Why Travis Scott Should Perform At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

The united hip-hop entrance in opposition to the NFL has held sturdy. When heavyweights like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, and others stood in opposition to loaning their abilities to the Super Bowl halftime present, a number of different artists adopted. It allegedly took the NFL fairly a while to lock down a performer, they usually settled on Maroon 5. The pop group does have a historical past with hip-hop, however they’re eliminated sufficient to not have a dedication to the boycott. The hip-hop group requested the group to step down when it was introduced that they’d carry out throughout the halftime present. In truth, their acceptance prompted the controversy to spill out into the leisure business as an entire, and a petition was made that garnered 1000’s upon 1000’s votes. Still, Maroon 5 has no plans stepping down.

Why Travis Scott Should Perform At The Super Bowl Halftime Show

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It was not too long ago introduced that Travis Scott can be becoming a member of Maroon 5 for the efficiency. As anticipated, the hip-hop group wasn’t feeling it. Allegedly, even Jay-Z himself reached out to Trav to persuade him to step down. The particulars surrounding La Flame’s acceptance and efficiency are scarce, and it’s not even a certainty that it’ll occur. Meek Mill, who himself has taken on a place social justice advocacy not too long ago, equally tried to persuade the plenty that Trav ought to take away himself from the NFL’s largest stage. Over the weekend, Al Sharpton acquired into the controversy too, basically pitting Travis Scott in opposition to anybody who helps Colin Kaepernick: “I feel anybody that goes into the halftime present is in impact straight violating those who wish to elevate the query that the NFL ought to come to phrases with what they’ve accomplished and proceed to do to Colin Kaepernick and those who protest on legal justice points,” he instructed TMZ reporters.


In Dave Chappelle’s Netflix arise particular The Bird Revelation, he does an attention-grabbing bit about kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem. “It took us 400 years to determine as a folks, that white folks’s weak spot the entire time was kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem. That’s a brittle spirit.” He makes a superb level, for those who can giggle on the apparent hyperbole. After digging into the subject a bit extra, Chappelle drives the joke house with this perception:

“I may kill each white individual in America at one time. You understand how I’d do it? Just look forward to the Super Bowl, and proper once they sing the National Anthem, I’d have O.J. Simpson stroll to the 50-yard line with them dangerous knees. ‘Is that O.J. Simpson on the sector? What the hell’s he doing right here? Oh, I do know what he’s going to do! Stop him!’ Kneeling] Pow, ahhh!”

Chappelle’s joke displays a press release that Jermaine Dupri himself made earlier this 12 months. Dupri believes that artists ought to use the Super Bowl stage to ship a message. Imagine Travis Scott introduced Kaepernick out within the center his efficiency they usually each kneeled collectively on nationwide tv? It would make a a lot bolder assertion to crash the occasion than to throw our personal. 

Let’s rewind a bit, too. When it was first introduced that the Super Bowl would happen in Atlanta, the hip-hop group demanded that the NFL honor the town by inserting an ATLien on the head the Halftime Show. Atlanta is the brand new Motown, and it will make sense for an artist that represents essentially the most potent hip-hop mecca to be on the head the efficiency. Waka Flocka Flame said again in September, “I feel they need to have any individual like Migos, Future,” he stated. “I may come play ‘Hard in da Paint.’ They want any individual from Atlanta in there. It’s solely proper.” He wasn’t alone on this sentiment, many a fan bashed the NFL for not selecting an ATLien, op-eds have been written, you get the thought: folks have been upset. But, aren’t we speculated to be boycotting the Super Bowl, anyhow? Al Sharpton stated the very same factor when discussing Travis Scott’s choice: “you possibly can’t have it each methods.”

We’re, apparently, concurrently angered that the NFL didn’t choose an Atlanta native to carry out, outraged that Travis Scott isn’t adhering to the unficial boycott. If Migos or Future have been introduced because the headliner, like Waka prompt, would our response be the identical? Would we not be celebrating their standing? Sure, it is doable Jay-Z might have nonetheless requested Quavo or Future to step down. But, would there have been as massive an outrage on-line if the NFL gave Atlanta-bred artists the most important stage on nationwide tv?

Travis Scott ought to make his efficiency throughout the Halftime present essentially the most pro-black manufacturing the world has ever seen. Scott ought to carry a legion younger black faces on stage with him. Kaepernick ought to be part of him on stage, and a poignant assertion can be made whereas the nation is at full consideration. This may function a second to shock the institution, uproot their celebration, and take over their narrative. La Flame may make the largest assertion the tradition has seen in many years. Or, we may exclude ourselves from the occasion completely, and the NFL would not even bat an eye fixed.

Why Travis Scott Should Perform At The Super Bowl Halftime Show
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JoJo Plans Second Issue Of Debut Album With Revamped Tracks

JoJo followers acquired excited for the discharge new music from the singer earlier this 12 months. Producer Bryan-Michael Cox shared a picture  himself and the “Leave (Get Out)” artist chilling within the studio alongside Jermaine Dupri. Since then, Jo has confirmed the upcoming drop a brand new undertaking that may convey some new taste to her 2004 debut.

Fans will revisit the chart-topping undertaking with revamped variations some the tracks. This comes as a welcome shock for the reason that self-titled undertaking will not be at present out there on-line streaming platforms. The evolution her vocal chops and artistry can be motive sufficient to justify this sort re-issue.

In 2017, she tweeted about her tenuous state of affairs: “My former label eliminated my music, I sadly have completely no management over what they do or do not do…I wish to let bygones be bygones. I pray someday they put my music again up.”

The earlier 12 months, JoJo expressed gratitude for her followers who’ve caught by her aspect all through the tough patches. “I am actually lucky to have followers] who’ve grown with me and have stayed dedicated and , and I do not take it without any consideration.” 

JoJo’s final album Mad Love, which featured Wiz Khalifa on its title observe, was launched in 2016.


Jermaine Dupri Takes Shots At The "Surprise Album" Tactic

Would it’s secure to name Jermaine Dupri a purist? After all, the So-So def founder has been via many iterations from the sport, together with a time when music movies had been the dominant technique promotion. He probably nonetheless has CD copies Da Brat’s Unrestricted in his mansion someplace. Of course, being many years deep into the sport ensures that each one method adjustments should be overcome, from the golden period, to the platinum period, to the mixtape period, to the streaming period. Today, many tendencies stay prevalent, although one appears to have grow to be the brand new regular because it had been: the shock album.

While followers have come to understand the shock album, because it appears to recommend an aura spontaneity, Jermaine Dupri has taken to Twitter to voice a doubtlessly unpopular opinion. In brief, he thinks the “shock launch” is however another means label management. We’ve already heard vocal backlash to the infamous “360” mannequin. Could the shock drop be subsequent on the chopping block?

“Why are all these artists letting these labels trick them into dropping a shock album?” writes JD, Twitter. “Beyonce created that shit and she will be able to do it, however errrybody else?” Though Radiohead followers may regardless of the Beyonce declare, JD’s phrases increase an attention-grabbing level. If labels are really “tricking” the artists, the implication is course “conventional” rollout may show extra helpful. It’s not clear what prompted the enduring producer to chime in, however clearly, he noticed one thing he did not like. Ya’ll assume Jermaine is on one? Or is the person talking information?

Bow Wow Adds Migos, Bone Thugs & More To "Greenlight 6" Track List

Bow Wow followers had been pissed off when Greenlight 6was nowhere to be discovered on its launch date. The rapper had teased the venture’s tracklist in April, hyping up his following to swift disappointment. After going by means of a collection challenges, together with a digital breakdown through which he claimed to be retiring from music, it looks as if Shad Moss is perhaps nearer to dropping his new mixtape.

New cowl artwork together with an up to date tracklist was made out there on social media for a pair hours. An image a younger Lil Bow Wow pissing whereas holding a trophy behind his again serves because the listing’s background. A quantity tracks have been added corresponding to “Don’t Watch My Pockets” which appears to characteristic members Bone Thugs. It additionally features a bonus monitor referred to as “Longtime”, a collaboration with Migos along with Jermaine Dupri as a producer. A range songs was scrapped as nicely. Bow Wow’s characteristic with Kiyomi “Relationship Goals” did not make the reduce for causes which might be possible private.

Bow Wow Adds Migos, Bone Thugs & More To "Greenlight 6" Track List
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Here’s the complete listing (typos included):

1. Mama Worried
2. That Boy Ft. Kenny Muney
three. Dumb Rap
four. Back On My Dick Ft. Soulja Boy & Trill Sammy
5. Jay-Z
6. 1st Night
7. 69 Ft. Jacquess
eight. Henny Ft. Dondria
9. Slop Me Up Ft. Kap G
10. Does He Tough You Ft. The WEEKND (Sample)
10. Fuck My Ex B*tch
11. Broken Heart
12. Don’t Watch My Pockets Ft. Bone Thugs
13. Come Smoke With Me
14. GOAT
Bonus Track. Longtime Ft. Migos Produced By Jermaine Dupri

So So Def Documentary Will Feature Rare & Unreleased Footage

Jermaine Dupri’s musical profession can be priled in an upcoming manufacturing. WEtv introduced the upcoming challenge can be a documentary chronicling the music exec’s affect which spans over 25 years. A considerable half the content material will cope with Dupri’s file label, So So Def, related to a variety abilities together with Kris Kross, Jagged Edge, and Bow Wow. The televised particular will element how Jermaine introduced the Atlanta sound to the lots as he rose to fame. 

The So So Def documentary will fer never-before-seen footage from the vault along with some unique behind-the-scenes content material the label’s 25th Anniversary live performance. Interviews with Dupri’s contemporaries will lend distinctive views to the storytelling, recalling how the child who opened for Run DMC turned a teenage millionaire and an leisure trade luminary.

So So Def Documentary Will Feature Rare & Unreleased Footage

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The footage from the anniversary live performance alone is about to be satisfying. The artists placed on a present propelled by continuous hits which might give followers an summary the label’s historical past. Jermaine defined why they created such a singular occasion.

Da Brat Denies Financial Support From Mariah Carey & Jermaine Dupri In Assault Case

Shayla Stevens has nonetheless not been paid her hundreds of thousands since successful her case after Da Brat smashed a bottle over her head at a membership just a few years again. The former cheerleader has been making an attempt for months now to have a choose power Da Brat to show her monetary standing and why she will’t pay, which led the rapper to file for chapter. 

The final we reported on the matter was when Shayla dragged Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri into the case when requesting receipts from each stars to see if they’ve been financially supporting Da Brat. Shayla needed professional something associated to work “(whether or not compensated or not), together with however not restricted to her public assertion that she has the power to acquire funds to pay Plaintiff on this case from both Jermaine Dupri or Mariah Carey.”

The Blast is now reporting that Da Brat has denied that her good pals have been financially supporting her and is asking the choose to cease Shayla from combing by means of her funds. 

Da Brat now owes Shayla $eight,155,731 that’s the $6 million verdict plus curiosity.

Missy Elliott Becomes First Female Rapper Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Missy Elliott has made historical past since changing into the primary feminine MC nominated for the Songwriters Hall Fame. The Virginia rapper stands out as the third rapper to enter the Hall Fame following Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri. “I’m Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many different AMAZING writers,” Missy wrote on Twitter.

Missy has helped pen hits corresponding to Monica’s “So Gone,” 702’s “Where My Girls At,” and the quilt  “Lady Marmalade” that includes Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, and Pink. Missy has additionally labored with Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, SWV, Total, and Tweet and has written songs for Beyonce, Whitney Houston and course herself. 

Other acts which were nominated are Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James, and the Eurythmics. As for non-performing nominees, Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols, and Dallas Austin have additionally made the reduce. 

The 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala takes place in New York on June 13th, 2019. 

Vote Today: Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Meek Mill & More Are

Have you already gone out to vote? If not, it is time to make your technique to your polling station so your voice may be heard. For weeks, all people have been urging younger individuals to register in order that they’ll vote as we speak. Now that the day has ficially arrived for mid-term elections, it is advisable do your half and train your democratic proper. We have to be the change that we would like on the planet and all of it begins as we speak.

There aren’t any excuses. If you are the sort one that does not vote as a result of it is not “a cool factor to do,” it is ficially cool now, because of many your favourite rappers. Travis Scott, Wale, Meek Mill, and Rihanna are amongst these insisting American residents take motion. In the previous, younger individuals have been criticized for his or her lack participation in elections however that development fortunately appears to be fading away. Chance the Rapper and T.I. specifically have been on the forefront altering youth mentality, by turning into more and more concerned in, and vocal about, politics.

If you are not satisfied, take heed to Jay Rock’s remix “WIN” and it might do the trick.

Xzibit Has Seen It All: "Restless," "Up In Smoke Tour" Stories & Serial Killers

Xzibit has been a mainstay within the pantheon hip-hop greats since his arrival in 1996. At The Speed Of Life discovered a younger Los Angeles rapper destined for greatness, with somber hits like “Paparazzi” incomes immediate acclaim and a coveted Sopranos co-sign. The basis he laid was expanded on his sophomore drop 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, which discovered him towing the traces between underground grit and mainstream accessibility. After a stellar activate Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg’s “Bitch Please,” X was entrusted as an important member Dr. Dre’s inside circle. The rapper quickly discovered himself contributing to a veritable hip-hop basic, Dre’s 2001, notably standing out alongside Dre and Eminem on “What’s The Difference,” amongst different alternatives.  

When I first found Xzibit’s music, he was on the cusp delivering his third album Restless. By this level, X had already solidified his spot on the desk, having emerged from the “Up In Smoke Tour” unscathed, alongside such legends as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Ice Cube, Kurupt, and extra. Looking again, it is simple to acknowledge songs like “X” and “Front 2 Back” as formative tracks, taking part in an integral position in my very own discovery hip-hop tradition. I stand alongside many who dub Restless an underrated basic; in that regard, conversing with X to the Z was one thing a private milestone. After practically eighteen years since initially discovering his music, I lastly had the possibility.

Though X has skilled his share ups and downs, experiences in each enterprise and appearing ventures, he can in the end boast one thing with utmost confidence: longevity. With seven studio albums underneath his belt, a prolonged dose movie credit, and tales for days, it is simple to think about a wizened OG sitting quietly again, channeling The Watcher, 2001 fame. 

Yet together with his new mission, Serial Killers: Day Of The Dead upon us, an upcoming sequence known as Broken Ground premiering subsequent month, and Open Bar Entertainment’s Benz Shelton on the verge a come-up, it looks as if the legendary X to the Z is within the midst a renaissance. 

HNHH: How you doing X? This is Mitch from HNHH. First f, how was the Lakers sport?

Xzibit: It was improbable. Me and my little boy went to go verify ‘em out. We received a “w” at dwelling, received to see LeBron, received to see all of the gamers, Stevenson. It was dope!

I noticed he dapped up your son after the sport.

Absolutely man! That was good, I received so many cool dad factors from that. My little n***a was like “yeah!”

Does your son have any thought about your musical legacy? 

Yeah however he’s not impressed. He’s like “okay, I get it. My dad’s a legend, however the place’s the Fortnite?” 

Man, I’ve to say, you performed a giant position in my discovery hip-hop. When I used to be a child, it was across the time that Restless dropped. “Front 2 Back” and “X” had been out, it was thoughts blowing. It was half my introduction to the style. 

Thank you man, respect it!

“Restless” dropped on December 12th, so virtually eighteen years in the past. That’s a giant milestone. Lots folks assume that album is a basic, so I wish to, earlier than we actually get into the long run, take a step again. What was your state thoughts going into “Restless?” 

Wow. Well, on the time that was my third album. And I used to be on the brink going to work with Dre and Snoop and Eminem and all these guys and I had simply come f the “Up in Smoke Tour.” It was like “okay now let me go in, give this album to the followers that I’ve simply gathered during the last 12 months, working with these guys.”

So I knew that I had an viewers I needed to come back with. And lastly Steve Rifkind Loud Records] noticed the sunshine and gave me an actual fucking price range, so I used to be capable of exit and make an album that I believed was wanted on the time. That was the thoughts state. Knowing I had performed a chess match and had come out the opposite aspect with ammunition. 

The “Up in Smoke Tour” will need to have been a pivotal second.

It was the second. That was the transition for me. That was going from the minors to the majors.

Do you’ve got any loopy tales from the “Up in Smoke Tour?”

Well I’m married now so I can’t get into that sort shit! But I imply, what didn’t occur on that tour? I feel the largest factor that occurred, that stands out instantly, was when Nate Dogg received arrested once we got here to do the LA present. Long story brief he had like kidnapped any individual and flipped a automobile, I imply, shit! It was wild shit that he did!

It was some actually huge deal. it was like one million to get him out. And I imply, Dre wasn’t doing that shit. We began on the lookout for replacements for him for that present. So I bear in mind Tyrese was on stage and he didn’t know the phrases to the fucking music! And it was like the largest music on the fucking planet! Who doesn’t know: “maintain up-waaait, to my n***as” — know what I’m sayin’?

Did he a minimum of get “smoke weed on a regular basis?’

No! He would have any individual write out the lyrics and maintain it up on a bit paper. Like on cardboard. Like slides! And so he’s attempting to sing this music from the sound sales space studying this card. And it’s like, “bro when there’s 20,000 folks in right here screaming and the lights are going, you’re not gonna be capable of see that shit. What are doing? Just go be taught the fucking music.”

So they tried a pair completely different guys and lengthy story brief, man, Dre bailed Nate Dogg] out. And he bailed him out simply in time for the fucking present. He paid one million to get that n***a out jail. And so Nate] got here into the world on the final minute, proper earlier than that music. The present had simply began. When he walked out, everyone knew he was in jail, and so they knew how a lot the bail was. When he walked out on that stage, dude, that motherfucking area simply blew up. It simply blew up. It was like sounds folks screaming for Nate. And he stood there for a very long time with out saying nothing. And so when he put that mic up and began singing, dude, it was over. It was over. That was one the highlights the entire fucking tour. 

Rest In Peace, Nate Dogg.

I get goosebumps proper now pondering it!

Xzibit, Snoop Dogg, & Nate Dogg – “Bitch Please”, Up In Smoke Tour

I want I might have seen it. That sounds legendary. I just lately heard Anderson .Paak speaking about working with Dre as a producer. That some artists discovered it was tough as a result of he was such a meticulous perfectionist. So I used to be simply questioning, what was the connection like working with Dre on Restless? Did you be taught something going ahead?

It’s true. Everything Anderson mentioned is details. That shit continues to be true to at the present time. You convey your A-game once you go step within the studio with Dre. Nothing much less.

Fair sufficient. Correct me if I’m mistaken, however these albums, Restless, Man vs. Machine, they had been all popping out round throughout a giant change within the business, when file sharing began. Changing the sport in a method that wasn’t essentially helpful to artists. Do you assume that was having an impression on the business on the time? Did it have any impression on you? 

As far as file sharing and precise royalties and album gross sales, I imply, the largest distinction is, when CD’s had been promoting, let’s take a look at the numbers. Coming out and promoting 500,000, 800,000 was the norm. It was regular. So when the whole lot began dwindling down, and a 100,000 gross sales turned primary on Billboard, it was a distinct time. It was an entire completely different state of affairs. All we might do was simply energy by means of it and proceed to make music that we felt was good on the time. We didn’t actually perceive it. 

In my unique contract there was no language about digital rights, there was no language about on-line gross sales. Because it didn’t exist. This was a brand-new platform that everyone was gonna get used to. What actually killed the business at the moment was that the large main labels had been so smug about CD gross sales. Dude, we’re promoting albums for $18, $19 bucks a pop. You know, $15 bucks on the lowest. So you do the mathematics. They thought it was gonna final endlessly. So when the pc guys got here in and mentioned “look that is gonna be the long run” they had been like “nah fuck that.” They had been on the late prepare, and so the business kinda moved on with out them. And then there was a time catching up.

So did it harm me? I don’t know, as a result of I by no means actually checked out it like “oh I have to earn money f this.” I by no means checked out it like this till afterward when the cash wasn’t there. I used to be like “oh shit this isn’t working the way in which I believed it was gonna work!” It was a studying curve, however we received by means of it. Because longevity is the important thing. 

The instances are simply so completely different. I nonetheless vividly bear in mind I used to go to Blockbuster Video and browse The Source journal there and I’d get information about your music. You know, “Best new observe: Symphony in X Major.” And I’d by no means heard that observe however after seeing that write-up I used to be so excited for it. Nowadays folks get music so simply.

They get it, and the way in which they digest the music…I feel their consideration span may be very brief.

Going again to a music like “Symphony in X Major,” once you dropped that was a giant deal. You needed to watch the video on BET, or for me in Canada it was Much Vibe. And you sit there and also you had been so excited to see this video. And now the whole lot is so quick.

Yeah it comes and goes. It’s loopy.

Xzibit & Dr. Dre – Symphony In X Major

Something I really feel like I’ve to ask you, having considered this many instances. You know the Golden State Project with Ras Kass and Saafir? Man, I bear in mind I used to be tremendous excited for that. I beloved “Plastic Surgery,” “three Card Molly” was a basic. “NBA.” What occurred with that album?

Man! Okay so we had been all slated to go, the whole lot was prepared. Ras was having issues with Priority on the time and he didn’t need it to guide them right into a state of affairs that he felt they didn’t have any half creating. So he simply didn’t signal the paperwork. So me and Saafir had been simply held in limbo for some time. And then the label received mad as a result of we weren’t producing the album, and Ras was simply not cooperating with Priority. And Priority wouldn’t signal f on it, they needed a proportion the album, so he didn’t do it. And so I needed to flip round and use that price range to make an Xzibit document. That’s the place Weapons Of Mass Destruction got here from.

I assume if it is meant to be, it is meant to be.

We discuss it on a regular basis, man. I inform Ras on a regular basis we household, exterior this rap shit, exterior all that shit. He needed to do what’s proper for him. And that’s what he felt was proper. So I assist him wholeheartedly.

I bear in mind he had an entire album that was misplaced in limbo, Van Gogh. It’s grow to be a hip-hop relic at this level. But now you’re half one other trifecta with “Serial Killers.” We simply premiered “How To Get Away With It,” and it jogged my memory that old-school X sound. I do know you guys linked up years in the past however coming again, what was the purpose for Day the Dead?

Well, “Serial Killers” was a B-Real brainchild. This is the second go at it. He did it with a pair folks, I am unable to bear in mind who he did it with first. It was music that by no means got here out. And he needed to reincarnate the entire state of affairs with Demrick and I, and from there we did Vol. 1 then we toured f it. And it was profitable so we did Vol. 2. And then we form went our separate methods. We had been engaged on our different stuff. I used to be doing Empire and a pair different issues. 

About 4 weeks in the past me and Demrick had been within the studio and we known as B on FaceTime and we had been like “hey man Halloween’s developing let’s put out a Serial Killers EP.” And it simply began like that. A couple of weeks in the past we banged it out and right here it’s. It was very spontaneous the way in which this got here collectively, however its a standalone mission Day the Dead. It’s an EP, seven songs. And then Vol. three Serial Killers might be in all probability subsequent 12 months. 

So you bought impressed by Halloween?

No, we received impressed by 1942, the tequila! It was fucking superior. We had been hammered. It was like ‘hey everyone let’s do a fucking document.” Hell yeah!

I’d count on nothing much less from the person who introduced us “Alkaholik” from Restless.

Yes, the anthem! 

For certain. And I simply needed to ask…you’ve got Serial Killers the group. Songs like “Killer’s Remorse” and your work on Dre’s “Loose Cannon,” the voice appearing, the skits on the finish the document. Super creepy, unsettling. Really visceral stuff. Is there one thing particularly about serial killer imagery that speaks to you on a artistic degree?

No, there’s some science behind the way in which we do Serial Killers music. Because the urge for food for that sort music isn’t the mainstream now, we felt as if dressing it and placing it in a Halloween-type environment and solely dropping it round that date form gave it its lane. And didn’t make it appear out place. So that’s why we’re capable of take the artistic freedom doing that sort imagery and giving our personal angle how we see Halloween, or how we see that darkish aspect hip-hop that doesn’t exist. 

We didn’t wish to do this horrorcore, like Gravediggaz or one thing like that. It’s not like that. We needed to do “serial rhyme killers.” We simply needed to drop a rhyme out like some serial killers. So we centered on killing the rhymes and having that edgy, darkish aspect hip-hop, which is what attracted us within the first place. The remnants gangster rap and stirring it collectively and giving our twist on it. That’s the way it happened.

I really feel like your music has at all times had, I don’t wish to say a darker component per-se, however there’s rather a lot minor key manufacturing. I assume that’s from working with Dre, however even earlier than that you just had songs like “three Card Molly.” That’s a darkish beat. I feel it’s cool to see you retained that high quality in your music.

I like my music to have darkish overtones to it, however I additionally prefer to have a message within the Xzibit information that I make. I prefer to have that sort freedom to have the ability to kick and scream and air all my frustrations and what-not. I like having the ability to drop that in my music and be capable of get that out my system in a constructive method. 

For certain. This might sound random, however the very first thing I believed after I noticed you and Be-Real had been as soon as once more collaborating was, that is gonna sound loopy, however the rapper version “The Weakest Link.” I nonetheless watch that each occasionally, as a result of that’s pure comedy. 

Yeah man!!! Laughter] I informed B-Real to not go smoke earlier than we did the present and he went and smoked anyway!!!

“The Weakest Link – Rapper Edition” – Comedic gold

You had some heavy-hitters there, so many individuals!

Then Nate Dogg mentioned he had his arms his pockets so he didn’t steal nothing!

Was that through the top the feud with Jermaine? Did that begin the feud with Jermaine, “The Weakest Link?” Could or not it’s?

Nah, Jermaine began that. He began that by speaking recklessly about Dr. Dre. And we simply occurred to be within the studio once we noticed it, in order that’s why that occurred.

I think about he swiftly regretted his phrases after that.

Yeah, I nonetheless don’t assume he likes me to at the present time. 

I assume outdated wounds take some time to heal. It’s not on a regular basis that you’re going to say one thing and have Eminem and Xzibit at your throat the subsequent morning.

Yeah, I imply I don’t hate the man. Hopefully afterward we’ll have some sort constructive discourse.

Absolutely. Lastly, I needed to speak about fatherhood as a result of I really feel such as you’re setting a great instance on the market, and we don’t at all times see that in hip-hop. I feel it’s extremely refreshing to see you placing forth a constructive message. Do you’ve got any recommendation for any fathers or aspiring fathers who is perhaps studying this when it is printed? 

I’ve been a father since I used to be nineteen, twenty years outdated. So I feel that being a father is one crucial issues you possibly can ever do as a human being. Especially simply being accountable and chargeable for the life any individual who didn’t ask to be introduced right here. That’s primary, man. My job is to make it possible for my baby is a accountable human being who’s going to be let into society to make a distinction. That is my purpose, that’s my primary earlier than any form rapping or something. You should take care your loved ones.

Lots folks don’t see it that method, however I’m not right here to degrade them or inform them they’re doing one thing mistaken. Just to me, if I can’t take a look at myself within the mirror, and my kids can’t take a look at me as one thing that’s constructive of their life, or somebody that may be a nice position mannequin, then I’m failing as a person. That’s simply the way in which I really feel about it. Nothing is extra rewarding – not a profession or a plaque – than seeing your baby flip round and say they love you. That’s it. 

I respect that. I wish to congratulate you on the whole lot man, you bought an extended record accomplishments behind you, and now you proceed making the music you wish to make. Not everybody can say they’ve longevity. I feel you’re setting a great instance on the market.

Thank you man. Thanks for being so educated in regards to the catalog, and the steps I’ve taken. I respect that.

Jermaine Dupri Disagrees With Artists Who Boycott Performing At The Super Bowl

Recent headlines have revealed that artists like Rihanna turned down performing on the Super Bowl as a result of ongoing remedy Colin Kaepernick. The Kaepernick impact led to protests nationwide and boycotts the NFL, with those that take into account themselves purveyors the tradition praising the backlash aimed on the league. Speaking with TMZ, legendary producer Jermaine Durpi claims that artist who turned down the Super Bowl are doing all of it flawed.

“Boycotts and marches don’t appear to be they work to me, I’m sorry. I feel they need to ship a message whereas they’re onstage, take benefit your platform,” Dupri started. “Taking benefit your platform is to not do the Super Bowl as effectively,” he continued. “But, it appears actually fascinating to me as a result of we’re in an trade the place you see so many individuals do issues like boycott one thing one 12 months, after which the subsequent 12 months they’re buddy-buddy with the factor they boycotted. The extra individuals communicate on it, the extra they speak about it, then the extra it is one thing individuals really feel like they’ve to deal with.” Dupri does make some legitimate factors. If Rihanna took to the Super Bowl stage and despatched a politically charged message, her transfer might need extra influence in the long term. “I really feel like individuals ignore boycotts,” Dupri revealed. The Super Bowl can be held in Atlanta this season.

Jermaine Dupri Explains Why He Still Support Kanye West Despite Controversy

Kanye West’s closest collaborators and pals have opened up about their concern for the Chicago native following his controversial TMZ interview and his current assembly with Donald Trump on the Oval Office. Some them have slammed ‘Ye on social media, whereas others have voiced their help for him. Jermaine Dupri falls within the latter class and he not too long ago defined that he’ll proceed to help Kanye West, regardless his political stance.

In a current interview with CNN, Jermaine Dupri spoke on So So Def, Aretha Franklin and voiced his opinion on Kanye West. Although he acknowledged the truth that he might need an unpopular opinion in relation to the G.O.O.D Music founder, he does imagine that Kanye has the suitable to say what he desires.

“I am positive folks will hate me for saying this, however I assumed this was a free nation and you’ll say and assume nevertheless you need,” he mentioned on Kanye West’s controversial opinions. “Last time I checked, anyway.”

Jermaine Dupri and Kanye West have a reasonably prolonged historical past collectively. In reality, one Kanye’s earliest beat placements was on Jermaine Dupri’s 1998 album, Life In 1478. 

This 12 months marks the 25th anniversary Dupri’s So So Def music label. To rejoice, he launched an exhibit on the Grammy Museum which incorporates memorabilia from Kris Kross, Xscape and extra. The exhibit runs till March 2019.

Da Brat's Cheerleader Assault Victim Orders Mariah Carey & Jermaine Dupri Receipts

The case surrounding Da Brat and Shayla Stevens (the cheerleader who acquired a bottle to her head by the rapper) is seemingly removed from over. According to new studies from The Blast, Shayla is now dragging Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri into the case since requesting receipts from each stars to see if they’ve been financially supporting Da Brat. 

The “Wachu Like” rapper filed for chapter which put her $eight,155,731 million judgment ($6 million plus curiosity) to Shayla on maintain, however the former cheerleader desires her to show that she’s actually not earning money and is admittedly bankrupt. Shayla desires to see information from each Mariah and Jermaine in addition to docs from Growing Up Hip Hop in Atlanta, Dish Nation, The Rickey Smiley Morning Radio Show, Sony Music, and different potential earnings venues.

Shayla desires professional something associated to work “(whether or not compensated or not), together with however not restricted to her public assertion that she has the flexibility to acquire funds to pay Plaintiff on this case from both Jermaine Dupri or Mariah Carey.”

Jermaine Dupri Honored By The Grammys For "25 Years of Elevating Culture"

Jermaine Dupri is lastly getting the popularity he deserves from the academy as a builder within the class American “arts & tradition.” The esteemed-producer and label head is presently enshrined within the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, with a short lived exhibit entitled: So So Def: 25 Years Elevating Culture.

The So So Def mogul sat down with Entertainment Weekly to debate the gratuity he has lastly obtained, and what he hopes to perform sooner or later. While he does not essentially purchase into an incessant narrative for fulfillment, he understands that the general public won’t ever happy with an artist’s output, as long as they don’t seem to be lifeless. “I noticed I’ve to vary the narrative having a document firm — and then you definitely don’t hear about it no extra. That’s not my aim. My aim is endlessly,” Dupri informed Rebecca Haithcoat EW.

When requested to call his most pupil, the reply was easy: Usher Raymond. Dupri started working with the illustrious singer within the leadup to his 2nd ever venture. My Way would go onto spawn three platinum-selling singles (“Nice & Slow”, “My Way”, and “You Make Me Wanna”), and cemented a friendship which has stood the check time. 

How To Be A Music Industry Executive: A3C Tips

One the best aspects A3C, and all functioning festivals and conferences its sort, is the flexibility to translate the hole between the artistic and company facets music right into a manageable territory. It additionally continues to show that some the best jobs in hip-hop are ten behind-the-scenes somewhat than behind the mic. Panel discussions at this yr’s A3C, with the likes J. Prince, Jermaine Dupri, Amina Diop, Chaka Zulu, and Steve Stoute, proved as a lot.

Naturally, such powerhouses didn’t go away the Capital the South with out dropping f a couple of gems for attendees. Yesterday we hit you with ideas for impartial artists on their grind, however in the event you’re eyeing a distinct path throughout the trade, we’ve compiled items recommendation from top-performing music executives under.

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  1. Keep it actual

    These phrases knowledge got here from J. Prince himself. The trade legend and Rap-A-Lot data founder spoke about his intensive profession historical past. In reminiscing on his best accomplishments and the recommendation that he has for youthful generations, Prince famous that staying true to oneself lays the groundwork for all that you just’ll hope to perform with a profession within the music trade. It’s vital to set the tone for the kind particular person and enterprise man or lady that you just hope to be. “Don’t permit any and every part to happen as a result of a person is paying you,” he added.

  2. Understand that work behind the scenes is ten “thankless”

    This snippet got here from a panel by which some the trade’s most achieved managers and label heads, together with James Cruz, previously Bad Boy Records, Chaka Zulu Disturbing Tha Peace and Culture Republic, Leighton Morrison co-founder Generation Now and supervisor to Lil Uzi Vert, and G “Fly” Henry Think It’s A Game Records. It was an particularly piece sound recommendation for aspiring managers. Cruz who amicably parted methods with Bad Boy and Sean Combs Enterprises after 18 years reiterated that administration shouldn’t be a task for these trying to reap immediate rewards. It’s a place that’s ten missed and underappreciated however when completed proper, could make all of the distinction in an artist’s profession.

  3. You ought to be on a continuing quest for self-improvement

    It’s vital to proceed to reinvent your self even when it has nothing to do with music typically. During an intimate dialog, RZA revealed that he’s at present educating himself on the subject Quantum Physics out an effort to raised perceive how human life is affected at a molecular degree, and to have much more issues to show his personal kids. It all factors to the final concept that on this trade, extra issues are realized by way of expertise than taught in books or lecture rooms. It’s vital to be a pure inquisitor irrespective of your place to be able to higher perceive your function and the way it pertains to that others.

  4. Diversify your portfolio

    In the music trade, it’s uncommon that you’ll solely keep on with your job description (if in case you have one in any respect). Being an govt in such a dynamic realm includes juggling a number of hats and ten sparks the need to tackle a couple of hustle. If you end up discovering a brand new function that you just’d like strive on a frequent foundation, it’s completely regular. In truth, it’s really a very good factor. It additionally offers you with the flexibility to be versatile in an trade that may change up as fast as social media developments.

  5. Pay your dues

    “People all the time ship over a resume and shortly give me an inventory asks and issues I can do for them, however what are you able to do for me to assist me do my job higher,” stated Whitney-Gayle Benta, Spotify’s Head Talent Relations through the convention’s “Women in Charge” panel. The nature the leisure trade is one that’s reliant on the proper connections to be able to prosper. This doesn’t imply that nepotism reigns supreme, nevertheless it interprets somewhat to a realm the place others keep in mind what you’ve completed somewhat than what you say you are able to do. Taking initiative by consistently preserving in touch along with your community and fering up companies and taking benefit alternatives—whether or not paid or unpaid—is a chief technique in working your away each up and throughout the desk. It’s vital to make use of persistence and proceed to show your worth at each flip.

7 Tips For Independent Artists That We Learned At A3C

Universally acknowledged as one probably the most pertinent hip-hop occasions the yr, the newest version A3C—an abbretion for All three Coasts—proved to be one the extra eventful and informative ones so far.

Save for the chaos that erupted Sunday night time when Lil Wayne closed out the competition, this was one the best outings A3C in its 14 yr historical past. Where the convention was involved, attendees have been handled to a lineup audio system that included Killer Mike, Cole Bennett, RZA, and Goodie Mob, amongst others, as trade tastemakers, budding artists, and aspiring music trade pressionals all gathered for what many have dubbed hip-hop’s household reunion.

As tutorial because it was entertaining, A3C offered ample alternatives for impartial artists to depart downtown Atlanta with a sack full priceless jewels within the type years trade expertise and curated recommendation that might perhaps sooner or later propel them to the grand stage on the program’s competition which was shared this yr by acts like Wu-Tang Clan, The Diplomats, Trina, J.I.D., Curren$y, and Lil Wayne.

If you did not have an opportunity to attend, we have been on the bottom and taking notes. Check out some the best takeaways for impartial artists, pulled from this yr’s A3C Conference.


  1. Look at your self as a model

    This piece recommendation arrived from A3C programming director Yusuf Muhammad who touched on the significance indie artists being aware their private model when in search company backing and model partnerships. “Corporate is at all times searching for creatives to work with,” he provides. “Look at your self as a model. Your concepts, plans, and desires are a model.”

  2. Clean up your picture 

    Aura Reyes, the founder digital advertising company, The Digital Plug, confused the significance perfecting your picture with out compromising your creativity. She confirmed main key entails the method cleansing up your social media presence, being constant in reaching out to blogs and curators, and ensuring that your visible displays—music movies, art work, and many others.—are at all times as much as par. “When you care about your private model, others will wish to work with you,” she provides.

  3. Always do your analysis

    While it could look like an apparent level, not researching sufficient can result in main disparities between actuality and expectations. “Google has been my greatest pal,” says Tialer “Flockaland” Scott, creator the Stay (+) model, occasion curator and a member the advertising group at Invest Atlanta, the town’s ficial financial improvement department. “We really want to wish to do our analysis. People need creatives to return to them …] it’s important to step appropriate.”

  4. Struggle is simply what you make it out to be

    These phrases arrived courtesy Chaka Zulu, recognized for his work with Ludacris, Disturbing Tha Peace, andCulture Republic. Chaka delivered a message through which he defined that “the battle” is inevitable. But in the end, it’s your alternative if it occurs to make you or break you. The secret’s to maintain going.

  5. Artists are presupposed to be totally different

    When requested on his tackle harm management and damaging press, Abou “Bu” Thiam, co-founder Konvict Muzik alongside his brother Akon, defined that artists are supposed to be totally different from everybody else. Having labored with the likes his brother, Chris Brown, and Kanye West, Bu Thiam has seen his justifiable share diverse personalities and explains that it comes with the territory and must be embraced fairly than rejected. “Being totally different and hostile is a component what makes an artist an artist as a result of if they’re too regular …] I don’t wish to do enterprise with them.”

  6. Don’t compromise your self

    Going hand-in-hand with Bu Thiam’s phrases, Alvin Akintimehin  United Entertainment Group relayed the message sustaining your authenticity always, it’s a stability that each artist should grasp to make sure their success as everyone seems to be “searching for authenticity,” says Alvin. “Stay true to your craft and your self.”

  7. Have an elevator pitch

    This was a recurring subject that got here up throughout most panels this yr at A3C. It’s essential for brand spanking new artists to constantly regard themselves as a model, and with that, they need to be capable to categorical that model at any time when prompted. A major instance this got here from Michael Howard, affiliate model advertising supervisor the NBA’s 2K model, who instructed the story how Travis Scott was the one who reached out and arrange a gathering to pitch on why he can be an awesome option to curate the “NBA 2K19” soundtrack.