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Idris Elba Alert: Watch Him Sweat In a New 3-Part Series for Discovery Networks International

Another opportunity to see a shirtless Elba. Yasss.

If you’ve been stalking Idris Elba’s IG movements, then you’ve probably noticed he’s been teasing his thirstiest fans with a lot more post-workout selfies lately. You know, of the shirtlesss, ab-clenched, sweat dripping down his pectoral muscles variety.


As it turns out, Elba is starring in and producing a new series through his company Green Door Pictures called Idris Elba: Fighter anticipated to be rolled out in three, one-hour-long installments, according to blog Shadow & Act.

The docuseries will follow the Thor: Ragnarok star as he trains to become a professional kick-boxer, globetrotting between locales UK, Cuba, Japan, South Africa and Thailand. Elba will be mentored by former world champions, trainers and coaches on unorthodox regimens and fighting techniques. You know what that means, more opportunities to see a shirtless Elba. Yasss.

JULY 23, 2016 - HAVANA, CUBA -
British actor Idris Elba, left, listens to Emilio Correa, a boxer with the Cuban National team at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in the Old Havana section of Havana . The session is part of the Discovery Network show Fighter. Elba is getting ready for his first kick boxing fight which will take place in October of this year.
(Photo by Angel Valentin)

The show culminates when Elba challenges a seasoned fighter in an all-out brawl.

"It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally. Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have been looking to take on for quite some time," Elba states in the press release. “This is no act. There is no script.This fight is real as are the potential repercussions."

Stay tuned for Elba’s steamy show set to air in the UK and USA sometime in early 2017.

Music

Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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