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Leafy returns to YouTube after years to fire back at iDubbbz content cop

Published: 5/Apr/2020 13:00

by Calum Patterson

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Once the fastest-growing YouTube channel on the platform, controversial creator ‘LeafyIsHere’ has returned after a long hiatus, and just in time to fire back at his old foe, iDubbbz.

Anyone who was around YouTube in 2017 will likely remember the rise of Leafy, an understated commentary channel that somehow gained millions of subscribers rapidly, at an almost unprecedented rate.

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However, after numerous controversies, mainly around drama with other YouTubers, and a ‘Content Cop’ episode from iDubbbz himself all about Leafy, the reclusive star pretty much left the platform for good.

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LeafyIsHere was insanely popular on YouTube, gaining over 4 million subs incredibly fast.

However, after iDubbbz found himself at the center of a social media storm, with fans calling him a “simp” due to his relationship with his girlfriend, Leafy has made a conspicuous return to YouTube.

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His first video back was barely over 30 seconds long, showing iDubbbz’ response video before Leafy cuts in by saying “dude you’re a f**king cu*k,” and leaving the message “YouTube is still sh*t” on the screen. This video racked up over 3 million views in a matter of days.

Then, on April 4, he posted a second video, with a longer compilation of iDubbbz and his girlfriend, before ending with a short message that reads “2 weeks until it was ‘social experiment’ and/or she breaks up with him.”

iDubbbz is yet to respond to Leafy, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see him fire back again in another video, possibly taking credit for pushing his rival off YouTube the first time.

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Even PewDiePie weighed in on the drama surrounding iDubbbz and his girlfriend, as social media was in a frenzy over the whole situation.

Meanwhile, despite his brief return to YouTube to roast his old nemesis, it’s still not likely that Leafy is making a full-on comeback to content creation, not least because of his message at the end of his first return video.

Despite such a long time away from the platform though, his video was still featured on YouTube’s trending page, reaching over a million views in under 24 hours.

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Stormzy drops ‘Rainfall’ music video in Watch Dogs, and it actually slaps

Published: 23/Oct/2020 2:14

by Isaac McIntyre

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Stormzy has officially made his Watch Dogs Legion debut with the release of his ‘Rainfall’ music video, which was filmed entirely inside Ubisoft’s upcoming trilogy sequel and if we’re being honest, the whole thing is kind of awesome.

Every day another celebrity seems to find their way into the digital world. This year, Ninja and Aussie Twitch streamer Loserfruit were both added to Fortnite. Then, just last month, Dr Disrespect had a unique variant skin and themed ‘Arena’ map he designed released in Rogue Company.

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Now it’s British grime rapper Stormzy’s turn, in Watch Dogs: Legion.

The rapper, 27, released a music video for his new single “Rainfall” on Thursday, Oct. 22, with a bit of a twist ⁠— the entire clip was filmed in Ubisoft’s upcoming sequel.

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A digital Stormzy first appeared in a virtual studio, singing his new single. The scenery soon changed, however, and he was transported ⁠— all in-game ⁠— to the rooftops of London, where the new Watch Dogs sequel will mainly be taking place.

Here’s the new music video, featuring Tiana Major9, in all its glory.

This isn’t the only time Stormzy will be appearing in Watch Dogs Legion either. When the full Legion title drops on Oct. 29, players will get the chance to team-up with the grime rapper, or at least a virtual version of him, for an exclusive side-quest.

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The mission, “Fall on My Enemies,” is a reference to Stomrzy’s lyrics in ‘Rainfall.’ 

When accepted, players will be tasked with “protecting the broadcast of the music video across the entire city.” Ubisoft has yet to confirm how long the mission will be, or whether it has any major bearing on the main Watch Dogs storyline.

Stormzy first revealed his collaboration back in September. He said, “You lot are about to have your minds blown. What [Ubisoft] have done in terms of recreating London is one of the most insane, epic, incredible things I’ve ever seen.”

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Stormzy ‘filmed’ his entire Rainfall music video inside Watch Dogs: Legion.

The Watch Dogs devs said they were “thrilled” to have Stormzy onboard. “His music and what he speaks to as an artist is extremely relevant for our London setting, and for the larger themes of our game. He lit up the room… it was a career highlight for us to get to work with him.”

Ubisoft has confirmed the exclusive Stormzy Rainfall mission will be available from day one in Watch Dogs Legion, and will require no additional DLC patches to play.

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The Watch Dogs trilogy sequel will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on Thursday, October 29. The title will also be ported to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 when the next-gen consoles are released in late 2020.

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