INGLEWOOD, CA – Winning Netflix’s Cardi B, T.I. and Chance The Rapper hosted competition series “Rhythm + Flow,” Inglewood-native D. Smoke received $250,000 and the chance to perform at Spotify’s RapCaviar Live.
Taking things a step further, the former Spanish teacher drops his debut project Inglewood High. Named after the school D. Smoke graduated from and eventually found himself teaching at, the project features guest appearances from Tiffany Gouche and Sha’leah Nikole among others.
Speaking with People, D. Smoke said he wanted the project to reflect his experiences as both a teacher and student.
“It takes you on a brief journey,” he told People. “It’ll lead with coming up in Inglewood, going back to Inglewood. Then telling the stories of some of my students. When I talk about the street as in Inglewood, it’s really me as a teacher looking at my students and telling their misguided stories. But that’s a project I’m really proud of and I can’t wait to see how people respond to it.”
Listen to the seven-track project blow.
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Eminem and Mr. Porter are currently on tour overseas. During a stop at Abu Dhabi’s du Arena, the notorious rap god took a swipe at Brand Nubian MC Lord Jamar, who has been one of Shady’s most outspoken critics.
At some point during the show, he stopped the music to tell his fans about a recent dream he had — or nightmare, technically.
“I had a dream that I was a fucking nobody who sucked at rap,” he said. “Do you know who I was Mr. Porter?”
Mr. Porter asked, “Who?!” Em replied, “Lord Jamar!”
From there, Em went into “Criminal” from the 2000 classic, The Marshall Mathers LP, which elicited a roar from the crowd.
Jamar has consistently stated people from “the hood” don’t listen to Shady. It reached a boiling point in August when Royce Da 5’9 laid into Jamar for his criticisms on the Shady Records boss.
Naturally, Jamar couldn’t help himself from replying and fired back, insisting he didn’t care about Em.
“I’ve been done mad interviews and people ask me about Eminem,” he said. “I really don’t give a fuck about Eminem to be honest. He’s not someone I’m really thinking about. The only reason I bring him up is because you have white people that will say Eminem is the G.O.A.T. of Hip Hop based upon his record sales. That’s the only problem I have.”
Not long after Jamar’s comments, Em shared a cryptic message on Twitter, leading many to believe he was locked and loaded with a Jamar diss, but it never materialized. New music from Shady is expected in the near future, so perhaps he will address his issues with Jamar there.
Stalley is looking to leave his mark before 2019 ends.
The Ohio rapper recently dropped a new single “All So New” and unveiled dates for his nationwide tour, set to kick into full gear in November. He also teased fans saying new music was on the way. Now, it appears he’s ready to fulfill that promise.
The proud Muslim artist revealed the cover art and title of his new album Reflection Of Self: The Head Trip set for release Friday (November 1st). He also released a new single “A Main” which will be included on the record. The nine-track LP is produced by Jansport J, a California producer with credits on tracks by Snoop Dogg, Ab-Soul, Freddie Gibbs and Sylvan LaCue.
In a press release, the former Maybach Music Group signee said he feels like he can be more personal and spiritual with his work.
“I’ve been getting closer to my fans lately,” Stalley said. “So I really wanted to let them in and have them be a part of my growth and transition into independence. By being independent and having total control of my career, I now have the freedom to create freely and bare my whole self to my true supporters.”
You can pre-order Stalley’s album here and check out his latest single above.
Kanye West’s ”Jesus Is King” Song Leaks Just Keep On Coming
He may just change up the lyrics.
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As Ye shares more of his newfound faith with the world through music, it leaves the question of what is to become of the rapper’s catalog. Specifically, are fans going to see Kanye perform his old hit songs live, especially after he announced plans to hit the road on tour as soon as possible? TMZ reports that their sources claim Ye is hanging up his old catalog for good, and that fans will only be able to see him perform his new, Jesus-centered music.
During his recent interview with Big Boy, Kanye seemed to have confirmed that this was indeed the case. Big Boy asked him if we’ll hear see him perform “Ninjas in Paris,” and the rapper compares himself to Steve Jobs. He then stated no one walks into an Apple store and asks for an iPod 4, and if they want one, they can go buy them on eBay. Ye added that he has no problem playing the beats of his past songs, but he alluded to not sharing the same lyrical content in the future. Check out the clip below starting at the 36:00 mark and let us know which Kanye tracks you’ll miss the most.