In an Instagram post that The Roots co-founder shared last night (July 28), Quest listed the names of a number of artists: The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, The Isley Brothers, Rihanna, Sade, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Hiatus Kaiyote, Sault. However, DaBaby’s name is crossed out.
For the legend, Questlove typed in: “I was asked hypothetically if I was preparing an updated version of #SummerOfSoul which would be my actions? I gave my list of dreams.”
He continued, “And now I’m updating my list – – because it’s 2021 and I’m fucking bullshit. I’m especially not here for the savagery (if you’re lost: Google the dumbass ). I’m not trine be all performative smurf & create a social flog or start a few click bait titles. That’s missed the point. But it’s true and his actions are bad. Someone has to say it: Homophobia / Transphobia / Xenophobia / Misogynia / Racism —— it should go without saying that it is morally wrong. “
The Philadelphia native went on to explain why he waited to speak publicly about the situation, saying it was because he didn’t know DaBaby personally.
“But ‘that was fucked up’ and wrong,” Quest wrote. “I had to say something. Again, I’m not doing this for“ what do you want a cookie for your “do you like each other” posts? ——- black people already have a code for publicly criticizing, so i’ll admit i was slow to do it because i mean he doesn’t know me from adam. So it will probably be marked as “old haters” territory. But man… .this shit wasn’t cool at all. “
Questlove also spoke about instances where he decided not to voice his opinion.
He added: “I don’t know man – maybe I’m getting a cranky: barely said anything about Rih in ’06 (minding my own business), looked the other way side w ol bol and that MaGa Hat (he goes through thangs let he takes care of it) —— don’t even get me started on half of my rap heroes who are about to become f * x talking points news with their Russian bot repost and misinformation on all the facts. “
More 1 Interview: Bianca Torres Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the summer 2021 issue of XXL magazine, on the stands now.
The music business is a chore. Industry heavyweight Shawn “Tubby” Holiday is the ruler. Holiday made his debut in 2000, as a member of the Bad Boy Records street team and has been rising through the ranks ever since. The Brooklyn native has held positions as Senior Vice President of A&R at RCA Records, Senior Vice President of Urban A&R at Interscope Records and most recently as Co-Director of Columbia Records Music. Over the years Tubby has worked with artists such as 50 cents, IT, Lil Nas X, Pharrell williams, 24kGold and much more. After eight years at Columbia, Shawn recently partnered with famous music moguls Irving and Jeffrey Azoff and will lead the launch of a new record label and publishing arm under The Azoff Company. Tubby also manages Roddy Ricch under Azoff full shutdown management. The industry vet talks about the importance of persistence, what makes a hit, and what qualities to look for when signing an artist.
How to choose an artist to sign
The first thing I ask myself is, “Would I pay to see this artist perform?” And, if you get that kind of vibe or energy from the artist when you watch him or listen to his music, if he gives me that kind of feeling, I feel like it’s is a “must” sign.
On what makes a record hit
The object of the game is to be more right than wrong. Songs that win Grammys have these hooks which are very catchy and memorable. So if you have a song that has a definite hook, the verses are good too. Some of the greatest songs that have won Grammys in rap, these hooks have always stood out.
On achieving longevity in industry
These young executives found something out of the park early on. It doesn’t mean they know enough about the business. I would tell people to do their homework. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint race. You want longevity. I wouldn’t take no for an answer. I take myself as an example. I was trying to get into the music game and I was an overweight kid with the nickname Tubby. Few would take this seriously. But, I worked hard to get respect.
Lil Nas X recently replied to an NBA player Nick Young (aka Swaggy P) who defended Boosie BadAzz after launching a homophobic rant against the “Old Country Road” rapper.
On Tuesday (July 29), Nas X responded to a fan on his Twitter account who shared a screenshot of Nick’s comment on the Hollywood Instagram post Unlocked about Boosie reacting to people canceling DaBaby for his Homophobic comments during his Rolling Loud set in Miami last Sunday (July 26). The message contains an excerpt from Baton Rouge, La artist’s anti-gay rant. following Nas X’s announcement that he will perform nude at the upcoming 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12.
Boosie felt it was disrespectful to the Grammy Award Winning Rapper perform naked on stage at the VMAs. Boosie then suggested that he would physically injure Nas X if he performed naked in front of him at the awards ceremony.
“If I’m at the awards show and he gets on it naked, I’m going to take his ass off the stage and break his ass,” Boosie says.
In the comments section, Nick wrote “Facts” and “Free Speech” to seemingly suggest that Boosie has the right to say homophobic comments to another person.
In response, on his Twitter page, Nas X tweets, “a nigga saying he’s going to ‘beat my ass’ is not what we mean by free speech.”
In other words, hate speech is not freedom of speech.
While Nas X doesn’t mention anyone directly, it looks like he may have responded to Tip and Boosie’s comments on Wednesday, July 28.
“I’m starting to think you gay niggas too because you all stay on my dick,” Nas X tweeted on his Twitter account. “Some of you aren’t even angry because I’m gay, others angry because I’m gay and still successful.”
No matter what anyone says, Lil Nas X is moving forward with their music and performances.
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The Pressure In just three years, Cordae has received cosigns from revered hip-hop legends and earned two Grammy Award nominations. Now, he’s set to drop one of the most anticipated projects of his career. Can he deliver on the hype? Words: Keith Murphy Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.
When meeting up with one of hip-hop’s most buzzworthy young artists via Zoom, since pandemic life is still very real, the last thing one would expect is a random tutorial on the importance of skincare. And yet, that’s what the slightly cherubic-faced rapper Cordae is doing from his well-manicured Beverly Hills, Calif. home on a mild April day. “This is going to sound bourgeoisie,” he muses with a self-deprecating disclaimer, alluding to an early morning appointment he admits to being late to, “but I went to a dermatologist because I was breaking out. I’ve never been to [a dermatologist] before.”
However, as with most conversations with the Suitland, Md. native, a pedestrian discussion can quickly take a deeper turn. “I’m in a blessed position that I don’t take for granted and I thank God for it every day, just to have access to the information,” Cordae confides. “And, to just have access to the awareness of people who know things like eating healthy, taking care of your body, drinking water and staying in shape and things of that nature. Even though we are in the information age, it’s even more fruitful when you have people around you [to help].”
It’s clear that Cordae Dunston, 23, is still getting acclimated to life as rap’s soon-to-be golden child. Talk about pressure. The standout former member of the internet rap collective Young Boss Niggas, comprised of YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay, dropped his introspective debut album, The Lost Boy, in 2019. Formerly known as YBN Cordae, he was promptly hailed as hip-hop’s next great lyricist. That hyperbolic prediction was anchored by fearless ambition, witty wordplay and heart-on-the-sleeve storytelling of an old soul who seemed like he had just walked straight out of a 1990’s rhyme cypher with lyrical stalwarts Nas, André 3000, Lauryn Hill and Jay-Z.
“I know myself far too well to be a stranger to pain/Despite it all, we remainin’ the same, I’m just changin’ the game,” Cordae delivers on 2019’s “Bad Idea” featuring Chance The Rapper, which samples Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “Be Real Black for Me” and Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where the Hatred Is.”
Since making his introduction in the game in 2018, with his signing to [email protected], a partnership between entertainment lawyer James McMillan and Rap-A-Lot CEO James Prince, via a joint venture with Atlantic Records, Cordae has been on a steady ascent. His encounter with iconic producer Dr. Dre, who invited the rising rapper to collaborate on music that same year, proved the rising artist was one to watch. A year later, he earned two 2019 Grammy Award nominations: Best Rap Album for The Lost Boy and Best Rap Song for “Bad Idea.” He also found himself fielding comparisons to Compton native and Pulitzer Prize music winner Kendrick Lamar. Plus, Eminem lauded Cordae as “dope” in a 2020 Variety interview. He also landed three gold songs—“Have Mercy,” “RNP” featuring Anderson .Paak and “Kung Fu”—and a gold mixtape, YBN: The Mixtape with YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay.
“Moments like that I know it’s nothing but God,” he recalls of the mind-blowing, 16-hour recording session with Dre, arguably hip-hop’s most storied conductor. “I just give him all the glory, man, and thank him in advance for whatever is about to come.”
Going from being raised by a 15-year-old mother in a North Carolina trailer park to kicking back in a California mansion and breaking bread with rap royalty has a way of humbling you. “Me and my mom grew up together,” Cordae says. “She was always the best mom…You’ll never hear me rap about missing a meal. We may have not had cable or WiFi, but our lights weren’t ever cut off. We never got evicted. She just made it happen… Even now, my mom is a real one. I remember when I first got signed [to [email protected]/Atlantic Records] in 2018, when I first came upon a large sum of money, I sent my mom like, a big wire. And my mom was like, ‘Did you pay your taxes?’ She’s real gangster all the way.”
Everything about Cordae’s early career highlight reel seems set up for superstardom, from his cameo in Coca-Cola’s memorable 2020 Super Bowl ad headlined by actor Jonah Hill and film directing god Martin Scorsese to his head-turning, two-year romance with top ranked tennis global phenom Naomi Osaka, who is now the highest paid sportswoman, earning a reported $55 million.
Yet, Cordae hasn’t had much time to soak it all in. He’s too busy finishing up his much-anticipated sophomore LP, From A Bird’s Eye View. In late April, a day before this conversation, Cordae was working on tracks in Santa Monica from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. He admits dealing with the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic has turned him into a bit of a recluse, but he had to get a change of scenery. “I went to Windmark Studios yesterday because I’ve been in the house recording,” he shares. “It takes a lot for me to leave the house because I have everything here I need within the crib.”
Cordae describes the new album as “bassline heavy,” a sound he admits was cultivated from months of diving into the catalogs of soul singer Bill Withers, blues legend Muddy Waters and music icon Stevie Wonder, who Cordae gleefully name-drops as one of the contributors on From A Bird’s Eye View. Additional credits include The Lost Boy producer Kid Culture as well as fellow producers Jake One and Terrace Martin, who oversaw the sweeping jazz-inflected production of Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 critically hailed To Pimp a Butterfly album. “And I have Raphael Saadiq doing a bit of production, too,” Cordae adds. “I feel like his first album was beautiful…Cordae did his thing,” conveys Martin, who first bonded with the MC in 2018, after hearing his acclaimed J. Cole response song “Old Niggas.” “But when I hear him on that mic now, he sounds like a young prophet talking, man. And he’s not preaching at you. He’s talking with you.”
The veteran saxophonist and respected West Coast hip-hop producer says Cordae’s gifts go beyond music. “I just took Cordae over to Herbie Hancock’s house,” Martin recalls when he introduced him to the legendary jazz pianist. “Herbie loves Cordae and Cordae loves Herbie. It was deep seeing this 20-something young man hold his own in a conversation with a giant music icon who is 81 years old. A lot of these muthafuckas can’t hold a conversation with Herbie Hancock.”
A new album means he’s excited about getting back out on the road and touring. However, Cordae is on the fence when asked if he intends on receiving a COVID-19 shot. “I’m probably not going to get the vaccine,” he admits. “I don’t know. They may hit us with some shit like you can’t travel the world, you can’t do shows unless you get the vaccine.”
Yet, he is less forthcoming when asked about guest features on From A Bird’s Eye View. “I want to wait until they all clear…’til the paperwork is done,” a hesitant Cordae explains. “I look at music as a canvas. Who can add that palette? Just like with Anderson [.Paak]. I knew his voice would be perfect for ‘RNP.’ I knew his color palette is one of a kind.”
Working on a much-anticipated follow-up LP is hard enough, but for the wildly ambitious Cordae—who in 2018 told XXL that his goal was “to be the greatest artist of my generation,” a year before being inducted into the 2019 XXL Freshman Class—it’s quite natural to ponder if the young man is placing needless pressure on himself with oversized Kanye West-sized expectations. Cordae isn’t backing down.
“I have to go into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame,” he maintains. “I would love to have an EGOT… I want to be the biggest, most influential artist. That’s my ultimate goal. The next artist in 2035 is going to say Cordae inspired them.”
Part of Cordae’s appeal is his reputation as a generational bridge builder. It’s certainly in the DNA of his Just Until…. EP, a four-song pack he released in April “to test the temperature.” Seeing respected 1990’s boom-bap innovator and A Tribe Called Quest front man Q-Tip on “More Life” and modern-day, southern rap archetype Young Thug on “Wassup,” all in the same lineup, is esthetically jarring, but Cordae dismisses any notion of pandering gestures.
“Throughout this quarantine, Q-Tip has been one of my mentors,” he expresses of his bond with the 51-year-old hip-hop legend he met through producer Statik Selektah. “And Young Thug is really the same way…We got a couple of other joints together, but a lot of times we just be in the studio just kicking it and chopping it up. It’s always real love…Fuck a song, bro. Thug is really my homie.”
Cordae, who grew up a Lil Wayne fan, was first introduced to the music of Rakim, Nas and The Notorious B.I.G. by his father. By 15, he was already pursuing a rap career, releasing the mixtapes Anxiety in 2014, I’m So Anxious in 2016, and I’m So Anonymous in 2017. He tried college, but dropped out of Towson University in Maryland in 2018. A year earlier, Cordae had met YBN’s Nahmir and Almighty Jay during an online game of Grand Theft Auto. They kept in touch and he eventually joined the YBN rap crew in L.A., dropping his first single ”My Name Is” in 2018, a flip of Slim Shady’s 1999 off-the-wall classic.
Despite his old head spirit, Cordae is still plugged in with his rap peers. Last year, he recruited melodic platinum spitter Roddy Ricch for his victory lap one-off single “Gifted.” “Shit, nigga, this the shit that I asked for, remember last year I was mad poor,” Cordae recalled of his turbulent come up on the mid-tempo jam. “Seen my mama cry over homicides, now she down to fly, she got a passport.”
Yes, life has been good for Cordae, but his ongoing journey to headline status hasn’t been without its stumbles. Last August, YBN Nahmir fired off a tweet announcing the breakup of the trio. “They left this YBN shit in the gutter,” the YBN founder said in a post, seemingly placing blame on members Cordae and Almighty Jay. “Remember that. I’ll turn it up myself. #ybnNAHMIR.”
Some fans instantly zeroed in on Cordae’s solo stardom as a possible reason for the YBN’s implosion. However, Cordae claimed that the group simply grew apart. In March, Jay went further and accused YBN’s manager and lawyer James McMillan of alleged questionable business dealings regarding trademarks, a possible catalyst for the clique’s demise. McMillan denied any shady trademark issues. “It’s not uncommon to trademark the name at the very beginning when we’re pouring resources into it to make value,” McMillan told XXL. “We trademark a name to protect it for them because if we hadn’t, anybody could trademark it and we’d be chasing the name trying to get it back, or have to change the name.”
Cordae reveals he is still on great terms with his former YBN brothers. “I asked for Nahmir’s blessing because I wouldn’t be able to live with myself and sleep if I didn’t get his blessing,” he explains of his departure. “I can’t be out here preaching ownership to these kids if me, Nahmir and Jay were building this brand that we don’t have ownership in…I was just at Nahmir’s 21st birthday party. Jay is one of my closest homies. I talk to [him] a couple times a week a minimum…I can only speak about those cats in the highest level of admiration and love.”
Then there’s the pushback Cordae received when lyrics bragging about his relationship with Naomi Osaka on his recent single “More Life” featuring Q-Tip hit social media. “My girl a tennis star, you niggas out here marryin’ hoes,” he boasted. While some fans on Twitter applauded the line, others felt it was misogynistic.
“I didn’t really think too much about it,” downplays Cordae of the controversial line. “I play [Naomi] my music. She be hearing my music before it comes out…I didn’t think it would be this at all.”
When Cordae speaks about crafting his impending opus, due this summer, it’s clear that there’s an anxiousness underneath it all. “It’s always scary when I release an album because you are injecting your entire heart, your feelings, your deepest most transparent, vulnerable moments…for others to judge and listen,” he confesses. “But when I’m on this road and these kids start talking to me and telling me how my music helped them through very dark spaces within their lives, that makes me know that this is my calling.”
IT added more legs the conversation triggered by DaBaby‘s homophobic comments performed during the North Carolina rapper’s performance at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami last weekend.
On Wednesday, July 28, Tip took to Instagram Live to explain that he believes the gay community intimidates rappers and prohibits his peers from expressing themselves freely on their shows, which he said should be a “safe space. “.
“Everyone gets annoyed and angry about what DaBaby said, “the reality TV star began rapping.” Now I understand people saying they think it’s callous. I think you have to understand that the stage is not where rappers go to be sensitive and assuage everyone’s feelings. “
He continues, “This is a place to go to have a good time. I thought we kind of let our hair down and disqualified the BS because if we posed so we wouldn’t trip if we saw white people say a nigga singing along with the song, how are we held to such a high standard of morality? “
Tip went on to explain that he believed that the rappers’ freedom of speech when they performed appeared to have been taken away.
“Just to be honest,” he expresses. “So it seemed like it was a safe place and it’s all about having fun. That’s what I thought. If so, why do the words cause such a visceral reaction that will lead someone to trying to attack, villain, demonize, crucify, condemn. “
TI adds, “This shit is … Now you’re intimidating. We all stood up for gays and lesbians and people in the gay community because we thought it was bullshit for all of you to have. to be intimidated. But I don’t think any of us did that to feel like you now have the power to come and intimidate us. “
TI and Boosie BadAzz have both been hot topics on social media this week after defending DaBaby, who commented on the RL scene on July 25, offending people living with HIV, AIDS, gay men and also women.
DaBaby has since apologized via Twitter and released a new video for his song “Giving What It’s Supposed to Give,” which he said in an IG article “coincidentally” addresses the controversial topics he’s been on. linked over the last week.
Check out TI’s livestream, in which he says rappers are harassed by the gay community, below.
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For someone who has been practicing hip-hop for a short time, the 17-year-old Louisiana rapper SSGKobe made big waves both in and out of the genre. He started making music in 2018, spurred on by two friends known as the local cool kids. Wanting the same level of love and admiration, the aspiring rapper learned to record with them at age 14. He started posting his music to SoundCloud, dropping “Wyd?” in the summer of 2019, a mid-tempo, guitar song about protection from enemies that he freed while still in high school. Before the end of the year, SSG Kobe released project X in the fall, a five-track effort featuring her singing hooks and melodic rhymes.
With only a year of rap under his belt, the music SSG Kobe was releasing put him on the radar of various record companies. It started to rack up flows left and right, and even caught the attention of Zack Bia, a Hollywood DJ, party promoter and founder of Field Trip Records. The rising rhymer has teamed up with Bia as a creative partner for his next outing.
SSGKobe, whose rap nickname means “Super Saiyan God”, inspired by Dragon ball z, ran from the beginning of 2021. In February, model Bella Hadid posted in her Instagram story an excerpt from an unreleased song called “Tired of Me”, giving him a taste of his new music to over 38 million followers. This look was followed by Kobe dropping “Thrax” (over 6.6 million Spotify streams and an early TikTok hit) a few days later in February, “Calabasas” with $ not (8.7 million Spotify streams) ) in March and his first official EP, KO. end of April. Bia’s label served as the creative partner for the project. Now the weeklong song “MIA” is approaching 2 million Spotify streams and YouTube views – video directed by Cole Bennett features Kobe as a tribute to The nightmare before Christmas.
Last month, SSGKobe became a major artist after signing with Columbia Records. He also graced the stage for the biggest performance of his career to date at the Rolling Loud Miami festival last week. Everything comes together for this self-proclaimed Harry Potter fan.
Catch up XXL by phone, SSGKobe is the focus of this week The break.
Hometown: Centerville, Louisiana.
I grew up listening to: “Before rap, I listened to a lot of pop music. I would say probably, in terms of rap, Chief Keef, Kevin gates, Lil wayne, this group. It was new, and I had never heard it before, so I liked it. “
My style has been compared to: “X[XXTentacion], and for my voice, Calboy. Calboy for my voice, music side, X. “
I’m going to explode because: “People come to me to tell me that I have helped them with the things they were going through. Just like hearing all the positive comments, and also seeing me grow up, all of it together.”
What’s your sleepiest song and why? : I don’t think I have a song to sleep on. I feel like I haven’t even shown what I can really do. A lot of people think I’m just a trendy rapper because I’m new, but I’m definitely here to stay and I have a lot of great music. I don’t have an underrated song, but the music, when it comes out, will be good. “
My most significant records to date have been: “‘Thrax’, ‘MIA’ and ‘Calabasas.’ These songs came out drop by drop. I think ‘Thrax’ came first, then ‘Calabasas’, now ‘MIA’. So it’s like with every drop I get bigger. “
My highlights so far have been: “Being able to play Rolling Loud. It was good. I look forward to the others too, Cali and New York.”
Most people don’t know: “I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I don’t know if people know that. Since I was young I read a lot of books. So, I just saw and I always wanted to be that kid at the school, who like, read the biggest books. “My book was bigger than yours!” So I just found it, and it was one of the biggest books in the library. So, I got it. I read, and I got interested, it was so cool. Then I just read all the books. Then I found out they had movies. So, I saw the movies.
Boosie BadAzz is the latest rapper to face backlash for defending DaBaby‘s homophobic remarks performed during DaBaby’s set at the Rolling Loud Festival 2021 in Miami on Sunday evening (July 25).
On Tuesday (July 28), Boosie took to Instagram Live to speak out about his displeasure with people canceling DaBaby for his homophobic remarks, but not Lil Nas X, who tweeted on July 24 that he and Jack Harlow would perform their collaborative song “Industry Baby” nude at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards for charity. The awards ceremony will air on September 12.
“If I were DaBaby, I would tell them to fuck you,” Boosie BadAzz says. “Luckily I couldn’t be DaBaby, I’m gonna tell them fuck you bitches. Because he [DaBaby] said something about some shit. “
Boosie continues his rant by stating: “[Lil Nas X] and they want to play naked for charity. Bruh, they don’t tell him anything. They shouldn’t choose their side. “
“He’s the most disrespectful muthafucka in the world, he said he was going to strip on stage,” he adds. “They got kids watching that shit. Niggas go too far and shit.”
Boosie then called Lil Nas X several homophobic slurs and suggested that Nas X perform oral sex on IG Live if he wants to go viral. In other clips, the 38-year-old rhymer continues to denounce Lil Nas X’s sexuality. “There’s no one with that gay ass shit in the world, bruh,” Boosie expresses.
Boosie was not done with his rant. In another video, taken from his IG Live, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native continues to express his outrage at Nas X’s announcement that he will perform naked at the MTV VMAs.
“Not everyone is with their nephew sucking cock,” the rapper says. “Not everyone is with this shit. You can’t put this shit on everyone and expect it to be cool.”
“Nas X said he was going to perform naked on stage for charity,” he continues. “You don’t fuck with him like you fuck with [DaBaby]. Be equal, mane. Be equal. “
Boosie then asks, “Don’t you think it’s disrespectful to dance naked? Don’t you think it’s disrespectful?[ful] in front of boys trying to be straight? It’s totally disrespectful[ful]. Totally disrespectful[ful]. “
The Talking Goat 3 The creator then suggests that he would physically injure Nas X, if the artist “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” performed naked while Boosie attended the awards ceremony.
“If I’m at the awards show and he rides it naked, I’m going to drag his ass off the stage and smash his ass,” Boosie BadAzz says.
Boosie follows TI who also defended DaBaby and compared the North Carolina rapper’s remarks to the music videos and shameless performances of Nas X. “If Lil Nas X can kick his shit in peace… Dababy should do it,” Tip wrote in the comments section of an article from The Shade Room regarding DaBaby’s controversial remarks. TI also included an emoji of a shrugging man and the hashtag #equality.
Several musical artists have spoken out to denounce DaBaby’s homophobic remarks. This morning, rock icon Sir Elton John released a statement via Twitter, which reads in part: “We were shocked to read the misinformation about HIV and the homophobic statements made on a recent DaBaby broadcast. It fuels stigma and discrimination and it’s the opposite. what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic. “
“Homophobic and HIV falsehoods have no place in our society and our industry and as musicians we need to spread compassion and love for the most marginalized people in our communities. musician is to bring people together, ”adds Elton John.
While Nas X doesn’t mention anyone directly, it looks like he may have responded to Boosie and Tip’s comments on his Twitter account.
“I’m starting to think you gay niggas too because you all stay on my dick,” he tweeted this afternoon. “Some of you aren’t even angry because I’m gay, others angry because I’m gay and still successful.”
Lil Nas X is holding on.
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Legendary British artist Sir Elton john spoke out against DaBaby’s callous statements, which target people living with HIV and AIDS as well as gay men and more, via social media this morning (July 28), writing: “We were shocked to read the misinformation about HIV and homophobic statements made on a recent DaBaby show. It fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.
John then presented some facts about the sexually transmitted disease.
“HIV has affected more than 70 million people around the world: men, women, children and the most vulnerable in our communities,” he continues. “In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. The stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability. We need to shatter myths and judgments and not feed them. You can live a long, healthy life with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body, so you cannot pass it on to other people.
Elton John adds: “Homophobic and HIV falsehoods have no place in our society and our industry and as musicians we need to spread compassion and love for the most marginalized people in our communities. a musician’s job is to bring people together. “
Singer Demi Lovato also participated in the conversation. She reposted a upload shared by Matt Bernstein, a gay makeup artist and photographer, which features an image of a chest with the words “HIV IS NOT A GAY DISEASE” written in what appears to be red lipstick. The post also contains video clips of DaBaby’s performance where he offended many people including the LGBTQ community.
In Demi’s legend, she encourages her subscribers to listen to the original version of “Levitating” by Dua Lipa, without DaBaby.
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Pop star Dua Lipa, whose successful record “Levitation” with DaBaby holds its own in the charts, was among the first celebrities to speak out against the rhymer from Charlotte, North Carolina.
“I am surprised and horrified to DaBaby“she wrote on Tuesday (July 25th).” I really don’t recognize this as the person I worked with. I know my fans know where my heart is and that I am 100% with the LGBTQ community. We must unite to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV / AIDS. “
The billion dollar baby Ent. The CEO has addressed his Rolling Loud statements twice. In his IG story earlier this week, DaBaby tried to defend his homophobic remarks.
“I said if you don’t have AIDS turn on a cell phone,” he said in the video. “I said if you don’t suck dick in the parking lot, turn on your cell phone. So I can drop my next song. Called because I’m a live artist, I’m the best live artist. I’m the killer of the live show. You interact with your fans, you understand what I’m saying? Listen, all the lights went on, gay, straight up. You want to know why? Because even my gay fans haven’t AIDS, stupid niggas. “
Baby went on to say, “They don’t have AIDS. My gay fans, they take care of themselves. They don’t want that. They ain’t nasty gay niggas, you know what I’m saying? They ain’t junkies, see what I’m saying? On the street. You talkin ‘hell, nigga? So I said, if you don’t suck your dick in the Rolling Loud parking lot, turn on your cell. know what my gay fans did? turn on that fucking light, nigga. cause my gay fans, they don’t want that. they got class nigga. they don’t suck dick in no parking lot a lot. nigga, You gotta get a room, nigga. A good one. Five star hotel for those nights or damn … Yeah, you gotta wait for niggas to go to nursery. “
Last night (July 28), DaBaby apologized for his offensive comments.
“I’m telling fans put a cell phone light in the air, you start a million men in March,” he said in a first tweet. “I told you you digested badly, but I’m not lying, I’m impressed. Now show that same support when a racist cop kills one of our black asses… THERE IS NOT.”
He then addressed people with AIDS and AIDS and the LGBTQ community directly in a follow-up message.
“Anyone who has ever been affected by AIDS / HIV, you all have the right to be upset, what I said was callous even though I don’t mean to offend anyone”, said typed Baby. “So my apologies. But the LGBT community … I’m not cheating on you, am I. Your business is your business.”
The rapper added: “& for all brands, networks or artists who like to take advantage of the influence of black rappers on culture, without understanding it or having the patience to face what comes with the position that we play in. our culture. Save yo money next time we human “NIGGAS” too. #GodBless. “
In addition to the aforementioned artists who expressed their disapproval of DaBabyAccording to comments from BoohooMan, a clothing company that Baby recently collaborated with, has also split from the rapper.
“BoohooMAN condemns the use of homophobic language and confirms that we will no longer work with DaBaby,” the statement began. “Diversity and inclusion are part of the DNA of the boohoo group and we are proud to represent the diverse clients we serve around the world. “
The company concludes its statement by stating, “We support and support the LGBTQ + community, and do not tolerate hate speech or discrimination in any form.”
DJ Drama started plotting his hip-hop heritage as a teenager in high school, with two turntables and a mixer at his mother’s house. Hear the sounds of famous mixtape hosts like DJ clue the explosion of car speakers prompted the Philadelphia native to cement his own movement via what began in 2004, in the form of a southern series called Gangsta Grillz–a term he got by simply playing with words.
He continued to produce song compilations at colleges, clubs, and concerts, ultimately improving the quality by identifying hosts as Lil jon, who went on to design the “Gangsta Griiii-zilllz” drop heard during the fourth Drama installation in the series. By the time the Sense-assisted DJ Gangsta Grillz 6, hosted by Killer Mike, Bone crusher and David banner, was released, Drama noticed that he managed to build a real brand.
“I remember going to the bootlegger spot, when was that [50 Cent’s] Get rich or die trying came out of. And I saw like, a huge abundance of Get rich or die trying and I saw a huge abundance of Gangsta Grillz 6. I was like, Oh I did. My shit is there, without even thinking about how much money they were making versus how much I was making. But I was excited to be hacked back then, ”he said. XXL.
Word of mouth in the streets has made his series a revered cultural stamp, with artists like Gucci Mane, Jeezy, IT, Fabulous and many others expressing what they wanted. For decades, Drama has capitalized on this and made a name for itself taking on the role of lead host who would pair their sounds with prophetic lines that were recorded at his Walker Street studio. in Atlanta where the game-changing raid went down.
“Coming from a background and a mixtape culture, the time before me, when DJs spoke on cassettes, they made a lot of store-shouting …”, adds Drama. “So I tried to attack it from a different approach where it wasn’t just yelling at someone or talking about the stores buying my tapes. It was more about adding something, adding depth to the music and it was my bells and my whistles, my little sermons that I was giving. “
The Generation Now co-founder takes inspiration from everywhere, whether it’s personal things he goes through or what he sees when he comes out of the cradle. Sometimes he writes things and sometimes he does freestyle. But anyway, fans have always applauded how powerful his chat game is. In fact, Drama says, “Anyone who doesn’t think the shit I’m saying isn’t spotless is completely crazy.”
Almost two decades and over 150 Gangsta Grillz mixtapes later, he still keeps the same energy and recently teamed up with Tyler the creator for the rapper Call me if you get lost album, released at the end of June. The 16-track effort debuted as the Album n ° 1 of the country in July. “It was a little wild because [Don] Cannon even put it in perspective for me, just thinking of the origins of Gangsta Grillz and my humble humble beginnings as a mixtape, ”he says of the effort to top the charts. “And you know, rock mixtapes for five bucks a pop or just start Gangsta Grillz and create a name. 18 or 19 years later, that it is part of an album number 1 is incredible. The circle has really come full circle. It was a crazy moment. “
“I think it’s been a long time since a lot of people heard a project sound like this,” explains the self-proclaimed president of the mixtape. “It is very reminiscent of my early cassettes or the heyday cassettes, like the [Lil] Wayne and the Pharrell. I just think the way Tyler attacked him was very creative. Even though it might sound like a mixtape, it still feels like an album in many ways when you browse it. I think what makes it different is the nostalgia for if it brings to mind that time and that space where mixtapes were rife.
Due to his past and recent success with Tyler, DJ Drama jumped on Zoom with XXL refine your top 10 Gangsta Grillz all-time projects from the catalog. In his own words, below you will find the ranking, the rationale for each selection, and memories of the registration process.
Warning: “For all the abundance of artists and bands that weren’t mentioned, I love you to death,” DJ Drama said. “It was off the top of my head. It was a Sunday situation at all costs. So fuck it. Tyga, [Lil] Durk, little baby, Little brother, Jim jones, Cam’ron, so many things I worked on that weren’t mentioned but are part of the Gangsta Grillz family and inheritance which are certainly crucial. So for those of you who are unfamiliar, please do your research and check out all the amazing Gangsta Grillz mixtapes that are there.
DJ Drama ranks his top 10 Gangsta Grillz Projects
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Kanye west was done at home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
On Monday night (July 27), Yeezy took to his Instagram page and shared a photo of his new dorms at the ATL Stadium downtown. The photo shows a makeshift bed in the right corner with a white quilted cover and pillow as well as a mini locker with some clothes on hangers.
There is also a TV and a huge digital clock on the wall. On the floor is an empty suitcase with more clothes neatly folded beside it. There are several pairs of Yeezy sneakers from Adidas, including the orange Yeezy 1020 ankle boots he wore when he went. Donda listening night last week.
Kanye captioned the photo, “How the best things are done. No distractions.”
Overall, ‘Ye’s bedroom almost looks like a simple dormitory in a university or college.
This photo comes as Kanye is said to be finishing the recording of his Donda project, which is scheduled for release on August 6.
According to Sixth page yesterday Kanye was locked in a “private space inside the building” away from civilians. An insider told the outlet that there was a suite in the building with an official stadium sign outside the door that read: “Donda Studio at Mercedes-Benz Stadium”.
Kanye’s manager, John Monopoly, shared an image of the sign, apparently confirming that “Ye has a temporary residence in the arena while he completes his highly anticipated effort.”
Last Thursday (July 22), Kanye gave fans a great listening event of the Donda album with assurance that the project would arrive on Friday (July 23). But alas, that didn’t happen, and it was later announced that the LP will hopefully be released on August 6th.