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Today In Hip Hop History: Dr. Dre Released His Sophomore Solo Album ‘The Chronic 2001’ 19 Years Ago

On this day in 1999, legendary super-producer Dr. Dre put out Chronic 2001, his last album before a 16 year hiatus. Containing some of the most known tracks in rap, Chronic 2001 has been extremely successful over the years. As of July 2013 the album has been certified septuple platinum, selling 7,664,000 copies in the United States alone and with the recent success of the film Straight Outta Compton, one can only imagine the increase in its sales that is to come. Dr. Dre is an artist known for the breaks he takes between albums. Chronic 2001, the follow up to The Chronic, came seven years after its predecessor and although it may have been an excruciating period of time to wait, each project he’s delivered has been more than worth the time spent wondering what it would consist of.

The quality of work that makes up Chronic 2001 is epic. Of course, the production of this album is more solid than most coming from Dre himself along with Mel-Man and Lord Finesse, but he vocal features that were at Dre’s disposal due to his success at the time also helped to make this project such a classic. Rappers such as The D.O.C., Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Xzibit, Nate Dogg and Eminem made appearances on this album. It would be an understatement to say that this project was an influential part of west coast rap and culture.

As previously stated, this album was widely regarded and critically acclaimed. It debuted in 1999 at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart where it peaked and sold 516,000 copies in its first week. The album also claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, #4 on the UK Album Chart, and #17 in the Dutch Albums Chart. As far as its legacy, the album has made its appearances on music charts worldwide since its release and is #17 on the Billboard 200 chart for the 2000s. Its hit single “Still D.R.E.”, is certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA and is a household name in the Hip Hop world.

Dr. Dre’s successes following this album are enough to make a second movie about. His influence on rap and rap culture span a generation and his place in pop culture as a whole has been cemented due to what he has accomplished. We can only sit back and watch what the mastermind that is Dr. Dre has in store for us in the coming years.

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Eminem Celebrates 8 Mile 16-Year Anniversary: “B-Rabbit In The House”

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Grammy-winning rapper Eminem just went down memory lane. The hip-hop veteran hit up social media Thursday (November 8) to reflect on the 16-year anniversary of his 8 Mile movie.

Slim Shady went to Instagram with an unforgettable moment from the 2002 flick.

Last year, Marshall Mathers shared some incredible Cheddar Bob 8 Mile gear.

The same month, Em’s manager Paul Rosenberg assured 8 Mile fans some merch would soon drop.

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Eminem Celebrates Marshall Mathers LP 2 Anniversary

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Grammy-winning rapper Eminem is putting some respect on his own name. The hip-hop veteran has celebrated hitting the five-year anniversary of his Marshall Mathers LP 2 album.

Slim Shady went to Instagram this week to acknowledge the special date and encourage fans to grab the project’s deluxe edition.

Last month, the rap star’s recently released Kamikaze album reached platinum status.

Back in September, Em shared some of the hardest-hitting negative album reviews and flexed the project’s sales.

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D12’s Bizarre made sure to celebrate Em’s latest sales accomplishment.

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“Bodied” – A Film By EMINEM & The Producers Of 8 MILE – In Theaters Friday November 2nd – Get Tickets Now!

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Eminem Buys Out Detroit Movie Theater For New “Bodied” Movie

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Grammy-winning rapper Eminem really wants Motown to come out tomorrow. The hip-hop star has bought out a theater in his Detroit hometown for fans to come through to see his new Bodied movie.

Em went to social media Thursday (November 1) to announce his unexpected gesture and encouraged followers to see the movie Friday and Saturday night.

The movie even sparked a big co-sign from G-Unit boss 50 Cent who hyped up the new release.

Last month, Em delivered an explicit sneak peek which featured Berkeley graduate student Adam Merkin experiencing an up-close look at just how much intensity goes into battle rapping.

Produced by Eminem and directed by Joseph Khan, one of the biggest music video directors of all time (from Wu Tang Clan to Taylor Swift), “Bodied” is a go-for-the-jugular, hilarious look inside the competitive world of rap battles. Berkeley grad student Adam Merkin (Calum Worthy; “American Vandal,” “Austin & Ally”) gets sucked into the game after meeting icon Behn Grym (Jackie Strong; BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and accidentally competing in—and winning—his first battle. Rising through the ranks of the battle scene with his provocative insults, Adam alienates his academic buddies, uptight girlfriend, and literary professor father (Anthony Michael Hall).

The new movie officially hits theaters tomorrow (November 2) in select cities.

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Hip-Hop’s Hidden Horror: ‘Da Hip Hop Witch’

Everyone loves a good urban legend and there’s no better time for urban legends than Halloween. Yesterday at The Source, several of us writers were gathered around brainstorming stories for Halloween. We started with the obvious- scary movies. Now, while horror movies have never been known for their high cinematic standards, studio executives have spent millions of dollars trying to make them more appealing. While most resort to the tactic of better special effects or even more gore, occasionally an out-of-the-box thinker gets it in his or her head to cast a big name.

Where most serious actors shy away from the horror/scary movie genre,  some Hip-Hop artists have stepped up to the plate, swung, and…definitely missed. Sure, there were the obvious contenders: LL Cool J in H20, Trey Songz in Texas Chainsaw Massacre (giving whole new meaning to “make them say ah”), Busta Rhymes in Halloween: Resurrection, Rah Digga in ‘Thir13en Ghosts (ok, that one was actually good), Ice-T in Leprechaun, and probably even more that we forgot about.

But it was an accident that led us to the urban legend of Da Hip Hop Witch.

While researching exactly which horror movie(s) Ja Rule appeared in, we stumbled upon Da Hip Hop Witch, a 2000 horror movie that, despite featuring major talent such as Ja Rule, Eminem, Mobb Deep, Vanilla Ice, Royce da 5’9’, Charlie Baltimore, Pras, Vitamin C, Benzino, and a few others, remained buried like a haunted artifact deep below the earth’s surface.

With an all-star lineup and a trailer tagline of “You can take the witch out of the wood, but you can’t take the witch out of the hood,” the only question is: how has mainstream America never heard of this cinematic masterpiece?

Well, Eminem’s people tried to bury it, for one.

Yet despite a blurry trailer on IMDB, there was almost no proof that this movie ever actually existed. Did it exist? Why wasn’t it available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Hulu, or Netflix?

Wait, do any of us really exist?

Based on the sparse and often vague recycled reports on the Internet, the possibility that such a movie ever existed began to dwindle.

It had become our Halloween urban legend.

Until we found it (don’t ask how) and realized that this wasn’t just any urban legend, it was our urban legend. That’s right, 18 years ago, The Source may have played a significant role in this obscure film, leaving nothing but a small trail of breadcrumbs for the next generation of writers to follow. Which we did with enthusiasm.

The premise of the movie is simple: A witch is terrorizing Hip-Hop artists. But she isn’t a normal witch, she’s a “cool witch.” Instead of the traditional green skin and warts, she’s allegedly “thick” with “a fat ass” and “big ol’ titties.”

To quote one of the film’s aspiring thespians, “the witch got a big ass. I’d fuck the witch.”

The movie, likely written by someone on bath salts, is a half-assed attempt to parody The Blair Witch Project. It opens up with Ja Rule (in all of his 2000 glory days’ prime) advising people to “stay away from the hairy witch bitch.”

How was this not nominated for an Oscar?

The picture’s extremely loose plotline focuses on three key groups of people: the writers at the still-unnamed Hip-Hop magazine (which, if several Yahoo users are to believed, is supposed to be The Source), the montage of early 2000’s rappers, and five white kids with a pug (aptly named “Pug”) from Salem, Massachusetts (where witches are all evidently from). Shaky camera shots, Motorola brick phones, late 90’s computers, dial-up internet, and fax machines also play strong supporting roles in the movie.

Following the credits, a group of aspiring artists are in producer Mr. Z’s studio. They’re talking about how to become “as big as Ricky Martin” and the subject of the Hip-Hop witch comes up. Apparently she “puts her finger up people’s butt.” Yet despite this unwanted anal assault, every artist who has been attacked by the Hip-Hop witch sees an increase in record sales.

Seriously, who wrote this?

Cut to a young Eminem in a button-down plaid shirt straight from the Gap’s summer 1999 line and wait for it…wait for it…a dog tag. After being assaulted by the witch, he’s holed up in his studio with fellow rappers. Meanwhile, new writer DeeDee is trying to make a name for herself by proving that the urban legend of the Hip-Hop witch is true. She does a lot of faxing to accomplish this.

After a reward of $10 million is offered for the witch, the five white kids and Pug decide that being from Salem, they have what it takes to find the witch. In true stereotypical fashion, one white guy has dreads, one always wears sunglasses, and one girl has pink hair. The dreads guide the group.

I can’t make this up.

Cut to more shaky camera shots of rappers in the studio talking about the Hip-Hop witch. However, it should be noticed that the Hip-Hop witch is an equal opportunity witch. She doesn’t just target men. She also attacked pop artist Vitamin C, probably for making that stupid graduation song.

Back at the office, in between beeps from the fax machine, DeeDee tells her editor that she has the “hot story” about the Hip-Hop witch that could be big news for the magazine. The editor deflects by awkwardly throwing shade at Billboard magazine and tells DeeDee to get back to work faxing things.

About halfway through, The Source makes an appearance as the five kids and Pug from Salem are doing their research, using the magazine, and realize that the “witch” has been only targeting Mr. Z’s artists, leading them to believe that (plot twist) there is no witch.

While doing her serious investigative journalism, DeeDee is faxing things and the company CEO comes in and tells her she has a nice ass. This has zero bearing on the plot whatsoever, but it lends itself to the movie’s overarching theme of “nice asses.”

Also, how much stuff did people fax in 2000?

More shaky cam shots and rapper cameos ensue. The pug makes an appearance in a stolen car. The artists continue to sit in the studio, make beats, and talk about how hot the witch is. The witch steals Big Rock’s car. No further explanation is given.

Eminem is still holed up inside his studio and still talking about how the witch put a finger up his butt. And he sort of liked it. Vanilla Ice, donning a late 90’s ball chain necklace, describes the witch as “a naked chick” with “something scary about her.” Then he resumes getting a tattoo.

Because who doesn’t get interviewed in a tattoo parlor?

The five white kids go to Mr. Z and tell him that there is no witch. He lines them up like he’s going to kill them but then tells them to run. In what can only be described as a Halloween night supernatural event, five white kids from the suburbs outrun Mr. Z’s entire crew. Just as the action is starting to wane, Mobb Deep is abducted in a Blair Witch-project montage. All we see is on the screen is blackness. All we hear is screams and a dog growling. You do not mess with Pug, apparently.

Mr. Z and his crew exchange money with the Street Don who has promised to put them on his magazine in exchange for record sales. Or something like that. That part of the plotline is never made clear.

Eminem is still talking about the witch putting a finger up his butt.

After about 20 more minutes of incoherent, shaky camera shots, Royce da 5’9’ offers an explanation as to why the witch is probably putting her fingers up Hip-Hop artists’ butts. “Probably because we be mooning people all the time,” he suggests.

Makes sense if you think about it.

Meanwhile, Pras found a solution to warding off the witch: a cell phone and a candle. No further explanation is given. Also, Eminem’s arm somehow ended up in the witch’s butt. No further explanation is given. DeeDee with the nice butt is still trying to prove the urban legend of the Hip-Hop witch is true.

The movie ends with a bunch of camera shots and the Hip-Hop witch’s identity is revealed. Spoiler alert. It’s Vanilla Ice.

While DeeDee was never able to prove her urban legend true (apparently she was eaten by Vanilla Ice as he screamed “Ice, Ice, Baby” incoherently into the camera), we can assure you that Da Hip Hop Witch does indeed exist. Just don’t say her name three times in the dark or you can guess what happens.

Ask Eminem.

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Eminem Announces He’s Headed Back Under In 2019

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Grammy-winning rapper Eminem isn’t close to retirement. The self-proclaimed “Rap God” has announced plans to head back down to Australia for a slew of live shows.

Slim Shady went to social media last night (October 29) to break the news.

Barring any changes, the multi-city tour starts up in February.

Eminem announces his 2019 Rapture Tour for Australia and New Zealand with five stadium shows. Tickets are on sale now while supplies last. Click HERE for more information on tickets and VIP packages.

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Brisbane – 20 February 2019
Sydney – 22 February 2019
Melbourne – 24 February 2019
Perth – 27 February 2019
Wellington – 02 March 2019 (Eminem)

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Joyner Lucas Channels His Inner Eminem W/ New Look: “Dear Slim, I Wrote You But You Still Ain’t Calling”

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East Coast rapper Joyner Lucas is looking Shady – literally. The hip-hop artist has switched up his look to resemble self-proclaimed rap god Eminem.

Joyner hopped on Instagram Sunday (October 28) and revealed he changed his hair color to look like vintage Marshall Mathers.

Earlier this month, Lucas saluted Em on his birthday and explained how much he means to him.

In September, Lucas appeared in Eminem’s “Lucky You” music video.

Throughout September, Lucas shared pics of himself on-set and alongside Em.

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Photo | Snoop Dogg Links Up With Eminem While in Detroit

View this post on Instagram Detroit. Tommoro. 8 pm. Redemption of a Dogg had to c M. To get the stamp A post shared by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Oct 24, 2018 at 8:06pm PDT View this post on Instagram Squad. 8 mile A post shared by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Oct 25, 2018 at 7:29am PDT

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Machine Gun Kelly Is Still Cashing In On Now-Infamous Eminem Feud

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Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly is still making money off his summer feud with everyone’s favorite Rap God. The hip-hop star is pushing merch promoting his Rap Devil moniker.

Kells went to Instagram Tuesday (October 23) to announce plans to sell apparel related to his now-infamous Eminem diss song.

Back in late September, Em’s “Killshot” MGK diss record shot up the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Eminem has proven as much with “Killshot,” his scorching new Machine Gun Kelly diss track that debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The diss track also launches atop the Digital Song Sales chart, Eminem’s first song to do so since his Rihanna collaboration “The Monster” in 2013. “Killshot” marks Eminem’s 10th Digital Song Sales chart-topper, tying him with Drake for the most among male artists. (Forbes)

Prior to the achievement, G-Unit boss 50 Cent applauded Em’s battle anthem making history on video streaming giant YouTube.

According to reports, Em’s “Killshot” YouTube video had the largest debut of any hip-hop song in YouTube history.

The official audio of “Killshot” earned a record 38.1 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours of its release on Friday. It now has over 72 million views on the site. YouTube said “Killshot” also had the third-highest debut of any song in the site’s history, and the track is on top of the site’s US trending chart. (Business Insider)

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