2016: The Year In Music
The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop Charts: Beyonce & Drake Reign
The Year in Dance/Electronic Charts: The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris & More
The Year in Rock Charts: Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers & the 'Sound' of Disturbed
The Year in Country Charts: Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, FGL, Maren Morris & More
Exclusive: Kxng Crooked Drops 'Shady's #1' Freestyle Inspired by Tyler the Creator's Diss
Shady XV, a compilation album featuring new material from Eminem and other Shady Records rappers, is No. 1 on the iTunes album chart and headed for the top 10 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
To celebrate, KXNG CROOKED -- a member of Slaughterhouse, who have a couple tracks on XV -- did what anyone would do: record an excited freestyle titled "Shady's #1." Listen to the Billboard's exclusive premiere of the track below.
"Shady's #1" builds around a simple hard-hitting beat and occasional chants of the title phrase. CROOKED covers a wide range of topics in his freestyle, including:
1. The charts: "Got the charts going up on a Tuesday." (Shoutout to Makonnen.)
2. Shakespeare: "Killing rappers right and left, bringing more death than Macbeth, a modern day Shakespeare."
3. Music manager Paul Rosenberg: "Eminem is a genius and Paul is a boss."
4. Ferguson: "The pig Darren Wilson wants to see a n---- like KXNG CROOKED on ice."
5. Odd Future and Tyler the Creator. Tyler isn't a big fan of Eminem's latest album, calling it "ass," but Crooked doesn't seem to mind -- well, maybe just a little. "I like Odd Future," he declares as the track fades out, adding, "N----s have man crushes on Em."
Crooked's new mixtape, Sex, Money and Hip-Hop, comes out Dec. 16 on SMH Records, and features a Slaughterhouse track called "Total Slaughter."