Maseo Confirms Pete Rock & DJ Premier Are Producing 2 New De La Soul Albums

Pete Rock is evidently gearing up for a productive 12 months. After asserting an impending solo album and a collaborative challenge with Skyzoo, the legendary beatsmith revealed he and DJ Premier are cooking up one thing particular with De La Soul.

“DE LA SOUL PRODUCED BY PETE ROCK & DJ PREMIER COMING IN 2019 BABY!!” he tweeted on Monday (February 18). “Stay tuned.”

In a textual content message change with HipHopDX, Maseo of De La Soul confirmed Rock is referring to the follow-up to 2016’s And The Anonymous Nobody in addition to a 3rd installment of the Art Official Intelligence collection.

“That and AOI3,” he wrote.

And The Anonymous Nobody served because the celebrated New York trio’s first official album since 2004’s The Grind Date. It featured a laundry record of notable company, together with Talking Heads’ David Byrne, Little Dragon, Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, Usher and Jill Scott.

Rock additionally appeared on the track “Memory Of …(Us)” alongside Estelle.

The challenge was nominated within the Best Rap Album class on the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Jussie Smollett’s “Empire” Screen Time Cut In Wake Of … Whatever Is Going On

New York City, NY – According to a brand new report by TMZ, writers for the Empire collection have been feverishly making edits to the scripts for the ultimate episodes of the season to scale back the variety of scenes that function Jussie Smollett.

He was set to look in 9 scenes. However, 5 of them — together with a giant musical quantity — have now reportedly been axed.

This comes within the wake of mounting suspicion by each the general public and authorities that the January 29 assault on the actor/singer might have been staged. The case is heading to a Grand Jury and (in response to TMZ sources), the prosecution is about to current proof which might end in a felony indictment for allegedly submitting a false police report.

Smollett has vehemently denied staging the assault, as articulated a press release launched by legal professionals on his behalf.

“As a sufferer of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by latest studies that the perpetrators are people he’s aware of,” the assertion learn.

Meek Mill & Michael Rapaport’s Twitter War Inadvertently Shaded Nicki Minaj

Meek Mill and Michael Rapaport kicked off the week with some light-weight Twitter beef. The outspoken actor took difficulty with Meek’s efficiency throughout the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend, calling him a “trash” rapper.

As a part of their alternate, Rapaport and Meek each shared the identical photograph of themselves hanging out collectively at a recreation.

But there was one noticeable distinction.

In Meek’s model of the photograph, his ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj is reduce out of the photograph, whereas Rapaport’s photograph exhibits Black Barbie cozied as much as her former flame.

To add insult to harm, Meek additionally refers to Nicki in his caption as “Anonymous.”

However, Meek wasn’t finished with Rapaport there. He referred to as him out for asking the Philly rapper for a photograph within the first place whereas questioning his place in Hip Hop tradition.

“Aye @michaelrapaport don’t ever use the phrase trash while you talking on nothing from our tradition except you tryna get trashed,” he wrote. “#2 who gave you authorization to be talking on us? #three what you charging now? Last time I seen you you needed a selfie. be nice tho on the web.”

Meek additionally copped to misspelling Rapaport’s first title and in the end acknowledged Rapaport’s First Amendment rights.

“And I don’t observe him or know his title,” he stated. “I’m completely happy I didn’t @him proper lol.”

He added, “Once once more it’s on lol. I simply hate web trolls. he’s entitled to his opinion tho. I been on his ass tho a lil bit from being roll.”

Cardi B Chastises Jussie Smollett While Scarfing Down Lobster Tails

The leisure world has been captivated by Jussie Smollett’s mysterious assault case, which continues to take cinematic high quality twists and turns. Evidently, Cardi B has been paying consideration and provided her colourful commentary on the scenario whereas expertly devouring crab legs.

“So I’m actually disenchanted in Jussie Smollett, or regardless of the fuck his identify is,” she stated throughout an Instagram Live session. “I really feel like he fucked up Black History Month, bro. Like rattling. I’m not going to say but till it comes out of his mouth that it was pretend and this shit was staged. I don’t wish to utterly blame him as a result of, you realize, like any person I used to be speaking to was like, ‘Police in Chicago are racist.’

“So, they could attempt to body him and make him seem like he’s a liar. But if he’s not, then bro you fucked up for actual. Like, why would you try this? You do’t have to try this. Then you give fuckin’ Donald Trump immunity to chuckle at niggas and shit, make muthafuckas look unhealthy. Shit breaks me bro.”

Smollett claimed he was attacked by two males yelling “racial and homophobic slurs” on January 29 simply outdoors his Chicago residence. As cops probed for particulars, they reportedly found sufficient holes in his story to dive additional.

Two Nigerian brothers have been finally arrested for the alleged assault however have been launched with out costs. Several stories recommend Smollett paid the 2 males to stage the assault, one thing the Empire actor vehemently denies. 

T.I. Halts "Family & Hustle" Filming Following Sister’s Car Accident

Atlanta, GA – T.I. and spouse Tiny have briefly put a pin the filming for Family & Hustle After Tip’s sister, 66-year-old Precious Harris, was concerned in a severe automotive accident in Atlanta within the early morning of Wednesday (February 13).

Sources reported to TMZ crash her automotive right into a pole, triggering an Asthma assault. She’s at the moment in I.C.U, and her precise situation is unknown.

“I Love You Sis … We can’t thanks sufficient,” Tip wrote Instagram on Monday (February 18).

An extremely tight knit household, Tiny can be extraordinarily shut with Precious; she shared phrases of prayer and encouragement for her sister, noting Instagram “Anybody that basically know me is aware of how particular & how a lot I cherish & love this girl … She’s a real fighter … at all times have been & God has the final phrase.”

It appears that she could also be — on the very least — secure, as T.I. was in California on Sunday (February 17) for the filming of Netflix’s hip-hop music competitors collection Rhythm + Flow.

Harris, a mom of three, is an everyday on Family & Hustle. The HipHopDX workforce sends prayers out the Harris household.

Kodak Black Has A Clear Message For Nicki Minaj & Young M.A

You miss 100 p.c of the photographs you don’t take, so Kodak Black determined to make his intentions clear. When Nicki Minaj posted a photograph of herself and Young M.A on Instagram, the controversial rapper let his thirst be recognized.

“Both Of Y’all a Get It,” he commented.

Unfortunately for Kodak, his fantasy in all probability gained’t change into a actuality anytime quickly — if ever. Nicki at present has a boyfriend and the couple’s PDA is throughout social media. As for Young M.A, she is overtly homosexual. So, Kodak is barking up the unsuitable tree on that finish.

When it involves his skilled life, Kodak is scheduled to hit the street subsequent month for his Dying To Live Tour. The tour kicks off in New Orleans on March 14 and wraps up on the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami on May 11.

Check out the tour dates right here.

Dr. Dre Collects His Instagram Birthday Wishes From Fellow Rap Legends

Los Angeles, CA – The legendary Dr. Dre has reached the 54-year mark and everyone seems to be celebrating.

To commemorate the Born Day, a grizzly-bearded Dre took to Instagram to indicate off the Studio 54 shirt his daughter had given him, in addition to pose along with his son.

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You understand it’s a special day, seeing that Dre hasn’t posted on his Instagram since October 20, 2018, which occurs to be Snoop Dogg’s birthday.

Eminem, Ice Cube and sure, his surviving N.W.A bandmates, had been among the Hip Hop stars who took trip of their day to salute their producing king.

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21 Savage Recalls His British Accent & How He Felt About Your Memes

Alpharetta, GA – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s arrest of 21 Savage shocked followers by revealing he was really British native. In a brand new interview with the New York Times’ Jon Caramanica, 21 opened up about coming to the U.S. as a baby and not too long ago being detained by ICE for greater than every week.

The Epic Records artist confirmed he had a British accent as a younger child and was teased for it as soon as he began college within the U.S. 21 stated he wasn’t certain when or how he misplaced it.

“I had a accent, ’trigger my first day of faculty they was making enjoyable of me so I beat any individual up, and so they was calling me ‘taekwondo child,’” he defined. “My mama whupped me, she made me keep in the home. So I do know I had a accent, however I been right here 20 years — I don’t know what occurred to it.”

21 spoke on a number of the extra critical realities of his life too, similar to when he first realized his immigration standing was unsettled and what he was desirous about whereas being detained by ICE. But 21 additionally touched on the numerous memes that circulated after he was revealed to be British.

The Atlanta-repping artist surprisingly stated he was “appreciative” of the memes. He even admitted to being entertained by a few of them.

“Some of them was humorous — I ain’t gonna lie,” he famous. “I used to be appreciative of that. I coulda been one other one that simply, ‘He locked up? Damn,’ and no one stated nothing. Some individuals, I see why they was mad. It ain’t in regards to the meme, it’s in regards to the larger image.

“But I executed been by way of manner worse issues in my life than any individual placing me on a meme. I been shot — what’s a meme? A meme is nothing. That’s one thing on the web that I can do like this [turns over phone] and by no means see once more. I have a look at bullet scars day-after-day, so it’s like, a meme, bro?”

Read 21’s complete interview with the New York Times here.

Boosie Badazz Says Jussie Smollett Lied Because He Was Dickmatized

The Jussie Smollett story has taken a number of turns in only a few days, leaving followers and supporters perplexed as to what to truly imagine.

TMZ studies Chicago police investigators not solely imagine the embattled Empire actor paid brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to hold out the caper, however they really rehearsed the sham a day prior.

Boosie Badazz — who’s removed from a good friend of the LGBTQ group — has his personal speculations on why Smollett, 36, allegedly lied.

And sure, it has to do together with his sexuality.

“That DICK A MAKE U DO SOME CRAZY SHIT SMH DONT BLAIM HIM #itspowerful” Boosie captioned in an Instagram photograph a sleeping Smollett. “#realshittho WHAT A SIDE BITCH DO WHEN U PUT SOME GOOD DICK ON HER ??‍♂️SHE WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE HER ✅HES GOING THROUGH ALOT N WHEN PEOPLE CLICK THEY CLICK .HES A STAR WHO CAME OUT N AMERICA HIS LIFE IS HARD AS HELL HE GOING THROUGHT IT.

“BLAME THE WORLD NOT HIM #boosiebadazz n I stand by what I say N actual ladies know that “DICK WILL MAKE YOU DO CRAZY SHIT “ N YALL MFS KNOW I LIKE WOMENS(plural)”

He then referred to as upon his IG congregation to share their tales of getting the magic stick whereas leaving a lady magicless.

All jokes apart, the preliminary story of Smollett’s late-night, MAGA-hat tussling fisticuffs has unraveled fairly a bit since he first made the declare on January 29.

According to CBS, Chicago police investigators now imagine the motive stemmed from a racist and homophobic letter — additionally allege to have been conspired by Smollett — not getting sufficient consideration within the media.

Boosie Badazz Says Jussie Smollett Lied Because He Was Dickmatized

Meek Mill Flames Michael Rapaport For Calling Him A "Trash Rapper"

It’s a well-known reality actor Michael Rapaport doesn’t maintain again in terms of his commentary on the tradition. During a current Twitter tirade, the Beats, Rhymes & Life director set his sights on Meek Mill following this weekend’s efficiency on the NBA All-Star sport.

“Meek Mill, nice story,” he tweeted. “Great look. Trash rapper. Sorry. Meek Mill have a listening to drawback? Because he rhymes off the precise beat on the whole lot he’s on. Literally off the beat, like NoFlow.”

Meek caught wind of Rapaport’s feedback and known as him out for speaking massive on-line however asking the Philly-bred rapper for a photograph in particular person.

“Aye @michaelrapaport don’t ever use the phrase trash once you talking on nothing from our tradition except you tryna get trashed,” he wrote. “#2 who gave you authorization to be talking on us? #three what you charging now? Last time I seen you you needed a selfie. be nice tho on the web.”

Rapaport additionally claimed Meek wasn’t even within the Top 20 when it got here to the perfect Philly rappers. At the identical time, Rapaport roped Drake into his commentary and informed his 359,000 followers Meek primarily blew his likelihood to smoke Drake throughout their 2015 disagreement.

“Meek Mill isn’t even a prime 20 Rapper from Philadelphia & you guys are mad at me?” he tweeted. “You make 300 songs 5 will likely be OK. #MeekMill.”

He continued, “Meek Mill had an opportunity to show he was a dope Rapper,” he stated. “And then got here DRAKE. That was a second to face tall as a RAPPER. Like I stated, nice story, nice look most likely gonna do some optimistic stuff, none of which means you’re a DOPE MC. Dragged by Drake?”

Although Meek misspelled Rapaport’s identify in his tweet, Rapaport will seemingly fireplace again. It’s only a matter of time.

YBN Almighty Jay Under Suspicion For Allegedly Robbing SkinnyFromThe9 Of $80Ok

Chatsworth, CA – Four days after an alleged attempted-jumping by Zoey Dollaz, New Jersey rapper Skinnyfromthe9 was the sufferer of a Valentine’s Day theft in Chatsworth, California — throughout which he misplaced a $40,000 chain, $20,000 Rolex, and $20,000 money.

Accordingly to legislation enforcement, one of many two suspects within the felony grand theft is none apart from YBN Almighty Jay.

Jay, who was filming a music video on the time, is allegedly seen on surveillance video (obtained by TMZ) approaching  Skinnyfromthe9’s Range Rover with an affiliate, participating in a quick struggling, then fleeing the scene.

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Afterward, sources advised TMZ that Jay — who had apparently crashed at Skinnyfromthe9’s home whereas engaged on music simply days prior — and his crew flexed the fruits of their “labor” as props in a social media skit. 

The investigation is presently underway, and neither rappers or their crew have launched any statements.

How Making 5 Beats A Day Developed Nonstop Da Hitman Into A Grammy Award Winner

Los Angeles, CA – It’s no secret that the beat-making recreation is oversaturated. With platforms like SoundCloud, YouTube, and DatPiff, there’s no scarcity of keen up-and-comers hustling their very own work. So when a producer finds a strategy to break by all of the noise, it’s undoubtedly spectacular.

And Nonstop Da Hitman has been making beats since 2003 so he is aware of all concerning the hustle.

After later becoming a member of the Atlanta based mostly collective 808 Mafia in 2014, his profession began gaining momentum as he expanded his Rolodex of collaborators and artists. This previous yr, he skilled a brand new degree of success when he acquired placements on Migos’ Culture II, Drake’s Scorpion, and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy. Fresh off his very first Grammy win forInvasion of Privacy, Nonstop sat down with HipHopDX in the course of a busy workday at L.A.’s Hit Dr. Studio to debate this new stage of his profession, previous controversies, and the enduring attraction of lure music.

Nonstop is a workhorse. According to him, on a “productive” day he makes ten to fifteen beats however on a “low day” it’s shut to 5. This unstoppable work ethic could stem from his early days as a self-starter. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, he felt unhappy with the music scene there. He began off making songs along with his buddies to go the time. Though at first, he needed to be a rapper, Nonstop says that Portland’s producers couldn’t ship the beats that matched his imaginative and prescient. He recalled, “I heard higher shit in my head than what was being performed so I ended up making my very own beats.” An in depth good friend purchased him a Triton keyboard with one situation — “we ended up butting heads as a result of he purchased it beneath the pretense that I used to be going to get out of the streets.” Even if he was “nonetheless doing that bullshit,” the present was pivotal in making him catch the “music bug.”

From childhood, Nonstop was uncovered to a number of varieties of music. His dad was the bassist for the Portland-based band Nu Shooz — well-known for his or her 1986 hit “I Can’t Wait.” Despite being out and in of the image, he educated him in varied genres when he was round. His present sound has been impacted by this early eclecticism. He cites Dr. Dre and Scott Storch as influences and gravitates in direction of “soulful, funky varieties of music.”

It took just a few years for Nonstop to begin hitting his stride. In 2007, he acquired related with Basement Beats who helped him get his first placement on Twista’s album Adrenaline Rush 2007 album with the banger “Wrist Stay Rocky.” Nonstop stated he was about to surrender fully on the business till his Twista placement. Following that second of success, he moved to Atlanta and later acquired related with 808 Mafia in 2014 by Waka Flocka Flame.

Things kicked into high-gear these previous of years. In 2018 alone, he made the beats for two Chainz’s “Land of the Freaks,” Migos’ “Made Men,” Cardi B’s “Drip,” and Drake’s “Elevate.” But with success comes controversy. Nonstop was caught in a bitter back-and-forth along with his collaborator Cassius Jay. Cassius and Nonstop labored on a handful of beats collectively that later acquired excessive profile placements. When Quavo posted the manufacturing credit for Culture II on his social media channels, solely Cassius’s identify appeared because the producer for “Made Men.” On high of that, his tag was on the beat – making it seem to be it was solely his work. According to Nonstop, Cassius was working as a “beat dealer” and “put his identify on there to make it seem to be he was creating the report.”

Before the discharge of Culture II, throughout a drive to Nashville with Cassius, Nonstop observed that his colleague had put his tag on one other one in all his beats. He had warned him to not do it once more and that he had approach an excessive amount of expertise beneath his belt to easily be his “ghost producer.” Back in September, Cassius instructed his personal model of occasions in an interview with Producer Grind. And finally, it’s unclear whether or not one thing sinister came about or it was a misunderstanding. But regardless, Nonstop realized some kind of lesson as a result of he has began tagging all of his beats shifting ahead. He careworn that it’s “all water beneath the bridge” and even when it was tainted by a dispute, he’s grateful for the alternatives that got here from their partnership. Cassius related him with PARTYNEXTDOOR which subsequently landed him on Drake’s Scorpion. Beef apart, their music “Drip” earned each of them the music business’s most coveted trophy.

That’s not the one scandal Nonstop weighed in on. After profitable Best Rap Album, Cardi B responded to haters who thought her award was undeserved. The “I Like It” rapper ended up deactivating her Instagram account as a result of backlash. Nonstop stated the damaging response was “unwarranted” and that Invasion of Privacy “was a tremendous physique of labor and he or she deserved each little bit of [success].” He attributed the net hate to BET’s shady tweet and Nicki Minaj’s followers, jokingly describing Nicki’s zealous fan-base and Cardi’s followers because the “2019 Bloods and Crips from the 1980s.”

How Making 5 Beats A Day Developed Nonstop Da Hitman Into A Grammy Award Winner

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The Grammy win was a life-changing second for Nonstop that he’s nonetheless struggling to place into phrases. He remarked how his telephone couldn’t cease buzzing and “even homeboys known as me crying.” To construct off that momentum, he plans on enthusiastically taking a part of the continual transformation of lure music. Having been within the business since he mid-2000s, he’s overseen the mainstreaming of the lure sound. And now, he’s venturing out of Hip Hop. In addition to working with Blac Youngsta and Lil Skies, the Atlanta producer is cooking up one thing with pop idol Noah Cyrus that mixes lure beats and acoustic manufacturing. He advises aspiring producers to embrace collaboration, networking, and the distinctive alternatives of the web period. In regards to the way forward for lure, he’s optimistic and said. “I form of attribute [trap music] as Black EDM. It’s membership music. It’s not going wherever.”

He performed HipHopDX a beat that would very nicely be his subsequent banger — the heavy rhythm blasted from the audio system, filling up the studio along with his spirit of exhausting work and infinite potential.

Stay up with Nonstop Da Hitman’s studio maneuvers on Instagram @nonstopdahitman.

Watch J. Cole & Meek Mill Perform At 2019 NBA All-Star Game

Charlotte, NC – Hip Hop supplied the soundtrack for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte on Sunday evening (February 17). J. Cole carried out on the halftime present in his house state of North Carolina whereas Meek Mill opened the occasion with a fiery efficiency for the pre-game introductions.

Cole kicked off his set by performing his latest single “Middle Child” and adopted it up with a medley of hits. The Dreamville boss shouted out the recently-freed 21 Savage, carried out his verse from their collaboration “A Lot,” then transitioned into his solo cuts “ATM,” “Love Yourz” and “No Role Modelz.”

Earlier within the evening, Meek helped introduce the gamers along with his personal medley of songs from 2018’s Championships album. The Philly-bred MC ran by way of the LP’s intro, “Going Bad” and “Uptown Vibes” earlier than busting out his ever-popular anthem “Dreams and Nightmares.”

Check out J. Cole’s efficiency above and watch Meek’s beneath.

Police Hunt For Man Who Attacked — And Decapitated — Diddy Wax Statue

New York, NY – New York Police Department officers are on the hunt for a vandal who bought so indignant at Diddy’s Madame Tussauds’ wax statue, he started screaming on the determine earlier than happening the warpath and beheading the lifeless object when he shoved it to the bottom.

The weird incident occurred close to Times Square round eight:45 p.m. native time on Saturday (February 16) based on the Associated Press.

Reportedly, $300,000 value of damages was induced.

General Manager Tom Middleton famous the famed wax museum has a arrange so “visitors can work together respectfully” with the statues and can repair the decapitated Diddy to make sure its return to the A-List Party Room.

The statue has been current since 2009, wherein Diddy himself attending the revealing.

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Weirdly sufficient, this isn’t the primary time a Hip Hop Madame Tussauds wax statue has been violated. In 2015, the museum needed to rope off Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” show after vacationers repeatedly performed lewd acts whereas posing for images.

R. Kelly Has Another Sex Tape With Underaged Girl (Yes, A Third One)

Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti says he’s uncovered one more R. Kelly intercourse tape. After revealing he’d unearthed a VHS copy of the disgraced R&B star allegedly having intercourse with a 14-year-old, Avenatti says there’s now a 3rd tape.

He revealed the information Twitter on Saturday (February 16).

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“Update: We have change into conscious of a 3rd tape, that allegedly exhibits additional acts of sexual abuse of an underage woman by R Kelly, which we’re presently working to get well and turnover to legislation enforcement,” he tweeted.

According to Newsweek, Avenatti — who’s a father to 2 teenage daughter — is working the case professional bono.

“Due to the significance of guaranteeing justice is lastly achieved on this matter and since we’re deeply involved that Mr. Kelly has not been held accountable for his sexual abuse of younger African-American ladies, whom are particularly susceptible, we’ve achieved so on a professional bono foundation,” he stated in a press release. “Importantly, it has now resulted within the discovery of great new proof conclusively establishing Mr. Kelly’s unlawful sexual assault of younger woman.”

CNN was in a position to assessment the second uncovered tape final week. A unadorned man presumed to be Kelly performs a number of intercourse acts with the younger woman who calls him “daddy” a number of occasions.

At one level within the clip, the person reportedly asks the woman to urinate and in flip, he urinates on her. The act mirrors among the alleged acts Kellz was arrested for in 2002 when he was 35, though he was in the end acquitted of kid pornography expenses in a trial six years later.

Avenatti says he’s dedicated to getting justice for Kelly’s alleged victims.

“We will proceed to work tirelessly to make sure that this predator is dropped at justice,” he stated. “As a father of two teenage ladies myself, I’ve the utmost religion and confidence in [Chicago’s Cook County State Attorney] Ms. Foxx and her workers to make sure justice is completed.”