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Juice Wrld’s Mother, Speaks About his Mental Struggle in a New Interview

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Juice Wrld was an icon but Jarad was my son,” Carmella Wallace said in an interview that was published on Monday the 26th of October.

Juice Wrld was a young successful rapper who succumbed to an accidental overdose late last year.

 It is reported that the 21-year-old rapper overdosed on Codeine and Oxycodone before experiencing an epileptic seizure at the Midway airport. He would later lose his life after being rushed to a local hospital. 

Juice, officially known as Jarad Anthony Higgins had just been named Top New Artist by the Billboard Music Awards. Despite his success in the Music scenes, his mother Carmella says Juice Wrld was still her young boy.

 In the interview with Sanders, she reminisces one time he performed in a Chicago concert. Carmella says girls kept asking him for a selfie and screaming his name but immediately they got home, she asked him to take out the garbage. Mrs. Wallace says she wanted her son to learn the virtue of humility. 

The two of them seem to have had a close mother and son relationship, to the point of talking about their mental health struggles. Carmella says her son was dealing with depression, anxiety and addiction at the time.

She remembers telling him to seek professional medical help and that his overdose was her worst fear. Carmella adds that she opened up about her fear to other people. Later, she would launch a foundation, Live Free 999, in honor of her dead son. 

The foundation’s goal is to encourage young people dealing with any form of mental issue to talk about it freely without feeling judged and also normalizing the topic.

The Legends Never Die artist, made songs his fans could really relate to and we can owe his musical success to this fact. 

Live free 999 was started by Carmella Wallace and it was inspired by a denim jacket juice thrifted. The jacket had the words “Live Free” printed on it.

 Juice lived and will still live on in our hearts because of the music he made, the life he lived and the foundation that he has inspired. Legends truly never die.

Which of Juice’s songs rock your Wrld? Let us know.

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Everything We Know About Migos’ New Album

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Previously known as “Culture 3,” the album is yet to be released by the Atlanta trio. Below is everything we know about the project.

When Migos launched Culture’s debut chapter in 2017, the trio received so much love and praise. Songs like “Bad and Boujee” became became modern classics even earning the group the title “The Beatles Of This Generation ” which was dubbed by Donald Glover. Their style of rap and fashion largely influenced the rap industry.

In 2018 as they were releasing Culture II, their favour had dipped and many were growing to resent Migos. Many felt that they were more concerned with short term gain rather than creating long lasting work. Songs like “Narcos”, “Motorsport” and “Walk It Talk It” proved that the group still had hit-making juices in them.

People had grown tired of the Migos sound by 2018 and it didn’t help that Quavo and Takeoff had released their solo albums. The group had originally intended to release Culture III in 2019 but made a decision to delay it to 2020. 2020 is coming to an end but Culture III is still nowhere in sight.

While on an interview with Lil Wayne on the Young Money Radio series, Migos confirmed that YoungBoy was part of “Need It” which is in the Culture III album. They also said they would change the name from Culture III.

We ain’t dropped it in two years. We’re just warming up. We gon’ change the name. We gon’ push Culture III, the title, back. We changing the name this time.”

The changing of the album’s may suggest a shift in the group’s creative direction. In April 2020, Quavo seemed to change the gears when he vowed to return to the crew’s formative years with a new mixtape, a “Quarantine Mixtape” is what he called it. Months have passed without any sign of the mixtape.

In terms of collaborations, only the YoungBoy collaboration is confirmed. Back in December 2019, Offset had teased a collaboration with Juice WRLD in a song called “What’s Bracking.” It’s uncertain if the track still holds a spot. There was also recent footage of Quavo in studio with Dr.Dre and Post Malone but it’s not clear if they were meeting for this album. But in case the trio is in need of collaborations for Culture III, they can easily call in favors.

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50 Cent Calls the Grammys Best Rap Picks ‘Out Of Touch’

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Grammy nominations were announced on Tuesday. November 24 ahead of the 2021 awards. The nominations this year as always, have sparked debate. Many feel that some artists such as The Weekend were noticeably left out of nominations for the 2021 awards. 50 Cent who is never shy about voicing his thoughts had something to say about the nominations for the Best Rap Album category.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, the rap legend shared a photo of the nominations: D Smoke, Freddie Gibbs &Alchemist, Jay Electronica, Nas and Royce Da 5’9 and called the Recording Academy “out of touch” on Wednesday, November 25.

The post’s caption read, “Best Rap Album,” followed by grinning emojis. “They out of touch this shit ain’t it, get the fuck puttta here. 50cent #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi”

50 Cent’s comments could be because of lack of nominations for Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon album on which he was an executive producer with Steven Victor and Rico Beats. On an interview with Spotify’s RapCaviar, he said he didn’t expect Pop’s album to receive a nomination because the academy doesn’t appreciate street rap unless it was because he died.

If it’s recognized it will only be because he’s gone. The content is similar to what I would do. They did not recognize mine…they are afraid to give him Grammys because they think it’s teaching the audience to want to be like Pop and to be like him is to be part of gang culture. Who do you see get Grammys that is making drill music? You mean to tell me that ain’t none of those songs worthy of it?”

He continued,” we know a lot of the guys that come up specifically in Hip Hop are rough around the edges…You hear them put it in the music the right way, it sounds so beautiful they become amazing. That’s what makes it special you know? Makes it unique.

Quality Control Music’s CEO Pierre Thomas “Pee” also wasn’t happy with the nominations and felt that Lil Baby’s My Turn, which he considers the Album of the year deserves accolades.

Whoever making decisions at the Grammys You all disconnected like a mf, you don’t speak our culture. Congrats to all the nominees. #MyTurnAlbumOfTheYear,” he shared on his Twitter account.

Pop was however nominated for Best Rap Performance for Dior and Lil Baby’s The Bigger Picture was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

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Lil Wayne’s ‘No Ceilings 3’ is Officially on The Way!

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Lil Wayne ’s new mixtape ‘No Ceilings 3’ comes out this week!!

Lil Wayne has decided to gift his fans with one last full-length release before the end of the year. There had been many rumours previously that Lil Wayne may be releasing a new mixtape before year-end that were confirmed by DJ Khaled. In a major reveal, DJ Khaled shared an exclusive video on DatPiff that shows snippets of songs performed by Lil Wayne and Drake. The video also had a remix of Lil Baby and 42 Dugg’s“We Paid” 2020 anthem.

Lil Wayne had previously announced that he will be working on the latest mixtape to add to his popular mixtape series. The rap legend shared in a statement,

The mixtape game seemed to be a dying art and since I’m one of the pioneers of the craft, and it played such a big part of my career, I felt it was only right to resurrect it. Also, it’s a lot of songs out here I wanted to kill my way!

Looks like his fans won’t have to wait too long. ‘No Ceilings 3’ will be out this weekon Friday, November 27 exclusive to DatPiff.

The project will have three cover artworks. One of which has been designed by HustleGrl who also designed the first No Ceilings poster. Check out all the three posters below.

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No Ceilings 3′ cover artwork by HustleGrl. Image via Lil Wayne
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‘No Ceilings 3’ cover art by ABH. Image via Lil Wayne

We can only expect gold from the OG of mixtapes. Stay tuned for the release this Friday.

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Top 10 Rappers in Their 20s in 2020

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Let us agree, this year has not been one of the best years we have experienced, in fact,  it could be one of the worst years for most of us. 

Well, for the rap community, it has been challenging considering the absence of live events and other factors.

This article will focus on celebrities that have managed to keep their music career going, despite the pandemic’s challenging effects. It is important to note that most of them are below thirty.

1. Megan Thee stallion

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For a 25-year-old, Megan is doing great especially after she was a victim of a shooting incident earlier this year.

Despite this, Thee Stallion is wowing the world with her music. She started off her career on Soundcloud after which, she was signed to 300 entertainment.  

After signing a contract with the label, Megan released her mixtape Fever in 2019 and Good News just this November.

The pandemic however, did not stop her Savage and WAP collaborations from being nominated for the BET Hip-hop Awards. Savage won that category making her still top at the game. You can call that strategy.

Megan, throughout her career has won a total of 2 BET Awards, Billboard Women in music Award, 5 BET Hip-hop Awards among other wins and nominations. 

She has been very active on her social media as well, a good way of staying connected to her fans. Songs like Savage also went viral on the famous Tiktok app, leading to increased fandom. 

Currently, everyone is doing her #bodyodychallenge on Tiktok are you doing it?

2. Joey Bada$$

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Joey Bada$$ rose to fame with his 2012 album 1999. The New York based rapper went silent however, with his last album done in 2017 after getting a child. He then returned to our screens this year to prove he is still the greatest.

Joey blessed his fans on July the 17th, with a comeback project The Light Pack. The EP has three songs, The Light, No explanation and shine.

His silence has given people something to talk about and hence they grew eager to know what he came back with. Is it a new sound? Go listen.

3. Cardi B

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When we hear Cardi B, we hear drama, social media, fashion and so much more. The WAP star knows how to keep interactions with her fans going through her social media pages. 

Although she deleted her Twitter after tweets made rounds bashing Offset on their divorce, she has been staying at the top of the headlines when it comes to celebrity buzz.

Cardi B’s WAP was nominated for the BET Hip-hop Awards this year and she also ventured into the shoe business. 

Partnering with Reebok, Cardi made her Reebok collection and guess what, it already sold out. Her thank you messages to her fans also make them love her even more.

Cardi is also among the many celebrities to join and earn from the X-rated OnlyFans app. Cardi is all about securing the bag.

4. Travis Scott

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The 29-year-old rapper is one of the best when it comes to staying on top of the game.

From 2008 to date, Scott has won four awards and gotten nominations for many others. He recently just won the 2020 LGA’s for Best Short Form Music Video.

His Highest In The Room project has earned him a nomination in next year’s Grammy Awards under the Category, Best Melodic Rap Performance. 

His fourth studio album Utopia is set to drop in 2021 and fans can not wait. Scott lovers are also eager to attend his annual Astro world festival.

 The event that is usually star studded and packed to the brim, allows fans to interact with the star and other celebrities one on one, a great strategy to keep people obsessed with you, don’t you agree?

5. Young Boy Never Broke Again

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Originally known as Kentrell, Youngboy’s fandom grew after releasing not one, two or three mixtapes but eight independent mixtapes. His zeal for working is quite impressive and his 2017 project Untouchable, was the highlight of his career. 

Out of his four projects this year, two of them hit number one on the Billboard Charts. Top that was released in September, highlighted his violent life while 38 Baby 2 talked more about his yearn for love and his struggle in general. 

At just 20 years, Youngboy was nominated for the BET Hip-hop Awards with his work, I Am Who They Say I Am. 

Although he is not everyone’s favourite, we can agree that Youngboy puts in the work.

6. Lil Durk

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Lil Durk sings, writes songs, raps and even owns his own record label (Only The Family).

2020 seems to be Durk’s most successful year so far, as he released Just Cause Y’all waited 2 and it hit the billboard charts at number 2. This adds to his success after his nomination in 2016.

He also collaborated with Drake on his single Laugh Now Cry Later before blessing his fans with his single The Voice. Meek Mill also featured him on his Pain Away single from his Quarantine Pack album.

With this pace, the 28-year-old might gain a good following and hit great numbers very soon.

With this pace, the 28-year-old might gain a good following and hit great numbers very soon.

He has also had a rough time emotionally after he lost his close friend King Von.

7. Dababy 

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Things have been rough for this 28-year-old rapper. First, losing his father, then losing his 12 nominations in the just concluded BET Hip-hop Awards, and finally, he lost his brother Glen Johnson to suicide. 

Despite all this, he has won more than four Awards in 2020. Next year seems to be a promising year for him as well, as his Rockstar and Bop projects have been nominated for different categories in the upcoming Grammy Awards.

We wish him all the luck in the world as he strives to leave a legacy.

8. Roddy Ricch

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Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial opened 2020 for us. Released in December, the song was a major hit that charted the Billboards 200 at number 1 for four weeks.

The Box was the single that was highlighted as the most streamed early this year, as it topped the Billboards 100 at number one for a whole eleven weeks.

Roddy mixes a creative story telling aspect and delightful melodies in his projects as he explains his life growing up, simply bellissimo!

9. Lil Baby 

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Just like Kodak Black, Lil Baby has a kind heart when it comes to giving back to society. He recently said that he will donate 1.5 million US dollars that he will make from his album, to needy families to help them deal with issues like paying bonds and lawyers.

The community, in return, has his back. When he lost his award in the recently concluded AMAs, fans were raging on Twitter claiming he was robbed.

According to them, Lil Baby has had a very successful year, starting with his My Turn album in February. After which he released a successful Deluxe version of the album a few months later. When Black Lives Matter became top of the headlines after George Floyd’s murder, he left an impact with The Bigger Picture.

Lil Baby has also been doing a lot of collaborations as well this past months.

He did not lose all Awards though as he received an Award for the Best-Selling Album of 2020. 

10. Young Thug

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Thug is good at mixing genres for everyone to enjoy. His weird and unique rap style has made him stand out in the rapping game.

This year, even without releasing his solo projects, Young Thug has charted the Billboards Top 100. Fourteen hit songs, including Franchise that he did with Travis Scott and his Go Crazy collaboration with Chris Brown, were among the projects in the list.

Young is truly a Legend in the Rap community.

There is a long list of names we have left out, rappers like Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, who is actually 28 and not 21, Tyler the Creator, Gunna, Lil Dicky( who is actually 32 but we acknowledge his work regardless) and so much more.

Their efforts have to be applauded and that is what we are doing.

Who is your favourite rapper? Tell us in the comments.

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DaBaby Dedicates EP ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ To His Late Brother

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In his latest project “My Brother’s Keeper (Long Live G)”, DaBaby takes a deep dive into the loss of Glen Johnson, his older brother. Glen Johnson died earlier this month from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was only 34-years-old at the time of his passing.

Following his passing, DaBaby took to Twitter to advocate for mental health awareness and to urge people to continue to check on their loved ones.

“If you can’t get over depression GET HELP, you see a loved one struggling get them help, they refuse the help, MAKE em get treated anyway.”

“You suffer from PTSD take that shit serious & get help!”

“I’m bouta get a therapist my damn self! #LongLiveG”

For a couple of weeks, DaBaby deactivated his social media  after his brother’s passing and took time to go for therapy. He returned to social media to announce the EP to honour G.Throughout the EP, the Rockstar hit-maker narrates the dynamics of him and his brother and how they came to age.

The EP also shows the rapper’s raw emotions of nostalgia and heartache. The 28-year-old rapper starts off the EP with the words “I’m my brother’s keeper and it had been like that forever.

The 7-track EP features guest appearances from artists such as Meek Mill, Polo G, Toosi and No Cap.

Our hearts go out to DaBaby and any person who has lost a loved one. In case the going gets hard reach out and talk to someone. DON’T do life alone. 

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