The ‘7 Rings’ hitmaker has topped the Billboard Hot 100 with her Justin Bieber collaboration, ‘Stuck With U’, but the ‘Gooba’ rapper suggests that the two bought their way to the top.
The pop pair’s new track, “Stuck With U”, debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on Monday, May 18 – two spots above the rap star, whose “Gooba” bowed at three.
After picking up a copy of the new countdown, Tekashi posted a video from his post-prison home confinement and said, “I want the world to know that Billboard is a lie. You can buy number ones on Billboard.”
He added, “They purchased half of those things with six credit cards. When we asked where was those six credit cards linked to, Billboard said, ‘We can’t disclose that information’ (sic).”
Angry Ariana was quick to dismiss the rapper’s claims as she thanked fans for giving her a third number one debut.
“Anyone who knows me or has followed me for a while knows that numbers aren’t the driving force in anything i do,” she wrote on social media. “i’m grateful to sing. grateful to have people who want to listen. grateful to even be here at all. i didn’t have a number one for the first five years of my career and it didn’t upset me at all because from the bottom of my heart, music is everything to me. my fans are everything to me. i promise i couldn’t ask for another f***ing thing.”
“I would like to address a few things which i don’t usually do (i don’t give my energy to drama or strange accusations normally but this has gone a little too far)… my fans bought the song. JUSTIN’S fans bought the song. OUR fans bought this song (never more than four copies each, AS THE RULES STATE). they are ride or die motherf**kers and i thank god every day that i have them in my life. Not just when they fight for us to win (even when i ask them not to as i did this week) but because they’re some of the greatest people i know.”
And she wasn’t done there, adding, “Sales count for more than streams. u can not discredit this as hard as u try. to anybody that is displeased with their placement on the chart this week or who is spending their time racking their brain thinking of as many ways as they can to discredit hardworking women… i ask u to take a moment to humble yourself. be grateful you’re even here. that people want to listen to u at all. it’s a blessed position to be in (sic).”
She concluded her carefully-worded rant by stating, “Congratulations to all my talented a** peers in the top ten this week. even number 3. And thank u to @billboard for this honor.”
Tekashi responded with a new video on Monday, addressing Ariana directly and saying, “I don’t want you to think that I’m coming at you. I’m not saying you’re not talented, I’m not saying you can’t sing. You’re a beautiful singer, you just don’t understand my pain. My frustration is from Billboard. I speak for the millions of kids that come from nothing, right. Let me show you something…”
He then revealed an old video of himself and shared TV footage of Ariana playing Cat Valentine, before adding that he comes from “a different background,” mentioning his mother “used to collect cans on the street” while he used to “be a dishwasher.”
He captioned the video, “@arianagrande All I’m saying is I worked super hard to make it out of Brooklyn NY (New York),” adding that he grew up on welfare, without a father.
Tekashi concluded his post with, “YOU ARE VERY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL GOD BLESS YOU. But you will NEVER UNDERSTAND MY PAIN.”