Floyd Mayweather
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Floyd Mayweather has been the headlines a lot lately. He’s no stranger to controversy, and his career has given birth to countless highlight reels — both inside the ring, and out. His trash talking game is just as solid as his glove game, and he’s never been one to shy away from a microphone.

Floyd’s coming out of retirement to box Conor McGregor, a UFC superstar who has been nipping at the all-time boxing great’s heels for the better part of two years for a bout. That superfight has been dominating the headlines of late, but it’s not the reason Floyd’s landed himself in the news this week.

The superstar boxer has gone on record to throw shade at the music industry — more specifically, certain hip-hop artists who outright encourage the use of heavy drugs in their music, and he let it all out to air during an interview on “The Whoolywood Shuffle,”

“Now it’s to be a junkie,” Mayweather said. “This is crazy that it’s OK to O.D. on drugs, it’s OK to take any drugs now, it’s OK to be a junkie.”

He also got nostalgic for the days when rap had more lyrical substance. “The legendary rappers like to stick to what they talk [about]. When you go back and really listen to the legendary rappers, this is timeless music. Guys like Biggie, guys like Pac, timeless music,” said Mayweather.

There’s always been something of a taboo surrounding modern rap music. It’s no secret that some of the industry’s hottest artists have had hard lives. Many have had rough upbringings, often growing up in, and escaping from, some of the most unforgiving and dangerous ghettos in our country.

The content of some rappers’ music, and their lyrics, represent this. Their struggle, their hustle to overcome that struggle, and the success some of them find are a big part of their music.

Even in the old days, rapping about flashy clothes, cars, jewelry, and money was common. It’s part of what defines our music.

But with that comes lyrical content about violence, and drugs. It’s here where Floyd, a super athlete with good cause to dislike drug use, gets off the boat — despite his close ties to many in the rap community.

Nobody’s dropped any names, but you won’t have to look too hard to find a few rappers Floyd’s had off-and-on friendships with. It’s anyone’s guess.

Regardless, Floyd’s thrown a few shots, but remains focused on his upcoming bout with Conor McGregor.

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