Rap News Rundown: Rick Ross, Soulja Boy, Macklemore, Tyga

Jeezy and Rick Ross end their feud, Macklemore apologizes, Soulja Boy reacts to his arrest, and Tyga loses another lawsuit in this week's Rap News Rundown.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Last week, a long-running feud ended, Macklemore had winner's remorse, Soulja Boy's camp reacted to his recent arrest, and Tyga lost another lawsuit.

Rick Ross & Jeezy End Feud, Record Song

Southern rappers Rick Ross and Jeezy have ended their beef. The conflict, which started in 2010 over Ross's hit single "B.M.F," spiraled out of control in 2012 when the two got into a brawl backstage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. But recently, the MMG rapper's manager, Lyor Cohen, got the two in a room together, and they were able to settle their disagreement.

The two even collaborated on a track on Ross's upcoming album, Mastermind, to be released March 4. Watch for the single "War Ready" to come out in the weeks leading up to the album's debut.

Macklemore Apologizes to Kendrick Lamar for Grammy Wins

The clash between rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys last week got everyone's attention. But by the end of the night, Macklemore had emerged as the clear winner, sweeping the awards and winning four Grammys, while Lamar walked away with none. Believing that Lamar should have won for Best Rap Album, Macklemore reached out to the Cali MC via text message.

"You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks they robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love," he wrote.

During an interview with XXL, Lamar applauded the group for their wins. "It's well deserved. [Macklemore] did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded."

Soulja Boy's Manager Responds to Rapper's Arrest

Following a routine traffic stop two weeks ago in Los Angeles, rapper Soulja Boy was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm. His manager, CEO Miami Mike, subsequently told TMZ that the teen rapper admitted only to owning the vehicle and that he was not aware there was a weapon in the car. Soulja claimed the search was illegal, saying the cops did not have probable cause; but the LAPD reported the weapon was in plain sight.

During a recent interview with DJ Whoo Kid, Soulja attributed the media coverage of the arrest to his celebrity. "It's just being young and successful. I feel like, if I was a regular person, it wouldn't get promoted in the media," he said.

Tyga Ordered to Pay for Jewelry

A lawsuit between Jason of Beverly Hills and rapper Tyga concluded last week. The judge sided with the famed jeweler and ordered the Young Money performer to fork over more than $200,000. The watch and chain cost $91,000 at the time Tyga was supposed to pay for them in 2012, but Jason requested a late fee, which more than doubled the price.

Tyga can now focus his attention on a lawsuit filed against him by a graphic artist Glennon Marrero, who claims that Tyga used some of his images, including designs of a pharaoh, in his clothing line, without compensating him. Marrero says he approached Tyga several times to negotiate payment, but was turned away. He even asserted that the rapper's tour manager advised him to pursue a legal course if he wanted to be paid.


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