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The Crystal Method Delay New Album Due To Brain Surgery

The Crystal Method camp just released the following statement regarding the delayed release of the electronic duo's fifth studio album as co-founder Scott Kirkland recovers from brain surgery.

Per doctor’s orders following recent brain surgery, The Crystal Method’s co-founder, Scott Kirkland, will remain under home medical treatment. As a result, the release of The Crystal Method, the band’s fifth and much anticipated studio album, has been pushed to early fall and a number of tour dates have been postponed or cancelled.

Scott Kirkland has prepared the following statement regarding his current medical situation and future plans:

“Many months ago I started experiencing short, but painful headaches. Thinking they were related to too many flights (or one too many flights of tequila), I didn’t think too much about it, but during my annual checkup I mentioned the headaches to my doctor. She recommended a brain MRI. Scary, but No big deal, right???

Well, thankfully no tumors, but the MRI did find something called a ‘benign posterior fossa arachnoid cyst,’ which normally would be left alone and monitored with future MRIs. That diagnosis worked for me because Ken and I were busy putting the finishing touches on our self-titled studio album that would be followed up by a big summer tour.

I was referred to the very talented University of Southern California brain surgeon Dr. Chen, who evaluated the diagnosis and explained that complications with my cyst could arise due to my tendency to get a little excited on stage. He recommended surgery.

A date was set for extraction of said cyst and on April 11, 2013, I was given a dose of the ‘good stuff.’ A few hours later I came to with a well-sutured hole four-and-a-half inches long in the back of my head and a pain that was only appeased by a round of pharmies. After a few days in the hospital, I got to go home and a week later I felt good enough to join Ken in the studio for a couple of hours on two consecutive days. Some of you might have seen the picture on our Facebook page.

Just when I thought I was on the mend, I contracted an infection and, due to complications, I ended up back in the hospital where I spent most of my next 10 days in ICU dealing with a painful lumbar spinal drain, aka a ‘Spinal Tap.’

Pain that seemed to be set on 11 held me hostage for the first 24 hours. The line from the movie Spinal Tap—"Given the history of Spinal Tap drummers, uh, in the past, do you have any fears, uh, for your life?"—made me laugh a few times, but all in all it was not fun.

Finally, this past week I got home to my wonderful family and a healthy supply of antibiotics that automatically dose me every four hours intravenously, and will continue to do so for the next few weeks.

I'm itching to get back in the studio and finish mixing the last two tracks for what is an amazing record with Ken, but I recognize my need to rest until I get the thumbs up for a return to work from Dr. Chen.

I can’t tell you how frustrating it is for me that my health has made us postpone the release of the new record and cancel a summer full of amazing shows. But I am fully intending to be back in the studio in a couple of weeks with Ken, and our agents are starting to work on putting together new shows for the fall.

Love you all and Keep Hope Alive,
Scott”

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During his 'Sunday Service' show at Coachella on Easter Sunday (April 21), Kanye West delighted fans with church-tinged renditions of some of his hits and hits from gospel sensations and black artists.

While it appears that much of the service was a success, gospel icons The Clark Sisters took to Instagram to imply that West didn't ask to use their song during the performance. Kanye used snippets of their song "Ha Ya."

"Thanks for the love man we appreciate it. Taking the gospel to the world," the legendary musicians wrote in a caption of a video, which featured Kanye using the sample. "We own the rights to this music," they continued.

Reports state that if he had been cleared to use the song during the service, he would have had to go through The Clark Sisters' publishers for licensing purposes.

Looks like the sisters will likely be getting a check soon.

 

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Thanks for the love man we appreciate it. Taking the gospel to the world. ❤️❤️❤️@twinkieclark We own the rights to this music @thelegendaryclarksisters @kanyesundayservices #Sunshine #theclarksisters

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YNW Melly: State Seeking Death Penalty In Rapper's Murder Case

According to reports, the state of Florida is reportedly seeking the death penalty in YNW Melly's murder case. The rapper was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Florida is one of 30 states in which capital punishment is legal.

"In the docs, the State says it believes it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Melly killed his friends for financial gain, the murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel, and he committed homicide in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner," reports TMZ. "The State also believes Melly is a criminal gang member."

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YG Shares Fourth Album Title Ahead Of May Release Date

YG is preparing to bless fans with a highly-anticipated full-length album since he announced its release for May 3. Now, in an interview with Billboard, the "FDT" rapper shared the fourth studio project's name, 4REAL 4REAL.

The 29-year-old artist revealed that being in the studio is where he feels unabashedly free, especially given this tough time since his longtime friend Nipsey Hussle was murdered on March 31. "If I'm not doing music, I feel depressed," he said. "I feel like I ain't sh*t. I like to create, and right now, I know where I want to be, and I know how to get there."

The Compton native's previous album, Stay Dangerous, hosts singles like "Big Bank," "Handgun," and other cuts featuring Jay 305 like "Bulletproof," "Slay" with Quavo," and "Power" featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

"From my first album to my second album, and from my second album to my third album, it took me two years to put out each project," he said. "That wasn't my choice. Life was changing: I got shot, I had a daughter. It was crazy—it took a little longer."

YG's upcoming project was originally slated for a mid-April release, but when the shocking news of Hussle's passing hit, the famed rapper placed a halt on the soundscape's debut. During his first weekend set at Coachella, YG said he was able to push through the performance given his consumption of alcohol. "But my ni**a gone," he said, per HipHopDX. "I got to deal with the sh*t. So I decided to push my album back to May 3."

 

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It ain’t right that the homie is gone and not here with his kids and family this Easter. With all the love that’s bein shown & everything great the homie set up and left behind for his family and kids I STILL DONT UNDERSTAND! Forever @nipseyhussle the gr8 😢💙💙💔💔

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