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Ja Rule Talks to Fox News About the 2016 Presidential Race

The world is a cold, cruel place. We look for order, for purpose, but life can be random and unforgiving. In dire times, we look to someone to make sense of it all, to be a beacon of hope in the grim sea of despair. That man is Ja Rule. Today (May 7), the man himself appeared on Fox News to discuss the topic with which he’s most closely associated: credit cards for millennials. “It’s a very unique situation,” Ja said. “Whenever you can marry the affluent with the less fortunate, you get the birthchild, which is called hip-hop.” When pressed about how and why this was relevant, the one-time Murder, Inc. star explained that the convergence of those two worlds was his inspiration for the project. “[Hip-hop] is the voices of the have-nots.” The card, called Magnises, creates a network of users and merchants that can be accessed for a $250 annual fee.

Thankfully, Fox kept Ja around to guide us through some of the turmoil gripping the nation. Of the ongoing protests in Baltimore, he characterized it as a “sad situation” and added the qualifier that tension between people of color and law enforcement can’t be confined to Maryland. On the topic of the 2016 Presidential election, the “Put It On Me” rapper seemed less than enthused about Hillary Clinton. “I like Hillary,” he started, “but, you know, it’s crazy–because I also think Jeb is a good candidate as well.” Stay tuned to XXL for more Ja-related news as it breaks.

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ILoveMakonnen’s Twitter Gets Hacked

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Not too long ago iLoveMakonnen’s Twitter went nuts. In a handful of tweets, Makonnen’s account sent shots at Rihanna, Drake, and Fetty Wap. Nothing about the tweets seem real. The hacked tweets attacked OVO and Drake. Then the focused shifted to Rih, calling her a slut for not making music with him. The tweets were quickly deleted and there is no word on who was behind the hack. The hacked tweets however were captured. See a picture of the tweets below.


Makonnen went on Twitter to confirm that his Twitter was hacked.


The Grammy-nominated artist recently put out Drink More Water 5 late March, which featured Migos, Rich The Kid, Gucci Mane and Rome Fortune. If you haven’t seen the Awful Records/OVO Sound representative perform live, you’re in luck. The rapper is hitting the road for a 13-city “Loudest of the Loud” U.S. tour starting in late April. Check out the dates below and for tickets, visit Makonnen’s website here.

5/07/15 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
5/08/15 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter
5/09/15 – Chicago, IL – Metro
5/12/15 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
5/14/15 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
5/15/15 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
5/16/15 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

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12 Hot Babes in Pencil Skirts


Pencil skirts really highlight all the bump and curves in a woman. Although men, typically prefer a woman with less clothes on, a pencil skirt is still consider to be appealing even though it shows very little leg. The right curves and pencil skirt can only impress and bring a sex appeal that is respectful and dressy at the same time. With women showing off their voluptuous curves in their pencil skirts, we highlight today some of the sexiest women in pencil skirts.

The Official Cast List for ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is Incredibly Stacked

We know, you’re still stuck on Avengers 2, us tooLess than a week after the theatrical release of the Marvel Studios blockbuster cast details on the third installment in the Captain America franchise, “Civil War”, has surfaced — and it’s pretty exciting. 

Chris Evans of course will reprise the role of “Captain America/Steve Rogers”, with fellow Avengers veterans Robery Downey Jr. as “Iron Man/Tony Starks”, Scarlett Johansson as “Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff”, Paul Bettany as “The Vision” and Jeremy Renner as ”Clint Barton/Hawkeye”. Don Cheadle will return from the Iron Man franchise as “Jim Rhodes/War Machine”, Elizabeth Olsen from Avengers 2 as “Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch”, as well as Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie returning to the Captain America series as ”Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier” and “Sam Wilson/Falcon” respectively.

So Civil War will pretty much will look like a Marvel Cinematic Universe family reunion, with the addition of some new faces. The film will introduce Chadwick Boseman as “T’Challa/Black Panter” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe before his own feature film premieres on July 6, 2018. Additionally, Daniel Brühl will join the cast as supervillain “Baron Helmut Zemo”. Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) will make his MCU debut for a yet-to-be-announced role. It was also reported that the “new” Peter Parker/Spider-Man would debut in the film, though he was omitted from the cast list (likely because they haven’t announced who would play the role yet).

Captain America: Civil War will draw from the  Marvel Comics series of the same name, and where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off. An international incident which involves Cap’s new team of Avengers causes collateral damage, which inevitably forces government sanctions on superheroes to enforce a system of accountability, as well as a leg of the government ordered to decide when assistance from the superheroes will be needed. This inevitably splits the Avengers team down the middle, with some members siding with the government and others against the new policies, all the while a new, powerful villain intends to end the world (of course). Suffice it to say we’re looking at yet another Spring blockbuster when Captain America: Civil War drops May 6, 2016.

PNY Marais Burger Restaurant by Cut Architectures

PNY Burgers has recently opened a new location in Paris, accounting for their third overall. Nestled in the heart of Le Marais, the design scheme was spearheaded by Cut Architectures and features a somewhat Miami-esque vibe. Showcasing a light and bright feel, the restaurant notes heavy doses of teal and pink shading, further adhering to the tropical aesthetic. The other PNY locations feature a differing black and white approach, so this new location brings a breath of fresh air to the franchise.

The menu for this particular venue has been slightly altered as well, but PNY’s signature cocktails and delicious milkshakes are thankfully still available. The new PNY Marais Burger Restaurant, located at 1 Rue Perrée, opened in April, so the next time you find yourself in the area, you should definitely check it out.

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Air Jordan 11 “Cool Grey” | Throwback Thursday

With the “Wolf Grey” Nik Kyrie 1 hitting retailers this Saturday, the latest iteration of the Kyrie Irving signature provided the muse for the our latest episode of Nice Kicks Throwback Thursday. With that in mind, venture with us as we tackle the history of the Air Jordan 11 “Cool Grey” in which we document […]

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Watch ?uestlove’s ‘Quest For Cuba’ Mini-Documentary

With his turntables and Serato in tow, ?uestlove traveled down to Cuba in April as an ambassador for hip-hop. Not wanting to miss out on the moment, Okayplayer TV sent a camera crew down with the talented musician to capture the experience. Along with playing club nights, ?uest took in the culture, mixed it up with the people, went crate digging and dropped by Cuba’s famous EGREM studios. This was ?uest’s first trip back to Cuba since 2002 when The Roots played a packed out show for the locals. During the 13-minute flick, ?uest has a chance encounter with Cuban hip-hop artist Brebaje Man, who opened for The Roots during that show over a decade ago. Check out the full documentary above.

in light of the highly-publicized cases of police brutality and deaths at the hands of police officers, ?uest has publicly called on artists to write protest songs to ignite change. “Anthems critical of the times are largely absent, even as demonstrators condemn the system that failed to prosecute the officers involved,” the Philly native told Billboard. “I think a lot of it is just due to fear of being blackballed and not making a living.” He also took to Instagram to call and challenge musicians and artists to be the voice of the people during these hard times:

I urge and challenge musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in. I know that many see what happened to Dixie Chicks' #NatalieMaines @mainesmusic (she bravely expressed her opinion/dismay on the Bush administration declaring war & was unjustly targeted….while in hindsight being CORRECT) suddenly there was an onslaught of radio silence from artists across the board (correction not everyone was silent, but the silence was deafening) although I'm kinda/sorta addressing the hip hop nation I really apply this challenge to ALL artists. We need new Dylans. New Public Enemys. New Simones. New De La Roachas. New ideas! But it just doesn't stop there!! We need outlets (hello #ClearChannel #RadioOne #Vh1) to balance the system. Yeah I'm just as guilty of feeling the high of all that I despise ("Devil's Pie" D'angelo) but the reason why this nation seems to be moving 3 steps ahead in some areas…..but then 7 steps backwards in every area is a lack of balance. I'm not saying every song gotta be "Fight The Power" but in times like these we need to be more community minded (taking a wild guess that "urban radio's" format didn't change much from the pre program stuff (using that word *politely*) we've been hearing for years. & when I say challenge I don't mean breathless race to the finish on who makes the more banging "Fuck Tha Police" sequel. I mean real stories. Real narratives. Songs with spirit in them. Songs with solutions. Songs with questions. Protest songs don't have to be boring or non danceable or ready made for the next Olympics. They just have to speak truth. I laugh & have fun w "Bitch You Guessed It" like everyone else. But my soul is aching man. Seriously just ONE or Two songs that change the course. This is something I feel the need and urgency to put out there. #EricGarner #MikeBrown #JusticeForAll #FeedMySoul #HandsUpDontShoot #ICantBreathe

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Coffee Break: Leather Satchel

I amBrooks Brothers Leather Satchel torn between two bags at Brooks Brothers right now. This dark blue leather satchel looks sophisticated and sleek, and I feel like the Saffiano leather would wear better. But: maybe this bright cobalt one is more me (and it’s on sale for $150-$199, depending on the day). Hmmmn. The pictured bag is $498. Brooks Brothers Leather Satchel

Here is a lower-priced option.


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Katharina Grosse ‘The Smoking Kid’ Exhibition at König Galerie

Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse presents her latest exhibition in Germany’s König Galerie, being showcased from May 2 to June 21. The work of art currently fills the new gallery that is located in the St. Agnes Church, as reconstructed by Arno Brandlhuber. Grosse’s The Smoking Kid exhibition highlights a rectangular format of panel painting via a two-dimensional technique. Bright colors and sharp edges pop from the canvas backdrop, as Katharina uses various entities such as plants, clothing, furniture and architecture to come together throughout the vivid imagery, which rivals that of her accustomed work.

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