Life Beyond Rap

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Kanye West has been not-so-quietly tearing it up across the pond lately. After stealing the show at the 2015 BRIT Awards, chatting with Zane Lowe and performing on The Jonathan Ross Show last week, Yeezy delivered a guest lecture at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History earlier today.

Over the course of about 20 minutes, Ye talked to 350 students about everything from his ambitions to do fine art and getting calls from Obama (on the home phone) to Drake’s dominance and getting murdered by Nicki Minaj on his own shit. There’s a lot to sift through, but there are a couple gems buried in there, too. For one, Steve McQueen is directing the “All Day” video.

Oxford said video of the full lecture will be made available soon. In the meantime, read a full transcript below, courtesy of The Tab.

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Apparently, Kanye West was pretty close to joining Birdman and Gucci Mane in the face tat gang last night. Thankfully, though, Kim was there to talk him down from the ledge. Instead, he had his mothers’ birth date and North’s birthdate in Roman numerals inked on his wrists. Kanye’s tatts were done at the Sang Bleu shop in London by world renown artist Maxime Buechi. But what if Yeezy really did get a face tattoo. What do you think he would get?

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“Yeah, they got me in P.C., man, Protective Custody,” Bobby Shmurda told Hot 97 earlier today. “[It’s] court orders.” While on a jailhouse phone call, the young Brooklyn rapper had only a few brief minutes to check in with Ebro, Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg, and it wasn’t long before his call was mysteriously cut short.

However, he did manage to say that he was doing okay behind bars but, along with Rowdy Rebel, he was recently involved in an altercation that put him in P.C. and his friend in the box. Shortly after, Bobby explained how his arrest was unjust and revealed how some of the arresting officers told him things like, “I don’t want my kids listening to your music” during his arrest. Bobby’s call was then cutoff without warning.

Listen to interview below…



Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina has remained in a medically induced coma since the end of January 2014. Paramedics were called to her Atlanta home after a friend and her boyfriend Nick Gordan reportedly found her in a bathtub — unconscious.

Now, doctors have weaned her off the medication that keeps her in a coma and are hoping for the best.

“We’re all hoping and praying that this will give us some answers,” says the family source, who adds that Brown’s condition remains “severe.”

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Every rapper has had their struggles, but Fashawn’s journey has been bumpier than most. In this touching and revealing documentary to accompany his new album The Ecology, the 26-year-old spitter retraces his come up in the economically depressed city of Fresno, where he grew up with a father in prison and a mother on drugs.

However, Fashawn weaved these tragedies into his music and persevered with his career, landing on XXL‘s Freshmen cover in 2010 before signing to Nas’ Mass Appeal Records last year. The 16-minute documentary includes interviews with Fashawn’s mother, uncle and friends, as well as his manager and frequent collaborators Exile and Evidence.

Watch the documentary below…


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(Just a few of the new emoji coming to your iphone this spring. Photo via The Next Web)

Miss Info: According to the techies, Apple has given app developers an updated beta version of their OS X software…complete with a new expanded set of emoji. New ways to express ourselves cryptically without words?! It’s like when our ancestors got a fork to go along with that fire burning in our caves!
Now we will have an “Apple Watch” emoji, and an updated “iPhone 6″ emoji, and so many more country flag emoji.
But what most folks are happiest about are the new diversity range of pre-existing emoji.
For example…once this new update is available, any time you click on an emoji that looks like a person, you will be able to choose from different racial options. And in the case of the family sets, you can choose between 2 dads, 2 moms, 2 daughters, 2 sons, etc.

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More choice…seems like a good thing, right?


I’m fascinated and terrified by the cult of Scientology and it’s relationship with Hollywood’s heavyhitters, like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. And the critics have been raving about Alex Gibney’s Scientology exposé “Going Clear,” which finally airs on HBO on March 29th. Can’t wait. In the meantime, you should check out the 2012 Maureen Orth Vanity Fair article that had Tom Cruise and the Scientology Church flipping out.

Check out the trailer…
As well as a interview with “Going Clear” author Lawrence Wright and the South Park Scientology episode…
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bun b oscar predictions

Bun B’s a certified Trill OG in the rap game, but he also knows his stuff when it comes to movies. Grabbing some popcorn with The FADER, the Undergroud King gives his predictions for the 2015 Oscars, which take place this Sunday (February 22) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. And yes, The Lego Movie is one of the best films of all time. OF ALL TIME (okay, of 2014 at least).

Watch below…



The Ebro In The Morning show on HOT 97 got a classroom lesson on-air. Professor Bernard “Bun B” Freeman and Dr. Anthony B. Pinn stopped by the morning show on Thursday to discuss their “Religion and Hip-Hop” course, available for students at Houston’s Rice University. The two discuss how the course came together, Bun B getting approached Anthony Pinn to co-teach the class, the various deeper subjects the class touches on, the fragmentation of Hip-hop culture, and much more.

Listen to the 23-minute conversation below.

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J. Cole and Dale Earnhardt Jr. graced the cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s Music Issue back in January. Now, the Grammy-nominated rapper and NASCAR star take viewers behind-the-scenes of their cover shoot.

Sitting down with Marty Smith, the two North Carolina natives discuss how their unlikely connection came about, Earnhardt Jr. becoming a fan of J. Cole when “Power Trip” came out, being examples of how different cultures can come together, and they go on a tour of Dale’s enormous 250 acre property in North Carolina.

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