Young Thugdropped his Beautiful Thugger Girls album over the weekend, with the release seemingly coming out of nowhere. Late Saturday, Thugger gave a brief explanation for the timing of his release via Twitter.
“I dropped E.B.B.T.G on 2PAC'S bday because I'm the #newPAC,” Young Thug wrote. “I feel like I am the thug he didn't get to become #SoImGoinFinishWhatHeStarted.”
From Max B calling himself “Biggaveli” to Kodak Black releasing Lil B.I.G. Pac, and Troy Ave naming an album NuPac, there are several examples of artists invoking the name of the late Tupac Shakur to promote their projects.
June 16 marked not only the late Shakur’s birthday but an official Tupac Shakur Day recognized by Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf. One can point to a rather direct correlation between Shakur’s frequent practice of calling himself a thug and using the acronym T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. and Young Thug’s rap moniker.
However, many took issue with the statement. Shakur fans and Young Thug supporters found themselves clashing in Thugger’s mentions after he posted the tweet.
Young thug is the greatest musician to ever walk this earth
This wouldn't be the first time Thugger has name checked one of his influences. Jeffery was peppered with the rapper's inspirations, with artists like Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean and Kanye West working their way into song titles. Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls is available for purchase and streaming now.
Kodak Black has been released from Broward County Jail. Sun Sentinel reporter Brett Clarkson shared an automated message he received regarding Kodak Black's release, noting that the release had not yet been confirmed.
Just got this text saying Kodak Black has been released from jail. I'm out of the office so I don't know if this has been confirmed or not pic.twitter.com/G3LWfew7pS
XXL has since confirmed the rapper's release through a representative at the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Complex has reached out to a rep for Black and will update when available.
The Painting Pictures artist was apparently quick to jump on Instagram Live following his release:
In May, Kodak Black was sentenced for violating the terms of his house arrest. Black violated his house arrest terms by attending a boxing match, visiting a Miami-Dade strip club, and “other places” without prior authorization of a probation officer. Though he was sentenced to jail time for the violation, he was also given the opportunity to be released within 30 days upon successful completion of a life skills course. Prior to the sentencing, Black fired two of his attorneys.
In a separate case, Kodak Black is accused of sexual battery against a woman in a Florence, South Carolina hotel room following a show. In the arrest warrant, Black (Dieuson Octave) is accused of forcing the victim “onto the bed in the room and then onto the floor of the room.” Black is also accused of biting the woman. A sexual assault kit, the Sun Sentinelreported in November, confirmed the victim's injuries.
Black was removed from Future's Nobody Safe Tourin April.
Waka Flocka joined the new school vs. old school debate this weekend when he commented on a meme that featured Lil Uzi Vert and Nas. The image had the words “Your Hip Hop” and “My Hip Hop” written above the artists, respectively; however, it appears Waka had an issue with Uzi’s description.
As pointed out by HotNewHipHop, the 30-year-old rapper claimed Uzi doesn’t fit in the genre, and that his style is more rock and roll than anything else.
“This post ain’t bool @liluzivert is Rock not HipHop!,” Waka wrote in the now-deleted message. “This generation has #Logic #Jcole #Meek #KDot etc. let my era just be great!!!! Side note rock artist always been edge. #ImJustTakeUp4HipHop & #TheseStreets #TheseYoungNiggasUp Big old Facts #BigHomieFlock #BigDawgBigDawg.”
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We’re not sure if the “Money Longer” artist would be insulted by Waka’s comments; after all, he is a self-proclaimed rock star who’s had plenty of rock star moments, so he might embrace the comparison. But is he OK with being excluded from the hip-hop realm?
Uzi and many other new school rappers like Lil Yachty and Kodak Black have been frequently called out for failing to adhere to the more traditional sounds and styles of hip-hop. Uzi doesn’t seem too fazed by the criticism, and has attempted to lift up his fellow new-school rappers by reminding them “the old must die.”
Kodak Black was sentenced 364 days in county jail Thursday for violating the terms of his house arrest, according to on-the-scene journalist Brett Clarkson. If Kodak completes a required life skills course, however, he could be out of jail within 30 days:
364 days in county jail … but could be shorter #KodakBlack
New attorney Brad Cohen, ahead of the sentencing, told the court that allegations in police documents against his client were “one-sided” and that he was not a “danger to the community.” According to Clarkson, Cohen added that Kodak was a “good kid” who “treats everyone well.”
He's a good kid. Nice kid. Treats everyone well. — Lawyer Brad Cohen on Kodak Black. References Kodak bonding out two other inmates
The court also heard from additional witnesses, including Kodak's godmother and Michael Kushner from Atlantic Records, the label behind this year's Painting Pictures album. Kushner said Atlantic will hire a full-time “handler” for Kodak.
Kodak's godmother just spoke. She was in tears. Close friend Vanessa Antoine about to speak.
The Broward County state attorney's office had previously expressed their desire that Kodak, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, serve eight years for the violation. The Sun-Sentinelreported that prosecutor Meredith Hough said last month that the Painting Pictures artist had “essentially squandered” his chances. His Florida Department of Corrections probation officer, however, had instead recommended a 30-day sentence and an additional year of house arrest. In a separate case in South Carolina, Kodak is accused of “sexually attacking” a woman at a Florence hotel in 2016.
Last month, Kodak Black was replaced with ASAP Ferg on Future's Nobody Safe Tour.
The verdict of an alleged February incident that featured frequently in trouble rapper Kodak Black has been reached. On Wednesday, a Florida judge reportedly found him guilty of five counts of violating his house arrest; however, the Sun Sentinel reporter Brett Clarkson tweeted it still unknown if the ruling will extend Kodak's jail time. He will return to court on May 4.
Judge finds that Kodak Black is guilty of five counts of willfully and substantially violating his house arrest.
The 19-year-old rapper was accused of punching and kicking a 34-year-old woman at a Miami-Dade strip club called “Club Climaxx.” The Florida Department of Corrections then added that incident to their list of claims that Kodak had violated his parole.
The assault is said to have occurred around 3 a.m. on Feb. 2, while the victim was at her shift as a club bartender. She told police that he “approached her and started acting belligerent.” After she pushed him away he “began to punch her numerous times all over her body and then kicked her, stopping shortly after.”
She reported the altercation to the cops during her shift on Feb. 3, where it was listed as misdemeanor battery.
Kodak is already in jail without bail for violating his house arrest, and is also facing allegations that he sexually assaulted a female fan in South Carolina. In addition to those legal problems, earlier this week it was also reported that Kodak grabbed the wrist of his anger management counselor after she threatened to call 911 due to his refusal to leave her class.
A Miami-Dade police detective said the investigation is still open because the accuser never showed up to the police station to finish her report:
MDPD det. handling allegations made by former strip club bartender against #KodakBlack says accuser never went to police station to meet her
On today's episode of Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks debate whether Future is in the top tier of rap, and who will be the next star out of Lil Uzi Vert, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty. Later, the guys break down the state of rap beef in 2017 and if it's needed in this climate or just corny in general. To that end, Budden addresses his current feud with Troy Ave, who dissed him on “Press Spray” off his new project NuPac. You can hear it below.
This week, it was revealed the 19-year-old rapper was being accused of assaulting a woman at a Miami-Dade strip club back in February. The Sun Sentinel reports the victim was a 34-year-old employee of Club Climaxx, where Kodak allegedly punched and kicked her.
According to the publication, no formal charges have been filed; however, a police incident report was presented during a court hearing Tuesday. The Florida Department of Corrections has added the assault allegations to its list of claims that Kodak has violated the terms of his probation.
No formal charges appear to have been filed, but the police report indicates the case is open/pending with a detective assigned to it.
According to the report, the incident took place at 3 a.m. Feb. 2, during the victim’s bartending shift. The woman told police Kodak “approached her and started acting belligerent.” When she pushed Kodak away, “he began to punch her numerous times all over her body and then kicked her, stopping shortly after.”
The report states the woman continued to work that night, but when she started her shift the following night, she alerted the police. The allegation is listed as misdemeanor battery.
Late last week Florida rapper XXXTentacion—whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy—was released from jail in his home state after pleading no contest to charges of home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm. These charges stem from a November 2015 incident in which he allegedly entered the home of Che Thomas and robbed him at gunpoint. The deal to withhold adjudication of the charges essentially means that the disposition of the crimes he is charged with committing will be suspended, provided he successfully completes a six-year probationary period under court mandated conditions. Among a series of requirements, the probation order states that Onfroy will not violate any law, possess a firearm or weapon, associate with any persons engaged in criminal activity, or visit places where drugs are used. If he manages to complete this strict probation, the charges will effectively disappear and Onfroy’s record will be clear.
This status is what many judges view as a logical compromise to keep young, sometimes first-time defendants out of jail and give them an opportunity to restore their behavior. At 19, however, Onfroy’s future may already have been decided on another set of pending charges that will land him back in court in just a few weeks. He’s set to begin trial on May 1 for charges stemming from an October 6, 2016 incident in which Onfroy allegedly strangled and battered his pregnant ex-girlfriend to the point where “both eyes became shut and the victim could not see.”
The prosecution appears to have ample evidence, including multiple affidavits of witnesses, 51 pages of medical records which presumably support the victim’s claims, and incriminating audio recordings of the defendant.
In an interview from prison with XXL earlier this year, Onfroy stated there was “no evidence in both cases,” and that the victim is “lying and scamming the fuck out of everybody.” The prosecution, however, appears to have ample evidence, including multiple affidavits of witnesses, 51 pages of medical records which presumably support the victim’s claims, and incriminating audio recordings of the defendant. Pitchfork reported in February that the records also include images of injuries allegedly perpetrated by Onfroy. In a recording of a phone call he made from jail, Onfroy claims that the girl was “jumped,” and that she she was never pregnant.
Nevertheless, the detail of her disputed pregnancy is not germane to the case and the evidence appears to suggest a pattern of abuse beyond the October incident. Moreover, the mere fact that this case has gotten this far is likely a testament to the strength of the evidence in that regard. Many, if not most, domestic violence charges dissipate before trial. Factors such as the sensitive relationship between the perpetrator and the victim and/or witnesses, and sometimes lack of nonverbal evidence often hamstring prosecutors. Even some of the cases with detailed evidence fail to reach trial, as plea bargains are an overwhelmingly preferred compromise in the face of a high risk trial.
At trial, Onfroy faces a minimum of 21 months and a max of 15 years in prison if convicted of aggravated battery. If he is found guilty of all other charges, he faces up to 30 years in total. Although it is unlikely that he will serve all of this time, given the breadth of evidence at play and his fairly well-documented reputation for violence, he will have a tough time convincing a jury he is not guilty. And even if he does, he still faces six years in which he will have to keep his record exceptionally clean; truly a tough bar for any 19 year old.
Among the most striking features of Onfroy’s public approach to the ordeal is his casual approach to violence and his constant denigration of his ex-girlfriend on social media. This has incited aggression within his followers; she continues to be publicly harassed on Twitter by fans and his Reddit community harbors discussions highlighting the misogynistic undertones of this case. Women victims in domestic violence situations face an excruciating uphill battle in being believed and protected from further consequences. Regardless of the details of any case, domestic violence allegations, particularly ones like these, should be taken incredibly seriously. A victim has little to gain by following through with the harrowing judicial process; she obtains no monetary damages and the process risks unmasking of intimate personal details and forces her to relive her trauma regularly. Fans are often willing to excuse behavior by their idols—but the costs of doing so in this case and in similar domestic violence cases are indisputable.
While awaiting trial, Onfroy may already already be feeling some of the fallout of his reputation. Last week, rumors circulated that Onfroy had signed to Atlantic, but they were quickly shot down by his management. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was receiving major label interest at this stage; with over 665,000 followers on SoundCloud, he already has surpassed the attention that many major label acts drum up in the first few months. Atlantic is already home to Kodak Black, another young Florida rapper who, with Atlantic’s legal and moral support was initially offered a deal to “withhold adjudication” and is now awaiting trial on domestic violence charges. Perhaps labels are waiting to see how his trial plays out, or perhaps they aren’t yet truly interested. As Migos’ Offset put it earlier this week, commenting on XXXTentacion’s allegations that Drake bit his flow, “We ain’t even heard of you, shorty. Get your ass out of jail.”
Over the last 15 years or so, there have been dozens and dozens of rappers who have compared themselves to 2Pac in various ways in their songs. This roundup from 2015 illustrates how everyone from Chief Keef and Eminem to Lil B and Lil Wayne have found a way to work one of the most influential rappers of all time into their lyrics.
But there have also been a handful of rappers in recent years who have taken things a step further. Rather than simply name-dropping 2Pac on a song as a way to compare themselves to him, they’ve actually gone on the record during interviews and concerts and told the world that they believe they are spitting images of Pac. Most recently, Troy Ave called his career the “second coming” of 2Pac during an interview with The Breakfast Club.
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“I go in the motherf*cking clubs and n*ggas going crazy,” he said. “In the clubs, in the streets, where they’re playing all the f*cking trap music and all type of sh*t, n*ggas go crazy. 'Oh sh*t, that’s Troy Ave.' N*gga, it’s the second coming of 2Pac. It’s NewPac.”
NewPac? Most people on social media panned that comparison immediately and told Troy that he is not in any way, shape, or form like 2Pac.
I can't remember the last time Troy Ave made a hit… on any radio station for that matter to say he's the next Tupac. That's disrespectful
You would think that, at this point, rappers would realize that comparing themselves to a rap legend like 2Pac is going to be met with ridicule. But that hasn’t stopped some of them from doing the same thing Troy just did. Here are several other rappers who have compared themselves to Pac in recent years.
What He Said: “It is the most significant return from incarceration that the game has had since [2Pac's All Eyez on Me]. Just given the enormous success of that project, everyone’s expecting the same results. I just want to meet the expectations, if not surpass them.” Where He Said It:Rolling Stone(2010)
When’s the last time you sat down and listened to No Mercy, the album T.I. was referencing in the quote above? It wasn’t his worst album, but it was no All Eyez on Me.
What He Said: “I ain’t 2Pac. I’m the new Pac.” Where He Said It:Concert (2013) Does Troy Ave know “New Pac” already exists?
What He Said: “When we’re standing face to face, you know who you’re talking to. You know you see me as a Gemini creator of 2014. You know you’re looking in the face of Miles Davis. You know you’re looking in the face of Lauryn Hill. You know you’re looking in the face of Pac. You know you’re looking in the face of Biggie. You know you’re looking in the face of Prince. You know you’re looking in the face of every Gemini creator.” Where He Said It:Concert (2014)
In fairness to Kanye, he was trying to make a point about SNL creator and producer Lorne Michaels and some jokes that were made at his expense. We think he made that point loud and clear.
What He Said: “Nobody in this game got my credentials. Just me and Pac. As far as Hov, Hov is a businessman. Me and Pac is more so on revolutionary leadership. Hov, that’s my G. I respect anything he do. But he’s a boss. He makes boss moves. Me and Pac, we always on the ground level, trying to motivate and inspire.” Where He Said It:Hot 97 (2014)
If you’re going to compare yourself to 2Pac, this is probably the way to do it. Jeezy hasn’t had quite the impact 2Pac did, but we can see what he was going for here.
What He Said: “I don’t think they’ll replace me now. Already my face is in the hearts of people who really love hip-hop music, and the culture’s growing to the point where you have people from all walks of life choosing it for their personal pleasure. So it’s already there. I don’t think it’s going to take me being killed to compare me to Biggie or 2Pac. I am immortal.” Where He Said It:The Guardian (2014)
50’s recent output doesn’t put him in the same category as B.I.G. and Pac. But he will likely go down as one of the more important figures in rap when it’s all said and done.
What He Said: “I only like people to know what I want them to know. People didn’t know what Tupac was doing. That’s why he was so iconic. Before [the internet], it was real superstars…I don’t engage with people that much. You can’t base your life off waking up every morning like, 'What are people saying about me now?' Then I’d never stay in my creative headspace.” Where He Said It:DuJour (2016)
Reminder: Tyga also once referred to 2Pac as “Dad” on Twitter.
What He Said: “I already know I’m a better rapper than 2Pac is. That’s just facts. One on one battle, I’ll flame Pac.” Where He Said It:Genius (2017) Joey Badass didn’t just compare himself to 2Pac once. He also doubled down on his comparison on Twitter later and said he was “referring to rap skill.”
You might not recognize the name Danielle Bregoli, but you’ve for sure seen her meme.
Bregoli is better known as the “cash me outside” girl who went absolutely viral after appearing on Dr. Phil and saying, “cash me outside, how bow dah” … for some reason. The internet ran with it and started memeing the f*ck out of Bregoli, doing anything from remixes to dances and more.
13-year-old Bregoli has now just starred in her first music video, taking up every frame in Kodak Black’s “Everything 1K.” A WorldStar Hip Hop exclusive – no surprise there – Bregoli is shown hanging out in a Rolls Royce and showing off wads of cash. Other than that, she’s just on her phone or standing around.
Have we finally reached critical mass when a girl who becomes a meme at 13 can now star in a music video premiered by WorldStar Hip Hop? Clearly. Is it a bad thing? We honestly can’t tell.
Bregoli has already reprised her role on Dr. Phil for a second time, and the results weren’t much more endearing than last time.