Infamous Passion Of R&B Mixtape – September 2020


Mac Miller Spoke From The Heart On “The Star Room”

2013 Rostrum Records

2013 Rostrum Records

Two years removed from Mac Miller’s death, revisit one of the rapper’s many brilliant moments with “The Star Room.”

Two years ago to this day, Mac Miller passed away at the age of 26, a little over one month removed from the release of Swimming. The news of his death sent shockwaves and despair throughout the hip-hop community, many of whom had become rather fond of Miller’s unique and innovative artistry. Not to mention his kind and generous spirit, a quality that many have praised in the time following his passing.

Despite his relative youth, Mac’s prolific nature ensured that no shortage of music was left behind, including fan-favorite albums like Watching Movies With The Sound Off and Faces, two of his arguable best. Though he eventually shifted into a more melodic style of songwriting, Watching Movies featured some of the most introspective and imaginative penmanship of Mac’s career.

Nowhere was that more evident than on the introductory cut “The Star Room,” produced by Earl Sweatshirt. Alive with abstract imagery and honest reflections, Mac sets one hell of a striking tone. “Makin’ sure my mom and dad are still somewhat in love, all these backfires of my experiments with drugs,” he muses. “And I experience a touch of my epiphany in color form / difference between love and war inform me, I’m above the norm.” Given the significance this day has for Mac Miller‘s many fans, it seems fitting to revisit one of the many bright moments of his career. Rest in peace.


Give me anybody though, I’ll gladly chew his face off, them bath salts
Rhymin’ like it’s summertime on asphalt — hot
Haven’t picked a major label, think I’m blackballed
I still don’t got the heart to pick my phone up when my dad calls
Will he recognize his son when he hears my voice?
I put this music against my life, I think I fear the choice


Eve Was “Devastated” After Dr. Dre Dropped Her For Eminem

She spoke about working with Dre and then being sidelined after he signed Eminem before dropping her from Aftermath altogether.

The Ruff Ryders Chronicles series has given hip hop fans an inside look at one of the genre’s most celebrated collectives, including the rise of their First Lady, E-V-E. The Philadelphia rapper is a rags to riches story as she started with dreams of being the next big rap star while working as an exotic dancer in a strip club. Unexpectedly, Eve received the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to record her demo, and later, the tape ended up in the hands of Dr. Dre. Soon, she inked a deal with the Aftermath mogul and worked with him in the studio, but their working relationship came to a screeching halt without warning.

Eve,  Ruff Ryders Chronicles, Aftermath, Dr. Dre, Eminem
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“I remember that when I was working with Dre, Eminem did get signed,” said Eve. “I would literally show up to studio sessions that I wasn’t supposed to be at where I knew Dre was gonna be and be like, ‘So, when am I recording? When are you gonna put me in a song? What’s going on?’ I think he got sick of that and then I got dropped eight months later… I was devastated.”

Eve returned home to her mother’s house with her tail between her legs, but unbeknownst to her, her manager was working out a possible deal with Ruff Ryders. The rest is, as they say, history, and the partnership with the New York collective ended up launching Eve’s career into new heights and helped to eventually earn the rapper a Grammy. Check out a clip of the episode below.


6ix9ine Teased By Lil Durk, Blueface, Lil Tjay Over “TattleTales” Projections

The rapper’s foes have all come forward to weigh in.

It’s been a rough day for Tekashi 6ix9ine after news about his TattleTales projection sales were shared. Initially, it was believed the 6ix9ine’s latest project would debut at No. 1 on the charts, but a new projection has said otherwise. Much like his “Trollz” single featuring Nicki Minaj, it’s reported that TattleTales sales dropped dramatically and is now slated to sell approximately 50K units its first week. The rapper has done quite a bit to hype the album, especially considering it was his first full-length release since he was released from prison and house arrest.

Over the last few months, 6ix9ine has targeted a few of his fellow rappers. He’s engaged in beefs with the likes of Trippie Redd, Lil TjayLil Reese, Blueface, and even Lil Durk after visiting Chicago. The colorful artist has rubbed a few people the wrong way during his time of online trolling, and after the news about his sales projections circulated, those artists have stepped forward to poke fun at 6ix9ine.

Akademiks shared a post on Instagram about the projection and Blueface commented, “Dam 69 fell off” and “Dam he would still be alive rn if nyggas ain’t gas him up.” Lil Durk added,  “This what happen when you go against the voice lol ima our sell him with my eyes closed.” Lil Tjay didn’t have much to say, but he did post a few crying laughing emojis. All of this followed Trippie Redd’s video where he seemed to be laughing at 6ix9ine’s news. Check out the comments below.


Westside Gunn Names His Top 5 Rappers In The World

Westside Gunn takes to Twitter to share his top 5 favorite rappers, a list made up of several Griselda heavy hitters.

Westside Gunn, the mastermind behind the Griselda movement, knows a thing or two about building hype. It’s part of the reason his grassroots indie label has since grown to become one of the game’s most influential, helping to bring grimy street bars back into the mainstream eye. And all the while, Westside Gunn and his labelmates have been putting out a consistent stream of hard-hitting projects, with his Pray For Paris and Flygod Is An Awesome God 2 among them. And that’s only his own individual output.

Westside Gunn Griselda

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Today, Gunn took to Twitter to share his top five rappers, a list that unsurprisingly centers around the Griselda camp. Presumed to be listed in no order, Gunn names Conway, Benny The ButcherBoldy James, Armani Caesar, and himself as the world’s best emcees, insofar as his own opinion is concerned. Those who are familiar with the FlyGod are likely unsurprised by his list, and while some may accuse the rapper of being bias, it’s hard to argue with the pedigree of all the included names.

Consider that Conway The Machine is gearing up to drop off From King To A God this Friday, and album that will likely further solidify him as one of the best lyricists of the year. Boldy James already came through with The Versace Tape, a project lined with inspired penmanship and vivid imagery. Armani Caesar may be a relative newcomer, but she’ll likely make a strong impression when The Liz arrives on September 18th. And those doubting the power of Benny The Butcher’s pen game need only check out “Deal Or No Deal” for a strong-armed reminder. No matter how you feel about Westside Gunn, it’s hard not to appreciate the man’s unwavering loyalty. That, and his bars.



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