Beats, rhymes and life are three of the corners where hip hop intersects. Few other TV shows have been able to cover all of these angles in-depth and authentically quite like REVOLT TV’s “Drink Champs,” which thrives on its candid conversations with the biggest and most influential figures in the game. In honor of such a one-of-a-kind show, REVOLT will be recapping each weekly “Drink Champs” episode, so you can always catch the gems that are dropped in each lit interview.
In the latest episode of “Drink Champs,” N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN take a trip down memory lane and recap the past season. Beginning with the DJ Khaled episode, they splice interviews with Tha Dogg Pound, Math Hoffa, Donnell Rawlings, Styles P, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God, and other familiar faces. From commentary on the Verzuz battles, COVID-19 awareness and other talking points, the “Drink Champs” were on the pulse of it all.
To help give fans a recap of the episode, REVOLT compiled a list of nine things we learned from the 2nd Round Draft “Drink Champs” episode. Take a look at them below.
1. DJ Khaled On A Rumored Joint Album With JAY-Z, Drake, Nas and Rick Ross
Rumors of DJ Khaled possibly executive producing an album that would see JAY-Z, Drake, Nas, and Rick Ross joining forces have been swirling in the industry as of late, which the superstar curator addressed during his conversation with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. “Well, I’ll tell you this, the rumor’s not true,” Khaled explains. “But, it’s crazy you say this [because] if I ever could executive produce a full album, I would wanna executive produce a full album with JAY-Z, Drake, [Rick] Ross and Nas all on one album. That’d be dope to do that one day, you know, as an executive producer.”
2. Kurupt On Working With Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
As an artist, being taken under the wing of rap icons is a priceless experience. However, it can come with its share of pressure and expectations, which Kurupt, who has worked with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on numerous occasions, can attest to. “They’re the elders, you know what I’m saying? So, you gotta come to the table [prepared] and when you don’t, they’ll tell you quick, ‘Go lay it down, get you some rest, call me tomorrow,’ and don’t answer the phone. And you call ‘em tomorrow, ‘I’m ready now.’ You gotta be ready ‘cause it’s hard to catch ‘em. When you catch ‘em and you got their attention, you better show up and deliver. I didn’t deliver a couple of times, I had to wait damn near six months before the next opportunity.”
3. Math Hoffa On Refining The Business of Battle Rap
The battle rap industry continues to expand its global reach with millions of dollars pouring in from live events, streaming, and other avenues. That said, the business model is one that fails to fully empower the artists popularizing the culture, a topic Math Hoffa, a respected battle rap veteran, touched on during his appearance on the “Drink Champs.” “I battled Hollow, I wrote about 20 minutes of material,” he says. “Twenty minutes, that’s an album. That is a whole album. It’s the same thing. It’s like someone presenting their work, the only difference is you guys get royalties, we don’t get royalties. That’s something I wanna change in battle rap.”
4. DJ EFN On The Business Behind Graffiti
In response to Math Hoffa’s thoughts on the exploitation of battle rappers, DJ EFN related it to the plight many graffiti artists have faced throughout the decades. “I feel like it’s almost the same explanation that the B-Boys and the battle DJs who feel alienated and they created their own lanes,” EFN says. “And they almost feel like they’re not a part of hip hop anymore when it’s all hip hop. Now, what the graffiti writers have did, which is ill, when graffiti writers put a mural up or do something, it’s automatically copy-written even though it’s on illegal walls. People sue all the time.”
5. Math Hoffa On His Friday Night Fights Battle Rap Platform
In an attempt to help empower battle rappers, Math Hoffa is cultivating a platform to help his peers be able to receive royalties from their performances. “There’s a situation I’m creating called ‘Friday Night Fights,’” he reveals. “And I wanna offer that to battle rappers. You get a royalty off of whatever we put out, not only a check because the way that things are changing right now — Netflix, Amazon — everybody’s trying to get a piece of something that people wanna watch over, over and over.”
6. Donnell Rawlings’ On The Popularity Of “Ashy Larry”
During his appearance on “Drink Champs,” comedian Donnell Rawlings shared the reason he feels his “Chappelle’s Show” character “Ashy Larry” was so popular in the culture. “And I ask myself that question, ‘What do these n**gas connect with about him?’ Rags to riches, n**ga. He’s a n**ga that’s trying to get it. I ask that question, I’m like, ‘Why does America f**k with ‘Ashy Larry’ ‘cause we all got an Ashy [Larry] in us. We all gotta wanna come up, son... We all wanna be able to say, ‘B**ch, watch.’”
7. Styles P On Contracting Coronavirus
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, a number of rap artists have shared testimonies of contracting the virus, one of them being Styles P, who recalled the experience during his Quarantine Champs appearance. “I was f**ked up early January” Styles says. “I don’t know what happened. I went home one day. I had a horrible headache, bad shivers, a cough, but nothing was coming up. I was sweating, I was tired. I think it had to be that ‘cause I usually have a fever or when I get sick, it’s usually like 36 hours tops. So, it was on the second night or the third, I was telling my wife, ‘I think I may gotta to go to the hospital. This is some other s**t.’ And I’m totally against going to the hospital unless I absolutely need to go to the hospital.”
8. Timbaland On Missy Elliott’s Potential Verzuz Appearance
With Verzuz steadily gaining momentum, one artist who’s been highly requested to participate is Missy Elliott, whose discography rivals the greatest of all time. Longtime friend and frequent collaborator Timbaland shared his vision of what a Missy Verzuz would look like. “I think everybody asked the same question,” Timbo says. “But if you realize, it’s all about curation, Missy is a monster and the thing about it, when you’re celebrating with Missy, she gon’ give you the show. She gon’ give you how if she was doing a show for real. So, the energy gonna be high.”
9. Swizz Beatz On His Desire To See DMX Battle Eminem In Verzuz
Another artist whose presence has been summoned to the Verzuz arena is DMX, who is currently gearing up to craft his comeback album. While DMX ultimately battled Snoop Dogg in the latest Verzuz event, Swizz Beatz had another rap legend in mind that X should’ve went heads up with. “I like DMX vs. Eminem, though,” Swizz says. “See, that’s the curveball I’m talking about ‘cause you know the obvious battles are not the ones that you’re really interested in. You want the match-ups where... you had to think about it. DMX vs. Eminem... I like that better than DMX vs. JAY-Z.”