Desiigner is demanding more credit.
The Brooklyn rapper hit up Instagram Live on Friday with some pretty bold claims about his influence within hip-hop. Desiigner specifically addressed the critics who questioned his relevancy, and insisted he was responsible for reviving Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint. He also included a jab at Kanye.
"Nobody is doing this s**t for me, bro. Nobody is doing this s**t for me," Desiigner told his viewers. "I had signed to Kanye West. The biggest n**ga. Y'all n**gas think he's the genius. Y'all think that n***a's shit. But to me, n**ga, that n**ga's crazy, n**ga. To me, n**ga, I've been doing this s**t myself."
He continued: "To me n**ga, I brought G.O.O.D. Music back, n**ga, and everybody know that. So what y'all talking about I fell off. I only dropped two mixtapes, bro. Two, bro. Y'all people is mad ungrateful for the music I gave y'all, y'all n**gas need to start putting me on top. I did diamond for y'all n**gas two times bro, y'all n**gas need to chill."
Desiigner signed with G.O.O.D. Music in February 2016, less than two months after he released his debut single "Panda," which is also his highest-charting record to date. Since inking a deal with Ye's label, Desiigner has dropped two projects, 2016's New English mixtape and 2018's L.O.D. EP. It's unclear when his long-teased debut album is expected to arrive.
Earlier this week, Desiigner was ordered to pay six figures to Jessica Brown, a woman who sued the rapper for defamation and invasion of privacy in 2018. Brown filed the lawsuit after Desiigner called her a "fraud" on social and claimed her company, College Gurl, was nothing more than a "scam."
"THIS GIRL IS A FRAUD," the rapper wrote in the since-deleted Instagram post. "TRIED TO SCAM ME INTO PAYING FOR MY SISTER TO GET INTO HOWARD UNIVERSITY AND NOW SHE IS TRYING TO HOLD MY SISTERS BELONGINGS. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM HER AND HER COLLEGE SCAMS!! WARNING STAY FROM THE SCAMMERS."
Brown claimed Desiigner's sister Siera Shelby had left some of her belongings behind after she decided to leave Howard. The plaintiff said she attempted to return the items, but was told Shelby no longer wanted them.
According to TMZ, a judge issued a default judgment, requiring Desiigner to pay $135,777.11 to Brown.