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Yella Beezy Shares Thoughts on Rapper’s Security, Rap Beefs and Staying True to Yourself



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In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Yella Beezy shared his thoughts on various topics such as beef and violence in the hip hop industry and how rappers need ‘presidential’ security as a result. He also shared his thoughts on staying true to oneself and minding the words you rap.

Following King Von’s untimely death, rappers such as Lil Baby and Yella Beezy are not playing when it comes to their security and are on high alert.

In the interview, Yella Beezy also talked about his bond with King Von and termed Von’s swift rise as both a blessing and a curse.

“Von, that’s my boy. We always talk behind the scenes, through DM’s and all type of shit. We actually was on tour with each other in 2019 — right before I went on tour with Chris Brown. We had kind of built a good ole bond, and we actually went through stuff on that, so it was just a crazy situation.”

“I think his birthday was like, September, August, July —something like that. And he was supposed to give back on his birthday in his neighborhood — and he took off fast bruh. That’s why I tell ya, six months can change your life. Six months your whole life can change if you just put a good grind up.”

Yella Beezy mentioned that the late O’Block rapper gave members of his hood $100,000, which he says as kind as it was, the hype that comes with that attention can be deadly.

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“I feel like you just gotta stick to who you are and not try to be something that you ain’t. And don’t let these fans, and all that shit just, pump ya head up — because the fans, a lot of the fans keep the bullshit going”

The 29-year-old Dallas-born rapper also spoke on the toxic trends in the hip hop industry, such as the lyrics people rap, which he feels contribute to the rappers’ very death.

“Everybody wants to make an example out of somebody — somebody going to make an example out of you…I feel like, even some shit rappers say in they lyrics, that shit come into existence…So, whatever you put into the air bro, just know, you putting that shit into the atmosphere” he shares.

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The rapper strongly disapproved of rap beef and described artists involved in public disagreements as ‘miserable.’

“If you beefing with a hundred muthafuckas, you’re living a miserable life You can’t even enjoy the fruits of your labor. It need to get back to where you can enjoy — muthafuckas can’t even enjoy the fruits of they labor right now without people hating or a muthafucka trying to take a muthafucka down. Like, bro you gotta walk around with a hundred security each and everyday. You can’t enjoy like no freedom, you can’t be with your people by yourself, or wooh-woop — nigga that’s miserable. I don’t even want to live like that.”

He also delved into the subject of security where he mentioned that one doesn’t need security because they are scared but because they are an important person.

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“When you a person of importance and you at a certain caliber now, you gotta move different. You can’t be accessible, when you too accessible people will get on you. You can’t be in certain areas, if you are in certain areas, you know you gotta be in bulletproof trucks or cars. You gotta move like the president. It’s just certain shit — it ain’t mean you scared, shit it just really you gotta be protected. They ain’t got nothing to lose, you do.”

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Let’s Take a Quick Dive Into DaBaby’s Run-Ins With The Law



DaBaby's Run-Ins With The Law

Ever since his commercial success in 2019, DaBaby’s star has been shining brighter and brighter. After the release of Suge which put him on the map, the artist has released bop after bop.

Fans love him not only for the catchy beats in his tracks but also for his catchy raps. Every song he features in or works on turns to magic. Despite having so much favour with fans, he has not had so much favour with the law.

Shoot and Kill – Huntersville, North Carolina

DaBaby whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk has had a couple of legal troubles. His most severe legal run-in dates back to 2018. He shot and killed a 19-year-old man in Huntersville, North Carolina while shopping with his baby mama and two children.

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The artist who claimed the incident was an act of self-defence was only found guilty of a misdemeanour of carrying a concealed weapon. This was after the more serious charges were dropped in March 2019. He was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

Battery in Connection with Robbery – Miami

DaBaby’s other run-in with the law was when he was arrested and charged with battery in connection to a robbery investigation in January 2020. The robbery was after a promoter paid DaBaby $20,000 instead of $30,000. The State reported that DaBaby and his associates took $80 cash, an iPhone 7 and credit card from the promoter. The rapper spent 48 hours in Miami-Dade County jail before being released.

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Slapping a Female Fan – Tampa, Florida

During his ‘Up Close N Personal’ tour, he slapped a female fan on his way to the stage in Tampa, Florida. He ended up not performing after fans booed him. He ended up apologizing to the fan after stating that he slapped her for placing the phone too close to his face with a flash on.

A video of Dababy during his hearing after getting arrested.

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Hopefully, the raper stays in the laws good graces this year.

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The 10 Best DaBaby Songs



The 10 Best DaBaby Songs

DaBabay has left his mark in the hip hop industry releasing hit after hit. The American rapper whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk began his career in 2014. At the time, he was releasing mixtapes which he did until 2018. 

His mainstream success came in 2019 after his debut studio album, Baby on Baby. Without keeping you waiting too long, below are DaBaby’s best songs.

What are DaBaby’s Top Songs?

  1. Suge

This track is easily DaBaby’s top song since it’s the single that put DaBaby on the map. It was the most famous track from the Baby on Baby album. Suge was his first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, and it peaked at number 7. In this track, the hit-maker compares himself to Marion “Suge” Knight in that he’s a young CEO just like Suge, who became CEO of Death Row Records at the age of 26.

  1. Rockstar

This track released in 2020 features hip hop star, Roddy Ricch. Rockstar which is in the Blame It On Baby album, reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in its seventh week becoming DaBaby’s first chart-topper.

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  1. For The Night

This track by deceased American rapper Pop Smoke featured Lil Baby and DaBaby. The track released in 2020 peaked at number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 after 27 weeks on the chart. 

  1. Levitating

This song is by English singer and pop star Dua Lipa, and it features DaBaby on its remix. The pair’s first collaboration was released in 2020. This DaBaby feature was different from anything the rapper had ever done before. His rap adds an excellent touch to the funky dance, and slight 80s feel the track has and we can’t imagine the track without his rap.

  1. Bop

Bop which is one of DaBaby’s top songs, was released in 2019. It’s the second single from his second studio album, Kirk; which was his first album to top the charts, peaking at number one on the US Billboard 200. The track peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The track received a nomination at the 63rd Annual Grammys for Best Rap Performance

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  1. Baby

This single by record label Quality Control was released in 2019. This top DaBaby track features Lil Baby. The collaboration between the two on the track has received applause from music critics. Some even call the collaboration “a match made in heaven.”

  1. Vibez

This track that was released in 2020 is also another top DaBaby track. It is part of Kirk’s album, and it peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. JetsonMade, Neeko Baby and Harris produced this third single from the Kirk album.

  1. Cash Shit

This is another top DaBaby song released in 2019 and peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is by American rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and it features DaBaby. The song is one of the three collaborations the two artists have worked on together. 

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  1. Whats Poppin Remix

This remix of American rapper Jack Harlow’s track features DaBaby, Lil Wayne and Tory Lanez. DaBaby’s verse is about him boasting about his sexual prowess. He also boasts about his Hot 100 number 1 single, Rockstar. The track which has a sick beat is produced by JetsonMade who also produced Suge and Bop

  1. Panini Remix

Lil Nas X’s Panini remix features DaBaby and was released in 2019. In the track, Lil Nas X playfully reflects on fans who were initially pleased with his “Old Town Road” success but stopped celebrating him as much once he got the spotlight.


DaBaby, formerly known as ‘Baby Jesus’ announced late last year that he would retire from music after five years. He will retire to nurture other talents through his label, Billion Dollar Entertainment. Hopefully, he keeps giving us bangers before he retires. 

Which is your favourite DaBaby song?

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Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” Close To Diamond Status After Going 8x Platinum



Roddy Ricch
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2021 has started at a high note for American rapper Roddy Ricch. On January 14, the 22-year-old’s breakout single ‘The Box’ got certified 8x platinum by the RIAA.

The RIAA which stands for the Recording Industry Association of America certified the single 8x platinum, which means the single had 8 million sales. The single is just 2 million sales away from the diamond status, which is 10 million sales.

The Box released on January 10, 2020, was the rapper’s fourth single. The single was the highest chart-topping song worldwide topping charts not only in the US Billboards but also in Canada, New Zealand and Hungary. In the UK and Ireland, it peaked at number 2.

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In the US, the debut single spent eleven weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. The single also landed him at number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 year-end chart for 2020. It was also Spotify’s most-streamed song in the US and was number 7 on YouTube’s trending music video list for 2020.

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‘The Box’ was the biggest song of the first half of 2020 and was named Song of the Year by Apple Music. The song also got three Grammy nominations including Song of the Year.

In case you haven’t already heard the song and are wondering what the hype is all about, the song is catchy, one of those you can’t stop watching or listening to. It is also those songs you can’t get out of your head.

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The Box was 2020’s most profitable song of the entire year. The artist bagged a whopping $20 million for the song earning him a feature as an honoree on Forbes’ annual 30 under 30 list last year.

Congratulations to Roddy Ricch for this big achievement!

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Top 8 Rapper Owned Cannabis Brands



Top 8 Rapper Owned Cannabis Brands

Hip-hop and cannabis have always coincided, and as the weed demand expands, more rap artists are getting involved in the weed business. It is no secret that the music genre that talks about smoking cannabis the most is rap. Some of the fans and the rappers themselves are often weed lovers.

So it’s never a surprise seeing your favorite rap artist getting into the cannabis industry, especially because of the growing number of weed users. Here is a look at the top 8 rapper owned cannabis brands:

Which Rappers Own Cannabis Brands?

  1. Snoop Dogg– Leafs by Snoop
Leafs by Snoop

It’s no secret that Snoop is the number one weed lover in hip-hop culture. He is the most involved artist in the cannabis scene and, not only does he have an entire platform dedicated to all things weed, but also his own line of weed called Leafs by Snoop. 

The rapper was the first to jump into the cannabis business after legalization in Colorado and Washington. The company started out in Colorado then later expanded to Canada, where its products are grown and distributed.

  1. Wiz Khalifa – Khalifa Kush Enterprises Oil
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After Snoop, the second most recognized weed enthusiast is Wiz Khalifa. The rapper developed and bred his own weed strain dubbed the Khalifa Kush. He has also created a mobile game called Wiz Khalifa’s Weed Farm, in which he teaches players how to grow their own weed plants and make profits out of them. 

The Khalifa kush strain is available in RiverRock stores in Colorado, and in June 2019, the rapper made a deal with Supreme Cannabis to provide Khalifa Kush Enterprises Oil to Canada.

  1. Method Man– Tical Official
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Launched in early June 2020, this long-awaited brand from Wu-Tang Clan’s member, Method Man, is now available in four California shops, including Empire, Blunts+Moore, Berner’s in the Haight, and Litco. 

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This brand contains four strains, including Gelato, Cake, OV, and Punch.

  1. Kurupt– Kurupts Moonrock

You’ve probably heard about the Moonrocks strain and how potent it can be; this weed will send you out of space and is courtesy of rapper Kurupt Young Gotti. The strain even has its own song.

  1. Jay-Z – Monogram

Monogram a high-end California cannabis brand was created by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z through a partnership with Caliva and Left Coast Ventures. This brand currently offers four different strains in the form of pre rolls and flowers.

  1. Berner– Cookies

Taylor Gang member Berner is behind the creation of one of the most-well liked strains known as the Girl Scout Cookies. He’s also got numerous other strains including, The Y, Cherry Kush, Snowman, Cherry Pie, Sherbet, Pink Panties, and F1.

Berger has multiple cannabis brands, including Exotics by Berner, which he co-founded with his friend Ivan.

  1. B-Real– Dr. Greenthumb’s Dispensary
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The Cypress Hill’s rapper owns a cannabis dispensary in California, which launched in August 2018. B-Real’s brand later partnered with Driven Deliveries Inc., which works to serve them with the direct-consumer distribution.

  1. Lil Wayne– GKUA Premium Ultra
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Weezy’s product line includes vapes, prerolls, and strains such as Hollygrove, Julius Caesar, GKUA VIP, Uproar, Mendo Crumble, and Mimosa. The brand also offers concentrates such as 3 Hour Tour, Perfecta, and Boom Box, all of which are available across numerous California dispensaries 

Final Word

Turns out, spitting rhymes is not the only thing these rappers are good at; they also deliver some good cannabis strains. Thanks to these businesses obtaining weed has become easy. You simply pull up a website, choose the cannabis products you like, check out, and have the products delivered to your front door.

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Top 10 Hip Hop Albums Went Diamond



Top 10 Hip Hop Albums Went Diamond

We’ve seen plenty of rappers celebrate whenever their albums go platinum, but do you know what’s even better than a platinum certification? A diamond certification. If an album sells over 10 million copies in the United States, it obtains the diamond certification award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

According to the RIAA, there are only ten hip-hop albums ever to attain diamond status. Eminem and Tupak appear twice on this list. This list can also be referred to as a list of the best selling hip-hop albums of all time.

Which Hip Hop Albums Earned the Diamond Status?

1. Eminem (11.3 million copies), “The Marshall Mathers LP” 

Anyone who wants to experience most of Eminem’s best stints should go back and listen to this album. This project was produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem, and within the first week of its release, it had already sold 1.7 million copies. 

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2. Outkast (11.2 million copies), “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” 

Demonstrated in this album is a collection of unique tracks that vary in style. The best of them all is “Hey Ya!” which displays an above-average lyrical production. 

3. Notorious BIG (11.1 million copies), “Life After Death” 

This is BIG’s second and final studio album. The album was released 16 days after his death, containing a blend of themes that resemble a modern rap album, which featured guest appearances from Jay-Z, Luther Campbell, and more.  

4. 2 Pac (11 million copies), “Greatest Hits” 

Although he left the game too soon, Tupac Amaru Shakur had the power to influence people and change lives. Greatest Hits is a coarse album released on November 13, 1998, by Death Row Records, Amaru Entertainment, and Interscope Records. 

5. Kid Rock (11 million copies), “Devil Without A Cause” 

This album saw Kidrock move away from the traditional hip-hop sound to more of a mixture between hard rock, rap metal, and rap-rock blend.

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6. Eminem (10.9 million copies), “The Eminem Show” 

Eminem has made some deep cuts in the hip-hop industry. Is there a more extravagant rapper? Some may say Jay-Z, but you don’t see him on this list, do you? Slim has collaborated with the best producers in the hip-hop industry, such as Dr. Dre, to create his best works including, “Say What You Say,” “My Dad’s Gone Crazy,” “Business,” and more.

7. 2 Pac (10.2 million copies), “All Eyez On Me” 

This is 2Pac’s fourth and last studio album where he drops the biggest hits ever, including the Billboard 100 number-one singles “How Do U Want It” and “California Love.”

8. Beastie Boys(10.1 million copies), “Licensed to Ill” 

Licensed to Ill was produced by Def Jam and Columbia Records and is the first rap-rock album to top the Billboard album charts.

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9. MC Hammer (10.1 million copies), “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em” 

MC Hammer was a beast in his prime. There were other good hits before him, but he was the only one who managed to pull rap through a wider more diverse audience. His flamboyant wardrobe and creative dance skills were more like his trademark, which made his projects stand out. “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em” by MC Hammer is the first rap album ever to go diamond.

10. Nelly(10.05 million copies), “Country Grammar” 

This album became one of the most successful hip-hop works of the 2000s decade. It topped the US Billboard 200 chart for five straight weeks after its release. 

Final Thoughts

No modern albums released have gotten close to attaining diamond status; this may largely be contributed to by the download-reeling music industry.

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