Tupac Shakur's influence on rap, race, music at large and beyond has and will continue to last well beyond his living years. To honor his life and celebrate all things 'Pac, XXL Mag has dubbed its September edition a special tribute issue that focuses mainly on Shakur. The 15th anniversary of Tupac's death is Sept. 13, 2011.
Among the people close to Tupac that XXL interviewed for the mag was 'Pac's biological father, Bill Garland, who discussed his son's giving nature.
[Tupac] cared for people. That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that's why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that's a fabrication. I don't have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people.
XXL also spoke with Tupac's ex-wife, Keisha Morris, his first manager, Leila Steinberg, as well as his group, The Outlawz. It's hard to believe it will be 15 years in September.
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If you've ever wondered what would happen if Waka Flocka Flame interviewed Tyler, the Creator over the phone as Tyler sits with his mother in the car, joined by a writer and an editorial assistant and Tyler's manager on the line, well Interview Magazine just found out. And the result is both hysterical, and "awkward as f***" in Tyler's words.
Overall it's a solid read and a glimpse into the fiery mind of the face of one of hip-hop's hottest group's right now, Odd Future. It isn't clear why Interview decided to hand the reins over to Waka to conduct the question-and-answer--maybe it thought Tyler would open up more to Waka, someone Tyler is fond of--but it seems to have worked as Tyler revealed the sources of anger in his music. Turns out, Tyler just gets "pissed at little s***". For example, he said, "Facebook deleted my profile the other day without telling me, and I was f***ing angry." You didn't think the friendly, blue, photo and information sharing website would spur Tyler into a creative rage, did you?
For entertainment value alone we implore you to read the piece and leave you with this exchange from the top of the interview if you're still not convinced:
FLAME: All right. So firstly, what do y’all think is so odd about the future?
TYLER: What’s odd about the future? I think we’re all gonna die pretty soon, and the animals are gonna take over--like ostriches and s***. I think they’re gonna take over the world and we’re gonna be their slaves.
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As you may have heard, we're in a bit of a celebratory mood over here today. It's MTV's 30th birthday, which is both exciting (birthdays, woooo!) and depressing (30 is basically old enough to move into a retirement home). So imagine how much of a buzzkill it was to venture on over to the website for Bon Iver, one of the coolest musicians doing cool stuff right now, and read this:
"MTV turns 30 today. Here's what I think: I could easily just say 'f*** mtv' and give sound reasoning... But f*** it, what Ani Difranco sang is what I think: open fire on hollywood open fire on MTV open fire on NBC and CBS and ABC open fire on the NRA and all the lies they told us along the way open fire on each weapons manufacturer while he's giving head to some republician senator"
It is with a furrowed brow and pursed lips (see image above) that we ask Justin, "Dude, what gives?" This is a day of celebration, not a day to slag on us without even saying why. That's it man, no cupcake for you.
Alex Trebek just took "Badass" for $1,000 and nailed it. Sort of.
Yesterday, the immortal "Jeopardy" host decided to take matters into his own hands when the San Francisco hotel room he and his wife were staying in was robbed by a 56-year-old woman with a long rap sheet. After the suspect, identified as Lucinda Moyers, broke into Trebek's room at 2:30 in the morning, the 72-year-old master of trivia began chasing Moyers down the hotel hallway until his heel gave out and his Achilles tendon tore.
"The snap and the sound," Trebek said, describing the injury. "I played sports all my life."
We'll give him a pass for failing to nab the perp himself. Police eventually found and arrested her and, of course, she's denying that she jacked Trebek's cash and a bracelet he wore that his mother gave him. It would have been a better story if Trebek got her in a headlock and gave her the People's Elbow, but at least Moyers will have to answer to formal charges. And, after all, the PEN is mightier.
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Every sports fan had this fantasy as a kid: You're sitting in the stands at a football (or baseball or basketball or, God forbid, soccer) game and the star player gets injured. Desperate for a replacement, the coach looks into the crowd and spots you, the kid in whose brain this fantasy is taking place, and tells you to get your ass on the field. You jump over thousands of people, lace up your cleats and sack Steve Young on the first play.
That's all I could think about yesterday when an ad to intern for Wu-Tang Clan productions popped up on Craigslist. Read More...
Ron Artest, aka Metta World Peace, may take his next steps dancing on hardwood rather than on the basketball court. With the NBA mired in a lockout, the Lakers forward, and mental health and world peace ambassador, is in discussions with "Dancing With the Stars" producers to compete on the show. Maybe Artest's application to work as a Lockout Professional got denied. Ron wouldn't be the first big-time athlete to bust a move on "DWTS," but he'd certainly be the most...peaceful, and volatile.
NFL wide receivers have actually done very well on the show, which makes sense because they have excellent footwork; Steelers wideout Hines Ward won the most recent season this spring; Bengals receiver (not for long) and amateur bull rider Chad Ochocinco finished in the Top 4 last year; and the greatest receiver in NFL history, Jerry Rice, was the runner-up in Season 2. Ron-Ron uses solid footwork in his craft, too, but there's no points on the show for dunking.
Of course, Artest's possible dancing gig could blow up if he makes it deep into the contest and the lockout gets resolved before the show wraps in November. But if there's one man with the mettle to handle both jobs, it's...you guessed it...Metta World Peace!
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If football, tennis, cricket, field hockey, real hockey, rodeo and NASCAR aren't enough, maybe it's time for life to just imitate "Madden."
We've all got the friend who watches the instant replay of every down. And yes, we all hate him. But after the way the Pirates-Braves game ended on Tuesday night--in the 19th inning, with umpire Jerry Meals making the worst call in the history of eyes, or at least baseball--maybe he's on to something.
In the call, Meals claimed that he thought Pirates catcher Michael McKenry "oléd" Julio Lugo, sweeping him with the glove but missing his leg. This isn't an unprecedented stand to take in baseball. Every year, there are a couple times when a guy picked off at first pulls his hands back, eluding the first baseman's sweep-tag. But it would have been more understandable had the play not occurred outside the batter's box...and had Lugo not given himself up, then looked like his name got called on the "Price is Right" after he got called safe. Read More...
As an enormous "Back to the Future" fan I have long harbored dreams of going to 2015, snagging a sports almanac and then traveling back in time to give it to my teenage self. Yes, I want to be just like Biff. I've been holding out hope that time-travel technology would be available on Amazon before 2015 got here. But yesterday those hopes were crushed when I read that physicists at the Hong Kong University of Technology and Science published an article about the maximum speed of photons, which they say is slower than the speed of light. Ergo, no time travel.
I say, shut the hell up! Telling adult men that time travel isn't possible is like telling kids there's no Santa Claus: It makes you a complete di**. And like an 8-year-old who saw all his Christmas presents in a closet in mom's room but still insists Santa is real, I'm holding on to hope. Helping me cling to my dream of time travel is the simple fact that science has been wrong about stuff before. So in an attempt to prove that time travel could still be possible, regardless of what a bunch of jerkhole scientists have to say about it, I bring you this list of stuff science has been wrong about before. Read More...
There's a new show launching on IFC called "Whiskers Wars," and no, it's not about a violent confrontation between ruthless lions that prowl the African jungles and domesticated cats armed with rocket launchers. (That show would be awesome.) It's a show that follows men who compete in the ancient competitive sport of bearding. Possible offense, though, 'stache-growers: Bearding is not a sport, despite your claim to the contrary, just as a beauty pageant or hoarding is not a sport. Anything that rewards poor hygiene or the purposeful lack of shearing one's bodily growths is simply not a sport.
But that's cool. We're actually quite interested in watching men who can grow impressive masses of hair and beautifully manicured handlebar mustaches. If Sam Elliott makes a cameo, even better. One more thing is sure: None of these guys will get laid. That doesn't mean they aren't interesting characters, they're just folks who have chosen to adorn their faces with chick-repelling condiment collectors.
It seems like just yesterday that our friends at Holy Taco ran a post titled "The War on TV: 6 Inexplicably War-Themed Shows," highlighting TV producers' fetish for bastardizing the word "war" to make shows sound harsh, and thus more appealing. Case reopened, "Whisker Wars" added and closed again. It premieres next week. Take a look.
Beef between rappers is always fun, but beef between a rapper and his label is the highest form of beef-ertainment because these disputes always provide loads of whining and petty petulance from grown-ass men. Case in point: 50 Cent's beef with Interscope. This kerfuffle erupted on Twitter last night when 50 announced that he's canceling his new album, Black Magic, because he's upset with the way the label has handled promotion. "I will work with other artist on there [sic] projects but I will not put out another album," 50 Cent wrote. "They [Interscope] dropped the ball with me one time to many."
See! How funny is it to see 50 Cent, a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars, who was once shot nine times, get pissy at his label? SUPER FUNNY. You know what's even funnier though? That 50 didn't stop with the bitching; he also made threats. "I LOVE DRE but I'm putting his next single psycho out tomorrow at 2:00 #SK…Your gonna love it its a big song I just don't think it deserves a great set up sense [sic] they can't seem to get it right when it comes to me," he wrote. That's right, 50 Cent is going to take his Interscope anger out by leaking a track off of Dr. Dre's Detox. Whiny rappers and new Dr. Dre songs? Could this beef get any better?
UPDATE: The beef hasn't escalated. It actually took a step back when 50 later tweeted, "I wouldn't leak dre's record he has done nothing but help me in my career. jimmy has always been supportive of me." And shortly after he wrote, "I hate when I can't present my music the way. I feel it should be but f*** it check out I'm ON IT." Stay tuned...