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Kanye West Praises Big Sean & “Detroit 2”

Following the release of Big Sean’s “Detroit 2,” executive producer Kanye West offered up some kind words of support.

Big Sean might have only recently released his fifth studio solo album Detroit 2, but some of his loyal fans have already deemed it to be his best work. Throughout the extensive project, Sean showcases a notable maturation, a quality most clearly revealed within the album’s major themes- namely love (of the self and others), responsibility, and growth.

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On the latter point, Sean has already looked to the future, revealing his intention to launch his own record label following his stint on G.O.O.D. Music. Though details are scarce as of yet, it goes to show that Sean seeks to further establish himself as an entrepreneur, even if it means stepping away from the Kanye West-led record label. But that’s not to say he’ll be turning his back on G.O.O.D, as the relationship between Sean and West appears sturdier than ever.

“Congratulations to my brother Big Sean on his new album Good music for life,” writes Yeezy, who played a key role as the project’s executive producer. Sean was quick to return the kindness, penning “Love you big bro no matter what! Thank you! 4 Life!” in response. Though the eventual departure for new pastures might have risked a divide within the camp, it seems as if Ye is supportive of his collaborator’s intentions — even if it means a future without Big Sean on G.O.O.D Music. Check out the exchange below, and go run those Detroit 2 numbers up right here.

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Famous Dex Goes Off On King Von, 6ix9ine Chimes In

Over the weekend, Famous Dex and Tekashi 6ix9ine took to Instagram to fire off some disrespect at Chicago rapper King Von.

These days, it feels like heated Instagram tirades have replaced the diss track altogether. Late last night, Famous Dex found himself looking to get something off his chest, unleashing a vitriolic IG Live rant upon Chicago rapper King Von.

“King Von you a bitch,” declares Dex, at the onset of the clip. “Suck my dick. You got 6ix9ine going to O Block. Ho-ass n***a. Go get on 6ix9ine ass before you say anything about me. Cause he all on ya’ll block. Disrespecting y’all dead n***as.” The disrespect was echoed by Tekashi himself, who scurried into Akademiks’ comment section with a taunting message of his own. “Never forget they killed Durk cousin nuski and Durk hasn’t spun yet FACTS,” writes 6ix9ine, clearly trying to goad Durk into continuing the feud.

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Not long after the clip surfaced, Von took to Twitter with an ominous response. “N***as better hope God got some room for they bitch ass,” he wrote, his words seemingly directed at Dex and 6ix9ine. Given what we’ve seen thus far, it’s unlikely that 6ix9ine will be fazed in the slightest, opting to keep the same disrespectful energy he has been keeping since his release.

If it hasn’t become clear that beef can be a relevant marketing tool in hip-hop, the revelation that 6ix9ine’s camp was allegedly offering Lil Durk exorbitant amounts of money to continue the feud speaks volumes. From a fan perspective, conflict can be compelling to behold, though the ramifications on the artists themselves can certainly vary. In this case, the threat of violent consequences continues to loom dangerously overhead. We can only hope that cooler heads prevail.

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Xzibit Celebrates Dr. Dre’s Career With Heartfelt Message

Xzibit takes to Instagram to pen a heartfelt message to Dr. Dre, a celebration of the legendary artist’s career and empire.

There isn’t a hip-hop fan out there who doesn’t recognize the greatness of the Aftermath empire. Originally founded by Dr. Dre in 1996 following his departure from Death Row, the “boutique label” quickly grew in scope and influence, ultimately helping to launch the careers of Eminem50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar. In addition to the marquee signees, the label also found success with rappers like Busta Rhymes and Xzibit, with whom the Good Doctor has seemingly rekindled.

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In fact, based entirely on Instagram activity, it seems as if X and the Doc are closer than ever; not only are the pair of “X” collaborators back in the studio working on an unknown project, but also enjoying the simpler pleasures of life — marveling at pimped-out low-riders and staging lively hip-hop family gatherings. Clearly, X and Dre have been living it up to the fullest, and the Restless rapper recently took a moment to celebrate his longtime mentor and trusted producer on Instagram.

“@drdre has done so much for so many,” writes X, alongside an image of them in the studio. “I will always have the utmost respect for him. He has changed lives and made dynasties. We all we got. Fuck all the dumb shit. That’s it that’s all.” Naturally, the sentiment was echoed by many, including Denaun Porter, Dem Jointz, King T, and D12’s Kuniva — all of whom have worked with Dre at some point or another. Check out the message below, and keep an eye out for that new music coming out from Xzibit and Dr. Dre.

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Post Malone & 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” Surpasses 2 Billion Streams

Post Malon Post Malone and 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” has surpassed 2 billion streams on Spotify.

Post Malone and 21 Savage‘s hit track “Rockstar” has officially registered 2 billion streams on Spotify. It is only the second song to have reached this milestone.

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“Rockstar” was released on September 15, 2017, and is featured on Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys album. The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” is the only song on Spotify with more total streams, with over 2.5 billion. “Rockstar” is followed by Drake’s “One Dance” in third place.

Malone says he is working on a new album during quarantine: “I’m working on an album now,” he told WSJ in July. “There’s so much to say in these times that will give people hope and hopefully uplift people’s spirits. Because it’s a dark time in America. In the darkest of times, I’m just trying to make something beautiful out of it.

“I want to make an album that will uplift and show that people are not alone in their times of loneliness and worry and that at the end of the day we all just need to show love to everyone on the planet and figure things out,” he concluded. “I think we’re making some incredible stuff.”

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