This week, on the cusp of the 20th anniversary of Dr. Dre’s iconic solo debut, The Chronic, West Coast emcee and beatsmith Daz Dillinger chopped it up with DX for an in-depth interview that touched on his evolution behind the boards, his thoughts on West Coast Hip Hop, and possibly working with Jay-Z again. On the other side of the Hip Hop spectrum this week, Pittsburgh spitter Wiz Khalifa dropped his sophomore album O.N.I.F.C. and with its release received a 3.5 rating from DX writer Jesse Fairfax. In addition to releasing O.N.I.F.C., Wiz revealed that he and Amber Rose are expecting a boy and are hoping for a second child. Lastly, the collaborative album between Wu-Tang Clan and D-Block that is Wu-Block has gone on to sell 8,600 copies as of December 2.
Daz Dillinger Gives Advice To West Coast Artists, Talks Possible Jay-Z Collab
During his interview this week with HipHopDX, Daz Dillinger spoke on West Coast music and revealed that if a West Coast artist wants to be successful they’re better off leaving the West since he believes that the music isn’t run by people from the region.
“The West Coast scene gotta be ‘O.T.’ which mean ‘Outa Town,’” Daz revealed. “Take the game and move out of town and maneuver with it, ‘cause [people] love West Coast music, but the people that’s in West Coast music, as far as business, the people that’s running the business in the West Coast ain’t from the West Coast, they from somewhere else. So it’s not really giving West Coast Rap a chance until you go out there and really put it down. I could travel all over this mothafucka and perform anywhere ‘cause I got different songs and stuff. A lot of West Coast rappers can’t go to the South and perform. I seen West Coast rappers go down there and perform and get booed. I go down there and perform and I boom!”
The rapper/producer didn’t specifically state if he plans on working with Jay-Z again in the future, but did reveal that he’s “working on that” and is currently focused on movies.
“Yeah, I’m working on that and doing some music stuff. I’m mostly trying to work on movies right now. I’m trying to be a movie-maker right now. I was talking to Ice Cube, and he got me in that direction, and I ain’t stop yet. And Ice Cube’s one of my best friends too,” Daz added.
Wiz Khalifa Drops "O.N.I.F.C.," Says He’s Expecting A Son
After numerous album delays, Taylor Gang representer Wiz Khalifa finally released his sophomore album O.N.I.F.C. on December 4. The album, which is expected to sell anywhere between 135,000 and 145,000 copies, received a solid 3.5 rating from DX but currently boasts a less enthusiastic user rating of 2.70.
The Pittsburgh rapper took part in a number of interviews this week both before and after O.N.I.F.C.’s release and even revealed that he and soon-to-be-wife Amber Rose are expecting a boy during an interview with Funkmaster Flex. He also added that he is in fact hoping for a second child.
"It’s a boy…Yeah, he's gotta have a buddy, right? Can't be trying to take up all my time [laughing]," Wiz revealed.
Wu-Block Moves A Little Under 9,000 Copies With Their Self-Titled Album
Wrapping up the week is the Wu-Tang Clan/D-Block hybrid known as Wu-Block. Consisting of both Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch, Wu-Block released their self-titled, debut album on November 27 via eOne Records. And as of December 2, Wu-Block, which features the likes of Styles P and Method Man, has gone on to sell 8,600 copies.
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