Rap News Rundown: Drake, Kanye West & Nick Cannon

This week's Rap News Rundown includes BET Award nominations, a Kanye West rant and release, and big news from Nick Cannon.

Last week, the BET Award nominations were revealed and a YMCMB star came out on top; Kanye released new material; and Nick Cannon announced his departure from radio. (If you think that's big news, check out what happened the week before.)

The BET Award nominations were announced at a press conference in L.A. last week.

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Last week, the BET Award nominations were revealed and a YMCMB star came out on top; Kanye released new material; and Nick Cannon announced his departure from radio. (If you think that's big news, check out what happened the week before.)

Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Pick Up BET Award Nominations

The BET Award nominations were announced at a press conference in L.A. last week.

Young Money rapper Drake led the pack with 12 nods, including five chances to grab the top prize, Video of the Year—two for his own songs, "Started from the Bottom" and "HYFR" with Lil Wayne, and three from his guest appearances on "No Lie," "Problems" and "Poetic Justice." But he'll face stiff competition from Rihanna ("Diamonds"), Miguel ("Adorn") and Kanye West ("Mercy").

Tied for second place were Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz, who each pulled in eight. Both will compete for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Collaboration and the Coca-Cola-sponsored Viewer's Choice Award. A$AP Rocky received five nods, R&B singer Miguel nabbed four and Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West grabbed three.

The BET Awards, to be held at the Nokia Theatre in L.A., will air on June 30. Thus far, only Chris Brown and R. Kelly have been announced as performers. Comedic actor Chris Tucker will serve as host.

Kanye West Rants; Releases New Song,"New Slave"

On Wednesday during a performance for the Adult Swim Upfront, Kanye West went on one of his signature rants. This time the outspoken rapper targeted paparazzi for their constant presence in his everyday life. "I ain't no ...celebrity," insisted West. "...I'm trying to make some music that inspires people to be the best they can be. I don't want nobody to ask nothing else of me." The paparazzi are an irritation for most celebrities; however, in West's case, its difficult to sympathize given that he dates a reality TV star, whose fame relies on persistent camera flicks to remain relevant.

In other news, the Chi-town rapper released a clip of his new song, "New Slaves," on Friday. A video of the song was projected on the walls of 66 buildings around North America, including a wall at Wrigley Field in his hometown. It's unclear whether the song will appear on his upcoming sixth album. Check out the song below.

Nick Cannon to Revitalize Wild 'n Out

Featuring Nick Cannon in STACK's Rap News Rundown may be a stretch. But whether we want to remember it or not, "Gigolo" happened. Cannon has stepped away from his nationally syndicated radio show and announced plans to pour all of his energy into his media company.

"I've made the difficult decision to step away from my own air duties in radio in order to have the time to dedicate to NCredible Entertainment and the various projects that I have on my plate in film, TV, retail and a new album," said the performer in a statement.

Among those plans is the revival of his popular MTV show, Wild n' Out. The sketch comedy and improv show will air on MTV2 starting July 9. Cannon will continue to host NBC's America's Got Talent, and he is also reportedly looking into bringing back Soul Train.


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