Beyoncé, Pharrell, Childish Gambino & More Featured On “The Lion King” Soundtrack

    Disney has unveiled the tracklist for its star-studded Lion King soundtrack. Beyoncé and Childish Gambino, who play Nala and Simba in the live action remake, have connected for a rendition of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” which was previously teased in the upcoming film’s trailer.

    The soundtrack features new recordings of nostalgic classics from the original 1994 animated version, which was written by Elton John and Tim Rice and composed by Hans Zimmer. Pharrell handles production on “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Mbube.”

    The film also includes a new song, “Never Too Late,” sung by Elton John and an African choir, as well as appearances by Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu and Billy Eichner as Timon.

    The Lion King remake will be out in theaters July 19. The soundtrack will be available to stream July 11.

    Check out the 19-song tracklist below, except for song No. 14, which has yet to be announced.

    1. “Circle of Life”/“Nants’ Ingonyama” – Lindiwe Mkhize & Lebo M
    2. “Life’s Not Fair” – Hans Zimmer
    3. “Rafiki’s Fireflies” – Hans Zimmer
    4. “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” – JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph & John Oliver
    5. “Elephant Graveyard” – Hans Zimmer
    6. “Be Prepared” (2019 Version) – Chiwetel Ejiofor
    7. “Stampede” – Hans Zimmer
    8. “Scar Takes The Throne” – Hans Zimmer
    9. “Hakuna Matata” – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary & Childish Gambino
    10. “Simba is Alive!” – Hans Zimmer
    11. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen
    12. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” – Beyoncé, Childish Gambino, Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen
    13. “Reflections of Mufasa” – Hans Zimmer
    14. TBA
    15. “Battle For Pride Rock” – Hans Zimmer
    16. “Remember” – Hans Zimmer
    17. “Never Too Late” – Elton John & Lebo M
    18. “He Lives In You” – Lebo M
    19. “Mbube” – Lebo M

    Source: Hip Hop Dx

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    Tupac Shakur Estate, Tom Petty Estate, Soundgarden & More Suing UMG Over 2008 Fire

    LOS ANGELES, CA – The bombshell New York Times Magazine article published last week about the devastating Universal Studios Hollywood fire 11 years ago has reportedly sparked a lawsuit.

    According to Rolling Stone, the Tupac Shakur Estate, Soundgarden, Tom Petty’s ex-wife Jane, Hole and Steve Earle have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a class against Universal Music Group. They are seeking damages related to the 2008 blaze.

    The suit accuses UMG of negligence, as well keeping the extent of the damage concealed from the artists affected by the fire while “simultaneously pursuing litigation and insurance claims to recoup losses.”

    The suit insists UMG accepted settlement proceeds and insurance claims valued at $150 million. Now, the class wants damages worth half that as well as any additional losses.

    Although the fire was covered extensively at the time it occurred, the sordid details weren’t revealed until the NYT ran its story. The article claims 500,000 song titles were destroyed, including master tapes and unreleased material from Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent, Louis Armstrong, The Roots, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Nirvana, and Janet Jackson.

    The suit argues all potential members of the class “have an expectation that under their recording agreements with UMG there will be a 50/50 sharing of revenues derived from” the use and release of their work. It also claims UMG “violated good faith and fair dealing in all those contracts by allegedly failing to take reasonable measures to preserve and maintain those recordings.”

    Furthermore, it states UMG issued a “systemic and fraudulent scheme of misrepresentation and misdirection” in the aftermath. It includes quotes UMG gave to media outlets such as “We only lost a small number of tapes and other material by obscure artists from the 1940s and Fifties.”

    In the wake of the damning NYT story, UMG denied the severity of the incident. But, UMG CEO Lucian Grainge fired off a letter to his employees earlier this week imploring them to be as “transparent” as possible.

    “We owe them answers,” he wrote in part. “I will ensure that the senior management of this company, starting with me, owns this.”

    While the suit doesn’t name any particular albums or songs that were destroyed, The Roots’ Black Thought told HipHopDX in an exclusive statement the master recordings of two classic Roots albums succumbed to the blaze — Do You Want More?!?!??! and Illadelph Halflife — and referred to the NYT article as “depressing.”

    “We had a couple classics destroyed in the fire as well,” Black Thought told DX. “In short, that was the most depressing article ever. Not ‘EVER,’ but it was pretty heavy. I remember when it went down.”

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    Missy Elliott Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame: “This Is Big For Hip Hop”

    NEW YORK, NY – Missy Elliott worked it and is now the first official female Hip Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The platinum-selling artist received the honor on Thursday (June 13) at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

    Queen Latifah was tasked with inducting Missy and spoke about their decades-long friendship, while former first lady Michelle Obama sent in a taped video that aired during the ceremony.

    “Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” Obama said. “Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard.”

    As Missy was giving her acceptance speech, she broke down in tears.

    “Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” she said. “I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers, ‘Do not give up.’ We all go through writer’s block.

    “Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don’t give up because I’m standing here. And this is big for Hip Hop, too.”

    Misdemeanor addressed her special evening on Instagram later that night.

    “Make sure yall SWIPE LEFT because last night my heart was full,” she captioned the post. “@Queenlatifah one of my besties your a Queen i love you & @lizzobeeating @sosobrat my sisters i Love yall & yall MERKED IT!!! Well @MichelleObama you are Everything I LOVE YOU! You are AMAZING & FIERCE most def give at da cookout electric sliding tease

    “I am humbly grateful for your kind words and to the committee of Songwriters Hall of Fame i Thank you all for voting for me i am SPEECHLESS 20 some years of writing for myself and others is worth it. Thankful to smell my flowers while i’m here and the other WONDERFUL songwriters who were inducted Congratulations.”

    Check out her posts below.

    [This article has been updated. The original article was published on January 12, 2019 and can be found below.]

    Missy Elliott will officially become the first female Hip Hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    CBS This Morning revealed the 2019 class of inductees on Saturday (January 12). Naturally, the “Supa Dupa Fly” mastermind celebrated the news on social media.

    “I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 “Song Writers Hall of Fame,” she wrote on Twitter.” also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING. I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also. I love you all #SHOF2019.”

    Other 2019 inductees include British singer Cat Stevens, country-folk icon John Prine, Tom T. Hall, Jack Tempchin and Dallas Austin who wrote radio hits for TLC, Monica, P!nk, Boyz II Men and Madonna.

    Misdemeanor is only the third rapper to be inducted. JAY-Z  was inducted in 2017 while Jermaine Dupri made his entrance last year. In addition to her own songs, Missy has also lent her songwriting talent to Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and the late Aaliyah.

    The 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

    Source: Hip Hop DX

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    Nick Cannon Lands New Hosting Gig At Power 106: “It’s A Dream Come True”

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Nick Cannon has accepted a position as a morning show host at Power 106 FM in Los Angeles. The move comes after J Cruz made his exit and landed at REAL 92.3 for an afternoon slot.

    In a recent interview with Variety, Cannon calls the job a “dream come true.”

    “One of my first jobs was interning at a radio station in Southern California (San Diego),” he said. “I’ve been coming to Power since 15, so to be here and now have my own morning show host is crazy. … I can’t wait to get out, connect with the people, do some events, really be in the city in a real way.”

    Cannon, who says his “Rolodex is what it is,” plans on bringing a laundry list of high profile guests on the show. He also says he doesn’t feel like he’s competing with Big Boy, who was the morning host until 2015.

    The current host of Wild ‘N Out also says he isn’t concerned about juggling all of his various endeavors. In fact, he’s used to it.

    “I’m not new to multitasking,” he explained. “Nothing else is going to lose focus or lose the drive I have for it. You’ll see a lot of stuff shifting, but this will add to everything I’ve done. It’s a great partnership to things like Wild ‘N Out and The Masked Singer — it all has to do with music and entertainment. It slides right in.”

    “Nick Cannon Mornings – Power 106 #1 for Hip Hop” will air daily from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST.

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    Black Moon Returns With 1st Video In 16 Years

    Titled “Creep Wit Me,” the track serves as the lead single from their upcoming fourth album, Rise of da Moon which is expected to arrive before Labor Day.

    The song’s title and chorus interpolates Snoop Dogg’s memorable opening lyric from the 1991 collaborative single “Deep Cover (187)” featuring Dr. Dre.

    The Brooklyn trio — Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee and 5 FT — dropped its last song and video “Stay Real” in 2003. It was taken from Total Eclipse, their third album and follow-up to 1999’s War Zone.

    In an interview with Complex, DJ Evil Dee confirmed Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man, Heltah Skeltah’s Rockness Monstah and Smif-N-Wessun will be featured on the new album.

    “It was so dope working with my crew on this album,” Evil Dee said. “Unlike a lot of albums today, we recorded the album together in the same studio. Mr. Walt and I came with our Beatminerz sound (heavy bass and drums) representing that boom bap. [Buckshot and 5 ft] came with the ill rhymes.

    “Mixing the album was so dope. We wanted to bring back it back to the ’90s with our analog, digital mixing process. Rise of da Moon represents Black Moon’s legacy to the fullest.”

    Last year, Black Moon celebrated the 25th anniversary of its classic 1993 debut album, Enta Da Stage. 

    Their label, Duck Down Music, dropped Smif-N-Wessun’s The All in January. It boasted production from 9th Wonder and The Soul Council.

    Check out the “Creep Wit Me” video above.

    Source: Hip Hop DX

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    Nas Is Dropping A Children’s Book Called “I Know I Can”

    Yes, Nas is already a world renowned MC, Grammy Award-nominated artist, actor and co-founder of Mass Appeal Records, but now we can add author to his list of accomplishments.

    On Thursday (June 13), the Queens-bred Hip Hop aficionado headed to Instagram where he announced he was releasing a children’s book called I Know I Can featuring illustrations from Michael Lukowski. He also revealed Mass Appeal was launching a new children’s brand, MAJR.

    “@MassAppeal launches @MAJR our kids brand,” he wrote in the caption. “My first book is on the way.”

    According to the MAJR website, the company is part of a series “empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.”

    Its mission statement reads: “Our mission is to inspire future generations through the creation of unique toys, apparel, and innovative learning tools. Major is here to reflect the diverse hues of both the modern family and popular culture, because education starts in the crib.”

    I Know I Can is a reference to Nas’ 2003 song “I Can” from his God’s Son album. No release date for the book has been announced.

    Source: HIp Hop DX

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    Police Say They Have Lil Durk Shooting A Man On Video

    ATLANTA, GA – An Atlanta police detective presented some potentially damaging evidence in Lil Durk’s attempted murder case.

    According to WSB-TV Atlanta, the Chicago-born rapper was in court on Friday (June 14) when the detective said they have video of Durk shooting a man near The Varsity while he was driving.

    Shortly before 2 p.m. local time, the judge found probable cause for Durk and his co-defendant to be charged with “possession and criminal intent to commit murder among other charges” as explained in a tweet from WSB-TV reporter Lori A. Wilson.


    Durk turned himself in on May 30 after wrapping up his most recent tour. In an exclusive interview with the news outlet, he proclaimed his innocence.

    “I have nothing to hide,” he said. “I have nothing to run from. We found out we had a warrant actually while on tour. Once I heard, I immediately came back.”

    The shooting took place in February at The Varsity restaurant in Atlanta where a 23-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

    A judge has denied bond.

    Shortly after a warrant was issued for Lil Durk’s arrest, the Chicago-bred rapper surrendered to Georgia authorities.

    According to a tweet from WSB-TV’s Michael Seiden, Durk turned himself in on Thursday (May 30) around 9 p.m. local time. His first court appearance was on Friday (May 31).


    Before Durk surrendered, he did an exclusive interview with WSB-TV and proclaimed his innocence.

    “I have nothing to hide,” he said. “I have nothing to run from. We found out we had a warrant actually while on tour. Once I heard, I immediately came back.”

    When blatantly asked if he shot the victim, Durk said, “Um, no.”

    Legal docs stated Durk has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault (shooting at), unlawful for person employed by/associated with criminal street gang to conduct/participate in criminal gang activity, possession of firearm during commission of a felony (vgcsa) and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

    The charges originate from a February 5 shooting at The Varsity restaurant in Atlanta where a 23-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

    Durk remains in Fulton County Jail after his bond was reportedly denied.

    [This article has been updated. The original version was published on May 30, 2019 and can be found below.]

    A warrant has reportedly been issued for Lil Durk’s arrest. TMZ reports the Atlanta Police Department says officers have obtained the warrant, but Durk isn’t in police custody — yet.

    The Interscope Records rapper shared a somewhat cryptic Instagram post on Wednesday (May 29), indicating he was turning himself into police. He didn’t provide any further details.

    According to WSB-TV Atlanta, officers responded to reports of a person shot around 5:45 a.m. local time on February 5 at The Varsity restaurant, where they discovered a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

    Officers recovered 13 shell casings from a rifle and pistol at the scene as well as a firearm. They believe at least 18 shots were fired.

    The 23-year-old shooting victim was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He survived.


    Police interviewed two witnesses who said the victim appeared to be in a verbal dispute with an unknown black male before the shooting. Officers have the surveillance footage and are looking for a dark-colored SUV seen leaving the area.

    Durk has yet to turn himself over to authorities. The investigation is ongoing and it’s unclear how the LilDurk2x creator is involved.

    Source: Hip Hop DX

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    Hip Hop Mourns Geto Boys Legend Bushwick Bill

    Richard Shaw — better known by his rap moniker Bushwick Bill — may have been born with dwarfism, but his presence was larger than life. Sadly, the Geto Boys MC passed away at a Houston hospital on Sunday (June 9), roughly four months after he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

    Alongside Scarface, Willie D and the late DJ Ready Red, the Kingston-born artist laid the foundation for the horrorcore genre with their dark lyrics and ominous tones.

    In the early ’90s, the Geto Boys were propelled to national recognition following the release of their 1991 album, We Can’t Be Stopped, which spawned the massive single,”Minds Playing Tricks On Me.” The track peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed at No. 1 on the U.S. Hot Rap Songs chart.

    The We Can’t Be Stopped cover art depicted a photo of Bushwick being rushed into surgery moments after he accidentally shot himself during an argument with his girlfriend. Unfortunately, the incident cost Bushwick his right eye.

    On the flip side, the graphic and controversial image equated to more album sales, and the project was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA in 1992.

    The 3-feet, 8-inch tall rapper released six solo albums during the course of his career and is considered a bona fide legend by countless fans and peers alike.

    Hip Hop came out in droves to mourn the loss of Bushwick. Check out the reactions below.

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    DJ Khaled Reportedly Suing Billboard Over Disqualified “Father Of Asahd” Merch Sales

    DJ Khaled is reportedly planning a massive lawsuit against Billboard for allegedly failing to count over 100,000 of Father Of Asahd sales.

    Page Six reports Khaled’s attorneys have issued a letter to Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s Senior Vice President of charts and data development, threatening to sue.

    A source close to Khaled said, “When Khaled’s team tried to appeal, Billboard refused to budge.” As a result, Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR debuted at No. 1, while Father Of Asahd took the No. 2 spot.

    The source point out Tyler’s bundle deal figures were included in his total sales, making the situation even more “unjust.”

    Last week, Khaled had a meeting with chairman and CEO of Epic Records Sylvia Rhone regarding the matter. The source explained, “Khaled was frustrated his label didn’t fight harder for his bundle sales to be included.”

    A Billboard source said the 100,000 units were disqualified but admitted an undisclosed number of his sales weren’t counted due to “strange anomalies in the data.” Their decision was actually based on chart rules following talks with Khaled’s management, Sony Records and Nielsen.

    In a recent article, Billboard announced was reviewing its bundle deal rules for 2020.

    According to Hypebeast, Chief Operating Officer at Roc Nation Desiree Perez called bundles “confusing and demeaning to the art.”

    She added, “We’re obviously not fans of bundling, nor should anyone who cares about artists making music. But our hands are being forced by Billboard’s desperate, last-ditch effort to keep streaming from eliminating what’s left of music downloads.”

    Meanwhile, Tyler continues to subtly throw shots at Khaled as he celebrates the success of IGOR, his first No. 1 album.


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    Lee Daniels Confirms Jussie Smollett Will NOT Be Returning To “Empire”

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – After Variety ran an article proclaiming Empire writers were preparing for Jussie Smollett’s return earlier this week, series co-creator Lee Daniels swiftly shut that rumor down.

    On Tuesday (June 4), Daniels responded to a post about the article on Twitter, confirming the disgraced actor wouldn’t resume his role as Jamal Lyon for Season 6. It’s the first time Daniels has stated that publicly.

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