Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss Kodak Black’s Remix of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska break down the day of news, which includes the official “Bodak Yellow” remix with Kodak Black, Budden responding to Lil Uzi Vert, and much more. In addition, the crew talk about Partynextdoor's supposed shots at Kehlani on his new song and Kevin Durant's recent Twitter fail

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Kodak Black Brings Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” Full Circle With His Own Remix

It's hard to go anywhere without hearing Cardi B's “Bodak Yellow” this summer, though I can't imagine why you'd want to. That song bumps, whether you're at the club or just driving through the city with your windows down, and if it doesn't make you feel some type of way, we are just not alike.

Frankly, it's sort of surprising more remixes haven't popped up, but Kodak Black is here to change that up. Audio has been released of him flowing over the instrumental for Cardi's track, though he did decide to change the name up to “Kodak Orange.” He sounds right at home over the instrumental, and he probably should, because this is where things start to get a little interesting.

 

A lot of hip-hop fans are aware that “Bodak Yellow” takes inspiration from a Kodak Black song, “No Flockin.” The style of the instrumental is similar, but it's Kodak's flow and cadence on the song that are obvious inspirations for Cardi's more recent hit. His voice hits a crescendo to punctuate the space between the bars, and we saw Cardi rap in that exact same style when “Bodak Yellow” dropped earlier this year. Listen to the similarities:

So while Kodak is technically remixing Cardi's song, he's also in a roundabout way remixing his own song, which is a confusing, hilarious, and fascinating thing to have happen. The best part is there seems to be no animosity over Cardi cribbing his song, and Kodak even shows some love for the Bronx native at the beginning of “Kodak Orange.”

“You know why I fuck with Cardi B? Because they be thinkin’ both of us crazy and shit,” he says at the beginning of the song. “This sound like some 'Bodak Orange' shit, some 'Kodak Orange' shit.”

Jacking somebody's flow has gotten many a rapper in trouble in the past, and it's sort of refreshing to have it go the other way this time. It probably helps that Kodak is allegedly collecting checks from all these “Bodak Yellow” sales and streams, at least if you believe what he tells fans on his livestreams.

You can listen to a snippet of “Kodak Orange” up top.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Talk About the “Cash Me Outside” Girl Signing to Atlantic on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of news, which includes the “Cash Me Outside” girl signing to Atlantic records, Lil Uzi Vert's label deal, and the wild Kevin Hart extortion situation. Additionally, the crew talk about Nas and Nicki Minaj dating and Kodak Black's upcoming “Bodak Yellow” remix. 

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#LifeAtComplex: Here’s What the Nike x Virgil Abloh “Off Campus” NYC Event Was Like

#LifeAtComplex is a daily vlog that offers an inside look at Complex. Watch as Tony Mui takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the office—you never know who or what will pop up.

After a short break, #LifeAtComplex is back with a very special episode as Tony and Beija attend Nike and Virgil Abloh’s “Off Campus” event in NYC. There Virgil shares his inspiration behind “The Ten” collection. Later, Tony hits viewers with the cinematics for the Off-White x Air Jordan 1.

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‘NBA 2K’ Fans Praise LaVar Ball for Snagging a Spot in the Latest Version of the Game

Did you think LaVar Ball was finally going to fall back after Michael Jordan roasted him in early August? Or after Kenan Thomspon nailed a hilarious impression of him on SNL: Weekend Update? Or after Ice Cube crushed him in a shooting contest during a Big3 event in Los Angeles? Think again.

Yes, LaVar did take a few Ls throughout the month of August. But he’s more than bounced back since then by notching a few impressive victories. He received a huge compliment from Jay Z, who revealed that he purchased several pairs of the Big Baller Brand sneakers LaVar helped launch for his son Lonzo. He also announced that he was helping release a new BBB sneaker for his 16-year-old son LaMelo. He scored a reality show on Facebook for the entire Ball family. And most recently, he earned what might just be his most impressive W yet.

Even though he never played basketball professionally—and even though his 2.2 points per game scoring average in college has become a punchline for a lot of NBA fans—LaVar managed to snag a spot in the new NBA 2K game that hits stores later this month. And he’s going to be doing more than just tweeting in NBA 2K18 as previously announced.

LaVar will also play a role in the game’s MyCareer mode and will apparently send players crazy text messages as they try to build a name for themselves in the game.

Some NBA 2K players will probably be annoyed by this once they start playing the game. But for now, the majority of them are praising LaVar for finessing his way into the game in the first place.

Say what you want to say about the guy, but it is pretty impressive to see LaVar score a role in a game like NBA 2K when you consider that he wasn’t even on most peoples’ radars just one year ago.

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Eric Andre Criticizes Hip-Hop Community for Promoting Kodak Black and XXXTentacion Despite ‘Bigotry’

Eric Andre shamed the hip-hop community for promoting artists like Kodak Black and XXXTentacion despite their sexism.

Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss Nicki Minaj Denying Cardi B Beef on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska discuss a number of the day's topics including Nicki Minaj denying any beef with Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert speaking on Kodak, and much more. 

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate If Cardi B Is the Next Nicki Minaj on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska get into a packed slate of news topics, which includes a look at if Kodak Black was scammed by Master P, Irv Gotti's weird IG rant, Bieber sliding in DMs, and more. The crew also break down Cardi B's rapid success and if she's on track to be the next Nicki Minaj or a one-hit-wonder. 

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Conor McGregor’s Sparring Partner Quits Abruptly Over Controversial Photos

Paulie Malignaggi claims he didn’t intend to steal the spotlight when he agreed to fly to Las Vegas earlier this week to take part in a sparring session with Conor McGregor. But that’s exactly what the former world champion has done over the last few days.

On Tuesday, a report came out indicating that Malignaggi had been involved in a sparring session with McGregor that got “out of control.” A day later, Malignaggi spoke with several media outlets, including ESPN, and confirmed that report. He also said that he was involved in a second sparring session with McGregor on Tuesday that included “a lot of violence.” And on Thursday night, Malignaggi continued to make headlines when he abruptly announced that he was no longer going to help McGregor in the weeks leading up to his Aug. 26 fight with Floyd Mayweather.

“I wanted to be part of this event, but I didn’t want to become the story, and that’s what this has turned into,” Malignaggi told ESPN. “I won’t release any information about his game plan or what he’s working on—I wouldn’t do that. But this has become a fiasco. It’s a circus.”

Malignaggi isn’t simply upset over all of the media attention he has received this week, though. Rather, he’s upset because a couple photos surfaced on Thursday afternoon that appeared to portray McGregor in a very favorable light during his sparring session with Malignaggi. One of them, captured by UFC photographer Brandon Magnus, shows McGregor hitting Malignaggi in the face:

Another photo, which was taken by one of McGregor’s personal photographers Dave Fogarty, shows Malignaggi on the ground as McGregor stands over him:

It’s important to note that McGregor himself didn’t post either of the photos on social media. But Malignaggi is still upset about the fact that they got out. He’s also upset about how they seem to suggest that McGregor knocked him down when he says that, in reality, he ended up on the ground after McGregor pushed him. He has urged McGregor to release a video of their sparring session to show what really happened in the ring:

Malignaggi also released a lengthy statement on Twitter late Thursday night and revealed that he will no longer work with McGregor moving forward because of the photos:

And since releasing that statement, Malignaggi has stuck to his guns and refused to back down from the allegations he made over the photos in question, even as he has been hounded by McGregor fans online. Malignaggi has responded to many of those fans on Twitter on Friday morning:

There’s no way McGregor is going to release any video of his sparring session with Malignaggi. Not this close to his fight with Mayweather, at least. So we’ll probably never know the whole truth behind the photos that have Malignaggi so riled up. But in one interaction with a fan on Twitter on Friday morning, Malignaggi said he suspects McGregor’s camp knew all of this controversy was going to take place long before it did:

That may or may not be true. But either way, this dramatic McGregor/Malignaggi storyline is adding even more intrigue to the Mayweather/McGregor fight, and we’d guess that both fighters are thrilled about it.

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The Best Rap Collaborations of 2017 (So Far)

We've shared the best songsalbums, and verses of 2017 so far, but one category we've yet to highlight this year is the rap collaboration. Historically speaking, these records rise to the top when we look back at pivotal performances in years past. Think “Believe Me,” “Otis,” “Pick Up the Phone,” “Cartoon & Cereal.” No need to list off the artists involved; these moments speak for themselves.

There's a good chance a rap collab or two in 2017 joins that pantheon of greatness. With July marking the halfway point, here's a rundown of the best rap collaborations this year has had to offer.


  • Drake f/ 2 Chainz and Young Thug “Sacrifices”

    Whenever Drake and 2 Chainz link up on a track, it's guaranteed to make waves. That said, “Sacrifices” truly takes off thanks to Young Thug's inclusion. Surprisingly enough, this song counts as Drake and Thug's first proper collaboration, and the trio of rappers don't disappoint with slick rhymes on how they finessed their situations into something better. 


  • Wale f/ Lil Wayne “Running Back”

    Wale and Lil Wayne have a history of flipping sports references and metaphors throughout their careers, so it should come as no surprise that they continue it on a record called “Running Back.” The song showcases their chemistry together, along with playful lyricism that makes “Running Back” an enjoyable listen. 


  • Playboi Carti f/ Lil Uzi Vert “Woke Up Like This”

    Playboi Carti only recently started to gain national recognition through “Magnolia” and his self-titled debut project, but if you ask the ATL rapper he's already got imitators in the game. “Woke Up Like This” embodies this narrative, where Carti and Lil Uzi Vert call out those who are jacking their style. Carti and Uzi Vert have linked up a handful of times in the past, and “Woke Up Like This” is their best collaboration yet.


  • Kodak Black f/ Jeezy “Feeling Like”

    “Feeling Like” is a deep cut off Kodak Black's Painting Pictures that details the struggles of making it out of the streets and having a target on your back even when that takes place. It's a sobering performance that shows how well Kodak and Jeezy match up, with the younger act providing his concerns in real time while the veteran ATL native keeps his success in perspective.


  • DJ Khaled f/ Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Lil Wayne, and Justin Bieber “I’m the One”

    It may have took 10 albums, but DJ Khaled finally secured his first No. 1 single with “I'm the One.” And to his credit, he put together a lineup that was tailor-made to hit the top of the charts, with Justin Bieber handling hook duties and Chance the Rapper, Quavo, and Lil Wayne delivering their animated bars over a sugar-coated melody. Respect the process.

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