2018 JulyMad on Yas Island

YG, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Big Sean Team Up For Big Bank

Nicki steals the show with lyrics that suggest she’s dating Eminem

Four of the biggest names in hip hop have got together to produce a track that’s not only shaping up to be the sound of the summer, but will definitely be on rotation at the MAD Yas Island when our season starts again.

And the Mustard-produced track is already making headlines for Nicki Minaj’s apparent admission that she’s dating Eminem!

“Back to back Maybach, stack the Ms/ Told ’em I met Slim Shady, bag the M/ Once he go black, he’ll be back again/ Tell them hoes that it’s crunch time, abdomen,” raps the Chun-Li star on the track. However, she later insisted there was nothing going on between her and the Detroit rapper.

And following up Nicki’s headline-grabbing lyrics, Big Sean added his own timely message, rapping, “I’m a first generation millionaire/ I broke the curse of my family not having ****… I’m rare as affordable health care or going to wealth from welfare.”

Big Bank is set to appear on YG’s upcoming album Stay Dangerous, due out this summer.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang To Be Remade

Loud Records founder says Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) will be remade with new MCs

As far as seminal albums go, they don’t come more ground breaking than the 1993 Wu-Tang album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The album not only influenced modern hip hop and returned New York to a place of hip hop prominence, but also went platinum and influenced the likes of
Jay Z and The Notorious B.I.G.

And now it looks like the album could be getting the remake treatment after Loud Records founder, Steve Rifkind revealed on XXL, “We’re gonna make the album with nine MCs from today and each new MC will play a character in the original 36 Chambers.”

And Wu-Tang fans could be in for a treat as Rifkind also hinted that the group could be hitting the road for a “major tour” to mark the album’s 25th anniversary.

And if you’re wondering what happened to the Wu-Tang Clan’s legendary seventh album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, of which there is only one copy in existence; it’s currently in the hands of the US attorney’s office after its owner, Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison. Both Method Man and Ghostface Killah have made public pleas for the album’s return.

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Royce Da 5’9” Returns With His Seventh Album

Eminem reunites with his fellow Detroit rapper for new track, Caterpillar

Detroit’s back making hip hop headlines again this week, as Royce Da 5’9” releases his new album, with the first track featuring that other celebrated son of the city, Eminem.

Book Of Ryan, Royce’s seventh album, features Caterpillar, his track with his Bad Meets Evil partner, Eminem, which also guest stars King Green, for a tune that’s focused around butterfly metaphors and the notion of respect.

Rapping, ‘You’re looking at Atilla, the psychopathic killer, the caterpillar/ Don’t tell me when I’m supposed to rap until/ Especially when your favourite rapper ain’t even half as ill/ A savage still’, Eminem has also been back in the news this week after it was revealed that he had teamed up with Jay-Z to sue the beleaguered Weinstein Company for unpaid projects.

And in the video for Caterpillar, directed by James Larese, Royce has some advice for up and coming rappers, rapping, ‘Never let someone who’s not as smart as you/ Gas you up and tell you something you never knew/ Always stay professional/ You always gon’ make revenue/ Don’t let people next to you that don’t want what’s best for you.”

There’s also a bonus track version of the song included with the album, featuring Logic. 

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Five Legendary Hip Hop Labels

The labels behind some of the most iconic hip hop albums of all time

The original hip hop record labels were formed when mainstream labels couldn’t (or wouldn’t!) get their heads around the new emerging music and voice of black America. And as we at Mad on Yas Island are famous for our love of hip hop and R&B, this week we’re paying homage to the legendary labels that launched the sounds you get down to at the best club Abu Dhabi loves.

Ruff Ryders
The label was born in New York and championed hip-hop during the late ’90s. Founded by brothers Darrin ‘Dee’ Dean and Joaquin “Waah” Dean, they managed DMX and The L.O.X and went on to sign a distribution deal with Interscope Records.

Cold Chillin’
Created by Tyrone Williams, Cold Chillin’ released albums by Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Kool G. Rap and MC Shan. However, their release of Ice T’s Cop Killer meant Warner Bros. and Time Warner cut ties with the label leaving it to flounder and eventually close in 1998.

Bad Boy
Diddy’s label is responsible for some of the most famous albums in hip-hop history, including The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die and Life After Death.

Death Row
Started by Suge Knight in 1991, Death Row released Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in 1992 and Snoop Dogg’s mega-selling Doggystyle. They also famously signed 2 Pac in 1995. After many legal woes, and Suge’s stint in prison, the label filed for bankruptcy in 2006.

Cash Money
Bryan and Ronald Williams started Cash Money Records in 1991 and released No Limit. They followed up with Juvenile’s 400 Degreez and top selling albums by the Hot Boyz, B.G. and Lil Wayne. The latter’s Tha Carter albums, along with signings Drake and Nicki Minaj has made it one of the most successful independent hip-hop labels of today.

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Meek Mill Speaks Out after Prison Release

The Young & Getting’ It rapper says he wants to use his experience to help others

Last week, rapper Meek Mill was released from prison on bail after the Philadelphia Supreme Court issued an order overruling a previous decision by Judge Genece E. Brinkley, who had denied Williams’ bail just last week.

The 30-year-old rapper, real name Robert Rihmeek Williams, thanked a host of supporters, including Jay Z and his label, Roc Nation, after he was released and revealed it was a “culture shock” to be out.

However, despite his release, the rapper, who used to date Nicki Minaj, told NBC’s Dateline, “No, I don’t feel free. I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. I’m 30 now. And me, I pray. I believe God is my first lawyer, I always believed that. And, you know, I got a strong team behind me, I got a lot of support. There’s a lot of light shedded on my situation.”

Mills’ jail time stems from his arrest when he was 18 and for which he was put on probation. He was then arrested on five separate occasions for parole violation in 2008, 2012, 2013. 2015 and 2017.

And the rapper says he hopes to use his experience to help others, saying, “I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those [criminal justice reform] issues.” Adding, “I think God delivered me a job to help people, helping minorities that come from these situations like myself. I say, don’t show me no pity because this is my life. This is what I’ve been going through, and I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young black men.”

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