The Rap Up: Episode No. 17
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 17

Don’t Meek This up Nicki

This week was interesting for a few reasons. Reading week of course, but for those outside campus, Remy Ma’s “Shether” diss track directed at Nicki Minaj was enough to get most people out of their seat. For those who follow the industry closely, the beef has been in the works for year’s however, due to Ma’s infamous incarceration tensions never broke. Fresh off a new album with Fat Joe, it seems Remy Ma is now coming for blood and Nicki Minaj seems to be in the crosshairs. Nicki has yet to respond directly but had some choice lines in her two most recent releases which most assume to be directed at Ma. A few other rappers have chimed in, including The Game who has tried dragging Meek Mill back into things. While we’re not exactly sure where this is going, it sure isn’t over yet.

 DJ Semtex Interviews Drake

Drake recently sat down with DJ Semtex, and discuss details about More Life, Meek Mill, Kanye West and many more. Drake spoke about the More Life process and progression of the album. Drake spoke with Semtex about the demise of relationships he had with Meek and Kanye and how there were o mending of ties. There were no specific dates on when the album will be released. Drake spoke with a lot of enthusiasm about his collaborations with UK artists, and how similar the London culture is similar to the Toronto culture when it comes to the slang and terminologies. There are no exact dates for the release of the album, but as fans eagerly wait there are a lot of anticipation as to it’s now what surprise release.

(Written by TJ Mroz & Garrick Gray)

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The Rap Up Episode No. 17

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Posted by Radio Laurier on Monday, February 27, 2017

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The Rap Up: Episode No. 13
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 13

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with our first episode of the semester!

Soulja Fool

Soulja Boy is 2016’s Donkey of the year. He has beefed with with a countless number of entertainers. He has been in altercations with Lil’ Yatchy, Quavo, and even Shia LeBouef. But the most recent and most entertaining beef of all has been with Chris Brown. This all began with Chris getting salty at Soulja for liking Chris’ ex girlfriend Karruche’s Instagram picture. Soulja Boy claimed that Breezy face timed him saying “stop liking my girls pictures, I’ll f*ck you up”. One small picture might be leading to the PPV fight of the decade. Soulja and Chris decided to settle their differences by having a fight in Dubai. The Crank Dat rapper managed to get Floyd Mayweather as his personal trainer for the fight and Chris got Iron Mike Tyson to train him. 50 Cent as usual has been instigating and adding gas to the fire by promoting the fight and even having a mini altercation with Soulja Boy on the side. Soulja Boy then reposts a picture of Browns daughter which made Brown very angry and threaten to kick his ass. This is by far going to be the best fight ever. Who do you guys have your money on?

 

I Don’t Wanna Hear About This Ever Again.

One of Hip-Hop’s last few power couples, have gone their separate ways…. or so we thought? Last month, rumors were all but confirmed that Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill had ended their relationship. It was reported that Nicki had finally found out about an alleged year long affair that Meek was having with a girl from Philadelphia by the name of Ahnee Baby. It’s rumored that Meek not only hooked up with Ahnee for the better part of a year, but also payed to help maintain her boutique, House of Beauty. What makes this confusing though is that TMZ recently reported that a source close to Nicki dosen’t believe the break-up was real and says Meek recently picked her up from the studio. Within the last few days however, Meek has deleted his IG account after allegedly hinting at a Nicki diss track, and was spotted hanging at Lenox mall in Atlanta with Keke Palmer. While the story still unfolds, we’re sure Drake is somewhere feeling just a tad satisfied.

 

Daryl ‘Taxstone’ Campbell

The East New York Hip-Hop personality and Podcaster has been very influential over the past two years and has made a name for himself with his Tax Season Podcast appearing on shows like Uncommon Sense. Taxstone is from the streets, as in he’s lived the life rappers glorify in their music. He’s had a few run ins with the law through out his life and did some jail time here and there. Tax has had his share of beefs, the most recent has been with rapper Troy Ave. Tax is a man of his word, based on the countless stories he has told about his time in the streets, there’s one thing you can take from that, he does not tolerate being disrespected. The feud with Troy Ave has been on going for a while, nothing became of the beef until late last year at a T.I.’s concert at Irving Plaza in New York where Troy Ave’s bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter was shot and killed, Troy Ave was also shot in the leg. Taxstone was arrested on Monday January 16, 2017 in connection to the shooting. The feds stated that the weapon that was used in the shooting had Tax’s DNA on it. Tax is currently being held without bail. It’s a sad situation to see someone who was on the verge of changing his life for the better get caught up in something so negative. Prayers up to the sky for Tax. #FeeTax

(written by Yafet Berhane, TJ Mroz & Garrick Gray,)

 

Songs Played This Week:

Bad & Boujie – Migos

Feel Me – Tyga Ft. Kanye West

Talk To Me Nice/ Fargo Season – Tory Lanez

Castro – Yo Gott, Kanye, quavo, 2 chainz & big sean

For Whom The Bell Tolls – J. Cole

Immortal – J. Cole

Neighbors – J.Cole

Broken Whiskey Glass – Post Malone

No Option – Post Malone

The Rap Up: Episode No. 4
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 4

 

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Meeky Mouse

Meek Mill has apparently called off all and any internet beef he has with The Game. It’s been a long year for meek after taking L, after L after L. Rumor on the street has it that meek snitched on Game, which prompted the Compton native to put out 2 diss tracks. The first one was “92 bars” which went straight at meek and mentioned Nicki Minaj. Meek responded by putting out “OOOUUUU Remix” which Game responded by putting out a remix to that entitled “Pest Control. While Meek says one thing, it seems unlikely that he actually sticks to his word. But in the mean time, he can hold this L.

 

J. Cole Please Don’t Leave

Jermaine Cole put out 2014 Forest Hills Drive back in 20014 and to say it’s a classic is an understatement. The album sold 353,000 copies within its first week without any features. J. Cole has done a lot for his fans, with one dollar concerts to being on tour for the past two years ever since the release of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. J. Cole is for the people, Cole has been involved in giving back to his community and has been seen out marching with Black Lives Matter protesters. Cole recently said after a show that he will be taking a break from music for a while, whether its to work on an upcoming album or just a break in general to just relax and reap the rewards of his hard work. Cole is a newly wed, maybe he’s taking time off to spend with his wife and maybe start a family of his own. Cole taking time off to work on an album is the only thing that I want to believe is happening, the fans yarns for new music from Cole and he will be blessing us if that’s the reason for his soon to come hiatus. Cole stated on a song on DJ Khaled’s new album, on the song “Jermaine’s Interlude” that he’s played with thoughts of retirement and to hear him say that his last show will be the last for a while has some fans in their feelings to say the least. Is Cole really considering retirement or is he just taking some time off to work on a new album? Lets hope that’s the case. Dreamville to the end of the world and back!

 

Hubby to the Rescue

Earlier this week, Kanye West unfortunately cut his Meadows Fest set short due to a “family emergency”. While fans spent the rest of the night and much of the next morning speculating why the T.L.O.P. rapper didn’t finish his performance, we now know it was to catch a jet to Paris. Reports claim that two suspects posing as Parisian Police Officers held the receptionists at gun point within the private mansion that Kim Kardashian is inhabiting for Paris Fashion week. Upon being held at gun point, the suspects allegedly forced the receptionists to open the doors to Kims quarters and upon entering, then held Kim at gun point until they locked her in the bathroom. Apparently the value of what was stolen in jewelry and cell phones is thought to be in the millions. To no surprise, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian arrived back in NYC yesterday with a heavily increased security presence.

(Written by Manny Rao, Garrick Gray and TJ Mroz)

 

Songs Played This Week:

Go Tell ‘Em – Vic Mensa

Been A Long Time – DJ Mustard, YG & Ty Dolla Sign

Can’t Ignore – Dave East Ft. 2 Chainz

Deja Vu – Post Malone Ft. Justin Bieber

Watching – Ty Dolla Sign Ft. Meek Mill

Hello – Ty Dolla Sign

Sweet Sweet – Travis Scott

Biebs In The Trap – Travis Scott

Starboy – The Weeknd

False Alarm – The Weeknd

Rivals – Usher Ft. Future

Mad – Solange Ft. Lil Wayne

Black Moses – Meek Mill Ft. Pusha T

War – Nas Ft. Raye

Sins Of Our Fathers – Game Ft. Marsha Ambrosius

Muddy Waters – LP

the ends – Travis Scott ft. Andre 3000

 

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The Rap Up: Episode No. 2
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The Game V.s. Weak Mill

Meek Mill should honestly retire from hip hop and and go somewhere and chill. In all honesty, Weak is not made for beefs in hip hop. According to the Game, Weak Mill snitched on him regarding Sean Kingston getting robbed in the club in LA for his jewelry. Game reported on Instagram that he did not rob Sean Kingston. Game’s with Weak Mill is because he snitched on him, Game flowed through with a diss track to Weak titled “92 Bars” which definitely had some bars and totally annihilated Weak Mill. Meek obviously followed with a diss track of his own titled “OOOOUUU Remix” featuring Beanie Sigel and Omelly (the roadie).

Meek’s track wasn’t as good as Game’s but that was expected. Weak Mill is becoming the Ja Rule of today’s rap game as far as beef goes and his career is almost at its end. He has peaked and climax. I personally don’t think he can go back to being the old Meek Mill. Meek has had his run in hip hop, although it was short lived, he is the wife of Nicki Minaj, I mean that’s kind of a come up, I guess.

 

Kanye on the Gram

For some reason, two of the biggest and most influential people in the music industry simply refuse to create an account with Instagram. Of course I’m referring Jay Z and Kanye West. It appears Kanye has caved as a brand new and even ‘verified’ IG account has been recently discovered. At the moment there’s only one picture uploaded from the account and NO it’s not a warm smiling selfie. Instead, Kanye opted for a rather obscure picture depicting a scene from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 film, Total Recall (see below).

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes and if Mr. west is here to stay. Which makes this story slightly ironic considering his Wife and her siblings (Kim Kardashian & Kylie Jenner) have the most followers on Instagram in the world.

 

A photo posted by Kanye West (@kanyewest) on Sep 18, 2016 at 8:23am PDT

Birds In Waterloo Sing McKnight

Almost a full year later, fans now have Travis Scott’s second studio album, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, firmly in their hands. The album dropped September 2nd and has already surpassed sales expectations.

The sound of the album is best described as experimental layers of sound and acidic instrumentals that intertwine with raw, unpolished, and heavily filtered vocals that convey an enthusiasm that has come to be known only as Travis Scott.

The features aren’t too surprising, except for Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, and the absence of Justin Bieber. While that might sound like an odd combination, the two are actually quite close with each other and Bieber even appeared on his last album, Rodeoon one of the standout tracks.

 

(Written by TJ Mroz & Garrick Gray)

 

This Weeks Rotations:

Grateful – Lil Wayne

Big Amount – 2 Chainz Ft. Drake

Gucci Snakes – Tyga Ft. Desiigner

Deja Vu – Post Malone Ft. Justin Bieber

92 Bars – Game

OOOOUUU Remix – Meek Mil Ft. Omelly & Beanie Sigel

The Ends – Travis Scott

Goosebumps – Travis Scott Ft. Kendrick Lamar

Check On Me – Future

FDT (remix) – YG Ft. G-Eazy & Macklemore

 

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The Rap Up: Waves Never Die
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Nicki & Meek sitting in a tree

Usually when we speak on Meek Mill, it’s because of his feuds with other rappers, however it’s pleasing this time around to hear Meek is taking some time from his twitter fingers to focus on his future. While it wasn’t exactly from the philly rapper’s mouth, his girlfriend and Hip-Hops baddest female MC, Nicki Minaj gave everyone an update on the couple’s situation. If you follow Nicki on any social media you’re probably aware that Meek has promised Nicki with 3 rings and so far has given her two. According to Nicki, it’s not official to her until that third ring finds a finger and also not the only milestone she hopes to reach in life within the near future.After the wedding, assuming things go to plan, Nicki revealed plans on entering motherhood and her excitement at the thought of holding her own child. While the rest us wait on wedding bells, Meek looks to resume recording music however that can’t happen without a judges approval, and its looking theres a lot of “waiting” to be done with these two.  

 

T.L.O.P… IS… ALIVE…

Much like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, The Life of Pablo is bigger than life, misunderstood and ALIVE. Yes, according to Kanye West T.L.O.P is a living breathing artistic expression that he plans to keep on updating. Recently Kanye edited “Wolves” back to its original version featuring Vic Mensa and Sia while also keeping Frank Ocean’s 30sec verse on the tail end (THANK GOD…or kanye?). As far as albums go, no other artists has or is attempting to utilize a music streaming medium to enhance, develop and keep fans coming back… Assuming you’re messing with the album, it’s sort of like your favourite painting, touching itself up from time to time. It seems with each passing week Kanye Fans are still excited about the possibility of something else arriving… We just aren’t quite sure if itll be a new Yeezy Bosst colour scheme, epic twitter rant, album, or another version of “Wolves”.

 

Songs Played Tonight (Shortened show):

Uber Everywhere (remix) – Madeintokyo Ft. Travis Scott

Countin – Lil Uzi Vert Ft. 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa

This is It – Flatbush Zombies

WHAT THE FUCK RIGHT NOW- Tyler, the creator

Section – 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne

Gotta Lotta – 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne

Trap Anthem – ASAP Ferg Ft. Migos

Tim Duncan – Tory Lanez

The Rap Up: 2nd Semester Pull Up!
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The Rap Up: 2nd Semester Pull Up!

Meek Mill Do Not Pass Go

It seems no matter how Meek Mill rolls the dice this year, he’s taking L’s. Unfortunately for him he might have just picked up the worst Chance card possible, and if the Philadelphia Courts decide so, Meek will be going directly to jail. Stemming from charges over nine years ago, Meek has officially violated his probation again, which if you remember, was the reason for his absence this time last year. After providing a suspicious drug test which he failed, and leaving the city of Philadelphia without legal permission to attend the 2015 AMA’s with girlfriend Nicki Minaj, Meek will face sentencing in February. Amidst a historically bad year for the Dreams & Nightmares rapper, fans can at least breathe a little easier knowing Dream Chasers 4 is on its way.

 

Can Young Money & Cash Money hug it out?

Looking back on 2015, it’s difficult to ignore the the blatant stain that the Cash Money x Young Money feud has imprinted on Hip-Hop. Tour Bus shootings, disrespect from Young Thug, throwing bottles in the club, lawsuits, diss tracks, AND the fact we still don’t have our hands on Lil Wayne’s final album, The Carter 6, is just the tip of the iceberg. Despite the fact that Birdman and Wayne are legally father and son, The Young Money x Cash Money empire has seemingly all but crumbled in the last year. This is pretty disheartening considering years ago they were one of the tightest knit collectives, and one the most popular labels in the game. While the situation is about as ridiculous and convoluted as they come, Mack Maine president of Young Money, has made some much needed progress. Reportedly only hours before Drakes NYE party this year, Mack Maine held a conference call between Lil Wayne and Birdman (Baby) in which they agreed to keep it civil, however, Wayne is nowhere near dropping his lawsuit against Birdman. While any progress is good at this point, fans are still hoping for progress in the form of a new album.

 

Cole & Kdot

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 was the year of the sheep. However for Hip-Hop fans everywhere, 2015 was also the year of the ‘joint-album/mixtape’. Migos, Young Thug, Metro-Boomin, London On Da Track, Fetty Wap, French MontanaDrake and Future seemed to have renewed everyone’s interest in the possibility of a joint album this year. However, after dropping remixes on a track from each of their most recent albums this past Thanksgiving, J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar look to possibly steal the spotlight in February with their own joint project. After Kdot’s sister of all people let slip there was something arriving in February, the internet has been ablaze with speculation. Kendrick has even gone on record recently saying Drake & Future produced some of his favourite music this year. Could that mean “challenge accepted”? Fingers crossed.

 

The Rap Up Welcomes its Newest Co-Host Manny Rao!

Stay tuned for next weeks show as we get to know Manny on a personal level. Because after all, “there’s levels to this shit”.

 

 

Songs played this week:

Intro – Pusha T

FACTS – Kanye West

I Wanna Benz – YG Ft. Nipsey Hustle & 50 Cent

This Me, Fuck It – Timbaland Ft. 2 Chainz

Random – G Eazy

Calm Down – G Eazy

Folgers Crystals – J. Cole

Caged Bird – J. Cole

D.O.P.E. – Rick Ross Ft. Future

Wrist – Chris Brown Ft. Solo Lucci

All I Want – Rockie Fresh

Promise – Kid Ink Ft. Fetty Wap

Move On – Wiz Khalifa

Gangster 101 – Wiz Khalifa

NYC restore the feeling – Troy Ave

Givers Takers – Troy Ave