HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Russian battle rap infiltrated the American scene when Dizaster went bar-for-bar against Oxxxymiron, Wu-Tang Clan dropped Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues and RZA admitted Russell Crowe did in fact spit at Azealia Banks. Also, Gucci Mane married Keyshia Ka’oir on the BET Special, The Mane Event.
Dizaster Vs. Oxxxymiron
Dizaster and Russian battle rapper Oxxxymiron faced off at King Of The Dot’s “World Domination” event in Los Angeles. It’s already been dubbed as “the biggest battle in Hip Hop history” by Fresh Coast veteran host Lush One.
KOTD’s video of the rap battle has already garnered over seven million views just five days after its debut. It’s now the #1 most viewed upload on the league’s channel.
Watch the Dizaster vs. Oxxxymiron battle here.
Wu-Tang Clan Releases New Album & RZA Addresses Azealia Banks Incident
Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues is out. The 18-track project was produced entirely by DJ Mathematics.
RZA, who executive produced The Saga Continues, recently appeared on The Breakfast Club alongside Mathematics to talk about the project. When Charlamagne asked about the night Azealia Banks accused Russell Crowe of saying the n-word and spitting on her, he admitted he saw the actor spit at her. RZA previously defended Crowe’s actions in a lengthy FaceBook post before acknowledging it.
“Look, he spit at her. I saw that,” he said in the interview.
Watch RZA and Mathematics’ Breakfast Club interview here.
Gucci Mane & Keyshia Ka’oir’s Wedding Is “The Mane Event”
Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir tied the knot in Miami on October 17.
The two lovebirds wed in a lavish ceremony that reportedly cost over $2 million. Sean “Diddy” Combs, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Big Sean were among a few of the attendees. For those whose invitations got lost in the mail, The Mane Event aired live on BET.
Before the wedding, Mr. Davis copped his and her Rolls-Royce Wraiths.
In celebration of love and marriage, DX listed 12 successful marriages in Hip Hop. Check it out here.
#DXCLUSIVES: Bahamadia, YG Hootie, Eminem’s Shady Records & Classic Double Albums
Bahamadia’s Phone-Produced “Dialed Up 2” Project Is Off The Hook
Bahamadia has returned with her cell phone-curated project Dialed Up 2. DX’s Kyle Eustice got a chance to speak with the Philly recording artist about the concept. She pulled Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede, Zion I and Kev Brown, among others to help piece it all together.
“[I was] just being creative and became inspired to take a practical approach via utilizing new media tools for music making mainly because I have found an ideal space to get ideas for my work to randomly,” she said.
Read Bahamadia’s full interview here.
Who Is YG Hootie & How Is He Different From YG?
Don’t get YG and YG Hootie confused. They might both hail from Compton, California but they’re not the same.
YG Hootie is a Brick Squad Monopoly artist with a musical track record that includes Kendrick Lamar. His next project, Hubris, is scheduled for a November 11 release.
Learn more about YG Hottie here.
Eminem’s Shady Records Is Back On The Money — Here’s Its 2017 Roster
Shady Records has a solid line-up for 2017. DX’s Editor-In-Chief Trent Clark took some time to give readers the run-down on who is signed and affiliated with Eminem’s label.
Royce Da 5’9, Boogie and Slaughterhouse are among a few notable rap talents associated with Shady Records.
Find out who else is on Shady’s roster here.
2wice As Nice: 5 Trademarks Of A Classic Double Album
What makes a double album a classic? Writer Aaron McKrell reminds us that it’s possible to produce a project with enough music to fill out two LPs. Tupac did it. So did JAY-Z. And with Big K.R.I.T. gearing up to release a double album of his own, can he do it, too?
Read more about what can make a double album a classic here.