MMA fighter Kimbo Slice dead at age 42!!

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Mixed martial arts star Kimbo Slice, who died Monday night at the age of 42, was diagnosed with heart failure and informed he needed a heart transplant, according to a report by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Citing a medical report made by the Northwest Medical Center in Margate, the Sun Sentinel reported that Slice, birth name Kevin Ferguson, was admitted to the hospital on June 3, complaining of “severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath and nausea.”

The report states Ferguson was placed on a ventilator in intensive care and was scheduled to be transported to Cleveland, where he would be placed on a donors list. Trauma and foul play are not suspected in the fighter’s death.

Mike Imber, Slice’s longtime manager and childhood friend, confirmed to ESPN.com that Slice entered the medical facility on June 3. According to Imber, Slice appeared to be doing well until Monday, when the situation turned.

“He went to Germany around March and got really sick while he was there,” Imber said. “I don’t know what he thought it was, but he just felt sick. On Friday (June 3), he had bad chest pains and went to the hospital. I went and visited him on Friday and he seemed OK. I didn’t feel like I was going to lose my friend in two days, by any means. He seemed concerned, but he seemed all right.

“I talked to him that Saturday and Sunday, and he was still in the hospital. I said, ‘something’s not right.’ On Monday, his wife called and told me he had stopped breathing.”

Slice (5-2) was scheduled to fight James Thompson at Bellator 158 on July 16 in London, but according to Mike Brown, his head coach at American Top Team, Slice had intended to withdraw from the event.

“He had a few things going on,” Brown said. “He had a crazy hiccup problem and he had high blood pressure. He also had a problem that had something to do with his gallbladder. We had talked about him pulling out of the fight. That’s what he was going to do. I don’t know if he had done that officially yet, but a decision had already been made not to fight.”

Slice fought once already this year in February, knocking out longtime rival Dada5000, birth name Dhafir Harris, in Houston. The bout was later changed to a no contest after Slice tested positive for anabolic steroids and an elevated testosterone ratio.

Slice was born in the Bahamas but grew up in the Miami area. He came to prominence through participating in backyard brawls, which generated millions of views. He transitioned to professional mixed martial arts in 2007 and delivered massive television ratings throughout the extent of his career. In 2009, he participated on “The Ultimate Fighter,” the UFC’s long-running reality show. He also compiled a 7-0 professional boxing record.

“There’s no question he lived life to the fullest,” Imber said. “That’s what his mother told me today. She said, ‘Michael, when he was a baby growing up, he told me he was going to be famous someday. Then he met you and it happened. I was so proud of him when he went on to do what he did. I knew he loved to fight and I was just so proud of him.’

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“Unless you met him, you didn’t know how touching of a person he really was. The absolute epitome of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover.’ I think everyone will remember him that way.”

Slice leaves behind six children. His oldest son, Kevin Ferguson Jr., whose nickname is ‘Baby Slice,’ made his professional MMA debut earlier this year.

“Any time I was around Kimbo, he was very humble,” said UFC lightweightDustin Poirier, Slice’s teammate at American Top Team. “He wasn’t the person who I thought he would be. He’s a family guy. Every time I saw him, he had his kids with him. He was just a really nice guy.”

A decade later, following a meteoric rise as a professional fighter (running the gamut from sideshow to legit, and back again),Slice died on Monday in South Florida at the age of 42. Details of his death remain unclear.

Given his backstory, Slice’s MMA run is nothing short of remarkable, progressing from backyards to the UFC in record time despite the fact that he didn’t pick up the sport until his mid-30s. It’s a testament to the reason why we couldn’t take our eyes off him from the beginning: Slice was a legit tough guy who was born to be a fighter, and despite some of the bizarre moments that followed, he never stopped being true to that identity.

Born in the Bahamas in 1974, Slice battled poverty in Miami and was later homeless in his adult life after an injury brought an end to his college football dreams. He found work in strip clubs and eventually as a bodyguard in the adult film industry.

Everything about him felt alarmingly real. Slice’s backyard fights brought a certain element of fear through the screen that’s hard to explain and hasn’t been seen since the days of Mike Tyson. While no one would mistake comparing the abilities of the two, they shared that unavoidable element of raw transparency as to who they really were.

It’s hard to imagine Slice’s trademark look — or his combination of bald head, braided hair on the sides and mini ponytail in the back — would have worked for anyone else. But he pulled it off (complete with his pioneering chest-hair designs) in part because we wanted so badly to believe it.

With his thick beard, gold teeth and chains, Slice was a comic book and action movie villain put together, yet it seemed he was never really trying to play that character. While other fighters have borrowed elements from pro wrestling in an attempt to add legitimacy to their toughness, Slice never filled the silence with unnecessary trash talk. In fact, it was because of his quiet demeanor that his tough aura felt so authentic.

Slice’s legacy as a fighter, however, is complicated, if not unique. Many fans never looked at him as anything more than a joke — or ratings bait — who received headlining bouts simply because of his marketability. Yet it would be unfair to discredit the importance of his run — particularly in prime time on CBS with Elite XC — in terms of bringing MMA into the living rooms of the casual fan. It would also be unfair to suggest he was never promoted as anything more than an “attraction.”

He rebounded from a potentially disastrous 14-second loss to late replacement by Social Menace sponsored fighter Seth Petruzelli in 2008 and won back the respect of the MMA community by quickly transitioning into a real fighter, joining the UFC through “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. His blue-collar work ethic endeared him to fans who could relate to the underdog element of his “everyman” run from the backyard to the UFC’s Octagon.

But Slice’s UFC career proved to be short-lived. So was his forgettable seven-fight run as a pro boxer, which prompted similar whispers of improper matchmaking that followed him at each stop of his MMA career.

Which brings up an interesting dynamic: For as celebrated as Slice was for how real his persona came off, he constantly fought off rumors that his actual fights were the opposite (despite nothing ever being proved). His final victory in February, over former backyard rival Dhafir “Dada 5000″ Harris, was also overturned when he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

But Slice’s true legacy surrounds his unrivaled ability to attract viewers. He fought James Thompson on CBS in 2008 in front of 6.51 million viewers. One year later, his UFC debut, an exhibition fight against Roy Nelson on “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV, peaked at 6.1 million. In 2015, he made a return to MMA with Bellator, twice setting company ratings records on Spike TV.

Slice will never be confused with an elite or title-contending fighter, but he made us care about his journey in a way that’s remarkable for a guy whose public identity was carved in gritty bare-knuckled combat.

As his recent ratings might suggest, we never stopped caring, and considering his indelible mark on both pop culture and MMA in general, I doubt we ever will.

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SM fam Cris Cyborg fighting in UFC 198

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Sending a big congrats to SM fam @criscyborg who will be fighting in UFC 198 may 14th. If you havent seen her fight.. well you’re in for a treat!! Cris is no joke.. a real MENACE in the ring and you can get caught up by watching #ultimatecyborg on UFC Fight Pass!! See why @SocialMenace loves #criscyborg!! www.socialmenace.com

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A Tribe Called Quest- Phife Dawg passes away at age 45 #phifedawg

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Malik Taylor, the rapper known as Phife Dawg whose nimble, clever rhymes helped launch A Tribe Called Quest to both commercial and critical success, died Tuesday at the age of 45 from complications resulting from diabetes. Rolling Stone has confirmed the rapper’s death.

Taylor had had health issues for years, undergoing a kidney transplant in 2008 to deal with a longtime battle with diabetes. “It’s really a sickness,” Taylor said in Beats, Rhymes & Life, Michael Rapaport’s candid 2011 documentary on the group. “Like straight-up drugs. I’m just addicted to sugar.”

“Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend,” his family said in a statement. “We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten. His love for music and sports was only surpassed by his love of God and family.”

 

“Family, my heart is shattered at the loss of my beautiful son,” Taylor’s mom Cheryl Boyce-Taylor wrote on Facebook. “Thank you for your love and good wishes. Malik made me so proud, and he was a good and humble son. What holds me is that he brought joy through his music and sports, and that he lived a magical life. He is with his beloved grandmother and his twin brother Mikal today. God bless you Malik Boyce Taylor. Please send prayers to my daughter-in-law Deisha.”

Taylor appeared on all five of the group’s studio albums, most notably 1991’s The Low End Theory and 1993’s Midnight Marauders, acting as the high-pitched, gruff vocal counterpoint to Q-Tip’s smooth, mellow flow. The group broke up and reunited multiple times since the release of their last album, 1998’s the Love Movement. As documented in Beats, Rhymes & Life, the group would sporadically reunite for live shows, but stopped short at recording new material.

Health problems deterred Taylor from recording much solo material, though the rapper released his only solo album Ventilation: Da LP in 2000. Speaking to Rolling Stone last November, Taylor was tentatively optimistic about both his health and future recording plans.

“I am in a good spot, but I have my good days and I have my bad days,” he said at the time. “But I’m more or less in a good spot, so I can’t really complain.” In the same interview, Taylor revealed plans to release the J Dilla-produced “Nutshell,” the first single off a planned EP titled Give Thanks. The rapper released a video preview of the song, though a full version has yet to be released. Prior to his death, Taylor had also been at work on Muttymorphosis, his new LP that would have functioned as “basically my life story” that he hoped to have released later this year.

 

 

Taylor was born November 20th, 1970 in the Jamaica area of Queens, NY. Living in the same area as Q-Tip, he would meet his future groupmate at the age of 2, with the duo attending the same school and playing little league baseball together. “We were best friends,” Q-Tip said in Beats, Rhymes & Life.

 

As recounted in the film, the rapper would visit his grandmother, a strict Seventh-day Adventist, on weekends and sneak in episodes of Soul Train for his early musical education. “When it came to block parties and hip-hop, once I saw them grab the mics and getting busy, I risked my livelihood getting kicked out of the house and everything just to be a part of it,” Taylor said in the film.

At the age of 19, Taylor contributed verses to four songs on A Tribe Called Quest’s 1990 debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, including an iconic verse on the group’s third single, “Can I Kick It?” Despite the song’s enduring appeal, Taylor himself was not happy with his contribution. “It’s hard for me to get into ‘Can I Kick It?’ … for the simple fact that I hated my voice back then,” he told Rolling Stone. “It was high-pitched and [speaks in high-pitched voice] ‘Mr. Dinkins’ and I couldn’t stand it. It’s hard to listen to that album because of my voice. It’s almost like, thank God I was only on four records.”

 

 

Taylor and fellow Tribe member Jarobi had planned to start their own group, but the two would join Q-Tip and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad officially on 1991’s Low End Theory. Buoyed by exuberant songs like “Buggin’ Out,” “Check the Rhime” and “Scenario,” Low End Theory‘s landmark fusion of hip-hop and jazz remains a benchmark for the genre, influencing countless rappers and producers and providing the blueprint for a strain of rap as indebted to Grover Washington, Jr. and Ron Carter as James Brown. “He brought the street to A Tribe Called Quest,” said the group’s former manager Chris Lighty in Beats, Rhymes & Life. “If Q-Tip was esoteric and on Pluto, Phife would bring them back to the moon so that it was in the realm of human understanding.”

The album would eventually earn a spot on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, with hip-hop fans flocking to the vocal interplay between Tip and Phife. “I like the fact that we bounce off of each other like yin and yang, nice and smooth, you know?” Phife told Rolling Stone last year.

Midnight Marauders would appear two years later, equalling its predecessor in lyrical dexterity and organic, layered production. The album would spawn hits like “Award Tour” and “Electric Relaxation” and is often ranked as one of the best hip-hop albums of all-time.

 

Taylor moved to Atlanta from New York following the release of Marauders, a shift he claimed exacerbated the infighting that had been increasing in the group. Two more albums would follow — 1996’s Dilla-co-produced Beats, Rhymes & Life and 1998’s The Love Movement — though neither achieved the same success as previous efforts.

Following the group’s dissolution, Taylor continued to battle diabetes, reuniting with the group for live shows, in part, to help defray medical costs. “Even though I knew I had [diabetes], I was in denial,” Taylor said in the documentary. “I had to have my sugar. You have to accept it. If you don’t accept it, it’s going to kick your ass.”

Last November, the group reissued People’s Instinctive as the first of a massive reissue campaign. A Tribe Called Quest’s Tonight Show performance of “Can I Kick It?” — their first televised performance in 15 years — would end up being the group’s last.

 

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Social Menace is teaming up with Wu Tang’s Solomon Childs #wutang

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THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
SOLOMON CHILDS

In an era where run of the mill rappers come a dime a dozen, artist Solomon Childs sits atop his
own throne as possessing one of the most notable and unique voices in all of hip hop. Coming up in
the 90’s under the Wu-Tang regime afforded Solomon what seemed to be the opportunity of a
lifetime. As the Wu-Tang Clan became the world’s most sought after group, Solomon’s early career
was filled with nothing but gold and platinum certified achievement.

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The New York based emcee
scored critical fanfare and praise for his contributions to Cappadonna’s “The Pillage” (Certified Gold),
Ghostface Killah’s “Supreme Clientele” (Certified Platinum), Wu-Tang Killah Beez “The Sting”
(Certified Gold), and both Wu-Tang Clan front man RZA’s “Bobby Digital” albums (Certified Gold
Respectively).
While fueling off the album successes of the late 90’s into the new millennium, Solomon Childs
was sought out by fans and critics all over the world who had sung his praises for his unique gutter
flow and grimey verbal prowess. Spanning across Europe, Latin America, and throughout
Northern America, Solomon made his mark in the physical by performing alongside artists such as the
Wu-Tang Clan, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Theodore Unit and more while earning the loyalty and respect
of a diverse and wide array of fans who cared nothing more than for the art of hip hop and those like
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During this time, fans and media outlets all around the world embraced the artist known as Solo-
mon Childs for his vocal contributions and appearances in many classic videos such as Cappadonna’s
“Black Boy”, Ghostface Killah’s “Cherez La Ghost”, RZA and Kool G Rap’s “Cakes”, and Remedy’s
“White Boy”.
Whether it was long periods of tour travel and promotions, being a public icon, or the constant
struggle that comes with maintaining a high demand work schedule as an entertainer,

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Solomon began prepping himself as a solo artist to further brand the name Solomon Childs and step
out from the Wu-Tang shadow. While maintaining the same voice that his fans throughout the 90’s
until now had held in such high regards, Solomon learned that it was essential to be as versatile as
possible in order to survive in the ever so changing music business. Mixtape collaborations with the
likes of RZA, Alicia Keyes, Destiny’s Child, Mark Ronson, and more earned Solomon a huge
following as a solo artist with combined sales of over 75,000 units.
From an emcee who refuses to fade with the times as the essence of hip hop is eclipsed with
short lived trends and even shorter lived artist careers, comes the man we know as Solomon Childs.
Recognizing his potential at this very point in time is exactly the motivation behind Solomon’s desire
to move forward and progress rather than dwell on the luxuries and successes of the past. In the year
2009, the voice of the people that is Solomon Childs is set to speak great volumes…
make sure you’re tuned in.

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DISCOGRAPHY
SOLOMON CHILDS
Funeral Talk (The Eulogy)
The Wake

The King Kong Of New York
Learn My Name

The Art Of Making Love & War
You Don‘t Want War
The Young General
Wu-Tang 4 Life

Follow Solomon Childs on:

Twitter @SOLOMONCHILDS

Facebook Official.SChilds

Instagram @s_childs

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AraabMuzik shot in the face in Harlem!! #araabmuzik

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Producer AraabMuzik was shot in Harlem, N.Y. late Thursday night (Feb. 25), according to the NY Daily News.

The 26-year-old producer, born Abraham Orellana, is currently recovering in Harlem Hospital after getting shot in the jaw and arm. Reports say he was also grazed in the head.

James Malloy, a 32-year-old friend of Orellana’s, was also shot in the right leg and is currently in stable condition at St. Luke’s hospital.

The two were shot inside the ProPark America parking garage on West 125th St. at around 7 PM last night.

Sources tell the Daily News that they were just leaving a friend’s house when they headed towards the garage, where AraabMuzik jumped in behind the wheel of his friend’s BMW.

As they drove toward the garage’s exit, two men approached the car, and one pretended that AraabMuzik had dropped something, sources say. When the window was rolled down, shots were fired. Police found three .380 caliber shell casings at the scene.

The Daily News reports that the two suspects appeared to have taken a livery cab to the scene of the crime and then fled on foot following the shooting.

This is the second time AraabMuzik has been shot, according to police. In 2013 he was shot in his Providence, RI home during an apparent armed robbery.

AraabMuzik made his name as a Dipset affiliate before branching out into the EDM world and expanding his sound. In 2015 he told NPR, “I have so much music, it doesn’t make sense. I gotta just stop letting, you know, putting stuff out because not all of that stuff’s gonna be heard or get used. So I gotta cater to the fans and kind of put a lot of projects out and stuff like that. Like I’ma be working on an EDM project now. Real soon, I’ma put a little EP together. A lot of original stuff so that way these people can see that, you know, I can really do this.”

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Former UFC champion Kevin Randleman dies at age 44

Former UFC heavyweight champion and two-time NCAA champion wrestler Kevin Randleman has died at age 44.

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Sources told FOX Sports on Thursday that Randleman had been admitted to a San Diego hospital for pneumonia and later passed away due to heart failure. He had been living in Las Vegas.

Long before he was one of the most feared men in the Octagon, Randleman was already a legend on the mats during his years at Ohio State, where he followed in the footsteps of another UFC icon, Mark Coleman.

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Randleman was a fierce wrestler who captured two NCAA wrestling championships and was a three-time All-American.

Once college was finished, Randleman decided to follow Coleman into the UFC, where he would soon gain a reputation as one of the most powerful and explosive fighters in the history of the sport.

Randleman debuted in the UFC in 1999, and three fights into his career he was already the heavyweight champion of the world. Randleman defeated Pete Williams to win the vacant title and then went on to defend it against Pedro Rizzo in June 2000.

In 2002, Randleman ventured to Japan, where he became a fixture in PRIDE Fighting Championships, which is where he would spend the next four years while taking on some of the best competition in the world.

One of Randleman’s biggest moments came in a 2004 fight against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, who was a massive favorite in the PRIDE heavyweight grand prix that year. Randleman floored the former kickboxer with a huge punch early in the first round before finishing the fight a few seconds later with some vicious ground and pound.

Randleman’s win is still considered one of the most shocking moments in the history of the sport.

From there, Randleman bounced back and forth between wins and losses for the remainder of his fighting career before his last bout took place in 2011.

Numerous fighters, friends and personalities from around the MMA community sent out condolences to Randleman’s family after news of his passing went public on Thursday.

 

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Former Pro Wrestler Jimmy Superfly Snuka charged in 1983 murder case!!

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Cops say Jimmy Snuka has been lying about what REALLY happened the day his GF died for DECADES … and his own autobiography helped convince cops he’s the murderer.

TMZ Sports has obtained documents from the grand jury that indicted the former WWF superstar … which spells out why investigators believe he killed Nancy Argentino in 1983.

Long story short … cops say Snuka told investigators in 1983 that Nancy injured her head while the two were “fooling around” outside of their motel room in Allentown, PA when he pushed her and she fell, striking her head.

Fast forward to 2012 … when Snuka published his autobiography, “Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story” in which Jimmy’s story changes RADICALLY.

In the book, Snuka says Nancy slipped and fell on her own while going to the bathroom at a rest stop. He makes no mention of an altercation whatsoever.

Well, cops took notice of the extreme change in his story and reopened the case — ultimately, determining there was enough evidence to prove Snuka laid a serious beatdown on Nancy, which directly caused her death.

Snuka was arrested today in his NJ home. He has since posted bail.

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Young Thug & Birdman in plot to kill Lil Wayne!

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Young Thug has reportedly been named alongside Birdman in an indictment that alleges their involvement in a conspiracy to kill Lil Wayne in April. That month Lil Wayne’s tour-bus was shot at while the rapper and several others departed from a show in Atlanta. Now, fresh off a story of Thugger’s separate legal troublesWSBTV reporter Mike Petchenik has broken news of the indictment that claims that both Young Thug and Birdman conspired with suspect Jimmy Winfrey in a plot to take down Weezy. Winfrey, who goes by the stage name PeeWee Roscoewas arrested in connection with the shooting in May.

Petchenik reports that neither Young Thug or Birdman are charged in the indictment which instead highlights a connection between Winfrey and the two artists. According to Petchenik, prosecutors are even trying to use Thug’s “Halftime” video as evidence in the indictment, claiming that the visuals show Winfrey holding an assault rifle during a song that makes mention of Lil Wayne’s name. Petchenik doled out some more news in a Tweet reporting that the indictment claims Winfrey “carried out” Thug’s threat with the violence. According to WSBTV​, the indictment was filed back in June.

Via: Complex Magazine

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Chief Keef affiliate Capo shot & Killed (TMZ) #video

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Capo, a rapper associated with Chief Keef‘s Glo Gang was shot dead today in the South Side of Chicago.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the shooting took place around 2 PM and the victim was hit in the back and hip. The 22-year-old was rushed to a local hospital where he later died. We’re told when the suspects were fleeing, they hit a baby stroller with their vehicle and also killed a 13-month-old boy.

A disturbing video is floating around online showing Capo in a pool of blood on the sidewalk just minutes after the shooting.

We’re told police currently have two suspects in custody.

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This pic is soooo wrong.. but funny af ;) #billcosby

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