Life Beyond Rap


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Suge Knight has been discharged from Cedar Sinai hospital and is now recovering at home after getting shot six times — five times in the stomach and once in the arm — at a VMAs party in West Hollywood last Sunday (August 24). While no arrests have been made yet, police believe that the former Death Row mogul was the intended target of the shooting, according to Radar Online.

Chris Brown, who hosted the party where Suge was shot, had his team issue a statement this week separating him from the incident. “Chris hosted an event in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the upcoming release of his album X, during which an incident occurred,” his rep explained. “This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event. He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation.”

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Suge Knight Reportedly Shot Six Times During MTV VMAs Party
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Suge Knight Thinks 2Pac Is Still Alive

emile haynie artwork

Sometimes a song drops out of the sky and splits you right in two. That’s this song.
“A Kiss Goodbye,” is written and produced by superproducer Emile Haynie, featuring quite the combination of heavy collaborators…guitar by Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange, vocals by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who is basically de facto French royalty–a singer, actress, and fashion muse who happens to also be the daughter of music and arts legend Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin (yes, as in…the Hermes Birkin. #headcrack). But it’s the second half of this unexpected song that will do you in….
Sampha‘s trembling voice and these lyrics about the bitter burning aftertaste of a love left to rot…

did it ever occur that you forgave yourself before I did.
did it ever occur that you forgave yourself before I could.
So I’m not cool with you.
I’m done and done and done…

Far too real for anyone who’s felt that same hurt.

Now we already know Emile Haynie’s work with Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars, Kid Cudi, and most recently, Eminem’s new single with Sia “Guts Over Fear”…he’s long fine-tuned the blend of melancholy and hip hop aggression. But this song is much more personal. Is it part of a larger compilation? Well, I’ve heard more than I can speak on yet…but the future looks quite bright for those who love music about the darkest moments.

Stop everything and listen to Emile Haynie’s “A Kiss Goodbye”….
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jeezy

According to reports, Jeezy has been arrested for “possession of an assault rifle.” While on the Under The Influence tour with Wiz Khalifa, authorities in Mountain View, CA searched Jeezy’s tour bus and found an assault rifle.

TMZ says the search was in connection to a man who was shot 5 times and killed in the town. Reportedly, several members of Jeezy’s entourage were also arrested for gun possession and the rapper remains in police custody.

Jeezy is currently being held on $1,000,000 bail.

via TMZ

Continue reading for an update on the arrest and murder investigation.

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There may be more famous and more exciting power couples in the hip hop hemisphere…but my vote for purely best looking goes to ASAP Rocky and his supermodel girlfriend Chanel Iman. Just look at these cheekbones! For all the stereotypes about haughty snotty models, and all the stereotypes about surly asshole rappers…in all my experiences, Chanel and Rocky have been the total opposite. If you’ve watched the recent Noisey documentary about Rocky, you can see some of the endearing personality I’m talking about. And as for Chanel…I remember this one time when Rocky excited introduced me to her as “his other favorite woman” and she never turned up her nose or gave me the side-eye. She was very warm and sweet. Months later, Rocky had to do a string of interviews for the BET Awards in LA, I noticed Chanel sitting in the hallway, on the floor, very content, just waiting for her BF for over an hour…like she wasn’t one of the most photographed women in fashion. Kind of amazing.

Anyways, it was only a matter of time for these two to end up with their own Vogue Magazine editorial…and I can see them as cover subjects too. Fashion fan Fucci posted scans of their Vogue September 2014 shoot, spotted on Complex Style Channel.
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Killer Mike has never been one to bite his tongue when it comes to social issues and larger injustices going on in the world. Yesterday (Aug 19), Mike penned an Op-Ed piece on what he feels are the real problems with all the chaos and continued violence happening in Ferguson. He addresses the police conduct, Mike Brown’s murder and more in his own words.

This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them.”

I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.

The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.

Continue reading at Billboard

Related:
J. Cole Speaks Candidly About Mike Brown’s Death and the Situation In Ferguson (Video)
Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Nelly & Wale Pay Respect to Mike Brown

Treach and Cicely, Couples Therapy VH1

I’m all for therapy… for fighting couples, for happy couples, for individuals, umm, massage therapy, light therapy, equine therapy. Whatever it is…if you can afford it, by all means, therapute the hell out of yourself. But this Couples Therapy show…is like some kind of Wipe Out obstacle course for people who are in a relationship with their own ego but also sleeping someone who is likewise attention-obsessed. And it makes for some addictively cringeworthy television.
This season, Treach Criss and his girlfriend Cicely Evans join the fun house along with the most annoying person on that one season of Jersey Shore that I watched, Deena Cortese and her man, as well as porn star Jenna Jameson and her man. Bring the sorrow.

Seems like some high drama could be in store this season…especially since Treach may be off his rocker lately. Just look at his current demand that Naughty By Nature will only perform without the affable Vin Rock. But will it be fun crazy? Or just exhausting sad crazy? I’m predicting the latter.
And there’s no chance that it will be the surreal, hilarious, charismatic crazy of last season’s breakout star Ghostface Killah

Compare Treach in the new Couples Therapy 5 trailer…
With Ghostface in his Couples Therapy 4 clips…
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j cole ferguson interview

J. Cole made it clear that his visit to Ferguson, Missouri wasn’t for publicity reasons, but he briefly broke his no-press rule for old friend D. Scott from Complex, who is currently reporting live from the field with Jinx. Speaking emotionally and candidly, Cole explained why he made the trip down to Ferguson and shared his thoughts on Mike Brown’s death, as well as the other recent instances of police brutality and racism across America. Looking at the few positives of the situation, Jermaine praised how the community has come together peacefully in the name of justice.

This is a beautiful thing. We’ve been here five hours walking through these streets, and it ain’t no violence, everything is love. Yeah, you got a lot people that are mad, but they see the perspective of, like, violence don’t bring peace. By the laws of the Universe, it’s impossible. No matter what the media says, everywhere we go, it’s love.

Watch J. Cole’s interview below…

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obama ferguson

Sadly, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri doesn’t appear to be arriving towards a solution. Protestors continue to be needlessly violated, the trust between the people and the police is practically shattered, and justice for Mike Brown remains unserved. After delivering a very brief (and very safe) statement last week, President Obama is set to address the crisis in Ferguson for a second time today shortly after 4pm EST.

UPDATE: Livestream is over, but you can rewatch Obama’s statement below.

Tune into the livestream below…

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john oliver ferguson

If you’re unfamiliar with the show Last Week Tonight, it involves British comedian John Oliver trying to make sense of some of the most alarming, ludicrous or indeed immoral things taking place in the US. And during last night’s segment, Oliver turned his dry wit and sharp judgement to the depressing situation in Ferguson, MO — specifically, why the hell does the police have armored vehicles and assault rifles for peaceful protests?

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(A scene from the protests in Ferguson, MO. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

It was hard to comprehend the chaos on my screen last night. Men in full military armor, aiming high-powered rifles atop SWAT trucks. Swarms of people with scarf-covered faces, running from rubber bullets, through clouds of tear gas. Was it Fallujah, Iraq? No….this was a police-vs-citizen confrontation in Ferguson, Missouri. (Watch footage from last night’s I Am Mike Brown protest)

It’s been 5 days since a police officer in Ferguson shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. And those days have been filled with grief, confusion, and increasingly, anger…especially given the lack of transparency on the part of the police investigators, the militarized war zone atmosphere created in the streets, the lack of input from Missouri’s government officials or the President, and the fact that witnesses to the shooting have been interviewed by the media more than they’ve been talked to by detectives.

Today, it was Anonymous who released the name of the shooting officer, not the St. Louis County PD, after hacking into the department’s system. (Update: Anon’s twitter account, @TheAnonMessage, was suspended after posting that information.) Everything seems terribly mishandled by the folks we elect to serve and hire to protect.

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Lets see what President Obama has to say at 12:15pm about this ongoing crisis….as he goes live from Martha’s Vineyard. During the riots on Weds night, he and Michelle reportedly “danced to every song” at the birthday party of a pal out in the Vineyard. No shade…just pointing out contrast.

Watch Obama’s statement below…

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