50 Cent Shocked LeBron James Knows His Hip Hop: "Damn Boy!"

50 Cent posted a throwback photo of himself and Nas on Thursday (April 18), a day before Nasty Nas’ seminal album, Illmatic, turned 25. While the post received thousands of comments — which is typical of anything the Power exec posts — one particular comment stood out.

NBA superstar LeBron James weighed in and asked 50 to re-issue one of his favorite albums — and Fiddy seemed shocked.

“Re release ‘Power of A Dollar”! Straight flames!!!!” the L.A. Laker wrote, a reference to 50’s heavily bootlegged 2000 album, Power Of The Dollar. After all, the album never got a proper release.

50 replied, “@kingjames Damn boy you real be knowing this music shit for real.”

Power Of The Dollar was expected to be 50’s Columbia Records debut in 2000, but as Chuck D always says, “man plans, god laughs.” The Queens-bred rapper was shot nine times in April of that year, which shelved the album two months before its release.

It was, however, bootlegged and circulated throughout the Hip Hop community, clearing catching James’ attention.

The 4x-NBA MVP — who recently A&R’ed 2 Chainz’s latest album Rap Or Go To The League — is a staunch connoisseur of rap. During warm-ups, it’s not uncommon to hear him blasting Eminem, one of his favorite “White Boy Wednesdays” rappers.

Eminem Celebrates 11 Years Drug-Free

Eminem’s road to recovery began in December 2007 when he almost died from a drug overdose. After a night of heavy using, Em collapsed in his bathroom was rushed to the hospital. Doctors informed him he’d consumed the equivalent of four bags of heroin and was “about two hours from dying.”

As a result, Slim Shady ultimately decided to put the prescription drugs down 11 years ago and he’s been clean ever since. He celebrated the milestone on Saturday (April 20) with a Twitter post of his 11-year coin from a 12-step program.

“11 years,” he wrote in the caption. “still not afraid.”

To help him stay clean, Slim Shady became an avid runner. His weight had ballooned to 230 pounds while he was using and he was surviving on a steady diet of fast food. At one point, he was running up to 17 miles a day.

According to a 2015 Billboard article, Em opened up to Men’s Journal about how he combated addiction with exercise.

“The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly,” he explained. “I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away.

“I became a fucking hamster. Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill. I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half.”

Now, he reportedly juggles running with intense workout DVDs.

“I guess I’m pretty compulsive working out,” he said. “I feel like if I step away from it for too long, if I have a crazy week and take a five-day break, it’ll be like starting over. I’m afraid that if it goes beyond that, I might lose the motivation.

“Once you’re at a place where you’ve made progress and you’ve got some time invested in it, you don’t wanna quit and give up what you started.”

Eminem’s latest album, Kamikaze, was released last August. He’s since been touring the world in support of the project, breaking attendance records in the process. He also sold more albums than any other artist in 2018.

Time Magazine Snubs Hip-Hop On "100 Most Influential People" List

Last year, Cardi B‘s Invasion Of Privacy secured the number one spot atop Time Magazine’s “Album Of The Year” list. While it’s a testament to the crowd-pleasing strength Cardi’s debut, we took umbrage with the fact that her album represented the lone hip-hop inclusion – especially in a year as strong as 2018. Of course, such is but one exhibit that the minds over at Time appear to devalue the cultural contributions hip-hop. Regardless the fact that rappers regularly top the Billboard charts, acting as pioneers in both the music and fashion worlds. Some are even prominent entrepreneurs behind the scenes and out in the open. In any case, none were deemed worthy Time’s inclusion in this year’s Most Influential People.

Time Magazine Snubs Hip-Hop On "100 Most Influential People" List

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It’s not as if Time has a historical beef toward emcees. Across the years, the institutional magazine has previously named Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Chance The Rapper, and Childish Gambino. Yet this year, despite the inclusion names like Khalid and Ozuna, hip-hop largely went unrepresented. Of course, some self-loathing hip-hop fans will make excuses as to why rappers caught the snub, subconsciously alluding to rap as a lower artform. Yet the truth the matter is evident. Hip-Hop is a global phenomenon, given power by some today’s sharpest writers. In matters such as this, it seems wise to stand on the right side history.

That is not a slight at Time Magazine, nor any the year’s chosen inclusions. Yet it would be a shame to see The Most Influential play out similarly to The Grammys, consistently looking beyond the rap world in favor a more “audience-friendly” option. Little did they know, the audiences are more than willing to give their favorite rappers the time day.

See Time Magazine’s full 2019 lineup here

Rap Beef Is Now "Time Sensitive": A Brief Analysis

Revisionist history adds a noted sense immediacy to the legendary Jay-Z Vs. Nas beef. Yet in reality, the time between opening volley and counterstrike was unusually long, especially by today’s standards. Jay-Z’s “Takeover” was released on September 11th, 2001 and Nas dropped “Ether” on December 4th that same year. In this day and age, such a delay would be perceived as weakness. It’s not uncommon to hear people say “they on the clock” once the first shot is fired. Perhaps such a mentality is fuelled purely by selfish bloodlust, as a fast turnaround means new, and ten passionate, music. Yet this proverbial “clock” tends to present a false narrative; a delayed response time should not be mistaken for cowardice, though it so ten is.

Consider a few last year’s prominent feuds, namely Drake Vs. Pusha T and Eminem Vs. Machine Gun Kelly. The former feud found Drake’s “Duppy” facing f against Pusha T’s “The Story Of Adidon.” While tension had been simmering between both parties for some time, the notorious beef unfolded over one incendiary week. Pusha T’s “Infrared” dropped on May 25th. Drake responded to the subs with “Duppy,” which he released on that same day. Four days later, Pusha T replied with “The Story Of Adidon” on May 29th. One the years biggest feuds unfolded in fewer than ninety-six hours. Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly’s beef transpired with a similarly brief turnaround time. On August 31st, Eminem set it f with “Not Alike.” Machine Gun Kelly clapped back on September 8th with “Rap Devil.” Eminem concluded the war with “Killshot” on September 14th; in dryly comedic fashion, our own post title for “Killshot” comes complete with an emphatic Finally.

Rap Beef Is Now "Time Sensitive": A Brief Analysis

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In hindsight, I suppose we’re all guilty getting caught in the hype on a reactionary basis. In such a competitive sport, the preservation reputation can feel like the end-all-be-all. It’s not easy to have one’s dirty laundry aired in such a public forum, allowing millions social media users to judge, troll, ridicule, memeify, and malleate an already volatile narrative. If one hundred thousand people clamor for an immediate response, prematurely citing “cowardice” in the event it never comes, the court public opinion ultimately runs the risk shifting against the defendant. Lest we forget, however, that back in 2002 Eminem unleashed two diss tracks to Benzino in “The Sauce” and “Nail In The Cfin.” Both tracks were penned in response to Zino’s “Pull Your Skirt Up,” and released a month-and-a-half after its release. Now Imagine Eminem took one-and-a-half months to respond to Machine Gun Kelly. Even if “Killshot” remained exactly as is, it’s entirely possible that the modern world would have moved on, the sheen the battle long having dulled.

Yet when Nas and Jay-Z went to war all those years ago, that was hardly the case. The landscape was vastly different, with little-to-no social media. Print outlets like The Source and XXL carried notable weight in providing news and insight into hip-hop culture. That’s not to say the fan response to “Takeover” was any different than a modern-day post-diss high. Yet the public sense urgency was far more contained, largely expressed through word mouth by sheer necessity. I was only twelve when I heard “Takeover,” and I can still remember hearing “Ether” for the first time, downloading it in my friend’s basement. There was no timeline analysis or questioning reputation gained and lost, only an appreciation Nas’ unrelenting and ruthless bars.

Were social media to be in play, it would have likely shifted perception. The risk groupthink is never far, and it’s easy to imagine “Takeover” as being premium meme fodder. Imagine the lines “you were a ballerina, I got the pictures I’ve seen ya,” complete with legions amateur PhotoShops depicting exactly that. Case in point, examine this “REACTIONS” post to Drake’s “Duppy” for some context. In fairness, the birth meme culture would have likely added an additional layer comedy to some hip-hop’s classic feuds. And it’s not as if people should be blamed for living the internet era. It’s no secret that news travels faster now, with endless content available at the bat an eyelash. This generation has long been associated with “Instant Gratification,” due largely in part to the internet’s facilitation damn near everything. Now, if Drake wants to hit the studio and release “Duppy,” he can upload it to SoundCloud hours later (as he did). Twenty years ago, Drake would have had to resort to different measures altogether.

Rap Beef Is Now "Time Sensitive": A Brief Analysis

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Consider that some the greatest diss tracks in hip-hop history, including “Takeover” and “Ether,” were released on ficial studio albums. In fact, many prominent diss records arrived on physical copies, which meant above all else, the printing process. 2Pac’s “Hit Em Up” was originally released on June 4th, 1996, as a B-Side to the “How Do U Want It” single. We mustn’t forget that “Hit Em Up” was penned as a response to Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya,” which was released all the way back on February 20th, 1995. Yet when we look back on their feud with a historian’s lens, Biggie and Pac’s still stands among hip-hop’s most storied beefs. Likewise for Ice Cube’s war with his former group NWA, which ultimately spawned the classic “No Vaseline.” Given that NWA wasted little time in blasting Cube on their albums 100 Miles and Runnin’  (August 14th, 1990) and N****z4Life (May 28th, 1991), Cube ultimately felt compelled to place nail firmly in cfin. On October 29th, 1991, five months after NWA dubbed him Benedict Arnold, Ice Cube delivered “No Vaseline.”

Today, a five-month delay between diss tracks is unheard . Instead, eight-day delays are eternal. Four-days is fair game. Twenty-four hours is ideal. We recently saw Tory Lanez earn praise for his approach to diss-track marketing, which found him engaging in two spirited tilts with Joyner Lucas and Don Q. The former found him releasing two tracks in fewer than forty-eight hours, a pace matched by Joyner. The latter found Lanez responding to Q’s “I’m Not Joyner” in fewer than twenty-four. Now imagine if Don Q, or Joyner Lucas for that matter, issued a response tonight. How do you think his efforts would be met?

Bizarre Comes To The Rescue After Interviewer Baits Sada Baby With Eminem Question

Bizarre and Eminem haven’t worked together in years but they built a bond so strong that the D12 member feels a need to step in every time his Detroit brethren’s name is disgraced. This week, Sada Baby was interviewed by Say Cheese when he was asked if he would include Em in his Top 5 Dead or Alive list Detroit rappers. Surprisingly enough, Sada said that Shady is only an honorable mention for him, placing artists like DeJ Loaf, Tee Grizzley, and others above the legend. In his defence, he was pretty much baited into answering the question. Sada Baby appreciates street rap and Em has never made that type music. Bizarre has since spoken out, addressing the interviewer and letting the world know that he’s sick Detroit rappers being pitted against each other.

Bizarre Comes To The Rescue After Interviewer Baits Sada Baby With Eminem Question
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As reported by HipHopDX, Bizarre has called out the man who asked the question. He agrees that people aren’t really bumping Eminem in the car these days but when it comes to his impact, he’s Top 5 Dead or Alive in the world — not just his city. “I’m sick this n***a @saycheesedigital trying to put are city against each other,” wrote Bizarre. “No street n***a is not Bump at Eminem in the car .. he not street rapper.”

Bizarre goes on to question why people even ponder whether or not Eminem is Top 5 in his city. He compares the rapper to Jay-Z, suggesting that it would be ridiculous to imply Hov isn’t Top 5 in New York so Em needs to be featured on his own list. What do you think?

Bizarre Calls Out Interviewer For Setting Sada Baby Up With Eminem Questions

Bizarre is calling bull on a recent interview with fellow Motor City rapper Sada Baby. While speaking with SayCheeseTV, Sada essentially reduced Eminem’s legacy to an honorable mention, saying he wasn’t in the Top 5 when it comes to Detroit MCs. But the D12 vet evidently thought it was low hanging fruit for an artist still engrained in the streets.

On Tuesday (April 16), Bizarre weighed in Instagram, chiding the interviewer for his Slim Shady-related questions.

“I’m sick this nigga @saycheesedigital trying to put are city against each other,” he wrote in the caption. “no street nigga is not Bump at Eminem in the car .. he not street rapper .. name one this nigga that can fuck with him or big sean .. when I met Eminem he lived on fair port and 7 mile ..,I love all our young nigga coming up @sadababy Bandgang ..42 Dugg ..?

“Stop trying to turn our city to against each other .. Oh yeah people always saying who has Eminem help from Detroit D12 . Obie trice ..king gordy .. but I guess we don’t count .. my top 5,in Detroit.. 1 Big herk 2 Esham 3 hydro ..4 Royce. 5 rocaine.”

In the video itself, Bizarre — rocking his Gucci shower cap — questioned SayCheese’s approach while talking to Detroit-bred rappers.

“No, Eminem is not the Top 5 in Detroit,” he says in the clip. “Eminem’s the Top 5 in the world, nigga. That’s like asking a nigga from New York is JAY-Z Top 5. He’s Top 5 in the world. That’s a whole other category. Is niggas in Detroit bumpin’ Eminem all day? Absolutely not — not in the streets … he’s not a street rapper.”

From there, he adds the question is starting to get “irritating” and tells SayCheese to “stop with that.”

Watch the full clip above.

Sada Baby Challenges Eminem’s Detroit Rap Legacy

Detroit, MI – Eminem’s career is simply relegated to an honorable mention in the Top 5 of Detroit rappers “just off the strength of 8 Mile,” according to Sada Baby his interview with SayCheese TV.

When asked is Slim Shady in his Top 5, the Bartier Bounty rapper responded, “Out of Detroit? Hell nah!” before answering with a question: “You talking about my Detroit?”

He further defended his take by explaining how the Oscar-winning rapper — who just happens to be the second highest-selling male artist ever — is not relatable.

“I ain’t know we had trailer parks until I saw 8 Mile,” he continued.
And I still don’t know nobody that know that nigga … Eminem will get to saying some shit going over everybody head like I might be able to decipher some of that shit.”

The “Bloxk Party” collaborator was asked, “When riding through Detroit nobody is playing Eminem?” he responded with “Hell nah is you serious?”

Sada’s Top 5 included Big Sean, Tee Grizzley, DeJ Loaf, Blade Icewood, and himself.

Not only has Eminem’s legacy been revered, his present-day feats are also nothing to scoff at either. The 46-year-old star sold more albums than anyone in 2018.

His recently released album, Kamikaze, was ranked No. 19 on HipHopDX’s Best Rap Albums of 2018 list.

Boogie Jokes With Eminem: "I Wrote The Machine Gun Kelly Diss"

A few months ago, the video for “Rainy Days” was unleashed with Eminem and Boogie tagging together on the Shady Records collab. Em has been overseeing Boogie‘s career for a few years and finally, the Compton emcee dropped his album this year, making his case as one the strongest new artists in the game. In an effort to show some extra personality to the fans, Boogie and Em had cameras film them behind-the-scenes while they shot “Rainy Days” and some hilarious moments ensued. 

Boogie Jokes With Eminem: "I Wrote The Machine Gun Kelly Diss"
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The two are fiercely competitive, joking that the song wouldn’t be anywhere without their inclusion. Eminem asks listeners to skip ahead to his verse while Boogie ignores the legend altogether, forgetting that he was even on the song. After some friendly banter, Em finally agrees to take a step down from his pedestal, co-signing Boogie. “He’s the GOAT, I’m the sheep,” says the Detroit spitter.

Near the end the BTS clip, Eminem jokes that he wrote every single lyric on Everything’s For Sale, admitting, “I am Boogie’s ghostwriter.” Right after Em backpedals and says that he only wrote the songs that you actually like on the album, Boogie drops a bombshell. “I wrote the Machine Gun Kelly diss,” he says, leaving Marshall dumbfounded.

Watch the video below and chime in in the comments.

Sada Baby Says Eminem Isn’t A Top 5 Rapper From Detroit

It took Sada Baby a while to come up with his ficial list the best five rappers from Detroit but one thing was certain from the beginning: Eminem was not making the cut. Although the Motor City doesn’t have a deep volume rappers that have crossed over into mainstream fame, the talent pool is vast and includes some the strongest names in the business. Most people’s first thought when it comes to Detroit rap is Eminem, who has put the city on his back and elevated it by displaying it in his sound. According to Sada Baby though, nobody is actually bumping the legend’s music in his city though and he doesn’t even make his Top 5 Dead or Alive.

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During a new interview with Say Cheese TV, Sada Baby, who is one the finest voices coming out Detroit right now, laid out his Mount Rushmore Motor City rap and from the start, he wanted to be clear that Eminem was not making it onto his list. When asked if Slim Shady is one the best rappers from Detroit, Sada Baby said: “No. Out Detroit? Hell nah. You talking about my Detroit?” He went on to critique the way that Em portrays the city in his music, noting that it’s not entirely relatable to him or his homies. 

“I ain’t know we had trailer parks until I saw 8 Mile. And I still don’t know nobody that know that n***a,” said Sada about Eminem. “So it ain’t about being in the trenches, I’m just talking about as far as music and rappers and my Top 5 and my Mount Rushmore Detroit rappers, Em is like an honorable mention. Just f the strength  8 Mile.”

He goes on to list a few artists from the city that he really messes with, listing Blade Icewood, Big Sean, DeJ Loaf, Tee Grizzley, himself and others that have shaken up the game. What do you make Sada Baby’s comments? Read our recent interview with him here.

YBN Cordae Reveals Debut Album Title & Tour Dates

YBN Cordae, who made a name for himself last year by releasing remixes of J. Cole and Eminem songs, is beginning the rollout for his debut album. The YBN member has announced his first LP will be titled The Lost Boy.

Although Cordae didn’t share any other details about the album, he did publicize his upcoming tour dates.

“SUPER EXCITED to announce my 1st headline tour for my debut project titled: ‘The Lost Boy,’” he wrote on Instagram. “I can’t wait to give y’all this project, and perform the music for y’all in each one of these cities. Official Artwork and release date coming soon, and I got a big surprise for y’all tomorrow! ALSO : PRESALE start tomorrow with general on-sale Friday. Check my story for presale passwords!”

Cordae is scheduled to perform at multiple festivals in North America and Europe over the next few months. He is also set to headline a run of shows in the U.S. and Canada.

Check out Cordae’s The Lost Boy Tour dates below.

April 20 – Indio, CA @ Heineken House at Coachella*
April 24 – Houston, TX @ Texas Southern University Spring Fest
April 27 – Washington, DC @ Broccoli City Festival
May 10 – Miami, FL @ Rolling Loud
May 23 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
May 24 – Ottawa, ON @ Bourbon Room
May 26 – St. Paul, MN @ Soundset Festival
June 2 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
June 6 – Houston, TX @ Studio @ Warehouse Live
June 7 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
June 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
June 12 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
June 14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
June 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Breakout Fest
June 16 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
June 19 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish
June 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
June 26 – New York, NY @ SOB’s
June 27 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
June 30 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
July 4 – Liege, Belgium @ Les Ardentes
July 5 – Frankfort, Germany @ Wireless Festival
July 9 – London, UK @ Islington Academy
July 11 – Grafenhainichen, Germany @ Splash! Festival
July 12 – Frauenfeld, Switzerland @ Openair Frauenfeld
July 13 – Tilburg, Holland @ WOO HAH! Festival
July 19 – Helsinki, Finland Weekend Festival @ Suvilahti
July 21 – Brockton, MA @ Mad City Festival
August 1 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

* = w/ YBN Nahmir & YBN Almighty Jay

Westside Gunn Announces Shady Debut Will Be A Group Project From Griselda

The Griselda team has a big year ahead them. After making a serious amount wave over the past two years since signing to Eminem‘s Shady Records. The roster — consisting Westside Gunn, Conway, Benny The Butcher, and Daringer — has been teasing their Shady Records debut for a minute and it looks like it’s finally coming in the near future. Westside Gunn shared an exciting update about the status the project.

Westside Gunn took to Instagram to announce that Griselda’s Shady Records debut will be a group effort with the entire Griselda Records roster. Additionally, he revealed that the project will be completed in the next two days.

“Breaking NEWS!!!!!!” he wrote. “This wat EVERYBODY been waiting on the first ficial GRISELDA x SHADY Project WSG x CONWAY x BENNY x DARINGER BEAT BUTCHA “WWCD” and it’ll be done in the next 48hrs and just know this shit is fucking NOBODY can fuck wit US when we come together this what the Culture Needs…. I’ll take over from here Folks.”

Back in August, Conway and Westside Gunn shared details surrounding their Shady Records debut. Westside Gunn teased that there would be a big name feature on the project. 

Each member Griselda Records has been releasing a ton music over the past few years. Most recently, Conway released Everybody Is F.O.O.D 3.

Peep our interview with Westside Gunn here.

Eminem’s Daughter Hailie Mathers’ Thirst Traps Have Fans Unsure How To Proceed

Nobody wants to piss f Eminem. His words are venomous and when you’re on the wrong side them, bad things will happen to you more likely than not. Machine Gun Kelly has to regret his decision to shoot his shot at Em’s daughter Hailie Mathers a few years ago. At the time, Hailie was still underage so the move was not the smartest thing MGK has ever done in his life. However, with her recent string bikini photos and shots from her vacation, many fans the legendary Detroit rapper aren’t quite too sure how to proceed. 

Last week, Hailie returned from a vacation, swooning about her time in Hawaii on her social media pages. At this point in her life, Hailie is in her twenties and she’s more than comfortable showing f the body she worked so hard for. She clearly spends a lot time working out and she’s got a six-pack to prove that. Because the way Em has reprimanded those who look for too long though, everyone is a little unsure how they can appropriately react to her photos. Some would say that MGK’s career ended after his Eminem feud, which is a reach, but you can’t deny that his trajectory was affected by the comments he made about Hailie. 

Fans have been bringing up the MGK situation in Hailie’s comments section, noting that they’re not about to risk their lives, being wary the thirst traps. “Am gonna not say what mgk said,” said one fan. “No, that’s Eminem’s daughter sorry can’t look,” said another.

Are you staying away out respect or have you accepted your fate already?

Rest In Peace Big Proof: Remembering Derty Harry

On April 11th, 2006, Deshaun “Pro” Holton was shot and killed at CCC nightclub. A pioneer in the Detroit hip-hop community, the gravelly-voiced D12 member was in the process launching a solo career, with 2005’s underrated Searching For Jerry Garcia. A respected OG, and the glue that united the Dirty Dozen, Big Pro’s death had a pround effect on the hip-hop community. Speaking personally, coming to discover that Pro had been murdered came as a devastating shock. D12 World had come out not two years prior, and the aforementioned Jerry Garcia was only eight months old. A feeling unspoken finality and unfulfilled promise seemed to permeate; what might have been, had Pro been spared that night?

Though his death ultimately marked D12’s ruin, and sent his close friend Eminem into an understandable depression, I’d rather take a moment to dwell on his contributions to the game. In “Groundhog Day,” Eminem, broke down Pro’s role in eloquent fashion. “Started a group misfits, Pro had a proposition, If we all band together, there ain’t no stoppin’ this shit,” he rapped, alluding to Pro’s visionary status. You can see his leadership on display in any given interview or freestyle, and while his solo discography was cut unceremoniously short, his musical output was nothing short prolific. Mixtapes and two studio albums with D12. A collaborative duet with Dogmatic, the cult-project Promatic. And course, his final project Searching For Jerry Garcia.

 Rest In Peace Big Pro: Remembering Derty Harry

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In hindsight, Pro’s swan song ends on a haunting note. As is ten the case when rappers leave the game, previous themes and lyrics can be examined under a new, somewhat prophetic light. Album closer “Kurt Kobain” finds Pro issuing his final thoughts, saying his goodbyes, and eventually taking his own life in the concluding stanzas. Some the bars feel especially poignant through their revealing nature, as Pro opens up about his own suicidal thoughts. “Still livin’ with the liquor and bud, sometimes I wish for my demise, so I can kick it with Bugz,” he raps, before paying homage to his fellow D12 soldiers. It’s a somber reflection on life and mortality, and a testament to Pro’s artistic prowess; a powerful writer with a sharp sense humor, street credibility, and an open book emotional policy.

From stealing the show on various D12 tracks, to making history as a member the Anger Management Tour, Pro has carved out a worthy place in the annals hip-hop history. In honor his memory, consider giving Searching For Jerry Garcia a spin, and share your favorite Pro track or verse in the comment section below. Rest in peace, Big Pro. You aren’t forgotten.

LL Cool J Scores Victory In Court In "Rock The Bells" Lawsuit

Before LL Cool J was known as “the guy from NCIS: Los Angeles the rapper was the force to be reckoned with in the rap game (and still is). If you’re old enough to remember, back in 1985 he released his classic track “Rock The Bells,” and as the years have rolled on, the title the song has been a phrase associated with the rapper. He even used it as the name his SiriusXM hip hop channel.

That’s why LL, real name James Todd Smith. felt it was necessary to take a promotions company called Guerilla Union, Inc. to court. Smith sued the company, stating that they not only attempted to trademark “Rock The Bells,” but they used the phrase as the name a hip hop festival that ran from 2004 to 2013. Smith went as far as to contact the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, petitioning them to cancel the company’s “Rock The Bells” trademarks. He finally scored a victory in 2017 when the Trademark Board agreed.

LL Cool J Scores Victory In Court In "Rock The Bells" Lawsuit
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However, the company allegedly continued to use the trademark, so he took them to court and demanded an injunction be placed to stop them legally. The Blast reports that they’ve obtained documents that show a judge has issued a default judgment against the promoter for unspecified damages. The promoter must “immediately transfer all control social media accounts, website domains, and other intellectual property.” There is no word on whether or not they had to pay up, as well.

Teairra Mari Says She Ended 50 Cent’s Career

Throughout 50 Cent‘s career, he has feuded with a high number rappers and entertainers. Most recently, his most frequent targets have been Floyd Mayweather and Ja Rule. In the last few months, Teairra Mari has come out nowhere to become his primary nemesis, suing him for revenge porn, losing that lawsuit, and then refusing to give up the money she owes him. The Love & Hip Hop star released a diss track against Fiddy this week and she’s only continued to attack him online. Could Mari be one the bravest foes 50 Cent has ever faced? Today, she reposted one his uploads, commenting on how silly he looks and claiming that she ended his career.

The statement that she closes out with is definitely a stretch but in her mind, Teairra Mari ended 50 Cent. She says as much in her repost, telling the rapper that his career started in Detroit with Eminem so it’s only right that it comes to a close in the same city because her. 

“@50cent Ur goy ass would spend 22k on some dumb ass shit like this,” wrote the reality star on a photo Curtis’ new sunglasses. “U can’t buy class Curt ..Ur 43 grow up. I guess u do?? SO GO BUILD A SCHOOL U MORON ‼️Serious shit is going on I hate 2 go back&forth but some1 should’ve ended this Imposters career a long time ago..Who would have thought it would’ve been me??? I guess Detroit Birthed u so Detroit finishes u too #GETTHESTRAPON YOUR DONE.”

Who do you think will ultimately walk away with the W here? Or is the battle already done because Curtis’ win in court?