Issue 110

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On Pusha T's latest solo album, Daytona, the Bronx-born rapper took aim at Drake, accusing him of having a ghostwriter. Drake responded to the charge, heard on the track 'Infrared', within 24 hours with 'Duppy Freestyle', also sending an invoice to Pusha for "promotional assistance and career-reviving." The beef appeared over, or at least the result seemed secured. A few days later, however, Pusha replied with 'The Story of Adi- don', a visceral reveal of Drake's secret child, his identity issues and his relationship with his father. From the jaws of defeat, Pusha snatched victory, but as we've now learnt from the feud, it's not over until it's over, and nobody quite knows if it's over. Rumours of an imminent Drake reply have been circling since Pusha's reply, but in the meantime, little has been said by either party, with J Prince (CEO of Rap-a-Lot Records and a universally recognised OG) reportedly telling Drake not to reply, the only solid news from the beef in the last few days. In the canon of hip hop head-to-heads it has been an enjoy- able and far more even one than some of the respective rivals' previous – think Meek. Another enjoyable feature of the beef, and particularly the interval, is that it will have given cause for people to go back and listen to the discographies of each artist. Drake's is well known, but Pusha's is less so, having only dropped his first solo album in October 2013 at the age of 36. Before signing to Kanye's GOOD music record label in 2010, Pusha constituted one half of the legendary Clipse, alongside his brother No Malice. The duo produced three studio albums, each one bearing the heavy influence of their Virginia sur- roundings (the pair moved there as children). Pharrell and his Neptunes production team worked on every album, producing hit after hit to complement Pusha and No Malice's southern styling. The pair decided to focus on their solo work in 2010 but promised to eventually return to the studio together and work on a fourth release. With Pusha riding the crest of a wave and its attendant fame, a new project could be on its way soon. Until then hip jop fans should take a moment to appreciate the body of work that precedes it. PLAYLIST The Dirt Maztek & Aeph Hold Your Colour (Noisia Remix) Pendulum Timeless Maztek If You Abis The hip hop & rnb in our playlist this month Having released the chart hit 'Rihanna' last year and followed it up with a string a successful singles Yxng Bane returns with has latest offering, 'Vroom'. If you happen to be an up and coming hip-hop artist, you might not want to plan any gigs in China for the foreseeable future, as the country has just issued a nationwide ban on hip-hop culture. GUESTLIST RECOMMENDS: YXNG BANE CONTINUES FOR RUN OF FORM ON LATEST CUT 'VROOM' The State Administration of Press, of the People's Republic of China, the country 's top media regulator, issued a policy stating television programmes cannot depict hip-hop related culture, sub-culture, and tattoos. Gao Changli, director of the administration's publicity department, issued rules clarifying how the specific aspects of hip-hop are now prohibited in China: Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble. Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar and obscene. Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class WTF? More at The playful, up-tempo track continues the London artist's successful run and has all the makings of a smash that could be climbing the charts in the coming weeks and months. The track features production from Team Salut and has Yxng Bane floating over Arforap production that has been ruling the UK for the past year. Bane doesn't disappoint either, giving fans an insight into his lifestyle. It safe to say Yxng bane is living his life to the fullest at the moment and it seems to be helping him create some incredible music. Be sure to watch this space and expect Yxng bane to continue the remainder of the year in this fashion, dropping more singles and hopefully a full-length project before the year is out. NEWS: CHINA BANS HIP HOP FROM TELEVISION HIP HOP LEGEND: CLIPSE 34 ISSUE 110 / 2018 HIP HOP & RNB

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