This week was a scary one for Rick Ross, who held court as the ringleader of the Maybach Music Group freestyle at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher but later went into the hospital after suffering two seizures. Eminem did what he does best, dominating the cyphers with his Shady 2.0 crew, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf. Meanwhile, Drake dropped off his new single “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj in anticipation of tonight’s Saturday Night Live performance, and Common revealed the title of his upcoming collaborative album with Nas.


Rick Ross Suffers Two Seizures While Up In The Air


Rick Ross started out having the best week ever. With his Maybach Music Group team (Wale, Pill, Stalley and Meek Mill), Ricky Rozay positioned himself as one of the forerunners for best crew freestyle during the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards cyphers. He even let viewers go behind the scenes of the shoot, showing it was all off the top of the dome, and took some time out to reflect on his former confrontation with Kreayshawn at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. But Rawse made headlines on Friday after suffering a seizure during a flight that had to make an emergency landing. Everything seemed to be OK, but then he had yet another seizure while on another flight. His condition is reportedly stable.


Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf Tear Up The 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher


One of the most highly anticipated cyphers at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards was worth the hype. Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf headed to a warehouse in Detroit, Michigan to rhyme over a grizzly beat courtesy of DJ Premier. Yelawolf went in first, spitting against the instrumental in his nasal drawl. The Slaughterhouse crew, which previewed the new song “Who’s the Illest,” came next, producing heaps of quotables like “Hi, Rihanna” (a line that Royce Da 5’9 later explained). Marshall was last up at bat, showing that his freestyle skills were far from rusty – also evidenced by the behind-the-scenes clip of the shoot.


Drake Scoops Nicki Minaj For “Make Me Proud,” Talks Pusha T Diss


Aside from pushing back his upcoming album Take Care to November 15th, Drake has stayed on his A-game. The Young Money rapper dropped off his new single “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj, which he explained was a concept that came up in passing. Not only did he crown Onika and Lil Wayne as icons, but he dismissed claims that Pusha T fired shots at him on  “Don’t Fuck With Me (Dreams Money Can Buy).” On top of that, Drizzy scored a guest verse from Andre 3000 for Take Care and rounds out the week with a performance on Saturday Night Live .


Common Confirms Collaborative Album With Nas, Speaks On G.O.O.D. Music


Common had a busy week, riding the success of his new single “Blue Sky.” The Chicago, Illinois native spoke on his upcoming album with Nas, tentatively titled Nas (Dot) Com, which he confirmed will happen but that it’s just a matter of timing. He also touched on his status with G.O.O.D. Music, stating that even though his upcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer isn’t dropping on the imprint, he still considers himself part of the family. To cap it off, Com nabbed a coveted guest feature from Maya Angelou, who recites a poem on his pending LP.

Other items of note:

– Dr. Dre Previews New Song In Studio Clip

– Lil Wayne Talks Being An Innovator

– Method Man Expresses Desire To Collaborate With Tyler, The Creator

– 9th Wonder Talks “Wonder Years,” Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Raekwon