Video: Dave East feat. Beanie Sigel – ‘The Real Is Back’

Dave East travels from Harlem to Philly for “The Real Is Back,” a music video for his Beanie Sigel collaboration off last year’s Kairi Chanel.

The Def Jam/Mass Appeal MC joins the Broadstreet Bully in the North Philly block where his aunt lives. It just so happens to be Sigel’s hometown too. The visual keeps it simple, allowing Dave and Beans to spit their gritty rhymes while backing each other up.

Speaking of the video, Dave tells Noisey it was a bucket list check mark. “That was like a dream come true for me because Sigel is one of my top three favorite rappers of all time,” he said. “I grew up on Beans. Just to be able to be in the same room. He gave me a lot of game that night. We both Muslim so that was another level of respect. It was beautiful, man. That whole thing let me know I’m still on pace to be where I need to be.”

Beans and Dave were joined by a group of locals who regard Sigel as a hometown hero. “That’s like their Jay Z,” Dave explained. “It was like I was outside with somebody that’s been my man my whole life but it was Sigel. It was crazy.”

Sadly, one of Dave’s cousins, who appears in the visual, recently lost his life. “RIP to my cousin Mark aka Mugga,” East added. “He’s in the video. He got killed last week.”

“The Real Is Back” follows KC videos for “It Was Written,” “30 Ni**az,” and “Type of Time.” Dave is reportedly 40 songs into the recording process for his next project. For now, fans can enjoy the Kairi Chanel standout “The Real Is Back” below.


Watch Kodak Black’s ‘Project Baby’ Documentary

Hot off the release of his debut album Painting Pictures, Kodak Black unleashes Project Baby, a 24-minute documentary about his life.

Throughout several interviews, Kodak discusses misconceptions about his intellect and details his early years. “Some people be thinking I’m dumb and shit,” he says. “They just look at me and just already discriminate and stereotype, but when I was in elementary school, I used to go to this little camp. We used to do spelling bees and I used to beat high schoolers in spelling bees. I ain’t even know how I was spelling them words but I just always knew I was gifted, but I was bad. I was bad, but I was smart.”

Those “bad” tendencies crept up as Kodak grew up in housing projects in Pompano Beach, Florida, exasperated, he says, by his family’s financial hardships. “Climbing up them cabinets, ain’t no honey buns in the cabinet,” he says. “Everybody fresh in school and you ain’t really fresh. So a ni**a like, ‘Fuck that.’ The only time I’m really coming to school is when I done hit me a lick and I got new clothes on.”

Hitting licks eventually led to Kodak’s first time in handcuffs. “My first time getting arrested, I did 21 days,” he explains. “A real deal burglary. It wasn’t just no little petty shit. When I was in the back of the police car, I was just ready for it, for whatever…Before I got locked up, I already hit a couple houses and shit. It wasn’t my first time hitting a house. I was expecting that shit to happen one day. I can’t keep getting away like this here all the time.”

In one of his interviews, Kodak also explains why he didn’t mind robbing other people after his mom was robbed by someone else. “One time, somebody had robbed her for her tax money and shit,” he says. “That’s why when I say on the song ‘Signs’: ‘My momma got robbed in July / I watched her cry / So I don’t care about yours ’cause they ain’t care about mine.” Lil’ shit like that. So then, it was like, ‘Fuck everybody’s momma, I’m snatching your momma’s chain.’”

Although he’s currently in jail for a probation violation, Kodak has also been focused on his music. He says it’s a way for him to explain what he’s been through. “I don’t sugarcoat,” he explains. “I talk about the struggle. I talk about how I got it now. I talk about what I did as a kid. I talk about everything. Even if you ain’t been through that shit, when you listening to my shit, you’re gonna feel like you’ve been through it. It’s like a movie. I feel like you’re in this movie right now. I don’t rap. I illustrate. Everything I say is like you see it vividly.”


NYPD Officer in Trouble for Tweeting #BlackLivesMatter

An NYPD officer is being reprimanded for what she and her lawyer say is a simple typo that she made, after a #BlackLivesMatter hashtag remark on a Brooklyn precinct’s Twitter page was traced back to her personal account.

Four and a half year veteran Gwendolyn Bishop initially claimed she didn’t recall replying to a February 17, 2016 tweet the 76th Precinct put out, in which it celebrated an illegal firearms bust with a photo of several of Bishop’s colleagues posing with the hot weapon. “#76Pct Special Ops Team makes arrest and recovers a loaded 9MM hand gun #onelessgun,” the tweet read. However, Bishop remained under scrutiny, due to a response that read “Sad day for the 76th Pct. #Blacklivesmatter,” being made by the handle @ducklipzanddimplzz, which is now defunct, but at the time bore her photo.

Bishop’s defense has since changed, as she now contends that while the posting is still hazy in her memory, she must have been trying to write #BlueLivesMatter, but was thwarted by auto-correct. There is in fact evidence that she followed up the comment with two additional replies, each of which read #BlueLivesMatter, her attorney John Tynan notes.

Tynan has been trying to get the department to shake the infraction, which is only one of an assortment she is currently facing for insubordination. She is also facing disciplinary action for going on break without informing her superiors, going over her supervisors head to get vacation time approved, and for going on vertical patrols on her own, in addition to allegedly bad mouthing higher ranking officers at the precinct. In addressing Bishop’s comments on Twitter, however, he cites that no department protocol had been breached.

“She can reply to a tweet just as the 500 million others who use Twitter can,” said Tynan, while pointing out Bishop’s liberty to freely interact under her personal account.

Facing a loss of up to 30 days vacation for the numerous allegations against her, Bishop’s tone is a bit more measured than her lawyers is however. “If I had to guess, there were a lot of changes in my precinct about shifts being switched, but it had nothing to do about this gun arrest,” she told Commissioner David Weisel, in regards to the nature of her tweet.



Library of Congress Archives N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton"

Surviving members of N.W.A. saw an expansion of their bucket list of prestigious honors, that most artists – [much less a group of rappers from Compton, CA] – never dreamed of, when it was recently announced that their classic debut, Straight Outta Compton, has been selected for induction into the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The legendary West Coast group’s debut has been wildly celebrated since experiencing a revival with the success of a movie documenting Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella’s journey hitting big screens in 2015. The film was followed by a second wind in Ice Cube’s film career, more significant talk about Eazy’s legacy than ever before, recognition by the Grammy’s that year, and the ultimate accolade with their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

With news that their 1988 classic will be archived as a historic work in the nation’s capital, N.W.A will garner a distinction an elite few have, as did Lauryn Hill when her Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill album was selected in 2015. Their name will be cushioned alongside the works of a 2017 class of artists that includes Richard Pryor, Talking Heads, Barbara Streisand, and The Eagles, among others.



Chance the Rapper Announces New Chance Arts & Literature Fund

Less than a month after donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper announces even more philanthropic initiatives to help his hometown.

On Friday (March 31), Chance hosted a press conference at Paul Robeson High School in the Chi, where he launched a new fund to help students starting this fall.

“To ensure that more students have access to the arts and enrichment education, I’m excited to announce the creation — in collaboration with the Children’s First Fund — the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund,” he said.

Beyond this announcement, Lil Chano also confirmed that the Chicago Bulls donated $1 million to CPS, matching his initial donation. In all, Chance said that he’s raised “a tangible $2.2 million for the kids.”

Earlier this month, Chance’s Social Works non-profit donated $10,000 to 10 different schools. Now, he says the organization will donate $10,000 to 12 more schools, thanks to new donations from the likes of comedian Hannibal Buress, Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, and Sky Zone.

During a Q&A portion of the press conference, Chance said he didn’t want the money to be used solely for music and arts. “It’s about supplies and equipment for arts and…reading, science, to attack all sides…Music is a big deal, but don’t marginalize me. It’s not just about arts and stuff.”

On March 6, Chance announced his $1 million donation with the hopes of helping Chicago Public Schools receive more funding after Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would have given CPS an additional $215 million in state funding.

“This donation was made possible by my fans, through ticket sales for my upcoming tour and an unprecedented coordination from Live Nation, AEG, and Ticketmaster, competing corporations who were able to band together,” he said. “Also with independent promoters and venues across the country — to use funds from ticket sales to donate to CPS…I’m honored to make this donation to Chicago Public Schools Foundation and help cultivate Chicago creative minds.”


New Music: DJ Luke Nasty feat. T-Pain, Boosie Badazz, & Ace Hood – ‘OTW (Remix)’

Four months after teaming up with 2 Chainz for “OTW Remix,” DJ Luke Nasty taps Yung Booke, Money Man, Ace Hood, Boosie Badazz, and T-Pain for another remix of the infectious banger.

Teddy P joins in on the fun while referencing the hook and title of the song with a raunchy twist. “O.T.W. baby,” he raps. “Got this iPhone pointed at you while I’m fuckin’ you, babe.” Later, he adds: “We can’t be cuddled up, I might get stuck to you, babe.”

Meanwhile, Badazz comes in with a verse about his girl. “Shawty really grind, really thug with a ni**a,” he raps. “You know I like my steak with no blood in the middle / She got girls for my hitters.”

Presented by Mr. Hanky, “On the Way” is the latest remix to the original. In November, Luke Nasty also dropped a revamp featuring 2 Chainz. If the song sounds familiar, that might also be due to its sample of Tony! Toni! Tone!’s “Whatever You Want” off 1991’s The Revival.

Listen to the extended “OTW (Remix)” below.


Video: Rich Homie Quan – ‘Da Streetz’

Rich Homie Quan gets autobiographical on his new Zaytoven-produced banger, “Da Streetz.” While the video depicts his life in and out of prison, the Atlanta rapper uses the song to rhyme about his annual lessons.

“I ain’t know nothing ’bout no drank until the age of 13,” he sings on the hook. “I ain’t know nothing ’bout no money ’til the age of 14 / I ain’t know nothing ’bout no condom ’til the age of 15 / And I ain’t never go to class as a teen / I ain’t dumb, but I ain’t know nothin’ but the streets.”

The Marc Diamond-directed visual also finds Quan sitting on steps, reflecting on his coming of age. “17 was the worst,” he rhymes. “Felt like I ain’t had no purpose / At 18, was workin’ / At 18, was lurkin’ / At 18, I graduated / A lotta lames in my class, I know they mad I made it.”

Somber in a cell, wearing an orange jumpsuit, Rich Homie explains how he managed to turn his life around before receiving some major news. “Age 21, I spent locked up,” he raps. “22, came home, told myself, ‘No more gettin’ back locked up’ / Came home focused / New mind frame, knew nothing could stop us / By 23, my baby momma, she was knocked up.”

RHQ continues, explaining his success at 24 and 25, and details the success of YG’s “My Ni**a.” “I received me a plaque,” he brags of his featured appearance, before boasting about the millions he earned at 25. But despite this success, the video takes a tragic turn with gun shots during a home invasion robbery. Then, Quan is shown back in Fulton County, locked behind bars.

Watch Rich Homie’s autobiographical ode to “Da Streetz” below.