For his part, 21 Savage managed to completely slaughter one rap legend while praising another. On the song “Many Men” (a pseudo remake of 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ cut), The Snowman got his rep lyrically melted when 21 spit, “Need a bad girl like RiRi (Yeah, yeah)/We don’t pump fake, we kill beef (21)/21 Savage, not Jeezy (Pussy).”
Although the motive from the sniper shot is unclear, expect both parties to address the incident in interviews in the near future.
To pile onto the melee, guest narrator Morgan Freeman obviously had no qualms reciting all his lines, no matter how greasy or street coded. This includes the interlude “Snitches & Rats,” whose title instantly evokes thoughts of Tekashi 6ix9ine thanks to the sensationalism he’s brought 2020.
“Snitches and rats are not the same thing,” the Academy Award winner sternly warned on the LP. “A ‘rat’ is a traitor, a conceiver, planner or physical participator/He doesn’t sell secrets for power or cash, he betrays the trust of his team or his family hoping to save his own cowardly ass/The difference is, at least a snitch is human, but a rat is a fuckin’ rat, period.”
“I see y’all talking about this ‘Snitches & Rats’ song like a 6ix9ine diss song or some shit,” 21 exclaimed during an October 2 Instagram livestream. “Man, 6ix9ine ain’t the only rat in America. He’s not the only snitch in the world, man. Fuck wrong with y’all? Y’all need to listen to that shit though ’cause that shit’s facts. A rat is a fucking rat. Period.”
Stream Savage Mode 2 above. It’s already one of 2020’s most dissected projects.
Dr. Dre’s $1B Divorce Sways In His Favor
When a billion dollars is on the line in divorce, you can bet your ass the interest in the story is as great as the interest collected on such an alimony payment. Thankfully for Dr. Dre, Hip Hop’s greatest superproducer, a California judge ruled in favor of him keeping his massive empire, ownership of his stage name and rights to his debut album The Chronic.
After several acrimonious demands in court, a judge denied Dre’s estranged wife’s Nicole Young’s accelerated for $5 million to cover her lawyer fees and $2 million per month in temporary spousal support on October 1.
The divorcing couple has been married for over 24 years and have three children together. One of those children, Truly, took longtime Dre affiliates 50 Cent and Xzibit to task for their public comments on the split.
Megan Thee Stallion Has H-Town Heat For Daniel Cameron On SNL
Of all the rappers who’ve had prominent 2020s career-wise, Megan Thee Stallion’s name is brimming towards the top of the list. From nabbing a pair of Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits (one which is a serious record-breaker) to covering TIME magazine to being a staple on TikTok to being involved with whatever allegedly transpired between her and Tory Lanez, the crossover avenues have been plentiful.
Perhaps it was the latter incident — where she allegedly was shot by Tory Lanez — that fueled the bulk of her appearance of SNL for the Chris Rock-hosted premiere of its 46th season on Saturday (October 4).
While performing her other chart-topping hit “Savage,” she took a detour towards political matters, emphatically reminding viewers Black Lives Matter with flashes of “Protect Black women,” Malcolm X soundbites and a much harsher message for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who confidently declared the officers who killed Breonna Taylor were “justified” in their actions on September 23.
“Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout negroes that sold our people into slavery,” the back screen also read along with audio from activist Tamika Mallory, the quote’s attributor.
“We need to protect our Black women and love our Black women because at the end of the day, we need our Black women,” Megan said during the performance. “We need to protect our Black men and stand up for our Black men because at the end of the day, we tired of seeing hashtags of our Black men.”