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)
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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 … pic.twitter.com/Tz2O2W3a5n
— 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.

It was just the two MCs and an engineer. Yes, that happened. Hip Hop Celebrity Deathmatch In Real Life
So now, it seems that everyone in Hip Hop is trying to get the bag for boxing it out with their nemesis. Meek Mill & The L’s
A rundown of the L’s Meek Mill took this week includes   him   epically bailing on the icy stairs at his mama’s crib   and porn star Mia Khalifa clowning him and the Philadelphia 76ers on Instagram (though that   was   quickly diffused by Joel Embiid). Elsewhere, Tre Capital spoke with DX’s Victoria Hernandez about paving his own way while recording his   We Must Do Better   album. Eminem Pen Checks Kendrick Lamar
A pretty cool story about Eminem testing   Kendrick Lamar’s verse-writing ability popped up this past week, thanks to “Shape Of You”   singer-songwriter   Ed Sheeran. “Eminem said that he did it to test Kendrick because he thought he had a ghostwriter,” Sheeran revealed. “Hennessy   chose me,” he asserts in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX’s Ural Garrett. RiFF RAFF offered to get in the ring with 50 Cent for $2 million, Kodak Black wanted to box Lil Wayne over the “best rapper alive” title and 50 Cent suggested that 21 Savage and his copycat 22 Savage be the undercard for Soulja Boy vs. Easy money play for all. And then, Meek Mill said he’d   fight Drake for $5 million. This past week in Hip Hop, Meek Mill had some eventful moments, from slipping on ice to getting clowned by a porn star. Read more here. Combining all of those topics and putting it into perspective of saying man, fans are so geeked to hear this album because it’s refreshing.” The Los Angeles rapper has 11 tracks on the project that he created to speak and connect with his fans. “Let me really make sure that I’m putting in the effort and the time to talk about the relationship with my family and how I felt discouraged trying to be a bigger role model for them,” he says. While these rappers are prepping to be in the role of a boxer, Mike Tyson is seeing what life is like on the other side with his recently recorded diss song toward Soulja Boy. DXclusives: Harvey J & Tre Capital
Harvey J cleverly used Hennessy to curate his “Hennessy Chicken” music video and then he went viral. The Compton, California rap star wrote a sick verse that eventually became   “Love Game”   off   The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Chris Brown match. Oh, and also he offered to box Drake for a check, floating the idea of putting his   ex up to be the ring card girl for the   match. “Y’all would come and see that fight wouldn’t y’all?” Meek mused in a Facebook Live video that exploded across the internet. Dot over to record a track   and asked   that he leave his entourage at the door and enter the studio alone. Elsewhere, Eminem put Kendrick Lamar’s pen game to the test and apparently just about everyone in Hip Hop wants to box each other. It all started with Soulja Boy and Chris Brown announcing their plans to box in Dubai (or LA, or Vegas, who knows anymore) and now we’re down a rabbit hole of potential possibilities   for more boxing matches that could rack in millions. “Y’all would pay $100 a ticket for that.”
Read more here. It was also reported that   his breakup with Nicki Minaj   by him wanting to spend time with his homeboys instead of her on their trip to   Turks & Caicos. “My brother or my sister or friends around me or just music. In an interview with the Zach Sang Show, Sheeran recounted the story   that Em invited K. “He then realized that he didn’t, and then claimed he was the best, which is kinda cool, I think.”
Read more here.

During RTJ’s opening tour date stop in Philadelphia this week, El shared a comical story of how his old crew got booed off stage while opening for The Beastie Boys. Everything that I had been building was falling apart. 11). “Company Flow had just come off of a two-month-long winter tour through wonderful, disturbing winter wonderlands like Germany … To add even more pain to that, Company Flow had broken up the day we left for the tour. But we got the call while we were on tour: ‘You guys are opening for the Beastie Boys in Philly when you get back.’”
Despite Company Flow’s top-tier distinction among the “backpacker” set, the Beastie Boys had broken into the mainstream by the   Hello Nasty   days of the late ’90s, so it’s possible fans were more excited to sing along to “Intergalactic” than to watch cuts from   Funcrusher Plus. Recounting the story 19 years later, a good-natured El blamed himself for the brouhaha. Run The Jewels’ next stop is tonight (Jan. The pressure of being the opening act got real when El noted one person in the crowd booing and asking the crew to let the Beasties take the stage, leading El to verbally confront the man. “I was like, ‘Have I been here before?’ And I realized, 19 years ago I had been here before, it was with my old crew   Company Flow,” said El-P to a cheering crowd. Some fans might remember that Company Flow, consisting of El, Bigg Jus and Mr. That ended up being a bad idea when others joined the man and booed Company Flow stage left after just three songs. Check out the video of El-P telling the hilarious tale of getting booed off stage in Philly in the clip above. Fresh off a European tour and seemingly unpublicized breakup, the trio embarked on powering through a set in 1998 at The Electric Factory, the same venue where RTJ played to a sold-out crowd this past Wednesday (Jan. Philadelphia, PA – Although El-P and Killer Mike rip apart stages these days as the potent duo Run The Jewels, that wasn’t always the case for the producer-rapper during his time in Company Flow in the late ’90s. 14) at Cleveland’s House of Blues. So we went on the tour for two months … I was frazzled, I was fucked up, my whole crew was fucked up. Len, were one of the underground’s biggest acts of the 1990s.

50 Cent
Meek Mill vs. Y’all muthafuckas was beefing not one muthafuckas said ‘Let’s have a boxing match.’ Two niggas say they having a boxing match … now you wanna fight. Stop riding the coattails off another nigga, man. Judging by how 2017 is going so far, yes, yes, it will. Now you got everybody wanting to fucking fight each other. #bowwow says most of our fav gangsta rappers can't even fight ??. In His Bed – Bow Wow is not about everyone jumping on the latest wave of Hip Hop boxing challenges. Will this latest rant offend someone enough that they’ll call Bow Wow out for a boxing match? Come up with your own shit, man. Let them two do what they do, man. A fact that Bow Wow seems to think is   for the best, at least for fans of the fundamentals of the sweet science. Lil Wayne
22 Savage vs. Drake
Safaree vs. Meek Mill
Kodak Black vs. … Why do you think most of your favorite rappers always talk about gunplay or shooting a nigga? Y’all gotta cut this shit out,” he concludes. Chris Brown
RiFF RAFF vs. Shit weak. ??
A video posted by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on Jan 13, 2017 at 6:04pm PST

So far there have been at least six boxing challenges made (or at least joked about) including:

Soulja Boy vs. “These niggas can’t even fucking fight … Have you seen videos of these niggas? It’s easy. U think this true tho? Because none of these niggas can’t fucking fight in real life,” he says, adding that it’s the members of the rappers’ entourages who are the real fighters. “I’m just saying. 21 Savage

As of press time, none of these fights have come remotely close to   being a reality. “Two homies done started some shit. This shit getting corny as fuck now … Where the fuck was all y’all rappers at last year? How they look punching? Speaking in a clip captured by DJ Akademiks, the man also known as Shad Moss commented on other rappers trying to catch the same lightning in a bottle that his Ignorant Shit collaborator Soulja Boy generated by turning his   Chris Brown internet beef into a possible boxing match/multi-million dollar payday.

Living Single’s sole decoration (and recognition) comes in the form of a NAACP Image Award. “It’s not there yet but like hopefully we can get it happening,” the 46-year-old Golden Globe-winning thespian admitted. Although the notion never ruffled many feathers publicly like say Empire versus Power, keen eyes at the time noticed the similarities between both NYC-based Living Single and Friends, with the latter debuting more than a year after the former. to reveal that her former sitcom, Living Single, was in the early stages of making a comeback. Los Angeles, CA – We’re no longer living in a “’90s kind of world” but Queen Latifah recently appeared on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live! The show, which originally aired on FOX for five seasons from 1993-1998, preceded future African American estrogen-empowering programs such as Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane and also starred Kim Coles and Kim Fields. But when Cohen mentioned the word reboot, Horrible Bosses actor Jason Sudeikis half-jokingly chimed in with, “I thought Friends was the reboot?” to Queen Latifah’s immediate amusement. According to The Queen, the similarities were no coincidence. “But Friends was so good, it’s not like we hated on it or everything but it was like, you know,” Latifah says. Still, Latifah isn’t harboring any animosity for being overshadowed. “It was one of those things where it was a guy called Warren Littlefield who used to run NBC and they asked him when all the new shows came out, they said “If there’s any show that you could have, which one would it be?” and he said, ‘Living Single’   — and he created Friends,” she explained. Get nostalgic with the Living Single intro down below. Despite both sitcoms being undoubtedly popular with their respective fanbases, history will show that Friends   is one of the most successful television shows to ever air, with its trophy case including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and People’s Choice Awards. “We’re actually working on it,” her Hip Hop highness said with a grin when a caller nudged her on the subject.

Who knows why Obama never thought to invite 2 Chainz to the White House. We all come from a troubled past but I see him give people some really big chances. Obama had Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson   perform at his. I just wanted to say what’s up to Barack. I probably won’t be going to the White House no time soon that’s why I was trying to go then.”
No word on how much Donald Trump‘s management offered 2 Chainz to perform at his inauguration, but it   appears the president-elect has been having issues securing performers for the dreaded day. “I had to say nah no matter how much money it was. On Friday (January 6), Barry’s Farewell party drew lots of celebrity guests for the special star-studded evening, including Solange Knowles, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jordin Sparks, Usher, Kelly Rowland, La La Anthony, Jay Pharoah and Chance the Rapper among others. Celine Dion, Elton John, KISS and Moby are among those who have declined invites to perform and now 2 Chainz. “I see all them beautiful pictures of everybody going to all these parties. Slick in my feelings ? .. But anyway, it didn’t happen and I’m cool with that.”
President Obama has openly embraced the Hip Hop community with lots of love throughout his role as Commander-in-Chief. If 2 Chainz didn’t get an invite from Obama, an offer to perform for the next president didn’t make Tity Boi feel any better. 2 Chainz is self-admittedly in his feelings because President Barack Obama didn’t invite him to the White House, but Donald Trump’s team invited him to perform at the President-elect’s inauguration concert on January 19. “Then Trump Dump calls management and I know they’re only doing this because they can’t get nobody else and they want me to perform for the inauguration,” he continues in the post. From linking up with Kendrick Lamar about the Pay It Forward program to curating Spotify playlists filled with Hip Hop and R&B acts. Watch 2 Chainz lament about not being invited to the White House by Barack below. I'm not political I'm just practical #prettygirlsliketrapmusic #62maybachchronicles
A video posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on Jan 13, 2017 at 12:27pm PST “I usually leave a lot of shit to myself, but I wanted to go to the White House but I never got invited,” 2 Chainz says in an Instagram clip.

Being directed by European filmmaker Bo do Odar, this Sleepless Night rendition gets that Euro, kind of slower paced, story-focused camerawork. Between his restrained relationship with his kidnapped son and wife Dena Downs, portrayed by Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane, Top Five), while his job intensely under fire — it’s the kind of “I-need-to-get-my-shit-together” type of moment that we get to witness on screen that perhaps resonates in to answering why we love these cat-and-mouse chase movies whose story gets retold over and over again. In fact, since 2008 we’ve seen it in the form of Taken three times. Good thing Jamie has porcelain teeth. My best friend is a dentist, we actually grew up together and he lived in Atlanta so he put a little spackle on it and got me back.”
All praises go to Hollywood stunt coordinator Jeff Imada (Fight Club, Hanna) who brought in all the jaw-dropping fight action. “She did clock me in the tooth,“ Jamie concedes. and Jamie on screen together too. The clean cut, action packed scenes that are scattered throughout the film is certainly worth noting. We’ve seen it a million times. It’s the Oscar Award-winning Jamie Foxx though so it’s worth seeing him in this kind of renegade role after about three years of missing him on the big screen since playing a much softer role in 2014’s Annie. Overall, Sleepless comes with lots of surprises and it’s pretty cool to watch T.I. We know how this story goes. He got some great food at that restaurant. The life of Vincent Downs is seemingly falling apart. “My knuckle kind of split and then his tooth.”
Luckily his chipped tooth was a non-problem, that was quickly fixed before filming the next day. The high-intensity fight sequence between Bryant and Downs in the hotel casino might as well had been a calculated dance number the way it was cut. This high-risk thriller sees the evolvement of exceptionally elusive characters. “We was at his restaurant. Tear The Club Up: Watch Jamie…excuse us, Vincent Downs wreck shop in this DXclusive. Downs attempt to hijack a shipment of coke with his partner Sean, played by T.I., from a dope dealing Vegas casino boss, turns into an all day affair of searching for his kidnapped son by said boss. “I was on top of him and I just connected and I immediately I felt it,” Michelle gloats. The casino hotel showdown reportedly took 12 hours to film resulting in Michelle sparring so hard she ended up chipping Jamie’s tooth. As the movie was filmed in Atlanta, they had plenty of fun enjoying all that the Peach State has to offer in between all that hard work including Tip’s restaurant Scales 925 before its official closing. Jeezy also makes an appearance. Fried everything.”

Photo: Open Road Films
Sleepless debuts in theaters today, Friday, January 13. “I was out with T.I.,” Jamie recalls. This is all porcelain but you know [Michelle] chipped that a little bit…I don’t know if you guys have ever lived the porcelain life but you know when you taste that little chalk? “Which actually is not my tooth. Bryant on the heels of Downs mixed with the impending pressure to bring his family back together repackages a motif that moviegoers will find familiar. I called my guy. Los Angeles, CA – Open Road Films and Riverstone Pictures’ Sleepless is an exhilarating, action-filled, bad ass ride driven in the seat of Las Vegas cop Vincent Downs played by Jamie Foxx and obstinate Internal Affairs investigator Jen Bryant played by Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).

Then there’s the whole battle rap industry. This all seems to be a plea for attention that started with Soulja Boy, who (again, let’s be honest) is pretty washed up. These MCs (at least most of them) aren’t crying over witty punchlines or threatening to beat each other up over who is perceived as “better.” The King Of The Dot battle rap league is throwing guys   like Dumbfoundead and Conceited in the ring to work it out in an “artful” way, while Grind Time Now routinely put rappers like TheSaurus and Illmaculate against each other to tear each other apart verse by verse. Pick up the microphone and battle it out. So rappers—you want to be noticed in a way that doesn’t compromise your integrity? It appears all of these rappers feel they can cash in on the attention these alleged “fights” are getting and, to many, it’s making a mockery of Hip Hop   culture. He hasn’t really been a viable musical force for nearly a decade. Whatever happened to a good old-fashioned rap battle? In fact, there seems to be no “culture” in this at all. It’s time rappers back up their tough guy, machismo talk with tangible rap battles rather than blow by blow, which—let’s be honest here—is never going to happen anyway. Soulja Boy wants to fight Chris Brown (with promotion from boxer Floyd Mayweather), RiFF RAFF has challenged 50 Cent to a $2 million boxing match, Meek Mill says he’ll mop   the floor with Drake for a cool $5 million, Kodak Black (for some reason) called out   Lil Wayne to a fight over who is the “best rapper alive,”   and 22 Savage is ready to throw blows at 21 Savage over the name. They just spit and verbally assaulted one another   until a winner was declared. After Diddy’s Snapchat rant declaring all of this recent rap drama “baffoonery and coonery,” it’s natural to wonder why rappers are turning to physical violence to squash their beefs when they could put the gloves down and simply pick up a mic. No, they didn’t schedule a fight nor did they feel they had to resort to any type of physical violence to prove a point. After all, isn’t that actually how one determines who in fact is the better rapper? At a 1997 Scribble Jam, before he was at the top of the rap food chain, Detroit native Eminem took on Chicago rapper Juice to determine who had better bars, while Sage Francis and Atmosphere’s Slug took to the rap ring at Scribble Jam’s 2001 event.

This adds to Birdman’s legal woes with Lil Wayne, with the “father and son” contending over the release of the Young Money honcho’s Tha Carter V album. Manhattan Supreme Court records show that in 2009, Drake signed his Cash Money Records deal via his connection with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. It was then that Drake signed the second agreement that is the current point of contention. Birdman promises that the project will be liberated this year,   but Weezy says that’s not true. Cash Money Records is engaged in yet another legal tussle, this time with the former management company for Drake. Drake and Aspire entered into a management partnership that year, a four-year exclusive arrangement in where it was later agreed in a second deal that Cash Money would receive   one-third of Drizzy’s songwriting and licensing   profits, reports Page Six. Because of Aspire’s claims that Cash Money held out the profits, monies owed to Prince for discovering and getting Drake signed to the company were held up. Former Aspire exec Jas Prince and Young Money Records settled their legal differences for good last summer after Prince launched an $11 million lawsuit that was claimed to have been settled in 2014. The Aspire Music Group is alleging in a lawsuit that Cash Money has withheld the Canadian superstar’s profits that it agreed to share in a deal signed in 2008. The suit states that Drake was set to honor the agreement for four albums. Conversely, Drake reworked his agreement with Aspire in 2012 over unpaid royalties and has since cut ties with the company. Aspire says Cash Money is withholding statements from that time period and has yet to pay out any of the agreed upon terms.

Big Sean and Ty Dolla $ign help tell the story of the producer’s importance to the game. And that’s not all. DJ Mustard shares the full-length documentary   For Every 12 Hours on TIDAL today (January 13). Fans in Los Angeles will have an opportunity to attend a special screening and Q&A with   Mustard. YG, Ty Dolla $ign and RJ were in attendance at the event that also featured a Q&A hosted by Karen Civil. The film features exclusive interviews and performance footage of Mustard from the studio to the stage. Watch DJ Mustard’s   For Every 12 Hours   TIDAL documentary above. He not only toured with Rihanna to promote her   Anti   album, he also had a set at Coachella, HARD Summer and more. The film shows the megaproducer’s story in his own words with the help of Big Sean and Ty Dolla $ign as he explains his rise in the industry and shows the process behind his Cold Summer album
Mustard hosted a special screening of the 30-minute documentary for fans in Los Angeles on Wednesday (January 11). (This article was first published January 6, 2017 and is as follows.)
DJ Mustard gives fans a glimpse into his world with the release of the   For Every 12 Hours   documentary, due out January 13 on TIDAL. DJ Mustard also announced a residency at Las Vegas’ Marquee Nightclub. He will host events at The Cosmopolitan on January 7, January 23 and February 3. TIDAL members and non-members alike can watch the trailer for DJ Mustard’s   For Every 12 Hours documentary below. DJ Mustard released his second album,   Cold Summer, last year and announced a reunion with YG.

  Kelly had to assume his soapbox on Instagram to dispel rumors that he would be front and center in Washington D.C. Los Angeles, CA – Whether or not fake news contributed to Donald Trump’s entry into the White House is still up for analysis but it is a fact that several false news stories have been linking certain   musicians to his upcoming inauguration. HipHopDX confirmed with Flo Rida’s label Atlantic Records that   he would not be performing at the inauguration. Flo Rida was once scheduled to perform for Trump’s July 12, 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but pulled out as the president-elect’s comments about Mexican Americans began to gain traction and Macy’s deaded their business relationships with him. Earlier in the week, Snoop Dogg issued an incendiary warning to any “Uncle Tom” who thought it would be a good idea to perform at the inauguration. Most recently, R. But now, social media has been rumbling with the assumption that renowned crossover rapper Flo Rida would be performing for the future President Donald. A report originated by RadarOnline and powered by KSFM.CBSLocal.com claimed the multi-platinum hitmaker accepted $1 million to hit the stage. With big Billboard hits like “Low,” “My House” and “Good Feeling,” Flo Rida may not have the most staunch Hip Hop head fanbase, but that will be one title he won’t have to live down. Embed from Getty Images

Musical Match: For weeks, the President-elect has been looking for a notable musician to perform during the inauguration and while it won’t be Flo Rida, as of Friday, January 13, has reportedly nabbed country music superstar Toby Keith and alt-rock vets 3 Doors Down, among others. on January 20. End of story.

Vibes Vibes Vibes (f. Amari & Wordsplayed)
Usual Suspects (f. Riley Clemmons)
Extra Wavy (Bonus Song) Aha Gazelle & Chris Durso)
Pop Out Revenge (f. We just want to do music that’s fun for everybody because we want to bring fun back. We’ve been pretty open and firm in our beliefs and values. “We’ve never been biased. Chris Batson)
How Good
A Song for Cami
  One with the New Yorkers (f. Andy Mineo)
Different People (f. Willow Stephens)
Time 4 That
Social SZN
Wayyyyy Back
Misfit Anthem (f. Amari)
Love 4 Real (f. Daramola)
Who Else (f. Those never waver. The duo — made up of FERN and Marty Mar — signed a deal with Capitol Records last year after building their brand on the independent scene as simply Social Club. The lead single for   The Misadventures of Fern and Marty was “Pop Out Revenge,” which the duo told HipHopDX in November wasn’t exactly representative of the entire album as they shared their view of how they weave faith into their music. But at the same time, we want to do quality music that’ll be respected in the mainstream and be quality to the people who look for quality music.”
Social Club Misfits’   The Misadventures of Fern & Marty album stream is above with the cover art and tracklist below. “We’ve been able to be blessed, be versatile and put together some good songs regardless of the genre or market we’re in,” FERN said. The Misadventures of Fern and Marty   features Andy Mineo, Amari and Wordsplayed. Social Club Misfits are taking their first swing on the main stage as they released   The Misadventures of Fern and Marty album today (January 13). Tree Giants)
Maybe (f.

Although he is Xzibit’s son, Tre has never depended on his famous father to give him a boost, but instead has let his own work ethic speak for itself. “My brother or my sister or friends around me or just music. How are you getting this much feedback?’ I’m like, man, you just have to go back and look at the track record because it’s all there for you to see it.”
Stream Tre Capital’s   We Must Do Better album above and check out the cover art and tracklist below. She’s taught me so much about music and plus, me getting to learn about her ear, it pushes you in a different direction sonically, business-wise, how you present your music, your marketing. 2AM]
Figure It Out (f. SiR) [Prod. WondaGurl]
Last Time Remix (f. Ismael) [Prod. Love you Ebony #WelcomeToThe20Club @WondaGurl !!!!!! J. Martin $ky]
way we see it [Prod. “I think to have someone like her who’s so young, she’s working with the Kevin Durants of the rap world,” he says. Los Angeles, CA – Tre Capital wants to start off 2017 by hitting the ground running and he’s doing just that with the release of his   We Must Do Better album. “So I played him a couple songs off the album, he was really feeling it. LBS, VNSN, Haze Banga, Beat Butcha, Michael Seven and Eestbound. Your family is like my family & you will always have my support. Then we pulled up the session for ‘Figure It Out’ it was really crappy it wasn’t even halfway where it was. Haze Banga]
Quick Pay (f. Martin $ky) [Prod. Wish I was still in the city to celebrate with you but it's always classic no matter how much time we get. VNSN]
Invest [Prod. “And I feel like for this album, I didn’t even drop it with a premiere because it’s about the music at the end of the day. I feel like the work ethic for me is starting to show where people are like, ‘Man, Tre how are you so known? She has produced for Drake, Travis Scott and Jay Z, but noticed something in Tre that she wanted to support. I said in an interview, I’m her Luke Skywalker and she’s my Yoda. LBS]
Last Time (f. TĀLĀ) [Prod. Eestbound, Michael Seven, Don Derrion, 3PTS]
Look, Us (f. So rare to find great individuals like you during this time and age. Combining all of those topics and putting it into perspective of saying man, fans are so geeked to hear this album because it’s refreshing.”

Tre explains what it’s meant to him to have a co-sign from WondaGurl as he navigates the industry as an independent artist. J. Frequent collaborator   WondaGurl crafts the beat for “Life Outro.”
When making   We Must Do Better, Tre explains in a phone conversation with HipHopDX that he started with the title to form the concept of his album, which challenges his ability to share his personal experiences with fans. “Let me really make sure that I’m putting in the effort and the time to talk about the relationship with my family and how I felt discouraged trying to be a bigger role model for them,” he says. TĀLĀ, Beat Butcha]
Life Outro [Prod. The work ethic starting to show
A photo posted by TRE CAPITAL (@trecapdlx) on Dec 21, 2016 at 9:14pm PST

As further proof of his growth, Tre has received calls from Just Blaze, has gotten to hang out with Ab-Soul and met Noah “40” Shebib on a recent trip to Toronto. TĀLĀ) [Prod. She wasn’t even saying, ‘Tre, do it like this, do it like this.’ You’re just around her and you know. LBS]
Disbelief [Prod. TĀLĀ, Beat Butcha] *BONUS* “He’d heard about me and I’d heard about him, so I was like, ‘Oh man, this is awesome, we got SiR here,’” Tre explains. It’s kind of like what her standard of music is is what pushes you to say ‘Fuck, I want my shit to be just like that.’ You’re getting an inside scoop about what exactly she likes and that’s a reflection of what could elevate your art.”

Happy Birthday to one of the most humble spirits I've ever met on this planet. As he’s already a few projects into his career, he has faced his fair share of frustrations and knew it was time for something different. He was like, ‘I really like this song, so let’s do something to it.’ So from there I got him on the record and we both really loved it, but it still needed some work. “I feel like to go from being, man I’m really not where I need to be with my music and I feel very held back, but then to have someone like Ab-Soul or Just Blaze or 40, to come in contact with those people and still to be an independent artist, I feel speaks — the music speaks louder than anything,” he says. ✌???? ⚡️
A photo posted by TRE CAPITAL (@trecapdlx) on Dec 27, 2016 at 10:20pm PST

After his last album,   I Can’t Die Yet, which dropped in March and had no features, Tre wanted to go track by track to improve his craft. “So what makes me different compared to any other artist that she could work with, I’m forever grateful. Michael Seven]
Clean / Filthy [Prod. LBS’ house. So I lived with the record, then when we did the mix and master for it, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is one of my favorite records on the album.’ And I know SiR is very — he’s not someone that’s very easy to get ahold of on features and stuff so I felt like it was just organic.”

Albums done. He enlisted Inglewood’s own SiR for the track “Figure It Out” and Tre emphasizes how everything came together organically as SiR walked into the studio at J. It’s not about social media. The Los Angeles rapper has 11 tracks on the project with production from J. Welcome to the Glory [Prod. One of the signs of progression is his incorporation of guest appearances on   We Must Do Better.

Hosts Charlamagne, Angela Yee and DJ Envy could tell   it was young Kodak because of his gold grill and hairstyle lumps that showed through the mask, but that didn’t help the awkwardness of the interview as the Florida rapper gave mostly brief answers. I had to see what that hot and cold thing do, but I don’t like it. But here’s the kicker: he did the entire interview wearing a ski mask. Nicki Minaj knows who I am.”
On How He’s Keeping His Career Moving
“I’ve been innovating.”
On Whether He’s A Clone In That Ski Mask
“I’m Tupac resurrected.”
On Why He’s Going To Put Kirk Franklin On His Album
“Ain’t no rappers doing that.” She thought I dropped it on purpose ’cause she know me.”
On Lil Wayne Saying He Doesn’t Know Who Kodak Black Is
“Nigga you know who I am. Here are 14 of those pretty straightforward responses, which give a glimpse inside the mind of the 19-year-old artist. He too old,” Kodak Black says amid several moments of silence. On Being Done With All the “Bull-Crap”
“I can’t win from losing, so gotta stay level-headed.”
On Having A Mentor In The Game
“I mean, if Master P ever holler   at me, I’d holler at him.”
On How He’s Going To Celebrate Black History Month
“I’m finna drop my Cutlass.”
On What He Bought First After Getting   Out Of Jail
“I had about a hundred condoms. On Challenging Lil Wayne To A Fight For Title Of “Best Rapper Alive”
“I don’t even wanna talk about it. It be burning after that.”
On E-40 Saying He Started The “Broccoli” Trend
“Even if he said it first, you’re probably like 50 years old.”
On Wale Writing To Him In Jail
“At least he took his time to write a nigga.”
On His   Dad Reaching Out
“A part of me was like, one day he’s gonna die, and I’m gonna be like … then I’ll be like dang … Another part of me, yeah…”
On His Mom Getting A Boyfriend One Day
“As long as she cook for me.”
On His Girl’s Reaction To Kodak Accidentally   Exposing Himself On Instagram Live
“She wasn’t mad about that. New York, NY – Kodak Black came through Power 105.1’s   The Breakfast Club to talk about a slew of topics, from threatening to dethrone Lil Wayne, to his first purchase after getting out of jail in December.

Ricco Barrino assists on the lead single “The Sing Along.”

As he’s navigated the game, Grant has worked with Cyhi   The Prynce and has co-signs from Ludacris’ manager Chaka Zulu and T.I.’s business partner Jason Geter. The South Carolina rapper is putting his stamp on the industry with the 11-track project after catching the attention of the world with a Sway Freestyle and projects including his   88 Mixtape and his remix of Solange’s   A Seat at the Table called   +One. Hess)
Luxury Vintage Rap Sometimes (f. In an interview with HipHopDX back in March, the burgeoning artist shared his creative process and explained why he doesn’t rush to make music. Ricco Barrino)
Gotta Be More (f. Dominic Gordon)
Drug Lord Couture
Bouncin’
All of You (f. I feel like they have the same approach as me because we’re cut from the same cloth and influenced by the same people. “I feel like the dudes who are really rapping and getting the most recognition take the time to make the music,” he told Senior Features Writer Ural Garrett. For me, it’s just taking my time and slowing the consumer down and making them listen to the music.”
Nick Grant’s   Return of the Cool album stream is above with the cover art and tracklist below. Miloh Smith)
Get Up (f. BJ the Chicago Kid)
PPIPP (f. Nick Grant shared his debut album,   The Return of the Cool,   today (January 13). When the new generation comes, they say how dope it was twenty years ago. Hess)
The Sing Along (f. B. WatchtheDuck)
Get Down (Poonana)
Return of the Cool (f. The Return of the Cool   features BJ The Chicago Kid, Dominic Gordon, Miloh Smith, WatchTheDuck and Bhess. When you continuously release music, like it’s impossible to continuously release quality music back to back in one year in terms of mixtapes or albums. B. “That gives people longevity and something that they probably won’t catch until five or so years from now. Then you find that only one of them was good.