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It's safe to say that the feud between 50 Cent and the fellas over at Murder Inc. Records—Ja Rule and Irv Gotti—is never-ending .

Early Wednesday morning (Sept. 15), Fif hopped on Instagram hours after Ja and Fat Joe's Verzuz showdown, which took place at the Hulu Theater in New York City last night (Sept. 14), and pretty much came for Ja Rule's former label's jugular.

The rapper-turned-TV show executive shared a picture of himself looking down at his cell phone, and wrote, "Wtf am i trending for, I said i ain’t doing whatever that shit is they doing."

In a follow-up post, 50 uploaded another image of himself smoking a cigar with what appears to be brown liquor in a balloon glass, along with a caption that said, "😆I put they whole label out of business, f_ck with me if you want to. I would stay out of my way if i wasn’t me. LOL."

Although 50 and Ja have yet to see eye to eye, it appears that his remarks could be in response to CEO and cofounder of Murder Inc. Records, Irv Gotti, who made comments during the livestream about Fif during Ja and Joey Crack's Verzuz competition.

Irv said, "All y'all talking that 50 shit. All good. He got beat up stabbed up. Shot up. Sued us. That's all I'm gonna say. Your hero ain't what you think he is. Period. And facts."

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50 and Ja's particular beef dates back to around 1999 when Ja Rule was allegedly robbed for his chain at gunpoint by an associate of 50 Cent's. However, things later intensified with diss records—50's "Life's on the Line"—and with Fif ultimately being stabbed by a Murder Inc. affiliate at a recording studio in New York City.

Gotti is also referencing 50 Cent being shot nine times prior to the rapper gaining fame and signing to Eminem and Dr. Dre.

The feud and direct jabs have been ongoing for over 20 years and although Ja was open to even having a Verzuz against Fif, which 50 declined, it doesn't appear that they'll be mending fences any time soon.

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Kanye West enforced a strict dress code during the Donda recording sessions, according to album collaborator Fivio Foreign.

In an interview with Power 106 FM Los Angeles’ The Liftoff/L.A. Leakers show, which premiered on YouTube on Sept. 10, Fivio detailed Kanye’s studio environment while recording the Donda album. According to the Brooklyn drill rapper, Kanye made all the artists wear Donda merch while working in the studio. The Chicago rapper-producer even went so far as to outfit everyone with Yeezy sneakers as well.

"When we went to ‘Ye’s shit he made us all wear like [Yeezys]. We had the vest on, he made us all wear Donda merch,” said Fivio. “I thought we were on Donda timing, I guess to get us in [that mindset].”

“He gave everybody Yeezys,” he continued. “This is what he do. It’s like a uniform. He gave us Yeezys, some type of pants, cargo black-looking [pants] and Donda shirts.”

Fivio believes “the uniforms” kept all the artist’s egos in check. “That’s what he do, so I guess it takes away the egos,” he stated.

The "Off the Grid" rapper was so impressed by Kanye’s uniform rules that he now adopts the same dress code policy when he’s recording in the studio.

Fivo also said that Kanye will produced songs for his upcoming album Bible.

"I was telling him like yo, my shit is called Bible, and he said, 'Damn,'" he recalled. "You know, he's on that God spiritual shit…and I was telling him I’m spiritual and he was like, 'Yo, that’s crazy.' He felt like everything was lined up. I felt like that too, though."

Watch Fivio Foreign’s interview with the Power 106FM's L.A. Leakers show below. Fast forward to the 1:28 mark to watch Fivio talk about Kanye’s strict dress code in the studio.

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Pop Smoke's mother has spoken out following the horrific act that was recently done to her son's gravesite.

On Monday (Sept. 13), the late rapper's mother, Audrey Jackson, shared an Instagram carousel post responding to the culprits who vandalized her son's resting place in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery.

"So, chips leftover from either them trying to break in or from it being fixed to at least have it covered," Jackson said in a video while holding marble debris from Pop Smoke's crypt. "But this was unnecessary, whoever you are."

She captioned the post: "Whoever you are, you have my attention. Now what!?."

In another upload, Pop's mom posted a video of the rhymer's father sweeping up broken pieces of marble from his son's once-defaced gravesite.

A follow-up IG post contained a still image of Pop Smoke's resting place, which didn't feature any engraving of his name, date of birth or death, but had a plan slab of marble instead. There are also pictures of Pop's mother kneeling near his resting place with blue flowers.

As previously reported, Pop's vandalized mausoleum was discovered on Saturday (Sept. 11). Pictures on the internet, first shared by TMZ, showed his gravesite, which looked like it had been pried open, with chipped marble. The outlet reported at the time that it looked like Pop Smoke's casket may have been dragged out onto the ground because there were scrape marks that led from the tomb.

Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a home invasion at a rented mansion in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles in February of 2020. Five people were arrested in connection to his murder last July, including two minors. One of the teens, who is currently incarcerated for the rapper's death, but hasn't been tried or convicted yet, revealed that the rapper was allegedly shot over a diamond watch.

Pop's debut album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, is currently No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart while his sophomore effort, Faith, is No. 86.

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Duke Deuce had a close call while chatting on his livestream.

On Tuesday (Sept. 14), a viral video surfaced of the Memphis rapper, born Patavious Lashun Isom, caught in the middle of a shootout in his neighborhood. It all started when Duke jumped on his Instagram Live on Monday (Sept. 13) and was watching people enter the chat. In the viral clip, the “Crunk Ain’t Dead” rapper is urging his fans to join him on the chat.

"Come outside and fuck with me, Peppertree," Duke said, possibly referring to Pepper Tree Apartments located in his hometown. “Ain’t on none of that bougie shit, ain’t none of that Hollywood shit,” he added before a barrage of bullets ring off. You can then see Duke frantically running for cover behind what appears to be a vehicle before the video cuts off.

It is unclear if Duke Deuce was hurt during the harrowing incident. You can watch the clip at the bottom of this post.

XXL has reached out to Duke Deuce’s rep for comment.

Duke Deuce, who is a rising artist on the Quality Control Music record label, has been busy this summer with a string of festival performances including Rolling Loud Miami and Made in America festival in Philadelphia.

Hip-hop is in the 29-year-old rapper’s bloodline. His father is Duke Nitty, a Memphis-based rapper and producer. As a child, Duke shared a room with his father, which doubled as a studio for Big Duke.

In February, Duke released his project Duke Nukem, which features the headbangers "Duke Skywalker" and "Gangsta Party" featuring Offset.

"My shit is authentic, my shit is original," Duke told XXL in February 2020. "I got everything you want—versatility, I got the singing the melody shit, I got the crunk shit, I got the smooth shit, I got the pimpin' shit, I got every fuckin' music genre you can ever think of. Plus, I know how to muthafuckin' move and I'm fat. And I know how to rap my ass off. And I look like a baby."

Stay safe, Duke Deuce.

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Video footage from the incident in San Fernando Valley, Calif. where Blueface was accused of attacking a club bouncer has surfaced the internet.

On Tuesday (Sept. 14), TMZ published the surveillance video, which shows Blueface and three other men jumping the bouncer on Sunday night (Sept. 12) at Skinny's Lounge. As previously mentioned, the altercation ensued after the security requested identification from Blueface, which he didn't have on him. The rhymer reportedly attempted to Google himself to show that he's famous, but that wasn't sufficient for the bouncer.

In the footage, a man that is accompanying the California rapper throws the initial punch at the bouncer, followed by additional blows. Blueface is seen at one point stomping the security with another man. Two women enter the frame and are recording the incident on their cell phones. The rapper stomps on the bouncer again while another member of Blueface's crew tries to lift the security, who is laying on the ground, up by his feet.

Towards the end of the clip, Blueface appears to be tapping the bouncer, presumably to check if he is conscious. The L.A.-bred artist then leaves the area where the fight took place.

The victim was reportedly rushed to the hospital and the outlet reports that the attack is currently under investigation as battery. The unidentified man was reportedly treated for bruises and received stitches.

Back in July, Blueface was involved in a fight as well, but it was a professional bout at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 19 in Tampa, Fla. against TikTok star Kane Trujillo.

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

Check out the video footage from the incident below.

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Following UFC fighter Conor McGregor getting into a near physical altercation with Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet of the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards this past weekend, McGregor has spoken out on the incident.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Sunday (Sept. 12), the day the incident took place, Conor McGregor claimed he doesn't know who Machine Gun Kelly is despite prior reports determining that the standoff between the two men was because McGregor attempted to greet and take a picture with the rapper but was denied.

"Absolutely nothing," the professional boxer said when ET's host Rachel Smith asked him what actually happened. "I don't know. He showed up, and I don't know. I don't know the guy."

McGregor continued: "Nothing happened with me, I only fight real fighters, people that actually fight, you know what I mean. I certainly don't fight little vanilla boy rappers. I don't even know the guy. I don't know anything about him, except that he's with Megan Fox."

On Sunday, just before the awards show began last night, video footage and photos showed that the Ireland native and Machine Gun Kelly got into it, with McGregor throwing punches at the Ohio rhymer but not landing any since the two men were so far apart. In one particular video, McGregor is seen tossing a drink in what can assumed to be MGK's direction. Sources have also said that the two men exchanged words, but it's unclear what actually sparked the chaos between them.

Apparently, the Tickets to My Downfall artist said something that Conor McGregor couldn't decipher and the athlete was pushed away by the rhymer's security.

Whatever may have been said has not been shared publicly to offer additional context for why the altercation even transpired.

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Nicki Minaj pulled out of Sunday's (Sept. 12) 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at the last minute and now fans know why.

During an impromptu Q&A on Twitter, Nicki spoke with her Barbs about her absence at the MTV VMAs and why she won't be present at the Met Gala tonight (Sept. 13). The Queens, N.Y. rapper revealed that she contracted COVID-19 and amid the discussion, she shared her stance on the coronavirus vaccinations.

One fan tweeted to Nicki and said, "I TOLD THEM THAT THAT MAY BE WHY! I noticed that Nicki seems to be scared of covid and rightfully so. You ppl who want her to risk catching it just bcz you wanna see her dress up and interact with fake celebrities are weird."

To this, she replied, "Love u babe. I was prepping for vmas then i shot a video & guess who got COVID? Do u know what it is not to be able to kiss or hold your tiny baby for over a week? A baby who is only used to his mama? “get vaccinated” Drake had just told me he got covid w|THE VACCINE tho so chile."

Another user went on to offer Nicki some information on the coronavirus vaccine.

"Nicki the vaccine doesn’t prevent getting covid, it prevents you getting serious symptoms," the person typed. "Non vaccinated people are 11x more likely to pass away from covid than vaccinated." The "Whole Lotta Money (Remix)" rapper quickly responded and said, "Babe. That’s not true. I had the exact same symptoms as ppl with the damn vaccine."

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

But the conversation didn't end there.

Nicki Minaj shared with her Twitter followers that a friend of her cousin apparently had adverse side effects from the vaccine. It's unclear which of the three available vaccines—Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson–that the friend of Nicki's relative received.

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

Another one of Nicki Minaj's fans came to her defense against those who labeled Nicki an anti-vaxxer because she expressed wanting to do more research on the vaccine before getting it.

"It doesn’t sound like she’s anti vax she just wants to do more research," the Twitter user stated. "I was the same way before I got it. I didn’t trust it but I did my research and then I got it. Blogs gonna drag this tho I can see it now."

Nicki then said, "Who cares what blogs gon do? Y’all always worried about blogs. This my real fkn life. They can choke."

Nicki later told a separate supporter than she'll likely get vaccinated as it'll probably be a requirement for her to work in countries outside of the United States and also go on tour.

"I had to get the vaccine cause they wouldn't let me look for a job or get a job and to earn some money and know im unsure about getting the second vaccine," the fan told Nicki.

She answered back and told them: "I know babe. A lot of countries won’t let ppl work w/o the vaccine. I’d def recommend they get the vaccine. They have to feed their families. I’m sure I’ll b vaccinated as well cuz I have to go on tour, etc."

Towards the end of the series of tweets, someone asked Nicki why she didn't share that she's going to get the vaccine much earlier in the conversation and the rhymer replied, "Cuz I say what I want when I want how I want puddin pop. Internet don’t scare me," including a kissy emoji.

Nicki Minaj also revealed that she'll be working on her forthcoming album instead of attending tonight's coveted Met Gala.

The multiplatinum-selling artist even presented a poll to her followers about the vaccine, allowing folks on Twitter to choose which vaccines they prefer between Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Nicki's last album, Queen, came out back in 2018.

In any event, Nicki Minaj isn't the first rapper to be skeptical of the vaccine. Waka Flocka Flame opposes getting the vaccine, as does NLE Choppa and Offset. It's unclear if their positions on the vaccine have changed at this point.

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The winner of the battle between Drake and Kanye West's albums, Certified Lover Boy and Donda, respectively, which dropped within the same week, has been revealed.

The week after Kanye released his 10th LP, the Billboard numbers came in, revealing that he sold 309,000 units. ’Ye, however, didn't benefit from the full seven-day time span that artists typically have between the time their album is delivered and when their sales come in. Kanye dropped Donda on Sun., Aug. 29, costing him two days of streams and purchases. It's also worth noting that Yeezy didn't sell any physical copies, so his numbers for Donda are strictly based on streams and digital sales.

Nonetheless, with the Chicago rapper's 300,000-plus units, he debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart on Sept. 5. He also tied Eminem with the most consecutive top-charting albums of all time. Both Em and ’Ye have 10 albums that have successively landed at No. 1.

As for his album cuts that have received placements on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Kanye's track "Hurricane" featuring Lil Baby and The Weeknd debuted at No. 6 while "Jail" took the No. 10 spot. Additional songs like "Off the Grid," "OK OK," "Junya," "Moon," "Praise God," "Jesus Lord," "Believe What I Say" and "God Breathed" are within the top 30. Altogether, Kanye now has 20 top 10 Hot 100 hits.

On the other hand, Drake nearly doubled Kanye's first-week sales, moving 613,000 units of Certified Lover Boy—the largest week for any album in over a year. Drizzy's numbers includes streaming and digital sales. However, he's set to release physical copies of CLB on Oct. 1.

In addition to the 6 God obviously debuting at No. 1 with his sixth album, his single "Way 2 Sexy" with Future and Young Thug landed at the top spot on the Hot 100, marking his ninth No. 1, Thugger's third and Hendrix's first. And in typical Drake fashion, all 21 of the joints on Certified Lover Boy debuted in the top 40 of the Hot 100, with nine of the songs holding down the top 10 spots.

Currently, Drake, who has 258 charted songs, 143 top 40 records, 39 top 10 tracks and nine No. 1s, ties The Beatles' record for the only artist to ever be placed in the top five slots on Billboard's Hot 100 in the same week. The Beatles accomplished this feat back in April of 1964.

With all of the hits both Kanye West and Drake have under their belts, it's plausible that fans may want to see the two multiplatinum-selling rappers go toe-to-toe in a Verzuz battle, which according to Swizz Beatz this past weekend, ’Ye is open to.

In the meantime, Kanye's 27-song offering and Drizzy's 21-record LP will keep music heads occupied for some time.

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Blueface may be facing some legal trouble real soon.

According to a report on TMZ, published on Monday (Sept. 13), the 2019 XXL Freshman is being accused of allegedly attacking a club bouncer after the rapper was asked to show proper identification.

An insider familiar with the incident told the outlet that when Blueface showed up to Skinny's Lounge in San Fernando Valley, Calif. on Sunday (Sept. 12), he was stopped by the bouncer and was asked to show ID. Apparently, the Cash Money West rapper told the bouncer he didn't have one and pulled out his phone to Google himself and show he is famous. The bouncer reportedly told Blueface that wasn't good enough and that's when an altercation ensued.

According to sources, Blueface, along with two other men, allegedly attacked the bouncer and immediately left the scene. The unidentified victim was rushed to a local hospital and was treated for bruises and scratches that required stitches. A battery report has been filed regarding the fight at the club, which happened a little past midnight. Police have the report and are currently investigating the incident, reports TMZ.

Blueface has remained relatively quiet on the music and social media front. The last time the 24-year-old artist threw a punch was in celebrity boxing ring. Back in July, Blueface won his debut fight at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 19 in Tampa, Fla. against TikTok personality Kane Trujillo. However, after the fight was over, Blueface got into a skirmish with a man in a blue hat and glasses after they briefly exchanged words. The "Thotiana" rapper punched the man which sent him backwards into the ropes and he continued punching the guy while security tried to break it up.

Blueface has yet to comment on the alleged fight that took place outside of Skinny’s Lounge.

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

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A Lil Baby fan got more than he bargained for after rushing the stage during the rapper's recent tour stop in Charlotte, N.C.

A video has been making its rounds on the internet, which shows a fan brazenly walking onstage up to Baby while the rhymer was performing "Yes Indeed" on Saturday (Sept. 11) at the city's PNC Music Pavilion for his Back Outside tour with Lil Durk. The fan looks like he wants to get a dap from Lil Baby who stares at the man in confusion and tosses his arm up in the air, seemingly wondering how the fan even got onstage in the first place.

A voice, presumed to be Baby's DJ, is heard saying, "Man, what the fuck you doing? Come on."

Shortly after, security hurries to the stage and aggressively tackles the fan to the ground, then drags him off the stage. The Quality Control Music artist was unharmed.

During Lil Baby's performance, he brought out DaBaby, who hit the stage to perform their collab, "Baby." The North Carolina native also did his own joint, "Masterpiece," and shared footage from his short set via his Instagram page.

The 4 Pockets Full (4PF) head honcho and Durkio are scheduled to hit New Orleans' Smoothie King Center for their next tour stop on Tuesday (Sept. 14).

The tour, which was first announced back in June, wraps up at the iThink Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Oct. 15.

Check out the video of the overzealous fan getting tackled by Lil Baby's security below.

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While the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards appears to have gone off without a hitch during the live broadcast tonight, the same can't be said for what apparently happened on the red carpet just before the event aired.

According to TMZ on Sunday night ( Sept. 12), and based on video footage that began circulating the internet during the annual awards show, UFC fighter Conor McGregor apparently swung at Machine Gun Kelly right before the show commenced. There's clips and still photos to prove it. However, despite McGregor's swings, it doesn't look like any of the punches actually landed on MGK.

Sources claim that the physical altercation stems from the famed fighter asking MGK for a photo, to which the rapper declined. It's unclear why MGK denied the photo op. Things supposedly went downhill from there with Kelly pushing McGregor, who reportedly stumbled and spilled his own drink.

At one point, the Irish boxer is seen launching a drink on the red carpet. Reports claim he was throwing the beverage at Machine Gun Kelly although it can't be seen in the video footage. Conor appeared to be held back by security throughout the entire ordeal.

Another source told the outlet that Conor McGregor simply wanted to greet MGK, stuck his hand out to do so and began walking towards the rapper. The Ohio-bred artist, who released his rock album, Tickets to My Downfall, last year, made a remark that McGregor could't make out and was then pushed away from MGK by the artist's security. McGregor, on the other hand, appears to be clueless regarding the treatment he received and is unclear why things transpired in the way that they did.

See more video footage of the altercation between Conor McGregor and Machine Gun Kelly below.

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie missed his scheduled performance at the 2021 Wireless Festival after he was arrested prior to his set.

The multiplatinum-selling rapper was slated to perform at the annual festival at Crystal Palace Park in London on Saturday (Sept. 11). However, concertgoers were notified via announcement on stage that A Boogie would not be performing.

"There has been an incident with A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. He is safe and we are working to change his set to sometime tomorrow," the notification read.

The rapper later hopped on social media to notify fans of what stopped him from performing. “SMH Sorry to everyone who came out to see me at Wireless,” A Boogie wrote on his Instagram Story. “Police locked me up before I went on stage for something I was accused of 2 years ago. I’m OK and I’ll try my best to make it up to you guys.”

Video later surfaced that shows A Boogie in handcuffs surrounded by police. It is unclear why he was taken into custody. The Metropolitan police would not confirm the 25-year-old rapper, born Artist Dubose, was arrested, but did release the following statement to XXL: "On Saturday, 11 September, a 25-year-old man was arrested at the Wireless Festival in Crystal Palace Park. The arrest was made by Met Police officers at the request of Greater Manchester Police. The man was released on bail to attend a Greater Manchester police station at a later date."

XXL has reached out to A Boogie Wt Da Hoodie's team for comment.

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This is A Boogie's second arrest in less than a year. He was arrested last December on charges of unlawful possession of a handgun (2nd degree crime) and possession of marijuana (disorderly persons offense), after police in Bergen County, N.J. searched the rapper's home and discovered firearms and weed.

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Better late than never. Rick Ross has finally acquired his driver's license at the age of 45.

Last week, Rozay appeared on Good Morning America to promote his new book, The Perfect Day to Boss Up: A Hustler’s Guide to Building Your Empire, co-author by Neil Martinez-Belkin. During the chat, Ross confirmed that he finally got his Ls a couple weeks back after decades of riding dirty.

"I actually was driven to the test," Ross revealed. "I do have over 100 cars and I just hadn't had my license. So, whenever I go joy riding, it was just one of those things. My mom and my sister pressured me, finally. So I went and took the test. It took me an hour. You know, I missed a few answers but I got it."

The Miami rapper said finally being able to drive legally is a relief. "It was," he added. "Because you should have your driver's license. But it's something about my smile. Every time I get pulled over, by the time the officers rolled up (smiles for camera). They like, 'Go head, Rozay. We know you good.'"

Back in July, Ross revealed that he was working on getting his license. "You own 100 cars and don't have a driver's license," he said in a video on social media. "But more importantly, I'm filling everything for my driver's license and they ask me, 'Are you an organ donor?' And you know what I said? 'Damn.' If something was to happen to me and they looked inside of me and saw how good my heart was."

Ross is currently working on his forthcoming album, Richer Than I Ever Been.

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Kanye West is reportedly expected to make a surprise performance at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

The live taping of the annual awards show takes place tonight (Sept. 12). West has been added to the list of last-minute performers, according to a report from PageSix. “With the Kardashians in town for New York Fashion Week and the Met Gala, we hear they [Kim and Kourtney] may be making an appearance as well," a source tells the website. "Especially since Kourtney’s beau, Travis Barker, is performing with good friend Machine Gun Kelly.” Sources are also speculating that Kim may join Kanye on stage as she did during his Chicago listening event for Donda.

The VMAs in 2009 was of course the place where 'Ye gained notoriety among many people after he snatched the mic from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for Best Video by a Female Artist to yell out, “I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time." If he does perform tonight, it should he another must-see moment.

The 2021 MTV VMAs takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn N.Y. at 8 p.m. EST. Other artists slated to perform include Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, Swae Lee and more.

Nicki Minaj was also slated to perform at the event but pulled out of the show last week. She did not give a direct answer as to why she decided to perform, only telling fans, "I'll explain why another day." Her pulling out of the event came on the heels of news breaking that her husband pleaded guilty to falling to register as a sex offender and could face up to 10 years in prison.

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Pop Smoke's grave has reportedly been desecrated by vandals.

It is unclear when the vile act took place, but the defaced mausoleum was discovered on Saturday morning (Sept. 11), in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y. TMZ obtained photos of the late rapper's crypt, which is clearly cracked open, with pieces of chipped marble laying on the ground. According to the celebrity news site, there is also evidence that the perpetrators my have gotten to the casket and dragged it out onto the ground, as there are scrape marks leading from the tomb.

The person who discovered the scene reportedly told security. Hours later, the damaged cover had been removed and replaced by an unmarked slab. The debris had been removed and there was caution tape around the gravesite.

XXL has reached out to Pop Smoke's team and the Green-Wood Cemetery for comment.

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It's been nearly two years since Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a home invasion in a rented mansion in the swank Hollywood Hill neighborhood of Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 2020. He was reportedly initially set to be laid to rest at Cypress Hill Cemetery in east Brooklyn before it was changed to Green-Wood.

Back in May, new details emerged surrounding the killing, which five people have been arrested for including two minors. On the night of the murder, the five individuals broke into the residence where Pop was staying and tried to rob him at gunpoint while he was in the shower. The Brooklyn rapper fought back and was shot as a result, one of the teen defendants was recorded admitting in a jail interview.

Both of Pop Smoke's posthumous albums, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon and Faith, have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Freddie Gibbs appears to have some bars for Kendrick Lamar on his new song, "Vice Lord Poetry."

On Saturday (Sept. 11), Gangsta Gibbs released the new track, in which he raps over the beat for Drake's Certified Lover Boy intro, "Champagne Poetry." On Gibbs' interpretation of the Drizzy song he spits, “The earth ain’t big enough for both of us, you gotta get done/They say they smokin’ top fives, but you ain’t burnt up the one," Gibbs raps. "Fuck niggas talking ’bout?/Like every time I hit the booth I don’t leave that bitch with a body count.”

The bars are seemingly in response to lines from a recent K. Dot verse. On Baby Keem's new single, "Family Ties," Kendrick spits, "The Elohim, the rebirth/Before you get to the Father, you gotta holla at me first, bitch/Smokin' on top fives/Muthafuck that album, fuck that single/Burn that hard drive (Burn that shit)."

This, of course, isn't the fist time Kendrick has provoked responses from rappers after claiming his superiority on wax. Back in 2013, he ruffled feathers with his verse on Big Sean's "Control," where he claimed to be the king of both coasts. Over a dozen rappers responded with songs coming at Kendrick, sparking one of the biggest viral hip-hop moments of the year. It doesn't appear Kendrick's "Family Ties" verse had the same affect, but it looks like Freddie is willing to throw some jabs out in the spirit of competition.

Kendrick appears ready to make his return to rap following a lengthy hiatus. He recently registered several songs with ASCAP, leading many to believe his new album is close to being on the way.

Listen to Freddie Gibbs' "Vice Lord Poetry" below.

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Kanye West was down to go toe-to-toe with Drake in a Verzuz battle, according to the platform's co-creator, Swizz Beatz.

Swizzy revealed the proposed match-up during an interview on The Angie Martinez Show on Friday (Sept. 10). “Kanye was willing to do the Verzuz. He wanted to battle Drake,” Swizz said around the 22 minute-mark of the interview. "I think their communication started getting in a zone. I left that up to them, and that’s what I told to [Timbaland], as well. I was like, ‘Yo, they have to bring that to the table.’ They would have to agree to do that. Kanye was ready, but I don’t know where that’s at now. I’m still leaving it on them.”

With Drake and Kanye's beef boiling again, surrounding the releases of their new albums, a Verzuz battle seems like it would have been the cherry on top in a sense of competition.

Swizz also addressed Drake taking a shot at him on the Certified Lover Boy track, "You Only Live Twice," where Drizzy raps, “Unthinkable when I think of the way these niggas been acting/I never did you nothing and you play like we family, huh? Next thing, you wanna shoot me down, it can’t be love/Not sure where you was trynna send it, it can’t be up/That day you sounded like a b*tch, you fancy, huh?”

The shot was in response to the Bronx beat maker calling Drizzy a "pussy boy" last year after being angered over a leaked record. “I’m chilling. A lot of people want to see me react and do all these things, but I’m in such a great zone,” Swizz told Angie. “I said how I felt, he said how he felt. Hey, man I guess we even. As far as now, I’m good."

Swizz added, “And he didn’t go too crazy in the record also, you know? He could have said many things, that man is a clever artist. He's a very clever artist. He could’ve really, really, really gave me about 40 bars. He said what he said. He got it off his chest. Blessing to everybody.”

Check out the entire interview below.

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Nicki Minaj's husband, Kenneth Petty, has pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California.

According to court documents obtained by XXL on Friday (Sept. 10), Petty entered his guilty plea on Thursday (Sept. 9) in the United States District Court Central District of California via a video hearing. The Queens, N.Y. rapper's spouse faces up to 10 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the amount gained or loss from the incident—whichever amount is higher—and a mandatory special assessment of $100, if convicted.

Kenneth Petty's sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 24, 2022.

Last month, Petty struck a deal with the United States Attorney's Officer for the Central District of California where he would plead guilty to one count of failing to register as a sex offender in his case. In exchange, the USAO agreed to give Petty a lower sentence, which will be based on the United States Sentencing Commissions guidelines.

Petty's case stems from his February of 2020 indictment, which was a result of his move to California with Nicki in 2019, but failing to register as a sex offender. He turned himself in days later on March 4, 2020. Petty was arrested in November of 2019 after a traffic stop, which is when police realized he was registered in his home state of New York, but not in California. He was later released on $20,000 bail and went on to register in the West Coast state.

Back in 1995, Kenneth Petty was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl one year prior. Petty was 16 years old himself at the time. Nonetheless, he served nearly four years in prison on the rape charge, resulting in his order to register as a sex offender in the states he resides in. On Dec. 11, 1997, the New York State Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders designated Petty as a Level 2 offender based on his 1995 conviction.

The news of Petty's guilty plea comes nearly one month after himself and Nicki were sued by Petty's rape victim and accused of harassing and intimidating the woman.

Kenneth Petty and Nicki Minaj wed in October of 2019 and welcomed a son together last year.

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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 Baby Keem ("First Order of Business"), Cousin Stizz ("Say Dat"), Maxo Kream ("Big Persona" featuring Tyler, The Creator) and more. See you next week.

  • “Big Persona”Maxo Kream featuring Tyler, The Creator
  • “First Order of Business”Baby Keem
  • “Say Dat”Cousin Stizz
  • “Just 4 You”AZ
  • “No Makeup”Bino Rideaux featuring King Combs
  • “Straight to 4th”Mozzy
  • “WTF”Duke Deuce
  • “5 Milli”Icewear Vezzo
  • “You Got It”Capolow
  • “Lonely”DaBaby featuring Lil Wayne
  • “Story Time”Fivio Foreign
  • “Rolling Stones”Loski
  • “Cheddar”Jazz Cartier

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Some art just stands the test of time, reverberating from the minute it's released into the world. Case in point: Jay-Z's The Blueprint. Released on Sept 11, 2001, The Blueprint is considered by many to be Hov's magnum opus. The effort, which is now 20 years old, put him in a whole different space as a well-respected artist. Jay covered all his bases here. He fired back at then-foes Nas and Mobb Deep on "Takeover," showed off his hitmaker muscle on "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," sparred with Eminem on "Renegade" and created timeless classics like "U Don't Know," "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)" and more.

With Just Blaze—"Song Cry," "U Don't Know"—and Kanye West—"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)," "Takeover," "Never Change"—both coming into their own here as producers, this was a pivotal time in Roc-A-Fella Records history for not only Jay but the company surrounding him. The Blueprint sold 427,000 units in its first week and cruised to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, even with the world being in turmoil and reeling from the 9/11 terrorist attack in Jay's home city of New York. The album was so impactful that other rappers were inspired to name their projects in a similar fashion, and here, XXL highlights a few.

The most famous project that pays homage to Jay-Z's The Blueprint has to be Nicki Minaj's 2014 album, The Pinkprint. Selling 244,000 units out of the gate in its first week, the LP earned a No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200. The PinkPrint was directly connected to The Blueprint due to Nicki's long-time support of Jay-Z, along with her desire to make a title and brand as timeless as his.

Predating Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane named his 2009 mixtape with DJ Drama The Burrprint: The Movie 3-D. The tape is a classic, with Gucci being at his best in the early part of his career. Funnily enough, on the same mixtape, he questions if Jay-Z is really the G.O.A.T., after reworking the title of his album for Gucci's own use. The Blueprint loomed so large that even rappers who were his adversaries flipped its title.

Check out the gallery below for more album titles that pay homage to Jay-Z's The Blueprint.

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The weather is cooling off, but that hasn't fazed the rap scene very much as hip-hop continues to deliver fire new music for fans to vibe out to.

First up, Baby Keem's highly anticipated new album, The Melodic Blue, has arrived following the release of the singles "Durag Activity" featuring Travis Scott and "Family Ties" with Keem's older cousin, Kendrick Lamar. One day prior to the LP's official arrival, a snippet of the former 2020 XXL Freshman and K-Dot's other joint record, "Range Brothers," began circulating online, giving fans a sneak peak of what to expect from the full-length project. Altogether, the LP has 16 tracks, which contain Keem's esoteric bars and oftentimes quick-tongued flow.

Brooklyn rap veteran AZ is back on the scene with Doe or Die 2, the follow-up to his 1995 album, Doe or Die. The second coming to the New York City native's 26-year-old effort includes the track "The Wheel" with R&B singer Jahiem. DOD2 also serves as AZ's first album to be released since 2009, when he dropped Legendary. Hardcore rap heads received a dose of the rapper's mellow, but introspective flow when he appeared on "Full Circle" last year—his feature with The Firm on Nas' Grammy Award-winning album, King's Disease.

New music also comes this week from incarcerated rapper Ralo, who isn't allowing his circumstances to inhibit him from delivering new tunes. Political Prisoner is the Atlanta rapper's latest album to arrive since he dropped the deluxe version of his Conspiracy LP back in February. The Georgia-bred rhymer has been behind bars since 2018, on drug trafficking charges and is currently housed at the Clay County Detention Center in Ashland, Ala. Despite Ralo pushing for clemency, it's unclear when he'll be released from prison.

Find additional releases arriving from Jazz Cartier, ShooterGang Kony, Common, Aurora AnthonyEric Bellinger and more below.

  • The Melodic BlueBaby KeemBaby Keem, LLC and pgLang, LLC
  • Doe Or Die 2AZQuiet Money
  • Political PrisonerRaloFAMERICA, LLC / EMPIRE
  • A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 2)CommonCommon
  • The Fleur PrintJazz CartierPetal Garden / PIVTL Projects
  • StarshooterShooterGang KonyShootergang Kony / EMPIRE
  • New LightEric BellingerYFS (Your Favorite Song) / EMPIRE
  • Hey TonyTony SeltzerNSP
  • TUNDEAurora AnthonyAurora Anthony
  • ApprovedAnik KhanAVX / The Foreign Affair / EMPIRE
  • Broward CountyTeeJay3KTeeJay3K
  • Aaliyah RereleaseAaliyahBlackground Records
  • Hall of Fame HustlerPaul Wall Paul Wall

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Ice Cube doesn't play when it comes to his family, especially his mother and her money.

During an interview on In Depth With Graham Bensinger on Wednesday (Sept. 8), the Crenshaw, Calif. rapper shared a story of a time when he almost killed his neighbor, who apparently told Cube's mother a bogus story and ending up getting $20 from her.

"Somebody I knew and went to school with—who we knew was heavy on drugs—had went around to my house and gave my mother some cockamamie story, so she gave him $20, and I was so mad," he began.

Ice Cube continued: "You violated me and my family because you knew you wasn’t gon' ever going to give that $20 back. So, me and friends was going around the corner to kill him, and he wasn’t home. Thank God."

The former N.W.A member acknowledged that although the neighbor wasn't home, Cube was young at the time and his actions weren't the wisest in that moment.

"Thank God he wasn’t home," he said. "We were young and we was mad and we had a weapon and it was going to happen. It would’ve been stupid, and I wouldn’t be sitting here if it did happen."

When asked if he'd reflected on the situation and how it could've impacted his life had things gone differently, Ice Cube told the show's host, "I do. And like I said, I'm glad he wasn't there because nobody should die over $20."

Check out Cube's full interview below. The portion about Ice Cube's neighbor begins around the 1:17-mark.

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Kendrick Lamar will appear on Baby Keem’s new project, The Melodic Blue, which drops on Friday (Sept. 10). In fact, K-Dot is featured on three songs: “Vent,” “Family Ties” and “Range Brothers."

However, it's a snippet from “Range Brothers” that has hip-hop fans scratching their heads over some of the Compton rhymer’s ad-libs on the track.

On the song, Kendrick spits weird one-liners while Baby Keem is raps his abstract verse. K-Dot can be heard saying different ad-libs like, “She’s hot,” “Rover Gang,” “We’re not the Wayans,” “He’s Baby Keem” and “A Range Rover.”

Then Kendrick repeatedly says, “Let’s get this shit/Let’s get this shit/Let’s get this shit” and “Top o’ the morning/Top o’ the morning/Top o’ the morning.”

This has sparked fans to wonder what's going on with the soon-to-be former Top Dawg Entertainment artist. Other people started poking fun at Kung Fu Kenny for his weird phrases.

"Kendrick Lamar's feature on Range Brothers now leaves me wanting him to star in Leprechaun in the Hood 3," tweeted one fan.

Another fan wrote, "Kendrick is just living crackheadcariously through Keem."

In response to fans poking fun at K-Dot’s ad-libs, Baby Keem, who is Kendrick’s younger cousin, jumped on Twitter on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 9) to address it.

"Me and dot created four new languages bro," Keem wrote in a series of tweets. "Rap was boring. so we start making new languages. Rangebrothers caveman brother."

"We can say the language backwards too brother," Keem added.

Check out more responses to Kendrick Lamar’s weird ad-libs below.

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It looks like Wack 100 is securing the bag for 6ix9ine.

In a recent Clubhouse chat session that went viral on Wednesday (Sept. 8), Wack, who is The Game and Blueface’s manager, claims that he has $43 million worth of deals on the table for Tekashi.

“It’s been about 30 or 45 days since I did the interview party on Clubhouse, right?” he said while on the voice-only communication app. “So in the last 45 days, I probably done set up $43 million of business and I ain’t seen the kid. So I’m talking about big movies, European tours, renegotiated his album terms all through attorneys and email."

Wack also added that 6ix9ine might drop a new project within the next 45 days.

“Forty-five more days, shit’s gonna start being announced to drop and release, and I need him to keep talking about it to keep it hot," the music industry veteran said. "I just get my little 25 percent. I ain’t trippin’.”

If Wack’s remarks come to fruition, 6ix9ine’s new album will come after he dropped TattleTales in September 2020, five months after he was released from federal prison on racketeering and firearms charges.

On Twitter, when a follower suggested that Wack was quiet about assisting 6ix9ine with his rap career, Wack 100 reiterated his claims that the Brooklyn rapper is ready to release new material.

“Never shut down,” he wrote. “Working on 69 album and tour NOW! I speak what I do cause I do wtf I wanna do. Now watch the movement.”

Wack has been a supporter of 6ix9ine and has shown support for him on Clubhouse. Last month, during a chat session, Wack defended the "Gummo" rapper for being an informant. “I don’t think 6ix9ine, being who he is…I tell people all the time, civilians cannot be labeled snitches,” he explained.

6ix9ine hasn't been very active on the music front lately. Outside of a few legal issues and personal family matters, he has remained relatively out of sight.

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The famous Brooklyn apartment that The Notorious B.I.G. lived in decades ago is currently on the market for nearly $2 million.

According to a report from the New York Post on Wednesday (Sept. 8), the home that Biggie, his then-wife, R&B singer Faith Evans, and her daughter, Chyna Griffin, resided in back in 1994 on Carlton Avenue in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn is on sale for $1.7 million.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex is also blocks away from the corner of St. James Pl. between Fulton Street and Marcy Avenue, where The Notorious B.I.G. lived growing up, which was also named after the beloved rapper in 2019.

The publication also notes that while B.I.G. lived in the NYC apartment, he released his legendary album, Ready to Die.

Caroline Duncan, the home's current owner, purchased the apartment back in 2011. She gutted the flat and gave it a full renovation comprised of amenities such as a custom library, walk-through closets and lofted space. The unit also features a chef's kitchen, 12-foot-high ceilings, arched windows and a wood-burning brick fireplace.

“When I moved in, the basement was just a raw space with concrete floors," Duncan explained to The Post. "I framed and put up all the walls and created a bathroom with barn wood and modern finishes, a massive walk through closet to showcase my collection of clothing and accessories, a laundry room and bedrooms.”

She added about additional changes made: "Upstairs had been carved into a series of puzzling small rooms so I did the opposite, and knocked down all the walls to create a lofted open space. I loved the neighborhood, the proximity to Fort Greene Park, the fact that the building is on the Historic Register and had the bones of a true artist’s residence."

As mentioned, Biggie grew up in that same area and just two years ago, the Post reported that his "one-room shack," as described in "Juicy," was going for $4,000 per month for rent.

The Notorious B.I.G., who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November of 2020, was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in March of 1997.

Check out pictures of the apartment listing, which is held by Josh Doyle of Compass, below.

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Akon is trending online and facing some backlash after sharing his stance on wealthy people people enduring more problems than those who are less fortunate while responding to the death of his friend, actor Michael K. Williams.

While speaking with TMZ on Tuesday (Sept. 7) about Williams' tragic passing, which was announced on Monday (Sept. 6), the Senegalese-American rapper explained that celebrities face more difficulties in their everyday lives than regular civilians, but due to the culture of their famous careers, they can sometimes mask their personal struggles.

"He was actually a really good friend, amazing person, super funny, super talented," the rhymer began, referring to Williams. "It’s definitely a sad day for everybody." Akon also shared that they hadn't seen one another since before the coronavirus pandemic, which began last March.

"There’s just too many of us going down like that and I think when moments like this happen we all gotta reflect, cause we’re all going through things in our lives…and making decisions that actually affect not only us and our life but everyone that surrounds and looks up to us," Akon said. "The famous and the rich go through more issues than the poor. You know when they say 'More money, more problems,' that’s a real thing."

Many people on social media weighed in on Akon's remarks, with the majority disagreeing with him.

One person typed, "Dear Akon, We all grieve equally and it doesn’t matter how much is in your bank account. I am sad over your friend dying by drug overdose but don’t tell poor people they have it better then you do. You live in a bubble of bull crap and poor people struggle more."

Another plainly wrote, "Akon said the rich Nd famous go threw more then the poor Boyyyy if yuonnnn get the fuck outta here."

Michael K. Williams' death has not been confirmed via an autopsy just yet, but reports suggest he died of a suspected heroin-based overdose as drug paraphernalia was found in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment where he passed away.

The Konvict Muzik founder continued: "You know, this business creates this, like, environment where everyone’s wearing a mask, no one tells you what’s really going on in your life, so real friends can’t even really advise you cause we don’t really know what’s happening cause we put on this facade of success but yet behind the face there’s so much happening."

Akon added that people should check on their friends and family, especially during the country's current crisis.

Michael K. Williams, known for his roles on HBO's The Wire as well as Boardwalk Empire, 12 Years a Slave and Lovecraft Country, was only 54 years old. Recent reports claim that an investigation has been made into his death and police are searching for the individual(s) who supplied Williams with the drugs that took his life.

Check out Akon speaking with TMZ about Michael K. Williams' passing below.

Peep some social media reactions to Akon's recent comments below as well.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author” title=”Kemet High”>Kemet HighPublished: September 8, 2021NBC Universal

At the height of social media access and participation, Twitter has been able to rival prestigious publications and news outlets since its inception in 2006. The app has exceeded in popularity past its competitors of Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, becoming the premiere outlet for information to travel through the spectrum of facts and jokes.

Every day, trending topics rotate, identifying the most impactful stories around the world and country. Considering the demand for hip-hop, rappers and the moments they’re involved in often sit cozy as viral moments. Rap music has a long, extensive history that’s been filled with news-breaking instances. Considering how social platforms have a hand in shaping the genre today, just imagine if Twitter had been around decades ago when certain things occurred. In fact, Twitter launched in 2006.

Years before Kanye West made internet waves for his outspoken rants and Donda album listening sessions, he had the nation’s attention in a chokehold back in 2005, when he called out then-President George Bush on national television for the mistreatment of Black people after Hurricane Katrina. If Twitter was around when this moment went down, he would’ve easily climbed his way into the No. 1 trending topic. Fans would’ve likely supported his words as factual information. Others would have made memes out of the facial expressions of ’Ye, actor Mike Myers and comedian Chris Tucker. And, of course, headstrong opposers would’ve judged him for going off script and bashing the former president.

That strong example is just one of many that would’ve went viral if Twitter had been popular, floating in the same pool as Cam’ron’s infamous “no snitching” convo with journalist Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, Jay-Z bringing out Michael Jackson at Hot 97’s Summer Jam, the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., plus plenty more. Here are hip-hop moments that would have gone viral if Twitter was popular back then. The rationale is based on how social users might’ve reacted to these surprising, shocking or wild moments. One could only imagine.

  • Kanye West Calls out George Bush on National Television

    Never forget when Kanye West put former President George Bush on blast for the mistreatment of Black people during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. On Sept. 2, 2005, ’Ye, who had proven himself as a super-producer and blockbuster rapper, stood beside Austin Powers star Mike Myers on TV during a telethon program called A Concert For Hurricane Relief. Veering off script and clearly nervous, Kanye blasted the government for failing to help people survive the post-disaster turmoil and spoke on the government setting people of color up to fail with the circumstances at hand. He ignored the teleprompter once more, and simply said the phrase, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people,” before the cameras cut back to Chris Tucker who clearly was just as shocked as the people on set and the world watching.

    If something like this had happened in today’s time, the internet would’ve been ablaze in support of a gigantic artist like Kanye using such a major platform to keep it real. Of course, the candid reactions of Mike Myers and Chris Tucker would have a long life as go-to memes and GIFs. There would be plenty of threads of Yeezy’s other outspoken moments, or those from hip-hop’s other unapologetic voices. And politicians would have quoted the video to either cosign the notion or bash his credibility as a rapper. Regardless, a No. 1 trending topic is where this one would’ve landed, and quickly at that.

  • Cam’ron Explains “No Snitching” Code to Anderson Cooper

    Cam’ron delivered one of the most classic hip-hop moments of all time on national television when he explained the infamous “no snitching” rule to journalist Anderson Cooper. On April 22, 2007, Killa Cam, still scorching as one of New York City’s most solid MCs at the time, admitted that he would forever turn a blind eye when it comes to criminal activity during an interview on 60 Minutes. The Dipset seed rationalized his mindset by tracing it back to the code of ethics he adopted on the concrete. Fully aware of an accompanying street-bred, loyal fan base that’s helped earn him the title of a platinum-selling rapper, Cam also said that the people who don’t understand the importance of keeping one’s lips zipped aren’t the people that support his music.

    Snitching is a round-the-clock topic when it comes to rap fans on social media. Just think back to how the internet exploded when 6ix9ine started working with the feds. Best believe that Cam would get praise on social media from millions of people who have probably never been in that position before. Some would make memes of Cam and Cooper’s facial expressions while others would Photoshop his firm words onto T-shirts and hats. Either way it goes, TL’s would be flooded with fist emojis that salute the obeying of a true street commandment.

  • The Notorious B.I.G.’s Murder

    On March 9, 1997, a 24-year-old The Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in a drive-by shooting at a red light in Los Angeles. Upon his death, the world of hip-hop screamed of sadness, most in disbelief that another generational talent was tragically wiped out in what seemed like the snap of a finger. At the time, the famed Bad Boy Records rapper was at the face of a brewing East Coast versus West Coast battle. Tupac Shakur was just gunned down a year prior and Biggie wanted to put a squash to what came off as a deadly rivalry when he hit California to promote his sophomore album, Life After Death.

    Twitter’s reaction to this would’ve been similar to seeing Pop Smoke’s death unfold over the last couple of years. Both artists were Brooklyn stars who showed the heights they could reach while alive but got their spot on the throne stolen by senseless violence. While Pop is revered among New York City’s rap culture, Biggie holds even more weight, going down as an objective top 10 all-time spitter in the few years he got to show and prove. The Twitter posts of his best songs, polaroid shots, inspiring interview clips and everything in between would’ve floated this conversation day after day.

  • Jay-Z Disses Nas and Mobb Deep at Summer Jam, Brings Out Michael Jackson

    Jay-Zs 2001 Hot 97 Summer Jam performance has already gone down as one of the most emblematic rap shows in history. On the date of June 28, 2001, Hov was certified as the headliner to take the stage after other OGs like Missy Elliott, OutKast, Ludacris and more. Now a bona fide commercial success, chart baby and New York City legend, a lot of people chalked him up as being the "King of Rap." With high status comes opposition though, and in this case, that was Mobb Deep and Nas, who got shots thrown their way on Hov's song “Takeover,” which debuted on the New Jersey stage that night.

    Upping the ante after already having the tri-state crowd on tilt, Jay-Z brought out the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson, whose track “I Want You Back” with the Jackson 5 is the backbone of Jay's “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).” Mike didn’t perform, but attendees went bananas over the presence of two megastars. Goat emojis would’ve swamped the Twitter feed, with millions praising the link-up of two sound staples. Jokes would’ve got cracked about how Mike is good in any hood and catalogs would’ve been broken down to show just how many mountain’s they’ve moved with their music.

  • 2 Live Crew Members Arrested for Performing Obscene Music in Florida

    Rap lyrics can be unfathomable to those who don’t come from the grounds that breed it. Dating back to the early 1990s, Florida’s 2 Live Crew went head to head with the government, battling their right to spit raunchy lyrics that reflected their free-willed lifestyles. A federal judge determined that tracks like “Me So Horny” and “The Fuck Shop” were too obscene, making it illegal in certain areas to promote the records or the entire Nasty As They Wanna Be album. The group wasn’t trying to hear that and performed their songs anyway, leading to the arrest of members Uncle Luke and Fresh Kid Ice on June 11, 1990 in Miami.

    Boy, the internet would’ve gone up in flames. Think pieces would be typed at the speed of light about the contradictory system these rules were born in. And the backlash would rise high from the idea that people were getting stripped of their basic rights, igniting a bigger conversation of racial discrimination as this instance likely would’ve been compared to that of other musical genres and to those of other colors. Though the guys ended up getting acquitted, the criticism of this occurrence would’ve sent shockwaves in the tweets.

  • N.W.A Arrested for Performing “Fuck tha Police” in Detroit

    When it comes to hip-hop culture, police are often looked at as the ultimate opps. Rappers have never shied away from speaking on the mistreatment of their people when it comes to the law, and one of the earliest, most successful examples is the 1988 release of N.W.A.’s “Fuck tha Police.” Not far removed from their classic debut album, Straight Outta Compton, it became a tour agreement for the collective to refrain from playing the controversial record to try and avoid backlash from law enforcement who were needed to secure these shows. However, on June 19, 1989, in Detroit, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince, DJ Yella and MC Ren shattered the pre-set rule and played their anthem until they got chased off stage. They were arrested later that night.

    Twitter would’ve been outraged that the message was being silenced. People would’ve taken jabs at how unfair the arrest was and unjust it is for someone to be reprimanded for speaking their mind. There would’ve been serious but playful jokes that served the sole purpose of keeping “Fuck Tha Police” in the faces of everyone who didn’t want to hear it. Though pissed, people would’ve seen it through that the record became social media’s soundtrack for the next few days.

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  • Countless Moments From Flavor Flav’s Reality Hit Flavor of Love

    Flavor of Love walked so that a lot of these other reality dating shows could run. For those who are too young to remember the Vh1 effort that ran between 2006 and 2008, the show found Public Enemy hype man Flavor Flav on his quest for romance as he eliminated girls week by week until he was down to just one. On each episode, the women would go through challenges that tested the skills that Flav desired in his dream woman. It was a highly entertaining mess, from standout nicknames like Deelishis to contestants like Hottie trying to cook chicken in the microwave to cat fights between Pumpkin and New York that started with spit flying and ended with skulls getting pushed into the camera lens.

    Each of these occurrences would’ve made for plenty of social content. People would’ve joked hard about the names, giving themselves comical ones like Lil Durk does with random celebrities since he started calling himself The Voice. Tiffany “New York” Pollard went on to become the most famous person to live on the internet from the show as a result of the memes she spawned, naturally. And the recap clips would’ve went viral after each night with people live tweeting through it all.

  • Jay-Z Stabs Lance “Un” Rivera at New York Nightclub

    Indicated throughout his lyrics, Jay-Z has beaten the system plenty of times before. However, after a club incident on Dec. 2, 1999, he put himself in a compromising position to do it again. At the time, Hov was sitting comfty at the top of the rap game from projects like Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, which topped the Billboard 200 chart and won him a Grammy Award. Gearing up for his new album, Vol. 3… Life And Times Of S. Carter, Jay was expected to do things even bigger until the project leaked, with a tip that Lance "Un" Rivera was reportedly the man responsible for the unauthorized release. However, Cam'ron claimed Hov and Un's disagreement was a fallout over Charli Baltimore.

    Months later, at the release party for Q-Tip’s Amplified, both the artist and alleged leaker were in attendance at the Kit Kat Klub. Hov and his entourage reportedly approached Un and caused a melee, in which Un was stabbed and bottles were thrown. With accusations flying, Hov turned himself in to police the next day, was arrested and booked for felony assault in the second degree. His bail was set at $50,000, and he eventually received a three-year probation sentence.

    Part of Twitter would’ve made jokes about Hov handling his business, sticking to the G code. And another group of people would’ve wagged fingers at how unacceptable it was for someone of his status to engage with such risky behavior. Others would’ve surfaced the idea that the stabbing took place over Charli Baltimore, according to Cam’ron's claims. Regardless, this moment would’ve had Twitter in a chokehold.

  • Irv Gotti, Chris Lorenzo and Murder Inc. Acquitted of Money Laundering

    Murder Inc. founders Irv and Chris Lorenzo Gotti defied the odds in early December of 2005, when they were acquitted of all counts of money laundering. In the midst of a potent label movement that was supported by Ja Rule and Rap&B princess Ashanti, prosecutors tried to say that the Gotti brothers laundered funds supplied by king pin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff by pouring thousands of dollars into phony corporations controlled by McGriff. The pre-trial drew millions of eyes due to the rising stature of the collective at the time.

    Rappers and their fans love speaking about beating cases, so this moment would’ve been a prime time for internet users alike to support the tackling of a system that’s rigged against the very types of people that define hip-hop. Others would’ve admired the finesse, suggesting that Irv and Chris were in fact engaging in risky behavior. And perhaps Irv’s huge smile walking out of the courtroom would’ve inspired dating memes about avoiding any red flags with a man or woman.

  • Nas Drops “Ether”

    After Hov came for Nas’ head with “Takeover,” a track he premiered at Hot 97’s Summer Jam, Nasir clapped back with “Ether,” one of the best diss tracks of all time. Delivering a song that Nas explains “will make your soul burn slow,” the December of 2001 release of “Ether” found the Queens-bred prophet leveling up in his feud with Jay-Z, landing an onslaught of disrespectful lyrics about their contrasting statuses in the rap game, though both of them are seen as New York City’s top legends.

    The level of disrespect utilized here was at an all-time high. Lyrics like, "When these streets keep callin', heard it when I was sleep/That this Gay-Z and Cock-a-Fella Records wanted beef,” made this heated chin-check reign as the best example of how to catch a body alongside Tupac Shakur’s “Hit ‘Em Up.” Talk about being below the belt with.

    The slimy bars would’ve been used as tweets and Instagram captions, the beat would’ve been edited into old videos showing something tragic happening and Nas’ face for sure would’ve been copied and pasted on the throne after emerging victorious with this one.

  • Shyne Shoots Up New York City Club

    In late December of 1999, Shyne had a Grand Theft Auto-style shooting at Club New York in the heart of the Big Apple. Just two days after Christmas, Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez, along with Bad Boy’s next primed talent Shyne—who was gearing up to release his debut album—and his girlfriend, found themselves in the midst of a fight. A then-21-year-old Shyne fired multiple shots into the crowd, wounding three people. Witnesses quickly identified the Belize native as the man with the smoking gun, literally. He was eventually dropped from his powerhouse of a label, convicted of criminal possession of a weapon, assault and reckless endangerment and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Upon serving nine, he was deported back to his home country of Belize.

    At the time of this incident, pictures and videos of what went down might’ve spawned captions that joked how Shyne was actually out here shooting the club up in real life and not just in bed, as people like to say. Others would’ve been pissed at the fact that he could’ve easily caused casualties and from that, ruined the golden path he was walking on as Puff’s next priority talent. Shootings are always making huge news splashes. This one would’ve been no different.

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  • Diddy Raises $2 Million Dollars by Running a Marathon

    Diddy once embarked on a 26-mile marathon that raised over $2 million for the kids of his home city. In a little over four hours in November of 2003, Diddy crossed the finish line despite the leg cramps that were giving him hell. In fact, the music mogul later mentioned that he thought he was going to die. “I ran the New York City Marathon and almost died," he said in 2013, recalling his experience. "I tried to run like a two-minute mile early on in the race. I was crazy enough to think I could win. After seven miles I thought I would die, but I slowed down my pace and kept going."

    Though many of these perspectives come from the outside, it’s indeed factual that being a successful entertainer does come with a hefty paycheck. Fans are constantly calling out their favorite rappers and singers, urging them to use their platforms to make a change or use their money on more important matters other than jewelry, cars and clothes. Twitter would’ve saluted Diddy for paying it forward. But his struggle throughout the race would’ve been edited onto pictures, depicting him running away from something like he was in a scary movie or video game clips that replaced Sonic the Hedgehog collecting rings with a visual of Puff’s exercise.

  • Jay-Z’s Farewell Concert at Madison Square Garden

    Jay-Z temporarily sent his jersey up the rafters in November of 2005. Nearly two decades ago, he held his retirement concert in none other than the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City. Other artists like Mary J. Blige, Beanie Sigel, Ghostface Killah, Foxy Brown, Missy Elliott and even Beyoncé hit the stage alongside Hov that night for one last hoorah. The farewell evening was also captured and put into a documentary-style film called Fade to Black, which features a mix of show footage and other special moments of Jay’s career that happened beforehand.

    Now as rap fans already know, the retirement was a pump fake. But at the time, being deemed by many loyal Hov stans as the biggest rapper on the planet with stacks on stacks of accomplishments and plaques to hold up that notion, fans flipped their frowns into smiles and gave the Brooklyn icon his flowers. Twitter would’ve been stuffed with an overall celebration of his legacy, from personal takes to undeniable stat sheets he put up during his tenure.

  • Rick Ross Outed as a Former Correctional Officer

    On July 22, 2008, it was confirmed that Rick Ross was indeed a former correctional officer, despite his usual lyrics of avoiding cops. Though The Boss had previously denied the claim after photos of his graduation were released via Media Takeout, records surfaced that Ross was a prison guard for two years in December of 1995. Fully embroiled with another rap juggernaut and troll named 50 Cent, Ross’ rising status in the rap game was tampered with from the clowning that came with a leak of the facts.

    Ross eventually chalked up the moment to the bag-chasing path he was on, saying that he didn’t care what people had to say about his occupations and that the truth was “more sinister.” He still transformed into the southern sleeping giant that he is today. But Twitter would’ve flamed him as a “capper” and had a full-on comedy show about his reaction to seeing that his big little secret was out for public consumption. Digging even deeper, people likely would’ve tried to take down a few other high-profile rhymers by digging up their pasts and blasting them for the pre-artist moves that were made as well.

  • Tupac Shakur’s Murder

    On Sept. 13, 1996, Tupac was fatally shot in Las Vegas after attending Mike Tyson’s fight with Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. After living six days in a medically-induced coma, ’Pac was pronounced dead at just 25 years old. The Death Row Records signee was undoubtedly one of the biggest rappers on the planet during the 1990s, with a diamond-selling project in All Eyez On Me and eight movie posters with his face and name printed on them, including Juice and Poetic Justice.

    With his big-dog status, Twitter would’ve been mourning for an extensive period of time after losing such a polarizing figure. Now, ’Pac was never hesitant to let folks know that things weren’t sweet around his way. He took pride in being a gangsta who used ruthlessness to fuel his confidence. Some people would’ve tried to post news clippings, videos and lyrics that attempted to show that something bad was bound to happen. But most people would’ve celebrated his legacy with songs, quotables and performances that shed light on why his name will forever be cemented into hip-hop history. You surely wouldn’t have been able to open up the app and avoid his name.

  • Eminem and Elton John Perform “Stan” Together at Grammy Awards

    Eminem’s acclaimed career would’ve been a lot different if it weren’t for the controversial lyrics in his music. In the early 2000s, the diamond-selling rapper, thanks to The Marshall Mathers LP, was under fire for the controversial content of his music, highlighting homophobic lyrics. Similar to what DaBaby went through this year, organizations stepped in to criticize Em, urging folks to boycott his music. Poised to make even more noise with his next drop, Em started course-correcting. On Feb. 21, 2001, he brought out Elton John, a prominent member of the gay community and music staple, for a performance of “Stan” at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

    Concluding the performance, they hugged and held hands in solidarity, ending the speculation that Eminem was a homophobe and sparking pictures that would never escape hip-hop history. The shockwaves that were sent through people’s TV screens watching this easily would've transferred to social media.

    Just imagine if DaBaby’s next move after everything went down this year following his own homophobic comments was to bring out Lil Nas X at one of his shows. Some people would’ve saluted the move as a sign of forgiveness. Some would’ve called it performative BS and stood on the boycott. People surely would’ve been talking, and a heavy convo is all that’s needed for anything to go viral.

  • T.I. and Lil’ Flip Brawl in the Streets of Houston

    The people of Houston got a free show on March 24, 2005, when T.I. and Lil' Flip brawled in the streets of Cloverland, Texas, a neighborhood in Houston. To give a bit of context, this all traces back to when Tip called himself the "King of the South," which he had a right to do by putting the city of Atlanta on his back and skyrocketing trap music to the mainstream level with artists like Jeezy and Gucci Mane. Flip, smaller in status but still important in the game, disagreed, starting a beef that brews over the next few months with music full of disrespect.

    The ante got upped when T.I. went on a Houston radio station and dissed Flip before boldly saying that he would soon be in Flip’s neighborhood. Well, upon arrival, people got to shaking with the word on the street being that Tip got snuffed and ran. However, the two reportedly ended up sitting down face to face and ending their beef.

    Twitter though, would’ve never let this go. Any fight, especially involving celebrities, is a prime opportunity for people to make Ms and we ain’t talking about the money. Memes of Tip running would’ve been edited on to Olympic-level track races and people would’ve made animations of how the altercation played out. Every year, the viral moment would be resurfaced, making it inescapable.

  • Jay-Z and Nas End Their Beef

    The fiery feud between Jay-Z and Nas will go down as one of the most famed in rap history, pinning two megastars of hip-hop against one another. After spawning tracks like “Takeover” on Jay’s side and “Ether” on Nas’, it cannot be denied that plenty of memorable music was released at the expense of their fight. Though things got really grimy and greasy off the strength of coming for each other’s legacies, sexualites and everything in between, they ended their beef in October of 2005, at the end of Hov’s set at Power 105.1's Powerhouse concert.

    Nas pulled up on stage to perform two of his classics, “Dead Presidents” and “The World Is Yours,” before he and Nas shook hands and called a truce. As we see today, the images of them dapping each other up would’ve spawned hundreds of thousands of retweets and likes. Furthermore, people would’ve used the moment as an example of how rappers can put their beef to the side without causing casualties and cases. Just imagine if artists with the legendary stature of Biggie and Tupac would’ve graced the stage with one another after the disses they issued against each other.Twitter would’ve been an outright clapping fest.

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  • Tupac Shakur Shoots Two Off-Duty Cops

    In October of 1993, Tupac Shakur shot two off-duty cops that were harassing him in Atlanta while he was in town for a show at Clark Atlanta University. Brothers Mark and Scott Whitwell were drunkenly crossing the street when they were nearly struck by two cars, with ’Pac being in one. An altercation ensued and ended with the rising star, not too far removed from his sophomore album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z…, shooting one man in the buttocks and the other in the abdomen. The rapper was arrested back at his hotel shortly after and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

    However, witnesses confirmed that Tupac was the one enticed by the two men, leading to the charges eventually being dropped on the grounds of self-defense in 1995. The pot of Twitter would’ve been boiling hot with people defending ’Pac for standing up against police harassment. And, of course, the typical jokes about how he shot two cops and got off scot-free would’ve been popular topics as well. Then there are his songs about police brutality, Blackness and containing a survive-or-die mentality that would’ve been used to mimic the very reality that was at hand.

  • Ma$E Announces His Retirement

    Never forget when Ma$e retired in April of 1999, on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 radio show. Headstrong on living out his calling, to which he felt was becoming a preacher, he shocked the world by dipping on hip-hop when he was blazing hot due to his run with Bad Boy Records and hits that were spread from the streets of New York City and throughout the world. The announcement came after Ma$e met actors Tia and Tamera Mowry while working on an album called Double Up, set to follow his debut LP, Harlem World. The rapper's manager at the time said they helped Ma$e turn his life over to God at a video shoot.

    Ma$e stayed true to his exit from rap for five years until 2004, when he came back on a new slate. Leaving when you’re hot, as Kanye West rapped about on “Devil In A New Dress,” would’ve had Twitter in an explosion of disbelief. Like any other established act though, Ma$e's respect would’ve been acknowledged as people used their Twitter fingers to celebrate his solo releases, features, flashy ’fits and his work alongside Diddy, Biggie, Lil’ Kim and the rest of the Bad Boy mafia.

  • Joe Budden Punched in the Eye by a Member of Raekwon’s Camp

    On Aug. 9, 2009, Joe Budden reportedly got his eye blacked by a member of Raekwon’s crew at the Los Angeles stop of Wu-Tang Clan’s Rock the Bells Tour. For those not familiar with the story, a beef between The Chef and the Slaughterhouse member came about when Budden made a comment that discredited Method Man’s slot on Vibe’s list of all-time rappers. In an attempt to address the situation, an altercation commenced and left Joe with a paper towel stuffed with ice cubes held up to his eye afterwards. Joe vlogged about the incident immediately after, saying, “You guys think this was a tough-guy move? You guys think this was dope? I personally don't. I think it was a f****t move, personally… This is what happens when people lack common sense."

    To this day, Budden still hasn’t lived down the moment, evidenced in the event picking up momentum at every anniversary that passes. He didn’t necessarily go out sad, but that’s exactly how Twitter would’ve taken it and held back no punches. Most people would likely argue that Joe got what he deserved, considering his typical approach of never biting his tongue and often coming off as disrespectful, regardless of the intention. His pain would’ve been made into easy comedy content as usual.

  • Mos Def Arrested for Performing “Katrina Clap”

    Fifteen summers ago, Mos Def was arrested for performing his song “Katrina Clap” outside of the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The politically charged record, a remix of UTP’s “Nolia Clap,” addresses the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and the mishandling of the victims under the guidance of George Bush. Throughout his honored career, Mos Def has never shied away from addressing the topics of being Black on the other side of America and social injustice. Despite having a permit, the NYPD shut down his attempt to heighten awareness and put him into cuffs.

    The conscious side of Twitter would’ve typed up think pieces that took aim at how wrongful it was for Def’s freedom of speech to be disrespected. Plenty of tweets also would’ve gone up acknowledging how corrupt law enforcement can be when it comes to pushing their own agendas and shutting other’s down in the process. The fire that the NYPD and government officials were under, also thanks to artists like Kanye West who used his platform to put out the same call for help, would’ve blazed even bigger.

  • Lil’ Kim Released From Prison

    After lying in a federal court about the details surrounding a 2001 shootout that involved her two friends, Lil’ Kim was sentenced to a year-and-a-day in prison in 2005, and fined $50,000. The following July, she was released from prison for good behavior, officially freeing the Queen Bee, whose track record stamped her as one the best female MC’s to ever grace a mic. Upon her freedom, she was immediately swarmed by fans who were hyped to see Kim out and about. All this before the rhymer made a visit to her parole officer and then off to her home in New Jersey to spend the next month on house arrest.

    The fans and curators of hip-hop are always speaking on the “no snitching” policy and this would’ve been a prime moment to applaud Kim sticking to the code. There might’ve been a few thousand people who took the side of thinking that she put herself behind bars for no reason, suggesting that holding it down to protect friends isn’t always worth it. But most of the tweets would’ve been saluting her decision and legacy. If millions of people can jump in to bash 6ix9ine, those same people would’ve praised Kim.

  • Dr. Dre Leaves Death Row Records and Starts Aftermath Entertainment

    Super-producer Dr. Dre left Death Row Records in March of 1996. Scorching off the release of his debut gem, The Chronic, in 1992, he helped the label secure a spot as home to one of the game’s best rappers and producers with the numbers he put up. Right after signing Tupac, who helped Death Row elevate into another stratosphere, Dre said "peace" and pinned his exit on a contract dispute. He went to start his own label Aftermath Entertainment with the support of Interscope Records executive Jimmy Iovine. The pair later brought hip-hop two more diamond-selling legends in Eminem and 50 Cent.

    After securing The Game and Kendrick Lamar further down the line, Aftermath’s top-tier status was no longer up for debate. Twitter would’ve been up in flames once they got wind that Dre left. Just look at how big the conversation was when K-Dot announced that he would be leaving Top Dawg Entertainment after his next album. No matter if you’re on the inside or out, losing a generational talent is something that would never fly under the radar.

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  • Aaliyah Dies in a Plane Crash

    The "Princess of R&B" Aaliyah was a friend to many hip-hop artists and adored by those who respected her talents. Tragically, she died at just 22 years old on Aug. 25, 2001. She was killed alongside eight other members of her team in a plane crash in the Bahamas following the video shoot for the famed track "Rock the Boat." The cause of the crash was due to many factors, including the plane being overweight with passengers and luggage and the pilot of the plane was found with cocaine and alcohol in his system. He also did not have a permit to fly the plane. Baby Girl’s death was a shock to her family, friends, fans and in the worlds of hip-hop and R&B music. She made a name for herself with three multiplatinum albums and a slew of gold and platinum-certified singles.

    Her legacy has never escaped the minds of those who supported her work. Exemplified in what hip-hop unfortunately saw a lot of in 2020, the death of an established artist, while sad, does open up an opportunity for the fruits of their labor to be celebrated. Twitter timelines would’ve been flooded with visuals from her music videos, performance clips that highlighted her smooth choreography, pictures of serving looks whether that be in evening gowns or tracksuits, and plenty more content that showed appreciation for the famed songstress.

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Less than a week after people began to realize that R. Kelly was on the songwriting credits for Drake's Certified Lover Boy album, Drizzy's righthand man, producer Noah "40" Shebib, has spoken out about why the disgraced singer appears on the album in the first place.

In response to an article Toronto activist Ravyn Wngz shared on her Instagram page on Sept. 4 about R. Kelly being on Drake's album, 40 replied in the comments saying that Kellz's appearance in the credits is due to a sample they used from Houston DJ and producer OG Ron C. The song in question is "TSU," the eighth track on CLB.

ravynwngz via Instagram

"On a song called tsu at the beginning is a sample of OG Ron c talking," 40 typed. "Behind that faintly which you can’t even hear is an r Kelly song playing in the background. It has no significance no lyrics are present, r Kelly’s voice isn’t even present but if we wanted to use Ron c talking we were forced to license it. Doesn’t sit well with me let me just say that. And I’m not here to defend drakes lyrics, but I thought I would clear up that there is no actual r Kelly present and it’s a bit misleading to call him a co lyricist."

He added, "It’s kinda wild cause I was just reading Baby Girl by Kathy Iandoli and the recounts of some of that stuff is horrific and disgusting. Then I saw this post and just had to say something because to think we would stand beside that guy or write with him is just incredibly disgusting."

As previously mentioned, at the beginning of "TSU," near the 20-second mark, Drake samples the 14-second mark of R. Kelly's "Half on a Baby." Like 40 said, none of Kelly's lyrics were used, only the initial instrumentation.

Nonetheless, R. Kelly being credited on the OVO Sound founder's album has raised major concerns due to the numerous allegations the Chicago artist is facing, including accusations of sexually assaulting underaged girls, which he is currently behind bars and on trial for.

Drake hasn't spoken on Kelly receiving songwriting credit on the album just yet.

These Tone-Deaf Hip-Hop Moments Prove Rappers Can Get Hit With Serious BacklashFiled Under: Drake, Noah “40” Shebib, R. KellyCategories: News


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Expectedly, Kanye West and Drake's album numbers were going to be compared, especially since the efforts arrived within a week of each other. However, a new report claims that Drizzy's Certified Lover Boy LP has out-streamed ’Ye's Donda in just a few days.

According to a report in Rolling Stone on Tuesday (Sept. 7), based on Alpha Data, an analytics tracker that controls the Rolling Stone Charts, has revealed that the 6 God's latest release has exceeded Kanye's in streams in a span of three days. Between Sept. 3, when CLB dropped, and Sept. 5, Drake's opus garnered over 430 million streams in the U.S. while Donda received a few shy of 423 million within its first eight days of streaming.

Apparently, the Toronto rapper's offering is also on par to break the record for biggest streaming debut in Alpha Data history. The only artist to accomplish this feat was himself with Aubrey's 2018 album, Scorpion, which earned over 725 million streams within seven days.

Despite CLB out-streaming Donda, Kanye's album broke the record for the biggest Rolling Stone debut of 2021, thus far. Additionally, the project's entire 27-song tracklist landed on RS' Top 100 Songs Chart, snagging the second most simultaneous entries in the publication's chart history. On the other hand, Drake has commandeered the record for most weeks at the top of the Artist 500 chart and has consistently been the biggest artist of the year.

Drake and Kanye have been throwing both direct and subliminal jabs at one another leading up to the release of their albums and also once their projects have arrived. Whether or not it's all in good rap fun is unclear, but the streaming numbers appear to be doing the talking for them both.

XXL has reached out to Alpha Date for a comment.

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Polo G has had another run-in with the law.

According to a report from TMZ on Tuesday evening (Sept. 7), Polo, born Taurus Bartlett, was arrested in the downtown area of Los Angeles on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, which is considered a felony. Apparently, the 22-year-old rapper was a passenger in a car that was pulled over and later searched. Upon searching the vehicle, LAPD officers reportedly discovered a firearm. The owner of the weapon is currently unclear.

As of reporting time, it is uncertain whether or not Polo G is still in police custody.

The outlet also notes that a juvenile was in the car as well and has been hit with the same charge as the "Rapstar" rhymer.

A little less than three months ago, Polo G found himself facing a legal issue in Miami after leaving an event in celebration of his third album, Hall of Fame. Polo was taken into custody on the morning of June 12 on charges of resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and threatening a public servant. He was held on a $19,500 bond and released later that night.

Polo and his younger brother were passengers in a vehicle that had been pulled over due to overly dark-tinted windows. The driver refused to roll his window down when ordered to do so by police. And although other passengers willingly exited the car, Polo reportedly had to be forced out of the car. The rhymer was accused of striking an officer, who also claimed to have sustained "multiple injuries, an abrasion to the right upper forehead area, an abrasion to the right chin area and a swollen and slightly bruised cheek area."

The Chicago-bred artist's June arrest was widely covered and criticized by his mother and manager, Stacia Mac, who revealed via social media that her 16-year-old son was also arrested and Miami police would not disclose the locations of her children. She also urged her son's fans to contact the police due to the officers mishandling of her children's arrest.

The Miami Police Department also shared via their official Twitter that they were aware of the incident and were conducting an investigation.

Shortly after Polo was released, he divulged about the incident online and said that one of the police officers suggested that they had been targeting Polo G and his crew following their arrival to South Florida.

The news of Polo G's arrest comes just days after he hired around-the-clock security after his mother had to fight off intruders at her home.

XXL has reached out to the LAPD, a rep for Polo G and the rapper's lawyer for a comment.

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