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Leave Wale off your end-of-year list, and receive an angry phone call full of threats. That’s what Complex Magazine discovered on Wednesday afternoon as the MMG rapper phoned Associate Editor Insanul Ahmed and expressed his outrage that The Gifted wasn’t included on their list of 50 Best Albums of 2013. Folarin’s emotions escalated over the three-minute call as he accused Complex of holding a personal bias and favoring albums like Juicy J’s Stay Trippy over his, before threatening physical violence.

I swear to God I’ll come to that office and start knocking n****s the f*ck out. Alright. I’ll see y’all tomorrow. Get the security ready.

We’re not going to sit here and pretend like this kind of thing hasn’t been happening since the dawn of hip-hop journalism, but threatening a publication and its staff for not giving your music love is no laughing matter. Come on, Wale.

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(Nas looking dapper, standing next to the legendary Malcolm Campbell “Blue Bird” race car.)

Sponsored: As part of Nas’ ongoing partnership with Hennessy Cognac, the rapper narrated a new video introducing the latest inductee into the “Wild Rabbit” branding campaign…this time, though, the man of the hour isn’t a boxer like Manny Pacquiao or artists like Os Gemeos…Nas is talking about a man who died over 50 years ago. Malcolm Campbell was a British racing legend who not only became the first man to break the 300mph barrier, but he set world records on both land and water. Pretty much personifying Hennessy’s theme of the never-ending chase.


Video: Malcolm Campbell “The Man Who Couldn’t Slow Down”: narrated by Nas for Hennessy.

Nas also traveled to Miami over Columbus Day weekend to check out a vintage hybrid of some of Campbell’s famous “Blue Bird” race cars.

Check out more photos…
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When smart people unite over their love of hip hop, we get unique, funny, edu-tainment gems like Nardwuar’s interview series, or Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s History of Rap, It’s the Real’s skits, and more…
Now the perfect gift for the witty rap fan (or artistic youngster) in your life is the Rap Coloring and Activity Book by our Houston buddy Bun B and Shea Serrano (artist/writer, check out his Grantland column on coaching junior high football). The book is available on Amazon now, also there’s a tumblr!

You know you’re already doodling all over your TPS reports at work, so why not procrastinate by coloring in the single greatest awkward magazine cover of all time….
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Another of my favorite “activity pages” from the book…
Plus a special treat from one of the authors…
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Today, amidst new allegations about his private life, legendary DJ Mister Cee went on air and announced he was resigning from Hot97 after 20 years of mixing and mentoring. Prior to his time at Hot97, Cee was Big Daddy Kane’s deejay and also gets credit for being instrumental in the discovery of The Notorious B.I.G. When Cee’s private life first became fodder for tabloids, one of the biggest stars to publicly voice their support was 50 Cent. Here is a clip of that exclusive 2011 interview.

During his final “Throwback at Noon” mix, he talked about his decision to leave:
“I have decided it’s time for me to move on, and take time to take care of myself because there are situations when I try to do the right thing, a setback happens. I am good, I am safe, I am happy, I am blessed… But in reality I knew this day would come where Mister Cee has to move on. The last thing you want to do is hurt the people that you love, and I love this station. I love hot97.”

Cee signed off by playing his favorite song, by his favorite group…”Shook Ones” by Mobb Deep. And thanked everyone who supported him at the station, saying that his time on the air was the most meaningful part of his life, besides his time as Kane’s deejay.

Listen to Mr. Cee’s final “Throwback at Noon” mix on Hot97.
Read Hot97′s official statement.
And see some of the reactions from Cee’s peers.

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One of the best experiences that I had this year was heading all the way down south to Sao Paulo, Brazil, along with my friends at Team Hennessy US, earlier this year. The mission was to see Nas perform at Brazil’s Lollapalooza festival…as well as to check out the latest in Hennessy’s artist collaboration series. In the past, the cognac brand has enlisted Kaws and Futura…this year, they recruited Sao Paulo’s graf-pedigreed, hip hop-loving art-star twins, Os Gemeos (which just stands for “The Twins” in portuguese). I had already heard great stories about the twins from their peers, such as Todd James and ESPO…so getting a chance to visit their studio, in the same neighborhood where they grew up, was such an honor!

Check out a video recap of the visit (above), and check out more about the limited edition Hennessy x Os Gemeos bottle (finally available in select stores)…
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(Rick Ross performing over the weekend at Russell Simmons’ annual Art For Life charity benefit in the Hamptons. Photo by Johnny Nunez)

The Bawse is back on the move…after laying low for a short spell, Rick Ross has a new single that just dropped today called “I Wonder Why,” a new album on the way called Mastermind, a new superpower team behind him (the management/advisory heft of Lyor Cohen and Todd Moscowitz, and the PR skills of Amanda Silverman ), and now…Ross has announced that he’s returning to the stage with a one-night concert event at Club Nokia at the L.A. LIVE complex on August 14th.

The show marks the first time Ross will perform his full repertoire of hits with a live band….specifically the Grammy-winning “1500 or Nothin” 8-piece band who have backed up everyone from Snoop Dogg, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, and more.

So it’ll be Ross…and “friends”…and the Fifteen Hundreds on Weds, Aug. 14th, at Club Nokia. And lucky for us, the concert will be nationally broadcast live on AXS TV, starting at 9pm PT.

Check out photos of Rick Ross hobnobbing with Russell Simmons, Maxwell, Tahiry, and the Hamptons social set this past weekend…
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Fool’s Gold co-founder and prolific partyrocker Nick Catchdubs is one of our favorite folks…such a nice guy! So we’re obviously pumped that he and the Fools Gold family (Atrak and all) have put out Nick’s new single “Bizness” featuring Iamsu and Jay Ant from the Bay Area… along with a creative and kooky music video befitting the FG stamp of bizarro approval.

Watch the video, directed by Scott Jacobson and produced by the comedy web network JASH, featuring next-level lipsynching from the last types you’d think could spit Iamsu and Jay Ant’s bars….
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When Kanye West tells you to stop talking, you should probably stop talking. In yet another run-in with TMZ paparazzi at LAX earlier today, Yeezus flipped on one cameraman who wasn’t so keen to follow his commandments. He grabbed onto the reporter’s camera and told him (and all paparazzi) to stop talking (even to themselves), but when the pap pressed for a final word on ‘Watch The Throne 2,’ that’s when Ye snapped. Rap game scressful.

Don’t talk to me. I don’t want to hear paparazzi talk to me or anybody I know. Don’t talk to me at all. And don’t talk to anyone I know. At all. And tell everybody, never talk. To anyone. That anyone knows. Don’t talk to themselves. Don’t talk ever again.

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It’s a match made in heaven…and I’m not even talking about Cam’ron and his girlfriend JuJu, or Cam’ron and his arch-nemesis Cousin Bang. I’m talking about Cam’ron and Vine.
Last week, Killa killed the 7-second video app on his first day with an account, documenting War and Peace (and spanish dancing) with his wifey Julie. Best Vine debut in the game? Has to be.
But for their encore, the couple shoot a fair one with good ol’ Cousin Bang. Oh, and Cam’s cape makes a comeback.

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Watch Cam’ron’s latest Vine movie…all on a single easy-to-watch video!
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Last Thursday night, my co-worker and hip hop legend DJ Mister Cee was arrested and charged with allegedly soliciting prostitution from a male undercover cop in Brooklyn. He appeared on the Hot97 Morning Show today to talk to Ebro (who is both a member of the morning show cast as well as the program director for the station), Cipha Sounds, Peter Rosenberg and Kay Foxx. Along with stating that he is not gay, Cee said that the undercover cop was a Latina woman, and that he is taking time off from his Hot97 duties while he continues to get therapy for his use of prostitutes.

Video of the interview is forthcoming, but until then, we have transcribed some of the key quotes from the interview…

Ebro: This time around, now that it’s a reoccurring incident…your preference doesn’t matter to us, you’re our brother, but what’s scary for us, is that there are crimes being committed, if you need our help our support, we’re here for that…
I know it’s a scary place and in hip hop there’s this whole bravado…and being in denial…in your heart, you’re a good person, you’re not out trying to hurt anybody but a lot of people have negative things to say. We just want to make sure that you’re okay.
Here’s what everybody wants to know…are you gay?
Mister Cee: I am not gay. I’m looking in your eyes, I’m looking in Cipha Sounds’ eyes, Rosenberg’s eyes, Kay Foxx’s eyes. I am not gay.
Ebro: Why then, male prostitutes?
Mister Cee: Thursday night, friday morning, I was approached (there are certain things I can say) I was approached by a female latino undercover cop. Not a male cop. I have her badge number, so I know who she is. If you do your diligence, your rsch, the first story that came out in the Daily News, it was female undercover officer. Then from out of nowhere it changed to male undercover officer…I don’t know why it changed to that.

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