It’s that time of the year again. Forbes comes through with their annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings List, which names the top 20 earners from the past calender year. While the top five names haven’t changed in recent years, it’s always good to observe newcomers to the list. Topping this year’s list is Dr. Dre, who earned $110 million, mainly due to his stake in phone company HTC which Beats By Dre bought 51% stake in. Diddy comes in a distant second with $45 million, while ‘The Throne’ of Jay-Z and Kanye West respectively earn $38 and $35 million. Lil’ Wayne rounds out the top five coming in with $27 million in earnings the past year. The new faces to make this list includes Mac Miller and Tech N9ne. With the success of their new albums (Mac’s historic debut), relentless touring, and merchandise, both appeared for the first time. Pharrell Williams is on the #17 with $7 million.
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By Danielle Harling. Rick Ross speaks on working with Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams, says Meek Mill’s career has inspired him. While speaking with V-103’s Greg Street, Miami rapper Rick Ross revealed that he’s hoping to take his next album “God Forgives, I Don’t” to another level with production from Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, and other producers. The rapper explained that with this album he’s really hoping to bring more options to the table for his fans. “I just wanted to go somewhere, just you know, to that next level,” Ross explained in a video by Quad Nation. “I got to work with some producers such as Dr. Dre. Other producers such as Pharrell…So it’s just been all about me just spending more time than I usually would just to make sure I get something that the people will really love and appreciate. And really just bring different types of records to the table.”
Later in the interview when asked what his biggest accomplishment has been so far at Maybach Music Group, Ross spoke on being inspired by Meek Mill’s career and how far he’s come in such a short period of time. “It ain’t just about the paper. It’s just about being in position,” said Ross. “Seeing Meek Mill come straight out the joint and now he riding big and that’s before his album even came out. It just let me know as an executive I can make those things happen. That’s what inspire me.” Despite delays God Forgives, I Don’t is still expected to be released sometime this year.
Rick Ross – Get Down feat. Pharrell (08′)
Pharrell has been in the studio with the legendary Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Breyon Prescott & Eric Hudson. They probably just hang out, or I could be wrong.. well I hope I am wrong cuz that woulda been a freaking epic studio session.
While Game’s ‘The R.E.D. Album’ was being considered a major thing itself, the attachment of Dr. Dre’s name to it, develops the potential of it turning into a headlining event. As if it wasn’t enough, the rapper out of Compton added Pharrell Williams to the production lineup and that explains why he is so excited in the buildup to his fourth studio album’s August 23 release.
In a quick word with MTV News on the shoot of his ‘Pot Of Gold’, Game said, “This album is the most incredible album of my career. First, I’m back with Dr. Dre, which is a bonus and dope for me. Second, executive-produced by Pharrell, co-executive-produced by myself and Mars.”
The rest of the production team is quite impressive as well, with names such as Hit-Boy, Lex Luger, Cool & Dre and Maestro. And to change the flavor a bit, Game also invited artists like pop singer Nelly Furtado, rap ace Lil’ Wayne and veteran Busta Rhymes for features on R.E.D. Game’s first album ‘The Documentary’ was powered by Dre, but after his public feud with Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment-signee 50 Cent, the legendary beatsmith and Game went their separate ways and no further musical collaborations took place between the two parties until now.
However, in 2009, pictures of Game, Dre and Snoop Dogg working in the studios surfaced on the internet, leading to speculation that the two parties may have reconciled their differences, which later turned out to be true. Dre on The R.E.D. Album looks like a sure thing, but there are still question marks on the Detox-star’s level of involvement. Will he be doing full verses or just the hook? All will be answered on August 23, when the new disc hit the stores.
Game and Robin Thicke ride together on yet another collaboration for the Compton rapper’s R.E.D. Album. Rick Ross has a song for your Maybach (and soon your Aston Martin), Lloyd Banks has one for all the Beamers, Benzes, and Bentleys, and now Game provides the soundtrack for those who prefer a different exotic whip. Blast this the next time you’re in your Phantom. Click Here to listen.
Compton Rap star Game is gearing up for his fourth major label, R.E.D. Now due on June 29, the Interscope/Aftermath/Star Trak release is executive produced by Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams. With two of the biggest music producers of all time working on the same album,
HipHopDX recently asked Game how he achieved a sonic balance between the N.W.A. alum and The Neptunes heatmaker. “It’s hard to say,” answered Game on how R.E.D. juggles Dre’s signature melodies with Skateboard P’s explosive percussion style. “With this album, number one, I want to let everybody know that I’ve been totally blessed by the Rap gods: Biggie [Smalls], 2Pac, [Jam Master Jay], Guru and whoever.”
The Black Wall Street Records founder elaborated on what exactly he meant, “They’ve made sure that this album is goin’ to be successful by putting me in the studio with Pharrell, who I hadn’t worked with, but wanted to work with every day in my life [leading up] to this album, and then reuniting me with [Dr.] Dre and the Aftermath camp – and then, to be able to create an album with those guys and [have them] both coexist without any problems, steppin’ on any toes and both liking what the other guy is doing and just the collaborative effort, it’s been real, real big to me. I think on the date when people get my album, it’s gonna make sense. It’s gonna make a lot of sense.” Dr. Dre and Pharrell have previously worked on the same album, such as Snoop Dogg’s The Blue Carpet Treatment and Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come, both released four years ago in 2006.
Game recently announced that he will end his feud with Jay-Z. He admitted that he, Pharrell, and Dr. Dre all thought that the beef with Jay wasn’t beneficial to his future. He has beefed with big names like 50 Cent and Jay-Z, but he revealed his only regret when it comes to beef has nothing to do with either. He told yahoo: “As far as Jay, he’s a good friend of Pharrell’s and he worked with Jay recently. I decided, along with [Dr.] Dre and Pharrell, that being at odds with him wasn’t beneficial to what we’re trying to do in the future, so later for that.”
Apparently doesn’t regret beefing with Jay-Z or have any regrets to anything he said during the feud. However, he did state that he regretted certain lines he let fly while involved in the beef. Surprisingly, the lines don’t revolve around Jay-Z but are targeting his wife Beyonce. “Maybe I stepped over the line because I listen to Beyonce’s music. My girl listens to Beyonce’s music. All girls do. So, when I did that, I got rained on by like, it was like a chick army at my next show. Plus, I didn’t really mean that much harm, man. It’s just Rap, man.”
According to hiphopdx.com, Antonio McLendon was almost a Star Trak Artist back in 2008. With a growing fan base behind him and his music, Connecticut R&B singer/song-writer Antonio McLendon has officially released the single “Rather Just Leave (acapella)” through TVA America, LLC. McLendon had gained a buzz a few years back as a former artist on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records, even being at the center of a bidding war between Dre and producer/rapper Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes. However, a stint in prison put a hold on his emerging career under Dre’s record label.
Before being incarcerated, Antonio McLendon had collaborated with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Game, and Smoke of Field Mob. Along with his new single, McLendon can be heard on the hook for Stat Quo’s “Ghetto U.S.A.,” the latest single off his debut album Statlanta. Similar to McLendon, Stat Quo had once been on Aftermath Records before leaving for business reasons.
Antonio Mclendon – I’d Rather Just Leave (Madir Wear)
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