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Larry King's Best Hip-Hop Interviews

Larry King interviewed countless rappers throughout his career, but these few stood above the pack

Mac Miller and Larry King

While Larry King admitted on several occasions that he "didn't appreciate Hip-Hop," the legendary interviewer opened up his show to a plethora of rap stars beginning in 2014.

His lack of appreciation wasn't malicious in the slightest. Raised on the sounds of Frank Sinatra and jazz, Larry King merely didn't understand the genre. But with each interview he strove to educate not only the public about Hip-Hop's cultural power, but himself. He often was hyper-focused on the lack of gay rappers within the industry, as well as the genre's use of the N-word, and asked about it unflinchingly.

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This Haunts Me: Dave Rubin's Bizarre Interviews with Larry King

This week, Larry King was hospitalized with COVID-19. Back in May, he argued with Dave Rubin about the necessity of lockdowns.

Update 1/23/2021: It was announced on Saturday that the 87-year-old broadcasting legend died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. No cause of death was given, but the timeline strongly suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor.

In response, Dave Rubin tweeted what would seem to be a heartfelt memorial to his "mentor" and "bonus grandfather," if not for the fact that Dave Rubin pushed for the lax policies that likely led to Larry King being exposed to COVID-19 in the first place. As such, we can only recall Larry's words: "David, that sounds ridiculous."

Update 1/5/2021: Larry King has been moved out of the ICU, and is reportedly breathing on his own in an LA hospital.

Larry King is a legend of broadcasting.

For more than six decades he has worked in radio and television, developing his signature interview style. His nightly CNN show Larry King Live ran for 25 years — into his late 70s. But even after it ended in 2010, King was far from ready to retire.

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A talk-show blowhard, an All-Star pitcher and a K-Pop star walk into a Twitpic...we have no idea how the rest of that one goes, but we're intrigued just the same. What set of circumstances resulted in "Gangnam Style" singer Psy hanging out with Larry King, Larry's wife Shawn, and ex-MLB journeyman flamethrower Chan Ho Park for a social media photo op? We may never know the answer to that question—frankly, we're not sure we even want to know—but it has resulted in at least one Ansel Adams-worthy snapshot, posted by Larry King to his Twitter:

Wow. And of course, somebody had to have taken the picture, who we can only guess was another random-ass celebrity. Val Kilmer, perhaps? The guy who played Luke on The O.C.? The friend to Rebecca Black's left in the "Friday" video? That last one sounds like the most logical to us.