According to a familiar cliché, a picture is worth a thousand words. Your favorite celebrities—including rappers—are doing less and less press, but luckily their thumbs and smartphones still work. Instagram has provided a way for them to document their lives and/or thoroughly embarrass themselves for our collective enjoyment. The beauty of it all is that you don’t even need to join Instagram, as most rappers are perfectly fine leaving their feeds open for public viewing. And if you’d rather avoid the IG life altogether, we’ve filtered through the top rapper’s pictures and videos and consolidated all the week’s events into one convenient feed.
This week, Nicki Minaj shut down Instagram by flexing her considerable assets for the cover artwork of her new single, “Anaconda” and Murs joined the festivities at Comic-Con 2014 in his Adventure Time leggings. Check the rest of the week’s top Instagram posts below.
Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Artwork (And Memes) Dominate Instagram
How do you get Nicki Minaj and the phrase #Anaconda to begin trending on social media in far flung places like Qatar? When Nicki Minaj donned a g-string and matching Air Jordans for the cover art of her single “Anaconda,” Instagram showed its collective thirst. And then the memes came. Drake’s faced imposed over Nicki’s ass? Check. Nicki’s hindquarters replacing the two O’s in the default Google searchbar? Yessir. Nicki had some fun with it before blasting outlets she felt promoted a double standard of beauty. Aside from the thousands of teenage boys out there with sprained wrists operating their laptops and phones with one hand, chalk it up to a net positive. Plus anytime Nicki takes to IG and shouts out on some DX content, it’s always a good week.
Kobe Bryant, Nipsey Hussle & Jim Jones Meet Trayvon Martin’s Family
Earlier this spring, Kobe Bryant caught serious backlash from some NBA fans and a contingent of the black community when—in a March 31 issue of The New Yorker—he said, “Don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.” Current and former athletes such as NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and NBA All Star Dwyane Wade responded. After miffed fans caught wind of the remarks, Bryant somewhat reversed course. Recently Bryant, Jim Jones and a contingent of others met Martin’s family and donned special edition “Crenshaw” shirts in memory of the slain Florida teen. Some things are bigger than sports.
Floyd Mayweather Keeps it Classy
At some point, world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather and former Xscape singer turned reality television mainstay Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were friends. Through the magic of tabloid headlines, what appear to be some innocent pictures and good, old fashioned male insecurity, it’s been insinuated Cottle (who is married to platinum rapper T.I.) stepped out with Mayweather. Instead of queuing up Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend” and letting the issue die, Pretty Boy Floyd was overheard saying, “He thinks I fucked his bitch,” in regard to Tip and Cottle. He later took to his Instagram and corrected anyone who incorrectly thought they heard him saying, “I fucked his bitch” because the former is way classier than the latter, right? He won’t disrespect a marriage, but doesn’t mind referring to his friend as a bitch. Being a member of the money team doesn’t buy you class.
Fat Joe & Carmelo Anthony Prep For The Tri-State Classic
If you forgot how heated a game of basketball can get when Fat Joe is involved, perhaps you need to go reacquaint yourself with his hit single, “Lean Back.” As a matter of fact, “he don’t even wanna speak about The Rucker” or the shenanigans that allegedly popped off between his squad and a team backed by Jay Z. From The Rucker on to the Jordan Brand-sponsored Tri-State Classic, Fat Joe only rolls with the pros, and now that all star forward Carmelo Anthony has re-upped with Joe’s hometown New York Knicks for five years at a generous rate of roughly $22 million per season, let the balling resume. Melo is down with Jordan Brand (and apparently the Nation of the Gods and Earths if anything is to be implied by his chain), so it’s a match made in streetball heaven for Joey Crack. Plus he can just say that huge Terror Squad chain really stands for Tri-State. Win-win.
ScHoolboy Q Demonstrates MC Means “Move the Crowd”
This is what Rakim meant with his classic line from “Eric B Is President.” TDE’s Dave Free caught a slimmed-down ScHoolboy Q (don’t worry, he’s still eatin’ though) as he kept the crowd at the Pitchfork Music Festival hanging on every word of his single “Collard Greens.” Check out those moves though. That looks like a guy who was once a wide receiver and clocked an impressive 4.46-second 40-yard dash time.
Ice Cube Thinks Your Lady Will Like “Drop Girl”
The Donmega has a new EDM-flavored single featuring 2 Chainz and erstwhile LMFAO member Redfoo. Rest assured, when he talks about making the ass drop, he’s referring to a female’s backside and not his drop top. The segment of Ice Cube aficionados he refers to as his “hardcore fans” apparently got mad and forgot about 2000’s “Put Your Back Into It,” which also advocated the raising and lowering of the female derriere. So Ice Cube recorded a quick Instagram video to basically let them know this track wasn’t for them, saying, “When you see your girl dance to this shit, you’ll love me again.” And if not, like Cube said, “It’s only one single.”
Chris Brown Catches DJ Khaled Losing His Pants
Pause. On July 19, Chris Brown co-hosted a celebrity kickball game to benefit his Symphonic Love charitable organization. Breezy was joined by Amber Rose, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Christina Milian, Paris Hilton, Omarion, Jamie Foxx and others. But apparently, only one participant—the newly svelte DJ Khaled—dropped trou while rounding the basis. These are the type of things that happen when you’re “suffering from success” (or suffering from a lack of a belt).
Puff Daddy Showcases A Throwback With Aaliyah & Missy Elliott
Back when Sean Combs was still Puffy (the first time) and a young Aaliyah Dana Haughton was coming into her own, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott was running terrestrial Top 40 radio with an iron, manicured fist. She set was was at the time a Billboard magazine record with 12 Top 10 singles. And if Combs claimed he invented the remix, Elliott was there lending her trademark, “Hehehehe, how” laugh to Bad Boy remixes for MC Lyte’s “Cold Rock A Party” and Gina Thompson’s “That Thing You Do” among others. Hip Hop will always miss Aaliyah, so it was dope to see Combs take everyone back to happier but equally successful times with his Throwback Thursday pic. RIP Baby Girl.
Blue Ivy Carter Rocks Rough & Stuff With Her Afro Puffs
What better way to kill time in between stops on what Forbes.com estimates to be the most profitable tour of all time based on gross revenue per show than a day of family time. Are the multinational conglomerate known as Jay Z and Beyonce laughing off divorce rumors all the way to the bank with this picture of the happy family, or nah?
Murs Dons “Adventure Time” Leggings At Comic-Con 2014
Don’t doubt for one second that Murs is about that comic life. Lupe Fiasco may name drop Tetsuo: The Iron Man and RZA will run down comics from Rom The Space Knight to Galvatron, but Murs is doing Comic-Con 2014. In Adventure Time leggings. The rapper, husband, father of two and father of two dropped the comic book and its associated soundtrack Yumiko: Curse of the Merch Girl in 2013. This year, he’s speaking Comic-Con’s Hip-Hop and Comics Panel with Beastie Boys contributing member Mixmaster Mike. Why? Because Murs is that dude, and Comic-Con is the only place where a rapper blends right in with the nerds, half-naked women in Aeon Flux costumes and 36-year-old Jedi Knights.