Rapper Sean Price Dead at 43

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Terrible news just struck the Duck Down Family and rap world in general.

According to reports from family and friends, rapper Sean Price died suddenly this morning in his sleep at his home in Brooklyn. Price was 43 years old.

The cause of death is not known at this time, however an update will be made following the release of an autopsy report.

Price entered the rap game under the moniker “Ruck” along with his partner Rock as the group Heltah Skeltah, the famed duo from the Brooklyn Hip Hop collective Boot Camp Clik. In the past decade, Price revamped his career as a solo artist using his given name of Sean Price, releasing several projects including his latest, Mic Tyson, which arguably one of the best albums of 2013. via THE SOURCE

Lupe Fiasco accepts Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Rap Battle Challenge, Takes Shot at Drake

UPDATE: MOS backed out like I thought.

Let’s hope this really goes down and not just a bunch of talk. We have seen this type of talk before and nothing materialize so I am gonna remain skeptical. Lupe’s answer after the cut .

“Me, Black Thought and King Los versus ANYBODY,” the 41-year-old Hip-Hop mainstay screamed. “I don’t care who you tell…Red Bull Music Academy, put up [$1 million dollars on the contest] and we’ll give our winnings to charity and take your money too. I’m tired of these dudes pretending like they dope. You alright but relax. The dope ni**as that think they dope, you ain’t as dope as you think.”

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[video] Rapper Lil Herb Details Spending $50,000 on Lean/Codeine

Dirty Sprite.

From heroin to prescription medication, drugs have remained a prevalent issue in the Midwestern city of Chicago, Illinois. Just ask Lil Herb, who has admittedly indulged in lean for years. “I was in it for the taste, for the way it make you feel – all types of s***,” the 19-year-old tells us in the clip.

The young Herbert Wright began heavily sipping syrup at just 15-years-old. During the interview, the “I’m Rollin” lyricist recalls spending thousands a week on the habit, which he quit using nearly two months ago. “Two months ago I just paid $1800 for an eight of Actavis [cough syrup],” he remembers. “I ran through it in two days, three max.” All in all, Lil Herb claims he’s spent someone’s salary on the promethazine/codeine medication. “I know I done spent 50,000 on this s***,” he says.

Today, the rising Chicago star is strictly “pro-cannabis,” and is currently taking courses to receive his high school diploma. “I could’ve graduated high school if I stuck with it,” the former spelling bee champ tells us. Unfortunately for him, Lil Herb began his decline towards middle school, taking to the streets instead of his schoolbooks. “I was in the streets and rapping. I didn’t know rap was gonna change my life,” he expresses.

Press play to hear more about his upbringing, his past relationship with A$AP Yams, and his thoughts on writing down and freestyling bars in this compelling exclusive.

[video] Nas – Obey Your Thirst (Episode 2)

Nas shared his story with The FADER x Sprite. “Growing up in Queensbridge, hip-hop was the most amazing thing I’d ever heard,” says Nas in the Obey Your Thirst documentary, made by The FADER and Sprite. “There was nothing more important to me than having a voice. I wanted to make a big impact on this art form. I wanted to open up a doorway for another generation.”

Considering that these are words coming from one of the most revered rappers of all time, behind one of the most beloved albums of all time in 1994’s Illmatic, it’s safe to say that Nas has succeeded in making his dreams a reality. But how did he make it all happen? In the video, Nas gives up-and-comers some advice, insisting on following your vision regardless of what other people say: “Why do something that’s not you? Trust in yourself and always push the envelope.”