Hip Hop Week In Review: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Super Fan Robbed & Nas' Stance On "Illmatic"

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HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, a Japanese rapper hopped on a flight to Cleveland in search Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and ended up getting robbed. Also, Joe Budden opened up about Slaughterhouse’s demise and Nas said he wants the Illmatic nostalgia to end.

Japanese Rapper Seeking Bone Thugs-N-Harmony In Cleveland Gets Robbed

A Japanese rapper named Ryo Muranaka took a 6,000-mile flight to Cleveland hoping to meet his heroes Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Instead, he was left robbed and stranded in the city.

“I thought I could get in the US in exchange for my CD,” Muranaka told Fox8 Cleveland. “No. No plan. One-way ticket.”

Luckily, Bizzy Bone has fered to fly Ryo Muranaka back to Japan. However, Krayzie Bone has warned fans to not follow in Muranaka’s steps.

“I will also say this to other fans and artist that are looking to do the same thing as us or this gentleman did — follow your dreams by all means, but you have to be very careful when you go to places you know nothing about,” he told DX. “We’re not from the suburbs, we’re from the ghetto.”

Read more about the Japanese rapper and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony here.

Joe Budden Confirms Slaughterhouse Reunion Unlikely

Despite Slaughterhouse fans’ cries, Joe Budden confirmed they won’t reunite for another album. And apparently it’s partly Eminem’s fault.

Budden talked about the group’s status on an episode his YouTube series Pull Up with Bandana mastermind Freddie Gibbs.

“But my fight, with that even, without the extra Eminem bullshit is just ownership,” he explained. “I cannot devote this much my time to a project, eat a fourth from the project, and then it have to go up the chain command at Shady Records]?”

Read more about Joe Budden and Slaughterhouse here.

Nas Is Over “Illmatic”

During an interview with Haute Living, Nas said he’s tired celebrating his iconic album Illmatic.

“I don’t want to celebrate another Illmatic anything,” he said. “I’m done. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for appreciating that record, but it’s over.”

Illmatic was released in 1994 to much acclaim and has been widely regarded as a classic.

Read more about Nas and Illmatic nostalgia here.

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#DXCLUSIVES: Ice-T, Philthy Rich, Conway The Machine & Mike Mike

Ice-T Reveals How He’s Stuck Around For So Long: “I’m Not Delusional”

In Part 2 HipHopDX interview with Ice-T, the gangsta rap pioneer talked about his latest solo material and revealed how he’s attained longevity in the music business.

“There was a lot requests like, ‘Do some rap shit’ and I truly wasn’t motivated,” he said. “I know the new sound is different. One the reasons I’m still around is because I’m not delusional; I know that rap radio isn’t going to play anything from me in rotation. It’s just not going to happen. I had my day and they’re not playing anybody new.

“They wouldn’t play the best Ghostface Killah record. They won’t play Big Daddy Kane. They won’t play Public Enemy. They’re not going to put us in rotation ever again. We might get on the mix shows; we’d get on that type stuff, but you’re not going to have that hit record that you might’ve had in the past. So, I wasn’t really motivated. I was like, “Eh, nah.”

Read Part 2 the Ice-T interview here. 

Philthy Rich Reflects On How “Big 59” Strengthens His East Oakland Legend Status

In an exclusive interview with DX, Philthy Rich discussed his beef with Mozzy and revealed the longtime collaborators still aren’t on good terms after they exchanged several diss tracks.

“We haven’t talked or seen each other since then so I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t take it threatening. I’m really not too much worried about it but salute to him. I wish him much success. We just gotta agree to disagree.”

Read the full Philthy Rich interview here.

Conway The Machine Talks Versatility, Shady Records Debut & Support After Getting Shot

In DX’s two-part interview with Conway The Machine, the Griselda Records lyricist spoke about the support system that helped him after he was shot in 2012.

“Westside Gunn] was very instrumental in my bounce back,” he noted. “West would always make sure I felt the way I’m supposed to feel. I didn’t feel less than, if that makes sense.

“He’d always make sure I had some fly shit on, pulling up on me when he could’ve been anywhere in the world. He’d sit in the house, him and sis, and just chill with me over there and just order some pizza. It’s the little shit. Giving me the talks about what we gonna do, what we about to do. Building my confidence.

Check out Part 1 our Conway The Machine interview this link and read the second half here.

Mikey Mike Explains How Porn Star Ruse Led To A Rihanna Grammy

Mikey Mike’s production can be heard on Rihanna’s Unapologetic track “Jump” thanks to a sneaky idea he had to email his beats by using a catfish address “belonging” to porn star Lacey Duvalle.

“I picked an email with Lacey.Duvalle1982 in it,” he said. “If you put the birth year in, people just go, ‘Oh my god, it must be her.’ Then I hit up everybody and they all got back to me immediately. To answer your question, I would say what it taught me about life is one, vaginas are incredibly magical. I knew they were magical, but now I knew they were even more magical and they knew no bounds.”

Read the full Mikey Mike interview here.


Jadakiss Is Loyal To Himself In "Me" Short Film

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Jadakiss has teamed up with director Kid Art to release a cinematic short film for his new single “Me.” The video sees The LOX member co-starring with veteran actors Peter Greene and Hassan Johnson in a story about a diamond heist.

The film shows paranoia emerging between the robbers as Jada ends up looking out for himself. He notes, “The only people I owe my loyalty to are those who never made me question theirs.”

The veteran rapper’s single “Me” is produced by Bryan-Michael Cox. The track features a sample Peabo Bryson’s “Give Me Your Love.”

Watch Jada’s short film above and stream “Me” below.


Krizz Kaliko Shocks Tech N9ne, Strange Music & Their Fans By Re-Signing At Red Rocks Concert

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Morrison, CO – The Strange Music camp descended on the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado for a sold out show on Saturday night (October 19).

During what was intended to be Krizz Kaliko’s last performance the year (and possibly ever) with Tech N9ne, Kali shocked Strange Music CEO Travis O’Guin, Tech and the entire Red Rocks crowd when he announced he’s decided to stick with the longstanding Kansas City imprint, the same one he’s been with since 1999.

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It was an undeniably emotional moment for everyone involved. Krizz, Tech and O’Guin all shed tears as he explained his decision.

“I read your comments, man,” Krizz began. “Y’all had me crying like a bitch. I ain’t lyin’. I cried, man. I’ve been back and forth on this shit for years. I know y’all know I haven’t put anything out since GO. I haven’t put out any music for like three and a half years, man. I was fucked up, man. I ain’t gonna lie. My children miss me, you know what I’m sayin’, but y’all are also my family so I had to explain this shit to you y’all. I’m gonna be honest, man. I’m here to serve the world, man.

“I’m a servant this planet. I know that, man. You told me for years that I saved your life. Y’all saved my life, for real. I would not be shit. I was a funny, fat-looking kid from Kansas City that they told would not make it. The guy that even put me and Tech together said I would have to put makeup on my face and I’d have to lose weight and y’all accept this fat, funny looking motherfucker, man. Thank you so much for all these years.”

Krizz continued, “One more thing, I went into a depression — I know you heard the music, it’s not fiction — Travis and Tech gave me a contract to sign years ago. They were gracious enough … I’ve still been rockin’ with Tech all this time with no contract for the last three and a half years; just a handshake. That’s my brothers. My family’s been missing me, man.

“I was frustrated with myself. I was frustrated with the fuckin’ world for everybody not gettin’ my music. I ain’t gonna lie — I was frustrated with Tech and with Travis. That’s real. I was fucked up and I decided to leave Strange Music, man. Real shit. That’s the first time I ever got boo’ed, too.”

Soon, the crowd started to chant “Kali” in unison while Krizz admitted he was considering walking away from it all.

“Not only did I decide to leave Strange Music, but I started doing voiceover work,” he said. “I actually got a big role coming up. But I decided to even quit music, man. I felt like, ‘Fuck everybody for not getting the message.’

“I fought through fuckin’ depression as you’ve heard me talk about. My kids miss me every time I leave the house. They cry every time I leave. Matter fact, make some noise for my wife. She’s here tonight.”

At that point, Krizz’s wife Crystal Watson took the stage rocking an adidas track jacket, red heels and a matching red purse. With tears welling up in his eyes he said, “Let me tell you what she said. I told her I was quitting. She said, ‘There’s no fucking way you can quit.’

Krizz then asked her, “Did you bring what I told you to bring?” On cue, she pulled out several sheets paper and handed them to Krizz.

“This is the contract that Travis and Tech gave me three years ago,” he said, noticeably choked up. “I went back and forth like a motherfucker. Fuck that. I knew if I was going to make any decision like this, I had to do it in the place that’s given us the most love. I don’t give a fuck what nobody says. This place has given us more love than anybody in the fuckin’ world!

As the crowd roared with applause, Krizz continued, “This is the contract they gave me. I told them that I was not coming back, but y’all are my fuckin’ family and I want to sign this fuckin’ contract in Denver, man!”

Tech paced behind him in the background, pounding his chest as a symbol gratitude and wiping tears from his face.

“I fuckin’ love you!” Krizz shouted. “Kali forever, baby!”

Finally, Krizz and his wife embraced as Tech walked over. The two longtime collaborators hugged and Tech yelled, “Make some noise for the newest member Strange Music! Big Krizz Kaliko!

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O’Guin confirmed Krizz was leaving Strange Music in an exclusive statement to HipHopDX earlier this month.

It clearly took everyone by surprise that Krizz had changed his mind. O’Guin, who had to endure weeks hateful comments on social media regarding Krizz’s departure, told DX at the Red Rock show the contract Krizz was holding in his hand was actually dated 2017.

With Krizz ficially back on the Strange Music roster, new projects are definitely on the horizon.

Check back with DX later this week for an exclusive interview with Krizz and O’Guin about the sudden turn events.


YK Osiris Claims "Nobody Listens To Bryson Tiller"

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YK Osiris clearly has no problem speaking his mind about his R&B peers. After taking a verbal jab at Jacquees earlier this month, the up-and-coming singer has declared the music world’s moved on from Bryson Tiller.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Osiris was asked about his competition following his claims being the “King R&B.” When the interviewer brought up Tiller, Osiris fered his blunt take on the multi-platinum selling artist.

“Nobody listen(s) to Bryson Tiller,” he claimed.

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The “Worth It” creator wasn’t done though. Osiris also took aim at Jacquees again despite being warned to stop talking about the other self-proclaimed “King R&B.”

“Jacquees ain’t really on my level,” Osiris stated. “I don’t feel like he’s on my level. Vocally, yes. But music-wise, nah. Nah. Nah, man. For me to be young, to sing sexual . . . Nah, I don’t think he coming like that.”

The outspoken Osiris is coming f the release his debut album The Golden Child, which dropped a few weeks ago Def Jam Recordings.

Listen to the LP here.


Frank Ocean Returns With "DHL" Single

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Frank Ocean provided fans with some new music to enjoy on Saturday (October 19). The reclusive singer debuted a track titled “DHL” during the first edition his Beats 1 Radio show Blonded Radio since last year’s Christmas episode.

He also shared snippets two new singles, “Dear April” and “Cayendo,” his Blonded website. Seven-inch vinyl copies these songs are on sale for $15 each. According to the site, the vinyl will begin shipping in eight to 12 weeks.

Although Ocean hasn’t said anything about “DHL’ being a single for an album, he has recently talked about his next LP. Last month, Ocean spoke to W magazine about the musical inspirations for his follow-up to 2016’s Blonde.

“I’ve been interested in club, and the many different iterations nightlife for music and songs,” he told W. “And so the things I look at now have a lot to do with those scenes: Detroit, Chicago, techno, house, French electronic.”

He added, “I grew up in New Orleans, so the closest to the nightlife scene for me was New Orleans bounce, and that was a lot trends. But it’s so much a part my childhood and my youth that I don’t really go back to it so much as a touch point. I’m really looking forward. It’s kind a mix for me.”

Stream Ocean’s “DHL” above and listen to snippets the other singles below.


Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been named the no.1 DJs in the world!

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Last night, the ficial results for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs 2019 have been revealed. Due to this, we found out that Martin Garrix has been dethroned and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have taken over the no.1 spot this year. Following suit after them are Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and Marshmello to round out the top 5.

If you are curious to see the full top, make sure to have a look below!

100. Solomun
99. Swanky Tunes
98. Florian Picasso
97. Henry PFR
96. D.O.D
95. Sub Zero Project
94. Rave Republic
93. Julian Jordan
92. Daddy’s Groove
91. Paul Kalkbrenner
90. Black Cfee
89. Thomas Gold
88. Solardo
87. Paul van Dyk
86. Marco Carola
85. Boris Brejcha
84. Tom & Collins
83. Vicetone
82. Robin Schulz
81. Deniz Koyu
80. Peggy Gou
79. Andy C
78. Lucas & Steve
77. Yellow Claw
76. Cedric Gervais
75. Warface
74. Charlotte De Witte
73. Carl Nunes
72. Carta
71. deadmau5
70. 3 Are Legend
69. Miss K8
68. Da Tweekaz
67. Diplo
66. Richie Hawtin
65. Deorro
64. ILLENIUM
63. Fisher
62. Breathe Carolina
61. Alesso
60. Nina Kraviz
59. Ferry Corsten
58. Steve Angello
57. Will Sparks
56. Yves V
55. Diego Miranda
54. Mike Williams
53. Claptone
52. Kygo
51. MATTN
50. Zedd
49. Mariana Bo
48. Adam Beyer
47. Vintage Culture
46. Cat Dealers
45. Martin Jensen
44. Alison Wonderland
43. Tujamo
42. Swedish House Mafia
41. Danny Avila
40. Kura
39. ATB
38. Wolfpack
37. Nicky Romero
36. Blasterjaxx
35. Carl Cox
34. Bassjackers
33. Angerfist
32. Ummet Ozcan
31. Vini Vici
30. Fedde Le Grand
29. Headhunterz
28. VINAI
27. Alan Walker
26. The Chainsmokers
25. QUINTINO
24. Nervo
23. DVBBS
22. Above & Beyond
21. Skrillex

20. Lost Frequencies
19. Calvin Harris
18. W&W
17. Eric Prydz
16. DJ Snake
15. KSHMR
14. R3HAB
13. Timmy Trumpet
12. Hardwell
11. Alok

10. Steve Aoki
9. Afrojack
8. Tiësto
7. Oliver Heldens
6. Don Diablo

5. Marshmello

4. Armin van Buuren

3. David Guetta

2. Martin Garrix

1. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike


Denis First Remixes Steve Aoki & Backstreet Boys’ “Let It Be Me”!

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Denis First unveils a bold remix  Steve Aoki and The Backstreet Boys’ single “Let It Be Me,” and we guarantee this one is going to be your guilty pleasure on repeat. The remix keeps the original’s famously crooning vocals and incorporates dreamy melodies and a groovy, undulating bassline. The remix “Let It Be Me” is undoubtedly a blast from the past for many  First’s listeners who grew up listening to Backstreet Boys as pre-teens, presenting a fresh new take on their childhood favorites with a modern dance sound. The remix follows Denis First & Reznikov’s recent original releases “Taking Off,” which was also their Ultra Records debut, “Shameless” (Universal/Island), “Move On” (Future House Music), “Heart Away” and “Empty” (both on Enhanced Music).

The remix is available below for your listening pleasure!


Tchami Enlists Valentino Khan for “Rainforest” Remix!

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

CONFESSION ​label head and international house music icon, ​Tchami,​stunned the electronic music community with the release his eclectic and ingenious single “​Rainforest​” back in August. Now, the Parisian maestro is proud to present the first ​remix​ his acclaimed track by none other than industry favorite, ​Valentino Khan​. Featuring a boosted bassline and Valentino Khan’s signature energetic, bouncy vibes, the newest rendition “Rainforest” is one that’s tailor-made for the dance floor. Check out the remi below and let us know what you think!


Bizzy Bone Recalls The Time Krayzie Bone Accidentally Shot Wish Bone

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

New York, NY – Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have been a topic conversation this week after a Japanese rapper traveled 6,000 miles to Cleveland in an effort to meet the iconic Hip Hop group — and wound up getting robbed. 

On Friday (October 18), Bizzy Bone stopped by The Breakfast Club to discuss a myriad topics, including the time Krayzie Bone accidentally shot Wish Bone during a night criminal activity.

“We was out robbin’ people and they got in the car — Wish Bone came over crazy like, ‘Imma go to jail!’ — the first dude we robbed, we hit him with the 12 gauge,” he begins around the 10:17-minute mark. “Then the next guy that we robbed, we didn’t have no more bullets. We only had like one or two bullets in the gauge. And he had a bag bullets in the car, so we was excited ’cause we had robbed somebody with a bag 12 gauge buckshot.”

Bizzy continued, “Me and Lay Layzie Bone] we was about to rob this house up from Lay Lay mom ’cause they was fuckin’ with Lay Lay mom. We heard they had uzis and shit up there or whatnot, so we was going to rob they house and shit. We were waitin’ on Wish and Kray and we drivin’ two stolen cars … so me and Lay drivin’ and shit and they just drove past fast in the van.

“At that time, that’s when he gets shot, a clean shot. He kept loadin’ it up; only six could fit in that muthafucka. Then he had his finger on the god damn trigger so he shot Wish clean through his leg. That’s what happened. It was totally an accident.”

He ended the anecdote by confirming Krayzie actually did go to jail for the incident.

Elsewhere in the interview, Bizzy talked about being kidnapped as a kid, the abuse he suffered, making “Notorious Thugs” with the late Biggie, his 16 children (nine biological) and what it feels like to be a grandpa.

Watch the full conversation above.


Mary J. Blige Lands Role In Aretha Franklin Movie "Respect"

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Mary J. Blige has joined the cast  Respect, a biopic about the legendary Aretha Franklin.

According to Deadline, the multiple Grammy Award-winning artist has been cast as Dinah Washington, a prominent figure in the jazz scene during the 1950s. The film is another addition to Blige’s illustrious acting career, which includes two Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations.

Blige will accompany fellow singer Jennifer Hudson, who scored the lead role as Franklin. Other notable additions include Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald and Marc Maron.

The movie, which will be directed by Liesl Tommy and distributed by MGM Studios, begins filming next month and is projected to hit theaters next August.


Kill The Buzz and Jimmy Clash Team Up For Emotive, Energetic Progressive House Track “Never Wanna Let You Go”!

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

Kill The Buzz and Jimmy Clash are inducted into Nicky Romero’Protocol Recordings family with their debut single “Never Wanna Let You Go,” featuring singer Van Jay. Reflecting both artists’ Dutch heritage, the track invokes the contagious energy  EDM’s heyday, highlighting dreamy progressive melodies that carry Van Jay’s heartfelt vocals. Kickdrums take the track into a bouncy, uplifting drop that lends the track dancefloor and festival appeal, making “Never Wanna Let You Go” a single that appeals on both an emotional and physical level.

This is their first collaboration together, though Kill The Buzz is most known for his releases on Revealed Recordings (“Once Upon A Time” with Harrison amassed almost 6M streams on Spotify) and Jimmy Clash has previously released on ArmadaSpinnin’ RecordsMusical FreedomRevealed Recordings, and many more. Press play on “Never Wanna Let You Go” and join us in welcoming these talented new producers to Protocol!


Adventure Club Unleash Menacing New EP “Death Or Glory Sessions”!

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Quickly following their recent collaborative single “Already Know” with Said The Sky, Adventure Club are back with a brand-new 2-track EP “Death or Glory Sessions”. Out now, the EP precedes the Canadian duo’s upcoming festival performance at Fright Night Massive in Baltimore on October 26th. 

Going back to their dubstep roots, Adventure Club lead the EP with the first single “Wolfpack”, an intoxicating dubcore tune featuring punching basslines and death metal growls. Mixing wolf-like howls with bass-driven production, Adventure Club display their innate ability to blend genres and cross boundaries on this head-banging new track. Following “Wolfpack” is the album’s title track “Death or Glory”, an equally menacing and anthemic tune with striking drum patterns mixed with wobbling basslines.

The track builds with a signature “Death or Glory” chant to ultimately fall into filthy dubstep drops that will leave dance-floors shaking worldwide. The single mirrors the duo’s recent North American tour “Death or Glory” that took place earlier this year. “Wolfpack” and “Death Or Glory” show Adventure Club’s return to their hardcore backgrounds and will be the first phase a slew new releases to come in the new year. You can check out the full EP below!