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How Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar went from homeless to top of the hip-hop game

He quit drinking and smoking weed when he was around 16 or 17 and focused on his rap career, something he'd been interested in since watching Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur film the music video for "California Love."<p>He has since released a number of mixtapes and albums, but it was "good kid, m.A.A.d …

Akon Explains Not Signing Drake

Akon has signed T-Pain and Lady Gaga, among others, to his Konvict Muzik and KonLive labels.<p>The singer could have also signed Drake.<p>“I honestly did …

15 Albums That Cost a Fortune to Make

The economics of music albums have always been and likely always will be buried deep in not-for-public-consumption quarterly reports of major …

Sony Music

A new firmware worm can infect Macs without a data connection

Apple computers have always been touted as more secure than other PCs because their firmware couldn’t be penetrated. Unfortunately, that’s no longer true, as a newly created self-replicating worm has shown.<p>Wired reports that security researchers Xeno Kovah and Trammell Hudson demonstrated a …

A teen released balloons at father's grave, and they came home to her

This past Father's Day, not long after John Seibold lost an eight-month battle with cancer, his 13-year-old daughter, Saige, released a fistful of balloons from his gravesite in Sterling, Okla.<p>Mother Sandy thought it might be helpful for her daughter to send balloons "to heaven," and the pair …

HYPEBEAST's Top 10 Posts of the Week

Sunday brings us to this week’s edition of HYPEBEAST’s Top 10, which consists of concerts, movie<p>Sunday brings us to this week’s edition of HYPEBEAST’s Top 10, which consists of concerts, movie trailers, new music and more. Unsurprisingly, taking three spots of our top 10 are Kanye-related posts, …

Germanwings crash: 78 DNA strands isolated

<b>Five days after Germanwings flight 4U 9525 crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 on board, investigators say they have isolated DNA of 78 victims.</b><p>However, they denied German media reports body parts of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had been identified.<p>The cockpit voice recorder suggested he crashed …

With Nuclear Talks Running Out of Time, Iran Rejects Key Demand

The U.S. and other world powers and Iran met Monday in a final push to reach an interim nuclear deal — with one foreign minister saying there had been "some progress and some setbacks" as a deadline loomed in the negotiations.<p>Talks aimed at preventing Tehran having the capacity to develop a nuclear …

POLLS: If You're Reading This It's Too Late to Pimp a Butterfly: Drake or Kendrick Lamar?

For the TL;DR crowd, if you’re here just for the comments or just want to participate in the poll,<p><i>For the TL;DR crowd, if you’re here just for the comments or just want to participate in the poll, check out the neat scroll feature to the right.</i><p>With the exception of a select few, there are no …

Stig's-eye view: Cayman GTS laps the Top Gear track

Top Gear may be on hiatus, but The Stig is still hard at work.<p>Bad news, folks. Top Gear is still on hiatus.<p>The good news is, while Clarkson is being investigated for allegedly punching a producer in a bout of hunger-induced idiotic manbaby rage, The Stig is still hard at work laying down sizzling …

Top Gear

School reaction to 'Syria-bound' schoolgirls: 'it doesn't make sense'

Students at the Bethnal Green Academy, the school attended by the three London girls feared to be on their way to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis) militants, returned to class on Monday as the fate of their missing friends remained unknown.<p>Students and parents expressed their shock at the news …

Islam

Samsung Releases Galaxy S6 Teasers That Appear To Confirm Metal Design And Curved Displays

Samsung has recently posted two teasers for its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6. One teaser is a 45-second video on YouTube and the other is a profile photo on Instagram. Both of the teasers appear to confirm some of the rumored Galaxy S6 specifications.<p>The profile photo of the Samsung …

Phones

Three missing London schoolgirls 'travelling to Syria to join Isil'

Metropolitan Police 'extremely concerned' about three teenage girls from east London school believed to be attempting to travel to Syria via Turkey<p>Police are appealing for help to find three schoolgirls who have gone missing and are thought to have travelled to Turkey with the intention of crossing …

Gravity-defying Vauxhall sculpture goes up in London

If you're in England over the next week or so and swing by the London Eye on the southern bank of the River Thames, you might notice an interesting installation. That's where GM's British subsidiary Vauxhall has placed a full-scale Corsa hatchback, suspended upside down on a ribbon of curved tarmac.<p>…

England

Why “Fifty Shades of Grey” is actually good for women

Forget all the snarky trend pieces and listicles. The film has helped women reclaim their sexuality in so many ways<p>When I first read <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> in 2013, I hated it, for the same reasons that all educated feminists hate it. The plot was dull and derivative, the characters unimaginative and …

Eddie Murphy: ‘Not a lot of people have footage of themselves dancing with Michael Jackson in clouds’

The comedian-actor-musician on his new reggae single Oh Jah Jah, making music with Rick James and why Beverly Hills Cop 4 is taking so long<p><b>Hi Eddie, thanks for waking up to talk to us (1)! You’re about to release</b> <b>reggae single Oh Jah Jah</b> <b>and have talked in the past about how you’ve been making music</b> …

Comedy

America’s “Prince” problem: How Black people — and art — became “devalued”

The reserved musical icon spoke hard truths at the Grammys — about art, artists and our disturbing racial politics<p>Near the end of the 2015 Grammy Awards, musical icon Prince presented the Grammy for Best Album, with this preamble: “Albums still matter. Like books and Black lives, albums still …

Jocks & Nerds x Shinola Community of Craft - Ape to Gentleman

Community of Craft is the new and exciting project between the quarterly men’s style magazine, Jocks & Nerds and the Detroit based lifestyle brand …

Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap - Ape to Gentleman

With wearable technology booming in popularity, Montblanc have broken the mould be combining wearable technology with fine watchmaking.<p>Launching this …

The black Victorians: astonishing portraits unseen for 120 years

The African Choir were a group of young South African singers that toured Britain between 1891 and 1893. They were formed to raise funds for a Christian school in their home country and performed for Queen Victoria at Osborne House, a royal residence on the Isle of Wight. At some point during their …

Obama says political cynicism could hurt Democratic turnout in November

President Obama said Wednesday that disquiet and a sense of frustration in the country are fueling cynicism about government that could hurt Democratic turnout in the November elections.<p>Obama told high-dollar contributors at the Los Angeles home of Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn that he feels a …

'Game Of Thrones' Revealed A Major Spoiler This Sunday

<i>The following is a spoiler for both the books and the HBO show. The spoiler here is for something in the story that hasn’t been encountered in any of Martin’s five published novels.</i><p>At the end of Episode 4 of this season’s <i>Game of Thrones</i>, viewers were treated to one of the most intriguing scenes …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most stunning images from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a frozen Niagara Falls and a rocket launched into an aurora.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Leopard escape and London time travel<p>Iced-up airliners and a violent Sun<p>Dancing F-16s and a view of the Universe<p>A rocket’s slow crawl and …

The Week in Tech: 5 must-know things

LOS ANGELES — This week's top tech headlines have to begin with the selfie seen across the globe, when Ellen Degeneres organized a seemingly unrehearsed star-studded group shot during the Academy Awards.<p>The photo got so many retweets it shut down Twitter briefly, and has since been re-tweeted more …

Pictures of the Week 3.7.14

Instagram Takeover: Luis Alberto Perez – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

This week the @Booooooom Instagram account has been taken over by a relatively unknown artist from Puerto Rico, Luis Alberto Perez. The artist has …

Stylist's eye: Michael Reynolds' photo diary of Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach

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