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Kendrick Lamar: Pulitzer Prizefighter

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Kendrick Lamar is taking his Pulitzer Prize for Music seriously.

You could call him a Pulitzer Prizefighter.

What’s the cause? Rap music being recognized by Old School institutions which had historically paid scant attention since the day Rappers Delight was unleashed on the world.

“It took a long time for people to embrace us,” Lamar said in a recent interview. “People outside of our community, our culture, to see this not just as vocal lyrics, but to see that this is really pain. This is really hurt. This is really true stories of our lives on wax. And now, for it to get the recognition that it deserves as a true art form, that’s not only great for myself, but it makes me feel good about hip-hop in general. Writers like Tupac, Jay-Z, Rakim, Eminem, Q-Tip, Big Daddy Kane, Snoop. It lets me know that people are actually listening further than I expected.”

It’s taken even longer than Kendrick Lamar lets on.

He’s the first commercial artist in history to win the music prize, since it usually goes to mostly classical musicians or an occasional jazz artist like Wynton Marsalis. Special prizes have been awarded in the past to musicians like Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams.

But not one of them ever took the championship prize.

Lamar scored the knockout punch with his album D.A.M.N. that the Pulitzer Board called a “virtuosic song collection which captures the modern African American life.”

And, the world is still buzzing about his 2016 Grammy appearance in which he performed in chains, serving out a prison sentence on stage while tethered to the jangling links. The man has clearly earned some kind of prize.

So, what is the championship ring worth to a man who has made millions in music?

$15,000…

Chump change?

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Halsey Causes Drama Between G-Eazy And Machine Gun Kelly

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Move over, Eminem. Now, two newer white rappers are causing drama in the media. Aside from their almost creepy physical similarities, the rappers have something else in common. Both of them have had, or currently have, the alternative pop star Halsey’s attention.

So what’s the deal? As most fans already know, Halsey and G-Eazy have had an on/off relationship for the past year or so. Though the pair appeared to have cooled off earlier this summer, the seem to have been brought back together after the VMA’s. The couple were seen leaving a nightclub together, and we all know what probably happened next. Since then, Halsey has admitted to the pair “seeing each other.”

Where does Machine Gun Kelly come in? Well, it appears that Halsey has a type. Kelly could not care less about privacy and spilled the tea in some Instagram comments. In a kindly-worded statement, the artist wrote “I f*cked his girl now he looks like me this sh*t overbearing.” Okay, it’s a small world and most people end up having more than one partner in their lives at some point.

But is Kelly seriously claiming that G-Eazy stole his “look” over a girl that they’re both into? There is some evidence supporting this. G-Eazy did bleach his hair the same color shortly after Kelly and Halsey supposedly hooked up. To be fair, it’s nothing too special or unique. After all, which celebrities weren’t dying their hair bleached-blonde this time last year? To try to own a hairstyle like that is a pretty bold move. Anyway, the similarities can be seen below:

G-Eazy thinks that Machine Gun Kelly is lame and appears 100% unbothered by these accusations. In his song “Bad Boy,” he raps “MGK, please stop trolling me, get over me / You wanna be me, you’re mad that you’re not as big as me/I’m everywhere, I’m your nightmare, you can’t get rid of me / Call an Uber, turn on the radio, imagine hearing me / ‘Him & I”s on, mad you’re listening to Halsey sing to me / Can’t f— with nobody with so much negative energy.”

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Kanye Wasn’t Joking About Running For President

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Kanye West’s ego knows no limits, and now he’s about to take it to the next level. The 41-year-old rapper has toyed with the idea of a presidential campaign for years. Most of us assumed it was just some sort of joke. But now, West is talking seriously about running for president in 2024.

The “how” is obvious; the man is ridiculously rich and has an enormous following. And since all Americans already know his name, he will never have to sell ideas in order to put himself out there. Besides, who wants to learn about boring politics when you can just vote for the guy whose TV show or music you like? The question right now is why. In an interview last Thursday, West shared his highly educated views with the country.

He spoke about his passion for medicine, saying “one of my main things once I’m president is the medical industry. I’m going to make sure that the medical industry flourishes.” It sounds like West was trying to say something about healthcare reform here but he has yet to clarify what he meant. Oh well, close enough. Who has time to listen to detailed issues these days anyway?

So what exactly is this guy’s platform? Apparently, he plans to run as a centrist and has expressed admiration for both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. West expressed his #deep feelings about the political divide in the United States: “even red or blue — it’s still red or blue. It’s divisions. We don’t need to think in divisions. We need to think in arms because we’re actually one race, one people, one civilization.” Thanks for the Instagram caption, Kanye.

So now what? There are still six more years until the 2024 election. Will the artist spend that time becoming an expert on the constitution, history, and foreign policy? Anyway, if by some crazy chance the guy ends up getting far, that says much more about his supporters than it does about him.

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Hailey Baldwin Ignores The Haters

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Dating Justin Bieber was every girl’s dream at some point. And let’s face it: for many of us it still is. But the reality of being Bieb’s object of affection can be tough. Especially when his ex just happens to be as famous and controversial as Selena Gomez. So how is Baldwin handling the storm of media attention, gossip, and Jelena shippers? Pretty well, all things considered.

In an interview with Stellar Magazine this weekend, Baldwin gave us an update on how her engagement is going. The model appeared to be super chill when talking about the rumors, saying “I don’t think it’s affected me really. I have learned to just try my best to ignore the negativity at this time so that I can enjoy this season of my life.” Since she started seeing Justin, she’s been all smiles.

While she’s not busy being professionally pretty, Hailey is spending lots of quality time with her fiance. According to Cosmopolitan, the couple have spent the summer holding hands and making out all over New York City. Life really doesn’t get much better than that.

How are fans reacting to the upcoming marriage? Twitter appears to be polarized among Justin and Hailey shippers and Jelena shippers. Why there are so many of the latter remains a mystery, as the two of them have been doing entirely different things with their lives since the breakup. A likely explanation is that fans are just bored. Seeing people happy together doesn’t really make for a juicy story. And we are all guilty of indulging in conspiracy theories from time to time. But when the biggest drama between two people is where and when to have the wedding, people are going to get tired quickly. Meanwhile, Hailey and Justin are, as far as we can see, unbothered and still rocking matching hairstyles.

 

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