I’m voluntarily shutting down DaLeak.com out of disgust by the actions of the artists, labels, and record companies in the music industry. Since 2007, I’ve been working day and night to promote the music of many of the artists that are selling millions of albums today and selling out shows all over the world.
I don’t make millions of dollars. As a blogger, I do it for the love of the hip hop culture. I attend shows and purchase albums just like the readers do. I will leave DaLeak.com online “frozen-in-time” but I will no longer update the site. I will never buy another album or attend a concert again.
A large file-sharing link site dedicated to rap and hiphop music and news has been raided by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The servers of RapGodFathers, a site with close to 150,000 members, were seized and moves put in place to take over its domain name. Following raids earlier in the year which took out several sites and domain names connected to the streaming of Hollywood movies, we can now report fresh Department of Homeland Security / Immigration and Customs Enforcement action against a site in the music sector.
Acting on a search warrant issued on 23rd November and signed by United States Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan, DHS and ICE agents arrived at a Dallas datacenter Tuesday with orders to take down the 146,500 member RapGodFathers site (RGF), seize its servers and gather evidence on its owners, administrators and moderators.
The site had been in operation since 2005 and the authorities were authorized to take evidence relating to all activities right back to April 1st of that year. “We only link to mixtapes, albums in the hiphop/rap genre,” a senior staff member told TorrentFreak this morning. “Lots of those mixtapes help new artists become much bigger for example Drake, Chamillionaire, Wiz Khalifa. It also gives the users to listen to an album before buying it to judge the quality. Almost 99% of the time if people on RGF liked the album and posted positive comments, that given artist had a big success.”
OnSmash and DaJaz1.com have also been seized. Here’s the Fed statement.
New teaser for @Tip’s upcoming video with Christina Aguilera off of his No Mercy album. Judging by the hook, this one promises to be a very personal track…
Previously: T.I on the December cover of Vibe
@BEP remake a classic song the only way they know how: by making it fun and crazy. I just found out they have a new album coming out called The Beginning on Nov 30…
Previously: Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be + Rock that Body
@BDeLaneyNow will be part of the first ever tour combining the entire music industry and UFC/ MMA sports creating a massive international tour. The 21-year old DMV artist Brandon Delaney under manager Sydney MacDonald of Everi Exposure Entertainment, have been selected to headline the MMA Melee Imma Champion 30-City tour which will continue through Fall 2011.
MMA Melee will also release an MMA Mixtape compiling music intended to fuel the fire of athletes as they travel the world touring. The MMA Melee Imma Champion tour will be featured on Comcast, On Demand, Tru TV, Fox TV and more than 40 million homes. I’m glad to see this team doing it big.
B.Delaney’s next show is at the East Coast Combat Club in Manassas, VA on Dec 18. Get your tickets for fight night here. Promo code: Delaney
Previously: B.DeLaney ft Shawn Johnson – Imma Champion
@CarmeloAnthony just released this nice mixtape in preparation for his new Melo M7 sneaker collection. New tracks by Nas, Nipsey Hussle, and Jay-Z…
@RickyRozay went across the pond and stopped by the Tim Westwood show. He touched on a variety of topics including just making Kanye’s album, an upcoming Rick Ross and Birdman album, walking out from an awards show and more.
Previously: Rick Ross ft Lil Wayne & Birdman – Veterans Day
@NickiMinaj raises some interesting points here. One that stood out in particular was the fact that Lil Kim hasn’t released any music lately but continues to diss the hottest female rapper at any point in time over the last decade. Clearly, the title is up for grabs and with Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday release droppin Nov 23, the numbers will not lie…
Check out Nicki Minaj on Dave Letterman this week…
Previously: Nicki Minaj ft Drake – Moments 4 Life