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Nipsey Hussle expresses remorse for shooting victims, 8Ball & MJG creates gold-quality material with Big K.R.I.T. and ANTHM revisits Black Rob -- read on for the Rap-Up list.
Alleged Shooter At Nipsey Hussle Concert Identified
On March 2, violence erupted before the start of a Nipsey Hussle concert in Tempe, Arizona. According to reports, policed identified Raynon Keswun Jones, 19, as being one of the three alleged gunmen being sought by police in connection with the shooting, which took place outside of The Clubhouse. At least 15 people were shot in the incident and two of the victims are in serious condition.
Nipsey was reportedly at his hotel room when the shots were fired. Jones has been apprehended and is in custody, according to reports, and Nipsey wrote on his Tumblr that the event was a tragedy and that, as someone who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, he knows the heartache that such events create.
8Ball & MJG Set The Gold Standard With Big K.R.I.T.
They are one of the most influential Southern rap groups of all time, being name-dropped by OutKast, Lil Jon, Ludacris and dozens of others as a primary influence. Though their respect may exceed their commercial acclaim, 8Ball & MJG continue releasing quality material. Indeed, the Memphis duo team with Big K.R.I.T. for the sublime “We Buy Gold”.
Over a silky, breezy beat, 8Ball & MJG kick smooth raps about living the high life. K.R.I.T. spits the addictive chorus and sounds natural alongside his predecessors, who helped pave the way for the Southern rap movement in the early 1990s. There’s a good reason why Diddy and T.I. have signed 8Ball & MJG to their labels. They’re arguably one of the best rap duos of all time.
ANTHM Reworks Black Rob’s “Can I Live”
Black Rob may have had his career derailed by his affinity for (and corresponding arrests for) robberies, but the music of Diddy’s former protégé is being used by an impressive newcomer to help kick-start his own career. ANTHM uses the instrumental to Black Rob and The LOX’s “Can I Live” for his own song of the same name.
Over the elegant, piano-accented beat, the Duke University graduate unleashes an impressive onslaught of punchline-heavy rhymes. ANTHM will be opening for Slaughterhouse, Machine Gun Kelly and 2 Chainz March 14 at SXSW. The Manhattan resident seems to be making moves as impressive as his music.