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At only 24 years old, Rihanna has already lived one hell of a life. She's sold over 65 million albums, was named by Forbes as the fourth most powerful celebrity last year, has a kickass underboob tattoo and inspired Drake and Chris Brown to engage in one of the most infamous hip-hop brawls of the last five years. Most 24-year-olds are still trying to figure out how to move out of their parent's place.
In today's "Hood State of the Union," Charlamagne and Lil Duval sing the praises of this Barbados beauty and go so far as to suggest a new motto for everyone's life, "WWRD: What Would Rihanna Do." Sometimes that answer might get you in some trouble, but at least you'll come through it looking sweet. At least, Rihanna always does.
For those who still haven't heard, Snoop Dogg renamed himself Snoop Lion after making a pilgrimage to Jamaica to bond with the Niyabinghi branch of the Rastafari movement. Instead of his signature laid-back hip-hop, Snoop's next album, Reincarnated, will be reggae. While the Hood State of the Union supports Snoop's desire to make a reggae album, Charlamagne Tha God and Lil Duval refuse to recognize his name change. They both love the man, and admit that he's earned the right to do whatever he wants musically, but they don't think this new identity will be permanent. After all, Snoop was probably just high when he made the decision and may forget about it any day.
Lupe Fiasco is an amazing artist, who does things few other rappers can do. However, like many artists, he's also a bit of a sensitive soul and prone to exaggeration. Amidst a recent feud with Chief Keef, which has since been put to bed (for now), Lupe claimed to be retiring from the game, again. In today's "Hood State of the Union," Charlamagne and Lil Duval make a plea of sorts to Lupe, telling him to just do his thing and not worry about the static. Hell, Charlamagne gets attacked on the street for things he says, and you don't see him threatening to retire. And Lil Duval definitely doesn't seem to care about who he offends...even though he can't fight.
In Lil Wayne's latest mixtape album Dedication 4, Nicki Minaj seemed to endorse Mitt Romney's presidency with this verse: "I'm a Republican, voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy bitches is f—-ing up the economy." She has since tweeted that it was meant to be sarcasm, but Lil Duval isn't quite buying it. He thinks she might actually be serious and that's what he and Charlamagne debate in today's episode of "Hood State Of The Union." If you turned off the Presidential Debates last night because they were boring, or maybe you just want more debate, this video is for you.
What's going on with Chris Brown? We like the guy's music and we can all agree he's talented, but he's made some interesting life decisions this year. For one, the neck tattoo. Getting permanent ink on your neck is always a questionable idea at best. However, it's an even worse idea when you decide on a tattoo of what appears to be a battered woman. Second, the beef with Drake. Third, he's been seen kissing on Rihanna. Actually, that last one is a great move on his part.
Even if you caught the MTV 2012 Video Music Awards, you may have overlooked the fact that Lil Wayne was wearing Beats by Dre headphones through the show. Why? Well, he apparently has an endorsement deal with Dr. Dre's company. Fair enough, but why would he wear them at an event where people will be trying to have conversations with him? Well, maybe he's crazy.
In the new episode of Guy Code Presents... "Hood State of the Union," Charlamagne and Lil Duval discuss their theories on Lil Wayne's actions and try to make sense of the lyrics on his latest mixtape. Ultimately, though, it may just boil down to the fact that Weezy is not "quite with us" anymore.
As a child of the '90s, DMX seemed like one of the scariest rappers to me. He's a former gangbanger, has lyrics that would make Tyler, the Creator cringe, has been arrested on multiple occasions and served serious jail time. However, thanks to this seemingly innocuous, behind-the-scenes video, I've learned that all I need to do to scare away DMX is wave a laptop in his face. If that alone doesn't work, ask him to Google something more complex than his name and watch his head explode.
Unless you've been hiding under a boulder for the past couple weeks, you've heard the infectious, so-bad-it's-good song "Gangnam Style." South Korean rapper Psy is the mastermind behind the song's bizarre music video, which is the latest YouTube sensation to go viral, an honor previously awarded to Rebecca Black's "Friday" and those two little girls singing "Super Bass."
While "Gangnam Style" is fun, we thought we were already hitting our saturation point with it. Then we saw this video and we're back on board. This is the official Guy Code-approved version of "Gangnam Style." It wins over Psy's version for two reasons: more hot girls in short skirts, no weird chubby guys. Nothing flashy or fancy here--just five sexy Korean dancers in impossibly high heels and awesomely skimpy clothes--and that's perfectly cool with us. They even manage to make that awkward horse-riding move look sexy--something Britney Spears failed to do.
Charlamagne and Lil Duval know hip-hop. As proven in the last "Hood State of the Union," they have nothing against older rappers staying in the game. In fact, they applaud 2 Chainz for hanging in there for this long. However, as rappers approach age 40 and blow past it, they need to change the content of their music. You can't continue to rap about the same things you did 15-20 years ago. Everyone knows a 40-year-old rapper doesn't live the way he did in his 20s. He's now reading the Wall Street Journal, going to sleep at a reasonable hour and actually returning Queen Latifah's calls. The "Hood State" decree states that rappers can stick around as long as they're relevant, they just have to keep it real and not pretend to be a younger man.
2 Chainz has been in the rap game since 1997 when he co-founded the hip-hop duo Playaz Circle with his high school buddy Dolla Boy. Back then, 2 Chainz went by Tity Boi. He kept that stage name for nearly 14 years before realizing that the mainstream public just wouldn't fall for a rapper named Tity Boy (no matter how you spell it). In 2011, he changed his name and now seems like an overnight success. An "overnight success" who is in his mid-30s, which is the twilight years in hip-hop.
Charlamagne and Lil Duval have followed 2 Chainz since he was Tity Boi, so who better than them to analyze his success? While they appreciate his tenacity, they also warn other old rappers not to get excited by his rise. The rap game is tough and your window to make it gets infinitely smaller with every year past 30.