Life Beyond Rap


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With the Presidential election (or collapse of modern society, depending on your outlook) fast approaching, Zach Galifianakis decided to revive his Between Two Ferns series for a special episode starring Hillary Clinton. In another hilariously awkward interview, Zach quizzes Clinton about Trump, Obama and potentially becoming “the first white President” for today’s younger generation. There are also comical jabs about Hillary’s email scandal and pantsuit, along with a commercial break from Mr. Make America Great Again. “I really regret doing this,” she says.

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Kodak Black’s legal troubles have taken yet another turn — but not for the good.

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French Montana first made the announcement via Instagram, but now Max B‘s team has confirmed that the incarcerated rapper has received a reduced prison sentence. According to a press release, Max could be home in two years after a number of charges were dropped in his case.

Max reportedly accepted a new plea deal.

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DJ Khaled is as famous as he’s ever been, but somehow he still went incognito while driving Lyft customers around for the day. In the latest episode of Lyft Undercover, the We The Best mogul — disguised in a cap, shades and blue overalls — pretended to be a Lyft driver named Billi, who moonlights as a locksmith (“because I got all the keys”). Despite dropping major keys throughout the car ride, some passengers just didn’t cotton on. The beard should have been a dead giveaway.

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Jay Z has been especially outspoken in his recent music (look no further than his latest effort, “spiritual“), and in this new short film from The New York Times, Hov takes the War on Drugs to task.

Produced by dream hampton and featuring illustrations by Molly Crabapple, the four-minute video is narrated entirely by Jay Z, who recaps the history of this detrimental war — from the impact of Reagonomics in the ’80s to the soaring incarceration rates in the ’90s to the disproportionate targeting of Black and Latino drug dealers and users.

“Rates of drug use are as high as they were when Nixon declared this so-called war in 1971. 45 years later, it’s time to rethink our policies and laws,” Hov concludes. “The War on Drugs is an epic fail.”

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Denzel Washington seems like a pretty hilarious guy. Kinda like that uncle who’s super serious one minute then clowning you into oblivion the next. But when it comes to those “Uncle Denzel” memes that took over Twitter last year, Denzel ain’t laughing.

During a press run for his latest film, The Magazine Seven (which that glorious handlebar mustache was for), Global Grind’s BlogXilla quizzed the 61-year-old actor about becoming an Internet joke. “If I had my wallet, I’d show it to you,” he said, before hitting the trolls with a Shakespearian comeback: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, talk about those who can. Now can you? Or can you not?”

That is the question.

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It turns out the pills that the NYPD confiscated from the car Desiigner was riding in during his recent arrest were not Oxycontin after all. Originally, police said that a large amount of Oxy and Methaphaoines pills were found in the center console of the car. However, today TMZ reports the pills were actually steroids that reportedly belonged to the driver of the vehicle.

Desiigner’s “intent to sell” charge has been dropped, but he is still be charged with possession — according to TMZ.

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From So Far Gone‘s “Houstatlantavegas” to his annual Houston Appreciation Weekend, Drake has made no secret of his love for H-Town. The man even has his own day in the city. Now, Drizzy is combining two loves and opening his own strip club in his home away from home.

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A lucky former studio employee is selling off what he says are Tupac Shakur’s 1996 recording session of “Catchin’ Feelings.” Along with a few other verses, the man has listed them up for auction, according to TMZ, and they are now fetching upwards of $40,000.

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Entertainer Sean Combs delivers the commencement address during the 2014 graduation ceremonies at Howard University in Washington May 10, 2014. Combs talked about his time as a student at Howard more than 25 years ago, and leaving the school prior to completing his degree.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

“I love my community,” said Diddy during the launch of his first charter school in NYC. “I love New York I love Harlem and it’s great to be able to do something for the community.” Teaming up with Steve Perry, the founder of Connecticut’s Capital Preparatory charter schools, Puff is hoping to make an impact on the lives of young students.

Capital Preparatory Harlem, located on 104th on 5th ave, is the only new charter school opening in the borough this year. This project was years in the making for Diddy and Perry. “You can have a dream to be a doctor, a rapper, an engineer,” Diddy continued. “After you have that dream you have to actually open your eyes and handle the reality of what it’s going to take to achieve that dream.”

The school has 176 sixth and seventh graders now and plans to expand a grade a year until it is a sixth through twelfth grade school with 700 students.

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