by Trakksound)
Own Damn Strain (Prod. by Jon Bonus)
Top Drop f. You just learn how to make it through.”
After releasing Daily Bread,   Homesick,   Unplugged and a joint project with B.o.B in 2016, Scotty is poising himself for another productive year. by KE on the Track)
Senorita f. “You become numb in a sense to what’s going on and you have to remind yourself to have feeling. You got one bunk or go outside for a minute, but you still gotta perform and get to the radio. Money All Day (Prod. by KE On the Track)
MLK f. Stream Scotty ATL’s   Smokin On My Own Strain above and view the cover art and tracklist below. Curren$y Production on   Smokin On My Own Strain   comes from Drumma Boy, JayeLL and KE on the Track. Bankroll Fresh (Prod. by Drumma Boy)
GOOD D f. You still got to go out here. “It’s been happening to the point where you have to remind yourself to have feeling,” he said to Senior Features Writer Ural Garrett. Kap G (Prod. by JayeLL)
Marry Me (Wayyyy Betta) (Prod. Doe B (Prod. Killa Kyleon (Prod. by JayeLL)
WorldWide f. Starlito, Kap G and Curren$y all make appearances and the late   Doe B and Bankroll Fresh are each resurrected for a verse. When you’re on tour, niggas is holding your arm to the chair, you can’t go anywhere with it. You can’t be walking around every day with a crown on. by JayeLL)
Daily Routine f. by JayeLL)
Foo Foo (Prod. by Drumma Boy)
Life of the Party (Prod. In November, Scotty ATL spoke with HipHopDX about his year in Atlanta, which was riddled with violence   and the deaths of those he was close to. The project, released through his Cool Club label, is hosted by DJ Scream, DJ Tokars and DJ Mike Mars and features 12 tracks. by JayeLL)
Known Fact (Prod. Starlito (Prod. Scotty ATL celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday (January 15) with the release of his   Smokin On My Own Strain mixtape.

“So contributing the song, ‘R U Ready,’ along with co-producing ‘Heal The World’ featuring Chris Rivers, who is Big Pun’s son, and Bad Boy alumni Sire with my partner Greg ‘Speed’ Brown is an incredible thing. In honor of the event, the masterminds behind the UHHM, including executive director Rocky Bucano, Hip Hop legend Kurtis Blow, Fu-Schnickens MC Chip Fu, Hip Hop historian Paradise Gray, and Grand Wizzard Theodore,   have shared a four-track sampler of the album, with music from Fu and producer/MC   Black Milk, Atlanta newcomer Supa Peach (who was also a contestant on Jermaine Dupri’s reality show, The Rap Game), South African producer   MexiCan, and The Formula. The music on the 16 Bars 4 Hip Hop sampler spans from classic boom-bap to a more mainstream trap sound with a dash of R&B, but more importantly, it serves a greater purpose of collecting funds to establish a place for Hip Hop culture to live. On January 25, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) plans to unleash a monster compilation album, 16 Bars 4 Hip Hop, a charitable effort featuring 40 of the best unsigned recording artists from around the world who have all united to support the preservation of Hip Hop culture.   I feel like we are laying the foundation for something that’s not only important to the culture, but also to us as a people.”
Check out the album sampler below. “I am glad to have contributed to this project because it’s important that we have a place to preserve our Hip Hop   history,” Chip Fu tells DX. The artists selected for the project   each donated a song to raise money that will support a development fund for the Bronx-based museum.

Cole fall in line behind. This sales cycle, the project pushed   62,696 equivalent album units with   13,624 album sales and more than 57 million streams. Further down the chart, Kanye West’s   The Life of Pablo   appears at #39 with a 961 percent increase after mysteriously falling off the list last week. The Weeknd Keeps His Crown
Starboy is still in outer space as The Weeknd’s album is at the top spot for the second week in a row. Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 01/12/2017
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. Post Malone Sneaks Back Into Top 10
Post Malone’s   Stoney lands at #9 this week with   23,242 equivalent album units and 28 million streams. Cole Stays Steady
J. The project sold   11,142 equivalent album units and was streamed   16,072,022 with no album sales. Cole’s   4 Your Eyez Only remains at #5 in its fifth week on the chart with   30,302 equivalent album units and nearly 30 million streams. Cole had the third-highest debut of 2016. This week on Billboard’s 200 albums chart, The Weeknd maintains his throne while Bruno Mars, Drake and J. #1 The Weeknd —   Starboy — 62,696 (13,624) [57,331,211]
#4 Bruno Mars —   24K Magic — 36,358 (17,984) [16,485,268]
#5 J. The project is also in its fifth week as it debuted at #6 back when J. J. Stoney had dropped to #25 before coming back up. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets. This is the project’s second week at the position after debuting at #1 in December. Cole —   4 Your Eyez Only — 30,302   (9,480) [29,114,253]
#7 Drake –   VIEWS   — 27,576 (3,768)   [31,318,616]
#9 Post Malone —   Stoney   — 23,242 (2,513) [28,195,526]
#11 Rihanna —   Anti   — 21,255   (3,298) [18,405,402]
#15 Various Artists —   Suicide Squad: The Album   —19,285 (7,097) [10,608,256]
#16 Rae Sremmurd —   SremmLife 2 —19,091 (1,337) [17,819,636]
#19 Travis Scott —   Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight — 17,011 (1,847) [20,089,283]
#24 21 Savage & Metro Boomin —   Savage Mode   —15,401 (772) [19,463,596]

“I didn’t know anybody and I met Joe Moses at the park actually and he thought it was hard. “Throughout the duration of my stay, I realized that I don’t know shit at all. “So, I just started writing about shit that was going on around me. The project should serve as a new beginning for someone whose start was derailed by past mistakes. Los Angeles, CA – The year was 1999 when Tyson Crookmind found himself in prison for a plethora of charges as he started to make a push in music. Every day I wrote a song. Then they mysteriously found a knife in my cell. Next day, we were in the studio.”
DX premiered the video for “Keep It Cherry” today (January 13), which is set to appear on his upcoming Free The Real debut that should be out by the end of the month. I’m learning every day and to have the opportunity to appreciate my freedom is everything. Then I’m in court not only for a murder, but for having a weapon by an inmate, which is a strikeable offense. My attorney was like I’m only 21-years-old and that I should take the charge, so I did. “Before I went to jail, I thought I knew everything,” he said.  
“I went in initially for a robbery and kidnapping,” he told HipHopDX over the phone. At one point in time, I never thought I would never get out and have an opportunity to make music.”
Before spending a significant amount of time traveling to nearly half of California’s correctional facilities from LA County Jail to San Luis Obispo, he’d only recorded a few times and freestyled for the homies on his block. His younger brother had close ties to YG and DJ Mustard affiliate and current Interscope A&R Pusha Rod who found himself impressed with his musical output. Alongside tracks like “Trapped In,” Crookmind started to catch a local buzz with “Keep It Cherry (Cherry VSOP).”
“They heard ‘Keep It Cherry’ and suggested I get a good feature to go with it,” he said. That’s how that started and evolved. Next thing you know, my freestyles sort of fell off and my writing game stepped up. Now, I’m into something better and appreciate this shit.”
Watch the video for “Trapped In” below. I recorded music from my cell phone around 50 or so songs and would send it to the homie.”
A week after being released in November 2015, he started to hit various recording studios to start his music career again. With the time on his hands, he started   to write rhymes often. “When I was in there a year and a half into my sentence, they claimed and filed a cold-case against me for murder. “There, I had all the time in the world to sit down and really think about what I wanted to say, but I also had some experiences to talk about,” Crookmind   said.

The host of the popular “Tax Season” podcast was also sought by authorities on a federal warrant for gun possession, although it hasn’t been confirmed if that search was also connected to the shooting. Four people were shot, including rapper Troy Ave, and his bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, who was killed. was headlining at New York’s Irving Plaza in May 2016, a fight broke out backstage as one of the opening acts performed. A joint law enforcement team made up of the   U.S. Ave was indicted last June on attempted   murder charges related to the shooting and posted a $500,000 bond last July. He claims he acted in self-defense. According to a New York Daily News report from last year, McPhatter’s brother accused Taxstone of killing his sibling before dropping the gun that Ave retrieved and used to return fire. Marshals New York and New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and NYPD arrested   Taxstone, born Daryl Campbell, and took him in without incident. New York, NY – Social media personality   Taxstone was arrested on Monday (Jan. During a concert T.I. Taxstone’s legal team has yet to address the arrest to the public. 16) in Brooklyn in connection to the Irving Plaza shooting incident that took place last year, reports NBC News.

The lack of smell, stain or other obvious findings eliminates the possibility.”
Whether the protester was upset with Shkreli over his decision to hike up the price of the HIV/AIDS drug Daraprim or was ticked off at his trolling of the Hip Hop community is unclear. This is what they call ‘fake news.’ There was something thrown — my security determined it to be leaves, which I brushed off. In a video addressed to Akademiks late last month, Shkreli offered a few choice words for the social media star. #MartinShkreli getting what looked like dog poop thrown at his face after someone yelled "You piece of s**t" Vid by @Captain_Hooks @ABC10
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) January 14, 2017

Shkreli has denied that any poop — dog or otherwise — was thrown,   telling Mashable, “There was no poop thrown, unfortunately. Moments after the yell is heard, the highly-criticized Twitter troll is struck with what was allegedly a piece of dog poop. Davis, CA – Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical exec that Hip Hop loves to hate, was reportedly hit with a foul-smelling L over the weekend. In video of the incident, an unknown person can be heard yelling “piece of shit” in the background. “While my temper is presently under control and I view you as a laughable social media persona, I assure you that further prodding will lead to serious and direct consequences,” Martin Shkreli said in a video uploaded to YouTube. According to   SFist, Shkreli was at the University of California, Davis for a speaking engagement with far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos when they were met by a group of protesters. Although Shkreli made Hip Hop headlines throughout 2016, one of his most recent stints in the limelight came after he claimed that he was in possession of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V album. The two later settled things in an interview   where Shkreli explained how he got his hands   on the album. Additionally, Shkreli’s claims of ownership of Tha Carter V led to a feud with social media personality DJ Akademiks.

“We gon’ be roasting anybody that come at the squad,” A$AP Ferg added. Let’s pull up that nigga profile since he got jokes,” Rocky said after discovering the comment. “Watch ya mouth, bruh bruh. “Ya man look like a fake-ass Kris Kross reject,” Rocky declared. “Nah, hold up. The A$AP Mob lyricist then went on to call the IG user a “fake Bryson Tiller” and “fake White Beatle.”
After the brief roasting, those in A$AP Mob offered a stern warning to anyone who might have any jokes lined up. The roasting of @Penny_IV began shortly after A$AP Rocky came across his comment comparing Rocky’s cousin, A$AP Nast, to Bokeem Woodbine‘s character in the film, Jason’s Lyric. An Instagram Live broadcast, which aired from A$AP Ferg’s   account over the weekend, turned into a brief — but merciless — roast of an IG user. Never come at one of these A$AP niggas in ya life,” A$AP Rocky said. “What nigga said that about my cousin … I’m about to body this nigga, right now.”
After pulling up @Penny_IV’s Instagram profile on a separate phone, the roasting commenced (around the 2:25 mark).

He also hilariously included “Drederick Tatum” in the list of celebrities featured in the party scene at Jay G’s mansion. RZA Snoop & Comm killed their parts. Bruh rza snoop and common all in the new simpsons show if you not watching this you really fucked up
— Josh Palm3r (@Josh_palmer) January 16, 2017

Aw shit, this Simpsons episode is killin me! The long-running cartoon’s hour-long Hip Hop special was titled “The Great Phatsby” (a play on the F.
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) January 16, 2017

Executive producer for the show Matt Selman provided an insightful running commentary on his Twitter account as the episode played. The Simpsons – After months of lead-up, The Simpsons‘ much-hyped   Hip Hop special dropped on Sunday night (January 15) — and fans loved it. RZA Snoop & Comm killed their parts. Thnks 4 easin the pain of the Cowboys loss ? #TheSimpsons
— Gabe-Real (@GabeReal909) January 16, 2017

Snoop tuned in too. The contact high Homer gets from Snoop's studio is not unlike the contact high we got when we recorded Snoop at his studio. The drama continues — keep watching #TheSimpsons! #Simpsons
— Fab4Real™ (@Amaazin_Grace) January 16, 2017

@RZA that Protect your neck line on the simpsons was too sick
— Luis (@Luiscolor1) January 16, 2017

Aw shit, this Simpsons episode is killin me! Party Celebs: Spike Lee, Flavor Flav, Alcatrazzz, Drederick Tatum, George Clinton, Lucius Sweet, Beyonce, Dennis Rodman & Cornel West
— Matt Selman (@mattselman) January 16, 2017

The other side of the lake is poppin'! Needless to say, Twitter was hyped to see these Hip Hop heavyweights star on the iconic show. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby) and featured cameos from rappers   RZA, Snoop Dogg and Common (who all laid diss tracks for the episode’s fictional Hip Hop mogul Jay G). Thnks 4 easin the pain of the Cowboys loss ? #TheSimpsons…
— Hiphop indie beats (@probeatz11) January 16, 2017

RZA telling Me Burns to protect ya neck is EVERYTHING!! #TheSimpsons
— Matt Selman (@mattselman) January 16, 2017

Veteran   producer Jim Beanz scored the episode, giving The Simpsons‘ famous theme music (originally composed by Danny Elfman) a Hip Hop makeover. A photo posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Jan 15, 2017 at 9:15pm PST ? #TheSimpsons
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) January 16, 2017

Selman also reported that Homer’s “contact high” in the episode was similar to a very real set of circumstances Simpsons staff found themselves in when recording Snoop Dogg’s dubs for the show.

2 Chainz has announced the release date for his upcoming project,   Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. In addition to the shots of Tity Boi working with producers in the studio, 2 Chainz also posted a photo of himself and Drake just outside the booth. Given that the picture comes at the same time as 2 Chainz’ posts about   Pretty Girls Like Trap Music,   one could assume that they were working together on a track for the record. The post actually didn’t specify the year, but we don’t think he’d be getting us excited if he was planning to make us wait until 2018. The 39-year-old rapper took to his Instagram on Sunday (January 15) to reveal that his next record would be coming out on April 7. But that’s not all. You never know, though, and it’s possible the two were teaming up on something for Drake’s own upcoming More Life playlist, which already boasts a feature from ATL’s own 21 Savage. It’s notable that 2 Chainz tagged Drake in a post that’s hashtagged with the title of   Pretty Girls Like Trap Music,   so we’re ready to bet that the Atlanta veteran’s album is going to come with at least one very high-profile feature…

#PrettyGirlsLikeTrapMusic 4/7
A photo posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on Jan 15, 2017 at 3:25pm PST

A photo posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on Jan 15, 2017 at 7:38am PST

Someone else ended up buying it and is now looking to auction the piece of history off through Goldin Auctions. These days, Mike Tyson is done with his own boxing career and is now reportedly training Chris Brown for his fight against Soulja Boy. Check out Tupac’s ticket stub from the Mike Tyson fight in Vegas below. Maybe Martin Shkreli will cop it since he’s into collecting Hip Hop mementos, the latest being the highly anticipated project from Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V. Las Vegas, NV – You have a limited time if you want to purchase Tupac Shakur‘s personal ticket stub from the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon boxing match from the night the West Coast legend was fatally shot in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. He died from his injuries days later. A copy of Cathy Scott’s   The Killing of Tupac Shakur   book detailing the fateful night is included in the auction lot with the ticket. The stub is up for auction and at the time of publication only has two bidders, the highest being $8,500. After Mike Tyson hit his first round KO, ‘Pac allegedly handed his ticket stub, with his section FLR4 Row E Seat 2 printed on it, to a man and said, “Here you go boy, enjoy this,” TMZ reports.

Los Angeles, CA – Soulja Boy gave a quick update on his potential boxing match with Chris Brown during a brief interview with TMZ at LAX on Friday (January 13). It’s gonna be one of the biggest fights of the century, you know what I’m saying? “I smoke a lot so I had to put down the weed,” he says. I was disrespected as a man. It’s not about the money. [It’s going to be one of the] biggest fights of the year.”
“It’s not about the money at all,” Soulja Boy continued. I’ma go into the fight and give it my all and I’ma knock his ass out.”
With regards to his training, Soulja Boy says that he’s been mostly focused on his breathing, later admitting that he’s had to lay off the weed as a result. I was challenged to a fight [and] I accepted the challenge. “I’m focused, man. “I don’t know where that came from,” he adds. “We supposed to fight in [Las] Vegas or L.A., that’s what Floyd [Mayweather] said. I’m not saying it’s gonna be an easy win but I think that I’m gonna win for sure.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the reporter asked Soulja Boy if he had a message for his opponent, to which Soulja replied: “Ay, man, after the fight we can shake hands and be friends.” I just hope to give it my best. soil. “It’s about me, my respect as a man. It’s not about the money at all. The “Crank That” rapper says that he’s been training hard ahead of what he calls “one of the biggest fights of the century.”
“I’ve been training every day,” he said. Soulja Boy also rebuffed claims that the fight will now be taking place in Dubai   due to rules and regulations preventing such a fight from taking place on U.S. I’ve been making millions of dollars since I was 17 years old. Floyd Mayweather’s my trainer [and] he said Mayweather Promotions, we gonna do Las Vegas or we gonna do Los Angeles in March … I got two months to train … I just got off the phone with Floyd Mayweather, man, we doing it in [Las] Vegas in March.”
As expected, Soulja Boy’s confident of walking away with the win, saying: “I think I’m gonna win. It’s about my respect.

One of the old tricks we used to use back in the day in music journalism is we used to pick a song for cover line,” he explained. “No matter what group you’re talking about. The third one in “Who’s Going To Take the Weight?” is really about Luke now stepping up and doing something that from which there is no going back, so he’s going to take the weight of taking down Cottonmouth and put it on his shoulders.”
No reports as of yet on the Luke Cage season two release date. Original episodes of Grey’s Anatomy after different songs. Not the most surprising of revelations, seeing that it was reportedly the company’s biggest ratings draw for 2016. If there’s a cool cover line you can do that and then simultaneously as a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes, she also names a lot of her shows. “Well, Gang Starr for me, it wasn’t about the content of music as much as it was about the song titles. And then ‘Code of the Streets’ is about the ramifications of stepping up and finding out that there is a code that they just violated. What I noticed in going through my iTunes is that Gang Starr songs always had that kind of presence and so it just worked basically picking those song titles and making it into something. So it was really just a combination of just like finding songs titles that resonate and then seeing how you can build cinematic resonance with your story and your characters. The first episode is really about that moment of truth that Genghis Khan is when Luke Cage decides to become a hero. When factoring in its Marvel Cinematic Universe roots and a score produced by Hip Hop composers Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the reach of its intended audience scales further than most shows on television. Embed from Getty Images

Superhero Score: Listen to the Luke Cage Soundtrack right here. Shoot back to April 2016 and the company took a hit in shares, despite gaining more than two million subscribers during the period but combined with the continuous decline of cable TV and strong programming, they were able to raise their stock to record high numbers ahead of their Q4 earnings, which will be posted on January 18. In an interview with HipHopDX, series creator Cheo Hodari Coker explained why he chose the episode titles to be named after songs by the iconic NYC rap duo. One of the aforementioned strong programs included Marvel’s Luke Cage, the Harlem-centered superhero series that built its foundation on Gang Starr songs. Wall Street – The term “Netflix and chill” has never sounded so relevant, seeing that the movie and TV service recently posted its highest shares projections to date at $133.70 as of Friday, January 13. Our checks… indicate broad based strength in international demand catalyzed by original content,” Kraft wrote, calling out Golden Globe-winner “The Crown,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Fuller House,” wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Kraft in a research note obtained by Variety, as he also noted “Netflix navigated its way through the ’16 pricing increases relatively unscathed.”
Last December, Netflix announced that Luke Cage would be returning for a second season.

A photo posted by Ciara (@ciara) on Jan 14, 2017 at 7:05pm PST

No Greater Blessing Than Having Family. So Future & Bow Wow showed up to the Falcons vs. #Thanks
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) January 10, 2017

Meanwhile, Baby Future was at the game with CiCi sporting Wilson’s jersey and after the game, the singer posted that she was proud of her husband despite the loss. There was plenty of pettiness from the streets of Twitter whether the Falcons wanted it or not. Seahawks game tonight ?
— Shahaad East (@shahaadeast) January 14, 2017

When you get to the stadium and see future and bow wow on the sideline
— Sept 4th (@DubOnDaBeatz) January 14, 2017

Future and Lil Bow Wow bout to do a duet of "I Hit It First" by Ray J at halftime of the #SEAvsATL game. Future is here, Falcons fans
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 14, 2017

The Falcons   refrained from playing any of Future’s music during the game, with head coach Dan Quinn saying days before the matchup that “We will absolutely not go down that road.”
But the internet wasn’t letting Wilson off so easily. THAT is trolling, #Falcons.
— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) January 14, 2017

Buck Nasty looking at Future & Lil Bow Wow like …
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 14, 2017

Future and Bow Wow combined their petty forces like
— Mayjuh Man Flexin' (@Cam_Major) January 14, 2017

Russell Wilson’s Future Super Bowl hopes have been sacked. — ӇΛϞz (@cutclear) January 14, 2017

russell wilson see future in the crowd, that's why the SeaHawks losing??
— Nas Hatton (@nashattonn) January 14, 2017

OK, so Russell Wilson's wife's baby daddy and one of his wife's ex-boyfriends is on the Atlanta sideline? #TheInternetIsUndefeated
— Los Angeles Leakers (@LALeakers) January 15, 2017

#AtlantaFalcons #SEAvsATL #football #future #Ciara #RussellWilson Oh the #ShadeOfItAll This was too funny not to post. Too son? — Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) January 14, 2017

Please Falcons, with Russell Wilson in town, allow Future to sing the National Anthem. She’s seemingly moving on from the drama as she called off her $15 million defamation   lawsuit against Future earlier this month. We're Proud Of You @Dangerusswilson ❤
A photo posted by Ciara (@ciara) on Jan 14, 2017 at 7:26pm PST
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 15, 2017

Future sprinkled that L on Russell Wilson! Atlanta, GA – Chalk up a W for Future as 2017 is just getting underway. Especially with another of Ciara’s exes, Bow Wow, at the game. Wilson, who is married to Future’s ex-fiancée Ciara and is expecting a child with her, went 17-of-30 for two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss, which ended the Seahawks’ season. The Freebandz leader stood on the sidelines as his hometown Atlanta Falcons beat Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Playoffs 36-20 yesterday (January 14). Sorry y'all???
— Judi B (@sf_ishome) January 15, 2017

— PEGEE (@VH1PNUT_) January 14, 2017

Future switched Russell wilson's Gatorade with lean smh.

“Maybe I should take the time to share what many of US would like you to see. From T.I.’s open letter:
“As you transition into your role as the President of the United States, you will undoubtedly be one of the most watched people in the history of the world. reading the letter can be found. ponders aloud the president-elect’s aims and how the nation can prosper with a leader that has shown sides of himself that could be seen as unbefitting of the office he’s set to take. With every generation there has been strategic steps taken to oppress, imprison and control US. T.I.’s letter is part of a series of such writings he’s released, the first of which was addressed to President Barack Obama. The deck has always been stacked against US in this country. Above, a clip of T.I. Should it ever at times seem as though WE are against YOU, I assure you it’s a result of YOU defining yourself as the representative for those who are and who always have been against US. In an open letter to Donald Trump, T.I. Tip “T.I.” Harris has turned the corner from a rapper who depicted gritty tales of the street to a thoughtful artist-activist using his platform for change. All we’ve ever wanted was equality and empathy as the historically disenfranchised citizens that we are, in a nation that we’ve contributed to just as much as anyone else who calls America their home.”
Read the entire letter at   Rolling Stone. In this recent work published online at Rolling Stone   last Friday (January 13), the Atlanta rapper and actor challenges Trump in an assertive fashion, but tempers that passion with opening the channels for a respectful conversation. This comes a week before Trump’s inauguration on January 20. So, I can’t help but ask in the midst of our nation’s calamity and discord: What do you want US to see?

In the Field [Prod. Sledgren]
What It Mean [Prod. He opens this year with his Jet Life Crew for   The Jetlanta EP after releasing 12 projects in 12 months. and is made up of six tracks with production from Don Cannon, Sledgren and Purpz of 808 Mafia. Curren$y was a runner-up for HipHopDX’s “We Working” Artist of the Year in 2016 for his incredible output of music. appeared on a few of the Jet Life Recordings boss’s projects last year, including 9/30 and   11/30. Curren$y is not leaving his work ethic behind in 2016. Don Cannon]
I Remember [Prod. Don Cannon]
Paper Doe [Prod. Don Cannon]
Money Put Away [Prod. Stream Curren$y’s   The Jetlanta EP above and check out the cover art and tracklist below. Corner Boy P and T.Y. Don Cannon]
Wherever [Prod. Purpz of 808 Mafia] The Jetlanta EP   showcases the talents of Corner Boy P and T.Y.

“Fuck Donald Trump” was named the #6 Most Lit Rap Song of 2016 by HipHopDX for its cultural impact. So far, none of them have raised any money. Even though The Donald won the presidency, G-Eazy (who appeared on the song’s remix) said he was “thankful YG made that record.”
Despite YG’s performance of “Fuck Donald Trump” at the inauguration having zero chance of happening, the offer has prompted more than a dozen enterprising philanthropists to launch GoFundMe campaigns to crowd-source the $4 million. Donald Trump’s inauguration team has had a tough time locking down a big-name black performer for the ceremony on January 20, and with Flo Rida shooting down his rumored participation and 2 Chainz declining, time is running out. Now YG has made a helpful offer to step in, saying on Twitter he’ll perform his election-themed hit single for a cool $4 million.

The cut, which features on Mars’ third studio album of the same name, sold 77,181 units during the seven days leading to January 5, taking its total sales since its official release to 907,222 copies. Migos f. D.R.A.M. Daft Punk – “Starboy”   – 54,452 (1,153,214)
#6. The Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop   Single Sales For Week Ending 01/05/2017
#1. f. Machine Gun Kelly f. The Weeknd f. Aminé – “Caroline”   – 31,712 (455,381)
#10. Migos Stands Strong At #2
Migos’ viral   single “Bad And Boujee” remains at #2 this week. Rae Sremmurd f. The Gucci Mane-assisted cut sold 65,749 units during the seven days leading to January 5 – a 52% decrease on the 136,323 sold last week. Rae Sremmurd Slips To #3
Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” was another single to suffer from a significant dip in sales following the holiday season. Drake – “Fake Love” – 55,971 (506,095)
#5. New York City, NY – This week on the R&B/Hip Hop single sales chart, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” jumps up four places to take the top spot, dethroning last week’s #1, Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” which slips to #3. The cut, which features Lil Uzi Vert and is produced by Metro Boomin, sold 75,635 units during the seven days leading to January 5. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”   – 45,616 (1,074,824)
#8. Donald Glover’s shoutout for the song   during his Golden Globe acceptance speech last weekend will only help the track’s numbers going forward. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” – 77,181 (907,222)
#2. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”   – 65,749 (1,047,326)
#4. Elsewhere this week, Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain” and Big Sean’s “Bounce Back” both creep into the Top 10 and lastly, Zay   Hilfigerrr   and   Zayion   McCall’s popular single “Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem)”   slips to #13 following a 61% decrease in week-on-week sales. Big Sean – “Bounce Back” – 29,214 (162,538)
See last week’s Hip Hop Single Sales report   here. Camila Cabello – “Bad Things” – 53,202 (415,777)
#7. Rihanna – “Love On The Brain” – 35,231 (434,639)
#9. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad And Boujee” – 75,635 (297,192)
#3. Bruno Mars Takes #1 Spot
Despite suffering a 27% decrease in sales post-Christmas, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” still jumps four places to #1 this week.

DMX & Swizz Beatz Bring   “Bane Iz Back”
DMX   has reportedly been working with   Swizz Beatz   for his comeback album and fans now have a taste of what’s to come from the New York natives in the form of “Bane Iz Back.”  
2017’s Thirsty Start From Nicki Minaj To Soulja Boy
2017’s start has been loud and obnoxious. View the Top 10 for the week ending January 14 below:
1. Gucci Mane Opens Up About Addiction During Interview For ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” (video)
7. Apparently, he was given a laced joint   (“a wet jimmy”) that had him tripping so bad he’s decided to leave the plant alone. DMX Makes Raw Return With Swizz Beatz-Produced “Bane Iz Back” (single)
2. Post Malone Speaks On Working With Kanye West & Why He Put Down The Weed (video)
4. Ringing in the new year was   Nicki Minaj’s relationship status   with Meek Mill, Troy Ave’s “Sex Tape,”   and of course   Soulja Boy and Chris Brown getting ready to box it out. We get insight on why this may or may not be a good thing. We also got Saturday’s DX Breakdown from Justin Hunte, highlighting the immense amount of thirstiness 2017 has kicked off with, and lastly, Post Malone explained why he stopped smoking weed. Barack Obama & Kanye West: A Look At Their Public Relationship (video)
6. Master P & No Limit Boys Share Self-Titled Project In Full (single)
5. Soulja Boy, Nicki Minaj & 2017’s Thirsty Beginning (video)
3. Post Malone Doesn’t Smoke Weed Anymore
In a recent interview, Post Malone shared a crazy story on Shade 45 radio show   Whoolywood Shuffle with   DJ Whoo Kid about why he doesn’t smoke marijuana anymore. Fat Joe & Remy Ma Let It Rain In “Money Showers” Featuring Ty Dolla Sign (video)
9. Watch Animated Interpretation Of André 3000’s “The Love Below” Interlude In Clip Titled “The Morning After” (video)
10. Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx & Kevin Hart Recall Stand-Up Off Nights In “Dying Laughing” Clip   (video) This past week, DMX and Swizz Beatz dropped some heat. Royce Da 5’9 Freestyles Over Phresher’s “Wait A Minute” (single)

Warwick, RI – Reported dog lover DMX might want to rethink his breakout debut single “Get At Me Dog” after it was put out by a dog boarding facility that the veteran rapper abandoned his pet there. The Rhode Island boarding house says that the X Man   hasn’t paid a bill since October after leaving his pit bull puppy at the facility in August. However, Callahan says there hasn’t been any further communication since that initial phone meeting about the matter. But now, it looks like X was prepared to give up his puppy for adoption but didn’t follow through, reports local outlet WLNE. He’s such a nice sweet dog and he doesn’t deserve that so we’re just trying to do our part.”
DMX has faced animal cruelty charges in times past, but this dog has shown no signs of abuse. The facility has been boarding little X for around six months, where DMX left the dog before heading out on tour for the summer. The Four Paws Pet Resort has been caring for the pit bull named “X,” but says his owner has been missing in action. “They try their best but staff often get overwhelmed with them and a lot of them get euthanized. “Bully breeds don’t fair very well in shelters,” Callahan told WLNE. Chad Callahan, the owner of Four Paw Pets, said he spoke with DMX about signing over ownership of the dog so that adoption procedures could get underway. The rapper   has yet to make a public statement about the abandonment   accusation.

Social Media – Obviously, President-elect Donald Trump isn’t a favorite with African Americans considering he won his impending position with only eight percent of the black vote. You’d rather have black people as football players, comedians   and rappers than the president. Steve Harvey went on to defend his stance on Twitter saying he was invited by both Trump and Obama’s transitional teams for the meeting. Hughley, who went to social media to speak on his disgust with Donald Trump and his use of black celebrities who are willing to support him. Those bottom-tier numbers also reflect the support he’s gotten from melanin-rich celebrities as well (outside of   Kanye West). “Because that’s the positions you’re used to seeing us in. You’d rather see us run the ball than run the country. ”
Other black notables putting their weight behind the president-elect normally all sit in the “has-been”   D-list range including Omarosa, Dennis Rodman, Ray Lewis, Stacey Dash and everyone’s favorite part-time rapper/full-time social media bottom-feeder Azealia Banks. More recently, Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday accepted the invitation to   perform during Trump’s upcoming inauguration before dropping out and apologizing today (January 14) after criticism. One outspoken comedian that’s had enough is D.L. “It amazes me that to convince black people that Donald Trump cares about them, he takes pictures with celebrities,” he said. “You know why you have a comedian, rapper and football player out to talk about the concerns of the community,” asked Hughley. My meeting with @realDonaldTrump …
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) January 13, 2017 Steve Harvey also caught flak on Friday (January 13) for visiting the president-elect at Trump Towers and announcing his plans to work with Department of Housing   and Urban Development lead Ben Carson. “If Donald Trump cared about black people, he would not have denigrated the president with those claims of ‘birtherism.’ He would not have stoked fears and racist fears or saying that this man is less than, or not one of us to become president.”
Hughley went on to question Trump’s intentions about the photo ops.