HIPHOPDX – This week in Hip Hop, rap pioneer Jimmy “Super Rhymes” Spicer passed away following a battle with cancer. Also, Tekashi 6ix9ine refused to aided by witness protection and Kanye West‘s Jesus Is King album release date went through more changes.
R.I.P. Jimmy “Super Rhymes” Spicer
On Friday (September 27), Jimmy “Super Rhymes” Spicer passed away at the age of 61.
New York City promoter Van Silk announced Spicer’s passing on social media.
“Jimmy was supposed to perform at the 46th Anniversary Of Hip Hip this past Saturday (September 21),” he wrote. “The last time we talked was in August, but I got a call from his daughter Angelina that her father will not be able to perform. Jimmy asked me to do him a favor. Please make sure that the rights to his song ‘Dollar Bill Y’all’ revert back to his family and I told him I will make the connection and put your family in touch!!”
HipHopDX sends its condolences to the friends and family of Spicer during this difficult time.
Read more about Jimmy “Super Rhymes” Spicer here.
Kanye West Fails To Deliver “Jesus Is King” On Time
Kim Kardashian, Ye’s unofficial publicist for album releases, gave updates on its status while anxious Kanye fanatics tweeted at her asking where the project was.
According to her, the album should be available on Sunday (September 29), which also happens to be the one-year anniversary of when Yandhi was supposed to be released. She shared an updated tracklist for the project as well.
In the meantime, Kanye has been previewing Jesus Is King at listening events in cities such as Detroit and his hometown of Chicago. The events were free to the public.
Keep up with the release of Kanye West’s Jesus Is King here.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Plans To Resume Rap Career After Trial
Tekashi 6ix9ine is reportedly passing on the federal government’s offer for witness protection so he can continue on with his rap career. His plans come after he testified against alleged Nine Trey Gangsta Blood members at trial and identified fellow artists Jim Jones and Cardi B as gang members.
According to TMZ, the United States Marshals Service wouldn’t be paying for his tattoo removal if he did choose to go into the witness protection program. Still, someone took it upon themselves to replace Tekashi’s rainbow-colored hair with a clean haircut and remove his tats through Photoshop to see what he’d look like.
The controversial rapper made an agreement to be the government’s star witness in exchange for a lighter sentence in his racketeering case. He believes he’ll be released next year if things go his way.
Read more about Tekashi 6ix9ine’s case here.
#DXCLUSIVES: Consequence, Angie Martinez, Keak Da Sneak & Ayatollah
Consequence Says His New Album Has Q-Tip & Kanye West’s Stamps Of Approval
After a whirlwind trip to Kanye West’s compound in Wyoming, Consequence spoke to HipHopDX about his upcoming album, Make Up For Lost Time.
“I think that paraphrase means a lot for a lot of people. You get to a point in life and that’s what life becomes. You try to make up for lost time. You try to mend relationships, everything.
“You may want to still want to fulfill unfulfilled desires, you may want to circle back to something that you may have left uncompleted in your life and you just have that chance, just to make up for lost times and use what you know now to apply to a previous dream. That’s why I have decided on that title and all the records fit under that umbrella.
Read the Consequence interview here.
Angie Martinez Discusses Hip Hop’s Evolution & The Key To Good Interviews
DX was out at the REVOLT Summit in Atlanta and got the chance to catch up with Angie Martinez, who gave some insight on her thoughts concerning the evolution of Hip Hop.
“I think it’s forever evolving,” she said. “People always ask me what’s your favorite phase or your favorite time in Hip Hop, was it better then or better now? I think no, it’s forever evolving. That’s like the beauty of it. That’s the fun part, right? Watching where it goes and how it moves.”
Check out the entire Angie Martinez interview here.
Keak Da Sneak Released From Prison With “A Different Mindset”
Bay Area rap icon Keak Da Sneak has been released from prison after a five month stint and shared a word with DX about his time behind bars.
“It’s really good to be back home,” Keak told DX. “I had a lot of fan love, letters and a lot of support, yadadmean? My label Allnfallndoe kept working and putting music out while I did my time.”
Read the full Keak Da Sneak interview here.
Ayatollah Talks Playing Beats For Rawkus & The Legacy Of “Ms. Fat Booty”
DX touched base with “Ms. Fat Booty” producer Ayatollah for a conversation about his career and how his most iconic song got to Mos Def.
“I actually made like, four or five different versions of that [‘Ms. Fat Booty’] beat of with the Aretha Franklin sample,” he told HipHopDX. “There was just different ways I chopped up the sample and stuff like that.”
View the Ayatollah interview here.
Kim Kardashian has claimed Kanye West’s Jesus Is King album is dropping on Sunday (September 29), but release dates are in a constant state of state of flux when it comes to Yeezy. But one thing is confirmed: Ye’s documentary of the same name will be available exclusively in IMAX theaters in October.
IMAX has announced Kanye’s film will premiere in its theaters on October 25. The documentary features music from the album and an inside look at an edition of the G.O.O.D. Music founder’s Sunday Service in Arizona’s Roden Crater.
“Filmed in the summer of 2019, Jesus Is King brings Kanye West’s famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater, visionary artist James Turrell’s never-before-seen installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert,” IMAX said in a press release. “This one-of-a-kind experience features songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with music from his new album Jesus Is King — all presented in the immersive sound and stunning clarity of IMAX.”
Kanye has previewed scenes from the Jesus Is King film at his album listening sessions in Detroit and Chicago. A third event is scheduled to take place in New York on Sunday.
Check out the poster for Kanye’s documentary below.
Tory Lanez defended himself via social media after being accused of biting Roddy Ricch’s work. The outspoken artist, who often drops remixes and freestyles using popular instrumentals, was called out by Roddy for using the West Coast rapper’s “Ricch Forever” beat in a Fargo Fridays series song titled “Watch For Your Soul.”
“u can’t bite no harder than this,” Roddy wrote in an Instagram comment. “@torylanez i thought we was better than this.”
Tory responded, “I used your beat because I loved your version and wanted to tell my own story about my dog that got killed. I didn’t use anything of yours but a Beat (Millions of niggas go on other beats everyday).”
He then told Roddy he wanted to take the conversation off social media since they have each other’s phone numbers.
Tory’s desire to move the conversation away from social media didn’t stop him from elaborating about the creation of “Watch For Your Soul” though. In a separate Instagram post, he slammed claims of jacking Roddy’s style.
“I made this song about my dead homie … Idgaf what y’all niggas is talking bout right now,” he explained. “It really means nothing .. I went on @roddyricch beat cuz I got luv for his music . And his song . I even did certain things in the song to pay tribute/homage to his song and show love .. not for y’all to tell me Im biting someone who ain’t been in the game making PLATINUM records with THIS style for even half the time I have.”
He added, “One thing I want y’all to stop doing tho . Is acting as if my voice ain’t been the same for the last 9 years .. and that I don’t play a part in a lot of these new niggas sounds and styles . First time I met him he told me I inspired him . Y’all niggas can be funny man . But fuck it … let’s just enjoy the music.”
Compare Tory’s “Watch For Your Soul” to Roddy’s “Ricch Forever” below.