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Hip Hop Weekly Newsletter

Statik Selektah, the prolific producer, recently revealed that he is currently in the hospital following an emergency surgery.

In an Instagram post, he shared a selfie from his hospital bed with an oxygen tube, stating that life has gotten complicated but he is doing well and will be back soon.

He also expressed gratitude for the love and support from his fans. Selektah's latest collaborative album with Bun B, TrillStatik 3, was released earlier this week.

Talib Kweli, Madlib, Q-Tip, and Wildchild have released a video tribute to the late Biz Markie.

The video is for the track "One For Biz" off their joint project Liberation 2. The video features a verse from Wildchild, while Q-Tip appears on the song.

Biz Markie, known as "The Clown Prince of Hip Hop," had a comedic style and achieved international fame with his hit single "Just a Friend.

King Kashmere's new project 'Sounds Like Home' is available for pre-order now. The limited run of 250 black 12" vinyl, digital copies, hoods, and tees all feature the project artwork.

Produced by Cuth, the 13-track release also includes a remix of his recent single 'Thick Bag of Slime' by Alecs DeLarge.

21 Savage takes viewers on a journey through the "real" London in his gritty music video for "Redrum."

The video showcases stereotypical British culture before delving into shots of council estates and scenes with his friends.

The video highlights Savage's recent return to the U.K. after his immigration issues.

Benny The Butcher clarifies his previous DMX comparisons, stating that he was simply trying to create a "Def Jam moment," not disrespect the late rapper.

He expressed frustration with internet trolls and blogs who try to create controversy and gain reactions.

Benny's new album, "Everybody Can't Go," will be released on January 26.

British rapper Skepta has apologised for the offensive artwork for his upcoming single, "Gas Me Up (Diligent)," after facing backlash for an image that evoked Holocaust comparisons.

The artwork featured a photo of a group of bald men with the words "Gas Me Up" tattooed on one person's head.

Skepta removed the image and apologised, vowing to be more mindful in the future.

The Anti-Defamation League praised the removal of the artwork but noted that it is disturbing to see the Holocaust trivialised in any way.

Mos Def, also known as Yasiin Bey, recently stated in an interview that he doesn't consider Drake's music to be true hip-hop.

He compared Drake's music to shopping tunes, saying that it was mainstream and commercial rather than authentic hip-hop.

Swaziland's hip-hop scene has been steadily growing over the past five years, with a number of notable artists emerging.

Despite limited access to streaming sites, artists rely on radio for exposure.

The public is starting to pay attention to local rappers, and some have even seen their songs used in ad campaigns.

Despite a slow start in commercial sales, Hip Hop was ranked as the number one genre of 2023 in the US, according to year-end reports.

This came as a surprise to some who believed rap music was declining.

Juicy J, for example, had expressed concerns about the state of rap music and called for a meeting to discuss solutions.

However, the data shows that Hip Hop still reigned supreme in terms of album sales and streaming volume.

Idris Elba has called for an immediate ban on machetes and "zombie" knives, as well as increased funding for youth services, to tackle youth knife violence.

Elba wants experts and bereaved families to work together with politicians and police to find solutions.

He also plans to form an advisory group with young thinkers to address the issue from multiple angles.

While legislation is necessary, Elba stressed that investment in services that address the root causes of violence is crucial.

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