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If you are a hunter living in the Atlanta area, Boosie BadAzz may have a job for you.

On Friday (July 23), Boosie hopped on Instagram seeking fans' help in eradicating deer who the rapper has spotted getting too close to his house for comfort. "You know I always need something, right? I got deer problems," Boosie says in the video. "I need a deer hitter. I need somebody to come who know how to shoot deers, because I got a real deer problem. I need a deer hitter. I need somebody that know what they doing. Bruh…I got deer problems. I need a deer hitter, man. You want to come hunt on my land? I got deer problems, bruh. I need a deer hitter, for real. Slide your number in the DMs if you kill deers."

He further expounded on why he feels the need to off the four-legged animals in the caption of the post. "I NEED A HITTER. WOKE UP TOO 10 DEER ON MY FOOTBALL FIELD need help U CAN HAVE THE DEERS ‼️ they startin to walk up to the estate 🏡 I GOT LIL KIDS N THE YARD THEY OPPS NOW," he typed.

Boosie has a large estate in the metro Atlanta area. Large enough that making people walk the perimeter is punishment. Last month, the Baton Rouge, La. native made headlines for making his kids walk the property line of his yard as discipline for being bad.

Boosie recently released his latest album, Goat Talk 3, his first LP of 2021. The offering features guest appearances from Pooh Shiesty, BBE AJ and DaBaby on the single, "Period."

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Playboi Carti's performance at the 2021 Rolling Loud Miami Festival seemed to leave many fans underwhelmed.

The festival launched on Friday (July 23), following a year off because of Coronavirus shutdowns. Playboi Carti was among those who hit the stage on opening day along with the likes of A$AP Rocky, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Ski Mask Mask The Slump God, Lil Yachty, City Girls, Moneybagg Yo and others. Having not seen Carti perform live in a while, fans were hype for the Whole Lotta Red rapper's return to the RL stage. However, many people were not happy with the show they got from the eccentric rhymer.

Cardi came out rocking a seemingly Kanye West-inspired mask. He tried to get the crowd going by performing his verse from the fan-favorite track, "Pissy Pamper." However, fans got to hear more of the song playing in the background than they did Carti actually performing it. In one video of this particular moment in the set, Cardi dances and hops around more than rapping. Fans can be seen waving their hands but not enthusiastically engaged.

Another video shows him performing "Long Time" but doing more turning up than actually performing while being hyped up by his DJ. The crowd was noticeably mellow.

News of the show and the crowd's reactions started trending on social media. "I’ve seen playboi carti twice and hes a great performer but his set last night at rolling loud was weird and I was not fucking with it," one Twitter user noted.

"I was excited to watch playboi carti at rolling loud to perform his new songs and really all he did as ad-lib to his backing tracks," someone else wrote.

When the show was over, Carti slowly walked off stage. Some people blamed the crowd for not turning up, which made the show look lackluster on video. "Fuck that crowd. Lame ass tiktok fans. Carti was disappointed asf," another person tweeted.

"Rolling loud crowd really did Playboi Carti wrong. He gonna disappear now bro," one person tweeted. Others blamed Rolling Loud for altering the audio.

See tweets from fans commenting on Playboi Carti's 2021 Rolling Loud Miami performance below.

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Trippie Redd ran into some issues at the 2021 Rolling Loud Miami Festival after he hopped into the crowd during his set.

Following a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rolling Loud Miami Festival is back and in full swing. On Friday (July 23), things kicked off with Trippie Redd being one of the artist's performing on Day One. The Ohio rapper's set almost went seriously bad when he jumped into the crowd causing a mass frenzy from fans. It started when he directed the fans to prepare an area in front of the stage for a mosh pit. "We bout to do this mosh pit. Open up this mosh pit or I ain't even performing this shit," Trippie orders from the stage. "If y'all don't open this mosh pit in the middle right here, it's over with. I'm outta here. Open the mosh pit. We need that shit big."

When fans do not move at the pace of Trippie's liking, he gets fed up and jumps into the crowd. At first, he is being carried by fans before being quickly pulled into the mass and chaos ensues. One still shot captured in the melee shows people grabbing at the Pegasus rapper's body, hair and possibly his expensive chain. "Let me go," Trippie can be hear yelling in one video.

Security eventually hops into the crowd to retrieve the rapper. That task still takes some time as the crowd moves slowly to clear a path so Trippie can get back on stage.

The show continues today (July 24) with performances from Travis Scott, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, Kodak Black, Gunna, Lil Durk, Polo G, Coi Leray, Benny The Butcher, Swae Lee, Young Dolph, Lil Keed and more.

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Blueface won his debut fight at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 19 and also appeared to take home the W in a wild post-fight brawl with a fan.

Blue and TikTok personality Kane Trujillo fought on Friday night (July 23), but it was the post-fight celebration that had people talking. In video captured of the incident, Blueface is being congratulated by his opponent and his opponent's team in the middle of the ring following the bout. A man in a blue hat and glasses then steps up and says something inaudible to the "Thotiana" rhymer. Whatever the man said didn't sit right with Blue, who quickly hit the guy with a punch, sending the man spilling backwards. Chaos ensues as the Cali rapper continues to punch the guy while security tries to subdue the man.

"It's a all-out war inside the ring!" one of the commentators exclaims as more people in the ring get into a kerfuffle. Police officers step in and remove the guy and things eventually calm down.

As for the actual fight, Blueface won easily. He overpowered Trujillo throughout the entire fight with a height and weight advantage, and a flurry of punches. He won by decision.

Blueface has been training for this fight for months, with video popping up on social media in the weeks leading up to the match. The match-up even drew jokes from 6ix9ine who clowned Blue on Twitch. "Yo, Twitch, right now I got $20,000 in my pocket I walk around with," Tekashi claimed. "[Blueface] He's getting paid $25,000 to fight. I walk around with the money he's getting paid."

See highlights from Blueface's fight with TikTok personality Kane Trujillo below.

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The hustle never stops and that includes a Kanye West fan who is trying to make a few thousand dollars in a somewhat unconventional way after attending the rapper's recent Donda album listening event in Atlanta.

On Friday (July 23), a screenshot of what appears to be an eBay listing began circulating online of a bag of air—yes, air—on sale from Yeezy's Thursday night (July 22) album listening. The starting price for the clearly valuable Ziplock bag full of oxygen from the sold-out event is $3,333.33, plus $4 for shipping.

The listing, which is labeled, "Bag of Air from DONDA drop – Kanye West – Mercedes Benz Stadium," includes an image of the hand of a person, presumed to be the seller, holding up the small plastic bag with ’Ye's album listening event as the background. The bag itself reads: "AIR FROM DONDA DROP." There's fours days left to bid, so there's still time to win this novelty item as fans await the release of the actual album.

This isn't the first time, however, that a Yeezy fan has tried to make some cash by selling bagged air from one of the Chicago native's events.

According to Rolling Stone, back in 2015, someone made over $60,000 from an eBay listing selling air from ’Ye's Yeezus Tour, which began in October of 2013 and concluded in September of 2014.

That particular listing received at least 90 bids.

Other individuals have made attempts to have a similar come up, but it's unclear if they were as successful.

Kanye West is known for the hefty price tags on his Yeezy brand clothing and sneakers, but thousands of dollars for a bag of air from a Kanye event is pretty extreme.

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Week in and week out, there are plenty of brand new rap songs, no matter the time of year. It can be really difficult to stay aware of what's out and also what's hot, so XXL decided to make things much easier for you. Instead of sorting out nearly everything that released this week, we've narrowed it down to strictly the best of the week, saving you plenty of time.

Expect to see selections from the established stars, the next wave of new talent, the up-and-comers and everyone else in between. If your song is fire enough to beat the competition, it'll take one of the weekly spots. You can trust us on this one; follow our lead and you'll never get laughed off of the aux cord again. Your friends will finally trust you with playlists; it'll be wonderful. In addition to that, you can check back every week for the latest and greatest tracks. You'll always have somewhere to turn to each week, being sure to find some songs you'll dig.

Enjoy this week's list, featuring new songs from Lil Nas X ("Industry Baby" featuring Jack Harlow), The Kid Laroi ("Bad News"), EST Gee ("Sky Dweller") and more. See you next week.

  • “Industry Baby”Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow
  • “Sky Dweller”EST Gee
  • “Bad News”The Kid Laroi
  • “Wat U Sed”Isaiah Rashad featuring Doechii and Kal Banx
  • “Beautiful Lies”Yung Bleu and Kehlani
  • “Money On Me”Lil Tecca
  • “System”Dave featuring Wizkid
  • “Disrespectful”Childish Major featuring ScHoolboy Q
  • “Driftin'”Bizzy Banks
  • “Waves”Culture Jam featuring Gunna and Polo G
  • “Call Me”Logic
  • “The Ugly Song”Jordan Hollywood with Timbaland
  • “Blu Boyz”Young Dolph and Key Glock featuring Snupe Bandz

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Kanye West pulled yet another pump fake at midnight last night after announcing the release of his long-awaited album, Donda, which failed to arrive. ’Ye even went as far as holding a 71,00-capacity listening event, streamed via Apple Music, for the project in Atlanta, further insinuating that his LP would drop. However, although there's no album from Kanye just yet, the conversation has shifted a bit after Yeezy previewed a new track he has with Jay-Z, in which Hov teased a potential follow-up to their 2011 LP, Watch the Throne.

On Thursday evening (July 24), Kanye packed ATL's Mercedes-Benz Stadium to the brim last night to give a public preview of his album. Among the songs ’Ye played was an unexpected joint featuring Jigga, Kanye's longtime friend, whom the Chicago rapper hasn't been on the best of terms with as of late. Nonetheless, an olive branch of some sort must have been extended at some point because on the song, Hov gave hope of a forthcoming project between the two rappers.

"Told him to stop all that red cap, we going home/Cannot be with all of these sins casting stones/This might be the return of The Throne, Throne/Hova and Yeezus like Moses and Jesus/You’re not in control of my thesis," Jay raps on the track, which doesn't appear to have a confirmed title yet.

Engineer Young Guru revealed on Thursday (July 22) that Jay wrote his verse yesterday at 4 p.m. "HOV did the verse today!!!! At 4pm," Guru tweeted.

Last August, Yeezy tweeted that he misses his big brother, referring to Hov. In the social media post, Kanye included an old image of himself and Jigga performing onstage together.

Three years prior, in 2017, Jay-Z spoke on his apparently strained relationship with Kanye West during Jay's interview with The New York Times' Dean Baquet.

"I [talked to] Kanye the other day, just to tell him, like, he's my brother," Hov said at the time. "I love Kanye. I do. It's a complicated relationship with us."

The Roc Nation head continued: "’Cause, you know, Kanye came into this business on my label. So, I've always been like his big brother. And we're both entertainers. It's always been like a little underlying competition with your big brother. And we both love and respect each other's art, too. So it's like, we both—everyone wants to be the greatest in the world, you know what I'm saying? And then there's like a lot of other factors that play in it. But it's gonna, we gonna always be good."

The moment when Kanye and Jay-Z's tight-knit friendship began to unravel is uncertain, but many speculate that it could've taken place back in 2014, when the Brooklyn rap veteran and his wife, Beyoncé, skipped out on the G.O.O.D Music founder and his now ex-wife, Kim Kardashian's, wedding.

Ye called out Jigga for missing his nuptials during his Saint Pablo Tour stop in Sacramento, Calif.

Then, in 2019, Hov and Yeezy reunited for the first time in three years at Diddy's 50th birthday party.

In any event, although blood is thicker than water, some friendships are just as important and worth being salvaged. Looks like the dynamic duo that is Jay-Z and Kanye West have buried the hatchet and hopefully, at some point—before or after the arrival of Donda—fans can get the second coming to their Grammy Award-nominated album, Watch the Throne.

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Every week, there's a new set of heat dropped off by some of your favorite rappers. Today (July 23) is no different. Fans are receiving a debut album from a bubbling melodic rhymer, a sophomore LP from a rapper from across The Pond and a new mixtape from a burgeoning rapper who is capturing the attention of many with his talent.

Yung Bleu has been crooning for some time and making hits with some of rap's biggest names as of late. And now, the Alabama rhymer has offered his debut album, Moon Boy. When Bleu released his album artwork earlier this month, he shared an explanation for the LP's title. "KEEPING ME IN THE CONVO AFTER I LEFT MY MAJOR LABEL SITUATION I WAS LOST AND HONESTLY I DIDNT NO WHAT I WOULD DO," he said, while thanking his supporters and speaking on the obstacles he's had to overcome to get to this point in his career. "ALL I KNEW WAS I COULDNT GIVE UP ON MYSELF. EVEN IF I HAD TO DO IT INDEPENDENTLY AND LEARN AS I GO. THE SKY WAS THE LIMIT. SOMEHOW WE SURPASSED THAT AND WENT TO THE MOON 🌙 WE ACCOMPLISHED THINGS THEY SAID I COULD NEVER DO AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST." Yung Bleu's offering features appearances from Chris Brown, Big Sean, Drake, Moneybagg Yo, John Legend and more.

British rapper Dave delivers his sophomore album, We're All Alone in This Together. The follow-up to 2019's Psychodrama features 12 songs and guest appearances from Stormzy, Wizkid, James Blake and more. The LP was preceded by the single "Clash" with Stormzy, which reached No. 3 on the U.K. Singles Chart. "I put my heart and soul into this, my ups my downs, my insecurities my pain, my truth, my family, my relationships, my everything," Dave recently commented about his latest release on social media. "I have nothing left. I put it all on here." The somber, piano-driven intro track "We're All Alone" finds Dave rapping about his Nigerian roots, his relationship with his mother, helping fans through social media and the weight on his shoulders.

Yo Gotti's CMG signee EST Gee dropped a mixtape this week as well. On Tuesday (July 20), Gee's Bigger Than Life or Death arrived, comprised of impressive bars, a fluid flow and vivid storytelling about his life coming up in Louisville, Ky. The tape features appearances from Lil Baby, Baby's 4 Pockets Full Ent. artist Rylo Rodriguez and Gee's labelmate 42 Dugg on "5500 Degrees," a sample of Juvenile's 1998 joint "400 Degreez." Future, Young Thug and Pooh Shiesty are also on the release.

Listen to other new music from The Kid Laroi, Childish Major, Bizzy Banks and more below.

  • Moon BoyYung BleuVandross Music Group, Inc. / EMPIRE
  • Bigger Than Life or DeathEST GeeCMG/Interscope Records
  • We’re All Alone in This TogetherDaveDave / Neighbourhood Recordings
  • Faith DeluxePop Smoke
  • Fuck Love 3: Over YouThe Kid LaroiColumbia
  • Thank You, God. For It All.Childish Major
  • Day 1 StarterGirlzLuhDevUMG Recordings, Inc.
  • DeniedAnik KhanAVX / The Foreign Affair / EMPIRE
  • Same EnergyBizzy BanksAtlantic Records
  • Duke HefnerLil Duke Young Stoner Life Records / 300 Entertainment

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Streaming is the way of music in the 21st century, particularly in recent years, and a number of rappers have made the list for the most streamed artists of 2021, so far.

On Thursday (July 22), Hits Daily Double released their mid-year roundup of the top 50 streamed artists. At the top of the list is Drake with 3,642,943,000 streams this year. While the site doesn't specify the particular tracks or albums that attributed to these numbers, earlier this year, Drizzy dropped a three-song pack called Scary Hours 2. His joint "Wants and Needs" featuring Lil Baby has 202,007,861 streams on Spotify while "What's Next" has been listened to 165,464,417 times on the platform.

The next rapper on the chart is the late Juice Wrld, who has received 2,772,206,000 streams so far this year. Juice's posthumous effort, Legends Never Die, arrived in 2020 and of the 22 songs on the album, four of the tracks are on his Spotify artist profile as his most listened to songs: "Wishing Well" (485,312,757), "Come and Go" With Marshmello (509,643,890), "Righteous" (348,988,797) and "Hate the Other Side" With Marshmello and The Kid Laroi (231,173,964).

Right below Juice Wrld is YoungBoy Never Broke Again with 2,550,793,000. NBA YoungBoy's highest streamed track is his effort with Juice Wrld, "Bandit."

The Weeknd made the cut as well with 2,226,148,000 streams. Other rappers on the list include Rod Wave (2,014,855,000), Pop Smoke (1,958,408,000), Polo G (1,934,829,000), Lil Baby (1,912,809,000), Eminem (1,900,239,000), Lil Durk (1,870,525,000), J. Cole (1,768,563,000), Post Malone (1,608,321,000) and Moneybagg Yo (1,556,796,000).

See the full list of the 50 top streaming artists below.

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Before Nas’ infamous lyrical feud with Jay-Z, the Queensbridge MC had to deliver some ether bars to Tupac Shakur.

A 25-year-old freestyle featuring Nas called “Real Niggas” has surfaced online. On it, the Grammy Award-winning rhymer is spitting lyrical darts at Tupac in what appears in response to the late rapper’s East Coast diss track “Hit ‘Em Up.”

“From tube socks in Timbs to blue rocks and Benz/Who got the ends, the type of nigga Tupac pretends/To all niggas who shine, guess who got revenge/I won’t showboat, my flow choke you,” Nas raps on the song.

He then adds, "And if it don’t the .44 will smoke you, left ya seed reminiscing on ya/Emcees, I'm pissing on ya/Shine because my chips are longer/These gremlins I'm sicking on ya/Shots ya dodging/While Esco could rock the whole fuckin' Garden/Real niggas are always gonna play this shit."

The freestyle also features a sample of Nas’s opening lines from his 1996’s song “The Message,” which initially sparked their purported beef. Apparently, Tupac thought the line, “Fake thug, no love, you get the slug, CB4 Gusto/Your luck low, I didn't know 'til I was drunk though,” was a diss to him.

So because of Nas' affiliation to Mobb Deep, who ‘Pac was also feuding with at the time, the late rapper decided to take shots at the Queensbridge lyricist as well on “Against All Odds” on The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.

On that song Tupac raps, "This little nigga named Nas think he live like me/Talking 'bout he left the hospital, took five like me/You live in fantasies, nigga, I reject your deposit."

According to Discogs, the song "Real Niggas" later appeared on a 2002 compilation album called 2520 Unduplicated Unreleased Classics, Freestyles & Beats. You can listen to the full song below.

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Looks like Lupe Fiasco and Royce 5'9"'s friendship might have gone sour as the two rappers have dropped vitriolic diss tracks aimed at one another.

On Wednesday (July 21), Royce released a jab-filled, Carlos Broady-produced track called "Silence of the Lambda" via Instagram, comprised of several disses towards Lupe.

"Solidarity like that muscle we refuse to flex/That synergy that these niggas just refuse to tap into/In our disparity, match our hustle, we exude success/Attack us mentally, that's that energy kings get trapped into/Therefore I'm done promoting the dumb shit/ I'll put a hole in your son while he's holding your Sun Chips/While you're over there with a chip on your shoulder/Like you Hova or some shit," he rhymes.

In the same verse, Royce continues: "Your flow is redundant, I'll separatе your body from soul/Now your body is cold, spiraling out of control/Now you're over therе, body odor is pungent/For coming out of your body over assumptions/Look at all this passive aggressive pussying/All the past neglectful positions these pussies put me in/We them cool niggas bringin' food, liquor and fullies in."

The Detroit rhymer's mention of food and liquor is likely a reference towards Lupe Fiasco's debut album, Food & Liquor.

Then, earlier today (July 22), Lupe delivered a diss of his own, "Steve Jobs: SLR 3 1/2," produced by Soundtrakk.

The Chicago spitter's bars, however, seemed a bit more personal toward Royce.

"I think that nigga scared, he never leave Heaven cause he already dead/Nigga are you insane?/What's the point in knowing how to point and aim/If the niggas you gon' bang look exactly the same/That ain't muthafuckin' cool/That's a muthafuckin' shame/This ain't no muthafuckin' game/That's why I think you are a muthafuckin' lame/We both wear glasses/The difference is I was in school thinking it was cool, you were thinking of skipping classes," he raps on the six-minute song.

He also rhymes: "Listening to your track record I can see you were skipping classics/I did it on my first one and delivered to the masses/Your songs are immemorable/Your verses are impenetrable/I ain't even listen to that diss record/I only fuck with you ’cause of your interviews/I ain't even trip when you called me a bitch/I was like, 'Look at Salem, callin' me a witch."

Lupe Fiasco's name-drop of Salem is presumably referring to the immortal human-like talking cat from the 1990's sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Lupe goes on to mention seemingly unaddressed issues he's had with Royce 5'9" stemming from the podcast they share called The Lupe and Royce Show.

"From the podcast, I've been kind of skeptical/This ain't our first clash/This is just one of the several/And I ain't tryna bash, it was like you was off your schedule/You was throwing more than jabs/I was like this nigga is incredible/We had to fuckin' edit you/I don't know what vegan Detroit vegetable Dr. Sebi diet infected you to think that we shared the same metrics or somehow I was less than you/And I was the type of nigga that you really could get disrespectful to/I ain't never lectured you/I get energetic and joke/But in real talk nigga, I ain't never disrespected you," Lupe laments.

Apparently, the origin of this battle of the bars stems from a conversation the veteran rhymers had back in June on Instagram Live about the credentials required to be deemed the best rapper. Lupe claims that in order to be crowned with the title, a rapper would need to be victorious at in the End of the Weak MC Challenge. However, Royce begged to differ.

Weeks later, around July 15, the conversation of the best rapper persisted on IG Live with opinions from trailblazing engineer Young Guru, Royce 5'9", Mickey Factz and legendary battle MCs Loaded Lux and Murda Mook. The topic later became about a lyrical square-off between Royce and Lupe.

Lupe later joined the live chat and that's when things apparently came to a fiery head with voices being raised and Royce calling Lupe a bitch, which Lupe mentioned in his aforementioned diss.

Despite things intensifying between the two masterful rappers, let's hope it's just rap and the friendship hasn't been tarnished by the lyrical blows thrown.

Check out Royce 5'9"'s "Silence of the Lambda" below.

Scroll down to listen to Lupe Fiasco's "Steve Jobs: SLR 3 1/2."

See Wild Rap Beefs That'll Probably Never Be Resolved

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I Did It
At 18, Lil Tecca has had more success than rappers twice his age, but that hasn’t jaded his desire to keep pumping out hits. With We Love You Tecca 2 approaching, the Queens rapper is prepared for both the love and hate.
Interview: Aleia Woods
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Lil Tecca is a New York-bred teen to his core. He claims he’s always going to be a kid and wants to relish in it for however long he can. That’s his mind state heading into this summer, in which he hopes to spend his time playing basketball, going to amusement parks, museums and libraries. On a spring day in late May, the 18-year-old rapper, born Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe, is in the greyed-out bedroom of his Long Island home, diving deep into a late lunch of a Caribbean patty and a Jamaican Kola Champagne soda. Despite his hunger, Tecca, who was raised in a Jamaican household in Queens, is ready to chat via Zoom.

Currently, Tecca is in a great mental space as he’s been busy recording his forthcoming album, We Love You Tecca 2, in Los Angeles over the last five months. He’s bringing the melodic, nostalgic vibe of his 2019 platinum mixtape, We Love You Tecca, but insists the energy differs from his 2020 debut album, Virgo World. The multiplatinum-selling rhymer’s imminent release follows his already established track record for success, which includes the hit singles “Ransom,” “Did It Again” and his recently dropped track that’s already bubbling “Never Left.”

With WLYT 2 on deck for an Aug. 6 release, Lil Tecca opens up about the album, being labeled a pioneer, personal growth, the pursuit of happiness and more.

So, what have you been doing with yourself over the last few days?

I just got back to New York. So, I linked up with my friends and stuff. Just that home vibe back, ’cause I been working on my project for the last few months.

Fans are excited for We Love You Tecca 2. You’ve been working with Internet Money?

Well, me and Taz [Taylor] been working with each other for like, two years at this point. So, it’s definitely a chemistry, it’s definitely a dynamic. We already know what we wanna get out. We already know the vibe. It’s very successful.

What made you want to collaborate with Taz and Internet Money?

It’s just a sound. Like, when you hear of We Love You Tecca, it’s a sound. So, now that this is the second version, it’s time to make the V2 of that sound, not go back. ’Cause you always gotta go forward, but reintroduce, like make a nostalgic feeling. Recreate that whole vibe.

Who are some of the artists we can expect to see on the album?

You can definitely expect Boat [Lil Yachty] on there. You can definitely expect Gunna.

What was it like working with somebody like Gunna, who you have said is one of your favorite artists?

Bruh, especially when I got the verse back? I’m like, Yeah, this nigga going crazy. It was lit. I ain’t even gon’ lie. It was lit ’cause that’s something. I definitely do like [his] music a lot. A lot, a lot. Bro, is too fire.

What would you say you did differently with this album opposed to Virgo World or even the first We Love You Tecca?

I would say this is different from both of them. Not music-wise. I’m not making no crazy country music or something, but I would say the process was different. Just the energy was different. It feels really natural. It feels really concentrated and focused. It’s definitely a vision. We’re not just lost in the sauce. There’s a vision.

How did you record differently?

When I say that, what I mean by that, I mean basic studio sessions, basic rapper verse, studio. You hop in. If you don’t have a beat already, you might call some of your friends, ask them for beats, all this other cool stuff. But this time around, we hoppin’ in there. We playin’ up loops, starting the beat from scratch. It’s a different method, you know? ’Cause when you hear just beats back-to-back-to-back, you really have nothing to do with the beats. You have to wait ’til you find something that you like. But instead, when you loading something up, you can make something that you like.

You have a successful track record. “Ransom” is four-times platinum, “Did It Again” is platinum. Your recent song, “Never Left,” is buzzing. Do you feel a certain amount of pressure to outdo prior successes that you’ve had?

I feel less pressure now. You get the most pressure when you do this for your first time ’cause everyone is looking at you like, “Can he do it again?” But even before I had “Ransom,” I already been dropped buzzing songs… And it’s two years later now, so how can I still feel pressure from two years ago, a year ago? I’m doing me. If I let anything give me pressure, I’m just letting a bunch of random people eat me up on some brainwashing shit. That’s dead.

How do you measure success for yourself? Both musically and personally?

At the end of the day, this is my career. This is my business. So, if your music is doing good, you’re doing something right. You feel me? But, that’s just the base level of it ’cause there’s a lot of successful artists that might not be happy in real life. I worry about what’s real first. Before I step into the numbers and all of the opinions, I make sure what’s real. I got a clean room. My mom happy. My dad happy. I’m eating good food. The internet, it’s always gon’ be there. But here? This shit could go away in a day. So, I’m just worried about me.

How impactful have your parents been in your rap career?

My parents is the best parents in the world. I can’t ever put them at No. 2 or nothing. They’re very impactful in this. It’s very important to have people that you love supporting you.

You were 15, 16 years old when your career started buzzing. Have you adjusted to the fame so far?

Nah, even ’til this day, there’s no adjustment. I’m still that same dude. I done changed a lot. I done evolved a lot, but I’m still that same dude. And I just be thinking about it sometimes. And it’s like, it makes me go crazy in my head because I can think about so many times where I probably thought about quitting or I probably was like, Damn, they think I’m trash. Or some weird something.

Or like, people in school, they didn’t like me or something. And I just think about where I’m at now. It’s not an explainable feeling. If anyone tells you that the feeling is explainable, it don’t matter what rapper you ask, if they got a word to describe this, there’s something wrong.

In high school, were you the popular kid? Were you the class clown? Were you the ladies’ man?

I was just me. Like, everyone knew me. Everyone didn’t really know nothin’ about me, but they knew me, though. And they knew if I came around then it was lit. Like, I wasn’t going to the dry parties, I wasn’t linking with no… If I’m there, it’s lit. Just know if I’m there, it’s worth something. No matter before I was rapping. Any of that. If I’m talking to a girl, she’s here. My guys, they them. You feel me? Like, it’s no half-ass nothing.

And what’s even weirder, ’cause I would be in class talking my shit and there would be girls in the corner like, “You gotta have a backup plan.” And I’m just like, “Shut up!” Like, you don’t know me. Like, I’m serious about this. But that really happened, though.

Before rap took off for you, what were your career plans?

I wanted to be an NBA player, but I knew I wasn’t gonna go to the NBA. I knew since the seventh grade I wasn’t going to the NBA and I just dropped it all right there. One day, I was a basketball player and the next day, I wasn’t. Like, at all. I’m not playing ball at gym. I’m not wasting my time at all on it.

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What discouraged you?

It was just a super self-realization moment that I’m so happy I got at that point in my life. I was just like, I’m not going to the NBA. These niggas are raw. These niggas are dunking on people. I can’t do this. So, it went from something that was realistic to very unrealistic in a split second.

As far as this newer generation of rappers, where do you think you stand amongst them?

I don’t know. I blew up like two years ago. Like, amongst the rappers that coming up now, I don’t know where I stand amongst them. I really don’t know. All of us are still not shit. We all got a long way to go. That’s where we all stand, honestly.

Who are your top five rappers?

My son Shawny Binladen. I’d say that’s No. 5. He just be going crazy. I like unorthodox music. Shit that I can just move my head to. It just makes my head move. I would say that music is fire. No. 4, Gunna. I always just listen to Gunna. [No.] 3, I’ma just put Lil Baby. I be bumpin’ Lil Baby. Bro crazy… [No.] 2, let’s put… You know Lancey Foux? I’ma put him at two. He been going crazy for a minute. I been listening to him since like, a minute, like [20]18… [No.] 1… You know Ken Car$on? Yeah, I been bumping him a lot. He’s fire. Yeah, I’d put bro at [No.] 1.

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You and Lil Mosey, you’re both on Internet Money’s “Jetski.” You guys had some issues between the two of you in the past, but you guys seem to have have squashed the beef. How were you two able to mend those fences so that you guys could be able to do some work and be on a record together?

We both older now.

Maturity fixes things sometimes.

Yeah. It is what it is.

You mentioned on Twitter that you are working on yourself. In what ways are you doing that?

I’m always working on myself, 24/7. So, I try to make sure anytime I can remember like, I’m always in the moment. ’Cause there’s so many times I find myself just simulating through the day. I’ll just think about it like, What did I just do 30 minutes ago? Where was I at? So, I just try to make sure I’m here.

When someone talks to me, they’re talking to me. For real. No, none of that. That right there is what changed the last 10 months of my life. Just that. I ain’t even gon’ lie. And then that just led to other things: face routines, all type of stuff. I’m just, you know, really stepping into me.

You’ve gotten a lot of props and praise. Taz has bigged you up. Cole Bennett called you a pioneer. How does that feel to have that level of recognition?

It feels very good. Especially when you been working your ass off. You been seeing a lot of things that other people have not been seeing. It feels great. It feels deserved. It feels amazing to be… Recognition, just credit in general, feels really good. ’Cause a lot of people don’t like to give credit. And it’s lame.

What are some goals that you have for yourself in the future?

I definitely just wanna be happy as hell. And, I want people to know I deadass don’t care what they think. I dead don’t care. So, I’m gonna keep doing whatever I do and if you choose to comment on it, you’re probably gonna get blocked. Like, you know that option where you can block all they accounts? I’ma just hit that. I’ma keep moving and I’ma probably drop a song the next week after that.

Working on designs, working on clothes, working on myself, music. Now, I got my whole second [album] We Love You Tecca 2 already done. I’m really just tryna see what else I can make, throw in there, that’s just making what I got even hotter.

Check out more from XXL’s Summer 2021 issue including our Freshman Class cover interviews with 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii, Lakeyah and DDG, producer Nick Mira thoughts on producing the beats for the Freshman Class, an in-depth conversation with Ski Mask The Slump God about his comeback this year, Moneybagg Yo's candid discussion about his new music, family and indie label, a look at what the 2020 XXL Freshman Class has been up to since last year, Doin' Lines with Jack Harlow, and more.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: July 22, 2021Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

Dr. Dre and his ex-wife appear to have made headway in their lengthy divorce settlement.

According to a report from The Blast on Wednesday (July 21), the super producer has been ordered to pay Nicole Young $293,306 per month in spousal support. The payment must be made to Nicole on the first of every month, and she will receive the support from Dre until she remarries, enters another domestic partnership or death of either Dre or Nicole.

Per the gossip outlet, the court order states: "[Dre] is ordered to pay to the [Nicole] spousal support in the sum of $293,306.00 per month, payable on the first of each month, commencing August 1, 2021." This means that Dr. Dre has to cough up $3,519,672 to his former partner per year.

Additionally, Dre will reportedly cover Nicole's health insurance and other expenses for her home in Malibu, Calif. and her residence in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood in Los Angeles.

The former couple, however, is still negotiating the entirety of their divorce settlement. Thus, if they agree on Dre cashing out a lump sum, the monthly spousal support payments may come to an end.

Social media has caught wind of the California native's monthly spousal support agreement and people are sounding off online.

One person said: "Dr. Dre's yearly income is 35 million without spikes for business deals… the 3 million he pays to the mother of his children isn't the burden the think pieces tomorrow will indicate. Context is always important."

Another wrote: "Dr.Dre gotta pay his ex-wife 300k a month whew chileeeee, Lord I’ve seen what you do for others 😩😩😂😂."

A third person typed: "I wish that Dr Dre’s wife got even more money."

Dr. Dre and Nicole Young have been sorting out the terms of their divorce for at least a year. News of Nicole filing for a separation from her husband of 24 years first emerged last June. Since that time, reports have claimed that the producer's ex-wife asked for $1.9 million in monthly support. She also faced accusations of emptying Dre's recording studio's bank account of $360,000 and even allegedly exposed Dre's supposed mistresses.

Dre, on the other hand, experienced health issues, suffering a brain aneurysm at the top of the year and was reportedly accused by Nicole of holding a gun to her head on two separate occasions during their relationship in the past. Shortly after suffering health complications back in January, Dr. Dre agreed to temporarily pay his ex $2 million in spousal support.

And as of April of this year, the former couple legally ended their marriage, making them both officially single despite their separation not being finalized yet.

XXL has reached out to reps for Dr. Dre and Nicole Young for a statement on this matter.

See more reactions to Dr. Dre's monthly spousal support to Nicole Young below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/zoejohnson/” rel=”author” title=”Zoe Johnson”>Zoe JohnsonPublished: July 21, 2021Urban Wyatt

Doin' Lines
Jack Harlow fills in the blanks.
Interview: Zoe Johnson
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

1. “Whats Poppin” was my first chart topping-song, but I got plenty of records that will blow up next.

2. If I could have a pet monkey I would teach it how to do my laundry.

3. Jack is a talker, but Jackman is a thinker.

4. I want to work with André 3000 before I die.

5. If I wasn’t a rapper, I’d be a good masseuse.

6. Nobody knows this, but I secretly have imposter syndrome.

7. Louisville taught me to be authentic.

8. Girls like me most for my smile.

9. I use the shower to keep my curls poppin’.

10. A good, honest look in the mirror is essential to making an outfit look fresh.

11. My biggest fear is falling short of my potential.

12. I’m Grammy-nominated and proud of it.

13. My next album will be excellent.

14. I do it for my loved ones.

15. My facial hair is my biggest accomplishment.

16. My favorite TV shows are currently The Crown, Narcos and Survivor.

17. Jack Harlow wouldn’t be Jack Harlow without his family.

18. Drake makes the best music.

19. Garden Salsa Sun Chips are the best studio snacks.

20. After I meet God, my life will be complete.

Check out more from XXL’s Summer 2021 issue including our Freshman Class cover interviews with 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii, Lakeyah and DDG, producer Nick Mira thoughts on producing the beats for the Freshman Class, an in-depth conversation with Ski Mask The Slump God about his comeback this year, Moneybagg Yo's candid discussion about his new music, family and indie label, a look at what the 2020 XXL Freshman Class has been up to, Karol G's love for hip-hop and more.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: July 21, 2021Paul Archuleta, FilmMagic / Prince Williams, Wireimage

Bhad Bhabie did a livestream with Lil Yachty today to address claims she's received of cultural appropriation and things got a bit heated on her end.

On Wednesday (July 21), the Florida rapper went on Instagram Live with Yachty—a friend of hers who shares the same manager, Adam Kluger—to denounce that she is racist and appropriates Black culture.

"You think if you yell at a screen, people gon' be like, 'Oh, she's not racist?'" Lil Boat asked during the conversation. Bhad Bhabie replies, while raising her voice to an octave much higher than Yachty's, "There's proof out there that what I said was not that. And what I do is not for that reason."

Yachty, who recently invested in a Jewish dating app with Bhad Bhabie, calmly responded: "But I need you to understand that there's a better way to get your point across."

Bhabie fired back, presumably referring to fans criticizing celebrities and artists, but not being able to receive that same criticism. She said, "It's so frustrating that the internet is so fucking sensitive that anything I do or anything anyone else does, but then the minute one of us comes for them, 'Oh, why you talking about me? Oh, you don't even know me.' Like, what? How does that even make sense?"

Regarding the topic of Bhad Bhabie being a culture appropriator, she defended her actions. "The one thing I'm really really sick of is the whole, 'Bhad Bhabie is a cultural appropriator,'" she said. "No, y'all make these words have different terms for what they even mean. Cultural appropriation is if I was to sit up and say, 'Oh, a certain race looks ugly with that and then I go do that on myself. Or say braids, for example, if I said that Black girls looked ugly with braids and then I go get them, that's cultural appropriating. Or, when girls put chop sticks in their hair…"

She then added, "That's doing something negative with someone's culture… But when you simply do it out of appreciation, that's not appropriation."

Yachty followed up, questioning what Bhad Bhabie is even referring to. Then, Bhabie inquired why she'd be considered racist if she wants to be a Black person.

"Oh, what?" she continued. "Because I have a hood accent? OK. Anybody can grow up in the hood: White people, Asian people, Spanish people, Black people. Anybody can grow up in the hood. You see Asian boys that get adopted by White families, they don't have an Asian accent."

Lil Yachty, who can't be seen on the livestream, but is clearly baffled by Bhabie's logic, expressed in response to his rapper friend: "I swear to God, nobody cares."

Bhad Bhabie went on to yell that she could donate $5 million to a charity, but would still be told that she isn't Black.

The cultural appropriation accusations Bhad Bhabie is shielding herself from seemingly stems from actions and comments she has made in the past.

Bhabie, who gained fame following her appearance on the Dr. Phil show in 2016, on which she used the now-widely known phrase "Catch me outside. How ’bout dat?," caught fire last April after defending herself for trying to be Black while comparing her life to the story of Tarzan—a Disney film based on a character named Tarzan, who was raised in an African jungle by apes.

During an IG Live conversation, she said, "And then another thing I'd like to say is, y'all say that I try to be Black because I…and maybe a reason in me trying to be Black is 'cause I grew up in the hood. Tarzan, right? The story of Tarzan." The livestream cut off, thus Bhabie didn't go into detail on an explanation for her comparison.

The following day, the rhymer claimed that veteran rapper Lil' Kim got surgery done to look like a White person while defending her own use of darker color foundation.

Check out the discussion between Bhad Bhabie and Lil Yachty below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: July 21, 2021Vaughn Ridley, Getty Images / Nathaniel S. Butler, NBAE via Getty Images

Basketball and hip-hop have a long, storied history, as both were molded by Black culture and built upon by Black people. Couple that with many rappers having hoop dreams themselves, growing up playing the game and being fans of NBA players, and the marriage has continued on for decades. From Kurtis Blow's classic 1984 single "Basketball," to Porky Pig rapping in the LeBron James-helmed sports film Space Jam: A New Legacy, rappers and basketball players have a mutual respect for each other. As the 2021 NBA Finals come to a close, XXL highlights some rapper and NBA franchise relationships over the years, from part-owners to super fans.

Drake and Jay-Z are the biggest modern-era rappers to get involved with NBA teams. Drizzy became the Toronto Raptors global ambassador in 2013, and made his mark on his home team. The team has played in OVO jerseys, he's partnered with them on local community outreach, and he famously joined the team on their parade float after their 2019 championship win. Meanwhile, Jay-Z became a Brooklyn Nets minority owner in 2004, and was instrumental in the teams move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Also invested in the Barclays Center, the team's home arena, Jay was frequently seen at games before and after he sold his stake in the Nets in 2013, avoiding a conflict of interest with his own sports agency, Roc Nation Sports. Most recently, he, alongside his wife Beyoncé, was present for a home game when the Milwaukee Bucks played against Brooklyn Nets for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in June.

The Atlanta Hawks had a great season this year, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, led by their star point guard Trae Young. The Hawks have plenty of famous fans, but two of their most notable ones are Georgia natives 2 Chainz and Quavo, one-third of Migos. In 2019, 2 Chainz bought into the ownership group of the College Park Skyhawks, the Hawks G-League affiliate team, which also reps his hometown. He attends Hawks games regularly and has been honored with his own night where he performed. Quavo has done the same. The Migos member has been the more visible of the two recently, sitting front row and cheering on the team throughout the NBA Playoffs. He's also built a close friendship with Trae Young and has even gifted him a chain adorned with the words "Ice Trae."

Take a look at the hip-hop connection to NBA teams below.

  • DrakeToronto Raptors
  • Jay-ZBrooklyn Nets
  • Snoop DoggLos Angeles Lakers
  • Will SmithPhiladelphia 76ers
  • 2 ChainzAtlanta Hawks
  • Big SeanDetroit Pistons
  • QuavoAtlanta Hawks
  • NellyCharlotte Hornets
  • WaleWashington Wizards

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: July 21, 2021Nowayfta

On a random day about six years ago, a high school student brought some studio equipment over to his friend's house, leading to the two aspiring creators piecing together a song. One half of that team was Remble, a slick-talking California rapper who has starred in his fair share of memes this year thanks to his off-kilter couplets and straight-laced flow. The first song he made was back when he was 15 years old. In 2018, he made his proper debut song "Fortnite." This earlier version of Remble rapped faster, running roughshod over more funk-based, laid-back Cali production. Even back then, his tendency to rap frankly about real danger in the street paired with his sense of humor stood out.

The positive reception to "Fortnite" kept Remble motivated to keep rapping. Years of dropping singles and doing features turned into real buzz in 2021, when his songs "Gordon R Freestyle," "No Competition" and the Drakeo The Ruler-assisted "Ruth's Chris Freestyle"—released in 2020 on Instagram, which Drakeo saw after Remble tagged him and Drakeo subsequently hopped on the track—all took off around the same time this spring. Some of his newer tracks are making waves. "Touchable," the latest single off his debut project, It's Remble—titled after his ad-lib—has more than 6 million Spotify streams a month after its release, currently outpacing "Gordon R Freestyle" and its nearly 8 million Spotify streams since February.

"Will he perform when he has money right in front of him?/Run up on that boy and kill his cousin right in front of him/I just tapped his shoulder so I know that he is touchable/Put 30 in my chop, and then I turned him to a Huxtable," he raps over the church bell-ringing beat on "Touchable."

Now signed to Warner Records and tied in with Drakeo The Ruler's Stinc Team crew, Remble has done nothing but win these last few months. Shortly before It's Remble dropped last week, the man of the hour spoke to XXL about his career so far for this week's edition of The Break.

Age: 21

Hometown: San Pedro, Calif.

I grew up listening to: "So many different people at different times in my life. When I was real young, my parents used to play a lot of Big Tymers and Lil Wayne, and then I got a little bit older and I started listening to Dom Kennedy, Kendrick [Lamar], J. Cole, Drakeo [The Ruler]. I listen to so much different music, though."

My style’s been compared to: "Drakeo [The Ruler] all the time. My mom always likes to compare me to Eminem. And then a lot of people don't compare me to nobody. A lot of people are saying that they have never heard my type of style. Everybody can have their own perspective."

I’m going to blow up because: "Ever since I dropped my first song, I had the drive and feeling that I would break some day. I just was building off of that first song. I just kept dropping single after single, but I was tryna make sure that every song was at least, at least I tried my best. I was trying to make every song 100 percent. They didn't hear the last one, then they'll hear this one. I just kinda feel like growing up I just needed somebody to hear it, like the right person. I feel like it was always there."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "My first slept-on song, it was 'A Hundred Bands.' I was feeling that song, I dunno. I just feel like it was slept-on, but I wasn't trippin'. I understood that it may have been ’cause I switched my style all the way. My fans were used to me rappin', and then I had did some Auto-Tune stuff. Now, I think my most slept-on song is 'Ted Talk'; it's almost at a million, but I feel like if everything is else is getting high millions, I feel like 'Ted Talk' shoulda been at least top three. That's one of my favorite songs."

My standout records to date have been: "My biggest song is 'Touchable.' It might be 'Gordon R Freestyle.' I know on YouTube, 'Touchable' has surpassed 'Gordon R,' I believe, and then 'No Competition,' 'Ruth's Chris [Freestyle].' I think 'Ruth's Chris [Freestyle]' might beat 'No Competition.' I love all my songs, it's just like sometimes, I feel like I outgrew my first few songs. Sometimes I don't even like to listen to those."

My standout moments to date have been: "I been living regular. The same way I was living before everything started poppin' off is the same way I'm living now. Everything is a blessing though. I don't take my blessings lightly, but I just be chillin'."

Most people don’t know: "I like country music. When I was a kid, I shared a room with my older brother. He used to play country music all throughout the house and in the room. It just grew on us. I listen to a lot of different types of music. I feel like there's good music in every genre."

I’m going to be the next: "I'mma be me, the only me. I don't know if I'ma be the next whatever, but I'ma be the only me."

Follow Remble on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"Ruth's Chris Freestyle" featuring Drakeo The Ruler

"Gordon R Freestyle"

"Touchable"

It's Remble

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/biancatorres/” rel=”author” title=”Bianca Torres”>Bianca TorresPublished: July 21, 2021Sebastian Quintero

Come See About Me
Colombian music star Karol G has found inspiration in hip-hop.
Interview: Bianca Torres
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Latin trap-pop singer Karol G loves all types of music, but hip-hop has a special place in her heart. Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, the 30-year-old star was an avid hip-hop head growing up. As her music career exploded, she was eager to collaborate with some rappers. In 2017, Karol dropped her two-times platinum debut album, Unstoppable. That same year, she did a remix to her breakout hit “Ahora Me Llama,” which featured MigosQuavo. The record was a success, going 10-times platinum. Two years later, Karol released her huge hit “Tusa” featuring Nicki Minaj, which has gone 35-times platinum in the U.S. alone. Most recently, Karol collaborated with Ludacris on the track “Beautiful Boy,” off her third album KGO516.

Here, Karol G talks about meeting Nicki Minaj, feeling like a member of G-Unit and more.

XXL: When did you start listening to hip-hop?

Karol G: I love hip-hop. Like, I was a really huge fan of Eminem, but like, really bad. The Marshall Mathers [LP], that’s my baby. I used to get videos from my family in the United States. In school, I used to be in love with G-Unit and have the posters and everything, the sneakers. When I was in school, my name is Carolina, they used to call me Carolina G because of G-Unit. So, when I started looking for my artist name, it was Karol G because of that.

You may have to have 50 Cent on your next album.

I had something on the Pop Smoke album called “Enjoy Yourself.” I talked to [50 Cent] in a few messages. He was so nice. Telling me that Pop Smoke, before he died, he spoke with Tyga about me being on that song and that was crazy for me, too.

Your video with Nicki for “Tusa” has over 1 billion views. What made you choose her for that song?

[In June], my label told me that with “Tusa,” we have the No. 3 most-awarded song in the world. I never would’ve thought that I could do a song with Nicki Minaj and that song was No. 1 in the world. We started sharing messages on Instagram. She started following me, then we shared some songs. We couldn’t find one that I liked and that she liked. But then, I had “Tusa” and I sent it to her and she loved it. Her answer was, “That’s the shit I was looking for.” After five hours, she sends me her verse. She recorded so fast. And after one month, we shot the video. Everything came like, super organic.

You recently worked with Ludacris. He’s on your album KG0516 as a feature on the song “Beautiful Boy.”

I was just looking at some videos on TikTok at night and then I watched a video of a girl. She was doing a cover of “Beautiful Girls” [by Sean Kingston]. So, I took that video and sent it to my producer. And we created a really good song. And I was there, I was like, “Hey, [what] if we put Ludacris [on the song], like how they did on ‘Baby,’ the Justin Bieber song?” I called my label and was like, “Hey, please, I need Ludacris on this song.” They put me on a video call with Ludacris. He told me, “You know what, Karol? My kids are crazy with ‘Ocean’ your song.” And, I was like, dying because Ludacris told me his kids like my music.

Who are your favorite rappers at the moment?

I can say Pop Smoke, that album is crazy. J. Cole, with that last album. Drake is amazing, too. I love him so much. I love Travis Scott. It’s not just about the music, it’s the creativity he has. He creates different brands. One thing that I admire about him a lot is the way he creates an experience for everything.

Is there a rapper you’d want to work with in the future?

I forgot to mention Kendrick Lamar. [He] fascinates me. I’d like to work with Kendrick Lamar.

Check out more from XXL’s Summer 2021 issue including our Freshman Class cover interviews with 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii, Lakeyah and DDG, producer Nick Mira thoughts on producing the beats for the Freshman Class, an in-depth conversation with Ski Mask The Slump God about his comeback this year, a look at what the 2020 XXL Freshman Class has been up to since last year, Moneybagg Yo's candid discussion about his new music, family and indie label, and more.

See the 2021 XXL Freshman ClassWelcome 42 DuggIann DiorCoi LerayPooh ShiestyFlo MilliMorrayRubi RoseBlxstToosiiLakeyah and DDG to the 2021 XXL Freshman Class.Filed Under: 50 Cent, Feature, Karol G, Nicki Minaj, Pop Smoke, XXL MagazineCategories: News, XXL Magazine


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: July 21, 2021ybnalmightyjay via Twitter

Almighty Jay and Skinnyfromthe9 have been at odds for years, from an alleged robbery and social media disses to now squaring off in an empty parking lot in front of onlookers.

Earlier this morning (July 21), at around 1 a.m., Almighty Jay shared a nearly minute-long video of his one-on-one fight against the New Jersey rapper.

He captioned the clip, "Niggas be on the internet with all that tough ass shit till they gotta see me in person…@skinnyfromthe9 dropped him twice 😤 NO JUMPING NO NONE OF THAT." You can watch it at the bottom of this post.

While it's unclear what exactly led to the shirtless standoff, a number of incidents could've resulted in the two rappers fighting each other.

Nonetheless, in the video, both rhymers can be seen throwing punches at one another with Skinny falling to the ground twice.

Earlier this month, Skinny challenged Almighty Jay via social media to a fight. In a short video shared online, Skinnyfromthe9 is seen at a Wawa gas station, holding up "paperwork," which appears to be from a TMZ article regarding Jay's 2019 assault in New York City, where he was beaten and robbed of his jewelry. Skinny had the line, "Jay told cops he's willing to cooperate with the investigation now," highlighted in the printout from the article.

Skinny also showed a text message exchange from an unidentified person who is speaking to him about doing music and paying $10,000 for a verse.

Prior to this, Almighty Jay and his crew were accused of allegedly robbing Skinnyfromthe9 of $80,000 worth of valuables—including a chain amounting to $40,000, a $20,000 Rolex watch and cash. Video footage from the Feb. 14, 2019 incident emerged after the robbery took place, which showed two of Jay's alleged associates running towards a car that Skinny was in, then running back after a struggle ensued. The Houston rapper admitted that he is the man in the surveillance footage standing next to the car that his affiliates ran back towards.

Almighty Jay had reportedly been at Skinny's house around this time recording music. The former YBN member maintained his innocence and after surrendering to police. The charges against Jay were dropped by the L.A. County D.A.'s office due to the victim, Skinnyfromthe9, not being available.

Weeks after, Skinny was assaulted at a New York City restaurant and later called out Jay's YBN crew via Instagram.

Last month, Almighty Jay claimed that Skinny wrote a police statement on him in connection to the 2019 robbery. Then, Skinny penned a social media post, saying that he wanted to box Almighty Jay for $20,000.

Since Almighty Jay and Skinnyfromthe9 finally met up to shoot a fair one, perhaps the feud can come to an end.

See Wild Rap Beefs That'll Probably Never Be Resolved

Filed Under: Skinnyfromthe9, ybn almighty jayCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: July 21, 2021Joseph Okpako, WireImage

Young M.A was trending on Twitter last night after people began spreading rumors that the Brooklyn rapper could be pregnant. She quickly addressed the unconfirmed claims via social media, debunking all speculation pointing to her expecting a child.

Yesterday (July 20), the rapper cleared the air in the comments for a post The Shade Room uploaded featuring a clip from an interview Young M.A did with radio personality Headkrack in 2019. The snippet from the conversation resurfaced online after Headkrack uploaded it again to his Instagram page on Tuesday.

Young M.A, who is openly gay, wrote, "Of course my girl is the one that's gone be pregnant that's why I looked at her and mentioned her smh.. y'all bored lol but I get it.. sell ya stories [smirk emoji] and we workin on one now [hand covering mouth emoji]."

youngma via Instagram

In the clip in question that sparked the conversation surrounding the "BIG" rapper being pregnant, Young M.A spoke on future motherhood and wanting to have two children at some point.

She told Headkrack on Dish Nation's Headkrack After Hours back in November of 2019 "absolutely," when asked if she sees herself being a parent.

"Yeah, I'ma be married by then… I want a boy… I want a boy first and then a girl," she continued. "That's it. I don't wanna OD. Set's complete. I'd rather a boy first."

Looking away from the camera, presumably towards her girlfriend, Young M.A then said, "I told my girl this. I said, 'I rather a boy first because he'll be the one taking care of his little sister.' And he gotta hold her down ’cause that's how [it] was with me. My brother was… My big brother, Rest In Peace. And then my mom had me… So, he made sure I was straight even though I learned from him, at the same time, it made me thorough."

She added: "So, that's kinda what I want. I want my little girl to be thorough, too, like her brother."

Although Young M.A didn't mention herself being pregnant at all during the old interview, that didn't stop folks on social media from opining and drawing their own conclusions. Take a look below to see some of the reactions to people thinking the New York City native could be pregnant.

See the full Young M.A interview below. The conversation about motherhood begins around the 25:00-mark.

See Best Hip-Hop Projects of 2021 So FarWhat’s your favorite hip-hop project of 2021 so far?Filed Under: Young M.ACategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: July 20, 2021Jerritt Clark, Getty Images

Speculation, hints and rumors spiraled out of control across the internet over the last few days that Kanye West could be dropping his long-awaited album, Donda, soon. However, the Chicago rapper has since ceased the murmurs and subtly announced that the LP is arriving this week amid the premiere of a new track during tonight's Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

On Tuesday night (July 20), during a brief break of the potential championship-determining face-off between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns, ’Ye delivered a new joint called "No Child Left Behind" in conjunction with Apple's Beats by Dre via a commercial featuring agile sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson. Within the ad, Yeezy confirmed that his 10th solo album will be released on Friday (July 23).

Beats by Dre via YouTube

At the beginning of the visual, scored and edited by Yeezy himself, the words on the far right corner of the commercial reads: "Kanye West 'No Child Left Behind' Donda Drops This Friday Listening Event Livestream On Apple Music Thursday At 8 PM EST."

On the track, featuring Yeezy's signature chords, a voice, DreamChasers Records artist Vory, melodically rhymes: "Back again/I used my back against the wall/Never caught on y'all/Never count on y'all/Always count on God." Shortly after, ’Ye comes in and croons repeatedly: "He's done miracles on me."

As for the visual, Richardson is seen in a kneeling position on track starting blocks before the camera pans in on her fully, showing her running in slow motion and also standing still as if she is regaining her breath after finishing a race. The commercial closes out with the phrase "Live Your Truth" in white lettering.

Richardson posted the ad on her Instagram page with a caption that revealed another new song from Kanye's Donda album will debut tomorrow night.

"There will be ups and down in life, but it’s important to remember to RUN YOUR OWN RACE.

Love to @beatsbydre and @kanyewest for the support.

Another commercial and another new Ye song dropping tomorrow!

DONDA out on Friday! Let’s goo🔥," she wrote.

Donda will be premiered in full during a sold-out listening at Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium on Thursday (July 22). This particular event will be livestreamed on Apple Music as well.

’Ye's forthcoming LP is the follow-up to his 2019 effort, Jesus Is King.

Kanye is amongst several rappers, including Drake, Snoop Dogg and Cardi B to stand with Richardson, who was given a one-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Association after testing positive for marijuana succeeding her first-place 100-meter race win at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. on June 19.

Following Richardson's 30-day suspension, it was revealed that she would not be competing in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The 21-year-old sprinter spoke on testing positive for the drug and shared that she used marijuana to deal with "emotional panic" after the recent loss of her biological mother.

Richardson tweeted earlier this month: "I'm sorry, I can't be y'all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I'll be your World Champ next year."

Take a look below to check out a snippet of Kanye West's new song "No Child Left Behind" via a Beats by Dre commercial featuring sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson.

See Hip-Hop Album Titles You Always Wondered the Meanings of DefinedFiled Under: Bangers, Kanye WestCategories: Music, New Music, News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: July 20, 2021Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Kid Cudi has copped himself a gorgeous new mansion that sits on top of a hill on the West Coast.

According to a report on Dirt.com, published on Monday (July 19), Cudder purchased a Mediterranean mansion in Calabasas, Calif. for $7.7 million. The 8,925-square-foot Park South Estates home boast six beds and eight bathrooms.

According to the listing, found on Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the remodeled home is "nestled at the very top of the hill behind double gates" and is extremely private. The abode also features a gym with a private bath, a home theater and a temperature-controlled wine room.

When entering the mansion, a double staircase and spacious living room with an accompanying bar and private dining room are seen. There’s also a huge chef's kitchen with two white marble islands and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is attached to a breakfast area and family room with a flat-screen television, hung above a fireplace.

Upstairs there are five bedrooms, which are all surrounded by large windows. The master suite features a private balcony, a separate sitting room, a bathroom with separate vanities, a walk-in shower, a separate bathtub, his and her walk-in closets, and picturesque views of the hillside vineyard.

Outside is comprised of 11.5 acres of secluded backyard for entertaining with a large sparkling pool and spa. There’s also a grotto with a live turtle pond. Additionally, there are two patios with an outdoor fireplace, a Tiki hut with a built-in BBQ grill section. The activity area comes complete with a basketball court and a golf course.

Finally, the backyard has a fire pit with a bench that's perfect for moon gazing or viewing the city lights and mountains.

Cudi is living large.

Check out some photos of Kid Cudi's new crib below.

See Kid Cudi’s New $7.7 Million MansionFiled Under: Galleries, Gallery, Kid CudiCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: July 20, 2021yg via Instagram

A child's creative mind should be allowed to roam freely, but not when it comes to testing their Picasso skills on a foreign sports car. YG was a recent victim of this act done by his daughter, Harmony, who drew on his Lamborghini, which he made her clean off.

On Monday (July 19), the Compton-bred rapper shared a picture on his Instagram Story of what appears to be some sort of purple crayon or marker scribble drawing on the side of his all-white Lambo.

He captioned the image: "My daughter got me fucked up. How she disrespect the Lamborghini like that."

yg via Instagram

The following hour, YG posted a boomerang clip of his daughter cleaning up the drawing she made on her dad's whip.

"Clean up," the 31-year-old rhymer typed on the short video, including laughing and heart eyes emojis. "Clean up."

yg via Instagram

YG's Lamborghini appears to be the Aventura model, which starts at around $400,000 for the 2020 version.

Back in April, the "Perfect Timing" artist decked out his whip with flames for a week to promote his Flame sneakers from his 4Hunnid shoe collection with help from RDB LA Auto Center owner Vik Tchalikian.

Tchalikian said around the time: "We’ve wrapped it a few times. We wrapped all these flames all over it. I know we’re gonna get a lot of comments about it. I think it looks pretty cool."

YG's daughter "redecorating" his whip and cleaning off her artwork comes about two months after he released his joint effort with Mozzy, Kommunity Service.

See Rappers With the Longest Gaps Between AlbumsIs the music worth the wait?Filed Under: YGCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author” title=”Kemet High”>Kemet HighPublished: July 20, 2021Travis Shinn for XXL

How ’Bout Now
A look back at what the 2020 XXL Freshman class has cooked up after their cover reveal last year.
Words: Kemet High
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

See What the 2020 XXL Freshman Class Has Been Up ToWhich 2020 XXL Freshman is your favorite?

Check out more from XXL’s Summer 2021 issue including our Freshman Class cover interviews with 42 Dugg, Iann Dior, Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Morray, Rubi Rose, Blxst, Toosii, Lakeyah and DDG, producer Nick Mira thoughts on producing the beats for the Freshman Class, an in-depth conversation with Ski Mask The Slump God about his comeback this year, Moneybagg Yo's candid discussion about his new music, family and indie label, and more.

See the 2021 XXL Freshman ClassWelcome 42 DuggIann DiorCoi LerayPooh ShiestyFlo MilliMorrayRubi RoseBlxstToosiiLakeyah and DDG to the 2021 XXL Freshman Class.Filed Under: 2020 XXL Freshman, 24KGoldn, Baby Keem, Calboy, Chika, Feature, Fivio Foreign, Jack Harlow, Lil Keed, Lil Tjay, Mulatto, NLE Choppa, Polo G, Rod Wave, XXL MagazineCategories: News, XXL Freshmen, XXL Magazine


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author” title=”Kemet High”>Kemet HighPublished: July 20, 2021Warner Bros.

It’s about damn time: Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring NBA star LeBron James, finally arrived on July 16, seven years after being announced. So far, in comparison to the original classic 1996 movie starring Michael Jordan, the much-anticipated rework has been met with mixed reviews on social media ranging from awe at the dazzling animation to the “ad-heavy" appearances of other Warner Bros. characters like King Kong and Pennywise in the cartoon megaverse. You’ll just have to judge for yourself. But no matter the version, this certified classic will forever have an imprint so big that rappers from all generations reference it in their lyrics.

Ahead of the film’s official release last week, a soundtrack featuring the voices of Lil Wayne, Lil Baby24kGoldn and plenty more were tagged in to heighten the visuals. Even the villainy Monstars hit home for some like Childish Gambino, who proclaims himself as one on his 2014 song "Late Night in Kauai.”

Cartoon movie characters aside, a lot of rhymers look to achieve as much greatness in the booth as Mike did on the court. Stuffed on Brockhampton's 2017 track "Follow" are memories of Kevin Abstract telling his mom that he wanted to be like the bald man he saw on screen. Many people who came up in the late 1990s also wanted the coveted pair of themed retro Jordan 11s that he rocked in the film. A lot of rappers' bars have come from painting images of wearing those icy soles, evidenced on Fabolous’ 2003 song "Why Wouldn’t I” featuring Paul Cain.

It’s common for Space Jam references to jump out in hip-hop. So, with all of the talk about the new motion picture, which actually features a Murs-written rap battle won by Porky Pig, XXL highlights some of the best over the last 25 years. Check out the best Space Jam references in hip-hop below.

Best Space Jam References in Hip-HopWhich one is your favorite?Filed Under: Asher Roth, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Crooked I, CyHi the Prynce, Fabolous, Feature, Future, Galleries, Gallery, J. Cole, Juice Wrld, Kevin Abstract, lil b, Lil Wayne, Marlon Craft, Maxo Kream, Nessly, The Game, tyga, vic mensa, WaleCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: July 19, 2021Johnny Nunez, Getty Images

Five individuals from 6ix9ine's security team are facing some serious legal trouble after allegedly chasing a man who supposedly recorded the rapper on a cell phone in New York City.

According to documents obtained by XXL on Monday (July 19), Sammy Sprouse from Murfreesboro, Tenn., Christian and Egardo Cortez of Bridgeport, Conn., Kristian Fuhse of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Daniel Laperuta, a former New York Police Department detective of Central Valley, N.Y., were all indicted today by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance and charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree and Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree.

Laperuta has also been charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree in connection to the former officer incorrectly claiming to be a member of the NYPD and in a 911 call that the victim, a 34-year-old man, was threatening the other individuals on Tekashi's security team with a firearm.

Based on court documents and statements, the victim and his girlfriend spotted 6ix9ine and the Brooklyn rhymer's protective crew while driving in Harlem, N.Y. on Aug. 9, 2020. When the group of men noticed the victim was recording the rapper on a cell phone, they yelled at him then proceeded to chase the victim in three SUVs for 20 blocks as he drove away. The vehicles featured both flashing lights and sirens while chasing the victim.

The document additionally notes that when the victim attempted to flag down an NYPD officer in a marked vehicle, former detective Laperuta flashed a retired NYPD Member of Service card, telling the officers that the victim threatened them with a gun. Laperuta then rejoined the pursuit. The former officer called 911 as the other members of the rapper's security followed the man. Laperuta also claimed a second time that the victim threatened himself and his colleagues with a gun when he went to the NYPD’s 28th Precinct to make a complaint.

6ix9ine's security eventually caught up with the victim and boxed in his car with their SUVs on 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in New York City, and forced the man to pull over his car.

Sammy Sprouse approached the victim, opened the door to his car, undid the victim's seatbelt and pulled the man's arm, knocking his phone from his hand. Kristian Fuhse then stomped on the cell phone. The victim tried to get out of his car and wrestled with Egardo Cortez while attempting to retrieve the phone.

Laperuta then approached the group of men with his hand on his gun, which was in its holster. Christian Cortez pointed a taser at the victim. Shortly after, an unmarked police car arrived with flashing lights and Tekashi's security crew fled the scene in their SUVs.

Following the incident, Laperuta attempted to file a complaint at the NYPD's 28th precinct, saying once again that the victim pointed a firearm at the security team. However, when an NYPD lieutenant questioned the validity of Laperuta's claims, the former officer retracted his complaint and left the precinct.

Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance said of the incident: "A celebrity entourage is not a police department, and Manhattan is not the Wild West. As alleged, these highly-compensated vigilantes caravanned through the streets of Harlem with sirens flashing in order to track a man down and steal and break his phone. Along the way, a retired NYPD Detective tried to cover up their conduct by lying to his former colleagues and repeatedly claiming the victim had threatened to shoot them. False reports—especially about firearms—can carry devastating consequences and fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the actual police response."

XXL has reached out to a rep for 6ix9ine for a comment.

See 22 Hip-Hop-Related Police RaidsThese rappers had some serious run-ins with the police.Filed Under: 6ix9ineCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: July 19, 2021Jerritt Clark / Paras Griffin / Gary Miller, Getty Images (3)

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic curtailing chances for any artists to tour in 2020, several big-name rappers still made money through streaming and other means last year.

According to Billboard's report published on Monday (July 19), rappers Post Malone, Drake, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Baby are among The Top Paid Musicians of 2020.

Posty finished at No. 2 with $23.2 million most of which came from streaming ($8.1 million) and touring ($12.4 million) before he had to shut it down due to the pandemic. He earned $2 million in publishing and $712,500 in sales.

Drizzy is at No. 6 with $14.2 million with most of his revenue coming from streaming ($11.7 million) and publishing ($1.9 million). Additionally, the OVO Sound leader earned $635,000 in sales.

Despite his legal problems, YoungBoy Never Broke Again managed to collect bank thanks to streaming. The embattled rapper finished at No. 9 with $11.9 million. YoungBoy earned $10 million in streaming, along with $1.7 million in publishing. Additionally, he earned $126,000 in sales and $129,000 in touring before the pandemic.

Rounding out the top 10 is Lil Baby with $11.7 million. Buoyed by his first Billboard 200 No. 1 album, My Turn, the Atlanta native raked in $9.1 million in streams and $2.2 million in publishing. Lil Baby eked out a tour run before the pandemic, which helped him gross $253,000 along with $152,000 in sales.

Other rappers gracing the list include Eminem at No. 14 ($9.7 million), Lil Uzi Vert at No. 15 ($9.5 million), DaBaby at No. 17 ($9.1 million), Future at No. 22 ($8.2 million), Roddy Ricch at No. 24 ($7.4 million), Rod Wave at No. 25 (7.37 million), Kanye West at No. 30 ($6.3 million) and Travis Scott at No. 35 ($5.82 million).

All and all, rappers still made money in 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic on the music industry.

This year, artists should be able to stack some cheddar now that music festivals are opening back up from coast to coast.

See How Much It’ll Cost to Get a Verse From Your Favorite RapperAny guesses on dollar amounts before you look?Filed Under: DaBaby, Drake, Eminem, Future, Kanye West, Lil Baby, NBA YoungBoy, Post Malone, Rod Wave, Roddy Ricch, Travi$ Scott, YoungBoy Never Broke AgainCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: July 19, 2021XXL

Time flies. Just five years ago, XXL debuted the 2016 Freshman Class with 10 of the biggest names in hip-hop at the time. Brooklyn's own Desiigner, Harlem native Dave East, two Floridians in Kodak Black and Denzel Curry, Philly rap star Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Dicky from a nearby suburb in Cheltenham Township, Pa., Atlanta rappers Lil Yachty, the 10th spot winner, and 21 Savage, Chicago drill rapper-turned-wordsmith G Herbo, and California's Anderson .Paak were all included, hailing from all over the map. Bringing them altogether led to some legendary cyphers and individual freestyles, along with early face time for a few names who would become big-time players in the game. In the years since the cover dropped, these artists have released hit songs, No. 1 albums and plenty of guest verses. Today, XXL highlight the best songs from the 2016 Freshman Class throughout their respective careers. Since each of these artists have stacked catalogs, two of their best tracks are showcased.

Some of these artists have gone on to have huge, career-defining songs. Anderson .Paak has just begun to enjoy "Leave The Door Open," his critically acclaimed collaboration with Bruno Mars under the group moniker of Silk Sonic. The sultry track became the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-April. In February of 2017, Lil Uzi Vert dropped "XO Tour Llif3," which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and changed his career, taking his trajectory to unseen heights that he still hasn't come down from. 21 Savage's "A Lot," which also features J. Cole, won a Best Rap Song Grammy, peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100 and went five-times platinum, after its 2018 release.

Other 2016 Freshmen have dropped songs that really sum up their appeal. Dave East's "Handsome" is a lyrical exercise on which he describes how his career has unfolded, and how it's better than his past. Denzel Curry's "Speedboat" is a Rugah Rahj-produced beat that finds the rapper dancing through multiple flows and weighing the pursuit of success while trying to protect himself and the shiny things that come with winning. On Lil Yachty's "Pardon Me" with Future and Mike WiLL Made-It, he and Pluto deliver strong verses and showcase their excellent chemistry when rapping together.

Take a look below to check out the best hip-hop songs from your favorite 2016 XXL Freshmen.

  • “Suede”Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge as NxWorries
  • “Leave The Door Open”Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars as Silk Sonic
  • “Can’t Leave Without It”21 Savage featuring Gunna and Lil Baby
  • “A Lot”21 Savage featuring J. Cole
  • “ZeZe”Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset
  • “Roll In Peace”Kodak Black featuring XXXTentacion
  • “XO Tour Llif3″Lil Uzi Vert
  • “Silly Watch”Lil Uzi Vert
  • “Freaky Friday”Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown
  • “Earth”Lil Dicky
  • “Nobu”Dave East
  • “Handsome”Dave East
  • “Speedboat”Denzel Curry
  • “Clout Cobain”Denzel Curry
  • “After Party”Desiigner
  • “Priice Tag”Desiigner
  • “PTSD”G Herbo featuring Chance The Rapper, Juice WRLD and Lil Uzi Vert
  • “Gangbangin”G Herbo
  • “Pardon Me”Lil Yachty featuring Future and Mike WiLL Made-It
  • “Get Dripped”Lil Yachty featuring Playboi Carti

See Every XXL Freshman Cover Since 2007A look at every XXL Freshman cover since 2007.Filed Under: 21 Savage, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Chance The Rapper, Chris Brown, Dave East, Denzel Curry, Desiigner, Feature, Future, G Herbo, Gunna, J. Cole, Juice Wrld, Kodak Black, Lil Baby, Lil Dicky, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, NxWorries, Offset, Playboi Carti, Silk Sonic, The List, Travi$ Scott, XXXTentacionCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: July 19, 2021Denise Truscello, WireImage

Megan Thee Stallion has made Sports Illustrated history.

On Monday (July 19), Hot Girl Meg unveiled one of the covers of the coveted sports magazine's Swimsuit Issue, which features the Houston native on the cover, making her the first female rapper—and rapper overall—to do so.

"REAL SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION COVER MODEL SHIT!!! 😛🔥,
the former 2019 XXL Freshman captioned the cover issue. "Thee first female rapper on the cover of @si_swimsuit 😭😭 I want to thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life. It means the world to me to be on this cover DREAM COME TRUE!! 😛 #SISwim21."

The other two covers feature tennis star Naomi Osaka and transgender model and actress Leyna Bloom.

Earlier this month, unconfirmed reports emerged online that the H-Town Hottie would be gracing the cover of the magazine. "She’s the biggest star [right now], so it’s a no-brainer and they love surprises," a source told Page Six of Megan being the focal point of the annual issue.

At the time, although there was speculation that Megan Thee Stallion would be on the cover of the yearly issue, an insider claimed SI wasn't certain who the cover star was going to be.

"[The Sports Illustrated team] actually still don’t even know who the cover girl will be," the source said. "Still undecided. No one will know until the day of the unveiling."

As previously mentioned, this latest feat makes Megan Thee Stallion the first hip-hop artist to be on the cover of the Swimsuit Issue. However, her "Savage (Remix)" collaborator, Beyoncé, accomplished this same undertaking back in 2007. Bey was the first non-athlete or model to cover the magazine's annual issue.

The latest issue of Sports Illustrated hits stands today.

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Kanye West once rapped on Lloyd Banks' 2010 track "Start It Up," "They say good things come to those that wait/So I'ma be at least about an hour late." How about a full year? Twelve months after tweeting that he was dropping his 10th studio album, Donda, on July 24, 2020, it now looks like ’Ye's new album could be released this month.

The G.O.O.D. Music leader has been tight-lipped on the effort since it failed to drop last year on the given date. But over the weekend, word started to get around that the Chicago billionaire may be on the verge of dropping a new project.

Last night (July 18), photographer and digital content creator Nigel D. Presents shared a play-by-play via a series of tweets of his experience at Yeezy's album listening event in Las Vegas, which was somewhat made known to the public after an "invite-only" email for the event began circulating the ’net.

"So they took phones of course. Was about 10 feet from Kanye while Usher sat across from me," Nigel began. "Came out with a full mask and gloves. Took off one glove to control the laptop and play music. Before the show started they played 2 commercials that will come on during the NBA finals featuring Sha'Carri Richardson. So for the first song they had 4 young prodigies play  pianos in the center. Featured some audio from his mother I believe."

The famed photog continued: "Kanye then played a track with him and Pusha T rapping back and forth. Fireeeeee. Then he had a track with Lil Baby and I was ready to party. The music is still centered on God but there is a variety in sounds. Some slow, some trap, etc. Some songs could be played in a church, some in a club. So Kanye had a long ass playlist on his laptop he was playing from. So I wonder what songs will really be making the final version."

Nigel also included information that Kanye's upcoming offering will likely be a gospel album. "So I think they had a lot members of the church there. So he has this track where the chorus goes 'I know God breathed on this,'" he tweeted. "Had a banging beat you wouldn't expect from a gospel song. Had the church folks turnt. There was some interludes. One of them a woman just says Donda like 50 times. I like the versatility on the album. There was some tracks I wanted to scream run that back for but security might have Jazzy Jeff'd me."

The photographer added: "He mentioned paparazzi treating his marriage like an entanglement. He also said something about a 'neighbor' but I don't know the exact words. I though the album would have no expletives. But there are some B's and N's. So Kanye tried to rush and lower the music when the B's were flying because we were I'm a church. The album is really about having faith in God and overcoming adversity. Kanye speaks on personal struggles and struggles others face. Positive messages that you can turn up to."

Internet personality Justin Laboy also hopped on Twitter Sunday evening to reveal that ’Ye had played the new album for himself and NBA star Kevin Durant in Las Vegas, teasing that the LP has been completed.

"Kanye West album is really done," Justin Laboy tweeted. "When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while.. Let me go enjoy all the current artist I’m listening to until then. God bless #Respectfully. Kanye had Kevin Durant at 7 feet tall dancing while the album was playing. Shit was crazy. Ok I’m really out this time #Respectfully."

He also wrote: "Kanye played his new album for me & @KDTrey5 last night in Vegas. Man listen! The production is light years ahead of it’s time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again. Any artist who plan on dropping soon should just push it back #Respectfully."

On Saturday (July 17), video of Tyler, The Creator and Kanye in the studio surfaced online. On the wall in the background, what appears to be a tracklist for the Donda album is written on a dry erase board.

Then, the aforementioned purported e-mail invitation for a private "special invitation-only" album listening party taking place on Sunday (July 18) surfaced on the internet. Others pointed to "All Falls Down" collaborator Syleena Johnson hinting about working on a new project in a recent cryptic Instagram post where she is decked out in Kanye gear.

"Took my heart and voice to San Fransisco right quick to work on something OUT OF THIS WORLD," she captioned the photo. "Went vintage @kanyewest on the outfit today with the College dropout original hoodie I got from him in 2004. Then Ofcourse the good Zebra yeezys."

In the year since Kanye was initially supposed to drop the LP, he has been through a number of life-changing events including a failed presidential campaign and the backlash from it, and a much-publicized divorce from Kim Kardashian. Now, it appears Kanye is ready to hit fans with album No. 10.

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