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Billboard Names Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ the Greatest Album of the Decade

We are nearing the end of 2019, which also means the decade is almost over. Over the course of the past ten years, numerous Hip-Hop and R&B stars have released albums that have been heralded by fans and critics. Billboard has announced its 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s and at the top of the list is Kanye West with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Ye has two additional entries on the list in 2013’s Yeezus (62) and his 2011 collaborative album with JAY-Z, Watch the Throne (24). Hov also makes another appearance on the list at No. 53 with 4:44.

Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar are the only artists to have two entries in the top 20. LEMONADE comes in at No. 2 for Bey and her self-titled surprise album is No. 11. K.Dot holds down No. 5 with To Pimp a Butterly and No. 15 with good kid, m.A.A.d city, before appearing again at No. 48 with DAMN.

The Frank Ocean Hive will be happy to see Channel Orange slotted at No. 3, while the Navy will find Rihanna’s Anti at No. 7. Cardi B’s debut Invasion of Privacy holds down No. 13. Drake makes two appearances with Take Care at No. 16 and Nothing Was the Same at No. 45.

Also included in the list is Future, Janelle Monae, Chance the Rapper, SZA, Ariana Grande, Solange, Rae Sremmurd and more. Check out all of their positions here.

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Happy 49th Birthday To The Late Phife Dawg! Check Out The Top 5 Phife Verses Of All Time

On this day in 1970, the second lyrical half of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg was born. Born Malik Isaac Taylor in Queens, New York, Phife was one-fourth of one of the most influential groups in Hip Hop culture; A Tribe Called Quest. It’s been almost four years since Phife lost his battle with diabetes, however, his music will live on for eternity.

On many of ATCQ’s tracks, fans have always rightfully celebrated Q-Tip’s lyricism, but rarely gave Phife Dawg his proper due. In posthumous honor of his birthday, we have put together a list of his top five hottest verses to shine light on the unsung lyrical phenom that is Phife Dawg.

5. “Electric Relaxation” On this standout track from the album Midnight Marauders, Phife and The Abstract went toe to toe, trading off verse without a hook until the song ended, with standout bars like, “Let me hit it from the back, girl I won’t catch a hernia/Bust off on your couch, now you got Seaman’s Furniture..”and let’s not forget, “I like ‘em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian/Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation..”

4. “La Schmoove” This was a featured verse from Phife Dawg on a track by Brooklyn rap tongue twisters Fu Schnickens. On this track, Phife had the third verse, yet opened it like it was his own song saying,

Now here I go, once again with the ill flow/Other MC’s that rap, their style is so-so..”

3. “Scenario” Being one of the most popular songs on A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory album, Phife Dawg’s opening verse is one that rings in the ears of many rap fans.

“Ayo, Bo knows this, and Bo knows that/ But bo don’t know jack cause Bo can’t rap//Well what do you know, the Di-Dawg, is first up to bat/No batteries included and no strings attached.”

2. “Award Tour” Another cut from Midnight Marauders, Award Tour was a huge success for A Tribe Called Quest. It also houses some of Phife Dawg’s strongest metaphors.
“I have a quest to have a mic in my hand/without that, it’s like Kryptonite and Superman/So Shaheed come in with the sugar cuts//Phife Dawg’s my name, but on stage, call me Dynomut..t”

“So, next time that you think you want something here/Make something dope or take that garbage to St.Elsewhere..”

1. “Buggin Out” Coming from their most popular album, this is regarded as Phife’s illest bars. Phife Dawg spits two of the hardest verses on the album on this one record.
“Yo microphone check one, two, what is this?/The five foot assassin with the roughneck business/I float like gravity, never had a cavity/Got more rhymes than the Winans got family..”

“You soar off to another world, deep in your mind/But people seem to take that, as being unkind/’Oh yo he’s acting stank,’ really on the regal?/a man of the fame not a man of the people/believe that if you want but I tell you this much/riding on the train with no dough, sucks..”

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Lil Reese Back to Music After Being Shot, Releases “Come Outside”

Lil Reese is out of the hospital and is back to dropping music. A new single from the “Us” rapper hit the net on Monday and is titled “Come Outside.” HNHH reports the single was recorded prior to being shot in the neck last week in a Chicago suburb.

Information on Reese’s shooting is currently scarce beyond the location. No information has been released. Reese did show the scar on Instagram, which you can see here.

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Cardi B Releases “Just A Little Something” for Her Music Fans on Instagram

While she is on both movie theater and Netflix screens, Cardi B is making sure her music fans know that she has not forgotten about them. Overnight the Invasion of Privacy rapper release a freestyle, which she refers to as “just a little something” until her album is wrapped up.

 

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Just alittle something something ……hair on healthy.

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In case you missed it, Cardi is looking to drop her new album in 2020 and is calling it Tiger Woods. There have also been rumors of a tour for the rapper. Check out the bars above.

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Joe Budden Says He is “Grateful” for Being Dissed by Migos

If you follow Joe Budden’s rap career you know that beef was around every corner and he would keep it pushing forward. That’s also true of his media career. In a recent discussion with Tory Lanez for his Pull Up series, the host of the JBP revealed how he really felt about being dissed by Migos in “Ice Tray” after the Everyday Struggle moment meme’d around the world.

“I was grateful to those Migos guys if you want me to be honest,” Joe told Tory. “Yo, Joe Budden, when you get away from my rap and hip hop persona, ’cause n*ggas have watched me make all my mistakes publicly, I’m really a humble and grateful guy. The fact that they put, n*ggas have dissed me for 20 years. Who cares? I’ve never been dissed in a smash! In a hit! Now, this is a hit.”

Joe is for sure right because at its release “Ice Tray” was everywhere, meaning his name was ringing off and how did Joe take it? Popularity rose. Peep the conversation below.

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The Game Reveals ‘Born II Rap’ Cover Art and Tracklist

The Game is set to release his Born II Rap album on November 29 and has officially released the cover art and tracklist.

The West Coast representative posted the cover for the album on Instagram, stating it will be another classic. The cover shows a group of pregnant women in the studio, some with questionable choices in their surroundings like weed and liquor. But The Game says its all apart of a vision as he thanked them in the caption and issued this disclaimer:

None of the women pictured above are in any way shape or form taking part in the consumption of alcohol or marijuana

 

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Born II Rap in 11 days………………. [Nov 29th 2019] I promise another classic… my day 1 fans know what it is… I will not disappoint !!!! S/O to the beautiful soon to be mothers @jazzlynsworld @__kokaine__ @latriecejonae @yagirl.bree_ @ebby.b00 @lilmama_gina @micheladriii @bellaxxmimi & @leexy_renee for coming through on short notice, listening to, understanding my vision & participating in the cover art for this album. The concept behind this photo goes way beyond what you see upon 1st glance & I absolutely cannot wait for all of you to hear the music that goes along with the album. Appreciation for my lil brother @jamilnotjamal for capturing my vision as well as @sandracstevenson & @chalicerecording for always being so welcoming, providing a home for me & my albums for the past 15 years of my career. I’ve had a great run & surpassed my rap goals along time ago…. it’s by God’s grace that I’m able to still be here to deliver full projects at this caliber in an industry where I’ve seen artists come & go. It will always be “QUALITY” over “QUANTITY” from where I stand. The REAL music will always prevail & this album will cap off an amazing run. I’m grateful for all the producers & artists who’ve helped this album become what it is & I am more excited for my fans than I am for myself. This album will go #1…… because it’s CLASSIC !!! & in 11 days you all will get to hear why. I took the liberty in attaching the track listing as I know you guys have been wondering who’s on it…. 24 tracks because @kobebryant is my all time favorite player & has been a friend & inspiration to my career, so I saw it just to pay homage to the 🐐 #24 #Born2Rap #Prolific #eOne [DISCLAIMER: None of the women pictured above are in any way shape or form taking part in the consumption of alcohol or marijuana (THAT’S ALL ME BABY 😉) & certain things on the certificate of birth have been altered to my liking so you stalkers & creeps ain’t on no weirdo shit] #ThisIsMyArt @eone @markjamesscott gfx 💯

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The Game reveals the album is 24 tracks long in honor of his all-time favorite player, Kobe Bryant, and is executive produced by himself and DOM KENNEDY. The album features Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, Nipsey Hussle, Trey Songz, Red Cafe, Travis Barker, Ed Sheeran, D Smoke, Anderson .Paak, and a ton more. You can see the full tracklist in the second image of his IG post above.

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[WATCH] Maxo Kream Punches Fan Who Threw Beer at Him

Early Sunday, a video hit online of Maxo Kream performing on stage and a beer was tossed on him. Kream jumped into the crowd and started punching the fan. Fans thought the drink was water, but it was actually beer.

“Y’all gon learn to stop throwing shit,” the rapper said of the incident on Twitter. “N***a threw beer on me so I whooped his ass.”

Peep the footage below.

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Amanda Seales Suggests That People Treat Rodney Reed Like They Did Bill Cosby and R. Kelly

The opinionated Amanda Seales uses her Instagram platform to unpack Rodney Reed in a way that few people have even considered.

According to new information that she has learned, Rodney Reed may actually be a serial rapist.

What is she talking about?

A Black man from Bastrop, Texas named Rodney Reed had been convicted and sentenced to death row over 20 years ago for the rape and murder of Stacey Stites.  He alleges that the DNA found in her was not evidence of a violation, but that the two had been engaged in a clandestine relationship- because she was white and he was Black… Remember this is Texas that we are talking about… and has maintained his innocence.

Well… while everyone is still celebrating his stay of execution last week, with notable names such as Rihanna, Busta Rhymes, Kim K (who was with him when the decision was made) and more leading the charge, he has recently come under fire for what many are heralding as smoking guns pointing to his guilt. Amanda Seales  is one of them.

The comedian, poet, activist and actor on the hit HBO show Insecure took to IG to tell the world that she is sorry that she supported the campaign to stop him from being executed. She originally joined the fight because of new evidence that seemed to have emerged. This evidence as presented to her appeared to be reliable… and more importantly complete. According to a report from someone locked up with Stite’s then fiancé, former Bastrop police officer Jimmy Fennell, her ex-beau apparently was the one to kill her because she cheated on him with a Black man. confessed to the murder.  Fennell not only confessed that he killed Stites but had help from other Bastrop cops to cover up the murder.

That was compelling but not as compelling as what has recently come to the forefront of her attention. Seales maintains that if she had known some additional facts (facts that many behind the campaign purposely withheld), she would have never supported him.

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According to Blavity, Reed has been linked to six brand new and separate sexual assault cases.

Bryce Benjet, Reed’s lawyer, shares that the alleged Reed had been acquitted in one of the six cases. But the other five have either not been taken seriously, pushed to the side because he was already locked up or dropped.

A woman named Linda Schueter says that he kidnapped her and tried to rape her. She was able to escape his clutches and was able to pick him him in a line-up, when police allowed her to identify her attacker in efforts to obtain justice for this offense.

His baby moms charged him of attacking and raping her in 1991. According to the local news KXAN, she dropped the charges, the two other women could not identify him but did have his DNA linked to them… but the most repulsive is that his DNA was found INSIDE of a 12-year-old girl who was raped under a bridge.

“If we are going to say that Bill Cosby had a number of accusers and should be tried in the court of public opinion as well as the court of law. And if we are going to say that R. Kelly same thing…” Seales poses to her audience, “Then why are we not applying that same concept to somebody that not just been accused of, but has been linked to several rapes.”

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50 Cent Claims he Deactivated his Own Instagram Account

There have been several conspiracy theories ever since our Instagram feeds have been 50 Cent-less. But he took the time out on Twitter to set the record straight.

The mogul has been getting dragged from Twitter to Instagram for reposting a meme that made fun of Naturi Naughton’s hairline. Although Fif be cutting on everyone, people are slamming him because he apologized for making the joke already on Instagram because she admitted that she was publicly offended.

Fifty retweeted a tweet that had an article that claimed he got banned for trolling the Power actress and dubbed it as “fake news.” He claims he deactivated his own account. “LOL Im cool with all these false report, if you don’t know why something happens you can’t just make some shit up,” 50 Cent wrote. “smh I turned my own IG page off SUCKERS.”

Many people began speculating that because 50 Cent is a known bully online, he violated Instagram’s new code of conduct and was banned. But now he claims this was his doing.

What do you think his reasoning was?

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Ja Rule is Legally Off the Hook in Fyre Festival Lawsuit

A group of disgruntled Fyre Festival attendees filed a $100 million dollar class-action lawsuit against co-founder Billy McFarland and those responsible, including Ja Rule.

However, a judge ruled that the rapper had no idea of the internal chaos when promoting the event.

Attorneys at the Geragos & Geragos law firm are trying to rope Ja back in the case. An appeal to include his name was filed and dismissed shortly after.

Ja Rule’s lawyer told All Hip Hop that this proves “nothing short of a total vindication” for his client. “In July, the Court dismissed all Fyre Festival claims against Mr. Atkins,” Smith said. “After this loss, plaintiffs’ law firm Geragos & Geragos appealed that decision. Today, the Court denied their appeal. This ruling is nothing short of a total vindication of Mr. Atkins.”

Ja is free to go live it up, but legal troubles continue to mount for McFarland.

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