Gucci Mane Says He'll "Slap The Shit" Out Of DJ Envy — Gets A Hardbody Response

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

New York, NY – Gucci Mane sat down with Charlamagne Tha God for an in-depth interview, which ended up covering Guwop’s recent spat with Charlamagne’s Breakfast Club co-host Angela Yee. While discussing his alleged ban from the popular show, Gucci threatened to slap DJ Envy the next time he sees the radio host.

“It came from that punk ass bitch and DJ Envy,” he said despite Charlamagne claiming no Breakfast Club ban existed. “He’s a pussy too. Envy’s pussy, man. He’s scared to come. You know he’s scared. Where he at? He wasn’t gonna come. He wasn’t gonna come ’cause the day they did that people’s court thing, Charlamagne] wasn’t there. He was there. Him and the girl or whatever. So, he ain’t have the nuts to come after he did that. I was gonna confront him too. I was gonna say, ‘Hey man, you got something to say to me?’ I just wanted to see what he gon’ say. Because he seemed like he had something, he wanted to say something.”

Gucci made it clear he’s got a problem with Envy and issued a stern warning.

“I’m gonna give him his face-to-face because I ain’t know me and him had no issue,” he stated. “But I do got an issue with him. I got an issue with him now. I’ma step to him when I see him. Just like the way he stepped to Desus and Mero] talking about his wife when they came up there. He confronted them. So, I’ma confront him about what he and Angela did, and if he come at me wrong, I’ma slap the shit out him. It ain’t gonna be his first time getting slapped.”

Envy fired back at Gucci Instagram, noting he heard some “lies” warranting a response. The Breakfast Club host reiterated Charlamagne’s claim that Guwop was never banned from the show and explained his side the story.

“Welllllll… @cthagod gave me a heads up when this interview was done and I told him play it,” Envy wrote. “This isn’t the 1st time I’ve been threatened by an artist and probably won’t be the last time… I never been slapped, or snuffed or jumped before so not sure where that came from… but funny by all means… @laflare1017 was never banned from the @breakfastclubam.”

He elaborated, “When asked, ‘Would I do an interview without Yee…’ My reply was, ‘I will not do anything unless you clear it with my co-worker.. We call that riding for your team where I’m from!!! And he’s upset because my coworker defended herself… Never in a million years will I tell my co-hosts what to say or what not to say.. We share that platform.. When Gucci did that post about Yee, she defended herself on the Breakfast Club and he’s mad because ‘I let her do it’…. I Have never ran from a Conversation in my life… My Kids are good, my wife is great and My Dog is excellent… Anyway, I heard some lies and wanted to address it… Back to enjoying Paris…”

Listen to Gucci and Charlamagne’s entire discussion above.

Guwop’s issues with The Breakfast Club, Yee and Envy become the topic around the 54-minute mark.

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Me and My Dog..🤣🤣🤣… Welllllll… @cthagod gave me a heads up when this interview was done and I told him play it.. This isn’t the 1st time I’ve been threatened by an artist and probably won’t be the last time… I never been slapped, or snuffed or jumped before so not sure where that came from… but funny by all means… @laflare1017 was never banned from the @breakfastclubam When asked, “Would I do an interview without Yee…” My reply was, “I will not do anything unless you clear it with my co-worker.. We call that riding for your team where I’m from!!! And he’s upset because my coworker defended herself… Never in a million years will I tell my co-hosts what to say or what not to say.. We share that platform.. When Gucci did that post about Yee, she defended herself on the Breakfast Club and he’s mad because “I let her do it”…. I Have never ran from a Conversation in my life… My Kids are good, my wife is great and My Dog is excellent… Anyway, I heard some lies and wanted to address it… Back to enjoying Paris… 🇫🇷

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Benzino Reiterates His Opinion: “Eminem Is Not In The Culture”

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

Benzino still feels a way about Eminem. During an appearance on REVOLT TV’s Drink Champs, the former co-owner The Source reflected on his controversial tenure at the magazine and his feud with Slim Shady that ensnared the iconic Hip Hop publication.

In the interview with hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, Benzino denied giving his own music generous ratings and reviews during the majority his time at The Source. But he admitted to doing it once and gave a justification for his actions.

“The only time I gave myself the mics was the Eminem situation,” he said. “I felt like at that point — because it was me against the staff, me against everybody. At that point, I was like fuck everybody. I was in a dark place where I felt like I’m standing for something that’s right. I know deep down what I’m standing for, it’s just not rapping. But I just felt like nobody backed me.”

He added, “I had to learn this the hard way: you can’t look at the industry to be righteous. You can’t look at them to be revolution. It’s about making money. At that point, maybe because I was already making money, I just took it for granted ’cause I didn’t have to answer to nobody. I was at the top the food chain at The Source.”

N.O.R.E. asked Benzino if he would still handle the Eminem beef the same way if given a second chance. “It’s hard to say,” he responded.

According to Benzino, he was taking a stand for Hip Hop.

“At that time, I felt deep about what I was standing for,” he stated. “My thing was Hip Hop — and I always said this and people have heard it before — Hip Hop was the only thing that made white people come to the culture, buy into the culture, spend money and also interact with the culture through Hip Hop. Nothing else has happened that brought white people to black people then that.

“So, I felt like once they get a white rapper … that white people want to buy him, then they fuck with that balance. ‘Cause now white people will just fuck with him because his skin color. Before they had to fuck with us ’cause that’s the music. I didn’t feel that way about the Beastie Boys. I didn’t feel that way about 3rd Bass. With Eminem, I just felt like OK, Hip Hop is big now. It’s pop now and white people are buying into it. Now, we need a white person to represent the white people. And that’s just what happened. What I said happened, happened.”

Although Benzino didn’t put all the blame on Eminem for the industry shift, he said Slim Shady changed everything.

“He came in and there’s a whole demographic white people who just ain’t fucking with niggas, period,” he declared. “I don’t give a fuck. Those are the guys who’ll vote for Donald Trump. Fuck policies. You don’t fuck with niggas, then we fucking with you. It’s a color thing. It’s a tribe thing. That’s just what it is. And since they outnumber black people, since white people outnumber black people, they’re gonna win.”

Benzino stated, “Hip Hop is more than just rap, it’s a culture. It’s our fucking life. It isn’t just rap … So to him, I’m sure it’s rap.”

DJ EFN questioned Benzino about whether or not Eminem is in the Hip Hop culture. The former Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star repeatedly said no and explained his reasoning.

“Eminem is not in the culture that I’m from,” Benzino answered. “That’s not a bad thing. I’m not mad at that. A lot people ain’t. But he’s not. We’re not from the same cultures. He grew up one way, I grew up a whole different way. That’s what I mean, culture. He grew up where there was not too many black people and growing up around black people and how we live.”

Check out Benzino’s full appearance on Drink Champs above. The discussion about The Source and Eminem begins around the 36-minute mark.

Eric B. Lands Role In CBS Show "Blue Bloods"

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Eric B. has secured another acting gig on a network television show. After playing a club manager in an episode ABC’s The Goldbergs, the longtime Rakim collaborator has landed a role on the CBS police procedural Blue Bloods.

The veteran DJ portrays Detective Mike Gee, an old friend main character Danny Reagan (played by Donnie Wahlberg). Eric made his debut on the series in an episode titled “Another Look,” which premiered last Friday (October 18).

“Being on set is surreal,” Eric said in a press statement. “I swear they treat Tom Selleck like the real Police Commissioner. What an honor to be alongside such a legend. Magnum P.I. Wow. I can’t thank Donnie Wahlberg enough for this opportunity, really grateful. Being on The Goldbergs last year really wet my appetite for acting and I’m grateful to Adam F. Goldberg and Louis ‘Uncle Louie’ Gregory for that. I’m on a mission now.”

Blue Bloods is currently airing its 10th season on CBS. The show stars Selleck, Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan, among others.

Watch Eric B. make his series debut here.

And someone in Hollywood, please cast him as the president in a TV show or movie.

Interview: "God Save The Queens" Author Kathy Iandoli Gives Women A Slice Of Hip Hop History

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

It’s been 42 years since MC Sha-Rock picked up the mic as part the Funky 4 +1 — the “1” serving as an indication women were already being marginalized in Hip Hop way back then. But, as the first female MC on wax, she forged a path for other women such as MC Lyte and Roxanne Shanté to follow.

Over the past four decades, an eclectic roster women have penetrated the Hip Hop space despite the myriad obstacles standing in their way — a patriarchal society being one those.

Veteran Hip Hop journalist and former HipHopDX staff Kathy Iandoli has taken her wide breadth knowledge women in Hip Hop and applied it to her new book, God Saves The Queens: The Essential History Of Women In Hip-Hop. Shockingly, it’s the first its kind.

From the early days Kool Herc’s 1520 Sedgwick parties to the Cardi B takeover and everything in between, Iandoli thoughtfully and thoroughly examines women’s contributions to the culture on every page. In between, she fers glimpses her own personal experiences she’s had throughout her roughly 20-year career, bringing an unexpectedly touching element to the entire book.

Only a month after Iandoli secured her book deal, her mother Anna was admitted to the hospital, diagnosed with cancer. She wrote the bulk God Save The Queens while sitting in a hospital room as she received chemo treatments. Although her mother ultimately succumbed to the disease in February 2019, Iandoli has vowed to make her proud. God Saves The Queens is a phenomenal start.

In an interview with DX, Iandoli flexed her Hip Hop prowess as she discussed a plethora topics, including Biggie’s relationship with Lil Kim, the Cardi B versus Nicki Minaj narrative and how Lord Jamar’s flagrant comments on women in Hip Hop is actually a positive step.

HipHopDX: Congratulations on the book, Kathy. I loved hearing your personal stories weaved into it. Those were really great.

Kathy Iandoli: I appreciate that because I struggled with wanting to add that stuff. It’s hard when you’re telling a story that so many people haven’t told yet, so I didn’t want to be like, “Now cut to me.” So I appreciate that.

HipHopDX: Not only does it show your tenure, but I got to know you a little bit more, which I enjoyed. How does it feel to finally have this baby come out?

Iandoli: It feels really good that the book is finally finished and it’s out in the world, but it means even more that there’s finally proper documentation a history women in Hip Hop. I think it’s kind crazy that it literally took 42 years from the first documented female MC to have something like this. So that in and itself feels really rewarding but at the same time, it’s been a long time coming. I’m honored I was the person to tell the story, even though it was a really hard story to tell, you know? I’m not going to lie.

HipHopDX: I know that you went through a lot while you were writing this and that’s why the last couple chapters really resonated with me. We just went through the same thing back-to-back with our mamas. How did you get through some days? That must’ve been brutal.

Iandoli: I have to say that I got through it because my mother. My mom was fighting cancer. I got my book deal and a month later she went into the hospital. So it was one those things where she was my guiding force and my driving force, telling me you have to get this done. I feel like it’s one those things where you’re really going through the motions making sure this is done correctly. When your mind is in that space, it’s a lot harder to really focus on all the other things that are going on, which is both a gift and a curse, right? I was writing this book while sitting across from her during her chemo infusion, you know? It was this trippy experience writing and reading about how women had to fight — fight for their rights, fight for visibility, fight for their money and fight to be taken seriously.

So watching the most important woman in my life fight while I’m writing about a fight, you know, there was something stressful about it, but there was something also really beautiful about it. Just even getting to talk to Megan Thee Stallion right after she lost her mother — this is the shittiest club to be in. But when you’re indoctrinated in it, there’s a sense community and maybe it’s not the community you anticipated, but it’s a community that you need when you’re going through it.

HipHopDX: I’ve experienced the same thing and it’s wild. Like you said, you don’t want to be in this club, but that’s truly been the silver lining for me. Being able to connect with people who have gone through this and to just have that support is huge.

Iandoli: Absolutely. The thing that was really cool was just how many women who are part the book were riding for me. Monie Love was amazing, Yo-Yo and her manager Gabby, like people who really didn’t have to be as generous and caring as they were really just showed up and Bahamadia. It’s just a testament to the strength, the big hearts and the graciousness black women. I’m sitting here trying to do this thing, which I felt was my contribution to Hip Hop but also a thank you to black women for all that they’ve done and all they’ve fought for. And having them hold me down during the process was a blessing.

HipHopDX: Wasn’t Debbie D there for you?

Iandoli: God, yeah. She’s a pastor now. Debbie lost her mother at the same as I did. It was one those things where she showed up and didn’t have to show up for me.

HipHopDX: I think it shows there’s a woman support network out there. So ten, people want to pit us against each other but in reality, we want to be there for each other. I think your book brilliantly illustrated that. One the things I found really interesting was how Biggie nudged Lil Kim to be a sex kitten. Do you think that changed the way women were perceived in Hip Hop from then on?

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Who is this man that everybody is talking about that coined the “dancers” at his parties break boys/girls, later shortened to bboys and bgirls? The one who owns two records break beats and a undefeated monstrous sound system he called the Herculord? That’s the question I asked at 14 years old at a jam in Webster Houses when somebody yelled out “Kool Herc in 55 Park tomorrow”! I would soon learn it was DJ Kool Herc – The Father Hip Hop! On hip hop’s 46th Anniversary I say “thank you” Herc for giving me one my first chances to rock your mic in the parks and for always pushing my name behind the scenes. May you be blessed with love, long life and laughter! 😘 @kooldjherc @ficialdjkoolherc #hiphop46 #hiphopcelebration #hiphoppioneer #pioneermc #koolherc #mcdebbied

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Iandoli: We have to keep in mind what was going on in Hip Hop in general during that time period. It was coming up on this moment where we’re toward the tail end what we perceived   as the golden era, right? Financially speaking, things were happening and it was one those things where, I think Kim was very lyrical, right? She’s from the streets Brooklyn, she’s doing her thing. She had a horrible life and horrible upbringing, but she was still making it happen. I think when you have someone like Biggie, who at the time was just starting to form Junior M.A.F.I.A. and all this other stuff, if he’s coming to you and saying, “Do this, not that,” you’re going to do it because you’re trying to escape a particular situation and you’re being told by someone who has eyes on them to do something over something else. There was very minimal pushback. But I also think it has a lot to do with Kim’s willingness to escape the situation she was in.

I think Biggie was really basing these assumptions upon what maybe he wanted to hear. Maybe he didn’t want to hear some hyper lyrical female MC coming at him talking this and that. But at the same time, you can kind see his theory on you’ve got to talk that sex talk because dudes don’t want to hear X, Y, Z. And yeah, I do think that it guided Hip Pop in a different direction.

I think as people in Hip Hop, we’re becoming more well known and women were becoming more outspoken. I think maybe it would have gone in that direction at some point. I can’t call it. But it definitely involved the nudge a man, clearly. It’s a really kind an interesting story when you’re looking at it and you’re just seeing how it all went down and what happened after that. I was having a conversation with someone yesterday and I said it’s crazy because everyone wanted to accuse Lil Kim being this construct from Biggie’s vision, right? But it wasn’t until after Biggie died that Kim became iconic. So really, his hand wasn’t firmly on the shoulder Kim while she was becoming an icon. Yes, he certainly helped with her visibility, but Kim became an icon because Kim was born a fucking icon.

HipHopDX: Right and she has the talent. She took it who a whole other level. Another story that resonated with me too was, course, the story Roxanne. She went through a lot. It’s so cool to see her standing in Rapsody’s video for “Ibtihaj” with the crown on her head. Well deserved.

Iandoli: I know. I got goosebumps when I saw that video because there was something so beautiful about it. The one thing I learned so much while I was putting this book together, when I was hearing about what had happened to Shanté, I noticed how similar it was to how people are currently treating Nicki Minaj and the idea not understanding where the pushback is coming from. Much like Nicki, you know Shanté was holding court for a long enough time and during that part Hip Hop’s life cycle alone. Then you turn around and you’re like, “OK, here’s a bunch other girls and now that you are the one who broke radio, you can go have a seat.” It’s like what?

HipHopDX: With social media, we have more access to who Nicki is in a way, just because her reactions to things on Twitter, her Queen Radio show … we obviously weren’t seeing that with Shanté because we didn’t have all that access. I feel like that’s been a detriment to Nicki because so many people, including myself, are ten shocked by the way she goes at some people sometimes. I think that’s what’s starting to kind override her contributions.

Iandoli: I love Nicki and I love Kim. It sounds really generic per se, but I do love all female rappers because each one is so pivotal to the narrative. Hopefully when people read the book,  they understand Nicki a little bit more. I hope they understand the Azealia Banks a little bit more, you know?

HipHopDX: I definitely understand Azealia Banks a little bit more now from you. I think a lot the things she says and gets shit for, sometimes she’s right.

Iandoli: Whether or not we agree with what she has to say, the reality is when a man does it, he’s seen as funny or outspoken. When a woman does it, it’s like, “Let’s get ready to cancel her.” There’s so many flagrant things that men do just daily …

HipHopDX: Hourly (laughs).

Iandoli: Yeah, hourly (laughs) — and they never get any real shit for it. I don’t know if I can necessarily say like I 5000 percent agree with anyone’s views on things, but I think given the opportunity to express them — provided that they’re not too extreme — is a luxury that’s usually reserved for men.

I wanted people to understand Azealia a little bit more so people could see she was put through the ringer. There’s so many artists who are put through this major label rinse cycle. I was even having this conversation recently. They were talking about how they were like, “Oh, in between The Miseducation Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj, no art, no female artists came out.” But the bulk Missy Elliot’s catalog is from that point to 2005 were like all her albums.” I think it just wasn’t as visible because you’re talking about ’99 marketing, the Napster craze. As soon as that happened and they’re cutting their budgets, who’s the casualty? Women.

I remember talking with Trina and she said, “Yeah, they’re telling me I’m too expensive to tour. And if I say I don’t need to wear makeup, it’s like, “Oh yes you do.” And she’s like, “I would pay for my own makeup to get done just for a spot on that stage.” So you’re letting men tour and letting men do all these things who could jump on stage wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, and you’re telling me I’m too expensive? It’s a mind fuck. It really is. So many legendary projects and singles came out in between Lauryn Hill’s exit and Nicki Minaj’s entry, but then fell upon blind eyes and deaf ears because it wasn’t as readily in our faces.

HipHopDX: And what about Monie Love shaving her head and taping her boobs down to avoid getting hit on? Wow.

Iandoli: Yeah, she couldn’t walk in the room. She told me the moment you succumb or surrender to the advances those guys, you’re marked. That’s it.

HipHopDX: We’re white women this space. How do you handle being told you’re a “guest in Hip Hop.”

Iandoli: In the age social media, there are people who don’t really know my 20-year tenure in Hip Hop. I’ve been getting it more frequently because the people who do know my track record and do know my intentions and all that other stuff, they’re not on social media like that. At the end the day, we are guests. But it’s how we use that visitor pass that matters, you know?

I’m honored to be able to be a documentarian black culture, but I know I can’t abuse that privilege, nor do I try or want to. Putting this book together, I had to pause and think, should this be better suited for a black woman to write? But really the reality is, black women are out there making the history, fighting the good fight, doing the damn thing.. Until 42 years that fight, no one has stopped to take the notes for them while they’re still working. So I decided to be the one to do it and I’m happy to do it. It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to do it because clearly, at this stage in the game, had I not done it, who knows how much longer it would’ve been going? I had this idea in 2009 and I was turned down.

HipHopDX: What? Oh wow.

Iandoli: There were moments before the Nicki Minaj craze and they were like, “Well, who else is changing history? We else is like doing the thing? Who else is moving the needle in a way that we can say basically, is this a hot enough topic?” Maybe it wasn’t. I don’t know. It was a hot enough topic for me. It’s been a hot enough topic since I stepped into this industry. I realized the timing was right last year, but it was always in my mind to do this.

HipHopDX: Maybe 2019 is the perfect time just because there are so many and so many different kinds female MCs. You and I got into it a little bit about Cardi B. Personally, I know you love Cardi B, but I’m not a fan. Do you feel that like women have to support other women simply because they’re women or can I still think Cardi B’s music is wack and still be supportive? I don’t have to listen to her music necessarily to like appreciate her hustle.

Iandoli: I don’t think you have to be a Cardi B fan to acknowledge that she’s moving the culture forward in her own way. I think so many artists will just kind sit there, male artists, they’ll just kind sit there and give the head nods to, “Oh that’s not my style.” But we never say they’re damaging Hip Hop culture. They’re just destroying the infrastructure. I think with Cardi, that became the narrative. “You’re ruining it for everyone else.” Ruining what? This woman is making history.

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But you don’t have to buy Invasion Of Privacy. You don’t have to bump “Bodak Yellow” or “Be Careful” or any other her hits. You don’t have to do any that. But don’t create a narrative — not you specifically — don’t create a narrative that what she’s doing is damaging the culture. Because maybe it’s not for you, but she’s still pushing it forward and that’s the job a hit maker. It’s because Cardi B’s ability to penetrate the mainstream in a way that really has never been done before, that there’s women behind her now that can do that.

HipHopDX: I see that. I guess what started to bother me was when headlines became like, “Cardi B Breaks The Beatles Record From 1964” or some shit like that. We didn’t have streaming back in the 1960s and streaming has opened up this whole new way measuring music that didn’t exist before. It makes it seem bigger than it is in my opinion.

Iandoli: Right. But when people were calling Migos the new Beatles, there was less pushback than Cardi B breaking a record. That’s where we see the sexism. We now change Migos to The Migos to liken them to the Beatles. And that is OK.

HipHopDX: Not with me.

Iandoli: I just think the narrative changes when a woman does something. Whether or not we are in it or out it, it’s a reflex that people get more appalled. I’m not going to like, “I bump her music daily.” But I support her. I support any female artist who is moving things forward in their own way.

HipHopDX: I definitely respect that. You’re more like, “OK, you don’t have to be a fan on their music but at least like acknowledge their contribution.”

Iandoli: Just respect a gangster. Remember also, think about this. Cardi is very vocal about cosmetic surgery, right? Think how many women for decades were going to these basements and getting injected with Fix-A-Flat to make their bodies different because they were so ashamed owning up to these surgeries that they didn’t want to go into a doctor’s fice to get them done. Cardi is basically like, “Yo, you want to change it about you? I change it about me.” Now, people can have their own opinion on cosmetic surgery in general. Even when when her own health got affected by cosmetic surgery, she was open about it. She put the warning label on. Like, “Yo, this happened to me. I want to put this on your radar. I got sick because this.” Maybe that will stop someone from getting it done. We don’t know.

HipHopDX: What about that big story about Offset and Cardi purportedly having sex on Instagram Live? Or how she said, “Oh I need to tone it down. I realize all these young girls are looking up to me,” but then a couple weeks later is spreading her legs on stage at an award show? Little girls are looking up to these women, just like in pop music. Do you feel like they could be better role models or do you think they are good role models?

Iandoli: We’ve watched men grabbed their dicks on stage for decades. That’s what I have to say for about that. Like literally, that’s my comment.

HipHopDX: (Laughs) I love it. Very true. It’s lacking on both sides to be honest.

Iandoli: Right. I hate to be the person to always fer the male counter, but this has gotten so out hand that we kind have to. I feel like there is a counter everywhere and I just want to make it harder for the conversation to suggest that women invented some sort destructive patterns when it comes to an audience because it’s guilt on both sides.

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HipHopDX: I don’t think that at all. Like, I remember I interviewed a particular prominent rapper for Thrasher. He had a song that was basically like, ”Hey everyone, do a bunch lean, get fucked up. This is great!” And I asked him about that. He was like, “I don’t give a fuck. That’s parent’s problem.” I was kind dumbfounded.

Iandoli: There you go.

HipHopDX: Like really? I couldn’t believe that was his answer but at the same time, I guess I can.

Iandoli: In a word, yes, really.

HipHopDX: It’s definitely been there for a long time. I do think that there should be a little bit accountability. I think Cardi noticed it for a minute and then was like, “Fuck it. I’m going to be Cardi B” and that’s fine.

Iandoli: The things that Cardi is doing on a mainstream level for Hip Hop, think what you want. Now, don’t get it twisted. I’m not like this ilk like, “Let’s all just fuck up the planet,” but there’s just a lot going on and there’s so many terrible things happening in this world. To start with pointing your finger at Cardi B doesn’t really peak on the radar, if you know what I mean.

HipHopDX: Yeah. It’s even worse for me now since losing my mother. I don’t really care about a lot things.

Iandoli: Exactly.

HipHopDX: Did you see Lord Jamar’s comments about female rap and what are your thoughts about him on that subject?

Iandoli: I think Lord Jamar has a very strong podium to which he expresses his thoughts. I think it’s certainly not the most shocking thing I’ve heard, you know? But there are so many hot takes right now. I think just the fact alone that he’s having the discussion says a lot about how far we’ve come as females in Hip Hop. So whether good, bad or indifferent, whether you agree with him or not, the fact that the conversation even exists means that something right is happening. The fact that you can have an opinion on women. Because think about it, back in the day, there was no discussion topics on women. The fact he’s having a real ass opinion on whether or not women are doing the right thing or the wrong thing in Hip Hop, it means he’s acknowledging women are doing something. I think that’s a much better place than we were in even a few years prior.

HipHopDX: True. I just had a problem with some his contradictions, saying he doesn’t fuck with female rappers but then in the same breath day saying how dope Bahamadia is. Obviously, he listens to them. How would you know if they’re dope or not? Is it shocking that he said that? Not really.

Iandoli: The fact that those conversations are being had means that something is going right. If he goes on and says this artist is damaging Hip Hop and then somebody goes on Spotify to hear it, it’s like, “Thanks for the click!”

HipHopDX: Yep! Thanks for the engagement.

Iandoli: Exactly. We’re in a very masochistic culture where it’s like, “Don’t click on that link, it’s going to … OK, I’ll click.” It’s just constantly, “Don’t push the red button!”

HipHopDX: Then you press the red button. Of course.

Grab a copy God Save The Queens: The Essential History Of Women In Hip-Hop here when it arrives on Tuesday (October 22).

Graphic Artist Accuses Chris Brown Of Biting — & Brings Receipts

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Chris Brown has been accused taking a graphic artist’s work without giving the proper credit.

Don Mupasi a.k.a. Visual Don, a freelance motion designer from the United Kingdom, has called out Brown for allegedly stealing an Instagram video.

In September, Mupasi uploaded a video titled “ANOMALY” on Instagram. Although he said it was fine to repost the visuals, he asked to be tagged in any post doing so.

“ANOMALY music composed by @p_t_nelson,” he wrote. “Feel free to repost, tag us if you do. HD link in highlights.”

Over a month later, Brown shared the video on his Instagram with no such credit. His post replaced the audio from Mupasi’s original with “Natural Disaster / Aura” from the polarizing singer’s Indigo album.

“Imagination vibrate wit me,” Brown wrote as the caption.

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Mupasi brought up his issue with Brown , posting on the site’s Music Subreddit.

“I actually let people download my visuals free as long I am credited, many people do not credit unfortunately,” he noted.

Brown hasn’t publicly commented on his alleged theft at the time publishing.

View Mupasi’s screenshot the Instagram posts in question below.

Graphic Artist Accuses Chris Brown Of Biting — & Brings Receipts

The Breakdown: Do We Care About Kanye West Anymore?

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

Kanye West claims his t-delayed Jesus Is King album is finally dropping on Friday (October 25). But is it too little, too late?

Page Kennedy examines Kanye’s current status in the Hip Hop culture in the latest episode HipHopDX’s The Breakdown. In this edition, Kennedy traces how Yeezy’s controversial antics and unreliable nature have affected the current perception the rap star.

Has the G.O.O.D. Music founder reached a breaking point with listeners who aren’t his devotees? Kanye’s comments on slavery and support Donald Trump have elicited outrage, but he’s also disappointed loyal fans by repeatedly failing to release his ninth studio album. Yeezy may be running out goodwill.

Do we care about Kanye West anymore? Watch The Breakdown above and find out.

Check out previous episodes The Breakdown on DX’s YouTube channel.

Fresh & So Clean Clean: Atlanta Just Got A Massive New Outkast Mural

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Atlanta, GA – In the Little Five Points neighborhood Atlanta, a massive mural Big Boi and André 3000 looms over the empty parking lot. The resemblance is uncanny — it could easily be the original Jonathan Mannion photograph the famous Outkast duo.

The mural’s mastermind, Greensboro, North Carolina artist JEKS, was posing out in front his artwork on Sunday (October 20) shortly after finishing it. But thanks to a cosign from Daddy Fat Sax, the word had gotten out.

“Dope ass Mural in Little 5 points!” he wrote on Instagram. “#ATL @jeks_nc.”

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up with JEKS who fered, “It’s ATL all the way.”

The black and white portraits stand at roughly 30 ft. high. JEKS painted it freehand in less than a week as part the Outer Space Project, an annual international event aimed at “beautifying public spaces.”

A Little Five Points boutique, Wish, was kind enough to fer their wall space as part the project.

Kanye West Allegedly Almost Quit Rap Because It's "The Devil's Music"

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

As if the Sunday Service events aren’t enough an indication, Kanye West appears to be heavily leaning toward being a full-time Christian rapper. In July, Nicki Minaj told her Queen Radio audience Ye was now a born-again Christian. 

According to a new Apologia Studios interview with Kanye’s pastor Adam Taylor, he was also a Hail Mary away from quitting rap because it’s “the devil’s music.”

“One time, he told me that he wasn’t going to rap,” Taylor says near the 23:30-mark. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘That’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.’

“I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.’”

Taylor and Ye began their spiritual work together in May when Kanye became a member the West’s Placerita Bible Church parish.

In a new trailer for his upcoming IMAX movie Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Film, he says, “I’m not here for your entertainment. I’m an evangelist,” a clear indication where his head is these days.

Suge Knight Reportedly Signs Over Life Rights To Ray J

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Los Angeles, CA – The currently incarcerated Suge Knight has reportedly signed over the rights to his life story. According to TMZ, the former Death Row Records CEO handed the responsibility to Ray J, who’s been a friend his for decades.

Knight hopes the Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star will be able to make some money for Knight and his family by properly capitalizing f his life story. He reportedly trusts Ray J’s will make the right decisions regarding business, which may include film, television and book publications.

Sources say a documentary on Knight and Death Row is in the works in addition to a project about the late Tupac Shakur. There has allegedly been discussions reviving the famous imprint as well, but that venture would require  is a “long shot.”

In September 2018, Knight struck a 28-year plea deal in his murder case but got credit for time served. With prison overcrowding, it’s possible he could do just over 10 years.

White Man Named Tupac A. Shakur Arrested In Tennessee

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Johnson City, TN – A whiter than white Elizabethton, Tennessee man was arrested by the Johnson City Police Department over the weekend. Normally, that wouldn’t be anything out the norm for a Friday night — except the man just happens to share a name with one the most prolific Hip Hop artists to ever walk this earth.

According to WBST22, Tupac A. Shakur was taken into custody on  aggravated assault, resisting arrest, simple possession meth and unlawful drug paraphernalia on Friday (October 18).

Earlier that afternoon, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department received a call the 40-year-old man, who had several active warrants, was in the East Unaka Avenue area Johnson City.

When ficers arrived on the scene, they saw a vehicle leaving with Shakur inside. Authorities later located the vehicle and made contact with Shakur.

During the arrest, Shakur reached for his waistband and turned toward the ficers with a knife in-hand. He was apprehended after a brief struggle.

Authorities said Shakur also had a syringe and multiple baggies methamphetamine on his person. He was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where was held on an $18,000 bond.

Charlamagne Tha God, T.I. & Shaka Senghor Discuss How To Fix The Criminal Justice System

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Atlanta, GA – As criminal justice continues to be a hot topic, Charlamagne Tha God moderated a panel on the problems and fixes for the American criminal justice system with T.I. and historian Shaka Senghor.

During this year’s A3C Festival in Atlanta, Charlamagne led the discussion “How Can We Fix the Criminal Justice System” with T.I. and Senghor. Each man told about their own prison experiences and how the prison can rehabilitate with the right adjustments. They spoke on the difficulties post-prison life, the school-to-prison pipeline and improper sentencing.

“You create your own destiny,” T.I. stated after hearing Senghor talk about Oprah reading his book. “Each and every last one you. There’s someone somewhere that has the same amount problems you have, and won with them.”

Many Hip Hop artists like JAY-Z and Meek Mill have spoken out against the criminal justice system.  Mill has gone a step farther by becoming a criminal justice reform advocate. He has used his own experience with the system to speak on the subject.

The past few weeks have been eventful for both Charlamagne and T.I. Charlamagne was accused by Joe Budden on his podcast helping Netflix to steal the concept for the rap competition show Rhythm and Flow while T.I. claimed Iggy Azalea “a tarnish” on his legacy.

#DXHitList: Yo Gotti, Casanova & Kash Doll Top This Week's Spotify Playlist

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Spotify – Following a long hiatus, the #DXHitList is back with new music to kick f your week. This edition is fully rebooted with new bops from Yo Gotti and Youngboy Never Broke Again as well as new tracks from Casanova and Kash Doll.

A remixed version Yo Gotti and Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pose” with a fresh verse from Megan Thee Stallion tops f this week’s #DXHitList. It’s been two years since Gotti has released an album, but he’s currently gearing up for the release his 10th studio LP.

Next up, Casanova’s “Woah” featuring Jeremih f his debut album Behind These Scars. The R&B-tinged ZALE and Beat Butcha-produced track fits perfectly between Jeremih’s crooning and Cas’ hard-hitting Brooklyn style spitting.

Also making the cut this week is “No Lames” by Kash Doll and Summer Walker f the former’s debut album Stacked. The two joined forces to deliver a fire track to make it clear that under no circumstance will lames be tolerated.

The #DXHitList also features new music from R&B singer Allyn, Frank Ocean and Ghetto Sage‘s debut single “Häagen Dazs.”

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