T.I. + Tiny Still In The Clear Of Sexual Assault Investigation

Grammy-winning rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny don’t have to worry about lawyering up quite yet. New reports claim the couple are not facing an investigation amid accusations of sexual assault. T.I. + Tiny Aren’t Facing Investigation According to reports, Tip and Tiny can remain calm and keep grinding away at their regular business affairs. […]

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DaBaby Was Sued For Assault After Having A Music Video Shoot Shut Down

DaBaby’s pugilistic reputation has again reared its head as Variety reports the pugnacious rapper is being sued for assault after having a music video shut down. The owner of a Runyon Canyon rental property tried to stop DaBaby from shooting a video and the rapper allegedly got rough, knocking out the owner’s tooth, spitting on him, and stealing his phone and some “valuable kitchenware.”

In the lawsuit, the owner, Gary Pagar, says DaBaby rented the property on the condition that it would be occupied by no more than 12 people in keeping with COVID-19 safety regulations. DaBaby — who has flouted COVID safety in the past — supposedly brought 40 people to shoot his music video. Pagar says that when he arrived to put the kibosh on the proceedings, someone pushed him to the ground, DaBaby sucker-punched him in the mouth, taunted him by tossing his phone back-and-forth, and threatened him not to call the police. When someone else called the police, Pagar says DaBaby and company fled the scene, taking his phone and the kitchenware with them.

He also says they only paid a portion of the rental bill and left behind thousands of dollars of damage, including destroying a security camera in the hopes of keeping their activities a secret. Oh, and Jake Paul is allegedly involved because of course Jake Paul would be involved. He’s said to have been sitting in a car with DaBaby when Pagar arrived.

DaBaby is currently battling multiple assault cases, including ones stemming from a driver he allegedly attacked in Las Vegas, a Los Angeles hotel employee he supposedly beat up for filming him, and a woman from a Tampa club he struck while blinded by a camera flash.

Kanye West Was Once Told To ‘Stick To Making Beats’ By A Label Executive

Kanye West may have been the second-highest paid celebrity of 2020, but he wasn’t always successful. In fact, Kanye faced a few major setbacks when he was coming up in his rap career, including being told by a label executive that his rap game wasn’t good enough.

On an episode of Story To Tell with Andrew Barber for The Coda Collection, Lupe Fiasco joined to discuss his early career. Touching on his relationship with Kanye, Fiasco recalled one instance when Kanye had his ego bruised in a major way by LA Reid, a label head who was recently forced to step down from his position at Epic Records following a sexual harassment case:

“We brought Ye into Arista to showcase for LA Reid before Roc-A-Fella. Stack Bundles was sitting there. Imagine it’s me, Stack Bundles, Kanye, and LA Reid in the office. When we stopped, LA was like, ‘Yo you should stick to making music, you stick to making beats.’ Real sh*t. So that’s why I always honor Ye, no matter how crazy he goes. I’ve seen that man struggle and him just working through it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Fiasco discussed how he and Kanye have always had a working relationship. “I’ve been knowing Ye for a long ass time. I remember first meeting Ye when he first did ‘The Truth.’ We did a little speaking thing, I think at Columbia College. That’s when n**** had a ‘fro or some sh*t, it was weird. But I was working with Ye for years. I got Ye joints. I remember Ye used to come up to the crib and be like, ‘Hey man, what you think about this verse?’”

Watch Barber’s full conversation with Lupe Fiasco on The Coda Collection here.

Can Bobby Shmurda Make A Comeback In 2021’s Music World?

The last time Bobby Shmurda had an inescapable hit was the summer of 2014 — nearly seven years ago. That was the summer of “Hot N****,” which climbed to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 — before the rules changed that allowed the publication to count streams — launched the “Shmoney Dance” meme, and spawned seemingly dozens of freestyles and remixes featuring everyone from Chicago drill upstarts to New York ’90s legends. There’s even a reggae remix featuring Junior Reid and Popcaan.

But then his GS9 crew was scooped up by the NYPD on a truly dizzying array of crimes all bundled into a racketeering charge that claimed GS9 was a drug-dealing, war-waging gang. Bobby’s own words were used against him as the prosecution used clips of “Hot N****” to bolster its accusations. “I been selling crack since like the fifth grade,” Bobby boasts on the song. Despite the Supreme Court’s previous decision that lyrics can’t count as evidence, Bobby’s case lawyer felt strongly enough that Bobby — and his GS9 cohorts, including fellow rapper Rowdy Rebel — would lose that the rapper pled guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession, receiving five years in prison, after time already served.

Those five years ended this week, to the jubilation of “Hot N****” fans and Bobby’s friends in the rap game, including Rowdy and Migos member Quavo, who vowed to pick him up from Clinton Correctional Facility upon his release. He emerges to exuberant celebrations on social media and tempered excitement for new music, but that begs the question: Can he recover the momentum he lost during his six-year stint behind bars, especially in a music world that has so thoroughly moved on from the specific moment in time that he could rightfully say he owned?

For one thing, the driving force behind the success of “Hot N****” was Vine, the now-defunct social app that turned six-second video clips into pop culture meme fodder. A snippet of Bobby’s “Hot N****” video, in which he removes his ball cap and flings it into the air before beginning a hip-gyrating “Shmoney Dance,” amused users who jokingly pondered the hat’s whereabouts and shared the clip widely on other services, making Shmurda as close to ubiquitous as a character can be in today’s dearth of monoculture.

Vine has largely been replaced by TikTok, an app that plays by its own unique set of rules, mostly populated by and driven by users who may not even remember the days of “Hot N****” or the circumstances of Bobby’s disappearance from the public eye. The sounds that attract TikTok users are goofier than the menacing, booming Jahlil Beats production that backed “Hot N****.” The dances are mostly performed by the users themselves, in complicated choreography reminiscent of the Japanese “Para Para” synchronized dance style.

For another thing, that “Jahlil Beats, holla at me” tag hasn’t been heard on a Billboard hit since 2016. The prevalent sound of Bobby’s Brooklyn stomping grounds is Drill, inspired and produced mainly by London beatmakers like Axl Beats and Melo808. These producers craft sparse compositions with skittering drums and airy, haunting samples, similar to Jahlil’s cavernous cacophonies but stripped back, almost all low-end with few bells and whistles. Fortunately for Bobby, he seems suited to this style and has a toehold in the scene thanks to Rowdy Rebel’s appearance on the posthumous 2020 Pop Smoke song “Make It Rain,” so the GS9 boys might not be total strangers to Drill fans.

However, the intervening six years of Bobby’s sentence has seen changes to distribution models, an increase in streaming, cultural changes in the usage of social media, and of course, several new artists who have cropped up to fill the already saturated hip-hop market. There are even more voices to fight through for exposure, with even more avenues for those voices to be heard, and tastes that have changed drastically from the days when Bobby graced the cover of XXL’s 2015 Freshman issue. Half the rappers who joined him on that cover have since faded from public favor, while in the intervening years, the SoundCloud rap scene popped off, women have come to dominate the charts, and fans have gravitated to ever more melodic-sounding artists.

That said, there’s precedent to believe in a comeback. Artists going away as publicly as Bobby did often builds myth and mystique. When artists are plucked away in their prime, music fans often feel a sense of loss that can drive anticipation for a comeback. Tupac’s All Eyez On Me is one example of an artist’s triumphant return from prison; while more recent examples are less stark, artists like Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, and T.I. returned from shorter stints to respectable careers driven by each artist’s prolific output and cult status, even if their mainstream acceptance was somewhat dulled by the time away.

It’s possible that Bobby can adapt to all these changes to reclaim his grip on the playlist-based Billboard charts, reassert his social media presence, and pick up right where he left off. However, it’s equally possible that the world continues to pass him by, save for a loyal niche following that sees him as more than a meme and contributed to the plays of his meager discography past “Hot N****” and “Bobby Bitch.” The wide-open nature of this new frontier is both a blessing and a curse, but at least Bobby Shmurda has the freedom to explore its possibilities.

Cardi B Says Being A Successful Stripper Made Her Feel ‘On Top Of The World’

When it comes to her past, Cardi B is an open book. The rapper has often talked about growing up in the Bronx and how much work she put in before breaking out into mainstream. But one aspect of her life is oftentimes scrutinized due to the misogyny attached to the line of work: stripping. However, Cardi is an expert at shaking off critics who try to discredit her former job. In part, it’s stripping that allowed Cardi to earn enough money to start making moves in her rap career.

Cardi recently sat down for a conversation with Mariah Carey for Interview Magazine where they chatted about music, Cardi’s daily routine, and her past. Speaking about her time stripping, Cardi said the experience made her feel “on top of the world” because she was one of the most-requested dancers:

“The stripper attitude is, ‘I’m not ashamed of being a stripper because a lot of these b*tches don’t have sh*t. A lot of these b*tches don’t have a place to stay, don’t have no car, can’t afford this, can’t afford that. Y’all out here f*cking n****s for free, but y’all shaming me because I’m shaking my ass? Y’all hoes be showing y’all f*cking bodies on social media, and y’all not getting paid.’ That mentality stuck with me. I felt like, ‘You’re judging me, but I’m making more money than you.’ I felt like nobody could shame me for being a stripper. When I started stripping, I was making probably $500 a night. As I got bigger, I was making $2,000, maybe $5,000. When I got really popular on Instagram I was making $7,000 to $10,000 a week. I felt on top of the world. I felt so untouchable and so sexy, because there were rappers that all these girls lust over who would come to the strip club and request me to go to their section. They would request me. If I’m so trash, why are these guys requesting me? I’m getting paid for my looks. Nobody’s going to spend money on you if you’re ugly.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Cardi said that, although she has a big personality, she still can get quite nervous around other celebrities. “A lot of celebrities invite me to places, but I’m really shy,” she said. “We’re doing this over the phone, but if it was in person, I wouldn’t be able to look you in the eyes. That’s how nervous I get around celebrities.”

Read Cardi and Carey’s full conversation here.

Cardi B is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Eminem & Dr. Dre Developed Chemistry On “Role Model”

These days, it’s simply understood that Eminem and Dr. Dre have impeccable chemistry as collaborators. Yet there was once a time when the pair were still new to one another, back in 1999 when Eminem joined Dre’s Aftermath label to drop The Slim Shady LP. With the acclaimed album having officially turned twenty-two on this very day, it feels appropriate to revisit one of the project’s highlights in “Role Model,” a single that found Eminem spitting venomous bars over a hallucinogenic Dr. Dre instrumental.

To this day, the track holds up as a raw display of vintage Eminem, a simple formula that found him unleashing two extended verses lined with shocking punchlines and an emcee’s instinctual dexterity. All the while, Dre’s simple percussion blends beautifully with a slinking guitar loop, a bassline, and the ominous sound of a drowner’s final glug. While not quite as ubiquitous as some of Em’s other singles from that era, “Role Model” remains a fan favorite decades down the line. Happy anniversary to The Slim Shady LP! 

QUOTABLE LYRICS

I’m bout as normal as Norman Bates with deformative traits
A premature birth that was four minutes late
Mother, are you there? I love you
I never meant to hit you over the head with that shovel 
Will someone please explain to my brain
That I just severed the main vein with a chainsaw and I’m in pain?

Petition Pushes To Name New York Street After MF DOOM

MF DOOM quietly passed away on Halloween of last year, although his wife did not officially announce his death until December 31st, nearly two months after he had passed. His death came as a shock wave to fans and friends of the influential British-American artist who were completely blindsided by his passing. Since then, a petition has been launched to name a New York Street after the enigmatic rapper.  


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In the change.org petition launched by Dr. Patrick Graham, the ‘KMD-MF DOOM Way Committee’ has requested that Long Beach City Council rename a block between Riverside Boulevard and Long Beach Road on East Hudson Street in Long Beach after the late rapper. DOOM, whose real name is Daniel Dumile, grew up in the city.

“Mr. Dumile represents the ability to grow through tragedy and unite people around common themes,” Dr. Graham said. “We need more individuals like him during this time of political and social divisions. Mr. Dumile still inspires many young people to view the potential of everyday life. Long Beach should be proud of its native son and honor him and his legacy on a street sign. Just as important, the city should embrace the unity Mr. Dumile represents for generations to come.”

It further stated, “Please sign this petition in support of KMD-MF Doom Way. As a native son of Long Beach, a professor, and a public and social sector leader, I know the importance of symbols.” The petition has since reached over 800 signatures and you can sign it here

The cause of the influential rapper’s death is still unknown, and his family has remained pretty private about his passing since. At the time. of his death, he was said to be “85 percent done” working on the follow-up to his 2004 project with Madlib Madvillainy. We once again extend our prayers out to his family. 

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Trippie Redd Speaks On Playboi Carti Trying To Sign Him: “I Had A Different Plan”

Trippie Redd is one of the most individualistic rappers in the world. He’s developed a style that only works for him. His lane is impenetrable as one of rap’s premier rock stars, coming into his own in the last half-decade. We’ve watched Trippie grow from a bubbling SoundCloud rapper to an absolute superstar, and it’s been a joy to watch him rise up to new levels. 

The Ohio-raised recording artist recently took some time to speak with well-respected hip-hop journalist Shirley Ju, taking a step into Shirley’s Temple to christen her new show, speaking on everything from his memories with Juice WRLD and XXXTentacion, his respect for Detroit rapper Icewear Vezzo, his upcoming album Trip At Knight, and more, including the time Playboi Carti allegedly tried to sign him.

On Whole Lotta Red standout track “Punk Monk”, Playboi Carti unleashes a bunch of his secrets, including the fact that he attempted to sign Trippie Redd, Pi’erre Bourne, Lil Keed, and others to his label. It took a couple of months but Trippie is finally confirming that story.

“Yeah, man, shout out Playboi Carti. He tried to sign me. He tried it,” said Trippie. “I f*ck with bro, I love his music. I was listening to Carti when he was produced by ICYTWAT. I love his sh*t. Don’t get me wrong. He definitely tried to sign me but I had a different plan.”

When he was asked about anybody that did help him establish himself as an artist, Trippie gives Kodie Shane her flowers, noting that she went hard on promoting their song together, which effectively got him a lot of attention before he blew up.

Watch the new episode of Shirley’s Temple above at the 38:43 mark to hear Trippie speak about Carti.

Cardi B Breaks A New Female Rap Record

Cardi B has only been in the game for a few years now, but thanks to the release of her debut album Invasion Of Privacy, she’s already one of the most commercially successful female rappers of all time. As it stands, the majority of the album’s tracks have been certified platinum, with lead single “Bodak Yellow” steadily approaching diamond status. Suffice it to say, there are still people keeping the project in heavy rotation, to the point where the New York rapper has hit a new milestone for female rappers.

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As indicated by the stat-tracking Twitter page Chart Data, Cardi’s Invasion Of Privacy has officially spent one-hundred-and-fifty weeks on the Billboard 200, the highest amount of chart time spent by a female rapper’s album in hip-hop history. Unsurprising, given that every single track has been certified either gold or platinum, with the majority falling under the latter category. It didn’t take long for Cardi to catch wind of the milestone, taking to Twitter to celebrate her dominance with an alliterated flex: “BIRKIN BAG BARDI BACK.”

At this point, few can dispute the fact that Cardi B is easily one of the most commercially dominant artists in the mainstream. When she ultimately does deliver her sophomore project, which is sure to include recent singles “WAP” and “Up,” expect her foothold on the charts to only strengthen in intensity. Clearly, Cardi’s album holds more longevity than some initially suspected — who knows how long the momentum will last.