Last week: Eminem revealed the cover for his next LP, Gucci Mane apologized for his erratic behavior, Mack Maine turned himself in, and Game gave back to the community.
Eminem Reveals Cover Art for MMLP2
Eminem unveiled the cover for his upcoming album, the Marshall Mathers LP 2, after offering a first look to a lucky fan who answered a trivia question via Twitter. The cover photo is similar to the one featured on the first Marshall Mathers LP, which was released in 2000. Both covers show the Detroit rapper's childhood home. The original included Eminem sitting on the porch. The new album shows the house by itself in a state of decay, with an overgrown lawn and boarded-up windows.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be released Nov. 5. The MC is working with famed producers Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin on the project. The first single "Berzerk," released earlier this month, has already climbed into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10.
Gucci Mane Apologizes, Blames Downfall on Lean Addiction
Gucci returned to Twitter over the weekend to apologize for his recent rants, which turned several of his peers against him. "Woke up the other day out this hospital bed [and] I'm so embarrassed [and] ashamed of my behavior that was brought to my attention," wrote the Atlanta rapper.
"I'm Sorry! I've been drinking Lean for 10-plus years & I must admit it has destroyed me. I wanna be the first rapper to admit I'm addicted to Lean. I can barely remember all the things I've done & said," he continued. "However, there's no excuse. I'm currently incarcerated but I will be going to rehab because I need help. I wanna thank everyone that has stood by me during this difficult time."
Mack Maine Turns Himself in to Authorities, Charged with Assault
Mack Maine turned himself into Oklahoma City authorities on Sept. 20. He was officially charged with one felony count of aggravated assault and battery and one felony count of sexual battery in relation to the Aug. 22 incident involving two female fans aboard Lil Wayne's tour bus. According to MTV News, after a "walkthrough," the YMCMB rapper was released on $9,000 bond.
Court documents obtained by TMZ provide further detail. Maine invited the victims, Rachel Reed and Cailey Maddox, into the vehicle. "Rachel got upset, and when she and Cailey tried to leave the bus [Mack Maine] held the door shut. Once the door was opened, Cailey was walking down the steps but turned and looked back to call for Rachel and [Mack] punched her in the face, breaking her jaw and knocking her down," reads the document.
Game Teams with Other Rappers to Pay for Funerals
Game has teamed up with other rappers to help cover funeral costs for some less fortunate families. He donated $10,000 to the family of Tiana Ricks, a 6-year-old girl who was slain outside her home in Moreno Valley, Calif., earlier this month; and he got fellow rapper Snoop Dogg to make a contribution as well. Last week, after Anna Angel, an Ohio woman who lost her boyfriend and her five children in a house fire, Game linked with Drake to donate $20,000. The donations are a part of the Compton MC's Robin Hood Project.
"It's a hand-to-hand project. If I see someone who looks like they could use it and my heart tells me I should contribute to their struggles, I'll give them something. The direction comes from within," the rapper told People.
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