This week, news broke that Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond reportedly confessed to his involvement in Tupac Shakur’s 1994 shooting at Quad Studios. His publicist and lawyer quickly stepped in to assure that the reports were false. Meanwhile, Masta Ace chopped it up with HipHopDX about his upcoming album Ma_Doom: Son of Yvonne, currently available digitally, as well as why a collaboration with Eminem failed to happen. Finally, 8Ball also spoke with HipHopDX about why Waka Flocka Flame is important to Hip Hop and what listeners can expect on his upcoming album Life’s Quest, releasing July 24th.

Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond Allegedly Confesses To Involvement In Tupac’s Quad Studios Shooting

Earlier this week, the Village Voice uncovered documents taken from Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond’s testimony during a “Queens for a Day” proffer session last year where he allegedly confessed to his involvement in the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur at Quad Studios. In the statements, Rosemond reportedly said that he participated in this particular assassination attempt, and that the revelation was made during his recent drug trial. Shortly after, Rosemond’s publicist issued a statement vehemently denying his involvement in the murder attempt and that he would “beat the shit” out of journalist Chuck Phillips when he got out of prison. Rosemond’s lawyer Gerald Shargel made similar comments, stating that the alleged confession is “totally false” and that he had “categorically and emphatically denied” that he was involved in the situation from the start.

Masta Ace Explains Why Eminem Collaboration Was Prevented

Brooklyn, New York veteran Masta Ace chopped it up with HipHopDX this week, speaking on a slew of topics including his lack of desire to go back to his “Born to Roll” sound and the digital release of his new album Ma_Doom: Son of Yvonne. The Juice Crew alum also revealed that a collaboration with Eminem was intended for Disposable Arts, but that his management swooped in and said that it “wasn’t in his best interest at that time.” “I’m not one to keep pursuing stuff. I’m a Brooklyn dude, so my mentality is always like, ‘I’ll mess with you if you mess with me. If you ain’t messing with me, then it’s all good, I’ll keep it moving,’” he said. “It’s a pride factor a little bit, you know.” Read the full interview here.

8Ball Explains Why Hip Hop Needs Waka Flocka Flame

With his new solo album Life’s Quest dropping on July 24th, Southern rapper 8Ball spoke exclusively with HipHopDX about why he thinks emcees are making happy songs during this particular time period and why the youth are apathetic. The conversation turned to Waka Flocka Flame, with MJG’s partner-in-rhyme explaining that rappers like him and Big K.R.I.T. are shaping how Hip Hop will be in the future, and that they’re serving an important purpose. He also said that 10 of the songs on his new album are Soul-inspired and that only two cuts are club-geared. “I mean, it wasn’t really taking it back it’s just how I feel right now,” he explained. “Everything that I do has always been how I feel [at that time]. And this album is where I’m at right now in my life, what I’m thinking about and how I view the world.” Read the full interview here.

Other items of note:

– 50 Cent Speaks On Chief Keef, Says Diddy’s Dirty Money LP Was “Garbage”

– Tech N9ne Calls Eminem “The Best Rapper,” Hopes For Collaboration

– Kelis Addresses Nas’ “Life Is Good” Cover Art: “For Someone To Be Genuine Is Awesome”

– Machine Gun Kelly Reveals That He Hated “Invincible,” Says People Were Fired Because Of The Song

– Lamborghini Gives Kanye West’s “Mercy” A Thumbs Up: “We Appreciate The Publicity”