Willie D Hits VladTV To Discuss Bushwick Bill’s Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Willie D recently sat down with VladTV for a candid interview. During their conversation, they talked about Bushwick Bill’s decision-making after achieving fame as well as the late MC’s drug and alcohol problem.

“I really think that money just magnifies who you are and I think that’s who Bill was,” Willie says in the clip. “As long as I’ve known Bill, he’s always had a major insecurity with his size and I ain’t going to front, I’d have an insecurity with that too.

“But I’m the type of person to make adjustments and to accept things for what they are. If I can’t change something, I don’t allow it to torment me, and I don’t allow it to make me make an irrational decision that could harm me or the people that I say I love.”

Willie continues by detailing how different Bill was after he started using substances.

“It was like somebody totally different,” he says. “You never knew what Bill you was going to get.”

The clip concludes with the Houston City Council member hopeful refusing to divulge any specifics about his fellow Geto Boy but firmly stating “he had a problem with drugs and alcohol.”

Bushwick died in June after being diagnosed in February with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

Watch the VladTV exclusive clip above.

Paul George Joins Jalen Rose In Defending Against "Russell Westbrook Criticism"

When the Paul George trade was announced, The Atheltic’s Shams Charania alluded to growing tension between him and Russell Westbrook, giving way to much speculation on social media. It’s no secret; Westbrook is a passionate, animated, and at times, antagonistic personality (to have around). But unless you’re a lonely soul like Kevin Durant, Westbrook is generally well-liked by his teammates. I don’t think KD and Westbrook have any real “bad blood” beyond their divergent interests on the court.

Paul George Joins Jalen Rose In Defending Against "Russell Westbrook Criticism"

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Given the outbreak Russell Westbrook, and unjustly so – PG took to Twitter to set the record straight, but not before Jalen Rose could do the same, when he tweeted, “I am not accepting any Westbrook slander!!!!” 

Paul George’s post borrowed heavily from Jalen Rose’s proclamation, on a word for word basis. Regardless such, NBA fans have persisted with the chatter about Russell Westbrook’s inability to “play with others.”

It’s possible that Paul George’s decision to sign with OKC was informed by the kinship he forged with Westbrook, and little else. Which in turn, doesn’t equate to him falling out favor with Russ on a personal level, but PG like any other MVP-caliber talent is going to put his own legacy, above that a middling teammate. Westbrook is still an elite player, yet has he given his attitude, approach to the game, the proper reflection it is due. Hard to say?


Eudoxie Explains Staying With Ludacris After He Had Baby With Another Woman

Rapper Ludacris and his wife Eudoxie have been together for a decade, and while they are ten described as “#CoupleGoals,” their relationship has had its share unique challenges. Back in 2014, it was announced that Ludacris fathered a child with his longtime friend, a woman named Tamika Fuller. Fuller gave birth to their daughter, Cai Bella, in late 2013 and in December 2014, Eudoxie and Luda married on the same day they became engaged.

Their relationship was wrought with controversy as both the rapper and his Gabonese model wife were criticized in the press and on social media. Luda and Fuller’s court battle over custody their daughter was highly publicized as scathing words were exchanged in court. In 2015, the rapper was awarded primary custody and since that time his blended, blissful family has continued to grow.

Eudoxie Explains Staying With Ludacris After He Had Baby With Another Woman
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Recently, Eudoxie sat down with singers LeToya Luckett-Walker and Keri Hilson for If Not For My Girls, a series presented by Essence and Coca-Cola. A clip Eudoxie was shared on social media where she says, “If not for my girls, I would be in relationships and places that no longer serve me. If not for you two specifically, I would still have been in really toxic relationships. Both you in your own ways have helped me have that birds-eye view the reality because love can be blinding.”

A commenter wrote, “Nobody told Eudoxie to leave after Luda had the side baby? Serious question.”  Mrs. Bridges replied, “Many people did tell me but I listened to my heart and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.” 

Quentin Tarantino’s Movie Theater Receives Protection From Stalker

He’s created films that are considered to be Hollywood classics, but Quentin Tarantino believes it’s time for him to hang up his hat. The famed filmmaker is responsible for iconic movies including Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Inglourious Basterds, From Dusk till Dawn, Natural Born Killers, the Kill Bill series, and Django Unchained. It’s rumored that Tarantino is completing his body work with a film titled Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a movie that will be screened at his Los Angeles theater, New Beverly Cinema, in just a few weeks.

However, there’s a “deranged man” who is making life difficult for the filmmaker and his New Beverly Cinema staff, according to The Blast. They claim to have obtained documents that show a restraining order had to be issued against the man by the theater’s manager because the stalker has threatened to execute violence against patrons. The unnamed man was reportedly first banned from the cinema because he was harassing female guests. After he was kicked out and told not to come back, he took to the internet where he threated gun violence.

“All Millennials should be mass murdered,” the man, who repeatedly referenced Charles Manson, wrote in a text.  The Blast also states that the documents show the man told the public to stay away from New Beverly Cinema on July 25 because he planned on doing something violent “that would make him famous.” 

The Los Angeles Police Department is reportedly investigating the matter through their Threat Management Unit. The stalker allegedly has Tarantino’s home address as well as the phone numbers the cinema’s staff members. The venue’s management has stated that the man is doing everything he can to speak to Tarantino in person. 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, and Al Pacino—is slated for release on July 26. Check out the trailer for the film below.

Machine Gun Kelly Dismisses Eminem’s "Killshot" On "Floor 13"

There were many high prile rap feuds in 2018 but one that had the attention everyone across the world was Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly‘s beef. It all started when Em resurfaced with his surprise album, Kamikaze that included a shot directed at MGK. It didn’t take long for the two to swap diss tracks aimed at each other but since then, they’ve simply taken shots at each other at shows or on the internet, in MGK’s case. In early June, MGK took to the stage in Detroit where he performed “Rap Devil.” On his latest album, he made a few references to the beef while maintaining that he survived through it all.

MGK teased the song “Floor 13” earlier this week. The song includes a few references to his feud with Eminem including on the refrain where he raps, “I just spent too many minutes watchin’ little videos wannabe rappers dissing me/ I just spent the winter livin’ after someone tried to send a kill shot, missin’ me.” Later on in the song, he fires f another reference to the feud. “One legend tried to fuck with me and then got the venom,” he raps, referencing Em’s song for Marvel’s Venom flick. Even though MGK doesn’t actually say Em’s name, it’s clear that’s who he’s referencing on the song. 

Peep the song below. 

Guapdad 4000 Feuds With Benny The Butcher & Griselda Fans Over "Dreamer Sessions"

It didn’t take much for tempers to erupt between Guapdad 4000, Benny The Butcher Griselda, and a gag the label’s most ardent supporters. It all started when a dysregulated fan who argued that Benny The Butcher and Westside Gunn were unjustly left f Dreamville’s Revenge the Dreamers III compilation – whereas Guapdad graces three separate posse cuts on the project.

Instead guarding his fire, Guapdad 4000 responded to the commenter by insinuating that Griselda rappers “should have went harder” during the recording process – which as you might imagine didn’t endear him to the Griselda core. Benny The Butcher, responding on behalf himself and Westside Gunn, brought the fight right back to Guap’s Twitter doormat. “Who go harder than Griselda ???” Benny questioned.

It’s at this point that Guapdad 4000 found himself backtracking, inasmuch as he’d come to realize Twitter had duped him in a meaningless conflict he wanted no part in. Yet he still re-addressed the initial line questioning, by insisting “The Falcon” make something the next opportunity that comes his way. Like a sentence re-exposed to radiation by the word but… Guapdad’s efforts earned him the distinction a “ballwasher” courtesy Benny’s knack for wordplay.

Guapdad would go on the Twitter fensive one last time, before realizing he’d dragged himself back into a conflict scenario, whilst on the cusp a peaceful resolution. So, within minutes he crafted another post distancing himself from any lingering hostilities (on his end) by which his derision was redirected at the banal focus the Griselda diehard who initiated the conversation.

“Just to be clear I wasn’t trying to disrespect @BennyBsf,” Guapdad wrote in closing. “I don’t even know who bruh is But his fans want to disrespect me because he wasn’t on the album but at the sessions So i said maybe bruh should have went harder for his fans since they so mad lol don’t like it, rap about it.” So there’s that, it doesn’t take much to get a safety mechanism unfastened, in this day in age.

If you’re still hungry for anecdotal information regarding the Dreamer Sessions, check out our “Between The Lines” segment starring, you guessed it: Guapdad 4000.

40 Days Left and Still No Woodstock 50 Tickets as Official Admits to "Significant Challenges"

So, when will Woodstock 50 sell tickets to the troubled event?  Today?  Tomorrow?  Maybe never?

You likely know the story by now.  In case you don’t, however, here’s a quick recap.

In January, – who co-produced the iconic 1969 event – unveiled Woodstock 50.  Despite hyping up the event, he refused to disclose the festival’s lineup.

Months later, Lang finally ‘confirmed’ the event’s lineup.  These included Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, and Imagine Dragons, along with Robert Plant, Santana, David Crosby, John Fogerty, and Dead and Company.  He reportedly paid most artists deposits (held in escrow) millions of dollars for the event, set to take place August 16th to the 18th at Watkins Glen in New York.

Then, organizers indefinitely pushed back Woodstock 50 ticket sales, originally scheduled for April.  Organizers failed to explain why they pushed back sales for the upcoming event.  A separate report revealed that Lang and his team had failed to obtain the required mass-gathering permit from the New York State Department of Health (DOH).

Without a formal permit, or even a conditional permit, organizers can’t sell tickets.

Then in May, the event’s financial backer, Dentsu Aegis-owned , proclaimed Woodstock 50 was canceled.  Lang had misspent Amplifi Live’s money.  He also quietly downgraded the event’s attendance cap from 150,000 to 75,000.  Superfly, the event’s producer who also manages Bonnaroo and Outside Land, soon pulled out.

Following and multiple court decisions, Lang and his legal team didn’t receive Dentsu Aegis’ money back.  Woodstock 50 also wouldn’t take place at Watkins Glen.

The venue to a third of its original size.  Lang promised to hold the event at nearby Vernon Downs, a harness horse-racing track and casino, near Utica in New York.  Dentsu Aegis had already shelled out $32 million before pulling its support for the music festival.

All caught up?

Lang promised tickets would soon go on sale for the music festival honoring the iconic 1969 event.

Now, with 40 days left, Lang continues to suffer more major setbacks.

Tickets still not on sale as officials admit to massive “challenges.”

Scheduled to take place on August 16th-18th in Vernon Downs at Oneida County, a key official has admitted the event faces logistical obstacles.

Releasing a statement, Oneida County Anthony J. Picente Jr. expressed his doubts the event will actually take place.

With the event just a little over a month away, we have been asked to prepare in just days what has failed to get done in over a year of negotiations and preparations at the previous location.

With such a short time frame, the logistical hurdles to ensure the public health and safety of the concertgoers and the surrounding community could pose a significant challenge.

The new location has a proposed capacity of 45,000-50,000.

Speaking with Billboard, sources say organizers have reached out to artists’ talent agencies – CAA, Paradigm, and WME.  Contractually, artists can legally pull out at the last minute and keep the money.

One source said (emphasis mine),

Each artist will have to make a decision about whether this is something they want to take on now that so much has changed.

“Often, the artist will feel compelled to play because they don’t want to disappoint their fans, but in the case of Woodstock 50, no one has bought tickets yet, so there’s not really anyone to disappoint.

The source added should Lang and his team fail to fix these problems within the next few days, artists will soon pull out.

“If this isn’t settled by Monday, I think you’ll see a few agents say that Woodstock 50 is in breach of contract and artists will start to pull out.”


Original featured image by Magnus D (CC by 2.0).

Coco Gauff Reaches Fourth Round Of Wimbledon At Just 15 Years Old

Coco Gauff has been an incredible story in tennis this past week as she became the youngest woman to qualify for Wimbledon. At just 15 years old, Gauff was forced to play her childhood idol, Venus Williams in the first round and she actually won in a tantalizing fashion. In the second round, Gauff got to play against Magdalena Rybarikova where she was able to pull f a second straight win.

Today, Gauff took on Polona Hercog and was on the brink elimination twice. Gauff lost the first set and in the second frame, she was down 5-2 and 5-3 but was able to hit some clutch shots in order to come back and eventually win the set. From there, Gauff worked her magic in the third and final set, pulling f the improbable win.

Gauff’s rise to stardom is an unlikely one considering she is just 15 years old and has very little experience playing on grass courts. Regardless, she has been the biggest story the entire tournament and is waiting to find out who she will play in the Round 16 which is slated to start next week.

The tennis prodigy has had her parents cheering her on every step the way and it’s been quite beautiful to watch. Time will tell whether or not she can up her game and defeat some the ranked players in the tournament.

Warner Music Group Acquires Forza Music In Slovakia

Warner Music Group has acquired Forza Music, a major player in the Slovakian music scene.

Warner Music Group (WMG) has just acquired a solid catalogue of international music — and an important chip in Central Europe.  As of July 5th, Forza Music, a prominent Slovakian entertainment company, has become part of WMG’s portfolio. The financial details of the transaction remain undisclosed.

Forza’s most noteworthy musical property comes in the form of the rights to OPUS, the state-operated record company of the former Czechoslovakia.  OPUS was privatized in 1990 and has been owned by Forza for the last 15 or so years.

OPUS is now based in Slovakia, and its aforementioned tracks, which include some of the most popular Central European music released during the latter half of the twentieth century, is sure to be marketed and reinvigorated by WMG’s considerable resources and industry experience.

Specifically, WMG has already hinted that they will work to make the music more digitally accessible; most of the songs in question are available online only in low-quality versions — if they’re available online at all.  This digitalization effort will coordinate with enhanced marketing of OPUS itself, which is set to be headed by Julius Kincek, a well-known Slovakian record producer.

It’ll be interesting to see precisely how WMG works to improve Forza Music’s — and OPUS’ — prominence.  All parties involved in the acquisition, from WMG’s regional executives to those employed at Forza Music, are speaking optimistically about the partnership (as you’d expect).

The last three decades have brought ample excitement — and positive change — to Slovakia.

The nation’s economy has been growing rapidly under newly implemented free-market policies, and in 2004, Slovakia was admitted into the European Union.  Presently, Slovakia’s infrastructure is being further updated, and with more disposable income, the country’s citizens have taken to spending on entertainment and luxury — hence WMG’s interest in Forza.

Kentucky Governor Is In A Rap Battle After Dissing His Opponents In A Freestyle

It’s looking like Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, may have dropped the diss track the summer this fourth July. Bevin hit the studio this week in time for Independence day weekend, to record a track firing shots at one his opponents, titled “Tim Kaine? Are You Serious?” The video stars with Bevin taking a shot at Attorney General Andy Beshear, his opponent in the upcoming gubernatorial election. He talks about some letters that former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine sent out in support Beshear.

At around 18 seconds into the video, Bevin begins an unassisted, a capella flow, in which he calls out Beshear, Kaine and other notable Democrats. He ends his flow with “Tim Kaine, do I need to explain? Even further than I have with another refrain?/ Tim Kaine, the guy clearly hates Kentucky/ But little Andy thinks he’s lucky, so he had him send this letter/ Must’ve thought that it was better than Hillary/ Or maybe Bernie/ Or maybe Nancy/ Or maybe AOC/ But hey it’s plain to see, that this is not the cast characters for you and me/ If he thinks these folks will get him over the hump/ Good for him, I’d rather work with Donald Trump,” before signing f with “we’re just getting started.”

Now, if you’ll remember, back in January Bevin took to Twitter to call Lil Wayne a “tired, has-been” after he appeared on stage with Imagine Dragons to perform a remix their song “Believer,” so it seems as though there’s some sort pattern here in which Bevin is trying to become a viral sensation. 

Shortly after, Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker took to Twitter himself, to fire back at Bevin in his own rap, adorably assisted by his two daughters. “Kentucky, we got some real challenges/But instead showing leadership/your governor is rapping/Now he wants to take your pensions/call our teachers thugs and not regret his mentions.”

A$AP Rocky Could Be Held Indefinitely After Arrest

A$AP Rocky may be in more trouble than originally thought.

The rapper was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after he and his team allegedly got into a brawl last weekend in Stockholm, Sweden. Now, Swedish authorities say they have no plans to release him anytime soon.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to allow them to hold Rocky and members of his crew for two weeks, while they investigate the alleged assault for which he was arrested on Tuesday (July 2). Swedish authorities are normally allowed to keep people for only three days, but TMZ says they are “clearly gunning” for Rocky.

Video surfaced of A$AP and his crew fighting and punching a man in the streets, leaving him battered and bloodied. The brawl allegedly started over claims that A$AP and his team broke a pair of the man’s headphones.

A$AP later shared another video that showed the alleged victim harassing him and hitting his bodyguard with the headphones. Rocky tried to play peacemaker and diffuse the situation, telling the two men to leave them alone.

“Just for the cameras, we don’t want no problems with these boys. They keep following us,” he said.

After seeing the second video, Swedish prosecutors say they are releasing the bodyguard due to “insufficient evidence” but are keeping A$AP in custody. This suggests that the second video didn’t persuade prosecutors, and they still want to pursue this as an assault.

This could lead to serious jail time for Rocky. If convicted, he faces up to six years behind bars.

Prior to his arrest, he pleaded his innocence on Instagram. “IM INNOCENT,” he wrote. “THEY TRYNNA ARREST ME OUT HERE NOW , SMH.”

Kam Chancellor Reveals He’s Starting His Own Shoe Collection

After a successful Super Bowl-winning career in the National Football League, Kam Chancellor is now taking his talents to the fashion world as he told TMZ that he is launching a brand new shoe collection. Chancellor is a big fan fashionable footwear but wanted to put his own spin on the industry as he felt there was a lack comfortable options on the market. As the former NFLer explained, he is looking to sell dress shoes for both men and women and even hopes his NFL friends will start wearing them.

“I had a closet full designer shoes and they weren’t comfortable, so my feet suffered,” Chancellor noted. “That pushed me to start my own shoe line to create some cool looking shoes, but also comfortable shoes and also affordable shoes. That’s what pushed me down that road.”

The price these shoes is around $115 USD which is very affordable when you consider what you’re getting. The kicks are already selling in stores throughout Chicago and Seattle and as you would imagine, Chancellor’s goal is to expand the business. He even got to help design the shoes which just adds to his investment in the company.

His brand is called The Chancellor Collection and you can see some product samples in the Instagram posts below.

Kevin Durant "Never Bounced Back" From Draymond Green Disagreement: Report

During a recent episode Rachel Nichols’ “The Jump” – NBA center turned pundit Kendrick Perkins spoke the factors leading to Kevin Durant‘s departure from the Golden State Warriors’ organization this fseason. Based on his findings, KD’s decision to leave was based on the residual bitterness  the November bust-up with Draymond Green. 

Although Draymond Green wasn’t the instigator in their spat, it was he managed the most biting words, once the altercation spilled over into the Warriors’ locker room, in which their teammates intervened before things got physical. As Perkins went onto inform his ESPN colleagues: KD felt that ownership was in Draymond’s corner from there on in. And perhaps, KD couldn’t fathom the idea another season with Draymond Green running the pick-and-roll on his watch.

“KD never bounced back from the Draymond situation,” said Perkins. “And I think the Warriors had a chance to sign KD, but when that situation occurred — and the Warriors tried to clean it up by suspending Draymond.”

Kevin Durant "Never Bounced Back" From Draymond Green Disagreement: Report

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Perkins elaborated by stating that, although Draymond’s suspension was, in fact, punitive in nature, KD felt it was only administered to keep the peace within the public eye. Two months later, ownership issued a statement in which Draymond was proclaimed “a Warrior for life.”

“It’s hard to say they took KD] for granted, but I think he felt like it was best for him to leave. And it’s hard to overcome that. There were some harsh words,” Kendrick said in closing. Perkins’ take is the least bit shocking; in fact, most NBA pundits predicted the damage being done before the midway point the 2018-2019 season. Not to mention, the general consensus is that KD was growing bored going unchallenged, and was/is seeking a new adventure to keep pace with LeBron’s undeterred legacy.

Patrick Beverley Destroys Fan For Calling Clippers A Junior Varsity Team

Patrick Beverley is one the most energetic defenders in the league and during the Los Angeles Clippers first-round series against the Golden State Warriors, he was an absolute terror while guarding Kevin Durant. Beverley decided to re-sign with the Clippers and is ready to turn them into a legitimate contender in the Western Conference. Beverley has a lot pride in his team, so it’s no surprise that he would clap back at a fan for saying something defamatory.

Last night, a fan hopped on Twitter and told Beverley that the Clippers are the Junior Varsity team Los Angeles and will never measure up to the standards the Lakers. The Clippers have never been to the conference finals before and the fan made sure to remind Beverley that. That’s when Beverley decided to rip the fan apart saying “U must have been sleep for the past 2 years. Yal ok with big stars and still losing. Makes me question your character. Happy 4th my guy.”

The Lakers haven’t been to the NBA Playfs since 2012 and over the last few seasons, the Clippers have been the better team by a wide margin. With AD on the Lakers and Kawhi potentially on the way, this would obviously change although for now, Beverley has a good point.

#DXCLUSIVE: Shordie Shordie Reveals "Bitchuary" Remix Features, Discusses "Captain Hook" Tour & More

Baltimore, MA – Before Shordie Shordie was a solo artist, he was a member of the three-man Baltimore rap group Peso Da Mafia (circa 2017-2018). During his time with the group, he earned his nickname, Captain Hook, after it was bestowed upon him for his gift with crafting neck-snapping hooks. Tracks like “TSAY” and “Moneyman” were early showcases for Shordie Shordie’s impressive hooks that are consistently busting at the seams with infectious cadences and homegrown melodies.

By December of 2018, Shordie Shordie moved on from Peso Da Mafia and delivered his debut solo project Captain Hook. The short nine-track project featured a uniquely robust take on songwriting, improvised vocalization and of course, stark, yet relatable, messages about women, jugging and weed.

The release of Captain Hook was the culmination of perfect patience and preparation aligning with precise timing and opportunity. Long eclipsed by the mutual limelight of the group, seemingly pigeonholed as the hook guy, Shordie Shordie finally had the opportunity to show the world he could indeed make songs on his own — great ones at that. And thus, the tale of the rise of his hit track “Bitchuary (Betchua)” blossomed. Since the release of the official music video for the track on December 27, it has accumulated nearly 23 million views on YouTube, along with receiving countless streams and co-signs from reputable artists like DJ Carnage and Wiz Khalifa.

“Bitchuary” recently materialized Shordie Shordie’s debut chart birth, edging in at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot HipHip/R&B Songs charts — making his transition to a solo artist full circle. HipHopDX caught up with the brazen rapper just before he heads out on the Captain Hook tour to tap him for his come-up story and discuss the magic behind the track “Bitchuary” and his music at large.

HipHopDX: How did you get started making music? Were you always so drawn to creating melodic and cadence driven flows?

Shordie Shordie: I started making music coming out of high school, feel me. I really ain’t have nothing to do so I just started doing music and harmonizing at the park and shit while we was trapping and on the block and shit. I use to make like, little harmonies and shit and niggas used to like it. And so after that, my older brother started giving me paper towards the studio. I started working that out and I kept doing it. My first time getting paid, it was like $2500 in 15-minutes. I ain’t never did none of that ever in my life. So it kind of changed my whole wave right. It only took like a couple of little wrong situations I did in the streets and caught couple charges and seen a couple dollars I had made in a fast amount of time and I mean, I ran with it. It really wasn’t like a long thing to it — how I come up with my music is a whole other thing. I think about females. Bitches and smoking weed is my shit (laughs out loud.) I’m riding in my city right now bro on my way to a trick (laughter continues.)

HipHopDX: Women and smoking weed do provide vibes. You have said in the past that your music is all about vibes and relatability. How does that factor into your process?

Shordie Shordie: I rap my shit bro. I rap my shit bro, and how I look at it, it’s painful bro. Everybody goes through a lot of the same emotions, you feel me. So I found one emotion that I gravitate to is pain, you feel me. And I kind of know how to flip it I guess and I just channel it into different energy. I’m good with channeling my energy, and all that pain into a great song or a good cadence or — it really depends on whatever type of beat, it really doesn’t matter for real. Whatever type of beat I get on I’m going to get on for real, and that’s what I work with.

HipHopDX: Speaking of beats, I wanted to talk to you about your relationship with YG Beats, the producer of “Bitchuary” and a few other tracks from your Captain Hook project. What it is like to see the world really embracing the vibes you two created together in such a big way?

Shordie Shordie: I mean it feels great, it feels good. YG Beats, they my guys bro, you feel me. So before anything, I start with a relationship. Before I start working with a person I start with a relationship. They my guys, Ronny 808 and YG Beats. We all got the same goals, you feel me. So it’s nothing really like, I don’t do anything different, I just kinda, I look at it as an advantage to me, because a lot of people don’t know they, producers. So you know, I look at it as an advantage to me to know your producer.

HipHopDX: That’s really dope, the chemistry comes through the music for sure. I also wanted to ask you about your songwriting and use “Bitchuary” as an example because it doesn’t really use the traditional composition. Was that on purpose? Do you like being organic and creative with your songwriting?

Shordie Shordie: That’s how I make my music. I make my music like that, feel me — on some cool laid back shit. That’s just how I make my music bro. Like I’ll start off with a hook, or I’ll start out with what I kinda want to talk about first, or I’ll start out with a verse, because I kind of like to challenge myself.  I feel like verses are the hardest thing for me to do, so I’ll start off with a verse, and I know the cadence of what I want to talk about and the melody of it, or how I want to talk about it and put it together — it’s like a puzzle to me. When I’m challenging myself it’s more like a puzzle to me more than anything else.

HipHopDX: I wanted to talk about that too. Your cadence and melodies give your music this infectious bounce. I can especially hear it on tracks like “Voicemail” and “Focused.” Is this something you like to incorporate in your songwriting? Is it a Baltimore thing? Or is it just you doing your thing?

Shordie Shordie: That’s me, yeah that’s me. All my producers they gone sit in front of me — the majority of them beats are made in front of me, you feel me. So that’s me, that’s me telling them, ‘yo, go take this off of there, put that on there, you feel me, make it sound like this or make it sound like that, you feel me, and then I go along with the beat. So that’s me and my producers, I’m not going to take all the credit. Like, we got we got that good ass chemistry to the point where, if I want something done how I want it done, all I gotta give them really is the melody — and once the melody is done it’s just over, you know. Set in stone.

HipHopDX: In a recent interview you commented about moving on from Peso Da Mafia and said, “People never heard me finish the story, and I think it’s proving people wrong, that I can actually do music,” and I wanted to ask how your time with the group helped prepare you for your solo career?

Shordie Shordie: It just made me challenge myself, I challenge myself even more than what I was doing. Like I said before, I never really finished a song, I always came in da hook or verse and then the end of the song, I would end it. I’ve made half a song or a feature song that was great, you feel me. Now, it’s to a different point to where, I gotta step my game up and I gotta challenge myself like, can you make a song? Will you make a song? I’m hard on myself. And it’s a good thing sometimes, sometimes it’s a bad thing, you know. Because sometimes I’ll like lose myself, I’ll stretch myself out a little bit, or tend to smoke a little bit too much weed that I was not supposed to smoke(laughing). I’m hard on myself and I feel like as an artist you gotta be hard on yourself. If you not challenging yourself to be like the next level, or at the next level or try to do some next level shit, then what are you doing? You might as well just make the one song and feel comfortable. Me, I’m not comfortable making one song. I’m comfortable with being a legendary artist, I want to be just like the idols that I look up to, and the legendary artists and that can go for years.  So just trying to have that mindset and do the same thing, I just want to go further.

HipHopDX: How has the response to the music you have been receiving influenced, inspired or changed what you do? Or are you still in Shordie’s world?

Shordie Shordie: Yeah I’m moving in Shordie’s world right now. I’m going to be as humble as I got here — the same way I got here bro, the same way I got all these fans is the same way I’m going to get the next 10,000 fans, feel me. I’m not gone change anything, if anything, I’m going to perfect. People don’t look at that coming from me, and I don’t really trip, but at the same time, perfection, that’s all I’m looking forward to doing, is perfecting. Perfection is something that people can hold on to. Of course, they’ll hold on to the music, but, if your music just sounds the same the whole time, you just gonna be one of the sounds the same artists. I don’t want to be one of the sounds the same artists, I want to be different bruh. I want to be Shordie Shordie.

HipHopDX: I feel that. And who is Shordie Shordie? We know the block gave you the name Shordie Shordie with the 40, but what type of things did you go through that made you Shordie Shordie?

Shordie Shordie: I had my son bro. And before I had my son I was shot twice and then shot at when I had my son, and then after that bro, it just brightens you up when you coming from a dark place, you feel me. My leverage for leaving the streets was the scales of the streets versus the music. The music out-weighed what the fuck I was doing in the streets. I was trying to save up $2,500 in two weeks when I made $2,500 in 15-minutes. So it was like a life thing — you know how people say life or death? It wasn’t really a life or death thing because I didn’t even really see myself dying bro, and that’s the crazy part. I was looking at it like, ‘damn I’m getting shot all these times’ and I ain’t see myself dying, but the thing was, do you want to live like this forever? I want to live forever, and I want to live forever on some comfortable cool shit, you feel me, like regular people bruh. Not street regular people, nah, regular people, that work nine to five’s, you feel me. I live like them, I get on planes, I do all that shit, you feel me — I do shit niggas don’t do from my city. A lot of people haven’t been out of the neighborhood and their neighborhood only two or three blocks. It was a life thing. So I just chose some righteous shit to do.

HipHopDX: You have a tour starting on July 17th in New York. What do you want people to take away from your live performances?

Shordie Shordie: They have fun man, that they party. I’m trying to have fun bro. I’m trying to party bro, I’m trying to party – I don’t really get to party like that, so when I do get to step out, I’m tryna party. — I want somebody to walk away with a fun ass memory. Like, nobody else holding you back from what you wanted to do, you can dance how you want to dance, you can move how you want to move, you can jump how you want to jump, yeah man, fun man. It’s going to be a party, not too many people shows are parties so I want to make my shows parties.

HipHopDX: Is there going to be a “Bitchuary” remix?

Shordie Shordie: Yeah, I’m going to let it breathe but I got my nigga Wiz Khalifa and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie on there man, so yeah. Shout out to HipHopDX and let them know, like, put this in bold, you gotta put this in bold letters man. My nigga Wiz Khalifa and A Boogie on the remix, we gone rock out and then I got some more music coming, you know — I ain’t no one-hit-wonder and I’m going to definitely prove that.

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