href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 24, 2022Mark Blinch/NBAE/Getty Images

Drake caused a stir with his unique fashion choice at a Toronto Raptors game this week.

On Wednesday (Nov. 23), Drake rocked a comfy teddy bear coat courtside at a Toronto Raptors Vs. Brooklyn Nets game and caught everybody's eye. Drizzy's cream-colored coat features a hoodie and two furry teddy bears attached to the front. The coat, which reportedly resells at $1,700 to $1 million for a vintage one, was designed by Moroccan-French artist Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who is famous for designing teddy bear-themed coats.

The OVO Sound leader also posted photos of himself rocking the Teddy Bear coat to his Instagram Story and tagged Castelbajac who, in turn, shared his gratitude Thursday morning (Nov. 24) by thanking Drake for wearing his furry outerwear.

"DRAKE/ @champagnepapi, the legendary rap majesty in my teddy bear coat,yesterday at basket ball," he wrote in the caption. "Championship vintage from 1987 // post of the day on his account. Since many years the amazing talented artist follow my work ,he came in my studio to visit my archives, and wore the black teddy bear coat."

The designer is referring to Drake wearing his black teddy bear coat in Paris during his European leg of his Would You Like a Tour? trek in support of Nothing Was the Same album in 2014.

Castelbajac concluded: "I have a immense respect for this artist who like myself,have experienced many ways and territoire of creativity . #legend #rap + special dedicated to @baltdecastelbajac +."

People were so enamored by the teddy bear coat that Toronto Raptors announcer Jack Armstrong wore it briefly during his interview with the 6 God.

"I'm not gonna lie, you're changing," Drake said to Armstrong. "You're evolving. It's a meme, like, 'Listens to Her Loss once.' That's Jacky boy in the teddy fur."

Drake recently raised eyebrows when he posted a selfie of himself rocking a bonnet. He's full of surprises.

Watch Drake Gifts Raptors Announcer Jack Armstrong His Coat Mid Interview BelowSee Rappers With Honorary DaysFiled Under: DrakeCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 24, 2022NbaYoungBoy/YouTube

If you have deep pockets, you could own YoungBoy Never Broke Again's music catalog and help him retire. Recently, the Louisiana rapper announced that he will quit rapping if someone buys his hard drive for $100 million.

On Friday (Nov. 23), NBA YoungBoy shared a photo on his Instagram Story holding in his hand a rugged portable hard drive. The 23-year-old rhymer captioned the photo, "You can have it for 100million and I'll never rap again on everything."

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It's unclear if the orange hard drive contains his entire music catalog or hundreds of previously unreleased songs. If it does contain hundreds of songs, that would be a major investment for a lucky person with money to spend. But the question remains: Will NBA YoungBoy really retire if someone did purchase the hard drive?

Nevertheless, YB is having a phenomenal year, so far. He dropped several well-received projects, including, The Last Slimento, 3800 Degrees and Ma' I Got a Family. Speaking of family,NBA YoungBoy expanded his family with the birth of his 10th child this past September with his current ladylove Jazlyn Mychelle, whom he shares another child with named Alice, born in April of 2021.

On the social media side, The Realer 2 creator had to clap back at his haters who were criticizing him for painting his fingernails. "Y'all be playing with the slime, huh?" YB began in his video. "See, all y'all used to love me. Now, nobody love me?"

He added: "Niggas wanna talk about my nails. I done fucked them up now. Everybody wanna play with the slime, but it's all good. You know I'm a big troll. As long as I ain't no dead troll, nigga. You can talk about my nails all you want. Bitch, I know somebody that wish they could paint they nails right now."

NBA YoungBoy also posted a new video for his bouncy song, "Hi Haters," which is obviously aimed at his detractors.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 24, 2022MWORTHOFGAME/YouTube

Gillie Da Kid woke up this morning and had to roast his podcast partner Wallo267 for telling women to go to a closed Target store for a shopping spree.

As a Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) surprise, Gillie Da Kid's cousin Wallo267 hopped on his Instagram page and posted a video of himself outside a Target store in South Philadelphia and announced that he was treating 15 women to a shopping spree. Only one problem: Target is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Despite Target being closed, Wallo267 treated a few women who showed up at Target and blessed them with cash, much to their delight. "I'm going to sock it to their pocket like a rocket," he said as passed out the money.

Unfortunately, Wallo267's shopping spree announcement caused hundreds of women to visit the Target store waiting for the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcaster to treat them to a shopping spree. But he left before they arrived.

Gillie had to jump on his Instagram page to inform his followers that it was Wallo267's idea for the Target shopping spree and not his. "I never told y'all I was going to Target" he said. "That was Wallo's stupid ass. Get the fuck out my DMs."

Gillie posted a second video reiterating that it was not his idea for women to show up at Target and suggested that if they see Wallo267 outside go up to him and air their grievances out on him.

"I been told y’all he was a Nut A$$ Ni$$a," he wrote in the caption referring to Wallo. "But y’all didn’t believe me always takin up 4 him leave Wallo alone gill stop gill now he got y’all stupid asses out side of target thanksgiving day knowing Gotdam well Dey closed [cry laughing emojis]."

Gillie the Kid later added on Twitter: "This ni$$a Wallo doing April fools jokes on thanksgiving" [man facepalming emoji] [cry laughing emojis]."

Wallo267 is a great guy and he meant well, but he has a lot of explaining to do.

Read People's Reaction to Wallo267 Telling Women to Come to a Closed Target for a Shopping Spree BelowSee the Most Ridiculous Hip-Hop-Related GoFundMe Accounts Ever CreatedFiled Under: Gillie Da KidCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: November 23, 2022KaiCenat/Twitch

A clip of Blueface reacting to Chrisean Rock on Kai Cenat's stream is going viral.

On Monday night (Nov. 21), popular Twitch streamer Kai Cenat went live with hip-hop's most toxic couple Blueface and Chrisean Rock. The stream eventually devolved into chaos with Rock throwing a person into a couch, and then essentially ended after she tossed a chair into a wall.

Numerous clips of moments from the session have gone viral across TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and even Facebook. One snippet, however, has people talking in a slightly different tone about Blue and Rock.

Posted most recently on Instagram by The Neighborhood Talk, the clip shows the moments after Rock had thrown a chair into a wall. "You should see my house," Blueface began.

"It's crazy?" Cenat responded. Blue shook his head in affirmation.

Rock interjected: "Yeah, I be fucked up because he be gettin' me fucked up. He be tryin' to kick me out…"

"Glass busted," Blueface said, cutting her off.

"It's only when you try to kick me out, daddy," Rock responded, before taking a bite of pizza she had been eating. "I'm not going nowhere," she whispered, leaning into Blue's ear.

He refused to make eye contact with her, let alone even glance in her direction.

The Neighborhood Talk captioned the video, "We always say 'Surviving Blueface' but chile he might be 'Surviving Chrisean.'

As of this article's posting, the post has received well over 1,000 comments, many of which echo the caption's sentiment.

"Lmfaooo he do be looking helpless," one user wrote. "Like a single dad doing the best he can."

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"Somebody said 'she's his karma', it all makes sense now," another person wrote, referring to Blueface's past controversies.

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A user comment on Cenat's demeanor by that point in the stream: "Kai Was Shooked And I Don't Watch Him Streams But Alot Of Ppl Said They Never Seen His Body Language Like That Before."

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: November 23, 2022Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Swae Lee has revealed that he and Post Malone have made enough songs together for a joint project.

In an exclusive interview with XXL that was released this afternoon (Nov. 23), Swae Lee let it slide that he and Post Malone have an entire project they could drop at any moment, if they wanted to.

"Me and Post, we got a whole project together like, you know what I'm sayin', we just been cooking up," Swae said. "That's my bro. We been on tour together. We done it all. We got a project we could drop together right now if we wanted to."

He added, however, that he believes they should just continue making more tracks together, as the project officially remains unconfirmed. "I think we should just continue cooking up and seeing where it goes. The sky is the limit with that shit."

The two artists already have multiple collabs together, including "Spoil My Night" off Post's Beerbongs & Bentleys and their smash hit "Sunflower," which recently passed Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" to become the highest-certified song in RIAA history with 17 platinum certifications.

Outside of "Sunflower," Lee and Posty have amassed a combined seven other diamond-certified songs. Lee has Travis Scott and Drake’s "Sicko Mode" and French Montana’s "Unforgettable," while Malone has "Rockstar" with 21 Savage, "Congratulations" with Quavo, "Psycho" with Ty Dolla Sign and "White Iverson."

It's safe to say that a joint collection of songs between the two artists would most certainly go off.

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Fans can always count on Swae Lee to set the trends. Since his arrival in the rap game, he’s secured several diamond records, helped Rae Sremmurd rise as one of the best duos in music and influenced the entire genre with his undefeated combo of a high-pitched tone and colorful melodies. Adding to his already solid resume, now, Swae is starting to flourish with his motion in the fashion industry.

In early November, the 29-year-old talent dropped his latest collection with boohooMAN. Swae and the clothing brand have collaborated twice before—once with Rae Sremmurd back in 2017, and another time individually with a tracksuit edit that was released in 2020. Now, this latest collection of drip is fit for the red carpets that he constantly graces. "They wanted to catch the big stepper side of Swae Lee," the rapper says, speaking with XXL exclusively earlier this month. "It’s different vibes for different days that have you feeling different ways."

The new boohooMAN clothing collection features about 50 different pieces that were inspired by being outside and leaving a mark on people. Mostly consisting of jackets, pants and long-sleeve shirts, the garments are notably made with an array of cozy materials, such as velvet and velour. The extra sauce is added through things like flowery embroidery and snake skin. Those details are calm on the eye, yet are classy enough to give a Grammy speech in.

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When asked about why boohooMAN is the right brand to collaborate with again and at this time, Swae recalls when he and his brother Slim Jxmmi linked up with the brand. "We ran into them overseas at our first shoot earlier in the days, SremmLife, SremmLife 2 days," Swae shares. "We’ve just been locked in ever since. And they keep getting bigger and bigger. And so do we. [We] keep elevating." He'll also be spinning the block on their business relationship: "This is one of many. There’s gonna be more after this, more to come."

Later in the conversation, Swae provides an update on the highly anticipated SremmLife4 album. The fourth installation of Rae Sremmurd’s coveted series has been on ice since 2018. But sooner than later in 2023, folks can finally raise their glasses to what will again soundtrack everyone’s turn up. "Definitely this upcoming year, the whole album, the compilation will be out with me and my brother," he reveals. "SremmLife4, new album. We been working nonstop on it." A little taste of what's to come can be heard on the group's last two singles "Denial" and the Flo Milli-assisted "Community D**k," both released in 2022.

All rap fans with taste know that throughout the years, the pair has always shown and proven sonically. Together, they’ve accumulated a dense stack of platinum and gold plaques, on top of many more that have gone diamond in the streets. But people haven’t seen anything yet, according to Swae. "I got so many sounds that they ain’t even heard from me," he adds. "I only dropped two percent of my catalog. So, it’s like, we ain’t even really gave them the full experience of Rae Sremmurd or Swae Lee right now. We got way more levels. Way more layers to this SremmLife shit."

Swae Lee also reflects on racking up three diamond-selling records. With his contributions to Travis Scott and Drake’s Astroworld favorite "Sicko Mode," French Montana’s "Unforgettable:—an afrobeats bop that was ahead of its time—and Post Malone’s Spider-Man movie cut "Sunflower," Swae is one of three artists who have obtained the most diamond-certified songs in hip-hop’s 50-year history, tying Cardi B and Eminem.

So, what’s his cheat code? "Being true to the music, coming through different and God-given talent," he confirms. He also points to the fans and the timeline of those respective releases. "Receiving it the right way, that’s the biggest part," Swae divulges. "Timing is everything. And those records are really perfect timing records. Shout-out to all of the other artists involved, too."

Speaking of which, Swae discusses why his working relationship with Post Malone is so potent. Their 2018 collabo, "Spoil My Night," stands as one of the best deep cuts on Posty’s Beerbongs & Bentleys album. And recently, "Sunflower" became the highest-certified track in RIAA history, going 17-times platinum. Well, the public may be pleased to find out that the two artists have a hard drive full of additional smashes that could drop at any given moment. "Me and Post, we got a whole project together like, you know what I'm sayin', we just been cooking up," Swae reveals. "That's my bro. We been on tour together. We done it all. We got a project we could drop together right now if we wanted to. I think we should just continue cooking up and seeing where it goes. The sky is the limit with that shit." That it is.

Check out the full conversation with Swae Lee below as he checks in about his affinity for fashion, coming out of the cut musically in 2023, his influence on the rap game and much more.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: November 23, 2022Cole Burston/Gary Miller/Getty Images (2)

YoungBoy Never Broke Again isn't trying to hear about anyone else at the top of the game unless it's himself. Not even Drake.

On Monday night (Nov. 21), YoungBoy joined an Instagram Live session held by his booking agent, MAC Agency CEO Andrew Lieber.

"Bitch, I'm back," the rapper said with a smile when he hopped on the Live.

"Well, goddamn, that's a $100 million smile right there," Lieber added.

Then NBA YoungBoy proceeded to show off his new red diamonds. Right after, Lieber commented that "It's just you and Drake at the top, baby," to which YoungBoy replied, "Who?"

"Yeah, exactly," Lieber responded to the Louisiana rhymer scoffing at the idea anyone else is on his level, including Drake.

"Whatchu talkin' ’bout?" NBA questioned.

"You and Drake, that's it," Lieber continued.

"I thought you was my friend, Drew," NBA said.

"You're my best friend," Lieber maintained.

Based on output alone this year, YoungBoy Never Broke Again has been on quite a run. He's dropped six projects since January: Colors, Better than You with DaBaby, The Last Slimeto, Realer 2, 3800 Degrees and Ma’ I Got a Family. This Friday, he'll release the 3860 tape with Quando Rondo, bringing his grand total to seven. Colors and The Last Slimeto both reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, the highest chart placement of all his projects this year. NBA has more than 17 million Spotify monthly listeners now.

As for Drake, he came through with the albums Honestly, Nevermind and Her Loss with 21 Savage in 2022. Both went No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Drizzy has more than 69 million Spotify monthly listeners currently.

Watch YoungBoy Never Broke Again Scoff at the Idea that Drake Is on His LevelSee Hip-Hop Albums That People Hated When They First Came Out and Over Time Became BelovedWhich album were you not a fan of at first?Filed Under: Drake, YoungBoy Never Broke AgainCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author”>Kemet HighPublished: November 23, 2022Tommaso Boddi/Paras Griffin/Paras Griffin, Getty Images (3)

It’s not every day that an artist is recognized for their success outside of music. In fact, there’s an unusual dichotomy between what rappers do and what they’re celebrated for. While most of today’s key players in hip-hop are hard at work scoring new milestones in their careers, some acts are doing the groundwork through community outreach and philanthropic giving that’s creating an impact beyond their music. In doing so, many cities around the U.S. have awarded rappers with a coveted key to the city or have named an entire day after them as a gesture to honor their efforts.

Lil Baby is the latest to receive a communal nod from his hometown. Most recently, the Grammy award-winning rapper went on Instagram to break the news about the city of Atlanta’s official proclamation of "Dominique 'Lil Baby' Day," in which they recognize "his successful career and his generous philanthropy." Now, Nov. 13 will forever be known as a day that champions the 27-year-old multiplatinum luminary in the city that raised him.

In the spirit of celebrating rappers for their accomplishments and contributions to society, many other cities have honored days to some of the game’s most popular talents. Last year, during a Celebration of Life event after Young Dolph’s death, Tennessee’s Senator Katrina Robinson proclaimed Nov. 17 as Adolph "Young Dolph" Thorton Jr. Day of Service. Dolph’s day, which is officially recognized in both Tennessee and Georgia, encourages social goodwill and acts of benevolence across the country, something that Dolph was good for.

Besides Lil Baby and Young Dolph, there’s more to unpack here. Similarly, notable rappers like Drake, Kanye West and various others have their own honorary days, too. Below is a full list of acts (both old and new) who have been saluted by their hometown and other major cities across the globe.—Derrius Edwards

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: November 23, 2022Johnny Nunez/WireImage/Paul Archuleta/Getty Images for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

Joe Budden is criticizing Saweetie for releasing a new song cryptically addressing rumors about herself instead of directly addressing talk that she slept with Offset.

On a new episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, which published on Sunday (Nov. 20), Joe goes off on Saweetie for dropping the new song "Don't Say Nothin'," which he refers to as a freestyle, and refusing to mention whether or not the rumor surrounding herself and Offset is true.

"Saweetie gotta shut the fuck up," Joe Budden said. "Come on, let's just get to it. I don't got time to play today. Saweetie gotta shut the fuck up. That's my take."

"I'm not listening to Saweetie until she answer the question everybody waitin' for her to answer," he continued. "Did you fuck Offset or not? That's it."

His cohosts mentioned the move to release the new track was bad timing considering the death of Takeoff, to which Budden agreed. "Well, which is why it is bad timing for whatever she was saying in that freestyle," he added. "It ain't the time for that freestyle. Because what I heard, I honestly didn't really hear nothin' directed to Quavo. I just keep hearing Lil Baby. I keep hearing Lil Baby. And I think people keep confusin' it with Quavo, like they did last time.

"But either way, it ain't the time for confusion. It ain't the time for none of that after they just lost they brother and nephew. They ain't time for that. Sorry, Saweetie. Push it back. You been quiet. You been quiet. No need to shake the table. I hate hip-hop. And did you fuck dude or not?"

Saweetie got wind of what Joe Budden said and responded on Twitter Tuesday.

"saweetie needs to STFU????? ok joelisha 😍," she tweeted.

On "Don't Say Nothin'," which dropped last Friday (Nov. 18), Saweetie doesn't mention any names like Lil Baby or Offset, both of which she's been connected to this year, but she does ask why men are "always speakin' on who I'm fuckin' on?"

"Why niggas always speakin' on who I'm fuckin' on?/He must've got excited when I FaceTimed with nothin' on," Saweetie raps. "Them same lips that's yappin' be the ones I nutted on/A hunnid K, please, know how much paper I be touchin' on?/That's light, better check my net worth/Post a pic' in his sweatshirt, I bet it have my ex hurt/That's what I get for kissin' on these frogs/He got mad and told my business to the blogs."

Following her breakup with Quavo last year, Saweetie and Lil Baby were rumored to be hooking up. Then in October, fans thought Quavo was referring to Saweetie sleeping with Offset when Quavo said, "Bitch fucked my dawg behind my back, but I ain't stressin' (Not at all)/You wanted the gang, you shoulda just said it, we would have blessed it (You shoulda just said it)/Now shit got messy (Uh)," on the song "Messy."

Neither Offset, Saweetie nor Lil Baby have confirmed or denied any rumors linking them.

Watch Joe Budden's podcast clip and listen to Saweetie's new song below.

Watch Joe Budden Criticize Saweetie on His PodcastListen to Saweetie's "Don't Say Nothin'"See the Biggest Discographies in Hip-Hop

 

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: November 23, 2022Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Lil Uzi Vert and JT are reportedly no longer a couple, according to a tweet from the City Girls member yesterday.

On Tuesday (Nov. 22), JT tweeted, "SINGLE!," surprising her fans as well as those of Uzi.

Their loyal supporters were taken aback by the news they seemingly parted ways.

"You breaking up with Uzi means you breaking up with his fans and we don’t like that," one Twitter user wrote.

"No way you and Uzi are done," another added.

Earlier this year, Lil Uzi Vert revealed that JT broke up with him after a tweet from 2015 resurfaced in which he was sharing his feelings for another woman. This was long before Uzi and JT were an item.

"Jt broke up with me over this dumb ass shit I don’t even do nothin FML," Uzi tweeted in a since-deleted post.

The two rappers have shared the ups and downs of their relationship on social media over the last year. From birthdays to breakups, they haven't held back from giving fans a peek at what goes on between them. During JT's interview on the Caresha Please podcast this past August, she revealed how Uzi pays all the bills in their relationship.

"Uzi literally would do any and everything for me," she shared. "But I don’t flex it no mo'. We live together, he pay all the bills. I don’t pay a bill. I don’t even know what the first of the month is. Like that's real City Girl shit. Like I don’t pay a bill. I'm put up. Because bitch, who doin’ that?"

Lil Uzi Vert and JT have been dating publicly since March of last year when Uzi tweeted that JT is "the one."

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: November 23, 2022Highbridge the Label/Atlantic / Boominati Worldwide/Republic / 43B

2023 is almost here, but some of your favorite hip-hop artists still have some heat left to drop for the last month of 2022.

Coming off the tragic death of his mother earlier this year, Metro Boomin triumphantly rises from the ashes with his new album, Heroes & Villains. Originally slated to drop on Nov. 4, the St. Louis-bred producer decided to push the project back to Dec. 2. Metro wanted to have all the samples cleared in order to bless fans with the best possible product. He also made it clear that the delay was certainly not due to any other releases that were set to drop on the same day.

"I couldn't get all the samples on my album cleared in time for next week so I'm dropping on Dec. 2," tweeted Metro just one week prior to the album's original release date. "Now, I have enough time to make sure you all get this masterpiece as intended. I promise it's worth the wait. P.S. I would never move my album date because of anyone else."

Metro Boomin's sophomore LP will arrive after his 2018 solo debut, Not All Heroes Wear Capes, which features guest appearances from Drake, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Gunna and more, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He has since fed the streets with the 2020 collabo project Savage Mode 2 with 21 Savage and has produced tracks like Drake's 2021 hit single "Knife Talk" and Drizzy and 21's "More M's" from their joint album, Her Loss.

Chief Keef is set to return in December with his new project, Almighty So 2, the sequel to his classic DJ Scream-hosted mixtape, 2013's Almighty So. The Dec. 16 release date will mark exactly one year since Sosa dropped his 2021 album, 4NEM. The Glo Gang head honcho is ready to deliver 17 new tracks, which include the previously released cuts "Tony Montana Flow" and "Racks Stuffed Inna Couch."

After postponing his new album, Me vs. Myself, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is now slated to drop the new LP on Dec. 9. Initially slated to come out in November, the Bronx, N.Y. rapper pushed the date back after learning Drake and 21 Savage's Her Loss album would be coming out on the same day.

"Sorry but album dropping in December now, Drake was dropping the same day and I’m not with that,” Boogie unapologetically wrote on his Instagram Story along with several crying laughing emojis.

The 22-song album features guest appearances from Lil Dirk, Roddy Ricch, Tory Lanez and more. The new offering was preceded by the 2021 project B4 AVA.

Check out all the December 2022 new hip-hop album releases from French Montana, Stalley, the late Chinx and more below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author”>Aleia WoodsPublished: November 23, 2022Mega/Getty Images

Kanye West's alleged unbecoming behavior as the head of his Yeezy empire has been detailed in a recent exposé.

According to a report from Rolling Stone on Tuesday evening (Nov. 22), the controversial rapper-fashion designer has been accused of showing an explicit video and photo of his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, as well as his own sex tape to members of his Yeezy team.

A potential staffer who was interviewing for a position with Kanye's company recollected an account from 2018 where upon entering the room for the job interview, the Chicago native was dancing around, blasting music. Once Kanye placed his focus back on the situation at hand, he allegedly pulled out his phone, showing an image that had been sent to him by Kim Kardashian.

"My wife just sent me this,” West stated, says the creative. On the phone was an "intimate" photo of Kim. "It was very revealing and personal,” the interviewer told RS. "I didn’t really react."

As said by a former Yeezy staffer, Kanye was "not afraid to show explicit images or talk about situations that should be kept private."

The prior mentioned photos and more were uncovered in an informative letter by Ye's former associates, where they also shared Kanye's other "problematic behavioral" issues, which includes "verbal abuse, vulgar tirades and bullying attacks."

The letter, titled "The Truth About Yeezy: A Call to Action for Adidas Leadership," also discloses that several former Yeezy and Adidas employees have expressed remorse for accepting an alleged unwritten rule from Adidas management, which is "Kanye is just Kanye," and underestimating what was deemed at one point as "relatively harmless comments."

The open letter goes on to accuse "the company of lacking responsibility, accountability, and protection that Adidas failed to provide their employees throughout what we experienced" over the years in connection to the aforementioned "verbal abuse, vulgar tirades, and bullying attacks."

Former staffers insisted that previous leaders of Adidas were complicit in that they were aware of Kanye West's alarming behavior, but "turned their moral compass off."

Following Kanye transitioning his brand from Nike to Adidas in 2013, the rapper connected with a creative he'd met once via phone and invited them to his home to discuss a potential project. However, instead of sharing anything pertaining to work, Ye had pornography on the screen of his laptop.

The former collaborator told Rolling Stone, "He showed me the video of Francesca Le, a buff porn star with a strap-on dildo fucking another girl in the ass. He’s like, 'What do you think of it?' Not laughing at all."

Two other creatives also claimed that Kanye showed them pornographic videos, including homemade sex tapes of the rhymer engaging in sexual activities.

On one occasion, he even suggested: "If you ever get stuck creatively, just watch porn for 10 minutes."

Last month, Kanye released a surprise 30-minute documentary on YouTube that included a scene where he showed two Adidas executives a pornographic video on his phone in front of two members of his team.

The letter goes on to address Kanye West playing mind games and displaying demeaning behavior, in which he allegedly told one woman staff member that they didn't "deserve a seat at the table," making her sit on the floor for hours during a meeting.

It was also noted that women who were employed by the Yeezy company were subjected to a "disturbingly" sexualized environment that was suggestive of the patterns Ye displayed where he would use bullying and intimidating tactics to get what he wanted.

A rep from Adidas offered XXL a statement Wednesday morning (Nov. 23), which states: "Adidas does not tolerate hate speech and offensive behavior and therefore has terminated the Adidas Yeezy partnership. We have been and continue to be actively engaged in conversations with our employees about the events that lead to our decision to end the partnership. They have our full support and as we’re working through the details of the termination, we have been clear that we want to keep our employees’ talent and skills within the organization. Having said this, we will not discuss private conversations, details or events that lead to our decision to terminate the Adidas Yeezy partnership and decline to comment on any related speculation."

Adidas terminated their partnership with Kanye last month.

News of the exposé on Kanye West's troublesome behavior comes shortly after announcing his second attempt at running for President of the United States in the upcoming 2024 election.

XXL has reached out to reps for Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Adidas for comments on this matter.

See Companies That Have Cut Ties With Kanye WestFiled Under: Kanye West, Kim KardashianCategories: News


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As many people across the U.S. prepare for Thanksgiving, Meek Mill is going viral for a tweet calling the holiday a farce.

On Monday (Nov. 21), Meek Mill fielded questions from fans during a Q&A session on Twitter in preparation for his new mixtape Flamerz 5. One fan asked the Philly rapper what he would be doing on Thanksgiving, which got a rise from the Dreamchasers boss.

"Thanksgiving fake," Meek Mill replied. "The pilgrims killed the Indians I still remember them books from school horrible I got Indian friends …. My family might link up!"

By saying the holiday is fake, Meek is presumably commenting on the narrative that the Pilgrims and Native Americans were on one accord and lived peacefully, when in actuality, for the most part, the Native Americans were slaughtered by the Pilgrims and had their land taken. Nevertheless, Meek's comment sparked tons of reactions on social media, with many people taking exception to Meek's use of the term Indian instead of Native American.

"Mans said 'thanksgiving is a lie but fuck it, pass me my low vibrational plate' meek mill is not real," one person tweeted.

"Native Americans, not Indians know what you’re talking about before you act like you care," another person added.

"'My family might link up' 'Indians' his heart always in the right place but the execution be so wrong," someone else replied to his comment.

On Tuesday (Nov. 22), Meek Mill commented on an Instagram video of a rapper juxtaposing the slaughter of the Native Americans with Thanksgiving.

"This what I was trying to say about thanksgiving," Meek tweeted. "I was just with some people from London, they don’t even celebrate that shit lol I never thought about if they did either."

Meek Mill's Q&A session also went viral after he revealed his song "Going Bad" with Drake made $24 million but he has no idea how much he personally made off the track.

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One-of-a-kind personas are what has driven fans to some of the game's most suave rappers through the years. LL Cool J was, for all intents and purposes, one of the coolest MCs out. So was Big Daddy Kane for his way with words. These days, Drake is the emotionally strained and flashy superstar while Future is the other side of the coin. For a career that's been full of brooding music where he weighs his wild lifestyle with the ups and downs of love and money, Future is seen as the toxic rapper who will say some of the wildest bars about sex and dating women and how he deals with them. It's how he became the center of the internet's favorite toxic meme featuring him texting a woman on the other end of the line.

To be fair, Future wasn't always seen as a toxic rapper, one that shared his inner monologues about dating, which would get anyone else dumped immediately. All of that began to come to the forefront during Future's "three-peat," his still-unmatched span of three mixtapes, Monster, Beast Mode and 56 Nights, he released during a six-month span from late 2014 to mid-2015. Starting with Monster, Future's darker persona began to emerge, as he was going through his breakup with R&B star Ciara and in a spot in his career where he was losing steam.

Now, Future is a rap superstar. He's the same guy who rapped, "I'm casually pimpin' these bitches/I don't give a fuck if the bitch is Catholic" on 2020's "Posted With Demons" then rhymed, "I can hear your tears when they drop over the phone/Get mad at yourself ’cause you can’t leave me alone” on the 2022 mega-hit "Wait For U" featuring Drake and Tems. These are two sides of the same coin, but no one says it quite like Hendrix.

Check the gallery below for some of Future's most toxic bars.

See Future’s Most Toxic LyricsWhich Future lyrics do you think are the most toxic?Filed Under: Feature, Future, Galleries, GalleryCategories: News


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Kai Cenat's recent Twitch stream with Blueface and Chrisean Rock became a chaotic scene that included wrestling moves and Rock throwing a chair into a wall.

Last night (Nov. 21), popular Twitch streamer Kai Cenat aired his latest episode with the recently arrested Blueface and his girlfriend Chrisean Rock. The episode featured multiple wild moments. In one instance, Blueface and Chrisean Rock forcibly remove Kai from his chair so the rapper can sit in it.

In another section of the wild sit-down, Chrisean Rock picks up one of Kai Cenat's friends and slams him into a couch while Kai protests. Afterward, Rock does a wrestler-style flex.

In yet another crazy moment, Chrisean Rock picks up a folding chair and inexplicably tosses it off camera. Apparently, the chair poked a hole in the streamer's wall, leading to another awkward moment.

"You just put a hole in my wall," Kai reacts, dumbfounded.

"My bad," Chrisean Rock responds. "You rich, you can get it fixed."

"God, you just put a hole in my wall," Kai repeats.

Blueface is back outside after being arrested in Las Vegas on a warrant for attempted murder on Nov. 15. Police say Blueface shot at a man outside a Las Vegas club on Oct. 8. Video has since surfaced of the alleged incident, which shows a man identified as Blueface shooting at a truck across the street from the venue. Blueface has since posted a $50,000 bail and bonded out.

Blueface and Chrisean Rock are preparing for the debut of their new reality show Crazy in Love, which will be airing on the Zeus network.

See Reactions to Blueface and Chrisean Rock's Wild Appearance on Kai Cenat's Stream BelowThese Tone-Deaf Hip-Hop Moments Prove Rappers Can Get Hit With Serious BacklashFiled Under: Blueface, chrisean rock, Kai CenatCategories: News


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Kelly Rowland is doubling down on her support of Chris Brown.

TMZ caught up with Rowland in West Hollywood, Calif. on Monday (Nov. 21), where she was asked to comment on the viral moment she created when she checked the crowd at the 2022 American Music Awards for giving a negative response to Breezy winning an award.

"I believe that grace is very real, and we all need a dose of it," the singer told the celebrity news site's photog. "And before we point fingers at anybody, we should realize how grateful we are for every moment that we get. For even our own things that we have. I just think it's important to remember to be human. We are humans."

When asked if it is time for Chris Brown to be forgiven for his past transgressions, most notably assaulting Rihanna in 2009, Rowland agreed.

"We all need to be forgiven for anything that we could be doing, anything that we're thinking," she added. "We all come up short in some sort of way. And grace is real. We are humans. And everybody deserves grace, period."

The Destiny's Child singer's comments come after she checked some members of the crowd at the 2022 American Music Awards for giving a negative reaction to her announcement that Breezy won Favorite Male R&B Artist on Sunday (Nov. 20).

"Chris Brown is not here tonight, so I'm accepting this award on his behalf," she said, as she began her statement.

"Excuse me, chill out," Rowland told the crowd, who appeared to respond poorly. "But I wanna tell Chris thank you so much for making great R&B music. And I wanna tell him thank you for being an incredible performer. I'll take this award, bring it to you. I love you, congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category."

Chris Brown was slated to perform a Michael Jackson tribute at the AMAs. However, the segment was canceled at the last minute.

See Kelly Rowland Speaking on Supporting and Forgiving Chris Brown BelowThese Rappers Have the Most Grammy Nominations But Never WonFiled Under: Chris Brown, Kelly RowlandCategories: News


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YoungBoy Never Broke Again is responding to people making fun of him for painting his fingernails.

Yesterday (Nov. 21), the "I Admit" rapper hopped on his Instagram Story to deliver a message to the haters.

"Y'all be playing with the slime, huh?" NBA YoungBoy began in the video. "See, all y'all used to love me. Now, nobody love me. But I think y'all forgot, I ain't never not got no bitches anyway. So, what the problem is? Niggas wanna talk about my nails. I done fucked them up now. Everybody wanna play with the slime, but it's all good. You know I'm a big troll. As long as I ain't no dead troll, nigga. You can talk about my nails all you want. Bitch, I know somebody that wish they could paint they nails right now," he added laughing.

Recently, several prominent rappers have adopted wearing fingernail polish. One of them is Lil Yachty, who launched his own all-gender fingernail polish line called Crete last May. Last July, Kid Cudi went off on fans for criticizing his painted fingernails.

"Turned my comments off on Instagram," Kid Cudi posted on Twitter. "Seems people really have a problem w me painting my nails. I got tired of blockin so many accounts. I really need u to understand, if u dont like me doin this or anything I do, please dont buy my albums, dont come to my shows. Fuck way off."

Last year, Kodak Black called out Lil Pump for rocking acrylic nails.

See NBA YoungBoy Responding to Critics About His Painted Nails BelowSee Controversial Hip-Hop ShirtsWhich rapper has the most controversial shirt?Filed Under: YoungBoy Never Broke AgainCategories: News


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August Alsina is trending on social media today following the season-ending episode of VH1's The Surreal Life, on which the crooner introduced the man who's been teaching him how to love.

In the episode, which aired on Monday (Nov. 21), August Alsina closes things out by waxing poetic about how being on the show has given him a lesson on love.

"This experience has taught me love in so many forms and facets. And then what do you know? Love showed up, but in a new way," August Alsina told the camera.

"I want to share that and really honor the person that I love and that loves me back and teaching me so much about love and healing," August continued. "I want to do that in front of the world because it defies all the constructs that one would say love is supposed to be or love should look like."

A man who has been identified as recording artist Zu then walks into the room and sits down next to August Alsina. They hug each other as the episode ends, leaving the singer's statement slightly up for interpretation.

August Alsina does not specify his sexuality nor in what way he knows Zu. The singer has yet to speak on the episode on his social media accounts as well. August Alsina and Zu have worked together musically in the past. Over the summer, they released the collab track "2am."

Two years ago, August Alsina had the internet going nuts after he revealed he had a relationship with Will Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The actress initially denied the claims but later admitted to having an "entanglement" with the 30-year-old artist.

See Video of August Alsina Introducing the Man Who's Been Teaching Him How to Love BelowMost Elusive Rappers on the InternetFrom Jay-Z to Playboi Carti to Kendrick Lamar and more, check out the most elusive rappers on the internet. Filed Under: August AlsinaCategories: News


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Iggy Azalea has reportedly sold her publishing and masters in a deal that is said to be worth eight-figures.

On Monday (Nov. 21), Billboard reported the "Fancy" rapper is cashing out by transacting the rights to her musical catalog to Domain Capital Group. Iggy's body of work includes the LPs The New Classic, In My Defense and The End of an Era. She's also released the EPs Glory, Change Your Life, Survive the Summer and Wicked Lips. In 2019, she started he own label called Bad Dreams. The deal includes the Billboard chart-topping single "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX and other Iggy hits like "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora and "Problem" featuring Ariana Grande, and has the potential to earn the Aussie MC future revenue.

Earlier this month, DCG announced a $700 million commitment to acquiring rights to film, television and music assets.

"We are excited to launch our first diversified private entertainment royalty fund," said Anthony Tittanegro, executive managing director of Domain Capital Group in the release. "At a time of sustained entertainment industry growth supported by an ever-evolving landscape of distribution channels, we are focused on building a diversified asset-base to generate cash yield and help maintain our investors’ capital."

XXL has reached out ot Iggy Azalea's team and Domain Capital Group for comment.

More and more rappers are beginning to sell their masters for big lump sums. Future recently sold the majority of his publishing in a deal reported to be worth around $75 million earlier this year. Chuck D reportedly sold a large portion of his Public Enemy catalog publishing rights this year. In 2019, investment company Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited bought the rights to Timbaland's catalog. They also bought up a majority stake in The-Dream's catalog for $23 million in 2018. In September, it was reported Kanye West was selling his publishing. However, Ye denied the claims.

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Controversial YouTuber White Dolemite tried his infamous "boy" prank on Boosie BadAzz and it didn't turn out well for him.

White Dolemite shared the viral video on his YouTube page on Sunday (Nov. 20). In the clip, WD approaches Boosie, who is with three other men, a child and a woman, in a grocery store.

"Can you hand the mac 'n cheese to me, boy?" he asks. "Boy, I said hand it to me, now."

Boosie BadAzz and his team are perplexed racist request.

"We'll beat your ass," one of the men with Boosie warns.

"Who you talking to like that?" another member of the rapper's team questions.

"Boosie," White Dolemite confirms. "I'm the real BadAzz. Now, hand it to me now, boy."

"You tripping," Boosie's associate claps back. "I'll beat your muthafuckin ass in this bitch. What? Don't talk to him like that."

As a dumbfounded Boosie is in the middle of asking Dolemite if he is joking, the rapper's mans cold-cocks the YouTuber right before the video cuts out.

Boosie BadAzz has been laying low recently after having numerous run-ins with police go viral over the summer. In July, video of his detainment by police in Georgia leaked online. In the video, the Louisiana rapper threatened to spit on officers after complaining about continuous harassment. In that instance, he was reportedly cited for marijuana possession. A month later, he was detained in Georgia again and went viral after recording himself rapping "Set It Off" and "Fuck the Police" to officers.

Earlier this month, Boosie released the Takeoff tribute song "Rocket Man."

See Video of YouTuber White Dolemite Trying His "Boy" Prank on Boosie BadAzz and Getting Punched BelowRead 10 Wild Stories That Took Place During Hip-Hop ToursFiled Under: Boosie BadazzCategories: News


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Meek Mill recently gave fans a peek behind the curtain about the money he makes off music and also revealed he has no idea how much money he pocketed from his hit single with Drake, "Going Bad."

On Monday (Nov. 21), Meek Mill started a Q&A session on Twitter where he fielded queries from fans on the transitioning social networking app. When one fan asked what happened to the deluxe version of his latest album Expensive Pain, the Philly rapper railed against the payout practices of the music industry.

"I let those albums go once I seen I was get 13. Cents to every dollar, once I really figured that out I ain’t promoting no label shit I don’t eat off …. My money come from my name and brand," Meek Mill tweeted.

"I made 11million dollars in 10 years from music 'just music payments' I was shocked mad and didn’t wanna really rap for any label …. Now I got a real point to prove to show you can survive without getting rapped [sic]!" he added in a follow-up tweet.

"On a bad month I make a [million]," Meek Mill continued. "A lot of people let me down when I got educated about my own business … and it wasn’t like I’m not a learner … they mentally keep you faded from knowing…Don’t give me a plaque give me the financial paper of how much the song I recorded for 20k made 20 million … not a award … I’m from the trenches I don’t want that shit I want a estate … I want my whole family tree to beat the ghetto!"

Meek Mill said a red flag came when he asked someone at his label for the financial numbers on his 2018 hit "Going Bad," which featured his reunion with Drake.

"One day I asked how much 'going bad' made just that song…. They said 24m I was like how much did I make? All I got was uhhhhhhh lol im@like wtf I know all the financials to my other business lol I signed out lost all trust for that whole system!" Meek admitted.

"I asked drake to do that song 3 days b4 my album came out," he continued. "'I think he did for free for me' we cooked it up …. How tf do I not know how much I made off a song that made that much … they gave me a plaque 😂 big mental trickery!"

XXL has reached out to Atlantic Records for comment.

Meek Mill has been blasting the recording industry for several weeks. He will be dropping his new mixtape Flamers 5 on Monday afternoon. He also recently announced a Dreams & Nightmares 10th anniversary concert that will take place on Nov. 26 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia.

See Meek Mill Revealing How Much "Going Bad" Made BelowWildly Expensive Hip-Hop Songs Based on Prices of Luxury Items MentionedXXL takes a look at the estimated price tags of the luxury items rappers like Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj and more mention on their songs.Filed Under: Meek MillCategories: News


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Rap will always have certain cities that take off during an era. Right now, it feels like it's Memphis' time. There's a multitude of acts from that area who are finding success in their own ways. One of the younger names making noise is Lil Double 0, a 20 year-old who has only been rapping since 2020. Nudged into rap by personal tragedy, the slick-talking street rapper has risen through the ranks quickly, joining Future's FreeBandz Gang and racking up features with Lil Uzi Vert, EST Gee and Nardo Wick along the way. But Lil Double 0's success doesn't lie in the relationships he's built; his budding charisma and gritty lyrics have gotten him here, a testament to the time he's put in.

Back in the day, Lil Double 0 used to kick it with his friends who rapped, and occasionally joined in. At the time, he was more focused on the streets and never saw music in his future. Once he lost two of his closest friends—one to a murder and one to a jail sentence—he decided to carry their dream onward. What started out as a form of expression quickly turned into something Lil Double excelled at, especially once his song "007" took off in late 2020.

On "007," he goes from flow to flow as he discusses the happenings in his hood. What's so distinct about Double 0 is he can do whatever cadence he wants, while staying on the same train of though and weaving together clever lyrics. He continued to focus on that trait from then on, dropping multiple projects like 4K (2020), Slimin' 4K Beats (2021), Walk Down Gang (2021) and Walk Down World, his 2022 project from early November. He now has multiple songs that are streaming well off of Walk Down World, like "Meet The Walkers 2"with Nardo Wick, the EST Gee assisted "Fight That Switch (Walk)" and "Good On Love" with Future.

Nowadays, Lil Double 0's style is more polished and rounded out, with catchy hooks and a high level of confidence from bar to bar. He sounds like a rapper who feels he can go toe to toe with anyone. To get to that point in just two years shows his passion for music. As he prepares to release more music (including collabs with Lil Jairmy), Lil Double 0 has taken off walking at a pace that few in his lane can match.

On this week's episode of The Break: Live, he checks in with XXL about finding his footing in the rap game. Check out the full interview below.

Follow Lil Double 0 on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"007"

"Fight That Switch (Walk)" featuring EST Gee

"Who You Killed"

Walk Down World

See November 2022 New Music ReleasesFiled Under: Feature, Lil Double 0, The BreakCategories: Music, News, The Break


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Nick Cannon says he thinks he's done having children for the foreseeable future.

On Nov. 17, Nick was in attendance at Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players event at Academy L.A. in Los Angeles. While on the red carpet, the fertile rapper-TV show host was asked about his growing family of over 10 kids.

"[My kids] are my No. 1 priority, obviously," Nick Cannon said. "I wake up being a father and thinking about my kids and everything else comes after that."

"My kids are definitely the creative force in all that I do," he added. "They're the funniest, most innovative, best questions…any project that I'm working on now is through their eyes."

When asked if he would be having any more kids, Nick Cannon seemed hesitant to eliminate the idea but sounded like he might be content with the amount he has.

"I don't know, man. I have no idea," he answered. "I think I'm good for now, though."

Nick Cannon has fathered 11 kids with six different women since having his first set of twins with then-wife Mariah Carey in 2011.

"Contrary to popular belief, I’m probably engaged throughout my children’s day, more often than the average adult can be," he told Men's Health magazine in June about keeping up with all of his kids. "If I’m not physically in the same city with my kids, I’m talking to them before they go to school via FaceTime and stuff. And then when I am [in the same city, I’m] driving my kids to school, like making sure I pick ’em up."

Nick has had four children since June. He has another child on the way with Alyssa Scott.

See Nick Cannon Talking About Whether He Will Be Having More Kids BelowSee All Nick Cannon’s KidsFiled Under: Nick CannonCategories: News


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Kanye West is putting his hat in the ring for the upcoming 2024 U.S. presidential election.

On Sunday (Nov. 20), video surfaced of Kanye West at one of his offices being followed around by a videographer. In the first clip, Ye is with alt-right political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

"This is Milo right here, working on the campaign," Ye says in the video.

"Is that an announcement?" Kanye asks as they both laugh.

"I guess it is," Yiannopoulos replies. "Thanks, I accept."

Later in the video, Ye is showing the cameraman some new merch. One item has "Ye 24" on it, prompting the man behind the camera to ask, "So you are running?"

"Yes," Kanye West answers with a laugh. "It’s simple ’cause ain’t nobody can tell me, you know, 'You should say this, you shouldn’t say that,' you know? It’s just we’re moving towards the future."

This will be Kanye West's second time running for POTUS. He had an unsuccessful run in 2020, running under the Birthday Party. Ye's campaign was marred by multiple pump fakes and accusations of misconduct, which included accepting donations from minors and reports of election fraud. At one point, he was very confident in his chances, saying he would beat Joe Biden by write-in votes alone. In the end, Kanye only received around 60,000 votes.

Kanye's announcement that he will be running again two years from now comes less than a week after former President Donald Trump revealed his bid for The White House in 2024.

See Video of Kanye West Announcing He's Running for President in 2024 BelowSee Rappers’ Other Streams of IncomeFiled Under: Kanye WestCategories: News


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AEW wrestler Jade Cargill was captured on camera confronting Bow Wow in Miami, with security having to step in to whisk her and her associates away.

Last night (Nov. 20), The Millennium Tour Turned Up costarring Bow Wow was at the FTX Arena in Miami. During what appears to be a meet and greet after the show, actor pierre.pope filmed video of the wild scene where Cargill apparently ran down on Bow Wow. The video starts with Cargill and two other women, who appear to be wrestlers Red Velvet and Kiera Hogan, collectively known as The Baddie Section, screaming on Bow Wow while security stands in between them.

The scene looks intense, with one of the women attempting to throw popcorn in Bow Wow's face. The security eventually physically picks up Cargill's counterparts and moves them away from Bow Wow, while another security member pushes an irate Cargill away. It is unclear what the argument was over, or if this was just played up for the cameras for some type of wrestling promo.

Earlier in the day, Cargill responded to Bow Wow congratulating her on winning the AEW TBS Championship over Nyla Rose to remain 42-0 by telling the rapper to "shut up."

Bow Wow and Jade Cargill had static not too long ago on social media. Last month, Bow Wow attempted to shoot his shot at the wrestler on Twitter after saying he wanted to get into wrestling. He was instantly shut down.

"After my first win, I just wanna take you out somewhere, [Jade Cargill]," tweeted the rapper.

See Video of Jade Cargill Confronting Bow Wow on the Millennium Tour BelowRead 10 Wild Stories That Took Place During Hip-Hop ToursFiled Under: Bow WowCategories: New Music, News


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Kelly Rowland made a statement in support of Chris Brown at the 2022 AMAs.

Tonight (Nov. 20), the American Music Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Chris Brown, who made headlines earlier this weekend by announcing that his AMAs tribute to Michael Jackson had been canceled without explanation, won Favorite Male R&B Artist.

The category was presented by Destiny's Child singer and actress Kelly Rowland. Immediately after she announced that Breezy had won the award, the crowd voiced their disapproval with a wave of boos and upset reactions. Rowland was visibly taken back by the response, as was seen before the camera cut to a distanced shot of the crowd.

"Chris Brown is not here tonight, so I'm accepting this award on his behalf," she said, as she began her statement.

"Excuse me, chill out," Rowland told the crowd. "But I wanna tell Chris thank you so much for making great R&B music. And I wanna tell him thank you for being an incredible performer. I'll take this award, bring it to you. I love you, congratulations. And congratulations to all the nominees in this category."

The crowd's sentiment changed as they cheered once she concluded her speech.

On Saturday (Nov. 19), Chris Brown claimed his Michael Jackson tribute performance was canceled without explanation in an Instagram comment on his page. "WOULDVE been the ama performance but they cancelled me for reasons unknown [man shoulder shrug emoji]," he wrote in a comment after posting rehearsal footage of his tribute.

In the R&B category that Brown won, he was nominated alongside Brent FaiyazGiveon, Lucky Daye and The Weeknd.

Watch AMAs Crowd Boo Chris Brown for Winning R&B Award and Kelly Rowland Checking ThemThese Tone-Deaf Hip-Hop Moments Prove Rappers Can Get Hit With Serious BacklashFiled Under: Chris Brown, Kelly RowlandCategories: News


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Following a month-long absence, Kanye West is back on Twitter after Elon Musk unbanned Donald Trump and other controversial figures on the platform.

On Sunday (Nov. 20), Kanye West, now known as Ye, jumped on his Twitter account and posted a lone tweet that read, "Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked."

This comes after Ye was blocked from using his Twitter account after he posted an anti-Semitic tweet about "going death con 3 on Jewish people" on Oct. 9. Twitter confirmed that the Chicago rapper-producer was locked out of his account "due to a violation of Twitter's policies."

Kanye's return also comes a day after Elon Musk announced Donald Trump's Twitter account has been reinstated. This after the billionaire tech maverick conducted a Twitter poll asking users if the former President should be back on the social media platform. According to the poll, 51.8 percent said they wanted Trump back on Twitter, while 48.2 percent said no.

"The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei," Musk announced on his account on Saturday (Nov. 19).

Trump's Twitter page hasn't been active since Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the infamous Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Although the 76-year-old New York businessman has not posted anything on his account yet, it is now active with all of his previous tweets intact.

Additionally, other controversial figures have had their Twitter accounts reinstated. Former kickboxer and internet personality Andrew Tate returned to Twitter last Friday (Nov. 18) after being banned on the platform for his repeated misogynistic remarks about women.

As for Kanye West, earlier this month, he did promise that he would be silent for 30 days on social media. Read his tweet below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 20, 2022angelcityjewelers/Instagram

Before Post Malone wrapped up the U.S. leg of his Twelve Carat Tour, he treated himself to an expensive piece of bling. The "Rockstar" artist reportedly copped himself a $500,000 pinky ring.

Last Tuesday (Nov. 15), famed jeweler Isaac Bokhoor of Angel City Jewelers posted a video of Post Malone receiving the massive diamond-encrusted ring. "Wowsers!" Posty shouted with delight. "Baba Booey, Bazinga,sha-boinky, wow!" he added while looking at his newest accessory.

According to a TMZ report, published on Sunday (Nov. 20), Bokhoor delivered the reported $500,000 ring backstage at Post's Las Vegas stop on his Twelve Carat Tour, which was on Nov. 11.

In another IG video, Bokhoor presented an up-close view of the gorgeous pinky ring. In the caption, the jeweler wrote there are 23-carat diamonds and a five-carat Emerald cut center stone GIA VVS surrounding the ring. He also named the ring "Big Papa."

Post Malone may want to change the title of his latest album to Twenty-Three Carat Toothache.

Speaking of diamonds, Posty's collaborative track "Sunflower" with Swae Lee is officially the biggest song in history. Last week, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the 2018 tune at 17 million copies sold which surpasses Lil Nas X's 2019 ubiquitous song "Old Town Road" (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) which is at 16 million units sold.

Additionally, Post Malone's two other singles: his 2015 hit "White Iverson" and the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted song "Pyscho" also have been certified diamond (10 million copies sold) by the RIAA.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 19, 2022thewavecheckk/Twitter

While Moneybagg Yo was performing at his show, a fight broke out in the front row and the Memphis rapper kept going with his performance.

On Friday (Nov. 18), Moneybagg Yo was among the performers headlining the Fall of Fire Fest event at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. While he was performing his rap ballad "Wockesha," a vicious fight erupted in the front row between several women. The "See Wat I'm Sayin'" rapper appeared unaware of the altercation in the crowd and kept on performing.

In a video posted on The Neighborhood Talk, Moneybagg Yo is performing while a brawl is happening out of view in the audience. Two women are captured delivering head blows to another woman while another man gestures for security to intervene.

In another fan-captured video taken from someone up onstage, you can see the women fighting as several people watch the scuffle and did not help. Even a person wearing an "Event Staff" jacket is standing there and is not trying to stop the fight. It is unclear what sparked the altercation.

Sadly, fights often happen at hip-hop shows. In October of 2021, a brawl broke out two minutes into a Boosie BadAzz show. The fight was so bad that Boosie stopped the show and jumped in the middle of the melee.

This past August, at a Chris Brown show, a woman was knocked out cold on the floor while two men were fighting near her. In the clip, several people ran to help the unconscious woman, while others tried to pull the two men apart. It was certainly a weird and chaotic scene.

XXL does not support or condone violence in any form.

Let's stop the violence and increase the peace.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 19, 2022Paras Griffin/Lucas Jackson/Getty Images (2)

Chris Brown is shaking his head after announcing that the American Music Awards canceled his scheduled Michael Jackson tribute performance a day before the event.

Chris Brown hopped on his Instagram page on Friday (Nov. 18) and shared rehearsal footage of his tribute to Michael Jackson in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the late singer's 1982 iconic album Thriller. In the caption, CB wrote, "U SERIOUS? [man facepalming emoji]."

In the comment section, Breezy revealed that the AMAs canceled his MJ tribute performance that was scheduled for the awards ceremony on Sunday night (Nov. 20). "WOULDVE been the ama performance but they cancelled me for reasons unknown [man shoulder shrug emoji]," he typed.

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So far, the AMAs have not responded to Chris Brown's claims.

XXL has reached out to reps at Dick Clark Productions, which produces the American Music Awards, for comment.

In the aforementioned video, Brown is performing his latest hit single "Under the Influence" before he segues into a dance medley featuring MJ's Thriller hits: "Beat It," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller."

Upon hearing the news that the AMAs canceled Brown's MJ tribute performance, fans went on social media to voice their disproval of their decision.

"That’s fucked up the AMAs canceled Chris brown performance," tweeted comedian Lil Duval. "He ain’t did nothing wrong publicly lately that y’all can say is the reason."

Another fan commented, "To make Chris Brown believe he is performing at the AMAs and to take him out without a heads up after he’s put all that time & money into rehearsals is sad. The worst part is he was paying tribute to his IDOL, Michael Jackson & you guys crushed him like that. Smh."

Another person believed the AMAs made a big mistake nixing CB's performance.

"I'm sorry but Chris Brown performing at the AMAs would have been the highlight of the show. When you look at who is performing, it's boring without him. Also why let that man rehearse and then cancel on him? Your loss AMAs," he wrote.

It seems a little strange that the American Music Awards would cancel Chris Brown's performance at the last minute. Hopefully, we will get an answer as to why.

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