One of Chicago, Illinois emcee Chief Keef‘s biggest moments was when hometown hero Kanye West jumped on a remix to his 2012 single, ”I Don’t Like.” Now signed to Interscope Records with a currently Top 200 album,Finally Rich, Chief Keef claims he’s back in the studio with Kanye West. Yesterday (April 14), Keef, who has been out of incarceration for just over a month, tweeted that he was currently en route to Paris, France to record with West: Kanye is believed to be working on his sixth solo album in Europe. Yesterday, information surfaced that led fans to believe that Kanye has recorded two songs with French duo Daft Punk.
A year ago this month, Joie Manda was appointed Def Jam President. But today, he announced his resignation and new position as President of Urban Music at Interscope Records. No word as to his successor, but in statement he said the following.
“Despite having to move back to Los Angeles for personal reasons, I am truly grateful to Barry, John and Jimmy Iovine (Chairman & CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M) for this exciting new opportunity. I’ve learned a lot from Barry in the last year and am very appreciative of everything he has done for me. I am now looking forward to being part of the Interscope family, a company uniquely positioned for success despite this challenging marketplace.”
Soulja Boy has fallen victim to several vicious rumors about his financial status and being dropped from Interscope, all of which he cleared up in a recent interview with Complex.
When asked about the state of his finances, Soulja replied “I feel like it ain’t nobody’s business, but at the same time, I’m sitting on M’s. You got some rappers, that’s been rapping 10-plus years, they just now getting their first million.” He added, “My hustle is just so immaculate. If I go broke today, and I have zero dollars in the bank account today, I have so much work that I could go do, that I’m going to make it right back.” Soulja also talks about charging for tweets on his website, revealing that it was another part of his hustle and people were just mad they didn’t think of it first. ”I just feel like ni**as was mad that they didn’t think of that first. Because I made damn near $100,000 when I put that on my website.”
He continued “I felt like people got mad like “Damn, why ain’t I think of that first? Damn, I coulda did that.’ I didn’t look at it as “Soulja Boy going broke” or “Soulja Boy ain’t getting money.” It’s like, “Soulja Boy done thought of another way to flip this shit.” So they got mad. If they knew they could’ve made $100,000, or any kind of money, they would’ve done it too.” As for his relationship with Interscope, Soulja revealed that the label is just “waiting for me to come up with something crazy,” and he’s produced songs on Lil Wayne’s upcoming “I am Not a Human Being 2.” While he’s not listed as an artist on Interscope any longer, Soulja says that’s just because his contract was up, and he’s got the option of resigning with them or another label. ”So it’s like, right now, I got the option to go back and re-do my contract and re-do my budget, and re-do all that. Or I could just go with any other label. I got options right now.”
Christopher Dorner has found a fan in Ab-Soul. Dorner, wanted for killing three people, has been seeking revenge on the Los Angeles Police Department, with no one aware of what his next move will be. The former officer began his killing spree on Super Bowl Sunday, shooting the daughter of a retired police captain, and her fiancé. A day later he took on a few cops, one of which was killed. Going on the run last week, Dorner posted a manifesto unveiling shady practices and racism on the force, words which moved Ab to show his support.
As the manhunt continued as far north as the San Bernardino Mountains, late Thursday, Interscope Records rapper Ab-Soul posted a photo defending the fugitive on his Instagram page, quoting Dorner’s 11,400-word manifesto, in which he outlines plans to kill law enforcement officers and their family members.
“This was a necessary evil,” Ab-Soul posted, quoting Dorner’s manifesto, and adding his own comment: “God Bless You Sir.”
So far, the post has received more than 3,200 likes and 500 comments, many supporting the statements.
One commenter calling themselves Popsapien referred to Dorner as “The BLACK RAMBO” and another, Gnodiaz replied: “Everyone else [is] misinformed idiots. He killed officers as a statement because the system he worked in was corrupt and they discharged him [from] attempting to reveal how corrupt it was.”
Ab-Soul and his manager did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Police in California have launched a massive manhunt for Dorner. After releasing his license plate number to the media, Dorner ditched the vehicle by setting it on fire. He remains at large.
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.
In a move that surprised almost nobody, Vado has confirmed that he is signing to DJ Khaled‘s We The Best Music Group. The Harlem rapper who was previously signed to Interscope Records confirmed to This Is 50, the same website that put footage of Khaled’s mother on the internet, that he will be joining We The Best. He will be joining such acts as Ace Hood and Mavado. “It’s going down man it’s about to be on and crazy,” Vado told Jack Thriller in a sit down. “Everybody got the word in and [Khaled] reached out ASAP. So of course, you know we got the same vision and that’s to take over and go straight to the top and stay there. And he want to get me there, and I’m gonna let him.” While rumors circulated that Drake’s newly launched OVO Records and T.I.’s Grand Hustle all reached out in attempts to sign Vado, it looks like Khaled had the inside track to the rapper during the entire courting process. Call us suckers, but it might seem that Vado had signed to Khaled all along and the rumors of a bidding war might have been drummed up to cause a buzz, but nobody would make that up, would they? Of course not.