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Wu-Tang Clan Announce ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Album

This year marks the 20 year anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’. So the entire crew is reuniting and putting together a new special album for all their fans. In a press release sent out today, it was revealed that the title of the album will be ‘A Better Tomorrow’ and is expected to hit stores in July. It was also announced that Wu-Tang will be putting on two shows in the UK on July 25th and 26th. They will perform their classic records as well as new material.

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Reebok Drops Rick Ross

No doubt feeling the pressure from the numerous groups calling for action in response to the “U.O.E.N.O.” controversy, Reebok has decided to discontinue its endorsement deal with Rick Ross.

The company gave the following statement to TMZ.

“Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so.”

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Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival 2013 Lineup Revealed

Jay-Z and Budweiser are teaming up once again this year to put together the second annual Made In America Festival. It will take place at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on August 31-September 1st. Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails will serve as the headliners this year. Other notable artists performing are Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Ab-Soul, Wiz Khalifa, Jay Rock, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel and much more. Tickets go on sale to the public on April 17th.

Beyonce
Nine Inch Nails
Queens of the Stone Age
Deadmau5
Phoenix
Calvin Harris
Empire of the Sun
Imagine Dragons
Wiz Khalifa
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Miguel
Public Enemy
Nero
2 Chainz
Gaslight Anthem
A$AP Rocky
Walk The Moon
Solange
Feed Me
Porter Robinson
Wolfgang Gartner
Emeli Sande
Haim
Schoolboy Q
Ab-Soul
GTA
Robert DeLong
Red Light
Rudimental
Aluna George
Jay Rock
Jessie Rose
TJR

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Rick Ross and Meek Mill Lyrics Lead to Police Bust of More Than 60 Harlem Gang Members

A group of Harlem gangsters were arrested when they boasted about their illegal activities on social media networks. Some of their comments were lyrics to songs from Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

According to an indictment released earlier today, members of Air It Out, True Money, Whoaday and the True Money Bosses took to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to coordinate their moves.

“God forgives I don’t … somebody gotta die,” one alleged member of the gang “Air It Out.”

“I’m 2 Glocks strapped, rolling down 112th Madison, 116 this is the New Iraq,” boasted another alleged AIO member.

“I’ll give u $300 if u clap a Trill or Whoadey before October,” another alleged Air It Out gangster said.

The gang members were charged with numerous assaults, three murders, 30 shooting accounts, gun possession and trafficking. Charges range from felony conspiracy to murder in the first degree, to fourth degree criminal weapon possession.

“Today’s indictments chronicle a bloody gang war that claimed the lives of at least three teenagers, led to the shooting of dozens of individuals and put bounties on people’s heads,”said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. “Since October 2009, 68 shootings have occurred in the swatch of East Harlem that these gangs all call home. Forced to live among this senseless violence is the silent majority–innocent families who live in fear of getting shot while trying to go about their daily lives. Today’s cases are a part of my Office’s ongoing efforts, working with the NYPD, to strategically target areas that claim a highly disproportionate share of violence in Manhattan.”

He continued, “There is a lot of social networking and investigation using the Internet that all of us use now in law enforcement. The Internet is our 21st Century crime scene.”

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Jay-Z Launches Roc Nation Sports, Signs Robinson Cano

Earlier today, Jay-Z unveiled his new sports management venture Roc Nation Sports with the announcement of their first signee, All-Star Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.

Roc Nation Sports will be a joint venture with the sports division of talent management juggernaut Creative Artists Agency, a company which already counts superstar athletes Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade and Sidney Crosby amongst its roster of clients.

Reporting on the venture, Forbes.com raised the interesting question of whether Jay’s minority stake in the Brooklyn Nets will result in a conflict of interest should the new firm seek to represent current NBA players.

Hit the jump for the full press release detailing the Cano signing.

Hit the jump for the full press release detailing the Cano signing.

Roc Nation, a full-service entertainment company founded by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, announced today the launch of Roc Nation Sports, a full-service sports management company, and has signed MLB All-Star Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees. Roc Nation Sports, led by Carter and Juan Perez, who serves as President, has partnered with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a leading entertainment and sports agency, to co-represent Cano.

“Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years,” said Carter.

A four-time MLB All-Star, Cano is a member of the Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship team, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. Since his Major League debut in May 2005, he leads all second basemen in hits, doubles, and RBIs and has more home runs than any second baseman in Yankees history. The son of former Major League player José Cano, he wears No. 24 to honor Jackie Robinson, after whom he is named and whose No. 42 is retired in baseball. In 2011, the Cano family established the RC24 Foundation to provide help and hope to sick and underprivileged children in New York City and the Dominican Republic.

“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field,” said Cano. “I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short- and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates.”

Cano will be represented on the field by a team of agents led by CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen. Since Opening Day 2011, CAA Sports’ baseball group has negotiated more than $1.1 billion in Major League contracts, including eight contracts with a guaranteed value of $50 million or more, of which four exceeds $100 million, more than any other agency.

“Jay Z and his team at Roc Nation have successfully orchestrated powerful brand and business-building opportunities for their clients,” said Michael Levine, Co-Head, CAA Sports. “We look forward to combining our wide-reaching resources on behalf of top athlete clients like Robinson Cano to help them accomplish their goals on and off the field.”

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The FORBES Five: Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists In 2013

Sean “Diddy” Combs rose to mainstream fame in the late 1990s rapping about his desire for Benjamins, otherwise known as $100 bills. A decade and a half later, he might need to consider some larger denominations—McKinleys, Clevelands and Madisons, perhaps—to express his wealth.

Diddy ranks No. 1 on this year’s Forbes Five, our list of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists, with an estimated net worth of $580 million. The bulk of the Bad Boy Records founder’s wealth comes from non-musical ventures, namely his deal with Diageo’s Ciroc. The agreement entitles him to eight-figure annual payouts and a nine-figure windfall if the brand is ever sold—and Ciroc’s value has never been higher.

“It is one of the fastest-growing brands within vodka,” says Jack Russo, an equity analyst at Edward Jones & Co. “Consumers are feeling a little bit better about their situation, and with that, they’re willing to spend more on premium products.”
The No. 2 spot goes to Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, with a net worth of $475 million. He’s still rolling in cash from megadeals like his $204 million Rocawear sale in 2007 and his $150 million pact with Live Nation the following year. He continues to hold stakes in Roc Nation, Carol’s Daughter, the Brooklyn Nets—and, more significantly, the Barclays Center itself—while adding new partnerships with the likes of Duracell, Budweiser and Bacardi’s D’ussé Cognac. (For more on his rise as a businessman, check out “Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office”).

Andre “Dr. Dre” Young ranks third with $350 million, thanks mostly to his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. A year after selling 51% of the company to handset maker HTC for $300 million in August 2011, Dre and his partners bought back half of the half they sold in 2012—and their investment continues to soar in value due to Beats’ whopping 65% market share of the premium ($99 and up) headphone market.
Bryan “Birdman” Williams owns the No. 4 spot, riding his Cash Money/Young Money empire to a fortune of $150 million. His roster includes Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne (the latter crossed the $100 million threshold for the first time this year, by our estimates, but remains just outside the top five). Birdman also recently launched a YMCMB clothing line and a spirit called GT Vodka.

“We have to build different brands,” he told FORBES last month. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Rounding out the list is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson at $125 million. He’s another master of brand building: The bulk of his fortune came from heavy sales of his music, merchandise, video games and books in the wake of his smash debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’—and particularly from his payout for the sale of his stake in VitaminWater parent Glacéau to Coca-Cola in 2007.

Now he’s trying to replicate that feat with companies like SMS Audio, his answer to Dr. Dre’s Beats, and SK Energy, which has its sights set on category leader 5-Hour Energy. When informed that his net worth would be estimated at a little over $100 million this year, 50 Cent said simply, “That’s cool.” After being asked to elaborate, though, he changed his tune slightly.

“Oh, you want me to tell you an exact number?” he said with a grin. “I’ve got way more.”
The Forbes Five: Methodology

If his new ventures continue to grow, 50 Cent’s number on this list should begin to reflect that belief as soon as next year.

As for Diddy, he may need to stick to Benjamins after all. According to a recent tally, there were only 165,372 $1,000 bills still in use—not even enough to cover one-third of Diddy’s fortune.

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Lil Wayne Announces ‘Americas Most Wanted’ Tour With T.I. & Future

We first heard about this tour last week but today the official announcement is made. Lil Wayne is set to embark on a new tour called ‘Americas Most Wanted’ presented by Mountain Dew. He will be brining along special guests T.I. and Future for the 40 date trek. It is set to kick off on July 9th at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Birmingham, AL. It will be followed byLil Wayne’s already announced 2013 European Tour with Mac Miller, which kicks off in October. I Am Not A Human Being II in stores tomorrow.

Check out the tour dates below.

7/09/13 – BIRMINGHAM, AL – OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATRE
7/10/13 – NASHVILLE, TN – BRIDGESTONE ARENA
7/12/13 – ATLANTA, GA – LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATRE
7/13/13 – TAMPA, FL – LIVE NATION AMPHITHEATRE
7/14/13 – WEST PALM BEACH, FL – CRUZAN AMPHITHEATRE
7/16/13 – PITTSBURGH, PA – FIRST NIAGRA PAVILION
7/17/13 – BALTIMORE, MD – 1ST MARINER ARENA
7/19/13 – WANTAGH, NY – JONES BEACH
7/20/13 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER
7/21/13 – SCRANTON, PA – TOYOTA PAVILION
7/23/13 – BANGOR, ME – BANGOR AMPHITHEATRE
7/24/13 – HOLMDEL, NJ – PNC BANK ARTS CENTER
7/26/13 – CHARLOTTE, NC – VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
7/27/13 – RALEIGH, NC – TIME WARNER PAVILION
7/28/13 – VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – FARM BUREAU LIVE
7/30/13 – BUFFALO, NY – DARIEN LAKE PAC
7/31/13 – HARTFORD, CT – COMCAST THEATRE
8/02/13 – WASHINGTON, DC – VERIZON CENTER
8/03/13 – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – SPAC
8/04/13 – BOSTON, MA – COMCAST THEATRE
8/06/13 – CINCINNATI, OH – RIVERBEND MUSIC PAVILION
8/07/13 – CLEVELAND, OH – KLIPSCH AMPHITHEATRE
8/09/13 – DETROIT, MI – JOE LOUIS ARENA
8/10/13 – CHICAGO, IL – FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE
8/11/13 – ST. LOUIS, MO – VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
8/13/13 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – KLIPSCH AMPHITHEATRE
8/14/13 – MEMPHIS, TN – FedEx FORUM
8/16/13 – DALLAS, TX – GEXA PAVILION
8/17/13 – AUSTIN, TX – AUSTIN 360 AMPHITHEATRE
8/18/13 – HOUSTON, TX – CWM PAVILION
8/20/13 – OMAHA, NE – QWEST CENTER
8/21/13 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CENTER
8/23/13 – DENVER, CO – FIDDLER’S GREEN
8/24/13 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM – ISLETA AMPHITHEATRE
8/25/13 – PHOENIX, AZ – DESERT SKY PAVILION
8/27/13 – SAN DIEGO, CA – SLEEP TRAIN ARENA
8/28/13 – SACRAMENTO, CA – SLEEP TRAIN ARENA
8/30/13 – OAKLAND, CA – SLEEP TRAIN ARENA
8/31/13 – LAS VEGAS, NV – ARENA
9/01/13 – IRVINE, CA – VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE

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Meek Mill – Tony Story Book Cover

Tony and Ty had big dreams of getting rich. Although they grew up like brothers, once money and envy entered the equation, greed took over and loyalty went out the door.

After a deadly shooting, the streets of Philly were in an uproar and the lives of many people revolved around revenge. Gold digger Kee capitalized on the built-up tension; but before she could really enjoy the fruits of her labor, she was thrust into the middle of a street war with the cost being her life.

Trust was not an option and revenge was the only thing anyone had in common. Paulie wanted revenge for his cousin; LB wanted revenge for his brother. They both had blood in their eyes and murder in mind; names were called while gunners lurked in the shadows. It became bigger than the almighty dollar and no one was safe. Philly won’t be the same after you’re a witness to Tony Story.

CHECK OUT THE BOOK HERE

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Too Short Arrested For DUI & Drug Possession

Early Wednesday morning, Too Short was arrested in Hollywood for DUI. TMZ reports that the rapper was pulled over for a traffic violation and appeared to be under the influence. When the cops tried to administer a breathalyzer test, Too Short took off and started running away, but was subdued right away. He was also booked for drug possession after illegal narcotics were found, which Too Short claims aren’t his. A rep for Too Short also says he ran away because of bad run-ins with law enforcement in the past. Too Short has been released since then.

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French Montana Sued By Waka Flocka Flame’s Mother Debra Antney

Bad Boy/MMG artist French Montana is being sued by his manager Debra Antney, who runs Atlanta-based management company Mizay Entertainment and is also Waka Flocka’s mother. According to TMZ, Debra is claiming that French signed several lucrative concert deals without her knowing and cut her out of her 20% management fee. She is currently seeking unspecified damages, totaling at least $50,000. French entered into an exclusive management contract with Debra back in 2010.

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