Issa Rae Says That She’ll Never Listen to R. Kelly Again

In anticipation of her new Complex cover, Insecure creator and star Issa Rae visited the Complex office in New York City to sit down with DJ Akademiks and Joe Budden for Everyday Struggle. This conversation happened the same week that the world learned about R. Kelly's “cult,” and Issa didn't mince words when it came to her feelings about R. Kelly now.

“I mean, I was a fan,” Issa began, “but when I heard the first reports and starting reading a bunch of the articles, I was off it, I was kind of disgusted. I just don't have a tolerance for that kind of behavior, and I can't separate from the music, especially when the music is about the behavior.”

Rae continued, “I took the music off my iTunes, and if there's a song that plays elsewhere, I just don't listen. I'm extreme, I guess, just because I was disgusted by it. This doesn't really surprise me, it hasn't change my opinion of him. It's remained the same. I did the same thing for Woody Allen.” Strong words from Issa, but totally understandable.

For more on Issa Rae ahead of the season 2 premiere of Insecure on Sunday, July 23 only on HBO, check out our cover story and the full episode of Everyday Struggle.

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Is Migos Dropping ‘Culture II’ Soon?

January 27, 2017 brought the arrival of the Migos album Culture. Aided by a hit single in “Bad and Boujee” and a timely shout out from Donald Glover, the project gave the Atlanta trio their first No. 1 album with 131,000 equivalent album units sold during its first week of release. Now there are strong indicators Quavo, Takeoff and Offset are gearing up for a repeat.

An attendee captured footage from what appears to be Future’s Nobody’s Safe tour stop in Mountain View, California. During the set, Quavo could clearly be heard chanting, “Culture II dropping soon.”

Flyers advertising Culture II with a “coming soon” tag were also spotted outside of a venue hosting Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash event.

The choice to release another album would be a somewhat curious one, as Culture singles “Bad and Boujee,” “Slippery” and “T-Shirt” currently occupy spots on Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100” chart. Katy Perry’s “Bon Appetit,” Calvin Harris’ “Slide” and Lil Yachty’s “Peek A Boo” also feature Migos, while Quavo and Offset can be found as featured artists on singles ranging from Gucci Mane’s “Met Gala” to 2 Chainz’s “Good Drank.”

Culture II isn’t the only rumored, Migos-related project with a somewhat nebulous release date. Both Quavo and Travis Scott have been teasing a joint project, with Scott posting a brief tweet about the collaboration Friday.

It would appear fans may get some new Migos material soon, with the question being whether it will be from Takeoff, Quavo and Offset or in the form of Quavo linking up with Scott.

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Tristan Thompson and David West Getting Incredibly Close During Altercation Sparks Memes

Tempers flared once again in the 2017 NBA Finals when David West and Tristan Thompson got in each other's face after the Golden State Warriors forward pushed away Kyrie Irving as the two were battling for possession of the ball. Play-by-play announcer Mike Breen stated that the Thompson and West were “nose-to-nose,” but it was more like “mouth-to-mouth” or “facial hair-to-facial hair.” 

The visual of Thompson and West being close to one another was eventually going to bring about its fair share of memes because, of course.    

There were people who felt like the Thompson and West altercation looked like something they had seen before. 

Others brought Thompson's girlfriend Khloe Kardashian into the conversation. 

Some were actually kinda jealous. 

And finally, we will just leave this one here. 

Send all complaints, compliments, and tips to sportstips@complex.com.

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5 Things We Learned About Joey Badass on ‘Everyday Struggle’

Though a lot of the rap world has been happy to throw dirt on the New York hip-hop scene, Joey Badass continues to carve out his lane within the city's storied history. After coming up through the underground and breaking through with projects like 1999, Badass has since established himself as one of the foremost lyricists in the game on recent projects like All-Amerikkkan Badass.

The 22-year-old rapper walks a fine line between paying homage to the old guard of rap while still staying relevant and fresh in today's scene. Badass sat down with the Everyday Struggle crew on Monday, and talked about a bunch of topics, from the stagnation of New York radio, Amber Rose, and much more. Here's what we learned from the interview.

Joey feels New York radio was slow to recognize him.

The DJs in New York City have a lot of cultural gravitas, and though the streaming era has changed how we hear new music for the first time, Badass noted that he felt unsupported by local radio when he was on the come up.

“There are many ways I could have been more supported,” said Badass. “The world recognized me before my home did. They should have jumped right on it. I was young, I didn’t know how to establish relationships and keep them.”

He takes (some) responsibility for not nurturing relationships early.

Despite how he feels on the radio front, Badass admitted he's partially responsible for his own predicament. Still, he continued to emphasize that people outside his hometown were happy to show love early on compared to his hometown.

“I didn’t realize I was burning a bridge by not communicating,” he said. “I think radio should never be late on local artists. I’m from here, I’m one of the few touring globally. Just me and [ASAP] Rocky … L.A., they've always supported me. I'm getting more love from L.A. than my own town.”

Joey spent a lot of money making All-Amerikkkan Badass, but he doesn't regret it.

Fans like to focus on how much an album sold or how much profit is being made from a tour, but few people think about what it takes to put together an album. Badass highlighted the cost of putting together his latest project, but he told Everyday Struggle it's not a concern for him.

“This is probably the most expensive album,” he said. “I probably spent like, I want to say a quarter [million]. It was definitely worth it, every cent.”

Joey thinks most hip-hop beef is lame.

After Remy Ma put Nicki Minaj on the Summer Jam screen, the Everyday Struggle crew had to talk about their long, drawn-out beef. But the young rapper claims he doesn't really pay any mind to that sort of thing, because he has a preference for settling the score through competitive freestyle instead of trading songs back-and-forth.

“Don't care about that beef shit,” he said. “I prefer sparring. Hip-hop beef is not going back and forth with tracks.”

He thinks you should respect hip-hop's youth movement.

The Everyday Struggle crew has had dust ups with some of the younger rappers in the game—what up, Lil Yachty—but Badass thinks a whole lot of people are underselling just how big some of the kids on the rise are right now.

Playboi Carti has the whole youth in his hand,” he said. Badass went on to defend Yachty, and accused Budden of downplaying the movement behind him. “You just don't want him to be happy. He might not be a star in two years, [but] he's a mega star right now.”

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Trending Topics: DJ Carnage on Donald Glover, Young Thug, and Game of Thrones

DJ Carnage is a name equally respected in dance and hip-hop circles. He's an established name on the live festival circuit, even starting his own, RARE, in Orlando. That's where he met Young Thug, and the two linked up for an EP that's coming soon. Carnage's other upcoming collaborations are no less impressive—Lil YachtyMigos, and Meek Mill are among those who have recently blessed a Carnage beat, and the results are massive. 

Those tracks are on the way, but when DJ Carnage stopped by the offices, we wanted to talk about the here and now. For the latest episode of Trending Topics, we asked the artist about that Thug EP, the many talents of Donald Glover, and what it takes to enjoy a festival the right way. Watch Carnage's Trending Topics above, and check out last week's cut with Ryan Hemsworth below. 

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate If Lil Yachty’s Debut Album Flopped

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska listen to the new Jay Electronica song and try to determine whether or not they're still waiting on his album. They also break down Tyga's career to this point and if the door is closed on his potential comeback. The crew also check out the snippet of the leaked LeBron James and Kevin Durant rap song from 2011 and imagine who has the best verse. Later, Budden and Akademiks debate over Lil Yachty's first week numbers for Teenage Emotions before going through their best albums of the year, so far. 

 

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Lil Yachty Says His Team Told Him to Lie About the Controversial Cello Line

We're barely a week into the release of Lil Yachty's debut studio album, Teenage Emotions. One of the more controversial moments from it is the “cello” line off “Peek-A-Boo,” which Yachty blamed on his A&R, because he “listened to that song many times, and he allowed me to say that.” Yachty then said he “thought Squidward played the cello,” and acknowledged that he fucked up.

During his recent stop at Hot 97 for Ebro in the Morning, Ebro brought up the cello line, and Rosenberg revealed a piece of an off-air conversation that he had with Yachty about the cello line, saying that “people said to him, 'You could just say a cello was a nickname for a dick,'” but Yachty kept it a thousand, admitting to Rosenberg, “No, I actually thought it was a woodwind instrument.'” This specific part begins at the nine-minute mark.

Yachty point blank said, “My A&R told me, I could say it's like a big dick,” but he figured it made more sense “to just tell the truth.” Although now he admits that “was the wrong idea, the wrong thing to do.”

This expanded into a huge conversation about some of the most confusing lyrics in hip-hop, but if you're here for more Yachty-specific talk, make sure you check out Yachty's short list of foods he actually digs (which includes pizza, corn dogs, and sugary soda), as well as talk about what he actually does since he doesn't hit the club or get drunk or high (spoiler alert: he usually just shops, plays video games, and gets cozy with the fairer sex). Yachty also talks about his recent visit on Everyday Struggle and going toe-to-toe with Joe Budden. You can check that out at the 13:14 mark.

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Before ‘Teenage Emotions’: How Lil Yachty Got Here

Lil Yachty takes a huge step forward in his career with the release of his debut studio album Teenage Emotions. But what got us to this point? How did Lil Yachty become the phenomenon that everybody's talking about? Here are some of the high points of his journey to stardom.

January 2014: Yachty shares his first IG post

Yachty is nothing if not a master of social media. He currently has nearly three million Instagram followers, and gained much of his following via IG and other social media platforms. But it all started on Jan. 8, 2014 (175 weeks ago, in Instagram terms), when he posted this BRE (Before the Red hair Era) photo. 

 

trapaholics nigga I shoulda been had onna deez

A post shared by KING BOAT #fortheyouth (@lilyachty) on Jan 8, 2014 at 1:56pm PST

As the son of a prominent hip-hop photographer who was a veteran in front of the camera by the age of four, Lil Boat was a natural fit for Instagram. 

August 2014: He drops his first song on SoundCloud

Yachty didn't really break through until late 2015 (more on that later), but he had plenty of music before then. While some argue that his debut track was “Bitter Sweet,” the very first track he posted on SoundCloud on Aug. 10, 2014 was the confusingly-spelled “I Got the Baag.” Check it below.

Summer 2015: Yachty moves to NYC

In the summer of 2015, not long after adopting his nickname and nautical-themed style, the teenager formerly known as Miles McCollum moved to New York City with one simple plan: meet famous people. As someone with an eye on the fashion and streetwear worlds, Yachty wanted to meet and impress people like “fashion influencer” Luka Sabbat. “They're the cool kids all the kids listen to,” Yachty told Rolling Stone. “It was strategic. They helped my name build.” 

August 2015: Busted for credit card fraud

While back in Georgia that same summer, Yachty and a 21-year-old friend named Clarence Logan were busted at a mall with over three dozen fake credit cards between them. They were charged with forgery, fraud, and counterfeiting, and Yachty was let go on $11,000 bail.

December 2015: “One Night” used in popular comedy video 

Yachty's first big break arguably came at the very end of 2015, when his song “One Night” was used in a comedy video by Caleon Fox called “When Bae Hits You With That 'So What Are We?'” Almost immediately, YouTube commenters started asking what the song used in the skit was.

February 2016: Yachty models at Yeezy Season 3 show

By early 2016, Yachty had become close with the controversial tastemaker Ian Connor, who last year was accused of rape by multiple women. Connor played some of Yachty's tunes for Kanye West, which led to Yachty being invited to model for Kanye's Yeezy Season 3/album release show at Madison Square Garden.

March 2016: He drops his debut mixtape 'Lil Boat'

Yachty released his debut mixtape Lil Boat in the weeks after the Kanye show. The project proved the teenage rapper had a unique style that went beyond his social media presence.

April 2016: Collaborates with D.R.A.M. on “Broccoli”

April 6 was the release date for the hit collaboration with D.R.A.M., “Broccoli.”

May 2016: Works on Chance the Rapper's 'Coloring Book'

Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book featured Yachty alongside Young Thug on the track “Mixtape.”

June 2016: Yachty Spits a Hot 97 Freestyle

That June, Lil Yachty appeared on NYC radio station Hot 97 with Ebro Darden. When asked if he was a rapper, he said, “No. I don't know.” And then, as if to prove his point, he wiped out during a freestyle

The back-and-forth with Darden and Hot 97 continued, with Yachty releasing a song aimed at them in July. He then joined Ebro again on the latter's Beats 1 show in November for something resembling a reconciliation.

June 2016: Signs With Quality Control and Capitol

June was a huge month for Yachty. In addition to the Hot 97 appearance, he revealed he was signing to Atlanta powerhouse Quality Control. That was quickly followed by the announcement of a joint venture between Capitol and QC for Yachty's next project. Also that month? Yachty made the XXL Freshmen list

July 2016: 'Summer Songs 2' Drops

Yachty keeps the music coming in July with the release of Summer Songs 2 and an accompanying short film called Keep Sailing.

August, 2016: Yachty disses Biggie, Pt. 1

In an interview with Billboard, Yachty says he “honestly couldn't name five songs” by either 2Pac or the Notorious B.I.G. Outrage follows.

October 2016: Want a Sprite?

Yachty teams up with LeBron James for a Sprite ad featuring Yachty's hit “Minnesota.”

November 2016: Expands into fashion

Yachty's nautical fascination finally pays off when he's asked to model a collaboration between Urban Outfitters and Nautica.

November 2016: Yachty disses Biggie, Pt. 2

During an appearance on Pitchfork's “Over/Under” series, Yachty refers to Biggie as “overrated.” He quickly apologizes.

December 2016: Links with Kyle for “iSpy”

Towards the end of 2016, Yachty teams up with Kyle to release “iSpy.”

February 2017: Getting that Target money

Yachty has never been one to shy away from endorsements (“endorsement money is huge,” he noted in a 2016 New York Times profile). So it was no surprise that he did an ad for Target. What was a surprise was a) it was a collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen and b) it featured a remake of Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's 1988 classic “It Takes Two.” 

March 2017: Named one of Forbes' 'Cash Princes'

Yachty's newfound commercial and financial success is celebrated by Forbes, who names him one of the magazine's Cash Princes alongside Desiigner, D.R.A.M., Noname, and others. That same month, he teams with Nautica for a second collection.

It will be interesting to see where Lil Yachty takes his career from here. Man cannot live on controversy and cool hair alone, so we'll be looking forward to seeing what happens when he becomes a little more established and no longer has to defend his every move against criticism from rap purists. What will Lil Yachty be like in a world where he's not constantly battling for acceptance—a world where, perhaps, there may even be a teenager or two rebelling against him? Whatever happens, we'll be listening.

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