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This week, Mobb Deep deals with savage tweets, Sadie Hawkins showcases cocky rhymes and Bill Woods channels esoteric Wu-Tang Clan -- read on for the Rap-Up list.
Mobb Deep Deals With Havoc’s Hacked Phone
Mobb Deep, the veteran gangster rap group, has dealt with plenty of strife throughout its nearly two-decade career, from having beef with Jay-Z to Prodigy’s bout with sickle-cell disease.
Now duo from Queensbridge, Prodigy and Havoc, are the latest celebrities to allegedly fall victim to a lost phone, resulting in bogus Twitter messages.
Earlier this week, Havoc purportedly sent out a string of tweets to his rap partner that ranged from Prodigy’s impending marriage to Rihanna to his engaging in homosexual activity while incarcerated.
Someone claiming to be Havoc called into Power 105.1, a radio station in New York City, Monday and verified the tweets. But Havoc called the next day to say he had lost his phone and that the tweets were bogus.
Havoc added that Prodigy’s “H.N.I.C. 3” album is coming out soon, so at least the streets are watching.
Sadie Hawkins Gets “Cocky” With Yo Gotti
There's a female rap renaissance underway. It started with Nicki Minaj and continued with headline-grabbers Kreayshawn and Iggy Azalea.
Now you can add the sassy Sadie Hawkins to that list.
The South Carolina rapper’s new single “Cocky” features Yo Gotti and showcases the duo rapping over a marching-band type of beat and delivering a steady stream of punch line-heavy lyrics.
The name Sadie Hawkins may remind some of high school and Sadie Hawkins dances, in which girls ask boys out. Hawkins, the rapper, clearly takes an equally aggressive stance with her career and in her music.
Her new “Girl, Interrupted” mixtape showcases more of her spunk.
Billy Woods Goes on a “Hunt"
After lying low for several years, dense lyricist Billy Woods has resurfaced with his second album, “History Will Absolve Me.”
Anchored by the mystical “Body Of Work," featuring Masai Bey and Roc Marciano, and the eerie “Duck Hunt,” the new album contains the type of esoteric wordplay that the Wu-Tang Clan -- and its multitude of offshoots -- is known for.
Primarily produced by Willie Green, “History Will Absolve Me” contains 18 cuts that highlight Woods’ substantial political and lyrical reach.
The new collection comes on the heels of 2011’s “Cowardly Threats & Hideous Cruelty” mixtape, a 40-track overview of Wood’s work.
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