This week in Hip Hop, Rihanna turned 29 and received lots of Happy Birthday love from everyone, including her ex Drake and favorite go-to site PornHub. Soulja Boy called out Chris Brown for backing out of their boxing match and Future followed up last week’s release of Future with HNDRXX. Lastly, Drake addresses his issues with Kanye West and Meek Mill with candor during his OVO Beats 1 radio show.
Happy Birthday Bad Gal!
On February 20, Rihanna, born Robyn Fenty, turned 29 years old. She received lots of love from her peers including her ex Drake, who dedicated his performance of “Work” to her during the Dublin stop of his Boy Meets World tour.
PornHub also let her know that they’ve updated the Latinos and Brazilian section of their site for her viewing pleasure.
#HappyBirthdayRihanna We've updated your favorite Brazilian category for you! Love you Kween.
— Pornhub ARIA (@Pornhub) February 20, 2017
Kehlani, R. Kelly, and Diplo are among the many celebs that wished Rihanna a happy birthday.
The Bajan pop star briefly dedicated an Instagram post to her upcoming cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, on her special day. She let all the make-up fiends out there know that the collection will be hitting Sephora in the fall. One of the lines first releases was previewed on what presumably was Fenty Beauty’s official Instagram page, which has since been deleted.
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Chris Brown Officially Crushes Soulja Boy’s Boxing Match Dreams
Chris Brown will not give Soulja Boy the satisfaction of boxing him. The R&B singer announced that he will not be fighting Big Draco because too many hands got involved and Soulja was not trying to hear it.
“Can’t believe this nigga scared to fight me sign the contract Bitch Ass nigga set up the boxing match,” he tweeted, “Nigga talked all that Shit just to back down and not sign the paper work. Not about that life. No action. Don’t wanna hear about this ever. Now we all know Chris a Bitch don’t bring this shit up to me ever again. He ain’t wanna see these hands. Facts.”
Breezy’s refusal to sign the contract is what was holding up the fight from proceeding in the first place, as he acknowledged that it was a legit event that could have actually happened. HipHopDX already figured this fight wasn’t going down back in January for a multitude of reasons.
Furthermore, Chris has a restraining order from his ex Karrueche Tran and upcoming The Party Tour with 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. Genasis and Kap G to worry about.
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Future Drops Trap Soul In Its Purest Form With “HNDRXX” But Still Had Time For A Lil Love & A Lil Beef
Future released his emotionally charged album HNDRXX, his second album in seven days, on Friday (February 24). The 17-track album includes features from Rihanna and The Weeknd.
It is his rawest and sincerest project yet and can be felt in both the production and lyrics. Future, which was released a week prior, is more of the Super Trapper Future sound that most of the world is used to and even on that project, he couldn’t help himself but to address a few things including his relationship with Larsa Pippen, wife to Scottie Pippen.
With no qualms, he savagely came for their marriage on the song “Rent Money” rapping, “I make the blogs with ya bitch cause I’m ruthless” and ending the song with “I just slam dunked ya bitch hall of fame.” After Future‘s release, he crept into Larsa’s Instagram comments and left a little yellow heart memento accompanied by the caption “Forever” and his fans did the same.
Additionally, Future publicly addressed rumors that Rocko is to get 100 percent of royalties from his next two albums. It is the reason why some believe that he released Future and HNDRXX as albums. Future denied those claims during a Twitter Q&A and then blasted Rocko on Instagram, calling him a snake. The same claims can also be heard on HNDRXX.
“No way in the fuck am I doing that for him,” said Future. “We working, we richer than ever. When niggas go broke, they do dumb shit. I don’t know what’s going on. At the end of the day, we making hits, we making history. If a nigga wanna be a part of history, you gotta do something to tag along. That’s what it is, a tag-along nigga.”
Stream HNDRXX here.
Drake Doesn’t Hold His Tongue For Kanye West, Meek Mill or XXXTENTACION
This past Sunday (February 26), an interview with DJ Semtex was aired on Drake’s OVO radio show and the Toronto rapper, who is usually passive-aggressive in his response, took a new approach to addressing issues that he has with others by being more straightforward.
He discussed what issue Kanye West may have with him, why things went they way they did with the Meek Mill beef and accusations from XXXTENTACION that he stole his style.
Simply put: “You can ask me about a bunch of people in this interview and you can literally ask me what my problem is with them and I’ll tell you I don’t have one,” Drake asserted.
As far as Kanye, Drizzy says that he has no idea what West is talking about half the time. His issue with Meek Mill was that he was attempting to ruin his career and take food out of his family’s mouth. He also claimed he was never trying to steal XXXTENTACION’s style.
The Florida rapper blasted the rapper on Twitter after a video surfaced from his Boy Meets World Tour stop in Amsterdam of him previewing a song from More Life in January. Those tweets have since been deleted.
Not only that, Drake and Winnie Harlow dating rumors had to be struck down by the model herself. She cleverly used a lyric from Nicki Minaj’s “Only” to put out the lies.
Thanks for actually doing some research xx "…all my life man fuck sakes" -N.M. https://t.co/CEc24ZRlel
— ♔DonPablo♔ (@winnieharlow) February 22, 2017
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DXclusives: Ice T, Jordan Peele & Brasstracks
Ice T shared the positive reception that was received for Body Count’s “No Lives Matter” video from the group’s upcoming album Bloodlust.
“So far I’ve gotten nothing but good response,” Ice-T explained to HipHopDX. “I’m playing the honest angle on this. When it gets to the real bottom line, they don’t give a fuck about anybody. I start the record off by saying it’s unfortunate we have to say it and bring it up as a point. It’s a phrase of desperation. It’s not a phrase of power. It’s a phrase of despair. They’re diluting what you’re saying right now with ‘All Lives Matter.’ This is being sparked from a lot of black people being killed in a short period of time. I take it a step further. When you’re talking the base of government and power, we are all collateral damage at the end of the day.”
Editor-in-Chief Trent Clark caught up with Get Out director Jordan Peele and they chopped it up about using Childish Gambino’s song “Redbone” in the film.
“I’m a huge Childish Gambino fan, a huge fan of Donald’s and I had him in there to see the movie,” Peele revealed. “I put the song and there was kinda like looking at him. And he loved it. I was very honored by his reaction.”
Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem” production duo Brasstracks, comprised of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne, scored their first Grammy earlier this month and shares with DX how the Chicago rapper has been a source of inspiration for them.
“He’s instilling confidence in people like us who came out of producing in our basement,” Ivan said. “We’ve taken a bunch of meetings and stuff, and obviously we’re not ruling out ever signing, but we now know that you don’t have to. I think that it used to be that like 10 years ago, 15 years ago, you had to be signed. People would look to be signed. Now there are hundreds of thousands of artists all over the world probably inspired by Chance to say hey, I don’t need a major label. I can do this on my own on the internet or I have my basement or I have my garage.”
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