This week in Hip Hop, Meek Mill continued his crusade against Tekashi 6ix9ine and his newly rebooted career. Also, Swizz Beatz got a few rappers on board with his idea to raise $1 million in “taxes” for Hip Hop pioneers. Lastly, Future released his eighth studio album, High Off Life, which went gold in a matter of minutes.
Meek Mill Vows To “Crush” Tekashi 6ix9ine Following Comeback
Tekashi 6ix9ine made his official comeback last week and Hip Hop hasn’t exactly offered him a warm welcome. Meek Mill and the “GOOBA” rapper’s beef began just hours before his Instagram Live return and escalated this week to Meek vowing to destroy 6ix9ine on Twitter.
“I gotta crush you for the culture you chump!” Meek wrote on Monday (May 11). “We control the culture lol and ima set a example lol.”
Swizz Beatz Wants To Raise $1 Million In “Taxes” For Hip Hop Pioneers
While chatting Live with Joe Budden about the next potential Verzuz battle, Swizz Beatz said he believes rappers should pay “taxes” to the Hip Hop pioneers that paved the way for them. Ideally, he thinks the genre’s founding members deserve at “minimum, a million a piece.”
“I want to raise a million dollars for each icon that started Hip Hop — Kool Herc on down,” Swizz said, also naming veterans like Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash and Sugar Hill Gang. “The fact we’re not paying taxes on who started Hip Hop shows we don’t fucking really love Hip Hop.”
So far, Budden and LL Cool J have supported the idea.
Read more about Swizz’s Hip Hop tax plan here.
Future Releases High Off Life & It Immediately Goes Gold
As expected, Future delivered his eighth studio album, High Off Life, this week. The 21-track LP boasts features from Drake, Meek Mill, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, DaBaby and more.
High Off Life also housed several previously released songs, which ultimately pushed the album into gold status less than an hour after its release. The sales-driving hit was Future and Drake’s four-times platinum collab, “Life Is Good.” The album also included the single’s DaBaby and Lil Baby-assisted remix, “100 Shooters” featuring Meek Mill and Doe Boy, “Last Name” featuring Lil Durk and “Tycoon.”
“Life Is Good” was initially thought to be the first offering from Drake and Future’s forthcoming What A Time To Be Alive follow-up. However, neither artist has confirmed the existence of a sequel effort.
Read more about Future’s High Off Life album here.
#DXCLUSIVES: Yella Beezy, Masta Killa, 4th Disciple & Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Rejected Charity Donation
Boosie Badazz Did Yella Beezy’s “That’s On Me (Remix)” For Free After Charging Him For A Verse Four Years Prior
Speaking with HipHopDX via video chat, Yella Beezy explained how Boosie Badazz came to appear on his heavily-cameoed “That’s On Me (Remix)” free of charge. The feature was a full-circle moment for Beezy, who had paid for a Boosie feature back in 2014.
“It was three or four years later… [Boosie] was playing [“That’s On Me”] in the club, he was just like vibing to it,” Beezy told DX. “We ended up getting in contact, I sent him an open-verse for it.”
Besides Boosie, the “That’s On Me (Remix)” also saw verses from Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Trapboy Freddy, T.I. and Rich The Kid.
“These were people that I was jamming [and] listening to before I became who I am now,” Beezy continued. “I don’t take none of that for granted.”
See the full interview here.
Masta Killa & 4th Disciple Recall “Wild” Studio Sessions For ODB’s Return To The 36 Chambers LP
With Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version turning 25 years old this year, DX caught up with Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa and Wu-Elements producer 4th Disciple for a behind-the-scenes look at the late rapper’s classic solo debut.
“[They were] definitely wild,” 4th recalled of the LP’s recording sessions. “Staying all night in the studio. His session was a lockout, so we would sleep in the studio. So, that was crazy.”
“When we were doing songs, you would never know if it was going to be Cuban Linx, if it was going to be for Return To The 36, Ironman,” Masta explained. “We’re just doing songs. That’s why all of those first albums, even though they were solo albums, they were basically like Wu-Tang Clan albums.”
Check out the interview here.
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s $200K Donation To No Kid Hungry Nonprofit Rejected
This week, Tekashi 6ix9ine attempted to help out amidst the pandemic in the form of a $200,000 donation to No Kid Hungry. However, the nonprofit opted to reject his offering, which was met with a sour reaction from the controversial rapper. DX spoke with No Kid Hungry’s director of strategic communications, Laura Washburn, to get the full story.
“We are grateful for Mr. Hernandez’s generous offer to donate to No Kid Hungry but we have informed his representatives that we have declined this donation,” Washburn wrote in an email. “As a child-focused campaign, it is our policy to decline funding from donors whose activities do not align with our mission and values.”