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Gucci Mane Reportedly Signs $10 Million Extension with Atlantic Records

Remember when Gucci Mane was plotting his return to independence in September?

Apparently, that plan was scrapped. 

According to the artist himself, Gucci has signed a $10 million extension with Atlantic Records, his label home for the past eight years. (Gucci initially signed a major label deal in 2009 with Warner Bros., who owns Atlantic Records.)

Without knowing the finer details the extension, it's likely Gucci's $10 million is an advance, which the ATL native will pay back to the label over the lifetime the deal through digital record sales, on-demand streaming revenue, touring and merchandising. 

Neither Gucci's management nor Atlantic Records immediately responded to requests for comment from DJBooth on the terms his extension. 

As Wednesday, November 8, Gucci is currently the 112th most popular artist in the world according to Kworb, a site that tracks on-demand streaming across Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube, and digital sales on iTunes. 

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Yung Lean is Proud He’s Turned Into More Than a “Viral Hit”

There's nothing wrong with authoring a viral hit record, but for many artists, despite the success that will typically follow—increased radio spins, on-demand streams, digital sales and licensing opportunities—the association carries with it a label that closely resembles that "one-hit wonder."

In 2013, 21-year-old Stockholm rapper Yung Lean first dashed across our radar with semi-viral hits "Ginseng Strip 2002" and "Kyoto," the latter having racked up nearly 30 million plays on YouTube over the past four years, but, according to the artist himself, the achievement becoming a viral sensation was never good enough.

“I guess I’m just proud that I kept on working, not becoming just a viral hit,” Lean told Dazed.

Lean's rise to internet fame was the direct result making rap music. However, it now appears he's just as comfortable distancing himself from the "viral hit" label as he is from hip-hop as a genre. “I’m still an outsider in the hip-hop community," he said. "I don’t even know if I’m making hip-hop anymore.”

Like Lean, Desiigner will likely never be able to recreate the success "Panda"; OG Maco, if given the chance, has zero interest in recreating the success "U Guessed It"; and Fetty Wap—who on the low has manufactured a catalog material that has earned him eight Platinum and two Gold certifications by the RIAA—would be hard-pressed to create a record as triumphant as "Trap Queen," but all them have worked tirelessly since their respective hits went viral, never resting on their laurels and working to prove they're more than "moment" artists.

On Friday, Lean will take another step toward longevity with the release his latest studio album, Stranger, the first since last year's Warlord and his third in total since 2014.

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Danny Brown Would Rather Listen to Podcasts Than Rap Music

Danny Brown listens to Kendrick Lamar, recently telling Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, "He's one my favorites, to me, he's the best," but when it comes to modern hip-hop acts, that's about it.

"I don't even listen to rap music anymore at this point," Brown says. "Like, an album come out I'll listen to it and I'll like it, but..."

But if Brown isn't steady listening to rap music, what is he listening to?

"Podcasts," he says, laughing. "It's the future."

Brown is far from the first notable rap artist to claim he doesn't listen to rap music. In 2008, Kanye hilariously told DJ Semtex, "I don't even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in," and in 2012, 2 Chainz told The FADER, "For me, on my f time, I never listen to rap." 

It's not entirely surprising to hear that some rappers don't listen to hip-hop—the more music an artist listens to in their own genre, the greater the likelihood that their future material will subconsciously be influenced by it—but it is somewhat discouraging considering the power veteran artists have in hip-hop to lift up and co-sign younger, fresh talent in their field. 

I'm fairly certain if Brown were to press play on recently-released rap albums by DMV MC IDK, Dreamville signee Lute or Rapsody, he might spend a little less time listening to podcasts.

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Westside Gunn Teases Collaboration With Ghostface Killah

It looks like Griselda Records and Wu-Tang Clan could be connecting next year. Westside Gunn has teased what looks like a collaboration with Ghostface Killah for 2018, which should thrill any Hip Hop head that loves fly-talking rappers.

“ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX!!!!! WSG X GHOSTFACE,” he wrote on Monday (November 6) Instagram. “I’m not gonna say nothing else but 2018 #FLYGOD #theALMIGHTY #GXFR #WU #JustDonGang #Culture #LEGEND.”

The combination seems like a match made in (rap) heaven since Westside has a similar style to Ghostface. It also continues to show how much respect the legends in the game have for the Griselda crew. Eminem signed Westside and Conway The Machine to Shady Records earlier this year and Flygod also linked up with elusive DOOM to form a duo, releasing two songs as WestsideDOOM.

Westside’s Ghostface announcement comes on the heels his Hitler Wears Hermes 5 mixtape’s release. Stream it below.

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Tyrese Reveals Will & Jada Pinkett Smith Sent Him $5M To Help With Legal Fees

Tyrese has some good friends. According to the singer, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith recently sent him $5 million to help with his ongoing legal fees.

Tyrese is currently embroiled in a court battle with his ex-wife over the custody their 10-year-old daughter, Shayla Gibson. Last week, the Fast & Furious actor revealed his current child support payments are exceeding $13,000 per month.

“My wife kept the news away from me cause I’ve been on with lawyers all day but our family and our sister Jada Pinkett Smith and my brother Will Smith just sent us 5 million dollars to help keep us afloat,” Tyrese wrote on Instagram.

However, the Smiths kind-hearted gesture did come with one request — that he stay f social media.

“You’ve guys asked me to get f and stay f the Internet now that my daughters legal fees will be paid ! will listen…..,” he added despite his continued posts on Instagram.

Tyrese has had a long-standing friendship with the Smiths. During a 2008 interview with blackfilm.com, Tyrese admitted it was Will’s influence that encouraged him to pursue a serious career as an actor.

“I’ve never taken the movie thing as serious like I have music until now,” he said at the time. “And I want to send all the love possible to my man Will Smith who played a huge role in me making some big, big changes in my life. Will took me under his wing and told me that ‘you’re that guy; you have what it takes to be the next guy. We’ve become friends and I’ve even been training with Will and his trainer and lost 46 pounds working out with them.”

Last week, the Los Angeles County Department Children and Family Services reportedly closed their investigation into allegations that Tyrese had struck his daughter.

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Algebra Teacher Remixes Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" For Students

Joliet, IL – Joliet, Illinois math teacher Cassie Crim is making algebra and geometry fun by turning its concepts into the tune Cardi B’s Hot 100-topping hit “Bodak Yellow.”

Spitting lyrics going about exponents, ratios and encouraging her students to do their reviews before taking a test, the rapping teacher’s song has gone viral since she uploaded the accompanying music video.

“I don’t want these kids to fail, I ain’t got no time to chill,” she raps.

In an interview with ABC 7 Chicago, the Joliet West High School teacher explains that rapping over the J. White beat is her way connecting her advanced algebra and geometry curriculum with her students.

“I was able to speak their language to break down some those barriers because I know a lot my students in math, they struggle and they hate it,” Crim said. “I literally had a student tell me the next day, ‘You know what Ms.? I don’t like math but you doing this video that just inspired me to work even harder.'”

Crim recruited a friend to produce the video after she penned the rap. It was originally posted to Facebook and has racked up over 61,000 views at the time publishing.

It’s not the first time a teacher has turned Cardi B’s breakout song into something students can get into. This summer, a teacher from Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School went viral after remixing the hit into her geography lesson plan.

Check out Mrs. Crim’s viral rapping math video below.

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Um..'s break-up was actually a Halloween hoax, announce new music is on its way – Dancing Astronaut

When the LA production team  — made up Ben Bruce and Dylan Gold — released a cryptic video titled “” on October 19, fans and skeptics took it as a break-up announcement and subsequently questioned why such a promising rising act would part ways so soon. As it turns out, ‘s new (and apparently last) release was all along a media stunt. The eccentric bass music duo has just announced over their socials that the whole thing was a Halloween trick.

The guys disclose in a rather bumbling Facebook video that they were simply participating in a round “trick or treat,” beginning with the trick breaking up. Their treat to fans is that new music is ficially out now. Um.. also alludes to their debut pay attention EP in the video, followed by an awkward joke session.

 

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Turkish police seize more than 2.55-million ecstasy pills

Turkish police have seized 2.55 million ecstasy pills in what is now the country’s largest drug confiscation to date.

Istanbul police received a tip that a large delivery drugs would be on its way from the Netherlands, leading ficials to trace the tip to a truck that was found to contain massive quantities a variety illegal substances, including opium gum, acid, heroin, and cocaine.

Five people have since been detained by police after authorities initiated a raid spanning the lorry and various Istanbul and Erdirne locations. The gargantuan bust has since been discovered to be the product “simultaneous operations” among various distributors.

 

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