January had Eminem, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre's new song "Crack a Bottle" has leaked on the internet. The song will be featured on Eminem's Relapse as a track not a single. It later reached number one and Jermaine Dupri has split from Def Jam. Lupe Fiasco, last year stated he would be retiring and ending his career with a 3 disc album entitled LupE.N.D but now he said he is not going to retire instead, he’s planning to release three albums over the next year and a half
Feburary had 50 Cent and Rick Ross began trading insults on various diss tracks. Lil Wayne won 4 Grammy Awards at the 2009 Grammy Awards, followed by Kanye West winning 2awards and Jay-Z and T.I. winning one each. Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III sold 3 million copies.
March had Eminem plans to release two albums in this year. 50 Cent also plans to release two albums this year and joins Fall Out Boy in their tour. T.I. is sentenced to go to jail for 1 year and a day for gun possessions. He will go to federal prison sometime after May 19 for trying to purchase machine guns, ammunition, and silencers in October 2007.
April Ludacris signed rapper Lil Scrappy to his Disturbing tha Peace imprint.
Jim Jones was arrested in New Jersey, on an outstanding warrant, all while giving followers on his Twitter page updates during the incident. Eminem releases his first official single in 2 years, "We Made You" off his highly anticipated album Relapse. Asher Roths Asleep in the Bread Aisle & Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap leaked on the net. Run D.M.C were put in the rock and roll hall of fame.
May had DMX is released from prison in Arizona and Eminem becomes the highest selling artist of 2009 so far with the release of Relapse. T.I put in prsion for 366 days. Jay-Z officially leaves Def Jam Records and Method Man and Joe Budden start beefing. Rapper/producer Swizz Beatz admitted to having a relationship with Alicia Keys.
June had Jay-Z announces he will release The Blueprint³ September 11, 2009.
50 Cent releases a mixtape called War Angel LP and says "it's the best body of work I put out in the mixtape circuit. Michael Jackson dies at the age of 50. The Game ends beef with 50 Cent on Michael Jackson tribute song Better on the Other Side.
July had Game apologizes to 50 Cent and Interscope. Fabolous's fifth studio album Loso's Way leaks onto the internet a week before its official release. Eminem leaks a diss track aimed at Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon in response to Mariah Carey's "Obsessed". Rakim makes an official comeback and releases his first single and Jay-Z becomes hip hop's biggest earner topping the 2009 Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings List.
August was had Game sued by Robert Kirkwood, for fighting at a family funeral. Chamillionaire releases the final mixtape in the Mixtape Messiah Series, Mixtape Messiah 7 and Joe Budden attacked by Raekwon and his crew. Last DJ AM died of an accidental drug overdose August 28th
September had 50 Cent drop a book called "the 50th Law" and Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift speech at VMAs and stated that Beyonce had a better video. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys performed "Empire State of Mind" at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Towards the end of performing, Lil Mama jumped onstage.DJ, turntablist & producer, Roc Raida died on September 19 and Charles Hamilton was released from Interscope Records on September 19th.
October had DJ Mr Magic died of a heart attack and Lil Wayne pleads guilty to gun charges from his 2007 arrest and could face up 8 months to 1 year in prison. Chamillionaire released the first single, "Good Morning" and Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man, was arrested October 5 for tax evasion.
November had Gucci Mane sent to prison for 12 Months. Lil Boosie has his sentence doubled to 4 years for marijuana and gun charges. Beanie Sigel as well as 50 Cent, has ignited a beef with Jay-Z. Video is dope J Cole interview.
December has had Young Jeezy squashed his beef with DJ Drama as well as Gucci Mane and Jim Jones left Columbia Records. Weezy Rebirth album leak 2 months early. Billboard names The Neptunes "Producers Of Decade" and Entertainment Weekly named Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day the best Hip-Hop Album of 2009. Last T.I out of prison.