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2) He’s More Rock & Roll Than Your Average Rock & Roller

The days of devil-may-care behavior in the rock world seems all but a memory. Could you imagine any of the members of Kings of Leon jumping into a crowd at a concert to wrestle a video camera away from a concertgoer like volatile Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose? Could you envision Muse lead vocalist Matthew Bellamy wearing a dress onstage, channeling the irreverent spirit of the late Kurt Cobain? Could you ever in your wildest dreams picture Paramore’s Hayley Williams crashing a Lady Gaga interview just as a drug-addled Courtney Love did to Madonna in their now infamous showdown at the 1995 MTV Awards? Of course not.

Thank God for Kanye West. When you call out the President of The United States for being a racist on national television; show up to gigs wearing a crown, crimson red leather outfit, and a leopard print vest backed up by a throng of ballerinas; treat passengers on a Delta flight to an impromptu rap; and start a Twitter war with Today Show host Matt Lauer for what he deemed as a disrespectful interview, you are indeed a badass of rock and roll proportions.

“When I think of Get Him To The Greek, Russell Brand’s character Aldous Snow reminds me of Kanye West,” says Rodriquez. ‘Ye is brilliant, crazy and frustrating. Just think about the November show he gave in downtown New York at the Bowery Ballroom for his new album. You are looking at his performance like, ‘This is great…this is amazing…this is why he’s the best!’ But then at the end he starts speaking and it’s like, ‘Uh oh.’ You know the very next day what was going to be the lede of the story: 'Kanye Delivers Another Rant' [laughs]. What’s more rock star than getting in your own way? That’s Kanye West.”

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Brim, received his sentencing after agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) caught him selling crack cocaine.

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John Singleton In Coma After Suffering From A Stroke

John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering from a major stroke, TMZ reports.

The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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Bun B's Lawyer Provides Update On Attempted Armed Robbery Aftermath

On Tuesday (April 24), Bun B confronted an armed robber, who was later identified as 20-year-old DeMonte Jackson. The latter attempted to rob the legendary rapper's home but acted swiftly with his own registered firearm. When Bun B's wife, Angela "Queenie" Walls answered a knock on the door, a masked Freeman entered with his weapon but was later met with the Trill rapper's fire and was detained at a hospital while being treated for his wounds.

In a statement provided to XXL, lawyer Charles Adams said he doesn't expect charges to be filed against the Texas native. "In Texas, you can defend your home. And if an armed home invader breaks into your home and puts a gun at your wife's head, you can shoot the guy if he's still in your home," Adams said. "Honestly, this might sound cheesy, thank God that Bun had a gun. Thank God that he was courageous enough to defend his home and his wife [Queenie]. And thank God Queenie was courageous enough to not let the man go upstairs."

As Queenie led Jackson to the garage, Bun B, born Bernard Freeman, became aware of the incident from another part of the house and opened fire on Jackson. The latter was charged with one count of burglary plus two levies of aggravated robbery.

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