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Jackboy was arrested in Georgia on a gun possession charge.

The Kodak Black affiliate was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Monroe County, Ga. on Feb. 23 and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, XXL has confirmed through police records. He was initially pulled over after police noticed the driver of the vehicle he was in, a blue Lamborghini SUV, not maintaining his lane on the road, TMZ reports. Police said they smelled marijuana in the vehicle, prompting a search. During the search, a 9mm and Glock were discovered by authorities in the passenger seat glove box where Jackboy was sitting.

Jackboy, born Pierre Delince, denied knowing the firearms were in the vehicle and another backseat passenger took credit for owning the guns. However, due to Jackboy's felon status, he is not allowed to be in the direct vicinity of a firearm. The rapper was booked and spent the night in jail before paying a $2,500 bond and bailing out the following day. The other passengers got off with a verbal warning for the weed.

XXL has reached out to Jackboy's team for comment on the arrest.

Jackboy is no stranger to the law. He was arrested in August 2019 for tampering with evidence, possession of weed, violating probation and a few vehicle violations in Florida. He was also arrested for aggravated battery and robbery with a firearm on Aug. 23, 2017 and spent a year in a Henrico County, Va. jail on unrelated charges in 2018.

The Sniper Gang rapper put out his most recent release, Love Me While I'm Here, in December. The album featured Kodak, Denzel Curry, Sada Baby, Fredo Bang and more.

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Lil Loaded is now facing a lesser charge after being arrested for the murder of his friend back in November.

On Friday (March 5), The Dallas Morning News reported the 20-year-old Texas rhymer, born Dashawn Maurice Robertson, is now facing one count of manslaughter in connection with the death of Khalil Walker. A Dallas County grand jury handed down the indictment last week, saying there is enough evidence to charge the young rapper of recklessly causing the death of 18-year-old Walker. Lil Loaded's attorney, Ashkan Mehryari, told the paper on Friday that his client is innocent. “There’s obviously no malice here,” he said.

XXL has reached out to Lil Loaded's camp and legal team for comment on the update in the case.

As previously reported, police allege Lil Loaded shot Walker in the torso with a rifle outside of a home in The Woods neighborhood of Dallas, Texas on Oct. 25, 2020. A police affidavit states both men and a witness were standing outside of the residence. Walker's sister, who was inside at the time, reported hearing two gunshots and exiting the home to see Walker on the ground injured from the shot. In a strange twist in the case, there was reportedly video of Lil Loaded shooting Walker on Walker's phone, according to the police. Walker was taken to nearby Methodist Charlton Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Lil Loaded turned himself in to authorities 15 days after the shooting on Nov. 9, 2020. The "6locc 6a6y" rapper has maintained his innocence. "I appreciate all y’all support," a post on his Instagram account read on Nov. 11, 2020. "They try to make u look guilty wen u innocent regardless .. we going to get pass this . Rip my brother love u 💔."

Lil Loaded released the project, A Demon in 6lue, last October.

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It's been a decade since talks of a Drake and Rick Ross joint project emerged. Presumably shelved, the album may in fact still be in the works, according to one source.

Fans have been raving about Drizzy and Rozay's latest collab, "Lemon Pepper Freestyle," which appears on Drake's new Scary Hours 2 release. On Friday (March 5), former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco added fuel to the fire about the OVO x MMG project being unshelved by revealing some news about the two rappers' in limbo LP. The tip came via social media after Rap Caviar tweeted, "Drake and Ross been cooking up for a decade, what's their best collab? Ochocinco then weighed in with some seemingly inside info. "The joint album they’re doing together [will] unseat all projects they’ve done to date," the retired Miami native replied, along with a hush emoji.

Talks of Drake and Ross putting out a joint project, which was tentatively titled Y.O.L.O., first started in 2011. “I have been working on a mixtape with Ross,” Drake told XXL at the time. “A mixtape called Y.O.L.O. [That means] You Only Live Once. I've been working on that for the last couple of weeks. We haven't really connected because he's been going through this thing with his health. I’ve been stashing my little beats and verses.”

The two rappers' relationship soured a bit in 2015 when Drake had a highly-publicized beef with MMG artist Meek Mill. Ross and Drake settled their differences in 2017 and continued frequently working together putting out songs like "Money in the Grave" and "Gold Roses." Will we finally get the joint project fans have been waiting for? Time will tell.

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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 Drake ("Lemon Pepper Freestyle" featuring Rick Ross), LIl Baby ("Real As It Gets" featuring EST Gee) and Lil Durk ("Out The Roof" with King Von and Booka600) and more. See you next week!

  • “Lemon Pepper Freestyle”Drake featuring Rick Ross
  • “Real As It Gets”Lil Baby featuring EST Gee
  • “Out The Roof”Lil Durk, King Von, Booka600
  • “Op Vibes”YG and D3szn
  • “Freaky As Me”Jacquees featuring Mulatto
  • “Everythang”OMB Peezy
  • “Break Yoself”G Herbo
  • “Bout It, Bout It”Molly Brazy
  • “Aspen”Key Glock and Young Dolph
  • “Anxious”AJ Tracey
  • “Stay Down”Yung Mal
  • “Diet_1.5″Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats featuring Benny The Butcher
  • “No Sense”Baby Keem

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Drake just breathed new life into a lackluster first quarter in the rap music world with his new Scary Hours 2 song package on Friday (March 5), and he's name-dropping plenty of fellow rappers and celebrities with this new release.

Scary Hours 2 only contains three tracks including "What's Next," "Wants and Needs" featuring Lil Baby and "Lemon Pepper Freestyle" featuring Rick Ross. An examination of the 6 God's bars on the song bundle reveals Drake is still staking his claim as the current crown holder in the rap game. He is also dropping several names on the brief release, which serves as the sequel to 2018's Scary Hours song pack.

On "What's Next," Drizzy has a braggadocios bar about his relationship with fashion designer Virgil Abloh. On "Wants and Needs," Drake appears to signify he might be extending the olive branch to Kanye West after years of being frienemies.

The final track, "Lemon Pepper Freestyle," is peppered with lyrical shout-outs, ranging from well-known celebs to obscure millionaires and billionaires, as Drake mentions everyone from the song's cocollaborator, Rick Ross, to a basketball star, a late friend, a 1990's television sitcom icon and Middle Eastern royalty.

Next up for Drake is his sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, which is slated to drop sometime this year after its initial January release date was pushed back by the rap star. "I'm looking forward to sharing it with you all in 2021," he told fans in January. SC2 should give fans some relief until its officially Drizzy SZN.

Today, XXL takes a look at every person Aubrey name-drops on Scary Hours 2.

See them all for yourself below.

See Everyone Drake Name-Drops on Scary Hours 2

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Nas is weighing in on the current landscape of hip-hop in a new interview with The Financial Times.

On Thursday (March 4), during an interview with the Times the 47-year-old Illmatic rapper expressed his opinion on today's contemporary rap artists and his lack of fascination. “I appreciate what’s out there, but there’s no one keeping me up at night,” Nas said. “I hear a new rap record and think it’s great, but I don’t listen to it the next week.”

Though Nas is not a fan of every facet of today's hip-hop sound, he did take the time to praise fellow New York rapper Pop Smoke for his accomplishments before his untimely death last year. "We were happy to see that young king come up. He was a breath of fresh air. The drill movement in London, Chicago and New York is really exciting.”

While the "Car #85" artist has been really straightforward about his feelings on today's music, he has embraced younger rappers by working with them for his Grammy-nominated album, King's Disease. Rappers like Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign, Big Sean and more appeared on the LP in August.

Nas is one of several MCs from the 1990s who have similar feelings about the new class of rappers. Many older rappers have expressed how music has changed due to streaming and social media.

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Russ is running up a serious check these days.

On Wednesday (March 3), the Chomp artist shared on Twitter an inspirational story about his monetary momentum, claiming that he's made $10 million from his independent catalog. The rapper, who was still signed to Columbia Records as of last year and has released the Chomp EP via his Russ My Way imprint, is among very few artists in the rap game that have had success as an independent artist.

"Ever since shit started 'working' for me with this music shit I often think about 'damn, what if I woulda stopped after those 11 mixtapes?'" Russ tweeted. "Can’t lose if you don’t quit. If it’s your truth, keep goin regardless of wtf people are sayin."

Russ added that an optimistic outlook is what helped drive him. "Ran up $10 million off the independent catalog alone (No Traw, Zoo, Shake the Snow Globe)," he posted, omitting his major label albums from the equation. "I remember making $1,000 and thinking 'If I can make $1,000 then I can make $10,000. If I can make $10,000 I can make $100,000' ETC. Reality is, this is just a lot of time and effort mixed with consistency and meaningful relationship with fans from all over the world. Lowkey fuck the money even tho I'm hella grateful. I'm just glad y'all [fuck with] the message and the music. See y'all at $50 mil."

Very few artists in the rap game have had as much independent success as Russ,
who formed a solid following with nearly a dozen indie mixtapes and a unique Soundcloud strategy, which saw him drop a single a week for consecutive years. Since 2011, when he first started releasing projects, the formula has paid off.

Russ released 11 mixtapes between 2011 and 2014, on his own. He signed a multimillion dollar record deal partnership with Columbia in 2017, and released three albums—There's Really a Wolf (2017), Zoo (2018), Shake the Snow Globe (2020)—before returning to indie status. He released the EP, Chomp, last November featuring Benny The Butcher, Busta Rhymes, Black Thought, Ab-Soul and more.

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The country has been in uncharted territory for nearly a year due to the pandemic. And while that may seem overwhelming, the hip-hop community has made sure to release new music that allows rap fans to wade through these ongoing, uncertain times. This week is no different.

Only The FamilyLil Durk's label and rap collective, drop their compilation album, Loyal Bros. The Chicago-bred rappers offer 22 new songs containing a mixture of heavy-hitting rhymes and some well-tuned vibes. In addition to bars from Durk, King Von, Booka600, Timo, DoodieLo and more, there are also guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, Tee Grizzley, EST Gee and a host of others. The LP pays tribute to the late King Von, who was shot and killed in Atlanta last November and OTF Nunu (a.k.a. Nuski), who died in 2014. OTF dropped the Family Over Everything project back in 2019.

Mobile, Ala.-born and Sacramento, Calif.-raised rhymer OMB Peezy drops his latest album, Too Deep for Tears. Last month, Peezy officially announced the arrival of the effort. "FINALLY TELLIN MY STORY TOO DEEP FOR TEARS everywhere MARCH 5th," he tweeted on Feb. 22. Along with sharing the news of the new album, the rapper dropped a two-minute long trailer detailing to story of his life from childhood to present day. Prior to this, he released the melodic and vulnerable track "Love Is Blind," which has a visual that was delivered on Feb. 28. OMB Peezy, who was arrested earlier this week for his connection to a shooting at a Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg music video filming last month, hasn't dropped an LP since Preach to the Streets in 2019. However, last year he offered his mixtape, In the Meantime.

Detroit's own Molly Brazy has dropped new music as well. Coming off the release of her 2019 offering, Built to Last, the Midwestern rhymer's mixtape, Pink Molly, arrived on Tuesday (March 2). The 10-track tape contains appearances from Sacramento's own Mozzy and more. Molly delivers some boastful, fierce rhymes on solid production and D-Town-inspired beats. There's some Auto-Tune-infused rap tracks as well. The 22-year-old artist has been teasing her latest release via social media leading up to its arrival.

Whether you're looking for music to blast in the house or the car, take a look below to see the new projects you can vibe out to from YG and his 4hunnid label signees, Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats and more.

  • Only The Family – Lil Durk Presents: Loyal Bros.Only The Family Only The Family / EMPIRE
  • Too Deep for TearsOMB PeezyOverkill Ent. / 300 Entertainment
  • Pink MollyMolly Brazy Molly Brazy
  • 4Hunnid Presents: Gang Affiliated4Hunnid Records4Hunnid Records / Def Jam
  • Battling My SpiritYBN Almighty JayAtlantic Records
  • Unlocked 1.5Denzel Curry and Kenny BeatsPH Recordings / Loma Vista Recordings

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Drake just put out more chune for your head top in the form of his latest release, Scary Hours 2, which consists of three songs.

One of the bangers is the previously-leaked song "What's Next," which made its way to the internet last weekend. Produced by Supah Mario and Maneesh, the new track finds Drizzy in flex mode, rapping over a triumphant-sounding instrumental. The chorus of the song contains lyrics from a reported Drake and Young Thug collab titled "What a Time to Be a Slime," which leaked but never officially saw the light of day. Now, we officially have a finished version, as well as a stuntastic music video directed by Theo Skudra to boot.

Scary Hours 2 should serve as the prequel to Drizzy's highly anticipated new album, Certified Lover Boy. Initially supposed to drop in January, Aubrey pushed back the project in the wake of his knee surgery.

Check out the lyrics to Drake's new track "What's Next" below.

INTRO
Aye, woah
Aye, aye
Yeah

REFRAIN
I'm makin' a change today
The liquor been takin' the pain away
I heard you was givin' your chain away
That's kinda like givin' your fame away
What's wrong with you?
I sit in a box where the owners do
A boss is a role that I've grown into
I love you to death but I told you the truth
I can't just be with you and only you

VERSE ONE
Yeah, I got one, Virgil got one and that there is the only two
Man, how many times have I shown improvement?
How many nights I been (Woah)
Swervin' them potholes, not tryna fuck up the wheels on the road, OK
Funny how life goes
He thought he was sick, now he wipin' his nose, OK
Soon as you give him your soul
You blow up and they say you sellin' your soul, OK
They want my lifе exposed, they wanna know about thе highs and lows

CHORUS
Well, summer, all I did was rest, OK?
And New Year's, all I did was stretch, OK?
And Valentine's Day, I had sex, OK?
We'll see what's 'bout to happen next
OK? OK? OK?
We'll see what's 'bout to happen next
OK? OK? OK?
We'll see what's ’bout to happen, aye, aye
We'll see what's ’bout to happen, aye
We'll see what's ’bout to happen

REFRAIN
I'm makin' a change today
The liquor been takin' the pain away
I heard you was givin' your chain away
That's kinda like givin' your fame away
What's wrong with you?
I sit in a box where the owners do
A boss is a role that I've grown into
I love you to death but I told you the truth
I—

VERSE TWO
Aye, yeah
I got one, lawyer got one and that there is the only two
Man, how many times have I told you the truth?
Man, how many nights I been (Woah)
Swervin' them potholes, not tryna fuck up the wheels or fuck up the deals
I'm posted in Stockholm, it's me, the owls and the twins, it's only the real
I'm movin' way too humble
Weezy had handed it off, I still got no fumbles
I'm on the hot one hundo, numero uno
This one ain't come with a bundle
I'm in the Wynn, a million in chocolate chips
And that's just how my cookie crumble
I put a skirt on a whip and a crown on the six
But there's no need to dress up the numbers
Ayy, ayy, yeah
But I guess they must have they reasons
They wanna know how I'm livin' my day to day life in the regular season

CHORUS
Well summer, all I did was rest, OK?
And New Year's, all I did was stretch, OK?
And Valentine's Day, I had sex, OK?
We'll see what's ’bout to happen next
OK? OK? OK?
We'll see what's 'bout to happen next
OK? OK? OK?
We'll see what's ’bout to happen, aye, aye
We'll see what's ’bout to happen, aye
We'll see what's ’bout to happen

REFRAIN
I'm makin' a change today
The liquor been takin' the pain away
I heard you was givin' your chain away
That's kinda like givin' your fame away
What's wrong with you?
I sit in a box where the owners do
A boss is a role that I've grown into
I love you to death but I told you the truth
I—

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Drake is still putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming Certified Lover Boy album, but to hold fans over until it drops, Drizzy just released the three-song pack Scary Hours 2 on Friday (March 5).

A short release, the new offering features three songs titled "What's Next," "Lemon Pepper Freestyle" featuring frequent collaborator Rick Ross and "Wants and Needs" featuring Lil Baby.

Drake announced the release on very short notice, getting fans riled up on Thursday morning (March 4) with an Instagram post of the cover art along with the caption, "FRIDAY MIDNIGHT ☠️."

Scary Hours 2 is the sequel to his Scary Hours song pack, which dropped in January of 2018. That bundle featured the tracks "God's Plan" and "Diplomatic Immunity," the former of which also appeared on his Scorpion album and turned into the biggest single of Drizzy's career.

With new music out, fans will no doubt be fiending even more for the full-length album. CLB was supposed to drop in January of this year, but has been pushed back to a later date while Drake mends from surgery. "I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery," Drake wrote in a post on his Instagram story on Jan. 20. "I'm blessed to be back on my feet feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won't be dropping in January. I'm looking forward to sharing it with you all in 2021."

In the meantime, more chune for your head top.

Listen to Drake's Scary Hours 2 below.

Drake's Scary Hours 2 Tracklist
1. "What's Next"
2. "Wants and Needs" featuring Lil Baby
3. "Lemon Pepper Freestyle" featuring Rick Ross

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6ix9ine's attempt at clowning Lil Nas X may have backfired.

On Thursday (March 4), 6ix9ine commented on an Instagram blog post featuring a New York Post article headline about China reportedly making COVID-19 anal swabs mandatory for foreigners, taking the opportunity to take a homophobic swipe at Nas X in the process.

"Lil Nas X entered the chat," Tekashi posted in the Instagram comments along with a skull emoji.

The slight was not missed by the openly gay "Old Town Road" rapper, who responded on Instagram, taking his own jab at 6ix9ine. Nas X did so by sharing alleged DMs from Tekashi that Nas X apparently left on read. In one DM from last October, 6ix9ine allegedly wrote, "Yo" to Nas X. When that did not work, he allegedly tried again on Feb. 16. "Gonna be in your city soon what you doin lol," the screenshot reads.

Nas X captioned the post featuring the alleged 6ix9ine DMs with "This you??!"

6ix9ine via Instagram

6ix9ine has responded to Lil Nas X's attempt to expose him, making an Instagram video that refutes the Southern artist's claims. "Before this shit even start, we gonna nip this in the [bud]," Tekashi starts. He then shows his Instagram account direct messages and tries to prove that he never had any interactions with Lil Nas X previously. So there's a possibility Tekashi got a dose of his own trolling medicine.

After dropping his new single, "ZaZa," last month, 6ix9ine has made the news for the wrong reasons. He is being sued by a dancer who claims he hit her in the head with a champagne bottle at a Florida club. He is also facing a lawsuit from former security guards for failing to pay for services rendered.

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If you need any proof of the impact of Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," look no further than its certified diamond status.

Off Scott's third studio album, Astroworld, the Drake-featured track quickly became a fan favorite and was put out as an official single three weeks after the album's release on Aug. 21, 2018. Produced by a band of producers including Mike Dean, Rogét Chahayed, CuBeatz, OZ, Hit-Boy and Tay Keith, the single includes one of the most memorable beat flips in recent memory. Three years after its release and the track still slaps like day one.

While we continue to wait for Travis Scott's long-awaited Utopia album, we revisit one of the biggest songs of the last decade.

Check out the lyrics to Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode" single below.

[PART ONE]

[INTRO: Drake]
Astro, yeah
Sun is down, freezin' cold
That's how we already know, winter's here
My dawg would probably do it for a Louis belt
That's just all he know, he don't know nothin' else
I tried to show 'em, yeah
I tried to show 'em, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Goin' on you with the pick and roll
Young La Flame, he in sicko mode

[PART TWO]

[VERSE ONE: Travis Scott & The Notorious B.I.G.]
Woo, made this here with all the ice on in the booth
At the gate outside, when they pull up, they get me loose
Yeah, Jump Out boys, that's Nike boys, hoppin' out coupes
This shit way too big, when we pull up, give me the loot
(Gimme the loot!)
Was off the Remy, had a Papoose
Had to hit my old town to duck the news
Two-four hour lockdown, we made no moves
Now it's 4 a.m. and I'm back up poppin' with the crew
I just landed in, Chase B mixes pop like Jamba Juice
Different colored chains, think my jeweler really sellin' fruits
And they chokin', man, know the crackers wish it was a noose
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[BRIDGE: Big Hawk & Swae Lee]
Some—Some—Some—Someone said
To win the retreat, we all in too deep
Pl—Pl—Playin' for keeps, don't play us for weak (Someone said)
To win the retreat, we all in too deep
Pl-Pl-Playin' for keeps, don't play us for weak

[VERSE TWO: Travis Scott & Uncle Luke]
Yeah, this shit way too formal, y'all know I don't follow suit
Stacey Dash, most of these girls ain't got a clue
All of these hoes I made off records I produced
I might take all my exes and put 'em all in a group
Hit my eses, I need the bootch
'Bout to turn this function to Bonnaroo
Told her, "Hop in, you comin' too"
In the 305, bitches treat me like I'm Uncle Luke
(Don't stop, pop that pussy!)
Had to slop the top off, it's just a roof, uh
She said, "Where we goin'?" I said, "The moon"
We ain't even make it to the room
She thought it was the ocean, it's just the pool
Now I got her open, it's just the Goose
Who put this shit together? I'm the glue

[BRIDGE: Travis Scott, Swae Lee & Big Hawk]
Someone said
Shorty FaceTimed me out the blue
Someone said
Pl—Playin' for keeps
Someone said, motherfucker—someone said
Don't play us for weak

[PART THREE]

[INTRO: Travis Scott, Drake & Lil Juice]
Yeah!
Astro, yeah, yeah
(Tay Keith, fuck these niggas up!)
Ayy, ayy

[CHORUS: Drake & Travis Scott]
She's in love with who I am
Back in high school, I used to bus it to the dance (Yeah)
Now I hit the FBO with duffels in my hands
I did half a Xan, 13 hours 'til I land
Had me out like a light, ayy, yeah
Like a light, ayy, yeah

[VERSE THREE: Drake & Travis Scott]
Like a light, ayy, slept through the flight, ayy
Knocked for the night, ayy
767, man, this shit got double bedroom, man
I still got scores to settle, man
I crept down the block (Down the block)
Made a right (Yeah, right)
Cut the lights (Yeah, what?), paid the price (Yeah)
Niggas think it's sweet (Nah, never), it's on sight (Yeah, what?)
Nothin' nice (Yeah), baguettes in my ice (Aw, man)
Jesus Christ (Yeah), checks over stripes (Yeah)
That's what I like (Yeah), that's what we like (Yeah)
Lost my respect, you not a threat
When I shoot my shot, that shit wetty like I'm Sheck (Bitch)
See the shots that I took (Ayy), wet like I'm Book (Ayy)
Wet like I'm Lizzie
I be spinnin' Valley, circle blocks 'til I'm dizzy (Yeah, what?)
Like where is he? (Yeah, what?)
No one seen him (Yeah, yeah)
I'm tryna clean 'em (Yeah)

[CHORUS: Drake & Travis Scott]
She's in love with who I am
Back in high school, I used to bus it to the dance
Now I hit the FBO with duffels in my hands (Woo)
I did half a Xan, 13 hours 'til I land
Had me out like a light (Like a light)
Like a light (Like a light)
Like a light (Like a light)
Like a light

[VERSE FOUR: Travis Scott]
Yeah, passed the dawgs a celly
Sendin' texts, ain't sendin' kites, yeah
He said, "Keep that on lock"
I say, "You know this shit, it's stife," yeah
It's absolute, yeah (Yeah), I'm back, reboot (It's lit)
LaFerrari to Jamba Juice, yeah (Skrrt, skrrt)
We back on the road, they jumpin' off, no parachute, yeah
Shawty in the back
She said she workin' on her glutes, yeah (Oh my God)
Ain't by the book, yeah, this how it look, yeah
'Bout a check, yeah (Check), just check the foots, yeah
Pass this to my daughter, I'ma show her what it took (Yeah)
Baby mama cover Forbes, got these other bitches shook
Yeah

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Kendrick Lamar definitely believes in quality over quantity.

The elusive rapper puts out albums sparingly, rarely makes public appearances and keeps his features to a minimal. Even when it comes to the things he likes on Twitter, Kendrick Lamar only presses the button on a select few posts. In the 12 years since Kung Fu Kenny has been on the social media app—he joined in 2009—he has only liked 16 tweets. So, it's a rare occasion for someone to see "Like by @KendrickLamar" in their notifications.

His very first liked tweet didn't come until Feb. 17, 2017, when he liked Nicki Minaj's post. "I've officially gotten all my super powers back," she tweeted. Since then, Kendrick's likes on Twitter have been few and far between, and range from support of his label mates and other artists to throwback video footage, fan art and super random funny tweets.

One liked post is a testament to how far the Grammy Award-winning artist has come. "Still remember that random Saturday January 2011 when I told my homies I was going to a record shop in Carson to see one of my favorite up & coming artists and nobody wanted to roll with me cause they didn't know who he was…," a fan captioned a tweet of a picture of himself along with a young K-Dot prior to the release of his Section.80 album.

This week, on Wednesday (March 3), Kendrick liked his first Twitter post in over a year, giving the thumbs up to a throwback video of Jack Harlow rapping as a kid.

Check out the only tweets Kendrick Lamar has liked in 12 years on Twitter below.

Here Are the Only 16 Tweets Kendrick Lamar Has Liked

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YBN Almighty Jay is telling his side of the story of the YBN breakup saga.

On Wednesday (March 3), YBN Almighty Jay put up a post on Instagram, accusing manager and lawyer James McMillan of shady dealings concerning the group. "This nigga James McMillan is a fraud," Jay posted. "He sign niggas to janky deals and fuck em over. Nobody know nothing about the shit we go through on a daily basis being signed to this nigga ’cause we cover for this niggas ass. I'm done with this shit."

Both YBN Nahmir and Cordae appeared to cosign Jay's sentiments by liking the Instagram post. Jay later followed up on the topic in his Instagram Story with more accusations against McMillan. "Trademarking the YBN name behind niggas backs," he added. "Assigned me a lawyer he used to be engaged to without telling me. SMH. Took advantage of some kids bro."

Jay went on to blame McMillan for the group's disbandment. "If y'all really wanna know why YBN broke up," he concluded.

XXL reached out to YBN Nahmir's team and James McMillan, both of whom had "no comment" on the situation at this time. XXL has also reached out to the group's former management for a statement.

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The promising YBN crew, formerly consisting of YBN Nahmir, YBN Cordae and Almighty Jay, released their only collaboration project YBN: The Mixtape in 2018. Signs of a breakup surfaced last summer when Nahmir announced he was the only member of the crew still standing. A short time later, YBN Cordae confirmed he was stepping away from the crew and dropped the "YBN" from his moniker.

YBN Almighty Jay's revelation comes as he is prepping the release of his debut solo project, Battling My Spirit, which drops on Friday (March 5).

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One year ago, Lil Uzi Vert finally came through. After teasing the project for over two years, on March 6, 2020, the Philadelphia rapper unloaded his Eternal Atake album, a metallic, techno-colored collection of tight raps and inventive hooks that marked his second major label album.

While Uzi had previously been known to inject most of his songs with melody, the sing-song Uzi is largely absent on this one; he's flexing his rapping skills, and does it very well. On "You Better Move," he rattles off quotable bars as he flips a nursery rhyme into an instructive quasi-dance song.

"I'm like Mother Goose, if I say shoot, they gonna shoot/No, I'm not sweet, I just got flavor/Don't need no to water to mix up this juice/They say 'Why your chain it look like a choker?'/That's for the slaves that had to wear the noose," he raps on the track.

For "Baby Pluto," Lil Uzi Vert lets loose bursts of flexes and punchlines over bouncy bells for a song that sounds like a spaceship just entered the Earth's atmosphere. For good measure, he's also got tracks like "P2"—an "XO Tour Llif3" sequel—and "Urgency" for those who miss the more melodically inclined Uzi.

Choosing the best song on the LP is hard, but that doesn't mean it's impossible, so why not try? Today, to celebrate the anniversary of Eternal Atake, XXL ranks all the songs on the album. Peep the list below.

  • 18″Lo Mein” Lil Uzi Vert
  • 17″Secure the Bag”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 16″Homecoming”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 15″Bigger Than Life”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 14″Bust Me”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 13″Prices”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 12″Pop”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 11″I’m Sorry”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 10″Venetia” Lil Uzi Vert
  • 9″P2″Lil Uzi Vert
  • 8″Celebration Station”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 7″Baby Pluto”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 6″Silly Watch”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 5″Urgency”Lil Uzi Vert featuring Syd
  • 4″Chrome Heart Tags”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 3″You Better Move”Lil Uzi Vert
  • 2″Futsal Shuffle 2020″ Lil Uzi Vert
  • 1″That Way”Lil Uzi Vert

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Jay-Z is making more power moves.

Hov returned to Twitter for the first time in over two years on Thursday (March 4) to announce a huge business deal. Jay-Z is selling a majority stake of his TIDAL streaming service to payments tech company Square Inc. and its owner, CEO Jack Dorsey, who's also cofounder and chief executive of Twitter. As part of the deal for Tidal, Square will pay $297 million in cash and stock. Jay-Z, who owns part of TIDAL, will be on Square’s board of directors.

"I said from the beginning that TIDAL was about more than just streaming music, and six years later, it has remained a platform that supports artists at every point in their careers. Artists deserve better tools to assist them in their creative journey," Jay-Z tweeted about the deal. "Jack is one of the greatest minds of our times, and our many discussions about TIDAL’s endless possibilities have made me even more inspired about its future. This shared vision makes me even more excited to join the Square board. This partnership will be a game-changer for many. I look forward to all this new chapter has to offer!"

Jack Dorsey, who also owns Twitter, commented on the acquisition on Twitter. "Square is acquiring a majority ownership stake in TIDAL through a new joint venture, with the original artists becoming the second largest group of shareholders, and JAY-Z joining the Square board," Dorsey tweeted.

He continued, "Why would a music streaming company and a financial services company join forces?! It comes down to a simple idea: finding new ways for artists to support their work. New ideas are found at the intersections, and we believe there’s a compelling one between music and the economy. Making the economy work for artists is similar to what Square has done for sellers."

TIDAL launched six years ago and was promoted as the most artist-friendly streaming service. In 2016, Apple was in talks about buying the platform. In 2017, Sprint purchased a 33 percent stake in the company. That is not to say everything has been all good with the streaming service, which has had several CEOs and been hit with multiple lawsuits.

This new deal comes on the heels of Jay selling a 50 percent stake in his Ace of Spades champagne line to Moet Hennessy last month.

See Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey's tweets announcing the new Tidal partnership below.

See Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey's Tweets About the TIDAL and Square Partnership

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: March 1, 2021Prince Williams, Wireimage

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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