href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: March 16, 2023Law&Crime Network/YouTube/Jerry Carnation

The XXXTentacion murder trial is currently in day 25, with the last seven days consisting of jury deliberations. Yet, they don't seem any closer to a verdict.

The XXXTentacion murder trial for three of the four men accused of being involved in the murder of the rapper during a robbery back in 2018 officially started with jury selection back on Jan. 18. Shooting suspect Michael Boatwright, and his accused accomplices, Dedrick Devonshay Williams and Trayvon Newsome, are fighting first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in connection to XXXTentacion's killing and face life in prison if found guilty. A fourth suspect, Robert Allen, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last summer.

Opening statements and testimony began on Feb. 7 and the jury has seen tons of evidence, including video of the crime itself and video of XXXTentacion withdrawing the $50,000 that he was robbed of before he was shot. They've heard testimony from the rapper's step-uncle who was in the car during the robbery, testimony from Robert Allen confessing to the crime, testimony from Dedrick Williams' former girlfriend who said Williams told her he was present at the shooting, testimony from the man who took the photo of XXX after he'd been shot as well as mounds of phone and photo evidence.

As for the defense, they offered theories of possible beef with Drake and other rappers being the reason for XXXTentacion's death and pointed out the lack of DNA evidence connecting the suspects to the murder.

On March 8, the jury was given their instructions and began deliberating. For the past seven days they have juggled the decision of whether or not the trio are innocent or guilty. In total, the group has spent 26 hours and 17 minutes in deliberation and have frequently requested follow-up information. For perspective, the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, where Rittenhouse was on trial for shooting three men during a protest in Kenosha, Wis., took 24 hours to deliberate, while the Harvey Weinstien rape case deliberation lasted 41 hours. Rittenhouse was acquitted, while Weinstein received a split verdict. It only took a jury two days to find Tory Lanez guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion last December.

The longest criminal case in U.S. history was Allen v. City of Oakland, which involved three former Oakland, Calif. police officers nicknamed "the Riders," who were charged with assaulting suspects, planting drugs and obstruction of justice conspiracy. It took the jury four months to reach a verdict in that case.

So, what's the hold up in this trial? One attorney with knowledge of the case tells XXL the jury may have questions about the prosecution's evidence.

"I think that there was some questions regarding the evidence and experts that the prosecution provided. I think that the prosecution could have done a more thorough job with the phone expert and DNA expert," the attorney says.

"Also, most juries have a tough time convicting everyone of the same thing when some are shooters and some are drivers. That could also lead to the length of time they are deliberating."

On March 16, the jury was sent home after day seven and won't return until Monday (March 20), as fans continue to wait anxiously to see if there will be justice for Jah.

See 44 of the Longest Prison Bids in Hip-Hop HistoryC-Murder, Max B, B.G. and more.Filed Under: XXXTentacionCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author”>Insanul AhmedPublished: March 16, 2023Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records

Eminem’s 2004 song “Mockingbird” hit a major milestone this week (March 16): It crossed 1 billion streams on Spotify. Although the Encore single was a hit when it was first released—peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100—it only had 500 million streams in April of 2022. Since then, it’s become one of the most popular rap songs on Spotify. This week, the song is No. 42 on Spotify’s Top Songs – Global chart with 14.5 million plays. For context, “Mockingbird” is four spots ahead of current hits like Drake and 21 Savage’s “Rich Flex” (13.7 million plays) and only 200,000 streams behind Lil Uzi Vert's “Just Wanna Rock” (14.7 million plays).

How did a nearly 20-year-old  Eminem song dedicated to his daughter, Hailie Jade, and niece, Alaina, become so popular again? Well, like most old songs that resurface these days, it’s because of TikTok.

On TikTok, the hashtag #mockingbird has been used in videos that have gotten over 1.5 billion views while #mockingbirdeminem has gotten an additional 375 million views. Like many other TikTok songs, a sped-up version of “Mockingbird” is also popular, having been used in over 150,000 videos. Many TikTok users have also covered the song, mimicking the Detroit rapper's singsong style but adding their own vocal chops. A number of the cover songs actually use lyrics from the end of the song when Eminem sings, “It may seem a little crazy, pretty baby/But I promise mama's gon' be alright/And if you ask me to, daddy's gonna buy you a mockingbird/I'ma give you the world.”

After hearing a snippet of the song on TikTok, many users likely flocked to Spotify to hear the full version, helping it garner 500 million streams in roughly a year.

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Despite the newfound popularity of “Mockingbird,” the album it was originally featured on, Encore, was not warmly received—not even by the rapper himself. The album sold well, going five-times platinum in the U.S., but critics reviewed it much more harshly than his three previous albums. No one was harsher than the rapper himself. On the 2010 song “Talkin’ 2 Myself,” Eminem apologized to his fans for making an album while dealing with drug addiction and rapped, “It's different them last two albums didn't count/Encore I was on drugs, Relapse I was flushing ’em out.”

Eminem reflected on the legacy of Encore last year in his XXL 25th Anniversary cover story: “It became a misstep and I struggled to get over the fact that I didn't do my best. My best would've been good enough if the leaks hadn't happened. But I released what I had at that point in time, and I feel that put a kind of a mark on my catalog. Encore did some decent numbers, but I was never that concerned with numbers. I was more so worried about what people think about the album. Critics and fans were important to me, and they were always at me about that project.”

“Mockingbird” is Eminem’s seventh song to score over 1 billion streams, joining other hits like “The Real Slim Shady,” “Without Me” and “Lose Yourself.” “Mockingbird” was included on his 2005 compilation album, Curtain Call: The Hits. The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance and was certified five-times platinum in March of 2022. Eminem also recently became the first rapper to ever score two diamond albums.

Watch Eminem's "Mockingbird"See 20 of the Best-Selling Hip-Hop Albums of All TimeFiled Under: Eminem, TikTokCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: March 16, 2023Gregg DeGuire/Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images (2)

Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow's label Generation Now claims they're two of rap's future big three.

In an interview with Spotify's Rap Caviar Podcast with Brandon Jinx, which premiered on Thursday (March 16), Generation Now co-founder Lake boldly claimed that Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow are two of rap's future big three.

When Jinx asked Generation Now co-founders Lake, DJ Drama and Don Cannon if there would ever be another big three in rap—like Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole—they collectively agreed that there will be more of them in the future.

"I'm not saying this to sound too confident, but honestly, I feel like we've got two of the guys that could be the [big three]," said Lake in the video below. "Just being real. I think they have the potential to be here."

"When we look up, in a few minutes, Uzi will be around for 10 years, quietly," he continued. "Quietly, you know. Quietly, Uzi will be here for 10 years. And as you can see he's ever-evolving and pushing the boundaries with the sound each time so he has potential."

"I think Jack..he has the potential to be out of this world. We got some new artists that are coming up," he added. "Like we have the potential I think, honestly, to have three of the three. I'm not going to go too far. But it is what it is."

When Jinx as the three men what made them signed Uzi and Jack to their label, Don Cannon said it was their lyrical abilities.

"They were both rappers," he stated. "They both had lyrics. Us being real music fans and hip-hop fans, I think the first thing we gravitate to was they were able to actually rap. That's the bottom line. Everything else after that comes second. Can they really rap?"

"Lyricism, in my opinion, when it comes to hip-hop, it always going to matter," added DJ Drama.

Lake added, "I had an argument about Uzi all the time. Everybody think he just goes out there and make noises, when it comes down to it, the boy can freestyle for 10 minutes straight. Straight up, Jack can rap his ass off, like literally rap his ass off."

In the end, Generation Now founders are confident that Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow got next.

Watch DJ Drama, Don Cannon and Lake Explained Why They Signed Lil Uzi Vert and Jack Harlow to Generation Now BelowSee Rappers’ Biggest Sales Leaps Between ProjectsFiled Under: Jack Harlow, Lil Uzi VertCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: March 16, 2023David Livingston/Robin Marchant/Vivien Killilea/Getty Images (3)

XXL celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with this feature.

The list of formidable producers who’ve contributed to hip-hop culture is stacked. Beginning with Sugar Hill Records cofounder Sylvia Robinson, who produced Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message” and The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” in the 1980s, there are dozens of legendary beat magicians who’ve kept the party rocking and MCs rhyming. Through different eras, Marley Marl, Rick Rubin, Prince Paul, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and RZA are just a handful of producers who’ve made an indelible mark on the culture.

The tools have only become sharper, too. Before Serato, Abelton Live and other recording software, Easy Mo Bee manually chopped up samples and Marley Marl resorted to sampling kicks and snares from completely different records while other aspiring producers would use cassette boomboxes and their local radio stations to make loops. The advent of the internet changed the game entirely and it’s now easier than ever to find a sample that’s legally cleared to use. With that in mind, it’s a miracle that Prince Paul was even able to make De La Soul’s 1989 debut, 3 Feet High & Rising, due to the sheer amount of flips on the groundbreaking project. Same with Beastie BoysPaul’s Boutique, which was released that same year with insanely layered beats from The Dust Brothers and Delicious Vinyl cofounder Matt Dike.

Needless to say, production in 2023 isn’t the same as it was in 1973. However, there are still reputable talents such as Metro Boomin and Hit-Boy who have also found success in the new era. As the 50th anniversary of rap inches closer, XXL is celebrating 25 producers who’ve propelled the culture forward and simultaneously kept everyone's trunks rattling over the years. Looking into the imprint of other musicians such as Dr. DreKanye West and Timbaland, among others, check out the full list below.—Kyle Eustice

  • RZA

    RZA of the almighty Wu-Tang Clan has emerged as not only a vicious MC, but also a beat-making king. With plenty of credits under his belt, RZA has produced most of Wu-Tang’s albums, including the Staten Island group’s 1993 debut Wu-Tang: Enter The 36 Chambers and 1997’s Wu-Tang Forever. Splicing audio clips from old kung-fu movies with hard-hitting boom bap beats, RZA (also known as Bobby Digital) quickly established his signature sound. He’s gone on to both direct and score films as well as consult on the popular Hulu series, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, alongside Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA. On a commercial level, the legendary producer has received Grammy Award and Emmy nominations for his contributions to the culture.

  • Kanye West

    Love him or hate him, Kanye West’s production discography speaks for itself. Kicking off in 1999 with “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop” by Dead Prez and “Joanne” by Trina & Tamara, Kanye has amassed a long list of production credits over the course of his career. From Beanie Sigel and Jay-Z to Scarface and Ludacris, the Chi-Town native quickly blossomed as Roc-A-Fella Records’ standout producer. After launching his solo career in 2004 with The College Dropout and establishing his own label, G.O.O.D. Music, Kanye explored a vast array of sounds, including symphonic arrangements, synthesizers and Auto-Tune. With more than 160 million records sold, 20 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (over 140 entries all together) and 22 Grammys, he’s among the most successful artists of all time—he also happens to be one of the most controversial.

  • Dr. Dre

    Before Dr. Dre became a billionaire Beats mogul, the Aftermath Entertainment trailblazer was in the lab cooking up the World Class Wreckin’ Cru’s electro funk album World Class (1985), N.W.A’s pioneering gangster rap album Straight Outta Compton (1988) and, of course, his seminal solo debut, The Chronic (1992). Built on a foundation of George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic samples, The Chronic ushered in the G-Funk era and paved the way for a slew of rappers to follow. He also earned a Grammy in the Best Rap Solo performance category for “Let Me Ride,” which relies heavily on Parliament’s 1976 single "Mothership Connection (Star Child).” A bona fide architect of West Coast G-Funk, he’s avidly working in the studio to this day (hopefully on that nearly mythical Detox project). When it comes to accolades, Dre has six Grammys, an Emmy and six top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 to his name.

  • Pete Rock

    Pete Rock—one half of Pete Rock & CL Smooth—created arguably one of the most recognized samples in hip-hop history with “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” from 1992’s Mecca and the Soul Brother. With an affinity for jazz samples and the SP-1200, Rock has crafted masterpieces for Stetsasonic, Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots, among many others. More recently, he’s collaborated with the likes of Smoke DZA and Skyzoo, as well as put out multiple solo albums, culminating with 2022’s Return of the SP-1200 2. He hasn't received many nods on a commercial level, but his impact will never be lost within the genre and on the streets.

  • Marley Marl

    From RZA and DJ Premier to Madlib and Pete Rock, Cold Chillin’ Records in-house producer/DJ Marley Marl has influenced the careers of a wide array of hip-hop artists. The New York City native was discovered by local radio DJ Mr. Magic and the two went on to form the legendary Juice Crew. Marley Marl caught his big break in 1984 when he produced “Roxanne’s Revenge” for Roxanne Shanté. He went on to craft the entirety of Craig G's The Kingpin, Big Daddy Kane's Long Live The Kane, Biz Markie's Goin' Off, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's Road to the Riches, MC Shan's Down By Law and Born to Be Wild and Roxanne Shante's Bad Sister. The platinum-selling producer is perhaps best known for producing “The Symphony,” a posse cut boasting verses from Juice Crew members Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, Craig G and Big Daddy Kane.

  • J Dilla

    J Dilla is one of rap’s most lauded producers. Despite his premature death in 2006, Dilla's extensive catalog has proven to be an influence on countless others. Beginning with Slum Village and Soulquarians, the Detroit native established his distinct sound with a customized Akai MPC3000. In addition to solo albums such as 2006’s Donuts, he went on to produce for The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, MF DOOM, Common and Erykah Badu (the latter two of which he earned Grammy nominations and Billboard entries with). Multiple posthumous projects started arriving shortly after his death, including The Shining, Jay Love Japan and Jay Stay Paid. Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, has worked tirelessly to keep his legacy alive, exceeding any and all expectations.

  • DJ Premier

    As a founding member of Gang Starr, DJ Premier is the production genius behind classics such as “Above The Clouds” and “You Know My Steez.” For the past three decades, he’s continued pushing the envelope, working with a wide array of artists; from J. Cole and Bishop Nehru to Oasis’ Liam Gallagher and Torii Wolf. When producing Christina Aguilera’s 2006 album Back To Basics, he admitted people were skeptical. But as he told Life + Times magazine, “I never want to be just attached to hip-hop. I want to be attached to music—country, rap, soul, jazz, blues, it doesn't matter, gospel music—I come from all of that.” And he’s kept his word. Additionally, Premier has taken home a few Grammy Awards for his genre-crossing productions.

  • Timbaland

    Always at the forefront of innovation, Timbaland made a name for himself producing for the likes of Ginuwine, Jodeci, Aaliyah and Missy Elliott throughout the 1990s. The aughts found him in the studio with Justin Timberlake, Brandy, LL Cool J, Xzibit, Snoop Dogg and dozens more. Needless to say, Timbaland’s versatility was like a secret weapon for any artist who stepped in the booth. From R&B to rap, the 4x Grammy Award-winner continues to flex his creative muscle. In 2022, he crafted two tracks for Jack Harlow’s Grammy-nominated album, Come Home The Kids Miss You, and followed up with contributions to The Game’s Drillmatic—Heart Vs. Mind project. As far as charts go, Timbaland has two No. 1 hits on the Hot 100, with five that have gone top 10.

  • Mannie Fresh

    Without Mannie Fresh, it’s unlikely Lil Wayne would be the superstar rapper he is now. The New Orleans producer is behind nearly most of the songs on 17 multi-platinum, platinum or gold albums for Cash Money between 1998 and 2004. His first Top 100 hit, “Ha” by Juvenile, put him on the map, but the group’s follow-up single “Back That Azz Up” made him a hot commodity. Credits include The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hope You N-ggas Sleep,” Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter and Big Tymers’ “Still Fly.” These days, he has the freedom to pick projects based on interest. He’s currently working on a collaborative album with The Cool Kids and traveling the world playing DJ sets. Yep, still fly.

  • The Bomb Squad

    As the powerhouse behind Public Enemy’s frenetic and often disruptive sound, The Bomb Squad sewed together swatches of samples like surgeons in an ER. Comprised of brothers Hank and Keith Shocklee, Eric Sadler, Gary “G-Wiz” Rinaldo, Bill Stephney and Chuck D himself, the production crew was behind Public Enemy’s most celebrated albums, including It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet. The Bomb Squad was also behind albums such as Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Bell Biv Devoe’s Poison and Slick Rick’s The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. With all of that in mind, they are of course no strangers to plaques and chart placements.

  • Hit-Boy

    Hit-Boy was already a Grammy Award-winning producer, having crafted the Hov and Kanye West classic “N-ggaz In Paris” in 2004, Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” from Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and Beyoncé’s “Sorry” from Lemonade, but his work with Nas over the past few years have heightened his notoriety. In 2021, Hit-Boy won a Best Rap Album Grammy for his contributions to Nas’ King’s Disease. Its sequel, King’s Disease II, was nominated in the same category the following year. Last month, he added another gilded trophy to his collection after Beyoncé’s Renaissance took home the Best Dance/Electronic Album honor. With five Grammy wins altogether and a slew of Hot 100 entires, Hit-Boy continues to pump out classics to this day.

  • No I.D.

    Chi-Town native No I.D. garnered national acclaim first alongside fellow Chicagoan Common, pumping out multiple songs on 1994’s Resurrection—including the memorable ode to rap, “I Used To Love H.E.R”—and then as a co-producer with Jermaine Dupri. He also introduced Kanye West to both hip-hop production and Roc-A-Fella Records A&R Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua, who eventually signed West to Hip Hop Since 1978, inadvertently propelling the young rapper to superstardom.

    No I.D.’s résumé boasts a stint as G.O.O.D. Music president and additional credits with JAY-Z, Nas, Drake, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Rihanna and, of course, West. In 2008, he produced West’s 808 & Heartbreaks single “Heartless,” which sold more than four million copies. His latest work includes Beyonce’s Renaissance single “Church Girl” and two songs for Brent Faiyaz from the album Wasteland. Elsewhere, I.D. also won multiple Grammys for his contributions to Hov's "Run This Town," a record that of course landed on the Hot 100, out of the many, as well.

  • Mike Dean

    If there was no Mike Dean, Kanye West’s discography basically wouldn’t exist—at least not in its final iteration. In addition to mixing both The College Dropout and Late Registration, the Houston native—who made his initial mark with Rap-A-Lot Records artists—sprinkled his production magic on Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, The Life of Pablo, Ye and the two Donda albums. His penchant for synthesizers and brooding, ethereal soundscapes largely define his body of work and easily sets him apart from other producers. Dean is the co-founder of Apex Sound along with fellow producer Apex Martin and a 7x-Grammy winner. Just give him a bong hit and watch him go.

  • Madlib

    A longtime Stones Throw Records affiliate, Madlib got an early taste of success with Tha Alkaholiks’ 1993 debut, 21 & Over. Credited as Lootpack—his production crew with Wildchild and DJ Romes—Madlib’s love of jazz, soul and funk weaved its way into his beats. He soon found himself clicked up with MF DOOM (as Madvillain), J Dilla (as Jaylib) and, eventually, Freddie Gibbs (as MadGibbs). His rumored project with Mac Miller, MacLib, was thwarted by Miller’s 2018 death. Madlib has produced for Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Living Legends, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Anderson .Paak, Mos Def, Westside Gunn and Open Mike Eagle as well as his own alter ego, Quasimoto. Though he's never won a Grammy, commercial success has in fact been achieved, in instances like his work on Gibb's Bandana, which debuted in the top 25 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

  • The Dust Brothers

    The Dust Brothers (E.Z Mike and King Gizmo) are responsible for one of the most sample-heavy albums of all time—Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique (1989). With more than 100 snippets of songs from artists such as James Brown, Bob Marley, Afrika Bambaataa, The Eagles and ZZ Top, the ambitious project highlighted The Dust Brothers’ innate ability to make sense out of chaos. The Los Angeles-based duo later left their imprint on Beck’s Odelay, Midnite Vultures and Guero, the soundtrack for Fight Club and "MMMBop" by Hanson. Their work with the Beastie Boys has also earned them a stack of platinum plaques and Billboard chart nods.

  • Swizz Beatz

    When DMX died in April 2021, Swizz Beatz vowed to finish X’s comeback album, Exodus—and he did. Loyal until the end, Swizz Beatz was instrumental in DMX’s career, producing the infamous “Ruff Ryders Anthem” from his 1998 debut, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, several tracks on Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood and “Party Up (Up In Here)” from 2000’s …And Then There Was X. Swizz Beatz, who’s also the co-founder of the popular Versuz series, has produced for his wife Alicia Keys, Eve, Cassidy, Hov, Beanie Sigel, Busta Rhymes, The Lox, Damian Marley and dozens of others. More recent work includes Mary J. Blige’s “Runnin’” off the Grammy-nominated Good Morning Gorgeous and Westside Gunn’s “Science Class” featuring Stove God Cooks, Bus-A-Bus, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. The Grammy Award-winning producer is also no stranger to cracking Billboard's Hot 100 across decades.

  • DJ Quik

    DJ Quik is a pillar of early West Coast rap, widely known for the solo singles “Tonite,” “Born & Raised in Compton” and “Dollaz & Sense.” But his moniker is a giant clue as to what his first love is—DJing and producing. Once he’s behind the board, Quik is like a scientist, mixing little doses of funk with hip-hop to put his G-Funk signature on everything he touches. From Snoop Dogg and Tupac to The Game and Eazy-E, DJ Quik’s production discography reads like a who’s who of rap. Stints at Profile and Death Row Records only solidified his legacy. Quik is famous for using a vocoder, which was introduced to him by Zapp & Rogers’ Roger Troutman. As indicated by one of Quik’s latest Instagram posts, the platinum-selling beat architect still talking about his influence 30 years later.

  • Prince Paul

    With a penchant for weaving colorful sonic tapestries out of a plethora of diverse samples, Grammy Award winner Prince Paul stitched together De La Soul’s kaleidoscopic debut, 1989’s 3 Feet High & Rising. While he’d already established himself as a founding member of the Long Island hip-hop group Stetsasonic, his work with De La Soul put him on another level. He went on to form Gravediggaz with RZA, Too Poetic and Frukwan as well as Handsome Boy Modeling School with Dan The Automator. Subsequent collaborations include Gorillaz, Souls of Mischief and George Clinton, among many others. He's also scored Billboard 200 entries off of his own solo work, so shoutout to that.

  • Q-Tip

    As A Tribe Called Quest’s de facto leader, Q-Tip was among the catalysts of the jazz-infused hip-hop movement that dominated the ‘90s Golden Era. A member of the Native Tongues, Tribe was all about “beats, rhymes and life.” Behind the board, Q-Tip was an innovator, influencing future legends Pharrell, Kanye West, 9 Wonder and J Dilla. His production on Tribe’s The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders remains timeless. Outside of hip-hop, the Grammy Award-winner has smashed songs such as Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” which landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997. He’s gone on to work with Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Santigold, John Legend and Kendrick Lamar, among others. The “vivrant thing” is currently working on LL Cool J’s first album since 2013’s Authentic.

  • Metro Boomin

    Metro Boomin kicked off his career at just 16 years old while still living in St. Louis. After moving to Atlanta in 2011, he connected with a small army of ATL rappers, including Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and Migos. He found mainstream success with 2014’s “Tuesday" by iLoveMakonnen and Drake, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. He landed his first chart-topper with Migos’ “Bad & Boujee” two short years later and hasn’t looked back. In 2017, he would produce what would become his first diamond-certified single, Post Malone’s “Congratulations” featuring Quavo. The versatile beat magician earned a Grammy nomination in the Album of the Year category for his work on Coldplay’s 2022 album Music of the Spheres at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, has laced four top 10 hits on the Hot 100 and topped the charts with his own album Heroes & Villains last year. Boom indeed.

  • Just Blaze

    Just Blaze served as Roc-A-Fella Records’ in-house producer throughout the early 2000s, producing for the likes of Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z, Freeway and Cam’ron. Among his biggest hits are T.I.’s “Live Your Life” featuring Rihanna, which landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Just Blaze is the CEO of Fort Knocks Entertainment, has composed soundtracks for video games and was a character in NBA Street Vol. 2. The 8x-Grammy nominee even received a nod in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards for Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin’s “We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy).” Other nominations include Album of the Year for Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Kanye West’s Late Registration.

  • The Neptunes

    Grammy Award-winning production duo Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo—collectively known as The Neptunes—are essentially a hit factory. With a discography that includes Nelly’s “Hot In Herre,” Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Got Your Money” featuring Kelis and the gold-certified “Lookin’ At Me” from Ma$e and Diddy, the proud Virginians haven’t let off the gas since producing Wreckx-n-Effect’s 1992 smash “Rump Shaker” while still in high school. In 2001, they catapulted to international recognition with Brittney Spears’ “I’m A Slave 4 U” and continued churning out tracks for Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Beyoncé and Hov, among others, in addition to their own group N.E.R.D and Pharrell’s solo work. In 2020, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and honored with Honorary Doctorates from Berklee College of Music the following year. Altogether, they've won four Grammy Awards and stacked up plenty of platinum plaques to match their recurring Hot 100 entries.

  • Organized Noize

    Down South, Dungeon Family trio Organized Noize was making, well, noise. Throughout the 1990s, Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade and Ray Murray orchestrated culture-defining albums such as Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, ATLiens and Aquemini and Goodie Mob’s Soul Food. But they also branched out into other genres, crafting several hit singles, including TLC's “Waterfalls,” En Vogue's "Don't Let Go (Love)” and Ludacris' "Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!).”

    Outkast credits Organized Noize for their success. As Big Boi said in a 2017 interview with Billboard, "They were our big brothers, and they did a production deal with LaFace Records. They were the ones that gave us our first shot and we been doing music with them since the beginning.” Moreover, on a commercial level, they seem to have every relevant accolade under their belts, from Grammys to chart-topping hits.

  • Rick Rubin

    Rick Rubin is often exalted to deity status for his non-traditional approach to production. Using more feeling and energy than technical prowess these days, the Def Jam Recordings co-mastermind can usually be found holed up at his Shangri-La studio in Malibu guiding the creative direction of artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blossom and Run The Jewels. Early in his career, he was the driving force behind Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill, Public Enemy’s Yo! Bum Rush The Show and LL's Radio. Following Larry Smith and Russell Simmons’ work on Run-DMC’s albums Run-D.M.C. and King of Rock, Rubin took the reins on the trio’s third album, Raising Hell, which included the first big crossover Hip-Hop/rock hit,“Walk This Way” with Aerosmith.

  • The Alchemist

    An early member of Cypress Hill’s Soul Assassins, The Alchemist originally rapped under the moniker “Mudfoot” but ultimately found his calling as a producer thanks to guidance from DJ Muggs. After honing his skills as Dilated People’s primary producer, he branched out into producing for Mobb Deep, Nas, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Ghostface Killah and Snoop Dogg. He also landed a gig as Eminem’s tour DJ following Green Lantern’s departure from Shady Records in 2005. The Alchemist earned his first Grammy Award nomination in 2020 for Alfredo with Freddie Gibbs. That late nod doesn't tell the entire story though, as he's been racking up chart entries and RIAA certifications for years now.

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Method Man is offering Yung Miami some words of wisdom after her recent appearance on BMF was almost universally panned.

On Wednesday (March 15), TMZ caught up with Tical in New York City and asked the Wu-Tang Clan rapper about his thoughts on Yung Miami's cameo on the latest episode of BMF.

"I didn't see it, but love her," Meth responded.

When told that people had things to say about the appearance, Method Man replied, "F**k people. People are mean."

He went on to call the critiques "white noise."

"I love the City Girls, [they're] dope," he added.

Yung Miami made an appearance on the BMF episode "High Treason," which aired on March 10, with the scene immediately going viral after people mercilessly clowned the South Florida rapper for her acting skills during a scene with Big Meech's character. In response, Yung Miami confidently reacted to the naysayers.

"The more they hate, the more opportunities come. It's only the beginning for me," she wrote on Twitter.

She also responded to people reenacting the scene on social media.

Method Man has had a successful transition from rapping to acting and is one of the more sought after rhymers-turned-thespians in the business, with acting credits that include How High, Soul Plane, Scary Movie 3, Red Tails, Shaft, Keanu, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, On the Come Up and more. He currently stars as Davis McLean in Power: Book II: Ghost.

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Actor Seth Rogen recently had some high times with Megan Thee Stallion.

On Wednesday night (March 15), the Pineapple Express actor was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  where he spoke about meeting the Houston rapper while attending the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif. over the weekend.

"It was fun," Rogen recalled at the 3:30-mark of the interview below. "I hung out. I smoked some weed with Megan Thee Stallion and her brother. That was a good time."

"I'd never met them before that night," he continued. "She approached me and she was adamant that I would get along with her brother. Someone backstage told me that she doesn’t have a brother, so now I’m confused about this whole thing. I don’t know what I did that night, if I’m being honest."

He added, "We really did hit it off, which is what’s unfortunate because [her brother] might not exist, from what I’m hearing." Rogen revealed he and Megan Thee Stallion's brother "Travis," who is most likely her longtime manager T. Farris, exchanged numbers.

Megan Thee Stallion is returning to the public eye following the Tory Lanez trial last December. On the same night of the Oscars party, she revealed she is working on a new album. She has since returned to Instagram and has also been announced as the headliner for the upcoming March Madness Music Festival AT&T Block Party.

See Seth Rogen Recounting the Time He Smoked Weed With Megan Thee Stallion BelowSee Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Albums of 2023Filed Under: Megan Thee Stallion, Seth RogenCategories: News

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XXL celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with this moment:

March 16, 2018: XXXTentacion was arguably the most polarizing artist of the SoundCloud era. Five years ago, the South Florida rapper released his second album, ?, via Bad Vibes Forever/Caroline/Capitol Records, on this day in 2018.

By the time XXXTentacion dropped his sophomore album, he was a rising star in the rap game after the success of his 2017 debut effort, 17, which exploded into the mainstream. On the ? album, XXX showcased his versatility by rapping over different sounds from boom-bap to pop to punk-rock and even Latin music.

For example, on the Joey Bada$$-assisted "infinity (888)," XXXTentacion spits intricate punchlines over the P. Soul-produced boom-bap track. "Make my flow shape-shift, cold expression like a facelift/At the Publix with like eight grips if you talkin' all that ape shit/I'm not talkin' YMBAPE shit, but I'm bangin' on my chest, bitch," he raps.

On the bouncy "I Don't Even Speak Spanish LOL," XXX delivers a sing-songy flow over a Latin, Caribbean-infused groove by producer Z3N. And on "Numb," the late rapper wallows in his tears over a charging electric guitar melody. He also flexed his musicality on the album's three hit singles: the bombastic track "SAD!," the piano-driven "Changes" and the psychedelic-trap banger "Moonlight."

For his stellar work, X's ? album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart during the week of March 31, 2018. On April 14, 2022, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the ? album quadruple platinum (4 million copies sold).

Sadly, three months after the album's release, XXXTentacion was shot and killed, on June 18, 2018, inside his vehicle after shopping for a motorcycle at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Three men involved in the incident are on trial for his murder.

Even though XXXTentacion has passed away, his music lives on through his dedicated fans.

Watch XXXTentacion's "SAD!" Video BelowWatch XXXTentacion's "Moonlight" Video BelowListen to XXXTentacion's Song "Changes" BelowSee the Best Hip-Hop Projects From Rappers We LostFiled Under: Today in Hip-Hop, XXXTentacionCategories: News, Today in Hip-Hop

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Blueface is putting Chrisean Rock on blast for the deplorable conditions in his laundry room and she has responded with claims of abuse and infidelity.

On Wednesday (March 15), Blueface went on his Instagram Story and shared video of his home's laundry room, which is in a crummy condition. In the video, dirty clothes are piled all over the floor, washing machine and counter.

"Look at this s**t, y'all," Blueface snaps in the video. "Look at this s**t. I done told this h*e to do the gotdamn laundry for like a month now. On God, I tell her, 'It's not that hard, baby. If you separate the clothes everyday and just do a load a day, it'll be less work. But if you let the scene bleed all year long it's gon' be crazy.' On God, I'm supposed to deal with this? Somebody said get a housekeeper or a maid. What's the point of having a b***h if I gotta get a housekeeper or a maid?"

Chrisean Rock has responded to Blueface putting her on blast.

"A b***h be mentally and physically drained," Chrisean Rock vented on Instagram Live.  "Who wants to clean up after a n***a that beats and cheats on them? Here and there and all that. That s**t is draining. I'ma just pay someone else to do it. I'm never really home. I travel a lot. I be tired. N***a just want to lay down. If I make money for you every weekend, I just want to lay my ass down. What the f**k? Oh my God, bro. And you still want to beef, for what?"

Chrisean Rock's pregnancy has brought new troubles to an already volatile relationship. Blueface has on more than one occasion questioned the paternity of the child. He even recently suggested she get an abortion.

See Video of Blueface's Woeful Washroom and Chrisean Rock's Response BelowSee the Definitive List of Bizarre Tweets From RappersFiled Under: Blueface, chrisean rockCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author”>Sidney MaddenUpdated: March 15, 2023Contributing Authors: TDE

XXL celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with this moment:

March 15, 2015: Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar dropped his third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, via Aftermath/Interscope Records and Top Dawg Entertainment, on this day in 2015.

Coming off the momentous acclaim of his major label debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, in 2012, everyone in hip-hop had an ear out for what K-Dot would come up with next. Hailed as one of the most nimble, imaginative storytellers in the rap game today, Kenny's second album had high expectations. Originally set to drop on March 23, Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath and Interscope moved up the release, surprising fans with a late-night drop one day after the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur's Me Against The World.

The album's lead singles, "Blacker The Berry," "King Kunta" and "Alright," asserted an unapologetically Black message in the wake of the increase in police brutality in America and the shooting deaths of young Black men like Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and more. Cuts like "Momma," "How Much A Dollar Cost" and "Institutionalized" examined Kendrick's personal struggle with newfound fame and guilt for leaving the hood that raised him.

To Pimp a Butterfly was almost immediately hailed as a classic among fellow MCs and music fans for its inventive use of funk influences and Kendrick's outstanding lyricism. Production credits on TPAB include Dr. Dre, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, Terrace Martin, Flying Lotus and Pharrell Williams. Though it was sparse with features, George Clinton, Snoop Dogg and Rapsody came through with memorable verses when they did assist.

Kendrick spoke on TPAB's message when he sat down for his XXL Winter 2015 cover story.

"The past few years or so has been very politically charged and controversial. From Trayvon Martin, to Eric Garner to Michael Brown and issues of police brutality and racism and for so many other reasons," he said. "All of it has really struck a nerve with me because when you experience things like that personally and you know the type of hardships and pain that it brings first-hand, it builds a certain rage in you."

"It brings back memories of when I’m 16 and the police come kicking the door in," he continued. "They don’t care that I’m a little boy and they stumped me in my back two times and they dragged me out the house and have us all handcuffed. It brings back those memories. Memories of losing loved ones. It brings back some of the most painful memories and deepest thoughts of real life situations that I didn’t even want to address on good kid. Or wasn’t ready to. Rage is the perfect word for it."

As far as accolades, TPAB was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album and Album of the Year. At the 2016 Grammy Awards, K-Dot won five of his 11 nominations including Best Rap Performance for "Alright" and Best Rap Album but lost Album of the Year to Taylor Swift's 1989.

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly serves as a reminder of the power of hip-hop.

Watch Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" Video BelowListen to Kendrick Lamar's "The Blacker The Berry"See Rappers and Hip-Hop Executives With a Key to the City Filed Under: Kendrick Lamar, Today in Hip-HopCategories: News, Today in Hip-Hop

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Finesse2Tymes might have to increase his name by one number as the Memphis rapper says he is dating three women at the same time.

On Tuesday (March 14), Finesse2Tymes joined the hosts of Angela Yee's Lip Service podcast for a round-table discussion on the time he's served in prison, becoming a fast-rising star in hip-hop and of course, romance, which the salacious show has become known for. To that point, Finesse2Tymes made an interesting revelation regarding his current relationship status—it includes three women all at once.

"I got a situation," replied Finesse2Tymes when Angela Yee inquired about his love life at the 2:54-mark in the video below. "You know, I'm in a polygamy, like, I gotta have more than one woman."

Yee immediately asked Finesse how many women he was referring to and whether or not they know about each other. The "Back End" spitter explained that he and "three" women currently "stay together."

Finesse2Tymes then expanded upon his approach to polygamy when one Lip Service host asked about how he went about presenting the situation to each of the three women involved.

"I ain't gone lie, one of ’em, well, two of them, I did it wrong," confessed Finesse. "I kinda just threw it on ’em. Like, 'This is what it is. I accept what come with you, you gonna accept what come with me.'"

The seasoned interviewers then wanted to know how the women first reacted to Finesse2Tymes telling them about being involved in a polyamorous arrangement.

"It was like an 'aw' moment but at the same time, I'm such a gentlemen and ladies' man, it was kinda easy," Finesse casually explained. "I done had all of them tell me this separately. They like, 'It's kinda easy to accept what come with you because you so humble and so, you know, down to Earth. It's kinda easy. I don't ask for nothing but help from my women anyway."

He later added to the topic: "I felt like it was weird at first like, 'Ain't no woman gonna accept that.' But I thought about my past life and like, women ain't gonna accept that but it's a difference between being a h*e and a woman. A h*e gonna accept it because it's they job to accept other h*es but it ain't no woman's job to accept other women. So, for me to present that, it was kinda weird."

After Finesse2Tymes explained that all three of his lovers came to easy terms with being involved in the multiple partner situation, things on Lip Service became even more lively. The discussion quickly turned to sex and what Finesse's situation is like when it comes to the bedroom. The Memphis rhymer divulged that since his arrangement is, in fact, a relationship, he as well as the three women are only sexually active with himself and each other.

Finesse2Tymes and his love life have been a steady topic of conversation throughout the rap game in recent days. News of his polyamorous relationship with three women comes just days after Finesse spoke on why he broke up with "Buss It" rapper Erica Banks.

"I'm a man, so when I wake up in the morning and me and my woman…when I get up, my woman get up because it's time to cook, it's time to have some sex, it's time to clean up," said Finesse2Tymes in his explanation of why things between he and Banks didn't work out. "And when you get up and you get in your phone, I don't like that. Don't get straight in your phone when you're around a man."

In response to his claims, Erica Banks opined that Finesse was looking for more of a "servant" than a partner but that wasn't the type of time she was on regarding romantic relationships. Days later, on March 12, Erica Banks explained that when it came to sex during their time together, Finesse2Tymes wasn't exactly what she was "used to" in the bedroom but "it was cool."

Watch Finesse2Tymes Explain What It's Like Dating Three Women at the Same Time on Angela Yee's Lip Service Podcast BelowSee the Definitive List of Bizarre Tweets From RappersFiled Under: Finesse2tymesCategories: News

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Young M.A. has released a statement on her health status after fans showed concern when new video of the rapper surfaced online earlier this week.

On Wednesday (March 15), Young M.A addressed people voicing worry due to video of the rapper shared by her barber that left people speculating that the "OOOUUU" rapper is unwell.

"As many of my supporters know I’ve been dealing with various personal health issues the last few years," Young M.A. said in a statement given to XXL. "I recently was hospitalized and was successfully treated for several conditions. I’m doing better now, will take some time but I’m on the road to recovery and look forward to the future. Rest assured I’m in good spirits and everything will be explained in the MUSIC! Plus documentary..Love y’all MAB! Don’t worry I’m good! -M.A."

Young M.A. fans began to show concern on Tuesday (March 14) when video was shared by the rapper's barber @fatsdabarber showing before-and-after footage of the New York rhymer getting an edge-up and retwist.

Fats even faced backlash after people blasted him on social media for sharing the footage, which he responded to on Instagram.

"Y'all got so much to say as if I'm trying to embarrass my dawg," wrote Fatsdabarber. "If she didn't want me to record, she would've told me. Y'all don't know our bond nor our friendship."

He jokingly continued: "What y'all need to do is just send your prayers for her and that's that she didn't have a haircut in a month and she wanted me to bring her haircut back to life, which I did. Thank you for coming, sis [Young M.A], and rocking with me like always. Love ya."

Young M.A. followed up by coming to Fats' defense.

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Tickets for Drake's It's All a Blur Tour with 21 Savage went on pre-sale today (March 15) and people are going off on Twitter about the price of admission for the cross-country stadium jaunt.

The Her Loss rappers announced the tour on Monday (March 13) via a trailer released on Drake's Instagram page. The duo will be making 28 stops in 21 cities starting on June 16 in New Orleans up to the finale in Glendale, Ariz. on Sept. 5. Cash App card holders got early access to purchase pre-sale tickets on Wednesday, and many of them have been voicing their displeasure about the steep prices on social media.

"Drake smoking d**k with these ticket prices," one person wrote.

"Drake ticket prices are wild for the Atlanta show. I didn’t even pay this to see Beyoncé," another person captioned a screenshot showing $400 tickets for 100 level seats for the Atlanta show at State Farm Arena on July 1.

"WHY ALL YALL SAYING DRAKE TICKET PRICES WILD…do I really gotta sell puss" someone else jokingly commented.

"Drake lost his mind with these tour prices let’s be fr," another fan wrote. "2 floor tickets legit equal my rent."

This will be Drake's first headlining tour since The Aubrey & The Migos Tour in 2018. General tickets for the tour go on sale starting on Friday (March 17).

See Reactions to Drake and 21 Savage's It's All a Blur Tour Ticket Prices BelowSee Hip-Hop Album Cover Art Fans Hated Over the Last Few YearsFiled Under: 21 Savage, DrakeCategories: News

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50 Cent is planning to seize a man's property after winning a $6.2 million lawsuit.

Back in September of 2021, 50 Cent's Sire Spirits filed a lawsuit against former director of brand management Mitchell Green, accusing him of taking $2.2 million in under-the-table kickbacks from 2018-2020. In October of 2022,  the court found Green guilty of liable to Sire Spirits for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and unjust enrichment. 50 Cent was awarded a $6,194,293 judgement. However, Green has yet to pay up. On March 14, he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to court documents. Now, 50 plans to take the man's property in order to settle the debt.

On Wednesday (March 15), 50 shared a blog post about the judgement where he is quoted as saying, "I need you out my house by Monday."

50 Cent captioned his own post, "I think i’m gonna put Epoxy floors in this place. I’m gonna keep it and his family pictures around, you know as a theme for the place. LOL."

It looks like 50 is playing back into his Fofty alter-ego from a few years back when he was calling out everyone who owed him bread and hilariously demanding it be delivered on the first work day of the week. It started with Power producer Randall Emmet, who 50 claimed owed him $1 million. 50 pulled the same stunt on Power actor RotimiBow Wow and actor Jackie Long. Teairra Mari also got the "money by Monday" treatment after losing a lawsuit to the G-Unit boss.

See 50 Cent's Instagram Post About Seizing Green's Home After Winning at $6 Million Lawsuit BelowSee Rappers Named After Notorious Crime FiguresFiled Under: 50 CentCategories: News

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Young M.A is now defending the barber who posted video footage of the rapper that left fans concerned for her health.

On Tuesday (March 14), barber to the stars and Wild ’N Out cast member Fatsdabarber hit up Instagram to show off some before and after clips of Young M.A getting a fresh cut. When the videos began to make its round across social media, the conversation became less about the Brooklyn, N.Y. MC getting a shape-up and her dreadlocks twisted and more about fans being deeply worried that Young M.A may be going through some sort of health crisis. Both M.A and Fatsdabarber have since addressed the growing concern.

As Young M.A began to trend on Twitter due to the widespread concern, many social media users turned against Fatsdabarber, adamantly questioning why he would post such videos if, in fact, the "Ooouuu" spitter's health was down bad in some way.

"That barber is completely f*****g wrong and unethical," wrote one Twitter user upon seeing Fatsdabarber's videos. "Young MA whole body language looked like she ain't wanna be recorded and you posted that s**t?"

Another tweeted: "I just feel like that barber never even had to post that video of Young MA, like you can clearly see she’s sick asf right now. Why not just give her that privacy and let her get a damn shape up in peace?"

"Idc if she reposted it a million times," the same Young M.A fan continued. "I just feel like common sense is common sense. He see she sick… just do her hair and move along."

Another social media user chimed in with: "Why tf that barber post Young Ma like that? I hope she never go to him again, you can see all in her face she ain’t wanna b recorded. I hope she’s ok "

"That barber foul for posting that vid of Young MA," tweeted another person carrying the same sentiment. "You could definitely tell she ain’t really wanna be recorded like that smh."

However, on Wednesday (March 15), Fatsdabarber returned to his Instagram Story to sternly address the backlash from fans complete with his own comedic flair. At that point, Young M.A was quick to back him up on her end.

"Y'all got so much to say as if I'm trying to embarrass my dawg," wrote Fatsdabarber. "If she didn't want me to record, she would've told me. Y'all don't know our bond nor our friendship."

He jokingly continued: "What y'all need to do is just send your prayers for her and that's that she didn't have a haircut in a month and she wanted me to bring her haircut back to life, which I did. Thank you for coming, sis [Young M.A], and rocking with me like always. Love ya."

Over on her own Instagram Story, a seemingly unphased Young M.A reposted Fatsdabarber's pointed response to his detractors and concerned fans while throwing in a little comedic correction for what her barber had written.

"We blessed don't let that get to you blooda," Young M.A wrote to her barber in the IG Story's caption. "And I told you it was like 4 months."

Given the way both Young M.A and Fatsdabarber have handled the situation, it would appear as though fans of the "Unaccomodating" MC have nothing to be concerned about. In fact, M.A provided XXL with an official statement regarding her current health status.

"As many of my supporters know, I’ve been dealing with various personal health issues the last few years," the statement reads. "I recently was hospitalized and was successfully treated for several conditions. I’m doing better now, will take some time but I’m on the road to recovery and look forward to the future. Rest assured I’m in good spirits and everything will be explained in the MUSIC! Plus documentary… Love y’all MAB! Don’t worry I’m good! -M.A"

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Jay Electronica claims he's had an encounter with the shadowy group known as the Illuminati and say's he walked away from the meeting unimpressed.

Jay Elec has never been one to hold his tongue on any topic. On Monday (March 13), the New Orleans rapper went on a choppy Twitter diatribe, enlightening fans of his esoteric beliefs.

"Ps, The Illuminati? I met em," Jay Electronica tweeted in a string of dozens of posts. "They ain’t all that. Ask em about me."

In follow-up posts, he claimed Dominicans secretly control the entertainment industry and banks.

"Ps, The Dominicans control Hollywood," he added. "Ps, The Dominicans control the banking system."

Jay didn't stop there. "Ps, The Visigoths are running a pedophile ring in Hollywood," he continued. "Ps, The Albinos control the military industrial complex."

As for the music industry, the Roc Nation rapper believes it is controlled by a Christian religion.

"Ps, The Jehovah’s Witness control the music industry," he added.

This isn't the first time, Jay Electronica has been connected to conspiracy theories about the Illuminati. Back in 2012, he was rumored to be dating Kate Rothschild who is a part of the Rothschild Jewish noble banking family, widely believed by conspiracy theorists to be part of the Illuminati, a secret society some believe controls the world and are seeking a New World Order. Jay Electronica reportedly had a fling with Rothschild, who was then married to Ben Goldsmith, the son of the late billionaire financier Jimmy Goldsmith.

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Hurricane Chris has been acquitted on all charges in his murder trial.

On Tuesday (March 14), a four man, eight-woman jury found the Louisiana rapper not guilty in connection to the 2020 shooting death of Danzeria Farris Jr. following a seven-day trial, XXL has confirmed.

"We are excited," Hurricane Chris' attorney Alex Washington told reporters outside the courtroom. "We are proud of the jury. Finally, a jury that had the courage to say that he's not guilty. Everybody in Shreveport is not guilty. This system is flawed sometimes. He have poor investigation. It was a poor investigation that has affected Mr. Dooley's life since 2020. So, I appreciate the courage of the community to say, 'No. Say, not guilty.'"

Hurricane Chris also released a statement about his acquittal to The Shade Room.

"Tonight I was found not guilty of second degree murder and illegal possession of stolen things," the "Halle Berry" rapper wrote. "I wanna thank God, my attorneys at the Washington & Wells law firm, and my family for standing with me as my life was on the line."

Hurricane Chris, born Christopher Dooley, was initially arrested on June 19, 2020 and charged with shooting Farris multiple times at a Texaco gas station at Hearne and Hollywood avenues in Shreveport, La. Chris told police he believed Farris was trying to rob him when the man opened the door to the 2016 Mercedes Benz the rapper was driving. A car that had been reported stolen from Texas.

At the time of his arrest, Hurricane Chris' attorney released the following statement: "The prayers of Mr. Dooley are with the family of the deceased as well as his own family at this time. He is confident that at the end of a thorough and just investigation of this incident, his name will be cleared."

Chris was charged and later indicted on murder and illegal possession of stolen items. The "A Bay Bay" rapper maintained he shot Farris in self-defense The jury agreed, acquitting the rapper on both charges.

See 44 of the Longest Prison Bids in Hip-Hop HistoryC-Murder, Max B, B.G. and more.Filed Under: Hurricane ChrisCategories: News

href=”//” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: March 14, 2023Prince Williams/WireImage

UPDATE (March 15):

Young M.A has provided XXL with an official statement regarding her current health status:

"As many of my supporters know, I’ve been dealing with various personal health issues the last few years," the statement reads. "I recently was hospitalized and was successfully treated for several conditions. I’m doing better now, will take some time but I’m on the road to recovery and look forward to the future. Rest assured I’m in good spirits and everything will be explained in the MUSIC! Plus documentary… Love y’all MAB! Don’t worry I’m good! -M.A"


Fans are vocalizing their concerns regarding Young M.A's health and well-being after videos began circulating online of the rapper in a barber chair.

On Tuesday (March 14), an initial clip surfaced on the internet, showing the Brooklyn rhymer in what appears to be comedian and celebrity barber @fatsdabarber's chair, getting a shape-up and her dreadlocks retwisted. In the short video, shared by Instagram blog @gossipofthecity, there is a before-and-after of Young M.A getting her hair done. However, what fans have expressed worry about is her physical appearance and if M.A may be battling some sort of health issues.

Young M.A also began trending on Twitter, with some fans extending prayers and sharing gentle messages.

One person said, "God bless you young ma, I declare and decree love and health over your body amen."

Another wrote, "Whatever Young MA has going on is honestly none of our business. Now is not the time to speculate or speak negatively. Just wish her well and let it be."

Another Twitter user brought attention to the barber posting the video of Young M.A to social media, writing, "That barber is completely f**kin wrong and unethical!!! Young MA whole body language looked like she ain’t wanna be recorded and you posted that s**t? 🗑️"

Young M.A has not spoken out on the circulating video and her Instagram page has been wiped clean. She did, however, repost the barber's IG Story video, which shows her in the barber chair after receiving her shapeup.

XXL has reached out to Young M.A's team for a comment.

Following this recent video of Young M.A making its rounds online, a video of her from December of last year, in an electric wheelchair at a grocery store, appears to have resurfaced as well. In the clip, a woman spotted the "Ooouuu" rapper and was uncertain if it was actually her. At the end of the video, the woman spoke confidently, stating that she saw M.A several times in the store and was certain it was her.

Many people on social media have drawn their own conclusions as to what has attributed to Young M.A's potential health issues or are speculating about what is going on with the rapper, noting the yellow color of her eyes, but nothing regarding Young M.A's health has been confirmed at this time.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: March 14, 2023TMZ

Lil Uzi Vert was drug-free when he made his upcoming album The Pink Tape.

On Tuesday (March 14), TMZ caught up with Uzi and his crew in Beverly Hills, Calif. and asked the Philadelphia rapper about Don Cannon recently revealing Uzi created nearly 700 songs for his new album while Uzi was in the midst of his newfound sobriety.

"It was challenging at first. But then after probably after a month, I got used to it," Lil Uzi Vert said of creating his new album sober. "I thought that my creative process wasn't going to be the same because I wasn't on drugs no more. It was the same. Even better. Because I could think more clear and I could actually, like, instead of my words slurring, which is kinda of cool, everything made sense. I didn't just make random music. How can I say? I didn't play off the beat. I actually made song with topics this time."

Lil Uzi Vert said he would advise all of his peers to go the drug-free route.

"It's the best thing to do," the "Just Wanna Rock" rapper added. "It will change your life. And you'll look better."

Back in February, Lil Uzi Vert's label co-owner Don Cannon talked about Uzi's proficiency while making the new album during an interview on Math Hoffa's My Expert Opinion podcast.

"Sober, high, when he used to get high and now he sober doing ’em," said Don Cannon. "Ain’t nothing changed so he one of them guys. And it’s different because we’re getting all kinds of songs out of him. Might get a rock song, a real rap song, because he really rap.  Might get the melodic shit that he do. That's a fun thing."

Lil Uzi Vert has been teasing his new album for a while now. Yesterday, he said the project would be coming in a couple months.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: March 14, 2023Theo Wargo/Getty Images

It appears Frank Ocean has debuted a new look with a new selfie but not everyone is convinced the photo is real.

On Monday (March 13), Frank Ocean Twitter fan account blondedhomer shared a photo purported to be recently shared by the Odd Future crooner with his "close friends." The new pic shows the Grammy-winning singer with shoulder-length dreads. The last time Frank was spotted he was sporting a low cut. Naturally, the photo has gotten Frank's fans in a fuss.

"Looks like Jesus is that Frank Ocean?" one person posted along with a crying laughing emoji.

"What the hell did earl sweatshirt did with frank ocean?" someone else questioned.

"This N***a really disappeared for so long he grew locs PAST HIS SHOULDERS. f**k you, Frank Ocean," another person posted.

"Frank ocean came back looking like Waka [Flock Flame]," reads another post.

Not everyone is convinced the new photo is real.

"That frank ocean selfie is FAKEEE," someone opined.

"I wish that picture of Frank Ocean with the dreads was real lol," another disbelieving Twitter user posted.

The reclusive singer has been mostly out of the public eye since the release of his 2016 album Blonde. In the time since then, he's released music sparingly. He headlined the Coachella Festival in 2020. That summer, his brother died in a car crash. The last time Frank was trending for a viral picture was last summer when he posted a nude photo on Instagram.

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French Montana and Rubi Rose are both the topics of some dating rumors after being spotted out together and engaging in a little PDA.

On Monday (March 14), Backgrid posted paparazzi video footage of rappers French Montana and Rubi Rose as they were reportedly headed for a dinner together at the world-famous Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In the clip below, the two former XXL Freshmen can be seen casually strolling down the sidewalk outside of Mr. Chow shortly after hopping out of a candy apple red luxury SUV. As photographers on hand rapidly snap flicks of the potentially newly minted hip-hop couple, Rubi Rose, who dons an all-white sweatsuit, is heard saying "what the f**k?" as she bashfully smiles at French Montana.

"They always out here," explains French as the two rhymers proceed to their delicious destination.

From there, French Montana drapes his arm around Rubi Rose in the embrace that serves as the catalyst for the dating rumors in the first place.

According to TMZ, a source close to Rubi Rose says that the "He in His Feelings" spitter is definitely French's girlfriend although there has yet to be any concrete confirmation that the two are officially boo'd up.

Dating French Montana wouldn't be the first time Rubi Rose has been romantically linked with a fellow rapper. In fact, it wouldn't even be the first time the Kentucky-born artist was involved in a relationship with another XXL Freshman. Back in 2020, Rubi Rose famously dated DDG, a past relationship that continues to make headlines recently.

Last month, Rubi Rose called DDG a "weirdo" for allegedly letting his latest love interest, singer Halle Bailey, wear one of Rubi's old t-shirts. After a back-and-forth spat on Twitter following Rubi's call-out, DDG seemingly threw some shade at Rose in a Valentine's Day post on TikTok.

As for French Montana, his former relationships include having dated Khloe Kardashian, whom he featured in the music video for "Don't Panic" back in 2014.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>Joey EchPublished: March 14, 2023Paras Griffin/Getty Images

A new photo of Young Thug from inside prison has surfaced and in it, the YSL rapper is showing off his muscles.

On Sunday (March 12), a new photo of Young Thug that was originally posted to social media by his sister, Dolly White, began to circulate throughout the internet. The now-viral image makes it appear as though, Young Thug, who is currently awaiting trial in a widely publicized RICO case, is at least taking solid care of himself physically from behind bars.

In the photo posted below, Thugger's sister shares an image she captured from a monitor while speaking with her incarcerated brother via video chat. As Dolly White takes the opportunity to show off Young Thug's seemingly newfound physique, both siblings are seen smiling from ear to ear while the "Flexing on Purpose" rapper does exactly that—flexes his biceps.

"My Heart," reads the photo's caption.

Unfortunately, Young Thug has had plenty of time to exercise and focus on his health as he has been locked up for the better part of 10 months. Back in May of 2022, the Atlanta rapper was indicted along with 26 other members of YSL.

Accused of being a violent street gang formed by Young Thug in the early 2010s, the YSL affiliates were hit with a 56-count indictment that includes charges of murder, armed robbery and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act in the state of Georgia. Thug also faces additional charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of codeine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm and possession of a machine gun.

In the nearly one year since, 15 YSL members arrested in May 2022, including Gunna, have taken plea deals.

As it stands, Young Thug's upcoming trial is expected to take several months due to the fact that a judge is requiring a jury pool of more than 500 individuals to choose from and the State of Georgia claims to have over 300 witnesses willing to testify against YSL.

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Yung Miami's acting debut on BMF last week is the gift that keeps on giving. Content creators and people ready to crack jokes about the City Girls rapper's lack of acting chops have been going in with memes and videos. The latest viral clip involving the infamous scene finds a music producer turning the clip into a "hood musical."

On Monday night (March 13), TikTok user casadimusic, who's known for remixing viral clips on TikTok, shared his latest creation, which makes use of the BMF clip that has had the internet going nuts. In the clip, BMF character Deanna Washington, as played by Yung Miami, gives her now famous lines "Meech, where's my husband?," "Ty why?" and "I want whoever did this to pay." Casadimusic chops the vocals and puts them over a trap sounding instrumental. You can peep the hilarious clip in the video below.

Yung Miami's acting skills were mercilessly clowned following her debut on the show on March 10.

"Bruh…Yung Miami is the worst actress ever ‍…If I didnt know it was BMF, I would think that scene when she slapped Meech was on Tubi," one person tweeted.

"Please give actors/actresses the chance to be on this show," another post on the topic read. "No more guest star rappers that can’t act. We already let it slide with bad acting Lala but that Yung Miami shit is not it."

Yung Miami confidently reacted to the bad reviews on social media. "The more they hate, the more opportunities come. It's only the beginning for me," she wrote in one post.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>XXL StaffUpdated: March 14, 2023Contributing Authors: Steve Granitz Archive/WireImage/Interscope Records

XXL celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with this moment:

March 14, 1995: Tupac Shakur released his third solo studio album, Me Against the World, on this day in 1995. Featuring classic tracks like "Dear Mama" and "So Many Tears," the album was hailed by critics as one of the best releases of 1995, and Tupac's most personal work to date at the time.

The project included leftover tracks from Thug Life Vol. 1, which were recorded during the period between 1993 and 1994. Me Against the World was released while ’Pac was serving a one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half-year prison sentence for sexual abuse.

One of the most obvious and eerie themes of Me Against The World was ’Pac spitting so prolifically about his own death. Tupac and his Outlawz had been involved in shootings before, but as if predicting the future, songs like "If I Die 2Nite," "Lord Knows" and "Outlaw" directly reference Tupac going through a shooting, which would result in his death. That actually happened in 1996.

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 during the charting week of April 1, 1995, and held the position for four weeks. The LP sold over 240,000 copies in its first week and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Dec. 6, 1995. Additionally, Tupac's beloved song "Dear Mama," his tribute to his late mother, Afeni Shakur, is certified triple platinum.

In 2017, Tupac was enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and saluted as a "definitive hip-hop anti-hero" who "wrote lyrics that spark conversations about rap, race relations and young Black men in America today."

More than 20 years later, Me Against the World remains one of Tupac Shakur's most beloved music projects and a certified classic album.

Watch Tupac Shakur's "Dear Mama" Video BelowWatch Tupac Shakur's "Temptations" Video BelowWatch Tupac Shakur's "So Many Tears" Video BelowSee 50 of the Most Clever Hip-Hop LyricsFiled Under: 2Pac, Today in Hip-Hop, Tupac ShakurCategories: News, Today in Hip-Hop

href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: March 14,

Popular mixtape streaming platform DatPiff is currently down with rumors swirling that the site has met its demise. Datpiff has responded to the issues and speculation.

On Monday (March 13), many DatPiff users began to notice the site's usual plethora of mixtape content was unavailable. Others got 404 errors while logging on to the site. Currently, the site sits mostly dark.

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Many fans expected the worst-case scenario.

"RIP Datpiff," Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive tweeted. "Who probably has the most important archive of music from the past 10-15 years anywhere on the internet. It was a bridge between the blog era and the streaming era — and a hub for projects that will never see the light of day on DSPs. Thank you for your service."

"We really lost Eastbay & Datpiff in less than 6 months," someone else captioned video of Tory Lanez's father going off outside the courtroom.

"Datpiff shutting down is the bleak future that we're facing with how these soulless corporations want to monopolize how we listen to music, resulting in multiple iterations of the burning of the alexandria, wiping away decades of precious culture – most of it we'll never salvage," another person posted.

It turns out, rumors of the site ending its 18-year run may have been exaggerated. On Monday night, DatPiff released a statement about concern over the site's possible demise.

"Despite the rumors, we are happy to report that we will still be supplying you with all the mixtapes you love," the statement reads. "We're working through technical issues on our site and app, but still actively update our youtube! Thanks for all the love and concerns but we promise, we are still here."

DatPiff launched in 2005 and has been a staple in the hip-hop community via which mixtapes have been distributed online. In early 2022, they suffered a data breach.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>Joey EchPublished: March 14, 2023Ghetto Girlz Eat/YouTube/Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

Erica Banks is speaking openly about the intimate relationship she had with Finesse2Tymes. The "Buss It" rapper says sex with her former partner wasn't what she was used to.

On Sunday (March 12), Erica Banks joined Love & Hip Hop Atlanta's Sierra Gates on the first episode of her new cooking show, Ghetto Girlz Eat. Over wine, the two ladies discuss things like social media techniques and being a woman in hip-hop all while cooking up a classic Southern-style dish—fried fish with yams and cabbage. However, things in the kitchen took a spicy turn when the topic of conversation switched gears to Erica Banks' former lover, Finesse2Tymes.

In the Ghetto Girlz Eat episode below, Banks and Sierra chop it about her past romance with Finesse2Tymes. While Erica Banks was quick to refer to her fling with the Memphis spitter as "a cute moment" that was "fun for what it was" and ended on good terms, she said that being intimate with Finesse in the bedroom was a bit different than what she had experienced with previously.

"Sex was, it was cool," said Erica Banks around the 29:14-mark in the video below. "It was cool. It was cool for me, you know, because everybody got they own preference. I could've been just cool to him."

At that point, Sierra took the cues Erica was giving and pressed the Texas-bred rapper on what she meant by simply stating that sex with Finesse "was cool."

"When a girl say, 'It's just cool,' I ain't gon’ lie, it sounds like the man's thing was small," said Sierra Gates.

After a deep breath and a brief grimace while she took a second to process what she was about to say, Erica Banks replied: "Ah, well, it wasn't what I was used to. Let me say that. It ain't what I was used to. I'm used to a certain type. You know what I'm sayin’?"

Erica Banks' explanation about her former sex life with Finesse2Tymes comes just days after Finesse spoke on why, in his opinion, the couple ended things. In an interview with The Breakfast Club on March 10, the "Back End" spitter said that Erica's relationship goals simply didn't line up with what he looks for in a woman.

"I'm a man, so when I wake up in the morning and me and my woman…when I get up, my woman get up because it's time to cook, it's time to have some sex, it's time to clean up," said Finesse2Tymes. "And when you get up and you get in your phone, I don't like that. Don't get straight in your phone when you're around a man."

In response, Erica hit up Instagram Live to explain that she isn't a maid and couldn't accommodate the "servant" lifestyle that Finesse was looking for her to live wasn't possible. She also shed some light on why she looks at her phone when she wakes up in the morning, as Finesse2Tymes previously alluded to.

"Bookings happened on the phone, money is calling on the phone, they hit what to give you some bread, the phone," Banks explained.

However, when it was all said and done, Erica Banks maintained her stance that Finesse2Tymes is a good man and a funny person despite their relationship not working out.

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Megan Thee Stallion is back on social media following a three-month hiatus.

On Monday night (March 13), the Houston rapper shared her first Instagram post since November of 2022, about a week prior to the start of the Tory Lanez trial. The newest post from Megan (below) features a carousel of photos, some of which were taken during Megan's recent appearance at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday (March 12). In the photos, she wears a form-fitting black dress, a diamond necklace and diamond earrings.

Not only is MTS back outside, she is also working. The same night Megan also revealed she is working on a new album during a brief interview with ET.

"Oh, I am," she replied when asked if she was putting together a new LP. "New music, F**k y'all hoes. Bye," she added before walking off.

At the end of the month, she will be headlining the March Madness Music Festival AT&T Block Party in Houston during NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend.

"There’s no place I’d rather be for my first performance of the year than my hometown of Houston," Megan said in a statement about the upcoming performance. "The AT&T Block Party Concert is gonna be such a vibe, and I can’t wait to get back on stage in the city where it all began. I’m looking forward to seeing my Hotties and putting on an unforgettable show for them."

Tory Lanez was found guilty of shooting Megan on Dec. 23, 2022. He is slated to be sentenced on April 10. Megan has remained mum on the verdict since it was announced.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: March 14, 2023Thaddaeus McAdams/Getty Images/DJVlad/YouTube

Troy Ave took the stand at Taxstone's murder trial and told his truth about what happened the night his bodyguard was killed.

On Monday (March 13), day nine of popular podcaster Taxstone's trial for the murder of Troy Ave's bodyguard Ronald "Banga" McPhatter, Troy Ave appeared in court and testified on behalf of the state. According to the New York Post, the BSB rapper told the jury he and McPhatter were in the VIP of Irving Plaza when they ran into Taxstone, with whom he had a longstanding feud. Troy claimed Tax yelled out "What's popping?" in a manner that Troy believed was threatening.

"Banga turns around to me and says, 'I’m gonna rock him,' which means, 'I’m gonna hit him,'" Troy Ave testified. "And then I wink at him—I tell him, 'Do your thing.'"

Troy claimed Tax then pulled out a gun and shot McPhatter. Troy said he then wrestled with Taxstone for the gun and was shot in both legs in the process.

"When the shot goes off I see the light from the spark and I hear the shot," he testified. "This is all happening fast. I get up and start fighting Taxstone, trying to take him, grab the gun, and another shot goes off. I put my leg up to kind of block the shot from hitting me in the face or chest."

"I got up," Troy Ave added. "I’d rather die fighting. People die from leg shots. I’d rather die fighting than laying on the ground. I got up immediately."

Troy testified he was able to get possession of the gun and tried to shoot it only to have the gun misfire. He then saw his friend motionless.

"I rolled his body over and I’m like, 'Banga, get up. Come on.' I’m smacking him, like, 'C’mon bro. Get up,'" Troy testified. "And his eyes were rolling to the back of his head. His shirt was red so I could tell he got shot."

Hours prior to taking the stand, Troy Ave commented on his appearance in court on Instagram.

"To all my real ones that been riding with & for Me, today is the day I finally get to clear my name," Troy Ave wrote in the caption of a photo of Jay-Z testifying in a 2021 lawsuit. "It’s been almost 7 years since I lost one of my closest friends #RIPBANGA, 7 years of a narrative about it being my fault, 7 years of my character being assassinated all the while Trying to defend myself without saying much! I took it all on the chin, never complained about the stress even tho I felt it. Never complained about the pain even tho it hurt! Never shed a tear even tho my heart was crying! At my weakest points I drew strength from GOD! drew strength from my Children & drew strength from Yall but today."

"Ya Boi is Strong! Today .. is our day!" Troy Ave continued. "We in court & the facts will speak louder than any words! It’s time to get this false narrative off my name and dark cloud off my head. To all my supporters today is the day you can tell whoever went against Us 'Eat a D! I Told you So' let’s continue to spread Love & Destroy Hate! wether u sending prayers or pulling up to the court today with positive energy I dead ass appreciate it all! #FREETROYAVE #SelfDefense."

Taxstone is on trial for the shooting death of McPhatter, which occurred at the infamous 2016 shooting at Irving Plaza in New York City on May 25, 2016. Police believe Tax, born Daryl Campbell, shot McPhatter during an altercation in the VIP section of the venue. Troy Ave was arrested and charged with attempted murder a day after the shooting when video showed him firing a weapon in the venue. He since claimed he wrestled the gun away from the killer and fired in self-defense. Which he reiterated in court yesterday.

Taxstone faces 15 years to life in prison if found guilty of second-degree murder. He has already pleaded guilty to a gun charge in connection to the shooting.

According to the Post, prosecutors promised Troy Ave a one-year sentence in exchange for his testimony against Taxstone. He was facing 15 years.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: March 13, 2023Mike Coppola/Getty Images/Meek Mill/Instagram

Meek Mill is attempting to sell his Atlanta mansion on Instagram.

On Sunday (March 12), the Philadelphia rapper went on Instagram to tell his 23 million Instagram followers about his new listing. Apparently, Meek Mill is upset that his realtor isn't working fast enough to get the property sold, so Meek decided to do the work himself. The video Meek posted shows an aerial view of the home, which is in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, Ga. According to the video, the home has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It also features a four-car garage, tennis court, pool, theater room and sauna.

"MANSION FORSALE IN ATL," Meek Mill captioned the video. "My realtor not getting this off fast enough & I think I can lol I never moved in it had for a few years. sandy springs/buckhead area! When somebody get traded to the hawks or falcons come grab this Jawn! I’m not even gone tag who shot this shitty video lol."

Meek Mill did not giving an asking price for the home, so there's a chance this could be a subliminal message for his realtor to put some pep into his or her step when it comes to getting the property gone.

Meek Mill is doing his independent thing when it comes to music as well. After parting ways with Roc Nation and Maybach Music Group last year, he announced he will be dropping 10 independent mixtapes starting last September. So far, he has only released Flamers 5, which dropped last November.

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Megan Thee Stallion is back in album mode.

The Houston rapper revealed she is working on her new album during a very brief red carpet interview at the 2023 Oscars on Sunday (March 12). Meg was stopped by ET and asked if she had any new music coming down the pike.

"Oh, I am," she replied. "New music, F**k y'all hoes. Bye," she added before walking off.

Megan Thee Stallion is returning to the public sphere after being mostly quiet and out of the public eye since the Tory Lanez trial. After giving an emotional testimony during the first week of trial, Megan has been laying low. Tory was found guilty of the shooting the Traumazine rapper on Dec. 23, 2022. He is slated to be sentenced on April 10, barring a successful appeal for a new trial.

While she's maintained radio silence on social media, last week it was announced that she will be headlining the March Madness Music Festival AT&T Block Party in Houston. Megan will perform on the first day of the three-day music event, which takes place during NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend from March 31-April 2.

"There’s no place I’d rather be for my first performance of the year than my hometown of Houston," Megan said in a statement. "The AT&T Block Party Concert is gonna be such a vibe, and I can’t wait to get back on stage in the city where it all began. I’m looking forward to seeing my Hotties and putting on an unforgettable show for them."

Megan Thee Stallion's previous album Traumazine came out last August and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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href=”//” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: March 13, 2023Maury Phillips/Getty Images

Blueface appears to be questioning the paternity of Chrisean Rock's baby and seemingly suggests that she get an abortion.

On Sunday (March 12), Blueface went on his Instagram page and wrote a lengthy message that appears to be aimed at his on-and-off girlfriend Chrisean Rock. In his missive, the California rapper seemed to be questioning the paternity of Rock's child and implied that she should get an abortion.

"This is what it's supposed to look like when a women tells a man she pregnant," Blue wrote alongside a video of his ex-girlfriend, Jaidyn Alexi, revealing to him that she's pregnant with their second child. "Any other response or question you should abort the baby a treat the next n***a better for the sake of you him a the baby.

"No man should question the paternity of a child if they do 9x outta 10 the women hasn’t been valuing herself enough which makes them believe theirs a possibility it’s not theirs this is a wholesome beautiful moment that every righteous women deserves fr," he continued.

Blueface's IG post comes just days after Chrisean Rock posted pictures of herself and her baby bump on her social media pages. See below.

Rock and Blueface did go back and forth on Twitter earlier today (March 13). Rock said she's not going to let Blue's hurtful comments bring her down as she prepares to carry the pregnancy to full term.

I get it I’m not mad at him or bout whatever I’m grateful you loved me this far," she tweeted. "N I'll never stop loving you. You so angry u can just fight with yo self get all dat off ya chest." She also added, "I hear you loud n clear."

"I feel every bit of pain n anger Your reaction is reasonable. Revengeful heart just don’t go anywhere so be safe with tht n two I hurt you so bad that you you lose your self n convinced your self to hate me publicly," she continued.

When Blueface responded, "The truth hurts fr," Rock responded, "Nah . You just petty when yo feelings hurt."

Blueface replied, "She pregnant missing a tooth with 7 tattoos finna make a fool of herself with the next nigga an I’m not pregnant at all finna live my life perfectly fine with the next bitch who gone take me even more serious now it’s really tragic fr."

To which Rock responded, "I take you serious. You just hate me rn . I don’t need the next Nigga I got my self."

Rock added, "Ion regret anything about my self so honestly trynna put me down is a low blow coming from a man that know he loves me." And she concluded with this: "Don’t feel bad for me ima shake dis off fr. Plus I’m grown I did this to my self."

Clearly, they are in a very toxic relationship. Hopefully, Blueface and Chrisean Rock will amicably find a way to co-exist together for the sake of the baby.

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