Instagram Flexin’: Snoop Dogg Get’s Accused Of Gay Bashing

Instagram Flexin’: Snoop Dogg Get’s Accused Of Gay Bashing

Instagram Flexin': Snoop Dogg Get's Accused Of Gay Bashing

Rick Ross gets seven facial tattoos including the MMG symbol, and Swizz Beatz calls the DMX album a fake.

According to a familiar cliché, a picture is worth a thousand words. Your favorite celebrities—including rappers—are doing less and less press, but luckily their thumbs and smartphones still work. Instagram has provided a way for them to document their lives and/or thoroughly embarrass themselves for our collective enjoyment. The beauty of it all is that you don’t even need to join Instagram, as most rappers are perfectly fine leaving their feeds open for public viewing. And if you’d rather avoid the IG life altogether, we’ve filtered through the top rapper’s pictures and videos and consolidated all the week’s events into one convenient feed.

This week, Beanie Sigel leaves the hospital after his shooting and surgery, fans get teased with the release of Bobby Shmurda, and Azealia Banks stirs things up once again.

Snoop Dogg Accused Of Gay Bashing
The infamous Snoop Dogg is known to post some ridiculous things on his IG. One included this one asking whether the person in the photo was a male of female. This triggered a long list of comments consisting of hate and discrimination. The photo is actually of a man named Cortez Booze, who will be hiring a lawyer to pursue action against Snoop. No caption necessary.

Beanie Sigel Awake After Shooting
On December 5, Beanie Sigel was shot near his home in New Jersey, which left him in critical condition. This was the result of an altercation between Sigel and another man, of whom was also injured but declined treatment. Sigel was sent to the hospital and underwent surgery. Cited by Karen Civil, Sigel has now been released.

Rick Ross Gets Miami Heat Logo Tatted On His Face
Rick Ross recently gets 7 new facial tattoos, one being the logo for the Miami Heat basketball team. Additionally, Rozay and fellow MMG rapper Meek Mill show their loyalty to the label by getting the MMG symbol tattoo-ed to their body. This took place at Unroyal Ink Tattoo Studio in Farmingdale, New Jersey. Caption: “It’s your neighborhood drug dealer @richforever

Nicki Minaj And Meek Mill Pose
Even after rumors of Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill dating, the two pose for a snapshot selfie. With the caption hinting at a new music video coming out, a subsequent photo proved it was a joke. The two collaborated on “Big Daddy” and “Buy A Heart” on Nicki’s most recent project The Pinkprint. Caption: “Guess what video we’re shooting

DJ Premier’s D&D Studios Shut Down
Unfortunately, all things things come to an end. On January 7, DJ Premier’s D&D Studios closes its doors to make room for new luxury apartments. Formerly known as HeadQCourterz Studios, it had a good 10 year run under the Brooklyn, New York producer’s ownership. Projects that have been worked on in the studio include Jay Z, Big Pun, Snoop Dogg, Big L, Slaughterhouse, and Dilated Peoples. Caption: “Showbiz packin up. He’s the one that brought me to D & D to lay scratches for Lord Finesse on a REMIX called “Return Of The Funky Man”. Eddie Sancho did the mix and I never left from that day. CIRCA1992…#DaveAndDoug #premierwuzhere The Closing Of D & D Studios”

Azealia Banks Posts The “8 White Identities”
Azealia Banks has not hesitated in voicing her opinion and continues to cause a stir in the midst of the racial injustice incidents in recent news. After posting a photo of the “8 white identities,” she takes to Twitter to state that “everyone feels victimized by a white man.” She states this in defending that black people are not the only ones feeling this type of way. Caption: “Repost: The 8 White Identities”

Diddy Prepares For 2015
Forget a Twitter rant, Diddy rings in the new year with an IG rant consisting of selfie videos of how he’s going to kill it in 2015. He calls 2014 a vacation, and is about to be “greedy,” hustling harder than ever. “You don’t hustle, you don’t eat.” True story. All motivation and positive vibes from his end. Caption: “#REalTalk I just want the best for you. I just want to be the best that you. I just want you to be the best that you can be. But you will have to give them up Something.You will have to endure the pain. You will have to stop following people. You will have to stop wasting thr time that it takes to write a comment to say something negative and to do some positive for yourself. I love you. Happy new year! This is my last message!”

Architects Share Yeezus Tour Set Designs
Anything involving Kanye West is a shoo-in for greatness. The 2013-2014 Yeezus tour is evidence of this. A New York based firm called Family shares the set designs behind the work on this tour’s stage setup. We only wonder if we can expect anything for 2015. Caption: “Yeezus Tour, 2013-14. Let’s goooo 2015. #025YEZ

Swizz Beatz Dispels Authenticity Of DMX’s Upcoming Album
Swizz Beatz recently took to IG with several posts disputing the authenticity of DMX’s upcoming album Redemption of the Beast. Swizz has worked with DMX with the Ruff Ryderz imprint for over 20 years. On January 6, an album cover of this new album surfaced alongside a release date and tracklist. Caption: “I see a lot of people hitting me about this album!!! I can tell you 100% this is not the album X and I are working on!!!! (I feel like Timbo with the Aaliyah movie rite now


Hip Hop Week In Review: Nicki Minaj, Game, 50 CentHip Hop Week In Review: Nicki Minaj, Game, 50 Cent


Hip Hop Week In Review: Nicki Minaj, Game, 50 Cent

Hip Hop Week In Review: Nicki Minaj, Game, 50 Cent

A former KKK leader takes aim at Nicki Minaj and Game says him and 50 Cent are “sworn enemies.”

This week’s top headlines include a former KKK leader criticizing Nicki Minaj and the Hip Hop and music industry at large. Game responds to a fan’s question about a possible reunion with 50 Cent but says it’ll never happen because they’re “sworn enemies.”

Meanwhile, Rich Homie Quan says he spoke with Birdman about his current Lil Wayne rift, Complex curates a list of the best rapper for every year since 1979, and Migos addresses their Chief Keef Beef.

Former KKK Leader David Duke Takes Aim At Nicki Minaj

In an online broadcast that has been covered by the likes of Time and The Guardian for its takedown of currently scandalized politician Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, makes direct mention of rapper Nicki Minaj and calls into question the morality of her music.

“Why do people blame blacks like Minaj?” he asked. “Because Minaj wouldn’t be a pimple on somebody’s rear end except for the fact that she is promoted by the Jewish record producers and the media, the mass media, the powerful media, that promotes absolute degenerates like her.”

Earlier in the show, Duke took aim at Gangster Rap as a whole, saying eventually, “Rap music is not something that Blacks were really responsible for, it was the Jewish record producers who promoted this degenerate and sick music.”

Read the full story here.

Game Says He’s Sworn Enemies With 50 Cent In Response To Questions About Possible Reunion

After years of speculation that the two rappers could possibly reunite on stage or in the booth, Game responded to a fan on Instagram about the possibility of squashing his beef with 50 Cent and performing some of their collaborations on stage.

In a recent Instagram exchange captured by The Shade Room, Game wrote that the reunion would “sell out every fuckin venue in the world & shut everything in hip hop down” if not for their permanent rift.

“But we sworn enemies so it ain’t gone happen,” he added with the hashtag #SomeShitJustIsWhatItIsBlood.

Read the full story here.

Rich Homie Quan Says He Spoke With Birdman About Lil Wayne, YMCMB

Recently sitting down with Vlad TV, Rich Gang’s Rich Homie Quan was asked if he knew anything about the situation. He confirmed that he did but said it’s between Birdman and Weezy.

“Me and Birdman talked about [Lil Wayne’s] situation but I’m not going to put y’all onto their business or whatnot,” he said.

“We had words about it. Other than that we can’t do nothing but move forward… I’ve got nothing but respect for Wayne he’s still my big brother regardless. Bird’s still my uncle regardless.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Additional News Stories: Complex’s List Of Best Rapper Alive Since 1979, Migos, Top 10 Singles

The Best Rapper Alive Every Year Since 1979 Listed By Complex

Migos Addresses Chief Keef Beef

The Top 10 Hip Hop Singles Of The Week

For additional Nicki Minaj coverage, watch the following DX Daily:

The Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

The Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

Before getting too deep into 2015, HipHopDX looks forward to upcoming albums from Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar.

The nature of the music industry is such that predicting when or if a major label release will actually hit shelves has devolved to one step above guesswork. In January of 2014, HipHopDX trotted out an annual list of our most anticipated albums. Out of 14 total entries, roughly half saw the light of day. The surprises weren’t all of the bad variety either as Vince Staples, Run The Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Alchemist & Evidence, delivered what we considered some of the year’s best albums. And hopefully projects like Raekwon’s oft-delayed Fly International Luxurious Arts escape from label limbo one of these days.

In the meantime, we’ve earmarked another group of albums that have us excited. They vary between works that have been promised for at least a year (or longer) to sets that are reportedly already in the works if the various recording sessions captured on Instagram are to be believed. As usual, each monthly flip of the calendar should bring increased anticipation of more good music.

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Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth

It must feel like Groundhog Day to Lupe Fiasco. The build-up to his fifth studio album, Tetsuo & Youth is looking like a remix to the leads-in to Lasers and Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album. Lu’s still not cool with Atlantic Records, and again he voiced publicly that he’s not happy with the way the album turned out before it hit stores, just like he did during the Lasers media blitz. That time his fans had to protest Atlantic to secure a release date. This time it took a Twitter threat from hacker-group, Anonymous. Instead of #OccupyWallStreet, it’s #ICantBreathe dominating the national conversation; instead of Pete Rock being pissed-off over a beat, it’s GrandMarshalle (Not to compare the two, but still… ).

Sonically, Cornell Westside’s on a winning streak, though. Lu lyrically hijacked Big K.R.I.T.’s “Lost Generation” off Cadillactica and Ab-Soul’s “World Runners” off These Days… (Black Jesus, just imagine an EP with those three), just as he did to Wale and Rick Ross on the 2013 gem, “Poor Decisions.” Then there’s the moving “Mission” which was dedicated to cancer victims, the “Dumb It Down”-esque “Pu$$y,” the infectious “Next To It” with Ty Dolla $ign, and the vintage “Old School Love” featuring Ed Sheeran—all of which scream quintessential Carrera Lu.

With Food & Liquor and The Cool, there’s a strong argument that the Chicago-emcee dropped back-to-back classics straight out the gate. That’s half of his catalog, and that second half is largely questionable only in comparison to the first. In a weird way, it’s as if his career is the embodiment of the second verse on “Mean & Vicious.” So if there are two reasons to be excited about Tetsuo & Youth, it’s because for the general population, even Lupe’s underappreciated albums notch Grammy nods. And for his core fans, he’s finally starting to sound like he’s regained the inspiration to spar.

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Kendrick Lamar – Untitled

Kendrick Lamar looked like two different people during his recent appearance on The Colbert Report. There was the even-keeled, soft-spoken K.Dot who did little more than smile and grin during the conversation, as if cameras still make him uncomfortable despite the fact that’s he’s spent the past two years essentially performing in front of millions of people. Then like a light switch, King Kendrick—or maybe now “King Kunta”—drops a captivating performance while sipping from a flask only minutes later. He moves like a more evolved artist; like he’s emerging from the metaphorical woods with grizzly hair and creatively ready to flex more than ever.

In his XXL cover story, Kendrick explains how he shields himself from outside influences. “But me creating music, I never really play music for anybody, even people inside the camp because it can almost sway your creative process 100 percent,” he said. “So along with that, I cut off everything on the radio; I really just duck off from music. Because I’m gonna be influenced and I don’t want to be. That has always been my process. I just feel like, it’s really the only prized possession that I actually can control, you know? It’s selfishness for sure, but it’s my selfishness and I own it.”

“i” and the still-untitled track Kendrick performed on Colbert are resolute offerings that stand-out in a sea of similar sounds. They’re dynamic and lathered in contextual relevancy while still forcing you to move. But the sophomore slump is real, unfortunately. Few artists have ever put together back-to-back classic albums and the bar set by Good Kid m.A.A.d City is extraordinarily high. In that sense, Kendrick’s already reached rarified air. It’ll be fun to witness whether he can make history twice.


Kanye West – Untitled

Overall, not much is known about Kanye West’s next solo album. There’s a lot of conjecture, but very few facts. There was a leaked tracklist for a project called Paris that was proven to be false. There were rumors that a possible joint project with Paul McCartney would contain a song called “Piss On Your Grave,” but that appears to be inaccurate as well. Yeezy did drop a song from his collaborative sessions with the Beatles-legend on New Years Eve and made the world get all misty-eyed right before the ball dropped. “Only One” was unexpected in timing, in sound, in execution, in just about every way possible—and it was awesome.

According to the “Only One” press release, Paul McCartney and Kanye began working together in early 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. “My mom was singing to me, and through me to my daughter,” Yeezy is quoted as stating. It’s dope to ponder the direction Ye´ will head next. After Yeezus polarizing reception, there’s a thread of anticipation that Yeezy would move closer to quintessential Kanye as he did when he followed 808s & Heartbreak with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. But on it’s own, “Only One” doesn’t obviously fit that assumption. Nevertheless, if it’s foolish to creatively bet against one artist, that artist is Kanye West. In the 11 years since his solo debut, the cocky college dropout has arguably assembled an all classic catalog. Every time he releases new music it’s a major event. Why would this go around be any different?


Drake – Views From The 6

After images of a fiery number “6” flashed three times consecutively on the screen during the OVO Fest in Toronto last August, Drake was forced to reveal the title to his next album. “My album title is Views From The 6,” he tweeted in response to the allegations. “The 6 is Toronto. Rih is a great girl who I know is about to kill this tour with Eminem. It’s all love!!”

Later that month, a version of the supposed title track leaked, followed by “How About Now,” “6 God” and “Heat Of The Moment” in October, along with “0-100/The Catchup”— all of which we were tremendously popular, just like every other loosie Drake let loose in 2014. Drizzy dominated the charts and clubs and whips (and probably most people’s relationships) last year without releasing an album, which is the truest testament to the creative zone he currently owns. Couple that with a couple of harassment allegations, an altercation with Diddy, an airball at Kentucky Basketball’s midnight madness scrimmage, an artist who got assaulted on a Tuesday, and a possibly crumbling Cash Money dynasty going down around him and suddenly the artist who most effectually leverages real-life encounters directly in his music has a slew of new anecdotes to kick on his next full-length.


Raekwon – Fly International Luxurious Arts

Raekwon explained to DX in October that he chose to put his long-awaited solo release, F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Arts) on hold to work on of Wu-Tang’s troubled, A Better Tomorrow. “I decided to stand for my brothers right now and push my album to the backburner,” he said. “My album will be coming out next year, in the Spring, you know, around March. I felt I did it for a great cause because this is the family. I had to do that. I feel good about it and I understand more the direction of where everybody wants to go. And we happy. Like I said, you just getting great music at its finest right now.”

Though critical reaction to A Better Tomorrow was less than stellar, Rae’s been consistent in his desired approach to album creation. As he described in a conversation with B-Real, F.I.L.A. is “stadium style music catering to every audience” focused on showing people that his “pen game is right” and that he’s being “smart about the records he’s making.” The album will reportedly be released through his Ice H20 imprint in conjunction with EMI and features Estelle, Akon, Jerry Wonda, Melanie Fiona, among others. Look for F.I.L.A. in the first quarter.


Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3

From mic to plug, is there a more consistent duo than Killer Mike and El-P in modern Hip Hop? Hell, outside of OutKast, is there a more consistent duo than Killer Mike and El-P ever in Hip Hop history? That’s a real question.

With R.A.P. Music (which DX dubbed Runner-Up Album Of The Year in 2012), Run The Jewels (which DX dubbed Album Of The Year in 2013) and Run The Jewels 2 (which DX railed against for not voting the project Album Of The Year or Runner-Up in 2014), the lyrical odd couple has released a triad of incredible projects receiving nearly universal acclaim at a time when it seems Hip Hop rarely agrees on anything. So when El-P revealed during a recent Reddit AMA that Run The Jewels 3 is on the way, the culture (on the Internet, at least) breathed a collective sigh of relief. We are in a time of great change. People are protesting all over the globe. Powerful voices that can contextualize the gravity of the shifting world around us are needed more than ever—especially in Hip Hop. Run The Jewels never shirked at that responsibility and never did so over incredible sound-beds. The countdown to Run The Jewels 3 is officially underway.


Joey Bada$$ – B4Da$$

The album drops in about a week and a half, but it’s been a raucous few years since Joey Bada$$ specifically, got everyone hype with 1999. It was a NYC-esque odyssey through his childhood, hopes and dreams. And it was the beginning of what some would dub a kind of NY renaissance, bringing to the fore an updated boom-bap sound with prodigious sampling.

He’s signed to Cinematic Music Group, which is out here nurturing some of the youngest stars in the game, with K.R.I.T.’s Cadillactica, the most recent feather in its cap. Joey is no different. As they’ve allowed him to find his groove with experimenting on Regex and Summer Knights, along with coming under the wing of Statik Selectah — a literal gatekeeper to classic sounds of NYC ‘s past. He has endured his fair share of tragedy. Most recently his cousin Junior B passed away on tour in Europe, and in 2012 Capital Steez (friend, Pro Era member, and collaborator) also passed away. So, unfortunately, he’s been forced to deal with great personal gut checks while battling the “90s Era Box” people often put him in.

Of course that means we’re all ridiculously curious about this new project, and where we can place it in the realm of New York Hip Hop lore. Look out for the album review when it drops.

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Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon III

Kid Cudi dropped the particularly nuanced Indicud in 2013. It was also criminally underrated. And although Cudi seems more focused more on acting right now than music, you can never underestimate just how talented he is at making the kind of alt-Hip Hop that’s exploded over the last few years.

The bookend to the Man On The Moon trilogy is set to be his most mature offering yet, and he said as much in an interview with Music Connection, offering his now renewed perspective after getting sober and making his fair share of mistakes in life. It may also feature a reunion of sorts with Emile and Plain Pat, setting the team up for one last flight into the spaced-out badlands of the Cudder’s mind.


The Lox – We Are The Streets 2

The Lox most recent reunion came virtually out of nowhere, with the triumvirate releasing a trinity of albums in 2014 affectionately called The Trinity. The triple release both elated and, to some degree, disappointed. And the best of the three was undoubtedly the second edition, which seemed to see the three emcees gel in a way they haven’t in quite a while.

For this release, we’re more excited for a return to the gritty three way back and forth bars of Lox’ projects past. And with the Ghost and Sheek spitting at a level that they haven’t in some time, We Are The Streets may just find the platinum selling group setting those streets on fire this year. New York Hip Hop may be set to explode with Fab’s late-last-year release leading the attack of the elders army. And if last year is any indication, legacy acts like The Lox should be taken more than seriously.


Frank Ocean – Untitled

Franky is beloved since setting the trend for Pop Culture after his incredible album Channel Orange. It’s been two-and-a-half years since then. And the musical landscape has yet to find someone to fill his white, Band-Of-Outsiders loafers. Consider the cohesiveness and the conceptual richness of his last full length effort. And consider how The Weeknd has yet to release something truly competitive although Nostalgia, Ultra and House Of Balloons dropped around the same time.

Since, he’s only dropped one mesmerizing loosie by the name of “Memrise,” a rough cut of a song just 1:57’s thick. But the ambient cut is both vintage Frank and pushing the proverbial envelope. Either way, everyone should be more than excited, as the man who pushed us all into the Pop future is gearing up to do it one more time.

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Meek Mill – Dreams Worth More Than Money

Maybach Music’s retail output last year solely relied on general Rick Ross due to two factors, Wale’s Festivus collaborative mixtape with A-Trak, low sales expectations for Stalley’s debut Ohio and Meek Mill spending some months in the slammer. Spending time in prison delayed the much anticipated sophomore release of Dreams Worth More Than Money. The Philadelphia MC couldn’t have come back at a better time near 2014’s end. By then, he found himself earning not one but two guest spots on Nicki Minaj’s then highly anticipated album The Pinkprint.

Two years have passed since his MMG debut Dreams and Nightmares and releasing a follow-up in the near future is clearly on Meek’s agenda. If the dreamchaser can avoid violating his probation, expect an even hungrier MMG soldier with much more to prove. From what is known now, the album is essentially complete but surely more material is being recorded. In terms of guest appearances, Meek has some heavy hitters from Rita Ora, Big Sean and French Montana. Tentative producers for Dreams Worth More Than Money include Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, DJ Mustard and past collaborator Key Wane.


Migos – Untitled

Migos’ can attribute wise management and heavy output of club bangers for their rise to stardom. Though Quavo, Offset and Takeoff for the past two years have become one of “New Atlanta”s faces due to 2013 breakout hit “Versace” along with the Drake assisted remix, 2014 was even bigger. Alongside delivering two major mixtapes through No Label 2 and Rich Nigga Timeline, “Fight Night” and “Handsome and Wealthy” were considered impactful singles.

Now it’s time to prove the three can put out an album listeners are willing to pay for. There are some sure signs that the Northside trio can pull it off. First is their recent deal with Lyor Cohen backed 300 Entertainment through Atlantic Records. Second is their association with some of the best hit makers today from producer Zaytoven to much sought after artists Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan.


Chance The Rapper And The Social Experiment – Surf

April 2013 was the year Hip Hop was delivered the magical package through Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap. Since then, the Chicago MC has made a nice living performing just that album at times with his live band The Social Experiment. Then there’s his ability to land guest features that almost run the entire gamut of music including Lil Wayne, Rapsody, SZA, Skrillex, Common and even Justin Bieber. This is what makes the possibilities of Surf damn-near endless.

Clearly, adding The Social Experiment to equation will lend to an organic approach to where the album will go sonically. There isn’t a better example than the project’s first single “Sunday Candy.” If Surf sounds anywhere near that transitional masterpiece of footwork and gospel plus Chance’s loosely introspective lyricism, there shouldn’t be much to worry about.

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Pusha T – King Push

King Push dropped a surprise mid-November last year with the pretty much forgettable “Lunch Money.” The track felt very usual of the typical rhyming that has cemented his legacy in Hip Hop for better or worse. Are those trademark cocaine-raps find themselves finally having an expiration date? That’s a question for some other time. The good thing that came from “Lunch Money” was one-half of Brothers Thornton found himself sonically in a different place with Kanye’s production that some felt were pre-Yeezus throwaways.

There is hope however. This could mean some interesting experimentation musically for The G.O.O.D. Music member for King Push. He also may be reaching into his past as well. Many fans of Pusha should be excited when he found 2014 spending time with The Neptunes which potentially lead into a Clipse reunion. Hell, that’s what more people are look forward to anyway.



#ALBUM_REVIEW B.O.B. -# NO_Genre: #TheLabel

“No Genre: The Label” comes up short in many aspects despite the number of very talented people involved.

Post-the days of trying to get a tip at Subway, B.o.B. was the lone kid with a guitar, a thick Atlanta accent, and a microphone Hip Hop fans were not sure how to respond to. Not too many artists can collaborate with the likes of Weezer, Taylor Swift, and Paramore and turn around and make a universal club smash. But B.O.B. is different, a fact he constantly reminds his variegated listeners of. But in spite of his daring musical endeavors, the majority of his output shares an overwhelming resemblance with the majority of rappers vying for mainstream fame. Adhering to the same messy principles of genre-bending, B.o.B. has extended the acclaimed No Genre series to his own label, complete with the motley crew of Bobby Ray disciples intent on adhering to the same genre-bending modus operandi their leader has both excelled in and disregarded altogether.

B.o.B.’s career has revolved around undelivered promises juxtaposed with an almost obsessive desire to separate himself from the pandering radio masses. But No Genre: The Label completely envelops itself in the field of taste-maker trends following to an almost staggering degree. All the usual famous-rapper themes are represented in excess. The first track, “Going Up,” grounds itself in the sort of auto-tuned, marbled chorus designed to ignite the party, with not a shred of ingenuity. The follow-up, “Chaos,” revisits all too familiar territory with myriad I-got-plenty-of-hoes talk against the backdrop of a kinetic JaqueBeatz instrumental. 

The inherent problem with No Genre: The Label is that the lusterless recording severely hampers the abundance of hot bars buried between the passionless fabric. Jake Lambo in particular capitalizes on every opportunity granted him, but unfortunately the vanilla radio garb provided stifles his ascendance. He is exceptional on “Chaos,” “Wit My Name On It,” and “Tour Bus,” and it’s only a matter of time before the young M.C. is working on his own tracks with Taylor Swift.

Broiling verses from the respective players more than justify their record deals and consequentially their alliance with B.o.B., but the assemblage is rarely able to construct memorable moments together. “YRWAS” blunders as a hype-heavy club jam with a ho-hum chorus reeking of a rehashed, sterile Hip Hop trope. But B.o.B., London Jae, and JaqueBeatz pirouette a raucous instrumental into an expo of sweltering rhymes. Similarly, the humdrum, repetitive chorus of “These Niggas” is rescued in large part to the bars of Jake Lambo.

Other artists unfortunately miss the mark altogether when their moment of reckoning arrives. Lin Z drops the ball on her solo entry, “Damn.” She commences the track with sharp, enunciated bars coupled with a cocky demeanor, but then throws singularity to the wind as she copies the flows of her contemporaries — namely Nicki Minaj’s copyrighted accelerated vocal mutations. Not surprisingly, B.o.B. is the man of the hour, consistently employing his veteran card to flex on tracks like “Jimmy Fallon” and “I Ont Really.” On the latter, he is joined by the equally fiery Scotty ATL, but the monotonous aura of the chorus makes their efforts irrelevant.

In albums past, B.o.B. has enlisted his creativity for good use, repurposing the hits of yesteryear into ingenious cuts that in spite of their origins, are stamped with a golden seal of authenticity. “Swing My Way” from the rapper’s No Genre II mixtape is a prime example, but the sampling on No Genre: The Label misses the mark almost entirely. “Gin and Juice” is difficult to do justice to without Snoop Doggy Dog’s silky rhymes and drums by Dre, but B.o.B. and company miss the mark entirely. Not even Jake Lambo or Lin Z provide anything in the way of redeemable music in this instance, and the track fails to register on any marker.

The various artists sound more in sync when they #turndown in favor of real talk. Whereas a majority of the tracks sound like random artists strewn together, the various rappers are united in their ultimate goal—using their music as a vessel to propel them from their bleak surroundings. “Any Means” is one of the strongest tracks of the album, and the collection of label mates sounds like a united clique with staying power. “In The Air” reaches for the same personable intensity but comes up shy. The majority of No Genre: The Label tracks as a whole are the product of easily forgettable moments despite the sheer number of talented individuals involved.×150.jpg%26site_name%3DHipHopDX%26description%3D%2522No%2520Genre%253A%2520The%2520Label%2522%2520comes%2520up%2520short%2520in%2520many%2520aspects%2520despite%2520the%2520number%2520of%2520very%2520talented%2520people%2520involved.&aa=0&csi=undefined&toLoJson=uvs%3D54b0c60fcce1d337000%26chr%3DUTF-8%26md%3D0%26vcl%3D0&rev=13.1&ct=1&xld=1&xd=1

NEW TRACK; Kid Ink ft ChrisBrown – “ #Hotel ”

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Kid Ink ft ChrisBrown – “Hotel”

When these two Cali residents get together you know its going to be a hit. With the two fan bases and a song like this, theres only one thing thats going to happen. With artists gearing up for the summer time and with the Winter time in full effect, Club songs are perfect for this time of year. If its cold, might be time for a hotel somehwhere warm. This song sounds like a warm weather trip.


Donors release nearly Sh26bn in budget support

Ms Sinikka Antila, Finnish ambassador and development  partners chairperson  PHOTO | FILE

In Summary

  • The money, part of the budget support that was withheld over the Tegeta escrow account scam, was released in December, according to a statement by the Development Partners Group Tanzania

Dar es Salaam. Donors have released $15 million (Sh25.8 billion) of the $558 million (Sh959 billion) budget support they withheld over the Tegeta escrow account scam. The money was sent in December, according to a statement by the Development Partners Group Tanzania.

Development Partners chairperson Sinikka Antila said last October that they would not release a single dollar of the $558 pledged to boost the 2014/2015 Budget until they were satisfied with the outcome of the investigations into the controversial payment of Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) escrow money to Pan Africa Power Solutions Tanzania Limited.

The donors maintained their stand even after Parliament discussed the Controller and Auditor General’s report, saying the money would be released only in the face of evidence of the government’s commitment to resolving the matter.

Ms Antila told this paper that the donor community was concerned about how the escrow money was paid to the company that claims to have bought 70 per cent shares of IPTL that were held by the Malaysian firm Mechmar Berhad Corporation.

But a statement released yesterday took note of the progress made as a result of the work by the CAG, PAC and Parliament, which led to a further $15 million in December. So far, $84 million (about 15 per cent) of the budget support funding for 2014/15) has been handed over. Of this amount, $6 million was disbursed in July.  Decisions on the rest of the funding depend on further discussions and the actions of the government of Tanzania. The President’s speech of December 22 and the resolutions approved by Parliament went some way to ease the tensions but the donors are still reportedly assessing the situation and consulting the Ministry of Finance on further disbursements. “Development Partners will still maintain dialogue with the Ministry of Finance and any decisions on further disbursements will be communicated to the minister,” said the statement.

Ms Antila, who doubles as the Finnish Budget Support Chairperson and Finland’s ambassador to Tanzania, is reportedly in constant dialogue with the ministry of Finance at the highest level. In March 2014, firm commitments for budget support in the financial year 2014/15 worth $558 million were communicated to the government–with the caveat that disbursements would be informed by developments in the IPTL case.

The contribution to budget finances of development partners is approximately five percent of the national public expenditure programme. Those currently giving budget support to Tanzania are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the African Development Bank, the European Commission and the World Bank.

The Tegeta escrow scandal involved the fraudulent withdrawal of Sh306 billion from the Central Bank to pay IPTL. The money, part of which a parliamentary investigation found to be public, was then shared among public figures and influential individuals.

Prof Anna Tibaijuka was sacked from the Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development portfolio last month on the grounds that she received Sh1.6 billion from VIP Engineering and Marketing owner James Rugemalira. President Kikwete said the fate of the Energy and Minerals Minister, Professor Sospeter Mhongo, would be decided after he receives the report of a team formed to investigate him.

The former Attorney General, Judge Frederick Werema, resigned a week before the Head of State addressed the nation on the matter. Two days later, Energy and Minerals Permanent Secretary Eliakim Maswi was suspended pending investigations into his involvement in the withdrawal of the Sh306 billion. President Kikwete said then that the Chief Justice  would handle the case of Judges Aloycius Mujulizi and John Ruhangisa, whose names appeared on a list of people who received cash from Mr Rugemalira.

Earlier this week, Deputy Minister for Finance Mwigulu Nchemba said donors had started releasing funds in response to President Kikwete’s interventions. The donor decision was a lesson to the nation, Mr Nchemba said, and a big challenge that calls for proper use of public funds and a measure of financial independence.


Royce Da 5’9” Challenges Lord Jamar On His Views About Eminem; Jamar Responds

Lord Jamar has dubbed himself a “Hip Hop conservative,” and at times his viewpoints on the state of the culture, particularly on White artists in Hip Hop, have not always been well received by others. Jamar’s recent assertion that Eminem is not any different from other White performers Macklemore or Justin Timberlake did not sit well with Em’s Bad Meets Evil rhyming partner Royce da 5’9”.

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Royce publicly addressed Jamar on Twitter, and he asked the Brand Nubian member to have an open discussion about his latest statements. The Detroit native’s initial tweet also included Royce saying he felt Jamar’s viewpoints are becoming “too ridiculous.”

Jamar then decided to respond to Royce. The two rappers engaged in a lengthy conversation on the social media site.

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Read Royce da 5’9” and Lord Jamar’s tweets below.