Moneybagg recently called out Music Choice after they released a “fun fact” about the rapper’s government name—Demario Dewayne White Jr., it’s on Google—and Drake slid in his comments to playfully tease the Memphis artist.
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After posting a series of crying laughing emojis, Drake added, “DD White Mayne.” It was all in jest and the post, as well as Drizzy’s comment, was reshared online by the thousands. VladTV posted an article about the exchange but it didn’t sit well with Drake’s father, Dennis Graham. He reposted a screenshot of Vlad’s post with a message.
“BLACK ENTERTAINERS BEWARE THESE PEOPLE AT VLAD ARE CONSTANTLY TRYING TO CAUSE A BEEF BETWEEN BLACK ENTERTAINERS,” wrote Graham. “BEWARE!!!!!!!!!” There were several people, including Jermaine Dupri, who “liked” the post. Check it out below and let us know your thoughts.
The title of culture vulture has been thrown at him numerous times by many, including the late rapper Bankroll Fresh uncle Marvin Shadi Powers, who wrote a real fierce and rage-filled letter towards Vlad, for Vladtv having Bankroll’s alleged killer No Plug for an interview and with him claiming it was “self-defense”. Bankroll’s uncle says: “Dear Vlad, (VladTV),…You disrespectful culture vulture. I offered you to talk to my family when my nephew was first killed. Did you call us or reached out to the Street Money Worldwide family or his father and mother to get a rebuttal to No Plug’s story? None of that! When I asked you to interview Bankroll PJ and how he was continuing the legacy, you had a subordinate call me to tell me, you’re passing on PJ. He had just released a new single out plus he’s starring in a new FX TV show (Atlanta) this fall with Childish Gambino but no that was too positive, huh? Not enough black on black crime?”. Vladtv and Vlad, himself, has stepped on plenty of toes and has made several enemies in the hip-hop industry including Joe Budden, Rick Ross, to 50 Cent to Lil B and more. Rick Ross entourage attacked Vlad in 2008 allegedly for coverage of him being a C.O., and he sued for $4 million, but they settled out of court for $300,000.
Joe Budden is the most, if not, one of the most prominent criticizer of the channel and of DJ Vlad. All of that stemming back to December of 2008 when Vladtv documented and uploaded a video of rapper Ransom, then a rival of Budden, going to Joe Budden’s “best friend” place looking for Joe and then one of Ransoms partners smacking Joe’s friend which was very unprovoked. After that incident, Joe has had animosity and disdain for Vladtv. A couple weeks after in January of 2009 Joe and Vlad had a discussion (Vlad was via phone call) on the Shade 45 Morning with Angela Yee (Note this is the video you guys uploaded a couple of years ago), during this conversation Joe explains how Vlad should be accountable for the things he promotes and stories he runs: “…A platform for what? Is what I’m asking.
If two black guys call each other nigger and shoot each other in the eyes, it’s up to channel 5 or 9 whether they’ll put that story on the news.…” “I’ve been of Vladtv, you’re much brighter than the people on Vladtv, much brighter”. Then as he discusses the video of Ransom he states “…You already know what you are doing when you put a camera in front of these people, you know what’s happening, you know what you are initiating you know the part that not DJ Vlad, but, Vladtv is playing. Vladtv is now the only outlet that will showcase the bullshit cause no one else will”. A few minutes later after going back and forth on if he should be held accountable of what he puts out Joe asks “If he would do a Vladtv from Ransom’s funeral?” Vlad answered “Possibly”. Overall Joe went to say there’s a difference between “the show vs reality” and he shouldn’t be posting the street shit.
Years later on the Complex show “Everyday Struggle”, when Vladtv was brought up Joe said “..I’m shocked I’m even talking about him on the show…Fuck Vlad that’s how I feel about Vlad”. A few moments later in the show DJ Akademiks (who’s polarizing in his own right) mentioned how we should hold rappers accountable for their interviews and answers, to combat that Joe says “We don’t only judge Vlad for his interview style, we have over 10 years of behaviors and patterns from Vlad…Vlad has famously snitched (referring to the Rick Ross incident in 2009) and sued and won money…so who’s supposed to fuck with Vlad”. Which transition us into the most recurring joke and reason (well one of the reasons) of the dislike of Vlad is the accusation of being the police.
Vladtv has a unique but sort of suspicious style of interviewing that has been compared to an interrogation style; his guest will sit in front of the camera while Vlad is behind the camera and asking questions that can seem very incriminating and much like a setup. Many people refer to Vlad as “the feds,” “the police” and more. “The BasedGod” Lil B went on Twitter rant in 2016 against Vlad stating: Any u rappers new and old during interviews with DJ Vlad y’ all looking real burnt y’ all fucking with a rat and y’ all marks”.In March of 2017, DJ Vlad and Vince Staples went at it on Twitter after Vlad implied that Vince was upset with him for some reason. Eventually leading to Vince stating theirs no bad blood between them but: “I just ain’t trying to sit down and talk about gangbangin’ for 30 minutes”.
An example of why Vlad gets called the feds is the Ralo situation. Rapper Ralo got arrested for having over $1 million dollars in marijuana on a private plane and was accused of running “cross-country Drug Operation” in early 2018. Many people point to his Vladtv interviews as what lead to him being arrested and searched, due to his incriminating info such as making over 10 million dollars in the drug game and the Feds watching him at that moment.
In a February 2019 of Vladtv with Yukkmouth of the rap group Luniz, Yukkmouth jokingly called Vlad the Feds after Vlad how he hasn’t been able to interview legendary J Prince: “Cause you the motherfucking FEDS Vlad (laughs)…You ain’t the FEDS, but, when you get the people to open up, it turns into the interrogation room”. And in a more recent interview with Tsu Surf he claims to that Vlad has gotten people indicted saying: “Realistically, there are such things as bait, you’re a baiter. Of course, you wouldn’t take the bait and say “Yeah I got people indicted”, but you fish and some of my peers and people that sat in this seat aren’t fast enough and witty enough to know when there is bait being swung their way. You know when it says unknown CI, of course, you didn’t do it but come on.”
in September 2020 Comedian Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr. posted a video on Twitter announcing that he and hip-hop artists Lord Jamar, Mysonne the General, and Royce Da 5‘9″ of Eminem’s camp have banded together to boycott the VladTV show. Godfrey said that DJ Vlad did not apologize for making “untrue and unfair statements” about Nation of Islam (NOI) Minister Louis Farrakhan.
The issue began when VladTV CEO Vladislav “DJ Vlad” Lyubovny interviewed comedian DL Hughley on his VladTV show and discussed Farrakhan’s July Fourth World Address. When DJ Vlad apparently misconstrued Farrakhan’s words, the NOI and others like Godfrey called Vlad on it.
Vlad claimed that Farrakhan not only called Jews “Satan” during the speech but also encouraged people to throw rocks at them. Farrakhan actually encouraged people to pick up “the stone of truth” against “so-called” Jews who are not being “true” Jews.
“Even if you don’t like (Farrakhan), and as a Jewish man he feels that Farrakhan insults his people, fine. You can feel the way you want to feel. But lying on them does not work, that’s not cool,” Godfrey said, and demanded Vlad apologize to the Muslim leader.
“We need to stand on code and protect our culture. Just like Vlad decided not to apologize. He wants to protect his culture…So you all should unsubscribe to Vlad,” Godfrey said. “….I’m getting a little tired of being used monetarily and sexually.”
He added, “If Black people say anything bad about any culture, we have to apologize right away, just like Nick Cannon did. So I think that if you insult us, you should apologize to us. We are not animals. We are not some amusement f***ing ride that you can get on anytime you want to. Well, this ride is derailing. F**k that, and f**k Vlad for his decision. No hate. Just business.”
Some people on Twitter called out Godfrey for being a regular on Vlad TV.
“Boy bye. He wasn’t a culture vulture when he gave you a platform on his show. Have several seats Godfrey” shawn @cartiershawnnn tweeted.
Others agreed with Godfrey.
“I have a Lotta respect for this brother for standing up and speak the truth. We have every other group disrespect us exploit us and never apologize” Black diaspora Voice @BlackdiasporaV1I tweeted.
“Whether you like The Honorable Minister Farrakhan or not @vladtv lied and said that the minister said to throw rocks at Jews – you see how they do anybody misspeaks on the Jewish Community. But The minister never said that. Instead of apologizing like we do. He erased it” O.T.G @brotherOTG tweeted.
Vlad has long been accused of culture vulture practices. His show mainly features Black hip-hop celebrities, though he himself is of Ukrainian and Russian Jewish descent. He has more than 4 million subscribers on YouTube and has released mixtapes, produced films, conducted interviews, and profited heavily from covering Black artists. He has come under fire by many in the hip-hop community for appropriating Black culture.
Vlad has been caught being a culture vulture numerous times. Even the name of his company, “Hot In Here, Inc.,” was taken from a song by a Black artist — it comes from one of Nelly’s most popular songs. Vlad was sued by a Black female former employee who accused him of inappropriate racist and sexual comments.
Back in 2016, Vlad was called out for being a “disrespectful culture vulture” in an open letter written by Bankroll Fresh’s Uncle Marvin Shadi Powers. Vlad had interviewed No Plug, the childhood friend and fellow hip-hop artist of the late Bankroll Fresh. No Plug was never charged in the shooting death of Bankroll Fresh. During the interview, No Plug claimed it was an act of self-defense. This upset Powers, who claimed Vlad hadn’t reached out to Bankroll’s family for their side of the story.
Powers asked why Vlad was highlighting Black-on-Black violence on the same day that Black people were protesting police killings. He told him, “All you do is take from our community.”
“No other man of another color or race should have that much power over the narrative of what happens in Black communities. Our stories, our lives and even our music and don’t even give back at all,” Powers wrote. “You’re really a pornographer that found a better hustle: ‘pimping Black culture’. I know you. I worked for you. You don’t give back to our community! How much of that 50K a month, do you donate to the Black community?”