Hip Hop News Roundup: 2/2/24

Hip hop fans have a lot to catch up on today, as the rap world is buzzing with new releases, beefs, collaborations, and controversies. Here are some of the top stories you need to know:

Trippie Redd Denies Being a Devil Worshipper

Trippie Redd is not happy with the accusations that he is a devil worshipper, and he took to Instagram Live to set the record straight. The rapper, who is known for his dark and demonic imagery, said that he is not a satanist, but rather a spiritual person who believes in God. He also slammed the critics who judge him based on his appearance and music, saying that they are hypocrites and ignorant1.

Soulja Boy Gets Dragged by Blueface’s Mom

Soulja Boy may have bitten off more than he can chew when he decided to mock Blueface’s baby with Chrisean Rock, calling it “ugly” on Twitter. The tweet did not sit well with Blueface’s mom, who clapped back at Soulja Boy with a series of insults, calling him a “crackhead”, a “clown”, and a “one-hit wonder”. She also challenged him to a boxing match, saying that she would knock him out2.

N.O.R.E. Shows Off Impressive Weight Loss

N.O.R.E. is looking slimmer and healthier than ever, thanks to his new fitness regimen. The Drink Champs host revealed that he has lost over 40 pounds in the past year, by following a strict diet and exercise routine. He said that he was inspired by his friend Fat Joe, who also underwent a dramatic transformation. N.O.R.E. said that he feels more energetic and confident, and that he wants to inspire others to get in shape3.

Benzino Disses Eminem on ‘Rap Elvis’

Benzino is not letting go of his long-standing feud with Eminem, and he has released a new diss track called ‘Rap Elvis’. The track, which samples Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’, takes shots at Eminem’s race, age, fans, and legacy. Benzino accuses Eminem of being a culture vulture, a fraud, and a has-been. He also gives him 48 hours to respond, or else he will drop another diss track4.

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj’s Music Facing TikTok Removal

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj are among the artists whose music could be removed from TikTok, due to a dispute between Universal Music Group (UMG) and the video-sharing app. UMG, which owns the rights to some of the biggest names in hip hop, is reportedly unhappy with the royalty rates that TikTok pays to its artists. UMG is threatening to pull its entire catalog from the platform, unless TikTok agrees to a better deal5

 

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