The 2021 HipHopDX Rising Stars are becoming more known for dropping a bag or two on the finer things in life such as mansions, cars and jewelry.

This week, one of the Rising Stars decided to make a huge purchase that also comes with a huge responsibility.

BLEU, formerly known as Yung Bleu, has been having a great fourth quarter of the year as he dropped his debut album Moon Boy, embarked on his first headlining tour and won Best New Hip Hop Artist at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards. Beyond celebrating his wins with Instagram posts, he decided to flex a little differently when he shared his new pet monkey he named Moon.

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BLEU caption an Instagram post of the adorable primate with, “My new monkey attached to me already his name Moon follow @moonvandross.” Moon’s name is clearly inspired by BLEU’s latest album, Moon Boy.

Having a monkey as a domesticated pet has always been a controversial issue, but it hasn’t stopped celebrities from making the popular purchase for years. Some celebs who’ve owned the exotic animal are the late Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Chris Brown and even French Montana.

The controversy behind owning a chimpanzee, capuchin or any exotic animal is these animals need a special kind of attentive care many celebrities may not have the time to properly give. Also,  there’s no regulation to stop the purchase of a monkey, so anyone can go on Google and search “baby monkey for sale” and find a seller.

In Other News

2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Toosii finally is kicking off the Thank You For Believing tour, starting Thursday (October 21).

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On Instagram, Toosii wrote, “TY4B Tour starts next week! Dates with the stars you must be vaccinated unfortunately. For the rest of the cities and those who are coming to the shows that are vaccine only, I can’t wait to see all of you.”

Toosii released Thank You For Believing back in May ahead of his deluxe version, Thank you For Believing: The Manifestation, which featured 11 new tracks.

With many of the tour dates being “Covid-vaccine required,” Toosii made sure to note that for fans, so there are no surprises at the door. Many artists have had shows recently where fans could not enter after purchasing tickets because they were not informed about vaccination requirements prior.

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The following dates for the TYFB tour are as follows:

10/21 Jannus Live – St Petersburg, FL 

10/22 Celine Orlando – Orlando, FL 

10/23 Potbelly’s – Tallahassee, FL 

10/25 Cone Denim Entertainment Center – Greensboro, NC

10/26 The Norva – Norfolk, VA 

10/27 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD

10/28 The National – Richmond, VA 

10/29 Franklin Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA 

10/30 Big Night Live – Boston, MA

11/02  Webster Hall – New York, NY 

11/05 Water Street 2020 – Rochester, NY 

11/07 Park West – Chicago, IL 

11/08 Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI 

11/10 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO 

11/12 The Novo by Microsoft – Los Angeles, CA 

11/17 House of Blues San Diego – San Diego, CA 

11/14 Observatory – Santa Ana, CA 

11/15 The Pressroom – Phoenix, AZ 

11/18 South Side Music Hall – Dallas, TX 

11/19 RISE ROOFTOP – Houston, TX 

11/20 Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA 

11/21 Soul Kitchen Music Hall – Mobile, AL 

11/22 Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA 

11/23 House of Blues Myrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach, SC 

11/24 The Fillmore – CharlotteCharlotte, NC

11/27 The Ritz – Raleigh, NC 

11/06 Agora  – Cleveland, OH 

12/11 NOS Event Center – San Bernardino, CA 

10/17 The Oncenter Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center – Syracuse, NY 

11/13 Day N Vegas – Las Vegas Convention Center, NV 

Purchase tickets here.

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Toosii is 1 of 10 up-and-coming rappers named to HipHopDX’s 2021 Rising Stars! For more info on Toosii and the rest of the talented Hip Hop bunch, read about them here.