HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, a judge made the decision that up-and-coming rapper Tay-K will be tried as an adult for murder. Floyd Mayweather defeated UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor in boxing and the Hip Hop community rejoiced in his victory. Lastly, in response to the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused in Houston, Lil B announced he would be giving away free verses to Houston rappers.
Tay-K To Be Tried As Adult
17-year-old Tay-K will be tried as an adult for capital murder, a Texas judge decided on Wednesday (August 30). His court date has been pushed back, however, due to lack of evidence.
The Texas rapper, born Taymor McIntyre, first gained widespread notoriety in Hip Hop with his single “The Race,” which has amassed millions of views over the summer. The song recently peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Read more details on Tay-K’s capital murder case here.
Floyd Mayweather Defeats Conor McGregor
Floyd “Money” Mayweather defeated UFC star Conor McGregor on Saturday night (August 26) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a fight to maintain his perfect boxing record, which now stands at 50-0.
The Hip Hop community praised Mayweather for his win, with big names likes Sean “Diddy” Combs, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli and Krayzie Bone showing love to the boxer.
Without God, none of this is possible. THANK YOU
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 27, 2017
Check out Hip Hop’s reaction to Floyd Mayweather’s win here.
Lil B Offers Free Bars To Houston Artists
Lil B decided to donate verses to Houston artists affected by Hurricane Harvey throughout the month of September. A few rappers have already responded to the offer and The BasedGod retweeted many of those requests.
If you were affected by the flood in Huston and you make music. Lil B is giving free verses to all artist from Huston Texas for sept – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) August 29, 2017
Read more about Lil B’s offer to Houston artists here.
#DXCLUSIVES: Chuck D, Dee Barnes & Dame Dash
Chuck D spoke with HipHopDX staff writer Kyle Eustice about a report that fellow Public Enemy member Flavor Flav was suing him. As it turns out, Flav’s issues are more with Chuck D’s business partner Gary “G-Wiz” Rinaldo and BTNE. Chuck’s name is just associated with Rinaldo’s company Eastlink after it merged with Chuck’s Bring The Noise, creating the acronym BTNE.
“Flav and his people sued me in connection to albums, merch and essentially non-communication and non-payment, but BTNE was the third party that was supposed to account to Flav and everyone else,” Chuck explained to HipHopDX. “Gary [Rinaldo] ignored it. Flav is in Las Vegas doing Vegas things in casinos. Public Enemy hadn’t worked in a year because I wasn’t working without an album and a plan.”
During a conversation about misogyny in Hip Hop, Dee Barnes addressed Dr. Dre assaulting her at a record release party in Hollywood, California in 1991. The disturbing incident was later made into a punchline on Eminem’s 1999 single “Guilty Conscious,” causing her more concern.
“Even as I was moving on with my life, eight years later, Dre makes that track with Eminem,” she told DX. “Mind you, I’m living my life after the fact. Technically, the trial was two years of my life I can never get back. Nobody talks about that. If you step back, you could see I must have forgave him a long time ago because there was nothing vengeful about my behavior, you feel me? There was no smear campaign. My concern was it went from physical abuse to psychological abuse with that song.”
While stopping by our weekly show #DXLive, Dame Dash explained what makes an artist the best rapper and why JAY-Z is just that.
“Let’s have a rap conversation real quick,” Dame said. “When I was coming up, your vocals and your lyrics had to be good but, in our mind, a real rapper is if you didn’t lie about what you were doing. What set us aside is that we was talking about getting so much money but we was really getting it. We see someone else talking about getting money and [being] a killer, we know you not a killer. That’s what determined what was the best rapper because anybody can say anything. If you can say something real and it’s about your actual experience [then] that’s what’s real. If you telling the truth, if you can keep a beat, [and] make a record about it, then that’s how I judge who’s the best rapper and that’s why I say JAY-Z for Reasonable Doubt.”