Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss Drake’s OVO Fest on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska get into the news of the day, including a full recap of Drake's eighth annual OVO Fest and what it means that he brought out the likes of Tory Lanez, the Weeknd, and more. Later, the crew run through the new Usher allegations. Budden and Akademiks also break down Wale's recently deleted tweet that people thought was a shot at Chance the Rapper before diving into Chris Brown commenting on Rihanna's Instagram pic.

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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 If 2Pac Is Overrated

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska go through some quick news hits, including Tory Lanez's next album, Travis Scott losing money, Stevie J fuckery, and Freddie Gibbs still dissing Jeezy all these years later. Additionally, the crew talk about 2 Chainz's “DNA” freestyle and if the art of spitting off the dome has died in hip-hop. Later, Budden and Akademiks dive into some West Coast topics—like if 2Pac is overrated—before announcing that the show will be filming in Los Angeles next week! To wrap, the crew answer some fan questions from Twitter. 

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate Who’s a Bigger Star: Future or Young Thug?

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day's hottest topics including Tory Lanez dropping racks, 6lack dissing a Twitter follower, Lil Wayne dissing Birdman, and much more. The star conversation continues with a hearty debate about Young Thug and Future and who has more star power at the moment. 

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Tory Lanez Spends $35K in Luxury Store After Allegedly Being Dissed by Employee

Before taking the stage for his scheduled appearance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Tory Lanez appears to have gotten some shopping in at the high end boutique Holt Renfrew. In a series of since-deleted tweets, Tory calls out a seemingly dismissive clerk who he accuses of discriminating against him. In Lanez’s video, which has since been picked up by other Twitter users, the rapper can be seen and heard calling out the employee and briefly filming the worker from outside the store.

“I gotta get him,” Lanez says while filming the Holt Renfrew employee from his phone. “Look at his ass. Say hello. Yeah, we balled out your shit. We walked in the store…he ain’t think we was gonna buy nothing. We balled out his shit. We Gucci down. We Louis Vuitton down…”

Based on Lanez’s interaction with a fan asking about the incident, the rapper interpreted the employee’s alleged dismissive attitude as a disrespectful implication Lanez lacked the means to buy the luxury goods. Other tweets that are no longer available hint at Tory Lanez intending to drop the $35,000 at the store regardless and merely choosing a different employee to help with the transaction and possibly benefit from the commission on the sale.

“It’s not the fact that we spent $35K in there, we were already going there to do that. It’s the fact that HE didn’t get the percentage,” Tory tweeted.

DJ Akademiks ripped Tory Lanez’s now-deleted video and also captured one of the tweets explaining his rationale for still dropping five figures at an establishment he felt disrespected him.

 “I hope the coworker that got the commission was black, LMAO,” Twitter user @southernjawn said.

“He was,” Lanez replied, while adding a string of emojis.

Tory isn’t the first entertainer to go public with claims of a business allegedly discriminating against him despite enjoying the spoils of a rap career. In July of 2016, Chance the Rapper took to Twitter to call out Chicago sports bar Whirlyball. Chance told his followers the Whirlyball management “doesn’t know how to treat customers.”

“Don’t go to @WhirlyBall it’s very inaccessible if you’re black or friends with black people, they’ve clearly outlined in their dress code,” Chance added.

As for Tory, Holt Renfrew has yet to publicly respond to his clams.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Break Down Drake and Tory Lanez Ending Their Feud

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska recap last night's Billboard Music Awards and Drake's big night. The squad also break down Drake and Tory Lanez ending their beef and what it might mean for both going forward. To stay on the topic of beef, the crew look at the Partynextdoor and Jeremih situation and how it got to where it is. Later, Budden and Akademiks react to the new T-Wayne project and debate about whether pop stars like Katy Perry are taking advantage of the Migos buzz. To wrap, the guys discuss Logic's huge second week sales drop and what Kanye West working with Pusha T on his next album really means. 


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It Looks Like Jeremih and Partynextdoor Have Ended Their Feud

Mere hours after Drake and Tory Lanez put an end to their disagreements, OVO Sound's Partynextdoor was seen in an Instagram photo with Jeremih, possibly marking the shutdown of another feud. “Foolin' with mi foola,” Jeremih captioned the photo, which was snapped at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards and shared early Friday:


Foolin' with mi foola

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Partynextdoor and Jeremih didn't appear to be on the best of terms during their short stint of a joint tour last year. Eventually, Jeremih was removed from the tour entirely. 

In an interview with Complex back in February, Jeremih claimed to have never had any personal issues with Partynextdoor. Instead, Jeremih said, the tour disagreement was a bit more indirect. “I don't have no issues with Party,” he said. “That was my first tour, besides the J. Cole tour, that I had been on. There's a lot that I had to learn. And it was one of those things where our teams had differences, not necessarily me and him. Ain't nothing against me or Party right now.” In the same interview, Jeremih denied rumors that he had used a stunt double during the Houston date of the tour.

In a statement to Billboard following Jeremih's split from the Summer's Over tour last year, a Live Nation rep said they were “left with no other choice” but to continue the tour without him. “Live Nation's top priority is helping artists and performers create great shows for their fans,” the statement said. “With this in mind, we've decided it's best for the Summer’s Over Tour to continue without Jeremih, effective immediately.”

Prior to the controversy, a collaborative album was said to be in the works. If Jeremih's Instagram post is any indication, maybe/hopefully we'll actually be getting that album soon.

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Drake and Tory Lanez Squash Feud

Drake and Tory Lanez appear to have finally ended their long-running feud. Photographer Josh Farias snapped some pics of the Toronto rappers hanging out, and both he, Lanez, and Drake all posted them on Instagram on Thursday. 


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Lanez' only comment was, “Toronto… I Told You.” Drake said, “The city needs more of this and less of that.”


The city needs more of this and less of that. 6️⃣

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There is no word yet on where the photos were taken, but the fact that the rappers are posing together are leading most to assume that any bad blood between them is done—which might not be the best news for Drizzy's other antagonists.

For those who don't remember, issues between the two Toronto artists started early last year, when people began feverishly speculating that a lyric in Drake's “Summer Sixteen” (“All you boys in Toronto want to be me a little”) was aimed at Lanez, who at that point was an up-and-coming artist sometimes compared to Drizzy.

At first, Lanez responded by saying he would never, ever clap back. But a few months later, Lanez was talking about Drake in every interview, and saying that “Anybody standing in the way, whether or not it’s him…,it’s gotta go the way it’s gotta go.”

That summer, he remixed Drake's “Controlla,” and all hell really broke loose. On the first night of Drake’s Summer Sixteen Tour, he changed the “Summer Sixteen” lyric to directly reference Lanez' remix. And there were lines on More Life’s “Do Not Disturb” that were widely perceived to be shots at Lanez.

As soon as the photos of Drake and Lanez appeared, reaction split. Some fans were relieved, and were even awaiting a collaboration. 

Other fans were, if not disappointed, then simply puzzled by how two artists who by all indications did not appear to like each other very much were suddenly buddy-buddy.



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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Break Down Travis Scott’s New Music

On today's episode of Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska break down Travis Scott's three new songs and determine if they're just throwaways or serve a greater purpose. Next, the crew ponders if Big Sean is running from Kendrick Lamar as he prepares new Twenty88 music with Jhené Aiko​. Later, Budden and Akademiks grade Tory Lanez's jump shot and deem 50 Cent as the greatest troll in rap. They crew also addresses Chance the Rapper's recent Instagram controversy before wrapping the episode with a deep dive into the 2017 BET Awards nominees.

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Tory Lanez Arrested for Possession of Handgun and Weed in Florida

A routine traffic stop went south for Tory Lanez, who is in trouble with the law after being arrested on weapon and drug charges.

Lanez was apprehended by Miramar police in Broward County, Florida after originally being pulled over for driving with expired registration tags. After Miramar PD pulled Lanez over for the violation, he failed to produce a valid driver's license or proof of insurance and was eventually arrested for holding a concealed firearm and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

The possession of a firearm charge could present some issues for Lanez. Unlike the other charges—which all fall under the misdemeanor category—the weapons charge is a third-degree felony in the state of Florida. Third-degree felonies are punishable in the state with up to a $5,000 fine and five years of prison. The fine isn't likely to be a big issue for Lanez, who posted $1,000 bond to secure his release, but any extended time in prison would be a major setback.

Lanez released a pair of mixtapesThe New Toronto 2 and Chixtape 4, at the beginning of 2017, and he most recently appeared in the music video for Trina's “Damn”. If Drake was indeed sending shots at Lanez on More Life, it looks like he has some extra ammunition, literally and figuratively. 

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