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The Year in Hip-Hop 2021: Craziest moments


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There was no shortage of wild moments in 2021. From the ongoing feud between Drake and Kanye West to Nicki Minaj‘s claims about the COVID-19 vaccine, some of the biggest names in hip-hop got people chatting.

Here are three of the craziest moments in hip-hop this year.

Kodak Black throws money overboard: The 24-year-old rapper posted a video of himself throwing money off of a yacht and into the ocean. And it wasn’t small change, either. The money tossed overboard added up to approximately $100,000, according to My Mixtapez, which re-posted the clip.

–Drake and Kanye West beef: The feud originally ignited in 2018 after Pusha T accused the Certified Lover Boy of using a ghostwriter in the song “Infrared,” which West produced.

The beef continued this year when ​Drake dissed Kanye on Trippie Redd‘s track, “Betrayal, with the lyrics, “All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know / Forty-five, forty-four (burned out) let it go.” Kanye responded by posting, and then deleting, Drake’s home address on Instagram.

Drake and Kanye two finally squashed their beef in November and performed together in December at the Free Larry Hoover benefit concert. 

–Nicki Minaj and the COVID-19 vaccine: After the “Super Bass” rapper revealed that she didn’t attend the Met Gala because she wasn’t vaccinated, she later made claims about a cousin of hers refusing to get the vaccine after “his friend” got the shot and suffered an alleged reproductive side effect.

“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent,” Nicki tweeted. “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.”

Medical experts stress the COVID-19 vaccine does not cause impotency, nor does the booster.

DaBaby gets cancelled: The rapper came under fire for making controversial HIV/AIDS remarks at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami over the summer. He was dropped from a bunch of other music festivals after that, including Lollapalooza and New York’s Governors Ball. He issued an apology and later met virtually with Black leaders from HIV organizations.

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