A 10-year-old in Atlanta escaped a kidnapper in the most improbable way. Now, a number of organizations in the area are teaming up to offer a $10,000 reward in the investigation. On the night of March 31, Willie Myrick was outside taking care of his pet Chihuahua. The boy spotted a few dollars near a tree. When he walked over to the money, a man grabbed Willie and forced him into a four-door Honda Civic.
Hollow Da Don On Battling Joe Budden: “I Hope You Don’t Choke”
"Em better be front row for this one," Hollow Da Don says. "He gon’ wanna see this one."
Sitting down with Mikey T The Movie Star, battle rapper Hollow Da Don shared feeling like the recent spike in popularity of Battle Rap has had some negative effects. During the interview Hollow also addressed his planned match-up againstJoe Budden and detailed the impact of Eminem’s endorsement of the current scene.
“They don’t do it for the passion,” he says when asked generally about the influx of new Battle Rap leagues. “Cats is trying to get too much shine. Every time, man. Crack is popping, everyone wants to sell crack. Rapping is popping, now everybody wants to be a rapper. Soon as something else—like if making pottery becomes popular and bitches like it, everybody’s gonna be making pottery. Follow your passion and your heart, don’t follow the fame or these hoes ‘cause that shit is just gonna lead to more bullshit because you followed the bullshit. If you follow what really love to do, it ain’t really work no more. It’s really like, ‘I’m excited to go do this today.’ It’s not like, ‘Let me go make this dollar. ‘ ‘Cause once you spend that shit and you’re broke you’re gonna look back like, ‘Damn, I was just chasing all this shit for all this money. Now I’m broke.’ Niggas really be getting gassed off this hype and this fame and then when they get there and they get it they realize, ‘Oh it was so much bullshit. I was chasing this?’ But if you really passionate about it when you get to the hype and the fame you’re content. Like, ‘Yo I did it, I made this shit happen.’ I’m willing to deal with this bullshit ‘cause this is what I love to do.
“If this shit go on TV and start popping I’m just gonna be a battling ass nigga,” he adds. “I’ll battle your grandmother, nigga. You better not get in my way ‘cause she could get it. I got bars for everybody.”
Speaking about Eminem’s public appreciation for Battle Rap, Hollow described feeling like the Detroit star’s history as a battler holds extra value.
“Crazy,” he says. “Crazy. That’s who we want. Eminem. Even not people from that magnitude, but Eminem obviously ‘cause he came from it. That’s why it’s so big for us. He came from it. That ain’t somebody that ain’t come from this. He’s the biggest person to ever come from this. Of course we want Em there.
“Em better be front row for this one,” he continues. “He gon’ wanna see this one. I might wanna tag him in…I might need that right now…Joe you might wanna have that—not Em, let’s be realistic—you might wanna have Royce, one of them niggas to tag in at least help you if you choke. I hope you don’t choke man.”
"I told Joe this myself not too long ago," Hollow said at the time. "Bro, anybody that’s a lyricist, as far as Joe Budden, Cassidy, Lloyd Banks, the list could go on, anybody that’s a lyricist comes from this shit, especially in New York, [New] Jersey, East Coast, Philly. Like, they come from this shit. Now the only thing they need is experience. They need to be in there to witness and see how shit goes and you know what they could work on, but if you’re a lyricist, bro you can at least do this.”
Lionsgate Sets Mortdecai, Starring Johnny Depp, for February 6, 2015
Lionsgate announced today that director David Koepp’sMortdecai is set to hit theaters on February 6, 2015. Now in production, the film stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza and Jeff Goldblum.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
The February 6 date has Mortdecai opening opposite Jaume Collett-Sera’s thrillerRun All Night (starring Liam Neeson) and Sergei Bodrov’s fantasy tale Seventh Son (starring Jeff Bridges).
"I get concerned that what happened to Jazz music will happen to Hip Hop, where the only person you know about is Kenny G," Rapaport says in an interview with Complex.
"It’s just garbage," Rapaport continues. "This is Hip Hop. It’s not Techno. It’s not Electro. It’s gotta…You have to keep that boom-bap spirit. It has to be there. There has to be a balance between growth and keeping it grounded. I don’t know. It’s challenging. I always feel like I wish I could rhyme. I could be like the emcee coach. Hip Hop Phil Jackson. I would be like, ‘Yo, that shit is wack. Don’t do that.’"
Rapaport is promoting When The Garden was Eden, a documentary about the New York Knicks team of the 1970s. The film is part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series.
Complex names Nas’ “Illmatic” the best album of the decade.
Complex ranked the 90 best Rap albums of the 1990s in a recent list. The publication ranks Nas’ Illmaticthe greatest of the decade.
"Lists such as the one you’re reading inevitably lead to disagreements, if not full-on arguments," Complex says when discussing Nas’ Illmatic placement. “Fair-minded fans can disagree about whether the ’90s was indeed rap’s greatest decade. As Jigga once put it, folks will ‘argue all day about who’s the best MC, Biggie, Jay Z, or Nas.’ One thing they don’t argue much about: who made the best album. Because it would be extremely difficult to make the case that Nas’s Illmatic isn’t the greatest rap album of the decade, if not all time.”
Nas’ Illmatic saw a boost in sales this week. The Queensbridge, New York emcee’s debut album, released April 19, 1994, sold 14,987 copies this week. It experienced an 844 percent increase in sales from the previous week. Overall, the project has sold 1,686,232 copies in its 20 years.
"Nas and Big remain two of the greatest MCs in history, and their debuts stand as pillars of New York Hip Hop," Complex says when discussing Ready to Die. “Where Nas followed his debut with a 20-year career and a rich and varied body of work, Biggie’s debut album ended with a song depicting his own suicide. The fact that he did not live to see the release of his masterpiece, Life After Death, says more about Hip Hop in the 1990s than 10,000 thinkpieces, and underscores the realness that oozes from every pore of this remarkable album.”
The full list, which features Mos Def’s 1999 album, Black On Both Sides, at #90, is available via Complex.
Talib Kweli Discusses Possibilities Of Black Star Album
Talib Kweli provides an update on Yasiin Bey, says he’s still rapping, but prefers to release music under his own terms.
For fans hoping for a new album from the Brooklyn-based rap duo Black Star, Talib Kweli has revealed that the chances of such an album are “pretty slim.” While speaking with Vlad TV in a newly-published interview, Talib spoke on the bleak chances of a new project from Black Star and also commented on his distaste for sequels to projects.
According to the New York City wordsmith, he’s been approached on numerous occasions about sequels to tracks like “Get Em High,” but says fans should instead revisit the original version of a particular song rather than request a follow-up.
“I think the possibilities for seeing a Black Star album are pretty slim,” Talib said. “We do shows all the time. Black Star is a very lucrative thing. But, you know, that album is special. You know, part twos are overrated, bruh. People are always like ‘You need to make a part two to ‘Get Em High.” Yeah, ain’t no guarantee the part two’s gonna come out dope. ‘You need to make a Black Star album part two.’ You know, how about you just go listen to the old one? The reason you like it so much is cause it is what it is. Appreciate it for what it is.”
Talib also addressed those who have questioned Yasiin Bey (previously Mos Def) and his lack of recent releases. He informed those watching that his fellow Black Star member does still rap and merely prefers to release his music under his own terms.
“Yes, Mos Def is rapping,” he said. “He’s been to South Africa…These people who be in they little towns and whatnot. Listening to their little, local radio stations. Reading their little blogs, who be thinking me and Mos Def ain’t doing [nothing]. We out in the world doing stuff. Just because it’s not making your radar don’t mean it’s not happening. Like Black Star’s very lucrative. We do a lot of things…I always hear new music when I’m with Mos. It’s just he doesn’t necessarily feel the need to release it at the same pace or with the same urgency that a lot of artists do. He’s making music because he wants to make it. And he’s releasing it under his terms exactly.”
Black Star released their first and only studio album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, over 15 years ago. Released in 1998, the album included production from a number of Hip Hop notables including Hi-Tek, 88-Keys, and Da Beatminerz.
"In honor of Williams’ latest, Billboard has compiled a list of 15 videos of non-rappers rapping, in order of worst to best," Billboard says. "Only God can judge them."
The publication’s “worst” rapper, according to its list, is Joaquin Phoenix. “This objectively awful ‘rap’ was a turning point in Joaquin Phoenix’s career,” Billboard says. ”In 2010, he told the world he planned to abandon film for a Hip Hop career and a Casey Affleck-produced documentary, I’m Still Here. The whole thing was a joke, but his attempt at rapping is all too real, with wince-worthy canned beats and his lethargic elocution.”
Natalie Portman’s “Natalie’s Rap” #3 On Billboard’s “Non-Rappers” List
Natalie Portman earned the #3 slot on the list. “Natalie Portman really went all-out in this supremely aggressive, expletive-laden litany about ‘snorting all that yay’ at Harvard,” Billboard says. “She even upstages Adam Sandberg, which is no small feat. Everyone knew she was a good actress, but with this rap she really cemented her high — so to speak — place in the actors-as-rappers pantheon.”
Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake Team Up At #2 On “Non-Rappers” List
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake appear on the list at #2. “It’s almost as if Jimmy Fallon set up Brian Williams’ version of ‘Rapper’s Delight’ just so he could tear it down in this medley of the evolution of Rap, including classics like 2Pac’s ‘California Love,’ Eminem’s ‘The Real Slim Shady,’ and Soulja Boy’s [‘Crank That].’ It’s worth watching the whole 20 minutes, if not for the impressive [The] Roots-backed spectacle alone, than to watch them break it down to Sugarhill Gang’s [‘Apache.’]”
Terrence Howard Earns #1 On Billboard’s “Non-Rappers” List
The #1 spot on the list goes to Terrence Howard. The actor’s “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” is highlighted. “It’s easy to forget Terrence Howard isn’t a rapper after listening to ‘It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,’” Billboard says. “Penned by Three 6 Mafia, the Grammy Award-winning song from Hustle & Flow shows Phoenix how it’s done. Too bad Howard hasn’t announced any plans to get into the Rap game himself.”
Kobe Bryant, James Franco, Kris Jenner, Nicole Richie, Tyra Banks, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Lindsay Lohan are also among Billboard’s 15 Non-Rappers Rapping list.