Jay Z released his 13th studio album 4:44 Friday June 30th. In less than one week, he is already certified platinum! This situation is similar in style to when Hov released Magna Carta Holy Grail thorugh his Samsung deal. RIAA explains Jay’s quick certification:
“Under the program’s rules, the artist needs to be compensated and there needs to be demonstrated consumer demand in the United States, either for an on-demand stream or a sale. A sale counts toward a certification if purchased directly by the customer or a business can purchase the album or song and offer it to fans who must take affirmative steps to acquire the album or song. Fans participated, took action and downloaded JAY-Z’s album offered by SPRINT.
COngrats to Jay Z on another platinum plaque, keep making history!
Meek has been on a tear lately, giving the streets non stop heat. Here’s 4 new joints to add to the list!
Legendary Queens rapper Albert Johnson aka Prodigy of Mobb Deep has passed away earlier Tuesday according to reports. News first broke out via Nas’ Instagram page
It’s no secret that Prodigy suffered from sickle cell disease, however it is unclear exactly what the cause of death is at this time. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis,” their statement reads. “As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined.”
Alongside Havoc, Prodigy formed the super duo group and released their first album Juvenile Hell in 1993, at a time when New York rap reigned supreme. Classic hits such as Shook Ones and Quiet storm are notable classics from these two. Prodigy also had a healthy solo career after releasing his first solo project H.N.I.C. (Head Nigga In Charge) back in 2000. Today, Hip-hop has lost another hero. R.I.P. Prodigy.
Podcast Personality Daryl Campbell AKA Taxstone has reportedly plead guilty to federal weapons charges in connection to the May 2016 shooting incident at Irving Plaza in NYC. The shooting incident involved Tax, Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave & his body guard the late Ronald McPhatter aka Banga, who was shot and killed.
According to the NY Daily News, the Tax Season host Campbell, had a court hearing Thursday (June 15) where he copped to firearm possession as a felon and admitted to receiving a firearm in interstate commerce in connection to the venue shooting in NYC last year. This puts Tax’s freedom in serious question despite the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office not filing murder charges against Campbell.
DNA from the shooting that night shows prints from Troy Ave, Taxstone and Banga to be found on the murder weapon. Troy Ave was charged with attempted murder after being seen on surveillance footage shooting through the crowd but is currently free on bail. Taxstone however was denied his $500,000 bail after the government implied there would be more serious charges filed against him.
Prayers go up for everyone and their families involved in this unfortunate case. Hopefully justice swings in the right direction. R.I.P. Banga #FREETAX
Remy Ma has bee non a tear steadily for a year plus, finishing every beat in her path. This time she’s gets gritty over Future’s mega hit Mask Off. She’s out for blood and after giving Nicki MInaj the business, she’s prepared to take down another opponent “Murder next, who I’ma murder next?”
She also makes reference to exposing another MC on that Summer jam screen, and with her gracing that main stage come Sunday, she might have just set up an EPIC moment. Stay tuned!