Hip Hop Week In Review: The Game Drops Final Album & Eminem Disses Nick Cannon Again

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, The Game released his Born 2 Rap album with a diss to older brother Big Fase 100. Also, Eminem and Nick Cannon are back to exchanging barbs and Wack 100 said Nipsey Hussle wasn’t a legend.

The Game Releases Born 2 Rap

The Game released Born 2 Rap, his last album (allegedly), on Friday (December 6).

On the 25-track LP, Game takes shots at rapper Big Fase 100 — who happens to be his older brother — on the song “Hug The Block.”

“I was LeBron, you were supposed to be my Rich Paul/Baby to Slim when a nigga got rich dawg/But your love turn to hate that’s what we split for/When the fuck you get soft/And start talkin’ behind my back like baby mamas when they pissed off,” Game spit on the track.

Fase responded with a post to Instagram of a picture featuring biblical figures Cain and Abel.

Listen to The Game’s swan song Born 2 Rap here.

Eminem Disses Nick Cannon

Eminem and Nick Cannon have been industry enemies for years. This week, the two went back-and-forth again song and radio.

On Fat Joe’s Family Ties album, Eminem took a stab at Nick Cannon on the song “Lord Above” featuring Mary J. Blige. Joey Crack described it as the most “disrespectful” rap ever.

Following the track’s release, Cannon went on his Power 106 morning show and said Em’s diss wasn’t worthy of a response. But Cannon has since proposed Eminem come on an episode of Wild ‘N Out to battle it out.

Listen to Eminem’s verse on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above” here.

Wack 100 Declares Nipsey Hussle’s Not A Legend

Even though Wack 100 said he was going to chill on the Nipsey Hussle commentary, this week he took things a step further by saying Nip wasn’t a legend.

“What’s a legend? Define a legend. Let’s keep it real,” Wack told TMZ cameras. “If Dr. Dre died right now, we’d say we lost a legend, right? Based upon what? Numbers, right? Body of work, right? How many albums did Nipsey drop? One album, right? This not no personal shit. This is real shit.”

His comments didn’t sit too well with a few big names in the industry such as T.I. and Meek Mill. Both took issue with Wack’s statement.

As a result, Wack called out T.I. for allegedly being a snitch like Tekashi 6ix9ine and reminded everyone about the time he participated in a crime tip line PSA commercial. T.I. offered his paperwork, which disputes Wack’s claim, as a response.

Wack doubled down on his perspective with Nick Cannon on Power 106.

Read more about Wack 100 versus everyone here.

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#DXclusives: Rubi Rose, Armen Keleshian and KSI

Rubi Rose Talks Juggling Both A Hip Hop & College Career

Rising star Rubi Rose spoke with HipHopDX about how she got her start while also attending college.

“It’s definitely hard, but it’s worth it,” she told DX. “If you want to do something, you stick through it and you do it. And I want to do (music and school), so I’m going to finish. It’s no biggie.”

Read the full Rubi Rose interview here.

Armen Keleshian Spills The Secrets On Being A Successful Hip Hop Photographer

Celebrity photographer Armen Keleshian spoke with DX about how he got his start, which he credits to Steve Lobel.

“Pretty much everything changed,” he revealed. “So when I moved to L.A., I hit up Steve and we had met in Lebanon when he brought out J. Cole at the time. I said, ‘Yo, I’m in L.A., I’d love an opportunity to come shadow you. If you ever need content, I’d love to come and shoot.’Just getting them going around. And Steve said, ‘I got you.’”

Check out the full Armen Keleshian interview here.

KSI Reacts To Logan Paul Thinking He Was Going To Win Their Fight

British rapper and YouTube personality KSI beat Logan Paul in a boxing match and spoke to DX about the social media star talking a lot of trash ahead of their fight.

“I expected him to bring more to the fight,” he said. “I thought he would really try to fight me because he had so much talk and confidence.”

Watch the full KSI interview here.

Is Iggy Azalea 6 Months Pregnant With Playboi Carti’s Baby?

Iggy Azalea and her boyfriend Playboi Carti are reportedly expecting a child. According to Hollywood Unlocked, the Aussie rapper is six months pregnant, which would point to a March 2020 arrival.

Friends of the couple reportedly delivered the news, although they didn’t confirm whether it was a boy or girl. However, it’s important to note in recent photographs of Iggy, she looks svelte and nowhere near pregnant.

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Iggy and the 22-year-old rapper have been dating since 2018. She was previously engaged to NBA basketball player Nick Young who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets. They broke up in 2016 after a video surfaced of Young admitting to having an affair.

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The couple sparked engagement rumors in July when Iggy flaunted a massive ring on her left ring finger during an appearance on The X Change Rate. When asked if she was single, Iggy pointed to the ring and said, “No, I’m not. I’m not.” An engagement was never confirmed.

In December 2018, Iggy — who’s seven years Playboi’s senior — relocated from Los Angeles back to Atlanta where they now live together.

“Once I started talking to her, I just cut off everybody,” he told FADER. “It was over with.”

Azalea’s latest album In My Defense arrived in January, four years after her 2014 debut The New Classic. She recently got into it with her former mentor T.I. who referred to her “the tarnish” of his of his legacy during a conversation with The Root.

Summer Walker Declares "I Do Not Sing On Couches" After Being Booed At Club Appearance

Elizabeth, NJ – Summer Walker’s bookings continue to be a source of trouble for the R&B singer. After cutting her tour short last month, the Interscope Records found herself in an awkward situation when fans booed her at club appearance in New Jersey.

Fans in attendance believed they were going to get to see Walker perform at the nightclub XL Nightlife, but she asserted she was only booked for a hosting appearance.

“Aye look, y’all gotta stop letting these promoters finesse y’all,” she wrote on Instagram. “I DO NOT, ‘I REPEAT, I DO NOT’ sing on couches. Put some respect on my name if you would like to see me perform I’ll be at Terminal 5 on the 7th & 8th & Jimmy Fallon on the 9th, that’s where you can see me perform. Thank y’all for whoever came to see me at the Jersey WALK THROUGH, I appreciate it.”

In the caption, she added, “Hey reading is fundamental, there was nothing on there about no ‘performance.’”

But the promoter of the club appearance claimed Walker was booked to host and perform a few songs. He posted screenshots of their alleged contract on Instagram but later deleted them.

Walker responded by claiming the deal was fake and saying the promoter would get sued. She also shared her own screenshot of his page prior to him deleting the contract posts.

“He literally had told y’all it wasn’t a performance, I don’t understand why I have to do this stupid shit with plp,” she wrote. “I be minding my business.”

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The promoter argued his case by posting a video from the club appearance showing Walker — with a microphone in hand — half-heartedly singing “Girls Need Love.”

“If this is a fake deal why grab the mic and do this?” he wrote. “Keeping it 100 She got boo’d and tried to blame me that I didn’t book her for a show. We all know she wasn’t booked for a show. (As to why my date wasn’t on her tour list) If you know the business you know it’s a difference between a show and a hosting with songs.

“To people that don’t know the business educate yourself before you formulate an opinion on what’s going on. But I appreciate everyone who came out and my apologies to anyone who didn’t feel satisfied with the event, definitely not my fault but I appreciate y’all. #jersey.”

The promoter also claimed he made it clear it wasn’t a show, but Walker was contractually obligated to perform a few songs. He additionally said he took down the screenshots of the contract because her manager allegedly begged him to do so and asserted everything would be settled in court.

Check out the rest of his posts on the situation below.

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DaBaby Performs "BOP" & "Suge" On ‘Saturday Night Live’

New York, NY – DaBaby added another notable achievement to his breakthrough year by making his Saturday Night Live debut on December 7. As the show’s musical guest, the Billboard 200 chart-topping rapper performed his hit singles “BOP” and “Suge” on the episode hosted by Jennifer Lopez.

For his performance of “BOP,” DaBaby brought along the Jabbawockeez dance crew following their collaboration on the “BOP on Broadway” video. The dancers also joined him on stage for “Suge.”

In addition to being SNL’s musical guest, DaBaby also got involved in one of the episode’s comedy sketches called “Hip Hop Carolers.” In it, the Carolina-bred rapper robbed a family while they were distracted by Christmas carolers.

“I’m like Robin Hood — I rob the rich, take it back to the hood,” he quipped in the skit.

Watch DaBaby perform “Bop” above. Check out “Suge” and the “Hip Hop Carolers” sketch below.

Lil B Defends His Billie Eilish "Joke" After Being Called Out By Lil Yachty

Lil B attempted to clarify an eyebrow-raising comment he made about teen pop star Billie Eilish on Saturday (December 7). After being called out on Twitter by Lil Yachty, the BasedGod responded by claiming he was making a joke in a series of tweets.

The social media back-and-forth began when Lil B wrote about Eilish Twitter on Saturday morning.

“Billie Ellish reminds me of girls that thinks Lil b is cute !!” he wrote. “I felt like we dated before.”

Yachty reacted hours later by bluntly reminding the BasedGod of her age.

“She is 17 bro,” Lil Boat wrote.

Lil B quickly fired back at Yachty’s insinuation of inappropriateness by downplaying the comment as a joke.

“Question for you is what you think I meant when I made that joke?” he asked Yachty.

The BasedGod continued to defend himself, insisting there was nothing wrong about what he wrote.

“Cuz she do got fans that’s grown and I have dated women that are my age that got a unique vibe !” he declared. “Do you think it’s ual what I said? Or romantic ? Just wondering cuz I ain’t think it was neither just somthing cute and funny! But hey !!”

Lil B concluded, “And think this to it’s obvious I’m not the only one that thinks she’s cool or she would not be signed to a major label !! THe label prob think she cool to right? Every adult that supports her thinks she’s cool to? Or should adults just stay away from non adults?”

While Yachty didn’t reply to any of Lil B’s clarifying tweets, he did chime in when a Twitter user accused him of a past romantic relationship with teen viral sensation-turned-rapper Bhad Bhabie.

“I’ll smack da shit out u,” Lil Boat snapped.

Yachty has described Bhad Bhabie as a little sister yet faced backlash for gifting her a $53,000 chain for her birthday.

Lil Yachty, Akademiks, Lil Nas X, Ski Mask The Slump God & More In Disbelief Over Juice Wrld’s Death

The Hip Hop community has reacted to Juice Wrld‘s untimely death as news of his passing continues to spread.

The multi-platinum selling rapper died after reportedly suffering a seizure while walking through Chicago’s Midway airport Sunday (December 8). News of the death spread rapidly with many of his contemporaries expressing their condolences.

Lil Yachty expressed his disbelief, writing, “Wow, I can not believe this. Rip my brother Juice Wrld.”

Lil Nas X shared his shock by simply writing, “Oh my good WTF.”

Action Bronson got both personal and poignant when he wrote, “Terrible news about the young man Juice Wrld. We share December 2nd as our arrival day. Gone way too soon. Life is precious.”

Russ wrote, “Damn man…rip Juice Wrld.”

Rich Brian followed that up by writing, “This is insane. Rest in peace Juice Wrld. Way too young mannn.”

Zoey Dollaz wrote, “Just 21 dawg, with so much ahead of ’em. This shit ruined my day.”

Lil Durk expressed his grief by writing, “R.i.p juice….sad day in the world today.”

Yung Baby Tate sent her condolences to his loved ones, writing, “Juice Wrld… way too young, way too bright. This is so sad. Prayers to his family and loved ones.”

Lil Reese posted on Instagram, “Damn juice ain’t Neva just die.”

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Others like Denzel Curry, Bas, Lil Keed and more posted “R.I.P.” messages for the late artist.

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Some rappers shared past photos of themselves with Juice. Yung Bans wrote, “Rest easy rockstar.”

Killy was in disbelief as he wrote, “Rest in Peace young king. It was always love every time we linked up. Can’t even believe I’m writing this. Taken from us way too early.”

600 Breezy and Warhol.SS shared a photo of Juice Wrld in better times.

“Life so fuckin’ unfair. How I go from telling you Happy Bday to Rest in Peace????? Juice Wrld.” 600 wrote on Instagram. “Chicago, we love you as a whole. My brother for life.”

Warhol.SS shared the sentiment, writing, “It don’t feel real making this post rn. U was a cool ass nigga bro. I remember u asked Cole to ask me about coming to Vancouver on yo tour and I was on the next flight out. Yo energy was strong. Rap niggas wasn’t cut like u. Long live the real.”

The most alarming responses came from and Trippie Redd, who took Juice’s death hard.

“BRUH AT THIS FUCKING POINT TAKE ME TOO,” Ski Mask wrote.

Later on, Trippie Redd posted a Facetime image, writing, “I kinda hate life tbh I’m so sick and tired of this shit honestly…..”

Hip Hop veterans such as Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Jim Jones and Royce Da 5’9 expressed their condolences as well.

“Just sad to lose another young king in this game,” Jim Jones wrote. “Abusive behavior can lead to our demise doesn’t matter the age if we don’t have th knowledge we will all fall victim. Rest easy young king ur music will live forever.”

Check out more reactions below. R.I.P. Juice.

DaBaby Delivers a FaceTime Concert After His Plane Breaks Down

Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist DaBaby gave a whole new meaning to the expression “the show must go on” when he performed for his fans over FaceTime after he had to cancel a show due to plane difficulties.

On December 5, DaBaby was to fly to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina to perform at the Power98 Winter Block Party in the Bojangles Coliseum. However, his chartered jet in New York, where he was recording a promotional spot for a scheduled Saturday Night Live appearance, had problems and could not take off.

As soon as DaBaby realized that he would not make the show, he live-streamed an apology to his fans over Instagram, and this is when everyone got creative.

The people working the block party got together with DaBaby’s people and they arranged for him to perform from outside the jet over Apple’s FaceTime app.

His performance was subsequently broadcast over the Coliseum’s jumbotrons, and all indications are that it was a rousing success. A number of videos taken by those attending the concert show the crowd happily dancing as the artist performed all his big hits.

In spite of this, DaBaby again apologized to his fans the following day over Instagram while indicating that the experience was humbling for him. He also not only thanked them for all their loyalty but also promised to provide a free show for all ticket holders sometime in the immediate future.

DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, released his debut studio album earlier this year, which was entitled Baby on Baby. Both the album and a single from it called “Suge” reached No. 7 on the Billboard charts. He followed this a few months later with his second studio album, which was called Kirk. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

DaBaby made news a few weeks ago when he a global publishing administration deal with UMPG.

Juice WRLD Dead at 21 After Sudden Seizure at Chicago Airport

Rapper Juice WRLD (aka Jared Higgins) was pronounced this dead this morning after suffering a massive seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport.  The rapper was 21.

Juice WRLD reportedly collapsed in a violent seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport before being rushed to the hospital on Sunday (December 8th) morning.  The rapper, whose real name is Jared Higgins, was quickly pronounced dead by medics.

Early reports suggest an ugly scene, with Higgins shaking violently and bleeding from the mouth.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Illinois quickly confirmed that Higgins died shortly after the seizure.  The cause of death has not been stated, though an opioid-related overdose appears to be the culprit.

Higgins recently celebrated his 21st birthday on December 2nd.  The rapper was born in Homewood, Illinois, a suburb just south of Chicago.

Even at that young age, Juice WRLD had some serious accomplishments under his belt.  After emerging from SoundCloud, Higgins scored smash hits with “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams,” with a promising career ahead.  The rapper was signed to Interscope Records (UMG) and in 2018.

That success also attracted some controversy — and litigation.  The rapper was also battling a serious legal threat from Yellowcard, a 2000s-era emo band that claimed massive copyright infringement.  The $15 million lawsuit alleges that Juice WRLD infringed portions of “Lucid Dreams,” though the rapper’s death undoubtedly complicates aspects of the case.

It should be noted, however, that Sting — whose 1993 track, “Shape of My Heart,” forms the instrumental basis of “Lucid Dreams” — was highly supportive of the track (and the royalty check it generated).

Other mega-stars were also big fans — and the rapper’s death is prompting an outpouring of grief and support from a number of major musicians.

Earlier, the rapper admitted to using prescription drugs like Xanax and Percocet, while alluding to harder stuff.

RIP Juice WRLD.

More as this develops.

Juice Wrld Dies At Age 21 After Suffering Seizure

Chicago, IL – Multi-platinum rap star Juice Wrld has been pronounced dead. He was 21.

According to TMZ, the “Lucid Dreams” rapper, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, reportedly suffered a seizure while walking through Chicago’s Midway airport on Sunday (December 8) morning.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, law enforcement sources attested he was bleeding from the mouth. Although Juice Wrld was still conscious while being transported to the hospital, he was pronounced dead not too long after arriving.

As of press time, Juice Wrld’s cause of death is unclear. Despite never disclosing any health issues, in July 2019, he openly admitted to a lean addiction, in which he declared he was officially done with the habit.

Juice Wrld’s popularity exploded in 2017 with his Nick Mira-produced track “Lucid Dreams,” which made its peak at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and is currently five-times platinum (x5) with nearly a billion streams on Spotify alone.

The song, which samples Sting’s 1993 hit “Shape Of My Heart,” became the subject of a threatening lawsuit by Sting himself. In an interview with Billboard, Sting called “Lucid Dreams” a “beautiful interpretation that is faithful to the original song’s form.”

Juice’s reign was followed by more hits such as “Lean wit Me” and “All Girls Are The Same.” In 2018, he dropped his debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance as well as his collaborative mixtape with Future Wrld On Drugs. In March 2019, he released his sophomore album Death Race For Love, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Eerily, on his song “Legends” off his Too Soon…EP he entertains the idea of dying young.

“What’s the 27 Clu-u-u-ub? / We ain’t making it past 21,” he sings on the track dedicated to XXXTentacion and Lil Peep.

HipHopDX sends it’s condolences to Juice Wrld’s family and friends.

The Weeknd Performs ‘Blinding Lights’ on ‘The Late Show’

Back to back.

After his epic performance of “Heartless” on Thursday’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” The Weeknd returned for an encore. The XO crooner delivered a thrilling performance of his other single “Blinding Lights” on Friday’s show.

He opened the black-and-white set while standing with his back to the camera inside a lit-up cube that looked out into the crowd at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Dressed in the same red blazer, wingtips, and sunglasses, Abel showed off his moves before emerging onto the stage as audience members held up mirrors and sang along to the lyrics.

The Weeknd is now gearing up for his long-awaited new project, his first since last year’s My Dear Melancholy, EP. But first, he will make his acting debut alongside Adam Sandler in the Safdie Brothers’ film Uncut Gems, which opens in theaters Dec. 13.

Report: Beyoncé Plans Las Vegas Residency for 2020

Is Beyoncé about to set up shop on the Strip?

Sources tell Love B. Scott that Queen Bey plans to return to Las Vegas in 2020 for a new residency.

An official announcement is expected in the first half of the year, but according to the report, the residency will “make Beyoncé the highest-paid entertainer in the city.”

This won’t be Bey’s first Vegas residency. In 2009, she performed a series of shows at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas and released a live album, I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas, featuring recordings from the Vegas stint.

Beyoncé won’t be the only megastar on the Strip. Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, and Gwen Stefani all currently have residencies in Vegas.

Kanye West, JAY-Z & Beyoncé Top Forbes’ 2019 List Of Highest Earning Musicians

New York, NY – Forbes recently unveiled its list of the highest earning musicians of 2019. Unsurprisingly, Kanye West, JAY-Z and his superstar wife Beyoncé top the list.

Thanks primarily to his partnership with adidas, Ye landed at No. 2 with roughly $150 million, while JAY-Z and Beyoncé tied at No. 6 with $81 million each. The only artist to surpass Kanye was his nemesis Taylor Swift who landed in the No. 1 spot with $185 million.

“I am a product guy at my core,” West said in an August interview with Forbes. “To make products that make people feel an immense amount of joy and solve issues and problems in their life, that’s the problem-solving that I love to do.”

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Elsewhere on the list, Migos hit the No. 40 spot with $36 million, Kendrick Lamar settled at No. 34 with $38.5 million, DJ Khaled tied Marshmello at No. 29 with $40 million and Eminem matched Bruno Mars at No. 18 with $51 million. 

Check out the full list below.

40 | Migos
2019 EARNINGS: $36 million

39 | U2
2019 EARNINGS: $37 million

38 | Celine Dion
2019 EARNINGS: $37.5 million

37 | Shawn Mendes
2019 EARNINGS: $38 million

34 (tie) | Zac Brown Band
2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million

34 (tie) | Kendrick Lamar
2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million

34 (tie) | Calvin Harris
2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million

33 | Dave Matthews
2019 EARNINGS: $39 million

32 | Lady Gaga
2019 EARNINGS: $39.5 million

29 (tie) | DJ Khaled
2019 EARNINGS: $40 million

29 (tie) | Marshmello
2019 EARNINGS: $40 million

29 (tie) | The Weeknd
2019 EARNINGS: $40 million

28 | Rolling Stones
2019 EARNINGS: $41 million

27 | Luke Bryan
2019 EARNINGS: $42.5 million

26 | Jennifer Lopez
2019 EARNINGS: $43 million

25 | Guns N’ Roses
2019 EARNINGS: $44 million

24 | The Chainsmokers
2019 EARNINGS: $46 million

22 (tie) | Ariana Grande
2019 EARNINGS: $48 million

22 (tie) | Paul McCartney
2019 EARNINGS: $48 million

21 | Fleetwood Mac
2019 EARNINGS: $49 million

19 (tie) | Jimmy Buffett
2019 EARNINGS: $50 million

19 (tie) | Eminem
2019 EARNINGS: $50 million

18 | Bruno Mars
2019 EARNINGS: $51 million

17 | Billy Joel
2019 EARNINGS: $52 million

15 (tie) | BTS
2019 EARNINGS: $57 million

15 (tie) | Pink
2019 EARNINGS: $57 million

13 (tie) | Katy Perry
2019 EARNINGS: $57.5 million

13 (tie) | Justin Timberlake
2019 EARNINGS: $57.5 million

12 | Travis Scott
2019 EARNINGS: $58 million

11 | Rihanna
2019 EARNINGS: $62 million

10 | Metallica
2019 EARNINGS: $68.5 million

9 | Diddy
2019 EARNINGS: $70 million

8 | Drake
2019 EARNINGS: $75 million

6 (tie) | Beyoncé
2019 EARNINGS: $81 million

6 (tie) | JAY-Z
2019 EARNINGS: $81 million

5 | Elton John
2019 EARNINGS: $84 million

4 | The Eagles
2019 EARNINGS: $100 million

3 | Ed Sheeran
2019 EARNINGS: $110 million

2 | Kanye West
2019 EARNINGS: $150 million

1 | Taylor Swift
2019 EARNINGS: $185 million

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Recruit El Michels Affair For NPR Tiny Desk Concert

New York, NY – Freddie Gibbs and Madlib recently stopped by NPR’s New York City offices for the Tiny Desk Concert series.

It would’ve happened months ago, but Madlib was adamant about having El Michels Affair as their backing band. Evidently, the timing was finally right and the jazz-funk hybrid was able to go along for the ride.

With the help of the talented Marco Benevento, Dave Guy and El Michels Affair members Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss and Nick Movshon, Madlib and Gibbs delivered the Bandana cuts “Education,” “Gat Damn,” “Soul Right” and “Freestyle Shit.”

For his part, Madlib brought a small thunder tube and vintage electric bongos circa 1960, adding additional layers to already robust sounds emanating from the band. Meanwhile, Gibbs rocked an open Stüssy jacket with a giant “G” chain hanging from his neck while delivering his verses.

Bandana, which received a perfect 5.0 rating from HipHopDX, was released in June. Madlib recently announced the duo was crafting a follow-up, the tentatively titled Montana. 

Until that surfaces, check out their performance up top.

Nick Cannon Challenges Eminem To A Battle

Los Angeles, CA – Nick Cannon was placed in Eminem’s crosshairs as part of his verse on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above” cut featuring Mary J. Blige.

During Cannon’s Power 106 show on Friday (December 6), the Wild ‘N Out host claimed Slim Shady wasn’t worthy of a response — while essentially responding.

Later, he took to Instagram and shared a video clip of his comments, which included changing Em’s name to Cialis. In the caption, he made it clear he wanted Shady to stop by his long-running sketch comedy show for a little friendly competition.

“Let’s Wild Out Marshall!!!,” he wrote. “@Eminem @mtvwildnout @NickCannonMornings In the MuthaFuk’n Santa Suit!!!”

The Terror Squad OG promised the Eminem collaboration for his Family Ties album was “the most disrespectful” and it arguably lived up to the hype.

“I know me and Mariah didn’t end on a high note/But that other dude’s whipped, that pussy got him neutered,” Shady raps. “Tryna tell him his chicks a nut ‘fore he got his jewels clipped/Almost got my caboose kicked/Fool, quit, you not gon’ do shit/I let her chop my balls off too before I lost to you, Nick.”

Cannon and Em’s beef stretches back years. 

In a 2016 interview with HipHopDX, he opened up about dissing Em on “I’m A Slick Rick” and being forced to sit down after Shady destroyed Cannon and his ex-wife Mariah on 2009’s “The Warning.”

Revisit his comments below.

How The Cultural Climate During A Specific Time Period Can Influence A Classic Album | The Breakdown

The feeling of a certain time period is something unable to replicate. When an album drops, the cultural events surrounding the music often play a large role in how the album is received.

From the movies that are being watched to the president in office at the time everything besides the music helps determine an album’s impact.

In the latest episode of HipHopDX’s The Breakdown, Page Kennedy looks at the impact of the cultural climate in Hip Hop and how it influences what we consider a classic album.

Kennedy also discusses how regions might experience albums differently. We look specifically at N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, Nas’ Illmatic, Kanye West’s The College Dropout, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and more.

Watch “How The Cultural Climate In A Specific Time Period Can Influence A Classic: The Breakdown” above.

And as always, check out previous episodes of the series on DX’s YouTube channel.