Quando Rondo has once again denied accusations that he used a Lil Durk lookalike in his 2021 music video for “Soul Reaper.”
In an interview with SAY CHEESE! published on Sunday (March 26), the longstanding topic was brought up amid the pair’s ongoing beef. In the video, a man with blonde dreads styled similarly to Durk’s gets pressed by the Never Broke Again rapper and his crew – but he previously denied that it was intentional.
“These fans make up anything,” he said with a laughing emoji at the time of its release. “N-gga don’t even be thinking like that.”
In his latest interview, he elaborated further.
“Man you know I’m growing my hair out right now,” Quando Rondo began. “I’m tryna grow me some wicks, alright? In my city, a lot of people do that style of hair but with me being a celebrity, I guess people always say, ‘Oh, he got wicks. He’s tryna look like this dude and that dude,’ when you can go back to the Old Testament in the bible and [the dude] had wicks.”
He continued: “So it ain’t no such thing as people being the creator of this or this town, city, state or hood or dude or woman made this hair-do. Because if that’s the case, if I get a bald head, Michael Jordan made that? It’s a trend that’s going on. A lot of people have blonde hair. I love the blonde look so that was actually one of my homies who just had dyed their hair color and I really liked that color on him. It was nothing like that.”
Earlier this month, the longtime enemies appeared to have traded subliminal shots on social media over their respective album release dates.
It began when Rondo shared the cover art for his upcoming effort on Instagram, teasing a March release date while revealing it’s dedicated to his late friend Lul Pab.
“1 more month I put my heart in this album, seen a lot of blood sweat and tears I lost my right hand man in front of my eyes I love you thug I’m going number 1 for you big brah,” he wrote.
Shortly after, Lil Durk issued a strongly-worded message to the competition on his Instagram Stories, writing: “I can drop this single and fuck up the streets on god your release date ain’t safe son.”
Rondo seemingly took Smurk’s words personally and replied with an Instagram Story of his own that read: “Drop that shit we all on a time schedule!”
The beef runs deep between Durk’s OTF family and Quando Rondo’s Never Broke Again collective. In November 2020, a member of Rondo’s crew, Lul Tim, allegedly shot and killed King Von outside an Atlanta hookah lounge.
However, an album showdown between Durk and Rondo wouldn’t be a particularly fair fight, commercially speaking. While Durk has topped the Billboard 200 twice thanks to 7220 and his The Voice of the Heroes collab with Lil Baby, Rondo’s highest-charting effort was 2020’s QPac, which peaked at No. 22.