Nelson Mandela in critical condition


President Jacob Zuma says doctors are doing “everything possible” to improve health of 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon.
The South African presidency says the health condition of Nelson Mandela has become critical.

The office of President Jacob Zuma said that the president had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader on Sunday evening, and was informed by the medical team that Mandela’s condition had become critical in the past 24 hours.

“President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by ANC Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the former President this evening, 23 June in hospital. They were briefed by the medical team who informed them that the former President’s condition had become critical over the past 24 hours.”

Zuma said in the statement that the doctors were “doing everything possible to get his condition to improve”.

When he was first taken to hospital in early June, reports said the ambulance carrying Mandela had broken down.

In Sunday’s statement, Zuma also discussed the government’s acknowledgement a day earlier that an ambulance carrying Mandela to the Pretoria hospital two weeks ago had engine trouble, requiring the former president to be transferred to another ambulance for his journey.

Zuma said that in that incident, “all care was taken to ensure that his medical condition was not compromised”.

He also dismissed media reports that Mandela had suffered a heart attack, saying: “There is no truth at all in that report”.

Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president after the end of apartheid in 1994, was hospitalised on June 8 for what the government said was a recurring lung infection.

Caitlin Hayden, the US National Security Council spokesperson at the White House responded to the news on Sunday night saying that thoughts and prayers were with the people of South Africa.

“We have seen the latest reports from the South African Government that former President Mandela is in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the people of South Africa.”

A day earlier, the anti-apartheid icon’s grandson Mandla Mandela, said his grandfather was getting better and was expected to be discharged from hospital soon.

Family members have been seen making daily visits to the hospital where Mandela is being treated.

Mandela, who has become increasingly frail in recent years, last made a public appearance at the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament, which was hosted by South Africa.

He did not deliver an address on that occasion and was bundled against the cold in a stadium full of fans at the time.

Drake Covers GQ July Issue, Talks Chris Brown, Sex, and “Nothing Was The Same”

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Drake graces the cover of GQ Magazine’s July 2013 issue with the coverline: “Drake: Started From The Bottom Now He’s Here.” See above (and click to enlarge).

In the July 2013 cover story, titled “How to Drake It in America”; Drake invites writer Michael Paterniti into his San Fernando Valley home to talk about his forthcoming album, sex not being a priority to him, and how Drake doesn’t really “live some crazy rapper life.”

Drake’s story revolves around his single “Started From The Bottom,” where Drake addresses all of the misconceptions around him, mainly these three things: “I’m a cocky as-hole because I’m a famous male rapper, that any part of me wants to be gangster or hood, and that I grew up rich.”

While no set release date for his forthcoming Nothing Was The Same album has been announced, GQ’s story reveals that Drake sampled Whitney Houston on a track and Curtis Mayfield at a 1987 concert in Montreux saying “Having the same fears, shedding similar tears, and of course dying in so many years, it don’t mean that we can’t have a good life.”

Of course, Drizzy had some standout quotes during the interview on Nothing Was The Same, Chris Brown drama (Note: Drake won’t mention Rihanna by name), and his personal life. Read some of the best excerpts below:

On other rappers hating on him:
“You notice they don’t criticize the music itself, though…I’m okay with that.”

On being abstinent, sort of:
“You know the way fighters don’t fu-k before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party.”

On Chris Brown drama:
“I hear he has everything he could want now. I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down. If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly…Like, it gets really dark.”

On love:
“[Will Smith said] It’s not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way…I’ve made a lot of music about love being the only thing I’m missing. I think this is the first album I’ve made saying, ‘I’m okay, I’m enjoying it right now.’ Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it, and add some memories with my boys.”

On “Started From The Bottom:”
“I think a lot of people wish their favorite rapper wrote it—as if a song like that should be gangster—but I was the one who wrote it, and everyone has their bottom.”

“As for my whole story, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve told bits and pieces of it—and I’ll tell more. Maybe because I had friends who grew up in the hood, I could have acted like I had, too, and perpetrated a different lifestyle, and it would be eating away at me because it wouldn’t be the truth. i’m actually here in front of you living the truth. I wake up int he morning and my heart is light, man. It’s not heavy. I don’t have skeletons in the closet on their way out. This is my real age, my real name, my real past, and I’m good with that.”

On Nothing Was The Same:
“This is my fu-king moment to say if I wanted to rap all the time, really rap, I would, but I also love to make music. I’ll do this for you right now. But it’s for me, too. It’s my story…I’m trying to get back to that kid in the basement. To say what he has to say. And I’m trying to make it last.”

And if you’re curious to when Nothing Was The Same is dropping, Drake says “I ain’t gonna lie: I want to be the one you listen to all summer.”

Pick up the new GQ on newsstands now.

Wiz khalifa addresses the cheating accusations


Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa has stepped forward to silence chatter about him possibly cheating on his fiancée Amber Rose just months after they welcomed their first child together.

Rather than dig deep into the allegations, Khalifa simply claimed his Instagram account fell victim to a hacker over the weekend.

“Oh, whoever hacced my instagram is a tool and i feel sorry for your mother,” Wiz tweeted June 16th. (Wiz Khalifa’s Twitter)

According to various rumor posts, an Instagram incident sparked the accusations.

Uh oh, did new daddy Wiz Khalifa get caught cheating on Amber Rose on Instagram? Wiz’s Instagram account is “Mister Cap” and the rapper liked a few of photos from a young model. Everything was innocent until he left his phone number under one of her photos! Now, no one knows for sure if he’s cheating or recruiting females for a new video. However, if he is cheating, all I have to say is does he not see what he has in Amber Rose? Let’s hope there’s no truth to this! (Hot 97)

Some gossip sites suggest Khalifa may still have been behind the actual Instagram post.

Naturally, Wiz wasn’t too enthused about the allegations and took to his Twitter to respond shortly after the story began spread around cyberspace. Hmmmm. Wiz sure is taking this allegation with a grain of salt by only responding with “I was hacked.” Do you think he’s telling the truth, Bossip fam? Or he playing it cool as part of damage control and trying to cover his azz ’cause he got caught? (Bossip)

Last fall, Wiz talked about his love for Amber and never falling for any potential lusts.

“He’s so special,” Amber says of her man. “These b*tches shouldn’t even be around him. 

They’re not cool enough to be in his presence. It’s like, ew, stay away.” And stay away he does. “I don’t look at no girls. All I look at is my fiancée,” says Wiz. “I don’t got no reason to look at other girls. It’s weird to some people, but to us it’s the right thing. It’s how much we love each other.” Just how much does Wiz love Amber? He doesn’t even peep cell phone pictures of groupies. “Groupies? I don’t do that,” he says with disdain. “My girl said to me, ‘Baby, these b*tches don’t even deserve to breathe your air.’ And I was like, ‘You know what? You right.'” Call it another sort of balancing act. (Complex)

Jay-Z Announces New Album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”


Jay-Z just announced his upcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The album will be dropping July 4. Hov made the announcement during a commercial for Samsung during halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. He is shown in the studio with a cavalcade of hip-hop production luminaries—including Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Pharrell, and Swizz Beatz—working on the new album.

The album will be released first to Samsung Galaxy users who download a customized mobile app. Only the first million downloaders gain access to the album for free on July 4. The album will then be released to the general public three days later.

What’s striking about the ad is that it’s a rare look at Jay-Z as a communicator in the studio as he talks to the producers and discusses his vision. In the video Jay describes the album saying, “The album is about like this duality. How do you navigate your way through this whole thing—like success, through failures, through all this—and remain yourself?”

Details of Samsung’s deal with Hov have emerged. It appears that Samsung purchased one million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail at $5 a copy. This nets Hov $5 million dollars in sales before the album even reaches retailers. As of now, Nielsen SoundScan has not commented on whether it will count these purchases into the sales tallies of the album.