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.
People got a good laugh on Saturday night (Dec. 14) from FKA twigs blocking Rico Nasty on Instagram, but Rico did not. The cause for this blocking appeared to be Rico going on shitposting spree. Interspersed between videos promoting her new single, “Hard“, Rico shared a bunch memes. Although the memes were actually quite funny, FKA twigs may not have appreciated them. “Why did FKA twigs block me on Instagram,” Rico desperately asked her Twitter followers.
The rapper fered an explanation for why the ever-elegantly-dressed twigs would do such a thing. “Twigs just called me and said it’s because I wear crocs,” she said before clarifying that this was just a joke. Rico never heard from twigs, but she still encouraged her fans to get her unblocked. After twigs slayed us with her MAGDALENE album and its accompanying theatrics this year, the thought being a bother to her would be unbearable for anyone. After accepting their mission, Rico’s fans slid in twigs’ DMs and popped up in her comments to implore her to unblock Miss Rico Nasty. However, Rico was not pleased with this pestering. “That’s not how u fucking ask ! Y’all are about to make this worse . Just say #RicoLovesU #PlzUnblock,” she tweeted. That being said, if you wish to support the cause, make sure to be polite when addressing FKA twigs.
Due to Rico’s slightly erratic social media activity, some followers believed she was hacked. However, today, she clarified that she was not and she “just wanna post whatever she] want now.” Why this change, you may ask? “Because everything in this society is a lie !” Read Rico’s full statement below.
Chicago, IL – Juice Wrld’s streaming numbers have skyrocketed since the Chicago rapper suddenly passed away on December 8. The late artist is now the most-streamed artist in the country. Juice racked up more than 38.2 million listens, according to a Rolling Stonereport claimed, and he also topped the charts in digital song sales.
His breakout single, “Lucid Dreams,” amassed over four million streams on December 8, making it the most-streamed song in the U.S. on the day of his death. As of publicizing time, the YouTube music video sits at over 406 million views. Juice’s overall individual streams spiked 487 percent over the course of Sunday.
Juice Wrld (born Jarad A Higgins), was pronounced dead after the artist suffered seizures at Chicago’s Midway Airport early Sunday morning, after allegedly ingesting several Percocets, reportedly to hide them from authorities who searched Juice’s private jet upon its landing.
Authorities reportedly found over 70 pounds of marijuana, two pistols, and a bottle of codeine cough syrup.
News of Juice’s death comes at a time when he was one of the most popular artists in the world, having amassed three billion streams in 2019 alone.
Juice Wrld was 21 years old. He was recently laid to rest in Illinois.
After breaking down all the classic TV shows from your childhood that are now streaming on Disney+, we thought it only right to do the same for movies. The highly anticipated launch Disney+ anticlimactically included only two original films exclusive to the new streamer. The first being the latest live-action adaptation a Disney animated classic, Lady and the Tramp, and the second being Noelle, a Christmas comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader as the children Santa Claus. With just these two new movies to watch over the holidays, it’s a safe bet many families will be scrolling through the Disney library for a classic flick from their childhood. Below we’ve listed 10 films from your youth that are now streaming on Disney+. Happy streaming and share some your favorites down in the comments section.
The Parent Trap (1961 & 1998)
Originally released in 1961, The Parent Trap was the first many sequels and remakes to come for the twin-centric Disney franchise. The film stars teenage English actress Hayley Mills as identical twins Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evers, who meet for the fist time while at summer camp. After discovering their eerily similar appearances, the two form a rivalry fueled by pranks. The girls are punished and forced to live together for the rest camp. This leads to Sharon and Susan realizing they each have single parents, meaning they must be identical twins separated at birth. Excited by the thought meeting the parent they never had, the twins conspire to switch places when camp ends.
Thirty-seven years later, Disney remade the film starring Lindsay Lohan as the twin sisters. Both films are considered Disney classics and streaming now on Disney+. Rumors have recently surfaced about Disney developing a new remake the film exclusively for Disney+, however no formal announcements have been made.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Generally recognized as Walt Disney’s “crowning achievement,” to this day Mary Poppins stands as the closest a Disney film has ever come to winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. In the end, it lost to My Fair Lady. Starring Julie Andrews as the titular magical nanny character, Mary Poppins was a fantastical live-action and animated musical unlike anything Hollywood had ever seen. In her Oscar-winning performance, Andrews captivated viewers, as well as those acting alongside her. Co-starring Dick Van Dyke as Bert the one-man-band and chimney sweep – the dynamic duo team up after Mary is hired to look after the troublesome Banks children. The musical adventures the foursome proceed to have live on today as some the most iconic moments in Disney history. In addition to Andrews winning for Best Actress, the score and song “Chim Chim Cher-ee” were also awarded Oscars.
Nearly 55 years after the original beloved by generations, Disney released a sequel titled Mary Poppins Returns. Starring Emily Blunt as the one-and-only Marry Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Bert’s former apprentice, with Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as the grown Banks children – the film tastefully served as a proper follow-up to the Disney classic. Both films are now streaming on Disney+.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
The first what would become another Disney franchise favorite, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids stars Rick Moranis as Wayne Szalinski, a struggling inventor who accidentally shrinks his children along with the neighbors children. The film marked the directorial debut for Joe Johnston, who would go on to direct Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Grossing over $222 million worldwide, the film was an unexpected hit and Disney’s highest-grossing live-action movie for the following five years. With this sudden success came the 1992 sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid; the Disney theme parks attraction, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience; the straight-to-video movie, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves; and the three season sitcom, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show. Not bad for a mid-summer family comedy. Oh, and a new sequel for Disney+ titled Shrunk is apparently in development with Frozen’s Josh Gad attached to star. Now all they have to do is get Rick Moranis to come out retirement.
Home Alone (1990)
The definitive Christmas movie the ‘90s, Home Alone is the perfect blend comedy, drama, action, and holiday spirit. This childhood classic starring everyone’s favorite child actor, Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is left home on his own for the holidays, was frankly too big to fail. Written by legendary ‘80s filmmaker John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller) and directed by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter), with an iconic score by John Williams – 20th Century Fox pulled no punches with this expected holiday smash. In fact, the movie lived on as the highest-grossing Christmas film all time until last year. Co-starring the brilliant Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as two burglars unable to outsmart a child, with Catherine O’Hara and John Heard as Kevin’s worried parents – the majority the cast would return for the film’s 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
The franchise went on to produce two more made-for-TV sequels, Home Alone 3 and Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House. With Home Alone now streaming on Disney+, it comes as no surprise that the streaming service has plans to reboot the classic holiday franchise. Unfortunately they’ll never be able to recreate the lightning in a bottle magic the first two films.
The Sandlot (1993)
Unlike the majority the films featured on this list, The Sandlot was not an immediate hit. It also wasn’t produced by Disney, but rather 20th Century Fox, which was only recently purchased by Disney. The Sandlot tells the story Scotty Smalls, a nerdy kid new to the San Fernando Valley. Even though he’s terrible at baseball, Smalls is quickly embraced by a local group boys who regularly play at a nearby sandlot. After the boys lose their ball to a neighbors yard, Smalls learns the legend the scary dog, “the Beast,” who lives behind the fence. One day after the team’s best player, Benny Rodriguez, hits the cover f the ball, Smalls steals an autographed baseball from his stepfather in order for the game to continue. When that ball is hit into the Beast’s yard, Smalls tells the gang that it was autographed by some guy named Babe Ruth.
The Sandlot eventually became a cult classic on home video and television, delivering hilarious quotes and nostalgic Halloween costumes for generations to come. 2005 and 2007 saw the direct-to-video releases The Sandlot 2 and The Sandlot: Heading Home, with Disney+ most recently announcing a television series starring the entire cast the original film. That’s right, over 25 years later Disney is getting the sandlot kids back together.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
This ‘90s Disney classic is the rare flop turned cult hit for the House Mouse. Starring the iconic witch trio Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, Hocus Pocus is the quintessential Halloween movie for the entire family. Three hundred years after the sisters curse themselves to avoid being hanged, Max and Dani, two siblings new to Salem, Massachusetts accidentally break their spell. Upon being resurrected, Winnie, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson vow to continue their pursuit taking all the children’s souls in Salem. The first child they discover is Dani (Thora Birch), who quickly flees to the cemetery. From there the witches continue to use their powers to wreak havoc over Salem on Halloween night. In hindsight, Disney clearly made a mistake releasing Hocus Pocus in the heart the summer. However, the film’s cult status continued to grow every year it aired as part Disney Channel and ABC Family’s (now Freeform) Halloween-themed fall programming.
Arguably more popular today than at any point over the past 25 years, Disney recently took the hint and put in development a sequel film likely to air exclusively on its new streaming platform. Now you can stream the original film year-round on Disney+ in anticipation the long awaited follow-up.
The Santa Clause (1994)
It might sound crazy twenty years after the fact, but back in the ‘90s there were few comedic actors bigger than Tim Allen. Between starring on Home Improvement for eight seasons, performing standup, and voicing Buzz Lightyear – you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing or hearing “The Toolman.” Which is why in 1994, Disney cast Tim Allen in its latest Christmas family comedy, The Santa Clause. The film tells the story Scott Calvin (Allen), a divorced father who on Christmas Eve hears a man on his ro. Once outside, Scott yells at the man who slips and falls twenty feet to the ground. Scott then discovers a card in Santa’s pocket that reads, “If something should happen to me, put on my suit, the Reindeer will know what to do.” And thus begins the process Scott’s transitioning into Santa Clause. The film was an immediate hit and quickly became a television staple around the holidays. Eight years later Disney released The Santa Clause 2 to positive acclaim, with The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause following four years after. Like many franchises third film, the opening weekend earnings and reviews fell flat, ending The Santa Clause Trilogy on a low note and a conclusion to Tim Allen’s 10+-year hot streak.
1996’s Jack stands today as one Francis Ford Coppola’s rare comedies and Robin Williams’ underrated performances. The dramedy tells the story Jack Powell (Williams), a 10-year-old boy with an amplified version Werner syndrome, a premature aging disorder. Jack is mentally still a child, but he has the appearance a forty-year-old man. Sheltered from the world by his mother (Diane Lane), when his tutor, played by Bill Cosby, suggests Jack should attend public school, their world begins to change. Jack is a coming–age comedy with tear-jerking moments scattered throughout. Although it received mostly negative reviews, Williams’ performance is sincere and exemplifies his inner-child like so many his most memorable roles. The film also includes appearances by Jennifer Lopez as Jack’s teacher, Fran Drescher (The Nanny) as the mother Jack’s best friend, and Michael McKean (Better Call Saul). Universally looked down upon within Coppola’s canon, the Academy Award-winning director has shared his fondness for Jack, saying: “I must say I find Jack sweet and amusing. I don’t dislike it as much as everyone, but that’s obvious— I directed it. I know I should be ashamed it but I’m not. I don’t know why everybody hated it so much.”
101 Dalmatians (1996)
Following the success 1994’s The Jungle Book, Disney’s first live-action remake an animated feature – the House Mouse quickly set in motion its next adaptation, 101 Dalmatians. Penned by iconic screenwriter John Hughes (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Pretty in Pink, Home Alone) and directed by Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Mighty Ducks), 101 Dalmatians opted to leave the animals voiceless in contrast to the 1961 animated One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The comedy adventure stars Glenn Close as the villainous fashion designer, Cruella de Vil, who sends her henchman Jasper (Hugh Laurie) and Horace (Mark Williams) to kidnap her employee’s Dalmatian puppies.
Close’s performance received a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Globes and four years later reprised the role in 102 Dalmatians. Disney is currently filming Cruella, a live-action prequel starring Emma Stone as a young Cruella de Vil. It is scheduled to hit theaters May 28, 2021.
Dr. Dolittle (1998)
Along with the Home Alone films, Disney had its sights set on another successful franchise when acquiring 20th Century Fox earlier this year. Starring the incomparable Eddie Murphy as Dr. John Dolittle, a surgeon with the innate ability to talk to and understand animals – Dr. Dolittle was another franchise launching hit for Murphy following 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, and The Nutty Pressor. Co-starring Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt, Raven-Symone, and Kyla Pratt, the live-action cast was only to be outshined by a legendary ensemble comedic voice actors including Chris Rock, Norm Macdonald, Albert Brooks, Gilbert Gottfriend, Gary Shandling, John Leguizamo, and Ellen DeGeneres. Murphy would return to the role three years later for Dr. Dolittle 2, with Kyla Pratt starring in three additional direct-to-video sequels – Dr. Dolittle 3, Tail to the Chief, and Million Dollar Mutts.
As memorable as Eddie Murphy’s performance and a guinea pig with Chris Rock’s voice were – the longest lasting contribution Dr. Dolittle might be its soundtrack. Largely produced by Timbaland, the collection R&B and rap included songs by Ginuwine, Ray J, and the Grammy-nominated single, “Are You That Somebody?” by Aaliyah.
Meek Mill is opening up about his addiction to opioids.
During a no-holds-barred interview with Charlamagne Tha God, the Philadelphia rapper admitted that he was addicted to Percocet painkillers and was popping 10-30 pills a day at one point.
“I was taking 10-30 Percocets a day,” said Meek. “You walking with death. You pop two in the morning, they gon’ wear off by four.”
He admitted to being a “junkie” before cleaning up his act. “I had to make a decision with myself. You gon’ be a high pill popper or you gon’ be a millionaire bossed-up-type ni**a and they ain’t mix. I ain’t never seen a millionaire bossed-up pill popper in my life.”
The drugs even triggered his beef with Drake when he took to Twitter in July 2015 to call him out for not writing his own lyrics. Looking back, he says he’s not sure why he went at the Toronto rapper.
“If you ask me why I came at Drake, I don’t even fuckin’ really, really, really know,” said Meek. “Everybody be sayin’ Nicki and shit, that wasn’t the case. They always had their relationship before me. They dealt with each other before I got in the situation. I could never let that be the one reason why I’m mad at him or I feel some type of way. I just ain’t really know when I look back. I’m like, ‘You know what, the fuck I wanna do something like that?’”
Charlamagne said it was because he was high to which Meek agreed, saying the drugs led to bad decisions. “I’m making very bad decisions and not knowing I’m making these bad decisions. When I wasn’t high and I look back and went on YouTube and checked my fall, I’m like, ‘I don’t do shit like that.’”
Meek, who is now recording his next album in the Bahamas, also opened up about finding his purpose, Nipsey Hussle’s impact, his REFORM Alliance, and the future of Dream Chasers.
Pornhub’s 7th annual Year in Review was released this week, once again highlighting the “hottest trends, terms, searches, and a recap everything that happened this year.” This past year was an interesting one for sure.
“Amateur” was the top search on Pornhub in 2019, followed by “Alien” and “POV.” According to Dr. Laurie Betito the Sexual Wellness Center, “It seems that people are looking for more realistic depictions . ‘Real’ people vs. actors seems to be the draw. It’s interesting that more and more people are putting themselves out there as amateurs. Sex has become so much less taboo that those who get a kick out exhibitionism can do so with very little experience or equipment. The message is: anyone can be a star!” The popularity the “Alien” search displays how viral the “Storm Area 51” posts became, even seeping into the world.
Lana Rhoades was the most searched star on Pornhub in 2019, by far, with 345 million video views. Mia Khalifa and Riley Reid took second and third place for a second straight year, respectively. “Japanese” was the most searched term, followed by “hentai,” “lesbian,” and “milf.” Check out all the most searched items on Pornhub for 2019 here.
Undefeated and Nike have joined forces for a wide-ranging Air Max 90 collection which will consist eight different colorways. After months rumors and speculation, Nike has ficially confirmed that the UNDFTD Air Max 90 collabs will initially launch December 27, exclusively at Undefeated, followed by a December 30 drop on SNKRS and SNEAKRS.
The eight-sneaker collection will consist both black and white-based Air Max 90s, featuring a premium leather construction, highlighted by either blue, infrared, green or yellow detailing. Each sneaker’s namesake color appears on the branding, laces, outsole, heel unit around the Air Max bubble, and stripe that encircles the silhouette. The kicks also come equipped with “UNDEFEATED” lace dubraes and UNDFTD logos on the heel in place the familiar “Nike Air” logo.
“A double mudguard — a unique element made possible by the band color — gives the Nike Air Max 90 Undefeated distinction from prior iterations the Air Max 90. This feature references the supercross jackets popular in the ’90s New York hip-hop scene, which was a foundational influence on the Undefeated team.”
The adult sizes will retail for $150, with two pre-school and toddler colorways (red/black and yellow/white, only) priced at $90 and $75, respectively. Continue scrolling for the ficial photos.
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.
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.
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.
Hailing from Tampa, Fla., independent rapper Big Baby Scumbag draws a lot of attention from his name alone. Don’t be fooled, however, as the rising artist has shown promise in the plethora of trap joints he’s put out in the four years he’s been making music.
With tracks like “Hammer Time” and “Flex Music,” Big Baby Scumbag’s rowdy sound is reminiscent of trap greats like Waka Flocka, all while his hilarious online presence is a testament to his animated sense of humor.
Earlier this year, the 25-year-old recently put out “Juvenile Hell,” a project produced by the trap legend himself, Lex Luger.
The former Awful Records artist sat down with HipHopDX in Los Angeles to talk about coming up in the rap scene with fellow Floridians like Wifisfuneral and XXXTENTACION, linking up with Lex Luger for his last album and his future plans for his unique inventory of merchandise.
HipHopDx: I want to take it back to your upbringings. I know you’re from Tampa, what was it like growing up and how’d you get into the music?
Big Baby Scumbag: Growing up in Tampa is pretty chill. I literally wanted to do a million things when I was a kid. I wanted to do sports, I had this dream of being a professional gamer. I wanted to be in the medical field. I even wanted to be a professional skateboarder at one point. I was always dabbling into certain shit. How I started rapping was because of my friend from middle school. He was always rapping, he used to go by J.G. And then he made this rap group called Scumbag World. It was him—his name is Skinny Scumbag—and my other homie Lil Scumbag. He was like, “Yo, I want you to be in this rap group.” I wasn’t rapping at the time, so I was like, “I guess, I don’t rap though, bro.” He was like, “Yeah, it don’t even matter, just be in the group to be in it. If you like it, then keep doing it. At least try.” The first day in the studio, I just rapped this super silly freestyle, it’s called “Jessica Simpson.” It was just troll, Lil B-type rap shit. And I don’t know, I just picked up on it like super quick.
HipHopDX: It seems like a lot of rappers nowadays are getting their start on accident. That’s dope that it panned out for you. What about your name, how’d that come about?
Big Baby Scumbag: How my name came, I was like, “Damn, I need a cool name.” So I came up with Baby Scumbag after Birdman from Cash Money. And I tried to change my Twitter name to that and the handle was already taken. I tried to improvise, I really liked this name. So I put the “Big” in front of it and made it Big Baby Scumbag and now it’s stuck. I personally feel like I couldn’t have any other rap name because that just fits with the brand so well. Even if I wanted to change my name, the fans wouldn’t allow it.
HipHopDX: I feel that, it’s one of those things that can’t be touched after it’s set in stone. So you started rapping when you were about 20? How old are you now?
Big Baby Scumbag: I’m 25 now. The first couple of years I didn’t even take it seriously. I was a rapper for a year and a half without any songs. People just knew me from like one song that I put on Soundcloud. I started taking this shit seriously in 2015. That’s when I really was like, “Okay, I’m going to be a rapper.”
HipHopDX: Was it something specific that made you take it seriously? Did you start popping off because of a show?
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah, my first song was called “The Trenches.” It was my homie Lil Xela. We put that out through Elevator. It was my first music video and everything. I got a good reception from it and at that point in time in Florida, it was a really big underground scene going on. That’s like when Wifisfuneral was coming up, and so was Ski Mask, XXXTENTACION, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, all of us shared the same shows with each other. All these dudes only knew me for that one song and I didn’t make another song for another year and a half because I was like, “Okay, being a rapper is easy, all I have to do is make this one song and just perform it.” That was my train of thought at that point, like just live off this one song for the rest of my life.
After I dropped that initial song, I was going on tours and shit. I went on a Florida tour, I went on tour with Wifi a couple of times, only doing that one song. So, my set would come and I’m performing for three minutes and then I’d just get off stage. That song was just a warm up honestly. But the song that really gave me confidence doing this shit was called “Jelly.” And that was dropped in April 2016. I met Lil Yachty prior to dropping that song when I was on tour. As soon as I posted the song, he’s like, “Yo, this shit is crazy.” He retweeted it and it just got a bunch of attention. I was thinking I can’t stop now. Even if I wanted to, I can’t stop now.
HipHopDX: So I assume this probably doesn’t feel like work to you since that happened?
Big Baby Scumbag: Sometimes it feels like work. A lot of times, you have to make yourself do some shit. And it pays off. Even if I’m at my crib chilling, I’ll easily pick up a video game or some shit, trying to find a way to distract myself. When you make yourself do some shit and you finish writing a song or whatever, you feel good about it. That’s the right idea.
HipHopDX: Yeah, it’s all about doing things with that mindset to feel a sense of self-fulfillment. Going off a different note, did you go to college at all?
Big Baby Scumbag: Nah, so I went to orientation twice and didn’t go to any type of class after that. So the first time was like the same year I decided to start rapping. I went to orientation and just didn’t come back. The second time around I thought, “Okay, I’m going to try this out.” But yeah, it’s just not for me. I might go back to college eventually, but not right now.
HipHopDX: I feel that, college is definitely not for everybody. You don’t even need a degree to make it, especially out here and in the music industry.
Big Baby Scumbag: Facts, man. But it is nice to have some type of degree in something. It’s just extra brownie points. I feel like that would make my parents and family proud and just to have something to fall back on because eventually, I just don’t want to do rap my whole life. I want to be more than just a rapper. So I would want to get something that could benefit me in other areas in entertainment that rapping can’t do for me, whether that be business marketing or some shit.
HipHopDX: You can probably act too, that’s what lot of rappers in the industry are getting into now also.
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah! Just something, so I can be like, “Yeah, by the way I got this or can do that.”
HipHopDX: Yup, it’s that extra brownie points you were talking about. So you you’re in L.A. doing some music, are you working on a new project?
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah man, working on some new music for my homie Mickey. He’s one of Diplo’s homies. I’ve been working on very experimental sounds. Nothing like what I’m used to doing. I feel like I’ve gotten kind of bored with just rapping over hard ass beats and I wanted to try something different. I told him, ‘Yo, next time I’m out here, let’s just lock in every single day.’ We’ve been at it so far like three or four days in nonstop.
HipHopDX: How much time do you normally spend in the studio, just all day and all night?
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah, all day for the most part. Sometimes I need a break from this so I’ll spend an hour or two running through songs. If I find something I don’t like in the song, I’ll change it. And more times, I’ll be in there just recording straight vocals. I’ll spend a day recording a bunch of vocals and another day just reflecting and listening to all of the songs.
HipHopDX: So you’re the type of guy to blue print before you get in there?
Big Baby Scumbag: A lot of stuff is written and just as much stuff is off the top of the head. If I get a vibe for a certain beat, some shit will just come out. Like “Dale Earnhardt,” I just played a bunch of different beats and I was just saying Dale Earnhardt over a bunch of them until I found the right one. That’s how a lot of my songs are.
HipHopDX: Yeah I feel that’s just a part of the creative process though when it comes to making stuff your own style. Now are you signed currently?
Big Baby Scumbag: Nah, I’m independent right now.
HipHopDX: Okay, got ya. For some reason I thought you were with Awful Records.
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah, I was for a little bit last year. It was a singles deal. I had two singles with Awful. One was “Victoria Secret.” We actually shot that in Beverly Hills. It was my first time there, so we had a nice view, a barbecue, a jacuzzi, all that shit. And the second was called “Robocop.” That was shot in October last year.
HipHopDX: So in “Robocop,” the first time I played that, the first line is from Three 6 Mafia’s in “Slob On My Knob.” And I realized, that you kind of sounded like A$AP Ferg on “Plain Jane.” Has anybody ever told you that you sounded like Ferg?
Big Baby Scumbag: I’ve definitely heard that before. I’ve heard that, Juicy J, Gleesh. I’ve heard a bunch of comparisons. Even Dolph. I feel flattered though, because anybody I’m compared to, I’m a fan of their music. So it’s nothing offensive to me for someone to be like, “Yo, you sound like so and so.”
HipHopDX: Definitely not a bad thing when you’re compared to artists like those. I’ve noticed two of your songs being named after NASCAR drivers, “Dale Earnhardt” and “Carl Edwards” with Oliver Francis. Do you have some sort of infatuation with NASCAR? I’ve seen you rocking the hats too.
Big Baby Scumbag: In Florida, NASCAR is a big thing out there, especially with the Daytona 500. It’s like the NASCAR capital. Growing up, I was just around that. You go to the store, you’ll see NASCAR t-shirts, Bud Light hats, Chevrolet hats, all types of shit. It wasn’t anything new for me when I started rapping. I decided to bring that to the music side of shit. A lot of kids my age when we were younger, they’d wear NASCAR jackets not even knowing anything about NASCAR. But we just wanted to wear it just to have like Tony the Tiger or Scooby Doo or some shit on the jacket. It just looks cool. It was more of a fashion statement for us instead of really following it.
HipHopDX: Yeah the merchandise that I see from NASCAR has that vintage flare to it. So you recently dropped “Juvenile Hell” with Lex Luger. What was it like working with him?
Big Baby Scumbag: It’s pretty cool, man. Lex is such a legend. It was crazy for me to even work with him. When I was younger in high school, I always listened to old Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane, OJ da Juiceman. You know, Lex carried a lot of that production from back then. So I’d always told myself, if I ever start rapping, I really want to get one song with him. I was totally content with just one song produced by him. But yeah, we ended up doing a whole project and that was with the help of Father from Awful Records. I did an interview, and I was asked what my dream collab was. I said Lex Luger. I ended up making a tweet about it a couple of days later, and Father was like, “Yo, I know Lex.” So I said, “Send me some beats, I’ll give you something.” Lex literally didn’t know me at all at this point. I was kind of concerned about dropping a song, thinking what if he’s like, “How’d you get this beat?” But, when I dropped the track—it was “Metal Gear Solid”—and Lex DM’d me one day and was like, “This shit is hard, let’s work on some shit.” I seen that DM and I wanted to do backflips. It was so surreal. But yeah, man, shout out to Lex.
HipHopDX: That’s wild. Lex is definitely a veteran in the game. So I saw you played at Rolling Loud in Miami this year. How was that?
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah man, I’ve been playing Rolling Loud like in Miami like the past three years.
HipHopDX: What was it like taking the stage for the first time, seeing all those people?
Big Baby Scumbag: Man, Rolling Loud 2016 is a very special moment for a lot of people in Florida just because this goes back to me talking about the Florida scene around 2015 to 2016 when X was coming up, Ski Mask, Smokepurpp, all those guys. There was this stage called the Citrus Rap Stage and all of us were at this one stage at one time. So you know how usually after rappers’ sets, everybody clears out? This time it was like, “Okay, whose turn is it now? Is it your set or is it your set?” It was a very special moment. That type of energy can’t be recreated at all. It was insane.
That was the same year I met Lil B for the first time. He was performing and I remember that there wasn’t any service at all out there. But somehow, my friend was able to call me and be like, “I’m at Lil B’s stage right now, come through right now!” So I run from one side of Rolling Loud to the other. I get there and it’s really just ambient. And I see Lil B on stage and it looks like he has a glowing aura around him and people were handing him stuff to sign. So yeah, I took a picture with him and everything and I ended up DM’ing later that day, hoping that he’d get back at me. But what’s so funny is that the next DM I got from him was 3 years later with his email and phone number.
HipHopDX: Damn, that’s dope. It’s not everyday you can exchange information like that with somebody of that caliber. So I take it that he’s one of your favorite artists?
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah, he’s definitely top 5 for sure. My whole style is based off of Lil B’s blueprint when it comes to videos and naming songs after figures in pop culture. He has songs like, “Ellen Degeneres” and “Mel Gibson.”
HipHopDX: That makes a lot of sense with some of your tracks now.
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah, he had songs after songs just named after celebrities. So I took of inspiration from that.
HipHopDX: It seems to fit you perfectly, too. So you only got one project out right now, but have you been hit up by a major label to sign?
Big Baby Scumbag: I’ve had a meetings with labels. For me, I’ve always felt that if a label presents itself with the right criteria where it’s good on both ends where they’re giving me what I need, I have no problem with signing. But I feel like right now, it’s not a priority for me. When the opportunity presents itself, then so be it. I feel that a lot of people that sign to labels, they don’t really know how to market themselves so they want the label to do it. So far, I’ve been doing all this with a team of three people: Me, my videographer and my homie that’s a DJ. But yeah, I like labels, but at the same time the independent game is cool too.
HipHopDX: Yeah, there’s definitely a steady flow of pros and cons to signing, and you have to take in to account the little factors here and there. So moving on, talk about your merchandise, I saw that you had a pretty unique range of items on your website.
Big Baby Scumbag: I’m so next level with the merch, I just don’t want to make t-shirts. I want to make all types of shit. I just dropped condoms. [Editor’s note: Currently sold out]
HipHopDX: I saw that, that was pretty clever with the name.
Big Baby Scumbag: It’s been an inside joke between all my fans. A lot of people that are new to me and they see my name written out, they’re like, “Is that Big Baby Cumbag?” So it’s always been an inside joke, so I was like, “Okay, I got something for my fans.”
HipHopDX: And it’s legit, right? People can really buy them?
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah, it’s legit and they’re real, it’s latex.
HipHopDX: I thought somebody had just photoshopped that.
Big Baby Scumbag: Nah, it’s real, it’s no novelty item. I mean, if it don’t work, then that’s on you, but it is real. We’re all adults, we all know how to use condoms.
HipHopDX: That’s mad wild. But yeah, I feel that merchandise is a huge way for artists to get income. So you obviously got like the regular stuff too right, like hats and jackets and stuff?
Big Baby Scumbag: Yeah, I got hats, t-shirts, condoms, beer koozies. I want to make skateboards. I want to do temporary tattoos. I got about 20 tattoos, so I want to take one of those or the ones that my fans know me for and just make it so people can stick them on themselves. I also want to make bottle openers, fucking everything, I want to be like a walking gift shop.
HipHopDX: Whatever it takes to get the bag. Alright man, we’re nearing the end here, so what are your goals for your career right now?
Big Baby Scumbag: My goal right now is to branch off into like media. Not just music. I feel like the music is always going to be there. I’m not just going to wake up one day be like, ‘Oh, I don’t like rapping.” Rapping is always going to be there. For now, I want to just get on to podcasts, traveling, eating food and shit. Action Bronson-type shit. Just making different content. Because those opportunities are ones you can’t pass up because they don’t always come around. I’m going to keep doing music but I’m balancing it out doing other stuff.
HipHopDX: So for people who don’t know you, what do you want them to take from your music?
Big Baby Scumbag: Positivity, confidence and ambition. If you’re having a bad day at work or if you’re girl broke up with you or something, just listen to my music and you’ll get in a better mood. I make music that I would listen to. I never want to make some shit that doesn’t reflect me. If I can play my own shit 1,000 times, then that’s the stamp of approval that I know ya’ll are going to like it.
Today, (Dec. 14) Epic Games hooked up fans their massively popular game, Fornite, with an exclusive clip from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Rise Skywalker. The clip is part a bigger Star Wars-themed update that launched in conjunction with the clip, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Rey, Finn, and Poe seem to be embarking on a stealth mission, sorts, into an imperial ship. The trio is soon stopped at gun-point by two stormtroopers who demand they drop their weapons. Rey uses the iconic Jedi mind trick to convince the stormtroopers to allow them to pass.
By the end the live reveal, players were allowed to choose lightsabers their own to wield in-game, as well as blasters.
In addition, the update comes with a handful new challenges and rewards. According to Forbes, the challenges include:
Stage 1 – Deal damage with a lightsaber (100) Stage 1 – Raise your banner to capture the TIE fighter crash sites (0/1) Stage 1 – Block damage with a lightsaber (50) Stage 1 – First Order Stormtrooper eliminations with a lightsaber or from beyond 100m (0/1) Stage 1 – Deal damage with a First Order Blaster Rifle to opponents or First Order Stormtroopers (0/200)
As for rewards:
Five Stage 1 challenges you get a Resistance Banner Five Stage 2 challenges you get holographic First Order Back Bling Five Stage 3 challenges you get a Rey Jedi Training emote
Saturday, Kodak Black‘s Instagram page was cleared out and left with a new message from the rapper as he sits behind bars.
In a lengthy caption that sat under an inmate photo the Miami rapper, Kodak detailed an experience where alleges that he was laced with an “unknown substance,” denied medical help, and then attacked while under the influence.
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“On October 29th I was laced with an unknown substance here in Miami, FDC,” the statement reads. “That substance gave me an out body experience and had me feeling like I was possessed and dying slowly. Upon this experience i managed to go to the CO’s fice to seek medical attention (As shown on surveillance cameras). I was denied ! This left me in a state paranoia.”
This explanation begins to unravel Kodak’s version the reported fight that took place between himself and another inmate. Initial reports suggest that Kodak struck a correctional ficer in the groin, leading to his hospitalization. According to Kodak, however, this fight is peppered with suspicious details.
“”Shortly after I got into an altercation with an innate,” he adds. “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.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 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.”
Ass a result the fight, Kodak was sent into solitary confinement., In his message, he confirms that he has been in solitary for 45 days and that he was beaten so badly, that he had to be wheeled to the hole. Representatives for Kodak have previously stated their belief that foul play was involved in the situation.
The South Florida native is currently imprisoned after being sentenced to serve three years and 10 months for falsifying documents in order to obtain firearms. Read his full statement below.
Well, it appears Cardi did not disappoint. In an erotically-titled video she posted on Instagram today – which is Offset’s birthday – she explained to him the difficulty getting a gift for someone who isn’t lacking in any material items. “You got every car, every jewelry. You got every… um, shit you got everything. You got every shoe. You know what I’m saying? What else can I give someone that got everything?” Cardi then briefly pauses before exclaiming, “The fridge!” For a moment, you might be confused as to how it’s possible that Offset doesn’t own a fridge, all things. But then the fridge behind him is opened to reveal a surprise: $500,000 in cold, hard cash. He starts retrieving the racks, accidentally dropping some along the way. While Offset certainly has money, a nice surprise is priceless.
While Cardi told the Offset that he could whatever he wishes with his present – even buy her more Birkin bags – he had the perfect idea in mind. They put that cash in a duffel bag and took it straight to the strip club. Cardi’s Instagram stories showed their section littered with bills, leaving the floor completely covered. Quavo is also seen cheesing about the boxes Popeyes sandwiches brought to the club. Overall, Cardi delivered.
According to The New York Times, starting January 3rd, Billboard will begin counting YouTube streams when calculating their album charts.
YouTube streams will follow the same model as Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, etc with 1,250 clicks from paying users counting as one album sale and 3,750 from non-paying users resulting in the same. User-generated content will not be counted.
Deanna Brown, the president the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group said, “It’s an important part music consumption, and it’s time to recognize that.”
While YouTube is the most popular music streaming platform, according to Midia Research, it also has the lowest payout for content creators. As the Times explains, “Despite YouTube’s vast popularity, ad-supported outlets like it generated $760 million last year, while paid services like Spotify and Apple generated about $4.7 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association America.”
This is now the second major change Billboard has made to how it counts album sales recently. On November 26th, the company announced it would be revamping the way album bundles count towards total sales. They explained the changes in a press release saying, “Moving forward, in order for an album sale to be counted as part a merchandise/album bundle, all the items in the bundle must also be available for purchase concurrently and individually on the same website. In addition, the merchandise item sold on its own will have to be priced lower than the bundle which includes both the merchandise and the album. Further, merchandise bundles can only be sold in an artist’s ficial direct-to-consumer web store and not third-party sites.”
Pharrell has decided to come through this week and share the star-studded lineup for next year’s “Something in the Water” festival.
Taking place between April 20th and April 26th in Virginia Beach, the 2020 event will feature performances from A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, Tyler, The Creator, Clipse, Chance The Rapper, Playboi Carti, Migos, Usher, Baby Rose, Buddy, Chad Hugo, EARTHGANG, Gunna, H.E.R., Jaden Smith, Lil Tecca, Kali Uchis, Metro Boomin, Migos, Nelly, Pop Smoke, Trey Songz, Wale, 6LACK and many others.
For those interested, tickets and VIP passes go on sale this Saturday, December 14th at 12PM EST at somethinginthewater.com. Peep the announcement (below).
In other news, Pharrell recently made news for recalling his time working with Mac Miller. Speaking on Mac, Skateboard P said: ”I just remember him being a fan music and wanting to go deeper and challenge himself. He was really independent in the rap game, but he liked Tribe and all the jazzy shit, and he liked a lot the stuff we did that’s jazz-influenced, rap records that had those kinds colors and chords. And he wanted to know more about it. He wanted people to know that there was way more to him than his indie-rap success.” Read all that and more right here.