The Hip Hop Dating Map
The law of six degrees of separation applies to the hip hop dating circuit -- a land where fast money, fast women, and horny men collide, resulting often in fireworks. As you can see in the dating map we have assembled below, there isn't much distance separating stars like Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Future, Lil Wayne, & A$AP Rocky. Ray J even has his own dating wheel, which gives credence to Vince Staples' mind-blowing Theory of Ray J.
Hip Hop's Best Couples
"Cause them punks like to hit it and quit it / And I'd rather stay and play" - Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Baby Got Back" ***
"The Hamilton Mixtape" Features Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, Usher, & More
Lin-Manuel Miranda has been working on the mixtape edition of the "Hamilton" soundtrack for years. He announced Thursday morning that the mixtape is finally complete and pre-order will be available tomorrow (Friday, Nov 4). He also revealed a star-studded 23-song tracklist, which features appearances from Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, Dave East, Joell Ortiz, Aloe Blacc, Nas Usher, Miguel, John Legend, Ashanti, Jill Scott, Snow tha Product, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Ja Rule, and more.
Jay Z, DMX & Ja Rule Reunite Backstage At Beyoncé Show
Beyoncé's final show on her formation tour brought out some enviable guests, but the backstage scene was even more star-studded. An impressive group photo following the show revealed Papoose, Remy Ma, and T.I. were among those taking in the concert from sidestage, but a very special moment came when Jay Z, DMX, and Ja Rule reminisced on old times.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
Ja Rule Smacks Fan Who Threw A Beer Can At His Head
Ja Rule has no interest in any rap beef these days, though don’t expect him to keep his composure when he’s disrespected on stage. Rule was performing a show in Atlantic City this past weekend, and during a rendition of his 2004 hit single “New York,” a beer can was jettisoned from within the crowd, soon meeting the side of the rapper’s head with considerable force, as one can see in the slow motion footage provided by TMZ.
Irv Gotti Shares Document Listing 50 Cent As "Informant"
Soon after Meek and 50 started beefing, Murder Inc. founder Irv Gotti decided to back the former, and he left a comment on Meek's Instagram in which he revealed that 50 Cent had filed an "order of protection" against him, his brother (Chris Gotti), and the rapper Black Child. Knowing 50, it was surprising it took him this long, but he has now responded to the Murder Inc. boss.
Ja Rule Names "Back To Back" Among The All-Time Great Diss Tracks
Ja Rule was recently asked by VladTV to name his top 5 diss records of all time. He didn't name any of the tracks to come out of his beef with 50 Cent, but he quickly rattled off a list that should sit well with most hip-hop heads: Boogie Down Productions' "The Bridge is Over," Nas' "Ether," Tupac's "Hit Em Up," Biggie's "Who Shot Ya" -- though he acknowleges that Big denies it was a diss, and Jay Z's "Takeover." He also mentioned that Ice Cube's "No Vaseline" is a worthy candidate.
Over The Hill: Rappers Turning 40 In 2016
Rap is traditionally a young man's sport. Generally speaking, the 'greatest albums of all time' were put out by youngsters. As rappers age, their albums usually become duller than the early work they're best known for. Almost every rapper has fallen victim to this trend.
Ja Rule Has A "Murder Inc." Drama Series In The Works
Ja Rule has been thinking a lot about the good ol' days, from rehashing his beef with 50 Cent, to planning a tour with Ashanti -- Rule is pretty conscious that early '00s rap nostalgia is at an all-time high. Now that Straight Outta Compton has proved to be a major success, Rule has a new idea -- a drama series based on his own label, Murder Inc. Records.
Beyonce, Jay Z, Usher & Ja Rule Attend Chance The Rapper's Show In NYC
Chance the Rapper's "Family Matters" tour came through NYC last night, and some celebrity guests were in attendance to watch the young rapper perform with his band, The Social Experiment. Fetty Wap isn't the only young artist Beyonce is rocking with these days, as she, her husband, and Usher were pictured with Chance backstage at last night's show.
Ja Rule & Ashanti Are Going On Tour
Ja Rule has been slowly working himself back into the spotlight. He's got an upcoming reality show on MTV that premieres later this month, he and 50 Cent rode the coattails of Drake and Meek and reignited their beef for a few good laughs, and he's also put out some new music.
140 Bars: Tweets Of The Week (Aug 1 - 7)
As summer nears its end, we witnessed a cool-off of sorts before we get albums from Dr. Dre, The Weeknd, Travi$ Scott, Mac Miller and (hopefully) Kid Cudi. Still, there was plenty to be excited about this past week, what with CyHi dissing everyone on G.O.O.D. Music, new tapes from Curren$y and Lil B/Chance The Rapper and some dope, unexpected Chief Keef tracks. Here's what was happening on Twitter this week.
50 Cent & Ja Rule Resurrect Beef On Instagram
It seems the Drake and Meek Mill beef has caused something of a chain reaction. A couple days back, Ja Rule posted on Instagram about comparisons between his own beef with 50 Cent and the current Drizzy fiasco, suggesting that the situations are apples and oranges -- unless, of course, someone gets stabbed or shot. He later clarified the comment was a joke, insisting that he doesn't want to see things escalate, but stressed that the two beefs shouldn't really be mentioned in the same sentence.
50 Cent On Jay Z: "There's No L On His Record"
50 Cent has recently been in the headlines concerning his filing for bankruptcy, but his recent interview with DJ Semtex was all about the music. During the sit-down, Fif reflected on the various competitions is his career, whether they be with Kanye West, Ja Rule, or Jay Z. As usual, he made some surprising statements, but generally kept the shade to a minimum, and gave props where it was due.Check out some key excerpts below. On challenging Kanye West's first week sales in 2007:
Director John Singleton Says Ja Rule Could've Had Ludacris' Role In The "Fast And Furious" Films
If you think back 14 years ago to the first "Fast And The Furious" film, you'll remember that Ja Rule had a role as a driver named Edwin. Go forward to 2003's sequel, "2 Fast 2 Furious," though, and Ja was nowhere to be found, with Ludacris taking his place as the film's resident rapper/actor. John Singleton, director of the first two films, has now revealed that Ja passed on the role of Tej (an expanded version of the Edwin role) in the second film, leading to him approaching Luda for the role.
A$AP Ferg Speaks On Collaborating With Ariana Grande, Tour With YG & More
Last night, following the sudden death of A$AP Mob's co-founder A$AP Yams, A$AP Ferg paid tribute to his brother and leader by holding a moment of silence during his show with YG. Following the show in the DMV, our host Baker sat down with an interview with Ferg, who was obviously still reeling from the death of his friend.
A History Of 50 Cent Beefs
50 Cent has been through so much beef, you could probably dedicate a book to the fights he has picked. Throughout his career, he has never been shy to give his honest opinion about fellow rappers. He has mastered the art of the diss song and pretty much wears the crown for being the king at feuding. His moves to out battle his rivals have been smart, conniving and sometimes just plain deep.
Ja Rule Recalls Planned Collaborative Album With Jay Z & DMX
Ja Rule, Jay Z, and DMX have had varying degrees of success since, but in the late 90s, all three of them were pretty much on top their game. It was around that time that the three rappers decided to come together for a supergroup, settling for the menacing name Murder Inc. Things never panned out for a full album, and Ja later took the name for his record label, but fans have continued to wonder what could have been for the group.