The Hip Hop Week In Review: 7/18/2011 - 7/23/2011

Diss record buzzer-beaters, Tyler, The Creator rapping in crutches, Wale admitting something many of us noticed, and Jay-Z & Kanye West cooking up summer with a sneak attack. What a week...

Temperatures rose this week, and so did tempers - or so it seems. From diss records, to surprise performances, to explanations of arrogance, the Rap industry was a three-ring circus this week, with a lot of buzzer-beaters yesterday. Here are some of the highlights from this July scorcher:

Jay-Z & Kanye West Own The Week With "Otis"

If Watch The Throne was losing buzz momentum, Kanye West and Jay-Z snatched it back Wednesday July 20, by unloading "Otis" . The Otis Redding-sampled track from the album brought the pair a great deal of fanfare for sound and lyrics, with prominent deejays like Funkmaster Flex and Cosmic Kev playing the single repeatedly on primetime waves. With Game and Papoose already doing so, expect the West-produced instrumental to reach "A Millie" / "Blowin' Money Fast" karaoke status quickly.

A Week Of Hip Hop Diss Tracks

This week's audio section was fueled by fire. The week started with Panorama City, California emcee Hopsin (formerly of Ruthless Records), taking shots at OFWGKTA's Tyler, The Creator on "The Ill Mind Of Hopsin #4" in audio and video (see below) form. Then, to close out the week, Game took his latest shots at Jay-Z on the "Uncle Otis" track. Within two hours after that, Consequence, formerly of G.O.O.D. Music, unloaded a diatribe aimed at Clipse's Pusha T, swearing that onetime friend Kanye West was next on "The Plagiarist Society" .

Maybach Music Group's Wale Explains His Arrogance

From underground darling to mainstream star, media, friends and peers have all pointed on Wale's changes. The Maybach Music Group member explained in an interview with Culture IV that there's a method to his madness: "My music is based on reality and artists are supposed to almost accentuate all of their qualities for better or worse. I’m sure the most depressing song ever written by the most depressing person on Earth wasn’t as depressed as they depicted it to be. A song is supposed to accentuate human emotions. So, I put those things and emotions on the genre, Hip Hop, where we are praised for how we say rather than what we say. So if I exude confidence on a Hip Hop record and I’m really good at exuding confidence on it, you’re gonna call me cocky? Well, what should I tell you? I woke up at 8 o’clock this morning, ate a bowl of cheerios, went to the studio, made a mediocre song, and went to sleep? Is that what people would prefer you think? Because I’m sure if I said I put on some $400 Jordans, a Moschino shirt, and some PRPS’s and I went to the studio and killed every nigga in Hip Hop on a song…motherfuckers would check for me. I’d get close to a million [Twitter] followers quickly." Wale later posed the question, who is more well known of the great athletes named Barry - the humble Barry Sanders or the brazen Barry Bonds. Later in the week, the Warner Brothers-backed emcee provided details on his sophomore solo album.

Other items of note:

- 50 Cent Releases The Dirty Version To "Outlaw"

- Game Provides Reasons For Dissing Jay-Z, Again

- Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and Curren$y Plan A Free Mixtape

- Joe Budden Plans Free EP In Fall

- Kanye West Surprises The Audience At The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

- Pusha T and Tyler, The Creator Release Collaborative Video:


  • Broski Love

    Hopsin is garbage. He trys to get fame by attacking fame. He was an actor first and still continues to act like he is a rapper and creative artist. He isn't. His music appeals to 13 year olds that music taste has yet to evolve past teen angst lyrics coupled with weak beats and lame hooks. The sound quality is atrocious and he could take a lessen from real producers who know what "wall of sound" means. For 5 years now he has been bragging about how he is going to change the game and blow up. Meanwhile he is still broke, still living at home and has been reduced to dissing fame to try and get heard. just quit already kid.

  • Anonymous

    yowww! you need a spot to hate or air out someone? do it on my video in the comments i dont give a fuck if you hate my music video or love it jus say some real shit ill leave it up for the world to see

  • Anonymous

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  • Hip Hop Head

    Man once again, that mothafucka' Hopsin killed that damn track. Real talk. SO many punchlines. "Hot enough to melt the ice cream thats on Guccis face!" and that Nintendo cartridge, go hard like cold nipples lol "I kno u niggas wish u could prevent it, cuz I get buck like my Kool-Aid got way too much sugar in it" lmao he's a fool. But he fuckin destroyed that beat. & whats Consequence doin dissin Pusha? Dude is just tryin to get exposure since Kanye dropped him from GOOD. Push would murk him. Good week in Hip Hop & for the record, Wale is still dope.

  • Whaat

    How did Ye & Jay "Snatch back the throne" with an awful song?


    Hip Hops do you want to know who's the next Artist to blow. check out his mixtape it;s got the streets going crazy.

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  • AG1

    That Pusha T and Tyler song is FIRE!!!

  • Keezie

    That Pusha & Tyler song was ridiculous. First time I heard it just now. Nice one.

    • Keezie

      That wasn't me co-signing any of the opinions or views of the artists. It was just my unbiased view on a musical work.

  • Micah

    Hopsin is ill had never heard of him before, i dont think none of the disses were personal besides the consequence diss which sucked to me, where is the jeezy song its better than otis in my opinion and barry bonds and barry sanders in not a fair argument barry sanders left the league 10 or so years ago bonds is still in the news for various issues bad analogy wale.

    • huh

      That consequence shit was ILL, what are you talkin about? Guaranteed most of the shit prob went over your head.

  • Anonymous

    Hopsin is actually really good. I forgive him now for dissing Eazy-E's widow and leaving Ruthless Records a while back after seeing that music video. He is serious about his game. Tyler, The Creator on the other hand is funny and outrageous but that's all he is. His raps don't have much to them but his "horrorcore" production is pretty good.

  • Lupe Espinoza

    YO! Tune to Yonkers rmx! Swag!

  • yourfather

    hopsin, dude is ill. all you haters, suck a ----!

  • SutterKane

    Thanks to Hopsin, Game & Consequence, this week will be known as "Crybaby wwek 2011"

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