Gunna's remarkable reign still unabated, even in the face of adversity that led the hip-hop community to distance themselves from him. However, his loyal fans have unequivocally embraced Gunna once again, demonstrating their unwavering support following the highly-anticipated release of his latest masterpiece, "A Gift & A Curse."
Yet, it appears that his peers in the hip-hop realm still harbor reservations and are hesitant to shower him with the same level of affection.
One such artist is Lil Tjay, who recently took a subtle jab at the Atlanta rapper shortly after dropping his own album, "222," which quickly ascended to the impressive position of #5 on the Apple Music Top Albums charts.
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Lil Tjay's album claimed a respectable spot on the chart, Gunna's new project outshone it, securing the coveted #4 position. Undeterred, the Bronx rapper opted not to offer any additional promotion to the "f*kumean" rapper. In an intriguing move, Lil Tjay cleverly covered Gunna's album artwork with a shushing face emoji, seemingly alluding to a veiled critique of the Atlanta artist.
Lil TJay covers Gunna’s album on his IG story pic.twitter.com/Kya8YRiBN5— No Jumper (@nojumper) July 17, 2023
While this gesture may seem somewhat unnecessary on the surface, it underscores the prevailing sentiment among many hip-hop artists that remaining neutral in the public eye is an elusive feat.
It is worth noting that Lil Tjay is not alone in expressing his reservations about Gunna in recent times. Another prominent figure, Lil Durk, has been unabashedly vocal about his concerns regarding their collaborative effort, "What Happened To Virgil?" In an interview with Akademiks, the rapper candidly expressed his belief that Gunna should have faced the consequences and served his time without any compromises. "That man told," he asserted, emphasizing that Gunna should have chosen to maintain his silence while facing the legal ramifications of his actions.
On a brighter note, Lil Tjay's latest album signifies a triumphant return in his musical journey. The talented Bronx rapper endured a harrowing ordeal last year when he fell victim to a heinous act of violence, sustaining seven gunshot wounds that left him fighting for his life.
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Swift medical intervention and a grueling recovery process ultimately saved his life and restored him to good health. Lil Tjay's resilience in the face of such adversity serves as a testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft and his unyielding determination to overcome all obstacles.
Gunna's reign persists, even amid the industry's skepticism, while Lil Tjay and other fellow artists navigate their own complex relationships with him. Yet, through it all, the ever-evolving landscape of hip-hop reminds us that maintaining a neutral stance can prove arduous when one's actions and choices come under scrutiny.
As Lil Tjay's triumphant return to the music scene attests, the power of resilience and unwavering dedication to one's artistic vision can pave the way for personal triumph and inspire others in the process.