Fabolous and Ray J came to blows after Loso made sarcastic comments about him on Twitter, with each artist telling a different story. Meanwhile, several older Nas cuts snaked their way onto the Internet, while Common praised him for his lyricism and branded him his favorite rapper. And on a sadder note, Troy Davis was executed this past Wednesday, but not without a fight: Hip Hop spoke up and spurred people to action in an attempt to halt the proceedings. In 50 Cent‘s world, the G-Unit leader had a busy week with both music and other business ventures.

Fabolous & Ray J Scuffle In Las Vegas, Nevada, Media Melee Ensues

After Fabolous popped off on Twitter about Ray J, tensions came to a head when the two bumped into one other at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brandy’s brother was the first to break his silence on the scuffle, calling Power 105’s The Breakfast Club and ranting about how he “socked” Loso during the scuffle. Fab quickly denied the claims, stating that a punch never landed and onlookers like 50 Cent could attest. Then, footage emerged of DJ Clue’s protégé performing after the fight with a big ol’ knot on the side of his dome. The latest in the saga were a few words on Twitter from Fab, who claimed that the video was doctored.

Nas Mines The Vaults For Unreleased Tracks, Gets Praised By Common

Nas may have been quiet on the news front this week, but Nasir Jones saw a few mined cuts from the vault hit the Internet. First up was “Your Mouth Got You In It,” a CDQ rarity of a song most likely recorded in the early ‘90s. After that came “Seeds of Heaven,” a politically-charged anthem produced by Infinite Arkatechz that popped up on DJ Rhudes’ Nas rarities collection, “The Found Tapes.” On top of that, Common named Esco as his favorite rapper, stating that his lyrics are poetry and will withstand the test of time.


50 Cent Promises New Album By November, Dodges Legal Bullet


50 Cent was all over the place this week. In conjunction with his Street King initiative, Fif claims he’s fed 2.5 million people and finished his new album, which he promised would arrive by November and feature at least two beats from Dr. Dre. Outside of music, the G-Unit leader released the book cover for his upcoming anti-bullying novel “Playground” while Forbes claimed he had potential to become Hip Hop’s first billionaire – no doubt his paycheck from playing a pimp in the film “The Frozen Ground” might help. But Curtis hit a speed bump: a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted at his mansion in 2008 sued him. Luckily, he was let off the hook in another lawsuit over his film and album, Before I Self Destruct.

Troy Davis Is Executed After 20 Years Since Verdict, Hip Hop Reacts

Twenty years after he was sentenced to death for the alleged murder of an off-duty policeman, Troy Davis was put to death this past Wednesday by lethal injection. Up until his execution, the Hip Hop community was outraged, taking to Twitter to encourage followers to take action against Georgia to halt the proceedings. Killer Mike and Big Boi protested in person, while last minute appeals were filed and dismissed in the hours leading up to the execution. Following Davis’ death, HipHopDX’s Omar Burgess and Slava Kuperstein conversed about the transgression of events and its context in society.

Other items of note:

– Petey Pablo Talks J. Cole’s Respect, Parting From Suge Knight, And Possibly Facing Time

– J. Cole Compares “Cole World” To Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint,” Speaks On Production

– T.I. To Release New Song On Monday, Produced By And Featuring Big K.R.I.T.

– Lil Wayne Plans To Record Albums With Juelz Santana, Young Money