Playboi Carti has built up a cult-like following over the years throughout his transformation into one of Hip Hop’s superstar trendsetters.
In a rare interview with XXL published Tuesday (April 12), Carti credited Tech N9ne as a pioneer of his gothic rockstar movement.
XL: You were talking about Tech N9ne earlier. Go back into that. Is that why you are wearing some face paint today? He’s known for that.
Playboi Carti: Tech N9ne, he’s the pioneer of what I got going on right now. When it comes to having a cult following, embracing yourself and sticking to your vision, Tech N9ne is the pioneer of that. So, it’s only right I give him his flowers. And, he’s very big in his own world and it’s the same thing with me. Even with the merch.
With the performance, the merch, the presentation, the Juggalo fans and the die-hard audience…
You [said before] he’s one of the best performers, all of that. And then, if you asked a younger kid today, he’ll say that for me. He’s one of the persons who…
Music-wise? Aesthetically? When did that start? People in hip-hop used to not want to embrace Tech as much as they do now. So, you saying this is a surprise.
I just like how he’s consistent, like his vision. He stuck to his own vision. People like him are before their time, you know what I’m saying? He’s a genius and I’m a genius, so that’s how I see it.
So, you are kind of like a 2.0, 3.0 version of that kind of movement? Not the music, but the same overall package?
I’m more of like, I’m a real-life artist. I really studied his shit before I even get into things. Tech N9ne is the pioneer of this shit. Rock stars. He embraced the rock star, punk shit in hip-hop and it’s fire.
Have you worked together? Have you given him his flowers in person? Is he going to be surprised by what you’re saying or does he know that you feel that way?
From a new episode of The CH News Show, the cast sits down to react to fellow comedian Godfrey response to TI calling him a hater after comments Godfrey made about TI’s venture into stand-up. Pierre, Capone, Vanessa Fraction share their reaction with Symphony Thompson.
In this clip, Token talked about how he manages his mental health by focusing on his music and enjoying his relationship. Token spoke in depth about his girlfriend and how she makes him “feel human” at a point in his life where others don’t see him as such due to his career. He also discussed having to deal with internet trolls and their antisemitic comments before detailing his Sway freestyle going viral and how that completely changed his life. Token discussed working with some hip-hop legends like Tech 9ine and even spoke about why he decided to turn down a meeting with a particular hip-hop icon that he’s often compared to.
Later in the clip, Token talked about some of the collaborations he’s had recently like Lil Skies and how he’s looking forward to working with artists like Doja Cat. He added why he has so much respect for artists who came up unconventionally because of his own unorthodox path to becoming a rapper. The clip concludes with a brief acapella freestyle.
Marina has admitted to dismembering Andy’s body – but claimed he died of a drug overdose and denies murdering him.
She claims she chopped up the 30-year-old’s remains so his fans would never know he had died such an “inglorious” death – and planned to report him as a missing person.
The 37-year-old remains the only suspect in the case and is currently under house arrest pending investigation.
His death came after she discovered he was having an affair with a 26-year-old fan.
Despite law enforcement’s efforts however, there was no evidence that she killed him.
But new forensic evidence suggests that Andy was still alive when he was dismembered and that he died from oxygen starvation, reports Russian media.
The bizarre case had been labelled in the press the “perfect murder” due to the lack of evidence and mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.
Sources told Russian media that Andy – real name Alexander Yushko – was in a state of “pronounced hypoxia” before he died.
Many of his organs were disposed of by Kokhal but the latest scientific evidence indicates the dismembering “occurred shortly – a few minutes, dozens of minutes – before death”.
Earlier, investigators had believed he died from an injection of a hard-to-trace insulin substitute drug intended for diabetics.
After she was held, Kokhal’s lawyers told how she was initially accused by detectives of “drinking her dead husband’s blood and having sex with his corpse”.
Some body parts were located in her fridge, others in bin liners intended for disposal, while his fingertips were fed to rats in the yard outside, it is alleged.
Forensic experts say eight key organs were unavailable to them, namely his stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, gall and urinary bladders, intestines, adrenal glands, and prostate gland.
They were either missing or had been put through a washing machine, it was reported.
According to Komsomolskaya Pravda, “not a drop of blood” was found in his remaining body parts – yet he had a critically low level of glucose perhaps due to “drug administration”.
Marina and Andy’s child has been sent to an orphanage while the investigation continues – with the case due to return to court this month.
Defence lawyers earlier claimed that Kokhal was quizzed on “disgusting” and “sick” claims.
They said she was asked: “Did you taste his blood?”
And it was alleged she “had sex with the corpse”.
Her defence claimed this questioning amounted to illegal coercion to testify by use of threats which allegedly included taunts that investigators would find a “good orphanage” for her infant son when she was jailed.
The platinum-selling recording artist once known as Mulatto has officially changed her name. On Monday, rapper Latto debuted her new moniker on music streaming platforms like Tidal, Spotify, and Apple Music as she gears up to release an album on Friday.
For several months, the Clayton County-raised performer has discussed the possibility of changing her stage name as the term “mulatto” is described as offensive.
According to the Pew Research Center, the term “mulatto” – mulato in Spanish – commonly referenced a person of mixed-race ancestry with white European and Black African roots. However, it was often used in a derogatory fashion during the times of slavery and segregation in America. The root of the word mula, or mule, refers to the offspring of a horse and a donkey.
In the latest edition of Merriam-Webster, the word is still marked/labeled as “usually offensive.”
The literary trope “tragic mulatto” was born from the word in the early 1840s largely in credit to Lydia Maria Child. “The myth almost exclusively focuses on biracial individuals, especially women, light enough to pass for white,” according to an article by ThoughtCo which explores the history of the trope.
Latto, whose real name is Alyssa Michelle Stephens, identifies as biracial. Back in 2016, she emerged in the music industry as Miss Mulatto in the first season of Jermaine’s Dupri’s reality competition series on Lifetime, “The Rap Game.”
“I’m passionate about my race. I’m Miss Mulatto. The term mulatto technically is a racist slur. It means someone that’s half Black and half white. So it’s, like, controversial,” she said during her time on the show. “I took that negativity from the word mulatto and now … everybody calls me Miss Mulatto.”
She was only 15 years old at the time.
The now 22-year-old “Queen of the South” artist hinted during an interview with HipHopDX at the 2020 BET HipHop Awards that she was thinking about changing her name.
“It is a controversy that I hear and see every day as far as my name goes, so I would be lying to say no I never thought of that. But I can’t say too much … right now, because it’s going to be a part of something bigger,” she told HipHopDX in 2020.
After much social media scrutiny and reflection, the southern lyricist stayed true to her word and revealed that she would change her name in a trending interview with Hot Freestyle back in January.
“You know you might know your intentions, but these are strangers who don’t know you, never even met you in person,” Mulatto expressed in the interview. “So you gotta hear each other out, and if you know those aren’t your intentions and that’s how it’s being perceived, it’s like why not make a change or alter it? For me, it was the name. So now I’m like, ‘OK, my intentions was to never glorify being mulatto.’ So if that’s how it’s being perceived and people think I’m saying, ‘Oh, I’m better because I’m mulatto’ or ‘My personality trait is mulatto’ … then I need to change the matter at hand.”
Latto said she would not just change her social media handles because “that’s not sensitive enough to the subject matter” and she wants “to be able to speak on it” so people can hear her out. She said changing your name in the music industry is no easy feat and it comes with a load of logistics.
“I want them to also understand that the name change at this level in your career is a big decision,” the 22-year-old rapper said during her Hot Freestyle interview. “Freaking investors, labels, everything … been riding on this name, so it is a big decision … it’s way deeper than a tweet.”
She made it clear that multiple aspects were involved in the decision and a variety of business partners had a “say so in that decision.”
“It’s not like me being ‘I want to do this’ and then it’s just done,” she said.
The platinum-selling artist made a video post on Instagram Tuesday evening teasing a potential song speaking on the name change.
“You gotta be strategic with the word choice because it could come off a way that you don’t mean. That’s how I got in this predicament in the first place with the damn name,” she said. “That’s why you gotta be proactive with the word choice … gotta think ahead … my intentions weren’t for the backlash … exactly what I’m saying in the song … intentions weren’t for that.”
MF DOOM deserves a college course dedicated to him. He feels like a puzzle, trapped in an enigma, bear-hugged by metaphor. Since the 1999 release of what can be considered his solo debut album, Operation Doomsday, MF DOOM has lived in a self-created mystical world on the opposite side of the universe from contemporary Hip Hop. He’s impossible to pigeonhole and incredibly tough to describe, because he assumes different characters constantly. His music is the best kind of bar-heavy, astoundingly vivid. Almost always unconventional song structure. Few hooks allowed. Let’s break it down…
The latest clip showed MBNel explaining the line, “I’m dying for my family, give a f*** about this rap sh**,” from his track “In My City.” The Stockton rapper then broke down all of his face tats except for the cross on his left cheek.
The conversation transitioned back to his family and he described what his immigrant mother thinks of the direction he took in his life. According to Nel, many immigrant parents take a risk by fleeing poverty to move to America and provide more opportunities for their children. Because of this, they expect their children to go to college and join the workforce. The clip concludes with MBNel talking about wanting a better life for his daughter.
Protesters gathered outside a New York Police Department precinct in Brookyln, New York, to protest against police action on August 1 after an elderly Asian woman was robbed and set on fire.
The protest featured a speech from rapper and former gang member China Mac, who wore a shirt saying “proud af to be Asian” and told the crowd the incident “looked like a hate crime to me” and suggested the officers knew it was a hate crime.
Local media reported the 89-year-old was robbed after leaving her Bensonhurst home on July 14. Police told ABC7 there was no evidence she was specifically targeted and no derogatory remarks were made by the suspects.