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, Action Bronson makes our stomachs growl because of his food porn, Chance The Rapper is back to performing after illness and 2 Chainz gets a personalized jersey so he could root for his home team. Check the rest of the week’s top Instagram posts below.
Future Names His Son, Future
On May 19th, Ciara, whose full name is Ciara Princess Harris, gave birth to Future’s, whose real name is Nayvadius Cash, baby son and named him Future Zahir Wilburn. Yes, Future named his son, Future. The auto-tuned rapper gave his child his stage name as a real name. I hope this doesn’t become a trend. It would be like Tyga introducing us to his child, Tyga Junior, or Young Thug surprising us with a baby named Young Thug Williams. I just don’t want to live in a world like that. But then, if you think about it, Kanye West gave his baby a name with two directions, North West, and Future already named his son, Future, so I guess we do live in that world. Sigh. In related news, baby Future was born a healthy 9 pounds 10 ounces.
Happy Birthday Biggie Smalls
The Notorious B.I.G. would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on May 21st. Though the Brooklyn rapper was taken too soon, friends and fans still celebrate his birthday in honor of his legacy. Diddy, close friend and former business partner, shared a picture of the fallen rapper on his Instagram and wrote, “Happy Birthday KING!! #RIPBIG We’ll always love #BIGPAPA.” And the legacy continues.
#fuckthatsdelicious With Action Bronson
While out in London, Action Bronson decided to blast our timelines with the juiciest BBQ sauce-slathered food porn ever. “THE GREATEST RIB OF ANY ANIMAL IVE EVER HAD via PIT CUE #London #fuckthatsdelicious,” he wrote as the caption for the saucy meat-on-bone combination. So I did a little google image search on the Pit Cue, a US style BBQ joint in London, and got this and this and this and basically, it was sweet torture for foodie S&M enthusiasts. If you’re out of the loop with #fuckthatsdelicious, it’s the name of Bronson’s food-focused web series. Watch an episode (at your own risk) here.
2 Chainz Is An Official Atlanta Hawks Player
Ok, 2 Chainz isn’t going to set foot on the court anytime soon, especially since the Atlanta Hawks are out of the NBA 2014 playoffs. The Atlanta rapper still got a jersey made with the appropriate name on the back, 2 Chainz. “Restricted free agent haha,” was the caption that went along with the jersey. 2 Chainz is known to be a sports enthusiast and a former basketball player. Before he became a rapper, 6-foot-5 Tauheed Epps played basketball throughout high school and eventually when on to play college basketball for a full season of Division I ball at Alabama State. Then, you know how these fairy tales end. “The rap game needs me.”
Michael Jackson’s Billboard Hologram
Watching it on TV was creepy, seeing it in person might have been double the creepy. Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban sat fairly close to the stage at the Billboard Awards this past weekend and took a video of Michael Jackson’s 3D hologram performing “Slave To The Rhythym.” As you can see, the hologram looks extremely lifelike and the light around the hologram just makes it look like there is a spotlight on the performer. The moves, the walking around the stage, the finger points, all look eerily real. I wonder if any of the Jacksons where there to witness it but I do know that Janet Jackson wishes she could have performed with her brother.
Ludacris On The Set Of Fast & Furious 7
All in a hard day’s work for Luda. Ludacris was on the set of Fast & Furious 7, earlier this week, and shared a quick video of live from the set. Director’s chairs with personalized names, including his, Chris Bridges, were shown and all the cameras and screens were included in the 16-second clip.Luda is reprising his role as Tej Parker in the Fast & Furious franchise’s latest film, which will be hitting the big screens on April 10, 2015.
Guests Shipped From Paris To Florence For KimYe Wedding
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian wed on Saturday, May 24th. It wouldn’t be a KimYe wedding if it didn’t include a little chaos. The over-the-top wedding rehearsal took place in Paris, France at the Palace of Versailles on Friday (guests were serenaded by Lana Del Rey) and then the guests were shipped to Florence, Italy for the actual wedding. Kardashian friend Larsa Pippen was among the traveling guests and snapped a photo of their comfortable jet shuttling. You can see Rick Rubin and his beard in the front row of the photograph. Pictures of the wedding have yet to surface the net.
Chance The Rapper Kills Set Despite Illness
Chance had a few personal setbacks during his summer festival tour sets but it looks like he can put that behind him after rocking a crowd of 20,000 at the Sasquatch music festival in George, Washington. Earlier in the year, Chance cancelled one of his sets at Coachella due to health problems and most recently, cancelled his set at the Hangout Festival. For the coachella illness, his management made a statement saying that the he was hospitalized due to “a combination of the flu virus and tonsillitis.” No details were given on the Hangout Festival cancellation, other than it was “due to illness.”
Nicki Minaj’s Toned Down Look, FTW
Nicki MInaj’s been wearing this toned down look for a month or two now and it’s suiting her well. The days of the neon pink, blue, green and rainbow wigs are over. The exaggerated makeup is gone. Everything about her has turned down ten notches (except the raps because the tracks that she’s been releasing have been fire). The look seems to be part of her rap makeover, since she said she was done making pop songs (for now). In an interview with MTV, she was asked if fans will see another track like “Starships” or “Super Bass,” to which she replied, “Hell no.” Her upcoming album, The Pink Print, has not set release date and Nicki has no plans in rushing it.
Lenticular Art By 50 Cent
50 Cent is selling a special editiont of his upcoming Animal Ambition cover at Best Buy and took to Instagram to show it off. “Lenticular version of #AnimalAmbition available @bestbuy only. Check it out,” he wrote as his caption. The album cover switches back and forth between another picture as the album continues to move. Lenticular art is art that is given the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles. Which is exactly what 50 Cent is offering, an opportunity to expand your horizons and interpret the art of him transforming his face into a lion’s face. Animal Ambition is out June 3rd with guest appearances from Yo Gotti, Trey Songz, Kidd Kidd, Jadakiss, Mr. Probz, Guordan Banks, Prodigy, Schoolboy Q and Styles P.