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Exclusive: Ghostface Killah Confirms ODB Biopic is “Greenlit,” New Wu Music on the Way

Ghostface Killah wants you all to know he’s working — better yet, the whole Wu-Tang Clan is working!

As the iconic rap collective is still celebrating 25 years since the release of their debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), there was one other thing worth commemorating as well: the would-be 50th birthday of departed member Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

ODB, as he was commonly nicknamed by anyone in the Hip-Hop community who love the Wu (i.e. everybody), passed away 14 years ago this week, just two days before his 36th birthday. Last night (Nov 15), on what would’ve been his 50th, his presence was felt on such an astounding level during a tribute concert held in his memory at The Roulette Intermedium in the heart of Brooklyn. From guest performances by his son Young Dirty Bastard — the similarities as he covered his dad’s biggest hits felt almost eerie at times — plus a host of ’90s rap vets, including Channel Live’s own Hakim Green sparking the stage with “mad izms” on the mic, to a full-out Wu-Tang reunion to close out the night that saw Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa and RZA handling things behind the booth to run through a gamut of classic records, the night truly turned out to be one for the books. Even Busta Rhymes came through to show love, filling in for ODB to give a stellar rendition of “Brooklyn Zoo,” in addition to telling the funniest 10-minute-long story that involved Dirty causing some serious ruckus on a plane with his infamous glass-shattering high notes. The Golden Era was preserved with mad respect last night, and The Source was just happy to be in the building.

Here’s what Hakim had to say about the Wu legacy and the first time he witnessed their collective greatness when we caught up with him backstage:

“You have to understand, the first time I heard ‘Protect Your Neck,’ I was at a college party at Rutgers University. My boys John Chambers and Dudley had this DJ crew called the Mob, so they always was pulling out the hottest shit first. Party was packed, I’m way in the back, and all of a sudden that ‘Protect Your Neck’ dropped and I’m like, ‘WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?!’ At that time, the West Coast was really beating things up in Hip-Hop, so to have that in New York and it just be so authentically New York just brought the shit right back to the East Coast. 25 years later, they still just got the game in the palm of their hands and it’s a beautiful thing. I’m in the gym everyday, and it’s Wu-Tang [on the playlist] — Every. Single. Day. That’s my workout regime right there. They put me in the state of mind of boom bap, RZA with the tracks, and just bars galore coming at you. Wu-Tang is a very important piece to Hip-Hop culture — one of the greatest Hip-Hop crews of all-time and some of the illest solo artists of all-time.”

Of course, the night came full circle when we got the golden opportunity to chop it up with none other than “Cherchez La Ghost” himself. Ghostface dropped tons of knowledge on why Wu-Tang Clan is so important to the culture after over two decades of dominating the game, what’s in store for the crew — new music as a group and some solo stuff! — an update on that Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic in the works, and a hilarious story time moment with ODB that involves him and the eccentric MC posing as legendary Philly R&B group The Stylistics. Yep, they went there!

Keep scrolling to see Ghostface Killah break down the culture of the Wu for us in an exclusive chat in-between rocking the stage alongside his fellow Clan kinfolk, which you see in full detail with the images provided below:

“Nah, it’s like, put it like this: when [Wu-Tang Clan] came in, I knew that we was coming to take heads off but I didn’t know it would be a magnitude where the world would recognize us as that crew. You got many rap crews that came, but to wind up in conversations as one of the top of all-time, if not “the”, is just [amazing]. I’m just a young man from Staten Island, you know what I mean? All praises due to the Most High; everything worked out right through hard work and the talent that each individual had. THE most High definitely moved us on to the next.

—Ghostface Killah, on the long-lasting, ongoing respect that Wu-Tang Clan continues to receive.

“Being here, representing my brother [Ol’ Dirty Bastard] — that’s my brother! I had to at least come, show face and pay my respect, you know what I mean, and let him know that I’m in the building so his energy can just feel my love that I always had for him. His family his here — I seen his daughter the other day and told her I’d do my best to make it and come through. By the grace of God I got here.”

—Ghostface Killah, on making it through NYC’s first blizzard of the season to show love for ODB.

“We just looking to continue that legacy with him. He got a movie that we doing with him — the Ol’ Dirty Bastard movie. We gonna start working on that the top of the year, and it’s already greenlit. We don’t got to sell it to nobody. That’ll will come along with the Wu albums and our solo shit or whatever. We’re just working! It was our 25th anniversary last Friday, so clearly we here to stay.”

—Ghostface Killah, on the ODB biopic announced this past September.

“I’m just grateful, bruh. Brothers been locked up and got jail records, but to turn that around and to stand where we standing at — it gets no better. You have to humble yourself and receive that blessing. It’s about understanding who gave you that blessing.”

—Ghostface Killah, on the many tribulations Wu-Tang had to overcome to achieve the legendary status they each enjoy today.

“[My record could come] any time now. I’ve polished up a lot of stuff I needed to for myself, and also did a lot of little shit for other people that really wasn’t my record, independent shit and whatnot. My records [could drop] at the top of the year, so that’s when those will start going out. That’s not even my Supreme Clientele shit — I’m gonna do the Wu album first and then drop my stuff somewhere after that so it don’t get mixed up. I’ll drop an album somewhere within February or March [2019], just before I drop the Wu album. We busy! It’s a lot of us, so you got to be busy. How not?”

—Ghostface Killah, on new Wu projects scheduled for 2019.

“There’s just too many [memories with OBD]. There’s a lot of shit I really can’t talk about, you know what I mean, but I’ll tell you one thing: that brother right there [is special]. I remember one time we were out of town, and this was before we did Wu-Tang shit, and this muthafucka had these females thinking that we were The Stylistics [Laughs]. He put the tape in and started singing and shit, and we tell them, ‘Yo that’s our shit right there — that’s out new shit!’ I think we might’ve been in Virginia. We was like that for a couple of days, and I think they probably still think that was us! [Laughs]”

—Ghostface Killah, on his greatest personal memory of Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Rest in absolute Power, Dirt McGirt. We miss you…

Images: Brian Fraser

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Drake Visits Jason of Beverley Hills to Buy a Few Gifts For Migos

The last time Drake visited Jason of Beverley Hills, he left with a life-sized owl pendant.  Keep in mind this pendant came equipped with more than a kilo of gold, more than 100 carats of Asscher cut diamonds.

Astonishingly, it is larger than Jason’s hand. Without a doubt, Drizzy must’ve dropped a big bag on his gleaming owl. However, there’s never a shortage of funds when you embark on a three month, 54-show tour across the U.S. and Canada with Hip Hop’s leading trio.

In fact, Aubrey and the Three Migos are still running up checks considering five shows remain on the schedule. Still, Drizzy found time to call Jason and have him create a few new gleaming pieces. When you can afford it, and your friends are actively contributing to securing a bag, its only right you pay them respect in diamonds  (ice, ice, ice, ice, ice, ice).

Therefore, Drizzy split the bag to drop more than a few bands on a few diamond gifts for the Migos. We spoke exclusively with Jason the jeweler, CEO of Jason of BH. He provided us with some intimate details on the gifts.

Asking a few curious questions, we learned that each chain is equipped with 1,196 Round and Asscher shape diamonds, approximately 20 carats apiece.  It’s important to note these are all flawless diamonds.

The pavè and prong settings ensure every diamond will dance across the 19′ chain like the late Mike Jack for years to come.

Offset is already flaunting his gift on his Instagram stories. We wish we had generous friends like Drizzy.

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K-Shine Holds The Culture Down: Dominates Jae Millz 3-0 At LHS5

The smoke has settled and Rare Breed Entertainment’s Lift His Soul 5 was a huge success. Highlighted by the generational collision between Harlem’s returning veteran Jae Millz and the new kid running the block, K-Shine, LHS5 proved that if you are an industry cat coming into this arena… you better be ready to play.

Despite all the tough talk at the press conference, video blogs, social media tirades, not everyone could deliver the win that they promised at the event at Club Drom on Saturday.

Drom was packed, wall to wall. The tight squeeze did not stop the fans from enjoying the show. Kicking off the show was the one round SK battles. Eyse Kold came out swinging against Zay Smoove. Both men delivered a valiant effort but it seemed like Eyse’s bars hit harder (especially after he won the crowd over).  Then, there was KD vs Butta From Da Block. Butta held it down for the block as he seemed to overpower KD with delivery, bars, and performance.

Transitioning to the three-round format, Shooney Da Rapper took on QB Black Diamond. As the only women on the card, they proved to be just as disrespectful and lyrical as their aggressive male counterparts. As an illustration, during the press conference, Shooney appeared as the pretty one with the sharp tongue. Looking pretty, she slighted QB for taking battles at “hole in the wall” spots. Meanwhile, QB came back hard with the statement that could simply not be scoffed at, “For four bands, I’m focused on the bag.” The disrespect was on high and continued on the Saturday stage. QB represented Connecticut well. Even pointing out that Shooney had relocated to CT, suggesting that she wanted to be like her. Not letting any slick shots slide, QB turned up the disrespect more than a few notches and swayed the crowd. With momentum on her side, she was persistent with bars, and aggression throughout her performance. Both ladies not only gave a good show but demonstrated that female battle rap is still alive and well.  We score it 3-0 for QB.Fans have been saying that the battle is debatable. While you heard more people saying QB won, those who give it to Shooney did so because she possessed the fuller package. Queen of The Ring owner, Debo, gave it to Shooney and the two of them have been at odds for a while now.

Then there was the long overdue meeting between Jimz and Kitchen Qleen. All weekend, Qleen maintained that this was a battle that no one wanted to see. In fact, at the press conference, he told Jimz, “don’t nobody give a fuck about this. Y’all know who they here to see.” He continued, “The only reason this battle got any hype is because I no-showed you twice.” If you thought that was funny, he took the cake when he said, “I took this battle so I could watch Jae Millz vs K-Shine live, for free.”

Fast forward to the main stage Jimz came out punching in round one. Clearly, he was relieved to get a few things off his chest. Still, Qleeen seemed to laugh it off as he kept churning out comical-aggressive bars. Even so, Jimz kept firing back. In the third,  Qleen,  got a little personal and the crowd responded to his effort. And that is it in a nutshell. If anyone says that Jimz won (and no slight to Jimz cause he gets busy), it is a lukewarm win because QP did not come to cook the entire battle… though he did better than what people thought he would. Jimz is an incredible rapper that understands his craft. He just needs opponents that respect him enough to not make him always look like he is over prepared for people who feel like they could roll out the bed and beat him. 2-1 either way.

Next, was the main event Qleen said we all came to see: Jae Millz vs K-Shine.

It seemed like the walls were beginning to sweat as the crowd multiplied and the heat was introduced. Sporting his “Showtime” grey, purple and gold Zip Em’ Up sweatsuit, Shine was ready to work. Millz stayed true to his era as he took the stage wearing the classic Larry Bird Celtics warm-up. Millz revealed later revealed boxer Adrien Broner bet $10k on Shine to win. (Dang… sorry bro!)

Shine won the toss and dictated the pace early on. Describing this verbal fight like a boxing match: Shine was throwing haymakers, uppercuts and sticking the jab, mixing up the combos. His delivery won the crowd. Though the first round was his best round, Millz seemed to be limited in what he could do in this era of clever spit kickers. Shine locked up the momentum, tapping into his well seasoned arsenal of battle tricks. Pulling charisma and punching out of the bag (time and time again), he made Millz seem old and out of date.  It did not help that Millz kept saying, “Y’all sleep,” further dismissing the crowd for not getting his rhymes.

The crowd held no punches as the 3-0 chants echoed through the building. We could not help but reflect on what Millz said exclusively to The Source at the RBE LHS5 press conference and he said, “After I show y’all I can do it in this era, what’s the conversation? I’m back, battle rap ain’t safe!” Too bad it did not go his way.

We were not the only ones excited to see Millz return to battle rap. Actually, we salute him for aiming at the top. But the hard truth is he will need to sharpen his steel if he wants to be a threat in this era. Perhaps, he should speak to Goodz. He has been able to compete in several eras and not be seen as an old head but as a competitor. Goodz was there in the classic street battle days (think about when he told Aye Verb he had to go attend to a lady and would not be battling in the street), and just had a debatable battle with Tay Roc (many said he won) earlier this year.

DNA spoke with 15 Minutes of Fame Radio and he acknowledged the significance of winning the crowd. “In battles it be momentum… It be shit I be saying, but if I don’t have the crowd its over. Whether they got it or not, that thing was clear [3-0].”

We also spoke exclusively with Jimz after the battle regarding the winner of Millz vs Shine. He said, “Quote me: Shine dirty 30.”

Last was supposed to be Ill Will vs Calicoe. However, due to time constraints, the show continued outside the venue. Taking things back to the essence, they battled in the traditional circled crowd. Though not planned, this is a nod to a gloss down direction in battle rap that we adore. URL does this well with their new series Banned and the Volume series. Salute to A.R.P. for making sure we received the link to this battle. Millz vs Shine was cool for the culture, but Will vs Calicoe was indeed a classic.

Bar-for-Bar, showmanship-for-showmanship, even with no additional crowd, both men brought their best.

Two Michigan men, anytime two titans of the same city battle, the energy is electric. Ending round one, Will makes it clear he didn’t come to play.

“I saw what you did to[Tay] Roc and [Pat] Stay and the lack of damage they done. But I’m not Roc, nor Stay… You better handle that son! Play me like Roc and Stay, You gon’ get Rocked and Stay on the ground till the ambulance come.”

Calicoe stood his ground in the second round.

“In yo trailer, you said, ‘Calicoe never liked me.’ You sound like a bitch. He from the Mich–Why wouldn’t I fuck with him? X called me like, ‘You notice Will start dissin’ Team Homi’ At the time we still tryna’ kill New York niggas–you siding with em’. So it ain’t like I just didn’t like you. I said fuck you-you NY nigga, you dying with em’ don’t get sidetracked.”

Both men maintain they have no issues beyond rap. Even so, Cal got a little too close to Will by the end of round two and a brief struggle ensued. With everything unfolding on camera, A.R.P restored order and the third round commenced. An all-around classic battle, to say the least. We have to call this a 2-1 either way.

In closing, 2018 has been an amazing year for the battle rap. Salute to A.R.P. and RBE for continuing to elevate the soul of the culture.


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Stacey Abrams Receives Endorsement from Diddy for Governor of Georgia

It is no secret that Diddy has a knack for influencing history. Yesterday, the “Bad Boy for Life” took to Twitter to declare he has officially endorsed Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams for the position of governor of the state of Georgia. If Abrams campaign is victorious, she will become the first Black woman to become governor in America.

“Attention Georgia!!! I’m officially endorsing @staceyabrams for Governor,” Diddy wrote. “She is without a doubt the right person for the job. But the only way this can happen is if you get out and vote. Let your voice be heard, don’t let anything stop you from voting!! IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK.”

The tweet was accompanied with a video where the Hip-Hop tycoon is seen urging Georgia residents to vote for Abrams.

“It’s not just because of that. Its because she’s for the people. She’s behind the people. But right now she needs the people,” said Diddy.

Stacey Abrams is running against Brian Kemp of the Republican party for midterm elections. Hip-Hop notables have been active in support of Abrams’ historical campaign. Atlanta rap stars Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, and T.I. have also expressed their support towards the vigorous candidate. In July, T.I. got the chance to interview Abrams for The Atlanta Voice where the two touched based matters in the likes of education reform and small businesses. According to The Cut, the campaign also received a boost from talk show legend Oprah last week when she rolled with Abrams’ team to knock on the doors Georgia residents and grace town halls.

“I’m here today for Stacey Abrams,” Oprah declared at a Georgia town hall. “I am here for the men and women who were lynched, humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed, and oppressed, for the right for equality at the polls.”

With the wide span of support Abrams is receiving, there is no doubt at her chance at making history.

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Rihanna Does Not Want Her Music Playing At Trump Rallies

In light of midterm elections, celebrities are in the habit of making it known where they stand, including Rihanna. Over the weekend, the pop singer strongly dismissed the use of her music at Trump rallies after a Washington Post reporter, Philip Rucker highlighted the act in a recent tweet. According to Rucker, Rihanna’s smash hit “Don’t Stop The Music” was blasting during a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee while tossing around free Trump shirts.

“It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics,” Rucker tweeted. “Currently, Rihanna’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it.”

Rihanna managed to come across Rucker’s remark and immediately debunked any harmonious type of support towards president number 45. In response to Rucker’s tweet, the “Diamonds” songstress dismissed the idea of her or any of her fans attending a Trump rally and thanked the Washington Post reporter for the “heads up.”

“Not for much longer…me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!” Rhianna tweeted.

Rhianna’s dismissal of Trump support comes after the pop star endorsed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor of Florida on Sunday. She also encouraged voters to support Amendment 4, a clause that restores the voting rights of Florida residents with felony convictions.

“You have the opportunity to make history this election,” she wrote. “The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first!”

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FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!

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Candace Owens Sends Out an Apology To Kanye West After He Denounces “Blexit” Movement

Many people had ambivalent feelings yesterday after Kanye West announced he’d be taking a step back from politics, also in the process admitting fault on his end in regards to his political alignment. Should we forgive? Is it a little too late? All of these things left former fans and current supporters in a state of confusion, but now the one looking for forgiveness is ‘Ye’s former (?) friend and fellow Trump supporter, Candace Owens.

Opening up in a long-winded blog post on her personal website, Owens decided to publicly apologize to Kanye for involving him in a movement that he didn’t particularly agree to be apart of. It’s a pretty extensive read, but here’s the part where she mentions the “Touch The Sky” MC directly:

“There are so many people in this world who love Kanye West because they know he is great and powerful and cool, but not every person in this world knows what it means to have someone’s rap lyrics literally save you.

The people that attended the BLEXIT launch do, however. The emotion in that room was real and was raw, and to them – like to me – Kanye is a literal superhero.

The moment we were building— a moment that included kids who had similar backgrounds and experiences to me; the moment that included people who had served prison sentences, grown up without fathers, were currently living in group homes, or took their first plane rides that day— was never about cameras or celebrities or press or designs. It was about superheroes. It was about the Herculean strength it takes to chase after your dreams when everyone tells you that they can’t be realized.

#BLEXIT was always about teaching those people to fly.

If I had to imagine what it would feel like to have a bullet pierce my heart, it would be exactly like the moment I learned Kanye told the world he felt I had used him.

I wouldn’t wish the way I felt last night upon my worst enemy.

I never once said that Kanye designed the t-shirts for BLEXIT. This is a lie that seems to have made its way around the world; a lie I would like to again correct for the record. Kanye was completely right to feel used in that regard and as I have done personally, I would like to publicly apologize to him for any undue stress or pain the effort to correct that rumor has caused him, his business relationships, or his family. He simply never designed them.

I am a leader, and I would like to lead in this moment by stating that any and all confusion relating to this topic is therefore my fault, entirely.

I would also like to publicly apologize to President Trump, as I know that Kanye’s tweets were rapidly misinterpreted as a shot to this administration.

His tweets were aimed at me and me only, rightfully, for my personal failings.
I bare full responsibility.”

Although she writes that she “never once said that,” take a look at the video below from the rally at hand that alludes to ‘Ye’s involvement in the “Blexit” design:

In the speech, Candance clearly states, “Blexit is a renaissance, and I am blessed to say, that this logo — these colors — were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West.” It sounds a little like she’s skirting around the language, but anyone could take the speech above as a clear declaration that Kanye had some involvement in the design. Meanwhile, he’s maintaining that he had “nothing to do with it.”

Listen, fam…


Let us know what you think about Candace Owens’ apology to Kanye. Should she be forgiven? Should he be forgiven? Does he even want to be? Sound off with your opinions over on Facebook and Twitter to let us know.

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Funkmaster Flex Goes on Twitter to Double Down on His Recent Message For Drake

In case you missed it, Funkmaster Flex had a few choice words to get off his chest yesterday during the latest #Freestyle112 segment on his show, which features New York rappers Styles P and Dave East. Peep Part 1 below to refresh your memory on what got him so amped:

Now, Part 2 is where things got interesting. The legendary on-air host had some strong words for who many believed to be Drake, sending his fans to the defense of their Scorpion king. Watch the second part below, and while the freestyle is definitely worth watching, Flex starts going in around the 6:00 mark:

Of course, Flex must’ve been feeling the heat from one of the biggest fanbases around, and decided to do all but confirm that he was in fact talking about Drizzy, in addition to getting a few more verbal jabs in:

This all stems of course from Drake’s recent appearance on HBO’s LeBron James-hosted The Shop series, where the rapper weighted in on the rules to the game when it comes to battle rap. This led to Styles and Dave East commenting on the subject with great points not too long after on Ebro In The Morning, which ultimately led to where we are now on the debate.

No word on if Drake has gotten wind of any of this, but let’s hope it ends here. We can’t take another rap beef in the culture right now.

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Has Jimmy Butler Played His Last Game for the Timberwolves?

Jimmy Butler is not playing in the Timberwolves’ game on Wednesday night against Utah. It’s the latest step in a six-week standoff between the disgruntled All-Star and the team that has not yet granted his wish to be traded, According to Shams Charania, the move is part of Butler’s plan to get traded as soon as possible and it could lead to an extended absence beyond tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz.

Charania notes that Butler started contemplating not playing tonight on Tuesday, and the final decision was made Wednesday morning when he informed coach Tom Thibodeau of his decision. That said, the Wolves are explaining Butler’s absence for tonight’s game as “general soreness and precautionary rest.”

In six games this season, Butler leads the Timberwolves with 22.5 points per game, in addition to 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 3 steals. The Timberwolves, 3-4, will host the Utah Jazz tonight before embarking on a five-game road trip that includes a trip to Oracle Arena on Friday night, followed by matchups against the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers, and Sacramento Kings.

The Houston Rockets recently made an offer for Butler that included four first-round picks but, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews, league sources suggest that any potential offer from Houston must also include shooting guard Eric Gordon.

It’s unfortunate that the Timberwolves and Butler can’t see eye to eye on this one. The longer the drama continues between both parties, the less likelihood is there for a fair equal trade value.

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10 Scariest Rap Feuds in Hip-Hop History

What’s beef? Well, it’s one of the most synonymous occurrences in Hip-Hop that, regardless of how much people try to protest it, gets factored into the culture on a level of near entertainment. Basically, we really can’t just all get along. Sometimes though, rap wars can get a little scary.

Some of you may be at this very moment getting the popcorn ready for the next Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B round, but at the core of it all there are two influential women in Hip-Hop going to blows (literally just a few months ago!), that left the latter rap queen receiving death threats on her infant daughter, allegedly by way of the fanbase of the former rap queen. Honestly, it shouldn’t have even got to that level.

As we celebrate the spooky festivities of Halloween today, let’s look back a few scary instances in the history of Hip-Hop beefs that left us feeling like shook ones. Let’s hope it never get as deep as these 10 unfortunate lyrical battles:


What Had Us Shook:
This one is fairly new and probably still going on, but YG, known for his well-documented Blood Gang affiliation, and Tekashi, who throws up signs and reps Tr3yway whenever he can, almost turned this rap war into a full-out #GangGang situation. Any time a beef goes down that route, we can’t help but be fearful of the outcome.


What Had Us Shook:
Known to many as the greatest of his generation, Kendrick Lamar made a huge proclamation with his “I’m the King of New York” line on that infamous “Control” verse heard all throughout Hip-Hop. The scary part wasn’t even the actual rappers from NYC that came for his neck — many kept quiet, and the few who did step up didn’t do the Big Apple much justice — but the actual people of New York almost denounced Kung Fu Kenny. It was a bit touch and go there for a bit, but luckily K. Dot’s talent shined through and he avoided a damn-near ban from the five-borough-strong rap mecca — even headlining HOT 97’s Summer Jam this past summer. He might still have a few hitters in BK a bit salty, though.


What Had Us Shook:
It’s scary to just watch Azealia constantly dig herself into a deeper black hole as an industry outsider with every beef she gets herself into — she usually is the one starting it, too! Like, honestly, who beefs with a 4’11, cute-as-a-button Disney Channel star?! Next up: Azealia Banks vs. Mickey Mouse. Smh.


What Had Us Shook:
To have these ladies on our own cover (Feb 1997; No. 89), just to see them years later beef on wax and then go through that horrible HOT 97 incident that actually sent Kim to prison left a huge damper on Hip-Hop. Unfortunately, things haven’t repaired between these two still, and it’s probably set the tone for all these other “Battle of the Femcees” that we’ve been seeing recently.


What Had Us Shook:
Everyone knows that kids are strictly off limits, so when Star got on air and made crude comments about Envy’s wife and made a statement about his daughter that we’d rather not repeat, things could have easily turned for the absolute worse. We’re glad Envy was able to take the higher road here, but it send chills down our spine to think of what could’ve happened if someone acted on Star’s request.


What Had Us Shook:
Sure, this was primarily “50 Cent vs. Ja Rule,” but crews, affiliates and label support from both sides contributed to some real-life tribulations for both parties involved. We may not ever really know what happened that night at the Hit Factory 18 years ago, but it’s still enough drama there to have 50 buying 200 front row sets to Ja Rule’s latest concert just so they stay empty. Damn, homie!


What Had Us Shook:
We hate to see family feud, especially when both sides are equally legendary and reckless behind the mic. The song title “No Vaseline” alone should send shivers down your spine. Thankfully, this was one beef that was able to both be repaired and turned into Hollywood gold with 2015’s Straight Outta Compton movie — all surviving members contributed to the script, united and better than ever.


What Had Us Shook:
The scariest thing here is that it involved two of our favorite MCs and, still, you can’t really determine who really won. Of course “Ether” ate “Super Ugly,” but it also ended with Hov literally becoming the president of Esco’s label. We don’t even want to get into the lyrical shots — let’s just leave “baby seats” and “Hawaiian Sophie fame” in the past!


What Had Us Shook:
As one of the earliest rap feuds in the history of Hip-Hop, it’s still one of the most disturbing. This went far beyond chains, fighting over women or dissing rap skills; this was for the territorial ownership of rap. Had things gotten too serious between the two pioneering crews, it could’ve left a dent on the rap game that we’d still be trying to recover from. Scary thought, indeed!


What Had Us Shook:
Unfortunately, our biggest fears came true in this rap war: neither side made it out alive. When it comes to Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, we’re positive that the “what if’s,” “why’s” and multiple regrets fill those involved on a daily basis. If there’s one example of why beef shouldn’t go down in the first place, the loss of these two icons is the best example you’re going to get. R.I.P…

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Marvel to Develop a Falcon and Winter Soldier Series for Disney’s Upcoming Streaming Service

Marvel and Disney are getting ready to enter the streaming war. Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier are reportedly set to team up and star in a new limited series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. As reported by Variety, Malcom Spellman, writer and co-executive producer on Fox’s Empire, has been chosen to write a series that is focused on Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson, Winter Soldier and Falcon respectively.

Sebastian Stan has played Winter Soldier since 2011’s Captain America, while Anthony Mackie has portrayed Falcon since Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Disney’s streaming service is an aggressive play to take on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu (although after the Fox merger, that last one may wind up being just another arm of the conglomerate’s business). The cancelation of both Luke Cage and Iron Fist over the last month is an indication that Disney intends to bring Marvel properties back into the Magic Kingdom gates.

In addition to these newly reported series, Disney has already announced that it will be delivering audiences the first live-action Star Wars series, which is being developed by Jon Favreau and is rumored to have a production budget estimated at $100 million. A Marvel series would likely necessitate a similar budget, making the upcoming service an ambitious endeavor.

The streaming service is set to launch next year and is intended to be the home of Disney’s vast library of programming, including Marvel and Star Wars properties, in addition to countless Disney classics.

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