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Joe Budden And 16 Other People Eminem Dissed On ‘Kamikaze' Album

Today has been a world wind day in hip-hop as Eminem unleashed a lyrical hit list on his surprise release, Kamikaze.

Today has been a world wind day in hip-hop as Eminem unleashed a lyrical hit list on his surprise release, Kamikaze.

Arriving in fans ears Friday (Aug. 31), the rapper toyed with satire by "coming for" top media personalities and artists who critiqued his previous album, Revival. He also took the time to share his thoughts on the current state of rap between his quick boastful raps.

Those on the hit list included younger students of rap like Lil Pump, Lil Xan and Lil Yachty as well as faves like Vince Staples and Tyler, The Creator. Some of his disses weren't' surprising (Joe Budden, Charlamagne tha God) but others did (Iggy Azalea, Dr. Dre, MGK).

Take a look at the list of targets, his history with them and the blistering lines below.

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1. Lil Pump

Line: "Lil Pump, Lil Xan imitate Lil Wayne I should aim at everybody in the game/ pick a name" ("The Ringer")
Why: Em appears to be over the influx of "lil" rappers who've dominated the charts in recent years. While he continues to cape for favorites like J.Cole, Big Sean, Drake and Kendrick, the rapper draws lines in the sands when it comes to mumble rappers.

2. Lil Yachty

Line: "I can see why people like Lil Yachty, but not me though Not even dissin', it just ain't for me/All I am simply is just an MC/Maybe, "Stan" just isn't your cup of tea/Maybe, your cup's full of syrup and lean" ("The Ringer")
Why: While Em isn't making a direct diss to Lil Boat, he isn't fond of drug raps Yachty doesn't push these messages per say, but it looks like Em is just over it all.

3. Lil Xan

Line: See No. 1

4. Machine Gun Kelly

Line: "But next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne If you wanna come at me with a sub-machine gun/And I’m talkin' to you, but you already know who the f**k you are, Kelly/I don’t use sublims' and sure as f**k don’t sneak-diss/But keep commentin' on my daughter Hailie" ("No Alike")
Why: This dig is personal. It's been over three years since MGK made a subtle comment about his then 16-year-old daughter on Twitter, but it hasn't left the rapper's memory.

READ MORE: Machine Gun Kelly Says His 2012 Tweet About Eminem’s Daughter Still Affects His Career

5. Iggy Azalea

Line: "I'd just be like everyone else in the fucking industry Especially an effing Recovery clone of me/So finger-bang, chicken wang, MGK, Iggy ‘zae"
Why: We don't see why these two would have an issue so let's chop it up to wordplay, shall we?

6. Die Antwoord

Line: "I know there's people that are pissed about the way I mispronounced a name: "DIE ANTWOORD!" F**k, I still can't say the sh*t/But how quickly they forget who the f**k I was" ("Greatest")
Why: Eminem mentioned the South African band on Revival but was met with harsh digs for mispronouncing their name. The group threw their own harsh shot at the rapper by saying, "Ee-minem went to jail  And got a bit of semen in his bum
And was never seen again."

7. Tyler, The Creator

Line: "Tyler create nothin', I see why you called yourself a f*****, b***h It’s not just ‘cause you lack attention/It’s 'cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sack-religious/If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better" ("Fall")
Why: Many have called this diss uncalled for due to Tyler's fan-like comments on the rapper's later albums. Over the years, Tyler has been vocal about his feelings on albums like Recovery, where Em moved towards a more pop sound. Eminem does use the f-word to suggest that the Cali artist has played up his sexuality for attention.

8. Charlamagne Tha God

Line: "Aw, man! That BET cipher was weak, it was garbage/The Thing ain't even orange—oh my God, that's a reach!" and "Charlamagne gonna hate anyway Doesn’t matter what I say/Give me Donkey of the Day/What a way for 2018 to get underway" ("The Ringer")
Why: Em wasn't fond of Charlamagne's critiques of his BET Hip-Hop Awards freestyle, where he took on Trump and police brutality. During his Brilliant Idiots podcast with Andrew Shultz, the media personality he called the diss a reach and also included him in his "Trash Artists of the Year" list.

READ MORE: Every Sample, Songwriter And Producer On Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ Album (So Far)

9. DJ Akademiks

Line: "And don’t make me have to give it back to Akademiks Say this s**t is trash again, I’ll have you twisted/Like you had it when you thought you had me slippin' at the telly/Even when I’m gettin' brain, you’ll never catch me with a thot" ("Fall")
Why: The Everday Struggle co-host was also targeted for his thoughts on Revival. He also seems to know the ins and outs of Ak's love life as he slammed him for his choice in women.  

10. Joe Budden

Line: "Somebody tell Budden before I snap, he better fasten it/Or have his body baggage zipped/The closest thing he's had to hits is smackin' b***hes" ("Fall")
Why: For fans of Slaughterhouse and Shady Records, this might not come as a surprise. Joe has been vocal about his disdain for Em's lyrical path as of late, due to his previous platform on Everyday Struggle and his Joe Budden Podcast. Joe might be retired from the rap game, but he's hinted at the possibility or a return on Friday (Aug. 31) aka his birthday.

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11. President Donald Trump

Line: "But I think it's workin', these verses Are makin' him a wee bit nervous/And he's too scurred to answer me with words/'Cause he knows that he will lyrically get murdered/But I know at least he's heard it/'Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service/To meet in person, to see if I really think of hurtin' him/Or ask if I'm linked to terrorists/I said, "Only when it comes to ink and lyricists."
Why: Well, why not?

12. Mike Pence

Line: "While I take my ballsack and flick it like a light switch Like vice-president Mike Pence back up on my s***t in a sidekick" ("The Ringer")
Why: See No. 11

13. Vince Staples

Line: "If I press the issue just to get the anger out (brrr) Full magazine could take Staples out" ("The Ringer")
Why: Similar to Tyler, Staples' fan comments were taken a bit too close to the heart by Eminem. Staples took the jab in jest by tweeting it.

14. The Recording Academy

Line: "And then tell the Grammys to go and f**k themselves/They suck the blood from all the biggest artists like some leeches/So they nominate ‘em, get 'em there, get a name to 'em/See the show, every parasite needs a host/Then give Album of the Year to somebody that no one’s ever even heard of."
Why: The criticism of the Recording Academy may stem from Em's alliance to alliance to Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar.

In the past three years, all artists have been snubbed in the Album of the Year category. Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly lost to Taylor Swift's 1989 in 2016, Beyonce's sonic wonder that was Lemonade lost out to Adele's 25 in 2017 and Jay-Z's adored 4:44 lost to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic this year.

All of the aforementioned artists and their images were heavily promoted by the Recording Academy at the time of each ceremony, adding more curiosities of how the Academy uses artists from the hip-hop and R&B world for their own benefit.

15. Drake*

Line: "I'll ride through your cul-de-sac/Window cracked, bumpin' your reference tracks/You collab on a referent rap, I have never said his raps"
Why: Em sings Drake's praises on the album and even suggests that some of today's rappers are attempting to mirror his artistry. This line can play into how reference tracks are seen in hip-hop today, given the Meek v. Drake war of 2015.

16. Earl Sweatshirt*

Line: "If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better, get Earl the Hooded Sweater Whatever his name is to help you put together/Some words, more than just two letters." ("Fall")
Why: The line suggests Em is actually a fan of Sweatshirt's or aware of his lyrical talents.

17. Dr. Dre*

Line: "Must have missed my cat-scan that day I just threw a Tampax at Dre" ("Greatest")
Why: With Dre executively producing the album, we're sure it's just jokes between the two.

READ MORE: Eminem Drops Surprise Album ‘Kamikaze,’ Takes Aim At Trump And State Of Hip-Hop

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Bill Withers' Greatest Hits: Remixed, Sampled And Covered

The recent loss of legends in jazz, soul and classical music have saddened the music industry and reminded us of their touching gifts to music. The passing of Manu Dibango, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Bucky Pizzarelli and Alan Merrill brought endless tributes from peers and fans with the recent loss of soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers doing the same.

With a mirage of hits, the iconic songwriter left his mark on music with the release of his debut album Just As I Am in 1971. "Ain't No Sunshine" put a spotlight on his songwriting while 1977's "Lovely Day" reminded the industry of his signature vocals. Withers released eight studio albums, one live album and garnered three Grammys for his powerful songs that gave hope and love to fans to this day.

Hip-hop and R&B have gained the most from Withers as his music went on to inspire records like "No Diggity" by BLACKStreet, "Roses" by Kanye West and other songs from UGK, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott and more.

Take a look at some of Withers' finest tunes covered, remixed and sampled below.

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8. “Lovely Day” | Menagerie (1977)

Sampled On: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999) LunchMoneyLewis - “It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day” feat. Aminè | Pets 2 Soundtrack (2019) Swizz Beatz - “Take A Picture” |One Man Band (2007)

Standout: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999)

Short for "The Whole Damn Yay," the group used Withers' sample while throwing a splash of The Bay's laid back flavor. With cameos from future legends like E-40 and Ray Luv, the single already embodied the best of R&B and hip-hop with guest verses from Too Short, Mac Mall and Otis & Shug. The mimosas and yacht are also a great touch.

Covered By: Jill Scott, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1 (2011) Alt-J, This Is All Yours (2014) Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 (2013) Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Standout: Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Who was going to beat a chorus singing to the lordt? Franklin's take on the classic gives us stirring gospel and appreciation for Withers and God. There are plenty of covers that have lifted the same vocals as Withers, but the ones listed have put their unique spin on the track.

7. “Ain't No Sunshine” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001) Lil B - “Up And Down” | Based Jam (2012) 2Pac- "Soulja's Story" |  2Pacalypse Now (1991)

Standout: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001)

"No Sunshine" served as the only single from DMX's film alongside Steven Seagal, which gave everyone the perfect backdrop to the movie and X's intricate storytelling. Both the original and flipped version points out the dark elements of our lives. Withers penned the song after watching the film 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses, he pondered over the toxicity in his life. "Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you," he said in 2004 to SongFacts. "It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."

Covered By: Soul For Real | Candy Rain (1994) Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972) The Boris Gardiner Happening | Is What's Happening (1973) The Temptations | Solid Rock (1972)

Standout: Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972)

At 14, the future King of Pop gave a riveting cover of Withers' hit for his debut album, Got To Be There. From his vocal control throughout the track to the instrumentation, his cover takes the song to another level of heartbreak.

6. "Grandma's Hands” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996) Big K.R.I.T. - “I Gotta Stay” | K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) Brother Ali - “Waheedah's Hands” | Champion (2004)

Standout: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996)

R&B heads are well aware of BLACKstreet's neverending ballads and the genius of Teddy Riley. But the pivot of their sound for their sophomore album Another Level was due to Withers and the William “Stylez” Stewart. Speaking to Fact Mag in 2017, the creator of New Jack Swing gave credit to Stylez for bringing him the sample of "Grandma's Hands."

“If he hadn’t played that sample for me, there would never be a ‘No Diggity’ And if he didn’t write it according to the melody I gave him so it would sound that way because I wanted it to sound funky,” he said. “I wanted it to be appealing to everyone, but mostly to women. I wanted every woman to feel like they were the ‘No Diggity’ girl and that song was about them and it came across. And now, still, today, that song plays and people are on that dancefloor.”

Covered By: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981) Merry Clayton, Merry Clayton (1971) Barbra Streisand, Butterfly (1974)

Standout: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981)

Gil Scott-Heron's version of the soul classic reminded us of his versatile talents. From spoken word to his vocal abilities, the Godfather of rap music always came through with his own sound and style. Reflections was one of four albums the late artist dropped in the 80s with critics looking to it as one of his finest projects. Other cuts from the album included "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and "B Love."

5. "Use Me" | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012) J. Cole- "Dollar And A Dream II" | The Warm-Up (2009) Leela James - “So Good" | Fall For You (2014) UGK - "Use Me Up" | The Southern Way (1992)

Standout: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012)

Lamar's take on "Use Me" blended right into the themes of his debut album, Good kid, Maad City allowing the artist to create another world on the project. To make things even better, Lamar also sampled Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" for the track.

Covered By: Grace Jones, Indigo Nights, Live (2008) Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit  (2004) Issac Hayes, Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack (1998)

Standout: Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit (2004)

On his third solo album, Jagger linked with Rick Rubin to test his creative energy, allowing him to work with Lenny Kravitz on their version of "Use Me." Colliding worlds was one thing but to hear Kravitz's vocals come in on the bridge, set the track apart from the rest.

4. “Kissing My Love” | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: J. Cole - “The Cut Off" featuring kiLL Edward  | KOD (2018) Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992) Masta Ace- "Movin On" | Take A Look Around (1990) Master P- "Bastard Child" | The Ghettos Tryin To Kill Me! | 1994

Standout: Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992)

"Kissing My Love" is one of most sampled from Withers catalog, thanks to its feverish drums. It's also why it fits into Dr. Dre's single and the G-funk era.

3. Grover Washington's “Just The Two of Us” featuring Bill Withers | Winelight (1981)

Sampled/Covered On:  Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997) Eminem- "Just The Two of Us" | Slim Shady EP (1997) Keri Hilson- "Pretty Girl Rock" | No Boys Allowed (2010)

Standout: Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997)

Touching and soulful, Smith's dedication to his eldest son Trey is just too cute for words.

2. “Let It Be” | Just As I Am  (1967)

The Original: The Beatles - “Let It Be” | Let It Be (1968)

"Let It Be" is a pretty special record. Aretha Franklin recorded a version a year before the release of The Beatles' version and Withers gave his take on the record in the 70s. Slightly faster, his upbeat take on "Let It Be" just hits different.

1. “Rosie” | Menagerie Re-Issue (1977)

Sampled On: Kanye West - “Roses” |  Late Registration (2005)

As the somber part of Late Registration, "Roses" brings us into Kanye's world where he contemplates the mortality of a loved one. It's a sentimental take on the sample and one of the artist's most underrated songs. It's also a hidden gem for Withers as it isn't featured on Menagerie's LP. It was added as a bonus track on

Enjoy the jams in playlist form below.

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Remain Calm: 5 Ways To Curve Negative Effects Of Coronavirus Isolation

Self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak seems to be best practice in keeping our families and peers safe but it's also a shift in our normal social behavior. As millions of families around the country get adjusted to self-isolation, the state of our mental health and how our bodies react to the practice are changing by the day, especially lower-income and marginalized groups.

Speaking with Wired, John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, shared how apathetic behavior can rise to the forefront, making space for anxiety and depression.

“People start getting lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds,” Vincent says. “We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

But the biggest reason behind the uneasiness isn't the self-isolation but just how long it will last. Details of COVID-19 are changing by the day with the most cases now coming out of New York. Yet, there's still little to no information on what happens next.

“Open, transparent, consistent communication is the most important thing governments and organizations can do: Make sure people understand why they are being quarantined first and foremost, how long it is expected to last,” Samantha Brooks of King’s College London told the outlet. “A huge factor in the negative psychological impact seems to be confusion about what's going on, not having clear guidelines, or getting different messages from different organizations.”

Uncertainty hitting low income and marginalized groups is also a problem within itself. As virtual parties and celebrities opening up on social media happen on a daily, there are people who might not access fun distractions on the web.

“Some people have posited technology as a means of connecting people, but lower-income groups might not even have FaceTime or Skype or minutes on their phone,” Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician researching the intersection of social connections and aging at Johns Hopkins University says. “People take that for granted, using their devices can be a strain on people’s incomes.”

To make self-isolation less than a bore or a daunting task, experts suggest creating a schedule to dictate control in your home.

1. Work It Out

Gyms are closed, but your home can be transformed into a personal training center. Use heavy bags for weights and if you can, create a playlist of workouts on YouTube. For those who have memberships for Blink or Peloton, the platforms have streamed their workouts on apps.

2. Mindful Meditation

Meditation isn't about dumping your thoughts, it's about staying aware and mindful. AQUA has developed online that leverages the power of "Mindful Meditation and Mobility Movements" for flexibility and fluidity in the body. Classes are free of charge but feel free to donate.

3. Take It Back To High School

Give your friends a call or indulge in a FaceTime party. Feel free to use the Wifi in your home to reduce the amount of data used on your phone. Lala Anthony held a too-cute FT birthday party for writer Kiyonna Anthony with a 70s theme. You can also find creative ways to hop on the phone with friends and family instead of constantly chatting about 'rona.

 

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4. Start A Journal

Journals just aren't for kids. The practice not only gives you something to do, but it fuels creativity and a new level of self-awareness. Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently developed Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, with over 150 inspiring questions and quotes that connect to key themes in her memoir. The journal will also help bring readers to terms with the importance of family and personal reflections as well as the goals they'd like to make a reality.

5. Have a Dance Party or Enjoy Lo-Fi Beats To Quarantine To

If you don't have data or battery power to watch a virtual DJ party, make your own. If you have to pull out your record player, do it! You can also hop on your favorite streaming service and create a playlist all your own.

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From Teen Sensation To Vocal Bible: Brandy's 15 Best Songs

September 27, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the multiplatinum self-titled debut album by one of R&B’s greatest voices, Brandy Rayana Norwood, or simply Brandy. She was already well on her way to stardom prior to her debut as a background vocalist for Immature and one of the stars of the short-lived ABC series, Thea. However, it was the album Brandy that set her on the path to tremendous success.

Since officially bursting onto the scene in 1994 sporting her well-known braided crown of glory, she has been a force to be reckoned with. She was handpicked by her idol, the late Whitney Houston, to portray the role of the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 film Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Her show Moesha was one of the longest-running black sitcoms. Brandy was also a CoverGirl in 1999 and became a friend of Barbie that same year when Mattel released the Brandy Doll. In music, she’s released six studio albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide, headlined three world tours, and won more than 30 awards including seven Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award. Brandy deserves her flowers.

Let’s check out the top 15 songs that helped solidify Brandy as your favorite singer’s favorite singer (just ask Solange) and earned her the title of the “Vocal Bible.”

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