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3) He Takes Bolder Artistic Risks Than Jay-Z And Eminem

For much of the decade, Jay-Z and Eminem have dominated the commercial landscape of hip-hop and pop. The seemingly indestructible Slim Shady has sold 32.2 million albums in the 2000s, making him the biggest selling artist of the last 10 years. Meanwhile, Jigga Man, who has amassed a $450 million business empire, surpassed Elvis Presley for the most No. 1 albums in Billboard history (2009’s Blueprint 3 was his 11th chart-topper, trailing only the Beatles).

But, according to Caramanica, both Em and Jay take a back seat to West’s boundless musical pursuits. “We’ve seen him be different kinds of artists,” he says of West’s unpredictable genre-jumping nature. “We’ve seen him be more of a backpack artist, then a pop oriented artist and then a [conceptual] artist. The fact is over the last ten years he’s been the person to evolve the most, and still be successful commercially every step of the way. Maybe Eminem and Jay-Z have sold more records this decade, but Kanye has been the most adventurous. “

Rodriquez agrees, adding that even West’s much debated 808s & Heartbreak album, which divided many in his fanbase due to his use of the popular voice processor AutoTune, is now getting a second look as a cult classic. “I believe that Kanye’s true masterpiece years from now will be 808s,” says Rodriquez. “The idea of showing a range of raw emotions and doubt was very polarizing at the time. When 808s first came out, about 25 percent of the fans thought it was dope and the rest didn’t like that album at all. Now people are coming around to 808s. To me, just Kanye’s sheer audacity and will combined with his talent really makes him an unstoppable force. Who else is going to make a 35-minute video like ‘Runaway’? People can talk about it, but Kanye does it; he pushes it to the limit.”

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Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

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Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.

 

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Sandy Hook Elementary Evacuates After Bomb Threat On 6th Anniversary Of Mass Shooting

Sandy Hook Elementary School was reportedly forced to evacuate its students and administration on Friday (Dec. 14), after receiving a bomb threat, CNN reports. The incident occurred on the sixth anniversary of the school's tragic mass shooting.

Newtown, Connecticut Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde stated that the threat didn't appear to be substantial, but they decided to  evacuate the facility as an extra precaution.

Bomb squads reportedly swept the school and surrounding area for explosive devices but did not discover anything on the property. They later concluded that there was no immediate threat. The school administration dismissed students and faculty for the rest of the day however, considering the previous incident.

As previously noted, Sandy Hook endured a horrific mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult, staff members.

Earlier this month, thousands of documents were released about Lanza that revealed his mental state and social status in the years leading up to the shooting.

The shooting is not believed to be in connection to the recent string of bomb scares around the nation that targeted major politicians including the former first families Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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