HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, the HipHopDX staff mulled over all the music released so far this year and ranked the best the best for the 2018 Mid-Year Review.
Also, Snoop Dogg announced his new show Clout Chasers by conjuring up a short-lived cheating scandal featuring the infamous Celina Powell, and Tekashi 6ix9ine dealt with all sorts drama.
DX’s 2018 Mid-Year Review
So far, 2018 has delivered great musical releases from J. Cole, Cardi B, Royce Da 5’9″ and Pusha T, among others. As the second half 2018 begins, the DX staff looked back at the first half the year to select the best work for the 2018 Mid-Year Review.
– The Top 10 Rap Albums Of 2018 (So Far)
– The Top 10 Rap Videos Of 2018 (So Far)
– The Top 20 Songs Of 2018 (So Far)
– The Best R&B Of 2018 (So Far)
– Underground Report: Most Slept-On Albums Of 2018 (So Far)
Snoop Dogg Pulls Publicity Stunt For New Show
Social media personality Celina Powell, known for falsely accusing rappers getting her pregnant, thought she found another victim in Snoop Dogg.
News Snoop cheating on his wife with Powell made headlines, but soon after, he announced his upcoming show Clout Chasers. In his announcement, he revealed Powell was actually a pawn in his show’s game.
According to the trailer, the series is slated to debut some time this year.
Read more about Snoop Dogg’s Clout Chasers here.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Released From Jail & Kidnapped
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s week has been nothing short wild.
On Monday (July 16), he bailed out jail for $5,000 in Texas after a warrant was issued for him allegedly choking a teenager at the Galleria Mall in Houston. Then, he received a reduced charge for allegedly assaulting a cop in New York. On Wednesday (July 18), he was bragging about dropping $750,000 on a colorful My Little Pony chain.
By Sunday (July 22), some assailants allegedly kidnapped and robbed the rainbow color-haired rapper. He also just dropped a new song, “FEFE” with Nicki Minaj, too.
Read more about 6ix9ine’s alleged kidnapping and robbery here.
DXclusives: Caleb Brown & T.I.
Caleb Brown’s debut EP Brown features Sonny Digital as its sole producer, and he detailed how the project came to be, as well as the concept behind the project’s first single “Die A Legend,” in an interview with HipHopDX.
“Wasn’t too much a concept other than being — When I say the term ‘die a legend,’ I’m not even referring to anything musically, per se,” he told DX’s Justin Ivey. “It’s more so me as a person. I felt like I did what I had to do, as a family member, as a brother, son, boyfriend, etc., which made me a standup guy, which makes me a legend when I die. Period. So, that’s kinda like where that really stems from. But I really wrote the song in five minutes, kinda freestyled the whole thing.”
Read the full Caleb Brown interview here.
T.I. Calls Grand Hustle A Cultural Institution & Reaffirms His Creation Of Trap Music
HipHopDX’s Editor-In-Chief Trent Clark chatted with T.I. at Comfort LA in downtown Los Angeles for an episode Soulful Sundays, discussing how the term “trap music” came to be.
“Of course there were people talking about dope,” he says. “The first time I ever heard the word trap was probably Khujo Goodie Mob]. But as far as putting the words trap and music together to describe a sound, that’s what I’m talking about. I’m not the first to say I was selling dope. I ain’t saying I’m the first to say the word trap.”
He adds, “But the word trap and music together to describe a sound, you can’t go past August 19, 2003].”
Check out the full episode Soulful Sundays featuring T.I. here.