HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, John Singleton passed away at the age of 51. Also, Remy Ma went back to jail after allegedly assaulting Love & Hip Hop: New York co-star Brittney Taylor. Lastly, Justin Bieber had a critique for Eminem, then compared Chris Brown to Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur.
Rest In Peace John Singleton
Academy Award-nominated film director John Singleton passed away Monday (April 29), after his family had made the “agonizing” decision to take him off life support. He was 51.
The Snowfall co-creator suffered from a stroke the previous week that put him in a coma while at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Singleton is the mastermind behind a docket of films that became classic staples in the Hip Hop culture such as Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning and Baby Boy.
Celebrities such as fellow filmmakers Spike Lee and Jordan Peele as well as recording artists such as RZA and Juicy J paid their respects.
Ice Cube, who starred as “Doughboy” in Boyz N The Hood, also paid tribute to Singleton with a heartfelt Instagram post.
“I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton,” Cube wrote. “He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker.”
Singleton’s estate is reportedly worth $35 million. Though he left a will, his family is currently in a dispute over how the money will be distributed.
Read more about John Singleton passing away here.
Remy Ma Goes Back To Jail
Remy Ma turned herself into authorities Wednesday (May 1) and was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly punching Love & Hip Hop: New York co-star Brittney Taylor in the face.
NYPD opened an investigation last month following an altercation that occurred at the Pretty Lou Benefit Concert on April 16. Remy allegedly left Taylor with a black eye.
Fat Joe has defended his “All The Way Up” collaborator, claiming Taylor is only after clout.
Read more about Remy Ma going back to jail here.
Justin Bieber Critiques Eminem & Compares Chris Brown to 2Pac
Justin Bieber took to Instagram on Wednesday (May 1) to share his thoughts on Eminem’s Kamikaze track “The Ringer,” where the Detroit rapper is throwing insults at the younger generation of rap stars such as Lil Pump and Lil Xan.
“I just like Em’s flow but don’t like that he’s dissing new rappers. I like the new generation of rap he just doesn’t understand it,” Justin opined.
Next, he compared Chris Brown to Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur.
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everyone wants to wait til people die To give them the credit they deserve. I’m calling it now when CB passes away after a long full life, you will miss what you had in front of you the whole time … trust me watch you will see. the people who have over looked this mans talent because of a mistake he made.. you need to reevaluate! Love you @chrisbrownofficial
“Everyone wants to wait til people die To give them the credit they deserve. I’m calling it now when CB passes away after a long full life, you will miss what you had in front of you the whole time,” he captioned on the post.
Read more about Justin Bieber comparing Chris Brown to Tupac and MJ here.
#DXCLUSIVES: Crook’s Corner, Afeni Shakur & Crazy Legs
KXNG Crooked & Daylyt Discuss Impact Of Nipsey Hussle’s Death On “Crook’s Corner” Debut Episode
HipHopDX and KXNG Crooked have launched a new series called Crook’s Corner. In the debut episode, he sits down with fellow West Coast rapper Daylyt.
Watch the first episode of Crook’s Corner here.
#ThrowbackThursdays: 2Pac’s Mother Afeni Shakur Passes Away At 69
HipHopDX remembers Tupac Shakur’s late mother, Afeni Shakur, with the latest #ThrowbackThursday series.
Read more about Afeni Shakur here.
Interview: Crazy Legs Talks Urban Dance Importance On Changing Communities
In an exclusive interview, Hip Hop pioneer Crazy Legs details the importance of breaking in urban communities.
“Back in the day, this was really the only way for young black and Latin men to get out of the hood,” he said. “Now, it’s seen as the true art form that it is — and it’s become universal.”
Read the full interview with Crazy Legs here.