HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Kodak Black boldly declared he is better than the legendary 2Pac. Also, J. Prince successfully regained possession of YBN Almighty Jay’s stolen chain and JAY-Z‘s 2001 album The Blueprint was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress.

Kodak Black Thinks He’s Better Than 2Pac

Kodak Black feels as though he’s better than the late 2Pac, explaining why in a recent Instagram Live session.

“People tryin’ to say, ‘Oh I can’t put myself in the same category as 2Pac,” he said. “Actually I’m better than 2Pac because I live what I rap about. He’s just a legend for a fact that he died. I live what I rap about.”

Kodak previously made a statement saying he should be regarded in the same category as Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. This isn’t the only bold assertion he’s made recently, also declaring he has a thing for Young M.A.

Read more about Kodak Black’s 2Pac comments here.

J. Prince Safely Recovers YBN Almighty Jay’s Chain

After putting out a digital APB for YBN Almighty Jay‘s jacked Rap-A-Lot chain, J. Prince was able to regain possession of it with the help of New York natives French Montana and Hocus 45th.

The Rap-A-Lot founder announced the recovery with an Instagram post.

“Real recognizes real in every hood and has a way of connecting in spite of clowns and squares,” he wrote in the caption. “The homies from the Bronx, KT, @hocus45th and @frenchmontana kept it real with me and my son @jprincejr. Tho it was never about the chain, it was about the name that was built off of blood sweat and tears. I welcome these brothers to our #MobTies movement and look forward to us doing business in the future together.”

Read more about J. Prince recovering YBN Almighty Jay’s chain here.

JAY-Z’s “The Blueprint” Selected For Library Of Congress

JAY-Z’s 2001 classic The Blueprint will be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, according to the Associated Press.

The Blueprint was Jay’s fourth album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 427,000 units sold in its first week.

As for new music, apparently Jay Electronica may have something in the works with Hov. Whether or not the music will ever see the light of day is another story.

Read more about the honor for JAY-Z’s The Blueprint here.

#DXCLUSIVES: Anderson .Paak, J.J. Fad, Chuck D & #ThrowbackThursdays

Anderson .Paak’s Idea For “Ventura” Album Had Dr. Dre Scratching His Head

Anderson .Paak is full of energy, just like his music. HipHopDX spoke with the Grammy Award-winning talent about exactly where he found inspiration for his Ventura album and how his mother set an example for him.

“I feel like I came up in a confident household,” he told DX. “My mom was an entrepreneur coming up. She had three girls and I was the only boy. My mom was the boss. She didn’t even have to tell me. I just watched her and watched how hard she worked to get all of us where we were at. I didn’t know at the time, but I was just absorbing all of that.”

Read the full interview with Anderson .Paak here.

J.J. Fad Revisits Working With Dr. Dre On History-Making “Supersonic” Album 30 Years Later

J.J. Fad dropped Supersonic in the summer of 1988 and reflected on the making of the project with Dr. Dre in an interview with DX.

“We had so much fun [making the album],” MC J.B said. “We had the best time. As many times as Dre would say, ‘Again, again, again,’ we didn’t even get mad. We just start laughing like, ‘Oh my god, are you really gonna say again again?’ He’s such a perfectionist. But we never got mad because we knew that he had our best interest at heart, so we never got mad about that and we would have a blast. We played tag in the studio, so we really had the best time ever.”

Read the full J.J. Fad interview here.

Chuck D Lists His Top 13 Most Influential Rock Albums

Chuck D explained how rock music influenced him by naming 13 rock albums that inspired him.

“I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, so these records were on the radio,” Chuck D told DX. “Matter of fact, a lot of these Hip Hop producers grew up on all those songs that made them more Hip Hop. Grandmaster Flash — all these guys do rock. Everything comes out of the blues anyway. Johnny Cash is not country. Johnny Cash started out as kind of like rhythm and blues country with a little bit of rock. He made rock out of that.”

Check out Chuck D’s full list here.

#ThrowbackThursdays: DJ Premier Is Born In 1966

DJ Premier celebrated his birthday on March 21, so DX honored his contributions to the culture with the latest #ThrowbackThursdays installment.

Read about DJ Premier here.