Out of self-imposed public exile, Kanye West has announced he will be releasing a book on philosophy, ‘Break the Simulation,’ as well as a short seven-song surprise album on June 1, with a second album following on June 8 in collaboration with Kid Cudi.
Rapper Rick Ross has reportedly been hospitalized, with a machine working for his heart and lungs, after being found unresponsive at home. His condition could be pneumonia-related; Ross has a long history of suffering from seizures. Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliot called for prayers.
Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-jazz or classical artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album ‘Damn,’ released in April 2017. The organization praised Lamar’s music for its "affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."