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Azealia Banks threatens to quit music
You never really know when it comes to this one.
The latest in Azaelia Banks’ ongoing battle with the internet and the public eye has led the Harlem rapper to announce she is apparently quitting the game. Heading to Instagram with her news, Banks let her followers know what the situation was; in her opinion, people are more interested in the controversies surrounding Banks instead of her unrivalled talent.
“You guys will always be more concerned with bad news about me than any of the phenomenal music I make because it’s how you’ve been taught to relate to me,” she wrote. “It doesn’t matter how good my music is I know you guys don’t deserve it. …You will never get another body of Azaelia Banks work again. Hear me!?!”
Taking things further, Banks made it clear that she is “entirely too good for ¾ of the public”. The last time we heard from Banks was last year with her single ‘Anna Wintour’ off the still unreleased Fantasea II: The Second Wave album.
Estate of Tupac Shakur suing Universal Music Group
Back in 2008, a fire ripped throughout Universal Music Group’s archival vault, which resulted in the loss of an estimated 500,000 master recordings from artists including Snoop Dogg, Aretha Franklin, Eminem and more. Tupac Shakur was also an artist who had masters in the warehouse that was destroyed by the fire and now, his estate has joined a $100 million lawsuit against UMG.
Universal have said that the report that detailed the sheer amount of music and material lost has been formed on ‘inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions, and fundamental misunderstandings’, however the plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit are alleging that UMG grossly failed in upholding their obligation to protect these master recordings. With the lawsuit also alleging that none of the artists have received any compensation for the losses since, UMG is sitting in some pretty hot water.
Tyga addresses CHRVCHES’ criticism of him and Chris Brown in interview
Tyga has taken a measured approach when asked to comment on CHRVCHES’ comments about his and Chris Brown’s work with producer Marshmello. Back in April, the Scottish band wrote, “We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown. We like and respect Mello as a person but working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behaviour. That is not something we can or will stand behind.”
In an interview with Billboard – off the back of the release of his seventh album Legendary – Tyga addressed their claims. “Well, people who aren’t in the culture of hip hop or rap only look at it as one way,” he said. “It’s all the same. I think they were more mad that Marshmello put out a new song right after they did one with him. But he’s a producer and a DJ, so he’s putting out new records with people every week. But you don’t hear us complaining.”
Chris Brown’s response to CHVRCHES, you might remember, was slightly more unhinged, with the R&B artist posting on social media that ‘These are the type of people I wish walked in front of a speeding bus full of mental patients.”
Trina returns with her first album in nine years, ‘The One’
After many behind the scenes setbacks, Miami rapper Trina has finally gifted fans with a brand-new album, The One. While we last heard from Trina last year on the Blue Magic EP, it’s been almost ten years since The Baddest Bitch has dropped a full collection of new music.
With The One, we hear her spitting on the track ‘BAPS’ with Nicki Minaj, while elsewhere on the record, we see Dave East, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Boosie Badazz, Tokyo Jets and DJ Khaled feature. The album is the first Trina has released under her own label imprint, Rockstarr Music Group.
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