Lil Pump Diss, Joe Gets Honest About Jeezy, Meek Mill Denied Bail | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of daily news topics, including Meek Mill getting denied bail, Joyner Lucas’ new Lil Pump diss, Jimmy Iovine’s comments on streaming services getting money, and much more. The episode also featured Joe getting very honest about Jeezy and his next album. 

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Everything We Learned From ‘The Defiant Ones’

Here’s what we learned about Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, and more legendary musical figures in ‘The Defiant Ones.’

Interscope Records Founder Jimmy Iovine Reveals The 1 Thing That Made Him a Success

This week, the premiere episode of Complex's new series Blueprint was released, with legendary music executive Jimmy Iovine sitting down with Complex Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever to journey through Iovine's legacy, which includes everything from starting Interscope Records to Beats By Dre to his obsession with streaming music. 

In this clip from the full interview, Callahan-Bever wonders if there's one thing that's propelled all of Iovine's successes, and Iovine breaks it down beautifully. “Turning fear into a tail wind instead of a head wind,” Iovine says. “Fear is as powerful as the force, and if you can harness it, what an asset.”

“When I feel fear,” Iovine concludes, “I train myself to move forward.”

Check out Iovine's full interview via Complex, and make sure to tune into The Defiant Ones on HBO. The four-part documentary event chronicles Iovine and Dr. Dre's unlikely partnership. The series runs through Wednesday on HBO at 9 p.m., or you can watch all episodes on-demand on HBO GO and HBO NOW.

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Jimmy Iovine Talks Founding Interscope Records, Apple Music, and Selling Beats By Dre | Blueprint

In the premiere episode of Complex's new series Blueprint, legendary music executive Jimmy Iovine sits down with Complex Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever to break down his legacy, which includes founding Interscope Records, working with artists like 2Pac and Marilyn Manson, the motivation behind Beats By Dre, and being obsessed with streaming music.

Check out Iovine's full interview above, and make sure to tune into The Defiant Ones on HBO. The four-part documentary event chroncles Iovine and Dr. Dre's unlikely partnership. The series runs through Wednesday on HBO at 9 p.m., or you can watch all episodes on-demand on HBO GO and HBO NOW.

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Is Drake Really Over His Beef with Puff Daddy?

Is Drake really putting his long-standing, on-and-off beef with Diddy behind him? On Sunday, Drizzy promoted Puff's recently released doc, Can't Stop, Won't Stop, on Instagram while reminiscing about the time was rocking his ski goggles to the side while watching from the third row at the No Way Out Tour in Toronto.

Based on fan reaction, it seems like Drake and Puffy are officially cool now, supporting previously reported stories that they’ve become friends. Back in 2015, both guys decided to make amends over the phone following a physical altercation outside of Miami's club Liv. Last year, Puff showed his support at Drake and Future's Summer Sixteen tour in North Carolina, and even accepted his VMA award for Best Hip-Hop Video (“Hotline Bling”) on his behalf.

But you could also see it as an obligatory promotional post, as per Drake’s Apple Music partnership, to get the word out that you can purchase the documentary on iTunes now.

In addition, Drizzy's comments during his acceptance speech at the Billboard Awards after winning the award for Top Billboard 200 Album for Views seem to suggest that the rapper is trying to get past all of his previous beefs. “We're all here on Earth for a limited amount of time,” he explained. “We gotta show love while we're here.”

Drake and Puffy have an interesting relationship that dates back to their Club Liv incident and accusations of stealing the “0-100” beat. As long as they can keep the peace, they can move on to what’s important: making music.

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Eminem’s Ninth Studio Album is Reportedly on The Way

The ever-reclusive (and now bearded) Eminem has been making the rounds lately. The man formally known as Marshall Mathers has popped up on Instagram with 2 Chainz, and he can also be seen in a new viral video wishing 50 Cent a happy birthday. Does any of this mean new music is on the way?

In advance of the Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s HBO documentary, The Defiant Ones (which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO), director Allen Hughes revealed some information about what would potentially be Eminem’s ninth studio album.

“Dre still records,” Hughes told Uproxx. “People don’t know this: Dre records every day. Literally, he’s in there recording songs every day. He’s like Picasso in that way. He’s always painting. Right now he’s producing, in the 11th hour, a track for Eminem’s latest album. So Dre’s still real active in music, you know? But I hear what you’re saying. It’s the truth.”

It’s important to note that no one from Em’s camp or Aftermath/Interscope has mentioned anything about an upcoming album. So this news from Hughes—whose previous credits include Menace II Society and From Hell—are the first mention of a potential Eminem album under some type of deadline requiring additional touches from Dr. Dre “in the 11th hour.”

Hughes is a more than credible source, since he likely logged extensive time with Dr. Dre and Iovine for The Defiant Ones. And his observation that Dre still records every day matches similar statements from Bishop Lamont, Stat Quo and others.

Aside from gracing Big Sean with a feature “No Favors” earlier this year, things have been quiet for Eminem on the music front. Last October, Eminem surprisingly released the seven-minute track “Campaign Speech,” but fans haven’t seen a full-length studio album since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

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Lil Yachty’s Confusion Over His Record Deal Recalls Rap’s Bad Old Days

After three weeks of going at each other’s necks on Complex’s “Everyday Struggle,” DJ Akademiks and Joe Budden invited Lil Yachty as the morning show’s highly anticipated first guest on Tuesday. Budden has been critical of the Atlanta rapper on past episodes—he’s questioned his credibility and labeled him a rap troll—making their long-awaited face-off impassioned, if not productive. But the heated convo came to a record-screeching halt once the topic of recording contracts came up.

Joe asked Yachty whether he’d signed a 360 deal—an agreement that entitles a record label to portions of an artist’s every revenue stream—and, to paraphrase the great Doughboy, it seemed as if the Quality Control/Capitol artist don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about the terms of his contract. A perplexed Lil Boat said he’s “heard about” 360 deals, but doesn’t know if he agreed to one. “I know I have an amazing deal,” he said, pointing out that he recouped a signing advance of more than $1 million. “I have an amazing attorney.”

The interaction got a bit awkward, especially after Yachty had been boasting about how his business game is sharper than that of his musical peers. But his unfamiliarity isn’t without precedent. (In fact, a 2016 Fader profile of Yachty raised questions about who controlled his publishing rights; however, Yachty tweeted earlier today that he does own his publishing.) There’s a long history of hip-hop artists who haven’t been well versed in the deals that determine how their money pie is sliced—situations that notoriously play out in favor of the label.

Perhaps the most notable example is N.W.A. The World’s Most Dangerous Group began its dissolution when Ice Cube departed in 1989 due to a dispute with manager Jerry Heller over royalty payments that he deemed unreasonable (they settled out of court). Dr. Dre, who co-founded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E, left the group in 1992, feeling he wasn’t being fairly compensated for his music and that he should’ve receive additional profits for his role as a label head. “[Eazy] took advantage of me not knowing the record business back in the day,” Dre said in Ben Westhoff’s 2016 book Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap, suggesting that Eazy and Heller were in cahoots.

In 1985, Salt-N-Pepa—on the verge of becoming one of hip-hop’s marquee acts—signed a contract with Next Plateau Records that granted their manager Herby Luv Bug half of a $5 million check for production costs, while the group’s three members split the remainder. Herby was initially receiving 100 percent of the group’s royalties until they renegotiated years later. A decade later, TLC infamously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy—just after the release of 1994’s diamond-certified classic CrazySexyCool—due to a shitty 360 deal they signed with LaFace Records and the production/management company Pebbitone. New York Times broke down the specifics in a 1996 article:

TLC's contract with Pebbitone gives the group 7 percent of the revenues from the sale of the first 500,000 copies of the debut and second albums. That increases to 8 percent on sales over a million copies—a “platinum” seller. Even if the group stays hot long enough to justify an eighth album—a rarity in the genre—the members' percentage increases to just 9.5 percent on sales of more than a million copies. The royalty range in the industry varies from TLC's rate at the low end to up to 13 percent at the high end.

To be fair, it’s unclear whether Yachty is locked into an unfavorable contract. But it was alarming to witness the extent to which he seems uninformed about the particulars, especially given all of the historical hazard signs. Q-Tip told us “record company people are shady” on ATCQ’s “Check the Rhime” way back in 1991. The Lox’s We Are The Streets (2000) and Jadakiss’ Kiss Tha Game Goodbye (2001) both parody the reportedly unscrupulous contracts they signed with Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Records, explicitly warning: “No matter how hard you try, after you sign, you cannot escape the rape.” Macklemore is woke, too. “Rather be a starving artist than succeed at getting fucked,” he rhymes on 2012’s record label takedown “Jimmy Iovine.”

The difference between today’s music industry and the wack deals of yesteryear is that the internet has allowed—and in some cases, forced—artists to be much more hands-on in their career’s management. At just 19 years old, Lil Yachty has done a great job of honing his sound and image. And it seems to have gone a long way, given his endorsement deals with Target and Sprite, and creative director role at Nautica. Hopefully, for his sake, the dividends will pay off fairly, and he’ll be fully informed next time he scribbles “Lil Boat” on a dotted line.

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New Beats Music Digital Music Subscription Service Released

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Beats Electronics, co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, acquired the music service and blog MOG in July 2012. The intent was to expand the Beats product line to address all elements of the music listeners experience. Digital music subscriptions typically rely on technology driven algorithms to meet the listener’s requirements. Beats Music is a digital subscription service that emphasizes custom song and playlist choices from artists and select contributors. The main premise is to have the right music at the right time, with little to no effort in choosing what to listen to.

Beats Music officially released yesterday on the iOS and Android platforms, with a Windows Store release set for January 24th. There is an initial 7-day trial period upon signing up for the service, followed by a $10 per month subscription fee. AT&T is offering up to 3 months of free service to qualifying wireless subscribers through individual and family plans.

Currently there are over 20 million songs available in the beats library. The onset of new users at release time has caused service delays in accessing the application. You can check the Beats Music Facebook page for more updates.

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Jay-Z Working On $20 Million Deal With Samsung Mobile?


By Andie Lowenstein

Jay-Z’s business empire is rapidly expanding building, with new reports claiming that he is set to sign a $20 million deal with Samsung Mobile.

According to the New York Post, Hov is apparently looking to set-up a music streaming service to promote acts signed to his Roc Nation label, including Rita Ora, Alexis Jordan, and J. Cole, via the company’s smartphones. This new streaming music service would give Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s “Daisy” subscription service some competition.

It’s said that the eight-figure deal will be finalized in the next few weeks. Back in March, Universal Music Group signed a two-year deal with Samsung for their Kleek music streaming service. Just one month later, Jay-Z and Roc Nation signed a partnership with Universal Music Group and Live Nation worth $150 million.

That’s not all for Jay-Z though. Hov’s Roc Nation Sports announced on April 25 that Skylar Diggins, third overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, had signed with the sports agency. Diggins is a five-time USA Basketball gold medalist and four-time All-American at Notre Dame.