Loud Records Dropping ’36 Chambers’ Remake With ‘9 MCs From Today’

Later this year, Wu-Tang Clan's legendary debut album will turn 25. To celebrate the record's infallible legacy, Loud Records founder Steve Rifkind has revealed that Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) will receive a full-blown remake featuring “nine MCs from today.” 

Rifkind founded Loud Records all the way back in 1991, before selling the catalog to Sony in 2002. However, this year he's revived the record label in partnership with Legacy Recordings and RED Music, as Rolling Stone points out. To celebrate the relaunch of the label, which helped launch the careers of Wu-Tang, Big Pun, and Mobb Deep among countless others, Rifkind told XXL that he has some pretty big plans to celebrate 36 Chambers' 25th anniversary. 

“With Wu-Tang, we're gonna do a few things,” he told XXL. “We're gonna remake the album with nine MCs from today and each new MC will play a character in the original 36 Chambers. There's gonna be a major tour cause it's also Wu's 25[th anniversary].” While he didn't offer an idea of who we can expect to hear on the album's remake, it's an interesting proposition considering how important the album is in the overall canon of hip-hop history.

It's not entirely clear on if the tour he's planning will focus on the new rappers paying tribute to 36 Chambers or see the group's surviving members reunite, but it's an exciting idea for fans of Wu-Tang regardless. He also told XXL that there's plans to celebrate the anniversary of Big Pun's debut album, Capital Punishment, although plans for that are still in the early stages right now. 

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MSNBC Anchor Quotes Mobb Deep While Dissing President Trump

MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber used a quote from Mobb Deep’s famed 1995 cut “Shook Ones Part II” to insult President Donald Trump on Friday night during his show, The Beat With Melber. Melber was discussing the president’s abuse of executive privilege within the frame of Nixon’s impeachment.

“[Nixon’s impeachment case is] worth bearing in mind as the Trump White House now stonewalls investigators, but insist it’s not really invoking executive privilege, or it’s trying some kind of modified halfway executive privilege,” Melber said.

He continued, “But there’s no such thing as halfway privilege, just as there’s no such thing as halfway crooks. We know that truth from the great poet Havoc of Mobb Deep who observed that true criminal minds are always thirsty for recognition, but you don’t see longevity from halfway crooks, ‘cause they always end up shook. And that’s the big problem facing any White House pursuing a cover up with halfway privilege.”

Melber revealed materials from President Nixon’s Watergate scandal back in 1972. The materials displayed exactly how exploiting executive privilege can be a crime and an impeachable offense. Executive privilege, per NPR, means, “a president has the right to withhold certain information from Congress, the courts or anyone else—even when faced with a subpoena.”

According to Melber, “the abuse of executive privilege was literally part of the basis for the obstruction articles against Nixon in his impeachment.” The lawyer who wrote the articles of impeachment for Nixon’s case told Melber how Trump may be headed down the same path. Melber used Mobb Deep’s lyrics to show why there isn’t such a thing as “halfway privilege.” The exact Mobb Deep lyrics that Melber referenced were from the song's hook, “Scared to death, scared to look, they shook/‘Cause ain't no such things as halfway crooks.”

Havoc posted a clip to Instagram of Melber quoting “Shook Ones Part II” with the caption, “Just as I was watching the homie @arimelber couldn’t be put any better!! Ain’t no such thing as #halfwaycrooks 🔥 #msnbc.”

Late Friday night, Melber also took to Instagram and posted a photo of himself with the message, “You can’t quote rap too much.” His caption read, “Real quote, although my inbox shows many, many people disagree,” followed by an eye-roll emoji.

 

Real quote, although my inbox shows many, many people disagree 🙄

A post shared by Ari Melber (@arimelber) on Mar 2, 2018 at 9:30pm PST

 

Mobb Deep's Prodigy passed away in June 2017 from accidental choking. You can watch Melber's full segment here.

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Q-Tip Previewed an Unreleased Kendrick Lamar Collaboration on his ‘Abstract Radio’ Show

Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio show on Apple’s Beats 1 has previously included gems such as a two-hour tribute to his friend and collaborator Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Friday’s show offered another special moment with a previously unreleased Kendrick Lamar collaboration. Q-Tip played the track, unofficially titled “Want U 2 Want,” at approximately the 1:42-mark of his mix Friday.

Keys, synths, and a guitar loop power the collaboration as both Kendrick and Q-Tip profess their love for their boos. 

“The love for your name can only pertain to the flame I got in my veins/I never complain when your name is mentioned/I can’t hold back or restrain/It’s the fact I just want you to want me,” Kendrick raps on the song’s chorus.

This isn’t the first collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and Q-Tip, as Kendrick appeared on “Conrad Tokyo” from A Tribe Called Quest’s final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

The origins of “Want U 2 Want” are unclear, as Kendrick and Q-Tip were spotted hitting the studio as far back as 2012. Prior to A Tribe Called Quest’s 2016 swan song, Q-Tip had reportedly been working on a solo project entitled The Last Zulu.

Q-Tip also dropped a collaboration with Demi Lovato entitled “Don't Go Breaking My Heart”—an Elton John and Kiki Dee cover—at the 1:59 mark of his mix. You can hear Q-Tip’s entire mix via Apple Music.

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Prodigy’s Official Cause of Death Revealed

Prodigy, the legendary hip-hop figure and one half of Mobb Deep, passed away at the age of 42 on June 20. At the time, it was reported that he had died from complications related to his lifelong battle with sickle-cell anemia.

Now we have an official cause of death: accidental choking. Prodigy was indeed hospitalized to receive treatment for sickle-cell anemia, and he died while in the Las Vegas hospital by choking on an egg, as first reported by TMZ.

The Clark County Medical Examiner announced its determination after completing an investigation. The Clark County Coroner’s office confirmed to Complex that “cause of death was choking and the manner was accident.”

Prodigy's sickle-cell had flared up after a performance in the severe West Coast heat of Las Vegas. Prodigy was performing on the Art of Rap Tour with Havoc, Ghostface Killah, KRS-One, Onyx, and Ice-T.

Prodigy and Havoc met in high school in Manhattan and originally chose the name “Poetical Prophets” before shifting to Mobb Deep. Their second album, The Infamous, which dropped in 1995, was their breakthrough.

They released eight studio albums together and are one of the most critically acclaimed groups in hip-hop history.

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Lil Uzi Vert Says He Got a ‘Beating’ to Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Pt. II”

Just a few days after collaborating in the studio for the first time, Pharrell and Lil Uzi Vert spoke with Scott Vener about what they worked on together on OTHERtone on Beats 1 Radio. “My first time meeting him was the other day in the studio,” Pharrell admits. “I've been sort of seeing him just do shit on the scene, and he struck me as a guy that's just not thinking about any kind of rules. Just doing what he likes, good, bad, or ugly. He don't care, and that I can relate to.”

As for what to expect out of their studio session together, Pharrell says the beats reflect “the newer zones that I'm in.” “He's kinda getting, like, that super fresh iteration of where I am, and where some of our stuff is right now,” Pharrell said. Uzi responded to P's description of this new sound with one word: “Nuts.”  

Lil Uzi Vert also went into being a fan of Marilyn Manson, as well as divulging what purchases he has made since amassing his fortune. 

The group also opened up about the passing of Prodigy of Mobb Depp at the age of 42. While Pharrell recalls seeing plenty of fights to “Shook Ones, Pt. II,” Lil Uzi Vert has a completely different memory associated to that song. “I got a beating to that song before, I can remember that,” he confessed.  

You can listen to the entire episode here.

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Lil Kim Reportedly Being Investigated by LAPD After Masked Robbers Steal $20K From Rental Home

Rapper Lil Kim is reportedly a person of interest in an LAPD investigation after a house she was renting was robbed by a group of people in ski masks, according to TMZ

According to the report, Kim is being investigated because of a dispute she and her crew had with either the owner or property manager of a house she had rented for a BET weekend party. The rapper was allegedly not satisfied when she went to check out the house in advance of the party and demanded money back.

When the renter refused to return Kim's deposit on the property, the argument escalated to the point that cops had to be called. After the cops, Kim, and Kim's crew dispersed, a group of people showed up to the house with weapons around 4 a.m. local time, leaving the property with Kim's deposit check in addition to a sum of cash. All told, they reportedly left the rental home with about $20,000 worth of items.

On top of the theft, the unidentified crew who robbed the house slashed the tires of the victim and stole one of the hubcaps off their car.

It is unclear whether the ongoing investigation will impact Kim's scheduled performance at Sunday night's BET Awards, where she is supposed to participate in a tribute to Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy.

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Prodigy of Mobb Deep Dead at 42

Prodigy, one half of the iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, has passed away at age 42.

The rapper's publicist released a statement on his death, citing complications stemming from his lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia.

It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family's privacy at this time.

Several prominent members of the Queens hip-hop community took to social media to share the news—and their condolences—on Tuesday afternoon, with Nas and his younger brother Jungle sharing posts on Instagram within minutes of one another.

 

🙏🏾 QB RIP King P

A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:33am PDT

 

#RIP

A post shared by Jungleqb (@jungleqb) on Jun 20, 2017 at 10:42am PDT

Best known by the average fan as one half of the group responsible for the classic rap record, “Shook Ones Pt. II,” Prodigy was part of countless New York posse cuts and a key figure in the “golden age” of rap in the mid-90s. Thanks to the strength of beloved albums like The Infamous and Hell on Earth, Mobb Deep was at the forefront of New York hip-hop during its most prominent era, standing alongside giants like Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Wu Tang Clan, and others. 

As part of the city's vanguard, Prodigy was a key figure in the East Coast vs. West Coast battle that overtook hip-hop for the better part of a decade. Along with his partner Havoc, he joined Capone-N-Noreaga and Tragedy Khadafi in the West Coast diss track, “L.A. L.A.,” released just shortly before 2Pac was released from prison. Prodigy's battle with sickle cell anemia later became public knowledge after it was brought up by 2Pac multiple times during their war of words, most notably on “Hit 'Em Up.”

The rapper was forced into a brief hiatus from music due to a stint in prison relating to a gun-possession charge. He would go on to release an autobiography, My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy, before immersing himself in hip-hop once again. More recently, he was responsible for writing a prison cookbook titled Commissary Kitchenin which he shared his path to staying healthy while being behind bars. The book has since been banned in all prisons within the state of California. 

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Nicki Minaj Drops Exclusive ‘Queens Got Da Crown’ Playlist on Tidal

After early silence in her beef with Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj has begun to flood the market with new music to stunt on her rap rival. The reception for the shots being fired on songs like “No Frauds” has been all over the map, from lukewarm response to full-fledged endorsement, and Minaj wants to make sure her momentum trends toward the latter.

To keep the ball rolling, she teased a new exclusive for Tidal on Saturday afternoon, taking to Twitter to let her fans know a new drop was imminent:

As it turns out, it wasn't a new project, a video or even an interview as many fans might have expected, but a Minaj-curated playlist featuring some of the best hip-hop out of Queens from the last few decades. You can stream it here.

Nicki went immediately to Twitter and Instagram to express how proud she was of the playlist:

With appearances from Nas, Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Ja Rule and a host of others, Minaj seems to sending a not-so-veiled message at Bronx native Remy Ma: I won, and my borough is far superior to yours. If you really want to look for some hidden meaning behind the selections, the track titles might also tell you what's on her mind. The likes of, “Mama Said Knock You Out”, “Champion” and “Between Me & You” are certainly notable tracks, but if you view them through the vision of someone continuing to take jabs at an opponent, they start to look like a direct message to Remy.

There's no word yet on whether this is the only thing Minaj will be dropping on Tidal, but you should probably expect her to continue throwing shade this weekend and beyond.

 

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