Life Beyond Rap


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Chance The Rapper and Donald Glover find themselves among esteemed company on TIME‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 list.

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Sad news this afternoon: TMZ reports that Charlie Murphy has died at the age of 57 after losing his battle with leukemia. Murphy died in an NYC hospital where he was receiving chemo treatment, according to his manager.

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Jay Z x A2
 

Jay Z has long since cut his ties with Cristal, but he’s still popping bottles and sipping champagne; enter Armand de Brignac’s (BKA Ace of Spades) A2. The sequel to their regular size A1 bottles, is perfect for fine wine drinkers and ballers alike. Not only does the bottle come in a bigger size it comes with a bigger price tag. While the A1 retails for around $750, the A2 will cost nearly a grand at $850. In addition to more volume and price, the A2 bottles are also numbered as a result of demand from collectors.

Only 2,333 bottles of A2 are being released onto the market. Hov acquired Armand de Brignac back in 2014.

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Big Sean has repped Detroit since day one, and his hometown pride has finally been repaid. Yesterday, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper was awarded with the key to the city of Detroit by Mayor Mike Duggan.

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For Civil TV’s latest installment of ‘Welcome To My Neighborhood,’ the crew heads to Brooklyn to link up with Taxstone mentee Casanova in his old stomping grounds. The min-doc finds the “Don’t Run” rapper detailing his transition from robber to rapper, the “new” New York rap scene, Be Safe Tho the mixtape and more.

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Romeo x Hoop Dreams
 

In a recent interview with SLAM, Romeo Miller half-jokingly alluded to the idea that if he was as tall as Master P, he’d be dropping triple-doubles in the NBA instead of music. The rapper-turned-actor goes on to tell the magazine: “If I was in my dad’s body, 6-4, I’d be the LeBron of this day.”

During his sophomore season in high school, Miller beat out James Harden in a three-point contest, racked up some impressive stats, lead his team to a pair of AAU national titles and committed to University of Southern California.

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Fabolous has never quite hit the heights that Big did, but he’s always repped BK to the fullest. On March 9, the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s passing, Loso was awarded the key to his hometown by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Fab will also have a street in Brooklyn named after him later this year.

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Lil Yachty once claimed he’s eaten pizza every single day since the second grade, which isn’t actually that hard to believe. So naturally, Genius‘ Rob Markman took Yachty to Stella Barra Pizzeria in West Hollywood to learn how to make his very own pizza.

Over a few pepperoni slices, Lil Boat talked about growing up hearing OutKast, Dilla and Jeezy (thanks to his photographer father), his early releases under the name RD, and Chance The Rapper’s Grammy wins. Yachty also let us know what to expect from his upcoming debut album:

It’s kind of got an ’80s, ’90s vibe on some of the tracks. It’s called ‘Teenage Emotions’ so it caters to a teenager’s everyday lifestyle: heartbreak, happiness, that vibe of when you’re waking up in the morning, getting dressed and want to dance. It’s not just bars or straight mumble rap, it goes down different lanes. I be rapping real hard on this one, I be pop singing on this, and I be talking about being lost in love on this one, then back to “fuck you, suck my dick!”

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As co-founder of Def Jam and current owner of a multitude of businesses and charities, Russell Simmons is one of the most successful moguls in the game. As a heavy drug user-turned-vegan yogi who preaches meditation, he’s also one of the most interesting guys in the industry. So it’s no surprise why Mass Appeal chose to spotlight Uncle Rush in the first episode of their new series, Too Old to Die Young.

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One of the best things about last Sunday’s Grammys was ScHoolboy Q’s “GIRL POWER” hoodie (and, of course, his daughter’s matching pink outfit). In an act of generosity, Q has promised to give away his hoodie to a super fan who recently suffered major injuries.

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