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While not that fun, it is a fact that “The Game” was born in Los Angeles in 1979 as Jayceon Terrell Taylor. “The Game” name came from his grandmother and he’s also been known as Hurricane Game and Chuck Taylor.
Even though The Game had a rough upbringing, he’s very intelligent, graduated and went on to Washington State University on a basketball scholarship. He’s said that he played on their basketball team, but was kicked off an expelled for possessing drug paraphernalia.
Rappers have been getting shot or shot at for as long as I can remember, and The Game is no different although his incident happened before he was famous. The game got into the drug trade and was shot late at night in an apartment five times. He obviously made it, but endured a 3 day coma.
The Game may have been shot, but he still has a sensitive side. He was on a dating show called “Change of Heart” in 2000. His partner on the show revealed that he was “sensitive and acted macho” and decided to have a real change of heart at the end of the show when she dumped him.
Once The Game got famous he still had a few beefs. He had a short minor beef with Eazy-E’s son Lil’ Eazy E and also had a beef with Suge Knight. Next up was an extended feud with G-Unit and Fifty with a diss thrown in at Jay-Z for good measure.
You thought we we’re done with the beef’s didn’t you? Last but certainly not least was The Game’s most recent dust up where he videotaped himself beating up 40 Glocc earlier this year. There’s a nice video online that shows the altercation and it even though it was one-sided hats off to The Game for holding on to his iPhone.
The name Peter Tosh might now be as well-known as Bob Marley, but it’s an important name to remember if you’re into Reggae music. With that in mind we thought it would be fun to go find some facts so here are 10 Interesting Facts about Peter Tosh you might not know…
Peter Tosh’s first solo album was called “Legalize It” and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what has talking about. Needless to say it became very popular with the counter culture and post smokers around the world.
Peter Tosh picked up on music at a young age by listening to an American Radio Station, and he picked up guitar after watching a man in the country play. Peter memorized the man’s finger movements and was able to play the song back after only half of a day.
In the early 60’s Peter met two people you may have heard of… Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. The three would go on to form The Wailing Wailers in 1964 and the rest is history. Remember how we told you Peter Taught himself guitar? Well he also taught Bob Marley how to play along with the rest of the group.
Guitar wasn’t the only talent Tosh possessed. Sometime in the late 60s or 70s he developed an interest in unicycles and often rode then onto the stage during shows. He was actually really good on one and could even ride backwards and hop. That alone is hard enough, but it’s made a little tougher when to take into account Peter Tosh’s height… he was 6’5.
Before Peter Tosh went solo he was involved in a tragic accident in 1973. He was driving and was hit by another car going down the wrong side of the road. The wreck fractured Peter’s skull and killed his girlfriend Evonne.
In 1987 Peter Tosh’s life came to a tragic end when armed men came into his home demanding money. The men didn’t believe Tosh when he told them he didn’t have anything on him and then they proceeded to torture him for hours in an attempt to get cash. During that time friends of Peter’s arrived to welcome him home and the thieves got nervous. They shot Peter killing him, and also killed and wounded several other people at the home.
Just because he’s gone, doesn’t mean he’s forgotten. Peter’s music has seen resurgence over the years as new people discover his music. He was also posthumously awarded The Order of Merit, Jamaica’s fourth highest honor in October of 2012.
Nas has been in the Rap game for since the early 90s, and he’s had countless hits from his Illmatic days to this year’s Life is Good. He’s no stranger to the spotlight, but we’ve found a few facts about Nas that you might not know…
Nas’s real name is actually Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones. We know that Nas is short for Nasir, but Olu Dara was his father’s name, and the “Jones” comes from his mother’s last name as her name was Fannie Ann Jones.
Nas’s parents divorced when he was young, and he dropped out of school shortly thereafter in 9th grade. He learned about hip-hop from a neighbor and educated himself on African Culture through things like the Nuwaubians, The Bible, and the Five Percent Nation.
Illmatic dropped way back in 1994 and any fan of Nas would instantly recognize the album cover instantly. Did you know that wasn’t the original cover though? The original cover was supposed to have Nas holding Jesus in a headlock. We’re kind of glad they changed their minds.
Nas was offered a role in the movie ‘save the last dance’ yet he refused it. Thank you Nas, and could you please call up 50 and tell him he doesn’t have to say “yes” to every movie thrown his way. With that in mind…
While Nas may have turned down “Save the Last Dance” he has acted in quite a few flicks. Belly is obviously most people’s favorite, but he also had parts in Ticker and Uptown Girls. It was only a cameo, but it was also a movie with Brittney Murphy and Dakota Fanning.
Nas has seen his fair share of controversy over the years, but he has only been arrested once. The rapper was busted for a DUI….. on marijuana. He was popped years ago by the cops in Georgia near his home and taken in for smoking weed at a friend’s house earlier and “being under the influence.”
Anyone remember the video for Hate Me Now with Diddy? Yeah, both versions were memorable and one caused quite the disturbance. One version of the video featured some crucifixions and Diddy requested they be removed. Well, that version made it to air and “allegedly” Diddy wasn’t happy and smashed a bottle over Steve Stout’s head resulting in a law suit that was settled out of court. Guess we could drop the word “allegedly”.
Staying on the whole “beef” angle I think it’s safe to say everyone knows about Nas & Jay-Z’s war of words. Jay-Z’s cut “The Takeover” started it all, but Nas answered back with “Ether” which definitely caught everyone’s attention. No blows were ever thrown (that we know of), but it’s a beef that had some legs for one reason in particular…
Carmen Bryan was Nas’s ex-fiancée and one of the reason’s the beef with Jay-Z got drawn out as Jay put it out there that he had slept with her in the past, and she admitted to it later on. Why’s that interesting? Well Carmen accused Jay-Z of putting “subliminal” messages in his lyrics about their relationship together which is bizarre and funny at the same time.
I’ve covered quite a few musical games for this site, but I have never encountered one quite like Beat Hazard Ultra. It’s not your typical music game either as you’re not going to play trivia or tap out beats in time. Instead of doing the usual you’ll get soar through the stars blasting away at enemies while listening to some tunes… kind of.
Beat Hazard Ultra is actually a dual-stick space shooter that uses music as a backdrop. Each level in Beat Hazard Ultra is actually made based on any song from your phone, so in a nutshell “your” music makes the game. The geniuses at Cold Beam Games worked some kind of technical magic to where your weapons power and enemies vary depending on the song being played. It’s like one of those psychedelic musical screen saver apps that’s been done up as a game… that’s jacked up on steroids and Red Bull partying till 3 AM. Yeah, it can get pretty intense depending on your playlist. The game has 4 modes of play, a slew of power-ups and some of the most insane visuals you’ll ever see in a space shooter.
Beat Hazard Ultra is one of those games I’ve been meaning to play for a while now, and man am I finally glad I did. The demo got about a 3-minute play before I went ahead and bought the game, probably one of the quicker purchases I’ve made to be honest. If you’re looking for something different and a whole lotta’ fun I highly recommend checking out Beat Hazard Ultra. There’s a limited demo you can check out, while the full version gives you all kinds of cool features including internet multiple game modes and internet radio. You can pick up both versions of Cold Beam Games Beat Hazard Ultra on Google Play or the App store at the links below.
I normally don’t cover TV, but this one was too good to pass up. Apparently the kids of some very famous rappers are shopping a new reality show dubbed “Seeds of Hip Hop. These are nod ordinary kids though as they are the sons of some of the members of N.W.A. and Run DMC.
According to the folks over at TMZ Seeds of Hip Hop will star E-40’s son Droop-E, Jam Master Jay’s son Jason Mizell, Eazy E’s son Eric Lynn Wright Jr., MC Ren’s son Anthony Dunbar, and Dr. Dre’s son Curtis Young. The show follows the guys as they attempt to live their lives and escape the shadow of their famous fathers. Not to be left out, D’Extra Wiley has created the show… he was a member of the R&B group II D Extreme in the 90s.
The show is being shopped around to different networks at the moment including VH1, FUSE TV, BET, and TV-One. The people behind Seeds of Hip Hop are reportedly very confident it will get the greenlight and are planning to start shooting in a month. As someone who has seen their fair share of reality television I’m not quite sure what to make of this, but it sounds like we’ll probably find out sometime next year.
Source Cited – TMZ
There’s no doubt that DMX sounds much cooler than Earl Simmons, but do you know what it actually stands for? DMX took his name in tribute to a 80s instrument known as the Oberheim DMX drum machine.
DMX’s first two albums debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts which is hardly a surprise. What is surprising though is the fact that they were released in the same year which makes DMX the 2nd rapper in history to accomplish that feat. The other was Tupac Shakur.
That last fact was pretty impressive, but that was actually the tip of the iceberg. DMX’s first 5 albums all debuted at number one… just let that sink in for a minute. Five consecutive number one albums and he would have had six, but missed the top spot by only a hundred sales.
Here’s and interesting DMX Fact…Any fan of DMX’s knows he’s a true believer, but did you know he’s done a bit of preachin’? Yup, and he even cut a Gospel album that’s finished and “should” be released sometime in the near future.
It’s not a DMX article if there isn’t mention of beef. DMX’s main beef was with Ja Rule back in the day when the two waged a war of words after DMX accused Ja Rule of stealing his signature style. Dark Man X’s latest “beef” was reportedly with none other than Drake when he said he didn’t like anything about the Canadian including the way he walks and his haircut.
We’ve been nice, now it’s time for the fun stuff. DMX is no stranger to jail, and since 1998 he’s been arrested for a wide, wide variety of things including a stabbing, various assaults, crack, half a dozen weapons charges, reckless driving, pot possession, probation violation, and theft. I’m sure we’ve left a few out, but you get the picture.
Everyone knows DMX wiles out from time to time, and his trouble behind the wheel has been well documented. He’s been arrested at least 3 times for reckless driving with the latest incident coming in 2011 for doing 102 mph in a 65 mph zone… and he was driving on a suspended license.
DMX has been in some pretty good flicks (Belly was our favorite) over the years, but did you know he was going to do a TV show? In 2010 he did 4 months out of a 6 month stint and filming started the day he was released to show his road to recovery. Well, DMX got arrested 3 weeks later so the pilot never got off the ground.
Our absolute favorite DMX moment has to come from 2004 when DMX got popped at JFK International airport. What where the charges you ask? Criminal mischief, criminal impersonation, cocaine possession, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing whatever in the hell that is. That’s not all… we forgot to add driving under the influence while claiming to be a federal agent and attempting to carjack a vehicle.
That last one was pretty intense, but this one’s pretty funny. In 2003 DMX was arrested for using foul language during a concert at Saint Kitts and Nevis. Supposedly he signed a contract before the show that said he wouldn’t curse which he promptly broke. We’re guessing he was released quickly, but he did have to pay up on a $376 dollar bail.
As you may have guessed Bruno Mars isn’t the singers’ real name. Bruno was actually born in 1985 as Peter Gene Hernandez in Honolulu Hawaii.
If you’re an old school wrestling fan you’ve probably heard of Bruno Sammartino, and apparently Bruno’s father was a fan as well. Bruno got part of his catchy moniker from his father as dear old dad thought he resembled the famous wrestler as a child.
If you’ve ever watched Bruno Mars on stage you know the man is a true performer. It must run in the blood as his whole family is musical and his mother was a Hula dancer while his Uncle was an Elvis impersonator.
Like most stars, Bruno got started with music at an early age. He was only four years old when he began performing with his family’s band The Love Notes, and became well known for his Elvis Presley impersonations.
Everyone knew the name Bruno Mars after “Nothin’ on You” hit the radio waves, but Bruno was making music way before that. Way back in 2004 he actually signed with Motown, and produced songs with the Smeezingtons. He worked with several notable names including Brandy, Adam Levine, Sean Kingston, and the Sugababes.
Superstars and trouble go hand in hand, and Bruno got a little taste of that in September of 2010. Bruno was popped in Vegas for possession of cocaine, and after pleading guilty to possession he had to pay a 2,000 dollar fine, 200 hours of community service, and complete a drug counseling course.
Tattoos are another thing that seemingly goes with being a star, and Bruno has quite a few of those. He rocks an anchor on one forearm, a gypsy on the other, and has “Pete’s boy” on his bicep. He didn’t leave Mom out either as he put her name on his shoulder.
A lot of celebrities have movie ties, and Bruno Mars is no different. Last year he put out a new song called “it Will Rain” for the movie Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1, but he was actually in a movie long before that. In 1992 he was in “Honeymoon in Vegas” as Little Elvis which is quite fitting and pretty damned funny.
People have always been fascinated by how tall celebrities are, and I was a little surprised to find out Bruno comes in on the Tom Cruise side of things as he only stands 5’5”. What’s more surprising is that Tom is a whopping two inches taller than Bruno at 5’7”.
While Bruno has only been on the airwaves since 2011, he’s received a slew of nominations and wins. In the past 2 years he’s received 16 nominations and 1 win… at the Billboard awards. There are a ton of award shows and we were going to count the rest up, but got lost count before we reached the Teen Choice awards.
We normally stick to music news on Sosoactive, but I thought it would be fun to do a Top 10 on one of the most entertaining athletes of the past 20 years… Shaquille O’Neal. You may know him from his basketball days, but we’re guessing there are a few things about Shaq that you might not know…
Shaquille O’ Neal never really knew his biological father, and was raised by his mother and stepfather who was a career Army Reserve sergeant. Shaq even rapped about it on his 1994 album Shaq Fu: The Return where he dropped the line, “Biological Didn’t Bother, Phil is my Father”.
Shaq is a large individual coming in at around 7’1” and 300+ pounds… needless to say I wouldn’t want to piss the man off. Shaq wasn’t really the type of player to crack skulls, but he did take a swing at Carlos Groves in the 1992 SEC Tournament after a flagrant foul. I saw that one firsthand, and am glad Groves didn’t get his head handed to him.
As with any superstar Shaq loves the nicknames, and probably has more of them than anyone I can think of outside of the Wu-Tang Clan. Some of our personal favorites were The Big Cactus, The Diesel, The Big Aristotle, and Superman. When Shaq retired he said that folks can just call him “The Big AARP” now.
Sticking with the whole “Tough Guy” you probably know Shaq did a popular episode of WWE’s Raw, but I bet you didn’t know he was into MMA. The Big Aristotle began training way back in 2000 in boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and Wrestling. He challenged a fighter named Choi Hong-man in 2009 via YouTube video and while the bought hasn’t happened Shaq again said again said he wanted to fight the man when interviewed at a UFC bout in 2010. Here’s hopin’…
We all know Shaquille O’ Neal has put out some outstanding numbers in his career, but do you know what he lead the team in his freshman year in college? If you guessed GPA you’d be right as Shaq has a big brain to match his big frame.
Shaq starred in quite a few movies during the offseason of his playing days, but one movie was just a wee bit better than the rest unless you’re a fan of Kazaam or Steel. Blue Chips was Shaq’s first starring role and he would get even get to share some screen-time with an Orlando Magic teammate by the name of Penny Hardaway.
When people think of basketball shoes, Jordan is usually the first word to pop out of people’s mouths. You’d be surprised to know that a lot of folks don’t even know that Shaq had an extremely popular shoe in 1992 called the Reebok Shaq Attaq. You might not remember them, but they were the shoes with the basketball shaped pump on the tongue and they were the shoe to have back in the day.
In the 90s Shaquille O’ Neal was everywhere, and we mean everywhere. Did you know the Diesel cut 5 albums including the universally loved (imagine a sarcastic tone) “You Can’t Stop the Reign”.
Shaq has always had a love for law enforcement, and has been a reserve officer in some capacity in both Los Angeles and Miami. He was even given an honorary U.S. Deputy Marshal title in 2005.
As you’d imagine Shaquille O’ Neal is no stranger to video games. He’s appeared on the cover of 6 different video games, and is in dozens of them. The man even had his own game with Shaq Fu on the SNES, and has been a playable character in Ready 2 Rumble Boxing 2, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, and UFC Undisputed 2010.
If you’re a B.o.B fan like myself you’ve probably been waiting for the rappers next album to drop. Well we’ve got the next best thing as B.o.B.’s new mixtape titled “F*ck Em We Ball” was just released yesterday.
B.o.B. has said that he’s going back to his roots with the new mixtape as he feels a lot of fans of his first album B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray didn’t get to see his “rawness” as he hails from Decatur, Georgia. F*ck Em We Ball has 18 tracks and features the likes of Iggy Azalea, T.I., Mac Miller, Juicy J, and Snoop Lion. I skimmed all 18 tracks and some of the standouts for me where Everything, Roll One Up, Best Friend, and So Blowed.
All of F*ck Em We Ball’s tracks are interesting to say the least, but I’m still not sure how I feel about the album as a whole yet. B.o.B.’s previous efforts leaped out of the speakers and hooked me, but his album feels like the kind that’s going to have to grow on you. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of B.o.B. it’s an album you’ll definitely want to check out. If you want to give it a listen you can check out F*ck Em All over on datpiff.com.
The Wu-Tang Clan is well known for their music and their antics. The groups been around since the early 90s and are beloved by fans around the world myself included. As we love lists we thought it was time for one on Wu-Tang so here we go with 9 Interesting Facts about the Wu-Tang Clan.
Three of the Wu-Tang Clan members are actually related. RZA, GZA, and ODB are all cousins and were actually in a group before the Clan called All in Together Now.
There are countless affiliates of the Wu-Tang Clan, but there are only 9 official members. RZA, Ghostface Killa, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA, Method Man, U-God, Raekwon, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Cappadonna has been featured on many of the groups albums and has been deemed the “unofficial 10th member” of the Clan, but it’s never been made totally clear.
Various members of the Wu-Tang Clan have had beefs with other rappers over the years, and two rappers have been punched in the face. The most recent was rapper Joe Budden who got popped by a member of Raekwon’s entourage named Hanz in 2009.
Remember the Kanye West line “If you could feel how my face felt – You would know how Mase felt” from Through the Wire? Yup, Mase was the other rapper that got punched in the head when he had an altercation with Ghostface Killa and his entourage. There was a beef of sorts between the two rappers entourage’s and Mase ended up with a broken jaw.
You probably already know that the Wu-Tang Clan is from New York, but do you know which part? RZA, Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, U-God, and Raekwon represent Staten Island while ODB, Master Killa, and GZA represent Brooklyn.
It’s a well-known fact that RZA handles the majority of production on all of the Clans albums, but I bet you didn’t know he also did the soundtrack for Kill Bill. RZA and Quentin Tarantino are buddies in real life and considering the Kill Bill’s subject matter RZA is the obvious choice for the soundtrack.
Kanye has been known to rush the stage at award shows, but Wu-Tang Member Ol’ Dirty Bastard was doing it long before Kanye was around. I remember watching it live in 98’ when ODB rushed the stage at the Grammy’s and made his Wu-Tang’s for the kid’s speech.
All of the Wu-Tang members go by stage names, and many have more than one. ODB has to take the cake though with around 15-20 that we know of. Our personal favorites are Freeloading Rusty, Joe Bananas, Dirt McGirt, and Big Baby Jesus of course.
We lost ODB in 98’, but one other member left Wu-Tang for a time. U-God bounced in early 2004 after the DVD Rise of a Fallen Soldier that detailed some issues he had with RZA. The two actually got into a heated argument on live radio then made up and U-God has been on a ton of Wu-Tang projects since.