Los Angeles, CA – Nipsey Hussle’s tragic shooting death in March undoubtedly left a huge hole in not only the rap community but also the Los Angeles community. But according to a new Los Angeles Times article, the slain MC was still the subject a LAPD investigation at the time his death.
Officials in the Police Department and city attorney’s fice were reportedly looking into his alleged gang affiliations. They were investigating Nipsey, his property and business associates in an effort to determine if the strip mall at the corner Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue was a gang activity hub.
That same intersection was the location Nip’s Marathon Clothing store and sadly, the very spot his life was taken on March 31.
The LAPD’s investigation will continue in the wake Nip’s passing, meaning there’s a possibility authorities could take action against his business partners.
Although the city pressured Nip’s former landlords to evict the Grammy Award-nominated rapper and his associates as part the investigation, the landlords instead sold the property to Hussle and a group investors for $2.5 million earlier this year.
Despite his Rollin ’60s Crips affiliations, Nipsey rightfully earned the nickname “Neighborhood Nip.” Before his murder, he was working with the city to reduce gang violence.
The 33-year-old intended to build new apartments, which was considered an “important investment” in the neighborhood in the face gentrification. He ten fered gang affiliates jobs and tried to help former inmates who had served prison time for gang-related crimes.
On Monday (July 15), Chart Data fired f a tweet proclaiming, “@kendricklamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ has now spent 350 weeks on the Billboard 200. It joins ‘The Eminem Show’ as the only hip-hop studio album to reach this milestone.”
.@kendricklamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' has now spent 350 weeks on the Billboard 200. It joins 'The Eminem Show' as the only hip-hop studio album to reach this milestone.
— chart data (@chartdata) July 15, 2019
good kid, m.A.A.d city followed Lamar’s 2011 debut, Section .80.
Upon its release, the Aftermath/TDE project hit the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2, selling roughly 242,000 copies in its first week. As a result, it became the highest first-week Hip Hop album sales that year from a male artist as well as the best-selling debut from a male artist.
The album boasted features from Dr. Dre, Drake, Jay Rock and Compton’s Most Wanted vet MC Eiht, among others.
By comparison, The Eminem Show was released in 2002 and served as Shady’s fourth studio album. It debuted at No. 1 on not only the Billboard 200 chart but in 18 other countries as well.
The Eminem Show yielded several massive singles, including “White America” and “Without Me.”
The Chainsmokers, Marshmello and Calvin Harris make their way into Forbes’ Highest Paid Entertainers of 2019 list!
A few days ago, Forbes released its list the top 100 highest paid entertainers in the world. The list features musicians, actors, athletes, authors and many more. At the top the ranking sit Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner, who’ve earned $185 million and $170 million respectively, but there are also three EDM artists who’ve made their way on the list. The Chainsmokers are on the 67th spot, after making $46 million in the past year, Marshmello can be found at number 87, with $40 million dollars in earnings and Calvin Harris is present on the 95th spot, after earning $38.5 million. If you want to see the entire list, then go here: https://www.forbes.com/celebrities/#5cfa03795947.
As you all know, Martin Garrix returned after suffering an ankle injury a while back. After delivering some great sets over the past couple weeks, now the music producer has announced that he will be releasing a brand new single on Thursday. The new tune will be a collaboration with JRM and will be called “These Are The Times”. If you’re curious to hear what Garrix has in store for us this time around, then make sure to stay tuned!
Are you guys ready for some new music from Fedde Le Grand? Well, the music producer has just released a brand new single and you’re definitely not gonna want to miss it! Fedde’s new production is called “Skank” and it sounds pretty banging, if you ask us! This one is for sure going to become a massive hit this summer, so make sure to check it out below and let us know what you think!
HipHopDX Premiere – At this stage in his career, Spice 1 really doesn’t have much to prove — his track record speaks for himself. The West Coast gangsta rap OG has worked with everyone from Tupac Shakur and the Outlawz to the late Eazy-E, which has cemented his chapter in the Hip Hop history books.
As he inches closer to dropping his new album Platinum OG, Spice 1 has dropped another single from the project titled “Driveway” featuring Rapping 4-Tay and Nanci Fletcher. The track oozes a laid-back G-funk vibe with the Bay Area-bred MC effortlessly flowing over the beat.
“This album is like my All Eyez On Me to the world” Spice 1 tells DX. “It’s me and my homies — some here, some not with us anymore — ringing that West Coast gangster shit on some banging ass beats.”
Spice 1 has dropped three singles from Platinum OG, including “Studio Gangsta” with Lil Eazy-E, MC Eiht and Nawfside Outlaw and “Since 85,” which boasts guest vocals from Devin The Dude and his longtime homie Kurupt.
The 21-track effort also features Too $hort, Yukmouth, Big Mike, Hussein Fatal, Big Syke and more. It’s expected to arrive on July 26.
Until then, bump “Driveway” above.
Over the weekend, tragic news broke that African American Museum founder Sadie Roberts Joseph’s body was discovered in the trunk of her car in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Friday. Fans and followers of the historian were shocked to find out that the 75-year old died so heinously.
Although all the details about Joseph’s murder have yet to be revealed, authorities did announce Monday that her cause of death was homicide by asphyxiation. Even after her death, Ms. Sadie has shown more warmth and compassion that than the murderer who would take the life of an senior woman. Her son sent a message to the anonymous killer, telling WBRZ Monday night.
“You stole light. You stole a warm, loving, giving and caring woman and it wasn’t just for her family. She cared for the city. She cared for you. Her life should not have ended that way. She did not deserve that, but she would want forgiveness for you.”
A bright light was certainly lost, but real light lives on forever. Police say they’re certain that they’ll find the Joseph’s killer. Prayers up for the family. Hit the flip for some facts about legend Sadie Roberts Joseph.
HipHopDX Premiere – Compton’s Most Wanted MC Tha Chill put his production and lyrical skills to work for Boris Love’s new single “Boss Drippin” featuring Serlatheo. In the accompanying video, the trio hits the beach while bouncing bars back and forth.
“We on it like we want it,” Love tells HipHopDX. “We’re bringing you good music only. This new album has a bit something for everyone to relate to — the bridge between the old and new.”
“Boss Drippin” comes from Love’s forthcoming Tha Bridge album, which is arriving sometime this year Tibl. Music.
Watch the “Boss Drippin” video above.
New York, NY – San Antonio native Cap Gold has announced he’s the latest signee to Babygrande Records. To mark the momentous occasion, the 20-year-old rapper has dropped a new single called “All In,” his first for the New York-based indie label.
Produced by Nashi and Seph, the track effortlessly showcases Cap’s melodic range with its smooth, guitar-based instrumental sound and his seamless delivery.
Cap first emerged in 2018 with “HighClass Fever” and started gaining more notoriety thanks to the the viral video that came along with it. The single was then featured on the eighth annual A3C Festival compilation series, A3C Volume 8.
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In March, Cap captivated the 11th annual SXSW Takeover audience alongside DaBaby, J.I.D, Flipp Dinero, Reason, Lucki and Thutmose, among others.
Armed with his signature gold grill, Cap is poised to release several more projects with Babygrande in the near future.
Until then, bump “All In” above and cop it here.
Alfred Banks is coming f the release his Road To A Rolex EP, which was featured in an edition HipHopDX’s Underground Report. The New Orleans-bred MC has revisited the project with a new video for the CZA-produced track “Shoulder Chips.”
“This is my favorite song from Road To A Rolex,” he tells DX. “CZA did this beat six years before we put it out, but I knew it was special. I’ve been doing it live and people love it!”
Watch Banks’ “Shoulder Chips” video above.
HipHopDX Premiere – 6orn and Zaytoven are back with the new video for their collaborative single “Ferragamo,” an indulgent and summery single dedicated to all life’s pleasures.
Although the song was originally released toward the end last summer, it finds new life with the KG Pikete and Jada Gil-directed visuals. Much like the track’s inspiration — legendary Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo — the effortless confidence is on display throughout the cinematic effort.
“Ferragamo” comes from 6orn and Zaytoven’s upcoming joint album Scales, which is expected to arrive Rich & Fly Records.
Until then, watch the video up top.
Ultra Europe just wrapped up its seventh edition in Split, Croatia, and the final reports from the weekend are looking great! Ultra Europe 2019 boasted a record-breaking total attendance of 120.000+ fans over the course of three days, welcoming attendees from 143 different countries. The relocation to Park Mladeži, the festival’s new long-term venue, supported the increased attendance. Total Croatia News reports that even the Split mayor Andro Krustolivić-Opara and the director of the Split Board, Alijana Vukšić were in attendance to welcome Ultra Europe to its new home. “These positive young people say it best. One hundred forty countries are here, and we’ll talk about the final numbers after Ultra. If everything is as good as it started tonight, it will be one of the most successful Ultra festivals ever,” said Alijana Vukšić. “Hotels and the high category of private accommodation have so far been full. We hope that the arrival of these young Ultra guests will fill the rest of the private accommodation.”
Of course the music was another big highlight of Ultra Europe. Many millions of viewers joined in on the action by tuning in to the #ULTRALIVE broadcast, available for free worldwide on platforms like YouTube and Twitch. delivered an unparalleled festival-closing performance, including an exciting audiovisual journey combined with an inspiring soundtrack of their signature sounds, both old and new.
Limited tickets for Ultra Europe 2020 are available now!