HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Tekashi 6ix9ine released his debut project DAY69 on Friday (February 23) and got into a brawl at the LAX Airport ahead of its release. Blac Chyna got caught up in some controversy of her own when a video surfaced of her performing a sexual act on unidentified man. Plus, Birdman’s business practices were put on blast by Rap-A-Lot founder J. Prince, who gave the Cash Money boss a stiff warning.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Gets Jumped & Releases An Album
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s entire career has been surrounded in controversy, from sex crime allegations to having fights break out wherever he goes. Tekashi’s latest brawl occurred at the LAX Airport just a few days before his DAY69 album dropped. The altercation was caused by some Texas rappers who just so happened to catch the “Gummo” rapper outside his terminal.
A day later, three men were arrested at the San Antonio International Airport for threatening the polarizing rapper on Facebook. Tekashi drew the ire of Tango Orejon, the most violent gang in Texas, ahead of a show in San Antonio.
Check out Tekashi’s DAY69 here.
Blac Chyna’s Sex Tape
A video of Blac Chyna performing fellatio on a man who was later revealed to be her ex Mechie made its rounds on social media this week, and Twitter was not impressed. Celebrity sex tapes aren’t as shocking as they were 10 years ago, so if it’s less than great, the internet is relentless in their commentary and will not have mercy, as Chyna learned this week.
Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, came to Chyna’s defense after the clip was released. “Revenge porn — posting explicit images without the consent of everyone in those images — is a crime, a civil wrong, and a form of domestic abuse,” Bloom tweeted.
Read more about Blac Chyna’s sex tape here.
J. Prince Warns Birdman Over Bad Business Practices
Rap-A-Lot boss J. Prince called out Birdman over his business practices this week in a lengthy Instagram post. In the post, he mentions his son Jas Prince as the person who discovered Drake and kindly reminds the Cash Money boss that he should be paid accordingly.
“I’ve never been a man to use the word ‘Family’ loosely because I believe life and death is in the power of the tongue,” Prince wrote. “I also walk in great respect for the universal laws, one being cause and effect, simply meaning you reap what you sow. With that being said, I say to this man they call “@Birdman5star” don’t forget you have children and I know you wouldn’t want them to reap the seeds you have sewn by doing bad business.”
It also appears Birdman is now engaged to R&B singer Toni Braxton with plans of marriage in the near future. He recently discussed his relationship with Braxton and her family on The Wendy Williams Show.
Read more about J. Prince’s warning to Birdman here.
DXClusives: Murs, .idk & Nina Simone
Murs Explains How His Love Of Gang Culture & Star Wars “Destroyed” His Career
In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Murs goes into detail about how his love for gang-related and nerdy things worked against him.
“I think it destroyed my career in terms of sales,” he said with a laugh. “No one could relate to that. I didn’t own an album by a white person. Only album I owned by a white person was Vanilla Ice up to 2003. I never heard The Beatles, Sublime, Rolling Stones. I discovered all that via Slug of Atmosphere and making white friends, which I didn’t have.”
The DX Breakdown host’s upcoming album A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable is slated for release next month.
Read Murs’ full interview here.
.idk Describes How Losing His Mother Influenced “IWASVERYBAD”
It’s never easy losing someone close to you, especially if it’s the woman who gave birth to you. For Maryland rapper .idk, he channeled the energy from losing his mother into making his IWASVERYBAD project instead of turning to drugs.
“I think everyone should kinda stay away from those things, but it’s hard to say that because some people don’t know how to cope with life like everyone else,” he says. “Some people have to really, really find other ways to escape, you know? Luckily, I have music, but not everyone has music.”
Read .idk’s full interview here.
8 Times Nina Simone Influenced Your Favorite Rappers
Nina Simone’s birthday was February 21 and in celebration, HipHopDX compiled a list of eight of the best Simone samples by some of your favorite rappers, including Kanye West.
“Simone’s music can be heard in one of Kanye West’s most controversial videos, “Famous”featuring additional vocals from Rihanna and production courtesy of Swizz Beatz. The Life of Pablo track borrows from Simone’s 1968 single “Do What You Gotta Do” from the album Nuff Said!.”
Read the full list here.