Hip Hop Week In Review: Eminem’s Surprise Album & Royce Da 5’9’s Beef With Yelawolf

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Eminem dropped his surprise album Music To Be Murdered By. Also, Royce Da 5’9 unleashed his new single “Overcomer” featuring a diss aimed at Yelawolf, and 2 Chainz cut down his dreads.

Eminem Releases Music To Be Murdered By

Eminem surprised fans with a new album titled Music To Be Murdered By on Friday (January 17). The LP featured 20 tracks and guest appearances from Royce Da 5’9, Q-Tip, KXNG Crooked, Young M.A, Anderson .Paak, Black Thought and the late Juice Wrld.

Slim Shady also released a video for the single “Darkness” at the same time.

It didn’t take long for listeners to catch on to all the people Em disses on the album. Among them include Lord Jamar, Machine Gun Kelly, Joe Budden, Kanye West, Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, just to name a few.

However, there was no diss to be found for Nick Cannon.

Stream Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By here.

Royce Da 5’9 Disses Yelawolf

Royce Da 5’9 shared the Westside Gunn-assisted track “Overcomer” off his forthcoming album The Allegory on Thursday (January 16). On it, Royce takes a clear shot at former Shady Records labelmate Yelawolf.

“Yelawolf this is your first and your last pass,” Royce spit. “I ain’t gon’ put it on blast, your punk ass know what this about/You think it’s ’bout being loud or tryna be hostile/Till you get found face down on the ground outside of Kid Rock house/Though you a vulture pundit, I hope you get sober from this/Men lie, women lie, so do numbers.”

In a since-deleted response, Yelawolf posted a pair of red boots on Instagram with the following caption: “YOU AND ME video dropping soon from the sold out Fillmore in Detroit .. but numbers do lie don’t they @royceda59. yo @eminem get your hype man before the wolves do … I ain’t worried.”

Royce caught the post before Yela deleted it and fired back.

“I can remove you quicker than you Deleted this post, David Duke and nobody can stop me,” he wrote. “See, you want it to be one way…But it’s the other way.”

Read more about Royce Da 5’9’s beef with Yelawolf here.

2 Chainz Cuts His Dreads

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2 Chainz cut his dreads ahead of the release for his collaborative track “Dead Man Walking” with Future.

“This my second cut of the year,” he wrote in a caption on Instagram.

Listen to 2 Chainz’s “Dead Man Walking” featuring Future here.


– Redman — 3 Joints
– Nick Cannon — The Miseducation Of The Negro You Love To Hate
– Stunna 4 Vegas — Rich Youngin
– 070 Shake — Modus Vivendi
– Mick Jenkins — The Circus

#DXCLUSIVES: Stretch & Bobbito, 30 Roc & S1

Stretch & Bobbito Conquered Radio, Now They Have An Album Called ‘No Requests’

Stretch and Bobbito spoke to HipHopDX about the making of their debut album No Requests and the origins of its title.

“I’ve done everything from the most underground music-centric to the most horrible Las Vegas mainstream with a line of hostile white women asking for bad music,” Stretch pointed out. “No Requests is kind of tongue-in-cheek. It’s not meant to be too serious, although we actually don’t take requests. With regards to the album, you don’t need to make requests because we got you.”

Read the full interview with Stretch and Bobbito here.

Producer 30 Roc Explains How Windshield Wiper Noise Ended Up On Roddy Ricch’s ‘The Box’

30 Roc detailed how he made Roddy Ricch’s No. 1 hit song “The Box” and where the “EEE-ERR” sound heard throughout the song came from in a conversation with DX.

“Anybody who listens to music knows it’s his voice,” 30 Roc explained. “That’s not possible. It’s possible for me to do that, but if I was to put that in the beat without him laying the vocals, I felt like it would throw the beat off.”

Check out the entire interview with 30 Roc here.

S1’s Memoir Reveals How Rhymefest Facilitated Life-Changing Kanye West Collaboration

S1 a.k.a. Symbolyc One dropped his new book titled Pray.Focus.Plan.Execute: A Memoir by S1 and shared an exclusive excerpt from it on DX. He also opened up about his intentions for the written work, which dropped on January 15.

“My purpose, not only for writing this book but also in life, is to impact, inspire, encourage and motivate others,” S1 told DX. “I’ve been blessed to accomplish so much in my life. So, I felt me sharing my personal life and career experiences of success and more importantly, my failures, would align with my purpose of achieving that.”

Read the excerpt and more about S1’s book here.

Netflix Is Allegedly Interested In Working With Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stunned the world, and mostly the UK, when they announced their quasi-retirement from the royal family. The couple will be leaving their royal titles behind, although the world will still view them as royalty. “After many months reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” wrote Harry and Meghan on a social media post. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members the Royal Family and work to become financially independent.” 

As reported by the New York Postthe couple has drawn the interest Netflix. Meghan already has some work lined up from Disney, so it makes sense that Netflix would be a ble business option for her and Harry. “Who wouldn’t be interested?” Netflix’s chief content ficer, Ted Sarandos, replied when asked about collaborations with the couple. “Yes, for sure,” Sarandos confirmed. Netflix is attempting to stave f the competition in the form Disney+ and the plethora other streaming services being fered now. Locking down Meghan and Harry would go a long way for the streaming service in attracting, and keeping, new subscribers.  

DaBaby Claims That He Gave Up Weed On New Years

New year, new DaBaby. Many us make pledges on New Year’s Eve to change our lives for the better, and DaBaby is no different. It appears that the southern rapper has given up getting high in 2020. The revelation came on Sunday (January 19) when DaBaby posted a picture himself on Twitter. Draped in diamonds and rocking a Louis Vuitton sweatshirt, DaBaby was lowkey stunting for the picture. Fans soon began to comment on the picture, stating that DaBaby looked super high in the shot. One user tweeted, “Baby you look high asl in this one.” The rapper responded by simply writing, “I haven’t smoked since the ball dropped.”

Another user guessed that DaBaby was at least tipsy in the picture in question, which turned out to be true. “Wine Only,” stated DaBaby when asked if he still drinks. “But bruh nem had me on the Patron last night,” he admitted. Its possible that his arrest for possession marijuana last year is playing a role in how DaBaby wants to handle 2020. DaBaby is also in some new trouble after footage him assaulting a hotel worker went viral last week. DaBaby has already responded to that incident. 


Surviving Doors, Nirvana Members To Perform Together

The two surviving members of the Doors are planning a charity concert that will feature, among others, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.

According to Rolling Stone, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore — who are the only surviving members of the ’60 rock band — will appear at the Homeward Bound concert, which is scheduled to take place on January 23 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

The proceeds of the show will go to fighting homelessness in California. Other artists that will perform there include:

  • Jason Mraz
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Maddie Poppe

It will be a rare performance for the two former Doors members. Joining them on stage for their 30-minute semi-acoustic set will be Novoselic on bass. Singing will be others who will be performing on the show that night.

Densmore says that the only requirement for those singing the songs originally made famous by the late Jim Morrison is the following: “We need a singer with leather pants — that’s the crux.”

Reportedly, Densome and Krieger have yet to come up with a full set list, nor have they even rehearsed together. But, according to Densmore, this should not be a problem.

He says, “I’m used to it! I was the one who did the setlists in the Doors, because nobody would, and just before going on stage, I’d sit down and go, ‘OK, guys, c’mon! What are we opening with?’ And I could get them into three or four songs, and then we’d wing it! Corralling musicians is like corralling cats.”

Some songs, though, have been agreed upon. Micah Nelson, who is the son of Willie Nelson, will sing “Roadhouse Blues.” Also, Haley Reinheart will sing “People Are Strange” and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics is scheduled to sing “Hello, I Love You.”

Issa Rae Announces Release Date & Teaser For "Insecure" Season Four

The time has finally arrived. After months anticipation, Issa Rae has come through to announce the season four release date for her beloved HBO series Insecure. Taking to Instagram, Issa showcased a clip her character doing he usual mirror motivation rap, this time ripping her skirt leading her to be happy since it means her booty is getting big. ” It’s 2020, soooo… Season 4?‬ @insecurehbo is back April 12th,” she captioned the clip.

Issa Rae Announces Release Date & Teaser For "Insecure" Season Four
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We do know that the new season will now have 10 episodes as opposed to the previous installments that only had eight. Issa also expressed how all the characters in the show are based on individuals in her life and all events have some truth to them. “All them are based f real people that are in my life and real situations that have happened,” Issa previously stated. “Also, a lot the stories come from a predominantly black writers’ room. There are people and stories from there that we just put in the show.”

It’s been over a year since we got an update on the show since Issa’s movie and other television jobs have gotten bigger and better over the course time. Peep the teaser and let us know if you’re tuning in come April.

Lebron James Guest Stars In Adorable Video On Daughter Zhuri’s Youtube Channel

Lebron James may be one the best famous basketball stars in the world, but he always makes time for his family. Lebron made sure to support his youngest child and only daughter, Zhuri, when she announced the launch  her Youtube channel called “All Things Zhuri” on Christmas Day last month. He tweeted the intro video to his 5-year-old’s channel, in which Zhuri can be seen gardening, painting, and playing with her French bulldog, Indigo. 

When 2020 came around, Zhuri was already making moves as a Youtuber with “All Things Zhuri,” posting videos herself doing fun activities like making flower crowns with her friends and making smoothies for her family. In a video posted on Wednesday, Zhuri sets out to make “No-Bake Peanut Butter Power Balls,” with some assistance from her famous father. Lebron and Zhuri embark on their no-bake journey, laughing and smiling the whole way through. Lebron shows f his amazing parenting skills by encouraging Zhuri throughout the process while still allowing her to figure things out for herself at times. The results are just too cute, and Zhuri definitely has a future in the Youtube world.

HBO Max On Potential "Friends" Reunion: "It’s Still A Maybe"

Kevin Reilly, HBO Max’s chief content ficer, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter rumors that the cast and creators  Friends are in talks to make a reunion special; however, Reilly also added that it’s only still a “maybe.”

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“There’s interest all the way around, and yet we can’t seem to quite get that interest all aligned to push the button on it,” he explained. “Today, unfortunately, it’s still a maybe.”

Rumors a reunion kicked f in November when The Hollywood Reporter originally reported that a special was in the works. 

The ’90s hit sitcom has seen a vivid revival towards the end the last decade with it having been one the most popular shows on Netflix. Netflix even bid $80 million to retain it for a final year in 2019. The service was outbid this year, however, with the sitcom departing for HBO Max.

HBO Max is scheduled to launch in May. It will boast an impressive catalog alongside Friends that includes all HBO’s current content in addition to a slew other TV shows and movies. HBO Max has retained the rights to South ParkThe Big Bang Theory, Fresh Prince Bel-Air and more. Fans can sign-up for the service ahead time here.

Kim Kardashian Debuts Trailer For "The Justice Project" Documentary

Kim Kardashian is currently prepping the arrival a new two-hour documentary special, Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project. The new project is set to air on the Oxygen network on April 15th and will highlight the criminal reform crisis while covering individuals adversely affected by the United States criminal justice system,

“We’re excited about working with Kim Kardashian West to document her journey into prison reform advocacy and using her enormous platform to hold a megaphone to question the inequities surrounding prison sentencing,” said Rod Aissa, executive vice president original programming & development at Oxygen Media and E! Production. “Her energy and influence have made an immediate impact that has stretched all the way to the White House. Her story is entirely unique, and this documentary is the kind immersive, exclusive storytelling that our viewers have come to expect from Oxygen.”

Saturday, Kardashian embarked on the TCA Winter tour, speaking about the upcoming program and her current journey in completing law school in tandem with her highly-publicized involvement in high-prile cases as late.

“I don’t see how I could just say no to someone that really needs help if I know that I can help them,” Kim said during the press run. “…]I love talking about it with everyone around me when there’s a case going on,” Kim continued. “I mean, even our group chats about different cases that go on, my conversations are different. I’ve literally had to change my number, and just say, ‘I gotta focus for four years, all my friends, guys I’ll be back in four years. Let me just really focus.’ I found my interests have changed, everything really just shifted, and it’s been a fun journey.”

Instagram’s Working On Bringing The DM Feature To Your Desktop

While Instagram has seemingly succeeded at most other features on the platform – introducing TV, getting users addicted and the ability to make money – there’s one aspect they have yet to add to the masses. Sliding into the DM your friend, crush or favorite celebrity happens almost very minute and those who do it the most have probably noticed that you can only do it on the mobile app as opposed to the desktop view.

Instagram's Working On Bringing The DM Feature To Your Desktop
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The new year has brought on a new update to the app since according to The Verge, the ability to DM another account is soon making its way to the desktop. According to the publication, only a “small percentage” users have the ability to so right now until the accessibility is perfect to roll out to all users. The desktop version will still include all the aspects the mobile with the ability to double-tap to like a message, create groups, send images from your desktop and see all unread messages. 

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (who now owns Instagram) previously told The New York Times that private messaging, groups and stories are the “three fastest-growing areas online communication.” It only makes sense that Instagram wants its users to be able to have all three on any given electronic their choice. 

Cardi B Masks Face Again In Rubber Dominatrix-Style Dress At Paris Fashion Week

Cardi B debuted her second Paris Fashion Week look on Friday, and the rapper has decided to continue keeping her face concealed for the event. She already rocked a mask look on day one PFW, and it looks like she’s keeping with a similar theme with her latest outfit. Cardi shared a video herself decked out in a rubber, floor-length dress covered in keychains and other trinkets. The Marine Serre gown covers almost every inch Cardi except for her eyes, lips, fingers, and calves. Cardi paired the masked dress with a matching bag, a black beret, and some exceptionally long red nails.

She also posted some photos herself and husband Offset, who is also in Paris to celebrate his collaboration with designer Chaz A Jordan. on Instagram, where they can be seen admiring the works French artist, Richard Orlinski at his gallery. In the caption, Cardi wrote, “Loving @richardorlinski pieces ❤️ 🇫🇷.”

Richard shared a photo Cardi and Offset at his show on his own Instagram, as well. “So cool to have you at my gallery in Paris yesterday. You rock 🔥🔥 @iamcardib @fsetyrn,” he wrote in the caption. 

Alogn with her obvious affinity for the fashion world, Cardi has also recently expressed that she might be interested in getting into politics, despite some public doubts about her capabilities. Her political aspirations have already been co-signed by Bernie Sanders and Omarosa.

Drake Surprises A$AP Rocky With An A$AP Yams Pendant Ahead Of Yams Day 2020

Ahead Yams Day 2020, A$AP Rocky got quite the thoughtful gift from his buddy, Drake. The annual music event, which the A$AP Mob started in honour Mob founder, A$AP Yams, who died an accidental overdose in 2015, kicked f at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night. Drizzy decided to pay tribute to the late rapper by having a special gift made for Yams’ fellow Mob member and friend, A$AP Rocky. The “Life Is Good” rapper presented Rocky with an iced out pendant that bears Yams’ likeness to a T. In a video captured by photographer Angel Rivera, Rocky is shown absolutely awestruck by the incredible gift.

“This is crazy, I just wanna look at it,” Rocky says in the clip. “Man, Drizzy a good dude, bro.” The video features some close-up shots the pendant, and there’s no denying that the jeweller, Jason Beverly Hills, has managed to capture Yams’ appearance in jewelry form perfectly. The detail and consideration that went into nailing all the elements, from his braids and facial birthmark to his cheek tattoo and his affinity for Coogi sweaters, is impressive. It’s revealed in the video that they “went over all the details” and “made a ton changes until it was perfect,” and it shows. The piece consists 600 grams gold and 15 carats flawless diamonds, and reportedly took over three months to manufacture. Though the price this piece has not yet been revealed, similar pendants are valued at around $150,000. Jason Beverly Hills has been commissioned by Drake to design pieces for him in the past, most recently some matching $400,000 OVO eagle and owl chains for himself and his “Life Is Good” collaborator, Future.

Along with A$AP Mob, Yams Day 2020 featured performances by 2 ChainzBun B, Hoodrich Keem, Joey Bada$$, Kenny Beats, Metro Boomin‘, Nav, , Night Lovell, Pierre Bourne, Pop Smoke, Smooky Margiellaa, YG, and more.

Eminem Addresses Machine Gun Kelly Beef on ‘Music To Be Murdered By’

Eminem released his surprise album Music To Be Murdered By on Friday featuring Ed Sheeran, Juice WRLD, and Anderson .Paak.

On the Young M.A.-assisted “Unaccommodating,” the Detroit rapper addresses his rivalry with Machine Gun Kelly. After going back and forth with a series of diss tracks in 2018, he announces that the beef is over.

“But when they ask me is the war finished with MGK? Of course it is,” raps Em. “I cleansed him of his mortal sins, I’m God and the Lord forgives, even the devil worshippers / I’m moving on.”

As Complex points out, the “devil worshippers” line may be a reference to MGK’s 2018 Eminem diss track “Rap Devil,” where he accused Em of attempting to sabotage his career.

Marshall Mathers also mentions MGK on another Music To Be Murdered By track, the Busta Rhymes-sampled “Yah Yah,” which features Royce da 5’9″, Black Thought, Q-Tip, and Denaun. “I’m a sight to see, but you can see from the ring I’m wearing / Me and this game, we got married already,” says Em. “Had the prenup ready / Fucked on her, shoulda seen her belly / She barely was three months pregnant / Bitch had it, gave me her baby, we named it Machine Gun Kelly.”

Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly’s beef dates back to 2018. After hearing MGK’s verse on Tech N9ne’s “No Reason,” Eminem took aim at the Cleveland rapper on his Kamikaze cut “Not Alike.” Shortly after, MGK returned fire on “Rap Devil,” inspired by Em’s own 2013 track “Rap God.”

On “Unaccommodating,” Eminem also makes a controversial reference to Ariana Grande and the bombing outside her 2017 concert at Manchester Arena. “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” he raps.

Elsewhere, he takes a stand against gun violence on “Darkness,” inspired by the 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. The video encourages fans to register to vote in order to help change gun laws.

RZA’s Post-Katrina Drama "Cut Throat City" Set For SXSW Premiere

Wu-Tang Clan icon RZA is returning to the director’s chair for a new film that will premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival. Back in 2018, we shared the trailer for Cut Throat City, and while there was talk back then an ficial release date slated for 2019, the year came and went without any updates. Fortunately, Cut Throat City will debut at SXSW this March, and specific dates will be shared later this month.

RZA's Post-Katrina Drama "Cut Throat City" Set For SXSW Premiere
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The press release describes the project as an “explosive film” that stars Shameik Moore (who portrays Raekwon in Wu-Tang: An American Saga), T.I., Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, Ethan Hawke, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Rob Morgan, Keean Johnson, Denzel Whitaker, Sam Daly, Isaiah Washington, and Eiza Gonzalez.

The synopsis Cut Throat City reads: “A story four boyhood friends in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to find their homes decimated, with no jobs, and no help from FEMA. Out options, they reluctantly turn to a local gangster, who fers them one shot at turning their situations around – by pulling f a dangerous heist in the heart the city. When the job goes bad, the friends find themselves on the run, hunted by two relentless detectives and a neighborhood warlord who thinks they stole the heist money.” Check out the trailer below.

Ariana Grande Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over '7 Rings'

A rapper is pop star Ariana Grande for copyright infringement, claiming that she copied the chorus of “7 Rings” from one of his songs.

The suit also names Universal Music Group as a defendant as well as several others.

Josh Stone, who performs under the stage name DOT, is claiming that the following lyrics from “7 Rings,” which Grande repeats multiple times in the song, comes from a song that he wrote and recorded in 2017 called “You Need I Got It”:

I Want It,
I Got It.

In “You Need I Got It,” Stone repeats the following lyrics:

You Need It,
I Got It.

In Stone’s lawsuit, which he filed in the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of New York, he claims that he played his song to music producer Tommy Brown, who has been known to work with Grande.

Stone further claims that a pair of forensic musicologists have concluded that the rhythms and the notes in the two songs have considerable similarities as well.

His suit states: “Literally, every single one of the 39 respective notes of ‘7 Rings’ is identical with the 39 notes of ‘I Got It’ from a metrical placement perspective. Said another way, the rhythm and placement of the notes and lyrics are identical.”

“7 Rings” has reportedly generated over $10 million in revenue. The song was nominated for a pair of Grammy Awards, among the five nominations that Grande received in total.

Interestingly, the late Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein received songwriting credit for the track because it samples “My Favorite Things” from the duo’s famed musical The Sound of Music.

So far, neither Grande nor her representatives have issued statements in response to the suit.

She made news earlier in the day when Eminem a song that made reference to the 2017 bombing at one of her concerts in Manchester, England.

Charles Barkley Blasts Kyrie Irving Over Criticism Of Nets’ Roster: Watch

Brooklyn Nets All Star point guard Kyrie Irving raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he spoke candidly about the team’s “glaring” issues and their need to add one or two more pieces to compliment him and Kevin Durant. During Thursday night’s NBA on TNT broadcast, Charles Barkley fered his take on the subject and explained why he feels Irving has no right to criticize the Nets’ roster.

Says Barkley:

“If I’m the coach… I’m gonna pull him aside and say, ‘Yo, man. That ain’t your job to criticize our team.’ We said all last] year… that Brooklyn] plays hard every night, they really, really compete.”

“We bring in Kyrie, we made the playfs without you. And for you to come in here and play half a season and then say, ‘Well we’re just not that good, we’re missing some big pieces.’ Na, dude. We made the playfs without you last year. We’re bringing in an All-Star player, we should be a Top 4 seed, easily.”

Nearly halfway through the season, Brooklyn is sitting at 18-22, which is slightly behind their pace a season ago, but still good enough to be a Top 8 team in the Eastern Conference. As is stands, the Nets are four games ahead the Chicago Bulls for the final playf spot in the East.

If the organization was to take Kyrie’s advice and attempt to add one or two more pieces this f-season, they’d likely need to move some their core role players considering they already have $140 million tied up in 2020-21 salary. Up next for Kyrie and co. are a pair home games against some the Eastern Conference elite, including a matchup against the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night and another date with the Sixers on Monday.