There has been a struggle going on between the veteran rappers and the newcomers for some time. The most-recent example of this was the release of Ludacris’ “Badaboom” track. On the track, which is off his 1.21 Gigawatts mixtape, Ludacris takes aim at Big Sean and Drake. The two rappers are known for their “okie-doke” rapping style.
Big Sean was originally slated to release his debut album in 2009. However, due to various issues, the album was not released until 2011. While waiting to release his album, Big Sean continued to release music on the mixtape level. Meanwhile, Drake had signed to Young Money and soon released his debut album.
When he finally released his Finally Famous album, in 2011, Big Sean took credit for inventing the “okie-doke” flow and said Drake got the style from him. Big Sean also noted Ludacris using the flow on his “My Chick Bad” single. During an interview, Drake agreed with Big Sean and also said Ludacris had gotten the flow from the Detroit rapper.
In the early 2000s, Ludacris was among the biggest rappers in the game. Over the span of five years, Ludacris released several hit singles and popular videos. However, in recent years, Ludacris has focused on ventures outside of making music. While Ludacris has been promoting his products, a new crop of rappers have taken over the game. Periodically, Ludacris returns to the game and reminds rappers he is still here.
Most recently, Ludacris did this with his “Badaboom” track. Ghostface Killah, of the Wu-Tang Clan, was asked how he felt about Ludacris going after Big Sean and Drake on “Badaboom.” Avoiding the beef, Ghostface said it is nothing but rap music and how the game goes. Instead of focusing on beef, Ghostface feels rappers should be focused on making money. Ghostface went on to say rappers should all unite and go after the ones who had us all opressed for so many years.
Focused on his music projects, Ghostface Killah said the Wu Block album is on the way and it will be followed by his upcoming solo album, Supreme Clientele 2 presents Blue & Cream.
Known for his work with Playaz Circle as Tity Boi, 2 Chainz has reinvented himself in 2011. Along with his new style has come a new name. 2 Chainz has been very busy, collaborating with a number of artists over the past few months. Currently, 2 Chainz is trying to re-gain the buzz he had in 2007, from the hit Playaz Circle single, “Duffle Bag Boy.”
As a member of DTP, 2 Chainz has watched hard-working artists. For years, Ludacris dominated the rap game, releasing several albums within the span of four years. 2 Chainz is putting the same type of work into his own solo career. During a recent interview with PowTV, 2 Chainz said other rappers need to be putting in the same type of work.
2 Chainz said rappers need to treat the rap game just as they would any other job. Frustrated with the attitude and work ethic of some rappers, 2 Chainz said things have to change. One person 2 Chainz admires is Simon Cowell. The DTP rapper feels hip hop needs someone like him, not someone to be cruel and discourage, but someone to provide constructive criticism.
50 Cent promised each track off this project would have a video. Look out for the official “Stop Crying” video coming soon.
Listen to “Stop Crying” by 50 Cent below:
As the frontman of Trillville, of Lil Jon’s BME label, Lil’ Scrapppy rose to fame during the fall of 2003. Throughout the year of 2004, fans got to know Lil’ Scrappy, as he released the hit single, “No Problem.” While waiting to release his solo debut, Scrappy formed an alliance with G-Unit Records.
At the time, Lil’ Scrappy was working closely with Young Buck and many assumed he would eventually sign to Buck’s G-Unit imprint. Following the release of Lil’ Scrappy’s debut album, Young Buck and 50 Cent began feuding. Separating himself from the situation, Lil’ Scrappy searched for a new deal.
In 2009, Lil’ Scrappy announced he was now a member of Ludacris’ DTP Records, a move which he felt would solidify him in the game. Lil’ Scrappy was preparing his album, The Grustle, which soon fell victim to several delays. After two years of waiting, Lil’ Scrappy has decided to leave DTP Records and has a new deal for his G$ Up movement.
Aside from preparing to independently release The Grustle, Lil’ Scrappy has a guest appearance on Tyler Perry’s sitcom, “House of Payne,” which is set to air sometime next year. In addition to guest starring on “House of Payne,” Lil’ Scrappy revealed he also has a role in Tyler Perry’s new film, which is in the works. While he says he enjoys the paychecks from acting, Lil’ Scrappy said music will always be his true passion.