Life Beyond Rap


Miss Info: The tension in Ferguson, Missouri has been rising since August 9, 2014 when 18-year-old black man Michael Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson. There have been protests, and scuffles with police, and outrage from the rest of the watching world. But finally, a grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict Officer Wilson in Brown’s death.

As the jury deliberated, local schools announced plans to close in anticipation of unrest, the FBI sent in agents, police set up barricades to prepare for protests, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon did his best to exacerbate the anxiety by declaring a state of emergency (much to the disapproval of US Attorney General Eric Holder).

President Obama has called on demonstrators to remain calm, not using the decision as an excuse for violence. In an odd side note, Officer Darren Wilson recently married his girlfriend. And the New York Times is reporting that Wilson will not be returning to the Ferguson police force.

Today (Monday, Nov. 24, 2014), officials announced that the jury, which USA Today reports is made up of “seven men and five women — three African American and nine white,” had made their decision. CNN is also reporting that the Brown family was not given any information, and only learned there was a decision by watching the news. Finally, we will hear what they have to say:

Watch the Ferguson grand jury announcement livestream below…


joey badass gives back to high school

‘Tis the season of giving, and Joey Bada$$ gave back to his old high school in a big way. After his collaboration with the J Dilla Foundation and Akomplice Clothing, which included unreleased music and a line of tees and crewnecks, raised over $10,000, the Pro Era rapper donated 100% of the profits to provide music production equipment to his alma mater, Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Akomplice caught Joey’s charitable return on camera, where he spent time with students and enjoyed a performance from the school band. Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.

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December 9 is the date all his fans are looking forward to right now, but The FADER takes it back to J. Cole’s Dollar and a Dream tour stop in Los Angeles this past summer in the latest episode of Earlier That Day. Following him before his big performance on the Left Coast, the Roc Nation rapper talks about his fans and stereotypes while saying what up to his buddy Drake.

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Miss Info: Yeah yeah yeah. I know everyone is just groaning at the very idea of this remake, but the artists that jumped on include some greats, and the song has been redone by Adele’s talented songwriter Paul Epworth, and…most importantly, it’s for charity. So stop being such a Scrooge about it. LOL.

Watch the clip below…



Back when Janice Dickinson, the polarizing plasticized 70’s-80’s supermodel and America’s Next Top Model judge, wrote her autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel in 2002, she allegedly included a story about being raped by Bill Cosby. In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson both restates the Cosby rape allegation, but also claims that the legendary comedian and his legal team pressured her publisher HarperCollins to remove the story from the book’s first draft. Instead, a less detailed story, stopping short of rape accusations but still creepy, was included. (Read that version here on Vice)

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Here’s what Janice Dickinson is now telling ET about her encounter in Lake Tahoe in 1982, when she accepted an invitation from Cosby to meet up to discuss a possible acting job…she claims that after dinner, she accepted a glass of red wine, and a pill to help her with cramps. And then…

The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” she tells ET. “… Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was se–n in between my legs.


rick ross rossfit

You’ve probably noticed Rick Ross has lost a ton of weight lately, and it’s not just thanks to eating pears (shout out to all the pears, though). The MMG mogul has been bawsing his new workout routine known as “RossFit,” which involves an intense mix of cardio and weight trai — oh wait, my bad. Apparently, it’s all about wearing heavy jewelry, smoking copious amounts of weed and, of course, bopping your head to his new Hood Billionaire album. Because a shameless plug is better than a six pack, boys and girls.

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Alex Trebek and Jeopardy! love cherry picking from urban culture every once in a while and the latest subject of their experiment was Beyonce. So much that she got her own category. It’s kind of funny to watch all the nerds answer right, but you knew one of them had to fumble a question in the middle of it. The questions ranged from her group before she went solo, her daughter’s name, song titles and more.

Watch the segment on Jeopardy after the jump….


tyler the creator surprises fan at comedy show

Say what you will about Tyler, The Creator, but not many rappers will take the time out for their fans like this. Aaron McCann, an Odd Future fanatic who recently flew out from Ireland to attend the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles over the weekend, reached out to Tyler on Formspring earlier this year to ask him if he’d come watch his stand-up set at the Ha Ha Cafe Comedy Club in North Hollywood this week.

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Tyler played it coy by responding, “who knows.” But lo and behold, Tyler actually did come to the show, and even joined Aaron on stage to share a few words of inspiration: “He followed his dreams and he’s fucking here. With that courage you don’t know where the fuck you can end up. So congratulations, and fucking right.”

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Hip-hop mourns the loss of a true pioneer today as Henry “Big Bank Hank” Jackson, one-third of the Sugarhill Gang, has passed away. He was 57. Jackson had been battling with cancer before sadly losing his fight at around 2AM this morning. Surviving members of the Sugarhill Gang, Wonder Mike and Mister Gee, told TMZ, “So sad to hear of our brother’s passing. Rest in peace Big Bank.”

The Sugarhill Gang is widely revered as being rap’s first breakout act with their 1979 hit, “Rappers Delight,” which still rings out today.

Revisit the “Rapper’s Delight” video below…


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Though it was just two years ago when he wore the hell out of a bear hat on XXL‘s Freshman cover, French Montana isn’t exactly a young pup. The Bronx bomber actually turned 30 yesterday, and he celebrated in style with a lavish private party in Bel-Air. The guest list was as star-studded as you can imagine with Diddy, The Weeknd, Floyd Mayweather, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, Cassie and Tyga all in attendance.

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