Life Beyond Rap


riff raff wrestler

His songs may sound like they were freestyled in five minutes, but RiFF RaFF is clearly putting more preparation into his new career as a wrestler. As he gets ready to join Hulk Hogan in the ring for the upcoming edition of Hulkamania, aka NEONMANiA, the Neon Icon is putting in work in the gym and the kitchen to reach his target of 240 pounds by the summer. So, Munchies decided to join Jody Highroller on his journey to becoming literally the biggest rapper in the game.

What kind of tips has Hulk Hogan given you for bulking up and getting in the zone?
THAT IS TOO SECRET INFO IF I TOLD Y’ALL THAT THEN I MIGHT AS WELL READ MY VERSACE DIARY TO U

What’s your typical breakfast like while you’re trying to bulk up? Do you drink one of those huge Starbucks drinks every day?
I EAT ALOT OF FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES 4 TIMES a DAY SUMTIMES

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kid cudi james white

In addition to his long-awaited Man on the Moon III album (which he began work on last week with old pal Emile Haynie), Kid Cudi has a string of exciting movies coming up in 2015. The Cleveland rapper-turned-actor is set to star in Entourage, Meadowland and Vincent-N-Roxxy (which he recently finished shooting with Zoe Kravitz), but his most challenging role is in Josh Mond’s hard-hitting drama James White, in which he plays the gay best friend of the heterosexual lead (Christopher Abbott).

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wale kanye wizards

The Washington Wizards only received a makeover four years ago, but it appears hometown hero Wale is keen on giving the team a new look with the help of a certain fashion-forward rapper. In a new interview with ESPN The Magazine, Wale says he is “in talks” with Kanye West about designing new uniforms for the Wizards.

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asap rocky dope trailer

With his charm, charisma and good looks, it was only a matter of time before we’d be seeing A$AP Rocky on the big screen. Thanks to the fittingly titled Dope, which is set to premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival this week, Pretty Flacko has earned his start in the acting world.

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar), Dope is described as a coming-of-age comedy/drama for the “post hip hop generation,” and also stars Zoë Kravitz (who has just wrapped up another movie with Kid Cudi), Shameik Moore, Blake Anderson and Forest Whitaker, who co-produced the movie alongside Diddy and Pharrell.

Tyga, Casey Veggies, Vince Staples and Rocky’s ex-girlfriend Chanel Iman also appear in the film, while Pharrell contributes three original songs to the soundtrack.

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kanye west martin luther king

Watching footage of Kanye Omari West in his formative years is always a blessing, not least because you can guarantee there’ll be flashes of the brash, fearless and endearing genius he grows up to be. In this clip from 1990, which was originally uploaded in 2012 but shared by Kim Kardashian on Twitter yesterday, a 12-year-old Yeezy takes to the podium in his middle school hall to recite a beautiful poem about Martin Luther King Jr. But not before announcing himself to the audience (“My name is Kanye West“) with the same confidence that has carried him all the way to the top of the totem pole. We can’t wait to see Nori do things like this when she’s older.

A man who fought for freedom/A man who fought for equality/Those who were against him/Were too blind to see/What this man was fighting for/So Blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Asians could put their foot in the door/Yes, we know that this man is great/That’s why today we celebrate/Everyone lifts their voice and sing/For a man who wanted freedom to ring/Martin Luther King is who I’m speaking of/A man whose name means love.

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killer mike martin luther king

Killer Mike was undoubtedly one of, if not the, most important voices in hip-hop last year, not only because of his rhymes on Run The Jewels 2, but for his powerful and heartfelt commentary on the Ferguson tragedy.

Commemorating Martin Luther King Day yesterday, the Atlanta rapper put pen to paper once again as he wrote an inspiring essay on the civil rights icon for OkayPlayer. In it, Mike paid tribute to MLK’s courage, philosophy and ideals while calling for all Americans to come together and continue to fight for his dream.

Killer Mike for President (in case you didn’t hear us the first time).

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waka flocka minecraft

There’s a “bricksquad” joke in here somewhere. Via Just Whoo Kid:

Waka Flocka and DJ Whoo Kid had taken a break from their recent #Toast2k15 tour out in California by linking up with some Elite Gamers. Jason Probst and his Minecraft Universe homies had taught Flock the basics of Minecraft, which has taken the world by storm! If you may remember Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft, had just outbid Jay Z and Beyonce on a $70 Million mansion out in the Hollywood Hills.

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tyga reality show

Between spats with Drake and Lil Durk, double dates with Kanye and Kim, and a rumored relationship with 17-year-old Kylie Jenner, Tyga’s personal life has been in the headlines more than ever this last year. Now, it looks like he might be bringing some of that to the small screen as part of his upcoming reality show on MTV, according to TMZ.

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danny brown hannibal buress

Before they announce their 2015 lineup later tonight, Bonnaroo revisit last year’s festival with this hilarious video featuring Danny Brown and Hannibal Buress. Riding around the festival grounds in a golf cart, the rapper and comedian trade stories about girls eating booty, seeing Kanye West live during The College Dropout days and the beauty of Crucial Conflict’s “sample-based double-time turn up” music. However, it wasn’t exactly the best setting for deep conversation as the pair got interrupted by fans (including comedian Seth Herzog) and eventually a feisty steward.

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dej loaf detroit neighborhood

Despite scoring one of the biggest breakout songs of 2014 with “Try Me,” Dej Loaf maintains a relatively low profile. However, the pint-sized rapper with a penchant for food-related threats opens up for Civil TV as she welcomes us to her Detroit neighborhood. Taking the cameras from her family home to her favorite food spot, Dej talks about writing and recording “Try Me” (“I was just in my room, in my zone, going crazy like, let a n***a try me“), living with severe asthma and how an old pair of Converse keeps her humble.

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