Update 01/27/2020 8:59am:Yesterday after news of the death of Kobe Bryant surfaced, news outlets reported on the tragic situation. While Alison Morris of MSNBC was reporting, she said Kobe Bryant played for the “Los Angeles N****rs” live on-air, or at least that’s what many people heard.
Fresh off their Grammy performance, Meek Mill and Roddy Ricch pen a tribute to Nipsey Hussle on “Letter to Nipsey,” where they reflect on the loss and legacy of the late great rapper.
“When we lost you, it really put some pain on me,” raps Meek. “Got me scared to go outside without that flame on me / And when them ni**as went against me, you ain’t change on me.”
He adds, “You made me cry, ni**a and I ain’t cry ni**a / You the first one that made me feel that I could die, ni**a / ‘Cause real ni**as never die, you know the vibes, ni**a.”
Roddy recalls where he was when he heard of Nipsey’s passing. “I was in Miami when I lost you / I ain’t talk about it / Remember I balled out in tears when I saw your body,” he raps.
All proceeds from sales and streams of “Letter to Nipsey” will benefit Nipsey’s family.
Meek and Roddy debuted their collaboration earlier tonight during a star-studded tribute to Nip at the Grammys, which also featured DJ Khaled, YG, John Legend, and Kirk Franklin.
Roddy and Nipsey also won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle.” Meek lost Best Rap Album to Tyler, The Creator, but he was a good sport about it. “Congrats Tyler the only artist that can scream louder than meee!!!” he tweeted.
Fresh off his two Grammy wins and performance, Lil Nas X taps his namesake Nas for the official remix to “Rodeo,” the latest single off his Grammy-nominated EP 7. The rap don blesses the country-flavored track with his OG swag.
“Rodeo with Rodéo / Whole ‘folio is so playa / To-ma-toe with tomato / Nas X or big Nas, this shit ride,” raps God’s Son.
Earlier in the evening, Nas X brought out Nas to perform the song for the first time at the Grammys, where he was also joined by Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS, Diplo, and Mason Ramsey. He also took home two Grammys for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance and Best Music Video for “Old Town Road.”
Last year, Lil Nas revealed that he was thinking of changing his stage name in response to backlash from those who thought he was disrespecting Nas. “nas is a legend and i never meant any disrespect by my stage name,” he tweeted. “i actually might change it in the future.”
The Marathon Continues with Meek Mill’s ode to Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch.
On the heart-felt track, the two reflect on the passing of the late rapper and his legacy he left behind. The track, which was premiered live during Nipsey’s tribute at the Grammys, will benefit Nipsey’s family. Long live Nip.
The Grammys honored Nipsey Hussle with a star-studded salute at Sunday’s show. Some of Nipsey’s closest friends and collaborators took the stage at L.A.’s Staples Center, where his memorial was held last year, for a powerful performance.
Meek Mill kicked things off. Wearing a blue suit in honor of Nip, he performed a new Nipsey-inspired verse before Roddy Ricch delivered some rap-sung bars. DJ Khaled then took things “Higher” with help from John Legend and Kirk Franklin while performing a rousing rendition of their Grammy-winning hit with a gospel choir. YG emerged in a red suit to celebrate his Crenshaw brother.
The performance capped off with a photo of Nipsey and Kobe Bryant side by side on the giant screens. “Long live Nip. Long live Kobe. The Marathon continues,” said Khaled as Nipsey’s family including Lauren London stood in the crowd.
Nipsey posthumously won his first two Grammys for Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle” with Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Higher,” which he shared with DJ Khaled and John Legend.
“This is for Nipsey Hussle. This is for hip-hop,” said Khaled, who also announced his newborn son’s name, Alealam.
The rapper took home his first-ever Grammy for Best Rap Album for IGOR at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday. Tyler was all smiles as he hugged his mother before making his way to the stage to accept.
“You did a great job raising this guy,” he said as his mom stood alongside him with tears in her eyes.
“To my friends and my family for trusting my ideas and putting up with my annoying hyperactive energy since we were children but always being there,” said Tyler as Lizzo, Cardi B, and LL Cool J looked on.
He also thanked his friend Jasper (“This is my day one and I love this dude”) and acknowledged feeling like an outcast in the music industry. “I never fully felt accepted in rap and stuff so for y’all to always stand by me and get me here, I really appreciate that,” he said.
He also thanked Pharrell Williams for being an inspiration. “Growing up feeling left of center to a lot of stuff that I saw on TV, that man has allowed me to be comfortable with myself and has opened up doors that you guys cannot imagine before I met him and when I met him. So thank you P.”
Tyler was nominated in the category against Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III, Meek Mill’s Championships, 21 Savage’s i am > i was, and YBN Cordae’s The Lost Boy.
While speaking with reporters backstage, he revealed how he feels about being put in the rap category. “Half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment,” he said. “Another half of me is very grateful that the art that I made could be acknowledged on a level like this.”
Nominated for Best Rap Album, the rapper brought his IGOR hits to life while making his debut at Sunday’s show. Joined by Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson, he opened with “EARFQUAKE” around a campfire while donning his signature blonde wig.
He then performed “NEW MAGIC WAND” while joined by several IGOR look-alikes, who raged on stage with Tyler. Boyz II Men and Uncle Charlie sang from the rooftops before the whole neighborhood started to burn.
Tyler made a gun out of his hands and pointed it at his head as the floor opened up and he fell into the fiery blaze.
Reports surfaced of Kobe Bryant passing away in a tragic helicopter crash that took the life of his daughter Gianna along with others. https://www.vladtv.com/article/260350/update-kobe-bryants-13-year-old-daughter-died-in-helicopter-crash
In this flashback clip from 2012, Kobe Bryant list his all-time greatest basketball players while playing a game at the Drew League. Kobe places himself after Wilt but before Michael Jordan.