Prodigy Of Mobb Deep Is Dead At 42

Prodigy, one-half of the influential New York rap duo Mobb Deep, has died, a statement from his publicist released to news outlets Tuesday confirmed. He was 42.

Celebrated for their gripping, noir tales of extralegal exploits in their native Queens, Mobb Deep helped define hip-hop’s first golden age in New York in the mid-’90s with their 1995 album The Infamous. Its most famous single, the eerie and flinty-eyed “Shook Ones, Pt. II,” introduced a slang alternative to the past tense of “shake” that has endured in popular vernacular.

“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” a statement from Prodigy’s publicist read. “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

In addition to eight Mobb Deep records with his childhood friend Kejuan “Havoc” Muchita — including the gold albums The Infamous, Hell on Earth, and Infamy, as well as Murda Muzik, which went platinum — Prodigy had a successful solo career, releasing seven albums beginning with his acclaimed 2000 debut H.N.I.C. (or “Head Nigga in Charge”).

Like many formidable figures in New York’s crowded and prideful hip-hop community at the end of the 20th century, Prodigy was involved in a number of memorable feuds, including one with Tupac at the height of the East-West rivalry. Tupac savaged Mobb Deep — and Prodigy’s anemia specifically — on his explosive 1996 diss song “Hit ‘Em Up,” inspiring the group to retaliate with a diss of their own, “Drop a Gem on ‘Em.”

In another backhanded confirmation of his rarefied stature within East Coast rap, Prodigy was also targeted by Jay-Z on his own most famous diss song, “Takeover.” In a 2011 interview, Prodigy revealed that his feud with Jay-Z almost came to blows when the two met at Puff Daddy’s restaurant in New York in 2001, shortly after “Takeover” was released.

He became an author with the release of a memoir in 2011 — My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy — and released a cookbook last year called Commissary Kitchen that was inspired by a three-year stretch in prison.

A number of prominent black artists have suffered from sickle cell anemia, a heritable blood disorder that disproportionately affects people of African descent. Miles Davis reportedly had the disease, as does Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of the R&B group TLC.

Prodigy is survived by his wife, KiKi Johnson, and their two children, Tasia and T’Shaka.

On social media, rappers paid tribute to Prodigy as news spread of his death.

Daniel Day-Lewis Says He's Quitting Acting For Good

Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis announced on Tuesday that he is retiring from show business.

The 60-year-old said through his publicist that this was a “private decision,” and declined to elaborate further.

“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” publicist Leslee Dart said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

Variety was first to report the news.

Day-Lewis’s last film was 2012’s Lincoln, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The British-born actor has one final film, Phantom Thread, set for release this year. The movie, based on the 1950s London fashion industry, is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who also directed the star’s Oscar-winning turn in There Will Be Blood.

Since 2002, Day-Lewis has filmed only six movies: Gangs of New York, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, There Will Be Blood, Nine, Lincoln, and Phantom Thread.

He also won an Oscar for 1989’s My Left Foot, making him the only man to ever win three best actor Academy Awards.

How Well Do You Remember All Those One Direction Videos?

Maybe you’ve heard a few songs and seen a couple videos, but you don’t consider yourself a real One Direction fan. You should give them a chance! They’re a lot of fun!

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Listen, One Direction has so many great videos, it’s hard to remember them all in detail. You did pretty well, but you could always head to YouTube and rewatch them all to give yourself a bit of a refresher.

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You’re a true Directioner and you know each song, video, and bit of trivia by heart. In fact, you’re probably listening to one of their songs right now.

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“Bachelor In Paradise” Investigation Has Turned Up No Evidence Of Misconduct

The investigation into Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 has concluded, and Warner Bros., which produces The Bachelor franchise for ABC, found no evidence of misconduct.

Here is the statement in full:

As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy. Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.

Warner Bros. shut down production on Bachelor in Paradise on June 11 and sent the cast of Season 4 home, pending an investigation into “allegations of misconduct” during filming. It soon became clear — through leaks and reports — that the alleged incident was sexual, and the focus was on cast members DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. Two producers filed complaints about the alleged incident, causing the shutdown.

Before long, the story was taking numerous lurid turns, with some of the cast choosing sides, and with Jackson and Olympios both retaining publicists and attorneys ready to engage in battles worthy of, well — reality television.

Jackson’s representative did not respond to a request for a comment.

But Martin Singer, Olympios’s attorney, issued a blistering statement, calling into question the credibility of Warner Bros.’ findings:

It needs to be made crystal clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BIP producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone.

It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal Investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. had no comment on Singer’s assertions.

Last week, a representative from ABC repeatedly told BuzzFeed News that the network was waiting for the results of the investigation. Today, an ABC spokesperson issued this statement: “We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”

The show was set to premiere on Aug. 8. That may need to be pushed to later, but it’s unclear at this point.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

The Ultimate Guide To UK Festival Season, By Clara Amfo

Music festivals have become a pretty big part of British culture over the last few decades. Every year more and more crop up, and it’s become just as much of a tradition to attend a festival each year as it is to go on holiday. Whether it’s T in the Park, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, or Boomtown that’s your festival of choice, chances are you’ve been to one or are getting geared up to go to one this season.

So we thought who better to talk to about a survival guide than Clara Amfo, the face of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage this year? The radio and TV presenter is currently best known for introducing us to the best in UK music during Radio 1’s Live Lounge every weekday. But she’s set to be everywhere this summer, thanks in large part to her leading Glastonbury’s festival coverage on the BBC, as well as covering Radio 1’s Big Weekend for the broadcaster.

So BuzzFeed invited her to our London office just as the 2017 festival season kicked off to ask everything we needed to know: from what to pack to tips on surviving and the best areas and shows to head to.

  • Wet wipes
  • Phone charger
  • Shorts over trousers
  • Take hand sanitiser
  • Bring a light waterproof

My top tips for surviving festivals are:

– Always pack wet wipes. Wet wipes are your friend. They help you when it comes to spillage with food, with drink, with mud… you want to just get that off of you. So always pack wet wipes, in bulk!

– I would also say for festivals: charge up! It’s all well and good having a fully charged phone but what you really need is one of those external battery things. So make sure you have at least two of those on you. I know that’s what I’m going to be doing!

I do advocate for wearing shorts over trousers to festivals, just because the weather is unpredictable, and if it rains you can just get dry quickly or wipe down your legs. And if it’s sunny, legs out and enjoy the sun on your skin.

Hand sanitiser. I’m a germ-phobe. So when it comes to festivals I need a hand sanitiser at all times. Hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes are my best friends. Hopefully they’ll be yours, too.

– Make sure you pack a lightweight waterproof jacket, something that is easy to take on and off. If it rains, you’re good, you’re protected and if it doesn’t rain you can just have it around your waist and you’re sorted.

  • Screenshot your festival guide app.
  • Be green and recycle. Bring your own bags. Leave no trace.
  • Get cash out before you go.
  • Bring a cheap pair of sunglasses – you’ll probably lose them.

– When it comes to festivals, we all know that mobile phone signal can be a bit [rubbish]. So I like to take screenshots of everything I want to keep on looking at during the festival. So if I’ve used an app and I’ve got all my set times all ordered, I will take a picture of that on my phone, so whatever happens, if you’re trying to get on the app, I’ve got what I need to do there quickly for me to check on my phone.

– I hate to litter. It’s just a pet hate of mine, I hate people that litter. I’m the type of person that will give someone side-eye if I see them leaving a can of drink on the seat on a train. No honestly, I really do. So I would say, if you’re going to festivals this year, try to be as green as possible. Maybe just take a big old rubbish bag that you can just put everything in that you use in your tent. Whether it’s your beer cans, your drink bottles, your sweet wrappers, your food wrappers, whatever. Just make sure you have all that and don’t leave anything lying around your tent. It’s not cute. It’s not clever.

– I know it sounds obvious, but don’t forget your ticket! Because there is nothing worse than travelling somewhere for a very, very long time and realising you can’t. get. in. So make sure you leave your ticket by your bedside table before you leave the house or where your keys are, just so you know you absolutely are not going to forget it.

– My other festival tip is always get your cash before you go to the festival, just because the queues for cash points can sometimes be really long. You don’t want to have to stop your fun in between a performance and have to go out of site and back in. So always pack your cash before you go.

– Also, sunglasses! Bring a couple of pairs of cheap sunglasses because the chances are you’ll probably lose at least one!

Glastonbury – obviously there is so much to do, so much to see. The Pyramid Stage, you know you’re going to get all your main artists there but I always think it’s worth venturing out and not just sticking around there. Silver Hayes is always fun. Shangri-La – the elusive Shangri-La where you hear about all types of things. I think the rule is what happens in Shangri-La stays in Shangri-La, but it’s something to behold. And the Circus Area. Now, besides music there’s lots of cool things you can do at Glastonbury and I actually got to hang out at the Circus Area last year – which, I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t on my ‘oh my god I’ve got to do this’ list. But once I got there I had the best time ever. And I got to learn how to trapeze, which was really fun – scary, but fun.

Songs I know I’ll be listening to loads this summer are Rex Orange County, “Sunflower”, which I just love. The new Arcade Fire tune, “Everything Now”, it’s just joyous, upbeat, kind of disco vibe, which I really enjoy. This kid called Steve Lacy, who is part of The Internet, he’s got a song called “Dark Red” which I haven’t stopped listening to. I’m obsessed with his whole EP. The new SZA album, Ctrl, is just a delight to my ears; she has written feels that I need. There’s a song on there called “Prom” which I really like.

  • Hunter wellies
  • Bobbi Brown concealer, to hide a multitude of sins
  • Shea butter for all your moisturising needs
  • Ka-Brow by Benefit
  • Carmex lip balm

So when it comes to looking, you know, somewhat decent at festivals, my things are I always have to have a brow on and I’ve always got to make sure my lips are well moisturised. I like a strong brow. So I go for this thing called Ka-Brow by Benefit. It’s nice and small in a little pot – you can stick it in your coat pocket. Easy. Get the brows on.

I like a well moisturised lip. I’m obsessed with Carmex. They’ve got this one with a little berry tint in which is good, as you can give a nice red lip and protect your precious gob from unpredictable weather conditions! And also concealer. Concealer hides a lot of sins. So Bobbi Brown concealer. And if all else fails a pair of sunglasses will fix everything. And I also like to be well moisturised. I’m a shea butter advocate, with a bit of vanilla oil in a travel-sized pot.

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We Ate At Miranda Lambert's Favorite Restaurant In Nashville And It Was Pretty Good

Farrah’s thoughts: I’ve had a lot of terrible pizza in my lifetime, but this was actually pretty excellent! I was a fan of the thin crust, and the cheese-to-sauce ratio was great. Miranda didn’t steer us wrong here.

Selorm’s thoughts: Miranda was right! The cheese pizza was amazing. It was super filling and a lot bigger than what I expected, especially since we ordered the small. I definitely liked that one.

Krista’s thoughts: When I eat pizza, I have to like the sauce. If I don’t like the sauce, I don’t like the pizza. I really loved the sauce on this pizza, so it’s a definite WINNER in my book! Thank you, Miranda.