Life Beyond Rap


Trick or treat? Who cares anymore. Halloween is all about having a killer costume and making a drunken idiot of yourself, and it seems like every year the bar gets raised (for both). I’ve spent most of today refreshing my timeline and struggling to catch my breath, so here are the most amazing/hilarious/adorable outfits from around the ‘net.

If, like me, you still haven’t got a costume sorted for tonight because your life is horribly mismanaged, then consider this some crucial last-minute inspiration (good luck putting together something at least as half as good as these, though).

Check out the best costumes below…


2pac poems

In a Throwback Thursday to top all Throwback Thursdays, Noisey got their hands on a bunch of previously unreleased handwritten poems by a 17-year-old Tupac Shakur. Courtesy of ‘Pac’s first manager, Leila Steinberg, the nine poems — titled “A Love Unspoken,” “Things That Make Hearts Break,” “Cupid’s Smile II,” “So I Say Goodbye,” “When I Do Kiss U,” “What I See,” “And Still I Love You,” “The Sun and the Moon” and “Untitled” — were written over a three-year period during the rapper’s adolescence. But more importantly, they provide an early glimpse at the artist that would become one of the most inspiring writers of his generation. R.I.P. 2Pac.

Read the poems below…


ice cube sesame street

Ice Cube continued his evolution from hardcore gangsta rapper to child-friendly actor by recently starring on Sesame Street, where he taught Elmo a couple of “astounding” magic tricks, eventually turning himself into — that’s right — an ice cube. Speaking of terrible puns, there’s been a pretty hilarious Ice T-meets-Ice Cube image circulating Twitter this week. Take a look below.

Watch below…



The Los Angeles Lakers got hit hard last night (Oct 28) during opening of the 2014 NBA season. While facing off against the Houston Rockets, Kobe and the squad got off to a tough start and just couldn’t keep up with H-town’s pace in their 108 to 90 loss.

But that’s wasn’t all the drama for the evening. During the 4th quarter, Dwight Howard and the Black Mamba got into a heated argument and near shoving match after a play. After Howard came down with a big rebound and swung his elbow wildly at Bryant, the Lakers star confronted his former teammate. And, that’s where things got ugly and hilarious. Check out how Kobe hit em’ with the Dej Loaf lyrics.

Sadly, the Lakers player Julius Randle also broke his leg during the game.

Watch the replay below…



New York city officially has its first case of Ebola and already people are in a state of panic. According to the NY Times, a NYC doctor, Craig Spencer, who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea — tested positive for the Ebola virus on Thursday.

Before being officially diagnosed, he rode the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn on Wednesday night, when he went to the the Brooklyn Bowl, and then took a taxi home. Spencer is currently being treated at the Bellevue Hospital Center and is in isolation.


Ebola Facts: How Many Ebola Patients Have Been Treated Outside Africa?

Are other bowlers who present at the alley at risk? Read below


dr dre jimmy iovine college

From founding the now Apple-owned Beats Electronics to developing superstars like Eminem and 50 Cent, it’s fair to say Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have made a lot of money together. But last year, the powerhouse pair gave back with a $70 million donation to the University of Southern California to launch a four-year bachelor’s degree on the ever-changing music industry.

With the inaugural class halfway through its first semester, one student reached out to HYPETRAK to provide some first-hand insight into the unique and forward-thinking program, officially known as the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for the Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

Read more below…


Brad Pitt Between Two Ferns

Thank you, Universe! Even if this day turns out monumentally shxtty (it probably won’t, we’ll be checking out a nice PartyNextDoor show and Timbaland is launching his Epic label as well), at least I can be thankful for this gift…A new episode of Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns, with host Zach Galifianakis! And special guest Brad Pitt…or as Zach calls him Bradley Pitts.

Zach: Is it hard to maintain a sun tan?
Brad: Huh? Why?

Oh, it’s so so good. So damn good. And there’s even a surprise interlude with Louis C.K. (Mikey…did you hear me? LOUIE!)

Watch the only thing that really counts today…
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Check your strings, Amurrica, cuz we all got played like violins…well, that is if you were one of the many many people who spent the whole summer biting your nails to the nub worrying about whether Jay Z and Beyonce were going to divorce, splitting up the most powerful perfect union of superstardom since Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, since Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, since Liz and Dick…but it never happened.

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Well, it’s a bit on the fuzzy side, but Marvel superhero fans will still be happy to get a sneak peak at the upcoming sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Just like with the first film, Age of Ultron is a budget-busting posse cut of franchise stars, with Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and more. In the trailer, we hear the voice of James Spader (The Blacklist) as the villain.
(UPDATE: The official version has been released…watch after the jump)

The trailer for The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron was supposed to debut on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD show next week…but you can watch the leak after the jump


The elusive street artist Banksy might be one of the most wanted men in the art world — but will his identity always remain a mystery? Not if the Internet has its wishes. Just like it happened back in February, a fake viral story of the British artist being arrested has been shared over 200,000 times on Facebook and Twitter. But once again guys — it’s not real.

Read the fake Banksy arrest story here.

Banksy’s Jamaican Wall on Ebay for $100k
Genius Moment: Banksy’s BP Oil-spill boardwalk ride
Things I Like: Banksy’s Pet Store installation in NYC

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