This week, HipHopDX broke the news that Drake is reportedly set to executive produce a posthumous Aaliyah album. Additionally, he’s supposedly going to feature her vocals on his upcoming single, which he will premiere at tomorrow’s OVO Festival (August 5th), taking place in Toronto, Canada. Rick Ross released his new album God Forgives, I Don’t, which is slated to bow atop the charts with 200,000 to 220,000 copies sold. Obie Trice chopped it up with HipHopDX this week, recalling Shady Records’ beef with Benzino and The Source and discussing his upcoming mixtape The Hangover, which features production from Warren G.

Drake To Reportedly Executive Produce Aaliyah’s Posthumous Album

HipHopDX broke the news this week that Drake is connected to Aaliyah’s posthumous album. A reliable source stated that the Young Money rapper is slated to executive produce her next LP, which marks her first studio release since she passed in 2001. Additionally, Drizzy is supposedly including the late songbird’s vocals on his new single, which he’s slated to premiere at the OVO Festival taking place in Toronto, Canada tomorrow (August 5th). Aside from working with Aaliyah’s masters, Drake revealed plans to graduate from high school this summer, and tied with Rihanna with most nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Rick Ross Releases God Forgives, I Don’t

After months of buildup, Rick Ross unleashed his fifth solo album God Forgives, I Don’t this week. HipHopDX called the LP “bold and indulgent,” while Ross is slated to move between 200,000 and 220,000 copies of his latest in its first week out. To promote the new record, the Maybach Music Group honcho made the media rounds, stating that BET lifted the alleged ban on his music video for “Hold Me Back,” addressing his health and the possibility of recording an album with Young Jeezy. Additionally, his legal war with “Freeway” Rick Ross heated up, with the former drug mogul saying that he’s had to stop Suge Knight and others from confronting the rapper. A judge also ordered that Freeway Ross must pay a portion of the spitter’s legal costs.

Obie Trice Expands On Damaging Situation With Shady Records

Obie Trice chopped it up with HipHopDX this week, looking back on Eminem’s beef with Benzino and The Source and how it affected his career. “It kind of like blew me away because I’m fresh in the game and I believe in your word is everything and at the time I had no clue of how fickle this industry was,” Trice said. He elaborated on how Em’s personal issues impeded his and his crew’s careers. “I mean you know he’s an artist as well but he has his own individual issues and does his own thing. So back then, when Em didn’t move we did suffer some consequences from that.” Obie also touched on his upcoming mixtape The Hangover, which is slated to feature production from Warren G. Read the full interview here.

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– Eminem Has Started Working On New LP, Praises 50 Cent & Slaughterhouse

– Lupe Fiasco Elaborates On Comment That “97 Percent Of Hip Hop Is Terrible”

– Kid CuDi Says It’s “Still Really Scary” To Work With Kanye West