DJ Akademiks’ Most Controversial Moments
Written by B87FM on March 7, 2022
Within the hip-hop panorama, there isn’t a scarcity of polarizing figures. Whether or not it’s their strategy to the artform, their persona or their dealings with their fellow MC’s, rappers have all the time evoked sturdy feelings from audiences in ways in which final manner past the period of a observe.
But in immediately’s period, there may be one other diploma of animosity which is reserved for the modern-day hip-hop commentator. From Joe Budden to Charlamagne Tha God and even Anthony Fantano of TheNeedleDrop, the scale of their platforms and their tendency to make daring, sweeping statements signifies that once they go in opposition to the grain with a brand new perspective, they will catch loads of flak from social media. In extra excessive circumstances, their phrases will be so pointed as to advantage a response from the artists whom they’d positioned below the microscope.
But for all that Budde or Charlamagne could sometimes rile up fan bases and rappers alike, nobody excels at embroiling himself in controversies fairly like DJ Akademiks.
Since launching his YouTube channel in July of 2015, Akademiks– actual title Livingston Allen– has gone from a reporter on the peripheral outskirts of hip-hop to discovering himself entrenched within the recreation to such an extent that he even put out a half-satirical venture of his personal.
No stranger to mingling with the sport’s greatest stars, ‘Ak’ has appeared on livestreams with Drake, served because the go-to correspondent in the course of the rise and unceremonious fall of 6ix9ine, as soon as starred alongside Joe Budden on On a regular basis Wrestle, and has made more cash off of Twitch than virtually anybody within the business.
Alongside the best way, he’s additionally discovered himself in common verbal sparring matches with artists, media personalities, and everybody in-between which have made him into an inescapable pressure within the broader tradition.
Beloved by the patrons of his chat and held in utter contempt by numerous others, controversy isn’t far-off the place AK is worried.
Scorching on the heels of his newest confrontation with a bonafide hip-hop megastar, it’s time to check out among the greatest storms that Akademiks– each the model and the person behind it— has ever needed to climate.
Vic Mensa Stands Up for Chicago
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Throughout the early portion of his profession, one ongoing fixture of his YouTube content material that helped to ascertain Ak as a distinguished commentator was his “Struggle In Chiraq” collection. A lot of a staple of his output that it will definitely merited its personal channel, this platform noticed Ak recapping the murders, fizzling beefs, and different flamable developments that have been occurring on the streets of Chicago.
Provided that he wasn’t from there, it was unsurprising that some natives of Chi-town took umbrage along with his determination to chronicle the gritty, typically heartbreaking goings-on that they have been taking part in out on their streets. Contemplating that there isn’t a scarcity of stars who emanate from the windy metropolis, it appeared like solely a matter of time till somebody would examine him for it.
Because it seems, that individual was none apart from former SAVEMONEY collective member and inventive chameleon Vic Mensa. Throughout a 2017 journey to On a regular basis Wrestle, Vic confronted Ak and made it clear that he believed him to be complicit in glorifying the scenario in his metropolis, even going so far as to threaten violence in opposition to him.
“I needed to slap you in your face actually,” said a riled-up Vic. “I’m simply seeing you right here for the primary time and this can be a tame setting so I’m going to maintain it to my phrases, but it surely’s individuals such as you who sensationalized and made a following off of clowning conditions that we undergo in actual life. I feel n****s didn’t don’t have any proper, you particularly such as you didn’t by no means have a proper. No matter gave you the fitting to have a perspective on our individuals dying every day?
“There was nothing constructive about what you have been doing,” Vic elaborated. “To let you know the reality, I actually assume you’re a bitch to be trustworthy as a result of there’s a video that you simply put up about an individual named Tre-57, making all these jokes calling him silly, n***a this isn’t a online game; that’s a n***a that I grew up with, that I’ve identified since I used to be five-years-old. To see you clowning him on the web with this corny ass little voice and making jokes about it, I used to be ready to see you.”
Fortunately for Akademiks, issues by no means devolved right into a bodily confrontation. However whereas Ak is often desirous to defend himself on stream, this face-to-face alternate proved to be one event by which he was conspicuously quiet and it’s protected to say that it has loomed giant within the cultural reminiscence ever since.
When the entire drama unfolded between former beaus turned bitter enemies Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion, most individuals inside hip-hop didn’t hesitate to nail their flag to the mast in assist of 1 celebration or the opposite.
Positive sufficient, Ak was no completely different and for probably the most half, he made it clear that he felt that Tory’s alleged taking pictures of Megan was a concerted effort to derail Tory’s profession.
Initially, the Houston artist– who evidently felt that she had greater fish to fry– selected to disregard his provocations and preserve pursuing what she sees as justice. Nevertheless, this would all change when it came time for the latest court hearing on the matter.
After Ak had reported that no shred of Tory’s DNA was discovered on the gun, Megan wasted little time in rebuking his claims.
“Yall acquired breaking information 15 minutes earlier than court docket began and no one has even been referred to as in but?” Meg wrote by way of Instagram. “Yall tryna win a social media marketing campaign, that is my actual life! Yall tryna get retweets spreading false narratives! @iamakademiks why are you mendacity? What did you acquire?”
Intent on defending the veracity of his reporting, Akademiks shortly went on the offensive. Within the wake of her disputing his claims– which lawyer Alex Spiro labeled as :nothing greater than the dishonest machinations of a determined man”– Ak would go in on the platinum-selling artist on Twitter and amid demanding a formal retraction and apology, he additionally took intention at her contractual obligations–
“@theestallion .. U cant lil n***a me by no means in ur life,” he proclaimed. “U actually signed to a n***a.. managed by a agency and signed to a different conglomerate.. U dont personal nothing u put out. U actually received all ur awards off sympathy off this u acquired shot story line… GET UR MASTERS BACK then holla. u so bothered over my TWEETING out FACTS about tory case. GO ASK THE DA… DNA RESULTS WAS SUBMITTED in discovery… why u care a lot what the web says? OH i do know.. U been dwelling off a story and its unhappy u made it the place if tory dont go to jail u dont win.”
With each events unwilling to again down, you may count on that the ultimate chapter in Ak’s newest confrontation has but to be written.
Threatened By the Queen
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Though he could also be engaged in on-line warfare with the lady in any other case often called Tina Snow in the mean time, Meg is under no circumstances the one distinguished feminine MC that Ak’s fallen afoul of.
Years earlier than he was even a family title, AK had made his emotions identified on the break-up of Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill. Allegedly, his feedback proved to be inflammatory within the eyes of the Younger Cash artist, and with out hesitation, she started to ask round for his location.
As any longtime fan will know, Nicki isn’t shy about airing her grievances with journalists and as AK’s profile continued to develop, she refused to let bygones be bygones.
First revealed throughout Ak’s latest interview with DJ Vlad, Nicki’s distaste for Ak finally compelled her to slip into the web commentator’s DMs.
“You’ve been mad since I made a joke about you with Joe on my present,” Nicki declared. “The individuals you rep received’t cease your job from being broke. I do know an excessive amount of about your loved ones so that you can be taking part in with me, you hoe ass rat. The place you at now? Ship your quantity. My husband needs to speak to you. If I have been you, I’d ship the quantity ’trigger you’re gonna make it worse.”
Regardless of the threats made in opposition to not solely himself however his household, AK has praised Nicki at size through the years for her energy to command a faithful and unwavering fanbase.
In the event you’re going to decry an artist’s star energy on a public discussion board such because the web, you in all probability shouldn’t be too shocked in the event that they exit of their manner to reply to you. Within the case of Akademiks’ tried belittling of Gary Indiana’s personal Freddie Gibbs, that’s precisely what occurred.
Though it looks like these two have been nemeses since start at this level, the discord between Gibbs and Ak all began after he caught his oar into Gangsta Gibbs’ ongoing feud with Jeezy
“If Jeezy is irrelevant, Freddie Gibbs, you might be completely irrelevant as properly,” the Twitch host declared on his notorious stream. “If Jeezy drops an album proper now, he’ll promote 50,000… Relevancy means is your music truly doing something? And to be trustworthy, apart from the few individuals who f*** with Freddie Gibbs, what relevance does he have?”
Nearly instantly, Akademiks’ feedback have been seen as shortsighted by hip-hop followers at giant and downplayed the significance that Gibbs holds throughout the style within the current day. Unwilling to let his fanbase defend his honor, Freddie quickly waded into the fray and used his acerbic wit to challenge some brutal putdowns to his new foe. Though there was no scarcity of verbal sparring, his offhand declaration of “bitch u constructed like a teletubby” garnered such a response on-line that it was even parlayed right into a merch line.
Ever since then, the 2 have been at odds and each time that their rival sustains any kind of public L– whether or not being suspended from Twitch or getting right into a struggle with Jim Jones— the opposite celebration is all the time ready within the wings to capitalize with one other barbed remark.
Lately, Akademiks has modified tact, and now, he’s centered his consideration on convincing the world that Gibbs’ whole persona is fraudulent.
“That is after I realized that Freddie Gibbs is 6ix9ine. Freddie Gibbs is the son of a cop. Okay, let’s preserve all this stuff in thoughts. Father, cop. Brother, district lawyer. Different brother, a physician,” AK affirmed. “Keep in mind, these are the gangster rappers. He is claiming he is Vice Lord, he is large, robust and the whole lot. He is tweeting out public threats to me. [Saying] I might have killed you.”
Regardless of Akademiks not too long ago prodding the bear by saying that the gross sales figures of Gunna’s DS4– which accommodates a diss of types in the direction of Gibbs– can be the largest that they’d ever be related to, Freddie has relented for now. Nevertheless, you may guess that it’s going to surge to the fore once more earlier than lengthy.
Akademiks Vs Different Media Figures
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So far as Akademiks sees it, he’s the vanguard of a brand new period in hip-hop journalism that has rendered most of the earlier tastemakers out of date. Purporting himself as the largest title in rap reportage, Ak has since doubled down and expanded his efforts to the world of podcasting too.
Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply for one second that he nurtures a wholesome respect for his fellow media personalities.
Over time, Ak has had run-ins with all kinds of his fellow press retailers. From different YouTubers such as DomIsLive and Adam22 of No Jumper to Showtime’s Desus and Mero, Ak has gotten on the unhealthy facet of just about all people in his bracket.
But when any feud has been significantly long-lasting and unstable, it’s that of himself and former The Joe Budden Podcast former co-hosts, Rory and Mal.
Ever since Rory accused him of being an “instigator” and a “bozo” after the premature passing of XXXtentacion, Akademiks has finished his utmost to decry the pair. Extra particularly, taking intention on the very contracts and remuneration that will finally depart them to depart from the present:
“Hear, I am not Rory and I am not [Mal]. It needs to be very evident what I constructed as a result of them bum ass n****s are struggling,” Ak remarked in 2020. “Info! I’m gonna be aight. You recognize what I like about what Joe did?… Joe making thousands and thousands, he don’t care. You see them little bum ass n***s that y’all be like Rory and Mini Mal? Them n****s resides like check-to-check. Them n****s is actually down unhealthy. That was by no means me.”
Later down the road, Ak would go so far as to pry into Rory’s private life and even chronicled Farrell’s split from his fiancee in excruciating detail.
Apart from Rory and Mal, one other duo who’ve acquired loads of smoke from Akademiks through the years is Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg of Scorching 97.
After sporadically throwing shots at each other since December of 2020, issues have now degenerated to the purpose that the favored Twitch streamer has suggested that he’d be willing to throw hands over it.
“Rosenberg, I in all probability made extra this yr on Spotify than you’ve made your whole profession at Scorching 97,” he declared. “I don’t f*ck with y’all n*ggas. Y’all been knew. I by no means apologize to none of y’all, I ain’t f*ck with y’all, I created my very own sh*t. So, good, I’m glad you mentioned that. It’s on now.
“Right here’s the final dialog I had with you Rosenberg, if you thought I used to be p*ssy and also you mentioned, ‘Yo, Ak, you solely speak on the web,’ this, that and the third, and I hit you up and I mentioned, ‘N*gga, in the event you actually assume I’m terrified of you, we are able to meet up and field. I’m not doing it on no movie star factor.”
The Chrissy Teigen Incident
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For probably the most half, Akademiks’ standing as his personal boss has meant that irrespective of how objectionable a remark could also be, there’s often little to no penalties. However when he educated his sights on mannequin and movie star chef Chrissy Teigen, he quickly found that he wasn’t utterly past reproach.
On yet one more blistering, Henny-fuelled Twitch stream, Ak determined to have a look at what he noticed because the lackluster first-week gross sales of John Legend’s 2020 album, stating,
“It’s bewildering to me. His b***h be speaking mad s**t on-line. What’s… I dislike this b***h a lot, I can’t even deceive you. One time she sneak-dissed me so f**ok that hoe. Straight up and John Legend might hear that. Don’t have your b***h dissing me as a result of I don’t give two f***s about none of y’all n****s. One time she was sneak dissing me. I don’t play that. I don’t care in the event you John Legend’s b***h or another b***h. How about you’re taking that f*****g large ass mouth of yours and that f*****g weird-ass trying face and begin selling your man’s album and possibly he wouldn’t do 25,000 f*****g first week.”
Within the wake of his feedback, Ak was largely condemned on-line and located himself suspended from On a regular basis Wrestle for per week. In later interviews, Akademiks has pointed to this example as the start of the tip for the panel present total.
Canceled By Meek Mill
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The place a lot of Akademiks’ beefs are akin to sudden volcanic eruptions, the seeds of his variations with Philadelphia’s Meek Mill have been sown way back. Manner again in 2018, Akademiks posted what was a reasonably innocuous tweet in regards to the gross sales figures of Meek’s Legends Of The Summer time EP, In response, Meek noticed match to air him out, proclaiming that, “I gotta observe this web page and preserve my eyes on y’all, this like a mumble rapper promo web page.”
Because it transpired, that’s precisely what he did and whereas they didn’t work together for a number of years, June of 2020 noticed Meek present his formal decree on what must be done with Akademiks.
“Akademiks canceled as a result of he’s a foul police and our tradition don’t want them,” Mill mentioned on Twitter. “He additionally gassed a variety of beef that acquired individuals killed and damage and by no means donated a greenback to the tradition! We gone holla at you subsequent run champ lol.”
Regardless of the Dreamchasers CEO calling for a boycott, Ak has refused to again down and even engaged in a 21 Savage-moderated confrontation with him in the course of the streamer’s welcome celebration to Clubhouse.
At current, it seems that these two are destined to despise each other and after Meek’s album, Costly Ache, underperformed on the charts, Ak was fast to assert that he bought sponsored posts on various Instagram accounts.
Nipsey Hussle Clowns Ak
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For the time being, Akademiks’ model appears pretty solidified and whereas it may not be to everybody’s style, there isn’t a indication that he’ll be slipping into irrelevance anytime quickly. That mentioned, one man who was satisfied that AK would progressively fade into insignificance was none apart from the late Nipsey Hussle. After encountering Ak at Complicated, Nipsey determined that he couldn’t stand idly by with out giving his evaluation of the media determine to the broader world.
“He’s a buster. He’s a weirdo. N****s will hoop his ass in actual life,” Nip declared. “He’s behind the digital camera and also you guys let clowns be clowns, man. I used to be on On a regular basis Wrestle and I walked out simply because I’m not a clown. I don’t come from that world. You make jokes about [it], we used to fuck n***s up for making an attempt to movie fights.”
“He acquired just a little web run happening, however we gotta simply let him self-destruct as a result of he’s on the trail.”
An evaluation that a lot of Akademiks detractors uphold to this present day, Nipsey’s sentiments weren’t too dissimilar from others who’ve seen Ak as a scourge upon the hip-hop world whose main operate is to instigate, quite than examine.
However in keeping with Akademiks, he and the late West Coast artist didn’t essentially finish on unhealthy phrases.
“We spoke on the telephone,” Akademiks later said in a livestream. “We gon’ depart it like that. It’s no extra back-and-forth with the phrases. I gave him my phrase. He gave me his phrase. So, I want to depart that there.”
No matter transpired with Ak and Nipsey once they have been away from the prying eyes of the general public, you may assure that his name with him wouldn’t be the final time that he has an aggrieved MC on the opposite finish of the road. Nonetheless, so long as he retains courting controversy, you may assure that there’ll all the time be a rabid viewers that is prepared to interact along with his content material.