Former President Of Iran Quotes Tupac To Troll The United States On Twitter

Tupac’s back! This time in Iran!

Well, not exactly, but the former president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to Twitter yesterday to take shots at the U.S. government on the 52nd anniversary of the birth of the Black Panther Party of Self Defense.

Tupac’s mother, the late Afeni Shakur, was on the infamous “Panther 21” who was pregnant with the rap icon when she was on trial for an alleged explosives attack on a ueens police station in 1969.

The former Iranian president’s criticism of the United States government comes amid looming U.S. sanctions expected to cripple Iran’s economy further.

The Trump administration has taken a tough stance against Iran, declaring it one of the top terrorist threats facing the United States.

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Styles P and Dave East Discuss Rap Beef, Battles and The Rules Of The Hip-Hop Lyrical Warfare

“The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war.”

A 14th century poet named John Lyly made this statement over 400 years ago.  Never in his wildest dreams would he have expected these sage words to eclipse generations and culture, to finds themselves in the bedrock of rap music. When it comes down to rhyming… battling… lyrical warfare… there is no such thing as fair play.

At least that is what many of the most elite battlers believe…     whether we talking commercial industry or underground battle rap movement. 

This sport (or verbal exchange of combat) not only deals with bars, but often times personal shots. Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee, Roxanne Shanté and UTFO or LL Cool J (and anyone that even acted like they wanted to get it) are great starting points to see customized lyricism aimed at your opponent can do when it unfolds. And while we can trace over the 45 years of Hip-Hop and see the roots of this, this form of “get at ‘em” is still in full effect.

Just this year alone, Drake and Pusha-T went at it.

The two of them produced not just piercing personal tracks that stung and offended, but made sure everyone really know that the beef was real. Better still, the songs actually were bangers that people want to hear and party to.  Pusha-T’s album, Daytona, lead off with a song called “Infared” that blazed Drake for having a ghostwriter. Drake immediately responded with “Duppy Freestyle.” Sooner than anyone could memorize the hook and it could turn into a “Back To Back,” Pusha-T hit us with the shut down winning blow entitled, “The Story of Adidon.” What made “Adidon” so power-packed? The track exposed Drake as a father and kind of made him look like a sambo.

Drake addressed “The Story of Adidon” on Lebron James’ new series on HBO The Shop.  He said,

“People love to say, like rap purists and people who just love confrontation, they love to say, ‘Aye there’s no rules in this shit.’ But there are fucking rules in this shit,” he said. “And I’m gonna tell you something: It’s like, I knew something was gonna come up about my kid. They had to add the deadbeat thing to make it more appealing, which is fine. I understand that. Even that, I was like, OK. The mom and dad thing, whatever. You don’t even know my family. But I’mma tell you, wishing death on my friend that has MS… I study rap battles for a living. Now when you mention defenseless people who are sick in the hospital, that passed away, that really sent me to a place where I just believed then, and believe now, that there’s just a price that you have to pay for that. It’s over. You’re gonna get… someone’s gonna fucking punch you in the fucking face. The shit’s done, the event’s over. I wanted to do other things. I didn’t wanna further your reputation or your career by rapping back at you and having this exchange. And that was it for me.”

When asked by Lebron James about the battle and why he chose not to continue the war, Drake replied

“This is not even a place that I necessarily want to go. And to all the people who enjoy that, I tip my hat to you… Back against the wall. I either go all the way filthy or I fall back and I have this sort of chink in my armor for the rest of time to a rap purist. Which is fine, I can live with that. I would much rather live with that than the things that I was about to… the research I did, the things that I was gonna say, and the places that I was gonna go.”

That sounds good, Drizzy. As a rap god, you are on a level where you can choose to respond or not.  But can you say that there are rules about battling? Styles P says “Nah, B.”

Radio host Ebro read a statement that Styles wrote on Instagram, “Nothing is wrong with not engaging in actual warfare. It is actually the wisest thing to do. But never engage or expect rules. That’s with rap or the street.”

On Hot97’s Ebro hit show, Ebro In The Morning, SP broke down what he meant. “

You can’t expect rules in any type of warfare, not just rap… ain’t no rules. You have to go into it thinking that anything can happen. That’s why your best bet is to not engage.”

He further said, “We are beginning to forget a lot of rules in this culture because of stars.”

He is absolutely right. Hollywood’s influence (and perhaps even the ability to hide behind a social media platform) has put a battery in many a rapper’s back. Saying whatever to get the W in one of those rules.

Momma used to say, “If you don’t like the heat, stay out the damn kitchen!”

Styles P and Dave East were on the show to promote their new album, Beloved.  All the parties in the room agreed that there is no-holds-barred when it come to battling on wax –especially now when there are no censors on the prowl like back in the day— but Drake should have known better since he does watch battle rap.

Ebro reminded us that maybe Drake, since he does follow battle rap, should have reflected on what really goes down when battling goes too far.  He said, “There is beef and then there is battle rap. Some people ain’t good in that space. Drake watches The UFC things [editor’s note: Ebro means URL] and there have been people shout to Math Hoffa (my boy), but he been up there a couple of times and he thought they crossed him too close. He took off on people.”

Dave East interjected, “But that’s that world. In the industry, you say you will do that. But if you see people…”

Math Hoffa, was not on the show but still weighed in, said

“Battle rap has no boundaries as far as content written against your opponent but when it comes to respect, I try to stay within the realms of my morality. I’m not gonna talk about someone’s dead homies or children. Some battlers cross these boundaries with no remorse… Depending on who you are in battle rap anything can be brought up, and you have to be prepared for it. One of my latest battles someone brought out and old fling. I had to be prepared to battle her too. Battle rap is exciting because it unpredictable and spontaneous at times but all in all its entertainment and should remain non-violent.”

Styles continued to spit knowledge.

“Pusha-T dropped an album. And then he [Drake] dropped the diss, the next day and mentioned his wife. He could have not done a record and straight up punched Drake in the face when he seen him because that’s a violation… and then you asking him to follow a guideline. That’s out of the question and something else he is asking is for him [Pusha T] to not follow tradition.”

Is it really tradition?

Absolutely, but it depends on which arena you are in to determine perimeters. Female battle rappers tend to be the most vulgar. In the tradition of Roxanne Shanté, these ladies go for the jugular. Queen of The Ring battler, 40B.A.R.R.S. concedes that she wishes everyone respected the way she battles and throws darts. “My only rule is keep the personal sh*t in a professional setting. You can say what you like in a battle, but outside of the ring is a different story.”

But Rare Breed Entertainment favorite, Qleen Paper buckles down and says, “Ain’t no rules in no type of beef or war. War is War. You win, how you win.”  URL champion Tay Roc also agreed, “Battle rap is no place for the weak hearted and rules go out the door when it comes down to defeating your opponent.”

But there are rules. League owner Eric Beasley (URL) understands how these boundaries have to be set up early on during negotiations, with the threat of financial reprimand as the ultimate insurer that no one violates. Beasley says, “Generally, artists let us know what is off limits for them. We do whatever we can to make sure that both parties have an opportunity to put everything on the table. We set conference calls up with our staff and both competitors to express their concerns and boundaries, and we move forward from there. However, if something offensive is said that was not discussed, then we just hope that the artists are professional enough to not take it from the battle rap stage to a physical confrontation.”

Physical confrontation does happen. Think about Math Hoffa, who years prior had a reputation of wilding on opponents that slick talked. Earlier this year another vet, Goodz Da Animal popped off on his opponent for what he asserts was a wisecrack about his daughter.  There really is a thin line that one walks on when battling. And fights in the battle world can not only cost money to the artists, but to the league owners and limit future opportunities for the emerging industry. It seems despite what the artists say, on a certain level, rules have to be set up.

Perhaps Drake is right. New Jersey’s Shotgun Suge is adamant, “There should never be rules about rap beef or battles. If it were rules, I would break them anyway.”

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Vic Mensa’s Controversial XXXTentacion Disses Air On BET Hip-Hop Awards ’18 Cypher

Roc Nation’s Vic Mensa really went in-in during his BET Hip-Hop Awards 2018 cypher. Following mounted anticipation, the hip-hop artist’s controversial XXXTentacion-aimed freestyle is now viral.

In tonight’s televised cypher, Mensa goes all the way in on the late Florida rapper.

The cypher, also featuring Taylor Bennet, G Herbo and Nick Grant finally aired tonight. He doesn’t mention XXX’s name (or rather his name is edited out) but the shots are clearly there. “Your favorite rapper is a domestic abuser / Name a single Vic Mensa song, XXX we all know you won’t live that long / I don’t respect n*ggas posthumously, homicide ain’t new to me / catch up with Akademiks at your eulogy,” he raps. (Hip Hop-N-More)

Earlier this month, Mensa hit up his IG page to explain the aftermath of his pre-recorded cypher making headlines for dissing XXX.

“Recently I did a freestyle for the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher addressing and condemning rappers who unabashedly abuse women and those who stand up for them and even call them legends. I stand behind that statement. It was pre-recorded weeks ago and I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her loss son. I never intended to disrespect her and I often my deepest condolences for her loss at the hands of gun violence. However, I vehemently reject the trend in hip-hop of championing abusers and I will not hold my tongue about it. I don’t give a f*ck about getting attention. I care about bringing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions.”

The same week, Vic sparked headlines after rumors developed about him taking shots at XXX during the BET Hip Hop Awards taping.

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Earlier this year, music executive Steve Stoute shared his personal issues with streaming giants like Spotify previously not playing fair in banning artists like XXXTentacion over domestic violence and personal issues.

“When I seen XXXTentacion and R. Kelly get pulled off of playlists on Spotify, I thought, at that moment in time, ‘Where does this go?’ Are you doing this because, are they convenient or is this policy? That’s the problem. Don’t do anything. Do you want to be happy or do you want to be right? … It’s actually unfortunate that Spotify is now the guy standing in front of all this, when other streaming services have followed suit. Don’t we always separate the art from the artist? Haven’t we always done that? So, if you’re going to make it a policy, then I have to start going through the list and now it’s not convenient, because now we gotta be like, ‘How about this, we’re f*cking not playing Michael Jackson.’ I mean, we’re just not.” (Hot 97)

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Watch the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2018 Cyphers

From Eminem’s 2017 anti-Trump freestyle to Kendrick Lamar’s 2013 Drake diss, the cyphers are always the highlight of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. And this year was no exception. While lacking the star power of past years, this year’s lineup included notable names like Vic Mensa, G Herbo, and BlocBoy JB, as well as rising MCs like Phora and Shawn Smith.

The ladies also showed out, with an all-female freestyle including Bri Steves, Sharaya J, Neelam Hakeem, and Chika, plus Erykah Badu, who played DJ and spit some bars.

But it was Vic Mensa who had everyone talking with his thinly-veiled XXXTentacion diss, which occurred during his cypher with G Herbo, Taylor Bennett, and Nick Grant. “Only time you bear arms is in a wifebeater, loser / Your favorite rapper’s a domestic abuser,” rapped Mensa, referencing the late XXXTentacion’s alleged abuse. “I don’t respect ni**as posthumously / Homicide ain’t new to me.”

XXX’s mother Cleopatra Bernard was in the audience when the cypher first aired, which didn’t sit well with many in attendance. Mensa later took to social media to address his controversial comments.

“I had no idea a grieving mother would be in the audience to honor her lost son,” he said. “I never intended to disrespect her and I offer my deepest condolences for her loss at the hands of gun violence.”

But he didn’t back down from his original comments. “I vehemently reject the trend in hip-hop of championing abusers and I will not hold my tongue about it,” he continued. “I don’t give a fuck about getting attention. I care about bringing awareness and holding people accountable for their actions.”

Watch Vic’s controversial bars and the rest of the 2018 cyphers below.

Michael K Williams Addresses 50 Cent’s Jimmy Rosemond Rumors: “They Are Completely False Y’All”

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Hollywood actor Michael K Williams is putting a swift end to rumors surrounding jailed hip-hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. The HBO star has updated fans on Rosemond’s status amid disses shot his way from G-Unit boss 50 Cent.

In a new video, Williams opts out of name-dropping Fif but puts an end to negative gossip surrounding his friend’s name.

“Hey what’s up world? I just stopped pass with a little message for anyone who may or may not be interested in anything they’ve heard in regards to Jimmy Rosemond on social media these past few days. They are completely false y’all. I speak to him and his team of lawyers on a regular basis and I assure you he is fine and in prayer. So with that I’ll say to anyone under the sound of this simple man’s voice God bless.”

Last weekend, 50 Cent shared a pic of Rosemond and captioned it with an accusation of something happening to the music exec behind bars.

Back in January, 50 shared a news article painting Henchman as an informant.

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In November, 50 used a 2Pac meme to clown music foe Diddy over his Jimmy Henchman association.

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Damn 📸 #50Cent Still going in on #JimmyHenchman

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Toker Of Eazy-E’s group Brownside Passed Away At 51

Toker of 90’s gangster rap group Brownside has passed away. He was 51.

Toker, whose real name was Gilbert Izquierdo, helped create and pioneer the West Coast Chicano sound of Hip Hop in the mid-90s with Brownside.

Brownside was founded in 1994 by Ruthless Records/N.W.A. founder the late Eazy-E. Eazy signed the group to his Ruthless records label seeking to create a Chicano version of his critically acclaimed rap group N.W.A. Hit singles “Gang Related “ “Do or die” and “Eastside Drama” garnered Brownside mainstream success and opened many doors for Mexican American rappers.

Known for their raw lyrics and depictions of L.A gang culture, Brownside set a precedent in 90’s hip hop.

“No one had ever seen anything like it.” said friend and fellow Brownside artist L.A Eyekon.

“Toker was with Eazy-E rapping in both English and Spanish. At the time, no one else had ever done that. He spoke about real issues that were happening in our neighborhoods and in our communities. He was a legend.”

Shortly after the deaths of Eazy-E and fellow Brownside member Danger the group disbanded.

Through the years, Toker became an advocate for prison reform and was an active philanthropist.

His cause of death is unknown.

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Cardi B, YG, A$AP Rocky, & T.I. Perform at BET Hip-Hop Awards

From Cardi B to YG, some of hip-hop’s biggest stars descended upon Miami for the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2018, which were taped earlier this month and aired on Tuesday (Oct. 16) from The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater.

Lil Pump opened the two-hour show with a performance of “Esskeetit” and brought out Gucci Mane for their collaboration “Kept Back,” capping things off with “Gucci Gang.”

Going into the night with 10 nominations, Cardi B took over LIV nightclub for a performance of her Invasion of Privacy song “Get Up 10.” She was also joined by Pardison Fontaine for their collaboration “Backin’ It Up.” As she twerked on the floor, Kulture’s mom showed off her post-baby body before confetti rained down on stage.

YG brought Kamp Drip to the BET Hip-Hop Awards, performing his Stay Dangerous anthem “Handgun.” Emerging from a U.S. Army Jeep in red and black camo and his signature red headband, the Bompton spitter lead his Drip squad before A$AP Rocky joined him onstage.

The King of the South, T.I., also ruled the stage with a performance of his Dime Trap single “Wraith” with a Gucci-clad Yo Gotti. He then brought Mexico to Miami for the Bangladesh-produced “Jefe” featuring a female Mariachi band and flamenco dancers.

Fresh off the release of their joint album Drip Harder, Lil Baby and Gunna teamed up for a medley of hits. Baby opened the set with his Drake-assisted hit “Yes Indeed,” while Gunna performed his Travis Scott collaboration “Yosemite.” For the finale, they turned the stage into a runway while performing “Drip Too Hard,” surrounded by lingerie-clad models.

In addition to the performances, the late XXXTentacion received the Best New Hip-Hop Artist award. His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, accepted on his behalf. “I am honored to accept this award on his behalf,” she said while fighting back tears. “I want to thank his fans for their undying love and support. Jah, this one’s for you, baby.”

The legendary Lil Wayne was honored with the I Am Hip-Hop award and received a star-studded video tribute featuring some of his peers including 2 Chainz, Big Sean, DJ Khaled, and Kendrick Lamar. “I respect greatness. Wayne has longevity and he’s still here doing it,” said K-Dot.

T.I. ft. Young Thug & Swizz Beatz “The Weekend,” “6lack ft. J. Cole “Pretty Little Fears” & More | Daily Visuals 10.16.18

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Last weekend T.I. dropped off his latest studio LP Dime Trap and while he’s been making a living as a reality TV dad/husband for a hot minute he proved that he can still every bit the rapper he was known to be.

Continuing to further that point, T.I. calls on Young Thug to get turnt up in the visual to “The Weekend” where an “innocent” pool party turns into murder scene after a wannabe Spring Breaker gets her comeuppance.

Speaking of women troubles, 6lack and J. Cole bond over their relationship drama with their respective partners in the clip to “Pretty Little Fears.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from OG Sweetz featuring Willie D, Eric Bellinger featuring AD, and more.