HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Drake was spotted back in the studio. XXXTENTACION publicly denied domestic abuse allegations and released a controversial music video, and HipHopDX spoke with Houston Hip Hop stars Bun B and Chedda Da Connect about the impact Hurricane Harvey had on their city.

Drake Back In The Studio

It’s been quite the week for Drake. The rap superstar kicked it off by posting a picture of the studio he set up in his new Toronto condo, suggesting that he’s getting back to creating some more new music.

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Later, he was spotted romancing The Florida Project actress Bria Vinaite. Then, during singer Shawn Mendes’ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon appearance, the actor shared an amusing anecdote about how Drizzy’s security detail roughed him at The Weeknd’s concert.

And at the end of the week, Drake mourned over the sudden death of his friend and OVO Sound affiliate, Anthony “Fif” Soares.

Read more about Drake’s week here.

XXXTENTACION Denies Domestic Abuse

Following the details of XXXTENTACION’s domestic abuse being revealed, the Florida rapper quickly hopped on social media to defend himself. He not only denied the allegations that led him to charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness-tampering, but he also threatened critics by saying he would “domestically abuse your little sister’s pussy from the back.”

The controversy only increased when he released his visual for “Look At Me,” which features a white child placing a noose around his neck before being hanged by X.

Learn more about XXXTENTACION’s domestic abuse case here.

Hurricane Harvey & Irma Relief Efforts

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought destruction upon those in Texas and Florida, but it also brought people closer together. Scooter Braun and Port Arthur, Texas-native Bun B organized the “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” fundraising telethon, which aired live on Tuesday night (September 12).

Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Questlove, Vic Mensa and DJ Khaled were among the many celebrities who actually sat down and answered the incoming phone calls. Beyoncé, Drake and Will Smith also sent in encouraging video messages.

Bun B recently spoke with HipHopDX, along with fellow Houston residents Mathew Knowles, and Chedda Da Connect, for series detailing the aftermath in Houston called Hip Hop From The Harvey Frontlines. 

Read Bun B’s Hip Hop From The Harvey Frontlines interview here.

DXclusives: Kanye West, Quavo & The Breakdown

From The Archives: When Kanye West’s “Graduation” Made Him A Pop Music Behemoth

Scott Glaysher revisits Kanye Wests’s 2007 Grammy Award-winning album Graduation and combs over the impact that each song had on Hip Hop at the time. Is Graduation a classic? According to Glaysher, it is and has sonically stood the test of time.

Read the 2017 Kanye West Graduation review here.

Quavo’s Top 10 Features Of 2017 (So Far)

Quavo has been featured on so many songs this year, it’s almost surprising when you don’t hear a song with his voice on it. He’s currently featured on Post Malone’s “Congratulations,” which has been hanging out in the Top 10 of the Billboards chart for quite some time now, and was featured DJ Khaled’s single “I’m The One” with Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper, which dominated the #1 spot for months.

Check out Quavo’s Top 10 Features of 2017 (So Far) here.

The Breakdown: When Did Hip Hop Become So R&B?

On this week’s episode of The Breakdown, Murs wonders, “When Did Hip Hop Become So R&B?” The veteran MC examines the rise of singing in the genre in detail.

Check it out below.