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Joe Budden Says “Bad Times Ahead” in the Music Industry



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On last week’s episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, former rapper and podcast host Joe Budden voiced his concerns about the current state of Hip Hop, claiming that the genre is taking a troubling turn. Budden’s commentary delves into the industry’s dynamics, highlighting the absence of No. 1 records in 2023 and shedding light on the challenges faced by artists in navigating the complex music business landscape.

Budden kicked off his critique by pointing out the notable lack of No. 1 Hip Hop albums in 2023. According to him, the scarcity of chart-topping records last year raises questions about the industry’s health and the success of artists within it. The podcast host emphasized that only a select few, including Lil Uzi Vert with his album “Pink Tape,” managed to secure the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

“Last year, no No. 1 Hip Hop album for however long tells me that. The No. 1s that came tells me that. Travis, Uzi, Drake… There’s only seven. There’s seven rappers that they focus on. [For some, it’s] because y’all are truly talented and make people all the money in the world. [For others, it’s] because too many people have their hand in your pocket to let you fail,” Budden explained. “But everybody else, if you not getting it [through] touring or if you not getting it through other means, this music s**t is a wrap!”

Budden also expressed his belief that many musicians are financially strained, especially in comparison to the revenue generated by their work. He contended that the music industry’s landscape is deceiving, with artists being misled by contractual language and false promises of ownership. The “Pump It Up” rapper argued that recent layoffs within the industry are indicative of underlying issues that extend beyond the surface.

“I’m saying all of the musicians are broke, relatively — relative to what you bring in. My conversation is about what’s going on in the majors. They tricking y’all with the words in these contracts. They tricking y’all into thinking y’all are real partners. They tricking y’all with the, ‘Hey, you own your stuff.’ The recent layoffs tell me that.”

He concluded with, “I think it’s much worse than I can even sit here and say. Post that on your blogs. Joe Budden says, ‘Bad times ahead.’”


Moneybagg Yo Reveals Tracklist for New Album ‘SPEAK NOW’



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Following the release of his 2022 project Hard To Love, Moneybagg Yo prepares to release his eleventh studio album, SPEAK NOW, via CMG, N-Less Entertainment, and Interscope Records.

“To Every Action There’s A Reaction, Timing Is Everything And Information Is Power Im In Raw Form Aint No Cut On This Sh*t This For My Day 1 Core Fan Base The Ones Who Was There Since The Beginning !!” he wrote in an Instagram caption while announcing the album.

Dropping this Friday, June 14, the album features 17 tracks with contributions from Chris Brown, Lil Durk, Rob49, Morgan Wallen, YTB Fatt and Kevo Muney.

SPEAK NOW Tracklist:








DRUNK OFF U (feat. Chris Brown)

BUSSIN (feat. Rob49)


GANGSTAS RELATE (feat. Lil Durk)



ON DET (feat. YTB Fatt)

WHISKEY WHISKEY (feat. Morgan Wallen)


GO GHO$T (Interlude) (feat. Kevo Muney)

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The New 1017 Rapper Enchanting Passes Away; Coi Leray, Gucci Mane and More Respond to Her Passing



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After being placed on life support, 26-year-old rapper Enchanting has tragically passed away.

The Texas native signed with Gucci Mane’s The New 1017 label in 2020. She released her debut project, No Luv, in 2022, featuring the singles “Want Sum” and “Track & Field” with Kaliii. Her latest project, Luv Scarred / No Luv (Deluxe), was released in 2023.

A representative from her management team informed The Shade Room that Enchanting was struggling with withdrawals, saying, “She came to my house the last four days to get clean. She tried her best, and I did everything I could to help her. She tried.”

Coi Leray, Monaleo, and others confirmed her passing on social media.

“I’ll see you later, sister. Save me a spot, baby! I love you 4L and after,” Monaleo wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

“They pulled the plug, bro. This shit is so fucked up. I just knew you were gonna pull through, @luvenchanting. You’ll forever be Stop6 Princess and Kasino First Lady,” wrote Lil CJ Kasino on Instagram.

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Kendrick Lamar Announces ‘Ken & Friends’ Concert



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Kendrick Lamar has announced a one-day show titled ‘Ken & Friends,’ scheduled to occur at The Forum in Inglewood, California. This event is being presented by pgLang and Free Lunch, and is billed as “The Pop Out” show. The show is scheduled to take place on June 19th and will feature some special guests.

General ticket sales for the event will start this Friday at 10 a.m. PT on Ticketmaster. However, Cash App Card customers will have the opportunity to purchase tickets one day earlier, giving them first priority. The Pop Out show will be Kendrick Lamar’s first live performance since his recent back-and-forth with Drake, during which the two rappers exchanged diss tracks for two weeks straight.

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