Emerging Chicago Rapper RondoNumbaNine Has Been Arrested For Murder
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, 17-year-old emcee RondoNumbaNine, whose real name is Clint Massey, has been arrested on murder charges stemming from the fatal February shooting of dispatch driver Javan Boyd. An unnamed co-defendant has also been arrested, and they're currently being held on $2 million bail.
Azealia Banks & Lupe Fiasco Go At It On Twitter [Update: Kid Cudi Gets Involved]
This was bound to happen sooner or later. In the age of online beefing, Azealia Banks and Lupe Fiasco are two of the most prolific personalities in hip-hop. While they may often struggle to get their music out, their opinions seem to face no such problems. Lately, they've been circling each others' orbits, nearly always coming out on the opposite sides of issues, but never colliding head-on until now.
Artists React To Possibility Of Lil Wayne's Retirement
Earlier today, the rap world awoke to some potentially devastating news, as everyone got word of Lil Wayne venting his excruciating frustrations on Twitter and suggesting his retirement. "I AM NOW DEFENSELESS and mentally DEFEATED," he wrote at around 4 AM this morning, seemingly in response to his futile attempts to escape his contract with Cash Money Records.
Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
How the hell did we make it through fifty percent of 2015 already? June has seemingly crept up out of nowhere, marking the halfway checkpoint of a year that, so far, has been ripe with exceptional releases from some of hip-hop’s brightest emcees. Releases-- highly anticipated or dropped by surprise, some commercial mixtapes and some full albums -- have infused the year with some fun that surely help the time pass as we approach the new year.
Lupe Fiasco Tweets Photo Of Himself In KKK Robes, Freddie Gibbs Responds [Update: Gibbs Apologizes]
Lupe Fiasco's taking a strange approach to the promotion of his upcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth. This afternoon, he tweeted a photo of himself in full KKK attire with the caption “The friend of my enemy is my enemy. Tetsuo & Youth 1/20/2015" (view it below), a still taken from his 2013 video "1234."
Kid Cudi Questions Lupe Fiasco's "Personalized Verse" On Twitter, Lupe Responds
The other day Lupe Fiasco took to Twitter to declare a new initiative for his fans. Lupe announced he'd be offering up a personalized one verse song for fans for the price of $500. He made it clear this is not for a feature or collaboration, but for the fan's own personal enjoyment. There were some stipulations of course, one of which is that you would have to come pick up a physical copy of the CD in person, pay the $500 in cash, and sign a usage contract. The whole endeavor has left some people scratching their heads, one of whom appears to be Kid Cudi.
Lupe Fiasco Responds To Childish Gambino Saying Lupe Sneak Dissed Him
Yesterday Childish Gambino was a guest on The Breakfast Club, where he talked about his upcoming album, Because The Internet, among other things, one of which was the time Lupe Fiasco allegedly sneak dissed Childish.
Hottest Albums Of 2015
2015 was a pretty phenomenal year for music. After the relatively dry 2014, we thought it was a drought, but the overwhelming amount of material made making our year-end list both very easy and very difficult. On one hand, there was a wealth of album to choose from, but on the other hand, a lot of great stuff had to be left on the cutting room floor.
Kendrick Lamar Says Dr. Dre Is Working On His Album, Responds to Troy Ave's "Weirdo" Comment
While he didn't actually release an album last year, Kendrick Lamar managed to put the rap game in a stir. "Control" kept the rapper in the conversation throughout 2013, but in the new year, the rapper has been a little more low-key. One would assume that this is because K.Dot is getting ready to drop his highly anticipated follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Lupe Fiasco Threatens Kid Cudi, Says He's Done With The Beef At The Same Show
Lupe Fiasco and Kid Cudi have had their differences in the past, and while we haven't heard much about the feud from either party over the last few months, there hasn't been a public truce. Lupe brought his issues with Cudi up again during a show in Milwaukee this weekend, but his two statements about the rapper gave some very mixed messages.It's not clear which came first, but Lupe spit a verse about Cudder, as well as giving a brief speech on the beef, but each gave us a very different impression on where Fiasco stands.
Mos Def Invites Rappers To Battle Him, Lupe Fiasco & King Los Respond
Mos Def seems to be inspired by the recent wave of rap beef, and he's ready to take on a battle of his own. The rapper shared a video challenge today, suggesting he, King Los, and Black Thought could take on any rapper in a battle. It didn't take long for rappers to start responding, with King Los co-signing the challenge, and Lupe Fiasco starting writing some mock bars (including one with a Quentin Miller punchline).
Lupe Fiasco Writes Open Letter In Response To Meek Mill/Drake Drama
A lot of rappers have responded to Meek Mill's twitter rant, and now Lupe Fiasco has added his two cents. Lupe, known for his lyricism, penned a two-part letter on his Instagram page called "The Haunting," where he discusses the idea of ghostwriting and borrowing ideas/suggestions from other artists. He also delves into the difficulty of having commercial success as a rapper.
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Release Stacked Album Featuring Drake, Future, & More
One of the respected names in the beat game, production trio J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League surprised fans this morning by releasing a new album called J.U.S.T.I.C.E. For All containing 13 never-before-heard songs. The project is absolutely stacked with features; artists appearing on the album include Drake, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Future, Chris Brown, T.I., Wale, R. Kelly, Jeremih, & Jeezy. Gotdamn.
Mos Def Responds To Lupe Fiasco & King Los: "I’m Not Trying To Arrange Fights With Them”
Fans of battle rapping, lyricism and all-around #BARS rejoiced yesterday when it looked like Lupe Fiasco and King Los were about to jump into the ring with Mos Def (AKA Yasiin Bey), who had issued a challenge to other rappers to battle him.
The Game Calls Lupe Fiasco “Weird” On New Track “Dollar & A Dream”; Lupe Responds
Not being able to avoid the inevitable, The Game’s upcoming album, Documentary 2, sprung an early leak Wednesday afternoon. And like many of his previous efforts, Documentary 2 has several name drops heard throughout the project, some good some not so good, but one artist in specific that was affected by the latter was Lupe Fiasco, who has since responded to his situation. On the Ab-Soul-featured cut “Dollar & A Dream,” the Game says Lupe went “weird,” in the opening verse. He reportedly spits,
Lupe Fiasco Had To Be Talked Into Doing Kanye West's "Touch The Sky"
Lupe Fiasco's big break came from his appearance on Kanye West's song, "Touch The Sky", so it's surprising to hear he wasn't exactly jumping at the opportunity to get on a 'Ye record at the time. In a new interview with DJ Skee, Lupe explained that despite both being from Chicago, he and Kanye were of different scenes, and at first he wasn't really feeling the vibe of "Touch The Sky".
The Biggest Star From Each XXL Freshman Class
The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways. Some years have been stronger than others, but every issue has spawned at least one certified star, and today we're looking back at the artists that made the biggest impact following their appearance.
Lupe Fiasco Says Logic & King Los Are Better Lyricists Than Kendrick Lamar
To promote his new single “Mission”, Lupe Fiasco decided to stop by The Hot 97 Morning Show Tuesday Morning and chat it up with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez. During the lengthy conversation, Lupe Fiasco had a lot of time to speak his mind, and that he did.
Lupe Fiasco's Message To Kid Cudi: "Talk To Me, Before I Fuck You Up”
A couple weeks back, Lupe Fiasco and Kid Cudi had a bit of a back-and-forth on Twitter, following Lupe's support of Kendrick Lamar's views on Ferguson.
First Week Sales For Joey Bada$$' "B4.Da.$$" & Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth"
Last week, a young star and a down-on-his-luck veteran both released intelligent, career-revitalizing albums, but who sold more?