HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Lil Wayne was hospitalized after enduring multiple seizures in a Chicago hotel room on Sunday (September 3) and was released shortly thereafter. The Eminem-produced battle rap film Bodied made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival to much fanfare and 50 Cent mended fences with STARZ over Power, announcing there will be less of a wait to see its fifth season.
Lil Wayne Won’t Let A Few Seizures Phase Him
On Sunday (September 3), Lil Wayne suffered multiple seizures and was found on the floor of his Chicago hotel room. After being admitted to the hospital, he was quickly released but doctors suggested he should slow down.
Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter took to Twitter following the frightening news to assure fans that her Dad was doing just fine. Weezy was originally scheduled to headline the Paid Dues Hip Hop Festival in Los Angeles on September 16, which has since been postponed.
Despite claims of his latest episode being linked to his love for lean, Tunechi’s manager Cortez Bryant told TMZ it was due to his relentless schedule and not getting enough sleep.
“He a workaholic,” Bryant told TMZ. “That’s what got him to where his is now, man. He’s in the studio all the time trying to make music.”
Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Storch posted a picture of two back in the studio, confirming Bryant’s words.
Read more about Lil Wayne’s seizure scare here.
Eminem-Produced Battle Rap Film Bodied Is A Hit
On Thursday evening (September 7), the battle rap satire Bodied premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to an audience of 1,200, and they apparently loved it. The movie was produced by Eminem and the same people who brought the world 8 Mile.
While the film’s director, Joseph Kahn, joked about how the film could possibly sink his career due to the range of crass insults slung from the mouths of battle rappers, all four showings of the two-hour movie were sold out.
The movie featured Austin & Ally‘s Calum Worthy, MAD TV‘s Debra Wilson, The Breakfast Club star Anthony Micheal Hall, Charlamagne Tha God and former King Of The Dot champion Alex “Kid Twist” Larsen, who also helped write the script alongside Kahn.
Read more about Bodied and peep the fan reactions here.
50 Cent Promises Less Of A Wait For Season 5 Of Power
50 Cent let fans of STARZ’s hit series Power know they won’t have to wait as long for season 5 as they did for season 4.
The Power executive producer shared the news on his Instagram on Tuesday (September 5), thanking the network’s CEO and President Chris Albrecht for the support and money. The news comes after 50 threatened to leave the series over the amount episodes the network ordered and admitting he leaked the final two episodes of the show.
Read more about 50 Cent’s battle with STARZ over Power here.
DXclusives: 10 New-School Lyricists, Lonzo Ball & Hurricane Harvey
Class In Session: 10 New-School Lyricists To Get Your Mind Right
Justin Ivey took the time to list ten new-school lyricists that exist but may be flying under the radar because the music isn’t coming from a meme-able, trap-tastic SoundCloud rapper. The list includes Joyner Lucas, 3D Na’Tee, Montana of 300 and Conway The Machine, just to name a few.
Check out the full list of 10 New-School Lyricists To Get Your Mind Right here.
Lonzo Ball’s “Outdated” Nas Comments Emphasize Rap’s Generation Gap
Aaron McKrell examined rap’s generation gap in light of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball referring to Migos and Future as “real Hip Hop” as opposed to Nas, spinning the heads of Hip Hop purists everywhere.
McKrell described Ball’s comments as asinine and offered a different outlook for his words.
“What Lonzo should have said, and possibly meant, is that nobody from his generation listens to Nas,” McKrell wrote. “And for the most part, he’s right. The kids listen to pop rap, trap and mumble rap. Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, and, as Lonzo said, Future and Migos dominate their earbuds. I recently spoke to a kid who told me as much. I was in Pittsburgh last week talking to a student at Carnegie Mellon University. The conversation turned to Hip Hop and he brought up Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2.”
Read the full examination of Rap’s generation gap here.
Social Fads Exist But Don’t Make Hurricane Harvey One Of Them
In a new op-ed, HipHopDX’s Editor-in-Chief Trent Clark is encouraging people to not just participate in the social media foray of hashtags and retweets in the efforts to help those in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“In today’s social media stratosphere, getting awareness out to the public has been made just as easy as a few taps on the keyboard,” he wrote. “There have been plenty of hashtags, retweets and shares on top of tens of millions donated to the relief cause. And while the aforementioned support is nothing to scoff at, the immediate issues are still prevalent on ground zero.”
Read Trent Clark’s full op-ed on Hurricane Harvey here.