HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Nas finally dropped his album, Nasir. Also, Tekashi 6ix9ine took a page out of 50 Cent’s book and took his enemy Chief Keef’s baby mama on a Gucci shopping spree. Lastly, the 2018 XXL Freshman list was unveiled with many complaints.
Nas Album Done
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) June 14, 2018
Nas unveiled his Nasir album with a listening party on Thursday night (June 14) in Queensbridge, New York. Plenty of celebrity guests were in attendance, including Kanye West, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz and DJ Clue.
Fans were able to look on through Mass Appeal’s YouTube channel, though the feed had some technical issues. Following the listening party, Nasir wasn’t available on streaming platforms until late Friday (June 15). Some fans enjoyed its production while some felt like it wasn’t worth a listen due to the allegations of domestic violence surrounding Nas.
Stream Nasir here.
6ix9ine Takes Chief Keef’s Baby Mama Shopping
Tekashi 6ix9ine stoked the flames of his war with Chief Keef by taking his rival’s baby mama out on a shopping spree. He posted an Instagram video of him gifting her with Gucci products paid for in cash.
Read more abut 6ix9ine trolling Chief Keef here.
2018 XXL Freshman Class Snubs
Meet the 2018 XXL Freshman Class! ?⭐?
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) June 12, 2018
The 2018 XXL Freshman Class was announced this week and, as usual, it came with a lot of complaints. Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, J.I.D, Stefflon Don, BlocBoy JB, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral and Trippie Redd comprised this year’s class.
2 Chainz was among those vocal about his displeasure of the list, naming Lil Baby, 6ix9ine, Tee Grizzley, Moneybagg Yo and YoungBoy Never Broke Again as among thoses deserving a spot.
Read more about the 2018 XXL Freshman List snubs here.
– DJ Muggs & Meyhem Lauren — Frozen Angels
– Christina Auguilera — Liberation
– Fat Nick — Generation Numb
– Dizzy Wright — Don’t Tell Me It Can’t Be Done
– Tierra Whack — Whack World
– Kanye West & Kid Cudi — Kids See Ghosts
DXclusives: Talib Kweli & Locksmith
Talib Kweli Thinks Sexual Harassment Accuser Res Just Wants To Slander His Name
Talib Kweli spoke to HipHopDX about the allegations that he sexually harassed Res. The former Idle Warship member recently took to Twitter, accusing Kweli of attempting to kiss her and holding her album hostage.
“She used to be upset with the state of her career and talk a lot about how she wasn’t making any money,” Kweli said. “I was trying to figure out how to help her out.”
Read the full interview with Kweli here.
Locksmith Talks Apollo Brown EP, Kanye West’s Antics & “Hardest Song Ever”
Locksmith spoke with DX about how he wound up working with producer Apollo Brown on their collaborative EP, No Question, which dropped on Friday.
“Obviously, I already knew about Apollo Brown,” he noted. “You know he’s an incredible Hip Hop producer, just classic soulful type of tracks, man. I didn’t know him personally though. I told him I thought he was from New York. So, what happened was about two years ago, Mello Music reached out to me and was like, ‘Hey man, you know we were talking Apollo. We want to do a project with you. Would you be open to getting production or something like that?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, absolutely!’”
Read the full Locksmith interview here.