Interview: DJ Lord Jazz Talks Upcoming Lords Of The Underground Album

Miami, Florida – The platinum-selling trio of DoItAll, Mr. Funke and DJ Lord Jazz (collectively known as Lords Of The Underground) rose to prominence in the early 90s, with their first two albums spawning post-Golden Era essentials “Chief Rocka” and “Tic Toc” — among others.

Though their third and fourth releases, which dropped in 1999 and 2007 respectively, may have slipped under the mainstream radar, the group (now in their 27th year) has remained remarkably active.

After the release of their last group album, House Of Lords, the trio all worked on solo releases — Doitall’s 2010 American Du project (which includes the Pete Rock-produced “Surrender”) being the first. Lord Jazz’s 2012 The Plain Dealer was next, followed by Mr Funke’s Deus Ex Machina Pt 1, which dropped in 2017.

Still, it’s been 13 years since fans have gotten a collective body of work from the trio. That all changes in 2020, as they prepare to drop their fifth studio album, So Legendary — announced earlier this year alongside the first single “Insomnia.”

According to Lord Jazz, the new album was simply a matter of time — and the group is back for the long haul.

“We love and are always recording,” Jazz tells HipHopDX. So Legendary is produced entirely by German production team The Snowgoons, who’ve developed a reputation in recent years for putting golden era heavyweights back on the map.

“Working with Snowgoons was a no brainer for me,” he notes. “These guys have dope beats and a great work ethic … I like that about them. The new project is definitely for both our fans and Snowgoons fans — we combined forces and knocked it out.”

Jazz explains that he first became aware of the Goons while living in Paris, France, from 2000 to 2012. “I would see them while doing gigs in Germany and all around Europe. I love their albums and what they have contributed to Hip Hop. Our European management (Latfro Agency) actually suggested that we do the album and made it happen.”

The project was recorded in Germany while the group was on tour. “On our days off we would record,” he says. “Hip Hop is about whats going on in your surroundings, so Du and Funke are actually painting a picture of what was happening while in Germany, listen to the verses.

“It was a plus that we were all together vibing in the studio and not in three different places,” he adds.

With 2023 marking their 30-year milestone, Jazz says he hopes Lords Of The Underground’s legacy will be longevity, positivity and great music that never degraded women.

“It’s up to us to write our own history because if we don’t somebody else will — and it won’t be authentic,” he says. “We strongly believe in helping others like Harriet Tubman did … Doitall is heavy into politics and making a big impact not only in his City of Newark but worldwide. I’m starting a DJ course at the school of Arts in Florida and teaching students about music and the great influence it has in the world.”

As for what keeps Jazz creativity motivated after almost three decades is simple: his family.

“My kids and wife keep me motivated. I have to provide for them so I’m always motivated and doing what I have to do,” he explains. “Creatively, just waking up and seeing the sun and breathing fresh air is motivation for me.

“My daughter DJ Glo keeps me on my Ps and Qs with the latest music,” he adds with a laugh. “She’s also a DJ, producer, actress and plays three different instruments … that’s motivation enough for me.”

The Lords Of The Underground’s long-awaited fifth album, So Legendary produced by The Snowgoons is coming soon. The group is also on tour in Europe this April. Jazz is also working on an EP with Jersey artist Tru Trilla.

Quavo Endorses Kanye West’s "Jesus Is King" In Head-To-Toe Merch

A huge part any experience provided by Kanye West is the merch. Every Ye era has its own aesthetic that fans can call to mind upon the mentioning an album title. His latest album, Jesus Is King, had no shortage merch associated with it. Not only were products being sold online both ahead and after the project’s release, but they were available at the events Kanye hosted in multiple cities. He also rarely presented the same batch clothing. The designs switched up frequently, one drop even recruited A$AP Rocky’s creative collective, AWGE, for some wild graphics.

Quavo is evidently a fan the JIK merch because he just posed a photo him dripping in it from head-to-toe. He rocked an f-white (the shade, not the brand) crewneck with biblical paintings printed onto it, the blue vinyl-themed sweatpants and, last but not least, a pair simple JIK socks. Surprisingly, the Migos member didn’t complete the look with some Yeezys. He opted instead for the chaotic-looking Nike x Off-White Dunk Lows (the brand, not the shade), which dropped in December. 

It’s unclear whether Quavo purchased these articles clothing himself or Kanye gifted his friend with the whole bundle, like Beyoncé has been doing with the new Ivy Park x Adidas collection

Offset Says Migos’ ‘Culture III’ Will Be the ‘Last Chapter’

Culture III is on the way.

Offset is teasing the final installment in Migos’ popular Culture series. Taking to Instagram on Monday, Offset announced a 2020 release date: “CULTURE 3 2020 LAST CHAPTER.”

His caption prompted speculation that this could be Migos’ final album, but it may just be the last chapter in the Culture series. Either way, fans have been eagerly anticipating the long-awaited project since it was first announced in 2018.

“I feel like it’s more about Migos that y’all don’t know yet,” Quavo told Business Insider. “And I feel like this album is going to be prolific. I feel like this album is going to be the album to do it. And I think it’s Culture III, but I don’t know. I think we may change the chapter.”

The trilogy already includes 2017’s Culture featuring the No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee,” and 2018’s Culture II. The latter spawned the hits “MotorSport,” “Stir Fry,” and “Walk It Talk It” featuring Drake.

Each member also released solo projects–Quavo’s Quavo Huncho, Takeoff’s The Last Rocket, and Offset’s Father of 4–before reuniting as a group. “No straight gang shit from now on,” Offset told a fan last year.

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Alicia Keys Announces ‘ALICIA’ Album and Tour

Alicia Keys is ready for a new era.

The R&B powerhouse has announced that her seventh studio album ALICIA will be released worldwide on March 20. She has revealed the artwork, while a pre-sale is set for Jan. 24, in celebration of Alicia’s birthday on Jan. 25.

Leading up to the album’s release, Keys has released a trio of singles including the Miguel-assisted “Show Me Love,” “Time Machine,” and the anthemic “Underdog.”

The album has received praise from her husband Swizz Beatz. “The Best of the Best hands down‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️” wrote the super-producer, adding, “Let’s go this Album is crazyyyyyyyyyy‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️”

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The 15-time Grammy winner will also return to the stage on “ALICIA – The World Tour,” her first tour in seven years. The European leg kicks off June 5 in Dublin before stopping in London, Stockholm, Berlin, and Paris. She will launch the North American leg on July 28 in Jacksonville, Fla. The 28-date trek includes stops in Atlanta, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles, wrapping Sept. 22 in Miami.

A pre-sale for American Express card members begins Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. local time.

Keys has a big year ahead. On Jan. 26, she will return to host the Grammy Awards for the second consecutive year, while her memoir More Myself hits bookstores on March 31.

ALICIA – THE WORLD TOUR EUROPEAN DATES

June 5 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
June 7 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
June 8 – Birmingham, UK – Birmingham Arena
June 10 – London, UK – The O2
June 12 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
June 14 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
June 16 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
June 17 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
June 19 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
June 20 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
June 25 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
July 1 – Paris, France – Accorhotels Arena
July 4 – Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center
July 7 – Barcelona, Spain – Palau Sant Jordi
July 9 – Bordeaux, France – Arkéa Arena
July 11 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
July 14 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
July 17 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
July 18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
July 20 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena

ALICIA – THE WORLD TOUR NORTH AMERICA DATES

July 28 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
July 30 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Aug. 2 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
Aug. 4 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug. 5 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
Aug. 7 – Washington, DC – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Aug. 9 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
Aug. 11 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Aug. 14 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Aug. 16 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Aug. 18 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 19 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Aug. 25 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug. 26 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Aug. 27 – Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre
Aug. 30 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater
Aug. 31 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sept. 2 – Portland, OR – Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center
Sept. 4 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Sept. 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Sept. 11 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Sept. 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre (Comerica Theater)
Sept. 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
Sept. 16 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sept. 19 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Sept. 20 – Tampa, FL – Hard Rock Event Center
Sept. 22 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena

Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart

Ballplayers want to be rappers and rappers want to be ballplayers. It’s an age-old adage. The NBA has long been a core piece hip-hop culture – from Allen Iverson heralding a new era emphatic urban style to rappers being fanatical about basketball sneakers. And course, rap songs are ten laden with references to the game’s most iconic players.

“Which park are y’all playing basketball/Get me on the court and I’m trouble/Last week fucked around and got a triple double/Freaking niggas every way like MJ/I can’t believe today was a good day” – Ice Cube

“Real quick, real sick, raw nights, I perform like Mike/Anyone—Tyson, Jordan, Jackson, action, pack guns” – Biggie

“But I’m limitless mentally, I’m lyrically ZMT/Lebron shit, I was in that 6 after 23” – Wale

“Went from most hated to the champion god flow/I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know” – Kanye

NBA stars have attempted to crossover into rap with great regularity. Shaquille O’Neal dropped four studio albums (although he’s not quite as dominant in the booth as he is on the block) and Ron Artest even started a record label. And whether its Stephon Marbury in Big Pun’s “Whatcha Gone Do” video or LeBron popping up in Jay-Z’s “D.O.A” visual or, let’s not forget, Ray Allen’s unforgettable cameo in Public Enemy’s “He Got Game,” Ballers haven’t ever been shy about popping up in rap videos. MC’s are mainstays at NBA games; if you turn on a Hawks game, you’ll ten see Gucci Mane sitting court-side or Ice Cube on the hardwood at Laker games. Given all the crossover and cultural importance these two share, I thought it was only right to draw some comparisons.

Trae Young (DaBaby)

New on the scene but with an adept game and a lot swag. Their moves on the court/stage get the crowd going. Both are more than willing to provide a good assist. DaBaby with a host saucy features, including Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Cash Shit” and Quality Control‘s “Baby.” Trae with the frequent no-look pass or alley-oop. Young Ice is Top 5 in the NBA in scoring and assists. Neither’s success has come without hate. People criticize DaBaby over his singular method flow. But those nay-sayers may be missing the actual bars he’s spitting. Like, are you even listening? Not to mention he’s got a chart-topping album. The same goes for Trae. People talk about the Hawks record but overlook the fact he a). Has 0 help and b). Is putting up historic numbers for an NBA sophomore.


Anthony Davis (Meek Mill)

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It always seemed like one thing after the other for these two. Nick-nack injuries, an incompetent General Manager – probation, legal fight after legal fight, beef. Neither could ever quite seem to get over the hump but now they are in significantly better situations. Davis is a Los Angeles Laker; running flank to LeBron James. Meek has rebounded from being the target maybe the biggest hit diss record ever and has been released from prison. With monkeys f their back, Davis is vying for a title this season and Meek is eyeing his first Grammy for Album the Year. These two have the potential to be the best in the game. Before his coup to exit New Orleans, Davis was pegged as next in line to take over the league while Meek was pinned the new Jay-Z. They have the talent but questions still remain about whether they can elevate their game even more to reach their potential.


Luka Doncic (YBN Cordae)

Young but polished. These guys both burst onto the scene looking to compete immediately with absolutely no fear – I’m sure to the surprise many. Cordae’s delivery as velvety and fluid as Luka’s step-back jumper. Each has his eye on running the game for years to come. they’re also not afraid to go at the neck an all-time great. YBN responded to J. Cole’s “1985” while Luka has dropped a 30-point triple-double on LeBron’s head top. Bright futures await this pair. Both will be hoisting trophies in the years to come. 


Damian Lillard (Dame DOLLA)

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There’s not a better comparison for Damian Lillard on the court than Damian Lillard in the booth. He plays the way he raps. Even keel. Consistent. Sharp. And they’ve been underrated for a long time. Another similarity, they both need to get out Portland! Neither is willing to back down from a challenge. Damian went nose to nose with Russell Westbrook who barked and barked at him during the first round playf series – sending OKC home with an elimination-game buzzer-beater. Dame DOLLA is no stranger to beef wither. He’s battled rapped the likes Marvin Bagley III and Shaq, taking home victories in both bouts. 


James Harden (Travis Scott)

Their numbers are as gaudy as their eye for attention-grabbing ensembles and jewelry. To go along with their creative fashion choices, each posts flashy numbers. Stats tell you they’re two the best in their individual games. But success hasn’t just come on a silver platter. Harden began his career as a 6th man, coming f the bench in OKC. Then transformed in the virtually unstoppable scoring machine we see today. As shown in his recent documentary, Travis had a steep climb up the mountain as well. A video that went viral shows Scott performing for a few dozen people in 2013. Compare that to La Flame selling out the AstroWorld festival just 6 years later. Harden went from 6th man the year in 2012 to NBA MVP in 2018. An equally impressive rise. 


Jimmy Butler (Pusha T)

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These two do so much for their team. Jimmy is Mr. Everything for Miami while Pusha T is the President GOOD music with the second most releases under the label. Neither puts up the splashy numbers but they’re incredibly effective in big moments. While their stats won’t jump f the page, they consistently deliver. Both are winners. Put them up against anybody rapping or hooping and they have the ability to come out on top. Of course this pair is not afraid a little beef. Pusha and Jimmy have regularly had spats with peers. Butler can trash-talk with the best them while Pusha diss records are the stuff legend. 


Nikola Jokic (Jack Harlow)

At first glance and maybe even second, most people wouldn’t recognize them on a city block. But these two are erudite in their craft at the highest level. Harlow and Jokic can hold their own against some the best in the game. In the basketball community, Jokic gets mad love but the casual fan may not fully appreciate his ability. The same could go for Harlow who isn’t as well known as he should be. 


LeBron James (Drake)

The numbers say they’re the best ever, but both have their doubters. Harshly criticized by the general public each just keeps on compiling milestone after milestone. Drake and LeBron have had their forgettable moments that amount to tiny stains on Rushmore resumes. The fact is, you can’t tell the story hip-hop without Drake and you can’t tell the story the NBA without LeBron James. The pair have single-handedly changed the culture their respective industries. LeBron ushered in positionless basketball while Drake took the role rapper-singer to new heights. Label them, all-around players, because their versatility. Lebron can do just about everything on both ends the court, while Drake can rap, sing, act, do comedy. Hell, I’m not sure if there’s anything this guy can’t do. To top the comparison f they are both chasing legacies many feel are untouchable no matter what they do (Jay-Z & Michael Jeffery Jordan).


Kawhi Leonard (Kendrick Lamar)

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Both L.A. guys. Both don’t quite get the recognition they deserve but are arguably the best in the game. The only question left about them is, how much longer will the run continue. Mild-mannered and unassuming f the court or stage their performance has a mercurial nature about it. Oh, and they make greatness look effortless. Two defensive player the year awards, two finals MVPs and two championships versus 37 Grammy nominations and 13 wins. All since 2013. They’ve got the hardware to back up an all-time resume. Each has accomplished a lot in a short period time. Both had to pay their dues before having the breakout year that changed their careers.  


Giannis Antetokounmpo (J. Cole)

Giannis and Cole are humble superstars, true to their roots and the soil that bred them. Both possess a tremendous work ethic and the ability to make those around them better. Giannis is one the only players in the NBA averaging more than 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Cole dished out plenty assists on features in 2019, including some fire bars on Jay Rock’s “OSOM.” He’s even featured on what may be the Grammy winner for Song the Year – 21 Savage’s hit, “A lot.” But don’t let the smile and even temperament fool you. If you push them far enough, they’ll get gully on you real quick. These stars are giving but they don’t have a problem shouldering a superstar’s burden. Giannis has been vocal about not wanting to team up with other marquee players in the league, rather wanting to beat them. Similarly, Cole had an album go platinum with NO FEATURES. 


HONORABLE MENTIONS

Kevin Durant (Wale)

Top 10 Current NBA Players & Their Rap Counterpart

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Some things just write themselves. There’s the obvious DMV connection. Both are constantly in their feelings, funny and candid on twitter. Seems like they’re always at war with themselves. Neither is afraid to speak their mind and go after their critics. Wale and Durant seem to search for the validation and praise they feel aren’t justly given. Wale has classic mixtapes but people say he doesn’t have a classic album while Durant has two rings but doubters say he rode the coattails the Warriors big three for those. Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State – Wale left Atlantic Records for Warner. Both are cemented in the eyes some but personally feel there’s something left to be proven.  


Steph Curry (Young Thug)

Their Innovative styles changed the game. Curry virtually eliminated traditional centers and is single-handedly responsible for the rise 30-foot chucks in the game. Few have influenced this era rap like Young Thug; BBC named him the 21st Century’s most influential. Curry attracted KD to join him in Golden State. Thug attracted some the game’s hottest new artists like Gunna and Lil Keed to YSL records, his label. Curry has kids everywhere emulating his style. Thug has kids everywhere dressing like him and rapping/singing auto-tuned.  

This article is sure to stir up some heated debate, but I SAID WHAT I SAID! Sound f in the comments with your opinion.

Young Thug Flexes Outlandish Show Booking Fee

For the past several years, Young Thug has essentially run a masterclass in brand development. For one: his avant-garde approach to gender-bending attire helped usher in one hip-hop’s prominent fashion trends, much to the dismay Black Air Force aficionados. For two: his malleable take on language and seemingly infinite supply cadences have solidified him as one hip-hop’s most influential voices; even esteemed lyricists like J. Cole and Drake stand firmly behind the YSL serpent. And all this while by and large remaining a cultlike figure, one who only recently secured his first number one album with So Much Fun.

Young Thug Flexes Outlandish Show Booking Fee

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Given the man’s artistic prowess and undeniable mystique, the price his presence on stage has skyrocketed as a result. Today, Thugger took to Instagram to flex accordingly. Looking like a customizable character from Cyberpunk 2077, Thug boasted in royal fashion. A move likely to leave pocket watchers angrily clutching fistfuls lint.

“1.5 for a 45 min show,” he declares, sparking a chorus praise from Lil Baby, J.I.D, EarthGang, and Mike WiLL Made-It. And rightfully so; that’s approximately thirty-three thousand dollars a minute. Whether forty-five is a justifiable show length is up for debate, but one has to wonder if venues could even afford his hour-plus rate to begin with. 

Oprah Winfrey Says "Inconsistencies" Aided In Decision To Leave Russell Simmons Doc

Ever since she announced that she’s backed away from the #MeToo documentary On The Record that priles multiple women who have accused Russell Simmons ual assault. Since that time, Oprah has stated that Simmons attempted to pressure her into distancing herself from the film, but he wasn’t the reason why she decided to exit. 

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She took a break from her 2020 Vision Tour where she’s been making her way around America while speaking to a few celebrities guests like Lady Gaga, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Amy Schumer, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Michelle Obama to sold-out audiences in the thousands. Stopping by CBS This Morning, Oprah chatted with host and best friend Gayle King about her book club and tour, but right f the bat, Gayle wanted to address the elephant in the room.

“First all, I just want to say that I have lived #MeToo since I was nine-years-old and was raped at nine. Sexually assaulted from nine to 14 and then raped again at 14,” Oprah said. “And nothing is harder than standing up for yourself when you’re 14 and not being believed. And I was not believed by my own family. So, I stand in support these women, I believe them It was a hard decision because I knew that Russell Simmons had started publicly pressuring me and that me pulling out the documentary was going to look like I was being pressured.”

Oprah wasn’t sure how to respond, but she continued, “For me, Gayle knows this, in all experiences in my life, in particular when I’m in a crisis, the only question for me is: What is the right thing to do?” The OWN mogul stated that she had already set the wheels in motion to remove herself from the documentary before Simmons shared his Instagram post bashing the documentary.

“New information had come forward the very first time this was announced and I said], ‘I think we need to pull out Sundance and if we can’t pull out Sundance, I’m gonna have to take my name f,” Oprah added. “I don’t wanna have to take my name f ’cause it’s gonna a big deal].'” She said she doesn’t care about awards but just wanted to get it right. “I think there’s some inconsistencies in the stories that we need to look at.”

While she wholeheartedly believes the “women deserve to be heard,” as an executive producer Oprah said she “thought some things were not right. I wanted the context the story to be broadened. I wanted more women brought into the story.” She made sure to note: “This is not a victory for Russell and I unequivocally say that I did not because Russell. This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by a Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.”

She also called it “ridiculous” that anyone would suggest that she wasn’t standing up for black people. Watch her clip in full below.

NLE Choppa Evaluates Southern Rap Classics By Outkast, Mike Jones, & More

Often, new artists seek co-signs from their fellow rising rappers, but a nod from a veteran can be a career-changing move. For this latest episode  The CosignGenius flips the script as Tenneessee newcomer NLE Choppa peruses through a few southern classics and shares whether or not he’d sign f on these hits.

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“As a kid I used to watch a lotta artists like Lil Wayne,” the Cottonwood artist said. “I used to like Rick Ross videos. Rick Ross videos used to be like, super bossed up. I liked Juvenile videos ’cause like, he had the females and stuff in it. It’s all about who rappin’, how they voice is, do they got that real down south voice. Down south voice is just different. You never know what you gon’ get.

First up was Outkast’s 2000 hit “B.O.B.” and it was obvious that Choppa was feeling that one. He said he grew up listening to “Ms. Jackson” and that “B.O.B.” was a track that “goes hard.” Choppa wasn’t as familiar with Mike Jones’s “Still Tippin” with Paul Wall and Slim Thug, but he admitted he was two-years-old when the song was released.

Check out what else he had to say about “Boom I Got Your Boyfriend” by Ms. Luscious (1990), “Bird Walk” by Soulja Boy (2008), “Sippin On Some Sizzurp” by Three Six Mafia (2000), “Choppa Style” by Choppa (2002), and more below.

DaBaby Teases New Music After Previewing A Bop On Instagram

His single “Bop” is still storming airwaves and his Billion Dollar Baby-Interscope No. 1 album KIRK is still a hit worldwide, but DaBaby believes it’s time to drop some new heat. The 28-year-old rapper’s 2019 was a year that catapulted his career into the stratosphere, and it’s assumed that he’s carefully mapping out how to maintain, and supersede, that success in 2020.

DaBaby Teases New Music After Previewing A Bop On Instagram
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On Tuesday (January 21), DaBaby hopped on Instagram to give fans a taste what he’s been working on. The rapper shared a video himself in a car as he played a new song while giving a sneak preview as to what he has in the vault. “I got my check up for real / I think I need a check up I’m here / Out in Beverly Hills Uncle Phil / Rockin’ Js with a fade b*tch I will / See that look on my face I’m for real / I like when my b*tch tell me I’m pretty,” he raps over a booming beat.

There were plenty requests for DaBaby to drop the new track ASAP, but we’ll just have to wait and see what he has in store. He recently shared on Twitter than in 2020 he’d like to collaborate with Lizzo, NBA YoungBoy, Meek Mill, Drake, Young Thug, and Roddy Ricch. Check out a snippet DaBaby’s track and let us know if you’re ready for him to release new music.

Apryl Jones Says She "Should Have F*cked The Game When I Had The Opportunity"

She ten tells people to mind their businesses when it comes to her personal life, but Apryl Jones has no problem sharing details about her intimate moments with the public. Her relationship with Fizz has been scrutinized for nearly a year after rumors circulated that she was dating her baby daddy Omarion’s B2K groupmate. She and Fizz would later flaunt their romance for Love & Hip Hop Hollywood cameras, further placing them both at the forefront public criticism.

Apryl Jones Says She "Should Have F*cked The Game When I Had The Opportunity"
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However, that’s not the only topic that has caused Apryl to become a villain sorts. In a chat with Tiffany “New York” Pollard for VH1’s Brunch With Tiffany webseries, Apryl also discussed the viral video that circulated where she explicitly named f celebrities she says wanted to sleep with her. Those men included including Kevin Durant, The Game, A$AP Rocky, Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Pierce, Shiggy Show, and last but certainly not least, Fizz.

Apryl explained that she was being accused sleeping with multiple men so she just listed their names in jest. “At this point, it’s like, you’re right, I f*cked every single one them because that’s what you want to hear, so that’s what they captured,” she told Tiffany. “Not that I have had with those men]. I would have no problem when, sh*t, I should have. I mean, I should have f*cked The Game when I had the opportunity.” She added that she never bedded any the other men she mentioned.

Elsewhere, Apryl spoke on co-parenting with Omarion and how it gets more difficult as time progresses. They haven’t been in a relationship in over three years and she states the primary caregiver to their two children. “It’s not been easy, that’s the truth,” she said. “I’m trying to figure it out on a daily. I’m prayed up that it’s gonna get better, but I don’t know.”

Watch Apryl’s Brunch With Tiffany episode below where she talks quite a bit about…well, …and check out her controversial viral video as well.

Jam Master Jay Celebrated On What Would Have Been Run-DMC Legend’s 55th Birthday

It’s mindblowing to think that it’s been nearly 18 years since Jam Master Jay was tragically murdered in his New York recording studio. The Run-DMC legend’s death has been the subject speculation for almost two decades, but his impact, not only in hip hop but in his local communities, remains evident. 

Jam Master Jay Celebrated On What Would Have Been Run-DMC Legend's 55th Birthday
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Tuesday (January 21) marks what would have been Jason William Mizell’s 55th birthday, and it didn’t go unnoticed by those who were family, friends, and fans. His son, a DJ named Jason Mizell Jr., shared an image his father with a simple happy birthday message on Instagram. Both Jam Master Jay and Run-DMC’s ficial IG accounts not only celebrated the late icon’s birthday, but they also shared that Jan. 21 is special to the group because another milestone. “On this day 35 years ago RUN DMC released their 2nd studio album titled KING OF ROCK!” Jay’s IG page wrote. “Must have been a nice b-day present for the 20 year Jam Master!”

Check out a few messages for a beloved figure in the hip hop community and beyond: Jam Master Jay. Throw on some Adidas and let us know which Run-DMC jam is your favorite.

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Girlfriend Posts New Photo Of His Prison Life

New York, NY – Although Tekashi 6ix9ine’s signature rainbow-colored hair has faded to a dull brown with dirty blonde tips, the incarcerated rapper is still unmistakably Teakshi 6ix9ine.

On Tuesday (January 21), his alleged girlfriend shared a photo of 6ix9ine behind bars rocking an all-white prison jumpsuit and several braids, his prominent “69” tattoo standing out among the rest of his facial ink.

In the caption, 6ix9ine’s apparent ride-or-die made several references to the kind of activity that got him locked up and claims the internet just “hasn’t been the same” since he left.

“They kidnapped you, they had with the mother of your child, they get caught on the phone trying to kill you & their stealing millions of dollars from you,” she wrote. “If you snitch, for the rest of your life people are gonna try to kill you for being a rat but if you don’t snitch , you’re doing 47 years in prison where they’re gonna kill you anyway because they were already talking about it. Sammy the Bull kills 19 people and gets 5 years.

“You kill no one and gets 2 years . This shit is so fucked up …. LMFAOOO they can’t break you , no one understands why people still love you and support you . 13X PLATINUM. 8X GOLD. AND YOU HAD NO FRIENDS IN THIS INDUSTRY TO START OFF YOUR CAREER YOU TOLD EVERYONE SUCK YOUR DICK !!! THEY KNOW THE INTERNET HASN’T BEEN THE SAME SINCE YOU LEFT I LOVE YOU BABY.”

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They kidnapped you , they had with the mother of your child , they get caught on the phone trying to kill you & their stealing millions of dollars from you . If you snitch , for the rest of your life people are gonna try to kill you for being a rat but if you don’t snitch , you’re doing 47 years in prison where they’re gonna kill you anyway because they were already talking about it . Sammy the Bull kills 19 people and gets 5 years . You kill no one and gets 2 years . This shit is so fucked up …. LMFAOOO they can’t break you , no one understands why people still love you and support you . 💕13X PLATINUM 💿 8X GOLD 📀 AND YOU HAD NO FRIENDS IN THIS INDUSTRY TO START OFF YOUR CAREER YOU TOLD EVERYONE SUCK YOUR DICK !!! THEY KNOW THE INTERNET HASN’T BEEN THE SAME SINCE YOU LEFT I LOVE YOU BABY #FREE YOU 💙💚💛🧡❤️💜

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6ix9ine was sentenced in his racketeering case last month. In addition to the 14 months he’s already served, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer sentenced the controversial artist to 24 months in prison with five years supervised release, 300 hours of community service and a $35,000 fine.

This week, Engelmayer denied 6ix9ine’s petition to finish his sentence at home, explaining staying in prison is “necessary in this case … [to] reflect the seriousness of his crimes.”

While it’s possible he won’t be out until November 2020, the 85 Percent rule could lead to a July 2020 release.

Aesop Rock Reveals Legendary Videographer Kurt Hayashi Has Suffered A Stroke

The often elusive Aesop Rock has resurfaced on Instagram for a good cause. On Monday (January 20), the verbose Rhymesayers MC posted a photo of famed skateboarding videographer Kurt Hayashi — who shot Aesop’s 2017 video for “Hot Dogs” — and revealed he’d suffered a stroke the night before.

“A very close friend of mine, Kurt Hayashi, suffered a stroke last night,” he captioned the post. “Please check the gofundme link in my bio to read about the situation and assist with medical bills. All love.”

Aesop followed up with a second post on Tuesday (January 21) with an update on Hayashi’s condition and again encouraged people to donate to Hayashi’s GoFundMe campaign to help with mounting medical bills.

“Every day he’s getting a little stronger, moving more, and speaking more clearly and coherently,” he wrote. “Today we finally showed him some of the support he’s been receiving online, and he was absolutely floored – just could not believe it. The positive comments and love are helping immensely – so please keep it coming.

“I also want to remind everyone there is a gofundme link in my bio. The medical bills will be astronomical for all this – so every bit helps. He’s doing well, but he has a long road ahead of him, and we want to keep the momentum going. Please repost to help get the word out if you can. ⁣

Aes added, “I realize most of my friends in the skateboard world know Kurt, but many of my music fans may not. This man is a legendary skate filmer, husband, father, and all around positive force in this world. For a little context – he shot and edited my ‘Hot Dogs’ music video.

“I see this guy literally everyday, and he’s been there for me in ways I can’t even describe. If you met him you’d love him.”

Hayahi has been the creative visionary behind numerous video campaigns for companies such as Nike, Brooks, Stumptown Coffee and Converse. He’s also contributed to several campaigns for the Portland Trailblazers.

Check out Hayahi’s GoFundMe campaign here.

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Just wanted to give some people an update on Kurt. Every day he’s getting a little stronger, moving more, and speaking more clearly and coherently. Today we finally showed him some of the support he’s been receiving online, and he was absolutely floored – just could not believe it. The positive comments and love are helping immensely – so please keep it coming. I also want to remind everyone there is a gofundme link in my bio. The medical bills will be astronomical for all this – so every bit helps. He’s doing well, but he has a long road ahead of him, and we want to keep the momentum going. Please repost to help get the word out if you can. ⁣ ⁣ Also – I realize most of my friends in the skateboard world know Kurt, but many of my music fans may not. This man is a legendary skate filmer, husband, father, and all around positive force in this world. For a little context – he shot and edited my “Hot Dogs” music video. I see this guy literally everyday, and he’s been there for me in ways I can’t even describe. If you met him you’d love him. ⁣ Photo by Jill Hayashi. ⁣ Thanks, everyone. All love <3.

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Missy Elliott & H.E.R. Will Team Up For A Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl Commercial

Two music’s most prominent female voices will finally be united, as iconic rapstress Missy Elliott and new age R&B sensation H.E.R. will star in a Super Bowl LIV commercial together in promotion the new Pepsi Zero Sugar drink.

Boasting all the core qualities  Pepsi minus the sugar intake, Pepsi Zero Sugar is sure to score big amongst those who love that crisp taste cola. How H.E.R. and Missy fit into the mix is still under wraps, but what we do know so far is that it’ll be a 30-second ad set to air during commercial breaks as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs go at it for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy on February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The carbonated drink with also debut with a new look, sporting a trendy matte black can as seen in the ficial announcement posted by both ladies on social media (seen above). Whatever it ends up being, let’s just hope we get some sort new music out it as well. 

Stay tuned for the full reveal Missy Elliott and H.E.R.’s Super Bowl LIV commercial to promote Pepsi Zero Sugar. In the meantime, listen to a preview the latest musical ferings from both ladies below:

Boosie Badazz Shares Throwback From Death Row With His Jewelry On

Way before Kifano “Shotti” Jordan was rocking a red rosary necklace behind bars, Boosie Badazz managed to get all his jewelry into his cell, rocking some gold around his neck and wrists. The Baton Rouge legend is far removed from his days in the slammer. Although he still periodically gets into trouble with the cops, nothing has been as serious as the charges he once faced. Several years ago, Boosie was unsure how his life would turn out. He was facing the death penalty, nearly being subjected to lethal injection in a murder case but, after remaining loyal to his team and refusing to break, bend, or fold, the rapper was released from prison and found freedom. He still remembers all the craziness he faced inside the penitentiary and, this weekend, he looked back on how much a baller he was, even behind bars.

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Sharing a picture himself circa 2012, Boosie Badazz can be seen in a prison cell with the bars behind him. He throws up his left fist to flaunt the gold jewelry around his wrist, also showing f a number chains that somehow weren’t confiscated. “I WAS A DON N PENITENTIARY,” bragged the iconic Southern Rap figure. Yes, Boo, you absolutely were.

We’re going to need more pictures from when he was in prison because, lord knows, there must be more where this came from.