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JUL 22, 2014

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J Dilla's Equipment To Be Donated To The Smithsonian
20 hours ago
J Dilla's synthesizer, MPC and more will now be on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Everything J Dilla accomplished or owned is rare. The instrumentals and records he was a part of are now limited due to his passing in 2006.

Perhaps the holiest of his possessions were the instruments through which his music flowed and now, those artifacts are headed to the Smithsonian.

Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, the mother of the late Hip Hop producer, has decided to donate the Detroit native's custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and Akai MIDI Production Center 3000 Limited Edition to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It will become part of the museum's music and performing arts exhibit once it opens in 2016.

According to Stereogum and video created during the annual “DC Loves Dilla” tribute concert in Washington, D.C, the announcement came earlier this week and was later confirmed on the Smithsonian's website.

“I feel it’s necessary to raise the level of art appreciation in the Hip Hop sector and honor my son James Dewitt Yancey, one of the most influential individuals in the history of hip-hop,” Yancey said in a press release.

According to the Smithsonian, the exhibition J Dilla's equipment will be featured in is slated to explore the roles in which popular music helped shape the nation's historical, cultural, and political fabric. It will be one of 11 exhibitions attendees will be able to see once the museum opens.

Late last month, it was announced that Ma Dukes would be releasing a collector's edition of Dilla beats called The King of Beats (Ma Dukes Yancey Collector's Edition Box Set). The collection will have 40 tracks on it and is slated to drop this summer.
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7 Rappers That Have Turned Down Major Label Deals
2 days ago
Believe it or not, many rappers have actually turned down multi-million dollar offers from some of the top record labels in the game. In this gallery, you will discover that plenty rappers would not be who they are today musically if they simply chose a different route label-wise.

1. Dee-1 turned down a deal to sign with Cash Money. The New Orleans rapper says that at the time the deal just didn't seem fitting for him. "It didn’t feel right in spirit, it just didn’t," Dee-1 explained. "I couldn’t put my finger on it. It’s not like they weren’t gonna offer me money, of course they were gonna offer me money."

2. Troy Ave opted out of plenty label deals simply cause the cash was not the right fit. The rapper went on to release New York City: The Album as an independent project.

3. August Alsina turned down a deal to sign with Cash Money. Ultimately signing with Def Jam, August tells that his focus was simply somewhere else when it came down to the YMCMB deal.

4. Chance The Rapper turned down a deal with TDE, choosing to go the independent route. Although Chance did opt out of signing with the Cali collective, Chance assures, "All of those guys are my good friends," he said. "That whole camp is great. They're close friends."

5. Joey Badass turned down an opportunity to sign with Roc Nation. His reasoning: "For right now, I feel like independence is the best thing for me. In what I want to do, it's definitely the best thing for me right now," he said.

6. 2 Chainz turned down a deal to sign with Young Money . “I was one of the first people invited to Young Money, before the album. Wayne asked me,” 2 Chainz said when he appeared on an episode of “RapFix Live.”

7. Macklemore avoided signing with a major record label opting to put his Grammy Award winning album The Heist out via the Alternative Distribution Alliance. The rapper seems to have made the right choice as the LP went platinum and is regarded as one of the biggest hip-hop albums to date.
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Drake Pays Rappin' 4-Tay For Using "Playaz Club" Lyrics On Y.G.'s "Who Do You Love"
5 days ago
Drake reportedly pays Rappin' 4-Tay $100,000.

Drake has reportedly settled conflict with Rappin' 4-Tay by paying the rapper for reusing his rhymes on a song, according to TMZ.

Drake borrows lyrics from 4-Tay's "Playaz Club" on YG's "Who Do You Love." When 4-Tay did not receive credit for the song, he criticized the YMCMB emcee. TMZ reports that the two parties reached a "very lucrative agreement."

According to 4-Tay's manager, Drake's label has agreed to pay $100,000 for the lyrics.

"4-Tay tells us he's no longer offended," TMZ reports.

On "Playaz Club," Rappin' 4-Tay has the following lines. "I got a ho named Reel-to-Reel / She got a buddy named SP-12, now you know the deal / We gets freaky in the studio late night / That's why the beats that you hear are coming real tight / Something to roll to, something to stroll to / If you's a playa in the game, this will hold you / Mo' money, mo' money for the bank roll / Stick to the script, don't slip in the '94 / A lot of fools put salt in the game / To where these women get the notion that they running the game."

On "Who Do You Love," Drake raps:

I got a shorty name Texas Syn / She got a buddy named Young JB and now you know the deal / We turnt up in the studio late night / That's why the songs that you hear are comin' real tight / OVO crew, nigga, thought I told you / If you a player in the game, this should hold you / And man, shout my nigga Game, he just rolled through / Eatin' crab out in Malibu at Nobu / A lot of fools puttin' salt in the game / Until these women get the notion that they runnin' the game."

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