Life Beyond Rap


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Drake fans, take note: talking smack to Joe Budden on Twitter is one thing, but running your mouth to him in real life will get you hit with more than a block. That’s what two OVO stans discovered yesterday when they thought it would be funny to ambush Budden at his house.

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Love him or loathe him, you can’t deny that Desiigner’s energy is infectious. Even in the face of such fierce criticism early on in his career, the 19-year-old kid always seems to be having fun — especially when he’s playing Pokémon Go. In this hilarious video, GQ follows the Brooklyn rapper around for the afternoon as he dabs and ad-libs his way through Central Park doing what everybody and their aunt are doing right now: catching Pokémon.

In case you were too busy catching Pokémon yourself, listen to Desiigner’s new single “Timmy Turner” here.

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Talk about the Internet goin’ nuts. Last night, Kim Kardashian finally got fed up of Taylor Swift and exposed her “fake ass” (her husband’s words, not ours) by presenting cold, hard, Snapchat evidence of that phone call between Kanye West and Taylor Swift.

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In the wake of last week’s tragic events, tension and mistrust between the black community and police force feel like they’re at an all-time high across the country right now. However, even The Game’s 13-year-old son, Harlem Taylor, can see how cops should be properly protecting and serving their communities, which is why he’s launched a GoFundMe page to help support the efforts of “good cop” Tommy Norman.

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The Game and Snoop Dogg are calling for crips and bloods to come together and (peacefully) combat a mutual enemy: police brutality. The two OGs, rocking their respective gang colors, are leading a march through the streets of L.A. today in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were unjustly gunned down by cops this week.

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The young people in North Long Beach, CA just got a boost in funding for their summer programs and improved opportunities for employment. The Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson and Vince Staples recently held a press conference at the city’s Ramona Park to usher in the launch of the Youth Institute — a YMCA backed program set out to give 20 kids the resources to learn filmmaking, graphic design, music production, 3D printing and product design.

“I think the most important thing is opportunities,” Staples told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “What I can say is, living over here my entire life, I’ve never had an opportunity given to me from the area, only examples of how to mess up, and what I didn’t want to do,” he added. “I want to be able to be one of the people that reinforces the fact that we matter just as much as the next person.”

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While Puffy, Ma$e and the rest of the Bad Boy family are getting ready to take their reunion on the road, it appears Craig Mack is still kicking that flava (or should I say faith) in ya ear. The former Bad Boy rapper has been AWOL since dropping his sophomore album Operation: Get Down back in ’97, but after cropping up in a video four years ago repenting for his “wickedness,” it’s clear Mack has since swapped the rap life for a quieter, more religious one in South Carolina.

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As the young rapper remains behind bars after several unsuccessful attempts for bail, GQ goes inside Bobby Shmurda’s “surreal saga” in this excellent new profile. Scott Eden sits down for a rare jailhouse interview with Bobby while uncovering many startling details — and raising bigger questions — about his arrest and the conspiracy charges he’s currently facing along with other members of his GS9 crew.

For instance, how the police took an unusual — and perhaps even illegal — interest in Bobby as “Hot N*gga” began to blow up. Or the fact that no drugs or cash were actually seized (or at least submitted as evidence) in the GS9 sting. There’s even a pretty crazy story from Sha Money XL, the Epic A&R who signed Bobby, about the night the NYPD arrested the GS9 members at Quad Studios back in December 2014.

The whole piece is definitely worth a read, but you can check out a few highlights after the jump. If there’s any positives to take from all this, it’s that Bobby has been keeping busy in jail and has even written a movie (a fictional one) based on his life.

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50 cent hostelworld

50 Cent can troll with the best of ’em (just ask Rick Ross or Meek Mill), but that doesn’t mean he can’t poke fun at himself. In this hilarious commercial for online booking company Hostelworld, dubbed “In Da Hostel,” Curtis Jackson plays along in a parody of MTV Cribs, the show where he famously flaunted his (former) luxurious Connecticut mansion. Making light of his recent bankruptcy (no, that doesn’t mean he’s flat broke), 50 takes us on a tour of Barcelona youth hostel that boasts 12,000 square feet, a foosball table and plenty of “dope-ass books.” It’s by no means a crappy spot, but it’s not exactly the lavish lifestyle 50’s used to either. If you can’t laugh at yourself…

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Curren$y is known to roll up a lil’ purple haze in his paper planes, but one thing he doesn’t mess with is that purple drank — and for good reason. During his appearance on the latest episode of N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN’s Drink Champs podcast, Spitta talks about the time he accidentally necked Lil Wayne’s lean, and almost died.

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