According to a familiar cliché, a picture is worth a thousand words. Your favorite celebrities—including rappers—are doing less and less press, but luckily their thumbs and smartphones still work. Instagram has provided a way for them to document their lives and/or thoroughly embarrass themselves for our collective enjoyment. The beauty of it all is that you don’t even need to join Instagram, as most rappers are perfectly fine leaving their feeds open for public viewing. And if you’d rather avoid the IG life altogether, we’ve filtered through the top rapper’s pictures and videos and consolidated all the week’s events into one convenient feed.
This week, Nick Cannon pulls off a ridiculous stunt, Pharrell covers yet another magazine and Beyoncé says goodbye to her fans. Check the rest of the week’s top Instagram posts below.
Exile & Johaz Get Bloody For Dag Savage’s Latest
Exile and Johaz—collectively recording as Dag Savage—netted a critical favorite with their E&J album earlier this year. The pair released intriguing visuals for tracks like “Old Times Sake” and “Don’t Stop.” It would appear Dag Savage has either been binge watching episodes of Dexter or are prepping some bloody visuals for their next project. Exile cryptically posted, “#Dag Savage says Hi” on his Instagram account Monday. We’ll wait with baited breath to see exactly how this bloody image plays out.
Nick Cannon Wears Whiteface To Promote Album
In this week’s hey-let’s-perpetuate-stereotypes news, Nick Cannon slaps on whiteface and transforms into a skater boy named Connor Smallnut. He shared the final look on Instagram (evidence posted above) and wrote, “It’s official… I’m White!!! #WHITEPEOPLEPARTYMUSIC #Wppm in stores April 1st!!!!!!Dude Go Get It!!!Join The Party!!!! #GoodCredit #DogKissing #BeerPong #FarmersMarkets #FistPumping #CreamCheeseEating #RacialDraft “Bro I got drafted!!”” Racist or not racist? Let us know what you think, dudes.
A$AP Rocky Announces Sophomore Album
After some musical down time, A$AP Rocky subtly shares with one swift Instagram that he’s releasing a sophomore album ASAP. The picture has nothing to do with the breaking news caption, unless we’re looking at his upcoming album cover, but it does show off Rocky’s fresh street style. Rocky is casually standing in front of a coffee shop/deli in a black-and-white outfit all while candidly looking away from the camera and definitely owning the shot better than your favorite style blogger.
Danny Brown Performs On Arsenio Hall
Detroit’s favorite player (hint: not Big Sean) performs on The Arsenio Hall Show in a black, blue, red and white jacket. Danny Brown shared a picture of him and the late night host, with the caption, “shout out the bruh bruh Arsenio Hall for having me on the show tonight .. It was an honor.” Danny performed “Dip” from his 2013 album, Old. If you’re sad because you missed the taping, Danny Brown is in the lineup for Bonnaroo 2014 in Tennessee which means, you June to cop your tickets.
DJ Dahi Making Music With J. Cole
Producer DJ Dahi’s credits include Kendrick Lamar (“Money Trees”), Dom Kennedy (“My Type Of Party”), Drake (“Worst Behavior”) and that’s just naming a few. In a recent instagram, Dahi made it clear who he’s in the studio with when he captioned his picture, “Dahi × J Cole … stay tuned.” Let’s hope we get to hear what these two have in store, soon.
Mike WiLL Made-It Celebrates Birthday With Miley Cyrus
Mike WiLL Made-It welcomes his quarter of a century mark with his “partner in crime” Miley Cyrus. Mike WiLL had a great year, last year, collaborating with Miley on “23” and “We Can’t Stop.” In the Instgram above, the Georgia-born producer poses for a photo opportunity with the ratchet pop princess. “S/O my partner in crime @mileycyrus for pulling up on the kidd for my b-day… Luv,” reads the caption. Besties at their finest.
Beyonce Wraps Up The Mrs. Carter Show Tour
After a year-long tour around the world, Beyoncé hit the stage one last time in Lisbon, Portugal with her mostly female ensemble and hubby Jay Z. The Mrs. Carter tour ran a total of 132 shows and started last April in Serbia. During the show, Bey gave a teary heartfelt thank you to her audience. “I just want you to know that I am so lucky,” Beyoncé said. “I’m giving y’all an ugly cry. Thank y’all again. Thank you for allowing me to have a career. And when I fall, you lift me up. When I’m hungry, you feed me. And I just want to give you my light. I dedicate this song to you guys.” Cry along with Bey and her emotional speech, here, and her surprise “Drunk In Love” performance with Jay Z and her flesh-colored bodysuit, here.
DJ Khaled Turns Into A “South Park” Character
Illustrator Zhi-Yun Zhang re-imagined famous cartoon shows and some of today’s favorite musicians in his gallery titled Cartoon x Pop. Some of the characters included Goofy as 2 Chainz, Bart Simpson as Pharrell, Porky Pig as Kanye West and South Park‘s Cartman as DJ Khaled. Cartoon Khaled dons a beard, a thick gold chain and a clean pair of Jordans. Looks like a pretty accurate portrait of the We The Best producer. Now, let’s see if we could get Zhi-Yun can give us the entire cast of a Hip Hop-themed South Park.
Behind The Scenes On Pharrell’s “GQ” Cover
Pharrell Williams lands the cover of the 3rd annual GQ style bible. In this quick clip, shared by the magazine’s official Instagram, Pharrell talks about the character a piece of clothing can get by its overtime wears and tears. The clip also provides a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot. Pharell looks calm and collected, oozing with natural coolness. No hat on the official GQ cover but maybe you’ll find a surprise within the pages.
Notorious B.I.G. Covers “New York” Magazine’s Yesteryear Issue
For their annual yesteryear issue, New York magazine displayed covers of two influential New York rappers, Jay Z and The Notorious B.I.G. Each of the rappers received their solo alternative covers (you can see the Jay Z cover here) but let’s talk Biggie’s cover, which should be a collector’s item for any Hip Hop lover. “There never was a New York hip-hop season quite like the autumn of 1994,” wrote New York in their description of Biggie as a part of their “Encyclopedia of New York Pop Music.” Even 20 years later, Christopher Wallace continues making the cover of influential magazines.