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Today in Hip Hop History: Eazy-E’s ‘It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa’ Turns 25 Years Old!

On this day in Hip Hop history Eazy-E releases his second solo EP It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa. Released one year after his first EP and a long five years after his debut album Eazy-Duz-It, this album was a response to Dr. Dre’s prolific debut The Chronic. Tensions became high between the two N.W.A. heavyweights and after the groups 1991 split, the beef became public.

The West Coast was in a state of civil war. After NWA’s explosive breakup, its ex-members spared no time to air out their grievances on every other record they released. With Ice Cube attacking the Ruthless Records infrastructure and Dr. Dre siding with the enemy (Suge Knight and Death Row) to bring down all Eazy had built, there was no choice but for Eazy-E to respond as he did. He used the bulk of this album to state his opinion on Dr. Dre and his street authenticity, with each of the eight tracks on the EP attacking Dre’s image, originality, past, and current status in the rap game.

Aside from the disrespect that served as the core of this project, Eazy-E truly flexed his musical muscles with every track. Whether the inspiration surged from his emotional reaction to what was going with his ex-bandmates or simply from him being a seasoned veteran of gangsta rap is uncertain. What can be seen and heard however is that Eazy-E ate his Wheaties before hopping on the microphone to lay down this EP. With this project we hear Eazy more comfortable with his own flow and who knows exactly where his lane is and how to be the fastest in it. As his final completed work in life, it is a great depiction of his growth and maturity as an artist.

Commercially, the album was a success. Peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200 and claiming the #1 spot on the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart,  It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa sold 110,600 copies in it’s first week and was certified double platinum in 1994.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Black Moon’s Debut Album ‘Enta Da Stage’ Turns 25 Years Old!

On this date in 1993, Buckshot Shorty, the 5 Foot MC amd DJ Evil Dee released their first full length album, ‘Enta Da Stage’, in 1993 on Nervous Records.This is undoubtedly one of the most pivotal albums to the sub-genre now coined as “backpack rap”.

With total in-house production from Evil Dee and The Beatminerz’ Mr. Walt, Enta Da Stage tells the narrative of the gritty streets of Crown Heights, Brooklyn from the perspective young, Black teenagers submerged in that environment. With a very cinematic feel, the album captures the essence of the unforgiving streets while maintaining its conceptual focus of using the music to magnify the environment. The album also introduced fans to the poetic, weed-puffing duo Smif N Wessun and Heltah Skeltah, the origin of the late, great Sean Price.

Recorded entirely in the world-renowned and now defunct D&D Studios, tracks that propelled the project include songs like “I Got Cha Opin”, “How Many MCs”, which was powered by a KRS-One sample, and the lead single, “Who Got The Props?”, the track that would forever etch Black Moon in Hip Hop history.

Salute to Buck, Evil Dee, 5Ft., Mr. Walt, Dru Ha and the rest of the Duck Down/Boot Camp Clik family for this timeless classic!

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Quincy Jones Claims Ray Charles Got Him Addicted to Heroin at 15

Quincy Jones made headlines recently when he did a rare interview with Vulture and spilled all the tea. Jones was busy again on Wednesday, when he sat down with Scott Feinberg for the most recent episode of the Awards Chatter podcast. In a wide-ranging interview, the legendary musician, composer and producer revealed that Ray Charles got him hooked on heroin when he was 15.

Jones, who was there to talk about his upcoming biopic, Quincy, said that he met Charles in Seattle when they were teenagers. Noting that drug use “goes with bebop,” Jones explained how he first encountered heroin.

“He got me hooked for five months at 15,” he said before laying out a typical night for Seattle’s soon-to-be superstar musicians. “After we finished at the Washington Social Club and a couple of other ones, we’d all go down to Jackson Street to the Elks Club. That’s where all the bebop jam sessions were. Nobody got paid. We didn’t give a damn.”

“When they finished playing they’d go over in the corner and they had it on their thumb,” he continued. “I just snuck in the line and got me a little hit.”

Jones included that when the band he played with made trips to New York, they purchased their heroin from a Harlem hustler named Detroit Red, also called Malcolm X.

While returning home one evening, he fell down five flights of stairs. Quincy Jones lost the urge to use while he was recovering and the time spent laid up kept him away from some of jazz’s most notorious drug abusers.

“The mistakes are what help you grow and learn,” he said. [If I hadn’t fallen.] I would have been in New York, where I was hanging out with Charlie Parker. I would have been a junkie forever. Bird was always high. Thank god we did it and got it over with.”

Listen to the whole interview over at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Rihanna Reportedly Snubbed the Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Rihanna reportedly turned down the NFL.

As per Us Weekly, the Anti singer was allegedly offered to perform during the Super Bowl LIII halftime, but she declined the offer out of support for Colin Kaepernick.

“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” a source told the outlet. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

Kaepernick became one of the most controversial players in NFL history, after he sparked a peaceful protest. In 2016, the former 49ers quarterback chose to kneel amid the National Anthem, and was joined by different competitors players over various games. He has since entered free organization and presently can’t seem to sign to another team. Kaepernick is facing a fight in court with the NFL, arguing that the NFL team owners plotted to keep him off the field on account of his political demonstrations.

“On the off chance that the NFL (and additionally all elite athletics classes) is to remain a meritocracy, at that point principled and serene political dissent—which the proprietors themselves made incredible venue mimicking weeks prior—ought not be rebuffed and competitors ought not be denied business dependent on fanatic political incitement by the Executive Branch of our administration,” Kaepernick already said in an announcement.

The insider revealed to Us Weekly that once Rihanna rejected the offer, league officials enlisted Maroon 5, who might possibly be joined via Cardi B.

Per the outlet:

“She is certainly being considered, yet it’s clearly far too soon to state without a doubt,” one insider says, taking note of that “anything could occur or change” when the February 3, 2019, amusement moves around.

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[LISTEN] Pusha T Reveals That Drake’s Producer Leaked The Info About His Secret Son

Just when you thought the Drake vs. Pusha T beef died down a little, King Push unveils Drizzy’s producer as a chronic pillow talker.

Appearing on ‘The Joe Budden Podcast’, G.O.O.D. Music recruit Pusha T said the information about Drake’s son came from Drake’s producer 40 and not the feuding rappers’ mutual friend and mentor Kanye West.

Pusha said, “It didn’t come from Kanye at all…40 is sleeping with a woman…he talks to her daily. Five, six hours a day…and ultimately speaks about how he’s disgruntled about certain things: Notoriety and things involving Drake, and his career, and so forth.”

He continued, “With that also came the fact that Drake has a child. With that also came the trip everybody took to go see the child and bring him gifts and all of this information. She divulged this information.”

You can listen to Buddens’ interview with Push in its entirety here.

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Tyler, the Creator and Lionel Boyce Ink Deal with Sony Pictures TV

Tyler, the Creator’s is continuing to make moves in business by signing a first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV. Deadline reports, he and his partner Lionel Boyce will take their Bald Face Productions company to Sony for new projects that will be unscripted and scripted for television and new media.

Bald Face Productions has been around since 2015 and has produced The Jellies!, an original animated series. The duo also worked on the hit Adult Swim show Loiter Squad.

Sony Pictures TV President Jeff Frost shared excitement for the deal stating: “To be partnering with the creative genius of Tyler, the Creator and Lionel Boyce is a dream come true for us as we’ve long been fans of their work.”

The statement issued from the Odd Future star was much more… Tyler: “Tacos are great with bar-b-que sauce, I’m excited.”

Looking forward to seeing what these entities cook up together.

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Bizzy Bone Believes 2Pac’s Shooting Was Supposed to Set Up Revenue, Not Kill the Rapper

For as long as there is Hip-Hop there will be a conversation about the legendary 2Pac and his untimely murder in 1996. The latest conversation surrounding the event comes from Bizzy Bone who believes that the murder of 2Pac was an accident, citing the event was supposed to be a way to ignite a street war.

The conversation was held on Instagram Live and Bizzy confirms what many already believe and what a ton of recent documentaries point at, 2Pac was killed by Orlando Anderson. “Who was the nigga that was standing at the MGM and got his ass beaten by Death Row?”

For those who missed the tidbit of history, Anderson was beaten by Pac and members of his crew after a Mike Tyson fight in Vegas. From there, Bizzy suggests the shooting was a way to drive revenue.

“Dude was hustlin’, dude was grindin’. He stole somebody’s Death Row chain, he was standing out there waitin’ on one the Death Row affiliates to see him so he could get fuckin’ packed out. And then he got packed out. Then he go to his n*ggass, they get their gun, they shoot the car up, they start a f*ckin’ war.”

The money would come in as the shooter would then connect with Pac’s foes who could be blamed for the shooting and then offer security. Does it sound plausible? Let us know in the comments.

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Rico Nasty Sets Up a Drive for Women Who Needs Accessible Toiletries

Rico Nasty has shared that she will be starting a drive for women by giving them access to toiletries that consist of tampons or pads and bras for women.  She tweeted on why women should buy certain necessities that they need on a daily basis. “Honestly, why does the government make women pay for tampons and pads? Did we ask to be women?”

Rico is currently at work on the initiative and states full details will be coming soon. She recently performed in Atlanta, Georgia at Afropunk this year, in which the mosh pits went crazy when she performed her hit single came on. She is on tour representing her recent album, Nasty, which was released back in June.

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[WATCH] Cardi B. Says Child Birth ‘Broke My Vagina’

Appearing on late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, rap sensation Cardi B. talked about the ups and downs of giving birth and what it’s like being a mommy to her and Offset’s new daughter Kulture Kiari.

Never one to bite her tongue, the “Bodak Yellow” star said someone should’ve told her that at the end of everything, they would have to stitch her vagina.

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Migos ‘Culture III’ Album to Arrive in Early 2019

Quavo mentioned in his interview with Associated Press that the gang, Migos, will be putting out a project early of next year, Culture III. “We’ll be at the top of 2019. We’re going to hit them with Culture III.” Both of their previous albums debuted at the No.1 charts and released at the beginning of the year. So why not do a 3 peat?

With his recent interview, Quavo states that Takeoff is next then Offset, in regards to releasing the solo projects this year. He did not know dates but he did know that Takeoff’s effort would arrive rather soon now that his project is out.

The “B U B B LE G U M” rapper is a fan of Drake squashing beef with other artists throughout his tour. “It’s good when two players, two brothers, two black men come together,” he said. “We don’t need to be shooting at nobody. There doesn’t need to be any violence. If you can just sit down and talk, you can work it out. That’s the best way instead of pulling out guns.”

With his recent album, Quavo Huncho, that did the numbers by debuting just behind the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper effort, A Star is Born, on the Billboard charts, there is no stopping the Atlanta trappers.

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