production credits for The Ecology, as well as a flyer for The Ecology Tour.

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015


A photo posted by PRETTY FLACKO (@asvpxrocky) on

It’s being reported that A$AP Yams, co-founder and architect of the A$AP Mob movement has passed away. There are few details surrounding his untimely passing available as of now, but this is clearly a tragic loss for the A$AP family and Hip-Hop culture in general.

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Jahlil Beats & Beanie Sigel Prepping Still Public Enemy Mixtape

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015


Beanie Sigel and Jahlil Beats are collaborating on a mixtape album, Still Public Enemy, due out sometime this year. Following a snippet of a “Kick in the Door”-sampled joint on Instagram last month, Jahlil tells NahRight it’s a proper follow-up to Beans’ street classic Public Enemy #1. The bulk of the production will come from Jahlil himself, and will feature a variety of records sampled from the ’90s.

The Roc Nation producer also shared his thoughts on the State Property member’s recovery since getting shot last month outside of his home in Pleasantville, New Jersey. “I’m just happy that Beans is OK now,” he says. “He just came home. As soon as he get right, we going right back in the lab.”

In an Instagram post by Neef Buck, Beans was seen leaving the hospital in stable condition. However, according to a report by TMZ, Beans had one of his lungs removed due to bullet fragments. He’s currently resting at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, New Jersey.

Read more about the Still Public Enemy project in our In The Lab teaser below.

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DMX – Redemption of the Beast (Artwork & Tracklist)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015


So, surprise! X has a new album dropping next Tuesday, January 13th called Redemption of the Beast. It’s an independent release on Seven Arts Entertainment and it features a Freeway guest appearance. So go ahead and marinate on that for a minute.

UPDATED: There has been some confusion about this album, with some people assuming that Redemption of The Beast was the album that X and Swizz Beatz were confirmed to be working on. It is not. Swizz adamantly denied as much earlier this week. Here’s a statement from Seven Arts Entertainment about the origins of the LP.

“Seven Arts is pleased to release the second album from the 52 masters acquired by Seven Arts from DMX and his producers in 2012. DMX and his team fully cooperated on the production of this album. ‘Redemption of the Beast’ was the second album planned for release with DMX in September of 2012, following the release of ‘Undisputed’. These new masters represent the best of this legendary artist and offer production by some of the best in the industry. All fans are invited to listen to the music, which is the real thing, the ‘rough and ready’ of DMX. The music and artistry speaks for itself.”

Hit the jump for the full tracklist and pre-order link.

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Beanie Sigel Reportedly Leaves Hospital

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Alhamdulillah !!!! Masha allah !!! MY BOY IS HOME !!!!! @beaniesigelsp 🙌

A photo posted by Neef Buck (@neef_buck) on

According to Neef. That’s dope because his condition was looking a little iffy there for a minute. Get well Beans.

UPDATED: According to TMZ, Beans had to have one of his lungs removed due to bullet fragments.

Sigel was released from the hospital he’s called home since December 5. He went directly to Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, NJ, where he’ll spend the next 90 days learning how to function with one lung.

Previously: Beanie Sigel Stable After Shooting, Police Have Few Leads

Nipsey Hussle’s Mailbox Money Drops December 31st

Monday, December 29th, 2014


Nipsey’s surprise end-of-the-year project, Mailbox Money, will be out on Wednesday. You spending that Christmas cash on the deluxe edition or you Datpiffin’ it?

UPDATED: Added the tracklist below.

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Bobby Shmurda Indicted on Drug & Gun Charges

Thursday, December 18th, 2014


Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan and Gestapo NYPD commisioner Bill Bratton held a press conference earlier this afternoon outline the charges against Bobby Shmurda and 15 members of his GS9 crew. We’re still waiting on a comprehensive report on the charges against the crew, but a few reporters have been tweeting out details from the presser. Revolt has confirmed that Bobby plead not guilty to charges of 2nd degree shmurda, weapons possession, assault and narcotics trafficking.

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Bobby Shmurda Arrested on Unspecified Charges

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


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, noting 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, but the spokesperson said that the investigation revealed “a number of violent incidents as well as narcotics trafficking”. Several outlets have reported that executive Sha Money XL was also taken into custody and that a cache of weapons was confiscated, but this has not been confirmed. Bobby’s label Epic Records declined to comment on the case.

UPDATED: The prosecutor held a press conference on Thursday outlining the charges against Bobby and his crew, details here.

Wondering Sound via Karen Civil

UPDATED: Hit the jump for some video that has been purported to show the arrest, which happened in front of Quad Studios.

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Beanie Sigel Stable After Shooting, Police Have Few Leads

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

sigel-studioSigel in the studio a couple of weeks prior to the shooting

Beanie Sigel is said to be in “critical but stable condition” following the shooting that took place near his brother-in-law’s home in Pleasantville, NJ last week. According to a report by, Sigel has been intubated and is breathing with the help of a ventilator, and is therefore unable to speak with investigators about the incident. Of course anybody who is even remotely familiar with Sigel’s work already knows he’s not going to have much to say to law enforcement.

His brother-in-law Umar Salahuddin, who was also present at the time of the shooting, has refused to cooperate with police. The report also states that Lt. Danny Adcock of the Pleasantville Police does not believe that Beans was the intended target of the unknown shooter, and has speculated that it was just a case of the rapper being in the “wrong place at the wrong time”. Although investigators say they are following up on a couple of leads, Pleasantville Police Capt. Rocky Melendez says the case is “wide open” due to a lack of witness cooperation.

UPDATED: On Friday, December 12th, Philly’s NBC affiliate reported that police are looking to question Beanie’s sister-in-law and another man who were allegedly present at the time of the shooting. Apparently it was Kamilah Salahuddin’s vehicle that was seen fleeing the residence after the incident.

Previously: Beanie Sigel Shot in New Jersey