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There’s no malice in your heart/You’re an approachable dude

Not even a full day after getting dissed on Pusha T’s “Infra Red,” Drake has dropped an entire response record entitled “Duppy Freestyle.”

Fans know these two have been verbally sparring for years, but this time it feels different on Drake’s part. The Toronto superstar usually plays it cool on his disses, but here he sounds absolutely fed up. There’s no setup verses or long-form punchlines — every bar is direct and hard-hitting. He touches on everything from Pusha’s repetitious coke rhymes to his status in the GOOD Music hierarchy:

There’s no malice in your heart, you’re an approachable dude
Man, you might’ve sold the college kids for Nikes and Mercedes
But, you act like you sold drugs for Escobar in the ‘80s

You not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes
You send shots, well, I got to challenge those
But I bring Calicos to the Alamo
I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back ‘cause he makes me nervous

I really shouldn’t have given you none of my time
‘Cause you older than the nigga you running behind
Look, holla at me when you multi-million
I told you keep playing with my name and I’ma let it ring on you
Like Virginia Williams
I’m too resilient, get out your feelings
It’s gonna be a cruel summer for you
I told Weezy and Baby “I’ma done him for you”
Tell ‘Ye we got a invoice coming to you
Considering that we just sold another 20 for you

Pusha must have been waiting on this because he’s already plugged the track on Twitter. Will we get a Pusha response sometime this weekend? Does Pusha have another “Exodus 23:1” in him? Stay tuned.

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Monsters are real. Just ask Jamie McDonnell, who was relived of his WBA bantamweight title in merciless fashion as Naoya Inoue needed less than two minutes to score a crushing knockout victory.

At 5’9 to Inoue’s 5’5, McDonnell sought to made it a long-distance affair by pumping the jab and and circling. But Inoue easily breached the distance gap by darting in with a lead left hook to the body. The shot pushed McDonnell to the ropes where Inoue let loose with a quick combination.

McDonnell attempted to regoup by targeting the stomach with a body jab, but was quickly countered by a left hook to the top of the head. The shot wobbled him and a knockdown, via a left hook downstairs, quickly followed.

McDonnell rose and was met with a series of shots punctuated by a left hook for the final knockdown with 1:08 remaining.

The win is improves Inoue’s record to 16-0 (14 KOs) and gives him a third title in as many weight classes at the age of 25.

Expect this to just be the beginning of his reign of terror as the new title-holder will participate in the World Boxing Series bantamweight tournament.

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Before they enter the ring on Saturday (May 19), watch the official weigh-in between WBC featherweight title-holder Gary Russell Jr. and Joseph “JoJo” Diaz. The live stream open today at 4 p.m. ET with the fight airing on Saturday at 10:05 p.m. ET.

 

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of the official weigh-in between WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and challenger Badou Jack. The stream opens at 1 p.m. ET. The card airs Saturday May 19 at 10:05 p.m. ET.

 

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Check out the live stream of the final press conference for this Saturday’s matchup between WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack. This is Stevenson’s biggest challenge in years. Will Stevenson’s power once again be too much, or will the younger Jack have the momentum to pull off the upset?

Be sure to check back here tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET for a live stream of the weigh-in and predictions.

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There’s a certain poetic irony in the idea of a black detective going undercover to take down the Ku Klux Klan. No, this isn’t from the imagination mind of a creative writer. It comes via the true crime work of detective Ron Stallworth, who in 1978 infiltrated Colorado  chapter of the Klan by duping Grand Wizard David Duke.

This film boasts an all-star ensemble with Jordan Peele producing, Spike Lee directing, and starring John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son), Adam Driver (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi) and Topher Grace as David Duke.

BlacKKKlansman hits theaters on August 10.

Joe Budden Revolt TV Announcement Final

Joe Budden will now bring his media pundit skills to a new platform with today’s announcement of a new deal with Diddy’s Revolt Media & TV.

Budden is set to executive produce and host State of the Culture, a new talk show premiering this summer that plans to tackle current events from a Hip-Hop perspective. The show aims to deliver its content with “raw, unfiltered and informative” debates featuring Budden and well-known celebrities and artists.

“It was important to partner with a company that recognizes the growing need for our voices and ideas to stream freely without interruption. That was a much prettier way to say, we bout to be with the shits,” said Budden. “Thank you to my business partner Ian Schwartzman and Revolt for the opportunity to highlight my brutal honesty, passion and integrity.  I love Revolting! Together, we will continue to take this thing to heights unseen.”

Budden’s first collaboration with the network came via the 2017 year-end special This Year Was Dope/Trash with Charlamagne tha God. Diddy further hinted at a partnership by inviting Budden to his star-studded New Year’s Eve bash.

“Finally, Joe Budden is officially part of the REVOLT family,” said Diddy. “Joe has an authentic approach and he’s never afraid to speak the truth. His many talents deserve a platform that pushes the culture forward and we are excited to produce next-level content with him.”

State of the Culture will be Budden’s third show, rounding out a rotation that includes the weekly Joe Budden Podcast and Pull-Up.

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Not that this is much of a surprise, but kudos nonetheless for Budden continuing to further his brand and redefine Hip-Hop media. With Diddy and Revolt’s reach, Budden will be able to secure higher profile guests than his tenure on Everyday Struggle. Speaking of that show, you have to wonder how much regret Complex has for not locking Joe down for a long-term deal.

When you know your worth (and leverage), sky’s the limit.