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JAY-Z Has Gotten The NFL To Commit $100 Million To Criminal Justice Reform

Last August, JAY-Z and Roc Nation partnered with the National Football League. The result of the agreement gave Jay and his company input into the annual Super Bowl Halftime Show and other music events surrounding the league. Additionally, it gave Jay and Roc Nation a stake in “Inspire Change,” a league initiative for economic and social advancement, police relations, community relations, and criminal justice reform. To these dedicated areas of improvement, the league set aside $100 million over the next 10 years. In recent years, the NFL had been under fire for the treatment of its players and some community relations. As a result of the partnership, Jay was publicly criticized for aligning with the league at the same time Colin Kaepernick (who reached an undisclosed settlement for a claim of NFL owners colluding against him one year ago) did not have a job. Jay, a previous public supporter of Kaepernick, came under fire. Former ESPN host-turned-Atlantic staff writer Jemele Hill penned an editorial, “JAY-Z Helped The NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick,” days after the partnership. Others with platforms also condemned one of Hip-Hop’s most beloved leaders, including accusing him of capitalizing on the rift between the NFL and oppressed people. JAY-Z & Yo Gotti Are Demanding Prison Reform. A New Video Shows Why Three months later, in mid-November, the league arranged a workout for Colin Kaepernick. Sources close to the situation credited Jay and Roc Nation in meeting the two parties. However, Kaepernick was not signed following the event. Tomorrow (February 2), marks Super Bowl Sunday. Amid the Kansas City Chiefs playing the San Francisco 49ers in Miami, Florida, a Roc Nation client, Shakira, will perform at halftime. Nike’s Stock Is At An All-Time High After Its Support Of Colin Kaepernick Less than 48 hours before the championship game, JAY-Z spoke to The New York Times’ Katherine Rosman in a profile of the situation, the origins of the partnership, and Roc Nation’s many social initiatives and company divisions. Jay also faced his criticism head-on. On the music partnership, Jay recalls being invited to perform at the Pepsi-sponsored halftime event. However, a request to play “Run This Town” included the suggestion that Jay would supply song collaborators Kanye West and Rihanna. As the conversation grew bitter, Jay declined the concert offer. JAY-Z & Roc Nation Took A Big Stand For The Boy Who Sat For The Pledge Of Allegiance In 2019, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft reached out to Jay on behalf of the league. To the Times, Jay recalls telling the mogul (and friend of Meek Mill), “The problem with the NFL is you all think Hip-Hop is still a fad when Hip-Hop has been the dominant music form around the world for 20 years.” Inroads were made. A meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell followed. In August, the partnership went public. In the months since, music curated by Roc Nation has been used by the league. This included Royce 5’9’s politically-charged “Black Savage,” featuring T.I., CyHi The Prynce, Sy Ari Da Kid, and White Gold, which played in ads and during broadcasts. In the article, Jay confronts his criticism in several places. He reminds them of his cause. “As long as real people are being hurt and marginalized and losing family members, then yes, I can take a couple rounds of negative press.” Team Roc, one of the companies divisions, has been working at fighting injustice on many levels. Last month, that included legal support and public awareness of Mississippi poor prison conditions that have allegedly been responsible for multiple fatalities. Jay and his team have challenged the bail bond industry by paying for the release of incarcerated fathers while condemning many of the criminal reform measures currently in place. Films have been produced surrounding the lives and deaths of Trayvon Martin and Kalief Browder. The arm has paid legal fees for various parties that they feel are being wrongfully oppressed. Colin Kaepernick Receives Amnesty International’s Highest Award (Video) Juan Perez, known through Jay lyrics as “O.G. Juan,” told the newspaper, “Somebody has to kick in the door and get shot first. We’re that company. We’re not afraid. We’ve been doing it our whole lives.” Perez is the president of Roc Nation Sports. JAY-Z says that money was never the objective of the partnership. He also responded specifically to Colin Kaepernick’s plight. “No one is saying [Colin Kaepernick] hasn’t been done wrong,” the 50-year-old Brooklyn, New Yorker said. “He was done wrong. I would understand if it was three months ago. But it was three years ago and someone needs to say, ‘What do we do now — because people are still dying?’” JAY-Z Provides Legal Assistance To A Family Terrorized By Phoenix Police Neither Colin Kaepernick nor his lawyers wished to be interviewed for the Times‘ story. Black people wrongfully dying at the hands of law enforcement is what led Kaepernick to take a knee during the National Anthem in the 2016 preseason. That act of protest continued throughout the year—and spawned others to follow. Based on the settled formal grievance, it is what kept Kaepernick off of all 32 NFL rosters in the years that have followed. As Colin Kaepernick and the NFL are at odds, JAY-Z is working with those same forces. He believes that while the relationship with the league is quite different, they seek the same results. “We are two adult men who disagree on the tactic but are marching for the same cause,” JAY-Z said.

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Lil Wayne Says He Refused To Get Bodied By Eminem On Their Collaborations (Video)

In the late 1990s, Eminem and Lil Wayne burst onto the Rap around the same time. Both MCs’ careers date back earlier into the decade. However, the same 1999 Marshall Mathers released The Slim Shady LP, The Hot Boys’ Weezy dropped breakout solo, Tha Block Is Hot. Each artist had respected veteran producers at the helm in the form of Dr. Dre and Mannie Fresh, respectively. From there, each artist took flight into superstardom during the next decade. Although an Eminem and Wayne collaboration may have seemed unusual to some Rap fans in the ’90s, the two men worked together several times. 2009’s “Forever” linked Em, Weezy, Kanye West, and Wayne’s protege Drake for a blockbuster single. Later that year, Marshall appeared on Wayne’s Rock song “Drop The World.” A year later, Tunechi returned the favor with a feature verse on “No Love.” Royce 5’9 & Kxng Crooked Discuss Who Was Better On Renegade: JAY-Z Or Eminem (Video) Appearing on Drink Champs (episode #195) for the release of his January 31 album, Funeral, Wayne describes the level of competition that he feels with Eminem. “I did a few joints with Em, that’s my man,” Lil Wayne says. Co-host N.O.R.E. brings up Eminem’s propensity to out-rap his collaborators—a claim once popularized by Nas during the feud with JAY-Z. “You’re probably the only person that did a record with Em that [the fans] said that Em didn’t body,” N.O.R.E. says at 35:30. “How do you feel about that?” Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne Have Fire In Their Bellies As They Slay This Track Wayne responds, “I can humbly say that I expected [to stand up for myself]. When you get on that joint, it’s like a championship game. And [then] you win it, and they ask you, ‘How do you feel?’ I came in with my game plan, and I expected my game plan to work. When you send a song to Em…yeah, I tried to attack it like that, like, ‘Nah, you’re not gonna do me [like] this. So I’ma put it all out there [too]. Either we gon’ be right here with it, and we’re going to make a beautiful great song, but you ain’t gon’ do me that.’ Nobody ever said [anybody bodied each other]; I just made sure that he didn’t body me, ’cause that boy is a monster.” N.O.R.E. asks if Wayne is competitive, and the guest says “yeah” with wide eyes. He adds that that includes his pupil, Drake. “All day. I make sure he knows that when he sends [the beat]. ‘Make sure your mama don’t be listenin’ to this.'” Lil Wayne’s Manager Reveals Cash Money Blocked The Release Of Carter V & A Big Check (Video) Wayne also credits his mentor and adoptive father Birdman with his competitive spirit. Before speaking of Em specifically, Weezy said that on Hot Boys’ songs, Cash Money Records’ co-founder always put the best verses up front. “Being in Hot Boys was perfect, but I looked at it like school. That’s a test: ‘I’ma go pass the test when I get to that studio; my verse gon’ be the hardest.’ And with Baby, it was always about who he wanted to go first…That always let us know he liked your verse the most. Now go back and listen to how I start off on all them songs.” N.O.R.E. also reads a text from Tidal’s JAY-Z. “When [Lil Wayne] rapped [a mixtape version of] ‘Show Me What You Got,’ I had to take a long walk and look at myself in the mirror, and I said ‘are you sure you still got this?'” After hearing Jay’s words, Wayne recalls getting Shawn Carter’s rare praise for Da Drought 3’s “Dough Is What I Got.” “[JAY-Z] let me know ‘you comin’ for me, boy!’ It’s just a privilege. I can’t get on that [song] and play with it, man.” Wayne likens the thrill to his favorite NFL team: Green Bay. “You don’t understand, I’ma about to walk out of here like the Packers won!” Wayne adds that he feels that Eminem made him feel like Jay’s sentiments. He also says that his “Hello Brooklyn” verse (which includes a reference to Capone-N-Noreaga) for JAY-Z was something Hov heard on a Wayne mixtape and asked him to re-purpose for American Gangster. Elsewhere in the discussion Weezy also points out that his mixtape catalog earned him no money. Lil Wayne Has Settled His Lawsuit For Cash Money & More The interview finds Lil Wayne crediting Missy Elliott as one of his favorite rappers. He describes the love and loyalty that JAY-Z showed him during hard times. The MC also describes writing none of his bars down since an early 2000s mixtape. It is believed to be 2003’s SQ7: 10,000 Bars tape with Squad Up. He also details his fandom of the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Red Sox, Louisiana State University, and the Packers. Funeral features 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Lil Baby, Takeoff, and veteran Young Money artist, Lil Twist. Notably, the LP is 24 tracks long. Following the Jay Rock-assisted “Bing James,” there is a 24-second moment of silence. This week, Wayne confirmed to Skip Bayless that both gestures are signs of respect to Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday (January 26).

The Drink Champs interview taped prior to that incident. Big K.R.I.T. & Lil Wayne’s New Song Takes A Deep Dive Into A Form Of Addiction Earlier this month, Eminem released a sneak-attack album, Music To Be Murdered By.

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Mase Says Diddy Is Still Robbing And Enslaving Artists

Last Saturday night (January 25), Diddy made an impassioned speech ahead of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. The Bad Boy Records founder and veteran artist/producer threatened to boycott the televised event if things do not change in the next 365 days. He asked others to do the same. “In the great words of Erykah Badu, ‘we are artists; we are sensitive about our sh*t.’ We are passionate. For most of us, this is all we got. This is our only hope. Truth be told, Hip-Hop has never been respected by the Grammys. Black music has never been respected by the Grammys,” declared the speaker, who received the Icon Award at an official pre-Grammy gala event. Diddy Blasts The Grammys For Not Respecting Hip-Hop & Calls For A Boycott (Video) A few moments later, Puff stated, “I’m officially starting the clock: y’all got 365 days to get this sh*t together. We need the artists to take back the control. We need transparency. We need diversity. This is the room that has the power to make a change that needs to be made. They have to make the changes for us. [The Recording Academy] is a non-profit organization that is supposed to protect the welfare of the musical community. That [is] the mission statement.” Suggesting an organized boycott on the horizon, Puffy reminded those in the crowd of their ability to prompt change. “We have the power. We decide what’s hot. If we don’t go, nobody goes. If we don’t support, nobody supports. We control what’s cool, we control what’s hot, we control what your kids listen to, what they dance to, we control what’s in video games, we control how they wear their pants.” JAY-Z, Swizz Beatz, and others in attendance gave Puff Daddy a standing ovation during and after his remarks at Beverly Hills, California. Ma$e, one of Bad Boy’s former stars and a onetime protege of Diddy, was among the performers at the same event. Today (January 31), Mason Betha has publicly reacted to the newsworthy speech. He did so by calling out Diddy and asking for a different kind of action. In an Instagram post the Harlem MC accused Puff on “unfair” business practices. Tagging Puff in the post, Ma$e writes, “I heard your Grammy speech about how you are now for the artist, and about how the artist must take back control. So I will be the first to take that initiative. Also, before we ask of other ethnicities to do us right, we should do us, as Black people, better—especially the creators.” The Harlem World creator urged Diddy to walk it like he is talking it.

 

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@diddy I heard your #Grammy speech about how u are now for the artist and about how the artist must take back control. So I will be the first to take that initiative. Also, before we ask of other ethnicities to do us right we should do us as black people better. Especially the creators. I heard u loud and clear when u said that u are now for the artist and to that my response is if u want to see change you can make a change today by starting with yourself. Your past business practices knowingly has continued purposely starved your artist and been extremely unfair to the very same artist that helped u obtain that Icon Award on the iconic Badboy label. For example, u still got my publishing from 24 years ago in which u gave me $20k. Which makes me never want to work w/ u as any artist wouldn’t after u know someone is robbing you & tarnishing your name when u don’t want to comply w/ his horrendous business model. However, people would always ask what’s up w/ Mase? So I would be forced to still perform to not look crazy when I was getting peanuts and the robbery would continue. So many great moments and people lives in music were lost. But again, I rode with u in the face of death without flinching & u still wouldn’t do right. I never said anything because I wanted to wait until I was financially great so I can ensured that I was addressing this from a pure place and not out of spite. To add insult, u keep screaming black excellence and love but I know love isn’t free. So I offered u 2m in cash just a few days ago to sell me back my publishing(as his biggest artist alive) that always show u respect for u giving me an opportunity at 19 yrs old. Your response was if I can match what the EUROPEAN GUY OFFER him that would be the only way I can get it back. Or else I can wait until I’m 50 years old and it will revert back to me from when I was 19 years old. You bought it for about 20k & I offered you 2m in cash. This is not black excellence at all. When our own race is enslaving us. If it’s about us owning, it can’t be about us owning each other. No More Hiding Behind “Love”. U CHANGED? GIVE THE ARTIST BACK THEIR $$$. So they can take care of their families

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De La Soul Are Fighting To Own The Music They Created (Video) Ma$e argues that Puffy gave him $20,000 for his publishing 24 years ago, in 1996. That was the same year that Murda Ma$e’s career started to boom, following an appearance alongside The Notorious B.I.G. on 112’s “Only You” remix. Ma$e wrote, who likened the deal to robbery, called it “a horrendous business model.” The onetime pastor added that he felt “forced” to perform. In recent years, he joined 112, The LOX, and others on a Bad Boy reunion tour. Ma$e feels as though the ’90s and 2000s business messed up several careers. “So many great moments and [artists’] lives in music were lost. But again, I rode with you in the face of death, without flinching, and you still wouldn’t do right. I never said anything, because I wanted to wait until I was financially great.” The rapper continues, “To add insult, you keep screaming ‘Black Excellence,’ and ‘love,’ but I know love isn’t free.” Ma$e adds that he recently tried to acquire his publishing with a seven-figure offer on the table. “So I offered you [$2 million] in cash just a few days ago to sell me back my publishing.” Bad Boy’s Hitmen Justify Taking Hits From The ‘80s & Making ‘Em Feel So Good (Audio) Calling himself Bad Boy’s biggest living artist, Ma$e says it was a tribute to the opportunity. “[I wanted to] show you respect for you giving me an opportunity at 19 years old.” Ma$e alleges that Puffy asked the former artist to increase his offer to match another interested party, reportedly a European man. He also says that the publishing will revert back to him in approximately 30 more years. “You bought it for about [$20,000] and I offered you [$2 million] in cash. This is not Black Excellence at all when your own race is enslaving you.” He ended the post with a resolution: “Give your artists back their [so] that they can take care of their families.” As an image to the Instagram post, Ma$e used Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rapper Meek Mill. In a quote, Meek brought up “slave contracts” offered to Black artists in the music business by people of other races. The rapper also cited Roc Nation and his Dreamchasers imprint as companies that combat that trend. Ma$e is not the first Bad Boy artist to call out the label’s founder. In the mid-2000s, The LOX appeared on The Angie Martinez Show. As Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch vented their frustrations with the trio’s former label, Diddy called in. The two parties argued on air. As recently as this month, Jada’ has insisted that he and Puffy are on great terms today. LL Cool J Discusses The Importance Of Owning All Of His Music (Video) Another trio, De La Soul, has been battling with former label Tommy Boy Entertainment over the publishing and masters to the group’s first six albums. Using social media, De La called for a boycott in 2019. Negotiation attempts have reportedly ended in a stalemate. Those six albums remain unreleased to popular streaming platforms. This week, veteran Brooklyn, New York MC Sauce Money also responded to Diddy’s remark as well as JAY-Z. Having worked with both mogul, the former Priority Records artist criticized Puff and Jay:

Sauce Money Talks JAY-Z’s “Disgusting” Flow, Ghostwriting & Why He Didn’t Sign To Roc-A-Fella “He practices the same backdoor politics on his own people. Him and JAY-Z.” Sauce said that if the Grammys are on the clock, so are these two men. Diddy has not yet responded to Ma$e’s remarks.

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Screwball Member Hostyle Has Passed Away At The Age Of 47

Hostyle, a founding member of Queens, New York Hip-Hop group Screwball, has died. R.A. The Rugged Man, Cormega, and other collaborators of the man born Frederick Ivey have acknowledged his passing. He was reportedly 47 years old. His cause of death has not been made public at this time. With roots dating back to the 1980s, Screwball gained its greatest recognition with 2000’s Y2K: The Album. Released through Tommy Boy Records/Hydra Entertainment, the album by Hostyle, Blaq Poet, and KL boasted production by DJ Premier, Marley Marl, Godfather Don, and Pete Rock. Singles included the controversial “Who Shot Rudy?” and the celebratory “H-O-S-T-Y-L-E,” which was released as a video. Two additional group albums followed. Prince Paul Throws Together An Ill Mix Of Ice Cube, Screwball, GZA & Young MC (Audio) Hostyle also released a solo LP in 2004, One Eyed Maniac. In addition to Screwball, the LP featured R.A. The Rugged Man and Big Noyd. Hostyle also appeared on albums by Mobb Deep, Beatnuts, DJ Muggs, Molemen, and ‘Mega.

Producer/executive Mike Heron, who managed Screwball and signed them to his Hydra imprint, shared some memories of the MC.

Blaq Poet – Looking For Trouble ft Chino XL, Vinnie Paz & Spit Gemz (Audio) In 2008, KL passed away from an asthma attack. Blaq Poet would become one of the early artists on DJ Premier’s Year Round Records label. Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to Blaq Poet, Solo, and the family, friends, and fans of Hostyle.

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Joe Budden Responds To Eminem’s Latest Disses

On Friday morning, Eminem surprise-released a new album. His third LP since October of 2017 features an exciting guest list of MCs as well some ongoing jabs at rivals, including MGK, Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar, and Joe Budden. This weekend, Budden responded to Music To Be Murdered By lyrics on episode #314 of his Joe Budden Podcast With Rory & Mal. At 20:00, Joe Budden, Rory, Mal, and Parks listened in on the Dr. Dre co-produced “Premonition” intro to Eminem’s 2020 LP. While Joe’s criticism of 2017’s Revival rollout became kindling in a fiery beef for the next year, the Slaughterhouse co-founder praised the new material. “I’ll tell ya one thing, buddy: that’s how you start a project,” Joe reacts. Minutes later, Budden continues, “People are gonna replay this album. This is the best we’ve heard him in a while—the best album we’ve heard from him [in a while].” Joe adds that he does not consider 2018’s Kamikaze to be a cohesive album as much as a response to critics. Eminem Has Just Dropped An Album Featuring Black Thought & Royce 5’9. Listen Here. However, Joe is alluded to on Music To Be Murdered By. At 47:00, Joe Budden waves off one diss on “I Will,” which features Royce 5’9, Kxng Crooked, and Joell Ortiz. Although not credited as a Slaughterhouse song, it marks the second appearance of the three active members of the group since 2018. Budden insists that while many listeners thought the song was going at Joe, he disagrees. “The Em line in that song, when he was tearing Lord Jamar’s ass up on old group flips, that led to ‘Your group is off the chain, but you’re the weakest link.‘ In a song featuring [members of] Slaughterhouse, I could see how that looked like it was about Joe. Joe says it was not. That’s about Lord Jamar, obviously, if you listen to the eight bars coming before it. You [listeners can] get your panties out the bunch.” On “Lock It Up,” which features Anderson .Paak, Eminem raps, “Try’na save at Kroger, so why would I give a f**k about back-stabbin’ Trader Joe for?” At 50:00, Budden reacts to the lyric which implies he is a traitor during some supermarket wordplay. “Trader Joe. That’s hurtful. [Laughs] That’s not right! [Laughing] That’s offensive, man. Trader Joe? I’m Joe. [Laughs] You’re telling me Joe is a traitor?” Budden and his co-hosts laugh at the lyric.

Joe Budden Flips Out On Eminem. He Says He’s Been Better Than Em For A Decade (Video) Two minutes later, at 52:00, Joe speaks more about his current status with Eminem. “The same way I feel like [Eminem] should stop dissing Lord Jamar, he should stop dissin’ me. [Laughs] Hey, whatever we had—that exchange when you did all the [multi-day interview segments with Sway Calloway], and whenever I said whatever I said on the pod’, it a moment in time. We had our exchange. It’s over. In 2020, I can’t harbor negativity not only towards one of the best rappers, but somebody I’m not angry at. That’s what I gotta stop doin’. I don’t be mad at the people I come in and kill. There’s no hostility after that.” “That’s why ‘Trader Joe‘ is hurtful a lil’ bit. Last week I was gonna come in here and play that [Kxng Crooked] record [‘I Luv Y’all’] where he said my name on a record.” The co-hosts say they were unaware of the song or the lyric from this month’s song, which pays homage to Above The Law’s “Black Superman.” “I know you didn’t [hear it], but he said my name on a record. I asked him. I tweeted him, ‘Why didn’t you ever say my name on a record when I was active?'” Budden says that his former band-mate suggests the energy has been different since the group disbanded. The podcast team say they love Crooked I. Joe agrees, adding, “You sensitive, but we love you.” Joe insists that he is at peace with everybody, including Kxng Crooked and Eminem. “I don’t have a problem with anybody.” The host continues, “Everybody has to do what’s best for them. Everybody has to move in a way that they see fit. So when it comes to [it], the word ‘traitor’ is just a little misleading. I have no beef with Em’; I have no problem with Em’. I’ve only ever had but so many conversations with Em’. I’ve been very consistent in my message though: the only problem or issue that I had was in how our business was set up. The end. Does that make me a bad guy? For having a different perspective for how the business should go or how we should be treated, or how we should be handled—especially when it’s our sh*t? Like, I know now, ownership is cool and all. But some of us were fighting for it then. I don’t think that should make me a traitor.” Joe Budden Says He Encouraged Slaughterhouse To Replace Him (Video) Parks the brings up Joe’s disparaging remarks about Eminem’s singles in 2017 while serving as a co-host on Everyday Struggle. “That’s surface. The deeper issue is I say ‘F*ck Paul [Rosenberg].’ And, f*ck Paul. I stand by ‘f*ck Paul’ only because of how loyal I am to Royce [5’9].” Joe is referring to Eminem’s longtime manager and business partner, Paul Rosenberg. “If you’re asking Joe Budden, I’m gonna always feel like Royce should be in a different position because of his alliance over there.” Mal says that he agrees with Budden. Joe continues, “I think that’s a Paul issue.” He re-states, “Why is Joe a traitor for doing what’s best for Joe?…My only beef with Em’ on the business relationship was his inability to adapt with the times and to separate brands. The end. There’s no ongoing [beef]. That’s it.” Before closing the subject, Eminem confronts a notion that he is purely money-motivated. “Then I seen some people on Twitter—[Slaughterhouse orchestrator and veteran rapper] Nino Bless was one of ’em, saying, ‘Let’s start calling Joe’s retirement what it is; he retired to chase money.’ Not fair. I don’t think that’s a fair assessment of Joe’s retirement! I was rappin’, chasin’ money too. [Laughs] I just didn’t get it; it didn’t work. When I stopped rapping, there wasn’t a dime coming from podcasting. We had no idea [that] podcasting was even about to balloon the way it was. So don’t say ‘Joe’s chasing money’ ’cause it worked. It’s not right, man.” Kxng Crooked Is Brutally Honest About The Breakup Of Slaughterhouse (Video) From there, the Saturday episode moves to other topics.

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Little Brother Take Lie Detector Tests & Fail Miserably (Video)

Little Brother shocked fans in 2019 with the 24-hour announcement and release of the duo’s first album in nearly nine years. May The Lord Watch was a welcomed reunion of Phonte (who also gave fans an early ’19 EP, Pacific Time) and Rapper Big Pooh. This followed a late 2018 hometown reunion concert that also included the group’s original third member, 9th Wonder. Phonte and Pooh are as candid as they are in revealing interviews, like their recent video conversation with AFH TV discussing May The Lord Watch. With honest communication at the forefront of this Little Brother reunion, Pooh and Phonte present their most authentic selves during Fuse’s Lie Detector Test series. Little Brother Discuss Their New Album, Growing As Men, 9th Wonder & More (AFH TV Video) The brothers take their turns asking poignant questions such as “Does Phonte sound like Drake?,” “Is J. Cole the best rapper from North Carolina?” and “Who is the better rapper in Little Brother?” Perhaps more interestingly, there are some funny questions about how deep this bond really goes—and if these two respected artists would put their brother above themselves. A lie detector machine analyst sits in the middle. With some slick responses, he adds to the suspense of whether these lyricists’ answers are all cap—or not. The two MCs, who enjoy laughing it up during this video, revealed that they were a bit cloudy, thanks to Cypress Hill’s B-Real and his Smokebox series. Little Brother’s 1st Music Video In Nearly A Decade Celebrates Their Magical Reunion

Watch A Video That Details The Events Leading Up To Little Brother’s 2018 Reunion A recent video interview with Little Brother is available at AFH TV. We are currently offering free 7-day trial subscriptions. New music by LB is presently available on the official Ambrosia For Heads Playlist.

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Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli Detail How Black Star’s Upcoming Album Came To Be

For nearly two years, Hip-Hop fans have heard bits and pieces surrounding a second album by Black Star. In February of 2018, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) told concert-goers in Colorado that he and Talib Kweli were recording. “New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin, coming soon!,” said the MC/singer. He added, “All Madlib, all day. 2018, Madlib, Black Star.” Kweli since corroborated those reports, recently proclaiming that he now listens to the yet-unreleased album regularly. 2018 came and went without new Black Star music. However, the Brooklyn, New York duo celebrated the 20th-anniversary of Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star with a series of reunion concerts. Since then, Yasiin has released a new album, Negus, as a museum art installation. Additionally, he worked with Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Robert Glasper as well as an early taste of recent Madlib work thanks to Freddie Gibbs and Otis’ “Education,” also featuring Black Thought. Meanwhile, Talib Kweli has moved into media with his People’s Party show, along with features for Gang Starr, Diamond D, and Brother Ali, to name a few. Talib Kweli Is Recording An Album Produced By Diamond D. Take A Look. (Video) In a Sole DXB panel discussion moderated by Bobbito Garcia and reported on by The National, the two MCs updated fans on the album, while speaking together, side-by-side.

“This new album is ridiculous,” Bey told applauding fans in Dubai. “And I don’t really care if you all don’t like it. This just means we like different things, and that’s fine.” Black Thought, Yasiin Bey, Pharoahe Monch & Tobe Nwigwe Make A New “Live At The BBQ” (Video) Kweli, who has been much more prolific with releasing music over the last decade, says that he felt pressure from fans. “People kept saying, ‘When is the next album coming up,’ so much that it got to a point that for me, personally, I caught myself also [asking] ‘When is the next album out?’ in all my conversations with Yasiin [Bey].” He says of a period around the mid-2010s, “I had to check myself because that can’t just be what our relationship is all about.” Upon a visit to South Africa to his friend, band-mate, and onetime business partner, Kweli approached the time together purely on humanity. “When I went there, I made it a point to not talk about music or Black Star. We have been friends for so long, and I couldn’t remember just breaking bread with Yasiin.” This friendship-focused energy reportedly persisted in hangs throughout Europe in the weeks and months that followed. Kweli says that his rhyme partner’s changes since the late ’90s have an impact on his songwriting. “Because Yasiin is so focused on making sure that what we say with the music is deeper than just patting ourselves on the back and connected to a real compassion, there will be rhymes that I will kick, and he will say ‘ehh…’ because the rhymes are too braggy, and they are too much about me.” After making some revisions, Talib reflects, “Now I feel the new album is good and I really stepped my game up. It’s not that I am always rapping about those things, but he made me realize that I just don’t have to at all.” Talib Kweli Rocks A Rawkus Records In-Store At Fat Beats (AFH TV Video) Not unlike JAY-Z and Kanye West’s 2011 Watch The Throne album, Black Star’s sophomore LP was recorded in hotel rooms using mobile studio technology. Barcelona, Copenhagen, Paris, and Amsterdam reportedly played host to some of the sessions. Yasiin notes that after three songs were made during the Denmark sessions, he felt confident in the momentum of the recording. “That is my template for an album. The first three songs that you record will be the vibe of the whole record. Whatever follows after this will follow the tone of those three.” The pair reveal that comedian Marlon Wayans is among those who have heard the recordings. Madlib & Freddie Gibbs’ Tiny Desk Concert Is An Education On 1 Of 2019’s Best Albums Madlib is replacing a cast of producers including Hi-Tek, Da Beatminerz, J. Rawls, Shawn J. Period, 88-Keys, and others for the 1998 Rawkus Records LP. Videos of Talib Kweli, including freestyles and interviews, are available at AFH TV. We are currently offering free 7-day trial subscriptions. Music from Yasiin Bey and Madlib is presently on the official Ambrosia For Heads Playlist.

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The Roots Release Their 1st Song In 2 Years. Can You Feel It? (Audio)

In the last several years, The Roots have been busy. While the hardest working band in Hip-Hop is on television five nights a week, fans have not heard the music that they’ve been making behind the scenes. Producers, including 9th Wonder, Salaam Remi, and J. Period, have been previously attached to the sessions for an album said to be titled End Game. Questlove also stated that like Common’s recent Let Love LP, this upcoming collection will include previously-unreleased J. Dilla production. The recordings are reportedly building to a follow-up to 2014’s …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. As of late 2017, there were more than 260 songs in the stash, according to Black Thought. The break has lasted more than five years, marking the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native’s most extended hiatus in a nearly 30-year-career. In 2017, they emerged with “It Ain’t Fair.” Assisted by hometown affiliate and frequent collaborator Bilal, the song was part of the Detroit soundtrack. Tariq Trotter and Bilal Oliver soulfully and brutally illustrated how some social atrocities aren’t so different in 1967 as they were 50 years later. Later in ’17, the band released new joints—including a reworking of a Schoolhouse Rock classic—for the special “Juneteenth” episode of Black-ish. Ever Hear When Rakim Went Back To “The Ghetto” With Black Thought (Audio) In a year when they are celebrating the 20th-anniversary of Things Fall Apart, The Roots crew is back with a brand new single, as part of their Made Ready campaign to uplift and redefine what it means to be successful. The crew’s ’19 loosie is titled “Feel It (You Got It),” and is the first song in more than two years. The song is led by steady hand claps, a triumphant brass section, and a horde of deep strings that signal drummer Questlove to keep a steady beat over. Black Thought steps up to the mic to deliver motivational bars that lift the spirit: “They’re like, don’t always show the truth, I know it hurt sometimes to hear it / Miracles happen when you don’t let nothing hurt your spirit / I been birthing lyrics since before my first appearance / The fact that I’m still here is a product of perseverance / I’m not the same as any other artist don’t compare us / I’m the loudest, the clearest, the proudest / The nearest to a track record that’s flawless / Minus the smoke and mirrors, I’m too careful to be careless / I’m out here close to fearless.” Featuring guest vocals from singer Tish Hyman, “Feel It (You Got It)” is a positive jam from the Philly band that serves as a reminder of The Roots’ talent. Black Thought Tells an Amazing Story About How Artists Used to Get J Dilla Beats (AFH TV Video) The Roots’ partnership with Citizen Bank’s “Made Ready” campaign also sparked a documentary series on how The Roots came to be and details their rise to fame. The episodes are embedded below. There’s no word yet on when The Roots are releasing End Game, which was initially announced in 2016. In 2018, Black Thought has released two projects, Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 and Streams of Thought, Vol 2 (which also featured Tish). The latter was named to AFH‘s “Best Of” list last year. Earlier this year, The Roots executive produced Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America, which has aired on AMC. Black Thought Is Teaching A Free Master Class On How To Be An MC Video interviews with Black Thought are available at AFH TV. We are currently offering free 7-day trial subscriptions. New music by Black Thought is presently available on the official Ambrosia For Heads Playlist. #BonusBeat: The RootsMade Ready For Music documentary playlist:

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Nick Cannon Responds To Eminem On A Diss Track Featuring Suge Knight (Audio)

On Friday (December 6), Eminem rehashed an old beef with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. Appearing on Fat Joe & Dre’s “Lord Above,” Marshall Mathers responded to some comments that Cannon made this fall about the late 2000s. The media impresario said that he sought Em, with plans to do him physical harm after an onslaught of disses surrounding Mariah. At the time, Cannon was married to Carey, who previously had an early 2000s romantic relationship with Em. That tryst ended with both superstars dissing one another in the public spotlight. Em used several bars to address Cannon on the new song which also features Mary J. Blige. “I know me and Mariah didn’t end on a high note / But that other dude’s whipped, that p*ssy got him neutered / Tried to tell him this chick’s a nutjob ‘fore he got his jewels clipped / Almost got my caboose kicked? Fool, quit / You not gon’ do sh*t I let her chop my balls off, too ‘fore I lost to you, Nick.Eminem Raps A Response To Nick Cannon Claiming He Tried To Beat Him Up Over Mariah On Friday, Cannon said he did not plan a response. However, Today (December 9) he unleashed “The Invitation.” Cannon tapped a cast of guests for the diss, including Charlie Clips, Hitman Holla, Prince Eazy, and…Suge Knight. In his verse at the top of the song, Cannon addresses his relationship with Fat Joe. Then, he takes shots at Em’s family and his sobriety. “Ain’t no comin’ back, that’s a fact, this the invitation / Told Joe to lean back, don’t get hit with this retaliation / I f*ck with Crack, but the white boy, he f*ck with crack / Pills and smack, sh*t, and he ’bout to relapse / Call Kim, somebody get Hailie / And that other kid you raisin’, that ain’t even your baby / Took a page out of Drake book, this might get a Grammy / We goin’ back to back ’til you respond on the family / My baby mama killed you off a decade ago / You’re still cryin’ about it, b*tch, now who really the h*e?Eminem has historically been highly reactive to issues surrounding his family. Eminem Fires A Killshot Diss At MGK & Diddy Gets Caught In The Crossfire (Audio) St. Louis’ Hitman Holla, Chicago’s Prince Eazy, and Harlem’s Charlie Clips pile on bars. They all use punchlines to attack Eminem. However, it’s recorded calls from Suge Knight that may stand out most. The former Death Row Records executive who clowned peers for getting involved in the music offered a take while serving a 28-year prison sentence for murder. “You know, I don’t never do no talkin’, but Nick is family,” Knight says at the top of the song. “Nick Cannon is a force in it-itself, and if you have proper time for conversation, y’all got the same energy for doin’ stuff for the people. He not scared to do stuff for the people. So if this dude want a real target on his back, that’s on him. But don’t talk no sh*t and don’t fight. And you know what you call a man who ain’t gon’ stand up and fight? He’s a b*tch. We should tell the motherf*ckers in Detroit he got 24 hours to respond, or they need kick his ass out that mothaf*ckin’ city,” warns Knight in the middle of a lengthy harangue. DJ Quik Says Suge Knight Had Diddy’s Child’s Mother In His Room After The Source Awards In the 1990s and early 2000s, Knight’s roster regularly dissed Eminem, who had become Dr. Dre’s star protege, in addition to former Death Row acts. One of Eminem’s former bodyguards, Big Naz, has detailed accounts of several confrontations, including the 1999 Source Awards, where Death Row tried to intimidate Eminem.

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Jay Electronica & Dave East Have Experienced Homelessness. Now They Help Others

As December rolls in, many Americans across the country are experiencing the chill and snowy weather of the year’s winter months. While many are lucky enough to warm themselves up during these cold, long nights, there are an estimated half a million people in the U.S. who are experiencing homelessness on any given night. In New York City, homelessness is especially prominent. With over 8.5 million people currently residing within the city borders, 1 in every 121 is homeless. To combat this mounting issue, some of Hip-Hop’s most prominent members are stepping in. In partnership with New York City-based non-profit organization, Hoodies For The Homeless, Mass Appeal Records conjures the assistance of Jay Electronica and resident artists Dave East and 070 Phi to create their first collaborative record, “No Hoodie (Nothin’ To Lose).” With 070 Phi on the hook, Jay Elec’ and East deliver the cold hard truth on wax, rapping passionately about the harsh realities of living on the streets. A Newly Surfaced Jay Electronica Song Revisits His Time With Erykah Badu Before his Rap career took flight, Dave East struggled with homelessness. Over a dark, icy instrumental, Dave East opens up about this difficult time in his life, “I’m scared of the winter, New York can get colder than cold / Ask God to just open my soul / F*ck the system, no I don’t wanna vote / Not to mention I do not own a coat (Nah) / It’s freezin’ my ni**a / I don’t got cash and no credit, no Amex or Visa, my ni**a / Slept in my Jeep with the heat on, my ni**a / I’m starvin’ for real ain’t no secret, my ni**a / I was just tr’yna get my hands on the purp’, my man just got hit I seen that on a shirt / And I got a felony, it’s gon’ be hard to get work / F*ck the judge, I hope your honor get murked / Nobody helpin’ me, nobody there for me / Think of my mama, know she said a prayer for me / Pedestrians lookin’ so scared of me / Think I need therapy, please before somebody bury me.” Jay Electronica, who was also homeless, follows East’s heartfelt bars with a series of his own. Jay brings to light the causes behind the issue at hand, “Walk the streets with no face or name / Nothin’ left to do but embrace the pain / Wandering through this wilderness, where my only companion is hate and shame / Like Johnny Blaze, it’s f*ck the world / While I walk the line like Johnny Cash / Trapped between this light and dark like Johnny Depp was in Donnie Bras’ / Reagan to Trump, ain’t nothin’ changed / Politics is for the politicians / Full meltdown in this melting pot / While I roam the block with no pot to piss in / Guide me O, Thou Great Jehovah surrounded by these snakes and cobras / Constantly I’m getting high, ’cause this life is too harsh to face it sober / One nation under God, allegedly indivisible / Welcome to the American Dream where the homeless live invisible.” Jay Electronica Shows The Way To Make A Proper Hip-Hop Verse For A Love Song Last year, Styles P and Dave East performed a set at Irving Plaza in New York City in support of Hoodies For The Homeless. Since 2015, the organization has collected and provided over 60,000 hoodies and warm clothing to homeless in New York City at a street value of over 1.2 million dollars. This year, Dave East released Survival. The Def Jam/Mass Appeal LP features Nas, DJ Premier, E-40, and Fabolous, among others.

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