Michael Gerard Tyson is without a doubt the most hip-hop athlete in sports history. Dude’s humble beginnings, astonishingly fast-paced path to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history, subsequent self-destruction after his peak, and reincarnation as a pop culture icon decades later is a script unlike any other. Iron Mike turns 45 today, and as a salute to the champ we’re listing the illest lyrical references from Nas, Pac, LL, Jadakiss, Spoonie Gee, and a slew of others. From slick lines about his ferocity and skills in the ring to the rape charge and controversies outside of it, we give you Complex’s 20 Favorite Mike Tyson Rap References…
1. Puff Daddy f/ Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes, “Victory” (1997)
LYRIC: “Real sick, brawl nights, I perform like Mike/Anyone — Tyson, Jordan, Jackson/Action, pack guns, ridiculous” (Notorious B.I.G.)
COMPLEX SAYS: Frank White delivers one of his most timeless lines, still relevant today just like Iron Mike. Good enough for a top spot here and good enough for a high place on another lil list we did.
(AllHipHop News) Model Amber Rose has spoken out against graphically nude pictures that landed on the Internet yesterday (June 29).
Several pictures of Amber Rose naked and masturbating were released to the net yesterday afternoon.
The embarrassing pictures featured a nude Amber Rose in several compromising positions and are even more graphic than the ones released in asked.
According to Amber, her and her boyfriend, superstar rapper Wiz Khalifa, knew that the pictures would be hitting the Internet.
According to her Amber Rose, the pictures were stolen off of her personal laptop from a former assistant.
“I was gonna wait until my radio show to address this but I want to say this now,” Amber Rose tweeted. “I trusted someone that worked 4 me & allowed them to use my laptop a million times, I caught this person sending my pics to themselves and I fired this person immediately Wiz & I & both of our families have known about this for 2 months now. We tried to prepare ourselves for this day.”
Amber Rose said that the pictures in question are over 2 1/2 years old, and that she extremely hurt by the leaked photos.
(AllHipHop News) Former Los Angeles Times reporter Chuck Philips is demanding an apology from his former employer, after the paper published a retraction in relation to a March 17th, 2008 article involving the robbery of rapper Tupac Shakur.
Philips was the author of an article titled “An Attack on Tupac Shakur Launched a Hip-Hop War.” In the days after the story was published, the Los Angeles Times initially supported Philips reporting that Rosemond hired unknown gunmen to rob Shakur.
But shortly afterwards, thesmokinggun.com revealed that certain documents within Philip’s article had been forged by a known con man named James Sabatino, who is in prison until 2013, on fraud charges.
The Los Angeles Times eventually published a front-page retraction to James Rosemond and Sean “Diddy” Combs, while Rosemond later filed a $100 million lawsuit against the paper that was settled out of court for $200,000 in Rosemond’s favor.
Philips was eventually let go by the Los Angeles Times during a round of layoffs that was attributed to budget constraints at the time.
But Philips, who is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, told the Los Angeles Weekly, that the Los Angeles Times’ lack of support and the front page retraction ruined his career and credibility.