HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Soulja Boy made major headlines after his meme-friendly appearance on The Breakfast Club, which saw him call out Drake for biting his style. Also, Future released his new album The WIZRD and candidly shared his feelings about ex-fianceé Ciara’s marriage to Russell Wilson.
Lastly, Joe Budden said he’d take out CyHi The Prynce in a rap battle.
Soulja Boy Claims He Taught Drake Everything He Knows
A debate erupted this week about who had the biggest comeback of 2018: Tyga or Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy is adamant it was him and while that’s certainly debatable, there’s no doubt he’s taken 2019 in a choke hold since his rant.
During his appearance on The Breakfast Club, the crew questioned why he feels he had the biggest comeback over Tyga or Meek Mill.
Once Charlamagne dropped Drake’s name, Soulja Boy hopped out of his seat to mock the 6 God.
“Drake? The nigga that got bodied by Pusha T?” he exclaimed with a puzzled look on his face. “The nigga that was hiding his kid from the world, but the world wasn’t hiding from the kid? Drake!? Y’all niggas betta stop playin’ in here.”
He also reminded everybody Drake’s opening line from his 2009 hit “Miss Me” is from Big Draco’s underground cut, “What’s Hannenin.’”
Naturally, Young Draco seized the moment and dropped a new video for “New Drip.”
Most of his media rounds have been entertaining and meme-able, to say the least. His stop at Complex’s Everyday Struggle and Yams Day appearance at the Barclay’s Center were also heavy topics of discussion. While at Sirius XM, he also got checked by Casanova for disrespecting a woman.
That wasn’t all. After Ariana Grande released her new song “7 rings,” a lot of people thought she lifted his “Pretty Boy Swag” for the record’s hook. Soulja has responded by demanding the pop singer to give him credit.
Read more about Soulja Boy and his shenanigans here.
Future Drops The WIZRD
They discussed a myriad of subjects, including Future’s estranged relationship with Rocko and his feelings about Ciara’s marriage to Russell Wilson.
“He not being a man in that position. He not telling her, ‘Chill out with that on the internet,'” the ATL rap star laments.
Though it’s been suggested he doesn’t like Wilson around baby Future, the “Crushed Up” rapper actually appreciates their relationship and likes that Wilson is teaching his son to play football.
In an interview with Genius, Future admits he stopped drinking lean a long time ago and admits he was afraid to tell fans he dubbed the habit. The Freebandz Gang boss also got in on the Soulja Boy fun by channeling his TBC interview to clown Kanye West.
Listen to Future’s The WIZRD here.
Joe Budden Opens The Gates To Battle CyHi The Prynce
“Hey, any of you rappers, it’s still Joe,” he exclaimed on his podcast. “Put the fuckin’ record out and say what you gotta say. Don’t talk about it my nigga, I’m here. I’m not scared of none of these rappers!”
Budden says he will come out of retirement just to end CyHi and demands the $500,000 comes out of Kanye West’s pockets as well as his own.
Read more about Budden and CyHi The Prynce here.
#DXCLUSIVES: EPMD, Sa-Roc, 183rd & Beat Billionaire
EPMD Pays Tribute To Phife Dawg At Sold Out Apollo Show
EPMD, Rakim, The LOX, Brand Nubian, Black Moon and Funk Flex were all on deck for a sold-out show at New York City’s famed Apollo Theater. During EPMD’s set, Parish and Erick Sermon began performing A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” in honor of the late Phife Dawg.
“Last night’s show at the Apollo Theater was incredible, classic Hip Hop,” EPMD’s Parish Smith tells HipHopDX’s Kyle Eustice. “I was happy to see golden era legends come around full circle and get their just due. The last time I was in the Apollo in front of a sold-out crowd with energy like that was in 1992 with the Hit Squad. New York City definitely came out to represent and show love to the golden era legends of Hip Hop.”
Read the full interview with EPMD here.
Sa-Rac Opens Up About Self-Harm, Self-Doubt & Ultimately Self-Love
Rhymesayers MC Sa-Roc spoke with DX’s Kyle Eustice about her struggles with self-love and how she overcame them. She also opened up about her 2018 song “Forever” and how she believes social media plays a integral role in people’s self-esteem.
“While a lot of those kinds of issues that I expressed in ‘Forever’ are far behind me, in this current society, we are constantly grappling with issues of self-esteem or self-worth,” she said. “There’s certainly degrees to how those issues manifest, but in the age of social media, this drive to capture these perfect moments and create these perfect lives has us attempting to measure up to these very curated and edited versions of real life. And we’re trying to keep up with the Joneses in a sense.”
Red the full Sa-Roc interview here.
Producer 183rd Talks “Uptown” Project & The Importance Of Artist Development
New York producer 183rd’s Uptown is a Smoke DZA and Vado collaborative project and reserves the traditional East Coast sound for a mainstream ear. Though the skilled producer considers himself an old school Hip Hop head, he has an appreciation for the new sound of Hip Hop in an exclusive interview with DX’s Riley Wallace.
“Lil Baby and Gunna are Hip Hop,” 183rd says. “They have metaphors in their raps and shit like that … they care about what they say. A lot of these industry cats don’t even write their raps down.”
Read 183rd’s full interview here.
How Gems From JAY-Z & Rick Ross Got Beat Billionaire Ready For 2019
DX’s Jake Rohn recently caught up with MMG’s Beat Billionaire for a conversation about his partnership with Roc Nation and plans for his new label Billion Dollar Market.
“I got my own label now it’s called Billion Dollar Market. I got a distribution deal through Roc Nation, so I got my own artists that I’m putting out,” he shares.
Read Beat Billionaire’s full interview here.