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Future and Kanye West Celebrate Trophy Wives in "I Won" Video

Thursday April 17, 2014

Future I WonFuture has unveiled a video for his single "I Won" alongside Kanye West. Yeezy and Future are using the song to celebrate their more-than-significant others. Neither Kim K nor Ciara pops up in the clip, but there's sufficient eye candy, as you can glean from the screenshot. Watch and bob along below, if you're feeling victorious.

Who's the Richest Rapper? Diddy, Jay Z or...Dre?

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Heads want to know who's the richest rapper in the game. Forbes comes through once again with the vitals stats. The Forbes Five is a list of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists around. Really, the list shouldn't surprise anyone who has been following the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings series, which debuted in 2007.

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Rapper Christ Bearer Severs His Penis in Suicide Attempt

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Christ BearerThis is horrible news. Christ Bearer, a member of the Wu-Tang-affiliated rap group Northstar, allegedly attempted suicide by jumping off a balcony. He may have also dismembered himself, according to various news reports. TMZ claims that the rapper born Andre Johnson jumped off a balcony of his apartment and critically injured himself. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The LA Weekly adds that LAPD responded to the residence in the 4500 block of Colfax Avenue around midnight where Bearer attempted suicide. Police also reported an unspecified medical emergency at the location.

Here's a video of Black Knights members Rugged Monk and Crisis Tha Sharpshooter vaguely describing the incident.

Christ Bearer is part of the duo Northstar, which also includes Mek the Pharoah. Northstar was once part of a supergroup with fellow Wu affiliates Black Knights, collectively known as Northstar of the Black Knights. Northstar broke off and debuted in 2004 with Bobby Digital Presents Northstar, produced entirely by Wu-Tang founder The RZA. Their second album, West Coast Killa Beez, arrived in 2005.

Meanwhile, Wu-Tang Clan is now denying ties with Bearer. The statement on Wu's website reads: "Parental Advisory: Don't Believe The HYPE. This Mother F*cker Ain't Got Sh*t to do with The WUTANG Brand."

Christ Bearer and Rugged Monk released a video for their song "OOOH" just 24 hours before the incident.

Looking Back at Illmatic

Thursday April 10, 2014

Nas IllmaticAllow me to nerd out for a minute. Nas is my favorite rapper. Illmatic is my favorite hip-hop album. Illmatic turns 20 on April 19, which also happens to be Record Store Day. It sounds like it was released yesterday. I own 3 copies of Illmatic: the standard edition, the 10th anniversary platinum edition and a vinyl record I've never opened. That's how much I love Nas' first album.

Google Play just gave me a new excuse to look back at Illmatic. As anticipation mounts for the 20th anniversary edition of Illmatic, Google Play has released a fine feature to mark the occasion. The video features interviews with the likes of Tech N9ne, Schoolboy Q, Peter Rosenberg, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar in particular credits Illmatic for inspiring his excellent debut, good kid, mAAd city. There's a cute quote from Nas who tells a story about hearing Sting describe Illmatic as a "jazz album."

 

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