NEW YORK, NY – Notorious Pharma bro Martin Shkreli allegedly once spent $10,000 on JAY-Z tickets, according to accountant Wendy Spaulding who was tapped to testify in court on Tuesday (July 11) in his ongoing securities fraud trial. Records show that Retrophin – a drug company established by Shkreli — funded the outrageously expensive concert tickets during a time when the company’s bank account was reportedly already lean. While it’s unclear exactly what tour he bought the tickets for, it was likely to attend Hov’s Magna Carter World Tour in 2013 or 2014 in support of 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Spaulding also said more than $1.3 million from Retrophin was transferred to Shkreli’s personal bank account, and another $26,000 was put into the same account from MSMB Capital.
Nicki Minaj Sparks Pregnancy Speculation With 1 Emoji
Nicki Minaj’s social media shenanigans became as cryptic as ever when she posted a baby emoji on Monday night (July 10).
Though the post could have alluded to her frequent “all these bitches is my sons” bars for faux album announcements like last year’s Pick My Fruit Out, social media thought something else. Many Twitter users ran with the idea that Onika may be with child.
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JAY-Z Answers Beyoncé's "LEMONADE" With "4:44" Apology
“Kill Jay Z,” “4:44,” Family Feuds,” and “Legacy” all give insight — or at least the insight that Jay wants us to hear — into the usually extremely private life of the Carters, who just added twins to their family earlier this month.
The project’s introductory track “Kill Jay Z” immediately addresses the cheating rumors sparked by Bey’s visual project, LEMONADE.
“You almost went Eric Benét,” JAY raps, referencing the R&B singer/ex-husband of Halle Berry. “Let the baddest girl in the world get away/ I don’t even know what else to say/ Nigga, never go Eric Benét/ I don’t even know what you woulda done/ In the future, other niggas playin’ football with your son.”
GLAAD Hails JAY-Z's Mom for Coming Out As a Lesbian
6/30/2017 by Sabrina Finkelstein #Repost
JAY-Z's mother, Gloria Carter came out as a lesbian on "Smile," a track off of J's new album 4:44.
JAY- Z raps, "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian/ Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian/ Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/ Society shame and the pain was too much to take/ Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/ Don't matter to me if it's a him or her".
The poetic outro of the track is a recording of Gloria talking about her struggle and decision to "be free." "Love who you love" she says, "because life isn't guaranteed. Smile."
KANSAS CITY, MO – Back in September 2016, HipHopDX made a case for Tech N9ne being the greatest rapper of all time on an episode of The Breakdown.With 11 solo studio albums, seven collaborative records — including 2017’s Dominion — and the undeniable success of his Strange Music, Inc. imprint, his track record speaks for itself.
As of this week, the Kansas City, Missouri native is officially a platinum-selling artist. “Caribou Lou,” taken from 2006’s Everready (The Religion), has sold over 1 million copies, earning him his first Platinum certification from the RIAA.
“Caribou Lou” was certified Gold in 2012 and is a consistent fan favorite at Tech’s live shows. Judging by the over 15 million views the lyric video has racked up, that likely won’t change anytime soon.
The song serves as Tech’s fourth certification from the RIAA. His 2015 single “Hood Go Crazy” featuring B.o.B and 2 Chainz, and his 2013 track “Fragile” with Kendrick Lamar have both been certified Gold.
Drake's OVO Fest Sells Out In Minutes & Fans Are Pissed
TORONTO, ONT – Drake’s eighth annual OVO Fest was announced on Tuesday (June 28) along with its lineup, which includes OVO Sound artists PARTYNEXTDOOR, dvsn, Roy Woods and Majid Jordan. Drake, of course, will headline the Toronto, Canada show.
Naturally, fans flocked to Livenation and Ticketmaster’s websites to cop tickets early Thursday (June 29) the moment they went on sale. The problem — the August 7 event sold out in a matter of minutes. Many people blamed ticket bots: internet robots tasked to buy a large amount of tickets at one time so they can be resold at a higher price on sites like StubHub.
As of this week, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada implemented new ticketing guidelines, making ticket bots illegal and capping resale ticket prices at 50 percent above face value. It’s unclear how the rules will actually be enforced.
For now, Drake fans are taking to Twitter to express their frustration that they could miss yet another OVO Fest despite the 16,000 to 20,000 capacity of the Budweiser Stage where the concert is being held.
ATLANTA, GA – It sounds like Migos plan to dominate the game throughout 2017. While out spending time with Cardi B, Offset revealed the group’s intentions to drop Culture 2 in October.
Paparazzi hounded Offset with questions about Migos’ recent clash with Joe Budden and probed about beef with Chris Brown, but the Atlanta rapper only offered coy answers. Offset let the October release date of Culture 2 slip as he made his exit though, which is sure to build anticipation among Migos fans.
Quavo announced a sequel to Migos’ hit album Culture earlier this month, but subsequent promotion for the project has simply billed it as coming soon. While Offset didn’t give an exact date, listeners now have a general idea of when they’ll hear the follow-up.
Migos won’t be waiting long to release a sequel to Culture. During a show last week, Quavo unveiled the trio’s plans to drop Culture 2 in the near future.
The group was performing a freestyle over the “Bad and Boujee” beat when Quavo unveiled the news.
Travis Scott's "Antidote" Sample Mishap Forced Him To Give Up 50% Of The Song
By Matt Fish
If only he'd known.
Travis Scott's "Antidote" peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified Triple Platinum, making it the biggest record of the rapper's career. However, it wasn't all gravy when it comes to how the money for the track was divided up.
According to a new interview clip with Eestbound, one of the producers behind the beat of "Antidote," Scott had to give up 50% of the song's composer share in order to clear the sample, the Leon Michels-produced "All I Need," performed by Lee Fields & The Expressions.
"It was kind of a weird process," said Eestbound. "When Travis Scott released the song on SoundCloud, [...] we didn't even get any paperwork or anything or an email saying he's going to release it. After he released it, it was kind of an issue because, you know, the [artist] from the sample told Travis that they want 50% of the record [because] Travis didn't clear it at first."
It's worth noting that 50% is supposedly a really high number, with most publishers aiming for anywhere from 10-15%. Looks like a lack of foresight cost Travis a bunch of cash.
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