The parents of deceased Pittsburgh rap mainstay Mac Miller will be in attendance at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Miller’s Swimming album was posthumously nominated for Album Of The Year and according to TMZ, the Millers will be present to accept the award in his name if he wins.
Tragedy struck last year when Miller passed away from an accidental overdose in his California home. He was only 26 years old.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, Miller, 26, passed away from “mixed drug toxicity,” that included “fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol.” “The manner of death was certified as an accident,” according to RadarOnline.
Chicago wordsmith/philanthropist Chance The Rapper and Syracuse rhyme spitter Post Malone are among the latest of artists and celebrities who have chosen to distance themselves from disgraced singer R. Kelly following the shocking documentary, which revealed Kelly as a vicious predator.
Following the Surviving R. Kelly debacle, several artists including Lady Gaga and the Pussycat Dolls, pulled their collaborations with Kelly from their catalogs, with Chance and Post as the latest among Hip Hop circles.
Chance the Rapper has revealed he is pulling his song “Somewhere in Paradise” with R. Kelly from all streaming services, while Malone said that he was riding with the victims and all of the other courageous artists that pulled their collabos.
Released on Profile Records during a time when their roster consisted of righteous rhymers like King Sun and Poor Righteous Teachers, Quik was pioneering in helping to usher in the “gangsta rap” sound on a mainstream scale in the early 90s and labels were just beginning to shift their marketing dollars towards this sub-genre of Hip-Hop.
With the help of producers Courtney Branch, Greg Jessie and Tracy Kendrick, Quik managed to produce a rap classic that sold 50,000 in its first week with only a $30,000 budget for production. Recorded in Westlake Recording Studio in Los Angeles, the same spot where Michael Jackson’s epic Thriller masterpiece was created, Quik and crew finished up the album in 17 days.
The album’s lead single, “Born And Raised In Compton,” climbed to Number 6 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, while tracks like “Tonite,” “Deep” and the album’s title track solidified the funk sound that later saturated West Coast Hip Hop music.
Salute to the Big Homie for laying down this pioneering project that will forever be considered one of the Top 100 Albums in Hip-Hop!
On this date almost three decades ago, Chris Martin bka the legendary DJ Premier and Keith Elam bka the Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) put together Gang Starr’s second and possibly most memorable album, Step Into The Arena. The duo were one of the first groups signed the the newly formed Chysalis/EMI label after ditching Wild Pitch Records following their debut album, No More Mr. Nice Guy.
With production solely in the hands of Preemo and Guru, the raw, gritty sound that helped mold New York Hip Hop during its Golden Era can be found in many facets of this project, which is somewhat surprising coming from a rapping teacher from Boston and a DJ from Houston, Texas who just happened to link up in East New York, Brooklyn. Tracks such as the jux-inspired “Just To Get A Rep”, the consiouly cool lyricism of “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight” and the hilarious bug-a-boo fueled “What You Want This Time?” showed and proved Gang Starr’s innate ability to capture an experience on wax that all listeners can feel.
Salute to Preemo, the Elam family and everyone else involved in creating this piece of Hip Hop history!
Former No Limit standout Mystikal maybe given his freedom in a few weeks after the ink dries on his new record deal.
Mystikal, whose real name is Michael Tyler, has been in custody since August of last year due to a sexual assault allegation during the “Southern Rap Legends” concert in Louisiana in October 2016. Tyler may be allowed a few months of freedom before his May trail date for rape if he can sing to the tune of $3 million.
His new contract will demand that he release three album of unreleased Mystikal music, but after signing the dotted line, the advance could be just enough to have the “Shake Ya Ass” rapper free by next week.
Mystikal has pleaded not guilty to counts of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping.
Mystika was released from prison in 2010 after serving six years for videotaping and raping his hairstylist.
TheSource.com will follow up on this story as it develops.
With much fanfare, it was reported that Cardi B wanted $1 million to perform, which pushed her out of the runnings for a performance spot, but critics say that her support for Black Lives Matter activist and NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick kept the “Bodak Yellow” star away from the Super Bowl.
It has also ben reported that Jay-Z reached out to Travis Scott in an alleged attempt to get him to halt his halftime performance.
New beef in the Tr3yway camp has the controversial crew’s manager looking really crazy!
Cali emcee Alshawn Martin, who now claims to have backing from Hip Hop/global music legend Wyclef Jean, was once a member of the infamous Tr3yway rap collective, but has now publicly disassociated himself from the rest of his former affiliates.
Martin posted a video on Instagram of him giving up his Tr3yway chain and alleging that Tr3yway manager Shotti aka Kifano Jordan had the crew’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro take all of Martin’s Tr3yway music off of all streaming sites from behind bars.
Martin also managed to get off a shot in the form of a diss track aimed at the incarcerated Tr3yway manager. He mentioned in “Call Fom Shotti” that he doesn’t have problems with Tek, who Martin says fired Jordan because of his Benedict Arnold ways.
On this date in 1998, Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss, who are better known as the rap trio The L.O.X.(Living Off Experience), dropped their debut album on then-Puff Daddy’s steadily growing Bad Boy label. Following in the footsteps of artists like Craig Mack and Notorious B.I.G., the Yonkers collective had to go the extra length to prove themselves worth to carry the Bad Boy legacy and that they have done and continue to do.
With production on this project from the likes of Swizz Beatz, D. Dot, Dame Grease and Mr. Combs himself, there was very little chance that this project flop. Even with the shiny suits, the lyrical content and dexerity was on point from all three members, solidifying their slots as lyrical legends in their own rights coming into the new millennium. Tracks like “If You Think I’m Jiggy” and the album’s epic title track were both perfect fusions of street anthems with crossover appeal, which allowed the LOX a fanbase on both sides of the mainstream “boundary”.
Thanks to Diddy, D-Block and the entire Bad Boy staff who helped to put together this timeless classic!
A former NBA star and ex-fiancé of Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is currently a suspect in a robbery in Los Angeles.
Former LA Laker Nick Young allegedly hit a man in his testicles at an L.A. car wash last week after the individual tried to take a picture of Young, who refused the invitation. The overzealous fan too the snapshot anyway, in which Young returned with a swift shot to the nuts, then took off with the phone.
The LAPD took a report and are investigating, however, no arrests in the squabble have been made.
It’s not the first time Young has been accused of wrongdoing. He was arrested in August 2018 for obstruction of justice after he was pulled over by police and in 2016, Young was sued for allegedly hitting a man at a pickup basketball game at a church.
The Breakfast Club‘s Charlemagne The God recently came under fire for comments made on Twitter in 2010 regarding R. Kelly’s 2002 child pornography case after appearing on the Surviving R. Kelly documentary.
Additionally, some of the viewers were critical of the fact that Charlemagne, who faced a statutory rape charge in 2001 when he was accused of raping a 15 year old girl, but plead out to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, was asked to participate in the documentary.
With so much controversy surrounding the subject, Charlemagne apologized to one of Kelly’s accusers, Lisa Van Allen, during her recent interview on The Breakfast Club, for his insensitive comments.
“I apologize for any jokes that I’ve made that may have upset you or any of the other victims. Honestly, none of us were thinking about that ten, fifteen years ago. We were just thinking about clowning R. Kelly, but we weren’t thinking about the actual victims,” said Charlemagne.