Drake, J. Cole Among Rappers Featured in Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" List
Forbes released its annual "30 Under 30" list last week. The list includes an impressive group of young people making their mark in their respective fields. A few hip-hop artists earned spots in the music category, including J. Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Lewis and Wiz Khalifa.
Cole had a solid 2013, successfully avoiding the sophomore slump and raking in six figures at each tour stop. Lewis is riding the success of his breakout debut record with collaborator Macklemore. Lamar converted the hype surrounding his debut into an estimated $9 million paycheck. Wiz Khalifa returned to the list for the third consecutive year. Fans of the Pittsburgh native continued to purchase his music and merchandise and shell out money for concert tickets. And Drizzy brought in more than $30 million over the past two years, according to the website, due in part to his endorsements and tours.
Jeezy Arrested on Battery Charges
Jeezy turned himself in last week after Atlanta police filed a warrant for his arrest in connection with a September 2012 incident. He was booked and released on $45,000 bond shortly thereafter.
According to TMZ, the incident involved the southern rapper and his son. During an argument inside his Atlanta apartment, Jeezy allegedly threw his son into a glass shower door, punched him in the face and choked him. He is also accused for hurling various threats including, "If I could get away with it, I would kill you."
The rapper's attorneys released a statement denying the claims. It reads, "We have no doubt this matter will resolve itself appropriately. At this moment, Mr. Jenkins is thankful for the support of his fans and the respect for his family's privacy."
Is Chief Keef in Rehab?
Chief Keef's recent tweets about a female companion hogging all of his marijuana have caused many to question his progress in rehab and whether he is in fact in a facility. The embattled rapper had been ordered to complete a 90-day stint in rehab. If this was simply a case of reckless tweeting, Keef will be released on Feb 12.
In other news, the Chi-town rapper announced on Twitter the end of GBE and the creation of a new label called GloGang.
Chris Brown Rejects Plea Deal in DC Assault Case
Chris Brown and his attorneys have turned down a plea deal offered by prosecutors in his D.C. assault case. The deal would have reduced the charge against the singer and his bodyguard to one count of simple assault. But according to reports, lack of evidence in the case led to Brown's decision to reject the deal. The two sides will link up again on Feb. 20 to discuss another potential deal.
If convicted, Brown could be sentenced to up to 180 days in jail and fined up to $1,000. But the greater concern relates to the ramifications of the case on his probation case in California. His probation has already been revoked, but the judge has delayed a ruling pending the singer's release from rehab for anger management and the outcome of the D.C. case. Brown is next slated to appear in court in California on Feb 10.
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