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Bahamadia’s Phone-Produced “Dialed Up 2” Project Is Off The Hook

Philadelphia, PA – Since stepping out with her critically acclaimed debut, Kollage, in 1996, Philly native Bahamadia has established herself among the upper echelon  Hip Hop artists. From her work with the celebrated Lyricist Lounge series to collaborations with The Roots, the late Guru and Erykah Badu, she’s been a bright spot for female MCs.

Serving as the sequel to 2013’s Dialed Up, the B-Girl Records founder is back with Dialed Up 2, which — just like the first volume — was crafted entirely on her cell phone. For this round, Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede, Zion I, Kev Brown, Prozack Turner, Fat Nice, Groove Da Moast, Rasco and Dave Ghetto all make appearances. It came together as organically as possible.

“Various artist buddies and supporters were just down,” Bahamadia tells HipHopDX. “They liked my beat post on my social media, so I reached out and everyone featured on Dialed Up 2] came through pronto.”

“I believe in making music with those who see the vision and connect with it,” she adds. “Creating is spiritual to me, so making] it happen was unforced, like all things that are meant to be.”

It’s hard to believe the 12-minute mix was created so easily on a phone, but her innovative approach was entirely her idea, a testament to her unwavering artistic vision.

“I was] just being creative and became inspired to take a practical approach utilizing new media tools for music making mainly because I have found an ideal space to get ideas for my work to randomly,” she says.

As she continues helming her B-Girl Records imprint, she’s also putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited fourth studio album, HERE, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2018. It would serve as her first ficial album since 2006’s Good Rap Music. 

Bahamadia’s mission is still focused on delivering that pure boom-bap Hip Hop that she started churning out over two decades ago. At the same time, she’s intent on making more female voices heard.

“We need to bring back balance between women and men, and authentic Hip Hop artists and entrepreneurs,” she says. “The thing is … we here!”

Bahamadia’s Phone-Produced “Dialed Up 2” Project Is Off The Hook


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Prodigy, J Dilla & Kid Cudi Highlight Record Store Day’s Black Friday Releases

Prodigy, J Dilla and Kid Cudi are among a number Hip Hop artists to feature on Record Store Day’s list upcoming releases for Black Friday (November 24).

A picture disc release Prodigy’s 2000 solo single “Keep It Thoro” is one two releases from the late Mobb Deep rapper. There will also be a 2-LP release P’s debut solo album, H.N.I.C.

A two-volume collection music from J Dilla will be released on limited color vinyl (V. 1 on green and V. 2 on purple) through Yancey Media Group. A portion the proceeds will go directly to Dilla’s two daughters, whose priles grace the album covers.

Kid Cudi’s most recent album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, will also have its own 2-LP release.

Elsewhere, Three 6 Mafia’s Chpt. 2: World Domination will be available on vinyl for the first time ever in celebration the project’s 20th anniversary.

Danger Mouse’s collaboration with Run the Jewels and Big Boi, “Chase Me,” will be released on 12” vinyl. The cut, from the Baby Driver soundtrack, will have a limited release just 2,000 copies.

Record Store Day’s Black Friday event takes place on November 24.

An overview this year’s Hip Hop ferings from the event is below, in artist/title/label/format order.

Record Store Day Exclusive Release

Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels and Big Boi – “Chase Me” – Columbia Records – 12” Vinyl

DMC – Back From The Dead: The Legend Lives – Brookvale Records – 12” Vinyl

Prodigy – Keep It Thoro – Legacy Records – 12” Picture Disc

Record Store Day Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Latyrx – The Album: 20th Anniversary DLX – Real People – 2 X LP

Three 6 Mafia – Chpt 2: World Domination – Get On Down – 2 X LP

Record Store Day First Release

Insane Clown Posse – The Great Milenko: 20th Anniversary Edition – Psychopathic Records – 2 X LP

J Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 1 – Yancey Media Group – LP

J Dilla – J Dilla’s Delights V. 2 – Yancey Media Group – LP

Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ – Republic – 2 X LP

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz – Kings Crunk (15th Anniversary Double Platinum Vinyl Edition) – TVT Records – 2 X LP

Murs – 3:16 The 9th Edition – Emipre/Murs 316 – LP

The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize – Bad Boy Records – 12” Vinyl

Sean Price – Refrigerator P – Coalmine Records – 10” Vinyl

Prodigy – H.N.I.C. – Get on Down – 2 X LP

Snoop Dogg – Neva Left – EMPIRE/Doggystyle Records – 2 X LP

Tyga – The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty – EMPIRE/Last Kings Music – LP

Non-Exclusive Records (Also Due Out Black Friday)

Madvillain – Four Tet Remixes 12” EP

MF Doom – Special Herbs 5 Cassette Box Set

To view the full list upcoming releases for Black Friday, visit Record Store Day.

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Hip Hop Album Sales: Christian Rapper NF Tops Billboard 200 & Lil Pump Hits #3

The latest Billboard 200 chart finds Christian Hip Hop artist NF sitting in the #1 slot with his new album, Perception. Lil Pump’s self-titled debut made its entrance at #3, just below Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits album for the week ending October 12. Trippie Redd makes his debut at #34 with A Love Letter To You 2, while Post Malone’s Stoney, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s The Bigger Artist and Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 all hang in the Top 10.

Elsewhere on the chart, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. dropped out the Top 10 after a 15 percent decrease in albums moved. K. Dot’s double-platinum project was #9 last week.

Meanwhile, SZA, Khalid, XXXTENTACION, Drake, Kodak Black and Logic all maintain Top 20 placements.

NF’s Debut Is Heavenly

Christian rapper NF’s third studio album, Perception, has debuted in the #1 slot the Billboard 200. With 54,783 total album equivalent units (27,541 in pure album sales and a streaming count 21,092,927), it was enough to earn the crown. The Michigan native’s last album, 2016’s Therapy Session, peaked at #12.

Lil Pump Pumps It Up

With 46,184 total album equivalent units sold (6,149 in pure albums and a streaming count 56,807,624), the numbers for Lil Pump’s debut album have catapulted him to near the top the chart. The Miami native, who boasts 3.5 million follower on Instagram, has been steadily gaining notoriety since emerging with songs like “Lil Pump,” “Flex Like Ouu” and “D Rose” earlier this year.

Trippie Redd Makes His Debut

Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter To You 2 hit the chart at #34 with 13,306 total album equivalent units (1,347 in pure album sales and a streaming count  17,502,132). The Ohio rapper’s first installment, A Love Letter To You, yielded the single “Love Scars/You Hurt Me,” which has over 12 million views on YouTube.

Redd recently spoke to HipHopDX about his music, saying, “It’s mostly alternative rock, R&B, Hip Hop, all types shit just put together. I really just like … It’s my own subgenre. You can’t really put a name to it. I’m just versatile. I do everything.”

K. Dot Drops Out Of Top 10

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. has already been on the Billboard 200 chart for 26 weeks, debuting at #1 in April. For the week ending October 12, K. Dot’s fourth studio album sits in the #11 slot with 29,116 total equivalent units sold (4,549 in pure albums sales and a streaming count 33,394,393).

The Compton MC recently revealed his perfect verse can be found on the DAMN. single, “FEAR.”

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 10/12/2017

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. NF — Perception — #1 — 54,783 (37,968) 21,092,927]
  2. Lil Pump — Lil Pump — #3 — 46,184 (6,149) 56,807,624]
  3. Post Malone — Stoney — #4 — 44,693 (3,811) 55,735,596]
  4. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Bigger Artist — #6 — 38,989 (1,397) 54,663,563]
  5. Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2 — #7 — 36,759 (747) 52,071,772]
  6. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #11 — 29,116 (4,549) 33,394,393]
  7. Khalid — American Teen — #12 — 27,954 (2,448) 34,598,046]
  8. XXXTENTACION — 17 — #14 — 24,357 (851) 33,884,604]
  9. SZA — CTRL — #16 — 21,965 (2,177) 27,691,830]
  10. Kodak Black — Project Baby 2 — #17 — 20,315 (408) 28,810,198]
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Hip Hop Single Sales: Post Malone & 21 Savage Debut At #1 With "Rockstar"

Post Malone entered the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts at #1 this week with his 21 Savage-assisted single, “Rockstar.” Elsewhere on the chart, Michigan artist NF’s latest single “Let You Down” made waves by debuting at #7. Meanwhile, Gucci Mane and The Weeknd also got into the Top 10 at #9 with their collaboration “Curve” for the week ending on September 21.

The R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales chart this week also shows Cardi B still keeping the #2 spot warm with “Bodak Yellow,” complete with an 85 percent increase in sales. Additionally, Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” fell down two spots to #3.

Post Malone & 21 Savage Earn #1 Hit Song With “Rockstar”

“Rockstar” is Post Malone’s perfect follow-up to his multi-platinum selling “Congratulations.” The 21 Savage-featured single made its debut on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts at #1 and sold a total 79,564 digital downloads.

Additionally, the song was streamed 44.1 million times, according to Nielsen Music and is currently #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

NF Makes His Debut In The Top 10

Christian rapper NF makes his debut on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts at #7 this week. The record has sold a total 14,113 in digital downloads, helping it NF landed his very first Top 10 single.

The song is featured on his fourth studio album Perception, which is slated for release on October 6.

Gucci Mane & The Weeknd “Curve” Reaps Highest Sales Of The Week

Despite Mr. Davis getting pushed back a bit, it’s not stopping Gucci Mane from continuously making his mark on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales charts.

“Curve” featuring The Weeknd is Guwop’s second single from Mr. Davis to hit the Top 10. The single has sold a total 15,609 units so far and 13,343 those units are from the week ending on September 21. “Curve” accounts for this week’s biggest jump in sales by 489 percent.

The Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales For Week Ending 09/21/2017

#1. Post Malone f. 21 Savage — “Rockstar” — 79,564

#2. Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” — 56,103 (316,058)

#3. Logic — “1-800-273-8255” — 40,395 (395,952)

#4. Yo Gotti f. Nicki Minaj — “Rake It Up” — 18,744 (179,628)

#5. French Montana f. Swae Lee  — “Unforgettable”  — 16,980 (510,219)

#6. Calvin Harris f. Pharrell, Katy Perry & Big Sean — “Feels” — 14,776 (315,643)

#7. NF — “Let You Down” — 14,113

#8. Khalid — “Young Dumb & Broke” — 13,887 (149,799)

#9. Gucci Mane f. The Weeknd – “Curve” — 13,343 (15,609)

#10. DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” — 11,769 (548,454)

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Dave Chappelle Honored With Key To Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. – Celebrated comedian and Hip Hop enthusiast Dave Chappelle was honored with the key to Washington D.C. on Friday (September 29), according to WJLA. Mayor Muriel Bowser presented the symbolic gesture at the Duke Ellington School the Arts where Chappelle graduated in 1991.

Chappelle, famous for Chappelle’s Show characters like Tyrone Biggums and Clayton Bigsby, shouted out his alma mater and other D.C. schools during his acceptance speech at this year’s Emmy Awards, prompting the #DCPublicSchools hashtag on Twitter.

The D.C. native was awarded his first Emmy — Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series — on September 17 for his appearance on last season’s Saturday Night Live, which also featured musical guests A Tribe Called Quest.

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Tyrese Appears To Heavily Clown XXXTENTACION

Although XXXTENTACION’s face tattoos were noticeably absent, it still appears that actor/model Tyrese took to Instagram to clown the polarizing rapper, citing him as an example for why he doesn’t use drugs.

“When you look in the mirror after drinking and smoking and popping every pill they tell you to pop from these hip hop songs,” he wrote on Saturday morning (September 20). “My whole life I’ve proudly always said #NoToDrugs.”

The photo strongly resembles the Broward County, Florida native, who recently shaved f his eyebrows and dyed his signature dreads grey. One commenter chided the Fast & Furious star for “bullying,” writing, “This is Bullying.. if u think this man is on drugs u should reach out privately to help him. Not publicly try to embarrass him. At the end the day this is someone’s child.”

Others applauded him for even broaching the topic drugs in Hip Hop.

“i usually don’t agree with your rants but im grateful you were man enough to say something about the current state hip hop,” one Instagram user wrote. “God knows somebody needs too. Thank you @tyrese.”

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50 Cent Calls Diddy "Fruit Biscuit" In Response To Magazine Cover

To celebrate 20 years as a publication, XXL Magazine’s Fall 2017 issue includes 20 special printed covers and interviews with a variety Hip Hop artists. The collection features 50 Cent, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Gucci Mane, among others.

After pictures all 20 covers were released online, the rap mogul took to Instagram to mock Diddy’s photo. The G-Unit frontman took particular aim at Diddy’s eyes before calling him a “fruit biscuit.”

Diddy doesn’t ten involve himself with petty online gibes, but he did like both 50’s posts.

50 Cent Calls Diddy "Fruit Biscuit" In Response To Magazine Cover


50 Cent Calls Diddy "Fruit Biscuit" In Response To Magazine Cover

With his latest episode online taunting, 50 is continuing to prove his astuteness in the impeccable timing such insults. The rapper ten cross-markets his trolling and various controversies with the launch his latest venture. His new comedy show, 50 Central, premiered Wednesday night (September 27) on BET.

Meanwhile, Diddy is still thriving. Forbes unveiled their annual Hip Hop Cash Kings list on Wednesday (September 27). Diddy clocked in at a $130 million over a 12-month span, while 50 failed to crack the Top 20.

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"Chopper" Is The Most Hip Hop Word & Other Lessons From New Vocabulary Study

Ever noticed that the word “trapping” features in way more Hip Hop songs than it does in songs by Céline Dion or Dolly Parton?

Matt Daniels at The Pudding and a team researchers put together a study that looked at about 50,000 Hip Hop songs from popular artists to uncover the specific words that are said way more ten by Hip Hop artists than artists any other genre. The study also compared Hip Hop artists to one another, to reveal which words are most unique to each artist.

Comparing the likelihood that a word appears in a rap song to the likelihood that it appears in a song another genre, the study found that “chopper” is the most Hip Hop word. “Stunting,” “flexing,” “mane,” “trill,” “trapping,” “homie,” “balling,” “realest,” and “snitch” make up the entire Top 10 (in that order).

“Sailed” is the least Hip Hop word.

Some proper nouns also feature — including Nike and Biggie. Which makes sense, since we can’t remember the last time Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen sang about either those things.

The study for which words are most central to each artists looked at 1. words that an artist says more than the genre average (N.W.A’s use “police”) and 2. rare words in hip hop – if an artist says it, there’s a good chance you know who it was (N.W.A’s use “Compton”).”

Unsurprisingly, some the words you’re more likely to hear in a JAY-Z song include “Hov,” “Jigga” and “Roc.” Some are a little more left field, like Kendrick Lamar’s Top 10 including words like “Lucy,” “Abusing,” and “Vanity” (although his number one word is “Compton”).

In some cases what sets a rapper apart isn’t even a real word. Lil Yachty’s number one Most Yachty word is “Skrrrt,” for example, although Kodak Black, Drake and Migos are also known to use it.

In general, it looks like the words most unique to specific rappers tend to be their hometown or state, or a list their own nicknames, or one-f words from unusual song titles — such as “Cocoa” from “Cocoa Butter Kisses” by Chance The Rapper.

Definitely check out the full breakdown here.

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OMB Peezy Debuts "Word Of Mouth" Documentary & Joins Tee Grizzley's Tour

OMB Peezy might be Hip Hop’s next breakout star. The Alabama native has released multiple quality cuts under the mentorship E-40 and signed a deal with 300 Entertainment earlier this year. As his ascent in the rap game begins, the talented MC is giving fans a glimpse at what life is like for an emerging artist by releasing a new documentary.

HipHopDX is proud to premiere Word Of Mouth, a behind-the-scenes look at Peezy’s journey. The documentary features a mix interviews with the “Lay Down” rapper, studio and concert footage, and sit-downs with those who’ve helped him along the way — including E-40.

“I made the documentary because I wanted people to see me in the present, as I’m learning and building my brand from day one,” he told DX. “I want the fans to take the journey with me as it happens. Getting E-40 to be a part it was very important because he has been a big part my career thus far. 40 is one the main people I learned the music industry from and how to move as a rapper.”

In addition to the short film, Peezy has also announced that he’ll be part Tee Grizzley’s upcoming Ain’t It A Blessing tour along with Lud Foe and Sada Baby. The shows begin on October 4 in Seattle, Washington then conclude on October 30 in Detroit, Michigan.

Check out the tour dates below and watch Word Of Mouth above.

OMB Peezy Debuts "Word Of Mouth" Documentary & Joins Tee Grizzley's Tour