In a red-carpet interview with MTV News, No I.D. & Malik Yusef address the Chief Keef/Lupe Fiascotwitter battle that happened on that day and the state of the Chicago hip hop scene as a whole. Both share great perspectives, with Malik stressing that Chief Keef is sharing his experience and that he grew up around a similar lifestyle at his age, and No I.D. talking about the big picture of lives at stake and that this goes beyond rap. This is a nice video and another positive piece to help improve things within our city.
Meanwhile, as far as a 'beef' between Chief Keef & Lupe, Lupe has been making clear, and once again last night at a live show, that there is no beef as he shouted out Chief Keef. I don't think anything will escalate; if anything, I can see Lupe talking more in depth about the situation and putting a positive perspective on it. So I doubt the story is going to go away completely, but it'll be all positive going forward.
The September 18th push back that was rumored is now confirmed. The plus side: the reason for the delay, according to Malik Yusef, is that 4 additional features are being added, with one of them being Mighty Mos Def, a.k.a. yasiin bey. For additional features, I can wait a couple more weeks, especially if they're on the level of Mos. And technically, September 18th is still summer... hah! (shouts 2 FSD).
EDIT: I have a sneaky feeling that G.O.O.D. might do the September 6th, post-VMAs iTunes only drop. No sources, no leads, just a suspicion. Feels like that's just the cool way to drop an album now (see: Watch The Throne and Channel Orange). In a related note: it is pretty cool.
Continuing our exclusive coverage of Nike Basketball's 'Basketball Never Stops' event at the United Center is a performance an interview with Chicago's own: Malik Yusef! No doubt you're familiar with Malik even if you're not familiar... he has been featured on many of Kanye West's albums and has collaborated with the whole original G.O.O.D. Music camp and more throughout the years. His powerful spoken word poetry has won Chicago Music Awards and Truth Awards for Spoken Word Artist of the Year and above, you can watch him kick off the event with an amazing, basketball themed poem on... well... life.
In addition to the chilling performance, keep it locked for a fun and informative interview with Jen DeLeon as Malik mentions he's working on Kanye's next solo album on the heels of Watch The Throne, and some upcoming charity work that we'll see in the near future. Plus, Malik even does some dancing and joking around throughout. It's a nice mix of thought-provoking words and good entertainment so check out the video above!