Tyga had some explaining to do after old footage leaked
Tyga's debut album is titled No Introduction, yet he still had to introduce himself and explain how he grew up when it was released. That's because, in December 2013, archival footage from a show called Bustas emerged, showing a teen Tyga talking about growing up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. "I grew up not too rough, my parents had a Range Rover, they were doing it big, not too hard, but I'm still on the street," Tyga remarked on Bustas (via TMZ). Because Tyga has always claimed to be from Compton, the West Coast metropolis made famous by Dr. Dre and N.W.A., this clip aroused some eyebrows.
Following the release of the video, the "Rack City" rapper clarified the situation on Los Angeles radio station Power 106's Big Boy's Neighborhood. "The beginning of the intro was scripted. I was never a resident of the Valley. My entire life has been spent in Compton/Gardena... I'm young, ambitious, and unconcerned; I'm getting paid for this, I'm having a good time, and I'm about to be on television "he stated After he explained himself, the uproar faded down, and the California native went on to have a rather successful career.
Rick Ross hid the truth about an old job
When Rick Ross rose to stardom thanks to his 2006 single "Hustlin,'" he also established a reputation as a Miami mafioso who made a living as a drug-dealing outlaw. However, soon after, reports circulated that Ross had previously worked as a correctional officer. According to MTV, he said on video, "There's no truth behind that." Then a photo of a young man who resembled a beardless Ross wearing a correctional officer's uniform and shaking hands with someone surfaced on the internet. The Port of Miami rapper then responded in a chat with AllHipHop, claiming that "online hackers" pasted his "face" on someone person's body for the photo.
Ross worked as a correctional officer for 18 months at the South Florida Reception Center beginning in 1995, according to an official employment document released by The Smoking Gun. In a 2009 interview with XXL, he admitted to the task, as well as the famous shot. He explained, "Me not answering or addressing that matter has nothing to do with my work." "I've done enough and made enough money to be considered good.... Those were, in fact, photographs of me. But I'm going to tell you something. I was performing my job by taking that job. You get what I'm saying?... The stuff I'm talking about is true."
21 Savage intentionally omitted part of his backstory
It's not that 21 Savage was accused of lying about his childhood; rather, he was accused of hiding it because he built his career on recounting gritty street stories about growing up on Atlanta's Eastside. However, in 2019, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested the rapper for overstaying his visa. Following that, you could almost hear a collective huh? on social media, because why would an American citizen require a visa? The problem is that Savage isn't an American citizen; he was born in the United Kingdom, as his arrest confirmed. "I understand why he did what he did.To have the gangster rapper image you have to portray that image. But really he's a softie from London," said someone who knew Savage in his London days, according to The Sun.
According to a statement provided by Savage's legal team and published in Rolling Stone, Savage entered the United States legally at the age of seven in 2005, but his visa expired in 2006. He was detained by ICE for ten days before being freed and appearing on Good Morning America shortly after. During that interview, the "Bank Account" rapper stated that he wasn't lying about being born in the United Kingdom, but that he kept it a secret so he wouldn't be deported. Savage's immigration case is still pending as of February 2021, due to a backlog of immigration court proceedings.
Ice Cube was a good kid before his rap career took off
Ice Cube's image has evolved over the years, from that of a gangster rapper to that of a family-friendly actor in films like Are We There Yet? and The Book of Life. He's now a businessman, having founded the Big3 basketball league, which has been a huge success. However, some people may never be able to get the picture of a young, menacing-looking Cube from the rap group N.W.A. out of their heads, particularly in the video for Straight Outta Compton—the song, not the movie. It's one of the first videos to get national attention for the band and establish their criminal image. In the legendary track, he raps, "Straight outta Compton, crazy motherf***** named Ice Cube."
Cube's gangster image, according to Alonzo Williams, who signed him to his first record deal when he was a teenager, was all an act. In 2015, Williams told VladTV, "Ice Cube was a lovely child." "[His gangster persona] He's a great actor... He f**** me up." Cube didn't respond to Williams or refute his claims. It's worth noting that the actor and singer never claimed to be a gangster outside of his rap rhymes. He told NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in 2016 that he wrote songs to better understand his life growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
A reported believed Bo$$' image didn't match her upbringing
Born Gangstaz was the title of Bo$$' debut album, released in 1993, and it appeared obvious that she had a hard upbringing from the start, especially since she rapped about selling drugs and being involved in street fights. Bo$$, however, was surrounded by controversy, according to the Detroit Metro Times, when a 1994 piece in The Wall Street Journal revealed that she was raised in a middle-class Detroit area, attended Catholic school, and studied piano and dance. Even though some of these details were included in the intro track of the debut album, the reporter's tale drew a lot of attention. "Critics started f*** with me, sayin' 'sayin' 'She's from a middle-class neighborhood, how can she be gangsta?'"
Bo$$, who is widely believed to be hip-first hop's female gangsta rapper, only recorded one official album before releasing The Six Million Dollar Mixtape in 2004. On a tragic note, she is said to have renal illness, which occurs when the kidneys are unable to "remove waste and excess water from the blood," according to Cancer.gov. Then, in 2011, HipHopDX reported that Bo$$ was on the lookout for a kidney donor. According to a GoFundMe campaign set up for her in January of 2021, she also experienced a stroke and a seizure. So it appears that folks are worrying a lot more about Bo$$' health these days than they are about the old debate.
Vanilla Ice's backstory was called into question
Vanilla Ice's past has gotten him into a lot of trouble. When his debut album, To the Extreme, was released, the story was that he grew up in a rough Miami neighborhood and was involved in knife battles. In 1990, he pulled down his shorts to display a scar on his buttocks and asked a People reporter, "See that?" "One night, I was stabbed five times. I had lost half of my blood supply."
It wasn't long before the Miami Herald and Dallas Morning News reported that Ice came from a "well-to-do" Dallas suburb, as the Los Angeles Times remarked. Following the publication of these accusations, Ice told the Los Angeles Times, "When I was a kid, my family moved around a lot between Miami and Dallas... People may have assumed I was wealthy, but I wasn't."
Ice spoke with The Ringer in 2020 about the mysteries surrounding his past. "At the time, I had no idea where I came from. That was only when I became famous that it became a thing "He went on to clarify. "I was embarrassed to say I was from Farmers Branch, Texas... I genuinely tried to divert folks." The initial bio was "concocted without his knowledge," he also informed the site. Ice's situation didn't turn out so badly in the end. Vanilla Ice is said to have made a lot of money by investing his early rap money in real estate, and he hosted a successful DIY Network show called The Vanilla Ice Project from 2010 until 2019.
Tekashi 6ix9ine got into trouble after claiming to be a gang member
Tekashi 6ix9ine, a rapper from New York, rose to prominence in 2018 because to two factors: According to social media perspectives, his smash single "Gummo" and becoming one of the biggest internet trolls rap has ever seen. Tekashi spent a lot of his career instigating fights with other rappers, whether it was Ohio's Trippie Redd, fellow Brooklyn rapper Casanova, or Los Angeles' YG. Tekashi also flashed plenty of red — the Bloods street gang's color — to let everyone know he was a card-carrying member while performing all of this mocking.
Then, in 2018, he was arrested with members of the Nine Trey Gangsters, a subgroup of the Bloods, on racketeering and firearms charges. But, according to the Daily News, Tekashi wasn't a member of the gang; rather, he was being extorted by them. Prosecutors used a phone call between New York rapper Jim Jones and Nine Trey Gangster member Jamel "Mel Murda" Jones during Tekashi's trial to confirm this information. On the phone, Jim stated, "He was never a gang member." "He was always a gang member's money ploy." Eventually, the rainbow-haired rapper chose to collaborate with the federal government in order to convict Nine Trey members. After being sentenced to prison, he was granted early release in 2020.He was given an early release from prison in 2020 after being considered a COVID-19 health risk. According to ABC News, Tekashi "sufferers from severe asthma."
Slim Jesus decided to come clean about his backstory
Slim Jesus of Ohio had a viral hit on his hands in 2015 when he released "Drill Time," a song in which he boasts about living like a gangster and committing various felonies. Slim raps in the song, "You ain't really 'bout sh*,keep out my spot, don't utter my name/Or I drive up on your street." What about the video? It's chock-full of images of Slim and his posse brandishing firearms at the camera like it's nothing. Slim rose to popularity as a result of the video's viral success.
Then, in September of 2015, he revealed that the tough-guy persona was all a ruse, developed just for the sake of music. However, based on the social media conversation at the time, it didn't appear like many people believed his thug stories. Slim told VladTV in 2015, "Obviously, I'm not out here gathering bodies and sh**." "I'm a f**king genius. I know a few people and have been in a few situations, but I'm not out there f**king with people. I've never been arrested, so I don't have a criminal record." Even though Slim should have been applauded for not being a real criminal, many people, including acclaimed New York rapper Sheek Louch of The Roots, chastised him for creating his image.
including respected New York rapper Sheek Louch of The Lox. As Louch told VladTV in 2016, "I don't really like it when you go that route about it 'cause you don't have to."
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