Vince Staples Addresses Eminem’s Trump Freestyle (UPDATE)

UPDATED 10/14/17 2:20 p.m. ET: Vince Staples wasn’t done. Hours after he explained his criticism of Eminem’s BET Hip Hop Awards freestyle, the Long Beach rapper returned to Twitter to answer more questions on the matter.

Staples reiterated that his problem wasn’t necessarily with Eminem; it was with the people who applauded the “trash” freestyle. He spoke about his respect for the Detroit rapper, but insisted his bars received more praise then they deserved. Staples said he believed this was a result of white privilege, which many Shady fans fail to acknowledge. 

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Vince Staples is entitled to his own opinion. One in particular, where he weighs in on Eminem’s Trump freestyle at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, might have been taken out of context. At least, according to him.

Pitchfork ran a story this evening with the headline “Vince Staples Calls Eminem’s Trump Freestyle ‘Trash.” In the piece, Staples is quoted from his appearance at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art for the publication’s In Sight Out series. He says Em’s freestyle was “trash” and that “he can do better.”

He later explained if he were to rap those same lines, he wouldn’t of have the same impact. “If I said, ‘This is for Colin/Ball up a fist/And keep it balled up/Like Donald the bitch,’ they would be like, ‘Get this ni**a out of here.’”

Vince did share what he actually liked about the freestyle. “My favorite thing about the Eminem freestyle is the wall of dark-skinned black people behind him,” he said. “That was great.”

Shortly after the piece was published, Staples went on Twitter to clarify his words and said it was all in good fun.

In other Vince Staples news, he shared a new freestyle over YBN Nahmir's “Rubbin Off The Paint” on his Beats 1 radio show, which you can listen below.

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Randall “Sickamore” Medford may not be a household name, but if you're anywhere near the rap game you know he's been an integral part of the success of hip-hop heavyweights like YG, Travis Scott, and more.

Now a senior music exec at Interscope Records, Sickamore continues to play a key role behind-the-scenes for established and up-and-coming acts alike, and based on his track record, you'd be wise to bet on what and who he's working with. In our new episode of The Culture, Jinx chops it up with Sickamore to find out how the Brooklyn representative turned his passion for music into a career hip-hop heads could only dream of.

A major turning point in Sickamore's journey can be traced back to his days of selling bootleg mixtapes on Canal Street in Manhattan, which then led to an A&R gig with Atlantic Records at the age of 21.

The jump from hustling to corporate didn't effect Sickamore's drive, who saw the transition as an opportunity to capitalize on something he always believed. “I wanted to show people that you could really be in it. You can be on tour, you can be engaged, you can find records. You can make something,” he explained. “You know how they always have that term for the culture? I understand it, but it's never been a point in my life where it's not been for the culture.”

Sickamore's path hasn't always been on a positive trajectory. Two years after joining Atlantic, he left to start an artist development company and managed Nicki Minaj early in her career. His ambitions spread him thin, though, to the point that he lost Nicki as a client. That moment, while disheartening, helped Sickamore refocus his goals.

Check out the full episode above, where Sickamore talks about building a special bond with YG, how Travis Scott's “Antidote” was initially a freestyle, and also shares a hilarious encounter he had with Drake. DJ Clark Kent and Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua also talk about their experiences working with Sickamore.

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Kendrick Lamar has reigned supreme in the first half of 2017, and he's set to use the Damn Tour to continue his dominance later this year. And there's even more good news if you weren't able to get tickets yet, because the tour was officially extended on Monday with the announcement of an additional 15 shows.

There's one twist on the new leg of the tour: Travis Scott will not participate in the new run of shows. The Houston native will be replaced on the bill by YG, who will join D.R.A.M. as one of the openers for Kendrick starting on Aug. 11 in Anaheim, California. Scott's run as an opener for Kendrick will end after a run of 20 shows, with his final appearance expected on Aug. 9 in Los Angeles. 

Damn is the fastest-selling album of 2017, and an expansion of the tour before it starts shows just how big of an appetite there is for more Kendrick Lamar. When you go platinum in less than in a month, the rest takes care of itself.

The full list of dates for the Damn Tour are below:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – Phoenix AZ @ Gila River Arena
Friday, July 14, 2017 – Dallas TX @ American Airlines Center
Saturday, July 15, 2017 – Houston TX @ Toyota Center
Monday, July 17, 2017 – Duluth GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Philadelphia PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Brooklyn NY @ Barclays Center
Friday, July 21, 2017 – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
Saturday, July 22, 2017 – Boston MA @ TD Garden
Sunday, July 23, 2017 – Brooklyn NY @ Barclays Center
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Toronto ON @ Air Canada Centre
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Auburn Hills MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Chicago IL @ United Center
Saturday, July 29, 2017 – Denver CO @ Pepsi Center
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 – Seattle WA @ Tacoma Dome
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 – Vancouver BC @ Rogers Arena
Friday, August 04, 2017 – Oakland CA @ Oracle Arena
Saturday, August 05, 2017 – Las Vegas NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Sunday, August 06, 2017 – Los Angeles CA @ STAPLES Center
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 – Los Angeles CA @ STAPLES Center
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Los Angeles CA @ STAPLES Center
Friday, August 11, 2017 – Anaheim CA @ Honda Center
Saturday, August 12, 2017 – San Jose CA @ SAP Center
Sunday, August 13, 2017 – Sacramento CA @ Golden 1 Center
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Kansas City MO @ Sprint Center
Friday, August 18, 2017 – Lincoln NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Saturday, August 19, 2017 – St. Paul MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Sunday, August 20, 2017 – Chicago IL @ United Center
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – Columbus OH @ Schottenstein Center
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – Toronto ON @ Air Canada Centre
Thursday, August 24, 2017 – Montreal QC @ Bell Centre
Friday, August 25, 2017 – Newark NJ @ Prudential Center
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – Charlotte NC @ Spectrum Center
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Nashville TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Friday, September 1, 2017 – Tampa FL @ Amalie Arena
Saturday, September 2, 2017 – Miami FL @ American Airlines Arena

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What exactly makes it different? To show us, YG invited us to his private birthday party at his house in L.A. In the interview above, the rapper talks about being inspired by what Jay Z and Dame Dash did with Rocawear, working with 4Hunnid creative director and friend Gavin Matthieu on the new collection, and where he'd like to take 4Hunnid. You can cop the first drop of the new collection online; the second release will be available at the end of the month. 

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Did Kendrick Lamar just pull a “Back to Back” on Big Sean? The internet thinks so.

Last week, the Compton rapper surprised fans with “The Heart Part 4” single, in which he goes in on an unnamed artist (or artists?). Lyrics like: “My fans can't wait for me to son your punk ass/And crush your whole lil shit/I'll Big Pun your punk ass you a scared lil bitch,” were believed to be shots directed at Big Sean. The theory wasn’t too far-fetched, as Sean was previously accused of taking subliminal jabs at Kendrick on “No More Interviews.”

Though there isn’t any concrete evidence that Sean Don is the target, Kendrick’s new track “Humble” is reinforcing the speculation.

In the song, K-Dot repeatedly uses Big Sean’s “lil bitch” ad-lib throughout the chorus. The “lil bitch” phrase (which could also be a flip on Big Sean’s name) was also featured in the second verse of “The Heart Part 4.”  The opening verse of “Humble” also includes the lines: “My left stroke just went viral/Right stroke put lil' baby in a spiral.” Of course, many people believe the “left stroke” was “The Heart Part 4,” and the right was “Humble,” which confirms Kendrick is going after the same rapper in both songs.

Some people are also convinced Kendrick was calling out Twenty88 (Sean’s collaborative act with Jhené Aiko) with the lyrics: “”If I kill a nigga, it wont be the Alcohol, I’m the realest nigga after all.”

Is Kendrick referencing Sean’s Aiko-assisted track “I Know,” which includes the line: “Blame it on the alcohol or blame it on sativa”? It’s admittedly a stretch, but definitely a possibility.

Another interesting element to this Sean diss theory involves something outside of the actual “Humble” track. Shortly after the music video was released, Dave Free—the president of Kendrick’s record label TDE—posted a tweet that read: “No interview.”

Is Free simply letting the press know he’s unavailable to discuss the video he co-directed? Or is he making making a reference to Sean’s “No More Interviews” track? There are a lot of questions and plenty of arguments about who Kendrick is actually going after. Though some speculated Drake was also a target, it seems most people are convinced Sean is the victim.

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