NEWS: HIP HOP WEEK IN REVIEW
Drake readies his new album “Take Care,” while Machine Gun Kelly and Yelawolf traded words. Rakim is ready to record again, while 50 Cent did the media rounds.
This week, Drake released the tracklist for his upcoming album Take Care, also listing off his top five favorite albums of all time. The battle between Machine Gun Kelly and Yelawolf heated up, with Yela inviting the raging rapper to put his money where his mouth is. Rakim said that he’s about to begin recording his new album, praising Jay-Z and Eminem along the way, and 50 Cent hit the media circuit to talk about why he doesn’t use drugs or alcohol and bigged up J. Cole and Meek Mill.
Drake Readies Take Care, Reveals Favorite Albums Of All Time
Ramping up for his album’s November 15th release, Drake unveiled the tracklist for his sophomore set Take Care this week, enlisting Rihanna, Rick Ross, The Weeknd, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. He later clarified that the tracklist wasn’t entirely accurate in that Kendrick Lamar will appear on the final lineup. Meanwhile, openers on his “Club Paradise” tour – A$AP Rocky and Chase N. Cashe – explained their friendship with Drizzy, who also named his top five albums of all time. The week wasn’t without some strife – Future said that his absence in the “Tony Montana” video was a “slap in the face.”
Machine Gun Kelly And Yelawolf Fire Shots At One Another
Machine Gun Kelly stirred the pot when he shot subliminals at Yelawolf during the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, later fueling the fire by doing an impression of him on a morning radio show. Yela finally responded to the alleged diss, explaining, “if want it, come get it. Drop your verse, do whatever you want to [do]. If you want to take it there, we can take it there – and that goes for anybody else, too. If you’re feeling froggy, jump mothafucka.” MGK then backpedaled on statements, stating that he was “misunderstood” and that his young age is to blame for his potshots.
Rakim Prepares To Record New Album, Praises Eminem and Jay-Z
After keeping a low profile for a minute, Rakim finally reemerged this week to give an update on what’s been happening. The God MC spoke on his new album – the follow-up to 2009’s The Seventh Seal – explaining that he is about to begin recording the LP and that he hopes to work with DJ Premier and Pete Rock. Additionally, he tossed out a list of rappers that he’s feeling these days, naming Jay-Z, Eminem, The LOX and Wu-Tang Clan as artists that he sees carrying the torch.
50 Cent Explains Why He Doesn’t Use Drugs, Pays Respect To J. Cole
50 Cent made the media rounds this week, speaking on several different topics during interviews. During an appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Fif explained why he abstained from using drugs, even though he sold them, and that a bad experience with alcohol drove him away from drinking. Later in the week, he popped up on BET’s “106 & Park,” talking about his new book Playground and artists he’s feeling at the moment. The G-Unit general name-checked Meek Mill and J. Cole, who he now thinks will get some support from his Roc Nation boss Jay-Z.
by Steven J. Horowitz