Jay-Z sparked a huge debate earlier this week when he proclaimed no one could beat him in a Verzuz hits battle. It appears Future is begging to differ.
On Thursday morning (Dec. 23), Atlanta native and Duct Tape Ent. founder Big Bank Black weighed in on the debate of who could challenge Jigga on the Verzuz stage. The Big Facts podcast host plugged Hendrix as a more than formidable opponent. “I promise you errrybody in Atlanta feels like Pluto can win a Verzuz against Hov!” Bank wrote on Instagram. Future apparently feels the same way. The High Off Life rapper cosigned Big Bank’s post, reposting the sentiment to his own Instagram Story in confirmation.
Future weighing in on the topic is no surprise. Last Friday (Dec. 17), he claimed he was bigger than Jay-Z in the streets. “In the streets im bigger then jigga,” the Atlanta rhymer posted on Twitter. “Ima run me a b up easy.”
Hov sparked a huge debate when he joined a Twitter Spaces conversation with R&B singer Alicia Keys and spoke on the topic of Verzuz. “Ain’t nobody that can stand on that stage with me,” Jigga humbly boasted. “I ain’t gonna lie, no disrespect. Everyone’s amazing, they’ve done what they’ve done. No one can stand on that stage with me. I’m just telling you guys the real. Theres not a shot. Theres not a chance in hell that anyone can stand on that stage for I don’t know how long it is? Two hours? Two hours…That’s ain’t gonna never happen.”
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Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue Sentenced to Nearly Two Years in Prison for COVID Loan Scam, Forced to Pay Over $1 Million Back
According to court documents obtained by XXL on Wednesday (Dec. 22), the South Florida rhymer, born Diamond Blue Smith, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Dec. 16 for one count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. Baby Blue’s sentencing comes over a year after he was accused in October of 2020 of filing fake loan applications to obtain funds specifically allotted to small businesses as part of the United States’ Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Baby Blue received more than $24 million.
Additionally, he must pay $1,111,345.23 in restitution and a $100 assessment fee.
Baby Blue Whoaaa, who previously said that he was facing life in prison for this crime, has been ordered to surrender “at the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons or to the United States Marshal for this district”—”in the Southern District of Florida or a facility nearest Atlanta, Georgia”—before 2 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2022.
As previously reported, Baby Blue appeared in court last October after being hit with the federal-level charges. He was also on the hook for using false documents to receive a $426,717 PPP loan for his company Throwbackjersey.com LLC. An additional loan using falsified documents was obtained for his Blue Star Records, LLC company in the amount of $708,065.
The rapper, who gained popularity in the mid-2000s with his group Pretty Ricky and recently embarked on the Millennium Tour with his bandmates, Bow Wow, Ashanti and more, allegedly withdrew $271,805 in loan funds. He also allegedly purchased a $96,000 Ferrari, which was seized when he was taken into custody, along with the other lavish items he purchased using the loan funds.
Baby Blue Whoaaa didn’t work alone, though. A man named Tonye C. Johnson was also accused of participating in the scheme. Johnson allegedly obtained a PPP loan in the amount of $389,627 for his company Synergy Towing & Transport LLC. Falsified documents were used to obtain these funds as well.
The wire fraud scheme allegedly involved at least 90 fraudulent applications, most of which were submitted.
The feds also claimed that Baby Blue recruited accomplices to file for loans, which would allow him to receive illegal payments as compensation for the service. Eleven individuals were involved in the case.
The IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) in Miami and Cincinnati, FBI in Miami and Cleveland and the Small Business Association Office of Inspector General (SBA-OIG) were over Baby Blue and Tonye C. Johnson’s investigations.
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Jay-Z has fans and artists alike debating on social media on who could stand toe-to-toe with him in a Verzuz battle.
During a chat on Twitter Spaces on Tuesday (Dec. 16), Jay boldly claimed that no rapper in the world could stand on stage with him on Verzuz. While some people agreed with Hov, Atlanta rapper Lil Jon offered one name that he feels would be a challenge for the hip-hop billionaire.
“BUSTA WILL SMOKE JAY-Z,” he wrote in all caps in the comment section of an Instagram post reporting about Jay’s boastful Verzuz claim.
For the record, Busta Rhymes said he would spar with Jay-Z in a Verzuz battle if the opportunity presented itself. Back in November of 2020, Busta told a news outlet that he’s battle-ready but it has to be someone whose catalog is as extensive as his.
“I would love to spar against anybody,” Bussa-Buss stated. “As long as their catalog is a powerful catalog because I don’t want to do a corny Verzuz.”
Meanwhile, Pretty Ricky rapper Baby Blue had another artist in mind for Hov to battle.
“I’m surprised no one has said it yet….JAYZ VS RKELLY VERSUS BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Don’t shoot the messenger,” Baby Blue tweeted on his Twitter account on Wednesday (Dec. 22). “I’m just saying who can stand on stage with Jay Z.”
As for R. Kelly, he’s currently in prison so a Verzuz battle is not going to happen.
Again, the debate started up last night after Alicia Keys was on Twitter Space talking about her new album, Keys. During the conversation, Jigga jumped in the chat and addressed the ongoing debates surrounding himself doing a Verzuz battle with one of his peers.
“Ain’t nobody that can stand on that stage with me,” Hov boasted. “I ain’t gonna lie, no disrespect. Everyone’s amazing, they’ve done what they’ve done. No one can stand on that stage with me. I’m just telling you guys the real. There’s not a shot.”
“There’s not a chance in hell that anyone can stand on that stage for I don’t know how long it is? Two hours?” he questioned. “Two hours…That’s ain’t gonna never happen. Let’s move on from Verzuz and move on to this Keys album.”
The debate continues.
Listen to Jay-Z’s boastful claim below and look in the comment section to read Lil Jon suggest Busta Rhymes.
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Jay-Z believes no one can go toe-to-toe with him in a Verzuz.
Earlier this evening (Dec. 21), Hov joined a Twitter Spaces conversation with R&B singer Alicia Keys, who is promoting her new album Keys, and Rob Markman of Genius when the topic of Verzuz was brought up. The 4:44 rapper believes that no one can stand on a stage with him and hold their ground against his catalog.
“Ain’t nobody that can stand on that stage with me,” Jigga humbly boasted. “I ain’t gonna lie, no disrespect. Everyone’s amazing, they’ve done what they’ve done. No one can stand on that stage with me. I’m just telling you guys the real. Theres not a shot. Theres not a chance in hell that anyone can stand on that stage for I don’t know how long it is? Two hours? Two hours…That’s ain’t gonna never happen. Let’s move on from Verzuz and move on to this Keys album.”
“You got to stand in front of the ‘Grammy Family Freestyle’ live?” he added. “No one has ever even seen me perform that, you got to stand in front of that? That ain’t never going to happen. Let’s move on from Verzuz and move on to this Keys album.”
Conversation also arose that Lil Wayne can duke it out with Jay in a hit-for-hit battle, according to the good folks on Twitter.
One person tweeted, “Ask most Southern niggas who their GOAT is and it’ll be Wayne. No need in getting mad at it.”
Another wrote, “Wayne got Hov songs that go harder than Hov songs.. Miss me with this.”
A third person typed, “If lil wayne play duffle bag boy jay Z automatically down 10.”
Jay-Z easily has one of the most revered discographies, comprised of 13 solo albums with his debut, Reasonable Doubt, arriving in 1996. He’s also delivered five collaborative LPs including Watch the Throne with Kanye West in 2011 and Everything Is Love with his wife Beyoncé in 2018.
Jigga talking that talk on the audio portion of the social media platform comes less than a week after Future claimed via Twitter that he’s bigger in the streets than Jay is.
Hendrix, who was joined by Kanye West during his Rolling Loud Los Angeles set this month, tweeted, “I’m the only one can get YE to pull up whenever wherever..tuh. Everything I do legendary or it want get done. Tuh.”
He later wrote, “In the streets im bigger then jigga. Ima run me a b up easy.
Jay’s appearance on Twitter Spaces caught many by surprise as he isn’t an avid user of social media. If you recall, he joined Instagram last month to promote his Netflix film, The Harder They Fall, and deactivated his account a day later.
See Jay-Z speaking on no one being able to hold a candle to him in a Verzuz battle below.
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According to a report from TMZ on Tuesday (Dec. 21), the rapper-turned-music mogul bought the brand out of bankruptcy for $7.5 million in cash. The outlet notes that Diddy was up against four others in the bidding war.
“I launched Sean John in 1998 with the goal of building a premium brand that shattered tradition and introduced Hip Hop to high-fashion on a global scale,” he told the gossip website.
Diddy continued, “Seeing how streetwear has evolved to rewrite the rules of fashion and impact culture across categories, I’m ready to reclaim ownership of the brand, build a team of visionary designers and global partners to write the next chapter of Sean John’s legacy.”
Puff expressed interested in purchasing his late 1990s, early 2000s streetwear brand’s assets out of bankruptcy earlier this month. According to reports, he put up an initial bid of $3.3 million. At that time, the company was 90 percent owned by Global Brands Group USA, GBG USA Inc., who was in bankruptcy.
In February of this year, Diddy filed a $25 million lawsuit against GBG USA Inc. and U.K.-based clothing company Missguided for using his likeness without permission to promote an apparel collection that came out in fall of 2020 under the name “Sean John x Missguided.”
Within the lawsuit, there were even accusations that the two companies claimed Diddy released a statement about the launch of the clothing collection, which was published on www.365retail.co.uk. Puffy denies ever making a statement.
Diddy accused the companies of False Endorsement, Common Law Right of Publicity/Misappropriation of Likeness or Identity and Statutory Right of Publicity.
The music executive founded Sean John in 1998 and sold a majority stake to GBG USA in 2016.
Now that Sean John is back in Puff’s hands, it’ll be interesting to see the swanky threads he’ll create.
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Drakeo The Ruler‘s mother is seeking justice in the tragic killing of her beloved son. While sharing new details about the stabbing incident at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. music festival that took her child’s life this past weekend, Drakeo’s mom also shared that she plans to take legal action.
During an interview with Rolling Stone on Monday (Dec. 20), Darrylene Corniel described the harrowing scene at Banc of California Stadium in L.A.’s Exposition Park that led to Drakeo The Ruler reportedly being stabbed in the neck while at the festival on Dec. 18.
Corniel stated that her son was backstage with a small group of people, including his younger brother, Devonte Caldwell, known by the rap moniker Ralfy the Plug. Drakeo’s mom alleges that based on information given to her by a witness she’d spoken to, a large number of people reportedly arrived backstage around the same time as YG.
Corniel shared that there were about 40 to 60 people in the vicinity, and members of an unconfirmed incoming crowd “swamped” her sons and the smaller group of people they were with.
“Everything just happened so quickly,” she told RS. “They started trying to jump them.”
Drakeo’s mother added that her younger son attempted to protect his older brother. “He was trying to fight, but when he turned around, he could see his brother with blood gushing out of him,” she explained. “He was like, ‘Did they stab you?’ It was like, there were so many of them.”
Darrylene Corniel, who wasn’t present at the Live Nation sponsored event, also spoke on having to see her son through a hospital window. Because his death was reportedly ruled a homicide, she was not able to touch his deceased body—presumably due to the ongoing investigation into his murder.
“He was hit in his neck,” she recalled. “I saw him when I went to the hospital. They said it’s a homicide, so I wasn’t able to hug him or kiss him or anything like that. I had to look at him through a window.”
Following the untimely murder of Drakeo The Ruler, 28, Corniel said she isn’t resting until she receives justice for her son. Additionally, she plans to sue as she feels the venue’s security failed to do their job properly.
“We plan to sue,” she expressed. “This happened backstage at an event. Someone has to be held accountable.”
According to Rolling Stone, the incident occurred “in a roadway backstage” and caused the festival to end an hour early.
The motive for the stabbing that killed Drakeo The Ruler is unknown, but his mother believes it stemmed from “jealousy and envy.”
Although Drakeo The Ruler was taken from the rap game way too soon, he offered a catalog of music, comprised of 11 projects including his earliest, I Am Mr. Mosely, in 2015. Earlier this year, he dropped his debut album, The Truth Hurts, which houses “Talk to Me” featuring Drake. His most recent offering, So Cold I Do Em 2, arrived on Dec. 7.
XXL has reached out to a rep for Drake The Ruler and Banc of California Stadium for a comment.
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During his trip to Dubai this week, Future and his crew accepted an invitation to the Louis Vuitton store for dinner. The luxury brand was offering sushi on the menu for their guests, but Future ordered Kentucky Fried Chicken instead.
On Monday (Dec. 21), Hendrix shared on his Instagram Story a video of himself and his crew eating KFC at the Louis Vuitton store because neither him nor his friends liked sushi.
In the clip, the Atlanta rapper and his team are enjoying a bountiful feast of fried chicken and fries. Future captioned the video “Had to go for KFC, we dnt fuck with sushi,” along with a raising hands (a.k.a. praising hands) emoji.
Future also mentioned his friend and fellow rapper Zona Man. He called him “his twin,” and in the video, it looks like Zona Man is happy with Future’s food selection of KFC instead of raw fish. Interestingly, the rolled-up sushi is still on the table untouched.
In another video, Future held a plate of chicken and fries to the camera to emphasize his favorite dish. A following clip features Zona Man jokingly presenting a sushi plate to a guest, who, by the look on his face, is visibly disgusted by the plate of delectable fish.
Sushi aside, Future stirred up the Twitterverse when he announced last Friday (Dec. 16) that he’s a bigger rap star in the streets than Jay-Z.
“I’m the only one can get YE to pull up whenever wherever..tuh,” he boasted on his Twitter account. “Everything I do legendary or it want get done. Tuh.”
“In the streets im bigger then jigga,” he continued. “Ima run me a b up easy.”
Future’s bragging rights sparked a debate among rap fans. Some urged the High Off Life artist to stop capping on the platform while others agreed that Hendrix is influential among his rap peers.
Watch Future and his crew dine on KFC at the Louis Vuitton store in Dubai below.
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On Monday night (Dec. 20), the R&B singer jumped on his Instagram account and mistakenly leaked his phone number while sharing a video of people calling him and pretending they found his expensive bauble.
In the clip, three men are claiming they found his pricey earring and are willing to meet up with him in Miami. Clearly seeing that they are joking, the “Worth It” crooner, yells, “Stop callin’ my phone you curly-headed bitch!.”
In the caption of the post, YK wrote, “These people really calling my damn phone, talking bout I found it mannnn wtf is wrong With these people.”
As of this posting, it doesn’t appear that the video is currently up on YK’s IG page with his alleged phone number still visible.
This comes as the Jacksonville, Fla. singer revealed yesterday that one of the $325,000 diamond studs that he recently purchased disappeared. “I really lost one of my ear rings,” he wrote on his IG Story, adding several angry face emojis. “I’m sick,” he later mentioned.
Shortly after, YK Osiris posted a video to his page, pleading for help in recovering his high-priced jewelry.
“Listen, if anybody out there got integrity, can you please give me my earring back?” he stated. “These not no cheap earrings. It’s a lot of money. I will give you a reward for it. Whatever you want. Can you please just give me my earring back? Thank you.”
YK confirmed to XXL that he is in fact offering a $60,000 reward for his missing earring.
In another IG Story post, YK vowed to never buy a pair of earrings—presumably at such a high price—again.
“I’m never gon’ buy a pair of earrings again,” he said. He then addressed his fans: “Y’all was right and I appreciate y’all, man, y’all was right. That was the dumbest shit I ever did. I’m never buying another pair. I’m never, everrrr.”
On another note, the South Florida artist would love for people to stop trolling him on his phone.
Watch YK Osiris vow to never buy expensive earrings again below.
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The Memphis rapper dropped the video for his track “I’m Assuming” on Monday (Dec. 20), which takes place in a cemetery. During portions of the visual, Blac Youngsta is rapping in front of a crypt that has Dolph’s family’s name—Thorton–on it. Youngsta, who had a public beef with Dolph, born Adolph Thorton Jr., prior to his passing last month, is facing backlash for seemingly disrespecting the deceased rhymer.
It’s unclear if the tombstone that Blac Youngsta intermittently poses in front of in the video is actually real, but people on social media don’t believe the crypt that could belong to a member of Dolph’s family appearing in Youngsta’s video is a coincidence.
One Twitter user, who referenced Youngsta performing an old Dolph diss track during a recent show, said, “I don’t see nothing wrong with Blac Youngsta performing the song but his new video with him next to a tombstone with Dolph last name on is a bit much lol.”
Another person tweeted, “Blac Youngsta subliminally dissing Young Dolph by shooting a video in a grave yard next to a tombstone that says Thornton on it. Young Dolph’s real name is Adolph Thornton Jr.”
Last Friday (Dec. 17), Blac Youngsta performed his 2016 Young Dolph diss track “Shake Sum” during his appearance at Aces of Dallas nightclub. And at one point, Youngsta rapped the callous lyrics directed towards Dolph sans a backtrack.
While some thought Youngsta performing the record was in poor taste, others felt it was on-brand for the CMG Records artist who wasn’t one to repress his feelings towards Dolph or anyone associated with the Paper Route Empire CEO.
Young Dolph was shot and killed inside of Makeda’s Homemade Cookies on Nov. 17, but while he was alive, he had an ongoing feud with Blac Youngsta and Yo Gotti, the head of CMG Records—the label Youngsta is signed to.
In February of 2017, Young Dolph’s bulletproof SUV was shot at over 100 times while the rhymer was in Charlotte, N.C. for the annual CIAA tournament. Dolph was not harmed, but Blac Youngsta was arrested and charged in connection to the shooting. He faced six counts of discharging a firearm into occupied property and one count of felony conspiracy.
Two years later, in May of 2019, Youngsta’s charges were dropped.
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YK Osiris is seeking the public’s help in getting back his lost diamond earring.
On Monday (Dec. 20), the Jacksonville, Fla. crooner went on his Instagram Story to reveal that one of the $350,000 diamond studs that he recently purchased has gone missing.
He wrote, “I really lost one of my ear rings,” including several angry emojis. YK added, “I’m sick.”
YK also typed, “Please if anybody find my other ear ring, can u please return them,” closing out the IG post with praying hand emojis. He went on to write that he won’t be “getting another pair again,” and that he’s in disbelief over the loss of his expensive piece of jewelry.
Shortly after sharing the IG Story posts, YK Osiris posted a video to his page, pleading for help in recovering his pricey item.
“Listen, if anybody out there got integrity, can you please give me my earring back?” he began. “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 Osiris confirmed to XXL this afternoon that he is offering a $60,000 reward for his missing earring.
News emerged late last month that YK dropped a large bag on the high-priced jewels, which former NFL player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson didn’t think was the best idea. Ochocinco, who has been forthcoming in the past about wearing faux jewelry during his time playing professional football, claimed he had earrings similar to YK Osiris’, but paid a fraction of the price. Ochocinco also shared where he bought his earrings.
“I got the same earrings for $10 from Claire’s,” he tweeted.
The “Worth It” crooner responded to Ochocinco’s message, discouraging anyone from making that sort of expensive purchase.
“Ochococo talking ’bout, ‘I got the same earrings.’ That’s cool,” YK said. “To any kids out there watching this, to any folks that out there that’s looking up to me, I don’t advise you to ever pay that type of money for any type of jewelry, ever. Don’t ever say I told you that. But what I will tell you is that, do what the fuck you want to do with your money with your life. ’Cause guess what? If you broke or rich who gotta deal with that? You gotta deal with that.”
He then said, “Don’t let no Ochococo come up on Instagram talking ’bout he went to Claire’s and got $10 earrings. Hey, I salute you brother. I’m not saying that’s even wrong. It’s your life and that’s your money. Do what you want to do with it. Ochococo mind your mutha….And I’m still rich bitch. Mind your business. Stay in your business. You can hit my DM, you ain’t got to do all that capping for Instagram, man.”
Over the last few weeks, YK Osiris made headlines for owing Lil Baby $5,000 and supposedly having an unpaid $60,000 bill with Drake.
However, YK recently said he’ll be clearing all of his debts in 2022. In the meantime, hopefully Christmas comes early for YK Osiris and his earrings are returned.
Check out YK Osiris’ plea for the return of his earrings below.