Ty Dolla Sign Says Beyoncé’s on Par With Michael Jackson

Complex News' Natasha Martinez caught up with Ty Dolla Sign at his hometown stop of the Don't Judge Me Tour in Los Angeles to chat about his birthday plans, his label The Movement, who he wants to see at Coachella, and how he’s a big Beyoncé fan. He even goes so far as to compare her live shows to the legendary Michael Jackson.

“Of course Beyoncé’s the queen, I would love to see Beyoncé,” Ty said. “I saw her Formation Tour […] and like watching her perform first of all, it was the most amazing show I’ve ever seen in my life. When I was a kid and used to watch Michael Jackson on TV, like seeing Beyoncé live, it gave me those vibes. Just like the greatest performer ever. Just the greatest stage set—everything about it, from her vocals to her dancing to all the attributes, she got it going.”

Ty wrapped up the majority of his Don’t Judge Me Tour in early April, and is now gearing up to join G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo, and Murda Beatz on the 32-date Endless Summer Tour, which kicks off on July 20 in Seattle and ends on Sept. 8 in Miami.

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Lil Yachty Claims He Can Rap Better Than 75% of His Hip-Hop Peers

Lil Yachty, along with some of his rap peers, believes he can out rap most of the newcomers in hip-hop.

The revelation came about when Miami rapper Smokepurpp brought the subject to light via social media. “Bro this nigga @lilyachty sooo underrated,” he tweeted. “this nigga deadass got bars and people overlook him smh, definitely top 10 rn NO CAP.” Yachty replied to the statement with his own co-sign. “real underdog bruh, I can prolly out rap 75% of the new generation but n***as sleep on me,” he replied. “Plus i ain’t got nothing to prove brother.”

Yachty doubled down on his statements when That Boy A.B. questions his lyricism, stating “you don't got bars cuzzo lol”

Lil Uzi Vert stepped into the conversation to back Yachty up.

Lil Yachty has often been challenged about the quality of his rhymes (most notably by The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne, who called him the “poster child for wack rappers” during an interview). However, it appears that Lil Boat has been working overtime to prove his doubters wrong.

Smokepurpp told XXL that Yachty blew him away during the making of their collaboration “Do Not Disturb.”

“He just freestyled that shit. Like 10 minutes, he was done with that shit. I was like, “I'm not gon' lie, his recording process, that shit is fire because he literally goes in a freestyle and it's like nothing to him. People don't give Yachty the credit that he deserves. He actually snaps. He actually says shit, he be coming with the metaphors and n***as don't give him credit for that. In my opinion, he's a good rapper—one of the best rappers out right now.”

Back in March, Yachty dropped Lil Boat 2, which boasted guest appearances by Quavo (“Talk to Me Nice”), Trippie Redd (“66”), Tee Grizzley (“Get Money Bros”), 2 Chainz (“Oops”), YoungBoy Never Broke Again (“NBA Youngboat”), and many more. The album was a sharp departure from the bubbly, more upbeat vibe of his debut album Teenage Emotions.

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Lil Uzi Vert Takes Shots at Rich the Kid on “Who Run It” Remix

“Who Run It” season continues with the official studio version of G Herbo's updated take on the Three 6 Mafia classic. As previously teased, Lil Uzi Vert uses his portion of the barnburner to go all the way off.

Uzi also sneaks in an apparent Rich the Kid diss:

Boy, you ain't rich, you a bitch

He also raps:

Your shit weak, tryna compare us or somethin'
What I made last week? Like a million or somethin'
Rich, mad 'cause your bitch ate my kids or somethin'
Man, I could fuck your wife like you sharin' or somethin'

The line about Rich's wife is likely in reference to a recent report that she filed for divorce from the rapper. It was alleged that Rich cheated on his wife with Blac Chyna and India Love.

Just last month, Rich was convinced that his Uzi-mocking “Dead Friends” wouldn't get a response from the Master of 666 at all. “I doubt it,” Rich told Rap-Up. “Not on a music level. I'm not really looking for him to respond. It really ain't no disrespect. He was talking on Twitter.”

Stream Herbo and Uzi's “Who Run It” remix below via Apple Music or grab it on iTunes.

The official “Who Run It” stream arrives at the perfect time, as there's clearly something major afoot in the Uziverse. As I wrote about Wednesday whilst unforgivably missing an obvious Mike Jones reference, Uzi’s Instagram has purportedly been taken over by a variety of people who aren’t Uzi after some login info (allegedly) found its way onto a brothel’s bathroom wall.


The latest post sees Uzi in a contemplative mood in front of a tent, with the caption—supposedly not written by Uzi—taking aim at Uzi’s “bosses” for not letting him drop new music. “Thank me later Uzi I'm leakin' songs for your fans,” the caption promised.




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Rich the Kid Drops Full Version of Lil Uzi Vert Diss “Dead Friends”

Rich the Kid kicked his Lil Uzi Vert diss track out into the real world Monday.


9:00 am “Dead Friends” on #Beats1🥀🥀🥀

A post shared by Rich The Kid (@richthekid) on Mar 26, 2018 at 8:14am PDT

“Dead Friends” premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Show, the latest entry of which also featured an interview with Rich about the story behind this World Is Yours cut. When Lowe asked him to clarify what he's saying on this track, Rich at first said he was “just letting people know how money changes people.”

Lowe then pointed out the obvious Uzi references, noting that—and this is quite worth noting—Uzi and Rich are “fundamentally different” artists. “It's funny because I made this record months before all that, and so whatever darkness comes to light,” Rich said. “So you listen to the song, you know what's going on. Billboard don't lie.”


Asked if his issues with Uzi were mere “entertainment,” Rich said he's just waiting on an Uzi response. “You know you can't write better than me though,” he added, calling Uzi a “singer.”

A video for “Dead Friends,” directed by Louie Knows, is expected shortly. Apparently, Rich's team hired an Uzi lookalike for the shoot.

Anyway, The World Is Yours is out Friday. Rich's 14-track debut album features appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Khalid, Quavo, Offset, Chris Brown, Jay Critch, Swae Lee, Offset, and Trippie Redd.

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Tekashi 69 Interview Reactions, Rich the Kid vs Uzi, Lupe Apologizes to Kendrick + More | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Wayno, Nadeska, and Star break down Tekashi 69’s recent Breakfast Club interview, Rich the Kid going at Lil Uzi Vert even more, Lupe apologizing to everyone, and much more. 

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Breaking Down Lil Pump’s Deal, XXX Album Expectations, Uzi & Hov? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, Star, Nadeska, and Wayno take a closer look at Lil Pump’s new record deal, debate about how much XXXTentacion will sell, and ponder whether a Lil Uzi Vert and Jay Z collab would be dope. 

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Diddy Says Rap Is Diluted, Rich The Kid vs Uzi, Bow Wow Gets a W | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Wayno joins DJ Akademiks, STAR, and Nadeska to talk about the latest news in rap, including Diddy’s comments that the game is currently diluted because of all the new acts. The crew also broke down Rich the Kid dissing Lil Uzi Vert, and reacted to Bow Wow beating Lonzo Ball in a shooting contest. 

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Who Is Lil Skies?

Lil Skies released his first-ever project, Alone, in January of 2017. By the end of that same year, his life had changed drastically: the Waynesboro, PA rapper had become one of the internet's buzziest rappers, was about to go on tour with Lil Uzi Vert, signed a deal, and even made it through his first press tour. Skies made the right allies along the way, including director Cole Bennett, the YouTube sensations CUFBOYS, and singer/songwriter Landon Cube.

The 19-year-old teamed with Bennett and Cube for the “Nowadays” and “Red Roses” videos, both of which have become breakout hits for Skies. The songs appear on the Life of a Dark Rose project, which dropped back in December. When we linked up with him in New York City, the artist born Kimetrius Foose had just announced his first headlining tour. “I'm making it, but I ain't made it yet,” he told us. “This is my art… I'm trying to make all types of music for all types of crowds. I want it to be everywhere.”

Part of his appeal lies in a subversion of expectations. Lil Skies might have similar traits (tattoos abound, including the numbers eight and nine on his eyelids) to the wave of “SoundCloud rappers” that dominated industry conversations in 2017, but he's coming with a different sound. Life of a Dark Rose is unique in its straightforwardness—Skies' voice is largely unimpeded by effects and filters, and he has the bars to back it up. From the opening “Welcome To The Rodeo,” he's right up in your face, a defiant new voice of a generation finding its confidence. Skies' career is just beginning, but he's already sounding like a pro. “I can't stop even if I wanted to,” he says. “Now I got it, so I have to keep moving. Even when shit's good.” 

Watch our latest Who Is? with Skies above, and revisit his Trending Topics episode below. 

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NFL Star Melvin Gordon Does His Best Lil Uzi Vert Impersonation and Keeps It Real on NFL Rappers

One day, Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is hoping to play in a Super Bowl. But for now, the former Wisconsin standout had to settle for attending Super Bowl Weekend in Minnesota, and when he did, Complex News caught up with him to talk about playing in the cold weather, NFL rappers, his love for Lil Uzi Vert (he even did an Uzi impersonation!), and more.

Gordon also opened up about the trash talking that goes on in the NFL, the never-ending reign of “the G.O.A.T.” Tom Brady (pre-Super Bowl LII loss, of course), and the worst purchase he’s made since becoming an NFL player. Let’s just say there’s a jeweler out there who managed to make off with more of Gordon’s money than he should have when he sold him a chain at the beginning of his NFL career.

Check out our interview with Gordon in the video above. It shouldn’t be long before this guy is front and center at a Super Bowl himself.

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