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young thug beef

It appears there’s some sibling rivalry brewing between Young Thug and Future. Metro Boomin, the young producer who has worked extensively with both rappers, got a few tweets off his chest yesterday regarding Future’s memorable mixtape run and other artists supposedly jacking the idea. “Moral of the story is, putting out 5 tapes in a year won’t make you heat up like Future,” he wrote. “That was just his path. It’s not for everyone.”

Young Thug, who has released three projects so far this year, clearly took exception to Metro’s comments by calling him out on Twitter early this morning. He also threw shade at Future, who he referred to as the Tito to his Michael Jackson (ouch). Neither Metro nor Future have yet to respond, but we hope the three of them can work this out, otherwise we can kiss goodbye to that Metro Thuggin project we’ve all been looking forward to.

UPDATE: Good news: Young Thug says he has no beef with Future.

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The rap community is mourning the loss of Far Rockaway, Queens rapper Chinx. Formerly known as Chinx Drugz, the Coke Boys artist was murdered in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning. During night two of his B-Sides TIDAL concert in New York City, Jay Z took to the stage to speak on Chinx’s death and young stars becoming victims of senseless violence. French Montana, the man who took Chinx under his wing, broke his silence and spoke out for the first time in an Instagram post, also thanking Jay Z for his words.

“The devil comes in all shapes and sizes and he’s ruthless. Life here is temporary. They will kill you for this lifestyle, if they can’t afford it jealousy is a motherfucker Protect yourself, protect the people you love. I’m sad to see my brother go out like this, one of the realest people I met. This shit’s not right. These streets don’t love us My prayers go to his kids and family. We going to finish off what we started #ripchinx #ripstacks #freemaxb 🙏 s/o to #jayz”

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Nelly has found himself in trouble with the law. The rapper has been charged with felony drug possession, after police stopped stopped his bus for not having the correct ID stickers in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday morning.

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john singleton

Looks like we won’t be getting that Tupac biopic for a while. Following his interview with XXL, in which he revealed that the project has been put “on hold,” director John Singleton has walked away altogether from the long-delayed film due to creative differences.

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2pac film

Just when it looked like the long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic was making serious progress, the film has come to a screeching halt. In a new interview with XXL, director John Singleton, who officially signed onto the project last February, announced that the movie has been put on hold indefinitely.

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Hearts are heavy in the rap community, specifically in Northern California. Bay Area rapper The Jacka was shot and killed in Oakland on Monday night.

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50 Cent is back in attack mode. The G-Unit rapper has been the talk in recent days over his recent comments on Instagram. Things first started late last week, when 50 lashed out at ex-girlfriend Tatted Up Holly, calling her out for hooking up with singer Trey Songz and NBA player J.R. Smith.

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asap yams dead

We’re sad to report that A$AP Yams, A$AP Mob’s founder and visionary, has passed away. He was 26 years old.

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larry smith

Larry Smith, seminal producer for ’80s hip-hop acts including Run-D.M.C., Kurtis Blow and Whodini, has passed away at 63. The sad news was confirmed by Combat Jack, who spoke with Smith’s family after his passing on Thursday night. The cause of death is unknown, but Smith suffered a stroke in 2007 which left him unable to speak.

A Queens native, Smith’s career began by playing bass on early Kurtis Blow singles like “Christmas Rappin'” and “The Breaks” (which he also co-wrote), before going onto produce Run-D.M.C.’s first two albums alongside Russell Simmons. Though his name isn’t brought up in many conversations, it’s hard to imagine what rap would look like today had it not been for Smith’s punishing production on records like “Sucker MCs,” “It’s Like That” and “King of Rock.”

Our condolences to Smith’s family.

Rev Run, Nas, Q-Tip and more pay tribute to Larry Smith…


(Bobby Shmurda leaving the precinct after his arrest on Weds. night)

Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Pollard) has pled not guilty to gun and drug trafficking charges.

During a press conference today at Manhattan’s One Police Plaza, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, Police Commissioner William Bratton and others displayed a table covered with 21 different guns and updated the media on their task force investigation into Brooklyn’s G-Stone Crips (GS9) gang activity which culminated in the arrest of 15 members, including rising rap stars Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel.

The statements included charges of crack sales, use of crack revenue to fuel gang activity, as well as serious accusations of violence.

At one point, the prosecutor alleged that Rowdy Rebel was involved in a shooting and then went to the Barclay Center and got onstage wearing the same clothes. (See photos from that night)

As of now, Bobby Shmurda and his crew are still in custody and Shmurda’s bail has been set at $2million dollars, a clear sign of the severity of the indictment…but his lawyer Howard Greenberg says bail will be posted. Earlier this year, Bobby was arrested for weed possession and then gun possession.

Here is a screenshot of Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel’s charges…it’s significant to note that Bobby’s conspiracy charges reportedly include “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree murder” and “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree assault.”:

bobby charges

Explanation: According to one legal website, “Conspiracy to commit murder” means that you “aided” one or more persons’ plan to murder, and it could even just mean that you knew about the plan and didn’t do anything to stop it from happening.

Quotes and photos from local reporters in the room after the jump…


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