Much happened in the hip-hop world over the holidays. Let's jump right in.
It took awhile to catch on, but the beef between Philadelphia rappers Meek Mill and Cassidy has finally hit full stride. In response to Cassidy's diss record, "Me, Myself and iPhone," Meek released a track of his own titled "Repo." In the song, the Maybach Music MC takes a jab at Cassidy's financial status and lackluster mainstream career. Then, they both traded barbs on Twitter. But Meek has promised that "Repo" will be his last diss track towards Cassidy, so skirmish may soon be over.
Southern rapper Shawty Lo will star in a new reality TV series on Oxygen that centers on his home life. In the one-hour show, aptly titled "All My Babies' Mamas," the Atlanta-based performer will show the highs and lows of having 11 children with 10 different women. Cori Abraham, senior vice president of Oxygen Media, promises "outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments."
With some liquid courage courtesy of Jack Daniels, rapper Jay Electronica took to Twitter to broadcast his thoughts on the hip-hop world. He praised new rappers Meek Mill, A$AP Mob and Big Sean, veterans MF Doom, Game, and Slaughterhouse, and also gave love to R&B crooners The Weeknd and The-Dream. Even NY newcomer French Montana, who isn't known for his lyricism, received praise. But Jay wasn't all positive; he slammed 50 Cent and accused the G-Unit leader of having his career ended by Rick Ross.
Two rappers lost their lives around the Christmas holiday: Chicago's Joshua "JayLoud" Davis and Capital Steeze from New York.
JayLoud was fatally shot on Christmas night. According to reports, the 18-year-old was followed off a bus and killed by men who took issue with his sweatshirt, which paid tribute to his slain friend Lil JoJo. JoJo was killed earlier this year after engaging in a war of words with fellow Chicago rapper and Interscope signee Chief Keef.
News of Capital Steeze's death emerged on Christmas Eve. The Brooklyn MC, known for his affiliation with the rap group Pro Era and Joey Bada$$, is thought to have committed suicide. A few hours after Capital Steeze tweeted, "The End," Joey took to the social network to mourn his passing, writing, "Lost a best friend, a brother, a pro, a partner. Letting go is never easy...May [your] soul rest in peace Jamal."
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