The 5 Wildest Hip-Hop Moments of 2017
There’s no shortage of adjectives to describe these past 12 months. Donald Trump may have assumed the Oval Office—in turn hogging media attention and garnering more headlines than ever before—but perhaps 2017’s silver lining is the fact that hip-hop/R&B has become the most consumed genre in the United States. And with that, there were countless unforgettable, bizarre moments in the ever-evolving rap game.
XXL’s 2017 Freshman Class reached new highs (and lows), yesteryear’s rap beefs were reheated and a legend was dethroned. If nothing else, it’s all been fascinating AF to watch. From the celebratory to the cringe-worthy, the curious to the overall concerning, XXL takes a look back at 10 of the wildest hip-hop moments of 2017.
Gucci Mane’s wedding to his longtime girlfriend Keyshia Ka’oir in October was a star-studded affair that aired on national television. And that’s wild. Consider this: One year earlier, in May 2016, Gucci was returning home after serving a two-year sentence in prison. Within a year’s time, the Atlanta rapper rebranded himself so much—dropping the drugs and quite a bit of body weight, too—that some were convinced that Guwop had been replaced by a clone. And he became so media-friendly and mainstream-loved that his nuptials were captured by BET—it was a lavish ceremony that also doubled as the premiere of the Wopsters’ BET reality series, The Mane Event. While Karrueche Tran and Kendall Kyndall hosted, and 2 Chainz, Diddy, Rick Ross, Lil Yachty, Monica, Big Sean, and Jhené Aiko attended, some of Gucci’s close family members were curiously missing from the festivities.
This June, XXXTentacion was sucker punched and consequently knocked out during a performance in San Diego—hometown to rival Rob Stone. X claimed that the venue’s security set him up, while Stone denied any involvement. It was also reported that someone in attendance was taken to the hospital, suffering from stab wounds during the chaos. The 2017 XXL Freshman later addressed the situation on social media, saying, “Next time make sure you kill me so I can’t talk shit.”
— Beto (@heyitsbeto101) June 8, 2017
After suspecting that Nicki Minaj was taking shots on Gucci Mane’s “Make Love” and Jason Derulo’s “Swalla,” Remy Ma retaliated by unleashing the scathing diss song “ShETHER.” The seven-minute track, which borrowed the instrumental from Nas’ “Ether,” flipped the rap game upside-down, with many eagerly awaiting Nicki’s response. Remy doubled down with a second diss track, “Another One,” before Nicki dropped “No Frauds” in response, claiming that Papoose wrote Remy’s bars. As for now, the saga continues, with Remy most recently calling out Minaj during the 2017 MTV VMAs.
— Remy Ma (@RealRemyMa) February 25, 2017
Eminem’s lyrical onslaught of Donald Trump made for one of the wildest (and most impactful) moments of 2017. During his highly anticipated freestyle at the BET Awards, the veteran MC spent four-and-a-half minutes tearing Trump apart, as well as addressing his fans who support the 45th president. J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and countless others came forward to praise Em for his potent freestyle, as many awaited a response from the president’s Twitter account. To date, Trump hasn’t acknowledged the message—or the harsh criticisms on Revival—but the freestyle was heard loud and clear by Eminem’s supporters, receiving more than two million retweets and 41 million views.
Russell Simmons has been at the center of more than a dozen sexual assault accusations. The music mogul has taken to social media to deny all the allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct, rape and attempted rape that have been made against him. In the wake of the allegations, Simmons has stepped down from his companies, also revealing his plan to “properly defend” himself. The allegations detail incidents that date from the late ’80s all the way up to 2014.
““These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual,” Simmons responded in a statement to the New York Times, following the paper’s explosive report detailing the accounts of three women accusing Simmons of rape. “I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power.”
The investigation into Russell Simmons remains ongoing, with the New York Police Department’s SUV now reportedly involved.
Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on “The Original Sin” (Keri Claussen), the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo. Stay tuned! We’ll share information today… And tomorrow the case of Jenny Lumet. My intention is not to diminish the #MeToo movement in anyway, but instead hold my accusers accountable. #NotMe Again, this is not a movement against or even in conjunction with #Metoo . It’s just a statement about my innocence.
Source: XXL Magazine
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