Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One Trade Hits On Star-Studded “Verzuz”

Rap legends Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One battled it out on Verzuz, Sunday night, playing hits from throughout each artist’s storied careers.

The night was kicked off with some technical difficulties on Kane’s part, but KRS-One wasn’t buying it.

“There ain’t no fucking technical difficulties — he’s hiding in the dressing room,” he joked.

Eventually, Kane made his way to the stage and kicked things off with “Just Rhymin” featuring the late Biz Markie.

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Later in the night, Kane was joined by Juice Crew members Roxanne Shanté, Masta Ace and Craig G, Das EFX, Mad Lion, Buckshot, Kool DJ Red Alert, original Rock Steady Crew b-boy Crazy Legs, Smooth B, Greg Nice, Mad Lion, DJ Cutmaster Cool V, and Channel Live.

The star-studded night was bolstered by tons of celebrities popping up in the comments section.

HipHopDX notes that the heap of famous faces included: Diddy, Russell Simmons, Funk Flex, Tyrese, Jermaine Dupri, Missy Elliott, Lord Finesse, Common, Pusha T, DJ Khaled, J.J. Fad, Teddy Riley, The Alchemist, D-Nice, Killer Mike, Run-DMC’s Rev Run, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Royce Da 5’9, Lil Kim, Doug E. Fresh, and Cypress Hill’s B-Real.

Check out some highlights from the night below.


Netflix’s “Squid Game” Generated $891 Million In Value: Report

Netflix’s newest hit series, Squid Game, is estimated to bring in a colossal $891 million in “impact value,” according to new documents obtained by Bloomberg. The show cost the streaming provider just cost $21.4 million to produce.

Debuting with over 111 million viewers, Squid Game earned the most successful launch for a show on Netflix to date. The previous high was held by Bridgerton with 82 million in its first month.

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The data obtained by Bloomberg was confidential, and Netflix declined to comment, with a lawyer calling it “inappropriate” to publish.

Despite Squid Game’s success, creator, writer, and director Hwang Dong-hyuk said he’s unlikely to make a second season.

“The pressure on me is huge now, with such a big audience waiting for a Season 2,” Hwang recently explained to the Hollywood Reporter. “Because of all that pressure, I haven’t decided yet whether or not I should do another season. But if you look at it in a positive way, because so many people loved Season 1 and are expecting good things for Season 2, there are people everywhere in the world offering their opinions about where the show should go.”


Travis Barker & Kourtney Kardashian Are Engaged

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are officially engaged. TMZ reports that the legendary Blink-182 drummer asked Kardashian to marry him on a beach in Montecito, California, over the weekend.

Barker popped the question to Kardashian surrounded by roses on the sand.

The couple began dating in early 2021, despite being friends for years. In the months since, Barker and Kardashian haven’t been able to stay out of the public eye, being spotted on PDA-filled trips and red carpet appearances constantly.

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Over the summer, Kardashian helped Barker overcome his fear of flying, something he developed after surviving an infamous plane crash in 2008.

Afterward, Barker told Nylon how his now fiancé has helped him overcome his trauma.

“Having something that gives me the strength and hope to be able to overcome things that were so traumatic in my life, it just says a ton,” he told the outlet. “She’s definitely that for me. I’m invincible when I’m with her. It’s like I never dreamed, I never even considered flying again.”

Kardashian’s family has also been supportive of the relationship.

“It’s a lot, but it’s so cute,” Kim recently said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “You know what? That’s what they do, and it’s so cute. And I love love, so I love them.”


Junior Dos Santos Calls Out Roman Reigns Over AEW Criticism

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos called out WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns on Twitter, Saturday night, regarding the latter’s criticism of AEW. Reigns said that AEW doesn’t stack up with WWE.

“I don’t see the real competition [with AEW] because I think their fan base legitimately is a hardcore fan base,” Reigns explained in a recent interview with Complex. “So there’s like a ceiling and a built-in ground to that viewership. [The WWE is] trying to connect with everyone. We’re trying to connect with the mainstream.”

“Hey @WWERomanReigns I heard your interview. Please send the address of this club you will throw me and my little brothers out of #AEW,” he wrote.

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Reigns also said that he doesn’t think anyone on the AEW roster could handle him:

I don’t think anybody really believes someone 200 pounds soaking wet with no explosive bone in their body could ever really do anything to me. I’m 6’3”, 265 pounds, a legitimate athlete who can throw some weight around and has been on the gridiron at the highest level. D1. All ACC. I probably would’ve maintained in the NFL if my health issues didn’t happen when I was 22 years old. So, I mean, when it comes down to it, I’ll throw him and pretty much the rest of that roster out the club no problem. They’re just little brothers, you know?

Check out Santos’ tweet below.


Bill Clinton Released From Hospital Following Infection

Former President Bill Clinton was released from the hospital, Sunday morning, after spending five nights at UC Irvine Medical Center. Clinton had been diagnosed with a urological infection, which spread to his bloodstream.

Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, the hospital’s executive director of the Hospital Medicine, explained Clinton’s condition in a statement following his release: “His fever and white blood cells count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics. On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress.”

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While hospitalized, the former President was visited by both his wife, Hillary, and daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Bill Clinton was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, but the news was released until Thursday.

“He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring,” Amin announced in a statement, last week. “After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well. We hope to have him go home soon.”


Dan Campbell Admits Jared Goff Must Improve: “He Needs To Help Us”

Lions head coach Dan Campbell called out his starting quarterback, Jared Goff, after the team’s sixth straight loss, Sunday. Campbell says he needs Goff and others on the team to “step up more” moving forward.

“I will say this,” Campbell said, after the Lions’ 34-11 loss to the Bengals. “I feel like he has to step up more than he has and I think he needs to help us, just like everybody else. He’s gonna need to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders here and it’s time to step up, make some throws and do some things, but he needs help.”

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Goff played particularly poorly in the first half of the loss, tossing for just 38 yards. He went on to finish with 202 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception.

“I feel their frustration,” Goff said, regarding fans’ disappointment. “These fans here deserve a lot better than what we’ve been giving them. It’s our job to do that and there’s frustrated people everywhere right now.”

As for whether the Lions will consider benching Goff, Campbell said that it’s not something they’re considering as of yet: “No. Now, that doesn’t mean that something won’t ever come up. I’m gonna look at everything, but, look, this was a collective effort offensively. You can’t blame one person there. I know maybe you think it’s easy to just throw it out and for me to blame it on myself, but look, they heard plenty from me in there, but the bottom line that’s the truth. I didn’t help them prepare for this game properly or help our coaches help them prepare properly.”


D.C. Rapper Fat Trel Released From Prison

D.C. rapper Fat Trel has been released from prison, earlier this week, after being arrested for possession of a firearm and ammunition in 2018.

Trel was seen exiting the prison facility in a clip that circulated on social media. “You know what the fuck it is,” he can be heard saying in the video. “The king of Northeast is back n***a, and you know what the fuck is up with me n***a.”

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Trel was taken in after being pulled over for traffic violations and not having any form of identification or a driver’s license on him. He allegedly also smelled of alcohol and marijuana. After searching the car, officers discovered a loaded .40-caliber pistol.

Trel later pleaded guilty for the illegal possession of the found weapon and faced a maximum of 10 years in prison. He ended up being sentenced to two years and six months.

The DTLA Records rapper has worked together with several of the industry’s biggest names, including Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Chief Keef, Wale, Gucci Mane, E-40, YG, and more.

Despite being locked up, Trel continued releasing music, dropping his project, Big Homie, in 2020.

Check out the clip of Trel leaving prison below.


DJ Scratch Says He’s Going To Be On “Verzuz” Tonight With Big Daddy Kane

DJ Scratch says that Big Daddy Kane asked him to DJ for him during Kane’s Verzuz battle with KRS-One, Sunday night.

“The GOD called me & said ‘I want you to DJ for me for @verzuztv,’” Scratch wrote in a post on Instagram, Saturday. “SAY LESS *Grabs Jason Mask * @officialbigdaddykane @therealswizzz @timbaland @triller.”

The three-time Grammy-nominated DJ has produced albums for Method Man, Redman, Busta Rhymes, DMX, and more throughout his tenured career.

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Kane’s Verzuz appearance has been rumored for several months, with the legendary rapper revealing back in June that he wanted to battle KRS-One.

“If we can get it to happen with me and KRS-One, I would rather it be like a battle format,” Kane told HipHopDX at the time. “If it’s going to be me and Rakim, then we might as well just do it with the music. You know what I mean? I don’t really see him as a battle rapper.

He added: “I think it would be better to just do it with just the music, if it’s going to be me and him. But KRS is a battle rapper, so it’s going to be me and him. I think we should do the music for the fans but also do a few rounds of battle rap.”


Pop Smoke’s Murder Suspect Says He Told Shooter To Assault Rapper, Not Kill Him

One of Pop Smoke’s alleged killers, Corey Walker, says that he told the gunman to hit the late rapper with a vase, not shoot him with a gun. Walker’s lawyer, Christopher Darden, explained his client’s defense in a motion to dismiss his murder and robbery charges, Friday. Smoke was shot and killed during a botched home invasion in February 2020.

Darden argued in the courtroom that Walker “specifically voiced his opposition to any violence before Pop Smoke was fatally shot.”

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The lawyer also explained that his client never entered Smoke’s residence: “It is clear from the evidence that [Walker] did not enter the house, was not armed, and did not personally kill the victim. Moreover, the evidence is clear that the defendant did not share the actual killer’s intent to kill.”

Darden also admitted that Walker “assaulted” the 15-year-old gunman after learning that he murdered Smoke.

Walker faces a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Smoke was 20 years old at the time of his death, and one of the most popular rising rappers in the Brooklyn drill scene. His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was released after his death and reached number one on the Billboard 200.


Rick Ross Partners With Rap Snacks CEO For “Hemp Hop” Company

Rick Ross is partnering with Rap Snacks’ CEO and Founder James Lindsay for a new company, Hemp Hop Smokeables LLC, which will sell cannabinoid hemp functional cigarettes and hemp wrap smoking rolling paper. The two are partnering with San Diego-based hemp manufacturing company Hempacco to produce a full line of products.

Ross explained his decision to get involved in the business in a statement: “Having had my own health scares, and through my healing process, I decided I would develop a line of smokables to help others with the benefits of Hemp cannabinoids. Working with James Lindsay and Hempacco’s team, including Lue, Jorge, and Sandro, has been fantastic. We’ve already started developing the flavors as well as the look and feel of all the products.”

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Hempacco co-founder Jorge Olson spoke about the benefit of working with someone like Ross: “The name recognition Rick Ross brings to this project is remarkable; just marketing to his base will be an incredible experience.”

Earlier this month, Ross made another major business investment by purchasing a Wingstop franchise for his son’s birthday.

Fans can check out Ross’ new business at the company’s website, here. Those who sign up for the brand’s newsletter will have a chance to win a free carton of CBD cigarettes.