T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum

Grand Hustle head honcho T.I. continues to pay tribute to his late friend Nipsey Hussle. The hip hop mogul hosted a private event in Atlanta just days before the late rapper’s 34th birthday where T.I. revealed Nipsey’s art installation at the Trap Music Museum. The three-piece installation features a BK The Artist painting Nipsey that incorporated his longtime partner Lauren London, the rapper’s children and family members, as well as his Marathon Clothing store. Dizzy and Quake were responsible for the bench area the installation that is a nod to Nipsey’s Victory Lap album cover.

Also featured is a half blue, half red Crenshaw jersey that speaks to the call for unification in the streets that occurred following Nipsey’s tragic death. “Based on what Nipsey means to me and the community as a whole, we knew that the art had to be superlative, so I reached out to BK The Artist, whose work I personally collect and the Trap Music Museum collective commissioned Dizzy and Quake,” T.I. said. “I’m excited about Dizzy and Quake’s creativity and feel that their idea doing the bench is pretty damn dope.”

T.I.’s family and friends were on the scene including his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris, their daughter Zonnique Pullins and their sons Messiah Harris and King Harris, along with their good friends Monica, LeToya Luckett, Toya Wright, and Toya’s daughter Reginae Carter. Make sure to check out our documentary with T.I. as the veteran rapper walked us through the history and importance trap music in hip hop culture, here.

T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum
T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum
T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum
T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum


T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum
T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum
T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum


T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum
T.I. Unveils 3-Piece Nipsey Hussle Art Installation At Trap Music Museum

Magic Johnson Lists His 60 Favorite Hip Hop Artists

Los Angeles, ca – Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson is incredibly gifted in many aspects. However, properly ranking music artists isn’t one of them.

In celebration of his 60th birthday, the NBA great decided to give his Twitter followers numerous top 60 lists of everything from television shows to athletes-turned-entrepreneurs.

However, it was his music lists that seem to have driven Twitter the nuttiest.

In a sea of recent Hip Hop lists, Magic’s seemed to satisfy purists, including names like Kool Moe Dee and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. There are also numerous female acts included such as MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil’ Kim.

Though it becomes clear that after No. 4 he’s just listing artists alphabetically rather than committing to actual ranking, some understandably missed the rationale.

You can check out all of his lists below. Happy Birthday, Magic.

Idris Elba Struggling On "Hot Ones" Is The Meme Of The Moment

When you see a new episode First We Feast’s web series, “Hot Ones”, on your YouTube homepage, you probably wonder to yourself: “Hm, let’s see how this turns out.” Then you click and discover that you were foolish to imagine that the interview could lead to anything but a red-faced, sweaty celebrity struggling to answer simple questions about themselves. Yes, this was even the case with the impossibly cool English actor, Idris Elba. Whether the guest is Schoolboy Q, Juice WRLD or Offset, the show’s host, Sean Evans, is unfailingly the only one to make it to last spicy chicken wing with his shit still together. 

If you aren’t familiar with “Hot Ones”, the biggest names in the entertainment industry are brought on to the show to eat a series wings doused in hot sauce incremental levels hotness. Idris Elba’s interview, which was posted on August 1, shows him subject to the same painful fate as all the other people who were brave enough to take on the challenge.

About twenty minutes into the episode, the Hobbs & Shaw actor’s face starts cringing and eyes start watering, exclaiming “WTF?” amidst uncontrollable coughing. Some wise individual with a keen eye for meme material noticed that this clip would be perfect to express shock. The Internet quickly ate it up and now Idris Elba’s attack is flooding social media. Here are some the greatest hits. 

Now That "Old Town Road" Is Iconic, Prepare For Fly Rich Double’s Hick Hop Explosion

Batesville, MS – Despite some of the criticisms directed at Lil Nas X, horses, barns and rap music isn’t a new gimmick.

From The Fugees to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to Brand Nubian’s Sadat X, the Hip Hop cowboy craze has been tackled by even the most reputable artists within the space. Hell, at 20 years old, Kool Moe Dee’s “Wild, Wild, West” single has the youngsta in age by over a decade.

It’s why Fly Rich Double is fully predicting his brand of Hick Hop (also not a new notion) music will shoot straight to whichever chart is applicable these days.

In this DXclusive convo, the Mississippi native retraces his country roots and explains why he still respects the culture (regardless of the criticisms you direct at him).

HipHopDX: I’ll get straight into it. Who came first? You or Little Nas X?

Fly Rich Double: Me.

HipHopDX: Tell me about it. What propelled you to be a cowboy in a Hip Hop arena? The two don’t really have a long-standing or a substantial relationship, so what made you want to fire up your tractor, so to speak?

Fly Rich Double: I got to say, in one word, Mississippi. I’m from Mississippi, and you know
… that’s all I see out here, man. Because you drive somewhere, you don’t see nothing but farmland and tractors. We ain’t got no skyscrapers and stuff like that.

HipHopDX: What part of Mississippi you from?

Fly Rich Double: Batesville. I’m in one of the rural-er areas. You have some parts in Mississippi with big buildings and stuff like that. I’m in one of the cities with nothing.

HipHopDX: Word. You have a… You have any issue with Nas X taking it global like that, or is it just something that represents the country people as a whole? How do you feel about it?

Fly Rich Double: What, with Nas X blowing up like that? I feel like it opened up a door. People take it serious now. They know that… They see. It ain’t just a joke. He just changed his whole life with this stuff. They going to take it serious now.

HipHopDX: No. That’s what’s up. And I know you happy with the hick-hop album. There’s not a lot of hick-hop in existence, but I know Bubba Sparxxx put it down and everything. In your opinion, what is hick-hop, for anyone who doesn’t know?

Fly Rich Double: All right. When you just rapping about the country life that other people don’t rap about. What country singers… they sing about, we rapping about it.

HipHopDX: That was good. Your fellow Mississippi titan Big K.R.I.T. gave an example that he said that there’s a complete difference between country and southern. Like country music, country Hip Hop and Southern Hip Hop. When it comes to the country, he said it’s more like rough roads and talking about the conditions of the living; the way life.

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Fly Rich Double: Yeah. It’s different. I understand what he’s saying because it’s different out here, man. People where we drive, how we… what we put in our cars. How we ride our rims. That’s what we rap about, and it’s just different.

What we eat is different. It’s just different down here.

They just look down on us because they ain’t never seen it… the people up north.

HipHopDX: All right. And I was just about to ask, too. How do you get people, especially making a brand new Hip Hop, how do you get people to take you seriously? Country rap collaborates with pop can be considered gimmicky.

Fly Rich Double: That’s the only way they going to take you seriously is if you pop off. I mean, you got to have numbers. You start off with the kids. You make the kids respect you, they ain’t got no choice but to respect you because the kids is what makes you the money.

The kids going to want what they want. You can’t tell them no. So that’s what make grown people respect you, when the kids love you. So honestly, if somebody want to be successful, they’ll take their approach with the kids, you know? They doing something like I’m doing.

But if the kids love you, they can’t get away from you. They always going to hear it.

HipHopDX: That’s a good point. Speaking of which, are you on TikTok?

Fly Rich Double: Yeah. I’m on TikTok, just a little bit. Not a lot though. I got to start using it.

HipHopDX: Yeah. That’s how little Nas X blew up.

Fly Rich Double: I promise. I seen that. He went crazy, though. When I first heard the song, I knew it was going to blow up.

HipHopDX: Now that the door’s open, as you say, what can we expect? I know you got the strings popping on … “My Tractor”. That’s popping off, and now what? Are you doing a remix with all the country rappers? Are you dropping a new album? What do we have in the pipeline?

Fly Rich Double: Oh, yeah. We definitely got a new album coming. We got new collaborations coming. There’s… Oh. It’s about to be huge.

HipHopDX: Are you signed with a label? Are you trying to get a label?

Fly Rich Double: No, I’m not. I’m not trying to do a big label. I’m trying to do an independent label right now.

HipHopDX: Is that a dream of yours to be on a major label, or do you think you could do the exact same thing? What’s your current situation?

Fly Rich Double: It’s not the dream. The dream is to get a lot of money. That’s the dream, but you deal with that later. I ain’t just set out and say, “I want to sign a label.” I said, “I don’t want to get a lot of money,” see what I’m saying?

Fly Rich Double: You can get a lot of money without a label, so that’s not really my goal.

HipHopDX: Do you have bars? You’re a record-maker. You make records. You make songs. But outside of that, if anyone asks you could you rap, could you spit?

Fly Rich Double: Oh yeah. Definitely. I can’t freestyle, but I can write something! I can write a hit song. I can’t rap. Well, not a battle rapper. But I can make a hit song. You see what I’m saying? I’m not a rapper. I’m an artist. This is just the way I put it. I can’t just lie here and battle rap you out the dome, but I can write a hit song and get some string going.

So that’s how I describe it. I’m not a rapper. I’m an artist.

Stream Fly Rich Double’s “Firefly” single down below and follow him on Instagram @flyrichdouble for more trap cowboy updates.

Big K.R.I.T. Explains How Stepping Back From Production Allowed Him To Have Fun On "K.R.I.T. Iz Here"

Big K.R.I.T. is feeling free. In 2017, the proud Mississippi native returned to his independent roots and dropped the double album 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time through his Multi Alumni imprint. Now, he’s fresh off the release of his follow-up K.R.I.T. Iz Here, which is all about him having fun.

The biggest change for the King Remembered In Time was giving up some responsibility in the creative process. After handling the bulk of production on his projects for his entire career, he let others handle the workload and only produced one song on K.R.I.T. Iz Here. In doing so, he allowed himself to strictly focus on the MC side of his artistry.

HipHopDX recently caught up with K.R.I.T. to discuss his new album and this stage of his career.

During Part 1 of our conversation, the southern rhymer detailed the difficulty of giving up production duties for his latest release and described what it was like to be a lifelong UGK fan working on Bun B’s Return Of The Trill LP.

HipHopDX: Now that you’re back to being independent, what is independent life like now as opposed to before Def Jam?

Big K.R.I.T: Aw, man … before Def Jam, it’s like you’re just trying to get heard as much as possible, right? When K.R.I.T Wuz Here came out, it was almost like I was doing this album — and it was a project or a mixtape in a way — but I was kind of like, “If this doesn’t work, I’m just going to back to Meridian, Mississippi.”

So, if you listen to K.R.I.T Wuz Here, you hear me on East Coast beats, West Coast beats. I’m singing! It’s this collage of music that I created. It was like all the best songs that I had at the time and putting it on the album. And being independent, I can do this. It can be 22 records, I don’t care. I just want you to hear what I have to say.

To resurface again and be independent now — next year is the 10-year anniversary of K.R.I.T Wuz Here — and to be able to cap everything off now with K.R.I.T Iz Here is almost me showing people that I belong in this arena of Hip Hop. I’ve always been lyrical. I had subject matter, I had the videos, the visuals, the artwork. [I’m] just kind of reminding and bringing it back to the surface, but it’s my way. It’s freedom, it’s independence, it’s confidence that I didn’t necessarily have when I was young or back in 2010.

HipHopDX: Makes sense. Now, this is your second independent release after leaving Def Jam. What lessons did you learn from 4Eva Is a Mighty Long Time that you took into this one?

Big K.R.I.T: It was a matter of time with this whole thing. I had the option to do a double album. Originally, I wanted Cadillactica to be a double album, but it couldn’t happen and that was still being with a label. But once you get off that, I’m independent. I’ve got distribution, shout out to BMG. It’s one of them situations where we can actually do a double album. Well, let’s do it! And I did it and I was able to showcase both sides of myself musically: this is the Justin Scott side and the Big K.R.I.T. side.

I think with this new album, it’s more of a collective effort. It wasn’t me just being in my room chipping away at the instrumentals that I have. I only produced one record on this album. I end up recording probably like 80 records. We broke that down to 50 and then we listened to that over and over again until we got to 18 and down to 15.

I worked with amazing producers with this album. Talking about Danja, DJ Camper, Wallis Lane, Muzik Major, Khalil. WOLFE de MÇHLS produced three records on the album. Tae Beast, Doncorleonie, and then even the features are things that people didn’t expect me to work with these artists. But I have seen them and I notice all the people that were around and was like, “Man, what about working with them? Maybe you should try this.”

It was just amazing to get out of my comfort zone and see how exciting it was for me, as well as to be able to kick it to different cadences on every beat. Every track, I’m kicking a different cadence. Every track really surprises people too because most people are used to me being in my comfort zone on an album. But naw, it’s different this time.

HipHopDX: On your double LP, you really got a lot of things off your chest. But listening to K.R.I.T. Iz Here, it seems like you’re more relaxed and having fun. Did you feel like there was some pressure off your back?

Big K.R.I.T: Yes! It’s amazing to finally be able to have fun, just doing what I love to do. It kind of reminded me of being in my grandmother’s house and I was just whipping up a beat; I got a sample and I’m just jamming it all day long. It didn’t matter whether anybody heard or not, but I knew what it was. I feel like this album in itself is me just having fun.

This is also the first release that we’ve done in the summer since Live From the Underground. So, it’s like it’s hot outside and I just wanted to create music that lives in this time. You can ride to your job or when you’re going to the barbecue or you’re going to the club, you can play my music while you’re getting there. And then they’ll be playing my music while you’re in there. [Laughs]

HipHopDX: As you mentioned, you only produced one song on this. As somebody who is so hands-on and always been involved in the production, what’s it like for you to step back from that? Is it difficult? Is it freeing?

Big K.R.I.T: It was difficult, bro. It was difficult in the beginning, primarily because if I make a beat, I know exactly what I want to say on it. I know the tempo, I’m going to get the tempo and it’s boom boom boom. So normally, I can curate and create everything around.

So, you go in and you’re working with these amazing producers. It almost puts me in the perspective of, “Yeah, I wrote the whole song, I’m ready to record it.” Then in the back of your mind, you’re like, “I hope you like it.” [Laughs] I hope this is what you heard being said over what you spent hours on as well.

It was difficult in the beginning, but then it became this challenge that I needed. Because all the producers I worked with are the kind of people that were like, “You’re killing it. You’re snapping, but I kind of heard something different. Maybe you should have approached this different. Think about this, think about that. Maybe it’s a poolside, summertime, a place you’ve never been before. How would you approach that?”

And then the fact that I didn’t make the beat, I wasn’t as fatigued as far as listening to the record. So, I could shift those verses out and start over. Let me create again. And it’s amazing because Rico Love and my manager Dutch coordinated this album together. Having them in the groove telling me, “You can do this different” or “You can go harder on that.” It’d be 1 or 2 a.m. and everybody’s tired. People are sleeping and I’m like, “I got to finish the song because this is what I do.” I love what I do, so I got to do this. And I think you could hear the hunger in the album, in the resurgence, in the refreshing aspect. I been in the game for a minute, man, but I’m still out here trying to challenge myself.

HipHopDX: Last year, you were releasing some EPs and ended up compiling them as the TDT project. What made you include “Energy” and “Learned From Texas” on the album after you already put those songs out on the EPs?

Big K.R.I.T: The crazy thing is the “Energy” video came out after the EP had really been out already. And then “Energy,” it started to grow again almost as if we hadn’t dropped it. And then “Learned From Texas,” I show love to Texas. It’s just a part of me because they were the first … especially UGK, this was the first group that I saw from a small town like I was from, and they were unapologetically country.

For me, I just want to pay my due and let people know what I was inspired by growing up musically. Production like Pimp [C], producing a lot of records and singing on them, and it just made sense to put “Learned From Texas” on the album. And “Energy” is almost like a whole new record in itself, so I just wanted to add those on.

You know how streaming is. Streaming isn’t like having actual records out. What you think is old to somebody else, it’s a brand new song they never heard before.

HipHopDX: Gotcha. I’m a Baton Rouge native, and I don’t think people outside of the Gulf Coast quite understand just how much UGK means to people in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. How special was it for you to be involved as an executive producer on Bun B’s Return Of The Trill album?

Big K.R.I.T: It was a blessing. It was crazy too ’cause it was surreal. Some days we’d go in there, and he’d be giving me life advice and talking about experiences in his life. And then he’s writing a verse at the same time. I’d prepare beats like, “We going to do this, we going to do that.” Just to be in that room, I was listening to “Murder” on repeat! “Hi-Life” got me through so much in my life. To be in there [with Bun] is amazing. I was just honored brother, to be honest with you.

He’s got the hunger to still give you quality verses to work. ‘Cause after he’d record a song, it wasn’t like, “Well, we good.” He’s like, “Bet, play another record!” I’m like, “OK, I got another beat!” Before you know it, we done ran through five songs. And then now you’re talking about Gumball or shows he did back in the day. It was an amazing experience. And I co-executive produced it along with [Bun’s wife] Queenie, so I didn’t executive produce the whole album. Queenie was there too. She also played a huge part in that, not just me. So, yeah, can’t forget that.

HipHopDX: Back on your album, I thought one producer who really shined was DJ Camper with his work on the intro and “Make It Easy.” What do you enjoy about his production and what makes him click so well with you?

Big K.R.I.T: I met Camper years ago, and Camper expressed to me how great he was and how great he was going to be. I’m like “Man, you got it. I fuck with your energy, your confidence.” And what he did was he went out and proved it. He went hard, so every time I get in the studio with him, that’s family.

He’s so talented, not only as a producer but as a singer, as a writer. There are so many different variations to him. I know he’s going to give me something that’s going to be soulful, it’s going to knock in the trunk. Whatever we can do, we’re gonna do it. If we’re going to do live [instruments], we going to do horns, we going to do strings. And then we’re going to dial back if that might not fit. But we’re gonna exhaust all the ideas to make sure this record is as jamming as possible.

The particular song “Make It Easy,” I had been listening to that sample for about eight, nine years. I never could figure out how I wanted to approach it, flip it, whatever. Play the song, 30 seconds in, [Camper’s] like, “This it! Let’s do this.” And then you have what you have now, which is “Make It Easy.”

And then he was like, “I’m going to do some drums on this too.” And the same thing he did with “K.R.I.T. Here.” We were at Danja’s studio in Miami. He in there just drumming away. The excitement he has to make music is infectious. And then you have the finished product, which is a record that you’re proud of. And you listening to it like you didn’t even make it.

HipHopDX: That’s great. “Make It Easy” is my favorite joint on the album.

Big K.R.I.T: Thank you, man. I got off on that second verse!

Look out for Part 2 of DX’s interview with K.R.I.T. coming soon.

The Game’s Weekly Motivation Is About Self Love & Life Being "One Short Ride"

It’s a new week which means The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, is back with yet another motivational post to Instagram that’s accompanied by an image the fallen, yet never forgotten, Nipsey Hussle. Ever since the tragic death Nipsey, The Game has been sharing endless posts in tribute to the “Double Up” rapper and all that he meant to his fans, family and collaborators.

This week’s recent statement inspired by Nipsey is about the importance enjoying every day since tomorrow is unfortunately not promised. “1st we must realize that life is only one short ride. Once you really understand that, the appreciation even the smallest things become magnified. All I need is the ability to rise everyday & from there, I got it,” the “How We Do” rapper wrote. 

The Game's Weekly Motivation Is About Self Love & Life Being "One Short Ride"
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“Also understand that what’s for you is for you & what’s not…. isn’t. A lot people make the mistake confusing motivation from others lives with jealousy & envy. Set goals for yourself & carve out a plan that works for you.”

The Game further detailed the importance taking one’s time when it comes to reaching success and not rushing the journey. “Use all that God left us to achieve your own goals… the world is yours & the best thing about that is….. everything you need is just outside the front door, he added. 

Swedish Court Finds A$AP Rocky Guilty of Assault — So What Happens Next?

A$AP Rocky wasn’t acting in self-defense, a Swedish judge has determined.

The guilty ruling follows nearly a month of incarceration for the rapper, who is now free and back in the U.S.  But what does this judgment mean for the rapper?

First, the court ruled that A$AP Rocky does not have to server further jail time in Sweden.  Part of the reason, according to the ruling, is that the assault wasn’t serious enough, and A$AP already served time while awaiting this decision.

Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers, both members of A$AP’s entourage, were also ruled guilty of assault.  Both Corniel and Rispers are also free in the U.S.

“The assault has not been of such a serious nature that a prison sentence must be chosen,” the court offered in a statement to Digital Music News. “The defendants are therefore sentenced to conditional sentences.”

The altercation principally involved 19 year-old Mustafa Jafari, who was also held in a Swedish detention center pending the ruling.  Jafari was apparently goaded and attacked after an exchange of words with the rapper and his crew.  After getting summarily pummeled, Jafari followed the A$AP crew and demanded a new pair of headphones (which were apparently destroyed in the fighting).

Jafari alleged that he was unfairly attacked, and the court largely sided with him.  The only problem, at least for Jafari, is that the penalty was ultimately minor.  With prison time served, Jafari was awarded 12,500 Swedish krona ($1,300), though it’s unclear exactly how those costs will be assigned to the A$AP Rocky crew.  At this point, it looks like all three will simply pay a third of the fine, as well as associated court fees and other legal costs.

“The victim is awarded damages for violation of his integrity and pain and suffering, but less than he requested,” the court said.  “The defendants shall, each based on their financial ability, repay the state for its expenses for public legal counsels.”

Basically, A$AP Rocky and his crew simply need to pay the fine and forget this ever happened.  As for future touring, the rapper had previously promised to boycott the country, though it’s likely that a Swedish festival will cut a big fat check to lure him back.

And let this be a lesson to all you kids out there: don’t beat people up on tour, especially in a foreign country!

Michael Porter Jr. Exposes Adam Silver’s Phone Number, Twitter Reacts

Michael Porter Jr. is about to enter his second year in the NBA, even though he technically hasn’t played yet due to some lingering injuries. Today, Porter Jr. was in a meeting that was hosted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. During Silver’s presentation, he had his personal information on the screen, which included his e-mail address, fice phone number and even his personal phone number. Instead using this information for private consumption, Porter decided to post it on his Snapchat, although it’s unclear what his intentions were exactly. He probably meant no harm by it and wasn’t thinking about the ramifications this sort thing.

Well, as you would expect, NBA Twitter had an absolute field day with Porter as they realized they now had the Commissioners phone number at their disposal. This led to some people showing f the texts they sent to Silver, while others decided to roast Porter Jr for his poor judgment.

Regardless how you feel about this, there is no denying that it’s a pretty hilarious gaffe that Porter Jr. probably regrets immensely right now. Hopefully Silver isn’t too hard on him as the young player is probably still anxious about getting in a full season with the Denver Nuggets.

You can check out some the best reactions below.

Mac Miller’s "K.I.D.S" Is A Reminder Of Simpler Times

An artist is ten analyzed on the basis their collected works. As we rarely have a chance to encounter those we appreciate from afar, the music helps bridge an otherwise uncrossable gap. Though it, we can share laughs, insight, and even go so far as to build a psychological prile. We can track one’s evolution, both artistic and personal, by watching their discography unfold in real-time. And when they’re gone, the music serves as a reminder their story, be it one triumph, tragedy or both. For Mac Miller, one the formative chapters was his beloved mixtape K.I.D.S, which was released on this very day, nine years ago.

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Given the more serious tone entrenched within his last three major releases, it’s interesting to look back at Mac at his most carefree. Where Swimming found him wading in serene waters, and Watching Movies found him surrendering to the pros and cons hedonism, K.I.D.S. retains an endearing sense innocence throughout. We’ve ten heard his peers praise Mac’s selfless character and giving nature. Nowhere are those qualities more evident than here. From the minute Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit kicks f, the production aesthetic is both warm and welcoming, the perfect backdrop for Mac to deliver the polar antithesis to “struggle bars.” Though some were quick to pigeonhole the young lyricist as a subsect the dreaded “frat bro rap” subgenre, Mac’s designs were hardly nefarious enough to merit such labels. With desires smoking weed, kicking back, and one day seeing his music in stores, Mac’s approach to song-crafting was undeniably wholesome.

Curiously, K.I.D.S also provides an anchoring point, encapsulating Mac at his most low-stakes. As his career progressed, his music became far darker in nature, both musically and lyrically. His battle with substance abuse was no secret, and some his most critically acclaimed projects arose during the height his personal maelstrom. To call K.I.D.S a reminder simpler times is an understatement; not unlike revisiting Eminem’s Infinite after listening to The Marshall Mathers LP, or Kanye West’s College Dropout after a Dark Twisted Fantasy session. It may not be Mac at his most artistically fulfilling, but the callback to an age innocence gives Mac’s cult classic a bittersweet quality it didn’t always have. Now, on the day K.I.D.S turns nine, why not take a listen to one the new mixtape era’s star-making projects? Given everything that has transpired since its release, perhaps you’ll find it sitting comfortably beneath a new light.

Drake Hints at Young Thug Collaboration on ‘So Much Fun’

Drake and Young Thug may have another collaboration on the way.

Just days after Thug announced a release date for his album So Much Fun, Drizzy teased fans by posting a black-and-white GIF of himself grinning while flashing his icy watch and ring. “So Much Fun,” he captioned the post.

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That was enough to trigger speculation of a collaboration between the two. Lil Duke, who is signed to Thug’s label YSL Records, also commented on Drake’s post with the snake and spider emojis.

On Friday (Aug. 16), Young Thug is set to release his album So Much Fun featuring the J. Cole and Travis Scott-assisted single “The London.” It may also include a collaboration with the late Nipsey Hussle.

This wouldn’t be their first collaboration. Drizzy and Thug previously teamed up on “Ice Melts” and “Sacrifices” off Drake’s 2017 More Life project. They also toured throughout Europe on 2017’s “Boy Meets World Tour.”

Missy Elliott to Receive MTV Video Vanguard Award

It’s official. Missy Elliott will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 VMAs.

MTV made the announcement on Monday (Aug. 12). In addition to receiving the prestigious honor, the groundbreaking rapper, producer, and songwriter will return to the VMA stage for her first performance in 16 years.

The moment has been a long time coming for Missy and her fans, who have petitioned MTV for years. “I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the MichaelJacksonVideoVanguard Award. I Thank my FANS ‘Supafriends’ who fought diligently to see this day come,” tweeted Missy, while thanking some of her supporters by name. “I am crying happy tears Thank you God.”

Missy joins past Video Vanguard honorees including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Jennifer Lopez, who received the award last year.

“Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” said Bruce Gillmer, MTV International co-brand head and Viacom music and music talent head. “Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.”

With a career that spans three decades, the 48-year-old icon has sold over 30 million records worldwide, and is the only female rapper to have six studio albums certified platinum. She is a five-time Grammy winner and the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The VMAs will air live from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, Aug. 26.

Nicki Minaj Calls Out Joe Budden & Akademiks For Spreading False Narratives

Last afternoon, Nicki Minaj managed to cause quite an uproar during her return to Queen Radio. After inviting the Joe Budden Podcast squad onto the show, the conversation quickly took a hard left turn as Nicki called out Budden over his involvement in spreading “false narratives” about her. As tempers flared, Nicki responded by cutting Budden’s mic entirely, leaving Mal and Rory awkwardly suspended in limbo. Following the appearance, Minaj moved to return the favor with an appearance on Joe Budden’s Podcast, a portion which she streamed on Instagram Live.

Some the best material arises during the final ten minutes. Budden proclaims he attempts to apologize to those his commentary fends, prompting Nicki to question where his apology was during Queen Radio. Budden isn’t quite willing to give up ground, however, claiming that he was not acting alone in crafting the “Motorsport” drama. “Me and my, what’d you call him, chipmunk? Me and Akademiks weren’t just pulling out osmosis,” explains Joe. Nicki counters that Ak and Joe were the first to “Start the ‘Motorsport’ narrative,” back during the first season  Everyday Struggle

Nicki Minaj Calls Out Joe Budden & Akademiks For Spreading False Narratives

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“Cardi is not getting her information from Akademiks and myself,” says Joe, a statement that prompts incredulity from Minaj. “I don’t give a fuck about what the fuck she think went on!” says Nicki. “I’m talking about you speaking to the public.” Joe wonders if she’s implying that all speculation should be f-limits, prompting Minaj to correct him. “No,” she clarifies. “I said there are things you can speculate about, but once I come out and say ‘this is how it happened–“

Budden interrupts. “Why can’t people not believe you?” Budden maintains that being taken at face value is a privilege, a claim with which Minaj agrees – to an extent, at least. “But there are days like today where I’ll get sick and tired it, have had enough it, and speak to you directly,” says Minaj. She doubles down on her stance that Joe’s so-called lies are ultimately impacting her brand and integrity, especially harkening back to Joe’s tenure with his “sidekick” Akademiks. 

“When you’re insecure you tell lies because you don’t want others to shine based on their talents sometimes. So, I’m going to tell the real deal. I always have receipts to prove what I’m gonna say,” says Minaj, which could be interpreted as some subtle shots at an old foe. “My point is there were a lot people that I never said anything bad about who I thought I was cool with that jumped on the hate train. When you say a thing like, ‘We’re passed it.’ Yes, I’m passed it. Praise be to God. I still had to go through these things because people like you who made a sport out tearing down a young, black woman who’s done nothing but come in this game with an authentic come up, writing raps, and doing what the f*ck was really necessary. No Instagram, no reality shows, no sucking deejays’ d*cks.”

Jordyn Woods & Megan Thee Stallion’s Recent Hang Out Drives Fans Wild

Megan Thee Stallion is easily one the hottest rappers in the game with her Hot Girl Summer bars and ways and her insane knee strength that leaves all her fans in awe at any live performance they come across. So when Megan recently linked up with none other than Jordyn Woods, the former Kardashian family member who was ousted due to an unfortunate kiss but has managed to keep her career running smoothly, fans went wild. 

Along with the above festivities, Jordyn shared a video to her Twitter feed that sees both them singing loud and proud to Drake‘s verse on his Chris Brown collaboration “No Guidance.” Of course, they both emphasized Drake’s one line, “You a lil’ hot girl, you a lil’ sweetie.” 

“Nah forrrreal she’s the one,” Jordyn captioned the clip.

“What did we do to deserve this lawd,” one user responded to the clip, while another added, “She is THE friend! everyone making their way to her and I’m so here for it!!!”

Considering Jordyn’s recent music video collaborations only time will tell if her recent meetup with Megan will land her a feature in an upcoming visual. Peep more reactions below from some very happy fans.  

Wendy Williams Responds To Reports Of Her Talk Show Wrapping Up At Season 11

Wendy Williams‘ self-titled talk show has been the subject some rumours lately when it was reported that there was no guarantee for the upcoming season 11. Outlets claimed that employees the talk show were looking for other jobs and it was easy to believe considering Wendy’s marriage with Kevin Hunter coming to an end that lead to him getting fired from his role as executive producer. 

Wendy recently paid a visit to Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM radio show and when she exited the New York City location, TMZ bombarded her with questions surrounding the report her beloved talk show. “The show will be on until I say so,” she told the paparazzi. “And I’m not ready to go.”

Wendy Williams Responds To Reports Of Her Talk Show Wrapping Up At Season 11
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While Wendy was chatting with Andy Cohen, she revealed that she knew about Kevin’s affair much before the media picked up the news. “I knew that I would have to address it] but I had to get my ducks in a row. I knew a lot things for years. I knew a lot things for years, but my son Kevin Hunter Jr.] was at home. It wasn’t fair to him,” she explained

Markie Knows God’s Got Him In "Repent" Video

Louisville’s Markie drops off a soulful video for his new single “Repent.” Recently signed to Interscope Records, the new track also marks the 19-year-old rapper’s label debut.

“Repent” pays homage to Markie’s kin on multiple levels. Anchored by a catchy beat and Auto-Tuned hook, the Kentucky-bred newcomer spits bars inspired by his Grandfather’s last words. The accompanying clip takes on a home video-styling and shows Markie wearing a t-shirt with photos of his late family member “Fatdaddy.”

“Lost Fatdaddy when I was 14 years old,” he told HipHopDX. “He was one of my little cousins. Life ain’t been same since. Wish he was here to see these blessings, but I know we doing this for him too.”

“Repent” serves as the lead single off Markie’s debut album Right My Wrongs, which is expected to arrive August 23.

“Where I come from is the gutter, it’s the trenches,” he said. “People have their ideas of what life is like in Louisville, so I wanted to use my music to tell them what’s really going on.”

Watch Markie’s video for his debut single “Repent” above.