Life Beyond Rap

waka flocka flame blunt roller

Nobody aspires to be a weed carrier. It’s not something you rush to tell your mom about. Like, “hey, mom! Guess what? I got that job carrying [insert famous rapper]‘s weed for a living so they don’t go to jail!” But a weed roller? That’s a job you can be proud of — especially when there’s $50,000 involved.

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When he’s not knocking out blockbuster movies roles, chillen with Kanye or snubbing Bieber at the club, Leonardo DiCaprio is all about helping mankind.

The United nations recently named him as a “Messenger of Peace,” and the actor has been asked to speak on Sept. 23 at the U.N. Climate Summit to address the topic of climate change. Leo has been a vocal spokesperson about the dangers of global warming throughout the years.

Other celeb “Messengers of Peace” include Edward Norton, Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron, George Clooney and Stevie Wonder.

Read Leo’s and the UN’s statement below..


chris brown sneaker shopping

After copping some kicks with The Game in L.A. a couple of weeks ago, Complex‘s Joe La Puma accompanies Chris Brown on a sneaker shopping trip in downtown NYC. While browsing the shelves, Breezy talks about his shoe rotation, current favorites and his love for Vans. Stream his new album X right here and pick up a copy on iTunes.

Watch below…


common father

Our prayers go out to Common and his family after his father, Lonnie “Pops” Lynn, passed away last week. He was 71. The rapper shared the sad news in an interview yesterday, revealing that his father went peacefully on Friday (Sept. 12).

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big sean naya

2014 has been anything but easy for Big Sean. While his career has continued to flourish, Sean’s love life suffered a devastating blow when his engagement to Glee star Naya Rivera fell apart in the first half of 2014.

In interviews, both parties kept their cool and backed away from completely trashing each other. However, the Detroit rapper has finally rapped about his break-up on wax. On “I Don’t F**k With You,” Sean makes it clear that he has no f**ks to give about his ex.

Listen to the song below…


kid cudi cleveland indians

Having recovered after his slight health scare during a performance in Chicago at the end of last month, Kid Cudi returned home to throw out the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians game on Tuesday night. Rocking an Indians cap and a custom jersey with his surname “MESCUDI” on the back, the rapper/singer/actor stepped up to the pitcher’s mound and tossed out the ceremonial pitch. As you can see, it fell a little short of base, but at least it wasn’t as bad as 50 Cent’s.

Check out footage below…



The Apple iPhone 6 press conference is officially underway, and there’s a ton of details being livestreamed from the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts. Apple’s Tim Cook and the execs have spilled the beans about the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The enlarged smartphone is set be released on Sept 19 with pre orders starting on Sept 16. Stateside, with a two year contract, the iPhone 6 will start at $199 for the 16GB model, then it’s $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB of internal storage. Only the iPhone 6 Plus will have the 128GB model.

Miss Info: And what about the much-speculated-about Apple Watch? Well they also previewed that…and while I’m still not sure if I want to wear what looks like a square-faced Ikepod watch from 2011 like some European business traveller (It makes sense they look similar because of shared designer Marc Newsome)…I’m sure as a longtime Apple sucker, I’ll end up wearing one and talking to it on the street like every other tool.

The Apple Watch is a companion to the iPhone, you need both to work together. But the benefits are pretty alluring…

More about the new Apple Watch and the iPhone 6 below…


pharrell ferguson

Following Talib Kweli’s passionate debate with Don Lemon, Pharrell sits down with the CNN reporter to share his thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Michael Brown’s death and the surrounding issues. As always, P doesn’t hold back.

Watch Pharrell’s interview below…


The 2013 BET Awards

Celebs are just like us….in that, when it comes to personal relationships, we’re all a mess. Sure it’s easy to judge Ciara and Future on the unceremonious cancellation of their wedding engagement just 3 months after the birth of their son, Future Jr.. But it’s safe to say there’s been many a relationship ruined by the pressures of new parenthood (even though, technically, it’s not like this is new for Future). And…it’s also pretty often that exes reunite after the thrill of singledom wears off, or maybe you start thinking about your ex moving on without you.

In the case of Ciara and Future…TMZ reports (which likely means they were given a strategically placed tip by the couple’s reps) that the singer and sing-rapper are back together, living in the same house again, in an effort to do what’s best for Baby Future.



HOT97′s very own Funkmaster Flex has teamed up with the Cash Money family to launch the official StunnaLife website and app.

Read the the full press release below…


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