Life Beyond Rap


fabolous key to brooklyn

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 pizza

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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russell simmons

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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No Chip Tooth

Even though the ladies love his smile, no matter how chipped his tooth was, Fabolous has officially leveled up with new set of teeth. The Brooklyn rapper recently revealed the new grill during his ‘Summer Time Shootout Pop Up Shop & Fashion Show’ held at Vinnies Styles.

Peep the pearly whites and more photos of the New York Fashion Week finale (via Evan Pierce) event after the break.

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OITNBS5

Netflix has announced that Season 5 of one of it’s highest ranking original comedy-drama’s, Orange Is The New Black, is set to arrive in Summer ’17. Piper and the Litchfield inmates will follow up Season 4, which was centered around the controversial #BlackLivesMatter, with an all new adventures poised to take the series to new heights.

Be sure to catch the show’s premiere June 9th.

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prodigy x genius

Prodigy sits down with Rob Markman of GENIUS for an intimate conversation about hip-hop’s view on The Illuminati. Filmed on location at the Illuminati Ball House in NYC, the legendary emcee talks about how he was the first rapper to mention Illuminati on LL Cool J’s “I Shot Ya (Remix) ” back in 1995. He also discusses his fascination for the secret society has grown.

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beyonce

“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.” — The Carters

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Pharrell Triplets

Pharrell Williams’ beautiful wife Helen Lasichanh has officially given birth to a healthy set of triplets. The announcement came compliments of Vanity Fair and follows The N.E.R.D. frontman’s news of his recent Actors Guild Award in the category of “Best Ensemble” for his movie Hidden Figures.

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dave chappelle muslim protest

Protests broke out all across the country over the weekend in response to Donald Trump’s newly imposed travel ban, which blocks immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. In his home of Ohio, Dave Chappelle joined the 500-strong crowd who gathered outside of Congressman Mike Turner’s office in Dayton yesterday.

Doing what he does best, Dave (who converted to Islam in the late ’90s) took Trump to task while providing some comic relief to the cause. “Donald Trump, wherever you are, I am BEGGING you! Stop ruining my Sundays,” he joked. “We are all here because what you are doing does not seem right. As a matter of fact, it sucks. I support refugees, I support immigrants, and I love my friends and neighbors. Thank you.”

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