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The rap community is mourning as news has surfaced early Saturday morning (Jan. 20) that artist Fredo Santana has passed away. Rising Texas rapper Maxo Kream made the sad revelation on social media. Artists like Drake, Lil’ Durk, Joey Badass, Lil’ B and more confirmed the rumors while sending their condolences in various posts on Twitter and Instagram. Born Derrick Coleman, Fredo Santana was 27-years-old at the time of his death. Currently there’s no confirmed reports as to the cause of death. Santana previously has been hospitalized for a seizure, along with liver and kidney failure.

The Chicago native is one of the key artists responsible for the city’s Drill music scene along with Chief Keef, Lil’ Durk, King Louie, Young Chop and Lil’ Reese.

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JAY-Z will be honored by The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards this spring. The Roc Nation mogul/rapper is set to receive a special recognition award for his 4:44 song “Smile,” a record where he opens up about his experience finding out his mother Gloria Carter is a lesbian and being accepting of her sexuality.

Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/ Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,” he raps on the song. “Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/ Society shame and the pain was too much to take.” The 2018 GLAAD Media Awards takes place in Beverley Hills on Apr. 12 and New York City on May 5.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap debut album arrives on February 16 via Atlantic Records. The Crenshaw rapper just released his new single and music video, “Last Time That I Checc’d” featuring YG. Neighborhood Nip decides to keep the visuals coming, going back to last year’s No Pressure mixtape with a dual video for “Grinding All My Life / Stucc In The Grind.”

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The 6 God delivers a surprise. On Friday night (Jan. 19), the rapper/mogul released two new tracks: “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” Produced by Yung Exclusive, Cardo and Boi-1da, “God’s Plan” was a song previously teased by the Toronto rapper in various parties and hosting gigs going back to late last year. While that song leans more on the melodic side lead by a catchy hook, “Diplomatic Immunity” is 4 minutes of straight lyrical bars over the grand, orchestral production of Boi-1da and Nick Brongers.

I’ve seen budding (Joe Budden) careers. Turn and sit around And talk about other careers,” raps Drake on “Diplomatic Immunity,” a subliminal aimed straight at Joe Budden. “Judging they peers, knowledge from ni**as who did not contribute to none of this here.” Both songs are packaged under what Drake calls the Scary Hours EP, available on iTunes and all streaming services now. Listen to “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” below.

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The star power keeps getting stronger leading up to the 60th annual Grammy Awards. On Friday night (Jan. 19), DJ Khaled revealed he will be performing his smash-hit “Wild Thoughts” with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller at the GRAMMYs. The Carlos Santana-sampled track peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart last year and went No.1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Rihanna is nominated for “Best Rap/Sung Performance” for her contribution on Kendrick Lamar’s “ROYALTY.” record, while DJ Khaled gets a nod via Calvin Harris’ “Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical” nomination for “Don’t Quit” off Khaled’s Grateful LP.

Rihanna, Tiller and Khaled joined a stacked lineup on music’s biggest night that includes Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, U2, Bruno Mars, Elton John, Cardi B, SZA, Childish Gambino, Miley Cyrus, Logic and more. Hosted by James Corden, the 2018 GRAMMYs take place live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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A$AP Mob creative AWGE updated their website on Friday (Jan. 18) with new merchandise and a forum section. The collective also dropped Vol. 2 of their DVD series, filled with behind-the-scenes content viewers don’t normally see. Jay Electronica, YG, Lil’ Yachty, Curren$y, Metro Boomin, KEY!, Ski Mask the Slump God, and more all appear in the 38-minute clip. A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg freestyling, and the world premiere of Playboi Carti’s “Lookin'” video are some of the exclusives that appear on the DVD.

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Following the reveal of his recent joint venture deal with Atlantic Records, Nipsey Hussle looks to take his independent ingenuity and match it with the major label system. Director Kid Art and Chariot Pictures, the film company behind some of the most visually stunning videos and short films in Hip-Hop, take an inside look at the moves behind the decision.

In collaboration with Executive Producer Cartier Brown and Associate Producers Rocko Rathon & Frank Polonia, the pilot delves into Nipsey’s meteoric rise on the indie circuit and his transition into the new major label construct.

Watch the debut installment of the documentary after the jump. 

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Lead by Lin-Manuel Miranda, many artists came together as a part of The Hamilton Mixtape, in support of the highly-successful Hamilton musical. Alicia Keys, Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz and more all contributed to the project, which released in late 2016. Miranda now brings his “Wrote My Way Out” collaboration to life, as Nas, Dave East and Aloe Blacc join him in the black-and-white visual. Shot in New York City, watch the video for the inspirational track below.

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Last year, MadeinTYO celebrated the birth of his son by releasing the EP True’s World. The Tokyo/Atlanta rapper now returns in the new year to support that project, dropping a video for track No. 4 “Too Quick.” Directed by Cole Bennett, watch below and click here for MadeinTYO’s “Learn How to Watch” collab with DJ Carnage and Mac Miller.

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Inland Empire duo Audio Push liberates the debut single off their forthcoming Cloud 909 project. Titled “Sanctified” the track finds the pair reclaiming their rightful spot as top tier emcees and nothing short of greatness.

Stream the single below and expect Cloud 909 to drop on February 9th.

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