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Royce Da 5’9″ Previews Slaughterhouse Reunion: “3 Down, 1 To Go”

big ralph | August 4, 2021

What is going on in hip-hop? First Dr. Dre is dropping a new album, then Wu-Tang's Once Upon A Time In Shaolin found a new buyer, and now Slaughterhouse appears to be on the verge of a reunion. Before long, Andre 3000 will be announcing a solo project on the way.
In all seriousness, Royce Da 5'9, KXNG Crooked, and Joell Ortiz appear to be actively collaborating once again, and while it's unclear as to whether Joe Budden will be hopping on board, the door has been left wide open for the podcaster should he be so inclined. Following a series of phone-call catch-ups, it seems as if the three aforementioned emcees wasted little time in hitting the booth, laying down what can only be described as theme music.

Image via HNHHRoyce shared a snippet of the track in question on his Instagram page, playing the majority of KXNG Crooked's verse. From the sound of it, the track appears to feature a heavy superhero motif, and Crook lines his verse with references to Wakanda, Wand..


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Biz Markie’s Widow Receives Heartfelt Letter From The Obamas

big ralph | August 4, 2021

The Obamas have always been a couple to show the utmost amount of class in how they've carried themselves and interacted with others, both during and after Barack's two terms as the nation's 44th President. They've continued to display the same level of tact with the recent passing of hip-hop legend Biz Markie, who was experiencing complications with diabetes before his death on July 16th. His widow, Tara Hall, shared a letter with TMZ that she received from the Obamas following his death.
In the letter, the Obamas remarked that they didn't know Biz to the same degree that Hall or his other loved ones did, but they recognized him as “one of rap's most innovative stylists and as a great man.” They also included a fond memory they had of Biz while he was supporting Barack on the campaign trail during his 2008 presidential bid, recalling that he would perform “Party with a Purpose” to encourage people to get out to vote. They also remarked that his legacy wit..


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Yung Miami & Diddy Fuel Dating Rumors With Intimate Video

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Thanks to a recently posted and deleted post to Yung Miami's Instagram story, it looks like both City Girls rappers may officially be off the market. While her friend and collaborator JT has been romantically attached to Lil Uzi Vert for several months, rumors about Yung Miami's love life have persisted since she was spotted holding hands with Diddy at the beginning of the summer.
Yung Miami has since been spotted in Diddy's close vicinity, most recently at his star-studded July pool party in Miami. However, it wasn't until the City Girls rapper's latest Instagram post that it looked like she and Diddy may be in a serious relationship after all.

Prince Williams/Wireimage/Getty ImagesIn the short video, Yung Miami is spotted taking a shot straight out of a DeLeon Tequila bottle while sitting on Diddy's lap and laying on his chest. Although it was quickly deleted, it's definitely a sign that the City Girls rapper is more than just friends with the Bad ..


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R. Kelly’s Lawyer Says Singer Is Losing Money & Gaining Weight Ahead Of Trial

big ralph | August 4, 2021

It appears R. Kelly isn’t doing too good right now as he awaits trial for his sex-trafficking case later this month. According to his own lawyers, who were in federal court yesterday ahead of jury selection, the Chicago singer has gained a lot of weight and is losing money as he awaits trial. They say he can’t even afford to pay for court transcripts.
“His finances are depleted,” his lawyer, Devereaux Cannick, told Judge Ann Donnelly yesterday. “I ask the court to give him daily copies of the transcripts.”
Cannick also said his client has “gained weight since he’s been incarcerated.” “We need measurements for appropriate attire for his trial,” he said. “We’re trying to get his measurements. How can we take his size?”

Pool/ Getty Images“It’s going to be a long trial,” Judge Donnelly said after prosecutors outlined their plans to call numerous witnesses, including women who say they were sexually abused, physically abused and coerced to do things for Kelly’s pleasure.
The singer is acc..


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Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” Buyer To Be Revealed Soon

big ralph | August 4, 2021

When the Wu-Tang Clan announced that they would be making a single copy of their Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album, many were disappointed to find that actually hearing the project wasn't necessarily in the cards. See, the intention was to create a rare piece of art, one that could theoretically be placed in a museum. Though it was a difficult pill to swallow for Wu-Tang disciples, the boldness of RZA's vision had to be respected — even begrudgingly so.
Alas, things took a dark turn when the album fell into the hands of the notorious “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, who seemed to revel in hamming it up as the villain. Before long, he was exchanging heated words with Ghostface Killah, who did not seem too thrilled at the prospect of seeing his work in the hands of such a controversial figure. Ghost's sentiments mirrored those of the Wu-Tang fanbase. Coming to terms with never hearing Once Upon A Time In Shaolin was hard enough — knowing that Shkreli, an open disrespecter of..


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John Collins Resigns With The Atlanta Hawks In Five-Year, $125M Deal

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Just two days in, this year's NBA Free Agency has already been an exciting one for NBA fans. While there have been plenty of predictable deals made so far, like Steph Curry's max extensions, there have also been plenty of bonafide shockers. Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry, Reggie Bullock, and Rudy Gay have all gone to new teams, and most notably, Carmelo Anthony has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he will finally be teammates with longtime friend LeBron James.
That left important players like Kawhi Leonard, John Collins, Victor Oladipo. Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins, and more still on the Free Agency table. According to ESPN, one of those players has closed a huge deal, and as a result, restricted free agent John Collins will return to the Atlanta Hawks on a five-year deal.

Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesAccording to ESPN, John Collins averaged 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game over the last season and had a huge impact on the young team's morale duri..


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Kemba Walker To Sign With New York Knicks After Thunder Buyout: Report

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Kemba Walker is taking his talents back to Madison Square Garden. The veteran point guard has agreed to a contract buyout with OKC Thunder and will now be joining the New York Knicks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The Thunder acquired Kemba Walker from Boston back in June in Brad Stevens‘ first major roster move as the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. While the deal was considered a salary-dump, a report surfaced last week stating the Thunder believed they might be able to flip him to another team for an asset, but those efforts were unsuccessful as he is believed to be owed too much money. Kemba currently has two years and $74 million left on his original 4yr/$140 million deal.

Maddie Meyer/ Getty ImagesIt’s unclear at the time of this post what Kemba will be signing for with the Knicks, but if it's anything like these other NBA contracts, then it'll be massive to say the least.
Kemba will join Evan Fournier and Derek Rose as the new back court in the Garde..


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Jadakiss Revered After Dominant Verzuz Performance: Fans React

big ralph | August 4, 2021

If it wasn't already clear that Jadakiss was out for blood during last night's Verzuz, his absolutely dominant performance of “Who Shot Ya (Freestyle)” served as an emphatic exclamation mark. Consider this. In a battle of hits, Jada dipped into the vault and drew a freestyle, performed it all without a backing track, barely missing a syllable. It was a statement, not only to his Dipset competitors — who seemingly had no idea what they were in for — but for the rap game at large.
Though many have long-respected Jada's pen game and presence, he appeared a man possessed, seemingly hellbent on scorching his enemies in front of a lively New York audience. That's not to take away from his group-mates Styles P and Sheek Louch, nor the Dipset squad of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zekey, but a narrative quickly took shape highlighting Jada as the event's most valuable player. No easy feat, considering the combined legacies of both legendary cre..


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Trippie Redd Trolls Fans With Roddy Ricch-Inspired Artwork

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Kanye West isn't the only Hip-Hop artist who has been leading his fanbase astray by not sticking to a release date. Trippie Redd is just as guilty as the DONDA artist because he's been teasing his highly anticipated project Trip At Knight for several months without confirming an official release date or sharing a tracklist.
Having already released “Miss The Rage” with Playboi Carti in May and “Holy Smokes” with Lil Uzi Vert just a few weeks ago, fans are more ready than ever for Trip At Knight. Trippie Redd has promised that the album will arrive before he embarks on his similarly titled tour on August 25, leading fans to obsess over the project's still unreleased tracklist.

Josh Brasted/FilmMagic/Getty ImagesWhen revealing the cover art for Trip At Knight, the”Dark Knight Dummo” artist said that he would drop the tracklist once his forthcoming album received 100,000 pre-saves. That was on June 24, so now, more than a month later, fans are starting to get anxious.
Rathe..


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Aaliyah’s Uncle Is Reviving Blackground Records

big ralph | August 4, 2021

Barry Hankerson, the record executive and uncle of the late Aaliyah, is reviving Blackground Records, his old record label, rebranded as Blackground Records 2.0. The label is being revived after almost twelve years since its last release, and the head honcho of the label has already found its first lady, artist and singer Autumn Marini. According to The Shade Room, multiple streets in Atlanta were shut down on Saturday as the artist's first music video was shot ahead of the label's relaunch.
Hankerson told TSR that Autumn Marini is an artist that can't be compared to anyone else in the game. He also shared that Blackground was moved to Atlanta, where he has been taking meetings with multiple artists who need the right platform to get their music out. This is ultimately what inspired Hankerson to bring back Blackground Records, in order to carry out the mission of pushing young artists. He said it is an especially good time to promote young talent.
Background Records has ..



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