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Morray Keeps the Family Close and Shares the Perfect Munchies Snacks in His ABCs

Paraded on his breakthrough song “Quicksand,” cosigned by fellow North Carolina-bred MCs and former XXL Freshmen J. Cole and DaBaby, 2021 XXL Freshman Morray’s church-grown spirit is perhaps his most contagious quality. What fans will peep in his version of XXL’s ABCs is that his inviting aura extends beyond the mic. It possesses him with the ability to light up any room with his charisma and zeal. And that’s one quality of a star that cannot be forced or faked.
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Rick Ross Helps Launch Thighstop With Wingstop Amidst Chicken Wing Shortage

A boss like Rick Ross doesn't hesitate to make adjustments, especially when it impacts his business ventures. On Monday (June 22), the Wingstop fast-food chain has offered their response to the current chicken wing shortage and Rozay is helping to disseminate the message. In a social media post, Ross is promoting the company's new digital food company called Thighstop.
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Kodak Black Poses With Kobe Bryant-Themed Helicopter for 24th Birthday, Faces Backlash

Kodak Black’s ongoing celebration of his 24th birthday on social media has turned a grim corner that has left some of his fans upset. On Monday (June 21), the Florida rapper jumped on his Instagram page and shared a photo of himself paying tribute to Kobe Bryant by posing next to his Tesla Model X and a mini helicopter, both customized in purple-and-yellow paint. Additionally, the former 2016 XXL Freshman is rocking a Los Angeles Lakers jersey with Kobe’s No. 24 on the front and back. The correlation between the colors of Kodak's car and helicopter are the Lakers' team colors.
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Trick Daddy Disses Jay-Z, Says Beyonce Can’t Sing

Trick Daddy is getting stung by the Beyhive for comments he made about Jay-Z and Beyoncé. According to Newsweek on Wednesday (June 22), Trick Daddy, during a Clubhouse chat this week, said that Bey can’t sing and that her husband, Jay, is not the greatest rapper alive. "Beyoncé ain't trying...
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Pooh Shiesty Gives a Lesson in Negotiating in His ABCs

Pooh Shiesty continues to put on for Memphis. The 2021 XXL Freshman has quickly risen to stardom with his track, “Back in Blood” featuring Lil Durk, which currently has over 116 million Spotify streams and 161 million views on YouTube since the video's debut in January. Whether inside due to the pandemic quarantine earlier this year or outside as summer is in full swing now, the street banger gave rap fans a reason to turn up over the last six months. Still riding the success of the track and his Shiesty Season project, Pooh Shiesty brings the love back to his city, specifically Willett Avenue, in his version of XXL's ABCs.
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Chris Brown Under Investigation for Battery, Woman Claims He Smacked Her Head

Chris Brown is facing new legal issues in California. According to a report from TMZ on Monday night (June 21), Breezy is under investigation after a woman accused the R&B singer of smacking off her weave. Apparently, Brown hit the woman in the back of the head with so much force, her hair extensions fell off. The incident took place in Tarzana, Calif. this past weekend.
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J. Cole Announces Headlining Tour With 21 Savage, Morray

J. Cole is hitting the road on a massive tour with 21 Savage and Morray. This morning (June 22), the Dreamville Records leader announced dates for his Off-Season Tour. The trek kicks off Fri., Sept. 24 in Cole's home state of North Carolina and wraps up on Thurs., Oct. 21 in Los Angeles. Tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday (June 25) at 10 a.m. local time on Dreamville's website.
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Kendrick Lamar Is Selling His Old House for $800,000

Kendrick Lamar is selling his humble abode in California. According to a listing posted on Provident Real Estate on June 16, the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper is selling his home in Eastvale, Calif. for $800,000. The 3529-foot-square property was a family home where his parents and siblings once resided, TMZ reported earlier today (June 21).
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Flo Milli Wants Justice for Breonna Taylor in Her ABCs

Self-confidence is a trait that Flo Milli exudes effortlessly. While she’s on the rise in hip-hop, Flo has her feet firmly planted in the game's soil and isn’t giving up her spot to anyone. The 2021 XXL Freshman may be more soft-spoken on the regular, but her rhymes are the complete opposite—don't play with her. All in all, Flo Milli personifies the ultimate poise in her version of XXL’s ABCs.
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42 Dugg Pays Homage to Nas and Denzel Washington in His ABCs

42 Dugg coins his style of rap as talking crap. It’s an innate, empowering thing for him to do and frankly, one of the key reasons that fans eat the energy right up on songs like “Been Turnt” and “Dog Food.” So when it comes to the 2021 XXL Freshman's version of XXL’s ABCs, best believe that the CMG and 4PF signee has no problem popping his stuff for the masses once again.
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Def Jam Recordings Paid $35,000 for DMX’s Funeral – Report

Def Jam Recordings, DMX's record label, covered the tab for the late rapper's funeral services with zero hesitation. According to a report from TMZ on Monday (June 21), the label spent over $35,000 for X's memorial celebration. Apparently, Def Jam took responsibility for the bill DMX's family received from Brooks Memorial Home Inc. in X's hometown of Yonkers, N.Y.
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Polo G’s Hall of Fame Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

Polo G's rapstar status has been further solidified with a No. 1 album. On Sunday (June 20), the top 10 of Billboard's new Billboard 200 chart came out, revealing Polo G's new LP, Hall of Fame, has debuted as the biggest album in the country. The 2020 XXL Freshman moved 143,000 equivalent album units in the first week. This is the Chicago rapper's second top five entry and third album to debut in the top 10. The Goat (2020) debuted at No. 2, while his debut album, Die a Legend (2019), entered the chart at No. 6.
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Toosii and DDG Agree to Fight in Boxing Match

Celebrity boxing matches have become more popular than ever recently, with more and more entertainers trying their hand at throwing hands. Now it looks like 2021 XXL Freshmen Toosii and 10th spot winner DDG might be squaring up in the ring. The ball got rolling on the possible match-up on...
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Roc-A-Fella Records Sues Dame Dash for Trying to Sell Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt Album as NFT

Lawyers for Roc-A-Fella Records are suing Dame Dash, blocking his attempt to sell Jay-Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt as an NFT. Dame finds himself on the wrong end of a lawsuit levied by lawyers of the record label he helped co-found, XXL has confirmed on Saturday (June 19). The label's lawyer, Alex Spiro, has filed a suit accusing Dame of trying to mint the critically acclaimed LP as an NFT (non-fungible token) and auction it off for top dollar. The suit claims Dame has no right to do this, as the album is owned by Roc-A-Fella Records.
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Lil Yachty Shares Texts With XXXTentacion on Anniversary of His Death

XXXTentacion may be gone but he certainly hasn’t been forgotten by his friends and family. On Friday (June 18), the third anniversary of XXX's tragic death, Lil Yachty, a close friend of X's, jumped on his Instagram page to share texts between himself and the beloved artist. The Quality Control Music artist captioned the IG post, "On my mama we ain’t do nothing but trade love. Pure positivity. You are a god my good sir @xxxtentacion."
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The 13 Best New Songs This Week

Week in and week out, there are plenty of brand new rap songs, no matter the time of year. It can be really difficult to stay aware of what's out and also what's hot, so XXL decided to make things much easier for you. Instead of sorting out nearly everything that released this week, we've narrowed it down to strictly the best of the week, saving you plenty of time.
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6ix9ine Trolls Gucci Mane Over Pooh Shiesty’s Shooting Case

6ix9ine is trolling on social media once again. On Thursday (June 17), the "Gummo" rapper jumped on Instagram to address Gucci Mane regarding his 1017 Records artist Pooh Shiesty's shooting case. "@laflar107 your man got robbed in the club while performing and got mad and took out his gun for...
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Go Behind the Scenes of the 2021 XXL Freshman Cover Shoot – Watch

Orchestrating an XXL Freshman class is no easy task. Add on the complexity of facilitating nearly 100 pitch meetings via Zoom due to an unprecedented global pandemic and it goes without saying that the XXL team had their work cut out for them this year. Nonetheless, the 2021 XXL Freshman Class has arrived and these burgeoning rhymers are joining a roster of lauded rap greats like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Travis Scott and a plenty of others.