Kevin Hart celebrated another decade life in July when he turned 40 years old. Hart stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new movie Jumanji: The Next Level, and he also spoke about recovering from his car crash. Kimmel asked Hart about his ability to make love to his wife, to which Kevin responded with a hilarious story. “You don’t have any movement,” Kevin explained. “Literally, I couldn’t do anything… I was in the hospital for nine days and we got out, and I was laying in the bed, and one day I just got happy.”
Hart also explained to Kimmel why he had such an extravagant 40th birthday party. The talk show host reveals footage their last interview, where Hart claimed he hated to party and wanted to have a quiet night at home. Then he fast forwards to an Instagram post Hart extremely drunk having an enormous party. “All your friends, everybody starts talking, like ‘man it’s your 40th, you can’t just not do nothing.'” That escalated to Hart renting out the whole TAO nightclub in Los Angeles for the day and night. “I left my party at 12.15 PM,” Hart admits. “This isn’t BS, man. I am being honest. It felt like someone was pushing me,” he joked, even though he was standing alone. The comedian then chronicles how he threw up in his car and decided to walk his dogs while he was wasted. Check out the full interview below.
CBS Sports is reporting that Odell Beckham Jr. has no plans to request a trade from the Browns, according to “sources with knowledge the situation.”
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The Browns have been struggling throughout the season and Baker Mayfield has had trouble building a connection with Beckham. CBS Sports is also reporting that some the core veterans on the team are hoping to see changes to the team’s staff and scheme next season.
Rumors began to pick up steam last week when Beckham said, “No one knows what the future holds tomorrow. I couldn’t tell you. My locker is right next to one the people that mean the most to me in the world. I think about coming to work and seeing him every single day and how special this could be, so I couldn’t sit here and tell you whether I’m going to be here, want to be here, don’t want to be here. This is exactly where I’m at right now, and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.”
Beckham later explained on Twitter saying, “Ok😑😑😑… I NEVER said I was not happy in Cleveland, just like everyone else I’m hopeful for better results. Period. Next story plzz 😭.”
The Browns’ next game is Sunday at 4:05 pm against the Cardinals.
One Instagram user told Tory to chill, claiming he didn’t want to see the Canadian rapper/singer get killed. The multi-platinum selling artist responded by saying it’s a matter of integrity.
“That’s the difference … I don’t care,” he wrote. “My integrity respect and the path of light that i can show the generation after me is more important than this life that niggas is so scared to lose.”
Tory’s label warning got a like from his foe-turned-friend Drake, among others. Rich The Kid, a former Interscope artist, also showed his support for Tory in a comment on the post.
“I’m tellin ya,” he wrote along with a facepalm emoji.
Tory is coming off the release of his Chixtape 5 project, which dropped in November. The latest Chixtape entry was released Interscope and Benny Blanco’s Mad Love imprint.
It was a battle at the box fice this weekend with Jumanji: The Next Level beating out reigning champ Frozen 2 for the top spot in the earnings rankings, according to Variety.
The film debuted with $60.1 million domestically, conquering Frozen 2‘s $19.2 million in its fourth weekend release.
$60.1 million is a happy figure for Sony, as it’s a vast improvement over the last Jumanji film, 2017’s Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle, which brought in $36 million.
Critically, the film is being received fairly well with a 66% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; however, audiences seem to be enjoying it more. For an audience score, the film is sitting at 87%.
Jumanji: The Next Level stars Dwayne Johnson, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black as the same group friends who must return to the fantastical world Jumanji.
Other films are not fairing as well. Clint Eastwood’s newest film, Richard Jewell, about an Atlanta, security guard who stops a terrorist attack during the 1996 Summer Olympics, only brought in $5 million. With a budget $45 million, they were certainly hoping for a higher figure. Reviews here are slightly higher than Jumanji: The Next Level, but not by much. It has a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Check out more the films that released this weekend here.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Londynn B. was the only woman still standing in the final episode of Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow.
Four finalists — D. Smoke, Flawless Real Talk, Londynn B. and TroyMan — contested for the grand prize of $250,000 after weeks of being critiqued and judged. Undeniable lyrical skills, freestyles, live-performance, and creative direction were parts of the criteria required by judges T.I., Cardi B. and Chance The Rapper.
Executively produced by Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend, the 10-episode Hip Hop competition aired on October 9, 2019, and consisted of musical challenges and guest appearances. The first three episodes of the show followed the award-winning judges to their home cities of Atlanta, New York, and Chicago to discover talent.
The winner of Rhythm + Flow’s inaugural season was Los Angeles rapper D. Smoke, who also happens to be the brother of Top Dawg Entertainment’s artist SiR. Coming in second place of the rap competition was Rhode Island’s Flawless Real Talk and in third place, Londynn B., who is also an openly lesbian rapper.
Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, by way of Atlanta, GA, Londynn B. sat down with HipHopDX at SOB’s in New York where the 25-year-old spoke on her experience during the show, being the only female finalist, and her creative process.
HipHopDX: Hey Londynn, thank you again for joining us. Let’s talk about the show. What was that process like performing on the show for superstars like T.I., Cardi B. and Chance The Rapper?
,, Londynn B.: Let’s start from the beginning. The process was scary as fuck in the beginning. It was a little scary … because for one, you don’t know them, you see them on TV, you see them on Instagram, but to see them in person, it was like my whole life changed. I was shitting bricks. My first time seeing them I was so scared, but I couldn’t let them see that I was scared, you know?
HipHopDX: For once everyone was able to see how dope of a rapper you are at one time. Since the show has ended, how has your life changed?
Londynn B.: The biggest change is the audience. I went from 50,000 followers to 1 million. Also, the access that I have now … places I couldn’t go before I can go now. There’s so many people who didn’t know me that knows me now. Now I can walk in the room and I can do certain things. That’s always appreciated … and then you know the show represented Hip Hop and for it to be the first of its kind on Netflix, it was an honor to be up there.
HipHopDX: What was the most challenging part about being the only female left in the competition?
Londynn B.: The most challenging part [was] being the only female left. That’s it.
HipHopDX: Of course! You’re a mom and was very transparent about that amongst other things as well on the show. What was it like being away from your daughter for so long as you chase your dream?
Londynn B.: I felt like being a mom on the show, it was a safe place to tell my story. As females, we aren’t able to tell our stories like that all the time, so we tell “another” story. I felt like it was safe and O.K. to tell that authentic part of my life.
HipHopDX: Looking at your style, you have a very unique look. How do you separate yourself from everybody else?
Londynn B.: I’m a visionary. I have to have a vision and then create it. It’s all about how I feel at the time and what I feel is going to make me stand out. But most importantly it’s about what’s going to make me feel good. I’m a colorful person. I live from the outside in … I get so inspired from art and I’m always looking into other cultures.
HipHopDX: Have you had any opportunities to work with any of your favorite artists since the show, or has anyone you wouldn’t expect reached out to work with you?
Londynn B.: Absolutely! I have a couple of features that are going to come out in 2020, but recently I just did a song with TroyMan from the show called “Blessings” and I have a song with Flawless Real Talk coming out soon. I also did a record with Beanz and Ali Tomineek from the show … so I definitely made my rounds. I’m still cool with everybody.
HipHopDX: How did it feel to come back to your home state and connect with your audience in New York City?
Londynn B.: It felt crazy! That’s why I was so excited. It was my first show in New York, and on top of that, I was really happy to be home. So I just wanted to do it in a major way. I had to leave that night and head straight back to Atlanta where I live now, so I just really wanted to go out with a bang and really make it count for New York City. That one was on me.
HipHopDX: So we know there are fire freestyles out there that you’ve done which have really helped newer listeners get a real sense of your raw talent. You have also started doing shows besides your music videos … what can we expect next from you?
Londynn B.: I have an album coming, more touring, more shows and collabs coming out real soon. Definitely more freestyles coming of course, and media coming. 2020 is definitely going to be a great year for Londynn B.
After breaking down all the classic TV shows from your childhood that are now streaming on Disney+, we thought it only right to do the same for movies. The highly anticipated launch Disney+ anticlimactically included only two original films exclusive to the new streamer. The first being the latest live-action adaptation a Disney animated classic, Lady and the Tramp, and the second being Noelle, a Christmas comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader as the children Santa Claus. With just these two new movies to watch over the holidays, it’s a safe bet many families will be scrolling through the Disney library for a classic flick from their childhood. Below we’ve listed 10 films from your youth that are now streaming on Disney+. Happy streaming and share some your favorites down in the comments section.
The Parent Trap (1961 & 1998)
Originally released in 1961, The Parent Trap was the first many sequels and remakes to come for the twin-centric Disney franchise. The film stars teenage English actress Hayley Mills as identical twins Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evers, who meet for the fist time while at summer camp. After discovering their eerily similar appearances, the two form a rivalry fueled by pranks. The girls are punished and forced to live together for the rest camp. This leads to Sharon and Susan realizing they each have single parents, meaning they must be identical twins separated at birth. Excited by the thought meeting the parent they never had, the twins conspire to switch places when camp ends.
Thirty-seven years later, Disney remade the film starring Lindsay Lohan as the twin sisters. Both films are considered Disney classics and streaming now on Disney+. Rumors have recently surfaced about Disney developing a new remake the film exclusively for Disney+, however no formal announcements have been made.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Generally recognized as Walt Disney’s “crowning achievement,” to this day Mary Poppins stands as the closest a Disney film has ever come to winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. In the end, it lost to My Fair Lady. Starring Julie Andrews as the titular magical nanny character, Mary Poppins was a fantastical live-action and animated musical unlike anything Hollywood had ever seen. In her Oscar-winning performance, Andrews captivated viewers, as well as those acting alongside her. Co-starring Dick Van Dyke as Bert the one-man-band and chimney sweep – the dynamic duo team up after Mary is hired to look after the troublesome Banks children. The musical adventures the foursome proceed to have live on today as some the most iconic moments in Disney history. In addition to Andrews winning for Best Actress, the score and song “Chim Chim Cher-ee” were also awarded Oscars.
Nearly 55 years after the original beloved by generations, Disney released a sequel titled Mary Poppins Returns. Starring Emily Blunt as the one-and-only Marry Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Bert’s former apprentice, with Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as the grown Banks children – the film tastefully served as a proper follow-up to the Disney classic. Both films are now streaming on Disney+.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
The first what would become another Disney franchise favorite, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids stars Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski, a struggling inventor who accidentally shrinks his children along with the neighbors children. The film marked the directorial debut for Joe Johnston, who would go on to direct Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Grossing over $222 million worldwide, the film was an unexpected hit and Disney’s highest-grossing live-action movie for the following five years. With this sudden success came the 1992 sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid; the Disney theme parks attraction, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience; the straight-to-video movie, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves; and the three season sitcom, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show. Not bad for a mid-summer family comedy. Oh, and a new sequel for Disney+ titled Shrunk is apparently in development with Frozen’s Josh Gad attached to star. Now all they have to do is get Rick Moranis to come out retirement.
Home Alone (1990)
The definitive Christmas movie the ‘90s, Home Alone is the perfect blend comedy, drama, action, and holiday spirit. This childhood classic starring everyone’s favorite child actor, Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is left home on his own for the holidays, was frankly too big to fail. Written by legendary ‘80s filmmaker John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller) and directed by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter), with an iconic score by John Williams – 20th Century Fox pulled no punches with this expected holiday smash. In fact, the movie lived on as the highest-grossing Christmas film all time until last year. Co-starring the brilliant Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as two burglars unable to outsmart a child, with Catherine O’Hara and John Heard as Kevin’s worried parents – the majority the cast would return for the film’s 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
The franchise went on to produce two more made-for-TV sequels, Home Alone 3 and Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House. With Home Alone now streaming on Disney+, it comes as no surprise that the streaming service has plans to reboot the classic holiday franchise. Unfortunately they’ll never be able to recreate the lightning in a bottle magic the first two films.
The Sandlot (1993)
Unlike the majority the films featured on this list, The Sandlot was not an immediate hit. It also wasn’t produced by Disney, but rather 20th Century Fox, which was only recently purchased by Disney. The Sandlot tells the story Scotty Smalls, a nerdy kid new to the San Fernando Valley. Even though he’s terrible at baseball, Smalls is quickly embraced by a local group boys who regularly play at a nearby sandlot. After the boys lose their ball to a neighbors yard, Smalls learns the legend the scary dog, “the Beast,” who lives behind the fence. One day after the team’s best player, Benny Rodriguez, hits the cover f the ball, Smalls steals an autographed baseball from his stepfather in order for the game to continue. When that ball is hit into the Beast’s yard, Smalls tells the gang that it was autographed by some guy named Babe Ruth.
The Sandlot eventually became a cult classic on home video and television, delivering hilarious quotes and nostalgic Halloween costumes for generations to come. 2005 and 2007 saw the direct-to-video releases The Sandlot 2 and The Sandlot: Heading Home, with Disney+ most recently announcing a television series starring the entire cast the original film. That’s right, over 25 years later Disney is getting the sandlot kids back together.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
This ‘90s Disney classic is the rare flop turned cult hit for the House Mouse. Starring the iconic witch trio Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, Hocus Pocus is the quintessential Halloween movie for the entire family. Three hundred years after the sisters curse themselves to avoid being hanged, Max and Dani, two siblings new to Salem, Massachusetts accidentally break their spell. Upon being resurrected, Winnie, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson vow to continue their pursuit taking all the children’s souls in Salem. The first child they discover is Dani (Thora Birch), who quickly flees to the cemetery. From there the witches continue to use their powers to wreak havoc over Salem on Halloween night. In hindsight, Disney clearly made a mistake releasing Hocus Pocus in the heart the summer. However, the film’s cult status continued to grow every year it aired as part Disney Channel and ABC Family’s (now Freeform) Halloween-themed fall programming.
Arguably more popular today than at any point over the past 25 years, Disney recently took the hint and put in development a sequel film likely to air exclusively on its new streaming platform. Now you can stream the original film year-round on Disney+ in anticipation the long awaited follow-up.
The Santa Clause (1994)
It might sound crazy twenty years after the fact, but back in the ‘90s there were few comedic actors bigger than Tim Allen. Between starring on Home Improvement for eight seasons, performing standup, and voicing Buzz Lightyear – you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing or hearing “The Toolman.” Which is why in 1994, Disney cast Tim Allen in its latest Christmas family comedy, The Santa Clause. The film tells the story Scott Calvin (Allen), a divorced father who on Christmas Eve hears a man on his ro. Once outside, Scott yells at the man who slips and falls twenty feet to the ground. Scott then discovers a card in Santa’s pocket that reads, “If something should happen to me, put on my suit, the Reindeer will know what to do.” And thus begins the process Scott’s transitioning into Santa Clause. The film was an immediate hit and quickly became a television staple around the holidays. Eight years later Disney released The Santa Clause 2 to positive acclaim, with The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause following four years after. Like many franchises third film, the opening weekend earnings and reviews fell flat, ending The Santa Clause Trilogy on a low note and a conclusion to Tim Allen’s 10+-year hot streak.
1996’s Jack stands today as one Francis Ford Coppola’s rare comedies and Robin Williams’ underrated performances. The dramedy tells the story Jack Powell (Williams), a 10-year-old boy with an amplified version Werner syndrome, a premature aging disorder. Jack is mentally still a child, but he has the appearance a forty-year-old man. Sheltered from the world by his mother (Diane Lane), when his tutor, played by Bill Cosby, suggests Jack should attend public school, their world begins to change. Jack is a coming–age comedy with tear-jerking moments scattered throughout. Although it received mostly negative reviews, Williams’ performance is sincere and exemplifies his inner-child like so many his most memorable roles. The film also includes appearances by Jennifer Lopez as Jack’s teacher, Fran Drescher (The Nanny) as the mother Jack’s best friend, and Michael McKean (Better Call Saul). Universally looked down upon within Coppola’s canon, the Academy Award-winning director has shared his fondness for Jack, saying: “I must say I find Jack sweet and amusing. I don’t dislike it as much as everyone, but that’s obvious— I directed it. I know I should be ashamed it but I’m not. I don’t know why everybody hated it so much.”
101 Dalmatians (1996)
Following the success 1994’s The Jungle Book, Disney’s first live-action remake an animated feature – the House Mouse quickly set in motion its next adaptation, 101 Dalmatians. Penned by iconic screenwriter John Hughes (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Pretty in Pink, Home Alone) and directed by Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Mighty Ducks), 101 Dalmatians opted to leave the animals voiceless in contrast to the 1961 animated One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The comedy adventure stars Glenn Close as the villainous fashion designer, Cruella de Vil, who sends her henchman Jasper (Hugh Laurie) and Horace (Mark Williams) to kidnap her employee’s Dalmatian puppies.
Close’s performance received a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Globes and four years later reprised the role in 102 Dalmatians. Disney is currently filming Cruella, a live-action prequel starring Emma Stone as a young Cruella de Vil. It is scheduled to hit theaters May 28, 2021.
Dr. Dolittle (1998)
Along with the Home Alone films, Disney had its sights set on another successful franchise when acquiring 20th Century Fox earlier this year. Starring the incomparable Eddie Murphy as Dr. John Dolittle, a surgeon with the innate ability to talk to and understand animals – Dr. Dolittle was another franchise launching hit for Murphy following 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, and The Nutty Pressor. Co-starring Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt, Raven-Symone, and Kyla Pratt, the live-action cast was only to be outshined by a legendary ensemble comedic voice actors including Chris Rock, Norm Macdonald, Albert Brooks, Gilbert Gottfriend, Gary Shandling, John Leguizamo, and Ellen DeGeneres. Murphy would return to the role three years later for Dr. Dolittle 2, with Kyla Pratt starring in three additional direct-to-video sequels – Dr. Dolittle 3, Tail to the Chief, and Million Dollar Mutts.
As memorable as Eddie Murphy’s performance and a guinea pig with Chris Rock’s voice were – the longest lasting contribution Dr. Dolittle might be its soundtrack. Largely produced by Timbaland, the collection R&B and rap included songs by Ginuwine, Ray J, and the Grammy-nominated single, “Are You That Somebody?” by Aaliyah.
According to the Associated Press, The Hallmark Channel is removing a string ads for a wedding-planning site that featured two women kissing before an altar.
“The debate surrounding these commercials on all sides was distracting from the purpose our network, which is to provide entertainment value,” Molly Biwer, senior vice president for public affairs and communications at Hallmark said in a statement obtained by the AP. “The Hallmark brand is never going to be divisive. We don’t want to generate controversy, we’ve tried very hard to stay out it … we just felt it was in the best interest the brand to pull them and not continue to generate controversy.”
The move may not have worked as controversy over removing the commercial broke out on Twitter. Ellen Degeneres wrote, “Isn’t it almost 2020? What are you thinking? Please explain. We’re all ears,” and Netflix promoted their LGBTQ films saying “Titles Featuring Lesbians Joyfully Existing And Also It’s Christmas Can We Just Let People Love Who They Love. 🎥 Let It Snow. 📺 Merry Happy Whatever.”
Mike Chi, Zola’s (the wedding-planning site) chief marketing ficer, says that the company has decided to pull the rest their ads from Hallmark. “The only difference between the commercials that were flagged and the ones that were approved was that the commercials that did not meet Hallmark’s standards included a lesbian couple kissing,” he said in a statement to the AP adding, “All kisses, couples and marriages are equal celebrations love and we will no longer be advertising on Hallmark.”
Cardi B is lacing Offset with a major bag for his birthday.
The “Money” rapper surprised her husband for his 28th birthday by giving him half-a-million dollars. She shared video from the surprise moment she opened the refrigerator to reveal $500,000 in cold hard cash.
“What else can I give somebody that got everything? The fridge!” she said before her bodyguard opened the door to reveal stacks of cash sitting on a shelf.
Offset was in disbelief as he grabbed the money. “That’s $500,000,” said Cardi, while a stunned Offset replied, “You don’t gotta give me this money.”
Cardi responded, “I don’t know what to give you so I gotta give you something. You could buy a car, you could buy more clothes, you could buy jewelry, you could buy me more Birkin bags. Shit, you could do whatever the hell you want.”
Offset could barely carry all the cash as Cardi captured the moment on her phone. “Happy birthday and don’t expect no Christmas gift from me, motherfucker,” she added. They both exchanged “I love yous” before kissing.
There was even more money to go around as Offset celebrated his birthday with friends including Quavo and Saweetie. Cash filled the floor at the strip club-themed bash on Friday night in L.A.
The couple has been known for buying extravagant gifts for each other. Cardi bought Offset a Rolls-Royce Wraith for his 26th birthday in 2017 and he gave her a Lamborghini Urus in 2018 followed by a massive Titanic heart-shaped ring for her 27th birthday this year.
Earlier this month, Cardi defended her husband against infidelity rumors following an Instagram hack that allegedly exposed a conversation between him and 6ix9ine’s girlfriend Jade.
With an uncontested reign as the top heavyweight boxing champion during his career, it’s no surprise that Mike Tyson enjoys frequent strolls down memory lane. As the youngest boxer ever to win a heavyweight title when he was just 20 years old, Tyson cemented his household-name status in the late 80s by clinching not only the WBC title but the WBA and IBF top spots as well. While his prime years in the ring were peppered with lucrative championships, magazine covers and endorsement spots, Tyson’s fortune took a turn for the worse as he neared retirement. Soldiering his way through a prison sentence and highly publicized financial troubles, Tyson is the first to admit that he hardly recognizes the man who frequently graced the cover Sports Illustrated.
“Don’t even remember that person,” says Tyson his younger self. However, despite his dissonance with his own early adulthood, Tyson is quick to remind the world that his story is not entirely tragic. “I’m so happy. This is a different kind living for me,” says Tyson his role as a family man in his third marriage. “I’m used to being a bachelor. Even when I was married before, I would have a house here, and there would be a house in D.C. or New York. The fact that I have a family base, my father-in-law comes in, my kids run up and down, this is their playroom. They come in to me and my wife’s room. This is my life now.”
“My life now] works. It’s complicated as hell, but it works.”
For the best throwback pics uploaded by The Baddest Man On The Planet himself, check out the Instagram gallery below.
Naturally, Tyson couldn’t let the 33rd anniversary his heavyweight title win against Trevor Berbick pass by unnoticed by his 8 million Insta followers.
In addition to all Tyson’s high-time throwback posts, the champion took the time the honor his late peer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker.
Know Your Roots
“As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want,” writes Tyson alongside a snap himself in fighting form.
2Pac The Legend
Tyson never misses an opportunity to share a solid throwback featuring 2Pac, and we’re happy every time.
There’s nothing like reminding your fans that you once used to house, train and care for Bengal tigers worth $70,000 each.
If you’re wondering what The Rock looked like back when he still had hair on his head, Tyson’s got you covered.
“Big kid in tight pants. If they ain’t tight they ain’t right,” writes Tyson a snap showcasing his vintage fashion.
I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson
Forget Fresh Prince, who can forget Will Smith’s 1989 track “I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson?”
“I’m hearing about Nelson Mandela’s death while on African soil in Oran, Algeria. Sending prayers to Mandela’s family as the world grieves with them,” captions Tyson alongside a throwback picture himself and the late political leader.
Nicki Minaj stepped out for the first time in over a month at the Billboard Women in Music event in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The rap queen was honored with the Game-Changer award, but the night wasn’t about her. After accepting her award from Normani, she paid tribute to Juice WRLD, who died on Sunday after suffering a seizure at the age of 21.
Nicki, who toured with Juice throughout Europe earlier this year, recalled a “great conversation” they had one time before a show. “While we walked to the stage, he held my hand and told me to stay calm and to pray,” said Nicki while reading off her iPhone. “He said he had been trying to do just that. I was so shocked to hear him of all people tell me that, but right there in that moment with him telling me that, I actually did feel calm and I felt like, ‘Hmm, what am I actually worried about?’”
She paused before continuing her heartfelt tribute. “I felt like he was a kindred spirit and looking back now, I wish I did something differently or said something to help. He spoke to me in detail about how in love he was with his girlfriend and how passionate he was about music. When he was in the studio with me, he did so many songs so quickly. He was honest and pure about what he felt and that inspired me.”
She acknowledged the other women being honored including Alanis Morissette, but couldn’t ignore Juice WRLD’s death. “I know this is a Women in Music night, and I’m honored to be in the presence of all these women,” she added. “So I know it’s about that, but it doesn’t feel comfortable to talk about me when someone so important to our culture just died.”
During her powerful speech, she sent her condolences to his family and friends and also brought up drugs and mental health. “Drugs isn’t the problem, it’s the way we fix our problem,” said Nicki. “So it’s so important that we don’t pass judgement so that people don’t feel ashamed to speak up and ask for help. It’s so important we talk about mental health. People are dying because they don’t want to express how miserable they are and how much they’re suffering, so they’d rather medicate themselves.”
In closing, she asked people to be more forgiving and show more compassion towards others, especially those in the spotlight. “I just came here tonight to ask people to be a little bit more forgiving and understanding, especially with entertainers. We can’t have a bad day,” she said. “I just wanted to encourage everyone to talk about whatever it is that they need to talk about, and be honest and open and get help.”
Before wrapping her five-and-a-half-minute speech, she thanked Lil Wayne, Birdman, her husband Kenneth Petty, and her fans. “I always am gonna keep surprises for you, even when you don’t see me on the internet,” she told her Barbz. “I am still thinking about you and I’m still working on ways to impress you guys and make you happy.”
Rapper 50 Cent attacked media mogul Oprah Winfrey in an Instagram post after learning that she was producing a documentary on allegations that producer Drew Dixon made against Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons.
In a post that features a smiling Simmons and Winfrey arm-in-arm during happier days, 50 cent accused her of focusing only on black men accused of ual harassment while ignoring white men who had done likewise. He wrote:
“I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent.”
The rapper also shared a collage of men who have been accused of ual harassment while indicating that the only ones who are in prison are black.
The collage included Bill Cosby and R. Kelly, along with Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Donald Trump, with the caption: “You think Oprah don’t notice how this s**t is playing out?”
It should be noted that, while Epstein currently is not in prison, he died while in prison after he was arrested for his alleged crimes. What’s more, authorities in New York have filed serious criminal charges against Weinstein for his conduct and many other criminal investigations of him are ongoing.
Simmons, too, is unhappy with Oprah. In his own Instagram post, he says, “Dearest OPRAH, you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog. I have given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book ‘THE POWER OF NOW’ we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary.”
Minneapolis, MN – As an artist, and in Hip Hop particularly, the most poignant expression often comes in the form of catharsis. Expressions from within. Sometimes, however, inspiration derives from applying a different lens to your own point of view. JAY-Z found this to be true when he conjured the American Gangster album out of the visual interpretation of Frank Lucas, and it turned out to be one of his most critically acclaimed projects.
Back on November 8th, Atmosphere dropped a video for “Bde Make Ska,” but did not announce an accompanying project. Then on Friday (December 13) the group just sneak attacked fans with another new video “Lovely” featuring Nikki Jean.
Oh, and a surprise album, Whenever.
Surprise not only describes the group’s unannounced release but also their 15th album’s content, which is notably different from the Minnesota-based duo’s previous two-plus decades of work. The reason? As it turns out, most of the songs were initially meant to be part of a television show, which inspired Slug to switch things up a bit.
“We initially set out to make a soundtrack for a television show,” Slug tells HipHopDX in an exclusive interview. “We were approached by a writer, who’s kind of known, who was making a show with a well-known producer. The writer is from [Minnesota] originally and he was like, ‘hey, I grew up on you guys’ shit. I would love to commission some music for this television show that we’re working on. I immediately was like ‘fuck yes, this gives me an excuse to go write shit that I would never normally, necessarily write,” he added.
But as the age-old story goes, the music itself is only a part of the music business. And for a group that has steered their own ship from the time it was a lifeboat until it became a yacht, giving up ownership was not an option.
“As I was wrapping it up, I was pretty happy with it, and then it was time for all the legal teams and the label and everybody to start talking and we couldn’t make it work, which is unfortunate, cause all the creative people who were involved were like, ‘what the fuck?’ We were all just kind of miffed,” said Slug. “It wasn’t even really a money thing, it was an ownership thing. And I’m trying to be careful what I say cause I don’t wanna throw anybody under the bus. It was really nobody’s fault. It’s basically one of those things I think, where at the end of the day, everybody’s just trying to protect themselves. But me, I own all my shit: I own my masters, I own everything, and so the concept of giving that up was just too much for me,” he added.
To many people, the idea of eschewing such a large platform might seem crazy, but there are perks that come along with having a loyal fanbase built over three different decades.
“[The company that bought and was televising the show] were like ‘look at all the exposure you’re giving up.’ I was kinda like, ‘exposure? I’m beyond that. I’m at a point now where either you know about us or you don’t,” said Slug. “If you don’t, that’s okay, and if you do you’ve already decided whether you like us or not. I’m not a new artist trying to break myself,” he added.
Though things didn’t work out with the show, per the Rhymesayers MC’s own advice from the past, when life gave him lemons, he painted that shit gold, and a collection of songs that were meant to be a piece of someone else’s cinematic vision became a larger part of his own.
“The creative people were all amicable. We all understood that this was out of our hands, and so I just decided, well fuck it, I added some pieces to it and said, ‘let’s just drop it as a project.’ I left it alone for a minute because I had to focus on Mi Vida Local. We were getting ready to go on tour for that,” Slug recalled. “I went out for the first couple legs of that and then when I got back around Christmas last year I started looking at the songs that were there and thinking, ‘there’s kind of a theme here that, again maybe nobody but me will see, but at least this time the theme’s not me,” he added.
The vision was coming together as Atmosphere headed overseas, and as it turns out it was the road that provided Slug with the concept’s finishing touch.
“When we hit Europe, everything was speaking to me. I was listening to these songs while I was walking around Norway [and the other European cities] and again, I was like, ‘this is an album and I think I like it because I think I hear a theme which, at least in my head is reclamation,” said Slug. “A lot of these songs deal with capturing something that’s been there next to you, that you lost, and reclaiming it. It gave me ideas for visuals, but then also I’m in these different spaces, going through these different territories, and I started talking to different people throughout Europe, getting them to record their voices for me on my phone. They emailed me the English translation. I would just give them the idea and they would say something. Some of that wound up on the album. Those were fitting right in with the reclamation concept”
For many fans and artists alike, change is not always so easily embraced, but for this particular project, a new process turned out to serve as a “refresh” button for Slug.
When I’m digging through beats, or looking at what Ant is prescribing for me, I can come at it like, ‘how would this feel if this was the opening scene, or if this was the credits when the credits start to roll after you just got the reveal of the show? And it was one of these kinda Twilight Zone type shows, so I was like that’s cool that allows us to get a more, I don’t wanna say experimental, but it allows us to not have to focus on making something that’s catchy. I like catchy, I make catchy in my head. I make choruses, but this gives me a chance to get away from that and focus more on making something that’s cinematic.”
Los Angeles, CA – Most casual Hip Hop fans would know Chicago’s very own Rockie Fresh from his work with Rick Ross and the Maybach Music Group imprint back in 2012. Rockie dropped a few solid mixtapes under the Bawse-run label and made some seriously impressive contributions to the Self Made album series.
Those who’ve stuck it out with him though would know that he’s been quietly yet purposely been crafting his debut album, Destination. MMG might have taught the 28-year-old MC the value of hard work and an entrepreneurial mindset but his true colors shine through as his most recent release. The 12-track LP aimed to bring his full musical prowess to life with a Rolodex of sounds and styles that will hopefully propel him back into the hearts and minds of the mainstream. “Must Be” with Chris Brown (the album’s lead single) has been helping raise his stock over the past few months but the album as a whole is what Rockie is focused most on.
He took time to talk to HipHopDX about not only the album and its concept but also his departure from MMG, his new home at Rostrum Records and his plans for a 2020 takeover. Not to mention his favorite albums of the decade.
HipHopDX: How does it feel to finally have the album out. Destination is here!
Rockie Fresh: I feel pretty regular. I got a lot more shit that I plan on doing but I’m happy that we got this out right now. I’m just ready to keep the ball rolling. This is a good feeling, though.
HipHopDX: This album has been a long time coming. It seems like it’s the project you’ve been preparing your whole life to release. What made now the right time to drop it?
Rockie Fresh: I think really I was transitioning between different business situations and through that, I was still making music. But also still trying to find a home and to find the right team to get my music out to the fans the way I wanted to. I think we finally got a good majority of those resources down pat, leading it to this date that we decided to drop the album at this time.
HipHopDX: You’ve been with Rostrum Records for just over a year, right?
Rockie Fresh: Yup.
HipHopDX: What made that the right place to drop the album and to start the next part of your career?
Rockie Fresh: I had a good relationship with Benjy [Grinberg]. Me and him we were able to vibe. There was a lot of other mutual components that worked with him and we were real cool with. But I also think on top of that I’m a lot smarter. When I was in my last deal I signed right when I turned 21 – now I’m 28. So I’ve got a lot better understanding of the game and where I want to go. Even with being signed to Rick Ross he trained us all to be bosses. Everyone has their own label now and their own leadership they’re working out of. It was my time to do the same thing and Rostrum gave me the best opportunity to do that.
HipHopDX: What was one of the best lessons you learned from Ross while on MMG?
Rockie Fresh: He always told us “The game ain’t based on sympathy” and any time you go through something, any Ls you take you just take that on the chin and keep it moving and not get you your feelings. I think that helped me out a lot in the game because any ups or downs I went through I was able to take as a part of the game and keep it moving. That’s one of the best things I learned from Rozay for sure.
HipHopDX: Absolutely. Even on the last track on the album, you said: “We know the label fucked up on my last shit, still we got past it.” It’s good to see that even though you went your separate ways with Ross you managed to keep it all love.
Rockie Fresh: 100 percent. At the end of the day we all trying to win. With that as a common goal, there could never be any negative shit.
HipHopDX: That’s how the album feels – it sounds like you’re in a good place. It’s triumphant, it’s got hits with melodies and serious bars too. It’s different vibes for everyone. What was the process of putting all those sides of you together on one album?
Rockie Fresh: I think that was the upside of having so much time to work on the album. I was able to get songs from different pieces and timeframes of my life. I’m 28, so I’m still growing and going through things and learning how to navigate. Some things I have are super fun and that’s when the turn-up records get made and some days it’s super low and that’s when songs like “Falling,” “Take A Second” and certain records like that get made. With that, it was me constantly staying in the studio, I was able to tap into whatever emotions I was feeling that day and make the necessary records to really connect with everybody else’s emotions.
HipHopDX: You’ve got some great features on this album but I want to talk especially about your relationship with Casey Veggies. He’s been one of your most consistent collaborators since you first came out. What’s that relationship like?
Rockie Fresh: That’s like my brother. I be hanging out with him at his house when I’m in L.A. I’m cool with his parents — that’s like my real brother. We linked up in 2010 and we’ve been super close ever since. That’s real family. That’s why we make so much music together – because we always hang out, so we’re working constantly, nonstop. We probably have at least 100 songs together. We about to go crazy!
HipHopDX: I want to pivot and talk about your hometown of Chicago. Did you spend time in the city while recording? Did it play a role in the creation of the album?
Rockie Fresh: I did record a lot of the album in Chicago but also the concept behind the album cover: I go out on my balcony – I live in downtown Chicago so I go out on my balcony a lot and listen to beats, smoke out, listen to songs I’ve made in the studio. A lot of times it’s super late night when I’m out there and that’s how my view looks. I wanted to give people the feeling of what it’s like to be on my balcony looking out at night and just vibing to the music.
With the Delorean, that’s always a big theme in my projects: time travel and going to different places in my life – that was the whole concept. But yeah I recorded a lot of the album in Chicago. Mostly Chicago and L.A.
HipHopDX: Are those the two cities you’re based out of now?
Rockie Fresh: Yeah! It’s summertime Chi – it’s the best. But I love being in L.A. when it’s wintertime and cold in Chicago. It all works out.
HipHopDX: You did a pop-up in Chicago the day before the album dropped. How did that feel to release the album with the people of Chicago?
Rockie Fresh: Oh, that was awesome. Being around my friends, family and the fans that found out about my music first. You know, I always love doing stuff in Chicago. It was also a very peaceful event with no violence. I appreciate everyone who pulled up. It was awesome. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
HipHopDX: Now, we are coming close to the end of the year – it’s only a month away. What do you think about Hip Hop moving into 2020? Are you optimistic on where the genre is going?
Rockie Fresh: I’m very optimistic, we’ve got a lot of artists. So you can focus on what, like, you fuck with. When you find something you like there are couple artists that can really satisfy that need. And then there are so many other options when you want to veer off into other things. I’m always optimistic – there is a lot of stuff to sift through – sometimes it might get hard as a listener but I feel like whatever you’re looking for there is an artist for that somewhere in the world. I just want to be one of those artists that captures a lot of vibes. I want to be a one stop shop for my fans over the next few years.
HipHopDX: You know as well as I do that over the past year or 18 months rap has really crossed over and mixed with pop-punk, country and rock sounds and aesthetics. As someone who was early on absorbing the likes of Fall Out Boy and Good Charlotte, what do you think about Hip Hop embracing these other genres?
Rockie Fresh: I think it’s dope. That’s what we were really working for – for rap to considered deeper than that. But also real music. I think when music can come together in different ways it’s only a good look for Hip Hop because it shows how far we came. I’m with it 100%.
HipHopDX: Looking to next summer and warmer weather – do you have plans to hit the festival circuit?
Rockie Fresh: That’s definitely something I want to do. We’re working on setting that up right now and on top of that I’m going to be dropping more music – so we’re going to flood. I definitely want to hit a lot of these festivals this year. Hopefully, we have big announcements for y’all at the top of 2020 letting you know where you can catch the Rockie Fresh live show. Because we definitely going crazy with it.
HipHopDX: For those who haven’t been yet – what can people expect at one of your live shows?
Rockie Fresh: They are going to see a lot of energy but also they will get a nice experience with the lights and the digitals. We’re going to give them a one of a kind show for sure.
HipHopDX: Since we are at the end of the decade, I gotta know – what are some of your favorite albums of the past 10 years? Excluding your own.
During a time when Drake became hip-hop’s quintessential loverboy and Kanye West went full-on bourgeoisie, Troy Ave emerged as a reminder that the streets are very much alive. He brought back that New York energy at a time when some argued it was fading out, just as trap music rose to prominence and the South began to dictate hip-hop.
Troy Ave in 2019 is different in a lot ways, but at the same time, there’s a lot about him that hasn’t changed. Musically, his sound is still rooted in the East Coast hip-hop tradition from the early 2000s. But more than that, he’s still the topic discussion at barbershops, blogs and anywhere else where hip-hop conversations are prevalent, even when it doesn’t pertain to the music.
In 2016, Troy Ave was arrested in connection to the Irving Plaza shooting that resulted in the death his bodyguard and friend, Ronald McPhatter. This has been a major obstacle in his career for a few reasons including allegations snitching. The trial ficially began earlier this year and Troy recently shared an ambiguous updated on the proceedings on Instagram. “Left Court with a small Victory 2day, We Still fighting the Big War,” he wrote.
When asked to elaborate on what the small victory was, Troy Ave was reluctant to speak on it. However, everything else was essentially fair game. Troy Ave detailed his new project, White Christmas 7 and the significance the series. Although he isn’t necessarily a fan the holidays, it’s a series that he knows his fans expect from him every year. And while Santa Claus might be a myth, Troy Ave is trying to keep it as real as he can.
From 6ix9ine to Taxstone to his favorite Christmas movies all time, over the course our 30-minute conversation, Troy Ave certainly didn’t hold his tongue.
HNHH: How you doing, bro?
Troy Ave: I’m blessed. How you doing?
I’m good. I just wanted to kick things f by talking about the new project. At number 7, why is it important to keep the White Christmas series going? What does this mean for your career?
It’s really consistency. That’s the key to success for me. I practice what I preach and I show that to my fans and supporters because they look at me a lot times for the key to success, and I show them, I ain’t just preachin’ it, I’m practicing it. So y’all keep it going. Plus, I almost lost my life on Christmas day. So I kind made a pact. And I was actually listening to White Christmas when I got shot in the head. I was listening to the prayer part the intro. So no matter what as long as I’m able I’ma release a White Christmas. I could’ve not been here and not made it anymore. And, the thing is, it makes a lot people’s Christmas. Some people don’t get a gift, they don’t get shit for Christmas, they get this. This is my gift to everybody that supported me throughout the years. I’ma always give them this White Christmas. They can buy it or get it for free, however, you wanna get it. You could stream it or whatever, but I’m going to make sure I’m consistent and I show my gratitude, appreciation, and love for all my fans.
Just in terms New York hip hop, this decade alone the sound has changed so much but you’re still bringing a relatively traditional sound with your music.
It’s really just being comfortable with yourself and sounding like where you’re from. Most people like to wave ride and sound like whatever is popular. That’s why you see a lot people coming out there and being a flash in the pan and when that style goes away, you go away. But if you come in with an original sound, even if you’re not hitting, immediately or eventually people will pick up on your sound. As opposed to you having to pick up on someone else’s sound.
One thing that stood out for me was the intro. Why did you get Pastor Rema Duncan to do the intro? I know he did it on White Christmas 6, what’s that relationship been like?
Well, I’m a spiritual person, and religious, but I don’t go to church or nothing like that. I always saw a lot preachers as money-hungry or money-grubbing or crooks or whatever. But Pastor Rema, he’s the person that drove me to the hospital when I was shot in my head and shot in my back on Christmas day. I just didn’t know he was a pastor. He was just a passerby driving by in the car. It just so happened that out everybody on the highway, he stopped for me. That was part saving my life, and he was praying for me on the way to the hospital. Him and his sister, they were praying for me. He was talking to his sister on speakerphone like, “Yo this guy is running down a highway, I’m going to stop for him” or whatever and his sister started praying for me when I got in the car all bloody. So I want to give people that Church, but I’m giving it to them in a way that they don’t even realize they’re receiving it. We’re putting their medicine in a cup Kool-Aid.
Nah, definitely. How long ago was the shooting?
It was two years ago, going on three this year.
How did that impact the holidays moving forward for you?
Maybe I appreciate it more. I move a little differently. It just impacted my whole life, not holidays. I don’t get down on the holidays. I never understand why when something tragic happens, they were down and out. I feel like you should be happy you alive and you made it. So, I don’t know if it impacted the holidays, but definitely impacted my life.
Another thing about the intro I liked is the interpolation “Wade In The Water.”
You caught that huh?
That was the first thing I noticed f the rip. What does that song represent your life right now?
That represents my faith. That represents walking on water. I had a picture, I was shooting a video at my house and the photographer took a picture, I had a bunch money and I threw some money in a pool. There was hundred dollar bills floating on the water and he took a picture it. The picture was just so dope that it inspired me to make an intro. So I called up my pastor and I’m like, “Yo pastor, I got this picture and this what I’m trying to feel. If you could interpret that through a prayer for the people or something for the people, for encouragement, that would be dope” and he said I got you. He just interpreted it like, I told him I’m feeling the vibe “you gotta have faith to get to the money” and the faith walking on water is what Peter or one them had. The money equals success, you gotta have faith to get to that. And that faith in yourself and work ethic, you don’t give up, you keep going, and then you’ll get to your ultimate goal. I feel like Pastor Rema, he eloquated that, whatever the word is, he did that beautifully.
Ok, word. It’s interesting because it’s Christmas and all.
It’s captivating, right?
Yeah. It’s bringing those elements your faith and your own beliefs into your music in a way that is tailored to the way you live your life.
And not doing it in a corny way where it feels like you’re handing out a pamphlet. I’m not really with that.
Nah, exactly. I think most people aren’t necessarily living their life to the bible, but I think a lot people can relate to it in the same way.
Dope, yup. I’m glad you picked up on that bro, that makes me happy.
Nah, for sure. It came across clearly.
When you make music, you don’t know people’s reactions, or how they’re going to take to it, or if they’re going to get it. But the fact that you brought that up is super dope. I got the reaction I wanted to get. Even when I had the singing and everything behind it for “Wade In The Water.” It just came together real good.
You have Project Pat on the project, and I’ve noticed since you’ve been coming up in the game, you’ve been working with a lot OGs like Raekwon and Cam’ron, I just wanted to know why has it been necessary to have artists like that on your project?
I feel like a lot those are artists that I’ve always admired and stuff like that. Not only that, I just like to…I’m not a clout chaser, I like to put people that fit on a record that’ll be dope. So any collab you hear me with on one my projects is an artist that fits on it, and they’re going to sound good on it. I’m not putting you on just because you got a buzz now. A buzz today doesn’t mean a buzz tomorrow. I want my music to have substance and stand the test time and not just be for right now. So I make sure that the feature I get are features I actually want and that’ll fit.
Nah definitely. You brought up the word clout chasing which has obviously been a big term in hip hop for the past two years. I was just wondering what are your thoughts about the term relating to the current state hip hop?
It’s like we live in bizarro world right now. Everything out now — nothing’s what it’s supposed to be. Nothing is what it seems. It only hurts the real artists, the genuine artists like me. Like, if everybody wearin’ fake jewelry, just to clout chase, then, damn. If I got a diamond necklace, or say I got a bust down Cuban, and my chain costs $70K or whatever. And then somebody else, they got a bigger chain that looks like it would cost double mine but there’s is fake. So now, they get the clout because they look like they got a big diamond chain. Meanwhile, that chain costs $2,000 and it’s fake and mines really cost $70K. So, it really fucks up the game for the real ones. You can’t tell what’s what because all these fake streams. Somebody look like they got a lot streams but your streams is fake. My streams is real! I think it messes things up but at the end the day, you can’t fake the money. But unfortunately, sometimes when you fake it, you get to the money.
For sure. You just dropped a single with Max B last week. I was wondering what your relationship with Max B is?
I know Max through one my friends that’s close friends with him, too. He actually in jail right now, or he just went to jail. I had did a top 50 list my favorite New York artists or something like that and I put Max B on there. He hit me on DM sayin’, ‘Ayo, good lookin’’ or whatever. I was like, ‘No doubt. I fuck with you.’ He sent me his manager’s number and then we went from there. And then, yeah, that’s the gist our relationship.
Word. You’ve been preaching this “Streets Is A Myth” concept for a while. After being at the 6ix9ine trial in support Nuke and watching how that transpired, has that reaffirmed your position on the streets being a myth?
That was something that was super affirmed already. It ain’t nothing recently happened to reaffirm that. Like, I knew what was up with that. Even bigger than this 6ix9ine thing, it was another dude. The dude who sent Nuke] to jail. He was supposed to be the biggest drug dealer and biggest gang member and all that. He turned around and basically lied and said that he gave him the drugs on this day, that day and a bunch shit. I was like, “Wow. This is crazy.” And the fact that when he comes home, it’s just going to be all — it ain’t gonna be a big deal because, you know, people chase clout. So all he gotta do is come home from jail, and give a little bit money to some people and it’s all good. You know what I’m sayin’? It ain’t no real rules or nothing. Everybody is a free for all. You can’t get caught up in the streets unless you plan on living in the streets. Successful people, in the real world, is not living in the streets and not living by the street rules. If you got an expensive house and somebody break into that shit, you not gonna walk around, lookin’ in the streets. You’re callin’ the cops and file a police report so you can get the insurance claim and get whatever was stolen back. Straight up.
Have you ever crossed paths with 6ix9ine during his reign?
Not in person but we spoke on FaceTime, twice. And some Instagram shit, like, you know what I’m sayin’? He put something in one my comments on his page or whatever. I’m not a super friendly person with artists but I’m a great friend at the same time, if that makes sense. So, that’s the extent that.
I know you mentioned that nobody will really care about the snitching if 6ix9ine comes out jail —
Oh, I wasn’t even talkin’ about 6ix9ine. I was talkin’ about the other dude that was on there. It was a Spanish dude. Damn, I forgot his name. Damn, I forgot this guy’s name… Uh… CEO Kris! Yeah, he’s the biggest fuckin’ rat in the world, dawg. Like, that’s a fact. Or Kristian Cruz. That’s who I was talkin’ about. Kristian Cruz is who sent Nuke to jail, not 6ix9ine.
Did you have a relationship with him in anyway?
Nah, never. Nope, never met him in my life. Never knew him, Nothing. He claims they were doing criminal acts together and when you in a gang, street rules apply. Period, no matter what. And if you doing criminal acts, allegedly, with somebody in your gang, you keep your fuckin’ mouth shut. But, you know, streets is a myth, dawg.
There was that controversy from “2 Legit 2 Quit” where people said you were taking the stand. How did that affect your career, if it did in any way, and how do you think that’ll affect 6ix9ine’s career?
I don’t know. That’s a good question. I like to equate everything to money. So, if anything, it made me more famous — infamous — and that just turned into more money. So, like, from that point, to now, all that happened is my revenue increased. It just sparked debate. And the streets like Republicans and Democrats. Like this is the topic the barbershop talk. It’s the topic on all the blogs. It’s the topic podcasts. People are talkin’ about Troy Ave and my name buzzin’.
So, I don’t know. My situation and 6ix9ine shit different because he was in a gang, he had dealings with his gang and over his friends and Blood members and he took the stand against ‘em. And that’s fucked up for what it is. But, my situation is, an enemy who tried to kill me, who put everything on social media and then he tried to frame me for the murder my best friend. And then went and wrote a letter to the judge which is the equivalent to taking the stand and tried to get me indicted on some other crimes and then I’m sayin’, “Whoa! That’s not me. That’s not my gun.” It’s a big difference than his. It’s only in compared because we in the hip-hop world.
You’re talking about Taxstone?
Yup. I think it’s a lot hypocrisy with it because in one breath, people will say — well, most sane people with any type sense would be like, “Hell no. You don’t go to jail for your enemy.” For your friends, that’s different. For any enemy, once they take their gloves f, the gloves is f. The hypocrisy in it is that people will tell you or some people will say, “You should go to jail for him. You should take the charges and then fight it. That’s the code the streets.” Not even fight it — you don’t say, “That’s not my gun.” Then the D.A. will say, “Who’s gun is it?” Then you gonna say, “I don’t know who’s gun it is.” But that’s crazy. They don’t want you to do that, because you should go down for that but in the same breath, they wouldn’t be willing to go down. I look at it like, alright, if you say that this person should go down for a charge somebody that you support but why don’t you just kill that person and then you go down for that charge. It’s the same charge! Murder is murder, you both go to jail. So if you think this person should go to jail for an enemy, or because it’s somebody that you love, then why don’t you say, “You know what? I’m going to kill that person, and then I’mma murder them, and then my friend will get set free and then I’ll just go to jail for them.” If you so passionate about it one way, you gotta be passionate about the other, if you real. Unless you fake. Unless you’re clout chasing. And that’s the case in most instances.
There’s an IG post from a few days ago where you’re pretty much talking about real estate, ownership, and more importantly, making sure the next generation kids are straight. I was wondering why that message is important for you to get across.
I think it’s important, if you consider yourself real, because so many people that consider themselves real, they got kids and they kids ain’t gettin’ taken care . Or they make up excuses about why they kids ain’t taken care . Or they die and they leave a burden for their family members — they leave no legacy. They leave nothing… You need to buy] a home, you need to make sure your mama’s not livin’ in the same bum ass that you grew up in, you know what I’m sayin’? You need to do better for your people and for yourself and bein’ a boss is real. That’s what’s being real. You can’t talk about being real and talk all this tough sh*t and get up and punch a clock. ‘Cause at any time, your boss could get mad and say, ‘Hey, fuck you. Kiss my ass!’ And you just gotta keep your mouth shut if you want to keep your job. I think, like, for me, not to anybody else who livin’ in bizarro world like I said, it’s a whole different world.
For me, I think things like that are real. I think the person who holds down a job and keep doing their thing is real. Not the person that’s running in the streets and getting money for a short period time and then when you get locked up, you become a burden to your family.
Kevin Gates recently praised you on Instagram. I wanted to know what your relationship with Gates is like.
Gates? Gates is my dawg! We met a long time ago at Sirius XM Radio. He was doing an interview, I was comin’ up to do an interview. I seen this guy with a bowtie on, I said, ‘Why does this guy have a bowtie on?’ Like, the fuck’s this guy doing with a bowtie on? But, you know, we kept it cool. I’m not one those people that judge people or whatever. I was passin’ by and I was like props and that’s when we crossed paths. And then, later on, like two or] three years later, we end up gettin’ the XXL] Freshman cover together. Shit, it might’ve been a year later. And we end up being on the XXL] Freshman cover together, which is crazy. So that happened, we had formed a relationship from then. He got a strong faith in God, too. So, you know, Kevin Gates is a dope person, you know what I’m sayin’? His new album doin’ crazy. I think he’s a dope person and in a lot ways, we alike. He don’t really have no features on his album, either.
Just back to the album real quick. On “Clown Cake Interlude,” you say that your kids don’t believe in Santa Claus. Will you ever launch “Santa Claus Is A Myth” campaign?
Santa Claus? Nah, nah, I try not to impose my thoughts on other people, you know what I’m sayin’? Like even with religion, I feel like we don’t want to impose our stuff. If we can put it out and people gravitate towards it will feel that way no matter what, then that’s cool. I don’t want to ruin that for other people. I know that because little kids learn that. I feel like I have an obligation as a man and as an artist to be responsible with what I’m doin’, you know? I don’t want to ruin that for any other parent that’s lettin’ their kids know Santa Claus is real or whatever.
I think everybody already knows that Santa Claus is a myth. And if Santa Claus isn’t a myth, I need my fuckin’ money back because I’ve spent a lot cash on Christmas. I’mma forward my American Express bill to the North Pole, you know what I’m sayin’?
So, the last question. I know you’re not a fan Christmas but you seem to be a big fan movies. What are your top five Christmas movies all time?
This Christmas. It’s like, it has Chris Brown in it and Gabrielle Union, or something like that. It had a bunch people. I think it’s called This Christmas. I’m not sure. But, that one. Home Alone. Damn, I missed that other Christmas movie. Umm… The one with where they’re like, “You’re going to shoot your eye out!” And the kid got his tongue stuck to the pole. A Christmas Story, I think. A couple other ones, I don’t know. If you shot some names f, I’d probably remember them. I don’t know right now.
The Jordan Dub Zero, a sneaker that originally debuted back in 2005, is slowly but surely making a comeback. The kicks have re-released in multiple colorways already, and fans the cult classic will be happy to learn that the one the OG designs is on the horizon.
An ficial release date has not yet been announced but it is believed the kicks will be available in the coming weeks.
For the uninitiated, the Dub Zero is a hybrid sneaker borrowing design cues from eight different Air Jordans including the Air Jordan 4, Air Jordan 6, Air Jordan 11, Air Jordan 12, Air Jordan 13, Air Jordan 15, Air Jordan 17 and Air Jordan 20.
This OG colorway features the familiar red, white and black design, highlighted by glossy patent leather detailing and an eye-catching laser etched upper that swarms both the medial and lateral portions the silhouette. If you weren’t a fan the kicks when they debuted all those years ago you’re probably still not interested in copping a pair now, but it’s worth noting that this colorway is rumored to drop sometime this month for $160.