Although lack of COVID-19 vaccines (and proper protocol) have severely dampened the promotional opportunities the 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars could be achieving this NBA All-Star Weekend, several of them have still been fucking around and catching a triple-double within their own rights.

Follow along with this week’s recap.

Yung Bleu’s Panama Fans Really Missed Him

Yung Bleu’s Drake-assisted “You’re Mines Still” has officially become a Top 20 smash hit, having shot up to No. 19 from No. 24 in just a week’s time.

The Mobile representer recently found his way to Panama during the pandemic and while testing fans’ knowledge with his first-ever classic in “Miss It,” he realized what was lacking from his team.

“I NEED A CAMERA FUCKING MAN….OR WOMAN these niggas got androids .. Panama much luv,” he happily captioned the shaky video with a pair of emojis.

With more blue-faced dollars than blue checkmark Instagram followers, that shouldn’t be a difficult accommodation, now should it, Bleu Vandross?

Morray Meets Marshmello — & Cordae!

If EDM legend-in-the-making Marshmellow’s life mission isn’t to record with all the HipHopDX 2021 Rising Stars, it needs to be. After linking with 42 Dugg and even 2020 Rookie Of The Year Roddy Ricch, the masked musician has now become officially acquainted with “Dreamland’s” very own Morray.

“My Dawg,” the North Carolina-bred standout captioned the flick as they posted up in a luxury car garage. Aside from his management mate Morray, Marshmello has been spotted with the likes of G Herbo, 2KBABY and Polo G as of late, a clear indicator something more concrete is on the horizon.

As for Morray, he recently celebrated a 300,000 YouTube-view milestone for his breakout hit “Quicksand” and linked up with Cordae in-studio — which already packs an anticipated result.

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DDG Is Dying 4 Respect — & Living To Tell About It

Any of DDG’s 4.1 million Instagram followers will tell you the Calabasas moonwalker has been doing a great job — from music-making to video games to a myriad of recreational sports — staying productive during the quarantine.

The wait is almost over for the Michigan-to-Cali transplant to unleash his OG Parker-produced album Die 4 Respect onto the masses and said masses have already been demanding the shit out of the LP.

Almost approaching his 50,000 goal of album presaves to reveal the guest appearances, the album’s back cover art holds the secret of six unannounced features — with two already live and killing the DSPs. The Blueface-boosted “Moonwalking In Calabasas” was recently certified gold and lead single “Money Long” sports a beautifully flippant appearance from his fellow Rising Star 42 Dugg.

Click here to presave DDG and OG Parker’s Die 4 Respect.

Star Bits

1017 revives Foogiano’s Gutta Baby album with “Intro” video.

Kevin Hart is a Sheff G fan. (watch here)

Flora The Explorer is really a thing now. (watch here)