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Drake Dark Lane Demo Tapes Review:
Drakes announces a new album for summer 2020!! I know people are extremely excited to hear Drake (Or someone else penning these raps). In the meantime, he gives us an Ep or mixtape or whatever hell you want to call it. Honestly…. Its typical Drake copycat, singing, sounding like everyone else bullshit. The media and everyone else let’s him get away with the shit but not I captain. It’s probably 4 hard songs which are “Deep Pockets”, “When To Say When”, “Chicago Freestyle”, “Losses”, and “War”. The rest are throwaways but but but Drake fanatics will say “This Drake firreeee” “This only a demo tape and this goes hard” and blah blah blah bullshit. Its not much to really review. Before Drake fans attack me, answer me this… What makes this tape good? *crickets crickets crickets*. The features are star studded on paper but the quality of the features is horrible. No substance. Just a bunch of harmonizing. The Playboi Carti features was absolutely useless…When will Drake give us a full-length rapping LP? CL 4/10
Fred the Godson has died after he contracted the coronavirus earlier this month.
He first revealed he was in the hospital and placed on a ventilator on April 6, with his wife explaining he wasn't faring well. He reportedly started to make positive progress in hospital, but he ultimately lost his battle against the virus on Thurday.
News of the 35-year-old's death broke via people paying tribute to him on social media. A rep for Fred the Godson confirmed his passing to Complex.
Fred has been a prominent figure in New York rap for over a decade, breaking through in 2011 when he appeared on the XXL Freshman cover alongside the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller. He had collaborated with Diddy, Meek Mill, and Pusha-T among others, and remained prolific until his death. This year alone he dropped a solo project as well as a collaborative release with Jay Pharoah.
Despite all of his high-profile collaborations and positive critical response, he never signed to a label. He would often appear on hip-hop radio in New York to drop freestyles, however. In 2017 he delivered a memorable freestyle to Funk Flex, making Complex's own top twenty freestyles list.
Rest in peace.
As promised, Royce Da 5’9 has delivered The Allegory, his follow-up to 2018’s Book Of Ryan. Boasting 22 tracks, the project includes contributions from Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher, CyHI The Prynce, T.I., Vince Staples and G Perico, among others.
Nickle Nine opened up about the project in a recent interview with the Metro Times.
“This is the first album that has ever happened to me,” Royce said. “After Book of Ryan, I didn’t have anything that I really just needed to say. I would come in here and watch TV, play around — it happened really organically.”
The project kicks off with a conversation between motivational speaker/author Derrick Grace who is talking to his daughter about financial responsibility. It then tackles the topic of freedom on each track that follows.
Royce, who produced every song on the album, added, “I hope that it starts a narrative and a conversation that it’s OK to be smart, it’s OK to be Hip Hop. It’s OK to have balance.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – Pop Smoke’s murder this week was initially assumed to be a botched robbery but now, TMZ reports surveillance footage on the Hollywood Hills home where he was shot and killed suggests a targeted hit.
People who have viewed the tape said four men arrive at the home around 4:30 a.m. local time and sneak around the back. Moments later, three of the four men come around the side of the house while the fourth man presumably went in through the back door.
Multiple shots were fired inside the home, killing Pop Smoke in the process.
Footage shows the men fleeing the scene without anything in their hands, making it unlikely it was a robbery.
The 20-year-old Brooklyn native was rushed to Cedar-Sinai Hospital — the same hospital where The Notorious B.I.G. died — and soon pronounced dead.
Only hours before Pop Smoke was killed, he mistakenly shared his location on Instagram. He and his best friend Mike “Mike Dee” Durodoloa were also flashing wads of cash in another Instagram post the same day, leading many to believe he was the target of a robbery.
The investigation is ongoing. The tapes haven’t been made public.
TORONTO, ON – Drake spent the last year mending many of his broken friendships including Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Diddy and more recently The Weeknd. One thing’s for certain he has no plans on reconciling with Pusha T. During an interview with Rap Radar released on Christmas Day (December 25), the Billboard king spoke about his beef with Push and why it won’t be coming to an end anytime soon.
“I have no desire to mend anything with that person,” declared Drake when asked about Pusha T. “That situation just went where it went, and there is no turning back. It’s not like those other situations that you mention.”
Drizzy admits he lost the rap battle to King Push, but then goes onto discrediting the Grammy-nominated rapper.
“I’ll say this: I tip my hat to the chess move. I mean, it was a genius play in the game of chess and warranted my first quote-unquote, you know, loss in the competitive sport of rapping — by choice, obviously, because I bowed out after realizing that the gap between us allowed him to drop a bomb on the world,” he said.
Drake continued, “I sleep well at night knowing I didn’t get out-barred. It was just, you know, he told the world that the biggest artist at the time has a kid that he hasn’t told you about.”
The OVO boss also revealed which part of “The Story of Adidon” hurt him more than anything else in the viral diss record.
Pusha raps, “OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick/How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick.”
Drake spoke on numerous topics in the two-hour-plus interview. He discussed a possible collaboration with Benny The Butcher, how Serena Williams helped inspire him when making “Back To Back,” how Kanye West is still his favorite artist and how his relationship with former label mate Nicki Minaj changed after his beef with Meek Mill.
Watch the interview in its entirety below.
MIAMI, FL – Lil Wayne’s private plane landed at the Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport on Monday (December 23) and subjected to a search by multiple federal agents who’d received a tip there were possibly drugs onboard.
According to the Miami Herald, law enforcement sources said agents did, in fact, find cocaine and a firearm on the aircraft.
Miami defense attorney Howard Srebnick said federal investigators “cleared” his client to leave the scene later that evening and no immediate charges have been filed.
[This article has been updated. The following was published on December 23, 2019.]
Three law enforcement sources reportedly told the publication federal agents received a tip about drugs possibly being transported and were working on securing a search warrant from a Miami federal judge.
Evidently a judge authorized the warrant and the federal search got underway Monday evening. Investigators with the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Miami-Dade police and other agencies are all reportedly part of the search squad.
In a December appearance on REAL 92.3’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Dash aired his grievances over the breakdown of his relationship with JAY-Z.
Dash felt JAY-Z left him, Kareem “Biggs” Burke and the rest of the Roc-A-Fella crew in the dust when Hov became president of Def Jam in 2004. The relationship was further damaged by the sale of Rocawear to Iconix Brand Group in 2007.
Dash and Hov’s relationship has been a rocky one for more than a decade now. Dash has continuously slammed JAY-Z over the end of Roc-A-Fella and his business moves following the label’s dissolution.
The two have spoken positively about each other over the years though, and Dash did issue Hova an apology earlier this year. But the waters appear to be muddy as Dash also criticized his old partner for his deal with the NFL, stating the billionaire “ain’t shit.”
Check out the entire interview below.
NEW YORK, NY – In March 2018, Fabolous was caught on camera engaging in a domestic dispute with his longtime partner Emily B and her father in the driveway of his Englewood, New Jersey home. It was a bad look for the Brooklyn-bred rapper as the clip shed light on the ugly, domestic issues between him and his wife.
Fab, who normally carries himself in a calm and collected manner, drew negativity and criticism all over social media for his violent actions towards his loved ones. The moment became a blemish on his storied career and he knew he had to make a change. In the time since that incident, Fab experienced a level of growth and maturity in his personal life that serves as the backdrop to his latest release, Summertime Shootout 3.
The third entry in Fabolous’ notable mixtape series — featuring Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign and more — is the first of many for the 42-year-old rapper. It’s his first mixtape to release on digital streaming platforms, and it’s the first project where listeners get to hear a little bit of Fabolous’ story.
“I wanted to share things that I was going through,” he tells HipHopDX. “I grew up and I wanted to take some time to vent and get some of my thoughts out.”
ab, while sticking to his guns with the lyricism, gets introspective on tracks like the Roddy Ricch-assisted “Time,” where he learns how to become emotionally available towards his loved ones, and “Too Late” featuring Jeremih, which focuses on him mending broken relationships and becoming a better family man.
Being vulnerable is foreign territory for Fab and it’s not the only new thing he is embracing in this era of his career. He’s taking all the issues that plagued him in the last few years and taking on a new role — telling his story so that others can use for guidance to solve their problems.
“For me, making music is, at the same time, a thing that I need to do because it starts becoming like not just therapeutic for me but also therapeutic for listeners,” he says. “I want to help them get through their tough times and doubts.”
HipHopDX spoke with Fabolous about Summertime Shootout 3, his growth and maturation, transitioning into the digital streaming era in music, if he’s chasing a classic album to validate his legacy, his favorite JAY-Z verse and more.
HipHopDX: You have 20 years in this game. How are you feeling?
Fabolous: I’m feeling good, you know what I’m saying? Of course, with how long I’ve been doing this you know I’m just starting to tell my story. For me, it’s like taking it easy and feeling comfortable doing what I do. So most of the time I’m not even thinking about trying to outdo or what I’ve done in the past. I’m all about moving forward and continuing to make music that speaks directly from me.
HipHopDX: Summertime Shootout 3 isn’t a regular mixtape. It’s the first you’re releasing where the digital streaming era is at its peak. What are some of the things that were hard to adjust to transitioning into the streaming game?
Fabolous: I don’t think it was really hard to adjust to. It was really just what was going on and adapting to that, you know? Like you said music is being digested mostly through digital now so that’s what I kind of kept in mind putting the project out. I also saw that playlists were becoming what mixtapes used to be and I kept that in mind with actually ranging and making this project. I wanted to give it a playlist feel because I just felt like putting this out was the new mixtape.
HipHopDX: These days there’s no real distinction between what’s an album, mixtape, or EP. Summertime Shootout 3 is a mixtape but feels like an album too. Was that intentional?
Fabolous: Yeah, definitely because of what I was speaking on within the project but also as you said, the lines have been blurred a little bit in terms of what a project is. Albums used to take a long time to come out. You had to have a certain amount of records to have an album or you needed to do songs in different lanes to have a well-rounded album. Now it’s blurred and even mixtapes started to blur because people would drop mixtapes and have them formatted like albums.
For someone to drop something I can’t really tell what it is because you know mixtapes before were freestyles or stuff that was flipped. It was a wide range of different things but it was still freestyling. It wasn’t structured like an album. Now everything is formatted the same way. It’s just what you title it honestly.
HipHopDX: Summertime Shootout talked about a relationship. Part two was the bounce back from that relationship. Besides telling your own story, what’s the story you’re telling on part three?
Fabolous: It’s the back and forth between those two topics on the first two tapes. It’s the back and forth of a relationship and the back and forth of leveling up. It’s a play on words. When I say it’s the coldest summer ever, summer is always looked at as a good time but there are times where you’re no longer with someone and it’s not a good time. There are times where you look at summer and there’s a lot going on and then there’s nothing going on. It’s the back and forth between good and bad, hurt and pain, right and wrong. But I feel at the same time I’m also deciphering my story. I wanted to share things that I wouldn’t have before and share my experiences that may help somebody else get through a time that they’re going through. All of those were apart of my process with this one.
HipHopDX: One of those records that have you sharing your story to help others is “Time.” What’s something you would want to change about your career if you were able to rewind time?
Fabolous: That’s an interesting question because people would always say they would change something but I feel this is exactly what was supposed to happen. I don’t know if changing something could alter me even being where I’m at now. Like me being able to talk to you on this phone right now. It’s hard to say there’s something you would change because all of those experiences, all of those ups and downs, and all of those things I’m talking about that associate with Summertime Shootout doesn’t change the makeup of who I am today.
I think there are certain things I might have thought through a little better or like gave it the time but like I said my original answer to that question would be just let things be as God put them to be. I don’t want to try and change anything that was written because I’ll change my whole story.
HipHopDX: You’re giving out a lot of gems to your listeners on “Frienemies” and “Too Late” while still dropping some fiery bars. How do you find the balance between giving your listeners advice from a veteran’s perspective while rapping as if you still have something to prove?
Fabolous: That’s part of the challenge for me as an MC. It’s like being able to sprinkle some medicine on the candy type of thing you know what I mean. Like you tell your story but also keep it a vibe. Be creative but not be too much over people’s heads. It’s part of the challenge for me. So there’s no real recipe I think. But when I make a record or I’m putting together a lyric, I’m keeping all of those factors in mind. I want people to be able to relate to this quote or catch this line or sometimes I want people to feel this certain way so let me change the cadence. To each his own I guess.
HipHopDX: You’re rapping relentlessly on tracks like “Cold Summer” and “B.O.M.B.S.” We know what you can do with words so what else is there for you to do now or prove in Hip Hop?
Fabolous: I’m taking this time now to tell a little bit about my story. The bars are just taking on the challenge of being a writer and a creative. But I want to tell my story. That’s one of the keys to giving people a project of what you’re going through because you could be indirectly helping somebody else get through their issues and problems.
On the bar side, that’s just where I come from. I come from the mixtape class so records like “Cold Summer” was me setting the tone and getting the project on a certain level. “B.O.M.B.S.” is just going back to mixtape Fab and being like alright now that I set the tone, let me get back on my bullshit kind of thing and do what I do.
HipHopDX: You have the Summertime Shootout series, The Soul Tape series and the There Is No Competition series. How would you rank those from least favorite to favorite?
Fabolous: I really like The Soul Tape series. I love the instrumentation behind it and the soul samples. Even the perspective I was taking when I was making the project. I like each series for what they were though. I think There Is No Competition came from a place where Mixtape Fab is from. I didn’t follow the same guidelines that I had making an album so that’s where that series grew from. When I made albums, a lot of the time, I had to make a certain song for radio or a certain song for this or that and that drove me to make There Is No Competition where I could just be free again. I love the Summertime Shootout series because it’s just a body of work that’s really connecting vibes with bars. You can’t get that in a lot of places it’s either one or the other.
HipHopDX: Where do you feel you’re at in this stage of your career. Do you still feel underrated?
Fabolous: I don’t really feel underrated like what the actual meaning is. Sometimes I feel like I’m underappreciated but I don’t want to subject myself to a rating, to be completely honest. I try to stay from feeling or thinking I’m underrated. I really just like to think certain people value certain things and that’s with anything.
HipHopDX: On top of people feeling that you’re underrated they also feel you don’t have a classic album. With over 20 years under your belt are you chasing a classic album to validate your legacy?
Fabolous: That’s another thing that’s in the eye of the beholder for me. Every album I go in making something that speaks to me. At the beginning of my career, I was making a lot. I was making songs, putting them together and delivering the project. But towards the latter part of my career, I would really try to theme and tune into what I wanted to do and who I wanted to do it with. I started to make albums that were better curated to speak for me.
But like what’s classic and what’s not is up to the people. Of course, there are certain albums that the masses will say is classic and there are certain albums that are debatable if they’re classic. Some people look at it as classics and some people don’t. For me, I always try to make an album that speaks for me the most and I think it’s not even up to the artist to say it’s a classic or not. The people speak on whether it touched them, moved them or even shifted the culture. Until those things happen then you can’t say ok I’m doing something.
HipHopDX: We recently celebrated the birthday of one of your idols and good friends, JAY-Z. What’s your favorite verse by him?
Fabolous: That’s hard, man. Hov has put out so many great verses into the universe man. To name just one off the top of my head? The joint he did with the Lox and DMX.
HipHopDX: You’re talking about “Blackout” off DMX’s Flesh of My Flesh, Bood of My Blood?
Fabolous: Yeah, it was kind of like that old school type of joint. Jay came in at the end and said: “I’m a monster/I sleep whole winters; wake up and spit summers/Ghetto nigga, putting up Will Smith numbers.” That was a different Hov than the one we have today, of course, but that was one of my favorite joints.
HipHopDX: You entered this decade with a new mixtape in the form of The Soul Tape. Along with Summertime Shootout 3, how are you entering this new decade coming up? People are saying they have to wait another five years for a Fabolous project.
Fabolous: I know I can’t listen to what people are saying. I definitely want to get out more music and now you can do that in different ways. You can put out EPs and mixtapes and singles. I’m definitely going to take advantage of how this digital streaming platform has opened up music.
CHICAGO, IL – Juice Wrld reportedly made a fatal decision as he was preparing to land at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday (December 8). According to TMZ, several witness say the 21-year-old rap star ingested a handful of the powerful pain killer Percocet in an effort to hide them from police.
The pilot of the private jet Juice and his entourage were traveling in allegedly alerted authorities there were firearms on board, which is highly illegal. When they landed, FBI and FAA agents were waiting to search the plane.
That’s when the Chi-Town native is said to have swallowed the pills in his possession.
As Juice was walking through the airport, he collapsed as he went into a seizure. Paramedics reportedly spent roughly 40 minutes attempting to revive him but were obviously unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 3:06 a.m. local time.
An autopsy was performed on Monday (December 9) but toxicology, cardiac pathology and neuropathology tests are still needed before the Cook County Medical Examiner can determine an official cause.
Authorities discovered 70 pounds of marijuana, three guns and a bottle of codeine on the plane. Two of his security guards, Christopher Long and Henry Dean, were arrested on weapons charges. Only one had a permit.
Juice was 21 at the time of his death.
Bridging the Gap in Hip-Hop
⁃ by Jonnie Hopkins
Hip-Hop is easily the most debated music genre in existence. Since the genre is constantly evolving, the fan base for it will always be divided. The main division can be found between the fans of old-school Hip-Hop, and the new wave of the genre. Many fans of the old Hip-Hop sound are quick to discredit what the new wave of the genre has to offer because of the multitude of trends that take place. In my opinion, the current state of Hip-Hop triumphs over previous generations (even though the older sound is my favorite). Before you are quick to consider this opinion as invalid, check out my reasons.
1. The Production
⁃ When you think of late 80’s and 90’s rap, the main element that resonated with listeners was lyricism and the one-dimensional boom-bap production, not that there is anything wrong with that. However, in today’s Hip-Hop, many artists tend to pay closer attention to the details behind the boards; which isn’t such a terrible thing. The production on your track can be just as important as the lyrics for depicting the mood, tone, imagery, etc. There are a great number of artists who come to mind when talking about production, but two artists in particular have taken the current wave of Hip Hop by storm with their ever-changing styles are Kanye West and Travis Scott. Both artists continue to top the charts with by focusing their attention on sound quality. Projects such as Travis Scott’s Astroworld, and Kanye West’s various works such as Jesus is King, Ye, and Kids See Ghosts demonstrated that production and sound quality play a pivotal role in today’s generation of Hip-Hop.
⁃ You look at other artists like Tyler, The Creator, J.Cole, and Kendrick Lamar who are chopping on their own records, and it makes you realize that the game has immensely evolved since the 90’s. Before Nas’ Illmatic, most rappers only had one producer (or DJ) mixing/mastering their albums. Now, if you take a scroll through the production credits on any album, you’ll notice a plethora of various producers on every track. In my opinion, this keeps content fresh and brings out the best sound and energy from artists.
2. Lyricism is Alive and Well
⁃ Contrary to popular belief, today’s generation of Hip-Hop artists are not just “mumble rappers.” Mumble rap is definitely something that exists, but if you look at some of the top selling artists, and the up and coming ones, the majority of them have substance in their lyrics. Kendrick Lamar is the prime example of this. Kendrick has been a figurehead in Hip-Hop since his classic album Good Kid M.A.A.D. city hit the streets. This album shook the game as Kendrick demonstrated that having booming production on the boards doesn’t mean you can’t have substance in your lyrics. Kendrick’s ability to tell stories, depict imagery, stick to a concept, and overall articulate his thoughts on wax has rubbed off on the genre, and we can see mainstream artists such as J.Cole, Drake, Meek Mill, Pusha T, and the late Nipsey Hussle reciprocate this attention to lyrics on their projects. Kendrick’s lyrics are so complex, in fact, that he was the first Hip-Hop artist ever to win a Pulitzer Prize with his 2017 album DAMN. This goes to show that yes, the new wave of Hip-Hop can favor sound over lyrics, but that does not mean that there aren’t artists who focus on their lyrics first and foremost. Which leads me to my next point.
⁃ Versatility in today’s Hip-Hop is what makes it the most popular genre in the U.S. With a variety of never-ending sounds in today’s game, I would place my bet that you could make a Hip-Hop fan out of just about anyone. Looking back on the roots of Hip-Hop, it has always been a genre that could fuze itself with any other music genre, such as rock, jazz, alternative, and even country. This is extremely prevalent in today’s game. You look at artists like Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, YBN Cordae, and Anderson .Paak who are capable of combining soul, jazz, and your traditional Hip-Hop production on one track; then you look at artists like Drake and Travis Scott who embed infectious melodies all over booming 808’s, while still spitting clever bars, and it shows just how versatile today’s artists are. In fact, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” over the summer is a testament to all of this. Him absolutely destroying the charts with the fusion of Rap and Country demonstrates that Hip-Hop today is essentially a combination of every music genre. In fact, many artists are criticized for blending their sound with Pop because of this strict “no softies” rule in Hip-Hop. But if you ask me, guys like Post Malone, Tyler The Creator, and Childish Gambino, have some of the most well-crafted projects of the decade despite many doubting that they are even considered Hip-Hop artists. Understanding that the culture of Hip-Hop goes beyond just rapping is the first step in appreciating the most versatile music genre ever.
4. The Potential in Young Artists
⁃ In my previous points, I tried to stick to only talking about mainstream artists in Hip-Hop to beat the stereotype that mainstream Hip-Hop is a “problem.” However, the younger, up-and-coming artists are something we should be extremely excited about. Young talents who have yet to drop a debut album like YBN Cordae should get the lyricist-heads foaming at the lips. Other artists like Polo G, Roddy Ricch, and Joyner Lucas have been creating huge waves for the younger wave of Hip-Hop, and each of the aforementioned artists have immensely different styles. Other young artists that have solidified themselves in the game such as Denzel Curry, Vince Staples, and Joey Bada$$ are all household names to be excited about as well. These artists have all dropped an awesome project or two, and still have the potential to grow and develop their sound even further.
5. LEGENDS STILL RELEASE MUSIC
⁃ Although these artists are passed their prime, let’s not pretend like many of the legends that established the classic Hip-Hop sound don’t release music. In the past two years, Jay Z has released two fantastic projects, Nas dropped a dope album last year with Kanye chopping the boards, and Eminem has released two, albeit subpar, albums in the past year. The underground is still cooking as well. One of my favorite projects of 2018 was Czarface Meets Metal Face, which was a collaboration album consisting of Czarface(Group that Wu-Tang’s Inspectah Deck is affiliated with) and the legendary MF DOOM. Speaking of Wu-Tang, back in 2017 they even released the highly anticipated The Saga Continues. The Game is set to release his final album pretty soon too. So, to say that legends are still around is an understatement, because they are still involved and making great music, even if it isn’t charting.
The current state of Hip-Hop is far from stagnant. Being that it is the most popular genre of music in the United States, it is constantly changing and evolving. The sound of Hip-Hop has drastically changed since the days of its rise on the scene back in the 80’s and 90’s. But has it changed for the better? That’s for you, as the listener, to decide, and that’s for music appreciates to respect.
If you’re a fan of the older sound, that niche is still there for you, and no one is going to tell you that it’s wrong to listen to that sub genre of rap! However, as Hip-Hop fans we need to find common ground and at least take the time to appreciate what the new wave has to offer. The game is ever expanding, and if you haven’t found a sound in today’s Hip-Hop that you like yet, odds are you will eventually.
This morning we reported that the partnership of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib had made an appearance on Hot 97 to check in with Peter Rosenberg, and talk their new Bandana album. Gibbs detailed writing the majority of the project while facing ten years in prison over a false accusation, and an elusive Madlib spoke about the legacy carried on by two's second collaborative album, once sparked by JayLib, Madlib's partnership with J. Dilla - amongst other things. The legendary producer also made a revelation that divulged the fact that a bunch of his beats had been used by Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar in 40 unreleased songs they had saved up.
The two artists joined forces for “No More Parties in LA” back in 2016, making it their first and only record together. The same year that album came out, Kanye claimed to have 40 unreleased songs with Kendrick, and now Madlib has revealed that most of said tracks were over his own beats. “I sent [Kanye] like a hundred beats,” Madlib said. “Him and Kendrick were rapping over a bunch of stuff but they didn’t really put the stuff out. That’s the only one that they put out.” Madlib himself produced “No More Parties in LA,” but the producer and Ye first worked together on Ye's 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Although the exact timing of Madlib claims to have sent Kanye over a 100-song beat pack, but didn't specifcy when exactly he did so. He did however, tell Red Bull Music Academy that several of those beats ended up on his 2014 collaborative album with Gibbs, Piñata. Gibbs even (half-) jokingly remarked that Kanye and Kendrick had “stolen” “No More Parties in LA” from him by putting out the song despite the fact that he had mentioned his intentions to use the beat, afterwhich he released a subsequent remix, titled “Cocaine Parties in LA,” in 2016. “When I heard ‘Cocaine Parties’ I was like, ‘Well, we should have did it that way,’” Madlib said. It not yet been disclosed whether any of the songs they recorded together will ever be officially released, but a few of them have since leaked online.