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Veteran rapper Eminem has had an interesting run over the past couple of months or so. He won acclaim with his appearance on the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher as he took shots at President Trump and stood up for injustice. He followed up his return to the limelight with the release of his ninth studio LP, Revival. Unlike his freestyle, the people were not feeling his album at all. It got a lukewarm reception at best and it seems as if the people would’ve preferred that the Slim Shady rapper had stayed in the shadows. Fast forward to a couple of days ago and it seems that the lack of love for the project may have been just the fuel that Mr. Mathers needed to get back on top.

Time to put the readers on to a fresh face. So let’s give a warm Illixer welcome to, Papi D. Papi D comes to us from the rougher parts of Camden, New Jersey. He drew a love of Hip-Hop from his community at a young age and went on to be inspired by artists such as 50 Cent, Dipset, etc. Operating on the principles of: loyalty, dignity, and pride, Papi’s goal is to become a household name in the industry. With a reputation for being knowledgeable about the history of his craft, having an unique vocal ability, and having relatable lyrics; the rising talent has quite the arsenal to work with. Not to mention he writes all of his own music and directs all of his own music videos. That’s nothing to take lightly. He’s also building his performance resume up too which includes a set at SXSW. A major look for indie artists. Ready to show the world what he’s made of, Papi released his debut solo single & video a while back. The song is labeled “Juggin.”

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Our Australia darling Vanessa Elisha hasn’t been on the site since back in the Summertime. Therefore decided to share a little something she did to hold fans over until the release of her new EP in 2015. She decided to take a crack at covering a Hip-Hop oldie but goodie, “21 Questions” by the one and only 50 Cent. The cover is jointly produced by GXNXVS and Seywood.

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Before Instagram and Twitter, rappers actual rapped a full song about their superiority and/or about how much they didn’t like another rapper. This boys and girls, is called a diss song. A diss song usually sparks a beef. What’s beef? Beef is when you need two gats to go to sleep … wait, sorry, I had a moment. Beef is when two rappers don’t like each other, and create a Hip-Hop battle amongst themselves. Some examples of past Hip-Hop beefs: Common vs. Ice Cube, 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule, and of course Biggie vs. Tupac. But today I will be discussing one of the greatest and most debatable beefs/Hip-Hop battles of all time: Jay-Z vs. Nas. Now who won the battle is split 50-50. That is until today. So lets discuss.