From the looks of things Drake is gonna leave the 2013 BET Awards with at least one trophy of the 12 he’s been nominated for, including Best Male Hip-Hop artist.  Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are right behind him with 8 nominations each.

Meanwhile, Chris Brown, Usher, Miguel, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars will all compete for the Best R&B/Pop Awards.  Nicki Minaj, Eve and Azealia Banks will go head to head for the Best Female Hip-Hop artist. While, Alicia Keyes, Beyonce and Rihanna battle it out for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category.

The 2013 BET Awards goes down live from the Nokia Theater in L.A. on June 30th and will be hosted by the one and only Chris Tucker.  I can't wait, if I do say so myself.  Tune into Tha Wire below and find out who's going to be performing and walking away with this years Lifetime Achievement Award.


In other news, Dr. Dre, who’s real name is Andre Young, and his Beats By Dre business partner music executive Jimmy Iovine are putting their millions to good use.   The two are giving $70 million dollars of their Beats fortune to the University of Southern California to create a new music academy to help cultivate the next generation of music business moguls.

Under the schools four-year program students will be offered courses on engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business and leadership training.  According to a statement issued by USC,

“industry icons and innovators as visiting faculty and guest speakers” will also take part in the program. It will also provide one-on-one mentoring by professors.

“Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity,” said Erica Muhl, the first director of the new academy, in a statement.

Get more details about the courses offered and find out when the academy opens.  It's all below with Tha Wire.

In the meantime,  Ludacris has been giving away free music courtesy of his I.D.A.F.F. campaign, which stands for “I Don’t Give A F*** Fridays.”  According to, the ATL legend is planning to drop a mixtape on May 24th called I Don’t Give a F*** as well.  On top of the music thing, Luda is still flexing his acting skills and will grace the big screen with an A-list cast in 'Fast & Furious 6.'

Listen to Tha Wire below and find out when Luda's new mixtape and the Fast & Furious 6 soundtrack drop.  Finally, in the way of quick news rapper Chief Keef  isn't even a legal adult yet, but word has it he made a very grown-up decision recently by getting engaged to video model Jamesha "Pretty Mesha" Thompson.


Gossip site Media Take Out first reported the story and the 17-year-old pretty much verified the news by re-tweeting it.  Mesha gave some verification as well in the form of a tweet and an image on instagram.  Get the rest of this story inside Tha Wire now.  Press play now: