Lil Nas X Responds To Dave East With Kevin Hart Soundbite

Dave East, without provocation, gave his unadulterated opinion on Lil Nas X’s mega-hit “Old Town Road,” calling it “wack with a cape on it! And super wack!”

The Billboard top-charter responded with a not-so-subtle Twitter post of a Kevin Hart video clip from an interview with Joe Rogan.

Hart articulates, “What’s cool is being negative. This is a great example … we talk about Titanic. Titanic, one of the biggest movies of all-time, fuckin’ great movie, (acting as Joe) yes it was a great movie, and one guy for no reason goes ‘I fuckin’ hated it!’”

The movie star continues, “Tell me why’d you hate it? ‘I don’t got time to talk to y’all about that.’”

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Rogan then slightly contests speaking, “I don’t know if it’s a cool thing — I think it’s usually people that are frustrated with their lives. I did a joke before saying do you think Michael Jordan leaves YouTube comments? I bet he doesn’t; that’s not for winners.”

Hart expounds, “What do you have going on that you have that time to just simply be that negative? I don’t think people understand how valuable they can be if they use their time correctly.”

“Old Town Road” is on a massive run, with the assistance of Billy Rae Cyrus, it surpassed Drake and set a new record with 143 million streams according to Billboard.

The track has been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks consecutively.

Diddy Is Completely In Awe Of Zoe Kravitz’ Sultry Watermelon Pose

Diddy was late to the watermelon party Paper Magazine put on with Zoe Kravitz as their muse. The photoshoot in question demanded the uttermost seduction out Kravitz fspring, a 30-year-old in the nick time.

The citron melon ruse wasn’t the first time Paper Mag pushed the envelope on innuendo, as evidenced by past editorials depicting a nude Kim Kardashian, or Grace Jones’ greased-up cover shot, to name a few. Although it’s unclear what Diddy is alluding to when he credits Zoe as his inspiration. My guess would be that he’s impressed by her gumption.

It’s hard to believe Diddy would go through a public channel like Instagram if his intent was to woo her with flattery. Then again, Diddy’s PDA is pretty well-documented, but over a close family friend, I think no?

Puffy and her father Lenny Kravitz recorded “Show Me Your Soul” in 2003 when Zoe was but a child, and yet infantilizing her would be unjust (in her adult life), for the same reason I wouldn’t reduce Diddy to a cradle-robber just because he dated Cassie. The impulse is hard to fend f, in light the fact, Zoe’s Paper Mag is photoshoot is too easily sexualized, and intentionally so, regardless the “child prodigy-progeniture” backstory that goes into it. It’s worth nothing that Zoe was among those listed in the “Black 100” list Diddy posted last September.

Dave East Calls "Old Town Road" Wack, Lil Nas X Appears To Respond

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is the hottest song in the country but not everyone is feeling itDave East took to Instagram to share his seemingly unpopular opinion on the track.

“Old Town Road” is getting love across the board from both fans country and hip-hop. It ultimately led Billy Ray Cyrus to hop on the remix with another remix featuring Young Thug seemingly on the way. Dave East took to Instagram to express his disdain towards the track.

“This fuckin’ ‘Old Town Road’ shit is fuckin’ wack. I don’t know what the fuck is going on with hip-hop,” he said. “I ain’t no hater, man, but that shit is wack with a cape on it. It’s super wack.”

It appears though that Lil Nas X may have caught wind East’s comments. The rapper shared a small snippet Kevin Hart talking about how “hating” is the cool thing to do. 

East may have caught some backlash for his comments but at the end the day, it hasn’t taken away from the fact that it’s one the hottest songs out right now. The song debuted at the top the Billboard Hot 100 before the remix featuring Miley Cyrus dad helped the song maintain its position for a second week in a row. 

Drake Curse Strikes The Toronto Maple Leafs After PSG Fiasco

Drake is one the biggest artists in the world and he’s also a huge sports fan on top it all. The Canadian artist can be seen repping his favorite teams’ merch at any given time. The only problem with this though is that every time he dawns a team’s jersey, they end up losing. This has resulted in what people call the “Drake curse.” The curse recently manifested itself when Drake took a picture with a member the soccer team Paris Saint-Germain. After the photo, the team lost 5-1 in their worst defeat in ten years.

Last night, the curse happened again as Drake supported his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs who are currently in their first-round matchup the NHL Playfs against the Boston Bruins. Drake was in his own private lodge where he was wearing a Maple Leafs jersey. As you can imagine, the Leafs lost the game by a score 6-4. Thanks to the loss, the series is now tied at two games apiece and will be heading back to Boston for game 5.

Fans took to Twitter to joke about the “Drake curse” and how they’re sick him jinxing their favorite teams. Perhaps after this recent loss, Drake will finally get the message.

Lou Williams Believes He Belongs In The Hall Of Fame

The Los Angeles Clippers are big underdogs in their current playf series against the Golden State Warriors. As the eighth seed, no one expects them to beat the number one-ranked Warriors. Don’t tell the Clippers players that though. On Monday night, they came back from a 31-point deficit to beat the Warriors in game two and tie up the series at one game apiece. A huge part that comeback was Lou Williams who is in his 14th season in the NBA.

Williams has won two sixth-man the year trophies and is seen as one the best sixth-men to ever play the game. Williams knows his role and he’s been a huge help to every team he’s played for. Having said all that, Williams told TMZ that he firmly believes he deserves to be in the Hall Fame.

“Yeah, I’ve seen guys in the Hall Fame with less. I’ve put the work in,” Williams said.

Williams has received some pretty hefty recognition for his ability to play basketball, even garnering a shoutout on Drake‘s song “6 Man” which appears on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

Boomin’ out in South Gwinnett like Lou Will. 6 Man like Lou Will, 2 girls and they get along like I’m (Lou Will). Like I’m Lou Will, I just got the new deal.

Teyana Taylor’s Daughter Is Still A Big Fan Of Drake’s "In My Feelings"

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert’s three-year-old daughter Junie has seemingly grown in the blink an eye and is now a singing lady who loves Drake. Teyana shared a video to her Instagram feed that sees her little mini-me talking about making “your phone disappear.” When Teyana kindly asks what movie her daughter is referencing, Junie lets her know that she’s quoting “Kiki do you love me?”

Teyana Taylor's Daughter Is Still A Big Fan Of Drake's "In My Feelings"
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As we know, the popular question comes from Drake’s Scorpion track “In My Feelings” that was easily one the most popular songs last summer. Junie continues to sing the chart-topping song as seen in the video below before she cuddles into her mom and plants a few kisses on her. “Yoooooooo ya girl junie Issa kiiiiii 😩😩😩 u NEVER know what’s going to come out her mouth 🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️😩😩,” Teyana captioned the cute clip. 

La La Anthony, who was featured in the ficial video for the song commented on the video shouting out Junie for remembering her aunties lines. “Ummmmm so u gonna act like Junie doesn’t know her Auntie La La’s lines from the Drake video?!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣I love my girl. She knew those lines baby!!! Toooooo cute,” she wrote. 

Check it out below.

Beyoncé Drops Surprise Song ‘Before I Let Go’

Beyoncé stopped the world once again with the release of her Netflix documentary and surprise companion album, which both arrived on Wednesday.

Homecoming: The Live Album contains 38 live cuts from her historic Coachella performance plus two bonus tracks including a cover of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go,” which plays during the closing credits to Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé.

The latter, a remake of the 1981 single, was produced by Tay Keith (Travis Scott, Drake) and features the HBCU-styled marching band sound that inspired her Beychella set, mixed with Bey’s powerhouse vocals, and an interpolation of Cameo’s ’80s hit “Candy.” Queen Bey even adds her own original lyrics to the summer-ready jam.

“I pull up to Coachella / And boost with the ghost fellas,” she sings over drums and horns. “I brought the squad with me / Black on black bandanas / D’USSÉ and champagne / I did the damn thing.”

Prior to Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child recorded their own cover of “Before I Let Go” in 1997, but it was never officially released. Homecoming: The Live Album also features an alternate studio version of the chopped-and-screwed “I Been On.”

New Music: French Montana feat. Blueface & Lil TJay ‘Slide’

Following his Drake collaboration “No Stylist” last year, French Montana is back with another banger. The Coke Boy recruits Blueface and Lil TJay for his new single “Slide.”

While Lil TJay provides the Auto-Tuned melodies, French lays down a slapping verse. “Had respect for your ass now it’s time for Montana to check your ass,” he raps before the beat switches up to a sample of Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang.”

Blueface busts down with his dangerous verse. “Tommy gun on me like a Hilfiger / Slidin’ and glidin’ this ain’t no plain jane,” raps the “Thotiana” hitmaker. “Reachin’ for my piece like opening eyes and bird box.”

French, who appears on Jennifer Lopez’s new single “Medicine,” is in the studio working on his next album, the follow-up to 2017’s Jungle Rules.

Slide with Montana.

Despite Billboard's Antiquated Opposition, Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Tops Hot 100, Breaking a Drake Record

Thanks to TikTok – as well as from Justin Bieber – Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ became an overnight sensation last month.

The popular hybrid hip-hop/country song soon debuted on several Billboard charts, including the famed Hot Country Songs.

There was just one problem, though.

According to Billboard, the song didn’t qualify as a legitimate ‘country’ song.  Thus, the entertainment media brand swiftly – and quietly – removed the song from the charts, causing a major stir across the music industry.

While ‘Old Town Road’ incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it doesn’t embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.

Following its decision, Billboard remained quiet as fans, executives, and stars weighed in.  ‘Old Town Road’ represents a constantly-changing musical landscape, blurring the lines between genres.  The entertainment media brand remained firm in its antiquated position, refusing to further comment on its baseless decision.

Now, a new remix with a country music legend has climbed the charts once more, even breaking a record once held by Drake.

Making a comeback with a bang.

Stepping into the controversy, Billy Ray Cyrus lambasted Billboard for de-listing Lil Nas X’s hit single.

On Twitter, he welcomed the 19-year-old rapper into the ‘country’ family.

@LilNasX Been watching everything going on with OTR.  When I got thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me, “Take this as a compliment,” [which] means you’re doing something great!

Only Outlaws are outlawed.  Welcome to the club!

Despite Billboard’s opposition, Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has remained atop the Hot 100 for the second straight week.

For the week ending April 11th, the track has led the Streaming Songs with 143 million streams in the U.S. alone.  Drake previously held the record for the most streams for ‘In My Feelings,’ drawing in 116.2 million streams for the week ending July 28th, 2018.

This time, Billboard decided to count both Lil Nas X’s original song as well as the remix.

In addition, digital sales for ‘Old Town Road’ jumped 454% to 124,000 downloads sold for the week ending April 11th.  The song topped the Digital Song Sales chart for the first time.  ‘Old Town Road’ nearly beat out Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ for most downloads in a week.  The Canadian rapper’s single debuted with 127,000 songs sold for the week ending February 3rd, 2018.

The remix also marks the first time Billy Ray Cyrus scored his first No. 1 on the Hot 100.  He previously peaked at No. 4 with ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ in July 1992.

 


 

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Streaming Record

Lil Nas X is smashing records.

The rapper’s genre-bending single “Old Town Road” spends a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100, propelled by the remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, which was released April 5.

The track also earns the largest single-week streaming week ever with 143 million U.S. streams, surpassing the previous record set by Drake, whose “In My Feelings” drew 116.2 million streams. Both the remix and original version of “Old Town Road” count toward the song’s chart placement.

“Old Town Road” also tops Digital Song Sales with 124,000 downloads, the biggest weekly total since Drake’s “God’s Plan” debuted with 127,000 downloads in February 2018.

Not only is “Road” the first No. 1 for Lil Nas X, but also for Cyrus. The country veteran bests his previous No. 4 Hot 100 peak with “Achy Breaky Heart” in July 1992.

Lil Nas X has also teased another remix with Young Thug, and even joked about releasing an “Old Town Road” album consisting of remixes, acapellas, and interludes.

Elsewhere in the Hot 100 top 10, Post Malone and Swae Lee’s former chart-topper “Sunflower” holds at No. 2, Post Malone’s “Wow” rises 4-3, and J. Cole “Middle Child” moves up one spot to No. 9.

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10

1. Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road”
2. Post Malone and Swae Lee – “Sunflower”
3. Post Malone – “Wow.”
4. Ariana Grande – “7 Rings”
5. Halsey – “Without Me”
6. Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”
7. Bruno Mars and Cardi B – “Please Me”
8. Khalid – “Better”
9. J. Cole – “Middle Child”
10. Marshmello and Bastille – “Happier”

Lil Nas X’s "Old Town Road" Breaks Drake’s Single-Week Streaming Record

Lil Nas X’s popular single “Old Town Road” smashed a streaming record previously held by Drake.

The viral hit racked up 143 million streams in the U.S. for the week ending April 11, breaking the record for most in a single week. “Old Town Road” eclipsed Drake’s “In My Feelings,” which previously set the high mark with 116.2 million streams last July.

“Old Town Road” benefited greatly from its recent remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Streams for the original version and remix were both counted for the track’s chart placement, according to Billboard.

Streams for Lil Nas X’s breakthrough single experienced dramatic growth over the past week, increasing by 207 percent. The song jumped from 46.6 million U.S. streams to 143 million.

The tremendous streaming numbers allowed “Old Town Road” to maintain its top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second week in a row. The country trap tune hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 earlier this month after infamously being removed from Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

Lil Nas X Officially Shatters Drake’s One-Week Streaming Record

Lil Nas X’s viral hit “Old Town Road” became something like a phenomenon. Spurred on by a little bit Billboard controversy, a Cyrus family member once again dipping a toe in the hip-hop pool,  and a delightful commitment to the cowboy motif, Lil Nas X’s breakout single found itself enjoying a genuine moment in the sun. Now, the full extent its success has been revealed, and the results are nothing short impressive. In fact, “Old Town Road” has ficially established itself a streaming juggernaut, breaking a record previously held by Drake

Billboard has ficially confirmed that Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has surpassed the single-week totals Drake’s “In My Feelings” on Billboard’s U.S. Streaming Songs charts. Of course, it should be noted that both the remix and the original count toward the numbers, which might leave some raised eyebrows; after all, both versions are technically different, are they not? Still, Lil Nas X’s accomplishment should not be undersold. “Old Town Road” secured 143 million U.S. streams in a single week release, while “In My Feelings” previously sat atop the mountain with 116.2 million during the height the Shiggy-induced craze.

While some might feel the song is somewhat a parody, there’s clearly something here. Perhaps Lil Nas oughta explore the country slash meme rap direction further. The untapped market potential is boundless. 

Wiley Mocks Drake’s Canadian Accent As Their Beef Intensifies

Over the weekend, Drake responded to the long-running allegations that grime veteran Wiley has made about him. Drake has been accused jacking elements several cultures to further his own career for years. More Life was likely the peak those “culture vulture” allegations with people getting angry about all the influences he drew from on the album. Drake called out Wiley by name when he spoke on the accusations, saying that it’s some “goy shit” and noting that he doesn’t see how anybody could call him out for appropriating other people’s cultures. Wiley decided to clap back at the rapper by quoting him directly in an Instagram story, poking fun at the Canadian’s accent and laughing about it afterwards.

Wiley joked that he’s gotten himself into a “war” with Drake after the Scorpion singer ficially spoke out on Tiffany Calver’s radio show. “That’s goy shit like I just had to get that f my chest,” said Wiley, mimicking Drake and adding in some personal touch at the end. Wiley went on to repost the clip Drake addressing him on Instagram, attempting to prove that he still has a point. “If what I was saying was wrong you would sic] stayed silent,” said the rapper with a bunch crying emojis.

Whose side are you on in this feud? Do you think Drake will address this situation again?

Hip Hop Album Sales: Khalid’s "Free Spirit" Album Soars To No. 1 On Billboard 200

Khalid’s sophomore album, Free Spirit, has captured the coveted spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending April 11.

It marks the El Paso-bred singer-songwriter’s follow-up to 2018’s Suncity EP and 2017’s American Teen, which catapulted the then-teenager to national recognition. Now 21, the R&B crooner is preparing to embark on the Free Spirit World Tour in June.

Elsewhere on the chart, Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap remains in the Top 5 after catapulting to No. 2 in the wake of his untimely death, while NAV’s Bad Habits takes a giant dip.

Soaring

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Khalid returned with Free Spirit on April 3 and with 201,803 total album equivalent units, 85,464 pure album sales and a streaming count of 146,887,657, it sits in the No. 1 spot. The album was accompanied by a short film directed by Emil Nava.

Khalid’s debut studio album, the aforementioned American Teen, debuted at No. 9 upon its release with roughly 37,000 total album equivalent units. It was certified double platinum by the RIAA last August and nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. It was also named one of HipHopDX’s Top R&B albums of 2017.

Holding Steady

Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap isn’t over. After returning to the Top 3 last week, the slain MC’s debut album is holding steady. With 62,841 total album equivalent units, 11,848 pure album sales and a streaming count of 63,888,268, it has moved one position from No. 2 to No. 3.

Neighborhood Nip was killed on March 31 after alleged killer Eric Holder shot him at least six times outside of his Marathon Clothing store. He was laid to rest last Thursday (April 11).

Bad Habits Takes A Dip

After debuting at No. 1 earlier this month, NAV’s Bad Habits has dropped 32 percent. With 23,629 total album equivalent units, 255 pure album sales and a streaming count of 32,705,358, it moved from No. 6 to No. 17.

Bad Habits served as NAV’s first No. 1 album and followed 2018’s Reckless debut, which entered the chart at No. 8 upon its initial release with approximately 36,000 total album equivalent units sold in its first week.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/11/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 1 — 201,803 (85,464) [146,887,657]
  2. Nipsey Hussle — Victory Lap — No. 3 — 62,841 (11,848) [63,888,268]
  3. Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love — No. 5 — 37,884 (584) [56,814,219]
  4. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 7 — 31,104 (2,534) [38,687,890]
  5. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 9 — 30,053 (169) [44,423,796]
  6. Drake – Scorpion —No. 10 — 29,491 (2,554) [35,651,156]
  7. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 13 — 28,4913 (413) [29,695,213]
  8. DaBaby – Baby On Baby — No. 15 — 24,258 (292) [31,989,351]
  9. Meek Mill — Championships — No. 16 — 23,630 (404) [31,035,630]
  10. NAV — Bad Habits — No. 17 — 23,629 (255) [32,705,358]

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/11/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 1 — 201,803 (85,464) [146,887,657]
  2. Nipsey Hussle — Victory Lap — No. 3 — 62,841 (11,848) [63,888,268]
  3. Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love — No. 5 — 37,884 (584) [56,814,219]
  4. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 7 — 31,104 (2,534) [38,687,890]
  5. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 9 — 30,053 (169) [44,423,796]
  6. Drake – Scorpion —No. 10 — 29,491 (2,554) [35,651,156]
  7. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 13 — 28,4913 (413) [29,695,213]
  8. DaBaby – Baby On Baby — No. 15 — 24,258 (292) [31,989,351]
  9. Meek Mill — Championships — No. 16 — 23,630 (404) [31,035,630]
  10. NAV — Bad Habits — No. 17 — 23,629 (255) [32,705,358]

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/11/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 1 — 201,803 (85,464) [146,887,657]
  2. Nipsey Hussle — Victory Lap — No. 3 — 62,841 (11,848) [63,888,268]
  3. Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love — No. 5 — 37,884 (584) [56,814,219]
  4. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 7 — 31,104 (2,534) [38,687,890]
  5. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 9 — 30,053 (169) [44,423,796]
  6. Drake – Scorpion —No. 10 — 29,491 (2,554) [35,651,156]
  7. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 13 — 28,4913 (413) [29,695,213]
  8. DaBaby – Baby On Baby — No. 15 — 24,258 (292) [31,989,351]
  9. Meek Mill — Championships — No. 16 — 23,630 (404) [31,035,630]
  10. NAV — Bad Habits — No. 17 — 23,629 (255) [32,705,358]

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/11/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 1 — 201,803 (85,464) [146,887,657]
  2. Nipsey Hussle — Victory Lap — No. 3 — 62,841 (11,848) [63,888,268]
  3. Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love — No. 5 — 37,884 (584) [56,814,219]
  4. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 7 — 31,104 (2,534) [38,687,890]
  5. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 9 — 30,053 (169) [44,423,796]
  6. Drake – Scorpion —No. 10 — 29,491 (2,554) [35,651,156]
  7. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 13 — 28,4913 (413) [29,695,213]
  8. DaBaby – Baby On Baby — No. 15 — 24,258 (292) [31,989,351]
  9. Meek Mill — Championships — No. 16 — 23,630 (404) [31,035,630]
  10. NAV — Bad Habits — No. 17 — 23,629 (255) [32,705,358]

Hip Hop Week In Review: Nipsey Hussle’s Funeral & Kodak Black’s Beef With T.I.

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Nipsey Hussle‘s Celebration of Life memorial took place at the Staples Center prior to a private funeral in Los Angeles. Also, Drake announced he’s working on his next album. Lastly, Kodak Black responded to T.I. removing his artwork from the Trap Music Museum in Atlanta.

Nipsey Hussle Laid To Rest

More than 20,000 mourners packed the Staples Center Thursday (April 11) to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Nipsey Hussle.

His mother Angelique Smith, father Dawit Asghedom, older brother Samiel Asghedom, sister Samantha Smith and girlfriend Lauren London (who recently got a tattoo of his face on her arm) all gave heartfelt speeches at the ceremony.

Other highlights from the memorial included a performance by Stevie Wonder, Karen Civil reading a letter from former President Barack Obama and Snoop Dogg’s story of when he first met the slain rapper.

Following the ceremony, there was a 25-mile “victory lap” leading Nip to a Crenshaw funeral home.

Read more about Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service here.

New Drake Music Is On The Way

It’s been just under a year since Drake‘s fifth studio album Scorpion was released, and its follow-up is already in the works. During one of the London concerts on his Assassination Vacation Tour, he told the crowd he’s in the beginning stages of his next album.

“I kinda actually started night last night to be honest with you,” Drizzy said. “But I think what I’ma do after this is go home, and I’ma make a new album so I can come back to London next year and we can do this again.”

Read more about Drake working on his sixth album here.

Kodak Black Responds To T.I.

Kodak Black’s comments about Lauren London after the death of her boyfriend Nipsey Hussle were taken as disrespect by a lot of people, including her ATL co-star T.I.

T.I. went on record demanding Kodak apologize “expeditiously” and later removed an art installation dedicated to the Project Baby rapper from his Trap Music Museum in Atlanta.

Kodak couldn’t care less though.

“Fuck that pussy ass museum,” Kodak said in response. “Bitch, I didn’t give you permission to put me up there anyways, bitch. Fuck that pussy ass museum.”

Read more about Kodak Black and T.I.’s ongoing spat here.

#DXCLUSIVES: Ayo & Keyz, Ice Tea & Caleb Steph

Why Cardi B Producers Ayo & Keyz Are Anticipating R&B’s Takeover

Producers Ayo & Keyz have made plenty of R&B hits and recently nabbed a Grammy for their work on Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy. In a conversation with HipHopDX, Ayo explained why he feels R&B is making a grand return.

“I think R&B is back,” Ayo said. “It is super exciting and refreshing. It’s always been around but now it has that light on it again. You can actually hear R&B on the radio or hear it being played in a club and people gravitate towards it rather than trying to be the cool guy waiting for the rap songs to come out.”

Read the full Ayo & Keyz interview here.

Ice-T Stresses Importance Of Rap & Song For “Hip Hop Alphabet 2” Book Release

Ice-T‘s Hip Hop Alphabet 2 book is scheduled to drop in May. Ahead of its release, the legendary MC spoke to DX about rap’s usefulness as a tool for learning.

“Although the masses have often tried to discredit rap, to do it well requires a vocabulary, knowledge and an understanding of poetry,” he noted.

Read the full Ice-T interview here.

Caleb Steph Channels The Experience In “Black Boy” Video

Virginia-bred artist Caleb Steph premiered his new video “Black Boy” on HipHopDX and shared how the visuals came together.

“It was a beautiful experience for everyone involved in the video,” Steph said. “Doing something like that in Virginia is just unheard of a lot of the times. I’m glad I got to make that happen with the people I made it happen with.”

Watch Caleb Steph’s new video here.