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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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.”

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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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Trippie Redd Talks About Not Being Included on “God’s Plan”

When Drake released his song “God’s Plan” many wondered what happened to Trippie Redd’s verse. An early version of the track featured the up and coming artist. Despite the song’s massive success, Trippie took to Instagram to say that he wasn’t “salty” about not being included. 

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Swae Lee’s ‘Swaecation’ Solo Debut Is Coming Very Soon

It may still be winter, but it looks like it's time for a Swaecation.

Swae Lee is breaking out from his brotherly duo Rae Sremmurd momentarily to give fans his first solo project. On Twitter the 24-year-old rapper/singer announced that 2018 will be the year of Swae Lee with Swaecation Vol. 1, alongside Rae Sremmurd’s highly-anticipated next album SremmLife 3.When a fan asked how soon we could expect a project full of melodic hooks and R&B flavors, Swae responded “definitely in like less than a month confirmed.”

Of course Swae is no stranger to working without his brother Slim Jxmmi. The singer has lent his melodious vocals to many collaborators including French Montana, Ty Dolla Sign, and Trippie Redd.

This new project, however, does not signal steps toward the end of one of the most successful sibling duos of all time. On the contrary, it looks like they're just getting started. SremmLife 3 is on the way, and in a new documentary about the group, Mike WiLL Made-It said “Sremm, they're ready to be in movies, they're ready to be in commercials, they're ready to be models.” 

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There's no word yet on what collabs, if any, will be on Swae's upcoming project or what kind of sounds we can expect, but we'll take this little piece of advice from the artist himself and stay optimistic that good things are coming our way. 

 

Stay optimistic , what’s yours will come your way

A post shared by Swae Lee (@swaelee) on Jan 8, 2018 at 2:01pm PST

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It’s Time to Stop Using the Term “SoundCloud Rap”

As of right now, we promise not to call anything SoundCloud rap.

Despite how restrictive that label was, we all knew what it meant. It described a unique scene that existed on the SoundCloud platform and for a minute, it was useful. Since then, things have changed. Artists like Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, and Ski Mask The Slump God are now a part of the mainstream discussion. They're in the charts, on the radio, and selling out shows around the world. It's much bigger than SoundCloud.

For some reason, a lot of people are still calling it all SoundCloud rap. Let's stop. In our latest P&P Update, we discuss the term SoundCloud rap, explain why we're done using it, and look to the future.

R.I.P. SoundCloud rap. It was fun while it lasted.

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Trippie Redd, Jessie Reyez, and More Artists Set to Take Over in 2018

It’s almost the end of the year, and 2017 was a crazy one for music. We heard some incredible albums, listened to some amazing songs, and were introduced to a lot of great new artists. 2018 is probably going to be a breakout year for a lot of them, and for our latest P&P Update video we take a look at just four artists set to take over.

Watch the video above, and see more video content with Trippie Redd, Injury Reserve, Jessie Reyez, and Joji below.

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Bill Nye Comes for B.o.B About Flat Earth Beliefs

B.o.B made us scratch our heads when he shared in a series of tweets that had “scientific” evidence the Earth was flat and not round.

Bobby Ray is so committed to being a flat Earth truther that he tried to confront Nasa and Neil Degrasse Tyson’s logic on Twitter (and wrote a diss track called “Flatline” at him), dropped a series of mixtapes where he comments on society, politics, and conspiracy theories, and now wants to launch a satellite through a GoFundMe to prove once and for all the Earth is flat.

Then there’s Kyrie Irving, who is also a firm believer that the Earth is flat. But he could be trolling with his stance, who the hell knows.

It’s enough to get Bill Nye so fired up that he wants to debunk every flat Earth theory out there. Complex's Khal and Frazier Tharpe sat down with him recently to hear his thoughts about the phenomenon.

“The dismissal of so much human knowledge is crystallized that the Earth might be flat. It’s just saying, everyone we came before me is a dumbass and that’s wrong,” he says. “The passion, beauty, and joy – the PB&J of science – is you can do it for yourself. It’s not man, woman. It’s not recently from Africa, recently from Europe. It’s true for everyone—the Earth goes around the sun, the Earth is a ball.”

“And if you believe the flat Earth, go to the freaking edge, and take a picture. Post it on the ‘Gram.”

Facts. You can watch the video above.

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Watch DRAM Get Interviewed by Puppies

When the twisted minds behind Hounded first conceived of the show, DRAM's name was circled in red at the top of our guest wish list. His buoyant personality, excellent music, and pro-dog lifestyle put him squarely in our sights—but it almost didn't happen.

Because DRAM's been busy in 2017. He opened for Kendrick Lamar on the latter's DAMN. tour, dropped a bunch of videos, released the #1HappyHoliday EP and high-profile collaborations with the likes of Trippie Redd and Playboi Carti, gifted us a deluxe version of Big Baby D.R.A.M.—the list goes on. 

So the anticipation was real by the time DRAM faced off with the puppies of Hounded (baby bulldogs this time), and the Virginia crooner didn't disappoint. They grilled DRAM on the difference between Hampton Beach and the DMV, his experiences with Kendrick, and what triggers his rage. Watch what happens in the Season 1 finale above, and look out for more of Hounded in 2018.

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Here Are the First Week Sales Projections for Eminem, N*E*R*D, and G-Eazy

This week saw a considerable amount of releases in the hip-hop realm, from Eminem's highly anticipated ninth studio album Revival and G-Eazy's third studio album The Beautiful & Damned, to Jeezy's Pressure. Though we still have a bit of time before the official numbers come in, HITS Daily Double has released its projections for what those numbers will look like.

Unsurprisingly, Eminem is projected to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Charts with an estimated 280-300k total units moved.

G-Eazy's The Beautiful & Damned isn't too far behind with 135-155k. Jeezy's Pressure, which is stacked with features from Diddy , 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz, Kendrick LamarJ. Cole and more, is projected to move 55-65k while the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is also dominating the box office, comes in fourth on the list with  38-44k. 

N*E*R*D's fifth studio album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES rounds it off with 16-21k. The project boasts features from FutureRihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more. 

G-Eazy will head on the road beginning in February to support his newly released album. The tour, in which he will be accompanied by Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo, will kick off in Houston. Check out dates below. 

The Beautiful & Damned Tour Dates
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Feb. 17 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Feb. 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Feb. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
Feb. 28 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON – Rebel March 14 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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