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Bailey Jay, Baller Alert, and Billboard: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: T.l. Released King' 12 Years Ago @balleralert TI,KING Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: T.I. Released ‘King’ 12 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 12 years ago today, T.I. released his fourth album ‘King’ on Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Featuring production from some hip-hop heavy hitters such as Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, and The Neptunes, ‘King’ quickly took the Atlanta native's career to new heights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Released alongside the film “ATL,” where T.I. made his feature film debut as the main character, the album served as the soundtrack for the film. Not only did it represent T.I.’s career elevating to new levels, but it also showed that he could develop a more mainstream hip-hop sound, without losing his thug persona, and still reign supreme. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with over 522,000 copies sold in the first week. The album also included two hit singles that had major chart success with "What You Know" and "Why You Wanna". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ By the end of the year, multiple publications like Pitchfork had dubbed the album one of the top albums of the year.
Bailey Jay, Baller Alert, and Billboard: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop:
 T.l. Released King' 12 Years
 Ago
 @balleralert
 TI,KING
Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: T.I. Released ‘King’ 12 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 12 years ago today, T.I. released his fourth album ‘King’ on Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Featuring production from some hip-hop heavy hitters such as Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, and The Neptunes, ‘King’ quickly took the Atlanta native's career to new heights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Released alongside the film “ATL,” where T.I. made his feature film debut as the main character, the album served as the soundtrack for the film. Not only did it represent T.I.’s career elevating to new levels, but it also showed that he could develop a more mainstream hip-hop sound, without losing his thug persona, and still reign supreme. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with over 522,000 copies sold in the first week. The album also included two hit singles that had major chart success with "What You Know" and "Why You Wanna". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ By the end of the year, multiple publications like Pitchfork had dubbed the album one of the top albums of the year.

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: T.I. Released ‘King’ 12 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 12 years ago today, T.I. released h...

Bad, Baller Alert, and Bone Thugs N Harmony: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: Notorious B.I.G Released Final Album 'Life After Death' 21 Years Ago @balleralert THE NOTORIO US B.. G Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Notorious B.I.G Released Final Album ‘Life After Death’ 21 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On March 25, 1997, Notorious B.I.G released his second and final album, ‘Life After Death’ on Bad Boy Records and Arista Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Released as a double album, Biggie’s final body of work was released after his death on March 9, 1997. The album features collaborations from artists like Lil' Kim, Mase, 112, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Puff Daddy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Similar to his first album ‘Ready to Die’, the album was full of Biggie’s charismatic, Brooklyn swagger. The album also included a number of club bangers such as “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money, Mo Problems”. Many would say that the album was a great body of work to represent Biggie’s lasting legacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album earned Biggie multiple Grammy nominations in 1998 for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for the single "Hypnotize", and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the single "Mo Money Mo Problems".
Bad, Baller Alert, and Bone Thugs N Harmony: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop:
 Notorious B.I.G Released Final Album
 'Life After Death' 21 Years Ago
 @balleralert
 THE NOTORIO US B.. G
Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Notorious B.I.G Released Final Album ‘Life After Death’ 21 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On March 25, 1997, Notorious B.I.G released his second and final album, ‘Life After Death’ on Bad Boy Records and Arista Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Released as a double album, Biggie’s final body of work was released after his death on March 9, 1997. The album features collaborations from artists like Lil' Kim, Mase, 112, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Puff Daddy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Similar to his first album ‘Ready to Die’, the album was full of Biggie’s charismatic, Brooklyn swagger. The album also included a number of club bangers such as “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money, Mo Problems”. Many would say that the album was a great body of work to represent Biggie’s lasting legacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album earned Biggie multiple Grammy nominations in 1998 for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for the single "Hypnotize", and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the single "Mo Money Mo Problems".

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Notorious B.I.G Released Final Album ‘Life After Death’ 21 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ...

Beyonce, Crime, and Definitely: Lil Xan Confronted By Angry Tupac Fans After Calling The Legend's Music Boring; Cops Escort Him To Safety @balleralert 32 Lil Xan Confronted By Angry Tupac Fans After Calling The Legend’s Music Boring; Cops Escort Him To Safety - blogged by @msJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In music, an unpopular opinion is neither respected or accepted, especially when it comes to musical legends such as Biggie, Tupac, and Beyoncé. (With the latter being absolutely off-limits) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But, California-bred rapper LilXan learned that the hard way when he rated Tupac a “2” out of 10 and called his music boring. His comments initiated a call for his banishment from hip-hop, which in turn prompted the rapper to clarify his statements. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “For real, I gotta tell you something. The media twisted my words,” he said. “I think Tupac is a legend. Tupac is definitely a legend. Tupac a legend, they just twist your words. They want you to hate me. Don’t hate me.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, saying it three times did not convince angry Tupac fans, who tried to press him in his hometown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to a police report obtained by TMZ, a group of high schoolers confronted the rapper at a Del Taco in Redlands, California over his comments about the late rapper. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although the incident didn’t escalate to violence, there was a bit of hostility that prompted the rapper to run for cover until an officer picked him up and took him to his car. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, TMZ says the group was gathered for a possible girl fight, so the rapper may have got caught in the middle of the chaos. But, no crime was committed against him, the publication reports. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the meantime, can we discuss the resemblance between Lil Xan and Carl Gallagher from ‘Shameless’?
Beyonce, Crime, and Definitely: Lil Xan Confronted By Angry Tupac Fans
 After Calling The Legend's Music Boring;
 Cops Escort Him To Safety
 @balleralert
 32
Lil Xan Confronted By Angry Tupac Fans After Calling The Legend’s Music Boring; Cops Escort Him To Safety - blogged by @msJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In music, an unpopular opinion is neither respected or accepted, especially when it comes to musical legends such as Biggie, Tupac, and Beyoncé. (With the latter being absolutely off-limits) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But, California-bred rapper LilXan learned that the hard way when he rated Tupac a “2” out of 10 and called his music boring. His comments initiated a call for his banishment from hip-hop, which in turn prompted the rapper to clarify his statements. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “For real, I gotta tell you something. The media twisted my words,” he said. “I think Tupac is a legend. Tupac is definitely a legend. Tupac a legend, they just twist your words. They want you to hate me. Don’t hate me.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, saying it three times did not convince angry Tupac fans, who tried to press him in his hometown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to a police report obtained by TMZ, a group of high schoolers confronted the rapper at a Del Taco in Redlands, California over his comments about the late rapper. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although the incident didn’t escalate to violence, there was a bit of hostility that prompted the rapper to run for cover until an officer picked him up and took him to his car. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, TMZ says the group was gathered for a possible girl fight, so the rapper may have got caught in the middle of the chaos. But, no crime was committed against him, the publication reports. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the meantime, can we discuss the resemblance between Lil Xan and Carl Gallagher from ‘Shameless’?

Lil Xan Confronted By Angry Tupac Fans After Calling The Legend’s Music Boring; Cops Escort Him To Safety - blogged by @msJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I...

Friday, Memes, and New York: BET Is Bringina Back Freestyle Fridays @balleralert 106 & PARK FREESTYLE ★FRIDAY★ BET Is Bringing Back Freestyle Fridays - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV (swipe) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BET is about to make your Fridays a little more lyrical because they’re bringing back FreestyleFridays! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BET is giving the beloved, old-school segment from BET’s 106&Park a whole new spin. BET Networks and YouTube are kicking off a worldwide interactive, video upload search for the most talented artists. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The search will start in a non-stop live stream battle at the YouTube studios in four cities: New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and London. There, rappers will have to select one of three beats to rap off in 60 seconds or less. DJs will select a finalist from each city to be in a top 10 pick. The rapper who is voted for the most by the DJs will take the crown as the winner of their city for Freestyle Friday. The four winners will then be flown to LA to compete and be judged by celebrity judges at the Fan Fest stage at the BET Experience. The rapper who wins will go on to be the opening act for the BET hip-hop show at the Staple Center on June 23. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The contest started March 16, and all interested rappers have to do is first subscribe to the BET Networks YouTube channel, and then post a video of themselves rapping using the hashtag FreestyleFridayBET. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May the best rapper win!
Friday, Memes, and New York: BET Is Bringina Back
 Freestyle Fridays
 @balleralert
 106
 & PARK
 FREESTYLE
 ★FRIDAY★
BET Is Bringing Back Freestyle Fridays - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV (swipe) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BET is about to make your Fridays a little more lyrical because they’re bringing back FreestyleFridays! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BET is giving the beloved, old-school segment from BET’s 106&Park a whole new spin. BET Networks and YouTube are kicking off a worldwide interactive, video upload search for the most talented artists. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The search will start in a non-stop live stream battle at the YouTube studios in four cities: New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and London. There, rappers will have to select one of three beats to rap off in 60 seconds or less. DJs will select a finalist from each city to be in a top 10 pick. The rapper who is voted for the most by the DJs will take the crown as the winner of their city for Freestyle Friday. The four winners will then be flown to LA to compete and be judged by celebrity judges at the Fan Fest stage at the BET Experience. The rapper who wins will go on to be the opening act for the BET hip-hop show at the Staple Center on June 23. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The contest started March 16, and all interested rappers have to do is first subscribe to the BET Networks YouTube channel, and then post a video of themselves rapping using the hashtag FreestyleFridayBET. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May the best rapper win!

BET Is Bringing Back Freestyle Fridays - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV (swipe) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BET is about to make your Fridays a little ...

Anaconda, Baller Alert, and Billboard: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: 10th Anniversary of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop 09 @balleralert WAYNE THA CARTER Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 10th Anniversary of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop”-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Ten years ago today, Lil Wayne released his smash single “Lollipop” from his sixth album, ‘Tha Carter III’. The song features the late rapper Static Major, with production by Deezle and Jim Jonsin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With his heavy auto-tuned flow, Wayne and Static created a hit that took the world by the storm. Literally, everywhere you turned, the song was live and in effect. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ To no surprise, it became of one Lil Wayne's and Static Major's most successful singles, spending five non-consecutive weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Unfortunately, Major did not live to the see the song’s success, as he died almost two weeks before song’s release. However, the song does go down in history as the eighth song to hit number one after the death of a credited artist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The single became certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA with five million units sold in the United States. It also went on to receive multiple acknowledgments such as the number one hip-hop song of 2008 by MTV and number five on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.
Anaconda, Baller Alert, and Billboard: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop:
 10th Anniversary of Lil Wayne's
 "Lollipop
 09
 @balleralert
 WAYNE
 THA CARTER
Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 10th Anniversary of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop”-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Ten years ago today, Lil Wayne released his smash single “Lollipop” from his sixth album, ‘Tha Carter III’. The song features the late rapper Static Major, with production by Deezle and Jim Jonsin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With his heavy auto-tuned flow, Wayne and Static created a hit that took the world by the storm. Literally, everywhere you turned, the song was live and in effect. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ To no surprise, it became of one Lil Wayne's and Static Major's most successful singles, spending five non-consecutive weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Unfortunately, Major did not live to the see the song’s success, as he died almost two weeks before song’s release. However, the song does go down in history as the eighth song to hit number one after the death of a credited artist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The single became certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA with five million units sold in the United States. It also went on to receive multiple acknowledgments such as the number one hip-hop song of 2008 by MTV and number five on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 10th Anniversary of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop”-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Ten years ago today, Lil W...