Los Angeles, CA – The Game announced his new label Prolific Records earlier this week, which was inspired by the late Nipsey Hussle’s face tattoo. Subsequently, people started accusing the veteran Los Angeles-based rapper using Nip’s name for prit.
The Game is a fucking Clown trynna prit f Nipsey
— Loaded (@Dris___) October 17, 2019
The Game been corny af and doing the most since Nipsey death. Selling t-shirts and starting a record label called Prolific Records isn’t shocking he’s a clown 😒
— S (@lmkw_) October 17, 2019
On Thursday (October 17), the Game took to his Instagram Stories and insisted that wasn’t the case. He explained he even received a “blessing” from Nipsey’s brother and administrator his estate Blacc Sam.
“The use he word ‘Prolific’ by myself is only my way helping to carry on my bro’s legacy,” he wrote. “Any merch that has been sold has my face on it, my albums is all pictures, logos etc are related to THE GAME. Out the love for Nip, Blacc Sam, his immediate family etc I purposely did not include any pics Nip nor his likeness & directed all traffic to The Marathon Clothing as I’ve done since bro’s passing.
He continued: “I’ve spoken closely to ‘Blacc Sam’ every step the way & have had his blessing with things I’ve done to help honor bro’s name & continue his legacy. I’ve only done things I feel bro would’ve done to keep me going if I was no longer here in the physical. Before assuming, passing judgment, or running to the internet to be negative, DM me or hit me.
Although Game says his first run Prolific Records merch sold out in 30 minutes following this week’s launch, Marathon Clothing revealed it has a new clothing line “coming soon” rocking the word “Prolific.”
Producer Mikey Mike was once kicked out every bar in his hometown Salisbury, Maryland. Granted, it’s a town with a population roughly 30,000 and only two bars — but still, the lifetime ban was enough to for him to say “fuck it” and set his sights on Hollywood.
At the time, he’d already made beats for notable artists such as Wale and Sean Kingston but was having trouble getting his emails answered. So, rather than give up, he took an unconventional route and posed as a porn star — using the name someone he thought the execs he was emailing would have grown up watching and fantasizing about.
As if by magic (yes, that’s sarcasm) — his emails were being answered and the execs on the other end the line were suddenly more than happy to assist the person they thought was an adult film actress.
Ultimately, one the beats Mikey made fell into Rihanna’s hands (although mistakingly) and she ended up choosing the beat for the song “Jump” f her 2012 album Unapologetic. The rest is history. Mikey finally had the money to make the cross-country leap and RiRi’s album wound up winning a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2014 ceremony.
Behind the scenes, Mikey was stashing beats for his own personal project and in 2017, dropped the song “Doin’ Me” with the help illustrious music mogul Rick Rubin. His dream working with the Def Jam Recordings co-founder had finally come true. With over 2.4 million YouTube views to date, “Doin’ Me” is taking Mikey to unexpected places — quite literally. (The song appears on Mikey Mike’s Life On Earth: Vol. 1, which dropped in August.)
After launching an ingenious marketing campaign to promote his music (keep reading), he inadvertently launched a therapy hotline.
Now, he and Isaac Heymann, executive producer the HBO documentary Shangri-La and Rubin’s A&R, are plotting a show called The Search, which will follow Mikey to places all over the globe in search people who stream his music the most.
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The Search for the biggest listeners begins. I’m coming to play for the people and cities that are closest to the music. And stopping everywhere in between. Doing things my own way is the mantra so this is how im touring sporadically from here on out. You want to put together a show in your city, hit my number. Does anyone have any leads on the 39 year old man in Kalamazoo who played cooler 3967 times ? Is it some dude who croaked with it on loop ha? I’m gona need everybody’s help with this one. Point me to the ones who love it most. anybody out there think they played Doin Me more times? hit me 323 457 8794
In a recent interview with HipHopDX, Mikey talked about his porn star ruse, meeting Rubin, how a beat intended for M.I.A. became Rihanna’s and why “doin’ him” was the best possible move for his career.
HipHopDX: I am blown away by your story. I imagine most people who come across you are. I want to start at the beginning. You’re trying to push your music, you’re sending it to people and no one’s biting back until you pose as this adult film actress, right?
Mikey Mike: Shout out to Lacey Duvalle.
HipHopDX: Once you started getting emails back from people, what did that initially teach you about how the world works?
Mikey Mike: It was interesting because I had all these people’s emails already. I had a buddy that worked with a publicist in New York, so he had Drake’s personal email, Lil Wayne’s emails and all their managers. I hit all them up, from me, numerous times. I had enough credibility to be like, “Hey, I got these beats. It’d cool if you could pass them along.”
But nobody said anything. I knew they were seeing the emails. In my head, I was thinking there’s always a way. If they’re looking at these, how do I rope them in? I was in the shower and the water was hitting me … I get the best ideas in the shower when I’m sitting under the water. My landlord hates it ’cause the water bill is three times as high as everybody else’s, but I don’t tell her, “Hey, I sit in there for an hour because that’s where I get all my best ideas.” Anyway, so I was in the shower. It hit me and I was like, “Oh my God, I have to use the mystical power the vagina to lure these people in.” If I can dangle that carrot, I will get every last one those motherfuckers.”
All these people I was trying to get to were like Lil Wayne’s manager and were demographically 32-year-old black dudes in the Hip Hop world. So I was like, “Who would they have grown up jacking f to and loving?” I got on the internet and looked up Top 10 black porn stars and I picked No. 8 — popular but not conspicuous — Lacey Duvalle.
HipHopDX: And that was the key.
Mikey Mike: I picked an email with Lacey.Duvalle1982 in it. 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.
Then the other thing it taught me, which has gone throughout my whole music career and then just in all life, was that you have to do things your own way. You got to sneak in the back door. If everybody else is doing something one way, even if it’s the music they’re making, then I don’t want to make music that sounds like that. I don’t want to try to get on the same blogs everybody’s on. It taught me that you really got to blaze your own path if you want to have any chance at anything in life.
HipHopDX: That’s what your whole video “Doin’ Me” is kind about, right? That is another story in itself. I mean, the fact that somehow, it got to Rick Rubin and he’s like, “Hell yeah, let’s do this shit.” I am blown away. Rick Rubin is one my heroes.
Mikey Mike: I had the same thing where he was the person that I always … I knew that what I was doing didn’t really fit in a pocket and if it went straight to a Hip Hop and urban crowd, they might not get it completely. If it went to a pop crowd, they might not get it. If they went to a rock crowd, I knew I would get some people from each those.
So, I knew Rick was the guy that I had to get my music to because he’ll just get it. It’s not like taking it to some A&R, like Capitol, that has no idea what they’re doing. Not to say none them do, but Rick was the guy in my eyes that I knew would get what I’m doing. When I got to sit there with him, the only validation I ever needed from anybody was that guy.
HipHopDX: What was going through your mind when you’re sitting there across from him?
Mikey Mike: He’s so cool and calm and just awesome, that it’s really casual. I remember before I went over, I was reading something about Eminem. Before he went to meet Rick for the first time, he said he was really nervous and shaking and shit. So I’m like fuck, if Eminem was nervous, I might take a shit on his floor or something. Not literally. But anyway, then I got there and you just meet him. He’s like, “What’s up man? Come in.” And then it just feels like you’re talking to an old friend or something. I guess that’s one his real allures is that he can put people in that space and at ease.
Mikey Mike: That’s probably why people get the best work being around him is because you feel like you’re sitting with an old friend who’s not judging anything you’re doing or saying. They’re just there and present. I was a little nervous to walk up there, but I wasn’t really nervous. And then when I met him, I wasn’t nervous at all.
HipHopDX: That’s dope. I kind got that from the HBO documentaries I was watching. I was like, “Oh man. He seems like he’s just so laid back.” He’s interested in learning about you just as much as you’re interested in learning about him. That’s what it felt like to me.
Mikey Mike: Yeah, definitely.
HipHopDX: I guess that remains to be seen if I ever cross paths with him.
Mikey Mike: I think you would find that is the case.
HipHopDX: Let’s back up a little bit. All a sudden, people are emailing you back and want to work. How does one your beats end up getting into Rihanna’s hands?
Mikey Mike: I wanted to get to this dude Tim Blacksmith who managed Stargate at the time. They were the biggest producers in pop. They were doing all Rihanna’s stuff. I couldn’t find his email. Then I saw on Twitter him talking to somebody and I went on their Twitter page and they had their email in their prile. I hit them up with the Lacey email and said, “Hey, do you happen to know Dan Blacksmith? I need to get in touch with him.” They were like, “Oh, course. I can put you in touch with him.” So they gave me his email and then I would always try people like that, coming from me, for the first time. And then if it didn’t work, I would go to Lacey. So with them, I used Lacey to get their email but then hit them up as me. I gave him my artist’s music and just said, “Hey, yada yada,” and they hit me right back. The beat that ended up on Rihanna’s album, I had made for M.I.A.
HipHopDX: Oh shit. Really?
Mikey Mike: I never meant to send it to them at all. So it was crazy. I remember Tim called and he was like, “Yo man, I think this beat might be the dark horse, mate.” He had this crazy accent. He was like, “I think this is the dark horse, man.” And I was like, “What are you talking about?” He’s like, “That M.I.A. beat, man.” I was like, “Oh shit, I sent that to you?” And he was like, “Yeah you did, bro. Yeah, you sent it.” I was like, “I didn’t mean to put it in there.” It was another kind random act God — the fact that that beat slipped in there and it became kind the first big, big break that I had.
It gave me the money to move here and pursue all this shit. It was just the little things that could have been changed by one percent, kind that butterfly effect thing that, if I hadn’t have accidentally sent that beat in the batch — I was probably hung over and didn’t even know what I was clicking and sent it — I probably wouldn’t be out here. I wouldn’t have had the money to come out here. None this would have happened.
HipHopDX: So you accidentally sent an M.I.A. beat to the Rihanna people by mistake.
Mikey Mike: Exactly. It wasn’t like something she has used. I made it for M.I.A. It sounded nothing like any the other ones. I was sending all these Calvin Harris-y up-tempos and stuff for her to write to. So, yeah, that one just slipped in there and that was the one that went on.
HipHopDX: Wow. And that won the Grammy, right?
Mikey Mike: The album did. It was on the album.
HipHopDX: Do you still work with M.I.A. at all? Did you ever end up doing anything?
Mikey Mike: I never did. It was just something I made for her and was trying to get to her. A cool thing I remember is somebody tweeted her and was like, “Hey that ‘Jump’ song on Rihanna’s album, the beat was actually made for you.” And I remember, she tweeted back and she was like, “That’s the only song I liked on that.”
HipHopDX: I was like, oh, that’s pretty dope.
Mikey Mike: That’s a great compliment. Granted, the whole finished song is a whole other story because they had these dudes, Chase & Status from the United Kingdom, add this dubstep part to it just — in my eyes — destroy it. When I heard it, I almost jumped out the window. It is what it is.
HipHopDX: Yeah, I just revisited the Rihanna song and there’s no way I would’ve thought, “Oh, M.I.A. for this one.”
Mikey Mike: Yeah. It was just the main beat minus terrible stuff. No fense, but it was terrible. I’m actually still a little bit salty about it to be honest. Because it was the last single and if it hadn’t had that awful part, it could have done something.
Then you’ve got to go around and be like, I didn’t … For a year, people were like, “Oh, you did the ‘Jump’ track?” And I was like, “Yes, but disclaimer, I didn’t do the terrible dub step part. Never would have put that in there. It ruined the song.” People were like, “Yeah, it was strange. I wasn’t going to say anything, but that part was pretty awful, huh?” I was like, “You’re telling me, man.”
HipHopDX: I understand.
Mikey Mike: It sucks, but it’s just part it I guess.
HipHopDX: You’ve come up with all these amazing ideas for marketing yourself — the child support posters, the “You’re lonely in L.A.” posters. Are you still doing that kind marketing?
Mikey Mike: We just actually did it again. The album came out and we put out new flyers that said, “Have you seen this man?” And then it was an updated picture me still looking deranged, but older, so you see the progression. Then instead the 2.3 million child support, it says he’s dropped from the label, still laying pipe. Call this number.
Mikey Mike: For me, I knew we’ve burned this one to the ground, but it’s so fun and it never gets old. I think that’s the most important part to me is that it’s fun. And when people see it on the street, they’re like, “What the hell is this?” I get a kick out that just as much as the fact that it might actually promote the album. The promotion is a bonus.
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album OUT NOW . man . started this lil thing about 5 years ago. some loves come n gone, 25000 phone calls from strangers, signed to a label, dropped from label , worked with some my idols. banged my head against the wall many many nights. so many times i just wanted to fly f to india and wander the Himalayas and leave the craziness behind. but theres too much to be done here. definetly dont want to leave this body knowing there might have been someone else i could have reached. volume 2 is well underway and the first single will be coming in a few weeks. cant wait to put out music in real time for the first time ever. thanks to everybody whos supported . <3mikey ps still layin pipe
HipHopDX: You set up a hotline for people to call?
Mikey Mike: That number that people will call, it started on the billboards. So, people would call it and troll it. Then people started calling and randomly asking for somebody to listen to, and I don’t know if it was a word mouth thing, but people started calling and being like, “Yo, I’m having this going on and yada, yada, yada.” It just kind turned into this organic therapy line more or less. Not that I have the best advice in the world, but I guess if you just listen, a lot times the answer pops up if you have a completely outside perspective. So yeah, it started with all these people trolling and then it became this therapy thing and now, a lot fans call it and random people. There’s people I keep in touch with that’ll hit me up once a week. It’s become a really interesting thing.
Mikey Mike: It’s cool for me too, because it gives me a sense purpose besides the music, in the way that I’ve got 16-year-old kids that are calling up like, “Hey, I really like this girl and blah blah blah,” and all these things that I’ve been through and that, when you’re 16 or 20, you need guidance on. But it’s sometimes hard to talk about it with people you know. When you can call a stranger and just say anything, people tell me some crazy, crazy shit.
HipHopDX: Wow. So how much time would you say you spend a day talking to people?
Mikey Mike: Just sporadically, all through the day. If I’m in the car, I’ll get a call and I’ll put it on speaker or if I’m walking somewhere. I stay on the phone, maybe an hour a day, but texting and going back and forth just kind all day.
Mikey Mike: Sometimes, it’ll be a Saturday night and some kid will call, and I’m just sitting there kind pre-gaming in my house before I leave. We’ll get on the phone and next thing you know, it’s like two hours later because it’s hard to leave when you feel like you’re really onto something with somebody, you know? In my head, I’m like, I’m going to go to a bar and getting trashed right now, or I could be here doing something that means something.
HipHopDX: Yeah, like giving back.
Mikey Mike: It’s not hard to find those opportunities in life, I think. This kind got presented to me in this way like, here’s a way to just serve people and do something positive, and you don’t even have to leave your house to do it. You just pick up the phone.
HipHopDX: Tell me about the show you’re doing with Isaac Heymann.
Mikey Mike: Streaming companies, they’ll give you data that says, “A 39-year-old male in Kalamazoo, Michigan played one song 3,764 times.” So the whole thing has become, how do I go find these people? Who the hell plays one my songs almost four or five times a day since it was released? The craziest part is that we don’t even have the data for “Doin’ Me,” which is by far the biggest one.
When we get back to New York, the whole next tour we’re setting up and this will turn into a show and be tied into the people calling the line and roaming around and meeting these people. We’re just going to find the biggest listeners and playing for them and then playing in their town.
For more information on Mikey and the project, head to his website or call (323) 457-8794.
The two-night event takes place on October 29 and 30 at Yamashiro Restaurant in Hollywood.
It’s not exactly clear as to what the event will entail. Its website only fers a haunting dare for prospective attendees to explore the legacy Mamacita, who is said to be the “Queen Madame Hollywood’s most notorious brothel.”
“For the first time in 100 years, the forbidden catacombs (Mamacita’s) haunted bordello are cracked open for you to explore,” reads the website. “Dare to trespass into Mamacita’s brothel and unearth all the pleasures and pains she has to fer you. ”
— T-Raww (@Tyga) October 15, 2019
Tickets to both nights can be found here.
In a new interview with Revolt, East elaborated on the unfinished album by stating, “We were six songs in. We were planning a tour and all that. Fuck rap. I’m going to keep it 100.”
On March 31, Hussle was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store in Hyde Park by alleged killer Eric Holder.
After the shooting, East held a vigil in New York to honor Hussle.
Hussle’s immediate impact on the culture was felt by East. “That was my nigga. Anything we did together or anytime I had to be around that nigga, I cherish it,” East stated. “It’s wack he went out like that. That nigga’s a king. Kings ain’t supposed to go out like that. But, that’s the world we’re living in. It’s wack he went out like that, but it sharpened me and a million other niggas up. He went out like a G.”
“I didn’t know until I did a tribute for Nip,” East revealed about Hussle’s influence on his debut album Survival. “I didn’t want to talk about anything else. I talked about everything. I got shit about my moms. I got shit about me playing ball. I got shit about me being locked up. I went mad personal and I wrapped it up with a tribute to my boy. Once I said what I said to Nip, I was like, ‘We’re good.’”
Besides the unfinished collaboration, Lauren London recently won guardianship over their son Kross’s stake in the late rapper’s estate.
New York City, NY – Rapper Your Old Droog isn’t one to hold back on Twitter. So, understandably, rapper and New York Times’ number one best-selling author Logic—no stranger to Twitter shade—is far from f-limits. Though he’s been critical the MC in the past, a recent string tweets crossed a few lines, prompting Droog to issue an open apology to both Logic and his fans.
“My misguided attempt at social media humor, perhaps better known as ‘trolling,’ caused me to set aside my own dignity and scruples,” he wrote in the letter, posted on his Twitter Thursday (October 17).
“I managed to publish three tweets wishing death upon another human being simply because I could. It was not funny. It wasn’t even close to being remotely funny,” he added.
As he explains, the three tweets in question resulted in him being locked out his Twitter account and suspended for 12 hours.
“I will be taking more time to -re-examine myself and consider the thoughts that I choose to put out into the world and the internet,” he concluded, signing the letter as “Your Old Friend.”
Hating Logic’s music isn’t by any means a new phenomenon in various rap circles. Most recently, Joe Budden dubbed the platinum-selling artist as one the worst rappers to ever touch a mic.
Logic, meanwhile, is currently on the road for The Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind Tour with J.I.D. and YBN Cordae. He’s also been promoting an upcoming beat tape.
Read Your Old Droog’s letter in full below.
Open letter to Logic pic.twitter.com/Va5PJR1UX4
— YOD (@YourOldDroog) October 17, 2019
SHIVA has returned with a magnificent new track entitled “Sunshine,” in collaboration with the inspiring ZIIRI. The EDM artist shows off his one-of-a-kind, subtly constructed musical flow, with spiritual, intelligent, and ethereal lyrics over smooth beats throughout this stunning track. The record has a mystic energy that makes it the perfect spiritual soundtrack for our daily lives.
The infectious melodies paired with ZIIRI’s indescribably beautiful voice will undoubtedly get the approval of audiences as SHIVA’s sound drips with teachings and messages coming from another world. His musical presence and acute knowledge of the self pair perfectly with this sophisticated production, and “Sunshine”’s captivating energy should move anyone who will have the opportunity to give it a listen.
When DJ Premier first teased a new Gang Starr album on Instagram last month, everyone was in disbelief. With Guru gone, it didn’t seem possible. But behind the scenes, this was years in the making.
In September 2017, Preemo embarked on a journey with Guru’s aura and presence occupying the studio with him — not only in spiritual form but also in physical form. Throughout the process, the urn with Guru’s ashes sat on his production console as began work on the first new Gang Starr album in 16 years — One Of The Best Yet.
“This album means everything to me,” Preemo said. “It’s a continuation what I never wanted to end. It’s a very foreign place for me and very emotional. I get happy, sad, excited; my feelings are kind all over the place. But predominantly, just very happy to be making music with Guru again.”
Along with the next single, “Bad Name,” Preemo has also unveiled the tracklist for the 16-track project. Notable artists such as J. Cole, M.O.P., A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, Royce Da 5’9, Talib Kweli, Ne-Yo and Jeru The Damaja are among the many guests on the album.
One Of The Best Yet is expected to arrive on November 1. Pre-order the project here.
In the meantime, check out the cover art and tracklist below and stream “Bad Name” here.
- The Sure Shot (Intro)
- Lights Out f. M.O.P.
- Bad Name
- Hit Man f. Q-Tip
- What’s Real f. Group Home & Royce Da 5’9
- Keith Casim Elam (Interlude)
- From A Distance f. Jeru The Damaja
- Family and Loyalty f. J. Cole
- Get Together f. Ne-Yo & Nitty Scott
- NYGz/GS 183rd (Interlude)
- So Many Rappers
- Business Or Art f. Talib Kweli
- Bring It Back Here
- One Of The Best Yet (Big Shug Interlude)
- Take Flight (Militia Pt. 4) f. Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx
- Bless The Mic
The artist formerly known as Royce Rizzy’s latest work is produced by James Royo. Guests appearing on the project include DMX, Wiz Khalifa, MadeinTYO, Salma Slims and DWN2EARTH.
Check out 24hrs’ World On Fire stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Highway to Hell
2. Different Frequency
3. 10 O’Clock
4. Stranger in the Mirror
5. Pick It Up f. MadeinTYO
8. Moonlight f. Salma Slims
9. You Know f. DWN2EARTH
10. Leave Me Lone f. DMX
11. 911 f. Wiz Khalifa
The veteran MC’s latest project is produced entirely by Mono En Stereo, who was formerly known as El RTNC. The two previously collaborated on Sandman’s 2013 EP Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent.
View Sandman’s Dusty stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Morning Yawn
2. Far Out
6. Yes Iyah
7. Every Four Years
8. Step Inside
9. Picture on the Wall
11. Live & Breath
12. Wondering Why
13. Lookout f. Quelle Chris & Your Old Droog
14. Tres Bon
“A little treat for y’all just in time for my favorite season,” he told fans social media.
The West Coast rapper’s EP features The Game, Moneybagg Yo, French Montana, Gunna, Miguel, Preme, Dex Lauper and production by Boi-1da.
View G-Eazy’s Scary Nights stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. Scary Nights
2. I Wanna Rock f. Gunna
3. Full Time Cappers f. French Montana & Moneybagg Yo
4. Big Ben f. Preme
5. KIDS f. Dex Lauper
6. Hittin Licks
7. Demons & Angels f. Miguel & The Game
8. A Very Strange Time
The Detroit-bred rapper’s latest project is comprised 17 tracks, including the single “Mobb’n.” Guests featured on the album include Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor, Trey Songz and Lougotcash.
Check out Kash Doll’s Stacked stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. KD Diary
2. Ready Set f. Big Sean
3. So Amazing
4. Paid Bitches
5. Ice Me Out
6. Kitten f. Lil Wayne
7. On Sight f. Trey Songz
8. Krazy f. Lougotcash
10. Cheap Shit
11. Doin Too Much
12. Buss It
13. No Lames f. Summer Walker
15. Feel Something f. Teyana Taylor
16. Coastal Rota
17. 100 Of Us
Benny The Butcher has joined forces with Smoke DZA for an EP titled Statue Of Limitations. The collaborative effort serves as the follow-up to Benny’s The Plugs I Met and DZA’s Zour with Green R. Fieldz.
The new EP features guest appearances by Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn and Styles P. The six-track set is produced entirely by Pete Rock, who dropped his Retropolitan album with Skyzoo last month.
Check out Benny and DZA’s Statue Of Limitations stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. By Any Means
2. Bullets f. Conway The Machine
3. Smoked and Butchered f. Styles P
4. 7:30 f. Westside Gunn
5. Drug Rap