href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: May 25, 2022Paras Griffin / Ethan Miller, Getty Images (2)

R&B singer Brandy has released a freestyle over Jack Harlow's "First Class" single where she appears to take some shots at the Generation Now rapper.

On Wednesday morning (May 25), Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning debuted a new track from Brandy titled "First Class (Freestyle)." The song features some not-so-subtle jabs that appear to be aimed at Jack Harlow. The platinum singer starts off the track by waxing poetic about her accomplishments before seemingly taking aim at Jack.

"That don't mean jack in the streets/Jack of all trades, now I'm here jacking for beats/Queen's cancelled but you can never cancel a queen," she spits.

Later on in the track, she appears to reference Jack again by way of his hit single "What's Poppin."

"Over 20 years and I am still a topic/A picture's worth a million now I'm feeling philanthropic," she rhymes. "43 and feeling like a kid with millions watching/popular but now I'm poppin' shit for those out of pocket."

The track comes two weeks after Jack Harlow appeared to inadvertently slight Brandy by admitting he didn't know that Brandy and Ray J were siblings. While being quizzed on Ebro Darden, Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg's Hot 97 radio show during a section called #WhiteIshWednesday, Jack failed to guess the right singer when the hosts played Brandy’s 1998 song “Angel in Disguise." After being given the hint that the correct answer is Ray J's sister, Jack gave the confused response, “Who’s Ray J’s sister?”

Brandy reacted to Jack's ignorance on Twitter with the foreshadowing tweet, "I will murk this dude in rap at 43 on his own beats and then sing is ass to sleep."

It looks like Ms. Norwood wasn't playing.

Listen to Brandy's "First Class (Freestyle)" below.

See 10 of the Shortest Beefs in Hip-HopBeefs within rap that ended quickly.Filed Under: brandy, Jack HarlowCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: May 25, 2022Prince Williams, Wireimage

Boosie BadAzz is trending after he made a homophobic post misidentifying the Texas elementary school shooter.

This morning (May 25), Boosie tweeted a photo that has been proven by fact checkers to not be 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. Authorities have identified the real Ramos as being responsible for killing at least 19 students and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday (May 24).

The photo that Boosie posted appears to feature an individual completely unrelated to the Texas tragedy. He captioned the post, "N u a was a fag," with a middle finger emoji. At the time of this article, the post has been up for over three hours and has over 9,000 likes on it.

Despite the person in the photo being almost immediately debunked as the shooter, Boosie isn't even the only verified account to spread the misleading information. Arizona Republican Paul Gosar also posted the misinformation in a since-deleted tweet with his own caption: "We know already fool. It's a transsexual leftist illegal alien named Salvatore Ramos. It's apparently your kind of trash."

If you've followed Boosie at all in recent years, you know this isn't his first time making a homophobic remark. He has gone after Lil Nas X multiple times in volatile homophobic rants. Before that last year, he went off on transgender swimmer Lia Thomas. He even went on a rant about Dwyane Wade’s child coming out as transgender. Mike Tyson actually later confronted Boosie about that moment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author”>Kemet HighPublished: May 25, 2022Paras Griffin / Alberto E. Rodriguez / Prince Williams, Getty Images (3)

The ghostwriting debate in hip-hop is always healthy. Some artists and fans alike think that having writing help discredits the overall product. On his 2015 track, "King Kunta," Kendrick Lamar scoffed at rappers for having co-creators. But even K-Dot’s OG Dr. Dre has summoned people to contribute their pen for his own songs. Tracks like Dre's “Still D.R.E.” was written by Jay-Z.

For decades now, talented creatives have worked behind the scenes to ensure the best result. Years ago, ghostwriters never came into the spotlight. These days, it's a bit different since many songwriters who have helped out other artists on a track are artists themselves. They've moved into the spotlight on their own accord, and information on artists they've written for comes out later on. Or they've been in the writing credits all along, but it's not disclosed what parts of the actual song they assisted with. So with their growing respect, it’s only right these writers, whether publicly known or in the cut, are awarded their flowers, too.

The Hotties know Pardison Fontaine for being Megan Thee Stallion’s boyfriend, but outside of the devoted fan base, Pardi is an established rapper himself and one of the current respected songwriters in the game. In addition to dropping his own album, Under8ed, in 2019, he’s given a helping hand to diamond-selling songs like Cardi B's “Bodak Yellow” and "I Like It," scored top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 by way of Kanye West’s “Yikes” and won a Grammy award last year for his work on Meg’s “Savage (Remix)” with Beyoncé.

Speaking of commercial success, the game’s top dog Drake has never really shied away from collaborating on lyrics. Everyone remembers when If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late dropped in 2015, and the ghostwriting fiasco that ensued in the months following. Meek Mill’s Twitter fingers are to thank for that. Quentin Miller got his shine as a result. And on that same project, OVO signee PARTYNEXTDOOR established himself as an esteemed writer, too, penning “Legend.” Later, he really flexed his muscle and crafted the six-times platinum-selling hit “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, also known as Pen Griffey himself.

Moreover, Ye signed one the most talented scribes in music when he picked up CyHi, formerly know as CyHi The Prynce, along the line. Cy, who's working on his own upcoming album, The Story Of EGOT, made his loudest roar when he gained writing credits on The Life of Pablo standouts “Father Stretch My Hands,” “Famous” and “Wolves.” Just a few years after that, it was revealed that he also helped Travis Scott pen some of his most successful project yet in Astroworld. The G.O.O.D. Music seed provided his artistry on tracks “Coffee Bean” and “Stargazing.”

These behind-the-scenes prophets have an undefeated pen game. Looking back at the last decade, check out the biggest hip-hop stars and their ghostwriters.

  • Quentin Miller

    After meeting through a mutual friend back in the mid-2010s, Quentin Miller got the chance to work on Drake’s pace-switching If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in 2015. Miller collaborated with Drizzy on the project standouts “Know Yourself,” “10 Bands,” “No Tellin” and the Lil Wayne-assisted “Used To.” Though he received writing credits for his lyrical additions, Meek Mill tried to expose Miller for being Drake’s ghostwriter in a classic Twitter rant. But even though it was done with the intention of throwing shade, Meek’s call-out also doubled as promotion and introduced Quentin’s name and talent to the world.

    Quentin Miller has since gone on record to say that he has ill feelings toward how that entire situation played out, but he’s also attributed his proven pen to tracks like Wiz Khalifa’s “Letterman," G-Eazy and Gunna’s “I Wanna Rock" plus Nas’ “The Pressure,” off of the Grammy-nominated King’s Disease II, in the ensuing years. On top of his own solo efforts, Miller has also secured features with acts like Gucci Mane, Hit-Boy and Spillage Village in recent times, further proving that he’s a go-to collaborator in the game of rap.

  • Pardison Fontaine

    Cardi B struck gold with her major-label debut single “Bodak Yellow” in 2017. When sorting through the writing credits on the diamond-selling track, the name Jordan Thorpe, also known as Pardison Fontaine, is visible and has been throughout her small, yet highly successful catalog. After that successful collab, Pardi was additionally tapped to contribute to her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, in 2018, writing on tracks like “I Like It” with J. Balvin and Bad Bunny, “Best Life” featuring Chance The Rapper and “I Do,” which has vocal contributions from SZA. Each track on the Grammy award-winning project is certified platinum or higher.

    That same year, Pardi assisted on Kanye West’s eighth studio album, Ye, for tracks “All Mine” with Ty Dolla $ign and Ant Clemons, “Wouldn’t Leave” featuring TY$ again and “Violent Crimes,” among others. Although he helped Ye on "Violent Crimes," Soaring even higher, Pardi went on to win another Grammy for his work on Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce’s hit “Savage (Remix).” He also contributed to the Lil Nas X-Bardi collabo “Rodeo” and “Wap” by Meg and Cardi, all released over the last couple of years. Furthermore, Pardi's track record includes legit smashes with over a dozen artists from G-Eazy to Ed Sheeran’s rap tracks. Talk about range.

  • CyHi

    Throughout the years, CyHi has solidified himself as Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music’s secret weapon. On top of his own solo career that touts him as one of the best lyricists in modern-day times, CyHi’s golden pen has reigned supreme on a number of classic rap efforts. Starting over a decade ago in 2010, CyHi both rapped and wrote on the G.O.O.D. Friday release “Christmas In Harlem” and the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy cut “So Appalled.” Later in 2012, he put in work on “The Morning,” from the home team's compilation Cruel Summer as he simultaneously established his position in hip-hop.

    Throughout the 2010s, he continued to make big-time contributions to a number of Yeezus tracks (including “Blood On The Leaves" and Bound 2”) before hitting an even bigger stride with his work on The Life of Pablo. On the joint, CyHi is credited with writing on four gems named “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1,” “Highlights,” “Ultralight Beam” and “Famous.” Elsewhere in the late 2010s, CyHi penned bars on Drake’s More Life track “Glow” and Kanye’s Ye records “All Mine” and “No Mistakes," plus more.

    Most notably, CyHi sent the internet into a frenzy once it was revealed that he helped pen multiple tracks on Travis Scott’s Grammy-nominated heat pack Astroworld, released in 2018. Songs like “Coffee Bean” and “Sicko Mode” serve as just two of the reference points in that regard. Ending the decade, Cy’s pen earned him a gospel Grammy for the lyrics he wrote on Jesus Is King by Kanye West, adding sauce to tracks like “Selah,” “On God” and “Everything We Need.” What a track record.

  • PARTYNEXTDOOR

    PARTYNEXTDOOR helped transcend the sound of contemporary R&B alongside The Weeknd in the early 2010s. But as a Flow God, his work in the hip-hop community should be held in the same high regard. The first project PARTY really established his footing on was Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in 2015. The OVO signee wrote on one of Drizzy’s best intros on “Legend” and worked on “Preach.” About a year later, he also helped his boss craft his best-selling album to date with Views, adding that good ol' PND pen to tracks like “With You” featuring Jeremih. Also in 2016, it's worth noting that PARTY began working with Rihanna, writing songs like “Sex With Me” and the dance classic “Work” with Drizzy.

    As he was steadily dropping a three-peat of undeniable solo projects, PARTY’s brand as a songwriter continued to flourish as the decade went on. Tapping back in with RiRi, PND went on to write DJ Khaled’s smash hit “Wild Thoughts” in 2017, which also featured Bryson Tiller. And leveling up even more, he’s also responsible for writing on “Shining” by Jay-Z and Beyoncé, which was also a strong-handed DJ Khaled album cut from that year. PND followed up by co-creating on both Drake and Kanye West’s 2018 albums Scorpion and Ye. For those who are unaware, PARTY helped string together lyrics on tracks like “Elevate” and “Ratchet Happy Birthday.” As well as “Ghost Town” and “Wouldn’t Leave" from the latter effort. Proving his versatility even more, PND also contributed to Jay Electronica's "The Blinding" with Travis Scott off of A Written Testimony in 2020. It's clear that PARTYNEXTDOOR's pen knows no bounds.

  • Nija Charles

    Njia Charles’ pen has been on fire nearly a decade. Her success in rap was sparked back in 2017, when she contributed lyrics to Kid Ink’s “F with U” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Once she got her foot in the door, she kicked it off the hinges. In 2018, she helped write platinum-selling tracks for Cardi B, including “Ring” with Kehlani and “I Do” with SZA. And earned a Grammy for her contribution to Invasion of Privacy, the project that those tracks were housed. Additionally, she pushed pen on Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s collaborative album, The Carters (“LoveHappy” and “Heard About Us”), Meek Mill’s Championships (“24/7" with Ella Mai, “Uptown Vibes” featuring Anuel AA and Fabolous, plus the Cardi B-featured “On Me”) and 21 Savage's I Am > I Was (“A&T” featuring the City Girls), among others.

    Having already proved herself, the following years were just as fruitful. Some of her biggest wins, and best believe that there are plenty, came when she co-wrote on Drake and Chris Brown’s party favorite “No Guidance,” Young Thug and Chris Brown’s joint mixtape, Slime & B, for songs like "She Bumped Her Head" featuring Gunna, Latto’s Queen of Da Souf (“Sex Lies” with Lil Baby) and Thugger’s chart-topping Slime Language 2 album, contributing to “No Surprise” featuring Don Toliver & B Slime. Reaching further in her catalog reveals that she’s written for DJ Khaled, BIA and Mustard. Her biggest win so far this year is the writing credits she received on Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa’s cross-genre song “Sweetest Pie.” If this tells you anything, it's that more is to be expected in the near future.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: May 25, 2022Nick Farrar

Train of Thought
Morray on "Still Here" featuring Cordae
Interview: Robby Seabrook III
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

“Just reminiscin’ ’bout the days a nigga needed whippings/The way I’m actin’ nowadays, a nigga really miss ’em/No real location, movin’ around, that’s how a nigga livin’/A rollin’ stone, I lay my hat down, well, you get the picture/Real words I’m tryna depict and some people would never get it/ Some people pretend to get it just to act like they can fit in/Playin’ the hell out these women, most women cheat on they man/ Just to find nobody’s better and expect for him to understand/I mean, it’s cool to be broke, I mean, it’s cool to be robbin’/Yeah, I sound dumb as a bitch, that’s what I’m hearin’ from y’all/I can’t be happy and gangsta, ’cause these niggas will test you/ Bring the problems to me, on Jesus/I promise you, I’ll bless you, yeah”

"No real location, movin’ around, that’s how a nigga livin’/A rollin’ stone, I lay my hat down, well, you get the picture.” How are you adjusting to fame and always having to travel to do shows, press or any other aspects of being a famous rapper?

It’s a huge adjustment. I used to be a small town dude. I ain’t never leave the city. For me to be like traveling and flying and driving and tour buses is very strenuous on my real family life. Like, seeing my kids and wanting to be around them a lot. It takes a lot to get used to because I really pride myself on being a good dad. So those days when I’m gone, it’s kind of a hurt piece. I’m doing what I need to do to make sure our life is good, but I could be missing a good moment in my kid’s life or my family life. It comes with the territory, so it’s a good thing and a bad thing, but I love it either way.

“Playin’ the hell out these women, most women cheat on they man/Just to find nobody’s better and expect for him to understand.” This isn’t really explored in rap. Is this something you wanted to just really point out?

It goes for men and women. A female would see a dude with money, fancy cars, clothes and jewelry, and she want to rock with that nigga because he got bread. But the man that’s working nine-to-five, that’s taking care of you, rubbing your feet and telling you, “I love you,” you will leave him because you think the grass is greener on the other side. It’s the same thing for niggas. You would do the same thing. A girl with a big butt and a body, you’d rather leave her for the woman you got. When it’s not even better on the other side. “I’m sorry” is the biggest scapegoat in the world. Everybody would go cheat, mess up, do something stupid, and come back and apologize.

That feeds into the very next line. “I can’t be happy and gangsta, ’cause these niggas will test you/Bring the problems to me, on Jesus/I promise you I’ll bless you, yeah.” You focus on showing that there’s a lot of joy in the hood. How does that coexist with rappers always feeling like they need to be tough?

So, the thing about it, if you really like that you should never have to save face. Morray is Morray. I’m going to laugh with you. I’m going to joke with you. I’m going to be your friend. We going to be cool. We can smoke, whatever it is. But once you cross me, we not cool. But if we never have to get there, ain’t got to get there. That’s what life is like in the hood. If you a hood nigga, you do hood nigga shit. You going to run into other hood niggas. But if you having a regular life, ain’t nobody going to bother you because you not into that life. You ain’t got to be a gangsta. You ain’t got to be a thug. Be a real nigga.

Read the cover story with Playboi Carti and check out the other interviews in the magazine with Fivio Foreign, Latto, DaBaby, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, Joey Bada$$Denzel Curry, Hit-Boy, Big K.R.I.T.RZA, Saba, Morray, Kali, Sleepy Hallow, Nardo WickATL Jacob, SSGKobe, Pink Sweat$, Saucy Santana, Jason Lee, Angie Randisi and Colby Turner in the new issue of XXL magazine, which is on newsstands now and in XXL's online shop.

See Playboi Carti’s XXL Magazine Spring 2022 Cover Story Exclusive PhotosFiled Under: Feature, Morray, XXL MagazineCategories: News, XXL Magazine


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Trae Tha Truth says he declined an invite to the White House in order to help victims of the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, N.Y.

On Wednesday (May 25), the philanthropic Texas rhymer hopped on Instagram in the wake of the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults. He revealed he recently turned down a huge opportunity in order to assist those affected by the deaths.

"I was invited to the White House today to meet with the president with the families of those who have been wrongfully murdered by police," Trae Tha Truth posted. "But the people of Buffalo, N.Y. are really in need as well as the families of the children murdered in Uvalde. So I will have to pass. I will be in the field with the people in need."

He captioned the post, "A Lot Of Families Need Us More Than Ever Right Now So I Will Be In The Field…. 🙏🏿💙."

Trae seems dedicated to helping out with the tragic shooting in his home state. Hours after news broke about the deadly shooting, Trae offered to assist in paying for funerals of those who lost their lives.

"Someone connect me to some fo the babies who lost they life today in Texas families, I would like to assist some of the funerals. This cold and weak as hell," he posted on Instagram.

Trae Tha Truth is no stranger to stepping up and helping out in tragic situations. In 2017, he assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. In 2019, he helped rescue people in Texas following flooding in the state.

The recent tragedy in Texas has dominated the headlines, with several hip-hop artists reacting to the news on social media.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author”>Kemet HighPublished: May 25, 2022Kirby Esquea

Show & Prove: Sleepy Hallow
Words: Kemet High
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

There’s a war on drill music going on. New York City’s new mayor Eric Adams publicly wagged his finger at the hip-hop subgenre, DJs have cut the violent records from their sets and NYPD’s hip-hop police—a task force dedicated to dealing with rappers—has been working overtime to fight what they think are potential dangers related to the music. But, one of the subgenres most notable flag-bearers, Brooklyn’s Sleepy Hallow isn’t tripping: “I ain’t worried. I make all types of music."

Over the last few years, mainstream rappers like Kanye West, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Migos have all hopped on the wave. “That’s how you know it’s lit,” Sleepy Hallow says. Yet the MC has surfed on a wave of his own. He’s expanded in the genre with a melody-driven approach that pairs nicely with his husky tone and usual lyrics about hitting more stains than a jug of Tide laundry detergent. The result has been songs like “Deep End Freestyle,” “Molly” and “2055,” which combined, have over 600 million Spotify streams, among a myriad of others that have added weight to his name.

Sleepy Hallow, born Tegan Joshua Anthony Chambers, came up as the son of two Jamaican parents in the Caribbean town of Mandeville. At the age of 5, Sleepy’s mother moved him, his sisters and his brother 1,600 miles to the gully neighborhood of East Flatbush in Brooklyn for “a better life.” Outside of playing basketball and football, a young Sleepy used hip-hop to escape his street surroundings. “It was really certain beats I heard that were just like, Nah, that’s fire,” he says. “[I would] put headphones on and go somewhere else-type shit.” He salutes rappers like Drake and Kendrick Lamar, plus R&B switch-hitters T-Pain and Chris Brown for having an impact on him.

At 14, Sleepy started putting his own pen to the pad and decided to try his hand at rapping.
“I ain’t even used to rap to nobody, nothing,” he tells. “I used to write my shit and rap to myself.” Sleepy recorded his first track, “Nightmare,” at age 17 in a childhood friend’s living room studio with Sheff G—a rival-turned-friend and now frequent collaborator. Sleepy then uploaded his debut record to SoundCloud.

The ghostly track was equipped with bars about sending bullets through the bubble coats of his enemies. “Ruger waist-deep, run up on ’em, we gon’ send heat/Call it Elm Street, no Freddy Krueger, but you can’t sleep,” Sleepy spat over a staticky drill beat.

With a positive response online, Sleepy’s recordings started to hit different after that track and the aspiring hip-hop star saw money signs. He chin-checked his shyness, formally adopted the name Sleepy Hallow—the title he went by in the streets—and started hitting the studio regularly with the bros. “You can’t be scared to rap, nigga, if you wanna be a rapper,” he told himself.

Tracks like 2017’s “Panic” with Sheff G and Double G were released and began heating up in the Big Apple, putting Sleepy in the mix of Brooklyn’s then-brewing drill scene. But in 2018, Sheff and Sleepy caught fire with “Flows,” a track accurately named for the wavy flair they brought forth in an otherwise rigid subgenre. “Niggas would say that our shit was different from everybody else’s shit,” Sleepy recounts. “That was motivation.”

Sleepy and Sheff’s friends and soon-to-be business partners, Jeremy “Jerm” Soto and Karel “White” Jorge took note of that and introduced them to New Jersey-bred producer Great John in 2018. John ran point on crafting an unprecedented sound that separated the artists from the rest of the drill scene. “Dudes came in the studio and I’m like, These niggas is rough, boy,” Great John says. “You could just see their aura. Sleepy was really quiet. Sheff was always wildin’.”

The trio eventually cracked the formula and laid down the piano-ruling “Automatic,” sparking a long, fruitful relationship that would change their lives. “The sound wasn’t as intricate as the other drill that I was hearing,” Great John adds about finding their sauce. “But it created enough space for the vocal and it would still bang. Then we just took it from there and started going different places with the sound.”

In 2019, a 19-year-old Sleepy unloaded his debut “come-up tape” Still Sleep?, produced entirely by Great John. That same year, Sleepy, Sheff, Jerm and White founded record label Winners Circle, also home to now rising rhymer Eli Fross. “We just wanted our own label,” Sleepy explains. “We figured that was the best way to go about it.” They partnered with RCA Records the following year after Winners Circle’s former Empire distribution deal.

Now with the backing of a major label, Sleepy’s music continues to stick like cold grits. 2020’s Sleepy Hallow Presents: Sleepy For President housed “Deep End Freestyle” featuring Fousheé, a platinum-selling record with the same eeriness of his song “Tip Toe.” “Deep End Freestyle” now has upwards of 200 million Spotify streams. The project also includes “Molly,” a track Sleepy maintains is his best collab with Sheff.

Sleepy’s debut album, Still Sleep?, came out in 2021 and was led by the introspective “2055.” The platinum track, with Coi Leray on the official remix, has gained over 300 million spins on Spotify. “That shit takes you somewhere else,” Sleepy says. “I had a feeling it was going to be what it was.”

Now in his best form, Sleepy is cooking up his sophomore album, slated for release this fall. “New flows, new vibes, all types of shit,” he explains. Great John will be on the beat, among other producers.

Sleepy and Sheff, one of Brooklyn’s finest pairings, also have a collab in the tuck that was being readied until Sheff received a two-year prison bid last November. “It’s still coming though,” Sleepy affirms. “We got some shit in the vault.”

With plenty of ammo in the chamber, Sleepy is poised to continue etching his name into New York City’s golden rap lineage in the same standout fashion of his predecessors. In the meantime, you can catch him in the air where the stars lay.

Sky’s the limit.

Read the cover story with Playboi Carti and check out the other interviews in the magazine with Fivio Foreign, Latto, DaBaby, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, Joey Bada$$Denzel Curry, Hit-Boy, Big K.R.I.T.RZA, Saba, Morray, Kali, Sleepy Hallow, Nardo WickATL Jacob, SSGKobe, Pink Sweat$, Saucy Santana, Jason Lee, Angie Randisi and Colby Turner in the new issue of XXL magazine, which is on newsstands now and in XXL's online shop.

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A massing shooting at an elementary school in Texas took the lives of 21 people and hip-hop is speaking out in the aftermath.

On Tuesday (May 24), an 18-year-old gunman who has been identified as Salvador Ramos, opened fired on students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two adults, according to CNN. The shooter, who reportedly murdered his grandmother prior to terrorizing the school, barricaded himself in his home and was killed by responding officers. The tragic incident, which is the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, has the hip-hop industry chiming in.

"18 kids tho? SMH.. Protect the youth ," Fivio Foreign tweeted on Wednesday (May 25).

DJ Khaled echoed the Brooklyn, N.Y. rapper's sentiment. "We must protect the kids at all times!" the We The Best head honcho posted. "The young world should be safe always in school and safe any where no Matter what . we have to come together to make sure our kids is always safe ! SENDING PRAYERS TO THE KIDS AND FAMILIES IN TEXAS."

Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the press about the incident on Tuesday afternoon prior to the final body count being confirmed.

“The shooter was Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old male who resided in Uvalde," Abbott said. "It is believed that he abandoned his vehicle and entered into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun. And he may have also had a rifle, but that is not yet confirmed. According to my most recent report, he shot and killed horrifically incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher. Mr. Ramos, the shooter, he is a he himself is deceased, and is believed that responding officers killed him.”

The tragedy has brought up another conversation about gun laws in the United States.

See more people in the hip-hop community reacting to the mass shooting tragedy in Uvalde, Texas below.

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Kanye West's campaign committee for his 2020 presidential run is claiming it was a victim of fraud.

On Tuesday (May 24), Kanye West's campaign sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission admitting that money had been unlawfully taken from the campaign's bank account. The thief, who is not affiliated with the campaign, lifted $3,999 in total. The funds were allegedly used by the unnamed larcener to pay off credit card bills. West's campaign claims the thefts happened on three occasions in late 2021 and earlier this year.

"It has been determined that the disbursement for $1474 on 12/9/21, $1280 on 2/8/22 and $1245 on 2/22/22 was an external fraud situation," the letter, which was obtained by XXL, reads. "After investigating, it was determined that an individual not connected with the campaign accessed a campaign account to pay his own credit card."

In the letter, West's campaign alleged the money was not able to be recovered.  "The bank was unable to reverse the transactions at issue due to the way they were presented for payment," the letter continues.

Kanye West's failed 2020 presidential bid has come under fire from multiple angles. During the leadup to the race, Ye was removed from ballots in multiple states after thousands invalid signatures were discovered. As a result, voter fraud allegations were discussed. West only ended up tallying around 60,000 votes in the election.

Last March, the campaign was accused of accepting donations from minors and stiffing people on merch. Last December, it was reportedly uncovered that West's campaign was secretly run by Republicans with an agenda to get Donald Trump re-elected.

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50 Cent is weighing in on the news that Jacksonville, Fla. rapper Ksoo's father is preparing to testify against both of his sons during their murder cases.

News broke on Tuesday (May 24), via local Jacksonville news station News4Jacks, that Abdul Robinson Sr. would be turning State's witness against his own sons, who have both been charged in separate murders. Ever one to comment on current events via his infamous Instagram page, 50 Cent reacted to the shocking news. Fif posted a screenshot of the father and son's side-by-side mugshots and commented on how odd and rare the situation is, adding in the caption, "Damn it Man, I seen it all now. you can’t trust nobody ‍♂️.

According to court documents obtained by XXL, Abdul Sr.'s attorneys notified his sons via court notice on Tuesday that he will be testifying against them in their upcoming trials. Ksoo is charged with the 2020 murder of Charles McCormick, a rival Jacksonville rapper.

Abdul Robinson Jr. has been charged in the shooting death of Damon Rothermel. Rothermel was killed by a stray bullet in 2019, the result of a gun battle between two vehicles. Abdul Sr. has been charged with being an accessory to both killings. As a result of his cooperation, Abdul Sr. has reportedly been transferred to St Johns County Jail, while both of his sons remain detained at the Duval County Jail.

Ksoo has also been indicted for another murder, the killing of Adrain "Bibby" Gainer in 2019. The situation has played out very publicly in raps songs, with Ksoo even naming his 2020 mixtape Bibby Out in a brazen reference to his alleged victim's death.

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Lil Uzi Vert is reacting to the backlash he received over a recent song snippet that fans are calling mid.

Uzi has put out solo music sparingly since the release of his 2020 Eternal Atake album, with some new content coming in the form of snippets he releases on social media. On Monday night (May 23), Uzi hopped on Twitter to react to the bad pub he was getting for his latest preview, which failed the smell test among LUV fans.

"They just tryna hear the real deal and I only let them hear the fake," Lil Uzi Vert wrote on Twitter. "I am stepping bad on this album and y’all ain’t hear nothin maybe alil but nothin Trust me."

When questioned if he was scared to release his forthcoming LP, Lil Uzi Vert shunned the thought. "Hell no I’m not scared," he posted. "I got that shit on god and I don’t even be saying on god nothin to talk about."

Finally, he concluded that his naysayers would jump back onboard once he starts putting out official releases. "Trust me you will be back they always come back," he added.

The snippet that had Lil Uzi Vert fans up in arms hit the internet early Monday morning. In the clip, the Generation Now artist raps in a syrupy flow over a trap beat. "I've been doin' this for so long, you can't compare me," he raps. "Sold my soul to the devil (Soul), you can't scare me/Travel slow underwater like I'm Gary (Like I'm Gary)/Nigga snitching like the Candace, where is Perry? (Where is perry?)"

Many people were not feeling the song and let it be known in the comments. This isn't the first time the Philadelphia artist has recently faced backlash for a new track. Back in February, fans weren't feeling a new Lil Uzi Vert leak that was being called “Just Went Rare.” Following the outcry, Uzi implied the song was a joke.

See Twitter backlash from Lil Uzi Vert's latest song snippet below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author”>Kemet HighPublished: May 24, 2022Brandon Nwanze/Boss Life Productions

Define Me
Interview: Kemet High
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

When it comes to the rap game, Saucy Santana, 28, has been stroking the bees’ nest. In the last two years, the Perry, Fla. native has unleashed five projects including Pretty Little Gangsta, Keep It Playa and more. All are threaded with his tortuous flow, racy lyrics and viral anthems that have boosted his buzz. Here, the rising rapper and established personality discusses five songs that have earned him the title of being next up.

“Walk Em Like a Dog”
That was my first song. And it did 1 million plays in one week. I wasn’t signed to nobody. I wasn’t known as a rapper or anything. Once I put that song out, everything changed… It was a song about things that I had experienced, things that I’ve seen my homegirls go through, [that] my mama go through. I think it just hit home for everybody.

“Material Girl”
That was my second song that I had ever recorded. I shot the video two days after I got shot in Miami. It’s just so crazy that now, with the power of TikTok, the song spun the block and it just went crazy. Me and my team always felt like “Material Girl” was a great song. I just think that with me coming out, I was ahead of my time, you know? My cadence with “Material Girl” was kinda fun. It was a different beat for me.

“Back It Up” featuring Light Skin Keisha
Meagan Good has a show called Harlem. They put “Back It Up” on the soundtrack of the show. So, my fans was going crazy. It was dope, though, for it to be 2022 and my song from two years ago is on the soundtrack to the TV show. It just goes to show you, you never know who’s watching or who’s paying attention.

“Here We Go”
We made up a dance [to it] and put it on TikTok and Instagram. It hit The Shade Room in like 10 minutes. Everybody started doing the dance and what made it go viral. Some more was people started to realize that the dance goes to every song. So, just having a fun record and having a big trend to go with it was definitely monumental for me.

“Shisha” with City Girls
A City Girls and Santana collab has always been highly anticipated. The City Girls are my babies. Those are my sisters. And shisha is a thing right now. I’m not going to no club without no hookah. I don’t want to go out to eat if it ain’t no hookah. I don’t want to have a meeting if it ain’t no hookah. Everybody does hookah and smoke they little vape pens. So, I just feel like that song was for the culture.

Read the cover story with Playboi Carti and check out the other interviews in the magazine with Fivio Foreign, Latto, DaBaby, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, Joey Bada$$Denzel Curry, Hit-Boy, Big K.R.I.T.RZA, Saba, Morray, Kali, Sleepy Hallow, Nardo WickATL Jacob, SSGKobe, Pink Sweat$, Saucy Santana, Jason Lee, Angie Randisi and Colby Turner in the new issue of XXL magazine, which is on newsstands now and in XXL's online shop.

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Does Big Sean belong on the Mount Rushmore of rappers from the 2010s? The debate is raging on via Twitter.

On Tuesday (May 24), Big Sean's name started trending on Twitter, the day after the account @TeamDreamville posted a photoshopped image of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J. Cole on Mount Rushmore, with question marks in place of the fourth person. "2010’s Hip Hop Mount Rushmore: Drake Kendrick Lamar J. Cole ??? Who’s the fourth?" the account posed?

The question of who deserved the fourth spot left many people pushing Big Sean's name to the forefront.

"See I’m putting Big Sean as the fourth. It’s crazy how y’all don’t respect that man smh…," one person tweeted.

"Damn Big Sean haven’t earned Yall respect?? Lol that’s crazy," someone else added to the conversation.

"Big Sean Easily," another person added.

While people had plenty of positive praise for Sean Don, also contributing to the trend were people who felt he should not be included in the four.

"Actually rancid how many people say big sean here, that dude is usually trash," one Twitter user posted. "If you’re solely concerned with popularity, probably Future. if you’re more about the art itself (me) Tyler dropped 5 albums in the 2010 including 2 undisputed classics in Flower Boy and IGOR."

The question of Big Sean's worthiness among rap's elite seems to be an annual occurrence. As far as stats go, Big Sean released four albums in the 2010s, with three going platinum and two debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The former G.O.O.D. Music rapper has at times had to toot his own horn. In 2017, Sean rebutted the notion that Kendrick Lamar murdered him on his own track, the infamous "Control."

"I put that work in. You not gon' disrespect me," Big Sean said at the time. "I'll hop on any track with anybody, and I will not only stand my own. You gon' know that it's my verse, and you gon' know that I'm in there."

See more Twitter users deliberating over whether Big Sean should be on Mount Rushmore below.

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Drake has seemingly responded to Pusha T's claim that the Virginia rapper had been banned from Canada.

On Sunday (May 22), OVO associate Chubbs posted a photo on Instagram of himself, Drake and an entourage of other individuals. He captioned the pic, "We Don’t Ban Niggaz We Welcome Them With Open Arms," followed by smiling devil and fingers crossed emojis.

Drake decided to chime in for himself. "Come on over," the OVO boss wrote in a comment along with a laughing emoji. While Drizzy or Chubbs never mentioned Push by name, it's quite obvious what they were referring to.

Drake appears to respond to Pusha T saying he had been banned from Canadachubbsview via Instagramloading…

As aforementioned, this came just over two weeks after Pusha T claimed on an episode of the Drink Champs podcast that he had been banned from the Great White North. “I’m banned from Canada. I can’t get back over there,” Push began, hesitantly. "I ain’t allowed to go back over there.”

"I went to my show [and] it was rowdy people at the show,” he later added. “I didn’t even get to the song. It got rowdy and I got on my way. It was cool.” The song he was referring to was his infamous Drizzy diss track "The Story of Adidon" where he exposed Drake having a child that the world didn't know about.

Later on in Pusha's Drink Champs interview, he said the beef with Drake was over as far as he is concerned. "There’s nothing for me to squash," he said. "I’ve done it all. I’m finished, I’m cool. Ain’t nothing for me to do."

Officially, however, the two rappers have never buried the hatchet man-to-man.

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Fat Joe thinks 6ix9ine's antics prove Tekashi has a death wish but the Brooklyn rapper-federal informant begs to differ.

Joey Crack was recently on an episode of battle rapper Math Hoffa's podcast, Expert Opinion, which aired on YouTube on Monday (May 23). During the literal barbershop conversation, Fat Joe called out 6ix9ine for being a fake and opined that the TattleTales rapper wants to die.

"This nigga's a sucka. He's a pussy. A sucka. A bitch," Fat Joe described 6ix9ine at the 17-second mark of the video. "This dude here. This type of shit this nigga doing, I'm convinced he want to die. I don't wish it on him or nothing like that, but I'm convinced, he's miserable, in his body. He can't look in the mirror."

Fat Joe interviewed 6ix9ine in February of 2018 and tried to warn the hot-headed rapper to slow down then. Tekashi didn't take heed and was arrested that November on racketeering and gun charges, eventually cooperating with the government to help take down the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang in order to get a lighter sentence.

"So now, the man snitch. Cool, do you, whatever," Fat Joe continued. "I don't like the taunting. I tried to tell him what happens [when I interviewed him]. I didn't know if he really did it. I didn't know what was going on. The crazy shit is when I talked to him in the interview, I talked to him off the air and he lied to me and told me, "Yo, this is just an image. I'm fronting," this this this and that. He told me that in front of Shotti and them niggas, they was standing right there with him."

Never one to let a slight slide, 6ix9ine reportedly responded to Fat Joe via TMZ on Monday night.

"Fat Joe is jealous of 69. 69 has done more in his young career than Fat Joe has ever done in his long career," Tekashi reportedly told the celebrity news outlet. "Fat Joe said I was miserable and want to die? Fat Joe is miserable and wants to die because Fat Joe doesn't have half of what 69 has in money and cars…Fat Joe said I'm not a gangster, it was all for promotion? That's fake news. What's his proof that I ever said that? There is no proof. He's lying."

If Fat Joe is to be believed, this wouldn't be the first time 6ix9ine has admitted to using antics and a persona to gain popularity. In April, 6ix9ine admitted the $2 million he flashed in a Instagram video was prop money. Previous to that, he told a judge he is actually flat broke and struggling to make ends meet.

See video of Fat Joe calling out 6ix9ine on the Expert Opinion podcast below.

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A former Wu-Tang Clan studio worker and close friend of Ghostface Killah will reportedly receive $7 million from the state of New York after being fully exonerated for a murder he spent 23 years in jail for.

Grant Williams, was convicted of a 1996 murder in Staten Island, N.Y. He spent 23 years in prison for the crime, which he maintained he did not do. He was paroled in 2019 and successfully got his conviction overturned last summer. He proceeded to file a lawsuit against the city over his wrongful conviction. The murder case was officially dropped on May 19. On Monday (May 23), The Associated Press reported Comptroller Brad Lander has agreed to pay Williams $7 million.

"I'm glad it's over now," said Ghostface Killah, who was on hand for the recent announcement of the case officially being dropped. "It's like a ton of bricks being lifted."

“This will assist him in going forward and trying to get back on his feet,” Williams’ attorney, Irving Cohen said.

Williams was accused of shooting and killing Shdell Lewis in a Staten Island, N.Y. housing project. He was convicted on shaky eyewitness descriptions, one of which claimed the shooter was short and stocky. Williams is tall and thin. The prosecution also used a Wu-Tang Clan baseball hat left at the scene as evidence. However, the cap was never tested for DNA. Williams' new lawyers were able to appeal his conviction by proving that no DNA evidence existed that tied their client to the crime. They also brought forth additional witnesses who said Williams was not the shooter.

Williams also reportedly settled another claim with the state for $5 million and may file a civil lawsuit against the New York Police Department.

XXL has reached out to the New York City Comptroller for comment.

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Prior to smacking Chris Rock on live television at the Oscars, Will Smith had a vision that he would lose everything during a trip on a psychotropic drug.

On Friday (May 20), My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With Dave Letterman debuted its fourth season on Netflix. One of the six episodes of the season features Will Smith, recorded pre-Chris Rock slap, recounting a horrible experience on a mind-altering drug.

"One of the experiences was the individual most hellish phycological experience in my life," Will said during the sit-down. “I drank, and it usually takes about 45 minutes to kick in. And I’m sitting there and you always feel like, ‘Maybe it won’t kick in this time.’ So I’m drinking and sitting there and then all of a sudden it’s like I start seeing all of my money flying away, and my house is flying away and my career is going away. And I'm, like, trying to grab at my money and my career and my whole life is getting destroyed."

While Will was trying to get his bearings during the trip, he said he heard a scary voice tell him, "This is what the fuck it is. This is what the fuck life is."

Later on in his vision, he heard his daughter Willow screaming out for help. “Then slowly, I stopped caring about my money, I just wanted to get to Willow,” he said. “I stopped caring about my house, I stopped caring about my career.”

Will said coming out of that experience changed him. "When I came out of it, I realized that anything that happens in my life, I can handle it," he told Letterman. "I can handle any person I lose, I can handle anything that goes wrong in my life, I can handle anything in my marriage. I can handle anything that this life has to offer me.”

Coincidentally, Will Smith has had to handle a lot in recent weeks, as a result of the fallout of him slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscar Awards in March for making a joke about Will's wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. While Will's career has not taken the catastrophic hit it did in his vision, he has faced some career repercussion due to the assault. The Film Academy has banned Will from attending any Oscar events for a decade. Two films set to star the actor have reportedly been put on hold since the slap.

Check out video of Will Smith explaining his trip to Dave Letterman below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/joeyech/” rel=”author”>Joey EchPublished: May 23, 2022Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Gunna's parents would have been forced to forfeit their homes if he were to violate the bond conditions that were presented by his attorney in court this week.

On Monday (May 23), Gunna had a bond hearing, where his lawyer proposed a number of bond conditions in the hopes a judge would free the "Pushin P" rapper until his trial. Gunna's attorney, Steve Sadow, has confirmed to XXL the various conditions that the Atlanta rapper would've had to adhere to, which include a $750,000 secured bond. In addition to having been placed under house arrest, accompanied by electronic monitoring, Gunna would've been subject to the forfeiture of three properties and allow prosecutors to record all of his phone calls. Also, his parents would've been forced to put their homes up for collateral, meaning if the rapper jumped bail, the government could seize his parents' houses.

As a result of the aforementioned bond hearing, Gunna was denied bail once again, when prosecutors accused him of holding a "command" role in the YSL organization. Now, Gunna's attorney can file a renewed motion for bond at a later date that has not yet been determined.

“The Court was obviously concerned about threats and intimidation of witnesses," Sadow told XXL. "We believe when the Court hears evidence, not just the words of the prosecutor, it will find that Sergio’s release on bond will not, directly or indirectly, pose a significant risk to witnesses. We look forward to having an evidentiary hearing on this as soon as the Court permits.”

Gunna and Young Thug are among 27 other YSL affiliates were indicted and accused of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and participation in criminal street gang activity, back on May 9. Young Thug was arrested following a raid on his home the same day the indictment came down. Gunna turned himself in to the Fulton County Sherrif's Office on May 10.

The indictment accuses YSL of being a criminal street gang formed in 2012 with Young Thug at the helm. The record label and its affiliates have been accused of carrying out multiple murders, armed robberies and other crimes associated with violence. While it has not been reported that either of the Atlanta rappers physically committed any murders themselves, Young Thug is accused of renting a SUV that was allegedly involved in the murder of Donovan Thomas Jr. back in January of 2015.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis claims the murder of Thomas was the spark that lit the fire between YSL and other street gangs, resulting in more than 50 murders and other violent crimes in AtlantaYoung Thug is also facing seven additional felonies as a result of a raid on his home on the day of his arrest.

Gunna's trial date has been set for Jan. 9, 2023.

XXL has reached out to Gunna's rep, his attorney and the Fulton County District Attorney for comment.

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UPDATE:

Gunna's attorney, Steve Sadow, has released a statement to XXL regarding the rapper's denied bond.

“The Court was obviously concerned about threats and intimidation of witnesses," the statement reads. "We believe when the Court hears evidence, not just the words of the prosecutor, it will find that Sergio’s release on bond will not, directly or indirectly, pose a significant risk to witnesses. We look forward to having an evidentiary hearing on this as soon as the Court permits.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

Gunna has been denied bond once again after prosecutors claim he holds a "command" role among YSL.

On Monday (May 23), Gunna, born Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, appeared in court in Fulton County, Ga. for a bond hearing. During the hearing, prosecutors spelled out why the rapper should remain behind bars until his trial. Prosecutors paint him as a key member in the YSL organization. The judge ultimately agreed and Gunna's trial date was also reportedly set for next year.

Journalist Jewel Wicker was present during the hearing and reported on the event via Twitter. "A judge denied bond for Gunna and set his trial date for Jan. 9, 2023," she posted. "Prosecutors allege YSL is a gang, not just a record label. They also alleged Gunna serves in a 'command' role."

In a follow-up tweet, she added, "Prosecutors said Gunna is a 'documented' gang member and that he and Williams 'direct their troops' to commit violent acts. The judge said his biggest concern was witness tampering. Gunna’s attorney can file a renewed motion for bond at a later date."

Both Young Thug and Gunna were denied bond following their arrests earlier this month. Last week, Thug's attorney filed an emergency motion to get him released on bond, claiming he was being housed in inhumane conditions in the Cobb County Jail in Georgia. Young Thug was also scheduled to have a bond hearing today that was reportedly postponed.

XXL has reached out to Gunna's rep, his attorney, Steve Sadow, and the Fulton County District Attorney for comment.

Gunna was among 27 other YSL affiliates including Young Thug who were indicted on May 9 and accused of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and participation in a criminal street gang activity. Thug was arrested on May 9 after a raid on his Buckhead home in Atlanta. Gunna turned himself in to authorities the following day.

The indictment claims YSL is a criminal street gang that was cofounded in 2012, by Young Thug. They are accused of being responsible for multiple murders as well as armed robberies and other violent crimes. Though neither rapper is said to have pulled the trigger in any fatal shootings, Young Thug is accused of renting a car that was used in the murder of Donovan Thomas Jr. in January of 2015. According to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the event was the catalyst for over 50 murders and violent crimes in the Atlanta areaYoung Thug was hit with seven additional felonies as a result of the raid on his home.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/joeyech/” rel=”author”>Joey EchPublished: May 23, 2022Paul Archuleta, Getty Images

Chris Brown has clapped back at a woman who claims that she was once kicked out of his presence for not being down for a random hook-up.

On Sunday (May 22), Chris Brown hit up his Instagram Story to let his 109 million followers know that a recent claim made by an unknown woman about him on the We in Miami podcast simply isn't true, according to Breezy.

In the aforementioned IG post, Chris Brown denied that he ever wanted to be intimate with the woman at all, despite her claims to the contrary.

"Shawty fried," wrote the "No Guidance" singer, accompanied by a clown face emoji. "These are the type females that I would never smash. Sounds like I wasn't interested so she had to settle for one of the homies."

Chris Brown's scathing response is the direct result of the woman explaining to the hosts of the podcast that one time, when she was allegedly hanging out with Brown, she was kicked out of the room based on her alleged unwillingness to get down and dirty with the Virginia-bred crooner.

When We in Miami host Slim Stunta brought up Chris Brown's sexual conquests in conversation, the woman explained that she's felt some type of way about Brown ever since he was allegedly very upfront with what he wanted from her, to say the least.

"I ain't gon' lie, I'm not cool with him," said the woman. "Like, I chilled with him once and he tried me, but he just kinda said, like, 'Bitch, if you ain't suckin’ or fuckin’, get the fuck out."

Continuing the conversation with the popular podcast hosts, the woman noted that she understands the reasoning behind artists like Chris Brown expecting to hook up when meeting fans. With that, however, she explained that she isn't the one to be passed around accordingly.

She continued: "I got a dude mentality so I feel them, and that's why I don't blame them. But it's like, if your homeboy is ugly, I'm sorry. I'm not going to take one for the team."

This isn't the first time in recent months that Chris Brown has taken a woman to task based on claims that are sexual in nature. Back in March of this year, he shared voice notes and text messages refuting another woman's claims after she accused the singer of rape and filed a $20 million lawsuit against him.

Watch the clip from the We in Miami podcast below. Fast-forward to the 0:06-mark to hear her tell her side of the story regarding Chris Brown.

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The first half of 2022 is almost over and the last several weeks have provided us with some big-name releases from artists like Pusha-T, Future, Jack Harlow and Kendrick Lamar. Hip-hop continues to apply pressure in the month of June.

Following a three-year solo album hiatus, Chris Brown is returning with a new LP on June 24 titled Breezy. The Virginia crooner has been rolling out the release since the top of the year, having already put out the singles "Iffy" and "WE (Warm Embrace)" in January and April, respectively. Chris has signified he will get back to his R&B roots on this album, his newest since the 2020 duet project with Young Thug, Slime & B.

"NOT GON LIE… It take a different type of LOVE mixed wit heartbreak for some of these songs on my album," he wrote on his Instagram Story in April. "So ahead of time…. THANK YOU." In promotion of the album, Chris will be hitting the road with Lil Baby on the One of Them Ones Tour. The 36-date tour kicks off on July 15 in Raleigh, N.C., making stops in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston and more, before closing out on Aug. 27 in Las Vegas.

Coming off the mega success of Beerbongs & Bentleys and Hollywood's Bleeding, Post Malone will try to outdo himself on album No. 4, Twelve Carat Toothache. Posty initially hoped to put out the album in 2020, but pushed back the release, presumably due to the pandemic. In April, Post Malone's manager Dre London revealed the project would be due out in May. The date has since been adjusted to June 3. A few weeks ago, Post released the single "Cooped Up" featuring Roddy Ricch, which the duo performed on Saturday Night Live.

Kevin Gates' new Khaza album arrives on June. 24. The Baton Rouge, La. rapper is back with the follow-up to his 2019 I'm Him LP. Khaza features 19 songs including the previously released singles "Big Lyfe" and "Bad for Me." The third studio album in Gates' discography, the former XXL Freshman shows his growth on the project without compromising his aggressive approach. Kevin Gates will also be embarking on a summer tour in promotion of the album. The Big Lyfe Tour starts in August and ends in October.

See more June 2022 new music releases from Joey Bada$$, Logic, Asian Doll and more below.

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Russell Simmons wants fans to watch what they eat. Recently, the former Def Jam Recordings founder said that KFC and Popeyes are “poisoning our people.”

To put it in context, on Saturday (May 21), Russell Simmons slid in the comment section of Hollywood Unlocked’s blog post about Kodak Black liking KFC over Popeyes’ fried chicken. The South Florida rapper tweeted his love for KFC on his Twitter account on Friday (May 20).

“I Like KFC Over Popeyes,” Yak wrote along with a person shrugging emoji. Someone operating KFC’s Twitter account saw Kodak’s tweet and replied, “So do we Yak." Kodak responded, "I'm Dead," along with a skull emoji and a cry-laughing emoji.

Back to the Hollywood Unlocked blog. Uncle Rush caught wind of their IG post featuring Kodak saying that he liked KFC over Popeyes and responded in the comment section. “Both arr poisoning our people,” he wrote with a crying face emoji. The rap mogul added, “Love kodak black” with a heart emoji. Swipe left below.

For those who don't know, Russell Simmons has been a devout vegan for 25 years. Since 1997, the 64-year-old executive has removed animal products from his diet and embarked on his journey of mediation and yogism. So, it shouldn’t be a shock that Uncle Rush is not a fan of people’s consumption of animals.

In the past, Russell has urged his fans to stay away from fast-food restaurants and consider veganism.

Currently, Russell Simmons meditates and offers commentary on his Instagram account. Check out one of his mediative sessions below.

See Your Favorite Rappers’ Favorite FoodsFiled Under: Kodak Black, Russell SimmonsCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 22, 2022Saturday Night Live via YouTube

Pete Davidson bid farewell to Saturday Night Live last night, but not before he delivered his final parody video. The comedian flipped Dr. Dre’s “Forgot About Dre” for his SNL farewell that featured a surprise appearance from Eminem.

After eight seasons, Pete Davidson made his final SNL appearance on Saturday (May 21) and paid tribute to his boss and show creator, Lorne Michaels, with his parody video called “Forgot About Lorne.” In the clip, Pete flips Dr. Dre’s 2000 track “Forgot About Dre” and runs down (and spoofs) some of Lorne’s achievements in television and film.

Near the end of the video, Eminem makes a surprise appearance and tells Pete to stop making parody videos.

“Pete, what are you doing man. It's another parody, it’s like another tribute or something?” asks the Detroit rhymer. “Yeah, it’s like the third one,” Pete responds.

“I would just stop. They all suck. Just please stop, it’s really bad,” Em candidly tells Pete.

But Pete, confused by Eminem’s critique, explains that he’s only doing them out of love for his music. “Honestly, we do these because we love you so much, Marshall,” he says. “They’re like a tribute.”

But Slim Shady is not having it. He points his finger at the SNL comedian and yells, “Pete, don’t fucking do it again.”

You can watch the clip below.

This was Pete’s fourth and final parody of an Eminem song while he was on SNL. The actor previously did a NFT parody video with Jack Harlow using Em’s song "Without Me"; a black-and-white visual using “My Name Is," and a parody video featuring Eminem called “Stu” in 2020. Watch them all below.

Farewell, Pete Davidson, and thanks for the parodies.

Check out Pete Davidson’s "Forgot About Lorne" parody video below. Fast-forward to the 2:20-mark to see Eminem’s cameo appearance.

See 50 Facts About EminemFiled Under: Eminem, pete davidson, Saturday Night LiveCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 21, 2022@lilpump via Instagram

Lil Pump’s shows tend to get wild and crazy. But at one concert, the Pumper brought a fan in a wheelchair onstage to rock out with him.

On Saturday (May 21), Lil Pump shared a video on his Instagram page, a video from his performance at the Metro Metro Festival in Montreal, Canada, on Friday (May 20). In the clip, the “Gucci Gang” rapper spotted athlete Woody Belfort (@woody_belfort on Instagram), who uses a wheelchair, in the crowd. Pump immediately calls him up to the stage.

It took a while, but eventually, Woody reaches the stage and is carefully placed in his wheelchair by handlers at the festival. Then Lil Pump launches into his anthem 2017 banger “D. Rose” and allows Belfort to do his thing. Amazingly, Woody does a backflip in his wheelchair and bench-pressed himself a few times while in his chair.

As one fan pointed out, it looked like Woody hit the crowd with the puppet dance to “D. Rose.” It was amazing. Check it out below.

This isn’t the first time Lil Pump brought a fan in a wheelchair up with him onstage. Back in December of 2017, the Miami rapper instructed the audience at a show in Utah to bring a fan named Cameron onto the stage. Once the wheelchair fan made it to the stage he raised his fist in the air. Then, on cue, Pump begins to perform "D. Rose" and Cameron is gyrating in his chair to the boisterous track.

There’s never a dull moment at a Lil Pump show. Check out Lil Pump and Woody Belfort rocking out to "D. Rose" below.

Read 10 Wild Stories That Took Place During Hip-Hop ToursFiled Under: Lil PumpCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 21, 2022Kevin Winter / Tim Mosenfelder / Bryan Steffy, Getty Images (3)

Azealia Banks is not afraid to run headlong into eyebrow-raising territory with her outrageous commentary. While on social media, the Harlem rapper appears to have suggested that Megan Thee Stallion faked getting shot and that it was a marketing ploy allegedly contrived by Jay-Z.

On Friday (May 20), Azealia Banks hopped on her Twitter account and blasted Megan Thee Stallion after fans discovered that Megan posted a photo of herself and Doja Cat at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards and cropped out actress Cara Delevingne, who was sitting in between them in the original picture. Offended by Megan’s alleged shade, Banks, who is a good friend of Cara, decided to drag the Houston rhymer and made some ridiculous claims in the process.

"And the fact that horse face wide back meg the fucking stallion who has no grace, couth, is in desperate need of a serious ethnic rhinoplasty has the nerve to try and shade Cara She needs a saddle on her back and a summer jumping hurdles in Ocala Florida before anyone gives…His hands of the ghetto and throws her to the streets where she belongs," Banks seethed in her Twitter rant. "What an angry, violent, aggressive and messy lesbian drunk. Fucking yuuuuuuuuckkkkkkkkkkkk. Cara is not your fashion bitch sis…You screamed protect black women then helped Popeyes sell surplus sweet heat sauce and fried chicken sandwiches."

Banks then dragged Jay-Z, who is the founder of Roc Nation, which manages Megan, into her long-winded rant.

"Jay-Z literally took one look at ur dumbass and switched out the Hennessy for his own brand of d’usee while u grieved the loss of your mom…even he knows that is all you are worth. Being a fucking desperate statistic easily swayed," she wrote. "Jay-Z’s female artist marketing tactics are so fucking played out. Drum up some domestic violence lie, garner public sympathy, strip the artist of her confidence, isolate them and use them as vehicles for whatever white think tank agenda ala mode It’s actually fucking pitiful."

"1501 [Certified Entertainment] had a better handle on her. The vintage Pam Grier vibe was hot. I also think bbymutha with a full on makeover would be a force to reckon with. Bbymutha is very very goood.. so is junglepussy," she continued.

When a fan asked Banks why does she feel that Megan needed plastic surgery, the Broke With Expensive Taste creator further disparaged the "Hot Girl Summer" artist.

"Rhino, buccal fat removal, gum & eyebrow lift, lipo on the arms, athletic leg definition," Banks tweeted. "She looks like brown alcohol, brown prostyl gel, fantasia ic spritz and and Waffle House margarine spread. Like a fried stripper with extremely forgettable music. She’s really a snore."

"I would be into some polished equestrian/horse racing aesthetics from her," she continued. "Jockey glamour. Jordache babe. Tight, taut, defined," Banks concluded. "The throw back flows are boring, face is too boxy, punchlines are watered down gangsta boo."

Banks threw a couple of more disparaging remarks at Megan in defense of her friend Cara, who was getting dragged by fans for being around Megan so much at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.

"Cara Delevingne is literally the least racist white woman I know," she tweeted. "She was clearly fangirling over doja who looked great in Schiaparelli btw, and trying to help Meg work that small train from in between her ass crack. Totally weird smear campaign happening with Cara rn."

"Cara never had to lie about being shot and conflate the very real death of Breonna Taylor into an agenda to garner sympathy during an election year," she continued. "That SNL performance with the glass bullet holes was tasteless, careless and opportunistic. Bad acting on the gayle clips."

"I’ve been thru LOADS of shit, but never desperate enough to have a marketing team try and use a tragic national event to market me as the black girl tragic mascot," she added. "Im just not into the meg the stallion pity party/divisive press release shit anymore."

"If you’re going to sell sex, then fucking sell sex," Banks concluded. "And sell it well. Booze, anger, lying, fried chicken – are not sexy. If you’re gonna sell pity then do that, believably. I just don’t believe anything is real or worth the time there. Just dumb pr games."

One thing’s for sure, Azealia Banks is not afraid to say what’s on her mind.

See 12 Rappers Who Have Deleted Their Social Media AccountsFiled Under: Azealia Banks, Jay-Z, Megan Thee StallionCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: May 20, 2022Prince Williams, Getty Images

A Lil Keed vigil planned to take place in his hometown of Forest Park, Ga. has been nixed after city officials reportedly denied the permit request due to safety concerns.

On Thursday (May 19), local news station Fox5 Atlanta reported that the vigil slated to take place at Starr Park on Tuesday (May 24) has to be relocated after city officials blocked Keed's family's attempt to obtain a permit, citing safety issues including the upcoming primary election.

Forest Park, Ga. officials release a statement on Thursday spelling out their reasoning for denying the event.

"Like so many others throughout metro Atlanta and communities across the nation, the City of Forest Park was saddened to hear about the recent passing of local hometown entertainer Raqhid Jevon Render, also known as Lil Keed. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to his family, friends and all those who have been impacted by this unfortunate loss," the statement starts.

"Despite recent reports in the media and in light of several upcoming events — including next week's very important general primary election — the city has decided not to issue a special permit for a vigil to be held at Starr Park on Tuesday, May 24," it continues. "Officers from the Forest Park Police Department will be taking extra precautions next week to block streets and parking to Starr Park in an effort to help ensure public safety in our community. Extra patrols at all city parks and public recreation areas will also be taking place, as well, to address elevated security measures.

It concludes, "Although this may be a difficult time for a great number [of] individuals, the city is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents and businesses. It is our sincere hope that the life of Mr. Render will be celebrated peacefully by all those who wish to remember him and his legacy."

As previously reported, Lil Keed died in Los Angeles on May 14. The news was first reported by Keed's brother, rapper Lil Gotit, on Instagram and later confirmed by his record label 300 Entertainment, who released the following statement in the wake of Keed's passing: “Lil Keed was not only an incredible talent but a devoted father, brother, and son," the statement reads. "We are deeply saddened by this unexpected loss as Keed's courage, humor, and dedication to his family and craft will be unexplainably missed. Over the years, Keed has made an indescribable impact on the culture and his community. His essence will forever be woven throughout the fabric that is Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment. Our prayers are with his family, friends, and fans.”

Lil Keed's cause of death remains a mystery, as medical examiners are still working on a conclusive autopsy report. It is speculated that Keed suffered from kidney failure.

XXL has reached out to Lil Keed's reps for comment.

See Rappers We’ve Lost in 2021Sadly, several rappers passed away in 2021.Filed Under: Lil KeedCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: May 20, 2022Scott Dudelson, 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 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 Dreezy and Hit-Boy ("Sliders" featuring Future), Maxo Kream ("Jigga Dame"), Jacquees ("Say Yea") and more. See you next week.

  • “Sliders”Dreezy and Hit-Boy featuring Future
  • “Jigga Dame”Maxo Kream
  • “Say Yea”Jacquees
  • “Emperor Of The Universe”BabyTron
  • “Spending Spree”Babyface Ray featuring Veeze
  • “Hotel Lobby”Quavo and Takeoff
  • “Rocky Road”Moneybagg Yo featuring Kodak Black
  • “Body”Kid Kenn
  • “Back In My City”Suigeneris
  • “Game Time”Boldy James and Real Bad Man
  • “Autoboto”Lupe Fiasco
  • “Mufasa”OMB Peezy featuring G Herbo
  • “Be This Way”Luh Kel

These Rappers Haven’t Dropped an Album in A While and We’re Still WaitingFiled Under: Babyface Ray, BabyTron, Bangers, boldy james, Dreezy, Future, G Herbo, Hit-Boy, Jacquees, kidd kenn, Kodak Black, Luh Kel, Lupe Fiasco, Maxo Kream, MoneyBagg Yo, OMB Peezy, Quavo, real bad man, Suigeneris, Takeoff, The List, VeezeCategories: New Music


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: May 20, 2022Joel Auerbach / Prince Williams, Getty Images (2)

Kodak Black is calling out Boosie BadAzz for taking Yak's idea to put on an adult prom.

On Thursday night (May 19), Kodak hopped on Instagram to share a message directed at Boosie, who recently announced he will be putting on an adult prom in Atlanta in July at Clark Atlanta University.

“Ayo, Boosie. You know you my dirty, ya heard? I fuck with you," Kodak starts in the video. "But that ain’t gangsta, homie, if you don’t throw that prom shit with me, homie."

Yak went on to insinuate that Boosie BadAzz might have gotten the idea from him and ran with it.

"You already on a nigga drip, ’cause I was ’bout to throw the prom shit, homie," Kodak continued. "I was already doing that prom shit. You know the gangsta got set back a little piece. Had to get back on my feet type shit. But now I'm lit."

Kodak Black says he's been reaching out to Boosie about the event but not getting a response from the BooPac rapper.

“Since you’ve been talking about it, I’ve been letting yo ass know in private, and you ain’t saying nothing ’bout it," Kodak added. "So, this is why I’m doing it on some commercial shit, like all on the Gram, on TV right now. This is why I’m putting this thing on TV right now, ’cause you ain’t saying nothing. I’m letting you know now, bruh, that ain’t gangsta."

He concluded, "It's only right you do that like that. That ain't gangsta. I ain’t saying you ain’t gangsta. I’m saying that ain’t gangsta, fam."

Boosie BadAzz has been promoting his adult prom event, which is a part of his Boosie BadAzz ATL Weekend, heavily on Instagram. Earlier this week, he posted a video inviting dozens of industry couples to show up and show out.

Kodak Black missed his own high school prom in 2015 because he was incarcerated. He attended the following year with plans to arrive to the event on a horse.

See Kodak Black calling out Boosie due to the adult prom event below.

See 10 of the Shortest Beefs in Hip-HopBeefs within rap that ended quickly.Filed Under: Boosie Badass, Kodak BlackCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: May 20, 2022Juan Ocampo, Getty Images

J.Cole is once again living out his hoop dreams. This time, the North Carolina rapper has signed to play professional basketball in Canada.

On Thursday night (May 19), The Athletic journalist Shams Charania broke the news on Twitter that J. Cole will be taking his talents to the Canadian Elite Basketball League for the upcoming season.

"Sources: J. Cole is signing contract with the Scarborough Shooting Stars (@sss_cebl) in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, the rap star's second consecutive year playing professionally," Charania's tweet reads. "CEBL training camp began this week, with season opener on May 26."

Ibrahim Hamad, J. Cole's manager, also confirmed the news via a tweet. When asked if the rumor of Cole returning to the hardwood was official, he responded, "I mean it’s not rumors it was an official report but to answer your question, Yes."

This is the rapper's second consecutive year playing professional basketball. In 2021, J. Cole signed a contract with Basketball Africa League's Rwanda Patriots BBC for their inaugural season.  The move happened the same week as Cole released his most recent album The Off-Season and drew some criticism.

"I think there's a negative and a positive [to J. Cole playing for the BAL]," former University of Maryland player Terrell Stoglin told ESPN at the time. "The negative part of it is I think he took someone's job that deserves it."

J. Cole completed his contract after only playing in three games. He reportedly posted five points, three assists and five rebounds in those three contests before returning home.

See 11 Rappers You Might Not Know Had Signed Record Deals With Professional AthletesFiled Under: J. ColeCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: May 20, 2022TMZ

Speculation about the possible breakup of the Migos has been running rampant and Quavo is remaining mum on the situation.

On Thursday afternoon (May 19), just hours after news broke that trouble was afoot among the Atlanta-based group, TMZ caught up with the Georgia rapper outside Los Angeles International Airport. When asked the status of the group, Quavo simply didn't answer the question. When pressed to give fans an update, Quavo contemplated his answer for several seconds but could only muster, "Uh, nah."

When asked if he was going solo, Quavo promoted his new single with Takeoff titled "Hotel Lobby," which was released today (May 20). He refused to give any more details on the reported beef that is going on between group members.

As previously reported, on Thursday, red flags went up for Migos fans when it was noticed that Offset unfollowed Takeoff and Quavo on Instagram. The strange but obviously purposeful act was observed around the same time it was announced that Quavo and Takeoff would be dropping music as a duo called Unc & Phew. It is unclear if this is what caused the protentional rift among the trio.

All three members have been silent on the topic since news broke that there may be issues. Quavo's Instagram bio still reads, "HUNCHO 1/3rd Of Greatest Group In The World MIGOS." While Offset's Twitter information still lists him as "OFFSET 1/3 OF @MIGOS GREATEST GROUP ALIVE."

XXL has reached out to the Migos' camp for comment.

Check out the awkward video of Quavo refusing to give an update on the status of the Migos below.

See 10 of the Shortest Beefs in Hip-HopBeefs within rap that ended quickly.Filed Under: Migos, Offset, Quavo, TakeoffCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/joeyech/” rel=”author”>Joey EchPublished: May 20, 2022Dreezy Sound Inc. / Empire / Real Bad Man Records / Gnarcotic Records / Create Music Group

As another week comes to a close, new music releases are rolling in. This time, a Chicago spitter drops an LP in collaboration with one of the hottest producers in the game, a Detroit MC and a Cali producer team up for their second joint effort and an Atlanta rapper drops an album packed with guest appearances and more.

After announcing that she was cooking up some new heat via Twitter back in March, Dreezy drops her third album, HitGirl, and she doesn't do it alone. In fact, she enlisted the services of Hit-Boy, arguably the most sought-after producer in the rap game, to provide beats for the entire release. The 10-track album is led by two previously released singles, "They Not Ready" and "Balance My Lows," which features a guest appearance from 2021 XXL Freshman Coi Leray. The visual for "They Not Ready" was released at the tail-end of March and finds Hit-Boy in what appears to be a science lab bringing new life to the Chicago rhymer. Dreezy's HitGirl also features Future, Jeremih and Ink.

On the heels of Real Bad Boldy, their first project together back in 2020, Boldy James and producer Real Bad Man join forces once again for the release of their new collaborative album, Killing Nothing. While the album does include a few tracks that were originally meant to appear on the duo's first project, Killing Nothing boasts a much different sound compared to its predecessor.

The 13-track LP finds the duo teaming up with Stove God Cooks, Rome Streetz, Crimeapple and Knowledge The Pirate. However, Real Bad Man says that Killing Nothing contains fewer features this time around by design. In an Instagram post promoting the album, Real Bad Man explained that he and Boldy James wanted to make sure the Detroit MC's bars were able to shine front and center. Killing Nothing is led by "All the Way Out" and "Open Door" featuring Stove God Cooks and Rome Streetz.

Atlanta rapper Lil Gnar is back with Die Bout It, a new LP that includes bars from many notable artists. After promoting the album to his more than 952,000 Instagram followers over the past month, the Atlanta-bred rapper hit up IG again on Wednesday (May 18) to unveil Die Bout It's 18-song tracklist. With the LP being led by two singles, "No Switches," featuring Tory Lanez and "My Bruddas" featuring Yung Bans, other guest appearances include Trippie Redd, Lil Uzi Vert, Chief Keef, Ski Mask The Slump God, Yak Gotti and the late Lil Keed.

Check out all the new projects this week below, including other new releases from Buckshot, Marlon Craft, Payroll Giovanni, Stunna 4 Vegas and more.

  • HitGirlDreezyDreezy Sound Inc. / EmpireDreezy Sound Inc. / Empireloading…
  • Killing NothingBoldy James and Real Bad ManReal Bad Man Records Real Bad Man Records loading…
  • Die Bout ItLil GnarGnarcotic Records / Create Music GroupGnarcotic Records / Create Music Grouploading…
  • While We’re HereMarlon CraftHomecourt LLCHomecourt LLCloading…
  • I Am the BossBuckshotDuck Down Music, Inc.Duck Down Music, Inc.loading…
  • Back 2 the Ba$icsPayroll GiovanniBYLUG EntertainmentBYLUG Entertainmentloading…
  • Face (Deluxe Edition)Babyface RayWavy Gang / EmpireWavy Gang / Empireloading…
  • EntitledHodgyPortrait Portrait loading…
  • Mama’s Man EPKey! OppositionOppositionloading…
  • This One Is on MeDub AuraFMM Music GroupFMM Music Grouploading…
  • Rae Rae’s SonStunna 4 VegasBillion Dollar Baby Entertainment / Interscope RecordsBillion Dollar Baby Entertainment / Interscope Recordsloading…
  • Justin Credible Presents: LaRussellJustin Credible and LaRussellGood CompanyGood Companyloading…
  • MP On the MP: The Beat Tape Vol. 3Marco PoloSpaghetti Bender Music, LLCSpaghetti Bender Music, LLCloading…
  • 7220 (Reloaded) Lil DurkAlamo Records / Sony Music EntertainmentAlamo Records / Sony Music Entertainmentloading…

See Every Hip-Hop Song Certified Diamond in Music HistoryFiled Under: Babyface Ray, Bangers, boldy james, Buckshot, Dreezy, dub aura, Hit-Boy, Hodgy, key, LaRussell, Lil Durk, Lil Gnar, Marco Polo, Payroll Giovanni, real bad man, Stunna 4 VegasCategories: Music, New Music, News