On The Line: The RAW Report #49

Welcome back for another edition of ‘The R.A.W Report’ bringing you the Top 5 biggest news stories, releases and events, from the worlds of Hip-Hop/Rap and Pro Wrestling!!!

So here is this week’s Top 5 –

• Results + Recap from Impact Wrestling’s ‘Sacrifice’ 2022 – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4635049193270305/

• Results + Recap from AEW ‘Revolution’ 2022 – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4637537879688103/

• Results + Recap from WWE NXT’s ‘Roadblock’ – https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4642181875890370&id=897707140337881

• Benny The Butcher ‘Tana Talk 4’ – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4647255555383002/

• KXNG Crooked x Joell Ortiz ‘Rise & Fall Of Slaughterhouse’ – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4647303458711545/

Join us, #OnTheLine, for the final, ever, edition of the R.A.W Report on Bout Dat Online!!!

On The Line: The RAW Report #44

Welcome back for another edition of ‘The R.A.W Report’ bringing you the Top 5 biggest news stories, releases and events, from the worlds of Hip-Hop/Rap and Pro Wrestling!!!

So here is this week’s Top 5 –

• Results + Recap from WWE ‘Royal Rumble 2022’ – https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4528704820571410&id=897707140337881

• Results from PWG’s ‘Battle Of Los Angeles 2022’ – https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4532812276827331&id=897707140337881

• Shane McMahon has been let go by WWE – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4539418136166745/

• Brand new Method Man ‘The Last 2 Minutes’ – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4539477016160857/

• Brand new Conway The Machine x Benny The Butcher x Westside Gunn ‘John Woo Flick’ – https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4544790655629493&id=897707140337881

Join us, #OnTheLine, for the next edition of the R.A.W Report on Bout Dat Online!!!

On The Line: The RAW Report #36

Welcome back for another edition of ‘The R.A.W Report’ bringing you the Top 5 biggest news stories, releases and events, from the worlds of Hip-Hop/Rap and Pro Wrestling!!!

So here is this week’s Top 5 –

• Benny The Butcher signs with Def Jam Records – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4246180788823816/

• Results from H.O.G Wrestling’s ‘Born Again’ – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4246538458788049/

• Results + Recap from AEW ‘Full Gear 2021’ – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4249252848516610/

• Kanye West & Andre 3000 officially release ‘Life Of The Party’ – https://www.facebook.com/897707140337881/posts/4253724488069446/

• Brand new ‘Snoop Dogg Presents Algorithm’ – https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4266214136820481&id=897707140337881

Join us, #OnTheLine, for the next edition of the R.A.W Report on Bout Dat Online.

On The Line: Griselda/Shady – The Biggest Winners and Losers.

Back in March 2017 Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine made history as the first Hip-Hop act, from Buffalo, to sign with a major label by signing with Shady Records.

The deal was huge for the underground duo and had a lot of great opportunities linked to it with, the main one being, a co-sign from on the cultures biggest artists Eminem.

Over 3 and a half years later Westside Gunn announced, on Joe Budden’s podcast, that he had officially left the label and would be concentrating on making Griselda Records even bigger going forward.

This news came at no surprise to Griselda fans as Gunn had been quite vocal of his disappointment with Shady’s dealings and, even more so, with Eminem’s assistance with his, and the Griselda collectives, releases through the label.

What we’ll be looking at here is who the biggest winners, and losers, of the deal are (or were in some instances).

Em hasn’t been the best label executive with the ball dropped on artists such as Obie Trice, Ca$his, Bobby Creekwater, Stat Quo and Slaughterhouse over the years.

So let’s get started with the winners first.

Winner: Mach-Hommy – An odd place to start for some but when you consider that Mach was with Griselda, when they signed the Shady deal, things could have been a lot different. If Shady didn’t really know how to work Gunn and Conway what on earth might they have done with Mach if he’d become a part of the Griselda group package?

Hommy left not long after the release of his ‘H.B.O’ album and has had a successful underground run, with Your Old Droog and Tha God Fahim, which has been noticed by Jay-Z, and others, over the years.

Winner: Benny The Butcher – Benny signed with Griselda, after there deal with Shady, and eventually joined as 1/3 of the Griselda group however the one thing Benny didn’t do was sign a solo deal which, in the long run, was a smart move from the head of Black Soprano Family.

Signing, along with Gunn, a management deal with Roc Nation meant that he could remain completely independent while receiving assistance from the Roc.

This paid off well for the Butcher as his, Hit-Boy produced, album ,’Burden of Proof’, became Griselda’s highest chart entry on the Billboard 200.

Winner: Paul Rosenberg – Eminem’s long time manager, Paul Rosenberg, is really the one who gave Gunn, Conway and Griselda there first exposure by offering them a deal in the first place.

Paul’s always taken time to personally invest in them on his Twitter and has proven he has an ear for talent.

If a perfect world, during his time heading up Def Jam, he would have snapped them up there and things might have been different.

You have to remember that Paul is 50% owner of Shady with the other 50% being in the hands of someone who doesn’t know what to do with certain artists.

Now let’s look at the losers.

Loser: Westside Gunn – Gunn’s debut album ‘Who Made The Sunshine’ dropped with some promo from Shady however it was Eminem that really dropped the ball with this one.

He retweeted Alchemist’s ‘Food Villain’ album instead of an album that came out on his label? Doesn’t make any sense at all (despite some Shady fans trying to justify it with some pure stupidity).

Gunn also expressed his annoyance with the label not acknowledging the groups nomination for a BET Award, last year, which, again, makes sense as why would the label you’re signed too not highlight an accomplishment you’ve made?

Gunn’s dropped numerous albums, and mixtapes, since 2017 (independently we should mention) that have been well received and in which physical copies have sold out in mere minutes, through Daupe!, which leaves the question why Shady did’nt capatilise on this and drop CD’s, Vinyl and Tapes?

Gunn only loses because this leaves more questions than actual answers.

Loser: Conway The Machine – Probably the worst victim of the Griselda/Shady deal is The Machine.

As Gunn’s now off Shady that just leaves Conway who would have seen the treatment of Gunn’s solo album, and Griselda’s ‘WWCD’, go down the river with little promotion from the label or it’s head (Eminem in this case).

This leaves his debut with them, ‘God Doesn’t Make Mistakes’, a bit of a lost cause as everyone knows it’ll get the same treatment as Griselda’s last two projects which is a shame as it’s sounding like it could be a classic.

Cryptic tweets have also left people wondering if he’s having issues with Shady as well but they could also indicate that there could be problems in the Griselda household too which, let’s be honest, would be certainly down to Shady.

Conway is also a big fan of Eminem’s but recently, he’s expressed his distaste for ‘Stans’ and how they view him, and the rest of the camp, so that’s not going to help things either.

Loser: Eminem – I think it’s important to clarify that when we speak of ‘Shady’, and the treatment of Griselda, the aim is more at Eminem, and less at Paul, as honestly Paul has done a lot more for them then Em has.

As noted above, about Alchemist’s album, it seems like Em just supports guys he likes and has no real understanding of running a label.

If Em wasn’t that bothered about them in the first place he should have just said it to Paul at the time. By signing them (which both Em and Paul would have agreed upon) you’re co-signing them (which Em did by appearing on the intro of ‘Machine Gun Black’).

Fact is Shady is (or should be) Eminem’s baby, gifted to him from Interscope, after the success of ‘The Slim Shady LP, but his interest was more into ‘putting on’ his friends than actual artists outside of his circle.

With the exception of D-12 and 50 Cent (which was a 50/50 deal with Dr. Dre don’t forget) it’s clear to see Eminem has no clue how to run a label or really support the artists signed to it.

If he can’t even be bothered to drop a tweet saying ‘New Westside Gunn go support that’ then what’s the point in heading up you’re own label?

Other artists, that run there own labels, (e.g. – Rick Ross with Maybach Music) promote albums on both there label, and own personal platforms, as it makes financial sense to do so.

All in all the Griselda/Shady deal hasn’t been a good one but it did introduce people to Griselda, and there sound, which has changed the culture but feelings are they could have just done that on there own or with all three signing management deals with Roc Nation thus remaining independent while receiving assistance elsewhere.

Guess we’re just going to have to see how the roll out with Conway’s Shady debut works out and what happens afterwards.

Audio Dope: Westside Gunn – Who Made The Sunshine (iTunes Stream)

Westside Gunn signed with Shady Records, alongside his brother Conway The Machine, back in March 2017 and since then have been flooding the industry with nothing but classics!!!

Since our introduction to Gunn and Conway on the outstanding, Just Blaze produced, ‘Machine Gun Black’ we’ve known these guys were special and were going to change the culture for years to come.

Well, after 3 and a half years, (and nearly a year on from Griselda’s Shady debut ‘WWCD’) Gunn has finally reached the mountain top of his phenomenal career with, his major label debut, ‘Who Made The Sunshine’.

The album is packed full of amazing features including his Griselda label mates Conway, Benny The Butcher, Boldy James, Armani Caesar and Keisha Plum as well as legends such as Busta Rhymes, Black Thought, Jadakiss and Slick Rick (TWICE!).

Also, not to forget, a nice spotlight on newer artists such as Stove God Cook$, ElCamino, Estee Nack, Flee Lord and Smoke DZA.

Production is mostly handled by Daringer and Beat Butcha but also includes Just Blaze, Conductor Williams and Alchemist.

Throw in extra support, with backing, from Roc Nation and you’ve got a project with classic written all over it.

As fans of Gunn, and everything he’s contributed to the culture, this really is a shining moment for real Hip-Hop and we all applaud Gunn for everything he has given us.

All praises due to the only and only FlyGod!!!

Stream the album here – Westside Gunn – Who Made The Sunshine (iTunes)

VIDEO DOPE: Griselda x Charlie Sloth – Fire in The Booth

We’re going to keep this one short and simple people!!!

Griselda x Charlie Sloth x Fire in the Booth…THAT’S IT!!!

If you need more info please dislike the R.A.W Media page and never visit this site again!!!

THIS IS FOR THE CULTURE!!!

Enjoy!!!

On The Line: Bout Dat Online’s #AudioDopeAwards 2019 nominees (Hosted by United Elementz Media)!!!

This years Bout Dat Online ‘Audio Dope Awards’ are coming!!! Once again we will be leaving it to the public to vote for this years best Album, Single and Mixtape/EP via our Twitter page (https://twitter.com/UnitedElementz)!!!

We are pleased to announce this years nominees!!!

Best Album –

Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
Little Brother – May The Lord Watch
Freddie Gibbs x Madlib – Bandana
Christian Foley – Excommunication

Best Single –

Insane Clown Posse – Satellite
DJ Premier x GxFR – Headlines
DJ Muggs x Mach-Hommy – 900K
DJ Khaled – Higher (feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend)

Best Mixtape or EP –

Stanza Divan – Poetry in Motion
Mach-Hommy – Wap Konn Jop!
Benny The Butcher – The Plugs I Met
French Montana x Max B – Coke Wave 4

Congratulations to all the artists, and their projects, on getting nominated!!!

The voting will be open from October 30th through to November 1st and the winners will be announced on the series finale of the World Class DJ Club’s ‘Audio Dope Show’, on TrunkOfunk Radio, on November 29th!!!

Get familiar, or revisit the above, and get ready for this years #AudioDopeAwards!!!

PEACE!!!

AUDIO DOPE: WCDJC’s ‘Audio Dope Show’ – S1:E5 (Mixcloud Stream)

The WCDJC provide us with another dope selection of some of last months best tracks!!!

Featuring Common, Drake, Your Old Droog, Benny The Butcher and Lucifers Apostles!!!

Also a dope throwback MF DOOM ‘Special Blends’ mix featuring classics from Nas, Jeru Da Damja, Erykah Badu, M.O.P and Big Tymers over Metal Fingerz beats!!!

Stream here – WCDJC’s ‘Audio Dope Show’ S1:E5 (Mixcloud Stream)

The ‘Audio Dope Show’ will be taking a short hiatus, over the next few months, but will be back in October for Episode 6!!!

AUDIO DOPE: WCDJC’s ‘Audio Dope Show’ S1:E4 (Mixcloud Stream)

In the words of DJ Khaled “Another one”!!!

Episode 4 of the ‘Audio Dope Show’ features an insane selection of last months best tracks including Logic, Preemo & GxFR, Max B, Craig Mack and DJ Khaled, John Legend and, the late, Nipsey Hussle!!!

Also features a special ‘All The Smoke’ mix featuring 5 tracks off the recent ‘Audio Dope’ mixtape!!!

Stream here – WCDJC ‘Audio Dope Show’ SE1:E4 (Mixcloud Stream)

VIDEO DOPE: DJ Premier – Headlines (feat. Conway, Westside Gunn & Benny) (Official Video)

After dropping his insanely dope ‘Headlines’ single, last month, Preemo drops off the gritty, and grimy, video for it!!!

Featuring Griselda’s finest this video just adds to the tracks, uncut, dopeness!!!

Also a nice taster into what the trios, Shady Records debut, ‘What Would Chinegun Do’, should sound like!!!