href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 18, 2021Tommaso Boddi, Getty Images / Jerry Carnation

XXXTentacion may be gone but he certainly hasn’t been forgotten by his friends and family.

On Friday (June 18), the third anniversary of XXX's tragic death, Lil Yachty, a close friend to X, jumped on his Instagram page to share texts between himself and the beloved artist.

In one thread, Lil Boat asked XXXTentacion if he wrote “Valentine,” which appears on 21XXX, X's collaborative album with 21 Savage.

“Lol you like valentine? And yeah I wrote it," X responded to the message on July 10, 2017. It's unclear when Lil Yachty sent his initial text asking about "Valentine" as it cuts off in the rapper's IG post.

Yachty then replied, “Fucking love it.” X typed back, “Thank you fam.”

Two days later, on July 12, 2017, X wrote to Boat, “You okay family?," to which Yachty replied, “Yeah bro.”

Elsewhere in the thread, XXXTentacion tells Yachty that he loves his 2017 song “X-Men.” He then adds that he will hop on the remix for the song and promised to do a new track with the "One Night" rapper as well.

The thread ends with both rappers showing love and support for one another.

“I love u nigga…u a good nigga,” writes X. Yachty responds, “I love u bro it’s gang gang.”

Yachty also remembered X on his Twitter account today. "All the love to u X," he tweeted, along with a black-colored heart emoji.

Yachty is among several rappers who have paid tribute to XXXtentacion in the past few years. In fact, some artists have gotten tattoos inspired by the late rhymer. For example, Denzel Curry had "Wing Ridden Angel" tatted on his right forearm, similar to a tattoo that X had on his right arm, which is inspired by one of his songs.

Rest well, XXXTentacion.

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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 Tyler, The Creator ("Lumberjack"), Isaiah Rashad ("Headshots (4r Da Locals))" and Gucci Mane ("Posse On Bouldercrest" featuring Pooh Shiesty and Sir Mix-A-Lot) and more. See you next week!

  • “Lumberjack”Tyler, The Creator
  • “Posse On Bouldercrest”Gucci Mane featuring Pooh Shiesty and Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • “Headshots (4r Da Locals)”Isaiah Rashad
  • “Law Of Averages”Vince Staples
  • “Evian”GoldLink featuring PinkPantheress, Rizloski and Rax
  • “Drugs N Hella Melodies”Don Toliver featuring Kali Uchis
  • “Love You Most”Dro Kenji
  • “Trending Topics”Rah Swish
  • “Hadouken”Chief Keef
  • “Angles”Wale featuring Chris Brown
  • “Ball If I Want To”DaBaby
  • “Intro”Logic
  • “Lane Switcha”Skepta and Pop Smoke featuring Juicy J, Project Pat and ASAP Rocky

See the Artists Up Next on These Rapper-Run Record LabelsLil Baby, Yo Gotti and more share why these rappers are up next.Filed Under: Bangers, Chief Keef, Chris Brown, DaBaby, Don Toliver, Dro Kenji, Goldlink, Gucci Mane, Isaiah Rashad, Kali Uchis, Logic, PinkPantheress, Pooh Shiesty, promo, Rah Swish, Rax, Rizloski, sir mix-a-lot, The List, Tyler The Creator, Vince Staples, WaleCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 18, 2021Johnny Nunez, Getty Images / Prince Williams, WireImage / Paras Griffin, Getty Images

6ix9ine is trolling on social media once again.

On Thursday (June 17), the "Gummo" rapper jumped on Instagram to address Gucci Mane regarding his 1017 Records artist Pooh Shiesty's shooting case.

"@laflar107 your man got robbed in the club while performing and got mad and took out his gun for the cameras," 6ix9ine writes, misspelling Gucci's IG handle in the process. "Now his mom lost both her sons one dead the other in jail after getting robbed. Smh she in my prayers."

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What 6ix9ine is referring to is Pooh's legal situation in Miami. Pooh Shiesty's bond was denied by a judge on Thursday (June 17) in connection to an alleged shooting he's accused of at King of Diamonds nightclub. A preliminary hearing for the rapper, who is still incarcerated in a Miami jail, has been scheduled for July 22, according to documents obtained by XXL.

Also, prosecutors are concerned about Pooh's alleged victim, a security guard at KOD named Frivin Dor, who suffered a gunshot injury in the ankle, recently recanting his statement. "This is very concerning to me," Miami-Dade prosecutor Ruben Scolavino told Circuit Judge Ellen Venzer in court. "Our office is obviously investigating it."

The prosecutor additionally revealed in court a "federal detainer" has been placed on Pooh by the U.S. Attorney's Office for another shooting on Oct. 13, 2020 that the Memphis rhymer was involved in. The detainer on Pooh Shiesty translates to the feds possibly charging the 2021 XXL Freshman for the incident caught on video. In the footage, gunshots can be seen being fired by what appears to be Pooh in an East Bay Harbor drive condo parking lot. Subsequently, Pooh was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm and theft in that case.

Pooh's attorney, Saam Zangeneh, reportedly shared that although federal authorities may hit the Memphis rapper with fed charges, he is confident that his client is innocent.

In the meantime, 6ix9ine has now added LaFlare on his list to troll. Back in May, the Brooklyn rapper decided to poke fun at Lil Reese after Reese was reportedly shot along with two other men during an exchange of gunfire in a parking deck at 6 West Grand Ave. in Chicago. Thankfully, Reese has recovered from his injuries he suffered in the incident, which allegedly involved a stolen vehicle.

Gucci Mane has not responded to 6ix9ine as of yet.

Here Are 10 of Hip-Hop's Biggest Trolls of All Time

Filed Under: 6ix9ine, Gucci Mane, Pooh ShiestyCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 18, 2021Jamie McCarthy / Kevin Winter, Getty Images (2)

In celebration of the 12-year anniversary of Mariah Carey's 2009 track, "Obsessed," the R&B singer poked a little fun at Eminem, whom she's had friction with in the past, while doing the viral "Wipe It Down" TikTok challenge.

On Wednesday (June 16), Mariah posted a video of herself on Instagram wiping a mirror with transition clips of her going from dressed down at home in a face mask and hair rollers to full-on glam. In the last transition, she's dressed in a bandana and a cap while also wearing a fake goatee. This character likens the person who followed Mariah around in the video she released for her hit single, "Obsessed."

She captioned the clip, which was shared on both TikTok and Instagram, "Just for laughs… from last year's lockdown when all I did was wipe tings down #HappyAnniversaryObsessed." The short video also contains a mashup of BMW Kenny's "Wipe It Down" and Mariah's own song that she was honoring.

While MiMi said the video was all in fun, the jab isn't very far-fetched considering her staticky history with the Detroit rapper. Dating back to around 2001, Em claimed that he and Mariah Carey dated for six months, which she denied. From then, the diss records started flowing, including "Bagpipes From Bagdad," from Eminem's 2009 album, Relapse. Thus, many felt the video for Mariah Carey's "Obsessed" was a subliminal response to Em, though this remains unconfirmed.

Nonetheless, the two artists have traded disses over the years, ultimately resulting in Mariah's ex-husband, Nick Cannon, getting involved and spewing his fair share of words with Em as well.

In fact, as recently as last September, Nick said that he would like to speak with Eminem about squashing their beef.

Months prior, reports began circulating online that Slim Shady was nervous about whether or not his alleged relationship with Mariah Carey would be detailed in her now-released memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.

Mariah later responded, suggesting that Em wouldn't be included in her book.

Check out Mariah Carey's version of the "Wipe It Down" challenge where she trolls Eminem below.

For a refreshing, keep scrolling to check out Mariah's 2009 video for "Obsessed."

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 18, 2021XXL

Orchestrating an XXL Freshman class is no easy task. Add on the complexity of facilitating nearly 100 pitch meetings via Zoom due to an unprecedented global pandemic and it goes without saying that the XXL team had their work cut out for them this year. Nonetheless, the 2021 XXL Freshman Class has arrived and these burgeoning rhymers are joining a roster of lauded rap greats like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Travis Scott and a plenty of others.

This year’s Freshman inductees cover cities all across the map. There’s a variety of sounds, too. When it comes to melodic cadences, there’s Blxst from South Central, Los Angeles. If you’re looking for feel-good hood love tunes, listen to Syracuse, N.Y.-born and Raleigh, N.C.-reppin' artist Toosii. Swag-filled rhymes and some AutoTune-added flare are delivered by Freshman 10th spot winner DDG of Pontiac, Mich. Harmony-filled tracks about aspiring for greatness and getting it out of the mud come courtesy of Fayetteville, N.C.'s Morray.

Hailing from Detroit, there’s 42 Dugg, who’s making a name for himself with his street anthems and laid-back approach to rapping. You can’t forget the importance of southern trap hits, which 1017 Records rapper Pooh Shiesty of Memphis offers effortlessly. And contrary to the rap styles of the aforementioned artists, pop-rock-adjacent artist Iann Dior, who reps both Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Corpus Christi, Texas, has already had a No. 1 hit with "Mood." So, if he's not on your radar, yet, get familiar.

For the ladies, there’s four women in the 2021 XXL Freshman class this year. A venomous spitter on the rise, Lakeyah from Milwaukee serves up bars of steel without hesitation. Then there’s Lexington, Ky.’s Rubi Rose, whose demeanor is sweet, but her raspy delivery and flow leaves listeners yearning for more. Certified hit-maker, Coi Leray, reppin’ both North Jersey and Boston, has a unique sound that serves as a recipe for a successful track. And Flo Milli, of Mobile, Ala., brings a full package of rhymes, fashion-forward looks and star power.

Rarely are any aspects of the XXL Freshman shoot calm. In fact, it’s now split into three days with artists divided up into groups due to COVID-19. Like any behind-the-scenes set with talented rhymers, there’s numerous duties being fulfilled all at once. It’s fair to liken the shoot to the energy of New York City, the city that never sleeps, because for a good eight to 10 hours each day, which is encapsulated in this BTS footage, movements are non-stop.

Here, you’ll see artists whose names should be remembered, but they’ll soon be plastered everywhere. Not to mention, personalities being displayed through colorful ensembles, stacks of cash and infectious dance moves. XXL’s Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten weighs in on the overall Freshman experience this year as do Lakeyah and Morray in the clip, both artists peeling back their layers in full transparency to share what being a part of the coveted class means for themselves personally.

Eleven artists made their way to the 20,000-square-foot Studio Space Atlanta in ATL between May 11 and May 13 for bustling days filled with cyphers, freestyles, interviews—both on and off camera—and much more.

Multiplatinum-selling producer Nick Mira created the beats for the famed cyphers, working with his Internet Money team to craft sounds that will stay ingrained in hip-hop heads' ears for the summer and beyond. They also crafted over 20 beats for this year’s class to choose from for the cyphers, which the artists did as a unit on their respective days at the shoot. You can hear Nick Mira and Internet Money's beats throughout all of the Freshman video content this year.

The latest Freshman class offers a little bit of everything, from lyricism to appeal and overall drip, charisma and much more.

Major congratulations to the 2021 XXL Freshman Class: 42 Dugg, Blxst, Coi Leray, DDG, Flo Milli, Iann Dior, Lakeyah, Morray, Pooh Shiesty, Rubi Rose and Toosii.

Go behind the scenes of the 2021 XXL Freshman Class shoot below.

Travis Shinn for XXLSee the 2021 XXL Freshman ClassWelcome 42 DuggIann DiorCoi LerayPooh ShiestyFlo MilliMorrayRubi RoseBlxstToosiiLakeyah and DDG to the 2021 XXL Freshman Class.Filed Under: 2021 XXL Freshman, 42 Dugg, Blxst, Coi Leray, DDG, Feature, Flo Milli, Iann Dior, Lakeyah, Morray, Pooh Shiesty, Rubi Rose, ToosiiCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: June 18, 2021Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Atlantic Records / Cash Money Records / Republic Records

The past year has been a trying time for everyone, as the world has grappled with the widespread effects of COVID-19. The isolation, fear and losing loved ones that came with the virus also impacted the music industry hard, especially hip-hop. The genre that thrives on touring found rappers stuck at home and doing livestream shows instead as a result of the pandemic, eliminating the cultural experience of seeing a favorite rapper with friends and associates. Streaming and buying music only continues to temporarily satisfy a lot of rap fans who would usually be at concerts on the regular. With those streaming numbers going up, it helped a litany of rappers go platinum and higher from last March to now. Here, XXL sheds light on the rappers who still managed to find success amidst chaos.

Most surprisingly, there are a lot of songs from yesteryear that went platinum from last March to today. Tyga's "Hookah," Kanye West's "All Day" and Future's "Trap Niggas" all went platinum in 2020, despite all of these tracks being five years old or more. Streaming changes the playing field in a multitude of ways; it gives old songs that were big in their time more light, and can also earn higher accolades after the fact. These songs felt like they were platinum in their heyday, so to see them getting their just due years later is amazing.

The last year saw a set of newcomers securing their first platinum plaques too. 24kGoldn's No. 1-selling track "Mood" featuring Iann Dior went four-times platinum this year. BRS Kash's inescapable "Throat Baby (Go Baby)" got the platinum nod in 2021 as a result of the original song's success and its subsequent remix, which features City Girls and DaBaby. CJ's "Whoopty" moved from a regional hit to a country-wide banger, which locked down his first platinum certification just six days before BRS Kash did the same. Hanging a plaque on their wall isn't a bad way to start a mainstream career, and these artists can attest to that.

Check the gallery below for more artists who went platinum during the pandemic including Lil Wayne, Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Baby and Lil Uzi Vert.

See Rappers Going Platinum in a PandemicFiled Under: 21 Savage, 24KGoldn, 6ix9ine, 6lack, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, A$AP Mob, A$AP Rocky, Baby Keem, bankroll fresh, Bhad Bhabie, Big Sean, Black Eyed Peas, Blueface, Bobby Shmurda, Brockhampton, BRS Kash, Bryson Tiller, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, City Girls, CJ, Coi Leray, DaBaby, DaniLeigh, Denzel Curry, DJ Khaled, Doja Cat, Don Toliver, Drake, Eminem, Feature, Flipp Dinero, Frank Ocean, French Montana, Future, G Herbo, Galleries, Gallery, Gucci Mane, Gunna, Iggy Azalea, J Balvin, J. Cole, Jacquees, JayDaYoungan, jeezy, Jeremih, Joyner Lucas, Juice Wrld, Kanye West, Kap-G, Kevin Gates, Kid Ink, Kids See Ghosts, King Von, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Lil Mosey, Lil Tecca, Lil Tjay, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Logic, London On Da Track, lute, Mac Miller, Macklemore, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, Metro Boomin, Mike Will Made It, Money Man, MoneyBagg Yo, Mustard, Nicki Minaj, NLE Choppa, Outkast, Partynextdoor, Pharrell Williams, Playboi Carti, Polo G, Pop Smoke, Post Malone, Pusha T, Quando Rondo, rich homie quan, Roddy Ricch, Saweetie, Shoreline Mafia, Ski Mask The Slump God, Stunna 4 Vegas, Tech N9ne, The Kid Laroi, The Weeknd, TK Kravitz, Travi$ Scott, Trippie Redd, tyga, Tyler The Creator, Wale, Wiz khalifa, XXXTentacion, YK Osiris, YNW Melly, Yo Gotti, Young Thug, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Yung GravyCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 18, 2021boosienewnewig via Instagram

Boosie BadAzz is sharing his parental disciplinary skills with the world.

On Thursday (June 17), the Baton Rouge, La. rhymer shared a video via social media of himself punishing his children for throwing water on friends and relatives who have visited his Louisiana estate at one point.

"I wanna let everybody know, all my family, my cousins, y'all can come stay at my house, bruh," Boosie began in the minute-long clip. "Ain't gon' be no more water throwed on you by my kids. I know they been out of control, but I'm blues'ing them today. You see ’em? They walking the fence line. You see ’em?"

He continues: "They walking the fence line. Five hours straight in the hot sun. Yes, sir. They cleaning up the house all day. They gon' learn this lesson. Ain't gon' be no more water thrown in my estate. They soaking everybody up every night. I want Big Freaky, everybody, y'all can come back. It's going down. Yeah, they gon' be out here… They got four more hours to walk the gates. Yes, sir. We gon' get some act right."

Boosie BadAzz went on to caption the post: "Discipline‼️THEY CUTTIN UP BAD THIS SUMMER."

Some of the Goat Talk rhymer's IG followers were supportive of the parenting moment Boosie shared online.

One person wrote, "Real parent but they gone do it again."

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Another person referred to Boosie's method of discipline as "real parenting."

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A third person typed, "I remember these types of punishments it's called "Character Building" they ain't Gon neva forget this day."

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A different person referenced Migos' new single, "Straightenin"—which essentially means to handle an issue—writing, "Ain't nothing but a lil bit of straightening."

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However, there were others who felt the consequences Boosie handed his kids were a bit extreme. One person on Twitter wrote, "Hell nah bhro 5 hours I'm rolling give them 2/half hours at least."

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A separate person wrote, "Get those babies out that heat."

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Boosie's mother appears to have agreed with the latter comments. The rapper shared via Twitter shortly after he posted the clip of him punishing his kids that Mama Boosie called out her son for coming down too hard on her grandchildren.

"Mama then got on my ass bout disciplining MY KIDS SMH #Icantwin," he said.

Check out the videos of Boosie BadAzz punishing his kids below.

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Filed Under: Boosie BadazzCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: June 18, 2021Atlantic / RCA / Quality Control Music

The end of the work week brings new music for you to vibe out to for the weekend including the return of one of Atlanta's most influential rhymers, a Grammy-nominated DMV artist and one of Quality Control Music's newest signees.

It's been a minute since we got a new solo LP from Gucci Mane, but Guwop returns with his first album since 2019, Ice Daddy. The new effort has 17 songs including the singles "34 & 8" with Pooh Shiesty, and "Shit Crazy" featuring Big30. The album cover features a picture of Gucci's son, Ice Davis, donning a couple of iced-out necklaces and a drippy Gucci designer ’fit. The infant is also listed as the executive producer on the project.

Goldlink is also coming back with his first album in two years. The Washington D.C. native's new Haram! LP was first announced on June 9 while ’Link took some not-so-subtle jabs at fellow rhymer Sheck Wes on Twitter. The follow-up to 2019's Diaspora album features 15 songs and guest appearance from 2021 XXL Freshman Flo Milli, Rich The Kid, NLE Choppa, Pressa and more. The new offering is spearheaded by the single, "White Walls," produced by Rio. Prior to the album's arrival, Goldlink also dropped a fresh new track with Flo Milli called "Raindrops.

A week after the release of Migos' Culture III album, Atlanta-based powerhouse label Quality Control Music keeps the ball rolling with 18-year-old artist Metro Marrs's new mixtape, Popular Loner. The newcomer made headlines last month for being detained by police at his high school graduation ceremony after making it rain with $10,000 on attendees and his fellow senior classmates. Now he capitalizes off the buzz with his debut tape. Preceded by the singles "Prosper" and "NonChalant," the release will be Marrs' proper introduction to hip-hop.

Check out additional new releases from Rah Swish, Warhol.ss and more below.

  • Ice DaddyGucci ManeAtlantic
  • Haram!GoldlinkRCA
  • Popular LonerMetro MarrsQuality Control Music
  • F*ck Your FeelingsDro KenjiInternet Money / MiraTouch / 10k Project
  • Mayor of the StreetsRah SwishWoo Entertainment / Empire
  • Free Andy IIWarhol.SSWarhol.ss
  • Broken Hearts & Beauty SleepMykki BlancoAsylum Records
  • Sy Ari No SorrySy Ari Da Kid No I in Team Records
  • Culture III (Deluxe)MigosQuality Control Music

Super Unique Hip-Hop Merch That You Can BuyFrom Travis Scott’s McNugget body pillow to Young M.A’s sex toy collection, there’s plenty of unique hip-hop merchandise you can cop right now.Filed Under: Bangers, Dro Kenji, Goldlink, Gucci Mane, Metro Marrs, Migos, mykki blanco, Rah Swish, Sy Ari Da Kid, Warhol.ssCategories: Music, New Music, News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 17, 2021Paras Griffin, Getty Images

A judge has ruled that Pooh Shiesty will remain behind bars.

Based on court records obtained by XXL this afternoon (June 17), Pooh's bond was denied by a judge this morning. A preliminary hearing has been set for the Memphis rapper, born Lontrell Williams, for July 22.

According to the Miami Herald today, in addition to Pooh Shiesty not being granted bond in connection to the recent alleged shooting he's accused of at King of Diamonds nightclub and a prior shooting in Florida's Bay Harbor Islands area last October, prosecutors are reportedly investigating why Pooh's alleged victim—KOD security guard Frivin Dor, who sustained a gunshot injury in the ankle—recanted his statement.

"This is very concerning to me," Miami-Dade prosecutor Ruben Scolavino said to Circuit Judge Ellen Venzer. "Our office is obviously investigating it."

Additionally, the prosecutor also shared in court that the U.S. Attorney's Office has put a "federal detainer" on the 1017 Records artist for the Oct. 13, 2020 shooting he was involved in. This means the feds might be trying to charge Pooh for the incident caught on video, in which gunshots were fired in an East Bay Harbor drive condo parking lot. In that incident, Pooh was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm and theft.

Pooh Shiesty's attorney, Saam Zangeneh, reportedly said that despite federal authorities possibly hitting his client with federal charges, he is confident in Shiesty's innocence.

"We have been in communication with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and we believe they have a federal detainer on him and are likely to file federal charges," Zangeneh said. "That doesn’t change our position as to his 100 percent innocence, in both state and federal matters."

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Pooh's alleged shooting victim from the King of Diamonds nightclub incident took back his statement. Apparently, Frivin Dor claimed he was on a painkiller called Dilaudid and was unaware of who shot him on the night of May 30. Dor claims he was given the pills at the hospital the evening the shooting transpired and spoke to a detective while on the powerful medication. He even reportedly suggested that the sound of a mechanical fan falling in a nearby garage sparked the chaos at the club that night.

Prosecutors claim they are trying to get to the bottom of why Dor opted to retract his statement.

"The victim originally gave a recorded statement where he was very lucid, clear, and gave very clear and descriptive answers," prosecutor Scolavino said.

To this, Judge Ellen Venzer replied, "If I’m reading between the lines, I assume what you’re trying to tell me is that there may have been some pressure exerted upon this witness to change their testimony."

The prosecutor added: "At this point in time, the state and authorities are investigating it. Obviously we are concerned that may be an issue."

The judge and prosecutor appear to be alluding to witness tampering, which is a federal offense that can come with prison time.

As previously reported, while Pooh Shiesty was at KOD over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, he was being escorted out of the venue when money supposedly fell out of his pocket. Allegations claim that Pooh fired a gun towards the ground, which ultimately hit Frivin Dor in the ankle.

Pooh surrendered a little over a week later and was granted a $10,000 by one judge, but a second judge revoked the bond in connection to his most recent shooting as well as the $45,000 bond he was given for last October's shooting incident.

XXL has reached out to Pooh Shiesty's legal team and a rep for the rapper for a comment.

Watch Pooh Shiesty appear in court below.

See 22 Hip-Hop-Related Police RaidsThese rappers had some serious run-ins with the police.Filed Under: Pooh ShiestyCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 17, 2021Timothy Norris, WireImage

Blueface has been quiet on the music front but it looks like he's keeping himself busy with his new business venture.

On Tuesday (June 15), a video surfaced of the "Thotiana" rapper showing off his new restaurant on his Instagram Story. The eatery is called Blue's Fish & Soul and it's located in Santa Clara, Calif.

In the clip, Blueface is walking around in the back kitchen area where several people are preparing and serving the food. The 24-year-old Cash Money West artist then reveals his signature drink, the Blueface lemonade. In another segment, Blue shows his fans what his favorite order is at the restaurant—a signature plate called Blue's Athlete Platter—which consists of fried shrimp, collard greens and a side order of macaroni and cheese.

Blueface also talks to the customers inside the establishment and asks them how the food tastes. One customer says, "It's fire," while another patron smiles and exclaims the food, "slaps," which is Bay Area slang for "it's really good."

Blue also notes that the restaurant is hiring. "We are looking for new employees if anybody wants to come. Help is wanted," he shares.

Blueface isn't the only rapper launching his own eatery. During a Zoom conversation with XXL on Jan. 14, Lil Baby revealed that he'll be opening a restaurant in Atlanta.

"Actually, I have a new restaurant and I'ma open it in Atlanta," he told XXL, which he describes will have a lounge-y type of vibe. "It was supposed to be open by January, but we had to finish the stages, so maybe, February, March."

Lil Baby said the menu will feature Southern comfort dishes and libations. "You know, lamb chops, lobster tails, rice, stuff like that," he added. "A little music, alcohol. Stuff like that."

It's always good to see rappers expand their portfolios and launch business ventures in their own communities.

Watch Blueface show off his new soul food restaurant Blue's Fish & Soul below.

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Filed Under: BluefaceCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 17, 2021Airbnb

The home where OutKast and members of the Dungeon Family rap collective made hit records in the 1990s is available for short vacation stays for June and July of this year.

According to Airbnb on Thursday (June 17), in celebration of Black Music Month, Big Boi of the iconic Atlanta-bred rap duo has listed the ATL home for $25 a night. The Dungeon Family house was named after the basement studio where Big Boi, André 3000, Goodie Mob, production and songwriting team Organized Noize, which included Sleepy Brown and much more, made some of their most successful records.

The home's listing, which appears to be from Big Boi himself, reads in part: "The Dungeon is where André 3000 and I spent countless hours writing songs and producing beats that became OutKast’s early albums. Atlanta taught me the power of community, so in celebration of Black Music Month, I’m inviting fans into the home where Southern hip hop was born. Booking opens at 1 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 25 for overnight stays on June 29, July 1 and July 3."

TMZ also reports today that the price tag for the stay is in honor of the 25th anniversary of OutKast's ATLiens album.

"Atlanta is my home, and I grew up with The Dungeon Family in this house," Big Boi tells Airbnb. "We would spend hours hanging out in the basement, writing rhymes and putting together beats at all hours of the night. Since purchasing the home, I’ve been excited to open its doors and welcome the next generation of artists to the space that inspired countless songs."

Big Boi revealed back in January of 2019 that he purchased the property. He said via social media at the time: "New day new Lot  … Just copped the Dungeon."

The Speakerboxxx rapper also notes in the listing what the home offers visitors during their weekend stay: "Guided access to the basement of the house, a 1990s relic where me and André 3000 recorded some of our early hits, including our debut album Southernplaylisticadillacmuzik." The abode includes a "state of the art in-home studio, outfitted with Yamaha audio equipment" as well.

The colorfully decorated home has a queen size bed, a fireplace painted to resemble OutKast's fourth album, Stankonia, which dropped in 2000, plush and vibrant furniture and drapes, and more. The house, however, doesn't come equipped with a television or washer/dryer.

Those interested in staying at the iconic residence must also be a resident of the U.S.

And lastly, in honor of the influence music education has had on not only Big Boi, but also his career, Airbnb will be making a one-time donation to Atlanta Public Schools Music Department to increase resources and widen access to music education for youth in grades K-12th.

Check out images of the Dungeon Family's Airbnb home below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author” title=”Kemet High”>Kemet HighPublished: June 17, 2021XXL

Finally, the 2021 XXL Freshman Class has arrived. Budding rappers like Pooh Shiesty, Coi Leray, Iann Dior, Flo Milli, Toosii, Blxst, 42 Dugg, Lakeyah, Morray, Rubi Rose and the Freshman 10th spot winner DDG have been selected as the next stars to shine. While many of them were seen by fans as “shoo-ins” and “must-haves,” haters will always hate.

After a scouting process that included three months of Zoom pitches and subsequently dodging tons of fake lists, XXL shared nearly 100 artists' stat boxes for the 10th spot voting process on social media in March. Thousands of people chimed in with their slanted opinions of these artists, which created more than enough content for the 2021 XXL Freshman Class to thumb through for XXL’s Mean Comments.

Morray is the first artist on the front line. Keeping things tranquil, he throws his hands up to a Twitter user who wrote, “Morray came up off quicksand and bad fits.”

“I thought it was fly,” the North Carolina singer says about his “Quicksand” video drip, which consists of a white LRG shirt; navy, ripped jean shorts and a blue-and-white pair of what appear to be Nike Air Maxes. “…Your comment is accepted, because it’s true. So, fuck you,” he continues.

Gucci Mane’s 1017 protégé Pooh Shiesty didn’t have much to offer to a hater who left a comment nicknaming him “Poop Shitty.” The rapper issues a simple, “Fuck you, dude” as a reply. No other words needed.

Viral sensation Coi Leray came through with a chin check in response to a remark poking fun at her "No More Parties" lyrics. “All she said was ‘mhm mhmmmmm’ she better not be in it this year,” reads the comment. Coi claps back by flexing the fact that “No More Parties” is one of the first records to go platinum in 2021, across all genres. “…Y’all niggas need to do your fucking research," Coi declares matter-of-factly. "I would leave that comment right there. I would pin it actually."

On the line of concurring, Los Angeles rap torch carrier Blxst got a good laugh out of a joke that chaffed about his physical resemblance to the Migos. The No Love Lost creator cosigns that notion as he dubs himself “Blxstset.”

And even in this case, Flo Milli is aware of the fact that all publicity adds gasoline to the fire. She counters an out-of-the-loop spectator who wrote, “Who is she tho, unknown asf.” The Alabama talent affirms, “Well, Mikey, your bitch-ass knows me now.” Yes, yes he does.

Peep the full video below to see every artist in the 2021 XXL Freshman Class address the Mean Comments from some of the internet's biggest haters.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 16, 2021Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tay-K has been in a Texas jail since he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in New Jersey back in 2017. However, the rapper, who celebrates his 21st birthday today (June 16), hopped on Instagram Live to share with fans that he could be released soon due to an impending appeal bond.

On Tuesday (June 15), Tay-K announced that he would be doing a livestream the following day and the live would serve as an open forum for fans to ask whatever they wished. Talking via speaker phone, the rhymer, born Taymor McIntyre, claims that the likelihood of him being a free man is promising.

"The coming home situation and shit I know a lot of people wanna know about that and shit," explains Tay, who at that time of his arrest in 2017 had just released his viral hit, "The Race," a song centered around himself essentially jumping bail to go on the run to avoid a capital murder charge. "A lot of people think it's over, on hood, it's not. My case on appeal right now, so that's looking good, you know. There's still hope and shit, you know, there's definitely still a chance for me to come home on an appeal bond."

The rapper adds: "It's like when you bond out but you don't appeal your case so they got to give you a bond. And then I have a bond here so imma bond out on both of those. That's kind of what I want to happen."

In July of 2019, Tay-K was sentenced to 55 years in jail for the 2016 murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker. He was also handed additional sentences of 30 years for one count of aggravated robbery and two 13-year sentences for two other counts of the crime. The 30-year sentence and the two 13-year sentences will run concurrently with the 55-year bid Tay was given on the murder charge.

He was later charged with a second murder, which occurred while the rhymer was on the run. In June of 2017, Tay-K, who was last reported to be housed at Texas' Lon Evans Correction Center, was taken into custody in connection to the murder of 23-year-old Mark Saldiva, who was shot and killed outside of a Chic-Fil-A in San Antonio, Texas.

Apparently, several men were arguing in an SUV and reportedly robbed Saldiva before he exited the car and called for help. The occupants of the car allegedly tried to run over Saldiva, who jumped on the car and began kicking the windshield. Saldiva was reportedly shot by Tay-K and left in the fast-food restaurant parking lot.

Police additionally claim that the rapper assaulted an elderly man in an Arlington, Texas park and charged Tay-K with aggravated assault.

In July of 2019, Tay-K reportedly filed an appeal against his 55-year sentence.

Though unconfirmed, the news Tay shared today appears to be the latest update on his legal troubles.

Hear Tay-K speak optimistically about his potential bond below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: June 16, 2021Tycho Burwell

Curiosity and boredom can unlock an artist's talent, and that's precisely what happened with rapper Cochise. The Florida rapper is on a path to success after following his passion for music, which led him straight to a spot on a Billboard chart.

Back home in Palm Bay, Fla., he was making music on a broken Sony PlayStation mic in high school, which caught the attention of his cousin and his classmates. The props they gave Cochise, who's of Jamaican descent, pushed him to keep going. So, he began uploading the songs he made to SoundCloud. He delivered his first project, Pulp, in 2018, followed by Hijack, released alongside Lousho, the next year. Then tracks like "Hatchback" and "Redhead," dropped in September and November of 2019, respectively, started taking off. The music arrived shortly after his senior year of high school. When listening to Cochise's sound, expect Jamaican patois as a nod to his heritage, carefree lyrics and the ever-popular baby voice mixed with a traditional rap cadence.

Over the last year, Cochise turned into a viral sensation thanks his music catching fire on TikTok, a platform he wasn't too familiar with. "Hatchback" has over 1.6 million video creations and counting. Now, he's a Columbia Records artist—he signed in June of 2020—off the strength of that song, which currently has over 72 million Spotify streams and 12 million YouTube views. "Uh, I'ma go run up a check (A check)/Like Akatsuki, I'm deep in my set (my set)/That's your bitch, well I'm leaving her wet (her wet)/That boy broke why he talking ’bout bet? (Get)," he raps. The rising artist also has another surging viral track on his hands with the $NOT-assisted "Tell Em."

After the release of his Benbow Crescent album in May of this year, which features "Hatchback," Cochise let loose "Tell Em" just a few weeks later. The track was birthed from a leaked snippet that Cochise ended up recreating. He alternates between the baby voice he's become known for and a more traditional rap sound before $NOT comes in with a feature verse. The song reached No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 as of last week. Heading into summer, Cochise's buzz is through the roof after years of working hard for this moment. The road so far has led him here, to this week's edition of XXL's The Break.

Age: "Old enough."

Hometown: Palm Bay, Fla.

I grew up listening to: "I listened to a lot of reggae, dancehall, mainly from my parents. And then they kinda forced me to listen to the Furious Five, I was listening to Big Daddy Kane and shit like that. And then from there on, I started listening to Tyler, The Creator. And then it kinda steamrolled off of that into more rap. I understood what I liked."

My style’s been compared to: "Everyone. Literally. It happens, but it's a human thing. I try to explain to people that it's a human thing. Something will sound some way to you, even if you want to be like, 'Oh, OK, I like this. This dude is good.' You'll be like, 'He's like this, he's like that.' If you see a young player in the NBA, they're definitely gonna compare, like, 'Oh, he has the game of LeBron. Oh, nevermind, he playing like KD. Oh, nevermind, he wanna look like Allen Iverson.' I remember somebody called me when I first started music, a 'White Smokepurpp.' Do I look White? I had somebody call me a 'White Ski Mask [The Slump God].' I guess my voice doesn't fit the criteria of an African-American. They just threw me all the way to the Caucasian group, I'm European now."

I’m going to blow up because: "I be just prayin' on a lot of things. If God want it to happen, then it'll happen. If it don't happen, it's for a reason. There's some things that could be bigger, but then it didn't happen. But I'm not mad at it. I'm happy I'm in the situation that I'm in. I'm in a wonderful area right now, I'm blessed, I'm chillin', I'm livin' good. Everybody eatin'."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "I think 'Double' is very underrated. It's my dancehall track that I got. But as I said, I understand it. I understand why it didn't go so crazy. With no context, I'm just throwing you into reggae. You might be used to listening to Heavy D, you might be used to listening to some Tenacious D, it don't matter. I just threw you from rap all the way to reggae, bro. What are you doing? And that's exactly what I want people to think: 'What are you doing?' I'm doing me."

My standout records to date have been: "'Redhead,' 'Hatchback,' 'Tell Em.' 'Lost It' is pretty up there. 'Knicks,' that's the song I forgot. We got some songs under our belt, huh? We got a little catalog, eh?"

My standout moments to date have been: "I'd say the Billboard ['Tell Em' peaking at No. 64]. The Billboard was so recent and new, I don't know how to top it. I think the craziest thing, and I remember, because I teared up, before I even got signed, when 'Hatchback' was going crazy, I was in the top 50 Spotify Global chart, and I almost cried like a bitch on Instagram Live, so I had to get off. There was so much people making so much side comments about me doing music, my mom, she respected that I did music, because she know I made it happen. I thank God. A nigga might cry now."

Most people don’t know: "I don't really curse in my music. I just say, 'nigga.' It's a curse word to the European folk. It's not a curse word to us."

I’m going to be the next: "Cochise. I gotta be me. I mean I would say Michael Jackson, but it's not even gonna be hype like Michael Jackson. I just wanna dance on stage like Michael Jackson. Tight-ass pants with a jacket and shit with the little glove."

Follow Cochise SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"Redhead"

"Hatchback"

"Tell Em" featuring $NOT

Benbow Crescent

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/johnkennedy/” rel=”author” title=”John Kennedy”>John KennedyUpdated: June 16, 2021XXL

When the rising rap talent of the mid-2000s—from Lupe Fiasco to Plies to Papoose—graced the November 2007 cover of XXL Magazine, no one foresaw the "Leaders of the New School" tagline evolving into one of hip-hop's most important institutions. Yet that was the pebble from which XXL's annual tradition, the Freshman Class, was built. Fourteen years and 16 Freshman magazine covers later, XXL has knighted plenty of promising rookies poised to become staples of the culture, word to Vince.

At this point, you can set your watch to it. Every year in June, XXL unveils a new class of hip-hop neophytes that we've stamped as names you need to know (plus, one fan-voted pick per year). We're sticking to the script in 2021, presenting the 14th annual Freshman Class.

While we're celebrating hip-hop's future, it's only natural to dwell on the past—how far the franchise has come and which Freshman covers predate the latest. The 2009 cover is literally stacked, as the artists are divided into three dope ensemble shots laid atop each other to open the mag. In 2011, the class theme went literal, with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller portrayed in a school setting. By 2013, classes were being compared to those of the past (we wondered aloud and on the cover line if Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q and Logic's class was G.O.A.T. level). Chance The Rapper sported overalls with no shirt in 2014. The 2016 and 2017 classes were color coordinated, with the former crew making like a Diddy white party and the latter artists rocking all-black on a set drenched in red.

In 2020, the likes of Polo G, Rod Wave, NLE Choppa, Lil Tjay, Mulatto and more were shot by OG photographer Travis Shinn, who has been flicking it up with Freshmen for nearly a decade. Shinn also photographed the out-of-this-world artists for the 2021 XXL Freshman Class, which includes artists 42 DuggIann DiorCoi LerayPooh ShiestyFlo MilliMorrayRubi RoseBlxstToosiiLakeyah and DDG. Take a look at all of the XXL Freshman covers over the years below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 16, 2021Contributing Authors: Twitter

It's that time of year again. Today, XXL unveils its annual XXL Freshman class featuring 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii, Lakeyah and Freshman 10th spot winner DDG. Before the announcement, there have been several fake 2021 XXL Freshman lists floating around on social media for the last few months. XXL never types out Freshman lists on computers or laptops nor shares them on paper to be passed around. If there's a list circulating, look for the artist that is least known and they likely created the fake themselves. In celebration of the class arrival today, prepare to be entertained with a look back at the fake Freshman lists that have caused an uproar on social this year.

Props to the person who created the hilariously fake list that incorporates digital cryptocurrency Doge Coin, actress-turned-pop singer Olivia Rodrigo, who just landed her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Sour; D.A.M.E. Dolla, a.k.a. Portland Trail Blazers player Damian Lillard; Bennifer, the couple nickname given to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck; EDM DJ David Guetta, and four women's names mentioned on the late DMX's 1999 track "What These Bitches Want": Brenda, Latisha, Linda and Felicia. At least they got one Freshman right: Pooh Shiesty.

In another fake list, someone posted a blurry handwritten Freshman list that features Kanye West, Lil Nas X, and Ed Sheeran. ’Ye is past Freshman consideration, people. Lil Nas X, too. And while Sheeran loves rap, he's not a rapper.

Another Twitter user shared a fake 2021 XXL Freshman list that consists of Michael Jackson, John Cena, Captain America and DaBaby. Nope, totally wrong. And for the record, DaBaby is a proud alumnus of the 2019 XXL Freshman Class.

One of the strangest fake Freshman lists that popped up on social media came from a person who listed Kanye West, harshly describing the inductee as the mentally ill version of ’Ye, the late Kobe Bryant, German philosopher Karl Marx, and "You." No doubt this list will leave you scratching your heads.

The one thing all of these lists have is common is that they're fake. The only legit place to find out who is really on the 2021 XXL Freshman list is on XXLMag.com. So, stay tuned here for all your official Freshman news and more from the new class of artists.

In the meantime, check out these fake yet hilarious 2021 XXL Freshman lists below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/georgettetheboombox-com/” rel=”author” title=”Georgette Cline”>Georgette ClinePublished: June 16, 2021Travis Shinn for XXL

The 2021 XXL Freshman Class has arrived. So, where can you buy the magazine that features all 11 Freshman artists—42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii, Lakeyah and DDG—on the cover? Right here on the XXLmag.com website.

We’ve made it easier by offering hip-hop fans the ability to buy XXL magazine's summer issue featuring the 2021 XXL Freshman Class online.

The new issue, which hit newsstands on July 7, is available on the XXL website now for purchase for $5.99. Shipping and tax rates apply. And, there's free shipping on orders over $50. In addition, there is a T-shirt featuring the 2021 XXL Freshman Class cover for $25.

Spending money on a magazine or merch may not be top priority for some, but if you’re a hip-hop fan, the option is available. The 11 rappers in the 2021 XXL Freshman Class, including 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii, Lakeyah and DDG, all share their influences, what they were like as freshmen in high school and the truth on being part of this year’s class in their respective interviews.

In addition to those conversations, the XXL magazine summer 2021 issue also features interviews with Ski Mask The Slump God, Moneybagg Yo, Cordae, Lil Tecca, music video director Cole Bennett, Kash Doll, Jack Harlow, Conway The Machine, 10 of the most in-demand hip-hop jewelers in the business, singer Mahalia, Latin trap-pop singer Karol G, producer Jake One, engineer Todd Hurtt and music executive Shawn “Tubby” Holiday.

Cop the new issue of XXL magazine here.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/georgettetheboombox-com/” rel=”author” title=”Georgette Cline”>Georgette ClinePublished: June 16, 2021Travis Shinn for XXL

Hip-hop is heading back outside this summer, slowly but surely. As masks, social distancing and vaccines are the norm these days, most people seem to be getting back to their regularly scheduled programming. The 2021 XXL Freshman Class is featured in our annual summer issue after COVID-19 set us back a few months in 2020.

This year, the staff did record numbers of Zoom meetings from January to March to meet and greet artists, listen to new music and hear the rollout plans for roughly 100 Freshman prospects, which ultimately became the 10th spot selections. After much debate, conversations with industry peers and talks with anyone who felt compelled to share a Freshman list they created, 12 artists made the final cut—but one pulled out of the class the day before the shoot.

The decision is never an easy one. Record labels have revved up the signings, making the pool of rappers to choose from that more difficult. But true talent rises to the top, and the 2021 XXL Freshman Class has plenty of it.

Hip-hop is represented across many regions this year. 42 Dugg serves up his raps in Detroit, Flo Milli calls home to Mobile, Ala., Morray’s melodies are crafted in Fayetteville, N.C., Pooh Shiesty hails from Memphis, Lakeyah came up in Milwaukee, Coi Leray puts on for both North Jersey and Boston, Toosii holds it down for both Raleigh, N.C. and Syracuse, N.Y., Blxst is a proud South Central, L.A. native, Rubi Rose shows love to Lexington, Ky., Iann Dior’s roots are in both Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Corpus Christi, Texas, and DDG, who is this year’s fan-voted Freshman 10th spot winner, reps Pontiac, Mich.

Over the next month, we will be releasing freestyles, cyphers, interviews and more. Multiplatinum-selling producer Nick Mira is the music curator crafting beats alongside some of the Internet Money team. Look out for their production in the much-anticipated cyphers and all video content.

The Freshman issue hits stands everywhere on July 7 and includes additional interviews with Moneybagg Yo, Cordae, Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Tecca, music video director Cole Bennett, Kash Doll, Jack Harlow, Conway The Machine, 10 of the most in-demand hip-hop jewelers in the business, singer Mahalia, Latin trap-pop singer Karol G, producer Jake One, engineer Todd Hurtt and music executive Shawn “Tubby” Holiday.

Now, it’s time to celebrate the 2021 XXL Freshman Class, who are shooting for the moon and aiming for the stars. Congratulations 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii, Lakeyah and DDG.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 16, 2021Kevin Mazur, Getty Images for iHeartMedia

The rap Mount Rushmore conversation made its way to social media last month following a photoshopped image of J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Drake circulating online on the famed granite structure. The topic later became narrowed down to a regional level after a Mount Rushmore of Atlanta-bred rappers landed on the net featuring Jeezy, Future, Rich Homie Quan and Lil Baby. Migos have since chimed in saying that they actually belong on the structure because of their contributions to the rap game in their city.

During a new interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, which premiered on the morning radio show's official YouTube on Wednesday (June 16), the ATL-bred rap trio affirmed that they're trailblazers on their hometown's rap scene and should be credited as such.

"Shout-out to the city, but all-time, though," Offset says when asked if Migos feels they should be on Atlanta's Mount Rushmore for their influence over the last decade or overall.

Quavo then replies, "Us, Gucci [Mane]," when responding to co-host DJ Envy inquiring about who else should be on the monument.

"We gotta have our head connected as one, so that's one," Takeoff tells. "Then I'd say Gucci, like [Quavo] said. Tip."

The topic then shifted to the best rappers in Atlanta of all-time.

"All-time Atlanta? You gotta put OutKast on there," Quavo suggests.

Take' adds, "I'll put OutKast as one. I was just finna say that OutKast is one."

’Set concurs, "Got to put OutKast."

The trio then gave flowers to Lil Jon, who popularized crunk and snap music in the mid-2000s, saying that he should be on Atlanta's hip-hop Mount Rushmore as well.

"He created a lot of lanes for Atlanta, so you got to put the boy Lil Jon on there," Offset concludes.

Migos' sentiment on them belonging on A-Town's rap Mount Rushmore appears to be an extension from an interview the Quality Control Music rhymers recently did with The New Yorker magazine, published on Tuesday (June 15).

Based on the aforementioned ATL Mount Rushmore, which was shared on Twitter via My Mixtapez, Takeoff said of the image and seemingly the overall conversation, "They count us out ’cause we in a group."

Offset added, "It should be a little circle with all three heads like boom boom boom on that Mount Rushmore. Cause we done birthed a lot of this."

NBA champion LeBron James weighed in on this chat recently as well, saying that Future belongs on the monument featuring J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Drake. However, Nicki Minaj wasn't feeling LeBron's stance on the 2010s rap Mount Rushmore dialogue one bit.

"Never thought I’d get the opportunity to give you the alley oop," she wrote to the basketball star via Twitter. "But you almost had it. It’s N I C K I…EMMMM I N A J!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

The Atlanta rap Mount Rushmore discussion comes on the heels of the release of Migos' latest album, Culture III, which apparently ends the trilogy of their Culture series. The effort, which arrived on June 11, features appearances from Drake, Cardi B, Polo G, Future, Justin Bieber, Juice Wrld, Pop Smoke and YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Check out the exchange about the greatest rappers from the ATL around the 14:38-mark below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 15, 2021Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images

Over two decades ago, Jay-Z hired New York City-based photographer Jonathan Mannion to shoot the cover for his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, back in 1996. Fast-forward 25 years, and Hov is suing Mannion for exploitation stemming from images from that same photoshoot.

According to a report via TMZ on Tuesday (June 15), the Roc Nation boss is suing Jonathan Mannion and his company, Jonathan Mannion Photography, LLC, over claims that Mannion is utilizing Jigga's name and image without his permission. Jay has also accused the famed photographer of having the rapper's name all over his website and selling images of Hov for thousands of dollars.

Additionally, Jay-Z reportedly claims that he never gave Mannion permission to use his images. In fact, the outlet says that when Jay asked Mannion to stop using his photos, the photographer allegedly demanded tens of millions of dollars.

Jigga has also accused Mannion of making an "arrogant assumption that because he took those photographs, he can do with them as he pleases."

When Mannion took the pictures of Hov in the mid-1990s, the lauded rapper says the photographer took hundreds of photos at the time. Back then, Jay's label, Roc-A-Fella Records, used some of the images for Jay-Z's first album and compensated Mannion for them.

Jay additionally claims that Mannion uses images of Jigga on the main page of his website where the hip-hop photog sells Jay-Z pictures and merchandise. However, Jay notes that he is very strict about the use of his "name, likeness, identity and persona," which he did not give Mannion permission to use for himself.

Hov reportedly adds that it is "ironic that a photographer would treat the image of a formerly-unknown Black teenager, now wildly successful, as a piece of property to be squeezed for every dollar it can produce. It stops today."

Jay-Z's lawsuit against Jonathan Mannion is to immediately cease the selling of pictures of the rapper and to receive any profits that Mannion has made from the Brooklyn-bred rhymer's likeness.

XXL has reached out to Jay-Z's legal team and Jonathan Mannion for a comment on this matter.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 15, 2021Johnny Nunez, Getty Images

Rick Ross is not shy about flexing his lavish spending habits in his songs. But the Miami Bawse also knows how to cut corners when it comes to saving his money.

In an interview with Forbes magazine, published on Monday (June 14), Rozay reveals that he cuts his own grass at his 54,000-square-foot estate in Fayetteville, Ga., which was once owned by legendary boxer Evander Holyfield.

"When I bought the Fayetteville estate, locals would see me walk out of a restaurant and scream, 'You know Holyfield spent $1 million a year to cut the grass,'" says Ross. "So I decided that I was gonna cut my own grass. And that's what I did. I went down to John Deere and asked to see the biggest tractor, the most efficient tractor. I told them I had 200-plus acres that I wanted to keep cut, and they pointed out the right tractor. I bought it right then and there. I bought the extended attachment on the back that would cut even wider."

Ricky Rozay continues: "Once I got it back home, I filled it up with gas. I may have sat in the same spot for two hours before I got everything working, but once I got it going, I didn’t stop. I cut grass for about five hours."

The Maybach Music Group honcho adds that mowing the lawn helps him reflect on his life.

"I sit there and have my cannabis rolled up, and, man, I look at the property and can appreciate my struggles and my triumphs, those rough days," he says. "It's the smallest thing, but it keeps a smile on my face. So, you know, for anybody who doesn't cut their own grass, I would say take time out every two or three months to cut your grass because it is such a great and peaceful sensation."

Some of Ross' other cost-cutting tips include flying commercial (Delta Air Lines, specifically) and purchasing rare finds at swap meets and antique stores. "I love finding beautiful things that cost $8 or $20," he adds.

Ross is still adding more homes to his portfolio. Back in March, "The Boss" rhymer purchased former NBA star Amaré Stoudemire's estate in the Southwest Ranches area of Florida for a whopping $3.5 million—in cash. Now that's bossing up.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 15, 2021Prince Williams, Wireimage / Melissa Sue Gerrits, Getty Images

Donald Trump seems to have a forever fan in Kodak Black.

On Tuesday (June 15), video footage from Kodak's recent Instagram Live began circulating the internet. In the clip, the Florida rapper speaks on wanting former President Trump to return to office.

"I would like to see Trump back in office…," Project Baby began. "I wouldn't give a damn if he let me out of prison anyway. I was still fuckin' with Trump, but him doing that, it's like you got all my love and shit. You got all my love and support, most def'. And any nigga or any bitch who don't like that, that just shows that you ain't a good person and you ain't loyal. You ain't loyal ’cause anybody reppin' for you like that, they ’posed to… So you can't look for me to not like buddy."


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Prior to Kodak sharing his political views and weighing in on who he feels should be commandeering the White House, the Bill Israel artist showed his support for Trump in another way.

Yesterday (June 14), Kodak Black wished the former POTUS a happy birthday while rocking Trump's controversial Make America Great Again gear. In the image Kodak shared via Instagram, the rapper is rocking a navy blue hat and mock-neck sweater donning Trump's campaign logo. "#HappyBirthdayTrump DT @realdonaldtrump #HappyBirthdayKodak #GeminiGang #FeelinPeachy Out Now," Kodak typed as the caption.


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Kodak Black being able to show love for Donald Trump online is in part thanks to Trump pardoning the nearly four-year prison sentence Kodak was serving earlier this year. The sentence stemmed from a federal firearms charge following the rapper's May of 2019 arrest ahead of his scheduled Rolling Loud performance in Miami.

Kodak's initial prison release date was set for Nov. 11, 2022, but due to Trump's pardon, the rhymer was released and fully exonerated in January of this year. Kodak was among 73 individuals, also including Lil Wayne, whose prison sentences were commuted before Donald Trump officially bid the Oval Office farewell on Jan. 20, 2021 and was replaced by President Joe Biden.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 15, 2021Zach Wolfe

Pooh Shiesty's recent shooting incident at King of Diamonds nightclub in Miami over the Memorial Day holiday weekend appears to have taken a turn. A security guard who was shot reportedly says he doesn't remember giving a statement to the police.

According to a report from TMZ on Tuesday (June 15), the Memphis rapper's alleged victim is Frivin Dor, a security guard at the venue, who is now retracting his statement against Pooh, born Lontrell Williams. The guard accused the rapper of firing a gun in the club that resulted in the guard sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle. Dor now says he doesn't recall giving an initial statement to Miami-Dade police.

Pooh's legal counsel, Bradford Cohen and Saam Zangeneh, reportedly filed a new motion this week, which contains a sworn testimony from Dor, who has changed his initial story. Now, the guard claims he was medicated on Dilaudid, a powerful painkiller and was unaware of what he told law enforcement officials when they first spoke, presumably after the incident transpired on May 30.

In a transcribed interview TMZ obtained, Dor doesn't recall Pooh Shiesty aiming a gun at him nor shooting at him. Dor claims he was given a painkiller at the hospital on the night of the shooting, and spoke to a detective while on the drug. Apparently Dor doesn't remember a thing that he said that night. Dor also suggests that a mechanical fan that fell in a parking garage nearby caused the commotion in the club.

Based on court records obtained by XXL this morning, three motions were filed on Monday (June 14): a motion for reconsideration of bond, which was revoked from Pooh due to a prior shooting incident in the Miami area from October of 2020, motion to set bond and a motion to compel—meaning the court has been requested to order the opposing party to present documentation or information. An additional motion to compel discovery was filed three days earlier on June 11, which meant the opposing party feels discovery responses are insufficient. This information is typically acquired during the discovery process when opposing parties obtain information to build their case or support their defense.

As previously reported, the "Back in Blood" rhymer turned himself in to authorities on June 8 in connection with the KOD shooting. At the time, he was charged with aggravated battery and granted a $10,000 bond. However, Pooh was ordered to appear before a second judge who determined whether or not the rapper would be released.

Pooh surrendering for the KOD incident likely stems from video footage that began circulating online late last month. The rhymer is shown on video being escorted out of a club while tucking what appeared to be a firearm into the front of his pants. There were claims that money had been taken from Pooh at the club, but he later hopped on social media to denounce those rumors.

The judge revoked Pooh Shiesty's most recent bond and the $45,000 bond he was given for an Oct. 8, 2020 shooting in Bay Harbor Islands, Fla. Consequently, the 1017 Records rhymer is to remain behind bars until his trial, which doesn't have a date just yet.

On June 10, Pooh was given an arraignment hearing date of June 29.

However, with this latest development, it's unclear if Pooh Shiesty will be released sooner.

XXL has reached out to Pooh Shiesty's legal team for a comment on this matter.

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Onna Come Up
Who's next to blow up on these rapper-run record labels? Let them tell you.
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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

One of the biggest achievements in a rapper’s career can be building a successful record label. What started as just a name and a logo becomes a competitive option for talent and an incubator for new artists. The rapper who birthed the brand has their celebrity platform and cosign to offer to their signees. The success of the rapper’s roster proves that they know how to be a boss and have an ear for talent. This is a hip-hop thing. There is no genre of music that has this many artists with their own record labels. And right now, here are 10 artist-run record labels to look out for. Check out who on the team is next on deck, according to Lil Baby, Yo Gotti, DaBaby, 300 Entertainment CEO and cofounder Kevin Liles and more.

See the Artists Up Next on These Rapper-Run Record LabelsLil Baby, Yo Gotti and more share why these rappers are up next.

Check out more from XXL’s Spring 2021 issue including Cardi B's cover story, how rappers are legally making money from the cannabis boom and the social justice that comes with itSnowfall's Damson Idris on how hip-hop impacted his life, A$AP Ferg reflects on the making of his Always Strive and Prosper album, Shelley F.K.A. DRAM talks about his comebackTrippie Redd speaks on how Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert helped change hip-hop, Waka Flocka Flame checks in with us and gives an update on his Flockaveli 2 album in What's Happenin', Show & Prove interviews with 42 DuggBlxstLakeyah and Rubi RoseErica Banks discusses the making of hit song "Buss It," the Internet Money takeover with producers Taz Taylor and Nick Mira and more.

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Hip-hop is all about evolution. The genre isn't nearly the same as it was nearly 48 years ago. The sound and look of hip-hop has transformed greatly over the years. At different stages of an artist's life, they often select certain hairstyles, accessories and colors to rock that reflect their style and mood at that time. They've created some of the best moments of their careers with this easily identifiable appearance, which is cemented in time.

Example number one dates back half a decade ago to 2016. That year saw the rise of Lil Uzi Vert, who at the time donned pink and purple locs. The Philly rapper’s first stride in rap also doubled as his prime as his sound hit the masses with songs like “Money Longer” and “Do What I Want.” And his follow-up moves were just as strong.

Going back a year earlier to 2015, Future was in a different atmosphere when it came to his look, which is one of the most recognizable of his career. He rocked a number of various colored cowboy hats at the time when albums like DS2 and mixtapes like Beast Mode saw the light of day. Any real hip-hop head is aware of how iconic that time period was for the Atlanta melodist. Whenever Future Hndrxx rocked that hat, he seemed truly undefeated.

He wasn’t the only one who was empowered with a look that started at the top. Back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, Nicki Minaj was at the start of her untouchable legacy. As the first lady of Young Money, she donned black hair that often had pink tresses peeking through the back. With that look, she went on a kill streak that included a merciless feature run that led to mainstream solo success with her debut album, Pink Friday.

For rap’s biggest faces, in most cases, there’s a notable look era that fans will always gravitate toward. So today, XXL highlights these looks that helped magnified the music, making these time spans in the rapper's career even more. Check out the most recognizable looks in your favorite rappers' careers.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 14, 2021Miami-Dade Police Department / WPLG Local 10 via YouTube

What was supposed to be a celebratory evening for Polo G in honor of the release of his latest album, Hall of Fame, last Friday night ended with the Chicago rapper in handcuffs in Miami and facing multiple charges. A local news report has offered additional details in connection to Polo's arrest from this past weekend.

According to WPLG Local 10 in Miami on Saturday (June 12), the outlet claims that based on a police affidavit they've obtained, Polo G's driver says the vehicle was pulled over for having dark-tinted windows on the car they were in.

The individuals in the car were taken into custody on the city's Biscayne Boulevard and SE 1st Street just before 1 a.m. on Saturday following a traffic stop due to the car's overly dark-tinted windows. Police reportedly asked the driver to roll down the windows, but the driver allegedly refused. A passenger in the vehicle was reportedly heard saying that they were unwilling to lower the windows because the car is bulletproof.

The report goes on to say that other passengers in the vehicle exited willingly, but Polo G, born Taurus Bartlett, had to be forced out of the car. Officers reportedly pulled the rapper out as he allegedly resisted, throwing punches and striking an officer with his elbow.

Polo allegedly told the police: "I will kill you, I swear I'll use these fists to beat the [expletive] out of you and knock your [expletive] out."

Meanwhile, an officer claims to have suffered "multiple injuries, an abrasion to the right upper forehead area, an abrasion to the right chin area and a swollen and slightly bruised cheek area."

Additionally, after police searched the vehicle that Polo was in, two guns were found in a black bag.

The 22-year-old artist was arrested and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami. He was hit with charges of resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and threatening a public servant. He was released later on Saturday after satisfying a $19,500 bond.

His 16-year-old brother was also reportedly taken into custody as well and has since been released.

The Miami Police Department revealed via social media over the weekend that an investigation had been launched into Polo G's arrest. The law enforcement agency says they're reviewing camera footage from the incident to ensure that police abided by the department's policies.

Polo G's mother and manager, Stacia Mac, spoke about the incident on her social media accounts, mobilizing her son's fans to contact the police department following his arrest. Mac affirmed that her younger son was taken into custody and officers would not reveal their locations. She also shared video footage from the scene via Instagram, which appears to show numerous police cars on the scene and dozens of officers. WPLG Local 10 reports nearly a dozen officers were on the scene.

After Polo bonded out Saturday night, he also hopped on Twitter to weigh in on the situation. "[One] of the officers told us they was on us since we got Off our Jet…..," he typed, suggesting that the police had been on his heels since he arrived in the city. "They playin foul in Miami & dat shit been like that for a minute."

XXL has reached out to the Miami-Dade Police Department for a comment on this matter.

Check out the news report in connection to Polo G's arrest below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author” title=”C. Vernon Coleman II”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: June 13, 2021Prince Williams, Getty Images

Lil Baby and Lil Durk's new joint album received a heroe's welcome from hip-hop music consumers last week and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

On Sunday (June 13), the top 10 of Billboard's album chart was announced, revealing Baby and Durk's The Voice of the Heroes joint LP premiered in the top spot with 150,000 equivalent album units moved. Of that total, 4,000 were comprised of pure album sales. The solid numbers make The Voice of the Heroes the second biggest rap debut of 2021, following J. Cole's first week sales of The Off-Season.

This is Lil Baby's second No. 1, following his triple platinum sophomore album, My Turn, which was released in 2020. This is his fifth top five entry following Harder Than Ever, No. 3 (2018), Street Gossip, No. 2 (2018) and Drip Harder with Gunna, No. 4 (2018). This is Durk's first No. 1 and fourth top five spot. Love Songs 4 the Streets 2, No. 4 (2019), Just Cause Y'all Waited 2, No. 2 (2020) and The Voice, No. 2 (2020) also scored big for the Chicago rapper.

Having the title of biggest record in the country comes as both Lil Baby and Lil Durk have been on a winning streak musically. "When it comes to that street shit, the streets is like, we the voices and the heroes of this shit," Lil Baby said about the album prior to its release. "You know what I'm saying? Kids look at us like heroes. I know they look at me like one and [Lil] Durk, too. That nigga been holding it down for a minute."

The accomplishment is bittersweet for Durk, who lost his brother OTF DThang to gun violence only a few days after the album was released.

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Other hip-hop artists in the top 10 of this week's Billboard 200 chart include J. Cole (The Off-Season, No. 4), MoneyBagg Yo (A Gangsta's Pain, No. 6) and The Weeknd (After Hours, No. 10).

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After an unusually long album hiatus, it appears Drake is looking to return to take over the summer of 2021.

On Saturday night (June 12), Drake made a guest appearance at Ultimate Rap League’s N.O.M.E. XI battle rap event to show support by putting down $50,000 for the winner. Following his stage appearance, Drizzy sat down for an interview on the live streaming app, Caffeine, with battle rap maven Nunu Nellz and battle rapper Tsu Surf, where Drake revealed his new Certified Lover Boy album will be dropping in the next few months.

Drizzy let the cat out of the bag while discussing the Murda Mook and Reed Dollaz match-up that is slated to go down at the Summer Madness event sometime at the end of the summer. Drake said he wanted to return to witness it in person. "I'll be there. My album will be out by then," Drake confirmed.

CLB was announced to be dropping in January. Drake later admitted he may get some push back from some people on the project. "They hated on views just like they will CLB but it's music to evolve to," he said last November.

At the end of January, he delayed the album's release, citing a number of reasons. "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 IG story. "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."

That is not to say Drizzy has kept his fans without new chune. In March, he dropped Scary Hours 2 tracks including "What's Next," "Lemon Pepper Freestyle" featuring frequent collaborator Rick Ross and "Wants and Needs" featuring Lil Baby.

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Kodak Black has his legal issues behind him and is now being honored by his hometown.

On Friday (June 11), Broward County (Fla.) Commissioner Dale Holness declared June 11 Kodak Black Day. The Pompano Beach, Fla. native was honored with the proclamation during a charity basketball game in Coral Springs, Fla.

During presentation of the honor, Holness lauded Kodak for his charitable works and accomplishments in the field of music, listing out a number of causes the "ZeZe" rapper has given his time and money to.

"Be it proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners in Broward County, Fla," Holness announced. "The board hereby designates Fri., June 11, 2021 as a day in Broward County, Fla. to encourage and support the philanthropic endeavors of Kodak Black."

The date also happens to be the rapper's birthday. In honor of his born day, Kodak released an EP the same day titled Happy Birthday Kodak. The four song effort features guest appearances from Yo Gotti, Jacquees, Lil Keed and Rylo Rodriguez. This was the second project he'd put out in less than a month, following Haitian Boy Kodak in May.

Kodak is hoping his good deeds will start to get noticed more than his run-in with the law. In January, he was freed from prison after his sentence was communicated by former president Donald Trump. He was serving a nearly four-year stint on a federal firearm charge. In April, he pleaded guilty to the assault of a teenage girl and was given probation.

See Kodak Black being honored with his own day in South Florida below.

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UPDATE:

The Miami Police Department have announced they are investigating Polo G's arrest to make sure proper protocols were followed. The announcement came via a tweet from the department's official Twitter account.

"The department has initiated a review of this incident, which will include an examination of all camera footage to ensure adherence to departmental policy and law," the post reads.

UPDATE:

A source tells XXL, the incident was sparked after the professional driver of the car Polo and his brother were in along with security cut off a police officer in traffic. The vehicle was then pulled over with officers immediately antagonizing the rapper and his teen brother, who were passengers and had nothing to do with the traffic violation.

"They won't let [his mother] speak to her minor son," the source tells XXL. "His mother is beyond upset. None of those charges can happen without police contact. Police had no initial reason for even being in contact with him."

ORIGINAL STORY:

Polo G was recently arrested in Miami following an album release party for his new LP, Hall of Fame.

The arrest took place early Saturday morning (June 12) as the rapper and his team were heading to an afterparty following the album release event on Friday night (June 11). Information on the arrest is scarce at this time, but Polo was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on charges of resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and threatening a public servant, according to Miami arrest records obtained by XXL. Polo, born Taurus Bartlett, is being held on a $19,500 bond and is currently still in custody as of press time.

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Polo's mother-manager Stacia Mac was vocal about the arrest on social media immediately following the incident. She shared video of what looked like dozens of police cars on the scene and angrily chastised the police for the incident. She also claimed her other 16-year-old son was taken into custody by authorities and said police refused to give her their locations. Later, she urged Polo fans to reach out to the police department.

It looks like her plea to fans worked. On Saturday morning, the Miami PD commented on the arrest on Twitter. "The Miami Police Department is aware of the incident involving Mr. Taurus Bartlett, also known as Polo G, and another male juvenile. We will provide updates as they become available," the post read.

"WHERE ARE MY SONS?! WHERE IS MY MINOR SON??! ANSWER THAT!!!" Mac responded. "None of these charges would be possible if the POLICE did not make contact with my son Polo G!!!" she added, claiming the arrest was sparked by an unjust stop by the police. "He was NOT the driver. He was a PASSENGER in a professionally licensed vehicle with security. He was moving smart and correctly. What more could he have done."

XXL has reached out to the Miami Police Department and Polo G's team for comment.

This story is developing.

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