Former Bad Boy Records girl group Danity Kane is planning a reunion. The group was famously created by labelhead Sean “Diddy” Combs during the third season of MTV’s popular “Making the Band” reality series back in 2005. The group became an instant pop success, but disbanded in 2009, with Dawn Richard joining Diddy as a member of his Diddy-Dirty Money trio for 2010′s Last Train To Paris. The group wants to reunite, and TMZ reports that four of the founding members met with a new manager. D. Woods was not involved. And according to group members, Diddy won’t be involved, either.
Eight years later, Kanye West is still being chased by the gold diggers. This time however, it’s over a sample featured in his 2005 classic hit single “Gold Digger.” MTV News reports that West is being sued by the family of the late David Pryor – whose group Thunder & Lightning held an original clip Kanye West sampled from the group’s 1974 track “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.” Now the late artists’ children are coming to collect. Apparently, Pryor’s voice can be heard repeating “get down” for 13 seconds in the hook to “Gold Digger,” where Ye says “get down, girl, go ‘head get down.” Pryor’s children, Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor each own a quarter of “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” and are looking to receive “millions of dollars” for the copyright infringement. But that’s not all… Per AllHipHop.com, this RICO/Copyright Infringement suit allegedly arrives as part of a whole scheme that Kanye West and various labels – including Roc-a-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Island Def Jam, Caroline Distribution, Stones Throw Records, Bomb Hip-Hop Records, Autumn Games, and Activision – were a part of, taking Pryor’s unauthorized sample and using it on a “massive scale” for the past 15 years. While it seems a little crazy that a song clip would spark a whole copyright crime ring, fair is fair in the legal system. Is it worth millions of dollars though? And here we thought the biggest gold diggers Kanye West knew were Amber Rose and Kim Kardashian, allegedly. Go figure..
Thirteen years after dropping Life Story, Black Rob is readying a sequel to the project. In an interview with AllHipHop, the former Bad Boy Records artist discussed what fans can expect from Life Story 2, which spawned the hit single “Whoa!“ “It was a no brainer,” he explained. “If you know Black Rob you know what I was coming with when I was on Life Story 1, The Black Rob Report, Game Tested Streets Approved, I never lost what a rapper needed to take it over the top.” ”It was just my management and my labels that was crazy,” he added. Rob also discussed why he decided to move to the South. “I moved somewhere down south in a undisclosed location. I turn the radio on in New York, all I hear is 2 Chainz, T.I., Future…the list goes on. Why would I wanna be there, might as well come down here an enjoy the living and the music. This is the Mecca right now as far as music is concerned.” Watch the interview below:
French Montana has been hard at work with his debut album under Interscope Records, Excuse My French. While artists usually set high expectations for their albums, Frenchy doesn’t pull any punches with how he feels his record will be received by the public. “I feel like it’s going to be a classic,” French told Rap-Up while on the set for “Ocho Cinco.” “I feel like it’s going to be the best album to come out in a decade.” ”It just is, I heard everybody’s album. I’m a fan of everybody, but I don’t think anybody came out with an album like this,” French reiterated as the reporter asked him to clarify his prior statements. While Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rick Ross are co-executive producing the record through a joint venture from Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music, the “Pop That” rapper also enlists the help of Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd , Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and M.I.A. He is only waiting on a collaboration from Lana Del Ray.