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Birdman to Drop 500 Unreleased Tracks From the Cash Money Vaults

By Ben Olsen

Although now best known for industry heavyweights Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj, Cash Money Records dates all the way back to 1991 and some of the gems from its 26-year history are now about to be discovered. Set up by prolific New Orleans rapper Birdman and his brother, the hip-hop label has seen the likes of U.N.L.V., Hot Boys, B.G, Big Tymers and Juvenile grace its roster over the years and a recent Instagram post by Birdman has revealed his plans to raid the vaults and put out some of the label’s long-lost tracks. Birdman has also been active on Instagram recently teasing the forthcoming Rich Gang 2 collab with Young Thug, which drops on February 18. (Read More)

Frank Ocean's Dad Is Suing Him for $14.5 Million USD Over Gay Slur Claim

By Mallory Chin

According to reports from TMZ, Frank Ocean’s father Calvin Cooksey has filed a defamation lawsuit against his son for comments the American artist made following last year’s massacre inside an Orlando nightclub. After the shooting, Ocean took to his Tumblr accusing his father of insulting a transgender woman.

Cooksey claims the story is untrue and that it has “damaged his financial opportunities in film and music.” Cooksey is seeking $14.5 million USD in damages, which is just a fraction of the $142 million USD he previously sought from Russell Simmons and his website Global Grind in 2014 for an article calling him a deadbeat dad. Cooksey has also reportedly sued his son for $1 million USD in 2012. Ocean wrote:

“I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t.” (Read More)

Drake Becomes First Artist to Remain on Billboard Hot 100 for 400 Weeks in a Row

By Davis Huynh

Following a milestone year that found Drizzy breaking a number of records, it appears the OVO frontman is looking to carry the streak over into 2017. Today, in a new report from Chart Data, it appears the Toronto rapper has now become the first artist ever to remain on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 400 straight weeks. He beat out Lil Wayne, who previously charted for 326 weeks. Rihanna also had a solid run with 216 weeks, while Nicki Minaj had 207. That said, Drake’s More Life project is still set to drop sometime this year and it’s likely the hot streak will continue. (Read More)

Desiigner's "Timmy Turner" Goes Platinum

By Hasse Lemola

It’s been a good start to the year for Desiigner thus far. In this month alone the 19-year-old rapper has fronted adidas Originals’ new XBYO line, made it to Forbes‘ prestigious “30 Under 30” list, while also finding time to wind down at an aquarium in between. Now the G.O.O.D. Music signee can add another platinum record to his list of accomplishments, as “Timmy Turner” just recently hit the requisite mark of one million sales. The numbers still pale in comparison to his first hit “Panda,” but the feat is very impressive nonetheless considering he only burst onto the scene a little over a year ago. (Read More)

Migos' "Bad & Boujee" Returns To #1 On Billboard Hot 100

By Trevor Smith

While Ed Sheeran briefly interrupted their reign at the top of the charts, Migos' have returned to their rightful perch at #1 on the Hot 100. Their inescapable single, "Bad and Boujee," which has inspired praise from Golden Globe winners and countless memes, replaces Sheeran's "Shape Of You" as it moves from #2 to #1. "Boujee" previously held the top spot on the January 21st-dated chart (two cycles back).

Meanwhile, the trio's recent single "T-Shirt" has made a debut at #48 on the Hot 100. Both "T-Shirt" and "Boujee" will appear on the trio's forthcoming sophomore album CULTURE, which is set to arrive this Friday, January 27th. (Read More)

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