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Fans Weigh In On Funkmaster Flex And DJ Clue’s Latest Spat

The ongoing back and forth between iconic mixtape DJ and producer, DJ Clue, and NYC radio-mainstay Funkmaster Flex has seen…

The ongoing back and forth between iconic mixtape DJ and producer, DJ Clue, and NYC radio-mainstay Funkmaster Flex has seen no sign of letting up; and this past week it flared up once again. The Letterman and Leno of Hip Hop radio, the two often have taken very public swipes at each other, with zero chill — naturally.

“I respect Clue, and Clue’s a good guy, but you know what the thing that he has trouble with? He’s a wack DJ,” Flex recently told ThisIs50’s Winners Circle in a video interview.

“Don’t be coy and your talent is trash. That’s what bothers me about certain DJs. Don’t be coy or cute and you know you can’t handle it.” he continued. “And the nigga will never be heard when I’m on that radio. I will look you in your eyes and tell you that. A nigga will never be heard. No nigga has come in that slot and made a name off me.”

Clue has since responded, noting “I would probably try to come at me, too,” referencing his apparent position in the field. “It’s like when Lavar Ball said he could be Jordan.” Clue also pointed out that within the last year and a half, Flex had attempted to do parties with him.

A ton of (more recent) animosity also seems to stem from the fact that Clue appears to be ducking the battle that Swizz Beats had attempted to set up with the two legends this past March. “I was under the impression that they wanted to go song for song, and to me, there is no (musical) competition,” Clue bluntly stated.

When interviewer Hynaken noted that Flex was more interested in going back and forth on a DJ tip, Clue dropped another bomb, noting “he’s been doing the same two cuts since I was little.”

These are just the latest shots thrown.

Back in 2012, the two had a very public spat over ownership of an exclusive Nicki Minaj track (“Beez In The Trap.”) Frustration spilled over on-air, with Flex dropping venom.

“I’m so built for this. Listen to me June-June, and you listen to me good. I ain’t hold this crown for so many years for some box-head cornball to get a record tonight that you thought you was gonna get. Now, you just shut up,” Flex said amid NUMEROUS bombs.

“This is not your arena,” he continued. “This radio thing is not your arena. Okay? People sometimes have faith in you because they’re hoping you’ll be the next Flex. I put a stop to that ten years ago. You can’t keep up with me, boy.”

Clue’s response was particularly savage; amid calling him an “old dude,” he noted “I know one thing I’m first in, the ratings. [I’m] #1 at Nights 6-10 pm & rated higher 7-12pm. Hold That!

This was just recent memory, though. Their beef goes way back, as Joe Budden noted on Everyday Struggle last week. “They’ve been beefing my whole life,” Joe said with a laugh.

For their parts, bot of their positions in the culture is well earned/deserved.

Flex, who was the resident DJ of the iconic tunnel held down NYC and Hip Hop radio throughout (arguably) its height of thoroughness, and continues to knock the competition out the box. He also had highly successful commercial mixtapes and had some respectable production credits under his belt.

Clue, a former A&R, basically defined the power and influence of mixtape culture. From leaking records off of Biggie’s debut album to helping put artists like Fabolous and Joe Budden into the public sphere through his imprint, he’s a pillar of the scene.  The first DJ to go platinum, he also has some major production credits under his belt — like Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker” for example.

The staple DJ’s of the big apple’s two largest stations in the same time slot, beef is inevitable. Especially given Flex’s track record of rants that traverse entertaining to downright cringe-worthy (i.e., Flex vs. Bow Wow).

Given the recent events, we took to our Twitter, and let the fans decide who they were rocking with, more.

Here’s how it went:

After two days, the answer was surprising: Flex. Despite his reputation for talking almost eclipsing everything else, fans still prefer his brand of Coke over Clue’s Pepsi.

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
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Is No Jumper Good for the Culture?

The problem with No Jumper is that it introduces its guests based on character instead of music.

During 2016-2017, the podcast No Jumper became the definitive source for finding up-and-coming rappers on the internet. The podcast, filmed to be YouTube friendly, began creeping into the suggestions of every hip-hop head searching for music videos and interviews on the platform. No Jumper’s claim to fame was catching hip-hop artists right before they blew up by purposely hunting for “SoundCloud rappers” who showed potential, but the podcast quickly turned the tables and became the most sought out platform for establishing a career in the hip-hop industry.

Thus, No Jumper’s creator and owner of Los Angeles BMX shop & brand ONSOMESHIT, Adam22, solidified himself as one of the major gatekeepers of new rap.

His most notable guest from early on in the podcast was XXXTentacion; a social media phenomenon turned rapper who got his name from bloated SoundCloud plays, beef with Drake, and a series of violent criminal accusations. Adam got XXXTentacion on No Jumper at the exact second he blew up, which in turn blew up the podcast. It was after this interview that artists began flocking to the ONSOMESHIT store and the No Jumper YouTube page—but like XXX, No Jumper’s rise to fame was born out of controversy.

 
The first controversial video clip featuring Adam22 was in the LA news, where the BMX mogul defended his crew for using homeless people as props for bike tricks on Skid Row. Adam posted this news clip to his BMX Youtube channel in 2014. Since then, he has fully embraced his controversial character. Vlogs of him using drugs, shooting porn, and doing “hood stuff,” are some of the many activities featured on No Jumper’s Youtube page, and virtually every woman interviewed on the podcast is a pornstar.

Adam sometimes vlogs during the functions he attends, where he scouts out people to have sex with him and his girlfriend—basically, acting as a talent scout for amateur porn. The host can be seen asking any decently attractive girl if they are of age, and continually jokes that No Jumper is “out here respecting these women.” But aside from his raunchy, and sexist vlogs, Adam is a pretty decent interviewer, stretching his questions into casual conversation and making his guests feel comfortable in the back of his bike shop where the interviews take place. Guests can smoke, drink, and pretty much do whatever during the 45 minute to sometimes 2 hour long conversations.

While the opinions of commentators fluctuate on all of No Jumper’s videos, Adam got the most shit early on from hanging out with Floridian trap prodigy Lil Pump. Lil Pump Jet Ski was 16 when he started seeing significant success in the rap industry, which typically goes hand in hand with drugs, sex, and partying. Adam was hanging out with Lil Pump and even put him on the debut “No Jumper Tour” super early on in the rapper’s career. He admits to inadvertently condoning the 16-year-olds use of Xanax, Lean, and mountainous piles of weed, but for No Jumper’s advanced level of apathy, this is nothing. Pump would obviously be doing all of this without Adam22 present (I mean come on it’s Pump) but his being there didn’t help the podcast’s image, mainly because the host loves to joke about hip-hop’s infatuation with these drugs.

Adam joked about Fredo Santana’s “lean gut” before the 27-year-old rapper tragically passed away this January, presumably from complications brought about by a history of abusing the drug. Of course, the No Jumper host could have never known the rapper would meet this fate, but it’s a perfect example of No Jumper’s general immaturity and lack of professionalism. Ironically, this is probably what most of his fans crave.

No Jumper is rooted in edginess, which attracts a plethora of artists who feel they can be themselves in the relaxed, non-judgmental environment of ONSOMESHIT’s storage space. But now it’s become more than an underground YouTube channel. Big names like Hopsin, Tech N9ne, and Action Bronson have begun appearing on the show. Adam was even featured in a Rolling Stone article, citing him as “hip-hop’s underground tastemaker.”

This is where shit gets sticky. Is this really what the culture wants?

If you enjoy hearing about what rappers have to say you’ve probably been watching/listening to Sway, Hot97, and the Breakfast Club for years. It was perhaps time for a fresh voice to enter the scene and break down hip-hop’s evolution to SoundCloud rap, mumble rap, cloud rap and the overall weirdness that’s flooding into the mainstream. No Jumper is perfect for this. Adam has put so many young rappers on who would have otherwise been overlooked in the sea of people creating and releasing music. In fact, I’ve found some of my favorite new rappers through the podcast. And who else would interview 12-year-old rapper Matt Ox with no questions asked?

 
The problem with No Jumper is that it introduces its guests based on character instead of music.

Adam even said in his questionnaire with Rolling Stone, “Rap is really about character-building more than anything. I always compare it to wrestling – that’s cliché, but it’s true. You see people all the time who get way more popular because they go to jail. They get way more popular ’cause they beat somebody’s ass or kill somebody – or people think they might have killed somebody.” While this may be the unfortunate truth of the artists behind modern rap music, it says nothing about the music, and it indeed seems as if the music is secondary on No Jumper.

Adam is too infatuated with the “lifestyle” of hip-hop, which perpetuates the stereotypes that rappers do drugs and love violence while distracting from the music that these people put their heart and souls into producing. Even if a song includes lyrics about killing people, that’s not the point; the point is that it’s a song. No matter how ‘lyrical’ a rapper is, once the character becomes more important than music, the songs are going to be trash. Not once has Adam22 asked a guest to rap on his show, or even played snippets of their music as a means of introducing them. This is perhaps a contributor to hip hop’s devolution, and also why XXL Magazine let us all down with their mostly subpar 2017 freshman class.

So when Rolling Stone calls Adam22 hip hop’s newest “tastemaker,” I would take that with a grain of salt. Adam22 cares about hip-hop like Lil Pump cares about throwing ones in the strip club; it’s all about what it looks like on camera. But, if you haven’t already go out and watch some No Jumper interviews. Just make sure you listen to the rappers that it’s promoting because while it’s interesting to learn more about the people behind the music, quality hip hop will always put the music first.

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#Premiere: Brooklyn’s Own Corey St. Rose Drops “No Time” & Announces Documentary

We can expect new music and visuals from Corey this year, as well as an EP in 2019.

Yes, it’s Valentines Day–but, not everyone is wrapped up with celebrating a day of romance. For those who are in their bag all 2018, Brooklyn’s own Corey St. Rose drops a new single entitled “No Time.”

“I ain’t got no time for love,” the rapper tells AAHH. Fresh off his latest project, Vibes, Corey is focused on staying persistent this year with releasing new music. The 20-year old started rapping in his mid-teen years with six of his friends in his basement. After telling his dad that music is something he wants to pursue, they’d rebuilt the basement into a studio.

“I started making beats first, then rapping,” he says. “We all started from the basement.” Being trapped in the studio, he embedded his focus on rap. Corey didn’t realize until going to college that rapping was more than just a hobby.

“College develops you. Honestly, college developed me to be like ‘nah, life is not a game,’” says Corey. He took breaks during semesters to focus on music, which was when he released Vibes, but decided to go back to get his degree in marketing while chasing his dream.

His energy and personality matches the music perfectly. I can tell you guys that Corey St. Rose is here to stay and plans on leaving a mark in the rap game. Corey explains his versatility: “I like to rap about things people can relate to. I don’t go to the studio and be like – ‘let me just [rap] about designer shit all day.’ I could do that, but most of the time I try to hit home with some real stuff. I think I make music that hits different emotions. I can make you think; I can make you turn up or feel sad.”

We can expect new music and visuals from Corey this year, as well as an EP in 2019. He also announces a documentary in the works entitled No Time, which is based on the single and about his upbringing in East New York.

But for now listen to his new single and let us know what you think!Stream “No Time,” below.

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Michael Blackson, Clifton Powell, & Omar Gooding Star in New Film, “Ea$y Money”

Producer Jason Henderson–alongside Bay Area Producer Sam Bostic–bring the highly-anticipated new Action/Adventure, Ea$y Money starring comedian Michael Blackson, actor Omar…

Producer Jason Henderson–alongside Bay Area Producer Sam Bostic–bring the highly-anticipated new Action/Adventure, Ea$y Money starring comedian Michael Blackson, actor Omar Gooding (of Baby Boy fame), and more, to all DVD and streaming platforms. There are also cameos from numerous recording artists and athletes, who appear throughout the film.

Shot on location in Las Vegas and Sacramento, the film follows brothers K.C. and Jojo (no connection to Jodeci) who assume they’ve found “easy money” after discovering a stash of credit cards. However, they quickly learn the deadly downside a life of luxury can have as they find themselves knee-deep in trouble from both sides of the law.

Up-and-coming East Oakland group Black Collar Hustlaz (best known for their hit, “Bandz”), also make an appearance in the film. They also have a single entitled “Million Bucks” that appears on the soundtrack.

 
See the official trailer for Ea$y Money below via ITN/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/eOne. Follow the film on Instagram.

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Smokepurpp Has Dropped Two Dope Music Videos in Five Days

It appears that 20-year-old South Florida rapper and Soundcloud (rap) pioneer Smokepurpp is a fan of horror films. The Deadstar…

It appears that 20-year-old South Florida rapper and Soundcloud (rap) pioneer Smokepurpp is a fan of horror films. The Deadstar sensation, signed to Cactus Jack Records as of last fall, has dropped two stellar music videos in less than a week, both of which feature some genuinely unsettling imagery.

The first set of visuals was released last Friday to accompany Purpp’s newest single, “Geek A Lot.” In addition to lethargic hi-hats and throttling bass, the track features an urgent siren effect that brings to mind an alarm for an incoming nuclear missile.

The music video opens with an after school film preaching the values of the traditional American family dinner. Once the song kicks in, the viewer alternates between a young Purpp dancing on the dinner table between his squabbling parents and current Purpp throwing around pills like they’re going out of style. There are also some quick cuts to crudely animated sequences of a ghoul-like Purpp ascending from a bloody coffin without eyeballs.

The iconography of these shots is undeniably chilling and harkens to the disturbing tone of meme videos one can find deep on 4chan. After a brief intermission of eggs frying on the stove and a warning from the narrator that drugs are, in fact, bad, the song kicks back in and we see a drugged-out Purpp performing with an ensemble of zombie women. The highlight of the video, believe it or not, is the credit sequence. To the tune of an upsetting, high-pitched ring, we watch as the animated Purpp floats above his coffin, ostensibly taking our souls through the screen.

 

The second video, released on Wednesday, February 7, accompanies Purpp and Travis Scott on “Fingers Blue,” one of the lead singles from Deadstar. Slow, nightmarish keys lurk beneath characteristically muddy bass as Purpp and Travis lament the injuries they sustain while they count out the deads. The Cactus Jack duo shows up at Purpp’s grandmother’s house to use her VHS player and fails to notice that the old woman is cooking up a smoky blue concoction of death on the stove.

The first half of the visuals is pretty standard, showing Purpp and Travis throw around bills as practically naked women grind all up in their business. Halfway through, however, Grandma gets fed up with the antics and unleashes a crew of homicidal, undead women on the boys. The final ninety seconds is a masterfully edited and heavily layered sequence of horrific, ghastly images. The tone does not remain dark for long, though; as the nightmare ends, Purpp gives Travis a knowing half-smile that indicates to the audience just how much fun the young rapper is having with these videos.

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