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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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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.

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You had to have known this was strategically designed architecture… architecture that only I have the Pinkprint. Nevertheless, you took the bait.

The queen isn’t ready to give up the crown just yet. After much anticipation, Nicki Minaj is hitting fans with a double feature of visuals for latest singles “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz.”

“Chun Li” pays homage to its Street Fighter namesake with some of the martial arts elements, but retains a sadomasochistic feel via Nicki’s revealing spike and leather-clad outfits.

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While “Chun Li” is to remind rivals that she’s ready for war, “Barbie Tingz” is a throwback to the zany, Beam Me Up Scotty era Nicki. Still, you’ll note some very clear shots in the opening bars. On another, Nicki’s hips deserve their own zip code and National Treasure status.

Adrien Broner is mere days away from a crossroads bout against Jesse Vargas. But instead of being focused on that fight, Broner has his eyes set on a more unlikely foe in troll rapper extraordinaire Tekashi 6ix9ine.

The ill will began with 6ix9ine setting Broner’s IG on fire by commenting “clown” on a picture the former champion posted of himself and Charlamagne tha God. Considering 6ix9ine’s recent interview with the Breakfast Club, the “clown” comment was likely for Charlamagne. However, Broner immediately retorted with his own vitriol for the rainbow-haired rapper.

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@6ix9ine_ bitch ass nigga better chill out #OnGod #ThisAintThat

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That was all 6ix9ine needed to post his own video challenging Broner to a $300k bet he loses to Vargas this Saturday.

Maybe the PBC needs to add 6ix9ine to the promo team? Broner vs. Vargas airs on Showtime this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.

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What do you get when you mix Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” and New Orleans bounce music? You get Drake’s “Nice for What,” an uptempo celebration of all things women. Littered with numerous celebrity appearances from the likes of Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Letitia Wright and others, the lyrics chronicle women handling business in all aspects of life. Whether it’s holding court within a corporate meeting, partying with homegirls, or pulling up on a hater, the persistent message is all these women are living in their truth without apologies.

The only thing missing from these visuals was Ms. Hill herself.

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Who says the young guys don’t appreciate their music history? The Migos and Drake pay homage to Soul Train with their new video for “Walk It Talk.” This is one of those tracks where a good, fun video really goes a long way to enhance its appeal. And as much flack as some modern emcees gets for their fashion choices, this is a good reminder they’d fit right in during the 70s and early 80s.

Craig Mack Passes from Heart Failure at 46

Posted: March 13, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Craig Mack, known for the classic 1994 single “Flava in Ya Ear,” has succumbed to heart failure on Monday in Walterboro, South Carolina. He was 46 years old.

Beginning his career in 1988 under the name MC EZ, Mack would find his biggest success under Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. His platinum “Flava In Ya Ear” singlr was the label’s first crossover hit, and the remix provided prominent exposure for the Notorious B.I.G. and the newly solo Busta Rhymes. Mack’s debut, Project: Funk Da World, would be certified gold and spawn another single, “Get Down,” was which also certified gold. Mack would leave the label and release one more album, Operation: Get Down, in 1997.

In a Twitter post, Erick Sermon confirmed that he provided production for Craig Mack’s new album, adding that the unnamed project was complete. DJ Scratch tweeted that Mack had been ill for an extended period and was not surprised by the news.

Craig Mack is survived by a wife and two adult children.