A weekly series giving you the low-down on Hip-Hop news of the previous week. Some notable releases, performances, and overall pieces to read, listen and watch!
Cy-Hi The Prynce’s Narrow Escape With Death
Cy-hi The Prynce, a rapper and ghostwriter most known for his verse on “So Appalled”, on the critically acclaimed “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, had been shot at while driving in Atlanta, GA on Valentine’s day. After the car crashed the gunmen continued to shoot at the car. Surprisingly Cy-Hi The Prynce wasn’t injured and in a now deleted Instagram post he had this to say:
“Today is a day about love, but in my city (the city of Atlanta) there’s no love here anymore. A couple nights ago there was an attempt on my life… somebody tried to gun me down on the highway. I tried everything I could do to lose them, but they were adamant about taking me off this earth.”
“…At this point I don’t know if it was mistaken identity… I havent been in the streets for a decade… i just want to know why and if there is anything I can do to fix the issue…”
Nikki Minaj’s Loss
In unfortunate news, Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj was killed in a hit-and-run at age 64 on February 12th, in Nassau County, NY. Through detective work of the NCP an arrest has been made. 70-year old Charles Polevich hit Mr. Maraj, got out of his car, asked the injured Maraj if he was ok, then proceeded to get in his car and flee the scene without calling the police. Nicki Minaj’s mother released a statement saying “I’m very, very, very happy about the arrest”. Condolences go out the Maraj family.
The Barrage of Zaytoven
A producer based out of Atlanta, GA, Zaytoven, known for producing projects for the likes of Future and Gucci Mane, as well as Usher and Lecrae, has released not one, not two, not three but four albums with four different rappers. Between the days of February 12th and the 18th, Zaytoven has released 4 different albums: each called “The Lost Tapes” with rappers Young Dro, OJ the Juiceman, B.o.B and Rocko respectively. If Zaytoven’s melodic trap infused production is something you’re looking for, take a look at all 4 album covers and pick one to start!
Trippie Redd releases Deluxe Edition with Travis Barker
Following Lil Uzi Vert’s move, Trippie Redd releases a whole new collab album with Travis Barker of Blink-182 fame, placing it under a deluxe edition of his most recent album “Pegasus”- renaming it “Neon Shark Vs. Pegasus (Presented by Travis Barker)”. As the name implies, Travis Barker hits the production on 14 new tracks with features from Machine Gun Kelly, Zillakami, and blackbear. As Trap music continues to experiment with pop punk, Trippie Redd tries his hand at infusing the two. Oh yea, the project is 40 songs so if you haven’t heard the original, get ready.
Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats team up for UNLOCKED 1.5
Set to release 2/26, Florida-rapper Denzel Curry and prolific producer Kenny Beats are back with a continuation/remix album of the UNLOCKED series with a huge feature list including Robert Glasper, Smino, Arlo Parks, and Joey Bada$$ to name a few. Be on the look out for this release!
That’s it for this week, check in next week for some of the big news in Hip-Hop.