Instagram Flexin': Snoop Dogg Joins "Don't Shoot" Peaceful Protest
Beanie Sigel returns home and G-Unit hangs out backstage at the "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" tour in this week's edition of "Instagram Flexin'."
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, 50 Cent, Young Buck and Kidd Kidd hang out backstage at the "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" tour and Questlove shares a personal touching story about his first encounter with the late actor Robin Williams. Check the rest of the week’s top Instagram posts below.
Beanie Sigel Released From Prison
Beanie Sigel is a free man. On Thursday (August 14), pictures were popping up on Instagram showing Beanie Sigel has officially gone home. DJ Drama was one of the first to congratulate the rapper on his return. "Welcome home beans!" wrote Drama in the caption. Beanie Sigel had been serving a sentence since 2012 in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia on drug and tax charges. Let's see if he'll get back in the studio as quickly as Remy Ma has.
Questlove Shares Personal Robin Williams Story
While many shared their favorite film or favorite role played by the late actor Robin Williams, Questlove shared a unique story about his first encounter with the famous comedian. "The smallest gesture can mean the world to you," the drummer/DJ/producer wrote. "Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn't even know it." During the 2001 Grammys, the actor and The Roots ended up in the same elevator. "This particular Sunday we were walking backstage and had to ride the elevator to the backstage area and we piled inside when suddenly this voice just said "questlove.....black thought....rahzel....the roots from Philadelphia!!!! That's right you walked on this elevator saying to yourself "ain't no way this old white dude knows my entire history and discography"....we laughed so hard. That NEVER happened to us before." Robin Williams was found dead in his home on Monday. RIP Robin Williams.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V Cover Revealed On ESPN
Like a true sports fan, Lil Wayne headed to the king of all sports networks ESPN to reveal the album cover for his final album. Back in April, Kobe shared a promotional Tha Carter V picture that many confused for the album art. It was simple, white with red lettering. However, it was only meant to build up the hype. The real album cover, which was revealed Thursday morning on "SportsCenter," is an image of Wayne as a child with his mother. According to Wayne, Tha Carter V, which will be released on October 28, will be his final album.
Snoop Dogg Joins "Don't Shoot" Peaceful Protest
Following the example of a viral photo featuring Howard University students protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Snoop Dogg relays the message to his own fan base. The "No Guns Allowed" emcee wrote, "Stop don't shoot . No justice no peace #nwa how many kids we gotta loose before somethin is done I have sons of my own n I fear for them as well #blackisbeautiful." The unarmed teenager was shot multiple times by a police officer after a reported altercation with the officer on Saturday night in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and killing of yet another young person of color by the barrel of a badged official has sparked protest nationwide. To read a conversation about Hip Hop's reaction to Michael Brown's death, check out the latest "Stray Shots" feature here.
G-Unit Backstage At "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" Tour
50 Cent, Young Buck and Kidd Kidd did more than hang out backstage at Drake and Lil Wayne's joint tour. The newly reunited group, sans Lloyd Banks, attended a tour stop at Hartford, Connecticut’s XFINITY Theatre where Lil Wayne brought out G-Unit frontman 50 Cent during his set. The crowd received a surprise when Weezy's special guest hit the stage to perform his hit single, "In Da Club." Watch the footage here.
Don't Panic, French Montana Loves The Kids
French Montana's "Don't Panic" video has everyone in it (including Khloe Kardashian) wearing creepy clown masks and holding terrifying weapons. Before his video was premiered on "106 & Park," French took a picture with some of his fans wearing those white masks with "#dontpanic" scribbled in red. "#Dontpanic tune in @106andpark video premiere!!!" wrote the Bad Boy recording artist. To watch the official music video, click here.
Wiz Khalifa & Crew Snap Picture With Al Sharpton
It looks like Wiz Khlifa, Amber Rose, Ty Dolla $ign bumped into Reverend Al Sharpton (who is currently in the city of Ferguson) at the airport (from the looks of the picture) and decided that a group photo was in order. With Khalifa and the crew surrounding the reverend, they were all smiles as soon as the picture was snapped. "Strength in numbers," he wrote. Sadly, Al didn't mention their encounter on his Twitter.
Throwback Thursday: Ice Cube & John Singleton
Ice Cube shared a Throwback Thursday of him and director John Singleton. The two worked together on the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, which marked the rapper's acting debut. The film, dubbed a "teenage coming-of-age story" by Singleton, went on to be nominated for two Academy Awards and is still considered a classic after celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Fun Fact:According to John Singleton, the script for Boyz n the Hood was originally written for all of N.W.A. He was in the running to direct the group's upcoming biopic but was kicked out of the race by Director F. Gary Gary.
Drake Flying Over The Moon
Is there anything more magical than flying over the moon while holding on to a stripper pole? While E.T. and Elliott may have first popularized the iconic "flying over the moon" scene (some may argue that witches made it popular), Drake has been bringing it to new levels every night on his joint tour with Lil Wayne. Unfortunately I haven't attended the "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" tour to report on what song he's singing/rapping while soaring over the crowd, but whatever it is, I'm sure it just adds to the magic that's already there.
Rick Ross Receives The Key To Memphis
"This man already won the key to my heart, the key to my stomach. I'm giving him the key to the city," said Memphis, Tennessee Mayor A C Wharton before handing Rick Ross an honorary plaque with the key enclosed. Ross traveled to Memphis to attend the grand opening of two renovated Wingstops. In the Instagram video, the bawse was filled with smiles upon hearing the nice words the mayor had to say about him. Rick Ross currently owns 25 Wingstop locations. Number of keys to the city is unknown.