Hip Hop Week In Review: Cam'ron Vs. Mase, Grammy Nominations & Eminem
publish date: 2017-12-03
– This week in Hip Hop, Cam'ron and Mase's lyrical beef was over before it even got started. The Grammy nominations dropped and it's safe to say that Hip Hop will be well represented in 2018 compared to previous years. However, not everyone was too pleased, specifically Q-Tip. Lastly, Eminem's Revival finally got a release date.
Cam'ron & Mase End Rap Battle
Mase released 'The Oracle' diss aimed at Cam'ron last Friday (November 24) and then Cam'ron retaliated with 'Dinner Time.' Shortly thereafter, Cam and Mase made up in the comments section of Instagram.
Why did Mase come at Killa Cam to begin with? During an interview on Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning, he said it was because the Dipset rapper was always saying slick stuff about him and he always let it slide.
'But what people don’t realize, we’ve been enemies way longer than we’ve been friends,' Mase revealed. 'I know him more as an enemy than I know him as a friend if that makes sense. I knew him for like eight years as a friend. I’ve known him for 21 years as being an enemy.'
On the flip side, Cam did an interview of his own with The Breakfast Club and called Mase's diss record pure fiction.
Watch Cam'ron's interview with The Breakfast Club here.
6oth Annual Grammy Award Nominations
JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar are both top contenders for Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which take place in January. Both men are also the two Hip Hop musicians who lead in nominations. JAY comes in first, nominated in every rap category, while Dot comes in second and will go up against Jigga for Record of The Year.
Rapsody, Cardi B, Kehlani, Tyler, The Creator, 6LACK, Logic, Big Sean and Khalid are among the artists nominated this year.
Some would say this is a win for Hip Hop, but A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip wasn't too happy about the nominations. ATCQ’s final album, We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service, wasn't nominated for anything and he called out the Recording Academy for missing the mark on so many other great artists who've never been acknowledged.
“Y’all think it’s some sort of caveat because this is the first time that no white man is ever nominated in no major categories and shit,” Tip said. “We were the most black cultured group out. That’s all we stood on. That’s what we represented. This fucking album that we just put out — this last Tribe album — it stands with everybody else’s shit that’s up there. I don’t give a fuck.'
Twitter got on The Recording Academy's head too. No Future nomination for HNDRXX? No Vince Staples nod for Big Fish Theory? Nothing for Sampha!? Blasphemy!
Peep the full list of 2018 Grammy Award nominees here and watch Q-Tip's reaction the nominations here.
Eminem's 'Revival' Gets A Legit Release Date
Eminem's long-awaited album, Revival, is scheduled for a December 15 release date. Dr. Dre confirmed the date with a tweet.
Use as prescribed by your doctor. @Eminem pic.twitter.com/hje9I92C17
— Dr. Dre (@drdre) November 28, 2017
This date coincides with what was purposefully accidentally revealed by a Target employee. Target responded to inquiries of the rumored date ahead of Dr. Dre's confirmation on Twitter, saying that they have a street date of December 15 but like many things in the music industry, it is subject to change. As it turned out, they were right.
Read more about Eminem's Revival here.
Hopsin — No Shame
Dizzy Wright — State of Mind 2
Kodak Black — Project Baby 2 (All Grown Up)
Dave East — KARMA
DXClusives: Bhad Bhabie & G-UnitDon’t Be Mad: Bhad Bhabie Says The Rap Game (& Atlantic Records) Chose Her
Staff Writer Kyle Eustice caught up with Bhad Bhabie about signing to Atlantic Records. So many questions about why are answered in this interview, however, it seems the up-and-comer has a very nuanced view of Hip Hop, especially about the women in Hip Hop, or queens as she calls them.
“I feel like we all have our queens,” she tells DX. “When you think of commercial rap you think of Nicki Minaj being the queen of it. When you think of the underground commercial, I would think it would be Cardi B right now. For the real underground rap, I would think that’s like Kash Doll. I feel like they all have their own females that run it.”
Legendary Mixtape Runs: G-Unit
Riley Wallace has penned another write-up for the Legendary Mixtape Runs series. This time, he's highlighting G-Unit. Riley gives the rundown on tapes put out by the group from No Mercy No Fear to Hate It Or Love It.
As to why No Mercy No Fear has made a lot of “Best Mixtape” lists, Wallace gives a sound explanation:
'For starters, it featured Fif’s breakout single 'Wanksta,' as well as Bank’s 'Victory' freestyle and Tony Yayo’s 'Back Seat.' It also features the first collaboration between The Unit and Young Buck.'