It becomes a cycle. When the interview turned to a question of why Drama and Cannon wanted to reward Vert with the Hawaii trip, Vert shot back saying, “Oh, I’m already rewarded. That fashion decision also sparked Vert to employ renewed focus on his art. Kailua, HI – Lil Uzi Vert has risen atop the rap ranks over the past year, which has culminated in more visibility and a steady list of features on big records. If it becomes a cycle, what are you learning now? I said, ‘Hold on, if y’all do this, y’all keep doing this, right? “The world is bigger than that neighborhood, bro. Nothing.’”
Despite having more disposable   income and the ability to fly a handful of friends to a sprawling oceanfront, Vert seemed dejected during the interview and declined to sit down at varying intervals. I got to be able to move, so I’m already rewarded. I hate it.”
During the chat, Vert appeared agitated and annoyed with the trappings of fame and the rigors of being a full-time recording artist. Vert sat down with The FADER for a feature story that landed the rapper on the cover of the magazine’s March/April “Sex Issue.” The interview took place in Hawaii as Vert was in the Pacific with his Generation Now team of DJ Drama and Don Cannon to work on music with friends from back home in tow after reaching commercial success with several of the top names in the game. I’m not dead and I don’t live where I was born. Y’all keep doing the same thing, your whole lifestyle: eating the same, thinking the same, doing the same activities, doing it everyday. Uzi, now 22, broke down how he became driven to focus on music after working for just four days at a Philadelphia grocery store and quitting. However, in one of the rare moments he opened up, Vert offered a head turning comment that seems to belie the rock star image he portrays. “It was like, If I get this face tattoo, I got to focus,” Uzi said. See Lil Uzi Vert’s cover for The FADER below, shot by Tyler Mitchell. Leaving the job angered his mother, which led to him getting kicked out, correlating with the first of his many face tattoos. “I can’t go in nobody’s office with a suit on with this shit on my face. However, it appears that the Philadelphia native is struggling with his meteoric rise to fame and even appears to have some resentment for the career that’s made him wealthy. Shit ain’t for me.”
When pressed on what he meant, Vert replied, “This rap shit. Vert is now even more of a household name after appearing on Migos’ smash-hit “Bad and Boujee,” which likely doesn’t give him the ability to be “regular as fuck” as he quipped in the interview. That’s what I realized. I got to focus on what I want to do.”
Read the full Fader interview   here. “I really realize, the world is bigger than motherfuckers that’s around you,” he said.

The video also comes just ahead of Madchild’s forthcoming album, The Darkest Hour. Future & Maroon 5   – “cold”

Apparently, Maroon 5 is (once again) in search of a little street cred and has enlisted the help of Future for the group’s new track, “Cold.” In October, the pop-rock outfit, spearheaded by Adam Levine, collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on “Don’t Wanna Know” and it seems the formula works for them. Thundercat. Produced by Benny Blanco and Steve Mac, the track is available here. – “Cute”
With an uncontainable grin slapped across his face, D.R.A.M.’s new video for “Cute” features the Virginia rapper sauntering into a toy store, where he discovers a puppet that looks exactly like him. During the 2017 Grammys, adidas Originals launched its new campaign “Original Is Never Finished,” which found the longtime company reinventing Frank Sinatra’s 1969 classic “My Way.” The video recreates the cover art to Snoop’s seminal album, Doggystyle. Valentine’s Day 2017 (February 14) puts love and   heartbreak before all else with Big Baby D.R.A.M.’s “Cute” video and Thundercat’s “Friend Zone,” which finds the Brainfeeder artist singing,   “Bitch don’t kill my vibe,” over the spaced-out, funkdafied cut. The single coincides with Future’s Friday (February 17) release of his   self-titled album. Ty Farris f. The Jewish rapper is committed to his hustle and for the second year in a row, set up shop in front of the Staples Center in Los Angeles where the annual Grammy Music Awards were being held. “It’s more about the people you love in whatever city you call home. His most recent single, “Never Giving Up,” features Little Brother’s Rapper Big Pooh, who also just released an album of his own titled Everything 4 Sale. He simply had some stiff competition, including Solange. That’s not to say it wasn’t deserved. Watch it above. – “Friend zone”

After sharing the first single, “Show You The Way,” Thundercat has returned with the second offering from his upcoming album, which is scheduled for a February 24 release via Brainfeeder. In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the song is all about relationships. madchild & Joseph Rose   – “Hands dirty”

Swollen Members rapper Madchild makes another appearance in a fresh visual from Joseph Rose for the Rob The Viking-produced track “Hands Dirty.” Directed by Mike Mogardo and Starving Marvel, the video was filmed in Los Angeles and at East Van Inc. They dine on burgers and fries, watch movies, eat popcorn, and even get a little frisky. The R&B singer was nominated for three Grammy Awards over the weekend, but failed to take home any trophies. bj the chicago kid   – “roses”

Keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, BJ The Chicago Kid’s “Roses” is an ode to a special someone. keith murray   – “no exceptions”

Keith Murray’s “No Exceptions” finds the veteran MC working with longtime collaborator Erick Sermon of EPMD once again. Titled “Friend Zone,” the otherworldly funked out jam takes the listener on a trip through the deepest recesses of the prodigious bass player’s mind as he professes his   affection for an unrequited love. Taken from his last album, Big Baby D.R.A.M., the track definitely lives up to its name. Whether or not this is an indication of a new project on the horizon remains to be seen, but for now, it’s a welcomed return from the seasoned New York rapper. The black opera- “beautiful city”

The Black Opera —   Magestik Legend and Jamall Bufford — recently appeared on CNN, where they discussed the U.S. Obviously pleased by this, the duo take off together and proceed to compliment every woman they encounter. Find Room 39 here   with more outstanding features from artists like Royce Da 5’9 and Scolla. With piano notes from Diana Ross/Michael Masser’s “My Hero Is a Gun,” the track illustrates how the duo effortlessly   works so well together. D.R.A.M. “The video demonstration for ‘Beautiful City’ is a depiction of city pride, finding beauty in the smallest details, and what gentrification can do to a city,” Bufford said in an email statement. Tattoo in Vancouver, BC while the duo is touring across Canada with DJ Dow Jones. That’s the true beauty of a city.”
kosha dillz- “grammy performance”

We gotta give it to Kosha Dillz. snoop dogg, desiigner & Madeintyo   – “original is never finished (remix)”

On the heels of his “Legend” video, Snoop Dogg is back with an adidas-sponsored video for “Original Is Never Finished (Remix)” featuring Desiigner and MadeinTYO. educational system, specifically the placement of Betsy DeVos into the role of Secretary of Education, who they say is “bad for the inner cities.” At the same time, the duo premiered a new video for “Beautiful City,” a thoughtful presentation about what the inner city is truly like. Future also teamed up with the larger-than-life pop group, Maroon 5, for “Cold,” while Snoop Dogg, MadeinTYO and Desiigner linked with adidas for the “Original Is Never Finished (Remix).” We also threw in a little BJ The Chicago Kid, Keith Murray (yes, he’s back), Madchild, Rapper Big Pooh and Ty Farris, The Black Opera, and Kosha Dillz rapping for dollars outside of the 59th Grammy Music Awards. Rapper Big Pooh – “Never Giving Up”

After finally revealing his full length album, Room 39, Detroit’s   Ty Farris is busy rolling out singles and videos in support of the project. With his laptop and mic in tow, he freestyles about the people walking by him with absolutely no shame.

“It means a lot me,” he says. It was an honor to have him and all my other friends at the show.”
Pell expresses mutual respect for starRo and details the atmosphere at the show, including all of the elements that his friend weaved together. He’s performed alongside Anderson .Paak and GoldLink and says what he enjoys most about doing shows with them is “definitely the energy.”
“One thing I like about Hip Hop artists is that they know how to handle the crowd, and that’s something I always learn from performing with them,” he explains. “That’s one of the beautiful things about the Hip Hop community, people are very open-minded.”
And for starRo, the Grammy nomination is just another landmark step in his journey. He still views himself as an upcoming artist who is continuing to grow. starRo expresses deep gratitude toward the Hip Hop community for embracing him. “When I was little I used to stay away from it because my dad was playing too many jazz records,” he says. He is a very musical guy. When asked by HipHopDX if he believes he is breaking boundaries for artists, he responded by saying, “I hope so, not just as a Japanese artist, but for Asian artists as a whole. “I’m just doing the same things, you know,” he says. “But jazz is first and foremost the biggest influence on my life, even though I didn’t realize it when I was young. Also, the choir was awesome that performed with him, felt like I was born again.”

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starRo says he gets similar rejuvenation every time he shares the stage with some of his favorite rappers. Hip Hop artists always know how to free people up and get them moving.”
While in the past, there might have been a   stricter division between the electronic world and Hip Hop, starRo sees the two worlds merging. But starRo set himself apart this year with his first ever Grammy nomination for his remix of “Heavy Star Movin.” The producer/DJ did not take home the gramophone trophy on Sunday (February 12), but he still made a tremendous impact as the first Japanese electronic artist to receive a Grammy nod. People who I hadn’t thought about collaborating with are coming forward, which gives me more access and new options to explore my music.” “It was an amazing experience to see so many different types of artists and musicians come together and support one another,” he remarks. I haven’t seen many Asian electronic artists in the mainstream – there’s Asian classical artists and jazz artists, but not many electronic or Hip Hop artists. “But the world around me has changed. There’s a lot of very talented artists in Japan, but things such as the language barrier and geographical constraints prevent them from going out and exposing themselves to the American market. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and GoldLink – artists who don’t just rap on the beats, but embrace the musical elements of Hip Hop.”
This blending of genres was on full display as starRo celebrated his Grammy nomination with some of his dear friends from various styles of music at a show at Los Angeles’ Regency. Some of my favorite artists are A Tribe Called Quest, Black Star and more recently Chance the Rapper, J. His dad was a jazz pianist, which subtly helped him craft his art, even if he didn’t like all of the jazz he was forced to listen to growing up. Hip Hop sampling jazz made it something I could digest. He enlisted New Orleans rapper Pell as one of the acts to open for him. I think he is leading the scene I mentioned earlier, where Hip Hop is becoming more musical. But I hope that people get the message that anyone can do this, it doesn’t really matter where you’re from.”

starRo is heavily influenced by Hip Hop and his first Hip Hop record was by Gang Starr. Los Angeles, CA – starRo moved to Los Angeles from Japan a decade ago with little more than a dream. “I wanted to celebrate with my friends, especially with Pell, as he is one of my favorite artists. “In many cases, when you’re doing a live set or deejaying, the crowd needs someone to lead them. Not unlike your typical aspiring artist who arrives at the City of Angels with stars in their eyes. Megastar Steve Aoki and legendary DJ Destructo have been instrumental in blending the two cultures through various collaborations with Hip Hop artists. “I wanted to make this a family affair,” he says.

“Trying to get into acting and movies. “And I’m tryna get into acting, so to be on a Hollywood set and see how everything works, that was just educating me.”   The reporter follows up by asking Yachty about his “dream role,” to which Lil Boat replies,   “I don’t know. “Working on my album,” he said of what he’d been up to. I’m trying to be everywhere.”
Looks like he’s already ahead with his collaboration with Carley Rae Jepsen featured in a commercial for Target, which aired during the Grammy Awards and remade DJ E-Z Rock and Rob Base’s Hip Hop classic “It Takes Two.”
“It was just a good experience to be able to do something different than normal,” Yachty said to Billboard on the red carpet. Watch DX’s interview with Lil Yachty below. Los Angeles, CA – Speaking with HipHopDX last year at Power 106’s Cali Christmas event, Lil Yachty said he was ready to take on acting in 2017. Trying to get in all movies. Maybe a thug or something.”
Of course, the Atlanta artist was at the Grammys to celebrate his nomination for his feature on D.R.A.M.’s   platinum selling single “Broccoli.” His success is leading to his debut Quality Control debut Teenage Emotions.

That’s not hatred in the community. Let me see if he talk that rah-rah shit when I pull up.”

The DJ, Bob Romanik, who Waka referred to as a “disgrace to white America” says he’s willing to meet with the musician if he agrees to “take the violence out” of his music. “I’mma show you how to handle shit,” Waka Flocka Flame said in a video obtained by TMZ. Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame is ready “to handle shit” when it concerns the St. “And I’ll apologize to him…I’m not a racist. I’mma go to his show and see if I can get a personal interview. You think that Trump has done anything to this man? It’s hatred for him and his actions.”

Romanik’s on-air rant came after video surfaced online of Waka Flocka wiping his bare bottom with a fan’s Trump jersey   during a concert in Athens, Georgia last month. “Our white president. That’s not hatred for the blacks. Despite referring to Waka as the n-word several times and threatening to kill the rapper if he was to approach him about wearing a Donald Trump shirt, Romanik claims he’s “not a racist.”
“If he’ll take the violence out of his rap, I’ll never again call him a nigger,” Bob Romanik said in video shared with TMZ. Now if it’d be another black man. “Waka Flocka, he took a good crap on our president-elect’s shirt,” Romanik said, during his racist tirade. I don’t like that no-good, greasy son of a bitch. “I’m not gonna call the cops. Trump will probably do more for this black nigger than Obama’s ever done for the proud, black community…We talking about Waka Flocka, that greasy, black nigger son of a bitch.” Louis DJ who referred to him as a “greasy, black nigger son of a bitch,” during an on-air broadcast for   KQQZ 1190 AM.

I’m just excited to show my…   The movie serves as TV One’s first original movie. DX asked how the acting was coming along, to which she replied, “It’s amazing. The #ImageAwards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. We’re still trying to figure it out.”
In addition to promoting her movie, the entertainer born Niatia Kirkland was there to celebrate black excellence. my gift, my talent.”
In regards to her music, she says, “When there’s something new, I’ll share. I love it. I’m a true thespian and looking to grow. The story spirals off from there.”
Lil Mama, who previously played Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in the 2013 TLC biopic CrazySexyCool,   is the star of the film, which tells the heartrending story of Falicia Blakely. Look out for Hit A Lick, slated to be released later this year. “It’s about a young 16-year-old girl, who grows up in the fast lane and becomes pregnant,” Lil Mama explains. “She becomes a stripper   and attracts the eyes of a pimp. Pasadena, CA – The 48th NAACP Image Awards took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, (February 11), and was broadcasted live on TV ONE as a two-hour special. In an exclusive interview with Lil Mama, the rapper speaks on her upcoming role in the film called Hit A Lick. HipHopDX had the pleasure of covering the red carpet prior to the show, which saw the likes of many stars such as the cast of Black-ish and Empire, and even Xzibit showed up.

Then Drake was named the world’s best-selling artist of 2016. According to the Manchester Evening News, one of Drake’s boys approached the cops with the suggestion, but they politely decided against the move. On early Saturday morning, Drake and his crew were caught in traffic near the Mancunian Way bridge — a delay caused   by a man who seemingly was   about to jump off it. In the end, the man got   down from the bridge without Drake’s help and was brought to hospital for evaluation. The offer was declined with thanks,” an officer explained. Then   he was accused of making an Islamophobic statement toward a fan (a charge he called “made up” and against which he ably defended himself). “He offered for Drake to speak to the male on the bridge, if that would help. Acting as   good Samaritan, Drizzy offered to speak with the man. It’s been a flurry of news, and it has shown no signs of slowing down. First, Travis Scott fell through a hole in the stage. Isn’t that kind of T.I.’s thing anyway? Manchester, England – Throughout February,   Drake has been in the United Kingdom performing for his Boy Meets World Tour — and it’s been an eventful few weeks.

U walked away from the table too soon,” Future tweeted today (February 14), along with a pre-order link for his new album. So far the tracklist hasn’t been revealed, but the Freeband General released several loosies   at the end of 2016. Future also shared news of his upcoming Nobody Safe Tour. The Nobody Safe Tour is scheduled to kick off on May 4 in Memphis, Tennessee, and will go on to make stops in over 30 other cities. He’ll be hitting the road with   Migos, Tory Lanez and Kodak Black, and will   occasionally be joined by Young Thug and A$AP Ferg. I was preparing the feast. Atlanta lyricist Future has emerged from his brief rap hibernation with big news. “I was preparing the feast. For those eager for new tunes from the rapper, whose last studio release, EVOL, came a little over a year ago, Future revealed on Twitter that he was merely “preparing the feast” and is now ready to drop his latest project for the masses. A tour flyer and trailer for the Nobody Safe Tour is below. U walked away from the table too soon
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 14, 2017

The self-titled album is scheduled to drop this Friday (February 17) and, according to the iTunes pre-order   details, will consist of 17 tracks.

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4,000 – The number of albums that Beyoncé’s   LEMONADE   album sold on Sunday as the LP was nominated for Album of the Year. Jay Z   rolled up with Blue Ivy Carter paying homage to Prince while ScHoolboy Q showed up to the red carpet with his daughter, Joy,   wearing the suit, while he matched in a pink hoodie that said “Girl Power.”
ScHoolboy Q and Jay Z both got their daughters dressed like Prince #GRAMMYs
— Rap-Hub (@RapHubDaily) February 13, 2017

$35,000 – The price tag for Lil Yachty’s rainbow-colored grills, delivered hours before the Atlanta rapper took the red carpet by Icebox Diamonds and Watches. 4 -The number of times Q-Tip yelled “Resist” at the end of A Tribe Called Quest’s performance that featured Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence. The group missed out on nominations this year because its album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service,   dropped in November, after the deadline. – The number of bars on Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which won Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song. Vic Mensa, Raekwon and Vince Staples all assisted the Australian producer in the project and “Smoke and Retribution” gave the Long Beach rapper his first plaque, a Gold certification from the ARIA. – The fucks given   by Rihanna during the show as she sipped from a bedazzled flask. 206 – The percent increase Chance The Rapper saw for overall Spotify streams in the United States after the ceremony. Los Angeles, CA – The 2017 Grammys were one to remember. 3 – The number of rappers on Flume’s   Skin album that won Best Dance/Electronic Album. The project is technically Chance’s third mixtape as well. He won Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance (“No Problems”) and Best Rap Album (Coloring Book). The performances were powerful and breathtaking and the red carpet had its head-turning moments as well. Embed from Getty Images

5,290 – The number of miles that separated “Panda” producer Menace from the Grammys as he was stuck in his hometown of Manchester, England without a visa to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles with Desiigner. 30~45 – The degree angle that Beyoncé’s chair tilted back to during her performance of   LEMONADE cuts “Sandcastles” and “Love Drought” that sent the internet ablaze. She was nominated for a slew of awards, including Record of the Year with “Work” featuring Drake and Best Urban Contemporary Album with   Anti, but walked away without any trophies. 2 – The number of babies inside Beyoncé’s belly as she gave her riveting performance. Chance The Rapper, Beyoncé and Drake all made headlines and here are some statistics behind everything that was the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The Academy made some choices that showed   it’s trying to remain relevant to its Hip Hop audience, while some other aspects still have people scratching their heads. It lost the major award to Adele’s   25, but Queen Bey still took home   the trophies for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Music Video. Embed from Getty Images

26.05 – The millions of viewers that tuned in to watch the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. 3 – The number of awards Chance The Rapper took home as an independent rapper. 461 – The percent increase on Spotify for Chance The Rapper’s song “How Great” after he performed the track, as well as “All We Got” at the ceremony. During the politically charged rendition of “We The People,” Busta trolled President Donald Trump, saying “I wanna thank President Agent Orange for his unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban.”

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441 – The percent increase that A Tribe Called Quest’s “We The People” received in Spotify streams after the show. 2 – The number of little girls that wore a pink Gucci suit to the affair.

will be getting a documentary of his own. The movie is tentatively titled   “Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance” and will specifically focus on the legacy of Biggie’s music around the world. Submarine Entertainment and ByStorm Film made the announcement on Monday at the Berlin Film Festival, according to Variety. The Malloys have a long history in music video production and have been behind visuals for Jack Johnson, Foo Fighters, Avril Levine, Metallica, N*E*R*D and The Black Eyed Peas, among many others. Berlin, Germany – As the world waits for   the new Tupac Shakur biopic to drop, there’s even more good news on the Hip Hop film front. Tupac’s long-term rival The Notorious B.I.G. “It brings so much joy to my heart that my son Christopher’s music has made such an impact on the music community and his stories have positively inspired so many young men and women over the years, and still influencing the youth all over the world today,” Voletta said of the project, according to Variety. No expected release date has been set for the project. The movie has the blessing of Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, who is collaborating with the Malloy brothers in its production.

Los Angeles, CA – Kanye West was (of course) invited to the 59th Annual Grammy Music Awards, but opted to not attend the ceremony despite his multiple nominations, including The Life of Pablo‘s nod for Best Rap   Album. He says that part of West’s condition included memory loss after he was admitted to the hospital for his apparent “exhaustion.” Coupled with his wife Kim Kardashian-West’s traumatic robbery in Paris, France, 2016 was not exactly an easy one for the famous family. According to one of West’s longtime collaborators (and the producer for Beyonce’s LEMONADE) — Chi-town artist Malik Yusef   — Yeezy is still recovering from his November hospitalization. In an interview with PopSugar,   at the Grammys red carpet, Yusef mentioned Yeezy has been experiencing memory loss since his week-long hospital stay. Perhaps he simply forgot he is one of the music industry’s most coveted talents. “His memory is coming back, which is super good. [He’s] just healing, spending time with his family.”
For now, West is taking a break from making music while he focuses on his health. Watch the brief interview above. “I’ve been to his house [and] sat down with him for about six, seven hours, just walking through his health and recovery,” Yusef explained.

Nonetheless, he still threw in his two cents. I think Adele’s got a trillion awards. Beyoncé’s LEMONADE was vying for Album Of The Year against Adele’s 25. However, 25 sold over seven million more copies than LEMONADE,   which was presumably a deciding factor in the winner. I fucking love Adele. When approached by a TMZ reporter to get his thoughts on the perceived upset, he said, “You want me to hate on Adele? Watch the video above. Countless people, however, were in Adele’s corner, including The Game, who said he’s a big fan of the sultry songstress. “Who the fuck says ‘Hello from the other side’ that’s not an alien?”
When the reporter said, “She beat the queen,” the Compton rapper stopped for a second and looked a bit perplexed before replying, “I think Beyoncé has a trillion awards. While Adele wound up taking home the coveted trophy, during her speech she gushed about her love for Beyoncé and said she deserved the award. The undisputed pop queen, Beyoncé, went up against British singing sensation Adele at Sunday night’s (February 12)   59th Grammy Music Awards, and the outcome even surprised Adele. The Game skipped the Grammy Awards this year, but then again, he wasn’t nominated. She shoulda won. I’m not fucking hating on Adele for you. Did you ever write your album and say, ‘Hello from the other side?’
“Adele did, though,” he continued. At this point, Adele probably knows Beyoncé is her only competition worldwide and Beyoncé probably knows that Adele is her only competition.”
Kendrick Lamar, however, reportedly did not share the same sentiments and was “really upset” at Adele’s win, according to TDE’s Punch. She said, ‘Hello from the other side,’ bro.

French Montana’s career. “I would just say this a little bit about Gucci,” Waka Flocka Flame said in a video obtained by TMZ. “That’s one thing that I definitely know. Those calls come all the time. My mother started Nicki’s career. “The one thing that I know regardless of whatever they say is that they love each other,” she said of Gucci and Waka. My mother started Gucci’s career. She molded us all.”
Antney spoke on Gucci and Waka’s feud in an interview with HipHopDX’s Ural Garrett back in November and hinted there’s more to the situation than meets the public eye. There are even calls of people wishing they could tour. The world should really mind their business. “Always yellin’ Brick Squad, always talking fam first/ When yo’ ass got locked up, you turned on the fam first/ Always takin’ fuckin’ credit, never put in no work/ Used my name for leverage, before they front you, they gon’ call first,” Waka raps on “Was My Dawg.”
Despite Waka’s commentary on Gucci in interviews and the release of “Was My Dawg,” Gucci Mane has yet to address his former comrade publicly. I know a lot of people would love to see them come together. If they should reunite then that’s on them. I don’t see them staying away from each other forever. [OJ da] Juiceman’s career. He goes on to namedrop Brick Squad, and even references Gucci’s time spent behind bars. The world and the people need to really mind their business cause people know more than you know let them tell it.”
The latest from Waka comes days after he dropped “Was My Dawg,” a record that appears to take clear aim at Guwop. And to make the record straight, my mother started my career. Lex Luger as a producer. Both of them are headstrong people. He added that credit belongs instead to his mother. If not, then that’s what it’s supposed to be. According to Waka, he’s upset at the fact that Gucci is the sole person credited for starting his career, as well as the music careers of others, including Nicki Minaj. In a newly-released video, the rapper went on to offer some clarification on the origins of his reignited feud with Gucci Mane. Waka Flocka Flame is looking to receive credit where credit’s due, and that’s for his mama, Debra Antney. “My fans deserve for me to elaborate on why I went so hard at a person that quote-unquote started my career. I don’t see that. I just have to add that cause that’s one of the biggest things. That’s it. It just has to happen in real time.

Run the jewels – “bootleg kev interview”

Run The Jewels — Killer Mike and El-P — are on top of the world right now. Listen above. The track finds Hov taking several subtle jabs   at Drake in as dignified way as possible. The song serves as the first single from Khaled’s forthcoming album, Grateful. He was also joined by The Roots’ Black Thought, who gave Common a run for his money. Ty Dolla $ign- “dopamine lit (intro)”

Lupe Fiasco’s long awaited new album, DROGAS Light, was released last week, featuring 14 tracks in total, and serves as the follow-up to Tetsuo & Youth. Graves – “Mumble me a song” At the 2:55:00 mark, Migos, Metro Boomin, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti and 21 Savage perform the #1 song in the country, “Bad And Boujee.”  
Common & black Thought   – “wheel of freestyle on fallon”

Common was a recent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon   to discuss his forthcoming film, John Wick: Chapter 2. fat joe & remy ma – “Heartbreak”

Although Fat Joe and Remy Ma didn’t take home a Grammy for “All The Way Up,” it’s business as usual for the Hip Hop duo. The new video for “Legend” comes with a video trailer at the beginning for the documentary Coolaid   and offers up some dark, spooky imagery and Snoop’s smooth, signature flow. Currently on a massive tour, they’re criss-crossing the country in support of the duo’s most recent album, Run The Jewels 3. Snoop Dogg – “legend”

At this point, Snoop really needs no introduction. Cookin Soul   – “Workizmmmmm”

The single   art and title should be the first indication Cookin Soul’s new track “Workizmmmmm” is in honor of Erykah Badu’s 1997 masterpiece and debut album, Baduizm, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. After all of the trophies were given out, DJ Khaled unexpectedly dropped “Shining” featuring not only the Queen Bey, but also her proud husband, Jay Z. “Dopamine Lit (Intro)” jumpstarts   the project with its trap-influenced sound and undeniable energy. For Monday (February 13), DX has crowned   DJ Khaled’s “Shining” featuring power couple Beyonce´and Jay Z as the top song of the day with Snoop Dogg’s video for “Legend” nabbing second place. During a brief moment of down time, RTJ sat down with Bootleg Kev for an in-depth conversation about everything from Donald Trump   (duh) to Atlanta rap culture. Directed by Picture Perfect, the video is fairly straightforward and brings his take on last year to life. For those thirsty for some authentic, boom-bap Hip Hop, we’ve thrown in a little Artifacts for good measure, as well as Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s new joint, “Heartbreak.”
DJ Khaled f.Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Shining”
Beyonce´is most likely still basking in the afterglow of (no, not her pregnancy) her Grammy Award wins for Best Urban Contemporary Album (LEMONADE) and Best Video (“Formation”) at Sunday night’s (February 12) ceremony. big joker & Revalation (ems)- “cause & Effect”

Legendary Newark, New Jersey Hip Hop group Artifacts — El Da Sensei and Tame One — let loose the New Single “Cause & Effect” and call on fellow Jersey Native Big Joker along with Massachusetts’ wordsmith Revalation (of EMS) to lend their verbal offerings to this melodic LX-produced banger. FXXXXY- “Lip service 6”

D. That doesn’t mean there isn’t more work to do. Scratches come courtesy of   DJ Grazzhoppa. Migos, metro boomin, lil uzi vert & more   – “bad & boujee (live)”

As New York Fashion Week kicks off, the infamous Boiler Room has linked up with F Is For, which is described as the “first in a series of worldwide events,” and for its initial trick, rounded up Migos, Metro Boomin, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, and more for a live performance. artifacts f. Uncle murda   – “2016 Rap Up”

Although he released   the single on the last day of 2016, Uncle Murda has finally released a video for “2016 Rap Up,” which finds the G-Unit rapper meticulously combing through all of the year’s major events, especially in the Hip Hop landscape. The West Coast vet has been banging out music since first stepping out on the scene with Dr. As it often goes, there were plenty of shenanigans to be had, namely the Wheel Of Freestyle game, which put the Chicago Hip Hop vet in the hot seat to drop an impromptu freestyle when the wheel generated a particular word. lupe fiasco f. Their most recent song, “Heartbreak,” comes ahead of their upcoming Plata O Plomo project, which is scheduled for a Friday (February 17) release. The Spanish production duo delivers a soulful rendition of “The Other Side Of The Game,” one of Baduizm’s highlights (although let’s be honest, they are all standouts). Dre for 1992’s “Deep Cover.” His latest solo album, Coolaid   failed to do much commercially, but it was still a solid, back-to-his-roots type album. A new Run The Jewels interview, Uncle Murda video for “2016 Rap Up,” live performance of Migos’ “Bad & Boujee,” and Common spinning the Wheel Of Freestyle on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon   are also listed as some of the most intriguing content of the day.

I just spoke to kdot. wuddup frank
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) February 13, 2017

I love @beyonce I wish that the Grammy voters took a chance on such a personal statement as Lemonade .. If we have any respect for albums Lemonade is the album of the year. This includes Kendrick Lamar, according to some recent tweets from Top Dawg Entertainment’s Punch. That really lifted my heart. — Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) February 13, 2017

King Kendrick knows what it’s like to be snubbed by Grammy voters all too well,   seeing as how   Good Kid mAAD City   was   upset by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist   for Best Rap Album in   2014   and Taylor Swift’s 1989 beat out To Pimp A Butterfly   for Album Of The Year in 2016. singer’s 25   beat Beyoncé’s   LEMONADE   in the Album Of The Year category at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 12). — Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) February 13, 2017

Maybe Frank had a point. He's really up set about the Queen B not getting her album of the year trophy. Several other artists tweeted their reactions about Beyoncé, including her sister Solange (who shared the same Frank Ocean post), Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler and Diplo. Punch even tweeted “Maybe Frank had a point,” referencing the   Blonde artist’s recent Tumblr post slamming the Grammy Academy for being out of touch. #MWA (@therealmikedean) February 13, 2017

Dear @Beyonce always my queen
— sia (@Sia) February 13, 2017

Thank you to tribe called quest. but much love to @Adele as always
— Dip (@diplo) February 13, 2017

Adele just did the Kanye West to herself – "imma let me finish…but Beyoncé" ???
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) February 13, 2017

— MIKE DEAN! — win butler (@DJWindows98) February 13, 2017 Despite an acceptance speech from Adele that thanked Beyoncé as much (if not more) than anyone anyone else, many were upset that the U.K.

That is, until he showed up at the Grammys.
— Andrew Goldstein (@AngeGold) February 13, 2017

Cee lo green out here looking like Gold Experience
— ❄BLIZZARD OF HELL❄ (@supersailorDOOM) February 13, 2017

Why is CeeLo Green dressed like a Ferrero Rocher ?? #GRAMMYs
— ㅤPx (@xPTvo) February 13, 2017

Cee Lo Green's outfit at the Grammys was seriously ridiculous ?
— SGAG (@SGAG_SG) February 13, 2017

You don't need a Grammy If you are a Grammy
— ▲▲ike (@ThatBlackMike) February 13, 2017

CeeLo Green sliding into the #GRAMMYs like …
— Ellen Fleming (@WhatTheFlem) February 13, 2017

Ceelo showed up to the grammys ready to fight goku
— Not Hokage™ (@AnimeNokage) February 13, 2017

Cee Lo Green forcin it tonight this man look like The Thing from Fantastic Four #GRAMMYs
— Nas Hatton (@nashatton) February 13, 2017
— Jimaun Trubizer (@DawgPound_DJ) February 13, 2017

Why Ceelo come out looking like the bronze kneecap ???
— King AJ (@Clutchfactor_Aj) February 13, 2017

Even Drake got in on the jokes, remixing the photo of his new gold chain. Cee Lo dressed like the gold Chipotle burrito
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) February 13, 2017

I hate the internets! @ajcalloway: GNARLY DAVIDSON AKA @ceelogreen taking the #GRAMMYS red carpet by storm. #LOL #GRAMMYs #Ceelo #Cee-lo #hilarious #goldmember #jokes #funny #PowerRangers #Zordon #jokes #ThisGuy #gold
— Bobby WHO?
— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) February 13, 2017

Cee lo dressed like the mini gold Buddha statue
— YL Rondo (@Blvcklefty) February 13, 2017

Cee Lo out here at the #GRAMMYs lookin' like Conquistador #3. (@TheTylerDurdenX) February 13, 2017

EPIC! Making a strong fashion statement at this year’s ceremonies, CeeLo decided to go all out on the red carpet with an all-gold ensemble on Sunday (February 12). .@marieclaire take it up with @GnarlyDOfficial #GRAMMYs
— CeeLo Green (@CeeLoGreen) February 13, 2017

CORRECTION: @GnarlyDOfficial
— Gnarly Davidson (@GnarlyDOfficial) February 13, 2017

Obviously, social media couldn’t help itself with memes. Me and my chain are just here to collect the trophies for Work and Anti…howbowdah
A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Feb 12, 2017 at 9:57pm PST

CeeLo’s outfit from the previous night’s pre-Grammys party also inspired some comments. cc: @iamgnarlydavidson @extratv
A photo posted by CeeLo Green (@ceelogreen) on Feb 12, 2017 at 7:01pm PST

He even corrected fans and outlets who were referring to him by his other name. Embed from Getty Images

When you pick the same Mortal Kombat character
— 50 CAL Bundy (@isthismike_p) February 13, 2017 Cee Lo Green in His Gold #GRAMMYs Costume Edited into Pictures of Donald Trump: by @McJesse
RETWEET! Los Angeles, CA – CeeLo Green has been working on introducing the world to his new Gnarly Davidson identity, and though he’s been keeping busy doing some feature work   and   releasing singles   here and there, the biggest recent news regarding the Dungeon Family member involved a fake cell-phone explosion.

Atlanta, GA – Gucci Mane has started a new label called 1017 Eskimo Records and his first signee is his fellow Atlantan Ralo. Young Thug, Lil Uzi, & Lil Yachty (Prod. Skool Boi (Prod. “I’ve been looking for this role model because I’ve always had my own operation. Future
I Hope It Dont Jam f. BCSG)
Ralo Escobar (Outro) (Prod. Yoksten)
Came From The Bottom (Prod. A photo posted by Gucci Mane (@laflare1017) on Feb 12, 2017 at 1:40pm PST

Ralo   reposted the announcement and shared his thoughts about partnering with Guwop in a press release. Loby Lucci)
How Could You (Prod. Zaytoven)
Brotherhood (Prod. “I’m excited about the deal with Gucci because I’ve never had a father figure or a big brother in my life,” the 22-year-old rapper said. Staxx)
Love It (Prod. Yokster) Ricky Racks)
They Aint Believe Us f. BCSG)
Young N*gga f. Beatmonster Marc)
They Can’t Stop Us f. I know that Gucci is gonna guide me in the right direction with the music, and so getting his guidance was important in making this decision over other offers I had on the table.”

Aye yawl I just got another million dollars n my account, Could everybody please do me 2 favors… tell @laflare1017 thank him an happy birthday. Production comes from Zaytoven, Frank Forbes, Cassius Jay and Staxx. Goose)
Homage (Prod. Gucci Mane (Prod. The Dopeman f. Ralo has also just released his   Famerican Gangster 2   mixtape. Frank Forbes)
Tell Em f. Staxx)
They Traded (Prod. YFN Lucci (Intro) (Prod. The 16-track project features Future on the single “My Brothers,” as well as Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Birdman, YFN Lucci and Lil Uzi Vert. Cassius Jay)
Rico Act (Prod. Birdman & Dae Dae (Prod. Ricky Racks)
My Brothers f. That label found success with Waka Flocka Flame, Peewee Longway and OJ Da Juiceman. 21 Savage & Shy Glizzy (Prod. This the greatest gift on earth #FAMGOON #1017 #QC
A photo posted by #RALOLAFLARE (@ralofamgoon) on Feb 12, 2017 at 1:48pm PST

For Gucci Mane, who is preparing the release of his Droptop Wizop album, 1017 Eskimo Records comes after he established his 1017 Brick Squad Records in 2007. He made the announcement on what was both of their birthdays, February 12. Mario)
Calm Down Ralo (Prod. @RaloFamGoon my first artist signed to my new label 1017Eskimo Records!! Ralo’s   Famerican Gangster 2   mixtape stream, cover art and tracklist are below.

Cole —   4 Your Eyez Only — 18,983 (5,229) [19,392,023]
#26 Travis Scott —   Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight — 16,642 (1,436) [20,537,431]
  #1 Big Sean —   I Decided. Migos’ “Culture” Slips Down To #3
After a monster first week, Migos’   Culture   lands at #3 on this week’s chart. sold a total of   150,818 equivalent album units upon its debut. The album sold 68,476 equivalent units — a 48 percent drop from its debut sales cycle. topping this week’s Billboard 200 chart. Big Sean earns the second #1 album of his career with   I Decided. —   150,818 (64,978) [110,676,714]
#3 Migos —   Culture   — 68,476 (7,482) [80,676,33]
#5 The Weeknd —   Starboy — 47,148 (9,626) [44,678,980]
#7 Bruno Mars —   24K Magic — 31,579 (15,249) [14,789,517]
#9 Post Malone —   Stoney   — 27,390 (2,894) [32,370,975]
#15 Drake –   VIEWS   — 24,795 (3,948)   [27,966,641]
#17 Kehlani — SweetSexySavage — 23,058 (6,228) [23,534,494]
#20 Rihanna —   Anti   — 20,264 (3,354) [17,720,068]
#23 J. Sean Don celebrated the feat with a surprise show in Los Angeles featuring DJ Khaled, G.O.O.D. The LP sold   13,105 units and was streamed 861,000 times. It doesn’t hurt that Queen Bey broke the internet with her announcement that she was pregnant with twins. The trio continues to dominate airwaves with “Bad and Boujee” and still saw 80.7 million streams of the project. Big Sean follows up the success of his chart-topping   Dark Sky Paradise with another #1 album. Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 02/09/2017
Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. Beyoncé’s LEMONADE Sees Surge
As her   LEMONADE album was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys, Beyoncé saw a 34 percent increase in sales as the project lands at #33. I Decided. Music President Pusha T and his girlfriend, Jhené Aiko. Fans Decided To Buy Big Sean’s I Decided. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets. A surge in sales brings Lady Gaga’s   Joanne to #2 after her Super Bowl halftime show performance and Migos slides into the next spot at #3 in   Culture‘s second week. An impressive 65,000 of those were pure album sales while the project was streamed 110.6 million times.

After the surprise record dropped Sunday night (February 13), internet sleuths were quick to locate and fastidiously decipher what some see as a diss toward Drizzy. The 2016 shade got off to an early start when Drake dropped “Summer Sixteen” in January and declared that he   “used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella then [he] turned into Jay.”
Jay fired back months later on “I Got The Keys,” rapping “Till you’re on your own you can’t be me.”
With Drake’s More Life playlist project promised before the end of February, and Jay Z seemingly working on a new project behind the scenes, fans probably won’t have to wait long for the next volley in this war of words. That was him taking a subliminal shot back at Drake. Also Kendrick occasionally joins in on the fun too. Jay Z forever telling Drake to take a seat every record he drops lol
— FRΞS₭Θ (@Fresko_isme) February 13, 2017

Jay Z emptied out his subliminal clip on Drake lol
— Plus Pierre (@_SirPlus) February 13, 2017

jay z drops 3 verses a year and even he responded to Drake faster than Pusher Tee
— Boogie Bousins (@bansky) February 13, 2017

I love this subliminal war that Drake and Jay Z have. #Shining
— Malachi (@Theboymala) February 13, 2017

@rihanna to Drake: You used to   wanna be on Roc-A-Fella   then you   turned into Jay, go you
Riri to Jay Z: And he believed it#RocNationBrunch
— Melanin (@MelaninPxppin) February 12, 2017

People want every JAY Z line to be a drake diss lol
— Mikey Fresh (@MikeyFresh1) February 13, 2017 Check out some of the reaction below. Real clever #Shining
— Malachi (@Theboymala) February 13, 2017

Drake offered some   subliminal shade on the song, rapping “You ain’t own it right away, you had to wait on niggas / Man, I’m only 29, have some patience with us / Plus I never met nobody from my label, nigga / I just pop up with the music then they pay a nigga.”
Given that Jay Z and Drake swapped subliminal disses last year courtesy of “I Got The Keys” and “Summer Sixteen,” this is just the latest in an ongoing saga. LOL ?@S_C_
— Irv (@thisisIRV) February 13, 2017

On “Shining,” which also features Beyoncé, Jay Z raps: “I know you ain’t out here talkin’ numbers, right / I know you ain’t out here talkin’ summers, right / I know you ain’t walkin’ ’round talkin’ down / Sayin’ boss shit when you a runner, right?”
The jab from Jay — who’s known for his many summertime hits   —   could serve as a response to Drake’s verse on the 21 Savage-assisted “Sneakin.’”
Jay Z didn't shout out 21 Savage. Cause he dissed Jay on sneakin. That's real hiphop. Just when the days of Jay Z and Drake trading sneak-disses seemed behind us, Hov may have just called out the Canadian rhymer on “Shining,” the latest musical offering from DJ Khaled.

The development is an appropriately timed one, coinciding with Sunday night’s Grammy Awards where Bruno Mars performed a wonderful tribute to Prince, while dressed in a classic purple-sequin get-up. Over the last two years, Prince’s music had been accessible only through TIDAL’s streaming service — a state of affairs that was challenged by Prince’s estate after he passed away in 2016. Bruno Mars the only person that could've pulled off a Prince tribute right
— RJ Glosson (@RJthaDon89) February 13, 2017 If this puts you in the mood to listen to Prince, well, you’re in luck. Throughout his career, Prince doggedly pursued those who bootlegged his music online — suing 22 people for a total of $22 million after footage of his live performances surfaced on the internet. For the first time since 2015, Prince’s back catalog is available to stream through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and more. Prince also worked hard to shut down any unauthorized use of his music on platforms such as YouTube, which are often a free-for-all. A statement on Prince’s behalf at the time read:   “Prince strongly believes artists as the creators and owners of their music need to reclaim their art.”
Now, Prince’s music will be available to anyone who has access to any streaming service, with Purple Rain and the rest of his body of work spreading across cyberspace.