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The road to a success can be a long, winding one, but as Massachusetts-bred rapper Millyz knows, once things begin to look up, the journey starts to make sense. Hailing from the state's Cambridge area—the home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—the then-aspiring rhymer was was just 14 years old when he started to jump into local rap battles and cyphers.

He started recording in the studio at 15, and dropped his first mixtape, Whiteboy Like Me, in 2009. The rhymer leaned into the white rapper label head on. Millyz is a street rapper through and through, rattling off punchlines and connecting thoughts about his time on the block clearly. He's also versatile, rapping over traditional hip-hop beats and the more modern trap sound.

Millyz dropped his first album, Future Memories, in 2013, which is the same year he met Jadakiss, an early supporter who became a close friend of his. Jada jumped onto the remix of Millyz's song "The Plug," in 2013. The initial track was already buzzing around New England, and the remix kicked off their musical relationship. A few years later in 2016, Millyz showcased his lyrical skills in the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher. Lucky for him, the MC got his shot i the cypher because one of the scheduled rappers missed the shoot. His appearance on the awards show, in which he rapped about race relations, police brutality and more, led into his radio freestyle run that took him to spit bars for the likes of Statik Selektah, Funk Flex and Sway, among others.

By 2018, Millyz kicked off his Blanco album series; by 2020's Blanco 3, he was starting to gain real traction on YouTube and at shows, amassing views and selling tickets at a rate higher than ever. With both videos for 2020's "Himalayas" and "Heightened Senses" featuring Jim Jones crossing a million views, a first for the rising artist, things were beginning to change.

This year, his collab EP, Pablo & Blanco, with Dave East arrived in May, shortly before Millyz's new album, Blanco IV, further bolstered his career. The new LP dropped on Aug. 20, and landed at the No. 93 spot on  the Billboard 200 chart, a huge moment for a rapper who was giving out his own mixtapes back in 2009. The tracks from the album that are currently picking up momentum are "Emotions" with G Herbo and "Hopeless" featuring Jadakiss, both with videos that have crossed the million-views mark in under a month.

Nowhere near his finish line, Millyz speaks to XXL via phone for this week's edition of The Break.

Age: "30-something!"

Hometown: Cambridge, Mass.

I grew up listening to: "All the East Coast thorough shit, from Biggie Smalls to Mobb Deep, Hov, Nas, Dipset, D-Block, The Lox, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Boosie, Project Pat, like a plethora of artists. All rappers I feel are high-level rap."

My style’s been compared to: "I haven't had too many style comparisons. I'm unique in that way, but I do get a lot of people lately that have been saying I sound like Drake, and they say it in a negative way. I see it on the different blogs, in the comments, people be like, 'He got Drake's same voice,' 'He took Drake's voice,' which I don't personally hear, but I'd be lying if I said I don't see a lot of those comments. And they do it to certain songs. They say that about the one with me and Herbo ['Emotions'], they say that about my song 'Himalayas,' even on my L.A. Leakers freestyle!"

I’m going to blow up because: "I go back to just seeing everything go up. Everything's up across the board, and I was just in a meeting where I was telling my man, 'This is the first year where I got the money validation from rap.' I started working on this since 2008, but this year, I made more money than all of them years combined. So, I feel like that was also God showing me, 'You wasn't crazy, bro, all these years.' I can really say rap is my profession, for real, at a high level. That's what's letting me know I'm going in the right direction."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "'Talking To Strangers' off the Blanco II album, that's one of the most honest, incredible, displays of lyricism that I feel came out in the last 10 years in rap music, period. That record is it. I encourage anyone to go listen to 'Talking To Strangers.' That's a pure record. I think I just wasn't as big at the time, so I can't say that they slept on that record, they was just sleeping on me as a whole. But even to now, I got a record on my new album [Blanco IV] called 'American Bully,' and that kinda came out and went under the radar, but we just seen Gillie in Philly, and now that shit is viral, like more than 2 million views on Facebook and Instagram."

My standout records to date have been: "'Hopeless' featuring Jadakiss and 'Emotions' featuring G Herbo. By the numbers, those are my first millions. Besides that, 'R.L.S.,' real life shit. That dropped at the height of the pandemic, and that touched a lot of people's souls. Those my big three right there."

My standout moments to date have been: "Making it on Billboard, you know, because that's a culmination of a lot of moments. That moment means a lot of other moments had to happen, but having top 100 album for sure. The day I did the interview, that same day, i got the call from [Dave] East, that he was in Bogota, and he was like, 'Yo, I'm thinking about going to Medellin. Let's shoot our video [for a song off Pablo & Blanco] out there." Literally walking out of XXL, he's like, 'Yo, I'm going there tomorrow.'

"So, I had to figure it out right there, and I got on the plane that next morning, and I got to Medellin and we shot the video that night. All under 24 hours, and that was my first million [views]. Even that day, being in XXL, that was the start of the gettin' poppin' journey."

Most people don’t know: "I'm a big R&B fan, like Boyz II Men fan. That definitely came from my childhood, and that's like a bond me and my mom would share. Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, all of those R&B groups. I really came up knowing every single ad-lib, singing them songs, and I feel like those songs kinda contributed to how I write music. They got something in their song structure. They make the song really climax at the height of the song around the third verse. So, they write up, and I try to write up. I like my bars to keep getting crazier and crazier towards the end of the 16 or 24, or the end of the record."

I’m going to be the next: "Artist that really lives in the hearts and souls of the American public, and the public worldwide. I'm a versatile artist. I'm one of the most versatile artists on God's green Earth. I rap at a high level, I sing, could make a flawless transition from boom-bap beats to trap beats. I spill my soul every time I step in the vocal booth."

Follow Millyz on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"Emotions" featuring G Herbo

"Hopeless" featuring Jadakiss

"American Bully"

Blanco IV

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It appears that Wack 100 is planning to send the unreleased Kim Kardashian and Ray J sex tape to Kanye West after all.

On Tuesday (Sept. 21), Wack jumped on his Instagram page and shared an image of Kanye at one of his Donda album listening events, rocking a Donda vest with his head completely covered in a black mask.

Although Wack doesn’t mention Kanye by name, he did promise to send this never-before-seen Kim K sex tape to him. “Great convo my word is good I’ll get it right to you bro like I said I would. I appreciate ya call good hearing from ya,” he wrote in the caption.

Wack had the internet going nuts last week when he revealed on The Bootleg Kev Podcast that he had a second sex tape featuring Kim K and Ray J that no one has seen before.

"All I know is this, Kanye West, holla at me, bro," he said on the episode, which aired last Wednesday (Sept. 15). "We got part two on the laptop, ain't never been seen. We'd love for you to have it. It would be a great personal private NFT."

The hip-hop manager added that the tape is even more explicit than the original tape that leaked in 2002, which became the biggest celebrity viral moment of that year. “[It’s] graphic and better than the first one," Wack shared. "Me personally, I would never give it to anybody but Kanye, ’cause that's the mother of his children."

After the news broke, Kim Kardashian’s attorney Marty Singer lashed out at Wack 100 and insisted there is no sex tape to speak of and that Wack is only clout chasing.

"The claim that there is an unreleased sex tape is unequivocally false," Singer told TMZ. "It is unfortunate that people make these statements to try and get their 15 minutes of fame."

Meanwhile, Ray J is not happy about what Wack is doing but appears to be staying out of the fray.

"This ain’t cool – I been staying off the Raydar," he wrote in an Instagram post about the situation. "Just staying focused and being humble and thankful for all the blessings I’m receiving. Ray then added, "I’m a father now and my job is to be a great parent and put them first. This is not the message I want to send out – smh."

Though Kanye and Kim reportedly divorced earlier this year, they appear to be cordial with each other. Recently, Kim recently appeared onstage during Kanye's Donda listening event at Chicago’s Solider Stadium, which sparked rumors that the former power couple may be trying to reconcile.

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Nicki Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, have been hit with hefty claims from Petty's alleged rape victim, who filed a lawsuit last month, accusing the couple of harassment, intimidation and several other charges.

Jennifer Hough made an appearance on daytime talk show, The Real, this morning (Sept. 22), and has revealed that not only was she harassed, but her life was also threatened by an associate of Nicki and her husband. Petty was charged with first-degree rape in 1994 after Hough informed police that he raped her in a home in Jamaica, Queens after holding her at knifepoint near a bus stop.

"With them sending people to negotiate numbers as far as money is concerned with family members," the victim explained when asked how she was tormented by the couple. "And Nicki was the one who personally reached out to me in regards to helping her—helping them—in this situation. And then the threats that I received because I kept saying 'No' to every offer, to every suggestion. The last incident was when one of their associates put $20,000 on my lap and I still kept saying 'No.' The last message I received was that I should've taken the money ’cause they're gonna use that money to put on my head."

Hough, accompanied on the program with her attorney, Tyrone Blackburn—the legal counsel for several of T.I. and Tiny Harris' sexual assault accusers—also opened up about why she has chosen to speak up after being silent for many years.

"I'm tired of being afraid," she told the show's cohosts. "I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation have put me in a different type of fear at my age now. And it was wrong. And I don't wanna be afraid anymore. So, the only way to not be afraid is to continue to speak up."

Jennifer Hough also shared the harrowing details of her sexual assault.

"It was Sept. 16 of 1994," she recounted. "It was a Friday morning, I was on my way to school, high school. I seen ’em at a bus stop and I didn't think anything of it other than, 'There goes Kenny across the street.' And he asked me where I was going, I said I was going to school. I asked him where he was going, he said he was going to school, too. I might've said something like, 'Yeah, right.' And I turned away from him to look for…we had dollar vans back then. So, I was looking for the bus or the dollar van and before you know it, he was grabbing a hold of my jacket."

Hough continued: "I felt something in my back, so I assumed it was a gun. And I started walking. And I'm pleading with him the whole way. I'm tryna understand what does he want and we get in front of this house that might've been the second or third house from the corner and he kinda reaches behind me with his foot to push the door open. And [he] pushes me up the steps, we walk [up] the steps and now, I'm crying. ’Cause now I'm inside. We walk up the steps and I'm continuously pleading with him. I'm asking, 'What do you want?' And like, 'If you just want me to chill here with you, I will.'"

Petty's alleged victim also shared: "And then he said I knew what he wanted. He pushed me down on the bed, we wrestled for my clothes ’cause all I could do was hold my pants as tight as I can. I don't know why it didn't dawn on me to really fight. I just held onto my pants and he'd hold my arms down. He squeezed the sides of my stomach so hard and so I'd let go and as soon as I'd let go, he'd grab my pants. It was like a tug of war. After a while, I just got tired. I just felt, maybe if he'd hurry up, I could just hurry up and leave. After he got off top of me, he stood in the mirror [and] he'd beat his chest. And he'd say, 'I'm the man. I'm the man.' And so I'm asking him, 'Please let me go. I won't tell nobody.'"

Hough added: "He went to light a cigarette and I thought, maybe…I seen a roll of toilet paper on the dresser. I thought maybe if I light the cigarette, I could get the match to set the toilet paper on fire. And it went out. I squirted his contact cleaner in his face and he was like, 'Thank you for wiping my face.' And at that time, I just seen this big plastic bottle, almost like the bleach bottle. And I just took it and swung it at him with all my might. And when he went to get duck, I pushed him and he fell between the beds. And I just ran and I kept running and before I knew it I was in front of my school."

When asked by The Real's Garcelle Beauvais, "When it was announced that Kenneth Perry was marrying Nicki Minaj what was your first thought about that news?," Hough replied, "I was so afraid of being found out. I was so afraid of being known as the person he violated and I didn’t want that, it’s Nicki Minaj."

Nicki and Petty got married in October of 2019.

Hough also told that she spoke to Nicki in March of last year, saying, "She called me and she said that she got word that I was willing to help them out in a situation. I didn’t understand what she was referring to. She offered to fly me and my family to L.A. She um…I turned it down. I told her woman to woman this really happened and I [haven’t] spoken to her since."

Kenneth Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in connection to the sexual assault on Jennifer Hough back in 1995. Hough says she was convinced by her family to inform the judge in the case that she wanted to drop the charges out of fear for her family's safety and later relocated from New York City following the incident. However, the District Attorney reportedly reassured her that she had nothing to worry about pertaining to the case.

Hough added that Nicki and Petty had associates harass herself, her daughter and family members—some she isn't even in touch with– to get her to recant her statement about the rape case.

Kenneth Petty, who was 16 years old at the time of the attempted rape, served four years behind bars and was ordered to register as a sex offender in New York City.

In February of 2020, Petty was indicted after failing to register as sex offender in California, where he resides with his wife. He turned himself in a week later, was released on a $20,000 bail and properly registered with the state of California. The couple had moved to the state one year prior.

Last month, Petty struck a plea deal in the case where he pleaded guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender in the case.

Shortly after Petty agreed to the deal with the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, Hough's lawsuit was filed, accusing him and Nicki of direct and indirect harassment, presumably to prevent the victim from speaking on the rape case.

XXL has reached out to a rep for Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty's attorney for a comment.

Check out Jennifer Hough's interview on The Real below.

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On Cam'ron's 2000 track, “Losin' Weight,” he shares some knowledge imparted on him by his uncle: “You can’t get paid in a Earth this big?/You worthless kid, nigga don't deserve to live.” While the statement on face value is harsh and a bit problematic, the sentiment is understood. There are countless ways for a person to get their bag up.

Rappers have been bragging about getting major bread for years, but the monetary machismo is at an all-time high. The chains are gaudier. The grills are glitterier. The money stacks on Instagram are leaning like the Tower of Pisa. Money talk in songs is almost inescapable, even from the more conservative artists. But how are these artists getting these bags, according to them?

Show money is one way rhymes have been cashing in big time, with some numbers being eye-popping. Feature money from a song collab is an additional way for big artists to garner a substantial sack. DSPs have also afforded rappers the opportunity to stack big bank even without the help of a major label. More and more of hip-hop's stars are starting to invest in companies, using their pull and brand to rack up paper by the stacks. Cryptocurrency is another way MCs have been known to turn disposable income into phonebook stacks of cash being flashed on the ’Gram. Other lyrical beasts are obscure about their money flipping tactics. The endorsement life is pretty good, too. Just ask Travis Scott.

With rappers in 2021 finding unique ways to make their money double, and rapping about it, XXL highlights the best ways they school you on how to stack paper. Legally, of course.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: September 21, 2021Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office

JayDaYoungan was recently arrested in his home state of Louisiana on an accessory to murder charge.

A rep for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed to XXL on Tuesday (Sept. 21) that the rapper, born Javorius Tykies Scott, was arrested and booked on charges of Accessory to Second-Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice. The warrant for JayDaYoungan's arrest was in connection to a homicide in August of 2020 that reportedly took place at a trail ride in Roseland, La., which is within the state's Tangipahoa Parish.

Specifics into the rapper's role in the crime are unclear.

According to The Advocate on Monday (Sept. 20), Jay was taken into custody on Sept. 16 and housed at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite City, La.

The 23-year-old rhymer had a bond set for $175,000—a property bond of $80,600 and a
commercial bond of $94,300—and was released from custody on Monday (Sept. 20).

According to a report from WAFB6, JayDaYoungan was somehow involved in a violent drive-by shooting on Aug. 8, 2020 around 7:30 p.m. between local rival gangs. News outlet Fox 8 has identified the gangs as La Familia and Purple City Boys.

Apparently, two gunmen—22-year-old Laqontre Turner of Tickfaw, La. and 19-year-old Arman Burnett Jr of Hammond, La.—opened fire at the trail ride, shooting and killing an innocent bystander, Zion Hutcherson, a 21-year-old mother of one from Baton Rouge, La. Hundreds of people were supposedly gathered at the same area when the shots rang off.

Turner was reportedly on the run and hiding out in areas in Louisiana and Texas before he was taken into custody.

JayDaYoungan has had a number of run-ins within the law with the last couple of years. Last April, he was arrested in Senoia, Ga. with his girlfriend Jordan Brooks on drugs and firearm charges.

Months prior, in February of 2020, the 23 Is Back artist was arrested in Houston following a domestic abuse warrant being issued after he was accused of hitting a woman. JayDaYoungan was charged with assault on a pregnant person. The Bogalusa, La. rapper was found by police hiding in an attic.

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

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XXXTentacion and Lil Peep are being sued by a singer-songwriter who claims the two late artists copied his song for their 2018 posthumous joint song "Falling Down."

According to documents obtained by XXL, Richard Jaden Hoff, formerly known as K.R.I.O., filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the late rhymers, claiming that a guitar riff from his song "Under My Breath" was sampled by production team Invisible Men or IIVI (producers Jason Pebworth, George Astasio and Jon Shave) as well as Mike WiLL Made-It and John Cunningham, who are all named as producers on the track "Falling Down." Cunningham is XXXTentacion's longtime producer and friend.

Hoff claims that on June 13, 2018, he posted his song "Under My Breath" on SoundCloud and three months later, on Sept.19, 2018, "Falling Down" was released and the alleged sampled guitar riff was featured on the track. Hoff claims his guitar riff was sped up, filtered, looped and equalized, but the riff still sounds similar despite it being altered.

The lawsuit states that "Falling Down" was a commercial success garnering 21 million views on YouTube and 20 million plays on Spotify as well as a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also appeared on Lil Peep's second studio album, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2. Additionally, the single also reached gold status in November of 2018.

Strangely, in the lawsuit, Hoff mentions XXXTentacion and Lil Peep as if they are still alive, claiming defendants are receiving royalties for the song without contacting him and stating they live in California. Interestingly, Hoff is not suing the rappers’ estates.

Hoff is seeking an injunction on the song and monetary damages for the infringement as permitted by law. He also wants the defendants to cover his legal fees. Richard Hoff is represented by W. Christian Krankemann of Krankemann Law offices.

XXL has reached out to Lil Peep’s team, XXXTentacion's team and the attorney for Richard Hoff for comment.

Listen to Lil Peep and XXXTentacion's "Falling Down" and K.R.I.O.'s "Under My Breath" below to compare them for yourself.

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Eminem surprised fans with the unannounced release of Music to Be Murdered By – Side B last January, and now people are speculating that he might pull another unheralded album drop next month.

Based on what appears to be some social media digging done on an Eminem Reddit account, supporters of the Detroit-bred rapper are pointing to hints that could back the idea that Em might actually be delivering an LP, possibly Marshall Mathers LP III, on Oct. 1.

Em's frequent collaborator, Fredwreck, posted an image of the rhymer's childhood home on his Instagram story recently, which was the artwork for the second installment of Eminem's Marshall Mathers series.

Fredwreck also reportedly posted a picture of a building with an address number of 1001 on his IG Story as well, the Reddit thread claims.

Others seem to think that because the sequel to the film Venom, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, is dropping on Oct. 1, Em could be dropping new music as well since he penned a track for the initial movie, which appeared on his Kamikaze album. The movie's original release date was on Oct. 15, but the date apparently changed with no real explanation, according to Vulture earlier this month.

Speculation went further when Mozzy's manager, DaveO, tweeted that the Sacramento, Calif. artist had been in the studio with Eminem and Polo G. Mozzy dropped his album, Untreated Trauma, on Sept. 17, and the teased collab doesn't appear on the release.

Skylar Grey, who has worked with Em often and is featured on one of his biggest hits "Love the Way You Lie," also hinted at something happening on Oct. 1 via Instagram last night (Sept. 20).

She captioned an image of herself and said, "This month has been hellish… but I see the light at the end… can’t wait for October 1st… mark your calendar."

A post was also shared on Reddit, indicating that there will be an Aftermath Records takeover in the fourth quarter of the year, which begins on Oct. 1.

Eminem's Shady Records artists Grip and Boogie were also spotted in the studio together recently, and the image was shared on Em's IG.

Now again, these are mere speculations and 2+2 very well might not come out to be four in this case. However, the chatter is growing and could materialize, but either way, Eminem fans will have to wait until next Friday (Oct. 1) to find out.

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Machine Gun Kelly has offered some context for the diss he appears to have recently made towards heavy metal band Slipknot while performing at Riot Festival in Chicago this past weekend.

Shortly after video footage began to go viral today (Sept. 20) of MGK's shade towards the rock group, who was on the bill for the same festival on Sunday (Sept. 19), the Ohio-bred rapper explained via Twitter where the comments stemmed from.

"Corey did a verse for a song on tickets to my downfall album, it was fucking terrible, so i didn’t use it," he typed, referring to Slipknot's vocalist Corey Taylor's almost presumed appearance on MGK's rock album, Ticket to My Downfall. "He got mad about it, and talked shit to a magazine about the same album he was almost on. Yalls stories are all off. Just admit he’s bitter."

As previously reported, while on the festival stage in Chi-Town yesterday, MGK told the crowd, "Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a fuckin' weird mask on a fucking stage, talkin' shit. So anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reese’s Pieces?" Kelly lamented just before performing his record, "Jawbreaker," which appears on his 2020 rock effort.

The interview in question that Machine Gun Kelly was alluding to in his tweet is likely the conversation Taylor had on Loudwire’s Cutter’s Rockcast podcast in February of this year.

"The [young artists] that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that's been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new—even though it's completely derivative,” Taylor explained at the time. "You know the band they're ripping off—they're not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they're ripping off one band. But the younger generation picks them up and says, 'This is our blah blah blah,' because they're tired of old people telling them that the music that came before them was better. And I don't know who's right, but I know both are wrong, because we should be encouraging everything."

The rocker added that he isn't moved by artists who pivot from different genres and later delve into rock.

This is MGK's second dispute in the last week or so, however, this situation didn't get physical. Last weekend, the rhymer nearly came to blows with UFC boxer Conor McGregor on the red carpet at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Machine Gun Kelly is getting dragged on social media by Slipknot fans following his comments about the metal band at Riot Fest over the weekend.

According to a report on Loudwire, published on Monday (Sept. 20), MGK was performing on the fourth and final day of the 2021 Riot Fest in Chicago on Sunday (Sept. 19) when he threw Slipknot under the bus.

Before performing his song “Jawbreaker,” MGK appeared to have dissed the rock band. “Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50 years old wearing a fuckin' weird mask on a fucking stage, talkin' shit,” he told the crowd. “So anyway, what’s everyone’s favorite candy? Reese’s Pieces?”

Machine Gun Kelly’s vitriol towards Slipknot may be related to an interview the band’s frontman, Corey Taylor, did earlier this year, where he took aim at MGK without mentioning his name.

"The [young artists] that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that's been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new — even though it's completely derivative,” Taylor told Loudwire’s Cutter’s Rockcast back in February. "You know the band they're ripping off — they're not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they're ripping off one band. But the younger generation picks them up and says, 'This is our blah blah blah,' because they're tired of old people telling them that the music that came before them was better. And I don't know who's right, but I know both are wrong, because we should be encouraging everything."

Taylor added that he’s not impressed with some of today’s rock artists, particularly those who were previously in another genre and then decided to jumped into the rock realm.

"I'm just as bad. I'm the worst old fogey dude shaking his cane ever. And I hate everything," he said. "I hate all new rock for the most part. I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock — and I think he knows who he is. But that's another story."

Slipknot fans weren’t happy with MGK’s criticisms of the band and started dragging the 31-year-old rap-rocker. Several people believe that his defeat in his infamous rap beef against Eminem back in 2018 was the reason why MGK went into the rock genre.

"Someone said mgk got bodied by eminem so bad that he had to switch genres," wrote one fan.

Another user typed, "MGK is the biggest joke of a musician literally ever Face with tears of joy dudes music sucks so bad he has to resort to starting beef to get some spotlight. Man tried Rap – got ended by Eminem, now he’s dissing Corey Taylor. Like, bro, what other genres are you trying to dip ya toes in?Face with tears of joy Pathetic."

Others are hoping that Slipknot and Eminem would team up and release a diss track against MGK.

"So does this mean we’ll get an #Eminem and #Slipknot collab for an MGK diss track? Face with tears of joyFace with tears of joyFace with tears of joyFace with tears of joy they’re about to make him leave another genre, get ready for Country Kelly Face with tears of joyFace with tears of joy," tweeted one person.

"Corey Taylor and Eminem should release a diss track about MGK since both of them has had to put up with his shit and because Corey has always wanted to do a collab with Eminem," said another fan.

Last week, MGK got into a tussle with UFC fighter Conor McGregor at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. Afterwards, McGregor called him a "vanilla boy rapper."

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You can’t always believe the hype. Despite the fact that stans put everything up on a pedestal, flawless track records in reality are figments of our human imagination. Even the greatest at whatever profession has some speed bumps in their careers with the rating “disappointment” spray painted over them. Rappers are no different.

The number three Chance The Rapper used to wear on his hat could also represent the standout projects he’s netted between 10 Day, Acid Rap and the Grammy award-winning Coloring Book—Surf is fire, too, but much less of a pillar. The Chicago rapper was scorching hot with those drops and followed them with his wedding-themed album, The Big Day in 2019. As noted by many fans, he seemed to take a step back with his lyrics and subject matter on this one.

Veterans aren’t exempt from taking blows either. Back in 2010, about 15 years after Lil Wayne started rapping, he made his rock music debut with his Rebirth LP. Around that same time he introduced his protégés Nicki Minaj and Drake, who are now arguably G.O.A.T.s in their own way, but Weezy's own G.O.A.T. status took a hit when fans slammed his decision to experiment with another genre. Looking back, Wayne was ahead of his time.

There are plenty of other rappers who similarly dropped the ball in the eyes of their fans. From 50 Cent's Animal Ambition to Kanye West's Ye and more, XXL takes a look back at hip-hop albums that didn’t live up to the hype. Check them out below.

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The conversation surrounding celebrities and their hygiene doesn't appear to be ending very soon. Paul Wall is the latest celeb, but presumably the first rapper, to come forward and reveal non-regular shower habits.

During a conversation on Houston's 97.9 The Box radio show, the Texas-bred rhymer explained that he doesn't shower daily nor does he wear deodorant, but he did offer some details as to why.

He said: "We got an inside joke…We always joke about how I'm on the road and they'll be like, 'Man, you need to take a shower.' Nah, it ain't Saturday. It ain't Sunday. I take a shower once a month. Nah, it ain't that bad. You know, baby ain't gonna handle that. My wife is not gon' handle that. She's not gon' have me walking about the house, stankin'."

When asked to specify how often he showers, Paul Wall told the radio show co-hosts "every few days," emphasizing that it's likely more than every two days.

"I ain't gon' lie, I don't wear deodorant though," Paul continued. "On mommas. I used to, but when I stopped…It's something you gotta get out your system. But when I stopped wearing deodorant, I stopped getting as funky when I sweat. I don't know if it's just a hormone thing."

The veteran rapper also noted that he's the only one in his household who goes the natural hygiene route as his kids and wife both use deodorant.

"I will say this, though," he said. "If I meet somebody and I'm like, 'Hey, how you doing?' And you give somebody a hug, or a half-hug, and they stank and it rubs off on me, that is contagious ’cause I'll be smelling like roses and then it's like, 'Wait a minute.' I'll change shirts and I'm still funky."

On why he stopped wearing deodorant altogether, Paul Wall expounded: "I started hearing things about aluminum in deodorant and other things like that. And it be so hard when you try to go to the store and find deodorant and it might not have aluminum, ammonium, but it might have all these other things. And it's like, how do I know what's good and what's not?"

He later said his decision was fueled by the paranoia he felt from the numerous unfamiliar ingredients in the product.

Actor Ashton Kutcher and his wife, actress Mila Kunis, sparked the conversation earlier this summer while on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast. The couple shared that they only wash their main body parts daily, and their kids are bathed "if you can see the dirt on them."

Shower talk aside, Paul Wall is still cranking out new music. His most recent album, Hall of Fame Hustler, dropped on Sept. 10. He also released Slab Talk last June.

Check out the conversation about Paul Wall showering every few days below.

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Daz Dillinger is mourning the loss of one of his dogs, whom he claims was shot and killed by the police.

Yesterday (Sept. 18), the Dogg Pound MC shared the sad news with his fans on Instagram. He posted two photos of the late rottwieler. The first shows him standing in a patch of grass. In the second photo, the dog appears to be lifeless with blood coming out of his mouth. "POLICE 👮‍♀️SHOT MY DOGG 9-17-21," Daz captioned the pictures, confirming the event happened last Friday. "IM SO SAD BUT HE WAS TRAIN TO DO WHAT HE DO 🌹RIP🌹to 🐶 JUICEMAN SHAKUR aka 2 PAC 🐶GOOD BOY JUICE ILL MISS U 🙏🏿"

The situation surrounding the dog's death is unclear. XXL has reached out to Daz for comment.

2021 has been a difficult year for the Long Beach, Calif. rap veteran. Back in February, his mother passed away at the age of 73. He shared news of her tragic death on social media. "THIS MORNING MY MOM DIED 12/29/1947 -2/20/21 ON HER SISTER ANNETTE BIRTHDAY HER BIG SISTER CAME TO GET HER & WENT HOME TO THE LORD AFTER SHE GAVE ME A KISS THIS MORNING. Im so sad," Daz captioned a photo of his beloved mom on Instagram.

Music wise, Daz has stayed busy. He and partner in rhyme Kurupt are currently prepping their first full length group album in over a decade, DPG 4 Life. This year, the group has put out the singles, "Nice and Slow" featuring Snoop Dogg and Shon Lawon, "Bottom Bitch" featuring Tenah Nassar, "We Rollin'" featuring Kaydence and "Lets Roll." Daz is also prepping a new solo album that is slated to drop in 2022. He recently released the new single, "Lowrider," off the forthcoming LP.

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Producer London on Da Track's mother, Cheryl Mack, was reportedly called on by prosecutors to testify against R. Kelly in the singer's ongoing New York sex trafficking trial.

On Sept. 17, Mack, who used to work as an assistant for Kelly, took the stand and told jurors that she witnessed R. Kelly engaged in a sexual act with one of the women he is accused of physically and mentally abusing, according to Reuters.

Mack recounted an instance where the woman started to massage Kelly while backstage at a show in Connecticut. "That was kind of my cue to leave," Mack said. "I was very uncomfortable." As Mack exited, she said she saw the woman begin to move her head toward the singer's crotch.

Mack's testimony reportedly also included allegations that spoke to Kelly's need for control. She testified about a situation in 2015 where Kelly accused her of wrecking a party for Kelly's former stylist, Kash Howard. Out of anger, Kelly allegedly made Mack write an "apology letter," in which she was forced to lie about taking money from booking agents.

"I apologized out of fear," Mack said. Numerous people in Kelly's entourage have confirmed that he made them write apology letters out of anger and as a means to skirt his own responsibility.

Kelly's trial will resume on Monday (Sept. 20). He has been charged with one count of racketeering and eight counts of illegally transporting people across state lines for prostitution. The indictment against the singer accuses him of grooming underage and adult women via abuse and fear for nearly two decades, including singer Aaliyah who he married when she was only 15 and possibly impregnated.

The "Down Low" singer has an uphill legal battle as he also faces sex-related charges in his home state of Illinois and Minnesota.

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Wack 100 is no stranger to saying things that make people raise their eyebrows. Now, the hip-hop manager is claiming to be in possession of a never-before-seen Kim Kardashian and Ray J sex tape.

Wack made the revelation during a recent interview with Bootleg Kev that aired on Thursday (Sept. 16). "All I know is this, Kanye West, holla at me, bro," Wack said. "We got part two on the laptop, ain't never been seen. We'd love for you to have it. It would be a great personal private NFT."

As far as the contents of the tape, Wack revealed it is "graphic and better than the first one," referring to the original Kim K. and Ray J sex tape that leaked in 2002, making Kim part of one of the first viral celebrity moments on the internet. "Me personally, I would never give it to anybody but Kanye, 'cause that's the mother of his children," Wack added.

On how Ray J would feel about the unreleased tape getting out, Wack added, "Ray J's a father now, too. So, Ray J, really, he's a great guy. I think we would probably give that to [Kanye]. If ever that day were to come, we'd sat down and give that to him." Wack went on to say it would be disrespectful to share the tape with the world.

Though Kanye and Kim divorced earlier this year, the former power couple who share four kids together appear to be on good terms. Kim recently appeared onstage during Kanye's Donda listening event in Chicago, sparking some speculation that they may be trying to reconcile.

Check out the Wack 100 and Bootleg Kev interview in full below.

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Lil Baby's jeweler is fessing up to selling the rapper bad bling.

On Saturday (Sept. 18), Rafaello and Co. released a statement to XXL, giving their side of the story. "We do stand on our name just like he does that’s why today he got those four rings for free and his money back because we didn’t do our homework on the watch and we take Full responsibility for that. But it didn’t happen intentionally and he knows that for a fact," the statement starts.

According to the explanation, the faux limited-edition Patek Philippe the Atlanta rapper purchased from the company was bought from a third party and not thoroughly vetted. "Everyone that knows me knows that I don’t play games when it comes to my brand and especially my clients brands," the statement continues. "I personally want to apologies to @lilbaby for not doing my due-diligence when selling him the Patek watch. I should have inspected the watch after purchasing it from the dealer. I take full responsibility for not doing my job properly. I personally would NEVER knowingly sell him or anyone else anything that is not 100% authentic. I have known @libaby for a while and there is nothing fake about him – especially his jewelry and watches. I want to personally apologies to Lil Baby for what has transpired. Rafaello & Co. took immediate action to rectify this. We worked directly with Lil Baby to refunded him in full and have gifted him rings as a token of our sincere apologies."

The statement closes, "We pride ourselves in being an honest business and will take great care to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. To all of our customers thank you for your business over the years and we look forward to continuing to provide the best jewelry and watches in the industry."

On Friday night (Sept. 17), Baby called the company out on Instagram for selling him the fake watch, which he learned was fake after sharing an image of the timepiece on Instagram and being called out for its lack of authenticity.

"Now @rafaelloandco y’all Kno better then to sell ME of all people a FAKE Or anything that could be called a FAKE!" Baby captioned a video of four iced-out finger rings and a diamond-flooded watch. "I stand on my name the same way y’all should! Ain’t no such thing as a mistake when that money involved ‍♂️!! Don’t Fuccin Play Wit me Cause when I’m on that I’m on that #ansameforyoupussyassniggas #dontplaywitbaby."

Luckily, the rapper didn't have to take it there.

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Nicki Minaj has been catching flak for her COVID-19 vaccine comments and now her archenemy Azealia Banks is stepping into the chat to question Nicki's logic.

On Friday (Sept. 17), Banks shared her opinion on Nicki's reluctance to get the COVID-19 vaccine by citing fake news as her reasoning. "For as many Black women that have died or had their legs amputated or body parts amputated because of black market butt injects, why do we not have Nicki Minaj questioning that?" Banks said on Instagram, referencing Nicki's alleged derriere augmentations. "For someone who has lyrics like, 'Woke up, the price of coke up,' knowing that 90 percent of the cocaine that comes into the United States is laced with Fentanyl. Like, you wanna encourage your fans to snort Fentanyl as cocaine rather than get a vaccine."

Banks later added, “I’ve never witnessed this woman be so fucking stupid, and so fucking selfish."

Nicki has been in the headlines all week after revealing she had COVID-19, but saying she wouldn't get the vaccine after hearing what turned out to be a fake post-vaccine horror story from Trinidad.

Nicki's claim got so big, health officials from Trinidad and Tobago came out to deny the authenticity of the rapper's story. Following social media spats with the likes of Joy-Anne Reid and Piers Morgan, Nicki later claimed she was in Twitter jail possibly due to her comments on the vaccine. “I’m in Twitter jail y’all,” she wrote on her Instagram Story. “They didn’t like what I was saying over there on that block, I guess my poll was gonna be asking questions is OK…I like being fking dumb. Then boom. Can’t tweet.”

Banks seems to get off on slighting Nicki. Back in May, she accused Nicki of being a cocaine user after Nicki went on Instagram Live with the sniffles, which Nicki claimed was due to her constantly being cold.

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Playboi Carti faces a nearly $100,000 lawsuit from celebrity jeweler, Elloit Eliantte.

The Whole Lotta Red rapper is being sued by the famed bling provider for a $97,063.75 unpaid balance, according to a TMZ report published on Friday (Sept. 17). Eliantte and Co. claim Carti bought two custom chains in September of 2020 and never fulfilled his tab. The set included a 14-carat white gold diamond rosary chain and a custom diamond tennis chain totaling $197,063.75. According to the celebrity news site, Eliantte confirmed Carti made a payment of $100,000 back in January, but hasn't put anything else on the amount owed since then, triggering them to bring the issue to court.

XXL has reached out to Eliantte and Co. and Playboi Carti's team for comment.

Playboi Carti made the headlines earlier this week after he claimed his merch store was hacked. "THE WEBSITE IS HACKED THE REF FOLDER WAS POSTED LIVE," the text, which was sent in a group message to two other unknown individuals, read. "I NEVER APPROVED ANY CLOTHING/ETC." The announcement came after fans had already made purchases including a $5,000 "narcissistic motorcycle helmet, a $200 "narcissistic bomber jacket" and a $40 "narcissistic mask."

Carti released his long awaited Whole Lotta Red album last December. He appears to be prepping the release of a new LP titled Narcissist this fall. Though the album lacks a release date, he has revealed he will embark on the Narcissist Tour starting on Oct. 14 in Nashville, Tenn. Presumably, the album will see the light of day before the 43-stop tour, which will play cities like Atlanta, New York City, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and more, takes place.

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UPDATE: (Sept. 18)

Rafaello and Co. has released the following statement to XXL following Lil Baby's claims:

"We do stand on our name just like he does that’s why today he got those four rings for free and his money back because we didn’t do our homework on the watch and we take Full responsibility for that. But it didn’t happen intentionally and he knows that for a fact.

Everyone that knows me knows that I don’t play games when it comes to my brand and especially my clients brands. I personally want to apologies to @lilbaby for not doing my due-diligence when selling him the Patek watch. I should have inspected the watch after purchasing it from the dealer. I take full responsibility for not doing my job properly. I personally would NEVER knowingly sell him or anyone else anything that is not 100% authentic. I have known @libaby for a while and there is nothing fake about him – especially his jewelry and watches. I want to personally apologies to Lil Baby for what has transpired. Rafaello & Co. took immediate action to rectify this. We worked directly with Lil Baby to refunded him in full and have gifted him rings as a token of our sincere apologies. We pride ourselves in being an honest business and will take great care to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. To all of our customers thank you for your business over the years and we look forward to continuing to provide the best jewelry and watches in the industry."

ORIGINAL STORY:

Lil Baby is blasting a jeweler who allegedly sold him fake bling.

On Friday night (Sept. 17), the Atlanta rapper hopped on Instagram and called out Rafaello and Co., a New York City-based jewelry operation, and Baby was not pleased. "Now @rafaelloandco y’all Kno better then to sell ME of all people a FAKE Or anything that could be called a FAKE!" he captioned a video of four iced-out finger rings and a diamond-flooded watch. "I stand on my name the same way y’all should! Ain’t no such thing as a mistake when that money involved ‍♂️!! Don’t Fuccin Play Wit me Cause when I’m on that I’m on that #ansameforyoupussyassniggas #dontplaywitbaby."

XXL has reached out to Rafaello and Co. for comment.

The Voice of the Heroes rapper's jewelry has been the topic of discussion this week. A few days ago, he posted a picture of a $400,000 limited-edition Patek Philippe watch on Instagram. The time piece was called out as fake by watch experts. Baby later reached out to Petek about the issue on IG. "@PetekPhillippe see this why I need to be on the list!! After market jewelers going to make me do some I shouldn't be doing," he wrote on his IG Story. It is unclear if Baby's gripe with Rafaello and Co. is related to the watch debacle.

The revelation about Baby's watch came a couple days after Lil Durk warned rappers about fake jewelry on Instagram. "Stop buying all this jewelry without knowing what you doing," Durk posted on his IG story on Sept. 14. "A lot of the shit fake and some is overpriced. Get one jeweler and stick to em. I'm telling you, y'all ass gone be pissed when the truth come out."

It looks like Durk may have been right.

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SpotemGottem has been shot in Miami.

The Florida rapper, born Nehemiah Harden, was reportedly shot multiple times on Florida's I-95 highway, north of NW 125 Street. A rep for the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed to XXL on Friday (Sept. 17) that the driver and rear passenger, which they did not name, were victims in the incident stemming from a road rage incident on the highway. The shooting took place at approximately 3:19 a.m., with the car they were in being shot 22 times on the driver's side.

"The victim’s vehicle (Dodge Charger) was observed to have twenty-two entrance holes made to its drivers’ side," the rep from the FHP told XXL.

The driver of the white Dodge Charger, and SpotemGottem, who was in the rear passenger seat, were traveling southbound on I-95 when the myriad of bullets began to ring out from another vehicle. The driver exited I-95 at NW 125 Street where he contacted authorities.

Spotem suffered gunshot wounds to both his legs while the driver sustained an injury to his hip. Both Spotem and the unidentified driver were transported to Aventura Hospital and are in stable condition.

Dee Phatboy, the rhymer's manager, apparently told TMZ today that his artist and the driver were shot with an automatic weapon.

Other reports claim that the viral "Beat Box" rapper, who's responsible for the song that accompanied the well-known #BeatBoxChallenge, was the victim of a drive-by shooting while leaving the studio. TMZ reports Spotem was being driven from a Miami recording studio when the shooting transpired on the highway.

The unsettling news comes months after the Jacksonville, Fla. native was arrested in Miami on charges of Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Firearm Possession as a Convicted Felon and Accessory After the Fact.

The incident took place back in July and the rhymer was taken into custody on July 15 after a warrant was issued for his arrest days prior on July 13. The arrest was reportedly in connection to a June incident, in which SpotemGotem allegedly pointed a gun at a parking attendant in the South Beach section of Miami over a $80 parking fee at a garage located on Collins Avenue. He was apprehended by the Miami Beach Police Department, with assistance from U.S. Marshals, at 20805 Biscayne Blvd., which is listed as AC Hotel Miami Aventura.

Aside from SpotemGottem having one of the biggest records this year, he released his mixtape, Most Wanted, back in May.

XXL has reached out to the Miami-Dade Police Department, a rep for SpotemGottem and the rapper's attorney for a comment.

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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 Lil Nas X ("Scoop" featuring Doja Cat), Lakeyah and DJ Drama ("313-414" featuring Tee Grizzley), D Smoke ("Common Sense" featuring SiR) and more. See you next week.

  • “Scoop”Lil Nas X featuring Doja Cat
  • “Common Sense”D Smoke featuring SiR
  • “313-414″Lakeyah and DJ Drama featuring Tee Grizzley
  • “Blow Her Back Out”Yung Bans featuring Ka$hdami
  • “Come Again”BlueBucksClan
  • “Stepping My Lonely”Kuttem Reese
  • “Spinback”Comethazine
  • “On My Side”YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  • “VMA’s”Zombie Juice featuring Smoke DZA
  • “Bleach”ZillaKami featuring Denzel Curry
  • “Beat The Case”Mozzy featuring EST Gee and Babyface Ray
  • “V12″Iann Dior featuring Lil Uzi Vert
  • “Barbed Wire Fence”Curren$y and Kino Beats featuring Valee

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A man appears to have pulled up on Quando Rondo recently, trying to catch a fade.

In video footage that began circulating online on Thursday (Sept. 16), Quando is seen at the mall, getting his items rang up by the cashier. Moments later, he is approached by an unidentified man, who wants to fight the rapper.

"You ain't scrap," the man said on the clip. "You ain't dirty. I said go the bathroom. Let's go to the bathroom and get a one."

The random guy reiterated: "Let's go to the bathroom and get a one. Scary ass nigga."

It's unclear why Quando Rondo was confronted by this man, but in the short footage, the Savannah, Ga. rhymer doesn't appear to engage very much. It's also uncertain which mall Quando was in and if he knew the man who approached him.

This incident comes four months after the QPac artist and his crew were involved in a shooting at a convenience store in Blackshear, Ga., not too far from where Quando had a performance, which had a relatively low attendance.

Quando Rondo and his team were in the parking lot of the convenience store near a highway when officials believe a shooter opened fired from the other side of the road or from the highway. Quando was not injured, but someone from his crew was treated at a nearby hospital.

Prior to the shooting transpiring, Quando's Georgia concert was presumably his first live show following the shooting incident that resulted in the death of King Von last November.

Back in April, Quando did a multipart interview with radio personality Angela Yee to explain what happened on the night of King Von's murder.

Before this, Quando Rondo held a virtual concert where he was accused of dissing Von.

Quando, who was at the scene in downtown Atlanta on Nov. 6, 2020 and is connected to the shooting that killed King Von, has complained about his struggles with booking shows, which purportedly stems from Von's death.

Quando Rondo has had shows canceled due to venue owners being fearful of the dangers Quando may pose to their event space and attendees. His November of 2020 show in Macon, Ga. was postponed by the city's sheriff's office.

Check out Quando Rondo being confronted by a man in the mall below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: September 17, 2021Mozzy Records/Empire / Columbia / Jet Life

New music Fridays has arrived once again. This week, there's a debut album from an unapologetic, chart-topping rapper, an LP from a Californian spitter and a project from one of New Orleans' own.

Lil Nas X drops his very first album, Montero, titled after his government name. The LP, which Nas X revealed via social media was a therapeutic undertaking, was first announced on Aug. 25. At that time, he tweeted about the then-upcoming release, "Creating this album has been therapy for me. i’ve learned to let go of trying to control people’s perception of who i am, what i can do, and where i will be. i’ve realized the only opinion of me that really matters is my own." Weeks later, numerous ads began emerging on billboards, presumably in Los Angeles, in promotion of the Georgia rapper's debut effort, which includes features from Jack Harlow—who appears on the LP's lead single, "Industry Baby"—Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, iconic British artist Elton John and more.

Sacramento, Calif. rapper Mozzy delivers his second album this year, Untreated Trauma. Following up his Billboard-charting joint effort, Kommunity Service, with fellow West Coast rapper YG, Mozzy's latest contains solid bars that encapsulate his experiences as he's matriculating through life. The 10-track album contains guest appearances from EST Gee, Babyface Ray, Kalan.FrFr, YFN Lucci and more. Untreated Trauma's first single, "Straight to 4th," arrived back on Sept. 9.

Curren$y, one of the kings of smokers' music, drops his collab album, Matching Rolexes, with international producer Kino Beats. First revealed earlier this month, with five other forthcoming offerings, the veteran NOLA-bred rhymer drops off 11 new songs, one of which is a feature with DeJ Loaf. Matching Rolexes is Spitta's fourth project to arrive this year. In June, he released Welcome to Jet Life Recordings 2 with artists on his Jet Life label. He also delivered Financial District in April and Collection Agency in February.

Listen to more new albums below from Injury Reserve, Iggy Azalea and a host of others.

  • MonteroLil Nas XColumbia Records
  • Untreated TraumaMozzyMozzy Records / EMPIRE
  • Matching RolexesCurren$y and Kino BeatsJet Life
  • The End of an Era DeluxeIggy AzaleaBad Dreams Records / EMPIRE
  • By the Time I Get to PhoenixInjury ReserveInjury Reserve
  • Dog BoyZillaKamiRepublic Records
  • Tales From the Telescope Chapter 1: RebirthLance Skiiiwalker
  • S.O.S.RittzCNT Records

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A lot of original hip-hop songs get broken down and redesigned before a final version is presented for public consumption. Everything can change in comparison to the early version, mostly including the beat layers and especially the guest verses. Every so often, those lost features come to light via the artists themselves, internet leakers or someone else who had access to the file.

The most recent examples come from Kanye West, who hasn’t shied away from keeping only the best of the best for his final projects. Once his Donda album was finally released last month—following a rollout that included four listening sessions beforehand—certain artists like Chris Brown, Calboy and Soulja Boy revealed that what they recorded didn’t get used. All three artists dropped their respective verses to “New Again,” “Heaven and Hell” and “Remote Control," respectively, on their own social media platforms. CB and Soulja even sent out additional disses in the form of posts on Twitter and Instagram.

André 3000 was one of those musicians recruited as well for a Donda track called “Life of the Party,” which didn't make the cut. Drake leaked the song on his SiriusXM radio show, Sound 42, a day after Certified Lover Boy dropped. While this ode to mothers-turned-diss track wasn't used for the album, a lot of tracks do end up coming out with either a replacement (G-Eazy getting subbed for Nicki Minaj on "Expensive" by Ty Dolla $ign), a sample of what the full feature was (City Girls on "In My Feelings" by Drake) or a complete omission (Kendrick Lamar on "Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1" and Chance The Rapper on "Waves" by Yeezy), causing fans to throw their arms up and ask why. In a rare occurrence, 3 Stacks addressed the matter of why the song wasn't officially released. Other artists vow to keep things under wraps.

Plenty more of your favorite hip-hop songs once had unofficial verses on them. Should the extra bars have made the cut? Was eliminating that assisting sauce a mistake? You can decide for yourself by scrolling below and peeping who and what got removed.

  • City Girls on Drake’s “In My Feelings”

    Drake’s chart-topping hit “In My Feelings” doesn’t list a feature from the City Girls, just a writing credit. However, their contributions were much larger at the song’s creation. The lines from Yung Miami and JT’s bridge on the bounce record were taken from the original version they sent in, as heard from the “remix” that came out a couple of months after Scorpion dropped in 2018. “Drake chopped our asses off,” the duo later confirmed in an interview with The Carlos Watson Show.

  • Rick Ross on Kanye West’s “Famous” Featuring Rihanna and Swizz Beatz

    Rick Ross resurfaced his original verse on Kanye West’s “Famous” during Rozay’s Verzuz battle with 2 Chainz in 2020. Immediately after, the MMG big homie affirmed that he did the record a while back. He didn’t provide any extra explanation as to why things never panned out, but fans still praised his performance on Twitter and Instagram, asking how he didn’t end up on The Life of Pablo gem with Rihanna and Swizz. Some people remembered Rozay's lost contributions from the quieter release of MMG's Priorities 4 a few years back.

  • J. Cole on DMX”s “Bath Salts” Featuring Jay-Z and Nas

    DMX’s longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz took the reins when it came to releasing his late friend’s posthumous album, Exodus, this past May. Locked in on spotlighting X’s fruitful legacy, he pulled Nas and Jay-Z together for the “cute version” of “Bath Salts.” During Swizz's Verzuz battle with Timbaland earlier this year, he surprised folks with J. Cole’s unreleased verse on the banger, which still hasn’t seen the light of day past that moment.

  • Chris Brown on Kanye West’s “New Again”

    After drafting Chris Brown and his elysian vocals to strengthen “Waves” in 2016, ’Ye hit his line again to be on Donda for another choir-heavy thumper called “New Again.” Upon finding out that only his work on the chorus was kept for the track’s final release in August of this year, CB blasted Kanye on Instagram, calling the Chicago megastar a “whole hoe.” Chris later blessed his fans on social media with the accompanying verse he originally sent in. Yeezy offered no public explanation or response.

  • Young Thug on Drake’s “Signs”

    There’s a lost version of “Signs” by Drake and it has Young Thug on it. The loosie was created in 2017, for the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring-Summer 2018 show in Paris, though upon its release, Thugger’s offering on the afro-fusion vibe was omitted. The reason why Thug was left off is still unknown, but the Atlanta rapper received a writing credit for his part in the execution.

  • Kendrick Lamar on Kanye West’s “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” Featuring Kid Cudi

    An early version of Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s 2016 beaut “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” was leaked in 2018 with Kendrick Lamar as a feature. Neither Kanye nor K-Dot have publicly spoken about why the verse was sliced. Perhaps it was one of the 40 songs that ’Ye said they have in the cannon in a since-deleted tweet. Either way, “No More Parties” with the two rappers stands as their only collab to make The Life of Pablo.

  • Big Sean on Drake’s “Used To” Featuring Lil Wayne

    Big Sean was initially set to appear on Drake and Lil Wayne’s sole If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Too link-up “Used To.” When the surprise project came out in early 2015, the G.O.O.D. Music signee was chipped off the track. Just days ahead of his magnum opus, Dark Sky Paradise, Sean Don released his verse on SoundCloud. Later, he told Billboard that his vocals were sent in too late and he discussed the matter in private with Drizzy.

  • Soulja Boy on Kanye West’s “Remote Control” Featuring Young Thug

    Just a day after Chris Brown aired out his frustrations with Kanye West for being left off Donda, Soulja Boy did the same. In late August of this year, Soulja went off in a series of tweets aimed at ’Ye for wasting his time. Soulja claimed he was initially asked to pen a verse for the Young Thug-assisted “Remote Control.” Big Draco ended up unearthing his efforts on Twitter shortly after, and ’Ye stayed silent—other than posting that Universal Music Group released the album without his permission on release day, to which Soulja called cap.

  • Kash Doll on Cardi B’s “She Bad” Featuring YG

    In May of 2018, Kash Doll revealed on Instagram Live that Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy album cut “She Bad” was initially a YG song that the Detroit rhymer got asked to be on. Kash played her verse a few times during the session and went on to say that she felt “whatever” about her verse being cut off. After someone in The Shade Room’s Instagram comment section called Cardi’s decision to use the song "messy," she responded by explaining that the song was indeed a gift, ending her statement with: “Anything that he did with the song before me it’s none of my business or my problem!”

  • Pusha-T on Rick Ross’ “Maybach Music VI” Featuring John Legend and Lil Wayne

    Rick Ross tried to squash the beef between Pusha-T and Lil Wayne by putting them both on “Maybach Music VI.” When the Port of Miami 2 song came out in 2019, Push’s verse, to which he seemingly takes shots at Drake, was cut despite being cleared. The unused feature ended up surfacing on the internet the night before its release. That same year, in an interview with Hot 97, the Boss said that he later realized that the time wasn’t right to make that play. Push later alluded to his Drizzy disses by calling into an episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, stating, “That's what we in it for, man. We here to rap, bro."

  • Chance The Rapper on Kanye West’s “Famous” Featuring Rihanna

    In case you didn’t know, Chance The Rapper was the pen man for the demo of Kanye West’s "Waves” with Chris Brown. A final version of the song, housed on The Life of Pablo in 2016, stripped away Chano’s verses and the choir arrangement that padded them. In an interview on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show that same year, Chance played the OG iteration along with that of “Famous.” “Isn’t that funny?” Chance asked Zane, speaking about how his sauce was eliminated. Kanye West has said nothing as it stands, though he still gave Mr. Bennett a writing credit and time to shine on “Ultralight Beam.”

  • Playboi Carti on Cardi B’s “Bartier Cardi” Featuring 21 Savage

    Playboi Carti was slated to feature on Cardi B’s triple platinum-selling smash “Bartier Cardi” with 21 Savage. In a since-deleted tweet earlier this year, Bardi confirmed that she wanted both trap artists on the record but Carti turned in his verse too late. Providing receipts, she uploaded a snippet and explained that Offset helped put the collaboration together for her because she feared asking for features early on in her career. A full version of the song was leaked in early 2020, two years after the Invasion of Privacy single was released.

  • Juicy J on A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane (Remix)” Featuring Nicki Minaj

    Juicy J’s words on the Three 6 Mafia classic “Slob on My Knob" were sampled on A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane.” And there was more where that came from on top of the credit as a lyricist and composer. After Ferg unleashed the track’s remix with Nicki Minaj in 2017, Juicy J went on Twitter a year later with his unreleased verse—also teased in the official music video—didn’t make the cut. Juicy didn’t have much else to say about it. Neither did Ferg, at least out loud.

  • Calboy on Kanye West’s “Heaven and Hell”

    Calboy, a 2020 XXL Freshman, confirmed on Twitter following the release of Donda that his Chicago predecessor ’Ye asked for assistance on “Heaven or Hell.” Once Soulja Boy dropped his “Remote Control” verse on the platform, Calboy quoted it and wrote, “Ima leak mine too …niggas ain’t gone keep running off with my sauce either.” Last week, after getting the snubbed feature mixed, Calboy thanked ’Ye for the opportunity and dropped his verse that was supposed to be on the record. "I can't waste my talent," Calboy said. There was no reason revealed for the omission from Yeezy.

  • G-Eazy on Ty Dolla $ign’s “Expensive” Featuring Nicki Minaj

    The second single from Ty Dolla $ign’s last solo album originally featured another West Coast act, G-Eazy. Months before Featuring Ty Dolla $ign came out in the fall of 2020, the anticipated record leaked in full that August. Just a few weeks later, Eazy was replaced with Nicki Minaj, who helped add some streaming power to the bop. Nobody has spoken on the changes since the track dropped.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: September 16, 2021toricooper via Twitter

Nicki Minaj’s fans are standing by their Queen in the form of a protest in light of the recent backlash the rapper has received for raising concerns and questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Wednesday (Sept. 15), over a dozen Barbz, a.k.a. Nicki Minaj’s fans, converged outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta to defend Nicki’s viewpoints about the COVID-19 vaccine.

"Nicki Minaj told me the truth. [Dr.] Fauci lied to me,” the protesters chanted, according to a report on CBS46 Atlanta.

“Nicki, the queen of rap, stand up. Nicki, multiple platinum plaques, stand up and said, ‘I’m questioning the vaccine’ and we should all question this vaccine,” said one Nicki fan when asked why they were there to protest against the CDC.

This in response to Nicki’s tweets a few days ago in which she expressed her vaccine hesitancy. During an impromptu Q&A session on her Twitter account on Monday (Sept. 13), the 38-year-old rapper explained to her Barbz why she didn't attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards the prior night and the Met Gala on Monday. Nicki revealed that she contracted COVID-19 while shooting a video and had to quarantine herself. She also shared her stance on the coronavirus vaccinations and planned to do more research on the vaccines.

"They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one," she tweeted.

Nicki also shared that a friend of her cousin apparently had adverse side effects from the vaccine. It's unclear which of the three available vaccines—Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson–that the friend of Nicki's relative received, but the Queens, N.Y. rhymer said that he became impotent.

"My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied," she tweeted.

Since those tweets, Nicki has been receiving more backlash than praise for her stance on the vaccine. Last night, Nicki had to address the White House, who denied her claim that she was offered an invitation to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to discuss her vaccine hesitancy. Twitter also denied the MC's claims that she was banned from tweeting.

"Do y’all think I would go on the internet and lie about being invited to the fucking White House. Like what? Do you guys see what is happening right now?” she stated in her 14-minute IG video.

Meanwhile, CDC Scientist and Misinformation expert Dr. Neetu Abad told CBS 46 that the vaccine doesn’t affect men or women’s reproductive systems. “We know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and they don’t affect men or women’s fertility,” she said.

Dr. Abad also added that fans should not listen to celebrities for medical advice. She also thinks celebrities like Nicki, who has a large following on social media, have a responsibility to the public.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have urged platforms small and big to take care [of] what they are conveying around COVID-19 vaccines, because we know that can be impactful around people’s behavior,” Dr. Abad told the news station.

You can watch CBS46 Atlanta news reports on Nicki Minaj’s fans protesting outside of the CDC headquarters in Atlanta below.

See the Many Times Rappers’ Social Media Accounts Were SuspendedFiled Under: Nicki MinajCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: September 16, 2021Robert Kamau, GC Images

Reps for Twitter are denying Nicki Minaj’s claims that her account was suspended. To add fuel to the fire of the negative headlines she's received this week, the White House has also refuted her admission that she was invited to the presidential residence.

Last night (Sept. 15), Nicki jumped on her Instagram page to inform her fans that she was locked out of her Twitter page for her COVID-19 vaccine tweets. “I’m in Twitter jail y’all,” she wrote on her Instagram Story. “They didn’t like what I was saying over there on that block, I guess my poll was gonna be asking questions is OK…I like being fking dumb. Then boom. Can’t tweet.”

However, a few hours later, a Twitter spokesperson sent XXL the following statement regarding Nicki’s Twitter account: “Twitter did not take any enforcement action on the account referenced.”

Nicki's comment comes after she shared a video on her Twitter page from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, in which the host suggested that Democrats are “bullying” her over her vaccine tweets. In her tweet, the Queens, N.Y. rapper added a dart emoji to imply that she agreed with Carlson’s statements.

Meanwhile, the White House has also denied Nicki’s claims that she was invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to talk about her vaccine hesitancy.

According to a report by Mediaite, published on Wednesday (Sept. 15), a White House spokesperson told the outlet that it had offered to speak with Nicki via phone. “As we have with others, we offered a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer questions she has about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine,” the rep reportedly said.

However, the Queen Barbz insisted that the White House did offer an invitation.

"Do y’all think I would go on the internet and lie about being invited to the fucking White House. Like what? Do you guys see what is happening right now?” she stated in her 14-minute IG video.

Nick added that her manager and her publicist for Republic Records were on the phone call when the invitation was granted.

“We’d like to offer Nicki an invitation to come to the White house to speak with two people, the two names, um, what is that man’s name Dr. Fauci and with the surgeon general,” she continued. "And do you know what I said? I said, ‘Well, I would rather not have to travel, can we do something like a [Instagram] Live’ and they said that they’re open to me to choosing a platform to do a Live but they never have taken that off the table for me to come to the White House."

Meanwhile, during a chat on Instagram Live, Nicki said that she will no longer use Twitter. "I will never used Twitter again," she added. "First of all, I never give any facts about any vaccine. I didn’t give any facts about anything."

All of this began three days ago, when, during an impromptu Q&A on Twitter, Nicki spoke with her Barbz on Monday (Sept. 13) about why she didn't attend the the MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday (Sept. 12) and the Met Gala on the following day. The rap veteran revealed that she contracted COVID-19 while filming a video and shared her thoughts on the coronavirus vaccinations.

You can watch Nicki Minaj talk about her conversation with the White House and more in her Instagram video below.

See the Times Rappers Faced Backlash for Wild Things They Said in 2020Filed Under: Nicki MinajCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: September 15, 2021Johnny Nunez, WireImage (3)

Remy Ma has come to the defense of her good friend Fat Joe who is being dragged on social media for calling Lil’ Mo and Vita “dusty bitches” during his Verzuz battle with Ja Rule last night in New York City.

On Wednesday (Sept. 15), Remy Ma slid into the comment section of Lil Mo's post where the Baltimore singer requested an apology from Joe for his insensitive statements. Rem claimed that Fat Joe meant no harm with the things he said during the event.

"Stop it Mo, you know damn well Joe ain’t on it like that," she began her screed. "First of all … you, V[ita], Shanti- or nobody had even come out yet-when him and Ja was going back & forth; we didn’t know who was in the back. Second… I was in the car when you walked thru the parking lot and he hugged you, & showed mad love as usual…no need for your followers to tell him anything, as someone that personally knows you I’m sorry you were offended."

Remy then offered to have a private conversation with Lil’ Mo to talk about the incident.

"You can call my phone ; matter of fact I’m gonna dm you my number in case you don’t have it anymore," she wrote. "But also as someone that personally knows Joe he was not intentionally trying to hurt anyone- it was a battle between friends that are like family, sidebar: #streetcode don’t do social media."

Minutes later, Lil’ Mo caught wind of Remy’s comments and replied in the comment section, "WHO IS YOU to tell ME how to FEEL. Mind ya business. Foh." The veteran singer also added a 100 emoji and the hashtag #streetcode.

 

For his part, Fat Joe did apologize again to Lil’ Mo in the comment section of the same post.

"I’m super sorry i love you and vida i said sorry to your face before i left the building and to vida i was caught in the moment and I’m supper sorry god bless," he wrote.

The back-and-forth between Remy and Mo stems from Lil Mo's initial IG post where she demanded that Fat Joe deliver a “genuine apology” for his remarks about her.

"I need EVERYONE to tell @Fatjoe he owes A genuine Apology… I don’t Live in A #CrackHouse , I’m Not A #Bxtch nor am I Dusty!!!” she wrote in the caption, adding, #StreetCODE Women & Children is off limits #Disappointed #Legend #FacultyMusicGroup @Woo__says.”

All of this is in response to Fat Joe who made some disparaging remarks about Lil’ Mo and Vita during the Verzuz battle with Ja Rule.

Throughout the event, Joe and Ja were teasing each other about bringing out guests to help them out during the competition. “Oh, you got all of them dusty bitches back there, Ja,” he said. And apparently, unbeknownst to him, Vita and Lil’ Mo were waiting backstage to perform. The Terror Squad leader then added, “You had to go to the crack house to find them bitches.”

After the event ended, Joe jumped on his Twitter account and apologized for his rude remarks about the two singers during the battle.

“Shout out to the ladies very sorry if i disrespected i love vida and lil Moe I’m super sorry love my sisters,” he tweeted.

These Tone-Deaf Hip-Hop Moments Prove Rappers Can Get Hit With Serious BacklashFiled Under: Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Lil’ Mo, Remy MaCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: September 15, 2021JOCE/Bauer-Griffin, Getty Images

Blueface appears to have responded to a recent video that features him stomping on a bouncer. Last night, the Cash Money West rapper hopped on his Instagram page and addressed the clip by quoting actor Al Pacino’s drug kingpin character Tony Montana from the classic 1983 film Scarface.

Blueface posted a photo of himself on Tuesday (Sept. 14) and with the bold caption: “You need people like me to point the finger at an say that’s the bad guy—Scarface.”

The former 2019 XXL Freshman is probably referring to reports of him allegedly attacking a club bouncer after he was asked to show proper identification this past weekend.

According to TMZ, Blueface showed up to Skinny's Lounge in San Fernando Valley, Calif. on Sunday (Sept. 12) and was stopped by the bouncer who asked him for his ID. The 24-year-old rapper told the bouncer he didn't have one and pulled out his phone to Google himself and show he is famous. The bouncer reportedly wasn’t satisfied and didn’t allow Blueface to enter the club. This is when he, along with two other men, allegedly assaulted the bouncer, leaving him with cuts and bruises.

Footage of the assault later surfaced the following day. In the clip, a man that is accompanying the "Thotiana" rhymer throws the initial punch at the bouncer, followed by additional blows. Blueface is seen at one point stomping the security with another man. Two women enter the frame and are recording the incident on their smartphones. Blueface then stomps on the bouncer again while another member of the rapper’s crew pulls up the victim up by his feet.

Near the end of the video, Blueface appears to be checking on the bouncer, presumably to see if he is conscious or not. The California artist then leaves the scene.

After the assault, the bouncer was rushed to a local hospital where he was treated for bruises and scratches that required stitches. A battery report has been filed and police are currently investigating the incident.

See Rappers Going Platinum in a PandemicFiled Under: BluefaceCategories: News


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

Another historic Verzuz battle went down last night, this time between Fat Joe and Ja Rule at Madison Square Garden in New York City. However, Joey Crack is getting a ton of backlash for his disrespectful comments about Vita and Lil’ Mo, who were in attendance with Ja.

On Tuesday night (Sept. 14), the two veteran rappers delivered the hits and brought out plenty of guest stars, including the two aforementioned artists, AshantiJadakissRemy Ma and Nelly. Today (Sept. 15), Joe jumped on his Twitter account and apologized to Vita and Lil’ Mo for disparaging remarks he made about the two women during the battle.

“Shout out to the ladies very sorry if i disrespected i love vida and lil Moe I’m super sorry love my sisters,” he tweeted.

What Fat Joe is referring to is his comments during the Verzuz battle, in which he and Ja Rule were teasing each other about bringing out guests to help them out. Joe said, “Oh, you got all of them dusty bitches back there, Ja,” referring to Vita and Lil’ Mo, who were waiting backstage. The Bronx rhymer then added, “You had to go to the crack house to find them bitches.”

Later, Fat Joe, possibly alluding to Vita’s slender frame, told Ja, “You gotta feed these girls some food, Ja. My bitches is rich.”

Thankfully, Ja checked Joe about his rude remarks about Vita and Lil’ Mo. “I'm shocked at you. I’m shocked at you being so disrespectful to the ladies, Crack,” he scolded the Terror Squad leader. “I’m shocked at you, calling the ladies all kinds of bitches. I’m shocked at you. Show a little respect.”

After the Verzuz show, Lil 'Mo said that she was “disappointed” in Fat Joe’s remarks in the comment section of an Instagram post.

Fans on Twitter also called out Fat Joe for his comments about the women at the Verzuz event.

"Pardon my language but we as men have to stop calling women “bitches”. Watching that verzuz and fat Joe calling lil mo and vita out their name was wild disrespectful. Let’s be better," wrote one person.

Another user tweeted, "Lil Mo and Vita looked great last night… Remy Ma and Ashanti looked great last night. Fat Joe’s apology needs to be as loud as all the sh*t talking he was doing last night. That was wack!"

Another fan saluted Ja Rule for checking Fat Joe on his remarks about Vita and Lil’ Mo.

"You just don’t disrespect the veterans especially Vita and Lil Mo both underrated. They deserve the proper respect and flowers too. BouquetI’m happy Ja Rule called you out on your bullshit," the person tweeted.

You can listen to Fat Joe’s disrespectful comments about Vita and Lil’ Mo during his Verzuz battle with Ja Rule below.

See the Times Rappers Faced Backlash for Wild Things They Said in 2020Filed Under: Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Lil’ Mo, vitaCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: September 15, 2021@thedevoncoleman

There's a positive side to releasing music to the internet on a whim. That first wave of support can start a surging career, as is the case for Houston rapper Monaleo. The 20-year-old artist kicked in hip-hop's door with the viral song "Beating Down Yo Block" earlier this year. "I don't fuck with bitches, we not friends and we not pals/Beating down yo' block, taking niggas from they gals," she raps.

Monaleo didn't set out to be a rapper; she grew up singing at church and in her school choir, but dropped her first verse at the urging of her younger brother, a rapper named Yung Rampage. She took him to the studio in December of 2019, for his 15th birthday, and he asked his big sis to rap on his song "Family Ties." Monaleo dropped the finished track on Instagram and got a lot of love for it, then began to intermittently work on music from January of 2020 onward.

Late last year is when Merion Krazy, the producer of "Beating Down Yo Block," first sent the young Houston rapper the beat for the song; Monaleo recorded over it and they both felt great about the final product. She posted the song's snippet on Instagram in September of 2020, which went viral there and on Twitter. Unfortunately, Monaleo knew she couldn't officially drop it due to the song sampling Yungstar's "Knockin Pictures Off Da Wall," an important track within Houston hip-hop. After months of negotiation—the song going viral in January of this year helped—the sample was cleared, and it was off to the races.

The track finds Monaleo rhyming about taking men from other women, fights around the way and refusing to be taken advantage of. Her edge, clever lines—she compares passing men around to tossing beanbags—and confidence helped give the song traction. "Beating Down Yo Block" has 3 million Spotify streams, and the video is climbing past 3.3 million YouTube views. Both gave Monaleo's next two songs, "Girls Outside" and "Suck It Up," more ears in her direction.

Now represented by the Stomp Down collective that also reps hometown hero Maxo Kream, Monaleo has continued to keep her momentum going while dropping more music. This past August, she appeared in Beyoncé's new Ivy Park campaign, receiving praise from fellow rappers Rapsody and Texas-bred Asian Doll. She's also been candid about her experiences with suicide attempts in the past, sharing her journey to having a "sound mind" these days with her social media following.

The rising rap newcomer has another new track coming this month, which she considers her best and most sentimental song yet. Monaleo is basking in her new life, a far cry from her call center operator job she had just a few months ago. Get to know her in XXL's The Break.

Age: 20

Hometown: Houston

I grew up listening to: "Lil Wayne, a lot of old-school R&B music, Brian McKnight, a lot of gospel music, Tasha Cobb. [My first favorite rapper] was Nicki [Minaj]. She was different. At the time, I was 8 or 9, give or take. She was just everything that I wanted to be. She had pink cars, used to talk about being a Barbie, and I used to love Barbies. She was just everything that I loved, packaged up into one."

My style’s been compared to: "I don't really pay attention to shit like that, to be completely honest. Maybe, if I were to go through the YouTube comments, depending upon the song, different songs, people will be commenting and say like, 'Oh, you sound like Asian Doll' or, 'You sound like…' It really varies from song to song. I don't have songs out that sound like each other. I'm not bothered by the comparison at all. I'm very supportive of all of the female rappers that I'm coming up with at this time."

I’m going to blow up because: "Every day it's something different. This is a sign. This phone call is a sign. Tomorrow I might wake up to a DM from somebody who I really love and adore and that'll be a sign, or I might drop a song and just get a really good response and then that'll be a sign. Or, I could be in the car, for example, the other day I was in the car and I was listening to this song that I'm getting ready to put out this month, and I was driving, and it was like 3 o'clock in the morning, and then I see, what looks like a shooting star, which is crazy. I've never seen anything like that. That for me was just confirmation that this is something that I should be doing."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "It's super early on. I decided not to pay attention to things like that, because it's going to drive me up a wall. I saw that when I put out 'Girls Outside,' people were super adamant about me putting a song out, then I put it out and people were really critical of the song, and it drove me up a wall. I decided right then and there that I will never worry myself with shit like that ever again. If people like my music, they like it and I'm appreciative of that, and if they don't, then it's OK."

My standout records to date have been: "['Beating Down Yo Block']. I think it was just really relatable. And, I feel like people could feel the energy, the energy really did translate through that song. And, I think it was just something that, women specifically, could relate to. It was a song that made women feel good, it made women feel powerful, it just made feel dominant. And, even with men, when they reach out to me, they say like,' I really fucked with the song. You are really rapping on this song.' And, they're just saying that they missed real rap.

"I'm actually not sure what that even means to be honest, but they just are saying, 'We missed real rap' or whatever the hell. I just was working at a call center, earlier this year, so I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that people perceive me as a rap artist. That shit is just so fucking bizarre. I think I'm just grateful that this is the situation because it could have been a totally different story. Whatever comes with this, I'll take it, I'll take it."

My standout moments to date have been: "The biggest moment of my career was probably working with Beyoncé for the Ivy Park campaign. That was definitely the biggest moment in my career by far. It was a very surreal experience, an entire day. By the time I had finished shooting with her, at the end of the day, because we shot for like maybe eight or nine hours, by the time I had finished, I couldn't believe what had just happened. That whole time I just was on cloud nine.

"She's very hard working, she's very diligent and she knows exactly what she wants, and it was really inspiring for me, because she was very hands-on. And, I was really surprised by that, because she has a lot of people on her team that she could easily delegate to do certain tasks, but she is the one who's like, 'Let's do this, let's do that.' She's spearheading her entire camp."

Most people don’t know: "I went to school for mortuary science. Crazy as hell. Craziest shit ever. I wanted to be a funeral director. So, it was going to be one of those things where, basically, I'd go to school for two years and then I would have an Associates [degree] in mortuary science. But, the problem was, I didn't realize the crazy nasty shit I would have to do. I think it was more so just, I was super interested, I was just interested in death in general. It was just a phenomenon that I really couldn't explain to wrap my head around, so, I wanted to kind of delve into it a little bit more, not even realizing what the hell I was getting myself into.

"When I was going to school, it just kind of made me realize my own mortality, and the mortality of the people around me. When you are working on a body and that person is the same age as you, it's like, Wow, this could have easily been me. Or same age as your younger sister or younger brother, this could have easily been them, and that was just eating away at me, and I could not do it, not another day. I remember I woke up, I was like, I'm never going back to that damn school, and I never went back."

I'm going to be the next: "Icon."

Follow Monaleo on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"Beating Down Yo Block"

"Girls Outside"

@thedevoncoleman

"Suck It Up"

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: September 15, 2021Rich Fury, Getty Images

Playboi Carti's merch website appears to have been hacked.

Early Wednesday morning (Sept. 15), the elusive rapper shared a text message revealing that clothing and accessories that were recently up for sale on his https://shop.playboicarti.com/ website were being sold without his permission.

"THE WEBSITE IS HACKED THE REF FOLDER WAS POSTED LIVE," the text, which was sent in a group message to two other unknown individuals, reads. "I NEVER APPROVED ANY CLOTHING/ETC."

The site apparently was selling a motorcycle helmet ($5,000), a ski-like face mask ($40), a dad cap ($40), T-shirts (ranging from $45-$160), motorcycle gloves ($75), a hoodie ($110) and Nascar-esque racing jackets ($250).

Numerous fans have since shared screenshots of their purchases, specifically a $5,000 helmet, labeled a "narcissistic motorcycle helmet." Other merch includes a $200 "narcissistic bomber jacket" and a $40 "narcissistic mask." However, one person in particular pointed out that the merchandise on Carti's webstore looked eerily similar to items from Chinese retailers. The fan has alleged that the image of the helmet on the former 2017 XXL Freshman's merch site is the same as a helmet that is much cheaper and sold on a retail site based in China.

"Carti really said let’s do a $29 Chinese motorcycle helmet with a flat logo photoshopped on top for $5k fuck them kids," the person tweeted.

They also shared that the mask Playboi Carti's site is selling is going for $0.45 on Alibaba, a Chinese wholesale retailer website. The image of the bomber jacket appears to have come from a site similar to that of the mask and the helmet.

The majority of the merch sales were made today and as of reporting time, the website, which is accessible if you have the password, appears to be down at the moment. Presumably to sort out the aforementioned hacking issues.

Prior to Carti's merch website debacle, the rapper released his long-awaited Whole Lotta Red album last December and made an appearance on Kanye West's Donda album, which arrived last month.

It's unclear whether or not Playboi Carti's fans will receive a refund. However, many have sounded off below regarding the bizarre merch and its prices. Check out some of the reactions.

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