Johnson City, TN – A whiter than white Elizabethton, Tennessee man was arrested by the Johnson City Police Department over the weekend. Normally, that wouldn’t be anything out of the norm for a Friday night — except the man just happens to share a name with one of the most prolific Hip Hop artists to ever walk this earth.
According to WBST22, Tupac A. Shakur was taken into custody on aggravated assault, resisting arrest, simple possession of meth and unlawful drug paraphernalia on Friday (October 18).
Earlier that afternoon, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department received a call the 40-year-old man, who had several active warrants, was in the East Unaka Avenue area of Johnson City.
When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a vehicle leaving with Shakur inside. Authorities later located the vehicle and made contact with Shakur.
During the arrest, Shakur reached for his waistband and turned toward the officers with a knife in-hand. He was apprehended after a brief struggle.
Authorities said Shakur also had a syringe and multiple baggies of methamphetamine on his person. He was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where was held on an $18,000 bond.
Atlanta, GA – As criminal justice continues to be a hot topic, Charlamagne Tha God moderated a panel on the problems and fixes for the American criminal justice system with T.I. and historian Shaka Senghor.
During this year’s A3C Festival in Atlanta, Charlamagne led the discussion “How Can We Fix the Criminal Justice System” with T.I. and Senghor. Each man told about their own prison experiences and how the prison can rehabilitate with the right adjustments. They spoke on the difficulties of post-prison life, the school-to-prison pipeline and improper sentencing.
“You create your own destiny,” T.I. stated after hearing Senghor talk about Oprah reading his book. “Each and every last one of you. There’s someone somewhere that has the same amount of problems you have, and won with them.”
Many Hip Hop artists like JAY-Z and Meek Mill have spoken out against the criminal justice system. Mill has gone a step farther by becoming a criminal justice reform advocate. He has used his own experience with the system to speak on the subject.
The past few weeks have been eventful for both Charlamagne and T.I. Charlamagne was accused by Joe Budden on his podcast of helping Netflix to steal the concept for the rap competition show Rhythm and Flow while T.I. claimed Iggy Azalea “a tarnish” on his legacy.
It’s been a decade since Rihanna and Chris Brown split, but RiRi is still a fan of his music.
The singer took to social media on Saturday to promote her Fenty Beauty products, but it was her song choice that raised eyebrows. The clip shows her Glossy Posse lip gloss products in a pool, soundtracked by Chris Brown’s H.E.R. collaboration “Come Together.”
“Gang Gang. just me and my #GlossyPosse !!! @fentybeauty,” tweeted RiRi.
Fans took to social media to voice their disapproval based on their troubled past (The couple split in 2009 after Brown physically assaulted Rihanna). “Years of an abusive relationship brought about by the man singing this song,” tweeted one user, while Rihanna reportedly blocked another fan for their comment.
But not everyone was mad. Others, including members of Team Breezy, shared their support for her Indigo song selection. “That’s why I love you!! I knew that u we’re not a person that carries bad memories from others,” wrote one fan.
That’s why I love you!! I knew that u we're not a person that carries bad memories from others ❤️ everybody has the right to make a bad decision and deserves a forgiven!! U R THE BEST! No one is perfect! (people around here just like to criticize)
It wasn’t long before Chris himself noticed the post and left a heart emoji in Rihanna’s comments. He also showed his approval by reposting the clip on Instagram Stories with the praying hands and smiling face with hearts emojis.
The rapper’s pastor, Adam Tyson, recently spoke with Christian-based media outlet Apologia Studios ( XXL) about Kanye’s religious rebirth and how its affected his music.
“[Kanye] started visiting our church back in mid-May,” said Tyson, who is the senior pastor at Placerita Bible Church in Newhall, Calif.
After showing up to service a few times, he requested to speak with Tyson. “[Kanye] said, ‘About five weeks ago, I got radically saved,’” shared the pastor. “He just started telling me a little about his testimony.”
Kanye told Tyson that he turned to Christianity after feeling the “weight of sin” from fame and the music industry. “The guilt of sin brought him down low,” he said. “He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, ‘I got delivered.’”
At one point, he even considered giving up rap altogether. “One time, he told me that he wasn’t going to rap,” Tyson revealed. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘Well, that’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.’ I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I just definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.’”
Ye ultimately decided not to abandon his craft, but use it as vehicle to spread his beliefs. He continues to host his gospel-themed Sunday Service performances, which made a recent stop in Jamaica. His religious-themed album Jesus Is King is reportedly now due Oct. 25, while his film of the same name arrives in IMAX theaters the same day.
Spotify – Following a long hiatus, the #DXHitList is back with new music to kick off your week. This edition is fully rebooted with new bops from Yo Gotti and Youngboy Never Broke Again as well as new tracks from Casanova and Kash Doll.
A remixed version of Yo Gotti and Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pose” with a fresh verse from Megan Thee Stallion tops off this week’s #DXHitList. It’s been two years since Gotti has released an album, but he’s currently gearing up for the release of his 10th studio LP.
Next up, Casanova’s “Woah” featuring Jeremih off his debut album Behind These Scars. The R&B-tinged ZALE and Beat Butcha-produced track fits perfectly between Jeremih’s crooning and Cas’ hard-hitting Brooklyn style of spitting.
Also making the cut this week is “No Lames” by Kash Doll and Summer Walker off the former’s debut album Stacked. The two joined forces to deliver a fire track to make it clear that under no circumstance will lames be tolerated.
The #DXHitList also features new music from R&B singer Allyn, Frank Ocean and Ghetto Sage‘s debut single “Häagen Dazs.”
Those taking Ye’s announcement with a grain of salt aren’t out of line. Kanye has historically delayed or missed scheduled release dates for years. Most recently, his wife and reality television queen Kim Kardashian told his fans Instagram Jesus Is King would arrive on September 27.
That day came and went without the album, ruffling fans’ feathers in the process. Then, it was reportedly going to drop on September 29, but again, nothing materialized and Ye didn’t offer an alternate date — until now.
Someone made a bootleg copy of Jesus Is King during Ye’s listening party in Queens earlier this month, not long after he denounced secular music forever.
As longtime Kanye collaborator Consequence told HipHopDX last month, “With Kanye, it always runs down to the wire.” The delay can reportedly be attributed to Ye’s last minute fine tuning. Let the (new) countdown begin.
HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, a Japanese rapper hopped on a flight to Cleveland in search of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and ended up getting robbed. Also, Joe Budden opened up about Slaughterhouse’s demise and Nas said he wants the Illmatic nostalgia to end.
Japanese Rapper Seeking Bone Thugs-N-Harmony In Cleveland Gets Robbed
A Japanese rapper named Ryo Muranaka took a 6,000-mile flight to Cleveland hoping to meet his heroes Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Instead, he was left robbed and stranded in the city.
“I thought I could get in the US in exchange for my CD,” Muranaka told Fox8 Cleveland. “No. No plan. One-way ticket.”
Luckily, Bizzy Bone has offered to fly Ryo Muranaka back to Japan. However, Krayzie Bone has warned fans to not follow in Muranaka’s steps.
“I will also say this to other fans and artist that are looking to do the same thing as us or this gentleman did — follow your dreams by all means, but you have to be very careful when you go to places you know nothing about,” he told DX. “We’re not from the suburbs, we’re from the ghetto.”
Read more about the Japanese rapper and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony here.
Joe Budden Confirms Slaughterhouse Reunion Unlikely
Despite Slaughterhouse fans’ cries, Joe Budden confirmed they won’t reunite for another album. And apparently it’s partly Eminem’s fault.
Budden talked about the group’s status on an episode of his YouTube series Pull Up with Bandana mastermind Freddie Gibbs.
“But my fight, with that even, without the extra Eminem bullshit is just ownership,” he explained. “I cannot devote this much of my time to a project, eat a fourth from the project, and then it have to go up the chain of command [at Shady Records]?”
Read more about Joe Budden and Slaughterhouse here.
Nas Is Over “Illmatic”
During an interview with Haute Living, Nas said he’s tired of celebrating his iconic album Illmatic.
“I don’t want to celebrate another Illmatic anything,” he said. “I’m done. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for appreciating that record, but it’s over.”
Illmatic was released in 1994 to much acclaim and has been widely regarded as a classic.
Read more about Nas and Illmatic nostalgia here.
– Supa BWE — Jaguar
#DXCLUSIVES: Ice-T, Philthy Rich, Conway The Machine & Mike Mike
Ice-T Reveals How He’s Stuck Around For So Long: “I’m Not Delusional”
In Part 2 of HipHopDX interview with Ice-T, the gangsta rap pioneer talked about his latest solo material and revealed how he’s attained longevity in the music business.
“There was a lot of requests like, ‘Do some rap shit’ and I truly wasn’t motivated,” he said. “I know the new sound is different. One of the reasons I’m still around is because I’m not delusional; I know that rap radio isn’t going to play anything from me in rotation. It’s just not going to happen. I had my day and they’re not playing anybody new.
“They wouldn’t play the best Ghostface Killah record. They won’t play Big Daddy Kane. They won’t play Public Enemy. They’re not going to put us in rotation ever again. We might get on the mix shows; we’d get on that type of stuff, but you’re not going to have that hit record that you might’ve had in the past. So, I wasn’t really motivated. I was like, “Eh, nah.”
Read Part 2 of the Ice-T interview here.
Philthy Rich Reflects On How “Big 59” Strengthens His East Oakland Legend Status
In an exclusive interview with DX, Philthy Rich discussed his beef with Mozzy and revealed the longtime collaborators still aren’t on good terms after they exchanged several diss tracks.
“We haven’t talked or seen each other since then so I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t take it threatening. I’m really not too much worried about it but salute to him. I wish him much success. We just gotta agree to disagree.”
Read the full Philthy Rich interview here.
Conway The Machine Talks Versatility, Shady Records Debut & Support After Getting Shot
In DX’s two-part interview with Conway The Machine, the Griselda Records lyricist spoke about the support system that helped him after he was shot in 2012.
“[Westside Gunn] was very instrumental in my bounce back,” he noted. “West would always make sure I felt the way I’m supposed to feel. I didn’t feel less than, if that makes sense.
“He’d always make sure I had some fly shit on, pulling up on me when he could’ve been anywhere in the world. He’d sit in the house, him and sis, and just chill with me over there and just order some pizza. It’s the little shit. Giving me the talks about what we gonna do, what we about to do. Building my confidence.
Check out Part 1 of our Conway The Machine interview this link and read the second half here.
Mikey Mike Explains How Porn Star Ruse Led To A Rihanna Grammy
Mikey Mike’s production can be heard on Rihanna’s Unapologetic track “Jump” thanks to a sneaky idea he had to email his beats by using a catfish address “belonging” to star Lacey Duvalle.
“I picked an email with Lacey.Duvalle1982 in it,” he said. “If you put the birth year in, people just go, ‘Oh my god, it must be her.’ Then I hit up everybody and they all got back to me immediately. To answer your question, I would say what it taught me about life is one, vaginas are incredibly magical. I knew they were magical, but now I knew they were even more magical and they knew no bounds.”
Morrison, CO – The Strange Music camp descended on the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado for a sold out show on Saturday night (October 19).
During what was intended to be Krizz Kaliko’s last performance of the year (and possibly ever) with Tech N9ne, Kali shocked Strange Music CEO Travis O’Guin, Tech and the entire Red Rocks crowd when he announced he’s decided to stick with the longstanding Kansas City imprint, the same one he’s been with since 1999.
It was an undeniably emotional moment for everyone involved. Krizz, Tech and O’Guin all shed tears as he explained his decision.
“I read your comments, man,” Krizz began. “Y’all had me crying like a bitch. I ain’t lyin’. I cried, man. I’ve been back and forth on this shit for years. I know y’all know I haven’t put anything out since GO. I haven’t put out any music for like three and a half years, man. I was fucked up, man. I ain’t gonna lie. My children miss me, you know what I’m sayin’, but y’all are also my family so I had to explain this shit to you y’all. I’m gonna be honest, man. I’m here to serve the world, man.
“I’m a servant of this planet. I know that, man. You told me for years that I saved your life. Y’all saved my life, for real. I would not be shit. I was a funny, fat-looking kid from Kansas City that they told would not make it. The guy that even put me and Tech together said I would have to put makeup on my face and I’d have to lose weight and y’all accept this fat, funny looking motherfucker, man. Thank you so much for all of these years.”
Krizz continued, “One more thing, I went into a depression — I know you heard the music, it’s not fiction — Travis and Tech gave me a contract to sign years ago. They were gracious enough … I’ve still been rockin’ with Tech all this time with no contract for the last three and a half years; just a handshake. That’s my brothers. My family’s been missing me, man.
“I was frustrated with myself. I was frustrated with the fuckin’ world for everybody not gettin’ my music. I ain’t gonna lie — I was frustrated with Tech and with Travis. That’s real. I was fucked up and I decided to leave Strange Music, man. Real shit. That’s the first time I ever got boo’ed, too.”
Soon, the crowd started to chant “Kali” in unison while Krizz admitted he was considering walking away from it all.
“Not only did I decide to leave Strange Music, but I started doing voiceover work,” he said. “I actually got a big role coming up. But I decided to even quit music, man. I felt like, ‘Fuck everybody for not getting the message.’
“I went through fuckin’ depression as you’ve heard me talk about. My kids miss me every time I leave the house. They cry every time I leave. Matter of fact, make some noise for my wife. She’s here tonight.”
At that point, Krizz’s wife Crystal Watson took the stage rocking an adidas track jacket, red heels and a matching red purse. With tears welling up in his eyes he said, “Let me tell you what she said. I told her I was quitting. She said, ‘There’s no fucking way you can quit.’
Krizz then asked her, “Did you bring what I told you to bring?” On cue, she pulled out several sheets of paper and handed them to Krizz.
“This is the contract that Travis and Tech gave me three years ago,” he said, noticeably choked up. “I went back and forth like a motherfucker. Fuck that. I knew if I was going to make any decision like this, I had to do it in the place that’s given us the most love. I don’t give a fuck what nobody says. This place has given us more love than anybody in the fuckin’ world!
As the crowd roared with applause, Krizz continued, “This is the contract they gave me. I told them that I was not coming back, but y’all are my fuckin’ family and I want to sign this fuckin’ contract in Denver, man!”
Tech paced behind him in the background, pounding his chest as a symbol of gratitude and wiping tears from his face.
“I fuckin’ love you!” Krizz shouted. “Kali forever, baby!”
Finally, Krizz and his wife embraced as Tech walked over. The two longtime collaborators hugged and Tech yelled, “Make some noise for the newest member of Strange Music! Big Krizz Kaliko!
O’Guin confirmed Krizz’s departure in an exclusive statement to HipHopDX earlier this month. It clearly took everyone by surprise that Krizz had changed his mind. O’Guin told DX at the Red Rock show the contract Krizz was holding in his hand was actually dated 2017.
Check back later this week for an exclusive interview with Krizz and O’Guin about the sudden turn of events.
Jadakiss has teamed up with director Kid Art to release a cinematic short film for his new single “Me.” The video sees The LOX member co-starring with veteran actors Peter Greene and Hassan Johnson in a story about a diamond heist.
The film shows paranoia emerging between the robbers as Jada ends up looking out for himself. He notes, “The only people I owe my loyalty to are those who never made me question theirs.”
YK Osiris clearly has no problem speaking his mind about his R&B peers. After taking a verbal jab at Jacquees earlier this month, the up-and-coming singer has declared the music world’s moved on from Bryson Tiller.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Osiris was asked about his competition following his claims of being the “King of R&B.” When the interviewer brought up Tiller, Osiris offered his blunt take on the multi-platinum selling artist.
The “Worth It” creator wasn’t done though. Osiris also took aim at Jacquees again despite being warned to stop talking about the other self-proclaimed “King of R&B.”
“Jacquees ain’t really on my level,” Osiris stated. “I don’t feel like he’s on my level. Vocally, yes. But music-wise, nah. Nah. Nah, man. For me to be young, to sing ual . . . Nah, I don’t think he coming like that.”
The outspoken Osiris is coming off the release of his debut album The Golden Child, which dropped a few weeks ago Def Jam Recordings.
Frank Ocean provided fans with some new music to enjoy on Saturday (October 19). The reclusive singer debuted a track titled “DHL” during the first edition of his Beats 1 Radio show Blonded Radio since last year’s Christmas episode.
He also shared snippets of two new singles, “Dear April” and “Cayendo,” his Blonded website. Seven-inch vinyl copies of these songs are on sale for $15 each. According to the site, the vinyl will begin shipping in eight to 12 weeks.
Although Ocean hasn’t said anything about “DHL’ being a single for an album, he has recently talked about his next LP. Last month, Ocean spoke to W magazine about the musical inspirations for his follow-up to 2016’s Blonde.
“I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations of nightlife for music and songs,” he told W. “And so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic.”
He added, “I grew up in New Orleans, so the closest to the nightlife scene for me was New Orleans bounce, and that was a lot of trends. But it’s so much a part of my childhood and my youth that I don’t really go back to it so much as a touch point. I’m really looking forward. It’s kind of a mix for me.”
Stream Ocean’s “DHL” above and listen to snippets of the other singles below.
The Game must pay over $7 million in damages to a reality dating show contestant who accused him of ual assault.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Compton rapper was denied a new trial by a federal appeals court in Illinois.
In 2016, Game lost the $10 million lawsuit filed by Priscilla Rainey, who accused him of ual assault. An Illinois court ordered him to pay $7.13 million to Rainey, a former contestant on his VH1 reality show, “She’s Got Game.”
Game took Rainey on a date to a sports bar in Chicago in 2015. During their date, which was not filmed, she claims he was “out of control,” drunk, and on drugs, and ually assaulted her several times, repeatedly lifting her skirt and groping her. Game fired back on social media, calling Rainey a “thirsty Gatorade mascot of a transvestite.”
Rainey confronted him about it on camera on a tour bus in front of other contestants, and in August 2015 sued for ual battery.
Game appealed the initial ruling, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the lower court’s ruling. The 7th Circuit found the damages awarded to Rainey to be “fair and reasonable” and affirmed the $7.13 million judgement.
“Taylor did not take the litigation seriously,” writes Circuit Judge TK Sykes. “He evaded process, trolled Rainey on social media, dodged a settlement conference, and did not bother to show up at trial. His attorney asked for a continuance, but the judge denied that request, dismissing Taylor’s proffered excuse as an elaborate ruse.”
YK Osiris is taking Bryson Tiller out of the conversation.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, the “Worth It” singer weighed in on the current state of R&B and his male competition. “Right now, there’s not a lot of R&B singers right now. There’s not,” he said.
The interviewer brought up some of his peers, including Daniel Caesar, Jacquees, and Bryson Tiller. But YK apparently doesn’t see the Trapsoul crooner as a threat.
“Bryson Tiller?” he responded. “Nah, not right now.”
“He’s in your generation, though,” said the interviewer before YK replied, “Yeah, but not right now. Nobody listen to Bryson Tiller.”
The 21-year-old crooner also had some words for the self-proclaimed “king of R&B,” Jacquees. “Jacquees ain’t really on my level,” he said. “I don’t feel like he’s on my level. Vocally, yes. But music-wise, nah.”
He added, “For me to be young, to sing ual . . . Nah, I don’t think he coming like that.”
Earlier this month, YK released his debut album, The Golden Child, featuring the double platinum hit “Worth It.” And he’s confident that he can back up his claims. “Hey, man, numbers don’t lie. Men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t.”
The battle for the throne continues. YK hasn’t been shy to declare himself the new “king of R&B.” “I’m the king of R&B of this generation,” he said on Instagram. “There’s nobody else.”
But Jacquees is not about to give up his seat. In a since-deleted video, he fired back at his younger peer. “YK Osiris, stop fu**in’ knockin’ on my door. Stop asking me for big bro advice. Stop!” he said. “You can’t sing like me little bro. I wanted you to win, I still do. Don’t bring my motherfu**in’ name up. You not on my level—at all.”
Without any warning, the reclusive singer returned to the airwaves for a new episode of blonded RADIO on Saturday afternoon. During episode 008 of his Beats 1 show on Apple Music, with co-hosts Vegyn and Roof Access, he debuted his first new music of 2019 including a song called “DHL,” named after the international courier service.
“Independent juug, selling records out the trunk / I’m already rich as f**k so the product’s in the front,” he sings on the experimental track. “Got my partner in the front / Been my BF for a month / But we been fu**in’ from the jump.”
He also shared a pair of live tracks, “Cayendo (Sango Remix)” and “Dear April (Justice Remix),” which he premiered during his PrEP+ club night in New York City on Thursday.
During a recent interview with W Magazine, Ocean opened up about his interest in club music. “I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations of nightlife for music and songs,” he said. “And so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic…”
New York, NY – Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have been a topic of conversation this week after a Japanese rapper traveled 6,000 miles to Cleveland in an effort to meet the iconic Hip Hop group — and wound up getting robbed.
On Friday (October 18), Bizzy Bone stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss a myriad of topics, including the time Krayzie Bone accidentally shot Wish Bone during a night of criminal activity.
“We was out robbin’ people and they got in the car — Wish Bone came over crazy like, ‘Imma go to jail!’ — the first dude we robbed, we hit him with the 12 gauge,” he begins around the 10:17-minute mark. “Then the next guy that we robbed, we didn’t have no more bullets. We only had like one or two bullets in the gauge. And he had a bag of bullets in the car, so we was excited ’cause we had robbed somebody with a bag of 12 gauge buckshot.”
Bizzy continued, “Me and Lay [Layzie Bone] we was about to rob this house up from Lay Lay mom ’cause they was fuckin’ with Lay Lay mom. We heard they had uzis and shit up there or whatnot, so we was going to rob they house and shit. We were waitin’ on Wish and Kray and we drivin’ two stolen cars … so me and Lay drivin’ and shit and they just drove past fast in the van.
“At that time, that’s when he gets shot, a clean shot. He kept loadin’ it up; only six could fit in that muthafucka. Then he had his finger on the god damn trigger so he shot Wish clean through his leg. That’s what happened. It was totally an accident.”
He ended the anecdote by confirming Krayzie actually did go to jail for the incident.
Elsewhere in the interview, Bizzy talked about being kidnapped as a kid, the abuse he suffered, making “Notorious Thugs” with the late Biggie, his 16 children (nine biological) and what it feels like to be a grandpa.