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DJ Quik Working On Joint EP With Scarface & “BlaqKout” Follow-Up With Kurupt

Los Angeles, CA – During their Los Angeles stop at The Novo by Microst Theater Thursday (August 17), DJ Quik spoke with DX about his relationship with Scarface, the initial concept the tour and a collaborative EP with the Facemob leader.

“I think an EP first because my ADD won’t let me do an album no more,” Quik told #DXLive host Jake Rohn. “Scarface and I, we working on an EP actually. We’re actually recording every show that we do into Protools all stemmed out. We’re going to listen back to it after the tour is done and in the interim, we’re writing lyrics and music on the bus. It just makes sense to make an EP not just to sell and have a record out but to make this whole experience and give it to people to feel a vibe.”

Currently, Quik and Face are on a 12-date tour, with a possibility additional stops. The joint run between the two comes from a friendship that dates back to the early moments in their careers.

“The first time me and Scarface met was in 1991,” explained Quik. “We were on tour with MC Hammer and I think Chubb Rock was out there with us, Kris Kross and it was the Geto Boys and us. It was Ice Cube’s Amerikkka’s Most Wanted tour. I think the Geto Boys were promoting We Can’t Be Stopped and I was promoting Quik Is The Name. We met and he was just a cool, down to earth and a solid dude. I had already loved his music for years. When he’d come out here to visit, I’d pick him up myself and drive him around. Don’t call no taxi and we just built from there.”

When DX spoke with Face himself, he discussed everything from his relationship with Quik to ficially retiring next year after spending 30 years in the game.

“In my opinion, Quik is the best fuckin’ mixer, producer and engineer,” said Scarface before speaking about his last solo album with frequent collaborator N.O. Joe. “Scarface might die, but Brad Jordan will be here forever.”

Back in 2012, Kurupt hinted at a sequel to his collaborative BlaQKout project with Quik, and he spoke to DX about the status the follow-up.

“We working on the new DJ Quik and Kurupt album,” said Kurupt. “The title is not for the public. Not yet, but you gon’ love it baby. Uncle Quik said we gone hit ’em with nothing but gangsta shit.”

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Tyler The Creator Creates More Confusion Over His Sexuality

Tyler The Creator has a well-earned reputation for not caring what anybody has to say about him — leading to a career where listeners have ended up thinking he is both homophobic and homosexual.

In the most recent twist, Tyler told Know Wave’s Koopz Tunes radio show in an interview that he had a boyfriend when he was a teenager.

“I had a boyfriend when I was 15 in fucking Hawthorne,” Tyler claimed. “If that’s not open minded, I don’t know what is.”

The topic ends there, without any real clarification or follow-up questions from the host (listen around the 4:10 mark below).

The Odd Future rapper appeared to backtrack on Twitter later, writing, “Figure speech to get Koopz’ ‘open-minded’ point across, I was single at 15 haha.”

Whether he was joking, or just saying that he was into guys when he was 15 but didn’t have a steady boyfriend is still up for debate. Regardless, the latest clarification has caused more confusion around the question Tyler’s sexuality, and he has yet to expand on the topic in interviews.

The comments follow lyrics on Tyler’s (excellent) 2017 album Flower Boy, where he says “I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.”

It’s been a recurring theme for Tyler throughout his career. In 2015 he posted the tweet below, though it’s impossible to tell whether or not he was joking.

Check out the full interview below.

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Hip Hop Continues Condemning Donald Trump's Handling Of Charlottesville

Following the deadly violence that went down in Charlottesville, Virginia during a white supremacist rally over the weekend, Donald Trump has held three press conferences where he first denounced violence “on many sides,” then called racism “evil” while condemning white nationalists, and then went back to blaming “both sides” for the incident a day later.

This has infuriated and disgusted countless people, including T.I., who believes Trump is being ordered around by his white supremacists “homeboys.”

“Exactly what I expect from a sucka,” T.I. told TMZ while boarding a plane at LAX. “Cowards throw rocks and hide their head, so earlier they apply pressure and made him denounce his white supremacist homeboys, his neo-Nazi partners, and after bipartisan pressure, he denounced them, but I’m sure there was a phone call from a David Duke, ‘What the fuck you think you’re doing? This is not what we elected you for.’ Then he had to come back and reverse. Fuck him man, to the fullest. He’s a sucka. Fuck him. Fuck them.

“We can love people who don’t hate,” he added. “You can’t love people who have hearts full hate. Fuck ’em all.”

Tip wasn’t the only member the Hip Hop community speaking out against Trump and condemning white supremacists.

Killer Mike fered his own thoughts on the matter Instagram while touching on the recent arrest  Takiyah Thompson, the Workers World Party activist who pulled down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina earlier this week.

“Can someone please inform the casino owner masquerading as the United States president that although he’s totally correct in Jefferson and Washington, and many the other notables and presidents this country being slave owners, absolutely correct about that — it doesn’t equate to keeping a confederate general statue up because they were an oppositional force to this union.

“I just don’t want to look that fucking stupid to the rest the world,” he added. “So please stop saying that stupid shit.”

He captioned the video with, “With all due respect Mr. POTUS (and u lame duck muthafuckers that game him the bullshit half ass slaves excuse for the confederate statute support) From your humble constituent. Please watch and swipe. let’s Keep the country Great and never honor an enemy we defeated. That’s weak shit. Salutes, sir. Be well.”

Questlove, Chris Rock, A-Trak, John Legend, El-P, Sage Francis, Dam Funk, Talib Kweli, Blockhead, LeBron James, and countless others have also taken to social media to chime in on the situation.

Questlove said, “It’s time to go,” while El-P echoed those sentiments, writing, “Nothing clever left to say. time for this guy to be forced out fice.”

Check out some the posts below.

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Google Celebrates Birth Of Hip Hop With Interactive DJ Lesson

In honor Hip Hop’s 44th anniversary, Google recruited a who’s who Hip Hop pioneers to help in crafting a special Doodle, which launched today (August 11).

The Doodle, visible on the Google homepage, features interactive turntables that web-surfing DJs can use to mix a selection records, including George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog,” Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message,” and The Isley Brothers’ “Between The Sheets.”

Prior to taking part in the mixing tutorial, users are greeted with an intro video narrated by former Yo! MTV Raps host Fab 5 Freddy. In the video, Freddy fers some insight into Hip Hop’s anniversary.

“Today we’re celebrating one the most important innovations in Hip Hop music: the break,” an animated Freddy says in the video. “On August 11, 1973, a DJ named Kool Herc threw a Back to School party in the Boogie Down Bronx that changed music as we know it. Using two turntables, he extended the instrumental breaks, allowing people to dance longer … a style that came to be known as breakdancing.”

Fab 5 Freddy expressed excitement for the Doodle on Instagram, writing, “I had fun getting animated for real working on this #BirthHipHop #GoogleDoodle celebrating this cultural force and saluting the DJs who got the party going and flowing.”

In addition to narration by Fab 5 Freddy, the Doodle features a custom logo graphic by noted graffiti artist, Cey Adams. Former Def Jam Records head Lyor Cohen serves as the project’s executive consultant, while Prince Paul serves as Guest Musician.

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How Wyclef Jean Helped Turn Wu-Tang Clan Into Hits For Carlos Santana & DJ Khaled

The soothing finger-picking a Spanish guitar is not something that’s immediately associated with the Wu-Tang Clan…

But Wyclef Jean revealed on a new episode Drink Champs that he owes the composition his iconic 1999 “Maria Maria” collab with Carlos Santana to an extremely unexpected source.

“In that whole record, did y’all hear the part that sounded like Wu-Tang Clan?” Wyclef asked the crowded room, although his audience didn’t know what he was talking about.

Grabbing his guitar to illustrate the exact writing process for the track, The Fugees legend showed N.O.R.E and DJ EFN how the opening riff came first, before the melody riff — which, once you hear it, is pure “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit.”

Of course, people are talking about “Maria Maria” again now that DJ Khaled has used part it to make the beat for his latest mega-hit, “Wild Thoughts,” which features Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.

Check out the video below. Wyclef’s virtuoso moment stars around the 18-minute mark. Then go ahead and compare the tracks for yourself.

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Katie Got Bandz On Identity Theft Claims: "BITCH I'M INNOCENT"

Chicago, IL – After Katie Got Bandz was arrested earlier this week for alleged identity theft, the 24-year-old “Pop Out” rapper was evidently released from jail on Wednesday night (August 9).

Needless to say, she wasn’t too happy with the situation and took to Twitter to clear up the accusations. In a series tweets, she adamantly proclaimed her innocence, writing, “BITCH I’M INNOCENT FUCK THE STATE.”

In a subsequent video, the Chi-Town native said, “Muthafuckas think that somehow I went to jail for stealing somebody’s identity. Y’all got me fucked up. I went to jail for not running my muthafuckin’ mouth. I ain’t snitch on a nigga, even though a muthafucka thought they left me hanging.”

“New music coming soon,” she added. “Free Katie The Mixtape dropping too though. Keep it real though. Bitch.”

As she continued promoting her upcoming Free Katie The Mixtape, she fered several other tweets reiterating she’s not a snitch. “I LITERALLY WENT TO JAIL TWICE FOR NOT SNITCHING ON A MF WHO SUPPOSE TO BEEN MY FAMILY IF I WAS A RAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN FREE MFS NOT LOYAL,” she wrote.

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Trouble & Alley Boy Make Interesting Comments Seemingly About Yung Mazi’s Death

(AllHipHop Rumors) According to several social media posts, the late rapper Yung Mazi was living recklessly before he was shot and killed earlier this weak. Everyone is not simply writing R.I.P.

DJ Burn One already said that the city doesn’t mourn finessers like Mazi, and now some other folks have made some posts that also stick out.

Alley Boy posted and deleted a post that said,

Trouble said,

Trouble went on to explain that he feels that instead all the fake love that people show after someone dies, people could have given love and advice to the people while they were alive.

I see what Trouble is saying about keeping it real and being positive influences in other people’s lives, but at the end the day, folks are going to do what they want to do.

On another note, a number people have claimed that Mazi had it coming to him, and he was living on borrowed time. What are your thoughts? RIP Yung Mazi.

Join the rumor community! Do you have a rumor tip that you would like to share? If you hear or see something, send us a tip to AHHrumors@gmail.com.

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Kendrick Lamar Talks Donald Trump, Wack Artists, Ghostwriting & Being Considered A Pop Artist

Kendrick Lamar is arguably the best rapper alive.

His DAMN album debuted at #1 with the largest first-week sales numbers the year, and the project has since spent 16 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200.

DAMN was the best-selling album the first six months 2017, and it’s now certified double platinum.

Earlier this year, the Compton emcee also earned his first #1 Hot 100 single as a lead artist with “Humble.”

Lamar gave an extensive interview to Rolling Stone, and the 7-time Grammy Award winner spoke about his critically acclaimed LP.

He discussed the perception that his commercial success has made him a “Pop” artist.

In addition, K. Dot addressed not presenting very many lyrics about Donald Trump as well as his Element” line about “wack artists.”

The RS conversation also included the issue ghostwriting in Hip Hop.

Check out some excerpts from the Q&A below.

On Trump:

On wack artists:

On ghostwriting:

On being a Pop artist:

Read the full Kendrick Lamar interview with Rolling Stone here.

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Boosie Responds To Backlash For Suggesting He Would Help His 14-Year-Old Son Get Oral Sex (VIDEO)

 Boosie Badazz caused some people to raise an eyebrow at the Louisiana rapper.

An Instagram post celebrating his son’s 14th birthday included Boosie writing to Tootie Raw, “See u tomorrow got a bag for you n a bad b-tch to give u some head.”

The message led to social media users accusing the Baton Rouge native promoting child molestation and sexualizing a teenager.

Boosie responded to the backlash in a video posted on TMZ.

“I was just clowning on Instagram. I ain’t gonna go get him no head. I ain’t gonna bring nobody to give him no head,” said the “Like A Man” performer. “But if he wanna get some head from a girl, he’s 14 years old, I’m cool with it.”

He added, “F-cking is popular at 14, 15 years old. That’s when they be in heat… From what I know, he done got head before.”

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