The Hip Hop Week In Review: Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Announce Pregnancy, Angel Haze & Azealia Banks Beef
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian revealed that they have a bun in the oven, while Angel Haze and Azealia Banks sparred. Lil Wayne got a new face tattoo.
This week, Kanye West made a special announcement during one of his shows at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Revel: that he and Kim Kardashian are expecting a baby. 'Ye, who celebrated New Year's Eve with Kardashian in Las Vegas, Nevada, also went on a rant about the Grammy Awards during one of his shows, and took the stage wearing unusual face masks. Meanwhile, things got ugly on Twitter after Angel Haze responded to Azealia Banks' tweet that rappers who aren't from New York shouldn't claim that they are. Insults were hurled, and diss songs were released. The war wages on. And finally, Lil Wayne got some new ink on his face, tattooing the word "Baked" across his forehead.
Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Announce Pregnancy
Looks like Blue Ivy Carter is going to have a playmate arriving within the next nine months. While performing at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Revel on New Year's Eve, Kanye West paused the show to make the announcement that he and Kim Kardashian are pregnant with their first child. "We couldn't be more excited," said Kardashian at a New Year's Eve party in Las Vegas, Nevada. "It's a new year, new beginnings. It's going to be a really fun year. I feel really content, calm and happy. I think it's gonna be amazing year and I wish that for everyone." While the baby announcement took the focus, 'Ye also received attention at his shows for wearing fashionable masks - one coated with feathers, the other encrusted with jewels - and slamming the Grammy Awards.
Azealia Banks & Angel Haze Beef, Take Issues Offline
Azealia Banks and Angel Haze got into it on Twitter this week, taking their spat offline with a trio of diss tracks. It all started when Haze interpreted Banks' tweets that artists who are not from New York can't claim New York as a direct sleight. Insults started to fly, with each rapper taking nasty swipes at one another. Haze called her a "charcoal skinned bitch," while Banks said that she was just expressing "her Azealia Banks jealousy." It got heated up when Haze dropped her diss track "On the Edge" that Banks claims was recorded in 2012, responding with her own song "No Problems." The fight continued on Twitter, and yesterday, Haze dropped the third and presumable final track in the diss series, "Shut the Fuck Up."
Lil Wayne Gets "Baked" With New Forehead Tattoo
Lil Wayne caused a bit of a stir this week after he added some new ink to his growing collection of tattoos. Weezy, who dropped a new track "Rich as Fuck" featuring 2 Chainz, headed to the tattoo shop to get the word "Baked" inscribed on his forehead, with each letter contained in a series of boxes. The tattoo was a hat-tip to skateboarding company Baker Skateboards, which uses the design as its logo. This marks yet another milestone in the YMCMB honcho's love for skateboarding. In fact, a few months back, he said that he would put Rap on the backburner to pursue his hobby full time. "I picked up the skateboard and I thought it would be a hobby, but it’s a lifestyle. You have to be fully committed. In order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle. What these young kids say right now, you have to be about that life. I guess I’m about that life," he said. “It’s kinda putting rap on the backburner, that’s all. Rap is a taking backseat to skating. That’s alright. But I kind of feel I deserve that. … I think fans deserve some peace from me."
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