Hip Hop Beats: Mac Miller, Lil Baby & More!
MAC MILLER MURAL APPEARS IN BROOKLYN: A mural in honor of the late Mac Miller has appeared in Brooklyn. According to Complex, NYC-based artist, BKFoxx, joined forces with Bushwick collective, JMZ Walls, to create a two-toned mural of the rapper. BKFoxx told Complex, "I think Mac Miller’s death had been kind of overlooked. It was such a sh*tty thing, he was only 26. And when someone ODs, it hurts. Because in my generation, there's been so much of it, we're so used to burying friends and family members for that reason. And because I think to myself, how bad is living in this world for you that you just can't? Especially as an artist—I can say from experience it's really difficult to be creative in a society that values money and trends more than culture and real individuality." He continued, "The piece is meant to be a representation of how we are complex and can be more than one thing at the same time. We can show one face to the world while hiding another. Something I find helpful to be aware of when thinking about other people."
LIL BABY HANDCUFFED AND DETAINED IN ATLANTA: According to Complex via TMZ, Lil Baby was arrested on Thursday night (February 7th) in Atlanta. Video footage surfaced the net via The Shade Room of the rapper being detained by Georgia police. The rapper is seen on the ground next to an orange Corvette, with a uniform officer standing above him. A source told TMZ that the arrest was for "failure to signal, eluding police, and reckless driving." His girlfriend, Jayda Cheaves, said on social media that the rapper has been released.
DRAKE, KENDRICK LAMAR AND CHILDISH GAMBINO DECLINE GRAMMYS PERFORMANCES: Neither Drake, nor Kendrick Lamar or Childish Gambino will be hitting the Grammys stage on Sunday (February 10th). According to a report from The New York Times, all three rappers declined the Recording Academy's invitation to perform at the awards show altogether. Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammys telecast, told the publication, "The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world. When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad." The Grammys airs on Sunday, February 10th on CBS at 8 p.m.