Sylvester Huffin   is the second man to be arrested in the case. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and three weapons charges after a fight broke out between Raheem Thomas — a local Paterson artist who works under the name “Fuzz” — and members of Fetty’s crew. Bruh… I've gotten like 15 + diff pics with ppl posing with a "fetty wap" chain just tonight alone…allegedly after a altercation his chain is now on tour in the hood. Three people on the scene were reportedly shot and hospitalized,   with Fetty escaping physical harm. A man linked to the New Jersey star’s record label was arrested Thursday after a brawl broke out last Sunday in a Paterson deli, according to a report from Page Six. Thomas was initially arrested on aggravated assault and weapons charges and faced an additional robbery charge on Wednesday.   The publication notes that Huffin is the executive manager and A&R for Fetty’s label, RGF Productions. Pray for its safe return or hope someone is passing around a replica
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Fuzz previously released a diss track directed toward Fetty and was the first arrested after posing on social media with what seemed to be his rival’s 1738 chain. The “Trap Queen” artist has not addressed the matter publicly. Paterson, NJ – A new development has arisen in the ongoing   shooting and robbery   case that involves rapper Fetty Wap and members of his entourage.



Disco Inferno
Candy Shop (f. In Da Club
21 Questions (f. Olivia)
Just a Lil Bit
Outta Control (f. Nate Dogg)
P.I.M.P. Justin Timberlake)
I Get Money
Straight To the Bank
I’ll Still Kill (f. 50 Cent’s   Best Of album stream, cover art and tracklist are below. Olivia) [Remix]
Window Shopper
Ayo Technology (f. Instead, he’ll continue to work on Den of Thieves, his new film with Gerard Butler. While this doesn’t mark the all-time collection of 50’s music (assuming we will get   Street King Immortal one day), it is a look at the G-Unit general’s five studio albums and some of his best features. Mobb Deep) [Remix]
Hustler’s Ambition
Best Friend (f. Akon)
Get Up
I Get It In
Baby By Me
How To Rob Fourteen years after the release of his multi-platinum debut album   Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent has released a   Best Of album. Best Of   opens with “In Da Club” and then goes into 17 other favorites including “21 Questions” featuring the late, great Nate Dogg, “P.I.M.P.,” “Disco Inferno,” “Candy Shop” with Olivia, “Just A Lil Bit,” another Olivia song with “Best Friend,” “I Get Money” and “I’ll Still Kill” with Akon. 50’s in the headlines this week with the news surfacing that he’s not, in fact, traveling with Chris Brown on The Party Tour.



Chicago, IL – Chance The Rapper announced early Friday (March 31) that he was holding a second press conference for Chicago Public Schools at Paul Robeson High School, which follows the one previously held at Westcott   Elementary where he generously donated $1 million to CPS. https://t.co/yHVsK0OvKS
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 31, 2017

Among those who helped secure the funds were the Chicago Bulls (who matched Chance’s $1 million), Kanye West’s manager Scooter Braun and comedian Hannibal Buress. This time around, the press conference was   once again streamed live on his Instagram and ended with another donation to the tune of $2.2 million. In light of President Trump’s proposed massive budget cuts for the arts, humanities and public media, Lil Chano also unveiled the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, which he said “will bring arts programs and materials to schools.”
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, Chance promised to “begin investing dollars and material resources into Chicago Public Schools,” and also said it would be in   collaboration with the   Children’s First Fund and in partnership with the Chicago-based arts education advocacy organization, Ingenuity. Watch the press conference above. Despite his failed meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, which Chance deemed “unsuccessful,” it looks like the young activist   is taking matters into his own hands and truly doing an incredible service for his community.



Homeboy Sandman has released his   Veins album. The project from the independent vet is made up of 10 tracks with no listed features. Between the Clouds
As Long As You Know
Bamboo
Clarity
Consumption
A’s, J’s & L’s
Ceviche with Nietzsche
Underground Dreams
Lemon Ginger Tea
Bless Up I adore both of those songs and I adore both of those albums specifically for the new creative fulfillment I enjoyed while making them. “Clarity” was released earlier this year as the lead single. He also dropped   Lice 2 with Aesop Rock in between projects. “On my last couple of albums I challenged myself with regard to formats, trying to push the envelope as far as what exactly constitutes a rap record,” Homeboy Sandman says of the project   on Stones Throw’s website. There’s much more of that to come, but after spending three years outside of the box I was left with a burning desire to just fuckin rhyme. ‘Talking (Bleep)’ and ‘Problems’   were my last two lead singles, both markedly unconventional. Homeboy Sandman’s   Veins album stream, cover art and tracklist are below. That’s Veins.”
This is the follow-up to last year’s   Kindness for Weakness.



“If he can be original for even two seconds,” he added. “If he can do a whole fuckin’ album, right? Or does not have a fuckin’ sample. Sing any of his songs a cappella with no autotune. “That does not sound like anybody else’s cadence. Or if he can go on stage and sing a cappella. Let's make #XXXDRAKESTEPDAD viral 😛
A post shared by XXXTENTACION (@xtentacionn) on Mar 30, 2017 at 10:43pm PDT

The photoshopped image now currently serves as the profile photo for the rapper’s Twitter account. and it’s working too :-)” And just sounds like him originally. Or at least two to three fuckin’ songs, originally,” X said. Then maybe, just maybe, I’ll shut the fuck up. After a Twitter user stated that “XXXTENTACION only starting stuff with Drake so he can get publicity to his name,” X responded “truth! Despite his frequent critiques of Drake, a recent tweet pulled back the curtain a bit on his shenanigans. In a video uploaded to social media, which was then re-shared by DJ Akademiks, XXXTENTACION   stressed that if Drake was more original with his tunes he’d be willing to give the rapper kudos. And record a song with no autotune. And it’s not gonna stop cause I got a very, very, very strong fanbase.”

#xxxtentacion details how #drake could get his respect
A post shared by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on Mar 30, 2017 at 9:42pm PDT

XXX’s video came around the same time a IG fan page for the teen rapper (with 354,000 followers) uploaded a photoshopped image of the Florida rapper holding a toddler Drake in his lap. I’ll tattoo Drake’s name on my ass cheek. But until then, guns blazing. I’ll run around the street butt-ass-naked. “Or out-rap me for two seconds. Newly free Florida rap upstart XXXTENTACION has continued his online assault on Drake (and Drake’s family members), but recently outlined the way for Drizzy to earn his respect. Drake’s mother, who the rapper has recently expressed an affinity for, is also pictured in the throwback photo. He’ll get my kudos.



The track’s hook revolves around the concept of self-love,   and coupled with Yeezy’s contribution, it’s got a little something for everyone. East reportedly has 40 songs finished for another album, but until it’s time for a release, bump the track above. The 37-minute film is a rich, widescreen visual adaptation of   Sampha’s acclaimed 2017 debut album of the same name. blige f. QUavo   – “Why Yo Hatin”

Burgeoning R&B singer Devin Hill has recruited Migos rapper Quavo for his new video, “Why You Hatin,” which also co-stars actor/comedian Michael Blackson. tuki carter f. Young Thug & Pharrell   – “Heatstroke”

Following “Slide,” Calvin Harris has dropped another massive single, “Heatstroke,” which finds the star power of Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and Young Thug offering up their own contributions to the upbeat vibe of the track. jonwayne   – “LIVE From the fuck you”

Following his critically acclaimed album Rap Album 2 and sold out UK tour, Los Angeles MC   and producer Jonwayne unveils a new lyric video directed by Ruffmercy for his single “LIVE From The Fuck You.” The   video for “LFTFU” brings the track   to life via Ruffmercy’s colorful abstract paintings and scrawled lyrics. “#CripLivesMatter” is expected to arrive on AD and Jaynari’s Last Of The ’80s album. calvin harris f. Blige and Kanye West’s collaborative track “Love Yourself,” which comes from the R&B singer’s forthcoming album, Strength of a Woman, sits on the throne while Calvin Harris’ monster single, “Heatstroke” featuring Young Thug, Ariana Grande and Pharrell comes in at a close second. The song comes from his upcoming album   Flowers & Planes,   which is expected to arrive on April 28. ad & Sorry JayNari f. Cop the single   here. Music from Rich Homie Quan, Jonwayne, Tuki Carter and Juicy J, Ca$his, and Devin Hill featuring Quavo also make the cut. Throughout the three-minute offering,   the Taylor Gang rapper details a “typical” night of debauchery while the Three 6 Mafia vet adds to the   madness. WANT MORE? Watch a clip above. sampha   – “process (Film Clip)”

After premiering at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Underground Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Process, a short film about Sampha’s life, is now available exclusively on Apple Music. Blige has a few poignant words for any woman (or man) going through relationship struggles in her new song “Love Yourself” featuring Kanye West. Blige, who has recently spilt from her longtime husband, most likely has gained an infinite amount of wisdom through her experience. The track comes from her upcoming album, Strength of a Woman, which can be pre-ordered here. Throughout the Zaytoven-produced track, he details his life year-by-year and reflects on the hard lessons he’s learned along the way. mary j. Devin Hill f. beanie Sigel   – “The real is back”

Dave East has made one of his dream collaborations come true with the new video for “The Real Is Back.” It features one of his idols Beanie Sigel, who is apparently one of the Harlem rapper’s top three MCs of all time, according to an interview with Noisey. rich Homie Quan   – “da streetz”

Rich Homie Quan has hit “Da Streetz” is his new video, which kicks off with the Motown rapper   sitting in prison while getting a few wise words from a friend. g perico- “#criplivesmatter”

In the most West Coast possible way, AD and Sorry Jaynari have teamed up for “#CripLivesMatter” featuring South Central’s G Perico. Friday (March 31) has finally arrived and for today’s DX Digest,   Mary J. As the follow-up to “Basic” with O.T. Titled “Dom P Energy,” the track hails from his forthcoming album 1 of 1,   which is set for release sometime in late April or early May. Listen to the single above. CHECK OUT THURSDAY’S DX DIGEST. Dave east f. Juicy j   – “jerry maguire”

Tuki Carter is back with a   trap-style club track titled “Jerry Maguire,” featuring the inimitable Juicy J. Genasis, the track calls out imposters and is a true gangster’s anthem. Ca$his – “Dom P energy”

Ca$his is back with a brand new single. Co-produced by Pharrell, it’s definitely more pop than Hip Hop, but nonetheless will most likely suck people in with the giant   features. AD, Sorry JayNari and G Perico‘s video for “#CripLivesMatter,” Dave East and Beanie Siegel’s “The Real Is Back” collab and Sampha’s new film, Process, round out the top five. Kanye West   – “Love Yourself”
Veteran R&B songstress Mary J.



Rebecca Nobel) [Live] One Coco)
The One (f. The project is made up of 13 tracks and includes features from Rebecca Nobel, Olamide Faison and Sangin Sara. Rebecca Nobel)
Agenda
The Margin (f. Locksmith teased the album with a few lucky fans as he served as their Lyft   driver for a day. Locksmith’s   Olive Branch   album stream, cover art and tracklist are below. Sangin Sara)
Neck Pillow (f. Olive Branch   closes with a live version of “Home” that also features Nobel. The Calling
Nobody
No Way (f. Olamide Faison)
Home (f. Rebecca Nobel)
Olive Branch
Home (f. Bay Area vet Locksmith has released his   Olive Branch   album. Olamide Faison)
One More Time (f. Rebecca Nobel)
Sanity
Helpless (f. Olive Branch   is the follow-up to last year’s   The Lock Sessions.



Meek just watch
— Neema (@NDjavadzadeh) March 31, 2017

If Kendrick is taking shots at Big Sean, I hope Sean takes shots back. With the release of the single and video accompaniment to “Humble.” Thursday (March 30), the conversation of a feud between the two rappers continues. However, a recent Snapchat post and caption from TDE’s own ScHoolboy Q says something is on the way. kendrick lamar "humble" gotta be a big sean diss, the hook makes it obvious. (@royignacio_) March 31, 2017

I'm all for Kendrick bodying Big Sean
— Mace's Ego (@Rock_Mace) March 31, 2017

So far, Top Dawg Entertainment head Dave Free had this to say about the single. Either way, fans seems ready for the battle to pick up steam. lmaooooooooooooooooo
— Dandre (@svntnh) March 30, 2017

RT @svntnh: Kendrick firing shots at TWENTY88. Lol. — Ty (@BillyJem) March 31, 2017

Kendrick using Big Sean's "lil bitch" ad-lib gotta be the most funny shit ever. He's bullying this nigga. No interview. Kendrick bout to be bigger than Drake vs. — Dave Free (@miyatola) March 30, 2017

Possibly a reference to Big Sean’s “No Interviews?”
Kendrick didn't like the Big Sean bars from "No More Interviews"
— Thotkeem Olajuwon (@LC_XI) March 31, 2017

So far, there isn’t much word on whether April 7 (the date given to us on “The Heart Part 4”) means a new album or another single. — Benny the ✈ (@RascalFKennedy) March 31, 2017

Some pointed to “If I kill a nigga, it wont be the Alcohol, I’m the realest nigga after all” as another line pointing toward their conflict as a possible shot toward Twenty88 with Sean’s current romantic interest Jhené Aiko. “WHen you got da wHole album and can finally put yo jam on snapcHat,” it read. — YOUNG KARI (@Whosyoungkari) March 31, 2017

Can't believe Big Sean let Kendrick take his whole adlib like that AND made it sound better!   Following the release of “The Heart Part 4” last week, allegations of Kendrick Lamar dissing Big Sean became the top water cooler discussion. lmaooooooooooooooooohttps://t.co/LMcscUrsl0
— Chris Uño (@CRS_One) March 30, 2017

“If I kill a nigga, it wont be the Alcohol, I’m the realest nigga after all….”
— Chris Uño (@CRS_One) March 30, 2017

Yeah, that much of a reach. Kendrick firing shots at TWENTY88. According to the internet, King Kendrick reinforces the allusions of beef with the use of the “lil bitch” ad-lib over the chorus. So we can all sit back and enjoy
— Ro. Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean beefing🤦🏽‍♀️this year about to be🔥
— Vintage Error🔥❗️ (@Basic_Trenda) March 31, 2017

Big Sean vs.



by Khrysis]
Drunk Right Now   (prod. Plus sometimes people don’t hear you until you speak with your hands or a weapon. There’s some really dope music being made, you just got to find it and support what you appreciate!”
King Magnetic’s   Everything Happens 4 a Reason album stream, cover art and tracklist are below. by 9th Wonder]
I Can’t…   (prod. by Explizit One)
Dirty Old Man (f. “There’s room for a lot of different styles and topics in Hip Hop, always has been,” he shares. by U-nik Stylez]
Me or You   (prod. by DJ Lowcut)
Alone (f. King Mag explains his view on artists like Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert in the overall Hip Hop landscape. the Rugged Man,   3T3N,   Recognize Ali, DJ Express,   Dink, and his tourmate Cappadonna. Burke the Jurke) [prod. by Kuma)
#nomorepartiesinsantafe (f. Masta Ace and Slug appear on “Alone,” with Mag calling them “really good people.”
While King Magnetic addresses plenty of topics on   Everything Happens 4 a Reason   from fatherhood, his own journey getting in trouble with the law and now being an established underground vet, one line on “Crackin’” stands out to anyone who follows Hip Hop headlines. 3T3N) [prod. by EQ)
Eyes (f. the Rugged Man) (prod. by Viktor Ax)
Cash 4 Catastrophe   (prod. by Haze Attacks]
Crackin’ (prod. by Astronote] “Some of these guys are just horrible and mega dumbed down though. Masta Ace, Slug & DJ Eclipse) [prod. The project — a combination of his   Everything’s a Gamble   mixtape series   and his debut album,   Timing is Everything —   is made up of 14 lyrically-laced tracks over powerful production from Khrysis, AMP, Viktor Ax and 9th Wonder. Recognize Ali & DJ Express) [prod. King Magnetic has released his   Everything Happens 4 a Reason album, premiering through HipHopDX. R.A. by Per C Wells)
Bounce   (prod. I’ve definitely learned from being around him, and you already know you’re getting something soulful from him or his team!”
Guest appearances on   Everything Happens 4 a Reason come from R.A. “I start Uzi Vert-in/’Cause I’m trying to make sense to a stupid person.”
The new generation of rappers has gotten a lot of flak for various reasons, from the “mumble rap” style to   not paying homage to the legends. by White Shadow of Norway)
Understand (prod. EH4AR (f. Dink & Cappadonna) [prod. by AMP)
I’ll Show You (f. On working with the Jamla and Soul Council leader, King Mag had this to say, “He’s a really smart guy and laid back with it. by Explizit One)
Suckas Can’t Relate   (prod.



The Party Tour is slated to stop in dozens of cities across the United States and will feature appearances from Kap G, O.T. #PARTYTOUR KICKS OFF TONIGHT! He says it wasn’t an issue with Brown himself, who he described as a friend, but more an issue of organization and timing that caused him to back out of the tour. “This run wasn’t handled correctly, I’m still on set filming Den of Thieves.”

I would never say my friends can't afford me. “I would never say my friends can’t afford me,” he wrote in the caption of an image of a TMZ story that claimed the issue was about money. Queens rapper 50 Cent has addressed his absence from   a touring stint with Chris Brown. A post shared by @chrisbrownofficial on Mar 31, 2017 at 8:51am PDT Unfortunately for fans of Fiddy who bought tickets to see him, TMZ says no refunds will be issued because of   the rapper’s absence, since Brown is the headliner. The first stop on the tour is scheduled for today (March 31) in Baltimore, Maryland. Genasis, and Brooklyn rhymer   Fabolous. The publication says 50 and Brown’s people had agreed to a   sum separately   but that when the promoter was eventually brought in, their offer was “hundreds of thousands of dollars apart.”
50 reportedly declined the offer and never signed any contract, but was promoted as an act on the tour, even after he chucked the deuces. TMZ reported Friday that 50 Cent walked away from Breezy’s The Party Tour   after being unable to settle on a price point with promoter   Live Nation. #effenvodka
A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Mar 31, 2017 at 3:44am PDT

50 has been regularly posting shots from the set of   Den of Thieves, his upcoming heist film that stars Gerard Butler. Baltimore! This run wasn't handled correctly, I'm still on set filming Den of Thieves.



“He was at my house with The Outlawz, a couple of The Outlawz, and he played me ‘Hit ‘Em Up.’ And I didn’t like it.”
Explaining his problem with the now iconic track, T said “I was like, ‘You gon’ start some shit. More than 20 years later, “Hit ‘Em Up” is still regarded as one of the most effective diss tracks ever recorded. I didn’t like him starting the beef. Speaking to the Drink Champs podcast, hosted by   N.O.R.E. But   this week one veteran of the game revealed that he never liked 2Pac’s decision to drop it. So, we kinda was on bad terms with that because he wanted me to ride with him, but I was like, I couldn’t.”
T also explained the controversy around his track “Cop Killer,” claiming that “Oliver North wanted to try [me] for sedition, which was punishable by death,” T also explains, however, that the song wasn’t a reflection of his feelings but that he “becomes different people on his songs.”
Watch the full podcast above. had shot him. You ain’t supposed to be handling that with a record. I said you going in on dude’s wife and all that. Really, are you? and DJ EFN, Ice-T revealed that he rebuked 2Pac the first time he heard the infamous diss track for Biggie. Then at that time, he thought B.I.G.



As it stands, there are two options for where the games might be held in 2024: Los Angeles or Paris. Both cities have hosted the games more than once, though the Olympics haven’t been to Paris since 1924. Dre has something of a Midas touch. The host for 2024 isn’t scheduled to be announced until September 13 this year, at the 130th International Olympic Committee session in Lima. Los Angeles, CA – Between N.W.A, launching Eminem’s career, dropping The Chronic and 2001, and his monstrously successful Beats By Dre business, it’s fair to say that Dr. LA has hosted the games in 1932 and 1984. for a third time,   named more members to its board of directors on Thursday, and features a few other personalities with a track record of success, including basketball legend Magic Johnson, opera singer Placido Domingo, movie and record exec David Geffen, and   LA Dodgers President and chief executive Stan Kasten. The group, which aims to bring the Games back to L.A. Dre and the rest aren’t just donating their time and effort to the campaign though. Dr. Between them, the 117 board members have already donated $50 million to the cause, according to a press release. With that in mind, the goal to bring the 2024 Olympic Games to Dre’s home city of Los Angeles might have gotten some help with his addition to LA 2024’s board of directors.



Even now five years later, he’s calling her featured lyrics on Gucci Mane’s Hot 100 hit “Make Love,”   “dumpster juice.”
He made the comment on his Instagram with a clip from the visual released on Tuesday (March 29), of her sitting on an inflatable pool   unicorn, which he comically misidentifies as a bunny. Ps. Just an opinion! The inept   move led to Nicki and Flex having an on-air conversation that went nowhere and since then he’s continuously clowned her. Rhyming on a plastic air bunny???? Just my opinion!”

Yoooooo??? Just calling it as I see it! Just my opinion! “Yoooooo??? This verse is Dumpster juice marinated in dinosaur piss!!! Wow! “Wow! Just calling it as I see it! Rhyming on a plastic air bunny????” he writes. America this is your queen of rap! The song, laced with the bar that ignited a battle over the Queen of Rap crown with Remy Ma, has inserted   Minaj into Billboard history for the most Hot 100 hits for any female artist with a whopping 76 entries. @nickiminaj don't be tight! A post shared by FunkFlex (@funkflex) on Mar 29, 2017 at 11:32am PDT

Flex has previously called out Nicki, claiming she uses a ghostwriter and delivers what he considers subpar raps. New York, NY – Back in 2012, Lil Wayne made the call to pull Nicki Minaj from Hot 97’s Summer Jam stage after Peter Rosenberg slammed her single “Starships” a few hours before she was to hit the stage. @nickiminaj don’t be tight! America this is your queen of rap! This verse is Dumpster juice marinated in dinosaur piss!!! Ps. The short-lived lyrical war with Remy Ma resulted in Nicki’s #3PackFromParis response records, “No Frauds,” “Regret in Your Tears” and “Changed It,” which helped solidify her mark in Billboard’s chart history. She also saw an uptick in sales for The Pinkprint and signed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models. Just an opinion!



He did a partnership with EMPIRE and that’s it. He later took it one step further and claimed “drake mom kinda cute, she could get it,” which is most likely meant to goad Drake into reacting. @xxxtentacion has NOT signed to Atlantic or any major label. INDEPENDENT. “@xxxtentacion has NOT signed to Atlantic or any major label. Thank you for all,” Solomon Sounds (his manager) posted to Twitter, swiftly ending   any speculation indicating otherwise. INDEPENDENT. With XXXTENTACION out of jail and a rumor going around claiming the Florida artist signed with Atlantic Records, people on his team are apparently doing damage control via social media. drake mom kinda cute, she could get it
— MAKE OUT HILL – XXX (@xxxtentacion) March 30, 2017

Check out the tweets above. He did a partnership with EMPIRE and that's it. Thank you for all
— Solomon Sounds (@SolomonSounds) March 30, 2017

Triple X did, however, participate in a   Q&A session on Periscope before his appearance on 103.5 The Beat in Miami, where he addressed the topic of Drake biting his flow.



EST on Wednesday. Research into Gates’ arrest record revealed the 2013 Chicago warrant on weapons charges. After being released from a Florida jail, Gates turned himself over to Chicago authorities due to an outstanding warrant on a weapons charge, according to TMZ. He was finishing out the last of a 180-day sentence for kicking fan Miranda Dixon at a Florida show in 2015. Gates tried to get the kicking case dropped after claiming Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” defense, saying the fan kept grabbing at him. Chicago, IL – Kevin Gates and his mounting legal troubles led to an interesting 24 hours for the Louisiana rapper. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department   says his next court date is scheduled for April 3 and he is being held without bond. Gates was released from Polk County at 4   p.m. On March 24 in Polk County, Florida, Gates waived extradition and accepted the transfer without asking for a new hearing.



This tape is timeless because of her. GQ: My school, my middle school, they wanted us to do extracurricular activities besides school so when they found out that I rapped, they took me to the studio when I was in middle school, so they introduced me to everything that I needed. But as far as that sound, probably Drake and Kanye, biggest influences as far as the singing rapping sound. She didn’t think I cared or valued her. She became my best friend and even gave me advice on all the other women I was dealing with. It’s relieving. So for me, like when I fell in love was when I realized that how much I love music was how much I loved this girl. Basically just always   had my back even when it wasn’t in her favor. When I’m on the move, I don’t be thinking about anything, but it’s like when she’s on the move and I’m not, that’s what “Drown” was about. It took so much time just waiting on the right time or getting frustrated because it’s not your time yet. Born Aarin Griffin, he got his stage name after playing football, where the coaches shortened his last name to just Griff. There’s a Passion EP that’s not out. The hardest times is really when I’m not doing anything. As far as this singing and rapping sound, I kind of developed that on my own and then I heard them doing this. I started writing. I listen to every single person. I don’t have a favorite because I listen to everything. Ahead of his show opening for Dreamville’s Cozz in Los Angeles on March 30, HipHopDX spoke with Griff Queso about   Passion, his musical influences and what’s next. and tickets are $15 here. DX: What’s next for you? So I felt I had to show her and chose to become hers and exclusive to her. GQ: Yeah, ‘Pac, all the legends. Titled   Passion, the eight-track project showcases his crooning ability and knack for   painting pictures of emotion and strength. Everybody putting out music like this is from the North, from another country, not anybody from the heart of LA, Inglewood, South Central, nobody’s putting out music like that. HipHopDX: What is the concept of your debut EP,   Passion? If you’re not passionate about something, that shows how much you value it or how much you’re in love with it. As far as rapping because I do rap, too, which you’ll hear in the future, Cole, Kendrick, people like that. It was more soulful, so I used all the songs, all the new ones. What I think is passion is the driving force in love. Get yo tickets ASAP! He thought it was solid and chose to look out for me and make me a part of the show. GQ: Man, it’s just relieving. GQ: I got this project titled Practice Run that’s gonna drop sometime towards the end of the year and this is completely different from Passion. They’re always on 10. But it felt better than the first time. It felt like we had already met before and we were already close. After getting his start at the age of 10 by writing poems, Griff got his boost into music in middle school with his first visit to a   studio. Besides that, me and myself. GQ: I listen to everybody, so I draw influences from everybody. I just wanted to separate it first, but Practice Run, look out for Practice Run. I listen to all genres too. Doors open at 8 p.m. But no matter what happens, whether we’re together or not,   I’ll always have passion for her. It’s not like I heard them doing it first. GQ: Skeme, Casey [Veggies], that’s all I really listen to from Inglewood is them. That’s how I started recording, then after that, me and my friends that went there that did music, we just kept recording in the house and then eventually I just perfected it, started going to real studios and stuff. DX: How does it feel to have your debut project out in the world? It started off with poems, then I started writing songs when I was 10 then I started recording when I was 13, but never put anything out. DX: What do you see in the Inglewood Music Scene? So he’s experiencing emotions he’s never felt before, doesn’t know how to control them. It’s like a player falling too deeply in love with somebody. I’m just chilling when she’s going. I showed him everything I’ve been working on plus the stuff that’s already out. GQ: Exactly. I try to take influences from everything. I was like oh wow. That caused a lot of ups and unfortunately also caused a lot of downs. The 23-year-old Griff based his debut EP around the story of his first love. It’s all rapping and it’s all hype, all turnt up. They’re always extreme whether sad or happy, so then I just relate it to passion, just how passionate you are about somebody. Every song is a performance song. But the city is ready to produce a new artist who goes by the name of Griff Queso. It was on 10. Whether we were sad, happy, or any type of emotion, it was extreme. I’m not biased when it comes to music. One day we just linked back up. DX: How did you meet the girl and what sparked the passion for her? But I think that I’m just different because nobody from my section’s putting out music like this. DX:   And that same passion for her do you feel it for your art? I think it’s a great opportunity for me to showcase my talent, get more exposure, and gain new fans. Then everything else I recorded in one day for two days I think. After developing his own sound at a young age, he was encouraged to keep singing and rapping by watching he likes of Drake and Kanye West. That’s the only reason why it took two years and then after that, it didn’t take too long. I just put out the singing first so they could see that side and then I’m gonna put out this so they could see the more turnt up side, the rapping side and my lyrical ability as far as flow. I was like ‘Wow I love this music.’ So that’s why I kept doing it. DX:   What was the school? We didn’t talk much at first but after the first time we chilled, the chemistry was crazy. DX: How long did you work on this project? This passion   inspired a side of me that I never experienced. A post shared by Griff Que$o | The Wood, CA (@griffqueso) on Mar 27, 2017 at 2:47pm PDT

DX: How did you connect with Cozz and what does it mean to you to be a part of his show? GQ: Culture and Language Academy of Success. DX: Who are your influences? I’ll be here all day if I was naming every influence that I got. See Griff Queso perform with Cozz and friends in Los Angeles Thursday night (March 30) at Los Globos. Griff Queso: I was just portraying a love story, but what’s unique about it is that it’s not ordinary. GQ: I’ve known his producer Meez for years. That’s how I realized it was passionate because I’m passionate about this. It began to hurt me to keep   hurting her like that because I, too, fell deeply for her. Then, as he got more serious about his music, he added his favorite term for money, Queso. Through time, she ended up falling for me while I was still being a dog. DX: How did you record when you were 13? I’m just like relieved. It’s totally different because I want people to see both sides of me. GQ: It’s not that hard. GQ: I met the girl about three and a half years ago due to us having mutual friends. I just wrote and recorded it in two days. Then, after that’s all together, then I can put out something where I’m doing both so that people can already know. Our relationship was very fiery and passionate due to how deeply we felt about each other. Los Angeles, CA – Inglewood has been buzzing thanks to artists like   TDE’s newest signee SiR and Skeme. DX:   In “Drown,” you talk about your girl being ambitious and obviously you’re trying to be ambitious, how do you balance your music and having a relationship? It took my creativity to a new level and helped me evolve as an artist. DX: Yeah and you’ve got Tupac on your shirt. He finally had to quit football in college (he was a running back) because of an   injury and has since turned his full attention to making music. DX: When did you start making music? Everybody gets to hear what I’ve been working on. GQ: It actually took like two years, but what’s crazy about it is we did a full tape and then we decided to do another one that had nothing to do with Passion and we came back to Passion and we took everything off and started all over. We used to make music back when we were like 15, 16. I recorded drown on April Fool’s Day of last year. GQ: When I was 10 years old. When I first started this, I was like 14 years old, then Drake came out.



 
WANT MORE? As March comes to a close, the DX Digest for Thursday (March 30) throws Joey Bada$$’ new single “Rockabye Baby” featuring ScHoolboy Q in the top slot while the Brooklyn rhyme slinger   inches closer to the release of his highly anticipated album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$. nardwuar   – “INTERVIEW”

Yo Gotti is Nardwuar’s latest victim while the colorful Canadian personality was doing the rounds at SXSW in Austin, Texas earlier this month. Otis clapp – “just chill”

Otis Clapp gives a clever shout out to legendary radio personality Chuck Chillout in his new song, “Just Chill,” which is the third track from his recently released Helen Keller EP. Olive Branch is expected to arrive Friday (March 31). hollow da don & Okwerdz – “freestyle vault”

The Freestyle Vault kicks off another session with battle rappers Hollow Da Don and Okwerdz, which finds the pair going off about everything from haikus to toothpicks during the eight-minute video. Nardwuar’s interview with Yo Gotti, Migos on SportsCenter, and Troy Ave cooking up cocaine in his possibly illegal video shoot round out the top five. Schoolboy q   – “rockabye baby”
After the announcement of his sophomore album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$   earlier this month, Joey Bada$$ returns with   another single from the project. Troy Ave just dropped his Dope Boy Troy project last week. joey bada$$ f. Their advice — “grind and stay consistent.”
troy ave   – “just cookin”

Set to the tune of Monica’s 1995 hit, “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days),” Troy Ave delivers a new video for “Just Cookin,” apparently his ode to cooking cocaine. According to 2DopeBoyz,   the Brooklyn location where the video was shot was eventually raided by the ATF, but Troy wasn’t there when it happened. Tuxedo — the rowdy duo comprised of Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne — and their latest video, “2nd Time Around,” hit the second slot with their visit to the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Tuxedo   – “2nd Time ARound”

Jake One and Mayer Hawthorne’s joint project, Tuxedo, released its new album Tuxedo II via Stones Throw last week. has shared a remix of the late Atlanta rapper Peanut Da Don’s “Trenches Reloaded.” The track follows the DJ Whoo Kid and DJ MLK-assisted   “Do My Thing,” and finds the Us Or Else   artist   calmly delivering his laid back, Southern drawl-infused raps. migos   – “SPortscenter interview”

Migos sat down with SportsCenter to discuss the Atlanta trio’s influence on the culture, what “Bad & Boujee” really means, their sudden rise in notoriety, and what it takes to “make it” in the industry. & peanut da Don – “trenches reloaded (Remix)”

After revealing he and his Hustle Gang crew are ready to release a follow-up to 2014’s Get Dough Or Die 2, GDOD3,   T.I. The track comes in the wake of Joey’s politically charged video for “Land of the Free.” Check out the new track above. Formerly signed to Brainfeeder, the gifted MC is readying his upcoming project, Memoirs of the Reaper. locksmith   – “lock lyft episode 4”

In order to promote his forthcoming album, Olive Branch, Bay Area MC Locksmith is back with episode four of his   self-described “webisode.” On March 25, he chose 10 lucky fans to play his unreleased album Olive Branch   while he acted as their Lyft driver. T.I. Par for the course, Nardwuar blew Gotti’s mind   by pulling out various items that were somehow related to the Memphis rapper’s past. Titled “Rockabye Baby,” the track also boasts a guest appearance from TDE rapper ScHoolboy Q. The Brooklyn artist shared the official album artwork that was banned from a number of physical retailers on Wednesday (March 29). To commemorate the occasion, the duo is back with a video for the   lead single from the project, “2nd Time Around.” Filmed at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, which is operated by the owner of Pinball Pete in Ann Arbor, the video finds Hawthorne at home in a place where he first learned to play pinball. CHECK OUT TUESDAY’S DX DIGEST. Keep scrolling for a Peanut Da Don remix from T.I., freestyles from battle rappers Hallow Da Don and Okwerdz, Locksmith acting as a Lyft driver, and music from Otis Clapp and Azizi Gibson. yo gotti vs. azizi gibson   – “high”

Produced by Kamandi, Azizi Gibson’s latest track, “High,” is another dark production from the often bleak rapper. Oddly enough, it worked.



I just let them see what I’m doing and where I’m at with it, and that’s the same with the band. They gave us enough time to get in the studio to record it and stuff, and we were able to do what we needed to do. After all, the “Harmony” part of the name comes from   five voices meshing together to create   the group’s unique (and undeniably dope) sound. ‘Hey he’s drinking, he’s a drug addict, he’s doing this and doing that,’ and so on and so forth. I can’t wait for someone to say it to my face— say it to my face! Los Angeles, CA – After unveiling their   new moniker— Bone Thugs — and lead single “Coming Home” featuring Stephen Marley, Bizzy Bone and Krayzie Bone of the legendary Bone Thugs-n-Harmony crew are in heavy work mode, currently crafting their upcoming video, “Fantasy,” at a random roller skating rink somewhere in Los Angeles. “We’re doing our thing all the time. “This was something that was long overdue, so we decided to go about it in this way,” Bizzy explains. I don’t take that shit personally. While many Bone Thugs-n-Harmony fans are thrilled to finally see a Bizzy and Krayzie duo come to fruition,   there are some saying it’s simply because the rest of the members “fell off,” something both Krayzie and Bizzy dismissed in a recent interview with HipHopDX. Check out tour dates here and watch for New Wave to arrive sometime in June. Layzie has a record out called Perfect Timing currently and the rest of us, we’re a traveling band. “They got it twisted for real.”
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony has always been like family (in fact, some of them are actually blood-related). “After you’ve been in the business for 20 years, sometimes certain artists fall off and can’t feed themselves. We also got some good stuff with the rest of the fellas on there. “There was a time when I was doing the Strength and Loyalty record that it was shit on Bizzy time. Wait a minute, them fighting words,” he laughs. The duo’s forthcoming album, New Wave, features contributions from the other three as well. “But yeah I haven’t heard it yet. “I haven’t heard it I guess,” Bizzy says. Like most families would, the rest of the members supported the idea of Bone Thugs. “With the support of all of the fellas, we were able to put it together. It don’t stop.”
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is gearing up to the hit road once again on a massive North American tour. This is what we do. As far as certain members “falling off,” Bizzy assures people they’re still thriving, but also has a message for any haters out there. We get on the road, we work, stay relevant, and we stay out there.”
“I will tell you they wrong,” Krayzie adds. Bizzy, Krayzie, Layzie, Wish Bone, and Flesh-n-Bone could not have established   the legacy they have without all of the pieces to the puzzle. We’re a family and that’s just what we do.”
“The other members are just as active as we are,” Krayzie adds. “They eatin’, they got some money, they rent paid, and they doing good,” Bizzy says.



Ma$e went worldwide. Leaving the music industry in 1999, Ma$e became a preacher for El Elyon International Church where he spent time between Phoenix   and Atlanta. Starting preaching and all that shit. But, I know niggas 28, 29, 30 that can’t handle having $10 million. In between a lot of talk of music, he also shared “One thing people can say is they know I’m not scared,” before giving a chuckle. The Dipset leader’s claims regarding Ma$e echo similar sentiments shared by Lord Jamar during a 2014 interview with Vlad TV. They can’t beef with me, they can’t ask me for nothing. He made a return to music around 2004 for the gold-selling   Welcome Back, which   featured him in a cleaner image. “I shoulda chimed in on Cam live,” he said. According to TMZ his return to rap came after he fell out of favor with El Elyon members following a divorce from his then-wife Twyla Betha in 2014. He was like you know what niggas aint gonna motherfucking harass me if I’m in church. Check out this sermon from the former Pastor Mase below. You know why?” asked Cam. Music. I’ma throw on the Rev Run collar, and get the fuck out of here,” said Cam. “That’s what Ma$e did. That’s what Ma$e did. “Can’t even get mad at Ma$e. Ma$e said you know what, I’m just gonna say I’m in church. “Let me tell you something. I used to be mad at Ma$e because I was younger than Ma$e. During a nearly 30-minute Instagram live session Tuesday (March 28), Cam’ron spoke on his former Children of The Corn brethren Ma$e   who he claims became a pastor due to the pressures   of   having a fortune and fear. The following day, Ma$e took time out of his Instagram live   session to make a small remark to Killa’s claim. I see what he was doing with that shit. He went triple-platinum when he was 21 years old, my nigga, that’s a lot to handle.”
However, Cam said Ma$e took things too far when he decided to become an evangelical leader to run away from the pressures of the world. Ma$e took it too far, though. That nigga Ma$e was 22 years old with $10 million, my nigga. At one point, he even was rumored to be signing to G-Unit or G.O.O.D.



Each year, with the assistance of the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board, the Librarian of Congress selects 25 titles that have demonstrated cultural, historic, or aesthetic significance. Washington, DC – N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton album will join the likes of Judy Garland’s “Over The Rainbow,” Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family, The Wiz original cast album and “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” known as the “Black National Anthem,” as a new addition to the Library of Congress. These sounds of the past enrich our understanding of the nation’s cultural history and our history in general,” Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden said in a statement. Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama” and Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” are also featured in the Library of Congress. “This year’s exciting list gives us a full range of sound experiences. Other Hip Hop albums added to the Library of Congress include De La Soul’s debut studio album, 3 Feet High And Rising and Lauryn Hill’s Grammy Award-winning The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. In 2015, the album was certified triple platinum, selling more than three million units. That same year,   it was revealed that N.W.A would be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Welcome to the Library of Congress, Congrats to Dre, Cube and Ren Thank U God
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Released in 1988, Straight Outta Compton served as the debut album from N.W.A. Despite being released nearly 30 years ago, Straight Outta Compton continues to garner countless accolades. Additionally, the titles have to be at least 10 years old. DJ Yella celebrated the honor on Instagram.