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Snoop Dogg on becoming a Lion
“When I was down in Jamaica in February I visited the Nyabinghi temple. A Rastafarian priest from that tribe renamed me Lion, a reference to tha lion of Judah,” he said. “Tha spirit called me and anytime tha spirit calls you ugot2know (sic) it’s serious and real, ya dig?” Illustration by Steve Murray

Snoop Dogg on becoming a Lion

“When I was down in Jamaica in February I visited the Nyabinghi temple. A Rastafarian priest from that tribe renamed me Lion, a reference to tha lion of Judah,” he said. “Tha spirit called me and anytime tha spirit calls you ugot2know (sic) it’s serious and real, ya dig?” Illustration by Steve Murray

Tagged with:  #Snoop Dogg  #Snoop Lion  #Rap  #Hip Hop  #reggae  #music
When hip-hop artists cry
This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care,  the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it  had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he  cried.
#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken  directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath  and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his  socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of  2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.”
But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight  is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very  few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show  little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

When hip-hop artists cry

This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care, the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he cried.

#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of 2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.”

But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

Tagged with:  #Rap  #hip hop  #music  #pop music  #Drake
Beastie Boys, Guns n Roses among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
The hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the  Beastie Boys were among this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll  Hall of Fame, the hall announced on Wednesday.
Joining the acts were posthumous inductees, 1960s singer-songwriter  Laura Nyro and producer Don Kirshner, who died earlier this year.
Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan will also be inducted.

Beastie Boys, Guns n Roses among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

The hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys were among this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the hall announced on Wednesday.

Joining the acts were posthumous inductees, 1960s singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and producer Don Kirshner, who died earlier this year.

Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan will also be inducted.

Tagged with:  #music  #rock n roll  #hip hop  #rap
Rap legend Heavy D dead at 44
Iconic ’90s rapper Heavy D was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, just one hour after he was rushed to an L.A. hospital. He was 44.

Rap legend Heavy D dead at 44

Iconic ’90s rapper Heavy D was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8, just one hour after he was rushed to an L.A. hospital. He was 44.

Tagged with:  #Heavy D  #rap  #hip hop  #celebrity  #music  #deaths