Kanye Subbing Jay? Nicki Minaj Feeling Pressure? Eminem Ruining His Legacy? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, music industry veteran Wayno joined DJ Akademiks, Star, and Nadeska to run through the day of rap news, including thoughts on Kanye and Jay Z’s relationship, Nicki Minaj leaving social media, Eminem’s legacy, and much more. 

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Cam’ron, Rick Ross, Young M.A, and KYLE Discuss Rap’s Generation Gap | ComplexCon(versations)

The generation gap in hip-hop and the culture's ever-changing mores and rules are constant topics of conversation. So naturally, they became subjects of a Complex Con(versation) at ComplexCon 2017. The panel was hosted by Everyday Struggle co-host DJ Akademiks, and featured new and veteran artists as well as journalists talking about how and why hip-hop has changed. Panelists Rick Ross, Cam'ron, Young M.A, KYLE, and Complex's own Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins discussed the new norms in fashion, MCing, beef, and more.

When it comes to style, Ross noted that hip-hop's staggering growth means that you can no longer tell where someone is from just by how they dress. “The culture became so big, we past that,” he said of regional styles.

Talking about rap, Young M.A lamented the state of the game. “It's not just about the music now. It's about going viral,” she said. She also coined the term “tweef” when talking about the propensity of rappers to beef on Twitter instead of on wax. 

KYLE, for his part, stressed originality. In fact, he said he basically has no choice but to do his own thing.  

“I don't feel pressure to act like other people or rap like other people, because I just can't,” he explained. “I'm not ever going to ever going to be able to put on chains and become the Migos.”  

Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, and more.

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Chris Brown Wilding, PND Dissed Drake?, Staged Eminem Video? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, STAR, and Nadeska debate about Chris Brown wanting to go on tour with Beyonce, Rihanna, and Bruno Mars before jumping into whether or not PARTYNEXTDOOR dissed Drake, and if Eminem staged a video with a girl in his hotel room. 

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Quincy Jones Airs Everyone Out, Is 2018 Big Sean’s Year?, What Makes a Rap OG? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Nadeska, and STAR broke down Quincy Jones’ epic Vulture interview, where he called out Michael Jackson, the Beatles, T-Pain, and more. Later, they debated about what kind of year Big Sean will have in 2018, and much more. 

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Rob Gronkowski Retiring? Why It’s Not as Crazy as You Might Think

Heading into Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, there were many NFL fans who wondered if they were about to watch Tom Brady play in his final NFL game. Even though Brady has gone on the record and said he plans to play for a few more seasons—and even though he just won the NFL MVP award—Brady is 40 and on the back nine of his NFL career. So it wouldn’t have been a huge shock if he had come out and said he was retiring after the game.

What was shocking, though, was that it wasn’t Brady talking retirement following the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Eagles at Super Bowl LII. Instead, it was Rob Gronkowski contemplating his future. As Gronk licked his wounds after losing the biggest game of the season, the 28-year-old was asked about a tweet Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio sent out on Sunday. It indicated Gronk might call it quits after playing in his third Super Bowl.

To the surprise of many, Gronk didn’t immediately shoot the tweet down. Rather, he said he plans to spend time thinking about his future during the offseason before making any decisions about whether or not he will continue to play football.

“I don’t know how you heard that,” Gronkowski said, “but I mean, I’m definitely gonna look at my future. We’ll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”

Gronkowski’s admission was stunning to many, but should we really be that surprised by it? It’s been seven years now since Gronk was able to play in a full NFL season. Since then, he’s sustained injuries to his arm, his knee, his back, and maybe most importantly, his head. He was questionable to even play in Super Bowl LII due to a concussion he sustained in the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars. And while it was only—er, “only”—the first concussion Gronkowski has ever officially been diagnosed with, it stands to reason that it probably got him to thinking about his long-term health.

Gronk is one of the few NFL players who could conceivably become an even bigger star once he retires from the league. Some have suggested he would be a perfect fit for the WWE and could build his brand there while protecting his body better than he can as an NFL player.

But regardless of what Gronk ultimately decides to do this offseason, it seems apparent that he’s not going to play until he’s 40 like Brady. Hell, he might not even reach 30. And if he does decide to end his career prematurely, it shouldn’t come as a surprise after seeing some of the things he’s endured in past seasons.

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Troy Ave Snitching? JT Super Bowl Reactions, Tekashi & Birdman? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Star, and Nadeska recap the Super Bowl halftime show, react to Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott having a baby, and more. During the show, the crew dug deep on the Troy Ave and Taxstone situation and debated about whether or not Troy is snitching with his new video. 

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Diddy Crops Out French & Fab, Can Tekashi 69 Last In Music Industry? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Nadeska, and STAR debated about whether or not Boosie and Kevin Gates ending their beef is a good thing, if DMX can get help, if streaming services are really paying artists, and more. The crew wrapped the show with a debate about whether or not Tekashi 69 can stick around in the music industry. 

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Akademiks vs. Vic Mensa, Badu’s Hitler Comments, Lil Wayne Back? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Nadeska, and STAR run through a day’s worth of rap news topics including the question if Lil Wayne is back, Erykah Badu’s Hitler comments, Grammy predictions, and more. 

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Erykah Badu Faces Major Backlash After Talking Positively About Hitler

During her Everyday Struggle visit back in November of 2017, the world got to see the free-spirited Erykah Badu in all of her glory. And while she references the public's perception of her relationship with rappers (“That I take rappers to the sunken place” is how she describes it) in a new conversation with Vulture, heads are reacting to her comments on Adolf Hitler and Bill Cosby more than anything.

The interview is fascinating in its flow. The conversation that brought up Cosby, and later Hitler, started out as Badu speaking on her appreciation for XXXTentacion's work, and the idea of separating the person from the art they are making. “I love Bill Cosby, and I love what he’s done for the world. But if he’s sick, why would I be angry with him? The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.”

Badu follows up, acknowledging that, “I know I could be crucified for saying that, because I’m supposed to be on the purple team or the green team. I’m not trying to rebel against what everybody’s saying, but maybe I want to measure it.” That's definitely ruffling feathers, but as the conversation shifted, the interviewer asked her about Badu's perceived anti-Semitism based on an Israeli article quoting Badu's thoughts on Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

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“I’m not an anti-Semitic person,” Badu stated. “I don’t even know what anti-Semitic was before I was called it. I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.” After being asked to clarify what she was saying, Badu said that Hitler was “a wonderful painter.”

When asked point blank what Hitler being a good painter (even if he wasn't) had to do with him being a “good person,” Badu explained “Okay, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood. That means that when I’m looking at my daughter, Mars, I could imagine her being in someone else’s home and being treated so poorly, and what that could spawn. I see things like that. I guess it’s just the Pisces in me.”

Which, as she said before, “Hurt people hurt people,” and while Badu chalked much of her comments up to her independent thinking, where she'd rather examine each case individually than align with the mentality of the many, that didn't stop Twitter from going ham about her comments.

What's interesting is that Badu might have given herself the best advice ever during the interview: “You asked me a question. I could’ve chosen not to answer.” Maybe some answers are best left unsaid.

Later Wednesday, Badu addressed the backlash on Twitter:

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LifeAtComplex: Behind the Scenes of Everyday Struggle Season 2

On today’s episode Tony gives us a behind the scenes look into the launching of Season 2 of Everyday Struggle. Later on Akademiks sheds light on his growth through out this journey!

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