Life Beyond Rap


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Bad news for up-and-comer Kodak Black, who has reportedly been arrested. According to XXL, the 18-year-old rapper has been charged with possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana, as well as a few traffic violations. A video posted on Twitter yesterday by DJ Akademiks appears to show Kodak being taken into police custody.

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Despite some annoyance at a few folks who spread the news early, T.I. and Tiny were overjoyed to welcome their 7th child into the world. After papa Tip addressed the situation via Facebook, mama Harris released a statement on their new baby girl.

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Action Bronson recently saw his food show Fuck, That’s Delicious get upgraded from YouTube to VICE’s new cable channel, VICELAND. And now he’s taking his culinary talents to paper by announcing his very own cookbook. Titled Fuck, That’s Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well, the book is co-written by award-winning food writer Rachel Wharton and is set to hit shelves in fall 2017 via ABRAMS.

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This is the most excited I’ve been about a new song in a really really long time. More excited than I was before Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3 and The Life Of Pablo unveiling. More excited than I was for What a Time To Be Alive to finish downloading. More excited than I was waiting for Kendrick’s Grammy set to start (although, in the end, that set blew me away). I just feel like I’ve been waiting (and more importantly, waiting in the dark) for proof of life from Jai Paul for so long.

Finally, there is new music!

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Having spent four months on domestic lock down last year, Rick Ross knows the struggle of being under house arrest. So with Meek Mill currently serving his 90-day stay-at-home sentence, Renzel decided to check in on his MMG soldier earlier this week to offer some moral support — but more importantly, to compare ankle monitors.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is certainly reaping the rewards of his hard and excellent work…after writing the award-winning “Between The World and Me,” a gut-wrenching book about racism in America, Coates was not only given a MacArthur “genius” grant (which is basically a lump of cash to ensure you have the freedom to pursue your creative goals without worry for the rent), but he also got the chance to live out a childhood dream…to revive Marvel’s first black superhero series from the 1970’s, Black Panther. Coates writes about how comic books influenced his thinking and his work, and gave his former workplace, The Atlantic, a sneak peek at what the new Black Panther, as drawn by Brian Stelfreeze.

Some of the best days of my life were spent poring over the back issues of The Uncanny X-Men and The Amazing Spider-Man. As a child of the crack-riddled West Baltimore of the 1980s, I found the tales of comic books to be an escape, another reality where, very often, the weak and mocked could transform their fallibility into fantastic power. That is the premise behind the wimpy Steve Rogers mutating into Captain America, behind the nerdy Bruce Banner needing only to grow angry to make his enemies take flight, behind the bespectacled Peter Parker being transfigured by a banal spider bite into something more.

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A$AP Ferg may be the Trap Lord on wax (with a new “Trap Anthem” with Migos under his belt), but there’s a whole other side to the Harlem rapper that you may not know about. The subject of VICE‘s latest Autobiographies episode, Ferg walks us through his life story — from being the son of a hip-hop graphic designer (his dad designed the Bad Boy logo) to discovering art and fashion to his early battle rap days downtown.

Ferg also opens up about the death of his father, who passed away just days before his 17th birthday, and how he found salvation through art. “Everything just went blank,” he remembered. “I stayed in the crib for three days straight, just painting. I remember looking at the canvas smiling, looking at that art that represented him.”

Despite his initial ambition to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a designer, it was at A$AP Rocky’s urging to pursue a rap career. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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New Jersey rapper RetcH (aka Retchy P) is looking at a long stretch in prison after being arrested for armed robbery.

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Last night (Feb 21), Star Wars fanatics were tuned into the first official look at Disney’s upcoming Star Wars themed set ups during a new ABC special. These new attractions are set to open at the Anaheim Disneyland and its Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando. Harrison Ford appeared in the video to introduce a segment during ABC’S Disneyland 60 special which included concept renderings of the intergalactic themed lands.

Disney has yet to announce an official open date for reach park.

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Kanye wasn’t the only West sharing something new this morning; Kim took to her app and website to reveal the first photo of baby Saint! “Today is my dad’s birthday. I know there’s nothing more in the world he would have wanted than to meet his grandchildren,” she wrote. “So I wanted to share this pic of Saint with you all.” Kim and Kanye’s first son, who was born on Dec. 5, is pictured sleeping in a white thermal onesie with his hands in the sky. Clearly he’s been listening to daddy’s music.

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