Birdman Says ‘Rich Gang 2’ Project With Young Thug Could Drop This Summer

Earlier this year, Young Thug claimed he wasn’t going to release any music until 2019. “I’ve got a deaf brother,” he told Hypebeast. “I’ve got a brother who can’t hear or talk, so I want to act deaf for a year. So I ain’t going to put out no music this year.” 

Fortunately for us, not only did we a fairly promising Instagram post teasing a potential Thugger/Gambino collab, but Birdman just suggested that the sequel to 2014’s Rich Gang: The Tour Part 1, a Young Thug/Birdman/Rich Homie Quan project, could be dropping as early as this summer.

According to Billboard, the Cash Money mogul said he and Thug were “looking at the summertime” to release Rich Gang 2, and that Birdman has nothing but respect and admiration for his fellow artist. “Thug is like my brother,” he told Rap-Up. “Love him to death. Solid. One of the realest I ever met in this game. As far as artist-wise, he’s the super talented one, so he led the way on the project and what we wanted to do. I think it’s super dope.”

And finally, he uttered the words we all wanted to hear: “We got a whole album, me and Thug.”

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But that isn’t the only contemporary MC Birdman showered with praise during that same interview, as the No. 1 Stunna put some heavy respect on YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s name, as well. “Talent-wise? He’s an animal. He’s a monster,” said Birdman. “I had the pleasure of being around him, see how he worked, and I think he’s gonna be the next biggest superstar in the world, as the youngsters. I watched his ethics, he’s very intelligent. I’m anxious and excited to see what’s gonna happen.”

While we wait for Rich Gang 2, you might want to revisit the initial project, as well as Birdman’s Before Anythang, which contains features from not only Thugger, but 2 Chainz, Migos, Kodak Black, and others. In regards to the Gambino collab, we’ll just have to patiently wait—as we are, eagerly, for Thug’s Hi-Tunes project, which he recently claimed was coming next year. Hang tight, everyone.

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Rick Ross Reportedly on a Form of Life Support After Being Found Unresponsive (UPDATE)

UPDATED 7:00 p.m. ET: TMZ is reporting that Rick Ross has been hooked up to a machine called ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) that's keeping him alive in a Miami area hospital's cardio unit after he was initially found unresponsive. Early indications point towards a heart attack, although at this time that's unconfirmed. His heart and lungs have been taken over by the machine he's hooked up to, meaning he's currently on life support.

The report has since been disputed by Maybach Music Group associate Fat Trel, who took to Instagram to say he spoke with Rick Ross. According to Trel, Ross is “good” and “not on 'life support.'”

MMG's own Rockie Fresh also intimated TMZ's report was inaccurate. “TMZ gassin,” he wrote on Twitter.

See below for original story.

Rick Ross is reportedly in the hospital for respiratory treatment related to possible pneumonia.

A 911 call was placed by someone at Ross' Miami-area residence around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to TMZ. Police sources claim that the “person in distress,” reportedly Ross, became “combative” following a period of heavy breathing. A Ross source added that the issue is “heart-related,” but an unnamed family member has denied the hospitalization entirely. Reps for Ross did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.

Last year, Ross appeared on Dr. Oz amid his Rather You Than Me promo tour and discussed the back-to-back seizures he suffered while flying in 2011. “I went hard, you know,” he said. “It didn't seem as bad to me because the majority of the time I would be putting in work. The other time I would be partying, and the rest of the time it kind of blended. And that went on for years and years and years. I just developed those certain patterns.”

Ross dropped off the video for his T-Pain and Kodak Black collab “Florida Boy” last month.

Port of Miami 2: Born to Kill, according to comments Ross gave to Tim Westwood in November, is set to be released this year. “I'm digging deep into these joints, these records, these collaborations,” Ross said at the time. “I'm just going all out. It's the 10th one.” DJ Khaled has been involved with the sessions in some capacity. “Port of Miami 2 in the works,” he told fans last August.

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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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Here Are the First Week Sales Projections for Eminem, N*E*R*D, and G-Eazy

This week saw a considerable amount of releases in the hip-hop realm, from Eminem's highly anticipated ninth studio album Revival and G-Eazy's third studio album The Beautiful & Damned, to Jeezy's Pressure. Though we still have a bit of time before the official numbers come in, HITS Daily Double has released its projections for what those numbers will look like.

Unsurprisingly, Eminem is projected to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Charts with an estimated 280-300k total units moved.

G-Eazy's The Beautiful & Damned isn't too far behind with 135-155k. Jeezy's Pressure, which is stacked with features from Diddy , 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz, Kendrick LamarJ. Cole and more, is projected to move 55-65k while the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is also dominating the box office, comes in fourth on the list with  38-44k. 

N*E*R*D's fifth studio album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES rounds it off with 16-21k. The project boasts features from FutureRihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more. 

G-Eazy will head on the road beginning in February to support his newly released album. The tour, in which he will be accompanied by Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo, will kick off in Houston. Check out dates below. 

The Beautiful & Damned Tour Dates
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Feb. 17 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Feb. 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Feb. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
Feb. 28 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON – Rebel March 14 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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Jeezy Show Recap, Budden Not Here For Woke Eminem, Kodak Trolls Hov | Everyday Struggle

 On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska recap the Jeezy episode and the fan reactions before jumping into the daily news, including Eminem’s new song and Kodak Black trolling Jay Z.  

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Kodak Black Takes Playful Jab at Jay Z

Hip-hop’s generation gap has never been more prominent. While old heads constantly question the skills and originality of the new wave, the new wave disregards the old heads as out of touch and irrelevant. It’s an intense debate that has resulted in some controversial statements from each side trying to defend their respective era’s superiority. And now, Kodak Black has entered the old vs. new discussion with a bold—and almost laughable—argument: He suggests his lyrics are better than those of Jay Z

Take a minute to let that soak in. Yes, he’s comparing himself to Jay Z—the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling hip-hop mogul whose discography spans more than two decades. But hey, it might also just be Kodak messing around or trolling, as some call it. 

Kodak made a post to Instagram titled “Rap in the 90’s [sic] vs. rap now” with a side-by-side photo of him and Jay above their own lyrics. The post featured the hook from Hov’s 1998 “Money, Cash, Hoes” song featuring DMX and compared it to the hook on Kodak’s 2016 “I Can” track. The Painting Pictures rapper captioned the image: “Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit.”

 

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Kodak tried it. Though we doubt this is a serious jab, many fans were quick to call out Kodak for attempting to prove his lyrical skills were better than those of Shawn “I’ve sold more than 100 million records” Carter.

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Jeezy’s New Album ‘Pressure’ Will Feature a Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole Collab

Jeezy has a lot of talented friends, and it looks like the whole crew will be making cameos on his upcoming album Pressure.

The 13-track record has almost as many guest appearances as it does songs. Get ready for drop-ins by Diddy, 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz and more. Then of course, there’s an eagerly awaited collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole called “American Dream.” 

Jury’s still out on how big Cole and Kendrick’s contributions are, but we’re definitely on team #fullverseplease. 

Fans have been keeping their fingers crossed for a Cole/Kendrick joint album for like… ever, but this summer TDE co-president Terrence “Punch” Henderson​ crushed our dreams, tweeting that the record would “probably never” happen. Ouch. That being said, “American Dream” may be fans’ next-best-thing.

Pressure drops December 15 on Def Jam, but you can already listen to two tracks from the LP: “Bottles Up with Diddy and “Cold Summer with Tee Grizzley.

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Kodak Black Drops Four New Songs

On Saturday night, Kodak Black hit up Instagram to announce he would release new music around 9 p.m. ET. And, thankfully for fans, he came through.

The Florida rapper dropped a track called “Snap Shit,” followed by “Roll N Peace,” “Down South,” and “Right Now” on YouTube.

And, no, it isn’t a special occasion. Kodak said he decided to share the tracks simply because he was bored. 

You can listen to the songs below. 




The tracks arrive a little over a month after Kodak dropped his Project Baby 2 mixtape, featuring Offset, John Wicks, and more.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Break Down Kodak Black’s Latest Legal Trouble on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of news, including a possible Eminem album release date, the latest on Kodak Black's legal troubles, a new Chance the Rapper issue with labels, and much more. 

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A Boogie Wit da Hoodie on Kanye’s Best Album, His Daughter, and NYC Summers

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie is on fire. His song “Drowning” is racking up hundreds of millions of plays, and his new album The Bigger Artist includes features from 21 Savage, Trey Songz, Kodak Black, and more. A Boogie stopped by for the latest episode of Trending Topics, and discussed his new music, NYC summers, Kanye's College Dropout, and having a daughter. Let us know who you want to see on Trending Topics next in the comments. 

Check out our Who Is? with A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and our Trending Topics with Smokepurpp below. 

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