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2 Chainz Opens Up About Why He Was Named 'Tity Boi,' T.R.U. Realigon Mixtape, and His Use of Codeine Syrup [PG.2]

Early on, when you were rolling with Ludacris, did you kind of feel like you had to play a back position and couldn’t really step out into the forefront?

I didn’t have to play a back position it was just like trying to get in where you fit in. Luda’s a great leader, himself, a Virgo like me so it was sort of like I watched and learned a lot from being under him but there just comes a time when all the kids grow up and just want to become their own man, have their own imprint, and become their own boss and that’s just where I am in my career right now. I’m actually doing some A& R work on Luda’s 8th album Ludaversal so we still have a great business relationship. But for the most part, these mixtapes [are] kicking a lot of doors down, I’m getting a lot of phone calls from a lot of people and I just feel like I’m creating some real good problems for myself.

Well you definitely have the streets talking about your upcoming T.R.U. Realigon mixtape ?

I feel this mixtape along, with all of my other mixtapes, is an album format which kind of sets my music apart from everyone else. You know, I go into it and do research, come up with concepts, I do everything from photo- to video- shoots and I just put a little more time and effort into my mixtapes and my music period. Then, the title being T.R.U.  REALigion I just felt that the acronym “TRU” could stand for “the real university” because my campaign is for “the real”, the few of us that’s left and for “Realigion” I spell it [that way] because people know religion is the study and belief of and I just believe I’m one of the last true people left and being real is a minority and that’s how I got to where I am today.

Everyone from Lil Wayne to T.I. always shouts you out for being one of the “realest dudes.” Why is that?

 Like I said just being myself; a lot of people get around people like Lil Wayne or Baby and might laugh at jokes that’s not funny. You know?

Like a “yes” man?

Yea, I’m just not that. Sometimes I have a filter and sometimes I don’t as far as things that come out my mouth and people appreciate that because like I said, it’s genuine and a lot of people don’t offer genuine things anymore. Wayne has been my friend for over 10 yrs and I love everything that he’s doing and we just have a genuine relationship outside of music and the same thing with Baby and a few other peers in the game to where those people believing in me earlier in my career just gave me the belief to keep doing when no focus was on me at all.

While we’re being “real,” I wanted to talk about your use of Syrup. I noticed you are a big advocate of codeine and promethazine syrup.

I think people should be very careful because its addictive and can be fatal. You need to be your own individual. People are naturally curious about things but there comes a [point] where you need to let that go and that’s my opinion. I’ve probably been drinking since maybe 2007 so it’s a little different for me because it wasn’t well- known but the truth about promethazine/codeine is that it’s a pharmaceutical drug. No one makes it in a tub or anything .Moderate use is cool but I think that’s hard for people to do that but I definitely don’t promote people using it.

I mean Syrup isn’t something new, it’s been around for years and I think, as you said, in the last couple of years it really gained popularity.

I don’t think I’ve ever poured up in front of anybody but you just see my cup and know what it symbolizes but I don’t think I’m doing a commercial on how to like ruin your life. I’m ruining my life but I’m kind of enjoying it--just bought a new crib [Laughs.]

Do you mind telling us about some of the downsides of it? I know there are a lot of withdrawal symptoms when people try to quit.

Yeah, just to let VIBE readers know that I have ulcers, which a lot of my fans already know. For me I was drinking lean before knowing I had ulcers, I just knew I had stomach problems--and this is no excuse but in my mind it was just soothing. Not to sound like no crazy dude but it just felt soothing to a certain point, then when I found out I had ulcers I was prescribed meds anyway and it can be used for nausea and things like that because ulcers can cause nausea, vomiting and things like that. Even when flying a lot I’m one of those guys who has to travel a lot with a weak stomach

Back to the music side of things, where do you feel your lane is right now in hip-hop?

When you go the afterparty and go rock out and drink and smoke something in the club that’s where my my set is--that’s where I come in at. I’m cool with it. But I figured out how to be there so as much--people are [hype] about it. Not all artists’ music transitions to a small settings club.  I got the music for about 500 people in a room to go crazy to. I make concert stuff too but everything is a time and a place. That’s why all of the big rappers [ hit me] because when they go to those clubs everyone’s going crazy. You see more with T.R.U. REALigion dropping Nov 1. I promise you that.

Check back on Nov. 1st for part 2 of VIBE's exclusive interview with 2 Chainz

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Kanye West Calls Out Drake For Sneak Dissing: "Stop This Already Bro"

Clearly, Kanye West is still holding onto some ill feelings about Drake. The rapper recently reignited his feud with Drizzy in an epic rant on Twitter on Thursday (Dec. 13) until the OVO artist was forced to call him back.

It all started when Kanye shared a screenshot of a text asking whether he wanted to give Drake clearance for the 2009 song, "Say What's Real," which samples Ye's past track. Seems like a simple request, but it turns out, Kanye has been trying to get in contact with Drake for the past six months to no avail. So, Kanye unleashed a series of tweets, putting Drake on blast.

"Been trying to meet with you for 6 months bro You sneak dissing on Trav records and texting Kris talking bout how’s the family," he wrote, mentioning his past collaboration with Travis Scott on "SICKO MODE."

He also brought up past allegations in which Kanye was accused of telling Pusha-T about his secret son. "I told you I ain’t tell Pusha about your son," he added. "It’s all love bro bro but don’t play with me. You stay too close to be playing all these industry games bro... I would never intentionally try to hurt you bro I never even heard none of the diss records That ain’t my MO never did a diss record."

Kanye also furthered the rumor that Drake bought out the first two rows at Pusha-T's show in Toronto and hired people to try to jump him. "Buying first two rows at Pusha show got me hot bro," he continued. "Stop this already bro. You getting people hurt out here And over what."

After 34 minutes of ranting however, Kanye revealed that Drake had finally picked up the phone to call him, most likely in response to the madness online. A happy Kanye responded: "Mission accomplished." Drake seemingly responded to the rant on Instagram shortly after the call as well, with a string of laughing emojis.

So clearly all you have to do to get Drake on the phone is tweet about him until he gives up. Check out Kanye's tweets below.

This proves shit faker than wrestling pic.twitter.com/E9wzNycJna

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Still need that apology for mentioning the 350s and trying to take food out your idols kids mouths

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Been trying to meet with you for 6 months bro You sneak dissing on trav records and texting Kris talking bout how’s the family

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

I told you I ain’t tell Pusha about your son

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

It’s all love bro bro but don’t play with me. You stay too close to be playing all these industry games bro

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Sending purple emojis When I’m dealing with mental shit I need my apologies now Not through scooter either Not through Travis

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

I would never intentionally try to hurt you bro I never even heard none of the diss records That ain’t my MO never did a diss record

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

This ain’t about who could pay to have something done to somebody This man to man bro This been bothering me too long

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Buying first two rows at Pusha show got me hot bro

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Stop this already bro You getting people hurt out here And over what

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Drake finally called

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

Mission accomplished

— ye (@kanyewest) December 13, 2018

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Bibi Bourelly Shares Striking Video For "White House"

Singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly continues to use her talented pen to spread a timely message. For her latest, the "Ballin" singer debuted the poignant video for "White House."

Images of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center to footage of children detained in immigration facilities are depicted within the three-minute reel. The visual also puts into perspective the dire circumstances humans are currently living through and the future issues from the environment to politics that will alter the lives of generations to come. Bourelly also shared a mission statement behind the piece:

I am a girl.

A regular girl. I am not a pop star Or a politician. I am not a Straight A student. I am an artist. I try to tell the truth because My father taught me that lying hurts. Not only those around us , but ourselves. It hurts everyone. It jades our perspective and skews our principles. It confuses us and everyone around us. My father also taught me that when choosing to trust in or believe an individual you have to observe what they do before believing what they say. I look at the grown ups who are the representatives of our country and I don’t believe them. People like that never liked me. They never liked us. I know that because I’ve ran into them in encounters on the subway or the local community stores. They tell us to speak more like them and to stop writing poems. I’m a girl. I have never stolen anything. I am not a straight A student. I am a brown girl, an artist and a poet. I close my eyes sometimes and try to listen to the deepest part of my heart when things get scary or feel wrong to hear what it tells me like my father taught me to do and this is what came out.

In a previous interview with VIBE, Bourelly said one of her worries about being a creative in this industry is losing the ability to make tunes based on real-life issues.

"One of my biggest fears is that when I get to a certain level I will forget how to write about real life. I think that's what makes me an artist, the fact that I talk about the things that I experience. Music for me is an outlet," she said. "I feel things very intensely. Before I had the diction, the articulation to express what I felt I would create my music. The moment I begin to get a real understanding of diction and articulation, I begin to write about the things that were happening around me. It wasn't until people pointed it out to me that I was writing about the things that were happening around me that I realized it."

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Gucci Mane And Waka Flocka Put The Past Behind Them

After a years-long rift that resulted in subliminal statements and a torn friendship, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka have arrived at a point of neutrality. The pair has been at odds in previous years due to personal and business matters, and at one point fans were convinced the Atlanta natives would remain outside of each other's orbit.

Now, Gucci said he was inspired to reach out to Waka after he was notified of the latter's public video message in November that called for a mediation between the two. "To be honest, with him going on the Internet like that, I reached out because I thought it was urgent," Gucci shared during an interview with Streetz 94.5 radio station. The "I Get The Bag" rapper continued to state that all has been settled between the two, reiterating that "everything's in the past now."

A month ago, Waka publicized his call to have a discussion with Gucci. Taking to Instagram, the "Hard in Da Paint" artist said, "All that playing over with. You know how to get me big dawg...You call me." Prior offenses included Waka's contention with Gucci's memoir and other business-related decisions, which Waka addressed on his song, "Was My Dawg."


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#GucciMane (@laflare1017) reveals that he and @wakaflocka have settled their differences and “everything is in the past now” 🚨| What do you guys think the conversation between Streetz Morning Takeover and Gucci Mane? Comment Below! 👇🏾 | #streetz945 #streetzmorningtakeover @moquickatl @joclive @shawtythecomedian

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