href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/peterberry/” rel=”author”>Peter A. BerryPublished: January 18, 2022Paras Griffin, Getty Images for BET

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With nine EPs, a blockbuster movie role and an Emmy nomination to his name, Tobe Nwigwe has come a long way without even hitting the mainstream yet. Get familiar with the movement.
Interview: Peter A. Berry
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Tobe Nwigwe is on his way to rap stardom, but his 1.3 million Instagram followers, an Emmy-nominated commercial and cosigns from Beyoncé and Michelle Obama say he’s already made it there—without going mainstream.

Born Tobechukwu Dubem Nwigwe to Nigerian immigrants in Alief, Texas, Tobe was a University of North Texas football player with NFL dreams before a 2009 foot injury derailed his chances. By the following year, Tobe pivoted his energy off sports and gave it to TeamGINI, a nonprofit organization he cofounded to help local Houston youth find their purpose through edutainment.

The entertainment part became a separate creative avenue. In 2015, while still focused on his foundation, Tobe began posting videos of himself rapping on Instagram and YouTube. Those clips often included his wife and fellow rapper Ivory “Fat” Rogers, their kids—the couple just welcomed their third child—and LaNell “Nell” Grant, a producer friend he met in college.

That same year, Tobe met motivational speaker and ETA Records founder Eric Thomas, along with ETA’s Carlas “CJ” Quinney, who believed in Tobe’s music and financially invested in the artist. Building on that investment and the attention the MC was already earning from his videos, Tobe released nine EPs between 2017 and 2021, including his most popular to date, 2020’s Cincoriginals and 2021’s At the Crib Arrangements.

Recent videos have increased his profile. In 2020, Tobe went viral with the release of “I Need You To (Breonna Taylor),” a song and video urging police to arrest the officers responsible for the death of the Louisville, Ky. woman that same year. Then last March, he used a wholesome freestyle video to announce his wife’s pregnancy. Tobe’s also leaned into a visual theme with most of his crew wearing matching outfits or colors, often mint green, which makes the movement feel that much more powerful.

Tobe’s doing things on his own terms without any major labels, despite multiple meetings with record execs. He’s independent, but a recent partnership with the Steve Stoute led UnitedMasters music distribution platform is also helping to get Tobe and his team’s voices to the masses.

Calling in to XXL via Zoom last August, Tobe Nwigwe, 34, discusses his indie movement, partnering with Steve Stoute, landing a role in a new Transformers film and more.

Tobe Nwigwe performs onstage during the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.Aaron J. Thornton, Getty Imagesloading…

XXL: How’s your week been?

Tobe Nwigwe: It’s been phenomenal, man. I promise you I can’t complain. And even if I could, it ain’t my style.

So, before rap, you played football, and after that, you started your TeamGINI organization. What was it that convinced you that you could spread your message through hip-hop?

CJ [Carlas Quinney] and Eric Thomas [from ETA Records] were the ones who really helped me understand that I have a talent in music and that I could really do it. I just applied the tangibles that I had from football and the intangibles that I had from growing up on Forum Park to the industry. I have very good awareness. I might not know what’s going on specifically in a specific industry or a specific set, but I could pay attention to what’s going on around me and figure out how to move and operate in a specific arena.

Then, the thing I remember the most when I first started is how much I did know how trash I was, even though I meant well, and just how difficult it was to operate in an industry where you don’t have no foreknowledge of it and you can’t make no excuses and having to figure all that out. And just the ups and downs of having to figure out exactly not only what I’m doing, but how we’re going to do it and a place I have no clue how to operate it. It was there, you know what I’m saying? It was a journey.

Musically, who were some of your influences growing up?

I would say, for sure, Lauryn Hill, André 3000, Biggie [The Notorious B.I.G.], Fela Kuti. A lot of like, old school R&B, Teddy Pendergrass, [The] O’Jays, Erykah Badu, stuff like that. If I go into Houston, it’ll be Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Lil’ Keke, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, back when they was like, for real, just doing Color Changin’ Click stuff, mixtape stuff. All the mainstream stuff was later on. The underground stuff that was happening in Houston really helped shape and mold who I am in music, for sure.

There is a warmth and authenticity to your work. In some of your first videos, your wife Fat twists your hair as you’re rapping, your family is in your visuals. What was it that made that approach important to you?

For me, it’s real simple. Before I started doing this, I never wanted to have no alias and no character. It’d be no type of way that I would in real life. So, everything that I do in the music and just in the movement, I do it with the people that I actually do life with. I just try to stay consistent [with] that. So, I don’t have to be extra’d out. Just when people see me, they don’t expect anything different from what I’ve been in, the music game, what I am, what I am in real life.

No knock to anybody who has aliases and they separate the music from real life, but I just don’t do that. I just don’t have the energy to do that. And there are aspects of it where I’ve treated, well, where I know that, alright, this specific part is that this is just the business side of it. But for the most part, it’s like, this is who I do life with, this is how I do the music.

How would you describe your movement?

Moving in purpose on purpose.

Your aesthetic has become way more evolved. It’s evolved a lot since your “I’m On” video. What would you say has changed between then and now?

I think I’ve gotten a lot of clarity on just how I want to do things, how I want to present myself, not necessarily who I am and in the midst of all this, because, you know what I’m saying, by the grace of God, I was able to know what my purpose was before I started doing all this, but just how to present what I’m doing and in a way that is uniquely me. And I think as I was, just over time, I learned to kind of like, fix the plane while flying it.

On the internet, people see videos of you and your wife and the rest of your family and think you represent “goals” for Black love. Was that something you set out to do?

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t like, Yo, let’s show people what Black love looks like when we first started at all. It wasn’t, it wasn’t on that. It was, this is my real life. I really love my girl. I’m not going to act like I don’t love my girl to appease people. I’m going to act like myself and love my girl however I love my girl and y’all are going to experience that because I’m gon’ put it in the stuff that I do and I’m not going to be ashamed of it. And it worked out for me and some people don’t feel like it’ll work out for them if they do it. So, they got to feel like they got to do this whole type of persona. And it’s cool, that just wasn’t what I wanted to do.

Then as we kept going and people were all inspired, I was like, Oh, OK, cool that they really inspired by us. But I think it’s better if they actually know and go through the history of how we ended up like this. That’d be more beneficial to them than just seeing where we at now and saying, “goals,” because it wasn’t your typical love story. I don’t feel like the majority of people who hear the story or even expect like how it all came to be, nor do I believe that they’re ready to go through something like that to get to what they, what they deem as “goals.”

Tobe Nwigwe and Fat perform onstage during the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.Aaron J. Thornton, Getty Imagesloading…

You guys have some dope matching outfits in your videos, and that directly connects to your fashion merchandising degree you got from college. Did that background help you in designing the looks in your videos?

It has a huge part to play in it. It’s partially the reason why I can design my ’fits and all my looks and know about textiles and go shopping, get fabric. I do all that stuff. Then it all stems from what I’m saying, what I learned in college and just the passion and stuff that
I had for aesthetics.

Were you really into fashion as a kid? To some degree, everybody wanted the new pair of Jordans.

Yeah. This is the thing, though. I only wanted to do it for myself. I never wanted to like, mass-produce clothes or anything like that. I just wanted all of my stuff to be uniquely made for me. And now that I have a family, for my family and for my people. I’m not interested in mass-producing clothes. That’s a whole different monster in itself.

You have a lot of religious references in your music. Would you say that you’re a Christian rapper?

Nah, I wouldn’t. I would call myself a real follower of Christ. I live my life following how Christ would want me to do to the best of my ability. But my music is geared towards people who come from where I come from, who’ve experienced things that I’ve experienced. And, me trying to give them a perspective that helps them make the adjustments in life that I felt like I would’ve wanted to make when I was younger and give them music that I would’ve wanted to have around when I was younger, period.

It ain’t about doing gospel raps or Christian raps, where I speak a language to a group of people who ain’t familiar with the language that I’m speaking. I feel like Christian rap and gospel rap is for those who are interested or concerned with Christian things or the gospel.

A lot of people that I talked to, they’re not necessarily interested in hearing the gospel in music, though my music does have the gospel in it. They’re not interested in hearing language that only is tailored towards that, you know what I’m saying? I don’t want to speak Spanish to people that only speak English. I don’t want to speak like Garth Brooks to the people I grew up with on Forum Park.

How did God come to play an important role in your music?

He’s the foundation to everything that I do. He is where I find my purpose and where I find my reason for being, reason for doing all of this. Without him, all this stuff would be pointless. Meaningless quicksand and all the other type of negative connotations you could give towards movement without God.

Why is it important for you not to curse in your music?

So, usually when I’m not hopping on a song—and it’s not just because of the cursing—more often than not, it is because the content don’t necessarily line up with my principles and my values. Me, personally, I don’t cuss in my in my real life. And it’s not like, just for the music. I don’t cuss in my real life. To be honest, I don’t even truly believe in curse words. Both of my parents are born and raised in Nigeria. The curse words out there—it’s real curses. It’s not like just like a little B-words, stuff like that, that happen out here in the Western civilization. It’s real curses.

But I do understand that some words are offensive to some people and they’ll be turned off even if you have a sweet message if your words sound offensive. And my goal for the music—and it ain’t everybody’s goal—is for everybody that come from where I come from to be able to digest the message that I have in my music. I want the babies to be able to listen to it, too.

Would you ever sign to a major label?

Oh, yeah. Let me tell you something, it’s possible. I’ll tell you that. I own all my stuff. I control all my stuff. And you do something for me that I’m not already doing. I know that that’s not possible with just me. That requires you. If that day don’t come, then we’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing.

You’ve been able to do some impressive things without signing to a major label. You work with Steve Stoute and UnitedMasters. Describe that relationship.

It’s a partnership. Steve Stoute is my guy. He a legend. He an OG. He gives me whatever game I need, whatever I ask. He’s a wealth of knowledge. He’s a businessman. He learned how to operate in arenas that most people who come from where he come from don’t know how to operate in. And it’s a blessing to have access to somebody who has that kind of information. Because coming from where I come from, we don’t have access to this type of information, nor is someone willing to share it and wanting to see you grow and do well.

How did you land a part acting in the new Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?

I’d be lying if I said it was anything other than God. I ain’t never did no acting classes. I ain’t never tried out for any, you know what I’m saying? Nothing on this kind of level. The director, Steven Caple Jr. was just a fan of the movement and everything that we had going on and reached out to the squad, had Paramount [Pictures] reach out to the squad, personally. And, I had a decent amount of talent to be able to do what they was asking me to do.

You’ve had a lot of success over the last year. What was the exact moment that you realized that you made it?

When I got married. Yeah. Life is a wrap. Now, I know I got my boo. We locked in forever.

Championships.

100 percent.

What are your goals looking ahead in your career?

Just to die empty. That’s it. I just don’t want to leave no potential on the table. I want to maximize every single day and do all that I feel like I’m called to do in this life with my people every day.

Going to be putting out some more music. That’s right. And foremost, [in 2022], dope collaborations, might be a tour on the horizon, you know what I’m saying? You never know.

Tobe Nwigwe performs onstage during the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.Aaron J. Thornton, Getty Imagesloading…

Check out more from XXL’s Winter 2021 issue including our cover story featuring the XXL awards board members, Juice Wrld's mother reflects on her son, Big30 gears up for his debut album, a look back at the history of remixing hip-hop songs and more.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/xxlstaff/” rel=”author”>XXL StaffPublished: January 17, 2022@ZAddamhussein_ via Twitter

Video has surfaced online showing NLE Choppa getting into a physical altercation with an apparent YoungBoy Never Broke Again fan at an airport.

Earlier this evening (Jan. 17), multiple videos began circulating on social media showing a fight between two individuals. The first clip that surfaced begins with footage of the aftermath and has "Big 4ktrey" written as a caption, which is a term commonly associated with YoungBoy.

The person filming is offering a narration of the events that had taken place. "He just beat up NLE Choppa in the airport, y'all," the person begins, laughing. He's recording the individual who was involved in the altercation, who is on the phone at that point. "…And then I popped him and knocked him out," they can be heard saying.

The video later cuts to a separate piece of footage that shows the moments before the fight. The individual who approached Choppa was filming the situation as it was unfolding. "Are you NLE? I asked you mad times," the unnamed YB fan said. Choppa's brief responses are inaudible, and then it appears a punch was thrown and the cameraphone was seemingly dropped to the floor.

An additional video with footage of the fight from a different angle later surfaced on the internet. The YoungBoy Never Broke Again fan appears to pump-fake a punch, and Choppa lunged at him. It then looks like the Memphis rapper slipped on the floor and the YoungBoy fan appeared to take that as a victory. At the very last moment of the footage, however, it appears the YoungBoy fan lunged back at Choppa, but no further video of the incident has emerged as of yet.

Choppa has since tweeted—and deleted—multiple responses to the fight, which ultimately confirm his involvement.

"It's a difference from getting hit and falling then fighting in flip flops and falling on yo own," he wrote in his first response. "I fell throwing a punch Ian get hit til I was otw down and my backpack 20 pounds. Buddy lip swole everything I through connected."

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He then replied to that tweet and said, "My whole ankle rolled I got ice onnat hoe rn."

NLE Choppa fight response videonlechoppa via Twitterloading…

In a third tweet, Choppa took a screenshot of where he apparently connected a punch on the YoungBoy fan.

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Prior to the airport fight, NLE Choppa was in Los Angeles at The Crew League basketball tournament with Chris Brown and several others.

While it's unclear what this scuffle stemmed from or why the NBA YoungBoy fan felt the urge to confront Choppa, it appears that had been some sort of of tension between the two rhymers.

NLE Choppa and YoungBoy have been compared because of their similar sound and back in 2019, the former 2020 XXL Freshman went off on a fan for claiming he wanted to be like the Louisiana rapper after Choppa posted a picture of himself along with the caption, "Dread Headed Don DaDa NO RAP CAP." The fan asserted that Choppa wanted to "be YoungBoy so bad," to which he replied, "Bitch u sound dumb ash. I'm half Jamaican and don dada is a Jamaican slang/term shut yo dumb ass up yall mfers think youngboy started everything so if younoy tryna be Jamaican fytb."

About a month later, Choppa dropped a song, flipping's YB's "FREEDDAWG" called "Free Youngboy."

Then, at the end of 2019, NLE Choppa, who at one point said he was signed to YB's Never Broke Again label, denied knowing YoungBoy during an interview with Bootleg Kev and DJ Hed.

He said, "I don't know how that shit got confused. I mean, I don't talk to him. I don't know him."

And as recently as this month, NLE weighed in on YoungBoy's new song, "Bring the Hook," which contained a diss towards the late King Von. After Chicago rhymer Lil Reese tweeted that YB is "rapping like the rest of these rappers all rap," Choppa cosigned the social media message.

See more footage from the incident below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 17, 2022XXL

Last year, Rico Nasty had to endure several rude and offensive responses from rowdy crowds while opening for Playboi Carti on his King Vamp Tour. In fact, someone threw a bottle at her during a show and she jumped into the audience and confronted the culprit. But what also offends Rico is fans encouraging her to twerk when she's performing. In an interview with XXL, the Maryland-bred rhymer explained why this upsets her and why she's not the kind of artist who twerks on command.

"This is probably the worst thing that you could put up while a female rapper is performing, even if she is gonna twerk," Rico says after holding up her phone with the word "Twerk" displayed to demonstrate what fans in the crowd do to her. "This is so disrespectful."

Rico adds that throughout her career, twerking was never part of her act, so it’s rude for fans to expect that from her every time she hits the stage.

"It’s pointing to this ever being why I’m on this stage or this pertaining to anything that I've ever done in my career," she continues. "That’s not what I do. You go on my Instagram right now. Do I have videos doing this?"

"And for all my young girls, who, I mean, you do what you want to do and it’s lit and it’s fun," she adds. "I’m just trying to make art and perform my songs and go. I’m not trying to be something that I’m not. You shouldn’t try to make somebody something that they're not."

To be clear, Rico is not against women in hip-hop or beyond who like to twerk on stage, but it’s just something that she doesn't do for her brand.

"That's why I don't want to take away from the people who do dance routines and they do twerk because as a woman you are a performer, bro," explains the 2019 XXL Freshman. However, personally, Rico isn't feeling it. "This should never happen, bro [Rico holds up her phone with 'twerk' on it]. We are not at a strip club. And even at the strip club, this wouldn't be funny ’cause they are already strippin', bro. What is that?"

Rico says that twerking is a matter of personal choice and shouldn't be viewed as the standard of beauty or a requirement to be a successful female artist in the rap game.

"Being a girl is just random nowadays," she offers. "It's really, really random. And you really have to stick together. And you really have to… know what you want out of this and know what you want to be looked at as," she affirms. "Because, if you don't, they'll be sure to give you whatever image they think works for you. So have your own."

Watch Rico Nasty explain her thoughts on twerking below.

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

Cardi B told a jury in a Georgia federal courtroom today that she felt "extremely suicidal" following a 2018 blog post that accused her of being a prostitute.

According to a Billboard report, published on Thursday (Jan. 13), the Bronx, N.Y. rapper took the witness stand on the fourth day of her libel trial against YouTube personality and blogger Latasha Kebe, better known as Tasha K. During the testimony, Cardi, born Belcalis Almánzar, said she was distressed over the blogger's alleged defamatory posts about her, which she felt would ruin her reputation.

"I felt extremely suicidal," Cardi B told the jury, adding that she felt powerless over Ms. Kebe's constant slanderous posts about her. The Grammy-winning rapper said over time she developed migraines, fatigue, weight loss and anxiety over the allegations.

"Only an evil person could do that shit," Cardi B reportedly said, before apologizing for her profanity.

Cardi B may be referring to a 2018 video interview Kebe did with an alleged former friend of the platinum-selling rhymer who claimed that Cardi was a prostitute and allegedly had herpes.

During Cardi's testimony, she vehemently denied she had herpes and recalled the exact harm those claims caused her. The rap mom of two children described a hurtful incident in which she shared a photo to social media of herself kissing her daughter Kulture on the lips and the deluge of hurtful comments from users asking whether it was OK for her to do that considering the herpes rumor.

Cardi's libel case stems from her 2019 lawsuit against Kebe in which the rapper claims the video blogger slandered her name in dozens of videos with shocking allegations. One video mentioned in the lawsuit includes verbiage that Cardi B "fucked herself with beer bottles on fucking stripper stages."

The jury trial began on Monday (Jan. 10) and is expected to run until next week. Cardi B's attorneys are expected to rest their case today before adjourning until Jan. 18. Once that happens, Kebe's attorneys will get to call their own witnesses, including Cardi B for cross-examination.

XXL has reached out to Cardi B’s rep and her attorneys, Sarah Matz of Adelman Matz PC, and Lisa Moore, of the law firm Moore Pequignot LLC, for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 13, 2022Aaron J. Thornton, Getty Images

Fivio Foreign has revealed a sexual encounter that should have never happened, but it did. The Brooklyn drill rapper disclosed that he had sex with his sister's sister while they were all in the same room. Let us explain.

In a Dirty Street Confessions video with internet personality Supa Dupa Humble via his Instagram page, @supadupahumble, which premiered on Wednesday (Jan. 12), the 2022 XXL Awards Song of the Year nominee detailed a situation in which he had sex with his sister’s sister from her father’s side—no relation to Fivio—while his biological sister was sleeping in the room.

"My sister been left the house, right? She came back, she spent the night in my house," he explained. "Well, her sister’s sister from her father’s side, she wanted to fuck me. I was a kid, I was like in high school."

“I fucked her,” Fivio admitted.

Fivio added that his sex romp was the worst thing that could've ever happened because his biological sister was asleep in the same room.

“I had to go viral on her and I just felt I shouldn’t had did it,” concluded Fivio on his sexual tryst with his sister’s sister on her father’s side.

To be clear, it seems that Fivio sister’s sister is not in the immediate family tree because he said "her father's side." So, more than likely, the other sister could have a totally different father and mother than Fivio.

In another video, Fivio revealed some of his freakiest sexual encounters to Supa Dupa Humble.

“The freakiest shit I ever did?” the "Big Drip" rapper began. “I did a threesome with a pregnant bitch and it was real freaky. It was crazy. I didn’t eat her ass, but I eat ass.”

Fivio also explained his oral techniques in the bedroom.

“Gotta eat the pussy first,” he said. “Warm it up to get me warmed up, and if I get a little excited…then I might go crazy on her ass.”

When asked what ass tastes like, Fivio quipped, “The shit…”

Finally, Fivio revealed that he also has a foot fetish and likes to suck toes. "That’s my thing," he declared.

The 31-year-old rhymer then detailed a foot job he received from a woman. Apparently, his lady friend’s fellatio skills were subpar so Fivio told her to pivot and put her feet on his penis.

"So I'm like, yo, I like the toes," he said. "Put your feet on it."

"I was spitting on it (his penis)," he continued. "I was putting spit on it and I let her do it with the toes and it was good. I want another one."

Fivio Foreign should talk to Meek Mill, who recently did an interview about his sexual escapades with Supa Dupa Humble, and compare notes on women's feet and butt. For real.

Watch Fivio talk about his very wet foot job below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 12, 2022Flavored TV (2) via YouTube / DJ Alley Boy via YouTube

Young Thug was trying to fly the friendly skies but a pilot ruined his travel plans and kicked him off a plane.

On Wednesday (Jan. 12), the 2022 XXL Awards People’s Champ nominee hopped on Instagram Live and recorded himself getting kicked off a private jet owned by Clay Lacy Aviation. The Atlanta rapper was angry that he, as well as Gunna and his YSL team, were removed from the plane without any explanation. Apparently, Thug and Gunna had a scheduled show in New York City before they were deplaned.

In the clip, Thug asked the pilot, identified as Alex, why he was kicked off the plane. "You know what you did," Alex responded.

"What we do?" Thug asked again. "I told you," Alex replied, to which Thugger said, "What you tell me?" Alex refused to answer that question.

Then, Alex warned Thug that the cops were coming, which the rapper scoffed at opposed to displaying concern. "I don't care about a cop. We want the cops to come," Thug said.

A few minutes later, Thug accused the pilot of alleged racism. "They said we disrespected him, we hadn't disrespected anybody," he stated. "His name is Alex. He's racist, he's disrespectful. We didn't do anything disrespectful. We are not getting off this plane."

Thugger then told Alex, "We don't care how many polices you called, you can call 62 million polices, we don't care, prick. We didn't disrespect anybody."

"Alex, you racist. You mad 'cause we got money. Yeah, you racist 'cause we didn't do anything," the Atlanta rhymer added.

Later in the clip, Young Thug revealed that one of his passengers was removed from the plane because that one person didn't have proper identification. However, Thugger maintained that the ID-less person left the plane without incident. But, the pilots refused to fly the plane after they claimed one of Thug’s passengers disrespected their colleague, reportedly a flight attendant.

In response, Thug reiterated his claim that Alex is racist. "That ain't P…you’re a racist prick," he asserted, while referencing Gunna and Future's latest single, "Pushin' P." As Thug explained in the video, Pilot Alex not being P means he isn't "player" or "cool."

"You ain't P, Alex, you pushin' B, bitch," he concluded.

Gunna was also on the plane and shared a couple of videos of the incident on his Instagram Story. He echoed Young Thug's sentiments that Alex was allegedly being racist to them. You can watch the clip below.

The police were eventually called and the pilot told the authorities that his crew, plus the flight attendant, were not comfortable flying the plane with the YSL artists onboard.

One of the officers pulled Thug to the side and told him that he would have to book another charter jet because the pilot wasn't flying the plane under any circumstances. The officer informed Thug he could get his money back from the broker who presumably helped Thug book the jet, but Thug said that the broker told him that his $40,000 flight was non-refundable.

It’s unclear if Thug was able to book another charter flight to New York City.

Young Thug’s rep shared a statement with XXL regarding the incident:

“RACISM IS NOT 🅿️," it read.

XXL also reached out to Clay Lacy Aviation for comment.

Check out some of the clips of Young Thug’s alleged racist incident with the private jet company below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 11, 2022Gotham, Getty Images

Kanye West is reportedly headed to Russia to meet the country's president, Vladimir Putin, and find himself a new home.

According to a Billboard report on Tuesday (Jan. 11), Ye plans to go to Moscow to meet the Russian president, as well as hold multiple Sunday Services that will serve as his first-ever shows in the country. The ultimate purpose of the trip is for the Chicago rapper-producer is to begin expanding his businesses overseas.

Ameer Sudan, an advisor to Kanye, is reportedly helping coordinate the trip. Sudan and attorney Scott Balber are working as mediators between Ye and billionaire real estate developer Aras Agalarov.

Sudan told the publication that Russia is going to be “a second home” for Kanye. “He will be spending a lot of time out there," he stated.

Currently, the United States and Russia are in diplomatic talks amid a conflict that is brewing between Moscow and the Ukraine. Any new U.S. sanctions against Russia could shut down travel between the countries, including Kanye’s proposed trip.

According to Billboard, the U.S. Department of State currently lists Russia with a "level 4 do not travel" advisory, due to terrorism, harassment by Russian government security officials, the embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia and the arbitrary enforcement of local law.

But Kanye’s advisor is reportedly not worried about any travel restrictions to Russia.

“This is Ye, Ye is going to get there regardless. What are they going to say? He’s going to be a special guest of the Agalarovs,” said Sudan. “Kanye knows what’s going on more than the average human being, he’s well aware of things. And it’s nothing against the United States or to cause conflicts, but Ye is Ye—he can’t be controlled.”

If Kanye West’s trip to Russia gets the green light, we hope he has a safe trip to the USSR.

XXL has reached out to Kanye West’s rep for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 10, 2022Joseph Okpako, WireImage

Meek Mill has a very interesting sex life but there’s one aspect he needs to improve on in the bedroom.

In a “Dirty Street Confessions” video interview with influencer Supa Dupa Humble's Instagram page, @supadupahumble, which debuted on Sunday (Jan. 9), the 2022 XXL Awards Hip-Hop's Humanitarian of the Year nominee spoke candidly about his lack of experience when it comes to the sexual act of "analingus"—or eating butt—properly. When asked if he was a professional "ass eater," Meek said, “No. Not yet, I need to do more work.”

When asked to grade himself on eating groceries between the numbers one and 10, the Philadelphia rapper replied, “Six.”

In a hilarious moment, Meek was asked "what ass tastes like," and he gave a jaw-dropping answer.

“[It tastes like] unseasoned lamb chops, I would say,” he jokingly stated. “It depends on what type of ass it is.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Meek got real candid about his sex life and revealed that he likes to spit in a woman’s mouth—which is one of the freakiest things he's done with a woman—and vice versa. He also added that he likes pretty toes, especially white-painted toes. “If they are pretty, that makes me feel better,” he said.

In another clip, Meek was asked about his sexual rendezvous in London. The Dream Chasers leader revealed that he had trouble removing 15 women from his hotel room during a sexual tryst.

“That’s when the magic happened,” he added. When asked if it was an orgy, Meek played dumb.

“Nah, we ain’t have no orgy.” When asked if it was a “sixteen-some,” Meek replied, “I don’t wanna seem like a ho on this joint. I can’t be on this joint like a thot, yo.”

It must be nice. Hopefully, Meek is wrapping it up and having safe sex.

Watch Meek Mill hint about having a sixteen-some in a London hotel below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: January 4, 2022Wolfe Productions

All it takes is one chance. RealRed, the engineer-producer extraordinaire behind both Pooh Shiesty’s “Back In Blood” featuring Lil Durk and Moneybagg Yo’s “Wockesha,” took his talent and ran. Producing since 2016, an offer to record a Kevo Muney session in December of 2019 opened the door for the 22-year-old Tennessee native to become an engineer. Now, he’s Moneybagg Yo’s go-to engineer. And with the ability to mix, master or record, RealRed is honing his craft.

XXL: When did you gain confidence in your abilities as an engineer?

RealRed: When I started engineering for NLE Choppa. Once he started taking me on the road, I started feeling [like] I’m built for this. He end up letting me mix and master two of his projects [Top Shotta and Cottonwood], along with another engineer named Aaron Mattes. Choppa, at the time, he was kinda young, so he’ll test your patience. I know if I could work with Choppa, I could work with anybody.

How did you end up working so heavily with Moneybagg Yo?

My brother YC was already locked in with him. So, it was a couple songs that I was doing that Bagg was in tune with. We in a studio in Memphis, and I was there with Choppa. Bagg walked up to me, asking me for a lighter. He was like, “You Red? I need somethin’ from you.” I went and played him some beats and from that point on, he was just telling me to come to Atlanta. The second or third time, he [said], “I need a second engineer.” So, I end up telling him I’ll do it. He gave me a test run, [it] turned into an eight-hour session of me recording him. We been locked in ever since. I started around June last year.

What was it like working on his album A Gangsta’s Pain?

Working with Bagg was kinda stressful. I was so used to artists recording every day. Bagg might go a week or two without recording, just to get his thoughts together. That’s how we end up with “Time Today” and “Wockesha.” He take his time with his music and try to perfect it, he don’t just record 30, 40 songs.

Did you know “Wockesha” was going to be so huge?

Bagg had told me, YC and my guy Javar he had a sample. We get to choppin’ up the sample, me and YC, while Bagg gettin’ a haircut. Midway through the beat, he started writing the song. Off the album, that was the first song that we had done. I was tellin’ everybody, “This gon’ be the biggest song.” From a female to drinkin’ lean, it’s so many ways to go with this song.

What are you working on now?

I’m excited about Moneybagg deluxe. I got a couple on Big30 album that’s dropping soon. They finna get ready to drop another deluxe on Shiesty. I love working with guys from my city and stuff like that. From Kevo, Moneybagg, Shiesty, Big30, Big Boogie, I’m excited for all those projects.

Check out more from XXL magazine's Fall 2021 issue, on stands now, including our cover story with Tyler, The CreatorLil Nas X's battle for respect in hip-hopWale talks about his new album, Folarin 2, find out more about Maxo Kream in Doin' LinesBia reflects on how far she's come in her career after "Whole Lotta Money" success, BMF actor Da'Vinchi talks rap music in Hip-Hop Junkie, Isaiah Rashad keeps it real about his faithSoFaygo discusses signing to Travis Scott's Cactus Jack labelCupcakKe's fresh outlook on life with new album on the way, OhGeesy's new solo career and goalsBlueface embraces the good and bad of going viralVory is hip-hop's rarely seen, always heard new voice, President of Asylum Records Dallas Austin explains how to develop trust with artists, Baby Tate wants Black women to get all the respect, Denzel Curry shares his train of thought when creating his song "The Game," producer Turbo tells the stories behind working with Lil Baby and his producer tag, hip-hop legends and rap newcomers claiming G.O.A.T. status and more. 

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/robbyseabrookiii/” rel=”author” title=”Robby Seabrook III”>Robby Seabrook IIIPublished: January 4, 2022Gunner Stahl

Growing up in Atlanta, then moving to New York City as a St. John’s University biology student, 23-year-old R&B singer Mariah the Scientist has always followed her heart. After making a few songs as a Valentine’s Day gift for her then-boyfriend in 2017, Mariah realized her calling as a singer, and dropped out of school the following year, after releasing her debut EP, To Die For. She signed to RCA Records in early 2019, dropped her solo album, Master, and never looked back. Fresh off the release of her sophomore LP, Ry Ry World, Mariah caught up with XXL and shared her love for her hometown hip-hop, working with rappers, developing her sound and more.

XXL: What rappers did you like growing up?

Mariah the Scientist: I’m still to this day, like, a huge fan of OutKast. If I ever get the chance to meet André 3000 and Big Boi, I’m probably gonna kill myself at that point. I’m literally like, a die-hard fan for them still.

Do you feel like rap inspired your actual creative process?

At some point early on in my career, different people who wanted to represent me would ask, what did I want people to view me as. I told them, I think you should just play it like I’m a rapper. I dunno if I have to wear a huge chain around my neck. We should just push the narrative of what it’s like for me, in my real life.

What do you feel you’ve learned since Master came out, up to now, while you have Ry Ry World out?

When I was putting Master out, the biggest lesson I learned is that the music industry is extremely political. When I made Master, it was just a lot of stuff going on in my personal life. Musically, once I figured out how things are supposed to sound and structuring things the right way, I think things have gone better.

How did you come up with “Always n Forever” featuring Lil Baby?

I have this friend EarlOnDaBeat, and he did “Act Up” for City Girls. I go over there, he makes this loop, he bounces it out, I go to the studio later that night. I make it, but the beat just sounded like Lil Baby would get on it. I told my label and management at the time that I wanted Lil Baby on it. I had not built any of those relationships, but I was so adamant on having him. I’ll just go hunt him down myself, which is quite literally what I did. Lil Baby gon’ get his money, and he gon’ do his job. And he definitely did that, and I really appreciate that.

What’s the story of getting Young Thug on “Walked In”?

I get all my beats off YouTube. When I heard this one, I was thinking of all the people I could have asked; Young Thug was at the top of my list. He had said he would do it, but you know how rappers are. Some of ’em, you gotta put a gun to a rapper head to get a song out of him. I hunted Young Thug down for that shit and I was dead serious, like, “I need you to get on this song. My life will be incomplete if you don’t do it!” So, he FaceTimes me, and he’s playing it in the background. I’m like Oh my god. This nigga really did it.

Are there any rappers that you’re listening to nowadays?

I been listening to a lot of Young Nudy. He’s also from Atlanta. He has this one song, it’s older, but it’s called “Zone 6,” and it’s my favorite song. When I saw him at Rolling Loud, I told him, “I’m telling you, this is my theme song." I don’t care where I go. If I have a show and we finna sing about heartbreak and we finna cry, I’m literally walking in to ‘Zone 6.’ That’s my shit.

Check out more from XXL magazine's Fall 2021 issue, on stands now, including our cover story with Tyler, The CreatorLil Nas X's battle for respect in hip-hopWale talks about his new album, Folarin 2, find out more about Maxo Kream in Doin' LinesBia reflects on how far she's come in her career after "Whole Lotta Money" success, BMF actor Da'Vinchi talks rap music in Hip-Hop Junkie, Isaiah Rashad keeps it real about his faithSoFaygo discusses signing to Travis Scott's Cactus Jack labelCupcakKe's fresh outlook on life with new album on the way, OhGeesy's new solo career and goalsBlueface embraces the good and bad of going viralVory is hip-hop's rarely seen, always heard new voice, President of Asylum Records Dallas Austin explains how to develop trust with artists, Baby Tate wants Black women to get all the respect, Denzel Curry shares his train of thought when creating his song "The Game," producer Turbo tells the stories behind working with Lil Baby and his producer tag, hip-hop legends and rap newcomers claiming G.O.A.T. status and more. 

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 3, 2022Prince Williams, Wireimage

Lil Wayne's security guard is reportedly looking into pressing charges against the rapper following an altercation that occurred last month.

According to a report on TMZ, published on Monday (Jan. 3), Weezy's security guard has reportedly changed his mind and wants his former boss prosecuted for allegedly pulling an firearm on him during a fight at the rapper's Hollywood Hills, Calif. mansion last year.

As previously reported, the Young Money leader got into an altercation with the guard who was accused of taking photos while in the rapper's home and leaking them, which led to fisticuffs before Wayne allegedly pulled out an assault rifle.

The guard reportedly told police that Wayne wanted him out of his house but he retreated to the bathroom instead, which made Lil Tunechi go ballistic. The bodyguard alleges that Wayne pulled out an AR-15 rifle, prompting the guard to run out of the house and to the gated community's guard shack, where he contacted police.

Although the guard called the authorities, he didn't want to press charges against Wayne at the time. It's unclear what charges he is currently seeking, but according to TMZ, the guard now alleges that Lil Wayne hit him in the head and face.

Interestingly, law enforcement sources told the media outlet that police couldn't corroborate the guard's story and that he didn't have any visible marks on his body or injuries from the alleged physical attack during the incident.

An insider also told TMZ the case may not have any legs to stand on. Apparently, investigators haven’t spoken to Wayne about the incident, which possibly could be a sign that it’s not destined for prosecution. However, law enforcement sources believe that the guard could be filing a civil suit against Wayne.

Wayne’s camp has denied that the incident occurred and claims Weezy doesn’t even own a gun.

XXL has reached out to Lil Wayne’s reps and the Los Angeles Police Department for comment.

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When it comes to rap battles and beef, MCs, figuratively, like to go for the jugular with brutal diss lyrics.

For example, in 2018, Pusha T shocked the rap world with his Drake diss track "Story of Adidon," on which he exposed Drizzy for having a secret child with an erotic model and mocked Noah "40" Shebib's multiple sclerosis. “OVO 40, hunched over like he 80, tick, tick, tick/How much time he got? That man is sick, sick, sick/I got the devil flow, nigga, six, six, six/Surgical summer with it, snip, snip, snip,” seethed King Push.

Of course, no one can forget about Tupac Shakur’s 1996 scathing diss track "Hit 'Em Up," featuring The Outlawz. On the song, Tupac delivered brutal lyrics aimed at Diddy, Mobb Deep, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Chino XL and the late Notorious B.I.G. "First off, fuck your bitch and the click you claim/Westside when we ride, come equipped with game/You claim to be a player, but I fucked your wife/We bust on Bad Boy's niggas, fucked for life,” he voraciously rhymed.

Common delivered a lyrical bitch slap to Ice Cube on his 1997 diss track "The Bitch in Yoo." The song was in response to Westside Connection's brutal diss track "Westside Slaughterhouse," where Cube felt the Chicago rhymer was disrespecting the West Coast on "I Used to Love Her." That wasn’t the case, but Common had to respond.

"A bitch nigga wit an attitude named Cube/Step to the Com wit' a feud/Now what the fuck I look like dissing a whole coast/You ain't made shit dope since AmeriKKKa's Most," Common rapped on his scathing rebuttal.

In the end, when it comes to rap feuds, all bets are off. So XXL highlights the most brutal diss lines in rap history. Check them out below.—Trent Fitzgerald

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: January 3, 2022Albert L. Ortega, Getty Images

NFTs, aka non-fungible tokens, are the latest rage in the digital space and are changing how art is bought, sold and valued on the internet. And it looks like Eminem is really into it.

According to a Hypebeast report, published on Sunday (Jan. 2), Em purchased a Bored Ape NFT, dubbed the "EminApe," for an eye-popping $425,000. The NFT, which supposedly looks like the Detroit rhymer with its olive-colored Army hat and gold Cuban-like chain, was sold by BAYC member GeeGazza for 123.45 ETh ($425,000) last Thursday night (Dec. 30).

This was a dream come true for GeeGazza who manifested on his Twitter account back in November that Slim Shady would buy his digital art. "I still think @Eminem is destined to buy my @BoredApeYC one day," he wrote.

On Dec. 31, a day after Em purchased his NFT, GeeGazza jumped on Twitter to show his appreciation of having the rapper as a buyer. "I’m living in a simulation. Thank you @Eminem for buying my ape and joining the club! Madness. Let me write a lyric in your next single," he tweeted along with a cry-laughing emoji.

GeeGazza later tweeted his gratitude towards Eminem for buying his NFT and how it will benefit his dedicated fans.

"Sounds stupid. Sounds ridiculous. Sounds nerdy or lame or any multitude of words," he wrote. "But to sell the ape that gets @Eminem into the @BoredApeYC, the ape that he is using to millions of followers on his socials…man, fuck. Crazy. Been manifesting it for months. It’s surreal."

Digital agency Six helped with the sale of the Bored Ape NFT. The company has previously worked with other clients in the NFT world including the Wu-Tang Clan and Tycho.

"Guess the cats out of the bag…@BoredApeYC, please welcome @Eminem to the metaverse! Me, @JesseGrushack, and the rest of the @sixweb3 team were honored to help him secure the EminApe," tweeted Georgio Constantinou, artist manager for Six agency.

This is not Eminem’s first foray into NFTs. The 48-year-old rapper started offering exclusive collectibles to fans through the NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway. Last April, Em held an auction, nicknamed "Shady Con," where he sold a set of NFT action figures that chronicle significant moments in his career. Also, Eminem reportedly owns 15 NFTs on OpenSea under the name Shady Holdings.

XXL has reached out to Eminem’s rep for comment.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/trentfitzgerald/” rel=”author” title=”Trent Fitzgerald”>Trent FitzgeraldPublished: December 30, 2021Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

Kanye West is not satisfied with the new home he recently purchased that is across the street from his estranged wife Kim Kardashian.

According to a People article, published on Monday (Dec. 27), Kanye plans to tear down the house across the street from Kim and build a new one. As previously reported, Yeezy paid a whopping $4.5 million for the 3,651 square-foot home located in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles. The Chicago rapper paid $421,000 above asking price for the 1955-built house, which was initially listed for $4,079,000. The insider told the publication that Kanye now plans to tear it down and build a family-friendly new home.

"Kanye's new house is a teardown. He only bought it for the location. It's near Kim and the kids. He has a vision for the house and plans on starting construction A.S.A.P.” the source told People.

“It will be family-friendly,” the insider continued. “He wants to be able to have the kids over as much as possible. Living only in Malibu was making visits more tricky for Kanye."

The source is referencing the massive oceanfront mansion in Malibu Kanye purchased for nearly $60 million back in September. It’s only 30 minutes away from the Hidden Hills property, but the long-distance travel is too much for Ye to handle.

Whether or not Kanye bought the home so he could be closer to Kim and their four children remains unclear. Last February, Kim filed for divorce from Yeezy after nearly seven years of marriage. According to reports, Kim is currently dating Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson.

However, Kanye has been pining for Kim to come back home to him for several months. Earlier this month, while performing at the Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert in Los Angeles, the 44-year-old producer dedicated his song "Runaway" to his estranged wife.

"I need you to run right back to me, baby/I need you to run right back to me, baby/I need you to run right back to me, baby/I need you to run right back to me, more specifically, Kimberly," he sung during his performance. The emotional moment even made Drake shed a tear.

XXL has reached out to Kanye West’s reps for comment.

Check out the proximity of Kim and Kanye's homes below and photos of what the house looks like before Ye tears it down.

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Remember You
Juice Wrld’s legacy has continued to thrive since his passing thanks to an extensive catalog of music and a foundation created in his honor by his mother, Carmela Wallace. In helping others with their own mental health, Ms. Wallace is keeping her son’s spirit alive.
Words: Georgette Cline
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands in January 2022.

Mother knows best, it’s an old adage that Juice Wrld recognized both in and out of his music. On the revered Chicago rapper’s platinum track “Fast,” he rhymed, “I don’t try to be
mean on purpose, I promise/My mama taught me better than that, I’ll be honest.” His mother, Carmela Wallace, who refers to her son as the name she gave him, Jarad, smiles during a Zoom call this past November when hearing the endearing lyrics. It’s a testament that her son was paying attention to her parenting skills as a kid the whole time.

Since Juice’s childhood, Ms. Wallace, 56, recognized his gift for music. He excelled in piano lessons at age 5. Playing handbells, guitar, bass drum and marching band in high school followed. While Ms. Wallace encouraged Juice to attend college after high school graduation in 2017, she soon realized his heart was set on rapping. Seeing the passion and energy her child had while performing at a friend’s birthday party was all she needed to support him taking a gap year to try to make his dreams come true as a hip-hop artist. And by 2017, Juice was regularly hitting the studio and had signed a deal with indie label Grade A Productions, cofounded by Lil Bibby and brother, George “G-Money” Dickinson. The following year, Juice inked a deal with Interscope Records worth a reported $3 million.

Juice Wrld’s music sounded like diary entries, filled with his thoughts and feelings on love,
mental health and his troubling drug use. Ms. Wallace became cognizant of her son’s struggles after listening to the multiplatinum-selling wunderkind’s lyrics. She prides herself on their close relationship, but Juice wasn’t always forthcoming with her about his pain. As a result, she was adamant in fostering communication that was respectful and non-judgmental in dealing with his addiction. After the lauded rhymer’s death due to an accidental drug overdose on Dec. 8, 2019, at the age of 21, Ms. Wallace launched the Live Free 999 foundation to support programs that help people find positive avenues to address their anxiety, depression and substance dependency.

Here, Carmela Wallace, whose path to healing includes the comfort of playing pinball—a game Juice was “freakishly good” at—discusses her son’s legacy, the mission of Live Free 999, the importance of transparency with his battles and what she really thinks about those pesky song leaks.

XXL: Thank you for taking the time to speak with XXL today. How are you?

Carmela Wallace: I’m good. Thank you for having me.

You’re welcome. Live Free 999 is a foundation you launched to help normalize the conversation about mental health in honor of Juice Wrld, also known as your son, Jarad Higgins. What is the mission?

The mission of Live Free 999 is really to just normalize the conversation around mental health, you know, and just take the stigma away from it and just to contribute to organizations that support that cause, you know, as well as substance dependency. Then we have another part of us that provides opportunities. Like, for example, when we first launched, we had a couple of shirts that came out. We had the Live Free logo shirt and we also have a shirt we released called “Exhale Depression.” Those were college students who did that design and they were able to get recognition for doing the work. We just wanted to provide opportunities that people may not normally have gotten to showcase their talent.

Why was it important for you to even start the foundation?

Well, I was hurting, painful. And then I started receiving messages from people, how [Jarad’s] music helped them with depression and anxiety. And I felt like it was a void. I felt like it was my obligation to continue that message—Jarad’s message of healing—’cause he really touched on mental health in his music. He talked about mental health. So, I felt like as his mom, I needed to carry that forward.

Carmela Wallace

You’ve done some special things so far. What are the ways Live Free 999 has helped others since you’ve launched?

We have a crisis text line, which is really big. That line is free and confidential. It’s 24/7, where if they need help, they have someone to talk to, where they are not being judged. I think people just need to feel comfortable about talking about themselves not being OK and that’s a good avenue. We have seen such great numbers in the African-American male community responding to that text crisis line and so, it’s a big deal.

Other things we have done, we supported programs for substance dependency. We supported programs who deal with mental health. And some of them, I think it’s called A Place Called Home out in L.A., where they actually have a music program and they put together an album or something at the end. So, things that kind of relate to things that Jarad did or path that he’s walked before, but, also, just to open doors for other people to get help.
And we are still growing. We still would like to touch more. We would like to be more hands-on. So, in the future, I hope to see us sponsoring events and just getting more into the legwork, you know, not just making donations, but actually contributing in other ways we find best.

What’s respected on your path as a mother is that you haven’t turned inward to hide the experiences that your son had with mental health and drugs and you channel that into your foundation to help others. Why is that significant for you to be open and share from a mother’s perspective?

Transparency I think is important. And I think it’s important for other people to heal. And I know the world sees him as Juice Wrld, I see him as Jarad, and just normalize our conversation around him and his experience. So, I just think that it’s important to be honest. And I was honest with him. The same way I am is the same way I was with him. I was transparent. We talked about drugs and his use. We talked about him getting help. He knows I would do something like this. He knew that I would be the one with a mission of helping others. It’s not necessarily to, you know, glorify his drug use, for a lack of a better word. It’s for a fact that, hey, this is real. I don’t want to glorify drugs. I just want you to see the outcome of it. The outcome of what can happen if you allow yourself to stay in that state.

So, it was important to me to be honest and say, “Hey, people are hurting,” and how can I help people if I conceal it? It has to come out to give that message that you are not alone because people just suffer alone.

These days, why do you think it’s even more important for artists to do a self-check when it comes to their mental health and making that a priority?

I think it’s not just artists. I think really it applies to all of us. I think with them, they just have a lot on their plate. Their schedule is really busy, and there’s a lot coming at them. Especially like Jarad, because he went from high school to out of the house. So, we didn’t have that separation. That time to adjust. He just had to go. So, he had to adapt to basically a whole other lifestyle. And I would try to encourage him because he did counseling when he was in high school just for impulsiveness, ’cause he would be a bit impulsive. And I recommended that he do that, but he didn’t. I couldn’t make him do it.

But I think it’s just important to take care of your mental health. I think it’s important to just do those checks and say, you know, “Am I OK?” and just really pay attention to things that are bothering you. Pay attention to the anxiety and just try to do something about it and not think that this is normal. It’s not normal to have to live like that even though they have such a busy schedule and so many demands on them in that industry. That they definitely need to just take time out and see if they are OK and just have people around them that support that.

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When it comes to that counseling, why was that the way to go to help your son just kind of figure out what was going on with himself?

So, he had a choice. So, first of all, he was diagnosed with ADD. He didn’t like taking the medicine and I understand. He didn’t like the medicine and I couldn’t make him take it ’cause he was at that point, now he’s in high school, he would pitch that pill somewhere and be about his way. We finally found something that was a little better, a little more natural, but he wasn’t a fan. So, I gave him two choices. I said, “You could either do karate or you could do counseling.” And so we went to this place where we live in Homewood [in Illinois] for a free trial and when we pulled up to the building, they said Karate for Kids and that was done. He wasn’t going in there and I wasn’t making him.

And so, I found someone that he could relate to, to speak with that he felt comfortable with. He was an African-American male who worked with a lot of people in sports and he could relate to Jarad. So, Jarad felt comfortable and I was comfortable with him talking with him. So, we did it for at least three years and a little after high school, too, until he left to do Juice Wrld stuff, but he was definitely going to counseling regularly.

That was a significant amount of time. Do you think that also just helped him on a personal level to express himself with his feelings, but also within his own music?

I think so. I think that was a big contributor to that. Jarad was always a talker. He never had a problem with his words, but I think it helped him get more in touch with his feelings. And I think it definitely did help him express himself through his music.

Aside from the foundation, what are some other ways that you are involved in keeping Juice Wrld’s legacy going strong?

I think the foundation is the biggest thing. And then I’m building a brewery [Homewood Brewing Company] in our old neighborhood in his honor. So, that as well because Homewood was special to us. I moved there because he wanted to go to the high school, so I bought a house there. It was coming off a hard time financially that I just kept working and working hard where I could provide for him. A home and a nice community with a nice high school that he loved. So, it was special. Our time there was special. He loved it. And so, I just felt I wanted to just give back to the community and serve and honor him because he loved it so much. So, those things really just keep me really busy.

That’s great. Juice’s fans know him as an artist who had an exceptional talent, but first and foremost, he’s your son, Jarad Higgins. As a child, when did you realize he had a gift with music?

I would say when he was taking piano lessons because he would just memorize the songs. He started at about 5 or 6. He could read music, but he wouldn’t. I mean, he would read it once and then he would just start playing the songs. And then as he grew, you just see him start picking up songs. He picked up the guitar and he was teaching himself actually. And then I’m like, “Well, maybe you should get lessons for that, too.” But when he got to the class, he was so advanced they had to give another class and this was him teaching himself. So, he just naturally just connected to instruments and music.

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His music seems to be the place that he let everything out. On Juice’s song “Fast,” his lyrics are, “I don’t try to be mean on purpose, I promise/My mama taught me better than that, I’ll be honest/I blame it on the drugs and this life that I’m involved in.”

So, the first part of those lyrics, “My mama taught me better than that,” which is great because it shows your parenting style and skills were respected by him. When you hear lyrics like that, how does it make you feel as a mom?

It’s like, OK, he was listening. Honestly, yeah, because I tried, you know? As parents, we do our best and we make mistakes sometimes. I always own my mistakes. And yeah, he gets it. He was respectful and kind by nature. So, that means he listened.

That is one of his most popular songs, so there are a lot of people singing those exact lines to the world. The latter part of those lyrics, “I blame it on the drugs and this life I’m involved in.” When was the time or moment when you realized he was having issues with drugs in his life and he started to self-medicate?

Through his music. Through what he was putting out and then I just started to talk to him about it. It was a challenge to talk to him because A, he was not living at home anymore. He is an adult, so he was responsible for his decisions. I came at him in a way that was more compassionate ’cause we always talked. And I’m not naive to think that he told me everything. I know he didn’t tell me everything. They are not supposed to. But some things he told me, I didn’t really want to hear. But he would share with me and I would listen.

I think that was his reality. It was the drugs. Just the conversation about the drugs and that was a hard one. And I told him my biggest fear was him dying from this stuff. He knew how I felt about it. He promised me he was going to get help and I think he was going to do it. I think he had a date set to go in [rehab]. Just ran out of time, really. I think that’s what it really was.

It’s painful to hear as a mother especially when there’s nothing you could do. There was nothing I could do about that but talk to him in a respectful way, not in a judgy way, but com- passionately, to let him know, “Hey, it can get better. You need to do something about this.” So, we talked about it a lot. But not to a point where it’s like, “Oh god, here she comes again.” I didn’t want that. So, I had to have a balance with it and not just hammer him every time I saw him about, “When are you going to get clean?” But just talking to him about my fears like a mother to a son and not as one who’s passing judgment on him.

Fans have received posthumous albums from Juice Wrld over the years. What is your actual involvement in his music being released?

My involvement is to let the experts do what the experts do. Bibby really produces and puts all the stuff together like he did when Jarad was here. I think he does an awesome job, so I would never mess with that. My involvement is they might play the songs for me before the music is released like the last album. I remember just sitting on my deck just listening to every song…

On Legends Never Die?

Yes. So, I let them do it. My involvement is I give the thumbs up, but Bibby does what Bibby does. He picks the songs and puts everything together. He does such an awesome job, so I would never want to change that dynamic and he loved him. He would put stuff out that really represents him [Jarad] well. And he puts the love and labor into producing something really good, so I would never take that away.

Much of Juice’s music gets leaked unfortunately. What are your thoughts on the people releasing his songs?

I understand they loved him. They loved his music, but there’s a proper way to do it. Let us give you our best. Leaked music is not necessarily cleaned up music, it’s just leaked, it’s not finished. So, it’s just a lot of work just going into it. It’s a bit disrespectful to him, honestly, to leak his music like that. But I know that monster is there, been there and it’s not going anywhere. We can just do our part and put out good music. He made a lot of music.

What is your favorite Juice Wrld song?

I have a bunch. Just off that last album, [Death Race for Love], I like “Flaws and Sins.” I like “Fast.” I like “Hear Me Calling.” I think I like that whole album. And, of course, his first one, [Goodbye & Good Riddance]. I love “Lucid Dreams” ’cause I’m a huge Sting fan. So, I re- member when he brought that sample home and he was playing it. And I’m like, “Hey, that’s Sting. Make sure you get permission.” That’s the first thing I said. I’m always a fan of “Lucid Dreams” because it’s special to me ’cause that’s when I realized, Wow, this kid is really talented. It really made me see him as the artist, not just as my son. I think “Flaws and Sins” might be my favorite one.

There was a video going around on social media last year from a fan who filmed the outside of Juice’s mausoleum, which includes photos of him as a child as well as him as an artist. Why did you want to also showcase Juice’s XXL cover there?

I wanted to do something for the fans and then something for the family. We always treated him like Jarad. I like to show the reality of it. Juice Wrld is an icon, but Jarad was a son, a brother, an uncle and all of that. So, I like to make stuff more realistic. He wasn’t just Juice Wrld. He was my son that died from an overdose, so I like to keep it like that. That’s the way I only know how to do stuff. I don’t like to do fluff. I deal in reality. I try to respect stuff that he would love and I know that he loved his fans.

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After losing one of his $325,000 diamond earrings yesterday, YK Osiris is now being trolled by fans.

On Monday night (Dec. 20), the R&B singer jumped on his Instagram account and mistakenly leaked his phone number while sharing a video of people calling him and pretending they found his expensive bauble.

In the clip, three men are claiming they found his pricey earring and are willing to meet up with him in Miami. Clearly seeing that they are joking, the "Worth It" crooner, yells, "Stop callin’ my phone you curly-headed bitch!."

In the caption of the post, YK wrote, "These people really calling my damn phone, talking bout I found it mannnn wtf is wrong With these people."

As of this posting, it doesn't appear that the video is currently up on YK’s IG page with his alleged phone number still visible.

This comes as the Jacksonville, Fla. singer revealed yesterday that one of the $325,000 diamond studs that he recently purchased disappeared. "I really lost one of my ear rings," he wrote on his IG Story, adding several angry face emojis. "I'm sick," he later mentioned.

Shortly after, YK Osiris posted a video to his page, pleading for help in recovering his high-priced jewelry.

"Listen, if anybody out there got integrity, can you please give me my earring back?" he stated. "These not no cheap earrings. It's a lot of money. I will give you a reward for it. Whatever you want. Can you please just give me my earring back? Thank you."

YK confirmed to XXL that he is in fact offering a $60,000 reward for his missing earring.

In another IG Story post, YK vowed to never buy a pair of earrings—presumably at such a high price—again.

"I’m never gon’ buy a pair of earrings again," he said. He then addressed his fans: "Y’all was right and I appreciate y’all, man, y’all was right. That was the dumbest shit I ever did. I’m never buying another pair. I’m never, everrrr."

On another note, the South Florida artist would love for people to stop trolling him on his phone.

Watch YK Osiris vow to never buy expensive earrings again below.

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It looks as if Travis Scott could be moving forward with the rollout for his upcoming album, Utopia.

Over the weekend, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the Houston rhymer changed his Instagram account bio with the word “UTOPIA” in all caps. Previously, Travis quietly removed the word from his bio following the deadly events at the 2021 Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston on Nov. 5.

Whether this is an announcement that Travis is resuming his rollout for the project is unclear.

XXL has reached out to Travis Scott’s reps for confirmation.

Before the Astroworld calamity, Travis had been teasing fans about his Utopia project since the beginning of this year.

In the Spring 2021 issue of i-D magazine, Travis revealed small tidbits of what to expect on the album.

"I never tell people this, and I’m probably going to keep it a secret still, but I’m working with some new people and I’m just trying to expand the sound,” he told the publication. “I’ve been making beats again, rapping on my own beats, just putting everything together and trying to grow it really. That’s been one of the most fun things about working on this album. I’m evolving, collaborating with new people, delivering a whole new sound, a whole new range."

Fast forward to November, just a day before his headlining set at Astroworld, La Flame released two singles, “Escape Plan” and “Mafia,” which the latter song features an uncredited cameo from J. Cole.

However, a dark cloud still looms over Trav in the wake of the Astroworld fatalities. According to a medical examiner's report that XXL obtained last Thursday (Dec. 16), the official cause of death for the 10 victims was listed as "compression asphyxia." The report further explained that the crowd surge at the festival caused the victims' lungs to be crushed, ultimately resulting in suffocation.

Only one of the victims had an additional cause of death, which is described as a combination of cocaine, methamphetamine and ethanol. All 10 of the manner of deaths are labeled as accidental, with the victims' ages ranging from nine to 27 years old.

A criminal investigation into the mass casualty event is still ongoing.

On top of that, Travis faces billions of dollars in lawsuits filed against him and other parties for their alleged gross negligence, which Trav has recently filed documents to have them thrown out.

In an interview with television and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, a remorseful Travis said that he wishes he could heal all those who were impacted by the tragedy.

"Fans come to the show and have a good experience. And I have a responsibility to figure out what happened here," he stated. "I have a responsibility to figure out a solution and hopefully this takes a first step into us as artists having that insight of what's going on. And the professionals to kind of surround and figure out more intel—whether it's tech, whether it's more of a response, whatever the problem is, to figure out that. [And] in the future, move forward in concert safety and make sure it never happens again."

Check out Travis Scott’s updated IG bio below.

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The Kid Laroi opens up about the final moments of Juice Wrld’s death when the two were traveling with several others on a plane from Los Angeles to Chicago.

In the Tommy Oliver-directed documentary Juice Wrld: Into the Abyss, which premiered on HBO last Thursday (Dec. 16), The Kid Laroi reflected on the final moments of witnessing Juice Wrld’s death on Dec. 8, 2019. The late Chicago rapper died after suffering a seizure at Midway Airport in Chicago. He was 21.

In a surfaced clip from the documentary, a heartbroken Laroi recounted what he saw on that tragic day after they walked off the plane.

“I remembered walking off and seeing through the window the police and shit, thinkin’ like, ‘What the fuck?’” he recalled to the doc’s filmmaker Tommy Oliver. “They said, 'Everybody get your passports out.' I was sitting down and Juice was sitting across from me…G Money was sitting right there. I remembered Juice and G Money shook hands.”

The Kid Laroi then witnessed Juice experience a seizure during their detainment.

“I kinda froze, I really didn’t know like what the fuck happened to dude to help him,” he said in the doc. “We were all just sitting there just panicking. We was, 'What the fuck?' At first, we just thought he was having a seizure and then the blood started coming out of his nose and mouth.”

“Then everybody obviously started freaking out way more,” he continued. “Then the police came over to us and handcuffed us all. They handcuffed us in a line and they were was like, “Get the fuck away from him!”

“They handcuff us all in a line except for Ally [Lotti, Juice Wrld’s girlfriend],” Laroi added. "Ally was like, 'Yo, enough.' They cuffed me and they tellin’ Ally, like, ‘Chill out, he’s fine, chill out.’ We are all lookin’ like, ‘Bro, he’s bleedin'.’” You can watch the video clip of The Kid Laroi's interview from the Juice Wrld: Into the Abyss at the bottom of this post.

In a statement to XXL in 2020, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Juice Wrld died "as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity." They also ruled his death an accident.

According to eyewitnesses, the Chicago artist swallowed pills on the flight before arriving in Chicago. Authorities at the scene also reportedly seized 70 pounds of marijuana from the private plane Juice and his crew were on after getting tipped off from the pilot.

Before his death, Juice and his team, which included Grade A Productions cofounder George “G-Money” Dickinson, were on a private flight from California that landed in Chicago.

Additionally, the rapper's security guard, Henry Dean and videographer, Chris Long, were arrested for having guns in the airport. Both men were booked and charged with misdemeanor gun violations.

On Dec. 10, Juice Wrld’s team released his second posthumous album, Fighting Demons.

Watch the trailer to HBO Documentary Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss below.

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It looks like Blac Youngsta is not letting go of his beef with the late Young Dolph after Youngsta was filmed performing a Dolph diss in the club.

On Friday (Dec. 17), Blac Youngsta rapped his 2016 Young Dolph diss track “Shake Sum” during his performance at the Aces of Dallas nightclub in Dallas. Video of his performance started circulating on social media on Saturday (Dec. 18). You can watch them at the bottom of this post.

In the clip, Youngsta is rhyming behind a backing track, which features his abrasive lyrics aimed at the late Memphis legend. He then pauses during the song’s hook to light up a blunt. Afterward, the Heavy Camp leader commanded the DJ to stop the song so he can spit his second verse a cappella style.

“Young Dolph Thorton wanna play ho/I'm on tour with the K ho/Mac 11, Smith & Wesson, extended clip, 100 rounds though/How the fuck you the king of Memphis, you ain't from the city, you from Chicago/Fuck boy, you better lay low/Killers move when I say so,” Youngsta rapped.

“My lil nigga rob and steady killin' rapin' niggas/Mama's and shit lil nigga/You better ask you lil niggas/All these lil niggas around me killers/The city know what's up with me, lil nigga/I'm a double OG, lil nigga/Any nigga play with me, lil nigga/I swear to God they ain't gon' breath, lil nigga/Dolph, you ain't put in no work/You a ho on the low-low/Talkin' ’bout you the plug best friend, nigga, you ain't sellin' no work/Niggas bustin' on you in your own hood fuck-boy, you a no show," he rapped.

Blac Youngsta's controversial song choice comes a month after Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis while inside Makeda's Homemade Cookies on Nov. 17. It’s no secret that when Dolph was alive, the late rhymer had an ongoing feud with Yo Gotti and Youngsta, Gotti's CMG artist.

During their heated feud, Youngsta was arrested and charged for his alleged involvement in the February of 2017 incident in which Dolph's SUV was shot at over 100 times outside the annual CIAA event in Charlotte, N.C. He was charged with six counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property and one count of felony conspiracy.

Luckily, Dolph survived the gun attack.

In an interview with XXL in 2017, Youngsta denied the allegations against him.

"I'm going to get to the bottom of a lot of this shit once I beat this [case]," he explained, adding that the police issued a warrant for him because of lyrics Young Dolph included on his Bulletproof project. "People talk and try to put shit together and make shit up, but at the end of the day I know for a fact that everybody is going to be looking crazy as hell when this shit is all over with."

In May of 2019, all charges against Blac Youngsta were dropped in the case.

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Drake's performance from the historic Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert in Los Angeles is mysteriously absent from the Amazon Prime Video stream.

According to a Variety report, published on Tuesday (Dec. 14), Amazon removed Drake's performance from Kanye West's Larry Hoover Benefit Concert video stream. The event took place last Thursday (Dec. 9) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

According to the publication, the edited version still features Drake making his grand entrance with Ye walking down the steps of the Coliseum at the start of the performance. And it still finishes with Yeezy and Drizzy performing their collaborative banger "Forever" and leaving the stage together. However, Drake's entire 12-song set in the middle of the show is absent, yet the 6 God is still prominently featured in the graphics accompanying the video.

Overall, 24 minutes of the concert was edited out for the on-demand stream without any explanation.

XXL has reached out to reps for Drake and Amazon Studios for comment.

Fans have shared their speculation as to why Drake's performance was cut from the stream, including a theory that Drake and Kanye have renewed their long-standing beef. However, a more likely theory is that Drake agreed to have his solo performance streamed live but not in perpetuity for on-demand streaming.

Drake may also have some restrictions when it comes to working with other streaming platforms. Since Drizzy’s OVO Sound Radio is on SiriusXM, the Toronto rap superstar might have an exclusivity deal in place with the radio conglomerate as it relates to video content.

Nevertheless, the Dec. 9 show was to help raise awareness of Larry Hoover, who is currently serving six life sentences after being convicted of murder and running a criminal organization in 1997. According to TMZ, the Feds are "surprised" that the two rap superstars are supporting a convicted felon who they described as "the worst of the worst."

Kanye has always been an advocate for the freedom of Larry Hoover. Back in 2018, Ye visited the White House in an attempt to get then-president Donald Trump to pardon Hoover, but to no avail.

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Flavor Flav had a close call today while driving in California when he was nearly crushed to death by a massive falling boulder.

According to a TMZ report published on Tuesday (Dec. 14), Flavor Flav was almost the victim of Mother Nature's action after a boulder fell from a cliff. A rep for the famed Public Enemy rapper told the media outlet that Flav was taking a road trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles when a huge boulder, which was loosened by heavy rainfall, tumbled off a cliff near La Tuna Canyon and crashed into the right side of his vehicle. The impact caused the rap veteran to briefly lose control of his car before he could resume control and safely pull over to the side of the road.

An image taken from the accident scene shows Flav's white-colored vehicle, which suffered some major damage to the front hood and the car's headlight is shattered to pieces. Luckily, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer didn't get hurt in the collision with the boulder.

Flav reportedly said that he's in good spirits and thankful to be alive. "God is good," he reportedly told the website. "[I] came very close to death but is super grateful to be alive."

Apparently, an eyewitness also saw the whole thing happen. The shocked driver was able to stop and assist the rapper who appeared physically fine but mentally distressed.

Thankfully, Flavor Flav's team was able to get AAA to the scene because his car was inoperable and made sure he was out of danger.

XXL has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for comment.

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Some never-before heard details were uncovered in court this afternoon in connection to the July of 2020 shooting incident involving Tory Lanez andMegan Thee Stallion, in which Meg was shot in her feet during a roadside altercation after a party last year.

Tory allegedly yelled “Dance, bitch” before shooting the feet of Megan Thee Stallion during a roadside altercation after a party last year.

According to a Rolling Stone report on Tuesday (Dec. 14), prosecutors at Tory’s preliminary hearing today claim that the rapper, who was supposedly "intoxicated" at the time, allegedly yelled “dance, bitch” before firing the gun at Megan's feet. The rapper-crooner was also accused of using a semiautomatic weapon during the dispute in Hollywood Hills, Calif., around 4:30 a.m. on July 12, 2020. On the stand, Los Angeles Police Department detective Rayan Stogner testified, based on Megan’s account, that the Houston rapper saw Tory, real name Daystar Peterson, holding a firearm and observed him shooting at her.

“(Megan) observed Mr. Peterson holding a firearm and then she observed him start to shoot,” he stated, according to the media outlet. He added that Megan recalled Tory being "half in" and "half out" of the vehicle before he allegedly fired the weapon.

“Megan immediately felt pain to her feet, observed blood, fell to the ground, and then crawled to an adjacent driveway of a residence…She described her injuries as bleeding profusely,” Stogner testified.

“Megan stated the defendant (Tory) apologized for doing it and offered her money and begged her to please not say anything and made a reference to the fact he was already on probation and he begged her not to say anything,” the LAPD detective added.

Tory, who has denied shooting Megan, was in the courtroom listening intently to the testimony. The Canadian rapper's defense lawyer, Shawn Holley, questioned Stogner about whether or not he knew it was Megan who invited Tory to the party at Kylie Jenner’s house before the alleged shooting. Holley also quizzed about Megan's alcohol consumption on the day of the shooting.

“You never asked Megan how much she had to drink that day, did you?” Holley reportedly asked, to which Stogner replied, “Not specifically, no."

“But you are aware alcohol can impair a person’s perception and their ability to recall?” Holley asked.

Based on a TMZ report this afternoon, the judge presiding over the case felt the information provided during the preliminary hearing was sufficient enough to take matters to trial. A trial date has been set for Jan. 13, 2022.

Since the shooting incident, Megan, born Megan Pete, has steadfastly maintained that Tory was the person that shot at her feet. The "Savage" rapper suffered multiple gunshot wounds to both feet and had to undergo surgery to remove the bullets. Thankfully, none of the bullet fragments hit any tendons or bones.

During an Instagram Live session in August of 2020, Megan detailed the shooting incident to her viewers.

"Since y'all hoes so worried ’bout it," Meg explained. "Yes, this nigga Tory shot me. You shot me. And you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs lying and shit. Stop lying. Why lie? I don't understand. I tried to keep the situation off the internet, but you dragging it. You really fuckin’ dragging it. Muthafuckas talkin’ ’bout I hit this nigga. I never hit you. Muthafuckas was like, 'Oh, she mad ’cause he was tryna fuck with Kylie.' No, I wasn't. You dry shot me."

Megan went on to reveal that they were actually four people in the car, including herself. While in the vehicle, an argument ensued.

"Me, you, my homegirl and yo' security. Everybody in the car arguing," she detailed. "I'm in the front seat, this nigga in the backseat. I get out the car, I'm done arguing. I don't wanna argue no more. I get out. I'm walking away. This nigga, from out the backseat of the car, start shooting me. You shot me. I ain't get cut by no glass."

Megan, who recently graduated from Texas State University a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, also explained why she didn’t tell the police that Tory shot her and that there was a gun in the car. "’Cause the people in the neighborhood…there's a witness," she stated. "When the police came because the neighbors called the police. I was just tryna get home. We was five minutes away from my spot. The police come. I'm scared. All this shit going on with the police. The police is shooting muhfuckas for anything. The police was literally killing Black people for no muthafuckin’ reason."

Megan added that she was shot for no reason and she didn’t talk to the police because she wanted to avoid any more trouble already since there was a gun in the car.

For his part, Tory Lanez has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty for felony assault stemming from the shooting incident during a preliminary hearing in November.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles has charged the 29-year-old artist with one felony count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm—personal use of a firearm—and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle in connection with the shooting incident that occurred in July 2020.

XXL has reached out to reps and attorneys for both Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion, as well as the L.A. District Attorney's Office for comment.

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DaBaby didn't receive the greatest welcome at the 2021 Rolling Loud California Festival when fans decided to throw garbage at him.

On Sunday (Dec. 12), on the final day of the West Coast music festival, DaBaby jumped on the Ciroc stage to perform. However, it appears that the crowd was expecting Future based on the festival set schedule and during portions of Baby's performance, he was met with a plethora of garbage being thrown at him. Apparently, the 2019 XXL Freshman was supposed to perform on the Power 106 stage while Future scheduled for the Ciroc stage, but the organizers of Rolling Loud must have switched it up, unbeknownst to the audience.

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In a video that's circulating on social media, DaBaby, dressed head to toe in North Face x Gucci gear, kicked off his set with his Grammy-nominated single, "Rockstar," on the Ciroc stage. In video of the show, the crowd doesn't appear to be overly engaged, but perhaps it's because they didn't anticipate DaBaby's performance at the time as Future was scheduled to hit the stage instead. Then, all of a sudden, a barrage of trash is flying onto the stage. At one point, water and other liquids are being thrown at him. You can watch video of the scene at the bottom of this post.

To DaBaby's credit, he seemed unfazed by it all. Eventually, he gets the crowd on his side during a raucous performance of his 2019 hit, "Suge."

XXL has reached out to a rep for Rolling Loud California Festival for comment.

DaBaby is on the road to redemption it seems. After the backlash following his anti-gay rant at the 2021 Rolling Loud Miami Festival in July, the North Carolina rapper has embarked on his own headlining tour backed by Rolling Loud, the same festival where he made those homophobic remarks.

The Live Show Killa Tour kicked off in Atlanta earlier this month without a hitch. The trek will resume next year, hitting 20 major cities, starting with Boston on Jan. 11, 2022. Other cities on the schedule include Philadelphia, Detroit, Nashville, Tenn., Minneapolis, Houston, Chicago and more.

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Fat Trel has been arrested again, less than two months after getting released from prison in October.

According to an arrest docket obtained by XXL on Thursday (Dec. 9), Fat Trel, born Martrel Reeves, was arrested and booked at the Arlington County Sheriff's Office in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday (Dec. 8) on four counts of a Revocation of Suspended Sentence and Probation in connection to a 2018 arrest. Trel is currently in custody awaiting bond and has a court date scheduled for Jan. 14, 2022.

The details of this particular 2018 arrest are unclear.

Fat Trel was reportedly released from prison in October. The "Large Amount" rapper was initially arrested on July 8, 2018 in Upper Marlboro, Md. on a charge of a Gun Offender Fail to Register, but also has an arrest from August 30, 2018 for in Arlington, Va. It's uncertain if the cases are related.

Reports from July of 2018 claim that police pulled Trel over for a traffic violation and found that he didn’t have any identification on him or a driver’s license because it was previously been suspended. Police also discovered a .40-caliber gun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition. The pistol was later identified as a “ghost gun,” which are assembled from kits and function like a real firearm. These reports, however, have not been confirmed.

The aforementioned weapon, according to The New York Times, is extremely dangerous and usually don’t have a serial number, which makes them hard to trace.

In March of 2016, Fat Trel was arrested for Possession of Counterfeit Money after being accused of attempting to use the faux bills at a Maryland casino. He maintained his innocence. The following month, he was taken into custody in Arlington, Va. for DWI, narcotics distribution, speeding and driving with a revoked license.

XXL has reached out to the Arlington County Sheriff's Office and an attorney for Fat Trel for a comment.

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Compton rapper Slim 400, a close associate of YG, was shot and killed in Los Angeles.

A rep for the Inglewood Police Department confirmed to XXL on Thursday (Dec. 9) that Slim, born Vincent Cochran, has died following a shooting in Inglewood, Calif. He was 34 years old.

"Inglewood homicide detectives are still interviewing family members, searching for witnesses, and gathering evidence," the rep said. "At present, we do not have a suspect in custody for this crime."

The Inglewood Police Department is also seeking the public's help with trying to narrow down a suspect and has advised anyone with information on the crime to contact Inglewood homicide detectives at 310-412-5246.

According to an ABC7 report today, police officers were patrolling 7th Avenue and Manchester Avenue in Inglewood, Calif. shortly before 8 p.m. when they heard gunshots. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a man “on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds.” The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died.

TMZ also reported this afternoon that despite there being an ongoing war between the Bloods and Crips gang in Los Angeles, Slim's killing doesn't appear to be a targeted hit. Instead, the outlets claims it was a case of "wrong place, wrong time."

News of Slim 400’s death surfaced on social media with fan-shot videos of the crime scene taped-off from visitors.

Slim 400 was born to military parents in Frankfurt, Germany. He eventually moved back to the States as a young child and was raised in Compton.

Slim 400 is mostly known for his affiliations with YG and producer Mustard, having appeared on the Def Jam Records artist’s My Krazy Life track “When I Was Gone,” the Still Brazy single, "Twist My Fingaz,” among others. Slim also released several solo projects including 2016’s All Blassik, 2019’s High Off TTreez and BompTTon, which arrived this year.

In 2019, Slim 400 narrowly escaped death when he was shot multiple times in his hometown of Compton. The police reportedly arrived on the scene after receiving a call about shots being fired and discovered Slim with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

At the time, Slim 400's team provided XXL with an update on the rapper's condition

“After multiple surgeries, Slim is resting. He is in critical but stable condition and we are truly thankful for that," the statement read. "Slim's family and friends remain by his side and greatly appreciate the continued prayers and support. He is a family man, a father, a community man, and a uniquely talented artist with a greater purpose. Slims family is overwhelming thankful for every call, every positive thought, and every prayer.”

Upon hearing the sad news of Slim 400’s death, fellow artists including, Ty Dolla $ign, Juicy J Zoey Dollaz, Rob $tone and others posted their condolences to the late West Coast rapper. Check them out below.

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Although YK Osiris might be the first artist to sing his way out of a $60,000 debt, the “Worth It” singer recently boasted that he was the first rapper to get on Drake’s plane. However, Soulja Boy disagrees.

On Tuesday (Dec. 7), the 2019 XXL Freshman jumped on his Instagram page and shared a video of himself climbing aboard Drake’s jumbo private jet dubbed “Air Drake.” Before boarding, YK croons an impromptu riff, “I’m on an Aiirr Draaake.”

“Oh my God, who's doing it like me, man?” he boasted. “Stop playin’ with me, man. Stop playin’ with me…I’m tired of playin’ with you niggas, man. I’m on Air Drake, stop playin’ with me.”

YK would later post a photo of himself all alone on Drizzy’s spacious jet chillaxing to his next destination.

“IM ON THE AIRR DRAKE,” he wrote in all caps in the caption and added an owl emoji to represent Drake’s OVO Sound insignia. “YOU TELLING ME YOU WOULDN’T TAKE A PICTURE IN THIS BIG ASS JET.”

The South Florida artist also hopped on his Instagram Live to deliver a comical jab at Soulja Boy.

“Somebody tell Soulja Boy that. The first rapper to get on the greatest rapper plane first,” he proclaimed. “Go tell Soulja Boy that.”

Big Draco caught wind of YK’s comments and responded on his IG Live with a keen observation. “Hold on, YK Osiris, you not even a rapper. You can’t say you’re the first rapper to do nothin’,” he said. “You got to say you was the first R&B singer,” he added with a chuckle.

Soulja Boy may have a point. Although he’s known for his R&B ballads, YK also has songs where he’s rap-singing over a smoothed-out trap beat like his 2020 track “Money Keep Coming.”

Nevertheless, at least YK doesn’t owe SB any money.

After clearing his $60,000 IOU with Drake by singing a cappella in his crib, YK vowed to be debt-free in 2022.

"All my debts are clear, OK," he said in an IG video. "All my debts are clear. Starting Jan. 1."

In the meantime, YK Osiris is working on the follow-up to his 2019 debut effort, The Golden Child.

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This year, several of your favorite hip-hop artists had rap fans saying "WTF?" when it came to their antics. From engaging in beef to making controversial remarks in interviews to revealing their bedroom activities, rappers had some wild moments in 2021.

In October, Kodak Black had the internet going nuts when footage surfaced of the South Florida rapper being touchy-feely toward his mother, Marcelene Simmons. In the clip, Yak and his mom are innocently dancing with each other at a family birthday party. But things get really weird when Kodak squeezes his mother's butt during their slow dance.

The video itself shocked many of his fans who admonished Kodak for his strange behavior. Several days later, Kodak responded to the backlash by insisting that grabbing his mom's butt was harmless and not sexual.

Meanwhile, Boosie BadAzz made several headlines this year for his purported disdain for Lil Nas X. The Baton Rouge, La. rapper’s initial anti-gay rant following Nas X’s proposed plan to perform nude at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards garnered him backlash from rap fans and a swift deactivation of his Instagram account. Boosie would continue his homophobic remarks against Nas X on social media, which provoked the Grammy-winning rapper’s father, Robert Stafford, to jump in and defend his son. Despite Boosie’s horrid remarks toward Lil Nas X, the Goat Talk 3 artist told his fans that he doesn’t hate him and still listens to his music.

Then there's Kanye West's beef with Drake, which started this summer during Ye's Donda album rollout. The two rappers have had a roller coaster of a rap friendship. The fallout between Pusha-T and Drake in 2018 was rumored to be partly Kanye's fault since he supposedly told Pusha Drizzy had a child. This year, Yeezy carried on his own beef with Drake through screenshots of text messages and more.

Trick Daddy had a viral moment this year when he revealed his favorite activity in the bedroom. During his interview on N.O.R.E and DJ EFN's podcast Drink Champs, the former Slip-N-Slide Records artist announced that he wanted to expand his "Eat a Booty Gang" membership to include women. N.O.R.E., stunned by Trick's announcement, asked him to clarify. "Yeah, women eat the booty, too. Yeah, I get ate out," the Miami rapper candidly stated. N.O.R.E. then asked Trick if his legs were up in the air during the act, to which he replied, "It depends."

There was so many wild incidents involving rappers this year that it was hard to narrow them all down, but XXL did just that. So without further ado, here are some of the Wildest Hip-Hop Moments of 2021.

  • Kanye West and Drake Beef

    There were plenty of rap beefs in 2021, but the feud between Kanye West and Drake will probably go down as one of the strangest feuds of the year.

    Back in August, particularly around the releases of Ye's Donda album and Drake's Certified Lover Boy LP, their three-year-old dispute was rekindled when Ye allegedly leaked the OVO Sound leader's Toronto address on social media. The Chicago rapper-producer did it in response to Drake taking lyrical shots at him on Trippie Redd's song "Betrayal."

    "All these fools I'm beefin' that I barely know," Drake rhymes on the track. "Forty-five, 44 (Burned out), let it go."

    Both Kanye and Drake's nemesis' Pusha-T are 44 years old. Drake appears to be referencing Kanye's mysterious Donda release date with the follow-up line, "’Ye ain't changin' shit for me, it's set in stone." However, "You ain't changin' shit for me, it's set in stone" could also be the lyrics.

    Ye also shared a screenshot of a group text that apparently included Drake, the late Virgil Abloh, Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Pusha-T and Travis Scott. The text included a picture of actor Joaquin Phoenix dressed as the Joker from the 2019 film of the same name. “I live for this. I’ve been fucked with by nerd ass jock n***as like you my whole life. You will never recover. I promise you,” Kanye wrote in the text.

    Drake would later intensify their feud by leaking Ye and André 3000's collaborative track "Life of the Party," which was mysteriously left off the initial release of the Donda album. On the song, Ye spits a cautionary verse at the OVO leader. "Told Drake, 'Don't play with me on GD'," he raps, adding, "I told you I was gonna take the summer back/So any of the cap, won't take none of that/Where my muthafuckin' red hat?"

    Then miraculously, in November, Ye and Drake squashed their beef for a common humanitarian purpose. The dynamic duo teamed up to bring attention to the judicial plight of incarcerated Gangster's Disciples cofounder Larry Hoover. The one-night benefit concert, titled "Free Larry Hoover," occurs on Dec. 9 at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles. The event is being organized to help raise awareness and support for Hoover and the issue of prison reform.

    The event will also be the first time Ye and Drake will perform together since ending their feud.

  • Kodak Black Gropes His Mother While Dancing at Birthday Party

    There is nothing stronger than the love between a mother and her son. But for Kodak Black, the love he shares with his mom, Marcelene Simmons, shocked some of his fans this year.

    In October, a video surfaced of Kodak dancing with his mother to Rutshelle Guillaumes' "M Pa La Ankò" at his brother's birthday party. In the clip, Yak is twirling his mother around as they innocently slow dance with each other.

    But things get really strange when Kodak grabs his mother's butt and then attempts to kiss her on the mouth. Kodak's mom laughs off Kodak's inappropriate gestures, but when she walks away, the "ZeZe" rapper tries to cop another feel.

    Following the backlash from the video once it went viral, Kodak addressed the moment with a bizarre explanation while chatting on Instagram Live. When a fan objected to him groping his mother, the South Florida rapper went off.

    “I grab my mama ’cause, bitch, I treat my mama like my lady. That's my Queen, nigga,” he seethed. “Fuck you talkin' ’bout, boy. That's my Z queen. So what? She ain't trippin'. I don't fuck my mama. We ain't doing no crazy shit. Nigga, I grab her, I make her feel real beautiful."

    Watch Kodak Black’s uncomfortable video below.

  • Boosie BadAzz’s Homophobic Rants About Lil Nas X

    Nothing got Boosie BadAzz more upset in 2021 than Lil Nas X. The Baton Rouge, La. rapper made headlines several times this year for his homophobic slurs aimed at Nas X for his openly gay lifestyle.

    It started in July when Nas X seemingly joked that he and Jack Harlow would perform “Industry Baby” naked for charity at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. This enraged Boosie, who spewed anti-gay remarks at the Atlanta rapper and accused him of pushing a gay agenda to young children.

    Despite receiving backlash for his comments, Boosie, who feels he's the "voice for the voiceless," stood firm in his stance. “Nah, because I just be feeling like sometimes I gotta speak up because as far as straight people in the world, you don't have an opinion no more on sexuality," Boosie stated in an interview with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club in August. "Everything is harm. If you say anything straight, 'I like women,' it's vulgar."

    Months later, Nas X decided to troll Boosie again by jokingly telling his fans that he has a song with The Goat Talk 3 artist. A highly pissed-off Boosie then responded to the trolling with a vile response and urging Nas X to kill himself.

    Nas X’s father, Robert Stafford, then jumped into the mix to defend his son by calling Boosie an "old man looking a*s” and criticizing the destructive lyrics Boosie promotes in his music. Boosie caught wind of Stafford's comments and responded with an angry tweet: "DONT GET MAD AT ME CAUSE YOUR SON CAME OUT LIKE THAT LOL I KNOW IT HURTS.”

    For Nas X, he seems to disregard Boosie’s homophobic rants. According to the rapper, he doesn't have beef with Boosie. Despite his vulgar comments toward Lil Nas X, Boosie said that he doesn’t hate him and still listens to his music.

  • Trick Daddy Reveals His Bedroom Activities

    Trick Daddy had a viral moment in August of 2021, when he spoke candidly about his activities in the bedroom.

    During an interview on N.O.R.E and DJ EFN’s podcast Drink Champs, the Miami rap veteran detailed how he wanted his “Eat a Booty Gang” to be more inclusive by adding women to the membership.

    “It’s the Eat a Booty Gang, I’m building the franchise up now,” Trick shared on the episode. “Now I’m getting the women to support the Eat a Booty Gang.”

    N.O.R.E., stunned by Trick’s announcement, wanted him to elaborate on what he meant by women supporting the gang. “Yeah, women eat the booty, too. Yeah, I get ate out,” he clarified. N.O.R.E. asked Trick if his legs were in the air during the act, to which he replied, “It depends.”

    Fans on social media expressed their shock and disgust over Trick Daddy’s sexual proclivity.

    "Whoever eating trick daddy booty is a nassassty bih lmao! That’s where I draw the line," tweeted one person.

    Watch Trick Daddy’s WTF viral moment below.

  • T.I. and Tiny Accused of Sexual Assault

    In January 2021, T.I. and Tameka "Tiny" Harris was hit with multiple allegations of sexual abuse by several different women, including one by Sabrina Peterson.

    The alleged victim claimed in an Instagram post that T.I. pulled a gun on her in front of her children. Peterson also shared the alleged accounts of at least 30 women via social media who have accused the Atlanta rapper and his wife of sexual abuse and forced drug use.

    Both T.I. and Tiny have denied all allegations made about them. Tip even went further and jumped on his Instagram page and addressed the accusations head-on. In the clip, T.I., who doesn't mention Peterson by name, said the accusations are false and he has evidence to support his claims.

    "I'ma tell you what's factual. There have been fake stories put up that blog sites anonymously sent to this person," he stated in the video. "Blog sites anonymously sent fake stories to this person and the person posted it as though it was a victim, that they were sure it was a victim that had been victimized. And what this does, it dismantles the mechanism that women have created for themselves."

    "You can't weaponize something with baseless claims," he continued. "These are not stories of actual events, they're not. And I have proof of that and that's why I said it."

    Meanwhile, attorney Tyrone Blackburn, who represents 11 women who claim they were sexually assaulted by T.I. and Tiny, wants the couple investigated. Out of the 11, four women claim they were allegedly drugged and sexually abused by the hip-hop artist and singer in Georgia and California.

    In September, a sexual assault lawsuit against T.I. and Tiny was dismissed in California. According to TMZ, prosecutors decided not to charge the hip-hop couple because the 10-year statute of limitations in the case had expired. In the claim, the alleged victim, identified as Jane Doe, claimed that Tip and Tiny drugged and assaulted her in early 2005 after the trio met at a club.

    Another sexual assault case against the couple in Las Vegas also fell outside the statute of limitations and no charges were filed.

    However, Peterson's lawsuit is still active.

    Watch T.I. deny all allegations of sexual misconduct below.

  • Nicki Minaj Questions the Vaccine and “Swollen Testicles” Controversy

    Nicki Minaj's eyebrow-raising “BallGate” controversy lit social media on fire in 2021.

    It all started in September when Nicki abruptly pulled out of the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. When her fans asked her why, the Queens, N.Y. rhymer revealed that she contracted COVID-19. Nicki also added that she wasn’t sure if she would get the vaccine to attend the Met Gala the following day.

    “They want you to get vaccinated for the Met,” she told her Barbz during an impromptu Q&A session on Twitter. “If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one."

    Then Nicki shared a story with her followers that a friend of her cousin apparently had an adverse side effect from taking the vaccine. Although it’s unclear which of the three inoculations—Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson—that the friend of Nicki's relative received.

    "My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent," she detailed. "His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied."

    Nicki’s comments sparked outrage across social media and were politicized by both pro and anti-vaxxers. Additionally, health officials from Trinidad and Tobago debunked the authenticity of the rapper's story.

    Then Nicki claimed that Twitter suspended her account because of her COVID-19 vaccine tweets. A rep for Twitter denied they locked her out of her page. After that, Nicki claimed that the White House invited her to talk about her stance on vaccinations. When a rep for the White House denied they invited Nicki to meet with them at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the Queen made sure to set the record straight.

    "Do y’all think I would go on the internet and lie about being invited to the fucking White House," she said in her 14-minute discussion on Instagram Live. "Like what? Do you guys see what is happening right now?” Nicki added that her manager and her publicist for Republic Records were on the phone call when she received the invitation.

    Since then, Nicki has not talked about the COVID-19 vaccinations or informed her fans if she has gotten vaccinated.

    Watch Nick Minaj’s Instagram Live moment below.

  • Soulja Boy and Young Dolph Beef

    Soulja Boy found himself beefing with several rappers, including Kanye West, in 2021. However, his feud with the late Young Dolph was ill-timed.

    Weeks before Dolph’s tragic death on Nov. 17, Soulja Boy saw a blog post featuring Dolph’s statement on his Instagram Story touting himself as an independent artist. This prompted Big Draco to jump into the comment section and discredit the late Memphis legend. "That's big cap," Soulja wrote. "They signed to @empire I'm really 100% Independent no cap."

    Soulja would continue to refute Dolph’s claim of being an indie artist during a Nov. 15 interview with The Breakfast Club.

    However, days after Dolph was shot and killed inside a cookie store in Memphis, Soulja went on Instagram Live and doubled down on his previous statements about Dolph. SB claims if the shoe was on the other foot, people would be celebrating his death.

    "Let it would have been me," Soulja shouted. "It would have been a whole bunch of, 'Ha, ha, ha, Soulja Boy should have kept his mouth shut.”

    "Let it woulda been me, nigga," he continued. "Niggas would have been laughing like a muthafucker. 'Soulja Boy thought he was tough.”

    Soulja Boy also claimed that his artists on Paper Route Empire were continuously threatening him on Instagram Live.

    Crunchy Black, a founding member of Three 6 Mafia, may have had the last word on this now expired beef. In a video interview with Cam Capone News, Black blasted Draco for disrespecting Dolph.

    "Fuck Soulja Boy," he said. "Fuck, Soulja Boy. He ain’t talkin’ ’bout nothin’. Tell him to go make another video game and call it ‘I’m the first one to suck dick.’ Fuck Soulja Boy. I don’t wanna talk about Soulja Boy.”

    Hopefully, Soulja Boy won’t engage in any more beefs in 2022.

    Watch Soulja Boy call out Young Dolph for claiming he’s an independent artist below. Also, peep a clip of Draco beefing with artists on Paper Route Empire.

  • DaBaby’s Homophobic Remarks at Rolling Loud Festival in Miami

    No rapper had a wilder year than DaBaby. At one point, he was on top of the rap world and then, suddenly, it all came crashing down.

    In July of 2021, during the third and final day of Rolling Loud 2021 in Miami, DaBaby interjected some homophobic remarks during his hour-long set.

    "If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexual transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two to three weeks, put your cell phone light in the air," DaBaby said onstage. "Ladies, if your pussy smells like water, put a cell phone light in the air. Fellas, if you ain't suckin' dick in the parking lot, put your cell phone lights in the air."https://youtu.be/AyPSvlxUjdEWhile the 2019 XXL Freshman claimed he meant no harm with his comments, it generated a substantial backlash on social media. Initially, DaBaby tried to defend his comments, but he eventually apologized.

    Despite his apology, the music community, including musician Questlove, denounced the “Rockstar” rapper’s anti-gay remarks. After that, DaBaby was dropped from the performance lineup of several music festivals, including the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.

    Then in August, 11 HIV/AIDS organizations, including GLAAD and Black AIDS Institute, issued an open letter, inviting DaBaby to an off-the-record meeting to educate him about HIV/AIDS epidemic and explain why his homophobic comments were hurtful and misinformed. At first, it looked as if the North Carolina rhymer wasn’t going to do it, but he eventually agreed to a meetup. Weeks later, GLAAD announced that DaBaby met with nine HIV and LGBTQ+ organizations to discuss his anti-gay comments.

    Although the meeting was productive, reps from three different HIV/AIDS organizations—Black AIDS Institute, The Normal Anomaly Initiative and Positive Women’s Network—said the North Carolina artist has not yet donated or reached out to them. Pavni Guharoy, a communication consultant for the Black AIDS Institute, told The Daily Beast, "We have not received any outreach, partnership, or funding from DaBaby. The onus is now on him, if he chooses to convert his misinformation into allyship by supporting the work of the Black AIDS Institute and other people of color-led HIV organizations.”

    There’s no word if DaBaby has donated or contacted the HIV/AIDS organizations as of yet.

  • 21 Savage’s Controversial Men Cheating Comments

    21 Savage may not be the person you want to call for relationship advice.

    During an interview on Gillie Da Kid and Wallo's Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast in August, the Atlanta rapper offered his thoughts when it comes to cheating in relationships. 21 said that men can cheat on women because he feels it'll be viewed as the man conquering the woman.

    In talking about his own experience of being cheated on, 21 vowed that it won’t happen again. “That was like, young nigga shit…I got cheated on,” he told the podcasters. “I ain't goin' for that shit now. Cheat on me, it's over with. Never speak to you again in life. Straight up.”

    Gillie responded by saying that women are more forgiving than men when it comes to infidelity.

    "That's different though, because we conquer women," the Savage Mode II artist replied. "Your girl gon' look at it like, 'OK, my man conquered a woman.' So it's like, yo' nigga won in the situation. She just got hit but vice versa, you my queen, so if a nigga conquer you, our whole castle is now like, vulnerable.”

    “Once a nigga get between your legs, he can get anything else up out of you,” 21 continued. “He can know where I live, how I move, our problems we having in the house, what I'm going through in my life."

    After the clip of 21 offering his views on cheating went viral, fans blasted him relentlessly on Twitter.

    "These men are just delusional! So annoying," tweeted one person. Another user wrote, “I really hate how cheating for men is normalized.”

    Rappers have to watch what they say in interviews.

  • Kodak Black and Jackboy Beef

    Rap beefs can get personal. In the case of Kodak Black and his former Sniper Gang artist Jackboy, things were just that in 2021.

    It started in August when Yak hopped on his Instagram Live and blamed Jackboy for instigating a beef with YoungBoy Never Broke Again while Kodak was in jail. Kodak claims Jackboy ruined a potential signing of YoungBoy to Kodak's Sniper Gang label. According to Yak, Jackboy was sending shots at YB through Kodak's IG page while Kodak was in jail. This led to a fallout between the two camps.

    In a heated response on his IG Live, Jackboy denied Kodak's claims and said that he never had the password to Yak's account. "Dude cappin'. Dude saying all types of shit," he said. "Dude talking about I had his password and I started a beef. What type of lame-ass shit is that?"

    Kodak caught wind of Jackboy's comments and jumped on his IG live to tell Jack to confront him face to face.

    But things went left the following night when Kodak and Jackboy ended up on Instagram Live together. The two South Florida rappers engaged in a profanity-laced screaming match while fans watched it all go down. With Kodak maintaining that Jackboy instigated the YB beef and Jackboy denying it, they couldn't come to a peaceful resolve.

    Then Jackboy took it to a more personal level by asking Kodak, "Did I whip you when we was just rapping your song?" The question set Kodak off. "I bust your shit!" he clapped back. Both men then started yelling at each other for a few more seconds before Jackboy quickly ended the Live.

    In September, Kodak appeared to have offered an olive branch to Jackboy following the death of Sniper Gang artist WizDaWizard.

    However, in November, Jackboy went on his Instagram Story to tell Kodak to stay away from him. See what he wrote below.

Read 10 Wild Stories That Took Place During Hip-Hop ToursFiled Under: 21 Savage, Boosie Badazz, DaBaby, Drake, Feature, Jackboy, Kanye West, Kodak Black, Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj, Soulja Boy, T.I., Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, The List, tiny, Trick Daddy, Young DolphCategories: News


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Kodak Black has addressed a past sexual assault case against him after a fan called him out for being a rapist.

On Sunday (Dec. 5), Yak hopped on his Twitter account and tweeted, "I go without fuckin, I be focused on money & these goals."

Kodak's tweet delivered a variety of responses, but one user, who tweeted at him, posted a screenshot of Google results for "Kodak Black rape charges." The person then wrote, "This you?"

Kodak caught wind of the tweet and clapped back with an update on the case. "That case terminated and ain't have to pay nobody !!!! Everybody know I ain't do it," he wrote, adding emojis of a middle finger and smiley face to his comment.

What Kodak is referring to is a 2016 sexual assault and battery case involving a teenage girl in Florence, S.C. Back in April of 2021, the South Florida rapper, who changed his name to Bill K. Kapri, accepted a plea deal and pled guilty to first-degree assault in the case.

In documents obtained by XXL, Yak was given an 18-month probation sentence and a $125 fine. Inside the courtroom, Kodak also addressed the victim, who watched the proceeding on a virtual live feed. “I apologize this happened, and I’m hopeful we can all move forward,” he said.

Kodak’s attorney, in a statement to XXL, explained the rapper’s resolution in the case. "Today Bill Kapri took a plea to the legal charge of assault, a non sex offense, and received 18 months probation. This was a change of charge from the original charge. Having consistently denied these 5 year old allegations, he entered this plea in order to resolve the matter," he said.

The case stems from an incident between Kodak and an underage girl in a Florence, S.C. hotel in February of 2016. According to a Florence County Sheriff's spokesperson at the time, he said in a statement that "on or about February 7, 2016, [Kodak] is alleged to have engaged in the sexual battery of the victim at a hotel located at 2120 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC." Authorities were alerted of the crime and got involved after the teen told her school nurse what happened.

Kodak’s tweet comes after a reaction video went viral of him reacting to his music video for "Super Gremlin." In the clip, which surfaced last Friday (Dec. 3) on YouTube, Kodak appeared next to YouTube personalities Zias and B. Lou while they talk about his track “Super Gremlin." During the course of the conversation, Yak's sleepy behavior left the hosts stunned. Some fans speculated that Kodak was high on drugs.

But on Saturday (Dec. 4), Kodak jumped on social media and shot down the rumors explaining that he was just faking that he was high during the interview. "Lol I B Fakin Like I’m Sleepy," he wrote. "Ion B High Guys I Get Drug Tested Consistently."

You can watch Kodak Black’s bizarre reaction video below.

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Travis Scott has reportedly filed legal papers to have an Astroworld Festival lawsuit dismissed.

According to a report from TMZ, published on Monday (Dec. 6), Travis filed court documents to have a claim by Jessie Garcia, who alleges he was in the crowd at the 2021 Astroworld Festival, dismissed. Additionally, the embattled rapper-producer is also seeking to have all Astroworld Festival civil lawsuits against him dismissed.

Regarding Garcia's case, LaFlame is asking to have the case dismissed with prejudice as it pertains to himself, Travis' company Jack Enterprises and his label Cactus Jack. In Travis Scott's documents, he has reportedly issued a "general denial," which is legal jargon in civil cases to allow defendants to submit one blanket response to all the allegations against them.

To clarify, the Houston rhymer is claiming that he is not responsible for any deaths or injuries that happened at the Astroworld Festival and is asking a judge to dismiss the claims against him and his affiliated parties.

An insider close to the situation apparently told the media outlet that Travis is planning to use a similar argument with all the civil suits against him.

According to the outlet, a motion was reportedly filed to combine all 275 cases already on file thus far into one "multi-district litigation," which would basically consolidate the plethora of lawsuits into one. A judge has not ruled on the motion as of yet.

This comes as Travis recently hired high-powered attorney Daniel Petrocelli, the lawyer who once defended Donald Trump, to represent him against his mounting Astroworld Festival lawsuits.

According to a Billboard report last week, over 250 lawsuits have been filed against Travis, Live Nation and other defendants affiliated with the mass casualty at Astroworld Festival on Nov. 5. To date, the cases represent over 850 people. The total damages have reached an excess of $3 billion. The complaints accuse Travis, Live Nation and other parties of gross negligence by allegedly creating an environment that incited thousands of people to surge near the stage, which crushed festival-goers in front.

XXL has reached out to Travis Scott's attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, and the rapper's reps for comment.

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It looks like Lil Wayne is under investigation for allegedly pulling an assault rifle on his own bodyguard.

According to a report from TMZ, published early Monday morning (Dec. 6), authorities were called to Weezy’s mansion in Hidden Hills, Calif., after the rapper reportedly got into an altercation with one of his bodyguards. The date of the incident is unknown at this time. Apparently, Wayne got into a fight with one of his guards, which grew to a physical altercation before the rap vet allegedly pulled out an assault rifle.

The security guard reportedly told police that Weezy wanted him out of the house after the initial encounter, but the guard went into the bathroom instead and that’s when things went left. The bodyguard alleges that Wayne brandished an AR-15 rifle, which prompted the guard to run out of the house and to the gated community’s guard shack, where he contacted police.

When the authorities arrived at the location, Wayne reportedly left, according to the website. The guard allegedly told police the fight started with the Young Money leader accusing the guard of taking photographs and leaking them to the media.

An insider close to Wayne’s camp reportedly told the media outlet that the incident never happened and Tunechi doesn't own a gun.

Meanwhile, other law enforcement sources involved in the case have reportedly said that police can’t corroborate the guard's story and that he didn’t have any visible marks on his body or injuries from the alleged physical attack.

Additionally, the alleged victim does not want to press charges against Lil Wayne. Nevertheless, the police are continuing their investigation and are planning to speak with all parties involved, including Weezy.

XXL has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department and reps for Lil Wayne for comment.

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