This week, Drake gave an update on his upcoming third album, stating that he’s already put in work with 2 Chainz and plans on hitting the studio with Jamie xx and frequent collaborator Noah “40” Shebib. Meanwhile, Tech N9ne chopped it up with HipHopDX about the success of his latest EP Klusterfuk, which landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Independent chart without a penny of marketing spent on the project. Additionally, Nas made the media rounds this week, discussing everything from Jay-Z’s importance to Hip Hop and his divorce from Kelis to the Trayvon Martin shooting and picking beats for his upcoming album Life is Good.

Drake Updates On Third Album, Involved In Nightclub Fiasco

Drake had a busy week in both his personal and professional lives. Earlier on, the Young Money rapper was asked to pay an Oklahoma City nightclub, which claimed that he was responsible for an arrest at the location. Drizzy had requested a private party at the Dollhouse Lounge, but marijuana smoke shut down the fete. Police officers arrested the club manager and issued a ticket, and now, the establishment’s owner is asking for Drake to pay up. Meanwhile, the Canadian rapper updated on his third album, stating that he’s put in work with 2 Chainz and plans to link with Jamie xx and Noah “40” Shebib. He also touched on why he thinks “The Motto” resonated with fans, and discussed his lawsuit over “Marvin’s Room.” Drake also brought it back to the essence, dropping a freestyle for Tim Westwood TV that can be seen below.

Tech N9ne Explains The Success Of “Klusterfuk” EP

Tech N9ne released his new EP Klusterfuk on March 13th, selling an impressive 17,000 units and landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Independent chart. The Strange Music honcho spoke with HipHopDX about how he accomplished this feat without so much as spending a penny on marketing for the project. Tech, who recorded the EP in mere days, said that the fans are to thank for the success of the project. “We put no promotion out or nothing. It was just on our website and on iTunes. Then the motherfucker came out the first week and it was #1 [Independent] record in the country. We had no idea. No promotion whatsoever. Nothing. Just our fans and boom, Klusterfuk is coming,” he said. Read the full interview here.

Nas Opens Up About Kelis Divorce, Says “Hip Hop Has To Thank God For Jay-Z”

Nas made the media rounds over the past week in New York City, New York, discussing everything from the Trayvon Martin case to Jay-Z’s importance to Hip Hop. Esco praised Hov for being one of the few rappers of his generation to take the game seriously, and said that Hip Hop has God to thank for him. He also spoke on picking beats for his upcoming album Life is Good and opened up about his nasty split from R&B singer Kelis, stating that things got “crazy.” Nasty Nas addressed the murder of Trayvon Martin, and finally broke his silence about the kidnapping of a promoter in Angola over a botched New Year’s Eve performance.

Other items of note:

– Beanie Sigel Addresses Jay-Z Beef

– Birdman Says He’ll Retire When Lil Wayne Does, Expresses His Interest In Signing Rick Ross

– AZ Discusses Eminem’s “Infinite,” His Unfinished Tracks With Nas And “Cristal Competition” With The Notorious B.I.G.

– Damon Dash Releases Statement About Curren$y Lawsuit

– Chamillionaire Says Of His Artist Peers: “I Understand Why They Lie,” And Reveals What Really Drove Him To Leave Universal Records