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Fresh off the release of his new album, Nobody’s Smiling, Common sat down for a “1-2-1″ conversation with fashion designer Jeff Staple at his showroom in New York City. Considering Jeff designed the artwork his Rawkus joint “1999,” it’s only fitting that Com looked back on a few other classic records, including “I Used to Love H.E.R.” and “It’s Your World.” The veteran Chicago MC also talked about how the violence in Chicago inspired his new project and why working with Kanye West was “one of the best creative collaborations ever.” Second that.

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French Montana heads to the Windy City in “Fly High,” the new video for Coke Boys artist Lil’ Durk. Fresh off the private jet, Durk and Montana roam around the streets of Chicago, from the hoods in Southside to the staple landmarks including the United Center. Lil’ Durk’s Signed to the Streets 2 mixtape is out now.

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The Source Magazine is bringing some New York hip-hop legends to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this Fall. Wu-Tang Clan, Dipset and Lil Kim have all been announced as performers at their first annual SOURCE360 Concert, taking place September 20. Dom Kennedy, Curren$y and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are also on the bill, with the rest of the lineup set to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale August 1 via Ticketmaster.

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Coming through like a swarm of killa beez, Cormega calls on the ones that helped lay the blueprint for him and taps Masta Ace, Craig G, & Kool G Rap for his “Industry (Remix).” The Juice crew delivers like the skilled swordsmen that they are, dropping gems about the industry as they get busy.

Cop Mega’s new album on iTunes.

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Mike WiLL Made It adds another promising Atlanta group to his roster. Having produced their bubbling hit, “Everything,” the super producer has inked Two-9 to his Ear Druma Records through a joint partnership with Interscope. Two-9, whose members include Curtis Williams, FatKidsBrotha (Lightskin Mac 11 and Dav.E), Retro Su$h! (CEEJ and Jace) and DJ Osh Kosh, recently wrapped up their Cross Faded tour with Queens crew World’s Fair, and are currently working on their official full-length debut, executive produced by Mike WiLL.

“There hasn’t been a collective of creative coming out of Atlanta like Two-9 since Outkast. They have great energy, make dope music, and they’re always trying to push things forward, not box themselves in. I respect their art, their grind, and their whole movement, and I’m excited to help them take their brand to the next level.” — Mike Will Made It

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Taken from his latest album, Morning Phase, Beck delivers a stunning yet spooky video for “Heart Is a Drum.” Directed by Sophie Muller, the grainy, gothic clip sees Beck wandering about an abandoned house in the woods, only to stumble across an astronaut, a damsel in distress and the Grim Reaper. An odd bunch, but they all seem to get along in the end.

Watch the video below, plus Beck’s performances of “Heart Is a Drum” and “Heaven’s Ladder” on The Colbert Report last night.

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Okay, this has to be the funniest thing on the Internet today. Not only is DMX mortally terrified by the Sling Shot ride, but he is adlibbing throughout his adventure the whole time. Before it even starts, X is yelling out his trademarks phrases and acknowledges the camera. Even after the ride owns him, he keeps the ad-libs going. Hilarious.

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G-Eazy keeps it in the extended Maybach Music Group/Coke Boys camp with his new offering “Say.” After connecting with Rick Ross on the “I Mean It” remix, the Bay Area rapper grabs French Montana over the haunting production of veteran Ty Fyffe.

Check out the SPIN premiere below, as G-Eazy’s These Things Happen LP is out now on iTunes.

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When The Cool Kids called it a day in 2012, it was to focus on their respective solo careers. Although that was a hard pill to swallow for many fans — myself included — there’s no denying, two years later, that decision has paid off. Following the release of Chuck Inglish’s long-awaited debut album, Convertibles, earlier this year, Sir Michael Rocks delivers his own first solo LP with Banco. The Chicago native calls on a diverse supporting cast that includes Mac Miller, Casey Veggies, Twista, Iamsu! and, of course, Chuck Inglish, who stars alongside Too $hort on the DJ Mustard-produced “Ain’t Nothing Like It.”

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There’s been a lot of rumors and gossip surrounding Jay Z and Beyonce’s marriage. Without any real facts, outlets like Page 6 suggest that The Carters are on shaky ground but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. However, some are pointing to Bey’s recent penchant for performing Lauryn Hill’s “Ex Factor” at concerts as a clue to what’s really going on behind closed doors. Whatever the case, it’s always a treat to see Hov’s wifey kill it. Check her out in New Orleans smashing the number below.

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