Joe Budden was an outspoken critic Eminem’s 2017 effort Revival and consequently, Slim Shady blatantly dissed the former Slaughterhouse MC on the 2018 follow-up Kamikaze. On Friday (January 17), Em blindsided his fans once again with another surprise album called Music To Be Murdered By.
During episode #314 The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal, the show’s hosts dissect the new project and Budden is unexpectedly positive.
“I’ll tell ya one thing, buddy: that’s how you start a project,” he says. “People are gonna replay this album. This is the best we’ve heard him in a while — the best album we’ve heard from him in a while].”
Then Budden addresses the perceived disses that pop up on the album, which reunites Slaughterhouse vets Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9 and KXNG Crooked on the track “I Will.” Aside from Budden being noticeably missing — which could be considered a subtle slight — many people assumed the line, “Your group is f the chain, but you’re the weakest link” is about Budden. However, he says that’s not the case.
“The Em line in that song, when he was tearing Lord Jamar’s ass up on old group flips, that led to ‘Your group is f the chain, but you’re the weakest link,’” he says around the 47-minute mark. “In a song featuring members ] Slaughterhouse, I could see how that looked like it was about Joe. Joe says it was not.
“That’s about Lord Jamar, obviously, if you listen to the eight bars coming before it. You listeners can] get your panties out the bunch.”
Budden also reacts to “Lock It Up” featuring Anderson .Paak in which Eminem raps, “Try’na save at Kroger, so why would I give a fuck about back-stabbin’ Trader Joe for?”
“Trader Joe, Trader Joe, Trader Joe — that’s hurtful,” he says. “Laughs] That’s not right! Laughing] That’s fensive, man. Trader Joe? I’m Joe. Laughs] You’re telling me Joe is a traitor?”
But Budden is ready for all the shots to stop flying in his direction.
“The same way I feel like Eminem] should stop dissing Lord Jamar, he should stop dissing me. Laughs],” he says. “Hey, whatever we had—that exchange when you did all the multi-day interview segments with Sway Calloway], and whenever I said whatever I said on the pod’, it a moment in time.
“We had our exchange. It’s over. In 2020, I can’t harbor negativity not only towards one the best rappers, but somebody I’m not angry at. That’s what I gotta stop doin’. I don’t be mad at the people I come in and kill. There’s no hostility after that.”
Ultimately, Budden insists he’s cool with everybody — including Em and KXNG Crooked.
“I don’t have a problem with anybody,” he says. “Everybody has to do what’s best for them. Everybody has to move in a way that they see fit. So when it comes to it], the word ‘traitor’ is just a little misleading. I have no beef with Em’; I have no problem with Em’. I’ve only ever had but so many conversations with Em’. I’ve been very consistent in my message though: the only problem or issue that I had was in how our business was set up. The end.
“Does that make me a bad guy? For having a different perspective for how the business should go or how we should be treated, or how we should be handled—especially when it’s our sh*t? Like, I know now, ownership is cool and all. But some us were fighting for it then. I don’t think that should make me a traitor.”
Listen to the full episode above.
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A few years ago, not many people really knew what cat headphones were. Sure there were wireless headphones, Bluetooth headphones, but cat ear headphones? In fact, cat ear headphones were kickstarted on an Indiegogo campaign in 2014. Artist Yuumei designed the headphones, with product developer and retailer Brookstone. While there are rumors of Ariana Grande having her own edition, the founder denied any possible tie.
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Best Cat Ear Headphones List
1. Brookstone Wired Cat Ear Headphones
2. SOMIC G951s Over Ear Headphones
3. Riwbox Cat Ear Foldable Headphones
4. MindKoo Bluetooth Over Ear Cat Ear Headphones
5. Esonstyle Kids Headphones
6. Luckyu Wireless Bluetooth Cat Ear Headphones
Best Cat Ear Headset
Brookstone’s Wired Cat Earphones are the most popular of all of the cat ear headphones. You can enjoy your music privately or you can even turn on the cat ear speakers to share the sounds with your friends. Each of the speakers and lights is controlled independently and the USB rechargeable battery allows you to play 5 hours of playing time. With more than 1,173 total reviews, the Brookstone Wired Cat Headphones are some of the most popular headphones on Amazon.
The SOMIC G951s offer ambient noise-canceling, high-quality speakers and are compatible with Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4, computer, laptops, iPad, iPhones, and a number of other plugins. While this is the case with all of the headphones, the pink cat headphones are highly desirable with their detachable cat ears. The SOMIC cat ear headphones have more than 150 ratings with a 4.5 overall rating.
The Riwbox Bluetooth cat ear headphones are a kid’s wireless headphones with a lighting theme. Now you can combine elements of color, lights, and music, that can change colors on the fly according to the music. The Riwbox Bluetooth headphones have over 570 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars.
The MindKoo Bluetooth headphones offer built-in microphones and volume control. The cute cat ear headphones offer fancy LED lights with 4 different settings. You can expect to play and/or talk for 5 to 10 hours per battery recharge.
The Esonstyle kid’s cat ear headphones allow you to turn off the blinking LED effect so that you can continue to play your music for longer. With a built-in volume control on the Esonstyle headphones, these headphones are not only convenient but cute too. With over 65 reviews, the Esonstyle cat headphones have a total of 4.5 rating score on Amazon.
The Luckyu wireless Bluetooth cat ear headphones offer a microphone and 7 colors LED light flashing modes. The V4.2 Bluetooth connection allows you to connect to any Bluetooth device and can also connect with its 3.5mm interface cable. With more than 95 ratings, the Luckyu headphones have a 3.5-star rating on Amazon.
A white rapper learned the hard way just how inappropriate dropping the “n-word” is during a battle — or, anywhere.
In a video clip shared to Twitter, the heavily bearded MC is in the middle his verse when he spits, “I ain’t like these other battle rappers/They talk too much/Saying I can’t use the ‘n’ word in this battle/My nigga ….” and before he can finish the line, he catches a punch to the face.
Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues.
White Rapper Gets Punched For Using The N Word 😳👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/jNT9mrEQ2T
— Rick Smoove (@_RickSmoove) January 19, 2020
The rapper who took the punch has been identified as William Wolf. Last month, he battled fellow rapper TD Berry for Gates Of The Garden battle league where he, once again, tackled the “n-word” topic.
“All this dark skin vs light skin shit/What was the point Brown versus the Board Education when in modern day, y’all diss and kill each other over a slight difference in pigmentation?/But I can’t use the ‘n-word’ in the hood/Well, that’s news to me/When he say it, it’s a term endearment/When I say it, it’s racist/Cut the foolery/I don’t say that shit in the hood.”
He adds that he only uses that as a “street term to represent the unity.” But evidently, that doesn’t fly with everyone.
Watch the clip below.
New York City, ny – Not many artists habitually keep their authenticity intact to the degree that Brooklyn rapper Uncle Murda does. Having toured Australia and New Zealand this past November with 50 Cent and Janet Jackson, and recently dropped his first project in two years, Don’t Come Outside Volume 2, he’s continuing to thrive.
“I’m detailing the streets, man,” he tells HipHopDX about the release. “It’s what’s happening, it’s what’s been happening … it’s about how I grew up and things that nature. My reasons for certain things I’ve done. You got to just really sit back, soak it in and you’ll get the bigger picture.”
A noticeable change from Don’t Come Outside Volume 1 is that he’s back to his former monicker, having (at the time) begun to use his government name, Lenny Grant. In a conversation with HipHopDX in 2017, he broke down his reasoning for the change — notably pointing to no-brainer business obstacles that exist with a name like Uncle Murda. But, as he now explains, the change wasn’t something his fans were willing to adopt.
“You know, I was trying to do something else but the people will not stop calling me Uncle Murda — I can’t get away from it no matter what,” he says with a laugh. “It’s like, damn. I even tried to use my real name.
“I’ve been trying to get away from the fucking Uncle Murda shit for the longest now, but I fucking can’t so I’m just going to deal with it,” he adds in a tone that suggests he’s not overly upset.
Part the reluctance to accept a new name may stem from the way in which he admirably keeps the same energy. One particular song on his new LP, the Great John-produced “What I Mean Is,” seems to momentarily turn the tables and question whether the music he can’t walk away from is possibly inspiring younger listeners to embrace a lifestyle they should probably avoid at all costs.
“Sometime when you speak about life experiences, you have people that can relate to that,” he explains noting that his truths and reactions are somewhat universal for many who grew up in his environment. “I feel like sometimes music motivates. It did for me growing up … I was motivated because the reality I was living at the time and shit I was going through.
“I was really out there hustling and shit like that,” he adds. “I was really beefing with motherfuckers and had people shooting at me. I got shot and was allegedly] on the run for shooting somebody — and multiple other things that nature. So when I listened to the music, it gave me motivation.”
It’s not something artists do intentionally, he says, though he admits that it in the same way it motivated him — somebody who was in that life — it could also motivate someone who may otherwise have different reactions to certain situations.
“Maybe rap music is responsible for a lot negative shit that’s happened, but we can’t help that, you know,” he says. “We’re just sharing experiences we dealt with … that’s a way for us to make it out. So we speak about the shit. Do I think we attract negativity? Yes.”
With an obvious bigger picture understanding a role his influence can potentially play in motivating listeners, the question becomes whether or not we’ll get a truly reflective Uncle Murda — à la 4:44. It’s not something he immediately ruled out, but he admits he’s not quite ready to turn his back on the formula that’s defined his career.
“As an artist, you’ve got to try different things,” he says. “Maybe as my career goes on, I might come at it from a different angle, but right now I still relate to a particular kind lifestyle. I’m still aggressive with it. But who knows.”
Even more prominent than the response to his latest project has been the response to his annual rap-up. Touching on everything that went down — in his normally unrestrained fashion — he most notably caught the ire singer K. Michelle, who was less than ecstatic about the opening bars the song.
“I don’t got no beef with her, man. That’s Uncle Murda, man,” he says, playfully separating Lenny Grant from his rap alter-ego. “He get in that ramp up mode and just be fucking bugging — and then I gotta deal with this shit.”
As he explains, “Uncle Murda’s” issue with K. Michelle stemmed from a tweet in which she supported Tekashi 69’s release from prison following absurdly public testimony that helped convict former Trey Nine Blood associates — and implicated numerous others in potential criminal activity (including Cardi B and Jim Jones).
Idc idc im happy 69 is getting out. That man is so entertaining& I like his music.Shit he didnt snitch on me, and if somebody tried to kill me i’m snitching 2,and im snitching on you cheating niggas. Lol.Half these rappers y’all like ARE NOT ABOUT THAT LIFE. Big FACTS
— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) December 16, 2019
Despite being very direct about his take on Tekashi, Murda says that he strongly believes that he’ll still have a career when he gets home.
“I think you might have some kids that’s still going to love him and embrace him, just as you’re going to have certain people that respect the streets and respect the codes,” he says, pointing out that many younger fans who don’t adhere to street codes may not be as stringent when it comes to real world authenticity versus entertainment.
“He gone still have a career, you know, making all that rat the rat loving music,” he says with a laugh. “If you’re a rat lover, you’re going to be rocking.”
For Murda, 2020 is just getting started and is looking to hold a lot exciting things, and not just on a music tip.
“I’m working on some movie things,” he reveals. He made his big screen debut in the film Reprisal — starring Bruce Willis — back in 2018. He also appeared in a 2019 series titled Street Connected, which also starred Lady Of Rage.
“I’ve got a couple TV series that I’m actually working on. Some things that we bought that we’re going to try to put into production shortly,” he explains. “I’m also working on a Aaron Hernandez soundtrack — one my partners got the rights to his story. Just trying to stay busy and keep working.”
And fans can rest assured they won’t have to wait as long for a new project, as he says he plans to drop at least two more this year.
“Sometimes I feel like I be cheating myself and the people that fuck with me cause last time I put a project car was 2017 … I feel like I gotta be more consistent,” he says.
2020 marks fifteen years since the now 40-year-old MC dropped his debut mixtape Murder Capitol, and it appears that he’s not letting up anytime soon. “I been talking to 50 about that … I need to live a little longer, maybe 15 – 20 minutes before going out,” he says with a loud laugh.
Stream Uncle Murda’s Don’t Come Outside Volume 2 featuring Dave East, Tory Lanez, Benny The Butcher, Jadakiss, Styles P and more below, Empire/G-Unit.
Hollywood, CA – Anderson .Paak signed a record deal with Dr. Dre and won a Grammy Award, yet his appearance on The Price Is Right ranks as one his top achievements.
After Paak’s episode the long-running game show aired on Monday (January 20), the Aftermath artist celebrated being a contestant on the famed television series Instagram.
“My @therealpriceisright episode finally aired!!!” he wrote alongside photos and a brief clip. “Easily one my greatest achievements. Thanks #priceisright I had a blast.”
Paak appeared on The Price Is Right as part the show’s Music Week, which kicked f on Monday. Other artists appearing on these special episodes include Meghan Trainor, Diplo and Fall Out Boy.
The Drew Carey-hosted game show is staging its Music Week as part the lead-up to the 2020 Grammy Awards, which also airs on CBS. The upcoming awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 26) at 8 p.m. Eastern.
— The Price Is Right (@PriceIsRight) January 20, 2020
Migos member Offset declared Culture 3 will be the last the album series Instagram on Sunday (January 19). The previous LPs Culture and Culture II were extremely successful as both projects went platinum and hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
Offset made the announcement by posting a picture the Grammy-nominated group with a caption stating, “CULTURE 3 2020 LAST CHAPTER.”
Quavo also hinted at the Atlanta-bred trio dropping new music in 2020 during a recent interview with HipHopDX.
“I can’t give too much away but like I mentioned, I’m always working and recording, thinking about what’s next,” he told DX. “All I can say is stay tuned. We’ve got some exciting things coming up on the music side.” He also tweeted about a possible collaboration between Migos and Bobby Shmurda.
After releasing the multi-platinum selling Culture II in 2018, the Quality Control Music stalwarts focused on their solo work and didn’t drop a project together in 2019. But the band is back together and ready to unveil the final edition the Culture trilogy later this year.
Drake shouted out some respected MCs and artists in a series posts on Instagram Stories. The OVO boss showed love to Phonte, The Roots, MF DOOM, Elzhi and more while sharing his listening selections from Sunday night (January 19).
“Spent my night listening to some the greatest ever,” Drake wrote before posting photos the artists.
Drizzy’s social media homage saluted other notable Hip Hop figures such as MF DOOM and Slum Village along with singing great Dwele. The music superstar’s reflective mood also harkened back to earlier in his career when he collaborated with Phonte, Elzhi and Dwele on the Comeback Season mixtape.
Check out Drake’s recognition “some the greatest ever” below.
After tensions between the two began to publicly surface in recent weeks, Casanova revealed he’s on good terms with Pop on Sunday (January 19). The Roc Nation artist posted a photo his friendly interaction with his short-lived rival on Instagram.
“BEFORE WE ATE WE GOT SOMETHING OFF OUR CHEST… WHO YALL THINK WON?” he wrote in the caption.
Issues between Casanova and Pop emerged earlier this month when the latter previewed a new song on Instagram. In the post, Pop labeled his fellow Brooklyn native “Trashanova.”
“YALL OLD NIGGAS BETTER PACK IT UP,” he wrote. “THIS AINT NO TRASHANOVA SHIT NO SCARY L SHIT YALL KNOW THE WOOS RUN THE CITY YALL NIGGAS COULD NEVER BE ME #straightshit #Wooshit #doublegshit #Ripclovergz #ripshyste #ripyola #riprohan #ripdonald.”
The brief beef prompted peacemaking efforts from Meek Mill, who tried to play mediator Twitter.
“Y’all Brooklyn niggas be beefing wit each other too much lol,” he wrote. “Stop pumping that shit too if you not involved ….. let them guys get they money and if you ficial and you around say something!”
Y’all Brooklyn niggas be beefing wit each other too much lol
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 13, 2020
Stop pumping that shit too if you not involved ….. let them guys get they money and if you ficial and you around say something!
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 13, 2020
While the beef with Casanova is in the rearview mirror, Pop still has some trouble brewing in his life. Last week, the up-and-coming artist was arrested for allegedly transporting a stolen 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith from California to New York.
Pop, whose real name is Bashar Jackson, pleaded not guilty to interstate transport a stolen vehicle. He was released on a $250,000 bond.
Eminem’s surprise album Music To Be Murdered By is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week and in the process, make Billboard history. According to HITS Daily Double, Shady’s 11th studio effort is projected to move between 300,000 and 325,000 album-equivalent units.
If the project does indeed top the Billboard 200, it will make the Detroit-bred rap god the first artist to earn 10 consecutive No. 1 debuts in U.S. history. Em is currently tied with Kanye West, who earned his ninth consecutive No. 1 debut with 2019’s Jesus Is King.
First week sales Music To Be Murdered By will likely land between 2018’s Kamikaze (434,000 units) and 2017’s Revival (267,000). The project could do more considering it’s been a heavy topic conversation on social media.
The song “Unaccommodating” featuring Young M.A sparked controversy for its line about the 2017 Manchester bombing that took place during an Ariana Grande concert. The video for “Darkness” was also a popular topic. The song and subsequent video addresses the 2017 Las Vegas shooting and finds Em advocating for gun control.
Music To Be Murdered By arrived on Friday (January 17) and boasts features from Royce Da 5’9, Black Thought, KXNG Crooked, Q-Tip and more.
2020 starts strong with the return of power duo LUM!X and Gabry Ponte (known from the 1998 hit ‘Blue (Da Ba Dee)’ with his band Eiffel 65). Together with MOKABY & D.T.E they present ‘The Passenger (LaLaLa)’, a reworked and first time ever approved adaption of the late 70’s classic Iggy Pop song. The track shows lush vocal melodies before unleashing a refined bassline, bursting of hypnotic beats, immersive synth chords, and twisting sound effects.
With ‘Monster’ fresh in mind, the release of ‘The Passenger (LaLaLa)’ sparks a similar excitement, this time with four tastemakers behind the wheel. Together, they created a captivating and infectious song that draws you in and holds your attention until the end. It’s an upbeat vibe, best expressed in the track’s chorus, a singalong vocal line that seems made to turn up every crowd, not in the least thanks to Iggy Pop’s approval to officially release this exciting new tune.
“After the success of ‘Monster’ I worked hard on making the next one an earworm – we combined many styles, that’s The Passenger!” – LUM!X
“When I first the demo of MOKABY & D.T.E, I loved it! It took two days in the studio and it was done. I love when things come out so spontaneously!” – Gabry Ponte
“One night we came back from a gig and decided to chill and watch some episodes of Sons of Anarchy. In one of the episodes as a piece of background music, we heard a part of Iggy Pop’s – ‘The Passenger’. We liked the melody so we checked for the full song and we couldn’t get it out of our heads anymore. That melody was stuck there. Just for fun, we started creating some ideas around the song. We got so excited that the idea was born to actually produce the song.” – MOKABY & D.T.E
Manchester, UK – An Eminem album wouldn’t be complete with a little controversy.
Shortly after Slim Shady surprised his fans with Music To Be Murdered By, his 11th studio album, Twitter lit up with reactions to the song “Unaccommodating,” which includes the line, “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/Like I’m outside an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” a reference to the deadly 2017 bombing.
The lyrics are followed with the sound an explosion. Now, Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is joining the public outcry.
Burnham said in a statement to BBC, “This is unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful to the families and all those affected.”
The mother Martyn Hett, who died in the attack, weighed in on Twitter.
“Feels like he is piggybacking on the fame Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber and says distasteful things about other celebrities,” Figen Murray wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Not clever. Totally pointless. And before all Eminem fans pounce on me, I am not interested and will not engage.”
Russell Hayward, Hett’s former partner, also expressed his disappointment with the song Twitter.
“It’s disappointing but not surprising that #Eminem would use controversial lyrics about the Manchester bomb, dragging the victims’ families & Ariana back into a very dark time,” he said. “Not sure how popular he is these days but I hope any success he gets from the back this is worth it.”
It’s disappointing but not surprising that #Eminem would use controversial lyrics about the Manchester bomb, dragging the victims’ families & Ariana back into a very dark time. Not sure how popular he is these days but I hope any success he gets from the back this is worth it.
— 🥃Russell (@RussellHayward) January 17, 2020
Despite the lyric, another song on Music To Be Murdered By called “Darkness” finds Em advocating for gun control. He also encouraged people to donate to the victims and victims’ family the Manchester bombings in May 2017.
“Join me in helping Manchester victims & their families,” he wrote on Twitter. “Make a donation to the @BritishRedCross and @MENnewsdesk.”
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) May 25, 2017
San Antonio, TX – Violence erupted inside a San Antonio bar on Sunday night (January 19) as a crowd gathered for a concert called Living the DREAM. The show featured 19 burgeoning rappers mildly popular on social media, including San Antonio rappers RUZ, Creep and 223Jerm.
According to ABC News, the San Antonio Police Department responded to a shooting at Ventura bar at 8 p.m. local time after a man opened fire “indiscriminately,” killing two people and wounding five others.
RUZ addressed the incident on Twitter shortly after the shooting took place.
“I FUCKING HATE SAN ANTONIO PEOPLE BRO,” he wrote in all caps. “WHY DO YOU YALL BE RUNING SHIT FOR EVERYONE ELSE? WHY DO YALL HAVE TO BRING OUT GUNS?? SMH.”
He added, “My prayers go to whoever was hurt at Ventura. It sucks what happened man.”
I FUCKING HATE SAN ANTONIO PEOPLE BRO. WHY DO YALL BE RUINING SHIT FOR EVERYONE ELSE? WHY DO YALL HAVE TO BRING OUT GUNS?? SMH
— RUZ 🛹🛹🔫🔫 (@ruzmakesmusic) January 20, 2020
My prayers go to whoever was hurt at Ventura. It sucks what happened man 🙁
— RUZ 🛹🛹🔫🔫 (@ruzmakesmusic) January 20, 2020
During a press conference Sunday evening, Police Chief William McManus provided some preliminary information, explaining a fight broke out between two customers when at least one person pulled out a gun and began shooting. Shell casings were found both inside and outside the club.
A 21-year-old man, identified as Robert Jay Martinez III, died at the scene, while another man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition where he later died. Police said five others are currently being treated at area hospitals, however their conditions are unknown. The suspect remains at-large.
“We’re working on that,” McManus said. “I’m confident that we will identify the individual and have that person in custody sooner than later.”
Ventura is located at 1011 Avenue B along the San Antonio’s popular River Walk. The investigation is underway.
— Mario Leal (@MLealTX) January 20, 2020