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V Exclusive: 9th Wonder Speaks On Lil B Collaboration; Says Rapper Is 'The Reincarnation Of Too Short'

Last Wednesday (Mar. 9), the hip-hop blogosphere was thrown another curve ball. The hated and loved rapper-phenom, Lil B, released a track produced by 9th Wonder, with guest features from Phonte and Jean Grae.  Topped off with a classic Flavor Flav sample, the track titled “Base For Your Face” introduced skeptics to a caliber of rhyming that many thought B lacked.

VIBE spoke to the producer responsible for the record to find out how this based collabo came to fruition.

“Lil B reached out to me 3 or 4 months ago on Twitter and told me he’s a big fan of myself and Murs,” 9th tells VIBE. “At the time I didn’t know who he was, so I Google’d his stuff, and I was like “ooo-kay” [Laughs]. I saw “Wonton Soup“ and all that. Then, the Twitter world started going crazy off the fact that I was even talking to Lil B.”

“It wasn't until he released a record with Tony Yayo called “Based”, that Khrysis told me to check out. I heard it and he was saying some stuff on there — I was digging it — so of course I hit him back on Twitter to tell him. He was just really adamant about getting up. I told him if we get up — you can’t do no ‘Wonton Soup’ [Laughs]. And he knew it.”

9th Wonder revealed that a phone conversation he shared with B convinced him that the rapper was destined for hip-hop greatness. He credits the newcomer’s rising success partly to a genuine respect and knowledge of the culture, which is lacking in many up-and-coming rappers.

“I told [Lil B] that he could be the reincarnation of Too Short. Like I always thought Wiz Khalifa was the reincarnation of DJ Quik. B could carry the torch. I got a lot of respect for that kid —  he’s brilliant,” says 9th Wonder with assurance.

After sending the Berkeley native several beats the following day, 9th received completed verses from B about a week later, which would eventually become the unexpected cut, "Base For Your Face."

“I got the “Base For Your Face” joint back and I let Phonte hear it — after that he wanted to get on it. He actually sent me his verse the next morning. Jean, apparently had already been talking to B. Really, we’re just trying to bring the balance back," says 9th.

Though the highly respected producer is aware of the criticisms he faces from his core fans, he regrets nothing about working with the contested artist.

“I was on Twitter all day, and I heard everything people are saying. But the people that listened to the record can’t deny it. The entire Internet is talking about it, “ 9th continues.

"Phonte already talked about doing a record with B for his solo project before this. I don’t think we expected B to come off the way he did. It’s needed in hip-hop  [today]. There should be no boundaries, if you can rhyme, you can rhyme. Here’s a kid who’s very smart and does certain things because he knows what works."

Fans can expect more 9th Wonder and Lil B music to be coming in the near future.

“We did one more record and I think it’s going to have Murs on it. It’s about to make people even more upset — we’re working on that now.”

Listen to “Base For Your Face” here.

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Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, And More Mourn Battle Rapper Tech 9

Battle rapper Tech 9 has reportedly passed away. The artist, born Akeem Mickens, reportedly died Monday morning, XXL confirms.

Fellow battle rapper Buttah From The Block announced the sad news in a message on Facebook. Buttah told XXL that his family and friends were unsure of the cause of death at this time. "We are praying that it was natural causes. He had no signs of harm done to his body," he said.

Tech 9, not be confused with Strange Music's Tech N9ne, was a well-known battle rapper and pioneer. Since news of his passing circulated on social media, a number of hip-hop artists have offered their condolences.

"THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK- Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of Philly. Rest well," Kendrick Lamar tweeted.

"Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers. Condolences to his family and friends. May God have mercy on his soul." Lupe Fiasco also tweeted.

Check out more reactions from the hip-hop community below.

THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-

Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 25, 2019

Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers.

Condolences to his family and friends.

May God have mercy on his soul.

— “DROGAS WAVE” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) March 25, 2019

Rest In Peace to the Philadelphia legend Tech 9

— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) March 25, 2019

Rest In Peace Tech 9 one of the funniest and illest battle rappers I’ve seen

— ZXLTRXN (@denzelcurry) March 25, 2019

You know how you say “Nah, he never gon leave us.” Like how we said about Stan Lee.... Thats Tech 9. 😢

— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) March 25, 2019

Rest Easy to A Philadelphia legend Tech 9 🙏🏾 love & respect to his family and friends. As a fan of the battle rap culture this is a major loss.

— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) March 25, 2019

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LeBron James Has A Message For Los Angeles Lakers Fans

While the Los Angeles Lakers had less than an exhilarating season, its newest addition, LeBron James, isn't going to let the team's losing record deter him from championship pursuits. In an Instagram post, the 6'8" power forward reassured purple and gold fans that the franchise will be better and stronger next season.

"Believe me!" James began. "Promise #LakerNation the spell won't last much longer! I swear. The marathon continues!" The Lakers' record currently stands at 32 wins and 41 losses. In late February, after the team succumbed to a 110-105 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies, James told reporters that the losing streak is something he can't adjust to.

"The last few years, everyone's so accustomed to the losses that I'm just not accustomed to. I'm not accustomed to it," he said, per USA Today. "I would never get comfortable with losing." Ahead of the 2018-19 season, James joined the team after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time.

The 34-year-old pro-athlete has seen 13 playoffs since his tenure in the league. His postseason appearances have also amassed three NBA championship titles.

 

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Keri Hilson Says New Music Is Coming Summer 2019

Keri Hilson is making a comeback. After a lengthy hiatus, the singer announced that she will be releasing new music this summer 2019.

Hilson shared the exciting news with her fans on Instagram on Sunday (Mar. 24). "Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, 'In A Perfect World,'" she wrote in the caption of a photo herself. "I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect...It is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019."

It's definitely been a long time coming for Keri. In Feb. 2019, the singer explained her absence from the music scene, attributing it to mental health concerns. "I've lost some pivotal characters in the process of stepping away for my wellbeing," she said at the time. "Though I was prepared for the possibility that some wouldn't understand or lose faith in me as an artist while I dealt with the trials of my life, it still hurts. But I accept the fact that some relationships have just run their course."

It's unclear whether Hilson will be coming out with a single or a full LP at this time. Stay tuned for more announcements in the months to come.

 

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Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, “In A Perfect World...” I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect...it is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019.

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