Clique reunions, past life rumors and label rants top the stories in this week's rap news rundown.
During an interview with Billboard earlier this week, 50 Cent hinted at a reunion with at least two of his former G-Unit comrades. Although he's open to the idea of recording with rappers Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, he did not entertain the possibility of reuniting with members Young Buck and Game. Also, 50 Cent confirmed that his upcoming album, which has suffered numerous delays, will hit shelves on Feb. 26.
In a Pitchfork documentary detailing the history of hip-hop in Compton, a man claiming to be Game's stepfather, Hodari Sababu, revealed that the rapper used to perform at an exotic male strip club. The California rapper denied the allegations on Twitter. He insisted that Sababu fabricated the story to hurt Game after Game refused to give him money. The rapper also pointed out that the two are not, and never were, technically related, since Sababu and his mother never married.
(Find out which rappers were fighting via Twitter last week on the rap news rundown.)
Chief Keef's probation hearing has been moved from Jan. 28 to Jan. 15. There is concern in the Chicago rapper's camp that the prosecution's willingness to move up the date indicates confidence in their case against him. The legal battle deals with an interview he did with Pitchfork at a gun firing range. In the interview video, the rapper appears to be holding a weapon, which is a violation of his probation.
In other news, Chief Keef's stepbrother, Ulysses "Chris" Gissendanner III, was gunned down on the south side of Chicago on Jan. 2. The rapper's attorney attempted to distance him from the violence by saying Chief Keef had "nothing to do with the kid" in recent years.
On Tuesday, Kid Cudi expressed discontent with the way his label has been promoting his music over Twitter. He pointed out the popularity of his songs on YouTube, citing "Just What I Am" and "King Wizard" as having had 4.3 million and 3.5 million views, respectively. And yet his songs are not in regular rotations on radio stations—unlike southern rapper Trinidad James, whose hit single has 4.1 million views on the video site and is heard everywhere. Kid Cudi ended the rant shortly after threatening that "if things don't change soon, there's gonna be some problems."
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