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Swizz Beatz Singles Out Balenciaga For Jacking Ruff Ryders Logo Design

Not cool. 

Swizz Beatz is not happy with French, high-fashion brand Balenciaga after the latest stunt it pulled during its menswear Spring/Summer 2018 runway show at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday (June 21). According to the producer, the brand totally jacked the Ruff Ryders' original 2000 logo design.

As unveiled on Instagram following the runway show, one male model appeared to be rocking a pair of slacks and a green, satin kimono-inspired jacket. Under the overcoat, was a button-down shirt with a print that looked pretty similar to the entertainment label's logo. Swizz put both shirts side-by-side to give fans a better comparison, and in fact, the two looked almost identical. The only difference was that the Ruff Ryders name had been switched to Balenciaga's.

Surprisingly, Swizz didn't seem too upset by the culture-jocking, but did demand to have a chat with Balenciaga. He also offered a solution that could benefit hip hop. "What are we doing??? Call me back blessings. I might just want you to open up a fashion school in the Bronx or Harlem Just so you can give back to the culture," he captioned the collage. A fashion school might not be a bad idea. At least that way, the designs would be original.

Balenciaga has yet to comment on allegations, but it wouldn't be the only high-fashion brand to supposedly steal an original design. Gucci was recently the center of controversy after many fans noticed similarities between one of the Italian label's 2018 Cruise collection garments and Dapper Dan's famed, fur coat made from Louis Vuitton bags. Following fan outrage, the brand said they were not trying to steal the design, but "pay homage" to the designer's originality and vision.

Furthermore, the fashion scene hasn't been meshing well with hip hop artists altogether. Raury also found himself at odds with Dolce Gabbana after he staged a protest while walking a runway show. His silent protest was in opposition to the brand's t-shirt, in which it mocked boycotting. Swizz and the rest of the Ruff Ryders may not be planning a protest, but let's see if they address the issue of designers taking from hip hop at their recently announced reunion tour, coming this fall.

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Nicki Minaj Links With DaBaby For “Suge” Remix

Nicki Minaj took over DJ Felly Fell’s show on L.A.’s Power 106 radio station Friday (July 19) where she premiered the remix to DaBaby's “Suge” single.

“Ya’ll already know I’m back on my bull! We got a lot more in the motherf**kin’ chamber,” said Minaj.

The “Megatron” rapper  also sent a shout out to Da Baby. “I just think he’s super dope and he actually spits actual bars.”

Prior to the song premiere, Minaj shared her first public statement on the death of Nipsey Hussle. The Queens native explained that she wasn’t on the internet at the time of Hussle’s murder, but wanted to send condolences to Lauren London, and the rest of his family.

“When he passed I didn’t get a chance to be online at that time,” Minaj told Power 106's DJ Carisma. “Lauren London happens to be somebody that I adore. I felt like my heart ripped out when I heard [that he was killed]. I just wanted to finally send my condolences to his family and his fans.”

Earlier in the interview, Minaj sent love to her fans in Saudi Arabia after canceling her appearance at the Jedah World Festival over the country’s treatment of women, and members of the LGBTQ community. Minaj added that she turned down $1.5 million by pulling out of the performance. She also confirmed that she will be heading out on tour after the release of her upcoming new album.

Listen to Minaj and DaBaby on the “Suge” remix below.

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Nas Officially Drops 'The Lost Tapes 2' Album

Nas' music industry spotlight has intensified thanks to his newest project The Lost Tapes 2. The pioneering influential dropped the soundscape on Friday (July 19).

The album features unreleased tracks from his last four studio albums: Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled, Life is Good, and Nasir. The Lost Tapes 2 comes as a sequel to 2002's The Lost Tapes 11-track compilation.

Hypebeast reports the latest installment introduces the Queens native rapping over instrumentals crafted by the likings of Kanye West, Pharrell, RZA, Swizz Beats, The Alchemist, and more. Ten years of material collected well-produced beats, wordsmith pierced verses and inclusive range of rhythm.

"Tanasia" and "Highly Favored" were produced by RZA giving off the classic Nas sounds fans have become accustomed to as he spits about his housing projects in Queensbridge. Other exclusive tracks include "Vernon Family" at the hands of Pharrell, and Swizz Beats' "No Bad Energy." Yeezus and Nas also give a less instrumental-forward sound emphasizing the ever-so clever rhymes from The Lost Tapes 2 mastermind on "You Mean the World to Me."

 

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In an interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the hip-hop artist spoke about how his project is somewhat of a guessing game when figuring out when the tracks were actually created. "You just play them. You kind of got to guess like, 'What year did he make this one?'" he said. "Some of the songs are, like, ten years old, 12 years old, and some of them are, like, as early as, like a year and a half ago."

He also teased to a partnership with the creation of the Hip-Hop Museum that's slated to come to the Bronx by 2022.

Check out the full interview below and stream the project below.

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Lil Baby Says He Previously Paid Gunna To Write Raps He Practiced To

Lil Baby's inspiration to perfect his craft was greatly inspired by Gunna in a very creative way.

Unearthed by Genius, Lil Baby spoke to German hip-hop platform 16 Bars about his early days in the game. The rapper, who earned a BET Award for Best New Artist this year says he paid Gunna to write raps for him in order to practice his own raps.

While none of the songs Gunna were released, they have been used as reference tracks during the duos studio sessions.

"I done paid Gunna to write my songs. I never put the songs out but like when I first started rapping I used to pay him like $100 like 'I'ma give you $100 write something for me so I can try to learn to go in and record it," the Street Gossip rapper said.

Their tightknit friendship in and out of the studio also was considered teachable moments for the rapper. "That's how I used to practice and try to get it right because I just started rapping out of nowhere."

Gunna told Rolling Stone that he was the inspiration for Lil Baby to take his craft seriously. "I kinda helped push [Lil Baby] a little bit to go harder," Gunna said. "He didn't really care about [rapping] that much. He was being him, just chilling. I was critiquing his music, but also letting him know it sounded good, he should keep going, [offering] words of encouragement."

Lil Baby and Da Baby released a track entitled "Baby" Wednesday (July 17), he pulled up on verse one and the chorus of the new hit single.

Heating up verse one with these bars, it looks like the $100 sessions with Gunna paid off.

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