Some news beats bubbling out on the East Coast. The Verzuz series on Instagram started by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland pits hitmakers against each other and sees them go tooth for tooth, artistically speaking. Recently Usher faced some Barbz wrath because of it. Now DMX and Eminem have been caught up in the storm.
Norega had earlier hinted Eminem might be keen on getting a rap battle on with his ex-collaborator DMX. He made an Instagram post and captioned it, “This moment is so Legend 3 minutes before this @therealswizzz CALLS X and says Eminem is down for that smoke.” He is seen in the picture with DMX as he says, “and X SAY HE CAN GET BUT I STILL WANT JAY HAHA SO CLASSIC BEHIND THE SCENES SHIT SORRY IF I WASNT POST TO SAY NOTHING but I had to DMX VS SLIM SHADY??? What y’all think??? I’m riding wit the DOG!!!”
Now a footage has been revealed of a phone call between DMX and Swizz Beatz that shows DMX on the phone.
DMX is heard saying “What about Em? Em don’t want it. Em don’t want it. I’d rather go for, you know, my arch-nemesis [Jay-Z]. He don’t gotta come outside, n***a, it’s in the house! You saying he don’t want to face me and play some records?” Swizz can be heard remarking that it’s a celebration, furthering X’s logic. “We celebrating music, and he got some hits too. He can play ‘Money Cash Hoes,’ I can play ‘Money Cash Hoes.’ Make it happen.”
By: Nupur Saraswat
Lana Del Rey Slams Haters; Mentions Beyonce, Ariana Grande, and More
by Ahalya Narayanan - 21.05.2020First Published 21,May 2020, 3:04 PM
Alt pop singer-songwriter, Lana Del Rey, took to her Instagram to speak out against the modern-day critique of her lyricism and songwriting. Making it very clear where she stands, the singer holds no bars in a post that she has titled: ‘Question for the culture’.
Lana Del Rey has long been described as the manic pixie dream girl of music. And while some audiences love and relate to her style of music, and have heralded her as one of the foremost female songwriters in the industry today, many have criticised her for “glamorising abuse”.
Lana Del Rey made it big with songs like “Blue Jeans”, “Young and Beautiful” and “National Anthem”, carving a niche space for herself in commercial music defined by the melancholia, tragic romance and nostalgia reminiscent of the Americana sound. Throughout her career, she has been dragged for writing her truth and in her Instagram post earlier today, she’s finally laid it bare.
Calling the names of her peers – Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello, Doja Cat, Cardi B, Beyonce and Kehlani among others, Lana Del Rey calls out the hypocrisy of pop music as it stands today, saying: “Now that (they’ve) had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f**king, cheating, etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorising abuse??????”.
Referring to some of pop music’s biggest female stars, and songs like “My Oh My”, “Say So”, and “Side to Side”, Lana Del Rey points out that all the songs reaching No. 1 have to do with ideas of expression, just like hers. She further states: “Let this be clear, I’m not a feminist – but there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me – the kind of woman who says no but men hear yes – the kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, The kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.”
Ending the post on a positive note, Lana Del Rey has confirmed the news – her new album will release on the 5th of September.
And while Lana Del Rey trends at No. 1 on Twitter, garnering attention for her words, many are raising their objections with the fact that she has labelled herself “not a feminist”. Comments against her point of privilege when remarking that she “has paved the way” have also surfaced.
In any case, we’ve all been warned against the narrowness and hypocrisy that threatens the voice of women world over. If modern-day critique is about facilitating all expression, this piece by Lana Del Rey has brought to light the facade of inclusivity in pop music today.
By: Ahalya Narayanan
Doja Cat Remixed Weeknd’s ‘In Your Eyes’, Listen
by Nupur Saraswat - 21.05.2020First Published 21,May 2020, 3:01 PM
Its been only days since Pitchfork declared Doja Catthe indisputable queen of Tik Tok, saying her reign is unimpeachable.
Now Doja Cat is back in the news for having remixed The Weeknd’s ‘In Your Eyes’ and giving it her own special touch.
In the song’s remix we see the rapper singing in her melodic voice and giving us a side of her that that matches the pain and romantic love that Weeknd brings out with the original ‘In Your Eyes’.
After a very quick intro, she only comes in at the second verse in the song and adds, “I never lied when I cried for you / And I know you cried, too (Know you cried, too).”
And gradually the OG Doja Cat we know and love comes out giving us her own stylings when she comes in to rap “One day, I’m giving you space / And the next day, you’re giving me faces / And I like parties, not displaces / Comin’ out of my bag for you to get wasted”
Yup, this is a whole new sassy spin on things, and we are here for it!
Many other songs from ‘After Hours’ have been remixed by other artists like Lil Uzi Vert, Chromatics, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Major Lazer. This is a latest edition in the list.
Doja Cat also went up to No. 1 on the Billboards this week with Nicki Minaj with a whole different remix. ‘Say So’ was rapped on by Nicki and the duo made headlines.
What a week for Doja Cat, and what a month for remixes indeed!