(FreshAsFrankie) Nipsey Hussle’s debut studio LP has been done since April and has seen numerous delays due to label disputes, which have since been sorted out with Nip’s All Money In label partnering with Atlantic Records. With progress being made, the Crenshaw rapper has finally put a release date on Victory Lap. In the meantime, the 32-year-old delivered a gritty “Rap N—as” visual to hold fans over until Feb. 16, which is just in time for NBA All-Star weekend.
The Sergio-directed video takes Nipsey around various city landscapes claiming he’s not like the rest of these emcees until the ending lavishly fades away with his crew on a luxurious boat. Before coming to a close the blacked out screen reads in a script, “In Loving Memory of Stephen ‘Fatts’ Donelson,” who passed away in September at the age of 30. Lauren London makes a cameo in the video, but XXL reported last week that the couple had broken up.
Hussle took to Instagram with a heartfelt thank you letter penned to his day one supporters saying, “You’ve come a long way with us on this journey. Through our ups and downs, you’ve stayed dedicated to us, our brand, and our vision. I want to say thank you. Without your belief, we would not have gone this far.”
Nipsey Hussle’s All Money In Label Teams With Atlantic Records for His ‘Victory Lap’ Debut: Exclusive
Victory Lap will again be sold for $100 through his JAY-Z-supported Proud 2 Pay program, in addition to iTunes and other major streaming services on Feb.16. Check out the “Rap N—as” visual, as well as the project’s artwork below.
(FreshAsFrankie) It’s been a minute since Nipsey Hussle dropped a project, but he’s back. The Los Angeles rapper teams up with Bino Rideaux for a new mixtape titled “No Pressure.” The 8-track project features Dave East.
1.Effortless (prod by Mike & Keyz) 2.None Of This (prod by Axel Folie) 3.Never Gone Know (prod by Mike & Keyz) 4.Thats How It Go (prod by Mike & Keyz) 5.Pain (prod by Mike & Keyz) 6.Skurr (prod by G Ry) 7.Blueprint ft. Dave East (prod by DJ Fu) 8.Stucc In The Grind (prod by Axel Folie)
(FreshAsFrankie) Mase made it clear that he is still not cool with Cam’ron, via an Instagram post.
The post featured a screenshot of their exchange where they both said they are still brothers. Mase’s caption for the post completely went against that idea, with the rapper saying “We’re not cool. I shook his hand ‘cause I won. That’s it. As a man that’s what you do after you win unanimously. TheOracle #mase @RSVPMase.”
So after the exchange of diss tracks and the few memes tossed around, it seems that Cam’ron and Mase were simply having a brotherly spat. After Cam dropped his response record, “Dinner Time,” to Mase’s “The Oracle,” to which many fans felt was tepid at best, the two Harlemites apparently chalked the entire thing up as good fun. Mase commented on a post telling Cam:
YOU STILL MY BROTHER IF YOU WOULD TO BE… This was just for bragging rights #mase #theoracle
yea this was fun.. u still my bro too. Glad I get to brag lol. So when u leaving Harlem again? 2mr?
It seems as though this was just one of the classic cases of rappers using their platforms to address some underlying issues as well as testing their skills against one another. Everyone will have to wait and see if this is entirely over.
(FreshAsFrankie) JAY-Z will headline the annual Budweiser Made In America festival next month and has shared an inspiring new poem, “Dream. On” in anticipation of the show. In the clip, Hov talks about his youth and growing up in the Marcy Houses of Brooklyn.
Watch it below.
“I’m from where dreaming ain’t allowed, especially when you dreaming aloud/Enough to dream your self-esteem into clouds/It takes tears, sweat, blood, five CCs/’Cuz I know what a kid in apartment 5C seed/Heaven knows all I had was hella hope, speed dating with destiny, I couldn’t tell her nope/When I first saw stars, television was my telescope/For me, something that could see me free was a bar/Through diamonds in the sky that never came down, now that’s a star/My vision was big enough to get me out of the space, I wanted to pass how far I see/I wondered could a kid from Mars see, a kid from Marcy,” spits Jay Z during the poem.
The “Dream. On.” clip will play at the beginning of Jay-Z’s set at Made in America fest, which takes place September 2nd and 3rd in Philadelphia. The lineup also includes J. Cole, Solange, the Chainsmokers and Migos.
(FreshAsFrankie) Kodak Black drops off the sequel to his 2013 mixtape “Project Baby,” featuring XXXTentacion, Offset & more.
Laced with 19 tracks in total, the follow up to last year’s debut album Painting Pictures project features guest appearances from XXXTENTACION, Offset, JackBoy and John Wicks. As for production, we know Murda Beatz handles the beat on track #8 “Unexplainable” as we found out last month on Instagram, but other than that Kodak can be heard over beats from London On Da Track, Frank Dukes, Ben Billions, Skip on Da Beat, Dyryk, and more.
Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the19-track effort in its entirety via Apple Music.
(FreshAsFrankie) Rapper Mozzy took time to send his prayers and positive vibes to Bay Area artist Keak da Sneak who was a recent victim of a shooting this past week. Mozzy, who has collaborated with Keak in the past called the Bay Area rapper legendary and sends his best in “bullet proof packaging.”
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