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.
Eminem Embraces Gunshot Sound Controversy During Firefly Music Festival 2018by Justin IveyFilmMagic for Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival/Jeff Kravitz
Dover, DE – Eminem isn’t backing down following criticism for his use of a “gunshot sound effect” at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Slim Shady used the pyrotechnic concussion once again during his performance at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival on Saturday (June 16). But this time around, he had a warning message for fans.
“If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics, you shouldn’t be here,” the message reads.
— kenny ♨️ (@phillycustoms) June 17, 2018
— Eminem News (@Eminem_News__) June 17, 2018
Eminem was criticized on social media last week for using the pyrotechnic concussion at the Bonnaroo Festival. Some attendees said they were scared by the “gunshot sound” due to the regularity of mass shootings in the U.S.
Paul Rosenberg, the longtime manager of Eminem, later responded to the controversy by clarifying what the noise was and noted its frequent use in Slim Shady’s live shows.
“Contrary to inaccurate reports, @Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show,” Rosenberg wrote on Instagram. “The effect used by Eminem in his set at @bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom. He has used this effect — as have hundreds other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”
Eminem has seemingly been unphased by it all, even having some fun with another polarizing part of his performances ahead of the Firefly Festival gig.
In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the rap superstar joked about performing his entire set in the accents that frustrate some of his listeners.
Tori Brixx Recalls Brutal Rich The Kid Attack As His Estranged Wife Accuses Her Of Set-Upby Trent ClarkInstagram/Walter Mosely
Los Angeles, CA – As everyone scrambles for answers regarding who put Rich The Kid in the hospital during a recent home invasion, his girlfriend Tori Brixx and the “Plug Walk” rapper’s estranged wife are both speaking out. (The Game is too, but more on that later.)
TMZ obtained photos of Brixx’s injuries which reveal lacerations to her cheek as well as bruising and swelling underneath her right eye.
The DJ and former girlfriend of Young M.A told her version of events after being released from the hospital on Friday (June 15).
“This was some real shit,” she explained on an Instagram livestream. “I hear my sister screaming in the back. They like, ‘Bitch don’t move’ and I got a long gun in my face.”
After getting visibly emotional, Brixx admitted she would have died in order to save her sister before abruptly ending the broadcast.
Even with the apparent trauma, Rich The Kid’s estranged wife didn’t cut Brixx any slack and took to her own Instagram account to basically blame the entire attack on her replacement.
“I just want this to be know when I see @ToriBrixx I’m beating her ass bc bitch you know you set him,” she captioned during a heated flurry of Instagram stories.
The Game also inserted his two cents on the matter, agreeing that Rich had been set up and used Brixx’s photo to hashtag questions such as “#SinceWhenItTake5NiggasToDoAHomeInvasion?”
Aye @richthekid you been set up blood….. surround yourself by REAL ONES asap nigga. Tyler Perry, give her a job 🙏🏾 (& that’s a clap, not prayer hands) #WhenRealNiggasPostAllHellBreaksLoose #iKnowImAasshole #ButiCallASpadeASpade #TookThePicOnPortraitMode #HitMeTwiceMakeItLookGood #Ouch #PutAHatOnButDontWipeTheBloodOff #ExcuseMeCanYouPassTheLipGlossB4iTakeThisPic #SinceWhenItTake5NiggasToDoAHomeInvasion #2NiggasMAX #3NiggasIfOneLowKeyScary #PrettiestBlackEyeANiggaEverSeen #Oceans8PlusOneHeadAhhh #FOH #ImOUT #YallPlayingWitNiggasLivesOnThisBullshitAPP #WannWannWannBitchYouLilBaby
A recovering Rich The Kid has since denied that Tori had anything to do with the home invasion that resulted in the loss of “a significant amount” of cash and jewelry.
JAY-Z & Beyoncé's "EVERYTHING IS LOVE" Has Twitter Declaring She's The New Queen Of Rapby Kyle EusticeKevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood Entertainment
Out of nowhere, JAY-Z and Beyoncé — Hip Hop’s billionaire power couple — dropped a joint project exclusively through TIDAL on Saturday (June 16). To mark the special occasion, they also unveiled a video for “APESHIT,” which was shot on-site at the Louvre in Paris, France as they continue their On The Run Tour II.
Titled EVERYTHING IS LOVE, the nine-track album led to social media mania as people scrambled to not only get their hands on it, but also figure out how the pop superstar and Hip Hop mogul were able to keep it under wraps.
Several people also deemed Beyoncé the new Queen of Rap.
— 𝕼 𝖚 𝖊 𝖊 𝖓 8|10 🛏👑 (@nickiitingzz) June 17, 2018
— ً (@jjeoni) June 17, 2018
Beyonce is my favourite rapper
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) June 17, 2018
Nicki: “I’m the Queen of Rap!”
— thabang. (@_PremiumWaves) June 16, 2018
Soooo its official…. Beyoncé is the Queen of RAP. PERIOD
— Hershé (@D0wJ0nEs) June 16, 2018
Beyonce message to Nicki. All this time you were worried about Cardi B, Remy, and Lil Kim. Haha your true competition was standing right in front of you.
Beyonce: The queen of rap
Jay and Bey, The Caters, Moving in silence, Catching you off guard. pic.twitter.com/lDvMTofM0j
— Tami ThatCrazy Chic 🇹🇹🇨🇺🇧🇧 (@Cuban_Bajan) June 17, 2018
i can't believe Beyoncé became the new Queen of Rap pic.twitter.com/Daxg9CrZTL
— ㅤً (@itsRaphaeI) June 17, 2018
Not surprisingly, praise for the album was seemingly infinite.
Check out some of the best reactions below.
if you ever get elected President try to hire as many of Beyonce's people as you can because they won't leak a damn thing
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) June 17, 2018
Beyoncé has all six infinity stones.
— Gena-mour Barrett (@SmileGena) June 16, 2018
BEYONCE AND JAY Z JUST DROPPED NEW JOINT ALBUM I AM NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR ANY HUMAN CONTACT FOR NEXT 6 WEEKS SYSTEM SHUTDOWN WILL REBOOT AFTER ENTIRE ALBUM IS UPLOADED TO HARD DRIVE AND BEATS AND LYRICS MEMORIZED GOOD BYE WORLD
— Monica Raymund (@monicaraymund) June 16, 2018
beyoncé’s team keeping all her secrets pic.twitter.com/vijLEDfY2z
— Resha 👩🏾🍳 (@ChefResha) June 17, 2018
Beyoncé and her husband released an album and i received zero (0) texts about it everyone is dead to me
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) June 17, 2018
— somethings gotta give 🦋 (@TheRealMusiji) June 17, 2018
I told my wife there was a new Beyonce and Jay-Z album. She told me she had to run an errand, and now she's been circling the block in the car for the past 30 minutes like I can't see her.
— Corey Richardson (@vexedinthecity) June 16, 2018
Kurupt's Estranged Wife Says He Left Her After Terminal Cancer Diagnosisby Kyle EusticeInstagram/GailGotti
Kurupt and his estranged wife Jovan Brown (also known by her stage name Gail Gotti) are reportedly expected in court next month.
According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, Brown is seeking $14,000 per month in spousal support, $40,000 in attorney’s fees and a 50 percent stake of ownership in all the companies she says she managed for the rapper, including their shared cannabis line Moonrock.
The most eye-opening revelation comes from Brown who says her husband walked out on her after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
I show my scars so that others may know they can heal. 💫 . I’m back & I’m coming for everything that was taken from me. #Cancer #Warrior #MultipleMyeloma #BloodCaner #Cannabis #Cures #fitnessmotivation #strongwoman #melaninpoppin #blackgirlmagic #fitfam #training #blackfitnesswomen #wakanda #blackfitness #ebonyfitness #workout #noexcuses #melaninfitness #melanin
“Our separation definitely hurt, as I could not understand how after 17 years he left me in my time of need when I needed his support and love the most,” she reportedly states in the documents.
“Before [Kurupt] left our relationship, I was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Although I earned a salary prior to separation and [he] knew I needed the money, when I asked [Kurupt] to assist me with my treatment, he responded ‘go get a regular job’ and I should ‘get a boyfriend to help me pay for my treatments.'”
She added that Kurupt told her he has a new woman and family to support.
This is exactly where I am today! Starting over… I have an awesome group of people that love me unconditionally and I’m forever grateful for all of you !!! 💜 When you get diagnosed with cancer, life changes in so many ways. You change as a person — from the way you think to the way you approach your future. You realize what’s really important in life. You stop sweating small stuff, you slow down when sharing special moments in life with family and friends. My journey made me a better person. It taught me a different type of strength. I fought the worst disease known to man & I won. I’m ready to walk in my purpose and allow God to deal with whomever tries to stop his plan for me. 🙌🏽 The Chosen One 💫 . #Cancer #Warrior #MultipleMyeloma #BloodCaner #Cannabis #Cures #fitnessmotivation #strongwoman #melaninpoppin #blackgirlmagic #fitfam #training #blackfitnesswomen #wakanda #blackfitness #ebonyfitness #workout #noexcuses #melaninfitness #melanin
Brown alleges Tha Dogg Pound OG suffers from substance abuse issues, which led him to become verbally and mentally abusive.
When Brown first met Kurupt, she says he was still a broke rapper and living in homes owned by his mother. She also said they didn’t have a car for years and struggled to make ends meet.
Brown filed for divorce last year after 11 years of marriage.
Every Song from Kanye West's New Album Is Charting
Kanye West is making history with his much-buzzed-about eighth studio album ye!
With his latest full body of work, West celebrates his eighth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Plus, all seven tracks from ye have landed on the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Quite the streak he has going on here.
“Yikes” is the highest charting single off the new record, coming in at No. 8 and earning the rapper his 16th top 10 hit. With this accomplishment, he ties Nicki Minaj for the sixth-most top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 among rappers.
Madonna leads all acts with 38 top 10s. And, as far as rappers go, Drake holds the record with 26, followed by JAY-Z with 21, Lil Wayne with 20, Ludacris with 18 and Eminem with 17.
West has some serious bragging rights, with 48 total top 40s on the Hot 100. Check out the iconic chart’s greatest rulers below and listen to ye right here.
Most Top 40 Hits on the Billboard Hot 100
80 – Elvis Presley
74 – Drake
71 – Lil Wayne
57 – Elton John
56 – Taylor Swift
51 – Glee Cast
50 – The Beatles
50 – Rihanna
49 – Madonna
48 – JAY-Z
48 – Kanye West
Stacked US Festival with The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer Cancels with No Reasoning
Fans hoping to see The Chainsmokers, SZA, Nas and more this Fall at Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix are about to get let down hard. The music festival has announced its cancelation, although it’s not really clear why.
According to a statement, “Superfly has made the difficult decision to cancel Lost Lake Festival.”
The organizers continue, “We came to Phoenix because we were inspired by the amazing emerging arts, culture and food scene of the city, and wanted to capture this creative force with a festival as unique as the community. We’re honored by how everyone came together to help us produce a beautiful event last year and are deeply grateful for the support of the artists, fans and the City of Phoenix.”
The statement goes on about the organizers’ plans to donate to several non-profits. Lost Lake music festival also notes that all ticket purchases will be automatically refunded in full, including processing fees within 7-10 business days from this announcement. But not a word as to why Lost Lake is no longer happening.
Last year’s Lost Lake music festival sounded like a success, with a lineup which included The Killers, The Roots, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Ludacris, HAIM, Run the Jewels, Pixies, Danny Brown, Carla Morrison, Luna Aura, Juanes, Lil Jon, Lil Yachty, Snakeships, Futuristic, Odesza, Tritonal, and more. It was fun while it lasted.
RIP, Lost Lake.
Lost Lake Music Festival Canceled
— Lost Lake (@lostlakefest) June 16, 2018
Jacquees Says Lil Wayne Is Still On Cash Money
Last week, we learned that Lil Wayne reached a settlement in his longstanding legal dispute with Birdman and Cash Money. In addition to the reported $10 million check Wayne received, it was said that he was released from Cash Money Records.
But during an interview on TRL, Cash Money artist Jacquees said that wasn't the case, and claimed Tunechi is still on the label.
“I just talked to Stunna the other day, he told me Wayne Cash Money,” Jacquees revealed. "He said everything good. He said ‘I’m finna get you Wayne on a song’ … He with Cash Money."
This statement seems to contradict what Wayne's lawyer said after the settlement was reached, about how the rapper is now his own man. Some might say those words indicate that Wayne is free from his "daddy" Birdman.
"Per our settlement agreement, the matter has been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all parties," said his lawyer. "In terms of the particulars, we’re prohibited legally from saying anything further. I can say that my client is happy. He is his own man, a man that owns his assets, his music and himself. At some point, Wayne will let his fans know what’s going to happen next.”
When Weezy does let his fans know what's next, he could well reveal that Birdman is still in the picture. They were spotted in the studio together after the settlement was announced.
Do you think Wayne is still on Cash Money, or is Jacquees just speaking Birdman-induced foolishness?