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Rick Ross Loses Countersuit For Mastermind Name

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Rick Ross has been ordered to pay up for the use of the name Mastermind.

A court has reversed the 2015 ruling over a rapper’s suit against Rick Ross, Def Jam Records, and Universal Music Group over the name Mastermind, according to Bossip. The relatively unknown California rapper Mastermind, whose real name is Raul Caiz, had originally trademarked the name and used it for almost 20 years.

After Ross released his Mastermind album in 2014, Caiz issued a cease and desist to Ross as well as demanding $2 million in damages in 2015. Ross didn’t respond to the claim and headed out on his Mastermind tour. Then in February 2016, Ross went to court with a countersuit that ultimately ended in a win for Ross and had Caiz’s trademark nullified.

Caiz then appealed and last Friday (June 15), the original decision was overturned. The main point of contention was whether Ross had made it clear that using the word “mastermind” naturally included musicians. The panel of appellate judges decided that Ross’ team had failed to do so.

The is no word on how much Ross had to pay in the ruling.

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Machine Gun Kelly Drops New EP ‘Binge’

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Machine Gun Kelly follows up his 2017 album Bloom with Binge.

The new project features nine songs including the Shady diss, “Rap Devil,” MGK’s reply to Em’s shade on Kamikaze. Other titles include the new bangers “Livefastdieyoung” “GTS” and “Long Time Coming.”

In a new interview with The Breakfast Club, Kelly dismissed “Killshot” as “a leg shot. With ‘Rap Devil,’ we’re talking about facts while you want to talk about man buns? Answer the fucking facts

Listen to Machine Gun Kelly’s Binge EP.

Machine Gun Kelly’s Binge EP Tracklist

1. “Long Time Coming”
2. “Loco”
3. “GTS”
4. “Rap Devil”
5. “Nylon”
6. “Lately”
7. “Signs”
8. “Get the Broom”
9. “LiveFastDieYoung”

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Lupe Fiasco Released ‘DROGAS Wave’ A Week Early

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Lupe Fiasco’s seventh album DROGAS Wave is available for streaming.

The album is out a week before the original release date after the project was leaked. Lupe spoke about the moving the LP release on Wednesday.

“I don’t know how the album got out, but it did,” Lupe said about the early release. “It’s my label and I can do what I want with the music so I’m making it available to my fans now.”

DROGAS Wave, the follow-up to 2017’s DROGAS Light, is comprised of 24 tracks. The album will feature Damian Marley, Nikki Jean, Crystal Torres, Simon Sayz and Bishop Edgar Jackson. The LP will be available on all streaming platforms on September 28

“Drogas Wave is based on a story about a group of slaves that jumped off of a slave ship transporting them from Africa,” Lupe said about the project. “The slaves did not drown, and instead somehow managed to live under the sea. They spent the rest of their underwater existence sinking slave ships. ‘Drogas’ is the Spanish word for drugs. I made it an acronym which stands for ‘Don’t Ruin Us God Said.’”

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2 Chainz Drops Video For “Bigger Than You” Featuring Drake And Quavo

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2 Chainz returns to high school freshman year in “Bigger Than You.”

In the Nathan R. Smith-directed video, kids have been cast to play 2 Chainz, Quavo, Drake, and the song’s producer Murda Beatz. The rappers’ young doppelgängers wreak havoc in their school libraries and hallways, dancing, jumping on tables and roaming around the place with reckless abandon. There are also a number of kids that resemble artists such as Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj, presumably on purpose.

The track is from 2 Chainz his fifth studio album Rap or Go to the League for release later this year

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