On Saturday (Jan. 7), the Atlanta native took to Twitter to clear up a mistake Fox Houston made after the news station used a photo of Reese LaFlare for the featured image of a report about Young Thug’s upcoming RICO trial. In addition to strongly requesting that his likeness no longer be used in connection with news of the YSL RICO case, Reese LaFlare also appeared to make light of the situation by trolling the tweet Fox Houston shared — which has since been deleted.
“Stop using my picture,” Reese LaFlare wrote in her initial response to the tweet, before doubling down and writing in a separate quote tweet, “Y’all need to stop using my picture.” He then began engaging with other users and responding to the reactions in their tweets, which ranged from sheer confusion to disbelief. “That Nigga is HIM!!… free my brother Jeffery!!,” Reese LaFlare wrote in one reply to a user who asked who he was after seeing Fox Houston’s tweet.
In addition to simply tweeting “Free Jeffrey Williams,” he also shared another pair of follow-up tweets, which included a photo of himself, Young Thug, and Childish Gambino, further calling for the freedom of So funny lyricist along with another cheeky line that trolls the whole saga.
“I mean I’m wearing a YSL chain in the picture but come on [Annoyed face emoji].”
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) 8 January 2023
Although Fox Houston clearly mixed up the two rappers, it’s not like the pair of Atlanta natives aren’t connected at all, considering they’ve been linked as collaborators for several years. In 2018, Young Thug performed at Reese LaFlare’s self-titled album track “Nosebleeds,” and also collaborated with him and Trippie Redd on the Ohio-bred rapper LIFE IS A JOURNEY album cut “For Ever”.
Additionally, in May of that year, Young Thug appeared to confirm that Reese LaFlare was involved in the studio session that resulted in his ad-libs ending up on Childish Gambino’s explosive track “This Is America”, during an interview with Spotify for their Content Series “Scrolling In The Deep”.
“[Childish Gambino] get in touch with Reese LaFlare. I think they’re cool, friends or whatever. He asked him to come to [studio]. He said he has a song for me on his last album.” Thug said. “I tweeted once, I was like, ‘I bet I’m on Gambino’s last album.’ I’m on his last album, it’s crazy. He really doesn’t make music after this.”
When Reese LaFlare isn’t battling claims that he and Young Thug are the same person, he’s working on releasing new music. After the release of his latest “Flu Game,” visual single he teamed up with Seddy Hendrix last month for their “Ladies And Gentleman,” collaboration ahead of his upcoming DJ Drama-helmed Gangsta Grillz mixtape.