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Is Kendrick Lamar The New Tupac? New 'Genius' x Spotify Podcast Explores

Genius x Spotify's new podcast, Déjà Vu, explores the parallels between the two West Coast MCs. 

In today's rap culture, the Tupac comparisons are abundant. From Boosie BadAzz to Young Thug and Childish Gambino, everyone wants to proclaim themselves the modern day Tupac. While they might have a laundry list of evidence to back up their claims, Genius and Spotify's new podcast, Déjà Vu, is specifically exploring the parallels between Pac and the West Coast's current hero, Kendrick Lamar.

In the one-hour podcast – which is titled "Is Kendrick Lamar the New 2Pac?" – host Stereo Williams and his guests engage in an in-depth conversation regarding the two MCs' discography, philanthropy, philosophy and contributions to the California rap scene. VIBE's Editor-In-Chief Datwon Thomas and Genius' Head of Artist Relations, Rob Markman joined the panel discussion.

While Thomas agreed that there are many similarities between the two, he felt as though Tupac's versatility in different mediums made him one of a kind. "Tupac is just something else on a political stance, on the poetry stance, on the movie run, music," Thomas explains. "He was just more than a rapper. To be Pac you would have to that whole lineage of Black Panthers and having lived a life of multiple coasts. He's made up of the ghettos of America."

Pac may have been multi-faceted, but Thomas says he and Kendrick are similar in terms of the themes they discuss in their music. "Since Pac was such as three-dimensional character, when [Kendrick Lamar] is doing interviews and stuff, I don't get that. I don't get the Kendrick that's on wax in the interviews, as far as the passion and the ferocity," he continues. "But as far as the black love and all of those different things, and being able to bring those socially conscious black issues to the foerfront, that's definitely K.Dot."

During the discussion, Markman also recalls an old interview he conducted with Kendrick in which he said he "caught a vibe of Pac in the room." He suggests that while the TDE artist may not be at that level yet, he is well on his way. "Pac was superhero iconic to him in that fashion and now he's in the position where he can do a lot of the things that Pac was doing," he says. "He definitely invites it, definitely embraces."

This is reportedly the first episode of Déjà Vu. The podcast will run every other Wednesday for a total of eight episodes and examine the music of a modern day star. "Déjà Vu is a chance for us to close the generation gap a little bit," Stereo Williams says. "Sitting down with some of the most brilliant music minds around and discussing icons of the present and past."

Listen to Genius x Spotify's first, full episode here.

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Bryson Tiller Announces Deluxe Edition Of ‘Trapsoul’ Debut

Update: 12:42 AM EST (Sept. 26, 2020) — Stream the deluxe installment of Trapsoul below.

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Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated new album, Bryson Tiller is giving fans another chance to fall deeper in love with Trapsoul. The Grammy-nominated singer announced that he will be releasing a deluxe version of his debut album to streaming service this Friday (Sept. 25).

The deluxe edition will feature fan favorites “Just Another Interlude” and “Self Righteous,” Tiller tweeted on Tuesday (Sept. 22). “Before we get into my new album, I wanna celebrate with this special edition of my debut album, 'Trapsoul.' Featuring a few songs that didn’t quite make the cut.”

before we get into my new album, I wanna celebrate with this special edition of my debut album, Trapsoul. Featuring a few songs that didn’t quite make the cut. Y’all asked for these on All Platforms and they’ll finally be yours this Friday. thank you!

— tiller (@brysontiller) September 23, 2020

Released in 2015, Tiller’s debut album put him on the map, and earned a Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top R&B Album. The triple platinum release, lead single “Don’t” cracked the Top 20 on the Billboard singles charts becoming his highest charting solo effort to date.

Earlier in the month, Tiller released the music video for his song “Inhale” which samples Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon' Cry.” The end of the video reveals that Tiller’s new album will drop sometime this fall.

Watch “Inhale” below.

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Judge Sides With Nicki Minaj In Tracy Chapman Court Battle

A judge has sided with Nicki Minaj in her legal dispute with Tracy Chapman. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled that Minaj’s song “Sorry” falls under the “fair use” and not copyright infringement as Chapman claimed, Variety reports.

Minaj was reportedly unaware that her song, “Sorry,” featured lyrics and a bit of the melody from Chapman’s 1988 track, “Baby Can I Hold You” when it was recorded. She  reached out to Chapman to get permission to use the song but was ultimately turned down. Since she couldn't get legal clearance, the track never made it to the Queen album, but Chapman’s attorneys accused Minaj of leaking the track to Funkmaster Flex. Although Minaj confirmed sending Flex an Instagram message about the song, she denies actually sending it. “I had a change of heart,” she later testified. “I never sent the recording.”

Flex said that he obtained the recording from a “blogger,” not Minaj.

In her decision, Judge Phillips reportedly noted that artists tend to “experiment” with music before they attempt to get proper licensing.

“Artists usually experiment with works before seeking licenses from rights holders and rights holders typically ask to see a proposed work before approving a license,” the judge wrote. “A ruling uprooting these common practices would limit creativity and stifle innovation within the music industry.”

Despite the ruling, the question remains over whether or not Minaj should be held liable for the song being leaked. Last month, Minaj’s attorneys filed court papers requesting that Chapman’s motion for a summary judgment be denied in full.

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Big Sean Debuts ‘Deep Reverence’ Feat. Nipsey Hussle

Big Sean delivered his collaboration with Nipsey Hustle “Deep Reverence” on Monday (Aug. 24). The 32-year-old rapper decided to drop the song after  finishing up his highly anticipated Detroit 2 album due out next week.

“My heart and my gut was saying not only do people deserve that song right now,”  Sean tweeted on Tuesday (Aug. 25). “I felt like hearing nips [sic] voice, his presence and the energy of the song itself was needed and deserved it’s own moment!”

A snippet of the song debuted during Hit-Boy and Boi1da's Verzuz battle in April. Sean said that he has wanted to release the song ever since then.

“My label (a few people there, not the whole label) thought it wasn’t smart to put this song out ahead of my album, they told my team I should hold on to it...they still supported my decision in the end tho [sic],” he explained in another tweet.

The record opens with a clever and poignant verse from Nipsey. “F*ck rap I’m a street legend, block love me with a deep reverence,” he raps. “I was birthed in a C-section/Hella cops and police presence, we got opps so we keep weapons. We on y’all block while y’all eat breakfast. A lot of shots, we broke street records. Watch how you talk, I got reflexes.”


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Rest In Power bro! The World miss you n need to hear your voice! DEEP REVERENCE OUT NOW 🏁💙🙏🏾 Prod by. @hitboy & @g.ryomo

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Aug 24, 2020 at 9:07pm PDT

On Sean’s verse, he reveals that he reached out to Kendrick Lamar after Nipsey was killed and addresses the alleged beef between him and the Compton MC. Fans also believe that he hinted at  Jhené Aiko suffering a miscarriage. “Should be a billionaire based on the time off I’m not takin,’” raps Sean. “Probably why the sh*t with me got crazy and we lost a baby.”

Detroit 2 is executive produced by Hit-Boy, Sean and Kanye West. The album drops on Sept. 4.

Listen to “Deep Reverence” below.


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My fifth album #Detroit2 September 4th 🌎✊🏾🌹🖤 🌟 🙏🏾

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Aug 24, 2020 at 11:15am PDT

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