Lil Yachty, Akademiks, Lil Nas X, Ski Mask The Slump God & More In Disbelief Over Juice Wrld's Death

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The Hip Hop community has reacted to Juice Wrld‘s untimely death as news his passing continues to spread.

The multi-platinum selling rapper died after reportedly suffering a seizure while walking through Chicago’s Midway airport Sunday (December 8). News the death spread rapidly with many his contemporaries expressing their condolences.

Lil Yachty expressed his disbelief, writing, “Wow, I can not believe this. Rip my brother Juice Wrld.”

Lil Nas X shared his shock by simply writing, “Oh my good WTF.”

Action Bronson got both personal and poignant when he wrote, “Terrible news about the young man Juice Wrld. We share December 2nd as our arrival day. Gone way too soon. Life is precious.”

Russ wrote, “Damn man…rip Juice Wrld.”

Rich Brian followed that up by writing, “This is insane. Rest in peace Juice Wrld. Way too young mannn.”

Zoey Dollaz wrote, “Just 21 dawg, with so much ahead ’em. This shit ruined my day.”

Lil Durk expressed his grief by writing, “R.i.p juice….sad day in the world today.”

Yung Baby Tate sent her condolences to his loved ones, writing, “Juice Wrld… way too young, way too bright. This is so sad. Prayers to his family and loved ones.”

Lil Reese posted on Instagram, “Damn juice ain’t Neva just die.”

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Others like Denzel Curry, Bas, Lil Keed and more posted “R.I.P.” messages for the late artist.

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Some rappers shared past photos themselves with Juice. Yung Bans wrote, “Rest easy rockstar.”

Killy was in disbelief as he wrote, “Rest in Peace young king. It was always love every time we linked up. Can’t even believe I’m writing this. Taken from us way too early.”

600 Breezy and Warhol.SS shared a photo Juice Wrld in better times.

“Life so fuckin’ unfair. How I go from telling you Happy Bday to Rest in Peace????? Juice Wrld.” 600 wrote on Instagram. “Chicago, we love you as a whole. My brother for life.”

Warhol.SS shared the sentiment, writing, “It don’t feel real making this post rn. U was a cool ass nigga bro. I remember u asked Cole to ask me about coming to Vancouver on yo tour and I was on the next flight out. Yo energy was strong. Rap niggas wasn’t cut like u. Long live the real.”

The most alarming responses came from and Trippie Redd, who took Juice’s death hard.

“BRUH AT THIS FUCKING POINT TAKE ME TOO,” Ski Mask wrote.

Later on, Trippie Redd posted a Facetime image, writing, “I kinda hate life tbh I’m so sick and tired this shit honestly…..”

Hip Hop veterans such as Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Jim Jones and Royce Da 5’9 expressed their condolences as well.

“Just sad to lose another young king in this game,” Jim Jones wrote. “Abusive behavior can lead to our demise doesn’t matter the age if we don’t have th knowledge we will all fall victim. Rest easy young king ur music will live forever.”

Check out more reactions below. R.I.P. Juice.


Lil B Defends His Billie Eilish "Joke" After Being Called Out By Lil Yachty

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Lil B attempted to clarify an eyebrow-raising comment he made about teen pop star Billie Eilish on Saturday (December 7). After being called out on Twitter by Lil Yachty, the BasedGod responded by claiming he was making a joke in a series tweets.

The social media back-and-forth began when Lil B wrote about Eilish Twitter on Saturday morning.

“Billie Ellish reminds me girls that thinks Lil b is cute !!” he wrote. “I felt like we dated before.”

Yachty reacted hours later by bluntly reminding the BasedGod her age.

“She is 17 bro,” Lil Boat wrote.

Lil B quickly fired back at Yachty’s insinuation inappropriateness by downplaying the comment as a joke.

“Question for you is what you think I meant when I made that joke?” he asked Yachty.

The BasedGod continued to defend himself, insisting there was nothing wrong about what he wrote.

“Cuz she do got fans that’s grown and I have dated women that are my age that got a unique vibe !” he declared. “Do you think it’s sexual what I said? Or romantic ? Just wondering cuz I ain’t think it was neither just somthing cute and funny! But hey !!”

Lil B concluded, “And think this to it’s obvious I’m not the only one that thinks she’s cool or she would not be signed to a major label !! THe label prob think she cool to right? Every adult that supports her thinks she’s cool to? Or should adults just stay away from non adults?”

While Yachty didn’t reply to any Lil B’s clarifying tweets, he did chime in when a Twitter user accused him a past romantic relationship with teen viral sensation-turned-rapper Bhad Bhabie.

“I’ll smack da shit out u,” Lil Boat snapped.

Yachty has described Bhad Bhabie as a little sister yet faced backlash for gifting her a $53,000 chain for her birthday.


RMA’s remix takes a different approach on KYANU’s release “Straight Oldschool”!

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

RMA just released a fresh bass house remix for KYANU’s original “Straight OldSchool” and it sounds like a dancefloor smasher! This tune has the perfect vibe and energy to satisfy any bass house lover! The sound design is great and the vocal samples add an old school house vibe to the tune, creating a perfect combination between old and modern. The transitions between the trap flavored breakdowns and the drops are well executed and the track feels very cohesive overall and has a good atmosphere to it. So much energy and power right here, especially from the mean bass line and the pumping groove, completed by well timed vocal interventions to create the perfect dynamic balance that your body needs!

Follow RMA on Facebook and Instagram to catch up with his latest productions.


Juice Wrld Dies At Age 21 After Suffering Seizure

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Chicago, IL – Multi-platinum rap star Juice Wrld has been pronounced dead. He was 21.

According to TMZ, the “Lucid Dreams” rapper, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, reportedly suffered a seizure while walking through Chicago’s Midway airport on Sunday (December 8) morning.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, law enforcement sources attested he was bleeding from the mouth. Although Juice Wrld was still conscious while being transported to the hospital, he was pronounced dead not too long after arriving.

As press time, Juice Wrld’s cause death is unclear. Despite never disclosing any health issues, in July 2019, he openly admitted to a lean addiction, in which he declared he was ficially done with the habit.

Juice Wrld’s popularity exploded in 2017 with his Nick Mira-produced track “Lucid Dreams,” which made its peak at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and is currently five-times platinum (x5) with nearly a billion streams on Spotify alone.

The song, which samples Sting’s 1993 hit “Shape Of My Heart,” became the subject a threatening lawsuit by Sting himself. In an interview with Billboard, Sting called “Lucid Dreams” a “beautiful interpretation that is faithful to the original song’s form.”

Juice’s reign was followed by more hits such as “Lean wit Me” and “All Girls Are The Same.” In 2018, he dropped his debut album Goodbye & Good Riddance as well as his collaborative mixtape with Future Wrld On Drugs. In March 2019, he released his sophomore album Death Race For Love, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Eerily, on his song “Legends” f his Too Soon…EP he entertains the idea dying young.

“What’s the 27 Clu-u-u-ub? / We ain’t making it past 21,” he sings on the track dedicated to XXXTentacion and Lil Peep.

HipHopDX sends it’s condolences to Juice Wrld’s family and friends.


Kanye West, JAY-Z & Beyoncé Top Forbes 2019 List Of Highest Earning Musicians

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New York, NY – Forbes recently unveiled its list the highest earning musicians 2019. Unsurprisingly, Kanye West, JAY-Z and his superstar wife Beyoncé top the list.

Thanks primarily to his partnership with adidas, Ye landed at No. 2 with roughly $150 million, while JAY-Z and Beyoncé tied at No. 6 with $81 million each. The only artist to surpass Kanye was his nemesis Taylor Swift who landed in the No. 1 spot with $185 million.

“I am a product guy at my core,” West said in an August interview with Forbes. “To make products that make people feel an immense amount joy and solve issues and problems in their life, that’s the problem-solving that I love to do.”

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Elsewhere on the list, Migos hit the No. 40 spot with $36 million, Kendrick Lamar settled at No. 34 with $38.5 million, DJ Khaled tied Marshmello at No. 29 with $40 million and Eminem matched Bruno Mars at No. 18 with $51 million. 

Check out the full list below.

40 | Migos
2019 EARNINGS: $36 million

39 | U2
2019 EARNINGS: $37 million

38 | Celine Dion
2019 EARNINGS: $37.5 million

37 | Shawn Mendes
2019 EARNINGS: $38 million

34 (tie) | Zac Brown Band
2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million

34 (tie) | Kendrick Lamar
2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million

34 (tie) | Calvin Harris
2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million

33 | Dave Matthews
2019 EARNINGS: $39 million

32 | Lady Gaga
2019 EARNINGS: $39.5 million

29 (tie) | DJ Khaled
2019 EARNINGS: $40 million

29 (tie) | Marshmello
2019 EARNINGS: $40 million

29 (tie) | The Weeknd
2019 EARNINGS: $40 million

28 | Rolling Stones
2019 EARNINGS: $41 million

27 | Luke Bryan
2019 EARNINGS: $42.5 million

26 | Jennifer Lopez
2019 EARNINGS: $43 million

25 | Guns N’ Roses
2019 EARNINGS: $44 million

24 | The Chainsmokers
2019 EARNINGS: $46 million

22 (tie) | Ariana Grande
2019 EARNINGS: $48 million

22 (tie) | Paul McCartney
2019 EARNINGS: $48 million

21 | Fleetwood Mac
2019 EARNINGS: $49 million

19 (tie) | Jimmy Buffett
2019 EARNINGS: $50 million

19 (tie) | Eminem
2019 EARNINGS: $50 million

18 | Bruno Mars
2019 EARNINGS: $51 million

17 | Billy Joel
2019 EARNINGS: $52 million

15 (tie) | BTS
2019 EARNINGS: $57 million

15 (tie) | Pink
2019 EARNINGS: $57 million

13 (tie) | Katy Perry
2019 EARNINGS: $57.5 million

13 (tie) | Justin Timberlake
2019 EARNINGS: $57.5 million

12 | Travis Scott
2019 EARNINGS: $58 million

11 | Rihanna
2019 EARNINGS: $62 million

10 | Metallica
2019 EARNINGS: $68.5 million

9 | Diddy
2019 EARNINGS: $70 million

8 | Drake
2019 EARNINGS: $75 million

6 (tie) | Beyoncé
2019 EARNINGS: $81 million

6 (tie) | JAY-Z
2019 EARNINGS: $81 million

5 | Elton John
2019 EARNINGS: $84 million

4 | The Eagles
2019 EARNINGS: $100 million

3 | Ed Sheeran
2019 EARNINGS: $110 million

2 | Kanye West
2019 EARNINGS: $150 million

1 | Taylor Swift
2019 EARNINGS: $185 million


Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Recruit El Michels Affair For NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

New York, NY – Freddie Gibbs and Madlib recently stopped by NPR’s New York City fices for the Tiny Desk Concert series.

It would’ve happened months ago, but Madlib was adamant about having El Michels Affair as their backing band. Evidently, the timing was finally right and the jazz-funk hybrid was able to go along for the ride.

With the help the talented Marco Benevento, Dave Guy and El Michels Affair members Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss and Nick Movshon, Madlib and Gibbs delivered the Bandana cuts “Education,” “Gat Damn,” “Soul Right” and “Freestyle Shit.”

For his part, Madlib brought a small thunder tube and vintage electric bongos circa 1960, adding additional layers to already robust sounds emanating from the band. Meanwhile, Gibbs rocked an open Stüssy jacket with a giant “G” chain hanging from his neck while delivering his verses.

Bandana, which received a perfect 5.0 rating from HipHopDX, was released in June. Madlib recently announced the duo was crafting a follow-up, the tentatively titled Montana. 

Until that surfaces, check out their performance up top.


How The Cultural Climate During A Specific Time Period Can Influence A Classic Album | The Breakdown

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

The feeling a certain time period is something unable to replicate. When an album drops, the cultural events surrounding the music ten play a large role in how the album is received.

From the movies that are being watched to the president in fice at the time everything besides the music helps determine an album’s impact.

In the latest episode HipHopDX’s The Breakdown, Page Kennedy looks at the impact the cultural climate in Hip Hop and how it influences what we consider a classic album.

Kennedy also discusses how regions might experience albums differently. We look specifically at N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, Nas’ Illmatic, Kanye West’s The College Dropout, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and more.

Watch “How The Cultural Climate In A Specific Time Period Can Influence A Classic: The Breakdown” above.

And as always, check out previous episodes the series on DX’s YouTube channel.


Nick Cannon Challenges Eminem To A Battle

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Los Angeles, CA – Nick Cannon was placed in Eminem’s crosshairs as part his verse on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above” cut featuring Mary J. Blige.

During Cannon’s Power 106 show on Friday (December 6), the Wild ‘N Out host claimed Slim Shady wasn’t worthy a response — while essentially responding.

Later, he took to Instagram and shared a video clip his comments, which included changing Em’s name to Cialis. In the caption, he made it clear he wanted Shady to stop by his long-running sketch comedy show for a little friendly competition.

“Let’s Wild Out Marshall!!!,” he wrote. “@Eminem @mtvwildnout @NickCannonMornings In the MuthaFuk’n Santa Suit!!!”

The Terror Squad OG promised the Eminem collaboration for his Family Ties album was “the most disrespectful” and it arguably lived up to the hype.

“I know me and Mariah didn’t end on a high note/But that other dude’s whipped, that pussy got him neutered,” Shady raps. “Tryna tell him his chicks a nut ‘fore he got his jewels clipped/Almost got my caboose kicked/Fool, quit, you not gon’ do shit/I let her chop my balls f too before I lost to you, Nick.”

Cannon and Em’s beef stretches back years. 

In a 2016 interview with HipHopDX, he opened up about dissing Em on “I’m A Slick Rick” and being forced to sit down after Shady destroyed Cannon and his ex-wife Mariah on 2009’s “The Warning.”

Revisit his comments below.


DaBaby Throws FaceTime Concert For Charlotte After Jet Breaks Down

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Charlotte, NC – When circumstances outside his control forced Charlotte rap star DaBaby to miss a Thursday night (December 5) performance in his hometown, the Grammy-nominated performer found a unique way to keep his commitment to his fans.

On Thursday morning, DaBaby was in NYC filming a promo for his upcoming SNL performance. Later that same night, he was scheduled to perform at the Power98 Winter Block Party in Charlotte, NC. The “Suge” rapper rented a private jet to fly him home in time for the annual concert but the aircraft experienced technical difficulties on the runway and the crew had to turn around, forcing the DaBaby to miss his set.

Once it became clear he was not going to make it to the concert, DaBaby took to Instagram Live to express his disappointment and apologized. Luckily, his team and the staff at Power98 were able to work out a one–a-kind solution. When the time came for DaBaby to perform, he delivered his entire set from the broken-down aircraft FaceTime.

The staff at the Bojangles Coliseum and the team from Power98 FM worked together to broadcast the call live on the stadium’s jumbotrons. Fan videos taken from inside the venue show the crowd dancing to some the rapper’s biggest hits, like “Suge” and “Bop”, while he performed from the runway on his iPhone.

On Friday (December 6), DaBaby posted a full apology on his personal Instagram account. After thanking his fans in Charlotte for their loyalty, he promised ticket-holders a free show to make up for the mishap in the near future.

 

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Due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to make it my show in my OWN. city last night??‍♂️ Paid extra for a jet just to make sure this type shit wouldn’t happen. Although Baby a firm believer in everything happening for a reason I can’t get over the fact that I let my fans(FAMILY) down by not being able to make it. Thanks to my fast moving team and a few solid supporters at @power98fm we figured out a way to broadcast me live on the jumbo screen at the concert on a FaceTime call. #BDBENT Super Star @stunna4vegas held it down and explained to the audience what was goin on. Soon as they heard my voice and saw my face on the screen over a FaceTime call the whole arena turnt up! I just witnessed myself rock a coliseum through a FaceTime call? No matter how it come f anybody that know me personally can tell you I’m one the most humble people you could meet, especially being in the position I’m in and why I went through to get here. But last night I was humbled even more. God gave me the opportunity to show my city I’m NOT perfect. While at the same time showing me that I don’t gotta be perfect at all for my city to love and support me? For the lessons taught through these unfortunate circumstances I’m forever grateful ?? This type shit don’t happen where we from, they usually would’ve tore that bitch down. But instead y’all helped me write another page in the history book last night. Preciate y’all for understanding?? From, Baby. #KeepYaTickets #FREEconcertOTW ? #CHARLOTTE ? Moments captured by: @ricodidit & @igot20onmybeat .

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He wrote an open letter to his fans on the IG post. The caption read

“Due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to make it my show in my OWN. city last night??‍♂️ Paid extra for a jet just to make sure this type shit wouldn’t happen.

Although Baby a firm believer in everything happening for a reason I can’t get over the fact that I let my fans(FAMILY) down by not being able to make it. Thanks to my fast moving team and a few solid supporters at @power98fm we figured out a way to broadcast me live on the jumbo screen at the concert on a FaceTime call. #BDBENT Super Star @stunna4vegas held it down and explained to the audience what was goin on. Soon as they heard my voice and saw my face on the screen over a FaceTime call the whole arena turnt up! I just witnessed myself rock a coliseum through a FaceTime call?

No matter how it come f anybody that know me personally can tell you I’m one the most humble people you could meet, especially being in the position I’m in and why I went through to get here. But last night I was humbled even more. God gave me the opportunity to show my city I’m NOT perfect. While at the same time showing me that I don’t gotta be perfect at all for my city to love and support me?

For the lessons taught through these unfortunate circumstances I’m forever grateful ?? This type shit don’t happen where we from, they usually would’ve tore that bitch down. But instead y’all helped me write another page in the history book last night.

Preciate y’all for understanding?? From, Baby.
#KeepYaTickets #FREEconcertOTW ?
#CHARLOTTE ?

Moments captured by: @ricodidit & @igot20onmybeat .

KIRK is available for streaming on all platforms.


French Montana Ordered To 1-Month Bedrest Amid New Album Drop

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After battling health issues that’s kept him sidelined in the hospital for nearly two weeks, French Montana has finally been discharged.

According to TMZ, the Epic Records artist was released from West Hills Hospital in the San Fernando Valley this week, and though he’s been cleared to go home, doctors have ordered a minimum 30 more days bedrest. Doctors have attributed “seriously overworking” himself as the culprit his symptoms that included severe stomach pain and exhaustion.

The timing comes amid the drop his third studio LP Montana, which includes features from Drake, A$AP Rocky, Quavo and more.

Montana took to Instagram just days before, where he not only announced the project but also showed his determination to get back to 100 percent.

“CANT KEEP ME DOWN,” began the caption with a photo what appears to be Montana in push-up position while hooked up to medical devices. “The music is keepin my spirit alive.”

In mid-November, authorities were called to his Calabasas residence in what ended up being a false alarm for a home burglary.  Instead, police noticed the Moroccan-American rapper in need medical attention, where eventually an ambulance rushed him to the hospital.


Dave East, Jay Electronica & 070 Phi Link For Homeless-Benefiting 'No Hoodie (Nothin' to Lose)' Single

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New York, NY – Dave East is doing his part in helping the less fortunate with his new single “No Hoodie (Nothin’ To Lose)” featuring the mysterious Jay Electronica and 070 Phi. The song was released December 5 and will be benefiting the non-prit Hoodies for the Homeless organization.

East delivers a heartfelt verse emphasizing the homeless epidemic that is happening within the nation. Electronica produces another impactful verse that further explains the outcries  Hip Hop fans begging for an album from the New Orleans native.

“I’m scared the winter/ New York gets colder than cold/ Fuck the system, I do not want to vote/ Not to mention, I do not own a coat/It’s freezing, my nigga/ I don’t got cash or no credit, no Amex or Visa, my nigga/ Slept in my jeep with the heat on, my nigga/I’m starving for real, it ain’t no secret,” the Survival rapper spits.

According to Billboard, almost 554,000 people are homeless in the United States. In New York City, there are approximately 78,000 without a place to live, the highest since the Great Depression.


El-P Launches Extensive Reissue Campaign With 'I'll Sleep When You're Dead' Album

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

The one and only El Producto, better known as El-P Run The Jewels, has kicked f an extensive reissue campaign his entire solo album catalog Fat Possum Records, beginning with I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. It marks the first time the album has ever appeared on streaming platforms. 

The 2007 project features collaborations with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, Mars Volta, Aesop Rock, Cage and Cat Power as well as musical contributions from James McNew (Yo La Tengo), guitarist Matt Sweeney and the late, great Ikey Owens.

“This record means a lot to me,” El-P said in a press release. “Really, it’s a collection short stories written from multiple perspectives … different characters living in the same confused, askew city ‘Poisenville.’ No one is right in these stories and no one has the moral high ground, but everyone is trying to keep themselves from suffocating under the weight their own reality and faults.”

El-P goes on to describe the various characters that pop up on the 13-track project — from a concentration camp guard to aging pessimist.

“A guy on a train asks a question he doesn’t really want answered,” he continued. “A concentration camp guard flirts with morality and ultimately chooses obedience. An older, pessimistic man thinks he’s doing the right thing by ending his relationship with a younger, optimistic woman but can’t help but self-aggrandize. A young man responds angrily to a draft letter.

“A lost soul is trying to find connections in a party scene only to realize he’s more alone than ever. An atheist makes an emergency plea to god on a plane that he knows he hasn’t earned. A man sits on a Brooklyn stoop at dawn fully realizing his own bullshit self-justifications and rejects them.”

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today my 2007 album “i’ll sleep when you’re dead” is out on all streaming platforms for the first time ever. it’s the first release in an extensive solo catalog release schedule with @fatpossum records that will carry on through the next few years and will include digital, physical and deluxe releases all my solo works. very psyched to share this album again with people who may not be familiar with it and with those that are and haven’t had it at their finger tips for years. thanks to the fat possum crew for taking on the mantle and caring for this stuff and thanks to everyone who contributed to the record. last but not least thanks to everyone who’s been rocking with me over the years ❤️

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Ultimately, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is about redemption but littered with darkness and doubt.

“It’s about the decision not to succumb to the darkest ideas we have about what we are,” he concluded. “I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead began as what I imagined the city ‘Poisenville’ was saying to its inhabitants as a retort to being called a ‘city that never sleeps,’ but it ends with the discovery something bigger than the maze inner turmoil these characters feel — a resolve to fight for life, even if it’s someone else’s.”

The Company Flow founder’s solo albums, which were originally released on his iconic Definitive Jux label, will also be available on streaming platforms for the first time in 10 years.

Check out the I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead album stream, cover art and tracklist below.

1. Tasmanian Pain Coaster f. Omar Rodríguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala
2. Smithereens (Stop Cryin)
3. Up All Night
4. EMG
5. Drive
6. Dear Sirs
7. Run the Numbers f. Aesop Rock
8. Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love) f. Cage
9. The Overly Dramatic Truth
9. Flyentology f. Trent Reznor
10. No Kings
11. The League Extraordinary Nobodies
12. Poisenville Kids No Wins / Reprise (This Must Be Our Time) f. Cat Power