Reveals Top 3 Most Popular Freshman Class Cyphers

A preface: the most popular does not always equate to the best. Yet there is merit in popularity, as mass appeal is a difficult achievement for any creator in any given medium. And while rap fans love to endlessly debate any given category, XXL has made our lives easier by sharing a few notable numbers. More specifically, the most popular XXL Freshman Cypher Freestyles, as based on YouTube views. Whether that equates to the most lyrically adept is another discussion altogether, but it’s certainly interesting nonetheless.

According to their findings, the most popular Freshman freestyle all time belongs to the 2016 class, which tallied a whopping 139 million views. The class, which features Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, and Denzel Curry proved a strange hybrid indeed, and the beginning an era in which lyricism would no longer sit at the forefront such activities.

Next up is the following year’s 2017 class, which clocked in a total 40 million views. The class featured Playboi Carti, XXXTentacion, MadeinTYO, Ugly God, and more. As this class was divided into various chapters, it stands to reason that the late Triple X had something to do with this one’s popularity. 

In third place is another batch 2016 alumni, this time featuring Lil Dicky, Desiigner, and Anderson .Paak. Together, their cypher gathered 37 million views, and nearly as many YouTube comedians flinging at Desiigner’s expense. Curiously enough, the top three span across the same two years, likely signaling a spike in the Freshman Cypher’s brand. All things considered, where do you think these Top 3 most popular freestyles stack in the grand scheme things? 

DMX Cancels Shows & Checks Himself Into Rehab

DMX is seeking help in his longstanding battle with addiction. The veteran MC’s team announced X checked himself into rehab, which resulted in him canceling some previously booked gigs.

“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility,” X’s reps wrote on Instagram. “He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.

The multi-platinum selling artist’s trip to rehab will be his second stint in the past few years. Prior to serving time in prison for tax evasion, X spent months in rehab during 2017.

X was scheduled to perform at a Three 6 Mafia reunion show in Mississippi on Saturday night (October 12). He was replaced by the Ying Yang Twins.

The Ruff Ryders rapper was also supposed to be part of the lineup for Rolling Loud New York. X was slated to take the stage on Sunday (October 13) along with artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, DaBaby, Pusha T, Action Bronson and Denzel Curry.

Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert Team Up in ‘What’s the Move’ Video

Drip too hard. Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert join forces in the fashionable video for “What’s the Move” off Thugger’s chart-topping album So Much Fun.

Directed by Hidji Films of AWGE, the clip opens with Thugger in bed with a scantily-clad lady. The YSL boss shows off his designer drip in Balenciaga, Valentino, 730LA, and Ambush before hitting the strip club. Uzi flashes his diamond grill while name-checking Raf Simons and Rick Owens.

“What’s the Move” is the latest release off So Much Fun, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in August, with appearances from J. Cole, Future, and Travis Scott.

Thug and Machine Gun Kelly are currently on their “Justin Bieber Big Tour.” The North American trek kicked off last month in Toronto and wraps Nov. 18 in Los Angeles.

Travis Scott Leaks Momentarily Hits Streaming Services

Even though Travis Scott gifted us with a banging new track on Friday – the highly-anticipated “Highest in the Room” – someone still decided to leak a bunch his music over the weekend. The previously-unreleased songs were posted on streaming services under the name, Zekrom, and bundled together as a project titled, “Astro Universe.” This has happened to other artists before, such as Lil Uzi Vert when a whole project was leaked under his real name last year. More recently, Kanye West’s potentially-scrapped project, Yandhi, has been plagued by multiple leaks, eventually surfacing on iTunes in the odd form ringtones. Using an alternate artist name allows the illegal projects to fly under the radar for a bit, but they are inevitably removed once the Internet starts talking about it and record labels catch on. 

“Astro Universe” included 16 songs, one them being the Lil Uzi Vert-assisted “RaRa” that Travis previously released as a loosie on SoundCloud. Another song featured Offset and Quavo. While the project has been removed from streaming services, some the leaks are still floating around the Web. 

Considering that Travis split from Kylie Jenner last week and had to deal with rumors circulating that he was unfaithful, a whole album leaked tracks is a very untimely inconvenience. 

Canadians Rejoice, "Nardwuar Day" Is Sweeping The Nation

After celebrating such tril pseudo-holidays like “National Donut Day” and its ilk, it feels comforting to see a genuinely wholesome occasion on the horizon. We’re speaking, course, “Nardwuar Day,” which has ficially been introduced in Vancouver, British Colombia. According to a report from Pitchfork, the beloved Human Serviette received the honor in response to his stalwart, thorough, and frequently entertaining musical coverage. In the same fell swoop, Nardwuar was welcomed into BC Entertainment Hall Fame, an induction that feels appropriate considering his cultural contributions.

At this stage, Nardwuar remains one the most recognizable names in music journalism. Though his wacky exterior may fuel misguided perceptions, his insane wealth obscure knowledge never fails to impress and startle the artist. He once caused Lil Uzi Vert to literally flee in stunned silence. For many, a Nardwuar interview has become an integral bucket list item, and more ten than not we’re left reaping the entertaining spoils. 

Congratulations to Nardwuar, and may the antics and deep-dives carry on. What is your favorite his interviews?

Chance The Rapper Cancels L.A. Show In Favor Of Rolling Loud

If you were planning to see Chance The Rapper live on January 16, 2020, in Los Angeles, we have some bad news for you: It looks like the show won’t be happening.  “The L.A. show scheduled for 2020 is not happening due to a radius clause,” the rapper told fans on Instagram yesterday. The decision is based on Chance’s plan to spend more quality time with his wife and two children. 

“Basically, when I rescheduled my tour to spend more time with the family, I scheduled a date that isn’t actually doable because I have a different L.A. play. My L.A. show is now Rolling Loud fest at the end 2019,” he continues in the video. Before once again apologizing to fans, he promises to add another arena show for L.A. at some point in 2020. 

His Rolling Loud set is scheduled for December 14th, and Chance encourages any fans in the area who had hoped to see him to come to the festival. Lil Uzi Vert (if he doesn’t cancel last minute) and Lil Durk will also be performing then.

Check out the video, captioned “🚨🚨🚨Urgent announcement for all my LA fans @rollingloud,” for yourself below.

Lil Uzi Vert Cancels ACL Festival Set A Few Hours Before Showtime

Lil Uzi Vert might be one the most sought after artists in the world but he’s proving to also be one the most unreliable. We still haven’t received Eternal Atake, which is easily up there with Yandhi as one the most enigmatic unreleased albums  the year. Uzi became an enigmatic figure himself ever since the release his debut album. And in between the release  Luv Is Rage 2 and now, he’s gained a reputation for canceling concerts.

The latest being his concert at Austin City Limits Festival. The rapper was set to perform at 6 p.m. today but a few hours ahead his set, ACL announced on Twitter that he canceled his show. They didn’t provide any context as to why he decided to cancel his show. However, many don’t seem to be surprised. Underneath his last IG post, several people expressed their disappointment that he canceled the show. But in Uzi’s defense, what else did you expect? This is also the same rapper who canceled his set at Soundset on two separate occasions since 2017. He also canceled a whole European tour so if you really thought you were going to catch Uzi, maybe this one’s on you this time.

Uzi hasn’t issued any sort response to his cancellation and it seems unlikely that he actually will. 

Gucci Mane Announces New Album ‘Woptober II’

Get ready for Woptober.

Just four months after releasing his album Delusions of Grandeur, Gucci Mane is readying the follow-up. Woptober II, the sequel to his 2016 mixtape Woptober, is set for release Oct. 17.

Taking to social media, the prolific rapper made the announcement and revealed the glamorous artwork, which finds a shirtless and smiling Guwop getting a massage while taking a phone call.

“Get ready for #Woptober2 coming 10/17 !!! #Woptober2,” wrote Gucci, while his wife Keyshia Ka’oir commented, “Album so Street! Y’all ain’t ready.”

Woptober II marks Gucci’s second project of 2019 following June’s Delusions of Grandeur, which featured collaborations with Justin Bieber, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Lil Uzi Vert, and more. The album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

Earlier this month, he dropped his new single “Richer Than Errybody” featuring YoungBoy Never Broke Again and DaBaby.

Lil Uzi Vert’s Rolling Loud Set Wasn’t Streamed Due To Roc Nation’s Commands

It is widely accepted that Lil Uzi Vert is one the best performers in hip hop right now, when he shows up. Although Uzi is notorious for cancelling sets at the last minute, he has put on many amazing performances at Rolling Loud, the multiple-location festival whose lineups his name pretty much always pops up on. Not only are Uzi’s songs tailored for a stadium setting, his sassy shoulder rolls and wild stage dives make his shows incredibly captivating. 

Rolling Loud held their Bay Area iteration this past weekend and many were disappointed to see that Uzi’s slot was missing from the list livestreamed sets. It was unclear why this was the case until the festival’s co-founder and owner, Tariq Cherif, provided an explanation in an Instagram post. In a recap the otherwise successful weekend, Cherif lamented that Roc Nation denied permission for Uzi’s set to be livestreamed. “I trust they will reconsider that for future shows after they see how many people want to see him,” Cherif wrote. This caption was written on a photo Cherif with Uzi, the latter holding a massive, iced-out Rolling Loud chain, which appears to have been a gift for his services. 

After a protracted period Uzi expressing his frustrations about being signed to DJ Drama‘s Generation Now label, in March, it was announced that Roc Nation would free the Philly rapper from his deal and take him under its wing. It’s unfortunate to see that Uzi is now under another label’s dictatorial rule that fails to prioritize his fans. 

50 Cent Co-Signs Baltimore Rapper Bandhunta Izzy: “I Like This. They Coming”

Taking inspiration from 50 Cent’s “How to Rob” record, where he raps about robbing and mugging numerous prominent figures in the rap game, Baltimore rapper Bandhunta Izzy has exploded onto the scene recently with his modernization the song, in which references Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Nas X, DaBaby, Lil Pump, Nicki Minaj, and more. The song, which dropped on Tuesday, has already caught the attention 50 Cent, who decided to give the B-more rapper a co-sign on IG last night.

“I like this they coming. Hard work will beat talent when talent ain’t working. Check him out the young boys hungry,” Fif wrote while sharing a screenshot the Youtube image. 

The Mad Rapper who gave the intro on the original song, also provides new commentary for Izzy as well, which you can check out for yourself (below).

“See I was gon rob 6ix9ine, but he goin to tell at the end/ I was gon rob young Melly, but he busy shooting his friends/ I was gon rob Lil Uzi with a big pump/ I was gon rob Lil Pump with a big Uzi,” Izzy raps on the song.

Hit play and let us know if you’re with Fifty and feeling the new rapper & song?

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Lil Uzi Team Up For UNICEF’s Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has been experiencing extraordinary success this year. Hoodie SZN earned him two weeks atop the Billboard 200 and he’s been making major plays ever since. However, it looks like he’s taking his talents and platform and using it towards a selfless deed. Per HipHopDX, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has launched a crowdfunding page in partnership with UNICEF for relief efforts towards countries affected by Hurricane Dorian, namely the Bahamas.

In addition to launching the page, he also donated $50K its $100K goal. For every dollar raised, Lil Uzi Vert will match it up until $50K. So that means, A Boogie, Unicef, and Lil Uzi Vert could ultimately donate $150K to the cause altogether if they reach their goal. 

“The Bahamas need our help, man,” A Boogie said in a statement. “You got kids and families left with nothing out there. We got to show love and support in any way we can to help rebuild that beautiful place. Every little thing helps.”

On the crowdfunding page, he wrote, “I’m supporting UNICEF USA, an organization that does whatever it takes, because they have the grit and experience it takes tor each the children and families who need us most.”

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has been putting in tons work towards helping kids in recent times. Gotta tip your hat to the man. 

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Lil Uzi Vert Team For UNICEF’s Hurricane Dorian Relief

New York, NY – A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Lil Uzi Vert are donating money to UNICEF USA in an effort to provide aid to the Bahamas following the disatrous Hurricane Dorian. A Boogie has launched a CrowdRise fundraiser and donated $50,000 to kick off his charitable cause.

Uzi has promised to match every additional dollar raised up to $50,000 as part of the fundraiser. If the crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal, a potential $150,000 will end up being donated to UNICEF USA.

“The Bahamas need our help, man,” A Boogie said in a press release. “You got kids and families left with nothing out there. We got to show love and support in any way we can to help rebuild that beautiful place. Every little thing helps.”

Hurricane Dorian devasted the Bahamas in August, becoming the worst disaster in Bahamian history in the process. The hurricane killed at least 50 people and more than 1,000 are still listed as missing.

Donate to A Boogie’s UNICEF USA CrowdRise fundraiser here.

Travis Scott Brings Out Playboi Carti & Offset At Atlanta Show

A lot went down in Atlanta this weekend. There was Kanye West’ Sunday Service, where Ye and T.I. rekindled their friendship. There was Diddy‘s REVOLT Summit, where T.I. went f on Candace Owens for saying “some bullshit”. And then there was Music Midtown Fest, where Travis Scott was the Day 2 headliner and brought out Playboi Carti and Offset to accompany him on stage. The festival lineup also included Cardi B, Lil Yachty and 6LACK. 

While Offset certainly raised the energy with his hit, “Ric Flair Drip”, Travis and Carti are known to bring their performances to another level wild. Even watching a clip them performing “Shoota” f Carti’s last album Die Lit gets you going. The song is such a showstopper because it starts with the lengthy Lil Uzi Vert intro, leaving the crowd bopping anxiously before finally exploding when the beat drops with the chorus. It’s usually a moshpit-inducing track but the people at this festival didn’t seem to pay their proper respects, as they’re seen waving their arms rather lazily. Based on the available footage, it doesn’t seem like Travis & Carti played their criminally underrated collaboration, “Green & Purple”, which was released as a loosie on SoundCloud before being overshadowed by the success “Butterfly Effect”. 

Chief Keef Says His Lil Uzi Vert Collab Is Dropping Soon

Earlier this year, Chief Keef teased a collab with Lil Uzi Vert titled “Mooliani” that we’ve yet to hear, but it looks like that may finally be on the way. In a rare video interview with Kerwin Frost last week, Sosa revealed that he plans on releasing one his collabs with Lil Uzi Vert soon.

“He want me to drop it. He told me to drop it. We gon’ drop it soon,” Keef revealed around the 7:20 mark. “So, we gotta figure it out and make sure everything is right, you know what I’m saying, on both sides.” Continuing on, Chief Keef then admitted the two have multiple songs in the stash. “We got like three songs, four songs, not enough. It’s more to make. It ain’t the end the world,” he added.

Sosa & Uzi have collaborated in the past on the track “Rollie.” Back in April, Sosa teased the new collab, writing “Me and My brother coming real soon Hoes,” he captioned a snippet the track, which has yet to be released. It’s not confirmed, but the upcoming collab would probably appear on Chief Keef’s forthcoming mixtape Almighty So 2, which is expected to be released soon.

Check out the full hour-long interview (below) and peep the Uzi talk around the 7:19 mark.

Lil Uzi Vert Used As Political Example During Student Debt Debate: Watch

Lil Uzi Vert is known for flexing numerous flashy outfits online but one the things that aren’t highlighted enough about the Philly rapper is just how generous he can be. A few weeks ago, Uzi agreed to give $90K to a fan so he could pay for his college tuition. It was a beautiful gesture that caught the attention many, including comedian Hasan Minhaj. 

Minhaj’s awareness Uzi’s generosity is significant as he was in Congress this past week to speak to legislators about the student debt crisis and how it is putting middle-class people in horrible financial situations. At one point, Minhaj mentions Lil Uzi Vert and how fans have begun asking celebrities for help with paying their tuition. While Minhaj appreciates the generosity people like Uzi, he feels as though it shouldn’t be necessary. Instead, Minhaj wants tuition prices to be lowered so people can actually afford higher education.

There is no telling what Lil Uzi’s contribution to this debate will lead to although we can only hope the student debt crisis ends soon. Uzi could be the savior millions students were hoping for all along.

It’s truly a beautiful sight to behold.