href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: June 29, 2022Contributing Authors: XXL

There's a few experiences in a rising hip-hop artist's career that likely appears on their bucket list of goals, with XXL Freshman being one of them. The celebration of the game's next promising superstars to take the genre to new levels has always been a coveted position since the annual cover launched in 2007. Becoming a XXL Freshman has put a fresh set of eyes on countless artists over the last 15 years. Whether it's a rapper who rose to fame quickly or an artist who had a slower start to discovery, there's been plenty of talent across the 159 XXL Freshmen inducted into 15 different classes.

Once the class selections are made, the artists take part in the cover shoot, which has typically lasted for an entire day, but for the last three years has spanned across three days. Interviews, freestyles, cyphers and everything in between are part of the process. These hip-hop aces showcase their talents, plus captivating personalities to support why they earned a spot on the cover in the first place. And while bringing their A-game to the freestyles and cyphers may bring on nerves for some, one of the lighter highlights that leads to memorable moments is the Freshmen meeting one another for the first time.

2009 XXL Freshman Blu recalls being "starstruck by Curren$y" because Spitta was on a Lil Wayne song Blu would play religiously. 2010 XXL Freshman Fashawn's fondest memory of his Freshman experience is "bumping into a future Pulitzer Prize winner." Rap fans know that was Kendrick Lamar.

Asher Roth, CyHiKid Ink, Charles Hamilton, Jack Harlow, Kamaiyah, Blxst, Cordae, Lil Pump and many more take a trip down memory lane to share their experience of being a XXL Freshman. Check out which moments from that special day still stick with each of them below.

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B.o.B

"It was definitely memorable being a part of the 2009 XXL Freshman list. I even remember the face I made, it was inspired by The Rock. I used to watch him a lot as a kid. I remember Wale, Asher Roth, Kid Cudi and I walked to the gas station and talked about doing a reality show, similar to MTV’s Real World, but XXL edition. It was really the beginning of The ‘All City Chess Club,’ a project that never came to life. Being a part of the Freshman list definitely helped the early stages of my career; it was the first time we had all met, and from that cover stemmed The Great Hang Over Tour, with me, Asher Roth and Cudi."

Asher Roth

"I remember going to the corner store to grab beer for our ‘class.’ Ended up with Coronas. A lot of our class was considered the ‘blog era’ so it was fun hearing how we had more in common than not.

XXL Freshmen classes provide a unique opportunity for rap artists to spend time and introduce themselves to their contemporaries. A collaborative experiment in what’s typically a competitive world. The cover shoot provided the prelude to how ‘Change Gon’ Come’ with B.o.B and Charles Hamilton came about.

I’ll forever be tied to artist friends like Cudi, Curren$y and Blu because of our XXL cover."

Charles Hamilton

"I was just thinking about how grossly unprepared I was for that shoot. Regardless, I feel I’ve stood the test of time and deserve more acclaim than shame. Shouts to Factz, Roth, Curren$y, Gunz and those I’ve been in touch with over the years. Love is love."

Blu

"I remember I would cop every issue of XXL. So, when they reached out for me to be a part of their Freshman Class, I was honored beyond belief. I did not know what to expect, but I was down. When I got there, I thought it was epic that all the Freshman of the class were in attendance. I didn't know everyone there and everyone didn't know me. Asher Roth was the coolest. I was most starstruck by Curren$y because he was on a Lil Wayne song I would play religiously. It was such a competitive yet chill environment XXL put together. My favorite part was the photography. It came out dope as hell. After the issue came out, I got so much love and would always look forward to the day I would be featured in that magazine again."

Mickey Factz 

"The XXL Freshman cover is a mainstay in Hip Hop. Highlighting new talent is always essential for the growth of the culture. It's what my legacy was built on. I am proud to have been apart of one of the greatest Freshman covers ever assembled. They say it's a curse, I say its a blessing. Being a part of that first cohort will always be attached to my brand as I move into the hip-hop education space with my school Pendulum Ink, a school for lyricism. Keep up the great work XXL, you make stars shine bright even still."

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Pill

"It was an absolutely phenomenal experience that I won’t ever forget! Instant gratification to the hard work me and my manager at the time, White Boy D, had put in. It was almost surreal during the actual day of the shoot. I remember being in New York and kicking it with everybody, smoking and drinking and being like, ‘We them ones.’ All of us were performing at the same shows and just grinding and killing the festivals and the blogs.

R.I.P Nipsey [Hussle]. That was my dog. We linked in Los Angeles and he took me through Crenshaw and shi. He was a real nigga. I want to say thank you to everybody at XXL, Vanessa Satten and everybody involved. That Freshman cover elevated me to the next level. I signed with Warner Bros. Records after that. It was just an all around great experience and I'm thankful for it. We made history! The Greatest Freshman cover of ALL TIME!! I said what I said."

Fashawn

"One of my fondest memories of Freshman year was bumping into a future Pulitzer Prize winner before the world recognized him. That man was Kendrick Lamar."

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CyHi

"I’m grateful for the experience. To be recognized among guys that went on to become some of the biggest artists in the world—YG, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, the list goes on—the major. We even lost a couple. R.I.P. to Mac Miller and Fred The Godson. 2011 was a good year."

Lil B

"Really, it’s been a honor to be a Freshman, to be on the same cover and cypher with Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, YG, Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, Fred The Godson, CyHi The Prynce, Diggy Simmons and Lil Twist. It’s definitely been a honor! We all deserve it and as I look back, I ask myself did I deserve to be on that cover? Yes! XXL made history in being the first hip-hop magazine to champion unsigned indie artist! I will forever be XXL."

Lil Twist

​​"Being featured on the XXL Freshman cover was a pivotal moment in my career as a musician. I’d already signed with Young Money, one of the most successful labels in entertainment, and making the cover of XXL was confirmation that I was solidifying my place amongst hip-hop royalty and putting on for my city, and I’ve been making headlines ever since."

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Kid Ink

"The experience was exciting overall just because of the fact it was my first magazine cover. Being a part of the XXL Freshman was definitely at the time one of the biggest goals for an independent artist. Getting that stamp gave that extra boost of confidence and motivation. It felt like everybody had never linked up before. Only person I was really cool with at the time was MGK from doing early shows together, but everybody else was the first time running into them for the most part. So, it was still some competitive energy in the room, but overall a great vibe."

Don Trip

"Being a part of the XXL Freshman class was definitely a milestone in my career. I met a lot of cool people in the industry. I formed a few lasting relationships during the Freshman campaign. For me, it was the perfect opportunity for me to start my independence."

Hopsin

"The XXL cover validated me. I looked at it like a badge of honor. It showed me and the rest of the world that I was not just another one of these regular rappers you find on the internet. It was like my bachelors degree, but for rap music. It let people know that I had real potential. My favorite memory was the XXL cypher. I rehearsed every day for one week straight to make sure I had my verse memorized perfectly. I was so nervous, but so joyful to have been there amongst all the other up-and-coming MCs."

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Trinidad Jame$

"Many moons ago, but it feels like just the other day, I was in that locker room with the squad. Getting ready to start the game of our lives. That cover will always mean a lot to me because it gives me a standard to live by. Every artist on that cover is important to the culture, whether mainstream or independent to this day. My cover outfit will always be ‘One of Them Ones.’ Thank you, Vanessa. Thank you, XXL."

Dizzy Wright

"Getting on the cover showed me that you can do things your way and cool shit can still happen. I’m definitely thankful to be a part of the XXL family. Back in 2013, you couldn’t convince me that there was a better look for an independent artist. This was where you wanted to be in my eyes to be considered one of the best of your class. Although my fans voted for me to be the 10th Freshman on the cover, it really helped me solidify my career. One of my favorite memories from back then is linking up with the other artists that inspired me at that time. I was able to build a real brotherhood with a lot of different people and I appreciate XXL for shining a light on my talent. I’m forever grateful. #StillMovin."

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Jon Connor

"At that time, the XXL Freshman cover was a goal of mine. You know, to be on that Freshman cover was like hip-hop giving you your just due for all the work that you had put in. And when I finally got on the Freshman cover, it was an amazing feeling. It felt like hip-hop was recognizing me for the work I had put in up until that point. I think that the Freshman cover is a great launching pad for new artists. And I also think it’s a great way for them to take the ball and run with it. It’s all on the artist to take that and run with it.

I loved everything about that day. I remember we went to the 40/40 club to celebrate the cover and it made you feel like you had truly arrived. I love XXL for that opportunity. It was one of the most memorable days that I’ve ever had in the music business. It was the first time I felt like, Oh shit, this is really happening."

Jarren Benton

"First and foremost, I wanna say it’s an honor to be a part of the XXL Freshman class. The experience is surreal and exhausting at the same time. I honestly didn’t think I was gonna get picked so when my manager called me with the news, I was excited and shocked at the same time. I think I was on tour with Tech N9ne and Freddie Gibbs. So, I left after my show to fly to New York for the shoot.

I’m not gonna lie, that whole day I was nervous as fuck. I think I wrote my raps for the cypher the day before the shoot. I was concentrating so hard on not fucking up my lyrics that I honestly forgot to just enjoy the moment. If anything I wish I would’ve done more networking. But overall, it’s an experience that I’ll never forget and will always be appreciative of.

It definitely can bring some great opportunities that can help propel your career. But like anything, if you don’t have your shit together when those opportunities come you’re only shooting yourself in the foot. My advice to all future XXL Freshmen is to take full advantage of this opportunity, hit the ground running and don’t take your foot off of the gas."

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Rich Homie Quan

"I think that was the first time I had ever been around that many artists at that time. When me and [Lil] Durk did the cypher, I think that was one of the craziest things, just to see where Durk is today. Because I’m really not a freestyle rapper on the spot, I hate doing that. And that was a real freestyle. Niggas be up there doing written.

To be honest, ever since the 11th grade that was a dream of mine [to be a XXL Freshman]. That’s when I started taking rap seriously. So, for me to have made that, that shit was better than winning a Grammy. Straight up. And for me to be in the middle of the picture? I got that shit all in my house. It was a good day.

All of the photographers were there. We were smoking good. They had stylists and everything there. It was set up the right way. And at that time in my life, I had never experienced anything in that way. And after that, look at me now. That cover was in 2014. So that was eight years ago. I’m still on a roll, baby. I thank Vanessa and the whole XXL. That helped my career tremendously. It made the world notice me. It took me from just being a down South rapper to worldwide."

K Camp

"The XXL cover helped my career out fa sho. It put a lot of people on my motion, but I study all the covers and I plan to be the biggest off the 2015 cover. Respectfully."

Kidd Kidd

"My favorite memory and experience of that day was just being in the same room with all the artists and networking. XXL was and still is one of the biggest inspiration in hip-hop to me the fact I made the cover was feeling like a dream. Shout-out to all the other artists that was there and doing their thing. It was a pleasure and honor being up there with them."

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Kamaiyah

"The 2017 XXL Freshman cover helped my career out by giving me an opportunity to expand nationally and by being the first female rapper from Oakland to be put on that scale. My favorite memory of that day was Playboi [Carti] trying to be on the cover eating Hot Cheetos and Vanessa being [like], ‘Give me those fucking [chips]. You’re trying to have us in a branding lawsuit.’ Lol. Being on that cover meant everything to me and it’s helped my career in many ways, and I’ve made some life-long playa partners from that cover.

Vanessa is amazing and I just want to thank her for believing in me because we all know V don’t play that shit. So, if she fuck with you, she really fucks with you. When I left my deal, I came to see Vanessa right before the pandemic and she told me, ‘Don’t feel like you have to figure it all out right now because there’s still a place for you. Everyone says they want to see female rappers win, but they’re not supporting them because they’d be selling,’ and that has stuck with me for these past few years while we’ve been confined to our homes. Tell V I said I figured it out now and I’m on my way. Lol."

Kyle

"I loved it, and they loved me. I came into contact with some of the strongest energies I’ve ever felt. It was a beautiful 10 hours of living in a dream, something I’d been manifesting my entire life. I’ll never forget it, and I had the best freestyle."

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Lil Pump

"We had the best Freshman class. It was a great experience. Life-changing moment!"

YBN Nahmir

"It made me really feel like a G.O.A.T., especially being so young. It affected my career in a spectacular way. Only a few artists get to feel how it feels to be on XXL. I still look back at it like, Damn this is really me."

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Cordae

"My 2019 Freshman experience was fire. Being on the Freshman cover is on every artists’ ‘You made it moment.’ My favorite memory of the day would probably be the freestyle. Looking back, our class has some real superstars on it!"

Calboy

"The XXL experience definitely gave a stamp. They let the world know who was next to blow. That’s something nobody’s gonna forget. The whole round table and cypher situation showed me I was in the right class. The whole class was supportive and genuine."

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Jack Harlow

"Making the XXL Freshman cover remains one of my proudest achievements. The cover is hanging in my living room. I wanted it my entire life. I used to buy copies of XXL and fantasize about making it when I was in middle school. To me, it’s the ultimate rite of passage that no one can ever take from me."

24kGoldn

"My highlight of that whole experience was the cypher with me, Fivio [Foreign], Latto, and Calboy. I don’t care what anybody says, I still think we had the best one of our year."

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Morray

"When I found out I was gonna be in the 2021 XXL Freshman Class, I was hype as hell. The whole experience was dope. I remember everybody’s energy and just being hella cool, like we already knew each other. It was cool to meet other rappers starting off like me and it’s even better seeing all us still thrive and go crazy till this day. I ain’t gonna lie, Freshmen Class really helped me spread my voice and get the attention I didn’t know I needed and wanted. The platform they provided helped me grow as an artist, not to mention that was my first live freestyle. So, I'll always remember that."

Lakeyah

"Being a Freshman for XXL was monumental for me. First woman from my label and my city, Milwaukee, to be on the cover. And it helped me reach a broader audience! My favorite part of the day was definitely the cypher. I got to showcase my skill among other dope artists and it helped me gain a lot of opportunity afterwards!"

DDG

"Being a 2021 XXL Freshman was a career-defining milestone for me. It’s pretty obvious that the artists that have made the list over the 15-year history have had lots of success and are the top people in the game to this day. XXL Freshman is a rite of passage, and I’m happy to be a part of the fraternity."

Blxst

"From Nipsey [Hussle], Jay Rock, Kendrick [Lamar], YG, ScHoolBoy Q, Ab-Soul, Ty Dolla $ign, Los Angeles has been making a mark on the Freshman class covers. To be acknowledged by a platform that had acknowledged the legends before they even became legends is a compliment in itself. I pride myself on representing my city with integrity, so this was reassurance that I'm setting that example."

Rubi Rose

"I thought the 2021 XXL Freshman experience was really exciting. When I arrived and saw the level of production and all the other artists who made the list, I was kind of nervous, but everyone was super cool, professional and supportive, so, it was definitely a good experience.

There's always so much anticipation around these covers and who's going to make it. So, when I found out I was on the list, it really affirmed that all my hard work was being noticed. I feel like it was also validating in a way because there've been so many greats who've blessed the cover in the past and who have gone on to find major success. So, it really inspired me to strive for that same level of greatness in my own career.”

Toosii

"My favorite memory of the XXL Freshman Cover was being able to do it with Blxst. He is a very talented artist. It means a lot to be a XXL Freshman. It is a major milestone and achievement."

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 26, 2022@trapanesefilms via Instagram

YK Osiris is known for doling out life advice. Recently, the 2019 XXL Freshman told a 21-year-old man who was selling candy to get a job.

On Saturday (June 25), Instagram account @Trapanese Films posted a video of YK Osiris outside of a club in Los Angeles when a man approached him selling candy. The Def Jam artist asked him, “Why don’t you got no job,” to which the young man answered, “Because I’m a hustler.”

When YK asked the candy seller how old he was, and he replied, “21.”

“You’re 21 and you are selling candy? That’s a shame, man,” YK said in disgust.

“Well, shit, give me a job then, since you're talking like that,” the young man responded, adding that he likes boxing and rapping.

“You got to get a job, though,” YK scoffed. “Get you a job.”

Watch the video below.

The clip has sparked some angry reactions from fans on social media. Some people felt that YK Osiris was wrong for talking down on a person who is trying to earn some money the legal way.

"I dislike niggas like @ykOsiris telling a 21 year old to get a job, nigga the man have a side hustle it’s not like he’s out here robbing people and etc," wrote one person Twitter.

Another person tweeted, "yk osiris telling a man selling candy 2 get a job while consecutively being in debt is why we go backwards as a nation."

In the past, YK Osiris’ advice on love and relationships have generated polarizing opinions from his fans on social media.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 26, 2022NYStateOfMind via Reddit

Sleepy Hallow and his entourage were in a wild brawl last week and it was caught on video.

In a video that was posted on NYStateOfMind’s Reddit message board, Sleepy Hallow and his crew are arguing with workers at 1st RND restaurant at American Dream, a retail and entertainment complex, in East Rutherford, N.J. Several people are holding Sleepy back as he throws something at one of the employees. When the worker throws a chair back at him, that is when the Brooklyn rapper charges at the man and engaged in serious fisticuffs off camera.

Several more chairs are thrown by other people as a brawl erupts off camera. A few seconds later, Sleepy Hallow emerges and is walking out of the restaurant. Meanwhile, another person delivered a hostile remark to another employee who is screaming for them to get out of the establishment. You can watch the brawl video below.

It’s unclear how the fight started. However, according to a tweet from someone who is a friend of a person who works at 1st RND, Sleepy, and his crew were allegedly rude to restaurant workers and got upset because their food took so long to get to their table after they ordered.

“He and his group showed up were rude AF to myself and the rest of the staff and then they tried to fight us and threw chairs,” the person alleged in his text message. “No one on my side was badly hurt besides a couple busted lips and scratches.”

It also appears Sleepy Hallow was arrested following the incident but we haven’t received confirmation.

XXL has reached out to the East Rutherford New Jersey Police Department and the New Jersey State Police Department for comment.

Story is developing…

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: June 21, 2022Jimmy Fontaine

Brand New Guy
A tireless work ethic and long look in the mirror have turned Kevin Gates into both a selfless and successful rapper.
Interview: Robby Seabrook III
Editor’s Note: This story will appear in the Summer 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands soon.

To never evolve is to never truly live. Kevin Gates has been on his journey for a lifetime. From the Baton Rouge, La. native unleashing his first mixtape, Pick of Da Litter, in 2007, around the time he was musically conjoined with fellow Louisiana rhymers Boosie BadAzz and Webbie, to stints in jail in the late 2000s, followed by his rap stardom taking off in 2015, with his motivational hit single, "I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT)," arriving months prior in 2014, Gates has felt the high highs and low lows. The joy of his successful 2016 debut album, Islah, was tempered by a battery charge that same year after he kicked a female fan at his show, an incident that put Gates in jail for five months. Scheduled to be released after that spell behind bars in 2017, he instead immediately served nine more months in an Illinois state prison for 2013 gun charges, all while he soared up the charts. Gates was surrounded by turmoil, but he never gave up on his dreams nor did he wilt under the pressure of losing time in his rap career, where reigns on top can be fleeting.

Nowadays, Gates’ deeply personal and honest brand of rap continues to live on, free of his previous struggles with drugs, mental health and overindulgence. He is an enlightened man, fully committed to his Muslim faith, his family and his fitness. This version of Kevin Gates understands the value of time, both in how he uses his own and how his music takes off at the perfect moment. With a recent viral moment off his 2013 song, "Thinking With My Dick," and the release of his third solo album, Khaza, Gates’ otherworldly patience and belief in himself is paying off. Here, Gates, 36, gives a peek into how he remade himself, what music means to him and understanding his place within the world.

XXL: When did you know that music was one of your callings?

Kevin Gates: I could say I really appreciated it when I couldn’t do it. I missed it, when I was incarcerated and was away from the music. But as far as me having to do it, my life doesn’t operate correctly if I don’t make music. I don’t feel good if I’m not making music. It’s therapeutic in nature for me.

One of your early career breakthrough moments happened in 2016, when you released your debut album, Islah, which opened at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart and solidified you as a name to watch. What was that time like for you?

I felt cheated after the Islah project came out because I was incarcerated. I’m talking about until this date, I was innocent. I didn’t do anything. I did a six-month bid in Florida over a lie. And then I had to turn right around and do close to three years in Chicago over a lie. When I left, it’s like I never really truly ever got to reach my peak and I harbor resentment for that for a long time. I came to peace with it. I was nominated for the Grammys. Just so much momentum was lost, but I never really lost anything. I gained a greater sense of myself.

How did you come to peace with it?

Through my fitness journey. I battle with depression. I used to do a lot of drugs and then fitness became my drug of choice because I’ve never been to rehab. It used to be like, you had to do drugs to make great music. I used to feel like that. I learned how to translate energy, such as sex mutation. That’s when, if you wake up in the morning, instead of me masturbating, I just take that energy and go to the gym with it. Even with semen retention, I don’t release. I just start allowing me to tap into something different. The energy. The strength.

You’ve changed so much over the years, and now one of your older songs from 2013, "Thinking With My Dick," is turning into a huge streaming hit. How do you view the song’s newfound success with who you are now as a person?

It’s beautiful the world’s just now catching up to me. It’s just constant confirmation that I’m on the right path. That’s like when we dropped "Big Gangsta." [It] didn’t do nothing, but maybe five years later, “Big Gangsta” just kept on… That’s like the song I just dropped, "Big Lyfe." A lot of people were like, "Man, what?" Every time, I’m going to give you texture. And the beautiful thing about when I give you texture is that the people, the mere mortals, they may not understand my vision because I live in a realm of supremity. I’m a supreme being, so I’m not worried about them.

A Louisiana man named Steven Barbosa had a viral moment when a video of himself rapping to your old song "Thinking With My Dick" at Mardi Gras this past March blew up on TikTok. That has made your song hot again. How did that happen?

Somebody sent it to me. And they like the White boy. I’m like, "Listen, he [is] from Lafayette. The White boys from Louisiana are different." They’re not your regular White boys. I had my people reach out to him. I was like, "Hey, tell him he got to come to my concert. I want to relive this moment with him." I hugged him. I said, "Thank you brother, for everything." It was just because I love the town that we went to, Lafayette, La. I love that city. It’s maybe not even an hour from Baton Rouge. I hadn’t performed in Lafayette since 2000, maybe ’13, ’14. I love the food and I love the women. They’re beautiful, like the Creole women. It’s like a big orgy. They’re very sexual creatures. You go to New Orleans or something, you listen to the music. You hear the women say, "Come here, bring that dick here." A lot of people think it’s just a song to feel good. We celebrate fertility.

What can you share about your new album, Khaza?

It’s going to be the greatest album in all of the worlds. In all of the universe. See, I don’t live in just this dimension. And I might be saying too much, but I live in different dimensions and different realms. So, a lot of my music is not even gon’ be interpreted right until the next maybe… the world catching up fast.

With everything you’ve been through in your career, did you always believe the effort you were putting in would pay off?

I knew I was going to do something because like I say, coming from the bottom, let’s say places down South, that was real heavy in the slave trade. When you come from the bottom, when you ain’t got nothing, you ain’t got no choice but to go hard. I had reached my full potential in the streets, also. That’s another thing that I noticed, artists, they’ll be in a music game, but to solidify themselves a little bit more, they try to revert or convert to the streets. I was already stamped. So, with or without music, I was going to be that.

You’re very mindful of the things you say and are very up-front about your religious beliefs. How did you grow into that person?

My sister made me stop hurting people with my words because [she] wanted to kill herself. And she was like, "Your words hurt people. Anybody could say something to me, but when you say it, it’s different." It made me start thinking about how I affect people with my words in a negative way. I want to start affecting people in a positive way. I hope she don’t get mad and kill me [for] speaking about this, but it is my truth. I wanted to commit suicide maybe two years ago because I just wasn’t happy. I always lived to please others. So, for the first time in my life, I got to make sure that I’m OK mentally, physically, spiritually. I was also too self-indulgent and engaging in social media. I was making comparisons, looking at other people’s highlight films. Nobody’s life is hunky-dory. I just heard the White dude say that.

What led you to wearing a feather in your hair? Was it a part of your spiritual growth?

I was dealing with some Native American people and some chiefs and they picked me. First, he asked me was I Indian, and I was like, "I probably got something in me," but I was just bullshitting. I know what I am. He said, "You really look like our tribe." So, I started going to sit with him and the things that they told, the way that they have a respect for Mother Nature and all of mankind. So, in one of the ceremonies I did, I couldn’t eat or drink for three, four days. I had to stay outside in a little hole. He said, "If it rain on you, if you get cold, if bugs bite you, it’s meant for you." After that, we did some other very sacred ceremonies I can’t speak about, and they gave me a golden eagle feather. You can’t even have a golden eagle feather unless you’ve been gifted by a chief. You have to be indigenous. I earned it. I would die for that. It’s the bravest, strongest, holiest path that you can take.

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Considering how long you’ve been rapping and the kind of success you’ve reached, how do you see your own career?

I did a Mike Tyson interview and I talked about me being sexually victimized. And I talked about most people asking me where my competitive drive came from. You took all these different types of martial arts and you boxed and you just a monster. That came from a fear of being vulnerable until I had to come to peace with what happened, even with what I did. This helped me be a greater father to my children because I have an open line of communication with my children. After I did that interview, my DMs went crazy. Different celebrities, just like, "I went through the same thing. Thank you." I go to the gym, I’m talking about real muscles everywhere, just come up to me, hug me. They’ll cry. "It been so many times I wanted to kill myself and your music saved me." A girl walked up to me. She showed me her wrist [and said], "I got razor blade cuts. There have been times I wanted to kill myself, but your music kept me here." Me having the courage and the bravery to show that vulnerability is what put me in a league of my own.

You’ve accomplished a lot and are a veteran in rap, but you still make sure to support newer acts like Rod Wave and Rob49. What motivates you to do this?

I’m in the streets with it. And one thing about me, I’m still a fan. I’m a fan of music. I don’t have no ego. I don’t have no pride. I done got in Drake DM. I done got in Rihanna DM. It was like three years later. She was like, "I’m just seeing this." I was like, "I want you on my album." I got in Meek Mill DM. I don’t have that fear of rejection. When it’s meant to be it’s going to happen. I don’t force anything. Even I see an artist that ain’t even up. That’s just always been me. Whether you was in the air or not in the air, I’m a fan.

On your recent single, “Big Lyfe,” you say, “Ain’t where I wanna be, but it’s payin’ the bills.” So, in the world of Kevin Gates, where do you want to be?

Anywhere but here. I ain’t where I want to be, but it’s paying to be here. I work hard. I’m a full-time father. I like to go fishing and hunting with my bow and arrow. I take pride. I’m a regular person. "What you about to do, man?" I’m about to get in here and cook for these children. I ain’t going to say I’m a world-class chef. I’m decent. I might get in the living room and just do me some yoga, stretch. I love being alone because that’s when my greatest ideas and my epiphany is at. So, I love my solitude. It’s how I process things. I talk to myself, I ask myself questions like, "Is it really that serious, Kevin?" It’s not. "Kevin, you really ready to throw everything away behind that?" I’m not.

Watch Kevin Gates' exclusive interview with XXL below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 18, 2022Mindy Small / Arnold Turner, Getty Images (2)

DDG is returning to the world of celebrity boxing and is planning to fight fellow rapper PNB Rock in a celebrity boxing match.

DDG hopped on his Instagram page on Friday (June 17) and announced that he’s heading back to the ring to fight PNB Rock. The 2021 XXL Freshman shared a poster of himself and PNB Rock with the tagline, “No More Talk.”

“World tour, then i’m back in the ring July 30th @ Crypto.com Arena,” DDG captioned the post. “LETS GET NEGATIVE. Tickets Available now in my bio! WHO YALL GOT?!”

DDG previously showed off his boxing skills in June of 2019 when he duked it out with TikTok star Nate Wyatt at the LivexLive’s Social Gloves: Battle of the Platforms boxing event. After his win, the Michigan rapper announced his retirement from YouTube and teased that he wouldn’t return to the ring unless a rapper wanted to fight him. It appears that PNB has stepped up to be that challenger.

Also on the ring card is Blueface versus Swaggy P (aka former Los Angeles Lakers player Nick Young). This is also an interesting match up as well.

The boxing event is set to take place at Crypto Arena in Los Angeles on July 30 and will air live on Pay-Per-View as well. If you want to cop tickets, head over to axs.com for more information.

Meanwhile, it looks like Kodak Black is placing his bets on PNB Rock to beat DDG in the celebrity boxing match. Watch Yak’s fight prediction below.

See 10 of the Shortest Beefs in Hip-HopBeefs within rap that ended quickly.Filed Under: DDG, PnB RockCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 18, 2022Oakland County Sheriff’s Department

Obie Trice was arrested and charged earlier this week for allegedly using a phone to threaten or harass someone.

According to a Detroit News report, published on Friday (June 17), Obie Trice was arrested Thursday (June 16) and booked at the Oakland County Jail in Michigan on a charge of using a telephone to harass or threaten someone.

According to an inmate document obtained by XXL, the former Shady Records artist was booked just before 5 p.m. on Thursday and held on a $10,000 bond. On the following day, Trice was arraigned in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and released at 1:37 p.m., central time. The Detroit News reports that the alleged crime is punishable by six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

XXL has reached out to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department and West Bloomfield Police Department for comment.

This is not Obie Trice’s first run-in with the law. Back in July of 2020, the now 44-year-old rapper spent 90 days in jail for shooting a man in the groin during an argument in December of 2019.

According to authorities, Trice shot the son of his then 40-year-old girlfriend, who was living with him at the time. Police were called to Trice's residence after neighbors heard someone screaming in the home. When police arrived, Trice’s girlfriend informed authorities that they got into a heated argument and her son got in the middle of it, and apparent a gun accidentally discharged, hitting the then 18-year-old male in his groin. The woman’s son did survive his injuries.

Since then, Obie Trice has stayed relativity out of trouble until now.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 12, 2022Anthony Ghnassia, Getty Images

UPDATE (June 12): According to a report by TMZ, Roddy Ricch was released from police custody on Sunday afternoon. It’s unclear how much the California rapper had to pay for bond to get release. He will most likely have to be arraigned on the weapons charges on Monday, reported the media outlet.

TMZ added that Roddy Ricch appeared to be in good spirits upon his release.

XXL has reached out to the New York Police Department for comment.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Roddy Ricch was arrested on gun possession charges just hours before he was set to perform at the 2022 Governors Ball festival in New York City last night.

According to a statement from the New York City Police Department, police responded to a call on Saturday (June 11) at 6:20 p.m. of a firearm in a vehicle outside of Citi Field where Gov Ball is being held. Upon arrival, officers were informed by a private security company that was doing a security checkpoint at Citi Field that they observed a firearm in the vehicle car entering a secure location of the arena.

In the car was Roddy Ricch, born Rodrick Moore, along with two other men, who were subsequently arrested by the responding officers. Additionally, police discovered a loaded firearm with nine rounds of ammunition, as well as a large capacity magazine. All three individuals were brought back to the 110 Precinct police station in Queens, N.Y., for arrest processing.

According to the police, Roddy was charged with four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device and Unlawful Possession of an Ammunition Feeding Device.

Another man, identified as Michael Figueroa from Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device and Unlawful Possession of an Ammunition Feeding Device.

The third person, identified as Carlos Collins from Eastchester, N.Y., was charged with four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device and Unlawful Possession of an Ammunition Feeding Device.

Following the arrest, the Governors Ball organizers had to break the news to festival attendees that Roddy's performance was canceled.

XXL has reached out to Roddy Ricch’s reps and organizers of the Governors Ball for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 11, 2022Broward’s Sheriff’s Office

A detective in the YNW Melly murder case believes that the rapper was “likely the shooter” in the deaths of two YNW affiliates.

According to court documents obtained by XXL, Detective Christopher Williams might possibly be called on by the prosecutors to testify that he believes YNW Melly, born Jamell Maurice Demons, was likely the triggerman who fired the fatal shots that killed two YNW crew members Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas Jr. and Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams.

Det. Williams, who conducts shooting reconstructions approximately 50 times a year, supervised the shooting reconstruction analysis in the YNW Melly murder case and concluded that the “shooting was not a drive-by shooting because the vehicle did not have any tears.” Williams determined that the defendant—YNW Melly—more than likely fired the shots, not co-defendant YNW Bortlen, born Cortlen Henry, based on his analysis.

For YNW Juvy specifically, Williams alleges that the gun was fired from eight
inches or less from Thomas' face.

Both Melly and Bortlen initially claimed that Juvy and Sakchaser were killed in a drive-by shooting. But investigators later determined the two men were murdered inside the Jeep Compass they were riding in with Melly and Bortlen.

YNW Melly has been locked up at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. since February of 2019. The South Florida rapper is charged with two counts of murder in the first degree. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Meanwhile, co-defendant YNW Bortlen was released on $90,000 bond in May of 2020, but was arrested in April 2021 for violating the terms of his bond. He is also charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of accessory in the killings. Bortlen will be tried separately.

A trial date for YNW Melly’s case has not yet been set. YNW Bortlen's next court appearance will be in July

XXL has reached out to YNW Melly’s attorney for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 11, 2022@misscostantino via Twitter

Azealia Banks got booed after she threw her microphone and walked off stage during her Pride Month performance last night.

On Friday (June 10), Azealia Banks was the headliner for the annual Wynnwood Pride event in Miami, Fla. According to a Twitter user, @misscostantino, who was at the event, the Harlem rapper showed up two hours late for her scheduled performance and the crowd was frustrated.

Banks, who performed topless during her brief set, rapped a few songs and then abruptly stopped performing. The Broke with Expensive Taste rapper then threw a tantrum detailing how the promoters allegedly were “fucking with her” about her set times and whether she was the headliner.

But the audience wasn’t having it and started booing Banks and telling her to leave. "I'm really not happy to be here," she boldly told the crowd as the cheers and jeers grew louder. "I’m trying y’all, but it’s difficult."

The 31-year-old artist muttered something else before her microphone was cut off. Banks then threw the mic to the ground and gave the audience two middle fingers before walking off the stage. She did get hit with a splash of water before security guards escorted her off stage. You can watch the videos below.

XXL has reached out to the organizers of the Wynwood Pride event for comment.

After her performance, Azealia Banks jumped on her Twitter page and explained why she abruptly ended her performance in a series of tweets. The rapper blamed the promoters and festival organizers for their alleged lack of professionalism.

"Wynwood Pride was way too ghetto. I had to bounce," she tweeted. "Every tech rider in Azealia Banks’ history of live performance specifically states – no dry ice as I am EXTREMELY allergic to it. Photos will show massive clouds of dry ice which began to make me lightheaded to a point I could barely stand."

"I was originally booked for a 10pm set, which promoter moved to 1am, Completely inconveniencing every single member of my team," she continued. "A phone was thrown on stage – proof the festival could not afford licensed security, ancient equipment – and a pig in the front who had the audacity to spit water from his hpv lesion infested mouth."

Banks then accused Wynnwood Pride organizers of creating an event for a cash grab.

"An Absolute display of how Hispanic citizens in south Florida make poor attempts at selfish cash grabs by exploiting young undocumented gay boys for nightlife entertainment, or their own adult family members, for physical labor," she wrote. "Often paying them well below Florida minimum wage – (which is well below national average) exploiting both child and adult labor laws creating a Stockholm syndrome- delusionally cultish type of group mentality based in fear, false hope."

Banks concluded her Twitter rant by accusing the promoter of allegedly changing her set time much to her band's inconvenience and that her request of no dry ice onstage was not adhered to. Apparently, she’s allergic to dry ice.

In the end, Azealia Banks had a bad night.

Check out more photos and clips from Azealia Banks’ Wynnwood Pride performance below. *Caution: Nudity*

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/biancatorres/” rel=”author”>Bianca TorresPublished: June 7, 2022Hollywood Unlocked

Media personality Jason Lee’s love for hip-hop goes back to rap’s golden era. Artists like Queen Latifah, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur are just a handful of the rappers that helped make Lee a big fan of the genre. Over the past decade, the 44-year-old Stockton, Calif. native has grinded his way to L.A. socialite status by appearing on season 2 and starring in seasons 3 and 6 of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, launching his popular site, Hollywood Unlocked, and publishing his book, God Must Have Forgotten About Me. Now, Lee holds the title of Head of Media for Kanye West.

Here, Lee talks about how hip-hop inspires his career, which artists he appreciates, his friendship with Cardi B and working for Ye.

XXL: What rappers are you listening to right now?

Jason Lee: Well, I’m definitely listening to Ye. I listen to a lot of ’90s hip-hop still, 2000s. I’m a fan of Lil Baby for sure. I love his whole movement. Ironically, I find DaBaby extremely entertaining. I think he deserves to continue to be a star. He’s very talented. I do love Megan Thee Stallion. Doja Cat is doing her thing. I really love the fact that women, it’s not even female hip-hop, it’s hip-hop and women are leading. I’m excited about all of them. Oh, and I love Latto. She’s a breath of fresh air.

What do you look for in a good song?

I listen to hip-hop because of the beats or the melodies. I need to hear the music. If the beat is lit, I love the song. If the beat is wack, I don’t care what they saying. I don’t know if that’s the best way to rate them, but that’s my system of knowing who’s hot and who’s not. Oh, I love Moneybagg Yo! Would you consider anyone in the industry a close friend of yours? Definitely Cardi B. I don’t want to say that in a way that means nobody else that I’m friendly with is not friends. I do think that sometimes the lines are blurry for them, although it’s never blurry for me because I have a job to do.

That’s not a bad friendship to have.

Nah, she’s good. I’ll tell you I don’t even know what it would've been like back in the ’90s to be friends with a Tupac ’cause I don’t see Cardi as Cardi B the big superstar. I know her, I know what she is. I know what she does. I talk to her as a mom. I talk to her as a friend. I talk to her as the modern day Cinderella who’s living out her dreams. And, I just love her come-up story. We’ve had to be critical of her. We’ve had to post stories she doesn’t like and I love that she doesn’t call me to talk about it. We don’t talk about it.

What are your top five favorite albums of all time?

Lil’ Kim Hard Core. I’ll say Biggie’s first album [Ready to Die]. Tupac’s double album, All Eyez On Me. The E-40 album that Tupac was on [In A Major Way]. Kanye’s album, The Life of Pablo. Nah, fuck that, 808s & Heartbreak. That’s my favorite Kanye album. And, I told him that to his face, too.

Can you tell us anything about your new partnership as Head of Media for Ye?

Coming off the Future Brunch, where we were able to bring people in media that look like us together with someone who has had their doubts with the media and culture, the cancel culture era, it’s just helping to understand the media landscape. Create opportunities to create experiences like the Future Brunch to move the agenda forward. I’ve focused on just really understanding the benefit of proximity and helping him to allow others to have that same proximity. It’s an exciting opportunity that I’m enjoying and we’re continuing to keep it moving.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 5, 2022Prince Williams, Wireimage

Tragedy has struck Metro Boomin’s family.

According to a report by TMZ, published on Sunday (June 5), Metro Boomin’s mother, Leslie Joanne Wayne, was killed by her husband—not Metro's biological father—who died by suicide afterwards. Law enforcement sources purportedly told the media outlet that Metro received the tragic news this weekend after his mother's body was discovered by police outside of the Atlanta area.

The incident reportedly happened on Friday (June 3) but it’s been unconfirmed. The identity of Leslie’s spouse has not been disclosed. An autopsy is currently underway to find the exact cause of Leslie's death.

Metro’s reps have confirmed to TMZ that Leslie died over the weekend and the family is requesting privacy during this difficult time.

XXL has also reached out to Metro Boomin’s reps for comment.
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Metro Boomin spoke highly of his mother in various interviews. In a 2016 feature with The Fader, the St. Louis-born hitmaker credited his mom for his regal birth name, Leland Tyler Wayne, which gave him self-pride in whatever profession he desired to pursue.

“My mom wanted to give me a name where, no matter what I wanted to do, I’d be able to do it,” he told the publication. “An astronaut. President. Whatever. Leland Wayne.”

Metro’s mom also helped spark his interest in production when he was in middle school by buying him a laptop, according to kulturehub.com. During the early stages of his production career, Metro and his mom would embark on a 17-hour round-trip drive from St. Louis to Atlanta so he could work with O.J. Da Juiceman at his studio. This would happen every weekend under the contingent that Metro maintains stellar grades in high school.

Upon hearing the tragic news, hip-hop artists hopped on social media to offer prayers and support to Metro Boomin and his family.

Producer Juicy J tweeted, "Prayers up for Metro Boomin."

Rae Sremmurd also commented on both the deaths of rapper Trouble and Metro’s mother.

"Rest In Peace Trouble and Prayers to Metro Boomin and his family," they tweeted along with a broken heart emoji and prayer hands emoji.

Story is still developing…

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 5, 2022Prince Williams, Wireimage

The hip-hop community is mourning the death of rapper Trouble today.

Def Jam, the label Trouble was signed to in partnership with Mike Will Made-It’s Ear Drummers Records, confirmed his death on Sunday (June 5) via Instagram.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the children, loved ones, and fans of Trouble," reads the caption of a post featuring a photo of the late ATL rapper. "A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represented. RIP Scoob."

According to unconfirmed reports on Sunday, Trouble’s sister announced on social media that he was shot and killed while sitting in his car. However, details surrounding his death and his sister's words are not confirmed.

Trouble was reportedly 34 years old.

Before his death early Sunday morning, Trouble was hanging out with friends while riding around Atlanta and spent time at the Our Bar ATL while enjoying drinks with a female companion, which he shared on his Instagram Stories. Check it out below.

XXL has reached out to the Atlanta police department for comment.

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Trouble, born Mariel Semonte Orr, is from the East Atlanta neighborhood of Edgewood. The Atlanta rhymer, who was affectionately called Skoob by his friends and peers, got his start with Duct Tape Entertainment in 2011, and made his presence felt in the ATL rap scene.

He first made noise with his rowdy 2011 anthem "Bussin (Remix)" featuring Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka and Trae Tha Truth, which appeared on his mixtape, December 17th. He would eventually make guest appearances on other rappers’ songs like Lupe Fiasco’s 2015 posse track "Chopper," featuring Glasses Malone, Trae tha Truth, Billy Blue, Buk and Fam-Lay, and YFN Lucci’s 2016 single, "Key to the Streets."

Trouble also made a stellar appearance on Young Thug's 2015 hit "Thief in the Night" from Slim Season 2. In 2016, Trouble delivered another street-worthy mixtape called 16. Check out the video below.

In 2017, Trouble signed with Mike WiLL Made-It’s Eardrummer Records and dropped his debut studio album, Edgewood, in 2018. The 16-song collection boasts the Drake-assisted banger "Brink It Back" and "Real Is Rare (Edgewood)." He followed it with Edgewood (41E Edition), which included five bonus tracks.

Trouble’s last album was Thug Luv in 2020. The LP features guest appearances from Quavo, Boosie BadAzz, City Girls, Jeezy and more.

Outside of music, Trouble was a very outspoken critic on social media and wasn’t shy to discuss topics big and small. Whether it was defending DaBaby for his homophobic remarks at the 2021 Rolling Loud Festival in Miami or criticizing the new Atlanta sound, Trouble wasn't afraid to speak his mind.

One of his recent Instagram posts sharing his opinion is below.

Upon hearing the sad news of Trouble’s death, several hip-hop artists posted their condolences to the ATL rhymer.

Mike Will Made-It, who worked with Trouble throughout his career, posted several tribute photos of the late rapper on his Instagram Stories.

Meek Mill also shared his sentiments on Trouble's passing. "And I woke up to rip trouble…. Everybody texting be careful! Smh rip fam!!!!" Meek tweeted.

Jermaine Dupri expressed his grief on Twitter, writing, "Man…this shit ain’t cool," along with a teary-eye emoji. JD also posted the same message on his Instagram Stories. "Man!! This Shit is getting outta hand. Not my dawg[.] [Thug] Life," he wrote along with the hashtag #riptrouble and a teary-eye emoji.

More peers and friends in the hip-hop community like Gucci Mane, T.I.DJ Scream and Pierre "P" Thomas from Quality Control, among others, also posted their condolences on social media. Check them out below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 4, 2022JOCE/Bauer-Griffin, Getty Images

The mother of Slim Jxmmi’s child went on social media today to post video evidence of alleged domestic abuse by the Rae Sremmurd rapper.

On Saturday (June 4), video surfaced of Kiara aka Kee, Slim Jxmmi’s estranged girlfriend and mother of their son, posting a clip of the Alabama-bred rapper allegedly striking her while she was recording him. She also posted a message detailing her alleged domestic abuse by Jxmmi and saying that it was so bad that it left her mentally stressed. Additionally, Kee posted an alleged recording of Jxmmi’s manager asking her to deny to the police that a physical altercation happened. You can read her message and listen to the audio below.

“I don’t even know where to start, I’m tired of being silent, dropping charges and letting things go to protect a narcissist,” she wrote in a lengthy post below. “3rd recording is his mngmnt asking me to protect him and lie to a judge and a public statement to help his career.”

Kee went on to reveal that she had a mental breakdown and threatened to take her own life and her son’s life but she didn’t mean it. “I didn’t mean any of the texts, and I got cleared with a psychiatrist, but the texts resulted him using it against me to try and make me look like the monster instead of him,” she typed. “I’m human and I can only take so much.”

“This is my truth,” she continued. “Aaquil Brown [Slim Jxmmi’s real name] for years has been emotional, physically and mentally abusive to me and I’ve always protected him because I loved him and seen the good in him that he’s change and we’d be a family.”

Kee also posted photos of herself battered and bruised on various parts of her body allegedly by the hands of Jxmmi. In one clip, she showed her bloody lip and opened her mouth to reveal that she is missing a tooth. She also shared alleged text messages from Jxmmi that appear to show him admitting that he physically assaulted her during a domestic argument.

For his part, Slim Jxmmi responded to Kee’s domestic abuse claims by posting and deleting screenshots of alleged text messages from her stating that she is planning to take her life and their son’s life as well. “You [gonna] kill Aaquil right ain’t that why you don’t have him now?” Jxmmi reportedly wrote in the caption. “Mothers only lose the baby when they are a danger to the child.”

Jxmmi also posted and deleted a video showing himself taking custody of their son while Miami-Dade police hold Kee back during the exchange. Watch the clip below.

He also wrote in the comment section on the Hollywood Unlocked Instagram post sharing Kee's social media posts that, "This blog got an agenda it’s two sides to every story."

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This alleged incident arrives several months after Slim Jxmmi’s arrest for battery stemming from an alleged domestic violence altercation back in January. According to Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate records obtained by XXL, the 30-year-old rapper was arrested and booked at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami for battery after an alleged fight between him and Kee.

TMZ reported that Jxmmi allegedly attacked Kee after she questioned him about a girl he was following on Twitter. Law enforcement sources reportedly told the outlet that during their domestic squabble, Jxmmi ripped her hair extensions off her scalp and threw her phone out over a window balcony so she couldn’t record him and post it on social media. The device wasn’t damaged.

When news surfaced of his arrest, Kee hopped on social media to deny that there was a physical altercation between herself and Jxmmi. In February, misdemeanor battery charges against Slim Jxmmi were dropped.

XXL has reached out to Slim Jxmmi’s rep for comment and contacted the Miami-Dade police department.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: June 4, 2022Prince Williams, Wireimage

YK Osiris believes women who are in relationships with men shouldn’t pay any bills.

The 2019 XXL Freshman alumnae posted several clips on Friday (June 3) via his Instagram Stories expressing his opinion about women paying for things in a relationship.

“Let me tell y’all something,” YK said in a video uploaded to his IG. “If you’re still paying for hair and nails, I’m talking [about] any bills, any bills, any bills. If you’re still paying for bills and you got a man…good night!"

The "Worth It" crooner continued to question the notion of a woman paying for anything in a relationship. “If you are still paying bills like any type of bills like phone bills and stuff like that, and you’re telling me you got a boyfriend and you are still paying your phone bills and your nails? What is the world [coming to]?” he asked.

In another clip, YK Osiris appeared to clarify that he was talking about grown women that cater to their men in relationships. “I’m not saying be handicapped, but if you’re a woman, and you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, why the hell you still paying for your hair and nails and all these bills?," he questioned. "[You] got me fucked up, man. Come on, man."

Later, the 23-year-old artist addressed the men who may have objected to his opinion. “Oh, you’re complaining about paying for her hair and nails? You ain’t gonna do it? Oh okay, another nigga will. Like me!” YK stated in a video.

YK Osiris’ remarks has sparked a variety of responses on IG. Some women agreed with him, while some men feel the singer shouldn’t be offering relationship advice.

"I mean I’ll pay a few [bills] ngl, if you love someone u gon help and not put it all on them," wrote one commenter. "Keep me cute and we can both help with bills."

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Another person wrote, I’m tired of niggas with millions of dollars ** SUPPOSEDLY ** telling me what i should and shouldn’t be doing."

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It looks like YK Osiris has lived up to his promise in early January to be debt free and is ready to cater to a potential boo. Watch his video (and the mango he’s eating) below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: June 2, 2022Daniela Voznesensky

Angie Randisi’s lifelong passion for music led her from high school graduation in Montreal to Metalworks Institute in Missisauga, Ont., the entertainment arts school that would teach her about the music business and engineering. She switched her focus from A&R to becoming an engineer after finding that side more intriguing while studying in school. Randisi graduated in 2018, and interned at OVO’s SOTA Studios, where she grew under the tutelage of Noah “40” Shebib, the world-renowned engineer-producer who helped create Drake’s sound. Handling the board for PartyNextDoor’s 2020 album, PartyMobile, was Randisi’s first major look as assistant engineer. More recently, she has worked as Lil Baby’s main engineer on his upcoming album. At 23 years old, Angie is living the dream as OVO’s in-house engineer. She spoke to XXL about her journey and what lies ahead.

XXL: What is your role as an engineer?

Angie Randisi: As an intern, when you’re just starting, I was just willing to do anything. I guess he [40] saw that hunger in me, where I [was] just willing to outwork everybody. Now it’s a lot more hands-on, it’s technical. I’m OVO’s in-house engineer. It’s mainly recording, but I do a lot of mix preps for [40]. That studio is a spaceship, so it’s very rare that people do know how to run it.

What was the first huge moment for you in your career?

Stepping foot into SOTA OVO. I remember even the day before my interview for that position, I was at the Drake concert. I was watching the show and I was like, Oh shit, I got this interview tomorrow. I’m listening to the records live, and then I’m in the place where they’re creating the records, and I was involved in the creation of those records. It’s something I’ve always wanted.

How did you begin engineering for Lil Baby?

Drake reached out to me like, “I might have an opportunity for you. If you’re about it.” I think he hit me maybe a few hours after like, “When could you come to Atlanta? He [Lil Baby] wants to work with you as soon as possible.” We had gone out there for four days and then Baby had called Drake and he was like, “Extend her trip.” I stayed another week, and we just kept extending it. Then at that point, he was like, “I fuck with you a lot. You’re my engineer.”

What other artists have you been working with recently?

I’ve been working with 42 Dugg a lot. People like Rylo. Obviously the 4PF guys. It was dope working with Young Thug. I literally felt like that [Lil] Durk meme. He had done the whole verse, was like, “Now what we’re going to do is take every bar and flip it.” I was like, “What?” We did it and it sounded fire, but it was like, “Yo, this man a genius, the hell?”

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: May 31, 2022Thrice Media

Pink Sweat$ has had a long and winding road to musical stardom as a smooth-as-silk vocalist and songwriter. The West Philly native began singing and songwriting at 16 years old. Sweat$ saw it as a way to make friends in his new suburban surroundings. He couldn’t listen to rap until he was 18 due to his religious upbringing and took a leap of faith and dropped music of his own at age 27. The result is the artist known today. The 30-year-old singer behind platinum and gold hits like “Honesty” and “At My Worst” dropped his debut album, Pink Planet, and the EP Pink Moon nearly a year later. Pink Sweat$ talks to XXL about his journey through R&B, his views on modern hip-hop and Black pop stars in rap.

XXL: When you were allowed to listen to hip-hop at 18, what rappers were you into?

Pink Sweat$: Honestly, it was 50 [Cent]. I just loved 50 for a while, man. Those first two albums was crazy. And Kanye. I had already got the bug there because he was always so different. Kanye’s probably the first artist that my parents wasn’t tripping that I listened to. Once he came out with “Jesus Walks,” it was on Christian radio. 50 was more like, “I wanted to be a gangsta.” It just wasn’t for me. It’s funny that they had that release war. I saw two sides of myself at battle.

You dropped your first single, “Honesty,” in 2018 and it took off. What was that time like?

It felt like the Illuminati. I was scared as hell, for real. I didn’t understand streaming because I wasn’t even streaming. I don’t listen to music like that. It was a foreign idea to me. I’m seeing numbers go up, and then I’m getting emails. I’m starting to think like, How shit like this happen? That was the most fun time. You can never relive your first moments.

What did you take away from the experience of creating your 2021 debut album, Pink Planet?

The album process was the most confusing because I’ve always been used to working on my own time with no interruptions. That was the first time me being in the label system. And, these people give you all this fucking money. Rightfully so, they want to have a say. I’m not sitting there thinking about no hit. I’m thinking about what’s going to hit somebody’s soul when they hear this lyric. No disrespect to Ms. Dua Lipa because she’s amazing, but I’m not going to do no cookie-cutter shit. It allowed me to see the full scope of a label.

You’re selective with the rappers you work with such as Tierra Whack and Wale. What drew you to them?

I work with [Tierra Whack] because we were just close vicinity. We came up together. She stands for something dope where we all tired of this shit. Everybody’s scared to say they tired of hearing gunshots, tired of hearing this wild-ass music. It’s not dope no more to be a criminal. I fuck with Tierra because she’s not on that shit. Wale, same kind of vibe. He’s just an artist. That’s something that we, as a culture, have to make the conscious effort to support. I love Cordae. He needs to be the biggest. We need the imagery. I don’t want my kids listening to rap and then I got to keep telling them it’s just entertainment. When you Black, it’s a survival guide.

One of your goals is to become a Black pop star. Do you feel we’ve had a Black pop star in rap before?

Drake, Black pop star. I feel like Lil Wayne was one of the first. He one of the greats. I would say Kanye. 50, I feel he at one point, he crossed over to that level. Everybody loves Snoop. It’s a lot but not enough. Snoop is a unique case. Drake wasn’t talking about killing people. He was just making good-ass songs. You don’t got to be hard. The world don’t respect that, America do. There are certain countries you can’t even go to if you got a record.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 30, 2022Phillip Faraone, Getty Images

Master P has announced the death of his 29-year-old daughter, Tytyana Miller.

On Sunday night (May 30), Master P shared an emotional message on his Instagram account that Tytyana Miller had passed away. Her cause of death has not been revealed.

“Our family is dealing with an overwhelming grief for the loss of my daughter Tytyana,” he wrote. “We respectfully request some privacy so that our family can grieve."

The No Limit Records founder added that he is grateful for those offering support as he and his family mourn the loss of his daughter, adding that Tytyana was dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse.

"We appreciate all of the prayers love and support," he wrote. "Mental illness & substance abuse is a real issue that we can’t be afraid to talk about. With God, we will get through this.”

Master P’s 32-year-old son, Romeo Miller, also shared a heartfelt message about his sister in an Instagram post.

"Our family is dealing with an overwhelming grief for the loss of my little sister Tytyana. We respectfully request some privacy so that our family can grieve," he typed.

The reality TV star also expressed appreciation from those offering prayers and support for his own family at this difficult time.

"We appreciate all of the prayers, love, and support, and although this is sad times, I’m forever grateful for the memories I did have with my amazing sister," he wrote. "Love on your loved ones, life is short. The silver lining, I know she’s in a way better place and finally at peace and free. God Bless."

Master P shared his daughter Tytyana with his estranged wife, Sonya C. Additionally, they also share multiple kids together: Romeo, Itali Miller, Inty Miller, Veno Miller, Vercy Miller, Hercy Miller and Mercy Miller. The 52-year-old rap mogul also has a 25-year-old daughter, Cymphonique Miller, from a previous relationship.

XXL wants to send heartfelt condolences to Master P and his family.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/kemethigh/” rel=”author”>Kemet HighPublished: May 30, 2022C.T. Robert

Guess Who's Back
Saba controls his own hourglass. After ending a four-year interlude and jolting himself back into the rap landscape with his album, Few Good Things, his level up has never been better.
Interview: Kemet High
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Saba’s music has everything but limits. The early 2022 release of his Few Good Things album verifies that sentiment and brands an upgrade of his filmic storytelling, wordplay and elastic flows. All those were formerly introduced on his 2016 debut solo album, Bucket List Project, and followed by his 2018 sophomore LP, Care For Me. Considering the critical praise he’s received for each, Saba seems to be three for three.

The 27-year-old Chicago native also mostly produces for himself and artists from his rap collective Pivot Gang. He learned how to excel on both sides of the bat by watching his father, a longtime local Chi-Town R&B singer named Chandlar, cook up music from scratch as a kid. Between Saba’s stirring lyricism about self-exploration and the head-cracking beats he uses as a foundation, it’s clear that the layers of his creativity have helped him elevate since coming into the rap game nearly a decade ago. But even with his own formula down pat, he’s already searching for a better version of himself.

Saba recently moved to the West Coast to take advantage of opportunities there. He started attending therapy and is committed to doing more work that will spread his legacy far beyond the parameters of a studio booth. Catching up with XXL in mid-February via Zoom, Saba talks about getting back into hip-hop’s forefront, his placement in Chi Town’s music scene, including Kanye West’s journey, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s influence and Saba’s own superpower.

XXL: What’s been keeping you smiling lately?

Saba: Everything man, everything. It’s been busy. But it’s gone so long without being busy, that it’s nice to just feel living in purpose and shit. Having that shit taken away and now it’s coming back. I got a lot to be grateful for, you know?

How would you explain the four-year gap between your Care For Me album and Few Good Things?

Necessary. I want to be known to do something great. And I want to be known to put my all into something. I always want the music to be reflective of where I am in life. And I think when you’re moving so quickly, it’s hard to know how you feel. It took breaks. It took starting the album, stopping the album, starting the album and scrapping the album. I done did so many versions of Few Good Things that the four years was to get it, not perfect, but to get it to where I felt like this is the best that I can do right now. I’ll get better. I’ma keep getting better, that’s what I’ma keep focusing on. But it took me four years to feel like, All right, this is what
I want to say.

Your song “Come My Way” features Krayzie Bone. You have said you grew up on Bone Thugs-N-Harmony so talk about that influence and how you got him on that track.

That’s how I’m here, man. I heard [The Notorious B.I.G.’s] “Notorious Thugs” when I was a kid, and that was the moment where the light bulb went off. Like, Wow, I should make music. And then, my grandad helped me to get a four-track cassette recorder that year and it’s been a wrap since then. Having that “Come My Way” and being able to link with Krayzie Bone, that was like the most full-circle shit that I’ve ever experienced where it’s still unbelievable.

These niggas don’t sound like nobody I’ve ever heard. It was just such a big deal discovering them and how they used melody. And how they used cadence and all of these patterns and production. How everything felt. Sometimes you couldn’t even understand them. It’s just a feeling. And understanding that feeling. That’s what I feel inspired me a lot to focus on that in my music.

In 2019, you, Smino and Noname announced yourselves as a group called Ghetto Sage and dropped “Häagen Dazs.” The fans have been fiending for another scoop. What’s up with it?

What I’ll say is, they are two of my favorite artists, period. So, it’s definitely going to happen. The timeline that it’s going to happen? I can’t tell you. We talk about it, and we all are excited and want it to happen. When all of the stars align, there’s going to be a logo in the sky like Batman and it’s going to be Ghetto Sage. And you’ll know that it’s time. But it’s feeling like sooner than later, without saying too much because I don’t fucking know.

Where do you see yourself in the Chicago rap scene?

It’s like when they was asking [New York Knicks player] Derrick Rose about the MVP. It feels like the reporters were expecting him to not view himself that way. And it’s like, why not? Why not me? And that’s how I feel when I think of, not just the Chicago rap scene, but how I view the quality of work and what goes into it. Why can’t it be me? So, that’s saying a lot and a little at the same time. But that’s the answer. Shit.

What do you think makes that Chicago scene elite?

With Chicago, you get a perspective that’s so uniquely true to Chicago artists. That’s how you’re really able to get something original. In Chicago, you gotta be yourself. ’Cause if you don’t, you’re gonna get yo’ ass flamed the whole time. You’re able to see what’s going on in California. You’re able to see what’s going on in New York. You’re able to see what’s going on in the South and it’s been like that for a long time. We are able to offer something that is unique because it’s lyrical niggas in Chicago like how the East Coast is. But it got the bounce of some of the Southern shit. And then you got the cool elements in some of the West Coast shit. So, I think Chicago is a great melting pot of styles and stylistic choices.

Are you still independent?

I’m still independent, yeah. I always hear words like, “Lack of infrastructure.” We don’t really got no labels. It’s like, not a lot of people come to Chicago expecting it to be like this hub of amazing art. And for a long time, it’s [been] like, us having to put ourselves on and then put each other and it’s non-stop work, work, work. I feel like Chief Keef blowing up was such a shift in how people viewed Chicago. And once we had Keef, we had Chance The Rapper. It was so much attention brought on the city. Any look for the city is always a good look in terms of once we got one, we got them all. I think it’s just going to keep growing and keep getting bigger.

The Ye doc, they explain it pretty well in that, ’cause he’s in New York in most of the doc. I’m in L.A. right now. A lot of times, you gotta leave the city to get it and then you bring it back. It’s like some hometown shit where you exhaust your resources or something. You do so much and then it’s like, OK, naturally, the next step is to go somewhere else.

And that’s the place where I feel like I’m at. That’s the place that a lot of artists from Chicago have hit. And the plan is to make it something better. Make it something bigger. Make it something crazier. It’s a growing scene, I would say.

You mentioned Kanye West’s recent documentary on Netflix. What part of his journey did you find the most fascinating or surprising?

I feel like most artists I know, that’s the story that they have. You feel the similarity where you stand in your soapbox, yelling at people, “I’m talented! I can do this! Believe in this!” And then, people are just looking at you like you’re crazy. Nobody gets it until everybody gets it. It’s hella surprising, but this is Kanye. This is at a point where that doesn’t mean anything. It’s kinda an age-old story by so many artists. It don’t even gotta be on that level, but so many people are just following their dream and trying to tell a deaf crowd, “Look what I can do!” It’s crazy to see even Kanye having that same experience. It was really eye-opening in that regard.

You produced eight out of 14 songs on Few Good Things. Would you say that Ye is somebody that inspired you to both rap and produce? If not, was there anybody?

To me, I never really separated them. I started producing and rapping around the same time. And that was just the way that I knew how to do it. Kanye was definitely an inspiration, but I was watching my dad produce all of his music and then go in the studio and sing the songs that he was writing. So, it was kinda like the way that I had been taught. I didn’t really even know early on that there was a different way to do it. I’m like, If we want to rap and make original songs, we gotta make the beats.

Your collective Pivot Gang dropped the album You Can’t Sit With Us in 2019. Will there be a follow-up?

It’s fa sho happening. Part of doing shit as a collective, there has to be so many things that align before you’re able to really go because I think for us, it’s always making it a priority. It’s not something we’re just trying to do on the backburner. We’re trying to dedicate and have full attention to detail. We been working non-stop. I feel like it’s at least 100 Pivot Gang songs right now since the last couple of years have racked up.

What’s the worst part about being Saba?

The worst part about being Saba is that there’s not two of me. I would imagine this is how most people feel about themselves. You recognize how much easier the world would be if everybody just thought how you thought and approached things how you approach things. And that’s not meant to come off sounding boujee or like a dick or nothing like that. It’s just my life would be easier if everybody was me.

So what’s the best part?

I think I’ve managed to make some of the best relationships in music, in life, that I think are really unparalleled. The best part of being me right now is just waking up and being able to make decisions that you thoroughly believe in, and you can recognize people around you believing in that because you do. And that’s a powerful thing. It’s like having a superpower. That’s the best part about being Saba is that you get to have a superpower.

What’s next for you?

What’s next for me is going to be trying to put my big boy pants on, really taking myself serious and really stepping into how I see myself. I’m gonna do everything in my power to make sure that all the work we’re doing is not just being cast aside. So, when I think of what’s next, no ceilings. What’s next for me is I want my name to be in that conversation. Not just when you ask me, but when you ask other people. So, that’s what I’m trying to plot on and figure out how to do that. When you ask somebody who the top five are, how do I get them to say Saba?

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 29, 2022Hollywood To You/Star Max, Getty Images

Blueface is dealing with family drama, again. This time, Blueface's mother and sister claim he assaulted them, but his girlfriend has come forward and said she fought them.

It all started on Saturday (May 28) when Blueface’s mom, Karlissa Saffold, hopped on her Instagram page to show off her face, which appears to be swollen. She then called out the "Thotiana" rapper for allowing his girlfriend, Chrisean Rock, to assault her daughter.

"All I know is my son will never bring that person around my family ever again in life and that’s all that matters. Carry on," she wrote. "And neither will the police or the judge. The End."

"@bluefasebabyy I will never forgive you for what you did to @kaliweae [Blueface’s sister] & @drjioproducedit [her husband]," he continued. "Never life and I pray God has mercy on your soul."

Blueface’s sister, Kali Miller, also jumped on her Instagram account and posted a video claiming that the Los Angeles rapper assaulted her and their mother. "Deadass, Blueface is a lame-ass nigga. The nigga dead-ass punched me and my mother in the face," she said. "And the nigga is lame as fuck and gets no respect." Kali had some more choice words for Blue on her IG Story as well. "Idc, how much money you got or how big your name is your still a lame ass nigga," she typed in one post. Check it out below.

However, Blueface shared a video featuring Chrisean Rock on the floor confessing that she was the one who assaulted his mom and sister. In the clip below (swipe left), the 25-year-old rapper asked Rock why she allegedly laid hands on them. “Why did you beat their ass like that?” he questioned her. Rock replied, “They gave me no option.”

Blueface also reiterated that he didn’t assault his mom or sister. “They can't just take their L, they want to say I did it,” he said in the video. “I'm a whole fucking boxer out here.”

There’s no word on what prompted the altercation between Blueface’s girlfriend and the rapper’s mother and sister. Video of the fight has surfaced on the internet and it does show Rock physically attacking Blueface’s sister. Shockingly, Blueface appears to be watching the fight and not intervening. Watch it below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 28, 2022The OPM Company via YouTube / Prince Williams, Getty Images

DJ Quik’s son, David M. Blake Jr., was reportedly taken into custody and charged with felony murder.

According to a report on NBC Los Angeles, published on Friday (May 27), David M. Blake Jr., 27, who is the liaison to Councilman Isaac Galvan, was arrested in the city of Porter Ranch, Calif., on Thursday (May 26) following a fight and a shooting that happened on Wednesday (May 25) on Carfax Avenue that left Julio Cardoza, 33, dead. Authorities have identified Blake as a suspect but did not provide further details about the incident.

Upon hearing the news of David Blake’s arrest, Compton officials told NBC Los Angeles in a brief email statement that "the City is shocked to learn about this incident."

David Blake is currently in custody on a $2 million bond. He is due in court on Tuesday (May 31), according to MSN.

XXL has reached out to the Downey Police Department and the office of councilman Isaac Galvan for comment.

Before his legal troubles, David Blake was a budding rapper under the alias D. Blake. As an artist, he has appeared on his father’s albums, including 2014’s The Midnight Life on the songs "Back That Shit Up" and "That Getter." Blake has also dropped several tracks of his own, including "Official," "Rollin" (featuring Kinglife Herb) and "I Wanna Know (Remix)" featuring Dom Kennedy. Check out the video below.

Watch NBC 4 Los Angeles report on David Blake Jr’s arrest for felony murder below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 16, 2022Robin Marchant, Getty Images

A second man has been sentenced to prison for his role in the 2018 overdose death of Mac Miller.

According to court documents obtained by XXL, Stephen Walter pleaded guilty to one count of Fentanyl Distribution on Monday (May 16) and was sentenced to 210 months or 17.5 years in prison. Prosecutors said that Walter was directly involved in directing fentanyl-laced pills to be distributed and then sold to Mac Miller, which later caused his death.

Walter, 49, is among the three defendants who were charged with distribution of fentanyl, resulting in Miller’s death and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in death. Additionally, Walter was also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition.

As previously reported, Ryan Reavis, 39, was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for his role in supplying the fentanyl-laced pills to the late rapper. A third man, Cameron Pettit, 30, has not resolved his case as of yet.

In the documents, prosecutors said that Walter knew that the pills contained fentanyl or some other federally controlled substance and allowed Reavis to distribute the pills to Pettit, who then sold them to Mac Miller. The Pittsburgh, Pa. rhymer received the pills two days before he succumbed to a fatal drug overdose on Sept. 7, 2018. Miller's personal assistant discovered him unresponsive in his Studio City, Calif. home and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Before his death, Mac Miller released his fifth studio album, Swimming, which received critical praise from fans and critics alike. The collection also became his first musical project to earn a Grammy Awards nomination.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 16, 2022Scott Dudelson / Johnny Nunez, Getty Images (2)

Photos of Freddie Gibbs with an apparent swollen eye have surfaced online following rumors that the Indiana rapper had an altercation with associates of Benny The Butcher.

Last Saturday (May 14), Freddie Gibbs was in Buffalo, N.Y. for a scheduled performance on his Space Rabbit Tour when he was attacked by purported associates of Benny The Butcher. Tory Rogers, a music artist from Buffalo, N.Y., allegedly witnessed the attack (rumored at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant) and recounted the incident on his Twitter account on Saturday night.

"I just saw Freddie Gibbs get beat up and his chain took while I was eating in buffalo Ny @FreddieGibbs @Akademiks @WORLDSTAR #explore #WSHH," he tweeted. "Chain off video."

"Freddie Gibbs was running in his security didn’t help," he continued. "It was bad."

It appears that Rogers had captured the harrowing incident on video.

"Video coming soon chain gone," he wrote. "Freddie [Gibbs] chain was snatched doing the video tell DJ ak to hit me up then I’ll upload the video everybody tagged him."

On Sunday (May 15), photos surfaced online of the Gibbster eventually performing at his Buffalo show but with a swollen eye. It appears the Bandana creator was wearing a balaclava (aka ski mask) to cover up his injuries. Swipe to check out the photos below.

As far as Gibbs' chain being snatched, the rhymer refuted those claims in an alleged text screen shot. Wack 100 also spoked about Gibbs allegedly getting his chain snatched while he was chatting on Clubhouse. Watch the video below.

Freddie Gibbs and Benny The Butcher have been verbally sparring with each other for the past few months with Gibbs trolling the Griselda rapper on social media. Their feud initially started when Benny claimed that a possible collaboration with Gibbs “came and went” during Spotify's Most Necessary Live interview. Gibbs took offense and have been poking fun at Benny and even mocking his November 2020 attempted robbery incident where the rapper was shot in his leg.

XXL has reached out to Freddie Gibbs and Benny The Butcher’s reps for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/peterberry/” rel=”author”>Peter A. BerryPublished: May 16, 2022Lexander Bryant

Something Good
After ditching the majors, Big K.R.I.T. is calling the creative shots in more ways than one. His own label, touring and new music are priorities, but so is his human side.
Interview: Peter A. Berry
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Short for King Remembered in Time, Big K.R.I.T.’s rap moniker is a reference to legacy, but the 35-year-old is just as focused on the present. Since releasing his debut mixtape, See Me On Top, in 2005, the rapper, born Justin Lewis Scott, has released 23 solo projects and built a loyal, cult fan base while establishing himself as one of the most dynamic artists the South has to offer.

Born and raised in Mississippi, K.R.I.T. began getting serious attention from fans and critics alike with the release of his 2010 mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. He signed a deal with Def Jam Recordings that same year. After releasing multiple critically acclaimed projects on Def Jam, K.R.I.T., citing changing relationships at the label, chose the independent route and departed in 2016.

Now, he’s got his own label, Multi Alumni. Years removed from feeling the pressure to make stream-friendly records and commercial singles, K.R.I.T.’s leaned into his status as a stalwart of the underground, a status he reaffirmed with Digital Roses Don’t Die, a “love story” album he dropped this past February. Coated in 1970’s-esque funk and soul, as well as his own nimble songwriting, the project is just the latest sign of his evolution as a rapper, singer and producer.

This year, he’s focused on touring and expanding his label and roster he has brought on board. He has also been collaborating with a lot more artists. K.R.I.T. has plenty of ideas and concepts in the vault, but he’s taking his time when it comes to his next project.

Connecting with XXL on a chilly February evening, just one week ahead of the release date for his Digital Roses Don’t Die album, K.R.I.T. discusses Southern rap, his respect for André 3000, life as the head of a record label, the makings of a great lyricist and the human being within.

XXL: What have you been up to over the last six months aside from putting together this album?

Big K.R.I.T.: Oh, man. Just life. I think everybody’s been going through a lot. Even going from 2021 to 2022 was just an adjustment, right? It’s like normally back in the day before COVID, new year, new things I’m going to do, boom, boom, boom. It was kinda like, You know what? I’m still in the house. You’re still just trying to figure things out here and there. But it’s just dialing in, starting to concentrate more on finalizing the album. What that feels like. What a tour looks like.

At this point in my career, [it's about] what performing looks like, and really what kind of message am I trying to send to people. Because we all been through a lot in the last few years, man. And so, for me, it was just thinking about all that along with the rollout and stuff, too. Just trying to be as authentic in myself as I possibly can.

That sounds very wholesome.

Thank you.

How would you describe your place in hip-hop right now? Is it different from the place where you wanted to be when you were starting out?

It’s hard to explain, man, because it was a lot of me trying to prove myself because of where
I was from. I’m from Mississippi. So, I had to do a lot of traveling, a lot of interacting with people in order to prove my capacity to do music, not only on a production level, but on a rapping level, and be very stern in that not only can I produce, but I am a lyricist and a top-tier lyricist and I’m from Mississippi. So, it was that. I had to push and it became a lot of aggression, a lot of frustration at times because of the geography lottery.

The music industry tailors itself more to vacation destinations and not necessarily towards places. It might be a small town that people are unaware of. So, that created this narrative for me to always feel like I needed to prove myself. And it didn’t matter what room I was in. It didn’t matter how much music I put out or how creative I got. It was just to prove myself. And I found myself at this moment, I think it was probably after Cadillactica going into 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, where I didn’t really care about proving myself anymore because I had done so much music. We toured and we had seen the love and we had the experience of being with a label and not being with a label and everything being independent. And I’m just doing what I love to do. That was enough.

André 3000 is known for telling everyone that, “the South got something to say.” Do you think Southern hip-hop is really getting the respect it deserves?

I think it’s appreciated. I think it’s still a narrative of the South having to prove itself on a lyrical basis sometimes, just based off of the conversation when they talk about top-tier lyricists or artists. I think Bun B is probably in my top five lyricists, and people don’t notice that. André 3000 might be one of the greatest lyricists ever and people don’t really put [him] in that category. And I think about what artists from the South normally have to do to even be put in that category.

Because CeeLo and André 3000 are amazing singers, too. And they are amazing lyricists that’ll probably body you. But you have to become that to even be noticed in a sense. And David Banner was one of the first people that I saw he had to do so much to be noticed. He produced his own beats. He rapped and he would travel and he’s making these amazing sounding records and he’s going from city to city. And he is really one of the first people that I saw like, “I got to do both. I can’t just be a rapper. I got to produce a rap in order for people to listen to me. And if they don’t like my rapping, they going to like my beat. If they don’t like my beat, they going to like my rapping. It’ll get me in the room with people.” So, sometimes I feel like the amount that you have to do, especially if you’re from the deep South, in order to make noise in the hip-hop industry is a lot.

You speak about lyricism a lot. What is it, to you, that makes a great lyricist?

Obviously being transparent. Writing it from the heart. And being able to understand cadence, similes, is very important. Metaphors. And how do you create a story in a way. And everything’s pretty much been talked about, but to really touch on topics in a way that people aren’t familiar with. To come up with something in a way where people are like, “Man, I never thought of it like that.” And then to do it on records that people don’t expect.

I go back to André 3000 about this because André 3000 would jump on a record that you know is a club bounce record and fuck off and say some shit. And you’re like, “Hold on. Damn. That was beautiful. I didn’t expect that.” On that wave. And not even so much be caught up sometimes in the lingo of what everybody else is saying, too. Obviously, it’s very easy to get caught up in certain keywords that actually play into what a hit record would be in the moment. But to kind of veer away from it and just try your own wordplay, your own cadence. I think E-40 is an amazing lyricist because he’ll just fuck off and make up words. You’ll be like, “Damn, man. Hold on. What does that mean?”

You’ve been on a major label and worked as an independent artist. Do you find it’s easier to make a profit being independent versus being on a major label? How do streaming and video plays play into that for you?

I would say first off, streaming is still a different thought process and idea for everybody. Streaming is still one of those things where you’re trying to figure it out. I’m blessed to tour. Touring is still a major part in what we do. And so, it’s still that hand-to-hand aspect, actually seeing people and everything’s still being tangible, immersing, stuff like that. But streaming is still this thing up and down where back in the day, a CD was a CD. It was a physical copy. And you know that they got the CD. Now we’re not in that world anymore.

So, I’m still learning a lot more about it. But what I do appreciate more now is the freedom to drop music whenever and however I want to. Whatever I put into it, I can see it in what comes back. Normally, with a label, it’s a tad bit different with the people you may work with. You might not have any real relationship with them. You might not know who they are. But they’re still a part of the process of your album coming out, whether they’re busy or there’s a lot of other people on the label.

I like to think of it as an airplane runway. I feel when you’re independent, it’s like you’re more on a private kind of facility where your plane takes off when you like, “All right, I’m ready to go.” But when you’re with a label, it’s like a major airport. It’s a lot of planes that might take off in front of you, or your plane might have to wait a little longer because this is about to take off.

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You’ve got your own label, Multi Alumni. What’s it like to be in control of something and being able to help more people?

This is the first year where it’s really going to be the telltale of what it’s going to be in a sense when it comes to other artists. But I’m transparent. A lot of times when it comes to the music aspect, the only thing I would lend to an artist that would come to me, normally I would want them to already be creating their own music in a sense. What they see themselves as. The only thing I’d be doing is quality control. The idea of like, “Well, maybe let’s change this kick drum, this snare. Maybe the hook could be a little stronger.”

At this point, what do you want to be remembered for?

Oh, man. I mean, obviously being a king of what I do. Humble. Transparent. I mean, music for the most part is what people know me for. But the human side, right? Being the kind of person, especially when it came to interacting with people throughout my career, that I was authentically myself and that I actually help in a sense.

When it comes to mental health. When it comes to substance abuse and these things that us as artists don’t get the opportunity to talk about as much as how they might have affected us. I was definitely and still am, one of those people that I’m very much aware of how music has inspired people and how some of the songs that I’ve done in my past might have made people crunk, turn up. But, in those songs, there might have been some rhetoric that now I know I’ve had to change. That I’ve rapped about my own faults and flaws and my mental health and depression, anxiety and getting therapy.

So, it’s one of those things where being known as a King Remembered in Time, not only for music, but as a person that really advocated people getting help mentally and physically, and then knowing themselves and being aware of their triggers. And then voicing that in order to have a really healthy concept of themselves and actually find true happiness is the most important thing for me to be remembered in a sense. I am a part of the music industry, but I’m human, right?

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 15, 2022Chicago Police Department / David Dee Delgado, Getty Images

R. Kelly has reportedly formed an unlikely friendship with the accused Brooklyn subway shooter while locked up in jail.

According to a New York Daily News report, published on Saturday (May 14), R. Kelly and accused Brooklyn Subway Shooter, Frank James, reportedly have become friends at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Three insiders at the facility have told the publication that both Kells and James get along well in the jailhouse. Since both men are deemed high-risk inmates, they are being housed in the same unit.

“Both do get along. They actually sit together and eat together,” revealed one source. Another insider, familiar with the situation, told the newspaper: “They talk about TV shows. They go out to rec together. They’re buds.”

As you may know, Kelly was convicted of multiple charges, including sex trafficking, and is awaiting sentencing, while James is awaiting trial for his role in the mass shooting on the N train on April 12. Both men are not sharing a cell. Kelly has his own room, while James has a bunkmate in his cell, according to a source.

R. Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, told the New York Daily News that the R&B crooner does not have control of who he buddies up with at MDC. “Mr. Kelly is not in control of who he is housed with,” she said. “A friend is someone you voluntarily hang out with.”

James’ lawyer declined to comment on the friendship between Kelly and James.

Interestingly, numerous insiders at the MDC have told the newspaper that R. Kelly spends his time singing to lift his spirits. One source reportedly recalled the embattled singer once delivering an impromptu a cappella performance of his anthemic hit “I Believe I Can Fly,” while in his prison work clothes. Kells also sings in his cell, occasionally, much to everyone's joy at the facility. “He does live performances and all,” said an insider.

R. Kelly’s sentencing is set for June 15. The singer faces life in prison with no parole.

XXL has reached out to R. Kelly’s attorney and reps at the Metropolitan Detention Center for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 15, 2022Issac Baldizon / Anna Webber / Cole Burston, Getty Images (3)

Denzel Curry had to get some things off his chest while he was on social media. During his Twitter rant, Denzel said that Kanye West’s Donda album and Drake’s Certified Lover Boy project could’ve been better.

On Saturday (May 14), Denzel Curry jumped on his Twitter account and started tweeting some of his observations on pop culture. Randomly, the 2016 XXL Freshman offered his critique on Ye and Drizzy’s last projects.

“Donda and CLB could’ve been better, yall niggas rich and got the greatest musicians at your disposal,” he tweeted. The 27-year-old rhymer then added, “The artwork for both projects were booty.”

While Denzel Curry may have a point, Kanye’s Donda album artwork is simply an all-black cover, while Drake’s CLB illustrated cover features 12 pregnant women emojis lined up wearing different colored blouses and holding their rotound bellies.

Denzel's comments come after he salutied Kendrick Lamar on Friday (May 13) for his stellar work on his just-released album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. “Trust nobody only ya mama nem,” he wrote, referring to the MM&TBS track, “Father Time."

Denzel raised some eyebrows earlier this week with his proclamation that he’s the best rapper alive, period.

In an XXL interview, the South Florida rhymer talked about his new album, Melt My Eyez See Your Future. When asked what’s next for him, Denzel declared, "Just look out for me. Look out for any of the next projects that’s ’bout to come out. I’m ’bout to shake the whole game up. I don’t care what anybody got to say, bro. I’m the best rapper alive. Point blank, period."

You gotta love Denzel Curry’s confidence as a bonafide lyricist.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: May 13, 2022Todd Owyoung, Getty Images

Rap OG Ice-T is constantly dropping gems on Twitter and recently put up a post that appears to address situations like the one Young Thug has found himself in recently.

On Wednesday (May 11), Ice-T shared a video of Thugger on an episode of the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast from last May. In the clip, co-host Wallo267 tries to school Thug about staying out of situations that will get him locked up.

"I'm speaking from a place of trying to give niggas some real game," says Wallo, who served 20 years in prison for an armed robbery before founding the MDWG podcast with his cousin, rapper Gillie The Kid. "Because I'ma tell you some shit, Thug. It's lonely than a muthafucka in [prison]."

In a follow-up tweet, Ice-T dropped some words of advice himself. "It’s Easy to make the Streets think you’re a Gangster… It’s HARD to convince the Feds you’re NOT.. Via ICE T," he typed along with a diamond emoji.

On Monday (May 9), Young Thug, Gunna and 26 other people associated with YSL were indicted on RICO charges. The Fulton County District Attorney in Atlanta has accused the record label of actually being a criminal street gang, which has committed dozens of crimes over the last decade including murder, armed robbery and drug distribution. Gunna surrendered to authorities the following day. As of press time, both artists have been denied bond and remain locked up at the Fulton County Jail.

Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, issued a statement to XXL, denying the rapper’s criminal involvement in the matter. "Mr. Williams has committed no violation of law, whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously. Mr. Williams will be cleared," he said

Steel recently filed an emergency motion to get Young Thug a bond, claiming the rapper's rights are being violated due to the conditions he is in in jail.

Ice-T isn't the only celebrity to offer an adage about the situation. Comedian D.L. Hughley recently commented on the arrests on social media. “People seem to forget, the power of life and death is in the tongue!” he tweeted. “If you call yourself #Thug and #Gunna what you probably gonna do is go to jail! #TeamDl."

Check out Ice-T's tweets below

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 12, 2022Bennett Raglin /Daniel Boczarski / Thaddaeus McAdams, Getty Images (3)

Jack Harlow may know hip-hop, but he’s not so informed on R&B. During an interview with Hot 97, the Louisville, Ky. rapper learned that Ray J and Brandy are siblings.

On Wednesday (May 11), New York’s Hot 97 radio hosts Ebro, Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg quizzed Jack Harlow on his musical knowledge for their segment called #WhiteIshWednesday. During the music quiz, they played Brandy’s 1998 song “Angel in Disguise” and the 2020 XXL Freshman clearly didn’t know who the artist of the song was.

Aaliyah?” he guessed, still looking confused. The hosts then decided to give him some hints that would maybe help jog his memory. Stylez gave a good hint. “She had a TV show,” she stated. But Ebro and Rosenberg gave him the biggest hints of them all.

“Her brother is the reason why a lot of people are famous," said Rosenberg, with Ebro adding, “Her brother had an amazing sex tape.”

“Who’s Ray J’s sister?” Harlow asked. The hosts burst into laughter, with Ebro asking Harlow, “You didn’t know Brandy and Ray J are siblings?”

“Brandy and Ray J are siblings? Nobody has ever told me that in my life,” Harlow proclaimed. “Y’all got a good clip out of that one.”

How ironic, since some people don’t know who Jack Harlow is. Last week, two NBA referees were caught on camera trying to figure out who the "First Class" rapper was sitting courtside at a Boston Celtics playoff game.

Check out Hot 97’s #WhiteIshWednesday with Jack Harlow below. Fast-forward to the 25-minute mark to see Harlow not knowing that Brandy and Ray J are siblings.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 12, 2022Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Young Thug and Gunna were denied bail following their arrests on racketeering charges.

On Wednesday (May 11), both Young Thug and Gunna’s requests for bond were rejected during their hearings before a judge, according to 11Alive. Both rappers are among the 28 people named in the Fulton County district attorney's indictment for conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, was hit with a RICO charge but is also accused of criminal street gang activity, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana, and theft by receiving stolen property, according to the news outlet.

Meanwhile, Thug, born Jeffery Lamar Williams, is facing seven additional felony charges on drugs and weapons possession after police raided his home on Monday (May 9). According to an Atlanta Police Department’s booking document obtained by XXL, Thug’s felony charges include Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute; Possession Of Sawed-Off Shotgun, Sawed-Off Rifle, Machine Gun, dangerous Weapon, Or Silencer; and three separate charges of Unlawful For Person Employed By/Associated With Criminal Street Gang To Conduct/Participate In Criminal Activity.

During Thug’s Fulton County court appearance, Judge Robert Wolf agreed with the State’s argument against the bond. Additionally, Judge Wolf found the rapper was a flight risk, as well as a risk of interfering with the RICO case and a risk to committing more felonies if released. Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, asked the judge to reconsider, considering his client's ties to the Atlanta area. Steel also offered to take custody of the rapper’s passport and suggested that the court could order Thug to wear an ankle monitor and confine him to his home.

However, Judge Wolf declined Steel’s recommendations, citing the risk of Thug possibly committing additional felonies. “He has a lot of support outside the state of Georgia, it might be hard to get him back to the state,” he said.

Both Thug and Gunna will remain in custody at the Fulton County jail until further notice.

Watch Young Thug’s full court hearing below. Fast-forward to the 17-minute mark to see Judge Wolf deny Thugger bond and attorney Brian Steel vigorously defending his client.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 11, 2022Astrid Stawiarz, Getty Images

Casanova has pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug charges, according to the New York District Attorney’s Office.

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced on Wednesday (May 11) that Casanova, born Caswell Senior, pled guilty to racketeering and narcotics offenses as a leader of Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Bloods gang (aka “Gorilla Stone”). Specifically, he pled guilty to one count of conspiring to conduct and participate in the conduct of the affairs of a criminal enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity and one count of conspiring to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana. The Brooklyn rapper also admitted to a series of crimes committed while leading the interstate gang that spans from New York to Florida.

According to Williams, Casanova admitted to being involved in a Florida shooting on July 5, 2020, a robbery in New York City on August 5, 2018 and conspiring to traffic over 100 kilograms of marijuana.

“Senior was an active, hands-on participant in the gang’s senseless violence, including a shooting in Miami and contributing to a robbery at a Manhattan diner,” he said. “Dismantling violent gangs and stopping gun violence continues to be one of my highest priorities.”

Casanova’s attorney, James Kousouros, issued a statement to XXL explaining Casanova's plea deal and his client's next steps moving forward in the case.

"Mr. Senior did plead guilty today to the racketeering conspiracy and the specific charges to which he pled were the sale of marijuana and the robbery of a young lady that was filming him in a diner," he said. "The government has agreed to dismiss all the remaining charges at the time of [sentence]. We will be submitting comprehensive sentencing memoranda in which we will endeavor to demonstrate to the Court that Mr. Senior is a good man, a good father and husband, and someone the court can feel confident will not reoffend."

Casanova is expected to be sentenced on Dec. 6. The embattled rapper faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

XXL has reached out to Casanova’s publicist for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: May 11, 2022Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Young Thug is facing seven additional felony charges after police recovered drugs and guns while raiding the rapper’s home in Atlanta.

According to an Atlanta Police Department’s booking document obtained by XXL on Wednesday (May 11), Young Thug, born Jeffery Lamar Williams, is facing seven additional felony charges. The charges are Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute; VGCSA-Possession Of A Schedule III, Iv Or V Controlled Substance With Intent To Distribute; Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Possession Of Sawed-Off Shotgun; Sawed-Off Rifle, Machine Gun, dangerous Weapon, Or Silencer; and three separate charges of Unlawful For Person Employed By/Associated With Criminal Street Gang To Conduct/Participate In Criminal Activity.

These charges were added following the police raid at Thug’s home on Monday (May 9) in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. As previously reported, Thugger, Gunna and 26 other YSL associates were hit with RICO charges by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office earlier this week. Thugger was specifically arrested on charges of Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act and Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity.

Meanwhile, Gunna reportedly surrendered to authorities on Tuesday (May 10). According to a CBS46.com report, published on Wednesday, the "Pushin P" rapper was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis held a press conference yesterday detailing the large-scale criminal case against YSL. DA Willis said her main goal is to curtail all street gang activity since they commit up to four fifths of all of the violent crime in the Atlanta community.

"75 percent to 80 percent of all the violent crime in our community,” she explained at the conference. “It doesn’t matter your notoriety or fame, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and you commit crimes, you are going to be a target and a focus of this District Attorney’s office.”

DA Willis also added that many people could be facing life in prison if convicted under the RICO indictment.

XXL has reached out to Young Thug’s attorney and Atlanta police department for comment.

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