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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 Migos ("Modern Day"), Doja Cat ("Need To Know") and Megan Thee Stallion ("Thot Shit") and more. See you next week!

  • “Modern Day”Migos
  • “Need To Know”Doja Cat
  • “Thot Shit”Megan Thee Stallion
  • “The Baddest”Yung Bleu, Chris Brown and 2 Chainz
  • “Shoot It Up”Lil Gotit
  • “Take It”Juicy J featuring Rico Nasty
  • “Peloton”IDK
  • “Game Ain’t Free”K Camp
  • “Just For Me”SAINt JHN featuring SZA
  • “Bigger Than Life or Death”EST Gee
  • “Clueless”Polo G featuring Fivio Foreign and Pop Smoke
  • “Distractions of the Flesh”Bobby Sessions
  • “Hulu”P’ierre Bourne

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Think back to the hip-hop songs that stay ingrained in the brain. There's usually one common thread throughout each. The rappers have crafted hooks that fit the vibe of their tracks so well that it's both memorable and easy to rap along to. With so many artists coming out of the booth with hits that stick, XXL highlights some of the best hip-hop songs with excellent hooks over the last five years. The lyrics within, pure catchy factor or how it was devised with the beat are all taken into account.

Some of the biggest hits in the last few years have benefitted from very well-made hooks. Lil Baby and 42 Dugg's "We Paid," the song that put Dugg on the map and became one of Baby's biggest hits, fits right under that umbrella. The refrain "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, we paid," along with other parts of the song helped it rise to No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year. The same could be said for A$AP Ferg's "Plain Jane," with its compact chorus, rapped in the same cadence as the Three 6 Mafia 1999 classic "Slob On My Nob." Ferg's hit shot to No. 26 on the Hot 100 in 2018. Chorus-making is a specific skill; Ferg knew what would work here while also making something that fits his style.

There are also deep cuts with strong hooks. These tracks may have never became huge hits, but that sweet spot is perfect. DaBaby's "Carpet Burn," which is about exactly what you think it is, has a perfect, short hook that feeds right into his verse. The way its delivered is different from anything else on his 2019 debut album, Baby on Baby, and probably could have been bigger if it was less graphic. Future's "Goin Dummi" is another album cut with a flawless hook. Featured on the Atlanta's rapper's 2019 LP, The Wizrd, the production feels like an interstellar trip, but the chorus—about balling and staying safe—grounds it in reality.

Check out the best hip-hop hooks over the last five years below.

  • “XO Tour Llif3″Lil Uzi Vert

    "I don't really care if you cry/On the real, you shoulda never lied/Shoulda saw the way she looked me in my eyes/She said, 'Baby, I am not afraid to die'/Push me to the edge/All my friends are dead/Push me to the edge/All my friends are dead/Push me to the edge/All my friends are dead/Push me to the edge"—Lil Uzi Vert

  • “Magnolia”Playboi Carti

    "In New York, I Milly Rock/Hide it in my sock/Running from an opp/And I shoot at opp/Uh, uh/And I'm on the block/And I'm on the block/In New York, I Milly Rock/Hide it in my sock/Hide it in my sock/Selling that rerock/In New York, I Milly Rock/Hide it in my sock/Used to sell rerock/Runnin' from the cops/Shootin' at these opps"—Playboi Carti

  • “Bad and Boujee”Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

    "Raindrop (Drip), drop-top/Smokin' on cookie in the hotbox/Fuckin' on your bitch, she a thot, thot/Cookin' up dope in the crockpot/We came from nothin' to somethin', nigga/I don't trust nobody, grip the trigger/Call up the gang and they come and get ya/Cry me a river, give you a tissue/My bitch is bad and bougie/Cookin' up dope with a Uzi/My niggas is savage, ruthless/We got 30s and hundred-rounds, too/My bitch is bad and bougie/Cookin' up dope with a Uzi/My niggas is savage, ruthless/We got 30s and hundred-rounds, too"—Offset

  • “Look Alive”BlocBoy JB featuring Drake

    "901 Shelby Drive, look alive, look alive/Niggas came up on this side, now they on the other side/Oh well, fuck ’em, dawg, we gon' see how hard they ride/I get racks to go outside and I split it with the guys/We up on the other side, niggas actin' like we tied/I've been gone since, like, July, niggas actin' like I died/They won't be expectin' shit when Capo go to slide/’Cause I told them that we put that shit behind us but I lied"—Drake

  • “Meet The Woo”Pop Smoke

    "Baby girl, come and meet the woo/She know we keep a tool/Big knockin' on my body/Watch who you speaking to"—Pop Smoke

  • “Passionfruit”Drake

    "Passionate from miles away/Passive with the things you say/Passin' up on my old ways/I can't blame you, no, no"—Drake

  • “We Paid”Lil Baby featuring 42 Dugg

    "First turnt nigga from the hood, they curious/Four in cars, ’bout five in jewelry/I get the commas with numbers, that's period/I got your BM wan' put on Amiris/First young nigga in the A with two Lams/Run up 14 mil', started 14 grams/Dope boy Dickies and diamonds and Timbs/You shouldn't play with that boy, he is not one of them/Bro, I kept taking L's, finally got me a M/Still making double, I don't count what I spend S550 2018/Gotta come 20 if you hoppin' in the Benz/Young turnt nigga from the D to the A/I'm rockin' with the Lions, yeah, I'm rocking with the Braves/Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, we paid/Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, we paid"—Lil Baby and 42 Dugg

  • “Top Off”Gunna

    "I took the top off/I'm dripping like hot sauce/I got drank and it's clean raw/Baby give me that mean mouth/Hit that pussy like golf ball/I can do this without y'all/Call the Locs, I go loco/I go back to the traphouse/Break the bricks and the bales down/Cashing in and I cash out/Turn that shit to a stash house/I ain't taking no handouts /Money calling, I'm en route /Fuck them niggas, they been down/Blow a bag when I'm in town"—Gunna

  • “Plain Jane”A$AP Ferg

    "Ride with the mob, Alhamdulillah/Check in with me and do your job/Ferg is the name, Ben Baller did the chain/Tourneau for the watch, presi Plain Jane"—A$AP Ferg

  • “Sweet Lady”03 Greedo

    "I'm from Grape Street, where we G-slide/Sweet Shay Shay, would you be mine?/You know I like ’em dark skin like Shay Shay/Got that pretty smooth skin like Fay Fay/I think Shanini got a body like Tata/She fuck with Greedy ’cause he fuck her like a pornstar/Freaky-deeky, heard her pussy got that voodoo/I know she gay, but I done fell in love with Poo Poo/Sex appeal like butt butt, I'm like ooh-woo/Go to court for a nigga like why, boo?"—03 Greedo

  • “Can’t Say”Travis Scott

    "No, you can't say if I'm mad or not/Smokin' hella weed, I'm on that alcohol/Shawty lick me clean the way she suck me off/I keep two hoes in my bed, I got ’em turnin' out/What would you do if you heard I got it goin' on?/I had to burn, I left skrrt marks, I had to dip/ Gotta watch for 12 ’round my town, you might get killed/I'm out my mind, yeah, I'm high above the rim/You cop it live, boy, I got it all on film"—Don Toliver

  • “Boca Raton”Bas featuring J. Cole

    "I'm out in Boca Raton/I'm sippin' Roca Patron/I got this chick on the phone/Talkin' ’bout life and how I just ain't right/For her—I been inclined to agree/’Cause all I been doin' is me now/I can't be your one, baby girl, nah/But I play the two or the three now"—Bas

  • “Carpet Burn”DaBaby

    "Got up with carpet burns, I just can't help it/Pussy good, it had me stalkin' her/Lock me up, officer/Can't get her off me, it's hard for me to get off of her/Got me thinkin' ’bout cuffin' her/Fallin' in love with her"—DaBaby

  • “Bitchuary (Betchua)”Shordie Shordie

    "’Cause bitch, you a bitch, you a/Bitch, you a bitch, you a bitch, you a bitch, you a/Bitch, you a dog and your homegirl too, aye/She hit me back like, 'Your dawg is, too,' aye/We can meet up, we can meet in groups, ayy/With you and I, it can be us two like/I'm in the club drinkin' Henny and a Black & Mild/Got my gun and I can wave it, I'ma start actin' wild/But I won't do that ’cause the gangster shit is out of style/And that's why I left the club early"—Shordie Shordie

  • “Best You Ever Had”Megan Thee Stallion

    "You ain't never been with a chick this bad/I ain't worried ’bout them other girls that you had/If I catch ’em lookin' at my baby, I'ma laugh/He gon' keep it real, I ain't worried ’bout that/You ain't never been with a chick this bad/I ain't worried ’bout them other girls that you had/If I catch ’em lookin' at my baby, I'ma laugh/He gon' keep it real, I ain't worried ’bout that"—Megan Thee Stallion

  • “Bad Bad Bad”Young Thug featuring Lil Baby

    "Rose gold seats on a fuckin' helicopter/Double C, no Chanel, ’cause she bad, bad, bad/Ridin' Kawasaki, and I could cop you a new ’Rari/Let you ride it, know your route and you're bad, bad, bad/No playin', no Atari, I won't play with you for nothin'/I can eat you like Hibachi ’cause you bad, bad, bad/I just took the doors off the ’Ghini, now I'm ridin'/And I'm slidin' in her sideways, now she call me her zaddy"—Young Thug

  • “Gat Damn”Freddie Gibbs and Madlib

    "I reminisce that feeling when I think about it/A million in the bank, I used to dream about it/No heat up in the whip, I used to sleep up out it/Up in the morning whippin' cocaina ’bout it, yeah, yeah/I got bags, ho, is you fuckin' with me? Yeah, yeah/Time to blast, ho, is you fuckin' with me? Yeah, yeah/Let that yayo dry on the table, droppin' fat slabs/Porsche Spyder look like a spaceship, they like, 'Goddamn'"—Freddie Gibbs

  • “Did It Again”Lil Tecca

    "I got a pack, hit ’em and do it again/Fuck it, I'm fuckin' her friend/I got bands, one day I'm flying to France/Juggin' 'til a nigga land/You got a man, know what I do to ya mans?/No I ain't shootin' the hands, took an L, I ain't took one again/Crashed the ’Rari so I hopped in the Benz/So, ooooh, it's crazy how they watch a young nigga gon' move/It's crazy, worry about yourself nigga, make a move/You steady watchin' all the winnin' niggas, you gon' lose/I don't gotta prove, you steady watchin' all the winnin' niggas/You gon' lose, I will never lose"—Lil Tecca

  • “Back to the Streets”Saweetie featuring Jhene Aiko

    "Pull up in my hood best dressed/Next thing, upgrade, who's next?/Rich boy, got him on deck/Good boy, tell that nigga, 'Fetch'/I put my new man on a leash/Traded in my old nigga, he was just a lease/I ride around town ’til I leave/I gave the boy a round, spit him back to the street/Like la-da-dee-da-dee-da, yeah/I spit him back to the streets/Like la-da-dee-da-dee-da/Back to the streets"—Saweetie

  • “Goin Dummi”Future

    "Woo, everything we do, we goin' dummy/Whatever I do, I hope I got that Tommy/Just in case a nigga try to play, play, play/Yeah, every watch I own on tsunami/Chain on frost, ask Sonny/Tryna pose a threat, go at your mommy/It's OK, ’Kay"—Future

  • “Ready To Eat”SahBabii

    "My nigga gon' ride for me/Put on they swimming trunks, slide for me/Bitch, we ain't worried ’bout beef/My shooters fat and they ready to eat/Lean back in the seat, she spaghetti the D/These niggas ain't shooters, they tellin' on me/Aim at your bell, taco filling the scene/I'm pulling my pants up, I'm ready to swing"—SahBabii

  • “Said Sum”Moneybagg Yo

    "Huh?/Ah, I thought a broke nigga said somethin'/Talkin' shit, but they still ain't sayin' nothin'/We gon' trap this bitch out 'til the feds come/Huh?/Ah, I thought a pussy ho said somethin'/How it goes, when I'm talkin, you listen/Cut her off ’cause she spoke on the business"—Moneybagg Yo

  • “Act Up”City Girls

    "Act up, you can get snatched up/Act up, you can get snatched up/Act up, you can get snatched up/Dirty-ass nails, baby girl, you need to back up"—City Girls

  • “Neighbors”Pooh Shiesty featuring Big30

    "The chopper stay so close to me that you would think we neighbors/That pussy not what he ’posed to be, ’cause his mama raised him/We had a clear shot on his head, but I think God saved him/You never walked up, hit your man, you probably never grazed him/Aye, I'm a real gangster, this some shit you can't rehearse/My pockets used to hurt, now I get racks to spit a verse/God blessed me with some accuracy on the day I was birthed/Every time we get the drops, I'm the one who go scope it first"—Pooh Shiesty

  • “Big Purr (Prrd)”Coi Leray featuring Pooh Shiesty

    "Yeah, he call me big purr/Come make that pussy purr/The SRT make her get wet, play in that cat while I switch gears/You keep on running from these back shots, pull them tracks out, bitch, come here/Yeah, baby, after we fuck, we ain't gon' talk 'bout it, leave right there/Tell your bitch she dead, can't come back here/Yeah, he gon' hit from the back, throw me up in the air/Yeah, baby, keep that fire, put it up in the air/We stacking these hundreds, they're comin' in layers/Ain't going out sad, I grew up with the players/I see my bitch then slam her down, get it in blood, no, I don't care/After this mission, park the Track, fuck her in the back, and fix her hair"—Coi Leray and Pooh Shiesty

  • “Take Off”Popp Hunna

    "Popp came up, he the muthafuckin' man/How the fuck he go like straight to the top/He was just locked up in the muthafuckin' can/And the party go down if I step in/I'ma ball like I'm Scottie Pippen/They be like, 'Popp, you so muthafuckin' hot'/If you stand too close then you might catch a tan/Now I can see why it's more than a band/
    Bro brought a drum and he sayin', 'Let's rock'/Uh, I don't fuck with no cop/No red light, man, I won't stop/Uh, ain't cuffin' no thot/Just want the top, man, I don't want the box/Uh, I don't fuck with no opps/Gang tryna kill so we spinnin' they blocks"—Popp Hunna

  • “Moonwalking in Calabasas” DDG featuring Blueface

    "Mmm, I feel like Michael Jackson/Moonwalkin' through the Calabasas/Louis bag gotta hold the ratchet/Just in case a nigga want some action/Mmm, got some millions but it's just a fraction/Spendin' money for my satisfaction/Benjamins, we don't fuck with Jacksons"—DDG

  • “Outta Pocket”24kGoldn

    "I be out of pocket, I be actin' rude/Think I gotta chill, check my attitude/Why you go and start actin' brand new?/Baby girl, you know that's what them bands do/I be out of pocket, I be actin' rude/Think I gotta chill, check my attitude/Why you go and start actin' brand new?/Baby girl, you know that's what them bands do"—24kGoldn

  • “Took Her To The O”King Von

    "Just got some top from this stripper bitch, she from Kankakee/Just bought a Glock with a ruler clip, boy, don't play with me/This bitch a ho, met her at the store, you know how it go/She wanna smoke, so I bought some dope and took her to the O"—King Von

  • “Quicksand”Morray

    "Since a jit stood tall with a kickstand/Thinking of a plan to get quick bands/Falling in deep with the quicksand/Flag out my ass, no quick brand/I was packing on the pounds, got my weight up/Had beef on the streets, had to stay up/Betty Crocker showed me how to bake a cake, brah/Doing that put everything I love at stake, brah"—Morray

  • “Martin & Gina”Polo G

    "He was playing games, got you dancing in the middle of the club/Got you dancing in the middle of the club/I know what you chasing, you can only get this feeling from a thug/You can only get this feeling from a thug/Tears falling, and it's liquor in your cup, all you really want is love/Baby, all you really want is love/Only talk to bosses, independent, can't be fucking with a scrub/Girl, I know you can't be fucking with a scrub"—Polo G

  • “Something New”Wiz Khalifa featuring Ty Dolla $ign

    "Baby, come give me something new/Baby, come give me something new/’Cause I can't stop lovin' you/Since I got a taste of your love/Baby, come give me something new"—Ty Dolla $ign

  • “Rules”Doja Cat

    "Said play with my pussy, but don't play with my emotions/If you spend some money, then maybe I just might fuck ya/When I shake that ass, I'ma do that shit in slow motion/You got a whole lotta cash, and nigga, you know I want it"—Doja Cat

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 11, 2021Michael Loccisano / Stacy Revere, Getty Images (2)

When Quavo and Saweetie broke up back in March, the Migos member reportedly repossessed the Bentley he purchased for the Bay Area rapper. While there was never any validity offered to give credence to those rumors, people think Quavo has confirmed that he took the car back from Saweetie on a new track on Migos' new album.

On Friday (June 11), the Quality Control Music crew dropped their highly anticipated album, Culture III. On the effort, there's a track with Quavo, Offset and Takeoff, also featuring Drake, called "Having Our Way," in which Quavo hints at retracting the luxury gift he gave to an unnamed woman. There's no name-drop to actually confirm that the Atlanta rapper is referring to Saweetie, but folks on social media who have listened to the track feel like the bar is all the confirmation they need.

Towards the end of Quavo's verse, he rhymes, "She had it her way, now she out of a Bentley (Skrrt)/(Skrrt, skrrt, get out, ooh)."

One person tweeted in response to the purported jab: "Quavo repossessing the Bentley he gave to Saweetie is funny af."

Another wrote, "Quavo was not playing with Saweetie and that Bentley LMAO."

However, shortly after the rap couple's split earlier this year, reports emerged online that Quavo didn't have Saweetie's car repossessed and that the rumors were just that.

For reference, around Christmastime last year, the 30-year-old rhymer surprised the "Back to the Streets" artist with a customized light blue, Bentley Continental GT convertible, with "Icy Girl" embroidered in the headrests and a silver snowflake adornment on the side of the vehicle.

Saweetie shared a video of her receiving the gift on her Instagram Live, where fans saw her both stunned and ecstatic as she thanked Quavo for the new whip. "My heart is beating so fast," she said. "Thank you, baby." To this, Quay, her nickname for him, responded, "Merry Christmas, baby. I love you."

Check out Migos' new song "Having Our Way" featuring Drake, in which Quavo mentions taking back a woman's Bentley, below.

Scroll down to see more reactions from people on social media about Quavo's line on "Having Our Way."

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New music Friday is upon us once again, and this week, we have the return of a lauded Atlanta trio, the third studio album from a budding star and the latest from one of the SoundCloud generation's talented producer-rappers.

Migos are making what they're hoping will be their triumphant return following an album hiatus of over three years. The Atlanta group are back with their new album, Culture III, the follow-up to 2018's multiplatinum Culture II. The new project features 19 songs and guest appearances from Drake, Cardi B, Polo G, Future, Juice Wrld, Pop Smoke and more. A while in the making, the LP was first teased to be released in 2019. Following multiple delays, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff finally feed their fans with the new project, which features the singles "Straightenin" and "I Need It" featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Polo G's star power continues to shine. The 2020 XXL Freshman drops his first project of the year with his third album, Hall of Fame. This time around, the Chicago rhymer brings a 20-song effort that includes a star-studded tracklist. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Pop Smoke, DaBaby, Young Thug, Lil Durk, Roddy Ricch, Rod Wave and more all make appearances on the offering. "I usually Don’t Even Tap in For Features But This Time around I’m like fuck it," ’Lo recently wrote as his caption about the new LP on Instagram. "I went & Gat sum hard ass records W All of my personal Favorite Artist & Future Hall Of Famers in my book." Before the LP arrived, Polo earned his first No. 1 song of his career with "Rapstar," on the album. He also dropped the lauded track "Gang Gang" with Lil Wayne.

Pi'erre Bourne is known for creating musical landscapes for other artists, but he does the same for himself. The Columbia, S.C. native, who spent summers in Queens growing up, delivers his latest album, The Life of Pi'erre 5. The follow-up to TLOP4 features artists like Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, who appears on "Sossboy 2," the LP's lead single, and more. In addition to Pi'erre unleashing his second album, an accompanying documentary has arrived as well, which was promised to fans by the beatmaker on June 6. "Sossboy 2 last single before album, featuring Uzi Drops Wednesday," he wrote in a tweet. "Full album Friday. And documentary Friday as well. There." The 16-song effort finds Pi'erre crafting bass-heavy beats and serving melody-driven bars.

This week, Alamo Records' Lil GotIt also comes through with his newest release, Top Chef GotIt. The 15- track project arrived on Thursday (June 10) and is executive produced by Gunna. Guest appearances include Young Thug, Gunna, Yak Gotti and more. Listen for his atypical flows and nostalgia with songs like "Toosie," which pays homage to 69 Boyz's 1994 track "Tootsee Roll."

Check out new music releases from Kodak Black, Larry June and more below.

  • Culture IIIMigosQuality Control Music, LLC.
  • Hall of FamePolo GColumbia
  • The Life of Pi’erre 5Pi’erre BourneA SossHouse / Interscope
  • Top Chef GotItLil GotitAlamo Records
  • Happy Birthday KodakKodak BlackAtlantic
  • Orange PrintLarry JuneThe Freeminded Records / Empire
  • All the Brilliant ThingsSkyzooMello Music Group
  • For SaleBluNature Sounds / New World Color / Dirty Science
  • ManifestBobby SessionsDef Jam
  • 23 Is BackJayDaYoungan.JayDaYoungan
  • 1176 (Deluxe Edition)Guapdad 4000 and !llmindParadise Rising / 88 Rising / 12Tone Music
  • Se7enRansomMomentum Entertainment
  • Problem ChildKidd Kenn4th & Broadway
  • TimeYour Old DroogMongoloid Banks / Nature Sounds

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Migos have been teasing their third installment of the Culture album series for years, and the Atlanta trio finally comes through with the highly anticipated new album, Culture III.

On Friday (June 11), Quavo, Takeoff and Offset released the follow-up to 2018's Culture II, a new 19-song effort that features assists from big names like Drake, Future, Cardi B, Juice Wrld, Pop Smoke and more. On the production side, the Quality Control Music rappers tapped beat makers Zaytoven, Tay Keith, Wheezy, Murda Beatz, DJ Durel, Trauma Tone and others. The new album features the previously released singles "Straightenin" and "I Need It" with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and of course plenty of the lingo, ad-libs and trap musings we've become accustomed to from the Southern rap stars.

Fans of the rap group have been waiting patiently for the album for an unusually long amount of time. It was only one year between the release of Culture and Culture II, the latter of which features the hit singles "MotorSport," "Stir Fry," "Walk It Talk It" and "Narcos." C3 was first announced to be dropping in early 2019. When early 2019 came and went without the album, Offset later told fans 2020 was the target timetable.

The album then seemed to fall victim to delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like many others. At one point, the group revealed the album would not be called Culture III, but they have since had a change of heart. Last January, Offset noted C3 would be the "last chapter."

Listen to Migos' Culture III album below.

Migos Culture III Album Tracklist

1. “Avalanche”
2. “Having Our Way” featuring Drake
3. “Straightenin”
4. “Type Shit” featuring Cardi B
5. “Malibu” featuring Polo G
6. “Birthday”
7. “Modern Day”
8. “Vaccine”
9. “Picasso” featuring Future
10. “Roadrunner”
11. “What You See” featuring Justin Bieber
12. “Jane/Birkin”
13. “Antisocial” featuring Juice Wrld
14. “Why Not”
15. “Mahomes”
16. “Handle My Business”
17. “Time for Me”
18. “Light It Up” featuring Pop Smoke
19. “I Need It” featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again

Quality Control Music, LLC.See Hip-Hop Albums Turning 10 in 2021Ten years ago, some of the most important hip-hop albums debuted.Filed Under: Bangers, Migos, Offset, Quavo, TakeoffCategories: Music, New Music, News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 11, 2021Prince Williams, Getty Images

After the success of Polo G's Billboard No. 1 song, "Rapstar," in April, the Chicago-bred rapper has released his third album, Hall of Fame.

On Friday (June 11), the 2020 XXL Freshman's latest effort arrived, comprised of 20 songs and a hard-hitting lineup of guest appearances such as Nicki Minaj, Pop Smoke, DaBaby, Lil Wayne, Lil Durk, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, Rod Wave and more.

Prior to HOF's arrival, Polo G released a nearly 60-second teaser on what it means to be hall of fame-worthy. The visual, narrated by famed Dream Team member and former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen, features a young boy on the train listening to music while on his way to school. This kid can be presumed to be a younger Polo because as the visual progresses, Polo enters the frame, and a montage of video footage of him in the studio and performing are shown.

"To be in the hall of fame means at one point, you had a single goal," Pippen says in the promo clip. "A vision you had for yourself that you saw that no one else did. You've shedded blood, sweat and tears. Put in all 10,000 hours and more to perfect your craft. To be in the hall of fame means you've found a purpose. You saw what life handed you and you made the best of it. It means you're a champion, a legend. Polo G, welcome to the hall of fame."

Before he released the album visual, a video of Polo freestyling over the late DMX's "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" on the L.A. Leakers' radio show went viral.

Listen to Polo G's album, Hall of Fame, below.

Polo G's Hall of Fame Album Tracklist

1. "Painting Pictures"
2. "Rapstar"
3. "No Return" featuring The Kid Laroi and Lil Durk
4. "Toxic"
5. "Epidemic"
6. "Gang Gang" featuring Lil Wayne
7. "Boom"
8. "Black Hearted"
9. "Broken Guitars" featuring Scorey
10. "GNF (OKOKOK)"
11. "Go Part 1" featuring G Herbo
12. "Heart of a Giant" featuring Rod Wave
13. "Zooted Freestyle"
14. "Party Lyfe" featuring DaBaby
15. "Losses" featuring Young Thug
16. "So Real"
17. "Fame and Riches" featuring Roddy Ricch
18. "For the Love of New York" featuring Nicki Minaj
19. "Clueless" featuring Pop Smoke and Fivio Foreign
20. "Bloody Canvas"

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MSNBC correspondent Ari Melber is famous for reciting rappers' lyrics to help his television show's audience better understand a particular news story that he’s covering on The Beat With Ari Melber.

On his recent news broadcast, which was posted on YouTube on Wednesday (June 9), Melber recited Pusha-T’s lyrics on “S.N.I.T.C.H.,” from the rapper's 2013 debut album My Name Is My Name, while explaining that the term "snitch" means to cooperate with the FBI.

The use of Pusha's song is in relation to the correspondent's news report about Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, who is under criminal investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office in regards to his taxes. The feds hope the pressure will turn Weisselberg into a cooperating witness against former President Donald Trump, who is under a criminal investigation as well.

“Covering his own tracks, he didn’t care that,” says Melber, quoting the G.O.O.D. Music president. “We had a legacy he killed, I got to wear that/Break your heart when the man you call your brother, be the same one that set in motion all them undercovers/From great friends now it’s no affiliation, divided by the time he was facing.”

Push was elated to watch Melber used his bars on the show. The Virginia native hopped on his Instagram page on Thursday (June 10) to share a clip of the MSNBC host mentioning his rhymes. "I have to be the most quoted on @thebeatwithari . @arimelber do the numbers and let the people know…," King Push captions the video.

This isn't the first time that Melber has used rap lyrics to explain his point of view or breakdown a specific subject matter on his show. Previously, the news analyst has used Quavo's lyrics on Migos' 2018 track "Walk It Talk It" and Mobb Deep's classic 1995 song "Shook Ones Part II" to rant about former POTUS Trump.

You can watch Ari Melber's full break on Allen Weisselberg cooperating with the feds below. Fast forward to the 10:33-mark where he mentions Pusha-T's song "S.N.I.T.C.H."

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Quavo and former NBA player Kendrick Perkins have settled their beef.

On Thursday (June 10), the Migos rapper finally confronted Big Perk on ESPN’s First Take after the two traded shots with each other on social media this past week.

On the sports program, Quavo was asked why he called out the former Cleveland Cavaliers player on the track “Fuck 12,” from his 2018 debut solo album, Quavo Honcho. The Atlanta rapper responded that he was rapping straight facts when he rhymed, "Get no playin' time, Kendrick Perkins (Aye)," in reference to Perkins not playing at all during the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff run to the 2018 NBA Finals, as reported on Deadspin yesterday (June 9).

Quavo added that when Perkins dissed his bars on the song, seemingly referring to Perks' Twitter jab, he had to respond with a meme of Perkins getting an uppercut with a fist emoji.

But Big Perk wasn't having it. He told Quavo that when he was playing on the Boston Celtics team, presumably when the Celtics went to the NBA Finals in 2008, he was putting up big stats.

“When I was putting in work you probably still had Similac on your breath when I was helping the Celtics go to the Finals,” Perkins said.

"At the end of the day, when I was putting in work I was doing my thing," he added.

After a few minutes of going back-and-forth, Quavo was able to quash his disagreement with Perkins.

“All jokes aside, it ain’t never no beef with Big Perk, man,” he said. “It’s all love. It was just a bar.”

Quavo, who is a pretty good basketball player himself, even said that he would do song for Perkins’s kids since they love his infamous line on “Fuck 12.”

"We can settle this like men," he said.

"It's all love there was no beef. If it was beef we would have made hamburgers," added Perkins.

Prior to Quavo and Perkins hashing out their differences with help from the co-hosts on First Take, Kendrick Perkins also threw a jab at the Migos' performance at Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul's exhibition fight at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on June 6. Perk, who has said from the beginning of his feud with the ATL-bred rhymer that Quavo shouldn't be a solo artist, tweeted, "I see @QuavoStuntin still dropping them trash a$$ bars!!! Carry on…"

The settled feud comes one day ahead of the release of Migos' Culture III album, which arrives at midnight on Friday (June 11).

You can watch Quavo and Kendrick Perkins trade shot on ESPN's First Take below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/tylersharp/” rel=”author” title=”Tyler Sharp”>Tyler SharpPublished: June 10, 2021Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation

A new development has been made in Pooh Shiesty's legal dispute regarding a shooting incident last October and another over the Memorial Day holiday weekend last month.

Based on a tweet from reporter David Ovalle of the Miami Herald, Pooh's bond for his Oct. 8, 2020 Bay Harbor Islands area—near Miami—shooting case was reportedly revoked by a judge this morning (June 10). According to the news outlet, the Memphis rapper, born Lontrell Williams, will remain in jail until trial.

Ovalle shared via social media that in response to Pooh receiving a $10,000 bond from a Miami-Dade judge on Wednesday (June 9), a second judge, who was to determine if the rhymer would be released, has opted to keep Pooh Shiesty behind bars.

"There is not a chance I am giving this kid a bond right now," the judge reportedly said.

The 1017 Records artist's court appearance yesterday was in connection to him surrendering to authorities following a shooting at King of Diamonds strip club in Miami on May 30. Pooh Shiesty has been charged with aggravated battery in the incident, in which prosecutors argued that he intentionally tried to shoot the security guard who sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle.

Pooh's legal counsel, however, argued that security was escorting the rapper out of the club and after money fell out of Shiesty's pocket, there appeared to be some sort of discrepancy, resulting in Pooh shooting at the ground. The rapper's legal team claims it could've been an accidental discharge of the firearm and the bullet ricocheted and hit the guard in the leg.

Pooh Shiesty has been ordered to stay away from the victim, who was treated for his injuries, and he must not go within 500 feet of King of Diamonds.

Pooh's trial date for his October of 2020 shooting incident is unclear.

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

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The internet and the many music platforms on it have streamlined how fans find and engage with their favorite rappers' songs and albums. Whether it's streaming platforms like Spotify, SoundCloud or Apple Music, and more video-focused sites like YouTube, the internet helped level the playing field for new music discovery.

Hip-hop has always been about the visual form, which is why many rappers find their popularity on YouTube. Plus, it's free and easily accessible from desktop, phone or tablet. Being a big-time rapper in 2021 means their songs and videos are gaining consistent traction on YouTube, and XXL is here to give the rundown on which artists are doing just that. We take a look at the rappers who are having the most success on the YouTube charts in 2021 so far. Top Songs, Top Artists and Top Music Videos are the three charts used to determine who's been making the most noise since the start of the year. The first three slots on each chart are the deciding factor, starting from Jan. 3 to June 3.

Future and Drake's "Life Is Good" was dominant for the early part of 2021, racking up 1.9 billion views total and remaining on the Top Music Video chart for a full year. Spurred by TikTok, a solid video with a hilarious storyline—two regular dudes working jobs as cooks, fast-food employees and customer service reps at a tech retail store—and the rapping abilities of two A-List hip-hop stars, this banger of song meant the video was going to the top. It's success last year also helped it land at top of the YouTube Top Songs chart in the first week of this year, at the same time it led the Videos chart, too.

Artists like Cardi B dominated the Top Videos chart for the week of Feb. 5 after she dropped her hit song "Up." The visual earned the No. 1 on the chart, and has now earned 17.6 million views since that time. Even with no new album announced yet, her fans tuning in to the release of "Up" and moving it up the charts and in views proves they're anxiously awaiting her next move.

Coi Leray's "No More Parties (Remix)" video featuring Lil Durk, and Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" also appeared on both the Top Songs and Top Music Videos charts several times this year. After dominating the Billboard Hot 100, Instagram and TikTok, Coi's visual hit the Top Music Videos chart for the first time in early March, but was already climbing toward one of the top three spots on the Top Songs chart with the track earlier this year. By March, she snagged the No. 2 position on Top Songs. For Lil Nas X, his viral track "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" landed at the No. 1 spot on the Top Songs chart in late March and also secured the same position on the Top Music Videos chart at the same time.

As of last week, J. Cole was the top artist on YouTube following the release of his The Off-Season last month as well as his stature in rap. The place he holds within hip-hop's hierarchy means every one of his album tracks will stream well on YouTube, along with their accompanying videos.

Check out the Rappers Who Have the Most Success on the YouTube Charts in 2021 So Far to see who are the movers and shakers when it comes to hip-hop.

Top Songs

Future's "Life Is Good" featuring Drake

The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears"

Saweetie's "Best Friend" featuring Doja Cat

Yung Bleu's "You're Mines Still"

Megan Thee Stallion's "Cry Baby" featuring DaBaby

Lil Tjay and 6LACK's "Calling My Phone"

Cardi B's "Up"

Coi Leray's "No More Parties (Remix)" featuring Lil Durk

Doja Cat's "Streets"

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic's "Leave The Door Open"

Rod Wave's "Tombstone"

Pooh Shiesty's "Back In Blood" featuring Lil Durk

Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"

J. Cole's "Amari"

Polo G 's"Rapstar"

Mo3 and OG Bobby Billions' "Outside (Better Days)"

Top Artists

YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Juice Wrld
Lil Baby
Lil Durk
The Weeknd
Kevin Gates
Drake
Rod Wave
Lil Nas X
DMX
J. Cole
YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Moneybagg Yo

Top Music Videos

Future's "Life Is Good" featuring Drake

The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears"

Pooh Shiesty's "Back In Blood" featuring Lil Durk

Saweetie's "Best Friend" featuring Doja Cat

Yung Bleu's "You're Mines Still"

CJ's "Whoopty"

Cardi B's "Up"

Megan Thee Stallion's "Cry Baby" featuring DaBaby

6ix9ine's "Zaza"

Bobby Shmurda's "Hot N*gga"

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak and Silk Sonic's "Leave The Door Open"

Doja Cat's "Streets"

Coi Leray's "No More Parties (Remix)" featuring Lil Durk

Rod Wave's "Tombstone"

Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"

Polo G's "Rapstar"

Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More" featuring SZA

The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears (Remix)" featuring Ariana Grande

DJ Khaled's "Sorry Not Sorry" featuring Jay-Z, Nas, Harmonies by The Hive and James Fauntleroy

NLE Choppa's "Final Warning"

DJ Khaled's "Every Chance I Get" featuring Lil Baby and Lil Durk

Migos' "Straightenin"

Polo G and Lil Wayne's "Gang Gang"

Lil Baby and Lil Durk's "Voice of the Heroes"

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 9, 2021Frank Hoensch, Redferns / Allen Berezovsky, Getty Images

GoldLink took a hiatus from Twitter, but he's back on the social media platform and has unloaded quite a bit off of his chest.

The DMV native, who hasn't posted a tweet since December of 2020, came for fellow rapper Sheck Wes, whom GoldLink has had friction with in the past.

"Fukk u Sheck Wes," the "Crew" rapper fires off in a single tweet.

He continues: "Ima drink some Cacti and spit on your white tee you dirty butt nigga. Hahahahhahhahaha he so ugly. And Sheck it aint my fault dat ya men jumped out, got spanked then ya mans got shot."

The Cacti reference is presumably connected to Sheck Wes being an affiliate of Travis Scott's Cactus Jack Records label and the beverage being launched by La Flame.

In a concluding tweet, GoldLink announces his new album, which will be arriving later this month. "Bloody White Walls B," he adds. "Harlem World. Ill see yall tomorrow. Album out June 18th. Shoutout Bloody O."

In addition to the fiery tweets, GoldLink also disses Sheck directly on his new joint, "White Walls," which arrived today alongside Link's album announcement.

In the middle of the track's first verse, GoldLink outright says: "Fuck Sheck Wes."

While the details surrounding the shooting incident GoldLink alluded to in his tweets regarding a friend of Sheck Wes' is unclear, the rhymers' tense history stems back to the "Mo Bamba" artist being accused by R&B singer Justine Skye of abuse. After Skye dated Sheck Wes, she went on to be in a relationship with GoldLink.

In October of 2018, Skye released a song called "Build" during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in which she discussed her experience with domestic abuse at the hands of a former partner. At the time, the singer didn't disclose who she was referring to on the record although fans attempted to do the math and began accusing Sheck Wes via social media.

Months later, in February of 2019, Skye confirmed Sheck as her attacker and accused the Harlem, N.Y. native and his friends of stalking Skye and her new boyfriend. She even provided proof of her being attacked by Sheck via text conversations between herself and Travis Scott's DJ and Sheck associate, Chase B, whom she reached out to at a time when she was fearful of her life due to Sheck's actions. In the messages, Chase informs Skye that he is sending her help.

Sheck vehemently denied the allegations against him and in March of 2019, it was reported that charges wouldn't be filed against the rapper due to lack of evidence.

That same year, GoldLink appeared to address Skye's abuse allegations against Sheck Wes in a track he released called, "Justine's Interlude-A Colors Show." On the track, seemingly named after the former Roc Nation artist, GoldLink rhymes: "So many stories ’bout you and so-and-so who from Harlem." Later on, he says, "I’m tired of hearin' ’bout if this nigga put hands on you/Tired of tryna smile through shit that’s affectin' us/And I get to overthinkin' if I’m here messin' up."

Sheck Wes doesn't appear to have responded to GoldLink's recent tweets publicly.

XXL has reached out to reps for both Sheck Wes and GoldLink for a comment.

Check out GoldLink's new track, "White Walls," below.

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New developments have emerged regarding YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s federal firearms case.

According to documents obtained by XXL on Wednesday (June 9), attorneys for the Louisiana rapper, born Kentrell Gaulden, filed a pretrial motion on Monday (June 7) to have their client released pending trial for his Sept. 29, 2020 arrest. YoungBoy was brought into custody on charges of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and and possession of firearm not registered in the national firearms registration and transfer record.

Elsewhere in the documents, YoungBoy’s legal team claims that they, as well as their client, were blindsided by the FBI’s “inexplicable tactical decision” to arrest the rapper. The legal team notes that in regards to the warrant that was issued for NBA YoungBoy on March 10 and was executed on March 22, resulting in the rapper's arrest after a brief police pursuit in Los Angeles, they were unaware of any additional allegations against YoungBoy aside from prior state-level offenses that he was already on bond for.

Furthermore, the attorneys allege that the feds referred to NBA's case as "Never Free Again," which the legal team deems a "clear attack on to the defendant’s brand 'Never Broke Again,'" according to the court filings. The documents also accuse the Baton Rouge, La. sector of the FBI of opting to contact federal agents in L.A. to arrange YoungBoy's arrest instead of contacting his lawyers and allowing the rapper to voluntarily surrender to authorities.

In another document obtained by XXL this afternoon from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Digital Evidence Laboratory, the legal agency has also cited the investigation into the rapper's arrest as "Operation Never Free Again."

Ultimately, YoungBoy's attorneys are requesting that their client be released into the custody of a private security team retained by the Top rapper and placed on house arrest with electronic monitoring.

YoungBoy's legal case stems from his arrest last September after police were called to a vacant lot where he was filming a music video. According to authorities, police arrived at the scene in response to a call of weapons being brandished at the video shoot. YoungBoy and 15 other men were arrested. After police searched the premises, they discovered 14 firearms, three grams of marijuana, one dose of Hydrocodone inside a clear bag and digital scales.  YoungBoy Never Broke Again was released days after the arrest in Sept. 29, 2020.

Last month, the 21-year-old rapper wrote an open letter to his fans, asking them to let him serve out his jail time in peace.

"I ain’t looking for you to feel sorry for me. I just ask for one thing- For you to let me suffer in peace," he wrote. "Tell MS WENDY WILLIAM I say she got a good soul and she’s a beautiful women. I can see that threw all the bad comments thrown at her. Tell her count her blessings (STAY IN GOOD SPIRIT) Sincerely Kentrell."

XXL has reached out to a rep for YoungBoy Never Broke Again as well as his legal team for comment.

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There aren't many rappers that can say they had dreams to live this lifestyle since pre-school, but such is the case with SoFaygo. The 19-year-old Atlanta-bred artist, who had a viral hit over the last year with his song "Knock Knock," experienced his first real brush with hip-hop when he was in fourth grade. His cousin was recording in a basement studio at a house they were at and a curious SoFaygo went downstairs to see what he was up to. Next thing the rap newcomer knew, he was on the mic after being invited to make his own song. SoFaygo's parents liked what he came up with, which motivated him to commit to making more music.

A childhood full of frequent moves between homes could've affected SoFaygo negatively. However, a stay at his grandmother's house when he was in seventh grade was one of the most positive moments of his burgeoning career. At her home, the aspiring rhymer got the computer that he eventually used to record "Knock Knock" in 2019. Fast-forward to 10th grade, he then settled at a trailer park with his family. At this time, SoFaygo's music, a mix of melodic, insouciant energy, began to take off locally.

His sophomore year of high school marked a shift in his artistic development. SoFaygo began to use the video app Triller to share his music and his songs were already heating up on SoundCloud. A career in music was his ultimate goal. With little interest in college, he let his parents know he would follow his dreams of being a rapper for one year. If the plan failed, he'd head to college.

SoFaygo was on the clock to figure out his life. So, he continued hitting the studio. War, the 2019 project produced entirely by Lil Tecca, got SoFaygo recognition in the underground rap scene that year. The effort showcases SoFaygo's early songwriting chops, tons of melody, slightly Auto-Tuned vocals and lyrics centered on extreme warnings, staying caked up and trusting no one. A year later, his Angelic 7 project arrived, featuring the song that deferred university life. The Lil Tecca-produced, piano-driven banger "Knock Knock" finds SoFaygo ready for action. "Knock-knock, who's there at the door right now?/They like, 'If you don't open that ho, we gon' kick it down'/I had to grab my fire, I told them step inside/When I came around that corner, that boy almost cried," he raps.

Though the song arrived early last year, the streaming numbers have been running up in 2021 thanks to TikTok and social media. SoFaygo's breakout track has more than 54 million Spotify streams so far. A newly directed video by Cole Bennett, which pays homage to the classic 1988 film Beetlejuice and has over 12 million YouTube views since its premiere in May, has added to the song picking up more steam this spring. He's also got prime talent in his corner. Artists like Trippie Redd and Travis Scott have shown him support. After SoFaygo's 2020 project was released via Scott's indie record label ,Cactus Jack, it only added to the rumors that he's signed to the multiplatinum-selling artist.

Now, fans are awaiting this buzzing rapper's next move. The success of SoFaygo's music lies in his versatility and his well-developed touch on hooks. "Knock Knock," which is about catching enemies slipping, is almost impossible to not sing along to, while "Everyday" is a knocking rap ballad. Fully focused on dropping an album after his recent rise to recognition, SoFaygo is an excellent fit for XXL's The Break this week.

Age: 19

Hometown: Atlanta

I grew up listening to: "A lot of Chief Keef, [Young] Thug, I was really into the Atlanta scene. SahBabii, Migos. [Lil] Durk, L'A Capone."

My style’s been compared to: "People compare me to everybody. I really don't pay attention to the media and shit like that. I like to stay in my bubble and just stay in the zone."

I’m going to blow up because: "I'm just surrounded by the right people. I'm focused, I'm young, so I've got a lot of energy. My family was into music. During high school, I made time for it. I just kept going, and then it got to the end of senior year, and I was like, I don't wanna go to college. I told my parents that. I was like, I'ma take a year for this music shit, and if this shit doesn't pop off in a year, then I'll go to college. As soon as I got out of high school, my plan B faded away. All I got is plan A, and I'm focused on that."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "'Hang With The Goats'" from my After Me album. I feel like people didn't pay attention to what I was really talking about. They don't understand what I'm actually talking about, in like most of my songs, they just get caught up in how it sounds, compared to everybody else that's mainstream. I just don't get it, but I just keep doing me, regardless."

My standout records to date have been: "['Knock Knock'] is a good song. Writing-wise, production-wise, we just killed that shit. I didn't really realize how good of a song it was like at the time until it really aged and I really paid attention to how people reacted to it. A lot of people sleep on that song; it's my old sound. I'm much younger at the time I'm recording that shit, and they don't know anything about my new music because I haven't dropped in six months. They're taking all my old shit, like all my old underground music, and running with it, not even really tryna hold on and look into what I'm gonna do next. That's really what I'm tryna get to."

My standout moments to date have been: "I really don't know. I don't feel like I'm anywhere near where I wanna be. I just feel like I'm workin', tryna get to that point. I just wanna be one of them guys that when I walk into a room, you can feel my presence. I just wanna be one of the G.O.A.T.s, one of the legends. And I know I'm not there, right now, but I wanna work and get to that point, and I know I can do it."

Most people don’t know: "I like to have fun. I'm a kid. I like to smoke weed, I like to play video games, anime. I'm on it. The internet puts so much pressure on younger artists, they want them to be like hella hardcore, like grown-ass killers. I don't get it. That's literally the internet."

I’m going to be the next: "Futuristic superstar."

Follow SoFaygo on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"Knock Knock"

"Off The Map"

"Everyday"

After Me

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/tylersharp/” rel=”author” title=”Tyler Sharp”>Tyler SharpPublished: June 8, 2021Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation

Pooh Shiesty is currently in police custody following a shooting that took place at a strip club in Miami last month.

A rep for the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed to XXL on Tuesday (June 8) that Pooh, born Lontrell Williams, has surrendered to authorities in connection with a shooting incident at King of Diamonds strip club in Miami on May 30.

According to a report in the Miami Herald today, the 21-year-old rapper reportedly shot a security guard in the leg at the Northwest Miami-Dade strip club over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Shortly after the incident transpired, video footage began to circulate via social media showing Pooh walking out of the venue with what appears to be a firearm being tucked into his waist.

Bradford Cohen, attorney for the artist, has also confirmed that Pooh has surrendered to police.

Police records obtained by XXL this afternoon indicate that Pooh Shiesty is currently housed at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, Fla. on an aggravated battery charge. He has not been granted bond.

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In October of 2020, the Memphis-bred rapper found himself in legal trouble not too far from Miami, in Florida's Bay Harbor Islands area. According to local reports, Pooh was allegedly involved in a shooting on Oct. 8, 2020, in the parking lot of the East Bay Harbor condos, located across the street from the Bay Harbor Islands Police Station and Town Hall.

It's unclear what sparked the incident, but the 1017 Records rhymer drove into the parking area of the complex in a McLaren sports car that was spotted in video footage along with a Mercedes Benz Maybach. Shots were fired and one man, who appeared to be injured, limped back to the Benz, which later left the lot. The McLaren followed behind the Benz shortly after.

Pooh Shiesty was arrested and booked at the TGKCC, the same facility where he is currently being held, on Oct. 13, 2020. He was hit with numerous charges such as armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft.

XXL has reached out to Pooh Shiesty's team for a comment on his recent arrest.

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For the past several months, T.I. and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, have been battling ongoing sexual assault allegations by at least 20 different women.

On Tuesday (June 8), Tip dropped a new video for his latest single, “What It’s Come To,” where he addresses the sexual abuse claims in a visual way. In the clip, T.I. is in the studio booth responding to his accusers and calling them liars.

“I'ma be standin' tall like a statue/Nigga fuck that, ‘He say, she say’ if the receipts say that shit ain't factual/I was built for all this shit, God sent me here with a mission,” he raps.

At the end of the video, it appears that T.I. is announcing his final studio album. In Royal-style typography, it reads, “Kill the King—the final album. Coming soon.” T.I. has yet to divulge any information regarding the project’s release date.

Meanwhile, one of Tip's accusers, Sabrina Peterson, has responded to his music video which mocks her for seeking an apology from the Atlanta rapper in exchange for dropping her defamation lawsuit against T.I. and Tiny.

In a now-deleted post from her Instagram story, Paterson said that humiliating her won't stop her from speaking out against Tip.

"I have been in federal trouble before," she wrote. "No matter how the public feels about [you] they can't save you. Since your million dollar team won't tell you I will. You aren't taunting me you are taunting your investigators. You aren't taunting me you are igniting more women that have stayed quiet that you victimized."

Paterson also added that T.I. is only hurting himself and that his music video promotes victim shaming.

"Many of your fans have been victimized in their lifetime," she said in the caption of her unavailable IG post. "Your tactics aren’t a good look. It’s actually sad! It’s heartbreaking! It’s one thing to put a gun to a woman’s head but it something totally different to keep attempting to victimized that woman again & again. When it’s all said it done I took the high road & tried to give mercy but you repaid it with mockery. Get out the booth & behind cameras & SEE ME IN COURT!"

"To all men out her victimizing women just note this your victim may be a child today, she may be broke today, she may be dumb today but you DONT KNOW WHO YOUR VICTIMS WILL BECOME," she continued. "Victim SHAMING IS NOT OK!"

Sexual abuse allegations against T.I. and Tiny first came to light back in January by Peterson, who initially posted dozen of claims by other women. Peterson also accused Tip of pulling a gun on her at one point.

T.I. and Tiny have since denied all accusations made by Peterson and other women who have made claims against them.

You can watch T.I.'s video below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 8, 2021LilLonnie via YouTube

A man has been found guilty in the 2018 murder of Mississippi rapper Lil Lonnie.

A rep for the Hinds County court in Jackson, Miss. confirmed to XXL on Tuesday (June 8) that 23-year-old Monya Davis was found guilty of Lil Lonnie's death on June 3.

Local Mississippi outlet WLBT reported on June 3 that Davis' charge is labeled as "first-degree murder by deliberate design" and he remains in custody at Raymond Jail in Hinds County, Miss. where he's been housed since April 19, 2019. Davis is one of three people who were apprehended in connection to Lil Lonnie's death.

The news outlet adds that both Antoine Carr, 23, and Marshun Carr, 20, were arrested and charged in connection to Lonnie's murder as well. In March of 2019, Antoine was arrested in Austin, Texas and was extradited to Mississippi where he has been at the Raymond Jail since April 30, 2019. Marshun was also arrested in Austin, Texas on May 16, 2019, by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. He was held at the Travis County Jail until he was sent to Raymond Jail where he has been since June 7, 2019.

Lil Lonnie, a rising rapper at the time, was shot and killed before midnight on April 29, 2018. The 22-year-old artist was reportedly shot several times while driving a car, which later crashed into a home. Authorities said that Lonnie was pronounced dead at the scene. There was a woman who was in the car with the rhymer, but she was not injured.

Regarding the details of the shooting incident, police said that a then-unknown individual fired shots at Lonnie's car from behind while the rapper was driving down the city's Montebello Drive.

Prior to his death, Lil Lonnie had created a growing buzz for himself, particularly from his heavily sought after project, They Know What’s Goin’ On, which dropped in 2015. The following year, in 2016, he released TKWGO 2. TKWGO 3 arrived in 2017.

XXL has reached out to the sheriff's office in Hinds County, Miss. for a comment.

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Polo G is really glowing up.

According to a report on TMZ, published on Tuesday (June 8), the 2020 XXL Freshman purchased a lavish 11,000-square-foot mansion in the San Fernando Valley area of California for $4,885,000. The Mediterranean-style property boasts seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a formal dining room, a pool room, a custom wine closet and a bar all on the main floor.

A rep for The Agency, the real estate company that Polo bought the property from, confirmed the rapper's purchase to XXL this afternoon. The real estate agent also specified that the home is located in Chatsworth, Calif., less than 30 minutes away from San Fernando Valley. Emil Hartoonian, Bryan Castaneda and Andrew Mortaza of The Agency held the listing while Daniel Dill of WEA represented the "Rapstar" artist.

Additionally, the mansion is described as a car collector’s dream estate with a nearly one-acre lot that features an astonishing 36 parking spaces, including a 14-car garage. Not only that, outside of the estate is a BBQ area, pool, spa, and a lighted tennis court all located in a spacious backyard surrounded by stone terraces and patios, according to the media outlet.

The Chicago rapper’s humble abode comes just four months after he bought his momager, Stacia Mac, a new house in Atlanta. Mac shared the good news on her Instagram page with her followers. "I decided to relocate to ATL in September 2020," she writes in the caption for the post. "Today my son purchased my dream home! I showed him the home and he didn't flinch. His response was 'what you need?'"

Mac closed out her message thanking her son for the special gift.

"To say I'm appreciative is an understatement," she says. "Thank you son! Thank you for being a man of your word. Thank you for giving me things, that at times, I was unable to provide you or myself. I love you and I'm eternally grateful."

Big real estate purchases aside, Polo G is gearing up to release his new project, Hall of Fame, on Friday (June 11). The effort will feature guest appearances from several notable rhymers including Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Lil Durk, the late Pop Smoke and more.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: June 8, 2021Neil Mockford, GC Images / Gap

The first item from Kanye West's clothing collection with Gap has arrived.

Earlier this morning (June 8), Gap's Instagram account and website unveiled a new blue jacket from the Chicago rapper's previously announced Yeezy collab with the longstanding brand. The lightweight coat, which doesn't appear to have a zipper, is described on the Gap's site as a "round jacket" that is made of "recycled nylon" material, and is only available to be shipped in the U.S. The jacket retails for $200, however, it isn't available for immediate shipment. Instead, those interested in buying the jacket can get it under pre-order and it'll ship this fall. The specific month that the coat will make its way to purchasers is unclear.

According to WWD on Tuesday, "Floating projections of the Yeezy Gap round jacket can be viewed in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, including the New Museum and 142 Spring Street in New York, the Grammy Museum, Vine Street—Walk of Fame and Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, and several locations in Chicago, including 2053 Division Street."

Perhaps, the unveiling of the Yeezy Gap item is to commemorate Kanye's birthday, which is today.

Last summer, the G.O.O.D Music founder announced that he would be partnering up with Gap for a 10-year deal to unleash a clothing line called Yeezy Gap. The collaboration also reportedly has a five-year extension after fulfilling the first 10 years of the agreement. At the time the news of the deal was initially shared, reports claimed that the first items from the collection would be available online and in stores in the first half of 2021.

Additionally, the line will be comprised of modernized basics for men, women and children, and will be marked at "accessible price points."

See images of the jacket below.

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Pressure's OnFor nearly a decade, Yo Gotti has been building his CMG empire from the ground up. Armed with a new Interscope Records deal for his imprint, the Memphis native is leaning into his executive position with a stacked roster of talent.

Look no further than Yo Gotti as the plug. He’s hustling to find hip-hop’s next big talent and distributing their music to the masses through his independent label, CMG, by way of a newly established partnership with Interscope Records. The deal, which the Memphis native reveals he secured for eight figures, will highlight the “biggest label” and “biggest partnership in music” over the next few years, he says. To commemorate this milestone in his career, Gotti heads to the top of the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles to the Smilez mansion, a 17,000 square-foot estate designed by architect Paul McClean, which the rapper used for his XXL cover shoot on a dazzling day in May. The mood is celebratory not only for the CMG/Interscope bag secured, but also because of the surprise 40th birthday party Gotti had the night prior. With CMG artists Blac Youngsta, 42 Dugg and EST Gee popping in and out of the mansion as well as several members of the the indie label’s crew handling business on the outdoor terrace, it’s clear that the label operates as a close-knit unit. Gotti oftentimes refers to them all as “one family, one tree.”

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Since coming into the game in 1996, with his debut album, Youngsta’s on a Come Up, Yo Gotti has experienced 25 years worth of music industry ups and downs. The hustler within went from navigating the streets to the boardroom, securing major label deals with RCA Records and Epic Records throughout his career. Ten albums deep, the launch of CMG in 2013, and locking in a Roc Nation deal for management in 2016, is a testament to his artistry. The rap veteran’s time in the game has schooled him on more than two decades of knowledge that he’s been able to pass on to the artists coming up under his wing: Moneybagg Yo, Blac Youngsta, Blocboy JB, 42 Dugg, EST Gee and Big Boogie. His roster of artists have established themselves as their own entities, living up to Gotti’s CMG ethos: “The brand that breaks brands.” Bagg just locked in the first No. 1 album of his career with A Gangsta’s Pain, Youngsta is building up his own Heavy Camp label, Blocboy brings his high energy with each release, 42 Dugg serves his sauce out of Detroit, EST Gee delivers the raw from Kentucky and Big Boogie is next up from Memphis. Their respective catalogs and legion of supporters they’ve amassed along the way have helped them maintain their position in hip-hop.

As Yo Gotti walks around the West Hollywood estate, he commands a room with his executive aura. The hip-hop power player is dripping in a custom powder blue suit designed by Richfresh, Richard Mille watch, Christian Dior sneakers and his artists’ iced-out chains along with a CMG piece around his neck. While the camera is in his direction, he makes it a point to share the spotlight with his team by the simple act of rocking those chains. The next chapter in the CMG regime is unfolding right now. Get into the conversation as Yo Gotti discusses the CMG/Interscope Records partnership, his hands-on approach to being an executive, staying inspired by the likes of Birdman, Slim and Jay-Z, and touting his label as “the next Cash Money.”

XXL: Why are you excited about this partnership between CMG and Interscope Records?

Yo Gotti: I think this a good move for me. I think this a brilliant move for them. I think with this partnership, as far as I see it in my eyes, and the streets see it, and I think Interscope see it, we gon’ come in here in the next few years and, you know, be the biggest label and create the biggest partnership in music.

So as a businessman, what was really important for you in negotiating this deal?

As a businessman, I cover all business the same, small or big, it’s all the important to me. Key things is making sure we in control of our vision. CMG, with me and with my artists’ vision, I feel like I’m responsible to make sure that we always got 100 percent control of what our vision is, individually as artists and as a label, so that’s very key. Making sure we lose no control; we will never comprise any control for us or none of our artists ever. And also, just being with the right partnas. And I believe and I know that Interscope got the right staff to slam dunk all our tasks that need to happen.

Over the years, you had the RCA Records deal, you had an Epic Records deal. So, after your contract was up with Epic, did you have a bunch of other labels come at you and how did you handle that in going to Interscope?

We had every label in the game coming towards, every chairman in the game coming to me, calling my phone directly. This wasn’t no little thing. This a big deal, you know I’m saying? The top of the top had to come out and make that phone call to have these type of discussions. You know, we like the No. 1 draft pick if it was the NBA. So, you know what that mean, everybody gonna put their best foot forward. They gonna put their money where their mouth at and they are gonna make sure they have the right people to have the conversation.

Do you want to give some type of number as far as how this deal goes, any figures?

It’s a lot, a lot, you know I’m saying? We ain’t doing no shit under eight figures and we ain’t talking no ones or twos, you know?

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As far as artists on the label, which artists are under CMG and why is it important for you to have made this partnership to have these artists on this other type of platform?

When you talking about all the artists that fall up under the CMG umbrella, you talking Moneybagg Yo, you talking 42 Dugg, EST Gee, Blocboy JB, Blac Youngsta, you talking Yo Gotti. Who else we got? We got a lot of development artists too, some on the line we can’t even name yet…

Big Boogie… Lil Migo on the team [under Blac Youngsta]. Then it’s branches. You know, at CMG, we got branches. I think that’s the unique thing about us. I like to say we the brand that breaks brands. What I mean by that, when I say we got branches, you got Moneybagg Yo, you know I’m saying, which is his own branch. We have partnership with my guy Head at NLess [Entertainment] and they got they thing with Big30. All that shit a branch. We all a family, you know I’m saying? Then you got Blac Youngsta, which is Heavy Camp, you know, that’s a branch. That’s how you get [Lil] Migo in the picture, you know I’m saying?

So, we the brand that break brands. We partnas with everybody and we hustle together. It’s like one big family, one big tree. This ain’t no regular label shit where artists come in and just sign a paper and go in the studio and rap. It’s like a lot of hustlers coming to the table and partnering together and putting they vision on the table and we all building this thing together.

Early on, you signed a lot of artists from Memphis and now you’ve decided to branch out to 42 Dugg in Detroit and EST Gee in Louisville, Ky. So, talk a little about why that was important to start in Memphis and then look around the U.S. and globally for the next hot artists.

First, for the record, I think there was a misconception that I was trying to build something just in Memphis. I’m just from Memphis. So, if you got a hot artist coming from Memphis, that’s the shit I heard first, you know I mean? I can not hear Moneybagg Yo coming up hot as he was. I can not hear what Blac Youngsta was doing. I can not hear what Big Boogie was doing when I’m going to the clubs in my city.

So, I think that just happened ’cause I’m from the city. I don’t think it was a plan to say, “I just want to start with Memphis artists.” I’ll hustle with anybody. Man, you could be from Mars. You a true hustler, and you got the shit we need, the right product, man, we in business. I think that’s a little misconception, but I’ll take it ’cause I’m from the town, alright, I’m from Memphis, so I think it’s still unique. We always want to build the city as far as we can go. But you know, I’m a worldwide hustler.

“The future for CMG? We the next Cash Money. We the next Roc-A-Fella. We the next Death Row. We the next No Limit. That’s the future for us.”

One of your successful artists, who recently had a No. 1 album, who’s been in the game for a while is Moneybagg Yo. Congratulations to him, of course, and to you as the leader of the team with that. So how does that feel just seeing someone him work so hard in the industry and he finally got his No. 1?

Seeing Moneybagg Yo album, [A Gangsta's Pain] being No. 1 in Billboard, not only once, but twice because it was just No. 1 [again in May]. We take a small break and we celebrate me, him, my partna Head at NLess, the whole team, everybody on the staff ’cause everybody put in work, Interscope. Everybody put in a lot, a lot of work to make this shit happen. So, we gonna stop for a minute, pop a few bottles and chill, and then I’ma hit everybody else the next day and be like, “Yo, let’s get back to it ’cause this shit ain’t enough.”

A No. 1 album is cool, but we still got more barrels we got to knock down, you know I’m saying? Not to take away from nothing we’ve done, but the vision is so big and so great for all of us that it ain’t the end goal. That one chart position ain’t the end goal. We got to do this shit every time. What’s the next chart, what's the next thing we can break? What’s the next record? That’s how we think.

And the other artists on the CMG team are making moves too.

Speaking on Blac Youngsta, you know, that’s my little brother, man. He was able to come up under the wing and, you know, I gave him all the game and information he needed to create his branch. His branch is Heavy Camp. [Blac Youngsta is still signed to Epic Records.] So, speaking of Lil Migo, which is [Blac Youngsta’s] artist, that falls up under that branch. He doing his thing. He hustling, he in the studio, he building his company and again, it’s all at the table.

42 Dugg, shout-out to doggie, man. I think 42 Dugg, like megastar, you know I’m saying, just a natural. I don’t know if he fully know it, you know, how big of a star he is yet. You talking about swag, and you talking about just charisma and delivery, he’s one of ones, he one of them guys. I’m very excited to see what he gonna become in the future.

EST Gee like remind me of what I was doing and what Jeezy was doing, and you know, what Boosie [BadAzz], and all those guys that really, really come from the pavement with doing in this shit years and years ago. When I first heard Gee, I’m just looking, I’m like, man, that shit take me back to that era. I think when we see Gee prevail into what he’s gonna be, it’s gonna be a whole different momentum that the game need right now, you know I’m saying? I’m a fan of the hip-hop and everything he’s doing now, but I just think what Gee doing is just, I think it’s another word that’s rawer than the word raw, and that’s what he is, you know I’m saying?

BlocBoy JB, you know, he just make me want to have fun, you know I’m saying? When I listen to the music, when I see the dance moves, just a young kid waking up every day just basically living his life, being organic to what he doing, him and his homeboys running around the house, doing they thing, making music, having fun and, you know, and it becomes something that’s special to hip-hop. You know, that’s dope.

Big Boogie. I can’t wait ’til the world sees what Big Boogie is. I feel like the world ain’t seen Big Boogie’s full potential yet. I feel like he’s just coming up out of our area, the south region. But once he hit the whole states and then out the world, I think Boogie is just special. He has a sound of his own.

So, what are you looking for when welcoming artists to be part of the CMG team?

I’m looking for talent. I’m looking for determination. I'm looking for hustle. I’m looking for hustlers. There’s a difference, you know I’m saying? I’m most definitely looking for the right partnas. It’s like I’m a plug, and who I’m in business with, who I’m distributing through, so that’s how I look at it. I want to make sure I’m with the right partnas… like look at me as a plug. Feel me? Y’all should look at me as the plug.

How does your knowledge as an artist and experience as an artist help you now in this executive role?

How it helped me as an artist helped me be an executive, which makes me a better executive, is that I understand the artist from a different level. Some of these executives that’s running these companies, they don’t understand the artist. That’s why sometimes there’s always a misunderstanding or they not aligned properly because the artist don’t understand the executive and the executive sometimes don’t understand the artist. I’m able to be on both fields because I play both seats. I was a artist first. So, I really understand the artist.

So, I think sometimes if a artist can’t even communicate what it is they trying to get out to a label sometimes, you know, I understand that and I can help them deliver that. But most importantly, I just understand the artist, so I think it always give me a tighter bond with the artist. And I respect the artist, so I’m never gon’ do sucker shit, no foul shit, no dishonorable things, you know, even for money or for business or for nothing, because I respect the artistry first.

You are very, very hands-on with everything, even from press releases you are looking at that stuff. What are you doing with each of these artists from rollouts to cover art?

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I’m super hands-on with everything in this business, with everything in my company, with every artist I’m hands-on. There ain’t a marketing plan going out on one of my artists that I’m not involved in, it ain’t a promo schedule that goes out on one of my artist that I’m not involved in, it ain’t artwork, it ain’t mixing and mastering, it ain’t nothing that I’m not involved in.

And understand when I say that, you know, the artists make the decision on they music and how they shit looks and the aesthetics of it. But you know, it ain’t we just passing it off to a label or nothing like that. I’m making sure we crossing all the T’s, dotting all the I’s and everything is right. I’m staying up 4, 5 in the morning making sure that shit be the way it’s supposed to be. I don’t sleep. This a 24-hour thing to me.

Who are some of the people in the game that you’ve looked up to that got you to this point?

I look up to Birdman and Slim first. I like to give those guys a lot of credit because they were the first ones that allowed me in the room on a high level. They allowed me to be around certain conversations, around certain phone calls. I’ve traveled with them around a lot of places. So, I think it started with Birdman and Slim. Of course, you know my relationship with Jay[-Z]. It’s like mentorship on a whole ’nother level not even just music, just business in general.

I think them guys is close, but, you know, the Puffs, shout-out to J. Prince, and everybody. I studied ’em even if I weren’t able to work closely to ’em, I studied ’em so I feel like I was close to ’em. I studied everything about ’em. I watched everything they done. What I think they done right, what I think they done wrong. So, I prepped myself for this position. I spent a lot of time and I prepped myself for this shit. Whether they opened the doors and gave me the game or I just studied everybody's moves and watched everything ’cause I knew 10, 15 years ago, I knew I would be sitting in this seat, so I had to prep myself for this shit.

What is your goal with CMG and this new partnership? What is your vision when you signed that the dotted line?

My vision for CMG at this point is expansion. When I say expansion, that’s from not only just from a artist standpoint, that’s from staff, that’s from office, you know, building out multiple offices in different cities, you know, try to take this thing international. Maybe have offices international and expansion in general. I understand this shit is teamwork.

Everything ain’t just artists, you know? It’s just a big part of it, but you got to have the right team. You got to have the right infrastructure. You need the right energy around. You need the right players. You need the right drivers. That shit is super important to me, so I’m investing a lot. I’m investing a lot in just in that, in staff, in team and in infrastructure.

Who are some of those people that helped CMG to be the brand and label that it is right now?

There’s a lot of people that helped me. A lot of people helped me. I don’t really want to get into too many of the names because I don’t want to leave nobody out, you know I’m saying? But that shit is super important. To the team, to the family, everybody that play their part, they are dearly appreciated. I value, value them a lot.

You mentioned it a little bit before, about the motto of CMG, but for yourself, what is the life motto that you’re currently living and how are you living up to it as the leader of the CMG brand?

My life motto is we don’t lose, we win by any means. We don’t quit, we don’t give up, we don’t give excuses, we get shit down. I live by that code. If you work for me, you have to live by that code. I don’t want to hear how shit is fucked up. We’re human, it’s fucked up, cool, fix it. Keep pushing, we ain’t spending a whole lot of time on that shit, we gotta get it done.

Who are you calling to get advice in the game? Are you calling Jay-Z? How do those conversations go?

I’m a person I ain’t too proud to ask questions. I think that the most valuable thing you can do is receive information. I try to learn something every day. I don’t ever run around claiming I think I know everything. So, I don’t got no issue with picking up the phone and calling people for advice. Desiree [Perez] at Roc Nation, Jay-Z, anybody, according to what the information is I need, I pick up the phone and call whoever.

You don’t even got to be a close person that I talk to every day. If I just think you have information about the subject that I’m tryna get an answer to, I’ll track you down. “Y’all, give me such-and-such number, I read two, three years ago when he done this shit like this here. I need to ask him about that.” And I hit him, “Yo, this Gotti. I’m looking at this and that and I wanted to get your take on this.” I don’t got no pride when asking for help or for information.

How do you handle a situation where there's a conflict or something doesn’t go right that you plan? How does the CMG team, how do you handle it?

When it comes to conflicts, I think I handle them well. I try to handle most of them professionally as possible. But, you know, depending on what type of conflicts it is, but I also think it’s part of life. Really, the culture I come from, we have to deal with conflicts all the time. So, I ain’t no person that’s under pressure at no point with conflict. Conflicts only make me sharper almost. It make me dial into the situation a little more. I go through conflicts, I think it’s a part of life, I think it’s a part of business. If it's an in-house conflict, a business conflict, we try to handle it as respectful as possible. And if it’s amongst family, you know the code to that, you nah mean, we handle that shit in the house. Don’t nothing ever come out.

What are you most proud of within what you’ve built so far with CMG? Is it a certain artist that you have found and they became much bigger? Or was it building the brand literally when you started it in 2013?

What I’m most proud of, of what we doing with CMG is that just to see what we doing and the branches that’s coming off [what] we doing. Like I like to say, we the brand that build brands. When I see my vision evolving more and more, higher and higher, and wider and wider, to me, that’s one of the trophies of this shit.

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Is there a business person that you look up to?

Business people I look up to, it’s many of ’em. It can go far as Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates to Jay-Z, that’s our Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, you feel me? It can go down to a hustler from my city who I know put in a lot of work in the streets and beat the system. He’s somewhere right now living in the suburbs with his family and started a business and transformed his shit without going to the federal penitentiary. I look up to him too. It’s a wide range.

The chains you are wearing are very significant, representing each of your artists and their brands. Why is it important to wear all of them today?

CMG, we the brand that break brands. You know, I look at all my artists like, you know, they my business partnas. And if they have brands, I support that, you know I’m saying? We all a team. Whatever my artists with, that’s what I’m with, you nah mean? Whatever my partnas with, that’s what I’m with. That’s how I am rocking, that’s how I was raised, that’s how I was taught. I wore these chains today on this cover ’cause I think it’s important to me that if I’m closing big deals, they closing big deals. We all closing big deals.

These chains represent all my artists. They represent all my partnas. One of these chains represents EST Gee. I got Bread Gang up under here for Moneybagg Yo, I got Heavy Camp on here for Blac Youngsta, BlocBoy JB on here, CMG on here, NLess on here. I’m just rocking all the chains ’cause anybody that’s at the table with us, that’s what I’m representing on this cover. Look at me as the plug, I’m just a plug, you know I’m saying?

What does the future of CMG look like?

The future for CMG? We the next Cash Money. We the next Roc-A-Fella. We the next Death Row. We the next No Limit. That’s the future for us.

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Since 2013, Yo Gotti has been cementing his position in hip-hop as the founder and top executive of his CMG record label. He's experienced 25 years in the game so far—his first album, Youngsta's On a Come Up, debuted in 1996—as both an artist and label exec. Now, he's celebrating one of his biggest career milestones with a new CMG label partnership with Interscope Records by gracing the digital cover of XXL magazine.

"I think this a good move for me," the 40-year-old businessman tells XXL. "I think this a brilliant move for them. I think with this partnership, as far as I see it in my eyes, and the streets see it, and I think Interscope see it, we gon’ come in here in the next few years and, you know, be the biggest label and create the biggest partnership in music."

Photographed by Johnny Tergo at the Smilez mansion in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles in May, Yo Gotti's drip for the cover includes a custom suit designed by Richfresh, Christian Dior sneakers, a Richard Mille watch and his artists' iced-out chains. During his cover story interview, Gotti expresses why it's important to share the spotlight with his CMG team, which consists of artists Moneybagg Yo, Blac Youngsta, Blocboy JB, 42 Dugg, EST Gee and Big Boogie.

"CMG, we the brand that break brands," the Memphis native says. "You know, I look at all my artists like, you know, they my business partnas. And if they have brands, I support that, you know I’m saying? We all a team. Whatever my artists with, that’s what I’m with, you nah mean? Whatever my partnas with, that’s what I’m with. That’s how I am rocking, that’s how I was raised, that’s how I was taught. I wore these chains today on this cover ’cause I think it’s important to me that if I’m closing big deals, they closing big deals. We all closing big deals."

Gotti is the plug, delivering his artists' music to the masses. "These chains represent all my artists," he continues. "They represent all my partnas. One of these chains represents EST Gee. I got Bread Gang up under here for Moneybagg Yo, I got Heavy Camp on here for Blac Youngsta, BlocBoy JB on here, CMG on here, NLess on here. I’m just rocking all the chains ’cause anybody that’s at the table with us, that’s what I’m representing on this cover. Look at me as the plug. I’m just a plug, you know I’m saying?"

Watch Yo Gotti's XXL magazine digital cover interview and read the complete conversation, in which he touts CMG as "the next Cash Money," discusses the impact of Birdman, Slim and Jay-Z, and reveals what he looks for in artists he wants to sign, below.

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Offset wants his group, the Migos, to get some credit where he feels credit is due.

In a Billboard interview published on Monday (June 7), the member of the hip-hop three-piece believes that rappers have taken the group's rhyme flow, but hasn't given them their proper credit.

"It's a fact. If you go back in time and listen to music prior to 2013, the cadence and the flow didn't matter. It was more about the bars and what you're saying," Offset explains. "Now, people get away with not saying nothing as long as the cadence and flow are good, and I feel like we created that. We did."

’Set thinks that people seem to have forgotten about their hip-hop history and the artists who have made a big impact on rap culture.

"I remember when Quavo was most influential in 2013. It just don't be no respect given but that's how my generation is anyway," he says. "A lot of kids don't know about Tupac Shakur and don't respect it. It just be blowing my mind. I just take it as, you gotta keep proving to people who you are. And that's okay with me, because that's been my life story."

Elsewhere in the interview, Offset also acknowledges himself, Quavo and Takeoff for making trap music go mainstream.

"We made this trap [style] go pop," the Father of 4 rhymer tells. "They don't talk about that. We made trap go pop talking about selling pounds and bricks, and we hit Billboard No. 1. Hip-hop artists weren't going No. 1 like that, but now it just be 'bang, bang, bang.'"

The Migos have a big week ahead of them. The ATL trio are set to release their long-awaited album Culture III on Friday (June 11). The Quality Control Music artists first announced the release of the third and final installment to their Culture album series on May 17.

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Snoop Dogg now has a desk at the Def Jam Recordings' office in Los Angeles.

The Dogg Father was officially announced as the label's new Executive Creative and Strategic Consultant on Monday (June 7).

Snoop, born Calvin Brodus Jr., will assume a role "that will allow him to strategically work across the label’s executive team and artist roster. With an immediate focus on A&R and creative development, Snoop Dogg is joining Def Jam as a senior strategic advisor, based in Los Angeles and reporting to Universal Music Group Chairman & CEO Sir Lucian Grainge and Def Jam interim Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Harleston."

In a video announcement, Snoop Dogg shares that he always desired to be a part of the Def Jam family as an artist, but due to him signing to Suge Knight's Death Row Records in the early 1990s, that move wasn't possible for him. However, the opportunity arose decades late and he's ready to bring some new flavor to the label.

"Now you may wonder, why so late in my career would I wanna work for Def Jam Records?," Snoops says before answering the question. "Lemme tell you why. As a kid, as a young rapper, Def Jam Records was the holy grail of hip-hop. It was the label where all of the artists communicated, connected, put out great music, great videos, movies and they were always on tour together. They were always doing things together. They were like a family."

He adds: "When I got the opportunity, my main focus on Def Jam Records was to go and help the artists and give them love, give them wisdom, guidance, understanding and teach them some tricks that I learned in the game to diversify their portfolio. To not just be rappers, not just be artists, but to be superstars, superheroes, so to speak."

Snoop later asserts that his plan is to go into Def Jam's extensive catalog to revitalize it and also resurface life stories of artists formerly signed to the label while bringing on new talent as well.

The two-and-a-half-minute long visual includes cameos of Def Jam signees such as Slick Rick, Redman and Method Man, Public Enemy, DMX, LL Cool J, Warren G, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, the Beastie Boys, Foxy Brown and much more.

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG), said of the Long Beach, Calif. native joining the Def Jam team: "We’re thrilled that the one and only Snoop Dogg is bringing his deep industry experience, strong relationships, boundless creativity and infectious energy to Def Jam."

Jeff Harleston, interim CEO, Def Jam and General Counsel, EVP Business and Legal Affairs at UMG also shared a statement on the veteran West Coast rapper's new position: "I have had the pleasure knowing and working with Snoop Dogg for more than twenty years. Not only does Snoop understand what it takes to be a successful artist, he is one of the most creative, strategic and entrepreneurial people I know. Snoop has a genuine passion for the label and the culture, and we are all excited to have Snoop join the Def Jam Family."

Back in February of 2020, Paul Rosenberg stepped down from his role as CEO of the label to oversee a joint venture with Universal Music Group and Goliath Records. At the time, reports said that Rosenberg would still work with Def Jam in a consultant capacity. He also still serves as longtime manager for Eminem and president of Em's Shady Records.

Snoop Dogg, however, isn't the first hip-hop artist to snag a position at the Def Jam offices within the last year. Last November, Jeezy was announced as the label's senior advisor to interim chairman and CEO Jeff Harleston.

Snoop has contributed to hip-hop culture's many facets over the years. He has 16 Grammy nominations, eight RIAA certified platinum albums, two gold albums, six platinum hits, a slew of Billboard-charting records and more.

He also received an Emmy nomination in 2017 for his VH1 show, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.

Congrats to the big Snoop Dogg.

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Tragedy has struck close to home for Lil Durk once again as his brother, OTF DThang, has reportedly been shot and killed.

Details of the incident are scarce and conflicting at this time. The shooting reportedly occurred early Sunday morning (June 6). According to TMZ,  DThang, born Dontay Banks Jr., was reportedly found dead near the 7900 block of S. Loomis Blvd. in Chicago.

There are other reports online that the incident happened outside Club O in nearby Harvey, Ill. and DThang, 32, was struck by bullets in front of the club and has since passed away. The news was first reported by Instagram blog @ChicagoMediaTakeout, which initially featured an IG post published about someone being shot at the club at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning. In a follow-up post a couple hours later, they identified DThang as the victim of the gun violence and offered condolences to Durk.


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Shortly afterward, members of the hip-hop community began to react to DThang's death, including Calboy and Murda Beatz, who both posted "RIP DThang" on Twitter.

XXL has reached out to Lil Durk's team, who have no comment on the matter at this time. We have also reached out to the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County Sheriff's Office for comment. Durk and DThang were close and often seen together at events. Just as recently as last week they attended a birthday party for Quality Control's CEO Pierre "P" Thomas in Atlanta.

 

 

 

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Early last month, DThang posted a photo of himself and Durk, both dressed in suits, and captioned the photo "We came a long way from Granny crib #OTF @lildurk ." In the comment section, Durk wrote "Love you fr."


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This is the second time death has struck Durk's inner circle in less than a year. Last November, Durk's close friend and OTF artist King Von was shot and killed in Atlanta following an altercation outside of a downtown hookah lounge. Back in 2014, Durk's 21-year-old cousin, OTF NuNu, was also shot and killed in a broad daylight shooting that took place in Chicago.

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UPDATE:

50 Cent's attorney, Stephen J. Savva, has released the following statement to XXL about the update in the case: “This was incorrectly reported as a break in at Mr. Jackson’s home in January. The unit involved is a leased corporate apartment for one of his businesses. Mr. Jackson resides in Houston, Texas. At the time the suspects were in the unit, Police drove by but did not realize the individuals were still inside. The entire matter was caught on surveillance cameras. We expect that the Police will recover and return all of the stolen property."

ORIGINAL STORY:

Following a five-month investigation, three men have been arrested for burglary at 50 Cent's apartment that nabbed $3 million worth of cash and valuables.

According to a report from local New Jersey media outlet The Daily Voice, published on Friday (June 4), Travis Villalobos, 31, Richard Murphy, 31, and Matthew Gale, 40, have been charged with grand theft, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief for their alleged involvement in the January 2021 crime.

50 Cent was in Miami on Jan. 16, which he documented on Instagram in a photo of himself, Fat Joe and Uncle Murda. The G-Unit leader reported the break-in the following day on Jan. 17. It is unclear if the burglary occurred the day prior or on the day the rapper reported the crime.

The Cliffside Park, N.J. apartment was reportedly being used as office space by 50 Cent. There was an "estimated loss of approximately $3 million in U.S. currency and jewelry,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Friday. Authorities report the burglars accessed the home through a garage door window and made off with valuables taken from an unlocked safe.

Police were able to ID the alleged perpetrators after putting together clues involving a stolen car used the the getaway vehicle. Following the break-in, police located a stolen vehicle that matched the car seen in area surveillance footage.

Gale was apprehended in Bergen County, N.J. following a SWAT Team raid on his home on May 19. Villalobos was taken into custody in Broward County, Fla. on May 24. Murphy was held at the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny.

The apartment was initially believed to be one of 50 Cent's residences. The attorney shared that the location was used as an office space for one of Fif's companies. "The unit involved is leased by one of Mr. Jackson's corporate entities," the artist's attorney, Stephen J. Savva, said Friday afternoon. "Mr. Jackson resides in Houston, Texas."

50 Cent made the move to H-Town earlier this year. He is already making his presence felt in The Lone Star State.

XXL has reached out to 50's team for comment on the case.

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UPDATE:

Lil Reese has released a statement refuting the allegations against him. "I got lied on by someone," Reese tells XXL. "[Never] did hit anyone." He claims he was a victim of false information.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Lil Reese is back in the headlines after being arrested for a domestic battery charge in Chicago.

Reese was taken into custody on May 29 at 10:25 p.m., according to police records obtained by XXL. Authorities were reportedly called to the rapper's home, reports TMZ. When they arrived, Reese's girlfriend told them the couple got into a verbal argument that turned physical. She went on to claim Reese yanked her hair and punched her in the face, leaving visible scars on her lip. Reese was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. He posted a $10,000 bond and bailed out several hours later on May 30 around 4:30 a.m.

XXL has reached out to Reese's team for comment.

Chicago Police Department

The new arrest comes less than a month after Reese was grazed in the eye in a Chicago parking garage shootout following a dispute over a stolen Dodge Durango.

Reese was shot along with two other people at the Grand Plaza parking garage near 6 West Grand Ave. Prior to the shooting, a man reported the Durango stolen and tracked it down to the parking garage via a GPS device. The man told the police he tried to detain the men in the vehicle when someone outside the SUV started shooting at the car. The people in the vehicle returned fired but were struck by bullets. A 27-year-old man was struck multiple times in his body and transported, along with Reese, to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition. A 20-year-old man was struck twice in the knee and transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in good condition.

Despite graphic footage that surfaced from the aftermath of the incident that showed Reese bleeding and seemingly going in and out of consciousness, Reese was listed in fair condition. He appears to have quickly recovered from his injuries.

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Lil Yachty and Bhad Bhabie have reportedly joined forces for a venture that'll bring hopeful singles together.

According to a report from Rolling Stone on Friday (June 4), the rappers have partnered up to invest in a Jewish dating app called Lox Club, which has been described as the app for "Jews with ridiculously high standards."

Additionally, developers for the new match-making app consider it "a virtual speakeasy hidden within an old-school deli." However, unlike other apps that assist singles in finding love and relationships, Lox Club doesn't necessarily use algorithms. Instead, the app "gives its users actual human match-makers," the publication reports.

Adam Kluger, who manages Bhad Bhabie and has been managing Lil Yachty with Coach K of Quality Control Music as of January 2020, says that Lox Club is the first deal from the fund the rappers launched in conjunction with Kluger and three other executives called Scoop Investments.

"J-Date screams desperation, J-Swipe is just a piece of shit. There’s a real gap in the marketplace,” Kluger tells. “I was just so surprised at how cool it was. Yachty and Bhabie saw the passion when I was talking about and everyone started asking me questions. Eventually I said we should come together and do it as a group.”

Kluger was apparently put on to Lox Club through some friends who urged him to download the app.

Bhad Bhabie shared the news of her latest investment on her Instagram page this afternoon.

"big bag bhabie 💰👫 excited to be a part of @loxclub . Love and bagels biches," she said as the caption for her screenshot of Rolling Stone's article.

Bhad Bhabie and Yachty appear to be racking in big bucks with some of the moves they've been making. Back in April, the rapper, born Danielle Bregoli, claims to have made $1 million in six hours on her OnlyFans account.

Meanwhile, Lil Boat launched his own all-gender nail polish line called Crete last month.

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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 Baby and Lil Durk ("Rich Off Pain" featuring Rod Wave), Roddy Ricch ("Late At Night") and Meek Mill ("Flamerz Flow") and more. See you next week!

  • “4or Daze”Sleepy Hallow
  • “Late At Night”Roddy Ricch
  • “Glidin'”Pa Salieu featuring Slowthai
  • “WTF”KenTheMan
  • “Flamerz Flow”Meek Mill
  • “I Won”Ty Dolla $ign, Jack Harlow and 24kGoldn
  • “Boss Bitch”Rich The Kid featuring Coi Leray
  • “Rich Off Pain”Lil Baby & Lil Durk featuring Rod Wave
  • “Art of War”Jasiah featuring Rico Nasty and Denzel Curry
  • “Drop”Yo Gotti featuring DaBaby
  • “Touch You”Roy Woods
  • “Second Hand Smoke”Pressa
  • “Zero Love”Belly featuring Moneybagg Yo

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The earliest years of an artist's life tend to be the most impactful, and few know that better than SpotemGottem. The Jacksonville, Fla. native, who found himself everywhere this year thanks to the viral success of his song "Beat Box," picked up the art of rapping from his uncles at just 9 years old. Watching them freestyle together would inspire him later in life, when he began rapping at 14, and started dropping freestyles of his own on the internet. These verses caught the attention of the rap blog Say Cheese, who entered into a deal with Spotem to promote his music at the end of 2017, even though he didn't have any official songs at the time.

Marked by his deliberate style, peppered with dark humor and almost action movie-like descriptions of street issues, SpotemGottem began to gain real traction with his songs three years ago. His first track was "Street Gossip" in late 2018. From there, he kept working, dropping the five-track mixtape Osama Story in 2019. That groundwork led to him releasing "Beat Box" in April of 2020, which has now been streamed over 100 million times on Spotify, thanks to the original song's popularity, TikTok virality and countless remixes.

"Bur-bur-burn away a carbon beam, knocked yo' legs off/Tried to get away from me, had a stand off/Hit ’em in the spine, knock his dreads off/My woadie just caught a body, I nicknamed him Randy Moss/Thuggin' in my Reeboks, riding with a G-Shock/Shhh, I heard he shot, Draco make a beat box," he raps on the bass-heavy banger produced by Damn E.

Pooh Shiesty was the first rapper to jump on the official "Beat Box" remix in December of 2020. The track appears on SpotemGottem's Final Destination project, released that same month. The viral factor of the song is thanks to an accompanying dance created by TikTok personality June Elite in December of last year. Aptly titled the Junebug Challenge, the dance involves spasm-like body jerks while pumping the arms up and down, a bit similar to what Spotem does at the 1:13-mark of the remix visual with Pooh Shiesty. This opened the floodgates for some of hip-hop's most popular young rappers including DaBaby, Latto and NLE Choppa to add their own rhymes to the beat this year. There are currently five official remixes.

After signing to Rebel/Geffen Records about a month ago, the rising rapper then dropped his new 12-track project, Most Wanted, in May. As the new music and more "Beat Box" remixes continue to stream in, SpotemGottem talked to XXL via Zoom for this week's edition of The Break.

Age: 19

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

I grew up listening to: "I grew up listening to Lil Boosie, Webbie, Master PHot Boys, shit like that."

My style’s been compared to: "Nobody really. But you know people say Kodak [Black], but it's just because I'm from Florida. But they know once they listen to my shit, they be like, 'Oh yeah, he from Florida, but he got his own style.'"

I’m going to blow up because: "I just got to make music. Now I got to make music. I got
new fans. You know, when you coming up that's all you want is fans, fame. And once you get it, you just got to go harder. And just let them know where you come from."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "Damn. I don't know. I got a couple of them, like three of them really. People always know I'm going to go crazy. I'm going to drop more shit and it's just going to go hard. This one right here should've got way more likes, way more views. That bitch 'Same Day' is going to go hard. I got it about five months ago. I got way bigger than since when I posted it, so I'm just going to post it."

My standout records to date have been: "['Beat Box.'] Really, all I was looking for was the hit, and I found it. I was staying in the studio all night, all day, just trying to get a hit, and I found one. Everybody noticed me off that. They was like 'Oh yeah, it's hard.' And we just going to make this better. That's when DaBaby got on that bitch. NLE Choppa, Mulatto, everybody just started, you feel me?"

My standout moments to date have been: "When I blew up off 'Beat Box,' that was the biggest moment. Got a nigga lit, so everything cool. I see they got people in China doing it, all the way in Africa and shit. So like, 'Oh yeah. This bitch worldwide.' And then Junebug just made it better."

Most people don’t know: "I be vibing. I'm a cool little dude. I be cooling, man. Gang be on lit shit. We just be having fun, feel me?"

I’m going to be the next: "Millionaire."

Follow SpotemGottem on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"Beat Box 2" featuring Pooh Shiesty

"Beat Box 3" featuring DaBaby

"No Tik Tok"

"Federal"

Most Wanted

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One time for the new releases this week that can serve as the soundtrack for the weekend. Rap heads have been anticipating a project from two of hip-hop's hottest rappers and it has finally arrived. There are also offerings from a seasoned New York City-bred MC and an up-and-coming drill rapper also from The Big Apple. Take a look below to see what's hot and fresh on the music scene.

The only thing better than listening to one rap legend in the making is watching two of them collaborate with each other. Lil Baby and Lil Durk join forces to bring their fans The Voice of the Heroes. The 18-track album features Travis Scott, Rod Wave, Young Thug and Meek Mill. The previously leaked song with Meek called "Still Runnin," in which Durkio appears to be taking jabs at a few rappers is on the record as well. Prior to the LP's arrival, the rap duo released the album's first single, "Voice of the Heroes," on May 31.

Lloyd Banks hasn't dropped a project since 2016, and fans of his skilled pen game are in for some elite rap veteran bars. On the Queens, N.Y. native's latest project, The Course of the Inevitable, he keeps some of the guest appearances close to home with lyrical support from Benny The Butcher of Buffalo, N.Y., Harlem's own Vado and Styles P, who hails from Yonkers, N.Y. Nearly five years ago, Banks dropped his Halloween Havoc 3: Four Days of Fury mixtape and before that was A.O.N. (All Or Nothing) Series Vol. 2: L.I.U. (Live It Up), both arriving in 2016. His last album, H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2), came out in 2010, and was the second coming to his 2004 G-Unit debut, The Hunger for More.

Sleepy Hallow has a growing buzz on the Brooklyn drill scene, becoming one of the hottest rising rappers out of the borough over the last year. Still Sleep? is the 21-year-old rhymer's debut album after releasing projects Sleepy Hallow Presents: Sleepy for President last year and Don't Sleep in 2019. "2 Sauce" and "2055," two tracks that arrived ahead of the full-length project's debut on Wednesday (June 2), appear on the LP.

Smoke DZA, Tech N9ne and more drop heat this week as well. Keep scrolling to find more new music.

  • The Voice of the HeroesLil Baby and Lil DurkQuality Control Music / Alamo Records / Motown Records
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The album the streets have been waiting for has finally arrived.

On Friday (June 4), after months and months of teasing, Lil Baby and Lil Durk dropped their highly anticipated joint effort, The Voice of the Heroes. Durk deems himself "the voice" of the streets and Baby is "the hero." This is origin of the title of the album, which features 18 songs and appearances from Young Thug, Meek Mill, Travis Scott and Rod Wave.

Prior to the LP hitting digital streaming platforms today, Baby and Durkio delivered their first single off the project, "Voice of the Heroes," on Memorial Day (May 31). On the AutoTune-laden joint, the rappers recount their trials and tribulations before amassing their undeniable success.

Last month, Lil Baby posted the album's release date, but later removed the post from social media. At the time, it appeared to be a premature announcement. However, shortly after, Baby reposted the same image. Durk followed suit.

Back in March, the Quality Control Music artist informed fans that the collaborative offering was in the works.

During an interview with MTV, Baby shared, "Me and [Lil] Durk been locked in every night. Goddamn, that's the new one. We coming. Me and [Lil] Durk dropping an album, fa sho."

He added, "When it comes to that street shit, the streets is like, we the voices and the heroes of this shit. You know what I'm saying? Kids look at us like heroes. I know they look at me like one and [Lil] Durk, too. That nigga been holding it down for a minute."

Listen to Lil Baby and Lil Durk's The Voice of the Heroes below.

Lil Baby and Lil Durk's The Voice of the Heroes Album Tracklist

1. "Voice of the Heroes"
2. "2040"
3. "Hats Off" featuring Travis Scott
4. "Who I Want"
5. "Still Hood"
6. "Man of My Word"
7. "Still Runnin'" featuring Meek Mill
8. "Medical"
9. "How It Feels"
10. "Lying"
11. "Okay"
12. "That's Facts"
13. "Please"
14. "Up the Side" featuring Young Thug
15. "If You Want To"
16. "Rich Off Pain" featuring Rod Wave
17. "Make It Out"
18. "Bruised Up"

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