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Terminally Ill Fan Passes Away Day After Meeting Eminem

Gage Garmo, who suffered from a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, passed away yesterday (January 12) in his home, a day after meeting Eminem.

“Family members told staffers at the Rainbow Connection that Garmo died early Monday evening — a day after the rapper fulfilled the 17-year-old’s last wish by visiting him at home in Rochester Hills,” The Detriot Free Press reports.

The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan-based charity organization, which connected the Detroit rapper with the teenager from Rochester Hills, Michigan.

“Since 1985 thousands of Michigan children with life threatening illnesses have experienced their most special dream come true,” according to Rainbow Connection’s website.

Garmo fought with cancer since his freshman year at Rochester High three years ago. When his situation grew dire, community members rallied on social media to make his final wish come true.

“[He] was given approximately one week to live by doctors and so friends, family, and Twitter users started spreading the hashtag #GetGageGarmoToMeetEminem,” HipHopDX reported yesterday.

Eminem made the 20-minute communte from his Michigan home to visit Garmo Sunday (January 11).

“We’re told Em was adamant he did not want the visit to become a media spectacle — and quietly arrived to Gage’s home around 5PM Sunday,” TMZ reports. “The two spent around an hour together — talking and hanging out. We’re told the whole thing meant a lot to Gage, who was in good spirits during the visit and after. “

A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for Garmo at his high school. Shady Records collaborator Royce Da 5’9 announced the Eminem appearance early Monday via Instagram.

“Mission accomplished,” Royce said. “God Bless this beautiful kid and thank you guys for all your hard work…”

Eminem’s latest project, 2014’s Shady XV was released in November to four out of five rating by HipHopDX.

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Kendrick Lamar Not A Top Five Lyricist, According to R.A. The Rugged Man

While speaking on Hip Hop past and present during an interview with Vlad TV, the conversation with R.A. The Rugged Man shifted to Compton, California rapper Kendrick Lamar. R.A. began to criticize today’s mainstream Hip Hop when he was asked about the TDE lyricist.

He then immediately shared his belief that Kendrick isn’t a top five lyricist. R.A. revealed that the rapper is a top five lyricist commercially and credited K-Dot’s success to the fact that he’s a good lyricist who happens to have the backing of Interscope Records.

The Long Island, New York rapper later added that King Los, Locksmith, and Elzhi are three artists who are better lyrically than Kendrick.

I don’t think Kendrick is a top five lyricist, R.A. The Rugged Man said. I don’t think he is. I think he’s a top five lyricist in a commercial market. I think Kendrick is a very good lyricist, but I believe the reason he’s so respected is because he has the Interscope machine behind him. And when you’re actually marketing a real lyricist” It’s refreshing to hear a real lyricist. Then they put you on the top. In my opinion, I think there’s a lot of rappers that can slice up Kendrick. I don’t think Kendrick is the best. I think Locksmith will slice him up. I think Elzhi will slice him up. I even think King Los will slice him up. Those are just off the head real quick.

Prior to speaking on Kendrick, R.A. The Rugged Man revealed that there is great Hip Hop being made today, but stated that there isn’t an artist out today who’s capable of impacting the culture as much as an artist like Rakim.

There’s great Hip Hop being made, he said. When you go to the whole My era’s better than this era and this era and that era, I understand it. Because when you come from an era of 88. With Rakim, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, that era is an untouchable, golden era. It is a climax. So, I went through the 90s spoiled cause I came up on these guys. Even in the 90s I was like Yeah, Q-Tip’s dope, Tribe’s dope, but they can’t fuck with Kane and Rakim. I was even doing that in the 90s.So, today I don’t think there’s a lyricist making an impact or impacting the culture as much as like Rakim did when he dropped. But I think there’s a lot of lyrical dudes doing a lot of lyrical shit that’s very impressive.

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Rap Genius Reveals Most Viewed Artists In 2014 List

Without releasing an album last year, Drake still managed to be the most viewed artist on Rap Genius.

The Hip Hop-focused lyric archive recently compiled a list of 2014’s most-viewed artists and the most-viewed songs on the site.

Drake topped the artist rankings despite only delivering a handful of songs throughout the year. Just three of the seven artists in the Top 10 released albums during 2014: Eminem, Childish Gambino and J.Cole.

There were similar occurrences in the most viewed songs of the year category. Beyonce and Jay Z’s “Drunk in Love” anthem received the most views for its lyrics, followed by Eminem’s “Rap God.”

The explicit content from Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nigga” has been viewed more than 3,000,000 times since its debut in July 2014. “Hot Nigga” was the third most-viewed song of the year.

Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle” came in at #4, making it the second most viewed song that was released in 2014.

Hip Hop’s off year saw an 11 percent decline in album sales and the genre was excluded from the Top 10 best-selling albums list.

Check out the Top 10 most viewed songs of 2014 and top 10 most viewed artists below:

Most Viewed Songs in 2014
Beyonce ft Jay Z – Drunk In Love
Eminem – Rap God
Bobby Shmurda – Hot Nigga
Rich Gang – Lifestyle
Beyonce – “Partition”
Drake – 0-100/The Catch Up
Lil Wayne ft. Drake – Believe Me
The Weeknd ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Wiz Khalifa- Or Nah Remix
Kendrick Lamar ft. MC Eiht – m.A.A.d city
Big Sean ft. E-40 – I Don’t Fuck With You
Most Viewed Artists in 2014
Drake
Eminem
Beyonce
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Childish Gambino
Jay Z
Lil Wayne
J. Cole
The Weeknd

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Christina Milian Addresses Lil Wayne & Baby Rift

With news of a rift between Lil Wayne and Baby tearing apart the Young Money camp late in 2014, the prospects for the release of the New Orleans rapper’s Carter V are still at stake as the label looks ahead to 2015.

Offering up her own take on the divide, fellow Young Money artist Christina Milian chimed in when asked by the Hollywood Reporter about the situation on the red carpet for the recent premiere of the TV series Empire.

“It’s a little difficult,” she said. “I’m on the same record label. I’m on Young Money, so it’s a little difficult when it comes to business. I understand the circumstance for all of them. I think everyone’s trying to work it out and I wish the best. Honestly it’s been an empire that has been built between Baby and with Lil Wayne. You can only hope for the best and big things for the both of them, that they continue this grind that they have. They basically paved the way for people like myself having the opportunity to become successful. I pray it all works out. I know he prays the same thing, nothing but the best.”

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Hip Hop Week In Review: Nicki Minaj, Game, 50 Cent

This week’s top headlines include a former KKK leader criticizing Nicki Minaj and the Hip Hop and music industry at large. Game responds to a fan’s question about a possible reunion with 50 Cent but says it’ll never happen because they’re “sworn enemies.”

Meanwhile, Rich Homie Quan says he spoke with Birdman about his current Lil Wayne rift, Complex curates a list of the best rapper for every year since 1979, and Migos addresses their Chief Keef Beef.

Former KKK Leader David Duke Takes Aim At Nicki Minaj
In an online broadcast that has been covered by the likes of Time and The Guardian for its takedown of currently scandalized politician Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, makes direct mention of rapper Nicki Minaj and calls into question the morality of her music.

Why do people blame blacks like Minaj he asked. Because Minaj wouldn’t be a pimple on somebody’s rear end except for the fact that she is promoted by the Jewish record producers and the media, the mass media, the powerful media, that promotes absolute degenerates like her.

Earlier in the show, Duke took aim at Gangster Rap as a whole, saying eventually, “Rap music is not something that Blacks were really responsible for, it was the Jewish record producers who promoted this degenerate and sick music.”

Read the full story here – http://bit.ly/1Kw6YUI

Game Says He’s Sworn Enemies With 50 Cent In Response To Questions About Possible Reunion
After years of speculation that the two rappers could possibly reunite on stage or in the booth, Game responded to a fan on Instagram about the possibility of squashing his beef with 50 Cent and performing some of their collaborations on stage.

In a recent Instagram exchange captured by The Shade Room, Game wrote that the reunion would “sell out every fuckin venue in the world & shut everything in hip hop down” if not for their permanent rift.

“But we sworn enemies so it ain’t gone happen,” he added with the hashtag #SomeShitJustIsWhatItIsBlood.

Read the full story here – http://bit.ly/1AGX6V6

Rich Homie Quan Says He Spoke With Birdman About Lil Wayne, YMCMB
Recently sitting down with Vlad TV, Rich Gang’s Rich Homie Quan was asked if he knew anything about the situation. He confirmed that he did but said it’s between Birdman and Weezy.

“Me and Birdman talked about [Lil Wayne’s] situation but I’m not going to put y’all onto their business or whatnot,” he said.

“We had words about it. Other than that we can’t do nothing but move forward… I’ve got nothing but respect for Wayne he’s still my big brother regardless. Bird’s still my uncle regardless.”

Read the rest of the story here – http://bit.ly/14GoDsC

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The rapper Instagrammed these photos from the bedroom of his Los Angeles mansion where it seems like he throws shots even in his dreams.

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Pro Era’s A La $ole And Brown Bag Allstar’s J57 Announce Collaborative Album

Brooklyn-based independent label Coalmine Records has announced the signings of emcee A La $ole and emcee/producer J57 and projected a mid-March delivery for their collaborative album.

Brooklyn’s A La $ole was on both Pro Era’s Peep: The Aprocalypse and The Shift.

Long Island’s J57 has produced for Skyzoo, Nitty Scott and Rapper Big Pooh.

“I first heard of J57 when Joey Bada$$ first cut that Big Poppa $wank (Swank Rock) record,A La $ole said of his initial exposure to the producer’s work. It sent me back to when I first discovered my love for music, so I was instantly amazed by the production. Ever since then I wanted to work with him and now it’s actually mind-boggling that we are now putting together this masterpiece.

“I’ve been down with/working with Joey Bada$$ for a couple of years and steadily watching the Pro Era movement,J57 said. A La $ole was the next Pro I wanted to work with because he’s a phenomenal lyricist. The project came together organically due to our mutual respect for each other’s craft. I know A La will be the next big thing and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

The album is untitled at present, and the release date has not been confirmed, save for a projected mid-March delivery,per Coalmine Records CEO Matt Diamond.

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