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I’ve never been good at acknowledging the passing of time. We’ve never celebrated an anniversary here at MissInfo.TV. I’ve never felt comfortable doing week-long, self-congratulatory birthday tours. I have no idea how long I’ve worked at Hot 97. And I’m terrible at corroborating albums and release years. Is it a fear of change or a symptom of a disorganized mind? Yes, yup. But as a result, yesterday can feel like ancient history, and what I felt 20 years ago… is a room right next door.

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Borrowing an old Biggie line, Brooklyn’s Flatbush Zombies re-up their BetterOffDEAD mixtape cut for the latest offering in their weekly #DayoftheDead music series. “My Team Supreme 2.0″ borrows Erick Arc Elliott’s same spine-chilling beat — the original track in its entirety, in fact — but this new version features two head-spinning verses from Bodega BAMZ and Zombie Juice to make the cypher complete. The Zombies’ It’s All a Matter of Perspective EP is coming soon.

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Jay Electronica + Twitter + alcohol = truth, hilarity and awesome-ness.

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It’s approaching two years since the release of Control System and, yeah, the world needs a new Ab-Soul project. The Black Lip Pastor and TDE CEO Anthony Tiffith have both been teasing his forthcoming album on Twitter lately, promising a title and release date announcement will soon come. But tonight we’ve got the next best thing: a new track from Soulo. Following a string of guest verses in these early stages of 2014, the Black Hippy returns with “Tree of Life.”

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(Grantland's amazing Illmatic infographic. Click here to enlarge)

(Grantland‘s amazing Illmatic infographic. Click here to enlarge)

Tomorrow officially marks the 20th anniversary of Nas’ classic/iconic/timeless (insert every synonym here) debut album, but really, April as a whole has been a celebration of Illmatic — and rightly so. The Queensbridge poet has dropped the Illmatic XX reissue, debuted his Time Is Illmatic documentary and performed his album in full at Coachella alongside fellow New York legends Jay Z and Diddy.

The rap internets have been pretty busy, too, and on the eve of this very special occasion, we decided to compile the best features, interviews and even infographics (see above) from around the web to help you celebrate 20 years of Illmatic right.

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Coming off a strong debut mixtape, Welcome to Fazoland, Chicago’s Lil’ Herb caught the ears of the masses when Nicki Minaj surprised her fans with a new collaboration with the kid. Dubbed “Chi-Raq,” the gritty record features Nicki Minaj using Herb’s flow, and it definitely put the young’n on the map. Recently, VIBE caught up with the newcomer to discuss his biggest look to date.

And obviously, your new collaboration with Nicki Minaj “Chi-Raq” was your biggest look yet. Did she hit you up directly? How did that even happened?
It’s crazy, man. She hit me up and reached out to me. I was in the studio recording at probably like 1:00 AM. We really didn’t even know if they were serious but they followed up and wanted to fly me out the next day. But I was tied up at the time so I went like a week later. She cool people, though, down to earth and she real comfortable with me.

I couldn’t believe it when I heard her using your flow. Honestly, have other artists reached out after Nicki?
[Laughs] Yeah, I’m just talking to other artists now. I did a song with Common for his album. I might do some stuff with Rich Homie Quan. I’m open to people, whoever want to work with me.

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Just after we saw Wale jump on K Camp’s “Off the Floor,” another Atlanta upstart gets the remix treatment from one of rap’s biggest names. PeeWee Longway, the sort of sidekick of the evermore popular Young Thug, enjoyed his own success in the streets last year with “Servin Lean,” and now A$AP Rocky pours a little purple into the polystyrene cup on the official remix. The track comes courtesy of Lil Keem’s Smokers Choice 2 mixtape, which drops this Sunday (April 20).

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K Camp is another bright spot in Atlanta’s new wave. The rapper-singer released his In Due Time mixtape last December, but it’s only now catching on with the mainstream with Rick Ross remixing his “Cut You Off” track earlier this week. Taking cues from his boss, fellow MMG MC Wale has also dived into K Camp’s mixtape and tacked a verse onto his tingly make-it-rain anthem, “Off The Floor.”

Before you label K Camp as just another strip club rapper from the South, though, listen to his “In Due Time Intro” below and tell me dude doesn’t have something to say.

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STD Vinyl Cover

In the second phase of the STD project, De La Soul will release a limited edition vinyl set of “Smell The Da.I.S.Y.” in stores 4/18. The vinyl set will be a all instrumental version of the “Smell The Da.I.S.Y.” project, and we are giving away a copy to one lucky reader. Just reply in the comments with your favorite De La Soul song and your favorite non-rap website.

“The reason we choose to release a all instrumental version of “Smell The Da.I.S.Y.” is to give people the experience of a J Dilla beat tape that we were so lucky to recieve. These beat tapes were the springboard that generated creation and generated inspiration for us.”

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Nitty Scott caught my attention with her latest number, “Feng Shui” feat. Eliki, the 2nd single off of her upcoming album, The Art Of Chill. Ski Beatz provided Scott with a jazzy beat to her mellow raps live.

The Art Of Chill drops May 23rd and features from Ab-Soul, Stacy Barthe, Rapper Big Pooh & more.

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