2 Chainz & Killer Mike Address Atlanta City Council On Nuisance Proposal

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2 Chainz and Killer Mike addressed the Atlanta City Council in an attempt to save small businesses in Atlanta. The Atlanta rappers and businessmen stood before the Atlanta City Council to discuss the city’s nuisance proposal.  The proposal was introduced by the city’s mayor, Andre Dickens, who insists that any establishment that gets two reports […]

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2 Chainz And Killer Mike Defend Atlanta Small Businesses In Light Of A Controversial New Ordinance

You don’t often think of local politics when you think of rappers but in Atlanta, it seems there’s a growing political class consisting almost entirely of hip-hop artists who like to get involved by popping up at city council meetings and the like. During one such meeting on Monday this week (August 1), 2 Chainz and Killer Mike spoke out against a controversial new ordinance that they believe could have potentially crippling effects on small businesses in the area — including their own (2 Chainz owns a pair of restaurants; Mike has a chain of barbershops, among other interests).

In May, Atlanta’s city council introduced an amendment to current nuisance ordinances that allows the city to close a business deemed a nuisance by a municipal court twice in 24 months. That’s a lot of leeway — especially when business owners are being held accountable for incidents that occur outside their businesses and outside of their control. The amendment is ostensibly aimed at reducing violent crime around the city but owners like 2 Chainz and Mike are concerned it could be used to target Black-owned nightlife establishments, which would eventually be overtaken by franchises, according to Rolling Stone.

As Killer Mike put it during the meeting, “As Atlanta grows, corporations are going to be coming into here. Somebody is gonna have a nightlife in the convention city.” He noted that this could result in a choice between “the owners of Hard Rock [Cafe] or the owners of Hooters or the owners of a W Hotel, or it’s gonna be the little people that went to Frederick Douglas [high school]… and Southwest DeKalb, and schools like that” — in other words, locals. “We will not be electing council people from here, we will not be growing businesses from here. Because it will all be turned over to corporations… Are we going to keep Atlanta a place where local people can grow and thrive here?”

2 Chainz also spoke up, saying, “I’m very blessed, and I also like to be a blessing to others, and that’s what my businesses have allowed me to do. They need to retract some of the things they have on the ordinance. And I think crime is up everywhere, not just in Atlanta.” He’s right; crime is up around the country. It’s also still down from pre-pandemic levels, although that could change because of record inflation, a rising wave of evictions (after protections were removed by the federal government), and other crime-prevention protections expiring or losing funding (in favor of raising police budgets which… don’t prevent crime).

Even Young Thug’s father, Jeffrey Williams Sr., spoke up on behalf of businesses in place of his son (who is currently incarcerated because he rapped about his label, which supposedly has the same name as a gang). “If a crime happens by city hall,” he asked, “Was it city hall that caused it? You’re trying to hold artists responsible for the crime that’s in the city. Now you’re trying to point the finger at the nightlife to be part of the crime in the city.”

Megan Thee Stallion And Big Sean Are Being Sued For Copyright Infringement

A Detroit rap duo is accusing Megan Thee Stallion of copyright infringement, claiming that a song from her 2020 debut Good News copies major elements of their own 2012, including its chorus, tempo, and tune. According to Complex, which acquired the court documents after rumors sprang up about the lawsuit on gossip blogs earlier this week, the lawsuit was filed by Duawn Payne and Harrell James, who go by Go Hard Major and H-Matic, and compares Megan’s track “Go Crazy” with their own song “Go Crazy.”

The lawsuit also names Big Sean, a featured artist on “Go Crazy,” as well as 1501 Certified Entertainment, 300 Entertainment, and Universal Music Publishing. Oddly enough, though, Complex notes that 2 Chainz, who also features on the song, is not named. Here’s the original “Go Crazy,” which you can compare to Megan Thee Stallion’s “Go Crazy” below:

Go Hard Major and H-Matic say they performed their song at multiple nightclubs in Detroit, Big Sean’s hometown, that he would have frequented. They also claim they’ve sold “thousands” of physical copies of the track on CD, creating plenty of opportunities for Sean to access the track. They’re seeking unspecified damages for copyright infringement and say they’ve sent cease and desist letters to both Megan and Sean.

Megan Thee Stallion is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

The Best New Music This Week: Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, Joey Badass, and More

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  • Lil Uzi Vert, “I Know”

  • Megan Thee Stallion f/ Future, “Pressurelicious”

  • Joey Badass f/ JID, “Wanna Be Loved” 

  • Flo Milli, “Bed Time”

  • Doechii & SZA, “Persuasive”

  • Lil Durk & Southside, “Save Me”

  • Nardo Wick, “Dah Dah DahDah”

  • Rico Nasty, “One On 5”

  • Mozzy f/ YG, 2 Chainz, & Saweetie, “In My Face” 

  • DVSN, “If I Get Caught”

  • Internet Money, Lil Tecca, & Ken Carson, “She Want Some More”

Mozzy Taps Saweetie, 2 Chainz & YG for ‘In my Face’

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As Mozzy prepares for the release of his upcoming album, Survivor’s Guilt, he calls on an all-star line-up for his latest track.

Two days ago Mozzy took to his Instagram to preview the video for his latest track, “In My Face.”

“Summer Ain’t Over,” he says in the caption.

The Fella Fella is joined by YG on the hook and 2 Chainz and Saweetie on the verses. The video takes viewers through a rump-shaking house party that perfectly parallels the vibe of the up-tempo track produced by DJ Mustard.

It is safe to say The Icy Girl came through with a standout verse within the star-studded line up. Mozzy agreed as well.

Mozzy’s newest track follows a number of progressive moves for the West Coast rapper including his new allegiance to Yo Gotti’s CMG label. Mozzy joined a roster that boasts Moneybagg Yo, EST Gee, 42 Dugg, Black Youngsta, BlocBoy JB, its newest signee GloRilla and more.

The newest CMG signee is ready to give fans a follow-up to his 2021, Untreated Trauma with Survivor’s Guilt on Friday.

Peep the new visuals for “In My Face,” below.

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Mozzy Gets Raunchy In His ‘In My Face’ Video With 2 Chainz, Saweetie, And YG

The turn-up is real in Mozzy’s new video for “In My Face” featuring 2 Chainz, Saweetie, and YG. Produced by Mustard, who also appears in the video, the song is a debauched party anthem that finds Mozzy, Chainz, and Saweetie throwing in some genuinely raunchy verses while YG implores a female partner to “put it in my face.”

All the features involved are good looks; YG and Mozzy are fresh off their joint album Kommunity Service, so it’s good to see them reunite, Saweetie is a fellow Northern California resident who sounds more refreshed than ever here, and 2 Chainz and Mustard have made magic together in the past. All told, their contributions make for an upbeat West Coast jam that should help Mozzy edge closer to the spotlight — or at least hold down a spot in summer playlist rotations for the sunny months.

“In My Face” will appear on the Sacramento rapper’s upcoming mixtape Survivor’s Guilt, which is due this Friday, July 22. Previously released singles include “Lurkin” feat. EST Gee and “Open Arms.” Survivor’s Guilt will be Mozzy’s first release under Yo Gotti’s CMG imprint, which is another good look after the group received a wave of positive press in the wake of their NBA Finals anthem “Big League” and signing GloRilla. CMG is also recently released Gangsta Art, its first compilation album, on which Mozzy certainly gets plenty of shine.