Once again, Sean Combs reigns supreme as Forbes wealthiest hip hop mogul with an estimated $580 million net worth.
“It is one of the fastest-growing brands within vodka,” says Jack Russo, an equity analyst atEdward Jones & Co. “Consumers are feeling a little bit better about their situation, and with that, they’re willing to spend more on premium products.”
2. Jay-Z – $475 million
3. Dr. Dre – $350 million
4. Birdman – $150 million
5. 50 Cent – $125 million
Yep, you read that right. Snoop Dogg—Snoop Lion if you want to get technical—was kicking it with Suge Knight in the club. Snoop posted a photo of him, the former Death Row Records HNIC and a couple of other guys, but doesn’t say exactly when or where the photo was taken. The “Deep Cover” rapper only included the caption, “N d club wit Suge miss those death row days!” As most Hip-Hop fans know, Suge (as well as Tupac) and Snoop had an infamous falling out with the Blood repping exec after the rapper left Death Row for No Limit. The only thing that could possibly be more head scratching than this photo is if Dr. Dre was in it himself, handing Suge a pair of new Beats By Dre headphones. While we’re on the topic of Snoop, he recently launched a video series called “Dime Of The Month.” The title makes it self-explanatory but just know it involves model chicks, bikinis, a random stripper pole and it’s a game show. Also, Don “Magic” Juan and Hits From The Street (the BET dude) are involved.
In a tribute show that consisted of more than 20 songs and lasted nearly two hours, Kool Keith reminisced with fans in honor of his fallen Hip Hop colleague. On his way to Columbus, Ohio’s Ace of Cups for his scheduled performance Keith was informed of Tim Dog’s death, something he didn’t believe when broken the news. “Tonight, I really thought it was a publicity stunt. It still hasn’t [sunk] in my system,” he said. “I don’t know. I still can’t believe this happened. Once I get with the group, we’ll all really feel it more.” While the show was at its peak and about five songs into his set, Keith interrupted the constant flow of classic tracks for the first time to tell the audience that Tim Dog had in fact passed and asked for a moment of silence for his fallen brother. “Can we just have a moment of silence in the name of Tim Dog, and after that we going to party in the name of Tim Dog?” Keith’s hype man Cito said during the interlude.
Hip Hop mourns its first loss of 2013, with the death of BX veteran rapper Timothy “Tim Dog” Blair today from a seizure following a long bout with diabetes. He was 46 years old. Tim is most noted for his “Fuck Compton” anthem towards Dr. Dre and N.W.A. during the height of the East Coast vs. West Coast rap beef. The song garnered several response tracks from DJ Quik, Compton’s Most Wanted, and Dr. Dre. He has appeared on projects with the likes of KRS-One and The Ultramagnetic MCs. Blair was briefly in the news again last year when he was caught in a sting operation by “Dateline NBC“, where he was set up for swindling single women out of thousands on an online dating scam. Tim Dog was present and active during a pivotal time and Hip Hop and unapolgetically made his mark. BigLonPromo would like to send our condolences to his family and friends. Rest In Peace.
Financial freedom is something we all want. And for 50 Cent’s new video, he frees himself of all material possessions. Says Fif:
This was inspired by 10years anniversary of GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN I wrote the song so everytime i hear it it reminds me of it. I wrote it the day before yesterday shot yesterday it took me longer to find the beat than to actually write it.
I didnt shoot the 3rd verse for you to focus on the lyrics. no GIRLS, no JEWELRY, RAW ENERGY , its just me check it out
While Alicia Keys was negotiating the terms of her role as BlackBerry’s global creative director, her husband Swizz Beatz was busy making his own moves in the tech world. News broke today that the producer has purchased a “co-ownership” stake in Monster and will join the company’s advisory board. After providing the audio guts of the Beats by Dre line, it looks as if Monster founder and CEO is looking for a new platinum producer to take the brand to new heights. “The products that we have planned are revolutionary in technology, sound, and style,” said Lee. “We need the talents and reach of Swizz to help bring these products to life in the eyes of the consumer.” For Swizzy, the move marks the latest in a string of business deals with companies like Lotus cars and Reebook. According to Monster, Swizz will “play an integral role in designing the company’s strategy and planning, expanding the Monster brand with partnerships across the globe.”
The One-Man-Band Man said of his new role with Monster:
“Monster has always been a go-to name for music electronics as well as a big part of music culture. Under the leadership of Noel Lee, who is a true genius, the company has literally been changing the way people listen to music for over 30 years. They built an empire, and my job will be to push the envelope – turn the lights of the castle up really bright and help Monster take its next big step forward. There will be some very exciting things happening in the year ahead, so stay tuned!”
Game has shown his appreciation for Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic and commemorated his debut album The Documentary‘s DVD by getting both images tattooed on his torso. Taking to Instagram, Chuck Taylor revealed his latest ink via three pictures. In the first, tattoo artist Kat Von D is shown working on his back, while the second is a picture of the DVD for his debut album The Documentary, touting a picture of his son sitting in front of a tire. The final flick is of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic LP art getting applied to his lower stomach. Game has recently been in the news for making a petition to reunite G-Unit, an action that 50 Cent later denounced and said would never result in a reunion. The Compton, California emcee also said that Dr. Dre will never release Detox, while the N.W.A. veteran praised his latest album Jesus Piece. Check the pictures below: