Despite all the noise, Latto has finally dropped her latest album, 777. The album, which contains 13 songs, features collaborations from Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Lil Durk, Nardo Wick, Kodak Black, and more. The album is led by the Mariah Carey-sampling hit “Big Energy” and the 21 Savage-assisted “Wheelie.”
In an interview with Nadeska of Apple Music 1, she talked about her working relationship with 21 Savage.
“He one of the male Atlanta artists running it and then, I’m the female running it. I think it’s just that Atlanta chemistry. I’ve opened up for 21 way back in the day. I was probably 15, 16 really or something like that. I get like a lot of respect in the city because people be like, I remember shawty like, she sold me her CD back in this day. You know what I’m saying? I performed everywhere, opened up for everybody. They just respect the hustle.”
Latto has been in headlines for the last couple of weeks. Earlier this month, the rapper stopped by Big Boy TV where she said that an unnamed male artist initially refused to clear his verse because she didn’t respond to their advances via DM. The verse was cleared and Latto said she decided to leave it on her album.
“I love the song so much and I had to turn it in yesterday, so I didn’t really have a choice,” she said. “So I was backed into a corner, like, bullied.”
After the comments spread around, Latto told the Breakfast Club she “kinda wished” she never brought it up.
“My intentions was not to, like, make this a whole thing. I just was looking at it as, like, I’m a new female rapper in the game. I wish somebody could have gave me some insight about how this stuff really goes.“
Many fans assumed that Latto was talking about Kodak Black — because of comments made in the past — who felt the need to respond on Twitter:
On Instagram, Kodak producer and engineer Dyryk went to stick up for his collaborator.
“She asked for a feature a while back. We charged her our normal rate and she wanted a swap. Since her verse won’t really do anything for us, we asked for a swap for our female artist and charged her substantially less. She declined and said she was going to not use the record,” Dyryk wrote in his Instagram story.
Dyryk then claimed that Latto returned to accept the first offer with Black.
“Talk about empowering fellow female rappers,” he added. “Now she’s on some b******* that she was made uncomfortable And holding up your album? I know you’re not talking about us. You were on your diva sh*t when no one is getting in the car playing your records. You’re whole album had legal issues (I’m on the email chain) stop tryna pull this fictitious fueled empathy card for sales.”
Dyruk ended by saying that Latto was trying to “assassinate my brothers character,” so he sought to “destroy” hers. He wrapped by claiming that Latto refuses to namedrop the male artist responsible because “she’s full of s***.”
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