This week, Brick Squad rapper Slim Dunkin was fatally shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia in a music studio while preparing to hit the set of a Gucci Mane music video. Canibus fired shots at J. Cole with his “J. Clone” diss, but then retracted the song after the Internet spoke out against his actions and made him realize the errors of his ways. Plies was found civilly liable for his involvement in a 2006 club shooting, though he plans on filing several motions that could lead to appeal. Crooked I spoke with HipHopDX about his various projects, explaining his In None We Trust EP title and updating on the Slaughterhouse album.

Brick Squad Rapper Slim Dunkin Murdered In Atlanta, Georgia 

Just last night (December 16th), Brick Squad rapper Slim Dunkin was fatally shot at a music studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Though details are still emerging, Slim, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was preparing to attend a Gucci Mane video shoot when he engaged in an altercation with another man. That man ended up shooting Slim in the chest, fatally wounding him. Police are still on the hunt for the shooter, and were not able to recover a gun from the scene. HipHopDX extends its condolences to his family at this difficult time. 

Canibus Throws Shots At J. Cole, And Then Retracts Diss

Canibus sent a few shockwaves through the Hip Hop community this week after releasing a diss track titled “J. Clone,” taking to Facebook to explain why he was throwing shots at J. Cole. “I can’t help but to think that he is not nearly as sincere or genuine as he would like real hip hop heads to think he is because he speaks about me like I am dead,” he wrote. But the next day, he retracted his diss towards the Roc Nation rapper, writing, “Hip Hop has spoken up loud and clear, it’s a ‘cole world’ right now, and you’re reignin’ champ, J. I take full responsibility for my actions and I apologize for steppin’ over the line.”

Plies Found Civilly Liable For 2006 Club Shooting

Five years after a shooting broke out at his performance in Gainseville, Florida, Plies and his brother have been found civilly liable for the 2006 shooting. Plies’ brother Ronell Levatte and two other men reportedly fired shots into the air at 283 West nightclub after his mic was cut off. After seven days of testimony and eight hours of jury deliberation, the victims were awarded $200,000. Plies is yet to comment on the matter, and was not present in court. The defense plans on filing several motions that could lead to appeal.

Crooked I Touches On Slaughterhouse, Religion & Dr. Dre

Following the release of his new EP In None We Trust, Crooked I talked with HipHopDX about how he developed the title for the project and what it means to him. He spoke on his religious background and how he doesn’t necessarily align with organized religion. Shifting to music, the Slaughterhouse member spoke on the status of his super group’s Shady Records debut, confirming that Eminem is serving as executive producer for the project and contributed beats. He also spoke on how he would like to collaborate more with Dr. Dre, and what exactly he would like to record with him.

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– Young Jeezy Names His Top Five Rappers, Speaks On Vocal Chord Damage

– 50 Cent Talks Slim The Mobster Comments

– The Conscious Daughters’ Special One Found Dead

– Jay-Z & Timbaland Headed To Court For “Big Pimpin'” Copyright Lawsuit