href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/zoejohnson/” rel=”author” title=”Zoe Johnson”>Zoe JohnsonPublished: March 3, 2021Valerie Macon, AFP via Getty Images

Bhad Bhabie is coming forward about the alleged abuse she endured at Turn-About Ranch, a treatment center for troubled teens in Utah, after another teen woman sued the ranch because she claims she was sexually assaulted there.

On Sunday (Feb. 28), Bhab Bhabie detailed her claims of abuse, including being "malnourished, abused and having to do hard labor and being there while someone was murdered," that went on during her stay at the treatment center in an Instagram post. The 17-year-old rapper shared a video of 19-year-old Hannah Archuleta, who discussed the alleged sexual assault she experienced from a male staff member at Turn-About Ranch in 2019. Archuleta says she was taken against her will to Turn-About Ranch after she appeared on the Dr. Phil show on Oct. 22, 2019, when she was 17 years old.

"Turn about ranch treatment facility punished this young lady Hannah for reporting that one of their staff members assaulted her," Bhad Bhabie wrote in the caption of the video for her Instagram post. "Keep in mind when your at this program you can NOT have any contact at all with your parents nor able to use a phone this girl couldn’t even call the police if she tried. There’s been a Murder at this facility, reports of torture and now a report of sexual abuse and dr. Phil still continues to send trouble children here even after knowing this stuff has happened at this facility. This makes my blood boil. I went through being malnourished, abused , and having to do hard labor and being there while someone was murdered. I came back with more trauma then I went there with."

The "Gucci Flip Flops" rapper urged for the immediate shutdown of Turn-About Ranch, which has listed on its website that the center “is frequently featured on Dr. Phil’s TV show.”

"I was sent to this place to get help. Hannah went to this place to get help what she got was the complete opposite @turnabout_ranch needs to be SHUT DOWN IMMEDIATELY and staff should receive consequences for how they treat helpless children," Bhad Bhabie continued. "THESE CHILDREN ARE HELPESS THEY CANT CONTACT THEIR PARENTS. They can’t tell them what’s going on the ranch takes advantage of that. If children don’t listen to them they don’t even let them use a proper rest room or eat real food they separate them from the other children , force them to sit in a desk facing a wall, make them do hard labor , use a porta potty , eat peanut butter sandwiches and cold ramen, sit it below freezing temperatures , pick weeds and put together over 20 piles of horse manure with a wheelbarrow. How is punishing children supposed to help them become better!!??"

Archuleta said that during his first two weeks at the center, "a male staff member came up behind me and suddenly grabbed my butt." She also claims that she didn't initially tell another staff member at Turn-About for fear of being punished. Archuleta maintains that there was a second incident with the same male staff member, who touched her behind again and her vaginal area when she was reaching up for a cabinet. Once she confided in female staff members about the alleged assault, Archuleta claims she was retaliated against.

According to New York Daily News, Archuleta, who is repped by lawyer Gloria Allred, filed a lawsuit against Turn-About Ranch in Utah’s 6th Judicial Court. She is demanding compensatory and punitive damages for assault, battery, emotional distress and other related accusations.

“We think it is long overdue for Turn-About Ranch to be held accountable for what happened to Hannah when she was there,” Allred said.

XXL has reached out to Turn-About Ranch and reps for Dr. Phil for comment.

See video of Hannah Archuleta's claims and Bhad Bhabie's Instagram post below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: March 3, 2021Fulton County Court

Ahead of his Too Deep for Tears album dropping this Friday, OMB Peezy has been arrested for his alleged connection to a shooting that took place during Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg's music video shoot last month.

According to Fulton County inmate records obtained by XXL on Wednesday (March 3), Peezy, born LeParis Dade, was arrested and booked on Monday (March 1) for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony (person of another) for an incident that took place on Feb. 21. The records also note that Peezy received a bond in the amount of $50,000 for the assault charge and $10,000 for the possession of a firearm charge.

A rep for the Atlanta Police Department also confirmed the Mobile, Ala. rapper's arrest to XXL.

Atlanta Police Department

"On March 1st, 2020, Detectives with the Atlanta Police Fugitive Unit along with the assistance of the U.S. Marshalls, located and arrested Dade Kenta Leparis. (DOB 2/97) He was charged with: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime for the shooting that occurred on 2/21/21 at 598 Wells St. Dade Kenta Leparis was transported to the Fulton County Jail without further incident," the arrest charges provided by the Atlanta Police Department read.

Additionally, according to a rep from the Fulton County Sherriff's Office, "Mr. Dade must be fitted with an ankle monitor and surrender his passport to his attorney prior being released on bond."

A tweet on OMB Peezy's Twitter page was also posted this morning, which read, "#FREEPEEZY #TDFT." The tweet, which has since been deleted, includes an image of what appears to be Peezy wearing a mask and a navy blue jumpsuit in a courtroom. The bottom of the image said, "Courtroom 1," so it looks like Peezy could have had a court appearance today.

ombpeezy via Twitter

The police report also notes that the "Love Is Blind" rapper's arrest is an update regarding the Feb. 21 shooting incident that took place on the set of Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg's video shoot last month, which left three people injured.

Shortly after the incident took place, WSB-TV Atlanta confirmed that Roddy and Dugg were present when the shooting happened amid filming for their music video in southwest Atlanta around 4 p.m. on Feb. 21. At the time, it was unclear what caused the shooting. The shooter was unknown as well.

It was later confirmed that neither Roddy nor Dugg were injured. Two other men, Antoine Blake and Vernon Moulder, were identified as victims. They both were hospitalized at Grady Hospital and were in stable condition. Another man, Peter Cook, sustained a laceration from debris.

Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg also came forward and debunked any and all rumors that they had been harmed. "Aint nobody shoot at me. we all good. im juss tryna feed the streets," Roddy said in a now-deleted tweet, which he posted the day after the incident. Dugg went on Instagram Live with Lil Baby that same day and informed fans that he's doing just fine.

XXL has reached out to the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton Sheriff's Office and a rep for OMB Peezy for a comment on this matter.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: March 3, 2021Sam Leviton

You never know until you try. Before rap, Louisville, Ky. native EST Gee was hustling in his city, but considered that there may be a place for him within hip-hop around his way. According to him, he got the streets blessing. After Gee was arrested for a drug trafficking charge in 2016, which had him locked up and then eventually put on house arrest, Gee saw Lil Baby rhyming on TV and thought of him as a kindred spirit. By 2018, the aspiring rhymer was making songs in a bathroom recording studio. Since he was off house arrest by May of that year, Gee was able to make more moves toward his fledgling career. At the time, he was already making noise for himself with songs like "New Number" and creating his own buzz in his hometown.

Along the way, he also found a friend in 2020 XXL Freshman Jack Harlow. Both artists are from the same city but make drastically different types of music. EST Gee is a street rapper through and through, unique in his own right with a distinctive voice. His flow and lyrics include solid wisdom, unabashed truth and extremely vivid tales that pull it all together. Gee's sound can be heard on Harlow's 2020 debut album, Thats What They All Say, on the song "Route 66," which the two performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January of this year. The experience is one of Gee's standout moments to date.

While good moments like that have happened on Gee's rise to the top, unfortunately, he's experienced tragedy and tribulation prior. In September of 2019, he was shot five times in a vehicle in Louisville after finishing a video shoot with Sada Baby. One of those bullets hit him in the eye and the other four went into his stomach. He survived and recovered, but then dealt with the deaths of both his brother and mother in 2020.

While Gee is still mourning their passings, his profile is rising. His videos on YouTube are consistently getting views, especially the visual for the remix of "Get Money" featuring Yo Gotti, which sits at nearly 3 million views and shows off what the streets of Louisville are like. And despite the pandemic taking over last year, he dropped the mixtape Ion Feel Nun, in March of 2020, which features an image of himself with his eye bandaged on the cover, and then followed up with I Still Dont Feel Nun project in mid-December. Before those two efforts, he released the projects El Toro and Die Bloody in 2019.

Now, EST Gee is signed to Yo Gotti's CMG imprint and Interscope Records. Gotti welcomed the rap newcomer to his team by giving him $750,000 in late January, the moment captured on Instagram. Plus, he gained a supporter in Lil Baby, the same rapper Gee saw making a lane for him when he first began rapping. Baby and Gee have a collab on the way. It's all coming together for EST Gee, this week's featured artist in XXL's The Break.

Age: 26

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

I grew up listening to: "Boosie [BadAzz], [Yo] Gotti, Gucci [Mane]Future. I feel like everybody listened to them. I might be wrong though. They were just talking about gangsta shit. My daddy used to listen to gangster shit. It just was what was most relatable to me, what was going on around me. It was easy to listen to because I understood it."

My style’s been compared to: "Everybody say I make them feel like how the OGs did, and [Yo] Gotti and… how that shit used to feel like back then. They say I make them feel like that. They don't think I sound like them neither, but as far as like just coming in with they own money, a group of niggas with they own money. There's only a couple of rappers that can say they came like us or they coming like us. You hear about this type of shit, but you don't get to see it. And especially not from no Louisville, Kentucky."

I’m going to blow up because: "Me talking to you. I ain't locked up. I ain't dead. I got shot five times. I got shot in my eye and my stomach four times. I could be dead, you feel me? I'm in Miami right now, looking at the skyline. Miami, on the beach. I'm far away from where I come from. I'm doing all right."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "I don't feel like I got no song that people slept on. That's why I get the same type of reaction to every song. I feel like, as far as views and shit on videos, that only goes as far as you promote something, like putting it on the vlog site or shit like that. I don't really even pay attention to views a lot. It just be like more cultural impact. I know if I do a show, they want to hear this song. That means more to me than how many views shit got. People walking up to me and reciting shit from a song or reciting certain shit from a song. Sometimes they do it to the songs that don't got the most views."

My standout records to date have been: "'Get Money.' Everybody is on that. Lil Baby, [42] Dugg, [Yo] Gotti. Like the trap, everywhere. Everywhere there was street niggas was fucking with that song, "Get Money." It was like an anthem. It felt good because it felt like people knew we for real. If you're a OG or you're a person who's been out here. You can't look at us or look at me and not see shit you've been through yourself. That was my fastest video I got to a million. I think that bitch went to a million in like a month."

My standout moments to date have been: "Being on Jimmy Kimmel [Live!]. That's probably… I didn't even understand how big it was at first, but I'm sending a shout-out to my boy, Jack Harlow. My Jack, man. Jack was a fan of me out of nowhere, like we didn't know each other or nothing and he's been supporting me. Fucking with me ever since. How he act then is how he act now. He never, never, never changed. And he used to confuse me. I would just be like, 'Damn, why does he like this shit?'"

Most people don’t know: "I'm a Taurus. I don't know. I'm into astrology. I like astrology. My grannies and them, is into shit like that. My granny, my nana, she's real spiritual. She's into shit like that."

I’m going to be the next:
"I don't really want to be the next nothing, I just want to be Gee. Whatever that is. Superstar. I just want to be me."

Follow EST Gee on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"Get Money"

"Ball Forever"

"Members Only" featuring 42 Dugg

"Special (Remix)" featuring Moneybagg Yo

I Still Don't Feel Nun

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: March 3, 20212020HHA, Getty Images

Big Sean has been pretty transparent about his mental health journey and most recently, he has shared details of one of his darkest moments.

During an appearance on famed author and professor Michael Eric Dyson's One Question One Mike show, which airs today (March 3) on Facebook Watch, Sean Don revealed that he has contemplated suicide while battling depression.

"It's funny how you can have a way with words," Sean began. "And you can be poetic or you can be lyrical and still not always get across how you feel all the way. ‘Cause sometimes, it takes more than a song, sometimes it takes more than an album, sometimes it takes you really spending time with yourself."

The "Deep Reverence" rapper continued: "And that's one of the things I was neglecting because coming from Detroit, it's like that mentality where you gotta stay hot, you gotta stay on they necks. People don't get an opportunity where we from. So, it's like, that was my mentality…was taking care of everybody else. And trying not to look soft, you know? Or look like a bitch. You know how people tell you…those are the stigmas that's been placed on us growing up. You know, if you're a man and you're not working hard, it's like, 'Aw, you getting soft.' So that was always in the back of my head. I'm working, exhausting myself for years and years, and I couldn't get through the day without feeling terrible. I was for sure contemplating suicide a lot of times. You know, having guns in my hands and really just feeling it for real."

Big Sean added that instead of taking his life, he took time to unpack the root of his unhappiness. "Not even trying to be dramatic, but definitely was just…even planning it out to the point where like, 'Hey, if I do kill myself, at least my family will get this amount of money," he told Michael Eric Dyson. "I done did this already. All these things, right? So…because I just was stressed out and not happy. And I realized that…OK, I need to stop everything I'm doing and figure this out or I'ma self-destruct."

Despite Big Sean's past mental health struggles, it's great to see that he's in a much better space. He's also making boss moves by becoming the creative director for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, which was announced back in December.

As far as music goes, Sean's 2020 effort, Detroit 2, debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart last year, beating out 6ix9ine's TattleTales album.

See the clip of Big Sean speaking on his mental health with Michael Eric Dyson below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/zoejohnson/” rel=”author” title=”Zoe Johnson”>Zoe JohnsonPublished: March 2, 2021ChildishGambinoVEVO via YouTube

Childish Gambino's "This Is America" had the hip-hop community and beyond talking when the song and its accompanying video was released two years ago.

"This Is America" served as raw storytelling about the current state of America. The track, released during a period of political unrest in 2018, was accompanied by a video with subject matter equally as impassioned as the rhyming done by the Atlanta actor. The Hiro Murai-directed clip spotlights images of gun violence at the expense of Black lives and the complacency within American culture.

The 37-year-old rapper articulates issues such as poverty, police brutality, gun violence and racism that have plagued the United States for hundreds of years. The track received mostly positive feedback with many deemed the context of the song and visual thought-provoking and empowering.

The song also won Record of the Year at the 2019 Grammy Awards and became RIAA certified platinum on April 8, 2019.

Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away

BRIDGE 
We just wanna party
Party just for you
We just want the money
Money just for you (Yeah)
I know you wanna party
Party just for free
Girl, you got me dancin' (Girl, you got me dancin')
Dance and shake the frame (Yeah)
We just wanna party (Yeah)
Party just for you (Yeah)
We just want the money (Yeah)
Money just for you (You)
I know you wanna party (Yeah)
Party just for free (Yeah)
Girl, you got me dancin' (Girl, you got me dancin', yeah)
Dance and shake the frame (Ooh)

CHORUS
This is America
Don't catch you slippin' now
Don't catch you slippin' now
Look what I'm whippin' now
This is America (Woo)
Don't catch you slippin' now
Don't catch you slippin' now
Look what I'm whippin' now

VERSE ONE
This is America (Skrrt, skrrt, woo)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Aye)
Look how I'm livin' now
Police be trippin' now (Woo)
Yeah, this is America (Woo, aye)
Guns in my area (Word, my area)
I got the strap (Aye, aye)
I gotta carry 'em
Yeah, yeah, I'ma go into this (Ugh)
Yeah, yeah, this is guerilla (Woo)
Yeah, yeah, I'ma go get the bag
Yeah, yeah, or I'ma get the pad
Yeah, yeah, I'm so cold like, yeah (Yeah)
I'm so dope like, yeah (Woo)
We gon' blow like, yeah (Straight up, uh)

REFRAIN
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (Get your— Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Get your—Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Get your—Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Get your—Black man)
Black man

CHORUS
This is America (Woo, ayy)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Woo, woo, don't catch you slippin' now)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Aye, woah)
Look what I'm whippin' now (Slime!)
This is America (Yeah, yeah)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Woah, aye)
Don't catch you slippin' now (Aye, woo)
Look what I'm whippin' now (Aye)

VERSE TWO
Look how I'm geekin' out (Hey)
I'm so fitted (I'm so fitted, woo)
I'm on Gucci (I'm on Gucci)
I'm so pretty (Yeah, yeah, woo)
I'm gon' get it (Aye, I'm gon' get it)
Watch me move (Blaow)
This a celly (Ha)
That's a tool (Yeah)
On my Kodak (Woo) Black
Ooh, know that (Yeah, know that, hold on)
Get it (Woo, get it, get it)
Ooh, work it (21)
Hunnid bands, hunnid bands, hunnid bands (Hunnid bands)
Contraband, contraband, contraband (Contraband)
I got the plug in Oaxaca (Woah)
They gonna find you like blocka (Blaow)

REFRAIN
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
America, I just checked my following list, and
You go tell somebody
You mothafuckas owe me
Grandma told me
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Black man
(1, 2, 3—get down)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, tell somebody
You go tell somebody
Grandma told me, "Get your money"
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Get your money, Black man (Black man)
Black man

OUTRO
You just a black man in this world
You just a barcode, aye
You just a black man in this world
Drivin' expensive foreigns, aye
You just a big dawg, yeah
I kenneled him in the backyard
No, probably ain't life to a dog
For a big dog

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/zoejohnson/” rel=”author” title=”Zoe Johnson”>Zoe JohnsonPublished: March 2, 2021Tekashi 6ix9ine via YouTube

6ix9ine is reportedly on the hook for more than $75,000 worth of unpaid security fees.

On Tuesday (March 2), TMZ reported that members of the Metropolitan Patrol protection company are suing Tekashi after never receiving compensation for protecting the 24-year-old rapper during an 11-day stay, partly in Los Angeles, back in November of 2018.

According to the docs obtained by the outlet, 6ix9ine agreed to pay for around-the-clock armed security. The contract states that the going rate for the security team's services is $85 an hour with the late-night shift cost of $127.50 per hour. Metropolitan Patrol also claims Tekashi was provided with armored vehicles, a fully-loaded Yukon with ballistic panels and two police-style Ford Explorers.

After the late fees, legal fees from the lawsuit and the originally agreed upon price, Metropolitan Patrol is asking 6ix9ine to pay them a little more than $88,000. However, Tekashi's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, reportedly said the "Zaza" rapper is not responsible for the payment. Instead, MTA Bookings, 6ix9ine's booking agency at the time, should be footing the bill.

The news of 6ix9ine paying a hefty price for security services in L.A. surfaced online nearly two years ago. The Brooklyn artist enlisted two security companies to protect him while on the West Coast and ran up a bill of nearly $100,000.

The irony of 6ix9ine's latest legal woes are not lost upon anyone. Since being released from federal prison after pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges and testifying against the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods last year, 6ix9ine doesn't appear to step outside without his personal bodyguards.

Most recently Tekashi had an intense run-in with Meek Mill, in which he attempted to clown the Philadelphia native for having security with him while at a nightclub. The New York rapper is also facing another lawsuit after being accused of throwing a champagne bottle while at the Gold Rush Cabaret in Miami, which allegedly hit a dancer at the establishment in the head.

XXL has reached out to a rep for 6ix9ine and his attorney for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: March 2, 2021Migos ATL via YouTube

Humor lightens the load of everything. A funny joke or hilarious moment can make your day better and a rough time at work to fly right by. Humor will always have a place in the arts, and that holds true for music, especially hip-hop. Being that rap is a genre that showcases a rapper's personality and what they're all about, expressing what they find funny feels par for the course. Over the last few years, hip-hop is noticeably taking things less seriously when it comes to videos and allowing the humor to shine through. Here, XXL highlights the funniest hip-hop videos of the last five years.

Some of the biggest songs of the last few years have been accompanied by hilarious videos. The Migos' "Walk It Talk It" video, which dropped in 2018, features a dripping Jheri curl-wearing Drake on a guest verse and Jamie Foxx as the host of a show similar to Soul Train, The visual is set in 1970s, bell bottoms and afros included. The Migos are now a soul band, complete with era-specific hair and ’fits. There's a Soul Train line, which offers a look at Offset's dance moves that became a viral moment a few years ago. Overall, the "Walk It Talk It" video is the first time Migos are letting loose and having fun in this way. At its peak, the song climbed to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A funny video can also completely change an artist's career and launch them into a new level of relevancy. Sada Baby, along with fellow Detroit rapper Drego, dropped "Bloxk Party" in March of 2018. The video is simple, showing mostly party shots of Sada and Drego with their friends, but what sets this one apart from the rest is Sada's array of dance moves coupled with his ridiculous punchlines. Sada comparing guns to NBA players and pro wrestlers while doing a modified version of the Dougie is one of the funniest things on YouTube. Factor in that the man can rhyme well, and the video took off quickly. As of today, it's been viewed over 80 million times.

Take a look below to see more of the funniest hip-hop videos of the last five years.

  • “Walk It Talk It”Migos featuring Drake

    In the visual for "Walk It Talk It," Migos, Drake and Jamie Foxx hold court on stage in a reimagined version of Soul Train. This leads to a bunch of dancing and Migos fully embracing the absurdity of the scene. The video is a classic, and is still funny anytime you play it.

  • “Bloxk Party”Sada Baby and Drego

    Gangstas have always danced, but few have been as carefree as Sada Baby. In this video for "Bloxk Party" with Drego, Sada cycles from dance to dance while dropping bar after bar. His facial expressions and the moves he chooses are both hilarious and memorable.

  • “Shotta Flow 5″NLE Choppa

    NLE Choppa wakes up at home and chases an intruder around his house with a paintball gun in his video for "Shotta Flow 5" from last June. The thing is, the intruder is actually just Choppa with an afro wig on. He then somehow starts fighting toy soldiers in his house, the fruits in the kitchen start talking to him and his mother demands he wash the dishes and stop acting strange.

  • “Kanye Krazy”Lil Durk

    Proud Chicago native Lil Durk made a song titled "Kanye Krazy" this year, and dropped the creative video, which became a trending topic on Twitter upon its release. In the visual, Durkio reenacts all of Kanye's most notable moments both in and out of music, from arguing with a Sway look-alike on the radio to snatching the mic from a fake Taylor Swift during an awards show. He also recreates the "I Love It" video overall, including the box ’fit. This visual is humorous but also a moment of respect to a Chicago legend.

  • “Jobs”City Girls

    The City Girls are two employees at a fast-food spot who hate their jobs in the aptly titled video "Jobs." The video, released earlier this year, starts with a hilarious skit featuring JT and Yung Miami dealing with customers. Then they discuss how they need to move on to greener pastures, meshing perfectly with the song.

  • “Lightskin Lil Wayne”Tyga

    Tyga has always been a supporter of Lil Wayne, especially considering he was once signed to Young Money. In this 2019 video for "Lightskin Lil Wayne," Tyga turns himself into Lil Wayne, accurately reliving some of his biggest videos, like "Lollipop."

  • “Life Is Good”Future featuring Drake

    Future and Drake, who have been rich rappers in the game for quite some time, are now two regular dudes who have typical 9-to-5's in this video for "Life Is Good" from last year. Seeing Drake as a manager at a fake Apple Store and helping Lil Yachty during his shift is hilarious, as is Future working the drive-thru window at a fast-food place. Drake and Future's natural chemistry really makes this video work and brings on the laughs.

  • “I’m In Love”Junglepussy

    Junglepussy's 2019 video for "I'm In Love" features a dating game where she is both the host named Blackberry Love, the three women contestants, and the man who they go on a date with. She goes on a date with herself to the movies and has sex with herself, all in a video about an ode to taking someone else's man. JP is hilarious in every role, and the video is extremely entertaining.

  • “Forever”Blac Youngsta

    Dropping in 2018, Blac Youngsta's "Forever" visual finds him on a romantic date that goes through both the dead of winter and summer sunshine. The entire time, he serenades his lady with the song and really commits to the moment, which is funny in itself. On top of that, a clip of the video in which he tells the woman that she looks better than Beyoncé, only to quickly take it back, went viral.

  • “Free Joe Exotic”Bfb Da Packman featuring Sada Baby

    In the summer of 2020, Bfb Da Packman was known locally around his hometown of Michigan, but when the "Free Joe Exotic" video dropped during that time, it's what earned him more visibility outside his city of Flint. Bfb and Sada Baby exchange ridiculous bars back and forth while Bfb hits the ground, eats donuts, does random dances and gets kidnapped by Sada.

  • “Gat Damn”Freddie Gibbs

    Leave it to Freddie Gibbs to make a music video a comical experience. The rapper stars as Freddie Kane, the lead singer of a soul band that boasts G Perico on violin, in the 2019 visual for "Gat Damn." Besides their hilarious costumes, Freddie walks around the room in the beginning of the video and roasts the entire band with jokes that definitely feel like he came up with them on the spot. This is one of Freddie's best videos in his catalog, and he has plenty of good ones.

  • “Coochie”YN Jay and Louie Ray

    This was the 2020 video that exposed the world to YN Jay, the self-professed "Coochie Man." In between moments of him dry-humping random objects and spitting "coochie" punchlines with Louie Ray, the song and video are equally hilarious. Clips of the visual have gone viral since its release, thanks to Jay and Louie Ray's uniquely different styles compared to what was out at the time.

  • “Pony”DaBaby

    In this 2019 video for "Pony," DaBaby recreates scenes from the lauded 1983 film Scarface. The North Carolina rapper is a kingpin with a ridiculous wig on and lots of guns, all inside a giant mansion. DaBaby fully commits to all of his video roles, which makes his comedic timing work so well.

  • “I Love It”Kanye West featuring Lil Pimp and Adele Givens

    "I Love It," released in 2018, was a song that both reenergized Kanye and Lil Pump's buzz. Some of that came from the song's sexual lyrics, and the big box suits they wore in the video. Also surprisingly, Pump and ’Ye have good chemistry in the video, making the moment even funnier for how dedicated they were to the foolery.

  • “No Guidance”Chris Brown featuring Drake

    Released in July of 2019, the "No Guidance" video is a comedic version of Drake and Chris Brown's recently squashed beef. There's a dance battle, Drake mocking CB, and some real singing as they close in on each other from separate sides of the party. For a beef that felt like it would never cease, this visual is what buried the hatchet for the public.

  • “Oprah’s Bank Account”Lil Yachty featuring Drake and DaBaby

    Dropping last March, Lil Yachty's "Oprah's Bank Account" video was one of the best visuals of the year. The video was the first to introduce the sound of his Lil Boat 3 album last year. In the clip, Yachty dresses up as Oprah, and has Drake and DaBaby as his two guests on the show. That's a ridiculous premise, but Drake and DaBaby's funny answers to Yachty's wild line of questioning make it even better. Everyone remaining serious throughout really sends the hilarity home.

  • “Cry Baby”Megan Thee Stallion featuring DaBaby

    For Megan Thee Stallion's "Cry Baby" video, released this year, she and DaBaby are toys in a shop that don't spring to life until the humans are gone. They go on a RC car joyride around the store, Meg dances with other dolls and performs inside of a dollhouse. Then it ends with the employee having a meltdown over the destroyed store. Prepare to be entertained.

  • “Time Today”Moneybagg Yo

    Released a few weeks ago, Moneybagg Yo's "Time Today" video has a scene in which he recreates the popular 2000s sitcom Girlfriends since fans on social media have been comparing him to the character William for months. That specific scene is funny because Bagg not only acknowledged the jokes, but fully went along with them. He's a good sport.

  • “Ric Flair Drip”Offset and Metro Boomin

    Dropping back in 2017, "Ric Flair Drip" was the biggest song off Offset, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin's Without Warning collaborative project. The video, an homage to famed WWE wrestler Ric Flair, is funny, as Offset and Ric dance together and get fitted for matching robes. Ric has always been known to have eccentric ’fits and he flourishes here.

  • “Holy Moly”Blueface featuring NLE Choppa

    In this 2020 video, Blueface and NLE Choppa run a donut shop, inspired by the Holy Moly Donut Shop from the Friday movie series. At the end of the visual, Choppa steals $5 from a customer then calls her broke for wanting it back. Blueface comes back to seemingly save the day, but he takes another $5 too. When these two link up, the laughs are sure to follow.

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Will Smith is considering going from the Fresh Prince to the Fresh Politician.

During his guest appearance on the Pod Save America podcast hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor on Monday (March 1), Will Smith confirmed his interest in running for office "at some point" when asked by a co-host of the political podcast.

"I think for now I’ll let that office get cleaned up a little bit," Smith said. "And then I’ll consider that at some point down the line."

As the four-time Grammy-award winner continued, he explained the political figure he plans to be. “I will certainly do my part, whether it remains artistic or, at some point, ventures into the political arena,” he added.

Will Smith, who recently celebrated The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air anniversary, first hinted at his interest in politics after Donald Trump began running for office, according to statements made by The Independent. He also wouldn't be the first rapper to turn towards politics. Scarface of the Geto Boys ran for Houston city council in 2019 and Kanye West ran for President of the United States during the 2020 election.

The rapper-turned-actor is currently promoting the new Netflix series, Amend: The Fight For America, which he also hosts. The series explores the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which deals with citizenship in America.

In 1990, Will Smith entered the next phase of his career as an actor on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. As he stands now, he is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor.

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Soulja Boy is on pro-wrestler Randy Orton's not-so-good side after the Atlanta rhymer called the WWE organization (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.) fake last week while referring to the rap game.

On Sunday (Feb. 28), Big Soulja tweeted, "Rap game faker than WWE." Then, early this morning (March 2), WWE wrestler T-Bar replied to the rapper, saying, "Does the rap game take years off your life and leave you with countless injuries and debilitating pain? Oh well maybe just stick to super soaking hoes or whatever it is you did 15 years ago."

Randy Orton then responded to his wrestling colleague via Twitter, referring to Soulja Boy's initial tweet. "Fake?," he questioned. "Dare this prick to step up. He dont like movies? Consider us actors that do stunts, without pads 200 days a year and don’t bitch when we get surgically repaired and come right back. Consider us 100 times tougher then anyone you’ve come across. Aint nuthin but a bitch ass…"

After Soulja told T-Bar to get his "wrestling ass on," followed by laughing emojis, he wrote to Orton and said, "Do u know who the fuck I am. I’ll bring the REAL to wrestling don’t play with me. Randy Ortonnnnnnnn??????????."

Big Draco quipped back: "If you mad because I spit facts just say that. What you do is FAKE and I stand on that. What I do is REAL. Come to your world? Lol welcome to Soulja World."

The Twitter back-and-forth didn't end there. Orton later typed: "U spittin facts? Seems like all you spittin is the same mess you rap about. Nut. Clear your throat my dawg, and be there. Enough talk. Back it up."

Looks like Soulja later took Orton up on his offer for a matchup, saying, "Cap wrestler If u really want big draco to pull up say less."

Shortly after, Bow Wow—a frequent collaborator of Soula Boy's in the 2000s—chimed in, telling the Georgia-bred rhymer that wrestlers are fearful of himself and Soulja.

"Yo @souljaboy these wrestlers are terrified. I been giving them the business since i announced i was training. They so scared we gone take all they shine," Bow tweeted today.

Soulja Boy laughed and Bow Wow followed up with: "Aye @souljaboy the thing is we call our own shots and work for ourselves. They gotta check in with they boss in order to make things happen! @TripleH WE READY TO FIGHT!."

In response, Soulja wrote, "That’s a fact tho. Tell me why the wwe in they feelings for gang. Wrestler or not I’m slidin Man shruggingSmiling face with horns."

Seems like the wrestling world and the rap community have been clashing as of late. Back in January, another social media beef between Cardi B and wrestler Lacey Evans popped off via Twitter following Bardi's name being mentioned during the Legends Night episode on WWE Raw.

It's unclear whether or not there will be an actual showdown between Soulja Boy and Randy Orton, but if there is, it'll be worth the watch.

See more reactions to the Twitter spat below.

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Another Young Money compilation album is on the way, according to Lil Wayne. 

On Saturday (Feb. 27), Weezy F. Baby was a guest on Fox Sports Radio’s Up On Game where he confirmed a new Young Money album is on the way. “We about to put the compilation together with all the artists together on one album,” Wayne began. “That sets up everything for everybody so they could start coming out with their solo projects as well.”

Lil Wayne, who recently reportedly sold the Young Money music catalog for $100 million, is hoping this project can serve as a stepping stone for the artists he is currently repping—similar to the label's past two compilation projects. The unnamed album will be the third in the series of group efforts by the label, formerly under the legendary Cash Money Records.

This forthcoming Young Money collaborative album will bridge the gap between the last Young Money project, Rise of an Empire, which came out in 2014, and former Young Money rhymers Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga. In 2009, the label put out its first compilation album, We Are Young Money, with the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "BedRock" and "Roger That."

The more popular Young Money releases have come from Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga and of course, Lil Wayne. And although it's been some time since the label has offered a compilation album, fans of the collective can now wait patiently until a new offering from Weezy's label arrives.

Lil Wayne's comments about the newest Young Money compilation project starts around the 12:50-minute mark. Check out the full video below.

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After changing his Instagram profile picture to a photo of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, following the news of her recent drug trafficking arrest, Young Thug is explaining why he chose to make the infamous First Lady his main photo on social media.

On Saturday (Feb. 27), a video began circulating via social media of the 29-year-old rapper explaining that his Instagram avatar was not intended to be a meme of Emma Coronel Aispuro but to show his appreciation of her loyalty. In the clip, Thugger describes Emma as a "solid woman."

“El Chapo is wife the most solid woman I ever in my life ran into, man. That’s why I posted her on my page,” the Young Stoner Life Records CEO said. “I ain’t with none of that meme shit. Loyalty. 1000. Respect it. For life.”

The Slime Language rhymer changed his profile picture to the 31-year-old woman's mugshot after images of her in police custody flooded the internet last month. Fans noticed the new social media icon change and assumed Young Thug was making a meme-able moment, but he has finally set the record straight.

Emma Coronel Aispuro is currently facing 10 years in prison, if convicted of drug trafficking charges stemming from an arrest in Alexandria, Va. on Feb. 22. Aispuro is charged with conspiracy to distribute 5 milligrams or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, 1 kilogram of heroin and 1,000 kilos or more of marijuana in the U.S. She was previously accused of aiding her husband in an escape from his maximum-security Mexican prison in 2015. She is also on the hook for El Chapo's plot to escape in 2017, before he was extradited to the U.S.

It's unclear if Young Thug knows El Chapo's wife personally, but he does have a lot of respect for the woman that has stuck by her husband, who is an accused drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

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From the moment he stepped into the mainstream's consciousness with "Yonkers," a 2011 song and video with death threats for Bruno Mars, cockroaches and creepy dilated pupils, Tyler, The Creator's been a certified wild boy. With a mean sense of irony and a splash of randomness, Tyler's always had a knack for absurdist humor, and that brand of comedy and outright nihilism has often seeped into his tweets.

Since joining Twitter in July of 2010, Tyler, The Creator has let loose plenty of shocking messages that vacillate between random, offensive and funny, a lot of times managing to be all three at once. Over the years, he's fired shots at NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, made inventive, but outrageous observations about others, paired ice cream with seafood and much more on his way to becoming one of the most shocking tweeters this side of Dril. 

On Martin Luther King Day in 2014, Tyler had a laugh at the expense of the majority. "WHOA LOWKEY WE CAN BE EXTRA MEAN AND DISGRUNTLED TO WHITE PEOPLE TODAY, IM GONNA SEE HOW FAR I CAN GO," he wrote in a tweet. On another occasion, he posted a picture of salmon he mixed in with some ice cream. Seriously.

While Tyler can also tweet out earnest, real-time observations about his own music and he can fan out about other things he rocks with, the rapper still makes time to return to his absurdist roots. Now, it's time to look at prime examples of that, some of why are NSFW.

Today, XXL takes a look at Tyler, The Creator's most outrageous tweets.

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The sexual abuse allegations made against T.I. and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris of R&B group Xscape, haven't wavered as an attorney, who is reportedly representing some of Tip and Tiny's alleged victims, is looking to have the couple investigated by authorities.

According to a report from The New York Times on Monday (March 1), New York-based lawyer Tyrone Blackburn represents 11 women who claim they were victimized by T.I. and Tiny. Of those 11, four women claim they were allegedly drugged and sexually abused by the hip-hop artist and singer in Georgia and California. Two of the alleged instances are claims of rape as well.

Blackburn sent letters to federal prosecutors in both Georgia and California last month regarding the incidents. Within the letters, he has called for officials to investigate the Atlanta rapper and his wife. Blackburn claims that the women's encounters are "eerily similar" and span more than a decade with incidents dating as far back as 2005, and as recent as either 2017 or 2018.

The women reportedly don't know one another. The lawyer claims T.I., Tiny and their associates or employees are responsible for "sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terroristic threats and false imprisonment."

Steve Sadow, the attorney for T.I. and Tiny, told XXL in a statement this afternoon, "Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming. These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media. The Harrises implore everyone not to be taken in by these obvious attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system."

Sadow additionally said on the couple's behalf that any "deal" Blackburn claimed that T.I. or his wife would make is false. "I understand that at a virtual press conference today, attorney Blackburn claimed the Harrises reached out to him through me to supposedly make a deal," Sadow continued. "That is patently false. I reached out to see if he would share any information since his name was posted on Instagram as the attorney for Sabrina Peterson. Blackburn repeatedly refused to provide the names of his accuser-clients or any corroborating or supporting evidence of his groundless claims. The Harrises repeat that they are confident if a thorough and fair investigation is conducted, no charges will be brought."

On the other hand, attorney Blackburn claims several of the women are willing to pursue criminal action against the couple, but some may be faced with statue of limitation that may prevent moving forward.

According to The NY Times, Blackburn's letter lists "a military veteran, a former friend-turned-assistant, an exotic dancer and a teenage intern at T.I.’s studio and record label, Grand Hustle" as some of the accusers. The news publication claims to have spoken with five of the alleged victims who say they were drugged, raped or sexually assaulted by T.I. and Tiny or individuals in their circle.

From the conversations the women had with The New York Times, Tip and Tiny were described as "aggressors who deployed drugs, alcohol, money and their celebrity status to prey on and entrap women for sexual abuse, and then threatened violence against anyone who might speak out."

One woman, the military veteran, claims she was drugged at a club by Tiny back in 2005, after accepting an offer of a sip of the singer's drink. The woman, who said she was with a friend at the time, recalls being woozy and vomiting. She claims she was later raped by the couple in a hotel room.

In Blackburn's letter, another woman, who reportedly became friends with Tiny when they were younger, claims she was forced to take ecstasy pills and perform sex acts with the couple. She had been traveling and partying with them around 2005.

Attorney Lisa Bloom also spoke out on the allegations against Tip and Tiny last month, revealing that she represents two women who have accused them of sexual assault. She shared a post via Twitter as well as Instagram where another woman appears to have come forward with an account about the couple.

The allegations against T.I. and Tiny stem from Atlanta-based businesswoman Sabrina Peterson reportedly sharing the stories from at least 30 women who made allegations of sexual assault, forcing drugs and more against the couple via social media. Prior to this, Peterson claimed The L.I.B.R.A. artist put a gun to her head in front of children.

Tiny defended her husband against the claims via social media at that time. Shortly after, the couple released a joint statement "emphatically" denying the claims. Tip later went on Instagram Live to maintain himself and his wife's innocence.

XXL has reached out to a rep for T.I. and Tiny as well as attorneys Tyrone Blackburn and Lisa Bloom for a comment on this matter.

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Waka Flocka has shared his thoughts on people who record themselves helping the less fortunate.

In a social media video, which began circulating online on Sunday (Feb. 28), Waka spoke out against those who feel the need to record their good deed of assisting or feeding the homeless.

"You know what?," Waka began in the clip. "When I do good deeds, I don't never record or take pictures because why would I catch a person at they lowest point in life? And plus, I don't need a visual of what I did right. I got to experience it and that shit is the feeling and that's something you can't take from me. You know what I'm saying? [Or] take from them. That's a real human trait. So, to see anybody marketing they self feeding the homeless or feeding somebody that needs help, to me, you corny as fuck, man."

He added: "I just gotta tell you that."

Aside from Waka Flocka being vocal about people essentially exploiting the less fortunate, he's been a bit quiet on the music tip lately. His most recent effort, the Salute Me or Shoot Me 7 mixtape, dropped back in April of 2020. Prior to that, he offered Mollywood in June of 2019. That same year, Waka also released the sixth installment to his Salute Me or Shoot Me series, Salute Me or Shoot Me 6, in April of 2019.

He does, however, have a reality TV show with his wife, Tammy Rivera, called Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka, which airs on WE network later this month.

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Eminem has a G.O.A.T. level resume that includes two diamond albums, but his greatest singular mainstream accomplishment may be his hit single, "Lose Yourself."

Released in October 2002, off the 8 Mile soundtrack, the motivational song produced by Em, Luis Resto and Jeff Bass became Shady's first No. 1 single. It stayed in the lead position of the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks. The track went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, becoming the first hip-hop song to do so. It also took home Grammy awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in 2003. It earned diamond certification in February 2018. Nearly 20 years later, "Lose Yourself" is Em's biggest single to date, and that's saying something.

Need some inspiration for your next workout? Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it, or just let it slip? Yo

VERSE ONE
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking, how? Everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up, over—blaow!
Snap back to reality, ope there goes gravity, ope
There goes Rabbit, he choked, he's so mad but he won't
Give up that easy, no, he won't have it, he knows
His whole back's to these ropes, it don't matter, he's dope
He knows that but he's broke, he's so stagnant, he knows
When he goes back to this mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again yo, this old rap shit, he
Better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him, and

CHORUS
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

VERSE TWO
His soul's escaping through this hole that is gaping
This world is mine for the taking, make me king
As we move toward a New World Order
A normal life is boring; but superstardom's
Close to post-mortem, it only grows harder
Homie grows hotter, he blows, it's all over
These hoes is all on him, coast-to-coast shows
He's known as the Globetrotter, lonely roads
God only knows, he's grown farther from home, he's no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose, 'cause here goes the cold water
These hoes don't want him no mo', he's cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose-dove and sold nada, and so the soap opera
Is told, it unfolds, I suppose it's old, partner
But the beat goes on: da-da-dom, da-dom, dah-dah, dah-dah

CHORUS
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

VERSE THREE
No more games, I'ma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfuckin' roof off like two dogs caged
I was playin' in the beginning, the mood all changed
I've been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But I kept rhymin' and stepped right in the next cypher
Best believe somebody's payin' the Pied Piper
All the pain inside amplified by the
Fact that I can't get by with my nine-to-
Five and I can't provide the right type of life for my family
'Cause man, these goddamn food stamps don't buy diapers
And there's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it's gettin' even harder
Tryna feed and water my seed, plus teeter-totter
Caught up between bein' a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama, screamin' on her, too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony's
Gotten me to the point I'm like a snail, I've got
To formulate a plot or end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfuckin' option—failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got
To go; I cannot grow old in Salem's Lot
So here I go, it's my shot: feet, fail me not
This may be the only opportunity that I got

CHORUS
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

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Kodak Black has had it with all the clone talk.

Since coming home from prison last month, after having his sentence communicated by former President Trump, Kodak looks noticeably different, most likely a result of a prison diet and working out while on lock down. Yet, some people have been quick to toss out the clone conspiracy theory as the reason for Kodak's new look. On Saturday night (Feb. 27), the South Florida rapper finally addressed the clone speculation on Instagram Live. "All this little cloning shit starting to make me mad now," he responded to a person in his comments saying his voice didn't sound like the real Kodak.

He continued, "Back then, all my other little bids, whenever this little cloning shit came out, I wasn't really tripping on it. But now, y'all blowing me now. How the fuck? It can't be no other…and then…they can't muthafuckin duplicate this shit. All kinda niggas be trying to imitate this shit, but they can't duplicate this shit. These fuck niggas ain't seeing Yak. They know that, that's why they was mad I came home. All these niggas was scared, scared for me to come home. These niggas was trying to pick up all the money. I ain't trying to bench ya, everybody can get the money. Everybody can do this shit. I don't give a fuck 'bout you niggas, man. Know what I'm saying. Everybody can pop their little shit."

As he said, this isn't the first time Kodak clone speculation has arisen. Back in July 2019, The Project Baby was at the center of clone rumors when he posted a jail photo on his Instagram page, causing fans to point out little differences in the new photo and old photos, and ultimately make the rational conclusion that Kodak have been replaced by a clone in jail.

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Cardi B is back in pole position.

After dropping her No. 1 single, "W.A.P.," last year, Bardi followed up with her latest banger, "Up," on Feb. 5. Produced by Sean Island, DJ SwanQo and Yung Dza, the Bronx rapper's newest raunchy, club-ready track is already becoming one of the biggest hip-hop singles of 2021.

The song didn't come without a bit of controversy, as has become par for the course for Cardi releases. This time, instead of being called out for flexing her sexuality, Mir Fontane accused Bardi of swiping the chorus from his 2020 single, also titled "Up." Cardi has denied the allegations.

The new single currently sits at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after peaking at No. 2.

Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Up, up, up (Ayy), up (Uh), up, look (This is fire)
Once upon a time, man, I heard that I was ugly
Came from a bitch who nigga wanna fuck on me

REFRAIN
I said my face bomb, ass tight
Racks stack up Shaq height
Jewelry on me, flashlight
I been lit since last night
Hit him with that good good
Make a nigga act right
Broke boys don't deserve no pussy
(I know that's right)

PRE-CHORUS
Big bag bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bitches fucked
It's big bags bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga, man
Birkin bag, Bardi back and all you bitches fucked

CHORUS
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Ayy)
Up, then it's up, if it's up, then it's stuck (Huh)
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Woo)

VERSE ONE
I could make the party hot, I could make your body rock
Bitches say they fuckin' with me, chances are they probably not
If I had a dick, you'd probably lick it like a lollipop
Hoes speakin' cap-enese, hit 'em with karate chop
I'm forever poppin' shit, pullin' up and droppin' shit
Gotta argue with him 'cause a nigga love a toxic bitch
Niggas out here playin', gotta make 'em understand
If ain't no ring on my finger, you ain't goin' on my 'Gram

REFRAIN
I said my face bomb, ass tight
Racks stack up Shaq height (Yeah)
Jewelry on me, flashlight (Huh)
I been lit since last night (Woo)
Hit him with that good good
Make a nigga act right (Ah)
Broke boys don't deserve no pussy
(I know that's right)

PRE-CHORUS
Big bag bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bitches fucked (Woo)
It's big bags bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga, man
Birkin bag, Bardi back and all you bitches fucked

CHORUS
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Ayy)
Up, then it's up, if it's up, then it's stuck
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Ayy)

VERSE TWO
Bitches ain't fuckin' with me now and I can see why
Dirty-ass, dusty-ass bitch, you got pink eye
Bitches want smoke until I bring it to they doorstep
Tell that bitch back back, breath smell like horse sex (Ha)
Put it on him now, he will never be the same (He won't)
Tatted on my ass 'cause I really like the pain (Ah)
He nutted on my butt, I said, "I'm glad that you came"
If that nigga had a twin, I would let 'em run a train (Skrrt)

PRE-CHORUS
Big bag bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bitches fucked (Woo)
It's big bags bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga, man
Birkin bag, Bardi back and all you bitches fucked (Ooh)

CHORUS
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Woo)
Up, then it's up, if it's up, then it's stuck (Woo)
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh

OUTRO
Look, gotta play it safe, huh
No face, no case (Hahaha)

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: February 27, 2021Chelsea Lauren, Getty Images

Over two years after his untimely death, Mac Miller has posthumously earned his first platinum album.

On Wednesday (Feb. 24), the beloved MC's Swimming album was certified platinum by the RIAA. Released on Aug. 3, 2018, the album is sans features and was fueled by the singles "Self Care," What's the Use?" and "Small Worlds." The LP debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was released just over a month before Mac died on Sept. 7, 2018 from an accidental overdose. A week after his death, the album re-entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.

Swimming earned a 2019 Grammy nomination but lost out to Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy album. All of Mac's other albums have reached gold status, with the exception of The Divine Feminine, which has yet to earn a certification.

RIAA

Last summer, Mac's label, Warner Music, announced it would be putting together a new project from Mac, which they invited fans to be apart of. "Mac Miller's team is working on an untitled project to celebrate Malcolm and his music," a social media post from the label announced. "His art touched so many lives in so many ways. A toll-free phone number has been set up to collect your stories, thoughts and wishes as part of this project. Your offerings are deeply appreciated."

No more details were revealed. It if turns out to be an album, it would be the second posthumous release from Mac. His last album, Circles, dropped last January and was supported by the singles "Good News" and "Blue World."

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Won't the real KD please stand up.

Detroit rapper Kash Doll and future NBA Hall of Fame basketball player, Kevin Durant, recently got into a back-and-forth on social media over the moniker "KD."  It all started when Kash posted the braggadocios tweet, "All these niggas wanna fuck KD."

Kevin Durant, a world-famous hooper who has been known as "KD" for over a decade, replied to the tweet, not wanting anyone to confuse her statement as being about him. "@kashdoll You did not have to use those initials to get this tweet off," he replied. "U have to relax with the KD talk, your name is KASHDOLL."

The Stacked rapper defiantly responded, saying she is the authentic KD. "I’m the real KD…. your name Kevin Durant act accordingly," she responded to the Brooklyn Nets forward's tweet, along with a heart emoji.

Kash Doll then tried to add validity to her statement by retweeting a fan noting that she has a song called "KD Diary" that came out in 2019, which is over a decade after Durant became a household name for his basketball prowess. "She been calling herself KD, this album was released in 2019 and look at the title," the uninformed fan wrote.

Kash Doll, known for her singles "Ice Me Out" and "For Everybody," released her debut album, Stacked, in October 2019 via Republic Records. She is currently prepping the follow-up to the debut LP. In December, she put out the single "Bossa Nova" featuring fellow Motor City native Tee Grizzley.

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6ix9ine is facing yet another lawsuit.

On Saturday (Feb. 27), TMZ reported Alexis Salaberrios, a dancer at the Gold Rush Cabaret in Miami, is suing the Brooklyn rapper over a bottle-throwing incident that resulted in her receiving a severe head wound. According to the lawsuit, filed on Friday (Feb. 26), Salaberrios' legal team claims Tekashi was in the club on Feb. 20. He allegedly became angered after someone called him a rat and hurled a bottle of champagne at his detractors. Instead of hitting his mark, the suit alleges the bottle hit Salaberrios in her head and states Tekashi fired off the "deadly object with intent to commit serious bodily injury."

The victim reportedly went to the emergency room with her head wound requiring several staples. She is suing Tekashi for aggravated battery. According to Tekashi's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, his client is innocent of any wrongdoing. "Nothing occurred with him," Lazzaro tells XXL. "There are video cameras in the establishment. It’s an attempt to shake him down. If he is served properly, we will immediately move to have it dismissed."

The alleged victim is also partially putting the blame on the club. According to documents, she is also suing the club for gross negligence, claiming they should have had more security on hand for an artist like 6ix9ine who is known to get in hostile situations.

XXL has reached out to the Gold Rush Cabaret for comment.

6ix9ine has been hit with multiple lawsuits since he was released from prison last April. Last December, victims of a 2018 robbery sued the rapper claiming he was part of a criminal conspiracy to have them robbed. Two months prior, he was sued by the woman who claims to be at the center of his 2015 sexual misconduct case.

6ix9ine is fresh off the release of his new single, "ZaZa."

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Hasbro announced yesterday (Feb. 25) that the company will be dropping the "Mr." from their Potato Head toy line, and now Safaree has some questions.

The "Paradise" rapper tweeted on Friday (Feb. 26) saying that the brand is "reaching" with their recently shared news. "Mr potato head is reaching. your a potato nigga what the helll you mean your gender neutral," he wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, he responded to a fan pointing out that the toy itself is plastic. "That makes it even dumber they really had a meeting on a plastic potato," Safaree typed.

Although Hasbro has removed the "Mr." from its overarching brand name, it clarified that the Mr. Potato Head character is staying as is.

"Launching this fall, the Create Your Potato Head Family is a celebration of the many faces of families allowing kids to imagine and create their own Potato Head family with two large potato bodies, one small potato body and 42 accessories," Hasbro wrote in a statement. "The possibilities to create your own families are endless with mixing and mashing all the parts and pieces."

Safaree's tweets have been sparking conversations across social media lately. Earlier this week, he lamented that getting married was one of the worst decisions he's made.

"I mean this from the bottom of my heart getting married was 1 of my BIGGEST mistakes and it will never happen again," he said on Tuesday (Feb. 23). “I’m walking away before I end up in jail over some dumb shit. Nobody is worth my freedom!!!”

The Brooklyn artist is currently married to reality TV star Erica Mena and the couple share a daughter.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 26, 2021Joseph Okpako, WireImage

A new posthumous track from the beloved Pop Smoke has arrived. The late Brooklyn rapper's song appears on the soundtrack of the film Boogie, in which Pop also makes his acting debut.

On Friday (Feb. 26), Pop's new song "AP" was delivered across all digital streaming platforms. The quintessential Brooklyn drill record is comprised of Pop's signature grit and growl over a grim, bass-heavy beat.

"AP, spicy/I bust a check in my Nike/Am I a killer?/Might be/Two-tone, icy," he rhymes raspily on the hook. "If I run down, it's a drum round/All you gonna hear is gun sounds/Niggas know I bring them guns out/I make it hot when it's sundown, uh/Fever, shorty wanna act like a diva/Shorty wanna suck on my Nina/I leave that shit wet, Aquafina."

Boogie, which stars actors Taylor Takahashi, Taylour Paige, Pamelyn Chee, Mike Moh, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexa Mareka, Perry Yung and Pop Smoke, is the story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a talented basketball star from Queens, N.Y., who aspires to go pro and play in the NBA. However, this young man's parents prefer that he focuses on getting a scholarship to a great college over his basketball dreams. Boogie then has to figure out how to navigate his own relationship, high school basketball, his rivals and his parents' expectations. In the film, Pop hits the big screen for the very first time as a basketball player named Monk, who is one of Boogie's on-court rivals.

A trailer for the film dropped last month. Boogie officially hits theaters next Fri., March 5, a year after the late Pop Smoke was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 2020.

Check out Pop Smoke's new song "AP" below.

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XXXTentacion offered "Revenge," initially titled "Garette's Revenge," on May 18, 2017 via Soundcloud. The track, which was also the lead single from XXX's debut studio album, 17, was dedicated to the rapper's friend, Jocelyn Flores, who committed suicide prior to the song officially being released.

About a week before "Revenge" dropped, it was previewed on Twitter by Flores. On the Soundcloud description for the song, X penned a tribute to Flores, which said, "rest in peace, jocelyn, I will have my revenge upon the world."

"Revenge" peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Sept. 6, 2017.

INTRO
I think I, I think I finally
Found a way to forgive myself
From mistakes I made in my past
I think that's the first step, right?
You agree?

VERSE
I've dug two graves for us, my dear
Can't pretend that I was perfect, leavin' you in fear
Oh, man, what a world, the things I hear
If I could act on my revenge, then, oh, would I?
Some kill, some steal, some break your heart
And you thought that I would let it go and let you walk
Well broken hearts break bones, so break up fast
And I don't wanna let it go, so in my grave I'll rot
I've dug two graves for us, my dear
Can't pretend that I was perfect, leavin' you in fear
Oh, man, what a world, the things I hear
If I could act on my revenge, then, oh, would I?
Some kill, some steal, some break your heart
And you thought that I would let it go and let you walk
Broken hearts break bones, so break up fast
And I don't wanna let it go, so in my grave I'll rot

CHORUS
In my grave, I'll rot
In my grave, I'll rot
In my grave, I'll rot-ot-ot
In my grave, I'll rot
In my grave, I'll rot-ot-ot
In my grave, I'll rot

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Eminem released "Godzilla" when he surprise-dropped his Music to Be Murdered By album on Jan. 31, 2020. It became the first posthumous Juice Wrld song to come out following his death in late 2019.

"Godzilla" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video, which features appearances from both Mike Tyson and Dr. Dre, currently has over 329 million views. It was directed by Cole Bennett and released in partnership with Lyrical Lemonade. The video features a dedication to Juice Wrld during the closing frames.

According to the lyric website Genius, Em raps faster on "Godzilla" than he does on his record-breaking track "Rap God." Genius claims he raps 10.65 syllables per second, or roughly 300 words in 30 seconds, on the song's third verse. This would break his "Rap God" record of 9.6 words per second, however it has not been verified by Guinness World Records.

Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Ugh, you're a monster

VERSE ONE
I can swallow a bottle of alcohol and I'll feel like Godzilla
Better hit the deck like the card dealer
My whole squad's in here, walkin' around the party
A cross between a zombie apocalypse and big Bobby "The
Brain" Heenan which is probably the
Same reason I wrestle with mania
Shady's in this bitch, I'm posse'd up
Consider it to cross me a costly mistake
If they sleepin' on me, the
Hoes better get insomnia, ADHD, hydroxycut
Pass the Courvoisi' (Hey, hey)
In AA, with an AK, melee, finna set it like a playdate
Better vacate, retreat like a vacay, mayday
This beat is cray-cray, Ray J, H-A, H-A, H-A
Laughin' all the way to the bank, I spray flames
They cannot tame or placate the (Aye)

CHORUS
Monster
You get in my way? I'ma feed you to the monster (Yeah)
I'm normal during the day, but at night turn to a monster (Yeah)
When the moon shines like Ice Road Truckers
I look like a villain outta those blockbusters
Godzilla, fire spitter, monster
Blood on the dance floor, and on the Louis V carpet
Fire, Godzilla, fire, monster
Blood on the dance floor, and on the Louis V carpet

VERSE TWO
I'm just a product of Slick Rick and Onyx, told 'em lick the balls
Had 'em just appalled at so many things that pissed 'em off
It's impossible to list 'em all
And in the midst of all this
I'm in a mental hospital with a crystal ball
Tryna see, will I still be like this tomorrow?
Risperdal, voices whisper
But my fist is balled back up against the wall, pencil drawn
This is just the song to go ballistic on
You just pulled a pistol on the guy with the missile launcher
I'm just a Loch Ness, the mythological
Quick to tell a bitch screw off like a fifth of Vodka
When you twist the top of the bottle, I'm a

CHORUS
Monster
You get in my way? I'ma feed you to the monster (Yeah)
I'm normal during the day, but at night turn to a monster (Yeah)
When the moon shines like Ice Road Truckers
I look like a villain outta those blockbusters
Godzilla, fire spitter, monster
Blood on the dance floor, and on the Louis V carpet
Fire, Godzilla, fire, monster
Blood on the dance floor, and on the Louis V carpet

VERSE THREE
If you never gave a damn, raise your hand
'Cause I'm about to set trip, vacation plans
I'm on point, like my index is, so all you will ever get is
The motherfuckin' finger (Finger), prostate exam ('xam)
How can I have all these fans and perspire?
Like a liar's pants, I'm on fire
And I got no plans to retire and I'm still the man you admire
These chicks are spazzin' out, I only get more handsome and flier
I got 'em passin' out like what you do, when you hand someone flyers
What goes around comes around just like the blades on a chainsaw
'Cause I caught the flaps of my dollar stack
Right off the bat like a baseball, like Kid Ink
Bitch, I got them racks with so much ease that they call me Diddy
'Cause I make bands and I call getting cheese a cakewalk (cheesecake)
Bitch, I'm a player, I'm too motherfuckin' stingy for Cher
Won't even lend you an ear ain't even pretendin' to care
But I tell a bitch I'll marry her, if she'll bury her
Face on my genital area, the original Richard Ramirez
Christian Rivera '
'Cause my lyrics never sit well so they wanna give me the chair
Like a paraplegic, and it's scary, call it Harry Carry
'Cause every Tom and Dick and Harry
Carry a Merriam motherfuckin' dictionary
Got 'em swearin' up and down, they can't spit, this shit's hilarious
It's time to put these bitches in the obituary column
We wouldn't see eye to eye with a staring problem
Get the shaft out like a steering column (Mark Jack)
Trigger happy, pack heat, but it's black ink
Evil half of the Bad Meets
Evil, that means take a back seat
Take it back to Fat Petes with a maxi, single
Look at my rap sheets, what attracts these people
Is my gangster, bitch, like Apache with a catchy jingle
I stack these chips, you barely got a half-eaten Cheeto
Fill 'em with the venom, and eliminate 'em
Other words, I Minute Maid 'em
I don't want to hurt 'em, but I did 'em in a fit of rage
I'm murderin' again, nobody will evade him
I'm finna kill 'em and dump all the fuckin' bodies in a lake
Obliteratin' everything, incineratin' and renegade 'em
And I make anybody who want it with the pen afraid
But don't nobody want it but they're gonna get it anyway
'Cause I'm beginnin' to feel like I'm mentally ill
I'm Attila, kill or be killed, I'm a killer, be the vanilla gorilla
You're bringin' the killer within me, out of me
You don't want to be the enemy of the demon
Who went in me, and be on the receiving of me, what stupidity, it'd be
Every bit of me is the epitome of a spitter
When I'm in the vicinity, motherfucker, you better duck
Or you finna be dead the minute you run into me
A hundred percent of you is a fifth of a percent of me
I'm 'bout to fuckin' finish you bitch, I'm un-fadable
You wanna battle, I'm available, I'm blowin' up like an inflatable
I'm undebatable, I'm unavoidable, I'm un-evadable
I'm on the toilet bowl
I got a trailer full of money and I'm paid in full
I'm not afraid to pull the

OUTRO
Man stop
Look what I'm plannin' (Haha)

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Week in and week out, there are plenty of brand new rap songs, no matter the time of year. It can be really difficult to stay aware of what's out and also what's hot, so XXL decided to make things much easier for you. Instead of sorting out nearly everything that released this week, we've narrowed it down to strictly the best of the week, saving you plenty of time.

Expect to see selections from the established stars, the next wave of new talent, the up-and-comers and everyone else in between. If your song is fire enough to beat the competition, it'll take one of the weekly spots. You can trust us on this one; follow our lead and you'll never get laughed off of the aux cord again. Your friends will finally trust you with playlists; it'll be wonderful. In addition to that, you can check back every week for the latest and greatest tracks. You'll always have somewhere to turn to each week, being sure to find some songs you'll dig.

Enjoy this week's list, featuring new songs from Pop Smoke ("AP), Duke Deuce ("Fell Up In The Club" featuring A$AP Ferg), Curren$y ("I Don't Call") and more. See you next week!

  • “AP”Pop Smoke
  • “Fell Up In The Club”Duke Deuce featuring A$AP Ferg
  • “I Don’t Call”Curren$y
  • “I’m The Type”Key Glock
  • “Cosmic.m4a” (The Alchemist Version featuring Joey Bada$$)Denzel Curry featuring Joey Bada$$
  • “Same N*ggas”Shordie Shordie and Murda Beatz
  • “Talk To Me”Drakeo The Ruler featuring Drake
  • “Pay & Cardo”Payroll Giovanni and Cardo
  • “Blixky Gang Freestyle Pt. 2″22gz
  • “Money Long”DDG and OG Parker featuring 42 Dugg
  • “Thieves In Atlanta”Yung Bleu featuring Coi Leray
  • “Skeegee”J.I.D
  • “Prayer For Me”Trae Tha Truth featuring Mysonne and Big K.R.I.T.

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Filed Under: 22gz, 42 Dugg, A$AP Ferg, Bangers, Big K.R.I.T., big sean, Cardo, Coi Leray, currensy, DDG, Denzel Curry, Drake, drakeo the ruler, Duke Deuce, J.I.D, Joey Bada$$, Key Glock, Murda Beatz, Mysonne, OG Parker, Payroll Giovanni, Pop Smoke, Shordie Shordie, The List, Trae Tha Truth, YG, Yung BleuCategories: New Music


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 26, 2021Jet Life Recordings / Warner Records / Quality Control Music

The countdown is over and Friday is finally here. And of course, that means several things, but in the hip-hop community, it signifies new music.

After a mild delay, Baltimore-bred Shordie Shordie and mastermind producer Murda Beatz drop their collective effort, Memory Lane. The 12-track project features some high-octane production from Murda and some of Shordie's quick-tongued rhymes. Less than three weeks before Memory Lane arrived, the duo dropped their joint record with Trippie Redd, "Love," which is also the only feature on the project. All-in-all, there's a little bit of rasp, mixed with melodic vibes and some R&B-esque feels as well.

New Orleans veteran rapper Curren$y delivers new music as well. Coming off a few releases in 2020, Spitta drops Collection Agency. Comprised of 10 songs, the effort contains a feature from Larry June and production by frequent collaborators Harry Fraud as well DJ Fresh and more. The NOLA spitter—pun intended—stays true to his mellow bars, accompanied by gray, but entrancing production. There's some uptempo moments, too. Collection Agency comes after some of Curren$y's 2020 offerings including The Tonight Show with Curren$y with DJ Fresh, The OutRunners with Harry Fraud and The Director's Cut with Harry Fraud.

Rising Memphis artist Duke Deuce's album Duke Nukem also arrives today. Before the LP made its way onto streaming platform, the Quality Control Music rapper dropped his single "Spin" featuring 1017 Records' own Foogiano. Prior to delivering his latest track, Duke released the militant-minded "Soldiers Steppin" track along with a cinematic video showcasing Duke's nimble moves and comedic timing. Duke Nukem, released via Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Made Men Movement, is packed with Duke Deuce's new-age crunk sound, aggressive rhymes and catchy ad-libs.

See other releases below from Drakeo The Ruler, Casey Veggies and more.

  • Memory LaneShordie Shordie and Murda Beatz Warner Records
  • Collection AgencyCurren$yJet Life Recordings
  • Duke Nukem Duke DeuceQuality Control Music / Motown
  • Another Day Another DollarPayroll Giovanni and CardoBylug Entertinament
  • The Truth HurtsDrakeo The RulerStinc Team
  • Back on My Buck Shit Vol. 3Young BuckCashville Records / Drum Squad Records
  • Customized Greatly 5Casey VeggiesCommission Music
  • Anniversary (Deluxe)Bryson TillerRCA Records
  • Stunna This Stunna ThatStunna GirlEpic Records
  • If You’re Scared Stay InsideTrae Tha Truth and MysonneWorldstar Distribution

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 25, 2021Scott Dudelson, Getty Images

Freddie Gibbs is known for his lyrical storytelling, but this time, the Gary, Ind. rhymer recently shared a pearl-clutching incident during a podcast interview.

On the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Podcast, which aired on Tuesday (Feb. 23), Gangsta Gibbs discussed the invention of the .45 caliber bullet with Rogan and comedian Brian Moses. Amid the conversation, Gibbs revealed that he shot a "crackhead" a while back and the man kept running.

"You know, this is some real shit because there’s a crackhead back in the day. I shot the nigga nine times with a TEC-9, and he kept running down the alley," Freddie Gibbs explained.

While speaking on the creation of the bullet, Moses said that at the time, police tried to stop a Black man, who worked on a dock in the 1900s, that was accused of raping a woman by shooting at him. However, the bullets, according to Moses, weren't powerful enough to take the man down due to the cocaine he was on that helped himself and other ship workers stay up during long shifts. Thus, stronger bullets—the .45 caliber bullet—were allegedly created.

A number of people were perplexed by Freddie Gibbs' admission and shared their thoughts in the comment section of the podcast video on Joe Rogan's YouTube page.

One YouTube user wrote, "Freddie Gibbs talking about shooting a crackhead 9 times like it's a nerf gun fight with his friends."

Another said, "'I shot a crackhead 9 times with a tec 9 back in the day'
Well that escalated quickly…"

The subject matter then shifted to a conversation about crack and cocaine, which was legal to use at the time.

Check out the conversation below. Freddie Gibbs shares his story around the 1-minute mark.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 25, 2021FilmMagic, FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival / Gilbert Carrasquillo, GC Images

Spring is approaching in a few weeks and there's some new music with good vibes on the horizon to help usher in the warm weather.

In February, there were efforts from rising Memphis rapper Pooh Shiesty (Shiesty Season), U.K.-based rhymer Slow Thai (Tyron), Smokepurpp (Psycho) and much more. This month, the temperature will certain rise thanks to offerings from Fenix Flexin, Benny The Butcher and a host of others.

Helping to kick things off is former Shoreline Mafia member Fenix Flexin. The California-bred rhymer is stepping out on his own to deliver his first solo mixtape, Fenix Flexin Mixtape Vol. 1, on March 19. Fenix gave glimpses of his solo ability on "H*e Shit" and "Change Ya Life," which appear on Shoreline's 2020 album Mafia Bidness. The newly solo rhymer offered another teaser earlier this month with "10 Toes" featuring his conversational bars over a West Coast-influenced beat.

That same day, Griselda's Benny The Butcher drops his project with Harry Fraud titled The Plugs I Met 2. The Buffalo, N.Y. spitter dropped the first installment of The Plugs I Met back in 2019. The 7-piece offering contained Benny's bars of steel and appearances from his label mate and cousin, Conway the Machine, Jadakiss, Pusha T and more. An ideal pairing with the crafty beatsmith Harry Fraud, Benny The Butcher is sure to bring the heat on this latest joint as well.

In March, also expect new music from Caleborate, Molly Brazy and more, too.

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Seventeen years into his rap career, Kendrick Lamar's status as a living rap icon is unimpeachable, but that status was hard-earned. After all, everyone's got to start somewhere, and for Kendrick, who first rapped under the name K-Dot, that launching pad was a collection of projects that sound more like a Lil Wayne tribute artist than the ferocious Compton wordsmith fans know today.

Featuring a cheesy cover for an even cheesier set of songs, 2004's Y.H.N.I.C. (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year), was Kendrick Lamar's introduction to the rap world. You can hear flashes of greatness, but for the most part, this version of the rapper, then known as K-Dot, isn't much more than your rapper from ’round the way.

By the time he released his debut album, Section.80, in the summer of 2011, the fledgling freestyler had evolved into one of the most promising artists the rap game had seen in a long time. Armed with tighter flows, more individualized musicality and a more emphatic message, Kendrick then was nothing like the sounds of K-Dot prior, and soon he was a certified superstar.

After releasing two critically acclaimed major label albums by 2015, Kendrick had the rap world wondering how he'd top his first two outings. His answer was DAMN., a 2017 album that features visceral storytelling and Billboard Hot 100 singles at every turn. While many had pegged Kenny as a conscious artist, this record proved that label was a reductive one, and that Kung Fu Kenny could pretty much do whatever he wanted.

Over the course of his career, Kendrick Lamar has been everything from amateur rapper to rising star to King of Hip-Hop. Those career plateaus are self-contained period pieces on hip-hop and case studies in how to evolve your sound. Through 12 projects, Kendrick has showcased every side of himself and invited fans to take a journey. Now, it's time to retrace those steps.

Today, XXL ranks all of Kendrick Lamar's projects. Check out the rankings for yourself in the gallery below.—Peter A. Berry

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Looking for the lyrics to Eminem's "Rap God"? We've got you covered.

The 2013 track comes off Em's 2013 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and is certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

"Rap God" also holds the Guinness World Record for Most Words In a Hit Single, with 1,560 words in 6 minutes and 44 seconds. Slim averages an impressive 4.28 words per second throughout the song.

Additionally, the track received a nomination for Best Rap Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Ultimately, however, it lost to Kendrick Lamar's "i."

"Rap God" is considered one of Em's most prolific tracks due to how it showcases his over-the-top lyrical ability.

Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Look, I was gonna go easy on you
Not to hurt your feelings
But I'm only going to get this one chance
Something's wrong, I can feel it (Six minutes)
Just a feeling I've got
Like something's about to happen
But I don't know what
If that means what I think it means
We're in trouble, big trouble
And if he is as bananas as you say
I'm not taking any chances
You are just what the doc' ordered

CHORUS
I'm beginnin' to feel like a rap god, rap god
All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod
Now, who thinks their arms are long enough
To slap box, slap box?
They said I rap like a robot, so call me rap-bot

VERSE ONE
But for me to rap like a computer
It must be in my genes
I got a laptop in my back pocket
My pen will go off when I half-cock it
Got a fat knot from that rap profit
Made a livin' and a killin' off it
Ever since Bill Clinton was still in office
With Monica Lewinsky feelin' on his nutsack
I'm an MC still as honest
But as rude and as indecent as all hell
Syllables, skill-a-holic (Kill 'em all with)
This flippity dippity-hippity hip-hop
You don't really wanna get into a pissin' match
With this rappity brat, packin' a MAC
In the back of the Ac'
Backpack rap crap, yap-yap, yackety-yack
And at the exact same time
I attempt these lyrical acrobat stunts
While I'm practicin' that
I'll still be able to break a motherfuckin' table
Over the back of a couple of f*ggots and crack it in half
Only realized it was ironic
I was signed to Aftermath after the fact
How could I not blow?
All I do is drop F-bombs
Feel my wrath of attack
Rappers are havin' a rough time period
Here's a maxi pad
It's actually disastrously bad for the wack
While I'm masterfully constructing this masterpiece as

REFRAIN
'Cause I'm beginnin' to feel like a rap god, rap god
All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod
Now, who thinks their arms are long enough to slap box, slap box?
Let me show you maintainin' this shit ain't that hard, that hard
Everybody wants the key and the secret
To rap immortality like Ι have got

VERSE TWO
Well, to be truthful the blueprint's
Simply rage and youthful exuberance
Everybody loves to root for a nuisance
Hit the Earth like an asteroid
Did nothing but shoot for the Moon since (Pew!)
MCs get taken to school with this music
'Cause I use it as a vehicle to "bus the rhyme"
Now I lead a new school full of students
Me? I'm a product of Rakim
Lakim Shabazz, 2Pac, N.W.A, Cube, hey Doc, Ren
Yella, Eazy, thank you, they got Slim
Inspired enough to one day grow up
Blow up and be in a position
To meet Run–D.M.C., induct them
Into the motherfuckin' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Even though I'll walk in the church
And burst in a ball of flames
Only Hall of Fame I'll be inducted in
Is the alcohol of fame
On the wall of shame
You f*gs think it's all a game
'Til I walk a flock of flames
Off a plank and, tell me what in the fuck are you thinkin'?
Little gay-lookin' boy
So gay I can barely say it with a straight face
Lookin' boy (Ha-ha!)
You're witnessin' a massacre
Like you're watching a church gathering take place, lookin' boy
"Oy vey, that boy's gay!" That's all they say, lookin' boy
You get a thumbs up, pat on the back
And a "Way to go" from your label every day, lookin' boy
Hey, lookin' boy! What you say, lookin' boy?
I get a "Hell yeah" from Dre, lookin' boy
I'ma work for everything I have
Never asked nobody for shit
Get outta my face, lookin' boy!
Basically, boy, you're never gonna be capable
Of keepin' up with the same pace, lookin' boy, 'cause…

CHORUS
I'm beginnin' to feel like a rap god, rap god
All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod
The way I'm racin' around the track
Call me NASCAR, NASCAR
Dale Earnhardt of the trailer park, the White trash god
Kneel before General Zod
This planet's Krypton
No, Asgard, Asgard

VERSE THREE
So you'll be Thor, I'll be Odin
You rodent, I'm omnipotent
Let off, then I'm reloadin'
Immediately with these bombs, I'm totin'
And I should not be woken
I'm the walkin' dead, but I'm just a talkin' head
A zombie floatin'
But I got your mom deep-throatin'
I'm out my Ramen Noodle
We have nothin' in common, poodle
I'm a Doberman, pinch yourself in the arm
And pay homage, pupil
It's me, my honesty's brutal
But it's honestly futile if I don't
Utilize what I do though
For good at least once in a while
So I wanna make sure somewhere in this
Chicken scratch I scribble and doodle enough rhymes
To maybe try to help get some people through tough times
But I gotta keep a few punchlines
Just in case, 'cause even you unsigned
Rappers are hungry lookin' at me like it's lunchtime
I know there was a time where once I
Was king of the underground
But I still rap like I'm on my Pharoah Monch grind
So I crunch rhymes, but sometimes when you combine
Appeal with the skin color of mine
You get too big and here they come tryin'
To censor you like that one line
I said on "I'm Back" from The Mathers LP when I
Tried to say I'll take seven kids from Columbine
Put 'em all in a line, add an AK-47, a revolver and a 9
See if I get away with it now
That I ain't as big as I was, but I'm
Morphin' into an immortal, comin' through the portal
You're stuck in a time warp from 2004 though
And I don't know what the fuck that you rhyme for
You're pointless as Rapunzel with fuckin' cornrows
You write normal? Fuck being normal!
And I just bought a new raygun from the future
Just to come and shoot ya, like when Fabolous made Ray J mad
'Cause Fab said he looked like a f*g at Mayweather's pad
Singin' to a man while he played piano
Man, oh man, that was a 24-7 special on the cable channel
So Ray J went straight to the radio station
The very next day, "Hey Fab, I'ma kill you!"
Lyrics comin' at you at supersonic speed (J.J. Fad)
Uh, summa-lumma, dooma-lumma, you assumin' I'm a human
What I gotta do to get it through to you I'm superhuman?
Innovative and I'm made of rubber
So that anything you say is ricochetin' off of me
And it'll glue to you and
I'm devastating, more than ever demonstrating
How to give a motherfuckin' audience
A feeling like it's levitating
Never fading, and I know the haters are forever waiting
For the day that they can say I fell off, they'll be celebrating
'Cause I know the way to get 'em motivated
I make elevating music, you make elevator music
"Oh, he's too mainstream"
Well, that's what they do when they get jealous
They confuse it
"It's not hip-hop, it's pop, "
'Cause I found a hella way to fuse it
With rock, shock rap with Doc
Throw on "Lose Yourself" and make 'em lose it
"I don't know how to make songs like that
I don't know what words to use."
Let me know when it occurs to you
While I'm rippin' any one of these verses that versus you
It's curtains, I'm inadvertently hurtin' you
How many verses I gotta murder to
Prove that if you were half as nice
Your songs you could sacrifice virgins too?
Ugh, school flunky, pill junkie
But look at the accolades these skills brung me
Full of myself, but still hungry
I bully myself 'cause I make me do
What I put my mind to
And I'm a million leagues above you
Ill when I speak in tongues
But it's still tongue-in-cheek, fuck you
I'm drunk, so, Satan, take the fucking wheel
I'ma sleep in the front seat
Bumpin' Heavy D and the Boyz
Still "Chunky but Funky"
But in my head there's something
I can feel tugging and struggling
Angels fight with devils
And here's what they want from me
They're askin' me to eliminate some of the women hate
But if you take into consideration the bitter hatred
I have, then you may be a little patient
And more sympathetic to the situation
And understand the discrimination
But fuck it, life's handin' you lemons?
Make lemonade then!
But if I can't batter the women
How the fuck am I supposed to bake them a cake then?
Don't mistake him for Satan; it's a fatal mistake
If you think I need to be overseas and take a vacation
To trip a broad, and make her fall on her face and
Don't be a ret*rd
Be a king? Think not
Why be a king when you can be a God?

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