Tiffany Haddish Details Life Living In Foster Care: "The Worst Feeling In The World"

Tiffany Haddish is one the latest guests to appear on Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. As we previously posted, the interview got quite emotional when Tiffany discussed her abusive mother and how things got worse when she got brain damage from a car crash. 

Tiffany Haddish Details Life Living In Foster Care: "The Worst Feeling In The World"
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It’s for that reason that Tiffany lived in foster care for some time, something she discussed further in the full episode. The Girls Trip actrees described foster care as  “the worst feeling in the world” since all her belongings traveled in a plastic garbage bag to each home she was shipped f to. “You’re dropped in these strangers’ houses, you don’t know these people, these people don’t know you, you don’t know if they’re gonna hurt you, if they’re gonna be kind, you don’t have a clue what’s going on,” she explained.

Tiffany’s first possession that meant a lot to her was a suitcase because it made her feel important. 

“I remember when I got my first suitcase, I felt like I was a traveler, like I had a purpose, like I’m a person, like I’m not garbage, I got this — it’s mine, and my things are in here, and wherever I go I can take this with me and I’m going somewhere,” she said. 

Watch a clip from the full episode below.

Kawhi Leonard’s Raptors Championship Proves He’s A Dynasty Killer

Heading into the 2018-2019 NBA season, there were a plethora questions surrounding Kawhi Leonard and his character. On Thursday night, Leonard put all the doubters out to pasture as he led the Toronto Raptors to their first ever NBA Championship all the while winning his second NBA Finals MVP trophy.

Kawhi’s motivations were believed to be dubious considering the fact that he only played nine games with the San Antonio Spurs last season after a quad injury kept him out the lineup. This was a controversial injury as the Spurs claimed he was fine to play, but Leonard and his camp thought otherwise. The Spurs had been good at avoiding disputes in the past but the tension between Kawhi and the team doctors was too strong to ignore.

Eventually, Leonard requested a trade out San Antonio and he was shipped f to the Raptors along with teammate Danny Green. At first, rumors swirled that Leonard had no interest in playing in Toronto but as soon as he stepped onto the court, it became apparent that he was turning the team into a ble contender.

Kawhi Leonard's Raptors Championship Proves He's A Dynasty Killer

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Kawhi’s immediate impact with the Raptors is no coincidence and if you’ve been following “The Klaw” since his college days, you knew he’d be a star. Now, with two championships under his belt and two Finals MVP’s to boot, it’s time to crown Leonard as the league’s dynasty killer.

The quiet kid from Los Angeles, California was drafted 15th overall by the Indiana Pacers in 2011 and was immediately traded to the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard joined a squad with veteran champions like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili which allowed him to learn from some the best in the game.

Leonard would make his presence felt in the league right away thanks to his ability to play strong fensively and even stronger defensively. In 2013, Leonard’s efforts would be rewarded when he and the Spurs went to the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.

Kawhi Leonard's Raptors Championship Proves He's A Dynasty Killer

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This would be Leonard’s first time playing against a dynasty such high magnitude. The Heat were packed with talented superstars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. At the time, the Heat were considered an unbeatable force having made three straight NBA Finals. In the end, the Heat were victorious in seven games, giving them their second title in a row.

The following year, Leonard and the Spurs would come back with a vengeance as their only goal was to win a championship and keep the Heat from achieving a three-peat. After a hard-fought 2014 campaign, the Spurs and the Heat found themselves in a rematch the previous year’s finals.

With last year’s defeat fresh in his mind, Kawhi stepped up his game and completely shut down LeBron James, who many felt was an unstoppable player. Sure, LeBron was able to put up big numbers, but Leonard’s defense had the King so frustrated that he would get visibly upset when Kawhi checked into the game. It was apparent that Leonard was a man on a mission and he made the Heat look like fools.

During the 2014 NBA Finals, Leonard averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game. His performance would lead the Spurs to their fifth NBA Championship in 15 years thus cementing the franchise as one the best in the league. Leonard would also be rewarded with his first ever NBA Finals MVP trophy.

Kawhi Leonard's Raptors Championship Proves He's A Dynasty Killer

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In the immediate aftermath the Spurs victory, the Heat completely dismantled their superteam as LeBron James went back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Once LeBron left, the Heat were able to make the playfs a few times but never even sniffed the finals again. This would be the first time Kawhi would completely destroy what was thought to be an all-time great dynasty.

Fast forward five years later and the Toronto Raptors have just guaranteed the second seed in the Eastern Conference with Kawhi as their centerpiece. The team begins their journey to playf glory and easily knockf the Orlando Magic in the first round in five-game series full blowouts

The second round would prove to be the Raptors toughest test the playfs as the Philadelphia 76ers pushed them to seven games. On the last possession Game 7, with the score tied 90-90, Kawhi took the ball close to the baseline and chucked up a desperation shot with Joel Embiid in his face. After four nailbiting bounces, the ball went in and the Raptors went to their second ever Eastern Conference Finals. Leonard’s heroics proved that this team was destined for something great.

From there, Kawhi outmuscled the Greek Freak himself, Giannis Antetokounmpo in a six-game Eastern Conference Finals series for the ages. In just his first season with the team, Leonard led the Raptors to their first ever NBA Finals. From there, the Raptors went on to face one the most feared dynasties all time for the championship.

Including this season, the Golden State Warriors had made it to five-straight NBA Finals and had won three championships. With Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala, the team had won two straight titles and just like the 2014 Miami Heat, they were going for the three-peat.

Thanks to Durant’s injury though, Kawhi saw an opportunity to take advantage the Warriors and that’s exactly what he did. Leonard and the Raptors were methodical all throughout the Finals as they put up huge threes, all while playing some the best defense the league had seen this season. Leonard improved on his stats from the 2014 Finals by averaging 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game.

Last night, the Raptors were one win away from knocking f the two-time defending champions and Leonard unleashed his inner beast to put the Warriors away. Kawhi put up 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists, including the last three free throws the game to sure up the win.

What makes this Raptors win so interesting is the implications it has on the Warriors dynasty. Kevin Durant is a free agent this Summer and with an injury that could keep him out an entire year, there is a big chance that he’ll end up leaving the team. Meanwhile, Klay Thompson is a free agent as well and while he’ll most likely re-sign, his ACL injury will keep him out the lineup until 2020. With these factors at play, the Warriors could be in for a frustrating season.

Another important factor here is whether or not Anthony Davis the New Orleans Pelicans gets traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. If this happens, LeBron and Davis could have their way with the Western Conference and dethrone the Warriors as the best in the West.

While all these scenarios are what-ifs, it’s safe to say that once again, Kawhi Leonard has managed to pull the rug from underneath another great dynasty. He helped turn the Heat into a team desperately trying to tread water while competing for playfs spots and now, he’s exposed the Warriors as a team with many weaknesses.

Leonard is the dynasty killer and no matter how many more championships he wins, that’s what he will always be remembered for.

Charli XCX Is Dressed In Nothing But Computer-Generated Pink Ribbon In New Album Cover

English singer, songwriter, music video director, and record executive, Charli XCX, is set to release her self-named album Charli on September 13th, and she’s released the raunchy artwork for said album ahead time. The 26 year-old is not afraid to flash some flesh, and she did just that to promote her new project, taking to Instagram to reveal the cover to her fans on Thursday.

The image saw her go completely naked, with her X-rated bits covered up with a pink metal ribbon, added in post-production – not unlike the same graphic illusion on her and Lizzo’s faces for the artwork for the single they released last month, “Blame It On Your Love.” In a video obtained from Daily Mail, the “Boys” singer is seen from behind the scenes, as she shoots the cover work, wearing nothing but flesh coloured panties.

In her caption, Charli reveals her excitement for the album release, as well as going into detail about how personal this album is to her, and how “proud” she is the outcome, as well as the gratitude she has for those who featured on it, including: HAIM, Lizzo, Big Freedia, and CupcakKe. “Angels, I am so so so happy to announce that my new album, Charli is out September 13th. You can pre-order it now and I will also be going on tour to perform it for you.” She continues, “this album is my most personal, which is why I decided to call it by my name. I’ve put as many my emotions, my thoughts, my feelings and my experiences with relationships into these 15 songs and I am so proud them.”

Forbes Reveals Top 5 Richest Rappers

JAY-Z may be hip-hop’s first billionaire, but he may soon have some competition.

Forbes has revealed its annual list of hip-hop’s wealthiest rappers. JAY-Z leads thanks to his lucrative empire, which includes $310 million from his Armand de Brignac champagne, $220 million for cash and investments in companies like Uber, $100 million from D’Ussé cognac, and $100 million from TIDAL. He and wife Beyoncé are now worth a combined $1.4 billion.

Not far behind Mr. Carter is Dr. Dre with $800 million. Despite Apple’s $3 billion 2014 purchase of his Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line, he hasn’t quite reached billionaire territory. The super-producer owned an estimated 20-25 percent of the company at the time, and Dre pocketed a little over $500 million in the sale. Now that his formal involvement at Apple is seemingly coming to an end, Dre may need to find other investments to cross the billionaire threshold.

Sean “Diddy” Combs falls to No. 3 on the 2019 list. His $740 million fortune includes cable network Revolt, his Sean John clothing line, and Ciroc, the main driver of his wealth. Forbes declares him the “most likely candidate to join JAY-Z in the billion-dollar club.”

Kanye West makes his debut at No. 4. In addition to music sales and concerts, Ye’s $240 million fortune is largely attributed to his successful partnership with adidas, who lured him from Nike several years ago.

At 32, Drake is the youngest rapper to make the list with $150 million. His fortune grew 50 percent over 2018, fueled by real estate investments and his Virginia Black whiskey, as well as a lucrative tour and residency at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

“Every year, we just want to get more prepared and better at touring and better at things that make money,” Drizzy told Forbes in 2013. “That’s pretty much my objective every year, other than making good music.”

Forbes Richest Rappers of 2019

1. JAY-Z – $1 billion
2. Dr. Dre – $800 million
3. Diddy – $740 million
4. Kanye West – $240 million
5. Drake – $150 million

Raptors President Masai Ujiri Allegedly Shoved A Cop After Finals Win

After 25 years in the NBA, the Toronto Raptors won their first ever NBA Title last night by defeating the Golden State Warriors in six games. The final score was 114-110 and at the end the game, the Raptors got to celebrate as a team in one the most iconic moments in Canadian basketball history. The entire team and their president, Masai Ujiri, got to take the stage after the game where they were given the championship trophy. It should have been a time to celebrate but now, reports are saying there may have been an altercation involving Ujiri just moments after the game.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after Ujiri allegedly shoved and struck a sheriff’s deputy in the face after being denied access to the court. According to TMZ, Ujiri didn’t have the proper credentials to get to the court and that’s when the incident happened.

Ujiri was never arrested for the altercation and was able to give a speech with his team immediately after. In the video which can be viewed above, the deputy looks furious while Ujiri stands there unbothered. Perhaps the deputy didn’t recognize Ujiri and that;’s what ultimately led to the altercation. 

The Sheriff’s Office is currently looking into the situation and is thinking about pressing charges. Stay tuned for more information.

“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

The Nike Air Foamposite One is slated to return to major retailers such as Foot Locker, Footaction and Finish Line this weekend in an all-new “Habanero” snakeskin colorway.

As seen in the on-foot images embedded below, the iconic Foamposite upper is wrapped in a white and black snakeskin print, equipped with a black tongue and eyestay. Habanero detailing appears on the tongue, including the pull tab, as well as on the heel tab, forefoot Nike swoosh and outsole. 

Priced at $230, the Habanero Snakeskin Foams will be up for grabs starting at 10am ET this Saturday, June 15. The kicks will also be available in kid’s sizes ($180).

Check out some additional photos below.

“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

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“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

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“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

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“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

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“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

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“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

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“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

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“Snakeskin” Nike Air Foamposite One Releasing This Weekend: Official Details

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YezJulz Dragged After Summoning Her Ancestors To Defeat Party-Crasher

YesJulz came to prominence as a party promoter in hip-hop but as she’s tried to assert herself into the rap game further, she continuously falls short. Mainly for being tone deaf which is why Twitter, once again, dragged her through the depth the Internet. 

In a second time in a matter months, YesJulz found herself in the midst some controversy after saying that she’d summon her ancestors. She asked her followers earlier this week about the best spots in NYC to throw a pop-up party in NYC. One person in particular, a Black male, replied, “Wherever it is I’m coming starting a fight and getting it shut down!” That’s exactly when YesJulz decided to invoke the presence her ancestors to defeat the possible party-crasher.

“Good luck babes! My ancestors will always have our backs,” she wrote. Of course, YesJulz quickly deleted the tweet but not before screenshots were taken. Many began to call out YesJulz for her subtle-but-not racism.

“YesJulz saying that her ancestors have her back is the spiritual equivalent a middle aged white woman asking for the manager when she doesn’t get her way. Please let your great great great grandmother, YesethJuliet, decompose in peace,” one user wrote.

Another said, “It amazes me how she does something like this every year and still has a billion black friends.”

Earlier this year, Earl Sweatshirt slammed “AffirmativeJulz”, who’s constantly playing the victim after she gets called out, for a radio freestyle she did in an attempt to justify being a culture vulture while accusing black people not giving back to her community. She later apologized and cried on her Snapchat. 

We’re sure she and Tomi Lahren would be great friends if they ever met. 

People Are Surprised To Find Out What Summer Walker Looks Like

Summer Walker is trying to pamper you for the first day summer. After Drake hopped on one her songs, the singer has been experiencing a huge burst popularity. Before the co-sign, she was already on the verge blowing up but as he does with all things, Drake just amplified her reach. With summer around the corner, Summer wants to invite her female fans to have a day relaxation with pedicures, massages, shopping and more. The generous fer earned more than a couple reposts for the artist but people were less concerned about what she was saying and more surprised about her look.

People Are Surprised To Find Out What Summer Walker Looks Like
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Still on her way to the top, Summer Walker is a relatively unknown name to most casual music fans. Thus, not many people have actually seen her photo yet. From the sounds her lush vocals, some people anticipated her looking different but when they peeped her giveaway video on The Shade Room, they mostly commented about her appearance. “I don’t know what I thought summer walker looked like but this ain’t it,” wrote one shocked fan in a comment that has gathered over seven thousand likes. Others commented on the tattoos she has on her face with one fan even saying she looks like YG wearing a wig. 

The gorgeous young woman has been levelling up for months and this is such a nice way to give back to those that have supported her. Do you care what an artist looks like if they make great music?

Danny Trejo Announces Trejo’s Music Venture & "Chicano Soul Shop Vol. 1" Album

Los Angeles, CA – Veteran actor and serial entrepreneur Danny Trejo — best known for his role as Machete in both the Spy Kids films and the titular films of the same name — has announced his latest venture that’s sure to please Hip Hop (and R&B) fans.

In a news release, Trejo announced the debut of Trejo’s Music, a joint venture with producer Edward “E-Dub” Rios and Mexican-American rapper Baby Bash. To celebrate the launch of Trejo’s Music, the label will drop its debut album, Danny Trejo Presents Chicano Soul Shop Volume 1 on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019.

“I am truly honored to launch Trejo’s Music,” said Danny Trejo, who also owns Trejo’s Tacos and Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts, both based in the Los Angeles area. “Music is a huge passion of mine, and I wanted to showcase these amazing Latino artists.”

“It’s an honor and blessing to join forces with Danny and Bash on the Chicano Soul shop,” added E-Dub. “We want to continue the mission that we’ve been dedicated to for decades, [which is] kicking down doors and creating opportunities for good people through music and culture.”

Artists on Danny Trejo Presents Chicano Soul Shop Volume 1 include Baby Bash, Frankie J, Joey Quinones, Chiquis Rivera, Malik Malo, Cota, Trish Toledo, Tara New, Deztini Fatinas, Marty Obey and Puro Bandido. The album will be available for streaming and download on Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, and TIDAL.

Max Kellerman Taunts Warriors Fans, Declares NBA Finals Over

ESPN First Take host Max Kellerman has a real problem with players and teams who have proved themselves to be champions time and time again. The boxing expert took every opportunity to disrespect the New England Patriots and it ultimately led them to a sixth Super Bowl. Throughout the NBA Finals, Kellerman has been a big detractor the Golden State Warriors, saying the Toronto Raptors would defeat them in six games. Of course, Warriors fans have taken exception to these predictions and have booed him at every appropriate opportunity.

Tonight, the Raptors will have an opportunity to close out the Warriors and prove Kellerman prophecy right. Kellerman took this opportunity to taunt Warriors fans before the latest airing  First Take. While filming live from Oakland, Kellerman stood on a balcony above a gang Warriors fans while accompanied by two Raptors supporters.

From there, Kellerman said that Kawhi Leonard and the Raps would put the Warriors away and end their reign terror. Once again, Kellerman was met with a wave boos although he didn’t seem to really care. Much like his predecessor Skip Bayless, Kellerman seems content with being an agitator more than a real credible analyst.

Who do you think is winning tonight? Can the Raptors take home their first final?

Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat Apparel Has Made A Comeback With Forever 21

Kimora Lee Simmons announced the revival her Baby Phat brand back in the spring and yesterday it was teased that the new collection would roll out through Forever 21. The day has finally arrived and fans can now get their hands on the latest ferings from the beloved brand since the collection fers everything an affordable fashionista would want. 

The collection features tube tops, biker shorts, crop tops, halter rompers, sweatshirts and more all with the iconic black cat logo. The prices range from $8 – $25 and apparently this summer capsule is just a teaser for what will roll out in the Fall. 

“It has been an honor to work with Kimora Lee Simmons and her daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, on this project, and we can’t wait to help customers rediscover a legendary brand,” Forever 21’s VP merchandising Linda Chang said.

“Now, everybody’s doing retro with a little high-waisted jean and tube top, or the sneaker and the jean — that’s the Baby Phat girl,” Kimora added her collection. “That’s popular again], and we were one the first ones to do it, one the biggest ones to do it, and one the greatest ones.” 

Shop the new arrivals here.

Kodak Black Shows Off His Icy AF Pacifier Chain From Behind Bars

As everyone must be aware by now, back at the start May, Kodak Black was arrested prior to Rolling Loud on federal and state weapons charges. The rapper’s troubling legal history loomed overhead, prompting prosecutors to implore a Judge to revoke Kodak’s $500,000 bond, and unfortunately for the young “Calling My Spirit” rapper, the Judge sided with the prosecutors – citing his longstanding history prior charges, and deeming Kodak a “danger to the community” – leaving the 22 year-old stuck in jail for the foreseeable future.

Kodak Black Shows Off His Icy AF Pacifier Chain From Behind Bars

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Kodack is set to appear in court this August, and faces the possibility up to thirty years in prison,  but it doesn’t seem to have stopped the young rapper from living his life behind bars. He celebrated his birthday just 2 days ago, the day after which the NBA finals game aired, in which Kodack took to Instagram to send a get-well-soon message to KD (which has since been deleted), also shifting the focus to his frustration at spending”Another Birthday Watching The Finals In This Bitch Lol.” 

Now, Kodack has taken to Instagram once more, this time to post another video showing f his, drippy as hell, pacifier chain. The chain – which features dazzling diamonds in white and teal, and has his nickname “Project Baby” engraved on the back – was purchased back in May. Kodack boasted the accessory with the caption “Project Baby Aint Got No Stroller But I Keep Pushin,” and Instagram users are hilariously wondering how exactly the rapper manages to out-bling most people all the way from jail.

Joey Bada$$ Pens Emotional Reflection On "1999" 7-Year Anniversary

Considering everything he’s contributed to the game, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Joey Bada$$ is only 24 years old. Yet the Brooklyn rapper has used his time wisely, amassing a respectable discography solo albums, collective projects, and unexpected songwriting credits to his name. Today, Joey has decided to look back on where it all began, which is to say, the release his acclaimed mixtape 1999. With features from Capital Steez, Kirk Knight, CJ Fly, Nyck Caution, and more, 1999 quickly caught on with both critics and fans alike, instantly placing Joey at the forefront a New York movement – a charismatic young rapper fuelled by Old Head energy. 

“7 years ago today it all started. A kid from East Flatbush, Brooklyn released his debut mixtape to the world and nothing was the same since,” begins Badmon, in a heartfelt reflection. “Also just want to say thank you all for believing and supporting me in this long journey. Without your continued support and encouragement I’m not sure where I’d be in this world. Your love and passion for me never goes unnoticed. I know sometimes I could be neglectful towards some you guys but it’s just the Aquarius in me wanting to be free to do whatever I please.”

In his closing statement, he expresses a desire to move forward in new and unexplored musical directions, daring to defy expectation and escape the confine his comfort zone. “And if you can’t respect that, your whole perspective is WACK but is still all Love,” writes Joey, before promising that new music is well on the way. Of course, he’s likely referring to a solo project, as Beast Coast’s Escape From New York is only a few weeks old. Still, it’s nice to see Joey open up to his fanbase, and it’s likely the gesture will not go unnoticed. Happy birthday to 1999!

Playboi Carti Talks New Album, Iggy Azalea & More With The Fader

The Fader has released the newest Summer Music Issue with Playboi Carti featured on the cover. Within the story, Carti discusses his upcoming album Whole Lotta Red, collaborating with Solange as well as the decisions he has made throughout his career that have led him to become one the biggest faces in the future hip hop.

As for his progress on the new album, Carti claims that Whole Lotta Red is essentially finished, that at this point he’s “just trying to top shit.” He also mentions that he’s made over fifty songs while putting together the album. Carti goes on to play the album for senior editor Ben Dandridge-Lemco who remarks, “it quickly becomes clear that he’s entered into new vocal territory.”

Carti also gives insight into his relationship with fellow musician Iggy Azalea. At this point, the two are living together; family photos in the house are mostly Azalea’s and as for the interior decorating, “I ain’t do all this, that was her” is Carti’s response. With regards to the couple’s music, the two admit they have no plans on collaborating at this time. Head over to The Fader for a more in-depth look into the current life Atlanta’s enigmatic rapper, Playboi Carti.

Nems Talks Follow Culture & Thanks Trash Rappers

New York City, Ny – In the pantheon of battle rappers who also make songs (Eminem excluded), Nems undoubtably stands amongst the best of them. The Coney Island native, who made a name for himself on MTV 2’s Fight Klub, which stands as one of the first battle leagues — and first nationally broadcast battles — he had a rollercoaster career that seen him persevere for his passion, despite never getting just do on a bigger platform.

His journey, and his growth as a person and an MC are well documented on his latest project, which you can audibly hear the Coney Island Mayor bleeding his life force into.

The LP, Gorilla Monsoon (according to Nems himself) was a two-year labor of love. Building up his “Fuck Ya Life” merch over the past year — which has taken off (selling out weekly) — he notes that the meticulous nature of the creation process is one he wants fans to really walk away appreciating.

“I took my time with the album … that’s the main thing I want to do now,” Nems tell HipHopDX. “Everything I do, whether it’s videos or music, everything needs to have replay value. People be like, ‘Let’s shoot a video,’ and I tell them, ‘You gotta give me a treatment, we got to do this, x, y, or z.”

He points to the disposable nature of music and videos in the landscape of today’s industry. “I’m not trying to do that no more,” he says, describing the previous moments-notice style of video shoots and recording he once did. “You watch that shit once and you never want to watch it again.“

Though not a front running theme, Gorilla Monsoon does provide explicit commentary on a generation of rappers who either don’t consider themselves rappers, or scoff at the previous generation’s need to analyze and rank music according to lyrical content — referring to them as USPA clothing, which helps create a delimitation between fake and real.

“I’m getting influence from everything,” he says, revealing his eclectic taste in a vast array of musical genres. “I listen to everything, but Hip Hop has become the genre I listen to the least.”

He continues, “I go on apple music every Friday to see what’s out … now I’m at the point where it’s like if a fucking rapper from 20 years ago puts out an album and I know it’s probably going to be wack, I still gravitate to that because everything else is so trash.”

Still, while explicitly calling a spade a spade, a level of blunt lyrical disrespect that made him a battle-rap fave in his heyday, he notes that he doesn’t hate on anyone out here getting money.

”Go get your money. But, it’s not for me. I don’t hate on it. It’s just like when I sit back and analyze, it’s like, Yo, thank you. Thank you for being trash, my nigga,” Nems says with a laugh. “When my music comes out it will be well received because people will be able to hear the difference and see how much iller my music is.”

Having first risen to notoriety in the early 2000’s, yet not bubbled into mainstream fame — Nems remains underground, which suits him just fine. His fanbase remains extremely loyal, and is rapidly expanding as the gritty sound of New York is coming back into prominence with the rising notoriety of acts like Conway The Machine (of Griselda), who actually appears on the LP.

He says the collaboration is one that fans have been salivating for — however, Nems insists that though he loves what they’re doing, he doesn’t want to be lumped into other competing movements.

“I don’t want to be linked to the success of anyone else … I don’t want to do nothing that’s been done before,” he explains. As a testament to his individuality, he points to the listening session for the album, which he held on the F train in New York City, which runs from 179th Street in Jamaica, Queens, to his home-base in Coney Island.

“Whatever is the opposite of what they’re doing, that’s what I’m doin,” he adds. “I’m not with that following shit. I wanna be different man. I don’t like that same shit.”

It’s this very “follower-based” culture that Nems’ entire movement appears to counter. As an example, his producer Jazzsoon, the architect of the album’s sound, is someone who just doesn’t place a strong personal emphasis on social media.

“Imagine if I looked at [Jazzsoon’s] followers and was like, ‘Man, this shit ain’t enough. I don’t want to work with him.’ This album that everybody is fucking with would have never came out like, you know what I’m saying?

“He don’t care about followers because he’s outside. Actually living in the shit that all these figures online be talking about.”

The industry’s obsession with chasing artists with followers, which is ultimately a shakey metric to base entire business plan around, is one that Nems finds especially frustrating.

“I had a lot of meetings with labels where they like, ‘Oh, you don’t got a million followers.’ How do the people that don’t got a million followers get to a million followers if they don’t got no fucking help?

“Labels are clowns, fuck all of them,” he states. 2019 I don’t need on. No labels help me. I still be getting the shit out. This shit is still popping without them. It might take a little bit longer for the word to get spread out, but it’s dope shit … it’s going to sell itself.”

What’s exciting about Nems, if you’re new to his music, is the richness of his back catalog of content already out. Gorilla Monsoon is just another chapter. Consistency, as he has discovered, is everything — and he alludes his music to Blue Magic, this infamous heroin that made the late-drug kingpin turned informant Frank Lucas his fortune.

“l don’t do this for the paychecks. I’ll do this for clout,” he says. “I put a down payment on a house this morning. None of that money came from rap. My nigga, none of that came from my album sales. I don’t do this shit for no album sales shit man … I do this shit cause I love this shit.”

Stream Nem’ Gorilla Monsoon LP below.