HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Drake’s highly anticipated album, Scorpion, dropped on Friday (June 29). Also, XXXTENTACION’s video for “SAD!” arrived as fans mourned his death and Jamie Foxx hosted the 2018 BET Awards.
Drake Releases Scorpion
Drake’s Scorpion was released this week and broke Apple Music‘s first day streaming record with over 170 million plays. The double LP features 25 cuts that express his signature blend of rap and R&B. Fans were calling it a classic before it had even been out for an hour.
Scorpion slightly addresses his beef with Pusha T, particularly on its final track “March 14” in which Drizzy confirming the news about his infant son.
Listen Drake’s Scorpion here.
The Aftermath of XXXTENTACION’s Death
Thousands of XXXTENTACION fans swarmed his open-casket memorial in Florida. Lil Yachty‘s candlelight vigil in Atlanta also brought out many fans to show their respect for X.
Before his passing, X had plans on feeding the homeless and internet personality Yes Julz helped to see that through this week. His charity fed 1000 people.
Federal agents began their search for X’s killers this week and were one suspect, 22-year-old Dedrick D. Williams, has been arrested. His charges include first-degree murder, probation violation for theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a valid license.
A video for “SAD!” off X’s album ? also dropped this week and in it, he battles himself at his own funeral.
Watch “SAD!” here.
2018 BET Awards
Come with us, ’cause none of that nonsense is happening here. Let the 2018 #BETAwards hosted by @iamJamieFoxx revitalize your spirit TOMORROW at 8/7c.
Jamie Foxx handled the hosting duties at this year’s BET Awards. Although the show was performance heavy, Cardi B, Migos and Kendrick Lamar were among the winners.
During the ceremony, Snoop Dogg celebrated the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle with a performance of the album’s biggest hits. J. Cole also hit the stage to perform “Friends” with Daniel Caesar, and Meek Mill used the platform to push for prison reform by debuting his song “Stay Woke.”
Check out some of the Hip Hop artists on the red carpet here.
– UGS 4 Life — Fxck Tha Lamestream
DXclusives: No I.D., Method Man, Benny & Jhalil Beats
No I.D. Speaks On Why JAY-Z & Beyoncé’s “EVERYTHING Is LOVE” Was A Personal & Professional Triumph
In a conversation with HipHopDX, No I.D. acknowledged DX’s perfect rating for Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s EVERYTHING IS LOVE and explained how the two achieved it.
“When you find a place at this point in their career when you can open another wide open space that makes you feel free, it’s a perfect expression,” he told DX.
Read the full interview with No I.D. here.
Method Man Admits He Burned Bridges During Last Days At Def Jam
Method Man says his last days at Def Jam were less than amicable in an exclusive interview with DX.
“I burned a lot of fucking bridges at Def Jam,” Meth admits. “I had a lot of love for the company ’cause I came in when I was young. I had been there for so many fucking years, so when staff changed and people changed and things started to change, I didn’t know how to handle the shit.”
Read the full interview with Method Man here.
Benny Talks Debut LP, Griselda Records, Legendary Co-Signs & Shady Connection
Benny The Butcher is getting ready to drop his debut album, Tana Talk 3, on Griselda Records and spoke about the upcoming LP with DX.
“In 2005, I dropped a mixtape called Tana Talk 2, because I already did one that was 1,” Benny explains. “So it’s like, when I put 2 out, it was couple people buzzing in the city and doing they thing. But when I put 2 out, I shocked the whole city. People still talk about that tape to this day. And it’s like, people knew what I was, what type of time I was on. I was hungry, I was killing shit. It was West[side Gunn]’s idea to name it Tana Talk 3, because like I said, he wanted to recreate that energy.”
Read the entire conversation with Benny the Butcher here.
Jahlil Beats Promises Meek Mill Has Big Radio & Street Joints Coming This Year
Jahlil Beats tells DX that he’s been in the studio with Meek Mill and says there’s lots of great music from the recently freed rapper on the way.
“As soon as he got out of jail, he reached out to me and we would be in the studio every day from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.,” he explains to DX. “He was on house arrest but they would let him go to the studio. We did this record called, ‘Make ‘Em Say,’ which made Billboard. I think it was #103. But it was out of one market, just out of Philly.”
Read the rest of what Jahlil had to say here.