Bushwick Bill Dead At 52: Hip-Hop Reacts & Remembers

The conversation surrounding legends and their contributions to the culture at large has occasionally dulled, brushed aside in favor antics and headlines. Yet the passing Bushwick Bill has served as a wake-up call, a reminder what the Geto Boys and their members have given to to the game throughout their tenure. Yesterday, Richard “Bushwick Bill” Shaw was confirmed to have lost the battle with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, a battle during which he fought valiantly. At the time, the rapper’s publicist issued a statement to Rolling Stone, painting a picture a tranquil final moment: “Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family.” 

Every time hip-hop loses a soldier, the game mobilizes to stand in unity. Many prominent voices took to social media to issue condolences and retrospectives celebrating Bill’s life and legacy. Moments reflection ran high, including one from Snoop Dogg, who thanked Bill for acting as a mentor to himself and a young Warren G. “One the most intelligent brothers I ever met in the world,” writes Big Snoop. “Also was welcoming to me and warren g as young artist In the game before we had a deal what a treasure Big things come in small packages keep my dear brother bill. 

The Doggfather was not alone in his assessment. The love for Bill and The Geto Boys remains strong, especially by those actively involved in the hip-hop community. Voices rang out in memorial for the iconic young rapper, who once bravely looked death in the face and emerged on the other side. His well-documented brush with the afterlife, which occurred during June 1991, ultimately aided in bringing him peace during his final months.

“I’m not really afraid dying because if anyone knows anything about me from ‘Ever So Clear,’ I died and came back already in June 1991, so I know what it’s like on the other side,” said Bill, during a recent interview. Rest in peace to a hip-hop legend, and make sure to bump some Geto Boys in his honor. 

Krept & Konan Announce Forthcoming Album & New Single "Ban Drill"

UK grime duo Krept & Konan recently took to social media to reveal that their newest album was on the way, announcing the arrival a new single to begin the road toward the new effort.

With the announcement came the promise a new visual to attach to the track “Ban Drill,” directed by Rapman. The project itself is still unnamed.

The new album is set to follow up on the pairing’s 7 Days and 7 Nights double album 2017. 

In addition to the strides on their personal musical endeavors, the two most recently celebrated the one year anniversary their cult favorite Crepes and Cones restaurant. 

Moreover, fans in the UK can find Krept & Konan starring in an adaptation The Rap Game reality series. The Rap Game UK will follow the same premise the show headed up by Jermaine Dupri in the States as the hip-hop act will bring aspiring musicians into a home for six weeks where they will be tasked with developing their careers, showcasing their lyricism and artistry through a series challenges with a winner being revealed in the end. This winner will have the chance to ink a record deal with the British tag team.

In the meantime, keep an eye peeled for “Ban Drill.”

Joell Ortiz Teams With Salaam Remi For "BoxTalk" EP

Earlier this year, Joell Ortiz linked up with Fred The Godson and The Heatmakerz for the collaborative project Gorilla Glue. Now, the veteran MC has connected with producer Salaam Remi for a new EP titled BoxTalk.

The five-track EP has been released through Remi’s Louder Than Life imprint. The project continues Ortiz’s string of collaborative efforts with accomplished producers, such as last year’s Mona Lisa album with Apollo Brown.

Check out Ortiz and Remi’s BoxTalk stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Joell Ortiz Teams With Salaam Remi For "BoxTalk" EP

1. Keep’n On
2. Shake Dat Je’llo
3. Box Talk
4. Brooklyn What
5. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Kanye West & Pusha T Facing Lawsuit For "Come Back Baby" Sample

Just as he and Kid Cudi are facing a new legal issue with a sample used in “Kids See Ghosts,” Kanye West is now facing another lawsuit that arrives for a sample used on Pusha T‘s DAYTONA album.

The track in question is DAYTONA standout “Come Back Baby,” and The Times Daily reports that both artists are named in new documents that accuse the duo making unauthorized use George Jackson’s 1972 track ‘I Can’t Do Without You.”

It was FAME Enterprises Inc. who filed the suit two weeks ago in Colbert County, Alabama. The company produced and owns the track, and is suing “for disgorgement prits, compensatory, consequential, incidental and punitive damages in an amount to be determined by the trier fact in this case, plus statutory fines, costs, interest and expenses.”

 

In the filing, where UMG Recordings, Def Jam, and G.O.O.D. Music are named as codefendants, FAME states that over 35 percent the ‘Come Back baby” creation makes use “unauthorized, unlicensed samples ‘I Can’t Do Without You,'” primarily focusing on the use the following lyrics: 

Never have I been locked up in a world misery
I need you darlin’ to set me free
Come back, baby, try me one more time
Ooh, baby, I’m ’bout to go out my mind
I can’t—

They go on to add that the “Come Back Baby” record is “about drug addiction and the money made from selling drugs,” and that they would not have agreed to license the original track “for such a use under any circumstances.”

Chief Keef Premiers Supreme’s New Box Logo Inspired By The Pan-African Flag

This coming Monday, June 10th, the Museum Contemporary Art Chicago will present Virgil Abloh: Figures Speech, the first museum exhibition devoted to the work the iconic, genre-bending artist and Off-White designer Virgil Abloh. Ahead this, a new Box Logo from Supreme has just made its debut for the expo, sparking rumours an Abloh/Supreme collab on the way.

In the photos, we see Chicago rapper, Chief Keef, rocking a classic, plain white tee with the novice box logo. Keef dons all his signature diamond chains, including his more recent “Hellcat” chain. The Box Logo maintains its normal shape and size, but its’ classic red background has been replaced with the colors the Pan-African flag — as the colors red, black and green run vertically down the front. There’s no news yet on when the tee will drop, but be sure to keep an eye out. 

In other, Chief Keef related news, the “Hate Bein’ Sober” rapper” has recently been exposed as owing his baby mama, Erica Early, a total  half a million dollars in back child support payments. And it’s reported that Early will be coming for his music money, adding his music label, Glory Boyz Entertainment, to her battle with Keef.

 

Tyler, The Creator Claps Back At DJ Khaled’s "Mysterious" Comments

Earlier inthe week, reports emerged that DJ Khaled wasn’t too pleased about the outcome his final week sales. Khaled reportedly stormed into his label’s fice and threw a temper tantrum because his latest album, Father Of Asahd didn’t manage to take the top spot on the Billboard 200. Tyler, The Creator‘s new album, IGOR managed to take that spot with Khaled taking the number two spot. Khaled, a man whose brand is built on love and positivity, threw shade at Tyler’s “mysterious” album in a since-deleted Instagram which Tyler has since responded to.

Despite DJ Khaled’s larger than life presence and mainstream appeal, it’s clear since Bastard that Tyler, The Creator has one the most loyal and dedicated fanbases in music. Khaled has won over the masses with his social media antics but Tyler reminded the Miami DJ that Instagram followers don’t always translate into album sales. The rapper’s set to perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City which is now sold out. Initially, a fan tweeted that he’s “doing pretty good for some ‘mysterious shit.'” Tyler simply responded “yeah i am, IGOR OUT NOW.”

But that wasn’t all Tyler had to say about it. After Akademiks shared several posts about Khaled’s comments, Tyler chimed in once again. In one comment, he said, “who tf listens to Tyler, The Creator?” On another post, Tyler chimed in once again, saying, “HIS MSG SHOW SOLD OUT BUT FT I NEVER HEARD A TYLER SONG IN MY LIFE.”

With such a star-studded line-up on Khaled’s last album, maybe a Tyler feature might help with sales on the next one.

Tyler, The Creator Claps Back At DJ Khaled's "Mysterious" Comments 

Chris Brown & Drake Reveal Cover Art For Collaboration "No Guidance"

Drake and Chris Brown have an interesting history together. The two were once friends who began beefing over Rihanna, allegedly, but recently patched things up in 2018. It’s unsure what led the two former nemeses to make amends but at the end the day, it doesn’t really matter. The two them are back to their respective careers and have new music coming out together. Fans have been waiting for this highly-anticipated collaboration for a minute now.

Drake and Chris Brown’s single premiered last night on a few radio stations. Tonight, the two will unleash the single in its entirety on streaming platforms. Before it ficially arrives, the two shared the cover art on their social media pages and Drizzy seemed to tease a bar or two f the single. “Flew the coup at 17 no guidance,” he wrote. “Breezy x The Boy.” Breezy also shared the cover art and declared summer has ficially started.

“No Guidance” is set to be the latest single f Chris Brown’s 30-track upcoming album, Indigo. Breezy’s latest project is set to arrive on June 28th and much like his previous album, he has some major artists on it. Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy are featured on the single, “Wobble Up” but Breezy also recruited Joyner Lucas, Lil Wayne, Tyga, H.E.R,” and many, many more.

Zaytoven Reveals That He & Nipsey Hussle Planned On Working On Joint Album

Nipsey Hussle only released one ficial album before his untimely passing in March. However, his strongest work was arguably on his mixtapes. After the rapper’s death, there were a lot rappers who said that they spoke to Nip about working on new music before he died. Drake and Meek Mill were among them. In the latest episode Full Size Run, Zaytoven revealed that he and Nipsey Hussle were quietly plotting on working on a joint project together.

“We were doing this mentoring program together. It was me, Nipsey, Rick Ross, and Organized Noize. So it was like a competition. Me and Nipsey had an artist and then Rick Ross and Organized Noize had an artist to mentor,” he explained. “Me and Nipsey was talkin’ about, ‘We got to do some music together. Let’s just do it, don’t tell anybody, just knock it out,” he continued. “I can’t believe we missed that opportunity. I felt like I been knowin’ Nipsey forever. And I was only around him for that time].”

YG also recently announced that he had a special project with Nipsey Hussle on the way. Prior to Nip’s passing, YG and Nipsey were teasing a joint project that never got completed. “I got a special project I was working on with Nip right before he passed,” YG said. “It’s like, it’s special, we gonna make that happen, his family and everybody wants that to happen, that’s a priority for me.”

Raphael Saadiq Announces New Album Featuring A Kendrick Lamar Collab

Los Angeles, CA – The details regarding a new solo album from R&B savant Raphael Saadiq is close to being over, Pitchfork has learned.

An initial cryptic album announcement for the impending body of work came on May 21 when Saadiq uploaded a video on his Instagram with the caption, “The 8 year wait is almost Over ! #Glorytotheveins #jimmylee #Repostthis.”

The album, Jimmy Lee, will release on August 23 Colombia Records and include features from Kendrick Lamar, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (from A Tribe Called Quest) and Brook D’Leau.

This is the storied singer-songwriter’s first solo endeavor since releasing his album, Stone Rollin’, in 2011.

Saadiq first gained notoriety within his platinum-selling group Tony! Toni! Toné! in the late ’80s. Prior to Saadiq’s departure from the group, the trio’s songs, “Feels Good,” “If I Had No Loot” and “Anniversary” all cracked Billboard’s top ten back in the early-1990s.

His solo career blossomed after contributing singles to the soundtracks of Boyz n the Hood and Higher Learning and being a protégé for fellow Oakland singer, Raphael Saadiq.

The Grammy Award winner recently announced the album’s first single, “Something Keeps Calling” and the adjoining six-city U.S. tour on Friday (June 7).

Check out the track list for Jimmy Lee and first single below.

01 Sinners Prayer
02 So Ready
03 This World Is Drunk
04 Something Keeps Calling
05 Kings Fall
06 I’m Feeling Love
07 My Walk
08 Belongs to God
09 Dottie’s Interlude
10 Glory to the Veins
11 Rikers Island
12 Rikers Island Redux
13 Rearview

Future’s "Save Me" Production Credits Revealed

Future‘s second release the year has ficially been delivered, and fans are already letting their feelings be known. As per usual, the public’s response is largely divided, but all signs point to Save Me doing strong numbers across the board. Now, the production credits have ficially be unveiled, though liner notes have sadly become a thing the past.  

Although brief in scale, Save Me was brought to life through the combined musical talents  Bobby Raps, Kyle Nelson, Will Yanez, Fuse, K-Major, Richie Souf, Detail, Seth Firkins (RIP), Fxxxxy, and Dre Moon. For the most part, each track was created in a highly collaborative fashion, as many albums are in this day and age. Though Future is credited as a lyricist on every song, he’s ten joined by a small writing team, including a variety different songwriters; for some context, “Extra” features seven credited lyricists, including Future himself.

Check out the full credits below, transcribed HHNM and shared Tidal:

1) “XanaX Damage”
Prod. by Bobby Raps, Kyle Nelson and Will Yanez
Lyricists:
Kyle Nelson
Nayvadius Wilburn
Robert John Richardson
William Eduardo Yanez

2) “St. Lucia”
Prod. by Fuse and K-Major
Lyricists:
Eduardo Earle
Kendricke Brown
Nayvadius Wilburn

3) “Please Tell Me”
Prod. by Richie Souf
Lyricists:
Nayvadius Wilburn
Tony Son

4) “Shotgun”
Prod. by Detail and Seth Firkins
Lyricists:
Nayvadius Wilburn
Noel Fisher

5) “Government Official”
Prod. by Fxxxxy
Lyricists:
Maudell Watkins
Nayvadius Wilburn

6) “Extra”
Prod. by Fxxxxy G Ry
Lyricists:
Amber Olivier
Atupele Ndisale
Christopher Wood
David Patino
Maudell Watkins
Nayvadius Wilburn
Ryan Martínez

7) “Love Thy Enemies”
Prod. by Dre Moon
Lyricists:
Andre Eric Proctor
Nayvadius Wilburn

Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk Break Off Their Relationship: Report

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk have split after 4 years together, sources tell People magazine. The 44-year-old actor and his 33-year-old model (ex) girlfriend began dating back in 2015, after which they welcomed their first and only child together in 2017. An inside source said that the two ended the relationship on good terms, and are working towards sharing custody their daughter, Lea De Seine.

Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk Break Off Their Relationship: Report

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Last year, Cooper made his directional debut in the critically acclaimed movie A Star Is Born, in which he starred alongside singer, and on-screen lover, Lady Gaga. The masses started suspecting that there was trouble between Cooper and Shayk after he and co-star, Gaga, started making countless headlines for their on- (and f-) screen chemistry.
Sources insist, however, that Gaga “had nothing to do” with Cooper and Shayk’s relationship issues. “They haven’t been getting along for a while,” an insider recently told Us Weekly.
Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk Break Off Their Relationship: Report
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Gaga addressed her relationship with Cooper during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, following their performance “Shallow” at the 2019 Academy Awards (in which the two looked a little too close for comfort). “Yes, people saw love, and guess what, that’s what we wanted you to see,” she said. “This is a love song, ‘Shallow.’ The movie A Star is Born is a love story …] Look, I’ve had my arms wrapped around Tony Bennett for three years touring the world. When you’re singing love songs, that’s what you want people to feel.”

Tom Brady Flexes His Sixth Super Bowl Ring At Epic Patriots Party

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl this past year in one the most boring championship games in recent history. Regardless how you felt about the game itself, there is no denying the greatness the Patriots and how they’ve terrorized the NFL for 18 years now. While it’s been four months since their Super Bowl victory, the Patriots are still celebrating their recent success and last night, the entire team linked up for their end year party where they were gifted their Super Bowl rings.

As you would imagine, every single player on the team showed f their new hardware, with Brady being the most prominent player on the team to do so. The Patriots quarterback is the most decorated player in the history the game when it comes Super Bowls and even in his 40s, Brady has been able to compete at the highest level the game.

When it comes to the ring itself, it is fairly extravagant as it features 422 diamonds which totals 9.85 carats. There are six Lombardi trophies on the front and on the sides, there is white gold and some blue sapphire.

With hardware like this, it’s hard to deny that Brady is the best to ever do it.

Teairra Mari Playfully Reignites 50 Cent Feud With Memes & Money

The footwork Teairra Mari and 50 Cent‘s long-running dance, dubbed the “I Ain’t Got It” by some and “The Law Is The Law” by others, has been well-documented. The exchanges got so frequent that some even felt the pair were developing feelings for one another; at the very least, a strange sort dependency. Surprisingly, it was Mari herself who waved the white flag, sending Fifty a final parting shot before pledging to pay him back

Teairra Mari Playfully Reignites 50 Cent Feud With Memes & Money

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Today, however, it would appear that Mari has decided to call f the armistice. She recently took to Instagram to send her old rival a message, playfully goading him back into the fold, tactfully whispering his own language into his ear. Alongside a reimagining 50 Cent as the Sleeping Beauty antagonist Maleficent, Mari once again doubles down on the narrative that yes, she will be paying him what’s due. 

“Better late than never,” she writes. “Somebody tell Fty hit me up, I got it! Or do you want to wait until Monday??” The playful message stands as a testament that Mari fought well, holding her own against the ruthless cunning Fty; I daresay she may have been his strongest foe thus far, and the list has been extensive. Who knows where this strange and admittedly fascinating dynamic will lead once the money exchanges hands?

Struggle Rapper Almost Fights 50 Cent During His Date Night

50 Cent is all smiles until someone crosses him. Once that happens, the Power exec will go to any lengths to correct whatever perceived wrongs he comes across — no matter who you are.

One particular struggle rapper learned a valuable lesson this week when he attempted to ambush 50 who was on a date with Black Ink Chicago star Nikki Nicole. The poor, unidentified soul tried to convince Fiddy to listen to his music.

In a clip posted on social media, 50 asks the guy, “Are you crazy though?”

Throughout their conversation, things seem to escalate with the man begging 50 to look at his Instagram. He finally says, “What? Are you going to hit me because I’m telling you about my talent?”

He adds, “You can hit me. We can fight. Go ahead.”

Then something crazy happens – rather than throw a punch, 50 gives the man some priceless advice.

“This not gonna work,” 50 tells him. “You know why? ‘Cause you stupid. The way you approaching it is wrong. There’s nothing to play right now. You don’t have anything to show me that’s gonna help you. [The man offers his I.D. card.] Showing me your I.D. is gonna help you right now?”

It’s unclear what happened after the clip comes to a stop, but it likely didn’t end with a G-Unit contract.

Nike Unveils The Brand New Air Max 200: First Look

In 2019, Nike took the sneaker world by storm with the Air Max 720 which features a chunky Air Max unit that wraps all the way around the shoe. This design followed the foundation laid out by the Air Max 270 and has seen some pretty dope colorways come out over the last few months. As we head into the Summer, Nike has unveiled a brand new Air Max model in the Nike Air Max 200. This new silhouette is a departure from the trends the 270 and 720 as the air bubble is limited to the back the shoe and is more contained by the midsole.

Looking at the photos below, you can see that the shoe is covered in suede overlays and mesh, with white being the predominant color on the shoe. There is a gold Nike swoosh on the side while the tongue is black and features Air Max 200 branding at the top. Going down to the midsole, that is white as well while a translucent air bubble is found near the back. 

As right now, there are no release details, although according to Sneaker News, more information should be coming in the next few weeks.

Nike Unveils The Brand New Air Max 200: First Look

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Nike Unveils The Brand New Air Max 200: First Look

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Nike Unveils The Brand New Air Max 200: First Look

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Nike Unveils The Brand New Air Max 200: First Look

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Nike Unveils The Brand New Air Max 200: First Look

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