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XXL Releases Their Freshman 2018 Cover

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XXL Mag has released their Freshman Class cover for 2018.

Some of the greatest rappers of the past 10 years have graced the cover from J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper to name a few.

The 2018 class includes including Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, Smokepurpp, Blocboy JB, YBN Nahmir, WifisFuneral, Ski Mask The Slump God, J.I.D. and Stefflon Don.

The actual issue for the Freshman Class will drop July 3. Then, all nine rappers will hit the stage at Terminal 5 in New York City on July 11 for the annual XXL Freshman Show.

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Rick Ross New Single Green Gucci Suit Featuring Future

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Rick Ross has premiered a new song tonight entitled “Green Gucci Suit,” which features Future. While there’s no confirmation yet, it is presumed that this record will appear on Rick Ross’ planned forthcoming album Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill, a sequel to his first album 2006’s Port of Miami, which was officially announced back in March.

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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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Dr. Dre Producing A Marvin Gaye Biopic

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Dr. Dre is ready to bring a Marvin Gaye biopic to the big screen.

The Hip Hop moguls, whose film credits include 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, on which he served as a producer and an inspiration for the film, is in the early stages of getting the project off the ground. And rights to use Gaye’s music have been secured, according to sources. Sony/ATV Music Publishing is home to Gaye’s songwriting credits.

There have been multiple attempts to give Gaye the biopic treatment. The soul singer behind such hits as “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing,” and “Let’s Get It On” became one of Motown’s most successful artists before he was fatally shot in 1984 at age 44 by his father following a family dispute in their Los Angeles home.

F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin, and actors including Jesse L. Martin and Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye’s story to the screen, but until now, none had been authorized by Gaye’s family.

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