Machine Gun Kelly found a reason to celebrate after hearing Eminem’s Kamikaze album. Of course, Em goes at MGK on the track “Not Alike” featuring Royce Da 5’9.
“Next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne if you want to come at me with a sub, Machine Gun/I’m talking to you, but you already know who you are, Kelly/I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss/But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie,” he spits.
MGK took to Instagram on Friday (August 31) to share a video of himself busting out the champagne as the song plays in the background.
He captioned the clip with a purple devil face emoji.
On Friday morning, MGK took a few shots at G-Eazy during a Funkmaster Flex freestyle. It took G only two hours to respond with “Bad Boy,” a diss track aimed at MGK.
Former Aftermath collaborators Dr. Dre and Xzibit are reportedly being sued for breach of contract by three individuals who claim the two Hip Hop vets screwed them out of millions.
According to TMZ, the three unnamed plaintiffs are suing co-owners Dre and X’s cannabis company, Brass Knuckles. The trio claim they struck a deal with them to own 14.5 percent of the company but then didn’t see any of the company’s royalties.
Eventually, they agreed to sell their 14.5 percent to Dre — who they say is a secret owner — X and others members of the company for $5 million. However, when it came time to ink the deal, Dre and X allegedly had a convenient case of amnesia.
Legal docs reportedly state Brass Knuckles was originally valued at $50 million, but it was determined the company was actually valued at $170 million only after the three individuals had gathered the $5 million to buy their share.
The trio’s attorney, Larry Ecoff, reportedly said “this case is all about greed and weed.”
The three people suing Dre and X want a judge to rule they are 14.5 percent owners of the company as well as monetary compensation.
New York, NY – As fans continue deciphering Eminem’s surprise Kamikaze album bar-by-bar, The Breakfast Club was evidently busy doing the same thing.
On Friday’s episode (August 31), co-host Charlamagne Tha God responded to Em’s line about him on the track “The Ringer.”
When referencing the 2018 BET Cypher, Shady spits, “So finger-bang, Pootie Tang, Burger King/Gucci Gang, dookie, dang/Charlamagne gonna hate anyway, doesn’t matter what I say/Give me Donkey of the Day/What a way for 2018 to get underway/But I’m gonna say everything that I wanna say/Welcome to the slaughterhouse, bitch! (yeah).”
Charlamagne begins, “I just wanna say we’re almost in September. Ok, 2018 has been underway Eminem. You know what’s slick about that bar? He’s quoting me. I actually said that about a BET Cypher. I said the thing isn’t even orange and that was a reach. So, I quoted that verbatim and he said that in his bars just now.”
While he doesn’t really consider the line a diss, he took a minute to defend himself.
“I don’t hate,” he says. “I tell the truth. That’s not hatin’ me sayin’ Revival was wack ’cause clearly Eminem thought Revival was wack, too. That’s why he gave us this sneaky album called Kamikaze. He thought Revival was wack. He knows it was wack.”
From there, the Power 105.1 trio talks about the other artists who caught Shady’s rage, including Joe Budden, Tyler The Creator and Drake.
The Tyler The Creator line caused a little controversy for its use of a homophobic slur, something Charlamagne also touched on.
“Well, here’s the thing about freedom of speech, you have the freedom to say what you want, but people are free to be offended,” he said. And I’m sure they will be about this line — but he’s actually quoting something Tyler said about himself.
“Eminem has to understand when he calls Tyler that he’s not just throwing a shot at Tyler, he’s throwing a shot at millions of gay people around the globe. But I don’t think he cares.”
Wilmington, Delaware – The magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff spends a healthy chunk of his time on the road every year. Following tour stops in exotic locations such as Africa and Switzerland, the turntable legend is back stateside and will perform at Denver’s Goodness Block Party on Saturday (September 1).
Ahead of this weekend’s festivities, Jazzy Jeff is busy getting his travel plans in order after pulling off his annual Playlist Retreat. Although he’s held the event for the past three summers, he calls this one “the smoothest it’s ever been.”
The idea behind the Playlist Retreat is all about collaboration. He invites roughly 75 DJs, producers, singer/songwriters and instrumentalists together to his home in Delaware to fuel creativity. But, it’s not all about music. Mental health was a big topic of conversation this year.
“It’s a very interesting thing that your job is to go out and make people happy through music, but yet no one ever asks, ‘How are you doing?’” Jazzy Jeff tells HipHopDX. “No one ever asks the comedian that makes you laugh, is she happy? I think everybody has lives. Everybody has relationships. There’s nothing different other than your profession that separates you from everybody else, but yet still there’s a whole laundry list of emotional things that no one ever bothers to address.
“It was taboo for so long, and then you start looking up and you’re kind of like, ‘We lost way, way too many of our icons that we put on a pedestal to very normal, basic life issues’ that it’s kind of like, yeah, we need to talk about this.”
But, that isn’t all. The Playlist Retreat 2018 also tackled topics like health, eating better on the road, managing schedules and tracking expenses.
“We all have eating issues because you finished playing at 2 a.m. and the only thing that’s open is the burger spot,” Jazzy Jeff explains. “So, I want to bring somebody here that talks about nutrition but talks about nutrition on the road. What are some of the things that I can throw in my bag that will be better for me than that burger?
“That’s not to say I’m not going to get the burger, but it’s really kind of like let’s all talk about the issues that we have that somebody else doesn’t. People don’t understand that I travel 160 days out of the year. When I come home, the last thing I want to do is go eat in a restaurant.”
He continues, ” Most of the people that come are independent artists. What are the tools that you can use? Is there a social media tool that can help you manage that? Is there a financial tool that can help you manage that? Is there a calendar app that can help you navigate your schedule? I think that’s the thing people appreciate because you’re coming with like-minded people, but you’re walking away with all of these little gems that hopefully make your year better until the next time you come.”
Jazzy Jeff continues making music and keeping up with his hectic touring schedule simply because of his love of Hip Hop and music in general. It’s something he can’t really stop. Anyone with a passion for something understands how that works.
“At the end of the day, we’re all going to leave this earth,” he says. “I do not want to leave this earth with anything creatively left inside. I need to give it all away. And you know what? Some of it you’re going to sell. Most of it you’re going to give away. But you can’t keep holding on to it.”
He adds, “I think what you want the retreat to be is I want to take it back when you did this because you enjoyed it because some people don’t realize that they lost some of their love. It’s just kind of like, no. We want to bring that back.”
Denver-based turntablist DJ Low Key, who is at the helm of the Goodness Block Party along with Red Bull this weekend, tells DX having Jazzy Jeff on the bill is a dream come true.
“Jazzy Jeff is, in a lot of ways, kind of the best DJ ever,” he says. “There’s a large part of the population who’ve known about him because of his conjunction with Will Smith or maybe saw him on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and might have reduced him to a gimmick. But, the fact of matter is Jazzy Jeff — within the DJ community — is kind of the most respected guy, period.
“With that said, he’s kind of the big fish if there’s a big fish in terms of trying to book anyone in particular.”
Despite his reputation in DJ culture, Jazzy Jeff still has his feet on solid ground. The humility he projects is nothing to ignore. He still pays tribute to those contributing to the culture. From Mix Master Mike and Shortkut to DJ Qbert and D Styles, he gives credit where credit is due. Without them and the younger turntablists who are just coming up, he says he wouldn’t be here.
“The one thing that’s neat is I love what I do and I love other people who love what they do,” he says. “It’s amazing to me that people think that I don’t pay attention to new music or new DJs or new techniques and new things.
“Looking at guys like Qbert, [Mix Master] Mike, Shortkut and D Styles and all the rest of these guys, they inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing — all the way down to the new generation like the J. Espinosas and the Lazyboys. When you strip everything away, I am a geek and a nerd at heart. Most of us are.”
Tyga called in to Nicki Minaj’s Apple Music show Queen Radio on Thursday (August 30). During the episode, the “Rack City” wonder took credit for Kylie Jenner’s success while Nicki played devil’s advocate, calling him out for his sexist views.
“A lot of men say stuff like that, I always gotta rep for my women,” Nicki says. “A lot of men say stuff like that … but what about all the work that this person is doing for their career?”
Tyga explains, “You gotta look at the before and after. She always had a platform and she was always destined to be what she was going to be regardless. When I stepped in, it was like, you can do this, you should do this, you should start doing your hair like this.
“You should adapt ’cause you need black people to fuck with you ’cause you need culture. If you ain’t got black people behind you, you ain’t got nothin’. Ain’t nobody gonna listen. You can’t influence nobody. So, I had a lot to do with all that, which I don’t credit for.”
When Nicki asks if he missed Jenner, Tyga’s response was, “Nah, I’m good love. Enjoy.”
Tyga and Jenner dated off-and-on for a couple of years before officially calling it quits in 2016. Since then, Jenner has coupled up with Travis Scott and had their first child together, Stormi. He insists there’s no bad blood between he and La Flame though.
“We ain’t got no beef. It’s his time right now,” he said. “You gotta let it ride. I ain’t got no beef with him.”
As Nicki continues to bait him, seemingly wanting him to say something negative about Astroworld, Tyga adds, “‘Queen’s number one in my book.”
During his latest freestyle for Funkmaster Flex, Machine Gun Kelly slipped in a few shade bars aimed squarely at G-Eazy.
Over Drake’s “Nonstop” instrumental, he not only appeared to taunt G-Eazy about the dissolution of his relationship with Halsey but also branded his music as “frat rap.”
“Only Eazy I fuck with is E … I fucked his girl/Now he looks like this shit is overbearing/How dare him, I dare him/Don’t think about comparing/Now turn that frat rap off I get sick of hearing.”
It only took G-Eazy two hours to respond SoundCloud with the song “Bad Boy.”
“MGK, please stop trolling me/Get over me, you wanna be me/You’re mad that you’re not as big as me,” he raps. “I’m everywhere/I’m your nightmare/You can’t get rid of me/Call an Uber, turn on the radio/Imagine hearing me/’Him & I’s on.”
G-Eazy responds to MGK, of course, but he also throws some jabs at Funkmaster Flex for giving MGK the platform for the diss.
“I guess you both might have something in common though/You got your spot taken from you, you’re mad about it so,“ he adds, referencing Flex’s ongoing animosity with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club.
Just days before G-Eazy and Halsey announced they were calling it quits back in July, images of Halsey and MGK — who dated the singer before G-Eazy — stirred rumors of a reconciliation. However, it appears the “Him & I” collaborators are now working it out.
This is the second diss in 24 hours for MGK, who was also called out by Eminem on his surprise Kamikaze album.
BMG reported growth during the first half of 2018 with an increase in sales by 3.3% to $281 million compared to the first half of 2017.
When you subtract the negative effects of currency, BMG actually grew by 9.2%. Their operating EBITDA also grew by 5% to $49 million.
Specific things that led to BMG’s growth in the first half of 2018 include expansion, number one hits by several of their artists, and contracts with celebrity artists.
In April 2018, BMG acquired Big Big Bang & Fuzz, an Australian music production company to expand their business. They also took over famous French singer/songwriter Michel Polnareff’s catalog and selected name rights and audio and video material from “Ready Steady Go!,” a British television program from the 1960s.
BMG continued its expansion by licensing rights to its first major production, Bad Reputation, a documentary about rock and roll artist Joan Jett.
Number One Hits
Several BMG artists had number one hits in the first half of 2018 including Jason Aldean and Australian pop star Kylie Minogue. “Budapest” singer, George Ezra, topped the charts in the UK.
Additionally, BMG songwriters were responsible for three out of five of the biggest radio hits in the United States during the first half of the year. BMG’s recorded music comprises about 35% of their overall revenue, $181.7 million in the first half of 2018, so when album sales are hot it’s good for business.
Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal footwear and apparel deal with Nike, joining fellow rookies Luka Doncic and Collin Sexton, whom have also signed on with The Swoosh. According to ESPN’s Nick DePaula, Jackson’s strong showing in helping the Grizzlies reach the semifinals during the summer league in Las Vegas earned him the multiyear Nike fer.
The fourth overall selection in the June Draft, Jackson had been rocking both Nike and Adidas sneakers throughout the Summer as he showed f his versatility as a 6’11 forward that can get it done on both ends the floor. Among the notable sneakers he laced up during the summer was the Nike KD 11, a sneaker that not even Kevin Durant had worn on the court at the time.
While Nike’s status as the preferred brand for basketball players (according to DePaula, Nike still outfits more than 65% players in the NBA), others have made strides in recent years, including PUMA basketball, which resurfaced this year with several big name additions. In it’s first year back in the basketball space after a 20-year hiatus, Puma signed the #1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton, the #2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III, Michael Porter Jr, and Zhaire Smith, as well as Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier and veteran forward Rudy Gay.
Meanwhile, Adidas has signed two electric rookie guards to their growing roster – the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young and San Antonio Spurs’ Lonnie Walker IV.
Eminem’s Kamikaze came as a bit surprise to rap fans expecting little more than an overnight single tapped for the Venom motion picture soundtrack. Eminem fans were granted an inflamed version their favorite rapper, within the opening frame. On “Ringer” Em reduces Lil Yachty to specimen data in his case study against “mumble” rappers.
Then he conceivably dumps on Lil Pump, another defenseless character. “Ringer” conjures mixed feelings about the game; Eminem does invariably anoint Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Joyner Lucas and Big Sean as faithful rap practitioners. Eminem rhymes humble with mumble with subtle variation, so you know where his head is at. Em continues down that path on “Lucky You.”
On “Not Alike,” Eminem takes a dig at Machine Gun Kelly for running his mouth covertly on Twitter. MGK is the lucky recipient two high prile diss records in roughly 6 hours. Eminem likely won’t forget MGK’s Twitter solicitation his then-16 year old daughter, any time soon.
As Alex pointed out, Eminem appears to be singling out Drake on the title song “Kamikaze,” but the subliminal message reads more like a competitive quip. The gloves come f, finally.
Em does reserve the harshest judgement for Joe Budden, the “Howard Stern Hip Hop.” Their feud had its origin in 2017 when Budden criticized Eminem’s Revival album rollout. Even Budden’s much derided co-host DJ Akademiks catches a jab his own within the same verse.
Eminem also hits at Tyler, The Creator on “Fall” for allegedly copying D12’s brand image. Uncoincidentally, Tyler has been critical Eminem, with respect to his career choices in the current era post-Relapse.
Charlamagne Tha God, Lord Jamar also caught one-liners, the latter for saying that Eminem was “no different than Macklemore.”
Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show was one the smoothest guys on television at the time. That’s how he was able to marry one the Huxtable girls, and start a fictional family their own. On the classic series, that has since been stained with the disgrace Bill Cosby, Elvin started f as a somewhat sexist character. His belief in strict gender roles slowly began to change with the influence the strong Huxtable women, and his character arc and maturity were amazing to watch. Gefrey Owens, who played Elvin, has fallen a long way from his days being a television star.
As reported by DailyMail, Owens was spotted working at a Trader Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey recently. Looking like a different man, the hefty Owens was spotted in a dirty uniform with a shaggy grey beard. Karma Lawrence was grocery shopping with her wife Yanelle on Saturday when the two spotted Owens and took a few pictures. “I have never seen him at Trader Joe’s before,” Lawrence told DailyMail. “I was getting a bunch groceries and he wasn’t really looking at anybody, but he said, ‘Have a nice day.'”
If you know anything about Hopsin, you know he worships the ground Eminem walks on. So naturally, when he heard his idol shout him out on his surprise album Kamikaze last night, he was beyond honored.
“I didn’t even know he knew who the fuck I was!” he screamed in excitement after playing the clip on his Instagram.
The name drop comes in the Mike WiLL Made It-produced track “Fall,” in which Em raps about the various emcees he’s influenced throughout his career. “I inspire the Hopsins, the Logics, the Coles, the Seans, the K-Dots, the 5’9″s, and oh, brought the world 50 Cent, you did squat, pissed and moaned,” he says.
“This is seriously the BEST FUCKING DAY OF MY FUCKING LIFE!!” Hopsin wrote in the caption his post. “For years I always wondered if you even knew who I was! God damn! Literally. The. Best. Fuckin. Day. Of. My. Fucking. Life!!!! Period! YOU JUST INSPIRED ME TO MAKE A NEW FUCKING PROJECT! Im bout to hit the studio RIGHT FUCKIN NOW! This was the motivation I needed to stay on track! Thank you EM!”
There you have it, you can now expect new music from Hopsin, all thanks to Eminem’s simple shout-out. Watch the clip above.
Hopsin is one the few rappers mentioned on Eminem’s new project who doesn’t get dissed in one way or another. Throughout the album, Em takes shots at rappers including Drake, Lil Yachty, Lil Pump, and more. Listen to the album here.
Aretha Franklin’s passing earlier this month was a tragic moment in the music community. The Queen Soul was a major influence for so many artists around the world, bringing her powerful voice to the playlists so many throughout her career. With fans still mourning her loss, the late singer is being laid to rest today in Detroit and a star-studded line-up is set to honor the star’s life. Opting to celebrate the accomplishments in her life rather than dwelling on her departure, the family enlisted a bunch big names from Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill and The Clark Sisters to Ariana Grande.
Anybody wishing to witness the moment as they bid farewell to one the greatest singers in modern memory is able to do so as the funeral is being broadcast live by several outlets, which TMZ is taking part in. At the moment, guests are making their way in and taking their seats as the performances are set to begin soon. Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are being prominently featured on TMZ’s stream as they shake hands with Bill Clinton and others.
Aretha Franklin passed away at the age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Rest in Peace to the Queen Soul.
Farmland Foods, the largest pork producer and processor in the world, has engaged in a lighthearted battle with streetwear brand Supreme, following one the brand’s recent drops. It all started when Supreme released a five-panel hat featuring Farmland Foods’ signature logo, as shown in the tweet embedded below.
In continuation their “beef” with Supreme, the Missouri-based company has since revealed their very own lookbook modeled by real farmers, on a real farm, for real. A caption on the Farmland Foods IG account reads, “Since we missed the first Supreme drop, we went ahead and had a photoshoot our own. And we found the perfect models. #Supreme#FARMLANDxSUPREME #Farmland”
Check out the Farmland x Supreme styles in the following series IG posts.