Big Boy Imposes "Neighborhood" Ban On Kodak Black’s Music

In the wake Kodak Black’s disrespectful words toward Lauren London, many have mobilized against the outspoken young rapper. The latest to speak out is esteemed radio personality Big Boy, who took to Instagram to write an extensive statement. “I won’t disrespect my timeline posting a pic Kodak Black,” writes Big Boy, at the onset an eloquently penned and passionate message. “However, I will say this, I’m not here for the blatant disrespect and fake ass apologies. To disrespect the King Nipsey and The Queen Lauren, is where I draw the line. Hip Hop has been very disrespectful lately. Not only is this disrespectful to Hip Hop, but this is disrespectful to a beautiful human being, spirit and a legacy.”

Big Boy Imposes "Neighborhood" Ban On Kodak Black's Music

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While his comments on Kodak are pointed, his allusion to a greater epidemic disrespect across hip-hop culture is worth exploring. We’ve long seen legends rudely dismissed, violent altercations transpire, and several other unsavory moments stirring within the fabric hip-hop culture. At times, the negativity can feel pervasive, despite the reality that many hip-hop artists are responsible for doing genuine good for their communities. Yet the masses tend to flock to the chaos, which ultimately paints a bleaker picture upon the canvas. 

Still, Big Boy’s point stands, and he is not about to let Kodak’s words go unpunished. A man principle and integrity, Big Boy makes it known that Kodak is no longer welcome in his Neighborhood – which is to say, Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Real 92.3. “I will not stand by and let Kodak Black come between an allegiance I have with dear FRIENDS,” he continues. “Nipsey’s honor can’t be disrespected like this. We must put a shield around @LaurenLondon and his ENTIRE Family. We can’t allow these things to happen.”

Big Boy is not alone in his sentiment. The Los Angeles Leakers have already banned Kodak, and both T.I. and The Game have already issued stern warnings at the young Floridian. As now, Kodak remains largely unapologetic, and continues to stand his ground for the most part. Look for this one to continue gaining momentum in the coming days. 

Big Sean Speaks On Meek Mill Collaboration Project

Big Sean was pretty quiet in 2018. The year prior, he dropped f I Decided and his Metro Boomin collaboration project Double or Nothing. Then, mostly radio silence except for a gang spirited feature verses. With 2019 already a quarter way through, it looks like Big Sean is ready to step back into the limelight with new music. As reported by ComplexBig Sean sat down with Philly radio station Boom 103.9’s Mina SayWhat, and spoke about his upcoming album. 

“So I’ve been making this music for the past year going through ups and downs,” he states at the 2:27 mark in the interview. “It definitely to me is my best music, you know what I mean it’s heartfelt. I mean it’s everything I wanted it to be it’s electrifying too, you know what I’m saying it has energy to it so you know I’m on the way back. It’s not too far f so it’s definitely coming this year.” Big Sean also touched on his much speculated upon joint project with Meek Mill. “That’s my dog, we was actually working on something for the future,” he said at the 8:24 mark. “So shoutout my brother Meek. He puts on for Philly like no other.” Check out the full interview below. 

Big Sean Speaks On Meek Mill Collaboration Project

Kodak Black Half-Apologizes To Lauren London: "Even Though I Didn’t Disrespect Her"

Kodak Black‘s lewd remarks towards Lauren London have landed him in hot water. The repercussions have already begun taking effect. Kodak’s peers are distancing themselves by decrying his actions on social media. LA’s Power 106 has effectively banned his music from the regular rotation, a decision they came to grips with on a collective basis.

Worse yet, Kodak’s blatant misogyny towards London, Young M.A., etc. might work against him in his rape trial, should the prosecution build a character assessment f these incidences, as I’m sure they will.

Kodak Black Half-Apologizes To Lauren London: "Even Though I Didn't Disrespect Her"

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Since initially posting his lewd commentary, and subsequently facing the wrath a clinical T.I., Kodak has apologized to Lauren London, by the same means that he usually delivers his glossolalia on Instagram Live. Sadly, Kodak Black administered an apology unbecoming  a grown man; the kind make-good promise a parental figure forces a bratty child to endure.

“If I disrespected you Lauren London in any shape or form, I am sorry… even though I didn’t,” Kodak haphazardly stated in response to the unending backlash he was and still is facing. It appears as though Kodak Bodak is completely unaware that is remarks were ill-conceived and poorly-timed, which takes us back to Young M.A.’s derision over his blatant misogyny and homophobia.

Dax Scores One For His Family With “My Last Words” Video

Ottawa, Canada – After well over a month of intensive promotion, Dax has unleashed the video for his emotionally charged new video “My Last Words” on Friday (April 5).

It’s a song that the buzzing Canadian MC told HipHopDX earlier this year would change the way the world looked at him — and with almost a million plays in just over 24 hours (without major label push), he may not be incorrect.

“[“My Last Words”] is a Metaphorical Lyrical Exorcism getting rid of the OLD US,” Dax explained Instagram.

“Many people don’t know about the near-death situations, multiple legal battles, failures, and life changes I’ve had in 2018 … [It’s] more than a song. I’m literally getting rid of the old me,” he adds.

The key to Dax’s success is undoubtedly the devotion of his fanbase, which he lovingly refers to as his family.

“I don’t like people who follow me, to call themselves fans because I never call myself a fan of anybody,” he explains. “I treat them like family. I treat them like they’re someone,” he told HipHopDX In January.

The intense fan interaction (and personalized approach) has clearly paid off, with the video quickly approaching a million views, and family members streaming on repeat and creating reaction videos at a feverish pace.

Dax Scores One For His Family With “My Last Words” Video

“We are not supposed to be here,” he writes Instagram. “We chose to be here. The next 9 months will be LEGENDARY. Mark my words.”

With a two-month tour alongside Tech Nine kicking off April 11 in Omaha, Nebraska, and a reported six singles (and videos) ready to drop, he’s definitely not letting the upward momentum die.

Check out Dax’s “My Last Words,” above.

The Weeknd Reportedly Has A "Game Of Thrones" Track With SZA & Travis Scott

The Weeknd reportedly has a new track with SZA and Travis Scott set to debut during the final season  Game Of Thrones. While fan theories have circulated since the show dropped a teaser featuring music that sounds a lot like the cuts found in Abel’s catalog, Pitchfork reports that sources have confirmed that the Canadian star will, indeed, be delivering on a collaborative track with SZA and Trav for the show.

According to the sources, the HBO show approached Weeknd and he then recruited the TDE songstress and Cactus Jack honcho for the assist. The particular video in question arrived shortly after the opulent premiere party that took place in New York City with a clip featuring appearances from the show’s stars.

While there is no ficial word on just when the alleged collaboration will be arriving, fans can probably expect to hear it ahead the highly-anticipated season premiere on HBO next Sunday (April 14th). Previously, Weeknd has collaborated with Travis on Scott’s “Wonderful” song from 2016’s Birds In The Trap Sing Brian McKnight. Trav also joined SZA on her “Love Galore” single, but this will mark the first time that all three stars collide, and we have no complaints. As GoT’s premiere inches closer, be on the lookout for The Weeknd’s latest.

Kodak Black Responds After T.I. Calls Him Out Over Lauren London Comments

This weekend, not too many were left amused when Kodak Black made insensitive comments regarding Nipsey Hussle‘s family when he suggested that he had intentions pursuing Lauren London. During an Instagram Live session, Kodak casually said, “Lauren London that’s baby, though. She about to be out here single. She’s finna be a whole widow out here. I’ll be the best man I can be for her. I’ll give her a whole year. She might need a whole year to be crying and shit for Nipsey].”

He added: “I ain’t trying to shoot my shot] at her. I’m saying, listen. She can do two, three years. I’ll try to be like the friend if you need to holla or a shoulder to lean on. She can call my line.    

Previously, The Game responded with the West Coast rapper demanding that Kodak keeps his late friend’s name out his mouth. Now, T.I. has chimed in, noting the disrespectful context his words.

“Hey, Kodak Black: You outta pocket, n-gga. Fix that sh-t—quickly, expeditiously” the Southern hip-hop pundit said in an Instagram video. “If I see you, I’ma say it to your face. You outta pocket, n-gga. Get your motherfuckin’ self together.”

Kodak soon hoped under Tip’s video with the comment, “Or what?”
He went on to take to IG live once again, attempting to clear up his comments and making a direct mention at T.I.
“Man, listen. I said what I said. Y’all tryin’ to misconstrue what I said …] I don’t give fuck what y’all talkin’ about,” he said. “T.I., man, I don’t care. I’m in Georgia right now.”
It was last Sunday that Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in front his Marathon Clothing store in the Hyde Park area Los Angeles.

LeBron James Says Nipsey Hussle’s Death As "One Of America’s Most Tragic Events"

Within a matter hours organizing a tribute to Nipsey Husslelive at a Lakers game, LeBron James found a suitable arrangement to speak from the heart, free the blinding lights the Staples Center. He chose the CBS newsroom as the proper venue for his lucid thoughts on Nipsey Hussle’s death. As you’ll see, LeBron adequately demonstrates the power that lies in exposing a negative truth, or in this case, THE negative truth.

During the course the interview, LeBron really tapped into his empathetic side, as he put himself in the shoes a community-oriented Nipsey Hussle – his emphasis on the struggle to empower people in his community who lack the same wherewithal or determination. In the case Nipsey’s death, any one those properties wouldn’t have sufficed in keeping the rapper alive.

LeBron James Says Nipsey Hussle's Death As "One Of America's Most Tragic Events"

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“When you tap into that gift and you know what your gift is and then you give back and you continue to give back and you continue to give back and you continue to put on for where you come from, to see it taken away by someone who didn’t have the same drive…is what we have to deal with in our own inner cities,” he explained to CBSLA Sports Director Jim Hill.

Nevertheless, LeBron’s correlation to his Akron upbringing rings true all the same. In closing, the Lakers’ forward referred to Nipsey’s killing as  “one the most unfortunate events that has happened in American history.”

In the wake Nipsey’s death, Los Angeles residents in select neighborhoods have been gathering to sort out their perceived differences. As for the greater Hip-Hop community, all its practitioners are doing the same, in trying to make his death a teachable moment and a galvanizing one at that.

J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival Bashed By Raleigh Activist

J. Cole‘s inaugural Dreamville fest is set to go down today. The festival was initially supposed to take place in September 2018 but due to Hurricane Florence, Cole and the Dreamville camp postponed it by several months. As artists like Cole, Big Sean, Nelly, 21 Savage, and more are set to take the stage, a local Raleigh activist is explaining why he’s not down for it.

Joshua Bishop spoke to ABC11 about Dreamville Fest which is set to take place at Dorothea Dix Park. Bishop is a chairman and activist for Justice Served, NC. He explained that he won’t be supporting the festival, and suggested that locals from the area don’t pull up either. 

“No, I won’t go to Dreamville and I don’t suggest my people go to Dreamville,” Bishop said.

Bishop explained that the tickets for the festival are expensive and out an accessible range for the city’s marginalized residents. Additionally, he said that the area where the festival takes place is a symbol gentrification that’s pushing low-income residents out their own neighborhoods.

“Southeast Raleigh matters. So don’t make it look like Southeast Raleigh is just Dorothea Dix Park,” Bishop said “If you’re going to do a festival in Raleigh, and J Cole should know the struggle because he’s from Fayetteville, so I feel like if you do do a performance in Dorothea Dix Park, some the funds should come back to Southeast Raleigh.” 

Following Hurricane Florence, J. Cole and Dreamville donated some the prits from ticket sales towards hurricane-relief efforts and the Dix Park Conservancy.

Nipsey Hussle’s Funeral Will Be Held At Los Angeles Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA – Nipsey Hussle’s funeral is being held at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Thursday (April 11), according to TMZ. The venue holds roughly 21,000 people and the slain rapper’s service is expected to draw upwards of 15,000 attendees.

Sources close to Nip’s family revealed tickets will be sold for the event through a website and only ticket holders will be granted admission.

Last Wednesday (April 3,) Nipsey’s family reportedly met with the head of the Staples Center as well as LAPD officials who were on board to help plan logistics and security for the event.

The turnaround time for the event will be fast — the final Clippers game is the night before. However, staging equipment rental companies have already been contacted and several ushers who are employed at the Staples Center were asked to reserve the day so they can work the massive event.

In the wake of Neighborhood Nip’s senseless murder, the Hip Hop community as well as the L.A. community are still mourning the loss. On Friday (April 5), several rival gang members came together for a peace walk in the Crenshaw area where Nipsey was killed.

Gang leaders from Watts, Compton, L.A. and Inglewood met up to discuss a cease-fire on Thursday night (April 4). They talked about getting the word out in their neighborhoods to put down their weapons in an effort to demonstrate unity, which began with Friday’s march.

Members of all the gangs gathered outside a grocery store in Crenshaw and walked a few blocks before ultimately ending up at Nip’s Marathon Clothing store.

Nipsey was gunned down on March 31 after alleged killer Eric Holder shot him at least six times. Holder was arrested on Tuesday (April 2) and has since pleaded not guilty. His bond is set at $5 million. He’s expected in court on May 10.

Meek Mill Calls Christopher Darden A “House N*gga”

Philadelphia, PA – On Thursday (April 4), multiple reports confirmed Nipsey Hussle’s alleged killer, Eric Holder, plead not guilty to a slew of charges including murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

However, it would appear the news the 29-year-old Los Angeles resident retained O.J. Simpson prosecuting attorney Chris Darden is what really pissed Meek Mill off — enough to call Darden a “house nigga.”

The Dreamchasers head honcho got on Twitter to literally to chastise the attorney and equate him with the trend of “self-hate,” in the black community.

“As self-hate continues in the black community #housenigga,” Meek tweeted along with a screenshot of the attorney with Holder in the background.

Even before the news of Darden picking up the case the Championships rapper was adamant of the role that self-hate played in the tragic murder of Nipsey.

“Self hate the #1 killer of young black Kings!,” he captioned a photo on Instagram toasting with the late rapper.

Nipsey and Meek had immensely close ties and were reportedly planning on releasing a joint album according to an interview the Victory Lap rapper did with Real 92.3 in March. The slain rap star commented on Meek’s progression in the interview and praised the rapper saying he felt like he had “elevated.”

“You be in the game for a while and you learn this shit and you figure out what works for you,” said Hussle. “I just think Meek’s elevated. He applied the game he got from being in the game for a while.”

Revisit the interview in its entirety below.

Travis Scott x Houston Astros x New Era Hats Revealed: Available Soon

Houston-native Travis Scott has partnered with New Era Cap for a limited edition Houston Astros hat collection, featuring three different fitteds.

The New Era x Travis Scott x Houston Astros collection is available today in blue, black, and brown, as seen in the images provided below.

Travis Scott x Houston Astros x New Era Hats Revealed: Available Soon

Each hat is emblazoned with the Astros’ team logo on the front alongside three orange stars in the iconic style La Flame’s Astroworld collection. In keeping with the Astroworld theme, the back the cap features “Wish You Were Here” in a bold hand-drawn print, to the side  the ficial MLB logo.

The full collection is available for purchase at NewEraCap.com, TravisScott.com, MLB.com and Astros’ team stores for $40.

Travis Scott x Houston Astros x New Era Hats Revealed: Available Soon

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Travis Scott x Houston Astros x New Era Hats Revealed: Available Soon

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Travis Scott x Houston Astros x New Era Hats Revealed: Available Soon

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Stream Khalid’s Sophomore Album ‘Free Spirit’

Two years since his Grammy-nominated debut American Teen, Khalid returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Free Spirit.

The 21-year-old El Paso singer showcases his evolution and freedom on the 17-track set, which includes the Hit-Boy-produced “Self,” “Don’t Pretend,” “My Bad,” and the Disclosure-produced lead single “Talk,” plus a collaboration with John Mayer (“Outta My Head”). Two cuts from his 2018 EP Suncity—”Better” and “Saturday Nights”—are also included, the latter as a bonus track.

“I wrote American Teen at 17 years old,” Khalid told Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “Now I get to release this at 20-21, so it’s a completely different mind frame.”

The album arrives alongside a companion film of the same name, directed by Emil Nava. “This album is the culmination of all of the growth and experiences I have gathered over the past two remarkable years,” said Khalid. “I have been in the studio pouring my soul and spirit to create a body of work that I hope speaks to each and every one of you.”

Khalid will perform at Coachella next weekend before launching an arena tour in support of the album. The “Khalid Free Spirit World Tour” kicks off in Phoenix on June 20 and travels across the U.S. and Canada, wrapping in Miami on Aug. 17.

Stream Free Spirit below.

Nipsey Hussle’s Brother Shares Intimate Details Of Finding The Rapper Dying

It is our intention to share this story, an account given from Asghedom to the L.A. Times, in the most respectful manner as the subject matter is sensitive and personal.

We know that in the days following Nipsey Hussle‘s death, timelines and news feeds have been cluttered with information about the rapper’s murder. As days go on, Nipsey’s loved ones are stepping forward to share memories, tributes, condolences, and, now, his brother Samiel “Blacc Sam” Asghedom is speaking about the moments before Nipsey died.

Nipsey Hussle's Brother Shares Intimate Details Of Finding The Rapper Dying
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According to the report, Asghedom arrived at the Marathon store just minutes after Nipsey was shot and before the paramedics arrived. He saw blood on the front the rapper’s shirt and a hole in his leg. At that time, Nipsey was still breathing.

A crowd formed around Nipsey as he laid on the ground. Asghedom was on the phone with a 911 operator who was talking him through the compressions he was doing on his brother’s chest. Soon the paramedics arrived, and as they lifted him onto the stretcher, someone screamed as it was discovered Nipsey was shot in the back the head.

One the paramedics spoke with Asghedom at the scene telling him that he was a fan Nipsey and respected the work he was doing in the community. He promised that they would do everything they could to save Nipsey’s life.

Nipsey Hussle's Brother Shares Intimate Details Of Finding The Rapper Dying
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“Nip is sporadic,” Asghedom said. “Nip gonna pull up and hop up out the Jordan Downs projects, Nickerson Gardens, in any ‘hood in L.A., Compton, Watts — solo with $150,000 jewelry on his neck and an] $80,000 Rolex with no security. That’s why the people loved him.”

The Marathon store regularly hired ex-cons and felons because it was ten difficult for them to find work. Weapons weren’t allowed, especially because felons aren’t allowed to own or carry guns.

“Because that, the man was able to shoot my brother, start running, realize nobody out there had a gun, stop, turn back around, walk up, shoot my brother two more times, start to run, realize nobody had a gun, nobody was responding, ran back up and shot my brother three more times, shoot him in the head and kicked him in the head and then ran f,” Asghedom stated.

Nipsey Hussle's Brother Shares Intimate Details Of Finding The Rapper Dying
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“If somebody would’ve been there — if I would’ve been there — I would’ve shot back,” he said. “I just wish I would’ve been there.” Asghedom doesn’t know if the 29-year-old suspected shooter Eric Holder was jealous fulfilling a hit put on Nipsey, but either way, he’s still left with more questions than answers.

“It doesn’t make sense that somebody from the area, that just snuck up, and just talked to him and shook his hand minutes before,” Samiel said. “It’s mind-boggling.” He continued, “Nipsey] made something work in an area that was run-down, that people were scared to come to, and he turned it into a landmark,” he said. “All races. Different states. Many countries. They all come to Crenshaw and Slauson. He was truly the people’s champ.”

Getter Quits His 'Visceral' Tour After Repeated Booing and Harassment

After intense backlash from fans, EDM artist Getter has canceled the rest of his ‘Visceral’ tour.

Getter’s album Visceral dropped at the end of last year, a nice combination of hip-hop, rock, and electronic music. Getter said the album was a way to move forward in his career and mental state.

The music featured on the album was vastly different than anything Getter had produced before.

Just one problem: Getter’s EDM fans loved the party-friendly music that the artist had previously produced, and hated the newer style.  They immediately lashed out at the artist on social media, before taking matters further.

Some reports surfaced of people throwing things at the artist on stage.  Getter later confirmed these events in his bombshell announcement.

“I need to make myself happy,” Getter concluded at the end of his announcement.

Reports of Getter getting booed off the stage in Houston for not playing more hardcore EDM surfaced last month. The artist’s response at the time was “boo me all you want; I’m still doing this shit.”

Getter tweeted that same day that he was making music for the wrong reasons.  Now, he feels that he’s found “something I can chase and is much more complex them some dumb trendy bullshit.”

There were seven stops left on the tour along with a few festival appearances, but those have all been cancelled.

It seems as though Getter’s vocal fans have finally got to him.  Some people posting on social media mentioned that Getter shouldn’t be considered an entertainer if he disregards what his fans think.

Others seem to think that Getter pulled a bait-and-switch on them, as they hadn’t heard the album before going to see it live.

Still, others argue that those who booed the artist of the stage were childish to do so, and should have left instead. “You’re a fucking idiot if you went to the Visceral Tour and bitched when he played music off Visceral,” one fan concluded.

Getter Quits His 'Visceral' Tour After Repeated Booing and Harassment

Getter Quits His 'Visceral' Tour After Repeated Booing and Harassment

Nike Air Max 270 University Red & Blue Fury: Available Now

At the beginning 2019, Nike unveiled and released the Nike Air Max 720, which is made unique thanks to its Air Max unit that wraps all the way around the shoe. Of course, the Air Max 270, last year’s Air Max model, served as the design inspiration for this. I say this because the Air Max 270 has the same Air Max unit, except it only appears on the back heel. The 720 serves as an evolution for what the 270 was trying to accomplish. 

While most Nike’s focus is rightly on the 720, new colorways the Air Max 720 continue to be released. The latest colorway Nike has revealed is one the most vibrant to date, as the upper features a gradient color scheme university red fading into blue fury. Meanwhile, the midsole the shoe is white and the Air Max unit on the back heel comes in a translucent black. It’s an interesting mixture colors that truly pays f. It all culminates in one the best Air Max 270 colorways so far.

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According to Sneaker News, if you are looking to cop these, you can do so now over at Nike.com for $150 USD.

Nike Air Max 270 University Red & Blue Fury: Available Now

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Nike Air Max 270 University Red & Blue Fury: Available Now

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Nike Air Max 270 University Red & Blue Fury: Available Now

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