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20 years ago today The Notorious B.I.G. released one of hip-hop’s most celebrated albums to date. Even with the grisly title, fans from all over the world flocked to Ready to Die. Biggie’s lyrics on this LP made you feel you like were standing right next to B.I.G. on St. James, slangin’ crills.

In his honor, DJ Mister Cee and Funk Flex put together an incredible mix of B.I.G. classics, rare songs, interviews, mixtape cuts and more. All day we’ll be celebrating the life of the true King of New York.

Listen to the mix below and check out HOT97′s Biggie tribute video below…

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The Apple iPhone 6 press conference is officially underway, and there’s a ton of details being livestreamed from the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts. Apple’s Tim Cook and the execs have spilled the beans about the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The enlarged smartphone is set be released on Sept 19 with pre orders starting on Sept 16. Stateside, with a two year contract, the iPhone 6 will start at $199 for the 16GB model, then it’s $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB of internal storage. Only the iPhone 6 Plus will have the 128GB model.

Miss Info: And what about the much-speculated-about Apple Watch? Well they also previewed that…and while I’m still not sure if I want to wear what looks like a square-faced Ikepod watch from 2011 like some European business traveller (It makes sense they look similar because of shared designer Marc Newsome)…I’m sure as a longtime Apple sucker, I’ll end up wearing one and talking to it on the street like every other tool.

The Apple Watch is a companion to the iPhone, you need both to work together. But the benefits are pretty alluring…

More about the new Apple Watch and the iPhone 6 below…

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Revered fashion designer Mark McNairy held his annual runway show at New York Fashion Week over the weekend, tapping one of the most stylish young rappers in the game to help showcase his upcoming collection. With a bounce in his step (literally), G.O.O.D. Music/Grand Hustle rookie Travi$ Scott walked, skipped and even piggybacked his way down the runway while modeling items from McNairy’s Spring/Summer 2015 line, including an all-new lightweight varsity jacket and plaid shorts.

La Flame wasn’t the only hip-hop head in the house; our very own Miss Info sat front row alongside Drake’s newest signee iLoveMakonnen, while NBA stars J.R. Smith and Chris Bosh were also in attendance.

Check out more photos and video from Mark McNairy’s NYFW runway show below…

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Oh just bring on the aneurysm. The first season of VH1′s ‘Love And Hip Hop Hollywood’ will be infecting us in just a few scant days. While New York seems to have run it’s course, and Atlanta has gone from telenovela hilarity to tiring absurdity…the latest iteration of the exaggerated reality of has-beens and never-wuzes is now based in Los Angeles (Houston and Miami allegedly on the way?) with a cast that includes Ray J, Soulja Boy, Omarion…Lil Fizz and Yung Berg. LIL FIZZ AND YUNG BERG.
Do you need help getting up?

Also, primed to “bring the drama” is Teairra Mari…most notable for having far too many vowels in her first name, as well as being the Jay Z ingenue that did not become Rihanna.

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Apparently Ray J was dating Teairra (perhaps in preparation for a juicy storyline for this show)…but is now dating his personal assistant. So there will be fights…
As previewed in the video below, along with Teddy Riley’s daughter Nia making a terrible mistake with Soulja Boy….um, TELL ‘EM?
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The 2013 BET Awards

Celebs are just like us….in that, when it comes to personal relationships, we’re all a mess. Sure it’s easy to judge Ciara and Future on the unceremonious cancellation of their wedding engagement just 3 months after the birth of their son, Future Jr.. But it’s safe to say there’s been many a relationship ruined by the pressures of new parenthood (even though, technically, it’s not like this is new for Future). And…it’s also pretty often that exes reunite after the thrill of singledom wears off, or maybe you start thinking about your ex moving on without you.

In the case of Ciara and Future…TMZ reports (which likely means they were given a strategically placed tip by the couple’s reps) that the singer and sing-rapper are back together, living in the same house again, in an effort to do what’s best for Baby Future.

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OG Maco
(OG Maco)

MissInfo: When I get fed up by all the passive aggressive boasting on twitter, all the crap that gets wrapped up and presented like “creative” writing genius, and all the holier-than-thou post-racially-correct how-dare-you thinkpieces… I find a happy place with a song of anti-social, often ignorant, “aggressive content” (c) 50 Cent. For the past month or so, that song has been “(Bitch) U Guessed It” by Atlanta’s OG Maco. (Prior to that it was Stitches “Brick In Yo Face” which was totally terrible and embarrassing…and of course, young Bobby Shmurda.)

But right now…it’s all about OG Maco. This song sounds like a 2014 Mystikal on a syrup bender with a jumbo side order of demonic possession. Yet another voice out of what I’ve been calling ALT-lanta. Maco released an EP with Key! last month called and now there’s a video!

Watch OG Maco (with an appearance from his boy Rome Fortune) tear the telly up in “U Guessed It”…
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Nicki Minaj Anaconda at VMAs 2014
(Nicki Minaj performs “Anaconda” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards)

Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” is the pop culture renewable resource that just never runs out. Before it even came out, we got the incredible artwork. Then the even more incredible memes based on the artwork. Then the actual song. Then behind the scenes at the video shoot with Nicki’s patois rant. Then the photos of Drake’s friendzone lapdance. Then the mass web ejacu-reaction to the full “Anaconda” video. Then the VMA performance. And now…we’ve reaching critical mass, because we’re just getting pure silliness.
But this still made me laugh….because I’m basically a 12 year old boy.

Watch the “Anaconda (Fart Remix)” video…
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Sometimes a song drops out of the sky and splits you right in two. That’s this song.
“A Kiss Goodbye,” is written and produced by superproducer Emile Haynie, featuring quite the combination of heavy collaborators…guitar by Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange, vocals by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who is basically de facto French royalty–a singer, actress, and fashion muse who happens to also be the daughter of music and arts legend Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin (yes, as in…the Hermes Birkin. #headcrack). But it’s the second half of this unexpected song that will do you in….
Sampha‘s trembling voice and these lyrics about the bitter burning aftertaste of a love left to rot…

did it ever occur that you forgave yourself before I did.
did it ever occur that you forgave yourself before I could.
So I’m not cool with you.
I’m done and done and done…

Far too real for anyone who’s felt that same hurt.

Now we already know Emile Haynie’s work with Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars, Kid Cudi, and most recently, Eminem’s new single with Sia “Guts Over Fear”…he’s long fine-tuned the blend of melancholy and hip hop aggression. But this song is much more personal. Is it part of a larger compilation? Well, I’ve heard more than I can speak on yet…but the future looks quite bright for those who love music about the darkest moments.

Stop everything and listen to Emile Haynie’s “A Kiss Goodbye”….
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You may have heard the name Raury quite a bit lately. The fresh-out-of-high school singer/songwriter was rumored to have kicked it with Kanye West, has been invited to open for OutKast (alongside Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino) at their concert in Atlanta next month, and just yesterday released his eagerly anticipated debut project, Indigo Child, to immediate acclaim.

Last week, Raury — rocking his trademark wide-brimmed floppy hat — made a trip to the Hot 97 offices to meet our very own Miss Info. The ATLien spoke on his now-confirmed deal with Columbia Records, explaining that they were one of the few labels to understand his ambition to “bring about a new era of music through me.” Which is why, looking forward, Raury isn’t rushing to align himself with bigger artists, instead “focusing on building upon myself as a better artist.”

Stream and download Indigo Child here.

Watch the interview below…

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There may be more famous and more exciting power couples in the hip hop hemisphere…but my vote for purely best looking goes to ASAP Rocky and his supermodel girlfriend Chanel Iman. Just look at these cheekbones! For all the stereotypes about haughty snotty models, and all the stereotypes about surly asshole rappers…in all my experiences, Chanel and Rocky have been the total opposite. If you’ve watched the recent Noisey documentary about Rocky, you can see some of the endearing personality I’m talking about. And as for Chanel…I remember this one time when Rocky excited introduced me to her as “his other favorite woman” and she never turned up her nose or gave me the side-eye. She was very warm and sweet. Months later, Rocky had to do a string of interviews for the BET Awards in LA, I noticed Chanel sitting in the hallway, on the floor, very content, just waiting for her BF for over an hour…like she wasn’t one of the most photographed women in fashion. Kind of amazing.

Anyways, it was only a matter of time for these two to end up with their own Vogue Magazine editorial…and I can see them as cover subjects too. Fashion fan Fucci posted scans of their Vogue September 2014 shoot, spotted on Complex Style Channel.
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