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Jay-Z Cops Basquiat Painting From Swizz Beatz

Hip-hop's obsession with the artwork of Jean-Michael Basquiat is no secret. The famed painter who passed away at 27 often gets name-dropped by rap's finest including the likes of Nas, Kanye West and Rick Ross. Now, Swizzy is putting Basquiat's efforts on display for a great cause and has asked his high-rolling buddies to take pitch in.

Swizzy posted up a flick with him and long-time friend/ collaborator Jay-Z after Hov copped his Basquiat piece utilizing a Benz hood for a canvas. "Look who purchased my Basquiat on Benz Hood 2day," the beatsmith wrote on Instagram. "what a honor and Blessing I'm so grateful for the support! July 4 its Showtime ART LIFE!!! I will use proceeds to continue helping kids in need."

The hit-making duo has also been prepping another masterpiece: Jay's forthcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail. “I didn’t do as much as I could of done, but sometimes less is more. [This album] just means that we’re all on the right track of forward thinking," Swizz recently told VIBE. "To see him do it ‘I’m like OK he gets it.’ A lot of people don’t get it—they’re just so used to following the same train. So for Jay to take his power and create his own train—I think it was genius. That’s something I would love to do.”

MGHC hits the streets July 4.

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Let Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, He's The Hottest Rapper In The Game Right Now

TMZ caught Soulja Boy out and about on Thursday (Jan. 17) in New York City, where the viral celebrity discusses how he's the hottest MC in hip-hop today, and continues to take shots at some of his contemporaries.

"I’m the hottest rapper in the game, bro," The "Crank Dat" musician says. "Kanye West talking about ‘he Walt Disney’… you ain’t sh*t… I made a million dollars in a week." Of course, this is in reference to the video game console that bares his name.

He continues by discussing that the grind never stops for him, and if it wasn't for his influence, the Internet boom, streaming and more probably wouldn't be as prolific.

"This is natural hustle man, I’m the reason music is digital right now," he continues. He also says that his recent headline-making comments aren't marketing, but the real deal.

"Are you serious? This is real life, real sh*t," he queries. "This not no marketing, bro. I kept it real. I told people I had the biggest comeback of 2018, and n***as wanna talk about Tyga." He concludes by saying that he's thrilled that Travis Scott is not only performing at the Super Bowl, but also that he "took Tyga's b***h" Kylie Jenner.

2019 is wild.

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Murderer Of Morgan Freeman's Granddaughter Sentenced To 20 Years

Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter, E'Dena Hines is finally getting justice. Lamar Davenport, the man who killed Hines in 2015, has reportedly been sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Manhattan D.A. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. confirms.

Davenport's sentencing was mandated on Thursday (Jan. 17). He was convicted of manslaughter in May 2018. As previously reported, Davenport – who was dating Hines at the time – reportedly killed her in Aug. 2015 outside of their New York City apartment. Witnesses claimed that he repeatedly stabbed her as yelled out comments about religion.  E'Dena was 33.

Davenport was acquitted of second-degree murder after his lawyer argued that he was high on PCP at the time of the murder. A judge ultimately found him guilty of first-degree manslaughter however.

After he's released from prison, Davenport will reportedly be placed under post-release supervision for five years.

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