Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss 21 Savage and Offset’s Collab Album on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of rap news topics, which includes a bunch of new albums from Big K.R.I.T., 21 Savage and Offset, Chris Brown, and more. Later, they break down the rumored fight between French Montana and Meek Mill's camp before diving into whether or not Kanye West actually helps the artists on G.O.O.D. Music. 

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Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, and More Respond to ‘Horrific Act of Terror’ in Las Vegas

More than 50 people are dead and hundreds more injured after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, which occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas. According to the New York Times, a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 during the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly killed himself after the mass shooting. 

The shooting started around 10 p.m. PT Sunday as country singer Jason Aldean performed. Per Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who addressed the horrific incident in a press conference Monday morning, Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, aiming at the crowd watching Aldean. Those in attendance said the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” one concertgoer, Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. … People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, the Weeknd, John Mayer, and more musicians across the industry have taken to social media to express their thoughts and condolences, as well as voice their frustrations with the lenient gun laws in America that allow this kind of thing to happen again and again.



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Watch Drake Recreate ‘Views’ Cover by Performing on Replica CN Tower at Eighth Annual OVO Fest

Drake and company took to Toronto tonight to put on their eighth annual OVO Fest. The show took place in Toronto and saw performances from Partynextdoor, Majid Jordan, Roy Woods, Dvsn, and the anointed one himself, the ruler of the dominion known as the 6ix, Drake. OVO boss Drizzy also took the opportunity to announce that he is at work on a new album. The project will most likely be out next year. 

In the eight years of OVO fest, there have been plenty of surprise guests. Back in 2011, Drake brought out the legend known as Stevie Wonder. The superstar performed a medley of “I Wish,” “Ribbon in the Sky,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” and “Superstitious.” Rick Ross and the Weeknd also performed at the show that year.

In 2014  Lauryn Hill blessed the stage to perform her songs “Ready or Not” and “Lost Ones” and was joined by Drake to perform “Doo Wop” and “Draft Day.” Kanye West was in attendance in 2013 to perform “New Slaves” and “All of the Lights.” 

At the first annual OVO Fest, back in 2010, Drake had Eminem and Jay Z come out. 

For the latest OVO fest, which took place on August 7 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Drake did it big by performing atop a replica of Toronto's famous CN Tower, impressively recreating the cover of his album Views. Drizzy also brought out Cardi B, who performed her hit track “Bodak Yellow.” Drake also had previous nemesis Tory Lanez come out to perform his “Controlla” remix. ​Oh, and if that wasn't enough Migos, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, French Montana, The Weeknd, Nelly, and Rae Sremmurd all hit the stage at the star studded show. 

Check out some clips from the eighth annual OVO fest below. 


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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate Whether or Not Eminem’s Longtime Manager Can Save Def Jam on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska ran through the day of news, which included Paul Rosenberg's move to save Def Jam Records, Lil Yachty calling out the XXL cyphers, and French Montana not knowing who produced his biggest hit ever. Later, the crew dove into Akademiks' Twitch game before dissecting Lloyd Banks' career. To wrap, the gang ran through some quick hits before answering a bunch of fan tweets. 

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Drama on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska go through all of the Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna drama, including T.I. getting involved and Snoop Dogg sharing his thoughts. Later, the crew talk Jay Z's new album going platinum in under a week and 50 Cent's hilarious review of the project. To wrap, Budden and Akademiks discuss Lil Wayne's new EP, French Montana's album tracklist, and whether or not Joe is bitter. 

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French Montana Starts Fundraising Campaign to Build Maternity Centers in Uganda

A few weeks ago, French Montana and Swae Lee headed to Kampala, Uganda to film their “Unforgettable” video. In the footage, you can see the locals bust out their best moves for the cameras:

But it doesn't end there.

Everything began back in Februrary when French went on YouTube and saw videos of children dancing—the same ones you now see in the “Unforgettable” video. He was moved by the joy the children found in dance, despite their circumstances, so he decided to go to Uganda to find them and include them in the clip.

While he was in Uganda for the shoot, French met a local advocate and (as a result) he pledged to build a maternity center in the East African nation. Furthermore, he has put together a global initiative to help raise funds for future maternity centers across the country. You can see a short video that recaps the whole story below:

So far, he has donated $100,000 to Mama Hope to build an expansion for the Suubi “Hope” Health Center in the rural village of Budando. He's also encouraging both his peers, friends, and fans to do the same.

His partnership with Mama Hope has also led to him continuing his #UnforgettableDanceChallenge in an effort to get money for ambulances, premature incubators, cribs, and a blood bank (in addition to the aforementioned construction of the Suubi “Hope” Health Center expansion). Other stars, including Drake, DJ Khaled, and Diddy, have already taken their shot at it. The tally of participants is currently at over 50,000 #UnforgettableDanceChallenges around the world and counting.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Settle the Debate on Who the LeBron James of Rap Is

On today's episode of Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks settle the debate on who the LeBron James of rap is. They also break down more rappers and their NBA equivalents. Later, the guys discuss Chance the Rapper taking shots at labels during his recent concert and examine if he's really independent. To wrap up, Budden and Akademiks debate if French Montana should be hanging out with La La after her split from Carmelo Anthony. 

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7 Things You Probably Missed on Your First Listen of ‘Damn’

Expectations have always been high for Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album; however, the anticipation skyrocketed immediately after he dropped the project’s incendiary lead single “Humble.” The visuals were incredible, the rhymes were on point, and the Mike Will Made-It production was fire. The track made it clear Kendrick had something great in store and tonight, the Compton rapper finally lifted the curtain.

We’re sure the majority of you played Damn as soon as it rolled out on streaming services; but just like with most initial listens, there were probably some elements you missed. Below, we’ve listed several key moments from Damn that might’ve gone unnoticed during the first go-around—just a few things to look out for during your next replay.

  • Before Kendrick dropped “Humble,” he blessed his fans with “The Heart Part 4.” Though the single wasn’t included on Damn, one of its several beats did make an appearance. You can hear The Alchemist-produced beat on Damn’s “Fear.”
  • On Damn’s first track, “Blood,” Kendrick begins his first verse with: “So I was taking a walk the other day.” That line is also the last in the album’s closing track “Duckworth.” It’s subtle but effective full-circle moment.
  • The legendary DJ Kid Capri makes a few cameos on the album. You can hear him drop bombs in the “Element,” “Love,” and “Duckworth” tracks. 
  • In the closing cut, “Duckworth,” Kendrick tells a story about how his father, Kenneth Duckworth, was almost killed by Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith. Their run-in is said to have occurred when Kendrick was just a kid.
  • Kendrick makes a Jay Z reference in “Loyalty,” when he raps: “It's a secret society/All we ask is trust.” Hova raps those lyrics in “Get Your Mind Right Miami” from the 2000 album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia.
  • On “Fear,” Kendrick takes vicious shots at Rihanna's former accountant Peter Gounis. Ri-ri claims Gounis gave her such bad advice that she nearly went broke. She sued him and won millions.

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Chris Brown Reportedly Feels ‘Stabbed in the Back’ by Quavo Over Karrueche Rumors

Chris Brown reportedly feels “betrayed” after hearing the rumors surrounding Quavo and Karrueche Tran. Citing “CB sources,” TMZ claimed Wednesday that Brown feels like he's been “stabbed in the back” by Quavo and is angry that he helped promote Migos' most recent album Culture.

Brown's previous relationship with Quavo, according to TMZ, was both personal and business-oriented. Brown is reportedly “livid” about work he did in promotion of Culture while Quavo was allegedly “secretly” seeing Tran. In fact, TMZ claimed, Brown reportedly thinks Tran's recent restraining order request is related to her alleged involvement with Quavo.

Brown and Migos have previously collaborated on a number of tracks, including French Montana's “Hold Up.”

After Tran obtained a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Brown, E! News reported that he was also ordered to stay away from Tran's friend J.Ryan La Cour and two other people connected with Tran. “In the past, Chris Brown has threatened me and run up on me for not allowing him to bully Karrueche Tran in my presence,” La Cour wrote, according to E! News. “More recently, making threats to her saying that he will beat anyone that is friends with her.” In February, Tran accused Brown of threatening to kill her.

Tran and Quavo were spotted by TMZ at Gulf Coast Spring Fest in Mississippi over the weekend:

Following Migos' set, the two reportedly left the venue together in the same car after a hug.

Both Tran and Quavo have thus far refrained from publicly addressing the dating rumors.

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