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Hip-hop is a natural minefield for satire, a world in which oversize personalities talk large and create brands and fronts that rest on the fragile backs of 16-bar verses. Behind most clever or boastful lyrics is a grown man counting out syllables and scribbling down lines into a notebook. In recent years, though, few have spotlighted the comedy that unfolds between the seeds of a song and a rapper stepping on stage better than a gangly pair of brothers who live on the Upper West Side of New York.
Jeff and Eric Rosenthal are known as ItsTheReal, a comedy duo that documents hip-hop culture through self-directed videos in which they interview rappers or skewer their work in skits. (Jeff also writes about the genre; Rolling Stone sent him on the ill-fated Rihanna Plane, where he shared a row with this editor.)
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- Kia Makarechi
Just weeks after Beyonce debuted "Bow Down / I Been On," a remix has dropped.
Led by Houston rapper Bun B, the "I Been On" remix premiered on Houston's Kbxx's 97.9 on Friday -- take a listen above.
The gritty track also features verses from Scarface, Lil KeKe, Slim Thug, Willie D, and Z-Ro. With lines such as "This is Texas, Texas," verses in the remix celebrate the Houston roots of Beyonce and the rappers featured on the track.
Bun B tweeted at his fellow collaborators on Friday night, nodding to Houston in the tweet.
Beyonce's original "Bow Down" single has already caused its own fair share of controversy. The track was slammed by Keyshia Cole, who questioned Beyonce's stance on female empowerment by saying, "First 'women need to stick together' now bitches better bow."
The song also caught heat from conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh who interpreted the lyrics to »
- The Huffington Post
Lest you forget Beyonce's Houston roots, check out the remix to her new tune "I Been On." Bun B of Ugk, Scarface and Willie D of Geto Boys, Z-Ro, Slim Thug and Lil Keke all show up for rap verses on the tune, with the voice of the "little wife" all but gone. Everybody who shows up -- including Queen B herself -- are Houston-bred, and they all take time extolling their Texas town. As in the original tune, Beyonce reveals in drop octave that she was in a Willie D video when she was 14. And remember history: she guested »
If Lil Wayne did drink the toxic concoction that reports are alleging, then he’s lucky to be alive. Keep reading for an expert’s Exclusive explanation why.
The dangerous mixture that Lil Wayne allegedly drank “should have killed him,” Dr. Phil Dembo tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
Sizzurp: A ‘Poisonous Mixture’
“It’s like drinking poison,” Dr. Dembo continues. The doctor explains that Wayne’s alleged mixture of codeine and promethazine is extremely lethal, especially when mixed with alcohol. “A person can overdose on this poisonous mixture,” he says. The “bootleg” syrup that Lil Wayne reportedly consumed dangerously “increases heart rate and causes liver damage.”
Taking “anything not truly prescribed” is highly hazardous, Dr. Dembo explains, and also adds that “a mixture of substances in order for a high is a dangerous way to party.”
Bootleg, or sizzurp, is highly addictive, as the body begins to need the painkilling drugs »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
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