Los Angeles, CA – For one the most anticipated NBA season tip-fs in league history, crosstown Pacific division rivals Lakers and Clippers will set f the battle Los Angeles on Tuesday (October 22).
The Lakers pay homage to late L.A. rap mogul and lyricist Nipsey Hussle by using his 2018 hit single “Grindin’ All My Life” from his Victory Lap album as the theme music for a social media-released montage the franchise’s 60-year illustrious history.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 22, 2019
LeBron James is the narrator the riveting one-minute, thirty-second visual that displays short clips the team’s moments glory and its impassioned fans within its Staples Center home court and former arena at the Great Western Forum.
The video has a series passing shots Lakers icons including Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, the 1980s “Showtime” era led by Hall Famers Magic Johnson and James Worthy, late team owner Dr. Jerry Buss and several memorable playf buzzer-beaters.
Additional appearances the 2019-20 Lakers season roster including James, perennial All-Star Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma as well as an brief aerial shot the Nipsey Hussle Memorial Court located in the slain rapper’s Hype Park neighborhood.
Watch the clip above.
It’s a well known fact Snoop Dogg and marijuana go together like Cheech and Chong. So what do you give Tha Doggfather for his 48th birthday? Weed, course!
Someone with Snoop’s weed company Merry Jane took the time to track down cannabis floral designer and artist Leslie K. Monroy whose work they saw at Flowers On Flowers.
To commemorate Snoop’s special day, they hired Monroy to craft a custom bouquet featuring four dozen pre-rolled joints as part the arrangement.
Twenty-four the joints are filled with Indica, while the other 24 are overflowing with Sativa.
The bouquet also includes four small weed clones and eight tall clones, in addition to the normal plants. Snoop was undoubtedly lit in every sense the word.
Check those out below.
Atlanta, GA – J. Cole and Dreamville have delivered another video from their Revenge Of The Dreamers III compilation, this time giving the visual treatment to the standout record “Down Bad” featuring Young Nudy.
The video starts f in East Atlanta and pans back and forth between the metropolitan views the city and the cabin a packed private jet. Cole, J.I.D, Bas, Olu a.k.a Johnny Venus and Nudy all make appearances to spit their respective parts the song.
“Down Bad” is the fourth visual released from Dreamville’s Billboard 200 chart-topping album following “Under The Sun,” “Sacrifices” and “Sleep Deprived.”
Catch the full video for “Down Bad” above and revisit HipHopDX’s recent exclusive with the stars the Dreamville documentary Out Of Omaha here.
Los Angeles, CA – Over six months after producer Mally Mall’s San Fernando Valley home was raided by SWAT, FBI and California Department Fish & Wildlife, Mally has pleaded guilty to running a prostitution ring.
According to a press release the District Nevada’s U.S. Attorney’s Office published on Monday afternoon (October 21), Mally “admitted that he carried on an unlawful prostitution business through these escort businesses.”
— US Attorney Nevada (@USAO_NV) October 21, 2019
The press release explains between April 2002 and September 2014, Mally “owned, operated, and managed several businesses in Clark County, Nev., that purported to fer legal escort services … He routinely used or caused others to use cell phones and other means to cause women who worked at his escort businesses to conduct acts prostitution in Clark County.
Mally’s “credit card was used to pay for the airfare and other travel-related expenses and he used various paid websites, such as Backpage and Eros, to advertise the women for prostitution purposes.” He also “induced and enticed numerous women to engage in prostitution.”
Mally pleaded guilty to one count use an interstate facility in aid unlawful activity. U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II accepted Mally’s guilty plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing for January 21, 2020.
This article was updated. The following was published on April 4, 2019.]
Mally Mall’s San Fernando Valley home was raided by SWAT, FBI and California Department Fish & Wildlife on Wednesday (April 3). Although he wasn’t arrested, Mally isn’t f the hook yet. According to TMZ, the O.G. producer has been accused multiple sexual assaults and human sex trafficking, along with alleged importation exotic animals.
LAPD SWAT reportedly told supporting ficers the raid was triggered by allegations “multiple rapes and human sex trafficking, as well as firearms on the premises.” They also said “he was illegally importing exotic species into California for people working in the entertainment industry.”
Regarding the alleged rapes and alleged human trafficking, sources involved in the investigation say a woman claimed Mally flew her out from Texas in January after seeing her fitness videos on social media. She alleges he drugged, raped and locked her in a room.
She says she stayed another day and had intercourse with him a second time because she felt forced to be “submissive.” The next day, she claims she developed a rash, so she went to a hospital where a nurse called the police after observing vaginal trauma.
Sources close to Mally say the woman is an “extortionist” and claim everything was consensual, however she’s been in touch with the sex unit in the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division.Police think there are at least three women who have come forward with similar allegations rape.
Mally’s social media posts reportedly triggered the investigation from the California Department Fish and Wildlife. Three animals — including two monkeys and a Serval cat — were seized in Tuesday’s raid.
His attorney Steve Sadow believes they don’t have sufficient evidence to make their case.
“If they had real evidence, they would have arrested him,” he said. “They don’t have evidence. It’s bogus. Period.”
Los Angeles, CA – Juice WRLD was slapped with a $15 million lawsuit by the now-defunct band Yellowcard on Monday (October 21). The pop-punk group claims he copied their 2006 song “Holly Wood Died” when he created his mega-hit “Lucid Dreams.”
According to Billboard, Yellowcard accuses Juice copying “melodic elements” from their record. They are seeking more $15 million in damages and future royalties or statutory damages “for each act copyright infringement.”
The disbanded group alleges the overwhelming success “Lucid Dreams” caused his career to take f and gave him “substantial opportunities to tour and perform around the world,” which they claim entitled them to damages from his tours and public appearances. The band asserts Juice is a fan the 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy. Neal Avron, the producer that album, also produced Yellowcard’s “Holly Wood Died.”
According to Billboard, Juice’s co-defendants include “Lucid Dreams” co-writer Taz Taylor, in addition to his publishers Taz Taylor Beats, Artist 101 Publishing Group and publishing administrator Kobalt Music Services; producer Nick Mira, along with his publishers Nick Mira Publishing, Electric Feel Music and publishing administrator Songs Universal; the record’s publisher BMG Rights Management; record label Grade A Productions and Interscope Records, the parent company Grade A.
The Nick Mira-produced “Lucid Dreams” famously samples Sting’s 1993 record “Shape My Heart” and paid a hefty price it. According to Mira, Sting secured 85 percent ownership the song yet still threatened to sue as well.
“Lost millions made millions…the song impacted to many ppl in a good way for me to be upset over it,” Juice wrote in response to Sting’s lawsuit threat. “There’s always more money to be made and I will it so.”
Listen to Yellowcard’s “Holly Wood Died” below and compare it to “Lucid Dreams” above.
Morrison, CO – Strange Music, Inc. isn’t simply a label — it’s a family. Founded by Travis O’Guin and Tech N9ne in 1999, the Kansas City, Missouri-based imprint has become one the most successful independent rap ventures all time.
On Saturday night (October 19), a sold-out crowd funneled into Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado to witness the Strange Music family in action. It was intended to be the final show the year featuring both Tech and flagship artist Krizz Kaliko, who is never too far away if Tech is on the bill.
Earlier this month, Krizz — or Kali, as he’s ten called — shocked his fans when he insinuated his time with Strange Music was up. O’Guin later confirmed with HipHopDX that Krizz was indeed severing ties with his longtime label.
But during an emotional speech, Krizz blindsided everyone — even O’Guin and Tech — when he re-signed with Strange Music in the middle the show.
There wasn’t a dry eye on stage.
“I never seen him O’Guin] cry like that,” Krizz told HipHopDX backstage. “I knew it was going tear everybody’s ass up — not that I tried to do it. I knew that’s what was going to happen. I know how emotional I’ve been about it. I’ve been bawling for two weeks straight.”
Krizz’s wife, Crystal Watson, deserves a lot the credit for his decision to stick with the label. Not only did she support him through all the ups and down, but she also made it clear he simply couldn’t quit.
“We talk because she’s my partner just in everything in life and we talked about it,” he said. “This is my home. She’s like, ‘You’re not going to sit home and drive me crazy (laughs).’ Like literally, she said, ‘You’re going to go crazy, you’re going to drive us crazy and you’re going to be miserable. Even if you went to another label, you’re going to be miserable.’ This is such a well-oiled machine and there’s no other place like this.”
O’Guin, who sat in the green room with a gobsmacked look on his face, looked on quietly as Krizz further explained his decision — which frankly, nobody saw coming.
“It wouldn’t be the same, but I actually wouldn’t be the same without this either though,” Krizz said. “I even had some meetings with other labels and I just couldn’t see it. We’re already at step 2,000. One, I don’t want to start at step one and two, they just don’t run like how we run. There’s a reason why all these majors are contacting Trav and looking at this blueprint. These are big, huge labels that have been around way longer than Strange Music. We’ve been around 20 years. They’ve been around way longer than that and they’re looking to us for guidance.
“Business-wise, that’s not something that you step away from and we have such a — dare I say — incestuous relationship because it’s more than business with us. We spend holidays together, we go on vacation together. When I met him O’Guin], his daughter McKenzie Nicole was like one. She doesn’t know anything but us.”
The GO mastermind added, “My wife and I broke up for years. They were watching me go through all this turmoil. It’s just so much bigger than business. I went back and forth a million times and we both talked about it. It just wasn’t anything I should step away from. This was the right choice and I’m 200 percent happy.”
Krizz admitted there was actually a moment where he considered working for a custom car shop and leaving rap behind, which Watson said she couldn’t even picture. So why did he toy with the idea?
“When you set the bar for yourself right here and you’ve gotten to right here (points to middle), you feel like you’re just stuck there,” he explained. “This is a frustrating place to be. There’s a million reasons why this happened. I saw a fan saying they loved me. That was beautiful. But I saw other fans saying, ‘Well, did you buy a shirt? Did you buy a hat? Did you buy CDs when CDs were selling? Did you buy a ticket? If you really love him, I don’t think he would have even gotten into that situation.’
“Not that I don’t think they love me, it was just that it’s easy to see Krizz Kaliko as he just ‘comes with the building.’ I think we all took it for granted. Me, too. I’m just always here and it seemed like I was always going to be here. But in my head, I wasn’t. I hadn’t gotten to the bar that I had set for myself and I felt like maybe it was time to look at some other things. We have a mutual friend and he owns this huge custom car wheel and tire shop in Kansas City. I was like, ‘Man, maybe I should just go work there.’ On everything. I was just fed up with everything and thought maybe it was time to walk away.”
In the days following Krizz’s revelation that he was leaving Strange Music, he was inundated with comments on social media from people begging him to stay. Watson said he needed that.
“He just said toward the end, ‘I don’t want to keep leaving,’” she said. “‘I don’t want to keep missing first days school and being a part the PTA and things like that.’ I told him, ‘This is you though. This is what you was born to do. This is the talent that God has blessed you with and you can’t take that voice away from the fans.’ I don’t know if you’ve seen all the comments and things like that on social media, but he needed to hear those things. He needed to see it.”
Watson said they would read the comments night after night, just crying. “It definitely reinvigorated my purpose,” Krizz said.
O’Guin chimed in with, “Me and this guy talked for just north 30 hours meetings. We meet a lot. We talk a lot. We talked about a lot things. He talked about some other stuff he wanted to do and voiceovers, stuff like that. When you put everything into something and you don’t get out what you expected, I get it. I constantly battle. I work 14 hours a day still today.
“I’ve had some the same feelings like, ‘Fuck this.’ There are times when you just want to say, ‘Fuck this. I’m cool. I can do something else.’ I understand what it means. The first eight years we did this, I was at every single show.”
O’Guin also noted how the music Tech and Krizz make can ten take a heavy emotional toll.
“You get into the business thinking, ‘Oh wow, this is going to be great and we’re going to make a bunch money,’” he said. “Then what happens during the process it is the money takes a huge backseat to the impact you have on people’s emotions and wellbeing — like the music Tech does and the music especially that Krizz does because you’re turning everything inside now. When people go through a lot mental issues and mental instability, they tentimes feel like they’re the only ones that feel that way.”
Krizz jumped in with, “The thing we have in common is emotion.”
O’Guin, who was just as surprised by Krizz’s reinvigorated commitment to Strange Music as everyone else, looked at Krizz and said, “You could have told me before the show]. I’ve been getting my ass kicked on social media] for weeks, bro.”
But Krizz had his reasons. “I felt like there’s no better place to do it then this,” he replied. “There’s no better place to do it than here. We’re also not always in the same room at the same time. I knew it would be the most impactful to do it here. I knew it. There was no better place.”
He did fer, “I wanted to say something about it, but I was like, ‘Let me just leave it alone and see if it dies out.’ I did just feel like, ‘Please, please leave him alone.’ I thought it would just go away on its own.”
Throughout this process, O’Guin did learn that blocking people feels “fucking amazing.” Before he had to leave, O’Guin stunned Krizz when he told him, “I didn’t get to tell Krizz about the Ingress thing. We have four different charting categories that we get an update on daily. You’ve owned all four them over the last two weeks.”
Krizz was noticeably in disbelief, tears welling up in his eyes. All he could say was, “Wow.”
At the end the day, Krizz is grateful he got a chance to see just how impactful his music is to his fans.
“I feel awesome about that,” he said. “I’ve never heard that be said about me, but it’s even deeper than charting or positioning. I hear people saying, ‘Man, they should have given them their flowers while they were alive. I’ve never even heard people getting their flowers while they were alive and yet here they are.”
The future looks bright for Krizz. He has the full support O’Guin, Tech and everyone at the label. O’Guin just wants him to be himself.
“The only thing that I’ve said to him is do whatever the fuck you want to do,” O’Guin explained. “Don’t ask anyone their opinion. Go back to doing solely what you want to do and whatever it is, we’re going to be there to support and push the shit out and make a big impact. If he does that, that’s going to make my job easier. If he tries to do something that’s maybe not exactly in-pocket and does something where he’s trying to fit into something, that’s where we go left and crash and burn.
“If he actually does exactly what he wants to do, it’ll make my… I hope he does that because it would make my job so much fucking easier because that’s the music that connects, that’s the music that’s going to move and make a difference with people. You just spent weeks reading comments about how it connects.”
Krizz confirmed, “That was the determining factor. Comments literally made me go, ‘You know what? I’ve got to see this through.’”
Moments before Krizz got up to leave, he confessed his wife literally saved his life. There were times he wanted to leave this earth.
“I’ve told her two huge things during our relationship,” he said. “I told her I don’t even know if I’m supposed to be married and I don’t know if I’m even supposed to be alive anymore. I don’t want to live. And she was telling me the most gangster shit ever. I don’t even remember everything, but I know one the things she said was that’s not fair. We need you. These two little boys need you. The world needs you.”
And evidently, the world does need him. There’s a sense Krizz now finally understands that.
The Miami Hip Hop legend filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy on August 6. Court documents revealed his total debt owed to creditors is $807,176.86.
Trick’s assets include his Miramar, Florida home, which is listed as being worth $350,000 with $1,500 in household goods and $150 in clothes. He also has $5,000 in stock in his Trick & Rick Music Publishing company.
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The Love & Hip Hop: Miami star says he’s earned $50,000 in income for 2019 and $75,000 in 2018. But he only brought in $7,500 in 2017. Trick claims his monthly income is $10,000 with $2,921 in expenses.
Trick owes $435,682 to the Fannie Mae mortgage company for his Miramar home and $290,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. He also owes $57,119 in child support, $12,000 to his homeowners’ association and an undetermined amount credit card debt.
The August 6 filing is not the first time Trick has attempted to declare bankruptcy. He’s previously tried three different times but each case was dismissed before his debt could be discharged.
His current bankruptcy case is pending.
Washington, D.C. – There are plenty lanes into the music industry, but Washington D.C. rapper/producer Crank Lucas has found himself relishing in one his own. Having begun making music at the young age 11 — and being the product a musical family — the “making music” part came naturally.
As he explains to HipHopDX, it was the pursuit comedy that pushed his career over the edge.
“I actually wanted to do comedy before I started really pursuing music,” Crank says. “I wasn’t raised around a family comedians, so that’s a skill that I had to work towards.
“It wasn’t even something that I really decided to jump out there with.”
In 2015, he began making the skits that made him viral enough to kick-start his following — which now tops half a million subscribers.
“I always tried to infuse comedy into my music in some kind creative way … everything popped f and, you know, just took everything to the next level,” he states.
Fans have since become obsessed with his insanely accurate portrayals different types artists in his largely humorous — but sometimes pround — videos. Though one the more lucrative elements he notes is the production, which he does himself.
“The whole point even doing this in the first place was to promote my beats,” he says with a laugh.
Self-produced as a solo artist, his next play will be rebranding his production catalog.
“I haven’t focused on the production as much, so right now as we speak, I’m in here revamping my website and organizing the beats,” he explains.
“I also] have a project that I’m working on right now,” he adds. “I like my stuff to be diverse … the last project that I put out was trap stuff, but this project I’m working on right now, I kind want to just do something different.“
As he goes on to elaborate, it’s not something that’s deliberate. Quite brilliantly, if you watch a large portion his videos, it becomes evident that he is able to nail just about every sub-set Hip Hop. So on a project to project basis, he’s never trapped into one box, stylistically.
“I’m in the creating stage the album and I have an idea where I want it to sound like and where I wanted to go … but tomorrow I might change my mind.“
What also becomes abundantly clear is that his actual projects are not to be confused with certain types artists he portrays in his skits.
“I’m not making a name for myself, you know, making a song about overdosing on drugs. It’s funny, it’s entertaining. It sounds good. But if that’s not my shit, I’m not going to put it out,” he explains.
When asked if stand up is something he’d ever considered, he says that he sees it as a natural progression that he will likely become a future pursuit.
Currently, though, he seems focused on his music and building a brand that seemingly catapulted and has yet to hit the ground. It’s something he is taking into his own hands.
“My purpose is to entertain people … my entertainment comes from being up there on that stage with that beat,” he says.
“I’ve been doing these videos since 2015 and when I started, they went viral pretty quickly. So, I’m just trying take a step back] to get the whole brand and everything to that next level,” he says. “I’m doing it, but there’s a lot … It’s a lot work.”
Santa Monica, CA – When it comes to OG’s the Chicago rap scene, Twista is a name that needs to be brought up. Though father time is undefeated, the Kamikaze rapper has been in the game for more than 25 years and 2019 shows his refusal to let up.
We sat down with Twista at the Red Bull Studios to talk about working with Kanye West, the key to the long life-span his career, what he looks for when analyzing new talent and an upcoming collaboration with a Cleveland rap legend.
HipHopDX: When I was starting to get into Hip Hop, I remember the time during Kamikaze when you were working with Kanye as a producer. What was it like working with him and seeing what he was like before turning into the artist he is today in terms his musical knowledge?
Twista: It was fun, just being around him and seeing the process somebody else grow. I’ve been around a lot artists from the beginning their time and watching the process them getting to where they are. The dope thing is seeing that same confidence he has now as when he was doing his thing back then as a shorty. That’s what a lot people don’t understand, is that he was just as confident back then with his music. He just took it to another level. He was always creative: music, sounds, vibrations, what he wanted to use and do, you could always tell it was something different than the norm.
Twista: Just looking back at it and to see how far I came and then still see that I love doing what I’m doing, that’s the dope within itself. I think that the longevity stems from anybody doing something they love doing. If you’re doing what you love doing for a living, then it doesn’t feel as much as like work. Sometimes, but not as much. So, if you love doing it, you’ll be around forever doing it. That’s what I attribute my longevity to.
HipHopDX: I assume there’s no signs stopping anytime soon.
Twista: Nah. I don’t think people should even think that way in terms Hip Hop music because I think that’s a stereotype or stigma put on young males, especially black males. Rap, for some reason, makes people think ‘killed’ or ‘retire early.’ But when you think R&B or other genres, you think old people. You think James Brown. That’s the vibe I want to create with rap music and that it’s not something that young kids do or you’re life may end early, it’s not always like that. I want to be like James Brown in this shit, as long as I can spit a bar out my mouth or get something out.
HipHopDX: Knowing that you’ve had such an illustrious career, you’ve seen a lot people coming up as well. I recently saw the episode Rhythm + Flow that you were in. What are some things you look for when analyzing or critiquing somebody’s talent?
Twista: It’s a lot things. But one thing is where people are looking when they are performing. I don’t think people think that’s important, but I’m always watching for eye contact. Some people look down at the stage because they’re shy. Others look at the homie on stage and won’t look at you. I’m always looking at where you decide to look as a performer.
HipHopDX: Going back to the critiquing part, I also saw your Genius episode “The Cosign.” When it comes to technicality delivering fast flows, what do you look for?
Twista: Very good pronunciation, choice words, cadences, everything. One the big things with fast rappers, because they know they have to make the rhyme fast, they put more into the rhythm and cadence and it takes away from what they are actually saying with the lyrics and metaphors. Then they sit up and end up saying dumb shit just trying to make the pattern go. You’ve got to be able to take what you do as an MC and lyricist with the wordplay and metaphors and still combine it with cadence rhythm, timing and flow.
HipHopDX: What about the Chicago rap scene today? Is there anybody in particular that you’re messing with right now?
Twista: I love all the new Chicago artists that are coming out. This one guy named Supa Bwe, he’s dope. I mess with him a lot. But I’m into everybody. Everybody knows Chance, but I’m into his brother Taylor Bennett. Also, my guy from the west side Chicago, Saba. He kills it. There’s Ty Money also. He’s actually one that I would consider top 10 lyricists in Chicago right now. But there’s a lot them.
HipHopDX: So I actually visited Chicago for the first time this past summer and could clearly see the influence Hip Hop in the city. What were some your musical influences out there growing up?
Twista: Early on, Chicago was a big house music scene. You’ve also got the blues scene, with artists like Buddy Guy. In Hip Hop though, it was mostly because two stations on the south side: WNUR and WHPK. These were both college stations and they played a bunch Hip Hop music. They had all the guys from the south side rapping, and me being from the west side, it hadn’t spread that far yet. So I’m listening to this station, and I’m like ‘Wow,’ and that was the early introduction for me to Hip Hop. That really gave me a head start once rap really started to catch the wave in Chicago.
HipHopDX: That’s dope. I also saw you post something on Instagram about a project with Krayzie Bone in the works. Is that still coming?
Twista: Yeah, we’re still in the works. He’s mingling and moving around doing a bunch things and the same with me. But we keep in contact because we got plans. We actually got the title for the project and everything. It’s going down.
HipHopDX: You said he moves around a lot. How does that work when an artist in say the East Coast wants to work with somebody in the West Coast, but they’re too busy. Do you usually just send them the beat to work on?
Twista: We do it so much that some the things that usually were missed organically are still captured. Like these days, you can send somebody an email or have a quick five minute chat on the phone to get the concept the song. You can still get some form organic concept to what you’re doing. And technology today, you can get on Skype or something, we can see each other and make a song in the studio without being with each other, but still actually vibe with each other. That’s dope too.
HipHopDX: That’s 2019 for you. Is there anything we didn’t go over that you wanted to touch on?
Twista: Summer 96, that’s my new project.
HipHopDX: Since we’re on that note, before we go, what are some things you want people to get from listening to that album?
Twista: This is where real rap comes from. That’s the vibe. I want to take them back to the original sound and vibe in a way where it’s still respected and looked at as something that can be listened to today. I don’t want it to sound old even though it’s called Summer 96. This is where it comes from, but this is also where I’m at today.
HipHopDX: Yeah, I saw a lot Do or Die features as well. You’ve been working with them extensively right?
Twista: Yeah, I see them a lot. We do a lot shows together and we got good chemistry in the studio when we make music.
HipHopDX: Speaking shows, when’s the last time you’ve been on tour with them?
Twista: We do a lot spot dates but one the recent tours we had was called “Class 96” with me, Do or Die, Crucial Conflict, Shawnna. We got it in like that.
HipHopDX: Were you able to tour as hard as you could back in the day?
Twista: Back in the day, we were a little more youthful. Some things are better because technology. But today, we’re a little older, so we’ve got to watch a little bit what we eat, get our rest. You can’t do a show then go party all night and hang out. You’ve got to find somewhere you can rest to survive the tour.
HipHopDX: I’m a photographer as well and just shooting two shows two days in a row makes me tired. I can’t imagine going on a massive tour or something.
Twista: Yeah, you bring the average friend with you on tour for 2 or 3 days, you’ll knockout.
You can listen to Summer 96 below and follow him on Instagram @twistagmg for more updates.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again reached the top the Billboard 200 for the first time in his career. The Baton Rouge-bred rapper’s latest project AI YoungBoy 2 hit No. 1 following its release on October 11.
The Atlantic Records artist’s 18-track mixtape racked up 110,000 total album equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music. AI YoungBoy 2’s success was largely due to streaming though as it only sold 3,000 copies in terms pure album sales.
Elsewhere on the Billboard 200 chart, Lil Tjay and Wale each scored Top 10 debuts with their respective LPs.
Tjay’s first studio album True 2 Myself claimed the No. 5 spot f the strength selling 45,000 total album equivalent units (1,000 in pure album sales). Wale’s Wow … That’s Crazy came in at No. 7 with 38,000 total album equivalent units sold (5,000 in pure album sales).
In addition to the aforementioned debuts, much the week’s Top 10 was comprised Hip Hop albums. Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding rose from No. 3 to No. 2 while DaBaby’s KIRK maintained its position at No. 4. Young Thug’s So Much Fun also held onto the No. 10 spot for the second week in a row.
Check out the entire Billboard 200 chart here.
#DXCLUSIVE: B-Real Just Opened His Fifth Dr. Greenthumb’s Marijuana Dispensary & Plans To Expand Outside Of California
Los Angeles, CA – Somewhere between Los Angeles’ Glendale Junction and Lincoln Heights districts stood an impressively long line stretching out into a nearby neighborhood last Friday (October 18). Hundreds fans were all waiting to be the first to patron B-Real’s newest Dr. Greenthumb’s dispensary location.
The fifth store opening in a little over a year, Dr. Greenthumb’s fers the scope competing retailers like MedMen but, more grounded in grassroots cannabis culture than Hollywood hipsters. For B-Real, it’s been something that’s been a part his persona since the early days with Cypress Hill from his ongoing venture with the marijuana industry to The Smokebox show on his BRealTV network.
Speaking with HipHopDX, B-Real explains the road to building the Dr. Greenthumb brand, obstacles in getting into the cannabis industry, thoughts on 2020 presidential election, new music and more.
HipHopDX: Congratulations on your new store opening. You’ve opened up several others over the past year. Can you explain the growth the Dr. Greenthumb brand from strains to a full-on brick-n-mortar store?
B-Real: Yes, this is number five. We just opened one in San Francisco maybe two weeks ago. Before that, Eureka and Sacramento. That doesn’t count out the shop in Sylmar, which was the first one. That was about just over a year. Dr. Greenthumb, as you know, was birth from a song that I made with Cypress Hill on our fourth album. When the cannabis industry came to California and opened up, I thought it would be a great brand to be in the cannabis industry.
Photo: Ural Garrett
We were already synonymous with cannabis culture so I thought what better way to come into the game with. It started there with some strains like the 2.0, Silverback and a few other ones. There were some OG genomes out there in the market as well. It was our first time in the market.
Then we had some in stores, but it was all under Dr. Greenthumb. That was like the first steps from the strains, the mind, the name, the brand aside from what people knew from the song. It was connecting that name to what we wanted to do in the market. That’s when we started cultivating and the opportunity came after building our name there. The opportunity came to a store. Instead creating a strain, I thought a store would be better. Then we started the Insane OG strain line from Dr. Greenthumb. Two things that we focused on doing when coming into the cannabis industry was making a brand and our own strain. Now, we have a landing place for our strain in our store. It’s taking those particular steps to get into the industry and not just the culture.
HipHopDX: The cannabis industry is set to overtake the NFL in gross revenue by 2020 according to reports. What is it about the cannabis industry that outsiders don’t understand in regards to the obstacles that one has to go through in order to be as successful as you’ve become?
B-Real: I think a lot the obstacles or at least most them have been dealt with, fortunately. It’s not as taboo or one those things where you run away from it. No one has to be a closet smoker and people are more open about it. People are more educated about it. It goes over a bit easier in regards to investors who want to come into the industry and then laws changing. Even the way people look at medicinal purposes as well. A lot people’s minds have been changed on both conservative and religious aspects. People who didn’t want it legalized now see the benefits and not just economically but, what it could do medically. There’s been a lot people great things about their treatments with CBD and THC. There’s that and you can’t avoid economics.
You can’t avoid what it stands to make for a city, state and federal level through tax. It’s also costly to be in this game. You gotta deal with the rules and ongoing regulations that you might have to pay a fine for. That doesn’t even count permits and licenses. If you’ve solidified your brand stay afloat in these last five years and stand the test time, you perhaps have an opportunity to do well.
The obstacles are getting through all those things. There are individuals who hold licenses but can’t afford the different regulations in regards to cultivation, distribution, manufacturing and everything else from A to B. It’s hard for mom and pop type organizations to get through that so it’s hard. Those are the obstacles but, fortunately, we were able to get through them with a great team. It’s a great team that helped put this together and us working together allowed us to get five stores f.
HipHopDX: Where do you see the brand within the next five years?
B-Real: The Dr. Greenthumb brand is going to maintain growth. We’re opening in Studio City next month and Cathedral City to follow which will be a fully vertical operation and permitted as an on-site consumption lounge. Not just here in California but, other states where it’s legal or have similar legislation. We want to expand outside the state.
HipHopDX: With the 2020 Presidential election coming, what candidate do you feel has been the best supporter for federal marijuana legalization?
B-Real: I think Bernie Sanders is the one who may be pushing legalization the most. I don’t understand politicians on either side because they’re all full shit. There isn’t somebody that I have hope or faith in on any those sites, unfortunately. If it came down to that, Bernie Sanders is the guy talking about fully legalizing cannabis. However, that’s not just one sole reason you should vote for a guy but he is running that flag up the pole.
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HipHopDX: Outside your relationship with the cannabis industry, B-Real television is around ten years old by now. I feel like you and Snoop with GGN led the charge for MCs turned rap pundits and podcasters first. Now they’re everywhere from Joe Budden and Noreaga to T.I.
B-Real: Snoop Dogg and I are pioneers that shit. Now it’s us times a thousand because content is king. If your records aren’t out there yet or you’re trying to put out a record, build a platform, release content on it and when you’re ready to release, you already have a built-in fan base ready to receive it. You can advertise an album or make people aware that you have an album coming. I think that’s where the game is at right now, having your own platform. So, it’s fortunate that I and Snoop started a long time ago and have been able to expand.
HipHopDX: Should we be expecting any more solo work from your or even a new Cypress Hill album?
B-Real: Yes! Absolutely. I got an album coming next year called Let Me Tell You Something produced by Scott Storch. It’s got a few features but I got DJ Paul, Berner, Devin The Dude, Krayzie Bone and I might be forgetting one other person. Super excited for people to hear what I have coming on that end. Cypress Hill has an album in the chamber produced by Black Milk. That’s coming out sometime later next year as well. I’ll probably drop my album in April and then Cypress will come after that.
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Miami, FL – Fat Joe sat down with WEDR 99.1FM Miami for the Florida station’s 99JAMZ Live event over the weekend.
During the conversation, the Terror Squad vet recalled snubbing Eminem, who was just a thirsty kid from Detroit trying to get his demo in the right hands at the time.
“Eminem out here in Miami, he gave me his demo like six different times,” Joe explains in the clip. “Everywhere I went was this little white boy, and he kept giving me his demo. He was like ‘listen to my music, I’m telling you I’m nice, I’m nice.’ I never really … I didn’t do it! Now, he’s the biggest guy in the universe.”
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During #JAMZLive, Fat Joe tells @supacindy and @dj_entice about the time Eminem tried to give Joe his demo tape. Joe says that he never listened to it back then. Now, he reflects on passing on one the biggest rap artists in the world. Watch the entire interview on our YouTube channel now! #JAMZLiveFatJoe #FamilyTies #WEDR #99JAMZ
Of course, the rest is history. Slim Shady has sold over 230 million records sold globally, earning the title one the best-selling artists all time.
Armed with 15 Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original for “Lose Yourself) and a MTV Europe Music Award for Global Icon Award, Em’s legend status is undeniably set in stone.
Elsewhere in the interview, Joe admits he had a similar experience with Rick Ross. He also explains how he was the one who took Pitbull to New York City to get signed.
Watch the full clip above.