Life Beyond Rap


Rally 4 Meek

In light of Meek Mill’s recent sentencing to prison after violating probation, a rally was held outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia to protest the ruling and showcase how important the Dreamchasers’ CEO is to the community.

Leading the charge alongside Rick Ross and Meek’s mother, 76er’s basketball legend Dr. J also attended the gathering, calling the punishment “excessive” and “cold.” The hall of famer also questioned the judge’s motives in the case, wondering why she decided against the recommendations of her own D.A.’s office.

Check out a recap of the rally after the jump and sign the petition for his release here.

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After buying the rights to the show earlier this year, Drake has put his plan to bring Top Boy back in motion. In their latest cover story on the Toronto rapper (and burgeoning film and TV executive), The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Aubrey has teamed up with Netflix to revive Top Boy for its long-awaited third season.

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Damn. Tough break for Meek.

According to CBS 3 Philadelphia’s Joe Holden, Meek Mill has been sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for probation violations. The MMG rapper was arrested for fighting at a St. Louis airport in March, and arrested again in August for recklessly driving his dirt bike in NYC.

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Uninterrupted, the media platform founded by LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter, bring together three kings from the worlds of hoops and hip-hop to pay tribute to Vince Carter. In the 20-minute conversation below, LeBron sits down with Toronto’s own Drake and former Raptors star Chris Bosh to reflect on the legacy of Vinsanity, now in his 19th season in the league and first with the Sacramento Kings. With the jokes flying, the guys discuss how Vince made Toronto cool, how he took dunking to a whole nother altitude and how he made a generation of kids believe basketball shoes could make you fly.

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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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