Fabolous Channels Michael Jordan’s Drive On ‘B.O.M.B.S.’ Single

Back when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were dominating the NBA throughout the 1990s, the six-time championship team used to drive fear into visiting opponent’s hearts when they entered the United Center as an ominous sample of The Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius” blared through the sound system.

Brooklyn’s own Fabolous is attempting to bring that feeling back with his new single, “B.O.M.B.S,” an acryonm for “back on my bullshit” and what he says is the first taste for his upcoming mixtape, Summertime Shoutout 3.

“I’m that bull in the hood/New Lamb truck, got the bull in the hood/Black and red lookin’ like the Bulls at the hood
23’s on it, got the Bulls sitting good,” he quips.

According to the song’s outro, the aforementioned project will be released in 2020 when it gets warm.

Stream Fabolous’ “B.O.M.B.S” above.

Teyana Taylor’s Lap Dance Has Tammy Rivera Questioning Her Sexuality: Watch

Teyana Taylor is known for whipping out her lap dance moves during her performances making the crowd and any given individual in the chair go wild. The latest lap dance Teyana showcased for her fans was for Tammy Rivera during her Atlanta show and needless to say, Waka Flocka‘s wife enjoyed every moment it. 

Teyana Taylor's Lap Dance Has Tammy Rivera Questioning Her Sexuality: Watch
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In the clip below, you can see Tammy laid out on a bed while Teyana does the damn thing on top her body. “@teyanataylor show was amazing! y’all don’t wanna miss her next one! She make me wanna #PlayWithaBitchToo,” Tammy captioned an image to Instagram, prompting Waka to comment: “O fucking really.”

Teyana previously opened up about her beloved show trick, making it clear that it’s all apart her job. “I’m very pressional, and after every lapdance anybody I’ve ever given a lapdance to, it’s never been anything more than that,” she said. “I’m very like, ‘Lapdance. Alright, on to the next song.’ It ain’t no kiki-ing. Next record. This s**t is a job. It’s a job and I think that people don’t understand that. But when you’re passionate about your job, and you’re passionate about entertaining people and this is your show, it is what it is.”

Shaq Hilariously Trolls Charles Barkley For Wearing “Thong Slacks”

The NBA season has only just begun but Shaq, Charles Barkley and the rest the NBA on TNT crew are already in mid-season form. Last week alone we saw Barkley reignite his beef with the women San AntonioShaq abuse Chuck in a wrestling ring, and the two them roast Hassan Whiteside.

Shaq kept the ball rolling on Thursday night, as he took to instagram after last night’s show to call out The Round Mound Rebound for wearing “thong slacks.”

Inside the NBA fans know that the two Hall Famers are constantly going at one another, but sometimes it’s even more entertaining when they team up to go after someone else – such as Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee or, most recently, Hassan Whiteside. 

Next Thursday’s NBA on TNT slate includes Blazers at Bucks followed by Pelicans at Suns. Given Shaq’s rap beef with Damian Lillard, the recent remarks about Whiteside and Portland’s signing Carmelo Anthony, the dynamic duo should have plenty jokes to go around.

Machine Gun Kelly Performs For Young Fan Outside Tour Bus: Watch

Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly are still on the road for their Justin Bieber Big Tour showcasing their wild nights and crazy happenings on and f the stage. More recently, MGK (born Colson Baker) posted a clip to his Instagram that shows one the more chill evenings on the road when he played a song for an adoring fan who went to his concert and never heard her favorite song. 

Machine Gun Kelly Performs For Young Fan Outside Tour Bus: Watch
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In the clip below, you can see MGK hop a fence to singing a certain track for a little girl who looks to be under 10-years-old. “This little flower came up to me and said i didn’t play her favorite song at the show so…” he wrote. 

In other MGK news, the “I Think I’m Okay” musician is opening a cfee shop in Cleveland that’s called The 27 Club based on legendary acts who died at that age. “The 27 Club is a bunch artists and entertainers, and popular personalities that have died at the age 27,” MGK said, adding how he wants the shop to inspire positivity in the city. 

“I also want to encourage good highs, like cfee and food and having that kinda bleed through the city instead some the other stuff that tends to get out there,” he added.

Dave East Lines Up Pure Bars Over ODB’s "Brooklyn Zoo"

Following the release his ficial debut album, Dave East continues his press run with some bars for the LA Leakers. Hoodied up in blue, Dave East wastes little time in exuding pure New York lyricist energy. Opting to hold it down on an Ol’ Dirty Bastard classic, the Survival rapper makes sure to shout out the fallen Wu-Tang legend. As “Brooklyn Zoo” kicks f, Dave East sets up a flawless scheme from the jump.

Dave East Lines Up Pure Bars Over ODB's "Brooklyn Zoo"

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“I’m the spliff holder, grip holder on big posters, Billboard showing my features I’m for the culture,” he raps, proving that the LA Leakers don’t miss when lining up lyricists. He takes a moment to scowl, a scowl so intense it’s basically a bar. And then he’s back at it again. “No time to act cute, mafia pull up in black suits,” warns Dave. “We ain’t flashing guns, these gats shoot.” As he hits his second wind, he queues up another crazy scheme. “Saved a bunch my n***as they look at me like Harriet,” he raps. “Broke was so embarrassing I cleared it up like Claritin.” Suffice it to say, the man snaps, effectively bringing pure East Coast swagger to the west coast. 

Be sure to support Dave East and show some love to Survival right here

Damian Lillard’s New Adidas Sneaker Revealed: Release Details

Adidas and Portland Trail Blazers’ All-NBA point guard Damian Lillard have ficially introduced his sixth signature sneaker today, along with a November 29 release date. The Adidas Dame 6, priced reasonably at $110, will make it’s debut in an eye-catching “Ruthless” colorway on Black Friday, followed by a “Hecklers” iteration on January 18.

The Adidas Dame 6 “Ruthless” comes equipped with a black textile mesh upper, highlighted with split hues neon pink and green, and accented with a black suede overlay on the toe box.

“I come out to compete against people, but I don’t say a whole lot. I don’t talk trash, I just go at them every opportunity I get,” said Lillard. “There’s a way to go about it in life and in basketball, being compassionate and ruthless. It’s important to have both; I was raised that way.”   

The unique split design is inspired by the many sides Dame’s personality.

“Early in the design process, the many sides Dame’s personality emerged during our conversations with Dame – he’s a leader, a family man, a businessman and more, but when he hits the court, a different side comes out,” explained Jimi Taylor, Senior Footwear Designer for adidas Basketball.

“The silhouette embodies Dame’s multi-dimensional persona from both sides the shoe. The outside speaks to Dame’s focus, while the interior peels back the layers to showcase the inner workings the shoe and celebrates Dame’s ruthless mindset on the court.”

The Dame 6 is also the first model in the Dame series to feature the ultra lightweight Lightstrike cushioning. Continue scrolling for additional images the Adidas Dame 6 “Ruthless,” as well as the “Hecklers” and other forthcoming colorways.

Damian Lillard’s New Adidas Sneaker Revealed: Release Details


Damian Lillard’s New Adidas Sneaker Revealed: Release Details


Damian Lillard’s New Adidas Sneaker Revealed: Release Details


Damian Lillard’s New Adidas Sneaker Revealed: Release Details


Damian Lillard’s New Adidas Sneaker Revealed: Release Details


Damian Lillard’s New Adidas Sneaker Revealed: Release Details


Antonio Brown Changes Careers As He Unveils "Chef AB" Series: Watch

It feels as though every single day is graced with a brand new story involving Antonio Brown and his f-the-field antics. Since August, Brown has been at the forefront sports headlines and it all has to do with how he got himself kicked out Oakland and New England. Now, Brown has all the free time in the world to do as he pleases and sometimes, it results in some pretty interesting and entertaining antics. While some may have AB fatigue, others are always interested in what he has going on.

Brown has been active on his YouTube channel recently and on Wednesday, he posted a brand new video called “Chef AB “The Cook Up” Ep. 1.” In the clip below, Brown can be seen cooking up some eggs and bacon while giving commentary on what he’s doing.

Perhaps the funniest part this whole clip is his man behind the camera who continues to egg him on (no pun intended) and ask him questions. At one point, AB can even be seen talking to the sizzling bacon and asking it how it feels. Perhaps if the NFL doesn’t work out for him, he can get his own show on the Food Network. At this point, that could potentially be a more lucrative career depending on how things go.

Let us know in the comments what you’re hoping he makes in episode 2.

Kehlani Addresses Fans Worried About Her Mental Health Following "You Know Wassup"

In a surprise move, Kehlani shared her new single “You Know Wassup” with fans on Tuesday evening. The Bay Area singer wrote on Twitter that she’d only completed the track just a few hours prior to its release and said it was “unmixed and unmastered.” In all, it was a raw, unfiltered take on where she is emotionally following the recent scandal that occurred with her beau, rapper YG, and an unnamed woman outside a nightclub.

Kehlani Addresses Fans Worried About Her Mental Health Following "You Know Wassup"
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After a video YG and the woman circulated, people awaited Kehlani‘s response—something that the singer didn’t deliver until she dropped her single. The emotionally vulnerable track showed a heartbroken and frustrated woman who doesn’t know what to do, but Kehlani shared that after waiting five years to be with YG, she can’t just turn her love for him away.

Like the true supporters that they are, Kehlani’s fans took to social media to fer kind words to the singer, but a few were worried about her mental and emotional health. Kehlani caught wind the concerns and updated her fans, letting them know that she’s doing well in spite the circumstances.

“But naw forreal. i’m good y’all. i see people starting a hashtag about hoping my mental is ok and me possibly needing a therapist. lmao. I’m straight forreal. I’m an artist. I dive inward. glad it’s doing something for you all tho. love you,” Kehlani tweeted. “The fire thing about music is you can express the wildest and furthest parts the emotions youre experiencing, even just the things the little back your head voice is screaming.. or even the devil on your shoulder. flush it out and it keep it flowin.” You can listen to “You Know Wassup” here.

Lil Nas X’s "Old Town Road" Takes Home Country Music Award

If there’s one person who had an incredible year, it’s Lil Nas X. He became a massive star with his own and “Old Town Road” made history as the longest-running number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is undoubtedly a country-pop song with elements hip-hop but it took time for the country world to accept that. The song was actually booted f the Billboard Country charts because it wasn’t deemed country enough which sparked a widespread backlash.

Nearly a year after its release and the question whether Lil Nas X is country enough shouldn’t even be asked. He is now an ficial winner a Country Music Award. Before it was broadcasted, Good Morning America announced that Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road (Remix)
won the CMA for Musical Event Of the Year. Lil Nas X responded with excitement to the announcement on Twitter.

Although Lil Nas X’s career just began this year, he has been tirelessly grinding since the success “Old Town Road.” He announced a few months ago that he’d be taking a break from music. Truthfully, a bit self-care at this point can only do him good. Additionally, with the song’s recent diamond status, Lil Nas X could likely live f the royalties “Old Town Road” for a minute. 

Chamillionaire & E-40 Announce $100K Investment Contest For Minorities & Women

Houston rapper-turned-investor Chamillionaire and Bay Area legend E-40 announced a contest geared towards investing $100,000 into minority and female-owned tech startups.

Chamillionaire announced the contest during an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Alley, revealing he teamed up with Forty Water, social app Convoz and investing platform Republic.co to facilitate the contest. Shark Tank star Daymond John has been tapped to serve as a judge for the contest.

Chamillionaire was forced to change his strategy on what ventures to invest in after he starting receiving way too many submissions.

“At one point I was getting 30 candidates a month, but when I said I only wanted to invest in women or minorities, I started getting just two candidates a month,” he stated. “Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, but it’s even harder for minority and women-led companies.”

Since winning a Grammy for “Ridin’ Dirty,” Chamillionaire has spent the past few years investing in the tech world. He was an early investor in the ride-sharing app Lyft, along with 40 more startups such as Ring (acquired by Amazon), Cruise (acquired by GM) and Maker Studios (acquired by Disney).

Contest details are available above.

After Having #1 Album w/$45 CD, Tool Offers $35 'Expanded Book Edition'

Coming off the smashing success of their recent No. 1 album Fear Inoculum, Tool is releasing what they are calling an “Expanded Book Edition” of the record, and it will not come cheap.

On August 30 of this year, the legendary metal band Fear Inoculum, which was their first album in 13 years. The CD cost a whopping $45, though it included not just music but also an art book, a high-definition screen and a pair of speakers.

In spite of the price, the album debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart while selling 270,000 units in its first week. It did this while outselling both Lana Del Ray and Taylor Swift.  The album has also already made some best-of-the-decade lists.

Now, the band is releasing the expanded book edition of the album, which will come out on December 13, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Available now for pre-order at $34.98, this edition will include the following:

  • A standard CD of the album
  • Five lenticular 3D cards with exclusive graphics
  • An expanded 56-page booklet with additional never-before-seen art
  • A download of the immersive visual experience called “Recusant Ad Infinitum”

The edition’s release will come during a pause of the band’s current North American tour.

Open tour dates include:

11/14 – Boston, MA (TD Garden)
11/16 – Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
11/18 – Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
11/19 – Brooklyn, NY (Barclay’s Center)
11/21 – Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Casino Arena)
11/22 – Atlantic City, NJ (Boardwalk Hall)
11/24 – Raleigh, NC (PNC Arena)
11/25 – Washington, DC (Capitol One Arena)
01/10, 1/12 – San Diego, CA (Viejas Arena)
01/15 – Fresno, CA (Save Mart Center)
01/17 – Las Vegas, NV (T-Mobile Arena)
01/18 – Glendale, AZ (Gila River Arena)
01/21 – Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)
01/22 – Dallas, TX (American Airlines Arena)
01/28 – Atlanta, GA (State Farm Arena)
01/29 – Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
01/31 – Memphis, TN (FedEx Forum)
02/01 – New Orleans, LA (Smoothie King Center)

Formed in Los Angeles in 1990, Tool sold more than 13 million albums in the United States alone before the release of Fear Inoculum.

Interview: Speech Discovered ‘The Tupac Of This Era’ Filming ’16 Bars’ Documentary

Arrested Development’s de facto leader, Todd “Speech” Thomas, finally unveiled his 16 Bars documentary at Village East Cinema in New York on November 8. It’s a film five years in the making and takes a hardcore look at the inner workings of the prison system.

Speech, being the veteran musician he is, decided to spend 10 days at the Richmond City Jail in Virginia and work closely with four inmates in a recording studio to see what would materialize.

He was shocked by what he discovered.

All four inmates — Garland T. Carr, the bluesy country singer with a passion for neck tattoos, Tennyson Jackson or “Teddy Kane,” the powerful MC who’s lethal with the pen but struggling with addiction and mental illness, the ambitious yet troubled Devonte James, and the skilled but rebellious Anthony Johnston — were untapped talents.

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Throughout the process, Speech learned to look past the “criminal” label and grew to appreciate them as people. After all, like the rest of us, they all have unique circumstances that led them down their path.

Although Teddy Kane is back on the streets, homeless and still wrestling with his demons, Speech knows there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for him if he’s able to get back on course.

In an interview with HipHopDX, the Grammy Award-winning artist discusses what he learned inside Richmond City Jail while filming 16 Bars, the Real Life program and why Teddy could be this generation’s Tupac Shakur.

HipHopDX: This movie was absolutely stunning in every aspect.

Speech: Oh, great. I’m so glad.

HipHopDX: What was that like for you emotionally going to the prison and working with these inmates so closely, getting to know their story?

Speech: Well, it was nerve wracking for me because I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how they were going to be. I didn’t know what kind of music we were going to be able to create. And at the same time, obviously I wanted to do it. So it was one of those things where I just had to surrender to the process and just believe that God was going to use me in a certain way that was beyond my understanding. And I share about that even in the movie. I was talking to [Mike Quinn 00:00:01:47] in the movie and I said I didn’t know how I was going to be used. I didn’t know how I was going to be of service. And that was my initial worry, was could I be of service?

HipHopDX: Do you feel that you accomplished that?

Speech: Yeah, I think as usual, when you do surrender and you just go with the process, there are things that you could be of service. So yes, at the end of the day, I learned that yeah, there’s things that I’m supposed to be doing here. And it became bigger.

HipHopDX: What is it?

Speech: Well, one was to give them a voice. That’s the biggest thing I felt that I could do was with the platform I have. And the second thing is I think I can help bring some music to life — give them a voice through the movie but also bring some music to life because of the movie.The music comes out tomorrow so I’m really excited.

HipHopDX: Were you shocked at the talent that you discovered behind bars? 

Speech: Very much so. Very much so. Totally so. As you can see with the film, these guys, they’re really special and what they have to say is so potent and poignant. To me, Teddy is the Tupac of this era where if he was able to get out to the masses, I think the things that he has to say would ring so true. And because of his experiences, they ring even more dire and more real. And same difference with Garland Carr. As a country artist, in my opinion, he would be a superstar. 

HipHopDX: Yeah, seriously. He’s kind of got it all. 

Speech: He’s a great looking guy. He’s a great singer. He’s a great player, great songwriter. But also when he talks about freedom train, it’s not just a catchy hook. There’s something there that you as a listener know there’s a real story here. And this man has lived a certain life that makes every lyric ring way more true. And that’s what I think is number one missing in a lot of pop music today or mainstream music today.

HipHopDX: Yes, I agree.

Speech: I also think that that’s what the sad part is about people being locked behind bars for non-violent crimes for this many years. That’s the sad part about our justice system in America that needs to desperately be reformed.

HipHopDX: What did you learn about the criminal justice system when you were there? What do you want to see change?

Speech: Well, a lot of things. There’s a First Step Act that the current president signed into law last year and that’s a good step. When President Obama was the president, there was another act that he was able to sign, the Fair Sentencing Act. So, the good news is prison reform is on the table. The bad news is that there still are people, particularly on the Republican side, trying to stop it at every turn. And there’s some people within this administration now who, without our public outcry, may or may not put teeth into the bills that have been passed.

There’s still a lot for us as citizens to do in order to make this issue get a little better. And even with all the things going right with the bills that are in law now, it still doesn’t take away the entire mass incarceration issue. So, we still have a lot of work to do. I think this movie can help bring light to an issue that we all just need to be aware of and that it can happen to any one of us. What’s happening to these men can happen to anybody.

HipHopDX: Absolutely. And I think one of the most striking things about the film is it humanizes them.

Speech: Exactly.

HipHopDX: It shows you who they are as people. It shows you how they got there. And in some cases, it’s almost like they didn’t even have a chance because of the circumstances they were brought up in. And I just think we’re doing a great disservice by not actually reforming people for their crimes. Rather, we’re just punishing them and there’s no care into actually getting them better. You know what I mean?

Speech: Yeah, yeah, definitely.

HipHopDX: I’m probably not the only person who says this, but Teddy’s story struck a cord with me big time. His struggles with addiction is just heartbreaking. Have you figured out where Teddy is right now? 

Speech: Yes. We’re really close to Teddy’s mom and she’s in the film as well. Her name is Marietta, an amazing woman. He’s still homeless and struggling through mental illness. On the good side of it, his journey is not complete. He is still moving forward and we’re still helping and in there with him. So I think that the potential for healing and a life that’s amazing is still there. And even with this film, there is plans that I have to bring them out on the road. So, there’s a lot of things that are still in the plans for me, my crew, the people that wrote this with me and made this with me that we plan to do. There is good news in all of this and so many people know about their issues and their stories now. So it’s having an impact and I’m very grateful for that.

HipHopDX: Right. Have you talked to Teddy since shooting the film? 

Speech: Oh definitely, yeah. A whole lot.

HipHopDX: I wanted him to see that second article so badly. I don’t know if you ever sent it to his mom, but I just felt like if he could see that his words and his story are touching people, maybe we we could get him some help and get him on the right path again.

Speech: Definitely. And his mother does know very much of that. His mother now works for the Real Life program, which is the program to help them transition into regular society. His mother now works for the Real Life program because of this movie.

HipHopDX: Wow.

Speech: And Garland, who you could tell in the movie was really going through a lot with his girlfriend, from the proceeds of this album, we were able to get him some money and he bought her a wedding ring. They’ve since gotten married, so there’s movement here, and it’s not simple as you could tell by the film, but there is movement. And Anthony has been in and out of jail even after the film ended. He came out as you could tell in the film and he had, unfortunately, gone back in and he’s back out again. There is some realities that he’s still facing. Then Devonte, because of a parole violation, went back in. But we’re expecting him to get out pretty soon. 

HipHopDX: Hope is not lost.

Speech: To me, no, hope is not lost at all. I learned so much about things doing this film, but one of the things I learned is that there is a level of trauma that the system can perpetrate onto people that is very, very tough to overcome and some will not overcome it. I think the lesson in that is that we as citizens have to be proactive when we see perpetrators and actors in the political world doing horrible bills and signing into law various things or taking out of law various things that are extremely important.

We have to be very diligent to make sure that we stand up for the voiceless at those times as well, so that we can prevent these things from happening in the first place. There’s laws that we can help to bring to the forefront that can really help people in the first place. And that’s one of the things that I want to make sure I say more and more as we screen this film because there is a lot of complexities and there’s trauma and not all of it is self-inflicted by these men. A lot of it is systemic. 

HipHopDX: The way that they get treated in prison by the guards, too. That can really make you feel dehumanized and that’s a whole other issue. You walk away feeling like you’re just some sort of dog in a cage and that’s not OK.

Speech: And that’s exactly what Teddy said in his rhyme.

HipHopDX: Oh wow, you’re right. How did you change throughout this process? How are you different person coming out on other side?

Speech: Similar to what you were saying, just understanding that humanity. I no longer feel like I’m talking to a prisoner. I feel like I’m talking to a person in transition. And that is probably the biggest difference that I see for me. I have a deeper understanding of the humanities. I think this movie does a great service in my opinion in the sense that a lot of us have been conditioned to believe criminals equal bad guys and not looking at the full story of the life and understanding what exactly is going on.

HipHopDX: And we’re running into a lot of that too with a lot of current mainstream rappers, they’re getting locked up every other day — Tekashi this, Kodak Black that, 21 Savage arrested. We don’t really get a chance to dive deep enough into their story. As a journalist, I wish I could talk to everybody and get to tell their side so they don’t just look like, “Oh, we’re these crazy criminals.” I want the full picture. 

Speech: Exactly, yeah, definitely.

HipHopDX: I want them all to win. Teddy to me just really resonated with me. And like you said, his words were so profound and he’s got a special skill. I hope he can get it together.

Speech: Yeah, I agree. Yeah, me too. I’ll keep you in touch with everything that’s going on with them and every new development, I’ll keep you in touch on it because I know you care and that’s cool.

HipHopDX: Definitely. What made you want to make this film to begin with?

Speech: Well, I knew that the prison system is unjust — period. I knew that was an issue that needed to be further expressed into the mainstream culture and more things needed to be done about that. So when I saw Lisa Ling’s special on CNN — she has a show called This Is Life — she did this piece about a daddy’s daughter dance that was in the exact same jail that we ended up filming in. I talked to my manager and I was like, “Yo, whoever the sheriff is of this place, for him to let them have a daddy daughter dance with such dignity, no bars in between the family members, it was such a visionary thing to do.” I said, “I really want to talk to this particular jail and see if they’d be willing to do anything else.” And here we are. 

50 Cent’s Instagram Page Has Been Deactivated

There was a time when a good chunk articles on our homepage would derive from 50 Cent‘s social media pages. You guys have proven that you want to keep up with his outrageous shenanigans, following our Targets the Week priles and coming through strong on all the trolling activity. If you were hoping for an update on the legendary rapper’s feuds against Young Buck, Floyd Mayweather, Wendy Williams, or anybody else, you’re unfortunately not in luck. To be honest, you may need to find a different pastime too because, as now, 50 Cent’s Instagram prile has been disabled.

The reason why his account was deactivated is still undetermined. The last time something like this happened, the executive producer Power had leaked a vengeful image Teairra Mari from her tape. Even then, the photo was removed for violating the medium’s guidelines. Perhaps, the executives at IG finally had enough Fif’s constant troll-jobs and decided to ban him for good.

If you search for his name on the platform, you will not find a thing. Even Google won’t be able to help you. The entertainer has not yet commented on the ban but he is still updating his Twitter. So, at least you know you can still find him over there. Will you miss him on IG?

#DXCLUSIVE: Rakim Gives "Microphone Fiend" Jazz Remix The Ultimate Co-Sign

The masterminds behind the Follow The Leader jazz album have joined forces with Fat Beats for a “Microphone Fiend” remix.

The track, which originally appeared on Eric B. & Rakim’s Follow The Leader album in 1988, was reimagined for the Follow The Leader jazz project spearheaded by producers Johnathan Hay, Benny Reid and Mike Smith earlier this year.

Now, that song has been chopped up and rearranged again by Hay and Reid for a special Fat Beats exclusive, executive produced by Rakim, Eric B. and Matthew Kemp.

“The trajectory of this project is the ultimate blessing,” Rakim tells HipHopDX. “It’s tapping into a divine consciousness and showing how the universe continues to spin full circle. Eric and I were always heavy in our influence from the jazz genre. Then three decades in, we are influencing a jazz album, then that album is coming back around to influence Hip Hop production greats like Whoo Kid and hopefully a lot more.

“We used to dig through the crates at record stores to pull vinyl instrumentals and sample them for our tracks and now Follow The Leader is on vinyl for another generation to expand on with next level music. It’s breaking new barriers, which is the core of Hip Hop culture.”

In a September interview with Billboard, Rakim noted jazz luminary John Coltrane was the inspiration behind his flow, which he first discussed during an episode of the Netflix series Hip Hop Evolution. 

“When I sat down to write, it was Coltrane that guided my flow,” he said. “Hearing him bend bars and add techniques to his tracks that seemed impossible to play in a physical realm. That’s what I wanted my voice to sound like and that’s the inspiration I took into the booth.

“I always view my voice as an instrument. I choose the content of my words carefully to convey the message and story I want to get across, but I also pay attention to how the syllables, intonation and emphasis are an accompanying rhythm with the music I’m flowing over. How the words fill the spaces on the melodies and how you can push the boundaries a little … that all comes from studying jazz.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Rakim Gives "Microphone Fiend" Jazz Remix The Ultimate Co-Sign

The Follow The Leader jazz project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz chart upon its release and is being considered for a Grammy Award, according to a press release. The vinyl, cassettes and CDs are available for worldwide pre-order from Fat Beats beginning December 13.

Check out the “Microphone Fiend (Quad Remix)” above and find the Follow The Leader jazz album here.

Ebro Wants Nicki Minaj To Be Celebrated For Bringing Back Women In Rap

As the end the decade approaches, people are beginning to reflect on who have been the true winners since 2010. When a retrospective look is given, the longevity someone’s impact can be determined. If you think about the 2010’s, Nicki Minaj will likely come to mind. To quote Nicki on 2014’s “Want Some More”: 

“Who had Eminem on the first album?
Who had Kanye saying, ‘She a problem’?
Who the f*ck came in the game, made her own column?
Who made Lil Wayne give ’em five million?”

And the list goes on. Amidst all these accomplishments, Ebro believes it’s important that Nicki be shown proper respect for one in particular – bringing women in rap back. “As this decade closes can someone put together a real celebration for Nicki Minaj?,” the Hot 97 host tweeted. “She brought women in Rap back!! Lil Wayne gave her the bounce pass & she took f…now look!”. 

Nicki would be happy to see Ebro paying this homage, as she has expressed in the past that she feels the scope her influence is ten overlooked. Ebro would be a great person to arrange this celebration and we would love to participate. 

Do you agree with Ebro’s statement? Let us know in the comments.