Page Kennedy Unleashes His Straight Bars Into "Fire Squad" Video

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

Los Angeles, CA – Taking a slice from his Straight Bars III traditional mixtape, Page Kennedy is delivering the fury his “Fire Squad” video.

Directed by Lanfia, the DX Breakdown host lets his lyrical chopper fly while standing on the train tracks in Downtown Los Angeles.

Watch Page Kennedy’s “Fire Squad” video above and stream the full project here.


Big Sean's Foundation Donates $10K To Wayne State’s HIGH Program

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Detroit, MI – Big Sean continues to lend a helping hand through his Sean Anderson Foundation. A few months after donating a $100,000 studio to Detroit’s Dauch Boys & Girls Club, the Def Jam MC has given $10,000 to Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program.

Wayne State is located in Sean’s hometown Detroit. His mother Myra Anderson, who serves as the executive director and president his foundation, spoke about the organization’s contribution to the university on Tuesday (October 8).

“We are pleased to continue our commitment to the HIGH Program in support its dedication to students facing hardships,” Anderson said in a press release. “The HIGH Program touches the lives students, helping them as they pursue their higher education goals.”

 

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The $10,000 donation isn’t the first time Sean has assisted the HIGH Program. In 2016, his foundation created a $25,000 endowment for the program. An additional $15,000 was donated in 2017 followed by $10,000 in 2018.

“The Sean Anderson Foundation has been a consistent supporter the HIGH Program through its financial support,” Wayne State president Wilson said Jacqueline. “The foundation’s resolve to provide funding helps us pursue our mission to ensure that no student abandons their dream earning a degree at Wayne State University solely because housing or financial challenges.”

The HIGH Program was founded in 2013 to address student homelessness. For more information, read about the initiative here.


Candid Convos: Summer Walker & Ari Lennox Talk Freeing The Nipple, Monogamy, Lace Fronts And More For Apple Music

Filed by Abbey ShoreAbbey Shore

Summer Walker is not to be slept on.

after dropping her debut album over it, the atlanta singer-songwriter hit fans with the posh video for her single “playing games” featuring bryson tiller. and now, she’s partnered with apple for a very special conversation, in which she and the equally honest Ari Lennox chat about everything they’re “over.” The convo covers a range of topics, from plastic surgery to relationships and more.

As you’ve probably already guessed, it’s a very amusing interview. They get right into it and first on Summer’s list is waxing. “I feel like the D has to be good enough for me to get a wax. I’m not going through that pain for no damn reason,” she tells Ari, who hilariously asks “Ok…. so, then do you prefer hair?”

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They’re also over bras. “I like my titties to be free… that’s why they’re always peaking out and saying ‘hello.’ They know I care about them.” “We’re gonna free our f*cking nipples right now!” Ari yells, to which Summer replies “Not right now.”

Watch the HILARIOUS clip up top and learn a little something about our faves.


Big Sean's Foundation Donates $10,000 To Wayne State’s HIGH Program

Filed by Elsa MajewskiElsa Majewski

Detroit, MI – Big Sean continues to lend a helping hand through his Sean Anderson Foundation. A few months after donating a $100,000 studio to Detroit’s Dauch Boys & Girls Club, the Def Jam MC has given $10,000 to Wayne State University’s HIGH (Helping Individuals Go Higher) Program.

Wayne State is located in Sean’s hometown Detroit. His mother Myra Anderson, who serves as the executive director and president his foundation, spoke about the organization’s contribution to the university on Tuesday (October 8).

“We are pleased to continue our commitment to the HIGH Program in support its dedication to students facing hardships,” Anderson said in a press release. “The HIGH Program touches the lives students, helping them as they pursue their higher education goals.”

 

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The $10,000 donation isn’t the first time Sean has assisted the HIGH Program. In 2016, his foundation created a $25,000 endowment for the program. An additional $15,000 was donated in 2017 followed by $10,000 in 2018.

“The Sean Anderson Foundation has been a consistent supporter the HIGH Program through its financial support,” Wayne State president Wilson said Jacqueline. “The foundation’s resolve to provide funding helps us pursue our mission to ensure that no student abandons their dream earning a degree at Wayne State University solely because housing or financial challenges.”

The HIGH Program was founded in 2013 to address student homelessness. For more information, read about the initiative here.


Interview: DJ Muggs & Meyhem Lauren On Thier Walt & Jesse-Like Chemistry In The Studio

Filed by Alvera CastaldoAlvera Castaldo

DJ Muggs and Meyhem Lauren continued their incredible collaborative team-up with the recent release their new EP entitled Members Only. The four-track set is the third release from the pair, following their 2017 Gems From The Equinox LP and the Frozen Angels EP, which dropped last year.

Members Only is another dope Meyhem and Muggs’ collaboration. With songs like “Aztec Snowflakes” and “GT3”, they continue to seamlessly bounce f each other’s own raw styles very well.

With Mey flowing in a classic New York tone over the masterful production DJ Muggs, the duo gives Hip Hop a monumental experience.

In this DXclusive, both Meyhem and Muggs about the Members Only EP, the making “Aztec Snowflakes” and how they each inspire each other among other things.

HipHopDX: Describe the Meyhem Lauren and DJ Muggs “Members Only” EP.

Meyhem: It was pretty smooth because Muggs and I have a real good chemistry. It was cool to throw a concept in there and keep correlated without it being over-correlated. Basically just doing what we do, but adding a theme to it, with a great group people from the CCC.

HipHopDX:What’s the significance behind the “Members Only” EP title?

Meyhem:It has a couple meanings. One, being that the car club is an amazing club that you have to be a member to enjoy all the benefits. The way me and Muggs rap, we kind have tight circles. It’s really like Members Only in terms we rock with who we rock with. We’re cordial with everybody and cool with everybody we’re hanging with, but we only rock with who we rock with.

HipHopDX:Having also collaborated on 2017’s Gems From The Equinox and 2018’s Frozen Angels, what about collaborating with each other keeps you coming back to do more work together?

Meyhem: Just the opportunity to do cool things, man. The idea is to have fun and keep things going, and this was an interesting twist. Maybe next time we’ll do a boat album, or an airplane album, who knows?

Muggs: It’s like I grew up with Meyhem for like twenty years, it’s easy. If I never make beats with him again, I’d hang out with Mey all the time. Drinking organic wine, making fun Alchemist’s hairline laughs], you know, just kicking it.

HipHopDX: Meyhem, like in the “GT3” video you in the booth, describe what it’s like to be in the studio collaborating with such a legendary and pioneering producer like DJ Muggs.

Meyhem: It’s just an amazing process. What Muggs has done in the game, not many have done before or will do after. That alone is an honor. After that, that’s just my man. We make fire and we’re going to continue to.

HipHopDX: Mey, how has your relationship with Muggs influenced you musically, or artistically?

Meyhem: He teaches you to focus, work hard, and keep growing. Look at his career, he’s been going for thirty years and he’s still one the sharpest in the game. So that just shows you what you can do if you keep going.

HipHopDX: Likewise, Muggs, how does Meyhem challenge or inspire you as a producer when crafting tracks?

Muggs: We have fun first all! We hang out, drink some wine, and put some beats on. Some days I’m looking for a particular sound and I’ll come across something I’m not really into, and Mey will say he’s feeling it. I trust Mey’s instincts and his taste in music extraordinarily. I’m cool, and it ends up becoming a fucking banger! I was going to erase that shit, and that happens quite ten with Mey.

Mey stretches me and makes me go places I probably wouldn’t normally go. I definitely trust his instincts with music.
Mey: And I think that’s why we make the fire because everything he said is exactly how I feel. That’s why we just do what we do.

HipHopDX: Tell me about putting together “Aztec Snowflakes” and that song was built.

Muggs: I actually made that for the new Cypress Hill record. I made it in like 2012, 2013 and they just didn’t want to rap on it. So, I just had it there and I played it for Mey and he was like, “Yo, that’s fire!” Mey wrote a hook to it, and when I heard the hook the fucking hairs on my arm went up.

When you make hit songs, there’s a feeling you get. That shit doesn’t come around all the time, but when it does come around you have to trust your instincts. I’m not musically trained, I don’t know how to read or write music or none that shit, but I know I got an instinct that you can’t buy it or read it in a fuckin’ book. When I heard Mey kick that hook I was like, “Yo, that shit right there!”

Meyhem: It’s bugged out because I loved the beat, but I couldn’t write to it. I just loved to listen to it all the time. I was like, “Damn, why can’t I write to this?” And then one day I’m just sitting in the crib and I’m like, “All my niggas getting money…” And I was like, “Get out! That’s it!” I came up with the hook and I just built my verses around that, and we got the Lambo and fit it in. It just made perfect sense.

HipHopDX: Meyhem, who were the guys that inspired you to get into rapping?

Meyhem: Man, East Coast it was Nas, AZ, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, and Biggie. On the West Coast, it was a lot Cypress Hill, Snoop, Dre, Ice Cube, and I like MC Eiht a lot. All that early to mid-90s East and West Coast built me. When you become who you are, you get a lot your personality in your teenage years and you start to develop your character traits. So, a lot the music that dropped between me being twelve to 18 years old made who I am as an artist.

I soaked all that in and now you got Mayhem Lauren.

Interview: DJ Muggs & Meyhem Lauren On Thier Walt & Jesse-Like Chemistry In The Studio

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HipHopDX: When you hear a beat, what’s your creative process to putting the song together, Mey?

Meyhem: Sometimes I write the hook first and build around it, or sometimes I think a first line. But the way that I know a beat is for me is that I immediately start rapping. Even if it doesn’t make sense and it’s just a flow. When a beats been playing for thirty seconds and I don’t start spitting, that’s not it. It happens all the time. Muggs will be in the studio playing beats and I’ll blurt something out. I know right away
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Muggs: You know, sometimes I’ll hear something he won’t be hearing, and same way with the beat he might hear something I’m not hearing. You just have to sit back and trust.

HipHopDX: Mey, I came across some videos you cooking, and I’m a cook myself. I love being in the kitchen cooking some stuff. So, I hear you guys talking about the aspect working together, but is that what a typical session is like with you two, cooking, drinking, making beats and rhymes?

Meyhem: One thousand percent, man! In between verses I’m running out to the grill, we’re cooking things in the crib. Let them know, Muggs!

Muggs: Yo, we’re at my studio with the barbecue going, burgers and fish steaks going and just cooking it up. We make shrimp parm, and chef-ing it up with the beats going all day because it ain’t like we go to work, this part our life. We eat, make music; go to the gym, go back and make music, it’s all just part our life flow, you know? It’s what we do every day, you have to eat, you hang out and talk shit with your friends, you hit the gym, and you do that on a loop.

HipHopDX: With Gems From The Equinox, Frozen Angels, and now Members Only, what’s next up for Muggs and Meyhem?

Muggs: Right now, the focus is one-hundred percent on this. But in the future? Absolutely! We started this journey about a year ago, just talking about it with the Car Club. It just started with us just collecting sounds from cars like the Lamborghini, the NSX, from the Porsche. And then giving me the sounds and me making some beats myself. I made a couple them on my own, and then I made a couple them Mey right there. Then I incorporate the sounds into the beats, and then Mey writes around the sounds effects the cars.

It was a big collaborative effort. For us to start and finish at the finish line at the same time feels fucking good, man. It’s great to work with inspired people. With Mey having that, and me having that and bringing to the table, the shit’s fucking fun, man! The goal for us at this point in our lives is to just do cool shit with cool people and have a good time.


Kai Wachi Releases Dark, Heavy Single "ASMODEUS"

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Kai Wachi is on an absolute tear this year and putting out some truly heart stopping tracks. This new single, entitled “ASMODEUS” and released via Kannibalen Records, is no different than anything he has dropped before. Emitting a dark and mysterious vibe, it is a piece that comes at a perfect time this year.

Complete with everything we have come to love from this artist, the song is filled to the brim with electrifying bass and driving drums. It will hit you like no other bass track has really done before producing a flurry of crisp synths ready to destroy any festival it comes across.

Make sure to check out “ASMODEUS” below…


Stars Of Dreamville Documentary "Out Of Omaha" Talk Meeting J. Cole & Producing The Film

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

In more ways than one, it’s incredibly inspiring what J. Cole has managed to accomplish in such a short amount time with his record label Dreamville. Since the KOD rapper and his manager Ibrahim Hamad embarked on the journey in 2007, the label has signed several notable acts including J.I.D., Bas, Ari Lennox, secured the most collaborative No. 1 Billboard 200 appearance in history with the compilation album Revenge Of The Dreamers III, and now Dreamville is staging a major coming-out party in the film industry with the one–a-kind documentary Out Omaha.

Executively produced by Cole himself, the harrowing film follows the lives twin brothers Darcell and Darell Trotter Omaha, Nebraska over an eight-year period that harkens bold themes race relations, income inequality, and most importantly, brotherhood. The film won the Audience Award at Doc NYC in 2018 and made its worldwide debut on Starz and Prime streaming platforms last month.

In an exclusive interview, HipHopDX spoke with film star Darcell Trotter and featured artist Skylar “Scky Rei,” Reed about their experience working on the film in collaboration with Dreamville.

HipHopDX: How old are you and when did you meet?

Celly: My name is Darcell Edward Trotter. I go by “Celly.” I’m 27-years-old and I’ve known Skylar since I was 14, Freshman year at NorthWest High School.

Scky Rei: My name is Skylar “Scky Rei” Reed and I’m 27-years-young. Been knowing each other longer than I even knew.

HipHopDX: How did you two meet?

Scky Rei: We both were in a thing called Fort Knox in a studio in the hood when were in high school. Been really close since.

HipHopDX: What inspired the filming the documentary? I hope it inspires everyone in the city — that no matter what obstacles you’re facing, you’ll get through it, and keeping a focused mindset even through the bullshit. And most f all, I hope this bridges the gap between all the different demographics and regions in Omaha that don’t have an understanding each other.

 

HipHopDX: How did you maintain the footage for nearly a decade?

Celly: The origin the Doc started from a high school foundation I was apart , Avenue Scholars. My director, Clay Tweel, and producer, Ryan Johnston, were doing promo work for the foundation and they liked my personality. And it later turns into a relationship them following me around with a camera documenting my everyday way life. Due to the chemistry we had, our relationship would still be intact throughout my teenage days, all the way up to making my transitions where I am now. That allowed us to keep filming through the eight years.

HipHopDX: How did the Dreamville get attached to the film?

Celly: Knowing that J. Cole was my idol, one our producers, Tim, had a relationship with Cole’s Creative Director Scott Lazer, which led to the collaboration.

HipHopDX: What was it like meeting J. Cole and working with him on the film?

Celly: It was definitely a surreal experience. Cole’s just like how he comes f in his music. An authentic, down earth guy, that actually really cares about everyday issues that affect his people.

Scky Rei: I didn’t meet him, I was still dealing with anxiety and New York is huge. I’ve done shows and all, but my mind wasn’t right and it didn’t feel like the right time. But I know he likes my music, and that meant a lot to hear. But for me just being associated with the likes J.Cole or having your name next to him and Clay Tweel was just surreal honestly. Going Starz and seeing my brother Celly and my name on TV and us being alive and well to see it at a young age is a blessing.

HipHopDX: How did it feel to contribute your music to the production?

Scky Rei: Mostly for me, it was great because it gave me an opportunity to be heard, course, but when I was asked to create the Christmas track specifically for the movie, that was everything! Shout to INFNTLP on making the beat and Make Believe Studios for recording it.

HipHopDX: What was the hardest part the making and release the film?

Celly: The hardest part for me was having to watch the documentary and relive some the obstacles I had faced throughout my journey. That was the hardest. But it’s dope for the world to finally know what we go through to survive every day in North Omaha.

Scky Rei: For me, it was feeling embarrassed about financial issues and not being there for my bro for such a long period time. A lot things I didn’t know happened because I was dealing with my own stress and struggle while trying to stay composed as a pressional artist in public versus a cashier at Target.

Stars Of Dreamville Documentary "Out Of Omaha" Talk Meeting J. Cole & Producing The Film

HipHopDX: Can you describe some the things you are working on now?

Scky Rei: I have some things in the works. From music to clothing. I’ve won awards for music and we have awards together with this film. I have a clothing brand called staycltrd then I also do multi Media design specializing in illustration, design, and web.

Celly: As now I run a concrete business with my brother Darrell. And we also have a building with appliances and household items. Also, Skylar and I have an apparel line getting ready to launch and drop soon. And There’s dope music on the way, also.

Catch the trailer for Out Of Omaha below and stream the full film here.


DJ Khaled, French Montana & Jhené Aiko Star In American Cancer Society Campaign

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Los Angeles, CA – DJ Khaled, French Montana and Jhené Aiko have teamed up with the American Cancer Society for the Get #YOUnited campaign.

As part Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the trio has joined actress Kristin Chenoweth, breast cancer survivor Nalie Agustin and fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond to design exclusive t-shirts in support breast cancer patients, survivors and others affected by the disease.

Each celebrity ambassador has also created a public service announcement and team for the ACS. Khaled’s team is fittingly named Team We The Best while Montana and Agustin’s has been dubbed Team Unforgettable.

“Someone near and dear to me was recently affected by breast cancer,” Khaled said in a press release. “I had to step up and do my part to help those fighting this disease. We are all in this together. Let’s make a difference.”

Montana added, “I met my friend Nalie several years ago when she was battling cancer and did the dance challenge to ‘Unforgettable.’ She’s an inspiration to me, always positive and always smiling. That’s why ‘Thriver’ best describes her. This is my gift to her and the others out there living with breast cancer.”

The campaign and t-shirts are aimed at generating donations for the organization’s fight against cancer. Proceeds from shirt sales will go to breast cancer research and a 24/7 cancer helpline as well as other support for cancer patients such as providing free rides to treatment and access to wigs.

For Aiko, Get #YOUnited isn’t her first philanthropic effort for the ACS. The Def Jam singer/songwriter has teamed with the organization once again to be the ambassador for Team Yagi-san.

“It’s an honor to work with the ACS again,” she said. “I wanted to create something personal for my ‘Team Yagi-san’ in memory my brother and those affected by this disease. I partnered with my good friend Kerby Jean-Raymond to design something special.”

To purchase one the exclusive t-shirts or simply donate to the ACS, check out the Get #YOUnited campaign on CrowdRise.

For more information, visit the organization’s ACS website.


Birthdayy Partyy - The Summit [Free DL]

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

Birthdayy Partyy kick things up a notch with their latest dubstep original “The Summit.” Usually we get some good ole’ house vibes from the Chicago twins, but they switch things up for all the headbangers out there. What really makes this tune what it is is the melodic elements on top of the superb sound design. Not only that, but this record has that inspiring courageous quality to it that really gets the juices flowing. Whether you’re looking to rage or simply get through the day on a positive note, this tune is for you.


Ja Rule Announces Numerical New Album

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

Ja Rule is getting back to music after making headlines for pretty much everything but rapping in recent years. The former Def Jam artist has announced a new album with a title and release date based on the number 12.

“My new album 12.Twelve.XII will be released December 12th on my new imprint ICONNic sound,” he wrote Twitter.

12.Twelve.XII will be Ja’s first album since 2012’s Pain Is Love 2. The upcoming LP is being released through his new independent imprint, which shares the same name as the ICONNic music festival he’s been teasing following his involvement in the disastrous Fyre Festival.

Although the failed Fyre Festival has kept Ja’s name in the news for the past two years, he’s grabbed attention more recently due to his longstanding feud with 50 Cent.

Amid Tekashi 6ix9ine’s legal drama, Ja has ten criticized 50 for associating with the disgraced rapper. He also slammed his old rival during an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.

“50’s] a bad father, he’s got like a big square, box head and he looks like his breath stinks,” Ja declared. “We’re sworn enemies forever!”


Lil Peep’s Ex-Management Company Denies Culpability In His Drug Overdose Death

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Lil Peep’s mother Liza Womack filed a lawsuit on Monday (October 7) alleging the late rapper’s tour and management company was culpable in his 2017 death. Now, First Access Entertainment is reportedly calling foul.

In a statement obtained by The Blast, the company says they actually attempted to sway Peep away from drugs and his enablers.

They explained, “Lil Peep’s death from an accidental drug overdose was a terrible tragedy. However, the claim that First Access Entertainment, any its employees, or Chase Ortega, or anyone else under our auspices was somehow responsible for, complicit in, or contributed to his death is categorically untrue.”

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The statement continued, “his managers] consistently encouraged Peep to stop abusing drugs and to distance himself from the negative influence the drug users and enablers with whom he chose to associate.”

The company added they are “extremely disappointed” Womack filed the wrongful death lawsuit.

Peep died on November 15, 2017 at the age 21. His ficial cause death was listed as a combination fentanyl and alprazolam (Xanax).


Scary: ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Parody Imagines Aunt Viv As Jordan Peele Horror Character

Filed by Yun PinkertonYun Pinkerton

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is being reimagined once again thanks to a fan-made trailer that pays homage to Aunt Viv. Only this time, the beloved 90s show is put within the Jordan Peele horror context where the dark-skinned Aunt Viv and the light-skinned Aunt Viv become violent adversaries.

The trailer was the brainchild of filmmaker Bobby Huntley and Colbie Fray after they met at Sundance Film Festival. “We left Sundance knowing we wanted to work together on something within the near future,” Huntley said, according to Shadow and Act. “A month or so later, I called her late one night and pitched her this idea and without hesitation, she came on board.”

Along with Fray’s creative partner Olamma Opparah, the filmmakers fleshed out the idea for the fan-made trailer called Auntie. Then, they produced the movie with a crew made up of mostly Black women, including producers Cassondra “Cassie” Beasley, Kayla Daniels and cinematographer Mya Morton. 

The description for the plot reads:

After a long, excruciating stint at a mental facility, Vivian Banks is released. Against strict orders from her psychiatrist, she makes her way back to Bel Air. Only to find her home and family has no recollection of her and every evidence of her existence has been erased. She must find out who was behind the hostile takeover before it is too late to reclaim her family and her home.”

The trailer stars Theresa Lang, Letitia Jackson, Nic Starr and Charles Huggins.

“Our goal isn’t to pit the two real-life actresses against each,” Huntley said. “They both did an amazing job bringing that character to life in their own unique way. We love every actor and actress affiliated with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It’s just human nature to contrast and compare. For people to still debate over 25 years later is really a testament to their talents and longevity. We are just simply asking the question, ‘What If?’”

You can check out the hilarious concept for yourself below.