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Eminem has a G.O.A.T. level resume that includes two diamond albums, but his greatest singular mainstream accomplishment may be his hit single, "Lose Yourself."

Released in October 2002, off the 8 Mile soundtrack, the motivational song produced by Em, Luis Resto and Jeff Bass became Shady's first No. 1 single. It stayed in the lead position of the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks. The track went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, becoming the first hip-hop song to do so. It also took home Grammy awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in 2003. It earned diamond certification in February 2018. Nearly 20 years later, "Lose Yourself" is Em's biggest single to date, and that's saying something.

Need some inspiration for your next workout? Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it, or just let it slip? Yo

VERSE ONE
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgetting
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking, how? Everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up, over—blaow!
Snap back to reality, ope there goes gravity, ope
There goes Rabbit, he choked, he's so mad but he won't
Give up that easy, no, he won't have it, he knows
His whole back's to these ropes, it don't matter, he's dope
He knows that but he's broke, he's so stagnant, he knows
When he goes back to this mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again yo, this old rap shit, he
Better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him, and

CHORUS
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

VERSE TWO
His soul's escaping through this hole that is gaping
This world is mine for the taking, make me king
As we move toward a New World Order
A normal life is boring; but superstardom's
Close to post-mortem, it only grows harder
Homie grows hotter, he blows, it's all over
These hoes is all on him, coast-to-coast shows
He's known as the Globetrotter, lonely roads
God only knows, he's grown farther from home, he's no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose, 'cause here goes the cold water
These hoes don't want him no mo', he's cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose-dove and sold nada, and so the soap opera
Is told, it unfolds, I suppose it's old, partner
But the beat goes on: da-da-dom, da-dom, dah-dah, dah-dah

CHORUS
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

VERSE THREE
No more games, I'ma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfuckin' roof off like two dogs caged
I was playin' in the beginning, the mood all changed
I've been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But I kept rhymin' and stepped right in the next cypher
Best believe somebody's payin' the Pied Piper
All the pain inside amplified by the
Fact that I can't get by with my nine-to-
Five and I can't provide the right type of life for my family
'Cause man, these goddamn food stamps don't buy diapers
And there's no movie, there's no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard, and it's gettin' even harder
Tryna feed and water my seed, plus teeter-totter
Caught up between bein' a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama, screamin' on her, too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony's
Gotten me to the point I'm like a snail, I've got
To formulate a plot or end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfuckin' option—failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got
To go; I cannot grow old in Salem's Lot
So here I go, it's my shot: feet, fail me not
This may be the only opportunity that I got

CHORUS
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better lose yourself in the music
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go (Go!)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo
You better…

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Kodak Black has had it with all the clone talk.

Since coming home from prison last month, after having his sentence communicated by former President Trump, Kodak looks noticeably different, most likely a result of a prison diet and working out while on lock down. Yet, some people have been quick to toss out the clone conspiracy theory as the reason for Kodak's new look. On Saturday night (Feb. 27), the South Florida rapper finally addressed the clone speculation on Instagram Live. "All this little cloning shit starting to make me mad now," he responded to a person in his comments saying his voice didn't sound like the real Kodak.

He continued, "Back then, all my other little bids, whenever this little cloning shit came out, I wasn't really tripping on it. But now, y'all blowing me now. How the fuck? It can't be no other…and then…they can't muthafuckin duplicate this shit. All kinda niggas be trying to imitate this shit, but they can't duplicate this shit. These fuck niggas ain't seeing Yak. They know that, that's why they was mad I came home. All these niggas was scared, scared for me to come home. These niggas was trying to pick up all the money. I ain't trying to bench ya, everybody can get the money. Everybody can do this shit. I don't give a fuck 'bout you niggas, man. Know what I'm saying. Everybody can pop their little shit."

As he said, this isn't the first time Kodak clone speculation has arisen. Back in July 2019, The Project Baby was at the center of clone rumors when he posted a jail photo on his Instagram page, causing fans to point out little differences in the new photo and old photos, and ultimately make the rational conclusion that Kodak have been replaced by a clone in jail.

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Cardi B is back in pole position.

After dropping her No. 1 single, "W.A.P.," last year, Bardi followed up with her latest banger, "Up," on Feb. 5. Produced by Sean Island, DJ SwanQo and Yung Dza, the Bronx rapper's newest raunchy, club-ready track is already becoming one of the biggest hip-hop singles of 2021.

The song didn't come without a bit of controversy, as has become par for the course for Cardi releases. This time, instead of being called out for flexing her sexuality, Mir Fontane accused Bardi of swiping the chorus from his 2020 single, also titled "Up." Cardi has denied the allegations.

The new single currently sits at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after peaking at No. 2.

Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Up, up, up (Ayy), up (Uh), up, look (This is fire)
Once upon a time, man, I heard that I was ugly
Came from a bitch who nigga wanna fuck on me

REFRAIN
I said my face bomb, ass tight
Racks stack up Shaq height
Jewelry on me, flashlight
I been lit since last night
Hit him with that good good
Make a nigga act right
Broke boys don't deserve no pussy
(I know that's right)

PRE-CHORUS
Big bag bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bitches fucked
It's big bags bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga, man
Birkin bag, Bardi back and all you bitches fucked

CHORUS
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Ayy)
Up, then it's up, if it's up, then it's stuck (Huh)
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Woo)

VERSE ONE
I could make the party hot, I could make your body rock
Bitches say they fuckin' with me, chances are they probably not
If I had a dick, you'd probably lick it like a lollipop
Hoes speakin' cap-enese, hit 'em with karate chop
I'm forever poppin' shit, pullin' up and droppin' shit
Gotta argue with him 'cause a nigga love a toxic bitch
Niggas out here playin', gotta make 'em understand
If ain't no ring on my finger, you ain't goin' on my 'Gram

REFRAIN
I said my face bomb, ass tight
Racks stack up Shaq height (Yeah)
Jewelry on me, flashlight (Huh)
I been lit since last night (Woo)
Hit him with that good good
Make a nigga act right (Ah)
Broke boys don't deserve no pussy
(I know that's right)

PRE-CHORUS
Big bag bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bitches fucked (Woo)
It's big bags bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga, man
Birkin bag, Bardi back and all you bitches fucked

CHORUS
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Ayy)
Up, then it's up, if it's up, then it's stuck
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Ayy)

VERSE TWO
Bitches ain't fuckin' with me now and I can see why
Dirty-ass, dusty-ass bitch, you got pink eye
Bitches want smoke until I bring it to they doorstep
Tell that bitch back back, breath smell like horse sex (Ha)
Put it on him now, he will never be the same (He won't)
Tatted on my ass 'cause I really like the pain (Ah)
He nutted on my butt, I said, "I'm glad that you came"
If that nigga had a twin, I would let 'em run a train (Skrrt)

PRE-CHORUS
Big bag bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bitches fucked (Woo)
It's big bags bussin' out the Bentley Bentayga, man
Birkin bag, Bardi back and all you bitches fucked (Ooh)

CHORUS
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh (Woo)
Up, then it's up, if it's up, then it's stuck (Woo)
If it's up, then it's up, then it's up, then it's stuck, huh

OUTRO
Look, gotta play it safe, huh
No face, no case (Hahaha)

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Over two years after his untimely death, Mac Miller has posthumously earned his first platinum album.

On Wednesday (Feb. 24), the beloved MC's Swimming album was certified platinum by the RIAA. Released on Aug. 3, 2018, the album is sans features and was fueled by the singles "Self Care," What's the Use?" and "Small Worlds." The LP debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was released just over a month before Mac died on Sept. 7, 2018 from an accidental overdose. A week after his death, the album re-entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.

Swimming earned a 2019 Grammy nomination but lost out to Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy album. All of Mac's other albums have reached gold status, with the exception of The Divine Feminine, which has yet to earn a certification.

RIAA

Last summer, Mac's label, Warner Music, announced it would be putting together a new project from Mac, which they invited fans to be apart of. "Mac Miller's team is working on an untitled project to celebrate Malcolm and his music," a social media post from the label announced. "His art touched so many lives in so many ways. A toll-free phone number has been set up to collect your stories, thoughts and wishes as part of this project. Your offerings are deeply appreciated."

No more details were revealed. It if turns out to be an album, it would be the second posthumous release from Mac. His last album, Circles, dropped last January and was supported by the singles "Good News" and "Blue World."

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Won't the real KD please stand up.

Detroit rapper Kash Doll and future NBA Hall of Fame basketball player, Kevin Durant, recently got into a back-and-forth on social media over the moniker "KD."  It all started when Kash posted the braggadocios tweet, "All these niggas wanna fuck KD."

Kevin Durant, a world-famous hooper who has been known as "KD" for over a decade, replied to the tweet, not wanting anyone to confuse her statement as being about him. "@kashdoll You did not have to use those initials to get this tweet off," he replied. "U have to relax with the KD talk, your name is KASHDOLL."

The Stacked rapper defiantly responded, saying she is the authentic KD. "I’m the real KD…. your name Kevin Durant act accordingly," she responded to the Brooklyn Nets forward's tweet, along with a heart emoji.

Kash Doll then tried to add validity to her statement by retweeting a fan noting that she has a song called "KD Diary" that came out in 2019, which is over a decade after Durant became a household name for his basketball prowess. "She been calling herself KD, this album was released in 2019 and look at the title," the uninformed fan wrote.

Kash Doll, known for her singles "Ice Me Out" and "For Everybody," released her debut album, Stacked, in October 2019 via Republic Records. She is currently prepping the follow-up to the debut LP. In December, she put out the single "Bossa Nova" featuring fellow Motor City native Tee Grizzley.

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6ix9ine is facing yet another lawsuit.

On Saturday (Feb. 27), TMZ reported Alexis Salaberrios, a dancer at the Gold Rush Cabaret in Miami, is suing the Brooklyn rapper over a bottle-throwing incident that resulted in her receiving a severe head wound. According to the lawsuit, filed on Friday (Feb. 26), Salaberrios' legal team claims Tekashi was in the club on Feb. 20. He allegedly became angered after someone called him a rat and hurled a bottle of champagne at his detractors. Instead of hitting his mark, the suit alleges the bottle hit Salaberrios in her head and states Tekashi fired off the "deadly object with intent to commit serious bodily injury."

The victim reportedly went to the emergency room with her head wound requiring several staples. She is suing Tekashi for aggravated battery. According to Tekashi's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, his client is innocent of any wrongdoing. "Nothing occurred with him," Lazzaro tells XXL. "There are video cameras in the establishment. It’s an attempt to shake him down. If he is served properly, we will immediately move to have it dismissed."

The alleged victim is also partially putting the blame on the club. According to documents, she is also suing the club for gross negligence, claiming they should have had more security on hand for an artist like 6ix9ine who is known to get in hostile situations.

XXL has reached out to the Gold Rush Cabaret for comment.

6ix9ine has been hit with multiple lawsuits since he was released from prison last April. Last December, victims of a 2018 robbery sued the rapper claiming he was part of a criminal conspiracy to have them robbed. Two months prior, he was sued by the woman who claims to be at the center of his 2015 sexual misconduct case.

6ix9ine is fresh off the release of his new single, "ZaZa."

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Hasbro announced yesterday (Feb. 25) that the company will be dropping the "Mr." from their Potato Head toy line, and now Safaree has some questions.

The "Paradise" rapper tweeted on Friday (Feb. 26) saying that the brand is "reaching" with their recently shared news. "Mr potato head is reaching. your a potato nigga what the helll you mean your gender neutral," he wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, he responded to a fan pointing out that the toy itself is plastic. "That makes it even dumber they really had a meeting on a plastic potato," Safaree typed.

Although Hasbro has removed the "Mr." from its overarching brand name, it clarified that the Mr. Potato Head character is staying as is.

"Launching this fall, the Create Your Potato Head Family is a celebration of the many faces of families allowing kids to imagine and create their own Potato Head family with two large potato bodies, one small potato body and 42 accessories," Hasbro wrote in a statement. "The possibilities to create your own families are endless with mixing and mashing all the parts and pieces."

Safaree's tweets have been sparking conversations across social media lately. Earlier this week, he lamented that getting married was one of the worst decisions he's made.

"I mean this from the bottom of my heart getting married was 1 of my BIGGEST mistakes and it will never happen again," he said on Tuesday (Feb. 23). “I’m walking away before I end up in jail over some dumb shit. Nobody is worth my freedom!!!”

The Brooklyn artist is currently married to reality TV star Erica Mena and the couple share a daughter.

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A new posthumous track from the beloved Pop Smoke has arrived. The late Brooklyn rapper's song appears on the soundtrack of the film Boogie, in which Pop also makes his acting debut.

On Friday (Feb. 26), Pop's new song "AP" was delivered across all digital streaming platforms. The quintessential Brooklyn drill record is comprised of Pop's signature grit and growl over a grim, bass-heavy beat.

"AP, spicy/I bust a check in my Nike/Am I a killer?/Might be/Two-tone, icy," he rhymes raspily on the hook. "If I run down, it's a drum round/All you gonna hear is gun sounds/Niggas know I bring them guns out/I make it hot when it's sundown, uh/Fever, shorty wanna act like a diva/Shorty wanna suck on my Nina/I leave that shit wet, Aquafina."

Boogie, which stars actors Taylor Takahashi, Taylour Paige, Pamelyn Chee, Mike Moh, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alexa Mareka, Perry Yung and Pop Smoke, is the story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a talented basketball star from Queens, N.Y., who aspires to go pro and play in the NBA. However, this young man's parents prefer that he focuses on getting a scholarship to a great college over his basketball dreams. Boogie then has to figure out how to navigate his own relationship, high school basketball, his rivals and his parents' expectations. In the film, Pop hits the big screen for the very first time as a basketball player named Monk, who is one of Boogie's on-court rivals.

A trailer for the film dropped last month. Boogie officially hits theaters next Fri., March 5, a year after the late Pop Smoke was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 2020.

Check out Pop Smoke's new song "AP" below.

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XXXTentacion offered "Revenge," initially titled "Garette's Revenge," on May 18, 2017 via Soundcloud. The track, which was also the lead single from XXX's debut studio album, 17, was dedicated to the rapper's friend, Jocelyn Flores, who committed suicide prior to the song officially being released.

About a week before "Revenge" dropped, it was previewed on Twitter by Flores. On the Soundcloud description for the song, X penned a tribute to Flores, which said, "rest in peace, jocelyn, I will have my revenge upon the world."

"Revenge" peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Sept. 6, 2017.

INTRO
I think I, I think I finally
Found a way to forgive myself
From mistakes I made in my past
I think that's the first step, right?
You agree?

VERSE
I've dug two graves for us, my dear
Can't pretend that I was perfect, leavin' you in fear
Oh, man, what a world, the things I hear
If I could act on my revenge, then, oh, would I?
Some kill, some steal, some break your heart
And you thought that I would let it go and let you walk
Well broken hearts break bones, so break up fast
And I don't wanna let it go, so in my grave I'll rot
I've dug two graves for us, my dear
Can't pretend that I was perfect, leavin' you in fear
Oh, man, what a world, the things I hear
If I could act on my revenge, then, oh, would I?
Some kill, some steal, some break your heart
And you thought that I would let it go and let you walk
Broken hearts break bones, so break up fast
And I don't wanna let it go, so in my grave I'll rot

CHORUS
In my grave, I'll rot
In my grave, I'll rot
In my grave, I'll rot-ot-ot
In my grave, I'll rot
In my grave, I'll rot-ot-ot
In my grave, I'll rot

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Eminem released "Godzilla" when he surprise-dropped his Music to Be Murdered By album on Jan. 31, 2020. It became the first posthumous Juice Wrld song to come out following his death in late 2019.

"Godzilla" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The music video, which features appearances from both Mike Tyson and Dr. Dre, currently has over 329 million views. It was directed by Cole Bennett and released in partnership with Lyrical Lemonade. The video features a dedication to Juice Wrld during the closing frames.

According to the lyric website Genius, Em raps faster on "Godzilla" than he does on his record-breaking track "Rap God." Genius claims he raps 10.65 syllables per second, or roughly 300 words in 30 seconds, on the song's third verse. This would break his "Rap God" record of 9.6 words per second, however it has not been verified by Guinness World Records.

Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Ugh, you're a monster

VERSE ONE
I can swallow a bottle of alcohol and I'll feel like Godzilla
Better hit the deck like the card dealer
My whole squad's in here, walkin' around the party
A cross between a zombie apocalypse and big Bobby "The
Brain" Heenan which is probably the
Same reason I wrestle with mania
Shady's in this bitch, I'm posse'd up
Consider it to cross me a costly mistake
If they sleepin' on me, the
Hoes better get insomnia, ADHD, hydroxycut
Pass the Courvoisi' (Hey, hey)
In AA, with an AK, melee, finna set it like a playdate
Better vacate, retreat like a vacay, mayday
This beat is cray-cray, Ray J, H-A, H-A, H-A
Laughin' all the way to the bank, I spray flames
They cannot tame or placate the (Aye)

CHORUS
Monster
You get in my way? I'ma feed you to the monster (Yeah)
I'm normal during the day, but at night turn to a monster (Yeah)
When the moon shines like Ice Road Truckers
I look like a villain outta those blockbusters
Godzilla, fire spitter, monster
Blood on the dance floor, and on the Louis V carpet
Fire, Godzilla, fire, monster
Blood on the dance floor, and on the Louis V carpet

VERSE TWO
I'm just a product of Slick Rick and Onyx, told 'em lick the balls
Had 'em just appalled at so many things that pissed 'em off
It's impossible to list 'em all
And in the midst of all this
I'm in a mental hospital with a crystal ball
Tryna see, will I still be like this tomorrow?
Risperdal, voices whisper
But my fist is balled back up against the wall, pencil drawn
This is just the song to go ballistic on
You just pulled a pistol on the guy with the missile launcher
I'm just a Loch Ness, the mythological
Quick to tell a bitch screw off like a fifth of Vodka
When you twist the top of the bottle, I'm a

CHORUS
Monster
You get in my way? I'ma feed you to the monster (Yeah)
I'm normal during the day, but at night turn to a monster (Yeah)
When the moon shines like Ice Road Truckers
I look like a villain outta those blockbusters
Godzilla, fire spitter, monster
Blood on the dance floor, and on the Louis V carpet
Fire, Godzilla, fire, monster
Blood on the dance floor, and on the Louis V carpet

VERSE THREE
If you never gave a damn, raise your hand
'Cause I'm about to set trip, vacation plans
I'm on point, like my index is, so all you will ever get is
The motherfuckin' finger (Finger), prostate exam ('xam)
How can I have all these fans and perspire?
Like a liar's pants, I'm on fire
And I got no plans to retire and I'm still the man you admire
These chicks are spazzin' out, I only get more handsome and flier
I got 'em passin' out like what you do, when you hand someone flyers
What goes around comes around just like the blades on a chainsaw
'Cause I caught the flaps of my dollar stack
Right off the bat like a baseball, like Kid Ink
Bitch, I got them racks with so much ease that they call me Diddy
'Cause I make bands and I call getting cheese a cakewalk (cheesecake)
Bitch, I'm a player, I'm too motherfuckin' stingy for Cher
Won't even lend you an ear ain't even pretendin' to care
But I tell a bitch I'll marry her, if she'll bury her
Face on my genital area, the original Richard Ramirez
Christian Rivera '
'Cause my lyrics never sit well so they wanna give me the chair
Like a paraplegic, and it's scary, call it Harry Carry
'Cause every Tom and Dick and Harry
Carry a Merriam motherfuckin' dictionary
Got 'em swearin' up and down, they can't spit, this shit's hilarious
It's time to put these bitches in the obituary column
We wouldn't see eye to eye with a staring problem
Get the shaft out like a steering column (Mark Jack)
Trigger happy, pack heat, but it's black ink
Evil half of the Bad Meets
Evil, that means take a back seat
Take it back to Fat Petes with a maxi, single
Look at my rap sheets, what attracts these people
Is my gangster, bitch, like Apache with a catchy jingle
I stack these chips, you barely got a half-eaten Cheeto
Fill 'em with the venom, and eliminate 'em
Other words, I Minute Maid 'em
I don't want to hurt 'em, but I did 'em in a fit of rage
I'm murderin' again, nobody will evade him
I'm finna kill 'em and dump all the fuckin' bodies in a lake
Obliteratin' everything, incineratin' and renegade 'em
And I make anybody who want it with the pen afraid
But don't nobody want it but they're gonna get it anyway
'Cause I'm beginnin' to feel like I'm mentally ill
I'm Attila, kill or be killed, I'm a killer, be the vanilla gorilla
You're bringin' the killer within me, out of me
You don't want to be the enemy of the demon
Who went in me, and be on the receiving of me, what stupidity, it'd be
Every bit of me is the epitome of a spitter
When I'm in the vicinity, motherfucker, you better duck
Or you finna be dead the minute you run into me
A hundred percent of you is a fifth of a percent of me
I'm 'bout to fuckin' finish you bitch, I'm un-fadable
You wanna battle, I'm available, I'm blowin' up like an inflatable
I'm undebatable, I'm unavoidable, I'm un-evadable
I'm on the toilet bowl
I got a trailer full of money and I'm paid in full
I'm not afraid to pull the

OUTRO
Man stop
Look what I'm plannin' (Haha)

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: February 26, 2021Pascal Le Segretain / Johnny Nunez / Scott Dudelson, Getty Images (2), WireImage

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 Pop Smoke ("AP), Duke Deuce ("Fell Up In The Club" featuring A$AP Ferg), Curren$y ("I Don't Call") and more. See you next week!

  • “AP”Pop Smoke
  • “Fell Up In The Club”Duke Deuce featuring A$AP Ferg
  • “I Don’t Call”Curren$y
  • “I’m The Type”Key Glock
  • “Cosmic.m4a” (The Alchemist Version featuring Joey Bada$$)Denzel Curry featuring Joey Bada$$
  • “Same N*ggas”Shordie Shordie and Murda Beatz
  • “Talk To Me”Drakeo The Ruler featuring Drake
  • “Pay & Cardo”Payroll Giovanni and Cardo
  • “Blixky Gang Freestyle Pt. 2″22gz
  • “Money Long”DDG and OG Parker featuring 42 Dugg
  • “Thieves In Atlanta”Yung Bleu featuring Coi Leray
  • “Skeegee”J.I.D
  • “Prayer For Me”Trae Tha Truth featuring Mysonne and Big K.R.I.T.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 26, 2021Jet Life Recordings / Warner Records / Quality Control Music

The countdown is over and Friday is finally here. And of course, that means several things, but in the hip-hop community, it signifies new music.

After a mild delay, Baltimore-bred Shordie Shordie and mastermind producer Murda Beatz drop their collective effort, Memory Lane. The 12-track project features some high-octane production from Murda and some of Shordie's quick-tongued rhymes. Less than three weeks before Memory Lane arrived, the duo dropped their joint record with Trippie Redd, "Love," which is also the only feature on the project. All-in-all, there's a little bit of rasp, mixed with melodic vibes and some R&B-esque feels as well.

New Orleans veteran rapper Curren$y delivers new music as well. Coming off a few releases in 2020, Spitta drops Collection Agency. Comprised of 10 songs, the effort contains a feature from Larry June and production by frequent collaborators Harry Fraud as well DJ Fresh and more. The NOLA spitter—pun intended—stays true to his mellow bars, accompanied by gray, but entrancing production. There's some uptempo moments, too. Collection Agency comes after some of Curren$y's 2020 offerings including The Tonight Show with Curren$y with DJ Fresh, The OutRunners with Harry Fraud and The Director's Cut with Harry Fraud.

Rising Memphis artist Duke Deuce's album Duke Nukem also arrives today. Before the LP made its way onto streaming platform, the Quality Control Music rapper dropped his single "Spin" featuring 1017 Records' own Foogiano. Prior to delivering his latest track, Duke released the militant-minded "Soldiers Steppin" track along with a cinematic video showcasing Duke's nimble moves and comedic timing. Duke Nukem, released via Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Made Men Movement, is packed with Duke Deuce's new-age crunk sound, aggressive rhymes and catchy ad-libs.

See other releases below from Drakeo The Ruler, Casey Veggies and more.

  • Memory LaneShordie Shordie and Murda Beatz Warner Records
  • Collection AgencyCurren$yJet Life Recordings
  • Duke Nukem Duke DeuceQuality Control Music / Motown
  • Another Day Another DollarPayroll Giovanni and CardoBylug Entertinament
  • The Truth HurtsDrakeo The RulerStinc Team
  • Back on My Buck Shit Vol. 3Young BuckCashville Records / Drum Squad Records
  • Customized Greatly 5Casey VeggiesCommission Music
  • Anniversary (Deluxe)Bryson TillerRCA Records
  • Stunna This Stunna ThatStunna GirlEpic Records
  • If You’re Scared Stay InsideTrae Tha Truth and MysonneWorldstar Distribution

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 25, 2021Scott Dudelson, Getty Images

Freddie Gibbs is known for his lyrical storytelling, but this time, the Gary, Ind. rhymer recently shared a pearl-clutching incident during a podcast interview.

On the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Podcast, which aired on Tuesday (Feb. 23), Gangsta Gibbs discussed the invention of the .45 caliber bullet with Rogan and comedian Brian Moses. Amid the conversation, Gibbs revealed that he shot a "crackhead" a while back and the man kept running.

"You know, this is some real shit because there’s a crackhead back in the day. I shot the nigga nine times with a TEC-9, and he kept running down the alley," Freddie Gibbs explained.

While speaking on the creation of the bullet, Moses said that at the time, police tried to stop a Black man, who worked on a dock in the 1900s, that was accused of raping a woman by shooting at him. However, the bullets, according to Moses, weren't powerful enough to take the man down due to the cocaine he was on that helped himself and other ship workers stay up during long shifts. Thus, stronger bullets—the .45 caliber bullet—were allegedly created.

A number of people were perplexed by Freddie Gibbs' admission and shared their thoughts in the comment section of the podcast video on Joe Rogan's YouTube page.

One YouTube user wrote, "Freddie Gibbs talking about shooting a crackhead 9 times like it's a nerf gun fight with his friends."

Another said, "'I shot a crackhead 9 times with a tec 9 back in the day'
Well that escalated quickly…"

The subject matter then shifted to a conversation about crack and cocaine, which was legal to use at the time.

Check out the conversation below. Freddie Gibbs shares his story around the 1-minute mark.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 25, 2021FilmMagic, FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival / Gilbert Carrasquillo, GC Images

Spring is approaching in a few weeks and there's some new music with good vibes on the horizon to help usher in the warm weather.

In February, there were efforts from rising Memphis rapper Pooh Shiesty (Shiesty Season), U.K.-based rhymer Slow Thai (Tyron), Smokepurpp (Psycho) and much more. This month, the temperature will certain rise thanks to offerings from Fenix Flexin, Benny The Butcher and a host of others.

Helping to kick things off is former Shoreline Mafia member Fenix Flexin. The California-bred rhymer is stepping out on his own to deliver his first solo mixtape, Fenix Flexin Mixtape Vol. 1, on March 19. Fenix gave glimpses of his solo ability on "H*e Shit" and "Change Ya Life," which appear on Shoreline's 2020 album Mafia Bidness. The newly solo rhymer offered another teaser earlier this month with "10 Toes" featuring his conversational bars over a West Coast-influenced beat.

That same day, Griselda's Benny The Butcher drops his project with Harry Fraud titled The Plugs I Met 2. The Buffalo, N.Y. spitter dropped the first installment of The Plugs I Met back in 2019. The 7-piece offering contained Benny's bars of steel and appearances from his label mate and cousin, Conway the Machine, Jadakiss, Pusha T and more. An ideal pairing with the crafty beatsmith Harry Fraud, Benny The Butcher is sure to bring the heat on this latest joint as well.

In March, also expect new music from Caleborate, Molly Brazy and more, too.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/peterberry/” rel=”author” title=”Peter A. Berry”>Peter A. BerryPublished: February 25, 2021Ollie Millington, Getty Images

Seventeen years into his rap career, Kendrick Lamar's status as a living rap icon is unimpeachable, but that status was hard-earned. After all, everyone's got to start somewhere, and for Kendrick, who first rapped under the name K-Dot, that launching pad was a collection of projects that sound more like a Lil Wayne tribute artist than the ferocious Compton wordsmith fans know today.

Featuring a cheesy cover for an even cheesier set of songs, 2004's Y.H.N.I.C. (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year), was Kendrick Lamar's introduction to the rap world. You can hear flashes of greatness, but for the most part, this version of the rapper, then known as K-Dot, isn't much more than your rapper from ’round the way.

By the time he released his debut album, Section.80, in the summer of 2011, the fledgling freestyler had evolved into one of the most promising artists the rap game had seen in a long time. Armed with tighter flows, more individualized musicality and a more emphatic message, Kendrick then was nothing like the sounds of K-Dot prior, and soon he was a certified superstar.

After releasing two critically acclaimed major label albums by 2015, Kendrick had the rap world wondering how he'd top his first two outings. His answer was DAMN., a 2017 album that features visceral storytelling and Billboard Hot 100 singles at every turn. While many had pegged Kenny as a conscious artist, this record proved that label was a reductive one, and that Kung Fu Kenny could pretty much do whatever he wanted.

Over the course of his career, Kendrick Lamar has been everything from amateur rapper to rising star to King of Hip-Hop. Those career plateaus are self-contained period pieces on hip-hop and case studies in how to evolve your sound. Through 12 projects, Kendrick has showcased every side of himself and invited fans to take a journey. Now, it's time to retrace those steps.

Today, XXL ranks all of Kendrick Lamar's projects. Check out the rankings for yourself in the gallery below.—Peter A. Berry

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/tylersharp/” rel=”author” title=”Tyler Sharp”>Tyler SharpPublished: February 25, 2021EminemMusic via YouTube

Looking for the lyrics to Eminem's "Rap God"? We've got you covered.

The 2013 track comes off Em's 2013 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and is certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

"Rap God" also holds the Guinness World Record for Most Words In a Hit Single, with 1,560 words in 6 minutes and 44 seconds. Slim averages an impressive 4.28 words per second throughout the song.

Additionally, the track received a nomination for Best Rap Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Ultimately, however, it lost to Kendrick Lamar's "i."

"Rap God" is considered one of Em's most prolific tracks due to how it showcases his over-the-top lyrical ability.

Check out all the lyrics for yourself below.

INTRO
Look, I was gonna go easy on you
Not to hurt your feelings
But I'm only going to get this one chance
Something's wrong, I can feel it (Six minutes)
Just a feeling I've got
Like something's about to happen
But I don't know what
If that means what I think it means
We're in trouble, big trouble
And if he is as bananas as you say
I'm not taking any chances
You are just what the doc' ordered

CHORUS
I'm beginnin' to feel like a rap god, rap god
All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod
Now, who thinks their arms are long enough
To slap box, slap box?
They said I rap like a robot, so call me rap-bot

VERSE ONE
But for me to rap like a computer
It must be in my genes
I got a laptop in my back pocket
My pen will go off when I half-cock it
Got a fat knot from that rap profit
Made a livin' and a killin' off it
Ever since Bill Clinton was still in office
With Monica Lewinsky feelin' on his nutsack
I'm an MC still as honest
But as rude and as indecent as all hell
Syllables, skill-a-holic (Kill 'em all with)
This flippity dippity-hippity hip-hop
You don't really wanna get into a pissin' match
With this rappity brat, packin' a MAC
In the back of the Ac'
Backpack rap crap, yap-yap, yackety-yack
And at the exact same time
I attempt these lyrical acrobat stunts
While I'm practicin' that
I'll still be able to break a motherfuckin' table
Over the back of a couple of f*ggots and crack it in half
Only realized it was ironic
I was signed to Aftermath after the fact
How could I not blow?
All I do is drop F-bombs
Feel my wrath of attack
Rappers are havin' a rough time period
Here's a maxi pad
It's actually disastrously bad for the wack
While I'm masterfully constructing this masterpiece as

REFRAIN
'Cause I'm beginnin' to feel like a rap god, rap god
All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod
Now, who thinks their arms are long enough to slap box, slap box?
Let me show you maintainin' this shit ain't that hard, that hard
Everybody wants the key and the secret
To rap immortality like Ι have got

VERSE TWO
Well, to be truthful the blueprint's
Simply rage and youthful exuberance
Everybody loves to root for a nuisance
Hit the Earth like an asteroid
Did nothing but shoot for the Moon since (Pew!)
MCs get taken to school with this music
'Cause I use it as a vehicle to "bus the rhyme"
Now I lead a new school full of students
Me? I'm a product of Rakim
Lakim Shabazz, 2Pac, N.W.A, Cube, hey Doc, Ren
Yella, Eazy, thank you, they got Slim
Inspired enough to one day grow up
Blow up and be in a position
To meet Run–D.M.C., induct them
Into the motherfuckin' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Even though I'll walk in the church
And burst in a ball of flames
Only Hall of Fame I'll be inducted in
Is the alcohol of fame
On the wall of shame
You f*gs think it's all a game
'Til I walk a flock of flames
Off a plank and, tell me what in the fuck are you thinkin'?
Little gay-lookin' boy
So gay I can barely say it with a straight face
Lookin' boy (Ha-ha!)
You're witnessin' a massacre
Like you're watching a church gathering take place, lookin' boy
"Oy vey, that boy's gay!" That's all they say, lookin' boy
You get a thumbs up, pat on the back
And a "Way to go" from your label every day, lookin' boy
Hey, lookin' boy! What you say, lookin' boy?
I get a "Hell yeah" from Dre, lookin' boy
I'ma work for everything I have
Never asked nobody for shit
Get outta my face, lookin' boy!
Basically, boy, you're never gonna be capable
Of keepin' up with the same pace, lookin' boy, 'cause…

CHORUS
I'm beginnin' to feel like a rap god, rap god
All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod
The way I'm racin' around the track
Call me NASCAR, NASCAR
Dale Earnhardt of the trailer park, the White trash god
Kneel before General Zod
This planet's Krypton
No, Asgard, Asgard

VERSE THREE
So you'll be Thor, I'll be Odin
You rodent, I'm omnipotent
Let off, then I'm reloadin'
Immediately with these bombs, I'm totin'
And I should not be woken
I'm the walkin' dead, but I'm just a talkin' head
A zombie floatin'
But I got your mom deep-throatin'
I'm out my Ramen Noodle
We have nothin' in common, poodle
I'm a Doberman, pinch yourself in the arm
And pay homage, pupil
It's me, my honesty's brutal
But it's honestly futile if I don't
Utilize what I do though
For good at least once in a while
So I wanna make sure somewhere in this
Chicken scratch I scribble and doodle enough rhymes
To maybe try to help get some people through tough times
But I gotta keep a few punchlines
Just in case, 'cause even you unsigned
Rappers are hungry lookin' at me like it's lunchtime
I know there was a time where once I
Was king of the underground
But I still rap like I'm on my Pharoah Monch grind
So I crunch rhymes, but sometimes when you combine
Appeal with the skin color of mine
You get too big and here they come tryin'
To censor you like that one line
I said on "I'm Back" from The Mathers LP when I
Tried to say I'll take seven kids from Columbine
Put 'em all in a line, add an AK-47, a revolver and a 9
See if I get away with it now
That I ain't as big as I was, but I'm
Morphin' into an immortal, comin' through the portal
You're stuck in a time warp from 2004 though
And I don't know what the fuck that you rhyme for
You're pointless as Rapunzel with fuckin' cornrows
You write normal? Fuck being normal!
And I just bought a new raygun from the future
Just to come and shoot ya, like when Fabolous made Ray J mad
'Cause Fab said he looked like a f*g at Mayweather's pad
Singin' to a man while he played piano
Man, oh man, that was a 24-7 special on the cable channel
So Ray J went straight to the radio station
The very next day, "Hey Fab, I'ma kill you!"
Lyrics comin' at you at supersonic speed (J.J. Fad)
Uh, summa-lumma, dooma-lumma, you assumin' I'm a human
What I gotta do to get it through to you I'm superhuman?
Innovative and I'm made of rubber
So that anything you say is ricochetin' off of me
And it'll glue to you and
I'm devastating, more than ever demonstrating
How to give a motherfuckin' audience
A feeling like it's levitating
Never fading, and I know the haters are forever waiting
For the day that they can say I fell off, they'll be celebrating
'Cause I know the way to get 'em motivated
I make elevating music, you make elevator music
"Oh, he's too mainstream"
Well, that's what they do when they get jealous
They confuse it
"It's not hip-hop, it's pop, "
'Cause I found a hella way to fuse it
With rock, shock rap with Doc
Throw on "Lose Yourself" and make 'em lose it
"I don't know how to make songs like that
I don't know what words to use."
Let me know when it occurs to you
While I'm rippin' any one of these verses that versus you
It's curtains, I'm inadvertently hurtin' you
How many verses I gotta murder to
Prove that if you were half as nice
Your songs you could sacrifice virgins too?
Ugh, school flunky, pill junkie
But look at the accolades these skills brung me
Full of myself, but still hungry
I bully myself 'cause I make me do
What I put my mind to
And I'm a million leagues above you
Ill when I speak in tongues
But it's still tongue-in-cheek, fuck you
I'm drunk, so, Satan, take the fucking wheel
I'ma sleep in the front seat
Bumpin' Heavy D and the Boyz
Still "Chunky but Funky"
But in my head there's something
I can feel tugging and struggling
Angels fight with devils
And here's what they want from me
They're askin' me to eliminate some of the women hate
But if you take into consideration the bitter hatred
I have, then you may be a little patient
And more sympathetic to the situation
And understand the discrimination
But fuck it, life's handin' you lemons?
Make lemonade then!
But if I can't batter the women
How the fuck am I supposed to bake them a cake then?
Don't mistake him for Satan; it's a fatal mistake
If you think I need to be overseas and take a vacation
To trip a broad, and make her fall on her face and
Don't be a ret*rd
Be a king? Think not
Why be a king when you can be a God?

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 25, 2021Hollywood To You / Star Max, GC Images

Travis Scott held a surprise event in Los Angeles this week, but he may have to answer to city officials after being accused of possibly violating COVID-19 regulations.

According to a report from TMZ on Thursday (Feb. 25), La Flame held a flash mob-esque pop-up event in the West Hollywood section of L.A. on Tuesday (Feb. 23). However, he didn't receive a permit from the city's Department of Public Works because the DPW is reportedly leery of giving the OK on these sorts of non-essential events due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

City officials are reportedly taking a close look at Travis and his event to see if he infringed on coronavirus restrictions.

Los Angeles' Department of Public Works also reportedly plans to confer with the City Attorney's office on the actions they'll take against the Houston rapper, which includes potential fines. It's worth noting that although Public Works does issue citations for permit violations, it isn't certain whether or not Travis will receive one.

As for the event, hundreds of people gathered at a newsstand featuring Travis Scott's Cactus Jack logo to announce his first "Utopia" issue of i-D magazine, where he can be seen gracing the cover. He discusses his upcoming Utopia album in the interview.

The former 2013 XXL Freshman clearly loves his fans because he did something similar last September at a McDonald's location shortly after launching his partnership with the fast-food franchise.

Travis Scott made an appearance at a Mickey D's in Downey, Calif. and was surrounded by a mob of supporters. In the video footage that surfaced online, there were few mask sightings and very little social distancing was being practiced at the time.

XXL has reached out to a rep for Travis Scott and the Los Angeles Department of Public Works for a comment.

See footage from Travis' surprise event below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: February 24, 2021Popp Hunna yah via YouTube

Struggle can inspire greatness and open up doors to success—even if it's internal conflict. Back when he was 17 years old, a short three years ago, Popp Hunna made a song about his breakup with a then-girlfriend. He made the track because he couldn't get over it, and the small but notable feedback he received from those around him made Popp feel confident in his music-making abilities.

The next year, the then-aspiring rapper went to work on his first project, One Year Later, which dropped in January of 2020. The effort features the tinkly track "I'm Single," one of the first songs that got him some traction and included the blueprint of Popp's style: fun, celebratory, melody-driven rap that seamlessly works in the darker side of things.

The "rock star" song that officially put him on the map dropped soon after. "Adderall (Corvette Corvette)" arrived in October of 2020, with its accompanying TikTok dance challenge following soon after—there are now over 26 million TikTok videos using Popp's banger. The track and dance was so popular that it became the signature celebration of Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. At its core, "Adderall (Corvette Corvette)" is a fun dance song, but Popp's verse and sing-song approach to hooks adds to the appeal. As of now, the song has over 46 million streams on Spotify, and the remix, which features hometown hero Lil Uzi Vert, tacks on another 27 million streams. It's clear Popp has himself a certified hit.

However, some trouble lied ahead. In late December of 2020, as the song continued to blow up, paperwork was leaked to the internet that allegedly included info of a then-14-year-old Popp being interviewed by the police after the murder of a classmate in 2015. The young man was allegedly shot and killed in front of Popp, his mother and several others. Once this info went public, an image began circulating online that showed Popp allegedly sharing a screenshot of an Instagram DM that included a message from Lil Uzi Vert asking him to be removed from Mud Baby, Popp's days-old EP at the time. "I'm about to just quit rapping all that paper work just fucked my whole reputation up," Popp allegedly wrote over the screenshot of Uzi's DM, sharing it in an Instagram Story. Uzi still remains on the EP on DSPs, which leads many fans to believe the photo of the DM was fake.

Popp hasn't addressed talk of the paperwork since it began making waves on the ’net. As of press time, the 20-year-old rapper doesn't really have much of a comment on it, sharing that he's opted to let his music speak for him, and using his "tunnel vision" to stay focused. Either way, his buzz has maintained, and there is still significant interest in his upcoming new music.

Now, Popp Hunna is this week's featured artist in XXL's The Break.

Age: 20

Hometown: Philadelphia

I grew up listening to: "I listened to Drake and Dej Loaf growing up. I liked Drake because he spoke on different things in his music, and I like Dej Loaf because she came out with a unique sound that I never heard before."

My style’s been compared to: "Music-wise, I haven't really heard anything. But as far as appearance, everybody was saying Roddy Ricch. Now that I got some brand new hair, everybody is saying Lil Tjay. They just won't stop."

I’m going to blow up because: "I seen Kobe Bryant's daughters dancing to my song. That was crazy. Seeing Obama daughter, seeing that stuff just motivated me even more. Everything is just crazy, man. I know for sure I'm going in the right direction, if they dancing to it."

What’s your most slept-on song, and why?: "It was a few songs on my project, that I felt were slept on. There was a song on my project called 'Congratulations,' that was slept-on. I mean, that's how I feel. I'm just the person that's making the music."

My standout records to date have been: "Obviously 'Adderall (Corvette, Corvette).' The song before 'Adderall,' called 'I'm Single.'"

My standout moments to date have been: "Working with [Lil] Uzi [Vert], honestly. That's my biggest moment."

Most people don’t know: "I'm not a rapper, it's bigger than that. I'm a pop star, man."

I’m going to be the next: "Pop star."

Follow Popp Hunna on SoundCloud and Instagram.

Standouts:

"Adderall (Corvette Corvette) Remix" featuring Lil Uzi Vert

"Take Off"

"Mud Baby"

Mud Baby

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 24, 2021Medhill Justice Project via Vimeo

No Limit Records rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps has been behind bars for 21 years for a crime he claims he didn't commit, and now it looks like he could be receiving clemency.

According to a report from The Huffington Post on Monday (Feb. 22), the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole recommended earlier this week that Mac, 43, be made eligible for parole immediately. The parole board apparently voted unanimously for the New Orleans rapper's release, but the ultimate decision is up to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. If Mac's clemency is approved, he will have to sit before the parole board once more.

The hip-hop artist, who played a pivotal role in Master P's No Limit Records empire in the late 1990s, was convicted of manslaughter in 2001, in connection to the February 2000 shooting at Club Mercedes in Slidell, La., which killed 19-year-old Barron “Bookie” Victor Jr. Mac was sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

Mac's wife, Angelique Phipps, seemed hopeful of the new update in her husband's case. "Today’s been a good day," she said. "It’s kind of the beginning of the road to freedom, but there’s still some more bases to go. It’s a start. One step closer.”

She added, “Not only is this amazing for us, but I believe that it also provides hope for those in comparable situations. Our goal is in sight, and we will get to the finish line."

Back in 2015, an investigation led by The Medhill Justice Project sparked doubt regarding a key witness testimony. Thus, offering hope for Mac's release due to false imprisonment.

As far as the details of the incident, Mac was present at the club that night to help promote an open mic event. His mother, father, friends and associates were there as well. Mac was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, which according to Louisiana is when "the offender has a specific intent to kill or to inflict great bodily harm."

Mac's account from the night of the shooting is that he was observing the venue trying to determine whether or not he should perform due to lack of crowd attendance. When he came out of the bathroom, he noticed commotion near the front of the stage, then heard a gunshot. Mac says he was concerned about his mother as she was collecting his appearance fee at the door.

The case appears to have been riddled with questionable testimonies.

A man named Thomas Williams, who worked as Mac's security on the night of the shooting, confessed to the incident less than two weeks after it happened. Williams turned himself in to the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office and claimed that the deceased victim—Barron Victor Jr.—had approached him with a broken beer bottle. Williams said he acted in self-defense. His testimony was later dismissed in court because the St. Tammany Sheriff claimed it didn't match up with the physical evidence.

The key witness, victim Victor's cousin, Nathaniel Tillison, claimed that he saw Mac fire shots at the victim from point-blank range. However, other witnesses from the club contradicted Tillison's version of the story, but also placed him at locations where he wouldn't have been able to see the shooting. Tillison also said that Mac was the aggressor, but in a prior testimony, he identified one of the rapper's associates as the aggressor. Apparently, he also claimed to a deputy at the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office that he saw another man with a gun, saying, "If Mac didn't do the shooting, you know who did."

A woman named Yulon James admitted to not seeing the incident, but in a 2013 affidavit, James said St. Tammany law enforcement coerced her into making Mac out to be the shooter.

Meanwhile, Mac and his mother felt that No Limit Records artists were being targeted by authorities at the time. They also believed that Mac was named as the shooter because he was an identifiable face.

When it came to the trial, there appears to have been inconsistent testimonies and a lack of forensic evidence, so law officials turned to Mac's music as a defense in the case, using rhymes from his 1998 Shell Shocked album, particularly the song "Murda, Murda, Kill, Kill." But Mac's mother said these records were based on accounts the rapper heard from his father who was in the military and fought in the Vietnam War.

It's also important to note that although there were firearms at Mac's home—he had a gun on him that night as well—none of the ammunition matched the firearm that killed Victor. The murder weapon was never found and there hasn't been any physical evidence that would've connected Mac to the shooting.

Also, in 2016, The Huffington Post released a report on jurors at Mac's 2001 trial that did not receive the full story of the case and pertinent information was kept from Mac's defense attorney. The report said the jury "never heard the testimony of Jerry Price, who says Tillison was outside Club Mercedes in Slidell, where the concert took place, and couldn’t have seen the shooting."

XXL has reached out to the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole for a comment on this matter.

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DaBaby has been accused of assaulting a rental home owner in Runyon Canyon, Calif.

According to a report published in Variety on Tuesday (Feb. 23), a man named Gary Pagar filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina rapper on Monday (Feb. 22), claiming that DaBaby punched him in the mouth, knocking a tooth out, back in December. The man says this all took place because he attempted to stop DaBaby's music video shoot at his rental property because there were too many people, violating the terms of the lease.

Pagar claims that Baby had 40 people at the home when the hip-hop superstar allegedly agreed to the conditions of only having 12 people at the property due to COVID-19 regulations.

When Pagar attempted to shut down the video shoot, he was reportedly knocked to the ground by an unknown person. He then claims that DaBaby got out of a car, chased Pagar back into the home and advised him against calling the police. Pagar claims that this is when he was assaulted, left with a bloodied mouth and missing tooth.

The report goes on to say that someone at the scene did notify the police and DaBaby and his crew allegedly fled thereafter, allegedly taking Pagar's phone and "valuable kitchenware."

Pagar's lawsuit reportedly claims that Baby left without paying the full amount of the bill. He also reportedly left the home with thousands of dollars in damages. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that DaBaby and members of his crew destroyed a security camera that was installed inside of the home to hide that they weren't adhering to coronavirus restrictions.

The lawsuit also claims that when Pagar arrived at the home, he saw Baby sitting in a car with YouTube personality Jake Paul, who was supposedly involved with the video shoot. The legal filing allegedly notes that the terms of the property prohibits commercial use—meaning video shoots aren't permitted.

Pagar concludes that he was allegedly spat on and taunted by the assailants who tossed his phone back-and-forth.

The news of this alleged incident comes about two months after DaBaby was arrested during a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. after police found a gun in his car. However, prior to that, Baby had been keeping himself on the right side of the law and out of trouble.

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

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The rumblings and murmurs pertaining to Travis Scott's Utopia album calmed a bit recently, but in a new interview, La Flame has revealed that he's currently working on the effort, which will have a sound unlike anything he's done before.

During a conversation with film director Robert Rodriguez for the Spring 2021 issue of i-D magazine, Travis explained, "I never tell people this, and I’m probably going to keep it a secret still, but I’m working with some new people and I’m just trying to expand the sound. I’ve been making beats again, rapping on my own beats, just putting everything together and trying to grow it really. That’s been one of the most fun things about working on this album. I’m evolving, collaborating with new people, delivering a whole new sound, a whole new range."

When Rodriguez asked about Travis Scott's approach to following up the success of his 2018 album, Astroworld, the "Sicko Mode" rapper remained confident. "It’s never about repeating myself, I’m just trying to make the next saga… each album is like a saga. You know, you’re one of my favorite directors. Everything you fucking do man," he said.

The acclaim of Astroworld goes without saying, but the former 2013 XXL Freshman doesn't feel any pressure to deliver an album that will be just as good, if not better.

"I don’t feel no pressure, except to keep the fans alive," he told the publication. "There’s so much more ground I can cover, and I want to cover it, and I love the challenge of it. I want to make a fucking new sound. I might spend days banging my head against a wall trying to figure it out, but once I do it, it’s like ultimate ecstasy."

Scott also revealed that he's still hoping to make his extravagant Houston-based Astroworld Festival happen later this year. Despite the current state of the pandemic, he remained optimistic, saying, "Hopefully we can bring it back at the end of this year. Around November."

While a release date for the album hasn't been shared yet, it's good to know that more music from Travis is on the way.

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Lil Uzi Vert is going to be featured on Blink-182's new album, according to their drummer Travis Barker.

In a recent interview on Spotify's Rock This with Allison Hagendorf podcast, which premiered last Friday (Feb. 19), Barker revealed that the band has a new song with Uzi that they worked on with Pharrell. "There’s a song with Uzi that’s really, really cool that we did with Pharrell," he revealed.

"I mean, it’s not like Blink’s making a rap song or anything," Barker clarified. "It’s like bringing Uzi over to our world. So it’s more of a punk kind of like reggae-feeling song. I don’t think Blink will ever be anything but a pop-punk band. That’s who we are, and I feel like our fans have journeyed with us when we’ve done songs like ‘Miss You’ or ballads like ‘Adam’s Song.’"

The band's famed drummer added that the record will be true to his rock core although Uzi is a rapper and Pharrell is known for his contributions to hip-hop. He told the podcast host, "But we’re never going to veer too far off from what we are. I’m a punk kid at heart, you know what I mean? Whether it’s pop-punk with Blink or whatever with [Machine Gun Kelly] or whatever with Trippie [Redd], that’s where my heart’s at. I was raised on rap music and punk rock music. It’s all I know.”

Blink-182 are no strangers to hip-hop. In 2019, they went out on tour with Lil Wayne and even dropped a mashup track with Weezy, combining "What's My Age Again?" and "A Milli."

Barker released a rock album with Trippie Redd last week titled Neon Shark vs. Pegasus.

You can listen to the Rock This with Allison Hagendorf interview, which features both Barker and Trippie, below.

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Outside of music, rappers are very attentive when it comes to parenting their own children. In several instances, some of their hilarious and joyful parenting moments have been publicized on social media.

Young Thug may be full of jokes on the ’Gram at times, but he's a strict parent of his daughter Mari Mego. Last month, Thugger was chatting with her for several minutes on IG Live. Once he hopped off, he returned later in the comment section after seeing that she was on IG Live just a little too long. "That's enough get off live," he wrote. He then typed, "Uma give you 5 mins." Realizing her dad wasn't playing around, Mego quickly ended her IG Live. This moment brings on the good laughs and a smile because it's rare fans get to see Thug in father mode like this.

Cardi B's parenting skills are to be commended when it comes to her daughter Kulture. Last year, when the Bronx native was on Instagram Live, she began entertaining her viewers with an impromptu rendition of "WAP." But when Kulture walked into the room, Bardi quickly turned off the music so the child wouldn't hear the explicit lyrics. The multiplatinum-selling rapper knows what's important in her household.

While moments like these prove rappers put their children first, there are other times hip-hop parenting is all about fun. Rick Ross likes to spend quality time with his oldest son William Roberts at his lavish mansion. Recently, on his Instagram Story, Rozay shared a video of himself competing against his son in a belly flop contest at the rapper's huge pool. Father and son time in all its glory.

In honor of the artists who love to put their best foot forward as parents, XXL highlights several rappers displaying acts of good parenting. Whether they are monitoring their child's social media activity or teaching them to read, these rappers' parenting skills will make you smile. Check them out below.

  • Young Thug Tells His Daughter to Get Off Instagram Live

    After chatting with his daughter Mari Mego for a few minutes on Instagram Live, Young Thug returned later in the comments section, warning her that she has five minutes to end her IG Live. “That's enough get off live," he wrote. He later added, "Uma give you 5 mins." Realizing how serious her dad was about his warning, she quickly ended her IG Live. Dad don't play that.

  • Cardi B Stops “WAP” So Kulture Doesn’t Hear Explicit Lyrics

    While on Instagram Live, Cardi B decided to give her viewers an impromptu rendition of “WAP” last year. But when her daughter Kulture walked into the room, Bardi quickly turned off the music so her child wouldn’t hear the explicit lyrics. Mom knows best.

  • Wiz Khalifa Gets His Son Ready for First Day of School

    In 2018, Wiz Khalifa shared a video of himself getting his son, Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, ready for his first day of kindergarten. Like a good father, Wiz made his son breakfast, prepped his clothes and drove him to his bus stop. Seeing Wiz say goodbye as Sebastian boards the bus is a special moment.

  • DJ Khaled Interrupts Asahd’s Lunchtime to Show Off His Outfit

    DJ Khaled is such a loving dad to Asahd that he actually interrupted his son’s lunchtime to show off the boy's cool outfit. Khaled made sure his son flexed his exclusive We The Best Air Jordan 3 kicks to viewers on his Instagram Story. Another one.

  • Remy Ma and Papoose Teach 2-Year-Old Daughter to Read

    Remy Ma and Papoose are hands-on when it comes to their 2-year-old daughter’s education. Last month, the doting parents shared on their Instagram page a video of Pap teaching Reminisce Mackenzie how to read. It’s quite impressive.

  • Kim Kardashian Defends North West’s Oil Painting

    You've heard the expression "the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree." This is true for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s 7-year-old daughter North West. In February, Kim shared on her Instagram Story a photo of North’s beautiful oil painting, which showcased trees and a snow-capped mountain. Unfortunately, the painting prompted speculation among the haters who weren't convinced that North actually painted it. Kim would later defend North's artistic abilities, stating that her daughter had been taking oil painting classes and it took her several weeks to complete.

    “DON’T PLAY WITH ME WHEN IT COMES TO MY CHILDREN!!!” Kim said in a written post to her Instagram Story. “My daughter and her best friend have been taking a serious oil painting class where their talents and creativity are being encouraged and nurtured…As a proud mom, I wanted to share her work with everyone."

    @KanyePodcast via Twitter

  • Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Catch at Los Angeles Lakers Game

    When it comes to parenting, daddy-daughter bonding is so important. Back in March of 2020, Jay-Z took his daughter, Blue Ivy, to an NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers. Afterward, Hov and Ivy met with Lakers players JaVale McGee and LeBron James. A fun daddy-daughter night out for sure.

  • Lil’ Kim Gifts Daughter a White Horse for 6th Birthday

    Lil’ Kim didn’t let the pandemic stop her from celebrating her daughter’s sixth birthday last year. In June of 2020, Kim jumped on her Instagram account and shared a video of herself and her daughter, Royal, having fun at her Frozen-themed birthday party. The hip-hop mom gave her baby girl a substantial gift for her B-Day—a white pony named Prince.

  • Chance The Rapper Helps Daughter Kensli Direct Her First Film

    Chance The Rapper is making sure that his daughter, Kensli Bennett, taps into her creative spirit. In February, the Chicago rapper hopped on his Instagram page and shared a clip of his daughter directing her first movie. “Kensli wrote and is now directing her first film at 5 yrs old,” Chance wrote in the caption. “The movie is Black & White so she’s shooting in dark rooms a la Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull. This is all her… [I’m] so proud."

  • Rick Ross and His Son Have a Belly Flop Contest

    When it comes to fathers and sons, they are always competing against each other. In a recent Instagram Story clip, Rick Ross and his son, William Roberts (a.k.a. Big Bank), were competing on who could deliver the biggest belly flop in the rapper's olympic-size pool. It looks like the Bawse won the challenge.

    All Urban Central via YouTube

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Videos of Bobby Shmurda touching base with his friends and family are circulating online now that the recently incarcerated Brooklyn rapper has been released from prison after serving over six years.

On Tuesday morning (Feb. 23), the "Shmoney" dance pioneer was officially freed from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Following a clip that surfaced on social media, it appears that he was picked up and transported via a private jet.

Several videos have since been making their rounds online, in which Bobby's loved ones and his mother, Leslie Pollard, can be seen speaking with the "Hot Nigga" artist via FaceTime.

"Oh my goodness, look at my baby! How are you?" Bobby's mom asks her son via video chat. "I miss you, stinky. Oh my God."

Bobby then tells his mother that he misses her and blows her a kiss through the phone.

"Qui Qui, you back, baby," his mom adds. This is likely a family nickname since Bobby Shmurda's given name is Ackquille Pollard.

"You look good, my boy," another woman's voice can be heard telling Bobby in a separate 15-second clip.

Prior to Bobby Shmurda's official release, there were numerous reports that he was given a conditional release date of Feb. 23. This is after his first early release was denied last September.

Nevertheless, after six years in prison, the 26-year-old rhymer is heading home. He will also serve the remainder of his sentence under community supervision until Feb. 23, 2026, the maximum expiration date of his sentence.

Bobby was arrested back in 2014, in New York City with 12 members of his GS9 crew. After facing a number of charges including conspiracy, reckless endangerment and weapon, he later struck a plea deal in 2016 and pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession. Bobby was then convicted and sentenced to seven years behind bars.

Rowdy Rebel, Bobby's close friend and one of his codefendants, was released from prison back in December.

Welcome home, Bobby.

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Meek Mill caught some fiery heat last week after a song featuring himself and Lil Baby leaked online, and it contained an insensitive lyric about the late NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Days later, on Monday evening (Feb. 22), Kobe's wife, Vanessa Bryant, called out Meek for the "disrespectful" bar, which seemingly refers to the basketball star's tragic death by way of a helicopter crash in California last year. In an Instagram Story post containing the Philadelphia rapper's leaked verse written out, Vanessa expressed her dismay regarding Meek's portion of the song.

"Dear @meekmill," she wrote. "I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period. I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this. If you are a fan, fine, there's a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact."

vanessabryant via Instagram

At some point yesterday, Meek hopped on Twitter and tweeted, "Ion trust people gotta play it raw ….." In a follow-up message, he typed, "I'm going back savage in this shit … f#%k ya feelings!."

meekmill via Twitter

While these messages don't appear to be directed at anything in particular, some people on Twitter called out Meek for the timing of the tweets considering Vanessa Bryant had just spoken out against his song lyric. However, he quickly debunked that chatter and shared via Twitter that he apologized to her privately and that his tweets were completely unrelated.

"I apologized to her in private earlier  today not to the public…Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving change the subject!," he said early Tuesday morning (Feb. 23).

As previously reported, a snippet of the song, which appears to be called "Kobe," surfaced online on Feb. 17. On the track, the Dream Chasers Records CEO rhymes, "And if I ever lack I’m going out with my choppa it be another Kobe."

Meek was dragged by social media users as well as music industry veteran Wack 100, whom he had exchanged words with last week also.

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna "Gigi" Bryant were among nine people who were tragically killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Jan. 26, 2020.

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Bobby Shmurda is a free man.

After serving six years and two months in prison, the Brooklyn rapper was released from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York on Tuesday (Feb. 23), XXL has confirmed. Based on the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision database, his status now says "released."

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

A video was also shared via the Instagram page @2cool2bl0g this morning, which shows Bobby on what appears to be a private jet shortly after his release. "#BobbyShmurda Almost home 👀 they picking him up in a jet," the IG post reads.

Now freed from behind bars, Bobby, born Ackquille Jean Pollard, still has some obligations concerning his sentence. According to a rep for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the 26-year-old rhymer "will serve the remainder of his sentence under community supervision until his maximum expiration date of February 23, 2026."

Bobby Shmurda and 12 members of his GS9 crew were initially arrested on Dec. 17, 2014, at Quad Studios in New York City following an investigation into the Brooklyn-based collective. Just five months after the official release of his hit breakout single, "Hot Nigga," which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Bobby was hit with a slew of charges including conspiracy, reckless endangerment and weapons, conspiracy in the second degree, three counts of conspiracy in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and one count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sept. 2, 2016, he agreed to a plea deal and pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy and one count of weapons possession. The rapper was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. Bobby's bid hasn't been without incident. Less than a year into his stint, he was charged with smuggling contraband into the prison. He was sentenced to an additional four years for the case, which ran concurrently with his initial sentence.

Bobby was initially up for parole in September of 2020 but was denied by the New York Board of Parole. Last month, a rep for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed he would be released in February.

One of Bobby's codefendants, Rowdy Rebel, was freed from prison in December of last year. He teased Bobby's release last week on social media. Now that Bobby is no longer locked up, new music and a documentary should be on the horizon.

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It's been over six years since the hat tossing, two-stepping Bobby Shmurda was put behind bars and he's released a statement ahead of his impending release from prison.

On Monday (Feb. 22), the 26-year-old rapper shared a post via his Instagram Story, revealing that his IG page had been hacked, but he's back in action via social media thanks to his team.

"My team created this Instagram page after my original page was hacked but thanks to my dedicated fans I managed to get my page verified and also 1M followers without ever being active on this page," Shmurda wrote. "Thank you for remaining loyal and for riding this six year sentence out with me. I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Bod boy Bobby (whisper emoji) ah ahh ahhh."

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Bobby's recent statement comes after reports that the Brooklyn rapper is eligible to be released as soon as tomorrow (Feb. 23). A rep for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision confirmed to XXL this morning that Bobby is eligible and his release is "done by statute and not by action of the Board of Parole." Initially, his potential early release last September was denied by the NYS DOCCS Board of Parole. His conditional release date was later bumped up to February 2021.

Last week, Bobby's close friend and collaborator, Rowdy Rebel, hinted at the "Hot Nigga" rhymer being a free man in the coming days via social media. At the time, Rowdy, who was recently released from prison as well, noted that there were six days left until Bobby Shmurda would be able to walk freely out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York.

Meanwhile, according to a report from TMZ today, Shmurda plans to keep things on a calmer note once he's released. Bobby Shmurda's mom, Leslie Pollard, apparently told the outlet that her son wants to "chill" and get back to the music once freed.

Bobby was arrested in 2014 stemming from an indictment on his GS9 crew. He accepted a plea deal on charges of conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon. He was originally scheduled to be released in December of this year.

According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Bobby Shmurda will be on parole until Feb. 23, 2026.

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Whenever the final product includes more than one person, you need to be able to be a team player and work well with others. Music has always been a collaborative effort, and hip-hop was birthed from a bunch of New York City youths teaming up to rap. In hip-hop's past and present, some of the best work has come from two rappers whipping up a song, and building off each other's contributions. Modern hip-hop is home to joint projects and collaborative tracks being released left and right. There are plenty of artists who work together very well but have stuck to releasing just a few songs as a team. XXL shines a light on the rappers who make magic together.

Interestingly enough, the 2019 XXL Freshman cover has two sets of artists that built relationships from that day forward that resulted in big songs. DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion were both in that Freshman group, and soon after, Megan released her Fever standout "Cash Shit," with DaBaby. The North Carolina rapper then featured Meg, along with singer Ashanti, on "Nasty" from his Blame It On Baby album. Late last year, Meg collaborated with DaBaby yet again on her song "Cry Baby," from her debut album, Good News. With Meg and DaBaby getting a double platinum plaque for "Cash Shit" and "Cry Baby" being one of the most popular songs off Meg's debut LP, they are clearly a perfect rap match when it comes to making hits.

Another rap pairing that has benefitted from developing a working relationship after becoming XXL Freshmen is Gunna and Roddy Ricch, who were friends before they were even chose for the cover last year. Gunna was on Roddy's 2019 debut album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, appearing on the single "Start Wit Me." Then Gunna had Roddy on "Cooler Than A Bitch," from his own 2020 album, Wunna. They make quality music together because the chemistry is evident, both talent and their friendship are the ingredients to this special sauce. You never know when they'll link up and drop something again, but it's apparent that when they do, it'll be a smash.

From DaBaby and Megan The Stallion to Roddy Ricch and Gunna, along with plenty more, take a look at every time these rappers work together it's magic.

  • Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby

    Considering they both took off in the same timeframe—late 2018 into early 2019—it makes sense that Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby built a working relationship together. That has culminated in a few songs, most recently "Cry Baby," but the biggest hit is "Cash Shit" from Meg's 2019 project Fever. This was the genesis of their work together. They never shy away from sexually charged lyrics, and their rapping is at supreme levels. Add in their charisma, and it's no wonder what they do works.

  • Roddy Ricch and Gunna

    Roddy Ricch and Gunna are friends, and that informs the type of music they make together. While both tend to harmonize in their music—Roddy moreso—when they team up, they tend to use their greatest strength: their ability to stick directly to a beat. On "Start Wit Me," they do it with two distinctly different flows. Gunna's approach is more staccato but directly in tune; Roddy's is fast and fits together as one part, but is perfectly timed. Their other collab, "Cooler Than A Bitch," is another example of this.

  • Lil Durk and Lil Baby

    Lil Durk and Lil Baby have a long history at this point, collaborating on numerous songs over the years. As evidenced on Durki'o's "3 Headed Goat" featuring Baby and Polo G, and "Finesse Out The Gang Way," Durk and Baby pairings tend to be a bar fest, with the both of them rhyming at the peak of their abilities. Baby is a big-time rap star who still doesn't get his just due for his lyrical skills, and Durk has been reinventing himself since he was a teen rapping, blowing up off blending rapping and singing. But the both of them can go, and their songs together prove that.

  • Playboi Carti and Young Nudy

    Playboi Carti and Young Nudy went viral off "Kid Cudi/Pissy Pamper" in 2020, a leaked song that the two collaborated on that only exists on the edges of the internet. But before all that, they teamed up on "RIP Fredo (Notice Me)," featured on Carti's well-received 2018 debut album Die Lit. This song is a reunion of sorts, as both artists had an ongoing partnership with P'ierre Bourne, the producer of the track. Carti puts his patented baby voice to use, and just paces the song perfectly. Nudy rides the beat in a similar fashion, but his lyrics are more direct and to the point, leaving room for Carti's style to fit alongside his.

  • Jack Harlow and EST Gee

    Jack Harlow and EST Gee are both Louisville, Ky. natives, and while they make drastically different music from each other, all their collaborations are good songs. EST Gee is a clever, vivid street rapper while Jack is more of a charismatic rap technician who doesn't take himself too seriously. On "Rotten," Jack chooses to floss, mostly about the women in his life. EST Gee's subject matter here is totally different; talks more about his struggles in the street and trying to leave it behind for music. The opposites attract on this one because they are both skilled rappers and complement each other's styles.

  • Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow

    Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow are two close friends from the Winner's Circle Entertainment crew and Brooklyn natives, who have been making noise in the city since 2017, after Sheff dropped "No Suburban." They both make BK drill music, with Sheff being one of the genre's true pioneers, but put their own spin on it, thanks to how lyrically sharp they are. Sheff's style is more blunt force, with a booming voice and a dark sense of humor. Meanwhile, Sleepy raps like every single line matters, flying through bars and getting straight to the point. They both have a very specific bounce to them, bringing lighter melodies to a genre about darker things. Their 2020 single, "Tip Toe," displays all of these skills in a more polished way, but 2018's "Flows" lets their rapping really shine, with the slow, somber beat allowing them to get more personal.

  • Wale and J. Cole

    Wale and J.Cole have been friends for a very long time, and were XXL Freshmen in subsequent years—Wale in 2009, Cole the next year. Since they hold each other in high regard, they have plenty of collabs over the years, such as 2009's "Beautiful Bliss," 2010's "You Got It," 2015's "The Pessimist," "You Got It" and more. Both have been regarded as high-level lyricists, and as their careers evolved and Cole turned into a superstar, they haven't shied away from that. These are two socially conscious MCs with flows for days, and Wale is the more braggadocios one while Cole lets the bars showcase how nice he is on the mic. 2018's "My Boy (Freestyle)" is their most recent collab, and here they just let their hair down and have fun.

  • Freddie Gibbs and Black Thought

    Freddie Gibbs and Black Thought first rapped together on the former's Shadow of a Doubt album cut "Extradite" in 2015. When they team up, they always bring their A-game, aiming to have the best verse on the song. Being that they are both decorated rap veterans, the final product is always impressive. Freddie and Black Thought have made careers out of being unflinchingly honest, rhyming about the streets, Black strife and more.

  • Future and Meek Mill

    Future and Meek Mill's styles just work together. Future is more melody-attuned and has plenty of classic hooks and verses under his belt. Meek Mill is the rapper's rapper, having tons of technical skill and emotion, along with a distinctive voice. When they are on songs together, like 2015's "Jump Out The Face," there's room for them to both play to their strengths without stepping on each other's toes. Their most recent meet up is 2020's "100 Shooters," which also features Doe Boy.

  • Drake and 21 Savage

    Drake and 21 Savage have been both friends and fans of each other for a while. In 2016, Drake featured 21 Savage on his song "Sneakin" and gave him a Ferrari as a gift. 21 has sung Drake's praises back then and still does now, and got Drake onto his Savage Mode II cut "Mr. Right Now," which has been streamed over 96 million times on Spotify. "Sneakin" is more in 21 Savage's world, with tough talk and a darker feel to it. "Mr. Right Now" is a lighter song for the ladies, where they both flex their skills with all the women in their lives.

  • A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q

    Coming up together in 2011, ScHoolboy Q and A$AP Rocky were able to grow up and be present within each other's careers. Their first collab was that year's "Brand New Guy," one of the most popular songs off Rocky's debut mixtape, Live.Love.ASAP. That track was pure kinetic energy, with Q punching through with his scowling bars and mastery of flows, and the typically laid-back Rocky turning up and rising to the occasion. This kicked off plenty of work between the two, like 2012's "Hands On The Wheel," 2015's "Electric Body," both appearing on A$AP Ferg's "Work (Remix)" plus more. They work off each other because they both like to have fun, and being the smooth guy and the gangsta is always a good blend.

  • Travis Scott and Young Thug

    Travis Scott was beginning to turn the corner and on his way to superstardom, and Young Thug was a young and captivating name in hip hop back in 2014. They linked up for "Mamacita," a Travis song which also featured Thug's Rich Gang partner in crime, Rich Homie Quan. That track felt like an arrival for all parties involved, with all three rappers snapping and proving that the future of hip-hop was bright. From there, Thug and Travis have both become much more famous and successful, and continued to consistently work with each other.

    2016's "Pick Up The Phone" featuring Quavo was their first real hit together, and that opened the floodgates for their later songs, like 2019's "Out West," 2019's "The London" and "Hot (Remix)" and 2020's "Franchise," all of which have RIAA plaques to their name. Travis and Thug are both left-of-center rappers, and the way their bend their voices and have no one other artists similar to them, always works. Travis is basically an anthem machine at this point in his career, and Thug has honed his off-kilter style and vocal-inflections into making hits for days.

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UPDATE (FEB. 21): 

Atlanta police have confirmed to XXL that neither Roddy Ricch nor 42 Dugg were injured in the shooting. Antoine Blake and Vernon Moulder have been identified as the victims. Both remain hospitalized in stable condition. Another individual, Peter Cook, was initially believed to have been grazed by a bullet, but upon further evaluation by paramedics, it was confirmed that he sustained a laceration from a piece of debris.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg music video shoot has reportedly ended in gunfire this afternoon in Atlanta, injuring three people and sending two to the hospital.

According to WSB-TV Atlanta, on Sunday (Feb. 21), it was confirmed that Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg were present during filming of the music video. However, neither artist was injured in any way when the shooting erupted.

Police reportedly responded to a shooting in southwest Atlanta around 4 p.m. Sunday. One individual was treated at the scene by emergency paramedics after being grazed by a bullet. Two other people took themselves to Grady Memorial Hospital in order to treat gunshot wounds. Neither their identities nor have their conditions have been released to the public at this time.

Thus far, the investigation has reportedly revealed that the shooting happened during the filming of a music video at what appeared to be a steel yard. At least one film trailer was near the scene.

As of now, it is still unclear who the shooter is.

WSB-TV reporter Steve Gehlbach confirmed news of the incident via Twitter this evening.

"Music video set turns into crime scene as someone opens fire. At least 3 people shot and two now in the hospital. LIVE report next at 6pm," Gehlbach tweeted with two images of Atlanta Police Department on the scene.

"Confirmed that shooting at music video shoot and artists are rappers @42_Dugg and @RoddyRicch but not sure if either were directly involved or one of three men injured," Gehlbach tweeted along with another photo of APD present.

"Not sure if either shot or even involved. Three victims don’t seem to be seriously hurt according to witnesses we talked to who were on set," he wrote.

XXL has reached out to representatives for Roddy Ricch and 42 Dugg, as well as the Atlanta Police Department for further details.

Dugg was arrested last August for allegedly evading police in Oakland County, Mich.—a suburb outside of Detroit—nearly two months prior.

Oakland County's chief assistant prosecutor Paul Walton said that police attempted to pull over a 2020 Chevy Tahoe on June 5, 2020, and although the SUV was initially pulled over, the driver, unidentified at the time, later fled the scene when the officer approached the vehicle.

Dugg was arrested and booked at the Oakland County jail for fleeing a police officer, a third degree felony.

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DaBaby has responded to the backlash he's received for name-dropping YouTube star, JoJo Siwa, on a recent track.

On Sunday (Feb. 21), the Grammy-nominated rapper addressed the uproar that was sparked after many fans believed he was dissing 17-year-old Siwa with a line on his recently-released "Beat Box Freestyle." The rapper offered a joke about the line, then confirmed his use of the name as a play on words on the song.

"😂😂😂😂 I love Twitter bruh," he posted. "I 'Siwa' I’m not like the rest of you niggas .😂😂😂😂."

DaBaby then addressed Siwa personally. "@itsjojosiwa my 3 year old princess is your number 1 fan. I bought her every product you have out. She think she you," he posted. "Don’t let em trick you into thinking id ever have a problem with you. My word play just went over their heads. All love on my end shawty, Keep shinning!"

He continued to jokingly use the name as a homophone in response to a fan who echoed his sentiment. "Bae I don’t 'Siwa' they so mad at you," the fan posted, which got a response of "😂 I don’t 'Siwa' they so mad either bae," from the rapper.

People were confused—and some outraged—after DaBaby name-dropped Siwa in the "Beat Box Frestyle" he dropped last Friday (Feb. 19). "Got a big .45 on decock (Go)/Usin' big words like I'm T.I. (Turn up)/Don't wanna get me started, nigga/Turn me up, niggas gon' see why/Nigga, you a bitch, JoJo Siwa (Bitch)," DaBaby raps. While some saw it as a play on words, many others were confused and assumed the 29-year-old rapper was beefing with the teen star. "YO WHAT DID I MISS DID JOJO SIWA DUNK ON DABABY AT THE NICKELODEON GAMES OR SOME SHIT???" Mero from the show Desus and Mero pondered on Twitter. "WHY HE OD ON HER LIKE THAT?"

That doesn't appear to be the case. DaBaby's comical response to the backlash appears to show he isn't that concerned about the whole situation.

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