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It’s a question we’ve been asking for weeks: What has gotten into Kanye West?

From random Twitter tirades to backstage meltdowns to onstage antics, Yeezy has been a bit off of his rocker; more so than usual. And since we can’t seem to figure out what is going on with Kim Kardashian’s husband, we thought we’d ask someone who has known the rapper for almost two decades.

While on the red carpet for the All Def Movie Awards, HipHollywood caught up with actor/comedian O’Neal McKnight to get his thoughts on Ye’s recent isms. According to the Kosher Soul star, it all comes down to the father of two’s astrological sign.

“I’ve known Kanye for 16 years,” McKnight explained. “I’m always on the fence, I love Kanye. I just think he’s a Gemini, they have creative head butting going on.”

He continued, “I think that a lot of times Kanye is the most creative guy, but he just don’t really know how to articulate himself sometimes. He’s frustrated creatively. 2 Pac was a Gemini. A lot of great artists are Gemini’s.”

Recently, Kanye revealed that he has a new album coming out this summer. But given he just released The Life of Pablo two weeks ago, we are curious to see how this plays out.


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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