These Are the Best Hip-Hop Songs of Summer 2022

On Amazon Music Unlimited (ad) Music has always been a vehicle for better times. A soundtrack to great, memorable moments. There aren't too many seasons directly tied to good times with good people like the summer is; this becomes even more true as it gets closer to its end. As September nears, it's time to reflect on the summer songs that made a difference this year when hip-hop fans were returning to day parties, nightlife and everything in between.
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Kid Cudi Goes Off on Kanye West in New Interview

Kid Cudi and Kanye West's beef doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Cudder recently blasted the Donda rapper in a new interview with Esquire published on Wednesday (Aug. 17). "I’m at a place in my life where I have zero tolerance for the wrong energies," he said of...

Timbaland, Swizz Beatz Sue Triller App for $28 Million Over Verzuz – Report

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz have reportedly filed a $28 million lawsuit against Triller after selling Verzuz to the social media app last year. On Tuesday (Aug. 16), Rolling Stone reported that Tim and Swizz sued Triller in Los Angeles Superior Court the same day. The lawsuit alleges Triller has failed to pay the producers monies owed from the sale of the hits competition platform. According to the suit, Triller “unequivocally and unconditionally guaranteed to Mosley and Dean the payment and performance of Triller Hold’s obligations under that agreement and related agreements.”

Drake Breaks The Beatles’ Record for Most Top Five Hits on Billboard Hot 100 Chart

Drake has hawked down another record previously held by legendary English rock band The Beatles. On Monday (Aug. 15), Billboard announced DJ Khaled's Drake and Lil Baby collab "Staying Alive" entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 5, marking Drizzy's 30th top five entry on the Hot 100. With the newest entry, the Honestly, Nevermind rapper surpasses the record of 29 he previously co-held with The Beatles. The group had held the record for 55 years, last charting a hit with 1970's "The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue," which reigned atop the chart for two weeks. The latest hit gives Drake an extension on records he already holds for the most 10s, top 20s, top 40s and overall Hot 100 entries.

Young Thug RICO Case Witness Is Being Threatened, Fulton County DA Says

The identity of a cooperating witness in the Young Thug RICO case has leaked online, causing the individual and their family to receive threats. On Monday night (Aug. 15), local Atlanta new station WSB-TV interviewed Fulton County, Ga. District Attorney Fani Willis and Young Thug's attorney Brian Steel, who both expressed concern after revealing that the identity of a cooperating witness who is a YSL affiliate has been outed on the internet, resulting in them being threatened as well as their family.

The Break Presents – PGF Nuk

It's never clear what moves people to the next phase of their life, but it can happen at any time. Both talent and general interest can become the big break that most people hope for. Enter PGF Nuk, the 20-year-old Chicago rapper who currently has a viral hit "Waddup" under his belt. His style is best described as drill's earlier sound mixed with newer flows and production. He been rapping since 2017, and admits that he was too deep in the streets back then because making money initially made rap less important. But he didn't quit his passion. And now just a few years later, he's signed to Alamo Records, plus he has nearly 50 million YouTube views on both versions of his "Waddup" video, with the most recent featuring a verse from Polo G.

Feds Fine Rick Ross and Family Members for Multiple Wingstop Restaurant Violations

Multiple Wingstop locations in Mississippi run by Rick Ross and his family have been fined by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division for several violations. On Aug. 11, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOLWHD) announced it had collected $114,427 "in back wages, liquidated damages and civil penalties" from five Wingstop locations in the state operated by Boss Wing Enterprises, XXL learned on Tuesday (Aug. 16). $51,674 in back wages and liquidated damages for 244 workers were recovered as well as an assessment of $62,753 in civil money penalties.

Cardi B Gets First Face Tattoo

Cardi B has added more ink to her collection of tattoos, this time getting her first tattoo on her face. On Sunday (Aug. 14), tattoo artist Robinson De Los Santos shared video of himself applying Cardi B's newest piece. In the short clip, Santos lays down red ink on the side of the rap star's face near her jawline.

Snoop Dogg Gets His Own Cereal Snoop Loopz

Snoop Dogg is dipping into the cereal business with his own brand called Snoop Loopz. Snoop Dogg's breakfast food venture was announced by Master P on Aug. 13. The Louisiana music mogul shared a video of Snoop's cereal box on Instagram. The box features an image of a blue dog holding a spoon. The dog is standing behind a bowl of cereal similar to Foot Loops. "More Marshmallow" the box boasts, as well as "Gluten Free."

These Rappers Scored Big Bags Through Video Games

A real hustler is always going to find multiple ways to get to a bag. The elite artists will do so through one of their hobbies. With the increased presence of video game streaming and platforms that reach millions of people these days, rappers have been consistently making money moves off a controller and computer.

50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Appear to Squash Beef

It appears 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather have deaded their longstanding beef. 50 Cent is currently prepping for his upcoming Tycoon Houston weekend event, which takes place later this month. The rap-mogul has been announcing the stars who will be present. On Sunday (Aug. 14), Fif revealed that his frienemy Floyd Mayweather will be showing up, appearing to announce the end of their issues.

Donald Trump Hires Gucci Mane’s Lawyer to Represent Him in Georgia Criminal Case – Report

Donald Trump's legal eagle in his ongoing criminal investigation in Georgia is famous for representing rappers like Gucci Mane, Cardi B and Migos. According to a New York Times article, published on Aug. 11, Donald Trump has hired Drew Findling to represent him in a criminal inquiry into election interference in Georgia. Findling is no stranger to handling big criminal cases, especially for high-profile rappers.

Kendrick Lamar Declares Baby Keem a Musical Genius

Kendrick Lamar saluted his cousin Baby Keem on social media. On Saturday (Aug. 13), Kendrick Lamar jumped on his Twitter account and declared in a tweet, "Baby Keem...musical genius." K-Dot would go on and promote his label pgLang in another tweet that read: "ok oklama...pglang. on jojo ruski." Hours before...

XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Takes Plea Deal, Will Testify Against Co-Defendants

One of the the four men charged with the 2018 murder of rapper XXXTentacion has taken a plea deal and plans to testify against his other co-defendants. On Friday (Aug. 12), Robert Allen accepted a plea deal in Broward County, Fla. court, XXL has confirmed through the Broward County State Attorney's Office. He is still looking at life in prison but is hoping to get a less time for cooperating. Allen's lawyer, Jim Lewis, spoke with the assembled media about the update in case.

Megan Thee Stallion Responds to The Rock Wanting to Be Her Pet

Megan Thee Stallion has responded to The Rock's recent comments about wanting to be her pet. On Thursday (August 11), during an interview with SirusXM's The Morning Mash Up, Megan Thee Stallion was asked about how she feels in regards to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently mentioning her as the one celebrity he'd like to be a pet for.