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Latto Said She “Kind of [Wishes]” She Never Spoke About Being Sexually Harassed By Unnamed Rapper

On The Breakfast Club, Latto discussed her recent comments on being sexually harassed by an unnamed artist who’s featured on her new album.

Latto is clearing the air. 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 explained. “So I was backed into a corner, like, bullied. But I wish more females would speak up on stuff. I know like the label didn’t [step up]; they say, ‘You know, don’t do that. It’s bad business,’ or whatever. Man, these folks be trying to drop nuts on female rappers, like I’m not gonna shut up about it.”

Fans scoured the internet to find the tracklist for Latto’s new album 777, which releases on Friday, with guest appearances from Lil WayneChildish Gambino, 21 SavageKodak Black and more.

On Twitter, Kodak Black spoke out about allegations that Latto was referring to him, which he firmly denied.

On Wednesday, Latto stopped by The Breakfast Club to elaborate on her comments, which she said she partially regrets.

 

“My intentions was not to, like, make this a whole thing,” she said. “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. You hear, like, ‘Oh, female rappers have it harder.’ But I really wanted to give a little insight as to what specifically makes it harder for a female rapper. I didn’t want it to distract from the music or anything so I kind of wish, in a way, I didn’t say that.”

Angela Yee suggested that the featured artist should apologize, but Latto said she hadn’t heard from them since publicly speaking about their harassment.

“I’m not here to raise nobody. I’m just speaking on, like, it’s what I go through. And I think I’m allowed to do that to a certain extent. Social media is trying to turn it into this thing that’s like, oh, I’m ‘trying to clout chase’ or silence my experiences. I think it’s hard to know when you should and shouldn’t speak up.”

Latto also declined to share the artist’s name in order to shift the focus on 777.

“I don’t wanna say who it was,” she said. “I just feel like…it’s gonna distract from the music and my intentions is not to get anyone dragged or anything. I just wanted to speak from, like, what do I deal with? I don’t specifically want someone to, you know, get dragged.”

Latto shared that fellow female rappers rallied around her in support and teased that her “Sunshine” collaboration with Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino is her favorite from 777.
Following the release of 777 on Friday, Latto will embark on her Monster Energy Outbreak Tour on Saturday in Santa Cruz.
Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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