href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 28, 2022Prince Williams/Getty Images

When it comes to trap music, 21 Savage is one of the biggest stars of the subgenre. While he's earned a Grammy win and even has a diamond certification for his verse on Post Malone's "Rockstar," the Atlanta rapper's street-centered roots is what garnered him initial acclaim.

The former 2016 XXL Freshman started his grind on the mixtape circuit working with ATL's top producers like Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin and many others. Beginning with his 2015 debut mixtape, The Slaughter Tape, 21 invited fans into his nihilistic mind with "Skrrt Skrrt" and "Pinky." The Atlanta-raised rapper then delivered more gun-toting rhymes on "Red Opps" from the Sonny Digital-produced Free Guwop EP. The riotous track features 21 painting a visual picture of chaos around him with his trademark gunshot ad-libs.

Although 21 Savage has mastered the art of rapping about the streets and hood politics, not all of his songs are about gloom and doom. He expands his subject matter to discuss wealth on "Bank Account," from his 2017 debut studio project, Issa Album. The rhymer also reflects on his relationship with the ladies on "Ball w/o you", from his 2018 effort, I Am > I Was.

Some of 21's best songs are with his friend and longtime collaborator Metro Boomin. On "No Heart," from their 2016 joint project, Savage Mode, 21 spits in his signature flow about how his rough childhood made him merciless in the streets. Then there's his collaborative project, Her Loss, on which he outshines Drake on the bouncy club banger "Rich Flex."

This list showcases 21's skill level when it comes to bars and flows featuring his underground tracks, fan favorites and mainstream hits. Check out 21 Savage's best songs below.

  • “Red Opps”21 Savage
  • “Skrrt Skrrt”21 Savage
  • “Dirty K”21 Savage featuring Lotto Savage
  • “My Choppa Hate Niggas” 21 Savage and Metro Boomin
  • “Lord Forgive”21 Savage
  • “Monster”21 Savage featuring Childish Gambino
  • “No Debate”/”Big Smoke”21 Savage
  • “X”21 Savage and Metro Boomin featuring Future
  • “No Heart”21 Savage and Metro Boomin
  • “One Foot”21 Savage
  • “Bank Account”21 Savage
  • “Dead People”21 Savage
  • “A Lot”21 Savage featuring J. Cole
  • “Runnin”21 Savage and Metro Boomin
  • “Savage Mode”21 Savage and Metro Boomin
  • “Dip Dip”21 Savage
  • “Don’t Come Out The House”Metro Boomin with 21 Savage
  • “Rich Flex”21 Savage and Drake
  • “Air It Out”21 Savage featuring Young Nudy
  • “Spiral”21 Savage
  • “Ball w/o You”21 Savage
  • “Numb”21 Savage
  • “Twenty1″21 Savage
  • “Picky”21 Savage
  • “3AM on Glenwood”21 Savage

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 27, 2022NewWestCoastTV1/Twitter

A shocking video has surfaced showing OhGeesy in a wild brawl outside when suddenly gunshots ring out during the melee.

On Saturday (Nov. 26), Twitter user @NewWestCoastTV1 posted a video featuring OhGeesy involved in an altercation with several people outside a venue. In the clip, a person is filming the former Shoreline Mafia member, dressed in all-white, getting caught up in a wild brawl and stumbling to the ground. Suddenly, gunshots ring out and the camera guy runs away frantically from the scene. Several more shots are fired, and screams from a woman are heard before the video ends.

There's no word on what caused the altercation to pop off in the first place. Thankfully, OhGeesy wasn't hurt in the incident by the looks of the video. It's unclear if anyone else suffered injuries.

XXL has reached out to OhGeesy's reps for comment.

Interestingly, today (Nov. 27) is OhGeesy's 29th birthday. The "Get Fly" rapper jumped on his Twitter account and reshared his fans' birthday salutes to him. OhGeesy also tweeted his plans on having a celebratory day.

"Fresh like the 1st day of school," he wrote, adding, "U gotta kno I’m finna make a movie today [popcorn emoji]."

Ohgeesy also tweeted that he's going to celebrate his birthday in honor of his deceased friends.

"Ima go up for all my niggas that’s restin in peace today ! I love Yal I miss y’all ! I gotta celebrate this life every chance I get ! Thank you GOD ! [world emoji] [blue heart emoji]" he typed.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 26, 2022Oleksandr Hruts/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Amy Sussman/Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Many rappers have personal cheat codes that give them that extra oomph when it comes to their music and fandom. But some fans are accusing Atlantic Records of cheating when it comes to using bots to help boost engagement in Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Ricch, Don Toliver and other rappers' music videos.

On Saturday (Nov. 26), DJ Akademiks jumped on his Twitter account and criticized Atlantic Records for allegedly manipulating views on their artists' videos. This after several fans accused Don Toliver days prior of allegedly using bots in his music video for "Do It Right."

"Don Toliver out here paying views on YouTube….," tweeted one person earlier this week.

"They saying don toliver bought views on his recent music video," another fan wrote.

Another commenter tweeted: "Don Toliver Really Botting Views [man face palming emoji] [tears of joy emoji]."

"Don toliver just got exposed for botting views and comments on his new song lol," wrote another fan.

This prompted Ak to chime in with his criticism: "Damn.. Atlantic Records went from being hella lit a few years ago to being shit," he wrote. "They literally threw in the towell on marketing and promotin their artists..they just buying WILD amounts of fake views…which makin their artists look even worse."

More fans jumped in and claimed that bots are engaging in the comment section of Don Toliver's video for "Do It Right."

"Don toliver cooking views? [sob emojis] why he's my favorite jackboy [weary emoji]," a fan commented.

"Go to Don Toliver's most recent music video; sort comments by new, and keep scrolling. Let me know how many real comments you find," another person tweeted.

Another fan also alleged that Lil Uzi Vert is dealing with the same issue with his music video for "Just Wanna Rock" but it's because he's trending at No. 1 on streaming platforms.

"Uzi's video is facing a similar issue; partially because he is trending #1 but we know Uzi's song is a hit," the fan wrote. "It has 60M streams on Spotify and being talked about everywhere. Don Toliver on the other hand…. that is not the case."

XXL has reached out to Atlantic Records for comment.

To be fair, bots are just part of the digital ecosystem. According to TechTarget, bots are a computer program that operates as an agent for a user or other program to simulate a human activity. They are a variety of bots and they are everywhere—on Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms.

Bots are little different on YouTube, so it's unclear how they are getting engagement on the platform either through paying people or through artists' management that are separate from the record label. Overall, bots are here to stay and they are not going nowhere.

Fans have been offering their opinions about the usage of bots to promote artists.

"Atlantic Records getting cooked for spamming their artists like Lil UziVert and Roddy Rich new videos with bots in the comments to up the engagement. Ppl really surprised?!? They do the same thing w streams to drive up the numbers. Labels been corrupt from since their creation," opined one fan.

"They beeeeen doing that, have u ever seen a youtube comment section on music videos??? lmao even underground artist are buying bots for views," tweeted another person.

Hopefully, record labels will go back to relying on real authentic engagement and not rely on analytics and computers to promote their music artists.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 26, 2022theenighborhoodtalk/Instagram/Terence Rushin/Getty Images

EST Gee is going through a health crisis. The Louisville, Ky. rapper recently revealed that he's losing his vision in one of his eyes.

On Friday (Nov. 25), EST Gee's posted a since-deleted video on his Instagram Story where he revealed that he has a cataract in one of his eyes. In the clip, the CMG artist points his camera phone at his eye where a cloudy film appears to be covering a portion of his eyeball.

"See that cataract growing over my eye, shit getting worse. It's harder to see. It's getting bigger," he said in the video.

Although he’s not blind in the eye, the 28-year-old rhymer explained that he was supposed to get more surgeries to address the cancer but couldn't get them done because of the pandemic and forgot about it.

"See that grey little film over my eye…I can't see shit for real," he added. "What do I need to do?"

EST Gee captioned the video: "HOW CAN I STOP THIS GREY PART FROM SPEADING I USE TO COULD SEE A LIL BIT BUT ITS GETTING WORSE I'M STARTING TO SEE."

It's unclear if EST's damaged eye is related to his 2019 shooting incident where he was shot five times with one bullet hitting him in the eye. Hopefully, he will see an ophthalmologist right away so they can repair his deteriorating vision.

XXL has reached out to EST Gee's camp for comment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adidas terminated their partnership with Kanye last month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XXL does not support or condone violence in any form.

Let's stop the violence and increase the peace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 13, 2022Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Nas' California home was reportedly burglarized, and thieves made off with multiple items.

According to a TMZ report, published on Sunday (Nov. 13), Nas' home in Calabasas, Calif. was burglarized on Saturday (Nov. 12) at around 8:30 p.m. PST. Apparently, the thieves broke through a rear door to gain entry into the residence.

An insider told TMZ that the robbers ransacked the place before leaving with two bags of items. Nas' team was aware of the burglars' presence in the house due to an activated Ring camera. The crew alerted authorities once they saw the two thieves leaving the premises with bags of stolen goods. Thankfully, no one was hurt during the home invasion.

As for Nas, he was out of town in New York City at his album release party for his new project, King's Disease III. It's unclear if police have informed the rap veteran of the home break-in. No arrests were made and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the incident.

XXL has reached out to Nas' reps and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for comment.

Nas is among several entertainers who had their home get burglarized by thieves in recent weeks.

Last month, Megan Thee Stallion's Los Angeles home was robbed by two men wearing hoodies and gloves. The thieves reportedly made off with an estimated $300,000-$400,000 worth of items from the residence. Thankfully, the Houston rhymer wasn't home during the break-in, but it was recorded on security cameras.

Megan, who was in New York City hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live at the time, was grateful that no one was hurt during the break in. "Material things can be replaced but I’m glad everyone is safe [blue heart emoji] [prayer hands emoji]," she tweeted.

Hopefully, the police can figure out who is committing all these home burglaries.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 13, 2022TMZ/YouTube

Flavor Flav had to endure a bad travel day last week. The veteran rapper went off on a Spirit Airlines agent after he missed his flight.

On Sunday (Nov. 13), TMZ posted a video of Flavor Flav going ballistic at a Spirit Airlines agent inside Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas last Friday (Nov. 11). According to the media outlet, Flav was sitting near the gate waiting to catch his flight to Detroit when he lost track of time and was late for boarding.

An insider told TMZ that the Public Enemy member was preoccupied with his laptop when he noticed the gate agent shutting the jetway door. When Flav tried to board, the agent wouldn't reopen the door for him and he missed his flight.

In the video below, a visibly upset Flav is hurling obscenities at the agent, who, surprisingly, didn't call security. Sources told the website that Flav usually waits for everyone to board afterward because people always want to take pictures with him, and he didn't want to hold up the boarding process. However, an insider also claimed that Spirit actually reopened the door to let other passengers in—before this video started—but closed the door on Flav and two other people

XXL has reached out to Spirit Airlines for comment.

On Friday, Flavor Flav jumped on his Twitter page to air out his grievances with Spirit Airlines.

"@SpiritAirlines y’all oversold your flight and refused me boarding!!! no compensation or anything,,, I feel that’s totally wrong!!! #SpiritAirlines," he tweeted.

And to his fans he added: "And before y’all come after me for flyin on Spirit,,, they the main airline outta Vegas."

Spirit Airlines did reached out to Flav writing, "We're sorry to hear about this experience. Please send us a DM with your confirmation code to look into this."

On Sunday, Flav addressed the viral video and apologized to his fans for "acting out of character" towards Spirit Airlines.

"I like to think I represent all the people who would get upset when airlines are in the wrong," he wrote. "As I said to TMZ, I apologize to those who witnessed me acting out of character,,, but I do not apologize to Spirit or the gate agent for their shady tactics when they oversell flights."

Thankfully, Flavor Flav didn't get arrested and tagged a public enemy to the friendly skies.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 12, 2022Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/Diddy/YouTube

50 Cent is back trolling once again. This time the television mogul is responding to Diddy and Yung Miami's alleged breakup rumors.

On Saturday (Nov. 12), 50 Cent hopped on his Instagram account to react to reports that Diddy and Yung Miami have broken up. Fif posted an image of a gossip blog report with the headline reading, Yung Miami BREAKS UP With Diddy… After He 'CUT' Her Allowance to Just $200K a Month!!!"

In the caption, it looks like 50 Cent not only took a shot a Yung Miami but also at his former lover Daphne Joy, who is the mother of his 10-year-old child Sire Jackson. Apparently, Diddy is allegedly dating her as well.

"LOL PUFFY you better fix this before i get to Miami. [Laughing emoji] or you gonna be stuck playing wit my old shit," he wrote. "LOL you know i don't miss nothing Justin been knocked it off, we keep it player on this side."

According to The Shade Room blog post below, Diddy mysteriously removed all of his photos from his IG page. Interestingly, Miami deleted all photos of the Bad Boy Records boss from her IG account as well.

According to online reports, Yung Miami, born Caresha Romeka Brownlee, purportedly dumped the billionaire executive after he allegedly decreased her monthly allowance from $500,000 to $200,000.

In a September 2022 interview with XXL, the City Girls rapper confirmed that she and Diddy are dating and are allowed to see other people.

We are dating. We single, but we’re dating. People don’t know what dating means. He’s single, I’m single, but we’re dating," she said. "That’s what I mean when I say we go together. We're having the time of our lives, but we’re still single."

"He see other people outside of me and I see people outside of him," she continued. "I’m young. I’m dating. I’m, you know, having fun. I’m doing me. He’s doing the same thing."

XXL has reached out to Diddy and Yung Miami's reps for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 7, 2022Prince Williams/Getty Images (2)

Drake and 21 Savage have teased a tour for their just-released collaborative album Her Loss.

On Monday (Nov. 7), rumors of Drake and 21 Savage going on tour started surfacing on social media. The buzz is most likely from Drizzy teasing a tour with 21 on his SiriusXM Sound 42 radio program Table for One last Friday (Nov. 4). While discussing their favorite tracks on Her Loss, Drake said he couldn't wait to perform the songs on tour.

"Um, I'm excited for tour," the OVO leader said at the 3:58-mark in the video below. "I'm excited for tours just another opportunity for me to be with my brother and, just, I mean shit our set that night is going to be dangerous."

"On God," 21 responded, agreeing with Drake's assessment.

"It's gonna be dangerous like that's a tour in itself," the 6 God continued. "Like, yeah people are gonna get a tour within a tour with them."

XXL has reached out to Drake and 21 Savage's reps for comment.

Also, Drake will perform a special intimate concert at New York City's famed Apollo Theater on Friday (Nov. 11). The show will be broadcast exclusively on SiriusXM Radio. There's a strong possibility that Drizzy will bring out 21 to perform songs from Her Loss during his concert.

Nevertheless, news of a possible Her Loss tour has fans very excited.

"We need Drake & 21 Savage to go on tour together," tweeted one person. "Last time Drake went on tour was in 2018, so he’s gonna need to do this if he wants to keep betting."

Another fan wrote, "If Drake and 21 Savage really are going on tour together, I'm buying my tickets expeditiously! 21 is lit with his live performances and I've yet to see Drake live."

Hopefully, Drake and 21 Savage's Her Loss tour will come sooner than later.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: November 7, 2022Theo Wargo/Amy Susan/Getty Images (2)

Now, Desiigner has reacted to 21 Savage saying he would come out victorious in a Verzuz hits battle against anyone in the 2016 XXL Freshman Class.

Last night (Nov. 6), Desiigner shared a video on his Instagram Story in response to 21 Savage's confident proclamation.

"Why you talking like that?" he questioned. "21, [I] went platinum 20 times. I'm just chilling right now. I ain't even dropping right now. I quit rap for a minute. Stop playing," he added with a laugh.

21 Savage made headlines after claiming he had more hits than anyone in the fan-favorite 2016 class when asked about participating in a hypothetical Verzuz during a Clubhouse session on Nov. 5.

"That Freshman cover, nobody can beat me, nobody," 21 Savage boasted.

"Oh, so you can beat Lil Uzi?" asked a moderator.

"Hell yeah," 21 boldly responded.

Desiigner isn't the only member of the beloved 2016 XXL Freshman Class to beg to differ. Kodak Black also appeared to respond to 21 Savage's comment on IG Live last night.

"You always been my round, though," Kodak said in the video. "I admire your confidence, though. That's how you should feel. But I'ma always put myself first over any nigga, any day, too."

The South Florida rapper then revealed he was wearing several baseball caps on top of each other.

"But, that's cap," he continued, laughing. "You know you capped out. Boy, that shit cap."

The 2016 XXL Freshman Class consists of 21, Denzel Curry, Kodak Black, G Herbo, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak, Dave East, Lil Dicky, Desiigner and Lil Uzi Vert. It will be interesting to see if anyone else steps up to challenge 21 Savage's claims.

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Kodak Black has responded to 21 Savage's claim that he could beat any member of the 2016 XXL Freshman class in a Verzuz hits battle and appeared to call cap on the Atlanta rapper's projected W.

21 Savage created a buzz after recently declaring he'd reign supreme over any of his fellow Freshman class members if pitted against them in a Verzuz. Last night (Nov. 6), Kodak Black hopped on Instagram Live and appeared to share his thoughts on Savage's confident boast.

"You always been my round, though," Kodak said in the video. "I admire your confidence, though. That's how you should feel. But I'ma always put myself first over any nigga, any day, too."

He then revealed he was wearing several baseball caps on his head.

"But, that's cap," he continued, laughing. "You know you capped out. Boy that shit cap," he added before counting out all the hats he had on his head for effect.

During a Clubhouse session on Nov. 5, 21 Savage claimed he had more hits than anyone in the fan-favorite 2016 class when asked about doing a hypothetical Verzuz.

"That Freshman cover, nobody can beat me, nobody," 21 Savage boasted.

"Oh, so you can beat Lil Uzi?" asked a moderator.

"Hell yeah," 21 boldly responded.

Kodak isn't the only member of the class to respond to 21 Savage's claim. Desiigner also reacted on his Instagram Story last night.

"Why you talking like that?" he questioned. "21, [I] went platinum 20 times. I'm just chilling right now. I ain't even dropping right now. I quit rap for a minute. Stop playing."

The 2016 XXL Freshman Class includes 21, Denzel Curry, Kodak Black, G Herbo, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak, Dave East, Lil Dicky, Desiigner and Lil Uzi Vert.

21 Savage is clearly feeling himself after releasing the highly anticipated Her Loss album with Drake on Nov. 4

See Kodak Black's Response to 21 Savage Saying He Could Beat Every Member of the 2016 XXL Freshman Class in a Verzuz BelowSee Every XXL Freshman Cover Since 2007A look at every XXL Freshman cover since 2007.Filed Under: 21 Savage, Kodak BlackCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 6, 2022Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/XXL

21 Savage is a proud alumnus of the 2016 XXL Freshman class. And now the Atlanta rapper wants to rap against the entire class in a Verzuz battle.

On Saturday (Nov. 5), during a chat session on Clubhouse, 21 Savage boldly stated that he would beat anyone from the 2016 XXL Freshman Class in a Verzuz battle, including Lil Uzi Vert.

"That Freshman cover, nobody can beat me, nobody," 21 boasted.

"Oh, so you can beat Lil Uzi?" asked a moderator.

"Hell yeah," 21 boldly responded.

For the record, the 2016 XXL Freshman class consist of: Denzel Curry, Kodak Black, G Herbo, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Pakk, Dave East, Lil Dicky, Desiigner, Savage and Uzi Vert.

The 2016 class stands out as one of the most influential, successful and long-standing groups of MCs from that year.

21 Savage must be feeling very confident in himself after the release of Her Loss, his collaborative project with Drake. The album has been the most talked about album on social media. From the promotional rollout, with the deepfake NPR Tiny Desk concert teaser, to Drake's controversial lyrics, 21 and Drizzy's joint album is making a lot of noise in the music industry.

According to HitsDailyDouble, Her loss is expected to push 335-350,000 copies in the first week of release. The LP grabbed an estimated 150 million first-day streams in the U.S. and is expected to 425-450 million streams for the week.

As for the 21 Savage's Verzuz challenge, it would be interesting to see if the entire Freshman class of 2016 will take him up on his musical challenge.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 5, 2022Asian Doll/YouTube

Asian Doll was arrested in Georgia last week and is now in jail because the drill rapper claims that she was wanted by for a year and didn't know.

According to arrest documents obtained by XXL from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Asian Doll, born Misharron Jermeisha Allen, was arrested last Saturday (Oct. 29) in Douglas County, Ga. for speeding and not having a valid driver's license. Upon further inspection, police discovered that the Dallas, Texas rapper had an outstanding warrant.

According to The Georgia Gazette report, published on Friday (Nov. 4), Asian had an active warrant for failure to appear in court on a previous marijuana possession and obstruction of justice charges.

On Friday, Asian Doll jumped on her Instagram page and posted her mugshot from the Douglas County jail, as well as a message informing her fans about her current legal situation. The "Motherless Child" rapper claimed that she had a warrant out on her for a whole year and didn't know. "I was wanted for one whole year and didn’t even know. Be back in 45 days. See y’all soon," she captioned the post.

Then the 25-year-old rhymer left a message on her Instagram Story explaining that all she has is herself to count on during this difficult time.

"Ain't nobody the realest friend I ever had," Asian wrote. "God is all I have. My mom, my dad, my sister, my brothers, nobody could get me out of this situation except me. They don't want to give me a bond."

"Until I'm home, don't worry about me or speak on me, I'm good," she continued. "The longest I'll do is 45 days. I woke up this morning and seen my whole face on the news. I'll be back home soon."

Asian Doll concluded her message with, "FREE ME."

Asian Doll message to fair-weather friends on her Instagram Story.asiandabrat/Instagramloading…

XXL has reached out to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: November 3, 2022Mario Tama/Getty Images

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is urging Congress to ban TikTok in the U.S. over national security concerns.

According to a CNN report on Thursday (Nov. 3), FCC commissioner Brendan Carr wants TikTok to discontinue operating in the U.S. due to concerns about data harvesting. Several news stories this year about the popular video-sharing app's handling of U.S. users' data have left Carr with "little confidence there's a path forward," he reportedly told CNN in a phone interview on Tuesday (Nov. 1).

"Perhaps the deal CFIUS (The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) ends up cutting is an amazing, airtight deal, but at this point I have a very, very difficult time looking at TikTok’s conduct thinking we're going to cut a technical construct that they're not going to find a way around," Carr concluded.

TikTok is owned by ByteDance, based in China, and has over 1 billion global users with 140.6 million active users in the U.S., according to datareportal.com. CFIUS, a government agency that reviews business deals involving foreign ownership, are in ongoing negotiations with TikTok to remedy national security concerns that the Chinese government is seeking to obtain data information from TikTok users in the U.S.

TikTok announced this year that they have migrated their U.S. user data to servers run by Oracle, but there's still skepticism over China-based employees of TikTok or its parent, ByteDance, still having access to the U.S. data.

A rep for TikTok told CNN that Carr does not know about the discussions they are having with the U.S. about data security with their app.

"Commissioner Carr has no role in or direct knowledge of the confidential discussions with the US government related to TikTok and is not in a position to discuss what those negotiations entail," the spokesperson reportedly told the news outlet. "We are confident that we are on a path to reaching an agreement with the U.S. government that will satisfy all reasonable national security concerns."

A ban on TikTok will affect not only users but also the music industry. Several hip-hop artists have seen their rap songs go viral on TikTok first before they became hits on the Billboard charts. A stoppage would put a wrinkle on an artist's marketing and promotions plan.

XXL has reached out to reps at TikTok and FCC commissioner Brendan Carr for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author”>Aleia WoodsPublished: November 3, 2022Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images

Words of Wisdom
As he maintains his respect in the industry he calls home, Styles P continues to check off boxes on his career and personal to-do list.
Interview: Aleia Woods
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

With a love for rhyming spanning over 20 years, Styles P has only gotten more popular through time. As one-third of the power group The Lox, with a platinum and gold plaques, the Yonkers, N.Y. MC has made significant contributions to the music game. One of hip-hop’s biggest highlights last year was the Verzuz battle between The Lox and Dipset, in which Styles and the rest of his group shined.

In addition, Styles has been known to share his personal politics and value in living healthy to the public via his social networking accounts. This summer, the lyricist garnered unintentional virality after stepping in to protect a young woman who was being detained aggressively by Yonkers police. A moment that created quite a buzz online.

Styles has discerned his own balance of music and everyday life. The hip-hop virtuoso recently talked to XXL about his continued purpose, motivations and thoughts on current New York hip-hop.

XXL: This past July you defended a young woman who was being detained by officers from the Yonkers Police Department with excessive force. What was going on in your mind at that time?

Styles P: I get into a lot of those incidents, but most of the time it’s been males. But seeing a woman get mishandled kind of triggered me and made me upset to the point I wanted to fight. And that’s the part I was bothered over. You just have to watch how you weigh things out because the kids can’t do the same thing. I’m a person in the community, I’m a little older, so I can take risks that they can’t take. It’s a lot you have to go through at once. I gotta make sure the cop doesn’t feel violated. I gotta make sure he knows I’m firm on what I’m saying.

At what point did you feel like it was your responsibility to be a community leader and take on this advocate role?

I think I’ve evolved more as I’ve matured. I came into the game telling people I was a gangsta and a gentleman. People just always forget the gentleman side. As I evolved and made more money, I was able to see the differences in the supermarkets from when you live in a wealthy neighborhood to a poor, urban community. To the difference in if a child has a certain learning problem in the hood, it’s special ed. In wealthier neighborhoods, the child gets tutors, a different class. I am an artist. An MC. A rapper. It’s a verbal, braggadocious sport, but I felt over the past few years, it’s lost its touch of being community- based. It kind of woke me up. Let me just play my part in staying grounded and at least try to spread the message of being grounded.

What career changes did you see for yourself after The Lox’s Verzuz event against Dipset last year?

Shit got busier. I [saw] appreciation from the culture for what we do. Kids [were] coming up to us saying, “Yo, we gonna start rehearsing. We’re gonna start learning our shit.” The biggest shift was seeing that if you stay on the hamster wheel for long enough and stick to what you do, eventually…I already thought we were super lit before then and legendary, but I guess it cemented the legendary status.

How have you and The Lox maintained as a group over the years?

The most important thing is having your priorities straight. You can’t be jealous of somebody doing better than you. Whoever is doing good is doing good for everybody. Everybody’s not gonna be the savior. You have to have a goal in mind, a like-minded goal. Everything is for the group first. You’re gonna branch off solo, but as long as we stand here and we do this, it’s group first. It should work off [a] vote, too. With The Lox, two outweigh one. If two of us feel something, the other one doesn’t, it’s still going ’cause it’s for the group. But I think more so than that is having a brotherhood and a genuine friendship.

What are your thoughts on the New York City drill scene?

The movement’s rappers have been accused of infiltrating the city with crime although crime already exists. Yeah, I’m not gonna blame that. It goes back to us policing ourselves and rocking with our own neighborhood. If you look at violence as a whole, within the country, say that Black on Black violence is at 90 percent. White on White violence is probably 87 [percent], 84 [percent]. But the wealth to poverty gap is much, much bigger than that. We as Black people keep playing up to what media says about us as Black people. There’s school shooters. Are they portrayed as violent young men that are out of control in this country? No. There is violence. There are people getting hurt. It’s stupid. They’re getting themselves locked up and jailed. They’re getting indicted. [It’s] more than ourselves pointing at people and blaming them. Violence has been in music forever. We not gonna blame a bunch of young New York kids.

Read Styles P's interview in the 25th anniversary issue of XXL magazine, on newsstands now. Check out additional interviews in the magazine, including our cover story with Eminem, plus conversations with Bobby Shmurda, Yung Miami, JIDYvngxchris, Sleazyworld GoJim Jones, Symba, ReasonGloRilla, singer Jessie Reyez, actor Trevante Rhodes and music executive Katina Bynum. The issue also includes a deep dive into a narrative piece on the U.S. court systems' battle against rap lyrics, rappers’ longstanding connection to anime, the renewed interest music supervisors have in placing 1990’s hip-hop in today’s lauded TV series and the 254 past covers in XXL history.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 30, 2022MEGA/GC Images)

In an angry Instagram post, Kanye West called out the mother of George Floyd's daughter and wrote to her that "God Don't Like Ugly."

On Sunday (Oct. 30), Kanye West jumped on his Instagram page and posted a lengthy letter directed at the mother of George Floyd's daughter, Roxie Washington, who is suing him for $250 million for defamation.

"Now for Roxie Washington and Roxie Washington ALONE," Ye begins his missive. "I gave 2 million dollars out of my pocket for the family. To help George’s daughter…Your daughter!"

"I can guarantee that most of those that came for me after my comments didn’t do what I did! Even those with millions of dollars in the bank!" he continues. "How much did BLM give???? Many gave words. I ACTED."

"Now because of words you want to sue me for 250 million dollars…," Kanye adds, referring to the lawsuit Roxie Washington's attorneys filed against Kanye for his offending comments he made about how George Floyd died during his interview on Drink Champs in early October. "When I'm going through an Economic lynching. A Digital Lynching. A Social Credit Score bankrupting. You’re either being controlled or you’re being greedy."

Kanye further writes that Roxie should get "some business" and pokes fun at her hat that she is wearing in a dated photograph that accompanies the Chicago rapper's IG post.

"But You better get you some business…4 GOD get mad," he writes. "This is how you try someone who was there for your family???? You will never get money from no one else. GOD don’t like ugly… Look at yo motherfucking hat. Yo hat ugly…You know how I feel about an ugly ass hat."

Kanye then apologizes to George Floyd's family.

"To the Floyd family: I apologized to you and the black community for my comments on Drink Champs. Humbly, he writes. "Now Come get Roxie before she mess up all y’all money. The Bible is the umbilical chord…Stay Connected."

XXL has reached out to Roxie Washington's attorneys, The Witherspoon Law Group, for comment.

The letter comes after Kanye West initially apologized to George Floyd's family and the Black community for his reckless and insensitive comments about how George Floyd died on Drink Champs. On Saturday (Oct. 29), the Grammy Award-winning artists spoke Watch below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 29, 2022Todd Kirkland/Getty Images/BigBoyTV/YouTube/Paras Griffin/Jerod Harris/Getty Images (2)

When it comes to guest features, DaBaby doesn't have a problem paying to secure a fellow rapper on a song. Recently, the North Carolina rapper revealed the prices he paid Lil Baby, Boosie BadAzz and Tory Lanez for feature verse.

In an interview with BigBoyTV, which premiered on YouTube on Thursday (Oct. 27), DaBaby openly disclosed the prices he paid to get a guest feature from Lil Baby, Boosie BadAzz and Tory Lanez early in his career (circa 2018).

According to the 2019 XXL Freshman, he paid Boosie $15,000 for a verse for their first song together. "I definitely paid him $15,000 and [$8,000] more on the second song," he said.

"I paid Tory Lanez [$10,000] that I never put out…for a song called 'Squad Goals,'" DaBaby recalled. "I paid Lil Baby [$10,000] for a song called 'Today.'"

Interestingly, DaBaby revealed that Yo Gotti delivered him a guest verse "on the love" so he didn't have to pay for it. He also added that he doesn't regret paying the fees for guest verses when he was just a newbie in the rap game.

Now that DaBaby is at a higher level in the rap game, his guest feature price has gone way up. The "Rockstar" rhymer commands $300,000 for a feature verse. As for Lil Baby, he recently disclosed that he charges between $300,000 to $350,000 for a verse.

Elsewhere in the BigBoyTV interview, DaBaby revealed that he gets a performance fee of $250,000 to $300,000 per show.

In the immortal words of Fat Joe: yesterday's price is not today's price.

Watch DaBaby's Interview With BigBoyTV BelowSee How Much It Costs for a Verse From Your Favorite RapperAny guesses on dollar amounts before you look?Filed Under: Boosie Badazz, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Tory LanezCategories: News


href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 28, 2022Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Yesterday's price may not be today's price as Spotify is considering raising U.S. subscription prices.

According to a Business Insider report, published on Wednesday (Oct. 26), Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek reportedly said on Tuesday (Oct. 25) that he would like to increase the subscription price for its users. "Mostly to the [U.S.]-based price increases, it is one of the things that we would like to do, and this is a conversation we will have in light of these recent developments with our label partners," Ek reportedly told reporters during the earnings call.

Since Spotify's launch in 2011, the popular streaming service has charged $9.99 for its individual premium subscription and $15.99 for a family plan. During the third quarter, revenue for the company increased 22 percent to $3.04 billion, and the company said that it expects monthly active users of 479 million and premium subscribers of 202 million in the fourth quarter.

Ek reportedly said he felt "really good" about this upcoming year and "what that means in pricing in relation to our service."

XXL has reached out to reps at Spotify for comment.

Ek's remarks come after Apple Music raised its individual U.S. subscription rate on Monday (Oct. 24) from the current $9.99 price to now $10.99 per month. Additionally, the Apple Music family plan rose $2 from the previous $14.99 price point to now $16.99.

According to 9to5Google, YouTube also recently raised its premium family subscription from $17.99 per month to $22.99. However, it doesn't appear they have raised the price of YouTube Premium for individual accounts, which remains at $11.99 per month.

In the end, expect to dig deeper in your wallets to get access to most of the popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and others.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 23, 2022Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Lil Durk's charges of criminal attempt to commit murder and more have reportedly been dropped.

According to Channel 2 Action News' report, published on Saturday (Oct. 22), the Fulton County District Attorney's Office is reportedly no longer pursuing criminal charges against Lil Durk in connection to a shooting outside of The Varsity in Atlanta on Feb. 5, 2019. A police detective claimed that video footage showed Durk, born Derrick Banks, shooting a man while driving near the restaurant.

The incident left one man, identified as 23-year-old Alexander Weatherspoon, with a non-lethal bullet wound in the thigh. It's also alleged that the victim was robbed of $30,000, a gold chain and a car during the attack.

Subsequently, Durkio was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, unlawsful for employed by associated with criminal street gang to conduct/participate in crime, possession of firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In an interview with Channel 2 Action News, the 7220 creator denied any involvement in the shooting.

"I have nothing to hide. I have nothing to run from," he said. "I had a rough past, but me moving to Atlanta, I just thought that changed my whole identity — my thinking."

In a statement to Channel 2 Action News, Durk's attorney, Manny Arora, said, "While it took three years for the State to make the right decision, in the end the right decision was made and Mr. Banks can finally put this event behind him."

XXL has reached out to reps for Lil Durk, as well as his attorney and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 22, 2022Rachpoot/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

More fallout from Kanye West's shenanigans. Vogue magazine reportedly has "no intention" of working with Ye after his recent controversies.

According to a Page Six report, published on Friday (Oct. 21), a Vogue spokesperson reportedly told the website that neither the publication nor its Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, intends to work with Kanye West again following his anti-Semitic remarks and White Lives Matter agenda.

Ye has had a long relationship with Wintour, who first invited him to the Met Gala back in 2009. The veteran editor would later feature the Chicago rapper-producer and now-ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, on the cover in 2014 after their wedding. Last month, Wintour donned Kanye's new sunglasses line from his now-defunct Yeezy collection with Gap.

It was thought that Vogue would have sever their relationship with Kanye after he attacked one of their editors, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who criticized him for wearing a White Lives Matter T-shirt at his Paris fashion show earlier this month. But, apparently, all was forgiven after Wintour's longtime friend, director Baz Luhrmann, filmed Ye and Johnson's reconciliation on Oct. 4.

However, on Friday, an insider told Page Six that the fashion bible is ready to part ways after his anti-Semitic remarks and other controversies. "Anna has had enough," said the source, adding, "She has made it very clear inside Vogue that Kanye is no longer part of the inner circle."

As for what that means remains unclear but the website speculates that the Grammy Award-winning rapper will no longer be featured on the cover of their magazine and his invite to the annual Met Gala event has been revoked.

XXL has reached out to Vogue for comment.

So far, fashion house Balenciaga and JP Morgan bank have cut ties with Kanye West with Adidas still "reviewing" their relationship with the mercurial artist.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 22, 2022CityPolice/Twitter/Prince Williams/Getty Images

A hacker caught stealing and selling unreleased music from Lil Uzi Vert and other artists is going to prison.

On Friday (Oct. 21), City of London Police released a statement announcing that 22-year-old Adrian Kwiatkowski, who goes by the hacker alias Spirdark, will spend 18 months in prison for stealing songs from artists' cloud-based account and then selling them for cryptocurrency. According to authorities, the hacker made $148,000 from his criminal transactions.

"Kwiatkowski was a highly skilled individual who unfortunately saw potential in using his abilities unlawfully," said Detective Constable Daryl Fryatt in the statement. "Not only did he cause several artists and their production companies significant financial harm, he deprived them of the ability to release their own work."

The year-long investigation was a joint operation between the City of London Police's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and launched by The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in the U.S. in 2019. The DA linked the email address used to set up Spirdark’s cryptocurrency account to Kwiatkowski and identified the IP address of the device used to hack one of the accounts as his home address, before referring the investigation to PIPCU.

On Sept. 12, 2019, PIPCU officers arrested Kwiatkowski at his home. Investigators seized seven devices including a hard drive that contained 1,263 unreleased songs by 89 artists, including unreleased tracks by Lil Uzi Vert.

On Aug. 27, Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to fourteen copyright offenses, three counts of computer misuse and three offenses under the Proceeds of Crime Act. On Friday, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Ipswich Crown Court.

"Cybercrime knows no borders, and this individual executed a complex scheme to steal unreleased music in order to line his own pockets," said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L Bragg, Jr. in the statement.

Lil Uzi Vert has been an outspoken critic of hackers who steal and leak his music. In April of 2016, the Philly rapper confronted a hacker who leaked his music online.

XXL has reached out to Lil Uzi Vert's rep for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 16, 2022Todd Owyoung/NBC/Getty Images

Jack Harlow will perform double duty as host and musical guest on the next episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live.

On Saturday (Oct. 15), Jack Harlow jumped on his Instagram page and reshared Saturday Night Live's IG post announcing that the 2020 XXL Freshman will host and perform on the Oct. 29 edition of SNL. Jack captioned his image, "HOSTINGGGGGG SNL."

This will be the first time the "First Class" rapper will host the long-running sketch comedy program and his second time as a musical performer. Jack made his SNL debut as the musical guest on March 27, 2021, with host Maya Rudolph.

Jack follows Kendrick Lamar and Megan Thee Stallion, who appeared on the Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 episodes, respectively, with Megan pulling double duty as host and performer.

Jack is having an incredible year so far. Last August, the Louisville, Ky. rhymer nabbed four Moon Person statues at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, including one for Best Collaboration for the visual "Industry Baby" (with Lil Nas X) and a people's vote for Song of the Summer for his viral hit song "First Class."

Additionally, Jack has completed filming of the reboot of the 1992 film White Men Can't Jump. The 23-year-old artist is playing the role of Billy Hoyle, originally played by Woody Harrelson in the initial movie, along with actor Sinqua Walls who is playing Wesley Snipes' iconic character Sidney Deane.

The streetball flick is directed by Charles Kidd II, professionally known as Calmatic, with the script penned by Kenya Barris and Doug Hall. The executive producers for the movie are Hall, Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil, Noah Weinstein and E. Brian Dobbins.

In a recent interview, Woody Harrelson gave Jack the thumbs up and feels that their movie will be better than the original.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 15, 2022Unique Nicole/Getty Images

The Game's sexual assault accuser has hired a private investigator to help collect the remaining $7 million judgment she won against the rapper.

According to documents obtained by XXL on Saturday (Oct. 15), Priscilla Rainey is pursuing alternative methods to acquire the rest of the $7 million judgment she was awarded as part of her sexual assault lawsuit against Compton, Calif. rhymer in 2016.

In the documents, Rainey informed the courts on Sept. 13 that she has hired a private investigator after trying several times within the past year to serve papers to The Game, born Jayceon Taylor, at either his home or usual place of business to no avail. So far, Rainey claimed that she's been only able to collect $258,058 from the rap veteran and is owed $6,872,041.

As previously reported, The Game lost his appeal in October of 2018 and was ordered to pay Rainey a judgment of $7.1 million. The legal case stems from the model's 2015 lawsuit, in which she sued The Game for sexual assault after claiming that he molested her during filming of his reality show, She's Got Game.

A default judgment was granted to Rainey after the Drillmatic creator didn't show up in court. A warrant was then issued for The Game's arrest when he failed to submit financial documents as part of the proceedings from Rainey's lawsuit. The "Eazy" rapper eventually submitted the paperwork and avoided jail time.

The other defendants named in Rainey's lawsuit include JTT Holdings, Inc, Pass Go 2 Win LLC, 5th Amendment Entertainment, F12 & Associates, as well as The Game’s manager Cash M. Jones (aka Wack 100).

XXL has reached out to The Game's rep and Priscilla Rainey's attorney for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 15, 2022Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Megan Thee Stallion plans to "take a break" after her house was burglarized last week where thieves reportedly made off with $300,000 worth of property from her home.

On Friday (Oct. 14), a law enforcement source had confirmed with the Los Angeles Times that Megan Thee Stallion's Los Angeles, Calif. home was ransacked on Thursday night (Oct. 13). According to TMZ, two men wearing hoodies and gloves entered the home by smashing a glass door at the back of the Houston rhymer's residence. The thieves then went to the primary bedroom and grabbed an estimated $300,000-400,000 worth of valuables from the home.

The law enforcement source told the LATimes that the break-in was recorded on security video. Thankfully, Megan wasn't home when the incident occured. Police have no leads at this time.

XXL has reached out to Megan Thee Stallion reps and the LAPD for comment.

On Friday, Megan hopped on Twitter to express her gratitude that no one was injured during the break-in and also said that she plans on taking a break from the spotlight.

"Material things can be replaced but I’m glad everyone is safe [blue heart emoji] [prayer hands emoji]," she tweeted.

She then added: "Hotties im really sorry but after SNL I really gotta take a break I’m so tired, physically and emotionally."

Before the Hot Girl Coach goes on a well-deserved respite, Megan will work double duty as host and musical performer for this weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live. The show will air at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: October 14, 2022Antony Jones/Getty Images/Koldunov/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Earlier this year, Post Malone shocked his fans when he revealed that he and his then-girlfriend were expecting their first child together. Since the birth of his baby daughter, the 27-year-old rapper-singer has managed to keep his relationship very private and his now-fiancée out of the spotlight.

Although the general public may not know who the secret fiancée is, Post Malone fans aka Post Malonials have been keeping tabs on her on social media. As of this writing, fans have identified the mystery woman as only Jamie. Post and Jamie were first photographed together in October of 2020 at the airport when Post bumped into some fans. Then in January of 2021, fans reshared a photo of the couple out shopping in Los Angeles.

Subsequently, photos of Post and Jamie were popping up sporadically on social media. One snap featured the couple at the Twelve Carat Toothache creator's cousin's wedding. Unfortunately, as many of Post Malone's fans noted, Jamie has deactivated her Instagram account after being inundated with hate from people who didn't want to see Posty boo'd up and happy. So, the special woman in Post's life will remain more of a mystery for now.

Until Post's secret fiancée reveals herself more, XXL found some details about who she is and why the "Rockstar" rapper is so happy right now in his life. Here's everything you need to know about Post Malone's fiancée.

  • Photos of Post Malone’s Mysterious Then-Girlfriend Started Surfacing Online in 2020

    Fans of Post Malone (aka Post Malonials) started posting images of then-rumored girlfriend, identified only as Jamie, in October of 2020. In the photo, Post is with his rumored girlfriend at the airport when he bumps into some fans and has a chat with them. Then in January of 2021, rumors of the rapper-singer started to rev up after a circulated photo of the couple shopping in Los Angeles.

  • Jamie All Smiles With Post at Wedding and Magic Cards Event

    Post and Jamie's relationship was getting serious with the couple being photographed at two special events in the rapper-singer's life. First at the wedding of Posty's cousin in New York in August of 2021 and at Magic: The Gathering Cards event in Phoenix in October of 2021. The latter pic might be the last photo of Jamie before she logged off completely from social media.

  • Post’s Then-Girlfriend Deactivated Her Instagram Account to Avoid Hate From Fans

    Once photos of the couple started circulating on social media, Jamie deactivated her Instagram account. According to a Post Malonial (aka a fan), Jamie shut down her IG account after being inundated with hate from fans who were jealous that the New York-born artist is boo'd up and happy.

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  • Post Announces He and Then-Girlfriend Are Expecting Baby

    In May of this year, Post announced that he and his then-girlfriend Jamie are expecting a baby. “I’m excited for this next chapter in my life. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been," the "Congratulations" rapper told TMZ. "Time to take care of my body and my family and friends, and spread as much love as we can every day."

  • Posty Reveals He’s a New Dad and Is Engaged

    A month later (June of this year), Post subtly revealed on Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show that he's a new dad of a baby girl and he's engaged to his now-fiancée Jamie. The "Rockstar" artist said that he "kissed" his "baby girl" before going to the studio. Post would clarify to Howard that he was referring to his "daughter" and not his girlfriend, which he would later reveal that they are, in fact, engaged.

  • Post Malone’s Prior Dating History

    Although Post's fiancée remains a mystery, he previously dated Korean visual artist/singer MLMA (short for Me Love Me A lot) for a brief time in 2020 before settling down with Jamie. Prior to that relationship, he dated Ashlen Diaz for three years before they called it quits in November of 2018.

  • Post Malone Is Enjoying Fatherhood – Blowouts and All

    Since the birth of his baby daughter, Post has embraced fatherhood and everything that comes with it, including poop blowouts. In an interview with GQ back in September, the rapper detailed the craziest thing he's witnessed as a new dad. "The blowouts. She will blow out sometimes and it’ll come right outside of her pants," he said. "The poop will just be dripping out and I’m like, 'What the hell happened?' That’s how I know it definitely is my daughter—not that I have blowouts, but that I know my way around a toilet."

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/cvernoncoleman/” rel=”author”>C. Vernon Coleman IIPublished: July 14, 2022Travis Shinn for XXL

Hear Me Clearly
In the 15 years since he appeared on the inaugural XXL Freshman cover, Lupe Fiasco has changed a lot. Yet, he remains one of the illest lyricists in the game.
Interview: C. Vernon Coleman II
Editor’s Note: This story appears in the Summer 2022 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

At this point in his Grammy award-winning career, Lupe Fiasco is a reluctant rap star. That's because, at 40, he defines himself as much more than just an MC. Rap renaissance man might be a more apt title. The Chicago native's character arch has been an intriguing one, which includes receiving cosigns from Kanye West and Jay-Z in the mid-2000s and releasing acclaimed debut and sophomore albums, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (2006), and Lupe Fiasco's The Cool (2007), respectively. The former features his Grammy award-winning track "Daydreamin'" with Jill Scott. However, his own career didn't always play out so blissfully.

No good story comes without conflict and Lupe faced a fair share over the years. Beef with his former label, Atlantic Records, and disparaging comments he made about former President Barack Obama turned Lupe into an industry pariah following the release of his Billboard 200 chart-topping Lasers album in 2011. He remained unwavering, releasing four more albums and five additional projects. He's earned a total of 12 Grammy nods while finding himself and settling into his role as a hiphop elder statesman.

Time and the industry have changed Lupe Fiasco, who will be teaching a course on rap, activism and computing at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. These days, the rapper is just as likely to be practicing martial arts on Instagram as he is engaging in record industry rigmarole. He likes it better that way. But the bars are definitely still present, as evident on his eighth studio album, Drill Music in Zion, a poignant jazz and boom-bap-fused LP that was created during a 72-hour tour de force in August of 2021. The 1st and 15th indie label co-owner and artist spoke with XXL in May via Zoom about his new LP, mastering martial arts, myths in hip-hop and freedom of speech.

XXL: What's the average day like in the life of Lupe Fiasco these days?

Lupe Fiasco: Days is days. Working on different little projects. It’s a lot of just basic work. The work side of being a rapper. Emails, phone calls, creative discussions. Stuff like that. So, real domestic and real boring as they would say.

Do you enjoy any part of that?

The music business has always been like a thorn in my side because it's so messy. A lot of different kinda agendas and scandals and scams and stuff like that. Not all of it, but like a majority of it. It's not something that I kinda spend my time with or entertain. So, I just try to get it out the way. You can’t just rap. That's the myth. You can't just rap and not be in the business. Especially when you're rapping for the business.

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It's been four years since your last album. Why drop a new one now?

’Cause my label wanted me to. [1st and 15th co-owner Charles "Chilly" Patton] hit me and was like, "Yo, do an album for me." And I was like, "Aight." I was working on some other things and that's really how it happened. I don't really have a drive to keep doing records like that. But at the same time, too, you gotta kinda keep the lights on as they say. So, every once in a while, I have to do something for the sake of the biz. The other side to it is, I'm always creating. So, I'm always working on something. Always building something. It's just a matter of when is the best time to let people lean into my world.

What's the premise for the album title Drill Music in Zion?

The Drill Music in Zion actually comes from a freestyle that I did prior to that. I was like, I'ma call my next album Drill Music in Zion. And it was like, Oh shit, I got an album title. And then just riffing off the title, you know, my sister did a poem for me, where she just kinda riffed on all the different avenues and arenas based off the title. It's not so much necessarily about Chicago. It's not so much necessarily about drill music. There's one song that kinda speaks to it, but that's the same critique of that shit that I've had since the beginning. And then kinda coming to terms with it. But the album is not about drill music. It's just the title and it's how does that title guide certain things? And what other elements and aspects of it are to be brought out. But I don't want people to look like, super deep and start seeing shit that's not there. Or knock yourself out. See whatever you want to see. Do that shit, too.

But I wouldn't. It's not really about the city. Drill music's everywhere now. We didn't call it drill music. That's the name that the new generation gave to gangsta rap. ’Cause it's the same shit that we been dealing with forever. Niggas talking about killing other niggas on record. Same shit, and niggas actually going to do it. People say, "Drill music is different ’cause these niggas is actually doing it." No, they was doing this shit before. Niggas was dying and shit before.

A favorite line on the title track is "I'll leave a whole sleeve down in Condoleezza's comments," referring to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Are you still into politics? It seemed like you were more vocal about politics prior.

The last show that I just did, this show was at an Air Force base. And I was always hesitant from the blowback that I had, politically. Talking about the president and politics and shit like that. So, when doing the meet-and-greet, the commanders, they come last. He pulled me to the side, he was like, "Look, man." He said, "I just wanna let you know something. I did a background check on you." They have to, to even let you on the base. Check your whole shit. He was like, "Yeah, so I looked you up, man, and I seen your politics and the shit that you was saying," and this, that and the third. He was like, "I just wanna let you know, that you are who we are fighting for. You are the example of why we do what we do. To go out there and protect your right to say whatever the fuck you wanna say. To speak truth to power."

When you see shit like that happen to you, man, it reframes and recontextualizes the stuff we do, why we do it, who we do it for. And then, what's the goal? What's the success? Is that success? That sound like success to me.

"On Faux Nem," you say, "How does that transpire?/To be so damned by God you want your friends to be goddamn liars?" That's a mind-blown moment, especially within the context of the song. Can you talk about that a little bit?

I wish these niggas was liars. I wish that drill shit was entertainment. And I'm not picking on Chicago. It's all over the world. Niggas is drilling and killing all over the fucking world. I wish this nigga wasn't telling the truth, but they telling the truth. And niggas just hear it as entertainment. So, when I heard it, I didn't hear no fucking entertainment to that shit.

When I hear Pop Smoke, I didn't hear no entertainment to that shit. That shit was fun, it was catchy, but, dang, nigga. We have a problem in New York. We have a problem in London. We have a problem in L.A. We got a problem in Chicago. We got a problem in Atlanta. We got a problem in Texas. We not supposed to be dancing to the shit, man, you feel me? This is different. And the only reason I care so much is these niggas is 13, 14.

Eight albums in at this point. What do you feel your role is in hip-hop?

I don't really feel I have one, to be honest. My era was so long ago. And it was really just to kinda bring lyricism back in a certain way with a certain generation. I think that was my goal. So, I think anything beyond that is just extra. It's just like, bonus points.

In movie terms, you have an interesting character arch. You've been the guy everyone has rooted for. You've been down when you had issues with the label and bounced back up. A Kid Cudi fan might say you've played the role of a villain. What film character would you compare your career to?

It's a little hard to boil it down to. Like, something as simple as a career arch. ’Cause it's so much life and so much happening, so much chaos and so much other things embedded within that process. What movie tells that story, successfully? Avengers? I don't know. Batman in this muthafucka? I don't know.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the first XXL Freshman class, which you were part of. What do you remember most about being a part of that?

Probably meeting Boosie [BadAzz]. He was like, "My kids listen to 'Kick Push,' man. You the skateboard rapper, right?" I was a big, big fan of the South and Boosie.

As an elder statesman in hip-hop now, what are your views on the current crop of rappers overall?

I don't know. I don't really listen to rap. I don't really care about their music and what they're doing because music comes and goes. It changes. It's there, it's not there. It's responsive. It's reactionary. It's all of those things. At the end of the day, when I look at my fellow peers in this craft, I'm just concerned about their well-being. Not how they did on a record.

You have won a Grammy. You have platinum and gold records. What is success to you in 2022?

A lot of that stuff is smoke and mirrors. So, a lot of the things that we consider to be the trophies of our craft, they weren't built for rappers. Platinum plaques weren't built for rappers. Grammys weren't built for rap. But success for me is just, you know, I got breath in my body. That's all I really care about.

You've been heavily into martial arts over the past few years. What exact discipline are you into?

I've been doing martial arts since I was 3 years old. I just let people see it in the last few years. We've been doing karate and judo and aikido and hapkido and ninjutsu and kung fu and wushu and tai chi. It all comes from my dad. He was a martial arts master. His whole life was dedicated to martial arts, in the projects, in Chicago. Went to his first karate school right by the projects.

Recently, it was just, you know, I felt it was kinda important to let people see, oh, I'm in this, too. People thought that shit. They think it's the weirdest shit in the world. So, it's kinda like, Damn, I shouldn't have showed you niggas nothing. I should have kept that shit to myself. But to the people that it inspires, to the people that it reinforces those traditions to, I think it was worth it, you know?

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It's a mixed bag of responses to your martial arts videos. Some people see you doing your thing and it's like, "Wow, what the hell?" Then, other people see it and are like, "Whoa, he's really into it. He knows what the hell he's doing."

We been dealing with that for years, man. All the karate schools were in the hood. So, we would be these karate kids running around in karate uniforms. Niggas who walk around, they gang-banging and shit, they look at us like, "Look at these weirdos," you know? "Look at these weird kids." And they'd try to reach and get they ass beat. Then they'd just be like, "Ah yeah, let's leave them alone." But it was really like we running down the street in ninja suits in the ghetto. It's weird. I'm looking at it like, this shit's weird. This is very, very weird.

But, I mean, there's nothing like it. It's the most beautiful shit ever. So, born into it, probably die doing it. My father's instructor is still alive. I think he's like 88 or 80, something like that. I went to go visit during COVID, recently in Chicago. Old Korean dude. Beast. And he was like, "Man, I'ma die on this mat." And when I think about the last moments of the trajectory of my life, it's not rap, you know? I'll probably die on that mat.

What are your top five martial arts films?

Tai Chi Master. Definitely Blood Sport. Definitely [The] Last Dragon, for sure. Super Ninjas was the joint. And then as Jackie Chan movie, Drunken Master. They might not have been the best or even my favorite, but those are the ones that I watch over and over and over and over again. You're big into video games as well. What are your top five martial arts-based video game characters? Ken and Ryu on Street Fighter, for sure, I and II. Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury. Raiden from Mortal Kombat. Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat was a demon, too. Jago from Killer Instinct was my jam. It was a couple from Virtua Fighter that I really dug. The drunken boxer on Virtua Fighter was cool.

You're big into video games as well. What are your top five martial arts-based video games?

Ken and Ryu on Street Fighter, for sure. I and II. Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury. Raiden from Mortal Kombat. Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat was a demon, too. Jago from Killer Instinct was my jam. It was a couple from Virtua Fighter that I really dug. The drunken boxer on Virtua Fighter was cool.

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Read Lupe Fiasco's interview from the 2022 XXL Freshman issue, on newsstands everywhere now. The issue includes additional interviews with the Freshmen featuring BabyTronCochiseSaucy SantanaBabyface RayKenTheManSoFaygoBig ScarrBig30KayCyyDoechiiKali and Nardo Wick, 2022 XXL Freshman producer Wheezy Outta HereKevin GatesPi'erre BourneNLE ChoppaYvngxchris, producer DJ Dahi, engineer Teezio and singer Chlöe, plus a breakdown of every Freshman Class from a numbers standpoint, a look back at what the 2021 XXL Freshman Class is doing, the story of why the 2016 XXL Freshman Class gets so much respect now, a deep dive into the world of NFTs through hip-hop's lens and exploring rappers' most valuable collections. You can also buy the 2022 XXL Freshman Class issue here.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: July 9, 2022Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

New revelations have come to light during Gunna’s bond hearing this week. During the hearing, prosecutors alleged that Gunna was involved in two homicide investigations outside of Young Stoner Life.

According to a WSB-TV report, published on Thursday (July 7), Don Geary, a prosecutor for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, claimed that Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, of being a member of another criminal street gang and is being investigated for his alleged involvement in two homicide cases.

“He is a member of the Shady Park Crips out of South Fulton,” Geary said in court on Thursday. “He is under an investigation at this point in time by more than one law enforcement agency concerning at least two homicides committed by that gang during this time.”

Geary also said a nurse who attempted to smuggle a bag full of marijuana and cocaine into the Fulton County Jail on May 14, but dropped it, and ran away after deputies confronted her, has been arrested. He claims that some of the drugs seized were intended for Gunna.

In a statement to XXL, Gunna’s co-lead defense counsel Steve Sadow said the prosecutor’s allegations are not true and he believes his client deserves to be released on bond.

“Gunna deserves to be released on bond. He is innocent of the charge against him," it reads. "Gunna does not belong to any gang; is not a danger to any person or property; has not committed acts of violence; and has not communicated, directly or indirectly, threats to intimidate or silence any potential witness. The allegation that Gunna is connected to any attempt to smuggle drugs into a jail is simply utter nonsense. Gunna will continue to fight for his freedom and to clear his name.”

According to WSB-TV, the former contracted jail employee, 24-year-old TreQuera Lashell Ford, arrived at the jail before her shift. When deputies confronted her about smelling like marijuana, she reportedly ran out of the facility. Authorities soon discovered a bag she was carrying contained contraband: 6.8 ounces of marijuana, 20 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 200 cigarettes and loose tobacco.

"Inside that bag was a list of people for medical records in the Fulton County Jail. One of those people on that list was Mr. Kitchens," Geary told the judge at the hearing.

Gunna’s attorney, Steve Sadow, told WSB-TV that none of the prosecutor’s allegations are true.

“None of the allegations made today, these so-called new allegations, are accurate,” Sadow told the news station.

Eventually, the judge denied Gunna's bond citing concerns that the Atlanta rapper might threaten or intimidate witnesses if he were to release him ahead of trial.

Gunna’s family were in the courtroom and was visibly not happy with the judge’s decision.

“All they’re looking for is for their son to get a fair shake, and they don’t think that’s happening so far,” Sadow told WSB-TV.

Gunna is among the 28 YSL associates, including Young Thug, who have been hit with a 56-count RICO case against Young Stoner Life, the rapper’s label.

Gunna will now remain in jail until the trial date, which is expected to be in early 2023.

XXL has reached out to officials at the Fulton County Jail as well as Gunna’s rep for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: July 4, 2022LithunchoTV via YouTube

Fetty Wap had an unfortunate run-in with a fan. While signing autographs, the New Jersey rapper slapped a fan after getting splashed with water.

On Sunday (July 3), videos surfaced on social media of Fetty Wap slapping a fan while reportedly in Iowa where he performed at the Saturday in the Park event at Sioux City's Grandview Park on July 2.

In one video, the “Trap Queen” rhymer is talking to various people outside of a venue when suddenly the crowd surges and someone holding an open bottle of water splashes him with liquids. As Fetty gets pushed back by a security guard, he slaps the water bottle out of the person’s hand and then delivers a quick slap to the fan’s head before the video cuts off.

In another clip, you can see a visibly angry Fetty Wap striking the person's head as the security guard pushes him back. It’s unclear why the person splashed water on the 31-year-old artist.

XXL has reached out to Fetty Wap’s reps for comment.

Fetty, born William Junior Maxwell II, has been relatively quiet on the music scene recently. The "Again" rapper is still facing some serious federal drug charges.

Last October, according to legal documents obtained by XXL from the U.S. Department of Justice, the feds accused Fetty, along with five other individuals—Anthony Cyntje, a New Jersey correction officer, Anthony Leonardi, his brother Robert Leonardi, Brian Sullivan and Kavaughn Wiggins—of conspiring to distribute and possess controlled substances. Five of the defendants also face a charge of with using firearms in connection with drug trafficking.

Prosecutors alleged the six men engaged in a year-long drug operation between June of 2019 and June of 2020, where they pushed upward of 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine across Long Island, N.Y. and New Jersey.

If found guilty on the federal drug charges, Fetty Wap faces a maximum of life in prison.

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