Here's the Story on the Wu-Tang Affiliate Who Appears to Have Cut His Penis Off

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As we reported yesterday, rapper Christ Bearer apparently severed his penis and jumped off of his Studio City apartment balcony, in what appears to be a suicide attempt.

But despite his affiliation with Wu-Tang Clan, most people -- Wu fans included -- know very little about him. Here's his story:

See also: The "Wu-Tang Affiliate" Who Cut Off His Penis Is Not Affiliated With Wu-Tang, Says Wu-Tang

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Revisiting Purple Rain's Original Reviews

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Prince in Purple Rain
Should you see Purple Rain? Yes. The answer is yes. Of course, that's the perspective from someone living in a world that has already been influenced by three decades of Purple Rain's greatness. It's a film recognized by all non-jive turkeys as an absolutely beautiful marriage between modern music and the moving image. But while most movie-goers today "get it," at the time of the film's release there were plenty of critics who clearly hadn't been purified in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. In the spirit of the film turning 30 this year, and its screening last night at Tarrytown Music House, we take a look back at the reviews of Purple Rain upon its 1984 release.

See also: Elvis Costello, D'Angelo, Chris Rock Pay Tribute to Prince - Carnegie Hall - 3/7/13

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Five Better Producers for Michael Jackson's New Album

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Like most right-thinking people, we were disappointed when producers decided to capitalize on unreleased Michael Jackson material with the album Michael just one year after the King of Pop passed away. It was a crass, money-making maneuver, and the album showed it.

They're doing it again this year with a new record called Xscape, produced by a collaborative team headed up by Timbaland and due in May. The saddest part of the whole deal is that Michael probably did leave behind some worthy scraps for producers to craft into a new record, but the people in charge of that unreleased material are picking the wrong producers to work with. We could actually experience a legitimately great posthumous work by Jackson if it were in the right hands. These five producers, for example, might actually do something cool with those tracks now in the MJ vault.

See also: In Defense of Michael Jackson's Magic

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Look for the Punks This Weekend, New York's Alright 2014 Gets Underway Thursday

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Crazy Spirit at 285 Kent during New York's Alright 2013.
For the second year running, and this year maybe to fill the void left by the now-finished Chaos in Tejas festival in Austin, the New York's Alright punk/hardcore festival has attracted in punks from all over to New York. From Thursday through Sunday, various spots throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan will be drenched in feedback, d-beats, leather, bristles, studs and acne.*

The big draw to fests of these sorts is the appearance of international bands and rare-ish appearances or reunions. This year, New York's Alright has both: Bands from Sweden, Japan and England round-out the overseas offerings; while NYC's Crazy Spirit are due to perform for the first time in a while, and non-touring Cleveland maniacs Inmates are set to play. (Odds of fireworks going off during the band's set are still being set.)

See also: The Oral History of NYC's Metal/Hardcore Crossover

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The "Wu-Tang Affiliate" Who Cut Off His Penis Is Not Affiliated With Wu-Tang, Says Wu-Tang

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Via Wu-Tang Clan's blog
Earlier today TMZ ran a disturbing news item about a "Wu-Tang-Affiliated" rapper named Andre Johnson who had attempted suicide by cutting off his penis and jumping from a second story balcony. Now, via Instagram, Wu-Tang Clan is denying Johnson was ever affiliated with the group in any way. They seem pretty adamant about it.

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Buy a Gun?

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

I've always been a staunch opponent of guns, but my home has been broken into twice in the last six weeks. Now I'm thinking about purchasing a gun to protect my family and home. My wife is very much against this idea, and we fight about it often. I completely understand where she's coming from, as her views on the dangers of owning a gun used to be my own. But now I just don't know what to do. What do you think? Should I get a gun?

- One Shot

See also: Our Ask Andrew W.K. archive

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Kosha Dillz Presents: A Passover Playlist for The Ten Plagues

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Kosha Dillz via Jason Siegel

Passover is in full effect. So what better way to celebrate the occasion than by lining up a broadly-rap-themed playlist devoted to the occasion? Enter Kosha Dillz, the top notch rapper and Gangsta Boo's favorite dining partner who not only took to the task with glee but decided to curate a cheery mix based around the Ten Plagues. Consider it edutainment at its finest.

"These songs don't represent each of the plagues specifically but they're enough to make your next playlist become really representative of Passover," Dillz explains. "Also, you can show it off to your Jewish friends who are struggling to finish their taxes."

Once you've run through Dillz's hand-picked selection, don't forget to check him out in person at the Studio at Webster Hall tonight as he performs along with Aaron Cohen and New York's foremost rapper-who-skates, Black Dave.

See also: Kosha Dillz's Guide to Dining With Gangsta Boo

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Even Country Music Is Ready for Marijuana Legalization

It has been rough and rocky traveling for cannabis cowboys for most of the 40 years since "Me and Paul," the hounded-by-the-Man classic in which Willie Nelson tipped off like-minded longhairs to the presence of narcs in Laredo. "If you're staying in a motel there," he warned dryly, "don't leave nothin' in your clothes."

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Everything I Know, I Learned From Biz Markie

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The Biz, whom Nobody Can Beat!
Last week, the self-professed "inhuman orchestra" Biz Markie turned 50-years-old. The beloved clown-prince of hip-hop has spent a good chunk of that Diabolical half-century making hip-hoppers laugh while they nod their head. In a genre where, outside the occasional punchline, there isn't a whole lot of laughter, Biz's infectious charisma and one-of-a-kind comedic timing has always gotten him a pass, but ensured his status as a certified hip-hop legend. Biz continues to delight hip-hop heads of all ages, most recently becoming a regular on Nick Jr.'s "Yo Gabba Gabba!" But along with making us smile, he's instilled some absolute wisdom on us over the years too.

To celebrate Mr. Markie's 50th Birthday, along with his back-to-back shows this Wednesday at Biergarten and Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl, we've put together the wisest words from The Tao of Biz.

See also: Live: Biz Markie Regales A Bunch Of Ad-Agency People, And Why Not

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Exclusive Premiere: Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna's "Do You"

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Back in the late-'90s, the Brooklyn-based Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna formed something of an impromptu duo: Tracks like the Rawkus-released "5 Star Generals" showcased Shabaam's studied flow allied to Spinna's signature space-funk production. It's a winning chemistry that's back in effect with "Do You," a bonus cut from S-Dub's new Keepers of the Lost Art album (out April 22nd) which you can stream below for your listening pleasure.

While you dip into the track's endearingly abrasive charms, here's Shabaam breaking down his history, explaining the difference between rappers and verbalists, and teasing about a possible four elements of hip-hop showdown with Spinna.

See also: Exclusive Premiere: M-Phazes and Sean Price's "Dump in the Gut"

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