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Forbes 30 Under 30 2016: Hip Hop Artists and Producers That Made the Cut

It’s that time of year again, the Forbes 30 Under 30 2016 list! Let’s take a look at the hip hop influencers that made the cut.
Boi-1da, 29
Known for producing hits like “Headlines” and “Best I Ever Had,” Boi-1da got his start with OVO founder Drake.
Metro Boomin, 22
Came a long way from his start in middle school. He produces beats for Future, Gucci Mane, Ludacris and more.
Leon Bridges, 26
His album “Coming Home” hit No. 1 last year on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop list.
Jason Derulo, 26
From ghostwriting for Lil Wayne and Diddy to making 14 top 100 hits, Derulo made the cut for Forbes 30 Under 30 2016.
Dave Free, 29
Jason Derulo’s manager took him under his wing. Since then he’s sold millions of records and won multiple Grammys for his work.
MixedByAli, 26
Mixing engineer for Top Dawg Entertainment, MixedByAli has a huge year coming up. Why? Because he played a significant role in Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
Schoolboy Q, 29
The California rapper released “Oxymoron” in 2014, reaching No. 1 on the charts for his debut.
Rae Sremmurd 22,23
The rap duo/ brothers took the hip hop world by storm with their debut in 2014 and made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
DJ Snake, 29
The French DJ made headway in hip hop with the song “Turn Down For What?” He continues to make noise in the EDM industry.
Fetty Wap, 24
Fetty Wap made the list. We don’t really have to go into why he did; his 2015 portfolio speaks for itself. Congrats Fetty!
The Weekend, 25
The Weekend is another artist whose work speaks for itself. Making the Forbes 30 Under 30 2016 list was well deserved.
If you’re wondering why hip hop artists Kendrick Lamar and Drake didn’t make the cut, it’s because they’ve made the list once already. As you know, you can only be nominated once for the Forbes 30 Under 30.
Is anyone else missing from Forbes 30 Under 30 2016? Do you think someone got snubbed from the list?

Killer Mike on Bernie Sanders, ‘We Have the Opportunity to Elect Someone Who Cares About Everyone’

There’s always politics in hip hop, but what about hip hop in politics?

Rapper Killer Mike appeared on the “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert where he discussed modern day segregation and who he is endorsing for the 2016 presidential run.

Killer Mike on Bernie Sanders:

Dr. King in his last 2 years of life talked about a poor people’s campaign, organizing unions on behalf of poor workers, organizing against a war machine that was perpetuating violence in Vietnam; Bernie Sanders is the only politician who has consistently for 50 years taken that social justice platform into  politics. Right now we have the opportunity to elect someone who is directly out of the philosophy of non violence. We have the opportunity to elect someone who cares about everyone and cares about lives that don’t look like his and we may not get this opportunity for another 20 years.

 Do you agree with the Killer Mike’s thoughts on Bernie Sanders? Will this be one of our last chances to elect a president who is really for the people?
Check out the footage of Killer Mike and Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show.”

Rita Ora Is Suing Roc Nation? Says Label is ‘Diminished’

Within the last year Roc Nation has made some power moves. Between signing lyrical genius, rapper Fabolous and venturing into the sports management industry, many can say Jay Z’s label has been a success.

Well, maybe one person may not agree and that’s Rita Ora. The “Body on Me” singer is far from happy with the label. In fact, there have been reports stating that Rita Ora is suing Roc Nation.

According to the lawsuit:

“As Roc Nation’s interests diversified, there were fewer resources available and the company suffered a revolving door of executives.”

“Rita’s remaining supporters at the label left or moved on to other activities, to the point where she no longer had a relationship with anyone at the company.”

A report in Us Weekly states that Ora feels Roc Nation isn’t taking care of their artists because the company is too busy dipping into sports management. The lawsuit also stated that Ora felt “orphaned” by the “diminished” label.

Allegedly the “How We Do” singer has been self-funding her projects; paying for her own videos, TV appearances and recording costs.

Rita Ora is filing under California’s “seven-year rule.” This is a section under the labor law in which a court cannot enforce a contract after seven years of signing to a label.

California’s “seven-year rule” may work in Ora’s favor. She signed with Roc Nation in 2008, reaching the seven-year mark. According to Rolling Stone  when this type if lawsuit is filed it usually leads to renegotiation or a settlement.

Do you think Roc Nation has abandoned Rita Ora? Does she have a right to sue for