Contrary to a rumor making the rounds this morning, rapper Nas is not starring in this summer’s Ghostbusters reboot. The bogus rumor began circulating after a blog made the claim by posting an image of the rapper wearing a Ghostbusters uniform without researching the image.
As it turns out, Nas is actually partnering with Sony who is distributing the film to release a collaborative Ghostbusters clothing line through his HSTRY brand. “Ghostbusters is every fun thing you can think of when it comes to the imagination, when you think about the supernatural, paranormal activity,” Nasir shared in an interview with Hypebeast. “What kid doesn’t get inspired or intrigued by ghost stories?”
Nas says he’s always looking for other ways to generate revenue outside of music since the business has changed so much. “The music industry is going through a drastic change on every level [and] every aspect of it where there are new interesting ways to do things … Remember Sean Jean was a T-shirt and a baseball cap in my man’s Puffy’s office, and he was like wondering [if it] would work and look at it now. I like getting involved with things in the beginning stages and getting a vision for it and then going for it.”
The Ghostbusters reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy hits theaters on July 15.
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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