Travis Scott has been the man with the plan, and his business savviness has been on full display. He has multiple partnerships with different companies.
Now the Cactus Jack rapper has joined the world of cannabis and is launching his own strain, Cactus Farms, with help from Connected Cannabis.
According to a press release by Connected Cannabis, Scott’s new strain will be an “Indica-leaning hybrid debut strain [that] features a dense, purple bud that releases a pungent, funky-sweet gas aroma rounded out by a unique berry twist.”
The indica strain will be available as early as today in the states of California and Arizona to start.
Scott now joins Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Curren$y, and many others who have turned their consumption of cannabis into a business.
Recently the ASTROWORLD rapper, has collaborated with Dior to release their newest Men Summer 2022 collection dedicated to the late Pop Smoke.
Other collaborations of Travis Scott outside of developing indica include Nike, McDonald’s, and Play Station.
Despite Travis not dropping music himself, he’s reportedly involved with Juice WRLD’s forthcoming posthumous trilogy album, The Party Never Ends and ragers are still anticipating his Utopia album, which is set to drop soon.
DJ Akademiks continues to stand behind his stance of Drake’s GOAT status. It’s not like The Boy needed anyone to do so after his decade of dominance. His run as the Rap GOAT and one of music’s biggest superstars was iced with his recent award as Billboard’s Artist of the Decade.
While we all await the arrival of his 6th studio album (10th project overall), the conversation of “the greatest rapper ever” has grown more steam. Back in February, Funk Flex stated that Drake holds the crowns, barring the Quentin Miller reference tracks.
Referring tracks or not, DJ Akademiks states that Drake is the greatest rapper. The media personality recently sat down with Andrew Schulz and Akaash Singh on Flagrant 2. The trio discussed Drake’s undeniable dominance as an artist and music businessman.
Akademiks went on to break down his reasoning for Drake’s GOAT status. When most Hip-Hop connoisseurs think of Rap GOAT, they automatically give the nod to Jay-Z. While Hov’s consistent longevity and talent are incomparable, Drake’s career matches that peerless energy as well.
Some might even give the OVO honcho the edge. Akademiks breaks down why he gives the “What’s Next” rapper the nod over Hov.
“Drake had an ironclad hold on the game consistently, for ten-plus years,” says Ak. “Jay was one of the top 5. Some years he was 1, some years he was 2, some years he was 3. But I think what he gave to the game, in terms of people, influence, his impact, people cloud their thoughts in thinking about it to say he’s the best.”
He continues with Drake’s selfless nature with his stimulus package of doing songs with other artists.
“I think what we’re looking at with Drake, is we give him props for helping other artists, but that artist could have competed with you at some point,” Akademiks says.
“There’s a point, where if you go back to 2015, when Future was so hot. Maybe Future could have toppled Drake. But Drake pretty much overshadowed his wave. Travis. I think Baby to a certain extent. Charlamagne said that aather bout Baby. I don’t thinke Baby’s the guy yet. But I think Drake is smart. Drake won’t ever make it lines in the sand. He’ll always collaborate, help, and have those moments with that person knowing he’ll outlast them.”
He even compares him to Floyd Mayweather.
“He’s like Floyd in a way. He doesn’t knock them out, but he’s like, if you go twelve with me, ni**as will know I won.”
Peep the full conversation below. The interview gets better as AK sips more Henny.
On Tuesday, Ice Cube stopped by The Breakfast Club where he answered questions regarding a potential Verzuz battle and shared an update on his”Contract With Black America.”
Charlemagne asked Cube if he had any interest in doing a Verzuz battle, to which Cube replied “Not really” and added that he would not be doing a battle anytime soon. “It’s not something I’m thinking about doing, but if it comes about, who knows. I ain’t saying yeah and I ain’t saying no”
Later in the interview Cube shared an update on his “Contract With Black America” that he presented during the 2020 Presidental Election.
“We’re doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes, out of the public’s eye, because things get misconstrued when people chime in and they don’t know what they’re talking about. We’ve got some interesting things we’re going to announce as soon as they develop. I just want to take it away from all the noise being made and really get some concrete things done, instead of all this talk and trolling back and forth.”
Charlemagne then asked Cube if there was progress being made. Cube responded by saying “I see some progress being made, but the rubber’s still got to meet the road. What I learned with these companies is they talk a good game. They like to put out releases talking about how much money they’re contributing to these programs of diversity, but it’s all just press release stuff; when you really look into it, they’re doing nothing.”
The New York rap group says they never partnered with Royalty Exchange to auction off their first five albums as NFTs.
The group’s co-founder, Ali Shaheed Muhammad called the reports “not Frigging True,” in a long statement on Facebook.
On June 29, 2021 Billboard wrote an article that stated ‘Royalty Exchange has partnered with A Tribe Called Quest to auction off 1.5% share of the sound recording royalties from the hip-hop group’s first five studio albums.’ At the time, Billboard knew those words were not true but worded the story in a way to gain clicks. They have now changed the article. Other ‘journalistic’ publications took the original newsfeed and ran with the misleading headline.
Ali then highlighted, “No member of A Tribe Called Quest has entered into any partnership with Royalty Exchange. PERIOD!”
The partnership was said to include 1990’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, 1991’s The Low End Theory, 1993’s Midnight Marauders, 1996’s Beats, Rhymes and Life, and 1998’s The Love Movement.
Muhammad says that PPX Enterprises, which owned as small percentage of their royalities, sold their share to a group that partnered with Royalities Exchange. “Had we known this percentage of our art was out there we would have bought it directly from PPX Enterprises as it should have never been sold by Jive Records,” he added.
Last week, the team of the late Pop Smoke unveiled that his second posthumous album Pop Smoke, which will include 17 tracks, is set to release on July 16. The anticipation for the project has increased as the pre-order went live on Apple Music and iTunes.
Along with last week’s unveiling of the album title and date, the team also released a 30 trailer and outro for the album.
Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon debut album dropped five months after his unexpected tragic death in July 2020. Since its release, the posthumous album has spent the second-most weeks in the Billboard 200’s Top 10 of any Hip Hop album ever.
As a result, the Brooklyn drill rapper won five awards at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, including victories in the Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Male Rap Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top Rap Album categories for Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon.
Pop Smoke was murdered during an armed home invasion in a rented Hollywood Hills mansion on February 19, 2020. Four arrests in the case have been made and one suspect remains at large. A preliminary trial hearing revealed a 15-year-old pulled the trigger multiple times and robbed Pop of his Rolex watch.
The Brooklyn rapper’s latest business endeavor is coming in collectibles.
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation along with Fanatics founder Michael Rubin, Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala, and current Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey are investing in Blackstone’s acquisition of the Certified Collectibles Group. A company that authenticates collectibles like comic books, magazines, trading cards, and other items.
According to Business Insider, the company has certified over 62 million collectibles with a fair market value of $50 billion, and on completion of the transaction, the value would surpass $500M.
CCG founder Mark Salzberg released a statement expressing how he feels about the new deal.
“When I established CCG, I had a vision that we would transform collectibles into an asset class that is trusted by collectors, dealers, and investors around the world,” said Salzberg. “It has been incredible to be a part of this journey as we achieved and then exceeded these goals. I am excited to join with Blackstone as we enter the next phase of growth for CCG and the collectibles market.”
Insider also reports that the funds managed by Blackstone’s Tactical Operations business will acquire a majority stake in CCG, as Blackstone looks to increase CCG’s “digital presence, add employees, and branch CCG’s geographic reach.”
This latest business deal of Roc Nation comes less than a week after Hov auctioned off his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt. And prior to that, in May, Hov’s Marcy Venture Partners was among several backers that invested $19 million in NFT marketplace Bitski. And earlier this year, he created no a $10 million fund to invest in minority-owned cannabis startups.
“I’m not a businessman; I’m a business, man.” – Jay-Z
Reasonable Doubt NFT valued the highest it has ever been at 130K.
On June 24, Jay-Z announced that he’d be auctioning off his Reasonable Doubt album cover as an NFT.
Sotheby’s Auction House started the bidding war at $1,000, but the worth of the Brookly-bred album NFT cover, titled “Heir to the Throne: An NFT in Celebration of JAY-Z’s Reasonable Doubt 25th Anniversary by Derrick Adams,” skyrocketed to $138,600.
Originally released on 25 June 1996, Reasonable Doubt, sparked every bit of success for the rapper from the Marcy Homes Projects in Brooklyn. For the 25th anniversary, Jay-Z linked with the legendary artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Derrick Adams, to create a one-of-one animated digital artwork that Sotheby’s auction off on its website.
This isn’t the only example of new technology bringing back a historical school of hip hop music. Just recently, legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest auctioned off their first five albums as NFTs and made over 80k in revenue.
Do you think we will see more artist recognize the massive potential in the NFT space?
The son of The Legendary Big Pun, Chris Rivers Rios Jr, is getting married.
It’s sucks that one of hip-hop’s most impactful icons, Big Pun, isn’t here to see his son become a man. Yesterday, Pun’s son, Christopher Rivers Rios Jr, took it to Instagram to announce that he will be marrying girlfriend Keila G, who will now be known as Keila Rivers.
Under a recent picture Rivers posted showing off his future wife and the wedding ring, the caption read,
In the 90s, Bronx rapper Fat Joe discovered Rivers’ father, Big Pun, born Christopher Lee Rios. Rios later became the first Latino rapper to have a platinum album and be nominated for a Grammy.In 2000, he died from a heart attack at the age of 28, leaving behind a wife, Liza, and their three children, Star, Vanessa, and Christopher Jr.
If you’re a Pop Smoke fan, you know the Brooklyn rapper adored him some Christian Dior. You couldn’t mention Pop without Dior. Now, thanks to the friend of the late legend, Travis Scott, and creative director Kim Jones, you can’t mention Dior without Pop Smoke.
Yesterday, Christian Dior announced its partnership with the Cactus Jack brand for the Spring-Summer 2022 collection, and this morning’s unveiling of the pieces clearly shows its honoring of Pop Smoke. The first item released is a white t-shirt with the late rapper’s face on the front, off-center to the right with lyrics from his song “Dior” on the back.
Travis took it to Instagram to show the release of the collaboration by posting the pictures and with a caption saying, “U CANT SAY POP AND FORGET THE SMOKE. NOW U IN ALL THE STORES 4 EVER.”
Back in February of 2020, 4 masked gunmen shot and killed Pop Smoke in a home invasion robbery while visiting Hollywood Hills. Four people got arrested in July 2020 for the murder, 3 were minors, but none have gone to trial yet.
Walmart is known for being a one-stop shop, but one thing you won’t be getting there is Kanye West’s latest shoes.
Kanye West is suing the store for attempting to sell ripoff versions of his new Adidas YEEZY Foam Runners. The music and fashion icon made the claim in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday, citing California’s Unfair Competition Law, which prohibits fraudulent or deceptive business practices.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, “Kanye and his company, Yeezy, claim the retail giant copied his famous Yeezy Foam Runner and left customers confused about whether they were buying the real thing or an imitation.” The YEEZY Foam Runners, which hit the market in June of 2020, immediately sold out for $75 a pair, and Kanye claims that because Walmart is selling an “unauthorized exact copy” for little under $25, it’s causing the YEEZY brand to lose “hundreds of millions of dollars in sales by doing so.”
A spokesperson from Walmart responded in a statement saying that “The product referenced in the complaint is not sold by Walmart, but rather by third party Marketplace sellers. We take allegations like this seriously and are reviewing the claim. We will respond in court as appropriate after we have been served with the complaint.”
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