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RZA Wanted To Buy Back Once Upon A Time In Shaolin

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Martin Shkreli, known for raising the prices on AIDs medication by 5,000% purchased the only version of the album for 2 million dollars. Now a judge has ordered Shkreli to serve seven years in prison and to sell Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. One potential buyer is one is RZA, who sold the album to Shkreli.

Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, produced by Wu affiliate Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh and championed by group ringleader Robert “RZA” Diggs, had been produced in Morocco with new verses from the group’s original members and was sitting in a safe, awaiting purchase.

Shkreli had listed the album for sale on eBay and RZA tried to pounce on the opportunity, the rapper told Rolling Stone. “The first thing I did was call my lawyer, and I was like, ‘Yo, let’s go,’” RZA said.

However, he was unable to pull the trigger due to contracts that were signed during the initial sale.

“They said, ‘All right, check with your contract.’ And it’s no, you can’t do it. Ain’t that a bitch?” he said of the conversation had with his lawyers about buying the record.

What will come of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is still an unknown. Earlier this month, Department of Justice ordered Shkreli, who was recently sentenced to seven years in prison, to forfeit the album to the United States government.

“I definitely read every article about it,” RZA, who will be live-scoring the movie The 36th Chamber of Shaolinon tour this spring, tells Rolling Stone. “It’s kind of crazy. The record has become an entity, very different from a lot of albums. It’s like the Mona Lisa. It’s got its own folklore, and that’s what me and [co-producer] Cilvaringz wanted.”

Shkreli, who rose to infamy for raising the price of a drug that could help people with HIV and AIDS by a factor of 56 times, is serving seven years in jail for securities fraud.

Shkreli’s lawyers are currently appealing the forfeiture order.

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Drake Reaches Over 10 Billion Streams

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Drake has owned the summer with the release of Scorpion.

According to an Instagram photo posted by Apple Music last week, Drizzy is the first artist ever to reach 10 billion streams on Apple.

“A new era,” the caption read. “10 billion streams on Apple Music. Congratulations, @champagnepapi. #drake.”

Drake is having an incredible few weeks. Since releasing Scorpion last month, the singles “Nice For What” and “In My Feelings” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the album itself debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, where it’s remained for past two weeks.

The 25-track project also broke the single-day streaming record on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as the one-week streaming record.

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6ix9ine Hospitalized After Robbery

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6ix9ine was reportedly hospitalized early Sunday morning (July 24) after three hooded gunmen attacked and robbed him shortly following the wrap of a music video shoot in Brooklyn — but the rapper provided authorities with a different version of the scuffle.

TMZ initially reported that 6ix9ine was pursued in front of his home before assailants pistol-whipped him and knocked him unconscious. He supposedly came to in the backseat of their car, where they threatened him before returning to his home to rob him of $750,000 of jewelry, along with $15,000-$20,000 in cash.

When the robbers fled the scene with 6ix9ine still in the backseat of their car, he escaped by opening the door of the vehicle and jumping out. After seeking the help of a stranger, who called 911, an ambulance arrived and took 6ix9ine to the hospital, where he’s currently being treated.

The Associated Press confirmed with the New York Police Department that 6ix9ine claimed he was forced from the car he was riding in around 4:30 a.m. The men who did so then had him call someone to bring personal property to the scene, where they took an “undisclosed amount of jewelry” from 6ix9ine and left.

The AP adds that 6ix9ine became “uncooperative” with authorities once he filed his report; furthermore, there’s no mention of the rapper seeking medical attention or being treated for any injuries following the event.

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Chance The Rapper Releases Four New Songs

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Early reports had Chance The Rapper releasing a new album. Instead, the Chicago native released for standalone songs.

Those four new songs — “I Might Need Security,” “Wala Cam,” “Work Out,” and “65th & Ingleside” — haven’t been packaged as an EP or anything.

There aren’t any guest features on the new tracks. In fact, the only guests are Chicago rapper/producer Supa Bwe and the unknown-to-me Forever Band (presumably not the Kiss tribute band), both of whom appear on “Supa Cam.” Chance’s regular collaborator Francis & The Lights adds backing vocals to “Work Out,” and Jamie Foxx gets a co-production credit on “I Might Need Security”.

 

On “I Might Need Security”, Chance confirms that he bought the newspaper outlet the Chicagoist.

“I bought the Chicagoist just to run you racist bitches outta business,” Chance raps on “I Might Need Security.”

Chance also released a statement on the move.

“I’m extremely excited to be continuing the work of the Chicagoist, an integral local platform for Chicago news, events and entertainment,” Chance said, according to Gothamist. “WNYC’s commitment to finding homes for the -ist brands, including Chicagoist, was an essential part of continuing the legacy and integrity of the site. I look forward to re-launching it and bringing the people of

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