Joe Budden Thinks He Kicked Off the ‘Take Down’ of Drake

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Joe Budden is laying claim to starting the effort to get Drake out of the paint.

Speaking in a Spaces conversation on X, Budden credits his onslaught of disses to Drake in 2016 as a start to the slow “take down” of Drake. Those disses, aligned with his podcast rants, assisted in igniting the run of his now I’ll Name This Podcast Later, which was renamed The Joe Budden Podcast.

“It may sound narcissistic, but I don’t think any one man takes down Drake,” said Budden. “I think I passed the baton to Push, I think Push passed the baton to Kendrick, and the job is done now.”

In May, Joe Budden examined the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef as it currently stands. Speaking with Akademiks, Budden says he is over it, and Drake is tired.

“I’m over it. Drake sounds exhausted,” Budden said. “I want the battle to end after ‘Not Like Us.’ I learned today I like Drake on offense and not defense.”

You can hear it below.

“The Heart Pt. 6” from Drake sounded like his last entry in the beef with Kendrick Lamar. He even raps in the middle of sexual assault jabs, “I don’t wanna diss you anymore, this really got me second guessing.”

You can hear it all below.

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Boosie Cuts Off Ankle Monitor, Reveals Gun Charges Been Dropped

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Boosie Badazz‘s San Diego gun charges are officially behind him. That means he is no longer on house arrest. In a video on Instagram, Boosie cuts off his ankle monitor before jumping into the pool.

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Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘MEGAN’ Album to Feature UGK, Victoria Monet & More

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Megan Thee Stallion’s new album, MEGAN, will be released this Friday. Ahead of the release, Hot Girl Meg has released the tracklist, revealing that UGK, GloRilla, Victoria Monet, and more will join her on the 18 tracks. You can see the full tracklist below.

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Anderson .Paak Teams with Lexus and Amazon Music for World Music Day

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In celebration of World Music Day, Lexus and Amazon Music have joined forces with 8-time Grammy Award-winning artist Anderson .Paak to launch a new campaign, “Destination .Paak – The Lexus GX Remix.” The campaign encourages fans to explore the outdoors and embrace life’s adventures. It features an exclusive remix and music video by Anderson .Paak, showcasing the all-new 2024 Lexus GX, along with behind-the-scenes interviews and interactive content with the artist. The campaign is available on destinationPaak.com starting today.

Fans will follow Anderson .Paak as he navigates California’s rugged and beautiful terrain in the 2024 Lexus GX, seeking inspiration to create a reimagined version of his original track, “Celebrate.” The 2024 GX, designed to inspire travel and exploration, combines elegant features, intuitive technology, and off-road capability, exemplifying Lexus’ commitment to luxury and performance.

Available on destinationPaak.com through August 31, 2024, the campaign offers exclusive content, including the “Celebrate” music video. In the video, Anderson .Paak embarks on a journey from a California garage, reminiscing about his career, and exploring the wilderness to find inspiration for his performance. The video showcases his reimagined rendition of “Celebrate,” brought to life amidst nature’s beauty.

Additionally, Anderson .Paak’s “World Music Day” Playlist, featuring his favorite genre-bending remixes, is available, offering fans a glimpse into the music that has influenced his career. The Lexus GX Gallery provides behind-the-scenes images from the music video set, highlighting the collaboration between Anderson .Paak and the 2024 Lexus GX.

In behind-the-scenes interviews, Anderson .Paak discusses his musical journey, finding inspiration in nature, and his work on the new NxWorries album with co-collaborator Knxwledge.

For more information on “Destination .Paak: The Lexus GX Remix” and the 2024 GX, visit www.destinationPaak.com, www.lexus.com/gx, and the Lexus Newsroom.

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Today in Hip Hop History: Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth Released Debut LP ‘All Souled Out’ 33 Years Ago

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33 years ago today [June 25], Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth unleashed their 1991 debut EP, All Souled Out, to critical acclaim. All Souled Out was a precursor to their official Elektra Records debut 1992’s Mecca and the Soul Brother.

All lyrics on the album are performed by C.L. Smooth with the exception of “The Creator,” which is a Pete Rock solo track. A deluxe edition of All Souled Out was released on February 18, 2014 on Traffic Entertainment Group, featuring the original six EP tracks, along with remix and instrumental versions of “The Creator” and “Mecca & the Soul Brother.”

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Jay-Z Dropped Debut Album ‘Reasonable Doubt’ 28 Years Ago

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On June 25, 1996, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Dame Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke embarked on a creative journey that has morphed into a billion-dollar movement today with the release of the Reasonable Doubt LP.

Released courtesy of their independent Roc-A-Fella imprint, Jay’s premier album was promoted and sanctioned by the streets, with previews of the album via sampler cassettes hitting the streets in the winter of 1995. The album’s first single, “Ain’t No Nigga”, featuring a then-teenage Foxy Brown, was the introduction of “Jigga” to the industry that would eventually put him in the pole position of the rap game.

Other unforgettable tracks from one of the prototype LPs of the “mafia rap” era include, “Dead Presidents II,” “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” which features Mary J. Blige, “Brooklyn’s Finest” with the late Notorious B.I.G. and the introduction of Marcy young gun Memphis Bleek on “Coming Of Age”.

All-star production from the likes of DJ Premier, Irv Gotti, Ski and Clark Kent propelled the album along with Jay’s common street ethics surgically placed melodically on the beats.

Salute to Jay, Biggs, Dame, Pain In Da Ass and the rest of the old Roc-A-Fella staff for this timeless classic!

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SOURCE SPORTS: Brooklyn Cyclones Give Back To The Community By Hosting LES RBI Vs. Bed Stuy Sluggers “Ambush Baseball” Game

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From the small, intimate crowd, yet the electric energy from the attending fans, there was no doubt that these fans were parents cheering on their children in Maimonides Field, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. This wasn’t a High-A minor league game, the division of the New York Mets organization to which the Cyclones belong, but a Little League game of 11 and 12-year-olds from the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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With the bases pulled in about 30 feet for the young baseball hopefuls, the “Ambush Baseball” game was full of excitement and in between inning contests, but most importantly, the children on the field enjoying the opportunity to play on a Big League field may just be a once in a lifetime dream. Additionally, the overwhelming majority of the LES RBI(Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) team was made up children of migrants, who’ve only been in the United States for only a matter of months and this is the first time some of these children got to be a kid.

When asked about the importance of bringing the game of baseball to the recent arrivals, LES RBI Manager Frankie Almeida said, “I work in the DOE, so I met a lot of the children through my school, where I work as a sports specialist. I met a lot of these kids when they first came to the States.” Almeida, who has been with the RBI program since 1993, added, “When the winter came, they didn’t really have much to do as far as activities, but as the Spring came, they gradually started coming.”

Bed Stuy Sluggers founder and manager Yaseen Allah echoed Almeida’s sentiment, who brought the two neighborhood teams together. “It keeps them active and right now they don’t have much to do,” Allah said. “I went to see what he was doing and during gym class, he was teaching them baseball everyday. I decided to partner up with him and come into our program to play for the spring and summer.”

Tony Nunez, who coaches the Bed Stuy Sluggers and has a grandson on the team, contends that these types of events are key in social development for the migrant players. “I like the fact that they’re being exposed to events like this,” says the father of Astros organization’s Antonio Nunez, who was drafted to the majors in 2014. “If either team were not here today, they may not get another opportunity like this. This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. They’re new to this country and they probably haven’t been exposed to anything of this magnitude.”

After six innings of mostly stolen bases and singles that became triples, the LES RBI team of 12-year-olds (and migrants) dominated Bed Stuy with a final score of 15-6.

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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Pop Out – Ken & Friends’ Concert Breaks Prime Video and Twitch Streaming Records

On Juneteenth (June 19), Amazon Music streamed Kendrick Lamar’s landmark concert. Today, Amazon Music revealed that the livestream broke Amazon Music streaming records. Across Prime Video and Twitch, the live broadcast earned the most minutes watched of any Amazon Music production ever.

Presented by pgLang and Free Lunch, “The Pop Out – Ken & Friends” coincided with “Forever the Influence,” a celebration of Black Music Month from Rotation, Amazon Music’s hip-hop and R&B brand, honoring Black artists, producers, and songwriters who have shaped culture.

In front of thousands and millions more watching at home, Kendrick Lamar made history last night with his sold-out “The Pop Out – Ken & Friends” concert at The Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA. Celebrating West Coast hip-hop on Juneteenth, the concert featured Lamar alongside friends, family, and collaborators performing classics and fan favorites.

The event kicked off with a “DJ Hed & Friends” set, featuring artists like Remble, Bino Rideaux, OHGEESY, and Jason Martin. This was followed by “Mustard & Friends,” where chart-topping producer DJ Mustard brought out West Coast superstars such as Dom Kennedy, Roddy Ricch, Steve Lacy, Tyler, the Creator, and YG.

Kendrick Lamar then took the stage, opening with hits like “Euphoria,” “DNA,” “Alright,” and “Swimming Pools.” The highlight of his set was a Black Hippy reunion, with TDE artists Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q joining Lamar to perform tracks like “Collard Greens,” “That Part,” and “m.A.A.d. City.”

In a special moment, West Coast hip-hop royalty Dr. Dre joined Lamar for iconic anthems “Still D.R.E.” and “California Love.” The show concluded with the historic live debut of “Not Like Us,” which Lamar performed five consecutive times, accompanied by DJ Mustard, in front of over 16,000 fans.

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The Weeknd Makes History with Seven Diamond-Certified Singles

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The Weeknd has achieved a historic milestone, becoming the first Canadian artist to earn seven diamond-certified singles. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently certified “Save Your Tears” and “Die For You,” pushing the four-time Grammy winner into this elite category.

With this achievement, The Weeknd joins Post Malone, who holds nine diamond singles, and Rihanna, who also has seven. Diamond certification denotes that an artist has sold at least 10 million equivalent units of a single, a testament to The Weeknd’s widespread appeal and enduring popularity.

Known for his distinctive voice and innovative sound, The Weeknd has consistently pushed the boundaries of contemporary music. His hits, such as “Blinding Lights,” “Starboy,” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” have dominated charts and become anthems for a generation.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Eric B. and Rakim Released Their Final Album ‘Don’t Sweat The Technique’ 32 Years Ago

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The Microphone Fiend and his silent cohort drop their fourth and final album together on this date.

On this hot summer day in 1992, Rakim, who is widely recognized by some as the greatest MC of all time, released his fourth studio LP with William “Eric B.” Barrier entitled Don’t Sweat The Technique. This was the long-awaited follow-up to Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em, which was a critically acclaimed album, but that was not reflective in record sales.

This album was also the last LP that Eric B. & Rakim recorded together as a duo. Produced by Eric B. with some production assistance from an up-and-coming producer by the name of Large Professor, Don’t Sweat The Technique solidified Rakim as THE best lyricist in Hip Hop.

Tracks such as “What’s On Your Mind”, which appeared on the House Party II soundtrack, “Know The Ledge”(theme from Juice), and the title track are eternal lyrical masterpieces that are unparalleled to this day. Even songs like “Casualties Of War” depicting the mentality of a conscious Black male during the era of Operation Desert Storm and the war in Iraq were instructive as well as entertaining, while virtually predicting the 9/11 tragedy almost a decade before it happened.

Salute to Rakim Allah and Eric B. for this classic album!

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