Nas had a strong week, with his latest album Life is Good bowing at No. 1 on the charts. He also spoke on how Jay Electronica was slated to produce the entirety of Untitled, but that the full-length collaboration never panned out. Lupe Fiasco did the media rounds this week, stating that “97 percent of Hip Hop is terrible” and circling back on his beef with Pete Rock over an unapproved sample. David Faustino also spoke with HipHopDX, recalling his days as Bud Bundy on Married With Children and getting his feet wet in the Hip Hop game once again.
Nas’ Life Is Good Hits Number One, Recalls Botched Jay Electronica Collaborative LP
Nas had one of his best weeks in recent memory. After releasing his new album Life is Good last week, his latest bowed atop the charts with 149,000 copies sold in its first seven days of release. The LP was bolstered by the release of several singles including “Bye Baby,” “Daughters,” “The Don” and “Nasty,” the later two of which he performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday evening. Additionally, Esco interviewed with BBC 1’s Benji B, revealing that his Untitled album was supposed to be produced entirely by Jay Electronica. Nas also explained the Notorious B.I.G. line from “No Introduction,” and echoed earlier comments that Marvin Gaye “inspired” him.
Lupe Fiasco Says 97 Percent Of Hip Hop Is Terrible, Speaks On Food & Liquor 2
Lupe Fiasco made the media rounds this week, giving interviews with a handful of publications and sites about various topics. The Chicago, Illinois rapper delivered some controversial comments during a chat with Power 105’s Breakfast Club, stating that “97 percent of Hip Hop is terrible,” but gave props to Drake and Slaughterhouse. He also spoke on 2 Chainz and Kanye West’s “Birthday Song,” saying, “I wanna hear stuff that I’ve never heard before so like 99 percent of the Hip Hop that I hear these days is just the same.” He also addressed his beef with Pete Rock over the use of the beat from “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)” for “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” claiming that Rock “knows we reached out.” Additionally, he touched on his upcoming double-disc album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, which will be musically “experimental.”
David Faustino Speaks On His Hip Hop History With Nas, Eazy-E
David Faustino, best known for his stint as Bud Bundy on Married With Children, chopped it up with HipHopDX this week, speaking on his days as a television fixture as well as his connection to Hip Hop. During the chat, Grandmaster B explained his return to Rap through his old label Old Scratch Records, addressing his connection to Hip Hop while on the set of his infamous show. He said that he wasn’t ready to write his own record when he was 17 years old, but was very consumed by his co-running Balistyx that featured will.i.am battling Xzibit. Read the full interview here.
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