HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s testimony against his fellow Nine Trey Gangsta Blood members led to a guilty verdict. Also, Kanye West‘s Jesus Is King was never released, but a fan attending his listening session recorded it. Lastly, Nas paid his respects to Belly actor Louie Rankin, who passed away in a car accident.
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Alleged Kidnapper Found Guilty
Nine Trey Gangsta Blood member Anthony “Harv” Ellison was found guilty in the kidnapping of Tekashi 6ix9ine. He and fellow gang member Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack were also convicted of racketeering, among other charges. 6ix9ine’s three-day testimony at their trial played a significant role in the conviction, according to TMZ.
The controversial rapper has received major backlash for testifying from Hip Hop notables such as Snoop Dogg and The Game. 6ix9ine reportedly believes they are just jealous haters.
6ix9ine hopes to be released from jail next year with plans of continuing his rap career. Many are wondering if he can really pick up where he left off after being labeled a snitch. Page Kennedy examined the situation in the latest episode of HipHopDX’s The Breakdown.
Read more about Tekashi 6ix9ine here.
Fan Records Kanye West’s “Jesus Is King” At NYC Listening Event
One fan in attendance of Kanye West’s Jesus Is King listening event in New York recorded his album and uploaded it to YouTube. The video was quickly taken down but not before some fans got to hear it.
Jesus Is King was originally supposed to release on September 27 but never did. Kim Kardashian then claimed it was coming out on September 29, which also didn’t happen. Now, the release date is TBA.
Read more about Kanye West’s Jesus Is King here.
“Belly” Actor Louie Rankin Passes Away
On Monday (September 30), Jamaican dancehall musician and actor Louie “Original Don Dada” Rankin tragically lost his life in a car accident.
Rankin was known for his riveting role as Jamaican drug kingpin “Ox” in the 1998 cult classic film Belly, which also starred Nas, DMX, Method Man and T-Boz, among others.
In 2016, Rankin reunited with Nas for DJ Khaled’s “Nas Album Done” video. Upon learning of Rankin’s passing, Nas paid his respects on Instagram.
“Louie Rankin,” Nas began his caption. “Great working with this man. A legend. In Belly you stole the show. “ You Wana Rump with bombaclot me??!” In @djkhaled video Nas Album Done, your presence was super live wire much needed. RIP Don Dada.”
Read more about Louie Rankin’s passing here.
#DXclusives: Public Enemy, Nick Cannon & Trouble
Chuck D’s Manager Responds to Flavor Flav’s VladTV Interview About Lawsuit Claims
Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav recently sat down for an interview with VladTV where he discussed suing Chuck D over royalties. In response, Chuck’s manager Lorrie Boula took the time to address it with HipHopDX.
“We have chosen not to respond to Flavor Flav’s multiple statements about litigation claims against Chuck D but feel it’s necessary to set the record straight this time,” Boula told DX. “The facts are that Flavor Flav did attempt to sue Chuck D, but the court threw out his lawsuit in January 2019.”
Read the full explanation here.
Nick Cannon On The Art Of Ambition
In a recent interview with DX, Nick Cannon spoke about his ambition to make it big, starting with his hustle on Nickelodeon’s All That.
“With Nickelodeon, I was making five hundred dollars a week, and that was everything at that time; I thought I was rich,” Cannon recalled. “I was now able to help put gas in [my parents’] car to make trips up to LA. I could buy food. I could buy an outfit and pay my mom’s rent. That was a dream come true. It was always that idea of wanting to provide for my mother, and for others in the family. The more I began to work, the more I was able to do that.”
Check out the entire Nick Cannon interview here.
Inside Trouble’s Brick Road To Def Jam
Trouble talked to DX about how he ended up signing with the legendary Def Jam Recordings.
“I actually ended up going to New York,” Trouble said. “They flew me up there, we had a sitdown. And after I was able to just sit with everybody face to face from the head honchos all the way down to the intern. It was just a bool feeling, and it just was great vibes. And, it just felt genuine. So, for me, I was like, man, shit, let’s do it. And they was talking about everything I was talking about. They was ready to put music out whenever I was ready to.”
Read the full Trouble interview here.