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MTV is bringing back its iconic Hip Hop show “YO! MTV Raps”According to, the network is planning a reboot of the show, however the information is sketchy at this time. MTV also announced earlier this year they would be bringing back more of your favourite 90’s shows in the form of a new channel called “MTV Classic”.

The show, which ran from 1988 to ,was hugely successful and elevated many rappers careers.

“YO! MTV Raps” set the mould for other rap based shows including inspiring BET to start “Rap City” the following year.

No ideas or hints have been said on who will step up to the momentous task and present the new show. The original format saw various hosts including Fab 5 Freddie, Ed Lover and Dr. Dre.

With such a big name to uphold, should it just be left as a classic or is a reboot a good idea?

Dr. Dre's "Billionaire" Comments Could Complicate Apple's Purchase of Beats Electronics

Exclusive: HipHopDX spoke with Mergers & Acquisitions expert, Corey Davis about whether Dr. Dre broke confidentiality agreements between Beats Electronics and Apple by alluding to being “the first billionaire in Hip Hop.”

Dr. Dre was seen in a video released by Tyrese stating that he is “the first billionaire in Hip Hop” last night (May 8) during what appears to be a celebration of Apple’s rumored acquisition of Beats Electronics. While the Financial Times reported that Apple would acquire the company for $3.2 billion, neither electronics powerhouse has confirmed the transaction. Since the deal has yet to be announced officially, does Dr. Dre’s statement potentially jeopardize confidentiality agreements tied to the multibillion-dollar deal?

To shed light on whether Dr. Dre’s comment broke standard confidentiality agreements, HipHopDX asked White, Weld & Co Securities Managing Director, Corey Davis for his expert opinion.

Mr. Davis says that, “While there is a large amount of speculation in the media about a potential deal with Apple and Beats Electronics, there has yet to be any direct confirmation from the parties involved. I reviewed the video of Tyrese and Dr. Dre talking about the ‘first hip hop billionaire’ and changing the Forbes list. A viewer could infer from the media speculation that Dre is referring to his newly found wealth as a result of the rumored deal.

“The answer to your question regarding whether or not this ‘statement’ breaks any confidentiality clauses falls into a ‘grey’ area,” Davis says. He continues:

“There are ethics, there are morals and then there is the law. While I am not a lawyer, one could argue that he didn’t break any laws because (i) even without a deal, the company now has an implied value of $3.2 billion (or more); and (ii) neither Dre or Tyrese mention Apple. I am sure their lawyers aren’t pleased about the video given that it has been removed from Tyrese’s Facebook page.

“Finally, as a privately held company, any leaks of a deal will not cause the deal price to go up—with the exception that it might entice new bidders to come to the fore. However, if the bankers did their job, you would expect all of the likely buyers to have already been contacted. In fact, their lapse in judgment could have an unintended consequence that could cause the deal to collapse. If investors think a deal between Apple and Beats Electronics doesn’t make sense, they could sell Apple stock causing the share price to decline—sending a strong message to Apple management that they don’t approve. If the deal hasn’t been inked, it could cause management to rethink their decision.” 

Mr. Davis is a respected executive and strategic advisor with over 18 years of experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Davis has advised on over $14 billion of M&A and capital raising transactions for his clients. Prior to joining White, Weld & Co. Mr. Davis founded Barrington Capital Advisors, LLC, a research and advisory practice where he advised financial institutions, hedge funds and other small to medium sized businesses. Previously, he was a Vice President of both Business Development and Institutional Sales at The Receivables Exchange, a Bain Capital Ventures backed company. Prior to that, he was an investment banker in the Financial Institutions practice at Banc of America Securities, Credit Suisse First Boston (through its acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette) and J.P. Morgan Securities.

Dr. Dre To Introduce Beats Music In January 2014

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to launch Beats Music with the hopes of “helping people re-discover the magic in the experience of listening to music.”

Producer/entrepreneur Dr. Dre plans on taking Beats Electronics, which he founded alongside Jimmy Iovine, one step further next year with the introduction of Beats Music. According to, Beats Music will serve as a new addition to the music streaming market and will serve as a partnership between Dre and Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor.

As opposed to other music streaming services, Beats Music will seek to introduce users to new music by “helping people re-discover the magic in the experience of listening to music.”

Beats Music, which was previously known as Daisy, was first announced at the top of this year and will reportedly allow paying customers to stream up to 12 million songs.

“Right now, these things are all utilities. It’s give me your credit card, here’s 12 million songs, good luck,” said Jimmy Iovine in January. “We have an entire generation that was brought up on sound being inferior, and sound is the only conduit for emotion that we have. We’ve had ten very bad years in the audio industry. So we want the best possible quality, and it will have global scale. So it will be a balance of those things.”

Beats Music is expected to launch in January. Those interested in joining the music streaming service when it launches next year can pre-register at

In September of this year, Beats Electronics received a $500 million investment from the Carlyle Group while Beats Music reportedly received a $60 million investment in March from Access Industries and several private investors.

In addition to Dr. Dre’s work with Beats Electronics, which helped the producer secure a spot on Forbes’ Cash Kings 2013 list, both he and Iovine donated $70 million to the University of Southern California this year to help in the creation of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

You don’t have to listen to a rapper expound on their life’s philosophy for very long to hear that many consider hip-hop to be a “competitive sport.” If we consider that particular chestnut of conventional wisdom to be true then one of the ways you can measure who is winning “the game” is by going to the statistics. Who made the most amount of money? Who call sell out the biggest venue? Who can charge the most for a guest feature?

One of hip-hop’s consistent benchmarks for determining success is the platinum album. After all the work that goes into writing, recording, producing and promoting an album, going platinum is in many ways ultimate validation for an artist. It is nice to be validated by fans in the form of commercial sales.

While there are hundreds of artists who have released a platinum album over their career, there are the select few that have done it more than once. But who has the most platinum albums ever? XXL has compiled a list of  the rappers who have the most platinum albums ever in their career.


Jay Z

Number Of Platinum Albums: 15

  • Reasonable Doubt (1996)
  • In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)
  • Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life (1998)
  • Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)
  • The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)
  • The Blueprint (2001)
  • The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse (2002)
  • The Best of Both Worlds (with R. Kelly) (2002)
  • The Black Album (2003)
  • Unfinished Business (with R. Kelly) (2004)
  • Collision Course (with Linkin Park) (2004)
  • Kingdom Come (2006)
  • American Gangster (2007)
  • The Blueprint 3 (2009)
  • Watch the Throne (with Kanye West) (2011)
  • Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013


West Coast legend The D.O.C. responds to news that an article profiling him won a National Journalism Award.

“Ghost in the Machine,” an article about The D.O.C., has won the National Journalism Award for Best Personality Profile in 2013.

The article, which came out in the April 2013 Music Issue of Playboy Magazine, profiled the rapper and songwriter, responsible for penning some of the most influential rhymes to ever come out of the West Coast, including tracks from Eazy-E’s debut album Eazy-Duz-It, and Dr. Dre’s debut album The Chronic.

“Not only was the subject interesting and the great writing well-sourced, we learn how a tragic accident derails a promising career and transforms D.O.C into Rap’s most influential Ghostwriter,” said a Judge at the Nationalism Journalism Award.

Alex Pappademas, who wrote the article, spoke and the award. “I’d like to thank LA Press Club for their dedication to journalism and for this recognition my work,” he said. “I’d also like to thank The D.O.C., and his business partner John Huffman IV, for allowing me to follow them around and pry into D.O.C.’s life story and their innovative music business.”

Finally, The D.O.C. reacted to the news. “The blessing is my tribulations will help me, help the next me, not be me, but be meeeeeeeeeee!”

Other nominees for the Personality Profile of the year for a magazine or newspaper were: Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, “A Day With Norman Lear at 90”, and Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times, “The player:”

In the article, The D.O.C. spoke about the car accident that took his voice, and the resulting depression he faced. “The whole West Coast movement changed direction the night I had that accident,” he said.

“Once that shit happened I was just out of there,” he said. “I didn’t care about anything, but getting drunk. Getting high and trying to get away from that pain of not being able to do the one thing that I was good at.”

However, The D.O.C. carried on his influence in the game, helping craft new talent. “You can’t let go of the dream that easy man,” he said. “They all say you got such a story. You got such a story to tell and [it’s] so powerful and it’s so positive. And that’s where I’m at right now. Dallas, Fort Worth is where my heart is. I want to pluck the young, deserving people from this city and give them the benefit of those experiences and see if I can get some shine down here because they deserve it too.”

Foxy Brown Says "Ain't No Nigga" Made Jay Z

It was nearly two decades ago when Jay Z released his Foxy Brown-assisted single “Ain’t No Nigga,” and according to the Brooklyn rapstress, that particular Reasonable Doubt record is the song that made Jay Z.

Foxy shared her thoughts on the record during an interview with Shade 45’s DJ Superstar Jay and also spoke on her relationship with both Jay Z and his former rival, Nas. Foxy compared her relationship with the two emcees to that of a woman with a husband and a side jump-off, but refused to reveal which rapper fits each title.

“Jay knows that that’s the record that made him,” she said. “Serious, we all know that. And that’s a huge and iconic record for him, but he kept it going. He kept busting his guns…It’s so much the people don’t even know. It’s like having a husband and a side jump-off and they both know it about each other. You just have to finagle the whole situation.”

While working with Jay Z on “Ain’t No Nigga,” Foxy says she was only 16-years-old and was therefore juggling her high school career with the extensive hours she spent in the recording studio.

“And at the same time I was really 16 with brothers, I don’t have sisters, I have older brothers. My mom is a school teacher from Trinidad who was a stickler for education,” said Foxy. “So, I was [raised] in the studio. Putting 14 hours in the studio and going straight—jumping on the train to high school. Taking accelerated and [correspondence] courses to graduate early. Like, it was real.”

After being diagnosed with severe sensorineural hearing loss in 2005, Foxy was forced to stop touring and slow down somewhat on her music career. The rapper revealed that at the time of her diagnosis there were others who were more worried than she was.

Now that over eight years have passed since Foxy revealed the news of her hearing loss, she says she was surprised at the current state of Hip Hop upon returning to music.

“Everybody was so—they were more worried than I was,” she said. “I knew I was gonna pick that mic up again. But I didn’t know this time when I picked it up—I mean, it’s so much bullshit out here. Like, I’m just so no impressed. I’m not. If I see another Louboutin—I’m so like, ‘Come on. Y’all are killing me.’ It’s crazy.”

Earlier this year, both Foxy Brown and Lil Kim again found themselves in the spotlight due to their ongoing feud, when rumors of a reunion between the two rappers at this year’s Summer Jam festival began to circulate. During an appearance on MTV’s “Rap Fix Live,” Foxy clarified the rumors and revealed that she was approached by Fabolous about a reunion, but says the reunion wouldn’t have been “real.”

“It’s a touchy situation because I have a lot of respect for Fab,” said Foxy. “My brother and Fab are like brothers. And we’re all from Brooklyn. So, I don’t want to really go there, but let’s just say that it wasn’t orchestrated properly and when you have something of that magnitude. I understand. I have a brand. I’m an intelligent girl. I understand the epicness of those two huge—the biggest female rappers in the game, to change the game, come together and touch mics. It’s phenomenal. But somewhere along the way some part of that has to feel real. It has to be real.”