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Grapevine: News on Insane Clown Posse, Eminem, Dr. Dre

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

ICP, Twiztid mend fences

After a brief scare, it appears all is well between Detroit’s two most prominent face-painted rap duos. In a since-deleted post on Insane Clown Posse’s website on Friday, ICP head honcho Violent J called out their former proteges Twiztid for threatening to back out of a performance at next year’s Gathering of the Juggalos. The bad blood between the two camps reportedly stemmed from an announcement over Boondox, another former ICP protege, joining Twiztid’s new record label Majik Ninja Entertainment, which J announced before Twiztid got a chance to. That led to silence from Twiztid’s camp over upcoming engagements, and J gave the duo a two-week deadline to confirm their presence at next year’s Gathering. On Monday, J posted on ICP’s website that all issues had been resolved “with a simple phone call” Sunday night. Twiztid will perform at next year’s Gathering, J says, and the two parties are planning a special performance of J’s 2003 solo EP “Wizard of the Hood.” “All family has arguments,” J wrote, “fortunately for us, our arguments never seem to last beyond a phone call!” Whoop whoop.

Eminem teams up with the Weeknd

Eminem guest verses are few and far between these days, but over the weekend the Detroit rapper popped up on a remix of “The Hills,” the current No. 1 single from Toronto R&B singer the Weeknd. Em’s two verses deal with mistrust, infidelity and drug use, and showcase his typical intense delivery and playful word-bending; “we gon’ film ’cause I will want your ex-to-see,” he says, drawing a parallel between “ex-to-see” and ecstasy. He’s good! The collaboration marks the first time Eminem has worked with the Weeknd, and only Em’s second official guest verse of the year, following his appearance on “Medicine Man,” a track on Dr. Dre’s “Compton” album. The Weeknd appeared on “SNL” over the weekend and performed a different remix of the single, featuring Nicki Minaj.

Dre lays out ‘Beats and Rhymes’ hopes

Speaking of Dr. Dre, the rap legend opened up on his Beats 1 radio show “The Pharmacy” about his dream to do a full-scale European tour. “I’m 30 years in the game right now and I’ve never been able to take my full production over to Europe,” Dre said. “This is one of the things that I’ve dreamed about doing. I want to call it ‘Beats & Rhymes.’ I want it to be me and Snoop. I want it to be Eminem. I want it to be Kendrick Lamar... Hopefully we can make that happen.” Dre’s co-host on the show, Snoop Dogg, chimed in. “Your dream sounds like Woodstock on steroids. Let’s call it ‘Hoodstock.’ ”




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