href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 20, 2022JOCE/Bauer-Griffin, Getty Images / Shareif Ziyadat, WireImage

Wack 100 is not feeling Bobby Shmurda's dance moves. The veteran rap manager thinks Bobby will lose the streets with his "disco bunny dancing."

Ever since Bobby was released from prison last February, the Brooklyn rapper has been twerking on social media and at his shows. On Wednesday (Jan. 19), a clip from a recent Clubhouse chat surfaced on Instagram, in which Wack questioned Bobby's post-prison career moves.

"Y'all be seeing these artists like Bobby Shmurda, he's been having it bad," he said. "He be like, 'Yo, to all my fans, it ain't me, it's the label and all that shit'…I'ma be real, I don't know what kinda fans he got. He really ain't proven product; he only had one song."

Wack 100 added that Bobby missed an opportunity to capitalize off his prison release last year by not dropping a new single.

"And I think he fucked up by what he should've dropped," he explained. "When that nigga got out, he was supposed to let something go. I don't know what he was thinking running ’round like…he was supposed to drop before [NBA] All-Star Weekend or something."

Wack 100 thinks Bobby waited too long after his release to reconnect with his fans and will probably not sell any albums because of their disinterest in him. "He might have waited too long," he stated. "I think the nigga gonna go double-wood."

"On top of that, he losing the streets with all this disco bunny dancing he be doing," Wack added, referring to Bobby's celebratory dancing on social media.

Bobby appears to have caught wind of Wack's comments, and on Thursday (Jan. 20), he jumped on his Twitter account to respond. "Y'all do know that no matter what ANYONE says imma live MY LIFE the way I WANT," he wrote in a since-deleted tweet, along with a thinking face emoji and the hashtag #shmurda.

To be fair, Bobby spent seven years in prison, so if the "Hot Nigga" rapper wants to do a freedom dance whenever the mood hits him, he should be able to do it without being judged.

And it looks like Bobby Shmurda will keep on dancing no matter what. Watch the clip of Bobby dancing with Gillie Da Kid and Wallo of the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author”>Kemet HighPublished: January 20, 2022Osa Mars

Define Me: BfB Da Packman
Words: Kemet High
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Bfb Da Packman is truly one of one. His sound focuses on the jolting delivery of topics that need parental advisories, and contains ruckus-inducing production that pays homage to his hometown of Flint, Mich. Projects like God Bless All The Fat Niggas, STD and Fat Niggas Need Love Too are full-fledged examples of that. Gearing up to release his forthcoming effort Love Less, here, the 26-year-old speaks about the tracks that have stamped him as an internet and mic sensation.

“Snack Time”
Classic Michigan music. A sample muthafuckin’ sped-up on some nice drums and Michigan-style rapping. So, I didn’t really have money like that when I recorded “Snack Time.” I was spamming everybody on Twitter and Kodak Black retweeted it. Kanye West retweeted it. I was trying to get it on Say Cheese. Say Cheese was not answering my emails.I had to do it again. That’s when I made “Tamika.”

“Tamika”
That’s around the same time when I discovered my wild, crazy bar thing. So, what happened was, I said, “My bitch gave me gonorrhea, but I still love her.” And when I said that, the whole internet went crazy. I discovered that from Biggie [The Notorious B.I.G.]. Biggie would say the craziest shit in the world…Fans love different shit. I ain’t want to rap about selling bricks and killing niggas. It’s a lot of niggas already doing that.

“To Go Plate”
After “Tamika,” I had a little buzz. I was at 20,000 followers. I threw out another one of them Michigan bangers. It’s uptempo with a sped-up sample. Michigan flow. And I was just on there going crazy. “I’ll sell a hoe a wish and hope she find a well/Bitch say I ate her ass, she ate mine as well.” It’s just like, “Goddamn, what the fuck? This fat nigga be tripping.”

“Done”
It takes me to a place…I always want to have, in my albums, some heartfelt, real shit that I go through. My bars are crazy all the time, but I’m human and everybody else is human just like me. And we all go through shit. I just wanted to put something that a nigga can ride to. It’s a slowed-down sample.

“Free Joe Exotic” with Sada Baby
It’s really organic. Really truthful. Really messy. It’s really unorthodox. Nothing propped or staged. It was my breakthrough to let the world to finally know that it’s niggas out here with jobs, kids and families… It’s niggas out here that really started from the bottom for real and really did this shit. I just needed a feature and Sada Baby was the closest person in my reach. That became the best person in my reach.

Check out more from XXL’s Winter 2021 issue including our cover story featuring the XXL awards board members, Juice Wrld's mother reflects on her son, Big30 gears up for his debut album, a look back at the history of remixing hip-hop songs, Latin trap star Eladio Carrion talks about working with Bobby Shmurda, Tobe Nwigwe's viral movement with a purpose, KenTheMan gets cosigns from 2 Chainz and Snoop Dogg and more.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author”>Aleia WoodsPublished: January 20, 2022Kevin Mazur / Tim Mosenfelder / Kevin Mazur, Getty Images (3)

Fat Joe isn't living above his means and he makes sure his family is aware that they must follow suit.

During a recent appearance on the I am Athlete podcast, which premiered on YouTube on Monday (Jan. 17), Joey Crack explained to former NFL players-turned-podcast hosts Brandon Marshall, Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, D.J. Williams and LeSean McCoy how he reminds his loved ones to be realistic and honest with themselves regarding their finances.

"You should never lie to yourself," Joe began. "Don't even lie to your family. I tell my wife, I tell my kids, we are not Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs or Shawn Carter, Jay-Z. One day my son, he was like, 19 [years old], he's like, 'Yo dad, look at this!' I look at it, he got Dr. Dre son on a private plane, you got Jay-Z. He's like, 'This is how the sons are moving now!'."

Fat Joe then offered a his son a playful, but serious reality check.

"I was like, 'You ain't fuckin' movin'!'" the South Bronx, N.Y. rapper jokingly replied. "We ain't got that shit! So, stop lookin' at them muthafuckas and stay the course! Stay in your lane, because a lot of—it can be women, too—but a lot of men lose themselves by not trying to keep it real with themselves."

Joe might not have long money like Diddy or Hov, but he's still making boss moves and inking all sorts of deals. Earlier this month, Fat Joe announced a new partnership with fast-food franchise White Castle where he's launching a serious of sloppy joe sandwiches for the entire month of January—or Joenuary as he said in the ad, released via Instagram on Jan. 5.

His menu items include: the Spicy Joe Slider, the Sloppy Joe Slider and the Smoky Joe Slider and Sloppy Fries.

Check out Fat Joe speak with the fellas of the I am Athlete podcast about realistic financial expectations. The conversation begins around the 1:08:53-mark below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/tylersharp/” rel=”author”>Tyler SharpPublished: January 20, 2022NBC / JOCE/Bauer-Griffin, Getty Images (2)

Pete Davidson doesn't seem to be taking Kanye West's recent threat towards him seriously.

According to a report from Page Six on Wednesday (Jan. 19), the comedian finds Ye's bar about him on The Game's "Eazy" track to be "hilarious." At the end of his verse on the track, Kanye raps, "God saved me from that crash/Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass.”

“Pete thinks it’s totally hilarious,” a source reportedly told the outlet. “Not just that—he thinks the whole [tabloid drama with him, West and Kardashian] is hilarious. He loves it.”

Additionally, perhaps to the dismay of Kanye, a separate source revealed to Page Six that the "Eazy" diss and drama that surrounded it has only strengthened Davidson and Kim Kardashian's relationship.

"The whole craziness with Kanye last week has brought Kim and Pete closer," the insider claimed.

West made multiple headlines last week outside of his threat to Davidson on "Eazy." Last Thursday (Jan. 13), he was involved in a physical altercation that has resulted in him facing an alleged battery charge. He later defended his actions during the incident.

Over the weekend, Kanye claimed he wasn't told the address of where his daughter Chicago's birthday party was being held. He eventually made it to the event and later revealed that it was Travis Scott who sent him the location so he could be there.

Ye also claimed in an interview with Hollywood Unlocked that there was an instance where Kim had her security prevent him from entering her house to see their kids because Davidson was there. According to Page Six, however, that is not true.

“Pete has yet to be introduced to Kim’s kids, and it’s widely known that whenever he visits her in LA, he stays at a hotel in Beverly Hills where she’s been spotted with him," a source revealed to them.

The last few days have been quiet for Kanye, despite the whirlwind of drama last week. As of now, he and Julia Fox are still together and he's reportedly hard at work on the sequel to Donda.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: January 19, 2022Erika Goldring, Getty Images

YoungBoy Never Broke Again is following up his apparent NLE Choppa diss track with another piece of aggressive content.

This afternoon (Jan. 19), Instagram user mgng10x posted a photo of YoungBoy laying on a carpeted floor with a wad of cash in his hand. Next to him is written, "You n****s gone die," in $100 bills.

The user, who goes by the name Ben 10, is one of Top's closest associates under the Never Broke Again umbrella. While it is widely speculated that he and YoungBoy are related—whether through a cousin or brother relation—it has yet to be confirmed. According to Ben 10's Instagram, he's a model.

You can see the photo he posted of YoungBoy at the bottom of this post.

This follows the "Make No Sense" rapper's most recent single, "Know Like I Know," in which he appears to throw multiple shots at NLE Choppa.

"I bet your momma be destroyed," he begins on the track. "When we send your stupid ass to God/For makin' statements, choosing sides/About my beef with them lil' boys/I could say I saw it, you could say I was your favorite/Better stay up in your place, bitch/Fuck around and get your face split any day."

The "choosing sides" bar seems to be in response to Choppa cosigning a tweet from Lil Reese, which claimed Top isn't doing anything special or out of the ordinary in his music, he's "just rapping like the rest of these rappers all rap."

He goes on to seemingly take a shot at Choppa's herbal lifestyle and beliefs: "I don't give a fuck ’bout how you treat your body, give a fuck about your cleaning."

YoungBoy also mentions his ex-girlfriend Yung Blasian. Choppa reportedly dated Blasian after she and YoungBoy parted ways. "Better ask Blasian about me," he spits.

The song appears to be in response to the recent fight Choppa got into with an apparent YoungBoy fan. It remains unclear what sparked the altercation in the first place.

YoungBoy's latest mixtape Colors is expected to drop this Friday (Jan. 21).

See the photo of YoungBoy Never Broke Again laying next to the harsh message spelled out with $100 bills below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: January 19, 2022Gary Miller, Getty Images / Prince Williams, WireImage

YoungBoy Never Broke Again has been dropping new music leading up to the release of his new mixtape, set to arrive later this week. A second song has been delivered and it looks like YoungBoy could be taking aim at NLE Choppa on the record.

On Tuesday (Jan. 18), NBA YoungBoy, who is currently on house arrest as he awaits trial for federal gun charges, released a new track titled "Know Like I Know." And on this song, fans feel there are quite a few subliminal disses towards NLE—especially on the first verse—which many have surmised that the lyrics are in reference to the Memphis rhymer agreeing with Lil Reese about YB's joint "Bring the Hook," which appeared to be about King Von's death and also name-dropped Von's Chicago neighborhood, O-Block.

"I bet your momma be destroyed/When we send your stupid ass to God/For makin' statements, choosing sides/About my beef with them lil' boys/I could say I saw it, you could say I was your favorite/Better stay up in your place, bitch/Fuck around and get your face split any day," YoungBoy raps.

Last week, shortly after "Bring the Hook" was released, Lil Reese—collaborator of Von's and Lil Durk's, who is the head of Only The Family (OFT), the label Von was signed to before his passing—commented on the track saying that YoungBoy was "just rapping like the rest of these rappers all rap." NLE Choppa agreed with Reese, replying, "I stamp that."

The YB song, in which he says, "Nigga, this is Squid Game, O-Block pound get rolled up/Murder what they told us/Atlanta boy get fold up/Nigga get your hoes up, these bitches throwin’ up green flags/Throwin’ that NBA up, for me, set you up to bust your ass/And know I keep that murder bag," caught Durk and King Von's sister's attention as well. So much that they both appeared to respond to the song via social media.

On NBA YoungBoy's latest release, he also seemingly took jabs at NLE Choppa's herbal lifestyle. "I don't give a fuck ’bout how you treat your body, give a fuck about your cleaning," he aggressively spits.

Choppa has openly spoken about healthy living and encourages natural cures for illness. The former 2020 XXL Freshman claimed to have cured someone of cancer and also says he has a natural alternative for women seeking Brazilian butt lifts.

Later on in the track, YB appears to mention his ex-girlfriend Yung Blasian, whom NLE reportedly dated a couple of years after YoungBoy and Blasian parted ways.

Fans have weighed in on the song, with one person tweeting, "Bro Wen I heard Yb New Song TD Iknew he was talkn abt @Nlechoppa1 Yb Said sum¨ Idgaf abt how you treat yo body¨ n he said ¨ask blasian abt me¨ im weak asf #NBAYOUNGBOY #knowlikeiknow."

Another person typed, "NBA YoungBoy talking bout sending NLE Choppa to God," adding a thinking face emoji.

A third Twitter user had a difference stance on the song, writing, "i don’t think nba youngboy dissin @Nlechoppa1, i just think he’s telling him to stay out of shit that ain’t got nothing to do with him because it’s not gonna be a good outcome. he’s telling him to date whoever he wants including his exs he doesn’t care it’s just not bro code."

This all comes days after NLE Choppa was confronted by someone who claimed to be an NBA YoungBoy fan while walking through the airport. The confrontation quickly escalated to a physical altercation.

Nonetheless, the cause of the rift between the two artists is unclear.

At one point, Choppa said that the Baton Rouge, La. native was his favorite rapper. However, things appear to have shifted because back in 2019, NLE, who also claimed at a time that he was signed to YB, went off on a fan for comparing him to NBA YoungBoy. But shortly after, Choppa flipped YB's record "FREEDDAWG" and made his own called "Free Youngboy."

NLE Choppa did a radio interview that same year, stating that he doesn't know nor does he speak to NBA YoungBoy.

YoungBoy Never Broke Again's "Know Like I Know" and "Bring the Hook" are likely to appear on his mixtape Colors due out on Friday (Jan. 21).

Check out NBA YoungBoy's new song, "Know Like I Know," below.

See more reactions to people thinking YB's new song is a diss to NLE Choppa below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kathy/” rel=”author”>Kathy IandoliPublished: January 19, 2022Charlton Reed

Show & Prove: KenTheMan
Words: Kathy Iandoli
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

For years, KenTheMan paid no mind to tour riders. “I felt awkward asking for things,” the 27-year-old rapper says matter-of-factly over Zoom this past October. “I’m a do-it-myself type of bitch.” Case in point: she would bring her own snacks and drinks backstage at her shows. With her first headlining tour beginning early this year—based off the strength of projects like 4 da 304’s and What’s My Name, plus her 2019 breakout single, “He Be Like,” which made waves in 2021, when it reached the top 15 of the Billboard Top Triller U.S. chart that summer—it’s a different story. “I know this time that I want some Don Julio, some Gushers and some Fruit Roll-Ups.”

KenTheMan’s ascent has been a slow burn, though a steady one. A song gaining viral fire two years after its release is proof of her magnetism; it’s the kind that just keeps growing.

A product of Houston, Texas, Ken started freestyling in high school, but didn’t start recording until she graduated. At 19, she began dropping freestyles over social media and was met with enough traction to take the next step. The rhymer’s inspiration came from artists like Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, whose creativity and sharp wordplay are equally felt throughout Ken’s style, though she clearly has her own signature sound—a blend of sexy, fun and provocative energy.

She cut mixtapes soon after, and her father would sell them to coworkers at his welding job despite the racy lyrics. “I would dibble and dabble in the freaky,” Ken, born Kentavia Miller, says with a laugh. “I was really scared ’cause [my dad] would listen to my music, and he was selling my mixtapes to his coworkers, so I was like, ‘No, they’re gonna think his daughter is a ho!’”

Her moniker KenTheMan began as a title to fill the username box on SoundCloud, where she’d upload her music. “Ken” was taken so she got creative. “I was gonna go by Ken when I dropped my first freestyle on SoundCloud,” she explains. “But, of course, Ken wasn’t available so I just put ‘TheMan.’ I wasn’t really sticking with that shit.” Instead, it stuck with her.

“A lot of people started saying, ‘You go harder than dudes. You really the man.’” Ken possessed a gender-bending duality in her style that helped her garner new fans. “It’s like I really do have a dominant type of rap,” the MC expresses. “Like, I rap about girl stuff, but it’s hella aggressive and just hella demanding and hella confident like a man…”

While Houston DJs pushed her music heavily over the years, Ken lacked support from local acts who she hoped would extend a hand. “I wanted some guidance from the people that have been there before,” she admits. “I wanted some love from the other rappers that are bigger and stuff, but I didn’t get that, so I felt like I wasn’t getting support when really I was. It was right there [with the DJs], where I needed it to be.”

Her 2017 track, “Deserve,” was her formal introduction, though it wasn’t until 2019 when she dropped “He Be Like,” that the world fully took notice and her glow up began. Ken was working independently for four years until 2019, when she caught the ear of her current manager, Melissa Keklak of MK Entertainment. She’s known as Problem’s former manager, and the former President of Blac Youngsta’s Heavy Camp. The female energy was palpable, as the two formed more of a sisterhood that’s kept Ken’s uncompromising vision for herself and her career consistent.

“I had so many people when I first started shopping her be like, ‘You have something, but change her name,’ and that was one thing I would never do,” Keklak recalls. “And they’re like, ‘Well, it’s gonna be hard for her in this industry,’ and it’s like, well, then it’s gonna be hard for us. But is it really, though? Because if we’re staying true and authentic and on brand to what she represents, how do you not win?”

Ken continued dropping projects, including ​​2020’s buzzworthy EP 4 da 304’s. When the labels came calling, she preferred a partnership as opposed to a traditional record deal. “We were flying everywhere in the last year, like, everyone wanted her,” Keklak continues. “It’s a good problem to have, but in the same sense, it’s very overwhelming because you have 15 people here bidding on you and you’re like, Where is the right home?” Money was getting tight, but they didn’t want to compromise. “It literally took me six months to save up for the ‘He Be Like’ video,” Ken adds. “It’s expensive to be a rapper.”

After meeting with several labels, they negotiated a deal with Asylum Records in 2021. Ken felt the label was the perfect place for her. “I was patient, and I did find somebody that actually cared about my mind and creativity and listened to me,” she conveys. When she read her contract, she went line by line, noting every section that wasn’t clear to her. Keklak did the same. It was less of an act of distrust and more as a means to understand every facet of her career—right down to the terms and conditions. “See, I’m a reader,” Ken affirms with a smile.

The fall 2021 release of her EP, What’s My Name, was the cherry on top of her hustle, as the project was a culmination of everything she had worked for thus far. Two major cosigns were also a big push, as 2Chainz brought Ken out on stage at Houston’s Toyota Center for 2021’s Legends of the Streetz Tour last fall and Snoop Dogg has frequently posted her music. “It was like, Damn, I’m at the Toyota Center with 2Chainz!” she shares excitedly. “And I don’t know what it is, but Snoop Dogg loves him some me… I feel like that stuff is beautiful to me…out of all the people in the universe, they’re the ones supporting. It’s crazy.”

With upcoming Rolling Loud tour dates fueling her momentum and her own tour in motion, Ken’s gearing up to record a deluxe version of her What’s My Name EP. “I’m dying to get back into the studio,” she explains. “Right now, I’m collecting files and I’m collecting thoughts. So, I feel like when I get back in, the music is gonna be hard.”

She knows exactly where she’s going and doesn’t need to ask for directions—redefining The Man.

Check out more from XXL’s Winter 2021 issue including our cover story featuring the XXL awards board members, Juice Wrld's mother reflects on her son, Big30 gears up for his debut album, a look back at the history of remixing hip-hop songs, Latin trap star Eladio Carrion talks about working with Bobby Shmurda, Tobe Nwigwe's viral movement with a purpose and more.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author”>Aleia WoodsPublished: January 19, 2022Kevin Winter, Getty Images for MRC

Cardi B is lending a heartwarming helping hand to the victims of the tragic Bronx apartment fire that took 17 lives earlier this month.

Cardi will be covering victims' funeral costs after the massive high-rise building fire, caused by a faulty space heater in one apartment due to the building not providing heat, killed over a dozen people from smoke inhalation as thick-smoke filled the hallways and stairwells.

A statement provided by a rep for Bardi, also a native of the New York City borough, said, "I'm extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still."

"So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help," Cardi continued. "I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal. I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy."

CNN reports that Cardi B has teamed up with the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City to ensure that the families impacted by the tragedy would benefit from her donation, adding that she wants to ensure that "the final wishes for their loved ones were met."

Cardi is no stranger to acts of selflessness. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, she donated 20,000 meals to doctors in New York City back in 2020.

As of Sunday, fundraisers have collected $400,000 so far. The Mayor's Fund, Bank of America and other groups assisting with relief efforts will be giving the 118 displaced families $2,250 in aid. Governor Kathy Hochul has also announced that $2 million in assistance is available to help tenants impacted by the fire.

According to NPR on Jan. 12, the victims, mostly of Gambian descent and range in age from 2 to 50 years old, are listed as: Isatou Jabbie, 31, Hagi Jawara, 47, Ousmane Konteh, 2, Sera Janneh, 27, Seydou Toure, 12, Haouwa Mahamadou, 5, Haji Dukuray, 49, Haja Dukureh, 37, Mustapha Dukureh, 12, Mariam Dukureh, 11, Fatoumata Dukureh, 5, Fatoumata Drammeh, 50, Foutmala Drammeh, 21, Muhammed Drammeh, 12, Nyumaaisha Drammeh, 19, Omar Jambang, 6 and Fatoumata Tunkara, 43.

ABC News also reported that a mass funeral was held for 15 victims in the Bronx on Sunday (Jan. 16). The close-knit West African community gathered for prayer and mourning as 15 caskets were lined-up in front of the Islamic Cultural Center, where the service was held.

Funeral services for two children took place at a mosque in Harlem last week.

Although the funerals have already taken place for the victims, Cardi's donation could possibly serve as reimbursement of some sort.

Fat Joe, another Bronx native, has also partnered up with the Mayor Fund and raised at least $1 million for the victims, with help from Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, New York's Pix11 reports.

The investigation into the 19-story fire, the city's deadliest in three decades, is ongoing.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author”>Aleia WoodsPublished: January 19, 2022Shareif Ziyadat, Getty Images for 40/40 Club

Pardison Fontaine has responded to rumors that he and Megan Thee Stallion are no longer together due to abuse allegations.

On Tuesday (Jan. 18), the Newburgh, N.Y.-bred rapper denounced all claims and explained why he chose to let people talk opposed to clearing up the false chatter.

"Stop this cap nobody puttin hands on nobody …(At least not in that way )," he wrote. "Been seein the break up rumors and was lettin y'all imaginations run ..but y'all gettin too crazy ….ain't give niggas a story so they made one … we really been on it double time," adding a fingers crossed and a lock emoji. See his post at the bottom of this story.

The rumors Pardi is referring to appears to stem from unconfirmed reports that the Grammy award-winning rapper-songwriter broke up with Megan due to an alleged temper she has while intoxicated.

Social media users were also trying to get to the bottom of why the two artists have been laying low online and how Meg had removed all images of Pardi from her Instagram page.

The rumor mill apparently continued to buzz when Pardison Fontaine celebrated his own birthday, but people were claiming Megan didn't show him any love.

While this speculation remained unconfirmed, Pardi has completely cleared the air, informing social media that him and Meg are just fine.

Hot Girl Meg shared the news of her relationship status on Instagram Live last February, saying, "I didn’t like what they was trying to say about Pardi. ’Cause he is so calm and so sweet and very protective…That’s my boo and I really like him."

Megan Thee Stallion added, "I never said hot girls can't have boyfriends. Yeah, he my boyfriend."

The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary back in October.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author”>Aleia WoodsPublished: January 18, 2022mama_yamborghini via Instagram / John Ricard / BET, Getty Images for BET

A$AP Yams' mom is honoring her late son on the seven-year anniversary of his passing.

On Tuesday (Jan. 18), the A$AP Mob cofounder's mom, Tati Paulino, visited Yams' gravesite, accompanied by A$AP Mob's A$AP Illz, friends and family. She toasted and poured out champagne on the seventh anniversary of the Harlem, N.Y. native's death. Yams, born Steven Rodriguez, is a founding member of the A$AP mob collective and died on Jan. 18, 2015 of an accidental drug overdose.

In honor of her son, Mama Yams also shared an Instagram photo of the late A$AP member as a child, along with a caption, written in Spanish, but when translated to English reads, "Today 7 years ago I heard your voice for the last time, I remember how many times you called me that day. I want to thank all my family, friends, especially your followers for helping me on this long road, my son was everything to me. Son this is a see you later I know we will see each other again, you will always be in my heart, I always ask God to see you again even if it is in my dreams."

The post continued, "There will never be a greater love than that of a mother, with you you took my heart, I learned that you are not physically here, but I learned to see you with my heart. You are and will be for me the best son in the world with a sense of humor incredible, for my part I will dedicate my life to continue your legacy and continue helping other people through your foundation. HAPPY YAMS DAY."

Last October, A$AP Rocky dropped a track in honor of Yams called "Sandman." At the end of the track, Rocky raps, "Rest in peace to Yams/I done lost some friends/’Til we meet again/We gon’ forever dance."

See more images of A$AP Yams' mom visiting his gravesite below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 18, 2022Prank & Audits and More via YouTube

Big Daddy Kane is famous for being a smooth operator on stage, but at a recent show, things didn't go smoothly as the legendary rhymer pushed a sign language interpreter to the side of the stage during his performance.

Last Saturday (Jan. 15), a video surfaced online of Big Daddy Kane performing his classic 1988 song "Raw" at a concert in Virginia on Jan. 14. In the middle of BDK's set, an ASL—American Sign Language—interpreter, later identified as Billy Sanders, appears on the side of the stage signing the song's lyrics with his hands. The hip-hop icon proceeds to then push him back, almost to the backstage area. In the clip, you can hear the audience gasp as they watch BDK continuously shove the deaf interpreter.

Hours later, after the show, Big Daddy Kane hopped on his Instagram page and posted a video explaining what happened at the show.

“So, I know a lot of people out there saw this," he began before showing the offending clip. "…But see what y’all didn’t see was this,” Kane said as he showed a video of himself apologizing to the deaf interpreter and the audience. “I’ve done a lot of crazy stuff in my life, but I would never try to disrespect an interpreter that’s doing sign language for the deaf community on stage."

"No one told me what was going on," he continued. "No one told my manager that there was gonna be an interpreter. We were clueless, so when I came on stage and saw someone just mouthing the lyrics, I was trying to get them off the stage.”

BDK also added that no one on the internet showed the video of him apologizing and allowing the ASL interpreter to do his job afterwards.

"But no one showed the clip of me apologizing to the brother and allowing him to stay on stage and finish the show," Kane stated. "No one showed the clip of me apologizing to the crowd. Because as I said on the clip, I want everyone to enjoy the show, and that means even those that can’t hear it.”

Big Daddy Kane captioned the Instagram video, “I just found out the Brothers name. Billy Sanders my sincere apology Bro.”

It’s good to see Big Daddy Kane own up to his mistake and clear up the misunderstanding.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/peterberry/” rel=”author”>Peter A. BerryPublished: January 18, 2022Paras Griffin, Getty Images for BET

They Don't Know
With nine EPs, a blockbuster movie role and an Emmy nomination to his name, Tobe Nwigwe has come a long way without even hitting the mainstream yet. Get familiar with the movement.
Interview: Peter A. Berry
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Tobe Nwigwe is on his way to rap stardom, but his 1.3 million Instagram followers, an Emmy-nominated commercial and cosigns from Beyoncé and Michelle Obama say he’s already made it there—without going mainstream.

Born Tobechukwu Dubem Nwigwe to Nigerian immigrants in Alief, Texas, Tobe was a University of North Texas football player with NFL dreams before a 2009 foot injury derailed his chances. By the following year, Tobe pivoted his energy off sports and gave it to TeamGINI, a nonprofit organization he cofounded to help local Houston youth find their purpose through edutainment.

The entertainment part became a separate creative avenue. In 2015, while still focused on his foundation, Tobe began posting videos of himself rapping on Instagram and YouTube. Those clips often included his wife and fellow rapper Ivory “Fat” Rogers, their kids—the couple just welcomed their third child—and LaNell “Nell” Grant, a producer friend he met in college.

That same year, Tobe met motivational speaker and ETA Records founder Eric Thomas, along with ETA’s Carlas “CJ” Quinney, who believed in Tobe’s music and financially invested in the artist. Building on that investment and the attention the MC was already earning from his videos, Tobe released nine EPs between 2017 and 2021, including his most popular to date, 2020’s Cincoriginals and 2021’s At the Crib Arrangements.

Recent videos have increased his profile. In 2020, Tobe went viral with the release of “I Need You To (Breonna Taylor),” a song and video urging police to arrest the officers responsible for the death of the Louisville, Ky. woman that same year. Then last March, he used a wholesome freestyle video to announce his wife’s pregnancy. Tobe’s also leaned into a visual theme with most of his crew wearing matching outfits or colors, often mint green, which makes the movement feel that much more powerful.

Tobe’s doing things on his own terms without any major labels, despite multiple meetings with record execs. He’s independent, but a recent partnership with the Steve Stoute led UnitedMasters music distribution platform is also helping to get Tobe and his team’s voices to the masses.

Calling in to XXL via Zoom last August, Tobe Nwigwe, 34, discusses his indie movement, partnering with Steve Stoute, landing a role in a new Transformers film and more.

Tobe Nwigwe performs onstage during the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.Aaron J. Thornton, Getty Imagesloading…

XXL: How’s your week been?

Tobe Nwigwe: It’s been phenomenal, man. I promise you I can’t complain. And even if I could, it ain’t my style.

So, before rap, you played football, and after that, you started your TeamGINI organization. What was it that convinced you that you could spread your message through hip-hop?

CJ [Carlas Quinney] and Eric Thomas [from ETA Records] were the ones who really helped me understand that I have a talent in music and that I could really do it. I just applied the tangibles that I had from football and the intangibles that I had from growing up on Forum Park to the industry. I have very good awareness. I might not know what’s going on specifically in a specific industry or a specific set, but I could pay attention to what’s going on around me and figure out how to move and operate in a specific arena.

Then, the thing I remember the most when I first started is how much I did know how trash I was, even though I meant well, and just how difficult it was to operate in an industry where you don’t have no foreknowledge of it and you can’t make no excuses and having to figure all that out. And just the ups and downs of having to figure out exactly not only what I’m doing, but how we’re going to do it and a place I have no clue how to operate it. It was there, you know what I’m saying? It was a journey.

Musically, who were some of your influences growing up?

I would say, for sure, Lauryn Hill, André 3000, Biggie [The Notorious B.I.G.], Fela Kuti. A lot of like, old school R&B, Teddy Pendergrass, [The] O’Jays, Erykah Badu, stuff like that. If I go into Houston, it’ll be Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Lil’ Keke, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, back when they was like, for real, just doing Color Changin’ Click stuff, mixtape stuff. All the mainstream stuff was later on. The underground stuff that was happening in Houston really helped shape and mold who I am in music, for sure.

There is a warmth and authenticity to your work. In some of your first videos, your wife Fat twists your hair as you’re rapping, your family is in your visuals. What was it that made that approach important to you?

For me, it’s real simple. Before I started doing this, I never wanted to have no alias and no character. It’d be no type of way that I would in real life. So, everything that I do in the music and just in the movement, I do it with the people that I actually do life with. I just try to stay consistent [with] that. So, I don’t have to be extra’d out. Just when people see me, they don’t expect anything different from what I’ve been in, the music game, what I am, what I am in real life.

No knock to anybody who has aliases and they separate the music from real life, but I just don’t do that. I just don’t have the energy to do that. And there are aspects of it where I’ve treated, well, where I know that, alright, this specific part is that this is just the business side of it. But for the most part, it’s like, this is who I do life with, this is how I do the music.

How would you describe your movement?

Moving in purpose on purpose.

Your aesthetic has become way more evolved. It’s evolved a lot since your “I’m On” video. What would you say has changed between then and now?

I think I’ve gotten a lot of clarity on just how I want to do things, how I want to present myself, not necessarily who I am and in the midst of all this, because, you know what I’m saying, by the grace of God, I was able to know what my purpose was before I started doing all this, but just how to present what I’m doing and in a way that is uniquely me. And I think as I was, just over time, I learned to kind of like, fix the plane while flying it.

On the internet, people see videos of you and your wife and the rest of your family and think you represent “goals” for Black love. Was that something you set out to do?

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t like, Yo, let’s show people what Black love looks like when we first started at all. It wasn’t, it wasn’t on that. It was, this is my real life. I really love my girl. I’m not going to act like I don’t love my girl to appease people. I’m going to act like myself and love my girl however I love my girl and y’all are going to experience that because I’m gon’ put it in the stuff that I do and I’m not going to be ashamed of it. And it worked out for me and some people don’t feel like it’ll work out for them if they do it. So, they got to feel like they got to do this whole type of persona. And it’s cool, that just wasn’t what I wanted to do.

Then as we kept going and people were all inspired, I was like, Oh, OK, cool that they really inspired by us. But I think it’s better if they actually know and go through the history of how we ended up like this. That’d be more beneficial to them than just seeing where we at now and saying, “goals,” because it wasn’t your typical love story. I don’t feel like the majority of people who hear the story or even expect like how it all came to be, nor do I believe that they’re ready to go through something like that to get to what they, what they deem as “goals.”

Tobe Nwigwe and Fat perform onstage during the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.Aaron J. Thornton, Getty Imagesloading…

You guys have some dope matching outfits in your videos, and that directly connects to your fashion merchandising degree you got from college. Did that background help you in designing the looks in your videos?

It has a huge part to play in it. It’s partially the reason why I can design my ’fits and all my looks and know about textiles and go shopping, get fabric. I do all that stuff. Then it all stems from what I’m saying, what I learned in college and just the passion and stuff that
I had for aesthetics.

Were you really into fashion as a kid? To some degree, everybody wanted the new pair of Jordans.

Yeah. This is the thing, though. I only wanted to do it for myself. I never wanted to like, mass-produce clothes or anything like that. I just wanted all of my stuff to be uniquely made for me. And now that I have a family, for my family and for my people. I’m not interested in mass-producing clothes. That’s a whole different monster in itself.

You have a lot of religious references in your music. Would you say that you’re a Christian rapper?

Nah, I wouldn’t. I would call myself a real follower of Christ. I live my life following how Christ would want me to do to the best of my ability. But my music is geared towards people who come from where I come from, who’ve experienced things that I’ve experienced. And, me trying to give them a perspective that helps them make the adjustments in life that I felt like I would’ve wanted to make when I was younger and give them music that I would’ve wanted to have around when I was younger, period.

It ain’t about doing gospel raps or Christian raps, where I speak a language to a group of people who ain’t familiar with the language that I’m speaking. I feel like Christian rap and gospel rap is for those who are interested or concerned with Christian things or the gospel.

A lot of people that I talked to, they’re not necessarily interested in hearing the gospel in music, though my music does have the gospel in it. They’re not interested in hearing language that only is tailored towards that, you know what I’m saying? I don’t want to speak Spanish to people that only speak English. I don’t want to speak like Garth Brooks to the people I grew up with on Forum Park.

How did God come to play an important role in your music?

He’s the foundation to everything that I do. He is where I find my purpose and where I find my reason for being, reason for doing all of this. Without him, all this stuff would be pointless. Meaningless quicksand and all the other type of negative connotations you could give towards movement without God.

Why is it important for you not to curse in your music?

So, usually when I’m not hopping on a song—and it’s not just because of the cursing—more often than not, it is because the content don’t necessarily line up with my principles and my values. Me, personally, I don’t cuss in my in my real life. And it’s not like, just for the music. I don’t cuss in my real life. To be honest, I don’t even truly believe in curse words. Both of my parents are born and raised in Nigeria. The curse words out there—it’s real curses. It’s not like just like a little B-words, stuff like that, that happen out here in the Western civilization. It’s real curses.

But I do understand that some words are offensive to some people and they’ll be turned off even if you have a sweet message if your words sound offensive. And my goal for the music—and it ain’t everybody’s goal—is for everybody that come from where I come from to be able to digest the message that I have in my music. I want the babies to be able to listen to it, too.

Would you ever sign to a major label?

Oh, yeah. Let me tell you something, it’s possible. I’ll tell you that. I own all my stuff. I control all my stuff. And you do something for me that I’m not already doing. I know that that’s not possible with just me. That requires you. If that day don’t come, then we’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing.

You’ve been able to do some impressive things without signing to a major label. You work with Steve Stoute and UnitedMasters. Describe that relationship.

It’s a partnership. Steve Stoute is my guy. He a legend. He an OG. He gives me whatever game I need, whatever I ask. He’s a wealth of knowledge. He’s a businessman. He learned how to operate in arenas that most people who come from where he come from don’t know how to operate in. And it’s a blessing to have access to somebody who has that kind of information. Because coming from where I come from, we don’t have access to this type of information, nor is someone willing to share it and wanting to see you grow and do well.

How did you land a part acting in the new Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?

I’d be lying if I said it was anything other than God. I ain’t never did no acting classes. I ain’t never tried out for any, you know what I’m saying? Nothing on this kind of level. The director, Steven Caple Jr. was just a fan of the movement and everything that we had going on and reached out to the squad, had Paramount [Pictures] reach out to the squad, personally. And, I had a decent amount of talent to be able to do what they was asking me to do.

You’ve had a lot of success over the last year. What was the exact moment that you realized that you made it?

When I got married. Yeah. Life is a wrap. Now, I know I got my boo. We locked in forever.

Championships.

100 percent.

What are your goals looking ahead in your career?

Just to die empty. That’s it. I just don’t want to leave no potential on the table. I want to maximize every single day and do all that I feel like I’m called to do in this life with my people every day.

Going to be putting out some more music. That’s right. And foremost, [in 2022], dope collaborations, might be a tour on the horizon, you know what I’m saying? You never know.

Tobe Nwigwe performs onstage during the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.Aaron J. Thornton, Getty Imagesloading…

Check out more from XXL’s Winter 2021 issue including our cover story featuring the XXL awards board members, Juice Wrld's mother reflects on her son, Big30 gears up for his debut album, a look back at the history of remixing hip-hop songs and more.

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'Til I Collapse
Latin trap star Eladio Carrión incorporates lessons he learned from hip-hop into his music.
Interview: Bianca Torres
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

The power of manifestation is real. Just ask Latin trap star Eladio Carrión. The 27-year-old Puerto Rican artist grew up listening to rappers like Eminem and 50 Cent, who he also learned lessons from that are applied to his own music to this day. Eladio started dropping Latin trap bangers in 2017, and since then, he’s garnered millions of views online. Tracks like “Kemba Walker” and “Sauce Boy Freestyle” reflect his admiration for rap. But, dropping the “Tata (Remix)” was a victorious moment for Eladio. Here, the “Cuarentena” rhymer shares his hip-hop influences, working with Bobby Shmurda, lessons he’s learned from 50 Cent and Eminem and more.

You grew up in different places including Alaska, Hawaii and Baltimore. Did that influence the type of hip-hop music you liked?

Maybe living in the states, yeah, but in Alaska, you don’t listen to anything. My influence, musically, has to come from my sisters. They’re both 10 years older than me. When I was like, in the first grade, I’d be hearing [50 Cent’s] Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Nas, Eminem’s Curtain Call. Jay-Z, Big L. I was introduced to hip-hop very early. Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, all of that.

Your songs sound heavily influenced by hip-hop. How does rap culture impact the way you do music?

They’re always on top of, producers especially, on top of the new sounds. My delivery also, ’cause my favorite rappers like Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Eminem, 50, each of those rappers taught me something. Like 50 Cent, he taught me the importance of feeling sure about yourself when you rap. Eminem taught me about deliveries [and] wordplay. Big Sean also, his delivery and wordplay is crazy. Lil Wayne, you don’t have to wait every four bars to do a punch line. You could do a punch line every bar. Every bar there could be a punch line, you feel me?

How did you connect with Bobby Shmurda for the “Tata (Remix)”?

I manifested that so hard. I would write to Bobby… When we met it was crazy ’cause he was looking at his DMs and I had written to Bobby maybe twice every year, once every year, saying, “Bro, once you get out, we’re doing something.” And, when I did the “Tata (Remix),” there was rumors of Bobby, he might come out [of jail]. Then, when Bobby came out, I was like, “Yo, José [J Balvin], Bobby’s out.” He got in touch with Bobby’s team. I got a FaceTime call from Balvin with Bobby on the other line. He was like, “All that shit! We gonna kill it, bro!” We went to his apartment. He killed that in like, 30 minutes.

Who’s your favorite rapper at the moment?

That’s a hard one because people are dropping like crazy. I love Future, I’m a big Future fan. But, I’ma have to say right now, I like [Lil] Durk. I like what Durk’s doing. He’s been at it for a while. I feel like it’s his time right now.

I like Lil Baby, too. He’s a beast. I like 42 Dugg, too. He put out a song with Future [“Maybach”] that was dope. I love that song.

Who are other rappers that you’d want to do a collab with?

Lil Durk, Lil Baby, hit me up. [I might be] working with Kodak [Black]. Young Thug. Oh my god. I would kill for a song with Young Thug. Future. I would love to do a track with Metro Boomin—that would be amazing. With Mike WiLL Made-It. Drake, obviously. That’s gonna happen, he just doesn’t know.

Check out more from XXL’s Winter 2021 issue including our cover story featuring the XXL awards board members, Juice Wrld's mother reflects on her son, Big30 gears up for his debut album, a look back at the history of remixing hip-hop songs and more.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author”>Aleia WoodsPublished: January 18, 2022Rick Kern, Getty Images

Travis Scott has kept himself under the radar since the tragedy at his Astroworld festival back in November, but the Houston rapper was spotted last night at an NFL playoff game.

In photos that emerged online via TMZ this morning (Jan. 18), La Flame was spotted in the field-level seating area at the Los Angeles' Ram game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi stadium where he maintained a low-profile in the back of the suite with a group of friends.

Unfortunately for Travis, a sewage pipe burst in the suite beside where the Cactus Jack Records head and his crew were, causing a mess that called for the maintenance crew to clean and resulted in a pungent smell that seemed to permeate throughout the area.

The gossip outlet notes that although some people left the game early due to the smell, Travis Scott stuck it out and eventually left with only a couple of minutes remaining in the game, which ended with the Rams besting the Cardinals with a score of 34 to 11, respectively.

Prior to this outing, the multiplatinum-selling rapper was seen around the Thanksgiving holiday on a golfing trip with NBA legend Michael Jordan, actor Mark Wahlberg, French-American actor Saïd Taghmaoui and Corey Gamble, who is dating Kris Jenner—the mother of Kylie Jenner, whom Travis shares a child with and has another on the way.

The picture of Travis surfaced on Reddit and included the caption, "Yesterday, Travis was finally outside, hanging out with Micheal Jordan, Mark Wahlberg and Corey Gamble."

Following the mass casualty at Astroworld festival on Nov. 5, 2021, not only has Travis Scott refrained from being in the limelight, but has also been hit with billions of dollars in lawsuits in connection to the concert that resulted in 10 deaths and numerous injuries.

Despite Travis' event taking a turn for the absolute worst, he has offered support to the attendees and families impacted by the calamity by providing mental health support and well as offering to cover funeral costs for the lives lost.

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It doesn’t take much to get caught up in the mix. When you’re a high-profile artist who comes from a lifestyle of actual street activity or the glamorization of it, you’re even more prone to be a target by the police at all times. And unfortunately, many of rap’s most popular faces and names have done pretty lengthy bids in the can. XXL takes a look at which artists had long prison bids and how their run-ins with the law occurred.

There are a good amount of artists who have done their time but have since walked free. Take for example, JT of the City Girls. Right as the duo was rising in 2018, JT was sentenced to two years in prison for scamming and spent the latter half of her bid at a halfway house. Before 42 Dugg was dropping bars in the booth, he spent some time behind them as well. Dugg spent over six years in the can from 2010 to 2017 for carjacking and firearm charges.

Some rappers got trapped and slammed with RICO laws as well. Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel famously got arrested together on a slew of charges, alongside their other GS9 affiliates in 2014. Bobby and Rowdy have regained their freedom over the last couple of years. A similar situation happened with 6ix9ine in 2018, who aired out everyone he could offer to reduce his sentence drastically as he was looped into the crimes of the Nine Trey Bloods gang. The coronavirus pandemic is actually what trimmed some time off his sentence.

To celebrate their return to the real world, it’s in character for a first day out song to follow. With that being said, Gucci Mane likely comes to mind. He did a bid in 2009, for violating his probation and then again in 2014, for being caught with two firearms as a felon. The list goes on. There are dozens of other rappers that have served or are serving prison sentences. You can read more details about who and why below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: January 17, 2022@ZAddamhussein_ via Twitter

Video has surfaced online showing NLE Choppa getting into a physical altercation with an apparent YoungBoy Never Broke Again fan at an airport.

Earlier this evening (Jan. 17), multiple videos began circulating on social media showing a fight between two individuals. The first clip that surfaced begins with footage of the aftermath and has "Big 4ktrey" written as a caption, which is a term commonly associated with YoungBoy.

The person filming is offering a narration of the events that had taken place. "He just beat up NLE Choppa in the airport, y'all," the person begins, laughing. He's recording the individual who was involved in the altercation, who is on the phone at that point. "…And then I popped him and knocked him out," they can be heard saying.

The video later cuts to a separate piece of footage that shows the moments before the fight. The individual who approached Choppa was filming the situation as it was unfolding. "Are you NLE? I asked you mad times," the unnamed YB fan said. Choppa's brief responses are inaudible, and then it appears a punch was thrown and the cameraphone was seemingly dropped to the floor.

An additional video with footage of the fight from a different angle later surfaced on the internet. The YoungBoy Never Broke Again fan appears to pump-fake a punch, and Choppa lunged at him. It then looks like the Memphis rapper slipped on the floor and the YoungBoy fan appeared to take that as a victory. At the very last moment of the footage, however, it appears the YoungBoy fan lunged back at Choppa, but no further video of the incident has emerged as of yet.

Choppa has since tweeted—and deleted—multiple responses to the fight, which ultimately confirm his involvement.

"It's a difference from getting hit and falling then fighting in flip flops and falling on yo own," he wrote in his first response. "I fell throwing a punch Ian get hit til I was otw down and my backpack 20 pounds. Buddy lip swole everything I through connected."

NLE Choppa fight responsesnlechoppa via Twitterloading…

He then replied to that tweet and said, "My whole ankle rolled I got ice onnat hoe rn."

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In a third tweet, Choppa took a screenshot of where he apparently connected a punch on the YoungBoy fan.

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Prior to the airport fight, NLE Choppa was in Los Angeles at The Crew League basketball tournament with Chris Brown and several others.

While it's unclear what this scuffle stemmed from or why the NBA YoungBoy fan felt the urge to confront Choppa, it appears that had been some sort of of tension between the two rhymers.

NLE Choppa and YoungBoy have been compared because of their similar sound and back in 2019, the former 2020 XXL Freshman went off on a fan for claiming he wanted to be like the Louisiana rapper after Choppa posted a picture of himself along with the caption, "Dread Headed Don DaDa NO RAP CAP." The fan asserted that Choppa wanted to "be YoungBoy so bad," to which he replied, "Bitch u sound dumb ash. I'm half Jamaican and don dada is a Jamaican slang/term shut yo dumb ass up yall mfers think youngboy started everything so if younoy tryna be Jamaican fytb."

About a month later, Choppa dropped a song, flipping's YB's "FREEDDAWG" called "Free Youngboy."

Then, at the end of 2019, NLE Choppa, who at one point said he was signed to YB's Never Broke Again label, denied knowing YoungBoy during an interview with Bootleg Kev and DJ Hed.

He said, "I don't know how that shit got confused. I mean, I don't talk to him. I don't know him."

And as recently as this month, NLE weighed in on YoungBoy's new song, "Bring the Hook," which contained a diss towards the late King Von. After Chicago rhymer Lil Reese tweeted that YB is "rapping like the rest of these rappers all rap," Choppa cosigned the social media message.

See more footage from the incident below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 17, 2022Johnny Nunez / Barry Brecheise, WireImage (2)

Joe Budden appears to have shared his negative review of Earl Sweatshirt’s new album, Sick!, during a rant on his podcast.

On the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, which premiered on Sunday (Jan. 16) on YouTube, viewers and people on social media believe the rapper-turned-podcaster sneakily bleeped out Earl’s name when discussing the former Odd Future member’s just-released project.

“I’m just being honest this year,” Joe began his diatribe. “Hell no, I ain’t hear that bullshit! And I’ll tell you what, I’m never gonna hear ’em! I am never gonna hear that. I don’t care [that it’s mixed]. That shit could be [Michael Jackson’s] Thriller. When would I put that on?”

When cohost Parks Vallely mentioned that rappers' music shouldn’t be played in front of people who may not be fans of those particular artists, Budden cuts him off and states, “Don’t defend it too fast. I wanna keep shitting on it for a little while and then jump right in. I don’t know if I am [afraid to say names]. When I’m not saying a name, it’s to protect you guys’ sanctity. But I’m never listening to [Earl], ever.”

However, Joe Budden acknowledged that Earl did a great impersonation of him on Odd Future’s Adult Swim show Loiter Squad in 2014. But, in the end, the New Jersey rhymer is not in the mood to hear any rhymes from Earl.

Later, Joe doubled-down on his remarks about Earl but insisted that he’s not listening to Sick!

“That’s my nigga [Earl], too, man,” he said. “But I ain’t listening to that shit. Is [Earl] on Tyler’s last album? Is [Earl] on Tyler’s album before that album? How about the one before that one?"

"All right, yo. Forget it, but you expect me to listen to it," he continued. "Nigga man won’t call him to come to the fucking studio. Yo, when your man stop inviting you to the studio, you’re not getting me to listen to what you’re doing. Sorry, that’s like a rule of thumb for me.”

Fans caught wind of Joe bleeping out Earl’s name and questioned the podcaster’s weird tactic.

"Crying at them bleeping Earl name but still referencing Tyler like we wouldn’t put 2+2 together," wrote one user in the YouTube comment section.

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Another user criticized Joe’s music and wondered why he’s hating on Earl.

"Has Joe ever heard his own music before? Bad production, dark lyrics and rapping about rapping. [Lol] So the Earl hate is hilarious. Lol," the person said.

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While listeners may appreciate Joe’s honest take on music, it left many others scratching their heads as to why he would bleep out an artist’s name.

Check out more Twitter reactions to Joe Budden possibly trashing Earl's album while refraining from name-dropping. You can also listen to The Joe Budden Podcast below. Fast-forward to the 1:58-mark to hear Joe’s rant about Earl's album.

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Freddie Gibbs continues to take aim at Gunna as their beef rages on. This time, Freddie pokes fun at Gunna's outfit and the "Pushin P" song trend that is taking off on social media.

On Freddie's Instagram Story today (Jan. 17), he reposted a meme from Instagram user @kingpin.kash_ that makes fun of Gunna's new track.

"Only 🅿️you N***as is

🅿️olice

🅿️ussy &

🅿️illow Talkers," the meme reads with the words "& 🅿️athetic" added by @kingpin.kash_.

Then Freddie added "🅿️eons" and "I'm pushin 🅿️🐰" to the image.

The "P" in "Pushin P," which appears on Gunna's new album, DS4Ever, stands for "player." Gunna has shared several explanations of how to use the word since his album dropped. Ultimately, it means to keep it real.

Freddie didn't stop there with the clowning. He also pulled out a photo of Gunna with what appears to be a fan, standing in front of the DS4Ever album artwork. In the image, which Freddie also posted on his Instagram Story today, Gunna is wearing a long bubble coat for the winter with sleeves that blossom at the top like a blouse. The YSL artist is also rocking a hat decorated with what seems to be gold ornamentation on it. Freddie @'d the Instagram account @fitaintnothing on the photo. The IG account is dedicated to flaming people for wearing bad ’fits. "TAKE THAT SHIT OFF !!" is listed in their bio.

Freddie and Gunna's beef has been ongoing since Jan. 5 when Gunna went on Twitter ahead of his DS4Ever album release to hint at an upcoming diss directed toward Freddie that was dropping.

"When my album drop Freddie Gibbs will the biggest moment of his career," Wunna tweeted.

The diss culminated in the song "Poochie Gown," on which Gunna raps, "Hang above the rim/I can’t fuck with Freddie Gibbs (No)/Niggas tellin’ fibs (Fibs)."

The beef between Gunna and Freddie Gibbs likely started when the latter took subliminal shots at Gunna in 2020, for appearing on a news program years ago to discuss an incarcerated cousin serving life in prison for the death of a little girl. Gunna claims his cousin is innocent for the accused crime. Freddie thought Gunna was on the Crime Stoppers TV show, however, it was actually a CNN news program, according to Gunna.

In May of 2020, Freddie tweeted that if a person appears on Crime Stoppers, they're a snitch.

"If u was on crime stoppers TV u a snitch. Ain’t no way around it," Freddie wrote.

Throughout this month, Gunna and Freddie Gibbs have gone back-and-forth on social media with disses both direct and subliminal. Even Young Thug has made it clear that he is on the side of Gunna in this beef.

Watch the video for Gunna's "Pushin P" featuring Young Thug below.

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Last year, Rico Nasty had to endure several rude and offensive responses from rowdy crowds while opening for Playboi Carti on his King Vamp Tour. In fact, someone threw a bottle at her during a show and she jumped into the audience and confronted the culprit. But what also offends Rico is fans encouraging her to twerk when she's performing. In an interview with XXL, the Maryland-bred rhymer explained why this upsets her and why she's not the kind of artist who twerks on command.

"This is probably the worst thing that you could put up while a female rapper is performing, even if she is gonna twerk," Rico says after holding up her phone with the word "Twerk" displayed to demonstrate what fans in the crowd do to her. "This is so disrespectful."

Rico adds that throughout her career, twerking was never part of her act, so it’s rude for fans to expect that from her every time she hits the stage.

"It’s pointing to this ever being why I’m on this stage or this pertaining to anything that I've ever done in my career," she continues. "That’s not what I do. You go on my Instagram right now. Do I have videos doing this?"

"And for all my young girls, who, I mean, you do what you want to do and it’s lit and it’s fun," she adds. "I’m just trying to make art and perform my songs and go. I’m not trying to be something that I’m not. You shouldn’t try to make somebody something that they're not."

To be clear, Rico is not against women in hip-hop or beyond who like to twerk on stage, but it’s just something that she doesn't do for her brand.

"That's why I don't want to take away from the people who do dance routines and they do twerk because as a woman you are a performer, bro," explains the 2019 XXL Freshman. However, personally, Rico isn't feeling it. "This should never happen, bro [Rico holds up her phone with 'twerk' on it]. We are not at a strip club. And even at the strip club, this wouldn't be funny ’cause they are already strippin', bro. What is that?"

Rico says that twerking is a matter of personal choice and shouldn't be viewed as the standard of beauty or a requirement to be a successful female artist in the rap game.

"Being a girl is just random nowadays," she offers. "It's really, really random. And you really have to stick together. And you really have to… know what you want out of this and know what you want to be looked at as," she affirms. "Because, if you don't, they'll be sure to give you whatever image they think works for you. So have your own."

Watch Rico Nasty explain her thoughts on twerking below.

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DaBaby is trying out some melodies on his new song and people have thoughts about them.

Yesterday (Jan. 16), the rapper dropped a new song titled "Sneaky Link Anthem" with a video that he directed himself. The track's verses feature DaBaby's familiar rap cadence, but the chorus hook showcases a different side of himself that hasn't been seen yet.

"They so sneaky," he croons in the heavily Auto-Tuned melody. "They don't know, they don't know, sneaky," is repeated four times to complete the chorus.

The song has begun making its rounds on social media and individuals are voicing their heavily negative opinions on it.

"Nah he owe me money for listening to this," wrote one Twitter user.

"This is the worst piece of music I've ever heard in my life," another person typed.

The shots at DaBaby's new sound don't look like they're going to be stopping any time soon.

You can check out the song in full, along with a handful of additional reactions, at the bottom of this post.

DaBaby had a rocky second half to 2021. It started in July with his homophobic comments at Rolling Loud Miami, which lead to him getting dropped from numerous festivals and shows.

After a whirlwind of countless headlines, it seemed the "Rockstar" rapper had managed to get the dust to settle for the remainder of 2021. However, in November, drama around the rapper erupted yet again when a situation between himself and DaniLeigh, the mother of his youngest daughter, unfolded in-real time on Instagram Live. DaBaby ended up calling the police on Dani and she was charged with simple assault.

Take a listen to DaBaby's "Sneaky Link Anthem" below.

As mentioned, more reactions to the song can be found below as well.

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Vic Mensa has reportedly been arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

According to a report from TMZ on Monday (Jan. 17), Vic Mensa, born Victor Mensah, was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at the Northern Virginia area airport for felony possession of narcotics. The Chicago rapper reportedly returned to the U.S. from Ghana with Psilocybin—or mushrooms—in his possession.

Mensa was taken aside for a secondary search while going through Customs and that is when it was discovered that he had what law enforcement believes is the hallucinogenic drug, which is considered a Schedule 1 substance under federal law although some states are pushing for legalization.

The feds are still testing the drug to confirm it's shrooms.

Whether or not Vic has been granted bail or is still in custody isn't currently known.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Schedule 1 drugs are substances that aren't accepted for medical use. They also have a higher probability for abuse such as heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana and ecstasy.

Vic Mensa, born to a Ghanian father and American mother, was visiting Ghana with fellow Chicagoan rhymer Chance The Rapper. While on their trip, Ghana Web reports that the two artists met with the country's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House in Accra, Ghana. Prior to meeting President Akufo-Addo, Vic and Chance had been in Ghana for weeks, touring the diaspora.

The reason for the visit, however, is unclear.

This isn't Vic's first run-in with the law in recent years. In January of 2020, the former 2014 XXL Freshman was arrested in Glendale, Calif. for felony possession of brass knuckles after being pulled over for making an unsafe turn on a motorcycle.

XXL has reached out to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and a rep for Vic Mensa for comment.

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Amber Rose may have had choice words for the harsh comments Kanye West made about her years ago, but she's in a different place now and wants to spread positivity.

On Sunday (Jan. 16), Amber addressed a tweet she posted back in 2015, in which she called out both her rapper ex and the family of his then-wife Kim Kardashian.

"Man fuck that old ass tweet,” the SlutWalk founder wrote in her Instagram Stories. “I never got an apology for his '30 showers' comment but fuck it. I started my Slutwalk and helped millions of women around the world stand up for themselves against slut shaming so something amazing came out of it.”

The mom-of-two continued, “Kim nor her sisters deserved that tweet and y’all shouldn’t co-sign it either. Shit was old and immature of me to involve the KarDASHians in the mess HE made. Moving forward learn from my mistakes. We all have kids and family’s life is hard enough right now for a lot of ppl. I just want to spread love and positivity."

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As for the nearly seven-year-old tweet, which was one of several fired off at the time, Amber said, "I'll leave that up to the Kartrashians to humiliate u when they're done with u."

Amber Rose was referring to an interview Kanye West did with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club where he claimed he needed to take dozens of showers to get with Kim K after dating Amber.

"She's just soakin' in the moment," Ye stated. "If Kim had dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn't be an Amber Rose." He added, "It's very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that's with Amber Rose…I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim."

Prior to the interview, Amber and Kim had been feuding, and while on the radio show, Ye was asked if he'd reach out to his model ex, but requested she stop speaking on his family instead.

Amber Rose's comment reemerged the day after Kanye revealed via Instagram Live that he wasn't being given the location of his 4-year-old daughter Chicago's birthday party. However, images later made its way online of Kanye at the party, helping his baby girl swing at a piñata thanks to Travis Scott, who gave Yeezy the details he needed in order to attend the function.

One day prior, on Saturday (Jan. 15), Kanye, who doesn't appear to be handling his separation from Kim Kardashian very well, dropped a song with "The Game" called "Eazy" where Ye disses Kim's new boyfriend, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson.

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It looks like Young Thug is getting involved in his artist Gunna's beef with Freddie Gibbs.

On Sunday (Jan. 16), Thugger shared some clips on his Instagram Story, one of which taunted Freddie. "High above the rim/I don't fuck with Freddie Gibbs," Thug rhymes while holding up a middle finger to the camera. "Niggas tellin' fibs/Risk your life getting next to me you know your chances slim," Thug continues.

The post quickly caught the ear of Gibbs who seemingly responded on Twitter. First, he posted three sleeping emojis. The Gary, Ind. rapper followed up with the tweet, "All the girls that like me wear dresses. This ain’t nothin," an apparent reference to Thug donning a dress on the cover of his Jeffery album.

"Kill these niggas with success," Gibbs added, followed by the tweet, "Yessirski," a phrase Thug often uses.

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It is unclear why YT picked today to try and pick with Freddie. However, the diss comes a week after YSL artist Gunna dissed Freddie Gibbs on his new album DS4EVER, the day after beef erupted between the two on Twitter. Gunna called out Freddie for calling him a snitch a couple years ago due to Gunna's appearance in what people were calling an episode of Crime Stoppers. After warning Gibbs of the diss, Gunna spit the line, "I don't fuck with Freddie Gibbs/Niggas telling fibs," on the song, "Poochie Gown," which didn't exactly get rave reviews from listeners.

Gunna talked about the beef during a recent interview on The Breakfast Club, admitting he sparked the situation out of the blue.

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Kodak Black recently recorded himself going ballistic after running out of gas on the freeway.

It appears Yak did not have a good start to his weekend after making the hip-hop headlines earlier in the week. Friday night (Jan. 14), the South Florida rapper jumped on Instagram Live in distress. Apparently, Kodak was on the side of the highway after letting his vehicle go past empty. In the moment, Yak expressed all his frustrations in one stream-of-conscious rant.

"This girl, bruh, just acting like we supposed to be together," he snapped in the video, while sharing footage of what appears to be highway roadkill. "I hate that pussy-ass shit. A girl just made me mad, all kind of shit. Just threw my whole fucking vibe off, bruh. Nigga fucked around and ran out of gas on me."

"All kind of shit," he continued. "Niggas had to pee. All kind of shit. I ran out of gas right by the fucking exit. Muthafuckin possum right here by me, bruh. Shit stanky than a bitch, bro. I hate this pussy-ass shit. I'm finna kill somebody, bro."

Kodak started off the week on a positive note by getting a major cosign from Drake. "You really all that for this generation and the next one if we being honest," Drizzy typed in the comment section of a Kodak IG Live. A day later, Yak was surrounded in controversy once again after appearing to have sex with a woman in an executive box during a Florida Panthers hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks.

See Kodak going off after running out of gas on the freeway below.

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Lil Durk continues to nurture his relationship with controversial country star Morgan Wallen. The Chicago rapper recently brought Wallen out during his set at the 2022 Martin Luther King Freedom Fest in Nashville, Tenn.

Durk was one of the headliners at the MLK Freedom Fest, which took place at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (Jan. 15). During his set, Durk brought out surprise guest Morgan Wallen, but not before prefacing the performer. "…Genuine at heart," Durk tells the crowd about Wallen. "Can't nobody cancel shit what I be saying, know what I'm saying?" Durkio added before Wallen made his entrance and the duo performed their hit single "Broadway Girls."

It looks like Durk is all about a good redemption story. Last February, Wallen was at the head of controversy after he was captured on video yelling the N-word. In footage obtained of the incident, Wallen and a few friends were pulling up to his home, when the country star yelled to the girlfriend of his drunk pal, "Hey, take care of this pussy-ass muthafucka…Take care of this pussy-ass n***er." The incident resulted in his label—Big Loud Records—suspending his contract. Wallen later apologized and his album, Dangerous: The Double Album, became one of the biggest releases of 2021.

Wallen and Durk linked up last summer on Instagram after Durk commented on a snippet of the "Broadway Girls" track Wallen uploaded to IG. “So I hit him up," Wallen recently recalled on Druski's Clubhouse chat, Behind the Vest. "Me and him had been talking a little bit throughout the year and kind of developed a friendship. I was like, ‘I don’t know if you’re serious or not, but here’s a couple of versions.’ And he took the song. I said, ‘I’m not gonna put out an album for a while. If you just want to throw this on yours, go ahead.’ So he did and I’m super pumped about it.”

Late last year, the track reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Through it all, The Voice has defended his country collaborator. "He ain't no racist." Durk recently told TMZ of Wallen. "That's my boy. We had a long talk. He had his public situation… I vouch for him and he good."

Check out video of Lil Durk bringing out Morgan Wallen at the MLK Freedom Fest below.

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Kanye West is crediting Travis Scott for enabling Ye to be able to attend his daughter Chicago's 4th birthday party.

On Saturday evening (Jan. 15), West gave an update on his stressful day on Instagram Live, after claiming earlier he was not allowed to know the location of the party. "Yo, I'm so happy right now, I just came from Chi's party," Kanye told his followers in the video. "And I just gotta shout out to Travis Scott for sending me the address and the time and making sure I was able to spend the birthday memory with my daughter, to be with the rest of the family. I just saw everybody. It was Kris and Corey. Kylie let me in right when I got to the spot, 'cause security stopped me once again when I got there. And, you know, it's just a matter of having a conversation, open dialog and everyone just had a great time. I'm just really happy I could be there for my children."

A few hours prior, Kanye was claiming he'd been left in the dark by his estranged wife Kim Kardashian about the party, which he very much wanted to attend. "Wishing my daughter a public happy birthday," said an emotional Kanye while filming himself inside his car. "I wasn't allowed to know where her party was. There's nothing legal. They're saying these are the kind of games that are being played. This the kind of thing that has really affected my health for the longest. I'm just not playing, I'm taking control of my narrative this year. I'm being the father, the best father, the Ye version of a father and I'm not finna let this happen. We gon' be in real time with this right here. Chicago, happy birthday. I love you. I'm just putting this online 'cause I need y'all support. I done called Kim, text the nannies. I got on the phone with Tristan, he asked Klhoe. Won't nobody give me the address to my daughter's birthday party, right now. That's gonna imprint in her mind that I wasn't there for her."

Kanye was later videoed at the party, which was a dual celebration for Chicago and Stormi, Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner's young daughter. Now we know it was La Flame who dropped the location.

See video of Kanye ecstatic about being able to attend Chicago's party below.

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UPDATE (Jan. 15):

It looks like Ye made it to the party. After going on Instagram Live and venting about not being able to attend his daughter Chicago's 4th birthday party, video has surfaced of the rapper in attendance. The short video clip shows Kanye talking to someone who appears to be Kris Jenner. Travis Scott also appears to be in attendance at the party, which was apparently a dual celebration for Chi, and Scott and Kylie Jenner's daughter Stormi.

Check out footage of the party below.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Kanye West appears to be at his wits' end concerning his current situation with his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, after claiming he was not allowed to attend his daughter Chicago's birthday party.

Chicago, one of four kids Kanye shares with Kim K, turned 4 years old on Saturday (Jan. 15). On Saturday afternoon, Ye made a rare appearance on Instagram Live to vent, claiming he was not provided with the location of Chi's party.

"Wishing my daughter a public happy birthday," Kanye began. "I wasn't allowed to know where her party was. There's nothing legal. They're saying these are the kind of games that are being played. This the kind of thing that has really affected my health for the longest. I'm just not playing, I'm taking control of my narrative this year. I'm being the father, the best father, the Ye version of a father and I'm not finna let this happen. We gon' be in real time with this right here. Chicago, happy birthday. I love you. I'm just putting this online 'cause I need y'all support. I done called Kim, text the nannies. I got on the phone with Tristan, he asked Klhoe. Won't nobody give me the address to my daughter's birthday party, right now. That's gonna imprint in her mind that I wasn't there for her."

He continued, "I was supposed to be in Miami recording my album. My whole schedule is based around me being able to take my kids to school, me being there for them, making sure that I'm being in they lives. That's the whole point of having money. They take so many fathers just throughout America. They been taking the fathers out the homes purposely. So, I'm speaking up, I'm using my voice to say, this ain't gon' keep happening. This narrative not finna happen. It's a lot of people that's in a position they ain't got no voice when people be playing games like this, baby mama's be playing games, the grandma be playing games like this. It's like, as y'all know, they ain't finna play like that with me."

Kanye is clearly having a hard time dealing with the circumstances surrounding his divorce from Kim Kardashian, who is currently dating SNL star Pete Davidson. The rap star even took a shot at Pete on his new song "Eazy."

During a recent interview with Hollywood Unlocked, Kanye claimed Kim's security stopped him from seeing their daughter North at school. "Security ain't gon' be between me and my children," Ye told the outlet.

Last month, it was reported that Kanye bought a house directly across the street from Kim's home in order to be closer to his children.

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In what has been one of the strangest hip-hop beefs in a while, the Gunna vs. Freddie Gibbs situation continues to be addressed.

On Friday (Jan. 14), Gunna appeared on The Breakfast Club and was asked about the situation with Gibbs, which popped off on Twitter a day before the release of the YSL rapper's new album, DS4EVER. "It came out the blue," Gunna admitted about the beef. "I was rapping and his name came up. I had to let him know before it came out, 'cause I aint really on no sucker time. I'm really, like, trying to address everything and every situation before anything happen. So you already know, I knew where he stood at before anything, off top. He a man, and he gon' let you know. 'I got a problem with you, or I don't got a problem with you.' That's it. That's really what it was. You said what you said and I said what I said."

Gunna said the beef originated with Freddie Gibbs calling him a snitch due to a video that surfaced in 2019 of Gunna on television that many people were calling an episode of Crime Stoppers. The Atlanta rapper said he chose not to address Gibbs then, but years later he felt the time was right on the new song, "Poochie Gown," where he raps the unsatisfying bars, "I don't fuck with Freddie Gibbs/He be tellin' fibs."

"I had to let him know, I don't fuck with you," Gunna continued, before saying Gibbs reached out to do a song with him after the social media diss. "He tried to do a song with me through my manager. It's like, huh? Wait? What?"

Gunna added, "He thought I forgot. I don't forget. If I got a problem with you from five years ago, it's still…it don't change. It can be 10 years later. I'm gon' get you."

Check out Gunna's full interview on The Breakfast Club below.

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The artwork for Kanye West and The Game's new single, "Eazy," which shows a skinned monkey, has PETA pissed off.

President of the animal rights organization, Ingrid Newkirk, issued a statement to Billboard on Friday (Jan. 14), slamming the duo for promoting and sharing the images via social media.

“The photo is reminiscent of the monkeys PETA has found, sometimes heads, sometimes hands, sometimes the whole body, in meat markets around the world and it makes it clear that when you remove the fur you can’t miss that there’s a person in there, that they are fellow primates, and do not belong to us to abuse for any purpose—not in laboratories, roadside zoos, movies, or meat markets,” the statement reads.

Ye and Game put out their new single of Friday afternoon, hours after it was slated to drop. The artists shared artwork promoting the single on social media, which depicts a monkey that is hanging from its arms that has had its skin removed, the bloody skull and muscles fully visible.

XXL has reached out to reps for Kanye West and The Game for comment.

Aside from the shocking cover art, the song made headlines for Kanye taking a shot at his estranged wife's new boyfriend, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson. On the record, which is produced by Hit-Boy, Mike Dean, Big Duke, DJ Premier and Cash Jones, Ye raps, "God saved me from that crash/Just so I can beat Pete Davidson's ass (Who?)."

The last few days have been eventful for Kanye, to say the least. He is also accused of striking a man who approached him for an autograph in Los Angeles on Thursday (Jan. 13).

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Kanye West has had one wild week, which included video coming out of him allegedly punching an autograph seeker. Now, he's speaking out.

In a recent interview with Hollywood Unlocked, which partially ran on Friday (Jan. 14), Ye gave his side of the story. "It's 3 a.m. in front of the warehouse," Kanye explained about his interaction with the overzealous fan following a recording session. "I'm saying, 'You don't know what I'm dealing with right now.' This dude, he just had this attitude like, 'What you gon' do?'

"Imma just tell you, that blue COVID mask ain't stop that knockout," Ye said.

On Thursday (Jan. 13), video surfaced of an irate Kanye yelling at a woman in the street while an injured man lay nearby. The incident allegedly started when the fan saw Kanye sitting in his car and approached the rap star for an autograph. However, things went left when Kanye allegedly jumped out of his car and began screaming at the man before supposedly punching him to the ground. Kanye is seen yelling at a woman, who is reportedly his cousin, in the aftermath of the altercation.

"Get away from me! Ain't no hands!" he shouted. "No, no! You were supposed to talk to her," Kanye added in reference to getting in contact with Kim to talk about a situation with their children where the rapper claims security stopped him from seeing the kids. Police were called to the scene of the fan altercation and a report was filed. There is a chance Kanye could face a misdemeanor battery charge due to the incident.

The situation happened a day before West released his new single, "Eazy" featuring The Game. On the track, Kanye addresses his estranged wife's new beau, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson. "God saved me from that crash/Just so I can beat Pete Davidson's ass (Who?)," the G.O.O.D. Music head rhymes.

This comes on the heels of Kanye reportedly planning to go to Russia and make it his second home.

Check out the interview clip with Kanye defending his actions below.

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