Adam Grandmaison—a Los Angeles-based blogger, YouTuber, and founder of the underground hip-hop podcast No Jumper—was accused of rape and physical abuse last week. The “tastemaker” who goes by Adam22 online is denying the reports on Twitter, which come the same month he’s secured a deal via Atlantic Records to run his own subsidiary imprint.
Twitter user Conor Tripler shared screenshots of direct messages—a conversation with an anonymous woman—who claimed that she was raped by Adam22. She said he’s a “serial rapist who is notorious for doxing women who speak up against him for raping them.” She added that she “feels like a coward” for not speaking up previously and that she thinks about their encounter once a week.
Another woman wrote that Grandmaison physically assaulted and choked her when they were driving in a car with two other friends.
Grandmaison denied the allegations when they initially surfaced on March 20 in a tweet, and then reiterated his denial in a statement, claiming the allegations against him were made up.
Anyone who ever called me a rapist is straight up 100% lying and I’ll defend that forever.— adam22 (@adam22) March 20, 2018
When I was 21 I wrote a blog post about how I talked to a girl on the phone once before realizing she was underage. Then didn’t talk to her for 3 years. Which is like, what you’re supposed to do. People are STILL using pieces of the blog post to say I did something wrong. Nope.— adam22 (@adam22) March 21, 2018
But in addition to the texts Tripler received, he also shared archived versions of Grandmaison’s own blog posts from 2010, where he described his sexual interactions in detail with a woman who may have been a minor, saying “if statutory rape is wrong I didn’t wanna to be right,” and including naked photos of the woman in question. Regardless of her age, Grandmaison shared intimate and personal information about their time together and reportedly posted the naked photos of her without her permission.
In his own words, @adam22 admits to sleeping with underage girls, slamming a drunk girls head against the wall and throwing her down the stairs (thinking he killed her), choking his friends girlfriend, and beating up (homeless) black people. https://t.co/Bgfo0VblLd— Alexis Isabel (@lexi4prez) March 26, 2018
A statement from Adam22’s victim, who tried to physically block her vagina with her hands before he pinned her arms down. At 5’3” she gave in & was later terrified her mom, who she shared a wall with, would hear her crying. He doxed & posted nudes of her online—it’s all archived pic.twitter.com/5tJpv01MOT— helen (@helen) March 26, 2018
Grandmaison responded to these reports with screenshots of emails from, apparently, the woman in question, which he argues shows that at the time, she did not accuse him of rape. He also tweeted screenshots of texts that are allegedly from the woman he assaulted, which say she is frustrated that people are talking about the incident.
This is my conversation today with the girl people are saying I assaulted. we did have a black out drunk incident a decade ago where I momentarily grabbed her. We have been friends for 10+ years. People have spun this into me being a “serial abuser”. Don’t buy into it. pic.twitter.com/O0ZMXJ5JQe— adam22 (@adam22) March 21, 2018
This girl hates that anyone is bringing her up. It’s not about justice it’s about trying to destroy someone for fun. pic.twitter.com/V6mmHSkJav— adam22 (@adam22) March 21, 2018
Other Twitter users combed through Grandmaison’s blog and found other troubling posts, as well—Grandmaison allegedly admitted to getting physical with a woman and pushing her down a flight of stairs. In other posts, he reportedly discussed feeling pleasure when a woman got upset with him for sharing a video of her boobs and talked about having sex with a woman who “didn’t seem to be enjoying it.”
Grandmaison was the manager at one point for rapper XXXtentacion, who allegedly beat his girlfriend, and championed rapper 6ix9ine on his podcast, who was charged for using a minor in a sexual performance, according to Pitchfork.
Rolling Stone at one point called Grandmaison “underground hip-hop’s major tastemaker” and he only recently announced his new record label No Jumper Records.
No one has filed any charges against Grandmaison at this time.