HIPHOPDX – This week in Hip Hop, Scarface confirmed he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in an interview with fellow Geto Boys member Willie D. Also, D-Nice started an Instagram Live party movement and brought in 100,000 people’s attention with his virtual “Club Quarantine.” Lastly, Childish Gambino returned with his fourth studio album 3.15.20.
Scarface Details His Coronavirus Ordeal To Willie D
This week, Scarface became the latest celebrity to announce his COVID-19 diagnosis. During a chat with Willie D, he revealed he’d suffered a fever, vomiting and sore throat for weeks before finally being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“This whole three weeks has been an ordeal,” Scarface told his fellow Geto Boy member. “It’s the craziest shit I’ve ever done and seen in my life. Like I’ve been to the point where I just felt like I was gonna die, bro.”
Furthermore, the Houston-bred rapper is also dealing with kidney issues, which doctors haven’t been able to treat him while he’s in quarantine.
“I got to feeling really, really, really bad, Will,” he said. “I started off with pneumonia in both of my lungs. Three, four days later, my kidneys failed. Three or four days after that, they tell me I can’t move out the quarantine.”
After being in and out of the hospital for weeks and racking up a 103-degree fever, Scarface finally received a COVID-19 test and was diagnosed with the virus.
Watch Scarface’s full conversation with Will here.
D-Nice Draws Over 100,000 Viewers For Social Distancing Party
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I never would’ve imagined that the best party I would create and DJ would be from the comfort of my own home. Homeschool is a thing! Yesterday was absolutely insane. The amount of artists and friends that virtually partied with me far exceeded my expectations. I’m feeling nothing but gratitude. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Thanks to all of you that supported. This has been a great way to keep our spirits high. Blessings! Sending some love to my family. Shout out to all of my industry execs! Much love to all of the artists! JLo, Drake, Naomi Campbell, De La Soul, Black Thought, Diddy, Bun B., Keri Hilson, Will Packer, Gabrielle Union, H.E.R., America Ferrara, Donnie Wahlberg, Uncle Luke, Russell Simmons, Dapper Dan, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Common, Lance Gross, Queen Latifah, DJ Clark Kent, Rich Medina, DJ Tony Touch, Stretch Armstrong, Traci Ellis Ross, Ne-Yo, Usher, DJ Premier, Swizz Beatz, NO I.D., Yvette Noel Schure, Erykah Badu, Fat Joe, Jay Electronica, PNB Rock, Nile Rogers, Fonzworth Bentley, Marisa Tomei, Michelle Williams, Victor Cruz, Karruenche Tran, Ciara, Daymond John, Angie Martinez, Groove Theory’s Bryce, Tank, Cam’ron, Ludacris, Fabolous, Dorian Missick, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tasha Smith, Jadakiss, Kwamé, Chris Spencer, Royale Watkins, Estelle, Bresha Webb, Jermaine Dupri, Vanessa Williams, DJ Aktive, Lee Daniels, Affion Crockett, MC Lyte, Ro James, D-Dot Angelette, Kenny Burns, Tika Sumpter, Marlon Wayans, Lauren London, Loni Love, Dallas Austin, June Ambrose, April Walker, Just Blaze, Kangol Kid from UTFO, Omar Epps, Keisha Epps, Roland Martin, Big Tigger, DJ Trauma, Lil Jon, Dule Hill, Jazmyn Simon, DJ Cassidy, Marsai Martin, Lance Gross, Anthony Hamilton, Young Guru, Lalah Hathaway, Carl Payne, Damien Hall, Denyce Lawton, Lennox Lewis, Niecy Nash, Mashonda, Erick Sermon, Jairobi, DJ Envy, DJ Enuff, Miles Brown, Lamann Rucker, Mark Brown, DJ VLuv, and more. Wow! #DNiceHomeschool #DNicePhotography #SelfPortrait.
One of the few bright lights in the COVID-19 pandemic is the Instagram Live party craze, which has been led by DJ D-Nice. The Hip Hop veteran drew in over 100,000 visitors to his Instagram account for his “social distancing party” on March 21.
Even more impressive than the number of viewers was the party’s star-studded guestlist, which included the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, J. Lo, Will Smith, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, Common, Queen Latifah, DJ Premier and more.
Reflecting on his epic turnout in an Instagram post, D-Nice called his “Club Quarantine” the “best party” he’d ever thrown.
“The amount of artists and friends that virtually partied with me far exceeded my expectations,” he wrote. “I’m feeling nothing but gratitude.”
D-Nice later teamed up with Michelle Obama to hold another Instagram Live party to encourage viewers to register to vote. He also shared his curated “DJ D-Nice’s Homeschool” Spotify playlist with essential jams for home parties.
Read more about his social media throwdown here.
Childish Gambino Returns With 3.15.20 Album
This week saw the official release of Childish Gambino’s fourth studio album 3.15.20. The project initially emerged on his DonaldGloverPresents.com website on March 15 but vanished after a mere 24 hours. The website later launched a mysterious countdown clock on March 20, leading to 3.15.20‘s return.
Spanning across 12 tracks, the album includes features from 21 Savage, Ariana Grande and Kadhja Bonet. 3.15.20 marks Gambino’s first full-length release since 2016’s Awaken, My Love!
Read more about 3.15.20 here.
— Jay Electronica — A Written Testimony
— D Smoke — Black Habits
— Mia Jae — Couple’s Therapy
— Sada Baby — Skuba Sada 2
— Jadakiss — Ignatius
— Boldy James & Alchemist — The Price Of Tea In China
— Megan Thee Stallion — Suga
— The Weeknd — After Hours
— Paul Wall — Mind Over Matter
— Blueface — Find The Beat
#DXclusives: The Quarantine Effect On Hip Hop, Murda Beatz & Gangsta Dresta
The Breakdown: The Quarantine Effect On Hip Hop
So far, social distancing efforts have had both negative and semi-positive effects on Hip Hop. The coronavirus pandemic has posed a serious threat to artists’ income as major festivals like Coachella and SXSW have been postponed or canceled and tours continue to be halted.
Conversely, social distancing has also made exclusive performances from select artists more accessible than ever. Erykah Badu, Swae Lee, D-Nice, DJ Premier, Questlove, Statik Selektah and more have hosted intimate shows that fans can view right on their phones.
For the good, the bad and the ugly of coronavirus’ effect on Hip Hop, check out this week’s episode of The Breakdown here.
Murda Beatz Talks “Banana Split” Single With YNW Melly & Lil Durk
Murda Beatz chatted with GroovyTracks about how coronavirus has affected his work, coming up with the Migos and his new single “Banana Split” with YNW Melly.
Emerging on the scene as one of the hottest producers of 2016, Murda credits Migos for his career breakthrough.
“I definitely built my brand with the Migos, those are my boys,” he said. “So it’s crazy how after them, I had my own come up with Drake, Travis, a bunch of people, and then they had theirs and then we both ended up at top together.”
The Grammy Award-winning producer also spoke about deciding to add Lil Durk to “Banana Split,” his Quarantine Pack and more.
Read Murda Beatz’s full interview here.
Gangsta Dresta Says Eazy-E Once Sought DJ Quik To Fill N.W.A’s Gaps
In an exclusive conversation with DX, Gangsta Dresta revealed Eazy-E had hoped to release another N.W.A album after the legendary group split up — with or without its founding members.
“He wanted to do an N.W.A record when he was trying to get Dr. Dre and Cube to come back together, but they wasn’t really with it at the time,” Dresta explained.
Instead of Dre and Ice Cube, Eazy planned to recruit Dresta, B.G. Knoccout and DJ Quik to join forces on the record.
“That was one of his ideas as well that he never got to,” Dresta added.
The Compton rap veteran also reflected on Eazy’s legacy, a potential project with Eazy’s son and more.
Read DX’s full interview with Gangsta Dresta here.