Throughout the 24-minute radio slot, Flex proclaimed to have no fear of Drake because 70% of his fans "wear high heels," while the other 30% are men who "wear sandals." In that context, Flex does lighten the shade by commending Drake on having attracted an unparalleled following but recommends that he lay off of the tough guy act. "Leave the hardcore bars to other people, and everybody's good," he said before signing off.
Earlier this week during an interview with MTV News, French Montana made sure to note that Joe Budden was not who Drake was rapping about on their track "No Shopping." On the Canadian rapper's verse, he begins it by saying "Pump It Up," then proceeds to say an unnamed person is a "one-hit wonder." It's hard not to think those lyrics aren't aimed at the New Jersey rapper.
Now, Drake has taken the time to address Budden directly, with no room for confusion as to how he feels. The OVO rapper recently began his Summer Sixteen tour and made sure to let the crowd know where he stands with Joe Budden. While talking to the crowd in between songs, Drake said "We got that good energy going on...I shoulda brought Joe Budden up here and let him do 'Pump It Up' one time tonight." He then went on to lightly chant the song's chorus "Pump Pump Pump It Up," then finished his statement by saying "F*ck them n*ggas man."
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Hot 97’s Ebro Darden wasn’t feeling a new song released by Lil Yachty that he felt took a few shots at him and the station .
The radio personality was ranting about the song “For Hot 97” and the problem with modern rappers who don’t know how to spit real bars when Yachty himself called and confronted him over the phone. “First off you got the wrong idea on the record bro,” said Yachty. “I did the song ‘For Hot 97’ so I can show that I can rap. Now when you came on the radio this morning with the bulls***, you specifically old man, and my point is to you is you got offended for the wrong idea. That’s all I’m trying to say,” said Yachty. Ebro claimed he wasn’t offended by the song at all and said he believes Yachty made it because he “caught feelings” after the radio personality tried to get him to freestyle during an interview from a few months back. Yachty said he didn’t take it personal. “It was to show what’s good. That s*** is hard bro. I don’t care if you 69 bro,” he said. “You acting like the old man in the barber shop that’s always hating.”
Peter Rosenberg chimed in and said Ebro probably respects him a lot more now that he called to confront him. "I was laying in my bed. I really was waiting for a response, but he old so he wasn’t gonna respond. I said I gotta do this the real way, I gotta call,” said Yachty. Ebro laughed and smiled after that and said he’s glad he tried to “showcase is bars” on “For Hot 97.”
This past Monday, an unarmed black man in Miami, Florida was shot in the leg despite having his hands up and showing that he had no weapons. According to reports, police responded to a 911 call saying there was a man with a gun threatening to commit suicide. In actuality, behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey, the man who was shot, was trying to calm down an autistic patient who had ran away from the group home he worked at. Kinsey told reporters that the police might have mistaken the autistic man's toy for a gun.
Cellphone footage was captured of Kinsey laying on the ground while simultaneously trying to calm down the patient as police pointed their guns at the two of them. During the standoff, Kinsey said that he told officers "I’m going to the ground, just like this with my hands up. And I’m laying down here just like this. And I’m telling him again, 'Sir, there’s no need for firearms. I’m unarmed, this is an autistic guy. He has a toy truck in his hand.'" Kinsey noted that despite what he said, he was still shot. When he asked the cop who shot him "Sir, why did you shoot me?," the cop responded by saying "I don't know." Kinsey was shortly handcuffed after being shot and was taken to the hospital.
According to WPLG-TV in Florida, the officer who shot Charles Kinsey was placed on administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting.
YG drops an official music video for the title track off of his new album,"Still Brazy." It's available now on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/still-brazy-deluxe/id1118225386
Former NBA star and TNT commentator Charles Barkley appeared on Dan Le Batard's radio show, spewing the same rhetoric that he has over the years during the topic of police brutality. Barkley weighed in on the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police officers, and made some controversial comments.
We need the cops, especially in the black community. We as black people; we’ve got to do better. We never get mad when black people kill each other, which that always has bothered me,” Barkley said. "I've always said we as black people, if you want respect you have to give respect. You can't demand respect from white people and the cops if you don't respect each other," he continued.
Barkley has often spoken out about black-on-black crime while reiterating his support of police officers. He noted that the officers probably panicked in each situation. In particular with the shooting of Castile, Barkley says he spoke with his bodyguard (a black cop) who says to never put your ID where you put your gun. He says Castile warned the cop that he had a gun and then reached, which set off a panic. Barkley also gave an explanation for the Sterling shooting saying, "In Louisiana I think those cops clearly overreacted, but there's no doubt in my mind that if I'm fighting with a guy and somebody scream gun, and I got a gun, I'm gonna shoot the guy."
When Dan began to point out that there's a problem because the cops panic more around black people, Barkley responded, "because some black people, they are crooks!"
"There is some reason why there's racial stereotypes, because some of these black people out there are committing crimes," Barkley continued. He explained that there's racism on both sides, and that we need to work together with the cops.
He then again echoed his sentiment on black-on-black crime, "Why don't black people get mad when we kill each other?" Barkley said, "I'm not trying to deflect or place blame, that's just a fact. We don’t have nearly outrage that we do when a white cop kills somebody. I been black my whole life, most black people I know are killed by other black people."
Barkley echoed a similar sentiment when he agreed with the grand jury to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. His comments prompted an open letter from his co-host Kenny Smith, who tried to explain to him why he was wrong about his comments towards the black community.
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Kanye West made Billboard music history this past week, as he moved past Michael Jackson into the all-time top ten list of artists with the most Top 40 hits. Both Jackson and Frankie Valli had anchored the list with 39, before this week's numbers determined that ScHoolboy Q's West assisted "THat Part" had elevated to 40th from the 42nd position on the Top 100 chart. With the achievement, West joins partner/boss Jay Z and top-5 all-timers Drake and Lil Wayne as the fourth Hip Hop artist on the list.
Despite all of his incredible on the court performances, Allen Iverson's practice rant in 2002 was one of the most memorable moments of his Hall of Fame career. This is proven as he's still being asked about it 14 years later.
There's more unity in hip-hop as Prodigy and Tru Life came together and posted photos on a New York City rooftop showing that all is well, and the issues between them that spanned 17 years are over.
James Prince aka J Prince is considered an OG in both the hip hop and sports world. He formed Rap-A-Lot Records where he serves as the CEO and is the manager to top talents like boxer Andre Ward and formerly Floyd Mayweather. His presence in the rap community also lives on through his son Jas Prince who discovered Drake.
Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, has announced his retirement from rap this weekend. Beginning this August, Moss started a tour in Australia. After performing at a club called Alumbra, he shared photos on social media with a message to his fans. He announced that he's leaving the rap game for good at just 29 years old.
Known just as well for his outspoken views on racial issues as his aggressive lyricism, Killer Mike has never been one to shy away from discourse. After hearing about Michael Jordan’s generous donation to efforts in ending police violence, the legendary rapper wanted to see a little more from the GOAT.
Alex Rodriguez announced that he will be retiring from the diamond this week, during a pre-game press conference on Sunday morning [August 7]. The 22-year-veteran will play his final game on Friday versus the Tampa Bay Rays, departing early to make way for the Yankees to begin breaking in some of the young talent they've recently acquired. Although it is likely to be the last time he suits up in New York pinstripes, the three-time MVP's undeniable baseball talent has landed him a suit and tie role, as the front office promises to bring him aboard as an instructor and special advisory to the organization.
Kardashian family youngster Kylie Jenner is three days away from blowing out the candles on her 19th birthday, but the gifts she receives on August 10 might be hard to top the one she received from Tyga on Saturday, August 6. Both Kylie and her on-and-off again beau took to Snapchat to share photos and video of her new Mercedes-Benz Maybach, after he brought her out to unveil the bow-topped surprise to the tune of Stevie Wonder's rendition of "Happy Birthday."
Funkmaster Flex returned fire against Drake Saturday night [August 6], making good on the promise he made via tweet, to address the Summer Sixteen Tour rapper when he told fans to mark their calendars and tune in after Drizzy called on Hot 97 to fire the DJ during an opening night freestyle on Thursday. "Don't you come to my city and try to play me! You know why? You ain't strong enough to get me fired. There ain't no rapper in this city strong enough to get me fired!" Flex said during his broadcast. "You the biggest rapper in the world, and you can't get me off this station!"
Flex went in on the Toronto rapper, claiming to have info that he implied might not bode well with the streets, nor with fans of the art, as he explained the roots of Drake's beef with Meek Mill having to do with the 6-god himself leaking the original rendition of what we now know was a ghostwritten R.I.C.O verse, so as to deflect from being responsible after being "pressed" on whether he was going at Meek. Flex then alleged that Drake wound up wearing a sling after his fight with Puffy because his security guard yanked him away to save him from a beating he was sustaining. The veteran Hot 97 DJ wouldn't stop there, going on to remind Drake that Future, who is accompanying him on his tour, was on the hook of the "I Got The Keys" song in which Jay-Z allegedly goes at Drake on. Flex spoke his comments directly at the Views rapper, as he implied having the intuition to know that Drake is conflicted in bringing the Atlanta Trapper along to provide street cred to his show, all the while knowing Future was in on Jigga's attack on him.
"Khalid screaming. And Khalid been keeping me off of you for six months, my brother," Flex said, before dropping a bomb. "I mean, this is what he wanted right? You think they're going to fire me now? Sandal man?"
Finally, Flex brought it back to Drake's very first freestyle on mainstream radio. He referenced back to the memorable "Blackberry Freestyle," in which Drake spits bars while scrolling his phone. Flex explained the decision as to whether Drake's team would even give the footage a go, being a calculated one, which he never understood seeing how at the time reading rhymes off of a phone was not commendable. Never the less, Flex claims that despite his advice that they go strictly audio on the freestyle's release, he was encouraged by Drake's people to put the video out. "You wanted people to think that you write your bars. You wanted people to think that on that Blackberry those were yours and that you wrote that," he said, before breaking down his observation of alleged ghost writer Quentin Miller standing by Drake to direct him on how to deliver his purchased lyrics. "You wanted to solidify that because you knew this day was coming one day, when people might see, or question your pen."
Just two days ago Dwayne Stafford was a relatively unknown prisoner at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, where he had been held for a year and a half. That was until he managed to locate and put a beating on fellow inmate Dylann Roof after escaping his cell at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday. Within hours of his assault on the 2015 Charleston church shooter making the news, Stafford was receiving the praise of millions, many of whom went as far as gifting him with funds to his commissary. By Friday night [August 5], the 25-year-old Goose Creek resident was on his way home, having made bond.
The internet has been good to Charleston County jail inmate Dwayne Stafford, after it was reported that he attacked Charleston church bomber Dylann Roof on Thursday morning [August 4]. News of the incident sparked celebration across social media in the days to follow, with some even volunteering to compensate the 26-year-old prisoner for his deed. It has now come to the media's attention that an organization called "Taking a Stand Against Discrimination" has led the way in ensuring that Stafford receives any prospective funds.
A show headlined by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa in New Jersey ended in near tragedy on Friday night [August 5], when a rail supporting the weight of fans closest to the stage collapsed, bringing down dozens of concertgoers with it. Camden County officials confirmed that up to 42 people received medical attention, with 15 of those treated having been taken to a local hospital, 10 of whom are noted for having sustained the more serious of injuries which ranged from bruises to broken bones. One individual has been taken to Cooper Trama Center, where they rest in critical condition.
Bankroll Fresh’s Cousin Street Money Boochie says No Plug’s claim that he killed the rapper out of self-defense is untrue.
A former North Tonawanda, New York firefighter was arraigned in court Friday morning [August 5], after he was arrested for arson in connection with a fire that burned down the apartment of a Black man he had once trained with. Matthew Jurado, 39, [who is White] admitted to police that he had set the blaze as an act of revenge, after he was laid off from his position as a volunteer in the department. Wednesday's fire made headlines as it came two day's after the victim, Kenneth Walker, received a racist letter in his mailbox, which referred to him as a N****R and threatened repercussions if he did not resign.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was driving the wrong way on a California freeway when he caused a crash on [July 20.]
Last night, in NYC at Madison Square Garden, Drake and Future kicked off their Summer Sixteen set to a packed house and according to many witnesses in attendance, the “6 god” had some choice words for Hot 97 as well as Funkmaster Flex. Drake’s Thursday night’s jabs come as no surprise since the last year there has been bad blood between Drake and the station following Funk Flex releasing reference tracks as the result of the well-documented beef between Drizzy and Meek Mill. It looks like Hot 97’s Ebro Darden is now getting into the mix and responding to Drake’s alleged “f*ck Hot 97” diss.
We sat down and did an exclusive interview with Webbie for VladTV. In the interview he talked with us about if he would smash Whoopi Goldberg, his album "Savage Life 5" being number one, and Boosie's comments in a previous VladTV interview on being gay.
Recently released surveillance of the March 2016 arrest of a black social worker in Houston, has been making its way around the internet, as it appears to contradict an internal investigation which found no wrongdoing on the officer Gentian Luca's part. Earledreka White, 28, was allegedly stopped, wrestled, and jailed for two days after crossing a double white line.
After leaving Funk Volume, Hopsin sits on the Vlad couch to discuss his fall out with co-founder Damien Ritter, his relationship with his former labelmates and how the success of the label made him a millionaire.
George Zimmerman was assaulted in a restaurant in Sanford, Florida over the weekend, by a customer who took offense to him allegedly bragging about the killing of Trayvon Martin. Despite him having been the victim in the violent exchange, according to a Seminole County Sheriff's Office report, witnesses who overheard the conversation before the confrontation corroborated that Zimmerman had indeed presented himself as "that guy who killed Trayvon Martin," and even showed his I.D. card, after introducing himself.
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