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Snoop Dogg Snoop Lion Rap Hip Hop reggae music
“When I was down in Jamaica in February I visited the Nyabinghi temple. A Rastafarian priest from that tribe renamed me Lion, a reference to tha lion of Judah,” he said. “Tha spirit called me and anytime tha spirit calls you ugot2know (sic) it’s serious and real, ya dig?” Illustration by Steve Murray

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Snoop Dogg Snoop Lion Rap Hip Hop reggae music

“When I was down in Jamaica in February I visited the Nyabinghi temple. A Rastafarian priest from that tribe renamed me Lion, a reference to tha lion of Judah,” he said. “Tha spirit called me and anytime tha spirit calls you ugot2know (sic) it’s serious and real, ya dig?” Illustration by Steve Murray

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When hip-hop artists cry
This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care,  the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it  had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he  cried.
#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken  directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath  and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his  socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of  2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.” 
But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight  is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very  few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show  little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

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When hip-hop artists cry

This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care, the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he cried.

#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of 2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.” 

But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

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Shad reviews Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne stop in Vancouver
Canadian rapper Shad, born Shad Kabango in 1983, is a hip-hop artist based in Vancouver who has been twice nominated for the Polaris Prize: in 2008 for his sophomore recording, The Old Prince, and in 2011 for TSOL. Since then he has earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser, and lost his mind watching Kanye West and Jay-Z (a.k.a. The Throne) perform at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena

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Concert Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West exceed the hypeIt’s rare that a show of this magnitude lives up to its hype, but Kanye  and Jay-Z actually managed to exceed it. From the Tron-inspired laser  show to the hydraulic-powered stages at either end of the ACC to the  pyrotechnics, it was a visual masterpiece. And then, of course, there  was the music. (Photo: David Leyes Photographer)More photos: Jay-Z and Kanye West in Toronto

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Concert Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West exceed the hype
It’s rare that a show of this magnitude lives up to its hype, but Kanye and Jay-Z actually managed to exceed it. From the Tron-inspired laser show to the hydraulic-powered stages at either end of the ACC to the pyrotechnics, it was a visual masterpiece. And then, of course, there was the music. (Photo: David Leyes Photographer)

More photos: Jay-Z and Kanye West in Toronto