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Exclusive: Why Problem Is Surprised by the Success of New EP



Rapper Problem, most known for his popular track, “Like Whaaat” is pleasantly surprised by the success of his latest EP, Understand Me.

While on the red carpet for Floyd Mayweather’s Annual Celebrity Classic Toy Drive and Basketball Game, the Compton rapper shared with HipHollywood his reaction to how much steam the album quickly gained. “I wasn’t expecting it because I kind of just put it out to have something in the marketplace,” he said.

“I dropped a single called “Understand Me” and I didn’t just want to just do it regular. It was like lets drop seven more songs with it and see what it do. It worked out well for me,” Problem said.

Jason Martin, the rapper’s legal name, also warned HipHollywood that 2014 is going to be a hot year. “Next year, ya’ll just stay tuned, it’s going to get ugly,” the 28-year-old shared.

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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