Life Beyond Rap


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VICELAND is awesome — not just because of their original programming, but because they make a lot of their content available online so broke ass people who can’t afford cable like myself can still enjoy it. Here you’ll find all six episodes of Tyler, The Creator’s Nuts + Bolts show available to stream for free. The series follows Tyler’s endlessly curious mind as he finds out how various things are made, from stop motion films and electric go-karts to bunk beds and Converse sneakers.

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Leave it to Rihanna to take over the coverage of Barbados’ 2017 Cropover festival with just a few photos. Sporting turquoise hair, RihRih is currently lighting up social media with her festive ‘fit for the annual Bajan occasion.

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From joining the Eric Garner protests in New York to giving local residents of Ferguson, Baton Rouge and Jonesboro a voice in his 4 Your Eyez Only documentary, J. Cole is a man of the people. As his 4 Your Eyez Only tour swung through California last month, the Dreamville rapper paid a visit to San Qunetin State Prison — the only prison in the state that houses death row inmates — to chop it up with some of the inmates.

“We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again,” Cole’s manager, Ibrahim Hamad, wrote on Instagram. “That experience was a life changing experience and wish I had the ability to put that in a caption but that wouldn’t be doing it justice.” Something tells me Cole wouldn’t have even publicized his trip had Ib not shared these pictures on social media.

“Now some restin’ in peace and some are sittin’ in San Quentin / Others such are myself are tryna carry on tradition”

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Welcome To My Neighborhood x Mozzy
 

Mozzy takes us on a tour of his Sactown stomping grounds for Civil TV’s recent installment of “Welcome To My Neighborhood.” The rising emcee discusses going from rags to riches, his “slimey” way of living and more in the mini-doc.

Watch the captivating clip after the jump and purchase his Dreadlocks & Headshots LP with Gunplay here.

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Kanye West called Apple Music and TIDAL’s rivalry “bullshit” in one of his eventful rants last year, and now he’s removing himself from the streaming war completely.

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Prodigy, one-half of the legendary Mobb Deep, has passed away. He was 42-years-old. The tragic news was broken by Nas, who wrote “🙏🏾 QB RIP King P” on Instagram. Mobb Deep’s publicist later confirmed his passing to XXL, revealing that Prodigy had “some sort of health crisis” two days ago. It’s unclear whether this was related to P’s long-running battle with sickle cell disease.

Our condolences go out to Prodigy’s family and friends; this is a sad day in hip-hop.

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It seems like every artist has at least one crazy story about Kanye West, but Ninja’s might just take the cake.

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Jay Z Pens Bail Bond Industry Op-ed For TIME
 

With Father’s Day taking place this weekend, Jay Z decides to touch on the justice reform and bail bond industry that affects so many minority households due to unwarranted arrest and charges. Voicing his thoughts and concerns. Through TIME, the newly inducted Hall of Famer sheds well-needed light on the socially charged topic.

Check out his op-ed piece after the jump and revisit his recent Hall of Fame induction rant here.

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Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir are getting their own reality TV show. Announced by soon-to-be Mrs. La Flare on Instagram earlier today, the “Wopsters” are teaming up with BET to document their wedding preparations before the big day on 10/17.

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Kodak Black is a free man. According to XXL, the 19-year-old rapper was released from Broward County Jail this morning after serving 97 days of his one-year sentence for violating the terms of his house arrest.

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