Hip Hop Beats: Drake, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Will.i.am & More!
DRAKE SETTLES LAWSUIT AGAINST MUSIC PUBLISHER: Drake has settled his lawsuit against Hebrew Hustle, the music publisher he accused of using his name and face without seeking his permission. According to The Blast, the case stems from a 2014 case where the company sued Drizzy for sampling Jimmy Smith on his record, "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." The lawsuit ended in Drake’s favor, as the judge determined that the sample had been used fairly. Drake went on to countersue Hebrew Hustle for using his likeness to promote their business. His legal team wrote in documents previously obtained by Complex, "... The very name of Hebrew Hustle is offensive, as it perpetuates stereotypes regarding persons of Jewish heritage, such as Graham. Graham would have never licensed his name and image to Counterclaim Defendants, and is offended to have been falsely associated with them." The Blast confirmed on Monday (December 3rd) that the dispute had been settled. Hebrew Hustle agreed to "to compensate Graham on confidential financial settlement terms for the False Endorsement and Right of Publicity claims and also to the entry of this consent order." The agreement also prohibits Hebrew Hustle from using Drake’s name or image on their website. It is unclear how much Drizzy was paid, but the documents state that each party paid their own legal fees. TEKASHI 6IX9INE THREATENED WITH $500K LAWSUIT FOR SKIPPING SHOW: Tekashi 6ix9ine has been threatened with a $500,000 lawsuit after ditching a show, which was scheduled for Howard University’s Homecoming weekend. According to Complex, 6ix9ine decided to skip the show 35 minutes before doors opened at the venue in Washington, D.C., resulting in promoters refunding about $300,000 to over 3,000 people. The promoters are threatening legal action, claiming that they are owed $500,000 in damages after 6ix9ine failed to show for the concert. The promoters said they paid 6ix9ine $58,470 to play the show, so they are seeking what they paid him, the loss of ticket sales and the rental and marketing expenses. WILL.I.AM WEIGHS IN ON THE CURRENT STATE OF HIP-HOP: Will.i.am has described hip-hop as the "lowest hanging fruit." During an interview with Rolling Stone, Will explained why hip-hop is the most popular music genre at the moment. He said, "What’s the number-one sport on the planet? Soccer, because anyone can play it. The problem with hip-hop is everybody could do it. It doesn’t take much f**king skill right now to make hip-hop. It’s become the lowest-hanging fruit. It’s no longer about Rakim-level, Nas-level, not the deep, metaphorical simile sh*t. Out of respect for the Nases of the world, let’s not call it hip-hop. Let’s say that’s rap. But instrumental music is going to be the next biggest sh*t." He continued, "That’s the only way to prove intelligence or taste: demonstrating your artistry. Right now we’re competing human on human, and eventually we’ll be competing human on machine – the moment there’s a f**king AI mumble rapper laughs . . . it’s inevitable, bro!" TRAVIS SCOTT’S ‘ASTROWORLD’ RETURNS TO NO.1 ON BILLBOARD 200: Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD is back at the top spot on the Billboard 200 for a third nonconsecutive week. His record, "Sicko Mode" is also No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Scott tweeted about the feat and said, "#1 album and #1 single. God is good." Meanwhile, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s album, DUMMY BOY, debuted at the No. 2 spot. In other news, Scott has revealed that he is enrolling in college. He tweeted, "Im applying to Harvard in a couple days. And I really am excited. !" LIL XAN HAS ENTERED REHAB: Rapper Lil Xan has entered himself into rehab. According to Page Six, his girlfriend, Annie Smith, confirmed on Sunday (December 2nd), saying, "Diego was just admitted into his first treatment. He loves each and every one of you sending good wishes and prayers to him. We thank you all so very much for all of the love and support you are sending his way. He will be back soon with another top 10 album 💔💔💔we love you all xanarchy family !" She said in another post, "It’s a tricky thing since people are coming in and out of the facility so often that rooms end up getting switched around and dates can be pushed back. Please keep him in your prayers, he is doing his best right now to find peace with himself."