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Joe Budden Considers JAY-Z's "Pump It Up" Remix "An Amazing Hip-Hop Moment"

The rapper-turned-podcaster reflects on all the pros and cons about his iconic single "Pump It Up" 15 years later. 

Before enduring the struggle of being an independent podcaster, Joe Budden was ruling the Billboard charts, basketball games and movie theaters everywhere with his smash record "Pump It Up." Produced by Just Blaze, the upbeat club banger featuring a notable horn sample from Kool & The Gang's "Soul Vibrations" was passed around to Beanie Sigel and Freeway before the Jersey City rapper got his hands on it. After approaching Hov to hop on the remix, Joe found himself in front of the barrel when the Roc-a-Fella CEO dropped his own version of "Pump It Up" as a diss record towards the Def Jam signee.

Once he fired back with his own poisonous bars, the official "Pump It Up" remix was born. Fifteen years later, the host of "The Joe Budden Podcast" remembers his beef with the Roc Nation founder as "an amazing moment in hip-hop." In an exclusive interview with Billboard, Budden recalls everything he was going through when he first came across the razor sharp freestyle, which is featured on the S. Carter Collection.

"When I heard it... I mean, I’m a huge Hov fan, so that was real big," Joe explained. "He started spitting and he wouldn’t stop. Then I kind of was nervous a little bit. [Laughs] Now you got the best rapper on your a** with a hundred bars. Boy, that was nerve wracking."

Budden said it took him a good amount of time to cook up the perfect response with zero rewrites. He also reveals that he really doesn't like the video treatment for "Pump It Up." In fact, he hates it to this day. He claims the video, which features cameos from DJ Envy and DJ Enuff, hasn't aged well and feels "real embarrassed" when it comes on anywhere he goes.

"I had never made that type of record, and I didn’t know how important the video was and how much it would be seen, and we just wanted to do something different and cool. They brought in a stylist and they put on this turquoise bandana and they airbrushed the T-shirt. The video just didn’t age well, I guess that’s my thought. So when it comes on today like at a bowling alley or something randomly, I’m just real embarrassed. My haircut was bad, my sideburns, it was just..."

While Joe may pull his Yankee fitted over his face when it comes on at Footlocker, the rest us will proceed to jam out and reminisce of a more valuable era of hip-hop. Take a trip back to the early 2000s and push play on the official "Pump It Up" video below.

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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! pic.twitter.com/8MJ5rC5jYB

— 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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