HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, YG follows The Game’s lead by calling out Tekashi 6ix9ine for talking reckless on social media. Also, Logic confirmed his divorce to his wife of two years, Jessica Andrea, and Jeezy announced his next album will be last.
YG & The Game Challenge Tekashi 6ix9ine
The Game warned Tekashi 6ix9ine to “cut the tuff shit out before it’s too late” under a throwback photo of a fresh-faced 6ix9ine. YG followed-up on those threats with an Instagram video of his own asking him, “What’s happening, Blood?”
The controversial 6ix9ine isn’t phased though. He traded shots with The Game on social media and then appeared on The Breakfast Club saying he can go to any city he wants without checking in, including Houston and Los Angeles.
Read more about YG and The Game pressing 6ix9ine here.
Logic Announces Divorce
— Bobby Tarantino (@Logic301) March 20, 2018
Logic decided to explain why he’s getting a divorce from his wife of two years, Jessica Andrea. He made the announcement via Twitter after TMZ reported he and his wife were headed towards splitsville. Joyner Lucas, his rival, even poked fun at the reported rumor before Logic confirmed it.
Apparently, there’s no bad blood and according to their prenup, Andrea is entitled to a payout.
Read more about Logic’s divorce here.
Jeezy Says “TM 104” Will Be His Last Album
As the Cold Summer tour comes to a end.. It was inspiring seeing my day one fans since my first album & class TM 101 come out every night. Now class is coming to a end. It's time for Graduation! My Last Album & Final Class: TM104 –#TrustYaProcess ☃️
— Sno (@Jeezy) March 22, 2018
Jeezy is the latest recording artist to announce his next album will be their last. On Thursday (March 22), the Snowman sent off a tweet saying TM104 will be his final LP.
Read more about Jeezy’s wrapping things up here.
DXclusives: David Banner, Taz Taylor, Statik Selektah, Underground Report & SXSW Rap Rising
David Banner Reveals How He Recouped Over $100K Spent Making “The God Box”
It’s been almost a year since David Banner released The God Box and speaking with HipHopDX’s Kyle Eustice, Banner shares how he was able to make back what he spent creating the project. It wasn’t the album that generated the $100,000 spent to create it, but the actual “God Boxes” he sold on his website.
Each box was comprised of a flag, a t-shirt, Hidden Colors 3, Black Friday, autographed copies of The God Box (including, the chopped and screwed version), as well as stickers, pins and a copy of Anthony Browder’s The Browder Files.
“I spent over $100,000 to produce this album,” Banner told DX. “So, I had to take a break before I really concentrated on shooting videos and make some money back because I’m still a businessman. I’m not a fool. If the people aren’t going to move towards the movement, then I have to allow it to make money first. So, on DavidBanner.com, I created The God Boxes … And to be honest with you, The God Boxes initially sold more than the album did. I sold so many God Boxes that it literally paid for what I spent to record the album.”
#DXHitList: The Taz Taylor Session
Taz Taylor is one of the next breakout producers, and he’s coming into the game with a plan of his own in the form of Internet Money. Speaking with DX, the Florida producer curated a special #DXHitList playlist on Spotify for us and talked about the difference between industry producers and ones like himself getting placements with the likes of Gucci Mane, Kodak Black, Trippie Redd and Lil Skies.
“Producers kinda envy us out here,” he says. “These industry producers that I’ve met will spend 14 days to a month working on 10 beats to work on these sessions. We show up with 341 beats. They get jealous of us because they can’t compete. These artists go into other sessions buzzing about that shit.”
Statik Selektah Says Labeling New Music As “Old School” Is Bad For Hip Hop
DX caught up with Statik Selektah recently to discuss one of his tweets saying how lamenting how certain types of Hip Hop are labeled as “old school.” In his mind, this is a bad development.
“It’s bad for Hip Hop when people try to label anything with soul or a raw element to it as ‘90s or old school,” he tells DX. “It creates a separation. It makes the young kids look at sampling music as dated.”
Underground Report: 7 More Indie Hip Hop Songs You Need To Hear
DX’s Justin Ivey put together another list of music artists that you should get into with his latest edition of the Underground Report. It includes Warm Brew collaboration “Same Page” with Niko G4 and Ciscero’s GoldLink-assisted single “Function.”
Check out the full list here.
HipHopDX’s SXSW Rap Rising Showcase Proves Live Music Is Still King
DX brought fans the Rap Rising showcase at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas this year. Among those to rock our stage were Jay Park, Sherwood Marty, Lyric Michelle and Larry June.
If you weren’t able to make it the Rap Rising stage at SXSW, find out how each performance went down here.