Performing For a Virtual Audience Isn’t Easy

Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger has predicted that live concerts as we know them won’t be back until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout. It’s simply not safe to gather in large groups, unless you’re doing a drive-in concert, and the music industry has been working desperately to figure out the best way to cope with this undeniable fact. Virtual shows have become a makeshift replacement for in-person shows thanks to companies like MelodyVR, which has worked with artists like Kesha and Khalid, and Live Nation, whose latest concerts center around Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Uzi Vert. They’re the evolution of all those slightly janky Instagram Live performances that were important during the beginning of the pandemic.

With this new virtual frontier becoming the regular, fans are getting used to seeing artists come aboard, perhaps assuming that performing for a digital audience is similar to performing for a real-life one. But speaking with artists shows that the process of putting on a virtual concert is a lot different, for better and for worse.

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In April, R&B legends Teddy Riley and Babyface faced off in an epic Verzuz battle on Instagram Live. It was a massive moment for virtual performances that became a hilarious highlight of the new era, thanks to a slew of technical difficulties that made the show start later than usual. Talk about epic. The jokes about them being uncles “using technology for the first time” made their performance much different than what it initially was pegged to be. While it worked in favor of these two particular artists, with their performed songs receiving a 115% increase in streaming following the battle, these kinds of technical issues can cause a headache for others getting into the digital space for the first time.

Musical sensation DDG, who’s signed to Epic Records and plans on performing virtually very soon, says that he prefers live shows so that he can engage with fans, revealing that the “technical components” of these performances have surprised him. “I think we’ve realized that these kinds of shows definitely require some amazing wifi connections.”

But even though he hasn’t put on a digital show yet, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been working to connect with fans. “There’s definitely pressure to put on a show, but I’m releasing new music that’s rolling out left and right,” he says. “I’ve been working to drop music videos more frequently to keep my fans entertained.”

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Virtual shows carry another difference that performers are taking note of:; that feeling of being alone, since the room isn’t filled with screaming fans. “We literally went from full-on engaging with crowds to looking at the air and performing to camera men — it’s definitely weird,” says Lyrica Anderson, a singer who’s co-written for Beyoncé and worked with both Timbaland and Jennifer Lopez, and recently released her fourth studio album, Bad Hair Day. “At a live show, you can always feel the energy of the crowd, and the love you need from them is always nice to get you hype on stage.With virtual shows, you’re performing to the people recording, where they are usually far away and it’s definitely not the same.”

Anderson, who’s performing a live virtual concert on September 18, can’t wait to get back to physical shows.”Not seeing people literally makes me sad,” she says. “The people that you’re performing for give you life and energy.” But even though she’s anxious to play for real people, she’s not in a rush to do so with the pandemic in full swing. “It’s way too risky to perform in person right now, so I’ll settle for this,” she says.

Rock band Portugal. The Man, currently performing for Tito’s Made To Order virtual festival that occurs until October 8, aren’t as opposed to the virtual shows as other artists. “It’s not as different as you might think,” says band member Eric Howk. “We just try to be ourselves on stage, so doing it on camera versus doing it before a crowd feels roughly the same. We do miss the big, loud audiences, but being able to play in such a beautiful spot feels just as spectacular as a sold-out arena.”

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Don’t get it twisted though — it’s still nerve-racking doing a virtual show, but Portugal. The Man don’t see that as a new thing. . “Every show is equally terrifying,” says Howk. “If it isn’t, you’re not doing it right.” There is a clear difference in the two performance types that causes them the most stress. “In a real show with a big crowd, it’s harder to hear the accidents,” says Howk.

Regardless of whether it’s a show in front of a screen or facing real people, what doesn’t change is the onset of nerves that musicians get. This is something that Anderson can attest to personally as she prepares for her virtual concert. “Performance anxiety happens regardless if you’re performing for one person or 1,000,” she says. “Everyone gets nervous, no matter how long you’ve been doing this/ Butterflies are always going to kick in before hitting the stage, but, once you’re there, your natural instincts just takeover.

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Cardi B Calls Out TikTok Star Emmuhlu Over Old Videos

There have been several instances of Cardi B dragging people online that have disrespected her in some way, shape or form. Her latest adversary is TikTok star Emmuhlu, who has used her platform of over 1.2 million followers to call out Cardi for her lyrics. In a couple of stinging and now-deleted tweets, the rapper set the social media star straight on allegedly being a racist and talking about her in the past.

On August 24, Cardi took to Twitter, calling out Emmuhlu by posting a link to a video of the latter using the n-word. “Fish lips is this you?,” wrote Cardi. “Please keep my name out of your mouth. You disguise yourself as a person that love black female artist, but you a real life racist.”

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Cardi wasn’t done there. She continued in another-deleted tweet that explained why she posted the previous clip. “Been talking about me for months, bitch probably want my skin color… Then disguise herself as a black female rapper stan to hide her racism and gain followings… Like goodbye pita bread lip having…”

From there, Cardi decided to call Emmuhlu out for using mental illness as a defene mechanism for picking on celebrities. “She wants to talk about mental illness after she got expose for being a RACIST sloth,” wrote Cardi. “Meal illness, depression, is real, but I don’t buy it from bitches that talk shit and fake bully celebs then strat crying mental illness.”

Later on, after the smoke cleared surrounding the one-sided virtual standoff, Cardi took to Instagram to make sure that fans understood why she, seemingly unprovoked, responded to Emmuhlu’s old videos. “You have made like 10 videos of me disrespecting and picking one me,” she wrote. “If you experience bullying, depression, if you know who you are, why do you do it to others? I am a person too! I got feelings too! My feelings get hurt too! So it’s OK to pick on people on the internet for shock value? And when I stand up for myself, I got to be mindful that you are 18? You don’t gotta pick on people for attention. Shit is wack.”

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Emmuhlu later hopped on Instagram Live and, although frustrated, gave Cardi an apology. “She’s attacking my appearance,” she said. “Me, now, I’m 18 years old. So she’s attacking a teenage girl’s appearance over a sily video. It was a joke. You’re 26 years old like, why are you doing that? Why? I actually genuinely am sorry that I made a joke at her expense.”

The social media star went further, explaining that her videos about Cardi were a part of a TikTok trend about the rapper’s beef with Nicki Minaj and that she “respected” her politics. After apologizing for using the slur in the unearthed video, she deleted her Instagram page.

Although Cardi scrubbed all traces of her verbal kerfuffle with Emmuhlu from her social media profiles, she did leave up this tweet agreeing with a fan about defending herself

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— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 25, 2020

Well. that settles that.

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Doja Cat Drops New Track, Addresses You Know What

“Just a pile of a poo poo honey,” Doja Cat captioned her latest SoundCloud post for her new track “Unisex Freestyle.” The laid-back, video game-like jingle is Doja at her most authentic. Both silly and incredibly slick, her rhymes aren’t anything world-changing, but it’s more than enough notice to her haters that she’s back and here to stay after a controversial month on social media.

“I’m for all the ladies and gentleman/ I’m unisex, unisex,” she chants for the new song’s chorus. Whether or not you interpret “Unisex Freestyle” as the bisexual anthem Pride 2020 needed, like some of her fans in the comments on SoundCloud, it’s undeniable that the track is everything stans have come to love about the 24-year-old’s music. It’s sultry, it’s cute and it’s incredibly catchy. She released it rather quietly on social media, tweeting out, “I made some more horny shit check it out,” along with a link to listen.

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The single serves as Doja’s first official release since dealing with a mob of Twitter users in late May calling her out for her alleged ties to racist chatrooms and a song she made called “Dindu Nuffin” back in 2015. Today, she took to Instagram Live to call out the fact that the Tinychat groups she’s a part of “aren’t racist.” She rejected the narrative and stated definitively, “My friends on Tinychat are not fucking white supremacists, they love me, I love them, they’re loving, and that’s it. And you won’t find anything on them because you’re fucking stupid!”

While it might be hard for some to overlook the 2015 track that used the historically racist phrase, “Dindu Nuffin,” as its title, Doja clarified recently that the song was made to reclaim the term rather than perpetuate its use, as she herself is a Black woman. The general public has seemed to agree more and more over time that the online hate riled up to “cancel” her was a product of misogyny and anti-Blackness itself. The replies under tweets about her from celebrity news account PopCrave have changed tone from pure hatred to love and support seemingly over the course of just a couple weeks.

Listen to “Unisex Freestyle” below.

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Copyright Claims Are Ruining Livestreams for Everyone

When DJ D-Nice‘s “Home School” Instagram Live stream went viral, high-profile viewers poured in. Verified accounts like Oprah and Michelle Obama entered the chat — alongside Mark Zuckerberg. In an interview with Vibe, Instagram music partnerships strategist Fadia Kader even promoted the use of the Live feature during the COVID-19 pandemic, predicting that it would spark “amazing creativity” during an uncertain time.

But DJs out of work in a nightlife-less economy trying to follow DJ D-Nice’s lead and stream their own sets on Instagram Live can’t seem to catch a break. If you tune into a DJ’s live-stream, you’re likely to see disclaimers trying to preempt a copyright takedown, which stop their stream suddenly, kicking both the streamer and the audience out to the home page, sending the streamer a notice about copyright infringement, forcing them to start their stream over and just generally killing the vibe.

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Jordan Page, who DJs in New York under the name VeryAdvanced, says he’s tried to DJ on Instagram Live once a week since the pandemic began, but has been frustrated by copyright takedowns: “It sucks. It happens at the least convenient times, too.” Reginald Sinkler, a veteran New York DJ operating under the monikers P.U.D.G.E. and Pudgemental, agrees: “[Copyright takedowns] affect the flow of your craft, and the efficiency of delivery when you have to stop and restart the live feed and wait for people to join again. It definitely takes away momentum and leads people to move away from your page.”

Page is also a stylist and event producer, and says the suspension of nightlife has affected his income and social life. Sinkler, who has been DJing in New York since the mid-90s, and has been trying to livestream approximately every other day. Still, it’s hardly profitable. “I’ve received a few donations or tips from Djing on livestream, but it’s not comparable to the amount I can make at gigs,” he says.

A spokesperson confirms that Instagram worked closely with DJ D-Nice to ensure that the “Home School” stream went smoothly. But when asked to clarify the normal rules for streaming DJ sets on Live, they say there are a few more limits to what’s allowed: “While our partnerships with music rights holders allow people to add music to the moments they share on Facebook and Instagram, music rights are complex, and there are layers to the limitations in how we can allow people to include music in their Live videos.”

Without clear guidelines for how to proceed, DJs are left guessing. Are the takedowns algorithmic, or the result of human moderation? If it’s an algorithm, what’s the best way to fool it? Some believe the takedowns are triggered by the duration that someone plays an individual song.

“It only happened to me once,” says Adam Alexander, a Miami-based DJ who goes by Silent Addy, of his experience with Instagram copyright violations. “It really only happens when you play a song for too long, but I usually mix fast anyway, so [the algorithm] doesn’t detect it.”

Others say it’s about which artists’ music you play. In my understanding the more popular the song, the higher the chance of it getting flagged,” says Sinkler. “So switching songs fast and using effects or talking over them seems to work as a quick fix.” Page echoes this sentiment: “I hear it’s the labels putting pressure on [Instagram], which I don’t understand. What’s the difference between me DJing on Instagram Live and a set at a club?”

“Well, when you DJ at a bar, generally the performer assumes that the venue has the appropriate licensing,” says Ian Corzine, a Los Angeles-based lawyer specializing in copyright. “Most times, [they don’t, and] it’s illegal. Most of the time, no one’s really going to complain, it’s accepted conduct in society. But on Instagram, there’s a computer reading every single note that’s being played.”

Corzine says that there’s no legal basis for DJs broadcasting copyrighted music on Instagram Live, unless Instagram secures broadcast licenses for the works being used. “So they just arranged for broadcast licensing for D-Nice, and I hate to say it, but a lot of the time on social media, the rich get richer. Because D-Nice had a relationship with IG, and probably other people out there, he was able to get that gig, and most other DJs don’t have that same relationship.”

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But because DJ D-Nice, in his viral and heavily-promoted stream, used copyrighted music — and this behind-the-scenes dealmaking wasn’t made public, even in Kader’s interview with Vibe or D-Nice’s own interview with the New York Times — DJs were left scratching their heads at how he was able to pull it off so successfully. Page calls this “an example of preferential treatment” on Instagram’s part. “No DJ should have this issue. This is a time where people are looking for an escape, some fun and some comfort. Why take it away?”

“It would be nice if we could all get that help,” Pudge agrees. “The music is for the people, and as DJs we’re promoting the music and artists. I’m not sure how it benefits anyone to restrict DJs from playing music in/on public platforms.”

“I would guess that [D-Nice] played the whole set for them and then they’d go through and have their lawyers make sure everything is accounted for and that the broadcast licenses are paid.” Corzine says. “They may have even put [things] on the setlist themselves. They may have even talked to the artists themselves, and [the artist] might say, “sure, sounds good to me,” because [they] want the exposure.”

In response to the takedowns, some artists are absconding to other platforms like Twitch, which is supposedly more lenient with copyright takedowns. Alexander, who also organizes the Bashment series of parties in Miami, says he and his DJ collective “think we will be more leaning towards” using the service over Instagram. Page concurs:”I’ve heard of DJs moving to Twitch and even Reddit. I’m not really in those worlds but I’m interested in checking them out.”

Corzine acknowledges that Twitch is known for being more lenient in the implementation of its copyright policy, but notes that there is no real difference in legality between a set on Zoom, Twitch, Instagram Live or anywhere else. There’s also no likely scenario in which Instagram announces publicly that it will ramp down copyright enforcement.

Still, the DJs I spoke to say that doesn’t reduce the sting of celebrities getting special treatment, or that Instagram orchestrated a social media event around DJing on their platform without making the same tools accessible to the majority of its users.

It’s hard to let go of Instagram if that’s where you built your audience. “People aren’t as willing to follow every DJ to a different platform,” says Sinkler. “IG has become like TV at times, and people are just switching stations.”

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Even while expressing a fatigue with peoples’ attention spans on Instagram Live, Alexander agrees: “It’s definitely easier to reach people [on Instagram] because you don’t have to promote that you’re on [Live]. At least one person will see that you’re on.”

Corzine says that he’s hearing many of the same complaints from his clients: “It’s just a crazy system. A lot of the platforms make good money on people stealing other content, to be really honest. So the forward-facing rules are “we do not violate copyright law, we do not sanction this,” but really, they make their money off of that.”

He’s an advocate for opening up copyright law, which he says “is just not up to date with our current expression of art.” But he puts most of the blame for DJs’ current predicament on a lack of transparency from social media companies. “The law has to change, but besides that, the platforms have to be more transparent. Because many creators are just confused. There’s just blind ambiguity.”

Why Were Ex-Cheetah Girls Raven-Symoné and Kiely Williams Fighting?

If we’ve learned anything from girl groups and boy bands, it’s that drama is inevitable. Who doesn’t love some celeb messiness now and then, especially now that we’re on endless lockdown?

Former Cheetah Girls Raven-Symoné and Kiely Williams have entered the chat, attempting to put their disagreements to bed before our very eyes on Instagram Live. On Live, the two discussed their childhood drama, Raven’s decision to not participate in the third Cheetah Girls movie and Williams’ ongoing feud with Adrienne Bailon.

Raven started out by expressing gratitude for being able to “heal a wound from that time period,” now that she understands Williams just likes “to shake shit up.” Raven ate a sandwich, while Williams attended to her baby.

Raven then explained she opted out of The Cheetah Girls: One World because she felt excluded from the group at the time. After acknowledging her fire-starting personality, Williams assured Raven she would never try to hurt her on purpose. Clearing the air, Raven told Williams, “I release any pain towards you that I have, and I cancel, clear and delete it.” Words to live by. May we all be able to one day bury our pettiness with such eloquence. (Williams said Raven’s release sounded “religious.”)

Though Raven and Williams have seemingly now attempted to make amends, there’s one raging feud left between Williams and Bailon. During the Live chat, Williams explained her issues with Bailon, claiming that Bailon did not go to her dad’s funeral or call her when he died. (Williams elaborated on some of the Cheetah Girls drama in an earlier video posted online.)

The exchange that follows contains some pretty iconic quotes: “I’m sorry, I’m not trying to be messy,” Williams says. “I’m being for real with you, no. I’m sorry, I love you. I swear to God, nope. Come on. You can say what you want about me and how you felt about me, but you can’t ever say that I didn’t ride for Adrienne. You can’t say that. I didn’t do anything!”

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Raven said that Williams should “calm down,” but also acknowledged that it was “terrible” that Bailon did not show support for Williams in her grief. However, she suggested that Williams reconsider her beef with Bailon, since there is so much history between them. (Lest we forget, before they were Cheetah Girls, the duo comprised 3LW.) While Williams did not commit on-camera to speaking with Bailon, one can only hope that the next few weeks of quarantine boredom will inspire the two to reconcile.

Can bygones really be bygones? After Williams hung up from the chat, Raven remained on Live, looking unbothered before bursting into laughter. Is the hatchet buried after all? Hard to say, but see Raven’s reaction, below, as well as an orchestra version of it that feels… particularly poetic.


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Chrissy Teigen Defends Vanessa Hudgens

“Sometimes people, especially famous people, are gonna say really stupid shit.”

Chrissy Teigen is pushing back against the backlash over Vanessa Hudgens‘ ill-advised corona-comments on Instagram Live. On Monday, Hudgens had angered a lot of people with cavalier remarks like, “It’s a virus, I get it. I respect it. But at the same time, like, even if everybody gets it… like, yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible. But, like, inevitable?” for which she later apologized yesterday in a tweet, saying in another Instagram story that her comments were “taken out of context.”

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And now Teigen, resident Queen of Twitter, has sprung to Hudgens’ defense, telling her followers in a series of tweets that while they can acknowledge the ignorance within the actress’ comments, they shouldn’t be actively trying to cancel her and they “don’t have to ruin anyone’s life.”

The model and television personality responded to several of her followers in other threads, explaining that celebrities will be criticized whether they apologize or not, and how they choose to do it:


Teigen’s main message? Inciting hate online will only make matters worse, whether it’s directed towards someone famous or anyone else.




Many people felt Hudgens’ remarks were particularly inappropriate since the celebrity’s status and wealth could protect her from a virus that less fortunate people could encounter and/or die from. While Teigen agreed that Hudgens’s comments were “insensitive,” she reminded her followers that she, too, had made insensitive comments in the past and “learned” from them. She encouraged followers to let Hudgens learn from her mistakes now.


Guess it’s up to Twitter to decide what happens next.

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Livestream This: Niia’s Nightly Sound Baths

Thanks to Ms. Rona, we’re all trapped at home with nothing to do. Even Netflix is getting boring! But never fear. While they’re technically out of work, our favorite entertainers are still out here bravely making virtual content in a scary new world. Going to the club or the theater is out of the question right now (self isolate! Ariana Grande says so) but here’s PAPER’s ongoing guide to the latest livestreams — featuring comedians, actors, musicians and more.

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Who? Neo-R&B singer Niia, who recently released her sophomore album, II: La Bella Vita, is giving nightly sound baths from her home via Instagram Live. Consisting of 20-minute sessions of improvised piano playing and maybe a little singing, Niia says the sound baths aim to provide listeners a way to de-stress and resist going stir crazy under quarantine. “Music can provide a distraction for the mind, it can slow the rhythms of the body, and it can alter our mood, which in turn can influence behavior,” she writes. “Let’s try to listen more.”

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When? Every night this week at 6 PM PST on Niia’s Instagram page.

Why Watch? Listen, we’re all stressed right now. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic with a lot of fear and uncertainty flying around, so we are sorely in need of a moment to center ourselves. What better way to do that than with a calming serenade? So crack open that bottle of Merlot you’ve been saving for a special occasion, turn down the lights, maybe wash your hands again, and unwind to dulcet tones of Niia tickling the ivories.

NIIA on Instagram: “EVERYDAY THIS WEEK 6PM PT. I will be doing 20 mins of live piano freestyle maybeeee alittle singing and a live sound bath from my house on…”

Stream Niia’s II: La Bella Vita, below.

Photography: Arturo Evaristo for PAPER

A Meme Queen Made Doja Cat’s ‘Cyber Sex’ Go Viral

“Oh! What a time to be alive,” is the line from Doja Cat’s “Cyber Sex,” a song that’s on every Twitter gay’s lips this week. Why is this track suddenly everywhere? It’s all thanks to a veteran meme queen, the one and only @TheQueenNenobiaBKTidalWave — aka Nenobia, aka EstellaRobinson, aka The Queen of Brooklyn.

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Nenobia has been the internet’s favorite Brooklyn meme queen for a while now, although her Instagram account has undergone several transformations. In her bio, she states that she was “FLAGGED AT 54k, 26k and 7700k.” At least one of her old accounts still exists on the platform with over 50,000 followers, but the one she is currently operating under is @TheQueenNenobiaBKTidalWave. This lineage is important because Nenobia got her start with virality in 2015 from a HotNewHipHop rant posted to the press outlet’s YouTube channel, in which she addresses her love for JAY-Z and Hillary Clinton, as well as her hatred for ISIS. Soon after, she developed her own following as a result of the memes shared from the street interview.

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While not much is made public about the social media star’s life, she goes on Instagram Live fairly often for her fans and interacts with commenters. Recently she’s started a recurring trend on her Lives — dancing to Doja Cat’s “Cyber Sex” off of her newest album, Hot Pink.

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Dozens of different videos exist of Nenobia performing the song — including her favorite “What a time to be alive!” line — on the internet, and stan Twitter has bravely attempted to catalogue them all in threads like the one above. Whether in private, public, or in the driver’s seat, Nenobia simply cannot get the catchy tune out of her head. Now, neither can stan Twitter. It’s the kind of post-ironic success that originally led to Doja’s rise, with hits like “Moo!” and the TikTok bop “Juicy.”

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All was love, but for a brief moment, Nenobia vowed to never perform “Cyber Sex” on Instagram Live again because of the fact that Doja had not acknowledged her now-viral videos. It didn’t take long, however, for Doja to notice the meme queen. Wednesday evening on her own Instagram Live, Doja Cat quoted one of Nenobia’s viral videos and expressed her love for the social media star.

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With stans demanding a collab from the two queens immediately, there’s no telling what could happen next. The audio from the meme of Nenobia is already even starting to go viral on TikTok. Just please, for the love of God, don’t get Nenobia’s account flagged again! We need the “Cyber Sex” memes daily.

Estellarobinson on Instagram: “YO I Was so sad 😞 😢 thinking’s about my son #mylsdobson #ripmylsdobson ALL DAY AND TO SEE THIS @dojacat MADE ME SMILE 😃 SO BIG NAH BISH I…”

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Tay-K – The Race (Remix) (feat. 21 Savage & Young Nudy)

[Intro: Tay-K & 21 Savage]
I’m Lil Tay-K, I don’t think you want no action (21, 21)
You want action, you get turned into past tense
Your boys deep? Well, let’s get to subtractin’
Smith & Wesson made my .9 with sub-compaction

[Chorus: Tay-K]
Fuck a beat, I was tryna beat a case
But I ain’t beat that case, bitch I did the race (skrt, skrt)
Beat it up, where I nut? Shorty face
Eli blast crackin’ 4s like a vase
Pop a nigga then I go out my way (skrrrt)
Do the dash then I go out the way
Rob a nigga shoes, rob a nigga lace
We tryna see a hunnit bands in our face

[Verse 1: 21 Savage]
Fuck a beat, I was trynna beat her face (21)
Put it in your mouth, ugh how it taste? (lil’ bitch)
Backend nigga, that’s a 100k (on God)
Four shows, nigga I can buy a Wraith (skrrt skrrt)
My street cred platinum, ain’t nothin’ fake (21)
Pulled up to the Slut Walk with a K (bitch)
You a internet gangster, I’m a ape (21)
Young Savage, Zone 6, EA (on God)
Hundred round drum hangin’ off the drake (pew pew pew)
Instagram Live got him killed broad day (on God)
You can have the pussy, I want the face (21)
I ain’t tryna cuff you, I don’t want no case

[Chorus: Tay-K]
Fuck a beat, I was tryna beat a case
But I ain’t beat that case, bitch I did the race (skrt, skrt)
Beat it up, where I nut? Shorty face
Eli blast crackin’ 4s like a vase
Pop a nigga then I go out my way (skrrrt)
Do the dash then I go out the way
Rob a nigga shoes, rob a nigga lace
We tryna see a hunnit bands in our face

[Verse 2: Tay-K]
Pimp gon’ be eatin’ good noodles every day
Bitch I’m drawin’ doodles, Tay-K paint the way
Choppa tear your dudies into fish fillet
I woke up too moody, who gon’ die today?
Shoot a fuckboy in his motherfuckin’ face
We cookin’ up, boy, you don’t wanna go dat way
Gotta go dat way, you get robbed for your rackades
Gotta go dat way, boy you not gon’ be happy
I tote 50s, I’m a shooter like Young Pappy
Bitch try to rob, we make her dance, Michael Jackson
We was plottin’, y’all was tryna get the pack in
Get the pack in, you get robbed for a fraction

[Chorus: Tay-K]
Fuck a beat, I was tryna beat a case
But I ain’t beat that case, bitch I did the race (skrt, skrt)
Beat it up, where I nut? Shorty face
Eli blast crackin’ 4s like a vase

[Verse 3: Young Nudy]
You want the drama? We got the drama
For you and your folks, them (folks)
Whole lotta guns, whole lotta chopper
Whole lotta smoke for them (whole lotta smoke for them)
Whole lotta mothafuckin’ yellow tape
You don’t wanna smoke with them (you don’t wanna smoke)
That’s about me, young nigga from the streets
Straight up PDE (straight up)
Shoot a mothafucka straight up in the face, closed case
Nigga, ask bout me
Nigga, I’m so gutta with it, I’m slimin’
Young nigga, I get with it (I get with it)
I’m with the shits, is you with the shits?
Nigga I don’t think you with the shits (I don’t think you with the shits)
Do you got that stick? ‘Cause I tote that stick
Nigga, that’s some daily shit, yeah (daily shit)
I’ll pitaroll a nigga if I got to (pitaroll a nigga)
Nigga don’t make me pull this stick out, I might chop you (I might chop you)
Nigga poppin’ like some bitches
Go across your head and nigga you ain’t gon’ need no stitches (you ain’t gon’ need stitches)

[Chorus: Tay-K]
Fuck a beat, I was tryna beat a case
But I ain’t beat that case, bitch I did the race (skrt, skrt)
Beat it up, where I nut? Shorty face
Eli blast crackin’ 4s like a vase
Pop a nigga then I go out my way (skrrrt)
Do the dash then I go out the way
Rob a nigga shoes, rob a nigga lace
We tryna see a hunnit bands in our face