Royce Da 5’9 was seemingly in a celebratory mood on Tuesday (February 18) when he announced Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By had been certified gold by the RIAA.
The Bad Meets Evil MC shared a photo of Shady holding a shovel and donning a fedora — in true Music To Be Murdered By form — with a single emoji in the caption, intending to illustrate Em’s global impact.
Royce contributed several songs to Em’s 11th studio album — “You Gon Learn,” “Darkness,” “Yah Yah” and “I Will.”
Music To Be Murdered By debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 following its surprise January 17 release. Three weeks in, it’s holding steady at No. 3 and is reportedly the first album of the year to sell over 500,000 units.
Em also made Billboard history with the release, becoming the first artist with 10 consecutive No. 1 albums in the chart’s history. He was previously tied with Kanye West at nine.
Yesterday marked Dr. Dre‘s 55th birthday, an occasion that elicited well-wishes from many his former collaborators and friends like 50 Cent, Eminem, and Xzibit. Not only that, but legendary radio host Big Boy made sure to show the Doc some love on yesterday’s show; you may recall that Dre and Big Boy go way back, with Dre having actually given the host a sneak preview Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By months before its release. In response to Big Boy’s shout-out, Dre actually called in to touch base.
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“You know you gotta be special to get me up this early,” laughs Dre. “Usually I’m going to sleep at this time. I was in the studio last night and actually decided to go to bed early. One, to do this with you, and two, to make sure I had energy for what my wife has planned.” Big Boy even invites him to a low-key evening DiGiorno pizza dining before asking what a Dr. Dre birthday generally looks like. “I decided to keep it lowkey this time,” responds Dre. “My wife is going to do a crab boil for me. We’re just going to kick it in my backyard.”
From the look it, Dre did exactly that, reuniting with his old pal Xzibit and kicking back at the mansion. We can only hope that Dre had a night to remember; he certainly deserves it after giving us so much amazing music throughout his extensive career. Once again, happy belated to the Good Doctor, who continues to endure as hip-hop’s “Watcher.”
The Detroit rapper has achieved another milestone as his video for “Rap God” officially surpasses 1 billion views on YouTube. The Rich Lee-directed video for 2013’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 track is Em’s third video to join YouTube’s Billion Views Club, following “Not Afraid” (1.3 billion views) and “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna (1.9 billion views).
“A billion Stans can’t be wrong!” said Eminem in a statement. “Thanks to YouTube and the community for taking such great interest in this wild video.”
Eminem continues to be a dominating force on YouTube. He has racked up 3.9 billion views globally in the past year and is the fourth most-subscribed artist on the platform with over 41 million subscribers on his official artist channel. Additionally, his “Killshot” video received over 38 million views in its first 24 hours, earning the biggest hip-hop debut in YouTube history.
Earlier this month, Eminem delivered a surprise performance of his Oscar-winning song “Lose Yourself” at the Academy Awards. He also recently earned his historic 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Music to Be Murdered By.
Following a standout collaboration on the gold-certified Music To Be Murdered By, Eminem and KXNG Crooked will be reuniting once again — albeit in a different capacity together. This Friday Slim is set to sit down for a conversation on Crook’s Corner, marking his first major interview since 2018’s four-part Kamikaze talk with Sway Calloway and his lengthy conversation with LL Cool J on Rock The Bells Radio.
In many ways, Crook’s Corner is the perfect platform for Eminem. A place for two rap nerds to discuss the craft free from ulterior motives. It’s clear that Crook holds Em in high regard, having defended his honor during the infamous Joe Budden beef, and the pair have been steadily building on their collaborations. Following “I Will,” we’ve already seen songs like “Loud Noises,” “Session One” “Psychopath Killer,” and “Our House” showcase their chemistry on wax.
As this moment it’s unclear as to what the interview will cover, but fans both artists and hip-hop as an artistic medium will likely want to catch this one on Friday. As far as technical ability is concerned, Eminem and Crook are elite in every category, ranging from flow to punchlines — it should be interesting to hear their thoughts on the current state the game. It’s going to be a big day for Slaughterhouse fans, who can check this out before or after peeping that new Royce Da 5’9″ album The Allegory, on which Crooked himself is set to appear.
Commerce Township, MI – Former Shady Records artist Obie Trice caught a break on Tuesday (February 18) when he was charged with a misdemeanor in a case where he was originally facing felony assault.
According to WXYZ Detroit, the Motor City rapper was accused of possession of an unregistered firearm following a December 2019 shooting.
The incident allegedly started with a physical altercation between Obie and his live-in girlfriend. The 42-year-old artist was allegedly drinking all day and pushed his significant other during an argument, which prompted her son to step into the fight.
Police explained the mother and son decided to leave the residence after the melee, but Trice confronted them before they could escape.
During the confrontation, the 18-year-old victim saw Obie with a gun and attempted to disarm him resulting in a struggle that left the teenager shot in the groin. He was taken to a local hospital by his mother. Law enforcement sent Obie to jail and booked him with an aggravated felony assault of a family member with a gun and contempt of court for violating a protective order.
Days after the arrest, he released two diss records aimed at Nick Cannon in defense of Eminem — “Spanky Hayes,” and “Spanky Hayes 2.” The latter featured a Suge Knight diss as well.
It would be hard to decide between Nick Cannon and Bow Wow as to who has had a greater contribution to the film world over the years and, when one fan page suggested that the frequent Eminem rival lands ahead Shad Moss in the rankings, the Like Mike star had something to say.
Both entertainers have starred in some pretty riveting movies over the years and, while neither them has been deemed an Oscar-level actor, their films have shifted our childhoods. Bow Wow’s role in Like Mike has influenced the fashion choices many with that jersey still being spotted at vintage parties throughout the year. Cannon’s spot in Drumline was also pretty big, earning tons replay value on network television stations at the time its release. But can the two be compared? According to Bow Wow, they most certainly can and there’s only one right answer as to who won the battle.
When a fan page admitted that Nick Cannon probably takes the cake, Shad Moss slid into the comments to demand some respect on his name. “Bro whatever u smoked this am pass it,” joked the former child star. “Nick my boy but nba players and kids everywhere rock the like mike jersey. I dont see kids wearing band gear as outfits. Sorry dawg.”
In that aspect, he is correct. However, influence should only serve as a singular factor in this argument. The actual quality the films matters too. Would you still consider Bow Wow in a league above Nick Cannon?
Eminem‘s Music To Be Murdered By, marketed as a soundtrack to be enjoyed while “being done in,” has clearly served its purpose. Despite only having been released for about a month, Em’s eleventh studio album has yielded him another gold certification for his already expansive collection. The accomplishment was celebrated by his rhyming partner Royce Da 5’9″, with whom he worked intimately on songs like “You Gon Learn,” “Darkness,” “Yah Yah,” and “I Will.” Taking to Instagram, Royce allowed a single emoji to symbolize the global scope Em’s reach.
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For that keeping score, it also serves as a cool milestone for Slim — Music To Be Murdered By is ficially the first record the new decade to achieve gold certification. Given that the Juice WRLD-assisted “Godzilla” is already tapped to be the album’s next single, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this one hit platinum before long. As now, every other Eminem album has gone platinum except for Revival, which has seemingly plateaued at gold, and his cult classic debut Infinite.
Congratulations to Eminem, and much respect to Royce for showing support. Look for his own new album The Allegory to hit this Friday, and keep an eye out for Em’s upcoming “Godzilla” video to drop in the imminent future. Are you still bumping Music To Be Murdered By?
“We got into it because he didn’t like me and I wanted to be his friend,” Jack Thriller said. “And I had got in my feelings. That was on some hoe sh*t and when he just didn’t react to me the way I wanted him to react to me, I threw a fit. I said something that I shouldn’t have said and I took it way too far on some clout-chasing, treasure trolly type sh*t. It got outta hand and I was really disrespectful to that guy. It was so uncalled for, so unwarranted and I’m a big fan. So, even when I tried to be mad, I couldn’t ’cause he kept on coming out with hit after hit after hit.”
“I felt so stupid ’cause I love him,” he continued. “But when I would see him and to see the hate in his eyes and the anger and the malice. He looked like he wanted to reach in and take my good eye and squeeze that b*tch, throw it on the ground, stomp that mother f*cker and put it out like a cigarette.”
Years ago, Jack Thriller was a guest on Drink Champs and they called 2 Chainz during the episode. Let’s just say things escalated quickly when Chainz lost his cool and said anything with Jack’s blood is “p*ssy.” Thriller added, “He said when he gon’ see me, it’s on ‘on sight.’ I’m not as mad as he is, that’s why I’m scared.” The two men haven’t spoken since that time. “If I find out where he at, I’m not gon’ go there,” Jack joked.
He also said he’s sent the rapper Edible Arrangements and singing telegrams with apologies, but he’s still making sure he avoids 2 Chainz at all costs. Watch the clip his interview below.
When Eminem emerged from the blue to drop Music To Be Murdered By, curiosity brought many listeners to the Juice WRLD collaboration “Godzilla.” A playful and dexterous rap clinic produced by D.A. Doman, the track seemed tailor-made for radio play, a callback to the carefree days “Without Me” and “The Real Slim Shady,” or perhaps a less serious counterpart to the more recent “Rap God.” Not to mention that it happened to mark the first link-up between Eminem and Juice WRLD, one hip-hop’s open Slim Shady fanboys.
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With the track already having experienced commercial success and breaking a Guinness World Record for fastest rap verse, it’s no wonder that Slim and his people have decided to give it the ficial single treatment. As such, “Godzilla” will follow “Darkness” as the next video from Music To Be Murdered By.
The news was confirmed by Em’s longtime manager Paul Rosenberg, who confirmed some truly outlandish visual antics destined to put “Rap God” to shame. ” I remember when we made the “Rap God”] video and Em kept saying he literally wanted a laptop in his back pocket and he wanted to levitate in a cipher (smh, we made it happen),” he writes, Instagram. “Wait until you see what he does in “Godzilla”!”
As now, a release date has yet to be revealed. Look for more news on the upcoming “Godzilla” video in the days to come — it shouldn’t be too long now.
Eminem‘s “Rap God” music video has ficially hit the one billion-view benchmark on YouTube, marking yet another monumental milestone for the Detroit veteran’s catalog.
The clip, first released in November 2013, served as a teaser for the now multi-platinum Marshall Mathers LP 2. Directed by Rich Lee, the video featured an 80s aesthetic that parodied the Max Headroom character as Em laid siege to the title his track.
In preparation for this milestone. Eminem launched the www.rapgod.eminem.com website in order to count towards the views that would reach the mark. “Rap God” now goes down as Eminem’s third video to hit one billion views, joining the company his “Not Afraid” cut and the Rihanna-assisted “Love The Way You Lie,” which is inching closer toward 2 billion these days.
The only other rap song to have 1 billion views or more is Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See Yu Again,” which boasts 4.4 billion views.
It continues to prove to be a strong showing for Em this year as the milestone joins other accomplishments already achieved in 2020 as his Music To Be Murdered By surprise drop became his 10th consecutive No. 1 album. In addition, Eminem claimed a shot at redemption when he surprised everyone with a performance his “Lose Yourself” at the OScar’s this year to commemorate the track’s win for Best Orignal Song for 8 Mile in 2003.
50 Cent continues to stand by Eminem in the wake of his feud with Nick Cannon.
While promoting his new ABC show “For Life” on “The Breakfast Club,” the “Power” mogul confirmed that he advised Em not to respond to Cannon. “I was like ain’t nothin’ there,” said 50. “‘Cause Em, he’ll get hype and go what? Like you challenging him in that way–’cause he comes from that format, the battle format. They actually put him in a space where he’s the most comfortable when they attack him.”
Angela Yee also brought up Cannon’s latest diss track “Used to Look Up to You” from his January mixtape The Miseducation of the Negro You Love to Hate. While many thought the song was aimed at Slim Shady, Cannon told VladTV that the track was actually about 50.
Despite the beef, Fif has no interest in issuing a response. “I would never respond to Nick Cannon,” he said. “He’s legendary corny. He’s been corny forever–from the very beginning.”
While he’s not a fan of his rapping, 50 had kinder things to say about Cannon’s acting. When asked if he would cast him in one of his “Power” spinoffs, 50 responded, “Yeah, if he did a good job. He did great in Drumline.”
50 said he’s also unsure why the multi-hyphenate continues to rap when he excels in other areas. “I don’t know why he’s so passionate about it. What the hell’s going on? You suck, bro,” he said. “I’ma just tell you the truth. Like there’s never a moment when you said something and we was like, ‘Ooh, bars.’”
But if he ever ran into him again, he would remain cordial. “I wouldn’t just punch him in the face if I saw him. ‘Cause I know what that is. I know what you’re trying to do,” he said, noting that Cannon is “trying to build energy” for his radio and TV shows.
Elsewhere in the interview, Curtis also addressed his fallout with DJ Khaled. “He’s one of the ones–I let him go,” said 50, who confronted Khaled at a recent show. “He got a good look at my shoes when I was talking to him.”
Earlier this month, they were both in attendance at a pre-Super Bowl concert organized by mutual friend Fat Joe. “Joe knows how to balance what’s going on,” said 50. “So he’ll go, ‘Yo, you good? OK, stay right here. I’m gonna send Khaled on and get him out of here and then you come on right quick.’ He knows that if they put up that energy to me, then I’m gonna respond to it. Right there, I’m gonna respond to it. I’m not gonna wait ’til tomorrow. If you’re doing it right there, then let’s address it.”
But he noted, “I don’t even have an issue with him.”
The court case against two members Machine Gun Kelly‘s crew is heating up as it’s being reported that indictments have been issued against them. Back in 2018, a physical altercation was captured on surveillance footage that allegedly shows a man named Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez getting beaten by two men affiliated with MGK. Both parties were at an Atlanta restaurant when G-Rod decided to yell at MGK, calling him a “p*ssy” over his ongoing verbal spat with Eminem.
“I don’t prefer one over the other,” Royce said. “Slaughterhouse, I gotta do a little more work. When I’m working with Marshall, I don’t have to do as much work. When I’m working with Preme, I still don’t have to do as much work because he’s gon’ make all the beats. He’s gon’ mix everything. I get a little meticulous when it comes to approving mixes, but outside that, all I really gotta do is rap in those two situations. So, that’s one the things that makes those two situations…it makes me look forward to doing them.“
“Now, the Slaughterhouse thing, it’s an interesting situation because it’s something that we built,” Royce continued. “It’s something that we built that some people didn’t believe in. So, it’s always sweeter being in that kinda situation. It’s more us, there’s other rapper, more than just one other rapper.” He interrupted his thought to say that he doesn’t even classify Eminem as an emcee.
“Em ain’t even a rapper no more,” Royce stated. “He’s like a superhero.” He moved on to once again speaking about Slaughterhouse, saying that it was “a lotta fun” because they would get together and drink into the night when they’d “all become comedians in our own little way.” Watch Royce Da 5’9″ talk about his collaborative preferences below.
The long-awaited James Bond theme song from Billie Eilish has been released.
“No Time to Die” is available on YouTube and most streaming services. The four-minute track will be prominently featured in the upcoming 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die.
Having turned 18 years old on December 18th, Billie Eilish is the youngest artist ever to record a James Bond theme song. Her brother and frequent collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, is credited as the song’s co-writer and producer.
Eilish is expected to perform “No Time to Die” at the 2020 Brit Awards, alongside Johnny Marr. As its name suggests, the British Phonographic Industry-sponsored event issues Grammy-like honors to British artists, including awards for “British Album of the Year” and “British Group,” among several others. However, non-British artists are nominated for “international” awards; Billie Eilish will vie for “International Female Solo Artist,” as will Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Lana Del Rey, and Lizzo.
The 2020 Brit Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 18th, from London’s O2 Arena.
No Time to Die is scheduled to hit UK theaters on April 2nd before making its global debut on April 10th.
Notably, the series entry will be the last to star Daniel Craig, who has played James Bond for 14 years, since 2006’s Casino Royale.
Last weekend, Eilish performed at the 2020 Oscars, once again with Finneas. Her touching rendition of “Yesterday” by The Beatles was complemented by images of the film and television industry professionals who passed during the last year.
While at the Oscars, Eilish and most other audience members appeared to enjoy Eminem’s surprise performance of “Lose Yourself.” The 2002 track is one of his most popular songs, having been certified diamond by the RIAA.
Moreover, it’s possible that the unexpected appearance was booked to put some distance between Eminem and the controversy that unfolded after he of the 2017 Manchester bombing attack that occurred outside an Ariana Grande concert.
Big Daddy Kane sat down with Family Matters actress-turned-podcast host Cherie Johnson for a recent episode of Cherie’s World where he was asked about Kobe Bryant’s recent death. Like many others, the Hip Hop legend was blindsided by the news.
“I was really in a state of shock, like, ‘Wow, this is unreal,’” BDK said. “This is a young brother and one of the greats. I’d probably have him in my Top 5.”
At this point, BDK had already been equated to the “Dr. J of Hip Hop.”
When asked who BDK thought was the Kobe Bryant of Hip Hop, he replied, “I don’t know. What’s the generation after J? I don’t know, would it be Eminem? Eminem.”
While speaking to HipHopDX, Kane expanded on his comment and threw a few other names in the ring.
“We’re in that era where people are going to believe what they want to believe because they just need something to debate about,” Kane told DX. “Dude said he feels I’m the Dr. J of Hip Hop and said JAY-Z is the Jordan of Hip Hop, so to ask me who was the Kobe of Hip Hop, basically what he meant was of my era, I was that dude. And in the next era, Jordan was that dude so in the next era, Kobe was that dude.
“That era would be the era after JAY-Z, Nas, Biggie, Tupac, so that would be, I assume, Eminem, Jadakiss, Fabolous and Ludacris, maybe. So I guess those would be the elites you would consider the next Kobe ’cause that’s the next era. It would be one of them. I guess lyrically, my favorites would be Em, Jada and Fabolous. I don’t really know where he [the interviewer] was going with it — like are you saying as far as what I do? ‘Cause for me it was more than lyrical. So if you basing it just on lyrics, I would probably go with Em. If you’re basing it on the next Kane, then I would probably go with Fabolous.”
Statistically, Eminem and Bryant shined in their respective fields. Bryant played with the L.A. Lakers for 20 years and is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He made 18 All-Star teams, was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft and won five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and was the league MVP in 2008.
Eminem, on the other hand, is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The Marshall Mathers LP,The Eminem Show, the 8 Mile single “Lose Yourself,” “Recovery‘s Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna and “Not Afraid” — taken from 2010’s Road To Recovery: Withdrawal — are all certified Diamond by the RIAA.
“Eminem is a major star,” Kane said. “Em and JAY-Z have achieved things that I have never came close to achieving in my life. They are both major stars in Hip Hop. And to top it off, they are both very lyrical. That’s where I was coming from.”
Bryant was killed on January 26 in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people. He was 41.
“It was a real shock,” he said. “Sometimes stuff like this happens that you feel is not supposed to happen. You never know nobody’s time but something like this and under those circumstances, it’s just tragedy. It really hit home.”
Kane is currently in Los Angeles working on a documentary called Paragraphs I Manifest, a nod to his 1988 hit “Ain’t No Half Steppin’.
“We are filming it now,” he revealed. “I’m in L.A. now to film on the 18th and after that, we may still have another two days of filming. It’s about me, but it’s really about lyrics. It’s called Paragraphs I Manifest. It’s basically talking about lyrics, the thought process, battle rap — it’s something I think will be real dope for people who are into Hip Hop.”