Brad “Scarface” Jordan put Southern hip-hop on the radar as a member of the Geto Boys, a pioneering solo rapper and a Def Jam executive, selling millions of albums. But in his brutally honest memoir Diary of a Madman (out April 21 on Dey Street), written with Benjamin Meadows Ingram, the 44-year-old digs into his dark side — shootouts, drugs, mental wards and repeated attempts on his own life.
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.