SPOTIFY – From the sounds of it, Freeway is bouncing back nicely from his health issues and just dropped his new song “All The Way Live” to celebrate. It’s a major bop and tops this week’s #DXHitList on Spotify. The track will live on Freeway’s Think Free, dropping June 8.
Janelle Monae released her project Dirty Computerthis week and among the many tracks offered on the highly anticipated album is the honest “I Like That.” It’s such a powerful and genuine song, it deserved a top spot.
The #DXHitList also includes new music from Junglepussy, Paris, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Azizi Gibson and Billie Band$.
Listen and follow the #DXHitList on Spotify below.
Kanye West hasn’t back down from his Twitter rampage. After dropping two new singles — the troll-fastic “Lift Yourself” and “Ye Vs. The People” with T.I. — Kanye has returned with ideas for his solo album’s cover art.
On Saturday (April 28), Ye shared a text exchange with someone named Wes — presumed to be artist and longtime collaborator Wes Lang — that included a photo of plastic surgeon Jan Adams. Adams performed an elective cosmetic surgery on Ye’s mother Donda West that led to her 2007 death.
“This is my album cover,” he wrote. “This is plastic surgeon Jan Adams. The person who performed my moms final surgery. Do you have any title ideas? I want to forgive and stop hating.”
The conversation led to a revelation about love and forgiveness.
“I think it’s exactly what you should use,” Wes continued. “Love love love love. I’m so tired of saying and thinking the word hate. It’s wild man. After the night I came by your house and talked I’ve been forgetting and forgiving and only thinking about loving people. That was an important talk for me.”
Kanye replied, “I love you bro. I love Gabe … I love the world. I’m gonna cross out my Fuck The World tattoo and put Love The World.” In fact, a few hours later, he did.
Whether Yeezy is serious about using Adams’ photo for the cover art remains to be seen but the follow-up to 2016’s The Life Of Pablo is expected to arrive on June 1.
Ye’s return to Twitter hasn’t been all weird, esoteric and pro-Trump tweets. Ye also announced several impending release dates for upcoming projects, including Pusha T’s King Pushaon May 25, Ye’s collaborative project with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghost, on June 8 and Nas’ album on June 15.
J. Cole Announces Inaugural Dreamville Festival & Gives Nigeria A Taste
RALEIGH, NC – Ever the hometown hero, J. Cole has announced the first-ever Dreamville Festival which will go down in Raleigh, North Carolina — roughly a one-hour drive from the Fayetteville city limits where he grew up.
The one-day festival was birthed via a partnership with own Dreamville Records and the Texas-based ScoreMore Shows. Both VIP and general admission tickets are on sale currently at www.dreamvillefest.com.
Raleigh’s 300-acre Dorothea Dix Park will serve as the event’s location on September 15, 2018. Accompanying acts will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
“Our entire Dreamville team is proud to finally unveil today details about Dreamville Festival, something which has been a long-time dream for all of us, especially Cole,” Ibrahim “IB” Hamad, President of Dreamville Records President and J. Cole’s manager, says in a statement.
“We hope to give back to the community with a celebration of all the things that makes Raleigh and North Carolina itself so great – music, food, art, culture and more. This event will ultimately give Cole a chance to make a direct impact to the people that helped shape who he is today.”
Fans should take delight in knowing the inaugural Dreamville Festival will benefit non-profit organizations, Dreamville Foundation and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy. ScoreMore Shows has a tenured history with J. Cole dating back to 2010 and most recently assisted with the 4 Your Eyez Only Tour.
The newly minted social media addict recently tested his KOD performance mettle ahead of the Dreamville Festival in Lagos, Nigeria (where he admitted the tongue-twisting title track pushed the boundaries of his breath control).
In the latest installment of Soulful Sundays, HipHopDX’s Editor-In-Chief Trent Clark chats with Hopsin over some mouth-watering eats at Comfort LA in downtown Los Angeles.
Fresh off his European tour — and four months removed from his first post-Funk Volume LP, No Shame — Hopsin discusses life after the now-defunct label, learning to work with others, his appeal to white audiences and his (brief) cameo in Criminal Minds.
“I never saw the episode, but I remember when I did it,” Hopsin says of extra work on Criminal Minds. “I made my $100 a day and was out of there … a lot of my fans have found it, too.”
When asked by Clark about him standing out by doing seemingly “non-black rapper things,” Hop laughed it off.
“I’m just me … I don’t want to be tied down to the idea of what I’m supposed to be or what everybody else is doing,” he notes. “I love cartoons, I love skateboarding, I love drawing, and I love adventures.”
Hopsin also discussed plans to do a lot more collaborations in 2018, which — for him — is a big deal.
“I’ve been uncomfortable … I couldn’t break out of my shell [to the point] where I was able to work with people,” he says, noting it’s been holding him back. “I’m learning how to be creative with others.”
When it comes to his former label, he’s quick to uphold his integrity in the situation.
“I know in my heart that I did the best I could do to keep Funk Volume alive and keep everyone together,” he explains. “It sucks the way that it ended. I loved [the label] … it was mine before it was anybody else’s.”
He also left open the possibility of a Love & Hip Hop-esque reunion, adding that he’s willing to candidly discuss the situation with everyone involved.
“They all know what happened,” he says.
Watch the full episode of Soulful Sundays above.
Hip Hop Week In Review: Kanye West, Meek Mill, J. Cole & Nas
HIPHOPDX – This week in Hip Hop, Kanye West continued to shake things up on Twitter by showing his unwavering support for Donald Trump. Meek Mill also got out of prison this week and J. Cole’s KOD album broke first-day streaming records. Lastly, a recent interview with Kelis shed light on her allegedly violent and rocky marriage with ex-husband Nas.
Kanye West Shows His Support For Donald Trump
As Kanye West continues to make Twitter his philosophical canvas, he’s determined to keep pushing things to the edge by declaring that not only does he support Donald Trump, but that he loves him too. West was even photographed in a picture with one of Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” campaign caps.
Chance The Rapper stepped in to back up Kanye and ruffled some feathers by saying Black people don’t have to be Democrats. This caused confusion as to whether or not Chance was a Trump supporter too. Trump offered praise to him for his support, which Chance rebuffed, explaining himself and apologizing for his “poorly timed” tweet.
West also announced that he will run for president in 2024.
According to Kelis, Nas allegedly got physical with her in the past. She revealed this information during an interview with Hollywood Unlocked. It was so bad, he reportedly would leave her body riddled in bruises. The incident with Rihanna and Chris Brown resonated with her the most.
“I remember so clearly when the pictures came out with that whole thing that happened with her and Chris Brown,” she said. “I had bruises all over my body at the time. That day, I remember being in Atlanta, sitting in the kitchen … and I wasn’t ready to walk, so I didn’t say it … Seeing her, the way she looked and then looking at myself, I was embarrassed. I wasn’t ready for that move … I thought I could love past this.”
CHIKA Goes Viral With Epic Response To J. Cole’s “1985”
CHIKA’s rap response videos have gotten her a lot of attention and her rendition to J. Cole’s KOD track “1985” is no exception. HipHopDX had the chance to speak with CHIKA about her new-found popularity.
“I was happy … I’m someone who likes to slave over their words,” CHIKA says. “I like to make sure that the songs I put out have a message and some sort of impact to them. As someone trying to break into the industry, I find it disheartening to see cats rhyme cat in the hat and sit around with million-dollar deals.”
Method Man & Redman Explain How “Drop The Mic” Is A Win For Hip Hop
Method Man is the host of TBS’ Drop The Mic show and he (along with Redman) spoke with DX about why the show is good for Hip Hop.
“And it’s not actually commercializing Hip Hop, it’s commercializing battle rap for lack of a better term,” Meth explained. “Now, we’re not trying to take anything from battle rap. It’s like a pleasant retreat. Battle rap is raw in its own form and hopefully some of the viewers that watch our shit will start tuning into the real-world authentic shit.”
YouTuber Kvng Guap Is Putting A Younger Generation Up On Biggie, JAY-Z & Nas
DX caught up with YouTube sensation Kvng Guap about his reaction videos to old Hip Hop classics. The 18-year-old explained why he thought it was important to do.
“I feel that it is important to educate yourself on the legends of Hip Hop because a lot of kids my age don’t know anything about the music that founded the music that we listen to today,” Kvng Guap tells HipHopDX. “So I feel it’s like paying respects to the true legends and also getting to hear these amazing songs that I never even knew about.”
Prince’s Estate To Release Original, Exclusive Material
Fans of The Purple One may have new memorabilia to swoon over sooner than later.
According to TMZ, boxes of unreleased photos and writings have been found by the Prince Estate in Minnesota. Paisley Park Enterprises, the merchandising division of Prince’s Estate, intends to cash in on the discoveries, having just filed documents for clearance to release the handwritten poetry, lyrics, journals and never-before-seen photos. The estate plans to produce a collector’s book of this original printed material, though there has been no word on when the book will be available.
The announcement comes after the criminal investigation into Prince’s death was closed. Last week (Thursday, April 19) TMZ has reported that after a two-year investigation into Prince’sdeath, no one will be held responsible, due to insufficient evidence of who provided the fentanyl-laced Vicodin that killed the legendary singer. According to Carver County District Attorney Mark Metz, Prince was likely unaware that he was taking fentanyl, but had been taking opioids for quite some time for “significant pain.” Prosecutors allege he did not have a Vicodin or fentanyl prescription on record.
Just hours prior to this decision, court documents revealed that Dr. Michael Schulenberg had agreed to pay $30,000 in a federal civil violation suit for illegally prescribing Prince Oxycodone. Schulenberg had treated Prince at least twice, and had written Oxycodone prescriptions to Prince’s bodyguard, Kirk Johnson as a cover, claiming he used Johnson to protect Prince’s privacy. Though Oxycodone was not found to play a role in the musician’s death, this violated the Controlled Substances Act. This case differs from Michael Jackson’s, in which the doctor responsible for administering MJ a deadly dose of propofol was eventually sentenced for involuntary manslaughter.
In a statement Thursday (April 19), U.S. Attorney Greg Brooker said, “Doctors are trusted medical professionals and, in the midst of our opioid crisis, they must be part of the solution. As licensed professionals, doctors are held to a high level of accountability in their prescribing practices, especially when it comes to highly addictive painkillers. … We are committed to using every available tool to stem the tide of opioid abuse.”
The decisions come around the two-year anniversary of Prince’s death, when he was discovered unresponsive in an elevator of his Paisley Park estate in April 2016, aged 57. The singer has continued selling albums and racking up streams – an April 2017 Billboard report showed that he surpassed Drake and Adele to total $7.7 Million in sales in the first year after his passing.
Chance The Rapper & Kim Kardashian Defend Trump-Loving Kanye West
TWITTER (AGAIN) – Most people have figured out Kanye West is on a Twitter rampage that’s seemingly spiraling out of control with pro-Donald Trump posts, random bits of self-help advice and a Candace Owens co-sign.
Wife Kim Kardashian took a moment from posting nude photos of herself and ran to West’s defense, while blasting the media for “trying to demonize” her husband.
On Wednesday (April 25), the reality television queen wrote, “To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this… your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair.”
While the jokes about West being in the “sunken place” — a reference to the film Get Out and its social commentary on racism — are running rampant, Kardashian says that’s when he’s truly himself.
“He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America?” she continued.”Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair. He’s actually out of the sunken place when he’s being himself which is very expressive.”
And she didn’t stop there. West, who famously took a meeting with Mr. Trump last year, has continued to voice his “love” for the current POTUS but Kardashian believes he has a right to own viewpoint and insisted he wasn’t cosigning Trump’s politics.
“Now when he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this,” she wrote. “But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions, even if really different from mine. He never said he agrees with his politics.”
Finally, Kardashian ended her tirade with a note about mental health and chastised anyone making light of people’s personal struggles.
“Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion and we know that and that’s why I love him and respect him and in a few years when someone else says the same exact thing but they aren’t labeled the way he is and you will all praise them! Kanye is years ahead of his time.”
“Mental Health is no joke and the media needs to stop spitting that out so casually. Bottom line.”
While a wife defending her husband isn’t exactly something to write home about, Chance The Rapper took it up a notch when he stuck his neck out for his fellow Chicagoan and tweeted, “Black people don’t have to be democrats.”
Prior to that gem, Chance replied to a Twitter post from Hot 97’s Ebro Darden who questioned if West had been in touch with Lil Chano. The Coloring Book rapper is convinced it’s just Kanye being the same old Kanye.
“Talked to him two days ago,” he wrote. “He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health. Same Ye from the Vmas, same Ye from the telethon.”
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LOS ANGELES, CA – According to a new finding by The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Jarosik, the aspiring filmmaker who accused Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons of raping her in 2016, has dropped her $5 million lawsuit.
On Wednesday (April 25), all parties filed a joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice.
In the official court documents, Simmons maintained that his sexual relationship with Jarosik was consensual and revealed that she sent text messages saying how much she missed him.
Despite the imminent victory for this particular case, Simmons, 60, isn’t totally in the clear just yet. He still faces a $10 million lawsuit from an unnamed accuser stemming from a 1980s encounter.
An encounter he calls an “extortion attempt.”
(The original version of this article was written by Trey Alston on January 25, 2018, and can be found below.)
Russell Simmons is facing more sexual assault allegations, according to TMZ. Another woman has come forward and is pursuing more than $5 million from Simmons for an alleged sexual assault.
In the lawsuit, the woman — identified as Jennifer Jarosik — claims Simmons invited her to his house and attempted to have sex with her in 2016. After refusing his advances, she says Simmons suddenly became aggressive, forced her onto the bed and knocked her off of it in a subsequent scuffle. She alleges he then raped her as she was in a state of “shock and fear.”
Jarosik revealed she first met Simmons in 2006 and the two struck up a friendship due to their love for yoga, vegan food and meditation.
After her 2016 encounter with the Def Jam Recordings co-founder, Jarosik says she suffered from both internal and external distress. Consequently, she’s seeking $5 million in punitive damages and unspecified actual damages.
Jarosik’s explosive claims have added her to a list of fourteen women who’ve come forward with accusations of sexual assault aimed at Simmons. Simmons denied the claims against him.
“I vehemently deny all these allegations,” Simmons told TMZ earlier this month. “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core. I am blessed to have shared extraordinary relationships, whether through work or love, with many great women; and I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality, and power.”
FONTANA, CA – Come August 4-5, The Speedway in Fontana is being touted as being “completely reimagined” to ensure HARD Summer Festival 2018 is their most memorable event yet.
Rick Ross, Travis Scott, Lil Xan, Lil Skies, Trippie Redd, Saweetie, $UICIDEBOY$, and YBN Nahmir will all join the likes of Louis Vuitton’s artistic director and DJ, Virgil Abloh, Marshmello, Diplo and Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, TOKiMONSTA, Zeds Dead b2b Jauz and many more.
For its eleventh year, HARD Summer Festival is adding shaded areas, water stations, additional entry lanes into the venue as well as VIP dance areas, with health and safety operations to be overseen by Insomniac Events’ experienced medical and Ground Control teams, and parking and traffic logistics will be overseen by Insomniac production as well.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Method Man has been sitting comfortably in his role as Drop The Micco-host since its October 2017 premiere. In an exclusive Take 5 video series clip, Drop The Micgoes behind the scenes with the veteran actor/rapper to find out what he does to relax (iPad), who his idol is (his pops) and how Parliament-Funkadelic led to his love for Hip Hop.
When the show’s creator, late-night talk show host James Corden, brought Meth onboard, the seasoned Wu-Tang Clan MC brought some authenticity to the TBS battle rap show. In the process, he recruited several battle rappers to help craft the celebrity contestants’ bars, including Okwerdz.
“I can’t front,” Meth told HipHopDX in a recent interview. “I actually asked for the battle rappers by name.”
To anyone thinking doing a commercialized battle rap show is selling out, Meth explained why it’s a win for the culture.
“TBS is very smart at what they do,” Meth said. “When they brought me in, I knew what I was standing in front of and what I was validating. In the same sense though, I get a pass because of the fact that I put so much work into Hip Hop. I made it easier for a lot of these rappers to run in the game now, so they can’t knock any movement that I make at this point in time.”
“And it’s not actually commercializing Hip Hop, it’s commercializing battle rap for lack of a better term. Now, we’re not trying to take anything from battle rap. It’s like a pleasant retreat. Battle rap is raw in its own form and hopefully some of the viewers that watch our shit will start tuning into the real-world authentic shit.”
Speaking to Meth, Redman adds, “As I look at it from my aspect, young bro, I appreciate that a higher plateau of that level respects the culture and to give it a show and to give it a platform.”
He continues, “So, respect. It’s giving people jobs and my homie here working on the show giving people jobs at the end of the day. The producers and everyone on the show is giving people jobs — bottom line.”
#BossUp: Rick Ross Unveils RICH By Rick Ross Collection
Since Rick Ross’ inception in the rap game, he has prided himself on being the flyest of them all — on some mirror mirror on the wall ish. So, it was only logical the superstar rapper put his fans onto game, especially those aspiring to be part of the “Beard Gang.”
For his next business venture, Rozay is introducing the RICH by Rick Ross Collection; a nine-piece grooming line consisting of luxury beard oil, shampoo, conditioner, hair and body wash, styling gel, shaving cream, aftershave balm, classic pomade and strong styling wax.
Respecting the hustle appears to be accurate. The RICH products all retail for $12.99 to $15.99. Users looking further into the fine print will pinpoint the entire collection is sulfate and paraben free and contains the ingredients hemp seed oil, Kona coffee, vitamins (D, A, E, B12), champagne and caviar extracts.
RICH by Rick Ross Collection currently has a VIP briefcase pre-order on the official website and limited quantities of individual products will become available in May. The national rollout will begin in, with select Sally Beauty Supply Stores being a viable source to “gloss like a boss.”
Coming off the release of the 30-song Dazamataz LP, Daz Dillinger stopped by the HipHopDX office to talk to Editor-In-Chief Trent Clark about the rapper/producer’s storied career.
The legendary West Coast artist discussed the benefits of true independence, the shift from Crips to Bloods in mainstream Hip Hop and his pick in the argument of Dr. Dre’s debut The Chronic vs. Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle.
Daz has mostly remained independent since the release of his sophomore solo LP, R.A.W, in 2000. As he explained, the death of physical CDs has presented a great opportunity for independent artists to sell their music.
“I sold 10,000 CDs on the first day through my website — and other channels — for $25 a piece,” he told DX. “I make 20G’s off 1,000 CDs.”
When asked what keeps him motivated to continue making music as opposed to taking up a role as an executive, he said, “I don’t want to deal with other people’s problems … I tried that before.”
The veteran artist also spoke on the decline of “blue dominance” in Hip Hop.
“It’s just all Bloods right now,” he noted. “It went from the east to the west to the south, and now everybody’s getting it … it’s just about can withstand … this depression of gangbangers.”
He does acknowledge artists like Nipsey Hussle and G Perico who are still carrying the blue torch though.
“They are representing, doing what they are doing … it shows in their music and the neighborhood and the community work,” he said. “When I’m riding through the streets, I see them all.”
The iconic producer also spilled a little tea, revealing that “Pimp of the Year” rapper Dru Down was almost the rightful owner of the “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” instrumental. Unfortunately for Dru, he wasn’t able to pay the $5000 fee. The rest, of course, is history as it became a classic 2Pac and Snoop collab.
During the conversation with DX, Daz also weighed in on the persistent The Chronic vs. Doggystyle debate.
“Everything is better on Doggystyle,” he declared. “On The Chronic, we just helped [Dre] put it together … we were just learning. On Doggystyle, that’s when I started producing everything.”
Check out the more of the interview with Daz below.
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Kanye West Says He Produced Nas’ New Album From The Sunken Place
TWITTER – Kanye West continues putting his Twitter fingers to use with yet another announcement. On Sunday (April 22), the suddenly outspoken Hip Hop force announced the release date for Nas’ highly anticipated solo album with a simple tweet.
“Nas June 15th,” he wrote.
West also revealed he’s the producer behind not only Nas’ upcoming project but also “all the albums” he’s mentioned on social media over the past week, including his collaboration with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghost, Pusha T’s King Push and an album from G.O.O.D. Music artist Teyana Taylor.
“I’m hand producing all the albums I tweeted about,” he wrote. “Been chopping samples from the sunken place. Pusha May 25th My album June 1st me and Cudi June 8th and Teyana June 22nd and oh yeah.”
Hip Hop fans have been practically salivating at the thought of a new Nas album. After all, it’s been six years since the Queens legend delivered Life Is Good, his follow-up to 2008’s Untitled.
But that doesn’t mean Nas hasn’t been busy. In addition to his duties at Mass Appeal — the media company he helped revive in 2013 — the Illmatic mastermind executive produced the Netflix series The Get Down and most recently, pumped out another Netflix series called Rapture.
In a 2016 interview with HipHopDX, he explained, “I’m in my zone. And that’s just what it is. I always stuck with my message and my way, and that might not work for anybody else. I wouldn’t suggest people follow me, but I feel like the ones that can see where I’m going and they see some good in it, and if I can make somebody happy with the moves and I inspire somebody over there, then I inspire a generation. I inspire one man or one woman; I inspire a generation so anybody that can see the moves that I’m doing,”
Last June, Nas told the New York Times his new album was coming that summer but if failed to materialize.
Evidently, the wait is (almost) over.
Curren$y Drops Surprise “Air Freshna” EP To Celebrate 4/20
When J. Cole dropped KODon Friday (April 20), album closer “1985 (Intro To ‘The Fall Off’)” immediately stirred up some controversy with the line, “I heard one of em diss me, I’m surprised/ I ain’t trippin, listen good to my reply.”
Several Twitter users scrambled to figure out who Cole was targeting and many concluded it was Lil Pump. Now, the “Gucci Gang” rapper has responded to Cole’s supposed diss on social media.
“Wow you get so much props,” he says in a video. “You diss a 17-year-old. Lame-ass jit.”
Pump’s dismissive response to Cole’s perceived jab isn’t really surprising considering his newfound career is flourishing. The Miami native’s latest video, “ESSKEETIT” has gotten nearly 50 million YouTube views in its first week and the aforementioned “Gucci Gang” single has been certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA.
Meanwhile, Pump’s 2017 self-titled debut hit the Billboard 200 chart at #3. Coupled with his recent Warner Bros. Music deal, he’s poised to have a solid year.
Cole’s track does offer some wise words to Pump and his ilk about how to maintain longevity in the rap game. Time will tell.
Chance The Rapper Reportedly Buying $4 Million Condo In Chicago
Chance The Rapper looks to be copping himself a new condo in Chicago.
It looks like Chance The Rapper might have a new place to call home soon. On Friday, CBS Chicago reported that Chano From 79th is in the process of buying a $4 million dollar condo in the beautiful Streeterville neighborhood in Chicago.
According to the real estate listing, the 4,500-square-foot condo, which features a V-shaped 2-bedroom & 3.5 baths, was built in 2008. The condo features floor to ceiling windows and offers expansive views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan from three separate terraces, as well as a soundproofed library, bar and sauna. It also includes a special ventilation system for clearing cigar smoke, or weed smoke whatever you prefer.
It’s unknown how much Chance ended up paying for the crib as it’s still in the early stages of being finalized, but it was being listed for $4,025,000, after being reduced from the initial $4.5 million asking price.
This report comes just days after the Chicago rapper celebrated his 25th birthday with a huge fundraiser, so maybe this condo is a nice gift to himself?
Check out photos of the crib in the clip (below) and look out for new music to be on the way. In fact, Chano just teased some music with Young Thug & Childish Gambino earlier this month, which you can check out for yourself right here if you missed it.
The Kids See Ghost initiative is a feel-good ending to years of the two creatives publicly falling out, most notably during the back-and-forth rants that occurred during Kanye’s Saint Pablo Tour in fall 2016.
Kanye West Reveals Release Date For Pusha T’s “King Push” Album
“It’s going to be album of the year in 2018,” he told Billboard. “Heavy raps, production by Kanye West from top to bottom. I’ve been in this for a long time, and one thing about me is it just has to be right.”
“I’ve done this album like three times, right,” he said during a performance at the Budweiser Made In America Festival last September. “[West] comes in, he pick all the beats and shit. Then he hears the beats and he scraps them and says ‘I can do better.’ He’s done that shit like three times.”
West also announced a June 22 release date for G.O.O.D. Music artist Teyana Taylor’s next album.
Nas Drops “Illmatic: Live From The Kennedy Center” LP
It’s been 24 years since Nas released his classic debut, Illmatic. Now, fans can enjoy it in a completely new way as the legendary MC has dropped a live version of the LP backed by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Nas performed this rendition of Illmatic with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2014. In February, PBS aired the special concert as part of its Great Performances series.
Check out the Illmatic: Live From The Kennedy Center stream, cover art and tracklist below. Vinyl copies of the album on sale at Mass Appeal’s online store.
NEW YORK, NY – Nicki Minaj has returned with a video for “Chun-Li,” one of two new singles she dropped earlier this week. The bulk of the visual is shot by Minaj in vertical selfie mode.
Dressed in black leather and fishnets, she spits, “They need rappers like me/ So they can get on their fucking keyboards/ And make me the bad guy, Chun-Li.”
The self-proclaimed Queen of Rap revealed the single alongside “Barbie Tingz” on Thursday (April 12), marking her first new solo material of 2018.
(The last update on this article was published on April 12, 2018 and can be found below.)
Nicki Minaj has finally resurfaced with two new singles — “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li.” After teasing fans with a handful of cryptic tweets, Minaj revealed new music was on its way earlier this week, causing an uproar on social media.
“I needed to focus on my album,” she told Lowe. “This is the best album in my life I’ve ever ever created. I needed to focus and I wanted to write something meaningful to me that would inspire and captivate my audience. More importantly, I wanted to have fun again without giving a shit. I didn’t want to see anything. I wasn’t only not posting. I also took all social media off my phone. It was the most genius decision I ever made. It gave me peace and put my focus back on what it needed to be on — the music. ”
Minaj also talked about how it’s necessary to “deactivate from the matrix.”
“I was like, ‘Why am I including this information in my spirit,” she said. “I don’t need to know what people are saying about me … music has become much more than music. It’s become a lot of shenanigans. I can rap. At the end of the day, I can rap. I don’t know about anybody else but I rap. That’s what I do.”
Later in the conversation, she touched on her tumultuous relationship with Drake (who she called the “Golden Boy”).
“Drake is always mad at me,” she said. “We’re like an old married couple. It’s so stupid. But you know what, on the real, Drake also has given me some of the best advice of my career. He’s given me some great advice. He’s very smart. You can’t take that away from him. Also, even when there were things happening, even when I couldn’t speak to him, I think he felt the love I will always have for him.” https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/2gTYVoQCUh0QNUaFix01ld
She then talked about ex Meek Mill and his current situation.
“I don’t want to talk about legal things but I will say, every now and then … I won’t go there. I will save some of those things for my album. What I will say now is the judge in question did everything I asked of her. I can’t badmouth her because I met her personally. I know what she said to us. He knows. I wouldn’t wish jail on anybody. ”
(The last update of this article was published on April 10, 2018 and can be found below.)
After tantalizing fans with a few cryptic tweets, Nicki Minaj has put an end to the speculation. On Tuesday (April 10), Black Barbie posted the covers of what appear to be two new singles — “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li.”
According to the caption, both songs will arrive at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST “everywhere.”
Although the self-proclaimed Queen of Rap hasn’t put out a new album since 2014’s The Pinkprint, she’s popped up on multiple singles, including Migos’ “Motorsport” and Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up.”
Her latest stunt is reminiscent of the #3PackFromParis maneuver she pulled last March, which featured the diss-heavy “No Frauds” with Lil Wayne and Drake.
It’s possible the countdown ended early because the cover art was leaked on a French website and Minaj was forced to announce the news.
(The original version of this article was published on April 10, 2018 at 9:48 a.m. PST and can be found below.)
The self-proclaimed Queen of Rap pulled a tweet-and-delete with a simple, “4,” leading to widespread speculation she had something on the way. The following day, she doubled down with another cryptic tweet, this time with the number 3. Both tweets were quickly deleted.
LOS ANGELES, CA – As Cardi B continues her industry takeover, many people are seemingly drooling at the thought of potential beef with fellow superstar rapper Nicki Minaj.
Earlier this week, as Minaj was talking to Zane Lowe, she admitted she was hurt by some of Cardi’s comments regarding their shared “MotorSport” single for Migos.
But during an interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106 on Thursday (April 12), the pregnant Cardi didn’t touch on any of that. Instead, she talked about Invasion Of Privacy and how she still reads nasty comments about herself online.
“It is torture,” she said. “It depends on the situation. People are bipolar. I really hate saying corny shit but I be saying shit like, ‘I’m the bitch people love to hate.’ I think people have an addiction on hating. For example, if there’s somebody you don’t like, you don’t have to go to their Instagram. But I think they like that feeling of hating you. It’s like, ‘Oh, I need negativity today.’”
“[She should] listen to Invasion of Privacy,” she said. “I think it will help her bring down some tears. I really feel for her ’cause there’s nothing more annoying when something like that is in the public eye. This is what I don’t like about these blogs and these paparazzi. This woman is pregnant, and to bring that kind of stress to a pregnant woman is heartbreaking and it’s dangerous as well. Nobody cares. Nobody has the heart to just be like, ‘Let’s just chill.’ No, it’s all about the money or all about the click-baits.”
Cardi then opens up about what she misses most about her pre-fame life and how she handles all the negativity.
“It’s hard for me to deal with it,” she admits. “I couldn’t really tell you how. Everybody just gives me advice around me. So, it’s like, ‘You right, you right. I’m special. Yeah, you right, they hating on me because they don’t have anything going on for themselves.’ But it’s real hard. Everybody says that’s the price you pay for fame. I don’t get why I have to pay. I didn’t sign up for this shit.
“[I miss] having my own privacy, being able to say what I want. Like I feel like I have to censor myself. People always want to make shit racist, homophobic … it’s ridiculous.”
Tinashe fans are being treated to 13 new songs from the R&B chanteuse. The singer has dropped her third studio album, Joyride.
The tracklist for Tinashe’s Joyride boasts a Hip Hop-heavy assortment of featured artists, including Future, Migos’ Offest, Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana. Swedish band Little Dragon can also be found on the project, specifically on the song “Stuck With Me.”
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly this month, the singer recalled a time when she was uncertain of the fate of Joyride.
“I had moments of feeling discouraged, but I was never going to give up on the project,” she said. “So from my perspective it was always going to come out — one way or another.
In addition to dropping her newest body of work, she will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (April 12) night.
1. Keep Your Eyes On The Road (Intro)
3. No Drama f. Offset
4. He Don’t Want It
5. Ooh La La
6. Me So Bad f. Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana
7. Ain’t Good For Ya (Interlude)
8. Stuck With Me f. Little Dragon
9. Go Easy On Me (Interlude)
11. Faded Love
12. No Contest
13. Fires And Flames
Fans of Cardi B can exhale a sigh of relief now that her debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, has finally arrived.
Featuring 13 tracks, the album boasts guest vocals from Migos on “Drip” and 21 Savage on“Bartier Cardi,” and some surprises spots from Chance The Rapper, Kehlani and SZA. The Bronx rapper’s monster single “Bodak Yellow” is also included on the project.
The former Love & Hip Hop star made history earlier this year when she became only the third act to have her first three Billboard Hot 100 entries in the Top 10 at the same time.
Check out the Invasion Of Privacy stream, cover art and tracklist below.
[This article has been updated. The following was published April 4, 2018.]
Cardi B is evidently doing most of the heavy lifting on her upcoming debut album, Invasion Of Privacy.
The Atlantic Records signee took to Instagram on Wednesday (April 4) to share the tracklist, which only features two guest spots — Migos and 21 Savage. The album boasts 13 tracks, including her smash hit “Bodak Yellow.”
“TRACKLIST !I have some surprises,” she wrote in the caption. “I know you have some question:Don’t ask me and just find out on Friday. Thank you. INVASION OF PRIVACY.”
Along with the tracklist, Cardi has also shared “Drip” featuring Migos.
Invasion Of Privacy is expected to arrive on Friday (April 6).
In the meantime, listen to “Drip” below.
(The original version of this article was published on March 26, 2018 and can be found below.)
Cardi B’s debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, finally has a release date. On Monday (March 26), the “Bodak Yellow” rapper announced her highly anticipated LP is scheduled to drop on April 6.
“My album cover !!! LADIES AND GENTS ! My album INVASION OF PRIVACY will be out next week April 6!!!!!!!” she wrote in an Instagram post, which also shared her album cover.
QUEENS, NY – New York City Hip Hop pioneer Chuck Freeze passed away on Sunday (April 1). According to the New York Daily News, the 54-year-old founding member of The Jazzy 5 was found “unconscious and unresponsive” at his home in Hollis, Queens.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s office reportedly confirmed the official cause of death was heart disease and high blood pressure.
The Jazzy 5’s song with Afrika Bambaataa, 1981’s “Jazzy Sensation,” was famously sampled by the Beastie Boys for two tracks on 1989’s Paul’s Boutique — “Hey Ladies” and “Shake Your Rump.” It was also sampled by artists like De La Soul, Prince Paul, Steinski and Double Dee.
Several of Freeze’s close friends spoke to HipHopDX about his impact on Hip Hop culture, including co-founder of the iconic Hip Hop show Video Music Box Ralph McDaniels, who talked to Freeze on a weekly basis.
“I had my last conversation with Chuck Freeze last week about new technology and his understanding of how Hip Hop should embrace all aspects of what’s happening now,” McDaniels told DX. “He taught me a few things I didn’t know that night. Thank you Chuck A Luck for your time. Peaceful journey.”
DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell, another pioneering New York City Hip Hop figure, had known Freeze since they were teenagers.
“I knew Chuck since I was 15 years old,” Kevie Kev said to DX. “We also went to high school together at John F. Kennedy High School. He was one of my mother’s favorites. The only way I was able to go to see my legendary brothers back then is when Chuck was going, then my mother would allow me to go. I fell in love with DJing and one day Chuck happened to mention it to my mother. So, on my birthday she brought me some equipment from the advice of my friend Chuck. Since then, we both went on to become Hip Hop legends.”
“I was just with Chuck a few weeks ago at Oze Tavern in the Bronx,” he said. “He was in great spirits and didn’t appear ill at all, so I was completely taken aback by the news of his passing. May he rest comfortably in the living embrace of our creator.”
The Original Clark Kent added, “I had the pleasure of chilling and having great conversation with Chuck Freeze and Kev Rockwell at the event we did in Connecticut. My sincere condolences to Chuck’s family.”
Fellow Bronx Hip Hop vet Kool Kyle said, “Chuck Freeze was a soldier for Bronx Hip Hop. He kept it 100 with his passion for his craft.”
MC Kimba, who dated Freeze for a few years and is the current COO of the Jam Master Jay Foundation, spoke on his talent.
“I knew Freeze since the beginning of Hip Hop,” she said. “He grew up in Soundview and I in Castle Hill. We, along with others, laid the foundation. His flow was melodic and his raspy voice was his trademark. I will always remember him as a big teddy bear. He was smart and loving, I will miss his presence and never forget how he changed my life.”
Several other Hip Hop artists took to social media to express their condolences, including LL Cool J, Percee P and T.O.N.E-z who Freeze mentored.
Ja Rule Reportedly Hasn’t Paid His Taxes In 11 Years
Ja Rule has found himself in a whirlwind of financial disorder ever since the FYRE Festival debacle early last year and now Uncle Sam is after the “Always On Time” recording artist (again) for allegedly failing to pay his taxes for 11 years. The IRS recently hit him a tax lien for $363,269 for his earnings in 2014 and 2015, Bossip reports.
The Murder Inc. rap star has had a long history of not meeting his tax obligations, which is why he was sentenced to 28 months in 2011 after failing to fork over money owed on $3 million in earnings between 2004–2006. In 2013, the IRS alleged that Ja owed $1.7 million but Uncle Sam has reportedly yet to see a dime.
Bay Area legend E-40 has teamed up with his cousin B-Legit for a new collaborative album, Connected & Respected.
The veteran MCs have been working together for decades as part of The Click, but this is their first LP as a duo. The 19-track release features guest appearances by Uncle Murda, Rexx Life Raj, Stresmatic and more.
View the Connected & Respected stream, cover art and tracklist below.
[This article has been updated. The following was published March 19, 2018.]
E-40 and B-Legit recently announced a new album, Connected & Respected, and released its lead single, “Boy.” Now, the cousins and longtime collaborators have shared the tracklist for the upcoming LP.
The Bay Area duo’s album features 19 songs with guest appearances by The Click, Uncle Murda, Stresmatic, Rexx Life Raj and DecadeZ, among others. Connected & Respected is scheduled to drop on April 6 via Heavy On The Grind Entertainment.
Check out the cover art and tracklist for E-40 and B-Legit’s collaborative LP below.
1. Life Lessons f. Stresmatic
2. Straight Like That f. Ocky
3. Boy f. P-Lo
4. Guilty by Association
5. Carpal Tunnel
6. Stompdown (Skit 1)
7. Meet The Dealers f. Stresmatic
8. Get It on My Own f. Ocky
9. Up Against It
10. Fo Sho f. JT the 4th
11. Whooped f. DecadeZ
12. Tap In f. Uncle Murda
13. You ah Lie f. 4rAx
14. Need to Know f. Rexx Life Raj
15. Stompdown (Skit 2)
17. Barbershop f. Stresmatic
18. Blame It f. The Click
19. So High f. ProHoeZak
[This article has been updated. The following was published April 4, 2018.]
Last week (March 26) Eric Bellinger released a diss track aimed at his R&B colleague Tory Lanez. On Wednesday (April 4), Bellinger followed up with the video for the track ahead of his Eazy Call album, which is scheduled to drop April 5.
In the video, Bellinger slams Lanez for copying other artists’ style, and digs a grave for Lanez’s latest album, Memories Don’t Die.
As the R&B singer explained to HipHopDX the catalyst behind the record, “[Tory Lanez] just kept doing interviews. I’m not a fan of confrontation. I’m not sure what to expect I’m not trying to be in the streets and we brawling all over Instagram. But as hard as Tekashi 6ix9ine is out here going out niggas, I was just like ‘fuck it!’ I gotta do this song. If we wanna say something, cool. And I’m gonna come right back on his ass!”
Watch the video below.
Eazy Call is a 15-track effort, featuring the likes of Mase, Mila J, Ne-Yo, Wale, and more.
See the album cover art and tracklist below.
Not A Love Song Feat. Mase
Main Thang Feat. Dom Kennedy
She Feat. AD
Role Play Feat. Scootie
G.O.A.T. Feat. Wale
Dirty Dancin’ Feat. NEYO
Y.A.K. Feat. Sammie, Chevy Woods
Ain’t Ya Ex Feat. Mila J, Tink
Flatbush Zombies Are Back With “Vacation From Hell” LP
[This article has been updated. The following was published March 29, 2018.]
Flatbush Zombies have some of the details for their new album, Vacation in Hell, whichwill be available on April 6.
The Brooklyn group has called in Joey Bada$$, Jadakiss, Bun B and others for the 19-track offering, which will be released under the Glorious Dead Recordings banner. The work features production from Hector Delgado, Kirk Knight, Tyler Dopps and Anthony Flammia, as well as the Flatbush Zombies themselves.
The upcoming album comes after the group’s 2016 studio debut 3001’s: A Laced Odyssey, which hit #1 on iTunes and entered at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart. The group will be heading on a North American tour from April to June, starting in Brooklyn on April 6 and concluding at the Coachella Festival.
Check Flatbush Zombies’ “Headstone” video and see the tracklist below.
3. Vacation f. Joey Bada$$
4. M. Bison
6. Big Shrimp
7. Leather Symphony f. A$AP Twelvyy
8. Reel Girls f. Bun B
9. Facts f. Jadakiss
10. Ask Courtney
11. Crown f. Portugal. The Man
13. U&I f. Dia
14. The Goddess f. Dave B
16. Best American
17. Misunderstood f. Nyck Caution
19. The Glory f. Denzel Curry
Snoop Dogg Scores First No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums Chart
Snoop Dogg Presents: Bible of Love” also becomes the rap icon’s 25th entry on the Billboard 200.
Snoop Dog Presents: Bible of Love, the new faith-based set from Snoop Dogg, flies in at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Gospel Albums chart (dated March 31) with 5,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music.
The 32-track double-album, Snoop Dogg’s first title on the tally, includes features by such gospel stalwarts as Erica Campbell, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett and Charlie Wilson
On the all-genre Billboard 200, where Bible opens at No. 148, Snoop snares his 25th entry, a sum that includes three No. 1s, starting with his 1993 debut, Doggystyle.
Snoop Dogg has also earned six No. 1s on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and even one on Reggae Albums: 2013’s Reincarnated, under the billing Snoop Lion.
Meanwhile, three tracks from Bible of Love appear on Hot Gospel Songs. “You,” featuring Tribbett, starts at No. 20, followed by “Saved,” featuring Faith Evans and 3rd Generation (new at No. 24), and “Blessing Me Again,” featuring Rance Allen (a re-entry at No. 25). Another track from the set, “One More Day,” featuring Wilson, spent a week at No. 17 on the March 10 chart.
Logic Explains That He’s Not Dissing Joyner Lucas On “Yuck”
“I’m a man,” he said. “If I really feel some type of way, I’m not gonna even gonna say your name on a song or the internet. I’m gonna fucking call you. Like if I’m really upset, I’m gonna call you. But it’s like if you’re just talking, like whatever. It’s all good. I don’t give a shit. To me, it’s just not important. It’s not worth it. I’m just happy and I’m not gonna live in that life.”
Many listeners assumed the lyrics were directed at Lucas, who has been publicly instigating a one-sided feud between the two. The creator of the viral single “I’m Not Racist” has thrown jabs at Logic on a few songs and accused the Billboard chart-topping rapper for stealing his ideas. Logic takes aim at his critics on “Yuck,” which led to speculation that it’s about Lucas.
“Talkin’ shit ’bout Logic, I never respond/ I’ll let success talk, ’cause a word of advice/ More achievements for yourself and less talk/ Cats beef with Logic, yeah, they prayin’ I respond/ If I ever did, I dead you in this game with no respawn/ Peace, love, and positivity that’s all I want with you/ But you push the issue ’cause I give you more press than your publicist could ever get you,” he raps.
But Logic said any assumptions about the lyrics being directed at one person are wrong.
“I’m just so fucking positive,” he continued. “But this was just a fun opportunity to every journalist, every fucking rapper, every this, every that, in my entire career that has said something about me, I’m just like I wish you the best. I don’t know if this is coming from envy or jealousy or internal hatred or whatever, but here’s this mirror … I want you to look at yourself and ask yourself why are you so angry that you’re approaching somebody that’s just about peace, love and positivity and actually wants you to succeed.”
Logic also claimed he’ll never drop a diss record. He said it’s not in his character to make one.
“It’s not a diss song,” he noted. “If it was a diss song, I’d say somebody’s name … This is probably the closest it is ever going to have. I would … I would just never do that. It’s not who I am. This is the closest I would ever diss the entire industry that talks shit about me. Every single person in one, that’s it. I would never focus on one person or one this or one that because I feel sorry for anyone who would try to beef with me. It’s like, what’s the point? It’s funny to me. It’s kinda like me and my homies, we just clown. We just like, I don’t even know any of these people and that’s so crazy to me.”
Check out the entire interview below. Logic discusses “Yuck” around the seven-minute mark.
Cardi B Reveals Release Date For Debut Album “Invasion Of Privacy”
NEWARK, NJ – Juelz Santana is set to remain behind bars after a proposed bail package was rejected by a judge in New Jersey on Monday (March 26), according to NorthJersey.com.
The publication reports the judge deemed that the proposed bail package didn’t warrant the Dipset rapper’s release on weapons and drugs charges, although the specifics of the package weren’t discussed in court.
Ahead of the March 30 premiere of Rapture — Netflix’s eight-episode documentary series that dives deep into the world of Hip Hop — director Sacha Jenkins and T.I. spoke with MTV News about today’s younger generation of Hip Hop artists.
T.I. says the older generation of artists lived and experienced what they rapped about in their music in order to be accepted. He later alludes to that no longer being a requirement for today’s younger crop of artists.
“The younger generation wants to be respected, and they feel that that respect comes from the disrespect of the former generation,” T.I. says. “For us, we actually had to go out there. The things that you hear me rapping me about, these are things that I actually had to live through. I had to go out here and do these things and I earned the right to speak about them.”
“Right now, you have people discussing other people who haven’t gone through these necessary steps that they’ve gone through and you are critiquing their work when you haven’t really walked their path,” T.I. adds. “This guy Lil Xan he just has never really taken the time out, he’s not aware of how much work actually went into making it where Pac made it, where B.I.G. made it.”
Lil Wayne & Birdman Are Still Partying Together In Miami Beach
A source tells HipHopDX the two were exhibiting “very friendly behavior” and were seen laughing and talking to each other all throughout the night after Birdman and his entourage joined Lil Wayne’s table. Fabolous also joined, posing for pictures and was reportedly seen being cordial “just like old times.”
Wayne and Birdman were spotted leaving as part of the same group after 4 a.m.
The simple photo-op speaks volumes for the potential resolution of Lil Wayne’s years-old lawsuit against Cash Money Records, which is said to be the catalyst behind the delay of the long-awaited album, Tha Carter V.
Check out more photos from Lil Wayne’s club night below.
Chris Brown Is Bringing 6LACK, H.E.R. & Rich The Kid On Tour
Chris Brown is going on tour and he’s taking a few rising musical acts — 6lack, H.E.R. and Rich The Kid — with him. Dubbed the Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour, named after his multi-platinum selling eighth studio album, the 27-city trek will kick off this summer in Seattle at the White River Amphitheater on June 19.
He announced the upcoming tour on Instagram and says he’s excited to hit the road to see all his fans enjoy themselves at the show.
Check to see when Breezy and company will be swinging by your city below and don’t trip if you don’t see your city listed; more dates will be added later. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, March 30 at LiveNation.com.
June 19 – Auburn, Washington
June 21 – Concord, California
June 24 – Pheonix, Arizona
June 28 – Woodlands, Texas
June 29 – Austin, Texas
July 1 – Dallas, Texas
July 3 – Atlanta, Georgia
July 5 – West Palm Beach, Florida
July 6 – Tampa, Florida
July 7 – Birmingham, Alabama
July 9 – Charlotte, North Carolina
July 10 – Raleigh, North Carolina
July 12 – Bristow, Virginia
July 13 – Virginia Beach, Virginia
July 15 – Newark, New Jersey
July 16 – Brooklyn, New York
July 18 – Camden, New Jersey
July 19 – Mansfield, Massachusetts
July 21 – Hartford, Connecticut
July 22 – Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
July 24 – Cincinnati, Ohio
July 25 – Clarkston, Michigan
July 27 – Noblesville, Indiana
July 28 – Tinley Park, Illinois
July 29 – Maryland Heights, Missouri
August 1 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 3 – Chula Vista, California
August 4 – Las Vegas, Nevada
LL Cool J Says “Rock The Bells Radio” With SiriusXM Is “Strictly For OGs”
LOS ANGELES, CA – LL Cool J has launched his new SiriusXM show Rock The Bells Radio, which solely focuses on classic Hip Hop. Ahead of the launch, the Kennedy Center honoree declared the channel is “strictly for the O.G.s.”
“If you wanna be a fly on the wall in the world of classic Hip Hop, SiriusXM’s ‘Rock the Bells Radio’ is for you,” LL said in a press release. “It’s where fans can come and be immersed in the music, the culture, the energy and the history of classic Hip Hop. We’re gonna have great artists, legendary artists, lyricists, superstars, sex symbols. This is the place to be if you want uncut, raw, pure, classic Hip Hop, but there’s one catch — it’s strictly for O.G.’s.”
Curren$y put his foot back on the gas for some new music. After slowing down from the monthly release schedule he maintained during 2016 and the beginning of 2017, Spitta resumes the pace with a new project titled Parking Lot Music.
The nine-track effort arrives a month after Curren$y’s The Spring Collectionmixtape, which featured Joey Bada$$ and Roddy. His latest work is produced entirely by 808 Mafia’s Purps, who previously teamed up with the Jet Life founder for 2016’s Bourbon Street Secrets. E-40, Ty Dolla $ign and Casey Veggies make guest appearances on the new tape.
Check out the stream, cover art and tracklist for Parking Lot Music below.
Jeezy plans to wrap up his storied career with one final album. On Thursday (March 22), the Snowman revealed his next LP, TM 104, will be his last.
“As the Cold Summer tour comes to a end.. It was inspiring seeing my day one fans since my first album & class TM 101 come out every night,” he wrote on Twitter. “Now class is coming to a end. It’s time for Graduation! My Last Album & Final Class: TM104 -#TrustYaProcess.”
Bundles for Jeezy’s TM 104 are already available for pre-order at his online shop. No additional details about the LP have been announced at this time.
TM 104 will not only be his last album but also the final edition of his Thug Motivation series. The first entry in the series, 2005’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, was his major label debut. The LP was a breakthrough release for Jeezy, peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200 and spawning multiple Hot 100 singles.
Jeezy’s most recent album,Pressure, was released in December 2017. The LP is the lowest charting release of his major label run, peaking at #6 on Billboard 200. All of his previous albums for Def Jam Recordings cracked the Top 5.
Diplo, the Major Lazer and Jack Ü record producer, has released his latest EP, California.
The project features appearances from a number of up-and-coming Hip Hop artists, including Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd and Lil Xan. Meanwhile, Desiigner, DRAM and GoldLink also feature across the EP’s six tracks.
Diplo — who says a full-length album is on the way — hit the ‘Gram a short while after the EP’s official release to reflect on his latest body of work.
Former DX contributor and current Bandcamp Senior Editor Marcus J. Moore has announced a deal to write the cultural biography of Kendrick Lamar. The book will be titled “The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America” and will explore Kendrick’s life and ascent through the music industry.
NEW YORK, NY – When the nominations for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards were unveiled last year, A Tribe Called Quest was noticeably absent from the list. Subsequently, ATCQ’s de facto leader Q-Tip went on an epic Instagram rant blasting the Recording Academy for what he deemed a massive oversight.
On Tuesday (March 13), founding ATCQ member Ali Shaheed Muhammad and longtime collaborator Consequence stopped by Sway In The Morning, where they talked about the snub heard around the Hip Hop world.
In particular, the tenured artists responded to comments made by Grammys Chair Emeritus Jimmy Jam, who suggested ATCQ’s performance at the Grammys last year was “just as relevant” as getting an actual nomination.
“I respect [Jimmy Jam] so much for what he’s done for music but to default to say that the group performed and that should be your consolation prize I think is very disrespectful to the art you put forward,” Ali says.
Consequence adds “I respect the OG, but let’s put this into perspective – Malik Phife Dawg Mutty Ranks Don Juice Taylor – that was his last effort on Earth. I want you to understand the magnitude of that. It’s easy for someone to minimalize something, and I don’t take it as I don’t like him for saying that, but it’s easy to minimalize and categorize.”
From there, Consequence didn’t hold back.
“That’s the same reason why Craig Mack is just now getting his roses,” he said. “What happens so many times with black people is that we come up with notions why other brothers and sisters shouldn’t be celebrated. Ain’t no notion for that shit, they fucked up. Anybody come back 18 years after a hiatus and perform the year before – naturally, you’d assume, ‘Aye, I should have something on my mantle in 12 months.’”
Dr. Dre finds himself in the No. 3 spot again, but with a net worth of $770 million, up from last year’s $740 million. It’s expected that his fortune will grow substantially in the next year, once his Apple stock is vested.
Rounding out the Forbes Five list are Drake and Eminem, tied at $100 million. Last year, Drake was behind Birdman with a $90 million fortune. Drizzy owns several estates, on top of having earned more than $250 million since 2010.
Next, while Eminem isn’t typically regarded as a mogul, he is the best selling artist (across any genre) of the 2000s, and profits from his 2017 Revival release brings him into the Top 5. He recently became the RIAA’s second-highest selling singles artist of all time.
Forbes calculates the rankings based on an analysis of candidates’ major assets, and enlists analysts, attorneys, managers and other key team members to gather the information.
Phonte has delighted fans with the unexpected release of his second solo album, No News Is Good News.
The Foreign Exchange frontman and former Little Brother MC’s latest work is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Charity Starts At Home LP, which dropped in 2011. Phonte’s new LP features 10 tracks with guest appearances by Freddie Gibbs and Eric Roberson.
Check out stream, cover art and tracklist for No News Is Good News below.
1. To The Rescue
2. So Help Me God
3. Pastor Tigallo
4. Expensive Genes
5. Cry No More
6. Such Is Life
7. Change Of Mind f. Freddie Gibbs
8. Sweet You
9. Find That Love Again f. Eric Roberson
10. Euphorium (Back To The Light)
(The original version of this article was published on March 1, 2018 at 2:57 p.m. PST and can be found below.)
Phonte has announced his long-promised sophomore album No News Is Good News will finally see the light of day, seven years following the release of his solo debut Charity Starts At Home. The LP, which was first announced nearly two years ago, is slated to drop at midnight.
In an interview with HipHopDX in June 2016, he originally targeted for a September 30, 2016 release date.
He originally attributed the delay to the immense amount of things on his plate, including his touring schedule with The Foreign Exchange as well as his role in VH1’s The Breaks as the pro-black battle rap character Imam Ali. On top of that, Phonte released Tigallerro, a collaborative project with singer Eric Roberson, in 2016.
When discussing the album with WatchLoud in July 2016, he noted how different the approach would be from his debut. “I didn’t want to write over the course of a year or two,” he explained. “This project will be a lot more immediate, with song banged out in a short, concentrated burst.”
Common Reveals What His Break Up With Erykah Badu Taught Him
BOULDER, CO – Neo-soul goddess Erykah Badu and Hip Hop luminary Common dated from 2000 to 2002. After they broke up, Common did some soul-searching and realized there was something strange about the way he behaved during that time. During a speech at The University of Colorado-Boulder last month, the Chi-Town legend explained what he learned from Badu.
“I discovered I didn’t truly believe in myself wholeheartedly with every morsel that I had in my body and I discovered that through a breakup,” he told a packed crowd. “I was in a relationship with Erykah Badu. When we did break up, one of the most important things I discovered was that I was scared to wear my greatness. I was afraid to wear my greatness, which meant, I could be in a relationship and dim my light for others.”
“I could be around other artists and dim my light for others,” he continued. “I could get around my parents and dim my light. I could get around friends who I felt like I might make them uncomfortable ’cause I was doing something that they hadn’t maybe achieved yet or they weren’t happy with the way they were so, I would dim my light for others.”
While Common nursed his broken heart, he began to read books about self-exploration and came to a life-changing conclusion.
“I learned that you can never dim your light,” he said. “Your light is created for you to be in this world and put that light up on a lamp stand so that anyone who walks into that roomwill see that light. We dim our light for so many reasons. Sometimes we dim our light, most importantly, because we don’t truly believe in that light.
“Well, as I started to discover that I didn’t believe in my path, even though I found my path, I started to work on myself. I started to work. And that took like, me sittin’ down reading books that fed me. That meant goin’ out listening and having conversations with people — intelligent people. That meant be able to listen in conversations. I started to pray and meditate more. Waking up in the morning, saying the things that I wanted. Declaring what I wanted. Believin’ it and speakin’ it till I started believe in it more and more. And one of the powerful things that happened, the more you believe, the more you start to surround yourself with people who believe.”
Later in the talk, the Academy Award-winning actor/musician recalled receiving five Grammy nominations for his work on 2006’s Be. During the 48th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, he watched his “They Say” collaborator Kanye West win three Grammys for Late Registration, while Common walked away with nothing.
“Kanye is there with his mother Dr. Donda West, John Legend was there with his mother and I’m there with my mother,” he explained. “On the way to the Grammys, they announced two of my awards that I was up for. I didn’t win those two. So I’m like, ‘Cool, I got three speeches and three Grammys, I’m good.’ It’s a beautiful night. John Legend wins, Kanye wins a couple. They announce two more of the awards I was up for, and I didn’t get those two. I’m like, ‘Damn, I’m about to cram all my speech into one.’ Ludacris comes out to announce Best Hip Hop Album. I’m like, this is serendipitous because Ludacris has been a guy who had told me, ‘Man you influenced me as a Hip Hop artist.’
“I was like, ‘This worked out. It’s cool. So, Ludacris comes out and Kayne turns around to me and says, ‘Yeah, you got this one.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah I got this one.’ Ludacris opens the envelope, and I see the joy and I was like, ‘Thank God!’ He opens it up and says, ‘Yo, y’all give it up for my man Kanye West.’ So I’m standing up clapping. I got that little smile on my face when I’m really hurtin’ but you know, I’m happy for my man, but I’m like, ‘I didn’t get one award?’ I really believed that I was going to get those Grammys.”
He was taught a tough lesson that night.
“Believing in your path is only the second step to greatness,” he said. “Living your path is the completion of it.”
Common, who had already won a Grammy in 2003 in the Best R&B Song category for Badu’s “Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop),” went on to win two more Grammys in subsequent years. He’s up for an Academy Award this year for “Stand Up For Something” featuring Diane Warren.
If he wins, it will mark his second Oscar. At the 2015 Academy Awards, Common won in the Best Original Song category for his work on “Glory” with John Legend.
As time goes by, hip-hop greats tend to become greater. The past two years have been pretty eventful for the legendary hip-hop collective, A Tribe Called Quest. In the first quarter of 2016, the group’s lead emcee, Phife Dawg unexpectedly passed away from complications tied to diabetes, sending the entire hip-hop community into a vague mourning. Later that year, ATCQ dropped their sixth studio album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (introduced as their final album) which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and the team also launched a streetwear brand back in November of last year that honors Tribe’s signature visually artistic emblems.
Yesterday (Mar. 2), the official Instagram account for the classic Queens collective shared a vintage photo of members Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad with a caption announcing the coming of a “major announcement” followed by recognition of their great fallen tongue Phife in hashtag form. “Major @atcq Announcement on Monday. Stay Tuned… #TheQuestIsOn#RIPPhifeDawg #WeLoveYouTRIBE.”
ATCQ’s own Jarobi White is not willing to spill the beans on whats to come, but promises that whatever it is, will be satisfying. The emcee turned chef told HipHopDX, “No spoilers like Black Panther. You know how good we are about keeping [our] secrets. It’s ill though!”
Speculations are circling around the possibilities of the “major announcement,” one of them being the release of the solo album Phife completed before he passed away. Another presumption Tribe fans are running with is the release of a new Tribe album, despite the group claiming their last effort, their final one. The only thing that can calm these wonders is Monday.
Watch Janelle Monáe’s Stunning New Videos for “Django Jane” & “Make Me Feel”
Now the singer has just released the first two singles from the album.
The songs are “Django Jane,” which is literally a rap song, and “Make Me Feel,” which is a more traditional R&B song. With the release of the songs, Monae also dropped vides for each song.
The “Django Jane” video showcases Monae’s more aggressive side, while the video for “Make Me Feel” features a sensual Monae.
On Thursday, Janelle appeared on Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music. She talked about why it took so long for this album to come:
“You know I always knew that I had to make this album. I actually had this title on this concept before my first album The ArchAndriod and it scared me because a lot of the things that I knew that I needed to say were very deep, very personal, from the heart. You know this is an extremely vulnerable album and it took me a while to make it because I’m a self editor. I self edit myself a lot. I’m like I don’t want to talk about this, I don’t want to talk about that. I had to kind of have people at Wonderland on my team to hold me accountable to it. They were like OK, you said you wanted to make this album before your first album, this is the opportunity for you to just really choose honesty over mystery. I know that there are a lot of things that I haven’t discussed and I think this is the album that you’ll get an opportunity to get a closer glimpse into my mind and into my heart.”
Check out the visuals for “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel” below.
Q-Tip teams up with Kendrick Lamar on a beat that sounds like vintage A Tribe Called Quest and, together, they kick it.
These award winning brothas, Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, connect once again as August Greene for their second single, “Black Kennedy”.
Between these three artists—Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins—gold and awards just happen to follow them wherever they go. After years of collaborating and creating, this talented trio decided to join forces as the group August Greene.
Titled “Black Kennedy,” August Greene talks that revolutionary talk over smooth’d out production. As longtime friends, this triple threat dynamo (actor, musician and producer) felt that now was the time to release this music as a group. Themes such as optimism and black excellence are meant to imbue black people with a sense of pride and awareness.
Last week, the band released a video for their first effort, “Optimism,” which featured Brandy and was filmed in Jackson, Mississippi during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Together, August Greene has found a sound that breaks the mold, shatters it completely and create a flame-inducing movement in its place.
August Greene’s debut self-titled album will be released on March 9th via Amazon Original.
K-Dot, U2 & Dave Chappelle – Live from The Grammy’s
Never will there be a socially accepted pity party to pacify the plight of a superstar. Still, all the riches and success often ignore the effort it takes to maintain that notoriety at the top of the food chain. Eminem recently showed a legend’s vulnerability on his quest to please varying audiences through his latest LP, resulting in his lowest received album of his career. And despite having a legacy that single-handedly altered the DNA of both Hip Hop and R&B, Drake will forever be blemished by the moment he had to admit he uses individuals “to spark” ideas, a sugar-coated phrase for ghostwriting.
And now it’s Migos — who’ve enjoyed the past 365 days and some change — eclipsing career milestones. Thanks to their Billboard-topping Culture album + “Bad and Boujee” package deal that brought forth mainstream crossover ubiquity and more paid appearances than a former U.S. president — who are feeling the pressure to stay scorching. Culture II arrives a full year after its predecessor in obvious efforts to duplicate the massive status bump but the tight-knit trio of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff instead pull a 180° and drop off a thumb drive of songs that completely undermines their self-proclaimed “biggest group ever” title.
That’s not to say the first Culture installment was the trap genre’s answer to The Police’s Synchronicity; an impenetrable hit-laden classic that simply calls for a curtain call. Yet, between the aforementioned “Bad and Boujee” and other all-inclusive catchiness like “T-Shirt” and “Slippery,” the group easily joined the ranks of rap’s upper echelon. But Migos appear to have overlooked the time and dedication it takes to create a sound body of work. The past year has seen Quavo rise as a leading guest feature, event host and budding TV star while Offset has given Instagram followers real deal Love & Hip Hop episodes through his relationship with Cardi B. The cousins also extended their rapping talents into adjacent 2017 projects (with Travis Scott and 21 Savage, respectively) and their stretched dedication sets the stage for the generally unassuming Takeoff to easily outshine his Migos brethren all throughout Culture II.
The sheer incredulity alone of trying to pass off 24 new records as “quality control” is insulting as virtually every song title serves as the chorus with the assembly treatment. On the failed buzz single, “Supastars,” Quavo croons “Supastars, supastars, supastars out” atop a smattering of whizzing 8-bit Nintendo sound effects, and the anticipated Drake feature, “Walk It Talk It” is deflated by the Migos’ leader’s stilted delivery of “Walk it like I talk it (walk it)/Walk it like I talk it,” thrown on the blender’s highest setting. This coming from someone who’s been responsible for some of rap’s biggest sing-a-long moments in the past couple of years.
In fact, Quavo’s lack of highlights throughout the album’s 100+ minute duration isn’t limited to wack hooks. His bars this time around are ripe with Bill Walton-level sports commentary (“Shoot like I play for the Duke”; “Catch a Babe Ruth/The bat I batted the bat”; “Look at my muscles/MVP the whole game/Quavo Russell.”)
The creativity scrapes the bottom of the barrel on “Too Much Jewelry,” which, as the song title indicates, finds Zaytoven’s space-age production being wasted with four minutes explaining the afflicted lifestyle of owning more ice than the polar caps.
While the bulk of the songs can’t disguise their rush-job origins, tinges of Trap Boy Magic do spring up from time to time. Wedged near the end of the elongated tracklist, surprisingly pure “Made Men” officially marks the ATLiens’ venture into traditional Hip Hop territory. Although it was billed as a precursor for greater things to come, “Motorsport” — a Hemi engine of trap powered by both unleaded testosterone and estrogen (the latter delivered by Nicki Minaj and Cardi B) is the project’s most sturdy pillar and indicates Migos didn’t exactly lose their talent as much as their focus.
A close second arrives in the form of “Stir Fry,” an energetic rocker that finds Pharrell continuing with the buoyancy displayed all through N.E.R.D.’s last album. All three Migos deliver enthusiastic commercial-ready performances — as in perfect for any streaming service or home studio TV spot. Regardless, the few bright moments still alleviate the task of having to comb through radio reaches like the sugary “Gang Gang,” the boring “Bad + Boujee” clone “Beast,” or “White Sand,” where Travis Scott, Big Sean and Ty Dolla Sign hit the beach to simply squander studio time.
It should probably matter more that Culture II is a dud, but in today’s feeding frenzy musical climate, its lack of cohesion won’t prevent concertgoers enduring the forgettable records just to see “Bad and Boujee” performed live; nor will it quell any future “Migos Nights” at Atlanta Hawks games; nor will it stop the bag.
But when one considers how often star artists are able to completely command the anticipation, it becomes clear that Culture II will go down as a missed opportunity to obtain immortality. An opportunity that may never come again.
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DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9 Comin’ Back as PRhyme Dropping their 1st video this year
As the release date for PRhyme 2 inches closer, masterminds DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9 are back with a new visual for “Era” featuring Dave East. Throughout the video, we see a Ku Klux Klan member get choked out and a preacher repeatedly shout, “You supposed to be the future” as Preemo cuts it up in the middle of a crowd.
PRhyme 2 is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s PRhyme and is expected to arrive on March 16.
(This article was last updated on February 1, 2018 and can be found below.)
The thirst for DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9’s collaborative project— PRhyme 2 — has been real since the original edition dropped in 2014. After announcing a release date of March 16 last month, the Gang Starr legend and Detroit underground rap vet have unveiled the first single and cover art for the 17-track album.
Titled “Era,” the track features Dave East and quickly reminds fans why this duo has been missed. Against a sparse, bass-heavy beat, Royce and East swap verses about feeling out of place or “in the wrong era.”
(This article was last updated on January 22, 2018 and can be found below.)
DJ Premier confirmed to HipHopDX that the long awaited, almost mythical PRhyme 2 was done last November. Now, it looks like the Royce Da 5’9 and Preemo collab has a release date. As listed on the Fat Beats website, the album is expected to arrive on March 16 and pre-orders are available now.
The tracklist, cover art and featured artists will be revealed the first week of February as stated on the website.
DX reached out to Premier who was not immediately available for comment.
(The original version of this article was published on November 2, 2017 and can be found below.)
DJ Premier has just announced a partnership with the iconic Payday Records imprint, which helped launch the careers of Hip Hop greats like Showbiz & A.G., JAY-Z, and WC and the Maad Circle.
Helmed by Patrick Moxey, Gang Starr’s former manager, the label’s first track is a collaborative single between Preemo and A$AP Ferg, something the legendary turntablist mentioned on social media Wednesday (November 1).
But as Preemo was discussing the Payday Records endeavor with DX, he also casually mentioned PRhyme 2with Royce Da 5’9 was, in fact, completed. The highly anticipated album serves as the sequel to the duo’s 2014 debut, PRhyme.
“I’m just helping him [Moxey] get it launched by doing a grip of singles and then he’ll take it from there since he managed me through our entire Gang Starr career,” Preemo told HipHopDX. “We had a great journey together, so I’m happy to rock with him. I’m still doing my Year Round and TTT [To The Top] labels. NYGz is next on Year Round. Well, PRhyme 2 is actually next, but me and Royce [Da 5’9] share PRhyme Records.”
He added, “We just finished it this morning.”
Although there’s no specific release date as of yet, Preemo hopes it will be released at the top of 2018.
Preemo also discussed the new MC Eiht video for “Got That,” which comes from their collaborative album, Which Way Iz West. With Preemo in the role of executive producer and Eiht in charge of enlisting a killer roster to assist on vocals, the 15-track album plays like a ’90s gangsta rap masterpiece.
Following “Heart Cold” featuring Lady of Rage, the latest visual took some clever planning to execute.
“Eiht was in New York to do the Rock Steady Anniversary, so when I saw the rough cut of ‘Heart Cold’ with Lady Of Rage, I found a freezer in the same building where my new studio is located,” Premier tells HipHopDX. “My friend DJ Poe had only a couple hours to bring his camera to shoot it because [director] Jae Synth lives in Sacramento. They let us use the freezer to shoot my parts and Eiht brought the same jacket so that it would match the Los Angeles footage.
“After we were done, Poe had less than an hour to go to work,” he continues. “So, he asked if there’s anything else to shoot before he leaves, so I threw on ‘Got That’ since we could capture me rapping the hook. He gave me what footage he had and I gave it to Jae for editing. The rest is history.”
Eiht adds, “Being able to combine that street element with working with Preemo in an actual studio was the idea. We wanted to show we have the ability to remain raw with the streets and realness of Hip Hop.”
Check out the video above as we await PRhyme 2.
Bruno Mars Announces 24K Magic Tour With “Lil Sis” Cardi B
The R&B/pop powerhouse shared the news on Thursday (February 1) via Twitter. Bruno also mentioned the tour will be his last in the United States.
“What if I told you I wanna do one more U.S tour so we could celebrate 24k Magic together one last time,” Mars wrote. “Annndddd…what if I told u imma bring my lil sis @iamcardib on tour so we can really turn your city upside down! Make this finale a party!!”
Although the specific dates and cities haven’t been revealed yet, Mars added there will be an “Announcement Tomorrow!”
Cardi quickly uploaded Mars’ announcement to Instagram with the caption, “Mhhhhhhmmm That sounds like a great idea @brunomars?”
Migos sat down with Big Boy TV for an interview last Friday (January 26) where Offset made a comment declaring they were “the biggest group ever in Hip Hop.” Rather than argue with the Atlanta trio, host Big Boy let it ride.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s Bizzy Bone evidently took issue with that. In a video uploaded earlier this week, the 41-year-old MC went off on Big Boy, blasting him for letting them stake that claim and pointing out media was to blame.
“You’re all in the position to be like, ‘Y’all niggas do kind of sound like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, so what do the Migos think of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony?’ None of you niggas have asked them that. What, y’all bitch made? Y’all scared? Y’all hoes niggas? None of you interviewing muthafuckas ask ’em that? None of y’all?
“So that ain’t got nothing to do with them little niggas,” he continues. “They don’t know anything other than what the muthafuckas in the position to be like this is real Hip Hop tells them. You can’t expect for these niggas to respect Nas if y’all don’t! You niggas don’t respect Nas, how the fuck is Lavar Ball going to respect it? It’s y’all. Y’all the problem!”
The thuggish ruggish rap legend went on to say that most rappers avoid working with him for fear he’ll outshine them.
“It [rapping] ain’t going to stop until I’m done muthafuckas, until I feel like breathing,” he says. “Went up to the homie DJ D-Wrek — years ago — the nigga that worked with Nick Cannon.
“That nigga slid up on me and said, ‘Let me tell you something Biz,” he continued. “He said, ‘Niggas in this industry is afraid of you. They know what you can do. They know you dope as fuck. They dare not get on a track with because you are going to eat them alive.’ Alive. Niggas don’t want that kind of heat.”
In a second video, Bizzy reasserts he and the rest of his Bone Thugs brethren have been doing this since way before Migos ever came along.
Bizzy wasn’t alone in his sentiments. Turk of Hot Boys also chimed in on Big Boy’s Migos interview earlier this week, saying, “For a nigga to say they the best group ever – not the best group right now that’s doing they thing – but the best group ever, man that’s some real disrespectful-ass, foul-ass shit right there.”
He added, “I wouldn’t be right, me being in a group that was big, that niggas emulate to this day, including the muthafuckin’ Migos.”
Watch Migos’ original comments below and Bizzy’s responses above.
DXBreakdown host Murs had his own pick for the G.O.A.T. rap group. Check out the episode here.
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Dennis Edwards, the legendary lead singer of The Temptations, has passed away at age 74, according to CBS Chicago. Members of his family confirmed the news on Friday (February 2).
Edwards, who was born in Alabama and raised in Detroit, died in Chicago ahead of his 75th birthday, which he would have celebrated on Saturday (February 3). The cause of death wasn’t disclosed.
The Motown Records sensations — responsible for classic songs like “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and “I Can’t Get Next to You” — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Edwards joined The Temptations in 1968, replacing the group’s second singer David Ruffin (the original singer was Elbridge “Al” Bryant). He was the lead singer from 1968 to 1976 and worked with the group in subsequent reunions during the ’80s.
The Temptations’ music has been sampled by numerous Hip Hop artists, including Eric B. & Rakim, 2Pac, Common, Jadakiss, Kanye West, Public Enemy, J Dilla, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, Cut Chemist and Kool G Rap.
Tributes for Edwards have started pouring in on social media.
Check out some of the reactions below.
Martin TV Sitcom Show is Comin’ Back within its reboot rumors
BURBANK, CA – Tisha Campbell-Martin has sparked rumors of a possible Martin reboot after she reposted an Instagram photo with former co-stars Martin Lawrence and Tichina Arnold on Thursday (February 1).
TMZ also spotted the trio leaving a Burbank steakhouse earlier Thursday but when asked about the possibility of Martin reboot, they refused to confirm of deny the rumors.
Adding fuel to the fire, Lawrence’s wife-to-be Roberta Moradfar posted a Martin logo to Instagram on January 26 with the caption, “Got word from my fiancé that my favorite show may be coming back.”
When asked about the post in an interview with HipHollywood, Campbell-Martin answered, “I can’t tell you anything … But it’s very exciting.”
Martin went off the air in 1997. During the show’ final season, Campbell-Martin refused to shoot scenes with Lawrence after accusing him of sexual harassment.
If a reboot show is in the works, there’s one actor who would be noticeably absent. Former co-star Tommy Ford, who played “Tommy,” passed away in October 2016 at age 52.
Campbell-Martin, who played “Gina” on the hit show, has also returned to the music scene. On Thursday (February 1), she released a new single, “I Don’t Wanna Be Alone” featuring Rich The Kid. Produced by Deezy Baby, the track serves as her first release since 2015’s “Steel Here.”
“As an artist, you want to affect people and I always talk about how important it is to remember that it ain’t about us!,” she said in a press release. “We’re supposed to serve others and it’s an honor. On the real — That’s what keeps me going and keeps me humble. With the Simone Biles Story; Courage to Soar coming out, the single dropping and the recent reconnection with my old cast members, I have say… it’s be an honor to be able to serve ya’ll and express myself in different ways.”
Check out the single above.
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Nas Preforms With National Symphony Orchestra his Classic Album “Illmatic”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – PBS aired Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop on Friday night (February 2) as part of its Great Performances series. The special television event revisited Nas’ 20-year anniversary performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center in 2014.
Throughout the evening, the Hip Hop luminary executed symphonic renditions of classics like “N.Y. State of Mind,” “The World Is Yours,” “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park),” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.” The special is also peppered with interview clips featuring the Queens-bred MC and provides insight into his journey that started at the Queensbridge projects.
“I worked on my thing,” he said in a clip. “I worked on my craft and I stuck to it. I hope that you can look through the dream with me and see the journey I took to be on this stage with an orchestra.”
Watch “One Love” above and find the full video here.
(The original version of this article was published on January 12, 2018 and can be found below.)
Nas’ debut album,Illmatic, has become a bona fide Hip Hop classic since its 1994 release. Now, a new PBS special will revisit its 20-year anniversary performance where Nas teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2014.
PBS will broadcast the special event on February 2 as part of its Great Performances series. Titled Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, the Mass Appeal production isdirected by Jason Goldwatch, and executive produced by Nas, Anthony Saleh and Peter Bittenbender.
Throughout the set, expect the Queens Hip Hop icon to perform songs like “N.Y. State of Mind,” “The World is Yours,” “Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)” and “It Ain’t Hard to Tell.”
Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop will air on PBS on February 2 at 9 p.m. ET and will be available to stream on February 3 on PBS’ website.
Watch the trailer above.
Busta Rhymes Claims Next Album Is His “Most Compelling” Ever
Busta Rhymes has been talking about a new album for years. Last July, he posted multiple photos to Instagram that all included “album soon come” in the caption. Now, the Hip Hop stalwart tells Billboard this almost mythical album will top his discography, which was capped of with 2012’s Year of the Dragon.
After delivering “Get It” featuring Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland on Friday (February 2), it appears another Bus-a-Bus album is on its way but, for now, he’s keeping the details to himself.
“The only thing I am going to say is that this is definitely going to be my most compelling body of work that I’ve ever put together. I haven’t dropped an album in retail since 2009. I am really proud of this project. I was very patient with it and took my time. Patience was probably one of my greatest weapons when putting this project together, because there was things I ended up stumbling on that ended up on the album years into the recording.
“I’ve been working on this album on and off for nine years,” he added. “There’s going to be an announcement made soon on the title and we should definitely be having this album drop before the midway point of 2018.”
Busta also spoke on his upcoming Mountain Dew commercial with the aforementioned Supa Dupa Fly MC, Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman that’s expected to air during Super Bowl LII on Sunday (February 4).
“It’s an incredible moment and I’m definitely proud of it,” he says. “I think it’s the hottest commercial on the planet. I feel that it’s one of the best commercials in Super Bowl history. It doesn’t get more incredible than [Missy Elliott], Peter Dinklage, and Morgan Freeman coming together.
“Our culture of Hip Hop is being properly represented,” he continues. “It’s a great bag of energy and vibes. I loved doing it — the experience on the set was incredible and watching people’s energy over it was even more fulfilling for me. I’m basking in the moment.”
Are Kanye West, Talib Kweli, And Yasiin Bey Working On Something For 2018?
It’s difficult to see what is being written on the notes but the post has led people to wonder: what’s going on? Are Kweli, West, and Bey working on something? And will Chappelle somehow be involved or is he just a witness to some history in the making?
Some people are speculating that it’s another Black Star album (the collaborative rap duo of Kweli and Bey), while others jokingly commented that Kweli, Bey, and Chappelle are trying to pull West out of The Sunken Place.
So what happens when we get together Common, Robert Glasper and producer / drummer Kareem Riggins?
Recently, these three wonderful artists joined the band and released a first song from the album, which will be released on March 9, in collaboration with Amazon Digital. In the song Optemistic they host their first song as a composition of Brandy, the song itself is a cavern for Sounds of Blackness.
It was recently announced that they will perform for the first time at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
אז מה קורה בעצם שמאחדים ביחד את Common, Robert Glasper ואת המפיק\מתופף Kareem Riggins ?
לאחרונה שלושת המופלאים האלו התאחדו להרכב והוציאו שיר ראשון מתוך האלבום שייצא ב9 למרץ שייצא בשיתוף פעולה עם Amazon Digital , שם האלבום טרם פורסם . בשיר Optemistic הם מארחים בשיר הראשון שלהם כהרכב את Brandy ,השיר עצמו הוא קאבר לSounds of Blackness .
לאחרונה התפרסם שהם יופיעו לראשונה בטקס פרסי הגרמאי 2018
Ja Rule decided to renew the conflict with 50 Cent after countless conflicts over the years between the two, the rapper chirped at 50: “50 Cent’s is a pussy” Let’s hope that Feud will calm down again ….
Ja Rule החליט לחדש את הסכסוך עם 50 סנט אחרי אין ספור סכסוכים במהלך השנים בין השניים , הראפר צייץ לעבר 50 :
Snoop Dogg is coming to television, a Collaboration with Netflix, a new reality series will be launched, called “Coach Snoop.” It has been known for many years, Snoop has his own football team that is a coaching ‘ and his son is also part of the team.
The series itself is a mini-series 8 episodes that will be On-Air on February 2nd.
Here’s the trailer for the series:
Snoop Dogg מגיע לטלויזיה , עם שיתוף פעולה עם Netflix תעלה סדרת ריאליט חדשה בכיכובו שנקראת “המאמן סנופ” , כידוע מזה שנים רבות לסנופ יש קבוצת פוטבול משלו שהוא מאמן וגם הבן שלו נמצא שם בקבוצה .
Kodak Black was arrested again for possession of drugs Last night (January 18), previously charged with possession of drugs, weapons and marijuana use, current charges have been added to culprits since the age of 20.
In the past he was arrested for robbery when he was 13 years old.
It does not seem to be coming out soon …
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Kodak Black נעצר שוב על החזקת סמים אתמול בערב (18 לינואר) , בעבר הואשם על החזקת סמים , נשק ושימוש במריחואנה , האשמות הנוכחיות מתווספות להאשמות הקודות מאז גיל 20 .