Skillz – 2016 Rap Up

Thank you Skillz…Skillz wraps up 2016

Tory Lanez – Drive You Crazy (Drake Diss)

Tory Lanez just dropped two brand new mixtapes this afternoon and one of the stand out tracks from his “The New Toronto 2” mixtape called “Drive You Crazy” is a diss track aimed at Canadian rapper Drake. Tory Lanez took a number of shots at Drake where he was heard saying “I pray I never dress like y’all Only bird on my shirt is when I press that raw”. Tory Lanez continued diss Drake with the lines “Grinning at the view of your corpses in a fortress About to make Forbes list,everything is gorgeous Rapping niggaz all in they peak,I got the door slit”. Listen to Tory Lanez new “Drive You Crazy” Drake diss here first and be sure to let us know what you think of the track below.

Tiny Files for Divorce with T.I.

According to TMZ, Tiny has filed for divorce from T.I. after six years of marriage. The famed celebrity couple share three children together, two boys and one girl, Heiress, who was born this March.

While details on the situation are scarce, TMZ reports that Tiny and T.I. had been going through some marital problems that started a couple of months before Tiny posed for a photo with Floyd Mayweather at Mariah Carey’s Halloween party. The photo quickly started circulating online, as T.I. and Mayweather nearly came to blows in 2014 over pictures of Tiny and the boxer hanging out before one of his fights.

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Chance The Rapper is up for several Grammys in February, the result of a torrid year in which he charted on the Billboard 200 with a mixtape, Coloring Book, and played Saturday Night Live multiple times.

Amazingly, Chance has attained this level of high-profile commercial success without the major label engine puppeteering his career. The Chicago native has remained independent by choice, of course, and it appears to be paying him major dividends. So, as Chance told ABC, it was quite uncomfortable when he had to tell Kanye West, his friend, mentor and inspiration, that he too had to respect Chance’s wishes to remain unsigned.

In a recent interview with Zane Lowe, Chance revealed that he’d once declined a label offer from Kanye West, presumably to become a part of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music, the Def Jam imprint that houses Pusha T, Desiigner and Big Sean. In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Chance elaborated. “It’s not easy at all, definitely not telling Kanye,” he started. “It’s definitely hard keeping that resistance, but I want to teach people that it’s doable without.”

It’s a sentiment that West should be familiar with. He spent a good chunk of his pre-College Dropout days trying earnestly to convince Jay Z and Dame Dash that his unorthodox way of doing things, from production to fashion, was viable. Chance, who’s already an inspiration to many, is adamant about doing things the independent way. “I wanted to give the idea of freedom back to artists and one of the biggest things is control of how you release your music. So, streaming and free releases—I figured that’d be a good beacon to have people at least pick up on what i was doing as an independent artist.”

Regardless, Chance and Kanye worked closely together all year, especially early on. In February, Chance contributed to several songs on The Life of Pablo, and played SNL with Kanye. In May, another collaboration surfaced, this time on Chance’s Coloring Book. The two reportedly have more music in store.

Lloyd Banks – Change Lanes (ft. Curren$y, Big Krit)

Lloyd Banks drops track #4 off the 2016 Blue Friday series.

Footage Released OU Football Player Joe Mixon Knocking Out Amelia Molitor, Breaking Bones In Her Face Released. (Video)

The video of University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon brutally punching a female student in 2014 was released by Mixon’s attorney Friday.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 6 that the city of Norman should release the video showing the punch to the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, which had sued for access to the video under the Open Records Act. The city had not released the video yet.

“While Mr. Mixon is not a party to the OAB lawsuit and has not been directed by the Court to make any disclosure, he does not see any reason for the release of the recording at issue in that lawsuit to be delayed any longer,” Mixon’s attorney, Blake Johnson, wrote in a letter.

“Further delay appears only to be generating unfounded speculation about what is shown in that video,” the attorney wrote. “We also see no reason to withhold the second recording we received from Ms. Molitor’s attorneys and so have included it as well.”

Mixon, 20, accepted a plea to the misdemeanor charge of acts resulting in gross injury.

Andrea Molitor, the student, suffered several broken bones in her face as a result of the punch. She is suing Mixon.

The running back was suspended for the 2014 season before playing his freshman year in 2015. He played 11 games for the Sooners this season.

The university issued a statement following the release of the video:

“University officials were made aware of the content of the video prior to taking action with respect to Joe Mixon. Based on that information, the university immediately suspended and removed Mr. Mixon from the football team for one year, during which high standards of conduct were expected and maintained. It was made clear to Mr. Mixon at the time of his suspension that violence against women will not go unpunished at the university. Coach (Bob) Stoops has been proactive in presenting training for his team aimed at preventing such behavior in the future. Sensitivity training in the area of violence has been intensified and best practices will continue to be implemented. Mr. Mixon has apologized for his actions and the university hopes that it is an indication that he has learned from his mistakes. We are an educational institution where we hope young people will learn from their mistakes and chart a better future course.”

Releasing the video of the punch now avoids the possibility the city of Norman would release it days before OU plays Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

“Mr. Mixon asked us to once again say he is sorry for the way he reacted that night. He has apologized publicly to Ms. Molitor, her friends, his family, teammates and the University,” Johnson wrote in the letter. “He hopes that his voluntary release of these recordings will help put this matter to rest.”

Big Sean Ft. Jeremih & Chance The Rapper – Living Single (Audio)

Big Sean drops a dope new song titled “Living Single” featuring Chance the Rapper and Jeremih. It’s available now on iTunes:


Rappers Who Turned Down The XXL Freshman List

As another XXL Freshman list is released, we wanted to take a look at some of the rappers who DIDN’T appear on the list simple because they turned it down. The artist who felt for many different reasons that they didn’t want or need an XXL magazine co-sign. Some because they felt too big, some because they felt it was overdue, and some for other reasons and reasons unknown.

In 2016 it was confirmed that Tory Lanez had turned down the cover, and Bryson Tiller did the same. Despite a few heads at XXL saying Bryson wasn’t nominated, it quickly came to light that Bryson was asked not once but TWICE to be on the cover. Bryson Tiller should have been on in 2015, and XXL just flat out missed it.

Let’s take a look at some of the others to diss the magazine over the years.

The first class in 2007 had some major stars, but the first snub might have come as early as this class. The Bay’s own, Mistah Fab and former staff writers at XXL have confirmed that it was a missed connection that led the Fab not making the cover. This was never officially said by the magazine, but Fab looked like more than a shoe back in 2007.

There was no Freshman cover in 2008.

Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator was one of the first artist to turn down the cover. Tyler was quoted as saying he didn’t want to be on the cover with a ‘bunch of other dudes.’ It might have been 2009.

Drake and Nicki Minaj both turned down the cover in 2010.

“We just shot for XXL. With all due respect, we felt like we kinda had graduated from the freshman class. We felt that XXL missed the mark when they didn’t put us on the cover prior to that. They have to pay for that. They can’t say, ‘Hey, get on the next one.’ But we love XXL. That’s like a Hip Hop classic. So we said, ‘Can we have something just a little bit more catered to us, so that we feel like we have still grown as artists, so we’re not at all disrespecting the magazine?’ They were cool with that.”

Minaj insists that she and Drake were cordial about the request, and that the magazine took no issue with it. The both of them would later cover the magazine together.

When Drizzy and Nicki Lewinsky both said ‘no’ to the cover, the magazine needed to fill some spots and they asked Michael Barber to be a fill in. Michael Barber’s single, Shotguns and Canned Goods with UMG was released, but he turned down the cover too. Barber had a different response though stating to hip hop publicist Justin Melo that the magazine was apart of the ‘Illuminati’ and he also said, “I don’t mess with the candy and pop bullsh*t, and I won’t do a photoshop with a bunch of clowns.”

It appears now looking back that Barber should have got on the cover as his career hasn’t been that successful since 2011.

2010 was also the year that Jay Electronica claims to have turned down the magazine, but XXL never confirmed this.

In 2011 Cam’ron snubbed XXLmag the very next year when he said his artist, Vado, wouldn’t appear on the cover with the other artists. Vado was a very worthy of the cover, and Cam’ron proved that by getting him on the cover of the Source in the same month that the list came out on XXL. Cam’ron spoke with Shade 45 about what went down:

“I’m not trying to be an a**hole or be like, it’s us or nothing. I’m just trying to say, my man put a lot of work in the last year. So I’m not trying to say the other people that’s coming up shouldn’t be on the cover either. I’m not saying that, I’m saying just give him a little focus on the cover, and she said she didn’t know if she could do that, this that and the third — But what happened is, we got an album out — so the dude at Koch, Allan Grunblatt, he went to The Source and [got us] the cover — it doesn’t make sense for him to be behind seven people on the [XXL] cover and he’s gonna be front face on The Source cover with me and Jim. So, I told her that I couldn’t do it because she couldn’t give any guarantees on how his look was going to be. I still love the XXL and appreciate all the support they’ve given us.” Cam’ron

In 2012 ASAP Rocky was on the list but said he was too busy “touring and stuff” according to an interview. He also went on to say that he thought most of the people on the cover were “corny” anyway. He would later end up with his own cover the next year alongside French Montana.

Schoolboy Q didn’t make the cut, and rumors went both ways. Some said he was left off, and others said he declined. Schoolboy Q took the high road saying he was too experienced for the cover.

In 2013 Earl Sweatshirt followed his Odd Future partner when he dissed the magazine by not even responding to their calls or emails. It should be noted that 2013 was also the year that the magazine put 35 artists on their website, and let people vote for who they wanted.

In 2014 Young Thug was expected to appear on the 2014 XXL Freshman cover alongside Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa and others. Even though XXL Editor-In-Chief Vanessa Satten didn’t think he qualified to be on the cover yet since he only had two hit songs out at the time, he was still invited. Thugger agreed to be on the cover but he flaked the night before and never gave a reason why.

2015 didn’t feature any disses.

In 2016 Post Malone turned down the magazine telling them that he was headed in another direction musically with his career. Even though Post declines that that was the issue, XXL stands by it.

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