Fat Joe’s "Family Ties" Proves To Be An Apathetic Farewell

While the black-and-white album artwork for Fat Joe’s 11th studio album very easily could have found its way into an infomercial for Rolls-Royce Manhattan, it better serves as a representation Joe’s musical disposition in 2019. Parked alongside partner-in-crime Dre Cool & Dre fame, Joe can be seen dangling his bedazzled wrist out the window, a steady stream Armand de Brignac pooling between the twin Phantoms like sea foam lapping at the hulls passing ships in the night. It’s an image awash in bombast and luxury, ideal for the grand farewell its skipper has imagined for himself. 

From trading bars with Big L to appearing in the Def Jam: Fight For New York video games, Fat Joe has long stood on the rap frontlines as an intrepid rabble-rouser. He has a way with words that is the byproduct witnessing Big Pun flip muttered tongue twisters into iconic couplets, and a “predator or prey” mentality that nourished his rise from the Forest Housing Projects. Although the era white Cadillacs and Terror Squad chains is now a fragment the past, it lives on through Joe’s animated retellings $50,000 cash withdrawals and subsequent door-to-door shake downs after being informed his balance had dipped into the red. He recounted all this and more during his visit to W 25th Street’s 40/40 Club on Tuesday night, where he spoke at length with Elliott Wilson as part Tidal’s ongoing #CRWN interview series. With the utmost respect for Wilson, Joe had little need for discussion facilitation, enchanting those in attendance with vivid studio vignettes and tales run-ins with the likes Dapper Dan and First Take’s Stephen A. Smith. “What I’m missing is a classic album,” Joe told the bewildered moderator, a Celtics green tracksuit gripping to his every gesture as if directed by some invisible puppeteer in the rafters. 

Unfortunately for all those involved, Family Ties is no such masterpiece, even as Joe pulls out all the stops and calls in plenty favors from friends far and wide to assemble the 11-track ensemble. If Family Ties is indeed his final album, then at the very least it’s an admirable enough send-f for the Bronx-bred behemoth, albeit one that doesn’t muster much replay value beyond its 42-minute duration. Arriving at a time when many the genre’s old guard are being sent to the breakers, the closing chapter to Joe’s 26-year-old discography struggles beneath the cruel hand Father Time in an effort to postpone such a fate, and in the process manages to scrounge up mostly run–the-mill scraps. That’s not to say that it lacks redeemable qualities, but rather that it’s forcibly linear in its tastes, which is a shame given Joey Crack’s aforementioned back catalogue stories and credentials.

“Projects” is a decent tone setter, its rattling percussion chiseled around street buzzwords as Dre and Joe exchange platitudes. “Been Thru,” originally intended to be a solo single for Dre, is a similarly-structured rags to riches ode, with a chorus that fashions bullet holes “big enough to fill Shaquille’s socks.” Listeners (particularly disciples the Wu) will recognize the sample Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter” on “Heaven & Hell” but will likely find themselves perplexed by the manic use Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” on the Lil Wayne-assisted “Pullin’.” Crooner Jeremih pops up on the album’s two R&B cuts, first with Bryson Tiller as part “Hands on You” and later with Ty Dolla $ign for the sensual, coupe-for-every-day–the-week “Drive.” Elsewhere, lead single “YES” attempts to fill empty space with shoddy strip club lyrics, while “Lord Above” finds Eminem taking provocative cracks at Nick Cannon in what has been one the most talked-about if preposterous rap beefs in recent memory. 

Fellow New Yorkers Mary J. Blige (“Lord Above”) and Remy Ma (“Splash”), the latter whom collaborated with Joe in 2017 on joint LP Plata O Plomo, display excellent chemistry with their host. Yet even the presence such high-flying acts does little to distract from the apathetic blend trap melodies and inner-city parables that is Family Ties. For what it’s worth, Joe does well to hold up his end the bargain, and there are glimpses his intellect as an emcee, both in his delivery and diction (“Seen more faces than Midnight Marauders”). But by in large, both Joe and Dre indulge a mold that overcompensates in accommodating past glories and the stylistic inclinations the new generation. Perhaps this isn’t the end the rope and there will be more striking musical endeavors from the certified hip hop hall famer in the future. In the meantime, the bonds fatherhood call. “I want to make sure every time (my daughter) turns around, her dad is there … and I’m there for her,” he said during an appearance on CBS This Morning. Retirement is a fickle thing, but family ties are forever.

JAY-Z & Kanye West Reconcile At Diddy’s 50th Birthday Party

Los Angeles, CA – Diddy celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded party in Los Angeles on Saturday night (December 14). Among the many guests were Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Big Boi, Post Malone and Tyga.

At some point during the evening, it appeared Hov and ‘Ye finally reconciled after years of not speaking — at least not publicly. While taking photos with the birthday boy, they stood near each other and eventually began talking. They also shared a handshake. 

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In a video clip captured by one of the party goers, the two Hip Hop giants are smiling and laughing as they go about their evening.

Kanye and Jay were close friends at one point and collaborated on multiple projects, including 2011’s Watch The Throne. But in November 2016, Ye went on a lengthy rant during a Saint Pablo Tour stop in Sacramento and essentially accused the Hip Hop billionaire and his wife Beyoncé of being a bad friends.

As a result, Jay referenced Kanye on the 4:44 tracks “Kill Jay Z,” “Caught Their Eyes” and “Bam.”

“I know people backstab you, I felt that too,” he spit on “Kill Jay Z.” “But this fuck everybody attitude ain’t natural/ ut you ain’t the same, this ain’t Kumba Ye/But you got hurt because you did cool by Ye/You give him $20 million without blinking/He gave you 20 minutes onstage, fuck what was he thinking?/Fuck wrong with everybody?’ is what you saying/ But if everyone is crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”

During a 2017 interview with Rap Radar, Jay explained what led to their fallout.

“It’s not even about Kanye,” he said. “It really isn’t. His name is there, but it’s just the truth of what happened, but I’m sayin’ the whole point is you got hurt because this guy was talking about you on a stage, but what really hurt me is you can’t bring my kids and my wife into it.

“We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it. Now that’s a problem with me. That’s a real, real problem. He know it’s a problem ’cause me and him would have been talked about it. We would have been resolved our issues, but he know he crossed the line.”

Although there were allegedly attempts at making peace, this is the first time they’ve been seen together publicly in years.

Check out some of the photos from Diddy’s party below.

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Interview: Rapper Londynn B. Talks Being A Finalist On Netflix’s ‘Rhythm + Flow’

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?
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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.

Check out Londynn B.’s video “I Can’t Change” below and follow Londynn B. on Instagram @londynnbofficial_ for more consistent updates.

Megan Thee Stallion Has Firm Grip On Wiz Khalifa As They Ride Around To Prophetic Song

People are always trying to figure out who Megan Thee Stallion might be hooking up with, which proves to be a difficult task when she appears to be homies with everybody. Wiz Khalifa was one the firsts to be suspected securing hip hop’s resident Hot Girl. Back in June, the two advertised that they went on a gym date together, but things seemed to be more amicable than romantic between them. This was confirmed shortly after when Wiz started dating Aimee Aguilar and Meg entered a short-term relationship with Moneybagg Yo (which may have just been a publicity stunt?). 

Well, get ready for the rumour mill to start spinning again once people see the video below. Wiz and Megan might have had a night on the town because she shared a video on Instagram in which Wiz emphasizes a line in one his songs playing in the background: “6 AM and we still trapping.” The time stamp in the top-left corner the video confirms this, if Meg’s phone happens to be set to EST rather than Los Angeles’ PST. The next line the song is equally accurate: “I’m riding ’round with a Stallion, she testing me, I accept the challenge.” Stalli sits in the passenger seat behind Wiz as she has her hand firmly gripped around his neck. 

This video leaves us with a few questions. Since this song is unreleased, did Wiz foresee his future and record it to soundtrack his ride? Were the two rappers leaving a studio session? What is Meg testing exactly? Will Wiz withstand the challenge? Hopefully we’ll have some answers soon enough. 

Kodak Black Claims The Miami FDC Is Trying To Kill Him

Miami, FL – Kodak Black is speaking out about what allegedly went down at the Mimi Federal Department of Corrections in October. The Pompano Beach, Florida native was involved in a prison brawl that sent one guard to the hospital. But according to Kodak, there’s more to the story.

On Saturday (December 14), the incarcerated rapper wrote a lengthy Instagram post, accusing the Miami FDC of essentially trying to kill him. He claims he was drugged and then denied medical attention when he attempted to seek help. 

“On October 29th I was laced with an unknown substance here in Miami, FDC,” he wrote. “That substance gave me an out of body experience and had me feeling like I was possessed and dying slowly. Upon this experience i managed to go to the CO’s office to seek medical Attention (As shown on surveillance cameras). I was denied ! This left me in a state of paranoia.

“Shortly after I got into an altercation with an inmate. This same CO who denied me medical attention, proceeded to pepper spray me which instantly impaired my vision and I was oblivious to who was punching and grabbing me repeatedly in the face. Even after I was on the floor they continued to strike me and deploy more people. I was summoning for them to stop while gasping for my breath.”

Kodak then says whatever substance he was allegedly given didn’t show up in a drug test and the inmate he fought magically went home the day. He also laments the fact he has to mourn Juice Wrld’s death behind bars.

“This near death experience felt like dogs were tearing at my skin while they were grabbing and beating me while I was under the influence of this unknown substance that mysteriously hasn’t popped up in my Urine analysis and mysteriously the inmate I was fighting with went home the next day,” he continued. “I was beaten so brutally that I had to be taken to the Box in a wheelchair. I have been here for 45 days without commissary, hygiene stressed out and on psych meds. Having to mourn the loss of my brother Juice World behind the doors.”

Kodak concludes the caption by spelling out his intentions of the post, which is basically to spotlight the allegedly shady practices that go down between the four walls of the Miami FDC.

“Prior to this there were a few inmates who intentionally beat up … An officer and no charges were filed,” he adds. “Meanwhile I get into a fight with another inmate and this officer jumps in to inflict harm on himself and capitalize on my status as a local celebrity.

“I had officers tell me that the CO was ok that night and that he is trying to go this route. Because he self checked himself in the hospital. I have also heard officers tell me that the CO has been back to FDC and bragging that he will her a quarter million from me. I want to shed this light on police brutality and the tactics they use to cover their behinds.”

Kodak was arrested on weapons charges prior to his Rolling Loud Miami set in May and a judge denied him bond shortly after, deeming him “a danger to the community.”He has since pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison last month.

The 22-year-old is also juggling drug and weapons charges in New York as well as a ual assault case in South Carolina.

Nia Long Gets Nas’ Attention With ‘Illmatic’ Instagram Photo Shoot

Throughout her acting career that’s lasted for more than 20 years, Nia Long has been sort of an obsession for prominent figures in the Hip Hop industry. Not only is it her perpetual beauty, but her roles in iconic movies like Boyz n the Hood and Friday have solidified her spot in Hip Hop history and Black culture.

On Friday (December 13), the 49-year-old took to Instagram decked out in a crewneck plastered with Nas’ 2007 XXL cover, amassing several thousand likes a pop. Long posted not one or two, but three consecutive photos rocking the sweater featuring the Illmatic legend.

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“Still ill,” read the caption of one of the posts.

And of course, Nasty Nas himself took notice in the comments section. “U da illest!” replied Nas.

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This isn’t the only time Nas and Long have been intertwined. O Nas’ 2001 track “Oochie Wally,” Horse of Bravehearts raps, “Like Nia Long in a cherry thong with the lights on.” And in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in 2016, Long even admitted that she actually went out and purchased a cherry thong after first hearing that line.

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The popular actress has also been name dropped in songs by rappers like JAY-Z, Missy Elliott, J. Cole and more.

Video Interview: Yelawolf Talks Career Highlights, Working With Eminem & Making L.A. Reid Cry

Yelawolf stopped by the HipHopDX offices in Hollywood for an interview about his nearly 15-year career. During the conversation, he discussed how he needed to leave his hometown in order to truly find his place in Hip Hop.

He described in detail some of his early shows with Rittz, B.o.B. and Big K.R.I.T. At one show in particular, Yelawolf remembers a wild sequence of events happening that included singer Fantasia twerking on stage while he was performing and Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and music business veteran L.A. Reid watching from the side stage.

“I remember this one show and there was about 1,500 to 2000 kids,” he says. “It was a sold out show. Fantasia from American Idol jumped on stage and started twerking. I had hair down to my waist. Lil Wayne was there, DJ Khaled was there, L.A. Reid was there… The show was just crazy.”

After that performance, Yelawolf was told the labels didn’t know how to proceed with his music.

“After the show, the word I got back was this is dope, but they didn’t know what to do with it,” he said. “They were like, ‘This is cool, but what the fuck is this?’”

Yelawolf details one moment in particular with Reid that helped define his career. Reid had asked Yelawolf to rap in front of his entire office when the two were in talks about a record deal, but he refused.

“The story to me is the most important part … I had already rapped in front of people in their offices before,” he said. “That shit never got me no record deal … It was a Thursday, I was performing the next day, a Friday at a sold out show at the Fillmore, opening up for Raekwon.

“If anybody  in that building or L.A. Reid wanted to see me perform, they could come to that show. I wasn’t about to rap in their office. ‘Are we doing the deal or not? No, we’re not doing the deal? Alright peace.’”

He continued by saying his manager wasn’t as impressed with the decision when they got in the elevator.

Shortly after that moment, Yelawolf wrote what he calls his most “meaningful verse ever” on a Waffle House napkin. The next time he was in Reid’s office, he recited the lyrics he had written after their previous encounter, which made Reid tear up.

Elsewhere in the interview, he provides some exclusive stories about Eminem, Machine Gun Kelly and more.

Watch DX’s full interview with Yelawolf above.

Tyler, The Creator & Megan Thee Stallion To Perform At Buku Music + Art Project

The BUKU Music + Art Project has announced the lineup for its 9th anniversary. The New Orleans festival will take place on March 20 and 21, 2020 on the iconic Mardi Gras World grounds. With a diverse set performers – featuring some the biggest names in the music industry and burgeoning local talent – BUKU 2020 is sure to be special. The festival is loved for being rooted in the artistic subculture New Orleans, harnessing the vibe an underground warehouse party while boasting large-scale attractions and installations. 

Tyler, The Creator will bring his IGOR theatrics while serving as headliner. Electronic acts, Flume and Illenium, also top the lineup. More dance-inducing sets will come from Kaytranada, who just dropped his excellent sophomore album, BUBBA, and rising producer, Channel Tres. In terms hip hop, Run The Jewels, Flatbush Zombies, JPEGMAFIA, Young M.A., Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch are some the notable artists on the bill. BUKU also covered some R&B ground with 2019 favourites, Ari Lennox and Lucky Daye. 

Not only is the lineup fire, but BUKU also has an awesome ethos: “We Believe in Those Who Strive to be Dope. Originality, Creativity, Freedom and Community is Our Anthem.” These pillars freedom and community underlie their strict stance on inclusion and safety. The organizers and the BUKREWE community practice a zero-tolerance policy for: “ual harassment, acts aggression, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, religious bigotry… or any other form hatred or discrimination. BUKU is intended to be a safe space to enjoy music, art, expression and community in complete freedom from any harassment or discrimination.”

Tickets for BUKU are now available here

Dame Dash Talks "Differences" With Jay Z: "He Wanted To Be A Boss"

In a spitfire interview with 92.3 radio’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Dame Dash dropped a lot information. The hip hop mogul was ready to share his wisdom and insights with the talk show, including why he believes he’s a constant target for people who want to take him down. Dame has made headlines lately over his lawsuit against producers that he claims have attempted to steal his film, and after a video a scathing deposition went viral, TMZ reported that Dame was broke.

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Dame defended his bank account and said he has nothing to worry about financially while discussing critics who say he’s not a nice person. “You don’t have to be nice when the work is good, you just have to be honorable and respectful,” he stated. “And the people I’m not nice to deserve it.” He also said that “everyone’s afraid” him having his own platform because he’s going to “wake everybody up.”

Big Boy told him he thought that his Roc-a-Fella partnership with Jay Z would be something that would last a lifetime, but Dame explained why it wasn’t meant to be. “We have fundamental differences,” Dame said. “I’m about making other people famous and rich and equal, that’s what I wanted with Roc-a-Fella, and he wanted to be the boss and to have people work for him for 25 years straight, which is what happened. So, I can’t feel sorry for my fallen angels because I’ve taught people ot share. I’ve taught people to be equal, not to work for me]. I can’t have my friends working for me. Couldn’t do it.”

“It shouldn’t be a king, everyone should be a king,” Dame continued. “Everyone should have their own kingdom. I make kings. I don’t make slaves. I don’t want nobody dependent on me. When people get around me, I make them independent me. If they wanna stay around, they can…Kanye’s a king, Jay’s a king, Kevin Hart’s a king, Lee Daniels’s a king. Everyone that comes around me becomes a boss in their own right.” Watch the insightful interview below.

D12’s Bizarre Calls Eminem A "Tyrant" In The Studio, Says Proof Loved The Hood

Detroit hip hop group D12 had plans reaching superstardom when they came together in the mid-nineties. Eminem reached success as a solo artist and wanted to make sure his friends were right alongside him, so he promoted D12 at every step his career. They managed to release two albums in the early 2000s and gained popularity, but they never were able to climb the heights Slim Shady.

After Pro was shot and killed at a Detroit bar in 2006, it seemed as if D12’s hiatus was becoming a permanent breakup. However, they found themselves recording once again with new members and dropped a mixtape in 2015. Since then, a few members, including Bizarre, have been focused on solo careers, and in a recent interview, the rapper reflected on his time on the road with the likes Dr. Dre, Xzibit, and Snoop Dogg

When asked what it was like recording in the studio with Em, there were two words to describe Bizarre’s experience. “Hell. Torture,” he said. “Marshall is a tyrant in the studio. He’s a perfectionist. You could be in the booth doing your verse for three or four hours ’til you get it right. Every word, every sentence it has to be perfect. That cat, he’s so obsessed with it. One time, we was in the studio doing some sh*t and we came back, we had went Christmas shopping. We came to the studio, this dude, he did my adlibs. It sounded just like me.” Bizarre laughed at the memory and said, “But it was fun though.”

Elsewhere, Bizarre talked about the loss his good friend Pro. “I know Pro, he loved to party,” Bizarre revealed. “He never wanted to feel like he was Hollywood. He stayed in the hoodest clubs. He ain’t wanna go to no nothin’, he wanted to be in the thick things. He wanted to be so much in the thick things that when he passed away, he had his boy, his boy was staying in a mansion out in the suburbs and Pro was in a one-bedroom apartment in the city. He hated the suburbs.” Watch the video below to get more gems from Bizarre’s interview.

Yelawolf Recalls—And Raps—Eminem Lyrics That Made Him A Fan

While “My Name Is” may have been how many Eminem fans were introduced to the Detroit rapper, Marshall Mathers had been apart the underground hip hop scene for years. Em was spreading his music far and wide and around the time he captured the attention Dr. Dre, Yelawolf also learned the future Shady Records mogul. Yela shared the story his first introduction to Eminem’s music with HipHopDX and even recalled a few the lyrics that grabbed his attention.

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“The first time I heard Marshall was on a Rawkus mixtape,” he said. “At the time we were—this is back when 411 skate videos was where I was getting a lot underground hip hop…I’m talking VHS tape videos.” The rapper recalled the mixtapes he’d heard out New York, Texas, and Atlanta. “Somewhere through there I heard Marshall and I was like, is that a white boy? That sounds like a white boy!”

He explained it wasn’t just the way Eminem sounded, but the content about “mushrooms” and “white boy sh*t.” From that point forward, he was a fan. “Any man that can jump in front a minivan with 20 grand, a bottle pain pills and some minithin is f*cking crazy,” he rapped Eminem’s track “Any Man.” He added, “Then it was, ‘Don’t you wanna group up to be just like me?’ That was it for me. I was like, ‘This dude’s nuts.'”

Yelawolf admitted that he hates most white rappers but he felt like he found an “ally” with Eminem. Watch the clip his interview below.

Russell Simmons Blasts Oprah Winfrey Over Doc, Calls It "Flavor Of Love"

On Thursday, 50 Cent took to his Instagram page to question why Oprah Winfrey would decide to produce a documentary about former music executive Drew Dixon. The forthcoming film is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and will highlight Dixon’s accusations  ual assault against famed hip hop mogul Russell Simmons.

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Dixon has repeatedly stated that Simmons not only harassed her but he raped her back in 1995, an accusation that the music icon vehemently denies. Fif shared that he believed Oprah was “targeting black men” with her latest venture and because her After Neverland show with Michael Jackson’s Leaving Neverland accusers.

Simmons has stepped forward to address his former friend himself with a lengthy caption that accompanied a photo Simmons and Oprah together. “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 it in this blog,” Simmons wrote. “Ihave given you the gift 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 documentry.”

He states that’s he’s admitted that in previous years he’d acted as a “playboy” or a “womanizer” by “sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know.” He calls the number women he’s had ual encounters with “embarrassing” and “that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection the same experiences.”

Simmons claims that he took and “passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS.” He detailed why the accusations against him have little merit and said, “Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. Maybe you should name your documentary ‘FLAVOR OF LOVE’!? In closing, I am guilty exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone.” Read his message to Oprah in full below.

Romeo Miller Addresses Heated Confrontation With Angela Simmons On "GUHH"

Former friends Romeo Miller and Angela Simmons are airing out the breakdown their relationship on national television. At one point in time, the Growing Up Hip Hop stars seemed as if they were walking down the road romance, however, now they aren’t even on speaking terms. Romeo shared on The Real that he and Angela have grown apart and told the hosts, “Me, God, and that woman knows what’s up.”

The rap mogul claimed that he didn’t want to detail what exactly went down between himself and Angela out respect for her, but after their fight aired on the latest episode  Growing Up Hip HopRomeo took to Instagram to clear up a few rumors. In the scene, Romeo was hosting a going away party for himself before he left to film MTV’s Ex on the Beach in New Zealand. Angela confronted Romeo about the rumors she’d heard the things he said about her, and while he tried to keep a cool head, Angela made a scene.

“I’m not one to entertain gossip but it sucks when people play with my faith,” Romeo wrote on Instagram. “So I’ma leave this here one time. Faith isn’t about being perfect (or judgment) but more so about showing/spreading your light in hopes to help others. Without saying too much, Yes I get things were edited a certain way, but simply read between the lines. Shoutout to the fan who posted this clip, because I’ve been nothing but respectful and although we do have our differences, I will never unfriend someone over what they post on social media 😂.”

He explained that contrary to what’s been seen on television, he and Angela “haven’t been close in years” so he didn’t want to pretend like they were good friends for a show. Check out his statement, as well as clips from Growing Up Hip Hop, below.

Meek Mill Admits He Used To Take 10 Percocets Daily & Doesn’t Know Why He Dissed Drake

Since the unexpected death of 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD on Sunday (December 8), many legacy Hip Hop musicians have come forward with stories of their own experiences with drug addiction, in hopes of passing lessons learned on to the next generation of musicians.

The latest to join the growing pill-popping conversation Meek Mill. During a recent interview with Charlamagne Tha God billed as “A Conversation Between Champions,” Meek discussed how he overcame a serious addiction to pills.

“I’ve never disclosed this before.” he said in the interview, which was published on Friday (December 13) “I’ve taken 10 30’s Percocets a day. You’re walking with death. Real shit.”

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Meek, whose album Championships is nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, told Charlamagne his decision to quit came in a moment of self-reflection. “I had to cater to myself.” he said “Like ‘Nigga you poppin’ 10 Percs? You a junkie, nigga.’ […] I had to make a decision with myself.”

It was then Meek realized his drug habits were stopping him from achieving his version of success. “I ain’t never seen a millionaire, bossed-up pill popper in my life.” he said.

Today, Meek is part owner of the sports apparel brand Lids.

Meek also dropped a bombshell when he revealed that his dependency on the popular opioid was so bad, it was partially to blame for his infamous 2015 beef with Drake. He admitted his addiction clouded his judgment. The two publicly squashed their feud on stage at a Drake concert in 2018.

“If you ask me about like why I came at Drake … I don’t even fuckin really, really, really know. Like, everybody be saying Nicki and shit, that wasn’t the case.” he said.

“I’m making very bad decisions here and not knowing that I’m making these bad decisions. And when I wasn’t high I look back and went on YouTube and I check my file I’m like, ‘I don’t do shit like that.’ ”

Stream Meek’s Grammy-nominated album below and watch the full interview above.

#DXCLUSIVE: Slug Describes How A Proposed Soundtrack Became His Own Movie: ‘Whenever’

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.

#DXCLUSIVE: Slug Describes How A Proposed Soundtrack Became His Own Movie: 'Whenever'

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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.”