T.I. lost fans (and sponsors) when he went to prison a second time. So in the 13 months since his release, the hip-hop power player has been busy diversifying his business (books, TV, movies) and making the album of his life.
Kendrick Lamar, the 25-year-old Compton, Calif.-native, is one of the most celebrated upstart MCs to emerge in hip-hop over the past ten years. Co-signed by Dr. Dre, Snoop and the Game, Lamar has been hailed as the new West Coast king, but can his major label debut, "good kid, m.A.A.d city" out this week on TDE/Aftermath/Interscope possibly measure up?
Following the 12th annual BET Awards on Sunday, which was widely regarded as a resounding success, mobs descended on several Los Angeles clubs, including the sprawling Boulevard 3, where Interscope Records held its official after party and Cecconi's, where Warner Music Group had its post-awards bash, hosted by Atlantic's Michael Kyser and Warner Bros.' Todd Moscowitz.
On the eve of the 12th annual BET Awards, Cash Money Records Group threw a private cocktail party at Philippe Chow’s new Beverly Hills location to celebrate the label’s recent Billboard cover story with label co-CEOs Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams, as well as Universal Republic's Monte Lipman, Blueprint Group's Cortez Bryant, Busta Rhymes, Tyga, and more.