Big Boi Gives Service Puppy to 5-Year-Old Girl Paralyzed by Gun Violence

Get ready for the most uplifting story of the whole damn week. Abriya Ellison, a 5-year-old girl from Georiga, was left paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by an unknown gunman in April while she was playing in a bouncy castle. Big Boi heard her story and decided to help out by gifting her with a bulldog puppy that will be trained to be her service dog. 

The Outkast member owns Pitfall Kennels, where he helps breed bulldogs in Atlanta. He was watching the news while preparing for the release of his latest album Boomiverse and the accompanying tour when he came across Ellison’s story. “My brother saw her story that morning,” he told WSB-TV. “He was like, 'bruh, we gotta do something for this little girl.'”

Ellison recently completed three months of intense physical therapy, and she worked and fell in love with service animals while at the hospital, and according to her mother, Andreauna Douglas, Big Boi just helped realize one of the little girl’s biggest dreams. 

“She’s been asking for [a service dog] for the longest time and I know that a puppy that she can take care of and now she has responsibility, it’s going to do nothing but help her,” Douglas said.

In a heartwarming video posted by journalist Lori Wilson, Ellison can be seen playing with her new puppy as Big Boi hands over her new companion. 

“What are you going to name your puppy?” Wilson asked Ellison. “King!” she replied.

“I’ve been born ready for a puppy,” she added.

“There’s nothing like having a companion or a service dog, something therapeutic that you can love on, that can love back on you. She’s been through a lot and to see how strong she is now, that was just like, 'Oh my goodness,'” Big Boi said. “She's definitely inspiring and it just touched our heart, so we’re just trying to do what we can do to help.”

Big Boi has also pledged to cover any veterinary costs that King might require in the future and cover the full cost of Ellison’s medical bills. The rapper will also pay to transform her home bathroom so that it is handicap accessible. 

Big Boi’s new album, Boomiverse, is out now, and includes appearances by Killer Mike, Jeezy, and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. You can watch the video for his single “Chocolate” here.

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Gunner Stahl Talks Photographing Gucci Mane and Getting Turned Down by DMX | The Culture

In just a few years Gunner Stahl has gone from a name to know in the photography world to being one of the elite photographers documenting some of the biggest names in hip-hop. On top of that, he's also released two photo books, shot a magazine cover, and hosted a number of gallery exhibits.

Even with the rapid success, it's safe to say his biggest moment has yet be captured. In the debut episode of The Culture, Complex's own Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins links up with the 25-year-old photographer to find out how he got to this point, and where he's going next.

Stahl's work behind the lens began at the age of 18 when he bought his first camera. He didn't get into portraits of musical acts until 2014 when he shot Wiz Khalifa after the Pittsburgh rapper had just dyed his hair purple. That moment inspired him to pursue photography more seriously.

Gunner Stahl
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After a quick stop at a camera shop, Stahl and Jinx hit the studio for a photography session with ATL rapper Rich the Kid. There Stahl highlights the importance of trust between photographer and subject, and reveals his favorite commissioned gig was doing the cover art for Playboi Carti's self-titled debut mixtape.

Stahl also admits he got turned down by a high profile figure: “DMX… got me hyped bro.”

Check out the full episode above, where Gunner Stahl talks about capturing the moment Gucci Mane and Young Thug reunited after Mane was released from prison, and why he's inspired by photographer Chi Modu. Subscribe to Complex to catch more episodes of The Culture, and keep up with Stahl's latest moves on Instagram.

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The Best Rap Collaborations of 2017 (So Far)

We've shared the best songsalbums, and verses of 2017 so far, but one category we've yet to highlight this year is the rap collaboration. Historically speaking, these records rise to the top when we look back at pivotal performances in years past. Think “Believe Me,” “Otis,” “Pick Up the Phone,” “Cartoon & Cereal.” No need to list off the artists involved; these moments speak for themselves.

There's a good chance a rap collab or two in 2017 joins that pantheon of greatness. With July marking the halfway point, here's a rundown of the best rap collaborations this year has had to offer.


  • Drake f/ 2 Chainz and Young Thug “Sacrifices”

    Whenever Drake and 2 Chainz link up on a track, it's guaranteed to make waves. That said, “Sacrifices” truly takes off thanks to Young Thug's inclusion. Surprisingly enough, this song counts as Drake and Thug's first proper collaboration, and the trio of rappers don't disappoint with slick rhymes on how they finessed their situations into something better. 


  • Wale f/ Lil Wayne “Running Back”

    Wale and Lil Wayne have a history of flipping sports references and metaphors throughout their careers, so it should come as no surprise that they continue it on a record called “Running Back.” The song showcases their chemistry together, along with playful lyricism that makes “Running Back” an enjoyable listen. 


  • Playboi Carti f/ Lil Uzi Vert “Woke Up Like This”

    Playboi Carti only recently started to gain national recognition through “Magnolia” and his self-titled debut project, but if you ask the ATL rapper he's already got imitators in the game. “Woke Up Like This” embodies this narrative, where Carti and Lil Uzi Vert call out those who are jacking their style. Carti and Uzi Vert have linked up a handful of times in the past, and “Woke Up Like This” is their best collaboration yet.


  • Kodak Black f/ Jeezy “Feeling Like”

    “Feeling Like” is a deep cut off Kodak Black's Painting Pictures that details the struggles of making it out of the streets and having a target on your back even when that takes place. It's a sobering performance that shows how well Kodak and Jeezy match up, with the younger act providing his concerns in real time while the veteran ATL native keeps his success in perspective.


  • DJ Khaled f/ Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Lil Wayne, and Justin Bieber “I’m the One”

    It may have took 10 albums, but DJ Khaled finally secured his first No. 1 single with “I'm the One.” And to his credit, he put together a lineup that was tailor-made to hit the top of the charts, with Justin Bieber handling hook duties and Chance the Rapper, Quavo, and Lil Wayne delivering their animated bars over a sugar-coated melody. Respect the process.

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Drake Brings Out Playboi Carti and Migos at Adult Swim’s Annual Upfront Party

Adult Swim has booked some of the biggest names in music for their annual Upfront party. We’re talking acts like Jay Z, Kanye West, Outkast, Nicki Minaj, and Miley Cyrus. For this year’s headliner, organizers decided to tap a Canadian rapper by the name of Drake. Maybe you’re familiar?

The artist put on a killer show Wednesday night at NYC’s Terminal 5. He even brought out a special guest—Playboi Carti.

Carti performed “Woke Up Like This.”

Shortly afterwards, Migos surprised the crowd as well.

 

Drake + Migos #upfront2017 #ATL

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Drizzy treated the crowd to performances of newer songs like “Free Smoke” as well as some of his older hits, such as “Headlines.” You can check out highlights from the set below.

 

Drake brought Quavo to the corporate function (and Takeoff and Offset and Carti too)

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It seems Drake has been working nonstop throughout 2017. Near the end of his Boy Meets World Tour in March, the 30-year-old rapper released his long-awaited, record-breaking More Life album. Since then, he’s delivered a number of live performances and has sparked rumors he’s already working on his next project. According to Young Thug, Drake will also serve as the executive producer of his upcoming E.B.B.T.G. album. Does the man ever sleep?

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DJs React To Super Bowl LI

This weekend’s Super Bowl was definitely one for the record books, with the Patriots making a stunning comeback in the 4th quarter to win the game in overtime (a first in Super Bowl history), 34-28. While many were stuck working or otherwise unable to watch the game, many prominent DJs made time to tweet about the event. Some were salty about the results, others chose to simply trivialize the event.

Whatever flavor you prefer, you’re sure to find someone who feels the same as you below.

3lau:

Marshmello:

Valentino Khan:

SNBRN:

The Chainsmokers:

Felix Cartal:

DJ Snake:

Mija:

Shaun Frank:

Diplo:

Getter:

Skrillex:

Mercer:

4B:

Dillon Francis:

TJR:

Slushii:

Carnage:

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Rich Homie Quan Helps Michigan State Celebrate Rose Bowl Win

By Sean Lynch

The Michigan State Spartans went into Pasadena, California, last night and won the 100th Rose Bowl in dramatic fashion. The win over the University of Stanford Cardinal had just about everyone feeling some “Type of Way.” None more than Atlanta’s rising star, Rich Homie Quan. 

Quan and the Spartans have quite a unique connection off the field. The team from up north practically adopted Quan’s 2013 hit “Type of Way,” inside of the locker room. Videos of the team celebrating inside of the locker room; dancing and echoing the lyrics, surfaced going viral each time. Following a huge win over their rival University of Michigan, earlier this year, the Spartans found their fight song.

The anthem would be heard loud and clear on their way to a strong finish (13-1) and a ranking of #4 in the nation. The connection between the Atlanta based rapper and college football powerhouse became more evident when head coach, Mark Dantonio, gave Quan one heck of a shoutout during his Big Ten championship postgame interview.

Quan was taken back by the humbling adoption by the MSU football team. Following a New Year’s Eve performance in Charlotte, Quan spoke with Michigan based outlet, MLive. “For me to be on the field with Michigan State at the Rose Bowl, I’ll have the butterflies,” Quan explained during the phone interview. “I didn’t go to college, so this means a lot. I just want to shout out to the whole Michigan State alumni, it’s so special just to be a part of this movement.”

Getting to the Rose Bowl would not be so simple for the ATL rapper. MLive cites a number of personnel between both parties helped make it happen including Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, Head Coach Mark Dantonio, former Spartans football player andAtlanta recording studio CEO/owner Curtis Daniel III, Michigan State associate athletic director Alan Haller and director of college advancement and performance camp/director Curtis Blackwell all had hands in pulling Quan’s appearance off.

An early flight on Wednesday morning saw him landing in Los Angeles, followed by a drive to Pasadena. In the end, Quan ended up on hand for the game and celebration as the #4 Michigan State Spartans defeated the #5 Stanford Cardinal in the 100th Rose Bowl.