According to documents obtained by TMZ , Samuel Nicholas III—who performs under the name Sam Skully—claims that Drake sampled his song “Roll Call” on “In My Feelings” without permission or payment. Nicholas also accuses Drake of stealing another beat for “Nice for What,” his collaboration with Big Freedia. He claims to have released the music in question in New Orleans in 2000. Nicholas is seeking damages from the two artists as well as three record labels: Asylum, Cash Money, and Republic.
Nicki Minaj joined Budden and his co-hosts for the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast on Wednesday (Aug. 14). Minaj had some choice words for Rick Ross when Mal asked her who she thought was the better rapper between Rozay and The Game.
She said she dislikes artists using another artist’s name to stir up controversy to help sell records. Specifically, Minaj referenced Ross name-dropping her on his 2017 track “Apple of My Eye.” “I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki/ Instead of beefing with your dog, you just give ’em some distance,” Ross rapped.
“When a grown-ass fucking man name-drops a woman and disses a woman to sell an album when I was the only person in your artist’s corner when everyone turned their back on them,” she said.
Minaj recalled a text Ross sent to Meek Mill calling her a keeper after she stood up for him and his battle with the criminal justice system when speaking to Barack Obama during his presidency. “‘This chick is a keeper. She went in a room full of rappers and spoke to Obama and the first thing out of her mouth was about you and figuring out your probation situation and why you’re still on probation after all these years,'” Nicki remembered.
Nicki then brought up the recent back-and-forth between Rozay and 50 Cent that has rehashed their longtime feud. “And then you come out on an album when it’s time to sell some weak-ass fucking album and try to disrespect Nicki Minaj, and now you try to disrespect 50? Try to hope 50 would respond to your nonsense this time? Boy, sit your fat ass down.
In a new interview with The Breakfast Club, Ross talked about his new book and Port of Miami 2. He also responded to Nicki, attempting to defuse the situation after she belatedly responded to the line.
“I mean, if somebody went to meet Obama with you, she is a keeper until you find out otherwise,” said Rozay at the 33:20 mark of the interview. “She was around me a few times but other than that, she was a huge talent but she was playing a very important position at the time. She was in between Meek and Drake at the time. And what she don’t know, and what she might not understand coming from a big homie like myself, playing that position, that was a very fragile role.”
Around the time of her meeting with President Obama was when Meek Mill and Drake were taking shots at each other, claimed Ross. “And it would be very easy to put that responsibility on her. But that ain’t what I tried to make it to,” he added. “But most definitely when I seen it go sour, it would be easy to assume she may have had something to do with that and if somebody tells you they didn’t, they’re lying. But everybody moved forward. She moved forward, she doing her thing. I’m happy to see her do that.”
Watch the full interview above.
Lil Nas X has set two new records on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs and Hot rap songs charts. “Old Town Road,” which is spending its 19th week at No. 1, surpasses the record set by Drake’s “One Dance” on the R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.
According to reports, Meanwhile, “Old Town Road,” “ leads the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a record-breaking 19th week each, breaking out of a tie for the longest command in the history of each ranking. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the track bests the 18-week domination of Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, in 2016. On Hot Rap Songs, “Road” passes the 18-week rules of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” (2015-16); Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX (2014); and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s “Hot Boyz,” featuring NAS, EVE and Q-Tip (1999-2000). (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs began as an all-encompassing genre chart in October 1958 and Hot Rap Songs launched in March 1989.)
Rick Ross’ new album Port of Miami 2 is here, 13 years and one day after the release of the original Port of Miami. It includes all four previously released singles (“Act a Fool,” “BIG TYME,” “Gold Roses” (ft. Drake), and “Turnpike Ike”) and is loaded with features—Wale, Gunplay, Dej Loaf, Swizz Beatz, Meek Mill, Teyana Taylor, Jeezy, YFN Lucci, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Denzel Curry, Pusha T, Lil Wayne, and the late Nipsey Hussle all show up for guest appearances. Production comes courtesy of Just Blaze, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Beat Billionaire, and more.
On Tuesday’s (Aug. 6) episode of #EverydayStruggle, Nadeska, Wayno and DJ Akademiks kick off the show reacting to the ‘Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time’ list that was penned by The Brew Podcast and went viral yesterday. Ak and Wayno share their thoughts on the ranking of certain rappers and list out some of the female rappers that should’ve been featured in the G.O.A.T. list.
Joe Budden is currently on Diddy’s Revolt network “State Of The Culture” with rapper Remy Ma. On the show, the co-hosts discuss culturally relevant and centered around pop culture, politics, social justice, and more, through the lens of hip hop.
Last night, Drake headlined the second night of his annual OVO Fest in Toronto. During the set, as usual, he was joined by a series of unannounced special guests. He brought out Da Baby, Lil Baby, Popcaan, Gucci Mane, YG, Tyga, Rick Ross, Meghan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Offset, Meek Mill and Chris Brown. Find clips from tonight’s guest-filled event below.
The first night of the fest featured performances from B2K, Mario, Ying Yang Twins, and more. On Friday, Drake dropped the singles collection Care Package.