This week, Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch suddenly passed after his three-year struggle with cancer, leaving Hip Hop in a state of mourning. Meanwhile, Rick Ross and company held a Maybach Music Group press conference in New York City, New York, revealing release dates for new albums and announcing the signing of Omarion to the label. Finally, Kanye West put his stamp on Chief Keef by remixing his cut “I Don’t Like,” which drew support from Keef and ire from the cut’s original producer Young Chop.

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch Dead At 47 Years Old

Hip Hop received a great shock yesterday with the announcement that Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch died at 47 years old. The cause of death was later confirmed as related to his three-year struggle with cancer, which most recently prevented him from joining his fellow band members for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. While his mother and an official press release confirmed his death, several rappers spoke out on the inspiration that Beastie Boys had on their career. “Adam Yaucht brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it’s obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others,” said Eminem in a statement. “They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D., and Ad-Rock.” Rakim also shared his thoughts, explaining how grave the loss is for the culture.

Maybach Music Group Announces Partnerships, Album Release Dates

This week, HipHopDX dropped by the Maybach Music Group press conference in New York City, New York to hear the announcements regarding the immediate plans for Maybach Music Group. Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill appeared alongside Diddy, Swizz Beatz and French Montana to announce various album dates for Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t (July 31st), Meek’s Dreams & Nightmares (August 28th) and the crew’s Self Made Vol. 2 (June 26th), as well as a partnership deal with Swizz Beatz for a big and tall line with Reebok. But the crown jewel of the event was the announcement of Omarion’s signing to the label, with plans for him to drop his new single “Let’s Talk” in the forthcoming weeks.

Kanye West Remixes Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like”

Sixteen-year-old rapper Chief Keef got the co-sign of his life when Kanye West recorded a remix to his local hit “I Don’t Like.” The track, released this week, featured guest appearances from West, Big Sean, Jadakiss and Pusha T. According to Keef, the remix didn’t come as a surprise, stating, “I know he wouldn’t do that to anybody. He really don’t give a fuck. I do feel like he reached out to me by getting on the song.” The track’s original producer Young Chop, however, disapproved of the remix, expressing disdain over the fact that the instrumental was changed without his consent. Even so, Birdman said that he is adamant about signing Keef to Cash Money and will do “whatever it takes” to make it happen.

Other items of note:

– Obie Trice Recalls Issues With Interscope, “Bodying” Eminem On Collaborations

– Jadakiss Talks Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like” Remix, Jay-Z Praising 50 Cent’s Hooks

– Birdman Announces Signing DJ Khaled’s We The Best Imprint To Cash Money Records

– President Barack Obama Mentions Young Jeezy During White House Correspondents Association Dinner

– Nas Says His Track With Nicki Minaj Is The “Perfect Record”