Yung Joey comes through with his new video for the track “Big Dawg.” The Ear Drummer Records rapper from Jamaica, Queens has been building his name up over the last couple of years and will be dropping his latest project, Necessary Evil next month. As a preview we get the visual for the new Southside-produced song. Sizzle provides a menacing sound canvas for Joey to spit that good old fashion trap rap over.
“We hit the studio in Queens with my longtime producer/engineer Doe Pesci, I went in the booth, and 20-minutes later the song was done.,” Joey told Fader of the track. “An hour after that, the video was shot by Beats4Us.” In the clip, Joey, Southside and the crew post up in the studio hallway while smoking, rapping and riding hover boards.
Joey originally hit the scene a few years ago as a part of Wacka Flocka Flame’s Brick Squad Monopoly imprint but has since moved over to Mike Will’s bubbling label. Necessary Evil drops September 1. The project will include features from Rae Sremmurd, DeJ Loaf, and more, along with production from Mike WiLL Made-It, G-Unit producer Doe Pesci and Southside of 808 Mafia.
Besides the fact that both of their debut albums dropped in 1994, The Notorious B.I.G. and rock band Hootie & The Blowfish have very little if anything in common. But the late legendary MC does namedrop the band’s frontman in a line on his song “Mo Money Mo Problems.” On the song Big raps, “Stay humble, stay low, blow like Hootie/True pimp niggas spend no dough on the booty.”
Obviously, the Brooklyn MC is making a simile connecting Hootie and the blowfish. But apparently the line was deeper than that. During a recent phone interview on The Dan Patrick Show, Hootie front man Darius Rucker said the line actually refers to a specific night when the two met each other at the Grammy’s.
“We were at the Grammys, and some really hot girl walks by,” said Rucker. “One of [Big’s] boys was like, ‘I’ll pay her,’ just as a joke. I go. ‘Man, I’m not paying for it.’ We laughed and then his next record, he’s got a line that goes. ‘Stay humble, stay low, blow like Hootie/True pimp niggas spend no dough on the booty.’ Great line.”
In related Biggie news, Russell Poole, a retired Los Angeles Police Department detective and the lead investigator in the murder of The Notorious B.I.G., has died. According to the Los Angeles Times, L.A. County sheriff’s deputies at the Homicide Bureau reported that Poole passed away Wednesday morning (Aug. 19) after collapsing during a meeting with detectives. Poole was rushed to a local hospital, where he died. TMZ reports that Poole died of a heart attack while interviewing an L.A. County Sheriff’s captain about Biggie’s murder. Poole was interview the captain for a book he was writing about Biggie’s murder case.
Mike Jones’ career has dwindled since the days when he was “Still Tippin’” and passing out his phone number on records in the mid 2000s. Though he’s still making a little noise in the rap game, the Houston MC is also taking his talents to other avenues, namely commercials. Earlier this year he appeared on a knee slapping Super Bowl commercial for a local lawyer. Now, he’s stepped his game up and is actively rapping jingles in ads.
Jones is the featured voice in the ad for a company called LockedOut, a locksmith service app. In the video, Mike spits intensely about the of service, its ideal use and low price. “When you get locked out you need LockedOut / When you need a locksmith, give us a shout out,” he raps. This is actually kind of dope as far as jingles go. Maybe MJ has a second calling.
The Texas native’s last project Money Train came out in January.
The cold war between music streaming services heated up Friday night as a surprise collaboration between Drake and Lil Wayne – two rappers scooped up during the artist exclusive arms race – caused friction between Tidal and Apple Music. The situation occurred at Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Festival in New Orleans, where Drake stopped by to deliver a brief three-song cameo. One problem: Jay Z’s Tidal, which named Lil Wayne as a co-owner in July, was livestreaming the festival, creating a conflict of interest since Drake is Apple Music’s marquee signee.
As a result of Drake’s appearance, the Tidal live-stream had to briefly pause while the Toronto rapper was onstage. “Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience,” the Tidal Twitter notified listeners as Drake took the stage. “We’ll be back after the performance.” Drake performed “HYFR” with Wayne, his remix of Fetty Wap’s “My Way” and “Back to Back” during his unannounced Lil Weezyana appearance.
However, contrary to a New York Post story earlier in the day, Drake’s manager Future the Prince denied Tidal’s claims that Apple Music acted as “Big Brother.” “The decision to not have Drake participate in the Tidal stream has nothing to do with Apple or Drake’s deal,” Future the Prince told BuzzFeed. “Point blank, 100 percent. I made a business decision. Apple doesn’t have the power to stop us from being part of a live stream. The only people that have the power to do that are Cash Money and Universal, and they’re our partners.” As for why they elected to withhold Drake from the livestream, the rapper’s manager said, “Aesthetics and quality are important to us and we didn’t have any control over [the livestream] or time to investigate it.”
Representatives from Tidal did not respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment, while an Apple representative referred Rolling Stone to the BuzzFeed article.
After months of sparring with his longtime label Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne aligned with Tidal to release his Free Weezy Album on July 4th. The LP’s arrival prompted Cash Money to file a $50 million lawsuit against Jay Z’s high-quality streaming service, claiming they still had exclusive rights to Wayne’s output. Cash Money added that Lil Wayne’s Tidal partnership was “a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.”
Drake, meanwhile, signed an exclusive deal with Apple Music reportedly with $19 million. As part of the agreement, Drake hosts his own Beats 1 radio show as well as provides the service unique content, like the “Energy” music video. Drake was also on hand to speak about the new music service when Apple announced their new streaming endeavor in early June.
Chief Keef is gearing up for a brand new mixtape release entitled ‘Almighty DP 2‘, which is slated to release to the public on September 11th. Today we are treated to the first official known leak to the forthcoming project. Sosa and frequent collaborator DP Beats return with a new trap hit entitled ‘TD‘. Check it below and make sure to stay in check to The Source for Sosa’s new offering coming September 11th (supposedly).