It looks like Boosie BadAzz has found himself a new hobby.
On Sunday (Dec. 26), Boosie’s girlfriend, Rajel Nelson, jumped on her TikTok account and revealed that the Baton Rouge, La. rapper is now practicing magic. In the clip, Boosie holds a children’s activity book, Coloring Book of Magic, and begins to flip the blank pages. “You see this book, there’s nothing,” he says while showing her the blank pages.
Boosie then closes the book, waves his hand in the air. “I put my magic on it,” he says before opening up the book, and magically there are colored pages of rabbits, kids and other things on the pages.
Rajel surprisingly reacts by her boo’s sleight of hand. “Oh my Gosh!” she wails.
“Fuck with me,” brags Boosie. “Book me, Boosie BadAzz Magic.”
It seems Boosie has been inspired to practice magic by his good friend and a real magician T Magic the Celebrity Magician. There are several videos of him performing magic shows for various rappers and celebrities. One hilarious clip features T Magic performing magic in front of Boosie’s family. In it, T Magic sets a caged white bird on fire and a box of Popeye’s chicken magically appears in its place. The trick leaves Boosie and his family in a state of shock.
Nevertheless, one thing that Boosie can’t make disappear is the backlash he received after telling Vlad TV that he doesn’t believe some of the women’s claims that they were abused by R. Kelly for many years. “This is how I feel about that. Everything was pushed to another level. You know, I just feel like R. Kelly like the young bitches,” he said in the interview.
“All that shit, seducing and kidnapping and all this shit in somebody house, if you leave a bitch at the house and you go on tour for two weeks and she don’t go nowhere, that bitch ain’t been kidnapped,” he continued. “She waiting on daddy to come home. You know, a bitch ain’t been kidnapped. Bitch ain’t been sexualized if she been in the bed with three, four women. You know, she hasn’t been taken advantage of, because she is willing. She is willing. He just fucked up on the age part…if he did it. I’m not saying he’s guilty or if he did do it, it’s because of the age. The rest of that shit, they exaggerating, bro.”
His controversial comments aside, Boosie is looking to supplement his rap income with a little bit of magic.
Watch Boosie BadAzz show off his new magic trick below.
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The last two years have been wild volatile. But hip-hop has continued to be a steady source of relief. The new year provides new opportunities for some rappers to make a name for themselves and others to further cement their legacies with new music.
After releasing his Grammy-nominated debut album The Lost Boy in 2019, Cordae returns with his sophomore LP, From a Birds Eye View, on Jan. 14. The 14-song effort, which the N.C. rapper describes as “bassline heavy,” features the singles “Super” and “Sinister” featuring Lil Wayne. Beginning on Feb. 3, Cordae will be embarking on The Birds Eye View Tour in support of the musical offering. The 28-city jaunt will make stops in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and more before closing out on March 19 in Sacramento, Calif.
Earl Sweatshirt returns with new music following a two-year hiatus. On Jan. 14, the former Odd Future lyricist is set to put out the project, Sick!. Earl announced the offering back on Dec. 10. “Sick, is my humble offering of 10 songs recorded in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns,” he shared. “Before the virus I had been working on an album I named after a book I used to read with my mother (The People Could Fly). Once the lockdowns hit, people couldn’t fly anymore. A wise man said art imitates life. People were sick. The People were angry and isolated and restless. I leaned into the chaos cause it was apparent that it wasn’t going anywhere. These songs are what happened when I would come up for air. Peace and love to Zelooperz the enigma, the Armand Hammer, and my good friends Alchemist and Black Noi$e. Peace and love to u.” Coming in at 10 songs, the release will feature the singles “2010” and “Tabula Rassa” featuring Armand Hammer. Sick! is the follow-up to Feet of Clay, which came out in 2019.
NLE Choppa will jump-start 2022 by putting out his sophomore album, Me vs. Me on Jan. 14., as well. Initially slated for a December of 2021 drop, the Memphis rapper pushed back the Top Shotta follow-up to the new year. Sixteen songs are on the new LP including the previously-released tracks “Jumpin” featuring Polo G, “Final Warning” and “I.Y.B.”
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Previously Unseen Footage Surfaces of Drake Crying During Kanye West’s “Runaway” Performance at Free Larry Hoover Concert – Watch
On Sunday (Dec. 26), a previously unseen clip surfaced of Drizzy crying during Kanye West‘s performance of “Runaway” during the Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 9. In the video, Ye is wrapping up his piano-led rendition of “Runaway” where he pleads for his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, to run and come back to him.
“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 warbled during an unexpected, emotional moment.
Drake, in the clip, is visibly teary-eyed as he watches with a tear drop falls down his cheek. He quickly composes himself and gives a head nod to Kanye.
Fans of the Toronto rap star know he gets emotional in his songs but it’s a rare sighting to see him get visibly choked up in public like that.
But that wasn’t the only memorable moment from the event. As previously reported, Kanye and Drake closed out their historic concert with a rendition of their collaborative track “Forever” before exiting the stage together. During the performance, Yeezy embarrassingly forgot some of his lyrics to the song. The Chicago rapper laughed it off at first and recovered from his lyrical fumble to complete the last half of his verse.
Whether Drake’s emotional moment appeared in the Amazon Prime Video stream of the Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert is unclear. However, Drake’s 24-minute set was edited out of the on-demand stream without explanation, according to Variety.
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According to a report from the Daily Mail on Monday (Dec. 27), not only did Kanye purchase a home across the street from his estranged wife and their four children, but he paid above market price to ensure he wasn’t outbid by any other potential buyers.
Yeezy cashed out $4.5 million—$421,000 above asking price—on a 3,651 square-foot, five-bedroom, three-and-and-a-half bathroom home in Los Angeles’ Hidden Hills a short walking distance away from Kim, who is currently dating Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson.
The abode sits on over an acre of land and comes equip with an outdoor swimming pool and a horse corral with a stable for three horses. However, the interior appears to be outdated, so the home may need to be renovated.
The news of Kanye closing on his new home comes days after a fan spotted Kim K and Pete Davidson at movie theater in Staten Island, N.Y. and bravely vocalized that Kim is better off with Ye. A notion that Kim Kardashian clearly doesn’t agree with as she filed documents earlier this month to officially be considered single amid her divorce.
The Hidden Hills, Calif. home that Kim Kardashian and the kids live in was purchased by herself and Kanye back in 2014. However, she is now the sole owner of the property, which was purchased for $20 million, underwent $20 million in renovations and is now worth a reported $60 million.
Multiple property owner Kanye has reportedly listed his Los Angeles-area bachelor pad for $3.7 million and purchased a massive oceanfront mansion in Malibu for nearly $60 million back in September.
Whether or not Kanye buying this home is an act in seamless coparenting or a move to repair his “irretrievably” broken marriage, as said in reports regarding Kim’s divorce filing, is unclear.
XXL has reached out to reps for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for comment.
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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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Visit LiveFree999.org for more info on mental health or text their crisis line: LF999 to 741741.
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The year may be wrapping up in a few days, but things don’t appear to be easing up for YK Osiris, who was the recent victim of a car break-in.
The Jacksonville, Fla. singer shared on his Instagram Story on Sunday (Dec. 26) that his SUV had been broken into and the culprits made off with a few thousands of dollars worth of clothes.
“Man…Niggas wanna break in my shit,” he began. “Y’all niggas dumb. Y’all niggas so dumb, y’all took like, $5,000 worth of clothes, nigga. Nigga, come on, man. Y’all niggas players, baby. We player.”
YK Osiris, who seemed to be unfazed by the burglary, added, “What you breaking in my car for, nigga?”
In the clip, all of the windows on the driver’s side of the former 2019 XXL Freshman‘s black SUV appear to be busted open. It’s unclear if the passenger’s side windows were broken as well.
Nonetheless, the “Worth It” crooner hasn’t been able to catch a break.
Last week, YK’s phone number leaked online, subjecting him to random FaceTime and phone calls from fans and social media users claiming to have found one of the $325,000 diamond earrings he had lost just days prior.
On Dec. 20, YK Osiris pleaded for whomever stole his earring to return his high-priced piece of jewelry.
“Listen, if anybody out there got integrity, can you please give me my earring back?” he said. “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 was offering a $60,000 reward for the earring, but it’s unclear if the diamond stud has been returned.
And before this, Lil Baby put YK Osiris on blast about an unpaid $5,000 debt while Drake jokingly made YK perform in his house to repay $60,000 he supposedly owed the Toronto rapper.
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Kodak Black Receives Backlash After Photo of Woman Appearing to Twerk in Front of His 6-Year-Old Son Goes Viral
Kodak Black is again at the center of backlash after sharing a photo on Instagram that appears to show a woman twerking on the rapper’s 6-year-old son while Yak seems to encourage him.
Last Wednesday (Dec. 22), Kodak posted a series of photos from an apparent baby shower for his expectant daughter Yuri. The South Florida rapper went all out for the white, pink and gold-themed event. However, one photo has some people calling for Kodak’s cancellation. One picture shows a woman in a skin tight dress bent over and appearing to twerk in front of the rapper’s young son, King. Kodak is present in the photo and seems to be encouraging the situation as he holds his son’s hands in the air.
The photo flew under the radar but recently went viral, with people commenting about the image on social media. “I wish cancel culture WAS real because then maybe when we found out about Kodak Black being a predator the first time we could have put an end to his power before he sexually assaulted his own fucking son,” one person sounded off on Twitter, possibly referencing Kodak being accused of sexual assault in 2016. Charges which he recently plead down to assault. “He also has a daughter on the way. Praying for her.”
“Theres Nothing Wrong About What’s Happening But Who It’s Been Done To!! Period!” someone else posted. “Ya Mfs Aren’t Even Gonna Admit That Y’all Was Wrong. Outta Here That’s Not What Real Men Do & It’s Boys Like @KodakBlack1k & @BOOSIEOFFICIAL That Fuck Children’s Minds Up!” This post is most likely in reference to Boosie BadAzz bragging about getting a grown woman to perform oral sex on his underage son in 2020.
“Kodak black’s kids need a brand new set of adults in their lives smh,” someone else added.
This is second time in two months Kodak has been called out for his strange familial interactions. Back in October, the rapper went viral after video surfaced of him touching his own mother inappropriately during a party. He later tried to downplay his actions in the viral clip.
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On Saturday (Dec. 25), the Human Serviette uploaded his new sit-down with the Dreamville head honcho. The interview has been at least a couple years in the making, with Cole famously turning down Nardwuar at the 2019 Days N Vegas Festival when the quirky questioner was set to go. Nardy made up for lost time with a nearly hour-long talk with the North Carolina MC that left Cole speechless at times.
Nardwuar caught Cole at Windmark Recording studio Santa Monica, Calif. this go round. For those unfamiliar with Nardwuar’s interview style, the interviewer has CIA level skills at diving deep into a subject’s past and pulling up moments the subject forgot about or are amazed Nardwuar was able to obtain. Nard first blown Cole’s mind by bringing up the fact that the studio they are in is where Cole recorded a track on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which happened to drop seven years ago to the date of the interview. “That’s crazy, I’m just realizing that right now,” Cole said. “This is on some synchronization, God, type level. That’s crazy.”
As always, Nardwuar brings gifts to accompany his queries. He blesses Cole with some rare 45s of old songs Cole has sampled in the past. He also brings up Cole’s first rap name, The Therapist, as has him expound on its origins. For almost an hour, Nardwuar digs into Cole’s history, getting never-before-heard information on the platinum rapper’s come-up, adolescent days and musical taste.
Nardwuar first interviewed J. Cole all the way back in 2011.
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Boosie BadAzz Thinks R. Kelly’s Victims Exaggerated Their Abuse Allegations, Says Kelly Just Likes ‘Young Bitches’
Boosie recently appeared on VladTV, during which he was asked to opine about R. Kelly’s conviction on sex trafficking and racketeering charges. The Louisiana rapper seemed to downplay Kelly’s actions and was not fully buying the stories of some of the women who were abused at the hands of the disgraced R&B singer for years. “This is how I feel about that. Everything was pushed to another level. You know, I just feel like R. Kelly like the young bitches,” said Boosie.
He continued, “All that shit, seducing and kidnapping and all this shit in somebody house, if you leave a bitch at the house and you go on tour for two weeks and she don’t go nowhere, that bitch ain’t been kidnapped. She waiting on daddy to come home. You know, a bitch ain’t been kidnapped. Bitch ain’t been sexualized if she been in the bed with three, four women. You know, she hasn’t been taken advantage of, because she is willing. She is willing. He just fucked up on the age part…if he did it. I’m not saying he’s guilty or if he did do it, it’s because of the age. The rest of that shit, they exaggerating, bro.”
Back in September, a jury of seven men and five women found the troubled crooner guilty of racketeering and eight violations of sex trafficking charges including bribery, kidnapping, forced labor, sexual exploitation of a child, sexual trafficking across state lines and racketeering involving six victims. He faces 10 years to life in prison. Kelly also faces sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota.
“I’m not gonna castrate my boy,” Boosie added.
Check out the full interview clip below.
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Lil Uzi Vert got into a kerfuffle while recently shopping and had to be held back before things turned physical.
Last night (Dec. 24), video surfaced of Uzi almost fighting in what appears to be a high-end clothing store. In the clip, Uzi comes charging around a corner while a woman tries to grab him and stop him. “You wanna fight,” the person holding the camera asks. Uzi continues to angrily charge forward yelling, “I’ll beat ya ass,” while a woman who appears to be his girlfriend, JT, struggles mightily to hold him back. A man who appears to be security approaches from behind. The video cuts off before any blows are thrown. It’s a brief but chaotic scene.
The video of the near confrontation then cuts to video of the man who was taunting Uzi—an apparent rapper—and his companion out on the street. It appears the whole confrontation was sparked after one of the men asked to take a picture with Uzi and the Philly native turned them down. “That’s this nigga Uzi Vert trying to fight Guapo Sensei The God,” the person behind the camera yells, speaking in third person. “Trying to take a picture, he gon’ run his mouth,” he adds.
Guapo’s companion seems perturbed by his actions. “Stop it, bro! That’s what you get for trying to be a groupie,” the man counters.
“I don’t give a fuck, he shoulda took the picture,” Guapo responds.” You know who I am? He gon’ be mad, bro. And when I see that nigga at the BET Awards Ima rock him.”
The cameraman gloated about the near-fight in the caption of the videos he posted on his social media. “I WAS BOUTA WHOOP @LILUZIVERT ASS THE NERVE OF THEE TRYNA ASK LORD GUAPO SENSEI FOR A FREE FEATURE THE PERKIES GOT YOU BUSSIN,” he wrote on Twitter, changing the story for the genesis of the beef to a feature fee.
“@liluzivert PACKED EM UP OUTTA NYC HE MAD HE GOTTA PAY ME FOR A FEATURE HE TRIED TO FIGHT ME BUT HE JUST GOT HIS NAILS DONE BOY CANT EVEN BEAT HIS GYAL @richthekid AYO HANDLE MY LIGHTWORK,” he posted on Instagram.
So much for Christmas cheer.
Check out the wild confrontation and Twitter reactions below.
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