The Hip Hop Week In Review: Ice Cube On "Detox," Big K.R.I.T. Talks "4Eva N A Day," Remembering The Notorious B.I.G.
Ice Cube explained why he thinks Dr. Dre's "Detox" has been pushed back, while Big K.R.I.T. speaks on creative freedom at Def Jam. Hip Hop remembered the late The Notorious B.I.G.
This week, Ice Cube did the media rounds, explaining why he thinks Dr. Dre has taken years to release Detox and revealing that Chris Tucker is in talks for the fourth installment in the Friday series. Big K.R.I.T. spoke with HipHopDX about his intentions with "Handwriting," explaining that he's not referring to Def Jam in particular and that it could be directed towards any of the labels to which he's been signed. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s passing, HipHopDX showed love for Big Poppa with a roundtable discussing his impact and legacy, while Hip Hop spread love for Christopher Wallace elsewhere.
Ice Cube Explains Dr. Dre’s Detox Delay, Talks Friday Sequel
This week, Ice Cube did the media rounds to promote his upcoming movie 21 Jump Street. During an interview on “Sway in the Morning,” the West Coast veteran addressed why he thinks Dr. Dre is taking so long to release his oft-delayed third album Detox, explaining that it’s because he’s focused on other ventures. “Honestly? Them headphones are selling, selling, selling. What would you rather sell somebody: $300 headphones, or a $10 tape?" he said. Cube also talked about the fourth Friday film, stating that Chris Tucker is in talks to reprise the role of Smokey, while he also noted that N.W.A. is involved in the upcoming biopic about their lives. He finally broke his silence on what day he was talking about on “It Was A Good Day,” stating that fans will never pinpoint the exact date.
Big K.R.I.T. Clarifies Intentions With “Handwriting”
Fresh on the heels of his latest mixtape 4Eva N A Day’s release, Big K.R.I.T. chopped it up with HipHopDX about a slew of topics, touching on which label he was discussing on “Handwriting.” The Def Jam signee was quick to clarify that he was not talking about the house that Russell built in particular, but that it could have been any other label to which he’s been signed. In fact, he said that he hasn’t faced any pressure to deliver any particular type of club record and feels at ease with his creative freedom. Read the full interview here.
Hip Hop Spreads Love For The 15th Anniversary Of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Death
Marking the 15th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death, Hip Hop showed love for Big Poppa this week. In addition to DX editors holding a roundtable about Big, Too Short spoke with HipHopDX, likening his collaborations with Big as “playing on the all-star team or the Olympics or something.” Biggie’s daughter and mother, Jan Jackson and Tyanna Wallace, reflected on their fallen family member, while “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)” producer Jiv Pos chopped it up with DX about producing the classic cut. Similarly, Ski Beatz recalled missing an opportunity to hit the studio with Christopher Wallace, DJ Evil Dee talked about B.I.G. getting booed off stage, Chuck D said that suing him was “stupid” and Lil’ Cease reflected on his legacy. Former LAPD Detective Greg Kading named the man he believes killed Big, while Sway Calloway released a video from his interview on “The Wake Up Show.”
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