Rap News Rundown: Drake, Rick Ross and Jay-Z

Get the latest news on the Drake-Chris Brown beef, Rick Ross date rape lyric fallout and Jay-Z Cuba trip on STACK.com.

Drake and Chris Brown

Drake opened up old wounds this past week, while Rick Ross's lyrics cost him a sponsorship deal and Jay-Z fought off critics up in arms over his Cuba trip.

Drake Talks Chris Brown Beef

Drake's war of words with fellow entertainer Chris Brown continues. During an interview with East Village Radio, the Young Money rapper claimed that Brown's "insecurities" were at the root of both their disagreement and Brown's inability to create hit records. He went on to say that fans shouldn't be waiting for the two to carry their beef to wax, because they aren't evenly matched.

"It's not me and Kendrick; it's not me and Hov. You're not gonna get anything out of it," he claimed. "I don't want to hear that man rap. No one wants to hear me rap against him. I really do this."

Reebok Drops Rick Ross; Rapper Apologizes

Caving to pressure from women's groups and outraged fans, Reebok has cut ties with rapper Rick Ross. A Reebok statement said that the MC failed to live up to the brand's high standards and called his lack of a response to criticism about his alleged date rape lyric alarming. "We are very disappointed [that Rick Ross] has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue," read the statement.

Shortly after Reebok dropped him, Ross released a statement and properly apologized. "Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets," said the MMG lyricist. Too bad he didn't issue this apology sooner.

Jay-Z Responds to Critics With "Open Letter"

Jay-Z's anniversary trip to Cuba with his wife Beyonce has caused quite a storm among politicians. The rapper took everyone to task on his latest song, "Open Letter," even implying that President Obama knew about his trip. "Politicians never did s*** for me/ Except lie to me, distort history/ Wanna give me jail time and a fine / Fine, let me commit a real crime," raps Jay on the record.

White House press secretary Jay Carney fielded questions about the song during a press conference. According to Carney, the President was not aware of the trip and had nothing to do with the rapper getting approval to visit Cuba through the Treasury department.

In other news, the Roc Nation leader debunked rumors that he was cutting ties with the Brooklyn Nets in favor of becoming a sports agent. It appears he will attempt to conquer both sides of the sports world.

Quick Hits

Elsewhere in the rap world:

  • Brick Squad affiliate Young Scooter was arrested for violating the terms of his parole after he was pulled over for driving on a suspended license.
  • Gucci Mane's bond was set at $75,000 in Fulton County, Georgia after being indicted on one count of aggravated assault. His legal troubles are far from over, as he has additional charges pending in another Georgia county.
  • A$AP Rocky upset women by suggesting that those with a darker complexion should avoid red lipstick.
  • Future-linked rapper Freeband Double D lost his life during an Atlanta highway shootout.

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