Life Beyond Rap


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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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A$AP Rocky’s home was targeted by armed robbers in a $1.5 million burglary last night, according to TMZ.

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(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) attends an evening of "Making The Ordinary Extraordinary" hosted by The Shawn Carter Foundation at Pier 54 on September 29, 2011 in New York City.
 

The Shawn Carter Foundation, founded by Jay Z’s mom Gloria, and eBay for Charity have come together to help underprivileged youth pay for college educations. The eBay for Charity auctions campaign launched earlier today (May 15th) and will run through May 24th. All of the proceeds from the auctions will go towards benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation’s educational programs and scholarship fund.

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For the first episode of Food Grails, my new show with the good folks at First We Feast, we went out to South L.A., Compton, Watts and Leimert Park to meet the new wave of hood entrepreneurs. Many are former hustlers or gang members who are now making their own Americanized version of the Mexican food that everyone in L.A. grows up on. These guys are social media stars and favorites of the local hip-hop artists (like Jay 305 and Casey Veggies) that relate to their struggle.

Watch the season premiere above and check back for new episodes dropping every Wednesday at 11am ET.

Related: Miss Info Hosts New Web Series For Complex & First We Feast: ‘Food Grails’ (Trailer)

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Last night, VICELAND premiered the first episode of The Therapist, a new series in which Dr. Siri Sat Sam Singh sits down with various artists to “discover what lies beneath their public personas.” First on the hot seat is Freddie Gibbs, who opens up about the sexual assault trial (in which he was eventually acquitted) that almost cost him 10 years of his life.

Not only was the experience of being surrounded by Nazi inmates and racist C.O.s in a foreign jail traumatizing, the trial has left Gibbs’ with a stain on his name and second thoughts about his rap career. “I’m still not sure if I want to do this anymore,” he admits. “I don’t even think I’ve been in the booth since I’ve been back.”

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Chance The Rapper and Donald Glover find themselves among esteemed company on TIME‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 list.

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Sad news this afternoon: TMZ reports that Charlie Murphy has died at the age of 57 after losing his battle with leukemia. Murphy died in an NYC hospital where he was receiving chemo treatment, according to his manager.

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