On December 5th, Blueface and The Game’s manager stopped by Los Angeles based radio station, Power 106, to talk to Nick Cannon on his new morning talk show. Nick asked Wack about a recent statement he had made regarding Nipsey Hussle where Wack stated that Nipsey Hussle was not a legend due to music industry related statistics.
“Every fact that I’ve laid has been about music!” Wack begins. Nick interjects, noting that Wack “knows what Nip means to the community now.” Wack then doubles down on his point about it being solely based on the music and added that his thoughts may be different if Nipsey had lived longer.
“You’re missing the point. I’m not involving myself with who he was as a father or what he was to his community because I don’t know what his portfolio was,” Wack explains. “I don’t know! But what I do know, and if I don’t know it I can go check, is the stats of music. I said he had a few joints that I personally felt should have went. I named the joints! I think if he would have been around long enough—a little longer—maybe he could have got to that status. But for me, to give him that ‘legend’ word means we have to go back and we have to give LL, Dr. Dre, Cube and all these other people a different moniker.”
This whole discussion stems from a November 22nd interview that Wack did on Adam22’s No Jumper podcast. There, he stated that Nipsey didn’t die an “A-list” artist and that fans were showing “fake love” because he passed away. He did not think Nip was a legend.
“He wasn’t. What’s a legend? Define a legend,” Wack said. “If Dr. Dre, right now, died, we would say we lost a legend, right? Based on what? Numbers, right? Body of work, right? How many albums did Nipsey drop? One album, right? This not no personal shit I’m talking, right? This just real shit. The man died with a million followers, no radio hits, no platinum hits, right? No world tours, right? After he died, he went platinum, sold a bunch of records, his followers went up nine, 10 million, right? First of all, we got to define what the fuck a legend is, what the fuck a legend ain’t.”
GQ published an oral history and final days of Nipsey Hussle including his loved ones and peers. Of course Boogie, better known as Lauren London, had to give her words and she revealed the last thing Nip gifted her days before he passed.
“A couple days before he passed, he bought me three books,” said London in the interview portion of the story. “One was a book about parenting. He loved Power vs. Force. He swore on that book and got a lot of game from it. I mean, between he and I, we damn near had a library.”
The actress also gave readers an insight of what it’s like raising their 3-year-old son alone. “I can’t talk about our last day together, and I still have to be strong for my children,” she says. I have a three-year-old that’s still asking, ‘Where is Daddy?’ He doesn’t understand the concept of death.”
Nipsey is missed everyday. His death is still one of the most shocking things to ever happen in rap history. But we’re all putting in that work to make sure “the marathon continues.”
West Coast rapper Game‘s manager might have just sparked a major debate. New footage has surfaced of Wack 100 explaining why late rap artist Nipsey Hussle isn’t deserving of being called a legend. Watch and comment below!
Nipsey Hussle’s alleged killer filed a motion to get his two attempted murder charges dropped.
Eric Holder, the man accused of fatally shooting Hussle on March 31st, was charged with one count of murder, one count of firearm possession by a felon, and two counts of attempted murder.
Holder’s attorney based the motion on the “kill zone theory.” Per USC Annenberg Media:
In order for the “Kill Zone” theory to apply when determining attempted murder, six factors must be proven: there is a primary target, type of weapon used, distance between the shooter and target, proximity to other victims to target, whether victims are in an enclosed area, and whether the target was moving in the attack.
According to the court transcript from the motion hearing on Oct. 9, the state of California believes “every factor identified by the court is present and favors the application of the ‘kill zone’ theory.”
Judge Robert J. Perry rejected the motion and said there’s enough to go to the jury.
“Mr. Holder got out of the car, immediately walked up to the group where Mr. Hussle … was, and they had a conversation,” Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said back in June. “That conversation is important because that conversation had something to do with Mr. Asghedom accusing Mr. Holder of snitching, which in the gang world is a very serious offense.”
Holder is spending his 30th birthday next week behind bars, and is being held on $6.53 million bond. Jury selection is expected to begin at the top of next year, and trial is set for February.
Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison on Wednesday. Kodak was hit with Federal weapons charges and in August pleaded guilty to lying on a background form to purchase the weapon. During his sentencing, Judge Federico Moreno told the 22-year-old South Florida rapper “Young people do stupid things and I normally give them a break for that, the problem is that you have been doing stupid things since 15.”
The “Tunnel Vision” performer does, in fact, have a long criminal history despite his young age. In 2016, Kodak was indicted on first-degree sexual assault charges in South Carolina, and just a year ago was sentenced to a year in jail for gun and marijuana possession.
Aside from his criminal record, Kodak hasn’t been making a lot of friends in the music industry. Yes, Kodak has worked with some of the rap game’s brightest like Travis Scott, French Montana and Young Thug, but he potentially burned a lot of bridges after his comments on Lauren London following Nipsey Hussle’s death.
On Instagram live, Kodak is heard saying, “I’ll be the best man I can be for [Lauren London]. I’ll give her a whole year, she might need a whole year to be crying and s–t for him.” This comment sparked immediate backlash online and prompted Dave East to remove Kodak Black from his latest LP Survival out of respect for Nipsey.
Kodak has also taken shots at legendary Atlanta rapper T.I. and Philadelphia rapper Gillie Da Kid in the diss track “Expeditiously.”
One other rapper comes to mind when you see this level of discourse in hip-hop and that’s Gucci Mane. Gucci himself admits that he became the “boogeyman” of Atlanta based on his reputation in Hip-Hop. Gucci served several stints in prison, created a large amount of industry beef but eventually made a life change that turned the boogeyman of Atlanta into the Godfather of Atlanta.
Putting Gucci’s arrest to the side, the rapper had no trouble creating enemies in the industry. It wasn’t his beef with Jeezy that turned deadly in 2005 that gave Gucci a bad reputation, but it was a tweetstorm in 2013 when Gucci aired out a laundry list of industry people for no apparent reason.
During his regrettable tweet session, the Alabama born rapper insinuated that he and Waka Flocka Flame ran a train on Nicki Minaj, said he wanted to smash T.I.’s wife, Tiny, named T.I., Yo Gotti and Jeezy on his top 3 p—y a– rappers list, and so much more that kept Gucci isolated from the industry similar to how Kodak’s comments on Lauren London have damaged his reputation.
Turning back to Gucci’s legal troubles, in a timeline created by DJ Booth, from 2005-2013 the “Lemonade” rapper was in and out of jail for different charges like aggravated assault, probation violation, damage to government property, battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the last of which landed Gucci in prison and eventually forced his life change.
Gucci credits his wife Keyshia Ka’oir for his life change from prison, but Gucci has also said that being in prison with lifers and getting clean helped change his perspective on life. Following his release, Gucci remained clean, got in shape physically, married Ka’oir and got back to making music and mending fractured relationships including with Nicki Minaj who collaborated with Guwop on the song “Make Love” in 2017.
Aside from making music, Gucci also was able to detail his life story in his book The Autobiography of Gucci Mane where he breaks down when he was first exposed to using drugs, selling drugs, and presents stories that any reader would assume that Wop was dealing with some form of paranoia and PTSD.
Gucci and Kodak share similar stories in similar parts of the map. Kodak Black is the self-proclaimed “Project Baby” who has struggled with staying out of trouble just like Gucci. Fortunately, Kodak is only 22 and has plenty of time to make the turn. He’ll get another chance but he first has to admit his mistakes. For the next 3 years and 8 months, Kodak has an opportunity to “pull a Gucci Mane” and right his wrongs not just with the law but with the industry.
It’s going to be difficult for artists to work with Kodak after he disrespected the late Nipsey Hussle and the mother of his child Lauren London as already shown by Dave East. More importantly, if Kodak doesn’t work through his issues with the law whether the solution is therapy, sobriety, or a good woman, two of which Gucci credits for his shift, Kodak will not have a career in music.
There will always be a bag for Kodak when he gets out, no question. There are artists who haven’t had a popular record in a decade who are still making money in music. But if Kodak really wants the bag that he had the potential to get when he first took off, he has to make that life change.
Dave East has a song on his upcoming album, Survival featuring Lil Baby called “Night Shift.” It was produced by Murda Beatz and caters to the young Hip Hop listeners who enjoy trap-infused sounds. So it made sense when Dave East revealed that Kodak Black was featured on it. However, Kodak was removed from the track following his disrespectful remarks about Lauren London.
Less than a week after the actress’ lover, Nipsey Hussle, was gunned down, the Florida rapper went on Instagram live insinuating that he wants to step up to take the father of her child’s place. “Lauren London, that baby, though. She about to be out here single,” Black says, as Hussle’s music plays in the background. “I’ll be the best man I can be for her. I’ll give her a whole year. She might need a whole year to be crying and (expletive) for (Hussle).
“I ain’t trying to shoot (my shot) at her … I’m saying, listen. She can do two, three years. I’ll try to be like the friend if you need to holler or a shoulder to lean on. She can call my line.”
A lot of people publicly slammed Kodak’s controversial live recording including T.I., The Game, and Los Angeles Power 106 who pledged to ban the “Tunnel Vision” rapper’s music from the radio. Although East didn’t publicly defend his late friend’s girlfriend, he rode for him in another way.
He admitted that his peers told him that a collaboration with Lil Baby and Kodak Black on his album would do good for his sales, but that’s not the proper way to continue the marathon.
During the session, Dave also mentioned that Nipsey was supposed to be featured on the song “Penthouse” but unfortunately, they didn’t get the time to do it before his untimely passing. But he was able to get the beat and keep Nipsey’s vocals in the background, with his family’s approval.
We got the scoop at a private in-studio listening session on Monday evening and we had the pleasure of getting a first-listen to the project and it’s lit.
New York Hip Hop lovers will really enjoy the 18-project which features Teyana Taylor, The-Dream, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jacquees, E-40, Lil Baby, Max B and Trey Songz. The Harlem rapper showcases his versatility and lyrical prowess on every song as he takes his fans on a journey through survival in New York before he became a famous rapper.
Dave East’s studio debut is out now. How are y’all feeling it?