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Soundcloud Latino Rappers And Their Controversies That Shook Their Fans

Hip hop and rap music has always been embroiled with controversy and conflict, and Soundcloud rappers are no different. In case you haven’t listened to a Soundcloud playlist in a while, this type of music is also called mumble rap. Basically, the lyrics are sometimes indecipherable. Latino artists have been making a name for themselves in the microgenre, but not without hitting some bumps along the way. Here are three of the artists who have stirred some kind of controversy.

1. Lil Xan

Born in Redlands, California to Mexican parents, Diego Leanos bounced around motels before dropping out of high school and working as a street cleaner while selling drugs. Lil Xan starting getting noticed on the streaming music site SoundCloud when he began making music. Following a massive hit with his song “Betrayed,” Lil Xan got people upset when he said in an interview that Tupac Shakur was a 2 out of 9. He was also hospitalized recently for eating too many Hot Cheetos. To top it off, Lil’ Xan has been telling magazines that his relationship with Noah Cyrus was forced on them by the record label. With all of these mini controversies on his plate, perhaps that’s why Lil Xan said he would retire from music after the death of Mac Miller in September 2018.

2. Teikashi 6ix9ine

Oh boy, we might need a whole separate article to talk about all of the controversies Teikashi 6ix9ine has been a part of. Raised in New York by his Mexican mother and Puerto Rican father Daniel Hernandez began releasing songs in 2014. He became an internet meme thanks to his rainbow locks and grills. In the fall of 2015, Teikashi 6ix9ine pled guilty to three felony counts stemming from a case of using a child for sexual acts. This summer he was also arrested for an outstanding warrant for allegedly choking a fan at a Houston mall. Then there’s all the feuds he’s had with other rappers. It’s safe to say that 6ix9ine is one rapper that should be canceled.

3. Lil Pump

Another rapper known for his bright dreadlocks and run-ins with the law is Miami-born Gazzy Garcia, a.k.a. Lil Pump. His song “Gucci Gang” became a top three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and cemented the notion that Gucci is one of the hottest designer brands to be sporting. Earlier this year, Lil Pump was arrested for discharging a weapon in an inhabited place. Police were called to investigate shots fired at his San Fernando Valley home after people tried to break into the home. Police found that bullet hole in the door showed the bullet exiting the house, not entering. Police even investigated his mother for endangering a minor for having an unsecured gun in the home because Lil Pump was only 17 years old at the time. He was also arrested for driving without a license in Miami and said he would be bowing out of the public eye to serve a parole violation. But on September 29, he appeared on Saturday Night Live with Kanye West dressed as a Fiji water bottle.


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Vice Menta Talks Repping Mexico In Latin Trap And Empowering Single “Solo Dio$” With Alemán

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Vice Menta Talks Repping Mexico In Latin Trap And Empowering Single “Solo Dio$” With Alemán

Mexican duo Vice Menta is representing the country in the Latin trap game. With their unique R&B twist, the twin brothers are breaking through. For their new music video “Solo Dio$,” Vice Menta teamed up with Mexican hip-hop heavyweight Alemán. In an interview with Latido Music, Genio and Celo talk about their rise in the industry, their empowering single, and a possible Lil Pump collaboration in the future.

Vice Menta’s love for trap music came from the time they spent in Atlanta.

“Sometimes you have to stop and appreciate that we have this circumstance where we’re bros and doing this,” Celo tells mitú. “We share our passion, we share our mission, and we are both fully committed to doing it. There’s nothing else we could ask for.”

While the Latin trap game is dominated by Puerto Rican and Colombian artists, Vice Menta is helping put Mexico on the map. At the start of their career, the brothers spent some time in the trap music capital, Atlanta. Genio and Celo blended the hip-hop genre with their love of American R&B to create Vice Menta.

“We had the chance to be in Atlanta for a considerable amount of time,” Celo says. “We were around trap culture and living it. We really got influenced and fell in love with the sound and the culture. We’re Mexicans who started [out] singing R&B, but we lived that Atlanta lifestyle and now we’re this.”

Vice Menta’s career took off with 2018’s “Granada.”

In 2018, Vice Menta’s career exploded after dropping the single “Granada.” The romantic trap banger was their first release after signing with Warner Music Latina. The music video, which stars the duo dripping plenty of swagger while shirtless, has topped over 6 million views on YouTube.

“[That song] opened a lot of doors for us,” Genio says. “We’re thankful for it, so shout out to our own song, ‘Granada.’ You changed our life.”

Vice Menta made their “dream” collaboration with Fuego come true this year.

Vice Menta has dropped a string of hit singles since then. To turn up the heat on their career, the brothers are now collaborating with other Latin hip-hop acts. In March, they teamed up Dominican-American rapper Fuego for “12A12.” All three guys are smooth operators in this steamy collaboration.

“Fuego is one of the artists that started in this trap and Spanish wave and did it the right way,” Genio says. “When we had the original version, we were like, ‘Bro, if Fuego got onto this, he would elevate it.’ We sent it to him and he loved it.”

“And also it was like a dream come true for us,” Celo adds. “Before we signed and everything, we used to listen to Fuego a lot, so it was personally like a great feeling.”

Now they’re teaming up with Mexican hip-hop icon Alemán for “Solo Dio$.”

For their latest single “Solo Dio$,” Vice Menta joins forces with Mexican rapper Alemán. While the duo’s previous songs were romantic, this hard-hitting anthem is more about self-love. The guys, including Alemán, flex about living life on their own terms.

“It’s about only how God can judge you for what you’re doing,” Genio says. “Nobody knows what you have been through.”

“We respect and admire Alemán’s career,” Celo adds. “When we had this song, we were like, ‘Bro, Alemán would kill this one.’ And he did. Whenever we do a featuring, we do it because we know an artist is going to elevate a song.”

Vice Menta’s Lil Pump collaboration might be coming soon.

As for what’s next, there might be a Lil Pump collaboration on the way. Last year, Vice Menta was spotted in the studio with the Colombian-American rapper.

“Yes, we did a song,” Celo says. “I can say that. It may come on the project that we’re releasing in a couple of months.”

Keep an eye on Vice Menta because they’re going to be one to watch for.

Celo and Genio say to expect more music and videos later this year. As Vice Menta, they want to keep pushing the envelope for Mexican musicians in the Latin trap, R&B, and beyond.

“We’re 360 artists, so we want to do great music,” Celo says. “We want to take Spanish music to places where it has never been taken before. [To] just keep pushing Latin culture around the world and bring something new to the table always.”

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People Are Calling Demi Lovato Entitled For Threatening a Frozen Yogurt Shop

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People Are Calling Demi Lovato Entitled For Threatening a Frozen Yogurt Shop

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We can all agree that Demi Lovato has been through a lot. She had a rough childhood, a troubled adolescence, and an adulthood filled with addiction and eating disorders. But, going through a lot doesn’t excuse disrespectful behavior. And this time, the source of her wrath was…a frozen yogurt shop.

Earlier this week, Demi Lovato caught major heat for publicly calling out a small frozen yogurt chain for being “diet culture vultures.”

Lovato took to her Instagram to blast local LA fro-yo shop The Bigg Chill for having sugar-free and gluten-free frozen yogurt options.

“Finding it extremely hard to order froyo from @thebiggchillofficial when you have to walk past tons of sugar free cookies/other diet foods before you get to the counter. Do better please,” she wrote on her Instagram stories.

She continued: “You can find a way to provide an inviting environment for all people with different needs. Including eating disorders—one of the deadliest mental illnesses only second to [opioid] overdoses. Don’t make excuses, just do better.”

As soon as Demi’s Instagram story went up, people were annoyed that Lovato was tagging a small chain with a lot less power and followers than her.

Demi also posted DM screenshots between her and the frozen yogurt shop, where some interpreted Demi as being rude to the business owners. The owners tried to defend themselves, saying that they were not “diet culture vultures”, but Demi refused to hear it.

“Not just that. Your service was terrible. So rude. The whole experience was triggering and awful,” she wrote back. “You can carry things for other people while also caring for another percentage of your customers who struggle DAILY just to even step foot in your store.”

To make matters worse, TMZ got their hands on some other screenshots between Demi Lovato and the frozen yogurt shop that showed Demi low-key threatening them.

“Don’t keep going with this,” the screenshots say. “You don’t want to mess with me. You’re in the wrong and the customer is always right. You already know this, listen to your customer and do better.”

Needless to say, it didn’t sit right with some people that Demi Lovato, a high-powered celeb, was using her power to possibly blackball a small business.

“Demi Lovato using her army of millions of followers to target a small business for daring to offer healthy ice cream options is really pathetic,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Imagine threatening a small business like that,” wrote another. “This is the real her and exactly why I don’t buy her victim narrative. ‘You don’t want to mess with me’ or what? You’re going to burn down someone’s business and livelihood??”

After the immense amount of backlash, Demi Lovato apologized. But some people felt that the apology was more “Sorry, Not Sorry” than from the heart.

Demi Lovato addressed the controversy in an Instagram video. “I’m sorry that I got the messaging wrong. I’m sorry that I may have disappointed some people,” she said.

“I’m not coming after a small business as someone with a lot of followers. That’s not what I’m doing here,” she continued. “I walked into a situation that didn’t sit right with me. My intuition said, ‘Speak up about this.’ So I did, and I feel good about that. What I don’t feel good about is…how the message has gotten misconstrued.”

But as of now, fans and casual followers alike aren’t convinced. “I fully wish her well in her mental health and eating disorder struggles,” wrote one Twitter user. “But even after the initial message and backlash…she kept going. And kinda threatened them. She’s came off as a rich, entitled Karen.”

Here’s to hoping Demi lives and learns for the better.

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