Freestyle Rap Is Proven Good For The Brain

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When rappers slip into freestyle mode — as opposed to using pre-existing lyrics — their brain activates a unique neural network that may enable creativity and improvisation. Researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) used MRIs to study the brain activity of 12 freestyle rap artists. (Interestingly, researchers used only performers who have been rapping for at least five years.) The scientists scanned the rappers’ brains as they performed two different activities

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No More Music From Andre 3000…..Maybe

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Andre 3000 says that he is “kind of up in the air” about making new music. With five-plus years since their last project Idlewild, fans have been feverishly anticipating the return of the original ATLiens Outkast. Now, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the duo’s less prolific member Andre 3000 speaks on the possibility of his solo career and a reunion with his partner Big Boi.

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Lil Scrappy Left With No Roof and No Money

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Lil Scrappy says he was left with no money and no roof over his head after a concert promoter screwed him over … on a messed up night that culminated with police intervention. Scrappy tells TMZ, he was scheduled to perform at Club Vizion Sunday in Louisville, KY, but when he showed up to do the show — the promoter didn’t have the money to pay him … so Scrappy refused to take the stage.

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Meet The New Oakland Tour Guide, MC Hammer

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Rapper MC Hammer has been tapped to be the official tourism spokesperson of his hometown of Oakland, California. The U Can’t Touch This hit-maker, real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, will front the town’s new marketing campaign called Oakland. To Know it is To Love It. Hammer, who earned his moniker after serving as a batboy for professional baseball team the Oakland Athletics, will tout the positive changes occurring in the formerly crime-ridden city.

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Game Reveals Possible Signing With MMG

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The Compton native has revealed that Rick Ross is considering signing him. Game is set to complete his fifth album with Interscope Records. When Jesus Piece hits the streets in December, his contract with the label will be finished. In a recent interview with MTV RapFix Live, Game revealed that none other than the Teflon Don had considered signing him

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Lil Wayne Has Been Ordered Not To Fly

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Lil Wayne is under STRICT ORDERS from his doctor to keep his ass off airplanes for the foreseeable future … after his mid-flight medical emergency last week, TMZ has learned. We broke the story … Weezy was hospitalized Friday following two seizure-like episodes on board back-to-back flights. He’s been recovering since at his mama’s house — but sources close to the rapper tell us, Weezy’s doctor has ordered him to rest for the next week at least … which means no working, and definitely no flying.

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