Fabolous Recalls Dropping $100K On A Lil Wayne Verse, Kid Cudi Tension & More

It goes without saying, but Noreaga’s Drink Champs has led to some excellent conversation with the game’s legendary OGs. The most recent episode features none other than Loso himself, Fabolous, covering two hours’ worth material. Given the lengthy runtime, there’s plenty  reflections and insight to parse through, including a particularly interesting anecdote circling back to the Ghetto Fabolous era. For some context, Fab’s debut dropped on September 11th, 2001, when the lyricist was only seventeen years old. 

“I even had a song with Lil Wayne that never came out,” explains Fab. “They was so hot. They came to the studio. Steve Stoute gave them $100 grand for Lil Wayne. They was scorching. Cash Money in 99 and 2000. Gave them $100. They also requested four bottles Cristal. I don’t know what it was but it was Cris…We in the studio, we thinking four bottles Cris mean they gon’ come in, we gon’ vibe. Drink some champagne. Wayne came in there, did his verse in fifteen minutes, then he was out. Took the four bottles with them. That was my first time even seeing something like that. This shit is different!”
 Fabolous Recalls Dropping $100K On A Lil Wayne Verse, Kid Cudi Tension & More

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He also breaks down the reason he’d avoid working with 6ix9ine, even if fered a hefty, Lil Wayne-esque fee. “I don’t like the standard it set,” explains Fab. “If you do that, you gon’ suffer the consequences what you do. We can’t set that for our kids, for the public. That’s not cool. And it’s the way it came about. It wasn’t like a civilian. That shows kids this generation that you can do that, and when it goes left…alright, I’ma go right, come back left, and you’ll fuck with me.” 

Curiously enough, Fab also opens up about some tension between himself and Kid Cudi, which occurred over the song “You Be Killin Em.” “You know who sneaky called me about that record? Kid Cudi,” explains Fab, revealing that he was shocked by how it all went down. “He’s like ‘yo Fab, I did that joint with Ryan Leslie and I didn’t get my credit or my money…I’m like, Cudi, bruh, why you on my line with this? I guess he chased down and found my number to hit me up with this. He was like, I’m supposed to have credit or money.” Nore questions why he didn’t deal directly with Ryan Leslie, the song’s producer. “That’s what I be saying,” says Fab. “You gotta relax, Kid Cudi. You blocked on everything right now. Now I gotta unfollow you and everything. I don’t even know why you calling me! The song is a hit already!”  

Fabolous Claims Kid Cudi Was Upset He Wasn’t Credited On "You Be Killin Em"

Artists are serious about collecting their checks and anyone who thought they were going to mess with Kid Cudi‘s coins were sadly mistaken. Although rapper Fabolous has been in the rap game for decades, he released his first EP in 2010 when he dropped There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP. On that project was a song titled “You Be Killin Em” featuring Ryna Leslie, the only single to be released from the album. Amber Rose even made an appearance in the music video and the track would go on to become certified Gold.

However, Kid Cudi wanted to know why he wasn’t credited with helping produce the song. During a recent chat with Drink Champs, Fab shared that back in the day, Kid Cudi called him up asking where his money was because he helped Ryan Leslie during production. Fabolous said he didn’t know what to tell him other than to hit up Leslie because it wasn’t his problem.

“I guess he chased down and found my number and hit me up and was like, ‘Yo, I’m ‘posed to have credit or money or somethin’.’…You gotta relax Kid Cudi,” Fab said while everyone laughed. “You blocked on everything right now. Now you can’t even like…now I gotta unfollow you. I don’t even know why you callin’ me. The song is a hit already. What you talkin’ to me for?” The production credits for “You Be Killin Em” are listed as Ryan Leslie and DJ Clue, so hopefully, Cudi was able to get his money right behind the scenes. 

Watch Fab share his Kid Cudi story around the 38:00 minute mark below, but there are a few gems in there, so feel free to check out the interview in its entirety.

Drake Track Bracket: What’s Your Favorite Drizzy Song Ever?

After a week-long vote, the loyal HotNewHipHop readers have determined their favourite Drake song all time and, much like we predicted, it’s one the classics. No, “Hotline Bling” or “God’s Plan” didn’t end out on top. Despite their popularity in recent years, reaching the top the Billboard chart, one cut finished with more votes than any other and it shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise to anybody.

When it was all said and done, the fans came through daily to vote in our polls on our Instagram Stories and “Marvin’s Room” was ficially declared the winner the Drake Track Bracket. After starting f with thirty-six choices, the near-decade old song ended up beating out “Headlines” in the final round, inching out “0-100,” “Take Care” and other joints along the way. “Headlines” went home with the runner-up prize but we all know that doesn’t mean much.

Let us know which artist you’d like to see a track bracket for next. Since you guys are the deciding factor here, we want to hear from you in the comments. Are you rocking with this new initiative? We’ve already gone through Kid Cudi and Drake’s discographies. Who do you want to see next?

Kid Cudi Releases First Piece Of Merch For His Next Album, "Entergalactic"

In July, Kid Cudi announced that his next album, Entergalactic, would be releasing in 2020. He described the album as “a fantasy. It’s what I wish I had. I live a very lonely life, but I have hope Ill find someone someday.” When we first learned the project, its release seemed very far f in the future, but now it’s November and 2020 is around the corner. Cudi is getting us prepared for Entergalactic by dropping the first piece merch linked to the project. 

He has teamed up with Cactus Flea Plant Market once again to design a hoodie that is exclusively available through his web store for 48 hours. The pigment-dyed garment features the title his forthcoming album on the front, lyrics from it on the back and glow-in-the-dark stars puff-printed all over it. It costs $150 and will ship within 4-5 weeks. Cudi’s last collaboration with CFPM was for a few items for his 2016 album, Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’.

The hoodie was sold at ComplexCon Long Beach, which took place this past weekend. Cudi performed a headlining set, which began with Timothée Chalamet reciting Common‘s intro from Man On The Moon: The End Of The Day and Pusha T coming out to rap his verse from “Feel The Love”. 

Kid Cudi Releases First Piece Of Merch For His Next Album, "Entergalactic"

Kid Cudi Releases First Piece Of Merch For His Next Album, "Entergalactic"

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Kylie Jenner Criticized For Recording Herself While Driving $3M Bugatti

While Kylie Jenner and her girl gang sisters were all on route to celebrate their mother’s birthday yesterday, the 21-year-old videotaped herself driving her $3 million Bugatti and her followers were upset. Kylie’s Instagram story sees her filming the road ahead her while another clip shows her filming her face while she has her other hand on the wheel. 

Kylie Jenner Criticized For Recording Herself While Driving $3M Bugatti
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The short video post prompted people to call the makeup mogul out, asking her to set a better example for her followers. “Why does kyliejenner constantly take videos herself driving??? does she genuinely think it makes her look cool because all i see is an immature girl with no consideration for the people she’s putting in danger,” one Twitter user wrote

Kylie was even bumping to Kid Cudi‘s “My World.” 

“Everyone is so upset that  @KylieJenner was texting and driving. Which is so illegal but let’s not forget they don’t wear seats belts, and don’t understand car seat safety for their young child. I’ve seen it a few times on their show🤦🏽‍♀️,” another Twitter user commented.

We think it’s safe Kylie won’t respond to the backlash but we can only hope she takes notes and skips out on future driving videos. Peep more reactions below and let us know what you think. 

Drake Track Bracket: Round 3 Is Live Right Now

It’s always hard to choose a superior choice in a song bracket, especially for artists who have blessed us with countless records over the years. We previously did it with Kid Cudi and let me tell you, it was hard. Every day, we had you guys voting on our Instagram on our daily bracket until the end the week when we came down to one winner. Ultimately, it came out to “Soundtrack 2 My Life” but it was difficult to get there. 

Drake Track Bracket: Round 3 Is Live Right Now
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Things for even harder when we launched the Drake song bracket this year and it’s not getting any easier. We’re currently in round 3 and you guys had some pretty difficult decisions to make yesterday. We’re in the quarter round right now and you guys have some tough picks. As we enter the quarter-finals, some the greatest releases Drake’s career are going against each other. You guys have to pick over “HYFR” or “Best I Ever Had,” “Started From The Bottom” vs. Take Care banger “Headlines,” “Marvin’s Room” or “Take Care” and “Energy” or “Know Yourself.” It’s quite apparent that there’s nothing post-If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late that can stand against Drizzy’s early catalog. 

The bracket is live right now. All you have to do to get in on the action is follow us on the ‘Gram (@hnhh_ficial) and watch our story right now to cast your votes. 

Drake Track Bracket: Round 2 Is Now Live

We tried this out a few weeks ago with Kid Cudi and your fan-voted results determined that “Soundtrack 2 My Life” is your favorite song all-time from the Ohio-born icon. The cult-favourite pick had us thinking; who else should we compile a track bracket for? Since you guys had been participating strongly in our Instagram stories, voting on a daily basis for your picks, we went with an obvious choice for the next installation. Yesterday, we kicked f the ficial HNHH Drake Track Bracket. Of course, the world-renowned recording artist has too many hits for us to include on the banner. However, we tried our best and came through with thirty-two songs this time around. 

Drake Track Bracket: Round 2 Is Now Live
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The first round is closed and now, the decisions start to get more and more intense. In a few days, we’ll be crowning the winner but until then, you’ve got some hard dilemmas to consider. There is still a healthy selection songs from throughout all Drake‘s past eras. This round, we’ve got “0-100” going up against “Marvins Room”, “Tuscan Leather” facing “HYFR” and “Worst Behavior” taking on “Best I Ever Had.” We’re not entirely sure how anybody will be able to choose between these but hey, we’ve got to narrow it down to two songs eventually… right?

To participate, head over to our page on Instagram, follow us and watch our story right now to vote for your favs. You have the power to determine what the best Drake song all time is. 

Drake Track Bracket: Vote For Drizzy’s Best Song Ever

Picking a “favorite song” is a personal decision, one that carries a certain weight. For many, it’s a personal process, an encapsulation taste. We’ve already come to understand that hip-hop fans absolutely adore the art ranking. A barbershop tradition that has carried on into this digital age ours, pitting songs and artists against one another serves to keep us on our toes in hip-hop discourse. What might be brushed f as a tril process has actually led to many a nuanced and enjoyable discussion about an artist’s music. Especially when a case demands to be made. 

Drake Track Bracket: Vote For Drizzy's Best Song Ever

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Not long ago, we kicked f a new IG bracket series beginning with Kid Cudi. The quest to find his “best song,” at least in the eyes the participants, reached a close with “Soundtrack 2 My Life” being dubbed the winner. Now, it’s Drake‘s turn. We’ve amassed a bracket some his strongest contenders, available in bracket format our IG below. 

Given the limitations inherently present within a bracket format, some songs have been left on the cutting room floor. Still, there remain ample options to choose from, and we’re curious to see which song stands alone when all is said and done. Any aspiring Oddsmakers in the house, feel free to sound f in the comment section below. If you’re interested in voting, be sure to check out our IG stories on the daily right here. 

The Weeknd’s Premieres Kid Cudi Remix Of His Song "Privilege" On Memento Mori

Since The Weeknd launched his Beats 1 radio show, entitled “Memento Mori”, in June 2018, he’s been airing episodes sporadically and unexpectedly. Perhaps he is taking cues from Frank Ocean, who follows the same unpredictable format for his “Blonded Radio” show on Apple Music’s platform too. Since its inception, “Memento Mori” has only had six episodes, in which guest DJs (such as Bella Hadid) have been brought in and unreleased music has been shared. The last episode played unreleased tracks from Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Offset, 21 Savage and more.

On Wednesday, The Weeknd shared a trailer for the sixth episode that would air the following day, on Halloween. Kerwin Frost served as the host the spooky-themed episode. Frost – who hosts the web series “Kerwin Frost Talks” – compiled an eclectic mix music that featured Lil Uzi Vert, John Mayer and Britney Spears.

Within this playlist, a Kid Cudi remix The Weeknd’s song, “Privilege”, was premiered. The original song was featured on 2016’s My Dear Melancholy EP. While the song is not available as an individual download on any streaming services, it can still be heard by listening to the episode “Memento Mori” on Apple Music. A rip the remix can be heard below, in which Cudder does a lot his beloved signature humming. 

Watch Kid Cudi bring out Pusha T and Timothée Chalamet at his ComplexCon performance this weekend

Kid Cudi Remixes The Weeknd’s ‘Privilege’

Kid Cudi takes on The Weeknd.

During the Halloween episode of The Weeknd’s Beats 1 show Memento Mori, guest host Kerwin Frost premiered Cudder’s remix to “Privilege” off The Weeknd’s 2018 EP My Dear Melancholy,.

Cudi adds his haunting melodies to the dark and moody track. “I lost a friend today,” he sings. “Feel you gone, gone you slipped away / Here you always stay with me / The moments shared, the memories as I dream.”

Last night, Cudi performed at ComplexCon in Long Beach, Calif., where he was joined on stage by Pusha-T and actor Timothée Chalamet.

He is now gearing up to release his new album Entergalactic, inspired by his upcoming adult animated music series for Netflix. He is teaming up with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris on the show, which is set to debut in 2020.

“I’m trying my hardest to still introduce new sounds and push the envelope, sonically,” he told Complex. “So it’s still gonna be like everything that people love about Kid Cudi music. The only difference is that it’s gonna be told from a different perspective.”

Kid Cudi Brings Out Pusha T & Timothée Chalamet At ComplexCon

Kid Cudi opened his headlining set at ComplexCon Long Beach in a big way. It began with beloved actor, Timothée Chalamet, reciting Common‘s intro from Cudi’s debut album, Man On The Moon: The End Day. You might remember that Cudi and Chalamet are friends from that baffling viral photo Cudi’s birthday dinner that was attended by Chalamet, Kanye West and Pete Davidson. The Call Me By Your Name star was vocal about being a Cudi stan in interviews prior to them developing a personal relationship. 

Once Chalamet reached the end the MOTM monologue, the opening synths  Kids See Ghosts‘ “Feel The Love” played. Cudi was joined by Pusha T on stage, who powerfully performed his verse on the song, as Chalamet bopped around the stage.

Cudder then ran through cuts from his deep discography for the packed Long Beach Convention Center. Before ending his set with Steve Aoki’s remix “Pursuit Happiness”, Cudi noticed a fan in the front row shouting, “I love you!”. The Man On The Moon responded “I love you too!” and while he stopped to sign his arm, the fan said into the microphone, “You saved my life. My name is Jacob. I fucking love you.” Upon finishing the closing song, Cudi gave the final message, “Jacob, I love you. Get home safe,” and left the stage. 

Check out the results our “Best Kid Cudi Song” bracket

Kid Cudi Issues Apology To All His Past Girlfriends

Kid Cudi took to his Twitter on Saturday to reflect on his past transgressions, particularly zeroing in on his failed relationships.

He would begin the brief moment by acknowledging that he had to learn to love himself before loving someone else.

“U can’t be in love w someone until u love yourself,” he penned. “It took me years to learn that.”

He would continue the thread by reflecting on his 20s and early 30s and issued an apology to the past girlfriends that he “treated like shit,” and accepting the fact that his relationships did not work out in the past because his own issues.

“I apologize to all my girlfriends in my 20s and early 30s I let down and treated like shit because I wasnt right,” he continued. “All my relationships didnt work out because me. I had to accept that and find peace and be better.”

Late last year, Cudi sat down on Red Table Talk and went into depth abotu his struggles with mental health.

“For a long time, I was not happy when I woke up in the morning,” he would reveal to the women. “Just being like, why don’t I feel okay? I thought maybe it was stress. At that point, I was doing an album every year, so I thought maybe I was overdoing it and I needed to take a break. It took me a minute to realize there was something going wrong with me.”

Fast forward to his moment light on Twitter and the rapper assured fans that he’s been able to love himself.

“Now, im 35 and the past 3 years I’ve fallin back in love w Scott,” he ended in his series tweets. “It feels great!! To anyone whos still dealin w things, know that u will be ok and u will find a way to the light. I thought id never find a way out my madness. So silly me

Kid Cudi Reveals Whether He’s On Kanye West’s "Jesus Is King"

There has been an air mystery surrounding Kanye West‘s upcoming album release. We initially believed that we would be getting Yandhi last year and, as you all know, that never happened. After a few pushbacks and leaks, that body work appears to have been scrapped and now, we’re getting Jesus Is King. Much like every recent Kanye album rollout, JIK has been plagued with confusion and frustration. The project will mark a return to West’s non-secular roots, perhaps beginning a new chapter in the man’s life. Releasing the album alongside an IMAX display, there are still some answers we’re seeking regarding the musical undertaking itself and one them has just been provided.

Some fans were wondering if Kid Cudi, West’s frequent collaborator, would be making an appearance on Jesus Is King and it turns out that he will, unfortunately, be sitting this one out. After teasing the arrival more Kids See Ghosts projects, it would appear as though Ye and Cudi’s visions did not entirely line up for JIK because Cudder just confirmed that he is not featured on the upcoming piece. Responding to a fan who asked for more information about the tracklist, Cudi said that he’s not there but he fered a promising sign for those hoping to vibe out this weekend.

“No im not! But im sure itll be fire,” he wrote. That should have been a given. After all, everything Kanye West does is fire. Are you looking forward to Jesus Is King?

Kid Cudi Reveals Whether He’s On Kanye West’s "Jesus Is King"

There has been an air mystery surrounding Kanye West‘s upcoming album release. We initially believed that we would be getting Yandhi last year and, as you all know, that never happened. After a few pushbacks and leaks, that body work appears to have been scrapped and now, we’re getting Jesus Is King. Much like every recent Kanye album rollout, JIK has been plagued with confusion and frustration. The project will mark a return to West’s non-secular roots, perhaps beginning a new chapter in the man’s life. Releasing the album alongside an IMAX display, there are still some answers we’re seeking regarding the musical undertaking itself and one them has just been provided.

Some fans were wondering if Kid Cudi, West’s frequent collaborator, would be making an appearance on Jesus Is King and it turns out that he will, unfortunately, be sitting this one out. After teasing the arrival more Kids See Ghosts projects, it would appear as though Ye and Cudi’s visions did not entirely line up for JIK because Cudder just confirmed that he is not featured on the upcoming piece. Responding to a fan who asked for more information about the tracklist, Cudi said that he’s not there but he fered a promising sign for those hoping to vibe out this weekend.

“No im not! But im sure itll be fire,” he wrote. That should have been a given. After all, everything Kanye West does is fire. Are you looking forward to Jesus Is King?

G-Eazy Details How Kid Cudi Helped Squash Machine Gun Kelly Beef

Once upon a time, amid the war the white rappers, Machine Gun Kelly and G-Eazy were at each other’s throats. Halsey was in the middle this, Em was in the middle it — it was just an overall messy situation. Eventually, they squashed their beef publicly and there’s a good chance we might get some music for them in the future. Apparently, Kid Cudi is who deserves the credit for making peace between the two rappers.

G-Eazy recently sat down with Real 92.3 Los Angeles where he detailed how his feud with Machine Gun Kelly ended up being extremely shortlived. He explained that he was at Paris Fashion Week when he ended up having a chat with Kid Cudi.

“I was in Paris Fashion Week and I’m sitting at a table with Push, Pharrell,” G-Eazy recalled. “And then Don C tap me, he’s like, ‘Yo, Cudi wants to holler at you.’ I’m like, ‘What?'” He continued. “We talk for a minute and he’s like, ‘G, you just gotta do one thing for me, man. Promise me you’ll do it.’ And I’m like, ‘Huh?'” G-Eazy said. “He’s like, ‘Bro, you and Kells gotta make peace.’ And I kid you not, at this moment, Kells was walking into this party.”

Inevitably, they ended up squashing their beef and became friends from there. Peep the clip below. 

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