Drake On Juice WRLD’s Death: “I Would Like To See All The Younger Talent Live Longer”

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

The news Juice WRLD’s death is still rippling throughout the Hip Hop community, with countless social media tributes going up around the clock.

Although his ficial cause death has yet to be determined, the multi-platinum rapper reportedly took “several unknown pills” prior to the fatal seizure he suffered at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday (December 8). Investigators also discovered a bottle codeine on the private plane that was carrying Juice WRLD and his entourage.

Drake is one the many celebrities who paid tribute to Juice WRLD on Instagram. In the caption, he lamented the early deaths so many young artists.

“I would like to see all the younger talent live longer,” he wrote. “and I hate waking up hearing another story filled with blessings was cut short.”

As rapper Tron noted in the comment section, “Our generation is going faster than any .. please let’s help each other no more drugs.” Over the past two years, drug overdoses have led to the deaths Mac Miller and Lil Peep — and that’s just the tip the iceberg.

Juice WRLD was only 21 at the time his death, having just celebrated his birthday on December 2. The Chicago native had long struggled with opiate addiction and admitted he was struggling with lean. 

In a July tweet to his then-girlfriend Ally Lotti, he wrote, “Bae I’m sorry I be tweaking, you’ve put up with more than ppl know I know I be scaring you, fuck Codeine I’m done. I love you and im letting it be known publicly that ain’t shit fucking up the real love I found. Learn from this everyone. Addiction kills all but you can overcome.”

The Cook County Medical Examiner is expected to do an autopsy on Monday (December 9) to confirm his cause death.


Interview: Singer & Sneaker Afficianado Tiona Deniece Talks Appearing On Griselda's "WWCD"

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Atlanta, GA – The debut Shady Records LP by the starting line-up Griselda brought with it a few next-level features by Eminem and 50 Cent. However, it also shone the spotlight on a few frequent collaborators closer to the inner circle.

The most (seemingly) obscure name on the tracklist though was singer Tiona Deniece, whose angelic voice can be heard crooning on the short and sweet “Kennedy” alongside Westside Gunn.

The singer-songwriter, sneaker connoisseur, philanthropist and Buffalo native lived in NYC for years before moving to her current home Atlanta. It was here that she says she reconnected with WSG, with whom she went to grammar school in Buffalo.

“We reconnected in Atlanta through a mutual friend,” Deniece tells HipHopDX — adding that it’s not the first collaboration she’s had with the Griselda Capo.

“I am featured on ‘Never Coming Home’ f Hitler Wears Hermes 2, and ‘Ringside Rocking Furs’ f Hitler Wears Hermes 4,” she says. “So when Wes hit me for WWCD, it was a no-brainer … I was excited to be a part Buffalo’s history again.”

Looking back on her journey, she reflects on how she realized that she wanted to pursue singing.

“I always say that I came out the womb singing because I can’t remember a time where music wasn’t in my life,” she notes humbly. “I grew up singing in my church choir … in middle and high school (The Park School Buffalo), I sang in various musicals and had solo performances for various school events.

“One summer, I performed with Studio Arena’s ‘Big River’ (the story Huckleberry Finn), and I realized that all I wanted to do was be a performer.”

Interestingly, her magnetic personality has pushed her into a niche market outside music. But, it’s still something near and dear to her heart: sneakers.

“I currently work with WNBA Kicks as a brand ambassador, and I host their IGTV series ‘Test Run,’ where I interview players and sports pressionals about sneakers and their collections,” she explains. “I also work with various brands to push forward women in sneaker culture.”

 

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To add to the seemingly large number hats she currently dons, she finds time to work with organizations like Girls Inc. to mentor and do workshops with young girls, on top also hosting her IGTV sneaker series She Likes To Kick It.

All this, obviously, does little to diminish the focus on her first love. “I perform, when and where I can,” she says.

Deniece notes that she currently travels across the country, speaking on panels and working with companies to increase visibility for women in the sneaker world. She reveals that there are a host exciting items coming into play in the New Year, though she’s not at liberty to let the cat out the bag just yet.

She does tease that a goal hers is to have a sneaker collab with a major brand.

“For 2020, I plan on working on some new music, continuing to travel doing panels and — course — growing my sneaker collection,” she states.

You can follow Tiona Deniece’s music and sneaker-related content her Instagram.


Skytech and Emdi Release Feel-Good Anthem “By My Side”!

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Skytech teams up with his fellow Polish producer Emdi for their new upbeat anthem “By My Side” on R3HAB’CYB3RPVNK imprint. Delivering soulful, sultry vocals that carry a romantic and uplifting message, Skytech and Emdi employ driving, bouncy basslines to give the track a party-ready vibe. Whether you are with that special someone or merely dreaming the day you meet them, “By My Side” is a feel-good gem that feels at home on the dance floor or through your headphones. The new release follows Skytech’s previous CYB3RPVNK single “Saturday Night,” and Emdi’s “My Love” (released on NCS) and “Obsessed” (Lowly Palace).


Nick Cannon Calls Out Kim, Hailie & Alaina On Suge Knight-Led Eminem Diss Track 'The Invitation'

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

Los Angeles, CA – The nonstop war words between Eminem and Nick Cannon has just elevated to yet another level.

Following Slim Shady’s latest retort towards the Power 106 radio host’s family Fat Joe’s “Lord Above,” Cannon has fired back his own shots with his new diss record “The Invitation” — and he didn’t mince his words.

“Call Kim, somebody get Hailie/And that other kid you raisin’ that ain’t even your baby (Daddy)/Took a page out Drake book/This might get a Grammy/We going back to back ’til you respond on the family,” Cannon spewed on the track, a direct jab at his famous foe’s family members.

The Hitmaka-produced diss also features contributions from Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips, and Prince Eazy, as well as an instigating intro from none other than the incarcerated former music mogul, Suge Knight, who risked getting a demerit with his vulgar phone time.

“Eminem’s a bitch,” Knight, who is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence for manslaughter, quipped during the opening soundscape.

On the aforementioned record “Lord Above,” Eminem unleashed a lyrical fury in Cannon’s direction when he spit, “I know me and Mariah didn’t end on a high note/But that other dude’s whipped, that pussy got him neutered/Tryna tell him his chicks a nut ‘fore he got his jewels clipped/Almost got my caboose kicked/Fool, quit, you not gon’ do shit/I let her chop my balls f too before I lost to you, Nick.”

Cannon initially felt the insults weren’t worthy a response but during his ficial reaction to the track, listeners could see the emotions brewing, hence “The Invitation” was born.

Listen to Cannon’s latest comeback above and read the lyrics below.


Marc Benjamin Releases Hard-Hitting New Sound on “My Swag” with RayRay!

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

Marc Benjamin teams up with Taiwanese newcomer RayRay for their sultry, hard-hitting track “My Swag,” out on Protocol. The track ventures into new territory for Marc Benjamin, delivering a fusion  electro/EDM style and serrating trap basslines. Featuring RayRay’s own vocals, this club-friendly sinister tune packs a punch attitude with its serrating synths and driving bass. Although winter is upon us in many parts the world, look no further than “My Swag” to heat things up. This is the second collaboration between Marc and RayRay (who has also released on Barong Family and Dim Mak) that follows Benjamin’s previous Protocol release “Show You” from this summer, “Off Road” from Showtek’Skink label and Spinnin’ Records‘ “Pop N Rewind.”


MOGUAI takes control with ‘Commander’!

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

2019 has been ground-breaking for MOGUAI on the release front, and now he closes out an impressive year forward-thinking new music with ‘Commander’, rounding f a year that has seen standout releases on other heavyweight labels such as Big Beat and his huge collaboration with Oliver Heldens, ‘Cucumba’, which was released on his Heldeep imprint.

A deep kick starts proceedings, before the instantly recognizable bassline is introduced on the first drop, as layers synths are gradually added and combine to fill out the track and make sure it continually evolves, with interesting harmonic lines developing between the tracks. Check out this latest release below and let us know your thoughts on it!


Rapha Pareal’s latest progressive house gem is a must have!

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

Featuring uplifting smooth vocals and catchy riffs and melodies, “Escape your love” is the perfect reminder summer time and outdoor electronic festivals! The vocals blend together beautifully with the sweet instrumental underneath, building great energy with filtered leads for the build-up and then the release the melodious, but still groovy drop. The transitions between each section are well executed, granting the track a solid atmosphere and an overall cohesive sound. Definitely a beautiful progressive house tune any festival lover is poised to enjoy, so go check it out below!


Juice WRLD's Final Moments Reportedly Involved Pills, 70 LBS. Of Marijuana & Possibly Codeine

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

Chicago, IL – The sudden death 21-year-old rapper Juice WRLD sent shockwaves throughout the Hip Hop community on Sunday (December 8).

While his ficial cause death has yet to been determined, TMZ reports several people aboard Juice WRLD’s private jet told investigators he took multiple “unknown pills” prior to the fatal seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport.

They also said he was struggling with an addiction to the powerful painkiller Percocet. Investigators discovered a bottle codeine cough syrup on the plane as well. Of course, Juice WRLD — who had just turned 21 on December 2 — had previously admitted to struggling with an addiction to lean.

But that wasn’t all investigators found. The FBI seized roughly 70 pounds marijuana that was stashed in several suitcases. Two Juice WRLD’s guards who were on the plane, Christopher Long and Henry Dean, were also arrested on weapon charges.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Dean was charged with carrying a concealed firearm at an airport and possessing a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets, while Long was charged with unlawful possession a firearm. Only one the guards had a valid permit to carry guns in Illinois, but it’s still illegal to possess them at airports.

In total, three guns were confiscated. Dean and Long are both out jail and due in court later this month.

Juice WRLD's Final Moments Reportedly Involved Pills, 70 LBS. Of Marijuana & Possibly Codeine

Prior to Juice WRLD’s death, he appeared to be in good spirits. Video the flight shows the Chi-Town native messing around with his friends and laughing.

As the plane beings to descend, everyone is all smiles until they finally touchdown at Midway. Juice WRLD collapsed shortly after while walking through the airport. When emergency responders arrived on the scene, he was reportedly bleeding from the mouth and still conscious. However, he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital.

The Cook County Medical Examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy on Monday (December 9).


Is Iggy Azalea 6 Months Pregnant With Playboi Carti's Baby?

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Iggy Azalea and her boyfriend Playboi Carti are reportedly expecting a child. According to Hollywood Unlocked, the Aussie rapper is six months pregnant, which would point to a March 2020 arrival.

Friends the couple reportedly delivered the news, although they didn’t confirm whether it was a boy or girl. However, it’s important to note in recent photographs Iggy, she looks svelte and nowhere near pregnant.

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Iggy and the 22-year-old rapper have been dating since 2018. She was previously engaged to NBA basketball player Nick Young who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets. They broke up in 2016 after a video surfaced Young admitting to having an affair.

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The couple sparked engagement rumors in July when Iggy flaunted a massive ring on her left ring finger during an appearance on The X Change Rate. When asked if she was single, Iggy pointed to the ring and said, “No, I’m not. I’m not.” An engagement was never confirmed.

In December 2018, Iggy — who’s seven years Playboi’s senior — relocated from Los Angeles back to Atlanta where they now live together.

“Once I started talking to her, I just cut f everybody,” he told FADER. “It was over with.”

Azalea’s latest album In My Defense arrived in January, four years after her 2014 debut The New Classic. She recently got into it with her former mentor T.I. who referred to her as “the tarnish” his his legacy during a conversation with The Root.


Hip Hop Week In Review: The Game Drops Final Album & Eminem Disses Nick Cannon Again

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, The Game released his Born 2 Rap album with a diss to older brother Big Fase 100. Also, Eminem and Nick Cannon are back to exchanging barbs and Wack 100 said Nipsey Hussle wasn’t a legend.

The Game Releases Born 2 Rap

The Game released Born 2 Rap, his last album (allegedly), on Friday (December 6).

On the 25-track LP, Game takes shots at rapper Big Fase 100 — who happens to be his older brother — on the song “Hug The Block.”

“I was LeBron, you were supposed to be my Rich Paul/Baby to Slim when a nigga got rich dawg/But your love turn to hate that’s what we split for/When the fuck you get st/And start talkin’ behind my back like baby mamas when they pissed f,” Game spit on the track.

Fase responded with a post to Instagram a picture featuring biblical figures Cain and Abel.

Listen to The Game’s swan song Born 2 Rap here.

Eminem Disses Nick Cannon

Eminem and Nick Cannon have been industry enemies for years. This week, the two went back-and-forth again song and radio.

On Fat Joe’s Family Ties album, Eminem took a stab at Nick Cannon on the song “Lord Above” featuring Mary J. Blige. Joey Crack described it as the most “disrespectful” rap ever.

Following the track’s release, Cannon went on his Power 106 morning show and said Em’s diss wasn’t worthy a response. But Cannon has since proposed Eminem come on an episode Wild ‘N Out to battle it out.

Listen to Eminem’s verse on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above” here.

Wack 100 Declares Nipsey Hussle’s Not A Legend

Even though Wack 100 said he was going to chill on the Nipsey Hussle commentary, this week he took things a step further by saying Nip wasn’t a legend.

“What’s a legend? Define a legend. Let’s keep it real,” Wack told TMZ cameras. “If Dr. Dre died right now, we’d say we lost a legend, right? Based upon what? Numbers, right? Body work, right? How many albums did Nipsey drop? One album, right? This not no personal shit. This is real shit.”

His comments didn’t sit too well with a few big names in the industry such as T.I. and Meek Mill. Both took issue with Wack’s statement.

As a result, Wack called out T.I. for allegedly being a snitch like Tekashi 6ix9ine and reminded everyone about the time he participated in a crime tip line PSA commercial. T.I. fered his paperwork, which disputes Wack’s claim, as a response.

Wack doubled down on his perspective with Nick Cannon on Power 106.

Read more about Wack 100 versus everyone here.

Reviews

The Game — Born 2 Rap
Griselda Records — WWCD
Alchemist & Action Bronson — Lamb Over Rice
Dave East — Survival

#DXclusives: Rubi Rose, Armen Keleshian and KSI

Rubi Rose Talks Juggling Both A Hip Hop & College Career

Rising star Rubi Rose spoke with HipHopDX about how she got her start while also attending college.

“It’s definitely hard, but it’s worth it,” she told DX. “If you want to do something, you stick through it and you do it. And I want to do (music and school), so I’m going to finish. It’s no biggie.”

Read the full Rubi Rose interview here.

Armen Keleshian Spills The Secrets On Being A Successful Hip Hop Photographer

Celebrity photographer Armen Keleshian spoke with DX about how he got his start, which he credits to Steve Lobel.

“Pretty much everything changed,” he revealed. “So when I moved to L.A., I hit up Steve and we had met in Lebanon when he brought out J. Cole at the time. I said, ‘Yo, I’m in L.A., I’d love an opportunity to come shadow you. If you ever need content, I’d love to come and shoot.’Just getting them going around. And Steve said, ‘I got you.’”

Check out the full Armen Keleshian interview here.

KSI Reacts To Logan Paul Thinking He Was Going To Win Their Fight

British rapper and YouTube personality KSI beat Logan Paul in a boxing match and spoke to DX about the social media star talking a lot trash ahead their fight.

“I expected him to bring more to the fight,” he said. “I thought he would really try to fight me because he had so much talk and confidence.”

Watch the full KSI interview here.


Summer Walker Declares "I Do Not Sing On Couches" After Being Booed At Club Appearance

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Elizabeth, NJ – Summer Walker’s bookings continue to be a source trouble for the R&B singer. After cutting her tour short last month, the Interscope Records artist found herself in an awkward situation when fans booed her at club appearance in New Jersey.

Fans in attendance believed they were going to get to see Walker perform at the nightclub XL Nightlife, but she asserted she was only booked for a hosting appearance.

“Aye look, y’all gotta stop letting these promoters finesse y’all,” she wrote on Instagram. “I DO NOT, ‘I REPEAT, I DO NOT’ sing on couches. Put some respect on my name if you would like to see me perform I’ll be at Terminal 5 on the 7th & 8th & Jimmy Fallon on the 9th, that’s where you can see me perform. Thank y’all for whoever came to see me at the Jersey WALK THROUGH, I appreciate it.”

In the caption, she added, “Hey reading is fundamental, there was nothing on there about no ‘performance.’”

But the promoter the club appearance claimed Walker was booked to host and perform a few songs. He posted screenshots their alleged contract on Instagram but later deleted them.

Walker responded by claiming the deal was fake and saying the promoter would get sued. She also shared her own screenshot his page prior to him deleting the contract posts.

“He literally had told y’all it wasn’t a performance, I don’t understand why I have to do this stupid shit with plp,” she wrote. “I be minding my business.”

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The promoter argued his case by posting a video from the club appearance showing Walker — with a microphone in hand — half-heartedly singing “Girls Need Love.”

“If this is a fake deal why grab the mic and do this?” he wrote. “Keeping it 100 She got boo’d and tried to blame me that I didn’t book her for a show. We all know she wasn’t booked for a show. (As to why my date wasn’t on her tour list) If you know the business you know it’s a difference between a show and a hosting with songs.

“To people that don’t know the business educate yourself before you formulate an opinion on what’s going on. But I appreciate everyone who came out and my apologies to anyone who didn’t feel satisfied with the event, definitely not my fault but I appreciate y’all. #jersey.”

The promoter also claimed he made it clear it wasn’t a show but contended Walker was contractually obligated to perform a few songs. He additionally said he took down the screenshots the contract because her manager allegedly begged him to do so and asserted everything would be settled in court.

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DaBaby Performs "BOP" & "Suge" On 'Saturday Night Live'

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

New York, NY – DaBaby added another notable achievement to his breakthrough year by making his Saturday Night Live debut on December 7. As the show’s musical guest, the Billboard 200 chart-topping rapper performed his hit singles “BOP” and “Suge” on the episode hosted by Jennifer Lopez.

For his performance “BOP,” DaBaby brought along the Jabbawockeez dance crew following their collaboration on the “BOP on Broadway” video. The dancers also joined him on stage for “Suge.”

In addition to being SNL’s musical guest, DaBaby also got involved in one the episode’s comedy sketches called “Hip Hop Carolers.” In it, the Carolina-bred rapper robbed a family while they were distracted by Christmas carolers.

“I’m like Robin Hood — I rob the rich, take it back to the hood,” he quipped in the skit.

Watch DaBaby perform “Bop” above. Check out “Suge” and the “Hip Hop Carolers” sketch below.