by / April 25th, 2013 /

A Month In: Hip-Hop – April

Mary J Blige’s money troubles

It appears that the queen of hip hop soul, Mary J Blige really is just like the rest of us – she’s broke! According to news sources Stateside, despite selling 50 million records, Blige can’t pay her rent and has been slapped with an eviction notice. It doesn’t look likely that she’ll go home any time soon as she also owes the tax man a reported $900,000 and is said to have defaulted on a loan of $500,000. The ‘No More Drama’ singer is also involved in a lawsuit with Signature Bank over a $2.2 million loan. As Mary’s old friend Biggie Smalls once said, “The more money you have, the more problems you get”. In this case, it looks like he was right.

2001 Kanye demo goes online

Kanye West super fans will no doubt be frantically searching the internet for a full-length demo from 2001 that has recently surfaced online. The demo entitled The Prerequisite, contains early versions of tracks including ‘Jesus Walks’ and ‘Family Business’ as well as renamed version of his massive hit single ‘All Falls Down’. Many tracks from the demo were eventually included on West’s critically acclaimed debut album, The College Dropout. The Prerequisite is available to stream from DatPiff.

Eve prepares new album

The first lady of Ruff Ryders is back with her very long-awaited new album, Lip Lock. The album, which is due for release on 14th May, is her first studio album in 11 years and features collaborations with old friends including Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beats and Missy Elliot. The sound of the new project has been described as “urban grit mixed with bubble gum pop vibes”. Speaking about her new music, Eve recently said “It’s exciting to let people hear where I am musically, artistically, and as a woman.” You will recognize me from Ruff Ryders. Lyrically, I’m still that girl.”

Esoheol impresses with Styles P, Cam’ron collaboration

New music this month comes courtesy of emerging MC Esohel. With numerous releases in his discography, he has the opportunity to tour with the likes of Styles P of the Lox and Cam’ron. In his latest video, Esohel links up with Chicago’s very own Add-2 on ‘Silence Is Golden’, a socially conscientious track taken from their full length project On Purpose with a Purpose which is due for release this autumn.

T.I. ropes in Kendrick for trip down memory lane

T.I. presents us the first single and music video from upcoming record label compilation Hustle Gang: G.D.O.D. (Get Dough or Die), ‘Memories Back Then’ featuring Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B and Kris Stephens. The track was originally set to appear on Tip’s eighth studio album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head but didn’t make the cut due to sample clearance issues. Now it is reborn with a slightly different beat. The compilation mixtape will actually be serving as a prequel to a Hustle Gang album due for release later this year.