Perhaps, it is the growing chill in the air or the impending notion that “Winter Is Coming!” but relations have gotten icy in hip-hop this week. On Tuesday, Atlanta rapper Trinidad Jame$ opened up a can of worms for himself when comments made during a Brooklyn concert regarding the declining relevance of New York hip-hop made him a target. Industry figures as diverse as Maino, Charlemagne The God and even Hopsin all had an opinion on Jame$’ rant.
Meanwhile, Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Kenneth “Top Dawg” Tiffith took issue with his company’s portrayal in a GQ Magazine cover story on the label’s big star Kendrick Lamar, claiming that the article was “lazy,” “disrespectful” and had “racial overtones.” On the other side of the map, it was the 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) but that didn’t stop RZA and Raekwon from bickering at each other in the media about who’s to blame for the delayed, new Wu-Tang album.
These are the top hip-hop headlines in the news this week:
During a performance in New York City, Atlanta rapper Trinidad Jame$ went on an extended rant about the decline of New York music, declaring “We run y’all, musically” in regards to artists from his hometown.
GQ Magazine announced that Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar would be gracing the cover of their annual “Men Of The Year” issue and was named “Rapper Of The Year” by the men’s magazine.
After the cover story was released online, TDE’s CEO Kenneth “Top Dawg” Tiffith took issue with the way that Kendrick and his label were portrayed in the article.
Jay Z made an announcement on Friday night that he was planning to move forward with his holiday collection at Barneys New York amidst racial profiling allegations leveled at the luxury department store.
Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold an impressive 779,577 copies in one week, making it the highest-charting debut for an album in hip-hop this year.
In an exclusive with XXL, Lord Jamar formerly of seminal hip-hop group Brand Nubian gave a candid interview criticizing Macklemore for his song “Same Love” and asserting the song’s pro-gay message was inappropriate for hip-hop.
After an interview with RZA in Rolling Stone was published last weekend in which the Wu-Tang Abbot criticized several members including Raekwon for failing to show up to record music for a new Wu-Tang album, Rae and RZA sent heated comments each others way in various media outlets this week.