Rocky and Ferg have been close for ages and the “Shabba Ranks” rapper knows just how serious this situation truly is. He took to Instagram to share a photo the two together with some news in the caption. “Pray for my brother y’all he’s in a very serious, tough spot right now,” wrote the self-proclaimed Hood Pope. “He’s seeing a judge today , let’s shoot a lot good energy his way and hope for safe return. #freeflacko.”
Hopefully, Rocky is able to explain what really happened. We’re sending tons positive energy his way.
The Cash Money West artist released a new song with Offset yesterday and while it’s currently making the rounds, people are also talking about a fight that happened on his Instagram story last night. The “Thotiana” rapper took to his socials to share a clip his baby mama getting involved in a physical fight and, according to The Shade Room, the whole thing involved another woman who allegedly slept with Blueface a few months ago. Blue’s girl was seemingly upset that she was in the vicinity and tried to throw hands before people restrained her, holding her back and attempting to calm her down.
Take a look at the video below. Blueface’s life is definitely pretty crazy these days.
California rapper Tyga was a guest on Good Morning Britain this week when one the hosts tried to dive a little deeper into his relationship with Kylie Jenner. At first, the artist came up with a polite response when he was asked “what it was like” dating another celebrity. He shook his head with a big smile on his face before giving a generic answer but when they tried to follow up, he abruptly switched the topic. “Nah. I don’t want to talk too much about it. You know what I’m saying?” said the rapper.
At least Tyga tried to brush f the questions in a respectful manner. Others may have just ended the interview then and there.
Marlon Craft has realized his potential on his new album Funhouse Mirror. While he’s been showing off his rhyming prowess since his days freestyling in his bedroom, his latest LP proves he’s truly a well-versed artist.
With the help of production from Black Milk and Statik Selektah, Craft has crafted his best work to date and proven Sony Music’s Same Plate Entertainment was smart to sign him. He’s also garnered acclaim by dropping a provocative video for the album standout “Gang Shit”.
Following Funhouse Mirror’s release, HipHopDX caught up with Craft to discuss his new LP and much more, including his artistic growth and cultural appropriation in Hip Hop.
HipHopDX: Listening to the album, I hear a lot of live instrumentation and a lot of jazz influences. What inspired the sound?
Craft: I’m the son of a jazz musician. My dad’s a jazz percussionist, so that’s in my blood. And I was always just really inspired by Hip Hop music that incorporated all this live instrumentation. It started when I first started going to see Chance [The Rapper] live in college with the band and then Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly became my holy grail. I just always felt like live instrumentation was something that I wanted to incorporate into my music. I’ve been performing live with a band for some years, but I never really had the budget to get them in the real studio and put it down.
Live instrumentation, it gives you that feeling and that bigness to compete with the amplified feeling of some of these beats in Hip Hop right now with the heavy 808s and all that stuff. The way to compete with how big it feels if you’re not going to do that type of beat is to use live instruments. That was kind of my thinking.
HipHopDX: I think that vibrancy really comes through on the album. As far as producers, I know DJ Skizz and Statik Selektah are on there. Who else did you work with?
Craft: DJ Green Lantern is on there, did two joints. Black Milk did the outro and what’s really cool about that shit is that he actually … I sent him the stems. The intro is all live band from a jam that we put together. Then I sent Black Milk the stems from that and he sampled those stems to make the beats of the outro. So, he actually sampled the intro to make the outro.
Then I got Arbus Beats on there, who’s really the heartbeat of the whole album. He lives in Sweden. I met him on YouTube like two and a half years ago just from searching through so-and-so type beats or whatever. We’ve been working together ever since. I told him as soon as I had a budget, I would fly him out. I flew him out and he was here for a weekend and laid the foundation for a lot of stuff.
HipHopDX: That’s great. One thing that stood out to me was there’s a lot of discussions of alcohol and your use of it and the way it influences your life on this album. Do you view it as a vice or a coping mechanism? How does alcohol play a part in your life?
Craft: I’ve had anxiety since I was a little kid. I talk about that in a lot of my music and on the album, and it’s been kind of a theme in my life. I never really … I don’t use any drugs. I never have even tried any drug other than weed, which I don’t really smoke because it kind of makes me anxious. I never wanted to be … I always want to be in control. That’s part of my anxiety. I’m very hyperactive and I can get very stressed. Alcohol, for whatever reason, has just been something that has allowed me to calm down a little bit. In terms of my nervous system, it’s like I walk around at a 10. Everybody else walks around at a five. When I drink alcohol, it just brings me down to a five.
It’s definitely something I’ve used to cope throughout college and throughout the making of this album and everything like that. But it’s not something that I would consider, necessarily, a problem. But it’s just something that I’m always cognizant of, and I have a real desire to not be dependent on any vice. I think we live in such a viceful generation, whether it’s substances, whether it’s social media, whatever it is. I think a lot of the references to alcohol are me trying to figure out like, “Hey, how do I moderate this in a way that is still healthy and how do I try to achieve whatever it is that alcohol is giving me without needing alcohol?”
I try not to glorify it on the album, but it definitely was just a big part of my life, just something I was doing. Like I said on the album on the song “Personal,” I’ve been drunk for 25 days a month. I mean, I’m not drunk all day. Sometimes I have a beer or two, whatever, but I just would stand back and look and I’d be like, “Damn, this is something I’m doing a lot.”
It’s interesting. No one’s ever asked me about that, which I think actually speaks to how much we normalize drug consumption in music that no one ever thinks to make that a part of the conversation, you know?
HipHopDX: Absolutely. One of the more interesting tracks for me was the “(Not) Everybody” cut. It seemed like an analysis on arrested development and people failing to live up to their potential. Can you tell me about the concept behind it?
Craft: I been holding on to that song for a long time. That’s my dad’s favorite song. He fucking loves that song. That song is just about this idea — it’s this brutal reality that when you’re young, you look to adults. We look and we’re like, “Oh, well, you’re going to get older. You’re going to get more mature. You’re going to learn things over time.” And one of the hard realities of becoming an adult and coming of age is realizing that’s not necessarily true.
We don’t necessarily get better with time. A lot of people don’t mature, we just get older. And actually, the negative habits that we have or ways of looking at the world, our perspective, just gets more and more ingrained in us over time if we’re not proactive in seeking our own growth and our own development.
I think we assume the world will keep progressing in certain ways. So, it can lead to a lot of apathy. But it’s like, “Not necessarily.” Actually, there’s a lot of times the shit all could just come crashing down on some doomful shit. I think it’s this thing that growth is not inherent and we got to work for it. We got to fight for it.
HipHopDX: You put out a video for “Gang Shit” that’s been well received. It seems like this is one of those songs that could come to define you, in a way. I think what impressed me so much about it was that I’ve seen people try to do songs like this before. It always seems like they take an approach of “I’m going to see the good in both sides.” But you make it very black and white. Can you tell me about that decision and what made you go that route?
Craft: Thank you, man. I think for me, I just wanted to paint a portrait of what is and how I view what is. I didn’t really want to offer a solution. I just wanted to move by making a piece of art that portrayed things in a way that made you understand and feel the realities of these issues that I’m talking about in this particular view on America.
I think sometimes attempts to offer solutions are … We’re talking about things like institutionalized racism, the gang mentality, toxic masculinity, these types of things. People have written entire dissertations and books on this and dedicated their lives. If you could offer the solution in a song, [it wouldn’t be complex].
For me, it was how can I paint this in very serious way that just makes you — whether you agree or disagree — have to feel something about it. You have to feel something. You can’t be neutral. That was my approach.
HipHopDX: As far as the reaction to the video, I saw a lot of comments saying things like, “This is what being a true ally is.” Can you talk about being a white rapper and using your platform as an ally to put a spotlight on these realities?
Craft: I think when we talk about this idea of cultural appropriation, you talk about taking from a culture and not giving back. I think I have privilege in the space of the world and America and particularly in Hip Hop where I’m a guest. It’s not my space and I’m looking to make a living here.
So, I think it’s a responsibility of me to contribute my attention and my voice to be abreast on these type of issues that affect the communities that Hip Hop belongs to. But also, I’m capable of making something like a “Gang Shit” and see it through and do it the right way.
I don’t think that everybody … It doesn’t have to look the same for all white people that want to be involved in Hip Hop because everybody can’t do it. This is stuff that I’m passionate about. This is some of the stuff that I studied in college that I have a working knowledge of.
I think there are other examples of white people in Hip Hop that have contributed and not appropriated or contributed more than they’ve appropriated or whatever without making all these political songs.
Mac Miller is one of them. He was super knowledgeable about the culture and contributed in a bunch of different ways using his platform. He didn’t draw attention to himself and just was a student of the culture. It wasn’t his vibe to make a song like “Gang Shit.” Everybody doesn’t have to do that. However, for me, it’s just that I feel like I’m capable, I’m passionate and that’s what comes out of me naturally. It’s my art and it’s my job to see it through and to be responsible with the platform that I have.
HipHopDX: More than anything, what stands out on this album is just how personal and introspective it is. There’s a lot of storytelling and learning who Marlon Craft really is, especially on songs like “Family.” Can you talk to me about your evolution as an artist from the guy freestyling in the bedroom to where you are now?
Craft: Thank you. I mean that’s what this album’s all about to me. People that have been following me for a while and that have become real fans of the work know that I’ve been making bodies of work and complete songs for a while, but I think that they were just surface-level following me for the freestyles, maybe for the rapping ability.
I also do think there was, admittedly, a thing like, “Yo, the level that this dude can rap at is undeniable. It’s undeniably elite, but the music is not necessarily undeniable yet.” For me, that’s what this moment is about. This growth is about becoming an artist, like Marlon Craft as an artist to the world and eventually, Marlon Craft as a musician.
I’m just super proud of the body of work in that respect. I want to make music that’s complete, that people carry around with them every day, that’s not an exhibition of like, “Wow, look at the skill being demonstrated,” but more “Yo, I feel this shit in my core.” Like, “This moves me.”
That’s why I’m really excited to put this album out for the world and be who I want to be moving forward. That’s how I want people to see me moving forward. That’s this moment where we’re at.
After striking out in free agency, the New York Knicks have come under fire for being a poorly run organization that consistently disappoints its loyal fan base. One the biggest critics the team is ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith who has had quite a few choice words for the team and owner James Dolan. In the past, videos have circulated Smith shooting the ball around and surprisingly, he’s actually quite good. Of course, this has led the internet to joke about the idea Smith joining the Knicks. Well, Twitter user @Shady00018 tried to make that a reality when he posted a video Smith playing for the Knicks in NBA 2K19.
Throughout the video, you can see Smith pulling f a variety moves including highlight reel dunks and even some three-point shots. A remix some Stephen A’s best rants can be heard playing in the background which makes the video even funnier. The First Take host can be seen wearing the number 99 and even dunks over LeBron James.
At this point, Smith might be the team’s only hope as it was revealed that the Knicks past up a meeting with Kawhi Leonard due to logistics. It’s a tough time to be a Knicks fan.
Irv Gotti is one the biggest moguls in hip-hop and he’s also a huge New York Knicks fan. Going into free agency, Knicks fans had a ton hope as it was believed they would be able to land big-name players like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. KD and Irving ended up going to the Brooklyn Nets and every Knicks fan on the planet was forced into a deep and dark depression. Pundits like Stephen A. Smith ripped the team for their horrible management and inability to make big moves when it matters.
As you can imagine, Gotti is one those Knicks fans who is fed up with the team and when TMZ caught up with him recently, he let his feelings be heard. Gotti had some harsh words for the team’s owner, James Dolan, who is widely considered to be one the worst owners in the entire league.
“Man, F*ck Dolan!” Gotti said. “Yay for the Nets. I feel like Stephen A. Smith. I’m disgusted.”
Once upon a time, Flavor Flav had his own reality dating show. For three seasons, dozens women competed to win the Public Enemy rapper’s affections on VH1’s Flavor Love, and on the second series, a woman named Chandra “Deelishis” Davis took home the victory—and her man. Tiffany “New York” Pollard came in second that season, once again, but 13 years later, both women have continued to capitalize f their reality television moment.
In a recent interview on the Dinner with the Avery’s podcast, Deelishis was asked about her relationship with Flav and if she ever had sex with the veteran rapper. She stated that their relationship never turned physical, but it wasn’t because she didn’t want to. According to Deelishis, she and Flav dated for four months after the show wrapped. One night they went to a club and got drunk together, and although she did her best to get him into the bedroom, he politely refused. Deelishis said that she believes Flav may have felt guilty because she later learned that he had a girlfriend while he was filming the show and dating her. She also talked about dating men that others considered ugly, noting that she finds men who give her attention to be attractive.
Check out the full interview below. The conversation about Flavor Flav begins around the 57-minute mark.
They always said that country music pays, and Lil Nas X is living pro. Deftly swooping in to win over a pair disparate markets, the breakout star has found himself reaping the spoils one the biggest songs all time. Really. “Old Town Road” is breaking so many records it’s ridiculous. At this rate, it’ll hold damn near every conceivable title by the time 2020 rolls around. Who’d have thought a cheeky, country-rap borderline satire track held the answers? In any case, “Old Town Road” has spread like wildfire, becoming the year’s first track to earn the RIAA’s diamond certification, having pushed over 10,000,000 album equivalent units.
It’s unclear how Lil Nas X is expected to follow up the success his debut single, but damned if the young man hasn’t earned a little time f. The news is especially monumental given that only four albums have gone gold or platinum as 2019’s midway point, and only two singles have gone multi-plat: J. Cole‘s “Middle Child” and, course, “Old Town Road.”
Whether you deem it a mere passing fad or a masterful stroke crossover genius, Lil Nas X stumbled upon a winning formula. And no amount hate can take that away from him. Congratulations to the young man, and best luck in the steps to come.
Wu-Tang Clan is all over television in 2019. On the heels of Showtime’s documentary series Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men, Hulu has released a trailer for its upcoming 10-episode drama about the legendary group.
Viewers get a preview of what’s to come in this new teaser for Wu-Tang: An American Saga, which is scheduled to premiere September 4. The video highlights the cast, giving fans their first look at Dave East portraying Method Man and Joey Bada$$ playing Inspectah Deck.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga was created by RZA and Alex Tse, who wrote 2018’s Superfly remake. Method Man is one of the show’s executive producers while GZA, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard are serving as consulting producers.
“The Wu-Tang Clan has made an immeasurable contribution to music and our popular culture,” Craig Erwich, Hulu’s SVP of Originals, said in a press release. “Their unique musical form and authentic storytelling continues to speak to our times. This series is a conversation worthy event that will bring their history and music to life in a way that hasn’t been seen before.”
Watch the Wu-Tang: An American Saga trailer above.
When it was revealed that Jerry Lorenzo’s signature brand, Fear Of God, would be collaborating with Nike, sneakerheads were immediately excited to see what they would cook up. Of course, they weren’t disappointed when the Nike Air Fear Of God 1 was revealed to the world. The sneaker is a fashionable basketball shoe that blurs the lines between performance and aesthetics. There have been quite a few colorways to release so far and now, another one is on the horizon.
The Twitter account, @j23app, dropped the ficial images the “Amarillo” colorway today and it looks like it is perfect for the Summer. When it comes to the upper, it is covered in a mustard yellow tone, while a nice dose contrast is added thanks to the white midsole. As is the case with the other Air Fear Of God 1 models, there is a touch blue thanks to the double stacked Air Zoom unit towards the back heel.
As right now, there is no ficial release date for the shoe although the price will be $350 USD and should come out sometime this Summer. Stay tuned for updates as we will be sure to bring them to you.
Before Friday’s release of Revenge of the Dreamers III, Dreamville goes behind the scenes of the highly-anticipated compilation in REVENGE: A Dreamville Film.
The 30-minute documentary, directed by David Peters, catalogs the recording sessions for ROTD3 that took place at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta over the course of 10 days in January, with appearances from Dreamville’s own J. Cole, Ari Lennox, Bas, EarthGang, Cozz, J.I.D, and Lute, as well as T.I., DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Wale, and Big K.R.I.T.
“I had this idea. Let’s go somewhere, lock in, and invite a bunch of outside producers and artists to come fuck with us and just make this album,” says Cole of the creative process.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is “Swervin” in the video for his 2x-platinum single.
In the long-awaited clip, the HighBridge rapper is on the hunt to get the girl. In the opening scene, he is on a plane when it erupts in flames. He then hits a luxury boutique, admiring his love interest while she shops, before making it rain at the strip club. He continues to swerve in and out of different scenarios, including the final blizzard scene, where he finally gets the girl.
“Swervin’, how you look so perfect on your worst days?” he asks on the London On Da Track production.
“Swervin” is off A Boogie’s sophomore album Hoodie SZN, which was released in December. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum in the U.S. and Canada.
“‘Swervin’ is the final video I’ll be releasing from Hoodie SZN,” said the 23-year-old rapper. “It’s a thank you to all my fans for propelling Hoodie SZN to number 1.”
He is now readying his next project, Artist 2.0. “I’m currently working on Artist 2.0 and I can’t wait for the world to hear it.”
Kanye West‘s artistic trajectory has been subject to fierce debate since the arrival Yeezus, his most divisive album by far. It’s no wonder, as Ye’s emphasis on exploring uncharted sonic territory came at a steep cost: his bars. Of course, flourishes peak Ye have emerged on various tracks, with “No More Parties In LA” standing as one his best verses to date. Yet the days “Gorgeous” and “Devil In A New Dress” are long gone, and fans have come to expect little where Yeezy’s pen game is concerned. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that hype for Yandhi continues to brew, and last night, Kanye delivered a possible peek at his current musical direction.
Enter “Brothers,” a soulful track premiered Irv Gotti’s BET series Tales. Produced by Irv Gotti and Seven, “Brothers” evokes shades a bygone Ye, employing an uplifting vocal sample and College Dropout-era production. Though we’ve briefly seen Kanye flirt with his formative style before, “Brothers” feels like a full commitment to revisiting a fan-favorite era, shedding the dissonance “XTC” and the playfully avant-garde “Lift Yourself.”
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Lyrically, Ye calls back to the Graduation days, once again touching on themes brotherhood. While he doesn’t overtly express it by name, all signs point to “Brothers” being an apology sorts to Jay-Z; recall that Kanye once referred to Jay as his “big brother” on Graduation’s closing track. Even the lyrics lend themselves to their publicized falling out. “I miss the fam and our brotherhood, I just wanna make sure that my brother’s good,” he raps. “So I ain’t embarrassed or above, flying out to Paris for a hug.” It’s hard not to think their collaborative hit “N***as In Paris” upon hearing that line, which certainly reinforces the Jay theory.
Moving forward with that narrative, perhaps we can see “Brothers” as a call to action, a play for the long-awaited Watch The Throne 2. Picking up the phone hope it’s all love, cause Jesus taught us love so did Moses and Mohammed,” raps Ye, in the closing stanzas. “So nothing so atomic that we can’t agree to drop it, drop it, peace it up and get it poppin’, and bury the hatchet so we can lock in.” What is that if not an invitation to record? And more importantly, did “Brothers” serve in recapturing a glimmer a lyrically reinspired Kanye West? Stream the new single right here.
Fat Joe and Lil Wayne have joined musical forces once again. This time, it’s for Joe’s new video “Pullin,” which officially kicks off the rollout for the Terror Squad vet’s upcoming album, Family Ties.
Joe spoke highly of his 2006 “Make It Rain” collaborator in a recent interview with Billboard.
“Wayne went bonkers on that track like he always does,” Joe said. “I’m a huge Lil Wayne fan, so any time I get to work with him is great. He’s one of the realest people I’ve ever met in Hip Hop. He’s loyal, and I love him for that. It’s an honor to be Lil Wayne’s friend. If you ever get to know him, you’re blessed.”
Much has been said about Tekashi 6ix9ine. He went from being the King New York to the biggest clown in the rap game. The rapper has reportedly been squealing to the feds about everything he knows his crew was up to, throwing his former partners under the bus in an attempt to get less jail time. He’s been locked up since last year and as he awaits his trial, more information keeps on being released about the racketeering drama.
Kintea “Kooda B” McKenzie pleaded guilty back on June 3 and a transcript from his plea hearing was picked up by the outlet, who claims that McKenzie said he did not fire shots at Chief Keef outside the W Hotel in New York. “In June 2018, I was present and helped arrange for another individual to shoot a gun at a rival that Tekashi wanted to scare,” said McKenzie. “I arranged for the individual to be driven to Times Square and carry out the plan in front the W Hotel. When the target came out the hotel, the individual fired a shot in the direction the area where the target was standing. The shot was fired because Tekashi wanted to intimidate rather than actually hit the individual. I did this because Tekashi asked me to arrange this.”
These new details make it crystal clear that Kooda B was not the man who went through with the plan to shoot at Chief Keef. The individual who was behind the gun is unnamed but McKenzie wants people to know it was not him.