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NOV 30, 2015

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Majestic Casual’s YouTube Account Has Been Terminated

By Hypetrak / HP Cheung

Majestic Casual -- perhaps one of the best and greatest sources of chill/ambient/indie music since 2011 -- has recently gotten their YouTube account terminated. Details are unclear but YouTube issued a statement saying that they "received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted." However, this doesn't come off as very surprising to us; our SoundCloud account had also been terminated not too long ago due to "copyright infringement." It was definitely a sad moment at the time but we remained hopeful and are working to rebuild a new one. We send our condolences to the folks at Majestic Casual -- we will definitely get through this together. (Read More)

Rick Ross Claims to be “One of the Biggest” Ghostwriters in the Game

Time Magazine

How did your time in the headlines shape the direction of the album?

It most definitely made it a more personal record, it made it a more—I don’t want to use the word serious, but more a topic-driven record. I had a lot of time to just sit by myself, so I had a lot more things I wanted to address. That’s what I did on this LP. I spoke on different things. One of them goes by the name of “Ghostwriter.” I finally wrote a record telling the way it feels for me to be a ghostwriter, and not only a ghostwriter, but one of the biggest in the rap game. Because of my own personal success I’ve always been able to keep that in the shadows. On this record, I just felt it was so current. It was needed.

Ghostwriting was a big topic this year with the feud between Drake and Meek Mill. Do you think that having someone write rhymes for you is necessarily at odds with being an authentic artist?

It depends on really the point you’re looking at. If you’re a battle rapper on the block, the emcee battle challenger, not writing your rhymes could really hurt you. When you’re an artist where maybe the focus is really the talent and the different things you bring to the game, I believe it’s more understandable. Someone who may have another vision or just ideas that are priceless versus someone who’s like, “I’m basing my entire career off the words I’m finna tell you right now over this 30-second period.” I’m not speaking to anybody in particular, but let’s say for instance if you was DMX and had a ghostwriter, it’d maybe change the [perception] versus if you was will.i.am. I think that’s more about the music, the records.
Speaking of the reason ghostwriting is once again a hot topic, Funkmaster Flex recently took another shot at the 6 God for reasons not entirely clear. Can we put this all to rest? Ghostwriting is not a crime. (Read More)

Justin Bieber Sets New Billboard Record, Beating Drake & The Beatles

By HP Cheung

Although Justin Bieber's album sales numbers got shattered by Adele's, he's still doing a very impressive job. Not long after breaking Spotify's first-week streaming record (which was set by The Weeknd four months ago), Billboard reports that the Biebs now has 17 songs on their Hot 100 chart. This means that he broke the previous record of 14 simultaneous hits set by The Beatles and Drake. Three of his 17 songs are currently in the top five, a feat only carried out previously by 50 Cent and The Beatles. Congratulations, JB. (Read More)

SoundCloud Debuts Android App for Artists & Creators

By Patrick Montes

For those creative people utilizing everything technology has to offer to promote and support themselves, SoundCloud has your back. SoundCloud has just rolled out an Android app targeted specifically at "creators" and artists. Dubbed Pulse, the app allows its users to track all their stats, share new sounds, reply to comments and messages, track others and more. The launch of Pulse stands at the first time SoundCloud has debuted an app tailor-made for its community. And, for those seeking more from their mobile experience, SoundCloud promises some pretty significant updates to Pulse in the future. (Read More)

Kanye West and JAY Z's Tour Demands



Jay Z insists on 71 degree temp. Hotel staff must provide 3 $80 Mayan tuberose-scented candles.
Jay has two no-no's for staff: 1) No vacuuming near his room 2) Don't ask for concert tickets if you want to "avoid embarrassment."
Kanye has specific geometric preferences. Vases must be cylindrical. He also requires staff to hunt down a Genelecs 1031a speaker ... which was discontinued a decade ago. He likes his floss minty, his cereal Kashi Go Lean and his towels black.

Kanye has a grocery list ... 13 bottles totaling around $3,200, including 3 bottles of Paradis Hennessy.
Jay Z is more chill in the liquor dept. ... just Ace of Spades champagne. But here's the rub ... the contract says he cannot be charged, since he owns the company.

Kanye has no provides for Nori. But Jay has lots of Blue Ivy demands. For starters, the entire suite must be childproofed with all corners, sharp edges, and electrical outlets all covered, and statues, lamps, and breakable objects removed. Oh, Blue only drinks organic whole milk.

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