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Sean Garrett & The-Dream Went Head To Head In Epic “Battle of the Writers” On IG Live 

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Sean Garrett and The-Dream are both known for their legendary bops, but when the two were asked to go head to head as a part of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s iconic battle series–fans got more than they expected.

On Saturday (Mar 28) Swizz Beatz and Timbaland announced that after the success of their producers battle series, that took place earlier this week and featured not only Swizz and Timbaland battling their classic records but new school superproducers Boi 1da and Hit-Boy as well, the duo shifted focus from battle of the beats to battle of the pen.

“We can’t wait for you to see who we have up next,” Swizz said prior to the event. “We have Sean Garrett and The-Dream going at it, trust me their catalog is crazy. It’s going to be a real battle, but fun because we are doing this for the culture.”

As the battle kicked off between the two iconic writers, many noticed that Sean Garrett was visibly off of his game. From erratic outbursts of calling The-Dream out of his name, to making eccentric facial expressions, something was different about the hitmaker and many pointed to alcohol.

“He’s drunk,” one fan wrote.”C’mon Sean you came lit lit, you basically gave Dream the W.”

Despite the “Upgrade U” writer’s semi-incapacitated state, the battle forged on lasting more than 4 hours, before ending with many declaring The Dream as the ultimate winner.

Although the battle was created for fun and the culture, Garrett took to IG Live on Sunday (Mar 29), to dispute the crowd declared winner and address allegations that he was under the influence during the battle after the question came up during a Q&A session with fans.

“I was not drunk or on anything,” Garrett said during the live. “Ya’ll don’t know my vibe or my personality, so of course ya’ll think that but I was just excited about the battle and running on no sleep.”

After hearing Garrett’s response and continued trolling of The-Dream during his live, battle coordinator Swizz Beatz jumped on the live and decided to weigh in on the discussion, calling Garrett out for being more than “just tired.”

“Sean, brother I love you and I know you, but you weren’t just tired,” Swizz said. “I talked to your team and they said you were drinking before the battle and that’s alright, but just say that because you looking wild trying to say anything other than that. I know you were excited about the battle, you were all day, but saying you were sober ain’t it.”

After much prodding from the “On to the Next One” producer, Garrett conceded, sticking to his explanation that he was suffering from sleep exhaustion, but added that he was off due to taking a pain killer for a toothache.

“Swizz you know me, I wasn’t on anything man,” Sean Garrett said. “I mean I had been in the studio for two days straight, that’s why I asked for more time. Plus I had a toothache so I took some Tylenol but that was it.”

Check out some footage from the battle below and let us know what you think. To get a playlist full of the hits played during the Battle of the Writers IG Live via Tidal, click here.


Stephon Marbury To Deliver 10M Masks To NY To Help With Coronavirus Pandemic 

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If your government or greedy corporations fail you, people will step up. One such person happens to be former NBA star Stephon Marbury, who is helping to deliver 10 million masks to New York to help with the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Starbury became an even bigger basketball star in China after he left the NBA. And that’s where he’s going to get New York the needed masks to protect healthcare workers as they treat COVID-19 patients.

Reports the New York Post:

Marbury, who played in the NBA 14 years before moving overseas to become a legend in the Chinese Basketball Association, told The Post he’s made arrangements with a mask supplier in China willing to sell New York 10 million masks “at cost” for $2.75 each – well below the roughly $7.50 that N95 retailers have been quoting the state.

The Coney Island native said he got the idea last week after learning of the state’s lack of protective gear and the astronomical price its been paying for masks. So the now-retired, former point guard decided to reach out to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a presumptive 2021 mayoral candidate who has backed Marbury’s local charities in the past, to let him know he’s ready to dish his biggest assist yet.

“At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn,” Marbury said during a call from his Beijing home. “This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York.”

“I have family there in Coney Island, a lot of family … who are affected by this, so I know how important it is for people to have masks during this time.”

Marbury’s connect in China reportedly has more N95 masks than they need since the country has allegedly been able to reign in its COVID-19 outbreak.

But what’s troubling is Marbury’s peeps had reached out to New York officials about procuring the masks only to get radio silence. It wasn’t until the Post reported his intentions that they got on the ball.

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This is the new normal in the life. We have to adjust and adapt quickly in our lives. Wearing a mask is so important during this #coronavirus pandemic if we must be out and about. The quarantine has purpose so we can help the infected and protect the healthy. The virus is the invisible killer. It has no heart or compassion as we’re all exposed. I too have family members exposed to this virus. No one is exempt as we see people of all statue infected by this virus. The only way to move pass this is through it together. We can do this by staying home until we create a solution that everyone can conform and perform well to. Positive energy laughter, prayer 🙏🏾, meditation are some of the rules we can follow. Quick to listen and slow to speak to each other will help us communicate better to each other. This will give us strength and hope during a time we never experienced in time to grow together as 1. Keep growing and loving during this uncomfortable time. You define who you are when you create comfort in a uncomfortable state. Stay great in this space and keep pushing!!! #loveislove

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Cardi B Wants To Start GoFundMe To Free ‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic 

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Cardi B thinks Joe Exotic got hit with the jig. The Bronx rapper took to Twitter to reveal she wants to start a GoFundMe to free the currently incarcerated star of Netflix’s wild docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

Mild spoilers are ahead if you have yet to watch Tiger King, which you should, because it is absolutely cray cray.

Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year big for allegedly hiring someone to murder a rival (Carole Baskin) as well as assorted animal cruelty charge. Tiger King thoroughly documented how Joe Exotic got to this point amidst a wild assortment of shady characters.

Cardi B was clearly a fan, and took to Twitter to relay she thinks Baskin got away with the jig (in this case, allegedly murdering her first husband and sparking the downfall of Mr. Exotic).

Basically, Cardi thinks Joe caught a raw deal.

So much so, that she’s fittin’ to drop a GoFundMe. Mind you, it was the Feds who sent him to the bing.

Umm, has Cardi watched the entire 7-episode series, though? Because Joe Exotic isn’t exactly an innocent victim in all this struggle, at all.

Just saying. As for Mr. Exotic, he recently filed a $94M lawsuit against the Feds. Good luck with that.


The Osiris Of This: Celebrating The 25th Anniversary Of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s ‘Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version’ 

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The Wu-Tang Clan shifted the recording industry in the 1990s by not only emerging as an unstoppable collective but also securing solo deals for the nine members of the group’s top tier. Ol’ Dirty Bastard emerged as a star for the New York crew by way of his debut album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, which was released 25 years ago today (March 28).

RZA, GZA, the aforementioned Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, and Masta Killa transformed the Hip-Hop landscape with their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993. The single “Protect Your Neck,” which introduced much of the world to the Wu Swordsman, featured a verse from ODB that, alongside Method Man’s scene-stealing turn, burned itself into the memory of fans for good reason.

Hip-Hop fans approached ODB’s solo album with hopes that it would feature more of the same left-field styled coupled with the “what will he do next” personality the rapper born Russell Jones became famous for. They were not disappointed on that front.

After an intro that puts all of the zaniness of ODB at the front of the mind for the listeners, “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” blares through with RZA’s signature thump and ODB’s performance set the tone early. The following track “Baby C’Mon” features more of that Ruler Zig Zag Zig Allah dust, and the album’s first single “Brooklyn Zoo” sounds as timeless as ever with True Master delivering one of the few tracks not helmed by The Abbot.

Rapping in stunted growling grunts and breaking into off-key song at times where it doesn’t even make sense, ODB appeared larger than life. He instantly became an undeniable presence across the album, most certainly propelled by RZA’s guidance on the tracks. The production is decidedly muddy as if it were recorded in a Brooklyn closet; the bass bleeds on even the best-quality speakers and it sounds that this was the intention.

By the time listeners reached “Raw Hide,” there are still dips and turns left in ODB’s rap arsenal:

Tired of sittin’ on my f*ckin ass
N*ggas I know be runnin’ around with mad f*ckin’ cash
Who the f*ck wanna be an emcee
If you can’t get paid to be a f*ckin’ emcee?
I came out my momma p*ssy, I’m on welfare
Twenty-six years old, still on welfare
So I gotta get paid fully
Whether it’s truthfully or untruthfully

In past interviews, Method Man stated that a bulk of the album consisted of old rhymes from RZA and GZA’s rhyme books but he did admit that ODB did know how to write his own verses. But because of his voice, style and natural charisma, it didn’t matter what the source of the lyrics, especially with the level of performance ODB presented across the album.

A remastered version of Return to the 36 Chambers has been released to commemorate the 25 years since its release, along with a mini-documentary from Amazon Music that features words from RZA, Raekwon, his widow, Icelene Jones, and his son Barson “Young Dirty Bastard” Jones. ODB is a sorely missed voice in Hip-Hop and would probably still find a way to bulldoze his way onto the airwaves despite the genre’s many shifts in sounds in the years since his untimely passing.

For now, we’ll hold on tight to the audio memory of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Hopefully, tonight somewhere in ODB’s beloved “Brooklyn Zoo,” a 40 or two will be cracked, safely indoors of course, with the speakers blasting the record in Ason Unique Allah’s honor.

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Watch Amazon’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard Mini-Doc ‘Unique: Return to The 36 Chambers’ 25 Years Later’ [Video] 

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With much of the nation locked and shut down due to the coronavirus spread, now’s a good time to catch up on some documentaries along with the rest of your television binging. Adding to the content list, Amazon Music has released a mini-documentary focused on the debut album from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version.

Amazon Music released the mini-doc Unique: ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ 25 Years Later this past Thursday (March 26) and it examines what took place behind the scenes ahead of the late Wu-Tang Clan swordsman’s debut album. Return to the 36 Chambers was released 25 years ago today and is still one of the most left-field major-label Hip-Hop albums of all time. The documentary uses part of ODB’s Five Percent Nation attribute, or name, Ason Unique.

RZA explains in one portion of the documentary how ODB’s hit single “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” was born.

“It was basically done in my bedroom that in daytime it was a studio, at nighttime I would roll this mat on the floor and me and my family would sleep on the floor. So it’s ironic. It was the last poverty recording,” RZA shared.

Unique features freestyles and never-before-seen footage of the artist born Russell Jones, whose iconic and zany rhyming style catapulted him into the mainstream. The documentary also features interviews from Wu members Raekwon, RZA, and appearances from ODB’s widow, Icelene Jones, Barson Unique Jones (also known as the Young Dirty Bastard), Bobbito Garcia, and more.

Check out the Amazon Music mini-doc Unique: ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ 25 Years Later below.

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Fabolous “Cold Summer,” Future “Tycoon” & More | Daily Visuals 3.27.20 

Fabolous is almost two decades strong in the game and though he looks like he just dropped his breakthrough verse in “Super Woman,” the Brooklyn representative is a well-respected rap veteran who can teach these young’ns a thing or two about bars.

Coming through with his latest visuals to “Cold Summer” Fab goes from the Nino Brown look to his signature varsity jacket wearing self before giving the middle finger to the tabloids. Entertainers really hate the media these days.

From BK to the A, Future kicks it in a garage with his whip and private jet with a thick exotic young woman before goons try to run up in his crib for his clip to “Tycoon.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Curren$y, Fetty Wap, and more.









Young M.A. Brings Out The Freaks With IG Live Twerk Contest 

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At a time when everyone is going live online to combat loneliness and boredom from social distancing, artists like Young M.A. are still living their best life—only virtually.

On Thursday (Mar 26), Young M.A. went live on Instagram to talk to her fans and show fans love. When one fan asked what she missed most during the quarantine, that’s when things took a freaky turn.

”What do I miss during lockdown? The motherf*cking strip club,” Young M.A. said reading comments from fans. “Matter of fact let’s do something different, how many of ya’ll ladies down to twerk? I’ll bless ya cashapp?”

It was at that point that the “Oouu” rapper turned Club Quarantine into a twerk party.

“In order to participate, you can’t have been on here before and you have to be ready to twerk as soon as we get to you,” Young M.A. said outlining the rules. “Let’s go!”

After the rules were outlined, the ladies turned up and turned out, twerking live on camera while Young M.A.’s protege and friend Reem playing DJ.

”Reem going to put on the hits ladies, ya’ll just be ready to go,” Young M.A. said.

Young M.A. isn’t the first rapper that attempted to turn IG Live X-rated, earlier this week Lil’ Boosie went live offering female fans up to $1000 to show their lady parts online, before being warned by Instagram that the request would result in his page being shut down.

Although the “Kold World” rapper got it jumping, she made sure to let the ladies know to keep it covered.

“We want to see ass cheeks, but that’s it ladies,” Young M.A. continued. “We aren’t trying to get shut down.”

Check out the NSFW booty clapping shenanigans below.




Megan Thee Stallion Has A Message For The Haters Tired of Seeing Her Twerking 

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Megan Thee Stallion is known for many things but nothing more than her amazing twerking skills. There are some people out there who claim they are “tired” of seeing her shake her cakes, Megan has responded to them.

The leader of the Hot Girl movement clapped back at the people who dared to say she twerks too much. Meek Mill was one of those individuals who seemed to take that ridiculous stance back in February possibly calling out the “Big Ole Freak” rapper indirectly stating in a tweet:

“Twerking is like a guy with big stacks of money hanging out his pocket so everybody can see lol I tired of seeing all that shit lol Y’all burnt twerking out.”

Meek’s tweet didn’t go unnoticed, and she responded with a tweet of her own while not naming names replying:
“I hate a “pick me” ass nigga sick of these fake woke ass men.”

Megan further went in on the matter during her sitdown with Genius:
“I don’t know when it happened that sometimes people get offended by twerkin, but that sh*t is crazy. I love to throw my ass, I love to shake my ass, its like one of my favorite things to do. I being seeing motherf****** be like awww man, all you do is shake your ass. I be like damn actually, I go to school, and I rap, and sometimes I be cooking, I’m a dog mom, I’m an awesome friend. It’s not all I be doing, it’s just that maybe when you logging in you came to see me twerk cause you ain’t see that freestyle I just dropped? I can rap and twerk.”
Let em know Megan, we here at Hip-Hop Wired are always here for you twerking…period.

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Rashida Jones & Kenya Barris Are Unapologetically Black In New Trailer For ‘#blackAF’ 


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Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris is back with a new original series loosely based on his parenting style and married life.


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The new mockumentary Netflix style show, #blackAF, depicts the unfiltered and unapologetic life of a “new money” black family in America. Inspired by Barris’ “irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, the show expounds on Barris’s real life antics of being a Black affluent family in America.

”I can’t wait to be able to show you guys the whole show on APRIL 17th!!! But until then… HERE’S THE TRAILER!!! Pull up to the dysfunction,” Barris said.

Barris, who stars as a fictionalized version of himself with Rashida Jones playing his wife and Iman Benson, Genneya Walton, Scarlet Spencer, Justin Claiborne, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, and Richard Gardenhire Jr. as their children; takes us on the journey of what his family life is like—but not all fans are happpy about that.

After Netflix released the trailer for the series, a few fans of Barris’s franchise called him out—again, for another noticeable complaint, the lack of dark skinned actors being reflected in his cast.

This isn’t the first time that fans have called out Barris for his lighter melanated casting. In 2019 when the show was announced, fans took to Twitter to call out the creator for his lack of diversity in casting, to which Barris responded that his casting choices reflect what his family actually looks like.

”Obviously noticing the critiques, Barris took to Twitter to respond, noting, “I’m also not gonna make up a fake family that genetically makes no sense just for the sake of trying to fill quotas,” Kenya Barris wrote in a since deleted tweet. “I LOVE MY PEOPLE and everything I does [sic] reflects that love. But to cast people like some kinda skin color Allstar game would actually do more harm than good.”

Barris also took the time to disspell rumors that he is fixated on bi-racial women by noting that the entire argument of colorism is divisive and damaging to lighter skinned Black people who face discrimination from the outside just like anyone else.

”The answer is to make sure we keep making good programming and depict ALL our beauty in real ways and roles that show the world the broad spectrum of who we are in REAL ways for EVERYONE 2 c [sic], Barris continued. “I really appreciate ur comments & I hardly ever react to social media but this cut me a little. These kids look like my kids. My very Black REAL kids & they face discrimination every day from others outside our culture and I don’t want them to also see it from US. I’m going to say this and then let what happens happen… Colorism is a divisive tool used by the powerful to separate the truly powerful.”

#BlackAF lands on Netflix on April 17.

Check out the trailer for Black AF below.


Nike Working With OHSU To Create A Face Shields & Masks For Healthcare Workers 

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While “President” Donald Trump continues to resist activating the Defense Production Act which would provide healthcare workers and doctors with much-needed supplies during this Coronavirus pandemic, brands like Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Nike have stepped up to supply our hospital heroes with the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) they desperately need.

According to Business Insider, Nike has already begun to produce a prototype of a face shield and mask needed to help doctors attend to patients suffering from the Coronavirus while protecting them from getting infected. While it sounds like a simple enough task, it’s not as the virus has proven to be able to get through most PPE and has already infected hundreds or doctors and nurses across the globe.

In a conference call with investors, Nike CEO John Donahoe announced the new direction that Nike is going in to do their part in this global fight.

“Companies like Nike need to do our part,” Donahoe said on the call, where the company reported better than expected results for Q3. “Based on needs identified by the teams and health professionals at Oregon Health & Science University, our teammates are working right now about how to best help, including prototyping face shields of OHSU and others.”

The project comes on the heels of Nike having already pledging to donate $15 million to the fight against the deadly pandemic that’s turning the world upside down.

Nike will be launching the new initiative with the help of the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland where the Nike headquarters is stationed.

“OHSU is extremely grateful to the team at Nike for their generous offer to help OHSU in our coordination with other health systems during this unprecedented time,” OHSU said in a statement to Business Insider. “We are committed to ongoing discussions regarding their efforts to develop prototype face shields to help ensure the safety and well-being of health care professionals.”

At this point we’re just praying that the supplies aren’t just effective in protecting our healthcare workers, but that it can be produced ASAP as they’re begging on TV and social media for supplies regardless of where it may come from.