href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 17, 2021JumanneWay via Twitter

A man recently made a desperate plea to be heard and signed by Meek Mill that cost the guy his job.

Earlier this month, a Twitter user who goes by @JumanneWay posted video online of himself trashing the store of his employer, Subway, in order to get Meek Mill's attention in hopes of getting signed. The dire attempt appeared to fall on deaf ears by most of the internet until it became a trending topic on Twitter on Sunday (Oct. 17). In one of the videos, the man trashes the back end of the establishment, purposefully spilling food contents all over the floor.

"At Meek Mill. Tell Meek Mill to sign me," the man says while vandalizing the store. "Let him know, I'm trying to get signed to Dream Chasers. Fuck all this Subway shit. Fuck all this Subway shit, bro. At Meek Mill, let him know I'm trying to get signed. I'm dead ass. I'm done working at Subway. Dead ass."

Strangely, the man says his stunt is not for clout. "At Meek Mill. Let him know, Dream Chasers, I'm not with none of this clout chasing shit, bro," he says. "All of this clout chasing shit is temporary, bro. Dead ass. I don't want to do this. I really don't want to be doing none of this."

In a strange twist, after destroying the store, the man then claimed he would be cleaning the mess up. "I gotta clean all this up," he says. "This is the aftermath. I'm trying to reach out to Meek. Like I said, or anybody that's in a position to help put me in a better position. This right here, bro, this is like…I don't think y'all know how much I had to go through to get to this point, that this became acceptable to me. This isn't…this is crazy, man."

Meek Mill, who recently released his new album Expensive Pain, has yet to respond to the videos. However, Subway has, reportedly firing the man since the clips went viral. In a statement released to NewsWeek, the franchise confirmed the unnamed worker in the video was a former employee who has been fired for his actions. "Subway and our network of franchisees take health and food safety extremely seriously and don't condone any behavior that violates our strict policies in these areas," the statement read.

The man also posted video placing food items on the restaurant's toilet.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 17, 2021ahoymiggy via Twitter / 980DJ via Twitter

Playboi Carti's The Narcissist Tour just began and it has already had a wild moment.

Carti's tour kicked off on Oct. 14 in Nashville, Tenn., without a hitch. However, on (Oct. 15), in Charlotte, N.C., the crowd got a little out of hand when a fight broke out among fans during the show. In video captured of the melee, a mosh pit appears to be taking place while Carti performs. Things quickly go left when a man in a Chicago Bulls jersey can be seen getting punched on. Seconds later, the same man is seen getting put in a headlock. Moments later, another video angle shows the man in the jersey with a bloodied nose with his arms raised as if to signify he doesn't want anymore problems. It is unclear what sparked the altercation, but the end result is wild.

Previous to embarking on his tour, Carti teased his Narcissist album, which was supposed to drop before the tour started. The "Magnolia" rapper first teased a September release date for the project, which did not come into fruition. In typical Carti fashion, he's hinted at the project dropping in the week's since then only to leave fans disappointed. Most recently, fans were led to believe there was a chance the album would come out on the first day of the tour. That, of course, did not happen.

The Narcissist Tour is slated to hit up 43 cities including Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Toronto, Chicago, New York City, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and more.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 17, 2021James Devaney, Getty Images

Jay-Z and Beyoncé have put their New Orleans mansion on the market.

The music moguls have listed the home for sale at the price of $4,450,000, according to a report published by TMZ on Sunday (Oct. 17). Originally a Presbyterian church, then a ballet studio, the 13,292 square foot abode is located in N.O.'s Historic Garden District and boasts seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The three-story mansion features Spanish baroque architecture and also has four separate living spaces. There is also a rooftop garden that Jigga reportedly took advantage of. "I did my best writing ever, while watching the sunset from the rooftop garden!" the Grammy-winning rapper put in the listing for the home.

The house was the scene of a fire back in July. According to reports, firefighters responded to a 1-alarm blaze at the residence, which lasted for about two hours and took 22 people to put out. It is unclear who set the fire in motion, but officers reportedly labeled the incident as simple arson.

The Carter's are looking to make about a $2 million profit on the home. They initially bought the spot, which was built in 1925, in 2015 for $2.6 million.

The power couple recently made the news after starring in a Tiffany & Co. commercial with a never-before-scene Jean-Michel Basquiat painting. The new ad was titled "About Love" and featured Bey rocking a massive $30 million Tiffany & Co. yellow diamond necklace. However, the ad sparked controversy, with some Basquiat fans and friends saying the late anti-capitalist painter would not have been down for his art being used in that way.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 16, 2021Prince Williams, Getty Images

Bow Wow wants some respect put on his name after claiming he is best performer on The Millennium Tour 2021.

Bow Wow is currently on the cross-country jaunt along with the likes of Omarion, Ashanti, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky and others. However, on Friday night (Oct. 15), he expressed his frustrations with the tour on Instagram Live, while also claiming he is the best performer on the lineup.

"Who the best performer on The Millennium Tour?" Bow questioned at one point in the video. "I know what I read. Who? Y'all saw L.A. Y'all saw Detroit. Y'all saw Baltimore. Who? Me. This aint…this facts. Me. I watch the show every fucking night. Who gotta pop up? And give y'all that work."

The Ohio native went on to imply that other artists on the tour don't have as serious a work ethic as he does. "I don't bother nobody," he added. "Me and Lloyd, my nigga. Ashanti, my sis. Pretty Ricky, my dawgs. Sammie, that my bro. Soulja Boy, you already know that's my dawg. O, my brother. All I do is show up and play my part. I can't help it if I get the most cheers."

On Saturday morning (Oct. 16), Shad further expounded on his displeasure with the tour on Twitter. "Too much bitching and complaining on this tour!" he posted. "Im bussn cats asses EVERY NIGHT! Every night they try and complain and take something away from me! I give 1000% and yall know it! ATL I HOPE YALL SHOW TOGETHER! IMA BUSS YALL ASS FOR 45 mins straight! TRY ME!"

Bow then threatened to end his stint on the tour tweeting, "This might be my last show! ….. I’ve had enough."

In follow-up posts he added, "Here's the truth! I do 15 min every night," Bow wrote. "I can't even do my full songs and I still be busting folks ass. Think the fans don't complain about my set being 15 minutes? Only way I show up tonight if I do my full set. Straight up!…I knew i shoulda waited this out…. Shoulda rested up and did 2022 with my bro @chrisbrown."

It looks like Bow Wow's jostling worked. A few hours later, he announced he is a full go for the show tonight in Atlanta, after speaking with Omarion. "Just got off phone w O. Tonight gone be one for the ages … i promise you that! Im going CRAZY i swear to god!"

The Millennium Tour 2021 has 18 dates left including stops in New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Memphis, London and more.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIUpdated: October 16, 2021Prince Williams / Marcus Ingram / Thaddaeus McAdams, WireImage (2), FilmMagic

In hip-hop, there's always been appreciation for having a "calling card." Whether it's a rapper having a go-to ad-lib or a production style being so unique that you know it every time a song plays, artists within the genre want to stick out. One of the ways producers separate themselves from the pack is with a tag, an audio drop that plays during their beats that makes it clear who produced the track. Surging to popularity in the early 2000s, producer tags are everywhere now. Add in the prevalence of social media and the much smaller proximity of producers to fans and your tag can become huge. Here, XXL highlights some of the most popular producer tags, from the names you need to know in hip-hop.

Whether it's ChaseTheMoney's "ChaseTheMoney ChaseTheMoney," voiced by Valee, EarDrummers pitched-down tag or the internet favorite P'ierre Bourne catchphrase, "Yo, Pi'erre, you wanna come out here?," rap listeners already know what they are in for, just off of a short audio clip. In hip-hop today, the tags add to a song, creating hype and anticipation when the song has barely started.

For the record, there's a mix of new names with popular tags, along with veterans. Mike Will Made-It has been putting in work for a while, and you definitely know his producer tag when you hear it. There's also Tay Keith, who just got his big break in 2018 with BlocBoy JB and Drake's "Look Alive"; every time you hear his beats, he makes sure you know who put the work in. And Southside's "Southside on the track, yeahhh!" has been heard for years.

Take a look at some of the coolest producer tags in hip-hop.

  • Metro Boomin”If young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gon’ shoot you” or “Metro Boomin want some more, nigga!”
  • Southside”Southside on the track, yeahhh!”
  • Pi’erre Bourne”Yo, Pi’erre, you wanna come out here?”
  • Tay Keith”Tay Keith, fuck these niggas up!”
  • Ronny J”Oh my god, Ronny!”
  • LondonOnDaTrack”We got London on da track!”
  • Just Blaze”Just Blaaaze!”
  • Harry Fraud”La musica de Harry Fraud!”
  • ChaseTheMoney”ChaseTheMoney, ChaseTheMoney!”
  • LilJuMadeDaBeat”Lil Ju made this beat!”
  • Maaly Raw”Dat be Maaly Raw!”
  • Buddah Bless”Buddah, bless this beat!”
  • DJ Durel”DJ Durel!”
  • 808 Mafia”808 Mafia”
  • Cardo”Cardo got wings!”
  • Nick Mira”Nick, you’re stupid!”
  • Internet Money”Internet Money, bitch!”
  • EarDrummers”EarDrummers!”
  • Quay Global”Cook that shit up, Quay!”
  • Beat By Jeff”Aye, let me hear that hoe, Jeff!”
  • Turbo”Run that back, Turbo!”
  • Wheezy”Wheezy outta here!”
  • JetsonMade”Oh lawd, Jetson made another one!”
  • Kenny Beats”Whoa, Kenny!”
  • Jahlil Beats”Jahlil Beats, holla at me!”
  • Drumma Boy”Listen to this track, (bitch)!”
  • Sonny Digital”Sonny rollin’ grams of wax!”
  • DJ Khaled”We The Best Music! Another one!”
  • Young Chop”Young Chop on the beat!”
  • Murda Beatz”Murda on the beat, so it’s not nice!”
  • Mike WiLL Made-It”Mike WiLL Made-It!”
  • AxL Beats”AxL!”
  • 808 Melo”Traphouse mob!”
  • Ron-Ron”Ron-Ron, do dat shit!”
  • 30 Roc”30, you a fool for this one”
  • Hitmaka”Hitmaka!”
  • Sonic”Sonniiccc!”
  • Chopsquad DJ”DJ on the beat, so it’s a banger”
  • CashmoneyAp”CashmoneyAp!”
  • Earl on the Beat”Earl on the beat!”
  • D.A Doman”D.A got that dope!”
  • Mustard”Mustard on the beat, ho!”
  • Supah Mario”Let’s go, Mario!”
  • Hit-Boy”Hit-Boy!”
  • J White Did It”J White, I need a beat I can go off on, ooh”
  • Sosa 808″Sosa 808, got this bih knockin’, nigga, aye!”
  • OG Parker”OG Parker!”
  • Take a Daytrip”DayTrip took it to 10!”
  • ATL Jacob”ATL Jacob!”
  • Bankroll Got It”Bankroll Got It!”

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”XXL Staff”>XXL StaffPublished: October 15, 2021ABC

The golden age of hip-hop birthed some of the game's most beloved female rappers. Back in the 1990s, everyone from Eve to Rah Digga to Yo-Yo were making a name for themselves with their own fire rhymes and lethal pens. ABC is capturing the spirit of that era with the new scripted show Queens starring Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez and Brandy as four women in their 40s who reunite after 20 years for a chance to recapture the fame they experienced as a 1990's rap group.

Sisterhood is what connects characters Brianna a.k.a. Professor Sex (Eve), Jill a.k.a. Jill Da Thrill (Naturi Naughton), Naomi a.k.a. Xplicit Lyrics (Brandy) and Valeria a.k.a. Butter Pecan (Nadine Velazquez) as they reminisce on their glory days in hip-hop. The balance of comedy and drama drives Queens as the ladies take care of both family and work while attempting to make magic as a group once again.

To celebrate the Oct. 19 premiere of Queens, well-respected women in rap Rah Digga and Yo-Yo chat with radio personality Angela Yee in an exclusive XXL interview about being real deal pioneers in hip-hop during the 1990s.

While Queens centers on four women in a rap group, both Rah Digga, 46 and Yo-Yo, 50, came up as solo artists on their respective coasts. However, they were surrounded by male counterparts who gave them a cosign, which had the energy of a group. South Central, L.A.-bred Yo-Yo earned a cosign from Ice Cube, appearing on "It's a Man's World," from his 1990 LP, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted. She went on to deliver her debut album, Make Way for the Motherlode, in 1991, which features the track "You Can't Play with My Yo-Yo." Yo-Yo earned acclaim in the rap world for promoting women empowerment, denouncing misogyny and creating the Intelligent Black Women's Coalition.

During Rah Digga's rise in hip-hop, Q-Tip helped her get a record deal with Elektra Records, and then she linked up with Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad. Some of Rah's earliest bars can be heard on Busta's songs like "We Could Take It Outside" and "Against All Odds," before she dropped her debut album, Dirty Harriet, in 2000. "Break Fool" and "Imperial" highlight Rah's gritty East Coast energy and intrepid lyrical skills.

Both Rah and Yo-Yo's career benefitted from cosigns from a male rapper. "I've thought about this a lot," Rah shares. "Like were there any of our female counterparts that maybe didn't go the distance because they weren't attached to any group. And, honestly, I can't really think of any ’cause I feel like we were all kinda like the chick in the clique."

"You couldn't get in unless a male brought you in," Yo-Yo adds. "The executives didn't believe in women the way they believe in the men cliques."

Now, over three decades since the 1990s, hip-hop is in a different place. Women in rap can rise to the top of the genre based on their own skills and recognition without needing a man to give their name a boost. Queens highlights that aspect with each character’s inimitable qualities. Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton and Nadine Velazquez bring their characters Professor Sex, Jill Da Thrill, Xplicit Lyrics and Butter Pecan to life in their own special way. Lyrical skills and plenty of laughs included.

Many of the rising newcomers in rap today have the freedom to excel in their careers with a creative vision that wasn't always respected years ago. "I feel like now you can pretty much do anything and it can fall under the umbrella of hip-hop," Rah Digga expresses. Queens thrives off similar creative expression. Rap reunions are celebrated more than ever these days, but it takes an artistic, imaginative vision to cut through the competition to reclaim that former fame.

With the younger generation skyrocketing to popularity thanks to the streaming era, there are now many women in hip-hop to collaborate with these days. Yo-Yo has a welcoming energy when it comes to connecting with the ladies coming up after her. "I just always wanted to work with these young artists," she says. Queens also gives space to young rapper Lil Muffin, played by Pepi Sonuga, which provides the show’s characters with a flashback to what it was like starting out as fresh talent in the game.

As ABC's Queens debut approaches, expect Professor Sex, Jill Da Thrill, Xplicit Lyrics and Butter Pecan to celebrate their hip-hop sisterhood in epic fashion.

Tune in to Queens, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 10/9 central on ABC and stream on Hulu.

Watch Rah Digga and Yo-Yo get candid about their rise in rap in the 1990s below.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: October 15, 2021Taylor Hill / Scott Legato/ David M. Benett/Dave Benett, Getty Images (3)

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 Young Thug ("Rich Nigga Shit" featuring Juice WRLD), Lil Durk ("Pissed Me Off"), Pa Salieu ("Bad" featuring AITCH) and more. See you next week.

  • “Rich Nigga Shit”Young Thug featuring Juice Wrld
  • “Pissed Me Off”Lil Durk
  • “Bad”Pa Salieu featuring Aitch
  • “Never Trust A Soul”Foogiano featuring Enchanting and Gucci Mane
  • “Greener Knots”Maxo Kream
  • “Dirty Money”Blacc Zacc
  • “500”Sada Baby
  • “If It’s War”Lil Zay Osama
  • “Huddle Wit Bosses”Payroll Giovanni featuring Kash Doll
  • “What Ya Came For”LightSkinKeisha
  • “Rolling Dice”Loski
  • “Da Truth”Key Glock
  • “Damn Shame”KenTheMan

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: October 15, 2021Cole Burston, Getty Images

Before Drake was the king of the Billboard charts, one of the top-selling rappers and overall one of the most successful and talented rhymers of this generation, he was in his acting bag on a TV show called Degrassi: The Next Generation. And according to one of the show's writer, Drizzy reportedly threatened legal action to have his character on the show removed from his wheelchair.

People reported on Thursday (Oct. 15) that Drake supposedly threatened Degrassi with legal action over his character, Jimmy Brooks, commonly known as Wheelchair Jimmy, who was in a wheelchair after being shot.

The show's former writer, James Hurst, told the publication, "There was a letter from a law firm in Toronto, and it was from Aubrey. It was an odd letter that said, 'Aubrey Graham will not return to Degrassi season six as Jimmy Brooks unless his injury is healed, and he's out of the wheelchair.' I said, 'Get him down here.' He came in and was like, 'What letter? I don't know about that.' And I said, 'All right, I understand. But how do you feel about the wheelchair?'"

"He's like, 'All my friends in the rap game say I'm soft because I'm in a wheelchair,'" Hurst continued. "And I said, 'Well, tell your friends in the rap game that you got shot. How much harder can you get? You got shot, and you're in a wheelchair.' He was like, 'Yeah, yeah.'"

The 6 God apparently stepped back from the legal threat.

The writer added: "He was so nice and apologetic about everything. He instantly backed down. I was very passionate about it, and I said, 'Aubrey, there's some kid somewhere in a wheelchair, who's completely ignored, who's never on television, never gets represented. I need you to represent this person. You're the coolest kid on the show, and you can say there's nothing wrong with being in a wheelchair.'"

According to Vox, Drake was on Degrassi from 2001 to 2007 until he was "kicked off of the show." The Toronto rapper told W magazine in 2015 that he had to choose between acting and music.

"Back then, I’d spend a full day on set and then go to the studio to make music until 4 or 5 a.m," he explained. "I’d sleep in my dressing room and then be in front of the cameras again by 9 a.m. Eventually, they realized I was juggling two professions and told me I had to choose."

Drake seems to have the made the best choice for himself and his fans would likely agree.

XXL has reached out to a rep for Drake for a comment.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: October 15, 2021Jeff Haynes / NBAE / Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images (2)

NBA star Kyrie Irving's decision to remain unvaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, which as a result is prohibiting the baller from playing in the Brooklyn Nets' upcoming 2021-2022 season, has been met with varying opinions. However, Chance The Rapper appears to be supportive of Kyrie's stance.

On Thursday (Oct. 15), the New Jersey native hopped on Instagram Live to dispel several rumors surrounding his anti-vaccine viewpoint where he informed his followers and viewers that he is merely making the best choice for himself. No. 11 on the Nets also confirmed that although he may not be able to hit the court this season, he doesn't plan to hang up his jersey.

"And don't believe that I'm retiring," Kyrie said during his livestream. "Don't believe that I'ma give up this game for a vaccine mandate or staying unvaccinated. Don't believe any of that shit, man. Really be aware of what's being said before I even get a chance to be on the podium and speak for myself. All these people saying all these things about what's going on with me and it's just not true. Pay attention to what's going on out in the real world. People are losing their jobs to these mandates. People are having to make choices with their own lives, which I respect. And I don't wanna sit here and play on people's emotions either. Just use logic."

During the 20-minute IG live conversation, Chance The Rapper was spotted in the comment section, writing the 100 emoji, apparently cosigning Kyrie Irving.

In another part of the live, the point guard said, "I'm a hooper. I been a hooper since I was damn near 4 years old, and coming into the NBA, I just had a dream to play ball at a high level. I didn't anticipate all of this coming with it. But if I am gon' be responsible for my own life, then I gotta speak on things that truly matter to me. I had to stop running away from using my voice and using my platform to speak on what's true and what's mine. Nobody is gonna hijack my voice. Nobody is gonna take away the power from me that I have for speaking on these things."

Earlier this week, the Brooklyn Nets announced that Kyrie Irving would not be allowed to play with the team as a part-time player, despite prior conversations claiming he'd be able to participate in away games.

Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement, "We have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant. Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently his choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability."

Based on New York City's COVID-19 mandate, which is where the Nets home arena—the Barclays Center in Brooklyn—is located, Kyrie is not allowed to play home games while unvaccinated. The Nets facility where they practice is considered to be an office building, so he would be able to practice and also play during away games, but the team has chosen to not allow him to participate in any capacity until he is vaccinated.

Check out Kyrie Irving's full Instagram Live session below.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”B.J. Steiner”>B.J. SteinerUpdated: October 15, 2021Christopher Polk, Getty Images / Baby Keem via YouTube

Rappers often talk about the importance of brotherhood and sisterhood in their lyrics. Sometimes it's not literal, but on the flip side, there are plenty of rappers you didn't know were related.

Young Thug often collaborates with Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna and Lil Durk and frequently refers to them as his brothers. But Thugger is not related to any of them in real life.

"I'm ready to die by Lil Baby, Durk and Uzi, Gunna. I'm ready to die by these people. You know what I'm saying?" Thugger explained to Zane Lowe on his Apple Music 1's New Music Daily show back in April of 2021. "I always turn them [as] family. We don't look at them like rappers. We all look at each other like brothers and sisters. Bro, we really argue every day, bro."

But real-life siblings and relatives do exist in rap. Some of them have made a huge impact in the genre. West Coast G-funk pioneers Dr. Dre and Warren G are actual stepbrothers. By looking at them, you may not realize that they are related.

Another pair is Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd. Their energetic personalities are so intuitive, and there's a reason why—Slim and Swae are actually brothers.

Then there's Kendrick Lamar, who has everyone repeating his "top of the morning" line from “Family Ties,” his collaborative track with Baby Keem. What you may not know is that K-Dot and Keem are cousins.

And there are plenty more relatives that are putting it down for hip-hop. So check out XXL's list below of rappers that you probably didn't realize were related.—Trent Fitzgerald

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: October 15, 2021Bennett Raglin, Getty Images for BET

Slatt! Young Thug is back with a punk rock-influenced vibe in the form of his sophomore solo album, Punk.

On Friday (Oct. 15), following a slight delay, Thugger unleashed his latest masterpiece, Punk. The album, which was first announced over the summer during the rapper's NPR Tiny Desk performance, has arrived with 20 songs and a star-studded list of guest appearances from Drake, J. Cole, Travis Scott, Juice Wrld, Mac Miller, Future, Post Malone, Gunna and more. Prior to the LP's release, Thug dropped his single "Tick Tock," demolished a Rolls-Royce with his YSL artist and protégé Gunna and gave several Lyft drivers a free and early listen to the album.

Young Thug's last release, the label compilation, Slime Language 2, dropped on April 16 and is comprised of 23 songs and bars from Drake, Travis Scott, Future, Lil Baby, Kid Cudi, Yung Bleu and appearances from his Young Stoner Life Records artists such as Gunna, Lil Duke, Yak Gotti, Strick, Yung Kayo and more.

A week after SL2 came out on Apr. 25, the LP landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 113,00 equivalent album units including 1,000 pure album sales. The initial Slime Language came out in August of 2018 and landed at No. 8 on the album chart after garnering 40,000 equivalent albums sales.

Punk is Thugger's solo follow-up to his debut album, So Much Fun, which dropped in August of 2019.

Listen to Young Thug's Punk album below.

 Young Thug's Punk Album Tracklist

1. "Die Slow" featuring Strick
2. "Stresseo" featuring J. Cole and TShyne
3. "Stupid / Asking"
4. "Recognize Real" featuring Gunna
5. "Contagious"
6. "Peepin Out the Window" featuring Future and BSlime
7. "Rich Nigga Shit" featuring Juice Wrld
8. "Livin It Up" featuring Post Malone and A$AP Rocky
9. "Yea Yea Yea"
10. "Insure My Wrist" featuring Gunna
11. "Scoliosis" Lil Double O
12. "Bubbly" featuring Drake and Travis Scott
13. "Road Rage"
14. "Faces"
15. "Dropping Jewels"
16. "Fifth Day Dead"
17. "Icy Hot" featuring Doja Cat
18. "Love You More" featuring Gunna, Nate Ruess and Jeff Bhasker
19. "Hate the Game"
20. "Day Before" featuring Mac Miller

300 Entertainment / Atlantic RecordsThese Rappers School You on the Best Ways to Get to the BagLil Baby, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and more.Filed Under: Bangers, Young ThugCategories: Music, New Music, News

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: October 14, 2021Atlantic Records / 300 Entertainment / Atlantic Records / Asylum Worldwide LLC

The hip-hop community makes sure to never disappoint when new music Friday approaches. This week, there's a highly-anticipated album from the head of the Young Stoner Life Records label, an effort from a Georgia rap legend and his crew and an EP from a sassy Houston spitter.

Young Thug releases his album Punk. After announcing the offering during his punk rock-inspired NPR Tiny Desk performance back in July by rocking a shirt donning the LP's release date, the project has arrived. Thugger has been working relentlessly to promote his new work, which has album art inspired by famed painter Octavio Ocampo's Forever Always piece. Prior to the LP's arrival, the Atlanta native demolished a Rolls-Royce with his protégé Gunna and also gave Lyft drivers a first listen. The album has 20 tracks and contains guest appearances from Drake, J. Cole, Future, Travis Scott, Gunna, Mac Miller, Juice Wrld and more. Thug's most recent album was his compilation project, Slime Language 2, which incorporated his YSL artists.

Gucci Mane is back with another one. Guwop drops his latest collaborative effort, So Icy Boyz. The newest release from the 1017 Records label has 17 tracks altogether and features Big Scarr, currently incarcerated rhymers Pooh Shiesty and Foogiano, and much more. Gucci first shared the album artwork with himself and his Trap Avengers earlier this month. The ATL-bred rapper-turned-record label boss dropped his So Icy Gang, Vol. 1 compilation last year.

H-Town's own, KenTheMan, delivers her new EP, What's My Name? The rising MC with combustable bars is holding it down for her city on the 10-track extended play, which includes production from Bankroll Got It, Trakk Sounds and more, as well as her latest single, "Rose Gold Stripper Pole." Last year, KenTheMan dropped her debut EP 4 da 304, a project that received positive critiques and praise from her peers.

See more release below from Meek Mill, Dom Kennedy, Problem, LightSkinKeisha and a host of others.

  • PunkYoung Thug300 Entertainment / Atlantic Records
  • So Icy Boyz CompilationGucci ManeAtlantic Records
  • What’s My NameKenTheManAsylum Worldwide LLC
  • Smoke BreakProblemDiamond Lane Music Group Inc.
  • Faces RereleaseMac MillerWarner Records Inc.
  • Stop Calling Art ContentGrafh and DJ ShayTeam Bang Dope Gang / Black Soprano Family, LLC
  • Break the BankLightSkinKeishaLightSkinKeisha
  • Better LivingSlimelife ShawtyAlamo Records LLC / Sony Music Entertainment
  • From the Westside With Love ThreeDom KennedyThe OPM Company
  • Giovanni’s WayPayroll GiovanniBYLUG Entertainment / EMPIRE

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Preezy”>PreezyUpdated: October 14, 2021Aftermath Entertainment / Interscope Records / S. Carter Enterprises / Cash Money Records

Building a lasting legacy in hip-hop is no small feat and takes time, skill and a focused attention on the details. Plenty of rappers are here today, gone tomorrow, and have ultimately ended their careers without reaching the upper echelon of the game. However, those who do find themselves in that realm all have one thing in common: multiple albums that are deemed classic that stand the test of time. A great album can also be an outlier for an artist who happened to strike lightning once and could never recapture that magic, but those who are able to rise to the occasion time and time again are held in the highest esteem.

These artists take great pride in living up to expectations that the fans and critics bestow upon them, carrying the burden like a badge of honor. However, even the most reliable artists have been known to turn in an album that leaves more to be desired, whether in terms of lyrics, production, concepts or other extraneous circumstances. Being that you're only as good as your last hit, artists rarely get a pass to drop a lackluster album, regardless of their stature. This results in a number of all-time great rappers having a demerit or two on their resume. Usually, those instances prove to be aberrations, with the artist returning to form on the subsequent album drop, but are rarely forgotten and are held against the artist by the public.

Eminem is one of the more seasoned rap vets who has at least three classic albums under his belt: The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show. However, Em's fourth studio album, Encore, showed the first signs of his regression. When it comes to Jay-Z, he's always been known for delivering a masterful body of work. He's considered to have a career in hip-hop akin to that of Micheal Jordan's in the NBA, whom he often compared himself to. When Hov decided to come out of retirement in 2006 with a new album, Kingdom Come, his performance was a far cry from his lauded lyrical past. Lil Wayne, another lyrical king who lands in many hip-hop heads' top 5 dead or alive, also experienced his own album blunder when the modern-day rock star tried his hand at the genre with his Rebirth LP. The effort proved Weezy's fan base wasn't too fond of his move to try something new.

From Eminem to Jay-Z to Lil Wayne and more, XXL scoured the catalogs of some of the greatest rap artists of all-time and found the weakest album that missed the mark. And they're still better than most other rappers' best albums. The diehard fans may still find a standard of excellence, but other hip-hip loyalists can agree these projects fall below the line of the other albums in these artist's catalogs. Check out 15 Weak Albums by Great Rappers below.

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Filed Under: 50 Cent, Big Daddy Kane, Cam’ron, DMX, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Feature, Galleries, Gallery, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Mase, Nas, Raekwon, Snoop Dogg, The LOXCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Kemet High”>Kemet HighPublished: October 14, 2021Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Eminem’s legendary status isn’t up for debate. Over his past 25 years in the game, the Detroit-raised rapper has made a name for himself as rap royalty. He possesses two diamond-selling albums and 10 consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard 200 chart. Aside from a commercially successful track record, Em’s technical precision, lyrical supremacy and way of embracing everything that sits opposite of normal has garnered him respect in areas that range from the barbershop to the Grammys.

In 1996, he delivered his very first album, Infinite. Three years later, Eminem found his groove with the release of The Slim Shady LP, an effort that introduced one of the most iconic alter egos in rap. As he continued to rise from the depths of the underground scene to the heights of mainstream stardom, that project also served as his first LP under the guidance of legendary mega-producer Dr. Dre and record executive Jimmy Iovine, who signed Em to Aftermath Entertainment. The MC's three-peat of albums was fulfilled with that opus and the following releases of The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000, and The Eminem Show in 2002. Both offerings, bolstered by one-of-one moments that upped the replay value of each song, currently sit as two of the best-selling albums of all time, achieving diamond certification and counting.

Despite having an extensive track record that could fill a Super Bowl halftime show on its own—thumbs up if you’re hype for the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show that will feature Em, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and R&B legend Mary J. Blige—the 48-year-old rapper continues to keep his fans fed with efforts like the most recent release of his Music to Be Murdered By album in 2020. The well-documented controversy for its insensitive lyrics has subsided compared to where it once sat, but the album still reigned as one of the best projects of that year. It's further evidence that Marshall’s sauce still hasn’t gone bland.

With speculation surrounding his next album, to which fans thought they were getting upon the release of Marvel’s new movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage, earlier this month, XXL ranks all 11 albums in Eminem's discography. Check them out below.

See Every Eminem Album RankedWhich album is your favorite?Filed Under: Eminem, Feature, Galleries, GalleryCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 14, 2021Scott Dudelson / Scott Legato / Bryan Steffy / Scott Dudelson, Getty Images (4)

Soulja Boy is known for outlandish activities on social media but he may have taken it too far by insulting YoungBoy Never Broke Again fans, and dissing Tyga and Famous Dex as well.

On Thursday (Oct. 14), Soulja jumped on Twitter and posted a number of tweets aimed at his detractors. In one tweet, the Atlanta rapper wrote, “YB fans gay af.” Before that he tweeted, “Tyga fell off” and “Famous Dex fell off.”

This comes after Soulja Boy hopped on his Instagram Live and joked about Tyga’s arrest on Tuesday (Oct. 12) in connection with an alleged physical altercation with T-Raww's ex-girlfriend Camaryn Swanson. The California rapper turned himself in to police following his alleged attack on Swanson who accused him of assaulting her and bruising her eye. The assault allegedly happened on Monday morning (Oct. 11) at the 31-year-old rapper's home. Tyga was released on $50,000 bail.

On IG Live, Big Draco was gleeful about Tyga’s arrest.

"Tyga!!!!!!????!” Soulja exclaimed while holding stacks of cash. "You know you done fucked up, right? Nigga talking about Tyga. Nigga, I had the biggest comeback, nigga."

"Will somebody tell Tyga that he can not put your hands on females crazy man. Broke ass nigga, fuck what's wrong you?" he continued. "It’s Big Draco, nigga. I had the biggest comeback, you broke, nigga."

Apparently, hours later, Soulja Boy went on IG Live again but this time had some cautionary words for Tyga. In his 10-minute heated rant, the "She Make It Clap" rapper warned Tyga not to step to him or he will lay hands on him.

"Hit me, nigga? See the fuck happened nigga," he stated. "I’mma knock your ass out, you won’t get a chance. I’m going to duck. You are going to swing at me, I’m gon’ to go back like this and I’m gonna knock your ass out."

Soulja then aimed his vitriol at Tyga’s fans and anyone who didn’t like him, also joking around about the former Cash Money Records artist's arrest.

"Fuck Tyga," he said. "Fuck whoever mad cause he hit a bitch. Suck my dick, nigga. I’m rich, nigga. I don’t give a fuck. I told y’all niggas I was gonna come out No. 1. Ain’t nobody gon’ stop this shit."

Despite Soulja’s insensitive remarks, fans were quick to point out that he too was accused of domestic assault this year.

Back in May, Soulja Boy was hit with a lawsuit, in which he was accused of allegedly beating his former girlfriend until she experienced a miscarriage. In the suit, filed under an alias Jane Doe, the "Crank That" rapper was being sued for domestic violence, negligence, sexual battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and gender violence.

Jane Doe was seeking general and punitive damages of which to be determined by a jury at trial and she wanted her attorney’s fees covered in her legal action.

Soulja Boy has previously denied all claims against him.

These Tone-Deaf Hip-Hop Moments Prove Rappers Can Get Hit With Serious BacklashFiled Under: Famous Dex, NBA YoungBoy, Soulja Boy, tyga, YoungBoy Never Broke AgainCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: October 14, 2021Johnny Nunez, WireImage

The Netflix series Squid Game has already consumed social media conversations and now the show has made its way into the hip-hop sphere.

Lil Baby is the latest rapper to share his interest in Squid Game and even went as far as completing the challenge associated with the popular show.

Yesterday (Oct. 13), the Atlanta native stopped by the Pat 'N Moon sneaker store in his home city where he tested his skills and focus while doing the honeycomb challenge that derives from the third episode of the highly-watched series that has garnered 111 million views thus far, making the show the streaming platform's biggest debut hit.

Fans of the show know exactly what the challenge is. However, for those who are unfamiliar and haven't caught that particular episode just yet, the premise is that those who participate in the challenge must carve out a shape from a Korean dalgona candy—or a honeycomb toffee candy—using a needle within a certain amount of time. The task was done on the show by character Seong Gi-hun, the series' mainstay, and the Quality Control Music artist carved out an umbrella using a needle.

The winners of the store's challenge gets either Chrome Hearts merchandise, a pair of Off White Nike Dunk sneakers or a PlayStation 5, based on Pat 'N Moon's Instagram caption in promotion of their adaptation of Squid Game.

It's unclear if Lil Baby was victorious and took home a prize, but his based on the tenacity and diligence he's displayed with his work ethic and when creating music, the unwavering focus he had while carving out the umbrella-shaped dalgona candy comes as no surprise.

Peep the video of Lil Baby doing the Squid Game challenge below.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Kemet High”>Kemet HighPublished: October 13, 2021Ahmed Klink for XXL

The power of 50 Cent has yet to expire. Nearly two decades past his entrance into rap domination, the Queens-bred hip-hop legend, entrepreneur, actor and mogul has staked his claim as a television maverick. To applaud his success, the accomplished entertainer graces an XXL digital cover with several actors he’s helping turn into TV stars. This includes Michael Rainey Jr., Mekai Curtis and Joseph Sikora, all from 50’s Power Universe, and Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. from BMF.

Fif’s role as TV creator and executive producer began with the show Power in 2014, which he launched on Starz with cocreator and executive producer Courtney Kemp. The successful series, which ran for six seasons, has since launched three spinoffs including Power Book II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan and Power Book IV: Force. Fans just caught the first-season finale of Raising Kanan and are gearing up for the second season of Ghost and the first of Force. In the meantime, viewers can currently catch 50’s newest show on Starz, BMF, a.k.a. Black Mafia Family.

With these titles and a slew of other projects coming from 50 Cent, the rapper-turned-TV titan is ushering in a new generation of A-list talent. “I think that they should expect them—[Lil] Meech, Michael [Rainey Jr.], Mekai [Curtis] and Tommy [Joseph Sikora]—for them to be superstars following this," says Fif during the cover shoot, which took place in early September at The 1896 Studios & Stages in Brooklyn.

Power Book II: Ghost stars Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick, a youngin’ who found himself neck-deep in the world of hustling. Speaking about his role, Rainey Jr. refuses to fumble the opportunity to thrive as a Black actor. “We have our shows that are based around us and our characters," he shares. "So, all of that stuff pushes us to all work harder and just keep coming out swinging and do better every episode."

Another actor who got their big break under the wing of 50 is Mekai Curtis. In Power Book III: Raising Kanan, he plays the younger version of Kanan—television's most ruthless street cat, played by Fif. Mekai Curtis gives the hip-hop and entertainment juggernaut his due flowers. “You saw something and you made a hit out of it," Mekai Curtis tells 50 Cent. "Everything you touch turns to gold.”

50 Cent’s eye for talent has no limits. He’s not afraid to take a chance on people and takes pride in elevating them to the top. Joseph Sikora, a Power fan favorite known as Tommy and the star of Power Book IV: Force—a show about the kingpin taking his talents beyond the East Coast—recalls being empowered on each set over the last eight years. “Fif lifts himself up and he lifts us all up with him,” Sikora adds.

Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr. has a different task at hand than everyone else 50's embracing. Flenory Jr. portrays his father, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, in BMF, a show about the once-flourishing and legally stifled Detroit and Atlanta-based drug and money laundering empire known as Black Mafia Family, also led by Flenory Jr.'s uncle, Terry “Southwest T” Flenory. After various castings to find someone to play the role of Big Meech, 50 Cent knew there was no one better than Lil Meech himself to play his father. The rapper paid for Flenory Jr.'s acting lessons to prep the acting rookie for the role. “It’s like life or death for me," Flenory Jr. expresses. "I feel like because that’s how serious I take it. Not even more so with the job itself. Just so with me telling the story right because [my father's] still in jail.”

Despite the career switch, Fif has never abandoned his rap roots, which shines through in his multiple Starz series. Respected artists like Kendrick Lamar, Method Man, Joey Bada$$, Snoop Dogg and more have all made cameos or starred in the various Power shows. And each series features an opening theme song performed by 50. Power and Book II’s credits open with 50’s “Big Rich Town” featuring Joe. Raising Kanan’s theme is 50’s “Part of the Game” with NLE Choppa and Rileyy Lanez. BMF includes “Wish Me Luck” with 50, Snoop Dogg, Moneybagg Yo and Charlie Wilson.

In addition to the Power Universe and BMF, 50 has 16 more television projects in the works. On ABC, there is the comedy Family Affair with Mary J. Blige and a hip-hop competition called Unrapped. On Netflix, Fif’s got The 50th Law with Kenya Barris. On Paramount+, the rap star is working on Twenty Four Seven, a program about the NYPD’s hip-hop cop Derrick Parker, adapted from his book, Notorious C.O.P.: The Inside Story of the Tupac, Biggie, and Jam Master Jay Investigations from NYPD’s First “Hip-Hop Cop.” On Starz, 50 is working on Angel’s Playbook based on the career of sports agent Nicole Lynn and a series about the life of Cyntoia Brown-Long called The Case of Cyntoia Brown.

When he’s not pitching new shows, 50 is refining his skills as a thespian. He’s currently shooting The Expendables with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Stratham and Megan Fox and has a three-picture deal with Eli Roth’s 3BlackDot, all of which extends Fif’s already lengthy resume. And then there’s always the music.

Watch 50 Cent’s digital cover interviews with Michael Rainey Jr., Mekai Curtis, Joseph Sikora and Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr. above.

Ahmed Klink for XXLSee Photos From 50 Cent, Michael Rainey Jr., Demetrius Flenory Jr., Joseph Sikora and Mekai Curtis’ XXL Digital Cover ShootFiled Under: 50 Cent, Demetrius Flenory Jr., Feature, Joseph Sikora, Mekai Curtis, Michael Rainey Jr., XXL MagazineCategories: News, XXL Magazine

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 13, 2021Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images (2)

50 Cent’s trolling got him stung by the Queen Bee.

On Wednesday (Oct. 13), Fif hopped on his Instagram page and posted a video of a leprechaun walking backward and compared it to Lil’ Kim walking backward onstage in another clip.

“I’m sorry i know it’s early but i don’t know why shit like this is funny to me. LOL,” 50 wrote in the caption in the now-deleted post.

Lil' Kim caught wind of 50’s post and delivered a glorious clapback at the Power cocreator in the comment section.

“Ur so Obsessed wit me and this getting creepy,” she wrote. “Yarnnnn this one ain’t it bro not funny at all I was hoping to laugh wit u but cornyyyyyy, booooo!!!”

Kim added that the leprechaun clip 50 posted was an old meme that’s been out for months. "This meme been out months ago so u searched for this u probably made it lameeeee," she wrote. The former Junior M.A.F.I.A. artist then called Fif "a lesbian" before promoting her upcoming memoir, Lil’ Kim: The Queen Bee.

“GET OFF MY PUSSY CURTIS,” Kim wrote in all caps. “P.s. why do I feel like im in a lesbian quarrel didn’t kno I had a girlfriend named Curtis[.] Awwwwwwwww somebody crushin hard we’ll get thru this babes.”


This isn’t the first time, Lil’ Kim had to clown 50 Cent for trolling her on IG.

Back in July, the Brooklyn, N.Y. rapper clapped-back at 50 after he posted a side-by-side photo of Kim during her 2021 BET Awards performance and an owl.

Kim, who was not phased by 50’s trolling, responded at the time, "@50cent I see u still in ur feels about that dinner date u asked me on that I had to turn down. Let it go u have a beautiful girlfriend, I have a loving husband. Let it go."

It looks like 50 hasn’t "let it go," just yet.

Here Are the Monumental Moments Rappers Squashed BeefFiled Under: 50 Cent, Lil KimCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: October 13, 2021Malc Jax

Jacksonville, Fla. rapper Nardo Wick was brave enough to try rapping on a whim, and based on his current rise, it's worked out in his favor. Just a few years ago in his hometown of Jacksonville, Nardo saw a rapper out and about with a lot of money. After realizing how lucrative rapping could be, the hip-hop newcomer thought it would be easy for him to try doing it himself.

Nardo released his first song in May of last year. The now-deleted (but still floating around the internet) "Face Shot" is a melodic track about chasing down his enemies. The effort has the swing of an early Kodak Black, but Nardo's trademark steely references to street violence were already there. This was before the aspiring rhymer' off-kilter sense of humor began to end up in his music.

With no real experience in hip-hop other than playing around rapping amongst his friends, Nardo Wick has taken off in just nearly two years. After "Face Shot" was deleted from the internet, he didn't drop his next song, "Came Up," until September of 2020. By this point, Nardo's rhyming style began to fully form. He compares sneakers and his enemies (both can end up in a box), and getting "All these niggas round me slidin', we some hockey pucks," which is both clever and funny. His ability to weave graphic parts of the street life with absurd punchlines into his bars began to earn him more fans. By November of last year, record labels took notice and were knocking on Nardo's (online) door.

Once 2021 began, the Florida-bred artist went on a tear, releasing "Who Want Smoke" in January. The song's memorable hook—"Who want smoke with me?"—and viral "stomping" break—"What the fuck is that?"—brought more ears in his direction. The track also got play on TikTok with hilarious videos created by users. A month after he dropped that banger, which currently has over 14 million Spotify streams and 21 million YouTube views on the accompanying video, he signed to Flawless Ent./RCA Records. "Who Want Smoke" put Nardo on the map, and he didn't let up after that. "Shhh," "Knock Knock," "Aye Aye," the Nick Mira-produced "Pull Up" and more music followed over the next few months.

While he was getting more recognition this past summer, Nardo Wick experienced some legal troubles. On Aug. 17, the rapper was arrested by the US Marshals for carrying a concealed firearm. He was released soon after with no further updates on the case and continued to focus on his rap career. As fall gets underway, the "Who Want Smoke?? (Remix)" gave Nardo's most popular record new legs. G Herbo21 Savage and Lil Durk suit up for the Cole Bennett-directed visual and deliver their own threatening bars. In less than a week, the video has racked up 6 million views.

Next up is the release of Nardo Wick's debut project, aptly named Who Is Nardo Wick?. With his first effort arriving any day now, Nardo spoke with XXL over Zoom about the road so far for this week's edition of The Break.

Age: 19

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

I grew up listening to: "When I was younger-younger, I used to listen to Lil Wayne, T.I., Gucci Mane, Future. That's like when I was young, since I can remember, like 9 or 10. But I wasn't listening to music on my own; that's just what my daddy used to listen to. Then when I got older, I started listening to YoungBoy [Never Broke Again], Kodak [Black], [Lil] Durk, Herb [G Herbo], old Chief Keef, from age 14."

My style’s been compared to: "[21] Savage. I understand it now a lil bit, ’cause now I done sit down and really listened to him. We both dark. That's where people get that from."

I’m going to blow up because: "The energy. It's been great—the fans, the feedback. I go off everything—the likes, the comments. I compare my likes and my comments. I see how many I get, from other—I ain't gon' say no names—but other artists that be having millions. I only got 300[,000], almost 400,000 followers, but I get 100,000 likes every picture. Great engagement. That's how I know it's different."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "'Who Want Smoke?' is slept on because it's like people don't know who I am. It came out the blue. Some people gotta grow to like me. It's slept on internally, the political way, the press, the industry. If it was anybody else, that'd be the biggest song on the radio. It's doing great on the radio, but I gotta do more. It's harder for me just ’cause it's my first one."

My standout records to date have been: "'Who Want Smoke?' and 'Aye Aye' and 'Shhh.' 'Aye Aye' woulda been a bigger song if I released it on all DSPs, but I just released the YouTube video. Somebody leaked it on DSPs, and it had like 45,000 Shazams quick. It was second behind 'Who Want Smoke?' in Shazams. 'Aye Aye' did pretty good. Someone created a sound on TikTok, but it wasn't the official sound."

My standout moments to date have been: "The 'Who Want Smoke?? (Remix)' video. Just the experience, Lil Durk, 21 Savage, Herbo."

Most people don’t know: "You gotta listen to the tape. I can't even disclose that."

I’m going to be the next: "Big thing."

Follow Nardo Wick on SoundCloud and Instagram.


"Who Want Smoke"

"Aye Aye"


"Who Want Smoke?? (Remix)" featuring G Herbo, 21 Savage and Lil Durk

Here Are Hidden Messages on Hip-Hop Album CoversKendrick Lamar, Eminem, Rico Nasty and more. Filed Under: Feature, Nardo Wick, The BreakCategories: News, The Break

href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 12, 2021Paras Griffin / Marcus Ingram / Raymond Boyd, Getty Images (3)

Fat Joe has fans up in arms over his comparison of DaBaby to the late and great Tupac Shakur.

On Tuesday (Oct. 12), DaBaby shared on his Instagram page a clip from Fat Joe’s appearance on Rap City 2021, which aired before the 2021 BET Hip-Hop Awards on Oct. 5. On the program, host Big Tigger played a name association game with Joey Crack where he asked Joe who’s the 2021 version of certain hip-hop legends.

When Tigger said Tupac Shakur, Fat Joe’s response may be surprising to some.

“I should know the Tupac one,” the Bronx, N.Y. rapper replied. “I don’t know, it’s hard to be these guys. You be asking some crazy stuff. I would say DaBaby.”

In the caption, DaBaby agreed with the Terror Squad leader’s analogy of himself and Tupac.

“Agreed,” he wrote, adding a thumbtack emoji to make a point. “But they gone salt that down too Crack,” the North Carolina rapper added along with a shhh, quiet emoji.

DaBaby might be referring to the rap fans’ responses once they watch the clip.

On Twitter, a lot of people were dumbfounded over Fat Joe’s answer.

"Fat joe just called dababy the 2021 version of tupac and u still look to these old ass niggas for wisdom and guidance," wrote one user.

Another person tweeted to California rapper and former Death Row Records artist Kxng Crooked about her disgust over Fat Joe’s remarks.

"@CrookedIntriago you see Fat Joe said Dababy is the Tupac of this era," she commented. "TF there will NEVER BE ANOTHER TUPAC. Ugh I hate bullshit like this."

One fan found Crack’s comment hilarious. "Fat Joe sayin dababy is 2021 Tupac is the funniest shit I seen today," he tweeted.

This isn’t the first time fans have been outraged with Fat Joe’s opinions related to hip-hop.

Back in May, the rap vet made the bold claim on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's Drink Champs podcast that his good friend DJ Khaled is "the Quincy Jones of hip-hop right now."

When the clip went viral, Fat Joe became a trending topic on Twitter with most people vehemently disagreeing with his music analogy.

So you can expect Fat Joe to be a trending topic once again with his latest comparison of DaBaby to the late Tupac Shakur.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: October 12, 2021Julien M. Hekimian, Getty Images For Lacoste

Tyga has reportedly been arrested after turning himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department following accusations of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend.

According to report from TMZ on Tuesday (Oct. 12), the California-bred rapper, born Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, has been taken into custody for felony domestic violence after he voluntarily surrendered himself to authorities following his ex-girlfriend, Camaryn Swanson, accusing him of harming her and bruising her eye. The attack allegedly transpired on Monday morning (Oct. 11) at the rapper's home.

Tyga's bail has been set for $50,000. As of reporting time, it's unclear if he has been released.

Sources close to Tyga reportedly claim that Camaryn arrived at his home around 3 a.m. on Monday and began acting belligerent at his front door. The "Mrs. Bubblegum" artist apparently let his ex-girlfriend in the home and the verbal dispute continued.

However, based on a text message exchange that allegedly took place between Tyga and Camaryn, a car was sent for someone presumed to be Camaryn by another person, assumed to be Tyga. This seemingly conflicts reports that Camaryn arrived at the home unannounced. Screenshots of the text messages do not indicate recipient or sender names, and were shared on Camaryn's Instagram account, and reposted by The Shade Room's Instagram account.

After the car arrived, according to the texts, crying emojis were sent, followed by a text that reads, "Hurts so much." A response message was sent, which reads, "I can't believe this is how it has to end. Honestly I'm so heart broken and didn't think you were ever capable to do this to me."

The screenshot of the exchange included the caption: "@tmz_tv i didn't show up 'screaming' or uninvited. when i tried to leave he physically assaulted me and refused to let me leave for hours."

Camaryn Swanson also shared a video via her Instagram Story of her eye injury and displayed the blood that was on the sleeve of her sweatshirt. On that clip, she wrote, "I'm so embarrassed and ashamed it had to get to this but I have to stand up for myself."

The Shade Room noted that after the former couple's argument, Camaryn's mother picked her up from the home and that appears to have been when the alleged call to police was made and the incident was reported to authorities.

It's unclear when Tyga and Camaryn Swanson began dating, but they were reportedly first spotted together at Disney World in February of this year. The two regularly shared photos and videos of one another on their respective social media accounts.

XXL has reached out to the LAPD and a rep for Tyga for a comment on this matter.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233, text START to 88788 or visit for additional resources.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 12, 2021Rock Feed via YouTube

Machine Gun Kelly is still feeling the wrath from Slipknot fans who recently threw bottles and tree branches at him during his performance at the Aftershock Festival.

In a report from Heavy Consequence on Tuesday (Oct. 12), MGK was performing at the Aftershock Festival last Saturday (Oct. 9) in Sacramento, Calif. when he was pelted with bottles and tree branches while climbing up a tent in the middle of the crowd. You can watch a video of the incident at the bottom of this post.

In the clip, a bottle is being hurled at the rap-rocker, then a thick tree limb and a plastic Coke bottle. MGK seemed unfazed by it all as he climbed back down from the tent.

According to the website, the "Papercuts" artist was garnering boos and jeers from the crowd from the beginning of his set.

"How the fuck you feelin' Aftershock?" he reportedly asked the crowd. "Mixed opinions. I love you so much. This morning I was like, 'Do we get on the plane and go to this?' I was sitting there thinking about the last festival we did where this 10-year-old got her poster ripped up just for liking me. I'm doing this show for her and everyone who came to see us."

Kelly’s moment of self-reflection might be from his newly-minted feud with veteran metal band Slipknot. Last month, MGK dissed the group during his set at the Riot Festival in Chicago. An event where both MGK and the rock band performed.

“Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a fuckin' weird mask on a fucking stage, talkin' shit,” Kelly told the crowd. “So anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reese’s Pieces?”

Upon hearing his remarks, Slipknot fans jumped on social media and dragged MGK endlessly. Some fans were even urging Slipknot to team up with Kelly’s other arch nemesis—Eminem—and drop a diss song about him.

After getting dragged, Kelly issued an explanation for his Slipknot diss, which was more aimed at Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor and his disapproval of a verse that he sent in for his now-released rock album, Tickets to My Downfall.

Last month, Machine Gun Kelly had to push back on reports that he was getting booed at the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Ky. The Ohio-bred artist hopped on Twitter and retweeted a fan's video that shows fans singing along to his set.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: October 11, 2021Flydailyh via YouTube

Kodak Black became a trending topic on the internet today after video footage began circulating online of him making uncomfortable gestures towards his mother while the two danced together.

In a clip that began making its rounds on social media on Sunday (Oct. 10), Yak and his mom, Marcelene Simmons, are sharing a dance to Rutshelle Guillaumes' "M Pa La Ankò" at a birthday celebration. The party was reportedly for the rapper's brother. Kodak is first seen twirling his mother around as they do a rendition of a slow dance mixed with a two-step. He later grabs his mother's butt and also attempts to kiss her near her mouth or on her lips. The mother and son share laughter and then Kodak tries to kiss her again.

Towards the end of the clip, Mama Kodak walks away and her son tries to reach for her butt once more.

Social media users immediately chimed in on the footage, with the primary consensus being perplexed by the South Florida rhymer's actions.

One person tweeted, "Kodak Black had a vice grip on his moms ass and his niggas in the video was hyping him up and laughing. He not the only sicko that need to be put in Arkham Asylum and shot to the moon."

Another wrote, "No way I didn’t just see kodak black grabbing his mum cheeks???. Like what the Florida behavior is going on here wtf ???"

A third person typed, "Why I'm seeing kodak black grabbing his mom's ass on my timeline."

Project Baby hasn't addressed the commentary surrounding the video of him dancing with his mother.

Kodak has been making headlines for various reasons as of late. Last week, he uploaded a concerning post on Twitter, suggesting he was considering harming himself. He later cleared the air, apologizing for the post, and revealed that he is not suicidal.

One of his producers, Dyryk, also called out Megan Thee Stallion this past weekend, accusing her of ghostwriting and discrediting her talent as a rapper—claims that Meg have debunked in the past.

See more reactions below to the video of Kodak Black grabbing his mother's butt and attempting to kiss her on the lips.

If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or contemplating self-harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit for additional resources.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 11, 2021Rich Fury, Getty Images (2)

Kodak Black’s producer Dyryk has Twitter buzzing after accusing Megan Thee Stallion of using ghostwriters.

On Saturday (Oct. 9), Dyryk jumped on his Instagram Live and claimed that the 2019 XXL Freshman uses writing camps in the studio.


Dyryk, who has produced songs for Kodak like “First Love” and “Gnarly,” was addressing Megan’s perceived clap back at Yak for his comments on a podcast that aired last week. In the interview, Kodak was asked about Megan’s use of the catchphrase “Drive the boat” in reference to her popular drinking game, which consists of taking straight shots of liquor, preferably Hennessy or D'Usse.

In his response, Kodak said that he’s still looking for his credit and maintains that he created the phrase first. “Pay the piper,” the Florida rapper stated.

On Oct. 8, it appeared that Megan may have responded to Kodak’s remarks by tweeting the internet catchphrase “YB Better”—which YoungBoy Never Broke Again's fans use on countless tweets and IG comments—and “You fell off…period." A couple of tweets later, she wrote, “If you an opp don’t tweet at me…this is not a group project.”

As for the ghostwriting accusations made by Dyryk, Megan has been fighting back against unsubstantiated ghostwriting claims since she entered the rap game. “I write all my own shit don’t let nobody gas you up like that,” Megan clapped back on her IG account in May of 2019 when singer Wolftyla alleged that she wrote some of the Juicy J-produced track “Simon Says,” on Megan's Fever project. “That clout shit crazy.”

The Houston rapper then added, "Like I said don’t nobody write my shit for me…so don’t try to insinuate you did…just be clear from the beginning. I didn’t even know she had nothing to do with the song Juicy J say you ain’t write nothing. Simon says shut tf up."

Ghostwriters or not, Megan is a super talented MC and she’s only just scratched the surface.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Kemet High”>Kemet HighPublished: October 11, 2021Cachief Latchman / @chief10k_

YB, better known as YoungBoy Never Broke Again or NBA YoungBoy, might really be better. How many other 21-year-old rappers can say they already have four No. 1 albums under their belt, 44 platinum plaques as a solo artist, 35 gold and almost 10 billion YouTube streams that amount to being the top artist on the platform? Very few.

A simple look back at his career includes the moment YoungBoy decided to take rap seriously—he was doing a robbery bid in the ninth grade. It was there that he plotted on rapping full-time and soon after, adopted the rap moniker that celebrates the hungry drive of turning Ls into Ws. Since then, the Baton Rouge, La. rhymer has always kept his foot on the gas when it comes to releasing new music. The frequency often includes three projects a year like one of his influences, Young Scooter. Even with so much music flooding the market, his songs stick where they could easily get lost in the sauce.

Early tracks like “Murder,” from Mind of a Menace 2, and “Gravity,” featured on 38 Baby, came out in 2016, and showcase his signature recipe of melodic stick talk, high-energy stories about being at war with his demons and the roster of women in his life. After feeding the streets with bangers, he broke the commercial seal in 2017, with songs like "Untouchable," on AI YoungBoy, and a year later, "Outside Today,” from Until Death Call My Name. Over the next few years, he would release speaker-rattlers like "Make No Sense,” "Kacey Talk" and “Nevada,” off the his latest drop, Sincerely, Kentrell.

That project, following other chart-toppers like AI YoungBoy 2, 38 Baby 2 and Top, recently went No. 1 and eclipsed the firepower of Drake’s still-burning Certified Lover Boy album—all while YoungBoy is currently incarcerated. In light of YoungBoy’s Sincerely, Kentrell victory and his rise as a cultural phenomenon, XXL highlights 38 essential songs from his catalog—with the exception of features on other tracks. Check out YoungBoy Never Broke Again's most essential songs you need to hear below.

  • “38 Baby”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Genie”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Bad Morning”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Life Support”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Smoke Strong”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Bad Bad”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “I Am Who They Say I Am” YoungBoy Never Broke Again Featuring Quando Rondo and Kevin Gates
  • “Solar Eclipse”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Kacey Talk”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Slime Belief”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Valuable Pain”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Hot Now”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Self Care”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Red Eye”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “All In”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Slime Mentality”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “AI Nash”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “House Arrest Tingz”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Akbar”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “I Know”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Rebel’s Kick It”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Gravity”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Lil Top”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Lonely Child”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “No Smoke”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Love Is Poison”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Death Exclaimed”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Murder”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Graffiti”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Outside Today”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Nevada”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Make No Sense”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Just Made a Play”YoungBoy Never Broke Again Featuring Moneybagg Yo
  • “38 Heights”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Through The Storm”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Diamond Teeth Samurai”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Ranada”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “Bandit”YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Juice Wrld

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 10, 2021MB Media / Ron Turenne, Getty Images (2)

Tyson Fury wants people to know there's no such thing as the Drake curse after the boxer recently received support from Drizzy.

Last night (Oct. 9), Fury KO'd Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of their much-anticipated trilogy heavyweight bout. Following the match, Fury hopped on Instagram to post on his story about the huge victory. In one post, he shot down the infamous Drake curse theories. "@ChampagnePapi curse? No such thing pal," he wrote along with a crying laughing emoji. "GK x OVO," he added.

Fury's post came in response to Drizzy showing support for the fighter on social media a couple days before the fight. "This is a video for the most psycho man I know. He's mad in his head but he has the purest heart," Drake said in the clip. "Nicest guy. The Gypsy King. Scariest man in boxing. I wish you the best of luck this weekend, brother. I want you to just go out there and continue the legacy. Do what you do. We all love 'cause you're relentlessly yourself."

Aubrey added, "So go out there and get the work done. And afterward, sing your heart and say whatever the fuck you want to say. Ima tell you brother, we are all so proud of you. We love you. I appreciate you always staying in contact with me. You know, I appreciate the encouragement, the inspiration. Yea, man. I'm looking forward to seeing the end result this weekend. Wishing you the best always. I'll see you on the other side."

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For years, Drake has been the butt of jokes for appearing to consistently jinx sports teams and players whom he roots for. Examples include the University of Alabama football team, Conor McGregor, Serena Williams and the University of Kentucky basketball team. In 2019, boxer Anthony Joshua joked that he would break the Drake curse and ended up losing in a huge upset to Andy Ruiz Jr. It looks like Fury bucked the trend.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 10, 2021Jason Koenrer, Getty Images

Kodak Black is clearing the air after posting a disturbing message about harming himself last week.

Last night (Oct. 9), Kodak returned to Instagram and posted a lengthy letter on his page addressing the recent concerning message. "I mean maybe that wasn't the best thing to tweet and very selfish of me to let a thought like that succumb," Yak started. "I apologize to me for doubting myself like [I] ain't a raw ass gangsta ass niggaa but thugs need love too you know and it's totally unfair to the people that DO Love me that DO Care & wanna see me happy and successful, however that looks like! Thanks to everybody that was concerned and the calls and texts as I understand I made a bold statement but don't worry I'm not suicidal and have no plans on harming myself."

Kodak continued, "I been in maximum prisons people committing suicide and die from the hands of their cell mates right next to me, I been beaten by authorities 1,000 miles away from home no point of contact to family, never contemplated taking myself out. I got a great support system & surrounded by love, somebody put a false rumor in my head that drove me to the edge that I can’t say but all in all I’m ok! I’m really in need of a vacation but being on probation keep me stuck in this unhealthy environment where my only choice is running round the hood thuggin.”

The South Florida rhymer promised to keep his composure in instances like this from now on. “No matter how strong you are everyone have their days and it’s ok, as a general I swear to never show any signs of weakness that shit ain’t Zool Fa the people that look up to me," he added. "I lost one of my snipers to suicide. Mental health issues and depression is real but I see this Lil fuck n-gga happy to see my vibe off and decides he wants to kick me while I’m down. Don’t worry I got enough energy and yo bitch ass gave me all the motivation I need to keep stepping. #NightMare.”

Kodak had fans concerned last week when he posted tweets that sounded like he may be on the verge of harming himself. "So Lonely Depressed Sad & Fucked Up … Nobody Cares … I'm Everywhere @ Once … Friends Playin In My Head … Girls Playin Wit My Heart , Wish I Can Go Back To The Start I'll Never Be Famous," Kodak typed in the first message. He added in a follow-up tweet, "Sitting In My Room Crying Feel Like Killing Myself." Afterward, he deactivated his IG account.

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Kodak is currently completing a residential treatment program after failing a drug test and violating his probation back in August. Recently, his attorney requested Kodak be allowed to leave the state to complete treatment.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 9, 2021Prince Williams, Wireimage

Kodak Black is completing a 90-day treatment program after violating his stipulations of his probation with a failed drug test. But the South Florida rapper is requesting to leave his home state to finish the program.

Kodak is currently in a Florida residential treatment facility, as ordered by a judge, after his urine sample was flagged for an illicit substance back in August. But, according to court documents obtained by XXL on Saturday (Oct. 9), his attorney, Bradford Cohen, is looking to get him moved to another location. The rapper's doctors think it would be in Kodak's best interest to serve out the final month of his stint outside the Sunshine State. The physicians who are assisting Kodak say a change of scenery would be best for his chances of success. As of press time, a judge has not signed off on the rhymer's request.

The Sniper Gang rapper is on probation in connection to his federal gun case, for which he had his sentence commuted by then president Donald Trump in January. Following his release, Kodak was given a 36-month period of probation.

News about Kodak's request comes a day after the rapper posted a concerning message on Instagram and deactivated his account. "So Lonely Depressed Sad & Fucked Up … Nobody Cares … I'm Everywhere @ Once … Friends Playin In My Head … Girls Playin Wit My Heart , Wish I Can Go Back To The Start I'll Never Be Famous," he typed in the first message. In the second, Kodak said, "Sitting In My Room Crying Feel Like Killing Myself."

Last month, it was revealed Kodak is currently expecting a baby girl with his partner, Maranda Johnson. The baby is due sometime in early 2020.

XXL has reached out to Kodak's team and lawyer for comment.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: October 9, 2021E. Jason Wambsgans, Getty Images

R. Kelly being found guilty of racketeering and sex crimes hasn't hurt his music sales. In fact, the opposite seems to be happening.

The disgraced R&B legend's music sales have jumped up 517 percent since a jury delivered a guilty verdict in the Kelly's federal sex crimes case on Sept. 27, according to Rolling Stone. The uptick hasn't just been music sales. The 54-year-old singer's on-demand audio streams are up 22 percent. His video streams have seen an increase as well, up 23 percent in comparison to the week before the guilty verdict was announced.

In 2021, a year in which Kelly has spent the entire time behind bars while the full extent of his sexual misconduct was being brought to light in trial, his streaming averages were more than they were in 2017. He reportedly went from 5.4 million on-demand audio streams per week in 2017 to averaging around 6.4 million in the last 10 months.

Despite the spike in sales, everything is not all good for the crooner music wise. Earlier this week, YouTube removed multiple R. Kelly channels from their platform. "We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines," a rep for YouTube confirmed to XXL about the termination. It is unclear if other streaming platforms will follow suit.

Kelly, who was found guilty of eight counts of sex trafficking and one count of racketeering is facing a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced on May 4, 2022. He is still on the hook for sex-related crimes in his home state of Illinois as well as Minnesota.

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href=”//” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: October 8, 2021Josh Brasted / Taylor Hill, Getty Images (2), FilmMagic

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 Cordae ("Super"), Mick Jenkins ("Contacts"), 24kGoldn ("Prada" featuring Lil Tecca) and more. See you next week.

  • “Super”Cordae
  • “Contacts”Mick Jenkins
  • “Prada”24kGoldn featuring Lil Tecca
  • “Switch”Sahbabii
  • “Be Okay”Lute
  • “Who Want Smoke??”Nardo Wick featuring G Herbo, 21 Savage and Lil Durk
  • “Luv Em All”Sleepy Hallow
  • “Hands Up”Tyla Yaweh featuring Morray
  • “Swangin’ On Westheimer” Don Toliver
  • “Piano Love”Conway The Machine
  • “True King”Don Q
  • “Flying Spirit”The Alchemist featuring Bruiser Brigade
  • “High!”Curren$y

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